Sample records for modified dye molecule

  1. Photophysical Behavior of Modified Xanthenic Dyes Embedded into Silsesquioxane Hybrid Films: Application in Photooxidation of Organic Molecules

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    Carolina V. Waiman


    Full Text Available Polymeric materials based on a bridged silsesquioxane with pendant dodecyl chains were synthesized and modified with different xanthenic dyes with the aim of developing a material with potential application in photooxidation of organic compounds. The employed dyes constitute a family of novel xanthenic chromophores with outstanding properties as singlet oxygen photosensitizers. The hybrid matrix was chosen for its enhanced properties such as flexibility and chemical resistance. The employed dyes were easily incorporated into the hybrid polymer obtaining homogeneous, transparent, and low-refractive-index materials. The polymeric films were characterized using UV-Vis absorption, fluorescence, and laser flash photolysis techniques. The ability of these materials to produce singlet oxygen was tested following the photooxidation of 9,10-dimethylanthracene which is a well-known chemical trap for singlet oxygen. High photooxidation efficiencies were observed for these materials, which present the advantage of being easily removed/collected from the solution where photooxidation takes place. While photobleaching of the incorporated dyes is commonly observed in the solution, it takes place very slowly when dyes are embedded in the hybrid matrix. These properties bode well for the potential use of these materials in novel wastewater purification strategies.

  2. Study on Dyeing Behavior of Modified Flax

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    ZHENG Lai-jiu; LI Hong; LIU Jian-yu


    The study of dyeability of the modified flax that uses dye-uptake to reflect its modifying effect is reported in this paper. The optimal technological condition is that the concentration of the modifying agent is 4g/l, and NaOH is 6g/l at liquor ratio of 1:30 for 60 min. at 85℃.Dyeability include uptake rate and color fastness. Dye-uptake of the modified flax is twice more than that of the unmodified. And their color fastness doesn't fall and some of them raise 0.5-1 level.

  3. Dyeing Behaviour of Unmodified and Modified Polyamide 6.6 Fibers of Different Levels of Fineness (United States)

    Makhlouf, Chahira; Kacem, Chiraz; Roudesli, Sadok; Sakli, Faouzi

    In present study, the dyeing behaviour of unmodified and modified polyamide 6.6 fibers of different levels of fineness was investigated. The color strength of all the dyeings as well as their color fastness properties were studied. The obtained results revealed that with the use of acid or disperse dyes, color strength of dyeings decreased for microfibers compared to conventional fibers. Thus, the unmodified microfibers appeared to be more accessible to dyes than conventional ones, especially when small dye molecules were used. Both microfibers and conventional polyamide 6.6 fibers were modified with acrylic acid monomer using the free radical polymerization method. The dyeability of both modified fibers with basic dyes was significantly improved due to the incorporation of carboxylic groups. The consequences were an increase of color strength and an improvement of light fastness properties of basic dyeings by increasing the percent of graftings.

  4. Electronic structure of Fe- vs. Ru-based dye molecules

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    Johnson, Phillip S.; Cook, Peter L.; Zegkinoglou, Ioannis;


    In order to explore whether Ru can be replaced by inexpensive Fe in dye molecules for solar cells, the differences in the electronic structure of Fe- and Ru-based dyes are investigated by X-ray absorption spectroscopy and first-principles calculations. Molecules with the metal in a sixfold...

  5. Primary Photoprocesses in Dyes and Other Complex Molecules. (United States)


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  6. Modified Dye for Water-Fast Ink-Jet Printing

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    Zheng Qingkang(郑庆康); Zhu Puxin(朱谱新); Wu Dacheng(吴大诚); Lewis DM.


    A quaternary ammonium compound containing amino acid residue was synthesized by Converting 3-chloro-2-hydroxy- propyalkyldimethylammonium chlorides into its epoxide derivatives, then attaching an amino acid to the epoxide derivatives synthesized a quaternary ammonium compound containing amino acid residue. Modified dyes were prepared by the ionotropy of anionic dyes with the quaternary ammonium compound containing amino acid residue. It was discovered that the modified dyes exhibited an excellent pH controllable solubility. These modified dyes have good water solubility at pH> 8.0, but they were water insoluble at pH < 6.5. On the printing paper, modified dyes in water-based ink-jet print ink could convert to water insoluble form and give prints excellent water fastness.

  7. Application of Acid Dyestuffs with Different Molecule Structure in Combined Dyeing and Finishing of Cotton Fabric

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    DONG Yong-chun


    Simultaneous dyeing and durable press finishing of cotton fabrics with acid dyes bearing the different molecule structure and durable press finishing agent (DP agent abbr. ) based on modified DMDHEU were investigated by using the pad-dry-cure process. Some factors affecting the process, such as structure of acid dyes, DP agent, catalysts and curing temperature were discussed. The dyed and finished fabrics were evaluated with respect to color strength, fixation, crease recovery angle, breaking strength and fastness properties. The results indicate that structure of acid dyes has a striking effect on the color strength of dyed and finished cotton fabric. The color strength and dry crease recovery angle of dyed and finished cotton fabric increases, whereas breaking strength decreases with increasing concentration of DP agent. It is necessary for ammonium nitrate to serve as catalyst. It is found that relatively satisfactory properties of dyed and finished cotton fabric can be obtained with appropriate adjustment of treating conditions.

  8. Sorption of Acid Dyes onto Silica Modified with Cetrltrimethylammonium Cations

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    TahirImranQureshi; Dong-IkSong; 等


    The sorption behavior of acid dyes onto cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB)-modified silica as a function of pH in the aqueous medium was studied. Single-and multi-solute sorption equilibria of orange Ⅱ(OR), phenol red (PR) and Eriochrome Black T (EBT) were studied at pH 3, unbuffered water pH and pH 11. Sorption behavior of EBT could not be conducted at pH3 due to its aggregation in acidic medium. All the reaction conditions, experimental protocols and techniques remained the same throughout the sorption process. Sorption isotherms for single-solute system were fitted by the Langmuir model, while Langmuir competitive model (LCM) and the ideal adsorbed solution theory (IAST) coupled with Langmuir model (IAST/Langmuir) were used for the prediction of multisolute competitive sorption. Sorption affinities influenced by the factors like physical interactive forces between the molecules of CTA on silica and sorbate, structural limitations of the dyes based on their geometrical arrangement were investigated. Sorption affinity of OR was found to be higher than that of EBT and PR at all the pH values investigated. Magnitude of the sorption capacities was observed to be higher in acidic medium but lower in alkaline medium. Trends of the sorption affinities in multisolute system were simlar to those in single-solute system but magnitude of the sorption capacities was significantly reduced due to the prevailing competition among the sorbates.

  9. Dye removal using modified copper ferrite nanoparticle and RSM analysis. (United States)

    Mahmoodi, Niyaz Mohammad; Soltani-Gordefaramarzi, Sajjad; Sadeghi-Kiakhani, Moosa


    In this paper, copper ferrite nanoparticle (CFN) was synthesized, modified by cetyl trimethylammonium bromide, and characterized. Dye removal ability of the surface modified copper ferrite nanoparticle (SMCFN) from single system was investigated. The physical characteristics of SMCFN were studied using Fourier transform infrared, scanning electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction. Acid Blue 92, Direct Green 6, Direct Red 23, and Direct Red 80 were used as model compounds. The effect of operational parameters (surfactant concentration, adsorbent dosage, dye concentration, and pH) on dye removal was evaluated. Response surface methodology (RSM) was used for the analysis of the dye removal data. The experimental checking in these optimal conditions confirms good agreements with RSM results. The results showed that the SMCFN being a magnetic adsorbent might be a suitable alternative to remove dyes from colored aqueous solutions.

  10. Dye removal using some surface modified silicate minerals

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    Selim K.A.; Youssef M.A.; Abd El-Rahiem F.H.; Hassan M.S


    The objective of this work is to study the efficiency of some surface modified phyllosilicate minerals (bentonite and glauconite) in the removal of dyes from textile waste water. It is found that complete dye removal was achieved by using 10-25 g modified glauconite from solutions having a dye concentration of 10-50 mg/L. Adsorption data were modeled using Langmuir, Freundlich, Temkin and Dubinin-Radushkevich isotherms. Adsorption capacities and optimum adsorption isotherms were predicted by linear regression method. The analysis of experimental isotherms showed that Langmuir isotherm reasonably fit the experimental data in the studied concentration range for the adsorption of dye onto glauconite mineral surface where Freundlich isotherm fit the experimental data for the adsorption of dye onto bentonite mineral surface.

  11. Mechanisms and chemistry of dye adsorption on manganese oxides-modified diatomite. (United States)

    Al-Ghouti, Mohammad A; Al-Degs, Yehya S; Khraisheh, Majeda A M; Ahmad, Mohammad N; Allen, Stephen J


    The investigations into structural changes which occur during adsorbent modification and the adsorption mechanisms are essential for an effective design of adsorption systems. Manganese oxides were impregnated onto diatomite to form the type known as delta-birnessite. Initial investigations established the effectiveness of manganese oxides-modified diatomite (MOMD) to remove basic and reactive dyes from aqueous solution. The adsorption capacity of MOMD for methylene blue (MB), hydrolysed reactive black (RB) and hydrolysed reactive yellow (RY) was 320, 419, and 204mg/g, respectively. Various analytical techniques were used to characterise the structure and the mechanisms of the dye adsorption process onto MOMD such as Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and atomic absorption spectrometry (A.A.). A small shift to higher values of the d-spacing of dye/MOMD was observed indicating that a small amount of the dye molecules were intercalated in the MOMD structure and other molecules were adsorbed on the external surface of MOMD. Two mechanisms of dye adsorption onto MOMD were proposed; intercalation of the dye in the octahedral layers and adsorption of the dye on the MOMD external surface. Moreover, the results demonstrated that the MOMD structure was changed upon insertion of MB and RY with an obvious decrease in the intensity of the second main peak of the MOMD X-ray pattern.

  12. Computational design of molecules for dye sensitized solar cells and nano electronics

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    Ørnsø, Kristian Baruël

    . This is illustrated in this thesis, where a high-throughput Density Functional Theory study of a total of 5145 porphyrin based dye molecules is presented. Initially, the structures of the dyes are optimized and the frontier energy orbital energies calculated. Following this, the dyes are scored for use in a dye...

  13. A small-molecule dye for NIR-II imaging. (United States)

    Antaris, Alexander L; Chen, Hao; Cheng, Kai; Sun, Yao; Hong, Guosong; Qu, Chunrong; Diao, Shuo; Deng, Zixin; Hu, Xianming; Zhang, Bo; Zhang, Xiaodong; Yaghi, Omar K; Alamparambil, Zita R; Hong, Xuechuan; Cheng, Zhen; Dai, Hongjie


    Fluorescent imaging of biological systems in the second near-infrared window (NIR-II) can probe tissue at centimetre depths and achieve micrometre-scale resolution at depths of millimetres. Unfortunately, all current NIR-II fluorophores are excreted slowly and are largely retained within the reticuloendothelial system, making clinical translation nearly impossible. Here, we report a rapidly excreted NIR-II fluorophore (∼90% excreted through the kidneys within 24 h) based on a synthetic 970-Da organic molecule (CH1055). The fluorophore outperformed indocyanine green (ICG)-a clinically approved NIR-I dye-in resolving mouse lymphatic vasculature and sentinel lymphatic mapping near a tumour. High levels of uptake of PEGylated-CH1055 dye were observed in brain tumours in mice, suggesting that the dye was detected at a depth of ∼4 mm. The CH1055 dye also allowed targeted molecular imaging of tumours in vivo when conjugated with anti-EGFR Affibody. Moreover, a superior tumour-to-background signal ratio allowed precise image-guided tumour-removal surgery.

  14. A small-molecule dye for NIR-II imaging (United States)

    Antaris, Alexander L.; Chen, Hao; Cheng, Kai; Sun, Yao; Hong, Guosong; Qu, Chunrong; Diao, Shuo; Deng, Zixin; Hu, Xianming; Zhang, Bo; Zhang, Xiaodong; Yaghi, Omar K.; Alamparambil, Zita R.; Hong, Xuechuan; Cheng, Zhen; Dai, Hongjie


    Fluorescent imaging of biological systems in the second near-infrared window (NIR-II) can probe tissue at centimetre depths and achieve micrometre-scale resolution at depths of millimetres. Unfortunately, all current NIR-II fluorophores are excreted slowly and are largely retained within the reticuloendothelial system, making clinical translation nearly impossible. Here, we report a rapidly excreted NIR-II fluorophore (~90% excreted through the kidneys within 24 h) based on a synthetic 970-Da organic molecule (CH1055). The fluorophore outperformed indocyanine green (ICG)--a clinically approved NIR-I dye--in resolving mouse lymphatic vasculature and sentinel lymphatic mapping near a tumour. High levels of uptake of PEGylated-CH1055 dye were observed in brain tumours in mice, suggesting that the dye was detected at a depth of ~4 mm. The CH1055 dye also allowed targeted molecular imaging of tumours in vivo when conjugated with anti-EGFR Affibody. Moreover, a superior tumour-to-background signal ratio allowed precise image-guided tumour-removal surgery.

  15. Modified "DMC" technique for stretching DNA molecules

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    A modified "dynamic molecular combing"(DMC)technique used for stretching double-strandedDNA is reported. DNA molecules were stretched on the silanized mica surface by thistechnique, its speed being precisely controlled with a computer. This approachcombinedthe precise DNA stretching method with high resolution AFM imaging at nanometer scale,thusmaking it useful for DNA alignment manipulation and subsequent gene research.

  16. Quantification of Adsorption of Azo Dye Molecules on Graphene Oxide Using Optical Spectroscopy (United States)

    Chaudhary, Raghvendra Pratap; Pawar, Pranav Bhagwan; Vaibhav, Kumar; Saxena, Sumit; Shukla, Shobha


    The presence of azo dye molecules in effluents is a source of water pollution and an environmental hazard. Thus, it is very important to separate out such dye molecules. We have investigated the use of graphene oxide (GO) for the purification of dye-contaminated water. The adsorption efficiency of GO in the degradation of azo dye molecules and the interaction mechanism has been estimated using Ultra Violet-Visible absorption spectroscopy. The charge on the dye molecules along with steric hinderance due to their molecular structure is understood to be detrimental in the adsorption and removal of such dyes. Spectroscopic studies suggest that GO can be used as a potential candidate for efficient removal of cationic azo-dye molecules by adsorption.

  17. Excitation energy transfer from dye molecules to doped graphene

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    R S Swathi; K L Sebastian


    Recently, we have reported theoretical studies on the rate of energy transfer from an electronically excited molecule to graphene. It was found that graphene is a very efficient quencher of the electronically excited states and that the rate -4. The process was found to be effective up to 30 which is well beyond the traditional FRET limit. In this report, we study the transfer of an amount of energy $\\hbar$ from a dye molecule to doped graphene. We find a crossover of the distance dependence of the rate from -4 to exponential as the Fermi level is increasingly shifted into the conduction band, with the crossover occurring at a shift of the Fermi level by an amount $\\hbar$ /2.

  18. Organic synthetic dye degradation by modified pinhole discharge (United States)

    Lončarić Božić, A.; Koprivanac, N.; Šunka, P.; Člupek, M.; Babický, V.


    The aim of this work was to investigate the possibility of applying a high voltage pulsed electrical discharges for dye wastewater treatment. Commercial organic monochlorotriazine reactive dye of the anthraquinone type C.I. Reactive Blue 49 (RB49) was chosen as a representative of persistent and recalcitrant wastewater pollutant. The modified pinhole discharge flow-through reactor was used to treat such type of contaminant. Applying HV pulses 30 kV, 3.15 J/pulse, 50 Hz repetition rate, complete decolorisation and partial mineralization of RB49 has been reached and demonstrated by means of UV/VIS absorption, TOC and AOX measurements.

  19. Organic dyes removal using magnetically modified rye straw

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    Baldikova, Eva, E-mail: [Department of Nanobiotechnology, Institute of Nanobiology and Structural Biology of GCRC, Na Sadkach 7, 370 05 Ceske Budejovice (Czech Republic); Safarikova, Mirka [Department of Nanobiotechnology, Institute of Nanobiology and Structural Biology of GCRC, Na Sadkach 7, 370 05 Ceske Budejovice (Czech Republic); Safarik, Ivo, E-mail: [Department of Nanobiotechnology, Institute of Nanobiology and Structural Biology of GCRC, Na Sadkach 7, 370 05 Ceske Budejovice (Czech Republic); Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials, Palacky University, Slechtitelu 11, 783 71 Olomouc (Czech Republic)


    Rye straw, a very low-cost material, was employed as a biosorbent for two organic water-soluble dyes belonging to different dye classes, namely acridine orange (acridine group) and methyl green (triarylmethane group). The adsorption properties were tested for native and citric acid–NaOH modified rye straw, both in nonmagnetic and magnetic versions. The adsorption equilibrium was reached in 2 h and the adsorption isotherms data were analyzed using the Langmuir model. The highest values of maximum adsorption capacities were 208.3 mg/g for acridine orange and 384.6 mg/g for methyl green. - Highlights: • Rye derivatives can be considered as efficient adsorbents for organic dyes. • Magnetic modification of straw by microwave-synthesized magnetic iron oxides. • Citric acid–NaOH modification increased the maximum adsorption capacities.

  20. Evidence for photo-induced charge separation between dye molecules adsorbed to aluminium oxide surfaces. (United States)

    Cappel, Ute B; Moia, Davide; Bruno, Annalisa; Vaissier, Valerie; Haque, Saif A; Barnes, Piers R F


    Excited state dynamics and photo-induced charge transfer of dye molecules have been widely studied due to their relevance for organic and dye-sensitised solar cells. Herein, we present a femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy study of the indolene dye D131 when adsorbed to inert Al2O3 substrates for different surface concentration of the dye. Surprisingly, we find that at high surface concentrations, the first singlet excited state of the dye is converted into a new state with an efficiency of about 80%. We assign the absorption features of this state to the oxidised dye and discuss the possibility of photo-induced charge separation between neighboring dye molecules. Our study is the first to show that this process can be highly efficient without the use of donor and acceptor molecules of different chemical structures.

  1. Resonance Raman spectra of black soap film containing dye molecule

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    梁映秋; 张韫宏


    Dye molecule brilliant yellow (BY) has been used as an acid-base probe in the study of the resonance Raman spectra of three kinds of microenvironments of the black soap film (BSF) containing BY, the BY-CTAB micellar solution, and the aqueous BY solution under various pH conditions. It has been revealed that BY bound to the sandwich interface of the BSF and that to the micellar interface show similar spectral changes, but the former owns the character of coexistence of acidic and basic structures in a relatively large range of pH values (neutral to basic). Further investigations have demonstrated that BSF exhibits the buffer effect that the pH value of the aqueous core is insensitive to the pH change of the bulk solution.

  2. Nanoassemblies Based on Semiconductor Quantum Dots and Dye Molecules:. Single Objects Detection and Related Interface Dynamics (United States)

    Zenkevich, E.; von Borczyskowski, C.; Kowerko, D.


    Single molecule spectroscopy of QD-dye nanoassemblies is shown that single functionalized dye molecules (perylene-bisimides and meso-pyridyl porphyrins) can be considered as extremely sensitive probes for studying exciton and relaxation processes in semiconductor CdSe/ZnS quantum dots.

  3. Studies on Dyeing Process Variables for Salt Free Reactive Dyeing of Glycine Modified Cationized Cotton Muslin Fabric (United States)

    Samanta, Ashis Kumar; Kar, Tapas Ranjan; Mukhopadhyay, Asis; Shome, Debashis; Konar, Adwaita


    Bleached cotton muslin fabric with or without pre-oxidized with NaIO4 (oxy-cotton) was chemically modified with glycine (amino acid) by pad dry calendar process to investigate the changes in textile properties and its dyeability with reactive dye. This glycine modified cotton incorporates new functional groups producing -NH3 + or -C=NH+ -ion (cationic groups) in acid bath to obtain cationized cotton making it amenable to a newer route of salt free reactive dyeing in acid bath. In the present work the process variables of reactive dyeing in the salt free acid bath for dyeing of amine (glycine) modified cationized cotton were studied and optimized. The present study also includes thorough investigation of changes in important textile related properties and dyeability with reactive dye after such chemical modifications. Between oxidized and unoxidized cotton muslin fabric, unoxidized cotton fabric shows better reactive dye uptake in both conventional alkaline bath dyeing and nonconventional salt free acid bath dyeing particularly for high exhaustion class of reactive dye with acceptable level of colour fastness and overall balance of other textile related properties. Moreover, application of dye fixing agent further improves surface colour depth (K/S) of the glycine treated cotton fabric for HE brand of reactive dyes. Corresponding reaction mechanisms for such modifications were supported by FTIR spectroscopy. Finally unoxidized cotton and pre-oxidized cotton further treated with glycine (amino acid) provide a new route of acid bath salt free reactive dyeing showing much higher dye uptake and higher degree of surface cover with amino acid residue anchored to modified cotton.

  4. Two-dimensional analysis of gold nanoparticle effects on dye molecule system

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    Qaradaghi, Vahid [School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University (TMU), P.O. Box 14115-194, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Fathi, Davood, E-mail: [School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University (TMU), P.O. Box 14115-194, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)


    This paper presents a two-dimensional analysis of a dye molecule system in the presence of a gold nanoparticle (AuNP). This configuration has been used widely for the practical applications such as optoelectronics and also the biomedical applications such as cancer. The effects of coupling between the nanoparticle (AuNP) and dye molecules around it are simulated and studied in a two-dimensional plane. The three relative momentum polarizations of dye molecule near the AuNP (perpendicular, parallel and random) are considered. With the change of nanoparticle radius and its distances from the dye molecules, the output fluorescence signal will be changed. The obtained results show that, the perpendicular polarized dye w.r.t. the AuNP surface leads to the increase of output fluorescence signal nearly 1.5 times the input intensity.

  5. Sensitization of photoprocesses in colloidal Ag2S quantum dots by dye molecules (United States)

    Ovchinnikov, Oleg V.; Kondratenko, Tamara S.; Grevtseva, Irina G.; Smirnov, Mikhail S.; Pokutnyi, Sergey I.


    The effect of photosensitization of IR luminescence excitation (1205 nm) of colloidal Ag2S quantum dots (QDs) with average size of 2.5±0.6 nm in gelatin at 600 to 660 nm by molecules of 3,3'-di-(γ-sulfopropyl)-4,4',5,5'-dibenzo-9-ethylthiacarbocyanine betaine pyridinium salt (Dye1) and thionine dye (Dye2) was registered. Cis-J-aggregates of Dye1 and cations monomer of Dye2 conjugated with Ag2S QDs take part in this process. The photosensitization of luminescence excitation of colloidal Ag2S QDs was interpreted by resonance nonradiation transfer of electronic excitation energy from cis-J-aggregates of Dye1 and cations of Dye2 to centers of recombination luminescence of Ag2S QDs.

  6. Multicolour single molecule imaging in cells with near infra-red dyes.

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    Christopher J Tynan

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The autofluorescence background of biological samples impedes the detection of single molecules when imaging. The most common method of reducing the background is to use evanescent field excitation, which is incompatible with imaging beyond the surface of biological samples. An alternative would be to use probes that can be excited in the near infra-red region of the spectrum, where autofluorescence is low. Such probes could also increase the number of labels that can be imaged in multicolour single molecule microscopes. Despite being widely used in ensemble imaging, there is a currently a shortage of information available for selecting appropriate commercial near infra-red dyes for single molecule work. It is therefore important to characterise available near infra-red dyes relevant to multicolour single molecule imaging. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: A range of commercially available near infra-red dyes compatible with multi-colour imaging was screened to find the brightest and most photostable candidates. Image series of immobilised samples of the brightest dyes (Alexa 700, IRDye 700DX, Alexa 790 and IRDye 800CW were analysed to obtain the mean intensity of single dye molecules, their photobleaching rates and long period blinking kinetics. Using the optimum dye pair, we have demonstrated for the first time widefield, multi-colour, near infra-red single molecule imaging using a supercontinuum light source in MCF-7 cells. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: We have demonstrated that near infra-red dyes can be used to avoid autofluorescence background in samples where restricting the illumination volume of visible light fails or is inappropriate. We have also shown that supercontinuum sources are suited to single molecule multicolour imaging throughout the 470-1000 nm range. Our measurements of near infra-red dye properties will enable others to select optimal dyes for single molecule imaging.

  7. Fast and efficient removal of alizarin yellow dye (Azo dye from water and wastewater samples using modified nanoclay

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    Shahla Elhami


    Full Text Available A fast and efficient method has been developed for removal of Alizarin Yellow dye using modified nanoclay. Montmorillonite (MMT was modified by a facile and one-step procedure with diethylenetriamine (DETA and was used as an adsorbent. The effects of pH value of the dye solution, adsorbent dose, adsorption time and the initial dye concentration on the Alizarin Yellow adsorption onto the composite were investigated.  The DETA-MMT had a high uptake capacity in room temperature and could remove Alizarin Yellow dye of about 85 % with 6 g/L of adsorbent, in only 2 min. Langmuir and Freundlich isotherms were employed for the study of the adsorption of Alizarin Yellow dye onto DETA-MMT. The method was applied to the removal of Alizarin Yellow in different tap water, river water and industrial wastewater samples.

  8. Imposed Orientation of Dye Molecules by Liquid Crystals and an Electric Field. (United States)

    Sadlej-Sosnowska, Nina


    Describes experiments using dye solutions in liquid crystals in which polar molecules are oriented in an electrical field and devices are constructed to change their color in response to an electric signal. (CS)

  9. Monitoring excimer formation of perylene dye molecules within PMMA-based nanofiber via FLIM method (United States)

    Inci, Mehmet Naci; Acikgoz, Sabriye; Demir, Mustafa Muamer


    Confocal fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy method is used to obtain individual fluorescence intensity and lifetime values of aromatic Perylene dye molecules encapsulated into PMMA based nanofibers. Fluorescence spectrum of aromatic hydrocarbon dye molecules, like perylene, depends on the concentration of dye molecules and these dye molecules display an excimeric emission band besides monomeric emission bands. Due to the dimension of a nanofiber is comparable to the monomer emission wavelength, the presence of nanofibers does not become effective on the decay rates of a single perylene molecule and its lifetime remains unchanged. When the concentration of perylene increases, molecular motion of the perylene molecule is restricted within nanofibers so that excimer emission arises from the partially overlapped conformation. As compared to free excimer emission of perylene, time-resolved experiments show that the fluorescence lifetime of excimer emission of perylene, which is encapsulated into NFs, gets shortened dramatically. Such a decrease in the lifetime is measured to be almost 50 percent, which indicates that the excimer emission of perylene molecules is more sensitive to change in the surrounding environment due to its longer wavelength. Fluorescence lifetime measurements are typically used to confirm the presence of excimers and to construct an excimer formation map of these dye molecules.

  10. The mathematical model of dye diffusion and adsorption on modified cellulose with triazine derivatives containing cationic and anionic groups (United States)

    Xie, K.; Hou, A.; Chen, Y.


    Cellulose fabric is chemically modified with the compounds containing cationic and anionic groups. The molecular chains of modified cellulose have both cationic and anionic groups. Dye diffusion properties on modified cellulose are discussed. The dye adsorption and diffusion on modified cellulose are higher than those on unmodified cellulose. The diffusion properties of dyes at different temperature are discussed. Compared with unmodified cellulose, the diffusion processing of dyes in the modified cotton cellulose shows significant change.

  11. Understanding and controlling laser-matter interactions: From solvated dye molecules to polyatomic molecules in gas phase (United States)

    Konar, Arkaprabha

    The goal of my research is to obtain a better understanding of the various processes that occur during and following laser-matter interactions from both the physical and chemical point of view. In particular I focused my research on understanding two very important aspects of laser-matter interaction; 1) Intense laser-matter interactions for polyatomic molecules in the gas phase in order to determine to what extent processes like excitation, ionization and fragmentation can be controlled by modifying the phase and amplitude of the laser field according to the timescales for electronic, vibrational and rotational energy transfer. 2) Developing pulse shaping based single beam methods aimed at studying solvated molecules in order to elucidate processes like inhomogeneous broadening, solvatochromic shift and to determine the electronic coherence lifetimes of solvated molecules. The effect of the chirped femtosecond pulses on fluorescence and stimulated emission from solvated dye molecules was studied and it was observed that the overall effect depends quadratically on pulse energy, even where excitation probabilities range from 0.02 to 5%, in the so-called "linear excitation regime". The shape of the chirp dependence is found to be independent of the energy of the pulse. It was found that the chirp dependence reveals dynamics related to solvent rearrangement following excitation and also depends on electronic relaxation of the chromophore. Furthermore, the chirped pulses were found to be extremely sensitive to solvent environment and that the complementary phases having the opposite sign provide information about the electronic coherence lifetimes. Similar to chirped pulses, the effects of a phase step on the excitation spectrum and the corresponding changes to the stimulated emission spectrum were also studied and it was found that the coherent feature on the spectrum is sensitive to the dephasing time of the system. Therefore a single phase scanning method can

  12. Photo-induced reorientation of molecules in dye micro crystals

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    Tariel D. Ebralidze; Nadia A. Ebralidze


    Upon massive generation of anisotropic grains of azo dye methyl orange in a gelatin film exposed to active polarized light, a cluster of micro crystals with optical axes of similar orientations has been produced. The anisotropy observed has been found to disappear under exposure to active natural light.

  13. Resonance energy transfer in conjugates of semiconductor nanocrystals and organic dye molecules (United States)

    Artemyev, Mikhail


    I analyze the efficiency of Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) in luminescent donor-acceptor complexes based on conjugates of CdSe/ZnS quantum dots and nanorods and the luminescent dyes. Semiconductor nanocrystals serve either as FRET donors or acceptors. Experimentally observed reduced FRET efficiency in complexes of nanorods and dye molecules as compared to quantum dots are found to be attributable to a distance-limited energy transfer rate in case of point-like dye dipoles and extended nanorod dipole.

  14. Single-molecule studies of oligomer extraction and uptake of dyes in poly(dimethylsiloxane) films. (United States)

    Lange, Jeffrey J; Collinson, Maryanne M; Culbertson, Christopher T; Higgins, Daniel A


    Single-molecule microscopic methods were used to probe the uptake, mobility, and entrapment of dye molecules in cured poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) films as a function of oligomer extraction. The results are relevant to the use of PDMS in microfluidic separations, pervaporation, solid-phase microextraction, and nanofiltration. PDMS films were prepared by spin-casting dilute solutions of Sylgard 184 onto glass coverslips, yielding approximately 1.4 microm thick films after curing. Residual oligomers were subsequently extracted from the films by "spin extraction". In this procedure, 200 microL aliquots of isopropyl alcohol were repeatedly dropped onto the film surface and spun off at 2000 rpm. Samples extracted 5, 10, 20, and 40 times were investigated. Dye molecules were loaded into these films by spin-casting nanomolar dye solutions onto the films. Both neutral perylene diimide (N,N'-bis(butoxypropyl)perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic diimide) and cationic rhodamine 6G (R6G) dyes were employed. The films were imaged by confocal fluorescence microscopy. The images obtained depict nonzero populations of fixed and mobile molecules in all films. Cross-correlation methods were used to quantitatively determine the population of fixed molecules in a given region, while a Bayesian burst analysis was used to obtain the total population of molecules. The results show that the total amount of dye loaded increases with increased oligomer extraction, while the relative populations of fixed and mobile molecules decrease and increase, respectively. Bulk R6G data also show greater dye loading with increased oligomer extraction.

  15. Selective adsorption and release of cationic organic dye molecules on mesoporous borosilicates

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    Paul, Manidipa; Pal, Nabanita; Bhaumik, Asim, E-mail:


    Mesoporous materials can play a pivotal role as a host material for delivery application to a specific part of a system. In this work we explore the selective adsorption and release of cationic organic dye molecules such as safranine T (ST) and malachite green (MG) on mesoporous borosilicate materials. The mesoporous silica SBA-15 and borosilicate materials (MBS) were prepared using non-ionic surfactant Pluronic P123 as template via evaporation induced self-assembly (EISA) method. After template removal the materials show high surface areas and in some cases ordered mesopores of dimensions ca. 6-7 nm. High surface area, mesoporosity and the presence of heteroatom (boron) help this mesoporous borosilicate material to adsorb high amount of cationic dye molecules at its surface from the respective aqueous solutions. Furthermore, the mesoporous borosilicate samples containing higher percentage adsorbed dyes show excellent release of ST or MG dye in simulated body fluid (SBF) solution at physiological pH = 7.4 and temperature 310 K. The adsorption and release efficiency of mesoporous borosilicate samples are compared with reference boron-free mesoporous pure silica material to understand the nature of adsorbate-adsorbent interaction at the surfaces. - Graphical abstract: Highly ordered 2D-hexagonal mesoporous borosilicate materials have been synthesized by using Pluronic P123 as template. The materials show very good adsorption and release of organic cationic dye molecules under physiological conditions. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Highly ordered 2D-hexagonal mesoporous borosilicate. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nonionic Pluoronic P123 templated mesoporous material. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Adsorption of organic dyes at the mesopore surface. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Controlled release of dyes under physiological pH and temperature. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Release of safranine T (ST) and malachite green (MG) dyes in simulated body fluids.

  16. Rhodanine dye-based small molecule acceptors for organic photovoltaic cells. (United States)

    Kim, Yujeong; Song, Chang Eun; Moon, Sang-Jin; Lim, Eunhee


    The solution-processable small molecules based on carbazole or fluorene containing rhodanine dyes at both ends were synthesized and introduced as acceptors in organic photovoltaic cells. The high energy levels of their lowest unoccupied molecular orbitals resulted in a power conversion efficiency of 3.08% and an open circuit voltage of up to 1.03 V.

  17. Single molecule fluorescence fluctuations of the cyanine dyes linked covalently to DNA

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    AUMILER; Damir


    The intersystem crossing and isomerization dynamics of free-Cy3,Cy3-ssDNA,free-Cy5 and Cy5-ssDNA are obtained through simple analysis of rapid on/off blinking from single molecule fluorescence intensity time-traces and the fluorescence correlation spectroscopy(FCS).The on-and off-times observed in fluorescence time traces of single cyanine dyes are due to the formation of the triplet state and isomerization,where both the interaction with DNA and long central polymethine chain of cyanine dyes increase the barriers of isomerization,leading to long off-time.The results indicate that the single molecule fluorescence fluctuation together with the resulting second autocorrelation analysis are powerful methods for determining the triplet state and isomerization dynamics,which could be the simple techniques and complementary to other spectroscopic techniques,such as fluorescence decay measurement and laser flash photolysis to study the photophysical processes of complex molecules.

  18. Influence of Spinning Technology on Dye Uptake of Modified Polypropylene Fiber

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    张瑜; 朱美芳; 俞成丙; 陈彦模


    By adding small amount of olefin polymer additive, the dyeability of polypropylene fiber can be improved.Research results show that the improvement of dyeing performance of modified PP fiber is mainly due to the formation of looser structure of PP matrix and the microchannels among additive particles in blended fiber. The dye uptake of drawn fibers decreases with drawing ratios obviously and changes with temperature of heat plate and heat roller a little.

  19. Improved photostability of hydrophobic natural dye incorporated in organo-modified hydrotalcite (United States)

    Kohno, Yoshiumi; Asai, Saeko; Shibata, Masashi; Fukuhara, Choji; Maeda, Yasuhisa; Tomita, Yasumasa; Kobayashi, Kenkichiro


    β-carotene and annatto extract are typical carotenoids used as safe colorants for foods. However, the instability against irradiation limits their wide use. The improvement of stability was investigated by the intercalation of dye into the interlayer space of the anion-exchangeable clay, hydrotalcite. A hydrophobic environment was constructed in the interlayer space of the hydrotalcite by its modification with anionic surfactants (dodecyl sulfate and dodecylbenzene sulfonate). The lipophilic β-carotene and annatto dye were successfully incorporated into the organo-modified hydrotalcite, and the incorporated dyes exhibited improved photostability under visible irradiation from a 100 W halogen lamp (190 klux) in the air. The effect of the stabilization on the anionic annatto dye was higher by the incorporation in the modified hydrotalcite than that in the modified cation exchangeable clay, suggesting that the polarity of the clay sheet had some influence on the stabilization of the incorporated dye. The stabilization effect of β-carotene was not so significant as that of the annatto dye, because sufficient intercalation of non-polar β-carotene might require stronger hydrophobic environment. The π-π interaction between the β-carotene and the benzene ring of dodecylbenzene sulfonate was found to contribute to the stability enhancement.

  20. Modified optical absorption of molecules on metallic nanoparticles at sub-monolayer coverage

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    Darby, Brendan L; Meyer, Matthias; Pantoja, Andres E; Ru, Eric C Le


    Enhanced optical absorption of molecules in the vicinity of metallic nanostructures is key to a number of surface-enhanced spectroscopies and of great general interest to the fields of plasmonics and nano-optics. Yet, experimental access to this absorbance has long proven elusive. We here present direct measurements of the intrinsic absorbance of dye-molecules adsorbed onto silver nanospheres, and crucially, at sub-monolayer concentrations where dye--dye interactions become negligible. With a large detuning from the plasmon resonance, distinct shifts and broadening of the molecular resonances reveal the intrinsic properties of the dye in contact with the metal colloid, in contrast to the often studied strong-coupling regime where the optical properties of the dye-molecules cannot be isolated. The observation of these shifts together with the ability to routinely measure them has broad implications in the interpretation of experiments involving resonant molecules on metallic surfaces, such as surface-enhanced ...

  1. Chitosan and chemically modified chitosan beads for acid dyes sorption

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    AZLAN Kamari; WAN SAIME Wan Ngah; LAI KEN Liew


    The capabilities of chitosan and chitosan-EGDE (ethylene glycol diglycidyl ether) beads for removing Acid Red 37 (AR 37) and Acid Blue 25 (AB 25) from aqueous solution were examined. Chitosan beads were cross-linked with EGDE to enhance its chemical resistance and mechanical strength. Experiments were performed as a function of pH, agitation period and concentration of AR 37 and AB 25. It was shown that the adsorption capacities of chitosan were comparatively higher than chitosan-EGDE for both acid dyes. This is mainly because cross-linking using EGDE reduces the major adsorption sites -NH3+ on chitosan. Langmuir isotherm model showed best conformity compared to Freundlich and BET. The kinetic experimental data agreed very well to the pseudo second-order kinetic model. The desorption study revealed that after three cycles of adsorption and desorption by NaOH and HCl, both adsorbents retained their promising adsorption abilities. FT-IR analysis proved that the adsorption of acid dyes onto chitosan-based adsorbents was a physical adsorption. Results also showed that chitosan and chitosan-EGDE beads were favourable adsorbers and could be employed as low-cost alternatives for the removal of acid dyes in wastewater treatment.

  2. Synthesis, characterization, and reactivity of cellulose modified nano zero-valent iron for dye discoloration (United States)

    Wang, Xiangyu; Wang, Pei; Ma, Jun; Liu, Huiling; Ning, Ping


    Nano zero-valent iron (NZVI) was innovatively and successfully modified by using hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC) and hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose (HPMC) as dispersants. The systematic characterization observations (including XRD, SEM and TEM) illustrate that, compared with bare nano zero-valent iron particles (BNZVI), the particle sizes of hydroxyethyl cellulose modified (ENZVI) and hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose modified (PNZVI) were decreased, while the dispersity and antioxidizability of ENZVI and PNZVI particles were increased. The discoloration efficiencies of ENZVI, PNZVI, and BNZVI were compared by using dyes (including orange II, methyl orange, methyl blue, and methylene blue) as target pollutant. The results show that both the discoloration efficiency and reaction rate of ENZVI and PNZVI are higher than that of BNZVI. In addition, effects of dispersant content, dye type, pH value, initial dye concentration, iron dosage, and reaction temperature on discoloration efficiencies were studied. The results show that discoloration efficiency was decreased by increasing initial pH value and dye concentration, and it was increased with the increase the iron dosage and reaction temperature. Under optimized NZVI addition of 0.7 g L-1, the discoloration efficiencies of ENZVI and PNZVI were increased to 96.33% and 98.62%, respectively. And the possible discoloration pathway and dispersant modification mechanism of NZVI were discussed. This study suggests hydroxyethyl cellulose and hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose dispersed NZVI can be utilized as a promising modified nano-material for degradation of dye wastewater.

  3. The adsorption of basic dyes from aqueous solution on modified peat-resin particle. (United States)

    Sun, Qingye; Yang, Linzhang


    Modified peat was prepared by mixing thoroughly raw peat with sulfuric acid, and modified peat-resin particle was obtained, by mixing modified peat with solutions of polyvinylalcohol (PVA) and formaldehyde. In this paper, the adsorption of Basic Magenta and Basic Brilliant Green onto modified peat-resin particle is examined. The adsorption isotherm showed that the adsorption of basic dyes on modified peat-resin particle deviated from the Langmuir and Freundlich equations. The pseudo-first order, pseudo-second order and intraparticle diffusion models were used to fit the experimental data. By comparing the standard deviation, it was found that the intraparticle diffusion model could be used to well describe the adsorption of two basic dyes on modified peat-resin particle. According to the change of intraparticle diffusion parameter, the adsorption processes could be divided into different stages. The kinetics experiment also indicated that initial dye concentrations, particle dose and particle size could affect the adsorption processes of basic dyes. Copyright 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd.

  4. In Situ Mapping of the Molecular Arrangement of Amphiphilic Dye Molecules at the TiO 2 Surface of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Voïtchovsky, Kislon


    © 2015 American Chemical Society. Amphiphilic sensitizers are central to the function of dye-sensitized solar cells. It is known that the cell\\'s performance depends on the molecular arrangement and the density of the dye on the semiconductor surface, but a molecular-level picture of the cell-electrolyte interface is still lacking. Here, we present subnanometer in situ atomic force microscopy images of the Z907 dye at the surface of TiO2 in a relevant liquid. Our results reveal changes in the conformation and the lateral arrangement of the dye molecules, depending on their average packing density on the surface. Complementary quantitative measurements on the ensemble of the film are obtained by the quartz-crystal microbalance with dissipation technique. An atomistic picture of the dye coverage-dependent packing, the effectiveness of the hydrophobic alkyl chains as blocking layer, and the solvent accessibility is obtained from molecular dynamics simulations. (Figure Presented).

  5. Application of natural and modified sugar cane bagasse for the removal of dye from aqueous solution

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    Thermodynamic parameters ΔG°, ΔH° and ΔS° were also evaluated. The values of ΔG° show spontaneous behavior of the system. The modified bagasse C-SB shows about 89% removal, due to the formation of new modified surface and enhancement in its surface area. It could be employed as a low-cost alternative method for the removal of dyes and purification of textile effluents.

  6. Strength of interactions between immobilized dye molecules and sol-gel matrices. (United States)

    Ismail, Fanya; Schoenleber, Monika; Mansour, Rolan; Bastani, Behnam; Fielden, Peter; Goddard, Nicholas J


    In this paper we present a new theory to re-examine the immobilization technique of dye doped sol-gel films, define the strength and types of possible bonds between the immobilized molecule and sol-gel glass, and show that the immobilized molecule is not free inside the pores as was previously thought. Immobilizing three different pH sensitive dyes with different size and functional groups inside the same sol-gel films revealed important information about the nature of the interaction between the doped molecule and the sol-gel matrix. The samples were characterized by means of ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometer (UV-VIS), thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), mercury porosimetry (MP), nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((29)Si NMR) and field-emission environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM-FEG). It was found that the doped molecule itself has a great effect on the strength and types of the bonds. A number of factors were identified, such as number and types of the functional groups, overall charge, size, pK(a) and number of the silanol groups which surround the immobilized molecule. These results were confirmed by the successful immobilization of bromocresol green (BCG) after a completely polymerized sol-gel was made. The sol-gel consisted of 50% tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and 50% methyltriethoxysilane (MTEOS) (w/w). Moreover, the effect of the immobilized molecule on the structure of the sol-gel was studied by means of a leaky waveguide (LW) mode for doped films made before and after polymerization of the sol-gel.

  7. Removing Trypan blue dye using nano-Zn modified Luffa sponge (United States)

    Nadaroglu, Hayrunnisa; Cicek, Semra; Gungor, Azize Alayli


    This study has presented specific features that are examined to remove the Trypan blue dye from the waste using Luffa sponge (LS) and modified Luffa sponge with zinc nanoparticles (ZnNPs). Peroxidase enzyme was obtained from Euphorbia amygdaloides plant and it was used with the green synthesis of Zn nanoparticles. Luffa sponge was used to be a support material for immobilized nanoparticles and it also used in remediation work. The obtained membrane forms, fibrous materials, (LS, ZnNPs-LS) were characterized with SEM and XRD. LS and ZnNPs-LS were employed as adsorbent to be used for the removal of Trypan blue dye from aqueous via batch studies. Measurements were made for the equilibrium, pH, temperature, concentration of dye with UV-visible spectrometer (590 nm; for Trypan blue dye). The optimum removal of Trypan blue dye was found at pH 7, the equilibrium was attained within 30 min. The thermodynamic properties ΔG0, ΔH0, and ΔS0 showed that adsorption of Trypan blue dye onto LS and ZnNPs-LS were spontaneous and endothermic. The equilibrium isotherm data were analyzed using Langmuir and Freundlich models and the sorption process was described by the Langmuir isotherm with maximum monolayer adsorption capacity of 45.32 and 47.3 mg/g for LS and LS-ZnNPs at 303 ± 1 °K, respectively.

  8. Single molecule fluorescence fluctuations of the cyanine dyes linked covalently to DNA

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    LV Wei; CHEN XuDong; AUMILER Damir; XIA AnDong


    The intersystem crossing and isomerization dynamics of free-Cy3,Cy3-ssDNA,free-Cy5 and Cy5-ssDNA are obtained through simple analysis of rapid on/off blinking from single molecule fluo rescence intensity time-traces and the fluorescence correlation spectroscopy(FCS).The on-and off-times observed in fluorescence time traces of single cyanine dyes are due to the formation of the triplet state and isomerization,where both the interaction with DNA and long central polymethine chain of cyanine dyes increase the barriers of isomerization,leading to long off-time.The results indicate that the single molecule fluorescence fluctuation together with the resulting second autocorrelation analysis are powerful methods for determining the triplet state and isomerization dynamics,which could be the simple techniques and complementary to other spectroscopic techniques,such as fluorescence decay measurement and laser flash photolysis to study the photophysical processes of complex molecules.

  9. Large pi-aromatic molecules as potential sensitizers for highly efficient dye-sensitized solar cells. (United States)

    Imahori, Hiroshi; Umeyama, Tomokazu; Ito, Seigo


    Recently, dye-sensitized solar cells have attracted much attention relevant to global environmental issues. Thus far, ruthenium(II) bipyridyl complexes have proven to be the most efficient TiO(2) sensitizers in dye-sensitized solar cells. However, a gradual increment in the highest power conversion efficiency has been recognized in the past decade. More importantly, considering that ruthenium is a rare metal, novel dyes without metal or using inexpensive metal are desirable for highly efficient dye-sensitized solar cells. Large pi-aromatic molecules, such as porphyrins, phthalocyanines, and perylenes, are important classes of potential sensitizers for highly efficient dye-sensitized solar cells, owing to their photostability and high light-harvesting capabilities that can allow applications in thinner, low-cost dye-sensitized solar cells. Porphyrins possess an intense Soret band at 400 nm and moderate Q bands at 600 nm. Nevertheless, the poor light-harvesting properties relative to the ruthenium complexes have limited the cell performance of porphyrin-sensitized TiO(2) cells. Elongation of the pi conjugation and loss of symmetry in porphyrins cause broadening and a red shift of the absorption bands together with an increasing intensity of the Q bands relative to that of the Soret band. On the basis of the strategy, the cell performance of porphyrin-sensitized solar cells has been improved intensively by the enhanced light absorption. Actually, some push-pull-type porphyrins have disclosed a remarkably high power conversion efficiency (6-7%) that was close to that of the ruthenium complexes. Phthalocyanines exhibit strong absorption around 300 and 700 nm and redox features that are similar to porphyrins. Moreover, phthalocyanines are transparent over a large region of the visible spectrum, thereby enabling the possibility of using them as "photovoltaic windows". However, the cell performance was poor, owing to strong aggregation and lack of directionality in the

  10. Combination of Small Molecule Microarray and Confocal Microscopy Techniques for Live Cell Staining Fluorescent Dye Discovery

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    Attila Bokros


    Full Text Available Discovering new fluorochromes is significantly advanced by high-throughput screening (HTS methods. In the present study a combination of small molecule microarray (SMM prescreening and confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM was developed in order to discover novel cell staining fluorescent dyes. Compounds with high native fluorescence were selected from a 14,585-member library and further tested on living cells under the microscope. Eleven compartment-specific, cell-permeable (or plasma membrane-targeted fluorochromes were identified. Their cytotoxicity was tested and found that between 1–10 micromolar range, they were non-toxic even during long-term incubations.

  11. Removal of Organic Dyes from Aqueous Solutions with Surfactant-Modified Magnetic Nanoparticles

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    Full Text Available The paper presents the results of studies on the possibility of using magnetic nanoparticles modified with selected hydrophobic surfactants for model post-production water purification. Colloidal solutions of iron hydroxide (III and iron oxide (II and III were obtained and their particles were subjected to surface modification using surfactants. Thus obtained magnetic fluids were used as active agents in the process of removing selected organic dyes from their aqueous solutions. The effectiveness of the modified compounds was analysed using spectrophotometric methods. It has been shown that the effectiveness of the process depends on the type of surfactant used to modify selected magnetic nanoparticles.

  12. Determining the exact number of dye molecules attached to colloidal CdSe/ZnS quantum dots in Förster resonant energy transfer assemblies

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    Kaiser, Uwe; Jimenez de Aberasturi, Dorleta; Vázquez-González, Margarita; Carrillo-Carrion, Carolina; Niebling, Tobias; Parak, Wofgang J.; Heimbrodt, Wolfram, E-mail: [Department of Physics and Material Sciences Center, Philipps-University Marburg, Renthof 5, D-35032 Marburg (Germany)


    Semiconductor quantum dots functionalized with organic dye molecules are important tools for biological sensor applications. Energy transfer between the quantum dot and the attached dyes can be utilized for sensing. Though important, the determination of the real number of dye molecules attached per quantum dot is rather difficult. In this work, a method will be presented to determine the number of ATTO-590 dye molecules attached to CdSe/ZnS quantum dots based on time resolved spectral analysis. The energy transfer from the excited quantum dot to the attached ATTO-590 dye leads to a reduced lifetime of the quantum dot's excitons. The higher the concentration of dye molecules, the shorter the excitonic lifetime becomes. However, the number of dye molecules attached per quantum dot will vary. Therefore, for correctly explaining the decay of the luminescence upon photoexcitation of the quantum dot, it is necessary to take into account the distribution of the number of dyes attached per quantum dot. A Poisson distribution of the ATTO-590 dye molecules not only leads to excellent agreement between experimental and theoretical decay curves but also additionally yields the average number of dye molecules attached per quantum dot. In this way, the number of dyes per quantum dot can be conveniently determined.

  13. Application of dithiocarbamate-modified starch for dyes removal from aqueous solutions. (United States)

    Cheng, Rumei; Xiang, Bo; Li, Yijiu; Zhang, Mingzhen


    The present study shows that the dithiocarbamate-modified starch (DTCS) is a commercially promising sorbent for the removal of anionic dyes from aqueous solutions. It is more effective than activated carbon for this purpose. At the appropriate solution pH of 4, kinetic studies indicate that the sorption of the dyes tends to follow pseudo-first-order equation. The sorption equilibrium is best described by the Langmuir-Freundlich isotherm model at 298 K. The capacities for individual dyes follow the sequence acid orange 7 > acid orange 10 > acid red 18 > acid black 1 > acid green 25, which is consistent with the inverse order of molecular size. The negative enthalpy change for the adsorption process confirms the exothermic nature of adsorption, and a free energy change confirms the spontaneity of the process. The FT-IR spectra and thermogravimetric analyses verify the sorption based on starch-NH(2)(+)CSSH⋯(-)O(3)S-dye electrostatic attraction. The DTCS can be regenerated from the dye loaded DTCS in a weak basic solution containing sodium sulfate. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. Removal of Organic Dyes from Aqueous Solutions with Surfactant-Modified Magnetic Nanoparticles


    Wybieralska Katarzyna; Wajda Anna


    The paper presents the results of studies on the possibility of using magnetic nanoparticles modified with selected hydrophobic surfactants for model post-production water purification. Colloidal solutions of iron hydroxide (III) and iron oxide (II and III) were obtained and their particles were subjected to surface modification using surfactants. Thus obtained magnetic fluids were used as active agents in the process of removing selected organic dyes from their aqueous solutions. The effecti...

  15. Single-Photon Source for Quantum Information Based on Single Dye Molecule Fluorescence in Liquid Crystal Host

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    Lukishova, S.G.; Knox, R.P.; Freivald, P.; McNamara, A.; Boyd, R.W.; Stroud, Jr., C.R.; Schmid, A.W.; Marshall, K.L.


    This paper describes a new application for liquid crystals: quantum information technology. A deterministically polarized single-photon source that efficiently produces photons exhibiting antibunching is a pivotal hardware element in absolutely secure quantum communication. Planar-aligned nematic liquid crystal hosts deterministically align the single dye molecules which produce deterministically polarized single (antibunched) photons. In addition, 1-D photonic bandgap cholesteric liquid crystals will increase single-photon source efficiency. The experiments and challenges in the observation of deterministically polarized fluorescence from single dye molecules in planar-aligned glassy nematic-liquid-crystal oligomer as well as photon antibunching in glassy cholesteric oligomer are described for the first time.

  16. 改性棉织物的天然紫胶无媒染色%Non-mordant dyeing of modified cotton fabric with natural lac dye

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    刘小猛; 胡啸林; 董玲


    采用改性剂B对纯棉织物进行改性,用天然紫胶染料进行无媒染色,并对改性工艺和改性后的染色工艺进行了优化.结果表明,棉织物改性工艺为:改性剂B用量6%,改性pH=12,80℃浸渍40 min;染色工艺为:染料用量1%(omf),染色pH=4.7,80℃染色60 min.改性后棉织物的染色深度明显增加,耐摩擦色牢度和耐皂洗色牢度较好,兼具防紫外性能.%Pure cotton fabric was modified by modifier B and then dyed with natural lac dye without any mordant. The modifying and dyeing processes were optimized. The optimal process was determined as fol⁃lows: modifying with 6% of modifier B at 80 ℃ for 40 min under pH=12, dyeing with 1%(omf) lac dye at 80 ℃ for 60 min under pH=4.7. The color depth of modified cotton fabric was obviously improved, the color fastness to rubbing and soaping were good and had good anti-ultraviolet effect.

  17. A Research Module for the Organic Chemistry Laboratory: Multistep Synthesis of a Fluorous Dye Molecule. (United States)

    Slade, Michael C; Raker, Jeffrey R; Kobilka, Brandon; Pohl, Nicola L B


    A multi-session research-like module has been developed for use in the undergraduate organic teaching laboratory curriculum. Students are tasked with planning and executing the synthesis of a novel fluorous dye molecule and using it to explore a fluorous affinity chromatography separation technique, which is the first implementation of this technique in a teaching laboratory. Key elements of the project include gradually introducing students to the use of the chemical literature to facilitate their searching, as well as deliberate constraints designed to force them to think critically about reaction design and optimization in organic chemistry. The project also introduces students to some advanced laboratory practices such as Schlenk techniques, degassing of reaction mixtures, affinity chromatography, and microwave-assisted chemistry. This provides students a teaching laboratory experience that closely mirrors authentic synthetic organic chemistry practice in laboratories throughout the world.

  18. A Research Module for the Organic Chemistry Laboratory: Multistep Synthesis of a Fluorous Dye Molecule (United States)


    A multi-session research-like module has been developed for use in the undergraduate organic teaching laboratory curriculum. Students are tasked with planning and executing the synthesis of a novel fluorous dye molecule and using it to explore a fluorous affinity chromatography separation technique, which is the first implementation of this technique in a teaching laboratory. Key elements of the project include gradually introducing students to the use of the chemical literature to facilitate their searching, as well as deliberate constraints designed to force them to think critically about reaction design and optimization in organic chemistry. The project also introduces students to some advanced laboratory practices such as Schlenk techniques, degassing of reaction mixtures, affinity chromatography, and microwave-assisted chemistry. This provides students a teaching laboratory experience that closely mirrors authentic synthetic organic chemistry practice in laboratories throughout the world. PMID:24501431

  19. Accelerated single photon emission from dye molecule-driven nanoantennas assembled on DNA. (United States)

    Busson, Mickaël P; Rolly, Brice; Stout, Brian; Bonod, Nicolas; Bidault, Sébastien


    A photon interacts efficiently with an atom when its frequency corresponds exactly to the energy between two eigenstates. But at the nanoscale, homogeneous and inhomogeneous broadenings strongly hinder the ability of solid-state systems to absorb, scatter or emit light. By compensating the impedance mismatch between visible wavelengths and nanometre-sized objects, optical antennas can enhance light-matter interactions over a broad frequency range. Here we use a DNA template to introduce a single dye molecule in gold particle dimers that act as antennas for light with spontaneous emission rates enhanced by up to two orders of magnitude and single photon emission statistics. Quantitative agreement between measured rate enhancements and theoretical calculations indicate a nanometre control over the emitter-particle position while 10 billion copies of the target geometry are synthesized in parallel. Optical antennas can thus tune efficiently the photo-physical properties of nano-objects by precisely engineering their electromagnetic environment.


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    Full Text Available Flax shive (FS is a byproduct from flax fiber separation. The use of absorbent prepared from chitosan-modified flax shive (CFS has been studied for removal of reactive red dye (RR228 from aqueous solutions. CFS was characterized by the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET method, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM, Fourier Transform Infrared spectrometry (FTIR, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS. A batch adsorption study was conducted under various contact time, initial concentration, solution pH, and adsorbent dosage. It was found that the BET and Langmuir surface area of CFS were 1.772 m2 g-1 and 3.057 m2 g-1, respectively. Results showed that CFS has the same pores as FS and that the –NH2 group on CFS is the main adsorption site for dye sorption. Equilibrium adsorption capacity could be reached within 480 min, and RR228 uptake was satisfactory at a pH of 2.0. The percentage removal were 100%, 100%, 90%, and 85% at pH 2.0 under dye concentrations of 10 mg/L, 20 mg/L, 30 mg/L, and 40 mg/L, respectively. The adsorption accurately fitted a pseudo-second-order kinetic model and a Langmuir isotherm model. It is proposed that CFS could be applied as a low-cost absorbent in removal of dyes from wastewater.

  1. Design of amino terminated hyperbranched polymer modified SBA-15 as adsorbent for dyes (United States)

    Tao, Jin; Xiong, Jiaqing; Jiao, Chenlu; Chen, Yuyue; Lin, Hong


    The aim of the present work is to investigate the potential of amino terminated hyperbranched polymer (HBP) modified mesoporous silica SBA-15 (HBP-SBA) as adsorbent for the removal of cationic and anionic dyes from aqueous media. The HBP-SBA adsorbent can be facilely synthesized through two steps: carboxyl functionalization of SBA-15 (obtaining CA-SBA) via one-pot co-condensation, and further graft of HBP onto CA-SBA. As an intermediate, CA-SBA contains abundant carboxyl groups with an uniform distribution, which not only form efficiently the chemical bond with amino group by grafting HBP, but also contribute to adsorption by providing active adsorption sites. The results demonstrate HBP-SBA adsorbent that contains nanonetwork with substantial adsorption sites is successfully fabricated, showing high adsorption capacity and quick adsorption rate for dyes. Compared with SBA-15 and CA-SBA, HBP-SBA gets better adsorption property, and the maximum adsorption capacities are 399.5 mg/g for cationic dye and 609.7 mg/g for anionic dye, respectively.

  2. 色媒体改性棉织物酸性染料浸染染色%Acid Dyes Dip Dyeing on Cotton Fabric Modified by Color Media

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    采用阳离子改性剂色媒体对棉织物进行改性处理,之后用酸性染料染色。探讨并分析了改性剂色媒体用量、染色温度、染色时间、染色浴比等工艺参数对染色效果的影响,优化改性棉织物酸性染料浸染染色工艺,并介绍了改性棉织物染色后的固色处理工艺。结果表明,当染料用量为1.0%时,优化的工艺条件为:改性剂色媒体用量为3.0%,染色温度70℃,染色时间40 min,浴比1∶30;改性棉织物染色后具有较好的耐摩擦色牢度和沾色牢度,但耐皂洗褪色牢度较差,应加以进一步的固色处理,高分子固色剂DM的最佳用量为2.0%。%Cotton fabric was modified by cationic modifier color media and dyed by acid dyes. The effects of the dosage of modifier color media, dyeing temperature, dyeing time and bath ratio on dyeing effect were discussed and analyzed, dip dyeing process of modified cotton fabric with acid dyes was optimized, and the fixation process of modified cotton fabric was introduced. The results show that when the dosage of acid dyes is 1.0%, the optimal process conditions are that the dosage of color media is 3.0%, dyeing temperature is 70 ℃, dyeing time is 40 minutes, bath ratio is 1∶30; modified cotton fabric has good fastness to rubbing and staining, but the fastness to soaping is poor; it should be treated by further fixation, and the suitable dosage of macromolecule fixing agent DM is 2.0%.

  3. Hydrothermally modified fly ash for heavy metals and dyes removal in advanced wastewater treatment

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    Visa, Maria, E-mail:; Chelaru, Andreea-Maria, E-mail:


    Fly ash resulted from coal burning is a waste that can be used in wastewater treatment for removal of dyes and heavy metals by adsorption. Class “F” fly ash (FA), collected from the Central Heat and Power (CHP) Plant Brasov (Romania), with oxides composition SiO{sub 2}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} over 2.4 was used for obtaining a new substrate with good adsorption capacity for dyes and heavy metals from wastewater. A new material was obtained from modified fly ash with NaOH and hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (HTAB) a cationic surfactant. Contact time, optimum amount of substrate and the pH corresponding to 50 mL solution of pollutants were the parameters optimized for obtaining the maximum efficiency in the adsorption process. The optimized adsorption parameters were further used in thermodynamic and kinetic studies of the adsorption processes. The adsorption kinetic mechanisms, and the substrate capacities are further discussed correlated with the surface structure (XRD), composition (EDS, FTIR), and morphology (SEM, AFM). The results indicate that the novel nano-substrate composite with fly ash modified can be used as an efficient and low cost adsorbent for simultaneous removal of dyes and heavy metals, the resulted water respects the discharge regulations.

  4. WLS助剂改性的棉纱线硫化染料浸染染色工艺研究%Study on dip dyeing of WLS agent modified cotton fabric with sulfur dye

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    刘元军; 王雪燕; 韩超; 刘元臣


    Cotton fabric was modified with cationic agent WLS, the influence of dyeing properties using dip dyeing process with sulfur dye was studied. And the optimal dyeing process of agent WLS modified cotton fabric with sulfur dye was optimized. Then the dyeing properties of the dip dyeing modified cotton fabric with sulfur dye were estimated. The result indicated that the dip dyeing modified cotton fabric with sulfur dye exhibited higher K/S value and higher dyeing percentage. Comparing to traditional crafts, dyeing WLS agent modified cotton solve problems of using sodium bisulfite, low dyeing percentage, wastewater pollution and so on. So the dip dyeing modified cotton fabric with sulfur dye is helpful to energy conservation and development of environmentally friendly dyeing process.%固定阳离子改性剂WLS改性棉纱线工艺,研究硫化染料浸染染色工艺条件对染色性能的影响,优选出改性棉纱线硫化染料浸染染色的最佳工艺,评价了改性棉纱线硫化染料浸染染色效果。结果表明:改性棉纱线硫化染料的上染百分率和K/S值显著提高。WLS助剂改性棉纱线解决了传统硫化染料染色时,还原剂用量大,染料上染率低,染色废水污染严重等问题,这种改性工艺对于节能减排,开发环保型染色工艺非常有利。

  5. Solution-Processed Organic Solar Cells from Dye Molecules: An Investigation of Diketopyrrolopyrrole:Vinazene Heterojunctions

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    Walker, Bright


    Although one of the most attractive aspects of organic solar cells is their low cost and ease of fabrication, the active materials incorporated into the vast majority of reported bulk heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells include a semiconducting polymer and a fullerene derivative, classes of materials which are both typically difficult and expensive to prepare. In this study, we demonstrate that effective BHJs can be fabricated from two easily synthesized dye molecules. Solar cells incorporating a diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP)-based molecule as a donor and a dicyanoimidazole (Vinazene) acceptor function as an active layer in BHJ solar cells, producing relatively high open circuit voltages and power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) up to 1.1%. Atomic force microscope images of the films show that active layers are rough and apparently have large donor and acceptor domains on the surface, whereas photoluminescence of the blends is incompletely quenched, suggesting that higher PCEs might be obtained if the morphology could be improved to yield smaller domain sizes and a larger interfacial area between donor and acceptor phases. © 2011 American Chemical Society.

  6. Single-molecule imaging of electroporated dye-labelled CheY in live Escherichia coli (United States)

    Di Paolo, Diana; Afanzar, Oshri; Armitage, Judith P.; Berry, Richard M.


    For the past two decades, the use of genetically fused fluorescent proteins (FPs) has greatly contributed to the study of chemotactic signalling in Escherichia coli including the activation of the response regulator protein CheY and its interaction with the flagellar motor. However, this approach suffers from a number of limitations, both biological and biophysical: for example, not all fusions are fully functional when fused to a bulky FP, which can have a similar molecular weight to its fused counterpart; they may interfere with the native interactions of the protein and the chromophores of FPs have low brightness and photostability and fast photobleaching rates. A recently developed technique for the electroporation of fluorescently labelled proteins in live bacteria has enabled us to bypass these limitations and study the in vivo behaviour of CheY at the single-molecule level. Here we show that purified CheY proteins labelled with organic dyes can be internalized into E. coli cells in controllable concentrations and imaged with video fluorescence microscopy. The use of this approach is illustrated by showing single CheY molecules diffusing within cells and interacting with the sensory clusters and the flagellar motors in real time. This article is part of the themed issue ‘The new bacteriology’. PMID:27672145

  7. Charge transfer interactions of a Ru(II) dye complex and related ligand molecules adsorbed on Au(111)

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    Britton, Andrew J.; Weston, Matthew; O' Shea, James N. [School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD (United Kingdom); Nottingham Nanotechnology and Nanoscience Centre (NNNC), University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD (United Kingdom); Taylor, J. Ben; Rienzo, Anna; Mayor, Louise C. [School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD (United Kingdom)


    The interaction of the dye molecule, N3 (cis-bis(isothiocyanato)bis(2,2{sup '}-bipyridyl-4,4{sup '}-dicarboxylato) -ruthenium(II)), and related ligand molecules with a Au(111) surface has been studied using synchrotron radiation-based electron spectroscopy. Resonant photoemission spectroscopy (RPES) and autoionization of the adsorbed molecules have been used to probe the coupling between the molecules and the substrate. Evidence of charge transfer from the states near the Fermi level of the gold substrate into the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) of the molecules is found in the monolayer RPES spectra of both isonicotinic acid and bi-isonicotinic acid (a ligand of N3), but not for the N3 molecule itself. Calibrated x-ray absorption spectroscopy and valence band spectra of the monolayers reveals that the LUMO crosses the Fermi level of the surface in all cases, showing that charge transfer is energetically possible both from and to the molecule. A core-hole clock analysis of the resonant photoemission reveals a charge transfer time of around 4 fs from the LUMO of the N3 dye molecule to the surface. The lack of charge transfer in the opposite direction is understood in terms of the lack of spatial overlap between the {pi}*-orbitals in the aromatic rings of the bi-isonicotinic acid ligands of N3 and the gold surface.

  8. Quantitative Structure of an Acetate Dye Molecule Analogue at the TiO2–Acetic Acid Interface (United States)


    The positions of atoms in and around acetate molecules at the rutile TiO2(110) interface with 0.1 M acetic acid have been determined with a precision of ±0.05 Å. Acetate is used as a surrogate for the carboxylate groups typically employed to anchor monocarboxylate dye molecules to TiO2 in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC). Structural analysis reveals small domains of ordered (2 × 1) acetate molecules, with substrate atoms closer to their bulk terminated positions compared to the clean UHV surface. Acetate is found in a bidentate bridge position, binding through both oxygen atoms to two 5-fold titanium atoms such that the molecular plane is along the [001] azimuth. Density functional theory calculations provide adsorption geometries in excellent agreement with experiment. The availability of these structural data will improve the accuracy of charge transport models for DSSC. PMID:27110318

  9. Quantitative Structure of an Acetate Dye Molecule Analogue at the TiO2-Acetic Acid Interface. (United States)

    Hussain, Hadeel; Torrelles, Xavier; Cabailh, Gregory; Rajput, Parasmani; Lindsay, Robert; Bikondoa, Oier; Tillotson, Marcus; Grau-Crespo, Ricardo; Zegenhagen, Jörg; Thornton, Geoff


    The positions of atoms in and around acetate molecules at the rutile TiO2(110) interface with 0.1 M acetic acid have been determined with a precision of ±0.05 Å. Acetate is used as a surrogate for the carboxylate groups typically employed to anchor monocarboxylate dye molecules to TiO2 in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC). Structural analysis reveals small domains of ordered (2 × 1) acetate molecules, with substrate atoms closer to their bulk terminated positions compared to the clean UHV surface. Acetate is found in a bidentate bridge position, binding through both oxygen atoms to two 5-fold titanium atoms such that the molecular plane is along the [001] azimuth. Density functional theory calculations provide adsorption geometries in excellent agreement with experiment. The availability of these structural data will improve the accuracy of charge transport models for DSSC.

