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  1. Metal-passivated PbS nanoparticles: fabrication and characterization.

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    Tchaplyguine, M; Mikkelä, M-H; Mårsell, E; Polley, C; Mikkelsen, A; Zhang, W; Yartsev, A; Hetherington, C J D; Wallenberg, L R; Björneholm, O

    2017-03-08

    Organic-shell-free PbS nanoparticles have been produced in the size range relevant for quantum-dot solar cells (QDSCs) by a vapor aggregation method involving magnetron reactive sputtering. This method creates a beam of free 5-10 nm particles in a vacuum. The dimensions of the particles were estimated after their deposition on a substrate by imaging them using ex situ SEM and HRTEM electron microscopy. The particle structure and chemical composition could be deduced "on the fly", prior to deposition, using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) with tunable synchrotron radiation. Our XPS results suggest that under certain conditions it is possible to fabricate particles with a semiconductor core and 1 to 2 monolayer shells of metallic lead. For this case the absolute energy of the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) in PbS has been determined to be (5.0 ± 0.5) eV below the vacuum level. For such particles deposited on a substrate HRTEM has confirmed the XPS-based conclusions on the crystalline PbS structure of the semiconductor core. Absorption spectroscopy on the deposited film has given a value of ∼1 eV for the lowest exciton. Together with the valence XPS results this has allowed us to reconstruct the energy level scheme of the particles. The results obtained are discussed in the context of the properties of PbS QDSCs.

  2. Improved mechanical stability of acetoxypropyl cellulose upon blending with ultranarrow PbS nanowires in Langmuir monolayer matrix.

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    Maji, Subrata; Kundu, Sudarshan; Pinto, L F V; Godinho, M H; Khan, Ali Hossain; Acharya, Somobrata

    2013-12-10

    Cellulose and cellulose derivatives have long been used as membrane fabrication. Langmuir monolayer behavior, which naturally mimics membranes, of acetoxypropyl cellulose (APC) and lead sulfide (PbS) nanowire mixtures at different volume ratios is reported. Surface pressure (π)-area (A) isotherms of APC and PbS nanowires mixtures at different volume ratios show a gradual decrease in the monolayer area with increasing volume fraction of PbS nanowires. Change of surface potential with monolayer area at different volume ratios also reveals a gradual increase in the surface potential indicating incorporation of PbS nanowires within APC matrix. The compressibility and elastic constants measurements reveal an enhancement of the elasticity upon incorporation of PbS nanowires up to certain volume fractions. An enhancement in stability of the blend is observed upon PbS nanowire incorporation to the APC matrix. Rheological measurements also support the robustness of the mixture of APC and PbS nanowires in 3D bulk phase. Such robust ultrathin films of cellulose based-nanowire blend obtained by means of the Langmuir technique may lead to novel routes for designing cellulosic-based thin films and membranes.

  3. Photoactive hybrid material based on pyrene functionalized PbS nanocrystals decorating CVD monolayer graphene.

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    Ingrosso, Chiara; Bianco, Giuseppe V; Corricelli, Michela; Comparelli, Roberto; Altamura, Davide; Agostiano, Angela; Striccoli, Marinella; Losurdo, Maria; Curri, M Lucia; Bruno, Giovanni

    2015-02-25

    A simple and facile solution-based procedure is implemented for decorating a large area, monolayer graphene film, grown by chemical vapor deposition, with size-tunable light absorbing colloidal PbS nanocrystals (NCs). The hybrid is obtained by exposing a large area graphene film to a solution of 1-pyrene butyric acid surface coated PbS NCs, obtained by a capping exchange procedure onto presynthesized organic-capped NCs. The results demonstrate that at the interface, multiple and cooperative π-π stacking interactions promoted by the pyrene ligand coordinating the NC surface lead to a successful anchoring of the nano-objects on the graphene platform which concomitantly preserves its aromatic structure. Interligand interactions provide organization of the nano-objects in highly interconnected nanostructured multilayer coatings, where the NCs retain geometry and composition. The resulting hybrid exhibits a sheet resistance lower than that of bare graphene, which is explained in terms of electronic communication in the hybrid, due to the interconnection of the NC film and to a hole transfer from photoexcited PbS NCs to graphene, channelled at the interface by pyrene. Such a direct electron coupling makes the manufactured hybrid material an interesting component for optoelectronics, sensors and for optical communication and information technology.

  4. Modeling Stimuli-Responsive Nanoparticle Monolayer

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    Yong, Xin

    2015-03-01

    Using dissipative particle dynamics (DPD), we model a monolayer formed at the water-oil interface, which comprises stimuli-responsive nanoparticles. The solid core of the nanoparticle encompasses beads arranged in an fcc lattice structure and its surface is uniformly grafted with stimuli-responsive polymer chains. The surface-active nanoparticles adsorb to the interface from the suspension to minimize total energy of the system and create a monolayer covering the interface. We investigate the monolayer formation by characterizing the detailed adsorption kinetics. We explore the microstructure of the monolayer at different surface coverage, including the particle crowding and ordering, and elucidate the response of monolayer to external stimuli. The collective behavior of the particles within the monolayer is demonstrated quantitatively by vector-vector autocorrelation functions. This study provides a fundamental understanding of the interfacial behavior of stimuli-responsive nanoparticles.

  5. INFRARED PHOTOLUMINESCENCE SPECTRA OF PBS NANOPARTICLES PREPARED BY LANGMUIR–BLODGETT AND LASER ABLATION METHODS

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    Zdeněk Remes

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available We optimized the optical setup originally designed for the photoluminescence measurements in the spectral range 400‒1100 nm. New design extends the spectral range into the near infrared region 900‒1700 nm and allows the colloidal solutions measurements in cuvettes as well as the measurements of nanoparticles deposited in the form of thin films on glass substrates. The infrared photoluminescence spectra of the PbS nanoparticles prepared by the Langmuir–Blodgett technique show the higher photoluminescence intensity and the shift to the shorter wavelengths compared to the infrared photoluminescence spectra of the PbS nanoparticles prepared by the laser ablation from PbS target. We aslo proved the high stability of PbS nanoparticles prepared in the form of thin layers.

  6. Continuous laser direct-writing of PbS nanoparticles inside transparent silica monoliths

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    Chahadih, Abdallah; El Hamzaoui, Hicham; Bernard, Rémy; Bois, Laurence; Beclin, Franc; Cristini, Odile; Capoen, Bruno; Bouazaoui, Mohamed

    2011-12-01

    Direct space-selective growth of PbS nanoparticles, embedded inside a transparent porous sol-gel derived silica matrix, has been achieved using continuous laser irradiation. Before the irradiation, the porous silica host has been soaked in a PbS precursor solution. The effect of the concentration of PbS precursors and of the incident laser power on the mean particle size was studied. Absorption spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction analysis, and TEM measurements were used to identify the PbS crystallites inside the xerogel and to estimate the average particle size. It has been shown that PbS crystallite sizes range between 3 and 13 nm depending on the PbS precursors concentration.

  7. Size-controlled electrochemical growth of PbS nanostructures into electrochemically patterned self-assembled monolayers.

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    Nişancı, Fatma Bayrakçeken; Demir, Ümit

    2012-06-05

    1-Hexadecanethiol self-assembled monolayers (HDT SAMs) on Au(111) were used as a molecular resist to fabricate nanosized patterns by electrochemical reductive partial desorption for subsequent electrodeposition of PbS from the same solution simultaneously. The influences of potential steps of variable pulse width and amplitude on the size and the number of patterns were investigated. The kinetics of pattern formation by reductive desorption appears to be instantaneous according to chronoamperometric and morphological investigations. PbS structures were deposited electrochemically into the patterns on HDT SAMs by a combined electrochemical technique, based on the codeposition from the same saturated PbS solution at the underpotential deposition of Pb and S. Scanning tunneling microscopy measurements showed that all of the PbS deposits were disk shaped and uniformly distributed on Au(111) surfaces. Preliminary results indicated that the diameter and the density of PbS deposits can be controlled by controlling the pulse width and amplitude of potential applied at the reductive removal stage of HDT SAMs and the deposition time during the electrochemical deposition step.

  8. The effect of surface modification on femtosecond optical Kerr effect of PBS nanoparticles

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    XichengAi; LinGuo; 等

    1999-01-01

    PbS nanoparticles modified by a polymer (P-PbS) was prepared,and the transient nonlinear optical properties studied by femtosecond optical Kerr effect(OKE) spectroscopy for the first time.A very large nonlinear optical effect(X(3)-5.6×10-12esu) with response time comparable to the laser pulse(-165fs) was observed.Comparing with PbS nonoparticles stabilized with PVA and coated with sodium dodecyle benzene sulphonate(DBS).the optical nonlinearity of the PbS nanoparticles modified by the polymer is much larger than those of them.Thereafter.the corresponding nonlinearity mechanism was interpreted.

  9. Mass spectrometric analysis of monolayer protected nanoparticles

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    Zhu, Zhengjiang

    Monolayer protected nanoparticles (NPs) include an inorganic core and a monolayer of organic ligands. The wide variety of core materials and the tunable surface monolayers make NPs promising materials for numerous applications. Concerns related to unforeseen human health and environmental impacts of NPs have also been raised. In this thesis, new analytical methods based on mass spectrometry are developed to understand the fate, transport, and biodistributions of NPs in the complex biological systems. A laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (LDI-MS) method has been developed to characterize the monolayers on NP surface. LDI-MS allows multiple NPs taken up by cells to be measured and quantified in a multiplexed fashion. The correlations between surface properties of NPs and cellular uptake have also been explored. LDI-MS is further coupled with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) to quantitatively measure monolayer stability of gold NPs (AuNPs) and quantum dots (QDs), respectively, in live cells. This label-free approach allows correlating monolayer structure and particle size with NP stability in various cellular environments. Finally, uptake, distribution, accumulation, and excretion of NPs in higher order organisms, such as fish and plants, have been investigated to understand the environmental impact of nanomaterials. The results indicate that surface chemistry is a primary determinant. NPs with hydrophilic surfaces are substantially less toxic and present a lower degree of bioaccumulation, making these nanomaterials attractive for sustainable nanotechnology.

  10. Molecular tilt on monolayer-protected nanoparticles

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    Giomi, L.

    2012-02-01

    The structure of the tilted phase of monolayer-protected nanoparticles is investigated by means of a simple Ginzburg-Landau model. The theory contains two dimensionless parameters representing the preferential tilt angle and the ratio ε between the energy cost due to spatial variations in the tilt of the coating molecules and that of the van der Waals interactions which favors the preferential tilt. We analyze the model for both spherical and octahedral particles. On spherical particles, we find a transition from a tilted phase, at small ε, to a phase where the molecules spontaneously align along the surface normal and tilt disappears. Octahedral particles have an additional phase at small ε characterized by the presence of six topological defects. These defective configurations provide preferred sites for the chemical functionalization of monolayer-protected nanoparticles via place-exchange reactions and their consequent linking to form molecules and bulk materials. Copyright © EPLA, 2012.

  11. Transient optical properties of novel PbS nanoparticles coated with 2,6-O-diallyl-β-CD

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    1999-01-01

    The transient optical properties of novel PbS nanoparticles coated with 2.6-O-diallyl-β-cyclodextrines(CDs) were studied by the femtosecond pump-probe technique.The results show that the ultrafast transient-induced absorption for the novel case.Compared to the PbS nanoparticles stabilized with polyvinyl alcohol(PVA),we find that the process for the novel case is different from the PbS(PVA),We suggest that the CDs surface modification can trap holes on the surface of PbS nanoparticles.This can induce an efficient charge separation between the PbS nanoparticles and its surface and result in an ultrsafast-induced absorption for novel PbS nanoparticles.

  12. Acid monolayer functionalized iron oxide nanoparticle catalysts

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    Ikenberry, Myles

    Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticle functionalization is an area of intensely active research, with applications across disciplines such as biomedical science and heterogeneous catalysis. This work demonstrates the functionalization of iron oxide nanoparticles with a quasi-monolayer of 11-sulfoundecanoic acid, 10-phosphono-1-decanesulfonic acid, and 11-aminoundecanoic acid. The carboxylic and phosphonic moieties form bonds to the iron oxide particle core, while the sulfonic acid groups face outward where they are available for catalysis. The particles were characterized by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), potentiometric titration, diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFTS), inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES), X-ray photoelectron spectrometry (XPS), and dynamic light scattering (DLS). The sulfonic acid functionalized particles were used to catalyze the hydrolysis of sucrose at 80° and starch at 130°, showing a higher activity per acid site than the traditional solid acid catalyst Amberlyst-15, and comparing well against results reported in the literature for sulfonic acid functionalized mesoporous silicas. In sucrose catalysis reactions, the phosphonic-sulfonic nanoparticles (PSNPs) were seen to be incompletely recovered by an external magnetic field, while the carboxylic-sulfonic nanoparticles (CSNPs) showed a trend of increasing activity over the first four recycle runs. Between the two sulfonic ligands, the phosphonates produced a more tightly packed monolayer, which corresponded to a higher sulfonic acid loading, lower agglomeration, lower recoverability through application of an external magnetic field, and higher activity per acid site for the hydrolysis of starch. Functionalizations with 11-aminoundecanoic acid resulted in some amine groups binding to the surfaces of iron oxide nanoparticles. This amine binding is commonly ignored in iron oxide

  13. Room temperature PbS nanoparticle growth, incubation in porous TiO{sub 2} electrode for photosensitization application

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    Patil, R.S.; Gujar, T.P. [Thin Film Physics Laboratory, Department of Physics, Shivaji University, Kolhapur 416 004 (India); Lokhande, C.D.; Mane, R.S.; Han, Sung-Hwan [Inorganic Nano-Materials Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Hanyang University, Sungdong-Ku, Haengdang-dong 17, Seoul 133-791 (Korea)

    2007-06-01

    We have reported the synthesis of PbS nanoparticles using a layer-by-layer ionic adsorption and reaction method at room temperature. The structural, morphological, optical, electrical and wettability properties were characterized. PbS nanoparticles were found to be oriented along the (2 0 0) plane. These PbS nanoparticles were incubated in porous spin coated TiO{sub 2} films of {proportional_to}1 {mu}m thickness using the SILAR method. A change in surface wettability in terms of surface water contact angle measurement was not observed. This confirms the insertion of PbS nanoparticles into porous TiO{sub 2}. Finally, photosensitization of the PbS incubated in porous TiO{sub 2} electrode in sodium sulfide electrolyte (80 mW/cm{sup 2} light intensity) was studied. (author)

  14. Improved microstructure and performance of PbS thin films via in-situ thermal decomposition of lead xanthate precursors using self-assembling monolayer

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    Wang, Jingni; Yao, Kai; Jia, Zhenrong; Wang, Xiaofeng; Li, Fan

    2016-09-01

    Microstructure control is critical to achieve thin film-based devices with high performance. The surface properties of the substrates on which thin films grow are expected to greatly influence the morphology and the resulting performance. Generally, homogeneous, dense and highly crystalline films are required. However, "island" like structures are usually obtained mainly due to the non-uniform nucleation. In this article, the self-assembling monolayer (SAM) strategy was applied to efficiently realize the uniform nucleation and modulate the microstructure of lead sulfide (PbS) thin films, which were fabricated on the modified ZnO-coated substrates with 3-mercaptopropionic acid (MPA) SAM via in-situ thermal decomposition of lead xanthate precursors. The results showed that PbS thin films with reduced pin-holes and uniform crystalline grains were fabricated with the incorporation of MPA SAM. More importantly, PbS thin films modulated by MPA showed better photoelectric response.

  15. Influence of PbS nanoparticle polymer coating on their aggregation behavior and toxicity to the green algae Dunaliella salina

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    Zamani, Hajar [Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences, Shiraz University, Shiraz 71454 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Moradshahi, Ali, E-mail: moradshahi@susc.ac.ir [Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences, Shiraz University, Shiraz 71454 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Jahromi, Hamed Dehdashti; Sheikhi, Mohammad Hosein [Nanotechnology Research Institute, Shiraz University, Shiraz 71454 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2014-09-15

    Highlights: • Lead sulfide nanoparticles (PbS NPs) are toxic to D. salina. • Gum-Arabic coating alters the toxicity of PbS NPs. • Cell-NPs agglomerates and lipid peroxidation could explain the toxicity of PbS NPs. • Shading effect and dissolution do not seem to contribute to the toxicity of PbS NPs. • Particle–particle interaction was reduced by coating; therefore, PbS NPs were stabilized in the culture media. - Abstract: The potential hazards of nanoparticles (NPs) to the environment and to living organisms need to be considered for a safe development of nanotechnology. In the present study, the potential toxic effects of uncoated and gum Arabic-coated lead sulfide nanoparticles (GA-coated PbS NPs) on the growth, lipid peroxidation, reducing capacity and total carotenoid content of the hypersaline unicellular green algae Dunaliella salina were investigated. Coatings of PbS NPs with GA, as confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, reduced the toxicity of PbS NPs. Uncoated PbS NP toxicity to D. salina was attributed to higher algal cell-NP agglomerate formation, higher lipid peroxidation, lower content of total reducing substances and lower total carotenoid content. Low levels of Pb{sup 2+} in the growth culture media indicate that PbS NP dissolution does not occur in the culture. Also, the addition of 100 μM Pb{sup 2+} to the culture media had no significant (P > 0.05) effect on algal growth. The shading of light (shading effect) by PbS NPs, when simulated using activated charcoal, did not contribute to the overall toxic effect of PbS NPs which was evident by insignificant (P > 0.05) reduction in the growth and antioxidant capacity of the algae. When PbS NP aggregation in culture media (without algal cells) was followed for 60 min, uncoated form aggregated rapidly reaching aggregate sizes with hydrodynamic diameter of over 2500 nm within 60 min. Effective particle–particle interaction was reduced in the GA-coated NPs. Aggregates of about

  16. Self-Assembled Monolayer of Mixed Gold and Nickel Nanoparticles

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    Yanni Jie; Huiqing Fan; Wei You

    2012-01-01

    Forming a monolayer of mixed nickel and gold nanoparticles through self-assembly via simple solu-tion processing constitutes an important step toward inexpensive nanoparticle-based carbon nanofiber growth. In this work, mixed gold and nickel nanoparticles were anchored on the silicon wafer using self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) as a template. SAMs of 3-mercaptopropyl trimethoxysilane (MPTS-SAMs) were formed on silicon wafer, with the exposed thiol functionality providing ligand exchange sites to form the mixed mono-layer of nickel and gold nanoparticles via a two-step sequential soaking approach. The densities of the nickel and gold nanoparticles on the surface can be varied by adjusting the soaking sequence.

  17. Electronic transport in nanoparticle monolayers sandwiched between graphene electrodes.

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    Lu, Chenguang; Zhang, Datong; van der Zande, Arend; Kim, Philip; Herman, Irving P

    2014-11-06

    Graphene/CdSe nanoparticle monolayer/graphene sandwich structures were fabricated to explore the interactions between these layered materials. Electrical transport across these heterostructures suggests that transport is limited by tunneling through the nanoparticle (NP) ligands but not the NP core itself. Photoconductivity suggests ligands may affect the exciton separation efficiency.

  18. Na-A4 zeolites as host of PbS nanoparticles; Zeolitas Na-A4 como anfitrion de nanoparticulas de PbS

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    Flores A, M.; Perez S, R.; Aceves T, R.; Arizpe C, H. [CIF, Universidad de Sonora, A.P. 142, 83190 Hermosillo, Sonora (Mexico); Sotelo L, M. [CIPM, Universidad de Sonora, 83190 Hermosillo, Sonora (Mexico); Ramirez B, R. [CINVESTAV-IPN, Unidad Queretaro, A.P. 1-798, 76001 Queretaro (Mexico)

    2006-07-01

    In this work we report the optical and structural properties of composite materials based on the semiconductor PbS enclosed in type A zeolite. The composite materials were obtained by chemical reaction in several steps of the zeolite in alkaline aqueous solutions containing Pb{sup 2+} and S{sup 2-} ions successively. Three samples were prepared at temperatures of 40, 50 and 60 C during the chemical reaction with S{sup 2-} ions. The obtained materials were studied by x-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and photoluminescence. The experimental results show the formation of spherical-shaped PbS particles with nano metric size and cubic crystalline structure embedded in the zeolite matrix. The absorption spectra of the samples display a well defined absorption band at about 300 nm due to the PbS nanoparticles in the zeolite matrix. In addition, an absorption peak appears in the absorption spectra at about 400 nm assigned to exciton transitions. (Author)

  19. Direct-writing of PbS nanoparticles inside transparent porous silica monoliths using pulsed femtosecond laser irradiation

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    Chahadih, Abdallah; El Hamzaoui, Hicham; Bernard, Rémy; Boussekey, Luc; Bois, Laurence; Cristini, Odile; Le Parquier, Marc; Capoen, Bruno; Bouazaoui, Mohamed

    2011-10-01

    Pulsed femtosecond laser irradiation at low repetition rate, without any annealing, has been used to localize the growth of PbS nanoparticles, for the first time, inside a transparent porous silica matrix prepared by a sol-gel route. Before the irradiation, the porous silica host has been soaked within a solution containing PbS precursors. The effect of the incident laser power on the particle size was studied. X-ray diffraction was used to identify the PbS crystallites inside the irradiated areas and to estimate the average particle size. The localized laser irradiation led to PbS crystallite size ranging between 4 and 8 nm, depending on the incident femtosecond laser power. The optical properties of the obtained PbS-silica nanocomposites have been investigated using absorption and photoluminescence spectroscopies. Finally, the stability of PbS nanoparticles embedded inside the host matrices has been followed as a function of time, and it has been shown that this stability depends on the nanoparticle mean size.

  20. CdO necklace like nanobeads decorated with PbS nanoparticles: Room temperature LPG sensor

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    Sonawane, N.B. [Department of Physics, School of Physical Sciences, North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon, 425001 M.S. (India); K.A.M.P. & N.K.P. Science College, Pimpalner, Sakri, Dhule, M.S. (India); Baviskar, P.K. [Department of Physics, School of Physical Sciences, North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon, 425001 M.S. (India); Ahire, R.R. [S.G. Patil Science, Sakri, Dhule, M.S. (India); Sankapal, B.R., E-mail: brsankapal@gmail.com [Nano Materials and Device Laboratory, Department of Applied Physics, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, South Ambazari Road, Nagpur, 440010 M.S. (India)

    2017-04-15

    Simple chemical route has been employed to grow interconnected nanobeads of CdO having necklace like structure through air annealing of cadmium hydroxide nanowires. This nanobeads of n-CdO with high surface area has been decorated with p-PbS nanoparticles resulting in the formation of nano-heterojunction which has been utilized effectively as room temperature liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) sensor. The room temperature gas response towards C{sub 2}H{sub 5}OH, Cl{sub 2}, NH{sub 3}, CO{sub 2} and LPG was investigated, among which LPG exhibits significant response. The maximum gas response of 51.10% is achieved with 94.54% stability upon exposure of 1176 ppm concentration of LPG at room temperature (27 °C). The resulting parameters like gas response, response and recovery time along with stability studies has been studied and results are discussed herein. - Highlights: • Conversion of Cd(OH){sub 2} nanowires to CdO nanonecklace by air annealing at 290 °C. • Decoration of PbS nanoparticles over CdO nanobeads by SILAR method. • Formation of n-CdO/p-PbS nano-heterojunction as room temperature LPG sensor. • Maximum gas response of 51.10% with 94.54% stability.

  1. Direct work function measurement by gas phase photoelectron spectroscopy and its application on PbS nanoparticles.

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    Axnanda, Stephanus; Scheele, Marcus; Crumlin, Ethan; Mao, Baohua; Chang, Rui; Rani, Sana; Faiz, Mohamed; Wang, Suidong; Alivisatos, A Paul; Liu, Zhi

    2013-01-01

    Work function is a fundamental property of a material's surface. It is playing an ever more important role in engineering new energy materials and efficient energy devices, especially in the field of photovoltaic devices, catalysis, semiconductor heterojunctions, nanotechnology, and electrochemistry. Using ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (APXPS), we have measured the binding energies of core level photoelectrons of Ar gas in the vicinity of several reference materials with known work functions (Au(111), Pt(111), graphite) and PbS nanoparticles. We demonstrate an unambiguously negative correlation between the work functions of reference samples and the binding energies of Ar 2p core level photoelectrons detected from the Ar gas near the sample surface region. Using this experimentally determined linear relationship between the surface work function and Ar gas core level photoelectron binding energy, we can measure the surface work function of different materials under different gas environments. To demonstrate the potential applications of this ambient pressure XPS technique in nanotechnology and solar energy research, we investigate the work functions of PbS nanoparticles with various capping ligands: methoxide, mercaptopropionic acid, and ethanedithiol. Significant Fermi level position changes are observed for PbS nanoparticles when the nanoparticle size and capping ligands are varied. The corresponding changes in the valence band maximum illustrate that an efficient quantum dot solar cell design has to take into account the electrochemical effect of the capping ligand as well.

  2. Tuning the structure of thermosensitive gold nanoparticle monolayers.

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    Rezende, Camila A; Shan, Jun; Lee, Lay-Theng; Zalczer, Gilbert; Tenhu, Heikki

    2009-07-23

    Gold nanoparticles grafted with poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) are rendered amphiphilic and thermosensitive. When spread on the surface of water, they form stable Langmuir monolayers that exhibit surface plasmon resonance. Using Langmuir balance and contrast-matched neutron reflectivity, the detailed structural properties of these nanocomposite monolayers are revealed. At low surface coverage, the gold nanoparticles are anchored to the interface by an adsorbed PNIPAM layer that forms a thin and compact pancake structure. Upon isothermal compression (T=20 degrees C), the adsorbed layer thickens with partial desorption of polymer chains to form brush structures. Two distinct polymer conformations thus coexist: an adsorbed conformation that assures stability of the monolayer, and brush structures that dangle in the subphase. An increase in temperature to 30 degrees C results in contractions of both adsorbed and brush layers with a concomitant decrease in interparticle distance, indicating vertical as well as lateral contractions of the graft polymer layer. The reversibility of this thermal response is also shown by the contraction-expansion of the polymer layers in heating-cooling cycles. The structure of the monolayer can thus be tuned by compression and reversibly by temperature. These compression and thermally induced conformational changes are discussed in relation to optical properties.

  3. Assembly of citrate gold nanoparticles on hydrophilic monolayers

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    Vikholm-Lundin, Inger, E-mail: inger.vikholm-lundin@uta.fi [University of Tampere, BioMediTech, Tampere (Finland); Fimlab Laboratories Ltd., Tampere (Finland); Rosqvist, Emil; Ihalainen, Petri [Abo Akademi University, Center for Functional Materials, Laboratory of Physical Chemistry (Finland); Munter, Tony [VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Process Chemistry end Environmental Engineering, Tampere (Finland); Honkimaa, Anni [University of Tampere, Department of Virology, School of Medicine, Tampere (Finland); Marjomäki, Varpu [University of Jyväskylä, Department of Biological and Environmental Science, Nanoscience Center, Jyväskylä (Finland); Albers, Willem M. [BioNavis Oy Ltd., Ylöjärvi, Tampere (Finland); Peltonen, Jouko [Abo Akademi University, Center for Functional Materials, Laboratory of Physical Chemistry (Finland)

    2016-08-15

    Highlights: • The self-assembled layers were all hydrophilic with Lipa-pTHMMAA exhibiting close to full wetting. • The polyacrylamide layers smoothen the gold surface to a higher extent than the polyethylene glycol and lipoic acid terminated with an amino group. • SPR resonance curves shift to higher angles and become increasingly damped when large nanoparticles assembled on the surface. • Topographical images confirmed that the highest number of particles were assembled on the polyethylene glycol monolayer. • By increasing the interaction time more particles could be assembled on the surface. - Abstract: Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) as model surfaces were linked onto planar gold films thorough lipoic acid or disulfide groups. The molecules used were polyethylene glycol (EG-S-S), N-[tris-(hydroxymethyl)methyl]acrylamide polymers with and without lipoic acid (Lipa-pTHMMAA and pTHMMAA) and a lipoic acid triazine derivative (Lipa-MF). All the layers, but Lipa-MF with a primary amino group were hydroxyl terminated. The layers were characterized by contact angle measurements and atomic force microscopy, AFM. Citrate stabilized nanoparticles, AuNPs in water and phosphate buffer were allowed to assemble on the layers for 10 min and the binding was followed in real-time with surface plasmon resonance, SPR. The SPR resonance curves were observed to shift to higher angles and become increasingly damped, while also the peaks strongly broaden when large nanoparticles assembled on the surface. Both the angular shift and the damping of the curve was largest for nanoparticles assembling on the EG-S-S monolayer. High amounts of particles were also assembled on the pTHMMAA layer without the lipoic acid group, but the damping of the curve was considerably lower with a more even distribution of the particles. Topographical images confirmed that the highest number of particles were assembled on the polyethylene glycol monolayer. By increasing the interaction time more

  4. Hybrid plasmonic/semiconductor nanoparticle monolayer assemblies as hyperbolic metamaterials

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    Zhukovsky, Sergei; Ozel, Tuncay; Mutlugun, Evren

    2014-01-01

    We show that hybrid nanostructures made of alternating colloidal semiconductor quantum dot and metal nanoparticle monolayers can function as multilayer hyperbolic meta-materials. By choosing the thickness of the spacer between the quantum dot and nanoparticle layers, one can achieve the indefinite...... effective permittivity tensor of the structure. This results in increased photonic density of states and strong enhancement of quantum dot luminescence, in line with recent experimental results. Our findings demonstrate that hyperbolic metamaterials can increase the radiative decay rate of emission centers...

  5. Assembly of citrate gold nanoparticles on hydrophilic monolayers

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    Vikholm-Lundin, Inger; Rosqvist, Emil; Ihalainen, Petri; Munter, Tony; Honkimaa, Anni; Marjomäki, Varpu; Albers, Willem M.; Peltonen, Jouko

    2016-08-01

    Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) as model surfaces were linked onto planar gold films thorough lipoic acid or disulfide groups. The molecules used were polyethylene glycol (EG-S-S), N-[tris-(hydroxymethyl)methyl]acrylamide polymers with and without lipoic acid (Lipa-pTHMMAA and pTHMMAA) and a lipoic acid triazine derivative (Lipa-MF). All the layers, but Lipa-MF with a primary amino group were hydroxyl terminated. The layers were characterized by contact angle measurements and atomic force microscopy, AFM. Citrate stabilized nanoparticles, AuNPs in water and phosphate buffer were allowed to assemble on the layers for 10 min and the binding was followed in real-time with surface plasmon resonance, SPR. The SPR resonance curves were observed to shift to higher angles and become increasingly damped, while also the peaks strongly broaden when large nanoparticles assembled on the surface. Both the angular shift and the damping of the curve was largest for nanoparticles assembling on the EG-S-S monolayer. High amounts of particles were also assembled on the pTHMMAA layer without the lipoic acid group, but the damping of the curve was considerably lower with a more even distribution of the particles. Topographical images confirmed that the highest number of particles were assembled on the polyethylene glycol monolayer. By increasing the interaction time more particles could be assembled on the surface.

  6. Safety concerns towards the biomedical application of PbS nanoparticles: An approach through protein-PbS interaction and corona formation

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    Kumar Bhunia, Amit; Saha, Satyajit [Department of Physics and Technophysics, Vidyasagar University, Paschim Medinipur 721102 (India); Kanti Samanta, Pijus [Department of Physics, Ghatal R.S. Mahavidyalaya, Paschim Medinipur 721212 (India); Kamilya, Tapanendu, E-mail: tapanenduiacs@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Narajole Raj College, Paschim Medinipur 721211 (India)

    2014-03-24

    Semiconductor nanoparticles (NPs) with near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence has achieved great interest for early detection of colon tumors/cancer. We have synthesized lead sulphide (PbS) NPs (5–7 nm) having emission in NIR region and investigated its interaction with bovine serum albumin (BSA) to determine the bio-safety of PbS NPs. The interaction of PbS NPs with BSA occurs through formation of “hard” and “soft” protein NPs corona and follows exponential association. The hard corona represents that the core PbS NPs are fully covered by BSA with shell thickness of ∼8 nm, i.e., the dimension of BSA monomer. A large number of PbS NPs with hard corona of BSA forms “colony” with diameters in the range of 200–400 nm. The soft corona grows surrounding this colony. The quenching of fluorescence BSA in the presence of PbS NPs follows dynamic quenching process with tryptophan as major binding sites. Nearest to human body temperature, positive cooperative association between PbS NPs and BSA are found, and affinity of BSA to the PbS NPs gradually increases in superlinear fashion. The electrostatic interaction is the key force in binding of PbS NPs with BSA, and hydrophobic interaction between PbS NPs and BSA is responsible for conformational change of BSA.

  7. Nanoparticle layer deposition for highly controlled multilayer formation based on high-coverage monolayers of nanoparticles

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    Liu, Yue; Williams, Mackenzie G.; Miller, Timothy J.; Teplyakov, Andrew V., E-mail: andrewt@udel.edu

    2016-01-01

    This paper establishes a strategy for chemical deposition of functionalized nanoparticles onto solid substrates in a layer-by-layer process based on self-limiting surface chemical reactions leading to complete monolayer formation within the multilayer system without any additional intermediate layers — nanoparticle layer deposition (NPLD). This approach is fundamentally different from previously established traditional layer-by-layer deposition techniques and is conceptually more similar to well-known atomic and molecular layer deposition processes. The NPLD approach uses efficient chemical functionalization of the solid substrate material and complementary functionalization of nanoparticles to produce a nearly 100% coverage of these nanoparticles with the use of “click chemistry”. Following this initial deposition, a second complete monolayer of nanoparticles is deposited using a copper-catalyzed “click reaction” with the azide-terminated silica nanoparticles of a different size. This layer-by-layer growth is demonstrated to produce stable covalently-bound multilayers of nearly perfect structure over macroscopic solid substrates. The formation of stable covalent bonds is confirmed spectroscopically and the stability of the multilayers produced is tested by sonication in a variety of common solvents. The 1-, 2- and 3-layer structures are interrogated by electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy and the thickness of the multilayers formed is fully consistent with that expected for highly efficient monolayer formation with each cycle of growth. This approach can be extended to include a variety of materials deposited in a predesigned sequence on different substrates with a highly conformal filling. - Highlights: • We investigate the formation of high-coverage monolayers of nanoparticles. • We use “click chemistry” to form these monolayers. • We form multiple layers based on the same strategy. • We confirm the formation of covalent bonds

  8. Building high-coverage monolayers of covalently bound magnetic nanoparticles

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    Williams, Mackenzie G.; Teplyakov, Andrew V.

    2016-12-01

    This work presents an approach for producing a high-coverage single monolayer of magnetic nanoparticles using "click chemistry" between complementarily functionalized nanoparticles and a flat substrate. This method highlights essential aspects of the functionalization scheme for substrate surface and nanoparticles to produce exceptionally high surface coverage without sacrificing selectivity or control over the layer produced. The deposition of one single layer of magnetic particles without agglomeration, over a large area, with a nearly 100% coverage is confirmed by electron microscopy. Spectroscopic techniques, supplemented by computational predictions, are used to interrogate the chemistry of the attachment and to confirm covalent binding, rather than attachment through self-assembly or weak van der Waals bonding. Density functional theory calculations for the surface intermediate of this copper-catalyzed process provide mechanistic insight into the effects of the functionalization scheme on surface coverage. Based on this analysis, it appears that steric limitations of the intermediate structure affect nanoparticle coverage on a flat solid substrate; however, this can be overcome by designing a functionalization scheme in such a way that the copper-based intermediate is formed on the spherical nanoparticles instead. This observation can be carried over to other approaches for creating highly controlled single- or multilayered nanostructures of a wide range of materials to result in high coverage and possibly, conformal filling.

  9. Synthesis of nanoparticle-cored dendrimers by convergent dendritic functionalization of monolayer-protected nanoparticles.

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    Shon, Young-Seok; Choi, Daeock; Dare, Jonathan; Dinh, Tuong

    2008-06-01

    This article presents a synthesis method for nanoparticle-cored dendrimers (NCDs), which have dendritic architectures around a monolayer-protected gold nanoparticle. The synthesis method is based on a strategy in which the synthesis of monolayer-protected nanoparticles is followed by adding dendrons on functionalized nanoparticles by a single coupling reaction. NMR spectroscopy, IR spectroscopy, and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) characterizations confirmed the successful coupling reaction between dendrons with different generations ([G1], [G2], and [G3]) and COOH-functionalized nanoparticles ( approximately Au201L71). The dendrimer wedge density also could be controlled by reacting nanoparticles having different loading of COOH groups ( approximately 60 and approximately 10% COOH of the 71 ligands per gold nanoparticle) with functionalized dendrons. Transmission electron microscope results showed that this synthesis strategy maintains the average size of the nanoparticle core during dendron coupling reactions. This control over the composition and core size makes the systematic study of NCDs with different generations possible. The chemical stability of NCDs was found to be affected by dendron generation around the nanoparticle core. The current-potential response of NCD films on microelectrode arrays exhibited better electrical conductivity for NCDs with lower dendron generation.

  10. Nanoparticle transport across in vitro olfactory cell monolayers.

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    Gartziandia, Oihane; Egusquiaguirre, Susana Patricia; Bianco, John; Pedraz, José Luis; Igartua, Manoli; Hernandez, Rosa Maria; Préat, Véronique; Beloqui, Ana

    2016-02-29

    Drug access to the CNS is hindered by the presence of the blood-brain barrier (BBB), and the intranasal route has risen as a non-invasive route to transport drugs directly from nose-to-brain avoiding the BBB. In addition, nanoparticles (NPs) have been described as efficient shuttles for direct nose-to-brain delivery of drugs. Nevertheless, there are few studies describing NP nose-to-brain transport. Thus, the aim of this work was (i) to develop, characterize and validate in vitro olfactory cell monolayers and (ii) to study the transport of polymeric- and lipid-based NPs across these monolayers in order to estimate NP access into the brain using cell penetrating peptide (CPPs) moieties: Tat and Penetratin (Pen). All tested poly(d,l-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) and nanostructured lipid carrier (NLC) formulations were stable in transport buffer and biocompatible with the olfactory mucosa cells. Nevertheless, 0.7% of PLGA NPs was able to cross the olfactory cell monolayers, whereas 8% and 22% of NLC and chitosan-coated NLC (CS-NLC) were transported across them, respectively. Moreover, the incorporation of CPPs to NLC surface significantly increased their transport, reaching 46% of transported NPs. We conclude that CPP-CS-NLC represent a promising brain shuttle via nose-to-brain for drug delivery.

  11. Phosphonate-anchored monolayers for antibody binding to magnetic nanoparticles.

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    Benbenishty-Shamir, Helly; Gilert, Roni; Gotman, Irena; Gutmanas, Elazar Y; Sukenik, Chaim N

    2011-10-04

    Targeted delivery of magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (IONPs) to a specific tissue can be achieved by conjugation with particular biological ligands on an appropriately functionalized IONP surface. To take best advantage of the unique magnetic properties of IONPs and to maximize their blood half-life, thin, strongly bonded, functionalized coatings are required. The work reported herein demonstrates the successful application of phosphonate-anchored self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) as ultrathin coatings for such particles. It also describes a new chemical approach to the anchoring of antibodies on the surface of SAM-coated IONPs (using nucleophilic aromatic substitution). This anchoring strategy results in stable, nonhydrolyzable, covalent attachment and allows the reactivity of the particles toward antibody binding to be activated in situ, such that prior to the activation the modified surface is stable for long-term storage. While the SAMs do not have the well-packed crystallinity of other such monolayers, their structure was studied using smooth model substrates based on an iron oxide layer on a double-side polished silicon wafer. In this way, atomic force microscopy, ellipsometry, and contact angle goniometry (tools that could not be applied to the nanoparticles' surfaces) could contribute to the determination of their monomolecular thickness and uniformity. Finally, the successful conjugation of IgG antibodies to the SAM-coated IONPs such that the antibodies retain their biological activity is verified by their complexation to a secondary fluorescent antibody.

  12. Gold nanoparticle self-assembly in two-component lipid Langmuir monolayers.

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    Mogilevsky, Alina; Jelinek, Raz

    2011-02-15

    Self-assembly processes are considered to be fundamental factors in supramolecular chemistry. Langmuir monolayers of surfactants or lipids have been shown to constitute effective 2D "templates" for self-assembled nanoparticles and colloids. Here we show that alkyl-coated gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) adopt distinct configurations when incorporated within Langmuir monolayers comprising two lipid components at different mole ratios. Thermodynamic and microscopy analyses reveal that the organization of the Au NP aggregates is governed by both lipid components. In particular, we show that the configurations of the NP assemblies were significantly affected by the extent of molecular interactions between the two lipid components within the monolayer and the monolayer phases formed by each individual lipid. This study demonstrates that multicomponent Langmuir monolayers significantly modulate the self-assembly properties of embedded Au NPs and that parameters such as the monolayer composition, surface pressure, and temperature significantly affect the 2D nanoparticle organization.

  13. Beauty is Skin Deep: A Surface Monolayer Perspective on Nanoparticle Interactions with Cells and Biomacromolecules**

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    Saha, Krishnendu; Bajaj, Avinash; Duncan, Bradley; Rotello, Vincent M.

    2011-01-01

    Surface recognition of biosystems is a critical component in the development of novel biosensors, delivery vehicles and for the therapeutic regulation of biological processes. Monolayer-protected nanoparticles present a highly versatile scaffold for selective interaction with biomacromolecules and cells. Through engineering of the monolayer surface, nanoparticles can be tailored for surface recognition of biomolecules and cells. This review highlights recent progress in nanoparticle-biomacrom...

  14. Decoration of PbS nanoparticles on Al-doped ZnO nanorod array thin film with hydrogen treatment as a photoelectrode for solar water splitting

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    Hsu, Chih-Hsiung; Chen, Chao-Hong [Department of Chemical Engineering and Research Center for Energy Technology and Strategy, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan, ROC (China); Chen, Dong-Hwang, E-mail: chendh@mail.ncku.edu.tw [Department of Chemical Engineering and Research Center for Energy Technology and Strategy, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan, ROC (China)

    2013-03-25

    Highlights: ► AZO nanorod array thin film is used as a photoanode for solar water splitting. ► Hydrogen treatment and sensitization by PbS nanoparticles enhance photocurrent. ► A novel ITO/FTO-free composite photoelectrode is developed. ► The pre-fabrication and use of an extra TCO thin film substrate is unnecessary. -- Abstract: Al-doped ZnO (AZO) nanorod arrays thin film with hydrogen treatment is directly used as a photoelectrode for solar water splitting without an extra transparent conducting oxide (TCO) thin film because it possesses the functions of TCO thin film and photoactive 1-dimensional nanostructured semiconductor simultaneously. To enhance the absorption in the visible region, PbS nanoparticles decorated the AZO nanorods via successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction route. The PbS nanoparticles have a face-centered cubic structure and their decoration does not destroy the 1-dimensional morphology of AZO nanorod arrays. With increasing the cycle number of PbS nanoparticles decoration, the grain size and loading of PbS nanoparticles become larger gradually which leads to lower energy bandgap and stronger absorption. A maximum photocurrent density of 1.65 mW cm{sup −2} is obtained when the cycle number is 20, which is much higher than those without PbS nanoparticles sensitization or hydrogen treatment. This demonstrates that the AZO nanorod array thin film with hydrogen treatment can be directly used as a photoelectrode without an extra TCO thin film. Because the use of expensive metals can be avoided and the pre-fabrication of TCO thin film substrate is necessary no more, the fabrication of such a composite photoelectrode becomes simple and low-cost. So, it has great potentials in solar water splitting after sensitization by quantum dots capable of visible light absorption.

  15. Preparation of PbS nanoparticles templated from perovskite Langmuir-Blodgett film

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    XU Limei; CHEN Xiao; WANG Luyan; SUI Zhenming; LIU Hongguo; YANG Kongzhang

    2005-01-01

    @@ Recently there have been considerable interests in the production of semiconductor nanoparticles due to their unique properties and potential applications in the fields of catalysis, electron, biological labeling diagnostics, light emitting diodes, electro-luminescent devices, photovoltaic devices, lasers, and single-electron transistors[1,2].

  16. Self-assembly of noble metal monolayers on transition metal carbide nanoparticle catalysts.

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    Hunt, Sean T; Milina, Maria; Alba-Rubio, Ana C; Hendon, Christopher H; Dumesic, James A; Román-Leshkov, Yuriy

    2016-05-20

    We demonstrated the self-assembly of transition metal carbide nanoparticles coated with atomically thin noble metal monolayers by carburizing mixtures of noble metal salts and transition metal oxides encapsulated in removable silica templates. This approach allows for control of the final core-shell architecture, including particle size, monolayer coverage, and heterometallic composition. Carbon-supported Ti(0.1)W(0.9)C nanoparticles coated with Pt or bimetallic PtRu monolayers exhibited enhanced resistance to sintering and CO poisoning, achieving an order of magnitude increase in specific activity over commercial catalysts for methanol electrooxidation after 10,000 cycles. These core-shell materials provide a new direction to reduce the loading, enhance the activity, and increase the stability of noble metal catalysts.

  17. Monolayer-directed Assembly and Magnetic Properties of FePt Nanoparticles on Patterned Aluminum Oxide

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    Yildirim, Oktay; Gang, Tian; Kinge, Sachin; Reinhoudt, David N.; Blank, Dave H.; Wiel, van der Wilfred G.; Rijnders, Guus; Huskens, Jurriaan

    2010-01-01

    FePt nanoparticles (NPs) were assembled on aluminum oxide substrates, and their ferromagnetic properties were studied before and after thermal annealing. For the first time, phosph(on)ates were used as an adsorbate to form self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on alumina to direct the assembly of NPs ont

  18. Synthesis and spectral studies on Pb(II) dithiocarbamate complexes containing benzyl and furfuryl groups and their use as precursors for PbS nanoparticles

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    Sathiyaraj, Ethiraj; Thirumaran, Subbiah

    2012-11-01

    Nine lead bis(dithiocarbamate) complexes based on benzyl and furfuryl groups have been prepared. The complexes were characterized using IR and NMR spectroscopy. All the complexes showed the expected signals in 1H and 13C NMR spectra associated with the dithiocarbamate ligands. IR and 13C NMR spectral studies indicate that the S2Cpdbdtd N double bond character increases with increase in length of alkyl chain bonded to nitrogen atom. Bis(N-benzyl-N-(2-phenylethyl)dithiocarbamato-S,S')lead(II) (3) and bis(N-furfuryl-N-(2-phenylethyl)dithiocarbamato-S,S')lead(II) (4) have been used as single source precursors for the synthesis of ethylenediamine capped PbS nanoparticles. Powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), FTIR, UV-vis and fluorescence spectroscopy have been used to characterize the as-prepared lead sulfide nanoparticles. The PXRD measurements suggest that PbS nanoparticles are single phase with face-centered-cubic structure.

  19. Factors Influencing the 2D Elastic Moduli of Self-Assembled Nanoparticle Monolayers

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    You, Sihen; Rashkov, Rossen; Kanjanaboos, Pongsakorn; Calderon, Ignavio; Meron, Mati; Jaeger, Heinrich; Lin, Binhua

    2013-03-01

    Nanoparticles with hydrophobic capping ligands are found to self-assemble into monolayer films when deposited on the air/water interface. Different nanoparticle monolayers exhibit a rich morphology of wrinkling, folding and buckling behavior that indicates interesting elastic properties. We obtain the 2D bulk and shear moduli of several different nanoparticle films by measuring the anisotropic stress response of the film under uniaxial compression using a Langmuir trough, a method previously applied to lipid and protein membranes. We find that the elastic properties of the nanoparticle film are affected by size distribution of the nanoparticles and the properties of their capping ligands. Higher polydispersity results in a greater number of packing defects that weaken the assembled film. The ligands mediate the particle-particle interaction, acting like elastic springs that join together hard spheres. The strength of such ``springs'' is determined by the degree of interdigitation of ligands between neighboring nanoparticles as well as the shapes of the capping ligands. These results suggest that the elastic moduli of nanoparticle films can be tuned through careful alteration of size distribution and capping ligand's shape and density. This work is supported by the University of Chicago MRSEC of the NSF (DMR-0820054) and ChemMatCARS (NSF/DOE, Grant No. CHE-0822838).

  20. Air stability of TiO2/PbS colloidal nanoparticle solar cells and its impact on power efficiency

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    Zhai, Guangmei; Bezryadina, Anna; Breeze, Alison J.; Zhang, Daoli; Alers, Glenn B.; Carter, Sue A.

    2011-08-01

    The short-term (less than 1 hour) exposure of TiO2/PbS quantum dot photovoltaics to air increases the open circuit voltage (Voc) and fill factor (FF) while slightly decreasing the short circuit current density (Jsc), leading to a power conversion efficiency above 4% and a peak external quantum efficiency over 80% for 1.1 eV PbS. The resulting Jsc, Voc, and FF under 100 mW/cm2 AM1.5 are 18.6 mA/cm2, 0.517 V, and 42% for 1.1 eV PbS and 8.03 mA/cm2, 0.655 V, and 35% for 1.7 eV PbS, respectively. Long-term air exposures result in much lower conductivities. Furthermore, short-term air exposure effects are fully reversible upon removal from air, and longer-term effects are mostly reversible through soaking in 1,2-ethanedithiol.

  1. Biomimetic nanoparticles with polynucleotide and PEG mixed-monolayers enhance calcium phosphate mineralization

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    Vasconcellos, Kayla B.; McHugh, Sean M.; Dapsis, Katherine J.; Petty, Alexander R.; Gerdon, Aren E., E-mail: gerdoar@emmanuel.edu [Emmanuel College (United States)

    2013-09-15

    Biomineralization of hydroxyapatite (Ca{sub 10}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}(OH){sub 2}) is of significant importance in biomedical applications such as bone and dental repair, and biomimetic control of mineral formation may lead to more effective restorative procedures. Gold nanoparticles are functional scaffolds on which to assemble multi-component monolayers capable of mimicking protein activity in the templated synthesis of calcium phosphate. The goal of this research was to explore nanoparticle templates with mixed-monolayers of uncharged polar polyethylene glycol (PEG) molecules and highly charged polynucleotide and amino acid molecules in their ability to influence mineralization rates and mineral particle size and morphology. This research demonstrates through time-resolved optical density and dynamic light scattering measurements that the combination of tiopronin, PEG, and DNA presented on a nanoparticle surface decreases nanoparticle aggregation from 59 to 21 nm solvated radius, increases mineralization kinetics from 1.5 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -3} to 3.1 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -3} OD/min, and decreases mineral particle size from 685 to 442 nm average radius. FT-IR and TEM data demonstrate that mineralized material, while initially amorphous, transforms to a semi-crystalline material when guided by template interactions. This demonstrates that surface-tailored monolayer protected cluster scaffolds are successful and controllable mineralization templates with further potential for biomedical applications involving calcium phosphate and other biomaterials.

  2. Biomimetic nanoparticles with polynucleotide and PEG mixed-monolayers enhance calcium phosphate mineralization

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    Vasconcellos, Kayla B.; McHugh, Sean M.; Dapsis, Katherine J.; Petty, Alexander R.; Gerdon, Aren E.

    2013-09-01

    Biomineralization of hydroxyapatite (Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2) is of significant importance in biomedical applications such as bone and dental repair, and biomimetic control of mineral formation may lead to more effective restorative procedures. Gold nanoparticles are functional scaffolds on which to assemble multi-component monolayers capable of mimicking protein activity in the templated synthesis of calcium phosphate. The goal of this research was to explore nanoparticle templates with mixed-monolayers of uncharged polar polyethylene glycol (PEG) molecules and highly charged polynucleotide and amino acid molecules in their ability to influence mineralization rates and mineral particle size and morphology. This research demonstrates through time-resolved optical density and dynamic light scattering measurements that the combination of tiopronin, PEG, and DNA presented on a nanoparticle surface decreases nanoparticle aggregation from 59 to 21 nm solvated radius, increases mineralization kinetics from 1.5 × 10-3 to 3.1 × 10-3 OD/min, and decreases mineral particle size from 685 to 442 nm average radius. FT-IR and TEM data demonstrate that mineralized material, while initially amorphous, transforms to a semi-crystalline material when guided by template interactions. This demonstrates that surface-tailored monolayer protected cluster scaffolds are successful and controllable mineralization templates with further potential for biomedical applications involving calcium phosphate and other biomaterials.

  3. Assembly of citrate gold nanoparticles on hydrophilic monolayers

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    Vikholm-Lundin, Inger; Rosqvist, Emil; Ihalainen, Petri; Munter, Tony; Honkimaa, Anni; Marjomäki, Varpu; Albers, Willem M.; Peltonen, Jouko

    2016-01-01

    Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) as model surfaces were linked onto planar gold films thorough lipoic acid or disulfide groups. The molecules used were polyethylene glycol (EG-S-S), N-[tris-(hydroxymethyl)methyl]acrylamide polymers with and without lipoic acid (Lipa-pTHMMAA and pTHMMAA) and a lipoic acid triazine derivative (Lipa-MF). All the layers, but Lipa-MF with a primary amino group were hydroxyl terminated. The layers were characterized by contact angle measurements and atomic force mi...

  4. Improved charge separation properties of organic hetero-junction solar cells by self-assembled monolayers anchored Ag nanoparticles.

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    Tai, Yian; Guo, Zong-Ci; Sharma, Jadab

    2011-12-01

    We investigate the effect of self-assembled monolayers and localized surface plasmons of silver nano-particles on an organic solar cell consisting of zinc phthalocyanine as an active layer. The device was fabricated by covalent attachment of silver nanoparticles on n-type silicon substrates using self-assembled monolayer of 4-mercaptophenol. Power conversion efficiency is increased up to 8 times as compared to a reference device with merely 0.13% photo-conversion efficiency containing no self-assembled monolayers and silver nano-particles. We believe that improved conductivity at the interface due to the aromatic self-assembled monolayer and the increased local electric field experienced by the active layer in presence of silver nano-particles act in synergy towards the higher population of excitons and dissipation of charge.

  5. CdS and PbS nanoparticles co-sensitized TiO2 nanotube arrays and their enhanced photoelectrochemical property

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    Zhu, Yanmei; Wang, Renliang; Zhang, Wenping; Ge, Haiyan; Li, Li

    2014-10-01

    TiO2 nanotube arrays co-sensitized with CdS and PbS nanoparticles (TiO2 NTs/CdS/PbS) were successfully fabricated by a two-step process of anodization followed by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) technique. The CdS and PbS nanoparticles grew uniformly on the walls of the TiO2 nanotubes in sequence, and the surface morphology, structure and photoelectrochemical performance of TiO2 NTs/CdS/PbS were investigated and discussed. The results show that the co-sensitization results in an increase in the visible light adsorption, photocurrent density, and photocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic activity toward degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB). The corresponding mechanism of the TiO2 NTs/CdS/PbS for improving the photoelectrochemical property is tentatively proposed. Co-sensitization of TiO2 NTs by two semiconductors will be an effective way for the development of other high-performance energy-providing materials.

  6. Pattern formation in fatty acid-nanoparticle and lipid-nanoparticle mixed monolayers at water surface

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    Choudhuri, M.; Datta, A.; Iyengar, A. N. Sekar; Janaki, M. S.

    2015-06-01

    Dodecanethiol-capped gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) are self-organized in two different amphiphilic monolayers one of which is a single-tailed fatty acid Stearic acid (StA) and the other a double-tailed lipid 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DMPC). In the StA-AuNP film the AuNPs self-organize to form an interconnected network of nanoclusters on compression while in the DMPC-AuNP film the AuNPs aggregate to form random, isolated clusters in the film. The long time evolution of the films at constant surface pressure reveals ring structures in the former and diffusion limited aggregates in the latter that with time evolve into an irregular porous maze of AuNPs in the DMPC film. The difference in structure of the AuNP patterns in the two films can be attributed to a difference in the lipophilic interactions between the NPs and the amphiphilic molecules. The mean square intensity fluctuations f(ln) calculated along a typical line for the 2D structures in both the films at initial and final stages of long time evolution reflect the structural changes in the films over time.

  7. On the Hopping Efficiency of Nanoparticles in the Electron Transfer across Self‐Assembled Monolayers

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    Liu, Feng; Khan, Kamran; Liang, Jing‐Hong

    2013-01-01

    Redox reactions of solvated molecular species at gold‐electrode surfaces modified by electrochemically inactive self‐assembled molecular monolayers (SAMs) are found to be activated by introducing Au nanoparticles (NPs) covalently bound to the SAM to form a reactive Au–alkanedithiol–NP–molecule hy......Redox reactions of solvated molecular species at gold‐electrode surfaces modified by electrochemically inactive self‐assembled molecular monolayers (SAMs) are found to be activated by introducing Au nanoparticles (NPs) covalently bound to the SAM to form a reactive Au......–alkanedithiol–NP–molecule hybrid entity. The NP appears to relay long‐range electron transfer (ET) so that the rate of the redox reaction may be as efficient as directly on a bare Au electrode, even though the ET distance is increased by several nanometers. In this study, we have employed a fast redox reaction of surface...

  8. Nanoparticle monolayer-based flexible strain gauge with ultrafast dynamic response for acoustic vibration detection

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    Lizhi Yi[1; Weihong Jiao[1; Ke Wu[1; Lihua Qian[1; Xunxing Yu[2; Qi Xia[2; Kuanmin Mao[2; Songliu Yuan[1; Shuai Wang[3; Yingtao Jiang[4

    2015-01-01

    The relatively poor dynamic response of current flexible strain gauges has prevented their wide adoption in portable electronics. In this work, we present a greatly improved flexible strain gauge, where one strip of Au nanoparticle (NP) monolayer assembled on a polyethylene terephthalate film is utilized as the active unit. The proposed flexible gauge is capable of responding to applied stimuli without detectable hysteresis via electron tunneling between adjacent nanoparticles within the Au NP monolayer. Based on experimental quantification of the time and frequency domain dependence of the electrical resistance of the proposed strain gauge, acoustic vibrations in the frequency range of 1 to 20,000 Hz could be reliably detected. In addition to being used to measure musical tone, audible speech, and creature vocalization, as demonstrated in this study, the ultrafast dynamic response of this flexible strain gauge can be used in a wide range of applications, including miniaturized vibratory sensors, safe entrance guard management systems, and ultrasensitive pressure sensors.

  9. 2D "soap"-assembly of nanoparticles via colloid-induced condensation of mixed Langmuir monolayers of fatty surfactants.

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    Babenko, Denis I; Ezhov, Alexander A; Turygin, Dmitry S; Ivanov, Vladimir A; Ivanov, Vladimir K; Arslanov, Vladimir V; Kalinina, Maria A

    2012-01-10

    We describe a new type of colloidal 2D gels formed in mixed Langmuir monolayers of stearic acid and octadecylamine on a surface of gold hydrosol. The adsorption of gold nanoparticles on the mixed monolayer led to an increase of interactions between oppositely charged surfactants giving a "soap" of mixed fatty salt. The observed effect is equivalent to a virtual "cooling" of floating monolayer, which undergoes rapid condensation on a surface of aqueous colloid. The consequent shrinking and rearrangement of the monolayer resulted in aggregation of nanoparticles into colloidal 2D "soap"-gels, which represented arrested colloidal phases within nonadsorbing organic medium. When sequentially deposited onto solids by Langmuir-Blodgett technique, the 2D "soap"-gels separated into organic and colloidal phases and gave dendrite-like bilateral organic crystallites coated with gold nanoparticles. The reported colloidal "soap"-assembly can offer a new opportunity to design 2D colloidal systems of widely variable chemistry and structures.

  10. Molecular simulations of mixed self-assembled monolayer coated gold nanoparticles in water.

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    J, Meena Devi

    2015-06-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations have been employed to study the hydration of a series of nanoparticles, each of which was coated with a mixed self-assembled monolayer (SAM) comprising methyl- and hydroxy-terminated alkane thiol chains. The mixing ratio of those chains are different for each nanoparticle. The simulations focused on the wetting behavior of the SAM-coated gold nanoparticles and the distribution and structure of their interfacial water molecules. The interactions of the mixed SAM-coated gold nanoparticles with water were analyzed by evaluating the radial distribution function, hydrogen bonds, the dipole orientations of the water molecules, and the water residence time in the interfacial region. The wettability of the mixed SAM-coated gold nanoparticles improved as the concentration of terminal hydroxy moieties was increased. The distribution and dynamics of the interfacial water molecules were found to be influenced by the mixing ratio of the terminal moieties of the SAM chains. The results of our simulations suggest that the surface interactions of the mixed SAM-coated gold nanoparticles with the aqueous medium can be modulated by systematically altering the mixing ratio of the terminal methyl and hydroxy moieties. This work may lead to new biological and technological applications and inspire the development of novel biomimetic materials. Graphical Abstract Mixed SAM-coated gold nanoparticles.

  11. Langmuir monolayers of gold nanoparticles: from ohmic to rectifying charge transfer

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    Chen Shaowei

    2003-10-31

    The lateral electrical/electronic conductivity of alkanethiolate-protected gold nanoparticles was evaluated at the air/water interface by using the Langmuir method. For particles with short protecting monolayers (C4Au and C5Au), the current-voltage profiles exhibited ohmic behaviors with conductivity several orders of magnitude smaller than that of bulk gold. The conductivity is found to decrease exponentially with increasing interparticle spacing. This is interpreted on the basis of electron tunneling/hopping between neighboring particles where the tunneling coefficient ({beta}) is found around 0.5 Angst{sup -1}. With longer alkyl protecting layers (C6 and above), the nanoparticle monolayers demonstrated rectifying charge-transfer characters. This transition from ohmic to diode-like responses can be attributable to the nanocomposite structure of the particle molecules, where the chemical nature of the core and the protecting monolayers, along with the interparticle environment and ordering, are found to play an important role in regulating the electrical/electronic properties of the nanoassemblies.

  12. Gold Nanoparticle Monolayers from Sequential Interfacial Ligand Exchange and Migration in a Three-Phase System

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    Yang, Guang; Hallinan, Daniel T.

    2016-10-01

    Using a three-phase system, centimeter-scale monolayer gold nanoparticle (Au NP) films have been prepared that have long-range order and hydrophobic ligands. The system contains an interface between an aqueous phase containing Au NPs and an oil phase containing one of various types of amine ligands, and a water/air interface. As the Au NPs diffuse to the water/oil interface, ligand exchange takes place which temporarily traps them at the water/oil interface. The ligand-exchanged particles then spontaneously migrate to the air/water interface, where they self-assemble, forming a monolayer under certain conditions. The spontaneous formation of the NP film at the air/water interface was due to the minimization of the system Helmholtz free energy. However, the extent of surface functionalization was dictated by kinetics. This decouples interfacial ligand exchange from interfacial self-assembly, while maintaining the simplicity of a single system. The interparticle center-to-center distance was dictated by the amine ligand length. The Au NP monolayers exhibit tunable surface plasma resonance and excellent spatial homogeneity, which is useful for surface-enhanced Raman scattering. The “air/water/oil” self-assembly method developed here not only benefits the fundamental understanding of NP ligand conformations, but is also applicable to the manufacture of plasmonic nanoparticle devices with precisely designed optical properties.

  13. Gold Nanoparticle Monolayers from Sequential Interfacial Ligand Exchange and Migration in a Three-Phase System

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    Yang, Guang; Hallinan, Daniel T.

    2016-01-01

    Using a three-phase system, centimeter-scale monolayer gold nanoparticle (Au NP) films have been prepared that have long-range order and hydrophobic ligands. The system contains an interface between an aqueous phase containing Au NPs and an oil phase containing one of various types of amine ligands, and a water/air interface. As the Au NPs diffuse to the water/oil interface, ligand exchange takes place which temporarily traps them at the water/oil interface. The ligand-exchanged particles then spontaneously migrate to the air/water interface, where they self-assemble, forming a monolayer under certain conditions. The spontaneous formation of the NP film at the air/water interface was due to the minimization of the system Helmholtz free energy. However, the extent of surface functionalization was dictated by kinetics. This decouples interfacial ligand exchange from interfacial self-assembly, while maintaining the simplicity of a single system. The interparticle center-to-center distance was dictated by the amine ligand length. The Au NP monolayers exhibit tunable surface plasma resonance and excellent spatial homogeneity, which is useful for surface-enhanced Raman scattering. The “air/water/oil” self-assembly method developed here not only benefits the fundamental understanding of NP ligand conformations, but is also applicable to the manufacture of plasmonic nanoparticle devices with precisely designed optical properties. PMID:27762394

  14. Synthesis of one-dimensional silver oxide nanoparticle arrays and silver nanorods templated by Langmuir monolayers.

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    Liu, Hong-Guo; Xiao, Fei; Wang, Chang-Wei; Xue, Qingbin; Chen, Xiao; Lee, Yong-Ill; Hao, Jingcheng; Jiang, Jianzhuang

    2007-10-01

    One-dimensional (1D) silver oxide nanoparticle arrays were synthesized by illuminating the composite Langmuir-Blodgett monolayers of porphyrin derivatives/Ag(+) and n-hexadecyl dihydrogen phosphate (n-HDP)/Ag(+) deposited on carbon-coated copper grids with daylight and then exposing them to air. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observation shows that the nanoparticle size is around 3 nm, with the separation of about 2-3 nm. High-resolution TEM (HRTEM) investigation indicates that the particles are made up of Ag(2)O. Ag nanorods with the width of 15-35 nm and the length of several hundreds of nanometers were synthesized by irradiating the composite Langmuir monolayers of porphyrin derivatives/Ag(+) and n-HDP/Ag(+) by UV-light directly at the air/water interface at room temperature. HRTEM image and selected-area electron diffraction (SAED) pattern indicate that the nanorods are single crystals with the (110) face of the face-centered cubic (fcc) silver parallel to the air/water interface. The formation of the 1D arrays and the nanorods should be attributed to the templating effect of the linear supramolecules formed by porphyrin derivative or n-HDP molecules in Langmuir monolayers through non-covalent interactions.