  10. Synthesis and properties of a novel squaraine dye modified by ferrocene

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    Yang Wei Huang; Nan Yan Fu


    A novel squaraine dye (SQ) modified by ferrocene has been synthesized through (E)-l-dodecyl-2-ferrocenyl vinyl-1H-pyrrole and squaric acid. The molecular structure of SQ was characterized by 1H NMR, l3C NMR, MS and elemental analysis. SQ is high soluble in common solvents. The maximum absorptions of SQ in different solvents are in the range of 708-734 nm, exhibiting positive solvatochromism with increasing solvent polarity. The optical and electrical properties of SQ indicate that it is a promising electron donor material for bulk-heterojunction organic solar cell.

  11. Removal of Reactive Orange 16 Dye from Aqueous Solution by Using Modified Kenaf Core Fiber

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    Maytham Kadhim Obaid


    Full Text Available Evaluated removal of reactive orange 16 (RO16 dye from aqueous solution was studied in batch mode by using kenaf core fiber as low-cost adsorbents. In this attempt, kenaf core fiber with size 0.25–1 mm was treated by using (3-chloro-2-hydroxypropyl trimethylammonium chloride (CHMAC as quaternization agent. Then effective parameters include adsorbent dose, pH, and contact time and initial dye concentration on adsorption by modified kenaf core fiber was investigated. In addition, isotherms and kinetics adsorption studies were estimated for determination of the equilibrium adsorption capacity and reactions dynamics, respectively. Results showed that the best dose of MKCF was 0.1 g/100 mL, the maximum removal of RO16 was 97.25 at 30°C, pH = 6.5, and agitation speed was 150 rpm. The results also showed that the equilibrium data were represented by Freundlich isotherm with correlation coefficients R2=0.9924, and the kinetic study followed the pseudo-second-order kinetic model with correlation coefficients R2=0.9997 for Co=100 mg/L. Furthermore, the maximum adsorption capacity was 416.86 mg/g. Adsorption through kenaf was found to be very effective for the removal of the RO16 dye.

  12. Pre-concentration and determination of tartrazine dye from aqueous solutions using modified cellulose nanosponges. (United States)

    Shiralipour, Roohollah; Larki, Arash


    In this study, a new absorbent based on cellulose nanosponges modified with methyltrioctylammonium chloride (aliquat 336) was prepared and used for pre-concentration, removal and determination of tartrazine dye, using UV-vis spectrophotometry. This adsorbent was fully characterized using various instrumental techniques such as SEM, FTIR and XRD spectra. The pre-concentration and removal procedures were studied in column and batch modes, respectively. The effects of parameters such as pH of the aqueous medium, methyltrioctylammounium chloride dose, adsorbent amount, desorbing conditions and interfering ions on the adsorption of tartrazine were investigated and optimized. The fitting experimental data with conventional isotherm models revealed that the adsorption followed the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) model and the maximum adsorption capacity for tartrazine was 180mg/g with modified nanosponges. Under the optimized conditions, the calibration curve was linear over the range of 2-300ng/mL and the limit of detection was 0.15ng/mL. The relative standard deviation (RSD) for 20 and 100ng/mL of tartrazine were 3.1% and 1.5%, respectively. The proposed method was applied for pre-concentration and determination of tartrazine dye in different water samples.

  13. A linewidth-narrowed and frequency-stabilized dye laser for application in laser cooling of molecules. (United States)

    Dai, D P; Xia, Y; Yin, Y N; Yang, X X; Fang, Y F; Li, X J; Yin, J P


    We demonstrate a robust and versatile solution for locking the continuous-wave dye laser for applications in laser cooling of molecules which need linewidth-narrowed and frequency-stabilized lasers. The dye laser is first stabilized with respect to a reference cavity by Pound-Drever-Hall (PDH) technique which results in a single frequency with the linewidth 200 kHz and short-term stabilization, by stabilizing the length of the reference cavity to a stabilized helium-neon laser we simultaneously transfer the ± 2 MHz absolute frequency stability of the helium-neon laser to the dye laser with long-term stabilization. This allows the dye laser to be frequency chirped with the maximum 60 GHz scan range while its frequency remains locked. It also offers the advantages of locking at arbitrary dye laser frequencies, having a larger locking capture range and frequency scanning range to be implemented via software. This laser has been developed for the purpose of laser cooling a molecular magnesium fluoride beam.

  14. Ultrafast adsorption and selective desorption of aqueous aromatic dyes by graphene sheets modified by graphene quantum dots (United States)

    Ying, Yulong; He, Peng; Ding, Guqiao; Peng, Xinsheng


    Graphene modified by graphene quantum dots (GQDs) has been employed to remove toxic organic dyes. An excellent removal capacity (497 mg g-1) and record-breaking adsorption rate (475 mg g-1 min-1 at 20 °C) were demonstrated for Rhodamine B. The enhancement in performance by nearly a factor of three compared to that of graphene was ascribed to the greatly increased accessible surface area of graphene in aqueous solution as well as the increase in surface charges with the modification with GQDs. Besides, this unique adsorption behavior of the modified graphene was expanded to other typical toxic aqueous aromatic dyes such as Evans Blue, Methyl Orange, Malachite Green and Rose Bengal. What is more, a unique desorption behavior of dyes was first observed when employing different solvents, which enabled the GQD-modified graphene to be exploited for selective extraction of dyes and recycling of the adsorbent. The adsorption and desorption mechanism were further investigated. Combining high removal capacity, rapid adsorption kinetics, good recyclability and unique selective desorption, GQD-modified graphene has potential applications in both water purification and separation of aromatic dyes.

  15. Application of Modified Red Mud for Adsorption of Acid Orange 7 (AO7 Dye from Aqueous Solution: Isotherms, Kinetics Studies

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    Mohammad Ali Zazouli


    Full Text Available Application of modified red mud for adsorption of Acid Orang 7 (AO7 dye from aqueous solution: Isotherms, Kinetics studies Abstract: Backgroud: Existence of color is one of the problems of industrial effluent such as textile industries. The dyes can be removed by various methods. Therefore, the aim of this study is evaluation of adsorption rate of acid orange (AO7 from aqueous solution by activated red mud. Material and method: This is an empirical lab study. Red mud was used as an absorbent to remove of acid orange 7 dye. The effect of various parameters on performance of absorbent was investigated and the isotherms and kinetics of adsorption was determined. The dye concentration was measured in wavelength of 452 nm by spectrophotometer. Results: The results showed that red mud surface area is 30 m2/g. The results showed that dye removal was highest at a solution pH 3 and a powder dose of 12 g/L. The AO7 removal percentage decreased from %98 to %55 at 60 min contact time when the concentration of dye was increased from 10 mg/L to 100 mg/L. The equilibrium data is best fitted on Langmuir isotherm and the adsorption kinetic model follows pseudo-second model. conclusion: The results of this study showed that red mud is able to adsorption of dye and can be used as effective and inexpensive absorbent to treat of textile effluent.

  16. Dyeing and antibacterial activation with methylene blue of a cyclodextrin modified polyester vascular graft. (United States)

    Kacem, I; Laurent, T; Blanchemain, N; Neut, C; Chai, F; Haulon, S; Hildebrand, H F; Martel, B


    The aim of this study was to develop an antiseptic and blue dyed polyester (PET) vascular graft in order to reach two distinct properties: (i) the prevention of postoperative infections, (ii) the improvement of the graft compatibility with the coelioscopy surgical technique. This work consisted of dyeing a vascular prosthesis with methylene blue (MB) which is known as a cationic dye with antiseptic properties. Therefore, the functionalization of the PET fibers of the prosthesis with a cyclodextrin-citric acid polymer (PolyCD) was achieved in order to improve its sorption capacity. The NMR experiments demonstrated that a 1:2 complex occurred between hydroxypropyl β-cyclodextrin (HP-βCD) and MB. Kinetic and sorption isotherm studies showed that an impregnation of the polyCD modified prosthesis (PET-CD) in a 1 g L(-1) of MB solution for 150 min was sufficient to reach the saturation of the device. Results proved that the adsorption mechanism followed the Langmuir model and a maximum of 20 mg g(-1) of MB on the graft. A sustained release of MB in batch tests was observed in PBS and in vitro microbiological assays displayed a prolongation of the bactericidal effect of PET-CD whose extent varied with the amount of MB preliminarily adsorbed onto the PET-CD. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  17. ABTS-Modified Silica Nanoparticles as Laccase Mediators for Decolorization of Indigo Carmine Dye

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    Youxun Liu


    Full Text Available Efficient reuse and regeneration of spent mediators are highly desired for many of the laccases’ biotechnology applications. This investigation demonstrates that a redox mediator 2,2′-azino-bis-(3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulfonic acid (ABTS covalently attached to silica nanoparticles (SNPs effectively mediated dye decolorization catalyzed by laccase. Characteristics of ABTS-modified silica nanoparticles (ABTS-SNPs were researched by scanning electron microscopy and Fourier-transformed infrared spectroscopy. When ABTS and ABTS-SNPs were used as laccase mediators, the decolorization yields of 96 and 95% were, respectively, obtained for indigo carmine dye. The results suggest that ABTS immobilized on SNPs can be used as laccase mediators as they retain almost the same efficiency as the free ABTS. The oxidized ABTS-SNPs were regenerated by their reduction reaction with ascorbic acid. Decolorization efficiency of regenerated ABTS-SNPs and their initial forms were found to be almost equivalent. Six reuse cycles for spent ABTS-SNPs were run for the treatment of indigo carmine, providing decolorization yields of 96–77%. Compared with free mediator, the immobilized mediators have the advantage of being easily recovered, regenerated, and reused making the whole process environmentally friendly.

  18. Preparation of a Modified Nanoalumina Sorbent for the Removal of Alizarin Yellow R and Methylene Blue Dyes from Aqueous Solutions

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    Wasan T. Al-Rubayee


    Full Text Available A modified form of γ-alumina nanoparticles prepared by immobilization of 2,4-dinitrophenyl hydrazine on γ-alumina nanoparticles coated with sodium dodecyl sulfate (DNPH-γ-alumina for the removal of the anionic dye (Alizarin yellow R and cationic dye (Methylene blue from aqueous solutions has been investigated. The FTIR, SEM, TEM, XRD, BET, and BJH analysis techniques indicate that the modification reaction has occurred. Batch adsorption study revealed that 0.05 g amount of the modified adsorbent was capable of removing 95.6% and 65.6% of Alizarin yellow (AY and Methylene blue (MB dyes, respectively, in 60 min. The experimental equilibrium data showed that Langmuir isotherm applies well for describing the adsorption behavior, and the maximum adsorption capacity was found to be 47.8 mg/g and 32.8 mg/g for AY and MB on DNPH-γ-alumina, respectively. Kinetic studies showed best applicability of the second-order kinetic model. The DNPH-γ-alumina adsorbent proved capability, effectiveness, and selectivity for the removal of Alizarin yellow R dye. Therefore, it is possible to increase the efficiency of an adsorbent for the removal of pollutants by applying a modification to the surface of the adsorbent, and DNPH as a modifier proved efficient for the removal of a wider range of pollutants including metal ions and dye compounds.

  19. Improved Performance of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Using a Diethyldithiocarbamate-Modified Surface

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    D. M. B. P. Ariyasinghe


    Full Text Available The surface modification of a TiO2 electrode with diethyldithiocarbamate (DEDTC in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs was studied. Results from X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS indicate that over half of the sulfur atoms become positively charged after the DEDTC treatment of the TiO2 surface. DSSCs were fabricated with TiO2 electrodes modified by adsorbing DEDTC using a simple dip-coating process. The conversion efficiency of the DSSCs has been optimized to 6.6% through the enhancement of the short-circuit current density ( mA/cm2. This is substantially higher compared to the efficiency of 5.9% ( mA/cm2 for the DSSCs made with untreated TiO2 electrodes.

  20. Synthesis of ZnO/Zn nano photocatalyst using modified polysaccharides for photodegradation of dyes. (United States)

    Lin, Shi-Tsung; Thirumavalavan, Munusamy; Jiang, Ting-Yan; Lee, Jiunn-Fwu


    A complete set of experiments in two aspects of studies combining the various factors affecting both the preparation and photocatalytic activity of ZnO/Zn nanocomposite obtained using corn starch and cellulose (native and modified) as chelating agents for the photodegradation of methylene blue, and congo red was carried out and discussed. The resulting ZnO/Zn nanoparticles obtained using modified polysaccharides exhibited super catalytic capability. The ZnO/Zn nanoparticles possessed favored surface area (11.8443-15.7100m(2)/g) and pore size (12.3473-13.7453nm). The photocatalytic degradation of nano ZnO/Zn was directly proportional to the surface area of nano ZnO/Zn. Regardless of the dye pollutants, nano ZnO/Zn obtained using modified corn starch showed enhanced catalytic activity than that of cellulose and methylene blue had comparatively faster degradation rate. Our findings shed light on the optimization of both preparation conditions of photocatalysts and their photocatalytic experimental conditions.

  1. Modified bentonite as adsorbent and catalyst for purification of wastewaters containing dyes

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    Žunić Marija J.


    Full Text Available Modification and characterization of bentonite from location Bogovina, Serbia was performed in order to obtain material applicable in wastewater purification. The <75μm bentonite fraction was used in organobentonite synthesis while the <2μm bentonite fraction, obtained by hydroseparation was used in pillaring procedure. Organo-modification of bentonite was performed with (1-hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (HDTMA-Br. Pillared bentonite was obtained using standard procedure. Al3+ and Fe3+ ions were incorporated in pillars in 4:1 ratio and applied as catalyst in catalytic wet peroxide oxidation. Differences in structure of starting and modified bentonites were established by XRD analysis and nitrogen physisorption on -196 °C. The (001 smectite peak around 2θ = 6° shifts during the modification process. The Na-exchange process lowered d001 from 1.53 nm (2θ = 5.78° for starting clay to 1.28 nm (2θ = 6.92°, but the clay retained its swelling properties. The pillaring process increased and fixed the basal spacing to 1.74 nm. Intercalation of HDTMA ions into smectite structure increased d001 to 2.00 nm for organobentonite. Specific surface area, SBET, was affected by particle size and type of modification. The samples with finer bentonite fraction had higher SBET due to increased smectite content. Na-exchanged bentonite samples had higher SBET value than starting clay samples of same granulation. Organomodification caused dramatic decrease in SBET value, while the pillaring process lead to an increase of SBET value. Adsorptive and catalytic purification of wastewaters containing dyes was tested using Acid Yellow 99 as a model dye. Na-exchanged bentonite had greater adsorption affinity for dye adsorption than raw bentonite owing to higher SBET. By organomodification this affinity was enhanced more than 70 times due to transition of bentonite surface from hydrophilic to organophilic. Al,Fe pillared bentonite was proven to be efficient in

  2. Mechanical and chemical properties of cysteine-modified kinesin molecules. (United States)

    Iwatani, S; Iwane, A H; Higuchi, H; Ishii, Y; Yanagida, T


    To probe the structural changes within kinesin molecules, we made the mutants of motor domains of two-headed kinesin (4-411 aa) in which either all the five cysteines or all except Cys45 were mutated. A residual cysteine (Cys45) of the kinesin mutant was labeled with an environment-sensitive fluorescent probe, acrylodan. ATPase activity, mechanical properties, and fluorescence intensity of the mutants were measured. Upon acrylodan-labeled kinesin binding to microtubules in the presence of 1 mM AMPPNP, the peak intensity was enhanced by 3.4-fold, indicating the structural change of the kinesin head by the binding. Substitution of cysteines decreased both the maximum microtubule-activated ATPase and the sliding velocity to the same extent. However, the maximum force and the step size were not affected; the force produced by a single molecule was 6-6.5 pN, and a step size due to the hydrolysis of one ATP molecule by kinesin molecules was about 10 nm for all kinesins. This step size was close to a unitary step size of 8 nm. Thus, the mechanical events of kinesin are tightly coupled with the chemical events.

  3. Two-Sided Surface Oxidized Cellulose Membranes Modified with PEI: Preparation, Characterization and Application for Dyes Removal

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    Wei Wang


    Full Text Available Porous regenerated cellulose (RC membranes were prepared with cotton linter pulp as a raw material. These membranes were first oxidized on both sides by a modified (2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidin-1-yloxyl (TEMPO oxidation system using a controlled oxidation reaction technique. Then, the oxidized RC membranes were functionalized with polyethylenimine (PEI via the glutaraldehyde crosslinking method to obtain bifunctional (carboxyl and amino porous RC membranes, as revealed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR, elemental analysis and zeta potential measurement. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM and the tests of the mechanical properties and permeability characteristics of modified RC membranes demonstrated that the porous structure and certain mechanical properties could be retained. The adsorption performance of the modified membranes towards dyes was subsequently investigated. The modified membranes displayed good adsorption capacities, rapid adsorption equilibrium and removal efficiencies towards both anionic (xylenol orange (XO and cationic (methylene blue (MB dyes, making them suitable bioadsorbents for wastewater treatment.

  4. Solution-processed organic photovoltaics based on indoline dye molecules developed in dye-sensitized solar cells. (United States)

    Liu, Zhaoyang; Ojima, Haruhiko; Hong, Ziruo; Kido, Junji; Tian, Wenjing; Wang, Xiao-Feng


    A donor-acceptor (D-A) type indoline dye, D149, was used as an electron donor in solution-processed organic solar cells (OSCs). For bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) type OSCs with PC70BM as electron acceptor, the power conversion efficiency (PCE) is sensitive to the amount of D149 in the D149/PC70BM blend film. When the concentration of D149 in the blend film was as low as 5%, the highest PCE of up to 1.29%, together with a short-circuit current density (Jsc) of 4.58 mA·cm-2, an open-circuit voltage (Voc) of 0.90 V and a fill factor (FF) of 0.31, was achieved. In order to improve the PCE of D149-based OSCs, a bilayer-heterojunction configuration with C70 as electron acceptor has been employed. By optimizing the thickness of the D149 layer and varying the electron- and hole-transport layers, a highest PCE of up to 2.28% with a Jsc of 4.38 mA·cm-2, a Voc of 0.77 V, and an FF of 0.62 was achieved under AM 1.5G solar illumination (100 mW·cm-2).

  5. Influence of single dye molecules on temperature and time dependent optical properties of CdSe/ZnS quantum dots: Ensemble and single nanoassembly detection

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    Zenkevich, Eduard I., E-mail: [National Technical University of Belarus, Department of Information Technologies and Robotics, Nezavisimosti Ave., 65, Minsk 220013 (Belarus); Stupak, Alexander P. [B.I. Stepanov Institute of Physics, National Academy of Science of Belarus, Nezavisimosti Ave., 70, 220072 Minsk (Belarus); Kowerko, Danny; Borczyskowski, Christian von [Institute of Physics and Center for Nanostructured Materials and Analytics (nanoMA), Chemnitz University of Technology, 09107 Chemnitz (Germany)


    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ensemble and single assembly optical experiments for CdSe/ZnS QD-dye nanocomposites. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Temperature lowering or dye attachment leads to a phase transition of capping layer. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer It changes the distribution and energy of surface traps and QD band edge emission. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer QD photodegradation in the course of time is enlarged by attached dye molecules. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Phase transition has impact on QD core structure and exciton-phonon coupling. -- Abstract: Optical spectroscopy on ensembles and single CdSe/ZnS semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) demonstrates a competition of trap and near band edge photoluminescence (PL). This competition can be markedly influenced by a few surface attached pyridyl functionalized dye molecules (porphyrins or perylene diimides) forming nanoassemblies with well defined geometries. Temperature variation and related changes in absorption and emission reveal sharp changes of the ligand shell structure in a narrow temperature range for organic (TOPO and amine) surfactants (phase transition). The effects on QD PL at this transition become considerably pronounced upon attachment of only a few dye molecules to QD surface. Moreover, under ambient conditions amine capped QDs are photodegraded in the course of time. This process is enhanced by attached dye molecules both on the ensemble and single particle/dye level. This investigation elaborates the importance of (switchable) surface states for the characterization of the PL of QDs.

  6. Selective removal of toxic anionic dyes using a novel nanocomposite derived from cationically modified guar gum and silica nanoparticles. (United States)

    Patra, Abhay Shankar; Ghorai, Soumitra; Ghosh, Shankhamala; Mandal, Barun; Pal, Sagar


    A novel nanocomposite derived from cationically modified guar gum and in-situ incorporated SiO2 NP (cat-GG/SiO2) has been developed. The cat-GG has been synthesised by grafting poly(2-(diethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) on GG backbone. Various analyses endorse the suitability of cat-GG as well-organized template for the development of homogeneous SiO2 NPs. Dye adsorption studies predict that cat-GG/SiO2 efficiently and selectively adsorb anionic dyes (reactive blue-RB and Congo red-CR) from mixture of dye solutions. This is because of high surface area, multifunctional chelating H-bonding interactions and electrostatic interactions of cationic adsorbent with anionic dyes. Dyes adsorbed on the composite surface are desorbed reversibly using pH 10 stripping solution. Besides, cat-GG/SiO2 has been recycled efficiently with no prominent loss of dye uptake capacity, even after 4 adsorption-desorption cycles.

  7. Influence of single dye molecules on temperature and time dependent optical properties of CdSe/ZnS quantum dots: Ensemble and single nanoassembly detection (United States)

    Zenkevich, Eduard I.; Stupak, Alexander P.; Kowerko, Danny; Borczyskowski, Christian von


    Optical spectroscopy on ensembles and single CdSe/ZnS semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) demonstrates a competition of trap and near band edge photoluminescence (PL). This competition can be markedly influenced by a few surface attached pyridyl functionalized dye molecules (porphyrins or perylene diimides) forming nanoassemblies with well defined geometries. Temperature variation and related changes in absorption and emission reveal sharp changes of the ligand shell structure in a narrow temperature range for organic (TOPO and amine) surfactants (phase transition). The effects on QD PL at this transition become considerably pronounced upon attachment of only a few dye molecules to QD surface. Moreover, under ambient conditions amine capped QDs are photodegraded in the course of time. This process is enhanced by attached dye molecules both on the ensemble and single particle/dye level. This investigation elaborates the importance of (switchable) surface states for the characterization of the PL of QDs.

  8. Adsorption of Acid Orange 8 Dye from Aqueous Solution Onto Unmodified and Modified Zeolites

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    Tharcila Colachite Rodrigues Bertolini


    Full Text Available The adsorption of the acid dye Acid Orange 8 (AO8 onto unmodified and modified zeolites from coal fly ash and bottom ash was evaluated. The coal fly ash and bottom ash used in the synthesis of the zeolites by alkaline hydrothermal treatment were collected in the Thermoelectric Complex Jorge Lacerda, located in the Santa Catarina State, Brazil, the largest coal burning thermoelectric complex of Latin America. The modified zeolites were modified using the surfactant hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide. The zeolitic materials were characterized predominantly as hydroxysodalite and NaX. The kinetics studies indicated that the adsorption followed the pseudo-second order kinetics. Linear and non-linear regression methods were used to determine the best fit of equilibrium data. The Freundlich model was better adjusted to the experimental data for all systems studied. The parameters of adsorption isotherms were used to predict the design of the equipment for performing adsorption discontinuous single stage. DOI: 

  9. Removal of Textile Dyes from Aqueous Solution by Heterogeneous Photo-Fenton Reaction Using Modified PAN Nanofiber Fe Complex as Catalyst

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    Xueting Zhao


    Full Text Available The modified PAN nanofiber Fe complex was prepared by the amidoximation and Fe coordination of PAN nanofiber was obtained using electrospinning technique and then used for the heterogeneous Fenton degradation of textile dyes as a novel catalyst. Some main factors affecting dye degradation such as Fe content of catalyst, irradiation intensity, H2O2 initial concentration, the solution pH as well as dye structure, and initial concentration were investigated. UV-Vis spectrum analysis and TOC measurement were also used to evaluate the dye degradation process. The results indicated that the modified PAN nanofiber Fe complex exhibited a much better catalytic activity for the heterogeneous Fenton degradation of textile dyes than the Fe complex prepared with conventional PAN yarns in the dark or under light irradiation. Increasing Fe content of catalyst or irradiation intensity would accelerate the dye degradation. And the highest degradation efficiency was obtained with 3.0 mmol L−1 H2O2 at pH 6. Moreover, this complex was proved to be a universal and efficient catalyst for degradation of three classes of textile dyes including azo dye, anthraquinone dye, and triphenylmethane dye. Additionally, the dye mineralization was also significantly enhanced in the presence of this complex.

  10. Dyeing behaviour of cationic modified flax fabric for natural dyes%阳离子改性亚麻织物的天然染料的染色性能

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    龚真萍; 马东光


    In order to raise the dyeing behaviour of flax fabric for natural dyes, the flax fabric modified by cationic modifying agent was dyed by natural dyes-cochineal and lemon yellow, the effect of dyeing temperature and dyeing time, as well as percent of salt and pH of dye bath on K/S value was discussed.Orthogonal experimentation for two natural dyes was disigned.The optimum process of cochineal is dyeing temperature 60 ℃, dyeing time 60 min, and pH of dye bath is 4; The optimum process of lemon yellow is dyeing temperature 60 ℃, dyeing time 60 min, and pH of dye bath is 5.%为了提高亚麻织物的天然染料的染色性能,将亚麻织物用自制阳离子改性剂改性后,用天然染料胭脂红、柠檬黄染色,分析各种染色单因素如染色温度、染色时间、染色pH值、盐的用量对染色后的K/S值的影响,并分别对2种染料设计了正交试验,得到胭脂红的最佳染色工艺条件是染色温度60℃.染色时间60min,染浴pH值为4;柠檬黄的最佳染色工艺条件是染色温度60℃,染色时间60min,染浴pH值为5.

  11. Optimized Distributed Feedback Dye Laser Sensor for Real-Time Monitoring of Small Molecule Diffusion

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    Vannahme, Christoph; Smith, Cameron; Dufva, Martin


    Nanoimprinted distributed feedback dye laser sensors featuring multilayer slab waveguides are presented. A simple yet precise analytical model is used to optimize the lasers in order to give highest sensitivity and it is found that the thickness of a high index TiO2 top layer is the most importan...

  12. Effects of modified TiO{sub 2} photoanode on the photoelectrochemical properties of dye sensitized solar cells

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    Lu, Shengli, E-mail: [School of Biological and Chemical Engineering, Zhejiang University of Science and Technology, Hangzhou 310023 (China); Sun, Sam-Shajing [Ph.D. Program in Materials Science and Engineering and Center for Materials Research, Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA 23504 (United States); Geng, Rui [School of Biological and Chemical Engineering, Zhejiang University of Science and Technology, Hangzhou 310023 (China); College of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou 310000 (China); Gao, Jianrong [College of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou 310000 (China)


    The study of nanoporous TiO{sub 2} electrodes modified by magnesium and manganese acetates in dye sensitized solar cells was reported. The formation and composition of modified electrodes were characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction, revealing that MgO and Mn(OH)O were formed after magnesium acetate and manganese acetate treatments. Sunlight absorbance was also enhanced after such modification as supported by UV–vis spectra. The effects of modification include the increase of the dye adsorption, open-circuit voltage, short-circuit current density, and photoelectric conversion efficiency of the fabricated devices. The mechanisms of electron transfer, charge recombination, and electron lifetime were investigated by dark current and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. - Highlights: • A simple dip coating process was used to modify the TiO{sub 2} electrode surface. • The loaded dye was increased and the lifetime of electrons in TiO{sub 2} was extended. • DSSC efficiency of 5.3% based on magnesium acetate modified TiO{sub 2} was obtained.

  13. Removal of Harmful Textile Dye Congo Red from Aqueous Solution Using Chitosan and Chitosan Beads Modified with CTAB

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    Full Text Available Color is an important aspect of human life. Textile industries are the major consumers of dye stuffs. During coloration process, 10 to 15 percent of the dyes will be lost and this will be discharged with the effluents coming from textile industries. These are very difficult to degrade and they may degrade to form products that are highly toxic to human. Today, methods such as coagulation, flocculation, activated carbon adsorption, etc. are available for the removal of dyes. These are all quite expensive and difficult to degrade. Chitosan is a natural hetero polymer derived from chitin. Chitosan has proved to be effective in removing hazardous compounds from environment due to its multiple functional groups. It is available as flakes and powder. In the present work, chitosan beads were prepared and modified with a cationic surfactant CTAB for the removal of dye Congo Red. Batch experiments were conducted to study the effect of CTAB concentration, contact time, agitation speed, adsorbent dosage, initial dye concentration and pH. Batch equilibrium data were analyzed using Langmuir and Freundlich isotherm. Bach kinetic data were analyzed using Pseudo first order kinetic model and pseudo second order kinetic model.

  14. Surface modified magnetic nanoparticles as efficient and green sorbents: Synthesis, characterization, and application for the removal of anionic dye

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    Rajabi, Hamid Reza, E-mail:; Arjmand, Hooman; Hoseini, S. Jafar; Nasrabadi, Hasan


    The object of this study was to evaluate the removal efficiency of sunset yellow (SY) anionic dye from aqueous solutions by using new surface modified iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs). Pure Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} MNPs were synthesized and then functionalized by aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES), through a chemical precipitation method. Characterization of the prepared MNP adsorbents was performed by furrier transform infrared (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). According to XRD and TEM results, average size of the magnetic Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/APTES NPs was estimated to be around 12 nm. The prepared magnetic adsorbent can be well dispersed in the water and easily separated magnetically from the medium after loaded with adsorbate. In the adsorption process, the effect of main experimental parameters such as pH of dye solution, initial concentration of SY dye, reaction time, and amount of MNP adsorbent on the removal of SY were studied and optimized. The small amount of this adsorbent (10 mg) is applicable for the removal of high concentrations of SY dye in reasonable time (17 min), at pH 3.1. Additionally, the adsorption studies show that the Langmuir model is a suitable model to explain the experimental data with high correlation coefficient. - Highlights: • Synthesis of nano-sized modified iron oxide magnetic particles. • Characterization of the modified MNPs by XRD, TEM, VSM, FT-IR techniques. • Design of experiments for removal of SY dye using MNPs. • Adsorption isotherm and kinetic investigation of the reaction.

  15. Modified Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes for Treatment of Some Organic Dyes in Wastewater


    Mohammed, M. I.; Adnan A. Abdul Razak; Hussein Al-Timimi, Dhiyaa A.


    In Iraq, a large quantity of basic orange and methyl violet dyes contaminated wastewater from textile industries is discharged into Tigris River. So the aim of this work is to found an efficient and fast technique that can be applied directly for removal of such dyes from the wastewater before discharging into river. Accordingly, CNTs as a new approach prepared by CCVD technique were purified, functionalized, and used as adsorption material to remove dyes from wastewater. The effect of pH, co...

  16. Identification of a cytotoxic molecule in heat-modified citrus pectin. (United States)

    Leclere, Lionel; Fransolet, Maude; Cambier, Pierre; El Bkassiny, Sandy; Tikad, Abdellatif; Dieu, Marc; Vincent, Stéphane P; Van Cutsem, Pierre; Michiels, Carine


    Modified forms of citrus pectin possess anticancer properties. However, their mechanism of action and the structural features involved remain unclear. Here, we showed that citrus pectin modified by heat treatment displayed cytotoxic effects in cancer cells. A fractionation approach was used aiming to identify active molecules. Dialysis and ethanol precipitation followed by HPLC analysis evidenced that most of the activity was related to molecules with molecular weight corresponding to low degree of polymerization oligogalacturonic acid. Heat-treatment of galacturonic acid also generated cytotoxic molecules. Furthermore, heat-modified galacturonic acid and heat-fragmented pectin contained the same molecule that induced cell death when isolated by HPLC separation. Mass spectrometry analyses revealed that 4,5-dihydroxy-2-cyclopenten-1-one was one cytotoxic molecule present in heat-treated pectin. Finally, we synthesized the enantiopure (4R,5R)-4,5-dihydroxy-2-cyclopenten-1-one and demonstrated that this molecule was cytotoxic and induced a similar pattern of apoptotic-like features than heat-modified pectin.

  17. Is the effect of surface modifying molecules on antibacterial activity universal for a given material? (United States)

    Hsu, Alexander; Liu, Fangzhou; Leung, Yu Hang; Ma, Angel P. Y.; Djurišić, Aleksandra B.; Leung, Frederick C. C.; Chan, Wai Kin; Lee, Hung Kay


    Antibacterial activity of nanomaterials is strongly dependent on their properties, and their stability and toxicity can be varied using surface coatings. We investigated the effect of different surface modifying molecules on the antibacterial properties of two ZnO nanoparticle samples. We found that the starting surface properties of the nanoparticles have significant effects on the attachment of the surface modifying molecules and consequent antibacterial activity. Two out of five investigated surface modifying molecules not only had a significant difference in the magnitude of their effect on different nanoparticles, but also resulted in the opposite effects on two ZnO nanoparticle samples (an enhancement of antibacterial activity for one and a reduction of antibacterial activity for the other ZnO sample). This indicates that no general rule on the effect of a specific molecule on the toxicity of a metal oxide nanoparticle can be derived without knowing the nanoparticle properties, due to the fact that surface modifier attachment onto the surface is affected by the initial surface properties.Antibacterial activity of nanomaterials is strongly dependent on their properties, and their stability and toxicity can be varied using surface coatings. We investigated the effect of different surface modifying molecules on the antibacterial properties of two ZnO nanoparticle samples. We found that the starting surface properties of the nanoparticles have significant effects on the attachment of the surface modifying molecules and consequent antibacterial activity. Two out of five investigated surface modifying molecules not only had a significant difference in the magnitude of their effect on different nanoparticles, but also resulted in the opposite effects on two ZnO nanoparticle samples (an enhancement of antibacterial activity for one and a reduction of antibacterial activity for the other ZnO sample). This indicates that no general rule on the effect of a specific

  18. Antibacterial activity and characteristics of modified ferrite powder coated with a gemini pyridinium salt molecule. (United States)

    Shirai, Akihiro; Maeda, Takuya; Ohkita, Motoaki; Nagamune, Hideaki; Kourai, Hiroki


    This report describes the synthesis of an antibacterial material consisting of a gemini quaternary ammonium salt (gemini-QUAT) immobilized on ferrite powder, and its antibacterial activity. A gemini-QUAT containing two pyridinium residues per molecule, 4,4'-[1,3-(2,2-dihydroxylmethyl-1,3-dithiapropane)]bis (1-octylpyridinium bromide), was immobilized on ferrite powder by a reaction between the hydroxyl group of the QUAT and trimethoxysilane. Immobilization of the gemini-QUAT on ferrite (F-gemini-QUAT) was confirmed when the dye, bromophenol blue, was released from F-gemini-QUAT-dye after contact between ferrite and the dye. Elemental analysis of the QUAT-ferrite determined the molar amount of QUAT on the ferrite. The antibacterial effect of the ferrite was investigated using a batch treatment system, and this effect was compared with that of another QUAT-ferrite (F-mono-QUAT) binding a mono-QUAT, which possesses one pyridinium residue, prepared by the same immobilization method as F-gemini-QUAT. Results indicated the F-gemini QUAT possessed a higher bactericidal potency and broader antibacterial spectrum compared to F-mono-QUAT. In addition, this study suggested that gemini-QUATs possessed high bactericidal potency without being influenced by immobilization to materials, and the antibacterial activity and characteristics of F-gemini-QUAT could be attributed to the unique structure of the immobilized gemini-QUAT.

  19. 改性绢丝织物的涂料染色%Pigment dyeing of modified spun silk fabric

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    张广知; 黄博


    The spun silk fabric is pretreated by plasma, and then re-modified with cationic modifiers, followed by pigment dyeing.The influence of modification condition on pigment dyeing property of the fabric is studied.The surface morphology of spun silk fabric is characterized by the scanning electron microscopy (SEM).The results show that the dyeing property and color fastness of spun silk fabric re-modified by cationic modifiers has been enhanced, and has little influence on the fabric han-dle.The optimized cationic re-modification process is cationic modifiers 4%(omf),modified at 60 ℃ for 40 min.%绢丝织物经等离子体预处理后,再采用阳离子改性剂进行改性,然后涂料染色.研究改性条件对绢丝织物涂料染色性能的影响,并采用扫描电镜表征绢丝纤维表面形态.结果表明,阳离子改性剂再改性后提高了绢丝织物涂料染色深度,各项色牢度也有所提升,对织物手感影响较小.优化的阳离子改性工艺为:阳离子改性剂4%(omf),改性温度60℃,改性时间40 min.

  20. Template-free TiO2 photoanodes for dye-sensitized solar cell via modified chemical route. (United States)

    Gaikwad, M A; Mane, A A; Desai, S P; Moholkar, A V


    Surfactant and template-free Titanium dioxide (TiO2) spheres have been deposited via ultrasonic rinsing assisted modified successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (M-SILAR) method. The effect of M-SILAR cycle variation on the growth of TiO2 films and power conversion efficiency (PCE) of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) has been reported. Also, the significant influence of the dye adsorption time of photoelectrodes on the overall PCE of TiO2 based DSSCs has been investigated systematically. The SEM images reveal that the TiO2 microspheres are made up of densely packed and interconnected nanospheres. After dye loading maximum absorption peak around 500nm is seen with broader coverage in the visible region of the solar spectrum. The excess amount of dye for dye loading time 15h did not contribute to current and is suspected to be present either in multilayers or physisorbed on the surface of TiO2. The DSSC prepared using photoelectrode TO125 and dye loading time of 12h exhibited the highest power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 1.16% with short-circuit current density (Jsc) of 8.17mA/cm(2), open circuit voltage (Voc) of 0.42V and fill factor of 0.34. The PCE is attributed to the large molecular interconnected TiO2 spheres diffusing visible light to enhance the light absorption. Also, it possesses relatively superior 3-D microsphere like structure and thus provides the effective pathway to the photogenerated electrons with low recombination rate, leading to attaining the high PCE.

  1. Improvement of the electrochromic response of a low-temperature sintered dye-modified porous electrode using low-resistivity indium tin oxide nanoparticles

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    Yuichi Watanabe


    Full Text Available An indium tin oxide (ITO nanoparticle-based porous electrode sintered at low temperatures was investigated as a transparent electrode for electrochromic displays (ECDs. The electrochromic (EC response of the dye-modified ITO porous electrode sintered at 150 °C, which exhibited a generally low resistivity, was markedly superior to that of a conventional dye-modified TiO2 porous electrode sintered at the same temperature. Moreover, the EC characteristics of the dye-modified ITO porous electrode sintered at 150 °C were better than those of the high-temperature (450 °C sintered conventional dye-modified TiO2 porous electrode. These improvements in the EC characteristics of the dye-modified ITO porous electrode are attributed to its lower resistivity than that of the TiO2 porous electrodes. In addition to its sufficiently low resistivity attained under the sintering conditions required for flexible ECD applications, the ITO porous film had superior visible-light transparency and dye adsorption capabilities. We conclude that the process temperature, resistivity, optical transmittance, and dye adsorption capability of the ITO porous electrode make it a promising transparent porous electrode for flexible ECD applications.

  2. Catalytic wet peroxide oxidation of azo dye (Congo red) using modified Y zeolite as catalyst. (United States)

    Kondru, Arun Kumar; Kumar, Pradeep; Chand, Shri


    The present study explores the degradation of azo dye (Congo red) by catalytic wet peroxide oxidation using Fe exchanged commercial Y zeolite as a catalyst. The effects of various operating parameters like temperature, initial pH, hydrogen peroxide concentration and catalyst loading on the removal of dye, color and COD from an aqueous solution were studied at atmospheric pressure. The percent removals of dye, color and COD at optimum pH(0) 7, 90 degrees C using 0.6 ml H(2)O(2)/350 ml solution and 1g/l catalyst was 97% (in 4h), 100% (in 45 min) and 58% (in 4h), respectively. The % dye removal has been found to be less in comparison to % color removal at all conditions, e.g. dye removal in 45 min and at above conditions was 82%, whereas the color removal was 100%. The results indicate that the Fe exchanged Y zeolite is a promising catalyst for dye removal. Fe exchanged catalyst is characterized using XRD, SEM/EDAX, surface area analyzer and FTIR. Though the dye, color and COD removals were maximum at pH(0) 2 but as the leaching of Fe from the catalyst was more in acidic pH range, pH(0) 7 was taken as operating pH due to almost comparable removals as of pH(0) 2 and no leaching of Fe ions.

  3. Surface modified magnetic nanoparticles as efficient and green sorbents: Synthesis, characterization, and application for the removal of anionic dye (United States)

    Rajabi, Hamid Reza; Arjmand, Hooman; Hoseini, S. Jafar; Nasrabadi, Hasan


    The object of this study was to evaluate the removal efficiency of sunset yellow (SY) anionic dye from aqueous solutions by using new surface modified iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs). Pure Fe3O4 MNPs were synthesized and then functionalized by aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES), through a chemical precipitation method. Characterization of the prepared MNP adsorbents was performed by furrier transform infrared (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). According to XRD and TEM results, average size of the magnetic Fe3O4/APTES NPs was estimated to be around 12 nm. The prepared magnetic adsorbent can be well dispersed in the water and easily separated magnetically from the medium after loaded with adsorbate. In the adsorption process, the effect of main experimental parameters such as pH of dye solution, initial concentration of SY dye, reaction time, and amount of MNP adsorbent on the removal of SY were studied and optimized. The small amount of this adsorbent (10 mg) is applicable for the removal of high concentrations of SY dye in reasonable time (17 min), at pH 3.1. Additionally, the adsorption studies show that the Langmuir model is a suitable model to explain the experimental data with high correlation coefficient.

  4. Renovation and Reuse of Reactive Dyeing Effluent by a Novel Heterogeneous Fenton System Based on Metal Modified PTFE Fibrous Catalyst/H2O2

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    Bing Li


    Full Text Available Cu-Fe bimetallic grafted polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE fiber complexes were prepared and optimized as the novel heterogeneous Fenton catalysts for the degradation of reactive dyes under UV irradiation. Cotton fabrics were dyed with three reactive dyes, namely, Reactive Red 195, Reactive Yellow 145, and Reactive Blue 222, in tap fresh water using exhaustion process. The spent dyeing effluents were then collected and degraded with the optimized Cu-Fe bimetallic grafted PTFE fiber complex/H2O2 system. The treated dyeing effluents were characterized and reused for the dyeing of cotton fabrics through the same process. The effect of reuse process number on quality of the dyed cotton fabrics was examined. The results indicated that the Cu-Fe bimetallic modified PTFE fiber complex with a Cu/Fe molar ratio of 2.87 was found to be the most effective fibrous catalyst, which enhanced complete decolorization of the treated dyeing effluents with H2O2 in 4 h. However, the TOC removal for the treated dyeing effluents was below 80%. The dyeing quality was not affected for three successive cycles. The increase in residual TOC value influences fourth dyeing cycle. Further TOC reduction of the treated effluents is needed for its repeated reuse in more than three dyeing cycles.

  5. Dependence of Purcell effect on fluorescence wavelength in dye molecules on metal-dielectric multilayer hyperbolic metamaterials (United States)

    Tsurumachi, Noriaki; Izawa, Hayato; Tomioka, Ryo; Sakata, Tomohiro; Suzuki, Makoto; Tanaka, Yasuhiro; Shimokawa, Fusao; Nakanishi, Shunsuke


    Recently, the enhancement of spontaneous emission, i.e., broadband Purcell effect, has been achieved using hyperbolic metamaterials. Hyperbolic metamaterials, which can be realized using a metal-dielectric multilayer structure, have an extremely large optical anisotropy of permittivity in both the parallel and perpendicular directions to the propagation of light, especially when the signs of permittivities in both directions differ. In this study, we investigated the conditions for realizing the broadband Purcell effect using dye molecules with different fluorescence wavelengths. Our fabricated metal-dielectric multilayer structure exhibited hyperbolic dispersion at wavelengths beyond 500 nm. In the case of coumarin 500 whose fluorescence peak is located at 500 nm, no broadband Purcell effect was observed. However, in the case of pyridine 1 whose fluorescence peak is located at 650 nm, we observed the successfull fluorescence lifetime shortening, i.e., the broadband Purcell effect.

  6. 芳纶1414纱线碱/酸改性的染色工艺%Dyeing process of aramid 1414 yarns modified with acid/alkali

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    王春梅; 李朝晖; 季涛


    In this paper, proper dyes, modification methods and dyeing methods are selected to dye the aramid 1414 yarns. Factors exerting influence on dyeing behaviors are studied, such as modification conditions, types and dosages of dyes, pH value of dye bath, dyeing temperature and time. The optimum dyeing process of alkali-modifying aramid with disperse dyes is determined as follows: the dosage of dyes less than 5 % (omf), pH value 5, dyeing at 130 ℃. For 60 min. The color fastness to washing of the dyeings is up to grade 4 ~5 and the color fastness to sublimation is dependent on dye properties. The optimum dyeing process of acid-modifying aramid with cationic dyes is determined as follows; the dosage of dyes less than 5% (omf), pH value 4 ~5, dyeing at 120 ℃ for 60 min. The color fastness to soaping is up to grade 4-5 and the color fastness to sublimation is up to grade 4.%通过选择合适的染料、纤维改性方法及染色方法,对芳纶1414纱线进行染色,探讨改性条件、染料种类和用量、染浴pH值、染色湿度、染色时间等对染色性能的影响.结果表明,经碱改性的芳纶用分散染料染色的最佳工艺为:染料质量分数不超过5%(omf),染液pH值5,在l30℃染色60 min;碱改性染色芳纶纱线的耐皂洗色牢度4~5级,耐升华色牢度与染料品种有较大关系.经酸改性的芳纶用阳离子染料染色的最佳工艺为:染料质量分数不超过5% (omf),染液pH值4~5,在120℃染色60 min;酸改性染色芳纶纱线的耐皂洗色牢度达到4~5级,耐升华色牢度达到4级.

  7. The Adsorption Geometry and Electronic Structure of Organic Dye Molecule on TiO2(101 Surface from First Principles Calculations

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    Niu Mang


    Full Text Available Using density functional theory (DFT, we have investigated the structural and electronic properties of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs comprised of I-doped anatase TiO2(101 surface sensitized with NKX-2554 dye. The calculation results indicate that the cyanoacrylic acid anchoring group in NKX-2554 has a strong binding to the TiO2(101 surface. The dissociative and bidentate bridging type was found to be the most favorable adsorption configuration. On the other hand, the incorporations of I dopant can reduce the band gap of TiO2 photoanode and improve the of NKX-2554 dye, which can improve the visible-light absorption of anatase TiO2 and can also facilitate the electron injection from the dye molecule to the TiO2 substrate. As a result, the I doping can significantly enhance the incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency (IPCE of DSSCs.

  8. Dye-modified ZnO nanohybrids: optical properties of the potential solar cell nanocomposites (United States)

    Ayinde, Wasiu B.; Dare, Enock O.; Bada, Damilola A.; Alayande, Samson O.; Oladoyinbo, Fatai O.; Idowu, Mopelola A.; Bolaji, Bukola. O.; Ezeh, Miriam I.; Osuji, Rose U.


    We report the hybridization of ZnO with natural dyes [Laali, Zobo] or synthetic dye [methyl red] forming ZnO-laali, ZnO-zobo and ZnO-methyl red nanocomposites in bright colours. The structural, optical and dye photosensitization influence of the hybrid nanocomposites were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), UV-Visible absorption spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL). The surface plasmon absorption band of ZnO-laali and ZnO-zobo shifts towards red and blue, respectively, with significantly enhanced absorption intensities, indicating the interaction and optical influence of the respective dyes in photosensitization. Optical and absorption character of ZnO methyl red and bare ZnO are similar indicating the insignificant effect of methyl red on photosensitization. PL spectra of ZnO-laali and ZnO-zobo display enhanced UV light emission due not only to the surface electron transfer from their respective inherent isoplumbagin and anthocyanin to ZnO but also to the extension of the Fermi energy level to the ZnO. Dyes adopted influence the optical band gaps of the evolved hybrid nanocomposites.

  9. Reactive Black 5 dye degradation using filters of smuggled cigarette modified with Fe(3.) (United States)

    Glugoski, Letícia Polli; de Jesus Cubas, Paloma; Fujiwara, Sérgio Toshio


    This study presents an attempt to solve two serious environmental problems: the generation of toxic effluents and solid waste disposal. The work proposes recycling cigarette filters with the purpose of degrading reactive dyes, which are used in the textile industry. Filters of smuggled cigarettes were recycled through Fe(3+) immobilization on their surface. The material obtained was characterized through Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS), scanning electron microscopy-energy-dispersive spectroscopy (SEM-EDS), and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis). The factorial design revealed that the most suitable conditions for the degradation of Reactive Black 5 dye were obtained by using 1 g of material at pH 3.0 in a 100 mg L(-1) hydrogen peroxide solution. The material showed excellent performance in the Reactive Black 5 dye degradation process; in 60 min, 99.09 % dye was removed. At pH 7.0, the dye degradation was 72.67 %, indicating that the material prepared can be used at pH values greater than 3.0 without the occurrence of hydrated Fe(3+) oxide precipitation. Furthermore, the material showed no loss of catalytic activity after three degradation studies.

  10. Modified Spontaneous Emission from Dye Molecules inside a Photonic Crystal Microcavity

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    WANG Zhi-Bing; YE Yong-Hong; ZHANG Jia-Yu


    @@ We fabricate a photonic crystal microcavity containing Alq3 in a sandwiched structure by the self-assemble method. The angle-dependent photoluminescence (PL) spectra and the variation of the PL lifetime demonstrate the effect of the photonic band gap on the spontaneous emission of Alq3 in the photonic crystals.

  11. Equilibrium, kinetics and thermodynamics studies of textile dyes adsorption on modified Tunisian clay

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    naghmouchi nahed


    Full Text Available The adsorption capacity of two anionic textile dyes (RR120 and BB150 on DMSO intercalated Tunisian raw clay was investigated with respect to contact time, initial dye concentration, pH and Temperature. The equilibrium data were fitted into Langmuir, Freundlich, Temkin and Dubinin–Radushkevich isotherms. The kinetic parameters were calculated using pseudo-first order, pseudo second-order, intra-particle diffusion and Elovich kinetic models. The thermodynamic parameters (DH°, DS° and DG° of the adsorption process were also evaluated.

  12. Characterizing the fluorescence intermittency and photobleaching kinetics of dye molecules immobilized on a glass surface. (United States)

    Yeow, Edwin K L; Melnikov, Sergey M; Bell, Toby D M; De Schryver, Frans C; Hofkens, Johan


    The blinking behavior of single Atto565 molecules on a glass surface is studied under air or nitrogen atmospheres using confocal microscopy. The broad distributions for both on- and off-time durations obey power law kinetics that are rationalized using a charge tunneling model. In this case, a charge is transferred from the Atto565 molecule to localized states found on the glass surface. Subsequent charge recombination by back charge tunneling from trap to Atto565 cation (i.e., dark state) restores the fluorescence. The off-time distribution is independent of excitation intensity (I), whereas the on-time distribution exhibits a power law exponent that varies with I. Two pathways have been identified to lead to the formation of the radical dark state. The first involves direct charge tunneling from the excited singlet S1 state to charge traps in the surrounding matrix, and the second requires charge ejection from the triplet T1 state after intersystem crossing from S1. Monte Carlo simulation studies complement the two-pathway model. Photobleaching curves of both single and ensemble molecules do not exhibit monoexponential decays suggesting complex bleaching dynamics arising from triplet and radical states.

  13. Photoelectrocatalytic degradation of indanthrene blue dye using Ti/Ru-based electrodes prepared by a modified Pechini method

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    Pupo, Marilia M.S.; Costa, Lucas S. da; Figueiredo, Aile C.; Eguiluz, Katlin I. B.; Salazar-Banda, Giancarlo R., E-mail: [Universidade Tiradentes, Aracaju, SE (Brazil). Instituto de Tecnologia e Pesquisa. Programa de Pos-Graduacao em Engenharia de Processos; Silva, Ronaldo S. da [Universidade Federal de Sergipe, Sao Cristovao, SE (Brazil). Departamento de Fisica. Laboratorio de Materiais Ceramicos Avancados; Cunha, Frederico G.C. [Universidade Federal de Sergipe, Sao Cristovao, SE (Brazil). Departamento de Fisica


    Photoelectrodes were used to treat synthetic textile wastewater contaminated with indanthrene blue dye. Two media of treatment were used (NaCl and Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4}), with variations on temperature, pH, current density, dye and chloride concentration. A modified Pechini method was applied to obtain Ti/Ru-based electrodes (Ti, Ru, Ti{sub 0.5}Ru{sub 0.5}, Ti{sub 0.75}Ru{sub 0.25} and Ti{sub 0.25}Ru{sub 0.75}) containing anatase TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles and a color degradation analysis was done. Physical (atomic force microscopy and X-ray diffractometry) and electrochemical characterizations (cyclic voltammetry) were considered. The condition that yielded highest color removal for the system presented 0.05 mol L-1 NaCl, 100 mA cm-2, 35 Degree-Sign C and pH 7, independent of the dye concentration for the Ti{sub 0.25}Ru{sub 0.75} electrode. (author)

  14. Computational Analysis and Predictive Cheminformatics Modeling of Small Molecule Inhibitors of Epigenetic Modifiers. (United States)

    Jamal, Salma; Arora, Sonam; Scaria, Vinod


    The dynamic and differential regulation and expression of genes is majorly governed by the complex interactions of a subset of biomolecules in the cell operating at multiple levels starting from genome organisation to protein post-translational regulation. The regulatory layer contributed by the epigenetic layer has been one of the favourite areas of interest recently. This layer of regulation as we know today largely comprises of DNA modifications, histone modifications and noncoding RNA regulation and the interplay between each of these major components. Epigenetic regulation has been recently shown to be central to development of a number of disease processes. The availability of datasets of high-throughput screens for molecules for biological properties offer a new opportunity to develop computational methodologies which would enable in-silico screening of large molecular libraries. In the present study, we have used data from high throughput screens for the inhibitors of epigenetic modifiers. Computational predictive models were constructed based on the molecular descriptors. Machine learning algorithms for supervised training, Naive Bayes and Random Forest, were used to generate predictive models for the small molecule inhibitors of histone methyl-transferases and demethylases. Random forest, with the accuracy of 80%, was identified as the most accurate classifier. Further we complemented the study with substructure search approach filtering out the probable pharmacophores from the active molecules leading to drug molecules. We show that effective use of appropriate computational algorithms could be used to learn molecular and structural correlates of biological activities of small molecules. The computational models developed could be potentially used to screen and identify potential new biological activities of molecules from large molecular libraries and prioritise them for in-depth biological assays. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first and

  15. Remove food dye (Acid Red 18 by using activated carbon of sunflower stalk modified with Iron nanoparticles Fe3O4 from aqueous solutions

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    Ali Namazi Zoweram


    Full Text Available Background and Objective: acid pale yellow dye(AY-6, acid yellow 23 (AY-23 and Acid Red 18 (AR-18 are of the most important dyes among artificial dyes that are used to create the colors orange and red. They are used in confectionery, beverage making, chips, corn, cereals, cake mixes, sports drinks, ice cream, candy, gelatins, pickles, Yakhmaks, fermented foods, prescription drugs and tablet, chewing gum, pudding, fruit juice, mustard sauce, soda, cosmetics, and other products.However, about 10-20% of the dye is lost during the manufacturing process and as a result large amounts of food dye enter the wastewater that must be refined. Absorption by using natural absorbents has found a significant usage among the methods of removal and treatment of colored wastewaters. For this purpose, activatedcarbon was produced from sunflower plantstalk in this study. It was modified by iron nanoparticles to recover and separate absorbent from aqueous solutions. Dye Acid Red 18 of Azo dyes was used in a laboratory environment to assess the efficiency, which is widely used in food and textile industries. Materials and Methods:The present study was done experimentally in laboratory scale, with the aim to examine the efficacy of removal of Acid Red 18 dye from aqueous solutions by using activatedcarbon produced from sunflower stalk, and modified with iron nanoparticles. Various parameters such as initial concentration of colored material, adsorbent material dosage, PH, and contact time were investigated in a batch system. Findings:The present study results show dye removal efficiency of 98.6% at a concentration of 25 milligrams per liter with 0.5 g adsorbent dosage and contact time of 120 minutes at a pH equal to 3. Conclusion: Based on the results obtained from the study it can be concluded activatedcarbon produced from sunflower stalk as an agricultural wastes has relatively good efficiency in absorption of acid red18 dye from aqueous solutions.

  16. Nanoimprinted distributed feedback dye laser sensor for real-time imaging of small molecule diffusion

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    Vannahme, Christoph; Dufva, Martin; Kristensen, Anders


    Label-free imaging is a promising tool for the study of biological processes such as cell adhesion and small molecule signaling processes. In order to image in two dimensions of space current solutions require motorized stages which results in low imaging frame rates. Here, a highly sensitive...... of different grating periods which result in distinct laser emission wavelengths. Imaging in two dimensions of space is enabled by focusing an image of the laser surface with a cylindrical lens onto the entrance slit of an imaging spectrometer. Imaging is demonstrated by monitoring of diffusing small sucrose...

  17. Modified atomic force microscope applied to the measurement of elastic modulus for a single peptide molecule (United States)

    Ptak, Arkadiusz; Takeda, Seiji; Nakamura, Chikashi; Miyake, Jun; Kageshima, Masami; Jarvis, Suzanne P.; Tokumoto, Hiroshi


    A modified atomic force microscopy (AFM) system, based on a force modulation technique, has been used to find an approximate value for the elastic modulus of a single peptide molecule directly from a mechanical test. For this purpose a self-assembled monolayer built from two kinds of peptides, reactive (able to anchor to the AFM tip) and nonreactive, was synthesized. In a typical experiment a single C3K30C (C=cysteine, K=lysine) peptide molecule was stretched between a Au(111) substrate and the gold-coated tip of an AFM cantilever to which it was attached via gold-sulfur bonds. The amplitude of the cantilever oscillations, due to an external force applied via a magnetic particle to the cantilever, was recorded by a lock-in amplifier and recalculated into stiffness of the stretched molecule. A longitudinal Young's modulus for the α-helix of a single peptide molecule and for the elongated state of this molecule has been estimated. The obtained values; 1.2±0.3 and 50±15 GPa, for the peptide α-helix and elongated peptide backbone, respectively, seem to be reasonable comparing them to the Young's modulus of protein crystals and linear organic polymers. We believe this research opens up a means by which scientists can perform quantitative studies of the elastic properties of single molecule, especially of biologically important polymers like peptides or DNA.

  18. Rotational Diffusion of a New Large Non Polar Dye Molecule in Alkanes. (United States)

    Goudar, Radha; Gupta, Ritu; Kulkarni, Giridhar U; Inamdar, Sanjeev R


    Rotational reorientation times of a newly synthesized 2,5-bis(phenylethynyl)1,4-bis(dodecyloxy) benzene (DDPE) are experimentally determined in series of n-alkanes by employing steady state and time resolved fluorescence depolarization technique with a view to understand rotational dynamics of large non-polar solute molecule in non-polar solvents and few general solvents of different sizes and varying viscosity. It is observed that rotational reorientation times vary linearly as function of viscosity. The hydrodynamic stick condition describes the experimental results at low viscosities while the results tend to deviate significantly from it at higher viscosities. This is attributed to the possibility of long chains in solvents hosting a variety of chain defects (end-gauche, double-gauche, all-trans, kink, etc.) thereby reducing the effective length of the molecule, leading to a slightly reduced friction. The experimental results are compared with the predictions of Stokes-Einstein-Debye (SED) hydrodynamic theory as well as the quasi-hydrodynamic theories of Gierer-Wirtz (GW) and Dote-Kivelson-Shwartz (DKS). The predictions from these theories underestimate τr in the solvents employed in the study.

  19. A molecule-imprinted polyaniline membrane modified on carbon fiber for detection of glycine. (United States)

    Zeng, Hongjuan; Wang, Deshun; Yu, Junsheng


    A layer of L-glycine-molecule-imprinted polyaniline (LMIP-PANI) polymer film has been modified on a carbon fiber electrode for the determination of L-glycine standard samples and L-glycine in cerebrospinal fluid of wistar mice. It has been found that a linear relationship exists between current and concentration for the glycine standard samples in the range of 0-12 μM by using the LMIP-PANI-modified carbon fiber electrode as a sensor. However, there is no any relationship between current and concentration for the carbon fiber electrode modified with no-glycine-molecule-imprinted polyaniline (NIP-PANI). The MIP-PANI- and NIP-PANI-modified carbon fiber films have been characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and electrochemistry methods. The investigation shows that the MIP-PANI-imprinted carbon fiber electrode will have a potential application in in-situ monitoring neurotransmitter due to its easy fabrication, low cost, bio-compatibility and flexibility.

  20. Synthesis and Characterization of Modified Chitosan-based Novel Superabsorbent hydrogel: Swelling and Dye Adsorption behavior


    Oladipo, Akeem Adeyemi


    ABSTRACT: Lately, a wide application of eco-friendly polysaccharide-based hydrogels in waste water treatment has received enormous attention in the literature. Particularly, the development of super swelling chitosan-based materials as versatile and useful adsorbent polymeric agent is an expanding area in the field of adsorption science today. The effluents containing dye materials from the processing industries are washed off into rivers and lakes which can be very harmful to creatures. Low...

  1. Synthesis and Characterization of Modified Chitosan-based Novel Superabsorbent hydrogel: Swelling and Dye Adsorption behavior


    Oladipo, Akeem Adeyemi


    ABSTRACT: Lately, a wide application of eco-friendly polysaccharide-based hydrogels in waste water treatment has received enormous attention in the literature. Particularly, the development of super swelling chitosan-based materials as versatile and useful adsorbent polymeric agent is an expanding area in the field of adsorption science today. The effluents containing dye materials from the processing industries are washed off into rivers and lakes which can be very harmful to creatures. Low...

  2. Hexagonal microlasers based on organic dyes in nanoporous crystals

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    Braun, I; Laeri, F; Nöckel, J U; Schulz-Ekloff, G; Schueth, F; Vietze, U; Weiss, O; Woehrle, D; Braun, Ingo; Ihlein, Guido; Laeri, Franco; Noeckel, Jens U.; Schulz-Ekloff, Guenter; Schueth, Ferdi; Vietze, Uwe; Weiss, Ozlem; Woehrle, Dieter


    Molecular sieves, such as nanoporous AlPO_4-5, can host a wide variety of laser active dyes. We embedded pyridine 2 molecules as a representative of a commercially available dye which fits into the channel pores of the host matrix. Many efficient dye molecules, such as rhodamines, do not fit into the pores. But the amount of encapsulated dyes can be increased by modifying the structure of the dyes such that they match the host templates. The resulting microlasers have properties that depend on size and shape of the microresonators, and we discuss a model for microscopic hexagonal ring resonators. In terms of pump needed to reach lasing threshold molecular sieve microlasers are comparable to VCSELs. For dyes which fit into the pores we observed a partial regeneration of photo-induced damage.

  3. Photocatalytic degradation of Malachite Green dye by modified ZnO nanomaterial

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    In this article we report a chemical sol–gel approach to synthesize zinc oxide nanomaterials capped with ethylene diamine tetra acetic acid (EDTA), citric acid and oleic acid, and to study the effect of the surface modification on their photocatalytic activity and the kinetics for the degradation of Malachite Green (MG) dye. The structural, optical and chemical features were systematically characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared and UV–vis absorption spectroscopy. The objective of using the capping agents was to confine the size and control the growth and morphology of the nanomaterial. The smallest crystallite size was recorded as 29 nm for EDTA-capped rod-shaped ZnO. A comparison study of the effect of thethree different capping surfactants on ZnO nanomaterial for photocatalytic degradation ofMGdye under solar light showed that EDTA with higher denticity coordinated efficiently with the surface of ZnO nanocrystalline catalystsand hence demonstrated better decolouration of the dye under solar light. The dye degradation followed the psuedofirst-order kinetics. EDTA proved to be the best capping agent among all the three for ZnO nanomaterial.

  4. Dye-sensitised semiconductors modified with molecular catalysts for light-driven H2 production. (United States)

    Willkomm, Janina; Orchard, Katherine L; Reynal, Anna; Pastor, Ernest; Durrant, James R; Reisner, Erwin


    The development of synthetic systems for the conversion of solar energy into chemical fuels is a research goal that continues to attract growing interest owing to its potential to provide renewable and storable energy in the form of a 'solar fuel'. Dye-sensitised photocatalysis (DSP) with molecular catalysts is a relatively new approach to convert sunlight into a fuel such as H2 and is based on the self-assembly of a molecular dye and electrocatalyst on a semiconductor nanoparticle. DSP systems combine advantages of both homogenous and heterogeneous photocatalysis, with the molecular components providing an excellent platform for tuning activity and understanding performance at defined catalytic sites, whereas the semiconductor bridge ensures favourable multi-electron transfer kinetics between the dye and the fuel-forming electrocatalyst. In this tutorial review, strategies and challenges for the assembly of functional molecular DSP systems and experimental techniques for their evaluation are explained. Current understanding of the factors governing electron transfer across inorganic-molecular interfaces is described and future directions and challenges for this field are outlined.

  5. TiO2/Ag modified penta-bismuth hepta-oxide nitrate and its adsorption performance for azo dye removal

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    Eshraq Ahmed Abdullah; Abdul Halim Abdullah; Zulkarnain Zainal; Mohd Zobir Hussein; Tan Kar Ban


    A modified hydrophilic penta-bismuth hepta-oxide nitrate (Bi5O7NO3) surface was synthesized via a precipitation method using TiO2 and Ag as modified agents.The synthesized product was characterized by different analytical techniques.The removal efficiency was evaluated using mono- and di-sulphonated azo dyes as model pollutants.Different kinetic,isotherm and diffusion models were chosen to describe the adsorption process.X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results revealed no noticeable differences in the chemical states of modified adsorbent when compared to pure Bi5O7NO3; however,the presence of hydrophilic centres such as TiO2 and Ag developed positively charged surface groups and improved its adsorption performance to a wide range of azo dyes.Dyes removal was found to be a function of adsorbent dosage,initial dye concentration,solution pH and temperature.The reduction of Langrnuir 1,2-mixed order kinetics to the second or first-order kinetics could be successfully used to describe the adsorption of dyes onto the modified adsorbent.Mass transfer can be described by intra-particle diffusion at a certain stage,but it was not the rate limiting step that controlled the adsorption process.Homogenous behavior of adsorbent surface can be explored by applying Langmuir isotherm to fit the adsorption data.

  6. Bio-active molecules modified surfaces enhanced mesenchymal stem cell adhesion and proliferation. (United States)

    Mobasseri, Rezvan; Tian, Lingling; Soleimani, Masoud; Ramakrishna, Seeram; Naderi-Manesh, Hossein


    Surface modification of the substrate as a component of in vitro cell culture and tissue engineering, using bio-active molecules including extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins or peptides derived ECM proteins can modulate the surface properties and thereby induce the desired signaling pathways in cells. The aim of this study was to evaluate the behavior of human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (hBM-MSCs) on glass substrates modified with fibronectin (Fn), collagen (Coll), RGD peptides (RGD) and designed peptide (R-pept) as bio-active molecules. The glass coverslips were coated with fibronectin, collagen, RGD peptide and R-peptide. Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells were cultured on different substrates and the adhesion behavior in early incubation times was investigated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and confocal microscopy. The MTT assay was performed to evaluate the effect of different bio-active molecules on MSCs proliferation rate during 24 and 72 h. Formation of filopodia and focal adhesion (FA) complexes, two steps of cell adhesion process, were observed in MSCs cultured on bio-active molecules modified coverslips, specifically in Fn coated and R-pept coated groups. SEM image showed well adhesion pattern for MSCs cultured on Fn and R-pept after 2 h incubation, while the shape of cells cultured on Coll and RGD substrates indicated that they might experience stress condition in early hours of culture. Investigation of adhesion behavior, as well as proliferation pattern, suggests R-peptide as a promising bio-active molecule to be used for surface modification of substrate in supporting and inducing cell adhesion and proliferation.

  7. Modified arteriolar responses to ATP after impairment of endothelium by light-dye techniques in vivo

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    Koller, A.; Rodenburg, J.M.; Wolin, M.S.; Messina, E.J.; Kaley, G. (Department of Physiology, New York Medical College, Valhalla (USA))


    In this study we investigated whether endothelial cells are involved in the dilation of third-order arterioles (14 to 22 microns) in response to adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in cremaster muscle of pentobarbital-anesthetized rats. Two light/dye (L/D) techniques were employed to achieve selective, local endothelial impairment. One of these techniques utilizes a mercury lamp and sodium fluorescein, the other a Helium-Neon laser and Evans blue dye. L/D treatment (illumination with the appropriate wavelengths of light in the presence of an intravascular dye) of a 20-to 100-microns segment of an arteriole resulted in a complete loss of arteriolar dilation in response to topical administration of acetylcholine (10(-6) M) and arachidonic acid (AA, 10(-5) M). These agents were applied in 100-microl aliquots without interrupting the continuous suffusion with Ringer-gelatin solution and caused a {approximately} 70% increase in vascular diameter before the L/D intervention. Selectivity of the impairment was assessed by arteriolar responses to the nonendothelium-dependent dilator agents adenosine (10(-5) M) and sodium nitroprusside (2 {times} 10(-7) M), which elicited the same degree of dilation before and after L/D treatment. Under control conditions ATP (10(-6), 10(-5), and 10(-4) M) elicited dose-dependent increases in arteriolar diameter (from 38 to 74%). After impairment of arteriolar endothelium, dilation in response to all doses of ATP was significantly reduced. Theophylline (30 microM) significantly inhibited arteriolar dilation in response to adenosine (10(-6), 10(-5), and 10(-4) M) but did not affect the responses to various doses of ATP. Moreover, impairment of endothelium enhanced constrictor responses of arterioles to norepinephrine (0.6 {times} 10(-8) M).

  8. Modified UBFF calculations of the α- L-fucopyranose molecule in the crystalline state (United States)

    Taleb-Mokhtari, I. N.; Rahal-Sekkal, M.; Vergoten, G.


    Normal co-ordinate analysis has been realised in the crystalline state using a modified Urey-Bradley-Shimanouchi force field combined with an intermolecular potential energy function that includes van der Waals interactions, some electrostatic terms and an explicit hydrogen bond function. The vibrational spectra of the α- L-fucose molecule have been recorded in the crystalline state, in the 4000-500 cm -1 spectral region for the mid-IR spectra, in the 500-100 cm -1 spectral region for the far-IR spectra, and in the 4000-20 cm -1 spectral range for Raman spectra. These spectra constitute the experimental support for the establishment of a force field for the molecule in the crystalline state through a normal co-ordinate analysis.