  15. pH-controlled desorption of silver nanoparticles from monolayers deposited on PAH-covered mica

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    Oćwieja, Magdalena, E-mail: ncocwiej@cyf-kr.edu.pl; Adamczyk, Zbigniew, E-mail: ncadamcz@cyf-kr.edu.pl; Morga, Maria, E-mail: ncmorga@cyf-kr.edu.pl [Polish Academy of Sciences, Jerzy Haber Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry (Poland)

    2015-05-15

    Although the release of silver nanoparticles from various surfaces and coatings plays an important role in many practical applications, the mechanisms of these processes are not fully understood. Therefore, in this work, the charge-stabilized silver particles of well-defined surface properties, with average sizes of 15, 28, and 54 nm, were used to quantitatively study this problem. The silver nanoparticles were obtained by the chemical reduction method using trisodium citrate as the stabilizing agent. Their size distributions and stabilities were determined using dynamic light scattering and transmission electron microscopy. The electrophoretic mobility and zeta potential of nanoparticles were determined for controlled ionic strength as a function of pH. The monolayers were produced on poly(allylamine hydrochloride)-modified mica under diffusion-controlled conditions. The coverage was determined by a direct enumeration of deposited nanoparticles using atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Using these well-defined monolayers, the kinetics of the release of nanoparticles was studied under controlled ionic strength and various pH values. The direct AFM and SEM measurements of the monolayer coverage, as a function of desorption time, allowed one to determine the kinetics of the release process. The equilibrium adsorption constant and the binding energy of particles were also determined using the random sequential adsorption model. The experimental results indicated that the release rate of particles is the fastest at lower pH values and for smaller particle sizes. This is confirmed by the binding energy values that at pH 3.5 varied between −15.9 and −18.1 kT for particles of the sizes 15 and 54 nm, respectively. These results were quantitatively interpreted in terms of the ion-pair concept where it was assumed that the binding energy between nanoparticles and the substrate was controlled by electrostatic interactions. Based on the

  16. Quantitative determination of melamine in milk using Ag nanoparticle monolayer film as SERS substrate

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    Li, Ruoping; Yang, Jingliang; Han, Junhe; Liu, Junhui; Huang, Mingju

    2017-04-01

    A Raman method employing silver nanoparticle (Ag NP) monolayer film as Surface-enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) substrate was presented to rapidly detect melamine in milk. The Ag NPs with 80 nm diameter were modified by polyvinylpyrrolidone to improve their uniformity and chemical stability. The treatment procedure of liquid milk required only addition of acetic acid and centrifugation, and required time is less than 15 min. The Ag NP monolayer film significantly enhanced Raman signal from melamine and allowed experimentally reproducible determination of the melamine concentration. A good linear relationship (R2=0.994) between the concentration and Raman peak intensity of melamine at 681 cm-1 was obtained for melamine concentrations between 0.10 mg L-1 and 5.00 mg L-1. This implies that this method can detect melamine concentrations below 1.0 mg L-1, the concentration currently considered unsafe.

  17. Surface effects of monolayer-protected gold nanoparticles on the redox reactions between ferricyanide and thiosulfate

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    LI Di; SUN Chunyan; HUANG Yunjie; LI Jinghong; CHEN Shaowei

    2005-01-01

    Electron transfer through the self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on gold nanoparticles is investigated by using the monolayer protected gold nanoclusters (MPCs) as electron-transfer mediators. 3-Mercaptopropionic acid (MPA) and 11-meraptoundecanoic acid (MUA) MPCs were employed to catalyze the redox reaction between potassium ferricyanide and sodium thiosulfate. The catalytic mechanism was proposed that the MPCs act as diffusing electron-mediators and electron transfers to and from the MPCs surface. Therefore the electron transfer rate through the capping layers would be proportional to the MPCs catalyzed reaction rate, which was monitored by the UV absorbance of ferricyanide. The calculated apparent rate constant was orders of magnitude smaller than that of the maximum of tunneling current, which was attributed to the splited energy level of the nanoscale particles.

  18. Membrane deformation controlled by monolayer composition of embedded amphiphilic nanoparticles

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    van Lehn, Reid; Alexander-Katz, Alfredo

    2014-03-01

    In recent work, we have shown that charged, amphiphilic nanoparticles (NPs) can spontaneously insert into lipid bilayers, embedding the NP in a conformation resembling a transmembrane protein. Many embedded membrane proteins exert an influence on surrounding lipids that lead to deformation and membrane-mediated interactions that may be essential for function. Similarly, embedded NPs will also induce membrane deformations related to the same physicochemical forces. Unlike many transmembrane proteins, however, the highly charged NPs may exert preferential interactions on surrounding lipid head groups. In this work, we use atomistic molecular dynamics simulations to show that the membrane around embedded particles may experience local thinning, head group reorientation, and an increase in lipid density depending on the size and surface composition of the NP. We quantify the extent of these deformations and illustrate the complex interplay between lipid tail group and head group interactions that go beyond pure thickness deformations that may be expected from coarse-grained or continuum models. This work thus suggests guidelines for the design of particles that spontaneously partition into lipid bilayers and influence local membrane mechanical properties in a targeted manner.

  19. Monolayer-directed Assembly and Magnetic Properties of FePt Nanoparticles on Patterned Aluminum Oxide

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    Guus Rijnders; Jurriaan Huskens; van der Wiel, Wilfred G.; Blank, Dave H. A.; Reinhoudt, David N.; Sachin Kinge; Tian Gang; Oktay Yildirim

    2010-01-01

    FePt nanoparticles (NPs) were assembled on aluminum oxide substrates, and their ferromagnetic properties were studied before and after thermal annealing. For the first time, phosph(on)ates were used as an adsorbate to form self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on alumina to direct the assembly of NPs onto the surface. The Al2O3 substrates were functionalized with aminobutylphosphonic acid (ABP) or phosphonoundecanoic acid (PNDA) SAMs or with poly(ethyleneimine) (PEI) as a reference. FePt NPs assem...

  20. Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles exert different cytotoxic effects on cells grown in monolayer cell culture versus as multicellular spheroids

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    Theumer, Anja; Gräfe, Christine; Bähring, Franziska; Bergemann, Christian; Hochhaus, Andreas; Clement, Joachim H.

    2015-04-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the interaction of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPION) with human blood-brain barrier-forming endothelial cells (HBMEC) in two-dimensional cell monolayers as well as in three-dimensional multicellular spheroids. The precise nanoparticle localisation and the influence of the NP on the cellular viability and the intracellular Akt signalling were studied in detail. Long-term effects of different polymer-coated nanoparticles (neutral fluidMAG-D, anionic fluidMAG-CMX and cationic fluidMAG-PEI) and the corresponding free polymers on cellular viability of HBMEC were investigated by real time cell analysis studies. Nanoparticles exert distinct effects on HBMEC depending on the nanoparticles' surface charge and concentration, duration of incubation and cellular context. The most severe effects were caused by PEI-coated nanoparticles. Concentrations above 25 μg/ml led to increased amounts of dead cells in monolayer culture as well as in multicellular spheroids. On the level of intracellular signalling, context-dependent differences were observed. Monolayer cultures responded on nanoparticle incubation with an increase in Akt phosphorylation whereas spheroids on the whole show a decreased Akt activity. This might be due to the differential penetration and distribution of PEI-coated nanoparticles.

  1. Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles exert different cytotoxic effects on cells grown in monolayer cell culture versus as multicellular spheroids

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    Theumer, Anja; Gräfe, Christine; Bähring, Franziska [Department of Hematology and Oncology, Jena University Hospital, Erlanger Allee 101, 07747 Jena (Germany); Bergemann, Christian [Chemicell GmbH, Eresburgstrasse 22–23, 12103 Berlin (Germany); Hochhaus, Andreas [Department of Hematology and Oncology, Jena University Hospital, Erlanger Allee 101, 07747 Jena (Germany); Clement, Joachim H., E-mail: joachim.clement@med.uni-jena.de [Department of Hematology and Oncology, Jena University Hospital, Erlanger Allee 101, 07747 Jena (Germany)

    2015-04-15

    The aim of this study was to investigate the interaction of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPION) with human blood–brain barrier-forming endothelial cells (HBMEC) in two-dimensional cell monolayers as well as in three-dimensional multicellular spheroids. The precise nanoparticle localisation and the influence of the NP on the cellular viability and the intracellular Akt signalling were studied in detail. Long-term effects of different polymer-coated nanoparticles (neutral fluidMAG-D, anionic fluidMAG-CMX and cationic fluidMAG-PEI) and the corresponding free polymers on cellular viability of HBMEC were investigated by real time cell analysis studies. Nanoparticles exert distinct effects on HBMEC depending on the nanoparticles' surface charge and concentration, duration of incubation and cellular context. The most severe effects were caused by PEI-coated nanoparticles. Concentrations above 25 µg/ml led to increased amounts of dead cells in monolayer culture as well as in multicellular spheroids. On the level of intracellular signalling, context-dependent differences were observed. Monolayer cultures responded on nanoparticle incubation with an increase in Akt phosphorylation whereas spheroids on the whole show a decreased Akt activity. This might be due to the differential penetration and distribution of PEI-coated nanoparticles.

  2. Exciton-plasmon Coupling and Electromagnetically Induced Transparency in Monolayer Semiconductors Hybridized with Ag Nanoparticles

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    Weijie, Zhao; Bo, Liu; Ivan, Verzhbitskiy; Shisheng, Li; Francesco, Giustiniano; Daichi, Kozawa; Ping, Loh Kian; Kazunari, Matsuda; Koichi, Okamoto; Rupert, Oulton F; Goki, Eda

    2016-01-01

    Hybrid systems of excitons strongly coupled to localized surface plasmons supported by metallic nanoparticles define a new approach to control light-matter interactions. Here, we report exciton-plasmon coupling in two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors, such as MoS2 and WS2, hybridized with silver nanoparticles. Prominent photoluminescence enhancement in monolayer MoS2 was observed with localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) tuned to the exciton resonance. By tuning the excitation energy, the contributions from near field enhancement and radiative emission rate enhancement via Purcell effect were resolved. Strong coherent dipole-dipole coupling between excitons and LSPR in resonant condition manifests as an electromagnetically induced transparency window in the extinction spectra of the localized surface plasmon. In this strong coupling regime a new quasi-particle, known as a plexciton, is expected to exhibit distinct properties, which exist in neither of the original particles. Our results demonstrate that ...

  3. Hexagonal Nanoarchitecture of Composite Monolayer of Magnetite Nanoparticles and Geminus Surfactant 1,3-Propylenebis (dodecyldimethylammonium) Dibromide

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    LIU,Ming-Xian; GAN,Li-Hua; HAO,Zhi-Xian; XU,Zi-Jie; ZHU,Da-Zhang; CHEN,Long-Wu

    2008-01-01

    Negatively charged magnetite nanoparticles with an average size of about 10 nm have been synthesized by a chemical coprecipitation method using sodium dodecyl benzene sulphonate as a surface modifying reagent. Composite Langmuir monolayer of Fe3O4 nanoparticles and geminus surfactant 1,3-propylenebis(dodecyldimethylammonium) dibromide (C12-C3-C12) was prepared on the subphase of Fe3O4 nanoparticle hydrosols. In the presence of the magnetite nanoparticles, the collapse pressure of the composite monolayer and the limited mean molecular area of C12-C3-C12 are higher than those on pure water subphase. Transmission electron microscopy observation of a C12-C3-C12/Fe3O4 nanoparticle complex shows that Fe3O4 nanoparticles and geminus surfactant had an unexpected hexagonal nanoarchitecture at the air-liquid interface when the surface pressure of the composite monolayer increased to about 12 mN·m-1. A mechanism for constructing the particular nanopatterned configuration of the C12-C3-C12/Fe3O4 nanoparticle complex in the Langmuir layer directly from the unique molecular structure of the geminus surfactant and the interfacial interactions between C12-C3-C12 and the components in the subphase was proposed.

  4. Super-Hydrophobic/Icephobic Coatings Based on Silica Nanoparticles Modified by Self-Assembled Monolayers

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    Junpeng Liu

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available A super-hydrophobic surface has been obtained from nanocomposite materials based on silica nanoparticles and self-assembled monolayers of 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorooctyltriethoxysilane (POTS using spin coating and chemical vapor deposition methods. Scanning electron microscope images reveal the porous structure of the silica nanoparticles, which can trap small-scale air pockets. An average water contact angle of 163° and bouncing off of incoming water droplets suggest that a super-hydrophobic surface has been obtained based on the silica nanoparticles and POTS coating. The monitored water droplet icing test results show that icing is significantly delayed by silica-based nano-coatings compared with bare substrates and commercial icephobic products. Ice adhesion test results show that the ice adhesion strength is reduced remarkably by silica-based nano-coatings. The bouncing phenomenon of water droplets, the icing delay performance and the lower ice adhesion strength suggest that the super-hydrophobic coatings based on a combination of silica and POTS also show icephobicity. An erosion test rig based on pressurized pneumatic water impinging impact was used to evaluate the durability of the super-hydrophobic/icephobic coatings. The results show that durable coatings have been obtained, although improvement will be needed in future work aiming for applications in aerospace.

  5. Distinctive interactions of oleic acid covered magnetic nanoparticles with saturated and unsaturated phospholipids in Langmuir monolayers.

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    Matshaya, Thabo J; Lanterna, Anabel E; Granados, Alejandro M; Krause, Rui W M; Maggio, Bruno; Vico, Raquel V

    2014-05-27

    The growing number of innovations in nanomedicine and nanobiotechnology are posing new challenges in understanding the full spectrum of interactions between nanomateriales and biomolecules at nano-biointerfaces. Although considerable achievements have been accomplished by in vivo applications, many issues regarding the molecular nature of these interactions are far from being well-understood. In this work, we evaluate the interaction of hydrophobic magnetic nanoparticles (MNP) covered with a single layer of oleic acid with saturated and unsaturated phospholipids found in biomembranes through the use of Langmuir monolayers. We find distinctive interactions among the MNP with saturated and unsaturated phospholipids that are reflected by both, the compression isotherms and the surface topography of the films. The interaction between MNP and saturated lipids causes a noticeable reduction of the mean molecular area in the interfacial plane, while the interaction with unsaturated lipids promotes area expansion compared to the ideally mixed films. Moreover, when liquid expanded and liquid condensed phases of the phospholipid(s) coexist, the MNP preferably partition to the liquid-expanded phase, thus hindering the coalescence of the condensed domains with increasing surface pressure. In consequence organizational information on long-range order is attained. These results evidence the existence of a sensitive composition-dependent surface regulation given by phospholipid-nanoparticle interactions which enhance the biophysical relevance of understanding nanoparticle surface functionalization in relation to its interactions in biointerfaces constituted by defined types of biomolecules.

  6. Spontaneous phase separation during self-assembly in bi-dispersed spherical iron oxide nanoparticle monolayers

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    Stanley, Jacob; Boucheron, Leandra; Shpyrko, Oleg, E-mail: lin@cars.uchicago.edu, E-mail: oshpyrko@physics.ucsd.edu [Department of Physics, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California 92093 (United States); Lin, Binhua, E-mail: lin@cars.uchicago.edu, E-mail: oshpyrko@physics.ucsd.edu; Meron, Mati [Center for Advanced Radiation Sources (CARS), University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60637 (United States)

    2015-04-20

    Recent developments in the synthesis of iron oxide nanoparticles have resulted in the ability to fabricate roughly spherical particles with extremely high size uniformity (low polydispersity). These particles can form self-assembled monolayer films at an air-water interface. When the polydispersity of the particles is low, these monolayers can be well-ordered over a length scale dozens of times the particle size. The van der Waals force between the particles is what drives this self-assembly. Through the use of Grazing Incidence X-Ray Diffraction we demonstrate that, when these films are formed at the liquid surface from bi-dispersed solutions containing 10 and 20 nm spherical particles suspended in chloroform, the particles phase separate into well-ordered patches during the self-assembly process. Furthermore, the domain sizes of these phase separated regions are at most 2–3 times smaller than that of a film comprising only mono-dispersed particles and their degree of disorder is comparable. This is shown for multiple solutions with differing ratios of 10 and 20 nm particles.

  7. Mechanism of lipid bilayer penetration by mixed monolayer-protected gold nanoparticles

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    van Lehn, Reid; Atukorale, Prabhani; Carney, Randy; Stellacci, Francesco; Irvine, Darrell; Alexander-Katz, Alfredo

    2013-03-01

    Recently, gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) protected by a binary mixture of hydrophobic and hydrophilic alkanethiol ligands were observed to spontaneously penetrate cellular membranes via a non-specific mechanism. Penetration was observed even at low temperatures and in the presence of endocytotic inhibitors, implying that AuNPs crossed the membrane by a non-endocytotic process. Furthermore, penetration was shown to depend on the amphiphilicity and nanoscale morphology of the protecting monolayer. In this work, we use a variety of simulation techniques to elucidate the mechanism of lipid bilayer penetration and compare our results to experiments with lipid vesicles. We show that these AuNPs can stably embed within lipid bilayers by ``snorkeling'' charges out of the bilayer core; the stability of such a state is a function of particle size, the composition of the protecting monolayer, and other environmental conditions. We use detailed simulations to analyze structural changes in the surrounding lipids and show that the energy barrier for embedding is considerably reduced in the presence of bilayer defects. We expect that these results will enable the design of novel drug delivery carriers and biosensors.

  8. Monolayer-directed assembly and magnetic properties of FePt nanoparticles on patterned aluminum oxide.

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    Yildirim, Oktay; Gang, Tian; Kinge, Sachin; Reinhoudt, David N; Blank, Dave H; van der Wiel, Wilfred G; Rijnders, Guus; Huskens, Jurriaan

    2010-03-19

    FePt nanoparticles (NPs) were assembled on aluminum oxide substrates, and their ferromagnetic properties were studied before and after thermal annealing. For the first time, phosph(on)ates were used as an adsorbate to form self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on alumina to direct the assembly of NPs onto the surface. The Al(2)O(3) substrates were functionalized with aminobutylphosphonic acid (ABP) or phosphonoundecanoic acid (PNDA) SAMs or with poly(ethyleneimine) (PEI) as a reference. FePt NPs assembled on all of these monolayers, but much less on unmodified Al(2)O(3), which shows that ligand exchange at the NPs is the most likely mechanism of attachment. Proper modification of the Al(2)O(3) surface and controlling the immersion time of the modified Al(2)O(3) substrates into the FePt NP solution resulted in FePt NPs assembly with controlled NP density. Alumina substrates were patterned by microcontact printing using aminobutylphosphonic acid as the ink, allowing local NP assembly. Thermal annealing under reducing conditions (96%N(2)/4%H(2)) led to a phase change of the FePt NPs from the disordered FCC phase to the ordered FCT phase. This resulted in ferromagnetic behavior at room temperature. Such a process can potentially be applied in the fabrication of spintronic devices.

  9. Monolayer-directed Assembly and Magnetic Properties of FePt Nanoparticles on Patterned Aluminum Oxide

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    Guus Rijnders

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available FePt nanoparticles (NPs were assembled on aluminum oxide substrates, and their ferromagnetic properties were studied before and after thermal annealing. For the first time, phosph(onates were used as an adsorbate to form self-assembled monolayers (SAMs on alumina to direct the assembly of NPs onto the surface. The Al2O3 substrates were functionalized with aminobutylphosphonic acid (ABP or phosphonoundecanoic acid (PNDA SAMs or with poly(ethyleneimine (PEI as a reference. FePt NPs assembled on all of these monolayers, but much less on unmodified Al2O3, which shows that ligand exchange at the NPs is the most likely mechanism of attachment. Proper modification of the Al2O3 surface and controlling the immersion time of the modified Al2O3 substrates into the FePt NP solution resulted in FePt NPs assembly with controlled NP density. Alumina substrates were patterned by microcontact printing using aminobutylphosphonic acid as the ink, allowing local NP assembly. Thermal annealing under reducing conditions (96%N2/4%H2 led to a phase change of the FePt NPs from the disordered FCC phase to the ordered FCT phase. This resulted in ferromagnetic behavior at room temperature. Such a process can potentially be applied in the fabrication of spintronic devices.

  10. The Shell Structure Effect on the Vapor Selectivity of Monolayer-Protected Gold Nanoparticle Sensors

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    Rui-Xuan Huang

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Four types of monolayer-protected gold nanoclusters (MPCs were synthesized and characterized as active layers of vapor sensors. An interdigitated microelectrode (IDE and quartz crystal microbalance (QCM were used to measure the electrical resistance and mass loading changes of MPC films during vapor sorption. The vapor sensing selectivity was influenced by the ligand structure of the monolayer on the surface of gold nanoparticles. The responses of MPC-coated QCM were mainly determined according to the affinity between the vapors and surface ligands of MPCs. The responses to the resistance changes of the MPC films were due to the effectiveness of the swelling when vapor was absorbed. It was observed that resistive sensitivity to polar organics could be greatly enhanced when the MPC contained ligands that contain interior polar functional groups with exterior nonpolar groups. This finding reveals that reducing interparticle attraction by using non-polar exterior groups could increase effective swelling and therefore enhance the sensitivity of MPC-coated chemiresistors.

  11. Forming Nanoparticle Monolayers at Liquid-Air Interfaces by Using Miscible Liquids.

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    Zhang, Datong; Hu, Jiayang; Kennedy, Kathleen M; Herman, Irving P

    2016-08-23

    One standard way of forming monolayers (MLs) of nanoparticles (NPs) is to drop-cast a NP dispersion made using one solvent onto a second, immiscible solvent; after this upper solvent evaporates, the NP ML can be transferred to a solid substrate by liftoff. We show that this previously universal use of only immiscible solvent pairs can be relaxed and close-packed, hexagonally ordered NP monolayers can self-assemble at liquid-air interfaces when some miscible solvent pairs are used instead. We demonstrate this by drop-casting an iron oxide NP dispersion in toluene on a dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) liquid substrate. The NPs are energetically stable at the DMSO surface and remain there even with solvent mixing. Excess NPs coagulate and precipitate in the DMSO, and this limits NPs at the surface to approximately 1 ML. The ML domains at the surface nucleate independently, which is in contrast to ML growth at the receding edge of the drying drop, as is common in immiscible solvent pair systems and seen here for the toluene/diethylene glycol immiscible solvent pair system. This new use of miscible solvent pairs can enable the formation of MLs for a wider range of NPs.

  12. Multiple-trapping in pentacene field-effect transistors with a nanoparticles self-assembled monolayer

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    Keanchuan Lee

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available A silver nanoparticles self-assembled monolayer (SAM was incorporated in pentacene field-effect transistor and its effects on the carrier injection and transport were investigated using the current-voltage (I − V and impedance spectroscopy (IS measurements. The I − V results showed that there was a significant negative shift of the threshold voltage, indicating the hole trapping inside the devices with about two orders higher in the contact resistance and an order lower in the effective mobility when a SAM was introduced. The IS measurements with the simulation using a Maxwell-Wagner equivalent circuit model revealed the existence of multiple trapping states for the devices with NPs, while the devices without NPs exhibited only a single trap state.

  13. Investigation of TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles translocation through a Caco-2 monolayer

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    Brun, E; Jugan, M-L; Carriere, M [Laboratoire de Structure et Dynamique par Resonance Magnetique, UMR3299 CEA-CNRS, Saclay (France); Herlin-Boime, N [Laboratoire Francis Perrin, URA2453 CEA-CNRS, Saclay (France); Jaillard, D [Centre Commun de Microscopie Electronique d' Orsay, UMR8195 CNRS-univ. Paris Sud, Orsay (France); Fayard, B [ID21 beamline, ESRF, Grenoble, France and Laboratoire de Physique du Solide, UMR8502 CNRS-univ. Paris Sud, Orsay (France); Flank, A-M [LUCIA beamline, SOLEIL synchrotron, Saint-Aubin (France); Mabondzo, A, E-mail: marie.carriere@cea.fr [Laboratoire d' Etude du Metabolisme du Medicament, CEA, Saclay (France)

    2011-07-06

    Nanoparticles (NPs) are introduced in a growing number of commercial products, including food and beverage but their effects on gastrointestinal tract are poorly investigated. Here we focused on the translocation of TiO{sub 2} NPs through Caco-2 monolayers exposed to anatase and rutile NPs up to 24 h. Internalization was followed by transmission electronic microscopy and {mu}-XRF elemental mapping, coupled to XAS analysis of Ti atoms environment. This innovative technique is among the best techniques to get insights on NP fate after internalization. The originality of this project relies on the panel of microscopy techniques implemented to investigate digestive barrier translocation, bringing together biologists, chemists and physicists in a pluridisciplinary research program.

  14. A novel photoelectrochemical sensor based on photocathode of PbS quantum dots utilizing catalase mimetics of bio-bar-coded platinum nanoparticles/G-quadruplex/hemin for signal amplification.

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    Wang, Guang-Li; Liu, Kang-Li; Shu, Jun-Xian; Gu, Tian-Tian; Wu, Xiu-Ming; Dong, Yu-Ming; Li, Zai-Jun

    2015-07-15

    Photocathode based on p-type PbS quantum dots (QDs) combing a novel signal amplification strategy utilizing catalase (CAT) mimetics was designed and utilized for sensitive photoelectrochemical (PEC) detection of DNA. The bio-bar-coded Pt nanoparticles (NPs)/G-quadruplex/hemin exhibited high CAT-like activity following the Michaelis-Menten model for decomposing H2O2 to water and oxygen, whose activity even slightly exceeded that of natural CAT. The bio-bar-code as a catalytic label was conjugated onto the surface of PbS QDs modified electrodes through the formed sandwich-type structure due to DNA hybridization. Oxygen in situ generated by the CAT mimetics of the bio-bar-code of Pt NPs/G-quadruplex/hemin acted as an efficient electron acceptor of illuminated PbS QDs, promoting charge separation and enhancing cathodic photocurrent. Under optimal conditions, the developed PEC biosensor for target DNA exhibited a dynamic range of 0.2pmol/L to 1.0nmol/L with a low detection limit of 0.08pmol/L. The high sensitivity of the method was resulted from the sensitive response of PbS QDs to oxygen and the highly efficient CAT-like catalytic activity of the bio-bar-coded Pt NPs/G-quadruplex/hemin.

  15. Nanoparticle-electrode collision processes: Investigating the contact time required for the diffusion-controlled monolayer underpotential deposition on impacting nanoparticles

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    Cutress, Ian J.; Rees, Neil V.; Zhou, Yi-Ge; Compton, Richard G.

    2011-09-01

    Recent work on faradaic processes occurring during thermal nanoparticle-electrode collisions contrasts significantly from analogous research using ultrasonically-driven microparticles, where no faradaic signals were found. It is suggested that this might be explained by the differences in both particle size and contact time. To investigate this, we present results from adapted Monte Carlo random walk simulations. Using the underpotential deposition of thallium onto silver nanoparticles as a model system, it is found that an estimated minimum contact time of ca. 10-4 s is required to deposit a complete monolayer (from a 10 mM solution) onto a nanoparticle of radius 45 nm.

  16. Enhanced Collective Magnetic Properties in 2D Monolayers of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles Favored by Local Order and Local 1D Shape Anisotropy.

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    Toulemon, Delphine; Liu, Yu; Cattoën, Xavier; Leuvrey, Cédric; Bégin-Colin, Sylvie; Pichon, Benoit P

    2016-02-16

    Magnetic nanoparticle arrays represent a very attractive research field because their collective properties can be efficiently modulated as a function of the structure of the assembly. Nevertheless, understanding the way dipolar interactions influence the intrinsic magnetic properties of nanoparticles still remains a great challenge. In this study, we report on the preparation of 2D assemblies of iron oxide nanoparticles as monolayers deposited onto substrates. Assemblies have been prepared by using the Langmuir-Blodgett technique and the SAM assisted assembling technique combined to CuAAC "click" reaction. These techniques afford to control the formation of well-defined monolayers of nanoparticles on large areas. The LB technique controls local ordering of nanoparticles, while adjusting the kinetics of CuAAC "click" reaction strongly affects the spatial arrangement of nanoparticles in monolayers. Fast kinetics favor disordered assemblies while slow kinetics favor the formation of chain-like structures. Such anisotropic assemblies are induced by dipolar interactions between nanoparticles as no magnetic field is applied and no solvent evaporation is performed. The collective magnetic properties of monolayers are studied as a function of average interparticle distance, local order and local shape anisotropy. We demonstrate that local control on spatial arrangement of nanoparticles in monolayers significantly strengthens dipolar interactions which enhances collective properties and results in possible super ferromagnetic order.

  17. High-Yield Excited Triplet States in Pentacene Self-Assembled Monolayers on Gold Nanoparticles through Singlet Exciton Fission.

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    Kato, Daiki; Sakai, Hayato; Tkachenko, Nikolai V; Hasobe, Taku

    2016-04-18

    One of the major drawbacks of organic-dye-modified self-assembled monolayers on metal nanoparticles when employed for efficient use of light energy is the fact that singlet excited states on dye molecules can be easily deactivated by means of energy transfer to the metal surface. In this study, a series of 6,13-bis(triisopropylsilylethynyl)pentacene-alkanethiolate monolayer protected gold nanoparticles with different particle sizes and alkane chain lengths were successfully synthesized and were employed for the efficient generation of excited triplet states of the pentacene derivatives by singlet fission. Time-resolved transient absorption measurements revealed the formation of excited triplet states in high yield (172±26 %) by suppressing energy transfer to the gold surface.

  18. Influence of Self-Assembled Alkanethiol Monolayers on Stochastic Amperometric On-Chip Detection of Silver Nanoparticles.

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    Krause, Kay J; Adly, Nouran; Yakushenko, Alexey; Schnitker, Jan; Mayer, Dirk; Offenhäusser, Andreas; Wolfrum, Bernhard

    2016-04-01

    We investigate the influence of self-assembled alkanethiol monolayers at the surface of platinum microelectrode arrays on the stochastic amperometric detection of citrate-stabilized silver nanoparticles in aqueous solutions. The measurements were performed using a microelectrode array featuring 64 individually addressable electrodes that are recorded in parallel with a sampling rate of 10 kHz for each channel. We show that both the functional end group and the total length of the alkanethiol influence the charge transfer. Three different terminal groups, an amino, a hydroxyl, and a carboxyl, were investigated using two different molecule lengths of 6 and 11 carbon atoms. Finally, we show that a monolayer of alkanethiols with a length of 11 carbon atoms and a carboxyl terminal group can efficiently block the charge transfer of free nanoparticles in an aqueous solution.

  19. Catalytic self-assembled monolayers on Au nanoparticles: the source of catalysis of a transphosphorylation reaction.

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    Zaupa, Giovanni; Mora, Claudia; Bonomi, Renato; Prins, Leonard J; Scrimin, Paolo

    2011-04-18

    The catalytic activity of a series of Au monolayer protected colloids (Au MPCs) containing different ratios of the catalytic unit triazacyclononane⋅Zn(II) (TACN⋅Zn(II) ) and an inert triethyleneglycol (TEG) unit was measured. The catalytic self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) are highly efficient in the transphosphorylation of 2-hydroxy propyl 4-nitrophenyl phosphate (HPNPP), an RNA model substrate, exhibiting maximum values for the Michaelis-Menten parameters k(cat) and K(M) of 6.7×10(-3) s(-1) and 3.1×10(-4) M, respectively, normalized per catalytic unit. Despite the structural simplicity of the catalytic units, this renders these nanoparticles among the most active catalysts known for this substrate. Both k(cat) and K(M) parameters were determined as a function of the mole fraction of catalytic unit (x(1)) in the SAM. Within this nanoparticle (NP) series, k(cat) increases up till x(1) ≈0.4, after which it remains constant and K(M) decreases exponentially over the range studied. A theoretical analysis demonstrated that these trends are an intrinsic property of catalytic SAMs, in which catalysis originates from the cooperative effect between two neighboring catalytic units. The multivalency of the system causes an increase of the number of potential dimeric catalytic sites composed of two catalytic units as a function of the x(1) , which causes an apparent increase in binding affinity (decrease in K(M)). Simultaneously, the k(cat) value is determined by the number of substrate molecules bound at saturation. For values of x(1) >0.4, isolated catalytic units are no longer present and all catalytic units are involved in catalysis at saturation. Importantly, the observed trends are indicative of a random distribution of the thiols in the SAM. As indicated by the theoretical analysis, and confirmed by a control experiment, in case of clustering both k(cat) and K(M) values remain constant over the entire range of x(1) .

  20. Fabrication of P3HT/gold nanoparticle LB films by P3HT templating Langmuir monolayer

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    Chen, Liang-Huei [Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Chia-Nan University of Pharmacy and Science, Tainan, Taiwan (China); Hsu, Wen-Ping, E-mail: mjkr.hsu@msa.hinet.net [Department of Chemical Engineering, National United University, Miao-Li, Taiwan 36063 (China); Chan, Han-Wen [Department of Chemical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan 70101 (China); Lee, Yuh-Lang, E-mail: yllee@mail.ncku.edu.tw [Department of Chemical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan 70101 (China)

    2014-11-30

    Highlights: • Addition of ODA into the P3HT monolayer can significantly improve the dispersion ability of P3HT molecules. • The adsorption ability of the P3HT monolayer to the dispersed AuNPs can also be enhanced by the presence of ODA. - Abstract: Regioregular poly(3-hexyl thiophene) (rr-P3HT) and mixed P3HT/octadecyl amine (ODA) were used as template monolayers to adsorb the gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) dispersed in subphase. The behaviors of P3HT and P3HT/ODA monolayers were investigated by surface pressure area per molecule (π–A) isotherms, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The experimental results show that P3HT does not form a homogeneous film and tends to aggregate at the air/water interface. Meanwhile, the amount of AuNPs adsorbed by the P3HT monolayers is low, attributable to the weak interaction between AuNPs and P3HT. By introduction of ODA molecules into the P3HT monolayer, the spreading of P3HT molecules at the air/water interface is improved and the aggregation of P3HT is significantly inhibited. A nearly uniform and homogeneously mixed P3HT/ODA monolayer can be obtained when 50% of ODA is introduced. It is also found that the introduction of ODA can significantly increase the adsorption of AuNPs. For the mixed monolayer with low ratio of ODA (P3HT/ODA = 1/0.2), a higher concentration of adsorbed AuNPs was observed on the corresponding monolayer. However, when the ODA/P3HT ratio increases to 1/1, the AuNPs tend to form three-dimensional (3D) aggregates and the AuNPs cannot distribute well as a homogeneous monolayer. This result is ascribed to the increasing hydrophobicity of the adsorbed AuNPs because of capping of more ODA molecules.

  1. Transport of nanoparticles across pulmonary surfactant monolayer: a molecular dynamics study.

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    Xu, Yan; Deng, Li; Ren, Hao; Zhang, Xianren; Huang, Fang; Yue, Tongtao

    2017-07-21

    Pulmonary nanodrug delivery is an emerging concept, especially for targeted lung cancer therapy. Once inhaled, the nanoparticles (NPs) acting as drug carriers need to efficiently cross the pulmonary surfactant monolayer (PSM) of lung alveoli, which act as the first barrier for external particles entering the lung. Herein, by performing molecular dynamics simulations, we study how inhaled NPs interact with the PSM, particularly focusing on the transport of NPs with different properties across the PSM. While hydrophilic NPs translocate directly across the PSM, transport of hydrophobic NPs is achieved as the PSM wraps them. Intriguingly, when hydrophilic NPs are decorated with lipid molecules (LCNPs), they are wrapped by the PSM efficiently with mild PSM perturbation. Moreover, the structure formed is like a vesicle, which will likely fuse with cell membranes to accomplish the transport of hydrophilic NPs into secondary organs. This behavior makes the LCNP a prospective candidate for pulmonary nanodrug delivery. Herein, the effects of the physical properties of LCNPs on their transport are investigated. Increasing the LCNP size promotes its wrapping by reducing the PSM bending energy. The binding energy that drives transport can be strengthened by increasing the lipid coating density and the lipid tail length, both of which also reduce the risk of PSM rupture during transport. These results should help researchers understand how to better use surface decorations to achieve efficient pulmonary entry, which may provide useful guidance for the design of nano-based platforms for inhaled drug delivery.

  2. Binary self-assembled monolayers modified Au nanoparticles as carriers in biological applications.

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    Chang, Hsun-Yun; You, Yun-Wen; Liao, Hua-Yang; Shyue, Jing-Jong

    2014-12-01

    Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) are good nonviral carriers because of their ease of synthesis and conjugation in biochemistry, and self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) provide a tunable system to change their interfacial properties. Using homogeneously mixed carboxylic acid and amine functional groups, a series of surface potentials and isoelectric points (IEPs) could be obtained and allow systematic study of the effect of surface potential. In this work, the result of the 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide assay revealed that binary-SAM modified AuNPs have high biocompatibility with HEK293T cells. The amount of AuNPs ingested by the cells was found to increase with increasing surface potential and the difference was also confirmed with a scanning transmission electron microscope. The ability of binary-SAM modified AuNPs as carriers was examined, and the plasmid deoxyribose nucleic acid (DNA)-containing eGFP reporter gene was used as the model cargo. Fluorescence imaging revealed that the transfection efficiency generally increased with increasing surface potential. More importantly, when the IEP of the AuNPs was higher than that of the environment of the endosome but lower than that of the cytoplasm, the plasmid DNA can be protected better and released more easily during the endocytosis process hence higher efficiency is obtained with 60% NH2 and 40% COOH in the binary-SAM.

  3. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering-active gold nanoparticles modified with a monolayer of silver film.

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    Chang, Chun-Chao; Yang, Kuang-Hsuan; Liu, Yu-Chuan; Yu, Chung-Chin; Wu, Yi-Hao

    2012-11-07

    As shown in the literature, electrochemical underpotential deposition (UPD) offers the ability to deposit up to a monolayer of one metal onto a more noble metal with a flat surface. In this work, we develop an electrochemical pathway to prepare more surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)-active substrates with Ag UPD-modified Au nanoparticles (NPs) by using sonoelectrochemical deposition-dissolution cycles (SEDDCs). Encouragingly, the SERS of Rhodamine 6G (R6G) adsorbed on these Ag UPD-modified Au NPs exhibits a higher intensity by ca. 12-fold magnitude, as compared with that of R6G adsorbed on unmodified Au NPs. The prepared SERS-active substrate demonstrates a large Raman scattering enhancement for R6G with a detection limit of 2 × 10(-14) M and an enhancement factor of 5.0 × 10(8). Also, the strategy proposed in this work to improve the SERS effects by using UPD Ag based on SEDDCs has an effect on the smaller probe molecules of 2,2'-bipyridine (BPy).

  4. A Platinum Monolayer Core-Shell Catalyst with a Ternary Alloy Nanoparticle Core and Enhanced Stability for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction

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    Haoxiong Nan

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available We synthesize a platinum monolayer core-shell catalyst with a ternary alloy nanoparticle core of Pd, Ir, and Ni. A Pt monolayer is deposited on carbon-supported PdIrNi nanoparticles using an underpotential deposition method, in which a copper monolayer is applied to the ternary nanoparticles; this is followed by the galvanic displacement of Cu with Pt to generate a Pt monolayer on the surface of the core. The core-shell Pd1Ir1Ni2@Pt/C catalyst exhibits excellent oxygen reduction reaction activity, yielding a mass activity significantly higher than that of Pt monolayer catalysts containing PdIr or PdNi nanoparticles as cores and four times higher than that of a commercial Pt/C electrocatalyst. In 0.1 M HClO4, the half-wave potential reaches 0.91 V, about 30 mV higher than that of Pt/C. We verify the structure and composition of the carbon-supported PdIrNi nanoparticles using X-ray powder diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, thermogravimetry, transmission electron microscopy, and energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry, and we perform a stability test that confirms the excellent stability of our core-shell catalyst. We suggest that the porous structure resulting from the dissolution of Ni in the alloy nanoparticles may be the main reason for the catalyst’s enhanced performance.

  5. Microbiological synthesis of nanophase PbS by Desulfotomaculum sp.

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    2007-01-01

    The uniform nanoparticles PbS with diameters about 13 nm could be synthesized by Desulfotomaculum sp. under mild condition. The effects of the processing vari-ables such as pH and temperature were investigated. The obtained products were in detailed by means of transmission electron microscopy(TEM) and X-ray diffraction(XRD) ,respectively. The results revealed that the PbS crystallites were identical in structure,shape and size under different temperatures while their morphology changed from rod to spheroidal with pH increasing. In the biological synthetic process for PbS nanoparticles,Desulfotomaculum sp. can use sulfate as a terminal electron acceptor to produce sulfide which acts as the source of sulfur for the formation of PbS nanoparticles.

  6. Microbiological synthesis of nanophase PbS by Desulfotomaculum sp.

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    GONG Jun; ZHANG ZhaoMing; BAI HongJuan; YANG GuanE

    2007-01-01

    The uniform nanoparticles PbS with diameters about 13 nm could be synthesized by Desulfotomaculum sp. under mild condition. The effects of the processing variables such as pH and temperature were investigated. The obtained products were in detailed by means of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD), respectively. The results revealed that the PbS crystallites were identical in structure, shape and size under different temperatures while their morphology changed from rod to spheroidal with pH increasing. In the biological synthetic process for PbS nanoparticles, Desulfotomaculum sp. can use sulfate as a terminal electron acceptor to produce sulfide which acts as the source of sulfur for the formation of PbS nanoparticles.

  7. Size dependent gold nanoparticle interaction at nano-micro interface using both monolayer and multilayer (tissue-like) cell models

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    Yohan, Darren; Yang, Celina; Lu, Xiaofeng; Chithrani, Devika B.

    2016-03-01

    Gold nanoparticles (GNPs) can be used as a model NP system to improve the interface between nanotechnology and medicine since their size and surface properties can be tailored easily. GNPs are being used as radiation dose enhancers and as drug carriers in cancer research. Hence, it is important to know the optimum NP size for uptake not only at monolayer level but also at tissue level. Once GNPs leave tumor vasculature, they enter the tumor tissue. Success of any therapeutic technique using NPs depends on how well NPs penetrate the tumor tissue and reach individual tumor cells. In this work, multicellular layers (MCLs) were grown to model the post-vascular tumor environment. GNPs of 20 nm and 50 nm diameters were used to elucidate the effects of size on the GNP penetration and distribution dynamics. Larger NPs (50 nm) were better at monolayer level, but smaller NPs (20 nm) were at tissue level. The MCLs exhibited a much more extensive extracellular matrix (ECM) than monolayer cell cultures. This increased ECM created a barrier for NP transport and ECM was also dependent on the tumor cell lines. Smaller NPs penetrated better compared to larger NPs. Transport of NPs was better in MDA-MB231 vs MCF-7. This MCL model tissue structures are better tools to optimize NP transport through tissue before using them in animal models. Based on our study, we believe that smaller NPs are better for improved outcome in future cancer therapeutics.

  8. Atomic-level elucidation of the initial stages of self-assembled monolayer metallization and nanoparticle formation.

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    Keith, John A; Jacob, Timo

    2010-11-02

    The development of high-performance molecular electronics and nanotech applications requires deep understanding of atomic level structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of electrode/molecular interfaces. Recent electrochemical experiments on self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) have identified highly practical means to generate nanoparticles and metal monolayers suspended above substrate surfaces through SAM metallizations. A rational basis why this process is even possible is not yet well-understood. To clarify the initial stages of interface formation during SAM metallization, we used first-principles spin-polarized density functional theory (DFT) calculations to study Pd diffusion on top of 4-mercaptopyridine (4MP) SAMs on Au(111). After distinguishing potential-energy surfaces (PESs) for different spin configurations for transition metal atoms on the SAM, we find adatom diffusion is not possible over the clean 4MP-SAM surface. Pre-adsorption of transition-metal atoms, however, facilitates atomic diffusion that appears to explain multiple reports on experimentally observed island and monolayer formation on top of SAMs. Furthermore, these diffusions most likely occur by moving across low-lying and intersecting PESs of different spin states, opening the possibility of magnetic control over these systems. Vertical diffusion processes were also investigated, and the electrolyte was found to play a key role in preventing metal permeation through the SAM to the substrate.

  9. Chemosynthesis of PbS thin film by SILAR technique

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    Pawar, Sarita B.; Pawar, S. A.; Patil, P. S.; Bhosale, P. N.

    2013-06-01

    Thin film of lead sulphide (PbS) having uniform circular grains was chemically synthesized at room temperature from an aqueous alkaline bath onto soda lime glass substrate. The synthesized film of PbS was characterized using X-ray diffraction, UV-vis spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and Transmission electron microscopy. The XRD pattern revealed the formation of PbS with a cubic crystal structure. SEM micrographs show that the granular morphology. EDS pattern shows presence of Pb and S with 1:1 stoichiometry. From TEM analysis grain size of PbS nanoparticles was found to be 40 nm and SAED pattern shows that polycrystalline nature of PbS thin film.

  10. Size-dependent filtration of nanoparticles on porous films composed by polystyrene microsphere monolayers and applications in site-selective deposition of nanoparticles

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    Ruan, Weidong [Jilin University, State Key Laboratory of Supramolecular Structure and Materials (China); Zhou, Tieli [Changchun University, College of Food Engineering and Landscape Architecture (China); Sun, Chengbin; Tao, Yanchun; Lu, Fei; Wang, Xu; Zhao, Bing, E-mail: zhaob@mail.jlu.edu.cn [Jilin University, State Key Laboratory of Supramolecular Structure and Materials (China); Cui, Yinqiu, E-mail: cuiyq@jlu.edu.cn [Jilin University, School of Life Sciences (China)

    2015-10-15

    Composite films composed of polystyrene (PS) microsphere monolayers and gold (Au) and/or silver (Ag) nanoparticles (NPs) decorations were prepared by a novel size-dependent filtration effect on close-packed PS microsphere arrays. The uniform pores inlaid in the PS monolayer films acted as the transport tunnels for NPs. The steric restriction induced by the size of the pores was used as a main strategy to fabricate hybrid micro/nano films, which were composed of PS microspheres with inhomogeneous anisotropic decorations. The Au and Ag NPs were used as the building blocks to decorate the PS microspheres through a layer-by-layer self-assembly technique with the aid of polyelectrolyte coupling agents. Only the small particles which could pass through the micropores could reach to and deposit on the inner surfaces of the PS microsphere monolayer films. Large particles remained on the outside and could only deposit on the outer surfaces. Thus, the inhomogeneous anisotropic decoration was obtained. This study provides a novel strategy for fabricating anisotropic micro/nanostructures by the size-dependent filtration effect of NPs on porous films and has the potential in applications of anisotropic self-assembly, sensor, and surface modifications at nanoscale.

  11. Shape controllable preparations of PbS nanocrystals using cysteine as the precursor of S2-ions

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    BAO Haobo; HAN Wei; GAO Mingyuan

    2006-01-01

    Flowerlike, spherical and cubic PbS nanoparticles have been successfully synthesized by refluxing cysteine and lead nitrate in an alkaline solution. The influences of the cysteine to Pb2+ molar ratio,the pH value of the reaction mixture as well as the refluxing time on the shape of PbS nanoparticles were investigated. Detailed experimental results demonstrated that a higher molar ratio of cysteine to Pb2+ (5.2:1) and shorter refluxing time favor the formation of flowerlike PbS nanoparticles at pH 9.0.While lower pH value (8.0) favors the formation of spherical PbS nanoparticles, and higher pH value (10.0), however, favors the formation of cubic PbS nanoparticles. The mechanism for the shape control of PbS nanoparticles is discussed.

  12. Monolayer-precision synthesis of molybdenum sulfide nanoparticles and their nanoscale size effects in the hydrogen evolution reaction.

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    Seo, Bora; Jung, Gwan Yeong; Sa, Young Jin; Jeong, Hu Young; Cheon, Jae Yeong; Lee, Jeong Hyeon; Kim, Ho Young; Kim, Jin Chul; Shin, Hyeon Suk; Kwak, Sang Kyu; Joo, Sang Hoon

    2015-04-28

    Metal sulfide-based nanostructured materials have emerged as promising catalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER), and significant progress has been achieved in enhancing their activity and durability for the HER. The understanding of nanoscale size-dependent catalytic activities can suggest critical information regarding catalytic reactivity, providing the scientific basis for the design of advanced catalysts. However, nanoscale size effects in metal sulfide-based HER catalysts have not yet been established fully, due to the synthetic difficulty in precisely size-controlled metal sulfide nanoparticles. Here we report the preparation of molybdenum sulfide (MoS2) nanoparticles with monolayer precision from one to four layers with the nearly constant basal plane size of 5 nm, and their size-dependent catalytic activity in the HER. Using density functional theory (DFT) calculations, we identified the most favorable single-, double-, and triple-layer MoS2 model structures for the HER, and calculated elementary step energetics of the HER over these three model structures. Combining HER activity measurements and the DFT calculation results, we establish that the turnover frequency of MoS2 nanoparticles in the HER increases in a quasi-linear manner with decreased layer numbers. Cobalt-promoted MoS2 nanoparticles also exhibited similar HER activity trend. We attribute the higher HER activity of smaller metal sulfide nanoparticles to the higher degree of oxidation, higher Mo-S coordination number, formation of the 1T phase, and lower activation energy required to overcome transition state. This insight into the nanoscale size-dependent HER activity trend will facilitate the design of advanced HER catalysts as well as other hydrotreating catalysts.

  13. Sample preconcentration utilizing nanofractures generated by junction gap breakdown assisted by self-assembled monolayer of gold nanoparticles.

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    Chun-Ping Jen

    Full Text Available The preconcentration of proteins with low concentrations can be used to increase the sensitivity and accuracy of detection. A nonlinear electrokinetic flow is induced in a nanofluidic channel due to the overlap of electrical double layers, resulting in the fast accumulation of proteins, referred to as the exclusion-enrichment effect. The proposed chip for protein preconcentration was fabricated using simple standard soft lithography with a polydimethylsiloxane replica. This study extends our previous paper, in which gold nanoparticles were manually deposited onto the surface of a protein preconcentrator. In the present work, nanofractures were formed by utilizing the self-assembly of gold-nanoparticle-assisted electric breakdown. This reliable method for nanofracture formation, involving self-assembled monolayers of nanoparticles at the junction gap between microchannels, also decreases the required electric breakdown voltage. The experimental results reveal that a high concentration factor of 1.5×10(4 for a protein sample with an extremely low concentration of 1 nM was achieved in 30 min by using the proposed chip, which is faster than our previously proposed chip at the same conditions. Moreover, an immunoassay of bovine serum albumin (BSA and anti-BSA was carried out to demonstrate the applicability of the proposed chip.

  14. Characteristics of localized surface plasmons excited on mixed monolayers composed of self-assembled Ag and Au nanoparticles.

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    Tanaka, Daisuke; Imazu, Keisuke; Sung, Jinwoo; Park, Cheolmin; Okamoto, Koichi; Tamada, Kaoru

    2015-10-07

    The fundamental characteristics of localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) excited on mixed monolayers composed of self-assembled Ag and Au nanoparticles (AgNPs and AuNPs, respectively) were investigated. Mixed monolayered films were fabricated at the air-water interface at different mixing ratios. The films retained their phase-segregated morphologies in which AuNPs formed several 10 to 100 nm island domains in a homogeneous AgNP matrix phase. The LSPR bands originating from the self-assembled domains shifted to longer wavelengths as the domain size increased, as predicted by a finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulation. The FDTD simulation also revealed that even an alternating-lattice-structured two-dimensional (2D) AgNP/AuNP film retained two isolated LSPR bands, revealing that the plasmon resonances excited on each particle did not couple even in a continuous 2D sheet, unlike in the homologous NP system. The fluorescence quenching test of Cy3 and Cy5 dyes confirmed that the independent functions of AuNPs and AgNPs remained in the mixed films, whereas the AuNPs exhibited significantly higher quenching efficiency for the Cy3 dye compared with AgNPs due to the overlap of the excitation/emission bands of the dyes with the AuNP LSPR band. Various applications can be considered using this nanoheterostructured plasmonic assembly to excite spatially designed, high-density LSPR on macroscopic surfaces.

  15. Optimized modification of gold nanoparticles with a self-assembled monolayer for suppression of nonspecific binding in DNA assays

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    Esashika, Keiko; Saiki, Toshiharu

    2016-10-01

    Homogeneous DNA assays using gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) require the reduction of nonspecific binding between AuNPs to improve sensitivity in detecting the target molecule. In this study, we employed alkanethiol self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) for modifying the AuNP surface to attain both good dispersability and high hybridization efficiency. The alkanethiol SAMs enhance the repulsive interaction between AuNPs, reducing nonspecific binding and promoting the extension of surface-immobilized ssDNA into the solvent, thus enhancing the hybridization process. Introduction of oligoethylene glycol into the alkanethiol prevented nonspecific binding caused by the entanglement of alkane chains. Finally, the conditions were optimized by controlling the surface charge density through the introduction of a COOH group at the alkanethiol terminus, resulting in the complete blocking of nonspecific binding and the maintenance of high hybridization efficiency.

  16. Physicochemical properties of nanoparticles regulate translocation across pulmonary surfactant monolayer and formation of lipoprotein corona.

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    Hu, Guoqing; Jiao, Bao; Shi, Xinghua; Valle, Russell P; Fan, Qihui; Zuo, Yi Y

    2013-12-23

    Interaction with the pulmonary surfactant film, being the first line of host defense, represents the initial bio-nano interaction in the lungs. Such interaction determines the fate of the inhaled nanoparticles and their potential therapeutic or toxicological effect. Despite considerable progress in optimizing physicochemical properties of nanoparticles for improved delivery and targeting, the mechanisms by which inhaled nanoparticles interact with the pulmonary surfactant film are still largely unknown. Here, using combined in vitro and in silico methods, we show how hydrophobicity and surface charge of nanoparticles differentially regulate the translocation and interaction with the pulmonary surfactant film. While hydrophilic nanoparticles generally translocate quickly across the pulmonary surfactant film, a significant portion of hydrophobic nanoparticles are trapped by the surfactant film and encapsulated in lipid protrusions upon film compression. Our results support a novel model of pulmonary surfactant lipoprotein corona associated with inhaled nanoparticles of different physicochemical properties. Our data suggest that the study of pulmonary nanotoxicology and nanoparticle-based pulmonary drug delivery should consider this lipoprotein corona.

  17. Structure and diffusion of nanoparticle monolayers floating at liquid/vapor interfaces: a molecular dynamics study.

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    Cheng, Shengfeng; Grest, Gary S

    2012-06-07

    Large-scale molecular dynamics simulations are used to simulate a layer of nanoparticles floating on the surface of a liquid. Both a low viscosity liquid, represented by Lennard-Jones monomers, and a high viscosity liquid, represented by linear homopolymers, are studied. The organization and diffusion of the nanoparticles are analyzed as the nanoparticle density and the contact angle between the nanoparticles and liquid are varied. When the interaction between the nanoparticles and liquid is reduced the contact angle increases and the nanoparticles ride higher on the liquid surface, which enables them to diffuse faster. In this case the short-range order is also reduced as seen in the pair correlation function. For the polymeric liquids, the out-of-layer fluctuation is suppressed and the short-range order is slightly enhanced. However, the diffusion becomes much slower and the mean square displacement even shows sub-linear time dependence at large times. The relation between diffusion coefficient and viscosity is found to deviate from that in bulk diffusion. Results are compared to simulations of the identical nanoparticles in 2-dimensions.

  18. Electrical property and water repellency of a networked monolayer film prepared from Au nanoparticles.

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    Shiigi, Hiroshi; Yamamoto, Yojiro; Yakabe, Hidetaka; Tokonami, Shiho; Nagaoka, Tsutomu

    2003-05-07

    Gold nanoparticles, modified with alkyl thiol, formed a film on polystyrene substrate, and it was found that the deposited film drastically changes its conductivity and hydrophobicity, depending on the alkyl chain length of the thiol used.

  19. Optically Active Charge Transfer in Hybrids of Alqsub>3sub> Nanoparticles and MoSsub>2sub> Monolayer.

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    Ghimire, Ganesh; Dhakal, Krisnhna; Neupane, Guru; Jo, Seong Gi; Kim, Hyun; Seo, Changwon; Lee, Young; Joo, Jinsoo; Kim, Jeongyong

    2017-03-20

    Organic/inorganic hybrid structures have been widely studied because of their enhanced physical and chemical properties. Monolayers of transition metal dichalcogenides (1L-TMDs) and organic nanoparticles can provide a hybridization configuration between zero- and two-dimensional systems with the advantages of convenient preparation and strong interface interaction. Here, we present such a hybrid system made by dispersing π-conjugated organic (tris(8-hydroxyquinoline)aluminum(III)) (Alqsub>3sub>) nanoparticles (NPs) on 1L-MoSsub>2sub>. Hybrids of Alqsub>3sub> NP/1L-MoSsub>2sub> exhibited a two-fold increase in the photoluminescence of Alqsub>3sub> NPs on 1L-MoSsub>2sub> and the n-doping effect of 1L-MoSsub>2sub>, and these spectral and electronic modifications were attributed to the charge transfer between Alqsub>3sub> NPs and 1L-MoSsub>2sub>. Our results suggested that a hybrid of organic NPs/1L-TMD can offer a convenient platform to study the interface interactions between organic and inorganic nano objects and to engineer optoelectronic devices with enhanced performance.

  20. Two dimensional dipolar coupling in monolayers of silver and gold nanoparticles on a dielectric substrate.

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    Liu, Yu; Begin-Colin, Sylvie; Pichon, Benoît P; Leuvrey, Cedric; Ihiawakrim, Dris; Rastei, Mircea; Schmerber, Guy; Vomir, Mircea; Bigot, Jean Yves

    2014-10-21

    The dimensionality of assembled nanoparticles plays an important role in their optical and magnetic properties, via dipolar effects and the interaction with their environment. In this work we develop a methodology for distinguishing between two (2D) and three (3D) dimensional collective interactions on the surface plasmon resonance of assembled metal nanoparticles. Towards that goal, we elaborate different sets of Au and Ag nanoparticles as suspensions, random 3D arrangements and well organized 2D arrays. Then we model their scattering cross-section using effective field methods in dimension n, including interparticle as well as particle-substrate dipolar interactions. For this modelling, two effective field medium approaches are employed, taking into account the filling factors of the assemblies. Our results are important for realizing photonic amplifier devices.

  1. Review and outlook: from single nanoparticles to self-assembled monolayers and granular GMR sensors

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    Alexander Weddemann

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper highlights recent advances in synthesis, self-assembly and sensing applications of monodisperse magnetic Co and Co-alloyed nanoparticles. A brief introduction to solution phase synthesis techniques as well as the magnetic properties and aspects of the self-assembly process of nanoparticles will be given with the emphasis placed on selected applications, before recent developments of particles in sensor devices are outlined. Here, the paper focuses on the fabrication of granular magnetoresistive sensors by the employment of particles themselves as sensing layers. The role of interparticle interactions is discussed.

  2. 基于PbS量子点和金纳米颗粒的可卡因适体传感器的研究%Preparation of cocaine aptamer sensor based on PbS quantum dots and Au nanoparticles

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    李晓飞; 张银烽; 李月婷; 司剑飞; 杨云慧

    2011-01-01

    A novel cocaine aptamer sensor for rapid determination of cocaine in human serum has been developed. The PbS quantum dots were prepared by solvothermal reaction. The aptamer sensor was prepared by immobilizing thiolated complementary DNA onto the surface of glassy carbon electrode modified with PbS quantum dots and chitosan film via the strong bound between PbS and -SH group. Au nanoparticles-labeled cocaine aptamer was used as tracer to detect cocaine. When the aptamer sensor was incubated with cocaine,the specify bound occurred between cocaine and its aptamer,resulting in Au nanoparticles-labeled cocaine aptamer dropping off from the electrode. Then,the reduction current of H2O2 catalyzed by Au NPs decreased,which is proportion to the concentration of cocaine. The electrochemical behavior of aptamer sensor was studied. Other experimental conditions such as Ph, incubation time of cocaine aptamer were studied too. The prepared aptamer sensor offered an amperometric response for cocaine ranging from 1. 0 to 100. 0 nmol · Dm-3 with a detection limit of 0. 3 nmol · Dm-3. The result showed that the aptamer sensor displayed rapid response, high sensitivity, good repeatability and long-term stability.%本文采用水热法合成了硫化铅量子点,将其与壳聚糖混合后修饰在玻碳电极上,利用PbS与巯基之间的强烈的键和作用,直接将所合成的带巯基的与可卡因适体互补的DNA固定到电极上,将金纳米颗粒标记在可卡因适体作为示踪物检测可卡因,研制了一种新型的用于快速测定可卡因的适体传感器.该适体传感器与不同浓度的可卡因培育时,可卡因适体与可卡因发生特异性结合,致使可卡因适体从电极上脱离下来.随着可卡因浓度的增加,脱落的金纳米颗粒的量增加,其催化H2 O2的电流减少,实现对可卡因的检测.考察了适体传感器的电化学特性,同时也研究了测试液pH值、培育时间等实验条件对传感器性能的影

  3. 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

    2015-01-01

    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 ...

  4. Understanding the mutual impact of interaction between hydrophobic nanoparticles and pulmonary surfactant monolayer.

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    Sachan, Amit K; Galla, Hans-Joachim

    2014-03-26

    Interaction between hydrophobic nanoparticles (NPs) and a pulmonary surfactant (PS) film leads to a shift in molecular packing of surfactant molecules in the PS film around the interacting NPs. The resultant structural arrangement of surfactants around the NPs may be a potential structural factor responsible for their high retention ability within the film. Moreover, during this interaction, surfactant molecules coat the NPs and change their surface properties.

  5. Critical role of wettability in assembly of zirconia nanoparticles on a self-assembled monolayer-patterned substrate

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    Yang, Mi-Sun; Lee, Seung-Hoon; Moon, Byung Kee; Yoo, Seung Ryul; Hwang, Seongpil; Jang, Jae-Won

    2016-08-01

    This study investigated which factors decisively influence colloidal nanoparticle (NP) assembly on a self-assembled monolayer (SAM)-patterned substrate. Zirconia (ZrO2) NP assembly on a poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS)-stamped SAM-patterned Au substrate was carried out while the size and surface charge state of the NPs and the substrate wettability were altered. ZrO2 particles with diameters of 350 nm, 560 nm, and 1100 nm were employed to examine the effect of NP size on the assembly. Bare ZrO2 NPs with a negatively charged surface and ZrO2 NPs with a positively charged surface through 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane encapsulation were prepared for the NP assembly. Moreover, the substrate wettability effect on the NP assembly was evaluated by comparing the assembly on substrates with the PDMS-patterned SAMs of thiols with polar and non-polar functional groups. From the characterization of the number of NPs in a pattern and the effective area of assembled NPs (Aeff), positively charged ZrO2 NP assembly on negatively charged patterns showed the highest number density of particles in a pattern compared with the other combinations in both 350-nm and 560-nm ZrO2 NPs. This observation can be attributed to negatively charged 16-mercaptohexadecanoic acid SAMs having greater polarity (more polar groups) than positively charged 11-amino-1-undecanethiol SAMs within the condition of the colloidal ZrO2 NP assembly.

  6. The protonation state of thiols in self-assembled monolayers on roughened Ag/Au surfaces and nanoparticles.

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    Bandyopadhyay, Sabyasachi; Chattopadhyay, Samir; Dey, Abhishek

    2015-10-14

    The protonation state of thiols in self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on Ag and Au surfaces and nanoparticles (NPs) has been an issue of contestation. It has been recently demonstrated that deuterating the thiol proton produces ostentatious changes in the Raman spectra of thiols and can be used to detect the presence of the thiol functional group. Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) of H/D substituted aliphatic thiols on Ag surfaces clearly shows the presence of S-H vibration between 2150-2200 cm(-1) which shifts by 400 cm(-1) upon deuteration and a simultaneous >20 cm(-1) shift in the C-S vibration of thiol deuteration. Large shifts (>15 cm(-1)) in the C-S vibration are also observed for alkyl thiol SAMs on Au surfaces. Alternatively, neither the S-H vibration nor the H/D isotope effect on the C-S vibration is observed for alkyl thiol SAMs on Ag/Au NPs. XPS data on Ag/Au surfaces bearing aliphatic thiol SAMs show the presence of both protonated and deprotonated thiols while on Ag/Au NPs only deprotonated thiols are detected. These data suggest that aliphatic thiol SAMs on Au/Ag surfaces are partially protonated whereas they are totally deprotonated on Au/Ag NPs. Aromatic PhSH SAMs on Ag/Au surfaces and Ag/Au NPs do not show these vibrations or H/D shifts as well indicating that the thiols are deprotonated at these interfaces.

  7. Synthesis Optimisation of Lysozyme Monolayer-Coated Silver Nanoparticles in Aqueous Solution

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    A. V. Yakovlev

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents an optimisation of the synthesis of silver nanoparticles encapsulated in a biological shell. The synthesis was carried out in an aqueous solution of silver nitrate. Sodium borohydride was used as a reducing agent. Lysozyme served as a bioactive coating agent. The samples produced were studied using dynamic light scattering, transmission electron microscopy, and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The function of the dependence of the reagent ratio in obtained sols on optical properties is shown. Furthermore, the influence of the synthesis temperature, reactant ratio, and order of mixing on the particle size distribution parameters is shown. The optimal reagent mass ratio, NaBH4 : LYZ : AgNO3 = 0.22 : 0.77 : 1, is established. The resulting composition allows the synthesis of particles with a mean diameter of 18 nm and a bioshell thickness of ≈3.5 nm. Moreover, the necessity of the synthesis optimisation and precise parameter control is clearly demonstrated.

  8. Simulation and Modeling of Self-Assembled Monolayers of Carboxylic Acid Thiols on Flat and Nanoparticle Gold Surfaces

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    Techane, Sirnegeda D.; Baer, Donald R.; Castner, David G.

    2011-09-01

    Quantitative analysis of the 16-mercaptohexadecanoic acid self-assembled monolayer (C16 COOH-SAM) layer thickness on gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) was performed using simulation of electron spectra for surface analysis (SESSA) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). XPS measurements of C16 COOH SAMs on flat gold surfaces were made at 9 different photoelectron take-off angles (5o to 85o in 5o increments), corrected using geometric weighting factors and then summed together to approximate spherical AuNPs. The SAM thickness and relative surface roughness (RSA) in SESSA were optimized to determine the best agreement between simulated and experimental surface composition. Based on the glancing angle results, it was found that inclusion of a hydrocarbon contamination layer on top the C16 COOH-SAM was necessary to improve the agreement between the SESSA and XPS results. For the 16 COOH-SAMs on flat Au surfaces, using a SAM thickness of 1.1Å/CH2 group, an RSA of 1.05 and a 1.5Å CH2-contamination overlayer (total film thickness = 21.5Å) for the SESSA calculations provided the best agreement with the experimental XPS data. After applying the appropriate geometric corrections and summing the SESSA flat surface compositions, the best fit results for the 16 COOH-SAM thickness and surface roughness on the AuNPs were determined to be 0.9Å/CH2 group and 1.06 RSA with a 1.5Å CH2-contamination overlayer (total film thickness = 18.5Å). The three angstrom difference in SAM thickness between the flat Au and AuNP surfaces suggests the alkyl chains of the SAM are slightly more tilted or disordered on the AuNP surfaces.

  9. Scalable Synthesis of Ag Networks with Optimized Sub-monolayer Au-Pd Nanoparticle Covering for Highly Enhanced SERS Detection and Catalysis

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    Li, Tianyu; Vongehr, Sascha; Tang, Shaochun; Dai, Yuming; Huang, Xiao; Meng, Xiangkang

    2016-11-01

    Highly porous tri-metallic AgxAuyPdz networks with a sub-monolayer bimetallic Au-Pd nanoparticle coating were synthesized via a designed galvanic replacement reaction of Ag nanosponges suspended in mixed solutions of HAuCl4 and K2PdCl4. The resulting networks’ ligaments have a rough surface with bimetallic nanoparticles and nanopores due to removal of Ag. The surface morphology and composition are adjustable by the temperature and mixed solutions’ concentration. Very low combined Au and Pd atomic percentage (1-x) where x is atomic percentage of Ag leads to sub-monolayer nanoparticle coverings allowing a large number of active boundaries, nanopores, and metal-metal interfaces to be accessible. Optimization of the Au/Pd atomic ratio y/z obtains large surface-enhanced Raman scattering detection sensitivity (at y/z = 5.06) and a higher catalytic activity (at y/z = 3.55) toward reduction reactions as benchmarked with 4-nitrophenol than for most bimetallic catalysts. Subsequent optimization of x (at fixed y/z) further increases the catalytic activity to obtain a superior tri-metallic catalyst, which is mainly attributed to the synergy of several aspects including the large porosity, increased surface roughness, accessible interfaces, and hydrogen absorption capacity of nanosized Pd. This work provides a new concept for scalable synthesis and performance optimization of tri-metallic nanostructures.

  10. Tuning the self-assembled monolayer formation on nanoparticle surfaces with different curvatures: investigations on spherical silica particles and plane-crystal-shaped zirconia particles.

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    Feichtenschlager, Bernhard; Lomoschitz, Christoph J; Kickelbick, Guido

    2011-08-01

    The ordering of dodecyl-chain self-assembled monolayers (SAM) on different nanoscopic surfaces was investigated by FT-IR studies. As model systems plane-crystal-shaped ZrO(2) nanoparticles and spherical SiO(2) nanoparticles were examined. The type of capping agent was chosen dependent on the substrate, therefore dodecylphosphonic acid and octadecylphosphonic acid were used for ZrO(2) and dodecyltrimethoxysilane for SiO(2) samples. The plane ZrO(2) nanocrystals yielded more ordered alkyl-chain structures whereas spherical SiO(2) nanoparticles showed significantly lower alkyl-chain ordering. Submicron-sized silica spheres revealed a significantly higher alkyl chain ordering, comparable to an analogously prepared SAM on a non-curved plane oxidized Si-wafer. In the case of ZrO(2) nanocrystals an intense alkyl-chain alignment could be disturbed by decreasing the grafting density from the maximum of 2.1 molecules/nm(2) through the variation of coupling agent concentration to lower values. Furthermore, the co-adsorption of a different coupling agent, such as phenylphosphonic acid for ZrO(2) and phenyltrimethoxysilane for SiO(2), resulted in a significantly lower alkyl-chain ordering for ZrO(2) plane crystals and for large SiO(2) spherical particles at high grafting density. An increasing amount of order-disturbing molecules leads to a gradual decrease in alkyl-chain alignment on the surface of the inorganic nanoparticles. In the case of the ZrO(2) nanoparticle system it is shown via dynamic light scattering (DLS) that the mixed monolayer formation on the particle surface impacts the dispersion quality in organic solvents such as n-hexane.

  11. Tunable doping in PbS nanocrystal field-effect transistors using surface molecular dipoles

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    Nugraha, Mohamad I.; Matsui, Hiroyuki; Bisri, Satria Z.; Sytnyk, Mykhailo; Heiss, Wolfgang; Loi, Maria A.; Takeya, Jun

    2016-01-01

    We study the effect of self-assembled monolayer (SAM) treatment of the SiO2 dielectric on the electrical characteristics of PbS transistors. Using SAMs, we observe threshold voltage shifts in the electron transport, allowing us to tune the electrical properties of the devices depending on the SAM mo

  12. Binary Mixtures of SH- and CH3-Terminated Self-Assembled Monolayers to Control the Average Spacing Between Aligned Gold Nanoparticles

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    Pavelka Laura

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract This paper presents a method to control the average spacing between organometallic chemical vapor deposition (OMCVD grown gold nanoparticles (Au NPs in a line. Focused ion beam patterned CH3-terminated self-assembled monolayers are refilled systematically with different mixtures of SH- and CH3-terminated silanes. The average spacing between OMCVD Au NPs is demonstrated systematically to decrease by increasing the v/v% ratio of the thiols in the binary silane mixtures with SH- and CH3-terminated groups.

  13. Mathematical modelling of the transport of hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin inclusion complexes of ranitidine hydrochloride and furosemide loaded chitosan nanoparticles across a Caco-2 cell monolayer.

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    Sadighi, Armin; Ostad, S N; Rezayat, S M; Foroutan, M; Faramarzi, M A; Dorkoosh, F A

    2012-01-17

    Chitosan nanoparticles (CS-NPs) have been used to enhance the permeability of furosemide and ranitidine hydrochloride (ranitidine HCl) which were selected as candidates for two different biopharmaceutical drug classes having low permeability across Caco-2 cell monolayers. Drugs loaded CS-NPs were prepared by ionic gelation of CS and pentasodium tripolyphosphate (TPP) which added to the drugs inclusion complexes with hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HP-βCD). The stability constants for furosemide/HP-βCD and ranitidine HCl/HP-βCD were calculated as 335 M(-1) and 410 M(-1), whereas the association efficiencies (AE%) of the drugs/HP-βCD inclusion complexes with CS-NPs were determined to be 23.0 and 19.5%, respectively. Zetasizer and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were used to characterise drugs/HP-βCD-NPs size and morphology. Transport of both nano and non-nano formulations of drugs/HP-βCD complexes across a Caco-2 cell monolayer was assessed and fitted to mathematical models. Furosemide/HP-βCD-NPs demonstrated transport kinetics best suited for the Higuchi model, whereas other drug formulations demonstrated power law transportation behaviour. Permeability experiments revealed that furosemide/HP-βCD and ranitidine HCl/HP-βCD nano formulations greatly induce the opening of tight junctions and enhance drug transition through Caco-2 monolayers.

  14. Novel comparison of microscopy and diffraction techniques on the structure of iron oxide nanoparticle monolayers transferred by Langmuir-Schaefer method

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    Stanley, Jacob; Dai, Yeling; Boucheron, Leandra; Shpyrko, Oleg, E-mail: lin@cars.uchicago.edu, E-mail: oshpyrko@physics.ucsd.edu [University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California 92093 (United States); Lin, Binhua, E-mail: lin@cars.uchicago.edu, E-mail: oshpyrko@physics.ucsd.edu; Meron, Mati [Center for Advanced Radiation Sources (CARS), University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60637 (United States)

    2015-06-15

    Iron oxide nanoparticles undergo self-assembly into well-ordered monolayer films of macroscopic size at the air-water interface. This self-assembly process is the result of the van der Waals forces between the constituent particles. For roughly spherical particles, this monolayer is a 2D hexagonal close packed lattice. With Grazing Incidence X-Ray Diffraction (GID), one can obtain global statistical information about the film’s spacing and correlation length. Herein, we demonstrate that comparable structural information can be obtained by a novel Fourier transform analysis method applied to Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) images taken of the film after it has been transferred to a silicon substrate. This consists of using numerical methods to isolate the lattice structure of the monolayer in the SEM image to which a 2D discrete Fourier Transform is applied and the result integrated. This results in Bragg peak information akin to that obtained from GID, whose structure shows the same hexagonal close packed lattice with similar spacing and of greater peak contrast. This analysis technique may prove to be a suitable alternative or compliment to GID for many applications.

  15. PBS machine interlocks using EWMA

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    Clasie, Benjamin M.; Kooy, Hanne M.; Flanz, Jacob B.

    2016-01-01

    Delivery of pencil beam scanning (PBS) requires the on-line measurement of several beam parameters. If the measurement is outside of specified tolerances and a binary threshold algorithm is used, the beam will be paused. Given instrumentation and statistical noise such a system can lead to many pauses which could increase the treatment time. Statistical quality control methods are typically used on manufacturing lines to monitor a process and give early detection of a gradual problem and stop the process if a deviation is statistically significant. These methods can be used to develop a more intuitive algorithm for (PBS) delivery systems that is robust and safe and leads to decreased treatment times. The Exponentially Weighted Moving Average (EWMA) control scheme monitors deviations in beam properties which are averaged over a specified number of measurements with greater weight applied to the more recent ones. Simulation of an EWMA-style algorithm safely detected shifts in random and systematic delivery errors without false alarms. Binary and EWMA methods can be combined for improved reliability without sacrificing patient safety. In the EWMA method, the mean of a beam property can be related to systematic uncertainties and the standard deviation can be related to random uncertainties. This method allows one to have separate interlock levels for each type of uncertainty and to detect systematic trends.

  16. Noble metal nanoparticles deposited on self-assembled monolayers using Pulsed Laser Deposition show coulomb blockade at room temperature

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    Speets, Emiel A.; Dordi, Barbara; Ravoo, Bart Jan; Oncel, Nuri; Hallbäck, Ann-Sofie; Zandvliet, Harold J.W.; Poelsema, Bene; Rijnders, Guus; Blank, Dave H.A.; Reinhoudt, David N.

    2005-01-01

    Nanometer-sized noble-metal clusters are fabricated on top of alkylthiolate self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on annealed gold by pulsed laser deposition at elevated pressures. The size distribution of the clusters depends on the metal and on the pressure during the deposition. Scanning tunneling mic

  17. Hybrid opto-chemical doping in Ag nanoparticle-decorated monolayer graphene grown by chemical vapor deposition probed by Raman spectroscopy

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    Maiti, R.; Haldar, S.; Majumdar, D.; Singha, A.; Ray, S. K.

    2017-02-01

    The novel opto-chemical doping effect in Ag nanoparticle-decorated monolayer graphene grown by chemical vapor deposition has been investigated using Raman spectroscopy for the first time. We used both noble metal nanoparticles and optical excitation, in a hybrid opto-chemical route, to tune the doping level in graphene. Metal nanoparticle-induced chemical effects and laser power-induced substrate effects alter the doping nature of graphene from p- to n-type. Compared with earlier studies, the proposed method significantly lowers the laser intensity required for optical power-dependent doping, resulting in prevention of damage to the sample due to local heating. Some other interesting observations are the enhanced peak intensity in the Raman spectrum of graphene, enhancement of the D-band intensity and the introduction of G-band splitting. This novel, cheap and easily implemented hybrid optical-chemical doping strategy could be very useful for tuning graphene plasmons on the widely used Si/SiO2 substrates for various photonic device applications.

  18. Hybrid nanostructures of well-organized arrays of colloidal quantum dots and a self-assembled monolayer of gold nanoparticles for enhanced fluorescence

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    Liu, Xiaoying; McBride, Sean P.; Jaeger, Heinrich M.; Nealey, Paul F.

    2016-07-01

    Hybrid nanomaterials comprised of well-organized arrays of colloidal semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) in close proximity to metal nanoparticles (NPs) represent an appealing system for high-performance, spectrum-tunable photon sources with controlled photoluminescence. Experimental realization of such materials requires well-defined QD arrays and precisely controlled QD-metal interspacing. This long-standing challenge is tackled through a strategy that synergistically combines lateral confinement and vertical stacking. Lithographically generated nanoscale patterns with tailored surface chemistry confine the QDs into well-organized arrays with high selectivity through chemical pattern directed assembly, while subsequent coating with a monolayer of close-packed Au NPs introduces the plasmonic component for fluorescence enhancement. The results show uniform fluorescence emission in large-area ordered arrays for the fabricated QD structures and demonstrate five-fold fluorescence amplification for red, yellow, and green QDs in the presence of the Au NP monolayer. Encapsulation of QDs with a silica shell is shown to extend the design space for reliable QD/metal coupling with stronger enhancement of 11 times through the tuning of QD-metal spatial separation. This approach provides new opportunities for designing hybrid nanomaterials with tailored array structures and multiple functionalities for applications such as multiplexed optical coding, color display, and quantum transduction.

  19. Highly Sensitive Aluminium(III) Ion Sensor Based on a Self-assembled Monolayer on a Gold Nanoparticles Modified Screen-printed Carbon Electrode.

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    See, Wong Pooi; Heng, Lee Yook; Nathan, Sheila

    2015-01-01

    A new approach for the development of a highly sensitive aluminium(III) ion sensor via the preconcentration of aluminium(III) ion with a self-assembled monolayer on a gold nanoparticles modified screen-printed carbon electrode and current mediation by potassium ferricyanide redox behavior during aluminium(III) ion binding has been attempted. A monolayer of mercaptosuccinic acid served as an effective complexation ligand for the preconcentration of trace aluminium; this led to an enhancement of aluminium(III) ion capture and thus improved the sensitivity of the sensor with a detection limit of down to the ppb level. Under the optimum experimental conditions, the sensor exhibited a wide linear dynamic range from 0.041 to 12.4 μM. The lower detection limit of the developed sensor was 0.037 μM (8.90 ppb) using a 10 min preconcentration time. The sensor showed excellent selectivity towards aluminium(III) ion over other interference ions.

  20. Influence of the molecular-scale structures of 1-dodecanethiol and 4-methylbenzenethiol self-assembled monolayers on gold nanoparticles adsorption pattern.

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    Mamun, Abdulla Hel Al; Yoon, Sangwoon; Hahn, Jae Ryang

    2014-07-01

    In an effort to understand the effects of the molecular structures of self-assembled monolayers on the patterns formed by immobilized Au nanoparticles (AuNPs), we characterized and compared the morphologies and properties of AuNPs adsorbed onto self-assembled monolayers formed by 1-dodecanethiol (DDT-SAM) or 4-methylbenzenethiol (MBT-SAM) assembled on Au(111) surfaces. The AuNP adsorption pattern on the MBT-SAM surface was well-dispersed and characterized by a low degree of corrugation. By contrast, an aggregated and highly corrugated AuNP pattern was observed on the surface of the DDT-SAM. This difference was attributed to the retention or removal of citrate anions present on the AuNPs during adsorption onto the SAM surface. Direct interactions between the AuNPs and the highly corrugated hydrophobic surfaces of the DDT-SAMs could strip the citrate layers from the AuNP surfaces, leading to aggregated adsorption. The water molecules appeared to mediate the adsorption of the AuNPs by reducing the hydrophobicity of the MBT-SAM surface and promoting a more dispersed adsorption configuration.

  1. Electrocatalysts having platium monolayers on palladium, palladium alloy, and gold alloy core-shell nanoparticles, and uses thereof

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    Adzic, Radoslav (Setauket, NY); Mo, Yibo (Naperville, IL); Vukmirovic, Miomir (Port Jefferson Station, NY); Zhang, Junliang (Rochester, NY)

    2010-12-21

    The invention relates to platinum-coated particles useful as fuel cell electrocatalysts. The particles are composed of a noble metal or metal alloy core at least partially encapsulated by an atomically thin surface layer of platinum atoms. The invention particularly relates to such particles having a palladium, palladium alloy, gold alloy, or rhenium alloy core encapsulated by an atomic monolayer of platinum. In other embodiments, the invention relates to fuel cells containing these electrocatalysts and methods for generating electrical energy therefrom.

  2. Microwave-controlled facile synthesis of well-defined PbS hexapods.

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    Chen, Ganchao; Fan, Junbing; Zhao, Tian; Xu, Xiaobo; Zhu, Mingqiang; Tang, Zhiyong

    2011-09-01

    Controlled synthesis of well-defined PbS nanostructures in terms of size and shape has been strongly motivated by their potential applications ranging from solar photovoltaics to near-infrared optics. Hereby, we report a facile microwave-assistant method for ultrafast fabrication of PbS nanostructures, by which uniform PbS hexapods with six arms stretching along six (100) directions of the crystal seeds have been easily synthesized within minutes. Various morphologies including rectangle plates, uniform cubes as well as nanoparticles were obtained by tuning the parameters for the formation of PbS nanocrystals. The results reveal that both concentration and feed ratio of precursors determine the growth of PbS nanocrystals significantly. And higher initial precursor concentration favors the formation of the hexapod structures. The process of crystal growth is monitored through scanning electron microscopy of PbS from different durations of the reaction. This controlled ultrafast synthesis of PbS structures at nanometer and micrometer scale with various morphologies may be promising in large scale fabrication of nanostructures. Based on the systematically study of the growth process, a possible mechanism for the formation of the hexapod-like structure is discussed.

  3. Noble metal nanoparticles deposited on self-assembled monolayers by pulsed laser deposition show coulomb blockade at room temperature.

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    Speets, Emiel A; Dordi, Barbara; Ravoo, Bart Jan; Oncel, Nuri; Hallbäck, Ann-Sofie; Zandvliet, Harold J W; Poelsema, Bene; Rijnders, Guus; Blank, Dave H A; Reinhoudt, David N

    2005-04-01

    Nanometer-sized noble-metal clusters are fabricated on top of alkylthiolate self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on annealed gold by pulsed laser deposition at elevated pressures. The size distribution of the clusters depends on the metal and on the pressure during the deposition. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and conductive probe atomic force microscopy (CP-AFM) showed that the metal clusters are insulated from the substrate on top of the SAM. Coulomb blockades could be measured at room temperature by STM for palladium clusters on decanethiol SAMs.

  4. Size-Dependent Electron Transfer from Colloidal PbS Nanocrystals to Fullerene

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    Gocalinska, Agnieszka; Saba, Michele; Quochi, Francesco; Marceddu, Marco; Szendrei, Krisztina; Gao, Jia; Loi, Maria A.; Yarema, Maksym; Seyrkammer, Robert; Heiss, Wolfgang; Mura, Andrea; Bongiovanni, Giovanni; Gocalińska, Agnieszka

    2010-01-01

    We investigate a promising organic/inorganic hybrid composite for solution-processable optoelectronics made by lead sulphide nanoparticles and fullerene derivatives, which combine the sensitivity of PbS to the infrared spectrum with the good electron transport properties of fullerenes. Charge separa

  5. Selective protein immobilization onto gold nanoparticles deposited under vacuum on a protein-repellent self-assembled monolayer.

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    Peissker, Tobias; Deschaume, Olivier; Rand, Danielle R; Boyen, Hans-Gerd; Conard, Thierry; Van Bael, Margriet J; Bartic, Carmen

    2013-12-10

    The immobilization of proteins on flat substrates plays an important role for a wide spectrum of applications in the fields of biology, medicine, and biochemistry, among others. An essential prerequisite for the use of proteins (e.g., in biosensors) is the conservation of their biological activity. Losses in activity upon protein immobilization can largely be attributed to a random attachment of the proteins to the surface. In this study, we present an approach for the immobilization of proteins onto a chemically heterogeneous surface, namely a surface consisting of protein-permissive and protein-repellent areas, which allows for significant reduction of random protein attachment. As protein-permissive, i.e., as protein-binding sites, ultra pure metallic nanoparticles are deposited under vacuum onto a protein-repellent PEG-silane polymer layer. Using complementary surface characterization techniques (atomic force microscopy, quartz crystal microbalance, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy) we demonstrate that the Au nanoparticles remain accessible for protein attachment without compromising the protein-repellency of the PEG-silane background. Moreover, we show that the amount of immobilized protein can be controlled by tuning the Au nanoparticle coverage. This method shows potential for applications requiring the control of protein immobilization down to the single molecule level.

  6. Formation of Self-assembled Monolayers of Silver Sulphide Nanoparticles%纳米半导体硫化银单层膜的自组装

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    郑昌戈; 邰子厚

    2002-01-01

    本文使用Triton X-100作为模板剂制备半导体硫化银纳米颗粒,并研究了其吸收光谱的兰移特性.在金属铝或金基底上自组装有机双功能分子单层膜后,将其浸入所制备的纳米硫化银颗粒的微乳液中,自组装得到硫化银纳米颗粒单层膜并研究了其表面形貌特征.%Nanosize silver sulphide semiconductor particles were synthesized using the nonionic surfactant,Triton X-1O0.A blue shift is obtained as compared with the optical band edge of bulk silver sulphide.Onto the glass or mica slides,self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of bifunctional organic molecule were prepared on the gold or aluminum layers.By immersing them into the microemulsion of silver sulphide,the SAMs of nanosize silver sulphide particles were acquired.Further,The surface characterization about SAMs of nanoparticles was studied.

  7. Uptake and transport of a novel anticancer drug-delivery system: lactosyl-norcantharidin-associated N-trimethyl chitosan nanoparticles across intestinal Caco-2 cell monolayers

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    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Min Guan1, Qiao-Ling Zhu1, Yang Liu1, Yong-Yan Bei1, Zong-Lin Gu1, Xue-Nong Zhang1, Qiang Zhang21Department of Pharmaceutics, College of Pharmaceutical Science, Soochow University, Suzhou, People's Republic of China; 2Department of Pharmaceutics, School of Pharmaceutical Science, Peking University, Beijing, People's Republic of ChinaAbstract: In this paper, novel liver-targeting nanoparticles (NPs, lactosyl-norcantharidin (Lac-NCTD-associated N-trimethyl chitosan (TMC NPs (Lac-NCTD-TMC-NPs, were prepared using ionic cross-linkage. The physical properties, particle size, and encapsulation efficiency of the nanoparticles were then investigated. The continuous line of heterogeneous human epithelial colorectal adenocarcinoma cells (Caco-2 cell monolayer model was used to study the transport mechanism of Lac-NCTD, and the effects of factors such as time, temperature, pH level, drug concentration, enhancers, and inhibitors. This model was also used to indicate the differences among Lac-NCTD, Lac-NCTD-associated chitosan NPs (Lac-NCTD-CS-NPs, and Lac-NCTD-TMC-NPs in the absorption and transportation of membranes. Drug concentration levels were measured using high-performance liquid chromatography. Active transport and paracellular transport were suggested to be both the primary and secondary mechanisms for Lac-NCTD absorption, respectively. Lac-NCTD uptake and absorption were not controlled by pH levels, but were positively correlated to uptake time, and negatively correlated to temperature. The basolateral to apical apparent permeability coefficients (Papps were higher than those of the apical to basolateral values. The inhibitor of P-glycoprotein and the multidrug resistance-associated protein 2 significantly enhanced the uptake amount of Lac-NCTD. Compared with Lac-NCTD, Lac-NCTD-CS-NPs and Lac-NCTD-TMC-NPs significantly enhanced drug absorption. Additionally, the latter exhibited stronger action. Lac-NCTD-NPs could penetrate the plasma membrane of

  8. Tailoring the physical properties of thiol-capped PbS quantum dots by thermal annealing.

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    Turyanska, L; Elfurawi, U; Li, M; Fay, M W; Thomas, N R; Mann, S; Blokland, J H; Christianen, P C M; Patanè, A

    2009-08-05

    We show that the thermal annealing of thiol-capped PbS colloidal quantum dots provides a means of narrowing the nanoparticle size distribution, increasing the size of the quantum dots and facilitating their coalescence preferentially along the 100 crystallographic axes. We exploit these phenomena to tune the photoluminescence emission of an ensemble of dots and to narrow the optical linewidth to values that compare with those reported at room temperature for single PbS quantum dots. We probe the influence of annealing on the electronic properties of the quantum dots by temperature dependent studies of the photoluminescence and magneto-photoluminescence.

  9. In vitro comparative evaluation of monolayered multipolymeric films embedded with didanosine-loaded solid lipid nanoparticles: a potential buccal drug delivery system for ARV therapy.

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    Jones, Elsabé; Ojewole, Elizabeth; Kalhapure, Rahul; Govender, Thirumala

    2014-05-01

    Drug delivery via the buccal route has emerged as a promising alternative to oral drug delivery. Didanosine (DDI) undergoes rapid degradation in the gastrointestinal tract, has a short half-life and low oral bioavailability, making DDI a suitable candidate for buccal delivery. Recent developments in buccal drug delivery show an increased interest toward nano-enabled delivery systems. The advantages of buccal drug delivery can be combined with that of nanoparticulate delivery systems to provide a superior delivery system. The aim of this study was to design and evaluate the preparation of novel nano-enabled films for buccal delivery of DDI. Solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs) were prepared via hot homogenization followed by ultrasonication and were characterized before being incorporated into nano-enabled monolayered multipolymeric films (MMFs). Glyceryl tripalmitate with Poloxamer 188 was identified as most suitable for the preparation of DDI-loaded SLNs. SLNs with desired particle size (PS) (201 nm), polydispersity index (PDI) (0.168) and zeta potential (-18.8 mV) were incorporated into MMFs and characterized. Conventional and nano-enabled MMFs were prepared via solvent casting/evaporation using Eudragit RS100 and hydroxypropyl methylcellulose. Drug release from the nano-enabled films was found to be faster (56% versus 20% in first hour). Conventional MMFs exhibited higher mucoadhesion and mechanical strength than nano-enabled MMFs. SLNs did not adversely affect the steady state flux (71.63 ± 13.54 µg/cm(2) h versus 74.39 ± 15.95 µg/cm(2) h) thereby confirming the potential transbuccal delivery of DDI using nano-enabled MMFs. Nano-enabled buccal films for delivery of DDI can be successfully prepared, and these physico-mechanical studies serve as a platform for future formulation optimization work in this emerging field.

  10. Toward highly sensitive surface-enhanced Raman scattering: the design of a 3D hybrid system with monolayer graphene sandwiched between silver nanohole arrays and gold nanoparticles.

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    Zhao, Yuan; Yang, Dong; Li, Xiyu; Liu, Yu; Hu, Xiang; Zhou, Dianfa; Lu, Yalin

    2017-01-19

    We report a novel graphene-metal hybrid system by introducing monolayer graphene between gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) and silver nanohole (Ag NH) arrays. The design incorporates three key advantages to promote the surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) sensing capacity: (i) making full use of the single-atomic feature of graphene for generating uniform sub-nanometer spaces; (ii) maintaining the bottom layer of Ag nanoarrays with an ordered manner for facilitating the transfer of graphene films and assembly of the top layer of Au NPs; (iii) integrating the advantages of the strong plasmonic effect of Ag, the chemical stability of Au, as well as the mechanical flexibility and biological compatibility of graphene. In this configuration, the plasmonic properties can be fine-tuned by separately optimizing the horizontal or vertical gaps between the metal NPs. Exactly, sub-20 nm spaces between the horizontally patterned Ag tips constructed by adjacent Ag NHs, and sub-nanometer scale graphene gaps between the vertically distributed Au NP-Ag NH have been achieved. Finite element numerical simulations demonstrate that the multi-dimensional plasmonic couplings (including the Au NP-Au NP, Au NP-Ag NH and Ag NH-Ag NH couplings) promote for the hybrid platform an electric field enhancement up to 137 times. Impressively, the as-prepared 3D Au NP-graphene-Ag NH array hybrid structure manifests ultrahigh SERS sensitivity with a detection limit of 10(-13) M for R6G molecules, as well as good reproducibility and stability. This work represents a step towards high-performance SERS substrate fabrication, and opens up a new route for graphene-plasmonic hybrids in SERS applications.

  11. Reinforcement effect of poly(butylene succinate) (PBS)-grafted cellulose nanocrystal on toughened PBS/polylactic acid blends.

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    Zhang, Xuzhen; Zhang, Yong

    2016-04-20

    Poly(butylene succinate) (PBS)/polylactic acid (PLA) blends modified with dicumyl peroxide (DCP) were reinforced by PBS-g-cellulose nanocrystal (CNC) through melt mixing. PBS-g-CNC was prepared through in situ polymerization and its structure was confirmed by FTIR, (13)C NMR, XPS and GPC analysis after saponification. The morphological analysis of PBS/PLA/PBS-g-CNC composites before and after etched by CH2Cl2 shows that the addition of DCP and PBS-g-CNC could decrease the size of PBS as a dispersed phase in PLA matrix and improve the dispersion of PBS-g-CNC in both PBS and PLA phases, which could affect the crystallization and mechanical properties of composites. The crystallinity of PLA α'-phase crystal in PBS/PLA/PBS-g-CNC composites is increased obviously by the addition of PBS-g-CNC, leading to an increase of the crystallinity of the composites. PBS/PLA blends modified by DCP have high Notched Izod impact strength and moduli, and the values are increased by the addition of PBS-g-CNC. Both storage modulus and glass translation temperature of PBS/PLA blend are increased by DCP and PBS-g-CNC, which is proved by DMA results, showing a weak molecular segment mobility of PBS/PLA matrix. The addition of DCP decreases the crystallization temperature and crystallinity of PBS/PLA composite, but increases the thermal stability of composites, mostly because of the crosslink effect of DCP on PBS/PLA matrix.

  12. Ion beam synthesis of CdS, ZnS, and PbS compound semiconductor nanocrystals

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    White, C.W.; Budai, J.D.; Meldrum, A.L. [and others

    1997-12-01

    Sequential ion implantation followed by thermal annealing has been used to form encapsulated CdS, ZnS, and PbS nanocrystals in SiO{sub 2} and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} matrices. In SiO{sub 2}, nanoparticles are nearly spherical and randomly oriented, and ZnS and PbS nanocrystals exhibit a bimodal size distribution. In Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, nanoparticles are faceted and coherent with the matrix. Initial photoluminescence (PL) results are presented.

  13. Modeling the PbS quantum dots complex dielectric function by adjusting the E-k diagram critical points of bulk PbS

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    Hechster, Elad; Sarusi, Gabby

    2017-07-01

    The complex dielectric function ɛ(E )=ɛR(E )+i ɛI(E ) of a semiconductor is a key parameter that dictates the material's optical and electrical properties. Surprisingly, the ɛ(E ) of Lead Sulfide (PbS) quantum dots (QDs) has not been widely studied. In the present work, we develop a new model that aims to simulate the ɛ(E ) of QDs. Our model is based on the fact that the quantum confinement in the nano regime affects all the electronic transitions throughout the entire Brillouin zone. Hence, as a first approximation, we attribute an equal contribution of energy, equivalent to the bandgap broadening, to each critical point (CP) in the E-k diagram. This is mathematically realized by adding these energy contributions to the central energy parameters of the Lorentz oscillator model. In order to validate our model, we used the CP parameters of bulk PbS to simulate the ɛ(E ) of PbS QDs. Next, we use Maxwell Relations to calculate the refractive index and the extinction coefficient of PbS QDs from ɛ(" separators="|E ). Our results were compared with those published in the previous literature and showed good agreement. Our findings open a new avenue that may enable the calculation of the ɛ(" separators="|E ) for nanoparticle systems.

  14. MISCIBILITY, CRYSTALLIZATION AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF PPC/PBS BLENDS

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    2007-01-01

    In this paper, melt blends of poly(propylene carbonate) (PPC) with poly(butylene succinate) (PBS) were characterized by dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), tensile testing, wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD), polarized optical microscopy and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The results indicated that the glass transition temperature of PPC in the 90/10 PPC/PBS blend was decreased by about 11 K comparing with that of pure PPC. The presence of 10% PBS was partially miscible with PPC. The 90/10 PPC/PBS blend had better impact and tensile strength than those of the other PPC/PBS blends. The glass transition temperature of PPC in the 80/20, 70/30, and 60/40 PPC/PBS blends was improved by about 4.9 K, 4.2 K, and 13 K comparing with that of pure PPC, respectively; which indicated the immiscibility between PPC and PBS. The DSC results indicated that the crystallization of PBS became more difficult when the PPC content increased. The matrix of PPC hindered the crystallization process of PBS. While the content of PBS was above 20%, significant crystallization-induced phase separation was observed by polarized optical microscopy.It was found from the WAXD analysis that the crystal structure of PBS did not change, and the degree of crystallinity increased with increasing PBS content in the PPC/PBS blends.

  15. High Mobility and Low Density of Trap States in Dual-Solid-Gated PbS Nanocrystal Field-Effect Transistors

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    Nugraha, Mohamad Insan; Haeusermann, Roger; Bisri, Satria Zulkarnaen; Matsui, Hiroyuki; Sytnyk, Mykhailo; Heiss, Wolfgang; Takeya, Jun; Loi, Maria Antonietta

    2015-01-01

    Dual-gated PbS nanocrystal field-effect transistors employing SiO2 and Cytop as gate dielectrics are fabricated. The obtained electron mobility (0.2 cm(2) V-1 s(-1)) and the high on/off ratio (10(5)-10(6)), show that the controlled nanocrystal assembly (obtained with self-assembled monolayers), as w

  16. Tunable doping in PbS nanocrystal field-effect transistors using surface molecular dipoles

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    Nugraha, Mohamad I.; Matsui, Hiroyuki; Bisri, Satria Z.; Sytnyk, Mykhailo; Heiss, Wolfgang; Loi, Maria A.; Takeya, Jun

    2016-11-01

    We study the effect of self-assembled monolayer (SAM) treatment of the SiO2 dielectric on the electrical characteristics of PbS transistors. Using SAMs, we observe threshold voltage shifts in the electron transport, allowing us to tune the electrical properties of the devices depending on the SAM molecule used. Moreover, the use of a specific SAM improves the charge carrier mobility in the devices by a factor of three, which is attributed to the reduced interface traps due to passivated silanol on the SiO2 surface. These reduced traps confirm that the voltage shifts are not caused by the trap states induced by the SAMs.

  17. Nanostructured medical device coatings based on self-assembled poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) nanoparticles

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    Dayyoub, Eyas [Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmaceutics, Marburg University, 35037 Marburg (Germany); Hobler, Christian [Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Marburg University, 35037 Marburg (Germany); Nonnweiler, Pierina [Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmaceutics, Marburg University, 35037 Marburg (Germany); Keusgen, Michael [Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Marburg University, 35037 Marburg (Germany); Bakowsky, Udo, E-mail: ubakowsky@aol.com [Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmaceutics, Marburg University, 35037 Marburg (Germany)

    2013-07-01

    Here we present a new method for providing nanostructured drug-loaded polymer films which enable control of film surface morphology and delivery of therapeutic agents. Silicon wafers were employed as models for implanted biomaterials and poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanoparticles were assembled onto the silicon surface by electrostatic interaction. Monolayers of the PLGA particles were deposited onto the silicon surface upon incubation in an aqueous particle suspension. Particle density and surface coverage of the silicon wafers were varied by altering particle concentration, incubation time in nanoparticle suspension and ionic strength of the suspension. Dye loaded nanoparticles were prepared and assembled to silicon surface to form nanoparticle films. Fluorescence intensity measurements showed diffusion-controlled release of the dye over two weeks and atomic force microscopy (AFM) analysis revealed that these particles remained attached to the surface during the incubation time. This work suggests that coating implants with PLGA nanoparticles is a versatile technique which allows drug release from the implant surface and modulation of surface morphology. - Highlights: • Mono-layer PLGA nanoparticle coatings were fabricated on silicon wafers by electrostatic interactions. • Surface coverage with the particles (coating morphology) was varied by changing preparation parameters. • The coatings were loaded with fluorescence dye and this was released in PBS. • The coatings have the potential to alter surface morphology in nanorange and release biomolecules.

  18. Formation of a Pt-Decorated Au Nanoparticle Monolayer Floating on an Ionic Liquid by the Ionic Liquid/Metal Sputtering Method and Tunable Electrocatalytic Activities of the Resulting Monolayer.

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    Sugioka, Daisuke; Kameyama, Tatsuya; Kuwabata, Susumu; Yamamoto, Takahisa; Torimoto, Tsukasa

    2016-05-01

    A novel strategy to prepare a bimetallic Au-Pt particle film was developed through sequential sputter deposition of Au and Pt on a room temperature ionic liquid (RTIL). Au sputter deposition onto an RTIL containing hydroxyl-functionalized cations produced a monolayer of Au particles 4.2 nm in size on the liquid surface. Subsequent Pt sputtering onto the original Au particle monolayer floating on the RTIL enabled decoration of individual Au particles with Pt metals, resulting in the formation of a bimetallic Au-Pt particle monolayer with a Pt-enriched particle surface. The particle size slightly increased to 4.8 nm with Pt deposition for 120 min. The shell layer of a bimetallic particle was composed of Au-Pt alloy, the composition of which was tunable by controlling the Pt sputter deposition time. The electrochemical surface area (ECSA) was determined by cyclic voltammetry of bimetallic Au-Pt particle monolayers transferred onto HOPG electrodes by a horizontal liftoff method. The Pt surface coverage, determined by ECSAs of Au and Pt, increased from 0 to 56 mol % with elapse of the Pt sputter deposition time up to 120 min. Thus-obtained Au-Pt particle films exhibited electrocatalytic activity for methanol oxidation reaction (MOR) superior to the activities of pure Au or Pt particles. Volcano-type dependence was observed between the MOR activity and Pt surface coverage on the particles. Maximum activity was obtained for Au-Pt particles with a Pt coverage of 49 mol %, being ca. 120 times higher than that of pure Pt particles. This method enables direct decoration of metal particles with different noble metal atoms, providing a novel strategy to develop highly efficient multinary particle catalysts.

  19. Unknown Aspects of Self-Assembly of PbS Microscale Superstructures

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    Querejeta-Fernández, Ana; Hernández-Garrido, Juan C.; Yang, Hengxi; Zhou, Yunlong; Varela, Aurea; Parras, Marina; Calvino-Gámez, José J.; González-Calbet, Jose M.; Green, Peter F.; Kotov, Nicholas A.

    2012-01-01

    A lot of interesting and sophisticated examples of nanoparticle (NP) self-assembly (SA) are known. From both fundamental and technological standpoints this field requires advancements in three principle directions: a) understanding the mechanism and driving forces of three-dimensional (3D) SA with both nano- and micro-levels of organization; b) understanding of disassembly/deconstruction processes; and c) finding synthetic methods of assembly into continuous superstructures without insulating barriers. From this perspective, we investigated the formation of well-known star-like PbS superstructures and found a number of previously unknown or overlooked aspects that can advance the knowledge of NP self-assembly in these three directions. The primary one is that the formation of large seemingly monocrystalline PbS superstructures with multiple levels of octahedral symmetry can be explained only by SA of small octahedral NPs. We found five distinct periods in the formation PbS hyperbranched stars: 1) nucleation of early PbS NPs with an average diameter of 31 nm; 2) assembly into 100–500 nm octahedral mesocrystals; 3) assembly into 1000–2500 nm hyperbranched stars; 4) assembly and ionic recrystallization into six-arm rods accompanied by disappearance of fine nanoscale structure; 5) deconstruction into rods and cubooctahedral NPs. The switches in assembly patterns between the periods occur due to variable dominance of pattern–determining forces that include vander Waals and electrostatic (charge-charge, dipole-dipole, and polarization) interactions. The superstructure deconstruction is triggered by chemical changes in the deep eutectic solvent (DES) used as the media. PbS superstructures can be excellent models for fundamental studies of nanoscale organization and SA manufacturing of (opto)electronics and energy harvesting devices which require organization of PbS components at multiple scales. PMID:22515512

  20. Increasing photon absorption and stability of PbS quantum dot solar cells using a ZnO interlayer

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    Lai, Lai-Hung; Speirs, Mark J.; Chang, Feng-Kuei; Piveteau, Laura; Kovalenko, Maksym V.; Chen, Jen-Sue; Wu, Jih-Jen; Loi, Maria A.

    2015-01-01

    We compared PbS quantum dot (QD) solar cells with different cathode interlayer materials, namely, LiF and ZnO nanoparticles, using the same device structure. Solar cells fabricated with the ZnO interlayer gave a power conversion efficiency of 4.8%, which is higher (above the experimental variation)

  1. Inprovement of Field Emission Properties of PBS Thin Films by Amorphous Carbon Coating

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    S. Jana

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Lead sulfide (PbS nanocrystalline thin films were synthesized at room temperature via chemical bath deposition on both silicon and glass substrates and coated with amorphous carbon of different thickness by varying deposition time in plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition technique. The as prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM and atomic force microscope (AFM. XRD study reveals that coating of amorphous carbon does not change the crystal structure of PbS. From FESEM images it is seen that the average size of PbS nanoparticle does not exceed 100 nm, though sometomes small cubic particles agglomerated to form bigger particles. The coating of amorphous carbon can be clearly visible by the FESEM as well as from AFM micrographs. Field emission study show a significant betterment for the carbon coated sample as compared to the pure PbS. The effect of inter-electrode distance on the field emission characteristics of best field emitting sample has been studied for three different inter-electrode distances.

  2. POLY(N-ISOPROPYL ACRYLAMIDE) MICROGEL DOPED WITH LUMINESCENT PBS QUANTUM DOTS

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    CHUCHI Sam

    2007-01-01

    Thiol-stabilized PbS quantum dots (QDs) with dimensions 3-5 nm capped with a mixture of 1-thioglycerol/dithioglycerol (TGL/DTG) were colloidally prepared at room temperature. Room temperature photoluminescence quantum efficiency of freshly prepared PbS QDs (7%-11%) remained higher than 5% upon aging for three weeks when the nanocrystals (NCs) were stored in an ice-bath in the dark, and higher than 5% for at least five weeks when extra DTG ligands were introduced into the nanocrystal solution followed by stirring every two weeks. Poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) (PNIPAM) microgels were produced via precipitation polymerization with dimensions of ca. 230 nm and polydispersity of 3-5%. Incorporation of PbS QDs into PNIPAM microgels indicated that PbS can be incorporated into the interior of microgel particles and not at the microgel interface. The combination of reasonable room temperature quantum efficiency and strong, efficient luminescence covering the 1.3-1.55 μm telecommunication window makes these nanoparticles promising materials in optical devices and telecommunications.

  3. POLY(N-ISOPROPYL ACRYLAMIDE) MICROGEL DOPED WITH LUMINESCENT PBS QUANTUM DOTS

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    ZHAO Xusheng; GAN Jianqun; CHUCHI Sam; LIU Guanghua; CHEN Aimin

    2007-01-01

    Thiol-stabilized PbS quantum dots (QDs) with dimensions 3-5 nm capped with a mixture of 1-thioglycerol/dithioglycerol (TGL/DTG) were colloidally prepared at room temperature. Room temperature photoluminescence quantum efficiency of freshly prepared PbS QDs (7%-11%) remained higher than 5% upon aging for three weeks when the nanocrystals (NCs) were stored in an ice-bath in the dark, and higher than 5%for at least five weeks when extra DTG ligands were introduced into the nanocrystal solution followed by stirring every two weeks. Poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide)(PNIPAM) microgels were produced via precipitation polymerization with dimensions of ca. 230 nm and polydispersity of 3-5%. Incorporation of PbS QDs into PNIPAM microgels indicated that PbS can be incorporated into the interior of microgel particles and not at the microgel interface. The combination of reasonable room temperature quantum efficiency and strong, efficient luminescence covering the 1.3-1.55μm telecommunication window makes these nanoparticles promising materials in optical devices and telecommunications.

  4. Building a Low-Cost, Six-Electrode Instrument to Measure Electrical Properties of Self-Assembled Monolayers of Gold Nanoparticles

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    Gerber, Ralph W.; Oliver-Hoyo, Maria

    2007-01-01

    The development of a new low-cost, six-electrode instrument for measuring the electrical properties of the self-assembled monolayers of gold particles is being described. The system can also be used to measure conductive liquids, except for those that contain aqua region.

  5. Facile preparation of PbS nanostructures and PbS/f-CNT nanocomposites using xanthate as sulfur source: Thermal and optical characterization

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    Golabi, Parisa; Akbarzadeh, Raziyeh; Dehghani, Hossein, E-mail: dehghani@kashanu.ac.ir

    2015-10-25

    PbS nanostructures with different morphologies were fabricated using a new sulfur source through a facile and low cost hydro(solvo)thermal method. The influence of different reaction factors such as sulfur source, temperature, reactant, solvent and surfactant on the size and morphology of the obtained PbS particles were investigated. Beside, a simple hydrothermal process at low temperature (60 °C) for little time (4 h), has been used for preparation of PbS nanoparticles (NPs)/functionalized multi wall carbon nanotubes (f-MWCNTs) nanocomposite. The as-prepared nanocomposite possesses excellent thermal and optical properties. Thermal stability increases by depositing PbS nanoparticles on the surface of CNT. The structure, morphology, thermal and optical properties of the as-prepared nanocompounds were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, Scanning electron microscope (SEM), Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Pl spectra and UV–Vis absorption spectra. Photoluminescence spectra of PbS NPs and nanocomposite are consist of two emission peaks which centered at around 402 and 423 nm, when excited at 350 nm. It was noteworthy that the blue luminescence intensity over PbS/f-CNT nanocomposite is very lower than that of pure PbS NPs. Remarkable blue-shift from bulk material was observed on the PbS nanoparticles using UV–Vis spectrum. Furthermore, possible growth mechanism of PbS nanostructures is presented. - Graphical abstract: PbS nanostructures with different morphologies were fabricated using xanthate as sulfide source. Also, PbS/f-CNT nanocomposites were synthesized by simple hydrothermal process at low temperature (60 °C) for little time (4 h). - Highlights: • Sodium tert-butyl xanthate was used as sulfur source for synthesis of PbS. • Pb(CH{sub 3}COO){sub 2}·3H{sub 2}O salt was used for synthesis of PbS. • PbS/CNT nanocomposite was synthesized in deionized water for 4 h at 60

  6. Solid lipid nanoparticles co-loaded with doxorubicin and α-tocopherol succinate are effective against drug-resistant cancer cells in monolayer and 3-D spheroid cancer cell models.

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    Oliveira, Mariana S; Aryasomayajula, Bhawani; Pattni, Bhushan; Mussi, Samuel V; Ferreira, Lucas A M; Torchilin, Vladmir P

    2016-10-15

    This work aimed to develop solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN) co-loaded with doxorubicin and α-tocopherol succinate (TS) and to evaluate its potential to overcome drug resistance and to increase antitumoral effect in MCF-7/Adr and NCI/Adr cancer cell lines. The SLN were prepared by a hot homogenization method and characterized for size, zeta potential, entrapment efficiency (EE), and drug loading (DL). The cytotoxicity of SLN or penetration was evaluated in MCF-7/Adr and NCI/adr as a monolayer or spheroid cancer cell model. The SLN showed a size in the range of 74-80nm, negative zeta potential, EE of 99%, and DL of 67mg/g. The SLN co-loaded with Dox and TS showed a stronger cytotoxicity against MCF-7/Adr and NCI/Adr cells. In the monolayer model, the doxorubicin co-localization as a free and encapsulated form was higher for the encapsulated drug in MCF-7/Adr and NCI/adr, suggesting a bypassing of P-glycoprotein bomb efflux. For cancer cell spheroids, the SLN co-loaded with doxorubicin and TS showed a prominent cytotoxicity and a greater penetration of doxorubicin. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Ultrasmall colloidal PbS quantum dots

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    Reilly, Nick; Wehrung, Michael; O' Dell, Ryan Andrew [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403 (United States); Sun, Liangfeng, E-mail: lsun@bgsu.edu [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403 (United States); Center for Photochemical Sciences, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403 (United States)

    2014-09-15

    Ultrasmall colloidal lead sulfide quantum dots can increase the open circuit voltages of quantum-dot-based solar cells because of their large energy gap. Their small size and visible or near infrared light-emitting property make them attractive to the applications of biological fluorescence labeling. Through a modified organometallic route, we can synthesize lead sulfide quantum dots as small as 1.6 nm in diameter. The low reaction temperature and the addition of a chloroalkane cosolvent decrease the reaction rate, making it possible to obtain the ultrasmall quantum dots. - Highlights: • Ultrasmall colloidal PbS quantum dots as small as 1.6 nm in diameter are synthesized. • The quantum dots emit red light with photoluminescence peak at 760 nm. • The growth temperature is as low as 50 °C. • Addition of cosolvent 1,2-dichloroethane in the reaction decreases the reaction rate.

  8. Advanced Architecture for Colloidal PbS Quantum Dot Solar Cells Exploiting a CdSe Quantum Dot Buffer Layer.

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    Zhao, Tianshuo; Goodwin, Earl D; Guo, Jiacen; Wang, Han; Diroll, Benjamin T; Murray, Christopher B; Kagan, Cherie R

    2016-09-22

    Advanced architectures are required to further improve the performance of colloidal PbS heterojunction quantum dot solar cells. Here, we introduce a CdI2-treated CdSe quantum dot buffer layer at the junction between ZnO nanoparticles and PbS quantum dots in the solar cells. We exploit the surface- and size-tunable electronic properties of the CdSe quantum dots to optimize its carrier concentration and energy band alignment in the heterojunction. We combine optical, electrical, and analytical measurements to show that the CdSe quantum dot buffer layer suppresses interface recombination and contributes additional photogenerated carriers, increasing the open-circuit voltage and short-circuit current of PbS quantum dot solar cells, leading to a 25% increase in solar power conversion efficiency.

  9. Influence of charge on FITC-BSA-loaded chondroitin sulfate-chitosan nanoparticles upon cell uptake in human Caco-2 cell monolayers

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    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Chieh-shen Hu,1 Chiao-hsi Chiang,2 Po-da Hong,1,4,* Ming-kung Yeh1–3,*1Biomedical Engineering Program, Graduate Institute of Applied Science and Technology, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology; 2School of Pharmacy, National Defence Medical Center; 3Bureau of Pharmaceutical Affairs, Ministry of National Defence Medical Affairs Bureau; 4Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan, Republic of China*These authors contributed equally to this workBackground and methods: Chondroitin sulfate-chitosan (ChS-CS nanoparticles and positively and negatively charged fluorescein isothiocyanate-conjugated bovine serum albumin (FITC-BSA-loaded ChS-CS nanoparticles were prepared and characterized. The properties of ChS-CS nanoparticles, including cellular uptake, cytotoxicity, and transepithelial transport, as well as findings on field emission-scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and confocal laser scanning microscopy were evaluated in human epithelial colorectal adenocarcinoma (Caco-2 fibroblasts. ChS-CS nanoparticles with a mean particle size of 250 nm and zeta potentials ranging from –30 to +18 mV were prepared using an ionic gelation method.Results: Standard cell viability assays demonstrated that cells incubated with ChS-CS and FITC-BSA-loaded ChS-CS nanoparticles remained more than 95% viable at particle concentrations up to 0.1 mg/mL. Endocytosis of nanoparticles was confirmed by confocal laser scanning microscopy and measured by flow cytometry. Ex vivo transepithelial transport studies using Caco-2 cells indicated that the nanoparticles were effectively transported into Caco-2 cells via endocytosis. The uptake of positively charged FITC-BSA-loaded ChS-CS nanoparticles across the epithelial membrane was more efficient than that of the negatively charged nanoparticles.Conclusion: The ChS-CS nanoparticles fabricated in this study were

  10. Preparing ultrafine PbS powders from the scrap lead-acid battery by sulfurization and inert gas condensation

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    Xia, Huipeng; Zhan, Lu; Xie, Bing

    2017-02-01

    A novel method for preparing ultrafine PbS powders involving sulfurization combined with inert gas condensation is developed in this paper, which is applicable to recycle Pb from lead paste of spent lead-acid batteries. Initially, the effects of the evaporation and condensation temperature, the inert gas pressure, the condensation distance and substrate on the morphology of as-obtained PbS ultrafine particles are intensively investigated using sulfur powders and lead particles as reagents. Highly dispersed and homogeneous PbS nanoparticles can be prepared under the optimized conditions which are 1223 K heating temperature, 573 K condensation temperature, 100 Pa inert gas pressure and 60 cm condensation distance. Furthermore, this method is successfully applied to recycle Pb from the lead paste of spent lead acid battery to prepare PbS ultrafine powders. This work does not only provide the theoretical fundamental for PbS preparation, but also provides a novel and efficient method for recycling spent lead-acid battery with high added-value products.

  11. Novel Quasi-solid-state Dye-sensitized Solar Cell Based on Monolayer Capped TiO2 Nanoparticles Framework Materials

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    XIA,Jiang-Bin(夏江滨); LI,Fu-You(李富友); HUANG,Chun-Hui(黄春辉)

    2004-01-01

    Dodecylbenzenesulfonate (DBS)-capped TiO2 nanoparticles have been synthesized and employed in dye-sensitized solar cells to form a quasi-solid state electrolyte. Owing to the long alkyl-chain capping around the TiO2nanoparticles interacting with the liquid solvent, the dye sensitized solar cell based on such DBS-capped TiO2nanoparticle framework material gel electrolyte shows higher stability compared with the non-capped one in the long-term application and gives a comparable overall efficiency of 6.3% at AM 1.5 illumination.

  12. The development of PBS turbo modern turbochargers

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    Kundera, R.; Paril, J. [PBS Turbo s.r.o. (Czech Republic)

    1998-12-31

    In accordance with the general tendency to improve and intensify parameters of turbochargers used on Diesel engines, PBS Turbo s.r.o. has developed new turbocharger series named PTR that is suitable for engines of 300 - 2500 kW power. This series contains three types, each of them with two modifications. The modifications differ from each other especially in the value of maximum operational pressure ratio. The limiting values of the pressure ratio and mass flow are presented in the article. Basic information about the turbochargers design concept and some details are given. In the course of turbocharger development some progressive working methods were used; the measurement of the radial turbine characteristics, the optimization of turbine velocity ratio value, the aero-dynamical sounding of flow fields in a turbine casing, the measurement of dynamic stresses on turbine wheel working with hot gases. New design of radial bearing with rotating bush was investigated experimentally with positive results. Rotor stability was judged using advanced FEM programme respecting dynamic properties of radial bearing equipped with an oil layer on the external diameter or its bush. The article describes these methods and presents some results. The PTR turbochargers have been introduced in the market by successful matching on engines mentioned briefly in the article. (au)

  13. High mobility and low density of trap states in dual-solid-gated PbS nanocrystal field-effect transistors.

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    Nugraha, Mohamad Insan; Häusermann, Roger; Bisri, Satria Zulkarnaen; Matsui, Hiroyuki; Sytnyk, Mykhailo; Heiss, Wolfgang; Takeya, Jun; Loi, Maria Antonietta

    2015-03-25

    Dual-gated PbS nanocrystal field-effect transistors employing SiO2 and Cytop as gate dielectrics are fabricated. The obtained electron mobility (0.2 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) ) and the high on/off ratio (10(5) -10(6) ), show that the controlled nanocrystal assembly (obtained with self-assembled monolayers), as well as the trap density reduction (using Cytop as dielectric), are crucial steps for the future application of nanocrystals.

  14. Ultrahigh Capacity Optical Communications Beyond Pb/s

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    Morioka, Toshio

    2013-01-01

    Recent progress in ultrahigh capacity optical communication technologies based on space-division multiplexing is described including one Pb/s transmission in a newly developed multi-core fiber with future perspectives for more capacity.......Recent progress in ultrahigh capacity optical communication technologies based on space-division multiplexing is described including one Pb/s transmission in a newly developed multi-core fiber with future perspectives for more capacity....

  15. Mechanochemical synthesis and reactivity of PbS nanocrystals

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    Baláž, Peter; Pourghahramani, Parviz; Achimovičová, Marcela; Dutková, Erika; Kováč, Jaroslav; Šatka, Alexander; Jiang, Jiangzhong

    2011-10-01

    PbS nanocrystals using surfactant assisted mechanochemical synthesis have been prepared by co-milling of lead acetate (CH 3COO) 2Pb rad 3H 2O and sodium sulfide Na 2S rad 9H 2O. The methods of XRD, FE-SEM, TEM (HRTEM), UV-vis, specific surface area measurements as well as reactivity in acidic FeCl 3 media were used for the nanocrystals characterization. The XRD patterns confirmed the presence of galena PbS (JCPDS 5-592) whatever treatment conditions were applied. The strong observable peaks indicate the highly crystalline nature in formation of PbS nanostructures where preferential crystal growth in the (2 0 0) direction after addition of ethylenediamine (EDA), sodiumdodecylsulphate (SDS) and ethylendiaminetetraacetic disodium salt dihydrate (EDH) surfactants has been observed. The surface weighted crystallite sizes 3, 8, 11 and 19 nm have been calculated from XRD data using the Warren-Averbach method for surfactant-free and/or EDA, SDS and EDH surfactants assisted mechanochemical synthesis. The leaching rate of galena PbS in acidic FeCl 3 solution has been studied. The dependence of PbS nanocrystals reactivity on preferential growth parameter is documented. The highest value of the specific rate constant of leaching, k0/ SA has been obtained for the mechanochemically synthesized PbS in presence of EDH surfactant.

  16. Multilevel charging and discharging mechanisms of nonvolatile memory devices based on nanocomposites consisting of monolayered Au nanoparticles embedded in a polystyrene layer

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    Yeol Yun, Dong; Hyun Lee, Nam; Seong Kim, Hak; Wook Lee, Sang; Whan Kim, Tae

    2014-01-01

    Capacitance-voltage (C-V) curves for Al/Au nanoparticles embedded in a polystyrene (PS) layer/p-Si devices at 300 K showed a metal-insulator-semiconductor behavior with flat-band voltage shifts of the C-V curves due to the existence of charge trapping. Memory windows between 2.6 and 9.9 V were observed at different sweep voltages, indicative of multilevel behavior. Capacitance-time measurements demonstrated that the charge-trapping capability of Au nanoparticles embedded in a PS layer was maintained for retention times larger than 1 × 104 s without significant degradation. The multilevel charging and discharging mechanisms of the memory devices are described on the basis of the experimental results.

  17. Fluorescence from Individual PbS Quantum Dots

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    Peterson, Jeffrey

    2005-03-01

    Due to their extremely large electron, hole, and exciton Bohr radii, PbS quantum dots (QDs) can achieve levels of quantum confinement not accessible to III-V and II-VI QDs. Thus, the strong confinement regime is attained for relatively large particles, which may mitigate deleterious surface effects and impart novel properties. PbS QDs are also optically active in the near-infrared region, making these materials potentially useful for telecommunications and biotechnological applications. We will present investigations of single PbS QD fluorescence using far-field microscopy. PbS QDs were synthesized with a size-tunable exciton absorbance ranging between 765 nm and 1800 nm. Of particular note is the ability to synthesize highly luminescent, small radii QDs, allowing for fluorescence detection with high sensitivity silicon CCDs. Upon spincoating QDs onto glass substrates at densities near the single dot level, we observe fluorescence intermittency, or “blinking” and a narrowing of the fluorescence spectra relative to the ensemble, both hallmarks of single fluorophores. The fluorescence energy irreversibly blue shifts with longer integration times and higher excitation intensities, indicative of a photo-induced degradation. Photobleaching of the majority of PbS QDs occurred in 30 sec. An analysis of the blinking statistics will be discussed.

  18. DEVELOPING THE iPBS STRATEGY FOR YAKON GERMPLASM EVALUATION

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    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Two yacon varieties PER05 and ECU45 were used for iPBS method developing for yacon - Smallanthus sonchifolius, (Poepp. et Endl. germplasm evaluation. Because of high level of polyphenols in yacon, four DNA extraction methods were tested for the best results in the iPBS method. Using a set of universal primers that anneal to the conserved regions of retrotransposons, polymorphism of amplified fragments of DNA was analysed and for the development of iPBS protocol primers that produce PCR fragments within the whole possible range of PCR were chosen. Selected primers were subsequently used in a set of gradient PCR for finding of optimal annealing temperatures for each of them and three groups of primers according to the optimal annealing temperature were found - primers with a optimum at 53°C (1845, 1875 and 1886, at 56°C (1846 and 61 °C (1880 and 2078.

  19. Electronic and elastic properties of PbS under pressure

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    Li Wei, E-mail: towangteng@263.ne [Laboratory of Quantum Information Technology, School of Physics and Telecommunication Engineering, South China Normal University, 5100006, Guangzhou (China); Chen Junfang [Laboratory of Quantum Information Technology, School of Physics and Telecommunication Engineering, South China Normal University, 5100006, Guangzhou (China); Wang Teng [School of Computer, South China Normal University, 510631, Guangzhou (China)

    2010-03-01

    The electronic structures and elastic properties of lead sulfide are studied usingfirst-principles calculations. The energy band structure and density of state (DOS) of PbS at 0 GPa are calculated. The band gap energy of PbS versus the pressure 0-40 GPa is obtained. We find that the band gap energy decreases as the pressure increases. The geometry optimized structural parameters for PbS under different pressures are listed. The lattice parameter a, and enthalpy E both decrease with increasing pressure. However, parameter B, S and Y increase with pressure. The normalized lattice constants and the elastic modulus as two functions of pressure from 0-40 GPa are obtained. The calculated elastic constants C11 and C12 increase but with different rates under increasing pressure. However, C44 decrease under increasing pressure.

  20. PEG300-assisted synthesis and characterization of PbS nanostructured thin films

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    Kaci, S., E-mail: k_samira05@yahoo.f [Silicon Technology Development Unit 2, Bd Frantz FANON, BP 140, Alger 7 Merveilles, Algiers (Algeria); Keffous, A. [Silicon Technology Development Unit 2, Bd Frantz FANON, BP 140, Alger 7 Merveilles, Algiers (Algeria); Trari, M. [Houari Boumediene University USTHB, Chemical Faculty, Algiers (Algeria); Menari, H.; Manseri, A. [Silicon Technology Development Unit 2, Bd Frantz FANON, BP 140, Alger 7 Merveilles, Algiers (Algeria)

    2010-04-30

    We report here an attempt to relate the structural and optical properties of lead sulfide (PbS) nanocrystalline thin films, grown by chemical bath deposition (CBD) process at room temperature on corning glass and Si(1 0 0) substrates, with the variation of polyethylene glycol (PEG300) amount in the solution. X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-vis spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were used to characterize the samples. The concentration of PEG300 found to play crucial role in the deposition process. By making several trials, the amount of PEG300 was optimized. The transmittance of the films, for a fixed reaction time, increased from {approx}30% to {approx}80% with the increase of % PEG300 in the solution, indicating the formation of very thin films due to the decrease of reaction rate with the increase of the concentration of PEG300. The concentration of PEG300 not only affects the reaction rate but also the morphology of the obtained films. PbS nanoparticles were found to be oriented preferentially along the (2 0 0) plane. Particle sizes between 2.8 and 8.7 nm were obtained by varying the % of PEG300 from 0.2 to 1.5. The absorption shifts towards short wavelength compared with the bulk PbS indicated a deep blue shift as a consequence of quantum confinement. The optical band gaps found to be strongly relied to the composition of the bath deposition and increase with the increase of the PEG300 amount in the solution.

  1. Improved DET communication between cellobiose dehydrogenase and a gold electrode modified with a rigid self-assembled monolayer and green metal nanoparticles: The role of an ordered nanostructuration.

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    Bollella, P; Mazzei, F; Favero, G; Fusco, G; Ludwig, R; Gorton, L; Antiochia, R

    2017-02-15

    Efficient direct electron transfer (DET) between cellobiose dehydrogenase from Corynascus thermophilus (CtCDH) and a novel gold electrode platform, obtained by covalent linking of green AuNPs and AgNPs modified with a dithiol self-assembled monolayer, consisting of biphenyl-4,4'-dithiol (BPDT), was presented. The green AuNPs and AgNPs were synthesized using quercetin as reducing agent at room temperature. TEM experiments showed that the AuNPs and AgNPs were circular in shape with an average diameter of 5 and 8nm, respectively. Cyclic voltammetry of CtCDH immobilized onto the AuNPs/BPDT/AuE and the AgNPs/BPDT/AuE electrode platforms were carried out and compared with naked AuE, BPDT/AuE, AuNPs/AuE, and AgNPs/AuE. A pair of well-defined redox waves in neutral pH solution due to efficient DET of CtCDH was present with both MNPs/BPDT/AuE platforms. No DET communication was found with platforms without MNPs linked to BPDT. The apparent heterogeneous electron transfer rate constants (kS) of CtCDH were calculated to be 21.5±0.8s(-1) and 10.3±0.7s(-1), for the AuNPs/BPDT/AuE and the AgNPs/BPDT/AuE platforms, respectively. The modified electrodes were successively used to develop an eco-friendly biosensor for lactose detection. The CtCDH/AuNPs/BPDT/AuE based biosensor showed the best analytical performances with an excellent stability, a detection limit of 3µM, a linear range between 5 and 400µM and a sensitivity of 27.5±2.5µAcm(-2)mM(-1). Such performances were favorably compared with other lactose biosensors reported in literature. The biosensor was successively tested to quantify lactose content in real milk and cream samples. No significant interference present in the sample matrices was observed.

  2. Platinum monolayer electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction: effect of substrates, and long-term stability

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    J. ZHANG

    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available We describe a novel concept for a Ptmonolayer electrocatalyst and present the results of our electrochemical, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, and scanning tunneling microscopy studies. The electrocatalysts were prepared by a new method for depositing Pt monolayers involving the galvanic displacement by Pt of an underpotentially deposited Cu monolayer on substrates of Au (111, Ir(111, Pd(111, Rh(111 and Ru(0001 single crylstals, and Pd nanoparticles. The kinetics of O2 reduction showed significant enhancement with Pt monolayers on Pd(111 and Pd nanoparticle surfaces in comparisonwith the reaction on Pt(111 and Pt nanoparticles, respectively. This increase in catalytic activity is attributed partly to the decreased formation of PtOH, as shown by in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy. The results illustrate that placing a Pt monolayer on a suitable substrate of metal nanoparticles is an attractive way of designing better O2 reduction electrocatalysts with very low Pt contents.

  3. Facile preparation of surface-exchangeable core@shell iron oxide@gold nanoparticles for magnetic solid-phase extraction: use of gold shell as the intermediate platform for versatile adsorbents with varying self-assembled monolayers.

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    Li, Yaping; Qi, Li; Shen, Ying; Ma, Huimin

    2014-02-06

    The core@shell Fe3O4@Au nanoparticles (NPs) functionalized with exchangeable self-assembled monolayers have been developed for mode switching magnetic solid-phase extraction (MSPE) using high performance liquid chromatography with ultraviolet detection. The adsorbents were synthesized by chemical coprecipitation to prepare magnetic cores followed by sonolysis to produce gold shells. Functionalization of Fe3O4@Au NPs surface was realized through self-assembly of commercially available low molecular weight thiol-containing ligands using gold shells as intermediate platform and the dynamic nature of Au-S chemistry allowed substituent of one thiol-containing ligand with another simply by thiol exchange process. The resultant adsorbents were characterized by transmission electronic microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, elemental analysis, contact angle measurement, and vibrating sample magnetometry. To evaluate the versatile performance of the developed MSPE adsorbents, they were applied for normal-phase SPE followed by reversed-phase SPE. A few kinds of diphenols and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) were employed as model analytes, respectively. The predominant parameters affecting extraction efficiency were investigated and optimized. Under the optimum experimental conditions, wide dynamic linear range (6.25-1600 μg L(-1) for diphenols and 1.56-100 μg L(-1) for PAHs) with good linearity (r(2)≥0.989) and low detection limits (0.34-16.67 μg L(-1) for diphenols and 0.26-0.52 μg L(-1) for PAHs) were achieved. The advantage of the developed method is that the Fe3O4@Au NPs could be reutilized for preconcentrating diverse target analytes in different SPE modes sequentially simply through treatment with desired thiol-containing ligands.