  9. 阳离子改性棉织物的靛蓝染色%Indigo dyeing of cationic modified cotton fabric

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    吕青华; 王齐兵; 余志成


    为提高靛蓝染料对纯棉织物的染色深度,采用自制阳离子改性剂ZS对棉织物进行改性,讨论了改性剂和氢氧化钠用量、改性温度、改性时间等因素对保险粉或二氧化硫脲还原体系中靛蓝染色性能的影响.试验得到棉织物改性工艺参数为改性剂ZS 4 g/L,NaOH 1.0 g/L,改性温度70℃,改性时间40 min.棉织物改性后靛蓝染色K/S值最高可达到19.3,而未改性棉织物的染色K/S值仅为12.2,且改性后染色织物的耐洗色牢度、耐摩擦色牢度良好.棉织物经改性后靛蓝染色只需浸染-氧化3次就能达到常规6次浸染-氧化的染色深度.%Cotton fabric is modified with the self-made cationic modifier ZS and then dyed with indigo dyes to improve dye depth. The influences of dosage of modifier and sodium hydroxide, modifying temperature and time on dyeing properties in sodium hydrosulfite and thiourea dioxide reduction system separately are discussed. The results indicate that modification process parameters for cotton fabric is cationic modifier ZS 4 g/L, NaOH 1.0 g/L,treating at 70 ℃ for 40 min. The K/S value of the modified cotton dyeings can reach 19.3, while the unmodified one is only 12.2, and the color fastness to soaping and rubbing are also good. The indigo dyeing of the modified cotton fabrics with 3 times dip dyeing-oxidation will be able to achieve the dyeing depth of the conventional 6 times dip dyeing-oxidation.

  10. Adsorption characteristics of humic acid-immobilized amine modified polyacrylamide/bentonite composite for cationic dyes in aqueous solutions

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    T. S. Anirudhan; P. S. Suchithra


    Humic acid-immobilized amine modified polyacrylamide/bentonite composite (HA-Am-PAA-B) was prepared and used as an adsorbent for the adsorption of cationic dyes (Malachite Green (MG), Methylene Blue (MB) and Crystal Violet (CV)) from aqueous solutions. The polyacrylamide/bentonite composite (PAA-B) was prepared by intercalative polymerization of acrylamide with Na-bentonite in the presence of N,N'-methylenebisacrylamide as a crosslinking agent and hexamethylenediammine as propagater. PAA-B was subsequently treated with ethylenediammine to increase its loading capacity for HA. The surface characterizations of the adsorbent were investigated. The adsorbent behaved like a cation exchanger and more than 99.0% removal of dyes was detected at pH range 6.0-8.0. The capacity of HA-Am-PAA-B was found to decrease in the following order: MG > MB > CV. The kinetic and isotherm data were interpreted by pseudo-second order rate equation and Freundlich isotherm model, respectively. Experiments were carried out using binary solute systems to assess the competitive adsorption phenomenon. The experimental isotherm data for each binary solute combination of MG, MB and CV were analyzed using Sheindrof-Rebhun-Sheintuch (SRS) (multicomponent Freundlich type) equation.

  11. Selective degradation of organic dyes by a resin modified Fe-based metal-organic framework under visible light irradiation (United States)

    Araya, Tirusew; Chen, Chun-cheng; Jia, Man-ke; Johnson, David; Li, Ruiping; Huang, Ying-ping


    Metal organic frameworks (MOFs), a new class of porous crystalline materials have attracted attention because of potential applications in environmental remediation. In this work, an Fe-based MOF, FeBTC (BTC = 1,3,5-tricarboxylic acid), was successfully modified with Amberlite IRA-200 resin to yield a novel heterogeneous photocatalyst, A@FeBTC. The modification resulted in higher photocatalytic activity than FeBTC under the same conditions. After 60 min of visible light illumination (λ ≥ 420 nm) 99% of rhodamine B was degraded. The modification lowers the zeta potential, enhancing charge-based selective adsorption and subsequent photocatalytic degradation of cationic dye pollutants. The composite also improved catalyst stability and recyclability by significantly reducing loss of iron leaching. Photoluminescence studies show that introduction of the resin reduces the recombination rate of photogenerated charge carriers thereby improving the photocatalytic activity of the composite. Finally, a plausible photocatalytic reaction mechanism is proposed.

  12. Enhancing adsorption capacity of toxic malachite green dye through chemically modified breadnut peel: equilibrium, thermodynamics, kinetics and regeneration studies. (United States)

    Chieng, Hei Ing; Lim, Linda B L; Priyantha, Namal


    Breadnut skin, in both its unmodified (KS) and base-modified (BM-KS) forms, was investigated for its potential use as a low-cost adsorbent for the removal of toxic dye, malachite green (MG). Characterization of the adsorbents was carried out using scanning electron microscope, X-ray fluorescence and Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy. Batch adsorption experiments, carried out under optimized conditions, for the adsorption of MG were fitted using five isotherm models (Langmuir, Freundlich, Dubinin-Radushkevich, Temkin and Sips) and six error functions to determine the best-fit model. The adsorption capacity was greatly enhanced when breadnut skin was chemically modified with NaOH, leading to an adsorption capacity of 353.0 mg g(-1), that was far superior to most reported adsorbents for the removal of MG. Thermodynamics studies indicated that the adsorption of MG was spontaneous on KS and BM-KS, and the reactions were endothermic and exothermic, respectively. Kinetics studies showed that both followed the pseudo-second order. Regeneration experiments on BM-KS indicated that its adsorption capacity was still maintained at>90% even after five cycles. It can be concluded that NaOH-modified breadfruit skin has great potential to be utilized in real-life application as a low-cost adsorbent for the removal of MG in wastewater treatment.

  13. Photocatalytic Degradation of Municipal Wastewater and Brilliant Blue Dye Using Hydrothermally Synthesized Surface-Modified Silver-Doped ZnO Designer Particles

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    Tabasom Parvin


    Full Text Available Photocatalytic degradation of local municipal wastewater and brilliant blue FCF dye were investigated using silver-doped ZnO designer particles. The silver-doped ZnO designer particles were synthesized under mild hydrothermal conditions (T = 150–250∘C, =autogeneous, experimental duration = 16–24 h in the presence of surface modifiers. The resultant products were characterized using powder XRD, FTIR, Zeta potential, and SEM. Various parameters including catalyst amount, light source, pH, and photocatalytic time duration were studied to find out their effects on photodegradation efficiency with respect to municipal wastewater and brilliant blue dye. The effect of these parameters was evaluated using chemical oxygen demand (COD and % transmittance analyses. The photodegradation results showed that the surface-modified silver-doped ZnO designer particles had higher efficiency compared to the reagent-grade ZnO in photodegradation of municipal wastewater and brilliant blue dye.

  14. Dyes adsorption blue vegetable and blue watercolor by natural zeolites modified with surfactants;Adsorcion de colorantes azul vegetal y azul acuarela por zeolitas naturales modificadas con surfactantes

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    Jardon S, C. C.; Olguin G, M. T. [ININ, Departamento de Quimica, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, 52750 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico); Diaz N, M. C., E-mail: teresa.olguin@inin.gob.m [Instituto Tecnologico de Toluca, Av. Instituto Tecnologico s/n, Ex-Rancho la Virgen, 52140 Metepec, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)


    In this work was carried out the dyes removal blue vegetable and blue watercolor of aqueous solutions, to 20 C, at different times and using a zeolite mineral of Parral (Chihuahua, Mexico) modified with hexadecyl trimethyl ammonium bromide or dodecyl trimethyl ammonium bromide. The zeolite was characterized before and after of its adaptation with NaCl and later with HDTMABr and DTMABr. For the materials characterization were used the scanning electron microscopy of high vacuum; elementary microanalysis by X-ray spectroscopy of dispersed energy and X-ray diffraction techniques. It was found that the surfactant type absorbed in the zeolite material influences on the adsorption process of the blue dye. Likewise, the chemical structure between the vegetable blue dye and the blue watercolor, determines the efficiency of the color removal of the water, by the zeolites modified with the surfactants. (Author)

  15. Improved luminescent efficiency of a red organic dye with modified molecular structure

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    Chen, B.J.; Sun, X.W.; Lin, X.Q.; Lee, C.S.; Lee, S.T


    By introducing two methyl groups into 6 and 7 positions of the chromene group of a red fluorescent dye, 4-dicyanomethylene-2 (p-diphenylaminostyryl)-chromene (DCCPA), we have successfully synthesized a red organic materials, 4-dicyanomethylene-6,7-dimethyl-2 (p-diphenylaminostyryl)-chromene (DCCMPA) of considerably better florescence properties than DCCPA. Both photoluminescent (PL) and electroluminescent (EL) properties of DCCPA and DCCMPA have been examined and compared. The PL quantum yield of DCCMPA is 21% higher than that of DCCPA. The devices with DCCMPA doped into tris (8-quinolinolato) aluminum (Alq{sub 3}) also show higher efficiencies than the DCCPA doped devices. Based on these experimental results, some useful guidelines for molecular design of red organic materials for EL applications are discussed.

  16. Signalling via MHC class II molecules modifies the composition of GEMs in APC. (United States)

    Setterblad, N; Becart, S; Charron, D; Mooney, N


    Major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II molecules are responsible for peptide presentation to helper T lymphocytes and as such play an essential role in the immune response. These molecules transmit intracellular signals leading to diverse consequences in B lymphocytes including proliferation and apoptosis. Recent studies have revealed that glycolipid enriched membrane microdomains (GEMs) behave as signalling platforms for a variety of lymphocyte receptors. We have quantified human leucocyte antigen (HLA)-DR molecules localized in GEMs in human B lymphocytes. Use of a model imitating the interaction of HLA-DR with a T-cell receptor (TCR) modified the constituents of the HLA-DR-enriched GEMs. Confocal microscopy demonstrated a recruitment of HLA-DR and the ganglioside GM1 at the site of HLA-DR interaction with the stimulating ligand. Moreover, cholesterol depletion efficiently impaired this recruitment. Co-localizing proteins detected in HLA-DR-enriched GEMs include protein kinase C (PKC)-delta and actin. These data reveal that MHC class II antigens are localized in GEMs in mature human B lymphocytes and indicates that the formation of the immunological synapse regulates the composition of HLA-DR enriched GEMs in the antigen presenting cell (APC).

  17. Inter-Dye Distance Distributions Studied by a Combination of Single-Molecule FRET-Filtered Lifetime Measurements and a Weighted Accessible Volume (wAV Algorithm

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    Full Text Available Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET is an important tool for studying the structural and dynamical properties of biomolecules. The fact that both the internal dynamics of the biomolecule and the movements of the biomolecule-attached dyes can occur on similar timescales of nanoseconds is an inherent problem in FRET studies. By performing single-molecule FRET-filtered lifetime measurements, we are able to characterize the amplitude of the motions of fluorescent probes attached to double-stranded DNA standards by means of flexible linkers. With respect to previously proposed experimental approaches, we improved the precision and the accuracy of the inter-dye distance distribution parameters by filtering out the donor-only population with pulsed interleaved excitation. A coarse-grained model is employed to reproduce the experimentally determined inter-dye distance distributions. This approach can easily be extended to intrinsically flexible proteins allowing, under certain conditions, to decouple the macromolecule amplitude of motions from the contribution of the dye linkers.

  18. Reactive dyes dyeing properties of modified CVC fabric with cationic gelatin protein agent%阳离子明胶蛋白改性 CVC 织物活性染料的染色性

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    徐华凤; 王雪燕


    CVC fabric is modified with sele‐made cationic gelatin protein agent .Then the best modified process conditions are optimized w hich are conducive to improving the dyeing perform‐ance of reactive dyes . And the salt‐free dyeing properties of modified CVC fabric are re‐searched .Compared with the unmodified CVC fabric dyeing with salt ,the salt‐free dyeing mod‐ified CVC fabric demonstrates a higher dyestuff up‐take ,K/S value and fixation rate .The fast‐ness to soaping is improved w hile the rubbing fastness slightly decreases ,w hich needs further study .%针对活性染料利用率低,染深色及盐用量多的问题,利用自制阳离子明胶蛋白助剂对CVC织物进行阳离子化改性,优化出有利于提高活性染料吸附上染性能的最佳改性工艺条件,并且研究了改性CVC织物活性染料无盐染色的性能。结果表明,改性CVC织物无盐染色可获得比未改性CVC织物常规加盐染色更高的上染百分率、K/S值、固色效率和皂洗牢度,但是摩擦牢度有轻微降低,需要进一步研究。

  19. Dynamical Orientation of Large Molecules on Oxide Surfaces and its Implications for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    A dual experimental-computational approach utilizing near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy and density functional theory-molecular dynamics (DFT-MD) is presented for determining the orientation of a large adsorbate on an oxide substrate. A system of interest in the field of dye-sensitized solar cells is studied: an organic cyanoacrylic acid-based donor-π-acceptor dye (WN1) bound to anatase TiO2. Assessment of nitrogen K-edge NEXAFS spectra is supported by calculations of the electronic structure that indicate energetically discrete transitions associated with the two π systems of the C-N triple bond in the cyanoacrylic acid portion of the dye. Angle-resolved NEXAFS spectra are fitted to determine the orientation of these two orbital systems, and the results indicate an upright orientation of the adsorbed dye, 63 from the TiO2 surface plane. These experimental results are then compared to computational studies of the WN1 dye on an anatase (101) TiO2 slab. The ground state structure obtained from standard DFT optimization is less upright (45 from the surface) than the NEXAFS results. However, DFT-MD simulations, which provide a more realistic depiction of the dye at room temperature, exhibit excellent agreement - within 2 on average - with the angles determined via NEXAFS, demonstrating the importance of accounting for the dynamic nature of adsorbate-substrate interactions and DFT-MD\\'s powerful predictive abilities. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

  20. Polyoxometalate-modified TiO2 nanotube arrays photoanode materials for enhanced dye-sensitized solar cells (United States)

    Liu, Ran; Sun, Zhixia; Zhang, Yuzhuo; Xu, Lin; Li, Na


    In this work, we prepared for the first time the TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNAs) photoanode with polyoxometalate(POMs)-modified TiO2 electron-transport layer for improving the performance of zinc phthalocyanine(ZnPc)-sensitized solar cells. The as-prepared POMs/TNAs/ZnPc composite photoanode exhibited higher photovoltaic performances than the TNAs/ZnPc photoanode, so that the power conversion efficiency of the solar cell device based on the POMs/TNAs/ZnPc photoanode displayed a notable improvement of 45%. These results indicated that the POMs play a key role in reducing charge recombination in phthalocyanine-sensitized solar cells, together with TiO2 nanotube arrays being helpful for electron transport. The mechanism of the performance improvement was demonstrated by the measurements of electrochemical impedance spectra and open-circuit voltage decay curves. Although the resulting performance is still below that of the state-of-the-art dye-sensitized solar cells, this study presents a new insight into improving the power conversion efficiency of phthalocyanine-sensitized solar cells via polyoxometalate-modified TiO2 nanotube arrays photoanode.

  1. Influence of silver nanoparticles on relaxation processes and efficiency of dipole – dipole energy transfer between dye molecules in polymethylmethacrylate films

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    Bryukhanov, V V; Borkunov, R Yu; Tsarkov, M V [Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, Kaliningrad (Russian Federation); Konstantinova, E I; Slezhkin, V A [Kaliningrad State Technical University, Kaliningrad (Russian Federation)


    The fluorescence and phosphorescence of dyes in thin polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) films in the presence of ablated silver nanoparticles has been investigated in a wide temperature range by methods of femtosecond and picosecond laser photoexcitation. The fluorescence and phosphorescence times, as well as spectral and kinetic characteristics of rhodamine 6G (R6G) molecules in PMMA films are measured in a temperature range of 80 – 330 K. The temperature quenching activation energy of the fluorescence of R6G molecules in the presence of ablated silver nanoparticles is found. The vibrational relaxation rate of R6G in PMMA films is estimated, the efficiency of the dipole – dipole electron energy transfer between R6G and brilliant green molecules (enhanced by plasmonic interaction with ablated silver nanoparticles) is analysed, and the constants of this energy transfer are determined. (nanophotonics)

  2. Management of Psoriatic Arthritis: Traditional Disease-Modifying Rheumatic Agents and Targeted Small Molecules. (United States)

    Soriano, Enrique R


    Traditional disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARD) remain the first-line treatment of psoriatic arthritis (PsA), despite lack of randomized controlled trials, and with evidence based on observational studies. Anti-tumor necrosis factor agents remain a top choice for biologic treatment, complemented with new biologics with different targets (IL12-23 and IL17). Unmet needs have been identified for patients who do not respond to treatment. Among targeted small molecules Apremilast is approved for the treatment of PsA and Tofactitinib is under investigation. The drugs discussed herein have the potential to address unmet needs; however, additional research is required to identify more effective therapies for PsA.

  3. One Novel Multiple-Target Plasmid Reference Molecule Targeting Eight Genetically Modified Canola Events for Genetically Modified Canola Detection. (United States)

    Li, Zhuqing; Li, Xiang; Wang, Canhua; Song, Guiwen; Pi, Liqun; Zheng, Lan; Zhang, Dabing; Yang, Litao


    Multiple-target plasmid DNA reference materials have been generated and utilized as good substitutes of matrix-based reference materials in the analysis of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Herein, we report the construction of one multiple-target plasmid reference molecule, pCAN, which harbors eight GM canola event-specific sequences (RF1, RF2, MS1, MS8, Topas 19/2, Oxy235, RT73, and T45) and a partial sequence of the canola endogenous reference gene PEP. The applicability of this plasmid reference material in qualitative and quantitative PCR assays of the eight GM canola events was evaluated, including the analysis of specificity, limit of detection (LOD), limit of quantification (LOQ), and performance of pCAN in the analysis of various canola samples, etc. The LODs are 15 copies for RF2, MS1, and RT73 assays using pCAN as the calibrator and 10 genome copies for the other events. The LOQ in each event-specific real-time PCR assay is 20 copies. In quantitative real-time PCR analysis, the PCR efficiencies of all event-specific and PEP assays are between 91% and 97%, and the squared regression coefficients (R(2)) are all higher than 0.99. The quantification bias values varied from 0.47% to 20.68% with relative standard deviation (RSD) from 1.06% to 24.61% in the quantification of simulated samples. Furthermore, 10 practical canola samples sampled from imported shipments in the port of Shanghai, China, were analyzed employing pCAN as the calibrator, and the results were comparable with those assays using commercial certified materials as the calibrator. Concluding from these results, we believe that this newly developed pCAN plasmid is one good candidate for being a plasmid DNA reference material in the detection and quantification of the eight GM canola events in routine analysis.

  4. Chemoselective small molecules that covalently modify one lysine in a non-enzyme protein in plasma

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    Choi, Sungwook; Connelly, Stephen; Reixach, Natàlia; Wilson, Ian A.; Kelly, Jeffery W. (Scripps)


    A small molecule that could bind selectively to and then react chemoselectively with a non-enzyme protein in a complex biological fluid, such as blood, could have numerous practical applications. Herein, we report a family of designed stilbenes that selectively and covalently modify the prominent plasma protein transthyretin in preference to more than 4,000 other human plasma proteins. They react chemoselectively with only one of eight lysine {epsilon}-amino groups within transthyretin. The crystal structure confirms the expected binding orientation of the stilbene substructure and the anticipated conjugating amide bond. These covalent transthyretin kinetic stabilizers exhibit superior amyloid inhibition potency compared to their noncovalent counterparts, and they prevent cytotoxicity associated with amyloidogenesis. Though there are a few prodrugs that, upon metabolic activation, react with a cysteine residue inactivating a specific non-enzyme, we are unaware of designed small molecules that react with one lysine {epsilon}-amine within a specific non-enzyme protein in a complex biological fluid.

  5. Dyes removal of textile wastewater onto surfactant modified zeolite from coal ash and evaluation of the toxic effects; Remocao de corantes de efluente textil por zeolita de cinzas de carvao modificada por surfactante e avaliacao dos efeitos toxicos

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    Ferreira, Patricia Cunico


    Zeolites synthesized from fly and bottom ashes and modified with hexadecyltrimethylammonium (HDTMA) were used as adsorbent to remove dyes - Solophenyl Navy (SN) and Solophenyl Turquoise (ST) and their hydrolysed forms Solophenyl Navy Hydrolysed (SNH) and Solophenyl Turquoise Hydrolysed (STH), from simulated textile wastewater. The HDTMA-modified fly zeolite (ZMF) and HDTMA-modified bottom zeolite (ZMB) were characterized by different techniques, as X-ray fluorescence spectrometry, X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy, etc. The ZMF and ZMB presented negative charge probably due to the formation of a partial bilayer of HDTMA on exchangeable active sites on the external surface of unmodified zeolite. Initial dye concentration, contact time and equilibrium adsorption were evaluated. The adsorption kinetic for SN, ST, SNH and STH onto the zeolites followed the pseudo second-order model. The equilibrium time was 20 min for SN and ST and 30 min for SNH and STH, respectively. Langmuir, Freundlich and Temkin models were applied to describe the adsorption isotherms. Adsorption of the dyes were best described by the Langmuir model, with exception to SN/ZPM, SNH/ZPM and SNH/ZLM systems that followed Freundlich model. The maximum adsorption capacities were 3,64; 3,57; 2,91 e 4,93 for SN, ST, SNH e STH by ZLM, respectively and 0,235; 0,492; 1,26 e 1,86 by ZPM, in this order. The best performance for hydrolyzed dyes has been attributed to reduction of the size of dyes molecules during the hydrolysis process. Acute toxicity of the dyes to a different organism were evaluated by different test-organisms. Waterflea, Ceriodaphnia dubia showed EC50 value of 1,25; 54,5; 0,78 and 2,56 mgL{sup -1} for SN, ST, SNH and STH, respectively. The plant Lemna minor showed EC50 values of 18,9; 69,4; 10,9 and 70,9 mgL{sup -1} for SN, ST, SNH and STH, respectively. Midges larvae of Chironomus tepperi showed EC50 values of 119 and 440 mgL{sup -1} for SN and ST, respectively. Regarding

  6. A small azide-modified thiazole-based reporter molecule for fluorescence and mass spectrometric detection

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    Stefanie Wolfram


    Full Text Available Molecular probes are widely used tools in chemical biology that allow tracing of bioactive metabolites and selective labeling of proteins and other biomacromolecules. A common structural motif for such probes consists of a reporter that can be attached by copper(I-catalyzed 1,2,3-triazole formation between terminal alkynes and azides to a reactive headgroup. Here we introduce the synthesis and application of the new thiazole-based, azide-tagged reporter 4-(3-azidopropoxy-5-(4-bromophenyl-2-(pyridin-2-ylthiazole for fluorescence, UV and mass spectrometry (MS detection. This small fluorescent reporter bears a bromine functionalization facilitating the automated data mining of electrospray ionization MS runs by monitoring for its characteristic isotope signature. We demonstrate the universal utility of the reporter for the detection of an alkyne-modified small molecule by LC–MS and for the visualization of a model protein by in-gel fluorescence. The novel probe advantageously compares with commercially available azide-modified fluorophores and a brominated one. The ease of synthesis, small size, stability, and the universal detection possibilities make it an ideal reporter for activity-based protein profiling and functional metabolic profiling.

  7. 改性剂FK-316在低盐染色中的应用%Low-salt reactive dyeing of cotton modified with FK-316

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    李瀚宇; 王冬生; 齐文玉


    The modification is applied to cotton knitted fabric with cationic agent FK-316, and then reactive dyeing with low-salt is carried out. The optimal conditions of modification and low-salt dyeing are settled. The modifying process is modifier FK-316 5%(omf) ,pH value 9.0,holding 20 min at 70℃. The low-salt dyeing process is reactive dye 1 %(omf) .sodium sulfate 20 g/L, liquor ratio 1 :15 ~ 1 :20,dyeing 50 min at 60 ℃.fixing for 50 min with 20 g/L soda ash. When the amount of the dye is equal to or less than 2%, the salt dosage can be reduced to the 1/3 of that in conventional dyeing. The dyeing depth and color fastness are the same with those in conventional dyeing with salt.%对纯棉针织物先采用阳离子改性剂FK-316改性处理,再实施活性染料低盐染色,优化改性处理和低盐染色工艺条件.改性工艺:改性剂FK-316质量分数5%(omf),pH值9.0,70℃保温处理20 min;低盐染色工艺:染料1%(omf),元明粉20 g/L,浴比1∶15~1∶20,染色温度60℃,保温染色50 min,纯碱20 g/L,固色时间50min.阳离子改性剂FK-316应用于活性染料低盐染色时,当染料用量在2%及以下时(中、浅色),盐用量可以降到常规染色盐用量的1/3以下,达到有盐染色相同的染色深度和染色牢度.

  8. Enhancement of Overall Photovoltaic Efficiency by Changing the Position of the Attaching Group -RSO3- on the Hemicyanine Dye Molecules

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    Qiao Hong YAO; Fu You LI; Lu SHAN; Chun Hui HUANG; Dong Dong YIN


    A new photoresponsive D-π-A dye, mPS, has been designed and synthesized. Compared to the parent dye PS, IPCE values in the region from 400 nm to 560 nm was greatly improved upon changing the attaching group from the p- position to the o- position of the π-conjugation bridge. A solar cell based on mPS generated a remarkably high overall yield η of 5.4% under irradiation of 80.0 mW cm-2 white light from a Xe lamp. Compared with PS, the overall yield η increased by 64%.

  9. Adsorption effect of modified bentonite on the dyes in wastewater%改性膨润土对废水中染料的吸附

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    李仕友; 邝应林; 谢水波; 何少华; 周帅


    The basic structure of bentonite is described. Two modification methods of bentonite,named activation modification and adding modification methods, are introduced. The main advantages of the two modification methods are analyzed. Besides,the adsorption effect of the dyes in wastewater by modified bentonite are summarized. The results show that modified bentonite has pretty good adsorption effect on the dyes in wastewater. The best removing rate of dyes could reach 99.7%. Furthermore, the adsorption mechanisms, influencing factors and isothermal adsorption equation of modified bentonite are discussed,and the application foreground of modified bentonite in wastewater treatment is looked forward.%简述了膨润土的基本结构,概括了膨润土的主要改性方法,即活化改性法和添加改性剂改性法;分析了改性方法的主要优点,总结了改性膨润土对废水中染料的吸附效果.结果表明,改性膨润土对染料的吸附效果较好,染料去除率最大可达99.7%.另外,探讨了改性膨润土的吸附机理、影响因素和吸附等温式,并展望了改性膨润土的应用前景.

  10. Modifying the thermal conductivity of small molecule organic semiconductor thin films with metal nanoparticles. (United States)

    Wang, Xinyu; Parrish, Kevin D; Malen, Jonathan A; Chan, Paddy K L


    Thermal properties of organic semiconductors play a significant role in the performance and lifetime of organic electronic devices, especially for scaled-up large area applications. Here we employ silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) to modify the thermal conductivity of the small molecule organic semiconductor, dinaphtho[2,3-b:2',3'-f]thieno[3,2-b]thiophene (DNTT). The differential 3-ω method was used to measure the thermal conductivity of Ag-DNTT hybrid thin films. We find that the thermal conductivity of pure DNTT thin films do not vary with the deposition temperature over a range spanning 24 °C to 80 °C. The thermal conductivity of the Ag-DNTT hybrid thin film initially decreases and then increases when the Ag volume fraction increases from 0% to 32%. By applying the effective medium approximation to fit the experimental results of thermal conductivity, the extracted thermal boundary resistance of the Ag-DNTT interface is 1.14 ± 0.98 × 10(-7) m(2)-K/W. Finite element simulations of thermal conductivity for realistic film morphologies show good agreement with experimental results and effective medium approximations.


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    FRANCO Esther


    Full Text Available Cyclodextrins are cyclic oligosaccharides with a special toroid shape, obtained by the action of glucosyltransferase enzyme (CGTase on starch molecule. Their peculiar structure allows the accommodation of different guest molecules inside their cavity forming molecular inclusion complexes. There are different types depending on the glucose units that are formed, called native. The cyclodextrins can be modified incorporating different groups (hydroxipropyl, methyl... that changes their properties. Due their versatility in size, properties and the variety of inclusion complex can form is employed in many different industries like pharmacy, food or cosmetics to protect the molecule or to reduce their volatility. As the guest molecule is not bond with the cyclodextrin with the appropriate conditions it can release easily. In textile industry had been use in different areas: to remove surfactants from washed textiles, to substitute surfactants, in the dyeing process, in detergents… Due their capacity to fix onto textile allows the functionalization of the fabrics giving them new properties like UV protection, antimicrobial or insect repellents depending on the guest molecule, in. The project DYES4EVER employs the cyclodextrins to encapsulate dyes not fixed during the dye process that remains in the wastewater and aims to go one step further and reuse the dyes recovered as a raw material in new dyeing processes.

  12. 十六烷基三甲基季铵阳离子改良二氧化硅对酸性染料的吸着%Sorption of Acid Dyes onto Silica Modified with Cetyltrimethylammonium Cations

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    The sorption behavior of acid dyes onto cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB)- modified silica as a function of pH in the aqueous medium was studied. Single- and multi-solute sorption equilibria of orange Ⅱ(OR),phenol red (PR) and Eriochrome Black T (EBT) were studied at pH 3, unbuffered water pH and pH 11. Sorption behavior of EBT could not be conducted at pH 3 due to its aggregation in acidic medium. All the reaction conditions,experimental protocols and techniques remained the same throughout the sorption process. Sorption isotherms for single-solute system were fitted by the Langmuir model, while Langmuir competitive model (LCM) and the ideal adsorbed solution theory (IAST) coupled with Langmuir model (IAST/Langmuir) were used for the prediction of multisolute competitive sorption. Sorption affinities influenced by the factors like physical interactive forces between the molecules of CTA on silica and sorbate, structural limitations of the dyes based on their geometrical arrangement were investigated. Sorption affinity of OR was found to be higher than that of EBT and PR at all the pH values investigated. Magnitude of the sorption capacities was observed to be higher in acidic medium but lower in alkaline medium. Trends of the sorption affinities in multisolute system were similar to those in single-solute system but magnitude of the sorption capacities was significantly reduced due to the prevailing competition among the sorbates.

  13. Surface modified TiO2 nanostructure with 3D urchin-like morphology for dye-sensitized solar cell application. (United States)

    Shin, Seong Sik; Kim, Dong Wook; Lee, Sangwook; Cho, In-Sun; Kim, Dong Hoe; Park, Jong Hoon; Hong, Kug Sun


    Three-dimensional (3D) urchin-like rutile TiO2 powders were synthesized by a mild hydrothermal method without any templates. An individual urchin-like TiO2 powder consists of self-assembled nanorods with a length of about 150 nm and width of about 10 nm. Additionally, the urchin-like TiO2 nanopowders were coated with an ultra-thin ZnO layer in order to modify the surface properties of the nanopowders, and the ZnO layer was confirmed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis. The ZnO-modified TiO2 was used as a photoelectrode of a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) and the solar cell performances were investigated. In comparison with bare TiO2, ZnO-modified TiO2 improved the photovoltaic performances, i.e., energy conversion efficiency, open circuit voltage, and short circuit current were increased. The higher DSSC performance of ZnO-modified TiO2 was attributed to its higher dye loading and lower charge recombination rate.

  14. J-aggregates of organic dye molecules complexed with iron oxide nanoparticles for imaging-guided photothermal therapy under 915-nm light. (United States)

    Song, Xuejiao; Gong, Hua; Liu, Teng; Cheng, Liang; Wang, Chao; Sun, Xiaoqi; Liang, Chao; Liu, Zhuang


    Recently, the development of nano-theranostic agents aiming at imaging guided therapy has received great attention. In this work, a near-infrared (NIR) heptamethine indocyanine dye, IR825, in the presence of cationic polymer, polyallylamine hydrochloride (PAH), forms J-aggregates with red-shifted and significantly enhanced absorbance. After further complexing with ultra-small iron oxide nanoparticles (IONPs) and the followed functionalization with polyethylene glycol (PEG), the obtained IR825@PAH-IONP-PEG composite nanoparticles are highly stable in different physiological media. With a sharp absorbance peak, IR825@PAH-IONP-PEG can serve as an effective photothermal agent under laser irradiation at 915 nm, which appears to be optimal in photothermal therapy application considering its improved tissue penetration compared with 808-nm light and much lower water heating in comparison to 980-nm light. As revealed by magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, those nanoparticles after intravenous injection exhibit high tumor accumulation, which is then harnessed for in vivo photothermal ablation of tumors, achieving excellent therapeutic efficacy in a mouse tumor model. This study demonstrates for the first time that J-aggregates of organic dye molecules are an interesting class of photothermal material, which when combined with other imageable nanoprobes could serve as a theranostic agent for imaging-guided photothermal therapy of cancer.

  15. Nanosecond to submillisecond dynamics in dye-labeled single-stranded DNA, as revealed by ensemble measurements and photon statistics at single-molecule level. (United States)

    Kaji, Takahiro; Ito, Syoji; Iwai, Shigenori; Miyasaka, Hiroshi


    Single-molecule and ensemble time-resolved fluorescence measurements were applied for the investigation of the conformational dynamics of single-stranded DNA, ssDNA, connected with a fluorescein dye by a C6 linker, where the motions both of DNA and the C6 linker affect the geometry of the system. From the ensemble measurement of the fluorescence quenching via photoinduced electron transfer with a guanine base in the DNA sequence, three main conformations were found in aqueous solution: a conformation unaffected by the guanine base in the excited state lifetime of fluorescein, a conformation in which the fluorescence is dynamically quenched in the excited-state lifetime, and a conformation leading to rapid quenching via nonfluorescent complex. The analysis by using the parameters acquired from the ensemble measurements for interphoton time distribution histograms and FCS autocorrelations by the single-molecule measurement revealed that interconversion in these three conformations took place with two characteristic time constants of several hundreds of nanoseconds and tens of microseconds. The advantage of the combination use of the ensemble measurements with the single-molecule detections for rather complex dynamic motions is discussed by integrating the experimental results with those obtained by molecular dynamics simulation.

  16. Circularly polarized luminescence by visible-light absorption in a chiral O-BODIPY dye: unprecedented design of CPL organic molecules from achiral chromophores. (United States)

    Sánchez-Carnerero, Esther M; Moreno, Florencio; Maroto, Beatriz L; Agarrabeitia, Antonia R; Ortiz, María J; Vo, Bryan G; Muller, Gilles; de la Moya, Santiago


    Circularly polarized luminescence (CPL) in simple (small, nonaggregated, nonpolymeric) O-BODIPYs (R)-1 and (S)-1 by irradiation with visible light is first detected as proof of the ability of a new structural design to achieve CPL from inherently achiral monochromophore systems in simple organic molecules. The measured level of CPL (|g(lum)|) in solution falls into the usual range of that obtained from other simple organic molecules (10(-5)-10(-2) range), but the latter having more complex architectures since axially chiral chromophores or multichromophore systems are usually required. The new design is based on chirally perturbing the acting achiral chromophore by orthogonally tethering a single axially chiral 1,1'-binaphtyl moiety to it. The latter does not participate as a chromophore in the light-absorption/emission phenomenon. This simple design opens up new perspectives for the future development of new small-sized CPL organic dyes (e.g., those based on other highly luminescent achiral chromophores and/or chirally perturbing moieties), as well as for the improvement of the CPL properties of the organic molecules spanning their use in photonic applications.

  17. Product length, dye choice, and detection chemistry in the bead-emulsion amplification of millions of single DNA molecules in parallel. (United States)

    Tiemann-Boege, Irene; Curtis, Christina; Shinde, Deepali N; Goodman, Daniel B; Tavaré, Simon; Arnheim, Norman


    The amplification of millions of single molecules in parallel can be performed on microscopic magnetic beads that are contained in aqueous compartments of an oil-buffer emulsion. These bead-emulsion amplification (BEA) reactions result in beads that are covered by almost-identical copies derived from a single template. The post-amplification analysis is performed using different fluorophore-labeled probes. We have identified BEA reaction conditions that efficiently produce longer amplicons of up to 450 base pairs. These conditions include the use of a Titanium Taq amplification system. Second, we explored alternate fluorophores coupled to probes for post-PCR DNA analysis. We demonstrate that four different Alexa fluorophores can be used simultaneously with extremely low crosstalk. Finally, we developed an allele-specific extension chemistry that is based on Alexa dyes to query individual nucleotides of the amplified material that is both highly efficient and specific.

  18. Fluorescence properties of dyes adsorbed to silver islands, investigated by picosecond techniques (United States)

    Leitner, A.; Lippitsch, M. E.; Draxler, S.; Riegler, M.; Aussenegg, F. R.


    The fluorescence properties of dye molecules (rhodamine 6G and erythrosin) adsorbed on pure glass surfaces and on silver islands films are investigated by cw and picosecond time-resolved methods. On pure glass surfaces we observe concentration quenching below a critical intermolecular distance (reduction of the fluorescence power per molecule as well as shortened and non-exponential fluorescence decay). On silver islands films the shortening in fluorescence lifetime is more drastic and is nearly independent of the intermolecular distance. This behavior suggests an electrodynamic interaction between dye monomers and plasmons in the metal particles, modified by a damping influence of dye dimers.

  19. Density functional description of adsorption in slitlike pores modified with chain molecules: a simple model for pillaredlike materials. (United States)

    Matusewicz, M; Patrykiejew, A; Sokołowski, S; Pizio, O


    We propose a density functional theory to describe adsorption of Lennard-Jones fluid in slitlike pores modified by chain molecules. Specifically, the chains are bonded by their ends to the opposite pore walls, so they can form pillaredlike structure. Two models are studied. In the first model, the nonterminating segments of chains can change their configuration inside the pore upon adsorption of spherical species. In the second model, the chains configuration remains fixed, so that the system is similar to a nonuniform quenched-annealed mixture. We study capillary condensation of fluid species inside such modified pores and compare the results obtained for two models.

  20. Optical and Electrical Properties of Triphenylamine Derivatives for Dye-sensitized Solar Cells and Designing of Novel Molecule

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    CHEN Jun; WANG Ming


    With density functional theory(DFT) method,the optimization of molecular configurations and the calculation of frontier molecular orbitals were achieved for triphenylamine(TPA)-based dye-sensitized solar cell materials at the B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) level.Time-dependent density functional theory(TD-DFT) was applied to calculating the probability of the transition from the ground state to the excited state.And UV-Vis absorption spectra were derived with Franck-Condon approximation.The conjugation length,substitution groups and spatial effects show a slight influence on the dihedral angle of the TPA group.The increase of conjugation length may cause a smaller energy gap as well as a higher highest occupied molecular orbital(HOMO) and a lower lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO).The introduction of methoxyl group and TPA group could lower the energy gap while the HOMO and LUMO were elevated in energy.

  1. Recent progress in interface modification for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Interface modification on the TiO2/dye/electrolyte interface of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) is one of the most effective approaches to suppress the charge recombination,improve electron injection and transportation,and thus ameliorate the conversion efficiency and stability of DSCs.Conventional research focusing on the photoanodes interface modification before sensitization in dye-sensitized solar cells has been carried out and reviewed.However,recent studies showed that post-modification after sensitization of the TiO2 electrode also plays a significant role on the TiO2/dye/electrolyte interface.This post-modification using the immersing method could deprotonate dye molecules,prohibit the dye aggregation and retard the recombination reaction.As a result,it has great influence on the devices’ photovoltaic performance.This interface modification could also provide an approach to broaden the response of the solar spectrum by introducing an alternative assembling structure.An in-situ meaning of using a co-adsorbent is employed to modify the interface in the DSCs,which could retard the aggregation of the dye molecules and enhance the conversion efficiency.In addition,electrolyte additives can be used to modify the TiO2/dye/electrolyte interface through some unique mechanisms.Based on the background of interface modification of photoanodes before sensitization,this review introduces various interface modifications after sensitization of dye-sensitized solar cells and their mechanisms.

  2. Heterogeneous fenton degradation of azo dyes catalyzed by modified polyacrylonitrile fiber fe complexes: QSPR (quantitative structure peorperty relationship) study. (United States)

    Li, Bing; Dong, Yongchun; Ding, Zhizhong


    The amidoximated polyacrylonitrile (PAN) fiber Fe complexes were prepared and used as the heterogeneous Fenton catalysts for the degradation of 28 anionic water soluble azo dyes in water under visible irradiation. The multiple linear regression (MLR) method was employed to develop the quantitative structure property relationship (QSPR) model equations for the decoloration and mineralization of azo dyes. Moreover, the predictive ability of the QSPR model equations was assessed using Leave-one-out (LOO) and cross-validation (CV) methods. Additionally, the effect of Fe content of catalyst and the sodium chloride in water on QSPR model equations were also investigated. The results indicated that the heterogeneous photo-Fenton degradation of the azo dyes with different structures was conducted in the presence of the amidoximated PAN fiber Fe complex. The QSPR model equations for the dye decoloration and mineralization were successfully developed using MLR technique. MW/S (molecular weight divided by the number of sulphonate groups) and NN=N (the number of azo linkage) are considered as the most important determining factor for the dye degradation and mineralization, and there is a significant negative correlation between MW/S or NN=N and degradation percentage or total organic carbon (TOC) removal. Moreover, LOO and CV analysis suggested that the obtained QSPR model equations have the better prediction ability. The variation in Fe content of catalyst and the addition of sodium chloride did not alter the nature of the QSPR model equations.

  3. Theoretical study on the application of double-donor branched organic dyes in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Lu, Yan-Hong; Liu, Rui-Rui [Gansu Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Key Laboratory of Eco-environment-related Polymer Materials, Ministry of Education, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou, 730070, Gansu (China); Zhu, Kai-Li [College of Chemistry and Life Science, Gansu Normal University for Nationalities, Hezuo, 747000, Gansu (China); Song, Yan-Lin [Gansu Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Key Laboratory of Eco-environment-related Polymer Materials, Ministry of Education, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou, 730070, Gansu (China); Geng, Zhi-Yuan, E-mail: [Gansu Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Key Laboratory of Eco-environment-related Polymer Materials, Ministry of Education, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou, 730070, Gansu (China)


    A novel organic dye with 2D-A structure has been designed and calculated whereby density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) for dye-sensitized solar cells. The double-donor branched dye which was consisted of two separated light-harvesting moieties was beneficial to photocurrent generation. First, we discussed the effects of different donor chains on photoelectric performance in the dye molecule, using the DTP-B8 which was a previously reported structure as the reference. Only to conclude that the suitable length can achieve the satisfactory efficiency. Secondly, to modify and sift potential sensitizers further, three series of dyes (BC-series, CB-series and CC-series) were designed and characterized. The increased molar extinction coefficient and the red-shifted λ{sub max} was attributed to an increasing in electron conjunction. This work presented a new route to design sensitizers that provide two channels for donating more electrons and improve the final efficiency. It is expected to provide some theoretical guidance on designing and synthetizing high efficiency photosensitive dye in the future experiments. - Highlights: • A novel organic dye with 2D-A structure was designed and characterized. • The double-donor branched dye was consisted of two separated light-harvesting paths. • The double-donor branched dye was beneficial to photocurrent generation. • The molar extinction coefficient was greatly improved in this novel structure. • Four promising candidates have been screened out.

  4. Comprehensive study of efficient dye-sensitized solar cells based on the binary ionic liquid electrolyte by modifying with additives and iodine (United States)

    Mo, Ao-qiang; Cao, Da-peng; Wang, Wu-yang; Li, Xue-yan; Mi, Bao-xiu; Gao, Zhi-qiang; Liang, Zhong-cheng


    The photovoltaic performance of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) is enhanced by modifying the binary room temperature ionic liquid (RTIL) electrolyte with additives and iodine. The average photoelectric conversion efficiency ( PCE) of 6.39% is achieved. Through electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), cyclic voltammetry scans and incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency ( IPCE) data, the working principles are analyzed. The enhancement is mainly attributed to the improvement of short circuit current which is caused by the reduction of overall internal resistance of the devices. Durability tests are measured at room temperature, and the long-term stability performance can be maintained.

  5. Physisorption of DNA molecules on chemically modified single-walled carbon nanotubes with and without sonication. (United States)

    Umemura, Kazuo; Ishibashi, Yu; Oura, Shusuke


    We investigated the physisorption phenomenon of single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) molecules onto two types of commercially available chemically functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and agarose gel electrophoresis. We found that DNA molecules can adsorb on the water-soluble SWNT surfaces without sonication, although sonication treatment has been used for hybridization of DNA and SWNTs in many previous studies. Using our method, damage of DNA molecules by sonication can be avoided. On the other hand, the amount of DNA molecules adsorbed on SWNT surfaces increased when the samples were sonicated. This fact suggests that the sonication is effective not only at debundling of SWNTs, but also at assisting DNA adsorption. Furthermore, DNA adsorption was affected by the types of functionalized SWNTs. In the case of SWNTs functionalized with polyethylene glycol (PEG-SWNT), physisorption of ssDNA molecules was confirmed only by agarose-gel electrophoresis. In contrast, amino-terminated SWNTs (NH2-SWNTs) showed a change in the height distribution profile based on AFM observations. These results suggest that DNA molecules tended to adsorb to NH2-SWNT surfaces, although DNA molecules can also adsorb on PEG-SWNT surfaces. Our results revealed fundamental information for developing nanobiodevices using hybrids of DNA and SWNTs.

  6. Interaction of Biologically Active Molecules with Sulfur-modified Gold Surface

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    DING Xue-feng; YANG Gui-fu; WANG Xiao; WANG Zi-chen; LIN Hai-bo


    The immobilization of cytochrome c or horseradish peroxidase at the sulfur-modified gold electrode exhibits a ra-pid electron transfer behavior because of its specific orientation on the electrode surface and the interaction between cytochrome c or horseradish peroxidase and sulfur-modified on the surface of the Au electrode.

  7. 低温等离子体改性蚕丝织物涂料染色%Pigment dyeing of low temperature plasma modified silk fabrics

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    张广知; 黄小华; 迟二燕


    Surface modification treatment of silk fabrics by low-temperature plasma was performed for purposes of improving their pigment dyeing property. The influence of low-temperature plasma treatment on the pigment dyeing property of silk fabrics was researched by testing K/S value, rubbing fastness, washing fastness, softness, and the morphology as characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The low-temperature plasma treatment effectively improved the pigment dyeing property of the silk fabrics, and the optimal treatment process conditions were determined as the follows; power 150 W, vacuum 10 Pa, treating time 5 min. The pigment dyeing effect of the modified silk fabric was improved observably, as shown by the enhanced dyeing depth and all color fastness. The optimal pigment dyeing process conditions was detemined as the follows; pigment 50 g/L, binder 80 g/L, curing at 120 t for 3 min.%采用低温等离子体处理蚕丝织物,以改善蚕丝织物涂料染色性能.通过测定K/S值、摩擦牢度、耐洗牢度、柔软度,结合扫描电镜表征纤维表面形态,研究低温等离子体处理对蚕丝织物涂料染色性能的影响,并确定最佳工艺条件.低温等离子体处理能有效改善涂料染色效果,最佳处理工艺条件为:功率150 W,时间5 min,真空度10 Pa.低温等离子体改性提高了蚕丝织物涂料染色的深度,各项牢度均有所提高,最佳工艺条件为:涂料50 g/L,黏合剂80 g/L,焙烘温度120℃,焙烘时间3 min.

  8. Correlating the photovoltaic performance of alumina modified dye-sensitized solar cells with the properties of metal-free organic sensitizers

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    Fan Shengqiang [Department of Advanced Materials Chemistry, Korea University, Jochiwon, Chungnam 339-700 (Korea, Republic of); Centre for Organic Photonics and Electronics, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, University of Queensland, QLD 4072 (Australia); Geng, Yan [Centre for Organic Photonics and Electronics, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, University of Queensland, QLD 4072 (Australia); Kim, Chulwoo; Paik, Sanghyun [Department of Advanced Materials Chemistry, Korea University, Jochiwon, Chungnam 339-700 (Korea, Republic of); Ko, Jaejung, E-mail: [Department of Advanced Materials Chemistry, Korea University, Jochiwon, Chungnam 339-700 (Korea, Republic of)


    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Correlating the effect of the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer with the molecular size and the LUMO level of the sensitizers. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Over 8% in the efficiency of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} modified DSSCs can be facilely obtained using simple organic sensitizers. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Influence of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} overcoat on the pore microstructure and electronic energy level of the electrode was examined. - Abstract: Low photovoltage for metal-free organic dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) has been restricting them surpassing the equivalent cells based on ruthenium complex sensitizers (typically N719). In this study, an alumina (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) layer was employed to cover on the titania (TiO{sub 2}) surface before dye loading in order to improve the photovoltage of the organic dye based DSSCs. The open-circuit voltage (V{sub oc}) of the solar cell was found to increase by 0.02-0.06 V for a variety of organic sensitizers by the presence of the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} overcoat, while the photocurrent (J{sub sc}) was observed highly dependent on the property of the sensitizer. Results show that for the sensitizers with a low Low-Unoccupied-Molecular-Orbital (LUMO) level or a large molecular size, the DSSC yielded a decreased J{sub sc} due to two factors, (i) an insufficient driving force for electron injection due to the upshift of the conduction band level of the TiO{sub 2}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} electrode, and (ii) a decrease of dye adsorption amount for the TiO{sub 2}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} electrode in comparison with the referenced TiO{sub 2} electrode because of the reduced pore size and porosity by Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coating. However, for the sensitizers with a high (more negative) LUMO level and a small molecular size, the J{sub sc} of the DSSCs based on the TiO{sub 2}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} electrode was very close to that composed of only TiO{sub 2} electrode. Using such organic dyes sensitizing on the TiO{sub 2}/Al{sub 2

  9. Photocatalytic degradation of Vat Green 03 textile dye, using the Ferrihydrite-Modified Diatomite with TiO2 /UV process.

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    Full Text Available This work is a study of the photodegradation( photocatalytic degradation of a dye of the textile industry . The Vat Green 03 textile dye of a chemical structure is C31H15NO3 as a function of pH, Titanium dioxide concentration and dye concentration in the study with dyestuff were led by lamp UV of trans-illuminator using the titanium dioxide TiO2 ( Degussa P25 like catalyst with a co-adsorbent , which is a rock formed primarily by the accumulation of frustules of diatoms called « diatomite or Kieselguhrs» in the layer of Sig having the advantage of being locally available and less expensive . The diatomite, which will be modified by iron « the deposit of ferrihydrite on raw diatomite by FeCl2.4 H2 O » and NaOH to increase the specific surface area of this material. Comparison of the results from x-ray diffraction ( XRD show that the raw diatomite has an irregular structure at the modification by ferrihydrite to obtain the principal phases of ferric oxide in kind are,in rule of crystallinity, ferrihydrite,maghemite, akaganeite, magnetite,hematite, goethite ,and Schwertmannite increasing . The prepared material of diatomite and ferrihydrite applied for the photodegradation of Vat Green 03 textile dye used a concentration 20 mg/L with different of pH, and different concentrations from materials, added with 0,02 g titanium dioxide ( TiO2 under lamp UV with an agitation.The results of the photocatalytics tests applied from material DMF1 which there was a better colour remove about 97% at pH=4.The objective of this work it is the elimination of the organic pollutants of industrial waste water.

  10. Adsorption of Procion Blue MX-R dye from aqueous solutions by lignin chemically modified with aluminium and manganese

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    Adebayo, Matthew A. [Institute of Chemistry, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Av. Bento Gonçalves 9500, Postal Box 15003, 91501-970 Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil); Department of Chemical Sciences, Ajayi Crowther University, PMB 1066 Oyo, Oyo State (Nigeria); Prola, Lizie D.T. [Institute of Chemistry, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Av. Bento Gonçalves 9500, Postal Box 15003, 91501-970 Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil); Lima, Eder C., E-mail: [Institute of Chemistry, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Av. Bento Gonçalves 9500, Postal Box 15003, 91501-970 Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil); Puchana-Rosero, M.J.; Cataluña, Renato; Saucier, Caroline; Umpierres, Cibele S.; Vaghetti, Julio C.P. [Institute of Chemistry, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Av. Bento Gonçalves 9500, Postal Box 15003, 91501-970 Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil); Silva, Leandro G. da; Ruggiero, Reinaldo [Institute of Chemistry, Federal University of Uberlândia (UFU), AV. João Naves de Ávila 2121 block 1D—Campus Santa Mônica, 38400-902 Uberlândia, MG (Brazil)


    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Complexes of carboxy-methylated lignin with Al and Mn were used as adsorbents. • The optimum adsorption conditions were achieved at pH 2 and 298 K. • Maximum adsorption capacities are 73.52 mg g{sup −1} (CML-Al) and 55.16 mg g{sup −1} (CML-Mn). • CML-Al could remove ca. 95.83% of dye-contaminated industrial effluents. • CML-Al and CML-Mn are effective for treatment of simulated dye-house effluents. - Abstract: A macromolecule, CML, was obtained by purifying and carboxy-methylating the lignin generated from acid hydrolysis of sugarcane bagasse during bioethanol production from biomass. The CMLs complexed with Al{sup 3+} (CML-Al) and Mn{sup 2+} (CML-Mn) were utilised for the removal of a textile dye, Procion Blue MX-R (PB), from aqueous solutions. CML-Al and CML-Mn were characterised using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning differential calorimetry (SDC), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and pH{sub PZC}. The established optimum pH and contact time were 2.0 and 5 h, respectively. The kinetic and equilibrium data fit into the general order kinetic model and Liu isotherm model, respectively. The CML-Al and CML-Mn have respective values of maximum adsorption capacities of 73.52 and 55.16 mg g{sup −1} at 298 K. Four cycles of adsorption/desorption experiments were performed attaining regenerations of up to 98.33% (CML-Al) and 98.08% (CML-Mn) from dye-loaded adsorbents, using 50% acetone + 50% of 0.05 mol L{sup −1} NaOH. The CML-Al removed ca. 93.97% while CML-Mn removed ca. 75.91% of simulated dye house effluents.

  11. Optimization of a quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cell employing a nanocrystal-polymer composite electrolyte modified with water and ethanol. (United States)

    Yang, Ying; Zhou, Cong-Hua; Xu, Sheng; Zhang, Jing; Wu, Su-Juan; Hu, Hao; Chen, Bo-Lei; Tai, Qi-Dong; Sun, Zheng-Hua; Liu, Wei; Zhao, Xing-Zhong


    A quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cell employing a poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PEO-PVDF)/TiO2 gel electrolyte modified by various concentrations of water and ethanol is described. It is shown that the introduction of water and ethanol prevents the crystallization of the polymer matrix, and enhances the free I(-)/I(3)(-) concentration and the networks for ion transportation in the electrolyte, thus leading to an improvement in conductivity. A high energy conversion efficiency of about 5.8% is achieved by controlling the additive concentration in the electrolyte. Optimization of the additive-modified electrolyte performance has been obtained by studying the cross-linking behavior of water and ethanol with Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and viscosity measurements, and the electrical conduction behavior of the electrolyte with impedance spectra measurements.

  12. High performance dye-sensitized solar cells using graphene modified fluorine-doped tin oxide glass by Langmuir-Blodgett technique (United States)

    Roh, Ki-Min; Jo, Eun-Hee; Chang, Hankwon; Han, Tae Hee; Jang, Hee Dong


    Since the introduction of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) with low fabrication cost and high power conversion efficiency, extensive studies have been carried out to improve the charge transfer rate and performance of DSSCs. In this paper, we present DSSCs that use surface modified fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates with reduced graphene oxide (r-GO) sheets prepared using the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique to decrease the charge recombination at the TiO2/FTO interface. R-GO sheets were excellently attached on FTO surface without physical deformations such as wrinkles; effects of the surface coverage of r-GO on the DSSC performance were also investigated. By using graphene modified FTO substrates, the resistance at the interface of TiO2/FTO was reduced and the power conversion efficiency was increased to 8.44%.

  13. Hybrid solar cells based on blends of poly(3-hexylthiophene) and surface dye-modified, ultrathin linear- and branched-TiO{sub 2} nanorods

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    Luo, Jie [Department of Chemistry, William Mong Institute of Nano Science and Technology, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong (China); Experimental Teaching Center, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou 510006 (China); Liu, Chenmin; Yang, Shihe [Department of Chemistry, William Mong Institute of Nano Science and Technology, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong (China); Cao, Yong [Institute of Polymer Optoelectronic Materials and Devices, Key Laboratory of Special Functional Materials and Advanced Manufacturing Technology, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640 (China)


    We report on a comparative study of hybrid solar cells based on blends of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and TiO{sub 2} nanorods. Two types of ultrathin TiO{sub 2} nanorods, linear and branched, have been synthesized for the first time, and surface modified with different dyes before blending with P3HT. Using pristine P3HT as a reference, the short-circuit current and energy conversion efficiency of poly(3-hexylthiophene)/pyridine-HgBrRed-modified branched-TiO{sub 2} solar cells were increased by over an order of magnitude, which were also 2-3 times those of the corresponding linear-TiO{sub 2} cells. Our results indicate that the branching and the surface dye modification of TiO{sub 2} nanorods could effectively facilitate charge transport in the nanostructured network and exciton dissociation at the inorganic/organic interfaces. Thermal treatment of the blend films was found to further increase the efficiency up to 0.16%. (author)

  14. CdS/CdSe quantum dots and ZnPc dye co-sensitized solar cells with Au nanoparticles/graphene oxide as efficient modified layer. (United States)

    Chen, Cong; Cheng, Yu; Jin, Junjie; Dai, Qilin; Song, Hongwei


    Co-sensitization by using two or more sensitizers with complementary absorption spectra to expand the spectral response range is an effective approach to enhance device performance of quantum dot sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs). To improve the light-harvesting in the visible/near-infrared (NIR) region, organic dye zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc) was combined with CdS/CdSe quantum dots (QDs) for co-sensitized solar cells based on ZnO inverse opals (IOs) as photoanode. The resulting co-sensitized device shows an efficient panchromatic spectral response feature to ∼750nm and presents an overall conversion efficiency of 4.01%, which is superior to that of the individual ZnPc-sensitized solar cells and CdS/CdSe-sensitized solar cells. Meanwhile, an Au nanoparticles/graphene oxide (Au NPs/GO) composite layer was successfully prepared to modify Cu2S counter electrode for the co-sensitized solar cells. Reducing the carrier recombination process by GO and catalytic process of Au NPs leads to increased power conversion efficiency(PCE) from 4.01 to 4.60% and sustainable stability remains ∼85% of its original value after 60min light exposure. In this paper, introduction of the organic dyes as co-sensitizer and Au NPs/GO as counter electrode modified layer has been proved to be an effective route to improve the performance of QDSSCs.

  15. 改性硅藻土对三种有机染料的吸附作用研究%Adsorption of three organic dyes on modified diatomite

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    矫娜; 王东升; 段晋明; 徐绪筝


    Natural diatomaceous-loaded CTMAB, TMAB and chitosan were produced into a series of modified diatomite. The optimum adsorption conditions and adsorption mechanism for anionic dyes (reactive red 120), cationic dye (methylene blue) and acidic dye (rose red B) on modified diatomite were investigated. The results showed that the maximum adsorption capacity of natural diatomite, TMAB-modified diatomite and chitosan- modified diatomite for methylene blue, rose red B and reactive red 120 were 51. 15 mg· L^-1 , 49.56 mg· L^-1 land 56.64 mg· L^-1 , respectively. The adsorptions were significant enough to be used directly. Extending the adsorption time, increasing the amount of adsorbent, and lowering the solution pH value could improve the adsorption capacity. The adsorption isotherms of the three dyes on diatomite were well fitted by Freundlich model. This indicated that the adsorption mechanism was mainly about distribution with a weak solute adsorption. The modification could change the surface structure of diatomite, therefore the modified diatomite had different adsorption and ion exchange capacities for different dyes.%以天然硅藻土分别负载十六烷基三甲基溴化铵(CTMAB)、四甲基溴化铵(TMAB)和壳聚糖,制得一系列改性硅藻土,研究了改性硅藻土吸附水中的阴离子染料(活性红120)、阳离子染料(亚甲基蓝)、酸性染料(玫瑰红B)的适宜条件及吸附机理.结果表明,天然硅藻土对亚甲基蓝、四甲基溴化铵改性硅藻土对玫瑰红B和壳聚糖改性硅藻土对活性红120的饱和吸附量分别为51.15、49.56、56.64mg·L^-1,效果良好,可被直接利用.延长吸附时间、增大吸附剂用量、控制溶液的pH值(〈6)都能提高改性硅藻土吸附剂的吸附效果;3种染料在各自吸附剂上的平衡吸附量Qe与平衡浓度Ce之间的关系均符合Freundlich等温吸附方程,表明改性硅藻土吸附染料以

  16. Single-layered light-emitting diodes possessing methoxy-modified pyrazoloquinoline dyes in poly-N-vinylcarbazole matrix

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    Gondek, E. [Institute of Physics, Technical University of Cracow, Podhorazych 1, Cracow (Poland); Danel, A. [Department of Chemistry, Agricultural University of Cracow, ul. Balicka 122, 31-149, Krakow (Poland); Kityk, I.V. [Institute of Physics, J.Dlugosz University Czestochowa, Al.Armii Krajowej13/15, Czestochowa (Poland)], E-mail:


    A principal opportunity to operate by current-voltage and electroluminescent-current dependences for the single-layered light-emitting diodes (LED) on the basis of the polyvinylcarbazole (PVK) polymers doped by methoxy-substituted pyrazoloquinoline (PQ) emitting dye chromphore is demonstrated. The principal light-emitting parameters in the architecture ITO/PQ: PVK/Ca (Al) were investigated. The maximally achieved quantum efficiency of the investigated LED was equal to about 0.87% and corresponded to the brightness about the 44 Cd/m{sup 2}. The absence of blue shift for the electroluminescence (EL) compared to PL may indicate on an absence of near-the-surface exciton diffusion for the methoxy-PQ contrary to the phenyl-methyl-substituted PQ. The quantum chemical calculations have shown principal role of the dye chromophore state dipole moments in the observed carrier kinetics determining the EL.

  17. Organic molecules modified palladium nanowires arrays prepared by high temperature liquid phase reduction

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    Shen Cheng-Min; Yang Tian-Zhong; Xiao Cong-Wen; Zhang Huai-Ruo; Tian Ji-Fa; Bao Li-Hong; Li Chen; Li Jian-Qi; Gao Hong-Jun


    This paper reports high temperature liquid phase synthesis of Pd nanowires using chemically modified porous anodic aluminium oxide as template. In this synthesis process, oleic acid is used to modify the inner wall of the pores and Pd2+ complex with oleylamine is filled into the channel of the template. The complex is then reduced to give oleylamine-capped Pd nanowires. This paper suggests that oleic acid can improve the environment of inner wall of the pores, leading to the formation of uniform Pd nanowires. The synthetic process can be extended to make other types of nanowires.

  18. 改性棉织物的涂料染色工艺探讨%Discussion on pigment dyeing of modified cotton fabric

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    孟春丽; 安刚; 曹毅


    Cotton fabric was modified with PECH-amine.Using self-made low temperature self-crosslinking agent as fixing agent, the application property of fixing agent in pigment dyeing was discussed.The results showed that the PECH-amine modification of cotton fabric changed the adsorption ability of cotton fiber to pigment, which increased the dye uptake and color depth of pigment on cotton fibers.The fixation of self-made low temperature self-crosslinking agent brought about good color fastness and handle.The modification of cotton fabric and pigment dyeing technology were investigated, the optimal modification technology was as follows:4 g/L of modifier, 6~8 g/L caustic soda, 1 :30 of liquor ratio, and dyed at 80 ℃ for 30 min, washed to neutral.The optimal pigment dyeing technology was as follows: pigment <8%(owf), 1:20 of liquor ratio, dyed at 90 ℃ for 50min under neutral condition, the sample was withdrawn, washed, soaped, washed and dried.%采用PECH-amine对棉织物改性,自制低温自交联粘合剂为固色剂,探讨其在涂料染色中的应用性能.结果表明:棉织物经PECH-amine改性后,改变了棉纤维对涂料的吸附能力,使得涂料对棉纤维的上染率和染深性提高;经自制低温自交联粘合剂交联固着,改性棉织物的染色牢度和手感均较好.探讨了棉织物的改性及涂料染色工艺,优化的改性工艺为:改性剂4g/L,烧碱6~8g/L,浴比1∶30,80℃处理30 min,水洗至中性.优化的涂料染色工艺为:涂料<8%(owf)时,浴比1∶20,中性条件下90C染色50 min,取出,水洗,皂洗,水洗,烘干.

  19. Effect of Modified Pectin Molecules on the Growth of Bone Cells

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    Kokkonen, H.E.; Ilvesaro, J.M.; Morra, M.; Schols, H.A.; Tuukkanen, J.


    The aim of this study was to investigate molecular candidates for bone implant nanocoatings, which could improve biocompatibility of implant materials. Primary rat bone cells and murine preosteoblastic MC3T3-E1 cells were cultured on enzymatically modified hairy regions (MHR-A and MHR-B) of apple

  20. Immobilization of sericin molecules via amorphous carbon plasma modified-polystyrene dish for serum-free culture

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    Tunma, Somruthai [The Graduate School, Chiang Mai University, 239 Huay Kaew Road, Muang District, Chiang Mai 50200 (Thailand); Thailand Center of Excellence in Physics (ThEP), 239 Huay Kaew Road, Muang District, Chiang Mai 50200 (Thailand); Song, Doo-Hoon [Research Center for Orofacial Hard Tissue Regeneration, College of Dentistry, Yonsei University, 50 Yonsei-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 120-752 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Si-Eun; Kim, Kyoung-Nam [Research Center for Orofacial Hard Tissue Regeneration, College of Dentistry, Yonsei University, 50 Yonsei-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 120-752 (Korea, Republic of); Department and Research Institute of Dental Biomaterials and Bioengineering, College of Dentistry, Yonsei University, 50 Yonsei-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 120-752 (Korea, Republic of); Han, Jeon-Geon [Center for Advanced Plasma Surface Technology, Sungkyunkwan University, 300 Chunchun-dong, Jangan-gu, Suwon 440-746 (Korea, Republic of); Boonyawan, Dheerawan, E-mail: [Thailand Center of Excellence in Physics (ThEP), 239 Huay Kaew Road, Muang District, Chiang Mai 50200 (Thailand); Department of Physics and Materials Science, Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University, 239 Huay Kaew Road, Muang District, Chiang Mai 50200 (Thailand)


    In this study, we focused on sericin hydrolysates, originating from silkworm used in serum-free human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hBM-MSCs) culture. We reported the effect of a covalent linkage between a bioactive protein molecule and polystyrene dish surface via a carbon intermediate layer which can slow down the release rate of protein compounds into the phosphate buffer saline (PBS) solution. Films of amorphous carbon (a-C) and functionalized-carbon were deposited on PS culture dish surfaces by using a DC magnetron sputtering system and RF PECVD system. We found that a-C based-films can increase the hydrophilicity and biocompatibility of polystyrene (PS) dishes, especially a-C films and a-C:N{sub 2} films showed good attachment of hBM-MSCs at 24 h. However, in the case of silica surface (a-C:SiO{sub x} films), the cells showed a ragged and unattached boundary resulting from the presence of surface silanol groups. For the UV–vis absorbance, all carbon modified-PS dishes showed a lower release rate of sericin molecules into PBS solution than PS control. This revealed that the functionalized carbon could be enhanced by specific binding properties with given molecules. The carbon-coated PS dishes grafting with sericin protein were used in a serum-free condition. We also found that hBM-MSCs have higher percentage of proliferated cells at day 7 for the modified dishes with carbon films and coated with sericin than the PS control coated with sericin. The physical film properties were measured by atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and contact angle measurement. The presence of -NH{sub 2} groups of sericin compounds on the PS dish was revealed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The stability of covalent bonds of sericin molecules after washing out ungrafted sericin was confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS).

  1. High performance dye-sensitized solar cells using graphene modified fluorine-doped tin oxide glass by Langmuir–Blodgett technique

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    Roh, Ki-Min [Rare Metals Research Center, Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources, Daejeon 305-350 (Korea, Republic of); Jo, Eun-Hee; Chang, Hankwon [Rare Metals Research Center, Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources, Daejeon 305-350 (Korea, Republic of); Nanomaterials Science and Engineering Major, University of Science and Technology, Daejeon 305-350 (Korea, Republic of); Han, Tae Hee [Department of Organic and Nano Engineering, Hanyang University, Seoul 133-791 (Korea, Republic of); Jang, Hee Dong, E-mail: [Rare Metals Research Center, Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources, Daejeon 305-350 (Korea, Republic of); Nanomaterials Science and Engineering Major, University of Science and Technology, Daejeon 305-350 (Korea, Republic of)


    Since the introduction of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) with low fabrication cost and high power conversion efficiency, extensive studies have been carried out to improve the charge transfer rate and performance of DSSCs. In this paper, we present DSSCs that use surface modified fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates with reduced graphene oxide (r-GO) sheets prepared using the Langmuir–Blodgett (LB) technique to decrease the charge recombination at the TiO{sub 2}/FTO interface. R-GO sheets were excellently attached on FTO surface without physical deformations such as wrinkles; effects of the surface coverage of r-GO on the DSSC performance were also investigated. By using graphene modified FTO substrates, the resistance at the interface of TiO{sub 2}/FTO was reduced and the power conversion efficiency was increased to 8.44%. - Graphical abstract: DSSCs with graphene modified FTO glass were fabricated with the Langmuir Blodgett technique. GO sheets were transferred to FTO at various surface pressures in order to change the surface density of graphene and the highest power conversion efficiency of the DSSC was 8.44%. - Highlights: • By LB technique, r-GO sheets were coated on FTO without physical deformation. • DSSCs were fabricated with, r-GO modified FTO substrates. • With surface modification by r-GO, the interface resistance of DSSC decreased. • Maximum PCE of the DSSC was increased up to 8.44%.