  4. Biotin-decorated silica coated PbS nanocrystals emitting in the second biological near infrared window for bioimaging

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    Corricelli, M.; Depalo, N.; di Carlo, E.; Fanizza, E.; Laquintana, V.; Denora, N.; Agostiano, A.; Striccoli, M.; Curri, M. L.

    2014-06-01

    Nanoparticles (NPs) emitting in the second biological near infrared (NIR) window of the electromagnetic spectrum have been successfully synthesized by growing a silica shell on the hydrophobic surface of OLEA/TOP PbS nanocrystals (NCs), by means of a reverse microemulsion approach, and subsequently decorated with biotin molecules. The fabrication of very uniform and monodisperse NPs, formed of SiO2 shell coated single core PbS NCs, has been demonstrated by means of a set of complementary optical and structural techniques (Vis-NIR absorption and photoluminescence spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy) that have highlighted how experimental parameters, such as PbS NC and silica precursor concentration, are crucial to direct the morphology and optical properties of silica coated PbS NPs. Subsequently, the silica surface of the core-shell NPs has been grafted with amino groups, in order to achieve covalent binding of biotin to NIR emitting silica coated NPs. Finally the successful reaction with a green-fluorescent labelled streptavidin has verified the molecular recognition response of the biotin molecules decorating the PbS@SiO2 NP surface. Dynamic light scattering (DLS) and ζ-potential techniques have been used to monitor the hydrodynamic diameter and colloidal stability of both PbS@SiO2 and biotin decorated NPs, showing their high colloidal stability in physiological media, as needed for biomedical applications. Remarkably the obtained biotinylated PbS@SiO2 NPs have been found to retain emission properties in the `second optical window' of the NIR region of the electromagnetic spectrum, thus representing attractive receptor-targeted NIR fluorescent probes for in vivo tumour imaging.Nanoparticles (NPs) emitting in the second biological near infrared (NIR) window of the electromagnetic spectrum have been successfully synthesized by growing a silica shell on the hydrophobic surface of OLEA/TOP PbS nanocrystals (NCs), by means of a reverse microemulsion

  5. LGBT Caucus sponsors award-winning film and PBS director

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    2007-01-01

    The LGBT faculty-staff caucus at Virginia Tech will host the award-winning PBS film director Daniel Karslake, and an educational screening of "For the Bible Tells Me So" at The Lyric Theatre Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m.

  6. Experimental study of thermal rectification in suspended monolayer graphene

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    Wang, Haidong; Hu, Shiqian; Takahashi, Koji; Zhang, Xing; Takamatsu, Hiroshi; Chen, Jie

    2017-06-01

    Thermal rectification is a fundamental phenomenon for active heat flow control. Significant thermal rectification is expected to exist in the asymmetric nanostructures, such as nanowires and thin films. As a one-atom-thick membrane, graphene has attracted much attention for realizing thermal rectification as shown by many molecular dynamics simulations. Here, we experimentally demonstrate thermal rectification in various asymmetric monolayer graphene nanostructures. A large thermal rectification factor of 26% is achieved in a defect-engineered monolayer graphene with nanopores on one side. A thermal rectification factor of 10% is achieved in a pristine monolayer graphene with nanoparticles deposited on one side or with a tapered width. The results indicate that the monolayer graphene has great potential to be used for designing high-performance thermal rectifiers for heat flow control and energy harvesting.

  7. nanoparticles

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    Zhao, Yu; Li, Hui; Liu, Xu-Jun; Guan, Lei-Lei; Li, Yan-Li; Sun, Jian; Ying, Zhi-Feng; Wu, Jia-Da; Xu, Ning

    2014-06-01

    Evenly separated crystalline CuIn0.8Ga0.2Se2 (CIGS) nanoparticles are deposited on ITO-glass substrate by pulsed laser deposition. Such CIGS layers are introduced between conjugated polymer layers and ITO-glass substrates for enhancing light absorbance of polymer solar cells. The P3HT:PCBM absorbance between 300 and 650 nm is enhanced obviously due to the introduction of CIGS nanoparticles. The current density-voltage curves of a P3HT:PCBM/CIGS solar cell demonstrate that the short-circuit current density is improved from 0.77 to 1.20 mA/cm2. The photoluminescence spectra show that the excitons in the polymer are obviously quenched, suggesting that the charge transfer between the P3HT:PCBM and CIGS occurred. The results reveal that the CIGS nanoparticles may exhibit the localized surface plasmon resonance effect just as metallic nanostructures.

  8. Synthesis of Lead Sulfide Nanoparticles by Chemical Precipitation Method

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    Chongad, L. S.; Sharma, A.; Banerjee, M.; Jain, A.

    2016-10-01

    Lead sulfide (PbS) nanoparticles were prepared by chemical precipitation method (CPM) with the assistance of H2S gas. The microstructure and morphology of the synthesized nanoparticles have been investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The XRD patterns of the PbS nanoparticles reveal formation of cubic phase. To investigate the quality of prepared nanoparticles, the particles size, lattice constant, strain, dislocation density etc. have been determined using XRD. TEM images reveal formation of cubic nanoparticles and the particle size determined from TEM images agree well with those from XRD.

  9. Nanostructures boost the thermoelectric performance of PbS.

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    Johnsen, S.; Androulakis, J.; He, J. Q.; Dravid, V. P.; Todorov, I.; Chung, D. Y.; Kanatzidis, M. G. (Materials Science Division); (Northwestern Univ.)

    2011-03-16

    In situ nanostructuring in bulk thermoelectric materials through thermo-dynamic phase segregation has established itself as an effective paradigm for optimizing the performance of thermoelectric materials. In bulk PbTe small compositional variations create coherent and semicoherent nanometer sized precipitates embedded in a PbTe matrix, where they can impede phonon propagation at little or no expense to the electronic properties. In this paper the nanostructuring paradigm is for the first time extended to a bulk PbS based system, which despite obvious advantages of price and abundancy, so far has been largely disregarded in thermoelectric research due to inferior room temperature thermoelectric properties relative to the pristine fellow chalcogenides, PbSe and PbTe. Herein we report on the synthesis, microstructural morphology and thermoelectric properties of two phase (PbS){sub 1-x}(PbTe){sub x}x = 0-0.16 samples. We have found that the addition of only a few percent PbTe to PbS results in a highly nanostructured material, where PbTe precipitates are coherently and semicoherently embedded in a PbS matrix. The present (PbS){sub 1-x}(PbTe){sub x} nanostructured samples show substantial decreases in lattice thermal conductivity relative to pristine PbS, while the electronic properties are left largely unaltered. This in turn leads to a marked increase in the thermoelectric figure of merit. This study underlines the efficiency of the nanostructuring approach and strongly supports its generality and applicability to other material systems. We demonstrate that these PbS-based materials, which are made primarily from abundant Pb and S, outperform optimally n-type doped pristine PbTe above 770 K.

  10. Nanostructures boost the thermoelectric performance of PbS

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    Johnsen, Simon [Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL (United States); He, Jiaqing [Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL (United States); Androulakis, John [Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL (United States); Dravid, Vinayak [Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL (United States); Todorov, Iliya [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Chung, Duck Young [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Kanatzidis, Mercouri G. [Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL (United States); Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)

    2011-02-18

    In situ nanostructuring in bulk thermoelectric materials through thermo-dynamic phase segregation has established itself as an effective paradigm for optimizing the performance of thermoelectric materials. In bulk PbTe small compositional variations create coherent and semicoherent nanometer sized precipitates embedded in a PbTe matrix, where they can impede phonon propagation at little or no expense to the electronic properties. In this paper the nanostructuring paradigm is for the first time extended to a bulk PbS based system, which despite obvious advantages of price and abundancy, so far has been largely disregarded in thermoelectric research due to inferior room temperature thermoelectric properties relative to the pristine fellow chalcogenides, PbSe and PbTe. Herein we report on the synthesis, microstructural morphology and thermoelectric properties of two phase (PbS)1-x(PbTe)xx = 0–0.16 samples. We have found that the addition of only a few percent PbTe to PbS results in a highly nanostructured material, where PbTe precipitates are coherently and semicoherently embedded in a PbS matrix. The present (PbS)1-x(PbTe)x nanostructured samples show substantial decreases in lattice thermal conductivity relative to pristine PbS, while the electronic properties are left largely unaltered. This in turn leads to a marked increase in the thermoelectric figure of merit. This study underlines the efficiency of the nanostructuring approach and strongly supports its generality and applicability to other material systems. We demonstrate that these PbS-based materials, which are made primarily from abundant Pb and S, outperform optimally n-type doped pristine PbTe above 770 K.

  11. Effect of saline on transitions in poly(ethylene glycol)-grafted succinyl-phosphoethanolamine monolayers bearing C16 aliphatic chains.

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    Shahid, Muhammad Naeem; Tsoukanova, Valeria

    2011-04-07

    To investigate the effect of saline on miscibility, phase, and conformational transitions in binary mixtures of a succinyl-phosphoethanolamine bearing C(16) aliphatic chains, DPPE-succinyl, and a poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG)-phospholipid conjugate with a PEG molecular weight of 2000, DPPE-PEG2000, we have compared the properties of monolayers spread on water and on phosphate buffered saline (PBS). A comparative analysis of monolayer surface pressure, surface potential, compressibility, and epifluorescence microscopy data has revealed that spreading on PBS induces unfavorable interactions between the two phospholipids, which stabilizes immiscible phases in mixed monolayers. Strikingly, the conformational transition in grafted PEG2000 chains on PBS could not be easily described by the existing interpretive schemes. Plausibly, this transition becomes partially impaired due to interactions with PBS. Thus, saline has a significant effect on miscibility, phase, and conformational transitions in these PEG-grafted monolayers bearing C(16) aliphatic chains, which may have implications for understanding the behavior of PEG-grafted phospholipid surfaces in aqueous media of biological relevance.

  12. nanoparticles

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    Andreu-Cabedo, Patricia; Mondragon, Rosa; Hernandez, Leonor; Martinez-Cuenca, Raul; Cabedo, Luis; Julia, J. Enrique

    2014-10-01

    Thermal energy storage (TES) is extremely important in concentrated solar power (CSP) plants since it represents the main difference and advantage of CSP plants with respect to other renewable energy sources such as wind, photovoltaic, etc. CSP represents a low-carbon emission renewable source of energy, and TES allows CSP plants to have energy availability and dispatchability using available industrial technologies. Molten salts are used in CSP plants as a TES material because of their high operational temperature and stability of up to 500°C. Their main drawbacks are their relative poor thermal properties and energy storage density. A simple cost-effective way to improve thermal properties of fluids is to dope them with nanoparticles, thus obtaining the so-called salt-based nanofluids. In this work, solar salt used in CSP plants (60% NaNO3 + 40% KNO3) was doped with silica nanoparticles at different solid mass concentrations (from 0.5% to 2%). Specific heat was measured by means of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). A maximum increase of 25.03% was found at an optimal concentration of 1 wt.% of nanoparticles. The size distribution of nanoparticle clusters present in the salt at each concentration was evaluated by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and image processing, as well as by means of dynamic light scattering (DLS). The cluster size and the specific surface available depended on the solid content, and a relationship between the specific heat increment and the available particle surface area was obtained. It was proved that the mechanism involved in the specific heat increment is based on a surface phenomenon. Stability of samples was tested for several thermal cycles and thermogravimetric analysis at high temperature was carried out, the samples being stable.

  13. Electrical conduction mechanisms in PbSe and PbS nano crystals 3D matrix layer

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    Matan Arbell

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available A simulation study and measurements of the electrical conductance in a PbSe and PbS spherical Nano-crystal 3D matrix layer was carried out focusing on its dependences of Nano-crystal size distribution and size gradient along the layer thickness (z-direction. The study suggests a new concept of conductance enhancement by utilizing a size gradient along the layer thickness from mono-layer to the next mono-layer of the Nano-crystals, in order to create a gradient of the energy levels and thus improve directional conductance in this direction. A Monte Carlo simulation of the charge carriers path along the layer thickness of the Nano-crystals 3D matrix using the Miller-Abrahams hopping model was performed. We then compared the conductance characteristics of the gradual size 3D matrix layer to a constant-sized 3D matrix layer that was used as a reference in the simulation. The numerical calculations provided us with insights into the actual conductance mechanism of the PbSe and PbS Nano-crystals 3D matrix and explained the discrepancies in actual conductance and the variability in measured mobilities published in the literature. It is found that the mobility and thus conductance are dependent on a critical electrical field generated between two adjacent nano-crystals. Our model explains the conductance dependents on the: Cathode-Anode distance, the distance between the adjacent nano-crystals in the 3D matrix layer and the size distribution along the current direction. Part of the model (current-voltage dependence was validated using a current-voltage measurements taken on a constant size normal distribution nano-crystals PbS layer (330nm thick compared with the predicted I-V curves. It is shown that under a threshold bias, the current is very low, while after above a threshold bias the conductance is significantly increased due to increase of hopping probability. Once reaching the maximum probability the current tend to level-off reaching the maximal

  14. Micro- and nanopatterning of functional organic monolayers on oxide-free silicon by laser-induced photothermal desorption.

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    Scheres, Luc; Klingebiel, Benjamin; ter Maat, Jurjen; Giesbers, Marcel; de Jong, Hans; Hartmann, Nils; Zuilhof, Han

    2010-09-06

    The photothermal laser patterning of functional organic monolayers, prepared on oxide-free hydrogen-terminated silicon, and subsequent backfilling of the laser-written lines with a second organic monolayer that differs in its terminal functionality, is described. Since the thermal monolayer decomposition process is highly nonlinear in the applied laser power density, subwavelength patterning of the organic monolayers is feasible. After photothermal laser patterning of hexadecenyl monolayers, the lines freed up by the laser are backfilled with functional acid fluoride monolayers. Coupling of cysteamine to the acid fluoride groups and subsequent attachment of Au nanoparticles allows easy characterization of the functional lines by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Depending on the laser power and writing speed, functional lines with widths between 1.1 μm and 250 nm can be created. In addition, trifluoroethyl-terminated (TFE) monolayers are also patterned. Subsequently, the decomposed lines are backfilled with a nonfunctional hexadecenyl monolayer, the TFE stripes are converted into thiol stripes, and then finally covered with Au nanoparticles. By reducing the lateral distance between the laser lines, Au-nanoparticle stripes with widths close to 100 nm are obtained. Finally, in view of the great potential of this type of monolayer in the field of biosensing, the ease of fabricating biofunctional patterns is demonstrated by covalent binding of fluorescently labeled oligo-DNA to acid-fluoride-backfilled laser lines, which--as shown by fluorescence microscopy--is accessible for hybridization.

  15. Controlled electrodeposition of Au monolayer film on ionic liquid

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    Ma, Qiang; Pang, Liuqing; Li, Man; Zhang, Yunxia; Ren, Xianpei; Liu, Shengzhong Frank

    2016-05-01

    Gold (Au) nanoparticles have been attractive for centuries for their vibrant appearance enhanced by their interaction with sunlight. Nowadays, there have been tremendous research efforts to develop them for high-tech applications including therapeutic agents, sensors, organic photovoltaics, medical applications, electronics and catalysis. However, there remains to be a challenge to fabricate a monolayer Au coating with complete coverage in controlled fashion. Here we present a facile method to deposit a uniform Au monolayer (ML) film on the [BMIM][PF6] ionic liquid substrate using an electrochemical deposition process. It demonstrates that it is feasible to prepare a solid phase coating on the liquid-based substrate. Moreover, the thickness of the monolayer coating can be controlled to a layer-by-layer accuracy.

  16. A simple route for making surfactant free lead sulfide (PbS) quantum dots

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    Alam, Firoz; Kumar, Neetesh; Dutta, Viresh, E-mail: vdutta@ces.iitd.ac.in

    2015-05-15

    Highlights: • Surfactant free PbS NCs were successfully synthesised using CoSP technique. • The technique eliminates the requirements of washing to remove the ligands. • Grinding using mortar and pestle creates well separated PbS QDs. • Surfactant free PbS NCs are stable and do not show any degradation with time. - Abstract: An efficient, cost effective and less time consuming method suitable for mass production of surfactant free quantum dots (QDs) of lead sulfide (PbS) is reported. PbS nanocrystals (NCs) are first synthesised by continuous spray pyrolysis (CoSP) technique and de-agglomeration into PbS quantum dots (QDs) is achieved by vigorous mechanical grinding using mortar and pestle. Lead acetate and thiourea were used as the precursor materials for preparation of surfactant free PbS NCs. The broadening in XRD peaks of ground NCs as compared to as synthesized PbS NCs clearly indicated the reduction in particle size to be QDs of PbS. The TEM images also showed that ground PbS NCs were nearly spherical in shape having an average diameter in the range of 4–6 nm. The shift in optical gap from 0.41 eV to 1.47 eV supported the QD formation.

  17. Studies on the interactions between parabens and lipid membrane components in monolayers at the air/aqueous solution interface.

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    Flasiński, Michał; Gawryś, Maciej; Broniatowski, Marcin; Wydro, Paweł

    2016-04-01

    The interactions between parabens (PBs) and lipid components of mammalian and bacterial cell membranes were investigated in model systems of Langmuir monolayers. Me-, Et-, Pr- and Bu-paraben studied in this paper are frequently applied as cosmetics and food preservatives, since they possess broad antimicrobial activity. The mode of PB action is connected with their incorporation into the membrane of bacterial organisms, however; it is not known what is the role of the respective lipid species in this mechanism. This problem is crucial to understand the differences in paraben activity toward individual microorganisms and to shed the light onto the problem of PB cytotoxicity reported in studies on mammalian cells. In this paper, the mentioned aspects were investigated with application of the Langmuir monolayer technique complemented with BAM and GIXD. Our experiments revealed that the influence of PBs depends on their chemical structure, solution concentration and on the class of lipid. The strongest modification of the monolayer characteristics, leading to its collapse at low surface pressure, occurred in the presence of BuPB, having the largest chain. PBs interact preferentially with the monolayers possessing low degree of condensation, whereas for LC state, the effect was weaker and observed only as modification of the 2D unit cells. In the model systems, PBs interact with phospholipids characteristic for mammalian membranes (phosphatidylcholine) stronger than with bacterial (phosphatidylglycerol and cardiolipin). This strong influence of parabens on the model systems composed of animal lipids may explain cytotoxic activity of these preservatives. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved

  18. Shape Memory Properties of PBS-Silica Hybrids

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    Katia Paderni

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A series of novel Si–O–Si crosslinked organic/inorganic hybrid semi-crystalline polymers with shape memory properties was prepared from alkoxysilane-terminated poly(butylene succinate (PBS by water-induced silane crosslinking under organic solvent-free and catalyst-free conditions. The hydrolyzation and condensation of alkoxysilane end groups allowed for the generation of silica-like crosslinking points between the polymeric chains, acting not only as chemical net-points, but also as inorganic filler for a reinforcement effect. The resulting networks were characterized using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA, dynamic-mechanical analysis (DMA and tensile and shape memory tests to gain insight into the relationship between the polymeric structure, the morphology and the properties. By controlling the molecular weight of the PBS precursor, a fine tuning of the crosslinking density and the inorganic content of the resulting network was possible, leading to different thermal, mechanical and shape memory properties. Thanks to their suitable morphology consisting of crystalline domains, which represent the molecular switches between the temporary and permanent shapes, and chemical net-points, which permit the shape recovery, the synthesized materials showed good shape memory characteristics, being able to fix a significant portion of the applied strain in a temporary shape and to restore their original shape above their melting temperature.

  19. Removal of phase transfer agent leads to restricted dynamics of alkyl chains in monolayer protected clusters

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    V R Rajeev Kumar; R Mukhopadhyay; T Pradeep

    2008-11-01

    The effect of phase transfer agent in the dynamics of monolayer protected gold nanoparticles has been investigated by infrared (IR) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopies. The experiments were performed with octadecane thiol and dodecane thiol protected gold nanoparticles. The materials prepared were characterized by UV-Visible spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy and IR spectroscopy. Repeated purification of the monolayer protected gold clusters made the alkyl chains defect-free. Such effects are reflected in the infrared spectra. Interdigitation of the monolayers that followed the purification leads to alkyl chains with limited mobility. This was reflected in 13C and 1H NMR linewidths. The NMR measurements indicate that the removal of phase transfer agent affects the dynamics of isolated clusters and those with interdigitated monolayers in different ways.

  20. Phase transformation and conductivity in nanocrystal PbS under pressure

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    Jiang, Jianzhong; Gerward, Leif; Secco, R.

    2000-01-01

    The grain-size effect on the phase transition induced by pressure in PbS was studied by in situ high-pressure electrical resistance and synchrotron radiation x-ray powder diffraction measurements. The mean transition pressure of the B1-to-B16 phase transformation was found to be 6.3±1.3 GPa in 8......±1 nm PbS while it is 3.1±0.7 GPa for 10 µm PbS. The resistivity of the B16 PbS phase decreases exponentially with pressure in both samples at ambient temperature. They follow R[proportional]exp(–CP), where C = –0.64 GPa–1 for 10 µm PbS and C = –0.34 GPa–1 for 8±1 nm PbS. These results are discussed...

  1. Near-Infrared emission from PbS Quantum Dots in polymer matrix

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    2007-01-01

    PbS quantum dots were prepared in the aqueous medium from readily available precursors. The shape of the particles is approximately spherical, and the average particle size observed from HRTEM image was 7-8 nm. We applied PbS quantum dots and PMMA polymer to fabricate PbS quantum dots-PMMA composites, and investigate the photoluminescence PbS quantum dots in PMMA matrix with different mass ratio. PbS quantum dots in PMMA matrix have broad emission between 900 nm and 1 500 nm and photoluminescence peak at 1 179 nm. Additionally, the photoluminescence intensity increases with increasing the dopant concentration. PbS quantum dots-PMMA polymer composites can be potentially used for polymer optical fiber and electroluminescence (EL) in optical communication.

  2. Controllable biosynthesis of high-purity lead-sulfide (PbS) nanocrystals by regulating the concentration of polyethylene glycol in microbial system.

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    Yue, Lei; Wang, Jia; Zhang, Yongtao; Qi, Shiyue; Xin, Baoping

    2016-12-01

    We demonstrated a simple biological method to explore the controllable synthesize of high-purity PbS nanocrystals by regulating the concentration of polyethylene glycol in microbial system. The biogenic H2S produced via the reduction of sulfate precipitated Pb(2+) ions as sulfide extracellularly, and the optimal removal rate of Pb(2+) ions is up to 96.7 % in 2 weeks. The characterization results showed that PbS nanocuboids with a particle size 50 × 50 × 100 nm obtained from Case A with 4 mM polyethylene glycol as a dispersant, and can completely degrade methylene blue from solution within 20 h; PbS nanosheets with a thickness size ca. 10 nm attained from Case B with 12 mM polyethylene glycol, and it can degrade 61.6 % dye within 24 h; PbS nanoparticles with a uniform diameter of ca. 60 nm formed from Case C with 20 mM polyethylene glycol, only degrade 14.1 % dye within 24 h. It is interesting that the factor affecting their catalytic activities is not the specific surface area, but the number of [200] crystal plane. This work not only displayed a simple synthetic method to control the morphology of PbS nanocrystals in microbial system, but also provided an economic and environmentally friendly approach for resourceful treatment and efficient bioremediation of wastewater-containing heavy metal.

  3. Platinum monolayer electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction in fuel cells

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    Zhang, Junliang

    Fuel cells are expected to be one of the major clean energy sources in the near future. However, the slow kinetics of electrocatalytic oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and the high loading of Pt for the cathode material are the urgent issues to be addressed since they determine the efficiency and the cost of this energy source. In this study, a new approach was developed for designing electrocatalysts for the ORR in fuel cells. These electrocatalysts consist of only one Pt monolayer, or mixed transition metal-Pt monolayer, on suitable carbon-supported metal, or alloy nanoparticles. The synthesis involved depositing a monolayer of Cu on a suitable transition metal or metal alloy surface at underpotentials, followed by galvanic displacement of the Cu monolayer with Pt or mixed metal-Pt. It was found that the electronic properties of Pt monolayer could be fine-tuned by the electronic and geometric effects introduced by the substrate metal (or alloy) and the lateral effects of the neighboring metal atoms. The role of substrates was found reflected in a "volcano" plot of the monolayer activity for the ORR as a function of their calculated d-band centers. The Pt mass-specific activity of the new Pt monolayer electrocatalysts was up to twenty times higher than the state-of-the-art commercial Pt/C catalysts. The enhancement of the activity is caused mainly by decreased formation of PtOH (the blocking species for ORR), and to a lesser degree by the electronic effects. Fuel cell tests showed a very good long term stability of the new electrocatalysts. Our results demonstrated a viable way to designing the electrocatalysts which could successfully alleviate two issues facing the commercialization of fuel cells---the costs of electrocatalysts and their efficiency.

  4. The PBS in a globalised world: free trade and reference pricing.

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    Searles, Andrew

    2009-05-01

    In January 2005 Australia implemented the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA). The agreement had placed domestic health policy and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) in particular, on the trade negotiating table. At the time Australians were told the PBS would not be undermined, but why was it included in a trade agreement? This article argues that recent reforms to the PBS partially delivered on an issue that the US has compelled its trade negotiators to ensure since 2002: the elimination of reference pricing. In Australia, reference pricing, as used by the PBS, had been credited with obtaining money when buying new medicines.

  5. Near-infrared anti-Stokes photoluminescence of PbS QDs embedded in glasses.

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    Xiong, Yuda; Liu, Chao; Wang, Jing; Han, Jianjun; Zhao, Xiujian

    2017-03-20

    Near-infrared photoluminescence properties of PbS QDs embedded in glasses were investigated upon below-bandgap excitation. PbS QDs were precipitated in the glasses upon thermal treatment. Near-infrared anti-Stokes photoluminescence (ASPL) from PbS QDs was observed. Dependence of the ASPL on size and excitation power indicated that ASPL was phonon-assisted one-photon process. These near-infrared anti-Stokes photoluminescence of PbS QDs in glasses have potential applications for light conversion and laser cooling.

  6. Nonlinear optical properties of free standing films of PbS quantum dots in the nonresonant femtosecond regime

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    Kurian, Pushpa Ann; Vijayan, C.; Nag, Amit; Goswami, Debabrata

    2013-01-01

    Devices based on optical technology for high speed communication networks require materials with large nonlinear optical response in the ultrafast regime. Nonlinear optical materials have also attracted wide attention as potential candidates for the protection of optical sensors and eyes while handling lasers. Optical limiters have a constant transmittance at low input influence and a decrease in transmittance at higher fluences and are based on a variety of mechanisms such as nonlinear refraction, nonlinear scattering, multiphoton absorption and free carrier absorption. As we go from bulk to nanosized materials especially in the strong quantum confinement regime where radius of the nanoparticle is less than the bulk exciton Bohr radius, the optical nonlinearity is enhanced due to quantum confinement effect. This paper is on the ultrafast nonresonant nonlinearity in free standing films of PbS quantum dots stabilized in a synthetic glue matrix by a simple chemical route which provides flexibility of processing in a variety of physical forms. Optical absorption spectrum shows significant blue shift from the bulk absorption onset indicating strong quantum confinement. PbS quantumdots of mean size 3.3nm are characterized by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The mechanism of nonlinear absorption giving rise to optical limiting is probed using open z-scan technique with laser pulses of 150 fs pulse duration at 780 nm and the results are presented in the nonresonant femtosecond regime. Irradiance dependence on nonlinear absorption are discussed. PMID:24143059

  7. Nonlinear optical properties of free standing films of PbS quantum dots in the nonresonant femtosecond regime.

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    Kurian, Pushpa Ann; Vijayan, C; Nag, Amit; Goswami, Debabrata

    2007-09-17

    Devices based on optical technology for high speed communication networks require materials with large nonlinear optical response in the ultrafast regime. Nonlinear optical materials have also attracted wide attention as potential candidates for the protection of optical sensors and eyes while handling lasers. Optical limiters have a constant transmittance at low input influence and a decrease in transmittance at higher fluences and are based on a variety of mechanisms such as nonlinear refraction, nonlinear scattering, multiphoton absorption and free carrier absorption. As we go from bulk to nanosized materials especially in the strong quantum confinement regime where radius of the nanoparticle is less than the bulk exciton Bohr radius, the optical nonlinearity is enhanced due to quantum confinement effect. This paper is on the ultrafast nonresonant nonlinearity in free standing films of PbS quantum dots stabilized in a synthetic glue matrix by a simple chemical route which provides flexibility of processing in a variety of physical forms. Optical absorption spectrum shows significant blue shift from the bulk absorption onset indicating strong quantum confinement. PbS quantumdots of mean size 3.3nm are characterized by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The mechanism of nonlinear absorption giving rise to optical limiting is probed using open z-scan technique with laser pulses of 150 fs pulse duration at 780 nm and the results are presented in the nonresonant femtosecond regime. Irradiance dependence on nonlinear absorption are discussed.

  8. Revisiting the Valence and Conduction Band Size Dependence of PbS Quantum Dot Thin Films

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    Miller, Elisa M.; Kroupa, Daniel M.; Zhang, Jianbing; Schulz, Philip; Marshall, Ashley R.; Kahn, Antoine; Lany, Stephan; Luther, Joseph M.; Beard, Matthew C.; Perkins, Craig L.; van de Lagemaat, Jao

    2016-03-22

    We use a high signal-to-noise X-ray photoelectron spectrum of bulk PbS, GW calculations, and a model assuming parabolic bands to unravel the various X-ray and ultraviolet photoelectron spectral features of bulk PbS as well as determine how to best analyze the valence band region of PbS quantum dot (QD) films. X-ray and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS and UPS) are commonly used to probe the difference between the Fermi level and valence band maximum (VBM) for crystalline and thin-film semiconductors. However, we find that when the standard XPS/UPS analysis is used for PbS, the results are often unrealistic due to the low density of states at the VBM. Instead, a parabolic band model is used to determine the VBM for the PbS QD films, which is based on the bulk PbS experimental spectrum and bulk GW calculations. Our analysis highlights the breakdown of the Brillioun zone representation of the band diagram for large band gap, highly quantum confined PbS QDs. We have also determined that in 1,2-ethanedithiol-treated PbS QD films the Fermi level position is dependent on the QD size; specifically, the smallest band gap QD films have the Fermi level near the conduction band minimum and the Fermi level moves away from the conduction band for larger band gap PbS QD films. This change in the Fermi level within the QD band gap could be due to changes in the Pb:S ratio. In addition, we use inverse photoelectron spectroscopy to measure the conduction band region, which has similar challenges in the analysis of PbS QD films due to a low density of states near the conduction band minimum.

  9. Monolayer patterning using ketone dipoles.

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    Kim, Min Kyoung; Xue, Yi; Pašková, Tereza; Zimmt, Matthew B

    2013-08-14

    The self-assembly of multi-component monolayers with designed patterns requires molecular recognition among components. Dipolar interactions have been found to influence morphologies of self-assembled monolayers and can affect molecular recognition functions. Ketone groups have large dipole moments (2.6 D) and are easily incorporated into molecules. The potential of ketone groups for dipolar patterning has been evaluated through synthesis of two 1,5-disubstituted anthracenes bearing mono-ketone side chains, STM characterization of monolayers self-assembled from their single and two component solutions and molecular mechanics simulations to determine their self-assembly energetics. The results reveal that (i) anthracenes bearing self-repulsive mono-ketone side chains assemble in an atypical monolayer morphology that establishes dipolar attraction, instead of repulsion, between ketones in adjacent side chains; (ii) pairs of anthracene molecules whose self-repulsive ketone side chains are dipolar complementary spontaneously assemble compositionally patterned monolayers, in which the two components segregate into neighboring, single component columns, driven by side chain dipolar interactions; (iii) compositionally patterned monolayers also assemble from dipolar complementary anthracene pairs that employ different dipolar groups (ketones or CF2 groups) in their side chains; (iv) the ketone group, with its larger dipole moment and size, provides comparable driving force for patterned monolayer formation to that of the smaller dipole, and smaller size, CF2 group.

  10. Synthesis and Characterization of Quantum Dots: A Case Study Using PbS

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    Pan, Yi; Li, Yue Ru; Zhao, Yu; Akins, Daniel L.

    2015-01-01

    A research project for senior undergraduates of chemistry has been developed to introduce syntheses of a series of monodispersed semiconductor PbS quantum dots (QDs) and their characterization methodologies. In this paper, we report the preparation of monodispersed semiconductor PbS QDs with sizes smaller than the exciton Bohr radius using a…

  11. ABA and PBS: The Dangers in Creating Artificial Dichotomies in Behavioral Intervention

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    Weiss, Mary Jane; DelPizzo-Cheng, Eliza; LaRue, Robert H.; Sloman, Kimberly

    2009-01-01

    In recent years, there has been a great deal of controversy regarding the definition and independence of Positive Behavioral Supports (PBS) within the context of behavioral intervention. Specifically, behavior analysts have argued over whether PBS is subsumed within Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) or whether it can be considered a separate…

  12. Phenomenological Modeling for Langmuir Monolayers

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    Baptiste, Dimitri; Kelly, David; Safford, Twymun; Prayaga, Chandra; Varney, Christopher N.; Wade, Aaron

    Experimentally, Langmuir monolayers have applications in molecular optical, electronic, and sensor devices. Traditionally, Langmuir monolayers are described by a rigid rod model where the rods interact via a Leonard-Jones potential. Here, we propose effective phenomenological models and utilize Monte Carlo simulations to analyze the phase behavior and compare with experimental isotherms. Research reported in this abstract was supported by UWF NIH MARC U-STAR 1T34GM110517-01.

  13. Spectra-selective PbS quantum dot infrared photodetectors

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    Qiao, Keke; Deng, Hui; Yang, Xiaokun; Dong, Dongdong; Li, Min; Hu, Long; Liu, Huan; Song, Haisheng; Tang, Jiang

    2016-03-01

    Traditional photoconductive photodetectors (PDs) commonly respond to higher energy photons compared with the bandgaps of PD active materials. Different from the wide detection spectra of traditional PDs, the present reported PbS quantum dot (QD) PDs can detect the spectra-selective light source. Spectra-selective PDs (ss-PDs) of perovskite/QDs and QD/QDs were respectively implemented by integrating two functional layers. The top layer (facing the light) was utilized to filter the non-target spectra and the bottom layer was used for detection. The response spectrum wavelength and the range of ss-PDs can be conveniently tailored by tuning the QD size. The obtained selectivity factor and normalized detectivity ratio from target and non-target illumination can reach at least 10. A narrow detection range with a full width at half maximum (FWHM) ~100 nm was applied by typical QD/QD based ss-PDs. The prototype ss-PDs were successfully applied in identifying an unknown light source. The convenient tuning and identification capabilities of the present QD based ss-PDs may provide a versatile route to obtain highly spectrum-selective PDs in order to meet the demands for special fields.

  14. Surface morphology and optical properties of PVA/PbS nanoparticles

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    Hammad, Talaat M., E-mail: talaathammad@gmail.com [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Al-Azhar University, P.O. Box 1277 ,Gaza, Palestine (Country Unknown); Salem, Jamil K. [Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, Al-Azhar University, P.O. Box 1277, Gaza, Palestine (Country Unknown); Kuhn, S. [Department of Physical Chemistry, Saarland University, 66123 Saarbrucken (Germany); Abu Shanab, Nadia M. [Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, Al-Azhar University, P.O. Box 1277, Gaza, Palestine (Country Unknown); Hempelmann, R. [Department of Physical Chemistry, Saarland University, 66123 Saarbrucken (Germany)

    2015-01-15

    PVA capped lead sulfide (PbS) nanoparticles were successfully synthesized by the simple wet chemical method. The synthesized product has been characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV–vis spectrophotometry, FTIR spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron Microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and photoluminescence studies. The size of the PVA capped PbS nanoparticles was determined From XRD and it is found that the size of the particles of the order of 42–5 nm. FTIR and EDX analyses are used to identify the presence of organic molecules and elements in the synthesized PbS nanoparticles. Significant “blue-shift” from bulk material was observed on the PbS nanoparticles using UV–vis spectra. A 10-fold increase in photoluminescence intensity is reached at 4 g PVA addition. - Highlights: • PbS nanoparticles stabilized by PVA were successfully synthesized by the simple wet chemical method. • The particle size observed from XRD analysis is around 5–12 nm. • Significant “blue-shift” from bulk material was observed on the PbS nanoparticles. • A 10-fold increase in photoluminescence intensity is reached at 4 g PVA.

  15. Investigation of colloidal PbS quantum dot-based solar cells with near infrared emission.

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    Lim, Sungoh; Kim, Yohan; Lee, Jeongno; Han, Chul Jong; Kang, Jungwon; Kim, Jiwan

    2014-12-01

    Colloidal quantum dots (QD)-based solar cells with near infrared (NIR) emission have been investigated. Lead sulfide (PbS) QDs, which have narrow band-gap and maximize the absorption of NIR spectrum, were chosen as active materials for efficient solar cells. The inverted structure of indium tin oxide/titanium dioxide/PbS QDs/poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-poly(styrenesulfonate)/silver (ITO/TiO2/PbS QDs/ PSS/Ag) was applied for favorable electron and hole seperation from the PbS QD. Through the ligand exchange by 1,2-Ethanedithiol (EDT), the interparticle distance of the PbS QDs in thin film became closer and the performance of the PbS QD-based solar cells was improved. Our PbS QD-based inverted solar cells showed open circuit voltages (V(oc)) of 0.33 V, short circuit current density (J(sc)) of 10.89 mA/cm2, fill factor (FF) of 30%, and power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 1.11%. In our PbS QD-based multifunctional solar cell, the NIR light emission intensity was simply detected with photodiode system, which implies the potential of multi-functional diode device for various applications.

  16. Solvent Engineering for High-Performance PbS Quantum Dots Solar Cells.

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    Wu, Rongfang; Yang, Yuehua; Li, Miaozi; Qin, Donghuan; Zhang, Yangdong; Hou, Lintao

    2017-07-28

    PbS colloidal quantum dots (CQDs) solar cells have already demonstrated very impressive advances in recent years due to the development of many different techniques to tailor the interface morphology and compactness in PbS CQDs thin film. Here, n-hexane, n-octane, n-heptane, isooctane and toluene or their hybrids are for the first time introduced as solvent for comparison of the dispersion of PbS CQDs. PbS CQDs solar cells with the configuration of PbS/TiO₂ heterojunction are then fabricated by using different CQDs solution under ambient conditions. The performances of the PbS CQDs solar cells are found to be tuned by changing solvent and its content in the PbS CQDs solution. The best device could show a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 7.64% under AM 1.5 G illumination at 100 mW cm(-2) in a n-octane/isooctane (95%/5% v/v) hybrid solvent scheme, which shows a ~15% improvement compared to the control devices. These results offer important insight into the solvent engineering of high-performance PbS CQDs solar cells.

  17. Enhance Efficiency of Solar Cell Using Luminescence PbS Quantum Dots Concentrators.

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    Reda, S M

    2015-05-01

    Thin film and sheet PbS quantum dots (QDs) concentrators were synthesized by sol-gel method using three different PbS concentrations (0.14, 0.2, and 0.4 mol%). The structure and morphology of the prepared PbS QDs were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scan electron microscopy (SEM), and Transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The photostability of the PbS QDs concentrators under outdoor exposure to sunlight for 8 weeks was studied. The results showed that the PbS QDs sheet with PbS concentration (0.14 mol%) has the highest luminescence intensity. The sheet PbS QDs concentrator was used to couple with PV solar cell and the corresponding photoelectric conversion efficiency was measured under sun light illumination. I-V characteristics of the photovoltaic devices, both open circuit voltage and short circuit current were improved as compared to the device without collector. This indicates that the proposed technique is very useful for improving the efficiency of solar cell.

  18. Solvent Engineering for High-Performance PbS Quantum Dots Solar Cells

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    Rongfang Wu

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available PbS colloidal quantum dots (CQDs solar cells have already demonstrated very impressive advances in recent years due to the development of many different techniques to tailor the interface morphology and compactness in PbS CQDs thin film. Here, n-hexane, n-octane, n-heptane, isooctane and toluene or their hybrids are for the first time introduced as solvent for comparison of the dispersion of PbS CQDs. PbS CQDs solar cells with the configuration of PbS/TiO2 heterojunction are then fabricated by using different CQDs solution under ambient conditions. The performances of the PbS CQDs solar cells are found to be tuned by changing solvent and its content in the PbS CQDs solution. The best device could show a power conversion efficiency (PCE of 7.64% under AM 1.5 G illumination at 100 mW cm−2 in a n-octane/isooctane (95%/5% v/v hybrid solvent scheme, which shows a ~15% improvement compared to the control devices. These results offer important insight into the solvent engineering of high-performance PbS CQDs solar cells.

  19. Synergistic geometric and electronic effects for electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide using gold-copper bimetallic nanoparticles

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    Kim, Dohyung; Resasco, Joaquin; Yu, Yi; Asiri, Abdullah Mohamed; Yang, Peidong

    2014-01-01

    .... Here we assemble uniform gold-copper bimetallic nanoparticles with different compositions into ordered monolayers, which serve as a well-defined platform to understand their fundamental catalytic...

  20. A Novel Hydrothermal Synthesis of Single Crystalline PbS Nanorods and Their Characterization

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    Hongliang ZHU; Deren YANG; Hui ZHANG

    2005-01-01

    Lead sulfide (PbS) nanorods with a high aspect ratio were prepared by a novel thioglycolic acid assisted hydrothermal method. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy revealed that the product was rod-like PbS with cubic rock-salt structure. Further characterizations by selected area electron diffraction and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy showed that the PbS nanorods were single crystalline in nature. Furthermore, the mechanism and critical factors for the hydrothermal synthesis of the nanorods have been discussed.

  1. PbS Quantum Dots Filled Photonic Crystal Fiber for All-fiber Amplifier

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    Wang, Zhanbing; Shang, Yana; Pang, Fufei; Liu, Huanhuan; Chen, Na; Wu, Yan; Kang, Yanan

    2017-06-01

    In this paper, we have proposed a novel type of fiber amplifier by filling the PbS semiconductor quantum dots into the holes of photonic crystal fibers (PCFs) for the first time. Based on simulation results, we have found that the loss of PCF filled with PbS is slightly increased compared with the one without PbS at wavelength of 1310 nm. Furthermore, we have successfully fabricated the PbS-filled PCF with selective air-hole cladding by a new perfusion technique that can optimize the overall loss.

  2. Spectroscopic evidence of resonance energy transfer mechanism from PbS QDs to bulk silicon

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    Bernechea M.

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available In this work, we study the efficiency of the resonance energy transfer from PbS quantum dots to bulk silicon. We present spectroscopic evidence that resonance energy transfer from PbS quantum dots to bulk silicon can be an efficient process for separation distances below 12 nm. Temperature measurements are also presented for PbS quantum dots deposited on glass and silicon with 5 nm and 20nm spacer thicknesses substrates. Our findings show that the resonance energy transfer efficiency remains constant over the 50K to 300K temperature range.

  3. Platinum monolayer electrocatalyst on gold nanostructures on silicon for photoelectrochemical hydrogen evolution.

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    Kye, Joohong; Shin, Muncheol; Lim, Bora; Jang, Jae-Won; Oh, Ilwhan; Hwang, Seongpil

    2013-07-23

    Pt monolayer decorated gold nanostructured film on planar p-type silicon is utilized for photoelectrochemical H2 generation in this work. First, gold nanostructured film on silicon was spontaneously produced by galvanic displacement of the reduction of gold ion and the oxidation of silicon in the presence of fluoride anion. Second, underpotential deposition (UPD) of copper under illumination produced Cu monolayer on gold nanostructured film followed by galvanic exchange of less-noble Cu monolayer with more-noble PtCl6(2-). Pt(shell)/Au(core) on p-type silicon showed the similar activity with platinum nanoparticle on silicon for photoelectrochemical hydrogen evolution reaction in spite of low platinum loading. From Tafel analysis, Pt(shell)/Au(core) electrocatalyst shows the higher area-specific activity than platinum nanoparticle on silicon demonstrating the significant role of underlying gold for charge transfer reaction from silicon to H(+) through platinum catalyst.

  4. Nanoparticle-sulphur "inverse vulcanisation" polymer composites.

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    Bear, Joseph C; Peveler, William J; McNaughter, Paul D; Parkin, Ivan P; O'Brien, Paul; Dunnill, Charles W

    2015-07-04

    Composites of sulphur polymers with nanoparticles such as PbS, with tunable optical properties are reported. A hydrothermal route incorporating pre-formed nanoparticles was used, and their physical and chemical properties evaluated by transmission and scanning electron microscopy, thermogravimetric and elemental analyses. These polymers are easily synthesised from an industrial waste material, elemental sulphur, can be cast into virtually any form and as such represent a new class of materials designed for a responsible energy future.

  5. Self-assembly of Carboxyl Functionalized Polystyrene Nanospheres into Close-packed Monolayers via Chemical Adsorption

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    LI,Zhi-Wei(李志伟); ZHOU,Jing-Fang(周静芳); ZHANG,Zhi-Jun(张治军); DANG,Hong-Xin(党鸿辛)

    2004-01-01

    The polyacrylic acid functionalized polystyrene nanospheres were synthesized and self-assembled into irregular,densely packed monolayers in non-aqueous media. The polymer nanoparticles were chemically adhered to substrates. The morphologies of the resulting films were investigated. The impact of the volume fraction of alcohol in the mixed solvents on the particle adsorption and fabrication of nanosphere assembled films was examined.

  6. A facile electrochemical route to the preparation of uniform and monoatomic copper shells for gold nanoparticles.

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    Gründer, Y; Ramasse, Q M; Dryfe, R A W

    2015-02-28

    Copper on gold forms a monolayer deposit via underpotential deposition. For gold particles adsorbed at a liquid-liquid interface this results in a uniform one monolayer thick shell. This approach offers a new route for the uniform functionalisation of nanoparticles and presents a way to probe fundamental processes that underlie nanoparticle synthesis.

  7. Hybrid polymer/ZnO solar cells sensitized by PbS quantum dots.

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    Wang, Lidan; Zhao, Dongxu; Su, Zisheng; Shen, Dezhen

    2012-02-07

    Poly[2-methoxy-5-(2-ethylhexyloxy-p-phenylenevinylene)]/ZnO nanorod hybrid solar cells consisting of PbS quantum dots [QDs] prepared by a chemical bath deposition method were fabricated. An optimum coating of the QDs on the ZnO nanorods could strongly improve the performance of the solar cells. A maximum power conversion efficiency of 0.42% was achieved for the PbS QDs' sensitive solar cell coated by 4 cycles, which was increased almost five times compared with the solar cell without using PbS QDs. The improved efficiency is attributed to the cascade structure formed by the PbS QD coating, which results in enhanced open-circuit voltage and exciton dissociation efficiency.

  8. Search for Spin Filtering By Electron Tunneling Through Ferromagnetic EuS Barriers in Pbs

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    Figielski, T.; Morawski, A.; Wosinski, T.; Wrotek, S.; Makosa, A.; Lusakowska, E.; Story, T.; Sipatov, A. Yu.; Szczerbakow, A.; Grasza, K.; Curreri, Peter A. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Perpendicular transport through single- and double-barrier heterostructures consisting of ferromagnetic EuS layers embedded into PbS matrix was investigated. Manifestations of both resonant tunneling and spin filtering through EuS barrier have been observed.

  9. Positional order in Langmuir monolayers

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    Kaganer, V.M.; Brezesinski, G.; Möhwald, H.;

    1998-01-01

    We find that a structural solid-solid phase transition in a two-dimensional Langmuir film is accompanied by strong positional disorder. Specifically, we find by a grazing-incidence x-ray diffraction experiment that in monolayers of octadecanol both the hexagonal phase LS and the centered rectangu......We find that a structural solid-solid phase transition in a two-dimensional Langmuir film is accompanied by strong positional disorder. Specifically, we find by a grazing-incidence x-ray diffraction experiment that in monolayers of octadecanol both the hexagonal phase LS and the centered...

  10. Electromelting of Confined Monolayer Ice

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    Qiu, Hu

    2013-01-01

    In sharp contrast to the prevailing view that electric fields promote water freezing, here we show by molecular dynamics simulations that monolayer ice confined between two parallel plates can melt into liquid water under perpendicularly applied electric field. The melting temperature of the monolayer ice decreases with the increasing strength of the external field due to field-induced disruption of the water-wall interaction induced well-ordered network of hydrogen bond. This electromelting process should add an important new ingredient to the physics of water.

  11. Performance-based standards (PBS) vehicles for transport in the agricultural sector

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    Nordengen, Paul A

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available to implement higher standards of management and loading of the vehicles. In this respect, the Road Transport Management System (RTMS) offers a solution. The introduction of PBS vehicles should also be considered against the background of the mechanisms... manufacturers start designing vehicles on an ad hoc basis. It should be borne in mind that PBS vehicle designs include certain safety features, and must be loaded in the correct manner. The RTMS approach offers the most suitable way of ensuring...

  12. Monitoring results of two PBS demonstration vehicles in the forestry industry in South Africa

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    Nordengen, Paul A

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available commissioned. Data including payload per trip, average trip speeds, kilometres travelled per month, average monthly fuel consumption, maintenance costs and records of incidents and accidents are collected on a monthly basis. 3.1 Payload During...: Monitoring results of two PBS vehicles in South Africa 6 3.2 Fuel Efficiency From a productivity perspective, fuel efficiency is one of the most important parameters to monitor. This section describes the performance of the PBS vehicles compared...

  13. Physical characteristics and optical properties of PbS nanoclusters: DFT simulation and experimental study

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    Dong, Yanhua; Wen, Jianxiang; Sun, Xiaolan; Shang, Yana; Wang, Tingyun

    2015-08-01

    The physical characteristics and optical properties of PbS nanoclusters are investigated by using density functional theory (DFT) of first-principles. Microstructure models of (PbS)n (n=1-9) nanoclusters and bulk materials are built on Materials Studio platform, and its energy band structures, highest occupied molecular orbital-lowest unoccupied molecular orbital gap (HOMO-LUMO gap), density of state (DOS), and optical properties are calculated, respectively. Compared to PbS bulk materials, PbS nanoclusters show a discrete energy gap as well as the DOS, because of the quantum confinement effect. It is interesting that the HOMO-LUMO gap of (PbS)n (n=1-9) shows oscillates with the increasing of the n number. However, when its size is large enough, the HOMO-LUMO gap is gradually decrease with the increasing of size (>27 atoms). And, the HOMO-LUMO gap of PbS nanoclusters of different sizes is range from 2.575 to 0.58 eV, which covers the low loss communication band of optical communication. In addition, PbS nanomaterials (NMs) with small size are synthesized by using oleylamine as ligands. Sizes of PbS NMs can be accurately controlled through control of the reaction time as well as the growth temperature. The photoluminescence (PL) spectra show strong size dependence, which is large red shift with increasing size of the NMs. This trend is basically in agreement with the theoretical calculation above. Moreover, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) further reveals the morphology of PbS NMs. PbS NMs can be used in optical fiber amplifiers and fiber lasers because of its unique optical properties in optical communication bands.

  14. Self-Organization of PbS into Quantum Dots Superlattices

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    2000-01-01

    Self-organization of PbS into quantum dots superlattices is demonstrated for the first time, and hexaplanar colloidal crystals 1-10m m in size made from PbS quantum dots 4nm in diameter are shown in Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) micrograph, and the inner structures of the superlattices can be seen from the High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscope (HRTEM).

  15. Aqueous-solution synthesis of uniform PbS nanocubes and their optical properties

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    Li, Yuan; Li, Qing, E-mail: qli@swu.edu.cn; Wu, Huijie [Southwest University, Institute for Clean Energy & Advanced Materials, Faculty of Materials & Energy (China); Huang, Chengzhi [Southwest University, College of Pharmaceutical Sciences (China); Lin, Hua; Qin, Lizhao [Southwest University, Institute for Clean Energy & Advanced Materials, Faculty of Materials & Energy (China)

    2015-09-15

    PbS nanocubes with uniform size were generated conveniently in aqueous solution at 100 °C. The products were characterized by XRD, FESEM, TEM, UV–Vis–NIR, PL, DLS, Raman, and FT-IR techniques. The mean edge length of the nanocubes is 60 nm and is in high yield. UV–Vis–NIR absorption spectrum indicated that the sample exhibits a blue-shift from 3024 to 288 nm and PL spectrum also indicated that the sample exhibits a blue-shift from 3200 to 328 nm, compared with bulk PbS, respectively. Dark-field light scattering measurements showed that the nanocubes-scattered orange light have a broad absorption band around 610 nm. Such a special property demonstrates that the PbS nanocubes may find potential application in molecular imaging and in vivo cancer diagnosis and therapy. By investigating the intermediates of the reaction process, we observed the important coarse rod-like structures that formed by PbS particles attached to one another at the initial stage of reaction. Then the particle-joint structures decomposed and finally formed PbS nanocubes. Such a morphology evolution of PbS crystals could be summarized as “particle–rod–cube mechanism,” which might be model systems for understanding the growth process of other kinds of nanocubes and directing their synthesis. Graphical Abstract: High-yield PbS nanocubes with an edge length of 60 nm were fabricated successfully in aqueous solution at 100 °C by the assistance of surfactant CTAB. It has been found that the reaction time, temperature, and CTAB play important roles in the formation of uniform PbS nanocubes. A possible growth mechanism called “particle–rod–cube” has been discussed.

  16. Nongeminate Radiative Recombination of Free Charges in Cation-Exchanged PbS Quantum Dot Films

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    Marshall, Ashley R.; Beard, Matthew C.; Johnson, Justin C.

    2016-06-01

    Using photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy we explore the radiative recombination pathways in PbS quantum dots (QDs) synthesized by two methods. We compare conventionally synthesized PbS from a PbO precursor to PbS synthesized using cation-exchange from CdS QDs. We show that strongly coupled films of PbS QDs from the cation-exchange luminesce with significant efficiency at room temperature. This is in stark contrast to conventional PbS QDs, which have exceedingly weak room temperature emission. Moreover, the power dependence of the emission is quadratic, indicating bimolecular radiative recombination that is reasonably competitive with trap-assisted recombination, a feature previously unreported in coupled PbS QD films. We interpret these results in terms of a greatly reduced defect concentration for cation-exchanged QDs that mitigates the influence of trap-assisted recombination. Cation-exchanged QDs have recently been employed in highly efficient and air-stable lead chalcogenide QD devices, and the reduced number of trap states inferred here may lead to improved current collection and higher open circuit voltage.

  17. Impact of stoichiometry on the electronic structure of PbS quantum dots.

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    Kim, Donghun; Kim, Dong-Ho; Lee, Joo-Hyoung; Grossman, Jeffrey C

    2013-05-10

    Although the stoichiometry of bulk lead sulfide (PbS) is exactly 1:1, that of quantum dots (QDs) can be considerably different from this crystalline limit. Employing first-principles calculations, we show that the impact of PbS QD stoichiometry on the electronic structure can be enormous, suggesting that control over the overall stoichiometry in the QD will play a critical role for improving the efficiency of optoelectronic devices made with PbS QDs. In particular, for bare PbS QDs, we find that: (i) stoichiometric PbS QDs are free from midgap states even without ligand passivation and independent of shape, (ii) off stoichiometry in PbS QDs introduces new states in the gap that are highly localized on certain surface atoms, and (iii) further deviations in stoichiometry lead to QDs with "metallic" behavior, with a dense number of energy states near the Fermi level. We further demonstrate that this framework holds for the case of passivated QDs by considering the attachment of ligand molecules as stoichiometry variations. Our calculations show that an optimal number of ligands makes the QD stoichiometric and heals unfavorable electronic structure, whereas too few or too many ligands cause effective off stoichiometry, resulting in QDs with defect states in the gap.

  18. Study of Preschool Parents and Caregivers Use of Technology and PBS KIDS Transmedia Resources: A Report to the CPB-PBS "Ready to Learn Initiative"

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    Pasnik, Shelley; Llorente, Carlin

    2012-01-01

    Leaders of the CPB-PBS "Ready To Learn" Initiative understand the important role parents and caregivers play in ensuring young children's healthy development and academic learning. In order for young children, especially those living in traditionally underserved communities, to succeed at school and thrive outside of the classroom, educational…

  19. Applications of self-assembled monolayers in materials chemistry

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    Nirmalya K Chaki; M Aslam; Jadab Sharma; K Vijayamohanan

    2001-10-01

    Self-assembly provides a simple route to organise suitable organic molecules on noble metal and selected nanocluster surfaces by using monolayers of long chain organic molecules with various functionalities like -SH, -COOH, -NH2, silanes etc. These surfaces can be effectively used to build-up interesting nano level architectures. Flexibility with respect to the terminal functionalities of the organic molecules allows the control of the hydrophobicity or hydrophilicity of metal surface, while the selection of length scale can be used to tune the distant-dependent electron transfer behaviour. Organo-inorganic materials tailored in this fashion are extremely important in nanotechnology to construct nanoelctronic devices, sensor arrays, supercapacitors, catalysts, rechargeable power sources etc. by virtue of their size and shape-dependent electrical, optical or magnetic properties. The interesting applications of monolayers and monolayer-protected clusters in materials chemistry are discussed using recent examples of size and shape control of the properties of several metallic and semiconducting nanoparticles. The potential benefits of using these nanostructured systems for molecular electronic components are illustrated using Au and Ag nanoclusters with suitable bifunctional SAMs.

  20. Titration of gold nanoparticles in phase extraction.

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    Cheng, Han-Wen; Schadt, Mark J; Zhong, Chuan-Jian

    2015-12-07

    In the organic-aqueous phase transfer process of gold nanoparticles, there are two types of distinctive interfaces involving hydrophilic and hydrophobic ligands, the understanding of which is important for the design of functional nanomaterials for analytical/bioanalytical applications and the control over the nanoparticles' nanoactivity and nanotoxicity in different phases. This report describes new findings of an investigation of the quantitative aspect of ligand ion pairing at the capping monolayer structure that drives the phase extraction of gold nanoparticles. Alkanethiolate-capped gold nanoparticles of 8 nm diameter with high size monodispersity (RSD ∼ 5%) were first derivatized by a ligand place exchange reaction with 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid to form a mixed monolayer shell consisting of both hydrophobic (-CH3) and hydrophilic (-COOH) groups. It was followed by quantitative titration of the resulting nanoparticles with a cationic species (-NR4(+)) in a toluene phase, yielding ion pairing of -NR4(+) and -COO(-) on part of the capping monolayer. Analysis of the phase extraction allowed a quantitative determination of the percentage of ion pairing and structural changes in the capping monolayer on the nanoparticles. The results, along with morphological characterization, are discussed in terms of the interfacial structural changes and their implications on the rational design of surface-functionalized nanoparticles and fine tuning of the interfacial reactivity.

  1. Preparation of nanostructured PbS thin films as sensing element for NO2 gas

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    Kaci, S.; Keffous, A.; Hakoum, S.; Trari, M.; Mansri, O.; Menari, H.

    2014-06-01

    In this work, we demonstrate that semiconducting films of AIVBVI compounds, in particular, of nanostructured lead sulfide (PbS) which prepared by chemical bath deposition (CBD), can be used as a sensing element for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) gas. The CBD method is versatile, simple in implementation and gives homogeneous semiconductor structures. We have prepared PbS nanocrystalline thin film at different reaction baths and temperatures. In the course of deposition, variable amounts of additives, such as organic substances among them, were introduced into the baths. The energy dispersive analysis (EDX) confirms the chemical composition of PbS films. A current-voltage (I-V) characterization of Pd/nc-PbS/a-SiC:H pSi(100)/Al Schottky diode structures were studied in the presence of NO2 gas. The gas sensing behavior showed that the synthesized PbS nanocrystalline thin films were influenced by NO2 gas at room temperature. The results can be used for developing an experimental sensing element based on chemically deposited nanostructured PbS films which can be applicable in gas sensors.

  2. Effects of heat treatment on physical, microstructural and optical characteristics of PbS luminescent nanocrystals

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    Mozafari, Masoud; Moztarzadeh, Fathollah; Vashaee, Dayoosh; Tayebi, Lobat

    2012-04-01

    The oxidation of lead sulfide (PbS) luminescent nanocrystals (NCs) considerably changes their luminescence characteristics. Hence, an understanding of the oxidation mechanism, the structure and properties of oxidized moieties is important. In this research, well-defined spherical PbS NCs were synthesized via a simple, effective and surfactant-free method and characterized. Then, the effects of heat treatment (at 250, 350, 450 and 550 °C) on the PbS NCs were investigated. The transmission electron microscope (TEM) micrographs of the synthesized PbS NCs revealed that they had a well-defined spherical morphology. In addition, the average crystallite size using Scherrer's formula was about 13 nm and the calculated lattice constant using Bragg's equation was 0.5950 nm, which was very close to the value in the standard card (JCPDS No. 5-592). Furthermore, the X-ray diffraction (XRD) revealed that the heat treatment of samples at temperatures of 250, 350,450 and 550 °C in air results in the formation of oxide sulfate phase of the compositions PbSO4 and PbO·PbSO4. The lattice parameter, crystallite size, average internal stress, micro-strain and optical properties of PbS NCs were calculated and correlated with the heat-treatment temperature.

  3. Controlled synthesis of bionic microstructure PbS crystals by mixed cationic/anionic surfactants

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    Li, Yanjie; Hu, Yongan; Zhang, Hui; Shen, Yuhua; Xie, Anjian

    2013-07-01

    Hexagonal starfish-like PbS crystals have been synthesized by the reaction of lead acetate and thioacetamide (TAA) controlled by mixture of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide/sodium dodecyl sulfate (STAB/SDS) at the molar ratio of 5: 1 through a hydrothermal process at 80°C. It has been found that the hexagonal starfish-like PbS single crystal is in cubic phase, and the six arms of the star extend along the six directions. By changing reaction conditions, such as the molar ratio of CTAB/SDS, temperature, and reaction time, the amounts of TAA and lead sources, the morphology and structure of the PbS crystals can be controlled. Furthermore, possible formation mechanism was preliminarily illustrated. The room-temperature photoluminescence spectra in solid state of the PbS single crystals obtained after different reaction times were investigated, which demonstrated that the PbS single crystals presented excellent optical properties. This work may open a novel route to the shaped-controllable synthesis of semiconductor crystals with various morphologies.

  4. Enhancement of the photovoltaic performance in P3HT: PbS hybrid solar cells using small size PbS quantum dots

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    Firdaus, Yuliar; Vandenplas, Erwin; Justo, Yolanda; Gehlhaar, Robert; Cheyns, David; Hens, Zeger; Van der Auweraer, Mark

    2014-09-01

    Different approaches of surface modification of the quantum dots (QDs), namely, solution-phase (octylamine, octanethiol) and post-deposition (acetic acid, 1,4-benzenedithiol) ligand exchange were used in the fabrication of hybrid bulk heterojunction solar cell containing poly (3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and small (2.4 nm) PbS QDs. We show that replacing oleic acid by shorter chain ligands improves the figures of merit of the solar cells. This can possibly be attributed to a combination of a reduced thickness of the barrier for electron transfer and an optimized phase separation. The best results were obtained for post-deposition ligand exchange by 1,4-benzenedithiol, which improves the power conversion efficiency of solar cells based on a bulk heterojunction of lead sulfide (PbS) QDs and P3HT up to two orders of magnitude over previously reported hybrid cells based on a bulk heterojunction of P3HT:PbS QDs, where the QDs are capped by acetic acid ligands. The optimal performance was obtained for solar cells with 69 wt. % PbS QDs. Besides the ligand effects, the improvement was attributed to the formation of an energetically favorable bulk heterojunction with P3HT, when small size (2.4 nm) PbS QDs were used. Dark current density-voltage (J-V) measurements carried out on the device provided insight into the working mechanism: the comparison between the dark J-V characteristics of the bench mark system P3HT:PCBM and the P3HT:PbS blends allows us to conclude that a larger leakage current and a more efficient recombination are the major factors responsible for the larger losses in the hybrid system.

  5. Optical properties and aging of PbS quantum dots embedded in a porous matrix

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    Litvin, Aleksandr P.; Parfenov, Peter S.; Ushakova, Elena V.; Fedorov, Anatoly V.; Artemyev, Mikhail V.; Prudnikau, Anatoly V.; Rukhlenko, Ivan D.; Baranov, Alexander V.

    2013-09-01

    PbS quantum dots (QDs) with diameter of 2.9-7.4 nm were embedded into a porous matrix. The samples prepared by developed low-cost effortless method demonstrate linear dependencies of optical density and luminescence intensity on the QDs concentration and perfect homogeneity. Optical properties of quantum dots in the matrix were studied using absorption and steady-state and time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy. Luminescence lifetimes were found to be size-dependent and increase with decreasing of QDs size. The aging behavior of PbS QDs in a porous matrix was explored for a variety of QDs sizes. The energy transfer process in quasi-monodispersed PbS QDs ensemble was discovered.

  6. PbS Thin Films for Photovoltaic Applications Obtained by Non-Traditional Chemical Bath Deposition

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    Pérez-García Claudia Elena

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available To optimize cost-efficiency relation for thin film solar cells, we explore the recently developed versions of chemical deposition of semiconductor films, together with classic CBD (Chemical Bath Deposition: SILAR (Successive Ionic Layer Adsorption and Reaction and PCBD (Photo Chemical Bath Deposition, all of them ammonia-free and ecologically friendly. The films of CdS and PbS were made, and experimental solar cells with CdS window layer and PbS absorber elaborated. We found that band gap of PbS films can be monitored by deposition process due to porosity-induced quantum confinement which depends on the parameters of the process. We expect that the techniques employed can be successfully used for production of optoelectronic devices.

  7. First-Principles Study of Electronic Properties in PbS((1)OO) with Vacancy Defect

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    DING Zong-Ling; XING Huai-Zhong; XU Sheng-Lan; HUANG Yan; CHEN Xiao-Shuang

    2007-01-01

    Electronic properties of both Pb and S vacancy defects in PbS(100) have been studied using the first-principles density functional theory (DFT) calculations with the plane-wave pseudopotentials. It is found that the density of states (DOS) near the top of the valence band and the bottom of the conduction band is significantly modified by these defects. Our calculation indicates that in the case of S vacancy defects the Fermi energy shifts to the conduction band making it as an n-type PbS (donor). However, in the case of Pb vacancy, because of the appreciable change of the DOS, the system acts as a p-type PbS (accepter). In addition, the structural relaxation shows that the defect leads to outward relaxation of the nearest-neighbouring atoms and inward relaxation of the next-nearest neighbouring atoms.

  8. Charge separation dynamics at bulk heterojunctions between poly(3-hexylthiophene) and PbS quantum dots

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    Firdaus, Yuliar; Fron, Eduard; Khetubol, Adis; Van der Auweraer, Mark, E-mail: mark.vanderauweraer@chem.kuleuven.be [Laboratory of Photochemistry and Spectroscopy, Division of Molecular Imaging and Photonics, Chemistry Department, KULeuven, Celestijnenlaan 200F, B2404, 3001 Leuven (Belgium); Miranti, Rany; Borchert, Holger; Parisi, Jürgen [Department of Physics, Energy and Semiconductor Research Laboratory, University of Oldenburg, Carl-von-Ossietzky-Str. 9-11, 26129 Oldenburg (Germany); Vandenplas, Erwin; Cheyns, David [Imec vzw, Kapeldreef 75, 3001 Leuven (Belgium)

    2015-08-07

    Photo-induced electron transfer between poly-(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and small (2.4 nm) PbS quantum dots (QDs), capped by different ligands, was studied by picosecond and femtosecond time-resolved fluorescence and by photo-induced absorption (PIA) measurements. In line with previous experiments, we observed that the efficiency of the quenching of P3HT by PbS QDs increased upon decreasing the average thickness of the ligand shell. This trend was also observed in the PIA spectra and in prior work on the performance of photovoltaic devices where the active layer was a blend of P3HT with PbS QDs capped by different ligands. Combining the pico- and femtosecond fluorescence decays showed that the quenching in blend films of P3HT and PbS QDs treated with 1,4-benzenedithiol occurred over a broad time scale ranging from tens of femtoseconds to hundreds of picoseconds. This complex kinetics was attributed to exciton hopping followed by electron transfer to the conduction band of the QDs. We also compared the wavelength dependence of the internal quantum efficiency (IQE) in the hybrid photovoltaic devices to those devices where the photoactive layer consists of PbS QDs only. Although excitation in the first excitonic transition of the PbS QDs yielded a similar IQE in both devices, the IQE of the hybrid devices tripled at wavelengths where also P3HT started to absorb. This suggests that upon excitation of P3HT in the latter devices, charge generation occurs by photo-induced electron transfer from P3HT to the QDs rather than by energy transfer to the QDs followed by exciton dissociation in the QDs.

  9. Structural, optical and electrical characterization of Mn{sup 2+} and Cd{sup 2+} doped/co-doped PbS nanocrystals

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    Sakthi Sudar Saravanan, R., E-mail: rsakthiss@yahoo.com [Physics Research Centre, S.T. Hindu College, Nagercoil 629 002 (India); Department of Physics, Satyam College of Engineering and Technology, Aralvaimozhi 629 301 (India); Meena, M. [Physics Research Centre, S.T. Hindu College, Nagercoil 629 002 (India); Pukazhselvan, D. [Nanotechnology Research Division, Centre for Mechanical Technology and Automation, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Mahadevan, C.K. [Physics Research Centre, S.T. Hindu College, Nagercoil 629 002 (India)

    2015-04-05

    Highlights: • Mn and Cd doped/codoped nano PbS was synthesized by SMI method. • The observed stress is ∼90% lower, and the strain is only in the order of 10{sup −6}. • Band gap value can be enhanced from 0.5 eV to 2.025–2.235 eV (±0.012 eV). • Role of two conduction activation barriers was observed. - Abstract: The strain and stress minimized nanoparticles of PbS, Pb{sub 0.95}Mn{sub 0.05}S, Pb{sub 0.95}Cd{sub 0.05}S and Pb{sub 0.90}Mn{sub 0.05}Cd{sub 0.05}S were successfully synthesized using solvothermal microwave irradiation (SMI) method. The quality/performance of the materials was found to be in the series Pb{sub 0.90}Mn{sub 0.05}Cd{sub 0.05}S > Pb{sub 0.95}Cd{sub 0.05}S > Pb{sub 0.95}Mn{sub 0.05}S > PbS. The average crystallite size in the best material Pb{sub 0.90}Mn{sub 0.05}Cd{sub 0.05}S was found to be ∼18 nm where the particles are distributed within the range 20–60 nm. Optical studies reveals the existence of direct band gap in the range of 2.025–2.235 eV (±0.012 eV). This is one of the widest E{sub g} values reported for this system. Electrical measurements were performed on compacts of nanoparticles in the temperature range 313–433 K and frequency range 100 Hz–1 MHz. The conductivity profile exhibits two components; in which the activation energy (ΔE) values obtained for the temperature range 373–433 K is almost twice as compared to the ΔE value obtained for 313–373 K. Nonetheless, the conductivity at the higher temperatures was always higher than at the low temperatures and interestingly, the nanoparticles exhibits higher conductivity than their bulk counterpart. The feasible mechanism of conduction is discussed.

  10. Controlling the assembly of hydrophobized gold nanoparticles at the air-water interface by varying the interfacial tension

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    Gupta, Shweta; Singh, Nahar [Material Characterization Division, National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi-110012 (India); Sastry, Murali [Tata Chemical Innovation Center, Anmol Pride, Baner Road, Pune-45 (India); Kakkar, Rita [Department of Chemistry, Delhi University, Delhi-110007 (India); Pasricha, Renu, E-mail: pasrichar@mail.nplindia.ernet.i [Material Characterization Division, National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi-110012 (India)

    2010-11-30

    Controlled assembly is the key to harness the nanoscale properties of nanoparticles in most technological applications and it has been an important challenge as it leads to the manipulation of interparticle properties. The present work depicts the control of the assembly of nanoparticles in the monolayers by evaporation kinetics and particle interactions at the air-liquid interface. In the presence of attractive particle-particle and particle-monolayers interactions, nanoparticles self assemble into a superlattice structure upon drying from a colloidal suspension on to the preformed lipid monolayers. This self-assembly mechanism produces monolayers with long-range ordering. However, rapid dewetting and high rate of evaporation can significantly undermine the extent of ordering. Using gold nanoparticles as vehicles for experimentation and by changing the monolayers and solvent, we here demonstrate that the extent of ordering of nanoparticles can be controlled.

  11. PbS Thin Films for Photovoltaic Applications Obtained by Non-Traditional Chemical Bath Deposition

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    2015-01-01

    To optimize cost-efficiency relation for thin film solar cells, we explore the recently developed versions of chemical deposition of semiconductor films, together with classic CBD (Chemical Bath Deposition): SILAR (Successive Ionic Layer Adsorption and Reaction) and PCBD (Photo Chemical Bath Deposition), all of them ammonia-free and ecologically friendly. The films of CdS and PbS were made, and experimental solar cells with CdS window layer and PbS absorber elaborated. We found that band gap ...

  12. Optical Properties of Self-Organized PbS Quantum Dot Superlattices

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    YE Chang-Hui; YAO Lian-Zeng; MU Ji-Mei; SHI Gang; ZHANG Li-De

    2000-01-01

    Self-organization of PbS into quantum dot superlattices has been demonstrated for the first time, and hexaplanar colloidal crystals 1 - 10 μm in size made from PbS quantum dots 3 - 6 nm in diameter are revealed in transmissionelectron microscope micrographs, and the inner structures of the superlattices can be seen by a high resolution transmission electron microscopy. The optical absorption and photoluminescence spectra have been recorded. The ordering of the superlattices is crucial for the understanding of the fundamental properties of quantum-dot arrays, as well as for their optimal utilization in optical and electronic applications.

  13. Packing of ganglioside-phospholipid monolayers

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    Majewski, J.; Kuhl, T.L.; Kjær, K.

    2001-01-01

    DPPE monolayer and does not distort the hexagonal in-plane unit cell or out-of-plane two-dimensional (2-D) packing compared with a pure DPPE monolayer. The oligosaccharide headgroups were found to extend normally from the monolayer surface, and the incorporation of these glycolipids into DPPE...... monolayers did not affect hydrocarbon tail packing (fluidization or condensation of the hydrocarbon region). This is in contrast to previous investigations of lipopolymer-lipid mixtures, where the packing structure of phospholipid monolayers was greatly altered by the inclusion of lipids bearing hydrophilic...... polymer groups. Indeed, the lack of packing disruptions by the oligosaccharide groups indicates that protein-GM, interactions, including binding, insertion, chain fluidization, and domain formation (lipid rafts), can be studied in 2-D monolayers using scattering techniques....

  14. New methods of controlled monolayer-to-multilayer deposition of Pt for designing electrocatalysts at an atomic level

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    J. X. WANG

    2001-12-01

    Full Text Available Two new methods for monolayer-to-multileyer Pt deposition are presented. One involves Pt deposition by the replacement of an UPD metal monolayer on an electrode surface and the other the spontaneous deposition of Pt on Ru. The first method, exemplified by the replacement of a Cu monolayer on a Au(111 surface, occurs as a spontaneous irreversible redox reaction in which the Cu monolayer is oxidized by Pt cations, which are reduced and simultaneously deposited. The second method is illustrated by the deposition of Pt on a Ru(0001 surface and on carbon-supported Ru nanoparticles. This deposition takes place upon immersion of a UHV-prepared Ru(0001 crystal or Ru nanoparticles, reduced in H2, in a solution containing PtCl62- ions. The oxidation of Ru to RuOH by a local cell mechanism appears to be coupled with Pt deposition. This method facilitates the design of active Pt-Ru catalysts with ultimately low Pt loadings. Only a quarter of a monolayer of Pt on Ru nanoparticles yields an electrocatalyst with higher activity and CO tolerance for H2/CO oxidation than commercial Pt-Ru alloy electrocatalysts with considerably higher Pt loadings.

  15. The structure and dynamics of Nano Particles encapsulated by the SDS monolayer collapse at the water/TCE interface

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    Shi, Wenxiong

    2016-11-01

    The super-saturated surfactant monolayer collapses with the nanoparticles (NPs) at the water/trichloroethylene (TCE) interface are investigated using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The results show that sodium alkyl sulfate (SDS) monolayer collapse is initiated by buckling and followed primarily by budding and the bud encapsulating the NPs and oil molecules. The developed bud detaches from the monolayer into a water phase and forms the swollen micelle emulsion with NPs and oil molecules. We investigate the wavelength of the initial budding and the theoretical description of the budding process. The wavelength of the monolayer increases with bending modulus. The energy barrier of the budding can be easily overcome by thermal fluctuation energy, which indicates that budding process proceeds rapidly.

  16. Reducing charge trapping in PbS colloidal quantum dot solids

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    Balazs, D. M.; Nugraha, M. I.; Bisri, S. Z.; Sytnyk, M.; Heiss, W.; Loi, M. A.

    2014-01-01

    Understanding and improving charge transport in colloidal quantum dot solids is crucial for the development of efficient solar cells based on these materials. In this paper, we report high performance field-effect transistors based on lead-sulfide colloidal quantum dots (PbS CQDs) crosslinked with 3

  17. Facile one pot synthesis of PbS nanosheets and their characterization

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    Shkir, Mohd.; AlFaify, S.; Ganesh, V.; Yahia, I. S.

    2017-08-01

    Metal-sulfides semiconductor nanosheets are talented entrant to be applied in electro-optic devices. Hence, the synthesis of PbS nanosheets is achieved in the current work using a simple route. The synthesized nanosheets were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), FT-Raman, scanning electron microscope (SEM), UV-Visible, Photoluminescence (PL) and impedance spectroscopy techniques. XRD pattern and Raman spectrum confirms the formation of crystalline structure of PbS nanosheets. SEM study shows that the synthesized PbS is well defined nanosheets of <5 nm thicknesses. The absorption band edge is found to be remarkably blue shifted in nanosheets compare to bulk. The energy gap is calculated to be 1.16 eV which is about 3 times superior than the bulk value (0.41 eV). The enhancement of band gap indicates the occurrence of quantum confinement effect in PbS nanosheets. A strong violet emission band at ∼405 nm is observed in PL spectrum which is assigned to electrons transition from conduction-band edge to holes, ensnared at interstitial Pb2+ sites.

  18. Vacuum deposition of stoichiometric crystalline PbS films: The effect of sulfurizing environment during deposition

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    Singh, B. P.; Kumar, R.; Kumar, A.; Tyagi, R. C.

    2015-10-01

    Thin film of lead sulfide (PbS) was deposited onto highly cleaned glass and quartz substrates using a vacuum thermal evaporation technique. The effect of the sulfurizing environment on the growth and properties of vacuum-deposited PbS thin film was studied. The ambient sulfurizing environment was created by thermal decomposition of thiourea inside the vacuum chamber during deposition to maintain the stoichiometry and quality of the PbS film. The sulfurizing gas H2S, produced in the thermal decomposition of the solid sulfur containing thiourea readily combines with the cations (Pb2+) without leaving any anions (S2-) at the substrates and also has not produced any excess of sulfur at the substrates. The deposited film was characterized by optical spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction patterns, scanning electron micrographs with energy dispersive analysis of x-rays, and atomic force micrographs. The physical characterization of the deposited PbS film revealed that the surface of film grown in the sulfurizing environment improved and contained more stoichiometric sulfur in comparison to film deposited without the sulfurizing environment.

  19. Overcoming the Cut-Off Charge Transfer Bandgaps at the PbS Quantum Dot Interface

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    El-Ballouli, Ala'a O.

    2015-11-17

    Light harvesting from large size of semiconductor PbS quantum dots (QDs) with a bandgap of less than 1 eV is one of the greatest challenges precluding the development of PbS QD-based solar cells because the interfacial charge transfer (CT) from such QDs to the most commonly used electron acceptor materials is very inefficient, if it occurs at all. Thus, an alternative electron-accepting unit with a new driving force for CT is urgently needed to harvest the light from large-sized PbS QDs. Here, a cationic porphyrin is utilized as a new electron acceptor unit with unique features that bring the donor–acceptor components into close molecular proximity, allowing ultrafast and efficient electron transfer for QDs of all sizes, as inferred from the drastic photoluminescence quenching and the ultrafast formation of the porphyrin anionic species. The time-resolved results clearly demonstrate the possibility of modulating the electron transfer process between PbS QDs and porphyrin moieties not only by the size quantization effect but also by the interfacial electrostatic interaction between the positively charged porphyrin and the negatively charged QDs. This approach provides a new pathway for engineering QD-based solar cells that make the best use of the diverse photons making up the Sun\\'s broad irradiance spectrum.

  20. Reduced Carrier Recombination in PbS - CuInS2 Quantum Dot Solar Cells

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    Sun, Zhenhua; Sitbon, Gary; Pons, Thomas; Bakulin, Artem A.; Chen, Zhuoying

    2015-01-01

    Energy loss due to carrier recombination is among the major factors limiting the performance of TiO2/PbS colloidal quantum dot (QD) heterojunction solar cells. In this work, enhanced photocurrent is achieved by incorporating another type of hole-transporting QDs, Zn-doped CuInS2 (Zn-CIS) QDs into the PbS QD matrix. Binary QD solar cells exhibit a reduced charge recombination associated with the spatial charge separation between these two types of QDs. A ~30% increase in short-circuit current density and a ~20% increase in power conversion efficiency are observed in binary QD solar cells compared to cells built from PbS QDs only. In agreement with the charge transfer process identified through ultrafast pump/probe spectroscopy between these two QD components, transient photovoltage characteristics of single-component and binary QDs solar cells reveal longer carrier recombination time constants associated with the incorporation of Zn-CIS QDs. This work presents a straightforward, solution-processed method based on the incorporation of another QDs in the PbS QD matrix to control the carrier dynamics in colloidal QD materials and enhance solar cell performance. PMID:26024021

  1. Compositional Dependence of Structural Properties of Prepared PbS1− Alloys and Films

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    M. F. A. Alias

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Results of a study of PbS1− alloys and films with various Pb content have been reported and discussed. Films of PbS1− of thickness 1.5 μm have been deposited on glass substrates by flash thermal evaporation method at room temperature, under vacuum at constant deposition rate. These films were annealed under vacuum around 10−6 Torr at different temperatures up to 523 K. The composition of the elements in PbS1− alloys was determined by standard surfaces techniques such as atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS and X-ray fluorescence (XRF, and the results were found of high accuracy and in very good agreement with the theoretical values. The structure for alloys and films is determined by using X-ray diffraction. This measurement reveals that the structure is polycrystalline with cubic structure and there are strong peaks at the direction (200 and (111. The effect of heat treatment on the crystalline orientation, relative intensity, and grain size of PbS1− films is presented.

  2. Free carrier generation and recombination in PbS quantum dot solar cells

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    Kurpiers, Jona; Balazs, Daniel M.; Paulke, Andreas; Albrecht, Steve; Lange, Ilja; Protesescu, Loredana; Kovalenko, Maksym V.; Loi, Maria Antonietta; Neher, Dieter

    2016-01-01

    Time Delayed Collection Field and Bias Assisted Charge Extraction (BACE) experiments are used to investigate the charge carrier dynamics in PbS colloidal quantum dot solar cells. We find that the free charge carrier creation is slightly field dependent, thus providing an upper limit to the fill

  3. Personal Paradigm Shifts among ABA and PBS Experts: Comparisons in Treatment Acceptability

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    Brown, Fredda; Michaels, Craig A.; Oliva, Christopher M.; Woolf, Sara B.

    2008-01-01

    Applied behavior analysis (ABA) experts were surveyed to examine their perceptions of treatment acceptability of commonly used decelerative consequence-based behavioral procedures and the factors that have influenced shifts in these perceptions over time. These results were then compared with the perceptions of positive behavior supports (PBS)…

  4. Free carrier generation and recombination in PbS quantum dot solar cells

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    Kurpiers, Jona; Balazs, Daniel M.; Paulke, Andreas; Albrecht, Steve; Lange, Ilja; Protesescu, Loredana; Kovalenko, Maksym V.; Loi, Maria Antonietta; Neher, Dieter

    2016-01-01

    Time Delayed Collection Field and Bias Assisted Charge Extraction (BACE) experiments are used to investigate the charge carrier dynamics in PbS colloidal quantum dot solar cells. We find that the free charge carrier creation is slightly field dependent, thus providing an upper limit to the fill fact

  5. Pulmonary surfactant function studied with the pulsating bubble surfactometer (PBS) and the capillary surfactometer (CS).

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    Enhorning, G

    2001-05-01

    Two instruments, the pulsating bubble surfactometer (PBS) and the capillary surfactometer (CS), were constructed for a study of pulmonary surfactant's physical properties. The instruments study spherical surfaces as in alveoli (PBS) and cylindrical surfaces as in terminal conducting airways (CS). Phospholipids, pulmonary surfactant's main components, are amphiphilic and, therefore, spontaneously form a film at air-liquid interfaces. When the film in the PBS is compressed to a reduced area during 'expiration', the molecules come closer together. Thereby, a high surface pressure develops, causing surface tension to be reduced more than bubble radius. If these conditions, observed with the PBS are analogous in lungs, alveolar stability would be promoted. The CS was developed for a study of how surfactant has ability to maintain patency of narrow conducting airways. Provided adsorption is extremely fast, a surfactant film will line the terminal conducting airway as soon as liquid blocking the airway has been extruded. During expiration that film will develop high surface pressure (=low surface tension). This will counteract the tendency for liquid to accumulate in the airway's most narrow section. If surfactant is dysfunctioning, liquid is likely to accumulate and block terminal airways. Airway resistance would then increase, causing FEV(1) to be reduced.

  6. Initiative to introduce a performance-based standards (PBS) approach for heavy vehicle design and operations in South Africa

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    Nordengen, Paul A

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available The introduction of PBS for heavy vehicles in South Africa was first identified in the National Overload Control Strategy as a potential concession of a proposed Self-regulation initiative. In August 2004 a PBS committee was established...

  7. 37 CFR 381.4 - Performance of musical compositions by PBS, NPR and other public broadcasting entities engaged in...

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    2010-07-01

    ... compositions by PBS, NPR and other public broadcasting entities engaged in the activities set forth in 17 U.S.C... NONCOMMERCIAL EDUCATIONAL BROADCASTING § 381.4 Performance of musical compositions by PBS, NPR and other public broadcasting entities engaged in the activities set forth in 17 U.S.C. 118(c). The following schedule of...

  8. 37 CFR 253.4 - Performance of musical compositions by PBS, NPR and other public broadcasting entities engaged in...

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    2010-07-01

    ... compositions by PBS, NPR and other public broadcasting entities engaged in the activities set forth in 17 U.S.C... NONCOMMERCIAL EDUCATIONAL BROADCASTING § 253.4 Performance of musical compositions by PBS, NPR and other public broadcasting entities engaged in the activities set forth in 17 U.S.C. 118(d). The following schedule of...

  9. 基于 PBS 的勘探数据处理作业管理%PBS-based Job Management for Exploration Data Processing

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    邹杰; 许涛; 林茂; 李铁; 雷宏声

    2014-01-01

    High performance cluster does not have the functions of job automatic scheduling and load balancing .We use open source job management system to develop cluster management system in order to solve the problem that the cluster is difficult to use or manage .As an open source queue management and job scheduling system , PBS has been widely used in cluster manage-ment.Through developing a number of Shell scripts , the different types of jobs are transformed into the corresponding PBS job scripts.Based on the actual situation of work mode in the enterprise cluster and the premise of less changing scientific research personnel work habit , by using the PBS system to make the necessary custom development work , the Paradigm company EPOS system cluster queue management and job distribution management are implemented .%高性能集群不具备作业自动调度和负载均衡的功能。采用开源的作业管理系统定制开发集群管理系统,解决集群“难用难管”的问题。作为一种开源的队列管理和作业调度系统,PBS目前已经广泛应用于集群管理当中。通过Shell脚本应用开发,将不同类型的应用作业转换为相应的PBS作业脚本纳入系统管理。利用PBS系统进行必要的定制开发工作,在较少改变科研人员工作习惯的前提下,实现Paradigm公司EPOS处理系统集群队列管理和作业分发管理。

  10. Synthesis of star-shaped lead sulfide (PbS) nanomaterials and theirs gas-sensing properties

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    Song, Chengwen; Sun, Menghan; Yin, Yanyan; Xiao, Jingkun; Dong, Wei; Li, Chen; Zhang, Li, E-mail: chengwensong@dlmu.edu.cn [College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Dalian Maritime University, Dalian(China)

    2016-11-15

    Star-shaped PbS nanomaterials are synthesized by a hydrothermal method. Morphology and structure of the PbS nanomaterials are analyzed by SEM, HRTEM and XRD. Gas-sensing properties of the as-prepared PbS sensor are also systematically investigated. The results show star-shaped PbS nanostructure consists of four symmetric arms in the same plane and demonstrate good crystallinity. With the increase of ethanol concentration, the sensitivity of the PbS sensor significantly increases and demonstrates an almost linear relationship at the optimal operating temperature of 400 deg C. Moreover, the fast response-recovery towards ethanol is also observed, which indicates its great potential on ethanol detection. (author)

  11. Local strain-induced band gap fluctuations and exciton localization in aged WS2 monolayers

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    Krustok, J.; Kaupmees, R.; Jaaniso, R.; Kiisk, V.; Sildos, I.; Li, B.; Gong, Y.

    2017-06-01

    Optical properties of aged WS2 monolayers grown by CVD method on Si/SiO2 substrates are studied using temperature dependent photoluminescence and reflectance contrast spectroscopy. Aged WS2 monolayers have a typical surface roughness about 0.5 nm and, in addition, a high density of nanoparticles (nanocaps) with the base diameter about 30 nm and average height of 7 nm. The A-exciton of aged monolayer has a peak position at 1.951 eV while in as-grown monolayer the peak is at about 24 meV higher energy at room temperature. This red-shift is explained using local tensile strain concept, where strain value of 2.1% was calculated for these nanocap regions. Strained nanocaps have lower band gap energy and excitons will funnel into these regions. At T=10K a double exciton and trion peaks were revealed. The separation between double peaks is about 20 meV and the origin of higher energy peaks is related to the optical band gap energy fluctuations caused by random distribution of local tensile strain due to increased surface roughness. In addition, a wide defect related exciton band XD was found at about 1.93 eV in all aged monolayers. It is shown that the theory of localized excitons describes well the temperature dependence of peak position and halfwidth of the A-exciton band. The possible origin of nanocaps is also discussed.

  12. Lateral pressure profiles in lipid monolayers

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    Baoukina, Svetlana; Marrink, Siewert J.; Tieleman, D. Peter

    2010-01-01

    We have used molecular dynamics simulations with coarse-grained and atomistic models to study the lateral pressure profiles in lipid monolayers. We first consider simple oil/air and oil/water interfaces, and then proceed to lipid monolayers at air/water and oil/water interfaces. The results are qual

  13. Alkyl-Functionalized Oxide-Free Silicon Nanoparticles: Synthesis and Optical Properties

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    Rosso-Vasic, M.; Spruijt, E.; Lagen, van B.; Cola, de L.; Zuilhof, H.

    2008-01-01

    Highly monodisperse silicon nanoparticles (1.57 ± 0.21 nm) are synthesized with a covalently attached alkyl monolayer on a gram scale. Infrared spectroscopy shows that these silicon nanoparticles contain only a few oxygen atoms per nanoparticle. XPS spectra clearly show the presence of unoxidized Si

  14. Efficient C–C bond splitting on Pt monolayer and sub-monolayer catalysts during ethanol electro-oxidation: Pt layer strain and morphology effects

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    Loukrakpam, Rameshwori; Yuan, Qiuyi; Petkov, Valeri; Gan, Lin; Rudi, Stefan; Yang, Ruizhi; Huang, Yunhui; Brankovic, Stanko R.; Strasser, Peter (TU Berlin); (Soochow); (CMU); (Huazhong); (Houston)

    2014-07-23

    Efficient catalytic C–C bond splitting coupled with complete 12-electron oxidation of the ethanol molecule to CO2 is reported on nanoscale electrocatalysts comprised of a Pt monolayer (ML) and sub-monolayer (sML) deposited on Au nanoparticles (Au@Pt ML/sML). The Au@Pt electrocatalysts were synthesized using surface limited redox replacement (SLRR) of an underpotentially deposited (UPD) Cu monolayer in an electrochemical cell reactor. Au@Pt ML showed improved catalytic activity for ethanol oxidation reaction (EOR) and, unlike their Pt bulk and Pt sML counterparts, was able to generate CO2 at very low electrode potentials owing to efficient C–C bond splitting. To explain this, we explore the hypothesis that competing strain effects due to the Pt layer coverage/morphology (compressive) and the Pt–Au lattice mismatch (tensile) control surface chemisorption and overall activity. Control experiments on well-defined model Pt monolayer systems are carried out involving a wide array of methods such as high-energy X-ray diffraction, pair-distribution function (PDF) analysis, in situ electrochemical FTIR spectroscopy, and in situ scanning tunneling microscopy. The vibrational fingerprints of adsorbed CO provide compelling evidence on the relation between surface bond strength, layer strain and morphology, and catalytic activity.

  15. Efficient C-C bond splitting on Pt monolayer and sub-monolayer catalysts during ethanol electro-oxidation: Pt layer strain and morphology effects.

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    Loukrakpam, Rameshwori; Yuan, Qiuyi; Petkov, Valeri; Gan, Lin; Rudi, Stefan; Yang, Ruizhi; Huang, Yunhui; Brankovic, Stanko R; Strasser, Peter

    2014-09-21

    Efficient catalytic C-C bond splitting coupled with complete 12-electron oxidation of the ethanol molecule to CO2 is reported on nanoscale electrocatalysts comprised of a Pt monolayer (ML) and sub-monolayer (sML) deposited on Au nanoparticles (Au@Pt ML/sML). The Au@Pt electrocatalysts were synthesized using surface limited redox replacement (SLRR) of an underpotentially deposited (UPD) Cu monolayer in an electrochemical cell reactor. Au@Pt ML showed improved catalytic activity for ethanol oxidation reaction (EOR) and, unlike their Pt bulk and Pt sML counterparts, was able to generate CO2 at very low electrode potentials owing to efficient C-C bond splitting. To explain this, we explore the hypothesis that competing strain effects due to the Pt layer coverage/morphology (compressive) and the Pt-Au lattice mismatch (tensile) control surface chemisorption and overall activity. Control experiments on well-defined model Pt monolayer systems are carried out involving a wide array of methods such as high-energy X-ray diffraction, pair-distribution function (PDF) analysis, in situ electrochemical FTIR spectroscopy, and in situ scanning tunneling microscopy. The vibrational fingerprints of adsorbed CO provide compelling evidence on the relation between surface bond strength, layer strain and morphology, and catalytic activity.

  16. Coulomb excitations of monolayer germanene

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    Shih, Po-Hsin; Chiu, Yu-Huang; Wu, Jhao-Ying; Shyu, Feng-Lin; Lin, Ming-Fa

    2017-01-01

    The feature-rich electronic excitations of monolayer germanene lie in the significant spin-orbit coupling and the buckled structure. The collective and single-particle excitations are diversified by the magnitude and direction of transferred momentum, the Fermi energy and the gate voltage. There are four kinds of plasmon modes, according to the unique frequency- and momentum-dependent phase diagrams. They behave as two-dimensional acoustic modes at long wavelength. However, for the larger momenta, they might change into another kind of undamped plasmons, become the seriously suppressed modes in the heavy intraband e–h excitations, keep the same undamped plasmons, or decline and then vanish in the strong interband e–h excitations. Germanene, silicene and graphene are quite different from one another in the main features of the diverse plasmon modes. PMID:28091555

  17. Reducing charge trapping in PbS colloidal quantum dot solids

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    Balazs, D. M.; Nugraha, M. I.; Bisri, S. Z.; Loi, M. A., E-mail: m.a.loi@rug.nl [Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, University of Groningen, Nijenborgh 4, Groningen 9747AG (Netherlands); Sytnyk, M.; Heiss, W. [Institute for Semiconductor and Solid State Physics, University of Linz, Altenbergerstr. 69, Linz 4040 (Austria)

    2014-03-17

    Understanding and improving charge transport in colloidal quantum dot solids is crucial for the development of efficient solar cells based on these materials. In this paper, we report high performance field-effect transistors based on lead-sulfide colloidal quantum dots (PbS CQDs) crosslinked with 3-mercaptopropionic acid (MPA). Electron mobility up to 0.03 cm{sup 2}/Vs and on/off ratio above 10{sup 5} was measured; the later value is the highest in the literature for CQD Field effect transistors with silicon-oxide gating. This was achieved by using high quality material and preventing trap generation during fabrication and measurement. We show that air exposure has a reversible p-type doping effect on the devices, and that intrinsically MPA is an n-type dopant for PbS CQDs.

  18. Reducing charge trapping in PbS colloidal quantum dot solids

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    Balazs, D. M.; Nugraha, M. I.; Bisri, S. Z.; Sytnyk, M.; Heiss, W.; Loi, M. A.

    2014-03-01

    Understanding and improving charge transport in colloidal quantum dot solids is crucial for the development of efficient solar cells based on these materials. In this paper, we report high performance field-effect transistors based on lead-sulfide colloidal quantum dots (PbS CQDs) crosslinked with 3-mercaptopropionic acid (MPA). Electron mobility up to 0.03 cm2/Vs and on/off ratio above 105 was measured; the later value is the highest in the literature for CQD Field effect transistors with silicon-oxide gating. This was achieved by using high quality material and preventing trap generation during fabrication and measurement. We show that air exposure has a reversible p-type doping effect on the devices, and that intrinsically MPA is an n-type dopant for PbS CQDs.

  19. Growth of PbS nanoclusters on specific sites of programmed oligodeoxynucleotides

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    Lu, Ying; Teng, Cui-Juan; Li, Ying; Wang, Hui; Xu, Chun-Hua; Hu, Shu-Xin; Li, Ming

    2015-01-01

    We develope a method to synthesize PbS nanoclusters (NCs) using guanine-containing oligodeoxynucleotides (ODNs) as templates. The NCs on the ODNs are ultra small (ranging from ˜ 0.5 nm to 2.1 nm) and luminescent in the visible region. They are characterized by photoluminescence (PL) spectra, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and X-ray powder diffraction (XRD). The ODN-NC complexes can be used as customer-designed fluorophores which do not have the problem of multiple conjugations. The same method enables us to fabricate PbS quantum dot molecules and connect them into nanowires, expanding their potential applications in molecule electronics and quantum computing. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11104328, 10904164, and 11004234) and the Knowledge Innovation Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant No. kjcx3.syw.n8).

  20. Growth of ultra thin PbS films by SILAR technique

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    Puiso, J.; Lindroos, S.; Tamulevicius, S.; Leskelae, M.; Snitka, V

    2003-03-20

    The successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) technique involves growth of thin films from solution, ionic layer by ionic layer at room temperature and normal pressure. The aim of this work is to characterize SILAR grown PbS thin films (15-100 nm) on silicon substrates using different lead-precursor solutions. The X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy investigations have been performed to compare the properties of the films grown with different lead precursor solutions. The PbS ultra thin films were polycrystalline and cubic. The films were stoichiometric and contained some oxygen. The film roughness and crystallite size could be controlled by choosing the lead precursors.

  1. Effect of PbS Film Thickness on the Performance of Colloidal Quantum Dot Solar Cells

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    M. Mazloum-Ardakani

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Colloidal quantum dots offer broad tuning of semiconductor band structure via the quantum size effect. In this paper, we present a detailed investigation on the influence of the thickness of colloidal lead sulfide (PbS nanocrystals (active layer to the photovoltaic performance of colloidal quantum dot solar cells. The PbS nanocrystals (QDs were synthesized in a non-coordinating solvent, 1-octadecene, using oleic acid (OA as the ligand. It was found that the device with 50 nm of thickness of active layer showed a high Efficiency (η of 0.667 under simulated Air Mass 1.5 Global (AM 1.5G irradiation (100 mW/cm2 compared  to the device with low thickness of active layer.

  2. Note: Near infrared spectral and transient measurements of PbS quantum dots luminescence

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    Parfenov, P. S.; Litvin, A. P.; Ushakova, E. V.; Fedorov, A. V.; Baranov, A. V.; Berwick, K.

    2013-11-01

    We describe an experimental setup for the characterization of luminescence from nanostructures. The setup is intended for steady-state and time-resolved luminescence measurements in the near-infrared region. The setup allows us to study spectral luminescence properties in the spectral range of 0.8-2.0 μm with high spectral resolution and kinetic luminescence properties between 0.8 and 1.7 μm with a time resolution of 3 ns. The capabilities of the system are illustrated by taking luminescence measurements from PbS quantum dots. We established the size dependencies of the optical properties of the PbS quantum dots over a wide spectral range. Finally, the energy transfer process was studied with a high temporal and spectral resolution.

  3. STUDY ON INFRARED PBS DETECTOR PREPARED USING COPPER ELECTRODES OF PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

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    Hariyadi Soetedjo

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Copper layers of Printed Circuit Board (PCB have been used as electrodes for PbS infrared structure detector to introduce low cost and simple in preparation. PbS deposition as an active layer detector has been prepared for a few micrometers in thickness using an evaporation technique under vacuum pressure at 10-6 Torr. Photoconductivity phenomenon has been observed from the measurement when IR radiation of a Tungsten lamp introduced to the detector. The sensitivity of the detector respects to the variation of radiation intensities was also observed. The results showed that the detector has good sensitivity indicated by rapid drop voltages at a short-wavelength IR region (1-3 µm. This phenomenon is encouraging for further applications of detector prepared using the electrodes from a commercialized PCB.

  4. Use of Lead (II) Sulfide Nanoparticles as Stabilizer for PMMA Exposed to Gamma Irradiation

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    Garcia,Olga Pinheiro; Albuquerque,Marília Cordeiro Carneiro de; Aquino, Kátia Aparecida da Silva; Araujo,Patricia Lopes Barros; Araujo,Elmo Silvano de

    2015-01-01

    Lead (II) sulfide (PbS) were synthesized by sonochemical method and crystals with cubic structure exhibit aggregated nanoparticles with size in the range of 50-100 nm. Commercial Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) containing the PbS nanoparticles (PbS-NP) exposed to gamma irradiation were investigated and both the viscosity-average molar mass (Mv) and degradation index (DI) values were measured. Ours results showed decreases in molar mass when the systems were gamma irradiated, i. e., random sc...

  5. Magneto-optical reflectance and absorbance of PbS quantum dots

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    Barik, Puspendu; Singh, Akhilesh K.; Ullrich, Bruno

    2015-09-01

    Reflectance and absorbance of colloidal 2.5 nm PbS quantum dots were coincidentally measured under the presence of moderate magnetic fields below one Tesla. The work provides further insight to the optical and magneto-optical properties of quantum dots by revealing disconnect of band gap data collected in different experimental geometries and by the demonstration of reflective magneto-optical devices addressable with weak magnetic fields.

  6. Impact of Different Surface Ligands on the Optical Properties of PbS Quantum Dot Solids

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    Fan Xu; Luis Felipe Gerlein; Xin Ma; Chelsea R. Haughn; Doty, Matthew F.; Cloutier, Sylvain G.

    2015-01-01

    The engineering of quantum dot solids with low defect concentrations and efficient carrier transport through a ligand strategy is crucial to achieve efficient quantum dot (QD) optoelectronic devices. Here, we study the consequences of various surface ligand treatments on the light emission properties of PbS quantum dot films using 1,3-benzenedithiol (1,3-BDT), 1,2-ethanedithiol (EDT), mercaptocarboxylic acids (MPA) and ammonium sulfide ((NH4)2S). We first investigate the influence of differen...

  7. Identifying and Eliminating Emissive Sub-bandgap States in Thin Films of PbS Nanocrystals

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    Hwang, Gyu Weon [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA 02139 USA; Kim, Donghun [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA 02139 USA; Cordero, Jose M. [Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA 02139 USA; Wilson, Mark W. B. [Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA 02139 USA; Chuang, Chia-Hao M. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA 02139 USA; Grossman, Jeffrey C. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA 02139 USA; Bawendi, Moungi G. [Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA 02139 USA

    2015-07-01

    Chemical oxidation of under-charged Pb atoms reduces the density of trap states by a factor of 40 in films of colloidal PbS quantum dots for devices. These emissive sub-bandgap states are a byproduct of several standard ligand-exchange procedures. X-ray photoelectron spectro­scopy measurements and density function theory simulations demonstrate that they are associated with under-charged Pb.

  8. Drug induced `softening' in phospholipid monolayers

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    Basak, Uttam Kumar; Datta, Alokmay; Bhattacharya, Dhananjay

    2015-06-01

    Compressibility measurements on Langmuir monolayers of the phospholipid Dimystoryl Phospatidylcholine (DMPC) in pristine form and in the presence of the Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug (NSAID) Piroxicam at 0.025 drug/lipid (D/L) molecular ratio at different temperatures, show that the monolayer exhibits large increase (and subsequent decrease) in compressibility due to the drug in the vicinity of the Liquid Expanded - Liquid Condensed (LE-LC) phase transition. Molecular dynamics simulations of the lipid monolayer in presence of drug molecules show a disordering of the tail tilt, which is consistent with the above result.

  9. Electrochemical Deposition Of Thiolate Monolayers On Metals

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    Porter, Marc D.; Weissharr, Duane E.

    1995-01-01

    Electrochemical method devised for coating metal (usually, gold) surfaces with adherent thiolate monolayers. Affords greater control over location and amount of material deposited and makes it easier to control chemical composition of deposits. One important potential use for this method lies in fabrication of chemically selective thin-film resonators for microwave oscillators used to detect pollutants: monolayer formulated to bind selectively pollutant chemical species of interest, causing increase in mass of monolayer and corresponding decrease in frequency of resonance. Another important potential use lies in selective chemical derivatization for purposes of improving adhesion, lubrication, protection against corrosion, electrocatalysis, and electroanalysis.

  10. PbS quantum dots embedded in a ZnS dielectric matrix for bulk heterojunction solar cell applications.

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    Sun, Lidong; Koh, Zhen Yu; Wang, Qing

    2013-09-06

    We demonstrate a novel bulk heterojunction structure based on a mesoporous TiO2 substrate, PbS quantum dots (QDs), and a ZnS dielectric medium. The galena PbS QD arrays embedded in an amorphous ZnS matrix are adopted to fill up the mesoporous TiO2 electrode with an in situ approach, i.e., successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction. The inorganic ZnS resembles the capping material normally used in colloidal QDs to control the size of PbS. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  11. Graphene and PbS quantum dot hybrid vertical phototransistor

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    Song, Xiaoxian; Zhang, Yating; Zhang, Haiting; Yu, Yu; Cao, Mingxuan; Che, Yongli; Dai, Haitao; Yang, Junbo; Ding, Xin; Yao, Jianquan

    2017-04-01

    A field-effect phototransistor based on a graphene and lead sulfide quantum dot (PbS QD) hybrid in which PbS QDs are embedded in a graphene matrix has been fabricated with a vertical architecture through a solution process. The n-type Si/SiO2 substrate (gate), Au/Ag nanowire transparent source electrode, active layer and Au drain electrode are vertically stacked in the device, which has a downscaled channel length of 250 nm. Photoinduced electrons in the PbS QDs leap into the conduction band and fill in the trap states, while the photoinduced holes left in the valence band transfer to the graphene and form the photocurrent under biases from which the photoconductive gain is evaluated. The graphene/QD-based vertical phototransistor shows a photoresponsivity of 2 × 103 A W‑1, and specific detectivity up to 7 × 1012 Jones under 808 nm laser illumination with a light irradiance of 12 mW cm‑2. The solution-processed vertical phototransistor provides a new facile method for optoelectronic device applications.

  12. Tuning light emission of PbS nanocrystals from infrared to visible range by cation exchange

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    Binetti, Enrico

    2015-10-27

    Colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals, with intense and sharp-line emission between red and near-infrared spectral regions, are of great interest for optoelectronic and bio-imaging applications. The growth of an inorganic passivation layer on nanocrystal surfaces is a common strategy to improve their chemical and optical stability and their photoluminescence quantum yield. In particular, cation exchange is a suitable approach for shell growth at the expense of the nanocrystal core size. Here, the cation exchange process is used to promote the formation of a CdS passivation layer on the surface of very small PbS nanocrystals (2.3 nm in diameter), blue shifting their optical spectra and yielding luminescent and stable nanostructures emitting in the range of 700–850 nm. Structural, morphological and compositional investigation confirms the nanocrystal size contraction after the cation-exchange process, while the PbS rock-salt crystalline phase is retained. Absorption and photoluminescence spectroscopy demonstrate the growth of a passivation layer with a decrease of the PbS core size, as inferred by the blue-shift of the excitonic peaks. The surface passivation strongly increases the photoluminescence intensity and the excited state lifetime. In addition, the nanocrystals reveal increased stability against oxidation over time. Thanks to their absorption and emission spectral range and the slow recombination dynamics, such highly luminescent nano-objects can find interesting applications in sensitized photovoltaic cells and light-emitting devices.

  13. Sulfide precursor concentration and lead source effect on PbS thin films properties

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    Beddek, L.; Messaoudi, M.; Attaf, N. [Laboratoire Couche Minces et Interfaces, Université frères Mentouri Constantine, 25000, Constantine (Algeria); Aida, M.S., E-mail: aida_salah2@yahoo.fr [Laboratoire Couche Minces et Interfaces, Université frères Mentouri Constantine, 25000, Constantine (Algeria); Bougdira, J. [Université de Lorraine, Institut Jean Lamour UMR 7198, Vandoeuvre 54506 (France)

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    Lead sulfide (PbS) thin films were synthesized using chemical bath deposition (CBD). Bath solutions are formed of various concentrations of thiourea, sulfide source, ranged from 0.6 to 1.2 M and two different salts as Pb source (lead acetate and lead nitrate). From the growth mechanism, we inferred that PbS is formed through the ion by ion process when using acetate lead source, while, using nitrate source yields to films growth through the complex-decomposition process. Due to the difference in the involved growth process, lead acetate produces films with larger crystallite size (from 4 to 16 nm), smooth and dense films. However, lead nitrate produces rough films with smaller crystallite size (from 1 to 4 nm). Increasing the thiourea concentration results in crystallinity improvement when using lead acetate and, oppositely, in crystallinity degradation when using lead nitrate. Due to the quantum effect caused by the small crystallite sizes, the films optical gap is varied from 0.5 to 0.9 eV. - Highlights: • PbS thin films were synthesized by chemical bath deposition. • Ion by ion is the growth process when using the acetate lead source. • Deposition process is by complex-decomposition when using nitrate source. • Lead acetate yields to dense films with larger crystallite size. • Lead nitrate produces rough films with smaller crystallite size.

  14. Chemically synthesized PbS Nano particulate thin films for a rapid NO2 gas sensor

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    Burungale Vishal V.

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Rapid NO2 gas sensor has been developed based on PbS nanoparticulate thin films synthesized by Successive Ionic Layer Adsorption and Reaction (SILAR method at different precursor concentrations. The structural and morphological properties were investigated by means of X-ray diffraction and field emission scanning electron microscope. NO2 gas sensing properties of PbS thin films deposited at different concentrations were tested. PbS film with 0.25 M precursor concentration showed the highest sensitivity. In order to optimize the operating temperature, the sensitivity of the sensor to 50 ppm NO2 gas was measured at different operating temperatures, from 50 to 200 °C. The gas sensitivity increased with an increase in operating temperature and achieved the maximum value at 150 °C, followed by a decrease in sensitivity with further increase of the operating temperature. The sensitivity was about 35 % for 50 ppm NO2 at 150 °C with rapid response time of 6 s. T90 and T10 recovery time was 97 s at this gas concentration.

  15. Engineering of electronic and optical properties of PbS thin films via Cu doping

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    Touati, Baligh; Gassoumi, Abdelaziz; Dobryden, Illia; Natile, Marta Maria; Vomiero, Alberto; Turki, Najoua Kamoun

    2016-09-01

    Copper-doped PbS polycrystalline thin films were deposited by chemical bath deposition by adding small amount of Cu (ysolution = [Cu2+]/[Pb2+]) between 0.5 and 2 at%. The composition, structure, morphology, optical and electrical properties of the films were investigated by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS), UV-visible-near infrared (UV-Vis-NIR) spectrophotometry and Hall effect measurements. The XRD studies showed that the undoped films have PbS face centered cubic structure with (111) preferential orientation, while preferential orientation changes to (200) plane with increasing Cu doping concentration. The AFM and SEM measurements indicated that the film surfaces consisted of nanosized grains with pyramidal shape. Optical band gap was blue shifted from 0.72 eV to 1.69 eV with the increase in Cu doping concentration. The film obtained with the [Cu2+]/[Pb2+] ratio equal to 1.5 at% Cu showed the minimum resistivity of 0.16 Ω cm at room temperature and optimum value of optical band gap close to 1.5 eV. 1.5 at% Cu-doped PbS thin films exhibit the best optical and electrical properties, suitable for solar cells applications.

  16. Genetic diversity analysis of tree peony germplasm using iPBS markers.

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    Duan, Y B; Guo, D L; Guo, L L; Wei, D F; Hou, X G

    2015-07-06

    We examined the genetic diversity of 10 wild species (populations) and 55 varieties of tree peony using inter-primer binding site (iPBS) markers. From a total of 36 iPBS primers, 16 were selected based on polymorphic amplification. The number of bands amplified by each primer ranged from 9 to 19, with an average of 12.88 bands per primer. The length of bands ranged from 100 to 2000 bp, concentrated at 200 to 1800 bp. Sixteen primers amplified 206 bands in total, of which 173 bands were polymorphic with a polymorphism ratio of 83.98%. Each primer amplified 10.81 polymorphic bands on average. The data were then used to construct a phylogenetic tree using unweighted pair group method with arithmetic mean methods. Clustering analysis showed that the genetic relationships among the varieties were not only related to the genetic background or geographic origin, but also to the flowering phase, flower color, and flower type. Our data also indicated that iPBS markers were useful tools for classifying tree peony germplasms and for tree peony breeding, and the specific bands were helpful for molecular identification of tree peony varieties.

  17. Charge Carrier Conduction Mechanism in PbS Quantum Dot Solar Cells: Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy Study.

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    Wang, Haowei; Wang, Yishan; He, Bo; Li, Weile; Sulaman, Muhammad; Xu, Junfeng; Yang, Shengyi; Tang, Yi; Zou, Bingsuo

    2016-07-20

    With its properties of bandgap tunability, low cost, and substrate compatibility, colloidal quantum dots (CQDs) are becoming promising materials for optoelectronic applications. Additionally, solution-processed organic, inorganic, and hybrid ligand-exchange technologies have been widely used in PbS CQDs solar cells, and currently the maximum certified power conversion efficiency of 9.9% has been reported by passivation treatment of molecular iodine. Presently, there are still some challenges, and the basic physical mechanism of charge carriers in CQDs-based solar cells is not clear. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy is a monitoring technology for current by changing the frequency of applied alternating current voltage, and it provides an insight into its electrical properties that cannot be measured by direct current testing facilities. In this work, we used EIS to analyze the recombination resistance, carrier lifetime, capacitance, and conductivity of two typical PbS CQD solar cells Au/PbS-TBAl/ZnO/ITO and Au/PbS-EDT/PbS-TBAl/ZnO/ITO, in this way, to better understand the charge carriers conduction mechanism behind in PbS CQD solar cells, and it provides a guide to design high-performance quantum-dots solar cells.

  18. Method to synthesize metal chalcogenide monolayer nanomaterials

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    Hernandez-Sanchez, Bernadette A.; Boyle, Timothy J.

    2016-12-13

    Metal chalcogenide monolayer nanomaterials can be synthesized from metal alkoxide precursors by solution precipitation or solvothermal processing. The synthesis routes are more scalable, less complex and easier to implement than other synthesis routes.

  19. Antimicrobial activity of electrospun poly(butylenes succinate) fiber mats containing PVP-capped silver nanoparticles.

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    Tian, Ligang; Wang, Pingli; Zhao, Zhiguo; Ji, Junhui

    2013-12-01

    In this study, biodegradable poly(butylenes succinate) (PBS) fiber mats containing silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were prepared by the electrospinning process. Small AgNPs (fiber mats and the distribution of the AgNPs were well characterized by TEM and SEM. The release of Ag from the PBS fiber mats was quantitively determined by ICP. The PBS fiber mats with 0.29 % AgNPs content showed strong antimicrobial activity against both gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus and gram-negative Escherichia coli with the efficacy as high as 99 %. The effective bactericidal activity on E. coli was demonstrated for a short contacting time with the PBS-AgNPs fiber mats. In addition, the long-term release performance of Ag from the fiber mats can keep inhibiting the bacterial growth in the mats over a long period of time.

  20. 基于 PBS 的远程火光红外探测系统研究%Remote Fire Infrared Detection System Based on PBS

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    雷鸣; 李璐

    2016-01-01

    针对靶场测试与试验中由于枪口火焰信号较小,远距离探测时难以探测的问题,分析了枪口火焰的光谱特性,以 PBS 红外探测器为核心,设计了一种远程火光信号探测系统。采用平凸镜聚光方式增加系统的远程探测能力,完成了相应的信号采集电路以及信号处理电路,同时对系统采取了一些抗干扰措施,以确保系统的稳定性。通过对鞭炮爆炸时的火光的测试,表明所设计的系统对远程火光具有很强的探测能力,满足靶场试验触发的要求。%In view of the remote detection problem of hard to detect in shooting range test and trial because the muzzle flame signal is small ,and the spectral characteristics of muzzle flame is analyzed ,PBS IR detector as the core ,a remote light signal detection system is designed .Using flat convex lens focusing means to increase the system’s ability to remote detec‐tion ,the corresponding signal acquisition circuit and signal processing circuit are completed ,and the system has made some anti‐interference measures ,in order to ensure the stability of the system .Through the test of the firecrackers exploded fire , it shows that the design of the system for remote light has strong detection ability ,meet the requirements of shooting range test trigger .

  1. Large tunneling magnetoresistance in octahedral Fe3O4 nanoparticles

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    Arijit Mitra; Barun Barick; Jeotikanta Mohapatra; Sharma, H.; Meena, S. S.; ASLAM, M.

    2016-01-01

    We have observed large tunneling Magnetoresistance (TMR) in amine functionalized octahedral nanoparticle assemblies. Amine monolayer on the surface of nanoparticles acts as an insulating barrier between the semimetal Fe3O4 nanoparticles and provides multiple tunnel junctions where inter-granular tunneling is plausible. The tunneling magnetoresistance recorded at room temperature is 38% which increases to 69% at 180 K. When the temperature drops below 150 K, coulomb staircase is observed in th...

  2. Fracture Characteristics of Monolayer CVD-Graphene

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    Hwangbo, Yun; Lee, Choong-Kwang; Kim, Sang-Min; Kim, Jae-Hyun; Kim, Kwang-Seop; Jang, Bongkyun; Lee, Hak-Joo; Lee, Seoung-Ki; Kim, Seong-Su; Ahn, Jong-Hyun; Lee, Seung-Mo

    2014-01-01

    We have observed and analyzed the fracture characteristics of the monolayer CVD-graphene using pressure bulge testing setup. The monolayer CVD-graphene has appeared to undergo environmentally assisted subcritical crack growth in room condition, i.e. stress corrosion cracking arising from the adsorption of water vapor on the graphene and the subsequent chemical reactions. The crack propagation in graphene has appeared to be able to be reasonably tamed by adjusting applied humidity and stress. ...

  3. Novel Hybrid Ligands for Passivating PbS Colloidal Quantum Dots to Enhance the Performance of Solar Cells

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    Yang, Yuehua; Zhao, Baofeng; Gao, Yuping; Liu, Han; Tian, Yiyao; Qin, Donghuan; Wu, Hongbin; Huang, Wenbo; Hou, Lintao

    2015-01-01

    We developed novel hybrid ligands to passivate PbS colloidal quantum dots (CQDs), and two kinds of solar cells based on as-synthesized CQDs were fabricated to verify the passivation effects of the ligands...

  4. Improved charge transportation at PbS QDs/TiO2 interface for efficient PEC hydrogen generation.

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    Ikram, Ashi; Sahai, Sonal; Rai, Snigdha; Dass, Sahab; Shrivastav, Rohit; Satsangi, Vibha R

    2016-06-21

    The effect of lead sulfide (PbS) quantum dots (QDs) on the photoelectrochemical properties of TiO2 with a varied number of SILAR cycles has been investigated. The study has also highlighted physical processes including band alignment, charge recombination and transportation for a PbS QDs/TiO2 interface. The inclusion of PbS QDs underneath TiO2 thin film has significantly enhanced the PEC response due to a higher number of photogenerated charge carriers along with the efficient separation and facilitation of these carriers towards their respective electrodes. The uniqueness of the work lies in the high stability of the system as PbS QDs lie beneath the TiO2 thin film, compared to the commonly used QDs sensitization over metal oxide, along with a good photoresponse.

  5. Influence of high-pressure treatment on charge carrier transport in PbS colloidal quantum dot solids.

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    Heo, Seung Jin; Yoon, Seokhyun; Oh, Sang Hoon; Yoon, Doo Hyun; Kim, Hyun Jae

    2014-01-21

    We investigated the effects of high-pressure treatment on charge carrier transport in PbS colloidal quantum dot (CQD) solids. We applied high pressure to PbS CQD solids using nitrogen gas to reduce the inter-dot distance. Using this simple process, we obtained conductive PbS CQD solids. Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy was used to study charge carrier transport as a function of pressure. We found that the minimum pressure needed to increase the dielectric constant, conductivity, and carrier mobility was 4 MPa. All properties dramatically improved at 5 MPa; for example, the mobility increased from 0.13 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) at 0.1 MPa to 0.91 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) at 5 MPa. We propose this simple process as a nondestructive approach for making conductive PbS CQD solids that are free of chemical and physical defects.

  6. Gamma irradiation induced in situ synthesis of lead sulfide nanoparticles in poly(vinyl alcohol) hydrogel

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    Kuljanin-Jakovljević, Jadranka Ž.; Radosavljević, Aleksandra N.; Spasojević, Jelena P.; Carević, Milica V.; Mitrić, Miodrag N.; Kačarević-Popović, Zorica M.

    2017-01-01

    In this study, the nanocomposites based on semiconductor lead sulfide (PbS) nanoparticles and poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) were investigated. The gamma irradiation induced in situ incorporation of PbS nanoparticles in crosslinked polymer network i.e. PVA hydrogel was performed. PVA hydrogel was previously obtained also under the influence of gamma irradiation. UV-Vis absorption and X-ray diffraction measurements were employed to investigate optical and structural properties of PbS nanoparticles, respectively, and obtained results indicates the presence of nanoparticles with approximately 6 nm in diameter and face centered cubic rock-salt crystal structure. The porous morphology was confirmed by scanning electron microscopy. Swelling data revealed that investigated hydrogels (PVA and PbS-PVA nanocomposite) shows non-Fickian diffusion, indicating that both diffusion and polymer relaxation processes controlled the fluid transport. The values of diffusion coefficients have an order of magnitude 10-9 cm2/s (typical values for water diffusion in polymers) and the best fit with the experimental results showed the Etters approximation. Comparing the thermal properties of PbS-PVA xerogel nanocomposite with PVA xerogel it was observed that incorporation of PbS nanoparticles in crosslinked PVA matrix just slightly enhanced the thermal stability of nanocomposite.

  7. Stable and Transparent Superhydrophobic Nanoparticle Films

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    Ling, Xing Yi; Phang, In Yee; Vancso, G. Julius; Huskens, Jurriaan; Reinhoudt, David N.

    2009-01-01

    A superhydrophobic surface with a static water contact angle (θw) > 150° was created by a simple “dip-coating” method of 60-nm SiO2 nanoparticles onto an amine-terminated (NH2) self-assembled monolayer (SAM) glass/silicon oxide substrate, followed by chemical vapor deposition of a fluorinated adsorb

  8. Stable and transparent superhydrophobic nanoparticle films

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    Ling, X.Y.; Phang, In Yee; Vancso, Gyula J.; Huskens, Jurriaan; Reinhoudt, David

    2009-01-01

    A superhydrophobic surface with a static water contact angle (θw) > 150° was created by a simple “dip-coating” method of 60-nm SiO2 nanoparticles onto an amine-terminated (NH2) self-assembled monolayer (SAM) glass/silicon oxide substrate, followed by chemical vapor deposition of a fluorinated adsorb

  9. Quantum-Confined and Enhanced Optical Absorption of Colloidal PbS Quantum Dots at Wavelengths with Expected Bulk Behavior.

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    Debellis, Doriana; Gigli, Giuseppe; Ten Brinck, Stephanie; Infante, Ivan; Giansante, Carlo

    2017-02-08

    Nowadays it is well-accepted to attribute bulk-like optical absorption properties to colloidal PbS quantum dots (QDs) at wavelengths above 400 nm. This assumption permits to describe PbS QD light absorption by using bulk optical constants and to determine QD concentration in colloidal solutions from simple spectrophotometric measurements. Here we demonstrate that PbS QDs experience the quantum confinement regime across the entire near UV-vis-NIR spectral range, therefore also between 350 and 400 nm already proposed to be sufficiently far above the band gap to suppress quantum confinement. This effect is particularly relevant for small PbS QDs (with diameter of ≤4 nm) leading to absorption coefficients that largely differ from bulk values (up to ∼40% less). As a result of the broadband quantum confinement and of the high surface-to-volume ratio peculiar of nanocrystals, suitable surface chemical modification of PbS QDs is exploited to achieve a marked, size-dependent enhancement of the absorption coefficients compared to bulk values (up to ∼250%). We provide empirical relations to determine the absorption coefficients at 400 nm of as-synthesized and ligand-exchanged PbS QDs, accounting for the broadband quantum confinement and suggesting a heuristic approach to qualitatively predict the ligand effects on the optical absorption properties of PbS QDs. Our findings go beyond formalisms derived from Maxwell Garnett effective medium theory to describe QD optical properties and permit to spectrophotometrically calculate the concentration of PbS QD solutions avoiding underestimation due to deviations from the bulk. In perspective, we envisage the use of extended π-conjugated ligands bearing electronically active substituents to enhance light-harvesting in QD solids and suggest the inadequacy of the representation of ligands at the QD surface as mere electric dipoles.

  10. Sequence Characterization and Spatiotemporal Expression Patterns of PbS26-RNase Gene in Chinese White Pear (Pyrus bretschneideri

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    Lin Zhang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Many flowering plants exhibit an important intraspecific reproductive barrier phenomenon, that is, self-incompatibility (SI, in which S-RNase genes play a significant role. To clarify the specific function of S-RNase genes in Chinese pears, the full length cDNA of PbS26-RNase was isolated by rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE technology from Chinese white pear (Pyrus bretschneideri cultivar “Hongpisu.” The cDNA sequence for PbS26-RNase was deposited in GenBank under accession number EU081888. At the amino acid level, the PbS26-RNase displayed the highest similarity (96.9% with PcSa-RNase of P. communis, and only seven amino acid differences were present in the two S-RNases. Phylogenetic analysis of rosaceous S-RNases indicated that the PbS26-RNase clustered with maloideous S-RNases, forming a subfamily-specific not a species-specific group. The PbS26-RNase gene was specifically expressed in the style but not other tissues/organs. The expression level of the PbS26-RNase gene rapidly increased at bell balloon stage (BBS, and then it dropped after pollination. However, the abundance of the PbS26-RNase gene transcript in the style was greater after cross-pollination than after self-pollination. In addition, a method for rapidly detecting the PbS26-RNase gene was developed via allele-specific primers design. The present study could provide a scientific basis for fully clarifying the mechanism of pear SI at the molecular level.

  11. Band-structure tailoring and surface passivation for highly efficient near-infrared responsive PbS quantum dot photovoltaics

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    Zhou, Ru; Niu, Haihong; Ji, Fengwei; Wan, Lei; Mao, Xiaoli; Guo, Huier; Xu, Jinzhang; Cao, Guozhong

    2016-11-01

    PbS is a promising light harvester for near-infrared (NIR) responsive quantum dot (QD) photovoltaics due to its narrow bulk band gap (0.41 eV) and large exciton Bohr radius (18 nm). However, the relatively low conduction band (CB) and high-density surface defects of PbS as two major drawbacks for its use in solar cells severely hamper the photovoltaic performance enhancement. In this work, a modified solution-based successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) utilizing mixed cationic precursors of Pb2+ and Cd2+ is explored, and such a scheme offers two benefits, band-structure tailoring and surface passivation. In-situ deposited CdS suppresses the excessive growth of PbS in the mesopores, thereby facilitating the favorable electron injection from PbS to TiO2 in view of the up-shifted CB level of QDs; the intimate interpenetration of two sulfides with each other leads to superior passivation of trap state defects on PbS, which suppresses the interfacial charge recombination. With the construction of photovoltaics based on such a hybrid (Pb,Cd)S/CdS configuration, impressive power conversion efficiency up to 4.08% has been reached, outperforming that of the conventional PbS/CdS pattern (2.95%). This work highlights the great importance of band-structure tailoring and surface passivation for constructing highly efficient PbS QD photovoltaics.

  12. PbS nanosculptured thin film for phase retarder, anti-reflective, excellent absorber, polarizer and sensor applications.

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    Chaudhary, Ashok; Klebanov, Matvey; Abdulhalim, Ibrahim

    2015-11-20

    Lead-sulphide (PbS) nanosculptured thin film (nSTF) is prepared using a glancing angle deposition (GLAD) technique and the physical vapour deposition (PVD) process. The morphology of the GLAD films clearly shows that an anisotropic structure is obtained and is composed of micro-sheets with sharp top edges (a few tens of nanometres tip width). Due to this anisotropy, optical birefringence is induced in the nSTF as well as linear dichroism. The structural and optical properties of the PbS nSTF have been characterized by scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, Raman spectroscopy and transmission measurements. The Raman spectra of PbS nSTF exhibit sharp peaks representative of vibrations in nano-crystalline PbS. Due to the absorption of PbS the nSTF is found to act as a linear polarizer with good extinction and contrast in the near infra-red range. Due to its porosity this nSTF also has the ability to sense fluids, which we demonstrate using ethanol-water solution at different concentrations. The combination of these effects in PbS nSTF is believed to constitute a prime candidate for many desirable device applications in different aspects with the low cost of production in large areas.

  13. Synthesis of Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanotubes on Silicalite-1 Monolayer-Supported Substrate

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    Wei Zhao

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Monodisperse magnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles (NPs with the size of ca. 3.5 nm were prepared and used as the catalysts for the synthesis of vertically aligned carbon nanotube (VACNT arrays. A silicalite-1 microcrystal monolayer was used as the support layer between catalyst NPs and the silicon substrate. Compared to our previous report which used radio-frequency- (rf- sputtered Fe2O3 film as the catalyst, Fe3O4 NPs that were synthesized by wet chemical method showed an improved catalytic ability with less agglomeration. The silicalite-1 crystal monolayer acted as an effective “buffer” layer to prevent the catalyst NPs from agglomerating during the reaction process. It is believed that this is the first report that realizes the vertical alignment of CNTs over the zeolite monolayer, namely, silicalite-1 microcrystal monolayer, instead of using the intermediate anodic aluminum oxide (AAO scaffold to regulate the growth direction of CNT products.

  14. Static and dynamic electronic characterization of organic monolayers grafted on a silicon surface.

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    Pluchery, O; Zhang, Y; Benbalagh, R; Caillard, L; Gallet, J J; Bournel, F; Lamic-Humblot, A-F; Salmeron, M; Chabal, Y J; Rochet, F

    2016-02-07

    Organic layers chemically grafted on silicon offer excellent interfaces that may open up the way for new organic-inorganic hybrid nanoelectronic devices. However, technological achievements rely on the precise electronic characterization of such organic layers. We have prepared ordered grafted organic monolayers (GOMs) on Si(111), sometimes termed self-assembled monolayers (SAMs), by a hydrosilylation reaction with either a 7-carbon or an 11-carbon alkyl chain, with further modification to obtain amine-terminated surfaces. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is used to determine the band bending (∼ 0.3 eV), and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS) to measure the work function (∼ 3.4 eV) and the HOMO edge. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) confirms that the GOM surface is clean and smooth. Finally, conductive AFM is used to measure electron transport through the monolayer and to identify transition between the tunneling and the field emission regimes. These organic monolayers offer a promising alternative to silicon dioxide thin films for fabricating metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) junctions. We show that gold nanoparticles can be covalently attached to mimic metallic nano-electrodes and that the electrical quality of the GOMs is completely preserved in the process.