  2. Simultaneous dyeing and antibacterial finishing for cotton cellulose using a new reactive dye. (United States)

    Farouk, R; Gaffer, H E


    Simultaneous dyeing and antibacterial finishing for cotton fabric using a new antibacterial reactive dye having a modified chemical structure to the commercial reactive dye CI Reactive Red 198 were studied. This modification was carried out by replacing metanilic acid in the commercial dye with 4-amino-N-(4,6-dimethylpyrimidin-2-yl)benzenesulfonamide (sulfadimidine). Optimum exhaustion and fixation values were achieved at 60 g/l sodium sulphate and 20 g/l sodium carbonate for both dyes. The modified dye exhibited higher substantivity, exhaustion and fixation efficiency compared to the commercial dye. Antibacterial activities of the dyed samples at different concentrations of both dyes were studied against gram positive (Staphylococcus aureus) and gram negative (Escherichia coli) bacteria. The cotton dyed with the modified dye shows higher antibacterial efficacy compared to the dyed cotton fabric using the commercial dye, especially on gram negative (E. coli) bacteria. All the reactive dyeings also exhibited high fastness properties.

  3. Palladium and platinum-palladium bi-layer based counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells with modified photoanode (United States)

    Mokurala, Krishnaiah; Kamble, Anvita; Nemala, Siva Sankar; Bhargava, Parag; Mallick, Sudhanshu


    Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were fabricated with palladium (Pd) and platinum-palladium (Pt-Pd) bi-layer as counter electrodes, respectively. Effects of photoanode thickness and morphology on device performance were studied. DSSCs fabricated with Pd and Pd-Pt as counter electrode (CE) showed photo conversion efficiency of 4.30% and 6.20%, respectively as compared to Platinum (Pt) based CE which showed 6.65% efficiency. Lower device performance was explained with help of cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements of the cells.

  4. Evaluation of the adsorbent properties of a zeolite rock modified for the removal of the azo dyes as water pollutants; Evaluacion de las propiedades adsorbentes de una roca zeolitica modificada para la remocion de colorantes azoicos como contaminantes del agua

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    At the moment some investigations which make reference to the removal of dyes for diverse adsorbent materials; as well as the factors that influence in the sorption process, considering the type so much of dye as those characteristics of the adsorbent material. In this work were investigated those adsorbent properties of a zeolite rock coming from San Luis Potosi State for the removal of azo dyes, using as peculiar cases the Red 40 (Red Allura) and the Yellow 5 (Tartrazine); for it were determined kinetic parameters and the sorption isotherms, as well as the sorption mechanisms involved in each case, between the dyes and the zeolite rock. In this work also it was considered the characterization before and after to removal of color from the water, through advanced analytical techniques such as the scanning electron microscopy of high vacuum (SEM), elementary microanalysis (EDS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The experimental part of the work fundamentally consisted, in the conditioning with a NaCl solution and later on the modification with HDTMA-Br of the natural zeolite rock, for then to put it in contact with solutions of the dyes R-40 and A-5, varying so much the contact times as the concentrations; the quantification of sodium in the liquid phase after the modification of the zeolite rock to determine the capacity of external cation exchange (CICE) it was carried out by means of the atomic absorption spectroscopy technique (EAA), and the quantification of the surfactant and the dyes in the liquid phase, it was carried out by means of the UV-vis spectrophotometry technique. It was found that the kinetic model that better it describes the process of sorption of R-40 and A-5 for the modified zeolite rock with HDTMA-Br, leaving of monocomponent and bi component solutions, it is the pseudo- second order. Inside of the obtained results for the sorption isotherms, as much the dye R-40 as the dye A-5 its presented a better adjustment to the Langmuir model. In what refers

  5. Adsorption behavior of modified Iron stick yam skin with Polyethyleneimine as a potential biosorbent for the removal of anionic dyes in single and ternary systems at low temperature. (United States)

    Zhang, Yan-Zhuo; Li, Jun; Zhao, Jing; Bian, Wei; Li, Yun; Wang, Xiu-Jie


    The skin of Iron stick yam (ISY) was modified with Polyethyleneimine (ISY@PEI) and evaluated for use as a potential biosorbent to remove the anionic dyes Sunset yellow (SY), Lemon yellow (LY), and Carmine (CM) from wastewater under low temperature conditions (5-15°C) in single and ternary dye systems. Both in the single and ternary systems, experimental data showed that adsorption capacity reached the highest value at 5°C, and adsorption capacity decreased when the temperature increased (10-50°C). The equilibrium data fitted very well to the Langmuir model and the extended Langmuir isotherm, for the single and ternary systems, respectively. The maximum adsorption capability was 138.92, 476.31, and 500.13mg/g for LY, SY, and CM, respectively, in a single system and 36.63, 303.31, and 294.12mg/g for LY, SY, and CM, respectively, in a ternary system. The adsorption followed pseudo-second-order kinetics. The thermodynamic parameters indicated that it was a spontaneous and exothermic process. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. Sensitively monitoring photodegradation process of organic dye molecules by surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy based on Fe3O4@SiO2@TiO2@Ag particle. (United States)

    Qin, Suhua; Cai, Wenya; Tang, Xianghu; Yang, Liangbao


    Photodegradation of organic dye molecules has attracted extensive attention because of their high toxicity to water resources. Compared with traditional UV-visible spectroscopy, SERS technology can reflect more sensitively the catalytic degradation process occurring on the surface of the catalysts. In this paper, we report the synthesis and structure of Fe3O4@SiO2@TiO2@Ag composite, which integrates SERS active Ag nanostructure with catalytically active titania. The degradation of the typical dye molecule crystal violet (CV), as an example, is investigated in the presence of the as-prepared Fe3O4@SiO2@TiO2@Ag composite structure, which exhibits high catalytic activity and good SERS performance. At the same time, renewable photocatalytic activity was also investigated.

  7. Kinetic and morphology study of alginate-vineyard pruning waste biocomposite vs. non modified vineyard pruning waste for dye removal. (United States)

    Vecino, Xanel; Devesa-Rey, Rosa; Villagrasa, Salvador; Cruz, Jose M; Moldes, Ana B


    In this work a comparative bioadsorption study between a biocomposite consisting of hydrolysed vineyard pruning waste entrapped in calcium alginate spheres and non entrapped vineyard residue was carried out. Results have demonstrated that the biocomposite based on lignocellulose-calcium alginate spheres removed 77.3% of dyes, while non entrapped lignocellulose eliminated only removed 27.8% of colour compounds. The experimental data were fitted to several kinetic models (pseudo-first order, pseudo-second order, Chien-Clayton model, intraparticle diffusion model and Bangham model); being pseudo-second order the kinetic model that better described the adsorption of dyes onto both bioadsorbents. In addition, a morphological study (roughness and shape) of alginate-vineyard biocomposite was established under extreme conditions, observing significant differences between hydrated and dehydrated alginate-vineyard biocomposite. The techniques used to carry out this morphological study consisted of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), perfilometry and 3D surface analysis. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  8. Preparation of a Modified PTFE Fibrous Photo-Fenton Catalyst and Its Optimization towards the Degradation of Organic Dye

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    Zhizhong Ding


    Full Text Available Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE fiber was grafted with acrylic acid to impart the carboxyl groups onto the fiber surface, which were used to coordinate with both transition metal ions Fe(III and Cu(II and a rare metal ion Ce(III to prepare the metal grafted PTFE fiber complexes as the novel heterogeneous Fenton catalysts for the degradation of the azo dye in water under visible irradiation. Some factors affecting the preparation process, such as nature and concentration of metal ions in the coordination solution, grafting degree of PTFE and reaction temperature were optimized with respect to the content and strength of metal fixation on the fiber and dye degradation efficiency. The results indicated that increasing metal ion concentrations in solution and grafting degree of PTFE fiber as well as higher coordination temperature led to a significant increase in metal content, especially Fe(III and Cu(II content of the complexes. Fe(III ions fixed on the fiber showed the better catalytic performance than Cu(II and Ce(III ions fixed when three different complexes with similar metal content being employed, respectively. Moreover, Increasing Fe content or incorporation of Cu(II ions could significantly improve the catalytic activity of the complexes.

  9. Au-Loaded Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles Synthesized by Modified Sol-Gel/Impregnation Methods and Their Application to Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Hathaithip Ninsonti


    Full Text Available Au-loaded TiO2 nanoparticles were synthesized by the modified sol-gel method together with the impregnation method. Anatase phase of TiO2 was obtained in all samples with an average particle size of 20 nm. For the enhancement of DSSCs, the dye-sensitized solar cells composed of the ITO/Au-loaded TiO2/N-719/electrolyte/Pt were fabricated. Au-loaded TiO2 films were deposited by using squeegee method. Finally, the fabricated cells were studied upon an irradiation of solar light to study the performance. The fabricated cell with up to 1.0 mol% Au-loaded TiO2 could enhance the performance by localized surface plasmon effect and scattering property.

  10. Photophysical properties of luminescent silicon nanoparticles surface-modified with organic molecules via hydrosilylation. (United States)

    Miyano, Mari; Kitagawa, Yuichi; Wada, Satoshi; Kawashima, Akira; Nakajima, Ayako; Nakanishi, Takayuki; Ishioka, Junya; Shibayama, Tamaki; Watanabe, Seiichi; Hasegawa, Yasuchika


    Luminescent silicon nanoparticles have attracted considerable attention for their potential uses in various applications. Many approaches have been reported to protect the surface of silicon nanoparticles and prevent their easy oxidation. Various air-stable luminescent silicon nanoparticles have been successfully prepared. However, the effect of interactions of the π-electron system with the silicon surface on the excited state properties of silicon nanoparticles is unclear. In this study, we have successfully prepared silicon nanoparticles protected with three organic compounds (styrene, 1-decene, and 1-vinyl naphthalene) and have examined their photophysical properties. The ligand π-electron systems on the silicon surface promoted the light harvesting ability for the luminescence through a charge transfer transition between the protective molecules and silicon nanoparticles and also enhanced the radiative rate of the silicon nanoparticles.

  11. Dyeing dynamics performance of the cotton fabric modified with cationic gelatin auxiliary%阳离子明胶蛋白助剂改性棉织物的染色动力学性能研究

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    王百慧; 王雪燕; 陈晨晓


    采用自制的阳离子明胶蛋白助剂对棉织物进行阳离子化改性,研究活性红M-R染料对改性和未改性棉织物吸附上染速率的影响,运用准一级动力学模型和二级动力学模型对试验数据进行模拟分析,并计算了活性红M-R染料在改性和未改性织物上的染色动力学参数。结果表明,改性和未改性棉织物的染色过程均符合准二级动力学模型,随着温度的升高,初染速率和平衡吸附量逐渐提高,半染时间逐渐下降。与未改性棉织物相比,改性棉织物的初染速率显著提高,半染时间明显降低,平衡吸附量提高2倍左右。证明阳离子明胶蛋白助剂改性棉织物显著提高了对阴离子活性染料的吸附上染性能。%Cotton fabric was modified by a self-made cationic gelatin auxiliary. The effect of reactive red M-R on the dyeing adsorption rate of the modified and unmodified cotton fabric was explored. Pseudo first-and second-order kinetic models were used to simulate and analyze the adsorption kinetic data, and the kinet-ic parameters of the reactive red M-R on the modified and unmodified fabric were calculated. The results showed that the modified and unmodified fabric dyeing processes fol owed the pseudo second-order kinetic models. As the temperature rised, the initial dye adsorption rate and equilibrium adsorption capacity gradual y increased, while the half-dyeing time decreased. However, compared with the unmodified fabric, the initial dye adsorption rate of the modified fabric increased significantly, half-dyeing time reduced remarkably, and the equilibrium adsorption capacity increased 2 times. It was proved that cationic gelatin auxiliary modified fab-ric significantly improved the anionic dyes for dye adsorption performance.

  12. Mesoporous Silica Materials Synthesized via Sol-Gel Methods Modified with Ionic Liquid and Surfactant Molecules

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    Cun-ying Xu; Ru-lan Tang; Yi-xin Hu; Peng-xiang Zhang


    Mesoporous silica materials were synthesized via a sol-gel method employing a room temperature ionic liquid (1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate, [bmim][BF4]) as a new solvent medium and further modified with surfactant (hexadecyl-trimethyl-ammonium bromide, CTAB) as a pore templating material. The synthesized samples were characterized by the transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and N2 adsorption-desorption techniques. The results indicated that the mesoporous silica synthesized by using [bmim][BF4] and CTAB as mixed templates showed better mesostructural order and smaller pore size, compared with mesoporous silica materials synthesized by using single [bmim][BF4]as template under the same conditions. This indicates that the presence of surfactant can affect the microstructures of silica prepared by the present synthesis method.

  13. EXAFS, ab Initio Molecular Dynamics, and NICIS Spectroscopy Studies on an Organic Dye Model at the Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell Photoelectrode Interface. (United States)

    Liu, Peng; Johansson, Viktor; Trilaksana, Herri; Rosdahl, Jan; Andersson, Gunther G; Kloo, Lars


    The organization of dye molecules in the dye layer adsorbed on the semiconductor substrate in dye-sensitized solar cells has been studied using a combination of theoretical methods and experimental techniques. The model system is based on the simple D-π-A dye L0, which has been chemically modified by substituting the acceptor group CN with Br (L0Br) to offer better X-ray contrast. Experimental EXAFS data based on the Br K-edge backscattering show no obvious difference between dye-sensitized titania powder and titania film samples, thus allowing model systems to be based on powder slurries. Ab initio molecular dynamic (aiMD) calculations have been performed to extract less biased information from the experimental EXASF data. Using the aiMD calculation as input, the EXAFS structural models can be generated a priori that match the experimental data. Our study shows that the L0Br dye adsorbs in the trans-L0Br configuration and that adsorption involves both a proximity to other L0Br dye molecules and the titanium atoms in the TiO2 substrate. These results indicate direct coordination of the dye molecules to the TiO2 surface in contrast to previous results on metal-organic dyes. The molecular coverage of L0Br on mesoporous TiO2 was also estimated using NICIS spectroscopy. The NICISS results emphasized that the L0Br dye on nanoporous titania mainly forms monolayers with a small contribution of multilayer coverage.

  14. Enhancing sensitivity of SERRS nanoprobes by modifying heptamethine cyanine-based reporter molecules

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    Yunfei Zhang


    Full Text Available Surface enhanced resonance Raman scattering (SERRS is a physical phenomenon that occurs when the energy of incident light is close to that of electronic excitation of reporter molecules (RMs attached on substrates. SERRS has showed great promise in healthcare applications such as tumor diagnosis, image-guided tumor surgery and real-time evaluation of therapeutic response due to its ultra-sensitivity, manipulating convenience and easy accessibility. As the most widely used organic near-infrared (NIR fluorophore, heptamethine cyanines possess the electronic excitation energy that is close to the plasmon absorption energy of the gold nano-scaffolds, which results in the extraordinary enhancement of the SERRS signal. However, the effect of heptamethine cyanine structure and the gold nanoparticle morphology to the SERRS intensity are barely investigated. This work developed a series of SERRS nanoprobes in which two heptamethine cyanine derivatives (IR783 and IR780 were used as the RM and three gold nanoparticles (nanorod, nanosphere and nanostar were used as the substrates. Interestingly, even though IR780 and IR783 possess very similar chemical structure, SERRS signal produced by IR780 was determined as 14 times higher than that of IR783 when the RM concentration was 6.5 × 10−6M. In contrast, less than 4.0 fold SERRS signal intensity increase was measured by changing the substrate morphologies. Above experimental results indicate that finely tuning the chemical structure of the heptamethine cyanine could be a feasible way to develop robust SERRS probes to visualize tumor or guide tumor resection with high sensitivity and target to background ratio.

  15. Study on modified cotton fabric dyeing progress with hongxue tea pigment%红雪茶色素对改性棉织物染色工艺探讨

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    霍倩; 马佳利; 谭艳君


    使用色媒体对棉织物进行改性,通过正交试验得出改性棉织物的最佳染色工艺。同时将媒染染色、无媒染色、改性染色织物进行了对比,对3种不同方法染色得到的织物进行染色牢度测试。结果表明,媒染剂在一定程度上改善了红雪茶色素的上染性能,色媒体的使用可以明显改善织物的表面染色深度,同时,织物的皂洗牢度和摩擦牢度也可以达到服用要求。%The optimum dyeing process of cotton fabric modified with colormediawas investigated by orthogonal experiment. The mordant dyeing, non-mordant dyeing and modification dyeing for fabric were compared and the fabric fastness of three dyeing methods were measured. The results show that the mordant improves the dyeing performance of pigment;colormedia can significantly improve the color depth of the fabric, while the color fastness can meet the demand.

  16. Dye@bio-MOF-1 Composite as a Dual-Emitting Platform for Enhanced Detection of a Wide Range of Explosive Molecules. (United States)

    Wang, Chen; Tian, Li; Zhu, Wei; Wang, Shiqiang; Wang, Peng; Liang, Yun; Zhang, Wanlin; Zhao, Hongwei; Li, Guangtao


    By incorporating a cationic dye within a metal-organic framework (MOF) through an ion-exchange process, a responsive dye@bio-MOF-1 composite has been synthesized, serving as a dual-emitting platform for enhanced detection of different kinds of nitro-explosives, especially nitroalkanes, nitramines, and nitrate esters. The dye@bio-MOF-1 composite was constructed with free amines on their well-defined cavities, which is essential for the capture of explosives into their confined nanospace. It was observed that the encapsulation of explosives into the constructed dye@bio-MOF-1 composite could dramatically alter the luminescent properties of the dyes as well as the MOF skeletons owing to the size exclusivity and confinement-induced effect. For nitroaromatics, the dye@bio-MOF-1 composite exhibits turn-off responses via fluorescence quenching. Unexpectedly, the composite shows unique turn-on responses for aliphatic nitro-organics via confinement-induced enhancement, demonstrating enhanced ability to detecting different kinds of explosives selectively in aqueous solution. Furthermore, the dye@bio-MOF-1 film was facilely fabricated, making the chemical sensing more convenient and easier to realize the discrimination of the targeted explosives. The dual tunable responses indicate that dye@bio-MOF-1 composites are favorable materials for molecular sensing. On the basis of the host-guest properties of the constructed dye@bio-MOF-1 composite, our work can be further extended to sensing specific analytes with remarkable turn-on sensing properties, in particular those difficult to recognize with conventional methods.

  17. Small organic molecules detection based on aptamer-modified gold nanoparticles-enhanced quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation biosensor. (United States)

    Zheng, Bin; Cheng, Sheng; Liu, Wei; Lam, Michael Hon-Wah; Liang, Haojun


    Small molecules are difficult to detect by the conventional quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (QCM-D) technique directly because the changes in frequency resulting from the binding processes of small biomolecules are often small. In the current study, an aptamer-based gold nanoparticles (AuNPs)-enhanced sensing strategy for detection of small molecules was developed. The QCM crystal was first modified with a layer of thiolated linker DNA, which can be partly base-paired with the detection part containing the adenosine aptamer sequence. In the presence of adenosine, the aptamer bound with adenosine and folded to the complex structure, which precluded the reporter part carrying AuNPs to combine with the random coiled detection part. Therefore, the lower the concentration of adenosine, the more AuNPs combined to the crystal. The resulting aptasensor showed a linear response to the increase of the adenosine concentration in the range of 0-2 μM with a linear correlation of r=0.99148 and a detection limit of 65 nM. Moreover, the aptasensor exhibited several excellent characteristics such as high sensitivity, selectivity, good stability, and reproducibility.

  18. Improved photovoltage and performance by aminosilane-modified PEO/P(VDF-HFP) composite polymer electrolyte dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Zhang, Jing; Yang, Ying; Wu, Sujuan; Xu, Sheng; Zhou, Conghua; Hu, Hao; Chen, Bolei; Han, Hongwei; Zhao, Xingzhong [Key Laboratory of Acoustic and Photonic Materials and Devices of Ministry of Education, Department of physics, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China)


    A PEO/P(VDF-HFP) composite polymer electrolyte was modified by different amounts of NH{sub 2}-end functional silane (3-amonopropyltriethoxysilane, APTS). Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) were carried out to examine the configuration changes of the polymer electrolyte. The newly formed Si-O-Si network and interactions influenced the ionic conductivity of the APTS-modified polymer electrolyte and also enhanced the connection of the polymer electrolyte with the electrodes of the dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The cyclic voltammograms and electrochemical impedance measurements indicated that the APTS deprotonated the TiO{sub 2} photoanode surface and negatively changed the Fermi energy level and the conduction band edge to the vacuum level. This effectively reduced the interface recombination in the DSSC and improved the open circuit voltage. With moderate APTS content (0.1 M) modification, the DSSC exhibited a 58 mV improvement of photovoltage and an improved performance of 5.08% compared with 3.74% of the original DSSC. (author)

  19. Improved photovoltage and performance by aminosilane-modified PEO/P(VDF-HFP) composite polymer electrolyte dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Zhang Jing; Yang Ying; Wu Sujuan; Xu Sheng; Zhou Conghua; Hu Hao; Chen Bolei; Han Hongwei [Key Laboratory of Acoustic and Photonic Materials and Devices of Ministry of Education, Department of physics, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Zhao Xingzhong [Key Laboratory of Acoustic and Photonic Materials and Devices of Ministry of Education, Department of physics, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China)], E-mail:


    A PEO/P(VDF-HFP) composite polymer electrolyte was modified by different amounts of NH{sub 2}-end functional silane (3-amonopropyltriethoxysilane, APTS). Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) were carried out to examine the configuration changes of the polymer electrolyte. The newly formed Si-O-Si network and interactions influenced the ionic conductivity of the APTS-modified polymer electrolyte and also enhanced the connection of the polymer electrolyte with the electrodes of the dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The cyclic voltammograms and electrochemical impedance measurements indicated that the APTS deprotonated the TiO{sub 2} photoanode surface and negatively changed the Fermi energy level and the conduction band edge to the vacuum level. This effectively reduced the interface recombination in the DSSC and improved the open circuit voltage. With moderate APTS content (0.1 M) modification, the DSSC exhibited a 58 mV improvement of photovoltage and an improved performance of 5.08% compared with 3.74% of the original DSSC.

  20. Adsorptive Properties of Dyes to Cellulosic Sheet and Discoloration of Dye Solution by UV-ray Irradiation

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    Zhou Yu; Iida Ikuho; Minato Kazuya; Kurosu Hiroshi


    The adsorptive properties and selectivity of dyes and water molecules to cellulosic sheet, dependence of adsorptive properties of dyes on the concentration of dye solution, and discoloration of the dye solution due to the UV-ray irradiation were determined for 18 kinds of commercial dyes. The results are as follows: 1) the adsorptive properties of dyes to cellulose sheet differed greatly, but did not depend on the dye types such as acidic, basic and so on; 2) adsorptive properties of dyes to cellulosic sheet depended on the concentration of dye solution and were classified into 4 types: concentration-independent, increasing or decreasing with dye concentration, and having a maximum. This classification was irrelevant to the dye types; 3) the irradiation of UV-ray did not cause significant discoloration of dye solution itself, which suggested that wood components as well as dye molecules influence the discoloration of wood.

  1. Multifunctional alumina/titania hybrid blocking layer modified nanocrystalline titania films as efficient photoanodes in dye sensitized solar cells (United States)

    Wang, Changlei; Yu, Zhenhua; Bu, Chenghao; Liu, Pei; Bai, Sihang; Liu, Chang; Kondamareddy, Kiran Kumar; Sun, Weiwei; Zhan, Kan; Zhang, Kun; Guo, Shishang; Zhao, Xingzhong


    A facile way of fabricating efficient blocking layer on mesoporous TiO2 film of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) is demonstrated here for the first time. Al2O3 and TiO2 are combined together to form a blocking layer. A simple spin coating technique is employed which is a versatile and low-cost method over the atomic layer deposition (ALD) technique. Multifunctional alumina/titania (Al2O3/TiO2) hybrid overlayer is prepared on traditional TiO2 nanocrystalline thin film surface, through sequential deposition of AlCl3·6H2O and TiCl4 precursor solutions followed by sintering at 500 °C for 30 min. Al2O3 effectively plays its role in retarding interfacial recombination of electrons and improving open circuit potential (Voc), while the tiny TiO2 clusters synthesized from TiCl4 treatment act as electron transporting channels to facilitate electron diffusion which leads to enhanced photocurrent (Jsc). Compared to the device without blocking layer, the DSSCs assembled with Al2O3/TiO2 hybrid blocking layer showed improvement in Jsc (from 13.09 mA/cm2 to 16.90 mA/cm2) as well as in Voc (from 0.72 V to 0.73 V) resulting a much better conversion efficiency of 8.60%.

  2. Enhanced Photocatalytic Degradation of Methyl Orange Dye under the Daylight Irradiation over CN-TiO2 Modified with OMS-2

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    Mohamed Elfatih Hassan


    Full Text Available In this study, CN-TiO2 was modified with cryptomelane octahedral molecular sieves (OMS-2 by the sol-gel method based on the self-assembly technique to enhance its photocatalytic activity under the daylight irradiation. The synthesized samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, UV-vis spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR and porosimeter analysis. The results showed that the addition of OMS-2 in the sol lead to higher Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET surface area, pore volume, porosity of particle after heat treatment and the specific surface area, porosity, crystallite size and pore size distribution could be controlled by adjusting the calcination temperature. Compared to the CN-TiO2-400 sample, CN-TiO2/OMS-2-400 exhibited greater red shift in absorption edge of samples in visible region due to the OMS-2 coated. The enhancement of photocatalytic activity of CN-TiO2/OMS-2 composite photocatalyst was subsequently evaluated for the degradation of the methyl orange dye under the daylight irradiation in water. The results showed that the methyl orange dye degradation rate reach to 37.8% for the CN-TiO2/OMS-2-400 sample under the daylight irradiation for 5 h, which was higher than that of reference sample. The enhancement in daylight photocatalytic activities of the CN-TiO2/OMS samples could be attributed to the synergistic effects of OMS-2 coated, larger surface area and red shift in adsorption edge of the prepared sample.

  3. Improved performance of Ag-doped TiO2 synthesized by modified sol-gel method as photoanode of dye-sensitized solar cell (United States)

    Gupta, Arun Kumar; Srivastava, Pankaj; Bahadur, Lal


    Ag-doped TiO2 with Ag content ranging from 1 to 7 mol% was synthesized by a modified sol-gel route, and its performance as the photoanode of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) was compared with undoped TiO2 photoanode. Titanium(IV)isopropoxide was used as precursor and hexamethylenetetramine as the capping agent. XRD results show the formation of TiO2 nanoparticles with an average crystallite size of 5 nm (1 % Ag-doped TiO2) and 9 nm (undoped TiO2), respectively. The TiO2 nanopowder was used to prepare its thin film photoelectrode using doctor's blade method. Significant improvement in light-to-energy conversion efficiency was achieved when thin films of 1 % Ag-doped TiO2 were applied as photoanode in DSSC taking N719 as the sensitizer dye. As evidenced by EIS measurements, the electron lifetime of DSSC with Ag-doped TiO2 increased from 1.33 (for undoped TiO2) to 2.05 ms. The short-circuit current density ( J sc), open-circuit voltage ( V oc), fill factor (FF) and the overall energy conversion efficiency ( η) were 1.07 mA cm-2, 0.72 V, 0.73 and 0.40 %, respectively, with the use of 1 % Ag-doped TiO2 photoanode, whereas with undoped TiO2 under similar conditions, J sc = 0.63 mA cm-2, V oc = 0.70 V, fill factor 0.45 and conversion efficiency 0.14 % could be obtained. Therefore, compared with the reference DSSC containing an undoped TiO2 photoanode, the power conversion efficiency of the cell based on Ag-doped TiO2 has been remarkably enhanced by ~70 %. The substantial improvement in the device performance is attributed to the reduced band-gap energy, retarded charge recombination and greater surface coverage of the sensitizing dye over Ag-doped TiO2, which ultimately resulted in improved IPCE, J SC and η values.

  4. NIR fluorescent dyes: versatile vehicles for marker and probe applications (United States)

    Patonay, Gabor; Chapman, Gala; Beckford, Garfield; Henary, Maged


    The use of the NIR spectral region (650-900 nm) is advantageous due to the inherently lower background interference and the high molar absorptivities of NIR chromophores. Near-Infrared (NIR) dyes are increasingly used in the biological and medical field. The binding characteristics of NIR dyes to biomolecules are possibly controlled by several factors, including hydrophobicity, size and charge just to mention a few parameters. Binding characteristics of symmetric carbocyanines and found that the hydrophobic nature of the NIR dye is only partially responsible for the binding strength. Upon binding to biomolecules significant fluorescence enhancement can be observed for symmetrical carbocyanines. This fluorescence amplification facilitates the detection of the NIR dye and enhances its utility as NIR reporter. This manuscript discusses some probe and marker applications of such NIR fluorescent dyes. One application discussed here is the use of NIR dyes as markers. For labeling applications the fluorescence intensity of the NIR fluorescent label can significantly be increased by enclosing several dye molecules in nanoparticles. To decrease self quenching dyes that have relatively large Stokes' shift needs to be used. This is achieved by substituting meso position halogens with amino moiety. This substitution can also serve as a linker to covalently attach the dye molecule to the nanoparticle backbone. We report here on the preparation of NIR fluorescent silica nanoparticles. Silica nanoparticles that are modified with aminoreactive moieties can be used as bright fluorescent labels in bioanalytical applications. A new bioanalytical technique to detect and monitor the catalytic activity of the sulfur assimilating enzyme using NIR dyes is reported as well. In this spectroscopic bioanalytical assay a family of Fischer based n-butyl sulfonate substituted dyes that exhibit distinct variation in absorbance and fluorescence properties and strong binding to serum albumin as its

  5. Selectivity and specificity of small molecule fluorescent dyes/probes used for the detection of Zn2+ and Ca2+ in cells. (United States)

    Figueroa, Julio A Landero; Vignesh, Kavitha Subramanian; Deepe, George S; Caruso, Joseph


    Fluorescent dyes are widely used in the detection of labile (free or exchangeable) Zn(2+) and Ca(2+) in living cells. However, their specificity over other cations and selectivity for detection of labile vs. protein-bound metal in cells remains unclear. We characterized these important properties for commonly used Zn(2+) and Ca(2+) dyes in a cellular environment. By tracing the fluorescence emission signal along with UV-Vis and size exclusion chromatography-inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (SEC-ICP-MS) in tandem, we demonstrated that among the dyes used for Zn(2+), Zinpyr-1 fluoresces in the low molecular mass (LMM) region containing labile Zn(2+), but also fluoresces in different molecular mass regions where zinc ion is detected. However, FluoZin™-3 AM, Newport Green™ DCF and Zinquin ethyl ester display weak fluorescence, lack of metal specificity and respond strongly in the high molecular mass (HMM) region. Four Ca(2+) dyes were studied in an unperturbed cellular environment, and two of these were tested for binding behavior under an intracellular Ca(2+) release stimulus. A majority of Ca(2+) was in the labile form as tested by SEC-ICP-MS, but the fluorescence from Calcium Green-1™ AM, Oregon Green® 488 BAPTA-1, Fura red™ AM and Fluo-4 NW dyes in cells did not correspond to free Ca(2+) detection. Instead, the dyes showed non-specific fluorescence in the mid- and high-molecular mass regions containing Zn, Fe and Cu. Proteomic analysis of one of the commonly seen fluorescing regions showed the possibility for some dyes to recognize Zn and Cu bound to metallothionein 2. These studies indicate that Zn(2+) and Ca(2+) binding dyes manifest fluorescence responses that are not unique to recognition of labile metals and bind other metals, leading to suboptimal specificity and selectivity.

  6. Efficiency enhancement of P3HT:PC{sub 61}BM bulk heterojunction solar cells by doping with a small molecule dye

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    Chuang, Hung-Yi; Lin, Shih-Wei; Hsu, Steve Lien-Chung, E-mail:


    In this study, we have enhanced the power conversion efficiency of polymer solar cell by physically doping with an organic dye into the active layer of polymer solar cells. The organic dye has complementary absorption wavelength against the polymer active layer and energy transfer effect to increase the photovoltaic current of polymer solar cells. We chose 2,3,9,10,16,17,23,24-octakis(octyloxy)-29H,31H-phthalocyanine (OPc) as an organic dye and analyzed OPc's characteristics with cyclic voltammetry (CV), UV–vis spectrometry and thermogravimetry analysis (TGA). The polymer solar cells were fabricated by blending of the organic dye into the active layer (P3HT/PC{sub 61}BM) with different concentrations (1.63 wt%, 3.22 wt%, 4.76 wt%, 6.30 wt%). The doped devices showed 19% increase in the power conversion efficiency (PCE). It was proved that the increase of efficiency was due to the increase of photovoltaic current based on the measurement of external quantum efficiency (EQE). - Highlights: • We have enhanced the PCE by physically doping with an organic dye. • The J{sub sc} was enhanced from 7.38 mA/cm{sup 2} to 8.81 mA/cm{sup 2} by doping a 3.22 wt% OPc dye. • The doped devices showed 19% increase in the PCE from 2.75% to 3.28%.

  7. Two-Sided Surface Oxidized Cellulose Membranes Modified with PEI: Preparation, Characterization and Application for Dyes Removal


    Wei Wang; Qian Bai; Tao Liang; Huiyu Bai; Xiaoya Liu


    Porous regenerated cellulose (RC) membranes were prepared with cotton linter pulp as a raw material. These membranes were first oxidized on both sides by a modified (2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidin-1-yl)oxyl (TEMPO) oxidation system using a controlled oxidation reaction technique. Then, the oxidized RC membranes were functionalized with polyethylenimine (PEI) via the glutaraldehyde crosslinking method to obtain bifunctional (carboxyl and amino) porous RC membranes, as revealed by Fourier transfo...

  8. Adsorption studies of a water soluble dye, Reactive Red MF-3B, using sonication-surfactant-modified attapulgite clay. (United States)

    Huang, Jianhua; Liu, Yuanfa; Jin, Qingzhe; Wang, Xingguo; Yang, Jun


    The removal of water-soluble Reactive Red MF-3B from aqueous media by sonication-surfactant-modified attapulgite clay was studied in a batch system. The surfactant used was octodecyl trimethyl ammonium chloride (OTMAC). Adsorbent characterizations were investigated using X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, and surface area analysis. The effects of pH, contact time, initial solute concentration, adsorbent dose, and temperature on the adsorption of Reactive Red MF-3B onto modified clay were investigated. On the basis of kinetic studies, specific rate constants involved in the processes were calculated and second-order adsorption kinetics was observed in the case. Film diffusion was found to be the rate-limiting step. Reactive Red MF-3B adsorption was found to increase with increase temperature. The Reactive Red MF-3B equilibrium adsorption data were fitted to Freundlich and Langmuir isotherm models, the former being found to provide the better fit of the experimental data. Thermodynamic parameters were calculated. From the results it can be concluded that the surfactant-modified clay could be a good adsorbent for treating Reactive Red MF-3B-contaminated waters.

  9. Gold-silver@TiO2 nanocomposite-modified plasmonic photoanodes for higher efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells. (United States)

    Lim, Su Pei; Lim, Yee Seng; Pandikumar, Alagarsamy; Lim, Hong Ngee; Ng, Yun Hau; Ramaraj, Ramasamy; Bien, Daniel Chia Sheng; Abou-Zied, Osama K; Huang, Nay Ming


    In the present investigation, gold-silver@titania (Au-Ag@TiO2) plasmonic nanocomposite materials with different Au and Ag compositions were prepared using a simple one-step chemical reduction method and used as photoanodes in high-efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The Au-Ag incorporated TiO2 photoanode demonstrated an enhanced solar-to-electrical energy conversion efficiency of 7.33%, which is ∼230% higher than the unmodified TiO2 photoanode (2.22%) under full sunlight illumination (100 mW cm(-2), AM 1.5G). This superior solar energy conversion efficiency was mainly due to the synergistic effect between the Au and Ag, and their surface plasmon resonance effect, which improved the optical absorption and interfacial charge transfer by minimizing the charge recombination process. The influence of the Au-Ag composition on the overall energy conversion efficiency was also explored, and the optimized composition with TiO2 was found to be Au75-Ag25. This was reflected in the femtosecond transient absorption dynamics in which the electron-phonon interaction in the Au nanoparticles was measured to be 6.14 ps in TiO2/Au75:Ag25, compared to 2.38 ps for free Au and 4.02 ps for TiO2/Au100:Ag0. The slower dynamics indicates a more efficient electron-hole separation in TiO2/Au75:Ag25 that is attributed to the formation of a Schottky barrier at the interface between TiO2 and the noble metal(s) that acts as an electron sink. The significant boost in the solar energy conversion efficiency with the Au-Ag@TiO2 plasmonic nanocomposite showed its potential as a photoanode for high-efficiency DSSCs.

  10. 阴-阳离子改性沸石处理染料废水%Treatment of Dye Wastewater with Anion-Cation Modified Zeolite

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    栗印环; 张秀兰; 邵东圆; 耿晓华


    用十六烷基三甲基溴化铵和十二烷基硫酸钠复合改性天然沸石制备阴-阳离子改性沸石.通过X-衍射(XRD)和红外吸收光谱(IR)表征阴-阳离子改性沸石的结构,探讨阴-阳离子改性沸石对亚甲基蓝染色废水的去除效果.结果表明:当溶液pH为8、常温、振荡时间为100 min、改性沸石用量为20 g/L时,阴-阳离子改性沸石对浓度为160 mg/L的亚甲基蓝的去除率达99.32%,残余浓度远远低于国家排放标准.阴-阳离子改性沸石对亚甲基蓝的吸附规律较好地符合Langmuir吸附等温式,吸附过程符合准二级动力学方程.%The anion-cation modified zeolite were prepared by incorporating both cationic surfactant bromide cetyltrimethylammonium and anionic surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate to zeolite.Its structure was characterized by XRD and IR.The effects of removing methylene blue dye wastewater with the anion-cation modified zeolite were investigated.The results showed that under the condition of pH = 8 、 normal temperature 、 absorption time 100 rain and dosage of anion-cation modified zeolite 20 g/L,the removal rate of methylene blue in wastewater(160 mg/L) by anion-cation modified zeolite could be up to 99.32%.Residual concentration is far below the national emission standards.According to the adsorption isotherm curves of methylene blue on anion-cation modified zeolite, the regularity of adsorption fit Langmuir adsorption model.

  11. 改性膨润土对染料废水中甲基橙的吸附性能研究%Study on Adsorption of Modified Bentonite for Methyl Orange in Dye Waste Water

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    采用三氯化铁对钠基膨润土进行改性处理,以甲基橙为原料配制模拟印染废水,在恒温振荡条件下进行吸附试验。研究了染料废水的初始pH值、三氯化铁改性膨润土的用量、甲基橙的质量浓度、吸附时间、吸附温度对改性膨润土吸附效果的影响。实验结果表明:改性膨润土的用量为18 g/L,甲基橙的质量浓度为100 mg/L,吸附时间35 min,吸附温度20℃,甲基橙模拟废水的pH=7,振荡速率为200 r/min。在此条件下氯化铁改性膨润土对甲基橙模拟废水的吸附率可达85.26%,表现出较好的吸附效果。%The sodium base bentonite was modified by ferric chloride, and the dye wastewater was imitated by methyl orange. The adsorption experiment was carried out under the stability temperature oscillated condition. The effects of pH value of dye wastewater, dosage of bentonite modified by ferric chloride, concentration of methyl orange, adsorption time, adsorption temperature on the adsorption of methyl orange in dye wastewate by modified bentonite were studied. Experimental results showed that the conditions for adsorption of methyl orange in dye wastewater by modified bentonite were dye wastewater in pH 7, modified bentonite dosage of 18 g/L, concentration of methyl orange of 100 mg/L, adsorption time of 35min, adsorption temperature of 20℃, oscillation rate of 200r/min. Under the above conditions, the adsorption rate of modified bentonite for methyl orange in dye wastewater was 85.26%, indicating that the adsorption effect was good.

  12. [Tattooing dyes]. (United States)

    Lehmann, G; Pierchalla, P


    Nine different tattoo dyes were analysed by various tests. Mixtures of organic dyes and inorganic filler were found; the inorganic filler consisted mainly of titanium dioxide (TiO2). Heavy metals, e.g. mercury, cadmium, or chrome as the common components of the traditional tattoo dyes, are capable of evoking unwanted skin reactions, but were not detected. Tattoo dyes are not officially controlled, and thus it is not known which substances-in addition to those identified by us-are presently used to produce ornamental tattoos. However, our results suggest that classic dyes have been superceded by newer, mainly synthetic dyes.

  13. 改性木质素磺酸盐作染料分散剂的研究%Research of modified lignosulfonate for dye dispersant

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    郑轶群; 高政; 孙岩峰


    在碱性条件下,木质素磺酸盐经过磺化和磺甲基化缩合制备改性染料分散剂.最佳磺化条件为磺化剂质量分数50%,温度50℃,缩合剂质量分数50%,缩合时间3h,产物分散性达到62.6%;最佳磺甲基化条件为磺化剂质量分数50%,温度70℃,缩合剂质量分数为20%,缩合时间为3h,分散性达到55.5%.通过FT-IR对改性产物结构进行了表征,证明了反应的进行.%Modified dye dispersant was prepared from lignosulfonate through sulfonation and sulfomethylation condensation under alkaline conditions. The optimal conditions for sulfonation condensation: ratio of sulfonating agent 50% , reaction temperature 50℃ , ratio of condensation agent 50%, reaction time 3 h, with a final dispersion force 62.6%. The optimal conditions for sulfomethylation: ratio of sulfonating agent 50%, reaction temperature 70℃, ratio of condensation 20% , reaction time 3 h, with a final dispersion force 55. 5%. Products were characterized by FT-IR.

  14. Optical, thermal and combustion properties of self-colored polyamide nanocomposites reinforced with azo dye surface modified ZnO nanoparticles (United States)

    Hajibeygi, Mohsen; Shabanian, Meisam; Omidi-Ghallemohamadi, Mehrdad; Khonakdar, Hossein Ali


    New self-colored aromatic-polyamide (PA) nanocomposites containing azo and naphthalene chromophores were prepared with azo-dye surface-modified ZnO nanoparticles (SMZnO) using solution method in dimethylformamide. The X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) results showed the uniform distribution for ZnO nanoparticles in the PA matrix. The UV-vis spectra of PA/ZnO nanocomposites (PANC) showed a blue shift as well as reduction in absorbance intensities and the photoluminescence studies revealed that the increasing intensities of the violet emission in SMZnO loading. From thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA), the temperature at 10% mass loss (T10) increased from 291.8 °C to 387.6 °C for PANC containing 8 mass% of SMZnO, as well as the char yield enhanced significantly, which was about 23.5% higher than the neat PA. The peak heat release rate resulted from microscale combustion calorimeter (MCC), by 8 mass% loading of SMZnO, decreased about 56.9% lower than the neat PA.

  15. Novel Pd/TiO{sub 2} nanocomposite prepared by modified sol–gel method for photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue dye under visible light irradiation

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    Abdelaal, M.Y., E-mail: [Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, King Abdulaziz University, P.O. Box 80203, Jeddah 21589 (Saudi Arabia); Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, Mansoura University, ET-35516 Mansoura (Egypt); Mohamed, R.M. [Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, King Abdulaziz University, P.O. Box 80203, Jeddah 21589 (Saudi Arabia); Advanced Materials Department, Central Metallurgical R and D Institute, Cairo 11421 (Egypt)


    Highlights: •Chitosan (CS) has no obvious effect on the crystallizing process of the main form, anatase. •Crystallite size of TiO{sub 2}/CS (18 nm) was smaller than that of pure TiO{sub 2} (116 nm). •CS prevents the agglomeration of both TiO{sub 2} and Pd/TiO{sub 2} with dispersion of Pd over TiO{sub 2}. •CS and Pd significantly improved the visible light photocatalytic activity of TiO{sub 2}. -- Abstract: TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles were prepared using the modified sol–gel method. TiO{sub 2} impregnated with Pd and/or chitosan (CS) was prepared using the impregnation method. The Pd/TiO{sub 2} composite photocatalyst was characterized by XRD, TEM, UV–Vis, Pl, and BET. A methylene blue dye (MB) was used as a model pollutant to study the photocatalytic activity of TiO{sub 2} under visible light irradiation. The influence of the type and amount of catalyst as well as the initial concentration of MB was investigated. The results indicate that CS can effectively prevent the agglomeration of TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles. UV–Vis spectra demonstrated that the composite’s ability to absorb visible light is greatly improved. The photocatalytic degradation of MB was found to follow first-order kinetics. Recycling experiments confirmed the relative stability of the catalyst.

  16. Photocatalytic, antimicrobial activities of biogenic silver nanoparticles and electrochemical degradation of water soluble dyes at glassy carbon/silver modified past electrode using buffer solution. (United States)

    Khan, Zia Ul Haq; Khan, Amjad; Shah, Afzal; Chen, Yongmei; Wan, Pingyu; Khan, Arif Ullah; Tahir, Kamran; Muhamma, Nawshad; Khan, Faheem Ullah; Shah, Hidayat Ullah


    In the present research work a novel, nontoxic and ecofriendly procedure was developed for the green synthesis of silver nano particle (AgNPs) using Caruluma edulis (C. edulis) extract act as reductant as well as stabilizer agents. The formation of AgNPs was confirmed by UV/Vis spectroscopy. The small and spherical sizes of AgNPs were conformed from high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) analysis and were found in the range of 2-10nm, which were highly dispersion without any aggregation. The crystalline structure of AgNPs was conformed from X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. For the elemental composition EDX was used and FTIR helped to determine the type of organic compounds in the extract. The potential electrochemical property of modified silver electrode was also studied. The AgNPs showed prominent antibacterial motion with MIC values of 125 μg/mL against Bacillus subtilis and Staphylococcus aureus while 250 μg/mL against Escherichia coli. High cell constituents' release was exhibited by B. subtilis with 2 × MIC value of silver nanoparticles. Silver nanoparticles also showed significant DPPH free radical scavenging activity. This research would have an important implication for the synthesis of more efficient antimicrobial and antioxidant agent. The AgNP modified electrode (GC/AgNPs) exhibited an excellent electro-catalytic activity toward the redox reaction of phenolic compounds. The AgNPs were evaluated for electrochemical degradation of bromothymol blue (BTB) dyes which showed a significant activity. From the strong reductive properties it is obvious that AgNPs can be used in water sanitization and converting some organic perilous in to non-hazardous materials. The AgNPs showed potential applications in the field of electro chemistry, sensor, catalyst, nano-devices and medical.

  17. Smectite flocculation structure modified by Al13 macro-molecules--as revealed by the transmission X-ray microscopy (TXM). (United States)

    Zbik, Marek S; Martens, Wayde N; Frost, Ray L; Song, Yen-Fang; Chen, Yi-Ming; Chen, Jian-Hua


    The aggregate structure which occurs in aqueous smectitic suspensions is responsible for poor water clarification, difficulties in sludge dewatering and the unusual rheological behaviour of smectite rich soils. These macroscopic properties are dictated by the 3D structural arrangement of smectite finest fraction within flocculated aggregates. Here, we report results from a relatively new technique, transmission X-ray microscopy (TXM), which makes it possible to investigate the internal structure and 3D tomographic reconstruction of the smectite clay aggregates modified by Al(13) Keggin macro-molecule [Al(13)(O)(4)(OH)(24)(H(2)O)(12)](7+). Three different treatment methods were shown resulted in three different micro-structural environments of the resulting flocculation. In case of smectite sample prepared in Methods 1 and 3 particles fall into the primary minimum where Van der Waals forces act between FF oriented smectite flakes and aggregates become approach irreversible flocculation. In case of sample prepared using Method 2, particles contacting by edges (EE) and edge to face (EF) orientation fell into secondary minimum and weak flocculation resulted in severe gelation and formation of the micelle-like texture in fringe superstructure, which was first time observed in smectite based gel.

  18. Study on organic modified layered double hydroxides used for the adsorption treatment of dye wastewater%有机改性水滑石对染料废水的吸附处理研究

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    商丹红; 张志生; 余亚楠


    采用十六烷基三甲基溴化铵改性制得有机改性水滑石,并用XRD和红外光谱进行表征。考察了有机改性水滑石对染料废水的吸附能力及相关影响因素。结果表明,水滑石改性后对染料吸附能力提高,染料去除率随改性水滑石投加量的增加而提高,随染料初始浓度的增大而降低,温度太高不利于染料的吸附,pH对染料废水的处理效果影响不大。改性水滑石对染料的吸附可用Langmuir等温吸附方程拟合,二级吸附模型能很好地描述改性水滑石对染料的吸附行为。表征结果表明十六烷基三甲基溴化铵进入到水滑石层间,但水滑石结构并没有发生大的变化。%Organic modified layered double hydroxides(LDHs) has been prepared by the modification of cetyltrime-thyl ammonium bromide (CTAB),and characterized by XRD and FT-IR,respectively. The adsorption capacity of organic modified layered double hydroxide for dye wastewater and the corresponding influencing factors are systematically investigated. The results show that the modified LDHs can improve its adsorption capacity for dye. The dye removing rate increases with the increase of LDHs dosage and decreases with the increase of initial concentration of dye. High temperature is not good for dye adsorption ,but pH does not have much influence on the treatment efficiency of dye wastewater. The adsorption of modified LDHs can be fitted by Langmuir isotherm adsorption equation,and the secondary adsorption model can well describe the adsorption behavior of modified LDHs. The characterization results show that cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide has entered into the layers of LDHs , but there has not been much change in the structure of LDHs.

  19. Diffusion dynamics in microfluidic dye lasers

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    Gersborg-Hansen, Morten; Balslev, Søren; Mortensen, Niels Asger


    We have investigated the bleaching dynamics that occur in opto-fluidic dye lasers, where the liquid laser dye in a channel is locally bleached due to optical pumping. Our studies suggest that for micro-fluidic devices, the dye bleaching may be compensated through diffusion of dye molecules alone....... By relying on diffusion rather than convection to generate the necessary dye replenishment, our observation potentially allows for a significant simplification of opto-fluidic dye laser device layouts, omitting the need for cumbersome and costly external fluidic handling or on-chip micro-fluidic pumping...

  20. Dye Painting! (United States)

    Johnston, Ann

    This resource provides practical instructions for applying color and design directly to fabric. Basic information about the dye painting process is given. The guide addresses the technical aspects of fabric dye and color use and offers suggestions for fabric manipulation and dye application in order to achieve various design effects. This…

  1. Dye Painting! (United States)

    Johnston, Ann

    This resource provides practical instructions for applying color and design directly to fabric. Basic information about the dye painting process is given. The guide addresses the technical aspects of fabric dye and color use and offers suggestions for fabric manipulation and dye application in order to achieve various design effects. This…

  2. Carbon Nanotube-Based Electrochemical Sensor for the Determination of Anthraquinone Hair Dyes in Wastewaters

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    Ricardo de Oliveira


    Full Text Available The present work describes the development of a voltammetric sensor for the selective determination of Acid Green 25 (AG25 hair dye, widely used in commercial temporary hair dyes. The method is based on a glassy carbon electrode modified with multiwalled carbon nanotubes activated in the presence of sulfuric acid, where the anthraquinone group present as a chromophore in the dye molecule is reduced at −0.44 V vs. Ag/AgCl in a reversible process involving two electrons in Britton-Robinson (B-R buffer solution at pH 4.0. Analytical curves were obtained using square wave voltammetry in the range from 1.0 × 10−7 to 7.0 × 10−6 mol·L−1, achieving a detection limit of 2.7 × 10−9 mol·L−1. The voltammograms recorded for the Acid Black 1 (AB1 dye showed that the azo groups of the dye were reduced on the carbon nanotube-modified electrode (CNTME, presenting a pair of redox peaks at −0.27 V and −0.24 V in the reverse scan. Under these experimental conditions, both dyes could be detected in the water sample, since the AG25 dye is reduced at −0.47 V. The presence of other hair dyes bearing other chromophore groups, such as Acid Black 1, Acid Red 33 and basic blue 99, did not interfere with the method, which showed an average recovery of 96.7 ± 3.5% (n = 5 for AG25 dye determination in the presence of all of these dyes. The method was successfully applied to tap water and wastewater samples collected from a water treatment plant.

  3. Pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and efficacy of a small-molecule SMN2 splicing modifier in mouse models of spinal muscular atrophy (United States)

    Zhao, Xin; Feng, Zhihua; Ling, Karen K. Y.; Mollin, Anna; Sheedy, Josephine; Yeh, Shirley; Petruska, Janet; Narasimhan, Jana; Dakka, Amal; Welch, Ellen M.; Karp, Gary; Chen, Karen S.; Metzger, Friedrich; Ratni, Hasane; Lotti, Francesco; Tisdale, Sarah; Naryshkin, Nikolai A.; Pellizzoni, Livio; Paushkin, Sergey; Ko, Chien-Ping; Weetall, Marla


    Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is caused by the loss or mutation of both copies of the survival motor neuron 1 (SMN1) gene. The related SMN2 gene is retained, but due to alternative splicing of exon 7, produces insufficient levels of the SMN protein. Here, we systematically characterize the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics properties of the SMN splicing modifier SMN-C1. SMN-C1 is a low-molecular weight compound that promotes the inclusion of exon 7 and increases production of SMN protein in human cells and in two transgenic mouse models of SMA. Furthermore, increases in SMN protein levels in peripheral blood mononuclear cells and skin correlate with those in the central nervous system (CNS), indicating that a change of these levels in blood or skin can be used as a non-invasive surrogate to monitor increases of SMN protein levels in the CNS. Consistent with restored SMN function, SMN-C1 treatment increases the levels of spliceosomal and U7 small-nuclear RNAs and corrects RNA processing defects induced by SMN deficiency in the spinal cord of SMNΔ7 SMA mice. A 100% or greater increase in SMN protein in the CNS of SMNΔ7 SMA mice robustly improves the phenotype. Importantly, a ∼50% increase in SMN leads to long-term survival, but the SMA phenotype is only partially corrected, indicating that certain SMA disease manifestations may respond to treatment at lower doses. Overall, we provide important insights for the translation of pre-clinical data to the clinic and further therapeutic development of this series of molecules for SMA treatment. PMID:26931466

  4. Bleaching and diffusion dynamics in optofluidic dye lasers

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    Gersborg-Hansen, Morten; Balslev, Søren; Mortensen, Asger


    The authors have investigated the bleaching dynamics that occur in optofluidic dye lasers where the liquid laser dye in a microfluidic channel is locally bleached due to optical pumping. They find that for microfluidic devices, the dye bleaching may be compensated through diffusion of dye molecules...... pumping devices. ©2007 American Institute of Physics....

  5. Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy of Dye and Thiol Molecules Adsorbed on Triangular Silver Nanostructures: A Study of Near-Field Enhancement, Localization of Hot-Spots, and Passivation of Adsorbed Carbonaceous Species

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    Manuel R. Gonçalves


    Full Text Available Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS of thiols and dye molecules adsorbed on triangular silver nanostructures was investigated. The SERS hot-spots are localized at the edges and corners of the silver triangular particles. AFM and SEM measurements permit to observe many small clusters formed at the edges of triangular particles fabricated by nanosphere lithography. Finite-element calculations show that near-field enhancements can reach values of more than 200 at visible wavelengths, in the gaps between small spherical particles and large triangular particles, although for the later no plasmon resonance was found at the wavelengths investigated. The regions near the particles showing strong near-field enhancement are well correlated with spatial localization of SERS hot-spots done by confocal microscopy. Silver nanostructures fabricated by thermal evaporation present strong and fast fluctuating SERS activity, due to amorphous carbon contamination. Thiols and dye molecules seem to be able to passivate the undesired SERS activity on fresh evaporated silver.

  6. Photoactive curcumin-derived dyes with surface anchoring moieties used in ZnO nanoparticle-based dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Ganesh, T.; Kim, Jong Hoon; Yoon, Seog Joon; Kil, Byung-Ho; Maldar, N.N. [Inorganic Nano-Materials Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Hanyang University, Sung-Dong-Ku, Haengdang-dong 17, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Han, Jin Wook, E-mail: [Inorganic Nano-Materials Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Hanyang University, Sung-Dong-Ku, Haengdang-dong 17, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Han, Sung-Hwan, E-mail: [Inorganic Nano-Materials Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Hanyang University, Sung-Dong-Ku, Haengdang-dong 17, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    Photoactive, eco-friendly and high molar extinction coefficient, curcumin-derived dyes (BCMoxo and BCtCM) have been explored in ZnO nanoparticles (NPs)-based dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The boron complex curcumin dyes modified with di-carboxylic anchor groups (BCtCM) provided surface attachment with a strong UV-vis region absorption than the dye molecule without anchor groups (BCMoxo). Photoanodes primed with poly-dispersive ZnO NPs ({approx}80-50 nm) specifically devised for these dyes and optimized for the critical thickness, sensitization time and concentration using a solvent-free ionic electrolyte so as to get current density as high as 1.66 mA/cm{sup 2} under 80 mW/cm{sup 2} irradiation. Therefore, a successful conversion of visible light into electricity by using these curcumin-derived dyes (natural derived photoactive molecules) as photosensitizer in DSSCs would be a great interest in future studies for enhancing further conversion efficiencies.

  7. Polymer photonic crystal dye lasers as optofluidic cell sensors

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    Christiansen, Mads Brøkner; Lopacinska, Joanna M.; Jakobsen, Mogens Havsteen;


    Dye doped hybrid polymer lasers are implemented as label free evanescent field biosensors for detection of cells. It is demonstrated that although the coverage is irregular and the cells extend over several lattice constants, the emission wavelength depends linearly on the fraction of the surface...... covered by the HeLa cells used as model system. Design parameters relating to photonic crystal sensing of large objects are identified and discussed. The lasers are chemically modified to bind cells and molecules with flexible UV activated linker molecules.......Dye doped hybrid polymer lasers are implemented as label free evanescent field biosensors for detection of cells. It is demonstrated that although the coverage is irregular and the cells extend over several lattice constants, the emission wavelength depends linearly on the fraction of the surface...

  8. Modified magnetite nanoparticles with cetyltrimethylammonium bromide as superior adsorbent for rapid removal of the disperse dyes from wastewater of textile companies

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    Ali Asghar Rajabi


    Full Text Available This paper reports application of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB coated magnetite nanoparticles (Fe3O4 NPs as a novel adsorbent for removal of two types of disperse dyes, including disperse red 167, and disperse blue 183, from wastewater of textile companies. The effect of parameters including type of surfactant, pH of solution, surfactant concentration, and amount of salt, was investigated and optimized. The obtained results showed that the ratio of initial dye concentration to CTAB amounts has critical effect on removal processes so that removal efficiencies higher than 95% can be achieved even at high concentration of dyes as high as 500 mg l-1 when the ratio is optimum. Removal of dyes is very fast, and equilibrium is reached at times less than 10 min even for high concentration of the dyes. Very high adsorbent capacity (as high as 2000 mg g-1 was yielded for maximum tested concentration of the dyes (500 mg g-1. The obtained result was confirmed by thermogravimetric analysis data. This study showed that CTAB coated Fe3O4 NPs is a very efficient adsorbent for removal of dyes from wastewater of textile companies and has high capacity under optimum conditions.

  9. Investigation into Photoconductivity in Single CNF/TiO2-Dye Core–Shell Nanowire Devices

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    Rochford Caitlin


    Full Text Available Abstract A vertically aligned carbon nanofiber array coated with anatase TiO2 (CNF/TiO2 is an attractive possible replacement for the sintered TiO2 nanoparticle network in the original dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC design due to the potential for improved charge transport and reduced charge recombination. Although the reported efficiency of 1.1% in these modified DSSC’s is encouraging, the limiting factors must be identified before a higher efficiency can be obtained. This work employs a single nanowire approach to investigate the charge transport in individual CNF/TiO2 core–shell nanowires with adsorbed N719 dye molecules in dark and under illumination. The results shed light on the role of charge traps and dye adsorption on the (photo conductivity of nanocrystalline TiO2 CNF’s as related to dye-sensitized solar cell performance.

  10. Molecular aggregates of Merocyanine 540 in aqueous suspensions containing natural and CTAB-modified bentonite (United States)

    Kaya, Mehmet; Meral, Kadem; Onganer, Yavuz


    The molecular interactions of MC-540 (Merocyanine 540) in clay suspensions containing natural bentonite and CTAB (cetyl trimethyl ammonium bromide)-modified bentonite were examined by using absorption, steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopies. Strong affinity of clays for dye adsorption caused the strong interaction of MC-540 molecules with bentonite particles in aqueous dispersion. The interaction of dye with natural bentonite and CTAB-modified bentonite particles in aqueous dispersion caused significant changes in the photophysical properties of MC-540 when they were compared to those in pure water. Spectral data revealed that monomer, H-dimer and H-aggregate of MC-540 in the clay aqueous dispersions were formed depending on dye concentration. Moreover, H-aggregates of dye were predominantly formed in the CTAB-modified bentonite aqueous suspension. The presence of H-aggregates strongly decreased the fluorescence lifetime of MC-540.

  11. 有机改性膨润土吸附模拟染料废水的工艺条件%Adsorption conditions of simulative dye wastewater by organic modified bentonites

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    曹春艳; 赵永华


    Aimed at improving adsorption properties of crude bentonite,this paper introduces the preparation of the organic cation bentonite from hexadecyl trimethyl ammonium chloride(CTAC) as modifier and an analysis of the effect of addition amount of CTAC,modified bentonite dosage,adsorption time,pH value and initial concentration on decolorization ratio of simulated dye wastewater.Results indicate that the organically modified bentonites afford the best treatment of simulated dye wastewater and the decolorization ratio of dye wastewater of 95.66%,in the presence of the organic modifier of 20%,organically modified bentonite dosage of 1.0 g/L,,the adsorption time of 30 min,wastewater pH value of 6.0 and initial quality concentration of 40 mg/L.The research provides technical reference for treating dye wastewater by new type of organically modified bentonites.%为提高天然膨润土的吸附性能,以十六烷基三甲基氯化铵(CTAC)为改性剂,制备有机阳离子改性膨润土,并通过吸附实验分析有机改性剂用量、吸附时间、改性膨润土投加量、废水pH及初始质量浓度对模拟染料废水脱色率的影响。结果表明:有机改性剂质量分数为20%,有机改性膨润土投加量为1.0 g/L,振荡时间为30 min,废水pH为6.0,初始质量浓度为40 mg/L时,有机改性膨润土对模拟染料废水的处理效果最佳,脱色率可达到95.66%。该研究为新型改性膨润土处理染料废水提供了技术参考。

  12. Vapor coating method using small-molecule organic surface modifiers to replace N-type metal oxide layers in inverted polymer solar cells. (United States)

    Choi, Hyosung; Kim, Hak-Beom; Ko, Seo-Jin; Kim, Gi-Hwan; Kim, Jin Young


    We investigate a simple fabrication method for vapor coating small-molecule organic interlayers as replacements for metal oxide films. The interfacial layers, which serve both as both surface modifiers to reduce the substrate work function and electron selective layers, maximize light absorption within the active layer while improving electron transport and compatibility between the active layer and cathode, leading to a ∼22% enhancement in power conversion efficiency and similar air stability compared to devices using a ZnO layer.

  13. High plasma levels of oxidatively modified low-density lipoproteins are associated with the suppressed expression of immunomodulatory molecules in patients with hematological malignancies



    Dyslipidemia is a common feature in immunosuppressed patients, such as kidney and bone marrow transplantation recipients and patients with breast, prostate or gynecological carcinoma or acute lymphoblastic leukemia. In addition, high levels of oxidatively modified low-density lipoproteins (oxLDLs) are closely associated with carcinogenesis. There are, however, no reports on the association between the serum oxLDL levels and the expression of important immunomodulatory molecules in patients wi...

  14. CuAAC click functionalization of azide-modified nanodiamond with a photoactivatable CO-releasing molecule (PhotoCORM) based on [Mn(CO)3(tpm)]+. (United States)

    Dördelmann, G; Meinhardt, Thomas; Sowik, Thomas; Krueger, Anke; Schatzschneider, Ulrich


    The copper-catalyzed 1,3-dipolar azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) was used for the first time to attach a biologically active carbon monoxide delivery agent to modified nanodiamond (ND) as a highly biocompatible carrier. The [Mn(CO)(3)(tpm)](+) photoactivatable CO-releasing molecule (PhotoCORM) on the surface retained the carbon monoxide release properties of the parent compound as shown with the myoglobin assay.

  15. Organo/Zn-Al LDH Nanocomposites for Cationic Dye Removal from Aqueous Media (United States)

    Starukh, G.; Rozovik, O.; Oranska, O.


    Cationic dye sorption by Zn-Al-layered double hydroxides (LDHs) modified with anionic surfactants was examined using methylene blue (MB) dye as a compound model in aqueous solutions. The modification of Zn-Al LDHs was performed by reconstruction method using dodecyl sulfate anion (DS) solutions. DS contained Zn-Al LDHs were characterized by XRD, FTIR, thermogravimetric, and SEM analysis. The reconstructed organo/Zn-Al LDHs comprise the crystalline phases (DS-intercalated LDHs, hydrotalcite), and the amorphous phase. The intercalation of DS ions into the interlayer galleries and DS adsorption on the surface of the LDHs occurred causing the MB adsorption on the external and its sorption in the internal surfaces of modified LDHs. The presence of DS greatly increased the affinity of organo/Zn-Al LDHs for MB due to hydrophobic interactions between the surfactants and the dye molecules. The optical properties of sorbed MB were studied.

  16. 改性PAN纤维铁配合物暗态催化偶氮染料降解反应%Modified PAN fiber-Fe ( Ⅲ ) complex catalyzing degradation of azo dyes in dark

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    王志超; 董永春; 韩振邦


    A modified PAN fiber-Fe (Ⅲ) complex (Fe-AO-PAN) was prepared by a coordinated reaction between amidoximated PAN fiber and ferric chloride solution, and then used as a heterogeneous Fenton catalyst for the degradation of azo dyes with different structures. The relationship between Fe-AOPAN dosage (M), ferric content of Fe-AO-PAN, decolorization ratio (D), and initial degradation rate constant (k) of the dyes in dark was investigated. Moreover, degradation process of the dyes and the effect of inorganic salt on degradation were also studied. The results indicated that the oxidative degradation of the azo dyes in water could be catalyzed effectively by Fe-AO-PAN in dark, and reactive dyes showed higher initial degradation rate constants than acid dyes at the same conditions. Besides,there exists a linear relationship between M and CFe-pAN and D and k within initial reaction 50 min in dark, and increasing quantitatively M and CFe-pAN could accelerate the dye degradation and obtain the same degradation effect as that under irradiation.%利用偕胺肟改性聚丙烯腈(PAN)纤维和三氯化铁的配位反应制备改性PAN纤维铁配合物(Fe-AO-PAN),然后将其作为非均相Fenton反应催化剂应用于不同结构偶氮染料的降解反应中,重点考察Fe-AO-PAN的添加量(M)和铁离子含量(C)与暗态时染料的脱色率(D)和初始反应速率常数(k)之间的关系.此外还研究了暗态时偶氮染料的降解反应过程以及无机盐的影响.结果表明:Fe-AO-PAN暗态时能够催化偶氮染料的降解,并且使活性染料的k值明显高于酸性染料;暗态时Fe-AO-PAN的M和C与染料降解反应50 rain时的D和k值之间存在着线性关系,可通过定量增加Fe-AO-PAN的肘和C来促进暗态时染料的降解反应,达到其在辐射光时的降解效果.

  17. Role of pH in the Aqueous Phase Reactivity of Zerovalent Iron Nanoparticles with Acid Orange 7, a Model Molecule of Azo Dyes

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    F. S. Freyria


    Full Text Available The effect of both pH and surface oxidation of nanoparticles is studied on the interaction between a commercial slurry of Nanoscale Zerovalent Iron (NZVI and the azo dye Acid Orange 7 (AO7. NZVI is a reducing agent used for the degradation of several pollutants, including azo dyes: during pollutant degradation, it undergoes progressive oxidation and dissolution. Though it is generally acknowledged that NZVI consists of core-shell nanoparticles, where the core of metallic iron is covered by FexOy shell, it still remains a poorly defined system. In this work, the solid fraction recovered by filtration and drying was characterized by means of XRD diffraction with Rietveld refinement, N2 isotherms at 77 K, FE-SEM and TEM observation, EDX analysis, and IR spectroscopy. Powders were obtained from both the parent slurry and the same slurry pretreated with HCl in order to remove FexOy shell, finally reactivating the nanoparticles. The aforementioned physicochemical characterization allowed figuring out some correlations between the properties of the studied nanomaterial and the processes occurring when it is in contact with AO7 in aqueous phase. The type of interaction occurring within the NZVI/AO7 system (adsorption and type of redox reactions strongly depends not only on the pH of the starting solution, but also on the surface oxidation of the nanoparticles.

  18. Study of the amplified spontaneous emission in a dye-doped biopolymer-based material

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    Mysliwiec, J; Sznitko, L; Miniewicz, A [Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Wroclaw University of Technology, Wyb.Wyspianskiego 27, 50-370 Wroclaw (Poland); Kajzar, F; Sahraoui, B, E-mail: jaroslaw.mysliwiec@pwr.wroc.p [Laboratoire POMA CNRS FRE 2988, Universite d' Angers, 2 Bd Lavoisier, 49 045 Angers (France)


    In this paper we investigate the amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) phenomenon in the system based on a dye dissolved in a modified deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). The system consisted of a biopolymeric matrix made of DNA blended with cationic surfactant molecule cetyltrimethyl-ammonium chloride (CTMA) and doped with a well-known rhodamine (Rh 6G) laser dye. Thin films of the DNA-CTMA : Rh6G were excited at {lambda} = 532 nm wavelength with 8 ns laser pulses. We report on ASE intensity as a function of the laser power, dependence of polarization state of the excitation beam, ASE gain and temporal stability of the signal for the investigated system.