  15. Assembly of organic monolayers on polydicyclopentadiene.

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    Perring, Mathew; Bowden, Ned B

    2008-09-16

    The first well-defined organic monolayers assembled on polydicyclopentadiene is reported. Commercial grade dicyclopentadiene was polymerized with the Grubbs' second-generation catalyst in a fume hood under ambient conditions at very low monomer to catalyst loadings of 20 000 to 1. This simple method resulted in a polymer that was a hard solid and appeared slightly yellow. Brief exposures of a few seconds of this polymer to Br 2 lead to a surface with approximately half of the olefins brominated as shown by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and attenuated total reflection-infrared (ATR-IR) spectroscopy. The ATR-IR spectroscopy was carried out with the polymer in contact with a Ge hemisphere housed in a GATR accessory from Harrick. This brominated polydicyclopentadiene was immersed in DMF with 4-(trifluoromethyl)benzylamine to assemble a monolayer. The amines displaced Br on the surface to form a monolayer that exposed a CF 3 group on the surface. The surface was extensively studied by XPS using the method described by Tougaard to find the distribution of F within the surface layer. The ratio for the peak area, Ap, to the background height, B, measured 30 eV below the peak maximum was 109.8 eV. This value clearly indicated that F was found only at the surface and was not found within the polymer. A surface coverage of 1.37 amines per nm (2) was estimated and indicated that the monolayer was 28% as dense as a similar monolayer assembled from thiols on gold. Finally, a simple method to pattern these monolayers using soft lithography is described. This work is critically important because it reports the first monolayers on a relatively new and emerging polymer that has many desirable physical characteristics such as high hardness, chemical stability, and ease of forming different shapes.

  16. Synthesis and applications of novel silver nanoparticle structures

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    Dukes, Kyle

    The field of nanotechnology is rapidly expanding across disciplines as each new development is realized. New exciting technologies are being driven by advances in the application of nanotechnology; including biochemical, optical, and semiconductors research. This thesis will focus on the use of silver nanoparticles as optical labels on cells, methods of forming different small structures of silver nanoparticles, as well as the use of silver nanoparticles in the development of a photovoltaic cell. Silver nanoparticles have been modified with self-assembled monolayers of hydroxyl-terminated long chain thiols and encapsulated with a silica shell. The resulting core-shell nanoparticles were used as optical labels for cell analysis using flow cytometry and microscopy. The excitation of plasmon resonances in nanoparticles results in strong depolarized scattering of visible light permitting detection at the single nanoparticle level. The nanoparticles were modified with neutravidin via epoxide-azide coupling chemistry and biotinylated antibodies targeting cell surface receptors were bound to the nanoparticle surface. The nanoparticle labels exhibited long-term stability under physiological conditions without aggregation or silver ion leaching. Labeled cells exhibited two orders of magnitude enhancement of the scattering intensity compared to unlabeled cells. Dimers of silver nanoparticles have been fabricated by first immobilizing a monolayer of single silver nanoparticles onto poly(4-vinylpyridine) covered glass slides. The monolayer was then exposed to adenine, which has two amines which will bind to silver. The nanoparticle monolayer, now modified with adenine, is exposed to a second suspension of nanoparticles which will bind with the amine modified monolayer. Finally, a thin silica shell is formed about the structure via solgel chemistry to prevent dissolution or aggregation upon sonication/striping. Circular arrays of silver nanoparticels are developed using a

  17. Differential reflectivity and angle-resolved photoemission of PbS(1 0 0)

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    Cricenti, A.; Tallarida, M.; Ottaviani, C.; Kowalski, B.; Gutievitz, E.; Szczerbakow, A.; Orlowski, B. A.

    2001-06-01

    The surface electronic structure of a PbS sample, cleaved in ultra-high-vacuum environment, has been studied with surface differential reflectivity (SDR) and angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (ARUPS). The ARUPS spectra show the presence of two surface (resonance) states along the two angular directions [0 0 1] and [0 1 1]. SDR shows the existence of a gap of approximately 2.1 eV and two more optical transitions at energies of 2.7 and 3.1 eV. These transitions have been, tentatively, assigned to different points in the surface Brillouin zone.

  18. Efficient inorganic solid solar cells composed of perovskite and PbS quantum dots

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    Li, Yi; Zhu, Jun; Huang, Yang; Wei, Junfeng; Liu, Feng; Shao, Zhipeng; Hu, Linhua; Chen, Shuanghong; Yang, Shangfeng; Tang, Junwang; Yao, Jianxi; Dai, Songyuan

    2015-05-01

    Lead halide perovskite solar cells have attracted great interest due to their high efficiency and simple fabrication process. However, the high efficiency heavily relies on expensive organic hole-transporting materials (OHTMs) such as 2,2',7,7'-tetrakis(N,N-di-p-methoxyphenylamine)-9,9'-spirobifluorene (spiro-MeOTAD), it is preferable to replace these expensive OHTMs by inorganic and low cost materials. Here, we report colloidal PbS quantum dots synthesized by a facile method and used as the inorganic hole-transporting material in a hybrid perovskite solar cell. By controlling the crystalline morphology of the perovskite capping layer, the recombination process is significantly retarded. Furthermore, a pure inorganic solar cell prepared by a two-step process demonstrated a nearly 8% power conversion efficiency due to efficient charge separation by a cascade of junctions and retarding charge recombination by a void-free capping layer. The stability of the inorganic solar cell was also tested with a little decay observed within ca. 100 h.Lead halide perovskite solar cells have attracted great interest due to their high efficiency and simple fabrication process. However, the high efficiency heavily relies on expensive organic hole-transporting materials (OHTMs) such as 2,2',7,7'-tetrakis(N,N-di-p-methoxyphenylamine)-9,9'-spirobifluorene (spiro-MeOTAD), it is preferable to replace these expensive OHTMs by inorganic and low cost materials. Here, we report colloidal PbS quantum dots synthesized by a facile method and used as the inorganic hole-transporting material in a hybrid perovskite solar cell. By controlling the crystalline morphology of the perovskite capping layer, the recombination process is significantly retarded. Furthermore, a pure inorganic solar cell prepared by a two-step process demonstrated a nearly 8% power conversion efficiency due to efficient charge separation by a cascade of junctions and retarding charge recombination by a void-free capping layer

  19. Photoluminescence under high-electric field of PbS quantum dots

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    B. Ullrich

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The effect of a laterally applied electric field (≤10 kV/cm on the photoluminescence of colloidal PbS quantum dots (diameter of 2.7 nm on glass was studied. The field provoked a blueshift of the emission peak, a reduction of the luminescent intensity, and caused an increase in the full width at half maximum of the emission spectrum. Upon comparison with the photoluminescence of p-type GaAs exhibits the uniqueness of quantum dot based electric emission control with respect to bulk materials.

  20. Genetic analysis of the genus Diospyros ssp. using RAPD and i-PBS methods

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    Jana Raddová

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Molecular techniques (RAPD and i-PBS were used to study genetic diversity within persimmon collection at Horticulture Faculty of Mendel University in Lednice. The aim of the work was to distinguish 14 known and 6 of unknown origin persimmon cultivars. The basic screening of 20 OPT primers was applied to 4 cultivars differring in the place of origin. Within the group of screened primers there were chosen those, which gave polymorphic repeatable strong and middle strong bands. Selected primers were used for the RAPD reactions within the whole persimmon collection. Three OPA primers previously described in the literature were also used for the RAPD reactions within the whole persimmon collection. Additional 16 i-PBS primers previously described in the literature were also used for i-PBS analysis of the whole group of cultivars. Amplification was successful with 12 i-PBS primers. The FreeTree software package was used to gen­erate a similarity matrix and then to produce a dendrogram using UPGMA analyses. The similarity dendrograms of all persimmon cultivars were created based on both approaches and also on combination of both analyses by program Tree View. All the dendrograms clearly separated the assessed cultivars into 4 clusters. There are cluster of American persimmons – Meader’ (1, ’Garretson’ (2 and ’Early Golden’ (3. They are representatives of D. virginiana. Further part of dendrogram includes single D. lotus (5, which is also clearly separated from other cultivars of the genus Diospyros. The third cluster includes interspecific hybrids ’Rossiyanka’ (10 and ’Nikitskaiya Bordovaiya’ (13, which arised from crosses of D. virginiana and D. kaki. The last cluster is formed by cultivars of Japanese persimmon – ’Mikatani Gosho’, ’Zenjimaru’, ’Tone Wase’, ’Hiratanenashi’, ’Fuyu’, Chinese cultivar – ’Sansi’ and two Italian cultivars ’Vaniglia’ and ’Tipo’. They are clustered without significant

  1. A methodology for assessment of road structures for the PBS pilot project in South Africa

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    Nordengen, Paul A

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available in detail in the report “Load Effects of Mobile Crane Vehicles on Bridge and Culvert Structures” (Anderson, 2011). Currently all proposed PBS projects are assessed in terms of structures using both methods. It is likely that the assessment approach... and NB30 bridge design loads. The results are illustrated graphically in Figures 2 and 3. As indicated in Section 1, details of the methodology are provided in the report “Load Effects of Mobile Crane Vehicles on Bridge and Culvert Structures...

  2. Results from the first fully automated PBS-mask process and pelliclization

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    Oelmann, Andreas B.; Unger, Gerd M.

    1994-02-01

    Automation is widely discussed in IC- and mask-manufacturing and partially realized everywhere. The idea for the automation goes back to 1978, when it turned out that the operators for the then newly installed PBS-process-line (the first in Europe) should be trained to behave like robots for particle reduction gaining lower defect densities on the masks. More than this goal has been achieved. It turned out recently, that the automation with its dedicated work routes and detailed documentation of every lot (individual mask or reticle) made it easy to obtain the CEEC certificate which includes ISO 9001.

  3. Controllable Growth of the Graphene from Millimeter-Sized Monolayer to Multilayer on Cu by Chemical Vapor Deposition

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    Liu, Jinyang; Huang, Zhigao; Lai, Fachun; Lin, Limei; Xu, Yangyang; Zuo, Chuandong; Zheng, Weifeng; Qu, Yan

    2015-11-01

    As is well established, mastery to precise control of the layer number, stacking order of graphene, and the size of single-crystal monolayer graphene is very important for both fundamental interest and practical applications. In this report, millimeter-sized single-crystal monolayer graphene has been synthesized to multilayer graphene on Cu by chemical vapor deposition. The relationship of the growth process between monolayer graphene and multilayer graphene is investigated carefully. Besides the general multilayer graphene with Bernal stacking order, parts of multilayer graphene with non-Bernal stacking order were modulated under optimized growth conditions. The oxide nanoparticle on the Cu surface derived from annealing has been found to play the key role in nucleation. In addition, the hydrogen concentration impacts significantly on the layer number and shape of the graphene. Moreover, a possible mechanism was proposed to understand the growth process discussed above, which may provide an instruction to graphene growth on Cu by chemical vapor deposition.

  4. 乳糖化-去甲斑蝥素及其纳米粒在Caco-2细胞模型中的跨膜转运机制%Transport mechanism of lactosyl-norcantharitin and lactosyl-norcantharitin nanoparticles across Caco-2 monolayer model

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    管敏; 贝永燕; 周奕; 陈晓艳; 张学农

    2011-01-01

    目的 研究乳糖化-去甲斑蝥素(Lac-NCTD)及其壳聚糖纳米粒(Lac-NCTD-NPs)的细胞摄取、转运机制.方法 采用Caco-2细胞单层模型研究Lac-NCTD和Lac-NCTD-NPs的摄取和跨膜转运,考察了时间、温度、pH值、药物质量浓度、吸收抑制剂和促进剂对药物跨膜吸收的影响,并比较两种剂型吸收过程的差异.结果 Lac-NCTD以主动转运为主要方式被细胞摄取和转运,少部分通过旁路转运.药物的摄取和时间呈正相关,与温度呈负相关.P-糖蛋白(P-gP)和多药耐药相关蛋白2(MRP2)抑制剂能增加Lac-NCTD的细胞摄取(P<0.05).药物从基底侧(basolateral,BL)到肠腔侧(apical,AP)的渗透系数(Papp(BL→AP))大于Papp(AP→BL).内吞抑制剂氧化苯砷对药物的转运无影响,旁路转运促进剂去氧胆酸钠能增加药物转运.结论 Lac-NCTD主要以主动转运方式被吸收,少部分通过旁路转运被Caco-2细胞摄取和转运,此过程受P-gP和MRP2外排蛋白的影响,且药物纳米粒的摄取和转运较其溶液均有增加.%Objective To study the mechanisms of absorption and transport of lactosyl-norcantharitin (Lac-NCTD) and lactosyl-norcantharitin nanoparticles (Lac-NCTD-NPs) in intestinal membranes. Methods The Caco-2 cell monolayer model was used to study the transport mechanism of Lac-NCTD and Lac-NCTD-NPs across the membranes. The relative factors for enhancing the absorption of drug carriers, including time, temperature, pH value, drug concentration, enhancers, and inhibitors, were also investigated. The differences between Lac-NCTD and Lac-NCTD-NPs in transport of membranes were explored. Results Lac-NCTD was not only absorbed simply by active transport but also through paracellular transference as the minor. The Lac-NCTD uptake was not controlled by pH value, but positively correlated to uptake time and negatively correlated to temperature and it was also significantly enhanced by the inhibitor of P-glycoprotein (P-gp) and multidrug

  5. Surface chemistry of arenethiolate-capped PbS quantum dots and application as colloidally stable photovoltaic ink

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    Giansante, Carlo, E-mail: carlo.giansante@iit.it [Center for Biomolecular Nanotechnologies @UNILE, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Via Barsanti 1, 73010 Arnesano, LE (Italy); NNL-CNR Istituto di Nanoscienze, Via per Arnesano, 73100 Lecce (Italy); Carbone, Luigi [IPCF-CNR UOS di Pisa, Via G. Moruzzi 1, 56124 Pisa (Italy); Giannini, Cinzia; Altamura, Davide [IC-CNR Istituto di Cristallografia, Via Amendola 122/O, 70126 Bari (Italy); Ameer, Zoobia [Dipartimento di Matematica e Fisica ‘E. De Giorgi’, Università del Salento, Via per Arnesano, 73100 Lecce (Italy); Maruccio, Giuseppe [Center for Biomolecular Nanotechnologies @UNILE, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Via Barsanti 1, 73010 Arnesano, LE (Italy); NNL-CNR Istituto di Nanoscienze, Via per Arnesano, 73100 Lecce (Italy); Dipartimento di Matematica e Fisica ‘E. De Giorgi’, Università del Salento, Via per Arnesano, 73100 Lecce (Italy); Loiudice, Anna [Center for Biomolecular Nanotechnologies @UNILE, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Via Barsanti 1, 73010 Arnesano, LE (Italy); Belviso, Maria R. [NNL-CNR Istituto di Nanoscienze, Via per Arnesano, 73100 Lecce (Italy); Cozzoli, P. Davide [NNL-CNR Istituto di Nanoscienze, Via per Arnesano, 73100 Lecce (Italy); Dipartimento di Matematica e Fisica ‘E. De Giorgi’, Università del Salento, Via per Arnesano, 73100 Lecce (Italy); Rizzo, Aurora [Center for Biomolecular Nanotechnologies @UNILE, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Via Barsanti 1, 73010 Arnesano, LE (Italy); NNL-CNR Istituto di Nanoscienze, Via per Arnesano, 73100 Lecce (Italy); and others

    2014-06-02

    Suitable post-synthesis surface modification of lead-chalcogenide quantum dots (QDs) is crucial to enable their integration in photovoltaic devices. We have developed a solution-phase ligand exchange strategy that exploits arenethiolate anions to replace the pristine oleate ligands on PbS QDs, while preserving the long-term colloidal stability of QDs and allowing their solution-based processability into photoconductive thin-films. Complete QD surface modification is demonstrated by IR spectroscopy analysis, whereas UV–Vis–NIR Absorption Spectroscopy provides quantitative evaluation of stoichiometry and thermodynamic stability of the resulting system. Arenethiolate ligands permit to reduce the inter-particle distance in PbS QD solids, leading to a drastic improvement of the photoinduced charge transport properties. Therefore, smooth dense-packed thin-films of arenethiolate-capped PbS QDs obtained via a single solution-processing step are integrated in heterojunction solar cells: such devices generate remarkable photocurrent densities (14 mA cm{sup −2}) and overall efficiencies (1.85%), which are outstanding for a single PbS QD layer. Solution-phase surface modification of QDs thus represents an effective intermediate step towards low-cost processing for all-inorganic and hybrid organic/inorganic QD-based photovoltaics. - Highlights: • We developed a solution-phase ligand exchange strategy on PbS quantum dots (QDs). • We evaluated stoichiometry and thermodynamic stability of the resulting system. • Arenethiolate ligands preserve the long-term colloidal stability of PbS QDs. • Arenethiolate ligands allow QD solution-casting into photoconductive thin-films. • Photovoltaic devices based on a single PbS QD layer show outstanding performances.

  6. Frequency Selective Surfaces with Nanoparticles Unit Cell

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    Nga Hung Poon

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The frequency selective surface (FSS is a periodic structure with filtering performance for optical and microwave signals. The general periodic arrays made with patterned metallic elements can act as an aperture or patch on a substrate. In this work, two kinds of materials were used to produce unit cells with various patterns. Gold nanoparticles of 25 nm diameter were used to form periodic monolayer arrays by a confined photocatalytic oxidation-based surface modification method. As the other material, silver gel was used to create multiple layers of silver. Due to the ultra-thin nature of the self-assembled gold nanoparticle monolayer, it is very easy to penetrate the FSS with terahertz radiation. However, the isolated silver islands made from silver gel form thicker multiple layers and contribute to much higher reflectance. This work demonstrated that multiple silver layers are more suitable than gold nanoparticles for use in the fabrication of FSS structures.

  7. PBS/蔗渣复合材料的制备与性能%Preparation and Properties of PBS/Bagasse Fiber Composite

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    冯彦洪; 沈寒知; 瞿金平; 刘斌; 谢小莉; 韩丽燕

    2010-01-01

    用蒸汽爆破后的甘蔗渣纤维(BF)与聚丁二酸丁二醇酯(PBS)制备复合材料,研究温度以及蒸汽爆破预处理对复合材料力学性能的影响,并通过红外光谱和电子扫描电镜分析其作用机理.结果表明:随着温度的升高,纤维的分散性、BF与PBS的界面粘结性能及复合材料力学性能提高,温度为200℃时复合材料的拉伸性能最佳,在温度为230℃时弯曲性能和冲击性能达到最佳;而蒸汽爆破预处理可提高纤维素的含量,增大纤维比表面积,使复合材料的力学性能得到改善.

  8. EFFECTS OF SDS, PBS SOLUTIONS UPON FLUORESCENCE VALUES OF DERMATOPHA GOIDES PTERRONYSSINUS RADIOALLERGOSORBENT TEST INHIBITION

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    Jin-lu Sun; Hong-yu Zhang; Hai-juan He; Rui-qi Wang

    2005-01-01

    Objective To explore the effects of SDS, PBS re-dissolvent solutions on fluorescence values of radioallergosorbent test (RAST) inhibition.Methods Dermatophagoides pterronyssinus allergen immunoCAP and UniCAP 100 System were used. The Sera Pool consisted of 20 Dermatophagoides pterronyssinus allergic patients sera, their specific IgE fluorescence values were between 12 505 and 24 776.Results Fluorescence value percentages decreased: 62.9%, 54.1%, 43.5%, 6.7%, 3.7%, 2.6%, 2.2%, and 1.4%respectively, when SDS concentrations were at 2%, 1%, 0.5%, 0.25%, 0.1%, 0.05%, 0.025%, and 0.01%. Fluorescence values decreased more than 5% with SDS concentrations equal to 0.25% or higher. PBS in 0.1 and 0.01 mol/L concentrations decreased fluorescence values 2.9% and 0.9% respectively.Conclusions SDS is a commonly used surfactants in allergen extract and re-dissolvent prepared allergen precipitation for RAST inhibition. Thus effects of surfactants (e.g. SDS) upon the RAST inhibition tests must be considered when they were used as re-dissolvent agents to improve protein resolution in RAST inhibition.

  9. Enhanced Mobility-Lifetime Products in PbS Colloidal Quantum Dot Photovoltaics

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    Jeong, Kwang S.

    2012-01-24

    Figure Persented: Colloidal quantum dot (CQD) photovoltaics offer a promising approach to harvest the near-IR region of the solar spectrum, where half of the sun\\'s power reaching the earth resides. High external quantum efficiencies have been obtained in the visible region in lead chalcogenide CQD photovoltaics. However, the corresponding efficiencies for band gap radiation in the near-infrared lag behind because the thickness of CQD photovoltaic layers from which charge carriers can be extracted is limited by short carrier diffusion lengths. Here, we investigate, using a combination of electrical and optical characterization techniques, ligand passivation strategies aimed at tuning the density and energetic distribution of charge trap states at PbS nanocrystal surfaces. Electrical and optical measurements reveal a more than 7-fold enhancement of the mobility-lifetime product of PbS CQD films treated with 3-mercaptopropionic acid (MPA) in comparison to traditional organic passivation strategies that have been examined in the literature. We show by direct head-to-head comparison that the greater mobility-lifetime products of MPA-treated devices enable markedly greater short-circuit current and higher power conversion efficiency under AM1.5 illumination. Our findings highlight the importance of selecting ligand treatment strategies capable of passivating a diversity of surface states to enable shallower and lower density trap distributions for better transport and more efficient CQD solar cells. © 2011 American Chemical Society.

  10. Corrosion behaviour of polished and sandblasted titanium alloys in PBS solution.

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    Burnat, Barbara; Walkowiak-Przybyło, Magdalena; Błaszczyk, Tadeusz; Klimek, Leszek

    2013-01-01

    In this work, we performed comparative studies of the effect of surface preparation of Ti6Al4V and Ti6Al7Nb biomedical alloys and the influence of endothelial cells on their corrosion behaviour in PBS (Phosphate Buffered Saline). Two different methods of surface modification were applied - polishing and sandblasting. The polished Ti6Al7Nb alloy was found to have the best resistance against general corrosion in PBS. It was characterized by the lowest corrosion rate, the widest passive range and the lowest reactivity. Both alloys prepared by sandblasting exhibited worse corrosion properties in comparison to the polished ones. This can be associated with a greater development of their surface and the presence of Al2O3 grains which caused an increase of corrosion potential but might also influence the weakening of the passive layer. Results of potentiodynamic anodic polarization indicated that more resistant to pitting corrosion was Ti6Al7Nb alloy regardless of the method of surface preparation. In those cases, anodic polarization caused only an increase of passive layer, while in the case of sandblasted Ti6Al4V alloy it caused a pitting corrosion. The results obtained allowed us to conclude that the niobium-titanium alloys had higher corrosion resistance than titanium alloys with vanadium. Moreover, it was stated that endothelial cells improved the corrosion resistance of all the titanium alloys examined.

  11. Efficient exciton funneling in cascaded PbS quantum dot superstructures.

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    Xu, Fan; Ma, Xin; Haughn, Chelsea R; Benavides, Jamie; Doty, Matthew F; Cloutier, Sylvain G

    2011-12-27

    Benzenedithiol (BDT) and ethanedithiol (EDT) ligand-exchange treatments can be used to cross-link colloidal PbS quantum dots into nanocrystalline film structures with distinct optoelectronic properties. Such structures can provide a unique platform to study the energy transfer between layers of quantum dots with different sizes. In this report, efficient exciton funneling and recycling of surface state-bound excitons is observed in cascaded PbS quantum dot-based multilayered superstructures, where the excitons transfer from the larger band gap or donor layers to the smallest band gap or acceptor layers. In this system, both the BDT- and EDT-treated cascaded structures exhibit dramatically enhanced photoluminescence from the acceptor layers. As we show, the energy transfer mechanisms involved and their efficiencies are significantly different depending on the ligand-exchange treatment. In the future, we believe these efficient exciton recycling and funneling mechanisms could be used to improve significantly the photocurrent, charge-transport, and conversion efficiencies in low-cost nanocrystalline and hybrid solar cells and the emission efficiencies in hybrid light-emitting devices.

  12. Self-organization of colloidal PbS quantum dots into highly ordered superlattices.

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    Baranov, Alexander V; Ushakova, Elena V; Golubkov, Valery V; Litvin, Aleksandr P; Parfenov, Peter S; Fedorov, Anatoly V; Berwick, Kevin

    2015-01-13

    X-ray structural analysis, together with steady-state and transient optical spectroscopy, is used for studying the morphology and optical properties of quantum dot superlattices (QDSLs) formed on glass substrates by the self-organization of PbS quantum dots with a variety of surface ligands. The diameter of the PbS QDs varies from 2.8 to 8.9 nm. The QDSL's period is proportional to the dot diameter, increasing slightly with dot size due to the increase in ligand layer thickness. Removal of the ligands has a number of effects on the morphology of QDSLs formed from the dots of different sizes: for small QDs the reduction in the amount of ligands obstructs the self-organization process, impairing the ordering of the QDSLs, while for large QDs the ordering of the superlattice structure is improved, with an interdot distance as low as 0.4 nm allowing rapid charge carrier transport through the QDSLs. QDSL formation does not induce significant changes to the absorption and photoluminescence spectra of the QDs. However, the luminescence decay time is reduced dramatically, due to the appearance of nonradiative relaxation channels.

  13. Characterization of PbS with different morphologies produced using a cyclic microwave radiation

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    Phuruangrat, Anukorn [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai 50200 (Thailand); Thongtem, Titipun [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University, 239 Hauy Kaew Road, Suthep District Amphur Maung, Chiang Mai 50200 (Thailand)], E-mail: ttpthongtem@yahoo.com; Thongtem, Somchai [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai 50200 (Thailand)

    2008-09-30

    PbS was produced from different lead (Pb(CH{sub 3}COO){sub 2}.H{sub 2}O, PbCl{sub 2}.2.5H{sub 2}O, Pb(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}) and sulfur (CH{sub 3}CSNH{sub 2}, CH{sub 5}N{sub 3}S, NH{sub 2}CSNH{sub 2}) sources in propylene glycol using a cyclic microwave radiation at different powers and prolonged times. PbS (cubic) was detected using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and selected area electron diffraction (SAED) techniques. The interpreted and simulated patterns are in good accord. Raman spectrometer revealed the presence of vibrations at 138, 273 and 439 cm{sup -1}. Different morphologies (nano-sized particles, hexapods, cubes, ferns and magic squares) were characterized using a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and a transmission electron microscope (TEM). The product morphologies were influenced by the starting agents, microwave powers and prolonged times.

  14. Subpicosecond Photon-Energy-Dependent Hole Transfer from PbS Quantum Dots to Conjugated Polymers.

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    Colbert, Adam E; Jedlicka, Erin; Wu, Wenbi; Ginger, David S

    2016-12-15

    We use transient absorption (TA) spectroscopy to study the origin of photon-energy dependent hole transfer yields in blends of PbS quantum dots with the conjugated polymer poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT). We selectively excite only the quantum dots at two different wavelengths and measure the polymer ground state bleach resulting from the transfer of photoexcited holes. The higher photon-energy pump shows a greater prompt yield of hole transfer compared to the lower photon-energy excitation, on time scales sufficient to out-compete hot carrier cooling in lead chalcogenide quantum dots. We interpret the results as evidence that the excess energy of nonthermalized, or "hot," excitons resulting from higher photon-energy excitation allows more efficient charge transfer to the polymer in these systems. The data also demonstrate slow charge transfer rates, up to ∼1 ns, of the relaxed excitations on the PbS dots. These findings help to clarify the role of excess photon energy and carrier relaxation dynamics on free carrier generation in donor/acceptor solar cells.

  15. Thermal ripples in model molybdenum disulfide monolayers

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    Remsing, Richard C.; Klein, Michael L. [Institute for Computational Molecular Science, Center for the Computational, Design of Functional Layered Materials, and Department of Chemistry, Temple University, 1925 N. 12th St., 19122, Philadelphia, PA (United States); Waghmare, Umesh V. [Theoretical Sciences Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, 560 064, Jakkur, Bangalore (India)

    2017-01-15

    Molybdenum disulfide (MoS{sub 2}) monolayers have the potential to revolutionize nanotechnology. To reach this potential, it will be necessary to understand the behavior of this two-dimensional (2D) material on large length scales and under thermal conditions. Herein, we use molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to investigate the nature of the rippling induced by thermal fluctuations in monolayers of the 2H and 1T phases of MoS{sub 2}. The 1T phase is found to be more rigid than the 2H phase. Both monolayer phases are predicted to follow long wavelength scaling behavior typical of systems with anharmonic coupling between vibrational modes as predicted by classic theories of membrane-like systems. (copyright 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  16. Thermal transport in monolayer InSe

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    Nissimagoudar, Arun S.; Ma, Jinlong; Chen, Yani; Li, Wu

    2017-08-01

    Two-dimensional InSe, a recently synthesized semiconductor having a moderate band gap, has gained attention due to its ultra high mobility and high photo-responsivity. In this work, we calculate the lattice thermal conductivity (κ) of monolayer InSe by solving the phonon Boltzmann transport equation (BTE) with first-principles calculated inter atomic force constants. κ of monolayer InSe is isotropic and found to be around 27.6 W m K-1 at room temperature along the in-plane direction. The size dependence of κ shows the size effect can persist up to 20 μm. Further, κ can be reduced to half by tuning the sample size to 300 nm. This low value suggests that κ might be a limiting factor for emerging nanoelectronic applications of monolayer InSe.

  17. Elastic bending modulus of monolayer graphene

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    Lu Qiang; Huang Rui [Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, University of Texas, Austin, TX 78712 (United States); Arroyo, Marino [Department of Applied Mathematics 3, LaCaN, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona 08034 (Spain)

    2009-05-21

    An analytic formula is derived for the elastic bending modulus of monolayer graphene based on an empirical potential for solid-state carbon atoms. Two physical origins are identified for the non-vanishing bending stiffness of the atomically thin graphene sheet, one due to the bond-angle effect and the other resulting from the bond-order term associated with the dihedral angles. The analytical prediction compares closely with ab initio energy calculations. Pure bending of graphene monolayers into cylindrical tubes is simulated by a molecular mechanics approach, showing slight nonlinearity and anisotropy in the tangent bending modulus as the bending curvature increases. An intrinsic coupling between bending and in-plane strain is noted for graphene monolayers rolled into carbon nanotubes. (fast track communication)

  18. Fullerene monolayer formation by spray coating.

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    Cervenka, J; Flipse, C F J

    2010-02-10

    Many large molecular complexes are limited in thin film applications by their insufficient thermal stability, which excludes deposition via commonly used vapour phase deposition methods. Here we demonstrate an alternative way of monolayer formation of large molecules by a simple spray coating method under ambient conditions. This technique has been successfully applied on C(60) dissolved in toluene and carbon disulfide. Monolayer thick C(60) films have been formed on graphite and gold surfaces at particular deposition parameters, as confirmed by atomic force and scanning tunnelling microscopies. Structural and electronic properties of spray coated C(60) films on Au(111) have been found comparable to thermally evaporated C(60). We attribute the monolayer formation in spray coating to a crystallization process mediated by an ultrathin solution film on a sample surface.

  19. Magneto photoluminescence measurements of tungsten disulphide monolayers

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    Kuhnert, Jan; Rahimi-Iman, Arash; Heimbrodt, Wolfram

    2017-03-01

    Layered transition-metal dichalcogenides have attracted great interest in the last few years. Thinned down to the monolayer limit they change from an indirect band structure to a direct band gap in the visible region. Due to the monolayer thickness the inversion symmetry of the crystal is broken and spin and valley are coupled to each other. The degeneracy between the two equivalent valleys, K and K‧, respectively, can be lifted by applying an external magnetic field. Here, we present photoluminescence measurements of CVD-grown tungsten disulphide (WS2) monolayers at temperatures of 2 K. By applying magnetic fields up to 7 T in Faraday geometry, a splitting of the photoluminescence peaks can be observed. The magnetic field dependence of the A-exciton, the trion and three bound exciton states is discussed and the corresponding g-factors are determined.

  20. Stiffness of lipid monolayers with phase coexistence.

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    Caruso, Benjamín; Mangiarotti, Agustín; Wilke, Natalia

    2013-08-27

    The surface dilational modulus--or compressibility modulus--has been previously studied for monolayers composed of pure materials, where a jump in this modulus was related with the onset of percolation as a result of the establishment of a connected structure at the molecular level. In this work, we focused on monolayers composed of two components of low lateral miscibility. Our aim was to investigate the compressibility of mixed monolayers at pressures and compositions in the two-phase region of the phase diagram, in order to analyze the effect of the mechanical properties of each phase on the stiffness of the composite. In nine different systems with distinct molecular dipoles and charges, the stiffness of each phase and the texture at the plane of the monolayer were studied. In this way, we were able to analyze the general compressibility of two-phase lipid monolayers, regardless of the properties of their constituent parts. The results are discussed in the light of the following two hypotheses: first, the stiffness of the composite could be dominated by the stiffness of each phase as a weighted sum according to the percentage of each phase area, regardless of the distribution of the phases in the plane of the monolayer. Alternatively, the stiffness of the composite could be dominated by the mechanical properties of the continuous phase. Our results were better explained by this latter proposal, as in all the analyzed mixtures it was found that the mechanical properties of the percolating phase were the determining factors. The value of the compression modulus was closer to the value of the connected phase than to that of the dispersed phase, indicating that the bidimensional composites displayed mechanical properties that were related to the properties of each phases in a rather complex manner.

  1. Interconnection of nanoparticles within 2D superlattices of PbS/oleic acid thin films.

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    Simon, Paul; Bahrig, Lydia; Baburin, Igor A; Formanek, Petr; Röder, Falk; Sickmann, Jan; Hickey, Stephen G; Eychmüller, Alexander; Lichte, Hannes; Kniep, Rüdiger; Rosseeva, Elena

    2014-05-21

    Make it connected! 2D close-packed layers of inorganic nanoparticles are interconnected by organic fibrils of oleic acid as clearly visualized by electron holography. These fibrils can be mineralised by PbS to transform an organic-inorganic framework to a completely interconnected inorganic semiconducting 2D array.

  2. Low temperature photoresponse of monolayer tungsten disulphide

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    Bingchen Cao

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available High photoresponse can be achieved in monolayers of transition metal dichalcogenides. However, the response times are inconveniently limited by defects. Here, we report low temperature photoresponse of monolayer tungsten disulphide prepared by exfoliation and chemical vapour deposition (CVD method. The exfoliated device exhibits n-type behaviour; while the CVD device exhibits intrinsic behaviour. In off state, the CVD device has four times larger ratio of photoresponse for laser on/off and photoresponse decay–rise times are 0.1 s (limited by our setup, while the exfoliated device has few seconds. These findings are discussed in terms of charge trapping and localization.

  3. Sub-THz Characterisation of Monolayer Graphene

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    Ehsan Dadrasnia

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available We explore the optical and electrical characteristics of monolayer graphene by using pulsed optoelectronic terahertz time-domain spectroscopy in the frequency range of 325–500 GHz based on fast direct measurements of phase and amplitude. We also show that these parameters can, however, be measured with higher resolution using a free space continuous wave measurement technique associated with a vector network analyzer that offers a good dynamic range. All the scattering parameters (both magnitude and phase are measured simultaneously. The Nicholson-Ross-Weir method is implemented to extract the monolayer graphene parameters at the aforementioned frequency range.

  4. Nonlinear optical studies of organic monolayers

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    Shen, Y.R.

    1988-02-01

    Second-order nonlinear optical effects are forbidden in a medium with inversion symmetry, but are necessarily allowed at a surface where the inversion summary is broken. They are often sufficiently strong so that a submonolayer perturbation of the surface can be readily detected. They can therefore be used as effective tools to study monolayers adsorbed at various interfaces. We discuss here a number of recent experiments in which optical second harmonic generation (SHG) and sum-frequency generation (SFG) are employed to probe and characterize organic monolayers. 15 refs., 5 figs.

  5. Aqueous synthesis of PbS quantum dots for noninvasive near-infrared fluorescence imaging in a mouse model

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    Deng, Dawei; Chen, Xinyang; Zhang, Jian; Liu, Fei; Cao, Jie; Gu, Yueqing

    2010-02-01

    In this paper, we present a new facile and environmental friendly method to prepare water-soluble near-infrared (NIR)-emitting PbS quantum dots (QDs) at room temperature under ambient conditions, using dihydrolipoic acid (DHLA) as a stabilizer. The photoluminescence (PL) emissions of the prepared DHLA-capped PbS QDs are tunable between 870 and 1010 nm. A PL quantum yield (QY) of ~10% can be achieved under optimized conditions without any post-preparative treatment. Here, we further use the produced DHLA-capped PbS QDs for NIR fluorescence imaging in a mouse model. The obtained experimental results showed that the NIR fluorescence of the PbS QDs in living tissues generated from the excitation with semiconductor laser (λmax=765.9 nm) could penetrate living tissues and be detected easily by the noninvasive in vivo NIR fluorescence imaging system. In addition, the preliminary studies on the cytotoxicity and in vivo toxicity of the QDs also indicates fully that these water-soluble DHLA-capped PbS QDs are very lowly toxic, and as such they should have greater potential in biological and medical applications especially in noninvasive in vivo fluorescence imaging of mice, compared to other existing highly toxic aqueous NIR-emitting quantum dots (CdTe, HgTe, etc).

  6. Preparation of nanostructured PbS thin films as sensing element for NO{sub 2} gas

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    Kaci, S., E-mail: k_samira05@yahoo.fr [Centre de Recherche en Technologie des Semi-conducteurs pour l’Energétique (CRTSE) Division Couches Minces et Interfaces, 02 Bd Frantz Fanon, B.P. 140, 7 Merveilles, 16038 Algiers (Algeria); Keffous, A.; Hakoum, S. [Centre de Recherche en Technologie des Semi-conducteurs pour l’Energétique (CRTSE) Division Couches Minces et Interfaces, 02 Bd Frantz Fanon, B.P. 140, 7 Merveilles, 16038 Algiers (Algeria); Trari, M. [Université des Sciences et Technologies Houari Boumediene (USTHB), Laboratoire de Stockage et de Valorisation des Eneriges Renouvelables, Faculté de Chimie, BP 32, EL Alia, 16111 Bab Ezzouar, Algiers (Algeria); Mansri, O.; Menari, H. [Centre de Recherche en Technologie des Semi-conducteurs pour l’Energétique (CRTSE) Division Couches Minces et Interfaces, 02 Bd Frantz Fanon, B.P. 140, 7 Merveilles, 16038 Algiers (Algeria)

    2014-06-01

    In this work, we demonstrate that semiconducting films of A{sub IV}B{sub VI} compounds, in particular, of nanostructured lead sulfide (PbS) which prepared by chemical bath deposition (CBD), can be used as a sensing element for nitrogen dioxide (NO{sub 2}) gas. The CBD method is versatile, simple in implementation and gives homogeneous semiconductor structures. We have prepared PbS nanocrystalline thin film at different reaction baths and temperatures. In the course of deposition, variable amounts of additives, such as organic substances among them, were introduced into the baths. The energy dispersive analysis (EDX) confirms the chemical composition of PbS films. A current–voltage (I–V) characterization of Pd/nc-PbS/a-SiC:H pSi(100)/Al Schottky diode structures were studied in the presence of NO{sub 2} gas. The gas sensing behavior showed that the synthesized PbS nanocrystalline thin films were influenced by NO{sub 2} gas at room temperature. The results can be used for developing an experimental sensing element based on chemically deposited nanostructured PbS films which can be applicable in gas sensors.

  7. Self-assembled gold nanoparticles on functionalized gold(111) studied by scanning tunneling microscopy

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    PENG, Zhang-Quan; WANG, Er-Kang

    2000-01-01

    Nanogold colloidal solutions are prepared by the reduction of HAuClO4 with sodium citrate and sodium borohydride. 4- Aminothiophenol (ATP) self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) are formed on gold(111) surface, on which gold nanoparticles are immobilized and a sub-monolayer of the particles appears. This sub-monolayer of gold nanoparticles is characterized with scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), and a dual energy barrier tunneling model is proposed to explain the imgeability of the gold nanoparticles by STM. This model can also be used to construct multiple energy barrier structure on solid/ liquid interface and to evaluate the electron transport ability of some organic monolayers with the aid of electrochemical method.

  8. Emergence of complex chemistry on an organic monolayer.

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    Prins, Leonard J

    2015-07-21

    In many origin-of-life scenarios, inorganic materials, such as FeS or mineral clays, play an important role owing to their ability to concentrate and select small organic molecules on their surface and facilitate their chemical transformations into new molecules. However, considering that life is made up of organic matter, at a certain stage during the evolution the role of the inorganic material must have been taken over by organic molecules. How this exactly happened is unclear, and, indeed, a big gap separates the rudimentary level of organization involving inorganic materials and the complex organization of cells, which are the building blocks of life. Over the past years, we have extensively studied the interaction of small molecules with monolayer-protected gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) for the purpose of developing innovative sensing and catalytic systems. During the course of these studies, we realized that the functional role of this system is very similar to that typically attributed to inorganic surfaces in the early stages of life, with the important being difference that the functional properties (molecular recognition, catalysis, signaling, adaptation) originate entirely from the organic monolayer rather than the inorganic support. This led us to the proposition that this system may serve as a model that illustrates how the important role of inorganic surfaces in dictating chemical processes in the early stages of life may have been taken over by organic matter. Here, we reframe our previously obtained results in the context of the origin-of-life question. The following functional roles of Au NPs will be discussed: the ability to concentrate small molecules and create different local populations, the ability to catalyze the chemical transformation of bound molecules, and, finally, the ability to install rudimentary signaling pathways and display primitive adaptive behavior. In particular, we will show that many of the functional properties of the system

  9. High-Quality Alkyl Monolayers on Silicon Surfaces

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    Sieval, A.B.; Linke, R.; Zuilhof, H.; Sudh"lter, E.J.R.

    2000-01-01

    Covalent attachment of functionalized monolayers onto silicon surfaces (see Figure for examples) is presented here as a strategy for surface modification. The preparation and structure of both unfunctionalized and functionalized alkyl-based monolayers are described, as are potential applications,

  10. The Effect of Substrate Temperature on the Structural Properties of Spray Pyrolysed Lead Sulphide (PbS Thin Films

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    Mohammad G. Faraj

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Lead sulphide (PbS films were prepared by the chemical spray pyrolysis technique using a solution of Lead nitrate and thiourea. PbS films were deposited (prepared on glass substrate at varied temperature (250-350 oC. Effects of substrate temperature on the structural characteristics of the films were studied. The X-ray diffraction patterns’ results reveal that the all of PbS films have a face centered cubic structure. The X-ray diffraction study showed that irrespective of substrate temperature all the films exhibits a preferred orientation along the (200 plane. The degree of preferred orientation increased with the substrate temperature. It was observed that the increase of the substrate temperature increase the diffraction peak intensity of (200 plane which resulted in increase in grain size and good crystallinity of the films.

  11. A Simple and Facile Solvothermal Synthesis of Hierarchical PbS Microstars with Multidendritic Arms and Their Optical Properties

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    Yong-Fang Li

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A simple and facile approach was developed in the solvothermal synthesis of hierarchical PbS microstars with multidendritic arms, which were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR and photoluminescence (PL spectroscopy. The morphologies of PbS products were strongly determined by the reaction time and temperature, the ratios of the precursors, and the mixed solvent with various components, and thereby their possible formation mechanism was discussed in some detail. The as-prepared PbS crystals displayed a sharp and strong photoluminescent peak at 437 nm at room temperature. It has potential and practical applications in photoluminescence, photovoltaics, IR photodetectors, electroluminescence, and solar absorbers.

  12. Impacts of gantry angle dependent scanning beam properties on proton PBS treatment

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    Lin, Yuting; Clasie, Benjamin; Lu, Hsiao-Ming; Flanz, Jacob; Shen, Tim; Jee, Kyung-Wook

    2017-01-01

    While proton beam models in treatment planning systems are generally assumed invariant with respect to the beam deliveries at different gantry angles. Physical properties of scanning pencil beams can change. The gantry angle dependent properties include the delivered charge to the monitor unit chamber, the spot position and the spot shape. The aim of this study is to investigate the extent of the changes and their dosimetric impacts using historical pencil beam scanning (PBS) treatment data. Online beam delivery records at the time of the patient-specific qualify assurance were retrospectively collected for a total of 34 PBS fields from 28 patients treated at our institution. For each field, proton beam properties at two different gantry angles (the planned and zero gantry angles) were extracted by a newly-developed machine log analysis method and used to reconstruct the delivered dose distributions in the cubic water phantom geometry. The reconstructed doses at the two different angles and a planar dose measurement by a 2D ion-chamber array were compared and the dosimetric impacts of the gantry angle dependency were accessed by a 3D γ-index analysis. In addition, the pencil beam spot size was independently characterized as a function of the gantry angle and the beam energy. The dosimetric effects of the perturbed beam shape were also investigated. Comparisons of spot-by-spot beam positions between both gantry angles show a mean deviation of 0.4 and 0.7 mm and a standard deviation of 0.3 and 0.6 mm for x and y directions, respectively. The delivered giga-protons per spot show a percent mean difference and a standard deviation of 0.01% and 0.3%, respectively, from each planned spot weight. These small deviations lead to an excellent agreement in dose comparisons with an average γ passing rate of 99.1%. When each calculation for both planned and zero gantry angles was compared to the measurement, a high correlation in γ values was also observed, also

  13. Impacts of gantry angle dependent scanning beam properties on proton PBS treatment.

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    Lin, Yuting; Clasie, Benjamin; Lu, Hsiao-Ming; Flanz, Jacob; Shen, Tim; Jee, Kyung-Wook

    2017-01-21

    While proton beam models in treatment planning systems are generally assumed invariant with respect to the beam deliveries at different gantry angles. Physical properties of scanning pencil beams can change. The gantry angle dependent properties include the delivered charge to the monitor unit chamber, the spot position and the spot shape. The aim of this study is to investigate the extent of the changes and their dosimetric impacts using historical pencil beam scanning (PBS) treatment data. Online beam delivery records at the time of the patient-specific qualify assurance were retrospectively collected for a total of 34 PBS fields from 28 patients treated at our institution. For each field, proton beam properties at two different gantry angles (the planned and zero gantry angles) were extracted by a newly-developed machine log analysis method and used to reconstruct the delivered dose distributions in the cubic water phantom geometry. The reconstructed doses at the two different angles and a planar dose measurement by a 2D ion-chamber array were compared and the dosimetric impacts of the gantry angle dependency were accessed by a 3D γ-index analysis. In addition, the pencil beam spot size was independently characterized as a function of the gantry angle and the beam energy. The dosimetric effects of the perturbed beam shape were also investigated. Comparisons of spot-by-spot beam positions between both gantry angles show a mean deviation of 0.4 and 0.7 mm and a standard deviation of 0.3 and 0.6 mm for x and y directions, respectively. The delivered giga-protons per spot show a percent mean difference and a standard deviation of 0.01% and 0.3%, respectively, from each planned spot weight. These small deviations lead to an excellent agreement in dose comparisons with an average γ passing rate of 99.1%. When each calculation for both planned and zero gantry angles was compared to the measurement, a high correlation in γ values was also observed, also

  14. Glitter in a 2D monolayer.

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    Yang, Li-Ming; Dornfeld, Matthew; Frauenheim, Thomas; Ganz, Eric

    2015-10-21

    We predict a highly stable and robust atomically thin gold monolayer with a hexagonal close packed lattice stabilized by metallic bonding with contributions from strong relativistic effects and aurophilic interactions. We have shown that the framework of the Au monolayer can survive 10 ps MD annealing simulations up to 1400 K. The framework is also able to survive large motions out of the plane. Due to the smaller number of bonds per atom in the 2D layer compared to the 3D bulk we observe significantly enhanced energy per bond (0.94 vs. 0.52 eV per bond). This is similar to the increase in bond strength going from 3D diamond to 2D graphene. It is a non-magnetic metal, and was found to be the global minima in the 2D space. Phonon dispersion calculations demonstrate high kinetic stability with no negative modes. This 2D gold monolayer corresponds to the top monolayer of the bulk Au(111) face-centered cubic lattice. The close-packed lattice maximizes the aurophilic interactions. We find that the electrons are completely delocalized in the plane and behave as 2D nearly free electron gas. We hope that the present work can inspire the experimental fabrication of novel free standing 2D metal systems.

  15. Nanotubes based on monolayer blue phosphorus

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    Montes Muñoz, Enrique

    2016-07-08

    We demonstrate structural stability of monolayer zigzag and armchair blue phosphorus nanotubes by means of molecular dynamics simulations. The vibrational spectrum and electronic band structure are determined and analyzed as functions of the tube diameter and axial strain. The nanotubes are found to be semiconductors with a sensitive indirect band gap that allows flexible tuning.

  16. Non-rotator phases in phospholipid monolayers?

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    Kenn, R.M.; Kjær, K.; Möhwald, H.

    1996-01-01

    Monolayers of diacylphosphatidylethanolamines at the air/water interface are studied by grazing incidence X-ray diffraction. The results prove the existence of phases which show analogies with the rotator phases of single-chain surfactants: hexagonal tail lattice with no tilt; rectangular lattice...

  17. Statistical mechanics of a lipid monolayer

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    Kox, A.J.; Wiegel, F.W.

    1978-01-01

    We calculate from first principles the equation of state of a simple type of membrane: a monolayer consisting of lipid chain molecules with short-range repulsive and long-range attractive forces. An approximate solution to the packing problem of the hydrocarbon chains is obtained by using a mathemat

  18. Semiconductor monolayer assemblies with oriented crystal faces

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    Ma, Guijun

    2012-01-01

    Fabrication of two-dimensional monolayers of crystalline oxide and oxynitride particles was attempted on glass plate substrates. X-Ray diffraction patterns of the assemblies show only specific crystal facets, indicative of the uniform orientation of the particles on the substrate. The selectivity afforded by this immobilization technique enables the organization of randomly distributed polycrystalline powders in a controlled manner.

  19. Structure of cholesterol/ceramide monolayer mixtures

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    Scheffer, L.; Solomonov, I.; Weygand, M.J.

    2005-01-01

    The structure of monolayers of cholesterol/ ceramide mixtures was investigated using grazing incidence x-ray diffraction, immunofluorescence, and atomic force microscopy techniques. Grazing incidence x-ray diffraction measurements showed the existence of a crystalline mixed phase of the two...

  20. Edge conduction in monolayer WTe2

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    Fei, Zaiyao; Palomaki, Tauno; Wu, Sanfeng; Zhao, Wenjin; Cai, Xinghan; Sun, Bosong; Nguyen, Paul; Finney, Joseph; Xu, Xiaodong; Cobden, David H.

    2017-07-01

    A two-dimensional topological insulator (2DTI) is guaranteed to have a helical one-dimensional edge mode in which spin is locked to momentum, producing the quantum spin Hall effect and prohibiting elastic backscattering at zero magnetic field. No monolayer material has yet been shown to be a 2DTI, but recently the Weyl semimetal WTe2 was predicted to become a 2DTI in monolayer form if a bulk gap opens. Here, we report that, at temperatures below about 100 K, monolayer WTe2 does become insulating in its interior, while the edges still conduct. The edge conduction is strongly suppressed by an in-plane magnetic field and is independent of gate voltage, save for mesoscopic fluctuations that grow on cooling due to a zero-bias anomaly, which reduces the linear-response conductance. Bilayer WTe2 also becomes insulating at low temperatures but does not show edge conduction. Many of these observations are consistent with monolayer WTe2 being a 2DTI. However, the low-temperature edge conductance, for contacts spacings down to 150 nm, never reaches values higher than ~20 μS, about half the predicted value of e2/h, suggesting significant elastic scattering in the edge.

  1. Adsorption of Ions at Uncharged Insoluble Monolayers

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    Peshkova, T. V.; Minkov, I. L.; Tsekov, R.; Slavchov, R. I.

    2016-08-01

    A method is proposed for the experimental determination of the adsorption of inorganic electrolytes at a surface covered with insoluble surfactant monolayer. This task is complicated by the fact that the change of the salt concentration alters both chemical potentials of the electrolyte and the surfactant. Our method resolves the question by combining data for the surface pressure versus area of the monolayer at several salt concentrations with data for the equilibrium spreading pressure of crystals of the surfactant (used to fix a standard state). We applied the method to alcohols spread at the surface of concentrated halide solutions. The measured salt adsorption is positive and has nonmonotonic dependence on the area per surfactant molecule. For the liquid expanded film, depending on the concentration, there is one couple of ions adsorbed per each 3–30 surfactant molecules. We analyzed which ion, the positive or the negative, stands closer to the surface, by measuring the effect of NaCl on the Volta potential of the monolayer. The potentiometric data suggest that Na+ is specifically adsorbed, while Cl– remains in the diffuse layer, i.e., the surface is positively charged. The observed reverse Hofmeister series of the adsorptions of NaF, NaCl, and NaBr suggests the same conclusion holds for all these salts. The force that causes the adsorption of Na+ seems to be the interaction of the ion with the dipole moment of the monolayer.

  2. Penetration of lipid monolayers by psychoactive drugs

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    Demel, R.A.; Deenen, L.L.M. van

    1966-01-01

    The ability of a number of psychoactive drugs to penetrate lipid monolayers of varying composition was examined, and the following observation were made: (1) The increase in surface pressure of a monomolecular film appeared to depend on the chemical nature of the lipid as well as on the initial film

  3. Molecular diffusion in monolayer and submonolayer nitrogen

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    Hansen, Flemming Yssing; Bruch, Ludwig Walter

    2001-01-01

    The orientational and translational motions in a monolayer fluid of physisorbed molecular nitrogen are treated using molecular dynamics simulations. Dynamical response functions and several approximations to the coefficient of translational diffusion are determined for adsorption on the basal pla...... where the ballistic approximation to the translational molecular self-correlation function is accurate....

  4. Spectroscopic study of Pbs nano-structured layer prepared by Pld utilized as a Hall-effect magnetic sensor

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    Atwa, D. M.; Aboulfotoh, N.; El-magd, A. Abo; Badr, Y.

    2013-10-01

    Lead sulfide (PbS) nano-structured films have been grown on quartz substrates using PLD technique. The deposited films were characterized by several structural techniques, including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and Selected-area electron diffraction patterns (SAED). The results prove the formation of cubic phase of PbS nanocrystals. Elemental analysis of the deposited films compared to the bulk target was obtained via laser induced fluorescence of the produced plasma particles and the energy dispersive X-ray "EDX" technique. The Hall coefficient measurements indicate an efficient performance of the deposited films as a magnetic sensor.

  5. Ultrafast exciton relaxation dynamics of PbS and core/shell PbS/CdS quantum dots

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    WHEELER Damon A.; FITZMORRIS Bob C.; ZHAO HaiGuang; MA DongLing; ZHANG JinZhong

    2012-01-01

    Optical properties and ultrafast exciton relaxation dynamics in PbS and core/shell PbS/CdS quantum dots (QDs) have been studied using UV-vis absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy as well as femtosecond (fs) transient absorption spectroscopy.The electronic absorption spectrum of the PbS QDs features broad absorption in the entire near IR-vis-UV region with a monotonic increase in intensity towards shorter wavelength.Relative to PbS,the absorption of the core/shell PbS/CdS QDs shows a slight blue shift in the 600-800 nm region,due to the decrease of the PbS crystal size caused by the synthetic process of the core/shell structure,and increased absorption near 400 nm due to the CdS shell.The PL of the PbS/CdS QDs was ~2.6 times more intense than that of the PbS QDs,due to surface passivation of PbS by CdS,and blue-shifted,attributable to smaller PbS size and thereby stronger quantum confinement in the core/shell QDs.Fs transient absorption measurements of both systems showed a strong transient absorption feature from 600 to 750 nm following excitation at 750 nm.The transient absorption decays can be fit to a biexponential with time constants of 8 and 100 ps for PbS and 6 and 80 ps for PbS/CdS.The amplitude and lifetime of the fast component were excitation intensity dependent,with the amplitude increasing more than linearly with increasing excitation intensity and the lifetime decreasing with increasing intensity.The fast decay is attributed to exciton-exciton annihilation and it occurs more readily for the PbS/CdS than the PbS QDs,which is attributed to a lower density of trap states in the core/shell ODs,as supported by their stronger PL.

  6. Spontaneous Emission Enhancement from polymer-embedded colloidal PbS Nanocrystals into Si-based photonics at telecom wavelengths

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    Humer, Markus; Jantsch, Wolfgang; Fromherz, Thomas

    2013-01-01

    We experimentally demonstrate the coupling of optically excited PbS nanocrystal (NC) photoluminescence (PL) into Si-based ring resonators and waveguides at 300K. The PbS NCs are dissolved into Novolak polymer at various concentrations and applied by drop-casting. The coupling mechanism and the spontaneous emission enhancement are experimentally investigated and compared to theoretical predictions. Quality (Q) factors of 2500 were obtained in emission and transmission for wavelengths centered around 1.45{\\mu}m. PL intensity shows a linear dependence on the excitation power and no degradation of the Q factors. Devices with stable optical properties are obtained by this versatile technique.

  7. Investigation of magnetically enhanced swelling behaviour of superparamagnetic starch nanoparticles

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    A K Bajpai; Sweta Likhitkar

    2013-02-01

    The present study follows a novel strategy for the preparation of superparamagnetic nanoparticles of cross-linked starch impregnated homogeneously with nanosized iron oxide. The prepared magnetic nanoparticles were characterized by infra-red (FTIR) spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction and magnetization studies. The size of the magnetic polymeric particles was found to lie in the range of 20–80 nm, and they exhibited superparamagnetic properties. The particles were allowed to swell in phosphate buffer saline (PBS) and the influence of factors such as chemical composition of nanoparticles, pH and temperature of the swelling bath and applied magnetic field was investigated on the water intake capacity of the nanoparticles. The prepared nanoparticles showed potential to provide a possible option for controlled and targeted delivery of anticancer drugs, applying external magnetic field.

  8. Low temperature regulated growth of PbS quantum dots by wet chemical method

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    Kumar, Hitanshu, E-mail: hitanshuminhas@gmail.com; Barman, P. B.; Singh, Ragini Raj [Department of Physics and Materials Science, Jaypee University of Information Technology, Waknaghat, Solan-173234, H.P. (India); Bind, Umesh Chandra [Centre of Nanotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee 247667 (India)

    2015-08-28

    Narrow size distribution with regulated synthesis of lead sulfide (PbS) quantum dots (QDs) was achieved through wet chemical method. Different concentrations of 2-mercaptoethanol (capping agent) were used for tailoring the QDs size. Transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction studies revealed that the QDs have mean diameters between 6 to 15 nm. The optical absorption spectra were compared to the predictions of a theoretical model for the electronic structure. The theory agrees well with experiment for QDs larger than 7 nm, but for smaller dots there is some deviation from the theoretical predictions. Consequently, the produced particles are having monodispersity, good water solubility, stability and may be good arguments to be biologically compatible due to the use of 2-mercaptoethanol.

  9. Noncovalent Attachment of PbS Quantum Dots to Single- and Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes

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    Anirban Das

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Attachment of PbS quantum dots (QD to single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNT and multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT is described; wherein commercially obtained PbS-QD of size 2.7 nm, stabilized by oleic acid, are added to a suspension of single- or multiwalled carbon nanotubes (CNT prefunctionalized noncovalently with 1,2-benzenedimethanethiol (1,2-BDMT in ethanol. The aromatic part of 1,2-BDMT attaches to the CNT by π-π stacking interactions, noncovalently functionalizing the CNT. The thiol part of the 1,2-BDMT on the functionalized CNT replaces oleic acid on the surface of the QD facilitating the noncovalent attachment of the QD to the CNT. The composites were characterized by TEM and FTIR spectroscopy. Quenching of NIR fluorescence of the PbS-QD on attachment to the carbon nanotubes (CNT was observed, indicating FRET from the QD to the CNT.

  10. The Dynamic Organic/Inorganic Interface of Colloidal PbS Quantum Dots.

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    Grisorio, Roberto; Debellis, Doriana; Suranna, Gian Paolo; Gigli, Giuseppe; Giansante, Carlo

    2016-06-01

    Colloidal quantum dots are composed of nanometer-sized crystallites of inorganic semiconductor materials bearing organic molecules at their surface. The organic/inorganic interface markedly affects forms and functions of the quantum dots, therefore its description and control are important for effective application. Herein we demonstrate that archetypal colloidal PbS quantum dots adapt their interface to the surroundings, thus existing in solution phase as equilibrium mixtures with their (metal-)organic ligand and inorganic core components. The interfacial equilibria are dictated by solvent polarity and concentration, show striking size dependence (leading to more stable ligand/core adducts for larger quantum dots), and selectively involve nanocrystal facets. This notion of ligand/core dynamic equilibrium may open novel synthetic paths and refined nanocrystal surface-chemistry strategies.

  11. Low temperature regulated growth of PbS quantum dots by wet chemical method

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    Kumar, Hitanshu; Bind, Umesh Chandra; Barman, P. B.; Singh, Ragini Raj

    2015-08-01

    Narrow size distribution with regulated synthesis of lead sulfide (PbS) quantum dots (QDs) was achieved through wet chemical method. Different concentrations of 2-mercaptoethanol (capping agent) were used for tailoring the QDs size. Transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction studies revealed that the QDs have mean diameters between 6 to 15 nm. The optical absorption spectra were compared to the predictions of a theoretical model for the electronic structure. The theory agrees well with experiment for QDs larger than 7 nm, but for smaller dots there is some deviation from the theoretical predictions. Consequently, the produced particles are having monodispersity, good water solubility, stability and may be good arguments to be biologically compatible due to the use of 2-mercaptoethanol.

  12. Impact of Different Surface Ligands on the Optical Properties of PbS Quantum Dot Solids

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    Fan Xu

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The engineering of quantum dot solids with low defect concentrations and efficient carrier transport through a ligand strategy is crucial to achieve efficient quantum dot (QD optoelectronic devices. Here, we study the consequences of various surface ligand treatments on the light emission properties of PbS quantum dot films using 1,3-benzenedithiol (1,3-BDT, 1,2-ethanedithiol (EDT, mercaptocarboxylic acids (MPA and ammonium sulfide ((NH42S. We first investigate the influence of different ligand treatments on the inter-dot separation, which mainly determines the conductivity of the QD films. Then, through a combination of photoluminescence and transient photoluminescence characterization, we demonstrate that the radiative and non-radiative recombination mechanisms in the quantum dot films depend critically on the length and chemical structure of the surface ligands.

  13. Photoinduced band filling in strongly confined colloidal PbS quantum dots

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    Ullrich, B., E-mail: bruno@fis.unam.mx [Instituto de Ciencias Físicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Cuernavaca, Morelos 62210 (Mexico); Ullrich Photonics LLC, Wayne, Ohio 43466 (United States); Xi, H. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403-0209 (United States); Wang, J. S. [Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio 45433-7707 (United States)

    2014-06-21

    Increase in continuous wave laser excitation (6 W/cm{sup 2} to 120 W/cm{sup 2}) of colloidal PbS quantum dots in the strongly quantized regime (diameters 2.0 nm and 4.7 nm) deposited on semi-insulating GaAs and glass causes a clear blue shift (0.019 eV and 0.080 eV) of the emission spectra. Proof of the applicability of a dynamic three-dimensional band filling model is the significance of the presented results and demonstrates the effective electronic coupling in quantum dot arrays similar to superlattices. The work also reveals the influence of quantum dot sizes on photo-doping effects.

  14. Photoinduced band filling in strongly confined colloidal PbS quantum dots

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    Ullrich, B.; Xi, H.; Wang, J. S.

    2014-06-01

    Increase in continuous wave laser excitation (6 W/cm2 to 120 W/cm2) of colloidal PbS quantum dots in the strongly quantized regime (diameters 2.0 nm and 4.7 nm) deposited on semi-insulating GaAs and glass causes a clear blue shift (0.019 eV and 0.080 eV) of the emission spectra. Proof of the applicability of a dynamic three-dimensional band filling model is the significance of the presented results and demonstrates the effective electronic coupling in quantum dot arrays similar to superlattices. The work also reveals the influence of quantum dot sizes on photo-doping effects.

  15. Surface charge-specific interactions between polymer nanoparticles and ABC transporters in Caco-2 cells

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    Bhattacharjee, S.; Opstal, van E.J.; Alink, G.M.; Marcelis, A.T.M.; Zuilhof, H.; Rietjens, I.M.C.M.

    2013-01-01

    The surface charge-dependent transport of polymeric nanoparticles (PNPs) across Caco-2 monolayers grown on transwell culture systems as an in vitro model for intestinal transport was tested. The transport of well-characterized, monodisperse, and fluorescent tri-block copolymer nanoparticles (TCNPs/s

  16. Variational Photocarrier Radiometry Reconstruction of Exciton Lifetime Spectra for a Coupled PbS Colloidal Quantum Dot Thin Film Under Combined AC and DC Laser Excitation

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    Wang, Jing; Mandelis, Andreas; Melnikov, Alexander

    2015-06-01

    Colloidal quantum dots (CQDs) have attracted significant interest for applications in electronic and optoelectronic devices such as photodetectors, light emitting diodes, and solar cells. However, a poor understanding of charge transport in these nanocrystalline films hinders their practical applications. The photocarrier radiometry (PCR) technique, a frequency-domain photoluminescence method spectrally gated for radiative recombination photon emissions and exclusion of thermal infrared photons, has been applied to a coupled PbS CQD thin film with inter-dot spacing of 0.5 nm to 1 nm for the analysis of charge transport properties. As the nanoparticle bandgap depends on the size of the quantum dots, polydispersity of the CQD thin film causes bandgap variability leading to photoexcited carrier (exciton) decay lifetime broadening and temperature dependence. The carrier transport mechanisms of QDs are quite different from bulk semiconductors, so the conventional carrier-diffusion wave-based PCR theory was modified into a non-diffusive limit model. A developed variational discrete lifetime reconstruction approach was used to analyze PCR frequency scans under two optical excitation modes: a modulated laser source without, and with, an additional continuous laser source. Using this model, the CQD mean lifetime values were found and variational discrete lifetime spectra were reconstructed.

  17. SU-E-T-603: PBS Prostate Plan Robustness: A Tool for Patient Specific Setup Tolerance

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    Tang, S; Song, L; Chen, C; Chang, C; Chon, B; Tsai, H; Soffen, E; Cahlon, O; Mah, D [Procure Proton Therapy Center, Somerset, NJ (United States)

    2015-06-15

    Purpose: Fiducial markers are commonly used for setup of prostate patients using orthogonal radiographs. After aligned with the markers, the displacement of the bony anatomy relative to the planned DRR can be up to 10 mm. Such offset can potentially have significant dosimetric effects because it changes the radiological path length of protons in differing amounts of bone. It is imperative to develop a method to evaluate its impact on target coverage and hence establish patient specific setup tolerance for prostate proton PBS treatment. Methods: Prostate patients were planned in RayStation according to the PCG protocol with bi-lateral beams. The primary planning objectives are: (1) 100% of CTV receives full prescription dose; (2) 98% of the prescription dose covers at least 98% of the PTV; (3) OARs meet criteria per protocol. For each patient 108 dose perturbations were automatically generated using an in-house script, which considered the isocenter shifting in S-I and A-P directions (up to ±15 mm with an interval of 6mm) as well as the range uncertainty (±3.5%). The target coverage was evaluated on the contour shifted along with prostate to mimic the daily treatment. Results: The minimum CTV coverage as a function of offsets in S-I and A-P directions is presented in a 2D contour map. The offsets along A-P direction generally have greater impact than along S-I direction. Both the CTV D98%>98% or CTV V98%>98% are achievable for most patients if the offset is <10 mm in either direction despite of range uncertainties. Conclusion: We developed a method to evaluate the plan robustness for proton PBS prostate treatment. It can provide patient specific setup tolerance of bony structure offset. For our current planning approach, a 1 cm displacement is acceptable. This approach can be generalized to other target structures that move relative to bony anatomy.

  18. Synthesis of nanoparticles using ethanol

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    Wang, Jia Xu

    2017-01-24

    The present disclosure relates to methods for producing nanoparticles. The nanoparticles may be made using ethanol as the solvent and the reductant to fabricate noble-metal nanoparticles with a narrow particle size distributions, and to coat a thin metal shell on other metal cores. With or without carbon supports, particle size is controlled by fine-tuning the reduction power of ethanol, by adjusting the temperature, and by adding an alkaline solution during syntheses. The thickness of the added or coated metal shell can be varied easily from sub-monolayer to multiple layers in a seed-mediated growth process. The entire synthesis of designed core-shell catalysts can be completed using metal salts as the precursors with more than 98% yield; and, substantially no cleaning processes are necessary apart from simple rinsing. Accordingly, this method is considered to be a "green" chemistry method.

  19. Synthesis of nanoparticles using ethanol

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    Wang, Jia Xu

    2017-01-24

    The present disclosure relates to methods for producing nanoparticles. The nanoparticles may be made using ethanol as the solvent and the reductant to fabricate noble-metal nanoparticles with a narrow particle size distributions, and to coat a thin metal shell on other metal cores. With or without carbon supports, particle size is controlled by fine-tuning the reduction power of ethanol, by adjusting the temperature, and by adding an alkaline solution during syntheses. The thickness of the added or coated metal shell can be varied easily from sub-monolayer to multiple layers in a seed-mediated growth process. The entire synthesis of designed core-shell catalysts can be completed using metal salts as the precursors with more than 98% yield; and, substantially no cleaning processes are necessary apart from simple rinsing. Accordingly, this method is considered to be a "green" chemistry method.

  20. Agglomeration of Luminescent Porous Silicon Nanoparticles in Colloidal Solutions.

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    Herynková, Kateřina; Šlechta, Miroslav; Šimáková, Petra; Fučíková, Anna; Cibulka, Ondřej

    2016-12-01

    We have prepared colloidal solutions of clusters composed from porous silicon nanoparticles in methanol, water and phosphate-buffered saline (PBS). Even if the size of the nanoclusters is between 60 and 500 nm, due to their highly porous "cauliflower"-like structure, the porous silicon nanoparticles are composed of interconnected nanocrystals having around 2.5 nm in size and showing strong visible luminescence in the orange-red spectral region (centred at 600-700 nm). Hydrophilic behaviour and good solubility of the nanoclusters in water and water-based solutions were obtained by adding hydrogen peroxide into the etching solution during preparation and 16 min long after-bath in hydrogen peroxide. By simple filtration of the solutions with syringe filters, we have extracted smaller nanoclusters with sizes of approx. 60-70 nm; however, these nanoclusters in water and PBS solution (pH neutral) are prone to agglomeration, as was confirmed by zeta potential measurements. When the samples were left at ambient conditions for several weeks, the typical nanocluster size increased to approx. 330-400 nm and then remained stable. However, both freshly filtered and aged samples (with agglomerated porous silicon nanoparticles) of porous silicon in water and PBS solutions can be further used for biological studies or as luminescent markers in living cells.

  1. Agglomeration of Luminescent Porous Silicon Nanoparticles in Colloidal Solutions

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    Herynková, Kateřina; Šlechta, Miroslav; Šimáková, Petra; Fučíková, Anna; Cibulka, Ondřej

    2016-08-01

    We have prepared colloidal solutions of clusters composed from porous silicon nanoparticles in methanol, water and phosphate-buffered saline (PBS). Even if the size of the nanoclusters is between 60 and 500 nm, due to their highly porous "cauliflower"-like structure, the porous silicon nanoparticles are composed of interconnected nanocrystals having around 2.5 nm in size and showing strong visible luminescence in the orange-red spectral region (centred at 600-700 nm). Hydrophilic behaviour and good solubility of the nanoclusters in water and water-based solutions were obtained by adding hydrogen peroxide into the etching solution during preparation and 16 min long after-bath in hydrogen peroxide. By simple filtration of the solutions with syringe filters, we have extracted smaller nanoclusters with sizes of approx. 60-70 nm; however, these nanoclusters in water and PBS solution (pH neutral) are prone to agglomeration, as was confirmed by zeta potential measurements. When the samples were left at ambient conditions for several weeks, the typical nanocluster size increased to approx. 330-400 nm and then remained stable. However, both freshly filtered and aged samples (with agglomerated porous silicon nanoparticles) of porous silicon in water and PBS solutions can be further used for biological studies or as luminescent markers in living cells.

  2. Synthesis and Characterization of Bimetallic Core-Shell-Supported Platinum Monolayer Electrocatalysts for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction

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    Kuttiyiel, Kurian Abraham

    Fuel cells are expected to be one of the major clean energy sources in the near future. However, the slow kinetics of electrocatalytic oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and the high loading of Platinum (Pt) for the cathode material are the urgent issues to be addressed since they determine the efficiency and the cost of this energy source. In this study, a new approach was developed for designing electrocatalysts for the ORR in fuel cells. These electrocatalysts consist of only one Pt monolayer on suitable carbon-supported Iridium-Nickel (IrNi) core-shell nanoparticles. The synthesis involved depositing a monolayer of Copper (Cu) on IrNi metal alloy surface at under-potentials, followed by galvanic displacement of the Cu monolayer with Pt. It was found that the electronic properties of Pt monolayer could be fine-tuned by the electronic and geometric effects introduced by the substrate metal. The Pt mass activity of the new Pt monolayer IrNi electrocatalysts was up to six times higher than the state-of-the-art commercial Pt/C catalysts. The structure and composition of the core-shell nanoparticles were verified using transmission electron microscopy and in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy, while potential cycling test was employed to confirm the stability of the electrocatalyst. The formation of Ir shell on IrNi alloy during annealing due to thermal segregation was monitored by time-resolved synchrotron XRD measurements. Our experimental results, supported by computations, demonstrated an effective way of using Pt that can resolve key ORR problems which include inadequate activity and durability while minimizing the Pt loading.

  3. Monolayers and multilayers of conjugated polymers as nanosized electronic components.

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    Zotti, Gianni; Vercelli, Barbara; Berlin, Anna

    2008-09-01

    Conjugated polymers (CPs) are interesting materials for preparing devices based on nanoscopic molecular architectures because they exhibit electrical, electronic, magnetic, and optical properties similar to those of metals or semiconductors while maintaining the flexibility and ease of processing of polymers. The production of well-defined mono- and multilayers of CPs on electrodes with nanometer-scale, one-dimensional resolution remains, however, an important challenge. In this Account, we describe the preparation and conductive properties of nanometer-sized CP molecular structures formed on electrode surfaces--namely, self-assembled monolayer (SAM), brush-type, and self-assembled multilayer CPs--and in combination with gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). We have electrochemically polymerized SAMs of carboxyalkyl-functionalized terthiophenes aligned either perpendicular or parallel to the electrode surface. Anodic coupling of various pyrrole- and thiophene-based monomers in solution with the oligothiophene-based SAMs produced brush-like films. Microcontact printing of these SAMs produced patterns that, after heterocoupling, exhibited large height enhancements, as measured using atomic force microscopy (AFM). We have employed layer-by-layer self-assembly of water-soluble polythiophene-based polyelectrolytes to form self-assembled multilayers. The combination of isostructural polycationic and polyanionic polythiophenes produced layers of chains aligned parallel to the substrate plane. These stable, robust, and dense layers formed with high regularity on the preformed monolayers, with minimal interchain penetration. Infrared reflection/adsorption spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction analyses revealed unprecedented degrees of order. Deposition of soluble polypyrroles produced molecular layers that, when analyzed using a gold-coated AFM tip, formed gold-polymer-gold junctions that were either ohmic or rectifying, depending of the layer sequence. We also describe the electronic

  4. Anodic stripping voltammetry of nickel ions and nickel hydroxide nanoparticles at boron-doped diamond electrodes

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    Musyarofah, N. R. R.; Gunlazuardi, J.; Einaga, Y.; Ivandini, T. A.

    2017-04-01

    Anodic stripping voltammetry (ASV) of nickel ions in phosphate buffer solution (PBS) have been investigated at boron-doped diamond (BDD) electrodes. The deposition potential at 0.1 V (vs. Ag/AgCl) for 300 s in 0.1 M PBS pH 3 was found as the optimum condition. The condition was applied for the determination of nickel contained in nickel hydroxide nanoparticles. A linear calibration curve can be achieved of Ni(OH)2-NPs in the concentration range of x to x mM with an estimated limit of detection (LOD) of 5.73 × 10-6 mol/L.

  5. Ultralow effective work function surfaces using diamondoid monolayers.

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    Narasimha, Karthik Thimmavajjula; Ge, Chenhao; Fabbri, Jason D; Clay, William; Tkachenko, Boryslav A; Fokin, Andrey A; Schreiner, Peter R; Dahl, Jeremy E; Carlson, Robert M K; Shen, Z X; Melosh, Nicholas A

    2016-03-01

    Electron emission is critical for a host of modern fabrication and analysis applications including mass spectrometry, electron imaging and nanopatterning. Here, we report that monolayers of diamondoids effectively confer dramatically enhanced field emission properties to metal surfaces. We attribute the improved emission to a significant reduction of the work function rather than a geometric enhancement. This effect depends on the particular diamondoid isomer, with [121]tetramantane-2-thiol reducing gold's work function from ∼ 5.1 eV to 1.60 ± 0.3 eV, corresponding to an increase in current by a factor of over 13,000. This reduction in work function is the largest reported for any organic species and also the largest for any air-stable compound. This effect was not observed for sp(3)-hybridized alkanes, nor for smaller diamondoid molecules. The magnitude of the enhancement, molecule specificity and elimination of gold metal rearrangement precludes geometric factors as the dominant contribution. Instead, we attribute this effect to the stable radical cation of diamondoids. Our computed enhancement due to a positively charged radical cation was in agreement with the measured work functions to within ± 0.3 eV, suggesting a new paradigm for low-work-function coatings based on the design of nanoparticles with stable radical cations.

  6. Spin-coating deposition of PbS and CdS thin films for solar cell application

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    Patel, Jayesh; Mighri, Frej [Laval University, CREPEC, Department of Chemical Engineering, Quebec, QC (Canada); Ajji, Abdellah [Ecole Polytechnique, CREPEC, Chemical Engineering Department, Montreal, QC (Canada); Tiwari, Devendra; Chaudhuri, Tapas K. [Charotar University of Science and Technology (CHARUSAT), Dr. K.C. Patel Research and Development Centre, Anand District, Gujarat (India)

    2014-12-15

    In this work, we describe a simple spin-coating deposition technique for lead sulphide (PbS) and cadmium sulphide (CdS) films from a methanolic metal-thiourea complex. The characterization of the films by X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy techniques revealed that pure cubic phase PbS and CdS layers were formed via this method. As shown by atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy results, both films were homogeneous and presented a smooth surface. Optical properties showed that the energy band gap of PbS and CdS films were around 1.65 and 2.5 eV, respectively. The PbS film is p-type in nature with an electrical conductivity of around 0.8 S/cm. The hole concentration and mobility were 2.35 x 10{sup 18} cm{sup -3} and 2.16 x 10{sup -3} cm{sup 2}/V/s, respectively, as determined from Hall measurement. Both films were used to develop a thin film solar cell device of graphite/PbS/CdS/ITO/glass. Device characterization showed the power conversion efficiency of around 0.24 %. The corresponding open circuit voltage, short circuit current and fill factor were 0.570 V, 1.32 mA/cm{sup 2} and 0.32, respectively. (orig.)

  7. Exploring the Origin of the Temperature-Dependent Behavior of PbS Nanocrystal Thin Films and Solar Cells

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    Szendrei, Krisztina; Speirs, Mark; Gomulya, Widianta; Jarzab, Dorota; Manca, Marianna; Mikhnenko, Oleksandr V.; Yarema, Maksym; Kooi, Bart J.; Heiss, Wolfgang; Loi, Maria A.

    2012-01-01

    Temperature-dependent studies of the electrical and optical properties of cross-linked PbS nanocrystal (NC) solar cells can provide deeper insight into their working mechanisms. It is demonstrated that the overall effect of temperature on the device efficiency originates from the temperature depende

  8. Organic Monolayers by B(C6F5)3-Catalyzed Siloxanation of Oxidized Silicon Surfaces

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    2017-01-01

    Inspired by the homogeneous catalyst tris(pentafluorophenyl) borane [B(C6F5)3], which acts as a promotor of Si–H bond activation, we developed and studied a method of modifying silicon oxide surfaces using hydrosilanes with B(C6F5)3 as the catalyst. This dedihydrosiloxanation reaction yields complete surface coverage within 10 min at room temperature. Organic monolayers derived from hydrosilanes with varying carbon chain lengths (C8–C18) were prepared on oxidized Si(111) surfaces, and the thermal and hydrolytic stabilities of the obtained monolayers were investigated in acidic (pH 3) medium, basic (pH 11) medium, phosphate-buffered saline (PBS), and deionized water (neutral conditions) for up to 30 days. DFT calculations were carried out to gain insight into the mechanism, and the computational results support a mechanism involving silane activation with B(C6F5)3. This catalyzed reaction path proceeds through a low-barrier-height transition state compared to the noncatalyzed reaction path. PMID:28230381

  9. Direct Low-Temperature Growth of Single-Crystalline Anatase TiO2 Nanorod Arrays on Transparent Conducting Oxide Substrates for Use in PbS Quantum-Dot Solar Cells.

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    Chung, Hyun Suk; Han, Gill Sang; Park, So Yeon; Shin, Hee-Won; Ahn, Tae Kyu; Jeong, Sohee; Cho, In Sun; Jung, Hyun Suk

    2015-05-20

    We report on the direct growth of anatase TiO2 nanorod arrays (A-NRs) on transparent conducting oxide (TCO) substrates that can be directly applied to various photovoltaic devices via a seed layer mediated epitaxial growth using a facile low-temperature hydrothermal method. We found that the crystallinity of the seed layer and the addition of an amine functional group play crucial roles in the A-NR growth process. The A-NRs exhibit a pure anatase phase with a high crystallinity and preferred growth orientation in the [001] direction. Importantly, for depleted heterojunction solar cells (TiO2/PbS), the A-NRs improve both electron transport and injection properties, thereby largely increasing the short-circuit current density and doubling their efficiency compared to TiO2 nanoparticle-based solar cells.

  10. Tracking nanoparticles in an optical microscope using caustics

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    Patterson, Eann A [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824 (United States); Whelan, Maurice P [Nanotechnology and Molecular Imaging Unit, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, European Commission DG Joint Research Center, 21021 Ispra (Vatican City State, Holy See,) (Italy)

    2008-03-12

    An elegant method is proposed and demonstrated for tracking the location and movement of nanoparticles in an optical microscope using the optical phenomenon of caustics. A simple and reversible adjustment to the microscope generates caustics several orders of magnitude larger than the particles. The method offers a simple and relatively inexpensive method for visualizing such phenomena as the formation of self-assembled monolayers and the interaction of nanoparticles with chemically functionalized surfaces.

  11. Epitaxial growth by monolayer restricted galvanic displacement

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    Vasilić Rastko

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The development of a new method for epitaxial growth of metals in solution by galvanic displacement of layers pre-deposited by underpotential deposition (UPD was discussed and experimentally illustrated throughout the lecture. Cyclic voltammetry (CV and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM are employed to carry out and monitor a “quasi-perfect”, two-dimensional growth of Ag on Au(111, Cu on Ag(111, and Cu on Au(111 by repetitive galvanic displacement of underpotentially deposited monolayers. A comparative study emphasizes the displacement stoichiometry as an efficient tool for thickness control during the deposition process and as a key parameter that affects the deposit morphology. The excellent quality of layers deposited by monolayer-restricted galvanic displacement is manifested by a steady UPD voltammetry and ascertained by a flat and uniform surface morphology maintained during the entire growth process.

  12. Transport measurement of Li doped monolayer graphene

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    Khademi, Ali; Sajadi, Ebrahim; Dosanjh, Pinder; Folk, Joshua; Stöhr, Alexander; Forti, Stiven; Starke, Ulrich

    Lithium adatoms on monolayer graphene have been predicted to induce superconductivity with a critical temperature near 8 K, and recent experimental evidence by ARPES indicates a critical temperature nearly that high. Encouraged by these results, we investigated the effects of lithium deposited at cryogenic temperatures on the electronic transport properties of epitaxial and CVD monolayer graphene down to 3 K. The change of charge carrier density due to Li deposition was monitored both by the gate voltage shift of the Dirac point and by Hall measurements, in low and high doping regimes. In the high doping regime, a saturation density of 2×1013 cm-2 was observed independent of sample type, initial carrier density and deposition conditions. No signatures of superconductivity were observed down to 3 K.

  13. Fracture Characteristics of Monolayer CVD-Graphene

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    Hwangbo, Yun; Lee, Choong-Kwang; Kim, Sang-Min; Kim, Jae-Hyun; Kim, Kwang-Seop; Jang, Bongkyun; Lee, Hak-Joo; Lee, Seoung-Ki; Kim, Seong-Su; Ahn, Jong-Hyun; Lee, Seung-Mo

    2014-03-01

    We have observed and analyzed the fracture characteristics of the monolayer CVD-graphene using pressure bulge testing setup. The monolayer CVD-graphene has appeared to undergo environmentally assisted subcritical crack growth in room condition, i.e. stress corrosion cracking arising from the adsorption of water vapor on the graphene and the subsequent chemical reactions. The crack propagation in graphene has appeared to be able to be reasonably tamed by adjusting applied humidity and stress. The fracture toughness, describing the ability of a material containing inherent flaws to resist catastrophic failure, of the CVD-graphene has turned out to be exceptionally high, as compared to other carbon based 3D materials. These results imply that the CVD-graphene could be an ideal candidate as a structural material notwithstanding environmental susceptibility. In addition, the measurements reported here suggest that specific non-continuum fracture behaviors occurring in 2D monoatomic structures can be macroscopically well visualized and characterized.

  14. The Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase Kinase VdPbs2 of Verticillium dahliae Regulates Microsclerotia Formation, Stress Response, and Plant Infection

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    Tian, Longyan; Wang, Yonglin; Yu, Jun; Xiong, Dianguang; Zhao, Hengjun; Tian, Chengming

    2016-01-01

    Verticillium dahliae, a ubiquitous phytopathogenic fungus, forms resting structures, known as microsclerotia that play crucial roles in Verticillium wilt diseases. VdHog1, a mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK), controls microsclerotia formation, virulence, and stress response in V. dahliae. In this study, we present detailed evidence that the conserved upstream component of VdHog1, VdPbs2, is a key regulator of microsclerotia formation, oxidative stress and fungicide response and plant virulence in V. dahliae. We identified VdPbs2, homologous to the yeast MAPK kinase Pbs2. Similar to the VdHog1 deletion mutant, VdPbs2 deletion strains exhibited delayed melanin synthesis and reduced formation of microsclerotia. When exposed to stresses, VdPbs2 mutants were more sensitive than the wild type to osmotic agents and peroxide, but more resistant to inhibitors of cell wall synthesis and some fungicides. Finally, VdPbs2 deletion mutants exhibited reduced virulence on smoke tree and tobacco seedlings. When taken together, we implicate that VdPbs2 and VdHog1 function in a cascade that regulates microsclerotia formation and virulence, but not all VdHog1 dependent functions are VdPbs2 regulated. This study thus provides novel insights into the signal transduction mechanisms that regulate microsclerotia formation and pathogenesis in this fungus. PMID:27729908

  15. Release of anti-restenosis drugs from poly(ethylene oxide)-poly (DL-lactic-co-glycolic acid) nanoparticles

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    Zweers, Miechel L. T.; Engbers, Gerard H. M.; Grijpma, Dirk W.; Feijen, Jan

    2006-01-01

    Dexamethasone- or rapamycin-loaded nanoparticles based on poly(ethylene oxide) and poly(DL-lactic-co-glycolic acid) block copolymers (PEO-PLGA) were prepared without additional stabilizer using the salting-out method. A fast release of drug in PBS (PH 7.4) at 37 degrees C resulting in 100% release w

  16. Release of anti-restenosis drugs from poly(ethylene oxide)-poly (DL-lactic-co-glycolic acid) nanoparticles

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    Zweers, M.L.T.; Engbers, G.H.M.; Grijpma, Dirk W.; Feijen, Jan

    2007-01-01

    Dexamethasone- or rapamycin-loaded nanoparticles based on poly(ethylene oxide) and poly(dl-lactic-co-glycolic acid) block copolymers (PEO-PLGA) were prepared without additional stabilizer using the salting-out method. A fast release of drug in PBS (pH 7.4) at 37 °C resulting in 100% release within 5

  17. Release of anti-restenosis drugs from poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(dl-lactic-co-glycolic acid) nanoparticles

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    Zweers, Miechel L.T.; Engbers, Gerard H.M.; Grijpma, Dirk W.; Feijen, Jan

    2006-01-01

    Dexamethasone- or rapamycin-loaded nanoparticles based on poly(ethylene oxide) and poly(dl-lactic-co-glycolic acid) block copolymers (PEO-PLGA) were prepared without additional stabilizer using the salting-out method. A fast release of drug in PBS (pH 7.4) at 37 °C resulting in 100% release within 5

  18. Monolayer solid of N-2/Ag(111)

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    Bruch, L.W.; Hansen, Flemming Yssing

    1998-01-01

    An incommensurate monolayer solid of N-2/Ag(111) is modeled using extensive molecular-dynamics simulations. The conditions treated range from the low-temperature orientationally ordered solid to the melting of the solid. The properties are evaluated as a function of spreading pressure. Comparison...... is made to recent experimental data for N-2/Ag(111) and to results for N-2 adsorbed on graphite. Cu(110), and MgO(001). [S0163-1829(98)02715-5]....

  19. Physiological hydrostatic pressure protects endothelial monolayer integrity.

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    Müller-Marschhausen, K; Waschke, J; Drenckhahn, D

    2008-01-01

    Endothelial monolayer integrity is required to maintain endothelial barrier functions and has found to be impaired in several disorders like inflammatory edema, allergic shock, or artherosclerosis. Under physiologic conditions in vivo, endothelial cells are exposed to mechanical forces such as hydrostatic pressure, shear stress, and cyclic stretch. However, insight into the effects of hydrostatic pressure on endothelial cell biology is very limited at present. Therefore, in this study, we tested the hypothesis that physiological hydrostatic pressure protects endothelial monolayer integrity in vitro. We investigated the protective efficacy of hydrostatic pressure in microvascular myocardial endothelial (MyEnd) cells and macrovascular pulmonary artery endothelial cells (PAECs) by the application of selected pharmacological agents known to alter monolayer integrity in the absence or presence of hydrostatic pressure. In both endothelial cell lines, extracellular Ca(2+) depletion by EGTA was followed by a loss of vascular-endothelial cadherin (VE-caherin) immunostaining at cell junctions. However, hydrostatic pressure (15 cmH(2)O) blocked this effect of EGTA. Similarly, cytochalasin D-induced actin depolymerization and intercellular gap formation and cell detachment in response to the Ca(2+)/calmodulin antagonist trifluperazine (TFP) as well as thrombin-induced cell dissociation were also reduced by hydrostatic pressure. Moreover, hydrostatic pressure significantly reduced the loss of VE-cadherin-mediated adhesion in response to EGTA, cytochalasin D, and TFP in MyEnd cells as determined by laser tweezer trapping using VE-cadherin-coated microbeads. In caveolin-1-deficient MyEnd cells, which lack caveolae, hydrostatic pressure did not protect monolayer integrity compromised by EGTA, indicating that caveolae-dependent mechanisms are involved in hydrostatic pressure sensing and signaling.

  20. Elasticity of a quantum monolayer solid

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    Bruch, Ludwig Walter

    1992-01-01

    A perturbation-theory formulation of the zero-temperature elastic constants is used to verify symmetry relations for a (monolayer) triangluar lattice. A generalization of the Cauchy relation between the two elastic constants of the triangular lattice with central-pair-potential interactions is gi...... is given for the quantum solid. The first-order quantum corrections are rederived in this formalism, and previous calculations are reanalyzed....

  1. Strain mapping in a graphene monolayer nanocomposite.

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    Young, Robert J; Gong, Lei; Kinloch, Ian A; Riaz, Ibtsam; Jalil, Rashed; Novoselov, Kostya S

    2011-04-26

    Model composite specimens have been prepared consisting of a graphene monolayer sandwiched between two thin layers of polymer on the surface of a poly(methyl methacrylate) beam. It has been found that well-defined Raman spectra can be obtained from the single graphene atomic layer and that stress-induced Raman band shifts enable the strain distribution in the monolayer to be mapped with a high degree of precision. It has been demonstrated that the distribution of strain across the graphene monolayer is relatively uniform at levels of applied strain up to 0.6% but that it becomes highly nonuniform above this strain. The change in the strain distributions has been shown to be due to a fragmentation process due to the development of cracks, most likely in the polymer coating layers, with the graphene remaining intact. The strain distributions in the graphene between the cracks are approximately triangular in shape, and the interfacial shear stress in the fragments is only about 0.25 MPa, which is an order of magnitude lower than the interfacial shear stress before fragmentation. This relatively poor level of adhesion between the graphene and polymer layers has important implications for the use of graphene in nanocomposites, and methods of strengthening the graphene-polymer interface are discussed.

  2. Grafted silane monolayers: reconsideration of growth mechanisms

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    Ivanov, D. A.; Nysten, B.; Jonas, A. M.; Legras, R.

    1998-03-01

    Chemical force microscopy is a new technique devised to image chemical heterogeneities on surfaces. It requires the chemical modification of Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) tips in order to create chemical probes. In this respect, self-assembled monolayers (SAM) of alkylchlorosilanes are particularly interesting as modifying agents for AFM tips. We report here our results on the kinetics of silanization and on the structure of such SAM's grafted on model surfaces (hydroxylated Si(100) wafers). AFM, contact angle measurements, X-ray reflectivity and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy were used to characterize SAM's of octadecyltrichlorosilane (OTS) and octadecyldimethylchlorosilane (ODMS) grown from hexadecane and toluene solutions. The mechanism of grafting of OTS follows two stages. The first rapid stage corresponds to the nucleation and growth of island-like monolayer domains. The second slower stage is related to the densification of the monolayer. SAM's of ODMS were found to form thinner layers as compared to OTS, due to their lower grafting density probably resulting in a more disordered state of grafted alkyl chains. We also address the problems concerning the relationships between the quality of final SAM structures and the water content as well as the nature of the solvent used for silanization.

  3. Janus monolayers of transition metal dichalcogenides

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    Lu, Ang-Yu

    2017-05-15

    Structural symmetry-breaking plays a crucial role in determining the electronic band structures of two-dimensional materials. Tremendous efforts have been devoted to breaking the in-plane symmetry of graphene with electric fields on AB-stacked bilayers or stacked van der Waals heterostructures. In contrast, transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers are semiconductors with intrinsic in-plane asymmetry, leading to direct electronic bandgaps, distinctive optical properties and great potential in optoelectronics. Apart from their in-plane inversion asymmetry, an additional degree of freedom allowing spin manipulation can be induced by breaking the out-of-plane mirror symmetry with external electric fields or, as theoretically proposed, with an asymmetric out-of-plane structural configuration. Here, we report a synthetic strategy to grow Janus monolayers of transition metal dichalcogenides breaking the out-of-plane structural symmetry. In particular, based on a MoS2 monolayer, we fully replace the top-layer S with Se atoms. We confirm the Janus structure of MoSSe directly by means of scanning transmission electron microscopy and energy-dependent X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and prove the existence of vertical dipoles by second harmonic generation and piezoresponse force microscopy measurements.

  4. Investigation on gallium ions impacting monolayer graphene

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    Xin Wu

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, the physical phenomena of gallium (Ga+ ion impacting monolayer graphene in the nanosculpting process are investigated experimentally, and the mechanisms are explained by using Monte Carlo (MC and molecular dynamics (MD simulations. Firstly, the MC method is employed to clarify the phenomena happened to the monolayer graphene target under Ga+ ion irradiation. It is found that substrate has strong influence on the damage mode of graphene. The mean sputtering yield of graphene under 30 keV Ga+ ion irradiation is 1.77 and the least ion dose to completely remove carbon atoms in graphene is 21.6 ion/nm2. Afterwards, the focused ion beam over 21.6 ion/nm2 is used for the irradiation on a monolayer graphene supported by SiO2 experimentally, resulting in the nanostructures, i.e., nanodot and nanowire array on the graphene. The performances of the nanostructures are characterized by atomic force microscopy and Raman spectrum. A plasma plume shielding model is put forward to explain the nanosculpting results of graphene under different irradiation parameters. In addition, two damage mechanisms are found existing in the fabrication process of the nanostructures by using empirical MD simulations. The results can help us open the possibilities for better control of nanocarbon devices.

  5. Investigation on gallium ions impacting monolayer graphene

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    Wu, Xin; Zhao, Haiyan, E-mail: hyzhao@tsinghua.edu.cn; Yan, Dong; Pei, Jiayun [State Key Laboratory of Tribology, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, P. R. Chinaand Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)

    2015-06-15

    In this paper, the physical phenomena of gallium (Ga{sup +}) ion impacting monolayer graphene in the nanosculpting process are investigated experimentally, and the mechanisms are explained by using Monte Carlo (MC) and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Firstly, the MC method is employed to clarify the phenomena happened to the monolayer graphene target under Ga{sup +} ion irradiation. It is found that substrate has strong influence on the damage mode of graphene. The mean sputtering yield of graphene under 30 keV Ga{sup +} ion irradiation is 1.77 and the least ion dose to completely remove carbon atoms in graphene is 21.6 ion/nm{sup 2}. Afterwards, the focused ion beam over 21.6 ion/nm{sup 2} is used for the irradiation on a monolayer graphene supported by SiO2 experimentally, resulting in the nanostructures, i.e., nanodot and nanowire array on the graphene. The performances of the nanostructures are characterized by atomic force microscopy and Raman spectrum. A plasma plume shielding model is put forward to explain the nanosculpting results of graphene under different irradiation parameters. In addition, two damage mechanisms are found existing in the fabrication process of the nanostructures by using empirical MD simulations. The results can help us open the possibilities for better control of nanocarbon devices.

  6. Exploring atomic defects in molybdenum disulphide monolayers

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    Hong, Jinhua

    2015-02-19

    Defects usually play an important role in tailoring various properties of two-dimensional materials. Defects in two-dimensional monolayer molybdenum disulphide may be responsible for large variation of electric and optical properties. Here we present a comprehensive joint experiment-theory investigation of point defects in monolayer molybdenum disulphide prepared by mechanical exfoliation, physical and chemical vapour deposition. Defect species are systematically identified and their concentrations determined by aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy, and also studied by ab-initio calculation. Defect density up to 3.5 × 10 13 cm \\'2 is found and the dominant category of defects changes from sulphur vacancy in mechanical exfoliation and chemical vapour deposition samples to molybdenum antisite in physical vapour deposition samples. Influence of defects on electronic structure and charge-carrier mobility are predicted by calculation and observed by electric transport measurement. In light of these results, the growth of ultra-high-quality monolayer molybdenum disulphide appears a primary task for the community pursuing high-performance electronic devices.

  7. Increased efficiency in pn-junction PbS QD solar cells via NaHS treatment of the p-type layer

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    Speirs, Mark J.; Balazs, Daniel M.; Dirin, Dmitry N.; Kovalenko, Maksym V.; Loi, Maria Antonietta

    2017-03-01

    Lead sulfide quantum dot (PbS QD) solar cell efficiencies have improved rapidly over the past years due in large part to intelligent band alignment considerations. A pn-junction can be formed by connecting PbS layers with contrasting ligands. However, the resulting doping concentrations are typically low and cannot be effectively controlled. Here, we present a method of chemically p-doping films of thiol capped PbS QDs. P-n junction solar cells with increased doping in the p-type layer show improved short circuit current and fill factor, leading to an improvement in the power conversion efficiency from 7.1% to 7.6%. By examining Schottky diodes, field effect transistors, and the absorption spectra of treated and untreated PbS QDs, we show that the improved efficiency is due to the increased doping concentration in the thiol capped QD layer and to denser packing of the PbS QD film.

  8. A Greedy reassignment algorithm for the PBS minimum monitor unit constraint

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    Lin, Yuting; Kooy, Hanne; Craft, David; Depauw, Nicolas; Flanz, Jacob; Clasie, Benjamin

    2016-06-01

    Proton pencil beam scanning (PBS) treatment plans are made of numerous unique spots of different weights. These weights are optimized by the treatment planning systems, and sometimes fall below the deliverable threshold set by the treatment delivery system. The purpose of this work is to investigate a Greedy reassignment algorithm to mitigate the effects of these low weight pencil beams. The algorithm is applied during post-processing to the optimized plan to generate deliverable plans for the treatment delivery system. The Greedy reassignment method developed in this work deletes the smallest weight spot in the entire field and reassigns its weight to its nearest neighbor(s) and repeats until all spots are above the minimum monitor unit (MU) constraint. Its performance was evaluated using plans collected from 190 patients (496 fields) treated at our facility. The Greedy reassignment method was compared against two other post-processing methods. The evaluation criteria was the γ-index pass rate that compares the pre-processed and post-processed dose distributions. A planning metric was developed to predict the impact of post-processing on treatment plans for various treatment planning, machine, and dose tolerance parameters. For fields with a pass rate of 90  ±  1% the planning metric has a standard deviation equal to 18% of the centroid value showing that the planning metric and γ-index pass rate are correlated for the Greedy reassignment algorithm. Using a 3rd order polynomial fit to the data, the Greedy reassignment method has 1.8 times better planning metric at 90% pass rate compared to other post-processing methods. As the planning metric and pass rate are correlated, the planning metric could provide an aid for implementing parameters during treatment planning, or even during facility design, in order to yield acceptable pass rates. More facilities are starting to implement PBS and some have spot sizes (one standard deviation) smaller than 5

  9. SU-E-T-188: Commission of World 1st Commercial Compact PBS Proton System

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    Ding, X; Patel, B; Song, X; Syh, J; Syh, J; Zhang, J; Freund, D; Rosen, L; Wu, H [Willis-Knighton Medical Center, Shreveport, LA (United States)

    2015-06-15

    Purpose: ProteusONE is the 1st commercial compact PBS proton system with an upstream scanning gantry and C230 cyclotron. We commissioned XiO and Raystation TPS simultaneously. This is a summary of beam data collection, modeling, and verification and comparison without range shiter for this unique system with both TPS. Methods: Both Raystation and XiO requires the same measurements data: (i) integral depth dose(IDDs) of single central spot measured in water tank; (ii) absolute dose calibration measured at 2cm depth of water with mono-energetic 10×10 cm2 field with spot spacing 4mm, 1MU per spot; and (iii) beam spot characteristics in air at 0cm and ± 20cm away from ISO. To verify the beam model for both TPS, same 15 cube plans were created to simulate different treatment sites, target volumes and positions. PDDs of each plan were measured using a Multi-layer Ionization Chamber(MLIC), absolute point dose verification were measured using PPC05 in water tank and patient-specific QA were measured using MatriXX PT, a 2D ion chamber array. Results: All the point dose measurements at midSOBP were within 2% for both XiO and Raystation. However, up to 5% deviations were observed in XiO’s plans at shallow depth while within 2% in Raystation plans. 100% of the ranges measured were within 1 mm with maximum deviation of 0.5 mm. 20 patient specific plan were generated and measured in 3 planes (distal, proximal and midSOBP) in Raystation. The average of gamma index is 98.7%±3% with minimum 94% Conclusions: Both TPS were successfully commissioned and can be safely deployed for clinical use for ProteusONE. Based on our clinical experience in PBS planning, user interface, function and workflow, we preferably use Raystation as our main clinical TPS. Gamma Index >95% at 3%/3 mm criteria is our institution action level for patient specific plan QAs.

  10. In vitro degradation of nanoparticles prepared from polymers based on DL-lactide, glycolide and poly(ethylene oxide)

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    Zweers, M.L.T.; Engbers, G.H.M.; Grijpma, Dirk W.; Feijen, Jan

    2004-01-01

    Nanoparticles of poly(DL-lactic acid) (PDLLA), poly(DL-lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) and poly(ethylene oxide)–PLGA diblock copolymer (PEO–PLGA) were prepared by the salting-out method. The in vitro degradation of PDLLA, PLGA and PEO–PLGA nanoparticles in PBS (pH 7.4) at 37 °C was studied. The

  11. Direct electrochemistry and electrocatalysis of horseradish peroxidase immobilized on L-glutathione self-assembled monolayers

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    Chuan Yin Liu; Ji Ming Hu

    2008-01-01

    A novel hydrogen peroxide biosensor has been fabricated based on covalently linked horseradish peroxidase (HRP) onto Lglutathione self-assembled monolayers (SAMs). The SAMs-based electrode was characterized by electrochemical methods, and direct electrochemistry of HRP can be achieved with formal potential of-0.242 V (vs. saturated Ag/AgCl) in pH7 phosphate buffer solution (PBS), the redox peak current is linear to scan rate and rate constant can be calculated to be 0.042 s-1. The HRP-SAMs-based biosensors show its better electrocatalysis to hydrogen peroxide in the concentration range of 1 × 10-6 mol/L to 1.2 × 10-3 mol/L with a detection limit of 4 × 10-7 mol/L. The apparent Michealis-Menten constant is 3.12 mmol/L. The biosensor can effectively eliminate the interferences of dopamine, ascorbic acid, uric acid, catechol and p-acetaminophen.

  12. Anion Adsorption on an Au Colloid Monolayer Based Cysteamine-Modified Gold Electrode

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    2001-01-01

    Anion adsorption behavior on Au colloid surface was investigated in virture of depositing monolayers of Au colloid on the self-assembled monolayers of cysteamine on a gold electrode. Po tential-dependent anion adsorption-desorption waves via the nonfaradaic current were obtained by means of cyclic voltammetry at Au colloid-modified gold electrodes in the potential range of -200-600 mV. The adsorption sequence in the order of adsorption peak potentials(Epa) is OH->citrate3->H2PO4->Cl->SO42->ClO4->NO3-. Among them, citrate3-exhibited an en tirely irreversible adsorption. A rise in temperature can increase the rates of adsorption-desorp tion and improve the reversibility of the adsorption-desorption of CI-, SO24-, CIO4-, NO3- and H2PO4-. The adsorption peak potentials shifted more negatively for ca. 63 mV as the anion con centrations were increased by a decade factor. The change of pH from 7 to 1 slightly affected the adsorption peak potentials of Cl- and NO3-. Au colloids with a smaller size (16 nm) gave rise to a better reversibility of the adsorption-desorption process and lower adsorption currents. The ex perimental results of citrate ions adsorption on Au colloid surface show that Au colloids with a smaller size prepared by sodium citrate method exhibited a higher stability in the solution in com parison to those with larger sizes because of its higher ratio of charge/mass. In other words, the smaller gold nanoparticles are covered with citrate ions monolayer that can also be formed at larg er gold nanoparticles by means of electrochemical scan.

  13. Functional monolayers for direct electrical biosensing

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    Clare, Tami Lasseter

    Frequency-dependent electrochemical impedance spectroscopy has been used to characterize changes in electrical response that accompany specific binding of a protein to its substrate, using the biotin-avidin system as a model. This thesis work shows that avidin, at concentrations in the nanomolar range, can be detected electrically in a completely label-free manner under conditions of zero average current flow and without the use of any auxiliary redox agents. Electrical circuit modeling of the interface was used to relate the frequency-dependent electrical response to the physical picture of the interface before and after avidin binding. The interaction of proteins with semiconductors such as silicon and diamond is of great interest for applications such as electronic biosensing. Investigations into the use of covalently bound oligo(ethylene glycol), EG, monolayers on diamond and silicon to minimize nonspecific protein adsorption were conducted. Protein adsorption was monitored by fluorescence scanning as a function the length of the ethylene glycol chain (EG3 through EG6) and the terminal functional group (methyl- versus hydroxyl-terminated EG3 monolayer). More quantitative measurements were made by eluting adsorbed avidin from the surface and measuring the intensity of fluorescence in the solution. This thesis work shows that high quality EG monolayers are formed on silicon and diamond and that these EG3 monolayers are as effective as EG3 self-assembled monolayers on gold at resisting nonspecific avidin adsorption. These results show promise for use of silicon and diamond materials in many potential applications such as biosensing and medical implants. Substrate roughness is shown to play a role in nonspecific protein adsorption, where carbon-based surfaces having features less than approximately 5 nm, are highly resistant to protein adsorption. Functionalization of the surfaces with hexaethylene glycol confers additional resistance to protein adsorption. These

  14. Ligand Replacement Approach to Raman-Responded Molecularly Imprinted Monolayer for Rapid Determination of Penicilloic Acid in Penicillin.

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    Zhang, Liying; Jin, Yang; Huang, Xiaoyan; Zhou, Yujie; Du, Shuhu; Zhang, Zhongping

    2015-12-01

    Penicilloic acid (PA) is a degraded byproduct of penicillin and often causes fatal allergies to humans, but its rapid detection in penicillin drugs remains a challenge due to its similarity to the mother structure of penicillin. Here, we reported a ligand-replaced molecularly imprinted monolayer strategy on a surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate for the specific recognition and rapid detection of Raman-inactive PA in penicillin. The bis(phenylenediamine)-Cu(2+)-PA complex was first synthesized and stabilized onto the surface of silver nanoparticle film that was fabricated by a bromide ion-added silver mirror reaction. A molecularly imprinted monolayer was formed by the further modification of alkanethiol around the stabilized complex on the Ag film substrate, and the imprinted recognition site was then created by the replacement of the complex template with Raman-active probe molecule p-aminothiophenol. When PA rebound into the imprinted site in the alkanethiol monolayer, the SERS signal of p-aminothiophenol exhibited remarkable enhancement with a detection limit of 0.10 nM. The imprinted monolayer can efficiently exclude the interference of penicillin and thus provides a selective determination of 0.10‰ (w/w) PA in penicillin, which is about 1 order of magnitude lower than the prescribed residual amount of 1.0‰. The strategy reported here is simple, rapid and inexpensive compared to the traditional chromatography-based methods.

  15. Energy harvesting of non-emissive triplet excitons in tetracene by emissive PbS nanocrystals

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    Thompson, Nicholas J.; Wilson, Mark W. B.; Congreve, Daniel N.; Brown, Patrick R.; Scherer, Jennifer M.; Bischof, Thomas S.; Wu, Mengfei; Geva, Nadav; Welborn, Matthew; Voorhis, Troy Van; Bulović, Vladimir; Bawendi, Moungi G.; Baldo, Marc A.

    2014-11-01

    Triplet excitons are ubiquitous in organic optoelectronics, but they are often an undesirable energy sink because they are spin-forbidden from emitting light and their high binding energy hinders the generation of free electron-hole pairs. Harvesting their energy is consequently an important technological challenge. Here, we demonstrate direct excitonic energy transfer from ‘dark’ triplets in the organic semiconductor tetracene to colloidal PbS nanocrystals, thereby successfully harnessing molecular triplet excitons in the near infrared. Steady-state excitation spectra, supported by transient photoluminescence studies, demonstrate that the transfer efficiency is at least (90 ± 13)%. The mechanism is a Dexter hopping process consisting of the simultaneous exchange of two electrons. Triplet exciton transfer to nanocrystals is expected to be broadly applicable in solar and near-infrared light-emitting applications, where effective molecular phosphors are lacking at present. In particular, this route to ‘brighten’ low-energy molecular triplet excitons may permit singlet exciton fission sensitization of conventional silicon solar cells.

  16. Heterojunction PbS Nanocrystal Solar Cells with Oxide Charge-Transport Layers

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    Hyun, Byung-Ryool

    2013-12-23

    Oxides are commonly employed as electron-transport layers in optoelectronic devices based on semiconductor nanocrystals, but are relatively rare as hole-transport layers. We report studies of NiO hole-transport layers in PbS nanocrystal photovoltaic structures. Transient fluorescence experiments are used to verify the relevant energy levels for hole transfer. On the basis of these results, planar heterojunction devices with ZnO as the photoanode and NiO as the photocathode were fabricated and characterized. Solution-processed devices were used to systematically study the dependence on nanocrystal size and achieve conversion efficiency as high as 2.5%. Optical modeling indicates that optimum performance should be obtained with thinner oxide layers than can be produced reliably by solution casting. Roomerature sputtering allows deposition of oxide layers as thin as 10 nm, which enables optimization of device performance with respect to the thickness of the charge-transport layers. The best devices achieve an open-circuit voltage of 0.72 V and efficiency of 5.3% while eliminating most organic material from the structure and being compatible with tandem structures. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

  17. Effect of precursors on the solid-state synthesis of semiconducting PbS nanostructures

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    Sujata Kasabe

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available In this communication, we report facile and economical in-situ preparation of lead sulphide (PbS nanorods and nanocubes within the Polyphenylene sulphide (PPS matrix. PPS plays a dual role in the synthesis of the resultant nanostructures as - (i a chalcogen source and (ii a stabilizing matrix. We studied the effect of change of lead precursor from lead nitrate to acetate on the morphological properties of the resultant nanostructures. The effect of molar ratios of the reactants (1:1, 1:5, 1:10, 1:15 and 1:20 on the morphology of the products was also studied. The resultant nanocomposites were characterized by various physico-chemical techniques like X-ray Diffractometry (XRD, SEM equipped with EDAX, TEM and UV-Visible spectroscopy. The prima-facie observations suggest effective formation and subsequent entrapment of lead sulphide nanorods and nanocubes, respectively, when lead acetate and lead nitrate precursors were used. Additionally, simultaneous occurrence of nanocrystalline cubic lead as an impurity phase is noticed in case of heated admixtures for both the precursors.

  18. Comparing the structural stability of PbS nanocrystals assembled in fcc and bcc superlattice allotropes.

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    Bian, Kaifu; Wang, Zhongwu; Hanrath, Tobias

    2012-07-04

    We investigated the structural stability of colloidal PbS nanocrystals (NCs) self-assembled into superlattice (SL) allotropes of either face-centered cubic (fcc) or body-centered cubic (bcc) symmetry. Small-angle X-ray scattering analysis showed that the NC packing density is higher in the bcc than in the fcc SL; this is a manifestation of the cuboctahedral shape of the NC building block. Using the high-pressure rock-salt/orthorhombic phase transition as a stability indicator, we discovered that the transition pressure for NCs in a bcc SL occurs at 8.5 GPa, which is 1.5 GPa higher than the transition pressure (7.0 GPa) observed for a fcc SL. The higher structural stability in the bcc SL is attributed primarily to the effective absorption of loading force in specific SL symmetry and to a lesser extent to the surface energy of the NCs. The experimental results provide new insights into the fundamental relationship between the symmetry of the self-assembled SL and the structural stability of the constituent NCs.

  19. Reducing Interface Recombination through Mixed Nanocrystal Interlayers in PbS Quantum Dot Solar Cells.

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    Pradhan, Santanu; Stavrinadis, Alexandros; Gupta, Shuchi; Konstantatos, Gerasimos

    2017-08-23

    The performance of ZnO/PbS colloidal quantum dot (CQD)-based heterojunction solar cells is hindered by charge carrier recombination at the heterojunction interface. Reducing interfacial recombination can improve charge collection and the photocurrent of the device. Here we report the use of a mixed nanocrystal (MNC) buffer layer comprising zinc oxide nanocrystals and lead sulfide quantum dots at the respective heterojunction interface. Remote trap passivation of the PbS CQDs taking place within this MNC layer reduces interfacial recombination and electron back transfer which in turn improves charge collection efficiency. Upon the addition of the MNC layer, the overall power conversion efficiency increases from 9.11 to 10.16% and Short-circuit current density (JSC) increases from 23.54 to 25.23 mA/cm(2). Optoelectronic characterization of the solar cells confirms that the effects underlying device improvement are reduced trap density and improved charge collection efficiency due to the presence of the MNC buffer layer.

  20. Enhanced Open-Circuit Voltage of PbS Nanocrystal Quantum Dot Solar Cells

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    Yoon, Woojun; Boercker, Janice E.; Lumb, Matthew P.; Placencia, Diogenes; Foos, Edward E.; Tischler, Joseph G.

    2013-07-01

    Nanocrystal quantum dots (QD) show great promise toward improving solar cell efficiencies through the use of quantum confinement to tune absorbance across the solar spectrum and enable multi-exciton generation. Despite this remarkable potential for high photocurrent generation, the achievable open-circuit voltage (Voc) is fundamentally limited due to non-radiative recombination processes in QD solar cells. Here we report the highest open-circuit voltages to date for colloidal QD based solar cells under one sun illumination. This Voc of 692 +/- 7 mV for 1.4 eV PbS QDs is a result of improved passivation of the defective QD surface, demonstrating as a function of the QD bandgap (Eg). Comparing experimental Voc variation with the theoretical upper-limit obtained from one diode modeling of the cells with different Eg, these results clearly demonstrate that there is a tremendous opportunity for improvement of Voc to values greater than 1 V by using smaller QDs in QD solar cells.

  1. Interconnected TiO2 Nanowire Networks for PbS Quantum Dot Solar Cell Applications

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    Fan Xu

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We present a simple method for the fabrication of an interconnected porous TiO2 nanostructured film via dip coating in a colloidal suspension of ultrathin TiO2 nanowires followed by high-temperature annealing. The spheroidization of the nanowires and the fusing of the loosely packed nanowire films at the contact points lead to the formation of nanopores. Using this interconnected TiO2 nanowire network for electron transport, a PbS/TiO2 heterojunction solar cell with a large short-circuit current of 2.5 mA/cm2, a Voc of 0.6 V, and a power conversion efficiency of 5.4% is achieved under 8.5 mW/cm2 white light illumination. Compared to conventional planar TiO2 film structures, these results suggest superior electron transport properties while still providing the large interfacial area between PbS quantum dots and TiO2 required for efficient exciton dissociation.

  2. Solution-processed PbS quantum dot infrared photodetectors and photovoltaics.

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    McDonald, Steven A; Konstantatos, Gerasimos; Zhang, Shiguo; Cyr, Paul W; Klem, Ethan J D; Levina, Larissa; Sargent, Edward H

    2005-02-01

    In contrast to traditional semiconductors, conjugated polymers provide ease of processing, low cost, physical flexibility and large area coverage. These active optoelectronic materials produce and harvest light efficiently in the visible spectrum. The same functions are required in the infrared for telecommunications (1,300-1,600 nm), thermal imaging (1,500 nm and beyond), biological imaging (transparent tissue windows at 800 nm and 1,100 nm), thermal photovoltaics (>1,900 nm), and solar cells (800-2,000 nm). Photoconductive polymer devices have yet to demonstrate sensitivity beyond approximately 800 nm (refs 2,3). Sensitizing conjugated polymers with infrared-active nanocrystal quantum dots provides a spectrally tunable means of accessing the infrared while maintaining the advantageous properties of polymers. Here we use such a nanocomposite approach in which PbS nanocrystals tuned by the quantum size effect sensitize the conjugated polymer poly[2-methoxy-5-(2'-ethylhexyloxy-p-phenylenevinylene)] (MEH-PPV) into the infrared. We achieve, in a solution-processed device and with sensitivity far beyond 800 nm, harvesting of infrared-photogenerated carriers and the demonstration of an infrared photovoltaic effect. We also make use of the wavelength tunability afforded by the nanocrystals to show photocurrent spectra tailored to three different regions of the infrared spectrum.

  3. Synthesis and Catalytic Activity of Pt Monolayer on Pd Tetrahedral Nanocrystals with CO-adsorption-induced Removal of Surfactants

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    Gong K.; Vukmirovic M.B.; Ma C.; Zhu Y.; Adzic R.R.

    2011-11-01

    We synthesized the Pt monolayer shell-Pd tetrahedral core electrocatalysts that are notable for their high activity and stable performance. A small number of low-coordination sites and defects, and high content of the (1 1 1)-oriented facets on Pd tetrahedron makes them a suitable support for a Pt monolayer to obtain an active O{sub 2} reduction reaction (ORR) electrocatalyst. The surfactants, used to control size and shape of Pd tetrahedral nanoparticles, are difficult to remove and cause adverse effects on the ORR. We describe a simple and noninvasive method to synthesize high-purity tetrahedral Pd nanocrystals (TH Pd) by combining a hydrothermal route and CO adsorption-induced removal of surfactants. Poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP), used as a protecting and reducing agent in hydrothermal reactions, is strongly bonded to the surface of the resulting nanocrystals. We demonstrate that PVP was displaced efficiently by adsorbed CO. A clean surface was achieved upon CO stripping at a high potential (1.0 V vs RHE). It played a decisive role in improving the activity of the Pt monolayer/TH Pd electrocatalyst for the ORR. Furthermore, the results demonstrate a versatile method for removal of surfactants from various nanoparticles that severely limited their applications.

  4. Pt monolayer shell on hollow Pd core electrocatalysts: Scale up synthesis, structure, and activity for the oxygen reduction reaction

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    Vukmirovic Miomir B.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available We report on synthesis, characterization and the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR kinetics of Pt monolayer shell on Pd(hollow, or Pd-Au(hollow core electrocatalysts. Comparison between the ORR catalytic activity of the electrocatalysts with hollow cores and those of Pt solid and Pt hollow nanoparticles has been obtained using the rotating disk electrode technique. Hollow nanoparticles were made using Ni or Cu nanoparticles as sacrificial templates. The Pt ORR specific and mass activities of the electrocatalysts with hollow cores were found considerably higher than those of the electrocatalysts with the solid cores. We attribute this enhanced Pt activity to the smooth surface morphology and hollow-induced lattice contraction, in addition to the mass-saving geometry of hollow particles.

  5. Electrochemical metallization of self-assembled porphyrin monolayers.

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    Nann, Thomas; Kielmann, Udo; Dietrich, Christoph

    2002-04-01

    Multifunctional sensor systems are becoming increasingly important in electroanalytical chemistry. Together with ongoing miniaturization there is a need for micro- and nanopatterning tools for thin electroactive layers (e.g. self-assembling monolayers). This paper documents a method for production of a micro-array of different metal-porphyrin monolayers with different sensor properties. A new method has been developed for the selective and local metallization of bare porphyrin monolayers by cathodic pulsing and sweeping. The metal-porphyrin monolayers obtained were characterized by cyclic voltammetry. It was shown that porphyrin monolayers can be metallized with manganese, iron, cobalt, and nickel by use of the new method. It is expected that all types of metal-porphyrin monolayers can be produced in the same manner.

  6. Controlled crystallization of hydroxyapatite under hexadecylamine self-assembled monolayer

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    黄苏萍; 周科朝; 刘咏; 黄伯云

    2003-01-01

    The role of self-assembled monolayer in inducing the crystal growth was investigated by X-ray diffractions (XRD), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Results show that crystallization in the absence of monolayer results in a mixture of poorly crystallized calcium phosphates, including hydroxyapatite (HAP) and octacalcium phosphate (OCP), while the presence of self-assembled monolayer gives rise to oriented and well crystallized HAP crystals. Moreover, the HAP crystal grows very quickly under the self-assembled monolayer, whereas very little calcium phosphate crystals grow without the monolayer. It is rationalized that the hexadecylamine monolayer with high polarity and charged density leads to increase supersaturation and lower the interfacial energy, which attributes to the HAP crystals nucleation. On the other hand, the positive headgroups construct the ordered "recognized site" with distinct size and topology, which results in the oriented HAP crystals deposit.

  7. ELASTICITY OF MONOLAYER OF LINOLEIC ACID AND ITS POLYMER

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    1998-01-01

    The dynamic elasticity of linoleic acid monolayer on a subphase of 10-4mol/L TbCla at various surface pressure has been measured by means of dynamic oscillation method in measuring the change of surface pressure caused by periodic compressionexpansion cycles of the barrier. The elasticity of monolayer increases with increasing of surface pressure linegrly. The linoleic acid polymer monolayer has been obtained under UV-irradiation in situ when keeping a constant surface pressure. But the elasticity of the resulting polymerized monolayer is even smaller than that of its corresponding monomer monolayer. The elasticity of the polymerized linoleic acid monolayer decreases with increasing polymerization time. The explanation based on entropy has been presented.

  8. Self-assembly of PbS hollow sphere quantum dots via gas-bubble technique for early cancer diagnosis

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    Mozafari, Masoud, E-mail: masoud.mozafari@okstate.edu [Helmerich Advanced Technology Research Center, School of Material Science and Engineering, Oklahoma State University, OK 74106 (United States); Biomaterials Group, Faculty of Biomedical Engineering (Center of Excellence), Amirkabir University of Technology, P.O Box 15875-4413, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Moztarzadeh, Fathollah [Biomaterials Group, Faculty of Biomedical Engineering (Center of Excellence), Amirkabir University of Technology, P.O Box 15875-4413, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Seifalian, Alexander M. [Centre for Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine, UCL Division of Surgery and Interventional Science, University College London, London (United Kingdom); Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust Hospital, London (United Kingdom); Tayebi, Lobat [Helmerich Advanced Technology Research Center, School of Material Science and Engineering, Oklahoma State University, OK 74106 (United States)

    2013-01-15

    Quantum dots (QDs) with their unique optical properties have attracted widespread interest in cancer diagnosis and therapy. Due to their ability to absorb and emit light very efficiently, lead sulfide (PbS) hollow spheres with nanometer-to-micrometer dimensions having tailored structural, optical, and surface properties represent an important class of QDs that are potentially useful for early cancer detection. In this study, PbS hollow sphere QDs have been successfully synthesized using a template-free and green method. The formation of hollow structures was explained by a gas-liquid interface aggregation mechanism, in which the formation of SO{sub 2} gas bubbles plays a key role. The synthesized samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray analyzer (EDX), photoluminescence (PL) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The results demonstrate that the PbS hollow spheres possess good optical quality with strong luminescence properties, which indicate their capabilities for the simultaneous detection of multiple cancer biomarkers in blood assays and cancer tissue biopsies. - Graphical abstract: The hollow structures were formed by gas-liquid interface aggregation mechanism, in which the formation of SO{sub 2} gas bubbles played a key role. When the SO{sub 2} gas bubbles generated in the liquid phase, they created numerous gas-liquid interfaces inside the solution phase. Then, the gas-liquid interfaces served as the nucleation or agglomeration centers for the PbS NCs. In addition, the PbS hollow sphere QDs possess strong optical properties, which indicate their capabilities for cancer diagnosis and therapy. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Large quantities of SO{sub 2} bubbles produced in the reaction system serve as the aggregation centers. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer After the initial nucleation, monomers would grow into NCs, which have a

  9. Room-Temperature Single-Electron Tunneling in Dendrimer-Stabilized Gold Nanoparticles Anchored at a Molecular Printboard

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    Nijhuis, Christian A.; Oncel, Nuri; Huskens, Jurriaan; Zandvliet, Harold J.W.; Ravoo, Bart Jan; Poelsema, Bene; Reinhoudt, David N.

    2006-01-01

    Particle in a box: A gold nanoparticle is encapsulated in a fifth-generation guest dendrimer, which binds to a host self-assembled monolayer surface (see figure). The nanoparticle encapsulated in the “molecular box” is a supramolecular junction that exhibits single-electron tunneling at room tempera

  10. The importance of extracellular speciation and corrosion of copper nanoparticles on lung cell membrane integrity.

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    Hedberg, Jonas; Karlsson, Hanna L; Hedberg, Yolanda; Blomberg, Eva; Odnevall Wallinder, Inger

    2016-05-01

    Copper nanoparticles (Cu NPs) are increasingly used in various biologically relevant applications and products, e.g., due to their antimicrobial and catalytic properties. This inevitably demands for an improved understanding on their interactions and potential toxic effects on humans. The aim of this study was to investigate the corrosion of copper nanoparticles in various biological media and to elucidate the speciation of released copper in solution. Furthermore, reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation and lung cell (A549 type II) membrane damage induced by Cu NPs in the various media were studied. The used biological media of different complexity are of relevance for nanotoxicological studies: Dulbecco's modified eagle medium (DMEM), DMEM(+) (includes fetal bovine serum), phosphate buffered saline (PBS), and PBS+histidine. The results show that both copper release and corrosion are enhanced in DMEM(+), DMEM, and PBS+histidine compared with PBS alone. Speciation results show that essentially no free copper ions are present in the released fraction of Cu NPs in neither DMEM(+), DMEM nor histidine, while labile Cu complexes form in PBS. The Cu NPs were substantially more membrane reactive in PBS compared to the other media and the NPs caused larger effects compared to the same mass of Cu ions. Similarly, the Cu NPs caused much more ROS generation compared to the released fraction only. Taken together, the results suggest that membrane damage and ROS formation are stronger induced by Cu NPs and by free or labile Cu ions/complexes compared with Cu bound to biomolecules. Copyright © 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Zitterbewegung in monolayer silicene in a magnetic field

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    Romera, E. [Departamento de Física Atómica, Molecular y Nuclear and Instituto Carlos I de Física Teórica y Computacional, Universidad de Granada, Fuentenueva s/n, 18071 Granada (Spain); Roldán, J.B. [Departamento de Electrónica y Tecnología de Computadores and CITIC, Universidad de Granada, Fuentenueva s/n, 18071 Granada (Spain); Santos, F. de los [Departamento de Electromagnetismo y Física de la Materia, and Instituto Carlos I de Física Teórica y Computacional, Universidad de Granada, Fuentenueva s/n, 18071 Granada (Spain)

    2014-07-04

    We study the Zitterbewegung in monolayer silicene under a perpendicular magnetic field. Using an effective Hamiltonian, we have investigated the autocorrelation function and the density currents in this material. Moreover, we have analyzed other types of periodicities of the system (classical and revival times). Finally, the above results are compared with their counterparts in two other monolayer materials subject to a magnetic field: graphene and MoS{sub 2}. - Highlights: • We study Zitterbewegung in monolayer silicene in a magnetic field. • We have analyzed other types of periodicities in silicene. • The above results are compared with other monolayer materials (graphene and MoS{sub 2})

  12. Carbon phosphide monolayers with superior carrier mobility

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    Wang, Gaoxue; Pandey, Ravindra; Karna, Shashi P.

    2016-04-01

    Two dimensional (2D) materials with a finite band gap and high carrier mobility are sought after materials from both fundamental and technological perspectives. In this paper, we present the results based on the particle swarm optimization method and density functional theory which predict three geometrically different phases of the carbon phosphide (CP) monolayer consisting of sp2 hybridized C atoms and sp3 hybridized P atoms in hexagonal networks. Two of the phases, referred to as α-CP and β-CP with puckered or buckled surfaces are semiconducting with highly anisotropic electronic and mechanical properties. More remarkably, they have the lightest electrons and holes among the known 2D semiconductors, yielding superior carrier mobility. The γ-CP has a distorted hexagonal network and exhibits a semi-metallic behavior with Dirac cones. These theoretical findings suggest that the binary CP monolayer is a yet unexplored 2D material holding great promise for applications in high-performance electronics and optoelectronics.Two dimensional (2D) materials with a finite band gap and high carrier mobility are sought after materials from both fundamental and technological perspectives. In this paper, we present the results based on the particle swarm optimization method and density functional theory which predict three geometrically different phases of the carbon phosphide (CP) monolayer consisting of sp2 hybridized C atoms and sp3 hybridized P atoms in hexagonal networks. Two of the phases, referred to as α-CP and β-CP with puckered or buckled surfaces are semiconducting with highly anisotropic electronic and mechanical properties. More remarkably, they have the lightest electrons and holes among the known 2D semiconductors, yielding superior carrier mobility. The γ-CP has a distorted hexagonal network and exhibits a semi-metallic behavior with Dirac cones. These theoretical findings suggest that the binary CP monolayer is a yet unexplored 2D material holding great

  13. Atomic layer deposition effect on the electrical properties of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-passivated PbS quantum dot field-effect transistors

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    So, Hye-Mi; Shim, Hyung Cheoul [Department of Nano Mechanics, Nanomechanical Systems Research Division, Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM), 156 Gajeongbuk-Ro, Yuseong-Gu, Daejeon 305-343 (Korea, Republic of); Choi, Hyekyoung; Lee, Seung-Mo; Jeong, Sohee; Chang, Won Seok, E-mail: paul@kimm.re.kr [Department of Nano Mechanics, Nanomechanical Systems Research Division, Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM), 156 Gajeongbuk-Ro, Yuseong-Gu, Daejeon 305-343 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Nano-Mechatronics, Korea University of Science and Technology (UST), 217 Gajeong-Ro, Yuseong-Gu, Daejeon 305-333 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-03-02

    We have investigated the effect of atomic layer deposition (ALD) on the electrical properties of colloidal PbS quantum dot field-effect transistors (PbS QD-FETs). Low-temperature Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} ALD process was used to fill up the pore spaces of PbS QD films containing 1, 2-ethanedithiol ligands. Upon deposition of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} on PbS film, the PbS QD-FETs showed ambipolar behavior. The treated film retained this property for over 2 months, despite of exposure to air. This change in the electrical properties of the PbS QD-FETs is attributed to the formation of electron channels in the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-passivated PbS film. We conclude that these electron transport channels in the Al{sub x}O{sub y}-PbS film are formed due to substitution of the Pb sites by Al metal and chemical reduction of Pb{sup 2+} ions, as determined by an analysis of the depth profile of the film using secondary ion mass spectrometry and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

  14. Diacetylene mixed Langmuir monolayers for interfacial polymerization.

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    Ariza-Carmona, Luisa; Rubia-Payá, Carlos; García-Espejo, G; Martín-Romero, María T; Giner-Casares, Juan J; Camacho, Luis

    2015-05-19

    Polydiacetylene (PDA) and its derivatives are promising materials for applications in a vast number of fields, from organic electronics to biosensing. PDA is obtained through polymerization of diacetylene (DA) monomers, typically using UV irradiation. DA polymerization is a 1-4 addition reaction with both initiation and growth steps with topochemical control, leading to the "blue" polymer form as primary reaction product in bulk and at interfaces. Herein, the diacetylene monomer 10,12-pentacosadiynoic acid (DA) and the amphiphilic cationic N,N'-dioctadecylthiapentacarbocyanine (OTCC) have been used to build a mixed Langmuir monolayer. The presence of OTCC imposes a monolayer supramolecular structure instead of the typical trilayer of pure DA. Surface pressure, Brewster angle microscopy, and UV-vis reflection spectroscopy measurements, as well as computer simulations, have been used to assess in detail the supramolecular structure of the DA:OTCC Langmuir monolayer. Our experimental results indicate that the DA and OTCC molecules are sequentially arranged, with the two OTCC alkyl chains acting as spacing diacetylene units. Despite this configuration is expected to prevent photopolymerization of DA, the polymerization takes place without phase segregation, thus exclusively leading to the red polydiacetylene form. We propose a simple model for the initial formation of the "blue" or "red" PDA forms as a function of the relative orientation of the DA units. The structural insights and the proposed model concerning the supramolecular structure of the "blue" and "red" forms of the PDA are aimed at the understanding of the relation between the molecular and macroscopical features of PDAs.