  19. Preparation of a Novel Chitosan Based Biopolymer Dye and Application in Wood Dyeing

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    Xiaoqian Wang


    Full Text Available A novel chitosan-based biopolymer dye possessing antibacterial properties was synthesized by reaction of O-carboxymethyl chitosan and Acid Red GR. The synthesized materials were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, degree of substitution (DS, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS, thermogravimetric analysis (TG, X-ray diffraction (XRD, water solubility test, antibacterial property test, and dyeing performance, including dye uptake, color difference, and fastness. Results showed that the synthesized dye was combined by –NH3+ of O-carboxymethyl chitosan and the sulfonic group of Acid Red GR. According to the comprehensive analysis of XRD and water solubility, the introduction of the carboxymethyl group and acid dye molecule changed the structure of the chitosan from compact to loose, which improved the synthesized dye’s water solubility. However, the thermal stability of the synthesized dye was decreased. The antibacterial property of the poplar wood dyed with the synthesized dye was enhanced and its antibacterial rate, specifically against Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli, also increased to a rate of more than 99%. However, the dye uptake of the synthesized dye was lower than that of the original dye. Despite this, though, the dyeing effect of the synthesized dye demonstrated better water-fastness, and light-fastness than the original dye. Therefore, the novel chitosan-based biopolymer dye can be a promising product for wood dyeing.

  20. Simulation of Na channel inactivation by thiazine dyes



    Some dyes of the methylene blue family serve as artificial inactivators of the sodium channels when present inside squid axons at a concentration of approximately 0.1 mM. The dyes restore a semblance of inactivation after normal inactivation has been destroyed by pronase. In fibers that inactivate normally, the dyes hasten the decay of sodium current. Many dye-blocked channels conduct transiently on exit of the dye molecule after repolarization to the holding potential. In contrast, normally ...

  1. Differential Expression of Osteo-Modulatory Molecules in Periodontal Ligament Stem Cells in Response to Modified Titanium Surfaces

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    So Yeon Kim


    Full Text Available This study assessed differential gene expression of signaling molecules involved in osteogenic differentiation of periodontal ligament stem cells (PDLSCs subjected to different titanium (Ti surface types. PDLSCs were cultured on tissue culture polystyrene (TCPS, and four types of Ti discs (PT, SLA, hydrophilic PT (pmodPT, and hydrophilic SLA (modSLA with no osteoinductive factor and then osteogenic activity, including alkaline phosphatase (ALP activity, mRNA expression of runt-related gene 2, osterix, FOSB, FRA1, and protein levels of osteopontin and collagen type IA, were examined. The highest osteogenic activity appeared in PDLSCs cultured on SLA, compared with the TCPS and other Ti surfaces. The role of surface properties in affecting signaling molecules to modulate PDLSC behavior was determined by examining the regulation of Wnt pathways. mRNA expression of the canonical Wnt signaling molecules, Wnt3a and β-catenin, was higher on SLA and modSLA than on smooth surfaces, but gene expression of the calcium-dependent Wnt signaling molecules Wnt5a, calmodulin, and NFATc1 was increased significantly on PT and pmodPT. Moreover, integrin α2/β1, sonic hedgehog, and Notch signaling molecules were affected differently by each surface modification. In conclusion, surface roughness and hydrophilicity can affect differential Wnt pathways and signaling molecules, targeting the osteogenic differentiation of PDLSCs.

  2. Discovery of Black Dye Crystal Structure Polymorphs: Implications for Dye Conformational Variation in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells. (United States)

    Cole, Jacqueline M; Low, Kian Sing; Gong, Yun


    We present the discovery of a new crystal structure polymorph (1) and pseudopolymorph (2) of the Black Dye, one of the world's leading dyes for dye-sensitized solar cells, DSSCs (10.4% device performance efficiency). This reveals that Black Dye molecules can adopt multiple low-energy conformers. This is significant since it challenges existing models of the Black Dye···TiO2 adsorption process that renders a DSSC working electrode; these have assumed a single molecular conformation that refers to the previously reported Black Dye crystal structure (3). The marked structural differences observed between 1, 2, and 3 make the need for modeling multiple conformations more acute. Additionally, the ordered form of the Black Dye (1) provides a more appropriate depiction of its anionic structure, especially regarding its anchoring group and NCS bonding descriptions. The tendency toward NCS ligand isomerism, evidenced via the disordered form 2, has consequences for electron injection and electron recombination in Black Dye embedded DSSC devices. Dyes 2 and 3 differ primarily by the absence or presence of a solvent of crystallization, respectively; solvent environment effects on the dye are thereby elucidated. This discovery of multiple Black Dye conformers from diffraction, with atomic-level definition, complements recently reported nanoscopic evidence for multiple dye conformations existing at a dye···TiO2 interface, for a chemically similar DSSC dye; those results emanated from imaging and spectroscopy, but were unresolved at the submolecular level. Taken together, these findings lead to the general notion that multiple dye conformations should be explicitly considered when modeling dye···TiO2 interfaces in DSSCs, at least for ruthenium-based dye complexes.

  3. 改性涤纶/锦纶莱卡织物的染色工艺探讨%The investigation of the dyeing process of modified polyester/nylon lycra fabric

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    针对(阳离子)改性涤纶和锦纶莱卡的性能与面料特点,分析了阳离子改性涤纶/锦纶莱卡面料的一浴法和两浴法染色工艺。实践表明:阳离子改性涤纶/锦纶可以解决传统涤/锦氨纶面料的染色问题。介绍阳离子染料可染涤纶(CDP)与锦氨织物的染整工艺和影响产品质量的因素。%The one bath and two bath dyeing process of the cationic modified polyester/nylon lycra fabric were analyzed according to the performances and characteristics. It was found that the cationic modification of polyester/nylon lycra fabric can solve the dyeing problems brought by the conventional polyester/nylon lycra fabric. The dyeing process and factors affected the products quality of cationic dyeable polyester (CDP)/nylon/spandex fabrics were introduced.

  4. INTERACTION OF LASER RADIATION WITH MATTER. LASER PLASMA: Limitation of high-power optical radiation by organic molecules: I. Substituted pyranes and cyanine dyes (United States)

    Kopylova, T. N.; Svetlichnyi, Valerii A.; Mayer, G. V.; Reznichenko, A. V.; Podgaetskii, Vitalii M.; Ponomareva, O. V.; Samsonova, L. G.; Filinov, D. N.; Pomogaev, V. A.; Tel'minov, E. N.; Lapin, I. N.; Svetlichnaya, N. N.; Sinchenko, E. I.


    Photophysical processes proceeding in polyatomic organic molecules (pyran derivatives and cyanines) excited by high-power laser radiation at 532 nm are studied. Some properties of their changes depending on the structure, solvent, and excitation conditions are determined. The effect of limitation of high-power exciting radiation by the organic molecules is found. The maximum limitation (Kmax = 15.0 at the initial transmission equal to 70%) was observed for the cyanine derivative and is comparable to this effect for fullerenes C60, which are widely used as radiation limiters.

  5. Removal of blue 1 dye of aqueous solutions with a modified clay with iron chloride; Remocion de colorante azul 1 de soluciones acuosas con una arcilla modificada con cloruro de hierro

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    Hernandez H, K. A.


    At the present time, several technologies have been proposed to remove dyes from water, adsorption is one of the most feasible methods and adsorbents with different properties, such as activated carbon, zeolites, clays and hydrogels among others. In this work, the sorption behavior of blue 1 dye by a natural clay from a site located in the Center-East of Mexico, and other modified with iron chloride were determined. The materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction to analyze its crystal structure, by scanning electron microscopy and elemental microanalysis of energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry to determine the composition and morphology, and the zero point charges were also determined to know the charge distribution on the surface of the clay. The ph effect, contact time, dye concentration and temperature were the parameters considered in this study. The results showed that clay does not suffer any important changes in its structure after the chemical treatments (modification with ferric chloride and contact with blue 1 solutions). The ph influences lightly the adsorption of the dye with natural clay, but the same effect is not observed in the ferric modified clay among the factor ph 6 and 8. The equilibrium time and the sorption capacity for natural clay were 48 hours and 6.16 mg/g, while for the ferric clay were 24 hours and 14.22 mg/g. Adsorption kinetics results were best adjusted to the pseudo first and pseudo second order models. Adsorption isotherms were best adjusted to the Langmuir model, indicating that both clays have a homogeneous surface. Thermodynamic parameters (E, {Delta}S and {Delta}G and {Delta}H) were calculated for the dye adsorption by the natural clay using data of the adsorption kinetics at temperatures between 20 and 50 C, indicating that the adsorption process is exothermic. For the case of ferric clay, it was not possible to calculate these thermodynamic parameters because the adsorption capacities were similar in the range of

  6. Development of efficiency improved polymer-modified TiO2 for the photocatalytic degradation of an organic dye from wastewater environment (United States)

    Sangareswari, Murugan; Meenakshi Sundaram, Mariappan


    In this study, the photocatalytic activity of polypyrrole-TiO2 nanocomposite was studied experimentally for the degradation of methylene blue (MB) dye under simulating solar light irradiation. To improve the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 under sunlight irradiation, conducting polymers such as polypyrrole (PPy) and its derivatives are generally used as photosensitizers. The PPy-TiO2 nanocomposite was prepared by the chemical oxidative polymerization method. The prepared nanocomposite showed better photocatalytic activity than bare TiO2 under sunlight irradiation for the degradation of MB dye. The prepared nanocomposite was subjected to characterization techniques such as SEM-EDAX, FT-IR, UV-DRS, XRD, TGA and PL spectral analysis. Different influencing operating parameters like initial concentration of dye, irradiation time, pH and amount of PPy-TiO2 nanocomposite used have also been studied. The optical density of the dye degradation was measured by UV-Visible spectrophotometer. The repeatability of photocatalytic activity was also tested. A plausible mechanism was proposed and discussed on the basis of experimental results.

  7. Preparation of a Fiber Modifier HBP-NH2 and Its Application in Salt-free Dyeing of Silk Fabric with Reactive Dyes%纤维改性剂HBP-NH2的制备及在真丝织物活性染料无盐染色中的应用

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    蒋小云; 王成龙; 吴靖; 余志成


    In this study, hyperbranched poly amide-amine (HBP-NH2) polymers with different terminal groups were prepared to modify silk fiber for improving the dye uptake and color fastness of silk fabric dyed with salt-free reactive dye. Diethylenetriamine and methylacrylate were used as material to prepare HBP-NH2(0) ~HBP-NH2(6) which had different amino end groups by changing reaction time (0 ~6 h) of the monomer. The results of Fourier transform infrared spectro-scopic analysis and amino content determination showed that there are a lot of alkaline groups including amino and imino groups in HBP-NH2. Thermogravimetric analysis indicated that HBP-NH2 had good thermal stability. The prepared 7 kinds of HBP-NH2 were used for fiber modification of silk fabric respectively, and the modified silk fabric was then dyed with salt-free reactive dye. The results showed that the modified silk fabric had good dyeing property and the silk fabric modified by HBP-NH2(5) had higher K/S value and color fastness. Salt-free dyeing of silk fabric with reactive dye could be realized by using HBP-NH2 as fiber modifier.%制备不同端氨基超支化聚合物( HBP-NH2)用于真丝纤维改性,提高真丝织物用活性染料进行无盐染色的上染率和染色牢度.以二乙烯三胺与丙烯酸甲酯为原料,改变合成单体的反应时间(0~6 h),制备出不同的端氨基超支化聚合物HBP-NH2 (0)~HBP-NH2 (6).通过红外光谱和氨基含量测试证明HBP-NH2中含有大量的氨基和亚氨基等碱性基团,热重分析显示HBP-NH2具有较好的热稳定性.将制备的7种HBP-NH2分别用于真丝织物的改性,改性后的真丝织物在以活性染料进行的无盐染色试验中,表现出较好的染色性能,其中以HBP-NH2(5)改性后的真丝织物具有较高的染色K/S值和较好的色牢度.将HBP-NH2作为真丝纤维改性剂,可以实现用活性染料对真丝织物进行无盐染色的、目标.

  8. Photocurrent enhancement by surface plasmon resonance of silver nanoparticles in highly porous dye-sensitized solar cells. (United States)

    Jeong, Nak Cheon; Prasittichai, Chaiya; Hupp, Joseph T


    Localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) by silver nanoparticles that are photochemically incorporated into an electrode-supported TiO(2) nanoparticulate framework enhances the extinction of a subsequently adsorbed dye (the ruthenium-containing molecule, N719). The enhancement arises from both an increase in the dye's effective absorption cross section and a modest increase in the framework surface area. Deployment of the silver-modified assembly as a photoanode in dye-sensitized solar cells leads to light-to-electrical energy conversion with an overall efficiency of 8.9%. This represents a 25% improvement over the performance of otherwise identical solar cells lacking corrosion-protected silver nanoparticles. As one would expect based on increased dye loading and electromagnetic field enhanced (LSPR-enhanced) absorption, the improvement is manifested chiefly as an increase in photocurrent density ascribable to improved light harvesting.

  9. Determination of the enantiomeric composition of some molecules of pharmaceutical interest by chemometric analysis of the UV spectra of guest-host complexes formed with modified cyclodextrins. (United States)

    Fakayode, Sayo O; Swamidoss, Isabel M; Busch, Marianna A; Busch, Kenneth W


    Multivariate regression modeling techniques (PLS-1 regression modeling) were applied to ordinary UV spectral absorption data obtained on solutions containing inclusion complexes formed between homochiral modified cyclodextrins (methyl-beta-cyclodextrin, alpha-, beta-, and gamma-carboxymethyl cyclodextrins and alpha-, beta-, and gamma-hydroxypropyl cyclodextrins) and four guest molecules of pharmaceutical interest (ephedrine, norephedrine, norepinephrine-l-bitartrate, and tryptophan methyl ester). The PLS-1 regression models were developed by correlating the known enantiomeric composition of laboratory prepared samples with ordinary UV absorption spectral data. The regression models were subsequently validated with laboratory-prepared test sets. The rms percent relative error in the predicted mol fraction of (1S, 2R)-(+)-ephedrine, (1S, 2R)-(+)-norephedrine, (R)-(-)-norepinephrine-l-bitartrate, and d-tryptophan methyl ester obtained with the independently prepared test sets was heavily dependent on the host molecule used.

  10. 改性PANF铁配合物催化降解偶氮染料的研究%Study on Catalytic Degradation of Azo Dyes with Modifi ed PANF Iron Compound

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    王笑笑; 陈涛; 王际平


    分别使用多胺类化合物(乙二胺、四乙烯五胺、超支化聚乙烯亚胺)和盐酸羟胺对聚丙烯腈纤维(PANF)进行了改性,将改性PANF纱线分别与三氯化铁反应得到 PANFs‐Fe ,并将其作为催化剂应用于偶氮染料活性红195的催化降解反应中。通过增重率、有机元素分析、SEM、XRD及 FTIR对改性 PANF进行了表征,利用EDS对PANF铁配合物中的铁含量进行了分析,并对PANFs‐Fe去除染料的方式及效率进行了探讨。结果表明:四种化合物均成功地对PANF进行了改性。其中,盐酸羟胺改性PANF易与金属铁离子络合形成稳定的铁配合物,铁含量达到11.59%,对染料催化降解具有较高的活性,50 min降解率可以达到90%以上,循环利用3次后,仍具有较高催化活性。%Polyamine compound ( ethylenediamine , tetraethylenepentamine and hyperbranched polyethyleneimine) and hydroxylamine hydrochloride were used to modify polyacrylonitrilefiber (PANF) . The modified PANF fibers reacted with FeCl3 respectively to produce PANFs‐Fe ,and PANFs‐Fe as the catalyst was applied in catalytic degradation of azo dye reactive red 195 .Modified PANF was characterized by weight gain rate ,organic element analysis ,SEM ,XRD and FTIR ;EDS was applied to analyze the iron content of PANFs‐Fe ,and the dye removal methods and efficiency by PANFs‐Fe were also discussed .The results show that the four compounds successfully modify PANF . PANF modified by hydroxylamine hydrochloride is easy to complex with metallic iron ion to form stable iron compound ;the iron content reaches 11 .59% ;it has high activity for catalytic degradation of dyes ;the degradation rate at 50min can reach 90% ;after cyclic utilization for 3 times ,it still has high catalytic activity .

  11. Dye Photodestruction in a Solid-State Dye Laser with a Polymeric Gain Medium (United States)

    Popov, Sergei


    The process of dye photodestruction in a solid-state dye laser is studied, and implemented is a polymeric gain medium doped with a strongly concentrated dye. The behavior of the conversion efficiency in the polymeric gain medium pumped with different laser-pulse repetition rates and the process of dye photobleaching are analyzed. The contribution of the heating of the host material into the dye molecules deactivation is discussed. The negative effect of high dye concentration on the dye stability under a high pump repetition rate is reported and analyzed for the first time to my knowledge. A comparison of the present results with recently published data demonstrates the major role of photodestruction, rather than direct thermodestruction, in the dye stability of the solid-state gain medium. The role of additives with low molecular weights in the polymeric matrix, for increasing the stability of the gain material, is discussed.

  12. Study on the interaction between different solute molecules in a molecular beam produced by the spray-jet technique: an application to dendrimer/dye system (United States)

    Yamada, Toshiki; Ge, Maofa; Shinohara, Hidenori; Kimura, Katsumi; Mashiko, Shinro


    We report on an investigation into the interaction between different neutral non-volatile solute molecules in a molecular beam produced by the spray-jet technique that enables us to produce a molecular beam from a sprayed mist of a sample solution. This technique is applied to poly(propylene imine) dendrimer and 4-dicyanomethylene-2-methyl-6- p-dimethylaminostyryl-4H-pyran (DCM) systems. Resonantly enhanced multiphoton ionization of DCM in the DCM/dendrimer molecular beam leads to an efficient reaction between the dendrimer and DCM. The REMPI excitation spectra provide insights into the interaction between DCM and dendrimer molecules in the gas phase for the first time in these experiments.

  13. Thermodynamics of the adsorption of organic molecules on graphitized carbon black modified with a monolayer of 5-hydroxy-6-methyluracil (United States)

    Gus'kov, V. Yu.; Ivanov, S. P.; Shaikhitdinova, Yu. F.; Kudasheva, F. Kh.


    Thermodynamic characteristics of the adsorption of alkanes, alcohols, arenes, and esters on graphitized carbon black with a deposited monolayer (0.17%) of 5-hydroxy-6-methyluracil are studied by means of inverse gas chromatography at infinite dilution. It is established that size effects (violation of the additivity of molar changes in internal energy and the entropy of adsorption for pairs of molecules of one homologous series that differ by one methyl group) are observed when organic molecules are adsorbed on the surface of the resulting adsorbent. The size effects are similar to those observed when 1% 5-hydroxy-6-methyluracil is deposited on graphitized carbon black. It is concluded that the observed violation of additivity is associated with cavities in the supramolecular structure.

  14. Discovery and Optimization of Small Molecule Splicing Modifiers of Survival Motor Neuron 2 as a Treatment for Spinal Muscular Atrophy. (United States)

    Woll, Matthew G; Qi, Hongyan; Turpoff, Anthony; Zhang, Nanjing; Zhang, Xiaoyan; Chen, Guangming; Li, Chunshi; Huang, Song; Yang, Tianle; Moon, Young-Choon; Lee, Chang-Sun; Choi, Soongyu; Almstead, Neil G; Naryshkin, Nikolai A; Dakka, Amal; Narasimhan, Jana; Gabbeta, Vijayalakshmi; Welch, Ellen; Zhao, Xin; Risher, Nicole; Sheedy, Josephine; Weetall, Marla; Karp, Gary M


    The underlying cause of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a deficiency of the survival motor neuron (SMN) protein. Starting from hits identified in a high-throughput screening campaign and through structure-activity relationship investigations, we have developed small molecules that potently shift the alternative splicing of the SMN2 exon 7, resulting in increased production of the full-length SMN mRNA and protein. Three novel chemical series, represented by compounds 9, 14, and 20, have been optimized to increase the level of SMN protein by >50% in SMA patient-derived fibroblasts at concentrations of <160 nM. Daily administration of these compounds to severe SMA Δ7 mice results in an increased production of SMN protein in disease-relevant tissues and a significant increase in median survival time in a dose-dependent manner. Our work supports the development of an orally administered small molecule for the treatment of patients with SMA.

  15. Preparation and Dyeing Performance of a Novel Crosslinking Polymeric Dye Containing Flavone Moiety

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    TANG Lijun; TANG Bingtao; ZHANG Shufen


    A yellow crosslinking polymeric dye was prepared by grafting the flavone moiety containing azo chromophore onto polyvinylamine backbone.The λ max of this polymeric dye in water is 382 nm.The polymeric dye is fixed to silk and cotton with a crosslinking agent,2-chloro-4,6-di(aminobenzene-4'-β-sulphatoethylsulphone)-1,3,5-s-triazine,which acts as a bridge between the fiber and dye molecules.The fixation of this polymeric dye reaches 99% and the dyed samples exhibit excellent rubbing and washing fastness.

  16. Two photon absorption energy transfer in the light-harvesting complex of photosystem II (LHC-II) modified with organic boron dye. (United States)

    Chen, Li; Liu, Cheng; Hu, Rui; Feng, Jiao; Wang, Shuangqing; Li, Shayu; Yang, Chunhong; Yang, Guoqiang


    The plant light-harvesting complexes of photosystem II (LHC-II) play important roles in collecting solar energy and transferring the energy to the reaction centers of photosystems I and II. A two photon absorption compound, 4-(bromomethyl)-N-(4-(dimesitylboryl)phenyl)-N-phenylaniline (DMDP-CH2Br), was synthesized and covalently linked to the LHC-II in formation of a LHC-II-dye complex, which still maintained the biological activity of LHC-II system. Under irradiation with femtosecond laser pulses at 754 nm, the LHC-II-dye complex can absorb two photons of the laser light effectively compared with the wild type LHC-II. The absorbed excitation energy is then transferred to chlorophyll a with an obvious fluorescence enhancement. The results may be interesting and give potentials for developing hybrid photosystems.

  17. Quantum dot-dye hybrid systems for energy transfer applications

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    Ren, Ting


    In this thesis, we focus on the preparation of energy transfer-based quantum dot (QD)-dye hybrid systems. Two kinds of QD-dye hybrid systems have been successfully synthesized: QD-silica-dye and QD-dye hybrid systems. In the QD-silica-dye hybrid system, multishell CdSe/CdS/ZnS QDs were adsorbed onto monodisperse Stoeber silica particles with an outer silica shell of thickness 2-24 nm containing organic dye molecules (Texas Red). The thickness of this dye layer has a strong effect on the total sensitized acceptor emission, which is explained by the increase in the number of dye molecules homogeneously distributed within the silica shell, in combination with an enhanced surface adsorption of QDs with increasing dye amount. Our conclusions were underlined by comparison of the experimental results with Monte-Carlo simulations, and by control experiments confirming attractive interactions between QDs and Texas Red freely dissolved in solution. New QD-dye hybrid system consisting of multishell QDs and organic perylene dyes have been synthesized. We developed a versatile approach to assemble extraordinarily stable QD-dye hybrids, which uses dicarboxylate anchors to bind rylene dyes to QD. This system yields a good basis to study the energy transfer between QD and dye because of its simple and compact design: there is no third kind of molecule linking QD and dye; no spacer; and the affinity of the functional group to the QD surface is strong. The FRET signal was measured for these complexes as a function of both dye to QD ratio and center-to-center distance between QD and dye by controlling number of covered ZnS layers. Data showed that fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) was the dominant mechanism of the energy transfer in our QD-dye hybrid system. FRET efficiency can be controlled by not only adjusting the number of dyes on the QD surface or the QD to dye distance, but also properly choosing different dye and QD components. Due to the strong stability, our QD-dye

  18. Modeling the efficiency of Förster resonant energy transfer from energy relay dyes in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Hoke, Eric T.


    Förster resonant energy transfer can improve the spectral breadth, absorption and energy conversion efficiency of dye sensitized solar cells. In this design, unattached relay dyes absorb the high energy photons and transfer the excitation to sensitizing dye molecules by Förster resonant energy transfer. We use an analytic theory to calculate the excitation transfer efficiency from the relay dye to the sensitizing dye accounting for dynamic quenching and relay dye diffusion. We present calculations for pores of cylindrical and spherical geometry and examine the effects of the Förster radius, the pore size, sensitizing dye surface concentration, collisional quenching rate, and relay dye lifetime. We find that the excitation transfer efficiency can easily exceed 90% for appropriately chosen dyes and propose two different strategies for selecting dyes to achieve record power conversion efficiencies. © 2010 Optical Society of America.

  19. Dye removal of AR27 with enhanced degradation and power generation in a microbial fuel cell using bioanode of treated clinoptilolite-modified graphite felt. (United States)

    Kardi, Seyedeh Nazanin; Ibrahim, Norahim; Darzi, Ghasem Najafpour; Rashid, Noor Aini Abdul; Villaseñor, José


    This work studied the performance of a laboratory-scale microbial fuel cell (MFC) using a bioanode that consisted of treated clinoptilolite fine powder coated onto graphite felt (TC-MGF). The results were compared with another similar MFC that used a bare graphite felt (BGF) bioanode. The anode surfaces provided active sites for the adhesion of the bacterial consortium (NAR-2) and the biodegradation of mono azo dye C.I. Acid Red 27. As a result, bioelectricity was generated in both MFCs. A 98% decolourisation rate was achieved using the TC-MGF bioanode under a fed-batch operation mode. Maximum power densities for BGF and TC-MGF bioanodes were 458.8 ± 5.0 and 940.3 ± 4.2 mW m(-2), respectively. GC-MS analyses showed that the dye was readily degraded in the presence of the TC-MGF bioanode. The MFC using the TC-MGF bioanode showed a stable biofilm with no biomass leached out for more than 300 h operation. In general, MFC performance was substantially improved by the fabricated TC-MGF bioanode. It was also found that the TC-MGF bioanode with the stable biofilm presented the nature of exopolysaccharide (EPS) structure, which is suitable for the biodegradation of the azo dye. In fact, the EPS facilitated the shuttling of electrons to the bioanode for the generation of bioelectricity.

  20. Study on Characteristics of Modified Cellulose from Pineapple Peel as a Dye Sorption Agent%改性菠萝皮渣纤维素染料吸附剂的性质研究

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    党子建; 黄惠华


    The cellulose in pineapple peel was modified through epoxidation and amination to prepare a dye sorption agent. The absorption to dye waste with modified cellulose and its structure and characteristics were studied. The results showed that the absorption effect of modified cellulose with dye waste was significant FT-IR analysis indicated that the etherification and amination reactions took place on the cellulose. X-ray diffraction showed that the crystal type and crystal degree of modified cellulose almost remained unchanged. DSC analysis showed that there was an increase on the heat resisting property and a remarkable change on the fusibility behavior. SEM analysis showed that the surface of cellulose changed a lot which indicated it was result from chemical modification.%对菠萝皮渣中纤维素进彳醚化和胺化改性得到的染料吸附剂,对其进行染料吸附、结构表征和性质等方面研究.结果表明:改性菠萝皮渣纤维素对染料具有显著的吸附作用;红外图谱的相关吸收峰的变化说明菠萝皮渣纤维素发生了醚化和胺化的改性反应,X射线衍射分析表明在改性前后纤维素的晶型和结晶度上未发生显著变化;差示热量扫描分析显示改性后的菠萝皮渣纤维素在耐热性上有所提高,且在熔融行为上发生显著的变化;扫描电镜分析表明皮渣纤维素表面发生了显著的变化,说明发生了剧烈的改性化学反应.

  1. Preparation of a modified tall oil dye dispersant and its performances research%一种改性塔罗油染料分散剂的制备及其性能研究

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    黄漂漂; 刘明华; 郭佳


    以塔罗油为原料合成高效染料分散剂,其制备工艺为:塔罗油经过氧化氢预处理后,以高锰酸钾为催化剂,以甲醛和亚硫酸钠混合物为磺化剂进行磺化反应,制备改性塔罗油染料分散剂,并将其应用于还原橄榄T染料,进行分散性能及耐热稳定性研究.结果表明,当磺化时间为3.5h,原料与磺化剂质量比为1∶3,预处理剂质量分数为4.0%,磺化温度为120℃,预处理时间为25 min,催化剂质量分数为0.2%时,所制备的分散剂的分散等级可达4.3级,其在130℃下能保持较好的耐热稳定性能,分散等级仍可达4.0级.%To prepare a high - performance dye dispersant by using tali oil as raw material, a modified tall oil dye dispersant was synthesized by sulfonation with hydrogen peroxide as pre - additive, potassi um hypermanganate as catalyst and sodium sulfite - formaldehyde mixture as sulfonating agent. And the dispersion performance and thermostability of the prepared dye dispersant applied in Vat Olive T were studied. The results showed that the optimum conditions were 3.5 h of the sulfonated time, 1 :3 of the mass ratio of tall oil and sulfonating agent, 4.0% (of the hass fraction) of the pre - additive dosage, 120 t of the sulfonated temperature, 25 min of the pre - reaction time and 0. 2% (of the hass fraction) of the catalyst dosage respectively. Under the optimal conditions, the dispersion level of the modified tall oil dye dispersant could reach 4. 3. In addition, it could maintain excellent thermo stability at 130 t with 4.0 of the dispersion level.

  2. Half-Sandwich Metal Carbonyl Complexes as Precursors to Functional Materials: From a Near-Infrared-Absorbing Dye to a Single-Molecule Magnet. (United States)

    Wang, Wenqing; Li, Jing; Yin, Lei; Zhao, Yue; Ouyang, Zhongwen; Wang, Xinping; Wang, Zhenxing; Song, You; Power, Philip P


    Chemical oxidations of piano-stool chromium/cobalt carbonyl complexes Cr(CO)3(η(6),η(5)-C6H5C5H4)Co(CO)2 (1) and Cr(CO)3(η(6),η(6)-C6H5C6H5) Cr(CO)3 (2) were investigated. Upon one-electron oxidation, 1 was transformed to a heterometalloradical species, 1(•+). However, either one- or two-electron oxidation of 2 afforded a decomposition product, 3. Dipping 3 into pentane led to the formation of 4 via a crystal-to-crystyal transformation with the removal of solvent molecules. Complexes 1(•+) and 4 were fully characterized by various spectroscopic techniques and single-crystal X-ray analysis. Cation 1(•+) features a weak Cr-Co bond with a Wiberg bond order of 0.278. A near-infrared absorption band around 1031 nm was observed for 1(•+), which is far red-shifted in comparison to previously reported dinuclear metalloradical species. Complex 4 contains a chromium(II) with a distorted pyramidal geometry and displays single-molecule magnetic properties.

  3. Nano-Assemblies of Modified Cyclodextrins and Their Complexes with Guest Molecules: Incorporation in Nanostructured Membranes and Amphiphile Nanoarchitectonics Design

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    Leïla Zerkoune


    Full Text Available A variety of cyclodextrin-based molecular structures, with substitutions of either primary or secondary faces of the natural oligosaccharide macrocycles of α-, β-, or γ-cyclodextrins, have been designed towards innovative applications of self-assembled cyclodextrin nanomaterials. Amphiphilic cyclodextrins have been obtained by chemical or enzymatic modifications of their macrocycles using phospholipidyl, peptidolipidyl, cholesteryl, and oligo(ethylene oxide anchors as well as variable numbers of grafted hydrophobic hydrocarbon or fluorinated chains. These novel compounds may self-assemble in an aqueous medium into different types of supramolecular nanoassemblies (vesicles, micelles, nanorods, nanospheres, and other kinds of nanoparticles and liquid crystalline structures. This review discusses the supramolecular nanoarchitectures, which can be formed by amphiphilic cyclodextrin derivatives in mixtures with other molecules (phospholipids, surfactants, and olygonucleotides. Biomedical applications are foreseen for nanoencapsulation of drug molecules in the hydrophobic interchain volumes and nanocavities of the amphiphilic cyclodextrins (serving as drug carriers or pharmaceutical excipients, anticancer phototherapy, gene delivery, as well as for protection of instable active ingredients through inclusion complexation in nanostructured media.

  4. A critical evaluation of drug delivery from ligand modified nanoparticles: Confounding small molecule distribution and efficacy in the central nervous system. (United States)

    Cook, Rebecca L; Householder, Kyle T; Chung, Eugene P; Prakapenka, Alesia V; DiPerna, Danielle M; Sirianni, Rachael W


    In this work, we sought to test how surface modification of poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanoparticles with peptide ligand alters the brain specific delivery of encapsulated molecules. For biodistribution studies, nanoparticles modified with rabies virus glycoprotein (RVG29) were loaded with small molecule drug surrogates and administered to healthy mice by lateral tail vein injection. Mice were perfused 2h after injection and major anatomical regions of the CNS were dissected (striatum, midbrain, cerebellum, hippocampus, cortex, olfactory bulb, brainstem, and cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral spinal cord). For functional studies, surface modified nanoparticles were loaded with the chemotherapeutic camptothecin (CPT) and administered to mice bearing intracranial GL261-Luc2 gliomas. Outcome measures included tumor growth, as measured by bioluminescent imaging, and median survival time. We observed that small molecule delivery from PLGA nanoparticles varied by as much as 150% for different tissue regions within the CNS. These differences were directly correlated to regional differences in cerebral blood volume. Although the presence of RVG29 enhanced apparent brain delivery for multiple small molecule payloads, we observed minimal evidence for targeting to muscle or spinal cord, which are the known sites for rabies virus entry into the CNS, and enhancements in brain delivery were not prolonged due to an apparent aqueous instability of the RVG29 ligand. Furthermore, we have identified concerning differences in apparent delivery kinetics as measured by different payloads: nanoparticle encapsulated DiR was observed to accumulate in the brain, whereas encapsulated Nile red was rapidly cleared. Although systemically administered CPT loaded nanoparticles slowed the growth of orthotopic brain tumors to prolong survival, the presence of RVG29 did not enhance therapeutic efficacy compared to control nanoparticles. These data are consistent with a model of delivery

  5. Magnetic field effects in dye-sensitized solar cells controlled by different cell architecture (United States)

    Klein, M.; Pankiewicz, R.; Zalas, M.; Stampor, W.


    The charge recombination and exciton dissociation are generally recognized as the basic electronic processes limiting the efficiency of photovoltaic devices. In this work, we propose a detailed mechanism of photocurrent generation in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) examined by magnetic field effect (MFE) technique. Here we demonstrate that the magnitude of the MFE on photocurrent in DSSCs can be controlled by the radius and spin coherence time of electron-hole (e-h) pairs which are experimentally modified by the photoanode morphology (TiO2 nanoparticles or nanotubes) and the electronic orbital structure of various dye molecules (ruthenium N719, dinuclear ruthenium B1 and fully organic squaraine SQ2 dyes). The observed MFE is attributed to magnetic-field-induced spin-mixing of (e-h) pairs according to the Δg mechanism.

  6. Bridging Small Molecules to Modified Bacterial Microparticles Using a Disulphide Linkage: MIS416 as a Cargo Delivery System.

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    Francesco Mainini

    Full Text Available MIS416 is an intact minimal cell wall skeleton derived from Proprionibacterium acnes that is phagocytosed by antigen presenting cells, including dendritic cells (DCs. This property allows MIS416 to be exploited as a vehicle for the delivery of peptide antigens or other molecules (for example, nucleic acids to DCs. We previously showed that covalent (non-cleavable conjugation of OVA, a model antigen derived from ovalbumin, to MIS416 enhanced immune responses in DCs in vivo, compared to unconjugated MIS416 and OVA. Intracellular trafficking promotes the lysosomal degradation of MIS416, leading to the destruction of MIS416 plus the associated cargos conjugated to MIS416. However, lysosomal degradation of cargo may not be desired for some MIS416 conjugates. Here we have investigated whether a cleavable linkage could facilitate release of the cargo in the cytoplasm of DCs to avoid lysosomal degradation. DCs were treated in vitro with disulfide-containing conjugates, and as hypothesised faster release of SIINFEKL peptide in the cytoplasm of DCs was observed with the inclusion of a disulfide bond between MIS416 and cargo. The inclusion of a cleavable disulfide bond in the conjugates did not significantly alter the amount of SIINFEKL antigens presented on MHC I molecules on DCs as compared with conjugates without a disulfide bond. However, the conjugates containing disulfide-linkages performed either slightly better (p<0.05 than, or the same as conjugates without a disulfide bond with respect to in vitro OT-1 T-cell proliferation induced by the presentation of SIINFEKL antigens on DCs, or DC activation studies, respectively. However, disulfide-containing conjugates were less effective than conjugates without a disulfide bond in in vivo cytotoxicity assays. In conclusion, inclusion of a disulfide bond in MIS416-peptide conjugates was associated with efficient release of peptides in the cytoplasm of DCs, an important consideration for MIS416-mediated

  7. Identification of a small molecule that modifies MglA/SspA interaction and impairs intramacrophage survival of Francisella tularensis.

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    Algevis P Wrench

    Full Text Available The transcription factors MglA and SspA of Francisella tularensis form a heterodimer complex and interact with the RNA polymerase to regulate the expression of the Francisella pathogenicity island (FPI genes. These genes are essential for this pathogen's virulence and survival within host cells. In this study, we used a small molecule screening to identify quinacrine as a thermal stabilizing compound for F. tularensis SCHU S4 MglA and SspA. A bacterial two-hybrid system was used to analyze the in vivo effect of quinacrine on the heterodimer complex. The results show that quinacrine affects the interaction between MglA and SspA, indicated by decreased β-galactosidase activity. Further in vitro analyses, using size exclusion chromatography, indicated that quinacrine does not disrupt the heterodimer formation, however, changes in the alpha helix content were confirmed by circular dichroism. Structure-guided site-directed mutagenesis experiments indicated that quinacrine makes contact with amino acid residues Y63 in MglA, and K97 in SspA, both located in the "cleft" of the interacting surfaces. In F. tularensis subsp. novicida, quinacrine decreased the transcription of the FPI genes, iglA, iglD, pdpD and pdpA. As a consequence, the intramacrophage survival capabilities of the bacteria were affected. These results support use of the MglA/SspA interacting surface, and quinacrine's chemical scaffold, for the design of high affinity molecules that will function as therapeutics for the treatment of Tularemia.

  8. NaOH改性落叶松锯木屑对活性染料的吸附性能%Performance of NaOH-Modified Larch Sawdust Adsorbing Reactive Dyes

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    钱永; 吴磊; 王建军; 庄俊涛


    通过间歇式试验研究NaOH改性落叶松锯木屑对活性染料KN-B、K-2BP和KN-R的吸附脱色性能.结果表明,酸性条件下该改性木屑对3种染料均具有较好的脱色效果.在初始pH值为3时,3种染料的吸附脱色率均表现为随温度升高而逐渐降低,随改性木屑用量的增加而增加的趋势;而随染料初始浓度的增大,表现出先升高后降低的趋势.在初始pH值为3、温度为298 K条件下,3种染料在改性锯木屑上的等温吸附符合Langmuir吸附模型,KN-B、K-2BP和KN-R的最大饱和吸附量分别为22.32、10.47和14.93 mg·g-1,吸附自由能△G298K分别为-12.61、-9.77和-14.45 kJ·mol-1,均为物理性自发吸附过程.试验条件下,KN-R、KN-B和K-2BP的吸附动力学均符合准二级动力学吸附方程,吸附速率常数依次减小.综合等温吸附和吸附动力学研究结果表明,3种染料的脱色效果以KN-R为最好,KN-B次之,K-2BP最差.%Through batch experiments, performances of NaOH-modified larch sawdust adsorbing and decoloring Reactive Black 5 ( KN - B) , Reactive Red 24 ( K - 2BP) and Reactive Blue 19 ( KN - R) were investigated. Results show that in acid conditions, the sawdust could decolor quite well the three dyes in wastewaters. In wastewater, 3 in initial pH, adsorption and decoloration rate of the three dyes declined with rising temperature, but rose with application rate of the sawdust and content of NaCl, and went upwards first and then downwards with rising initial concentration of reactive dyes. Under the conditions of 3 in initial pH and 298 K in temperature, isothermal adsorption of the three dyes on the sawdust fitted the Langmuir adsorption model quite well. Of the three dyes, KN - B, K - 2BP and KN - R, the monolayer sorption capacity Qmax was measured to be 22. 32, 10. 47 and 14. 93 mg ? g-1, respectively, and the adsorption thermodynamic parameter ΔG298 K, - 12. 61, -9. 77 and - 14. 45 kJ ? mol , respectively, demonstrating that the

  9. A fiber-modified adenoviral vector interacts with immunoevasion molecules of the B7 family at the surface of murine leukemia cells derived from dormant tumors

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    Rogée Sophie


    Full Text Available Abstract Tumor cells can escape the immune system by overexpressing molecules of the B7 family, e.g. B7-H1 (PD-L1 or CD86, which suppresses the anti-tumor T-cell responses through binding to the PD-1 receptor, and similarly for B7.1 (CD80, through binding to CTLA-4. Moreover, direct interactions between B7-H1 and B7.1 molecules are also likely to participate in the immunoevasion mechanism. In this study, we used a mouse model of tumor dormancy, DA1-3b leukemia cells. We previously showed that a minor population of DA1-3b cells persists in equilibrium with the immune system for long periods of time, and that the levels of surface expression of B7-H1 and B7.1 molecules correlates with the dormancy time. We found that leukemia cells DA1-3b/d365 cells, which derived from long-term dormant tumors and overexpressed B7-H1 and B7.1 molecules, were highly permissive to Ad5FB4, a human adenovirus serotype 5 (Ad5 vector pseudotyped with chimeric human-bovine fibers. Both B7-H1 and B7.1 were required for Ad5FB4-cell binding and entry, since (i siRNA silencing of one or the other B7 gene transcript resulted in a net decrease in the cell binding and Ad5FB4-mediated transduction of DA1-3b/d365; and (ii plasmid-directed expression of B7.1 and B7-H1 proteins conferred to Ad5FB4-refractory human cells a full permissiveness to this vector. Binding data and flow cytometry analysis suggested that B7.1 and B7-H1 molecules played different roles in Ad5FB4-mediated transduction of DA1-3b/d365, with B7.1 involved in cell attachment of Ad5FB4, and B7-H1 in Ad5FB4 internalization. BRET analysis showed that B7.1 and B7-H1 formed heterodimeric complexes at the cell surface, and that Ad5FB4 penton, the viral capsomere carrying the fiber projection, could negatively interfere with the formation of B7.1/B7-H1 heterodimers, or modify their conformation. As interactors of B7-H1/B7.1 molecules, Ad5FB4 particles and/or their penton capsomeres represent potential therapeutic agents

  10. Degradation of anthraquinone dyes by ozone

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    The decolorization of three kinds of anthraquinone dyes by ozone was investigated and the residues in the degradation solution were analyzed. The results indicate that the decolorizing effects are obvious with the decolorization efficiency of dyes all above 96% in 40 min. The pH value and TOC concentration decline while the conductivity increases with the lapse of reaction time.The complicated dye molecules are decomposed to simple compounds with -SO3H, -Cl in the dye molecules transformed into SO4 2-, Cl-, and nitrogen partially degrades into NO3- according to the bases of different groups. The organic acids are found in the degradation solutions and dyes with larger relative molecular mass are decomposed into substances with larger relative molecular mass.

  11. Efficient and rapid adsorption characteristics of templating modified guar gum and silica nanocomposite toward removal of toxic reactive blue and Congo red dyes. (United States)

    Pal, Sagar; Patra, Abhay Shankar; Ghorai, Soumitra; Sarkar, Amit Kumar; Mahato, Vivekananda; Sarkar, Supriyo; Singh, R P


    The present study highlights the potentiality of sol-gel synthesized guar gum-graft-poly (acrylamide)/silica (g-GG/SiO2) hybrid nanocomposite toward the rapid removal of toxic reactive blue 4 (RB) and Congo red (CR) dyes from aqueous solution. Various physicochemical characterizations support the feasibility of the functionalized guar gum matrix as efficient template for the formation of homogeneous nanoscale silica particles. The composite demonstrates rapid and superior adsorption efficiency of RB (Qmax: 579.01 mg g(-1) within 40 min) and CR (Qmax: 233.24 mg g(-1) within 30 min) dyes from aqueous environment. Here, the pH driven adsorption process depends strongly on the ionic strength of the salt solution. The adsorption kinetics data predicts that pseudo second-order (surface adsorption) and intraparticle diffusion take place simultaneously. The adsorption equilibrium is in good agreement with the Langmuir isotherm, while the thermodynamics study confirms spontaneous nature of the adsorption process. Desorption study predicts the excellent regenerative efficacy of nanocomposite.

  12. Stability and efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells based on papaya-leaf dye (United States)

    Suyitno, Suyitno; Saputra, Trisma Jaya; Supriyanto, Agus; Arifin, Zainal


    The present article reports on the enhancement of the performance and stability of natural dye-based dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Natural dyes extracted from papaya leaves (PL) were investigated as sensitizers in TiO2-based DSSCs and evaluated in comparison with N719 dye. The acidity of the papaya-leaf extract dyes was tuned by adding benzoic acid. The TiO2 film-coated fluorine-doped tin oxide glass substrates were prepared using the doctor-blade method, followed by sintering at 450 °C. The counter electrode was coated by chemically deposited catalytic platinum. The working electrodes were immersed in N719 dye and papaya dye solutions with concentrations of 8 g/100 mL. The absorbance spectra of the dyes were obtained by ultra-violet-visible spectroscopy. The energy levels of the dyes were measured by the method of cyclic voltammetry. In addition, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy was used to determine the characteristic functionalities of the dye molecules. The DSSC based on the N719 dye displayed a highest efficiency of 0.87% whereas those based on papaya-leaf dye achieved 0.28% at pH 3.5. The observed improved efficiency of the latter was attributed to the increased current density value. Furthermore, the DSSCs based on papaya-leaf dye with pH 3.5-4 exhibited better stability than those based on N719 dye. However, further studies are required to improve the current density and stability of natural dye-based DSSCs, including the investigation of alternative dye extraction routes, such as isolating the pure chlorophyll from papaya leaves and stabilizing it.

  13. Ultrasound energy to accelerate dye uptake and dye-fiber interaction of reactive dye on knitted cotton fabric at low temperatures. (United States)

    Tissera, Nadeeka D; Wijesena, Ruchira N; de Silva, K M Nalin


    Acoustic cavitation formed due to propagation of ultrasound wave inside a dye bath was successfully used to dye cotton fabric with a reactive dye at lower temperatures. The energy input to the system during sonication was 0.7 W/cm(2). This was within the energy range that contributes towards forming cavitation during ultra-sonication. The influence of ultrasound treatment on dye particle size and fiber morphology is discussed. Particle size analysis of the dye bath revealed ultra-sonication energy was capable of de-agglomeration of hydrolyzed dye molecules during dyeing. SEM micrograph and AFM topographical image of the fiber surface revealed fiber morphology remains unchanged after the sonication. The study was extended in understanding the contribution of ultrasound method of dyeing towards achieving good color strength on the fabric, compared to the normal heating method of dyeing. Study showed color strength obtained using ultra sound method of dyeing is higher compared to normal heating dyeing. Ultrasound energy was able to achieve the good color strength on cotton fabric at very low temperature such as 30 °C, which was approximately 230% more than the color strength achieved in normal heating method of dyeing. This indicates that energy input to the system using ultrasound was capable of acting as an effective alternative method of dyeing knitted cotton fabrics with reactive dye.

  14. Waterless Textile Dyeing


    Odabaşoğlu, Hakkı Yasin; AVİNÇ, Osman Ozan; Arzu YAVAŞ


    Supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO), having liquid-like densities, hereby provides hydrophobic dyes an advantage on dissolving. Their gas-like low viscosities and diffusion properties can lead to shorter dyeing durations compared to conventional water dyeing process. Supercritical carbon dioxide dyeing, a novel dyeing process, is an anhydrous dyeing and this process involves the use of less energy and chemicals than conventional water dyeing processes resulting in a potential of up to 50% low...

  15. The Structure-property Relationships of D-π-A BODIPY Dyes for Dye-sensitized Solar Cells. (United States)

    Mao, Mao; Song, Qin-Hua


    BODIPY dyes have attracted considerable attention as potential photosensitizers in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) owing to their excellent optical properties and facile structural modification. This account focuses on recent advances in the molecular design of D-π-A BODIPY dyes for applications in DSSCs. Special attention has been paid to the structure-property relationships of D-π-A BODIPY dyes for DSSCs. The developmental process in the modified position at the BODIPY core with a donor/acceptor is described. The devices based on 2,6-modified BODIPY dyes exhibit better photovoltaic performance over other modified BODIPY dyes. Meanwhile, the research reveals the correlation of molecular structures (various donor chromophores, extended units, molecular frameworks, and long alkyl groups) with their photophysical and electrochemical properties and relates it to their performance in DSSCs. The structure-property relationships give valuable information and guidelines for designing new D-π-A BODIPY dyes for DSSCs.

  16. Use of Fricke solution modified with dyes for dosimetry in phototherapeutic treatments; Uso da solucao Fricke modificada com corantes para futura dosimetria em tratamentos fototerapeuticos

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    Almeida, Mayara Gabriella Oliveira de; Nascimento, Rizia Keila; Vieira, Rafaela Etelvina de Amorim; Souza, Vivianne Lucia Bormann, E-mail:, E-mail:, E-mail:, E-mail: [Centro Regional de Ciencias Nucleares do Nordeste (CRCN-NE/CNEN-PE), Recife (Brazil)


    Dyes and pigments (photosensitizers) are characterized by their ability to absorb visible light, and to participate in photochemical reactions. These colors are used in medicine in the dose recommended for use in photodynamic therapy (PDT). There are lasers that can meet most of the phototherapeutic agents and are capable of providing light of considerable power with precision on the injured tissue. The use of light emitting diodes (LEDs) have become feasible, thus reducing the cost of the procedures. The Dosimetry Laboratory Chemistry of the CRCN-NE/Brazilian CNEN has worked with some likely dye use in phototherapy treatments, including: methylene blue, malachite green and toluidine blue. A volume of 2.6 ml of the dosimeters was transferred to test tubes and these were irradiated with LED 24, 48, 72 and 96 acrylic simulator 110 mm x 110 mm x 80 mm at a distance of 6.5 cm from reading light source of the irradiated samples was performed on a spectrophotometer. Having obtaining excellent correlations (above 0.97) to the dosimeter calibration curves. Suggests that the dosimeter can be applied to perform a quality control in photodynamic therapy. However, further experiments should be performed before a wide application of this technique. A volume of 2.6 ml of the dosimeters was transferred to test tubes and these were irradiated with LED 24, 48, 72 and 96 acrylic simulator 110 mm x 110 mm x 80 mm at a distance of 6.5 cm from reading light source of the irradiated samples was performed on a spectrophotometer. Having obtaining excellent correlations (above 0.97) to the dosimeter calibration curves. Suggests that the dosimeter can be applied to perform a quality control in photodynamic therapy. However, further experiments should be performed before a wide application of this technique.

  17. Controlled synthesis of Fe2O3 modified Ag-010BiVO4 heterostructures with enhanced photoelectrochemical activity toward the dye degradation (United States)

    Li, Junqi; Zhou, Jian; Hao, Hongjuan; Li, Weijie


    Crystal facet dependence is an important approach for optimizing the performance of photocatalyst. In consideration that there is a close correlation between the photoelectric conversion efficiencies and crystal facet, the monoclinic bismuth vanadate (m-BiVO4) with (010) and (110) crystal facets has drawn attention. We designed the Ag nanoparticles modified the (010) facet of the BiVO4 (Ag-010BiVO4) and then the Ag-010BiVO4 heterogeneous nanostructure was modified by the Fe2O3 nanoparticles. In the Fe2O3 modified Ag-010BiVO4, the (110) facet of the BiVO4 was only modified by the Fe2O3 nano-particles to construct the n-n heterojunction structure. Simultaneously, the Z-scheme system was fabricated on the (010) facet of the BiVO4, where was modified by the Ag and Fe2O3 nano-particles. We investigated its photoelectrochemical (PEC) and photocatalytic activities by the measurement of the electrochemical performance and degradation of methyl orange (MO). The Ag species in the system is only treated as the solid state electron mediator. As was expected, the Fe2O3 modified Ag-010BiVO4 heterojunction structure exhibited the highest photocurrent density and the smallest impedance. Besides, the Fe2O3 modified Ag-010BiVO4 heterojunction structure exhibited excellent redox ability and the MO could be degraded 92% after 150 min. It is worth noting that the outstanding performance should be attributed to the synergistic effect of n-n and Z-scheme system in the different facets, which facilitated the separation of holes and electrons in the opposite direction.

  18. 硅油改性醋丙乳液在涂料染色中的应用%Application of new silicone modified vinyl acetate acrylate to pigment dyeing

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    张文博; 赵振河; 张鹏


    采用醋酸乙烯酯和丙烯酸酯类单体,以及乙烯基硅油和少量的可聚合乳化剂,以半连续种子乳液聚合法制备硅油改性无皂醋丙乳液,并用红外光谱及激光粒度仪对产物进行表征.将硅油改性的醋丙乳液作为黏合剂,应用于棉织物涂料染色,优化的工艺为:硅油改性醋丙乳液5%、涂料0.5%、外加交联剂0.5%;80℃预烘3 min,150℃焙烘3 min.结果表明,以硅油改性无皂醋丙乳液为黏合剂的涂料染色织物的干湿摩擦牢度、耐皂洗牢度与传统黏合剂的相当,且手感较柔软.%A silicone modified soap-free vinyl acetate-acrylate emulsion is synthesized using pre-emulsification and semi-continuous adding method with vinyl acetate (VAC), acrylic monomers, vinyl silicone oil and a small amount of the polymerizable e-mulsifier, its structure is characterized by FT-IR and laser particle size analyzer. Silicone modified vinyl acetate-acrylate emulsion is applied to cotton pigment dyeing as the adhesives. The optimal process is silicone modified vinyl acetate-acrylate emulsion 5%, pigment 0.5%, cross linker 0.5%, drying at 80 ℃ for 3 min, curing at 150 ℃ for 3 min. The results show that the color fastnesses to wet/ dry rubbing and soaping of the pigment dyeings are similar to that of traditional adhesives, and the hand feel is softer.

  19. Electrohemical properties of carbon nanotube paste electrodes modified with redox cationic dyes=Propriedades eletroquímicas de eletrodos a base de pasta de nanotubo de carbono modificados com corantes redox catiônicos

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    Arnaldo César Pereira


    Full Text Available The present work describes the electrochemical behavior of methylene blue and toluidine blue as electron mediators adsorbed in the multiwall carbon nanotubes paste. Based on midpoint potential and separation of cathodic and anodic peaks (ΔE, it was not observed interaction of different eletrolytes with the cationic dyes by an ion exchange reaction and, as a consequence, absence of leaching of cationic dyes to the solution phase. The kinetics of electron transfer on the surface electrode was not sufficiently fast showing a fairly resistence of carbon nanotube paste modified with the mediators. The midpoint potential and ΔE also were insentive to the pH range (4-8, confirming the protective effect of carbon nanotubes matrix, owing to strong interaction of between the latter and the nitrogen of nitrogen of cationic dyes with carbon nanotube matrix, minimizing the proton interaction under cationic dye. This result is very important for sensor/biosensor preparation, because the eletrooxidation behavior of the analyte will be only affected by its formal potencial shifting. Carbon nanotubes proved to be an efficient solid matrix for the adsorption of mediator electron in comparison to the electrochemical behavior of free cationic dyes in solution phase.O presente trabalho descreve o comportamento eletroquímico de azul de metileno e azul de toluidina como mediadores de elétrons adsorvidos em pasta de nanotubo de carbono multiparede. Com base no potencial médio e na separação de pico catódico e anódico (ΔE, não foi observada interação de diferentes eletrólitos com os corantes catiônicos por meio de reação de troca iônica e, como consequência, ausência de lixiviação dos corantes para solução. A cinética de transferência de elétron na superfície do eletrodo não foi suficientemente rápida, mostrando razoável resistência da pasta de nanotubo de carbono modificada com os mediadores. O potencial médio e ΔE também foram insens

  20. Effects of Organic Molecules with Different Structures and Absorption Bandwidth on Modulating Photoresponse of MoS2 Photodetector. (United States)

    Huang, Yanmin; Zheng, Wei; Qiu, Yunfeng; Hu, PingAn


    Organic dye molecules possessing modulated optical absorption bandwidth and molecular structures can be utilized as sensitizing species for the enhancement of photodetector performance of semiconductor via photoinduced charge transfer mechanism. MoS2 photodetector were modified by drop-casting of methyl orange (MO), rhodamine 6G (R6G), and methylene blue (MB) with different molecular structures and extinction coefficients, and enhanced photodetector performance in terms of photocurrent, photoresponsity, photodetectivity, and external quantum efficiency were obtained after modification of MO, R6G, and MB, respectively. Furthermore, dyes showed different modulating abilities for photodetector performance after combination with MoS2, mainly due to the variation of molecular structures and optical absorption bandwidth. Among tested dyes, deposition of MB onto monolayer MoS2 grown by CVD resulted in photocurrent ∼20 times as high as pristine MoS2 due to favorable photoinduced charge transfer of photoexcited electrons from flat MB molecules to the MoS2 layer. Meanwhile, the corresponding photoresponsivity, photodetectivity, and an external quantum efficiency are 9.09 A W(1-), 2.2 × 10(11) Jones, 1729% at 610 nm, respectively. Photoinduced electron-transfer measurements of the pristine MoS2 and dye-modified MoS2 indicated the n-doping effect of dye molecules on the MoS2. Additionally, surface-enhanced Raman measurements also confirmed the direct correlation with charge transfer between organic dyes and MoS2 taking into account the chemically enhanced Raman scattering mechanism. Present work provides a new clue for the manipulation of high-performance of two-dimensional layered semiconductor-based photodetector via the combination of organic dyes.

  1. Accurate simulation of optical properties in dyes. (United States)

    Jacquemin, Denis; Perpète, Eric A; Ciofini, Ilaria; Adamo, Carlo


    Since Antiquity, humans have produced and commercialized dyes. To this day, extraction of natural dyes often requires lengthy and costly procedures. In the 19th century, global markets and new industrial products drove a significant effort to synthesize artificial dyes, characterized by low production costs, huge quantities, and new optical properties (colors). Dyes that encompass classes of molecules absorbing in the UV-visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum now have a wider range of applications, including coloring (textiles, food, paintings), energy production (photovoltaic cells, OLEDs), or pharmaceuticals (diagnostics, drugs). Parallel to the growth in dye applications, researchers have increased their efforts to design and synthesize new dyes to customize absorption and emission properties. In particular, dyes containing one or more metallic centers allow for the construction of fairly sophisticated systems capable of selectively reacting to light of a given wavelength and behaving as molecular devices (photochemical molecular devices, PMDs).Theoretical tools able to predict and interpret the excited-state properties of organic and inorganic dyes allow for an efficient screening of photochemical centers. In this Account, we report recent developments defining a quantitative ab initio protocol (based on time-dependent density functional theory) for modeling dye spectral properties. In particular, we discuss the importance of several parameters, such as the methods used for electronic structure calculations, solvent effects, and statistical treatments. In addition, we illustrate the performance of such simulation tools through case studies. We also comment on current weak points of these methods and ways to improve them.

  2. An electrochemical immunosensor for efficient detection of uropathogenic E. coli based on thionine dye immobilized chitosan/functionalized-MWCNT modified electrode. (United States)

    Gayathri, Chandran Hema; Mayuri, Pinapeddavari; Sankaran, Krishnan; Kumar, Annamalai Senthil


    Uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC) is the major cause of 150 million Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) reported annually world-wide. High prevalence of multi-drug-resistance makes it dangerous and difficult to cure. Therefore simple, quick and early diagnostic tools are essential for effective treatment and control. We report an electrochemical immunosensor based on thionine dye (Th) immobilized on functionalized-multiwalled carbon nanotube+chitosan composite coated on glassy carbon electrode (GCE/f-MWCNT-Chit@Th) for quick and sensitive detection of UPEC in aqueous solution. This immunosensor was constructed by sequential immobilization of UPEC, bovine serum albumin, primary antibody and Horse Radish Peroxidase (HRP) tagged secondary antibody on the surface of GCE/f-MWCNT-Chit@Th. When analyzed using 2.5mM of hydrogen peroxide reduction reaction using cyclic voltammetry in phosphate buffer, pH 7.0, the immunosensor showed excellent linearity in a range of 10(2)-10(9)cfu of UPEC mL(-1) with a current sensitivity of 7.162μA {log(cfumL(-1))}(-1). The specificity of this immunosensor was tested using other UTI and non-UTI bacteria, Staphylococcus, Klebsiella, Proteus and Shigella. The clinical applicability of the immunosensor was also successfully tested directly in UPEC spiked urine samples (simulated sample). Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Flower-like nickel cobalt sulfide microspheres modified with nickel sulfide as Pt-free counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells (United States)

    Huo, Jinghao; Wu, Jihuai; Zheng, Min; Tu, Yongguang; Lan, Zhang


    The nickel cobalt sulfide/nickel sulfide (NiCo2S4/NiS) microspheres which exhibit flower-like morphologies are synthesized by a two-step hydrothermal method. Then the NiCo2S4/NiS microspheres are deposited on a fluorine doped SnO2 substrate by spin-casting the isopropyl alcohol solution of as-prepared microspheres. The cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and Tafel tests are employed to measure the electrochemical performance of NiCo2S4/NiS counter electrode. The NiCo2S4 and NiS all are used to improve the conductivity and electrocatalytic ability of the films, and the NiS can also increase the specific surface area of microspheres. The dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) with the NiCo2S4/NiS counter electrode exhibite a power conversion efficiency of 8.8%, which is higher than that of DSSC with Pt counter electrode (8.1%) under the light intensity of 100 mW cm-2 (AM 1.5 G).

  4. Enhancing the photovoltaic performance of dye-sensitized solar cells by modifying TiO2 photoanodes with layered structure g-C3N4 (United States)

    Lv, Huiru; Yuan, Xiaowei; Cui, Can


    The layered structure graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) makes it possible to form good interfacial contact with metal oxide nanoparticles. In this paper, we obtain the TiO2/g-C3N4 (TC) composite via ultra-sonication and apply it as photoanode materials in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The TC photoanodes decrease the energy barrier of electron transport and improve the injection efficiency of photo-generated electrons. Moreover, the g-C3N4 broadens the absorption spectrum of the TiO2 based photoanode to visible region and enhances the light harvesting. As a result, the short-circuit current density (Jsc) and power conversion efficiency (PCE) of DSSCs based on TC photoanode have been considerably increased from 9.75 mA/cm-2 to 11.29 mA/cm-2, 3.87% to 4.51%, compared with pure TiO2 photoanode, enhanced by 15.8% and 16.8%, respectively.

  5. Adsorption Behavior of Cationic Red Dye for Pyromellitic Dianhydride Modified Peanut Shells%均苯四甲酸酐改性花生壳粉吸附阳离子红染料的研究

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    韩朝晖; 刘勇; 李步海


    A novel adsorbent was prepared from peanut shells by cross-linking with toluene diisocynate (TDI) and modification with pyromellitic dianhydride (PMDA). The factors impacting adsorption of pyromellitic dianhydrid modified peanut shells (PMPS) on cationic red dye were investigated including pH value, contact time and initial concentration of dyes. Under the optimum conditions, such as temperature at 25 ℃, adsorption time for 3 h, pH between 1. 0 and 10. 0,the maximum adsorption capability of PMPS reached to 177. 2 mg/g, which was 2. 2 times of unmodified peanut shells. The adsorption behaviour fitted langmuir isotherm moder for monolayer sorption.%以花生壳粉(PS)为生物基质,甲苯-2,4-二异氰酸酯(TDI)为交联剂,均苯四甲酸酐(PMDA)为改性剂,制备了均苯四甲酸酐改性花生壳粉(PMPS)吸附剂,并研究了PMPS对阳离子红染料吸附效果的影响因素.结果表明,在25℃,吸附时间3h,pH值为2.0时,PMPS处理浓度为400.0 mg/mL的阳离子红溶液25 mL,最大吸附容量Q为177.2 mg/g,是未改性花生壳粉的2.2倍.改性花生壳粉吸附模式为Langmuir单分子层化学吸附.

  6. Natural dyes as photosensitizers for dye-sensitized solar cell

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    Hao, Sancun; Wu, Jihuai; Huang, Yunfang; Lin, Jianming [Institute of Materials Physical Chemistry, Huaqiao University, Quanzhou, Fujian 362021 (China)


    The dye-sensitized solar cells (DSC) were assembled by using natural dyes extracted from black rice, capsicum, erythrina variegata flower, rosa xanthina, and kelp as sensitizers. The I{sub SC} from 1.142mA to 0.225mA, the V{sub OC} from 0.551V to 0.412V, the fill factor from 0.52 to 0.63, and P{sub max} from 58{mu}W to 327{mu}W were obtained from the DSC sensitized with natural dye extracts. In the extracts of natural fruit, leaves and flower chosen, the black rice extract performed the best photosensitized effect, which was due to the better interaction between the carbonyl and hydroxyl groups of anthocyanin molecule on black rice extract and the surface of TiO{sub 2} porous film. The blue-shift of absorption wavelength of the black rice extract in ethanol solution on TiO{sub 2} film and the blue-shift phenomenon from absorption spectrum to photoaction spectrum of DSC sensitized with black rice extract are discussed in the paper. Because of the simple preparation technique, widely available and low cheap cost natural dye as an alternative sensitizer for dye-sensitized solar cell is promising. (author)

  7. Hair dye poisoning (United States)

    Hair tint poisoning ... Different types of hair dye contain different harmful ingredients. The harmful ingredients in permanent dyes are: Naphthylamine Other aromatic amino compounds Phenylenediamines Toluene ...

  8. Molecules for Fluorescence Detection of Specific Chemicals (United States)

    Fedor, Steve


    A family of fluorescent dye molecules has been developed for use in on-off fluorescence detection of specific chemicals. By themselves, these molecules do not fluoresce. However, when exposed to certain chemical analytes in liquid or vapor forms, they do fluoresce (see figure). These compounds are amenable to fixation on or in a variety of substrates for use in fluorescence-based detection devices: they can be chemically modified to anchor them to porous or non-porous solid supports or can be incorporated into polymer films. Potential applications for these compounds include detection of chemical warfare agents, sensing of acidity or alkalinity, and fluorescent tagging of proteins in pharmaceutical research and development. These molecules could also be exploited for use as two-photon materials for photodynamic therapy in the treatment of certain cancers and other diseases. A molecule in this family consists of a fluorescent core (such as an anthracene or pyrene) attached to two end groups that, when the dye is excited by absorption of light, transfer an electron to the core, thereby quenching the fluorescence. The end groups can be engineered so that they react chemically with certain analytes. Upon reaction, electrons on the end groups are no longer available for transfer to the core and, consequently, the fluorescence from the core is no longer quenched. The chemoselectivity of these molecules can be changed by changing the end groups. For example, aniline end groups afford a capability for sensing acids or acid halides (including those contained in chemical warfare agents). Pyridine or bipyridyl end groups would enable sensing of metal ions. Other chemicals that can be selectively detected through suitable choice of end groups include glucose and proteins. Moreover, the fluorescent cores can be changed to alter light-absorption and -emission characteristics: anthracene cores fluoresce at wavelengths around 500 nm, whereas perylene cores absorb and emit at

  9. Modified tips: molecules to cells

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    Often the performance of a material is governed by how its surface interacts with its environment, and this frequently depends upon the structure and composition of that surface at the molecular scale. This basic fact has driven the development of surface analytical instrumentation for decades. An ideal tool would allow the researcher to know the surface composition of their sample with molecular resolution and in a realistic environment, and even to monitor these molecular processes directly as the sample interacts with its environment.

  10. 改性粉煤灰与厌氧-曝气生物滤池联合处理印染废水%The Treatment of Dyeing Wastewater With Fly Ash Modified Biological Aerated Filter Coupling

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    贾艳萍; 宗庆; 姜修平; 张羽汐; 袁志峰


    印染废水具有成分复杂、色度大、有机物含量高、水质变化大等特点,属于难生物降解工业废水。采用盐酸改性粉煤灰预处理与厌氧-曝气生物滤池( AF-BAF)联合工艺处理模拟印染废水,考察温度、pH、曝气量和HRT等因素对脱色率以及COD、NH+4-N、NO-3-N和NO-2-N去除率的影响。研究结果表明:在温度10℃,pH为10,曝气量为50 L/h,HRT为4 h,改性粉煤灰粒度为100~120目的条件下, COD、NH+4-N、NO-3-N和NO-2-N去除率分别为72%、58%、78%和52%,脱色率为90%,达到了国家工业废水排放标准。改性粉煤灰提高了AF-BAF对印染废水的脱色效果,同时对COD、NH+4-N、NO-3-N、NO-2-N的去除具有促进作用。%Dyeing wastewater,difficult to be biodegraded,is characterized by complicated component,dark col-ority,high concentration,water quality fluctuation,etc. Modified filter pretreatment of fly ash and anaerobic fil-ter-biological aerated filter(AF-BAF) is adopted to treat the dyeing wastewater to study the impacts of the facts such as temperature,pH,aeration,and HRT,etc on discoloration rate and the removal efficiency of COD、NH+4-N、NO-3-N and NO-2-N. The results showed that the removal efficiency of COD,NH+4-N,NO-3-N,and NO-2-N were 72%, 58%, 78%, and 52%, respectively under the condition of temperature 10 ℃, pH10 , aeration rate 50L/h,HRT 4h and the modified fly ash particle size was 100-120 mesh condition,the decolori-zation rate was 90%,reaching the national drainage standard for industrial waste water. The modified fly ash improved the decolorization of dyeing wastewater by AF-BAF,and promoted the removal of NH+4-N,NO-3-N, NO-2-N.

  11. Application of Fe modified PP non-woven fabric on degradation of azo dye%铁改性丙纶无纺织物在偶氮染料降解中的应用

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    李淼; 董永春; 张未来


    Polypropylene (PP) non-woven fabric was grafted by acrylic acid to enable ligation of ferric ions to the fiber surface so as to produce a Fe modified PP non-woven fabric, and then the resulting fabric was used as heterogeneous Fenton catalyst for the oxidative degradation of an azo dye, Reactive Red 195. The effect of ferric ion content loading on catalyst and visible irradiation on the catalytic activity of the fabric was investigated, and the pho-tocatalytie degradation of Reactive Red 195 was also examined by UV-Vis spectrometry and COD measurement. The results indicated that the modified PP non-woven fabric had a significant catalytic property on oxidative degradation of the dye, and enhancing ferric ion content and visible irradiation led to high decoloration level. UV-Vis spectrometry and COD analysis confirmed that the aromatic parts and conjugated structures of the dye were decomposed and gradually mineralized during its degradation. Additionally, the oxidative degradation of Reactive Red 195 in the presence of Fe modified PP non-woven fabric followed the pseudo-first order kinetics.%使用丙烯酸对丙纶无纺织物进行表面接枝改性反应,并将所得改性无纺织物与铁离子反应制备铁改性丙纶无纺织物,然后将其作为非均相Fenton催化剂应用于偶氮染料活性红195的氧化降解反应中;重点研究了催化剂中铁离子含量和可见光对其催化活性的影响,并使用紫外可见光光谱和COD分析对染料光催化降解过程进行了考察.结果表明:铁改性丙纶无纺织物能够显著地催化染料的氧化降解反应,铁离子含量的增加和可见光均能够提高其催化活性.紫外可见光光谱分析和COD分析表明:铁改性丙纶无纺织物不仅能够催化染料分子中偶氮键和芳香环结构的分解反应,而且能够使其进一步转化为无机物.此外,在铁改性丙纶无纺织物存在时活性红195的氧化降解反应可使用假一级反应动力学模型进行描述.

  12. Spectral characteristics and nonlinear studies of crystal violet dye (United States)

    Sukumaran, V. Sindhu; Ramalingam, A.


    Solid-state dye-doped polymer is an attractive alternative to the conventional liquid dye solution. In this paper, the spectral characteristics and the nonlinear optical properties of the dye crystal violet are studied. The spectral characteristics of crystal violet dye doped poly(methylmethacrylate) modified with additive n-butyl acetate (nBA) are studied by recording its absorption and fluorescence spectra and the results are compared with the corresponding liquid mixture. The nonlinear refractive index of the dye in nBA and dye doped polymer film were measured using z-scan technique, by exciting with He-Ne laser. The results obtained are intercompared. Both the samples of dye crystal violet show a negative nonlinear refractive index. The origin of optical nonlinearity in the dye may be attributed due to laser-heating induced nonlinear effect.

  13. Enriching PMMA nanospheres with adjustable charges as novel templates for multicolored dye-PMMA nanocomposites

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    Wang Xumei; Xu Shuping; Xu Weiqing [State Key Laboratory of Supramolecular Structure and Materials, Jilin University, Changchun 130012 (China); Liang Chongyang; Li Hongrui; Sun Fei, E-mail: [Institute of Frontier Medical Science, Jilin University, Changchun 130021 (China)


    Multicolored fluorescent dye loaded PMMA nanospheres were synthesized by the electrostatic adsorption of dye molecules on the charged PMMA nanospheres, whose charges were adjusted by choosing different initiators. The charged PMMA nanospheres have a wider capacity and advantage for combining the charged dyes. The fluorescent dye-PMMA composite nanospheres possess the advantages of higher brightness, longer lifetime and stronger resistance to photobleaching relative to dye molecules. Dye leakage remained lower than 5% over one week. These fluorescent nanospheres have been used in biological labels in cell imaging. They can easily stain blood cancer cells without further surface modification.

  14. Molecular design of organic dyes based on vinylene hexylthiophene bridge for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Three donor-(π-spacer)-acceptor(D-π-A) organic dyes,containing different groups(triphenylamine,di(p-tolyl)phenylamine,and 9-octylcarbazole moieties) as electron donors,were designed and synthesized.Nanocrystalline TiO2 dye-sensitized solar cells were fabricated by using these dyes.It was found that the variation of electron donors in the D-π-A dyes played an important role in modifying and tuning photophysical properties of organic dyes.Under standard global AM 1.5 solar condition,the DSSC based on the dye D2 showed the best photovoltaic performance:a short-circuit photocurrent density(Jsc) of 13.93 mA/cm2,an open-circuit photovoltage(Voc) of 0.71 V,and a fill factor(FF) of 0.679,corresponding to solar-to-electric power conversion efficiency(η) of 6.72%.

  15. Molecular design of organic dyes based on vinylene hexylthiophene bridge for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    LIU DaXi; ZHAO Bin; SHEN Ping; HUANG Hui; LIU LiMing; TAN SongTing


    Three donor-(TT-spacer)-acceptor (D-tt-A) organic dyes,containing different groups (triphenylamine,di(p-tolyl)phenylamine,and 9-octylcarbazole moieties) as electron donors,were designed and synthesized. Nanocrystalline TiO2 dye-sensitized solar cells were fabricated by using these dyes. It was found that the variation of electron donors in the D-tt-A dyes played an important role in modifying and tuning photophysical properties of organic dyes. Under standard global AM 1.5 solar condition,the DSSC based on the dye D2 showed the best photovoltaic performance: a short-circuit photocurrent density (Jsc) of 13.93 mA/cm2,an open-circuit photovoltage (Voc) of 0.71 V,and a fill factor (FF) of 0.679,corresponding to solar-to-electric power conversion efficiency (77) of 6.72%.

  16. Dye ingredients and energy conversion efficiency at natural dye sensitized solar cells (United States)

    Özbay Karakuş, Mücella; Koca, İrfan; Er, Orhan; Çetin, Hidayet


    In this work, natural dyes extracted from the same genus but different species flowers were used as sensitizer in Dye Sensitized Solar Cell (DSSC). To clearly show dye ingredients effect on electrical characteristics, the same genus flowers were selected. The dye ingredients were analyzed by Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometer (GC-MS). The dyes were modified by a procedure that includes refluxing in acetone. All results indicate a relationship between gallic acid quantity in dyes and solar cell efficiency. To gain further insight, the solar cell parameters were obtained by using the single-diode and double-diode models and they were compared to each other. It was observed that the applied process causes a decrease in series resistance. How the modification process and gallic acid affect energy conversion efficiency were argued in detail in the frame of results that were obtained from solar cell models.

  17. Effects of Arg-Gly-Asp-modified elastin-like polypeptide on pseudoislet formation via up-regulation of cell adhesion molecules and extracellular matrix proteins. (United States)

    Lee, Kyeong-Min; Jung, Gwon-Soo; Park, Jin-Kyu; Choi, Seong-Kyoon; Jeon, Won Bae


    Extracellular matrix (ECM) plays an important role in controlling the β-cell morphology, survival and insulin secretary functions. An RGD-modified elastin-like polypeptide (RGD-ELP), TGPG[VGRGD(VGVPG)(6)](20)WPC, has been reported previously as a bioactive matrix. In this study, to investigate whether RGD-ELP affects β-cell growth characteristics and insulin secretion, β-TC6 cells were cultured on the RGD-ELP coatings prepared via thermally induced phase transition. On RGD-ELP, β-TC6 cells clustered into an islet-like architecture with high cell viability. Throughout 7days' culture, the proliferation rate of the cells within a pseudoislet was similar to that of monolayer culture. Under high glucose (25mM), β-TC6 pseudoislets showed up-regulated insulin gene expression and exhibited glucose-stimulated insulin secretion. Importantly, the mRNA and protein abundances of cell adhesion molecules (CAM) E-cadherin and connexin-36 were much higher in pseudoislets than in monolayer cells. The siRNA-mediated inhibition of E-cadherin or connexin-36 expression severely limited pseudoislet formation. In addition, the mRNA levels of collagen types I and IV, fibronectin and laminin were significantly elevated in pseudoislets. The results suggest that RGD-ELP promotes pseudoislet formation via up-regulation of the CAM and ECM components. The functional roles of RGD-ELP are discussed in respect of its molecular composition.

  18. Dye linked conjugated homopolymers: using conjugated polymer electroluminescence to optically pump porphyrin-dye emission

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    Nielsen, K.T.; Spanggaard, H.; Krebs, Frederik C


    . Electroluminescent devices of the homopolymer itself and of the zinc-porphyrin containing polymer were prepared and the nature of the electroluminescence was characterized. The homopolymer segments were found to optically pump the emission of the zinc-porphyrin dye moities. The homopolymer exhibits blue......Zinc-porphyrin dye molecules were incorporated into the backbone of a conjugated polymer material by a method, which allowed for the incorporation of only one zinc-porphyrin dye molecule into the backbone of each conjugated polymer molecule. The electronic properties of the homopolymer were......-green emission and the zinc-porphyrin linked homopolymers emit near-infrared/infrared light. This was demonstrated to be due to electroluminescence pumping of the zinc-porphyrin moieties that were covalently linked to homopolymer material. When only one zinc-porphyrin dye was incorporated into the backbone...

  19. Feasibility analysis of color removal from textile dyeing wastewater in a fixed-bed column system by surfactant-modified zeolite (SMZ). (United States)

    Ozdemir, Ozgur; Turan, Mustafa; Turan, Abdullah Zahid; Faki, Aysegul; Engin, Ahmet Baki


    In this study, the ability of surfactant-modified zeolite (SMZ) to remove color from real textile wastewater was investigated. Tests were performed in a fixed-bed column reactor and the surface of natural zeolite was modified with a quaternary amine surfactant hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (HTAB). The zeolite bed that was modified at 1 g L(-1) HTAB concentration and HTAB flow rate of 0.015 L min(-1) showed good performance in removing color. Effects of wastewater color intensity, flow rates and bed heights were also studied. Wastewater was diluted several times in the ratios of 25%, 50% and 75% in order to assess the influence of wastewater strength. The breakthrough curves of the original and diluted wastewaters are dispersed due to the fact that breakthrough came late at lower color intensities and saturation of the bed appeared faster at higher color intensities. The column had a 3-cm diameter and four different bed heights of 12.5, 25, 37.5 and 50 cm, which treated 5.25, 19.50, 35.25 and 51 L original textile wastewater, respectively, at the breakthrough time at a flow rate of 0.025 L min(-1). The theoretical service times evaluated from bed depth service time (BDST) approach for different column variables. The calculated and theoretical values of the exchange zone height were found with a difference of 27%. The various design parameters obtained from fixed-bed experimental studies showed good correlation with corresponding theoretical values, under different bed heights. The regeneration of the SMZ was also evaluated using a solution consisting of 30 g L(-1) NaCl and 1.5 g L(-1) NaOH at pH 12 and temperature 30 degrees C. Twice-regenerated SMZ showed the best performance compared with the others while first- and thrice-regenerated perform lower than the original SMZ.

  20. Zeolite-dye micro lasers

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    Vietze, U; Laeri, F; Ihlein, G; Schüth, F; Limburg, B; Abraham, M


    We present a new class of micro lasers based on nanoporous molecular sieve host-guest systems. Organic dye guest molecules of 1-Ethyl-4-(4-(p-Dimethylaminophenyl)-1,3-butadienyl)-pyridinium Perchlorat were inserted into the 0.73-nm-wide channel pores of a zeolite AlPO$_4$-5 host. The zeolitic micro crystal compounds where hydrothermally synthesized according to a particular host-guest chemical process. The dye molecules are found not only to be aligned along the host channel axis, but to be oriented as well. Single mode laser emission at 687 nm was obtained from a whispering gallery mode oscillating in a 8-$\\mu$m-diameter monolithic micro resonator, in which the field is confined by total internal reflection at the natural hexagonal boundaries inside the zeolitic microcrystals.

  1. Substitution of Carbazole Modified Fluorenes as π-Extension in Ru(II Complex-Influence on Performance of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Malapaka Chandrasekharam


    Full Text Available A new high molar extinction coefficient ruthenium(II bipyridyl complex “cis-Ru(4,4-bis(9,9-dibutyl-7-(3,6-di-tert-butyl-9H-carbazol-9-yl-9H-fluoren-2-yl-2,2-bipyridine(2,2-bipyridine-4,4-dicarboxylic acid(NCS2, BPFC” has been synthesized and characterized by FT-IR, 1H-NMR, and ESI-MASS spectroscopes. The sensitizer showed molar extinction coefficient of 18.5×103 M−1cm−1, larger as compared to the reference N719, which showed 14.4×103 M−1cm−1. The test cells fabricated using BPFC sensitizer employing high performance volatile electrolyte, (E01 containing 0.05 M I2, 0.1 M LiI, 0.6 M 1,2-dimethyl-3-n-propylimidazolium iodide, 0.5 M 4-tert-butylpyridine in acetonitrile solvent, exhibited solar-to-electric energy conversion efficiency (η of 4.65% (short-circuit current density (SC = 11.52 mA/cm2, open-circuit voltage (OC = 566 mV, fill factor = 0.72 under Air Mass 1.5 sunlight, lower as compared to the reference N719 sensitized solar cell, fabricated under similar conditions, which exhibited η-value of 6.5% (SC = 14.3 mA/cm2, OC = 640 mV, fill factor = 0.71. UV-Vis measurements conducted on TiO2 films showed decreased film absorption ratios for BPFC as compared to those of reference N719. Staining TiO2 electrodes immediately after sonication of dye solutions enhanced film absorption ratios of BPFC relative to those of N719. Time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT calculations show higher oscillation strengths for 4,4-bis(9,9-dibutyl-7-(3,6-di-tert-butyl-9H-carbazol-9-yl-9H-fluoren-2-yl-2,2-bipyridine relative to 2,2-bipyridine-4,4-dicarboxylic acid and increased spectral response for the corresponding BPFC complex.

  2. Surface modifications of photoanodes in dye sensitized solar cells: enhanced light harvesting and reduced recombination (United States)

    Saxena, Vibha; Aswal, D. K.


    In a quest to harvest solar power, dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have potential for low-cost eco-friendly photovoltaic devices. The major processes which govern the efficiency of a DSSC are photoelectron generation, injection of photo-generated electrons to the conduction band (CB) of the mesoporous nanocrystalline semiconductor (nc-SC); transport of CB electrons through nc-SC and subsequent collection of CB electrons at the counter electrode (CE) through the external circuit; and dye regeneration by redox couple or hole transport layer (HTL). Most of these processes occur at various interfaces of the photoanode. In addition, recombination losses of photo-generated electrons with either dye or redox molecules take place at the interfaces. Therefore, one of the key requirements for high efficiency is to improve light harvesting of the photoanode and to reduce the recombination losses at various interfaces. In this direction, surface modification of the photoanode is the simplest method among the various other approaches available in the literature. In this review, we present a comprehensive discussion on surface modification of the photoanode, which has been adopted in the literature for not only enhancing light harvesting but also reducing recombination. Various approaches towards surface modification of the photoanode discussed are (i) fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO)/nc-SC interface modified via a compact layer of semiconductor material which blocks exposed sites of FTO to electrolyte (or HTL), (ii) nc-SC/dye interface modification either through acid treatment resulting in enhanced dye loading due to a positively charged surface or by depositing insulating/semiconducting blocking layer on the nc-SC surface, which acts as a tunneling barrier for recombination, (iii) nc-SC/dye interface modified by employing co-adsorbents which helps in reducing the dye aggregation and thereby recombination, and (iv) dye/electrolyte (or dye/HTL) interface modification using

  3. Real time observation of the photocleavage of single DNA molecules

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    A method for real time observation of photo-cleavage of stretched λDNA at single molecular level by afluorescent microscope coupled with CCD is developed. DNAmolecules stained with YOYO-1 are stretched by the mo-lecular combing technique and fixed on a modified slide.Then the process of photocleavage and relaxation of DNAunder radiation of blue light is observed. We speculate thatthe conformation change of stretched DNA and the effect ofwater are likely to facilitate the effect of YOYO photocleav-age DNA molecules. The photocleavage effect of YOYO forstretched DNA may be useful to study DNA elasticity, cancerresearch as well as the interaction between DNA and dyes.

  4. A Modified Potential Method for Electrons Scattering Total Cross Section Calculations on Several Molecules at 30 ~ 5000 eV: CF4, CCl4, CFCl3, CF2Cl2, and CF3Cl

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    A complex optical model potential modified by the concept of bonded atom, which takes into consideration the overlapping effect of electron clouds between two atoms in a molecule, is employed to calculate the total cross sections (TCSs) for electrons scattering from several molecules (CF4, CCl4, CFCl3, CF2 Cl2, and CF3 Cl) over an incident energy range 30 ~ 5000 eV using the additivity rule model at Hartree-Fock level. The quantitative TCSs are compared with those obtained by experiments and other theories wherever available, and good agreement is obtained above 100 eV.It is shown that the modified potential can successfully calculate the TCSs of electron-molecule scattering over a wide energy range, especially at lower energies.

  5. Characterization of the TiO2/dye/electrolyte interfaces in dye-sensitized solar cells by means of a titania-binding nitroxide. (United States)

    Fattori, Alberto; Cangiotti, Michela; Fiorani, Luigi; Lucchi, Susanna; Ottaviani, Maria Francesca


    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have been characterized in several literature examples by using relatively complex methods and/or modified DSSC conditions with respect to the usual working ones. In this study, we propose a method for the investigation of the interfaces TiO2/dye/electrolyte in a DSSC at its usual working conditions. This method implies the use of a computer-aided analysis of the electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra of the spin probe 4-carboxy-2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine 1-oxyl (4-carboxy-TEMPO, indicated as 4-cT). This probe well-mimics the dyes in their interactions with TiO2 surface, but does not perturb dye adsorption onto TiO2 surface, as verified by UV-vis measurements. First, we investigated the interacting ability toward 4-cT of commercially available TiO2 used for assembling the DSSC. It was found that interactions are modulated by the different distribution of interacting sites at the solid surface and powder aggregation. Further, experiments on 4-cT were carried out in the presence of a series of other molecules coded as N3, N719, and D149, which are commonly used as dyes in DSSCs. Then, the effect of solutions added to the electrodes was investigated. On the basis of the interactions occurring at the TiO2/dye/electrolyte interfaces, we selected the ingredients of the DSSCs. Electrical and EPR characterizations of these DSSCs miniaturized to enter the EPR cavity, together with time-dependent laser-light on-off experiments, were carried out, which demonstrated the ability of the EPR analysis to monitor the types and strengths of the interactions occurring at the cell's different interfaces. This method using the standard continuous wave EPR technique at room temperature may be profitably used to characterize the quality and performances of a DSSC.

  6. Color removal of reactive dyes from water by clinoptilolite. (United States)

    Armağan, Bülent; Turan, Mustafa; Ozdemir, Orhan; Celik, Mehmet S


    The adsorption of reactive dyes on Gordes (Turkey) clinoptilolite was investigated by a series of batch and column adsorption experiments. Three reactive dyes (Everzol Black, Everzol Red, Everzol Yellow) were used in laboratory studies. Synthetic wastewaters were used and the ability of natural zeolite (clinoptilolite) and their modified form were examined. The adsorption results, in batch and column reactor, indicate that natural zeolite have limited adsorption capacities of the reactive dyes but are substantially improved upon modifying their surfaces with quaternary amines (HTAB). The degree of hydrophilicity is found to play an important role in the uptake of reactive dyes.

  7. Natural dye extract of lawsonia inermis seed as photo sensitizer for titanium dioxide based dye sensitized solar cells. (United States)

    Ananth, S; Vivek, P; Arumanayagam, T; Murugakoothan, P


    Natural dye extract of lawsonia inermis seed were used as photo sensitizer to fabricate titanium dioxide nanoparticles based dye sensitized solar cells. Pure titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles in anatase phase were synthesized by sol-gel technique and pre dye treated TiO2 nanoparticles were synthesized using modified sol-gel technique by mixing lawsone pigment rich natural dye during the synthesis itself. This pre dye treatment with natural dye has yielded colored TiO2 nanoparticles with uniform adsorption of natural dye, reduced agglomeration, less dye aggregation and improved morphology. The pure and pre dye treated TiO2 nanoparticles were subjected to structural, optical, spectral and morphological studies. Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC) fabricated using the pre dye treated and pure TiO2 nanoparticles sensitized by natural dye extract of lawsonia inermis seed showed a promising solar light to electron conversion efficiency of 1.47% and 1% respectively. The pre dye treated TiO2 based DSSC showed an improved efficiency of 47% when compared to that of conventional DSSC.

  8. Natural dye extract of lawsonia inermis seed as photo sensitizer for titanium dioxide based dye sensitized solar cells (United States)

    Ananth, S.; Vivek, P.; Arumanayagam, T.; Murugakoothan, P.


    Natural dye extract of lawsonia inermis seed were used as photo sensitizer to fabricate titanium dioxide nanoparticles based dye sensitized solar cells. Pure titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles in anatase phase were synthesized by sol-gel technique and pre dye treated TiO2 nanoparticles were synthesized using modified sol-gel technique by mixing lawsone pigment rich natural dye during the synthesis itself. This pre dye treatment with natural dye has yielded colored TiO2 nanoparticles with uniform adsorption of natural dye, reduced agglomeration, less dye aggregation and improved morphology. The pure and pre dye treated TiO2 nanoparticles were subjected to structural, optical, spectral and morphological studies. Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC) fabricated using the pre dye treated and pure TiO2 nanoparticles sensitized by natural dye extract of lawsonia inermis seed showed a promising solar light to electron conversion efficiency of 1.47% and 1% respectively. The pre dye treated TiO2 based DSSC showed an improved efficiency of 47% when compared to that of conventional DSSC.

  9. Can silicon substituted metal-free organic dyes achieve better efficiency compared to silicon free organic dyes? A computational study. (United States)

    Biswas, Abul Kalam; Das, Amitava; Ganguly, Bishwajit


    The power conversion efficiency of metal-free organic dyes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) is now comparable to ruthenium-based polypyridyl and zinc-based porphyrin dyes. We have computationally investigated the structural, electronic and optical properties of a series of metal free organic dyes and their corresponding silicon substituted dyes. The DFT and TD-DFT calculations revealed that silicon substituted organic dyes have higher efficiency than the corresponding silicon free organic dyes. The computational results showed that the presence of silole units as a spacer group can significantly affect the performance of DSSCs compared to typically using thiophene as a spacer unit. These results corroborate the experimental observations reported in the literature. The time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) calculations performed at the CPCM–CAM-B3LYP/6-31+G* level of theory showed better agreement with the experimental absorption spectra of some reported metal free organic dyes having silole in the spacer group compared to other functionals and are employed in this study. Indoline donor based dye 5 showed a much shorter absorption spectrum (absorption peak at 425 nm) and smaller electron injection driving force (ΔGinjection = -1.77 eV) than the corresponding dye 8 containing silicon substituted indoline as a donor and a silole group as a spacer unit. λmax = 502 nm and ΔGinjection = -1.82 eV calculated for dye 8 are much larger than the corresponding silicon free dye 5. The silicon based dye 8 helps in achieving a much lower ΔGregeneration value than 5, which can facilitate the faster electron injection rate from the dye to the semiconductor TiO2. Dye 8 should also have a higher Voc value compared to other dyes (5-7) due to favourable interaction with the electrolyte (I(-)/I3(-)). The higher planarity and better conjugation in dye 8 facilitate the transfer of electrons from the dye molecules to the semiconductor TiO2. The calculations performed

  10. Enhancement of the Photoelectric Performance of Dye-sensitized Solar Cells by Sol-gel Modified TiO2 Films

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    Yunfeng Zhao; Xiaojie Li; Qiuping Li; Changsheng Deng


    Modified TiO2 films have been prepared by combining commercial titania powders (Degussa P25) with sol-gel made by titanium chloride (Ti-sol). The result shows that clusters are formed by nanoparticles and large pores can be seen on the surface of the TiO2 films. The short circuit photocurrent density and photoelectric conversion efficiency of the solar cells are obviously enhanced compared with those without modification. The relationship between the photoelectric conversion efficiency and the amount of Ti-sol was investigated. With the addition of 30 wt% Ti-sol, the photoelectric conversion efficiency as high as 9.75% is achieved, increasing by 28.3% compared with the solar cells without modification.

  11. 水解酸化/改良Carrousel工艺用于纺织印染废水处理%Combined Process of Hydrolysis Acidification and Modified Carrousel for Treatment of Textile Printing and Dyeing Wastewater

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    介绍了某经济开发区污水处理厂工程,根据纺织印染废水污染物浓度高、可生化性差、水质水量多变的特点,结合当地的条件,采用调节/水解酸化/改良Carrousel/混凝沉淀/过滤工艺.工程运行表明,处理效果良好,出水水质达到了(GB18918-2002)的一级A标准.%The wastewater treatment plant in an economic development zone is introduced. Based on the local condition, the combined process of equalization, hydrolysis acidification, modified Carrousel, coagulation sedimentation and filtration is adopted due to the high pollutant concentration, poor biodegradation, variable quality and quantity of textile printing and dyeing wastewater. The operation result shows that the combined process has good treatment effect, and the effluent quality meets the first level A criteria specified in Discharge Standard of Pollutants for Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant (GB 18918 -2002).

  12. Modified Nanodiamonds for Detoxification (United States)

    Gibson, Natalie Marie

    essential for interacting with charged molecules, like OTA. Furthermore, the increased ZPs lead to improved colloidal stabilities over a wide range of pH, which is important for their interaction in the GI tract. While the dyes and OTA illustrated primarily electrostatic adsorption mechanisms, neutrally charged AfB1's adsorption was predominantly based upon the aggregate size of the ND substrate. In addition to mycotoxins, fluorescent dyes, including propidium iodide, pyranine and 2,2'-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzthiazoline-6-sulphonic acid) (ABTS), were initially utilized during methodological development. Fluorescent dye investigations helped assesses the adsorption mechanisms of NDs and demonstrated the significance of electrostatic interactions. Beyond electrostatic adsorption mechanisms, surface functional groups were also responsible for the amount of dye adsorbed, as was also true in OTA adsorption. Therefore, surface characterization was carried out for several ND samples by FTIR, TOF-SIMS and TDMS analysis. Final results of our studies show that our modified NDs perform better than yeast cells walls and other NDs but comparable to activated charcoal in the adsorption of AfB1, and outperform clay minerals in OTA studies. Moreover, it was demonstrated that adsorption can be maintained in a wide range of pH, thereby, increasing the possibility of NDs use in mycotoxins enterosorbent applications.

  13. Probing the Effects of Templating on the UV and Visible Light Photocatalytic Activity of Porous Nitrogen-Modified Titania Monoliths for Dye Removal. (United States)

    Nursam, Natalita M; Wang, Xingdong; Tan, Jeannie Z Y; Caruso, Rachel A


    Porous nitrogen-modified titania (N-titania) monoliths with tailored morphologies were prepared using phase separation and agarose gel templating techniques. The doping and templating process were simultaneously carried out in a one-pot step using alcohol amine-assisted sol-gel chemistry. The amount of polymer used in the monoliths that were prepared using phase separation was shown to affect both the physical and optical properties: higher poly(ethylene glycol) content increased the specific surface area, porosity, and visible light absorption of the final materials. For the agarose-templated monoliths, the infiltration conditions affected the monolith morphology. A porous monolith with high surface area and the least shrinkage was obtained when the N containing alkoxide precursor was infiltrated into the agarose scaffolds at 60 °C. The effect of the diverse porous morphologies on the photocatalytic activity of N-titania was studied for the decomposition of methylene blue (MB) under visible and UV light irradiation. The highest visible light activity was achieved by the agarose-templated N-titania monolith, in part due to higher N incorporation. This sample also showed better UV activity, partly because of the higher specific surface area (up to 112 m(2) g(-1)) compared to the phase separation-induced monoliths (up to 103 m(2) g(-1)). Overall, agarose-templated, porous N-titania monoliths provided better features for effectively removing the MB contaminant.

  14. Preparation, characterization and adsorption properties of chitosan modified magnetic graphitized multi-walled carbon nanotubes for highly effective removal of a carcinogenic dye from aqueous solution (United States)

    Zhu, HuaYue; Fu, YongQian; Jiang, Ru; Yao, Jun; Liu, Li; Chen, YanWen; Xiao, Ling; Zeng, GuangMing


    Novel chitosan-modified magnetic graphitized multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CS-m-GMCNTs) were synthesized via a suspension cross-linking method. Composition, morphology and magnetic properties of as-prepared CS-m-GMCNTs were characterized by XRD, SEM-EDS, BET and VSM. The large saturation magnetization (12.27 emu g-1) allows fast separation of CS-m-GMCNTs from treated aqueous solution. The adsorption of congo red (CR) on CS-m-GMCNTs was strongly dependent on pH, temperature of the aqueous phase and adsorbent dosage. Up to 100 and 94.58% color removal could be achieved in 100 min contact time with 10 and 50 mg L-1 of initial concentrations, respectively. The adsorption capacity of CR onto CS-m-GMCNTs could reach 262.9 mg g-1. The pseudo-second-order kinetic model with high correlation coefficients (R2 > 0.999) was suitable to describe the process of CR adsorption onto CS-m-GMCNTs. The Langmuir model fitted the adsorption isotherm data better than the Freundlich model. Values of thermodynamic parameters (ΔG°, ΔH° and ΔS°) indicated that the adsorption process was strongly dependent on temperature of the aqueous phase, and spontaneous and endothermic process in nature. Therefore, CS-m-GMCNTs adsorbent displays main advantages of excellent dispersion, convenience separation and high adsorption capacity, which implies their potential application in the environmental cleanup.


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    Full Text Available The adsorption of Rhodamin B on Iraqi bentonite at the concentration range from 50 to 250 μg mL-1 was studied, Nano compounds; ZnO, TiO2, Al2O3 m and SDS in different amounts 0.01-0.1 g 10-1 g of Bentonite were used to modified the adsorption capacity of bentonite to remove the Rhodamin B from aqueous solutions. The study indicated that using 0.05 g and 0.1 of Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate (SDS lead to increase the percentage removal (%R from 79.3% for pure bentonite to 99.3%. While using 0.05 g TiO2 lead to increase the %R to 98.9%, 0.05 of ZnO to 98.6%. The other amount additives and Al2O3 using was not success to increase the %R for the Rhodamin B on bentonite surface. SEM measurement was achieved to discover the Nanoparticl exists in the bentonite surfaces.

  16. Carboxyfluorescein Diacetate Succinimidyl Ester Fluorescent Dye for Cell Labeling

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    Xiao-Qi WANG; Xiu-Mei DUAN; Li-Hua LIU; Yan-Qiu FANG; Yan TAN


    Our objective was to study the properties of the carboxyfluorescein diacetate succinimidyl ester (CFDA-SE) and the methodology of cell labeling using CFDA-SE fluorescent dye. First, we analyzed the kinetics of CFDA-SE fluorescent dye intensity over time. Second, we determined the optimal concentration of CFDA-SE fluorescent dye for cell labeling. Third, we tested the toxicity of CFDA-SE fluorescent dye on labeled cells. Finally, we determined the optimal staining time of CFDA-SE fluorescent dye for cell labeling.The results show that the optimal concentration of CFDA-SE fluorescent dye for cell labeling varies according to different cell types. CFDA-SE fluorescent dye is non-toxic to cells as the cell death rate caused by CFDASE labeling is below 5%. The optimal cell labeling time was determined to be 8 min of incubation with CFDA-SE fluorescent dye. We concluded that the advantages of using CFDA-SE fluorescent dye for cell labeling are as follows: (1) the binding of CFDA-SE fluorescent dye to cells is stable; (2) CFDA-SE fluorescent dye is not toxic and does not modify the viability of labeled cells; and (3) CFDA-SE fluorescent dye is a suitable fluorochrome for cell labeling.

  17. Chemical Modification on Reactive Dye Adsorption Capacity of Castor Seeds

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    Full Text Available Abstract: The roles played by four major functional groups (amine, carboxyl, azo, hydroxyl groups in the biomass of castor seeds in adsorption of seven dyes were investigated. These functional groups in castor seeds were chemically modified individually to determine their contribution to the adsorption of ionic dyes. The dyes used were remazol red B, procino yellow, fast green FCF, brilliant cresyl blue, methylene blue, neutral red, red-141. It was found that hydroxyl group inhibited the adsorption of anionic dyes but it was major functional group in the adsorption of cationic dyes, hydroxyl group was important functional group in the adsorption of all seven dyes and the effect of methylation of amino group was not significant on the adsorption of seven dyes.

  18. Molecular engineering of simple phenothiazine-based dyes to modulate dye aggregation, charge recombination, and dye regeneration in highly efficient dye-sensitized solar cells. (United States)

    Hua, Yong; Chang, Shuai; He, Jian; Zhang, Caishun; Zhao, Jianzhang; Chen, Tao; Wong, Wai-Yeung; Wong, Wai-Kwok; Zhu, Xunjin


    A series of simple phenothiazine-based dyes, namely, TP, EP, TTP, ETP, and EEP have been developed, in which the thiophene (T), ethylenedioxythiophene (E), their dimers, and mixtures are present to modulate dye aggregation, charge recombination, and dye regeneration for highly efficient dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) applications. Devices sensitized by the dyes TP and TTP display high power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of 8.07 (Jsc = 15.2 mA cm(-2), Voc =0.783 V, fill factor (FF) = 0.679) and 7.87 % (Jsc = 16.1 mA cm(-2), Voc = 0.717 V, FF = 0.681), respectively; these were measured under simulated AM 1.5 sunlight in conjunction with the I(-)/I3(-) redox couple. By replacing the T group with the E unit, EP-based DSSCs had a slightly lower PCE of 7.98 % with a higher short-circuit photocurrent (Jsc) of 16.7 mA cm(-2). The dye ETP, with a mixture of E and T, had an even lower PCE of 5.62 %. Specifically, the cell based on the dye EEP, with a dimer of E, had inferior Jsc and Voc values and corresponded to the lowest PCE of 2.24 %. The results indicate that the photovoltaic performance can be finely modulated through structural engineering of the dyes. The selection of T analogues as donors can not only modulate light absorption and energy levels, but also have an impact on dye aggregation and interfacial charge recombination of electrons at the interface of titania, electrolytes, and/or oxidized dye molecules; this was demonstrated through DFT calculations, electrochemical impedance analysis, and transient photovoltage studies.

  19. Tunable Microfluidic Dye Laser

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    Olsen, Brian Bilenberg; Helbo, Bjarne; Kutter, Jörg Peter


    We present a tunable microfluidic dye laser fabricated in SU-8. The tunability is enabled by integrating a microfluidic diffusion mixer with an existing microfluidic dye laser design by Helbo et al. By controlling the relative flows in the mixer between a dye solution and a solvent......, the concentration of dye in the laser cavity can be adjusted, allowing the wavelength to be tuned. Wavelength tuning controlled by the dye concentration was demonstrated with macroscopic dye lasers already in 1971, but this principle only becomes practically applicable by the use of microfluidic mixing...

  20. Nickel-Based Dye-Sensitized Photocathode: Towards Proton Reduction Using a Molecular Nickel Catalyst and an Organic Dye

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    van den Bosch, B.; Rombouts, J.A.; Orru, R.V.A.; Reek, J.N.H.; Detz, R.J.


    To construct an efficient dye-sensitized photo-electrochemical tandem cell for hydrogen production, it is crucial to understand the working principles of both the photoanode and the photocathode. Herein, the anchoring of a proton-reduction catalyst and an organic dye molecule on metal oxides is stud

  1. Molecularly imprinted polymers for some reactive dyes. (United States)

    Okutucu, Burcu; Akkaya, Alper; Pazarlioglu, Nurdan Kasikara


    Depending upon their structure, azo- and anthraquinonic dyes are the two major classes and together represent 90% of all organic colorants. Adsorption of dye molecules onto a sorbent can be an effective, low-cost method of color removal. Most of the techniques used for removal of dyes are of high production cost, and the regeneration also makes them uneconomical. There is much interest in the development of cheaper and effective newer materials for use as adsorbents. Molecular imprinting is a new kind of materials that can be alternative adsorbents. In this study, molecularly imprinted polymers of three textile dyes (Cibacron Orange P-4R, Cibacron Red P-4B, Cibacron Black PSG) were prepared. Methacrylic acid was used as a monomer for red and orange dyes and acrylamide was used for black dye. Methanol:acetonitrile was used as a porogen. The selective recognition ability of the molecularly imprinted polymers was studied by an equilibrium-adsorption batch method. The adsorption data are for Cibacron Black PSG 65% and nonimprinted polymer (NIP) 25%; Cibacron Red P-4B 72% and NIP 18%; and Cibacron Orange P-4R 45% and NIP 10%, respectively. Dye-imprinted polymers were used as a solid-phase extraction material for selective adsorption from wastewater of textile factory.

  2. On-chip tunable optofluidic dye laser (United States)

    Cai, Zengyan; Shen, Zhenhua; Liu, Haigang; Yue, Huan; Zou, Yun; Chen, Xianfeng


    We demonstrate a chip-scale tunable optofluidic dye laser with Au-coated fibers as microcavity. The chip is fabricated by soft lithography. When the active region is pumped, a relatively low threshold of 6.7 μJ/mm2 is realized with multimode emission due to good confinement of the cavity mirrors, long active region, as well as total reflectivity. It is easy to tune the lasing emission wavelength by changing the solvent of laser dye. In addition, the various intensity ratios of multicolor lasing can be achieved by controlling flow rates of two fluid streams carried with different dye molecules. Furthermore, the convenience in fabrication and directional lasing emission outcoupled by the fiber make the tunable optofluidic dye laser a promising underlying coherent light source in the integrated optofluidic systems.


    Capillary electrophoresis-mass spectrometry was applied to the separation of several anionic dyes containing copper(II), chromium(III), or cobalt(III) as part of the dye molecule. The dyes were separated using a 110 cmX50 mu m uncoated fused-silica capillary and a 5 mM ammonium a...


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    Full Text Available Abstract Hydrotalcite-like compounds are anionic clays of scientific and technological interest for their use as ion exchange materials, catalysts and modified electrodes. Surface phenomenon are important for all these applications. Although conventional analytical methods have enabled progress in understanding the behavior of anionic clays in solution, an evaluation at the atomic scale of the dynamics of their ionic interactions has never been performed. Molecular simulation has become an extremely useful tool to provide this perspective. Our purpose is to validate a simplified model for the adsorption of 5-benzoyl-4-hydroxy-2-methoxy-benzenesulfonic acid (MBSA, a prototype molecule of anionic dyes, onto a hydrotalcite surface. Monte Carlo simulations were performed in the canonical ensemble with MBSA ions and a pore model of hydrotalcite using UFF and ClayFF force fields. The proposed molecular model has allowed us to reproduce experimental data of atomic force microscopy. Influences of protonation during the adsorption process are also presented.

  5. Dyeing Properties of Basofil Fiber

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    JIANG Hong; DAI Jin-jin


    The structures and properties of Basofil fiber were studied using X- rays small angle diffraction analysis,differential- scanuing calorimeter and scanning electron microscopy. Disperse dyes, acid dyes and reactive dyes had been tried for dyeing Basefil fiber. It was shown disperse dyes were superior to other ones. The two series of high temperature dyes and low temperature dyes were compared for their suitability for Basofil fiber, and their dyeing behaviors were determined.

  6. Modification of azo dyes by lactic acid bacteria (United States)

    Identification of microorganisms capable of utilizing azo dyes have been an area of significant interest due to their role in the treatment of waste water derived from the textile industry. The ability of L. casei LA1133 and L. paracasei LA0471 to modify the azo dye tartrazine was recently document...

  7. Photobleaching effect in azo-dye containing epoxy resin films: the potentiality of carbon nanotubes as azo-dye dispensers (United States)

    Díaz Costanzo, Guadalupe; Goyanes, Silvia; Ledesma, Silvia


    Azo-dye molecules may suffer from bleaching under certain illumination conditions. When this photoinduced process occurs, it generates an irreversible effect that is characterized by the loss of absorption of the dye molecule. Moreover, the well-known isomerization of azodye molecules does not occur anymore. In this work it is shown how the addition of a small amount of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) helps to decrease the bleaching effect in a photosensitive guest-host azo-polymer film. Two different systems were fabricated using an epoxy resin as polymer matrix. An azo-dye, Disperse Orange 3, was used as photosensitive material in both systems and MWCNTs were added into one of them. The optical response of the polymeric systems was studied considering the degree of photoinduced birefringence. Photobleaching of the azo-dye was observed in all cases however, the effect is lower for the composite material containing 0.2 wt % MWCNTs. The weak interaction between MWCNTs and dye molecules is less favorable when the material is heated. The optical behavior of the heated composite material suggests that carbon nanotubes can be potentially used as azo dye dispensers. The results are interpreted in terms of the non-covalent interaction between azo-dye molecules and MWCNTs.

  8. Enhancement of acidic dye biosorption capacity on poly(ethylenimine) grafted anaerobic granular sludge

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    Sun, Xue-Fei, E-mail: [Shandong Key Laboratory of Water Pollution Control and Resource Reuse, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan 250100 (China); Wang, Shu-Guang, E-mail: [Shandong Key Laboratory of Water Pollution Control and Resource Reuse, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan 250100 (China); Cheng, Wen [Shandong Key Laboratory of Water Pollution Control and Resource Reuse, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan 250100 (China); Fan, Maohong [School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332 (United States); Tian, Bing-Hui [Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100085 (China); Gao, Bao-Yu; Li, Xiao-Ming [Shandong Key Laboratory of Water Pollution Control and Resource Reuse, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan 250100 (China)


    Developing a novel biosorbent with high capacity is crucial to remove dyes from waters in an efficient way. This study demonstrated that porous anaerobic granular sludge could be grafted with polyethylenimine (PEI), which definitely improved the sorption capacity towards Acid Red 18 (AR18) removal. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) study revealed that the PEI modification introduced a large number of amino groups on the surface of sludge, and the amino groups played an important role in the adsorption of dye molecule. Analysis of sorption data using a Boyd plot confirms the film diffusion was the rate-limiting step. The equilibrium data were well fitted Langmuir model, with a maximum AR18 uptake of 520.52 mg/g. Removal of AR18 decreased with the increasing pH and the maximum color removal was observed at pH 2.0. The sorption energy calculated from Dubinin-Radushkevich isotherm was found to be less than 8 for the biosorption of AR 18, which suggested that the biosorption processes of dye molecule onto modified anaerobic granules could be taken place by physical adsorption. Various thermodynamic parameters, such as {Delta}G{sup 0}, {Delta}H{sup 0} and {Delta}S{sup 0}, were also calculated, which indicated that the present system was spontaneous and endothermic process.

  9. Benzidine Dyes Action Plan (United States)

    This Action Plan addresses the use of benzidine-based dyes and benzidine congener-based dyes, both metalized and non-metalized, in products that would result in consumer exposure, such as for use to color textiles.

  10. Single molecules and nanotechnology

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    Vogel, Horst


    This book focuses on recent advances in the rapidly evolving field of single molecule research. These advances are of importance for the investigation of biopolymers and cellular biochemical reactions, and are essential to the development of quantitative biology. Written by leading experts in the field, the articles cover a broad range of topics, including: quantum photonics of organic dyes and inorganic nanoparticles their use in detecting properties of single molecules the monitoring of single molecule (enzymatic) reactions single protein (un)folding in nanometer-sized confined volumes the dynamics of molecular interactions in biological cells The book is written for advanced students and scientists who wish to survey the concepts, techniques and results of single molecule research and assess them for their own scientific activities.

  11. Observation of applied voltage response of dye-doped liquid crystal by optical measurement of real and imaginary parts of complex refractive index (United States)

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


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

  12. Dyeing of Polypropylene Fibers with Vat Dyes

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    LIU Hang; ETTERS J. Nolan; LEONAS Karen K


    Polypropylene fibers have been extensively used in a variety of products, including carpets and upholstery, due to their non-absorbency, good weather resistance, good resistance to microorganisms and so on. Because of their hydrophobic and highly crystalline nature, those well-established conventional dyeing processes are difficult to apply to unmodified polypropylene. Colors of polypropylene fibers are primarily obtained by mass coloration which has the disadvantages of limited number of colors available and difficulties in inventory control due to the rapidly changing color needs of the market. In this paper, the use of vat dyes to dye polypropylene fabrics is investigated. Seventeen vat dyes were screened and factors influencing uptake of dyes by polypropylene fabrics were studied.

  13. Simultaneous adsorption of Remazol brilliant blue and Disperse orange dyes on red mud and isotherms for the mixed dye system. (United States)

    Gadigayya Mavinkattimath, Ratnamala; Shetty Kodialbail, Vidya; Govindan, Srinikethan


    The paper presents the adsorption of Remazol brilliant blue (RBB) and Disperse orange 25 (DO25) dyes from aqueous solution of the mixture of dyes onto concentrated sulphuric acid-treated red mud (ATRM). First-order derivative spectrophotometric method was developed for the analysis of RBB and DO25 in mixed dye aqueous solution to overcome the limitations arising due to interference in the zero-order spectral method. The optimum conditions to maximize RBB adsorption favoured the adsorption of RBB, and those for DO25 favoured DO25 adsorption from the mixed dye aqueous solutions. Presence of a second dye always inhibited the adsorption of a target dye. The uptake and percentage adsorption of each of the dyes onto ATRM from the aqueous solution of the mixture of dyes decreased considerably with increasing concentrations of the other dye showing the antagonistic effect. Monocomponent Langmuir isotherm fitted the mixed dye adsorption equilibrium data better than the monocomponent Freundlich isotherm. However, monocomponent models are suitable for the fixed concentration of the other dye. Modified Langmuir isotherm model adequately predicted the multi-component adsorption equilibrium data for RBB-DO25-ATRM adsorption system with a good accuracy and is more generic from the application point of view.

  14. Isolation and screening of azo dye decolorizing bacterial isolates from dye-contaminated textile wastewater

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    Full Text Available Azo dyes are released into wastewater streams without any pretreatment and pollute water and soilenvironments. To prevent contamination of our vulnerable resources, removal of these dye pollutants is of greatimportance. For this purpose, wastewater samples were collected from dye-contaminated sites of Faisalabad. About200 bacterial isolates were isolated through enrichment and then tested for their potential to remove RemazolBlack-B azo dye in liquid medium. Five bacterial isolates capable of degrading Remazol Black-B azo dye efficientlywere screened through experimentation on modified mineral salt medium. Isolate SS1 (collected from wastewater ofSupreme Textile Industry was able to completely remove the Remazol Black-B dye from the liquid medium in 18 h.Further, the isolate showed the best performance at the dye concentration of 100 mg L-1 medium (pH 7 and attemperature 35oC. Similarly, yeast extract proved to be the best carbon source for decolorization purpose. Theresults imply that the isolate SS1 could be used for the removal of the reactive dyes from textile effluents.

  15. A comparative study of two techniques for determining photocatalytic activity of nitrogen doped TiO2 nanotubes under visible light irradiation: Photocatalytic reduction of dye and photocatalytic oxidation of organic molecules

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    In, Su-Il; Vesborg, Peter Christian Kjærgaard; Abrams, Billie


    Nitrogen-doping (N-doping) is a popular strategy for promoting the absorption of visible light in TiO2 and other photocatalysts. We have grown TiO2 nanotubes onto non-conducting Pyrex in a one step process via single layer titanium films. In an attempt to improve the self-cleaning ability...... of vertically aligned TiO2 nanotube arrays under visible light irradiation we have doped them with nitrogen and tested the resulting nanotube films by two representative test methods. The first method is an established dye-test which is typically used as a “quick-and-dirty” screening for activity. The second...... method is the gas-phase oxidation reaction of CO-oxidation and methane. The encouraging results of the dye tests are in conflict with the discouraging results of the gas-phase tests. The fact that the dye test gives a “false positive” underscores the dangers of extrapolating photocatalytic performance...

  16. Patterned dye structures limit reabsorption in luminescent solar concentrators. (United States)

    Tsoi, Shufen; Broer, Dirk J; Bastiaansen, Cees W; Debije, Michael G


    This work describes a method for limiting internal losses of a luminescent solar concentrator (LSC) due to reabsorption through patterning the fluorescent dye doped coating of the LSC. By engineering the dye coating into regular line patterns with fill factors ranging from 20 - 80%, the surface coverage of the dye molecules were reduced, thereby decreasing the probability of the re-emitted light encountering another dye molecule and the probability of reabsorption. Two types of fluorescent dyes with different quantum yields were used to examine the effects of patterning on LSC performance. The effect of various dimension and geometry of the patterns on the efficiency and edge emission of LSC are presented and analyzed.

  17. Taming fluorescence yield of dye insensitive to temperature by non-covalent complex with the host CB[7] for aqueous dye lasers

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    Monika Gupta; Krishna K Jagtap; V Sudarsan; Alok K Ray


    Quantum yield of fluorescence (QYF) of widely used Rhodamine (RhB) dye in ethanol and water was observed to decrease rapidly with increase in temperature of the dye solutions, which was correlated to enhanced torsional motion of its flexible diethylamino groups. This is harmful for its use in high-average power dye lasers, pumped by copper vapour laser (CVL) or diodepumped solid-state green laser (DPSSGL), in which bulk temperature of the dye solution was found to increase due to the heat generated by circulation pumps and non-radiative decay processes of excited dye molecules. The QYF of RhB dye in water was found to be not sensitive to temperature in the practical operating region 16–25°C of dye laser by adopting supramolecular route to form an inclusion complex of RhB with the container molecule cucurbit[7]uril (CB[7]).

  18. Modified TMV Particles as Beneficial Scaffolds to Present Sensor Enzymes

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    Koch, Claudia; Wabbel, Katrin; Eber, Fabian J; Krolla-Sidenstein, Peter; Azucena, Carlos; Gliemann, Hartmut; Eiben, Sabine; Geiger, Fania; Wege, Christina


    Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) is a robust nanotubular nucleoprotein scaffold increasingly employed for the high density presentation of functional molecules such as peptides, fluorescent dyes, and antibodies...

  19. Hair dye contact allergy

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    Søsted, Heidi; Rastogi, Suresh Chandra; Andersen, Klaus Ejner


    Colouring of hair can cause severe allergic contact dermatitis. The most frequently reported hair dye allergens are p-phenylenediamine (PPD) and toluene-2,5-diamine, which are included in, respectively, the patch test standard series and the hairdressers series. The aim of the present study...... was to identify dye precursors and couplers in hair dyeing products causing clinical hair dye dermatitis and to compare the data with the contents of these compounds in a randomly selected set of similar products. The patient material comprised 9 cases of characteristic clinical allergic hair dye reaction, where...... exposure history and patch testing had identified a specific hair dye product as the cause of the reaction. The 9 products used by the patients were subjected to chemical analysis. 8 hair dye products contained toluene-2,5-diamine (0.18 to 0.98%). PPD (0.27%) was found in 1 product, and m-aminophenol (0...

  20. Ultrasonic dyeing of cellulose nanofibers. (United States)

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


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

  1. Dyeing Characteristics of Chitosan Biguanidine Hydrochloride Treated Wool Fabrics

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    Chitosan biguanidine hydrochloride(CGH) has been synthesized by the guanidineylation reaction of chitosan with dicyandiamide.The structures of CGH were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and 13CNMR spectra.In this paper,we used citric acid(CA) as a crosslinking agent,mixed with CGH to perform a pad-drycure treatment on wool fabric to study reaction mechanism during crosslinking with the help of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy(FT-IR) and scanning electron microscopy(SEM).Dyeing characteristics of CGH treated wool fabric was assessed.The effects of CGH concentration,curing temperature,dipping time,pH value on color yield of reactive dyes on wool fibres were investigated.Fastness properties of the modified wool fabric to laundering and crocking have also been discussed.Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy(FT-IR) showed that CA produce esterification with the-OH group of the wool and transamidation with the-NH2 group of the CGH to form a crosslink.Scanning electron microscopy(SEM) analysis showed the CGH firmly attached to the surface of wool fibre.It was found that the CGH pretreated wool fabrics had significantly improved dyeability characteristics.It is worthwhile to mention that the CGH treated samples have antibacterial potential due to the antibacterial property of chitosan molecules and guanidinium salts.

  2. Progress in modifications and applications of fluorescent dye probe

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    Xuening Fei; Yingchun Gu


    This review summarizes the labeling technology and applications of fluorescent dye probe in biology,especially the characteristics,modifications and applications of cyanine dyes.Based on the currently available modification methods of fluorescent dye probe,we discuss the studies of enhancing the water-solubility,improving the degree of biocompatibility and target-labeling,increasing the sensitivity and decreasing the toxicity of fluorescent dye.We also give a brief introduction on the modification method,that the fluorescent dye is directly introduced onto the cell surfaces by amine derivatives or azides to intensify the transferring information of aberrant cells.We suggest that fluorescent dye modified with chitosan oligosaccharide can obviously increase the degree of biocompatibility and targetlabeling,and decrease the degree of toxicity.

  3. Chitosan derivatives as biosorbents for basic dyes. (United States)

    Lazaridis, Nikolaos K; Kyzas, George Z; Vassiliou, Alexandros A; Bikiaris, Dimitrios N


    The scope of this study was to prepare and evaluate chitosan derivatives as biosorbents for basic dyes. This was achieved by grafting poly (acrylic acid) and poly (acrylamide) through persulfate induced free radical initiated polymerization processes and covalent cross-linking of the prepared materials. Remacryl Red TGL was used as the cationic dye. Equilibrium sorption experiments were carried out at different pH and initial dye concentration values. The experimental equilibrium data for each adsorbent-dye system were successfully fitted to the Langmuir, Freundlich and pH-dependent Langmuir-Freundlich sorption isotherms. Thermodynamic parameters of the adsorption process such as DeltaG degrees, DeltaH degrees, and DeltaS degrees were calculated. The negative values of free energy reflected the spontaneous nature of adsorption. The typical dependence of dye uptake on temperature and the kinetics of adsorption indicated the process to be chemisorption. The grafting modifications greatly enhanced the adsorption performance of the biosorbents, especially in the case of powdered cross-linked chitosan grafted with acrylic acid, which exhibited a maximum adsorption capacity equal to 1.068 mmol/g. Kinetic studies also revealed a significant improvement of sorption rates by the modifications. Diffusion coefficients of the dye molecule were determined to be of the order 10(-13) - 10(-12) m2/s. Furthermore, desorption experiments affirmed the regenerative capability of the loaded material.

  4. 导电碳黑连接TiO_2和染料分子提高染料敏化太阳能电池的光电性能%Enhanced Dye-sensitized Solar Cells Photoelectric Performance by Conductive Carbon Black Integrated Nano-TiO2 and Dye Molecule

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    李洋; 李雷勇; 刘秋红; 陈佩; 田向静; 邓静; 李佑稷


    Usually,the dye-sensitized nano-solar cells(DSSCs) uses nano-metallic oxide,e.g.nano-TiO2,as N-type semiconductor connected with dye to build its photoanode.As N-type nano-TiO2 semiconductor by integrating the dye to set up the photoanode.The applied dye in connection with the metallic oxide in photoanode helps the DSSCs to enlarge its absorption spectra into visible spectrum.The paper investigated the addition of carbon black to the photoanode and make it as the bridge of nano-TiO2 and dye.the photoanode was fabricated by coating method to build nano-TiO2 layer with ca.90 % light transmittance on the FTO glass 450 ℃ sintering 30min,natural cooling and then immersed in the dye mixture of carbon black.The added carbon black played the role of catalyst to help electrons excitation of the dye and enhanced the conductive band of the nano-TiO2 and reduced the composite impedance.The result shows that when added 0.05 g carbon black the DSSCs have the best photoelectric performance.Its Open-circuit voltage increased almost 33.9 %,short-circuited current density increased from 4.385 mA/cm2 to 7.637 mA/cm2.%通常,染料敏化纳米太阳能电池(dye-sensitized solar cells,DSSCs)使用纳米金属氧化物来作为光阳极,如纳米TiO2,作为N型半导体通过连接染料来建立光阳极的。在光阳极中金属氧化物连接染料使DSSC的吸收光谱扩展到可见光谱区。文章研究在光阳极中添加导电碳黑使其成为纳米TiO2和染料之间的纽带。实验中使用粉末涂敷法在透光率约90%导电玻璃上涂覆纳米TiO2层在450℃烧结30 min,自然冷却然后再浸在染料和碳黑的混合物中敏化制得光阳极。添加的导电碳黑起到催化剂的作用,有助于染料电子的激发和纳米TiO2导带的增加并且减小了复合阻抗。结果表明,添加0.05 g导电碳黑的DSSCs光电性能最佳。开路电压增加了约33.9%,短路电流密度从4.385 mA/cm2增加到7.637mA/cm2。

  5. Altering the self-organization of dyes on titania with dyeing solvents to tune the charge-transfer dynamics of sensitized solar cells. (United States)

    Wang, Yinglin; Yang, Lin; Zhang, Jing; Li, Renzhi; Zhang, Min; Wang, Peng


    Herein we selected the model organic donor-acceptor dye C218 and modulated the self-organization of dye molecules on the surface of titania by changing the dyeing solvent from chlorobenzene to a mixture of acetonitrile and tert-butanol. We further unveiled the relationship between the microstructure of a dye layer and the multichannel charge-transfer dynamics that underlie the photovoltaic performance of dye-sensitized solar cells. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  6. On the study of the Metal-complex Dye Polyurethane Ionomer

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    @@ The reaction of toluene diisocyanate with polyester, dimethylol propionic acid, metal-complex dye and other additives to form the structure of metal-complex dye polyurethane ionomer molecule has been proven by FT-IR spectra. In aqueous solution, the surface tension of metal-complex dye polyurethane ionomer molecule is seen to slightly increase with increasing concentrtion of metal-complex dye and neopentyl glycol, respectively. This is because the adsorption of hydrophobics of ionomer molecules at the surface of aqueous solution becomes even more order. Under the same experimental condition, the surface tension of metal-complex dye polyurethane ionomer molecule in aqueous solution appears to slightly decrease with increasing NCO/OH ratio, as a result of increased hydrophobics of ionomer molecule adsorbed at the surface of aqueous solution.

  7. On the study of the Metal-complex Dye Polyurethane Ionomer

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    WANG; ChengLi


    The reaction of toluene diisocyanate with polyester, dimethylol propionic acid, metal-complex dye and other additives to form the structure of metal-complex dye polyurethane ionomer molecule has been proven by FT-IR spectra. In aqueous solution, the surface tension of metal-complex dye polyurethane ionomer molecule is seen to slightly increase with increasing concentrtion of metal-complex dye and neopentyl glycol, respectively. This is because the adsorption of hydrophobics of ionomer molecules at the surface of aqueous solution becomes even more order. Under the same experimental condition, the surface tension of metal-complex dye polyurethane ionomer molecule in aqueous solution appears to slightly decrease with increasing NCO/OH ratio, as a result of increased hydrophobics of ionomer molecule adsorbed at the surface of aqueous solution.  ……

  8. Comparative Studies on Dyeability with Direct, Acid and Reactive Dyes after Chemical Modification of Jute with Mixed Amino Acids Obtained from Extract of Waste Soya Bean Seeds (United States)

    Bhaumik, Nilendu Sekhar; Konar, Adwaita; Roy, Alok Nath; Samanta, Ashis Kumar


    Jute fabric was treated with mixed natural amino acids obtained from waste soya bean seed extract for chemical modification of jute for its cataionization and to enhance its dyeability with anionic dyes (like direct, reactive and acid dye) as well enabling soya modified jute for salt free dyeing with anionic reactive dyes maintaining its eco-friendliness. Colour interaction parameters including surface colour strength were assessed and compared for both bleached and soya-modified jute fabric for reactive dyeing and compared with direct and acid dye. Improvement in K/S value (surface colour strength) was observed for soya-modified jute even in absence of salt applied in dye bath for reactive dyes as well as for direct and acid dyes. In addition, reactive dye also shows good dyeability even in acid bath in salt free conditions. Colour fastness to wash was evaluated for bleached and soya-modified jute fabric after dyeing with direct, acid and reactive dyes are reported. Treatment of jute with soya-extracted mixed natural amino acids showed anchoring of some amino/aldemine groups on jute cellulosic polymer evidenced from Fourier Transform Infra-Red (FTIR) Spectroscopy. This amino or aldemine group incorporation in bleached jute causes its cationization and hence when dyed in acid bath for reactive dye (instead of conventional alkali bath) showed dye uptake for reactive dyes. Study of surface morphology by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) of said soya-modified jute as compared to bleached jute was studied and reported.

  9. Types of Hair Dye and Their Mechanisms of Action

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    Simone Aparecida da França


    Full Text Available Hair color change by dye application is a common procedure among women. Hair dyes are classified, according to color resistance, into temporary, semipermanent, demipermanent and permanent. The first two are based on molecules which are already colored. Temporary dyes act through dye deposition on cuticles, but semipermanent may penetrate a little into the cortex and so the color resists up to six washes. Demipermanent and permanent dyes are based on color precursors, called oxidation dyes, and the final shade is developed by their interactions with an oxidizing agent, but they differ from the alkalizing agent used. In oxidation systems, there is an intense diffusion of the molecules into the cortex, what promotes a longer color resistance. Dyes and color precursors present differences related to chromophore groups, hair fiber affinity, water solubility, and photo stability. The aim of this review is to discuss the differences among hair dye products available in the market and their action mechanisms, molecular structures, application methods, and some aspects of formulations.

  10. Dyes as teratogens. (United States)

    Sandor, S


    The main fats and problems of the role of dyes in prenatal pathology are reviewed. The first section deals with the practical aspects related to teratological screening of industrial dyes (including also the results obtained in this laboratory). In the second section, various aspects of azo-dye teratogenesis are largely discussed, including also the experimental contributions of this laboratory. Concluding remarks are made with respect to the importance and to the perspectives of this field of research.


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    DEVRENT Nalan


    Full Text Available The textile industry is believed to be one of the biggest consumers of water. Water consumption and exhaustion in dyeing textile materials in conventional methods is an important environmental problem. The cost of waste water treatment will cause a prominent problem in the future as it does today. Increasing consideration of ecologic consequences of industrial processes as well as legislation enforcing the avoidance of environmental problems have caused a reorientation of thinking and promoted projects for replacement of conventional technologies. One of these new technologies is dyeing in supercritical fluids. Dyeing with supercritical carbon dioxide is a favourable concept considering the value of water as a natural resource and the cost of waste water treatment. This dyeing method offers many advantages over conventional aqueous dyeing: During this dyeing process no water is used, therefore there is no waste water problem, no other chemicals are required; the carbon dioxide can be recycled; the dystuff which is not adsorbed on the substrate can be collected and reused; The necessary energy consumption in this process is relatively lower than is needed to heat water in conventional methods of dyeing. Due to unnecessary of drying process, it helps to save both energy and time; and dyeing cycle is shorter compared with traditional methods. In addition carbon dioxide is non-toxic and non-flammable. Supercritical fluid, supercritical dyeing, disperse dyestuffs, solid-fluid equilibrium

  12. Synthesis of dye linked conducting block copolymers, dye linked conducting homopolymers and preliminary application to photovoltaics

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    Krebs, Frederik C; Hagemann, O.; Jørgensen, M.


    A synthetic approach to the synthesis of a large super molecule composed of two chemically different conducting polymer blocks with, respectively, high and low lying electronic energy levels linked through a porphyrin dye molecule is presented. The synthetic strategies to these molecular...... architectures are discussed. Finally the molecular systems are applied to make photovoltaic devices and the rather low efficiency is discussed in terms of the synthetic approach. (C) 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved....

  13. Dyes and Redox Couples with Matched Energy Levels: Elimination of the Dye-Regeneration Energy Loss in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells. (United States)

    Jiang, Dianlu; Darabedian, Narek; Ghazarian, Sevak; Hao, Yuanqiang; Zhgamadze, Maxim; Majaryan, Natalie; Shen, Rujuan; Zhou, Feimeng


    In dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), a significant dye-regeneration force (ΔG(reg)(0)≥0.5 eV) is usually required for effective dye regeneration, which results in a major energy loss and limits the energy-conversion efficiency of state-of-art DSSCs. We demonstrate that when dye molecules and redox couples that possess similar conjugated ligands are used, efficient dye regeneration occurs with zero or close-to-zero driving force. By using Ru(dcbpy)(bpy)2(2+) as the dye and Ru(bpy)2(MeIm)2(3+//2+) as the redox couple, a short-circuit current (J(sc)) of 4 mA cm(-2) and an open-circuit voltage (V(oc)) of 0.9 V were obtained with a ΔG(reg)(0) of 0.07 eV. The same was observed for the N3 dye and Ru(bpy)2(SCN)2(1+/0) (ΔG(reg)(0)=0.0 eV), which produced an J(sc) of 2.5 mA cm(-2) and V(oc) of 0.6 V. Charge recombination occurs at pinholes, limiting the performance of the cells. This proof-of-concept study demonstrates that high V(oc) values can be attained by significantly curtailing the dye-regeneration force.

  14. Dennexin peptides modeled after the homophilic binding sites of the neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM) promote neuronal survival, modify cell adhesion and impair spatial learning

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    Køhler, Lene B; Christensen, Claus; Rossetti, Clara


    Neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM)-mediated cell adhesion results in activation of intracellular signaling cascades that lead to cellular responses such as neurite outgrowth, neuronal survival, and modulation of synaptic activity associated with cognitive processes. The crystal structure...... between Ig1 and Ig3 and between Ig2 and Ig2, respectively, observed in the crystal structure. Although the two dennexin peptides differed in amino acid sequence, they both modulated cell adhesion, reflected by inhibition of NCAM-mediated neurite outgrowth. Both dennexins also promoted neuronal survival...

  15. Application of the Organic Photosensitizers Bearing Two Carboxylic Acid Groups to Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    ZHANG Xue-Hua; YAO Yi-Shan; LI Chao; WANG Wei-Bo; CHENG Xue-Xin; WANG Xue-Song; ZHANG Bao-Wen


    Three electron donor-n bridge-electron acceptor(D-π-A)organic dyes bearing two carboxylic acid groups were applied to dye-sensitized solar cells(DSSC)as sensitizers,in Which one triphenylamine or modified triphenylamine and two rhodanine-3-acetic acid fragments act as D and A.respectively.It was found that the introduction of t-butyl or methoxy group in the triphenylamine subunit could lead to more efficient photoinduced intramolecular charge transfer,thus improving the overall photoelectric conversion efficiency of the resultant DSSC.Under global AM 1.5 solar irradiation(73 mW·cm-2),the dye molecule based on methoxy-substituted triphenylamine achieved the best photovoltaic performance:a short circuit photocurrent density(Jsc)of 12.63 mA·cm-2,an open circuit voltage(Voc)of 0.55 V,a fill factor(FF)of 0.62,corresponding to an overall efficiency(η)of 5.9%.

  16. Accessing Structurally Diverse Near-Infrared Cyanine Dyes for Folate Receptor-Targeted Cancer Cell Staining. (United States)

    König, Sandra G; Krämer, Roland


    Folate receptor (FR) targeting is one of the most promising strategies for the development of small-molecule based cancer imaging agents since the FR is highly overexpressed on the surface of many cancer cell types. FR-targeted conjugates of NIR emissive cyanine dyes are in advanced clinical trials for fluorescence-guided surgery and are valuable research tools for optical molecular imaging in animal models. Only a small number of promising conjugates has been evaluated so far. Analysis of structure-performance relations to identify critical factors modulating the performance of targeted conjugates is essential for successful further optimization. This contribution addresses the need for convenient synthetic access to structurally diverse NIR-emissive cyanine dyes for conjugation with folic acid. Structural variations were introduced to readily available cyanine precursors in particular via C-C-coupling reactions including Suzuki- and (for the first time with these types of dyes) Sonogashira cross couplings. Photophysical properties such as absorbance maxima, brightness, and photostability are highly dependent on the molecular structure. Selected modified cyanines were conjugated to folic acid for cancer cell targeting. Several conjugates display a favorable combination of high fluorescence brightness and photostability with high affinity to FR positive cancer cells, and enable the selective imaging of these cells with low background.

  17. Anaerobic azo dye reduction

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    Zee, van der F.P.


    Azo dyes, aromatic moieties linked together by azo (-N=N-) chromophores, represent the largest class of dyes used in textile-processing and other industries. The release of these compounds into the environment is undesirable, not only because of their colour, but also because many azo

  18. Anaerobic azo dye reduction

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    Zee, van der F.P.


    Azo dyes, aromatic moieties linked together by azo (-N=N-) chromophores, represent the largest class of dyes used in textile-processing and other industries. The release of these compounds into the environment is undesirable, not only because of their colour, but also b

  19. Comparative metabolism and mutagenicity of azo and hydrazone dyes in the Ames test. (United States)

    De France, B F; Carter, M H; Josephy, P D


    Enteric bacterial and hepatic azoreductase enzymes are capable of reducing azo dyes to yield the constituent aromatic amines. Azo dyes based on benzidine and benzidine congeners have received particular attention because of their widespread use and the known carcinogenicity of benzidine to humans. Azo dyes based on beta-diketone coupling components exist preferentially as the tautomeric hydrazones. A series of hydrazone dyes based on benzidine and benzidine congeners was prepared and characterized by NMR and UV-visible spectroscopy. These dyes were tested for mutagenicity using a modified Ames assay and, unlike the true azo dyes, showed no significant mutagenic activity. The hydrazone dyes were resistant to enzymatic reduction by FMN-supplemented hamster-liver post-mitochondrial supernatant (S-9); under identical conditions, azo dyes such as trypan blue were rapidly reduced.


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    ChenShuixia; WuChangqing; 等


    The adsorption behavior of dyes on a variety of sisal based activated carbon fibers (SACF) has been studied in this paper. The results show that this kind of ACF has excellent adsorption capacities for some organic (dye) molecules.SACF can remove nearly all methylene blue,crystal violet,bromophenol blue and Eriochrome blue black R from water after static adsorption for 24h. at 30℃. The adsorption amounts can reach more than 400mg/g when adding 50 mg SACF into 50 ml dye solution.Under the same conditions,the adsorption amounts of xylenol orange fluorescein and Eriochrome black T wree lower.On the other hand,the adsorption amounts change along with the characteristics of adsorbents.The SACFs activated above 840℃,which have higher specific surface areas and wider pore radii,have higher adsorption amounts for the dyes.The researching results also show that the adsorption rates of dyes onto SACFs decrease by the order of methylene blue,Eriochrome blue black R and crystal violet.

  1. Triphenylamine based organic dyes for dye sensitized solar cells: A theoretical approach (United States)

    Mohankumar, V.; Pandian, Muthu Senthil; Ramasamy, P.


    The geometry, electronic structure and absorption spectra for newly designed triphenylamine based organic dyes were investigated by density functional theory (DFT) and time dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) with the Becke 3-Parameter-Lee-Yang-parr(B3LYP) functional, where the 6-31G(d,p) basis set was employed. All calculations were performed using the Gaussian 09 software package. The calculated HOMO and LUMO energies show that charge transfer occurs in the molecule. Ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectrum was simulated by TD-DFT in gas phase. The calculation shows that all of the dyes can potentially be good sensitizers for DSSC. The LUMOs are just above the conduction band of TiO2 and their HOMOs are under the reduction potential energy of the electrolytes (I-/I3-) which can facilitate electron transfer from the excited dye to TiO2 and charge regeneration process after photo oxidation respectively. The simulated absorption spectrum of dyes match with solar spectrum. Frontier molecular orbital results show that among all the three dyes, the "dye 3" can be used as potential sensitizer for DSSC.

  2. Formation of Ultracold Molecules

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    Cote, Robin [Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs, CT (United States)


    Advances in our ability to slow down and cool atoms and molecules to ultracold temperatures have paved the way to a revolution in basic research on molecules. Ultracold molecules are sensitive of very weak interactions, even when separated by large distances, which allow studies of the effect of those interactions on the behavior of molecules. In this program, we have explored ways to form ultracold molecules starting from pairs of atoms that have already reached the ultracold regime. We devised methods that enhance the efficiency of ultracold molecule production, for example by tuning external magnetic fields and using appropriate laser excitations. We also investigates the properties of those ultracold molecules, especially their de-excitation into stable molecules. We studied the possibility of creating new classes of ultra-long range molecules, named macrodimers, thousand times more extended than regular molecules. Again, such objects are possible because ultra low temperatures prevent their breakup by collision. Finally, we carried out calculations on how chemical reactions are affected and modified at ultracold temperatures. Normally, reactions become less effective as the temperature decreases, but at ultracold temperatures, they can become very effective. We studied this counter-intuitive behavior for benchmark chemical reactions involving molecular hydrogen.

  3. Self-Assembly of Optical Molecules with Supramolecular Concepts

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    Ken Okamoto


    Full Text Available Fabrication of nano-sized objects is one of the most important issues in nanoscience and nanotechnology. Soft nanomaterials with flexible properties have been given much attention and can be obtained through bottom-up processing from functional molecules, where self-assembly based on supramolecular chemistry and designed assembly have become crucial processes and techniques. Among the various functional molecules, dyes have become important materials in certain areas of nanotechnology and their self-assembling behaviors have been actively researched. In this short review, we briefly introduce recent progress in self-assembly of optical molecules and dyes, based mainly on supramolecular concepts. The introduced examples are classified into four categories: self-assembly of (i low-molecular-weight dyes and (ii polymeric dyes and dye self-assembly (iii in nanoscale architectures and (iv at surfaces.

  4. Removal of dyes from water using crosslinked aminomethane sulfonic acid based resin. (United States)

    Kaner, Damla; Saraç, Ayfer; Senkal, Bahire Filiz


    A new polymeric resin with amino sulfonic acid pendant functions has been prepared for the extraction of acidic and basic dyes from water. Beaded polymer supports were prepared by suspension polymerization of vinyl benzyl chloride (0.9 mol) and ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (0.1 mol). The resulting copolymer beads were modified with amino methane sulfonic acid. The dye adsorption capacity of the resin was found as 0.16 g dye/g resin for ramazol black and 0.15 g dye/g resin for crystal violet. The pH depending measurements and dye sorption kinetics of the resin were also investigated.

  5. Dye laser as a six-level system

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    Baczynski, A.; Kossakowski, A.; Marszalek, T.


    Stationary solutions of kinetic equations of dye lasers based on a six-level model of dye molecule were analyzed. Such a model is the simplest one to account for the participation of triplet states in generating a laser. The course of triplet losses versus pumping parameter can undergo a jump at threshold which leads to the jump of photon number in the cavity. The improvement of the laser performance of dye lasers by means of an additional triplet-triplet pumping is proposed.

  6. In-Situ Spectroscopic Analyses of the Dye Uptake on ZnO and TiO2 Photoanodes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells. (United States)

    Shahzad, Nadia; Pugliese, Diego; Shahzad, Muhammad Imran; Tresso, Elena


    UV-Vis spectroscopic measurements have been performed on Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell (DSSC) photoanodes at different dye impregnation times ranging from few minutes to 24 hours. In addition to the traditional absorbance experiments, based on diffuse and specular reflectance of dye impregnated thin films and on the desorption of dye molecules from the photoanodes by means of a basic solution, an alternative in-situ solution depletion measurement, which enables fast and continuous evaluation of dye uptake, has been employed. Two different nanostructured semiconducting oxide films (mesoporous TiO2 and sponge-like ZnO) and two different dyes, the traditional Ruthenizer 535-bisTBA (N719) and a newly introduced metal-free organic dye based on a hemi-squaraine molecule (CT1), have been analyzed. DSSCs have been fabricated with the dye-impregnated photoanodes using a customized microfluidic architecture. The dye adsorption results are discussed and correlated to the obtained DSSC electrical performances such as photovoltaic conversion efficiencies and Incident Photon-to-electron Conversion Efficiency (IPCE) spectra. It is shown that simple UV-Vis measurements can give useful insights on the dye adsorption mechanisms and on the evaluation of the optimal impregnation times.

  7. Performance Enhancement of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Using a Natural Sensitizer

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    Zainal Arifin


    Full Text Available Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs based on natural sensitizers have become a topic of significant research because of their urgency and importance in the energy conversion field and the following advantages: ease of fabrication, low-cost solar cell, and usage of nontoxic materials. In this study, the chlorophyll extracted from papaya leaves was used as a natural sensitizer. Dye molecules were adsorbed by TiO2 nanoparticle surfaces when submerged in the dye solution for 24 h. The concentration of the dye solution influences both the amount of dye loading and the DSSC performance. The amount of adsorbed dye molecules by TiO2 nanoparticle was calculated using a desorption method. As the concentration of dye solution was increased, the dye loading capacity and power conversion efficiency increased. Above 90 mM dye solution concentration, however, the DSSC efficiency decreased because dye precipitated on the TiO2 nanostructure. These characteristics of DSSCs were analyzed under the irradiation of 100 mW/cm2. The best performance of DSSCs was obtained at 90 mM dye solution, with the values of Voc, Jsc,  FF, and efficiency of DSSCs being 0.561 V, 0.402 mA/cm2, 41.65%, and 0.094%, respectively.

  8. Determining Compatibilities of Reactive Dyes in Pad Dyeing

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    Compatibilities of reactive dyes were conventionally shown by exhausting curves. But the change of proportion of dyes in padding dyebath was difficult for pad dyeing to be described by these curves. In this paper, a kind of simulation of pad dyeing process was used to determine dyestuff compatibility in pad dyeing for ramie and linen fabrics. Seven reactive dyes were divided into three groups and tested., The group with Cibacron Yellow C - 2R, Red C - R, and Blue C - R showed very good compatibility both for ramie and linen,and the other two groups of dyes gave out correspondingly low compatibilities in the pad dyeing tests. The results of the method for determining the compatibility of dyes displayed good consistency with the actul pad dyeing process.

  9. Unsymmetrical Heptamethine Dyes for NIR Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Thomas Geiger


    Full Text Available Seven unsymmetrical heptamethine dyes with carboxylic acid functionality were synthesized and characterized. These near-infrared dyes exhibit outstanding photophysical properties depending on their heterocyclic moieties and molecular structure. As proof of principle, the dyes were used as photosensitizers in dye-sensitized solar cells. Using the most promising dye, an overall conversion efficiency of 1.22% and an almost colorless solar cell were achieved.

  10. Dyeing of Polyester with Disperse Dyes: Part 2. Synthesis and Dyeing Characteristics of Some Azo Disperse Dyes for Polyester Fabrics

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    Alya M. Al-Etaibi


    Full Text Available The goal of this study was to utilize carrier for accelerating the rate of dyeing not only to enhance dyeing of polyester fabrics dyed with disperse dyes 3a,b, but also to save energy. Both the color strength expressed as dye uptake and the fastness properties of the dyed fabrics were evaluated.

  11. Fong's: Saving Water in Dyeing

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    @@ In an effort to save the precious water resource and reduce the environmental impact, Fong's Industries Group along with its member companies, namely "Fong's National", "THEN", "Goller" and "Fong's Water Technology" provide an ecological dyeing solution to reduce the water consumption drastically through their innovative technologies covering the processes from yarn dyeing to piece dyeing and recycling of discharge after dyeing and finishing.

  12. A study of dyes sorption on biobased cryogels

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    Dobritoiu, Rodica; Patachia, Silvia, E-mail:


    Three types of biopolymers based materials were synthesized and tested as adsorbents for the dyes from aqueous solutions. Blends based on poly (vinyl alcohol) [PVA] and scleroglucan [Scl], cellulose micro-fibres [cel] and zein, respectively, have been prepared by repeated freezing–thawing cycles. Methylene blue [MB] was selected as a model dye in order to evaluate the capacity of the prepared materials to remove the dyes from aqueous solutions. The effects of the initial dye concentration, contact time and the composition of materials on the kinetic and thermodynamic parameters of sorption were discussed. The pseudo-second-order kinetics was found to better fit the experimental data thus being able to consistently predict the amount of dye adsorbed over the entire sorption period. The sorption equilibrium data obey Freundlich isotherm. Sorption capacity was evaluated both by dye solution and cryogel analysis by using VIS spectrometry and image analysis with CIELAB system. The sorption of monomer or aggregated dye molecules was identified and correlated with the type and morphology of the gel. The highest efficiency in MB removal was obtained for Scl/PVA cryogels in 1:9 weight ratio (9.5279 mg/g MB for an initial concentration by 8 × 10{sup −5} mol/L in MB). These materials are suitable as sorbents for the advanced removal of dyes from waste water.

  13. Chemical modification of cotton fabrics for improving utilization of reactive dyes. (United States)

    Fang, Long; Zhang, Xiaodong; Sun, Deshuai


    The cotton fabric was chemically modified with the acrylamide through Michael addition reaction and Hoffman degradation reaction. And the optimum chemical modification conditions were determined. The molecular structure of the modified cotton fabric was identified by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The structures of both the raw and modified cotton fabrics were investigated by X-ray diffraction and scanning electronic microscopy. The raw and modified cotton fabrics were dyed using commercial reactive dyes with vinyl-sulfone groups. The results showed that the total dye utilization of modified cotton fabrics in the salt-free dyeing was higher than that of raw cotton fabrics in the conventional dyeing. And the color fastness properties and tear strength of modified fabrics were both satisfactory.

  14. Photochromic properties of spirooxazine dyes in ormocer gels and coatings


    Hou, Lisong; Mennig, Martin; Schmidt, Helmut K.


    The wet- and "cold"-chemical characteristic of sol-gel process makes the sol-gel derived materials offer exciting potentials as hosts for photochromic dyes. In the present work, using mixed organically modified silicon alkoxides as starting compounds a novel ORMOCER material has been prepared via the sol-gel process as a host for spirooxazines. The photochromic properties of the dyes in the ORMOCER gel and coating are compared with those in ethanol. The experimental results show that both the...

  15. Longitudinal RNA-Seq Analysis of Vertebrate Aging Identifies Mitochondrial Complex I as a Small-Molecule-Sensitive Modifier of Lifespan. (United States)

    Baumgart, Mario; Priebe, Steffen; Groth, Marco; Hartmann, Nils; Menzel, Uwe; Pandolfini, Luca; Koch, Philipp; Felder, Marius; Ristow, Michael; Englert, Christoph; Guthke, Reinhard; Platzer, Matthias; Cellerino, Alessandro


    Mutations and genetic variability affect gene expression and lifespan, but the impact of variations in gene expression within individuals on their aging-related mortality is poorly understood. We performed a longitudinal study in the short-lived killifish, Nothobranchius furzeri, and correlated quantitative variations in gene expression during early adult life with lifespan. Shorter- and longer-lived individuals differ in their gene expression before the onset of aging-related mortality; differences in gene expression are more pronounced early in life. We identified mitochondrial respiratory chain complex I as a hub in a module of genes whose expression is negatively correlated with lifespan. Accordingly, partial pharmacological inhibition of complex I by the small molecule rotenone reversed aging-related regulation of gene expression and extended lifespan in N. furzeri by 15%. These results support the use of N. furzeri as a vertebrate model for identifying the protein targets, pharmacological modulators, and individual-to-individual variability associated with aging.

  16. Modifying the Chemical Structure of a Porphyrin Small Molecule with Benzothiophene Groups for the Reproducible Fabrication of High Performance Solar Cells. (United States)

    Liang, Tianxiang; Xiao, Liangang; Gao, Ke; Xu, Wenzhan; Peng, Xiaobin; Cao, Yong


    A porphyrin-based molecule DPPEZnP-BzTBO with bulky benzothiophene groups was designed and synthesized as an electron donor material for bulk heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells. The optimized devices under thermal annealing (TA) and then chloroform solvent vapor anneanling (SVA) for 80 s exhibited an outstanding power conversion efficiencie (PCE) of 9.08%. Contrasted with the smaller thienyl substituted analogues we reported previously, DPPEZnP-BzTBO-based BHJ solar cells exhibited a higher open circuit voltage due to the lower highest occupied molecular orbital energy level. The TA post-treatment of the active layers induced the formation of more crystallized components, and the subsequent SVA provided a driving force for the domain growth, resulting in more obvious phase segregation between the donor and the acceptor in nanoscale. Furthermore, the PCEs kept above 95% upon the further SVA treatment within the time range of 60 to 95 s probably because the bulky benzothiophene groups retard the too quick change of crystallinity, providing a wide processing window for the reproducible device fabrication.

  17. Plasma surface functionalization and dyeing kinetics of Pan-Pmma copolymers (United States)

    Labay, C.; Canal, C.; Rodríguez, C.; Caballero, G.; Canal, J. M.


    Fiber surface modification with air corona plasma has been studied through dyeing kinetics under isothermal conditions at 30 °C on an acrylic-fiber fabric with a cationic dye (CI Basic Blue 3) analyzing the absorption, desorption and fixing on the surface of molecules having defined cationic character. The initial dyeing rate in the first 60 s indicates an increase of 58.3% in the dyeing rate due to the effect of corona plasma on the acrylic fiber surface. At the end of the dyeing process, the plasma-treated fabrics absorb 24.7% more dye, and the K/S value of the acrylic fabric increases by 8.8%. With selected dyestuff molecules, new techniques can be designed to amplify the knowledge about plasma-treated surface modifications of macromolecules.

  18. Dye alignment in luminescent solar concentrators: I. Vertical alignment for improved waveguide coupling. (United States)

    Mulder, C L; Reusswig, P D; Velázquez, A M; Kim, H; Rotschild, C; Baldo, M A


    Luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) use dye molecules embedded in a flat-plate waveguide to absorb solar radiation. Ideally, the dyes re-emit the absorbed light into waveguide modes that are coupled to solar cells. But some photons are always lost, re-emitted through the face of the LSC and coupled out of the waveguide. In this work, we improve the fundamental efficiency limit of an LSC by controlling the orientation of dye molecules using a liquid crystalline host. First, we present a theoretical model for the waveguide trapping efficiency as a function of dipole orientation. Next, we demonstrate an increase in the trapping efficiency from 66% for LSCs with no dye alignment to 81% for a LSC with vertical dye alignment. Finally, we show that the enhanced trapping efficiency is preserved for geometric gains up to 30, and demonstrate that an external diffuser can alleviate weak absorption in LSCs with vertically-aligned dyes.

  19. Study of the conditions affecting dye adsorption on titania films and of their effect on dye photodegradation rates. (United States)

    Strataki, Nikoleta; Bekiari, Vlasoula; Lianos, Panagiotis


    Nanocrystalline titania films have been deposited on glass slides by the sol-gel technique in the presence of surfactant, which plays the role of template of the nanostructure. Several different dyes, both anionic and cationic, have been adsorbed on these films from aqueous solutions. Some of these dyes were adsorbed at large quantities some at lower quantities. Some of them were adsorbed in monomeric form and others formed aggregates. Aggregates are easily distinguished by absorption spectrophotometry, since absorption of light is observed at a different wavelength than monomer absorption in a dilute solution. In all cases, aggregation demonstrated a hypsochromic shift, indicating repulsive interactions, which are justified in view of the fact that titania surface is charged and that adsorbed molecules are aligned in parallel. The above titania films are hydroxylated. Therefore, cationic dyes were readily adsorbed. Anionic dyes could be adsorbed only from aqueous solutions brought at low pH. Photodegradation rates of adsorbed dyes were generally fast since these films are efficient photocatalysts. Nevertheless, photodegradation of an adsorbed dye was faster when the quantity of the dye was smaller. When the adsorbed dyes formed aggregates, aggregation had adverse effect on photodegradation rates.

  20. Spectral and nonlinear studies of night blue dye (United States)

    Sindhu Sukumaran, V.; Ramalingam, A.


    Solid-state dye-doped polymer is an attractive alternative to the conventional liquid dye solution. In this Letter the spectral characteristics and the nonlinear optical properties of the dye night blue are studied. The spectral characteristics of night blue dye doped poly(methylmethacrylate) modified with additive n-butyl acetate (nBA) are studied by recording its absorption and fluorescence spectra and the results are compared with the corresponding liquid mixture. The nonlinear refractive index of the dye in nBA and dye doped polymer film were measured using z-scan technique [S.-B., Mansoor, A.A. Said, T.-H. Wei, D.J. Hagan, E.W. Van Stryland, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 26 (1990) 760], by exciting with He Ne laser. The results obtained are intercompared. Both the samples of dye night blue show a negative nonlinear refractive index. The origin of optical nonlinearity in the dye may be attributed due to laser-heating induced nonlinear effect.

  1. Diode-pumped dye laser (United States)

    Burdukova, O. A.; Gorbunkov, M. V.; Petukhov, V. A.; Semenov, M. A.


    This letter reports diode pumping for dye lasers. We offer a pulsed dye laser with an astigmatism-compensated three-mirror cavity and side pumping by blue laser diodes with 200 ns pulse duration. Eight dyes were tested. Four dyes provided a slope efficiency of more than 10% and the highest slope efficiency (18%) was obtained for laser dye Coumarin 540A in benzyl alcohol.

  2. Single molecule DNA detection with an atomic vapor notch filter

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    Uhland, Denis; Rendler, Torsten; Widmann, Matthias; Lee, Sang-Yun; Wrachtrup, Jörg; Gerhardt, Ilja


    .... Here we present the use of the narrow-band filtering properties of hot atomic sodium vapor to selectively filter the excitation light from the red-shifted fluorescence of dye labeled single-stranded DNA molecules...

  3. Identification and Characterization of a Potent Activator of p53-Independent Cellular Senescence via a Small-Molecule Screen for Modifiers of the Integrated Stress Response (United States)

    Sayers, Carly M.; Papandreou, Ioanna; Guttmann, David M.; Maas, Nancy L.; Diehl, J. Alan; Witze, Eric S.; Koong, Albert C.


    The Integrated Stress Response (ISR) is a signaling program that enables cellular adaptation to stressful conditions like hypoxia and nutrient deprivation in the tumor microenvironment. An important effector of the ISR is activating transcription factor 4 (ATF4), a transcription factor that regulates genes involved in redox homeostasis and amino acid metabolism and transport. Because both inhibition and overactivation of the ISR can induce tumor cell death, modulators of ATF4 expression could prove to be clinically useful. In this study, chemical libraries were screened for modulators of ATF4 expression. We identified one compound, E235 (N-(1-benzyl-piperidin-4-yl)-2-(4-fluoro-phenyl)-benzo[d]imidazo[2,1-b]thiazole-7-carboxamide), that activated the ISR and dose-dependently increased levels of ATF4 in transformed cells. A dose-dependent decrease in viability was observed in several mouse and human tumor cell lines, and knockdown of ATF4 significantly increased the antiproliferative effects of E235. Interestingly, low μM doses of E235 induced senescence in many cell types, including HT1080 human fibrosarcoma and B16F10 mouse melanoma cells. E235-mediated induction of senescence was not dependent on p21 or p53; however, p21 conferred protection against the growth inhibitory effects of E235. Treatment with E235 resulted in an increase in cells arrested at the G2/M phase with a concurrent decrease in S-phase cells. E235 also activated DNA damage response signaling, resulting in increased levels of Ser15-phosphorylated p53, γ-H2AX, and phosphorylated checkpoint kinase 2 (Chk2), although E235 does not appear to cause physical DNA damage. Induction of γ-H2AX was abrogated in ATF4 knockdown cells. Together, these results suggest that modulation of the ISR pathway with the small molecule E235 could be a promising antitumor strategy. PMID:23229510

  4. Electrocatalytic oxidation of small organic molecules in acid medium: enhancement of activity of noble metal nanoparticles and their alloys by supporting or modifying them with metal oxides (United States)

    Kulesza, Pawel J.; Pieta, Izabela S.; Rutkowska, Iwona A.; Wadas, Anna; Marks, Diana; Klak, Karolina; Stobinski, Leszek; Cox, James A.


    Different approaches to enhancement of electrocatalytic activity of noble metal nanoparticles during oxidation of small organic molecules (namely potential fuels for low-temperature fuel cells such as methanol, ethanol and formic acid) are described. A physical approach to the increase of activity of catalytic nanoparticles (e.g. platinum or palladium) involves nanostructuring to obtain highly dispersed systems of high surface area. Recently, the feasibility of enhancing activity of noble metal systems through the formation of bimetallic (e.g. PtRu, PtSn, and PdAu) or even more complex (e.g. PtRuW, PtRuSn) alloys has been demonstrated. In addition to possible changes in the electronic properties of alloys, specific interactions between metals as well as chemical reactivity of the added components have been postulated. We address and emphasize here the possibility of utilization of noble metal and alloyed nanoparticles supported on robust but reactive high surface area metal oxides (e.g. WO3, MoO3, TiO2, ZrO2, V2O5, and CeO2) in oxidative electrocatalysis. This paper concerns the way in which certain inorganic oxides and oxo species can act effectively as supports for noble metal nanoparticles or their alloys during electrocatalytic oxidation of hydrogen and representative organic fuels. Among important issues are possible changes in the morphology and dispersion, as well as specific interactions leading to the improved chemisorptive and catalytic properties in addition to the feasibility of long time operation of the discussed systems. PMID:24443590

  5. Electrocatalytic oxidation of small organic molecules in acid medium: enhancement of activity of noble metal nanoparticles and their alloys by supporting or modifying them with metal oxides. (United States)

    Kulesza, Pawel J; Pieta, Izabela S; Rutkowska, Iwona A; Wadas, Anna; Marks, Diana; Klak, Karolina; Stobinski, Leszek; Cox, James A


    Different approaches to enhancement of electrocatalytic activity of noble metal nanoparticles during oxidation of small organic molecules (namely potential fuels for low-temperature fuel cells such as methanol, ethanol and formic acid) are described. A physical approach to the increase of activity of catalytic nanoparticles (e.g. platinum or palladium) involves nanostructuring to obtain highly dispersed systems of high surface area. Recently, the feasibility of enhancing activity of noble metal systems through the formation of bimetallic (e.g. PtRu, PtSn, and PdAu) or even more complex (e.g. PtRuW, PtRuSn) alloys has been demonstrated. In addition to possible changes in the electronic properties of alloys, specific interactions between metals as well as chemical reactivity of the added components have been postulated. We address and emphasize here the possibility of utilization of noble metal and alloyed nanoparticles supported on robust but reactive high surface area metal oxides (e.g. WO3, MoO3, TiO2, ZrO2, V2O5, and CeO2) in oxidative electrocatalysis. This paper concerns the way in which certain inorganic oxides and oxo species can act effectively as supports for noble metal nanoparticles or their alloys during electrocatalytic oxidation of hydrogen and representative organic fuels. Among important issues are possible changes in the morphology and dispersion, as well as specific interactions leading to the improved chemisorptive and catalytic properties in addition to the feasibility of long time operation of the discussed systems.

  6. Molecule nanoweaver (United States)

    Gerald, II; Rex E.; Klingler, Robert J.; Rathke, Jerome W.; Diaz, Rocio; Vukovic, Lela


    A method, apparatus, and system for constructing uniform macroscopic films with tailored geometric assemblies of molecules on the nanometer scale. The method, apparatus, and system include providing starting molecules of selected character, applying one or more force fields to the molecules to cause them to order and condense with NMR spectra and images being used to monitor progress in creating the desired geometrical assembly and functionality of molecules that comprise the films.

  7. Extraction of dye

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    ... Uganda is a home of thousands of largely unknown and undocumented plants. ... Dyes of natural origins are great for color appreciation as any variation in the ... Asteraceae characterized by bitter leaves, traditionally used for treating fever.

  8. Enhancing the efficiency of direct reprogramming of human mesenchymal stem cells into mature neuronal-like cells with the combination of small molecule modulators of chromatin modifying enzymes, SMAD signaling and cyclic adenosine monophosphate levels. (United States)

    Alexanian, Arshak R; Liu, Qing-song; Zhang, Zhiying


    Advances in cell reprogramming technologies to generate patient-specific cells of a desired type will revolutionize the field of regenerative medicine. While several cell reprogramming methods have been developed over the last decades, the majority of these technologies require the exposure of cell nuclei to reprogramming large molecules via transfection, transduction, cell fusion or nuclear transfer. This raises several technical, safety and ethical issues. Chemical genetics is an alternative approach for cell reprogramming that uses small, cell membrane penetrable substances to regulate multiple cellular processes including cell plasticity. Recently, using the combination of small molecules that are involved in the regulation chromatin structure and function and agents that favor neural differentiation we have been able to generate neural-like cells from human mesenchymal stem cells. In this study, to improve the efficiency of neuronal differentiation and maturation, two specific inhibitors of SMAD signaling (SMAD1/3 and SMAD3/5/8) that play an important role in neuronal differentiation of embryonic stem cells, were added to our previous neural induction recipe. Results demonstrated that human mesenchymal stem cells grown in this culture conditions exhibited higher expression of several mature neuronal genes, formed synapse-like structures and exerted electrophysiological properties of differentiating neural stem cells. Thus, an efficient method for production of mature neuronal-like cells from human adult bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells has been developed. We concluded that specific combinations of small molecules that target specific cell signaling pathways and chromatin modifying enzymes could be a promising approach for manipulation of adult stem cell plasticity.

  9. Dye Application, Manufacture of Dye Intermediates and Dyes (United States)

    Freeman, H. S.; Mock, G. N.

    It is difficult if not impossible to determine when mankind first systematically applied color to a textile substrate. The first colored fabrics were probably nonwoven felts painted in imitation of animal skins. The first dyeings were probably actually little more than stains from the juice of berries. Ancient Greek writers described painted fabrics worn by the tribes of Asia Minor. But just where did the ancient craft have its origins? Was there one original birthplace or were there a number of simultaneous beginnings around the world?

  10. A DNA Crystal Designed to Contain Two Molecules per Asymmetric Unit

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    T Wang; R Sha; J Birktoft; J Zheng; C Mao; N Seeman


    We describe the self-assembly of a DNA crystal that contains two tensegrity triangle molecules per asymmetric unit. We have used X-ray crystallography to determine its crystal structure. In addition, we have demonstrated control over the colors of the crystals by attaching either Cy3 dye (pink) or Cy5 dye (blue-green) to the components of the crystal, yielding crystals of corresponding colors. Attaching the pair of dyes to the pair of molecules yields a purple crystal.

  11. Decolorization of basic, direct and reactive dyes by pre-treated narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia Linn.). (United States)

    Inthorn, Duangrat; Singhtho, Siritham; Thiravetyan, Paitip; Khan, Eakalak


    The efficiency of basic, direct and reactive dye removal from water by narrow-leaved cattail (NLC) powder treated with distilled water (DW-NLC), 37% formaldehyde+0.2 N sulfuric acid (FH-NLC), or 0.1 N sodium hydroxide (NaOH-NLC) at various pH levels (3, 5, 7, and 9) was tested. Desorption of the adsorbed dyes was also investigated. The type of NLC treatment and pH of the dye solution had little effect on removal of basic dyes, and efficiencies ranged from 97% to 99% over the range of pH used. Over a wide range of pH levels, all types of treated cattail powder had negative charges and probably attracted the basic dyes possessing positive charges. Efficiency of removal by the three NLC treatments ranged from 37% to 42% for direct dyes and from 22% to 54% for direct dyes at pH 7. The pH of the dye solution had substantial effects on the efficiency of removal in direct and reactive dyes. Dye removal was highest at pH 3, with 99% for a direct dye (Sirius Red Violet RL) and 96% for a reactive dye (Basilen Red M-5B). There was mutual attraction between negatively charged direct dye molecules and positively charged molecules on the surface of the FH-treated cattail. In tests of desorption of dyes from cattail in distilled water, the desorption percentage for FH-NLC after adsorbing basic, direct and reactive dyes was 6%, 10% and 35%, respectively, which indicated a chemisorption mechanism for basic and direct dyes and some physiosorption for reactive dyes.

  12. Solar Photocatalytic Degradation of Textile Dyes in TiO2 Suspended Solutions

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    叶玉莉; 萧志学; 刘联惠; 洪永哲


    The degradation and decolourization of direct dye (Everdirect supra turguoise blue, FBL), acidic dye (Isolan orange S-RL) and vat dye (Indanthren red FBB) have been investigated by solar/TiO2 process. The effects of solution pH, dye concentration, dosage of TiO2 and nano-size of TiO2 have been studied. The increase in initial pH (3, 5 and 11) and dye concentration decrease the removal rate. The treatment for FBB and FBL dye solutions is more efficient than that of S-RL.Under optimum conditions, the color removal is found to be almost complete for FBB and FBL while that of S-RL also reaches 95%. Langmuir adsorption isotherm and modified Langmuir-Hinshelwood kinetic model (L-H model) have been fitted to the experimental data and found to correlate the adsorption patterns as well as the kinetics of the dyes studied.

  13. Efficiency Enhancement of Cocktail Dye of Ixora coccinea and Tradescantia spathacea in DSSC. (United States)

    Zolkepli, Zularif; Lim, Andery; Ekanayake, Piyasiri; Tennakoon, Kushan


    The use of anthocyanin dyes extracted from epidermal leaves of Tradescantia spathacea (Trant) and petals of Ixora coccinea (IX) was evaluated in the application of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Subsequently, cocktail anthocyanin dyes from these dyes were prepared and how they enhanced the cell's overall performance was assessed using five different volume-to-volume ratios. Cocktail dyes absorbed a wider range of light in the visible region, thus increasing the cell efficiencies of the cocktail dyes when compared to the DSSC sensitized by individual dyes. The surface charge (zeta-potential), average size of aggregated anthocyanin molecules (zetasizer), and anthocyanin stability in different storage temperatures were analyzed and recorded. Lower size of aggregated dye molecules as revealed from the cocktail dyes ensured better adsorption onto the TiO2 film. Tradescantia/Ixora pigments mixed in 1 : 4 ratio showed the highest cell efficiency of η = 0.80%, under the irradiance of 100 mW cm(-2), with a short-circuit current density 4.185 mA/cm(2), open-circuit voltage of 0.346 V, and fill factor of 0.499. It was found that the desired storage temperature for these cocktail dyes to be stable over time was -20°C, in which the anthocyanin half-life was about approximately 1727 days.

  14. Efficiency Enhancement of Cocktail Dye of Ixora coccinea and Tradescantia spathacea in DSSC

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    Zularif Zolkepli


    Full Text Available The use of anthocyanin dyes extracted from epidermal leaves of Tradescantia spathacea (Trant and petals of Ixora coccinea (IX was evaluated in the application of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs. Subsequently, cocktail anthocyanin dyes from these dyes were prepared and how they enhanced the cell’s overall performance was assessed using five different volume-to-volume ratios. Cocktail dyes absorbed a wider range of light in the visible region, thus increasing the cell efficiencies of the cocktail dyes when compared to the DSSC sensitized by individual dyes. The surface charge (zeta-potential, average size of aggregated anthocyanin molecules (zetasizer, and anthocyanin stability in different storage temperatures were analyzed and recorded. Lower size of aggregated dye molecules as revealed from the cocktail dyes ensured better adsorption onto the TiO2 film. Tradescantia/Ixora pigments mixed in 1 : 4 ratio showed the highest cell efficiency of η=0.80%, under the irradiance of 100 mW cm−2, with a short-circuit current density 4.185 mA/cm2, open-circuit voltage of 0.346 V, and fill factor of 0.499. It was found that the desired storage temperature for these cocktail dyes to be stable over time was −20°C, in which the anthocyanin half-life was about approximately 1727 days.

  15. Vibrational spectroscopy of photosensitizer dyes for organic solar cells

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    Perez Leon, C.


    Ruthenium(II) complexes containing polypyridyl ligands are intensely investigated as potential photosensitizers in organic solar cells. Of particular interest is their use in dye-sensitized solar cells based on nanocrystalline films of TiO{sub 2}. Functional groups of the dye allow for efficient anchoring on the semiconductor surface and promote the electronic communication between the donor orbital of the dye and the conduction band of the semiconductor. In the present work a new dye, [Ru(dcbpyH{sub 2}){sub 2}(bpy-TPA{sub 2})](PF6{sub )2}, and the well known (Bu{sub 4}N){sub 2}[Ru(dcbpyH){sub 2}(NCS){sub 2}] complex were spectroscopically characterized. The electronic transitions of both dyes showed solvatochromic shifts due to specific interactions of the ligands with the solvent molecules. The surface-enhanced Raman (SER) spectra of the dyes dissolved in water, ethanol, and acetonitrile were measured in silver and gold colloidal solutions. The results demonstrate that the dyes were adsorbed on the metallic nanoparticles in different ways for different solvents. It was also found that in the gold colloid, the aqueous solutions of both dyes did not produce any SERS signal, whereas in ethanolic solution the SERS effect was very weak. Deprotonation, H-bonding, and donor-acceptor interactions seem to determine these different behaviors. Our results indicate the important role of the charge transfer mechanism in SERS. The adsorption of the dye on two different TiO{sub 2} substrates, anatase paste films and anatase nanopowder, was also studied to clarify the role of the carboxylate groups in the anchoring process of the dyes on the semiconductor surface. The recorded spectra indicate a strong dependence of the anchoring configuration on the morphology of the semiconductor. (orig.)

  16. Elution of labile fluorescent dye from nanoparticles during biological use.

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    Tiziana Tenuta

    Full Text Available Cells act as extremely efficient filters for elution of unbound fluorescent tags or impurities associated with nanoparticles, including those that cannot be removed by extensive cleaning. This has consequences for quantification of nanoparticle uptake and sub-cellular localization in vitro and in vivo as a result of the presence of significant amount of labile dye even following extensive cleaning by dialysis. Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE can be used to monitor the elution of unbound fluorescent probes from nanoparticles, either commercially available or synthesized in-house, and to ensure their complete purification for biological studies, including cellular uptake and sub-cellular localisation. Very different fluorescence distribution within cells is observed after short dialysis times versus following extensive dialysis against a solvent in which the free dye is more soluble, due to the contribution from free dye. In the absence of an understanding of the presence of residual free dye in (most labeled nanoparticle solutions, the total fluorescence intensity in cells following exposure to nanoparticle solutions could be mis-ascribed to the presence of nanoparticles through the cell, rather than correctly assigned to either a combination of free-dye and nanoparticle-bound dye, or even entirely to free dye depending on the exposure conditions (i.e. aggregation of the particles etc. Where all of the dye is nanoparticle-bound, the particles are highly localized in sub-cellular organelles, likely lysosomes, whereas in a system containing significant amounts of free dye, the fluorescence is distributed through the cell due to the free diffusion of the molecule dye across all cellular barriers and into the cytoplasm.

  17. FT-IR, UV-vis, 1H and 13C NMR spectra and the equilibrium structure of organic dye molecule disperse red 1 acrylate: a combined experimental and theoretical analysis. (United States)

    Cinar, Mehmet; Coruh, Ali; Karabacak, Mehmet


    This study reports the characterization of disperse red 1 acrylate compound by spectral techniques and quantum chemical calculations. The spectroscopic properties were analyzed by FT-IR, UV-vis, (1)H NMR and (13)C NMR techniques. FT-IR spectrum in solid state was recorded in the region 4000-400 cm(-1). The UV-vis absorption spectrum of the compound that dissolved in methanol was recorded in the range of 200-800 nm. The (1)H and (13)C NMR spectra were recorded in CDCl(3) solution. The structural and spectroscopic data of the molecule in the ground state were calculated using density functional theory (DFT) employing B3LYP exchange correlation and the 6-311++G(d,p) basis set. The vibrational wavenumbers were calculated and scaled values were compared with experimental FT-IR spectrum. A satisfactory consistency between the experimental and theoretical spectra was obtained and it shows that the hybrid DFT method is very useful in predicting accurate vibrational structure, especially for high-frequency region. The complete assignments were performed on the basis of the experimental results and total energy distribution (TED) of the vibrational modes, calculated with scaled quantum mechanics (SQM) method. Isotropic chemical shifts were calculated using the gauge-invariant atomic orbital (GIAO) method. A study on the electronic properties were performed by timedependent DFT (TD-DFT) and CIS(D) approach. To investigate non linear optical properties, the electric dipole moment μ, polarizability α, anisotropy of polarizability Δα and molecular first hyperpolarizability β were computed. The linear polarizabilities and first hyperpolarizabilities of the studied molecule indicate that the compound can be a good candidate of nonlinear optical materials.

  18. In Vitro Polarized Resonance Raman Study of N719 and N719-TBP in Dye Sensitized Solar Cells

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


    the adsorption of the dye on TiO2 can be obtained. Furthermore it is found that the polarization fluorescence anisotropy is very different for adsorbed and non-adsorbed dye molecules. This information is automatically obtained when processing the Raman data. The conclusion is that if the polarization properties......Abstract: The working efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) depends on the long-term stability of the dye itself and on the microscopic structure of the dye-semiconductor interface. Previous experimental studies of DSCs based on ruthenium dye with bipyridine ligands (N719) adsorbed...... on N719/TiO2 – DSCs that by combining an analysis of the wave number dependent polarization of these modes with the small shifts observed in the visible absorption spectra of adsorbed, non-adsorbed molecules and degradation products new and more reliable information about dye stability and about...

  19. Degradation of various dyes using Laccase enzyme. (United States)

    Dhaarani, S; Priya, A K; Rajan, T Vel; Kartic, D Navamani


    Disposal of untreated dyeing effluent in water bodies, from textile industries, cause serious environmental and health hazards. The chemical structures of dye molecules are designed to resist fading on exposure to light or chemical attack, and they prove to be quite resistant towards microbial degradation. Therefore, current conventional biological processes may not be able to meet wastewater discharge criteria and reuse. An enzymatic treatment undergoes oxidative cleavage avoiding formation of toxic amines. Laccase is a multi-copper containing protein that catalyzes the oxidation of a wide range of aromatic substrates concomitantly with the reduction of molecular oxygen to water. UV visible spectral analysis of various synthetic dyes was performed in the study and wavelengths of maximum absorbance determined. Laccase enzyme was obtained from the fungi Pleorotus ostreatus. The enzyme showed high efficiency against Malachite Green, Basic Red and Acid Majanta with decolorization capacities of 97%, 94% and 94% respectively. Further, these dyes can be used for optimization of degradation parameters and analysis of degradation products.

  20. Structure and Second Harmonic Generation of Langmuir-Blodgett Films of Two Chiral Amphiphilic Azo Dyes

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    Schoondorp, Monique A.; Schouten, Arend Jan; Hulshof, Johannes; Feringa, Ben L.


    The properties and structure of Langmuir-Blodgett films of two new amphiphilic nonlinear optical dyes containing stereogenic (chiral) centers were studied. The dye molecule 4-[[4’-[(3R)-palmitoylpyrrolidin-1-yl]phenyl]azo]-3-nitrobenzoic acid (KZ16) forms homogeneous structures in the plane of the s

  1. Multilayer Dye Aggregation at Dye/TiO2 Interface via π…π Stacking and Hydrogen Bond and Its Impact on Solar Cell Performance: A DFT Analysis (United States)

    Zhang, Lei; Liu, Xiaogang; Rao, Weifeng; Li, Jingfa


    Multilayer dye aggregation at the dye/TiO2 interface of dye-sensitized solar cells is probed via first principles calculations, using p-methyl red azo dye as an example. Our calculations suggest that the multilayer dye aggregates at the TiO2 surface can be stabilized by π…π stacking and hydrogen bond interactions. Compared with previous two-dimensional monolayer dye/TiO2 model, the multilayer dye aggregation model proposed in this study constructs a three-dimensional multilayer dye/TiO2 interfacial structure, and provides a better agreement between experimental and computational results in dye coverage and dye adsorption energy. In particular, a dimer forms by π…π stacking interactions between two neighboring azo molecules, while one of them chemisorbs on the TiO2 surface; a trimer may form by introducing one additional azo molecule on the dimer through a hydrogen bond between two carboxylic acid groups. Different forms of multilayer dye aggregates, either stabilized by π…π stacking or hydrogen bond, exhibit varied optical absorption spectra and electronic properties. Such variations could have a critical impact on the performance of dye sensitized solar cells.

  2. Quantum-chemical calculations of dye-sensitized semiconductor nanocrystals (United States)

    Persson, P.; Lundqvist, M. J.; Nilsing, M.; van Duin, A. C. T.; Goddard, W. A., III


    Quantum chemical calculations providing detailed information of dye-sensitized semiconductor nanocrystals are presented. The calculations are used to elucidate both structural and electronic properties of photoelectrochemical devices, such as environmentally friendly Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSCs), at the molecular level. Quantum chemical calculations have recently been performed on both organic and organometallic dye molecules attached to titanium dioxide (TiO II) nanocrystals via different anchor and spacer groups. Strategies to make accurate quantum chemical calculations, e.g. at the DFT level of theory, on increasingly realistic models of such dye-sensitized semiconductor interfaces are presented. The ability of different anchor and spacer groups to act as mediators of ultrafast photo-induced electron injection from the dye molecules into the semiconductor nanocrystals is, in particular, discussed in terms of calculated electronic coupling strengths, and direct comparisons with experimental information are made whenever possible. Progress in the development of multi-scale simulation techniques using so called reactive force fields is illustrated for dye-sensitized solar cell systems.

  3. Metachromasy of methylene blue due to aggregation over phosphate-modified polymeric carbon nitride (United States)

    Lakshminarasimhan, N.; Sangeetha, D. N.; Nivetha, G.


    Polymeric carbon nitride in graphitic form (g-C3N4) is an emerging visible light active photocatalyst. In this work, phosphate-modified polymeric carbon nitride (PCN) was synthesized by thermal condensation of melamine in the presence of ammonium dihydrogen phosphate (ADP). The addition of PCN to methylene blue (MB) solution showed the color intensification. The hypsochromic shift in the absorption spectrum of MB is due to metachromasy, a phenomenon in which aggregation of dye molecules occurs over the surface of a material. The polymerization of melamine into carbon nitride and MB trimerization depend on the amount of ADP and nature of phosphate species, respectively.

  4. Enhanced adsorption of the cationic dyes in the spherical CuO/meso-silica nano composite and impact of solution chemistry. (United States)

    Liang, Zhijie; Zhao, Zhiwei; Sun, Tianyi; Shi, Wenxin; Cui, Fuyi


    In this study, the spherical mesoporous silica (meso-silica MCM-41) and that inorganically modified with CuO (CuO/MCM-41 nano composite) were synthesized and characterized. It was demonstrated that CuO were successfully loaded in the synthesized nano composite CuO/MCM-41. Importantly, the loaded CuO had a significant enhancement effect on the adsorption of Crystal violet and Methylene blue. Adsorption kinetic of the tested cationic dyes in the synthesized materials fitted the pseudo-second-order kinetic model and Weber's intra-particle diffusion model well. According to the Langmuir isotherm model, the maximum adsorption capacities (Qmax) of the CuO/MCM-41 towards Crystal violet and Methylene blue increased to 52.9 and 87.8mg/g, while those of the pure MCM-41 were 46.2 and 65.7mg/g, respectively. Due to the surface charge of CuO and the protonation of the dye molecules, the electrostatic forces between the loaded CuO and the organic cationic dyes contributed to the enhancement effect. Additionally, the presented results indicated that the adsorption of the cationic dyes in the CuO/MCM-41 depended on pH and ion strength of the solution but insignificantly on the coexisted humic acid due to the mesoporous character of CuO/MCM-41 nano composite.

  5. Dual-Colored DNA Comb Polymers for Single Molecule Rheology (United States)

    Mai, Danielle; Marciel, Amanda; Schroeder, Charles


    We report the synthesis and characterization of branched biopolymers for single molecule rheology. In our work, we utilize a hybrid enzymatic-synthetic approach to graft ``short'' DNA branches to ``long'' DNA backbones, thereby producing macromolecular DNA comb polymers. The branches and backbones are synthesized via polymerase chain reaction with chemically modified deoxyribonucleotides (dNTPs): ``short'' branches consist of Cy5-labeled dNTPs and a terminal azide group, and ``long'' backbones contain dibenzylcyclooctyne-modified (DBCO) dNTPs. In this way, we utilize strain-promoted, copper-free cycloaddition ``click'' reactions for facile grafting of azide-terminated branches at DBCO sites along backbones. Copper-free click reactions are bio-orthogonal and nearly quantitative when carried out under mild conditions. Moreover, comb polymers can be labeled with an intercalating dye (e.g., YOYO) for dual-color fluorescence imaging. We characterized these materials using gel electrophoresis, HPLC, and optical microscopy, with atomic force microscopy in progress. Overall, DNA combs are suitable for single molecule dynamics, and in this way, our work holds the potential to improve our understanding of topologically complex polymer melts and solutions.

  6. Molecular modification of coumarin dyes for more efficient dye sensitized solar cells

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    Sanchez-de-Armas, Rocio; San-Miguel, Miguel A.; Oviedo, Jaime; Sanz, Javier Fdez. [Department of Physical Chemistry, University of Seville, Seville (Spain)


    In this work, new coumarin based dyes for dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC) have been designed by introducing several substituent groups in different positions of the NKX-2311 structure. Two types of substitutions have been considered: the introduction of three electron-donating groups (-OH, -NH{sub 2}, and -OCH{sub 3}) and two different substituents with steric effect: -CH{sub 2}-CH{sub 2}-CH{sub 2}- and -CH{sub 2}-HC=CH-. The electronic absorption spectra (position and width of the first band and absorption threshold) and the position of the LUMO level related to the conduction band have been used as theoretical criteria to evaluate the efficiency of the new dyes. The introduction of a -NH{sub 2} group produces a redshift of the absorption maximum position and the absorption threshold, which could improve the cell efficiency. In contrast, the introduction of -CH{sub 2}-CH{sub 2}-CH{sub 2}- does not modify significantly the electronic structure of NKX-2311, but it might prevent aggregation. Finally, -CH{sub 2}-HC=CH- produces important changes both in the electronic spectrum and in the electronic structure of the dye, and it would be expected as an improvement of cell efficiency for these dyes.

  7. Salt-free dyeing of silk fabrics with reactive dyes%真丝绸活性染料无盐染色

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    高晓红; 贾雪平


    真丝绸通过阳离子改性剂改性后,的蚕丝纤维上引入阳离子性基团,可人大提高活性染料对真丝织物的上染率和固色率.研究确定了真丝绸改性的最佳工艺为:改性剂用量10 g/L,改性时间30 min,改性温度60℃,改性pH9.0;真丝绸用活性染料雅格素黄N-SR无盐染色的最佳下艺:染色pH7.5,沸染50 min.改性染色后丝绸的各项牢度较好,染色深度明显增加.%Silk fabrics were modified with cationic modifier, some cationic groups were introduced to the surface or inter of silk fabrics. The dyeing and fixing rate of silk fabrics with reactive dyeing were improved.It was shown that the optimum process of silk modifying: the concentration of modifier 10 g/L, time 30min,temperature 60 ℃ and modified pH 9.0. The best dyeing process of salt-free dyeing for silk with reactive dyes Argazol yellow N-SR: boiling temperature, dyeing holding time 50min, dyeing pH 7.5. After modified, silk fabrics achieved good dyeing fastness, the depth of dyeing was also increased.

  8. Dye adsorption of cotton fabric grafted with PPI dendrimers: Isotherm and kinetic studies. (United States)

    Salimpour Abkenar, Samera; Malek, Reza Mohammad Ali; Mazaheri, Firouzmehr


    In this research, the cotton fabrics grafted with two generations of the poly(propylene imine) dendrimers were applied to adsorb textile dyes from aqueous solutions. Direct Red 80 (anionic dye), Disperse Yellow 42 (nonionic dye) and Basic Blue 9 (cationic dye) were selected as model dyes. The effect of various experimental parameters such as initial concentration of dyes, charge of dyes molecule, salt and pH was investigated on the adsorption process. Furthermore, kinetics and equilibrium of the adsorption process on the grafted samples were studied. It was found that maximum adsorption of anionic and disperse dyes took place at around pH 3, while cationic dye could be adsorbed at around pH 11. The Langmuir equation was able to describe the mechanism of dyes adsorption. In addition, the second-order equation was found to be fit with the kinetics data. Interestingly, it seems that the dye adsorption of the grafted fabrics is strongly pH dependent.

  9. Volume labeling with Alexa Fluor dyes and surface functionalization of highly sensitive fluorescent silica (SiO2) nanoparticles (United States)

    Wang, Wei; Nallathamby, Prakash D.; Foster, Carmen M.; Morrell-Falvey, Jennifer L.; Mortensen, Ninell P.; Doktycz, Mitchel J.; Gu, Baohua; Retterer, Scott T.


    A new synthesis approach is described that allows the direct incorporation of fluorescent labels into the volume or body of SiO2 nanoparticles. In this process, fluorescent Alexa Fluor dyes with different emission wavelengths were covalently incorporated into the SiO2 nanoparticles during their formation by the hydrolysis of tetraethoxysilane. The dye molecules were homogeneously distributed throughout the SiO2 nanoparticles. The quantum yields of the Alexa Fluor volume-labeled SiO2 nanoparticles were much higher than nanoparticles labeled using conventional organic dyes. The size of the resulting nanoparticles was controlled using microemulsion reaction media with sizes in the range of 20-100 nm and a polydispersity of Fluor dyes with different emission wavelengths were covalently incorporated into the SiO2 nanoparticles during their formation by the hydrolysis of tetraethoxysilane. The dye molecules were homogeneously distributed throughout the SiO2 nanoparticles. The quantum yields of the Alexa Fluor volume-labeled SiO2 nanoparticles were much higher than nanoparticles labeled using conventional organic dyes. The size of the resulting nanoparticles was controlled using microemulsion reaction media with sizes in the range of 20-100 nm and a polydispersity of <15%. In comparison with conventional surface tagged particles created by post-synthesis modification, this process maintains the physical and surface chemical properties that have the most pronounced effect on colloidal stability and interactions with their surroundings. These volume-labeled nanoparticles have proven to be extremely robust, showing excellent signal strength, negligible photobleaching, and minimal loss of functional organic components. The native or ``free'' surface of the volume-labeled particles can be altered to achieve a specific surface functionality without altering fluorescence. Their utility was demonstrated for visualizing the association of surface-modified fluorescent particles

  10. 微波强化改性膨润土对活性染料废水的脱色研究%Study on the effect of modified bentonite enhanced by microwave on the capacity of decoloring wastewater containing activated dyes

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    聂锦旭; 刘汨; 刘立凡


    The modification .method of Ca-bentonite with FeC13 enhanced by microwave has been studied. The decolorization effect of the modified bentonites on wastewater containing activated blue X-BR has been discussed. The preparation conditions and dosage of microwave modified bentonite, pH of the solution, contact time, etc. have been determined. The experimental results show that the decolorization rate and removal rate of modified bentonite,which has been microwave enhanced with FeC13, for the dye-containing wastewater whose chroma is 2 000 times, and initial COD 620 mg/L are 99.5% and 95.2% respectively,when the microwave power is 480 W,irradiation time 8 min, pH of the dye-containing wastewater 6.0, contact time 30 min, and added mass of modified bentonite 0.5 g.%研究了以微波强化FeCl3对钙基膨润土改性的方法.探讨了改性膨润土对活性艳蓝X-BR染料废水的去除效果,并确定了微波改性膨润土的制备条件及投加量、溶液pH、接触时间等对脱色性能的影响.实验结果表明,当微波功率为480 W、辐照时间8 min、染料废水溶液pH=6.0、接触时间30 min、改性膨润土投加质量为0.5 g时,微波强化FeCl3改性膨润土对色度2000倍、初始COD为620mg/L的染料废水的脱色率达到99.5%,COD去除率为95.2%.

  11. From N-vinylpyrrolidone anions to modified paraffin-like oligomers via double alkylation with 1,8-dibromooctane: access to covalent networks and oligomeric amines for dye attachment (United States)

    Obels, Daniela; Lievenbrück, Melanie


    Summary The double alkylation of N-vinylpyrrolidone (N-VP) with 1,8-dibromooctane yields paraffin-like oligomeric chains bearing polymerizable vinyl moieties. These oligomers were radically crosslinked in bulk with N-VP as co-monomer yielding swellable polymer disks. The vinylic side groups of the N-VP oligomers allow thiol–ene click reactions with 2-aminoethanethiol hydrochloride to obtain reactive amino-functionalized oligomers. Further modification of the free amino groups with 1,4-difluoro-9,10-anthraquinone (DFA) yields red-colored oligomeric anthraquinone dyes. The final reaction of DFA-substituted N-VP oligomers with Jeffamine® M 600 leads to blue-colored and branched oligomers with poly(ethylene glycol) side chains. PMID:27559389

  12. Croatian Traditional Herbal Dyes For Textile Dyeing


    Sutrlović, Ana


    Textiles, namely protein fibers, in continental part of central Europe have been traditionally dyed by natural dyes. In the process textile materials were pre or after treated by metal salts – mordants (usually: KAl(SO4)2•12H2O, SnCl2•2H2O, FeSO4•7H2O, CuSO4•5H2O). Most represented active substances in herbal extracts are flavonoid derivatives, which by complexing with metal ions constitute colored complexes. Depending on herb species and mordant applied, a wide palette of colors is available...

  13. Laser dye technology

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    Hammond, P R


    The author has worked with laser dyes for a number of years. A first interest was in the Navy blue-green program where a flashlamp pumped dye laser was used as an underwater communication and detection device. It made use of the optical window of sea-water--blue for deep ocean, green for coastal water. A major activity however has been with the Atomic Vapor Laser Isotope Separation Program (AVLIS) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The aim here has been enriching isotopes for the nuclear fuel cycle. The tunability of the dye laser is utilized to selectively excite one isotope in uranium vapor, and this isotope is collected electrostatically as shown in Figure 1. The interests in the AVLIS program have been in the near ultra-violet, violet, red and deep-red.

  14. Hair cosmetics: dyes. (United States)

    Guerra-Tapia, A; Gonzalez-Guerra, E


    Hair plays a significant role in body image, and its appearance can be changed relatively easily without resort to surgical procedures. Cosmetics and techniques have therefore been used to change hair appearance since time immemorial. The cosmetics industry has developed efficient products that can be used on healthy hair or act on concomitant diseases of the hair and scalp. Dyes embellish the hair by bleaching or coloring it briefly, for temporary periods of longer duration, or permanently, depending on the composition of a dye (oxidative or nonoxidative) and its degree of penetration of the hair shaft. The dermatologist's knowledge of dyes, their use, and their possible side effects (contact eczema, cancer, increased porosity, brittleness) can extend to an understanding of cosmetic resources that also treat hair and scalp conditions. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier España, S.L.U. and AEDV. All rights reserved.

  15. Hair Dye and Hair Relaxers (United States)

    ... For Consumers Consumer Information by Audience For Women Hair Dye and Hair Relaxers Share Tweet Linkedin Pin it More sharing ... products. If you have a bad reaction to hair dyes and relaxers, you should: Stop using the ...

  16. Dyes with high affinity for polylactide

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    Liang He; Shu Fen Zhang; Bing Tao Tang; Li Li Wang; Jin Zong Yang


    Attempts were made to develop dyes with high affinity for polylactide as an alternative to the existent commercial disperse dyes.The dyes synthesized according to the affinity concept of dye to polylactide exhibited excellent dyeing properties on polylactide compared with the commercial disperse dyes.

  17. Adsorption of dyes using different types of clay: a review (United States)

    Adeyemo, Aderonke Ajibola; Adeoye, Idowu Olatunbosun; Bello, Olugbenga Solomon


    Increasing amount of dyes in the ecosystem particularly in wastewater has propelled the search for more efficient low-cost adsorbents. The effective use of the sorption properties (high surface area and surface chemistry, lack of toxicity and potential for ion exchange) of different clays as adsorbents for the removal of different type of dyes (basic, acidic, reactive) from water and wastewater as potential alternatives to activated carbons has recently received widespread attention because of the environmental-friendly nature of clay materials. Insights into the efficiencies of raw and modified/activated clay adsorbents and ways of improving their efficiencies to obtain better results are discussed. Acid-modified clay resulted in higher rate of dye adsorption and an increased surface area and porosity (49.05 mm2 and 53.4 %). Base-modified clay has lower adsorption capacities, while ZnCl2-modified clay had the least rate of adsorption with a surface area of 44.3 mm2 and porosity of 43.4 %. This review also explores the grey areas of the adsorption properties of the raw clays and the improved performance of activated/modified clay materials with particular reference to the effects of pH, temperature, initial dye concentration and adsorbent dosage on the adsorption capacities of the clays. Various challenges encountered in using clay materials are highlighted and a number of future prospects for the adsorbents are proposed.

  18. Adsorption of dyes using different types of clay: a review (United States)

    Adeyemo, Aderonke Ajibola; Adeoye, Idowu Olatunbosun; Bello, Olugbenga Solomon


    Increasing amount of dyes in the ecosystem particularly in wastewater has propelled the search for more efficient low-cost adsorbents. The effective use of the sorption properties (high surface area and surface chemistry, lack of toxicity and potential for ion exchange) of different clays as adsorbents for the removal of different type of dyes (basic, acidic, reactive) from water and wastewater as potential alternatives to activated carbons has recently received widespread attention because of the environmental-friendly nature of clay materials. Insights into the efficiencies of raw and modified/activated clay adsorbents and ways of improving their efficiencies to obtain better results are discussed. Acid-modified clay resulted in higher rate of dye adsorption and an increased surface area and porosity (49.05 mm2 and 53.4 %). Base-modified clay has lower adsorption capacities, while ZnCl2-modified clay had the least rate of adsorption with a surface area of 44.3 mm2 and porosity of 43.4 %. This review also explores the grey areas of the adsorption properties of the raw clays and the improved performance of activated/modified clay materials with particular reference to the effects of pH, temperature, initial dye concentration and adsorbent dosage on the adsorption capacities of the clays. Various challenges encountered in using clay materials are highlighted and a number of future prospects for the adsorbents are proposed.

  19. Azaquinolone dye lasers

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    Hammond, P.R.; Atkins, R.L.; Henry, R.A.; Fletcher, A.N.


    The invention provides a dye laser comprising a lasing solution of a 7-substituted azaquinolone-2 in which the aza nitrogen occupies at least one of the 5, 6 and 8 ring positions. The 7-substituent is hydroxy, alkoxy, amino or substituted amino. Substituents may be attached to other ring positions. The present lasing compounds are aza analogs of corresponding quinolone compounds and, hence, are named ''azaquinolone'' compounds. The dye lasers lase in the blue to near ultraviolet region.

  20. Hair care and dyeing. (United States)

    Draelos, Zoe Diana


    Alopecia can be effectively camouflaged or worsened through the use of hair care techniques and dyeing. Proper hair care, involving hair styling and the use of mild shampoos and body-building conditioners, can amplify thinning scalp hair; however, chemical processing, including hair dyeing, permanent waving, and hair straightening, can encourage further hair loss through breakage. Many patients suffering from alopecia attempt to improve their hair through extensive manipulation, which only increases problems. Frequent haircuts to minimize split ends, accompanied by gentle handling of the fragile fibers, is best. This chapter offers the dermatologist insight into hair care recommendations for the alopecia patient.

  1. Dye solar cell research

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    Cummings, F


    Full Text Available stream_source_info Cummings_2009.pdf.txt stream_content_type text/plain stream_size 3362 Content-Encoding UTF-8 stream_name Cummings_2009.pdf.txt Content-Type text/plain; charset=UTF-8 DYE SOLAR CELL RESEARCH Franscious... Cummings Energy and Processes Materials Science and Manufacturing Council for Scientific and Industrial Research P.O. Box 395 Pretoria 0001, South Africa 27 November 2009 CONTENT head2rightBackground head2rightCSIR Dye Solar Cell Research head2...

  2. Textile dye decolorization using cyanobacteria. (United States)

    Parikh, Amit; Madamwar, Datta


    Cyanobacterial cultures isolated from sites polluted by industrial textile effluents were screened for their ability to decolorize cyclic azo dyes. Gloeocapsa pleurocapsoides and Phormidium ceylanicum decolorized Acid Red 97 and FF Sky Blue dyes by more than 80% after 26 days. Chroococcus minutus was the only culture which decolorized Amido Black 10B (55%). Chlorophyll a synthesis in all cultures was strongly inhibited by the dyes. Visible spectroscopy and TLC confirmed that color removal was due to degradation of the dyes.

  3. Cu(II) porphyrins modified TiO{sub 2} photocatalysts: Accumulated patterns of Cu(II) porphyrin molecules on the surface of TiO{sub 2} and influence on photocatalytic activity

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    Su, Xiao-qin [Key Laboratory of Synthetic and Natural Functional Molecule Chemistry of Ministry of Education, College of Chemistry and Materials Science, Northwest University, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710069 (China); Shaanxi Key Laboratory of Photoelectric Functional Materials and Devices, School of Materials and Chemical Engineering, Xi’an Technological University, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710021 (China); Li, Jun, E-mail: [Key Laboratory of Synthetic and Natural Functional Molecule Chemistry of Ministry of Education, College of Chemistry and Materials Science, Northwest University, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710069 (China); Zhang, Zeng-qi; Yu, Mi-mi; Yuan, Lin [Key Laboratory of Synthetic and Natural Functional Molecule Chemistry of Ministry of Education, College of Chemistry and Materials Science, Northwest University, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710069 (China)


    Highlights: • Two new crystal structures of copper porphyrins containing meso-tetra(ester and carboxyl) were obtained. • The two copper porphyrins were used to modify TiO{sub 2} for the first time. • The accumulated patterns of copper porphyrin molecules on the TiO{sub 2} surface is an important factor for the photocatalytic activity. • The peripheral groups of copper porphyrins influence their stacking patterns in solid state. - Abstract: The accumulated patterns of porphyrin molecules on the surface of TiO{sub 2} have an important effect on the photoactivity of porphyrin/TiO{sub 2} photocatalysts. Herein, two copper porphyrins containing flexible peripheral functional groups (meso-tetra(ester, carboxy)), Cu(II)5,10,15,20-tetrakis[4-(carboethoxymethyleneoxy)phenyl]porphyrin (CuPp(2a)) and Cu(II)5,10,15,20-tetrakis[4-(carboxymethyleneoxy)phenyl]porphyrin (CuPp(2b)), were synthesized and characterized spectroscopically. Their crystal structures were also determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction. The Cu(II) porphyrin-TiO{sub 2} composites were also prepared and characterized. The accumulated patterns of synthesized copper porphyrins on the surface of TiO{sub 2} were proposed for the first time. The photoactivity of the composites was investigated by carrying out the degradation of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) in aqueous solution under UV–visible light. The results indicated that the CuPp(2b)-TiO{sub 2} showed the higher photocatalytic activity than that of CuPp(2a)-TiO{sub 2}. Above all, it can be concluded that the accumulated patterns of porphyrins on the surface of TiO{sub 2} is an important factor for the photocatalytic efficiency of porphyrin/TiO{sub 2}.

  4. Alternative redox systems for the dye-sensitized solar cell


    Nusbaumer, Hervé


    Due to their high efficiencies and their potentially low production costs, dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC) have attracted much attention during the last few years. The technology is based on a layer made of mesoscopic TiO2 film which significantly increases the optical path for light harvesting by the surface-anchored sensitizer molecules, whilst keeping an efficient contact with the electrolytic solution. These sensitizer molecules are often based on ruthenium polypyridyl complexes because...

  5. Enhancement of Spectral Response of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (United States)

    Chang, Shuai

    Dye-Sensitized solar cell (DSSC) is a class of third-generation solar devices. A notable feature of DSSC is that it can be manufactured by solution-based approach; this non-vacuum processing renders significant reduction in manufacturing costs. Different from conventional solar cells, in a DSSC, mesoporous semiconductor film with large surface areas is utilized for anchoring dye molecules, serving as light absorbing layer. Dye sensitizers play an important role in determining the final performance in DSSCs. Since the first highly-efficient DSSC was reported in 1991 sensitized by a ruthenium-based dye, numerous researchers have been focused on the development and characterization of various kinds of dyes for the applications in DSSCs. These include mainly metal complexes dyes, organic dyes, porphyrins and phthalocyanines dyes. The first part of my thesis work is to develop and test new dyes for DSSCs and a series of phenothiazine-based organic dyes and new porphyrin dyes are reported during the process. It has been realized that extending the response of dye sensitizers to a wider range of the solar spectrum is a key step in further improving the device efficiency. Typically, there are two ways for expanding the strong spectral response of DSSCs from visible to far red/NIR region. One approach is called co-sensitization. Herein, we demonstrate a new co-sensitization concept where small molecules is used to insert the interstitial site of between the pre-adsorbed large molecules. In this case, the co-adsorbed small ones is found to improve the light response and impede the back recombination, finally leading to the power conversion efficiency over 10% in conventional DSSC devices and a record-equaling efficiency of 9.2% in quasi-solid-state devices. I also implemented graphene sheets in the anode films for better charge transfer efficiency and break the energy conversion limit of co-sensitization in DSSCs. The optimal configuration between porphyrin dyes and

  6. A review of NIR dyes in cancer targeting and imaging. (United States)

    Luo, Shenglin; Zhang, Erlong; Su, Yongping; Cheng, Tianmin; Shi, Chunmeng


    The development of multifunctional agents for simultaneous tumor targeting and near infrared (NIR) fluorescence imaging is expected to have significant impact on future personalized oncology owing to the very low tissue autofluorescence and high tissue penetration depth in the NIR spectrum window. Cancer NIR molecular imaging relies greatly on the development of stable, highly specific and sensitive molecular probes. Organic dyes have shown promising clinical implications as non-targeting agents for optical imaging in which indocyanine green has long been implemented in clinical use. Recently, significant progress has been made on the development of unique NIR dyes with tumor targeting properties. Current ongoing design strategies have overcome some of the limitations of conventional NIR organic dyes, such as poor hydrophilicity and photostability, low quantum yield, insufficient stability in biological system, low detection sensitivity, etc. This potential is further realized with the use of these NIR dyes or NIR dye-encapsulated nanoparticles by conjugation with tumor specific ligands (such as small molecules, peptides, proteins and antibodies) for tumor targeted imaging. Very recently, natively multifunctional NIR dyes that can preferentially accumulate in tumor cells without the need of chemical conjugation to tumor targeting ligands have been developed and these dyes have shown unique optical and pharmaceutical properties for biomedical imaging with superior signal-to-background contrast index. The main focus of this article is to provide a concise overview of newly developed NIR dyes and their potential applications in cancer targeting and imaging. The development of future multifunctional agents by combining targeting, imaging and even therapeutic routes will also be discussed. We believe these newly developed multifunctional NIR dyes will broaden current concept of tumor targeted imaging and hold promise to make an important contribution to the diagnosis

  7. Effect of DNA-CTMA complex on optical properties of LDS 821 dye (United States)

    Udayan, Sony; Ramachandran, Vijesh Kavumoottil; Sebastian, Mathew; Chandran, Pradeep; Nampoori, Vadakkedath Parameswaran Narayanan; Thomas, Sheenu


    We have investigated the fluorescence behavior of LDS 821 dye (Styryl 9 M) with deoxyribonucleic acid attached with cetyltrimethyl-ammonium (DNA-CTMA). Optical absorption studies confirm the intercalation of the dye molecules with DNA-CTMA. Fluorescence studies show an enhancement of fluorescence intensity of dye with DNA-CTMA, which suggest the reduction of TICT states of the dye molecule. The FWHM of the fluorescence spectrum increases from 95 nm to 161 nm indicating the formation of new energy levels when DNA-CTMA forms a complex with LDS 821 dye. Fluorescence lifetime measurements shows that lifetime of LDS 821 varies from 507ps to 953 ps with the addition of DNA-CTMA, which also confirms the deactivation of TICT states of dye molecule. Results show that the incorporation of DNA-CTMA with LDS 821 dye improves the optical characteristics of LDS 821 dye and therefore, can be used as a good fluorescence probe for DNA visualization as well as in lasing applications.

  8. First principles DFT study of dye-sensitized CdS quantum dots

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    Jain, Kalpna; Singh, Kh. S. [Department of Physics, D. J. College, Baraut -250611, U.P. (India); Kishor, Shyam, E-mail: [Department of Chemistry, J. V. College, Baraut -250611, U.P. (India); Josefesson, Ida; Odelius, Michael [Fysikum, Albanova University Center, Stockholm University, S-106 91 Stockholm (Sweden); Ramaniah, Lavanya M. [High Pressure and Synchrotron Radiation Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai-400085 (India)


    Dye-sensitized quantum dots (QDs) are considered promising candidates for dye-sensitized solar cells. In order to maximize their efficiency, detailed theoretical studies are important. Here, we report a first principles density functional theory (DFT) investigation of experimentally realized dye - sensitized QD / ligand systems, viz., Cd{sub 16}S{sub 16}, capped with acetate molecules and a coumarin dye. The hybrid B3LYP functional and a 6−311+G(d,p)/LANL2dz basis set are used to study the geometric, energetic and electronic properties of these clusters. There is significant structural rearrangement in all the clusters studied - on the surface for the bare QD, and in the positions of the acetate / dye ligands for the ligated QDs. The density of states (DOS) of the bare QD shows states in the band gap, which disappear on surface passivation with the acetate molecules. Interestingly, in the dye-sensitised QD, the HOMO is found to be localized mainly on the dye molecule, while the LUMO is on the QD, as required for photo-induced electron injection from the dye to the QD.

  9. Adsorption behavior of natural anthocyanin dye on mesoporous silica (United States)

    Kohno, Yoshiumi; Haga, Eriko; Yoda, Keiko; Shibata, Masashi; Fukuhara, Choji; Tomita, Yasumasa; Maeda, Yasuhisa; Kobayashi, Kenkichiro


    Because of its non-toxicity, naturally occurring anthocyanin is potentially suitable as a colorant for foods and cosmetics. To the wider use of the anthocyanin, the immobilization on the inorganic host for an easy handling as well as the improvement of the stability is required. This study is focused on the adsorption of significant amount of the natural anthocyanin dye onto mesoporous silica, and on the stability enhancement of the anthocyanin by the complexation. The anthocyanin has successfully been adsorbed on the HMS type mesoporous silica containing small amount of aluminum. The amount of the adsorbed anthocyanin has been increased by modifying the pore wall with n-propyl group to make the silica surface hydrophobic. The light fastness of the adsorbed anthocyanin has been improved by making the composite with the HMS samples containing aluminum, although the degree of the improvement is not so large. It has been proposed that incorporation of the anthocyanin molecule deep inside the mesopore is required for the further enhancement of the stability.


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    ÖNER Erhan


    Full Text Available In this experimental work, the effluents of the reactive and disperse dyeings were reused in the next dyeing after the decolourization by ozone gas. Accordingly, the polyester woven samples were dyed with C.I. Disperse Yellow 160, C.I. Disperse Red 77 and C.I. Disperse Blue 79:1, and the cotton woven samples were dyed with C.I. Reactive Yellow 176, C.I. Reactive Red 239 and C.I. Reactive Blue 221. The effluents of the dyeings with these dyes and also with their mixtures were decolorized by ozone gas. The colours of the samples dyed with the decolorized effluents were compared with the original dyeings (standards and the colour differences were calculated. Under the experimental conditions of this investigation, the many of the dyeing effluents were decolorized successfully, except the effluent of C.I. Disperse Red 77. In the case that this red disperse dye present in the dyebath, the decolorized effluent had a slight reddish colour. The colour differences between the original dyeing (standard and the samples dyed with the decolorized effluent are mostly below the tolerance (DE<1 or slightly above the tolerance. The solid colours and uniform dyeings were achieved in the dyeings. The method seems promising in decreasing the amount of water used in textile dyeings.


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    MIRALLES Verónica


    Full Text Available Natural dyes derived from flora and fauna are believed to be safe because of non-toxic, non-carcinogenic and biodegradable nature. Furthermore, natural dyes do not cause pollution and waste water problems. Natural dyes as well as synthetic dyes need the optimum parameters to get a good dyeing. On some occasions, It is necessary the use of mordants to increase the affinity between cellulose fiber and natural dye, but there are other conditions to optimize in the dyeing process, like time, temperature, auxiliary porducts, etc. In addition, the optimum conditions are different depends on the type of dye and the fiber nature. The aim of this work is the use of carrot extract to dye cotton fabric by exhaustion at diverse dyeing conditions. Diffferent dyeing processes were carried out to study the effect of pH condition and the temperature, using 7, 6 and 4 pH values and 95 ºC and 130ºC for an hour. As a result some images of dyed samples are shown. Moreover, to evaluate the colour of each sample CIELAB parameters are analysed obtained by reflexion spectrophotometre. The results showed that the temperature used has an important influence on the colour of the dyed sample.

  12. Effect of silver NPs plasmon on optical properties of fluorescein dye (United States)

    Ragab, Alaa EL-din E. A.; Gadallah, A.; Mohamed, Mona B.; Azzouz, I. M.


    In this work we studied the effect of silver nanoparticles "AgNPs" on the optical properties of fluoretain-->rescein dye. Fluorescein dye solutions have been mixed with different concentrations of colloidal AgNPs. Absorption and fluorescence enhancement of fluorescein dye molecules was detected in the presence of AgNPs. Fluorescence enhancement of the dye molecules was observed with a maximal enhancement factor of about 3-fold. Enhancement of the rate of radiative transition was also detected. The enhancement mechanisms are attributed to a modification of the local density of electromagnetic modes in the vicinity of AgNPs at energies resonant with surface Plasmon. The ability of fluorophore-metal mixture to actively enhance the dye's luminescence could leads to new opportunities for technological development of light emitting and photonic devices. It also may have applications in the fields of bio-technology and medical diagnostics as new class of fluorescence based sensing.

  13. Levitated droplet dye laser

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    Azzouz, H.; Alkafadiji, L.; Balslev, Søren


    a high quality optical resonator. Our 750 nL lasing droplets consist of Rhodamine 6G dissolved in ethylene glycol, at a concentration of 0.02 M. The droplets are optically pumped at 532 nm light from a pulsed, frequency doubled Nd:YAG laser, and the dye laser emission is analyzed by a fixed grating...

  14. Microfluidic Dye Lasers

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    Kristensen, Anders; Balslev, Søren; Gersborg-Hansen, Morten


    A technology for miniaturized, polymer based lasers, suitable for integration with planar waveguides and microfluidic networks is presented. The microfluidic dye laser device consists of a microfluidic channel with an embedded optical resonator. The devices are fabricated in a thin polymer film...

  15. Alzheimer's Dye Test? (United States)

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    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) scientists have developed a new dye that could offer noninvasive early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, a discovery that could aid in monitoring the progression of the disease and in studying the efficacy of new treatments to stop it. The work is published in Angewandte Chemie. Today, doctors can only…

  16. Alzheimer's Dye Test? (United States)

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    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) scientists have developed a new dye that could offer noninvasive early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, a discovery that could aid in monitoring the progression of the disease and in studying the efficacy of new treatments to stop it. The work is published in Angewandte Chemie. Today, doctors can only…

  17. Novel organic dyes for multicolor localization-based super-resolution microscopy. (United States)

    Lehmann, Martin; Lichtner, Gregor; Klenz, Haider; Schmoranzer, Jan


    Precise multicolor single molecule localization-based microscopy (SMLM) requires bright probes with compatible photo-chemical and spectral properties to resolve distinct molecular species at the nanoscale. The accuracy of multicolor SMLM is further challenged by color channel crosstalk and chromatic alignment errors. These constrains limit the applicability of known reversibly switchable organic dyes for optimized multicolor SMLM. Here, we tested 28 commercially available dyes for their suitability to super-resolve a known cellular nanostructure. We identified eight novel dyes in different spectral regimes that enable high quality dSTORM imaging. Among those, the spectrally close dyes CF647 and CF680 comprise an optimal dye pair for spectral demixing-based, registration free multicolor dSTORM with low crosstalk. Combining this dye pair with the separately excited CF568 we performed 3-color dSTORM to image the relative nanoscale distribution of components of the endocytic machinery and the cytoskeleton.

  18. Dye laser principles with applications

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    Duarte, Frank J; Liao, Peter F; Kelley, Paul


    A tutorial introduction to the field of dye lasers, Dye Laser Principles also serves as an up-to-date overview for those using dye lasers as research and industrial tools. A number of the issues discussed in this book are pertinent not only to dye lasers but also to lasers in general. Most of the chapters in the book contain problem sets that expand on the material covered in the chapter.Key Features* Dye lasers are among the most versatile and successful laser sources currently available in use Offering both pulsed and continuous-wave operation and tunable from the near ultraviole

  19. Synthesis of azo pyridone dyes


    Mijin Dušan Ž.; Ušćumlić Gordana S.; Valentić Nataša V.; Marinković Aleksandar D.


    Over 50% of all colorants which are used nowdays are azo dyes and pigments, and among them arylazo pyridone dyes (and pigments) have became of interest in last several decades due to the high molar extinction coefficient, and the medium to high light and wet fastness properties. They find application generally as disperse dyes. The importance of disperse dyes increased in the 1970s and 1980s due to the use of polyester and nylon as the main synthetic fibers. Also, disperse dyes were use...


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    Abstract: Optim is dyed with Lanasol CE series dyes by micro-suspension technology, and the dyeing result is compared with that by traditional process. The optimal micro-suspension dyeing process is determined as follows: formic acid 1.5% (owl), micro-suspension promoter WR1.0% (owf), micro-suspension promoter TS 0.5 % (owl), dyestuff 5% (owf). The results show that micro-suspension dyeing increases the dye uptake percentage and colour fixation rate significantly; improves the handle and bulkiness without damaging the colour fastness of the dyed fabric.

  1. Dye-Sensitized Approaches to Photovoltaics (United States)

    Grätzel, Michael


    Sensitization of wide band-gap semiconductors to photons of energy less than the band-gap is a key step in two technically important processes - panchromatic photography and photoelectrochemical solar cells. In both cases the photosensitive species is not the semiconductor - silver halide or metal oxide - but rather an electrochemically active dye. The gap between the highest occupied molecular level (HOMO) and the lowest unoccupied molecular level (LUMO) is less than the band-gap of the semiconductor with which it is associated. It can therefore absorb light of a wavelength longer than that to which the semiconductor itself is sensitive. The electrochemical process is initiated when the dye molecule relaxes from its photoexcited level by electron injection into the semiconductor, which therefore acts as a photoanode. If the dye is in contact with a redox electrolyte, the negative charge represented by the lost electron can be recovered from the reduced state of the redox system, which in return is regenerated by charge transfer from a cathode. An external load completes the electrical circuit. The system therefore represents a conversion of the energy of absorbed photons into an electrical current by a regenerative device in every functional respect analogous to a solid-state photovoltaic cell. As in any engineering system, choice of materials, their optimization and their synergy are essential to efficient operation. While a semiconductor-electrolyte contact is analogous to a Schottky contact, in that a barrier is established between two materials of different conduction mechanism, with the possibility of optical absorption, charge carrier pair generation and separation, it should be remembered that the photogenerated valence band hole in the semiconductor represents a powerful oxidizing agent. Given that the band-gap is related to the strength and therefore the stability of chemical bonding within the semiconductor, for narrow-gap materials the most likely

  2. Atkins' molecules

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    Atkins, Peters


    Originally published in 2003, this is the second edition of a title that was called 'the most beautiful chemistry book ever written'. In it, we see the molecules responsible for the experiences of our everyday life - including fabrics, drugs, plastics, explosives, detergents, fragrances, tastes, and sex. With engaging prose Peter Atkins gives a non-technical account of an incredible range of aspects of the world around us, showing unexpected connections, and giving an insight into how this amazing world can be understood in terms of the atoms and molecules from which it is built. The second edition includes dozens of extra molecules, graphical presentation, and an even more accessible and enthralling account of the molecules themselves.

  3. Enumerating molecules.

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    Visco, Donald Patrick, Jr. (, . Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN); Faulon, Jean-Loup Michel; Roe, Diana C.


    This report is a comprehensive review of the field of molecular enumeration from early isomer counting theories to evolutionary algorithms that design molecules in silico. The core of the review is a detail account on how molecules are counted, enumerated, and sampled. The practical applications of molecular enumeration are also reviewed for chemical information, structure elucidation, molecular design, and combinatorial library design purposes. This review is to appear as a chapter in Reviews in Computational Chemistry volume 21 edited by Kenny B. Lipkowitz.

  4. Preparation and dyeing of super hydrophilic polyethylene terephthalate fabric (United States)

    Zheng, D. D.; Zhou, J. F.; Xu, F.; Zhang, F. X.; Zhang, G. X.


    In this study, the dyeing properties of PET fabrics modified with sulfuric acid was investigated using disperse red E-4B and disperse blue 2BLNG-L at high temperature and high pressure. The results revealed that the sulfuric acid modification improved the K/S value of dyeing PET fabrics, and the modified PET fabric could be dyed uniformly. The a, b, C, L and H of modified PET fabric were almost the same as that of original PET fabric. The water contact angles were still 0o after 10s, indicating that the hydrophilic property of modified PET fabrics still kept excellent. The wash fastness of dyed PET fabrics after modification was generally good.

  5. Tuning luminescence intensity of RHO6G dye using silver nanoparticles

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    Suchita Kalele; Aparna C Deshpande; Shashi Bhushan Singh; S K Kulkarni


    The photoluminescence (PL) from rhodamine (RHO6G) dye dispersed in ethanol has been studied in the presence of different amounts of citrate stabilized silver nanoparticles of size, ∼10 nm. Enhancement as well as quenching of luminescence intensity has been observed and it was found that luminescence intensity can be tuned by adding various amounts of silver nanoparticles to the RHO6G dye dispersion. The luminescence spectra of dye consist of two peaks at 440 nm and 550 nm. Peak at 440 nm shows an enhancement in intensity at all the concentrations of added silver nanoparticles with the maximum intensity for dye with 0.25 ml silver nanoparticles (82% enhancement in the luminescence intensity). PL intensity of intense peak at 550 nm of dye molecules was found to be quenched in presence of silver nanoparticles and maximum quenching was found to be 41% for the dye with 1 ml silver nanoparticles. However, for lowest concentration of silver nanoparticles viz. (0.01 ml), enhancement in intensity was observed (13% enhancement than the dye molecules). The quenching as well as enhancement in the intensity can be understood by considering the possibility of three different phenomena. It has been reported earlier that when metal nanoparticles are in close proximity to the fluorophores, quenching of luminescence occurs, whereas when metal nanoparticles are located at certain distance, enhancement in luminescence is observed. This effect has been explained by coupling of surface plasmon resonance from metal nanoparticles with fluorophore, resulting in the increase of excitation and emission rate of the fluorophore in the localized electromagnetic field. The quenching and enhancement of luminescence intensity of the dye molecules can also be explained as the transfer of electrons from dye to the silver nanoparticles and to an extent it can be attributed to the aggregation of dye molecules upon addition of silver nanoparticles.

  6. Dye Aggregation in Ink Jet

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    Thomas Paul; Sarfraz Hussain


    Dye aggregation has long been recognised as a key factor in performance, and this is no less so in ink jet applications. The aggregation state was shown to be important in many different areas ranging from the use of dyes in photodynamic therapies all the way to colorants for dying of fabrics. Therefore different methods to investigate dye association qualitatively and quantitatively were developed. A simple procedure to study aggregation could be a useful tool to characterise dyes for ink jet printing. It is critically reviewed the methods used to study dye aggregation, and discussed some of the main conclusions. This will be illustrated by examples of ink jet dye aggregation and its study in aqueous and ink systems. The results are used to correlate the solution behaviour of dyes with their print performance.

  7. Optical Properties of Fluorescent Dyes

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    李戎; 陈东辉


    Fluorescent dyes have been widely used these years.Because of the special optical performance, conventional CCM systems seem to be unable to predict the recipes of fabrics dyed with fluorescent dyes. In order to enhance the functions of CCM systems, the optical properties of fluorescent dyes in their absorption region were investigated. It has been found that there was a fixed maximum absorption wavelength for each fluorescent dyes whatever its concentration is. Both absorption region and maximum absorption wavelength of the dyes in solution are the same to those in fabric, and that the absorption is directly proportional to the concentration of the dye. So the optical properties obtained in solutions cna be applied for describing the optics performance of fluorescent dyes in fabrics.

  8. Are allergenic disperse dyes used for dyeing textiles? (United States)

    Malinauskiene, Laura; Zimerson, Erik; Bruze, Magnus; Ryberg, Kristina; Isaksson, Marléne


    There are no data showing that disperse dyes, used to patch test patients, are currently being used for dyeing synthetic garments. It is unknown whether disperse dyes, which are currently routinely patch tested, are in fact present in synthetic textiles on the market. To determine whether eight disperse dyes, hitherto most widely cited as allergenic, are still used in textiles that are sold in various countries. Textiles from 13 countries in Europe, Asia and the United States were analysed. The procedure used for dye identification was thin-layer chromatography. When there were matching spots from the textile extract and reference dye, high-performance liquid chromatography was performed. Of 121 analysed items, three showed positive results for some of the investigated disperse dyes. Four dyes in these items could be detected and confirmed by the use of high-performance liquid chromatography. A pair of light brown ladies' tights manufactured and purchased in Italy contained Disperse Yellow 3, Disperse Blue 124, and Disperse Blue 106, and a set of black bra and panties purchased in India contained Disperse Orange 1. The eight disperse dyes that are most frequently incriminated in textile dye dermatitis are very rarely used in textiles nowadays. © 2012 John Wiley & Sons A/S.

  9. FY 1980 Report on Dye Laser Materials (United States)


    by block number) Dye Lasers Laser Dyes Tunable Lasers Photodegradation Rhodamine Dyes 20. ABSTRACT (Continue n resld* it necesiry and Identify by usefulness as a portable military device because of the photodegradation of the dye solution. Although there have been state-of-the-art reviews...on laser dyes , 1𔃼 the photodegradation of laser dyes ,3 and dye lasers, 4- 6 only authors from, or funded by, military organizations have given strict

  10. Fluorophore and dye-assisted dispersion of carbon nanotubes in aqueous solution. (United States)

    Koh, Byumseok; Kim, Gwangseong; Yoon, Hyung Ki; Park, Jong Bae; Kopelman, Raoul; Cheng, Wei


    DNA short oligo, surfactant, peptides, and polymer-assisted dispersion of single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNTs) in aqueous solution have been intensively studied. It has been suggested that van der Waals interaction, π-π stacking, and hydrophobic interaction are major factors that account for the SWCNTs dispersion. Fluorophore and dye molecules such as Rhodamine B and fluorescein have both hydrophilic and hydrophobic moieties. These molecules also contain π-conjugated systems that can potentially interact with SWCNTs to induce its dispersion. Through a systematic study, here we show that SWCNTs can be dispersed in aqueous solution in the presence of various fluorophore or dye molecules. However, the ability of a fluorophore or dye molecule to disperse SWCNTs is not correlated with the stability of the fluorophore/dye-SWCNT complex, suggesting that the on-rate of fluorophore/dye binding to SWCNTs may dominate the efficiency of this process. We also examined the uptake of fluorophore molecules by mammalian cells when these molecules formed complexes with SWCNTs. The results can have potential applications in the delivery of poor cell-penetrating fluorophore molecules.

  11. Cell tracing dyes significantly change single cell mechanics. (United States)

    Lulevich, Valentin; Shih, Yi-Ping; Lo, Su Hao; Liu, Gang-Yu


    Cell tracing dyes are very frequently utilized in cellular biology research because they provide highly sensitive fluorescent tags that do not compromise cellular functions such as growth and proliferation. In many investigations concerning cellular adhesion and mechanics, fluorescent dyes have been employed with the assumption of little impact on the results. Using the single cell compression technique developed by our team, the single cell mechanics of MDA-MB-468 and MLC-SV40 cells were investigated as a function of dye uptake. Cell tracing dyes increase living cell stiffness 3-6 times and cell-to-probe adhesion up to 7 times. These results suggest a more significant effect than toxins, such as thrombin. A simple analytical model was derived to enable the extraction of the Young's moduli of the cell membrane and cytoskeleton from the force-deformation profiles measured for individual cells. The increase in Young's modulus of the membrane is 3-7 times, which is more significant than that of the cytoskeleton (1.1-3.4 times). We propose that changes in cell mechanics upon the addition of fluorescent tracing dye are primarily due to the incorporation of amphiphilic dye molecules into the cellular plasma membrane, which increases the lateral interaction among phospholipid chains and thus enhances their rigidity and adhesion.

  12. Dye-polyoxometalate composite films: self-assembly, thermal and photochemical properties. (United States)

    Gao, Shuiying; Cao, Rong; Yang, Chunpeng


    A series of dye-polyoxometalate composite films were prepared by alternately depositing cationic dye molecules and anionic polyoxometalates such as Keggin-type [BW(12)O(40)](5-) and the sandwich complex [Co(4)(H(2)O)(2)(PW(9)O(34))(2)](10-)via layer-by-layer (LbL) self-assembly method. These cationic dye molecules (MB, AA, TH, BB3, BCB and NB) are heterocyclic planar and rigid phenothiazine and phenoxazine dye molecules with different substituting groups in the side chains. The self-assembly of the films was studied by UV-vis and IR spectra. The results show that the substituting groups of dye molecules such as NH(2) and CH(2)CH(3) have influence on the self-assembly properties. The continuous and regular growth of the films was also dependent upon hydrogen bonding (NHO) formed between the amino groups of dye molecules and oxygen atoms of POMs as well as electrostatic interactions. The investigation of thermal and photochemical treatments of the composite films is also presented. The thermal stability experiments indicate that the composite films of TH with two NH(2) substitute groups and NB with more pi-conjugated system exhibit high thermal stability, whereas the sunlight irradiation results indicate that the composite films of TH have good photochemical stability.

  13. Plantas Tintureiras Dye Plants

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    Maria do Carmo Serrano


    Full Text Available Existe uma vasta bibliografia, até ao séc. XVIII, sobre plantas produtoras de corantes naturais, sendo que apenas um número limitado foi utilizado no tingimento de têxteis antigos, devido à capacidade de resistência à lavagem e ao desvanecimento. O cultivo de plantas ou a sua existência no mundo silvestre tiveram uma enorme importância sócio-económica para muitas comunidades espalhadas pelo mundo e pelas intensas trocas comerciais que geraram. A extracção dos corantes era feita a partir de diferentes partes de plantas ou árvores. Nalgumas plantas eram utilizadas as folhas, enquanto noutras se aproveitavam as flores, as raízes, os frutos, troncos ou sementes. Os corantes podiam ser extraídos através de processos complexos que envolviam diversas operações como maceração, destilação, fermentação, decantação, precipitação, filtração, etc. Neste âmbito, são apresentadas algumas das plantas cultivadas em Portugal e em muitos outros países europeus e que foram usadas em tinturaria. Este trabalho pretende ser um contributo para obstar à perda de conhecimentos das condições de cultivo e da forma como se maximizava a produção de corantes.A vast bibliography exists, until the 18th cen-tury, on natural dyes obtained from plants, but only one limited number was used in the dyeing of old textiles, due to capacity of resistance to wash and light fading. The culture of plants or its existence in the wild world had an enormous economical importance for many communities spread for the world, and the intense commercial exchanges that had generated. The extraction of dyes was done from different parts of plants or trees. In some plants was used the leaves, others, only the roots, the fruits, trunks or seeds. The dyes could be extracted through complex processes that involved various operations as maceration, distillation, fermentation, decantation, precipitation, filtration, etc. In this scope, some of the plants cultivated in

  14. Influence of annealing temperature and organic dyes as sensitizers on sol–gel derived TiO{sub 2} films

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    Rani, Mamta; Abbas, Saeed J.; Tripathi, S.K., E-mail:


    Highlights: • Preparation of rice shaped TiO{sub 2} nanorods with anatase structure by sol–gel method. • Effect of post deposition annealing on structural properties of TiO{sub 2} is studied. • Unlike individual dye, absorption of Cocktail dye with TiO{sub 2} nanorods is broader. • Cocktail dye sensitized TiO{sub 2} film has more photosensitivity than EY, RB, AO. • Increase in photosensitivity up to optimum temperature is due to hole passivation. - Abstract: Five different organic dyes and reported cocktail dye composed of these dyes are used as sensitizer for titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}). Rice shaped (TiO{sub 2}) nanorods are prepared by using sol–gel method. The films annealed at 673 K and above are crystalline with anatase structure. The effect of post annealing temperature is studied on various structural parameters. Cocktail dye shows broader absorption with TiO{sub 2} nanorods in visible region compared with five dyes. Maximum photosensitivity is obtained with RhB dye, followed by FGF and cocktail dye sensitized TiO{sub 2} films. Increase in photosensitivity is due to passivating some hole traps on the surface up to some optimum temperature, above which photosensitivity decreases due to a higher photo activation energy compared to dark conductivity in low temperature region and also may be due to damage of the dye molecule. This work may prove its worth for understanding the electron transport in dye sensitized nanodevices.

  15. Single Molecule Studies on Dynamics in Liquid Crystals

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    Daniela Täuber


    Full Text Available Single molecule (SM methods are able to resolve structure related dynamics of guest molecules in liquid crystals (LC. Highly diluted small dye molecules on the one hand explore structure formation and LC dynamics, on the other hand they report about a distortion caused by the guest molecules. The anisotropic structure of LC materials is used to retrieve specific conformation related properties of larger guest molecules like conjugated polymers. This in particular sheds light on organization mechanisms within biological cells, where large molecules are found in nematic LC surroundings. This review gives a short overview related to the application of highly sensitive SM detection schemes in LC.

  16. Ultrafast interfacial charge transfer dynamics in dye-sensitized and quantum dot solar cell (United States)

    Ghosh, Hirendra N.


    Dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC) appeared to be one of the good discovery for the solution of energy problem. We have been involved in studying ultrafast interfacial electron transfer dynamics in DSSC using femtosecond laser spectroscopy. However it has been realized that it is very difficult to design and develop higher efficient one, due to thermodynamic limitation. Again in DSSC most of the absorbed photon energy is lost as heat within the cell, which apart from decreasing the efficiency also destabilizes the device. It has been realized that quantum dot solar cell (QDSC) are the best bet where the sensitizer dye molecules can be replaced by suitable quantum dot (QD) materials in solar cell. The quantum-confinement effect in semiconductors modifies their electronic structure, which is a very important aspect of these materials. For photovoltaic applications, a long-lived charge separation remains one of the most essential criteria. One of the problems in using QDs for photovoltaic applications is their fast charge recombination caused by nonradiative Auger processes, which occur predominantly at lower particle sizes due to an increase in the Coulomb interaction between electrons and holes. Various approaches, such as the use of metal-semiconductor composites, semiconductor-polymer composite, and semiconductor core-shell heterostructures, have been attempted to minimize the fast recombination between electrons and holes. To make higher efficient solar devices it has been realised that it is very important to understand charge carrier and electron transfer dynamics in QD and QD sensitized semiconductor nanostructured materials. In the present talk, we are going to discuss on recent works on ultrafast electron transfer dynamics in dye-sensitized TiO2 nanoparticles/film [1-12] and charge (electron/hole) transfer dynamics in quantum dot core-shell nano-structured materials [13-17].

  17. Application of titanate nanotubes for dyes adsorptive removal from aqueous solution. (United States)

    Lee, Chung-Kung; Liu, Shin-Shou; Juang, Lain-Chuen; Wang, Cheng-Cai; Lyu, Meng-Du; Hung, Shui-Hung


    The potential of adsorptive removal of basic dyes with titanate nanotubes (TNTs) and acid dyes with surfactant (hexadecyltrimethylammonium (HDTMA) chloride)-modified TNTs were investigated. TNTs were prepared via a hydrothermal method and subsequently washed with HCl aqueous solutions of different concentrations. The prepared TNTs were then mediated by the HDTMA ions through the cation exchange process. Effects of acid washing and HDTMA-modified process on the revolution of microstructure and surface chemistry characteristics of TNTs were characterized with XRD, nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms, and FTIR. The adsorption capacities of two basic dyes (two acid dyes) on TNTs (their HDTMA-modified version) at initial dye concentration of 2000 mg/L were measured. It was experimentally concluded that if the amount of Na(+) in the TNTs was not very low, the TNTs and their HDTMA-modified version might be a good adsorbent for the removal of basic and acid dyes from aqueous solution through the cation and anion exchange mechanism, respectively. The adsorption capacity for basic and acid dyes could reach 380 and 400 mg/g, respectively.

  18. Decolourization of Orange G Dye by Microalgae Acutodesmus obliquues Strain PSV2 Isolated from Textile Industrial Site

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    Prakash Sarwa


    Full Text Available Release of different types of synthetic dyes into the aquatic environment by various industrial sources is a major area of concern worldwide due to their low biodegradable nature. Conventional methods of dye removal are effective but high operating cost and energy requirement, generation of toxic sludge and regeneration problem of adsorbent limits their use at large scale. Biosorption of dye molecules by microorganisms is an economic and eco friendly technology for the treatment of textile wastewater.

  19. Biological decolorization of xanthene dyes by anaerobic granular biomass. (United States)

    Apostol, Laura Carmen; Pereira, Luciana; Pereira, Raquel; Gavrilescu, Maria; Alves, Maria Madalena


    Biodegradation of a xanthene dyes was investigated for the first time using anaerobic granular sludge. On a first screening, biomass was able to decolorize, at different extents, six azo dye solutions: acid orange 7, direct black 19, direct blue 71, mordant yellow 10, reactive red 2 and reactive red 120 and two xanthene dyes--Erythrosine B and Eosin Y. Biomass concentration, type of electron donor, induction of biomass with dye and mediation with activated carbon (AC) were variables studied for Erythrosine B (Ery) as model dye. Maximum color removal efficiency was achieved with 4.71 g VSS L⁻¹, while the process rates were independent of the biomass concentration above 1.89 g VSS L⁻¹. No considerable effects were observed when different substrates were used as electron donors (VFA, glucose or lactose). Addition of Ery in the incubation period of biomass led to a fivefold increase of the decolorization rate. The rate of Ery decolorization almost duplicated in the presence of commercial AC (0.1 g L⁻¹ AC₀). Using different modified AC samples (from the treatment of AC₀), a threefold higher rate was obtained with the most basic one, AC(H₂), as compared with non-mediated reaction. Higher rates were obtained at pH 6.0. Chemical reduction using Na₂S confirmed the recalcitrant nature of this dye. The results attest that decolorization of Ery is essentially due to enzymatic and adsorption phenomena.

  20. Synthesis of azo pyridone dyes

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    Mijin Dušan Ž.


    Full Text Available Over 50% of all colorants which are used nowdays are azo dyes and pigments, and among them arylazo pyridone dyes (and pigments have became of interest in last several decades due to the high molar extinction coefficient, and the medium to high light and wet fastness properties. They find application generally as disperse dyes. The importance of disperse dyes increased in the 1970s and 1980s due to the use of polyester and nylon as the main synthetic fibers. Also, disperse dyes were used rapidly since 1970 in inks for the heat-transfer printing of polyester. The main synthetic route for the preparation of azo dyes is coupling reaction between an aromatic diazo compound and a coupling component. Of all dyes manufactured, about 60% are produced by this reaction. Arylazo pyridone dyes can be prepared from pyridone moiety as a coupling component, where substituent can be on nitrogen, and diazonim salts which can be derived from different substituted anilines or other heterocyclic derivatives. In addition, arylazo dyes containing pyridone ring can be prepared from arylazo diketones or arylazo ketoesters (obtained by coupling β-diketones or β-ketoesters with diazonim salts by condensation with cyanoacetamide. Disazo dyes can be prepared by tetrazotizing a dianiline and coupling it with a pyridone or by diazotizing aniline and coupling it with a dipyridone. Trisazo dyes can be also prepared by diazotizing of aniline and coupling it with a tripyridone or by hexazotizing a trianiline and coupling it with a pyridone. The main goal of this paper is to give a brief review on the synthesis of arylazo pyridone dyes due to the lack of such reviews. In addition, some properties of arylazo pyridone dyes as light fastness and azo-hydrazon tautomerism are disccused.

  1. Organic Semiconductors based on Dyes and Color Pigments. (United States)

    Gsänger, Marcel; Bialas, David; Huang, Lizhen; Stolte, Matthias; Würthner, Frank


    Organic dyes and pigments constitute a large class of industrial products. The utilization of these compounds in the field of organic electronics is reviewed with particular emphasis on organic field-effect transistors. It is shown that for most major classes of industrial dyes and pigments, i.e., phthalocyanines, perylene and naphthalene diimides, diketopyrrolopyrroles, indigos and isoindigos, squaraines, and merocyanines, charge-carrier mobilities exceeding 1 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) have been achieved. The most widely investigated molecules due to their n-channel operation are perylene and naphthalene diimides, for which even values close to 10 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) have been demonstrated. The fact that all of these π-conjugated colorants contain polar substituents leading to strongly quadrupolar or even dipolar molecules suggests that indeed a much larger structural space shows promise for the design of organic semiconductor molecules than was considered in this field traditionally. In particular, because many of these dye and pigment chromophores demonstrate excellent thermal and (photo-)chemical stability in their original applications in dyeing and printing, and are accessible by straightforward synthetic protocols, they bear a particularly high potential for commercial applications in the area of organic electronics.

  2. Adsorption of Remazol Black B dye on Activated Carbon Felt

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    Donnaperna Lucio


    Full Text Available The adsorption of Remazol Black B (anionic dye on a microporous activated carbon felt is investigated from its aqueous solution. The surface chemistry of activated carbon is studied using X-ray microanalysis, "Boehm" titrations and pH of PZC measurements which indicates that the surface oxygenated groups are mainly acidic in nature. The kinetics of Remazol Black B adsorption is observed to be pH dependent and governed by the diffusion of the dye molecules. The experimental data can be explained by "intra-particle diffusion model". For Remazol Black B, the Khan model is best suited to simulate the adsorption isotherms.

  3. Dyeing fabrics with metals (United States)

    Kalivas, Georgia


    Traditionally, in textile dyeing, metals have been used as mordants or to improve the color produced by a natural or synthetic dye. In biomedical research and clinical diagnostics gold colloids are used as sensitive signals to detect the presence of pathogens. It has been observed that when metals are finely divided, a distinct color may result that is different from the color of the metal in bulk. For example, when gold is finely divided it may appear black, ruby or purple. This can be seen in biomedical research when gold colloids are reduced to micro-particles. Bright color signals are produced by few nanometer-sized particles. Dr. William Todd, a researcher in the Department of Veterinary Science at the Louisiana State University, developed a method of dyeing fabrics with metals. By using a reagent to bond the metal particles deep into the textile fibers and actually making the metal a part of the chemistry of the fiber. The chemicals of the fabric influence the resulting color. The combination of the element itself, the size of the particle, the chemical nature of the particle and the interaction of the metal with the chemistry of the fabric determine the actual hue. By using different elements, reagents, textiles and solvents a broad range of reproducible colors and tones can be created. Metals can also be combined into alloys, which will produce a variety of colors. The students of the ISCC chapter at the Fashion Institute of Technology dyed fabric using Dr. Todd's method and created a presentation of the results. They also did a demonstration of dyeing fabrics with metals.

  4. Detection of Red Dye in Diesel Oil

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    B Varughese


    Full Text Available Developing a sensitive and effective instrument for detecting the presence of red dye in diesel fuel is very advantageous for governments in preventing tax loss by controlling illegal use of the diesel fuel. The objective of this work has been to investigate and develop an instrument to detect red dye in diesel, based on the principle of absorption. The peaks of absorption in red and pure diesel fuel were measured with the help of UV-spectrometer (Lambda 6/ PECSS. Optical interference filters of wavelengths 405 nm and 616 nm were used to modify the spectral transmittance of an optical system with appropriate spectral absorption characteristics. Two simultaneous light beams of two different colors were sent into the diesel fuel and the transmitted light from the fuel censored by a silicon photo detector. The signal from the detector was then amplified with the help of three operational amplifiers (OP-177 and sent to an analog device (AD 538 which can perform division operation. The voltage produced when the violet light passes through the medium was divided when the red light passes through the medium in the one quadrant division unit (AD 538. The output voltage from the analog device was measured with the help of a digital multi-meter. The results show that the output voltages decreases with the increase in percentage of red dye in diesel fuel.

  5. Laser dye stability. Pt. 3. Bicyclic dyes in ethanol

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    Fletcher, A.N. (Naval Weapons Center, China Lake, Calif. (USA). Research Dept.)


    A commercial coaxial xenon flashlamp has been used to evaluate the stability of a variety of coumarin and quinolone laser dyes. The lasing characteristics of over 30 dyes have been quantitatively evaluated as a function of the total excitation energy to which recirculating dye solution has been exposed. Degradation constants were determined an an evaluation was made of the effects of functional group variation upon the stability of the dyes. Comparison with the data of other workers revealed that exclusion of excitation energy below 220 nm does not change the stability of 4-methyl coumarins, but can increase the stability of other coumarins as much as 50 fold.

  6. Synthesis and activation of Immobilized beads by natural dye extracts

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    Singh Sanjay


    Full Text Available Immobilization technique is used for preservation of enzymes. Here we are using different colors of natural dye in this technique. Our major emphasis would be to create beads of different colors which will act as different carriers for essential enzymes. The need for using colorful dye is because when we need to preserve more than one enzyme then it is helpful in identification of that which enzyme is to be preserved and in which color. Here we used natural dye because most of the chemical dyes are carcinogenic in nature and may alter the nature of preserved enzyme. For this different plant products like mint leaf, rose petal, beat root and Carrot are used for the extraction of dye. In our research studies, we have identified, extracted, characterized, optimized and standardized the natural dyes from plant and microbial sources and we did a comparative study between natural dyes and artificial dyes with respect to different solvent systems like petroleum ether, diethyl ether, acetone, chloroform, ethanol and water systems. The extraction methodologies, characterization, MIC (minimum inhibitory concentration, and solubility studies will be discussed. These immobilization studies will help us to use this application in a variety of fields like in wine stabilization, in modifying the shelf life of food and other natural products which degrade quickly and are difficult to preserve under natural conditions. Here sodium Alginate beads are being used so that there is good number of beads formation and that will help for the proper entrapment of the essential enzymes required for an important reaction in Bio-systems.

  7. Cold Pad-Batch dyeing method for cotton fabric dyeing with reactive dyes using ultrasonic energy. (United States)

    Khatri, Zeeshan; Memon, Muhammad Hanif; Khatri, Awais; Tanwari, Anwaruddin


    Reactive dyes are vastly used in dyeing and printing of cotton fibre. These dyes have a distinctive reactive nature due to active groups which form covalent bonds with -OH groups of cotton through substitution and/or addition mechanism. Among many methods used for dyeing cotton with reactive dyes, the Cold Pad Batch (CPB) method is relatively more environment friendly due to high dye fixation and non requirement of thermal energy. The dyed fabric production rate is low due to requirement of at least twelve hours batching time for dye fixation. The proposed CPB method for dyeing cotton involves ultrasonic energy resulting into a one third decrease in batching time. The dyeing of cotton fibre was carried out with CI reactive red 195 and CI reactive black 5 by conventional and ultrasonic (US) method. The study showed that the use of ultrasonic energy not only shortens the batching time but the alkalis concentrations can considerably be reduced. In this case, the colour strength (K/S) and dye fixation (%F) also enhances without any adverse effect on colour fastness of the dyed fabric. The appearance of dyed fibre surface using scanning electron microscope (SEM) showed relative straightening of fibre convolutions and significant swelling of the fibre upon ultrasonic application. The total colour difference values ΔE (CMC) for the proposed method, were found within close proximity to the conventionally dyed sample.

  8. Simple modification of basic dyes with bulky & symmetric WCAs for improving their solubilities in organic solvents without color change (United States)

    Kim, Jeong Yun; Hwang, Tae Gyu; Woo, Sung Wun; Lee, Jae Moon; Namgoong, Jin Woong; Yuk, Sim Bum; Chung, Sei-Won; Kim, Jae Pil


    A simple and easy solubility enhancement of basic dyes was performed with bulky and symmetric weakly coordinating anions (WCAs). The WCAs decreased the ionic character of the dyes by broadening the partial charge distribution and causing a screening effect on the ionic bonding. This new modification with WCAs has advantages in that it has no influence on the optical properties of the dyes. The solubilities of unmodified and modified dyes were tested in several organic solvents. X-ray powder diffraction patterns of the dyes were measured. Color films were prepared with the dyes and their color loci were analyzed to evaluate the optical properties. By the modification with WCAs, commercial basic dyes showed sufficient solubilities for be applied to various applications while preserving their superior optical properties.

  9. Chirality of Sulforhodamine Dye Molecules Incorporated in DNA Thin Films (United States)


    of the aqueous solution, but is soluble in simple organic solvents. Thin film formation by spin coating is markedly easier with organic solvents...filter. Solutions of 2.5, 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 wt % SRh to DNA/CTMA were prepared. Thin films produced by spin coating were typically 1.5 m thick...The spin - coating process started by com- pletely flooding the substrate, followed by spreading the so- lution for 8 s at 300 rpm, a spin of 1 min at

  10. Coordination Programming of Photofunctional Molecules

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    Hiroshi Nishihara


    Full Text Available Our recent achievements relating to photofunctional molecules are addressed. Section 1 discloses a new concept of photoisomerization. Pyridylpyrimidine-copper complexes undergo a ring inversion that can be modulated by the redox state of the copper center. In combination with an intermolecular photoelectron transfer (PET initiated by the metal-to-ligand charge transfer (MLCT transition of the Cu(I state, we realize photonic regulation of the ring inversion. Section 2 reports on the first examples of heteroleptic bis(dipyrrinatozinc(II complexes. Conventional homoleptic bis(dipyrrinatozinc(II complexes suffered from low fluorescence quantum yields, whereas the heteroleptic ones feature bright fluorescence even in polar solvents. Section 3 describes our new findings on Pechmann dye, which was first synthesized in 1882. New synthetic procedures for Pechmann dye using dimethyl bis(arylethynylfumarate as a starting material gives rise to its new structural isomer. We also demonstrate potentiality of a donor-acceptor-donor type of Pechmann dye in organic electronics.

  11. Coordination programming of photofunctional molecules. (United States)

    Sakamoto, Ryota; Kusaka, Shinpei; Hayashi, Mikihiro; Nishikawa, Michihiro; Nishihara, Hiroshi


    Our recent achievements relating to photofunctional molecules are addressed. Section 1 discloses a new concept of photoisomerization. Pyridylpyrimidine-copper complexes undergo a ring inversion that can be modulated by the redox state of the copper center. In combination with an intermolecular photoelectron transfer (PET) initiated by the metal-to-ligand charge transfer (MLCT) transition of the Cu(I) state, we realize photonic regulation of the ring inversion. Section 2 reports on the first examples of heteroleptic bis(dipyrrinato)zinc(II) complexes. Conventional homoleptic bis(dipyrrinato)zinc(II) complexes suffered from low fluorescence quantum yields, whereas the heteroleptic ones feature bright fluorescence even in polar solvents. Section 3 describes our new findings on Pechmann dye, which was first synthesized in 1882. New synthetic procedures for Pechmann dye using dimethyl bis(arylethynyl)fumarate as a starting material gives rise to its new structural isomer. We also demonstrate potentiality of a donor-acceptor-donor type of Pechmann dye in organic electronics.


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    The properties and structure of Langmuir-Blodgett films of two new amphiphilic nonlinear optical dyes containing stereogenic (chiral) centers were studied. The dye molecule 4-[[4'-[(3R)-palmitoylpyrrolidin-1-yl]phenyl]azo]-3-nitrobenzoic acid (KZ16) forms homogeneous structures in the plane of the s

  13. Selective nonspecific solvation under dielectric saturation and fluorescence spectra of dye solutions in binary solvents. (United States)

    Bakhshiev, N G; Kiselev, M B


    The influence of selective nonspecific solvation on the fluorescence spectra of three substitutedN-methylphthalimides in a binary solvent system consisting of a nonpolar (n-heptane) and a polar (pyridine) component has been studied under conditions close to dielectric saturation. The substantially nonlinearity of the effect is confirmation that the spectral shifts of fluorescence bands depend on the number of polar solvent molecules involved in solvating the dye molecule. The measured fluorescence spectral shifts determined by substituting one nonpolar solvent molecula with a polar one in the proximity of the dye molecule agree quantitatively with the forecasts of the previously proposed semiempirical theory which describes this nonlinear solvation phenomenon.

  14. Tuning the photovoltage of dye-sensitized solar cells based on electrodeposited ZnO

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    Oekermann, Torsten [Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, Leibniz Universitaet Hannover, Callinstrasse 3- 3A, 30167 Hannover (Germany); Peter, Laurence [Department of Chemistry, University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY (United Kingdom); Yoshida, Tsukasa [Graduate School of Engineering, Gifu University, Yanagido 1-1, Gifu 501-1193 (Japan)


    Nanoporous, fully crystalline ZnO films can be prepared by cathodic electrodeposition from aqueous solutions of Zn salts under the influence of structure-directing agents such as surfactants. Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC) based on such films have emerged as a possible alternative for nanocrystalline TiO2-based DSSC due to the very high porosity and good electron transport properties of the films. In this study, we have investigated the influence of the sensitizer dye molecules on the photovoltage of the ZnO-based DSSC. Impedance measurements show that the adsorbed dye molecules lead to a shift of the flatband potential of the ZnO. Electron pushing or withdrawing effects of the dye molecules and protonation or deprotonation of the ZnO surface are discussed as possible explanations. The shifts in the flatband potential partly explain the differences in the photovoltages caused by different dyes, however, differences in the electron injection efficiency and the blocking of electron back reaction by the dye molecules have to be taken into account, too, for a complete description.

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

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


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

  16. Cucurbit[6]uril Modified Silver on the Catalytic Oxidation Property of Dyes%六元瓜环修饰的银对染料的催化氧化性能

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    赵安婷; 高丽; 罗娟


    Cucurbit[6]uril modified silver was prepared by chemical reduction method using cucurbit[6] uril as the modifier and ascorbic acid as a reducing agent. The structure and morphology of the product were characterized by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscope. And its catalytic performance in the oxidation of methylene blue and rhodamine B were studied. The results showed that the silver following the modification had special of clocklike morphology with a diameter of 2 µm when 0.4 mmol cucurbit[6]uril was used. Catalyzed by 0.02 g/L clocklike silver, more than 74.0% of rhodamine-B and 78.0%of methylene blue could be oxidized in 300 min with H2O2.%以六元瓜环(Q[6])为怱饰剂,抗坏血酸为还原剂,采用化学还原法制备了 Q[6]怱饰的银。用X射线粉末衍射、扫描电镜对产物进行结构和形貌表征,并研究了银催化氧化染料次甲基蓝和罗丹明B的性能。结果表明,怱饰剂Q[6]用量为0.4 mmol时,获得的银呈直径为2µm花团状结构,并且对罗丹明B和次甲基蓝具有较好的催化氧化效果,0.02 g/L花团状银在300 min内对罗丹明B和次甲基蓝的脱色率超过74.0%和78.0%。

  17. Enzyme-mediated bacterial biodegradation of an azo dye (C.I. Acid blue 113): reuse of treated dye wastewater in post-tanning operations. (United States)

    Senthilvelan, T; Kanagaraj, J; Panda, R C


    "Dyeing" is a common practice used to color the hides during the post-tanning operations in leather processing generating plenty of wastewater. The waste stream containing dye as pollutant is severely harmful to living beings. An azo dye (C.I. Acid Blue 113) has been biodegraded effectively by bacterial culture mediated with azoreductase enzyme to reduce the pollution load in the present investigation. The maximum rate of dye degradation was found to be 96 ± 4 and 92 ± 4 % for the initial concentrations of 100 and 200 mg/l, respectively. The enzyme activity was measured using NADH as a substrate. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) analysis was confirmed that the transformation of azo linkage could be transformed into N2 or NH3 or incorporated into complete biomass. Breaking down of dye molecules to various metabolites (such as aniline, naphthalene-1,4-diamine, 3-aminobenzenesulfonic acid, naphthalene-1-sulfonic acid, 8-aminonaphthalene-1-sulfonic acid, 5,8-diaminonaphthalene-1-sulfonic acid) was confirmed by gas chromatography and mass spectra (GC-MS) and mass (electrospray ionization (ESI)) spectra analysis. The treated wastewater could be reused for dyeing operation in the leather processing, and the properties of produced leather were evaluated by conventional methods that revealed to have improved dye penetration into the grain layer of experimental leather sample and resulted in high levelness of dyeing, which helps to obtain the desired smoothness and soft leather properties.

  18. Can nitro groups really anchor onto TiO2? Case study of dye-to-TiO2 adsorption using azo dyes with NO2 substituents. (United States)

    Zhang, Lei; Cole, Jacqueline M


    The nitro group has recently been suggested as a new type of anchor for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) and has shown promising optoelectronic properties. Considering the excellent electron withdrawing ability of the nitro group and wider materials selection brought about by this substituent, it is helpful to evaluate the interfacial structures and photophysics of more organic dyes where NO2 poses as the dye-to-TiO2 anchor. A computational study on a family of azo dyes bearing a nitro group is presented, where the effect of certain side groups on their optical properties is examined. Both isolated dye molecules and dye/TiO2 nanocomposites are studied via density functional theory and time-dependent density functional theory, with complementary experimental UV/vis absorption spectroscopy and photovoltaic device testing. Results demonstrate that these nitro-containing dyes prefer a monodentate anchoring mode on a TiO2 cluster. These nitro dyes reveal weak, but non-negligible, adsorption onto TiO2; yet, very low photovoltaic performance once incorporated into a DSSC device. This poor delivery of nitro groups as DSSC anchors is ostensibly inconsistent with previous findings; but is rationalized via the "auxiliary anchor" concept.

  19. Optical study of dye-containing fluorinated polyimide thin films (United States)

    Quaranta, A.; Carturan, S.; Maggioni, G.; Della Mea, G.; Ischia, M.; Campostrini, R.

    Thin films of dye-containing fluorinated polyimide have been obtained by adding the dye powder to the polyamic acid resin and by spin coating the resulting solution on silica and silicon substrates. 6FDA (4,4'-hexafluoroisopropylidene diphthalic anhydride) and DAB (diaminobenzophenone) have been used as precursor monomers and rhodamine B as dye. The influence of the rhodamine-B molecule on the completeness of the imidization process has been studied by coupled thermogravimetric and mass-spectrometric analyses (TG-MS) of pure and doped polyamic acid resin and by FT-IR analysis of samples before and after curing. Optical emission, excitation and absorption spectra have been collected in order to study spectroscopic and aggregation characteristics of rhodamine as a function of the deposition parameters.

  20. Conformational analysis of polymethine dyes derived from the 2-azaazulene (United States)

    Ryabitskii, Aleksey B.; Bricks, Julia L.; Kachkovskii, Aleksey D.; Kurdyukov, Vladimir V.


    A systematic investigation of the conformational structure was performed for the series of symmetrical and unsymmetrical mono-, tri-, pentamethine cyanines, and styryl dyes bearing 2-azaazulenium terminal group. The rotation energy barriers of terminal groups were determined via the dynamic variable temperature NMR experiments. The conformational transformation energy was calculated by quantum chemical methods (B3LYP and M05-2X) both for the cases of considering the solvent influence and not tacking it into account. Based on the comparison of theoretical and experimental data, relative electron-donating abilities and geometrical features of the heterocyclic terminal groups in 2-azaazulenium dyes were estimated. The arrangement of certain heterocyclic nuclei in order of basicity by considering the results of the dynamic NMR investigations was proposed. Influence of the conjugated chain length and the solvent nature on the conformational lability of the investigated dye molecules was discussed.

  1. The use of supramolecular chemistry in dye delivery systems

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    Merckel, D A S


    This thesis reports an investigation into supramolecular recognition of the sulfate/ sulfonate oxoanionic group, a moiety present in the majority of reactive dyes. In the first section the problems associated with the use of reactive dyes in dyeing cotton fabrics together with a literature review of supramolecular approaches to anion recognition are discussed. Drawing on the current literature concerning anion recognition (in particular the recognition of phosphates), the main body of the thesis concerns the design and synthesis of several series ofC-shaped (tweezer) and tripodal potential sulfate/ sulfonate receptors. These receptors incorporate the H-bond donor groups guanidine and thiourea and to a lesser extent urea and amide functionalities. In addition the behaviour of potential tweezer-like receptor molecules based on s-triazine (derived from cyanuric chloride) has also been investigated. The sulfate/ sulfonate and related phosphonate association properties of these potential receptors have been studie...

  2. A modified fluorescent intercalator displacement assay for RNA ligand discovery. (United States)

    Asare-Okai, Papa Nii; Chow, Christine S


    Fluorescent intercalator displacement (FID) is a convenient and practical tool for identifying new nucleic acid-binding ligands. The success of FID is based on the fact that it can be fashioned into a versatile screening assay for assessing the relative binding affinities of compounds to nucleic acids. FID is a tagless approach; the target RNAs and the ligands or small molecules under investigation do not need to be modified in order to be examined. In this study, a modified FID assay for screening RNA-binding ligands was established using 3-methyl-2-((1-(3-(trimethylammonio)propyl)-4-quinolinylidene)methyl)benzothiazolium (TO-PRO) as the fluorescent indicator. Electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) results provide direct evidence that correlates the reduction in fluorescence intensity observed in the FID assay with displacement of the dye molecule from RNA. The assay was successfully applied to screen a variety of RNA-binding ligands with a set of small hairpin RNAs. Ligands that bind with moderate affinity to the chosen RNA constructs (A-site, TAR [transactivation response element], h31 [helix 31], and H69 [helix 69] were identified. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Enhanced performance of dye-sensitized solar cells with dual-function coadsorbent: reducing the surface concentration of dye-iodine complexes concomitant with attenuated charge recombination. (United States)

    Mazloum-Ardakani, Mohammad; Khoshroo, Alireza


    In this paper, we have investigated the effects of oleic acid as a dual-function coadsorbent on recombination and iodine binding in dye-sensitized solar cells. Oleic acid as a dual-function coadsorbent effectively shields the back electron transfer from TiO2 to I3(-) ions and also reduces the surface concentration of dye-I2 complexes via iodine binding to the unsaturated double bond on oleic acid. It was found that interaction between iodine and the double bond of oleic acid keeps the iodine molecules away from the surface and reduces the recombination rate between injected electrons in a semiconductor and iodine molecules and also increases open-circuit voltage. Furthermore, the interaction between iodine molecules and unexcited dyes affects the UV-Vis spectrum of them and prevents an unfavorable blue shift. Overall, the results point to an improved performance for DSC operation and development.

  4. Direct analysis of textile fabrics and dyes using infrared matrix-assisted laser desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. (United States)

    Cochran, Kristin H; Barry, Jeremy A; Muddiman, David C; Hinks, David


    The forensic analysis of textile fibers uses a variety of techniques from microscopy to spectroscopy. One such technique that is often used to identify the dye(s) within the fiber is mass spectrometry (MS). In the traditional MS method, the dye must be extracted from the fabric and the dye components are separated by chromatography prior to mass spectrometric analysis. Direct analysis of the dye from the fabric allows the omission of the lengthy sample preparation involved in extraction, thereby significantly reducing the overall analysis time. Herein, a direct analysis of dyed textile fabric was performed using the infrared matrix-assisted laser desorption electrospray ionization (IR-MALDESI) source for MS. In MALDESI, an IR laser with wavelength tuned to 2.94 μm is used to desorb the dye from the fabric sample with the aid of water as the matrix. The desorbed dye molecules are then postionized by electrospray ionization (ESI). A variety of dye classes were analyzed from various fabrics with little to no sample preparation allowing for the identification of the dye mass and in some cases the fiber polymer. Those dyes that were not detected using MALDESI were also not observed by direct infusion ESI of the dye standard.

  5. Dye sensitized solar cells. (United States)

    Wei, Di


    Dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC) is the only solar cell that can offer both the flexibility and transparency. Its efficiency is comparable to amorphous silicon solar cells but with a much lower cost. This review not only covers the fundamentals of DSSC but also the related cutting-edge research and its development for industrial applications. Most recent research topics on DSSC, for example, applications of nanostructured TiO(2), ZnO electrodes, ionic liquid electrolytes, carbon nanotubes, graphene and solid state DSSC have all been included and discussed.

  6. Dye Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Di Wei


    Full Text Available Dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC is the only solar cell that can offer both the flexibility and transparency. Its efficiency is comparable to amorphous silicon solar cells but with a much lower cost. This review not only covers the fundamentals of DSSC but also the related cutting-edge research and its development for industrial applications. Most recent research topics on DSSC, for example, applications of nanostructured TiO2, ZnO electrodes, ionic liquid electrolytes, carbon nanotubes, graphene and solid state DSSC have all been included and discussed.


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    KALIYAMOORTHI Karthikeyan


    Full Text Available Dyeing of fabric blends such as Cotton/Nylon (C/N is presently dyed by two-bath or one-bath two-step dyeing. Cellulose fibers when immersed in water produce a negative electrokinetic potential. The negative charge on the fiber repels the anionic dye ions and consequently the exhaustion of the dye bath is limited. When the fabric is treated with chitosan (polyacrylamide, the primary hydroxyl groups of cellulose is partially modified into amide groups, which intern leads the cellulose to act like as polyamide fiber. As a naturally deriving substance, chitosan has several beneficial properties such as being nontoxic and biodegradable. Absorption of acid dyes by chitosan is mostly by electrostatic interactions, the larger surface area of chitosan nanoparticles is advantageous for enhancement of dyeability of textile material. Experimental work was carried out on finding the possibility of one bath dyeing of chitosan pretreated cotton/nylon fabric with acid dyes. The effect of chitosan pretreatment on dyeability, fastness, and few physicochemical properties has been investigated, and results are presented. The cotton/nylon sample treated with 0.3% of chitosan nanoparticles had higher K/S values, washing, and crocking fastness. Also observed, dyed fabric had antibacterial potential due to the antibacterial property of chitosan. New method of union dyeing showed level dyeing having good fastness properties and offers the option of cost effective and eco-friendly.

  8. Effects of dye adsorption on the electron transport properties in ZnO-nanowire dye-sensitized solar cells (United States)

    Wu, Jih-Jen; Chen, Guan-Ren; Yang, Hung-Hsien; Ku, Chen-Hao; Lai-Yuan, Jr.


    Mercurochrome and N3 dyes are employed to be the sensitizers in the ZnO-nanowire (NW) dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). A lower fill factor is obtained in the N3-sensitized cell which results in comparable efficiencies in both ZnO-NW DSSCs although the N3 molecules possess a wider absorptive range for light harvesting. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and open-circuit photovoltage decay measurements are employed to investigate the electron transport properties in both ZnO-NW DSSCs. The results indicate that more abundant electron interfacial recombination occurs in the N3-sensitized ZnO-NW DSSC due to the higher surface trap density in the ZnO-NW photoanode after N3 dye adsorption.

  9. Photovoltaic cells based on ternary P3HT:PCBM:polymethine dye active layer transparent in the visible range of light (United States)

    Bliznyuk, Valery N.; Gasiorowski, Jacek; Ishchenko, Alexander A.; Bulavko, Gennadiy V.; Rahaman, Mahfujur; Hingerl, Kurt; Zahn, Dietrich R. T.; Sariciftci, Niyazi S.


    Optical and photovoltaic properties were studied for ternary photovoltaic cells containing a traditional donor-acceptor bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) active layer modified with polymethine dye molecules in a broad range of compositions and wavelengths. An effect of composition induced optical transparency, due to the strong modification of the density of states, was observed for symmetrical compositions with approximately equal amount of components. Based on our spectroscopic ellipsometry and atomic force microscopy (AFM) studies we can suggest that the variation of the refractive index, which is significantly reduced in the visible range for ternary systems, is involved in the physical mechanism of the phenomenon. Despite of an addition of the IR absorbing component (which allows broadening of the absorption band to up to 800 nm) no improvement in the power conversion efficiency (PCE) is observed in comparison to the binary BHJ system (P3HT:PCBM). Nevertheless, we believe that further advance of the efficiency will be possible if the energy levels will be chemically designed to avoid formation of charge traps at the BHJ interface during light excitation. Such fine adjustment of the system should become possible with a proper choice of polymer:dye composition due to a high versatility of the polymethine dyes demonstrated in previous studies.

  10. Removal of cationic Rhodamine-B dye using nano-titania with anatase crystalline structure and kinetic analysis of the photocatalytic reaction (United States)

    Zhang, Dongfang


    Heterogeneous photocatalytic removal of Rhodamine-B (RhB) dye from liquid phase was done using anatase-phase nanocrystalline TiO2 synthesized via a modified sol-gel process. The anatase-phase nanocrystalline TiO2 was characterized using various analytical techniques including XRD, UV-vis DRS, PL, and FTIR to investigate its phase composition and structure, nanocrystalline size, band gap energy, photoluminescence and surface properties of the prepared systems. The photocatalytic discoloration efficiency of anatase-phase nanocrystalline titania was investigated by monitoring the decomposition of RhB dye as target compounds in an aqueous solution. The results showed that the as-prepared anatase-phase nanocrystalline TiO2 was excellent for degradation of RhB molecule, and the crystallite size, excitonic PL and surface hydroxyl content have intimate relationship with the decomposition efficiency of RhB. The reaction mechanism was proposed and the results demonstrate that the role of direct photolysis on RhB dye degradation can be neglected. Meanwhile, the Langmuir-Hinshelwood kinetic model describes the photodecay date of RhB in consistent with a first order powder law and thus photocatalytic oxidation reaction followed a pseudo-first-order kinetics.

  11. High Efficiency of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Liyuan Han


    @@ 1Introduction Much attention has been paid to the development of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) during the past decade. In general, a DSC comprises a nanocrystalline titanium dioxide (TiO2) electrode modified with a dye fabricated on a transparent conducting oxide (TCO), a platinum (Pt) counter electrode, and an electrolyte solution with a dissolved iodide ion/tri-iodide ion redox couple between the electrodes. Although a DSC using black dye with high efficiency of 10.4%, which was measured by NREL(U. S. A. ), was reported by Graetzel et al. [1], the efficiency of DSCs should be further improved for practical use in comparison with silicon solar cells.

  12. Carcinogenicity of hair dye components. (United States)

    Van Duuren, B L


    The available animal carcinogenicity data on hair dye components was reviewed. From this review it became clear that certain hair dye components, some of which are still in hair dye formulations now on the market, are animal carcinogens. The compounds of concern that are still in use are: 3-amino-4-methoxyaniline, 2-nitro-4-aminoaniline and 3-nitro-4-hydroxyaniline. Certain azo dyes formerly used, and related compounds still in use, contain the benzidine moiety. Two of these compounds, Direct Blue 6 and Direct Black 38, have been shown to be metabolized in animals to the human carcinogen benzidine. Furthermore, skin absorption studies carried out with radiolabeled hair dye components applied to animal or human skin have conclusively shown that these compounds are systemically absorbed and excreted. Known cocarcinogens such as catechol and pyrogallol, which enhance benzo(a)pyrene carcinogenicity on mouse skin, are used as hair dye components. It is not known whether such compounds will enhance the carcinogenicity of substituted aniline hair dye chemicals. The available epidemiologic data are not sufficient to link hair dye use with an increased incidence in human cancer.

  13. Temporal output profile of gain-coupled distributed feedback dye laser (United States)

    Pasandideh, K.; Souri, S.; Gohari Kamel, N.; Sadighi-Bonabi, R.


    The lasing mechanism and temporal output profile of distributed feedback dye lasers is investigated, using a model based on induced polarization in the dye solution, where a more accurate behavior of the laser output is predicted. It is found that the temporal output profile of the laser is mostly determined by the concentration of dye solution and the lifetime of the upper laser level of dye molecules. To a large extent, the results of this work agree with experimental studies, even at high-level pump intensities where the self Q-switched model fails to be applied. Especially, the experimentally observed irregular intensity profile of laser output is explained. It is also shown that, when pumping dye solution by narrower pulses, the single-pulse output mode can be realized in the wider range of pump intensities and the pulsewidth stability of laser can be improved.

  14. Conformation of nanoconfined DNA as a function of ATP, AMP, CTP, Mg2+, and dye binding (United States)

    Roushan, Maedeh; Riehn, Robert


    DNA molecules stretch in nanochannels with a channel cross-section of 100x100 nm2, thereby allowing analysis by observation of a fluorescent dye. The length and configuration of DNA can be directly observed, and the effect of different DNA-binding proteins on DNA configuration can be studied. Recently, we reported on the ability of T4 ligase to transiently manipulate DNA as a function of ATP and magnesium exposure. In this process we have extensively probed the interactions of dyes and enzyme co-factors with DNA under nanoconfinement. We find negligible effects if DNA is visualized using groove-binding dyes such as DAPI. However, if an intercalating dye (YOYO-1) is used, we find a significant shortening of the DNA in the presence of ATP that we attribute to an interaction of dye and ATP (as well as AMP and CTP). We did not record a noticeable effect due to Mg2+.

  15. Photosensitization of nanoporous TiO{sub 2} films with natural dye

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    Jin, En Mei; Park, Kyung-Hee; Gu, Hal-Bon [Department of Electrical Engineering, Chonnam National University, 300 Yongbon-dong, Buk-gu, Gwangju 500-757 (Korea, Republic of); Jin, Bo [Key Laboratory of Automobile Materials, Ministry of Education and School of Materials Science and Engineering, Jilin University, Changchun 130025 (China); Yun, Je-Jung, E-mail: [Jeonnam Nano Bio Center, 1063-50 Yeongcheon-ri, Jangseong-gun, Jeollanam-do 515-806 (Korea, Republic of)


    Dye-sensitized solar cells were assembled by using natural dyes extracted from wormwood, bamboo leaves and red maple leaves as photosensitizers. The V{sub oc} values of natural dyes from wormwood, bamboo leaves and maple leaves were 0.67, 0.66 and 0.59, respectively. The I{sub SC} values were varied from 2.56 to 5.95 mA cm{sup -2} and the fill factors from 56 to 66%. Based on investigations into the structure and properties of dye molecules, wormwood revealed the best photosensitized effects among several kinds of natural dyes, which is due to the interaction between the carbonyl and hydroxyl groups of anthocyanin and the surface of TiO{sub 2}; these wormwood extracts act as efficient sensitizers.

  16. Numerical simulations for the effiency improvement of hybrid dye-microcrystalline silicon pin-solar cells

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    Burdorf, Sven; Bauer, Gottfried Heinrich; Brueggemann, Rudolf [Institut fuer Physik, Carl von Ossietzky Universitaet, Oldenburg (Germany)


    Hybrid solar cells consisting of dye sensitizers incorporated in the i-layer of microcrystalline silicon pin solar cell have been proposed and even recently processed. The dye sensitizer molecules are embedded in the matrix and enhance the overall absorption of the dye-matrix system due to their high absorption coefficient in the spectral range interesting for photovoltaic applications. However, the charge transport properties of dyes are quite poor. Microcrystalline silicon on the other hand has acceptable charge transport properties, while the absorption, given a layer thickness in the micron range, is relatively poor. This contribution investigates the effiency improvement of hybrid dye-microcrystalline solar cells compared to pure microcrystalline solar cells by simulation. The results indicate that, under optimal conditions, the effiency can be improved by more than 20 % compared to a pure microcrystalline silicon cell. The thickness reduction for the hybrid system can be as large as 50 % for the same effiency.

  17. Research progress of triphenylamine dye sensitizers of solar cells

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    Yifeng YU


    Full Text Available Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC attracted widespread attention for its low cost, being easy to manufacture, large-scale production and environmentally friendly features. Sensitizer is a core component of the DSSC which plays a role in collecting sunlight and injecting excited state electron into the conduction band of the semiconductor, which is crucial to the photo-electric conversion efficiency. Organic dyes have a number of advantages such as easy synthesizing and tuning of photo-physical and electrochemical properties through molecular design. Triphenylamine is a strong electron donating group, and its non-planar spatial structure makes the degree of the dye molecules aggregation to be decreased. These properties are conducive to improve the absorption properties of the dye and the electron transport efficiency. In recent years, triphenylamine or substituted triphenylamine as electron donor of organic sensitizers becomes the research focus for improving the photoelectric conversion efficiency of solar cells. In this paper, the progress of triphenylamine photosensitive dyes is described.

  18. Experimental Study on Lanthanum Modified ZnO -TiO2 Photocatalytic Oxidation of Reactive Dyes%镧改性 ZnO - TiO2光催化氧化活性染料的实验研究

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    陈玉婷; 朱雷; 肖扬帆


    采用溶胶-凝胶法制备掺杂ZnO的TiO2复合半导体,用X射线衍射和电镜扫描对晶体结构进行表征,最优的锌掺杂量、镧掺杂量、煅烧温度分别为3%,0.3%,500℃。以活性染料配水作为目标降解物,考察了对6种不同活性染料的光催化氧化效果。0.3%镧改性ZnO-TiO2对活性艳蓝X-BR的色度去除率可以达到97.3%,得到最佳脱色率的条件是使用紫外光作为光源,光照时间2 h ,初始质量浓度100 mg/L ,pH值控制在1左右,氯离子浓度控制在1 mol/L。%In this study ,the sol -gel method is adopted to prepare TiO2 -doped ZnO semiconductor ,in which X -ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy is used to characterize the crystal structure and the optimal amount of zinc dop-ing ,doping lanthanum and calcination temperatures is 3% ,0 .3% and 500 ℃ respectively .The reactive dyes with water is used as a target degradation to investigate the photocatalytic oxidation effects of six different reactive dyes .The chroma re-moval efficiency of ZnO-TiO2 with 0 .3% on lanthanum-modified reactive Brilliant Blue X -BR can reach 97 .3% and it is obtained the best conditions decolorization rate ,that is ,the ultraviolet light is used as a light source ,exposure time 2 hours ,the initial concentration of 100 mg /L ,pH control in about 1 and the chloride ion concentration at 1 mol/L .

  19. Manipulation of spontaneous emission dynamics of organic dyes in the porous silicon matrix. (United States)

    Makhal, Abhinandan; Kumar, Pushpendra; Lemmens, Peter; Pal, Samir Kumar


    The control of the spontaneous emission (SE) rate of dye molecules (4-dicyanomethylene-2-methyl-6-p-dimethylaminostyryl-4H-pyran (DCM) and Coumarin 523 (C523)) embedded in the Porous Silicon (PS) matrix has been studied using picosecond resolved fluorescence decay and polarization studies. We have shown that the SE rates of the two organic dyes embedded in the PS matrix depend on the relative positions of the emission maxima of the dyes with respect to electronic band gap energy of the PS matrix. We have also explored that the electronic band gap of the host PS matrix can easily be tuned by partial oxidation of the PS and the nature of SE of the embedded dyes can be tuned accordingly. The demonstrated retardation or enhancement of the spontaneous photon emission may enable the application of fluorescent organic molecules in PS matrix in several quantum optical devices including the realization of single photon sources.

  20. Single molecules in soft matter : a study of biomolecular conformation, heterogeneity and plasmon enhanced fluorescence

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    Yuan, Haifeng


    We study the dynamics of single molecules and individual gold nanorods in glycerol at variable temperatures. We demonstrate temperature-cycle microscopy on FRET-labeled polyproline and double-stranded DNA molecules to access micro-second dynamics of single molecules, and reveal the influences of dye