  15. Wearable and sensitive heart-rate detectors based on PbS quantum dot and multiwalled carbon nanotube blend film

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    Gao, Liang; Dong, Dongdong; Qiao, Keke; Cheng, Yibing; Tang, Jiang, E-mail: jtang@mail.hust.edu.cn, E-mail: songhs-wnlo@mail.hust.edu.cn; Song, Haisheng, E-mail: jtang@mail.hust.edu.cn, E-mail: songhs-wnlo@mail.hust.edu.cn [Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics (WNLO), Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 1037 Luoyu Road, Wuhan, Hubei 430074 (China); He, Jungang; Li, Min; Liu, Huan [School of Optical and Electronic Information, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 1037 Luoyu Road, Wuhan, Hubei 430074 (China); Cao, Furong [Air Force Early Warning Academy, Wuhan, Hubei 430019 (China)

    2014-10-13

    Wearable and sensitive photodetectors (PDs) have been demonstrated based on a blend film of PbS quantum dots (QDs) and QDs modified multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs). Owing to the synergetic effect from high light sensitivity of PbS QDs and excellent conductive and mechanical properties of MWCNTs, the blend PDs show high sensitivity and flexibility performance: device responsivity and detectivity reach 583 mA/W and 3.25 × 10{sup 12 }Jones, respectively, and could stand large number (at least 10 000 cycles) and wide angle (up to 80°) bending. Furthermore, the wearable and sensitive PDs have been applied to measure the heart rate in both red and near infrared (NIR) ranges. The presented PDs are expected to work as sensor candidates in integrated electronic skin.

  16. Time-evolving photo-induced changes of luminescent and spectral properties of PbS quantum dots sols

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    Evstropiev, S. K.; Kislyakov, I. M.; Bagrov, I. V.; Belousova, I. M.; Kiselev, V. M.

    2016-05-01

    Light irradiation influence on spectral and luminescent properties of PbS sol, stabilized by high-molecular polyvinylpyrrolidone, was studied as a time-evolving process. Uniform and stable for at least three months PbS/PVP suspensions were obtained with an average quantum dots size of 4 nm. Photoluminescent spectra of the suspensions showed wide intensive emission at 1000-1400 nm upon excitation by visible light. Luminescence intensities of all the suspensions demonstrate nonlinear dependences on the exciting radiation intensity. Experimental results show that light irradiation during luminescence measurements even with low excitation power density can significantly change luminescent and spectral properties of PbS quantum dots. The dependences found can be useful in preparation of a variety of quantum dots-containing photonics materials.

  17. Lipid Nanoparticles for Ocular Gene Delivery

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    Yuhong Wang

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Lipids contain hydrocarbons and are the building blocks of cells. Lipids can naturally form themselves into nano-films and nano-structures, micelles, reverse micelles, and liposomes. Micelles or reverse micelles are monolayer structures, whereas liposomes are bilayer structures. Liposomes have been recognized as carriers for drug delivery. Solid lipid nanoparticles and lipoplex (liposome-polycation-DNA complex, also called lipid nanoparticles, are currently used to deliver drugs and genes to ocular tissues. A solid lipid nanoparticle (SLN is typically spherical, and possesses a solid lipid core matrix that can solubilize lipophilic molecules. The lipid nanoparticle, called the liposome protamine/DNA lipoplex (LPD, is electrostatically assembled from cationic liposomes and an anionic protamine-DNA complex. The LPD nanoparticles contain a highly condensed DNA core surrounded by lipid bilayers. SLNs are extensively used to deliver drugs to the cornea. LPD nanoparticles are used to target the retina. Age-related macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, and diabetic retinopathy are the most common retinal diseases in humans. There have also been promising results achieved recently with LPD nanoparticles to deliver functional genes and micro RNA to treat retinal diseases. Here, we review recent advances in ocular drug and gene delivery employing lipid nanoparticles.

  18. Fluidization of a horizontally driven granular monolayer.

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    Heckel, Michael; Sack, Achim; Kollmer, Jonathan E; Pöschel, Thorsten

    2015-06-01

    We consider the transition of a horizontally vibrated monodisperse granular monolayer between its condensed state and its three-dimensional gaseous state as a function of the vibration parameters, amplitude, and frequency as well as particle number density. The transition is characterized by an abrupt change of the dynamical state which leaves its fingerprints in several measurable quantities including dissipation rate, sound emission, and a gap size which characterizes the sloshing motion of the material. The transition and its pronounced hysteresis is explained through the energy due to the collective motion of the particles relative to the container.

  19. Processing of monolayer materials via interfacial reactions

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    Sutter, Peter Werner; Sutter, Eli Anguelova

    2014-05-20

    A method of forming and processing of graphene is disclosed based on exposure and selective intercalation of the partially graphene-covered metal substrate with atomic or molecular intercalation species such as oxygen (O.sub.2) and nitrogen oxide (NO.sub.2). The process of intercalation lifts the strong metal-carbon coupling and restores the characteristic Dirac behavior of isolated monolayer graphene. The interface of graphene with metals or metal-decorated substrates also provides for controlled chemical reactions based on novel functionality of the confined space between a metal surface and a graphene sheet.

  20. Template-Directed Self-Assembly of Alkanethiol Monolayers: Selective Growth on Preexisting Monolayer Edges

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    Sharpe, Ruben B.A.; Burdinski, Dirk; Huskens, Jurriaan; Zandvliet, Harold J.W.; Reinhoudt, David N.; Poelsema, Bene

    2007-01-01

    Self-assembled monolayers were investigated for their suitability as two-dimensional scaffolds for the selective growth of alkanethiol edge structures. Heterostructures with chemical contrast could be grown, whose dimensions were governed by both the initial pattern sizes and the process time. n-Oct

  1. Magneto-optical controlled transmittance alteration of PbS quantum dots by moderately applied magnetic fields at room temperature

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    Singh, Akhilesh K.; Barik, Puspendu; Ullrich, Bruno

    2014-12-01

    We observed changes of the transmitted monochromatic light passing through a colloidal PbS quantum dot film on glass owing to an applied moderate (smaller than 1 T) magnetic field under ambient conditions. The observed alterations show a square dependence on the magnetic field increase that cannot be achieved with bulk semiconductors. The findings point to so far not recognized application potentials of quantum dots.

  2. Magneto-optical controlled transmittance alteration of PbS quantum dots by moderately applied magnetic fields at room temperature

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    Singh, Akhilesh K.; Barik, Puspendu [Instituto de Ciencias Físicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Cuernavaca, Morelos 62210 (Mexico); Ullrich, Bruno, E-mail: bruno@fis.unam.mx, E-mail: bruno.ullrich@yahoo.com [Instituto de Ciencias Físicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Cuernavaca, Morelos 62210 (Mexico); Ullrich Photonics LLC, Wayne, Ohio 43466 (United States)

    2014-12-15

    We observed changes of the transmitted monochromatic light passing through a colloidal PbS quantum dot film on glass owing to an applied moderate (smaller than 1 T) magnetic field under ambient conditions. The observed alterations show a square dependence on the magnetic field increase that cannot be achieved with bulk semiconductors. The findings point to so far not recognized application potentials of quantum dots.

  3. Optimization of synthesis conditions of PbS thin films grown by chemical bath deposition using response surface methodology

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    Yücel, Ersin, E-mail: dr.ersinyucel@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Mustafa Kemal University, 31034 Hatay (Turkey); Yücel, Yasin; Beleli, Buse [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Mustafa Kemal University, 31034 Hatay (Turkey)

    2015-09-05

    Highlights: • For the first time, RSM and CCD used for optimization of PbS thin film. • Tri-sodium citrate, deposition time and temperature were independent variables. • PbS thin film band gap value was 2.20 eV under the optimum conditions. • Quality of the film was improved after chemometrics optimization. - Abstract: In this study, PbS thin films were synthesized by chemical bath deposition (CBD) under different deposition parameters. Response surface methodology (RSM) was used to optimize synthesis parameters including amount of tri-sodium citrate (0.2–0.8 mL), deposition time (14–34 h) and deposition temperature (26.6–43.4 °C) for deposition of the films. 5-level-3-factor central composite design (CCD) was employed to evaluate effects of the deposition parameters on the response (optical band gap of the films). The significant level of both the main effects and the interaction are investigated by analysis of variance (ANOVA). The film structures were characterized by X-ray diffractometer (XRD). Morphological properties of the films were studied with a scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The optical properties of the films were investigated using a UV–visible spectrophotometer. The optimum amount of tri-sodium citrate, deposition time and deposition temperature were found to be 0.7 mL, 18.07 h and 30 °C respectively. Under these conditions, the experimental band gap of PbS was 2.20 eV, which is quite good correlation with value (1.98 eV) predicted by the model.

  4. Possibilities of surface-sensitive X-ray methods for studying the molecular mechanisms of interaction of nanoparticles with model membranes

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    Novikova, N. N.; Kovalchuk, M. V.; Yakunin, S. N.; Konovalov, O. V.; Stepina, N. D.; Rogachev, A. V.; Yurieva, E. A.; Marchenko, I. V.; Bukreeva, T. V.; Ivanova, O. S.; Baranchikov, A. E.; Ivanov, V. K.

    2016-09-01

    The processes of structural rearrangement in a model membrane, i.e., an arachic acid monolayer formed on a colloidal solution of cerium dioxide or magnetite, are studied in situ in real time by the methods of X-ray standing waves and 2D diffraction. It is shown that the character of the interaction of nanoparticles with the monolayer is determined by their nature and sizes and depends on the conditions of nanoparticle synthesis. In particular, the structure formation in the monolayer-particle system is greatly affected by the stabilizer (citric acid), which is introduced into the colloidal solution during synthesis.

  5. Charge Carrier Hopping Dynamics in Homogeneously Broadened PbS Quantum Dot Solids.

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    Gilmore, Rachel H; Lee, Elizabeth M Y; Weidman, Mark C; Willard, Adam P; Tisdale, William A

    2017-02-08

    Energetic disorder in quantum dot solids adversely impacts charge carrier transport in quantum dot solar cells and electronic devices. Here, we use ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy to show that homogeneously broadened PbS quantum dot arrays (σhom(2):σinh(2) > 19:1, σinh/kBT quantum dot batches are sufficiently monodisperse (δ ≲ 3.3%). The homogeneous line width is found to be an inverse function of quantum dot size, monotonically increasing from ∼25 meV for the largest quantum dots (5.8 nm diameter/0.92 eV energy) to ∼55 meV for the smallest (4.1 nm/1.3 eV energy). Furthermore, we show that intrinsic charge carrier hopping rates are faster for smaller quantum dots. This finding is the opposite of the mobility trend commonly observed in device measurements but is consistent with theoretical predictions. Fitting our data to a kinetic Monte Carlo model, we extract charge carrier hopping times ranging from 80 ps for the smallest quantum dots to over 1 ns for the largest, with the same ethanethiol ligand treatment. Additionally, we make the surprising observation that, in slightly polydisperse (δ ≲ 4%) quantum dot solids, structural disorder has a greater impact than energetic disorder in inhibiting charge carrier transport. These findings emphasize how small improvements in batch size dispersity can have a dramatic impact on intrinsic charge carrier hopping behavior and will stimulate further improvements in quantum dot device performance.

  6. Subcellular localization and displacement by diuretics of the peripheral benzodiazepine binding site (PBS) from rat kidney

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    Lukeman, S.; Fanestil, D.

    1986-03-05

    Although the PBS has been identified in many organs, its function and cellular location are speculative. Using rapid filtration, binding of (/sup 3/H)RO 5-4864 (*RO) (.75 nM) was assessed in four subcellular fractions (.3 mg/ml) derived from depapillated rat kidney by differential centrifugation: N (450g x 2 min), O (13,000 x 10), P (105,000 x 30), and S. The binding distribution was: N-18%, O-74%, P-6%, and S-2%. Marker enzyme analysis revealed that O was enriched in mitochondria (M), lysosomes (L), peroxisomes (P), and endoplasmic reticulum (ER), but not plasma membrane, and that N contained small amounts (10-15%) of markers for the above. Repeated washing of O removed ER enzymes but preserved *RO binding. O was further fractionated with centrifugation (57,000g x 4 hr) on a linear sucrose gradient (18-65%); *RO binding then comigrated with M but not P and L markers. Centrifugation of isolated M (5500 x 10 min) on another linear sucrose gradient (37-65%) gave low and high density bands, which contained 65% and 35% of *RO binding activity, resp. *RO binding in O was specific, saturable, reversible, and inhibited by diuretics. Inhibitors with the highest potency were indacrinone (K/sub d/ = 35 ..mu..M), hydrochlorothiazide (100 ..mu..M), and ethacrynic acid (325 ..mu..M). Low potency inhibitors (K/sub d/ greater than or equal to 1 mM) included amiloride, triamterene, furosemide, bumetanide, and ozolinone.

  7. Preparation of epidermal growth factor (EGF) conjugated iron oxide nanoparticles and their internalization into colon cancer cells

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    Creixell, Mar [Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagueez Campus, P.O. Box 9000, Mayagueez, PR 00681 (Puerto Rico); Department of Electronics, Faculty of Physics, University of Barcelona, Av. Diagonal 647, 08028 Barcelona (Spain); Herrera, Adriana P.; Ayala, Vanessa; Latorre-Esteves, Magda [Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagueez Campus, P.O. Box 9000, Mayagueez, PR 00681 (Puerto Rico); Perez-Torres, Marianela [Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Puerto Rico-Medical Sciences Campus, PO Box 365067, San Juan, PR 00936 (Puerto Rico); Torres-Lugo, Madeline [Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagueez Campus, P.O. Box 9000, Mayagueez, PR 00681 (Puerto Rico); Rinaldi, Carlos, E-mail: carlos.rinaldi@upr.ed [Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagueez Campus, P.O. Box 9000, Mayagueez, PR 00681 (Puerto Rico)

    2010-08-15

    Epidermal growth factor (EGF) was conjugated with carboxymethyldextran (CMDx) coated iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles using carbodiimide chemistry to obtain magnetic nanoparticles that target the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). Epidermal growth factor modified magnetic nanoparticles were colloidally stable when suspended in biological buffers such as PBS and cell culture media. Both targeted and non-targeted nanoparticles were incubated with CaCo-2 cancer cells, known to overexpress EGFR. Nanoparticle localization within the cell was visualized by confocal laser scanning microscopy and light microscopy using Prussian blue stain. Results showed that targeted magnetic nanoparticles were rapidly accumulated in both flask-shaped small vesicles and large circular endocytic structures. Internalization patterns suggest that both clathrin-dependent and clathrin-independent receptors mediated endocytosis mechanisms are responsible for nanoparticle internalization.

  8. Preparation of epidermal growth factor (EGF) conjugated iron oxide nanoparticles and their internalization into colon cancer cells

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    Creixell, Mar; Herrera, Adriana P.; Ayala, Vanessa; Latorre-Esteves, Magda; Pérez-Torres, Marianela; Torres-Lugo, Madeline; Rinaldi, Carlos

    2010-08-01

    Epidermal growth factor (EGF) was conjugated with carboxymethyldextran (CMDx) coated iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles using carbodiimide chemistry to obtain magnetic nanoparticles that target the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). Epidermal growth factor modified magnetic nanoparticles were colloidally stable when suspended in biological buffers such as PBS and cell culture media. Both targeted and non-targeted nanoparticles were incubated with CaCo-2 cancer cells, known to overexpress EGFR. Nanoparticle localization within the cell was visualized by confocal laser scanning microscopy and light microscopy using Prussian blue stain. Results showed that targeted magnetic nanoparticles were rapidly accumulated in both flask-shaped small vesicles and large circular endocytic structures. Internalization patterns suggest that both clathrin-dependent and clathrin-independent receptors mediated endocytosis mechanisms are responsible for nanoparticle internalization.

  9. Supercritical synthesis and in situ deposition of PbS nanocrystals with oleic acid passivation for quantum dot solar cells

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    Tavakoli, M.M. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, 14588 Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Simchi, A., E-mail: simchi@sharif.edu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, 14588 Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Sharif University of Technology, 14588 Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Aashuri, H. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, 14588 Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2015-04-15

    Colloidal quantum dot solar cells have recently attracted significant attention due to their low-processing cost and surging photovoltaic performance. In this paper, a novel, reproducible, and simple solution-based process based on supercritical fluid toluene is presented for in situ growth and deposition PbS nanocrystals with oleic-acid passivation. A lead precursor containing sulfur was mixed with oleic acid in toluene and processed in a supercritical fluid condition at different temperatures of 140, 270 and 330 °C for 20 min. The quantum dots were deposited on a fluorine-doped tin oxide glass substrate inside the supercritical reactor. Transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, absorption and dynamic light scattering showed that the nanocrystals processed at the supercritical condition (330 °C) are fully crystalline with a narrow size distribution of ∼3 nm with an absorption wavelength of 915 nm (bandgap of 1.3 eV). Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy indicated that the PbS quantum dots are passivated by oleic acid molecules during the growth. Photovoltaic characteristics of Schottky junction solar cells showed an improvement over devices prepared by spin-coating. - Highlights: • Supercritical fluid processing and in situ deposition of PbS QDs are presented. • The prepared nanocrystals are mono-dispersed with an optical bandgap of 1.3 eV. • Photovoltaic performance of the in situ deposited nanocrystals is reported. • An improved PV performance compared to spin coated Schottky solar cells is shown.

  10. Temperature-dependent spontaneous emission of PbS quantum dots inside photonic nanostructures at telecommunication wavelength

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    Birowosuto, Muhammad Danang; Takiguchi, Masato; Olivier, Aurelien; Tobing, Landobasa Y.; Kuramochi, Eiichi; Yokoo, Atsushi; Hong, Wang; Notomi, Masaya

    2017-01-01

    Spontaneous emission of PbS quantum dots (QDs) in different photonic nanostructures has been studied. We use the temperature-dependent exciton photoluminescence and the classic dipole near interface models to understand the spontaneous emission control at various temperatures. Then, we demonstrate that the enhancement and the inhibition of PbS QDs due to the local density of states (LDOS) inside nanostructures are more efficient at temperature as low as 77 K than the inhibition at 300 K. Largest emission rate enhancement at 77 K of 1.67 ± 0.10 and inhibition factors at 100 K of 2.27 ± 0.15 are reported for the gold (Au) planar mirror and silicon (Si) two-dimensional photonic crystal bandgap, respectively. We attribute those enhancement and inhibition to the large quantum yields Qe at low temperatures, which is much larger than that at 300 K. These results are relevant for application and optimization of PbS QDs in nanophotonics at telecommunication wavelength.

  11. Polymer-Peptide Nanoparticles: Synthesis and Characterization

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    Dong, He; Shu, Jessica Y.; Xu, Ting

    2010-03-01

    Conjugation of synthetic polymers to peptides offers an efficient way to produce novel supramolecular structures. Herein, we report an attempt to prepare synthetic micellar nanoparticles using amphiphilic peptide-polymer conjugates as molecular building blocks. Spherical nanoparticles were formed upon dissolution of peptides in PBS buffer through the segregation of hydrophobic and hydrophilic segments. Both molecular and nano- structures were thoroughly investigated by a variety of biophysical techniques, including circular dichroism (CD), dynamic light scattering (DLS), size exclusion chromatography (SEC), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). The results demonstrate that structural properties of these biohybrid materials depend on both the geometry of the hydrophobic domain and the size of synthetic polymers. Given the diversity of functional peptide sequences, hydrophilic polymers and hydrophobic moieties, these materials would be expected to self-assemble into various types of nanostructures to cover a wide range of biological applications.

  12. Functionalized Palladium Nanoparticles for Hydrogen Peroxide Biosensor

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    H. Baccar

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available We present a comparison between two biosensors for hydrogen peroxide (H2O2 detection. The first biosensor was developed by the immobilization of Horseradish Peroxidase (HRP enzyme on thiol-modified gold electrode. The second biosensor was developed by the immobilization of cysteamine functionalizing palladium nanoparticles on modified gold surface. The amino groups can be activated with glutaraldehyde for horseradish peroxidase immobilization. The detection of hydrogen peroxide was successfully observed in PBS for both biosensors using the cyclic voltammetry and the chronoamperometry techniques. The results show that the limit detection depends on the large surface-to-volume ratio attained with palladium nanoparticles. The second biosensor presents a better detection limit of 7.5 μM in comparison with the first one which is equal to 75 μM.

  13. Trion valley coherence in monolayer semiconductors

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    Hao, Kai; Xu, Lixiang; Wu, Fengcheng; Nagler, Philipp; Tran, Kha; Ma, Xin; Schüller, Christian; Korn, Tobias; MacDonald, Allan H.; Moody, Galan; Li, Xiaoqin

    2017-06-01

    The emerging field of valleytronics aims to exploit the valley pseudospin of electrons residing near Bloch band extrema as an information carrier. Recent experiments demonstrating optical generation and manipulation of exciton valley coherence (the superposition of electron-hole pairs at opposite valleys) in monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) provide a critical step towards control of this quantum degree of freedom. The charged exciton (trion) in TMDs is an intriguing alternative to the neutral exciton for control of valley pseudospin because of its long spontaneous recombination lifetime, its robust valley polarization, and its coupling to residual electronic spin. Trion valley coherence has however been unexplored due to experimental challenges in accessing it spectroscopically. In this work, we employ ultrafast 2D coherent spectroscopy to resonantly generate and detect trion valley coherence in monolayer MoSe2 demonstrating that it persists for a few-hundred femtoseconds. We conclude that the underlying mechanisms limiting trion valley coherence are fundamentally different from those applicable to exciton valley coherence.

  14. Mediated Electron Transfer at Redox Active Monolayers

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    Michael E.G. Lyons

    2001-12-01

    Full Text Available A theoretical model describing the transport and kinetic processes involved in heterogeneous redox catalysis of solution phase reactants at electrode surfaces coated with redox active monolayers is presented. Although the analysis presented has quite general applicability, a specific focus of the paper is concerned with the idea that redox active monolayers can be used to model an ensemble of individual molecular nanoelectrodes. Three possible rate determining steps are considered: heterogeneous electron transfer between immobilized mediator and support electrode ; bimolecular chemical reaction between redox mediator and reactant species in the solution phase, and diffusional mass transport of reactant in solution. A general expression for the steady state reaction flux is derived which is valid for any degree of reversibility of both the heterogeneous electron transfer reaction involving immobilized mediator species and of the bimolecular cross exchange reaction between immobilized mediator and solution phase reactant. The influence of reactant transport in solution is also specifically considered. Simplified analytical expressions for the net reaction flux are derived for experimentally reasonable situations and a kinetic case diagram is constructed outlining the relationships between the various approximate solutions. The theory enables simple diagnostic plots to be constructed which can be used to analyse experimental data.

  15. Predicting Two-Dimensional Silicon Carbide Monolayers.

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    Shi, Zhiming; Zhang, Zhuhua; Kutana, Alex; Yakobson, Boris I

    2015-10-27

    Intrinsic semimetallicity of graphene and silicene largely limits their applications in functional devices. Mixing carbon and silicon atoms to form two-dimensional (2D) silicon carbide (SixC1-x) sheets is promising to overcome this issue. Using first-principles calculations combined with the cluster expansion method, we perform a comprehensive study on the thermodynamic stability and electronic properties of 2D SixC1-x monolayers with 0 ≤ x ≤ 1. Upon varying the silicon concentration, the 2D SixC1-x presents two distinct structural phases, a homogeneous phase with well dispersed Si (or C) atoms and an in-plane hybrid phase rich in SiC domains. While the in-plane hybrid structure shows uniform semiconducting properties with widely tunable band gap from 0 to 2.87 eV due to quantum confinement effect imposed by the SiC domains, the homogeneous structures can be semiconducting or remain semimetallic depending on a superlattice vector which dictates whether the sublattice symmetry is topologically broken. Moreover, we reveal a universal rule for describing the electronic properties of the homogeneous SixC1-x structures. These findings suggest that the 2D SixC1-x monolayers may present a new "family" of 2D materials, with a rich variety of properties for applications in electronics and optoelectronics.

  16. Unimolecular, soluble semiconductor nanoparticle-based biosensors for thrombin using charge/electron transfer.

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    Swain, Marla D; Octain, Jashain; Benson, David E

    2008-12-01

    Duplex DNA was attached to semiconductor nanoparticles providing selective detection of thrombin. Using the method reported here, semiconductor nanoparticles can have selective sensory functions for a host of additional analytes in the future. The system uses one DNA strand that selectively binds an analyte (thrombin), while the complementary DNA strand contains a redox-active metal complex. The accessibility of the metal complex to the nanoparticle surface is increased upon thrombin binding due to unravelling of the duplex DNA secondary structure. Increased interactions between the metal complex and the nanoparticle surface will decrease nanoparticle emission intensity, through charge transfer. Initially, water-soluble nanoparticles with carboxylate-terminated monolayers showed thrombin-specific responses in emission intensity (-30% for 1:1 nanoparticle to DNA, +50% for 1:5). Despite the selective responses, the thrombin binding isotherms indicated multiple binding equilibria and more than likely nanoparticle aggregation. The need for a nonaggregative system comes from the potential employment of these sensors in live cell or living system fluorescence assays. By changing the nanoparticle capping ligand to provide an ethylene glycol-terminated monolayer, the binding isotherms fit a two-state binding model with a thrombin dissociation constant of 3 nM in a physiologically relevant buffer. This article demonstrates the need to consider capping ligand effects in designing biosensors based on semiconductor nanoparticles and demonstrates an initial DNA-attached semiconductor nanoparticle system that uses DNA-analyte binding interactions (aptamers).

  17. Self-assembly of amphiphilic janus particles into monolayer capsules for enhanced enzyme catalysis in organic media.

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    Cao, Wei; Huang, Renliang; Qi, Wei; Su, Rongxin; He, Zhimin

    2015-01-14

    Encapsulation of enzymes during the creation of an emulsion is a simple and efficient route for enhancing enzyme catalysis in organic media. Herein, we report a capsule with a shell comprising a monolayer of silica Janus particles (JPs) (referred to as a monolayer capsule) and a Pickering emulsion for the encapsulation of enzyme molecules for catalysis purposes in organic media using amphiphilic silica JPs as building blocks. We demonstrate that the JP capsules had a monolayer shell consisting of closely packed silica JPs (270 nm). The capsules were on average 5-50 μm in diameter. The stability of the JP capsules (Pickering emulsion) was investigated with the use of homogeneous silica nanoparticles as a control. The results show that the emulsion stabilized via amphiphilic silica JPs presented no obvious changes in physical appearance after 15 days, indicating the high stability of the emulsions and JP capsules. Furthermore, the lipase from Candida sp. was chosen as a model enzyme for encapsulation within the JP capsules during their formation. The catalytic performance of lipase was evaluated according to the esterification of 1-hexanol with hexanoic acid. It was found that the specific activity of the encapsulated enzymes (28.7 U mL(-1)) was more than 5.6 times higher than that of free enzymes in a biphasic system (5.1 U mL(-1)). The enzyme activity was further increased by varying the volume ratio of water to oil and the JPs loadings. The enzyme-loaded capsule also exhibited high stability during the reaction process and good recyclability. In particular, the jellification of agarose in the JP capsules further enhanced their operating stability. We believe that the monolayer structure of the JP capsules, together with their high stability, rendered the capsules to be ideal enzyme carriers and microreactors for enzyme catalysis in organic media because they created a large interfacial area and had low mass transfer resistance through the monolayer shell.

  18. Water-dispersible nanoparticles via interdigitation of sodium dodecylsulphate molecules in octadecylamine-capped gold nanoparticles at a liquid-liquid interface

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    Anita Swami; Amol Jadhav; Ashavani Kumar; Suguna D Adyanthaya; Murali Sastry

    2003-10-01

    This paper describes the formation of water-dispersible gold nanoparticles capped with a bilayer of sodium dodecylsulphate (SDS) and octadecylamine (ODA) molecules. Vigorous shaking of a biphasic mixture consisting of ODA-capped gold nanoparticles in chloroform and SDS in water results in the rapid phase transfer of ODA-capped gold nanoparticles from the organic to the aqueous phase, the latter acquiring a pink, foam-like appearance in the process. Drying of the coloured aqueous phase results in the formation of a highly stable, reddish powder of gold nanoparticles that may be readily redispersed in water. The water-dispersible gold nanoparticles have been investigated by UV-Vis spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). These studies indicate the presence of interdigitated bilayers consisting of an ODA primary monolayer directly coordinated to the gold nanoparticle surface and a secondary monolayer of SDS, this secondary monolayer providing sufficient hydrophilicity to facilitate gold nanoparticle transfer into water and rendering them water-dispersible.

  19. Melting mechanism in monolayers of flexible rod-shaped molecules

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    Hansen, Flemming Yssing; Taub, H.

    1992-01-01

    mechanism for melting in monolayers of flexible rod-shaped molecules. Melting requires the formation of vacancies in the monolayer by molecular motion perpendicular to the surface. This ‘‘footprint reduction’’ mechanism implies that strictly two-dimensional theories of melting are inapplicable...

  20. Modelling Organic Surfaces with Self-Assembled Monolayers

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    1989-05-01

    reactive organic liquids. Fluorinated thiols form monolayers that are more water and oil-repellent than Teflon. The hydrophobicity and oleophobicity of...and are both hydrophobic and oleophobic . The surface of a monolayer containing an approximately equal mixture of the two components 13 resembles a

  1. A MOLECULAR-DYNAMICS STUDY OF LECITHIN MONOLAYERS

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    AHLSTROM, P; BERENDSEN, HJC

    1993-01-01

    Two monolayers of didecanoyllecithin at the air-water interface have been studied using molecular dynamics simulations. The model system consisted of two monolayers of 42 lecithin molecules each separated by a roughly 4 nm thick slab of SPC water. The area per lecithin molecule was 0.78 nm(2)

  2. Effect of CdS modification on photoelectric properties of TiO2/PbS quantum dots bulk heterojunction

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    Shi, Xin; Xu, Jianping; Shi, Shaobo; Zhang, Xiaosong; Li, Shubin; Wang, Chang; Wang, Xueliang; Li, Linlin; Li, Lan

    2016-06-01

    TiO2/PbS(CdS) quantum dots (QDs) bulk heterojunction has been fabricated by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction method via alternate deposition of PbS and CdS QDs. In comparison with TiO2/PbS heterojunction, the incident photon to current conversion efficiency was increased almost 50% in the visible region. Meantime, the short-circuit current and open-circuit voltage were enhanced 200% and 35% respectively. The influence mechanism of CdS is related to reduction of trap state density at TiO2/PbS interface and PbS QDs surface by the discussion of the dark current density-voltage curves, the transient photocurrent response curves and the electrochemical impedance spectra spectroscopy (EIS).

  3. Monolayer-by-monolayer stacked pyramid-like MoS2 nanodots on monolayered MoS2 flakes with enhanced photoluminescence.

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    Yuan, Cailei; Cao, Yingjie; Luo, Xingfang; Yu, Ting; Huang, Zhenping; Xu, Bo; Yang, Yong; Li, Qinliang; Gu, Gang; Lei, Wen

    2015-11-07

    The precise control of the morphology and crystal shape of MoS2 nanostructures is of particular importance for their application in nanoelectronic and optoelectronic devices. Here, we describe a single step route for the synthesis of monolayer-by-monolayer stacked pyramid-like MoS2 nanodots on monolayered MoS2 flakes using a chemical vapor deposition method. First-principles calculations demonstrated that the bandgap of the pyramid-like MoS2 nanodot is a direct bandgap. Enhanced local photoluminescence emission was observed in the pyramid-like MoS2 nanodot, in comparison with monolayered MoS2 flakes. The findings presented here provide new opportunities to tailor the physical properties of MoS2via morphology-controlled synthesis.

  4. A pentacene monolayer trapped between graphene and a substrate

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    Zhang, Qicheng; Peng, Boyu; Chan, Paddy Kwok Leung; Luo, Zhengtang

    2015-08-01

    A self-assembled pentacene monolayer can be fabricated between the solid-solid interface of few-layered graphene (FLG) and the mica substrate, through a diffusion-spreading method. By utilizing a transfer method that allows us to sandwich pentacene between graphene and mica, followed by controlled annealing, we enabled the diffused pentacene to be trapped in the interfaces and led to the formation of a stable monolayer. We found that the formation of a monolayer is kinetically favored by using a 2D Ising lattice gas model for pentacene trapped between the graphene-substrate interfaces. This kinetic Monte Carlo simulation results indicate that, due to the graphene substrate enclosure, the spreading of the first layer proceeds faster than the second layer, as the kinetics favors the filling of voids by molecules from the second layer. This graphene assisted monolayer assembly method provides a new avenue for the fabrication of two-dimensional monolayer structures.A self-assembled pentacene monolayer can be fabricated between the solid-solid interface of few-layered graphene (FLG) and the mica substrate, through a diffusion-spreading method. By utilizing a transfer method that allows us to sandwich pentacene between graphene and mica, followed by controlled annealing, we enabled the diffused pentacene to be trapped in the interfaces and led to the formation of a stable monolayer. We found that the formation of a monolayer is kinetically favored by using a 2D Ising lattice gas model for pentacene trapped between the graphene-substrate interfaces. This kinetic Monte Carlo simulation results indicate that, due to the graphene substrate enclosure, the spreading of the first layer proceeds faster than the second layer, as the kinetics favors the filling of voids by molecules from the second layer. This graphene assisted monolayer assembly method provides a new avenue for the fabrication of two-dimensional monolayer structures. Electronic supplementary information (ESI

  5. Hexadecadienyl Monolayers on Hydrogen-Terminated Si(III): Faster Monolayer Formation and Improved Surface Coverage Using the Enyne Moiety

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    Rijksen, B.M.G.; Pujari, S.P.; Scheres, L.M.W.; Rijn, van C.J.M.; Baio, J.E.; Weidner, T.; Zuilhof, H.

    2012-01-01

    To further improve the coverage of organic monolayers on hydrogen-terminated silicon (H–Si) surfaces with respect to the hitherto best agents (1-alkynes), it was hypothesized that enynes (H–C=C–HC-CH–R) would be even better reagents for dense monolayer formation. To investigate whether the increased

  6. Hierarchical construction of PbS architectures based on the adsorption and sustained release of H{sub 2}S by TBAB

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    Li Guowei [College of Material Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu 212013 (China); Li Changsheng, E-mail: changshengli@ujs.edu.cn [College of Material Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu 212013 (China); Yang Xiaofei [College of Material Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu 212013 (China); Ng Dikon, H.L. [Department of Physics, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin (Hong Kong); Tang Hua [College of Material Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu 212013 (China)

    2011-10-03

    Graphical abstract: PbS uniform hierarchical microstars were grown on a large scale by a simple hydrothermal method with the help of a new surfactant: tetrabutyl ammonium bromide (C{sub 16}H{sub 36}BrN). A possible new formation mechanism of hierarchical hollow PbS structures based on the adsorption and sustained release of S{sup 2+} by TBAB is presented. Highlights: {yields} Multi-arm PbS hierarchical structures were successfully synthesized by a simple hydrothermal method at low temperature: 90 deg. C. {yields} A new surfactant: tetrabutyl ammonium bromide (TBAB) was used in the process, a possible new formation mechanism of hierarchical hollow PbS structures based on the adsorption and sustained release of S{sup 2+} by TBAB is presented. - Abstract: Multi-arm PbS architectures were successfully synthesized in high yield by a facile hydrothermal process at 90 deg. C for 48 h, employing lead nitrate (Pb(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}) and thioacetamide (TAA) as precursors. A new surfactant: tetrabutyl ammonium bromide (TBAB), was used in this process. The as-prepared PbS products are characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy. The results showed that the concentration of TBAB, as well as the molar ratio of Pb(NO{sub 3}){sub 2} to TAA are crucial factors on the morphologies and sizes of the hierarchical PbS microcrystals. A reasonable possible new formation mechanism of hierarchical PbS structures based on the adsorption and sustained release of H{sub 2}S by TBAB has been presented.

  7. Tunable nanoparticle arrays at charged interfaces.

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    Srivastava, Sunita; Nykypanchuk, Dmytro; Fukuto, Masafumi; Gang, Oleg

    2014-10-28

    Structurally tunable two-dimensional (2D) arrays of nanoscale objects are important for modulating functional responses of thin films. We demonstrate that such tunable and ordered nanoparticles (NP) arrays can be assembled at charged air-water interfaces from nanoparticles coated with polyelectrolyte chains, DNA. The electrostatic attraction between the negatively charged nonhybridizing DNA-coated gold NPs and a positively charged lipid layer at the interface facilitates the formation of a 2D hexagonally closed packed (HCP) nanoparticle lattice. We observed about 4-fold change of the monolayer nanoparticle density by varying the ionic strength of the subphase. The tunable NP arrays retain their structure reasonably well when transferred to a solid support. The influence of particle's DNA corona and lipid layer composition on the salt-induced in-plane and normal structural evolution of NP arrays was studied in detail using a combination of synchrotron-based in situ surface scattering methods, grazing incidence X-ray scattering (GISAXS), and X-ray reflectivity (XRR). Comparative analysis of the interparticle distances as a function of ionic strength reveals the difference between the studied 2D nanoparticle arrays and analogous bulk polyelectrolyte star polymers systems, typically described by Daoud-Cotton model and power law scaling. The observed behavior of the 2D nanoparticle array manifests a nonuniform deformation of the nanoparticle DNA corona due to its electrostatically induced confinement at the lipid interface. The present study provides insight on the interfacial properties of the NPs coated with charged soft shells.

  8. Comparison of carrier multiplication yields in PbS and PbSe nanocrystals: The role of competing energy-loss processes

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    Stewart, John T.; Padilha, Lazaro A.; Qazilbash, M. M.; Pietryga, Jeffrey M.; Midgett, Aaron G; Luther, Joseph M; Beard, Matthew C; Nozik, Arthur J; Klimov, Victor I.

    2012-02-08

    Infrared band gap semiconductor nanocrystals are promising materials for exploring generation III photovoltaic concepts that rely on carrier multiplication or multiple exciton generation, the process in which a single high-energy photon generates more than one electron–hole pair. In this work, we present measurements of carrier multiplication yields and biexciton lifetimes for a large selection of PbS nanocrystals and compare these results to the well-studied PbSe nanocrystals. The similar bulk properties of PbS and PbSe make this an important comparison for discerning the pertinent properties that determine efficient carrier multiplication. We observe that PbS and PbSe have very similar biexciton lifetimes as a function of confinement energy. Together with the similar bulk properties, this suggests that the rates of multiexciton generation, which is the inverse of Auger recombination, are also similar. The carrier multiplication yields in PbS nanocrystals, however, are strikingly lower than those observed for PbSe nanocrystals. We suggest that this implies the rate of competing processes, such as phonon emission, is higher in PbS nanocrystals than in PbSe nanocrystals. Indeed, our estimations for phonon emission mediated by the polar Fröhlich-type interaction indicate that the corresponding energy-loss rate is approximately twice as large in PbS than in PbSe.

  9. Defect-Tolerant Monolayer Transition Metal Dichalcogenides

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    Pandey, Mohnish; Rasmussen, Filip Anselm; Kuhar, Korina;

    2016-01-01

    -principles investigation of defect tolerance in 29 monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) of interest for nanoscale optoelectronics. We find that the TMDs based on group VI and X metals form deep gap states upon creation of a chalcogen (S, Se, Te) vacancy, while the TMDs based on group IV metals form only...... shallow defect levels and are thus predicted to be defect-tolerant. Interestingly, all the defect sensitive TMDs have valence and conduction bands with a very similar orbital composition. This indicates a bonding/antibonding nature of the gap, which in turn suggests that dangling bonds will fall inside...... the gap. These ideas are made quantitative by introducing a descriptor that measures the degree of similarity of the conduction and valence band manifolds. Finally, the study is generalized to nonpolar nanoribbons of the TMDs where we find that only the defect sensitive materials form edge states within...

  10. Vector assembly of colloids on monolayer substrates

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    Jiang, Lingxiang; Yang, Shenyu; Tsang, Boyce; Tu, Mei; Granick, Steve

    2017-06-01

    The key to spontaneous and directed assembly is to encode the desired assembly information to building blocks in a programmable and efficient way. In computer graphics, raster graphics encodes images on a single-pixel level, conferring fine details at the expense of large file sizes, whereas vector graphics encrypts shape information into vectors that allow small file sizes and operational transformations. Here, we adapt this raster/vector concept to a 2D colloidal system and realize `vector assembly' by manipulating particles on a colloidal monolayer substrate with optical tweezers. In contrast to raster assembly that assigns optical tweezers to each particle, vector assembly requires a minimal number of optical tweezers that allow operations like chain elongation and shortening. This vector approach enables simple uniform particles to form a vast collection of colloidal arenes and colloidenes, the spontaneous dissociation of which is achieved with precision and stage-by-stage complexity by simply removing the optical tweezers.

  11. Monolayer semiconductor nanocavity lasers with ultralow thresholds

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    Wu, Sanfeng; Buckley, Sonia; Schaibley, John R.; Feng, Liefeng; Yan, Jiaqiang; Mandrus, David G.; Hatami, Fariba; Yao, Wang; Vučković, Jelena; Majumdar, Arka; Xu, Xiaodong

    2015-04-01

    Engineering the electromagnetic environment of a nanometre-scale light emitter by use of a photonic cavity can significantly enhance its spontaneous emission rate, through cavity quantum electrodynamics in the Purcell regime. This effect can greatly reduce the lasing threshold of the emitter, providing a low-threshold laser system with small footprint, low power consumption and ultrafast modulation. An ultralow-threshold nanoscale laser has been successfully developed by embedding quantum dots into a photonic crystal cavity (PCC). However, several challenges impede the practical application of this architecture, including the random positions and compositional fluctuations of the dots, extreme difficulty in current injection, and lack of compatibility with electronic circuits. Here we report a new lasing strategy: an atomically thin crystalline semiconductor--that is, a tungsten diselenide monolayer--is non-destructively and deterministically introduced as a gain medium at the surface of a pre-fabricated PCC. A continuous-wave nanolaser operating in the visible regime is thereby achieved with an optical pumping threshold as low as 27 nanowatts at 130 kelvin, similar to the value achieved in quantum-dot PCC lasers. The key to the lasing action lies in the monolayer nature of the gain medium, which confines direct-gap excitons to within one nanometre of the PCC surface. The surface-gain geometry gives unprecedented accessibility and hence the ability to tailor gain properties via external controls such as electrostatic gating and current injection, enabling electrically pumped operation. Our scheme is scalable and compatible with integrated photonics for on-chip optical communication technologies.

  12. 溶剂浇铸-粒子沥滤法制备PBS/PCL组织工程支架%PBS/PCL Scaffold for Tissue Engineering Prepared by Solvent Casting/ Particulate Leaching

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    陈思诗; 杨庆; 沈新元; 郯志清; 彭兰兰

    2009-01-01

    较好.利用质量分数为8%的PBS/PCL溶液可以制备形状复杂的多孔支架.所制支架内部孔洞分布均匀,贯通性好,孔径可由致孔剂的粒径来调控,支架孔隙率为86%~93%.支架亲水性良好,吸水率随孔隙率的增大而上升.

  13. Sub-monolayers of carbon on alpha-iron facets: an ab-initio study

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    Riikonen, S; Nieminen, R M

    2010-01-01

    Motivated by recent in situ studies of carbon nanotube growth from large transition-metal nanoparticles, we study various alpha-iron (ferrite) facets at different carbon concentrations using ab initio methods. The studied (110), (100) and (111) facets show qualitatively different behaviour when carbon concentration changes. In particular, adsorbed carbon atoms repel each other on the (110) facet, resulting in carbon dimer and graphitic material formation. Carbon on the (100) facet forms stable structures at concentrations of about 0.5 monolayer and at 1.0 monolayer this facet becomes unstable due to a frustration of the top layer iron atoms. The stability of the (111) facet is weakly affected by the amount of adsorbed carbon and its stability increases further with respect to the (100) facet with increasing carbon concentration. The exchange of carbon atoms between the surface and sub-surface regions on the (111) facet is easier than on the other facets and the formation of carbon dimers is exothermic. These ...

  14. Patterned Array of Poly(ethylene glycol Silane Monolayer for Label-Free Detection of Dengue

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    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available In the present study, the construction of arrays on silicon for naked-eye detection of DNA dengue was demonstrated. The array was created by exposing a polyethylene glycol (PEG silane monolayer to 254 nm ultraviolet (UV light through a photomask. Formation of the PEG silane monolayer and photomodifed surface properties was thoroughly characterized by using atomic force microscopy (AFM, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS, and contact angle measurements. The results of XPS confirmed that irradiation of ultraviolet (UV light generates an aldehyde functional group that offers conjugation sites of amino DNA probe for detection of a specific dengue virus target DNA. Employing a gold enhancement process after inducing the electrostatic interaction between positively charged gold nanoparticles and the negatively charged target DNA hybridized to the DNA capture probe allowed to visualize the array with naked eye. The developed arrays demonstrated excellent performance in diagnosis of dengue with a detection limit as low as 10 pM. The selectivity of DNA arrays was also examined using a single base mismatch and noncomplementary target DNA.

  15. Capping-ligand effect on the stability of CdSe quantum dot Langmuir monolayers.

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    Radhakrishnan, Chander; Lo, Michael K F; Knobler, Charles M; Garcia-Garibay, Miguel A; Monbouquette, Harold G

    2011-03-15

    The stability of Langmuir monolayers of CdSe Qdots capped with dodecan-ethiol (DDT), with dithiocarbamates having one, two, or three long alkyl chains (DTC-1, DTC-2 and DTC-3) or with tri-n-octylphosphine oxide (TOPO), was investigated and linked to the transport of Qdots into the subphase via a dissolution and diffusion mechanism. Langmuir films of Qdots were created by depositing droplets of purified Qdots in chloroform at the air-water interface. While holding the Qdot films at 13 mN/m for 1 h in a Langmuir trough, the average monolayer areas decreased by roughly 9% for TOPO-capped Qdots, ∼15-18% for the three DTC-capped Qdot preparations, and ∼21% for DDT-capped Qdots. Using the model of Ter Minassian-Saraga, the relative stabilities of the Qdot films studied were related to differences in equilibrium partitioning into the subphase and to apparent Qdot diffusivities within the subphase. An analysis of the Qdot preparations by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) revealed that the aliphatic tails of capping ligands were assembled on Qdot surfaces with similar packing densities for all ligand chemistries. A combined analysis of the film-area contraction and FTIR data suggested that, for the chemistries examined in this study, both the capping-ligand headgroup and the aliphatic tail groups impact Qdot Langmuir film stability through their joint influence on nanoparticle wettability and the tendency to aggregate upon partitioning into the subphase.

  16. Adhesive and conformational behaviour of mycolic acid monolayers.

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    Zhang, Zhenyu; Pen, Yu; Edyvean, Robert G; Banwart, Steven A; Dalgliesh, Robert M; Geoghegan, Mark

    2010-09-01

    We have studied the pH-dependent interaction between mycolic acid (MA) monolayers and hydrophobic and hydrophilic surfaces using molecular (colloidal probe) force spectroscopy. In both cases, hydrophobic and hydrophilic monolayers (prepared by Langmuir-Blodgett and Langmuir-Schaefer deposition on silicon or hydrophobized silicon substrates, respectively) were studied. The force spectroscopy data, fitted with classical DLVO (Derjaguin, Landau, Verwey, and Overbeek) theory to examine the contribution of electrostatic and van der Waals forces, revealed that electrostatic forces are the dominant contribution to the repulsive force between the approaching colloidal probe and MA monolayers. The good agreement between data and the DLVO model suggest that beyond a few nm away from the surface, hydrophobic, hydration, and specific chemical bonding are unlikely to contribute to any significant extent to the interaction energy between the probe and the surface. The pH-dependent conformation of MA molecules in the monolayer at the solid-liquid interface was studied by ellipsometry, neutron reflectometry, and with a quartz crystal microbalance. Monolayers prepared by the Langmuir-Blodgett method demonstrated a distinct pH-responsive behaviour, while monolayers prepared by the Langmuir-Schaefer method were less sensitive to pH variation. It was found that the attachment of water molecules plays a vital role in determining the conformation of the MA monolayers.

  17. The Modeling of Pulmonary Particulate Matter Transport Using Langmuir Monolayers

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    Eaton, Jeremy M.

    The effects of a barrier in proximity to the air-water interface on the dynamics of a Langmuir monolayer system are observed. A monolayer of Survanta, bovine lung surfactant, is deposited onto the interface of an aqueous buffer solution. Polystyrene particles one micron in diameter and tagged with fluorescent carboxylate groups are distributed evenly throughout the monolayer surface. The bead-monolayer system is compressed and expanded to induce folding. A polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) substrate is placed below the monolayer in the buffer solution to study interactions between the folding monolayer and a barrier. The presence of the substrate is shown to shift surface pressure-area isotherms toward regions of lower area by an average of 8.9 mN/m. The surface of the PDMS substrate can be imaged using fluorescence microscopy to detect the presence of particles or surfactant that may have been transported there from the air-water interface during folding. Images show the transferral of particles and monolayer together suggesting the pinch-off of a fold or the direct interaction of a fold with the barrier.

  18. Bolaform surfactants with polyoxometalate head groups and their assembly into ultra-small monolayer membrane vesicles.

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    Landsmann, Steve; Luka, Martin; Polarz, Sebastian

    2012-01-01

    Surfactants are indispensable in established technologies as detergents or emulsification agents, and also in recent studies for controlling the growth of nanoparticles or for creating nanocarriers. Although the properties of conventional, organic surfactants are thoroughly explored, strong interest persists in surfactants that possess unique features inaccessible for ordinary systems. Here we present dipolar, bolaform surfactants with a head group comprising of 11 tungsten atoms. These novel compounds are characterized by an exceptionally low critical self-organization concentration, which leads to monolayer vesicles with a diameter of only 15 nm, that is, substantially smaller than for any other system. The membrane of the vesicles is impermeable for water-soluble and oil-soluble guests. Control over release kinetics, which can be followed via the quantitative fluorescence quenching of confined fluorophores, is gained by means of pH adjustments.

  19. Carcinogenic activity of PbS quantum dots screened using exosomal biomarkers secreted from HEK293 cells.

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    Kim, Jung-Hee; Kim, Hye-Rim; Lee, Bo-Ram; Choi, Eun-Sook; In, Su-Il; Kim, Eunjoo

    2015-01-01

    Lead sulfide (PbS) quantum dots (QDs) have been applied in the biomedical area because they offer an excellent platform for theragnostic applications. In order to comprehensively evaluate the biocompatibility of PbS QDs in human cells, we analyzed the exosomes secreted from cells because exosomes are released during cellular stress to convey signals to other cells and serve as a reservoir of enriched biomarkers. PbS QDs were synthesized and coated with 3-mercaptopropionic acid (MPA) to allow the particles to disperse in water. Exosomes were isolated from HEK293 cells treated with PbS-MPA at concentrations of 0 µg/mL, 5 µg/mL, and 50 µg/mL, and the exosomal expression levels of miRNAs and proteins were analyzed. As a result, five miRNAs and two proteins were proposed as specific exosomal biomarkers for the exposure of HEK293 cells to PbS-MPA. Based on the pathway analysis, the molecular signature of the exosomes suggested that PbS-MPA QDs had carcinogenic activity. The comet assay and expression of molecular markers, such as p53, interleukin (IL)-8, and C-X-C motif chemokine 5, indicated that DNA damage occurred in HEK293 cells following PbS-MPA exposure, which supported the carcinogenic activity of the particles. In addition, there was obvious intensification of miRNA expression signals in the exosomes compared with that of the parent cells, which suggested that exosomal biomarkers could be detected more sensitively than those of whole cellular extracts.

  20. Ultra high pressure homogenization (UHPH) inactivation of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens spores in phosphate buffered saline (PBS) and milk

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    Dong, Peng; Georget, Erika S.; Aganovic, Kemal; Heinz, Volker; Mathys, Alexander

    2015-01-01

    Ultra high pressure homogenization (UHPH) opens up new areas for dynamic high pressure assisted thermal sterilization of liquids. Bacillus amyloliquefaciens spores are resistant to high isostatic pressure and temperature and were suggested as potential surrogate for high pressure thermal sterilization validation. B. amyloliquefaciens spores suspended in PBS buffer (0.01 M, pH 7.0), low fat milk (1.5%, pH 6.7), and whole milk (3.5%, pH 6.7) at initial concentration of ~106 CFU/mL were subjected to UHPH treatments at 200, 300, and 350 MPa with an inlet temperature at ~80°C. Thermal inactivation kinetics of B. amyloliquefaciens spores in PBS and milk were assessed with thin wall glass capillaries and modeled using first-order and Weibull models. The residence time during UHPH treatments was estimated to determine the contribution of temperature to spore inactivation by UHPH. No sublethal injury was detected after UHPH treatments using sodium chloride as selective component in the nutrient agar medium. The inactivation profiles of spores in PBS buffer and milk were compared and fat provided no clear protective effect for spores against treatments. Treatment at 200 MPa with valve temperatures lower than 125°C caused no reduction of spores. A reduction of 3.5 log10CFU/mL of B. amyloliquefaciens spores was achieved by treatment at 350 MPa with a valve temperature higher than 150°C. The modeled thermal inactivation and observed inactivation during UHPH treatments suggest that temperature could be the main lethal effect driving inactivation. PMID:26236296

  1. Ultra high pressure homogenization (UHPH) inactivation of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens spores in phosphate buffered saline (PBS) and milk.

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    Dong, Peng; Georget, Erika S; Aganovic, Kemal; Heinz, Volker; Mathys, Alexander

    2015-01-01

    Ultra high pressure homogenization (UHPH) opens up new areas for dynamic high pressure assisted thermal sterilization of liquids. Bacillus amyloliquefaciens spores are resistant to high isostatic pressure and temperature and were suggested as potential surrogate for high pressure thermal sterilization validation. B. amyloliquefaciens spores suspended in PBS buffer (0.01 M, pH 7.0), low fat milk (1.5%, pH 6.7), and whole milk (3.5%, pH 6.7) at initial concentration of ~10(6) CFU/mL were subjected to UHPH treatments at 200, 300, and 350 MPa with an inlet temperature at ~80°C. Thermal inactivation kinetics of B. amyloliquefaciens spores in PBS and milk were assessed with thin wall glass capillaries and modeled using first-order and Weibull models. The residence time during UHPH treatments was estimated to determine the contribution of temperature to spore inactivation by UHPH. No sublethal injury was detected after UHPH treatments using sodium chloride as selective component in the nutrient agar medium. The inactivation profiles of spores in PBS buffer and milk were compared and fat provided no clear protective effect for spores against treatments. Treatment at 200 MPa with valve temperatures lower than 125°C caused no reduction of spores. A reduction of 3.5 log10CFU/mL of B. amyloliquefaciens spores was achieved by treatment at 350 MPa with a valve temperature higher than 150°C. The modeled thermal inactivation and observed inactivation during UHPH treatments suggest that temperature could be the main lethal effect driving inactivation.

  2. In vitro toxicity of zinc oxide nanoparticles: a review

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    Pandurangan, Muthuraman; Kim, Doo Hwan, E-mail: frenzram1980@gmail.com [Konkuk University, Department of Bioresources and Food Sciences (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-03-15

    The toxic effect of ZnO nanoparticles is due to their solubility. ZnO nanoparticles dissolve in the extracellular region, which in turn increases the intracellular [Zn{sup 2+}] level. The mechanism for increased intracellular [Zn{sup 2+}] level and ZnO nanoparticles dissolution in the medium is still unclear. Cytotoxicity, increased oxidative stress, increased intracellular [Ca{sup 2+}] level, decreased mitochondrial membrane potential, and interleukin-8 productions occur in the BEAS-2B bronchial epithelial cells and A549 alveolar adenocarcinoma cells following the exposure of ZnO nanoparticles. Confluent C2C12 cells are more resistant to ZnO nanoparticles compared to the sparse monolayer. Loss of 3T3-L1 cell viability, membrane leakage, and morphological changes occurs due to exposure of ZnO nanoparticles. ZnO nanoparticle induces cytotoxicity and mitochondrial dysfunction in RKO colon carcinoma cells. The occurrence of apoptosis, increased ROS level, reduced mitochondrial activity and formation of tubular intracellular structures are reported following exposure of ZnO nanoparticles in skin cells. Macrophages, monocytes, and dendritic cells are affected by ZnO nanoparticles. In addition, genotoxicity is also induced. The present review summarizes the literature on in vitro toxicity of ZnO nanoparticles (10–100 nm) on various cell lines.

  3. In vitro toxicity of zinc oxide nanoparticles: a review

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    Pandurangan, Muthuraman; Kim, Doo Hwan

    2015-03-01

    The toxic effect of ZnO nanoparticles is due to their solubility. ZnO nanoparticles dissolve in the extracellular region, which in turn increases the intracellular [Zn2+] level. The mechanism for increased intracellular [Zn2+] level and ZnO nanoparticles dissolution in the medium is still unclear. Cytotoxicity, increased oxidative stress, increased intracellular [Ca2+] level, decreased mitochondrial membrane potential, and interleukin-8 productions occur in the BEAS-2B bronchial epithelial cells and A549 alveolar adenocarcinoma cells following the exposure of ZnO nanoparticles. Confluent C2C12 cells are more resistant to ZnO nanoparticles compared to the sparse monolayer. Loss of 3T3-L1 cell viability, membrane leakage, and morphological changes occurs due to exposure of ZnO nanoparticles. ZnO nanoparticle induces cytotoxicity and mitochondrial dysfunction in RKO colon carcinoma cells. The occurrence of apoptosis, increased ROS level, reduced mitochondrial activity and formation of tubular intracellular structures are reported following exposure of ZnO nanoparticles in skin cells. Macrophages, monocytes, and dendritic cells are affected by ZnO nanoparticles. In addition, genotoxicity is also induced. The present review summarizes the literature on in vitro toxicity of ZnO nanoparticles (10-100 nm) on various cell lines.

  4. Stable and transparent superhydrophobic nanoparticle films.

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    Ling, Xing Yi; Phang, In Yee; Vancso, G Julius; Huskens, Jurriaan; Reinhoudt, David N

    2009-03-01

    A superhydrophobic surface with a static water contact angle (theta(w)) > 150 degrees was created by a simple "dip-coating" method of 60-nm SiO2 nanoparticles onto an amine-terminated (NH2) self-assembled monolayer (SAM) glass/silicon oxide substrate, followed by chemical vapor deposition of a fluorinated adsorbate. For comparison, a close-packed nanoparticle film, formed by convective assembly, gave theta(w) approximately 120 degrees. The stability of the superhydrophobic coating was enhanced by sintering of the nanoparticles in an O2 environment at high temperature (1100 degress C). A sliding angle of cleaning properties of the surface. The dip-coating method can be applied to glass substrates to prepare surfaces that are superhydrophobic and transparent.

  5. Electrohilado de fibras coaxiales constituidas por polibutilenosuccinato (PBS, Bionolle) y polietilenglicol (PEG). Funcionalización mediante carga de drogas

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    2013-01-01

    En este proyecto se ha realizado un estudio de la preparación de micro y nanofibras de dos biopolímeros, Bionolle® (PBS) y polietilenglicol (PEG) de hidrofilidad diferente. Las fibras se obtuvieron mediante la técnica de electrospinning coaxial, en el que se han producido fibras posicionando cada uno de los polímeros en el shell y en el core y viceversa, así como la mezcla de ambos. Posteriormente se procedió a la caracterización estructural de las diferentes mezclas preparadas y al análisis ...

  6. Anomalous size-dependent decay of low-energy luminescence from PbS quantum dots in colloidal solution.

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    Ushakova, Elena V; Litvin, Aleksandr P; Parfenov, Peter S; Fedorov, Anatoly V; Artemyev, Mikhail; Prudnikau, Anatoly V; Rukhlenko, Ivan D; Baranov, Alexander V

    2012-10-23

    We report on an anomalous size dependence of the room-temperature photoluminescence decay time from the lowest-energy state of PbS quantum dots in colloidal solution, which was found using the transient luminescence spectroscopy. The observed 10-fold reduction in the decay time (from ~2.5 to 0.25 μs) with the increase in the quantum dots' diameter is explained by the existence of phonon-induced transitions between the in-gap state-whose energy drastically depends on the diameter-and the fundamental state of the quantum dots.

  7. Study of band gap and determination of size of PbS quantum dots synthesized by colloidal solution

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    M. S. Ghamsari

    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available   PbS semiconductor non-crystals have been synthesized in order to study the modification of their electronic structures and optical properties in relation to their size. The synthesis has been carried out by using the techniques of colloidal chemistry. Strong quantum confinement behavior has been observed based on the analysis of optical spectra of these particles. The average particle size approximated by x-ray line width and hyperbolic band model calculation. Heterogeneous broadening of optical spectrum is studied finally.

  8. Ultra high pressure homogenization (UHPH) inactivation of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens spores in phosphate buffered saline (PBS) and milk

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    Dong, Peng; Erika S. Georget; Aganovic, Kemal; Heinz, Volker; Mathys, Alexander

    2015-01-01

    Ultra high pressure homogenization (UHPH) opens up new areas for dynamic high pressure assisted thermal sterilization of liquids. Bacillus amyloliquefaciens spores are resistant to high isostatic pressure and temperature and were suggested as potential surrogate for high pressure thermal sterilization validation. B. amyloliquefaciens spores suspended in PBS buffer (0.01 M, pH 7.0), low fat milk (1.5%, pH 6.7), and whole milk (3.5%, pH 6.7) at initial concentration of ~106 CFU/mL were subjecte...

  9. A New Method For The Simulation Of Lipid Monolayer Dynamics

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    Griesbauer, J; Seeger, H M; Schneider, M F

    2010-01-01

    In this paper we present a predictive numerical model to describe dynamic properties of lipid monolayers. Its thermodynamic basis simply assumes a hexagonal lattice which can be occupied by lipids which may be ordered or disordered. Since the lattice sites are translational lose and interconnected by Newtonian springs, dynamic movements of the lipids are included. All necessary parameters directly follow from experiments. This approach allows the calculation of isotherms of lipid monolayers, which can be directly compared to experimentally determined ones, both quantitatively and qualitatively. Apart from that the monolayers heat capacity profile can be calculated, which otherwise cannot be easily extracted.

  10. Defect Structure of Localized Excitons in a WSe2 Monolayer

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    Zhang, Shuai

    2017-07-26

    The atomic and electronic structure of intrinsic defects in a WSe2 monolayer grown on graphite was revealed by low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy. Instead of chalcogen vacancies that prevail in other transition metal dichalcogenide materials, intrinsic defects in WSe2 arise surprisingly from single tungsten vacancies, leading to the hole (p-type) doping. Furthermore, we found these defects to dominate the excitonic emission of the WSe2 monolayer at low temperature. Our work provided the first atomic-scale understanding of defect excitons and paved the way toward deciphering the defect structure of single quantum emitters previously discovered in the WSe2 monolayer.

  11. Ordered Porous Pd Octahedra Covered with Monolayer Ru Atoms.

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    Ge, Jingjie; He, Dongsheng; Bai, Lei; You, Rui; Lu, Haiyuan; Lin, Yue; Tan, Chaoliang; Kang, Yan-Biao; Xiao, Bin; Wu, Yuen; Deng, Zhaoxiang; Huang, Weixin; Zhang, Hua; Hong, Xun; Li, Yadong

    2015-11-25

    Monolayer Ru atoms covered highly ordered porous Pd octahedra have been synthesized via the underpotential deposition and thermodynamic control. Shape evolution from concave nanocube to octahedron with six hollow cavities was observed. Using aberration-corrected high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, we provide quantitative evidence to prove that only a monolayer of Ru atoms was deposited on the surface of porous Pd octahedra. The as-prepared monolayer Ru atoms covered Pd nanostructures exhibited excellent catalytic property in terms of semihydrogenation of alkynes.

  12. Photopatterning of stable, low-density, self-assembled monolayers on gold.

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    Safazadeh, Leila; Berron, Brad J

    2015-03-10

    Photoinitiated thiol-yne chemistry is utilized as a click reaction for grafting of acid-terminated alkynes to thiol-terminated monolayers on a gold substrate to create stable, low-density monolayers. The resulting monolayers are compared with a well-packed 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid monolayer and the analogous low-density monolayers prepared through a solution phase synthetic approach. The overall structuring of the monolayer prepared by solid-phase grafting is characterized by contact angle goniometry and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The results show that the product monolayer has an intermediate surface energy and a more disordered chemical structuring compared to a traditional well-packed self-assembled monolayer, showing a low-packing density of the chains at the monolayer surface. The monolayer's structure and electrochemical stability were studied by reductive desorption of the thiolates. The prepared low-density monolayers have a higher electrochemical stability than traditional well-packed monolayers, which results from the crystalline structure at the gold interface. This technique allows for simple, fast preparation of low-density monolayers of higher stability than well-packed monolayers. The use of a photomask to restrict light access to the substrate yielded these low-density monolayers in patterned regions defined by light exposure. This general thiol-yne approach is adaptable to a variety of analogous low-density monolayers with diverse chemical functionalities.

  13. Surface Attachment of Gold Nanoparticles Guided by Block Copolymer Micellar Films and Its Application in Silicon Etching

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    Mingjie Wei

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Patterning metallic nanoparticles on substrate surfaces is important in a number of applications. However, it remains challenging to fabricate such patterned nanoparticles with easily controlled structural parameters, including particle sizes and densities, from simple methods. We report on a new route to directly pattern pre-formed gold nanoparticles with different diameters on block copolymer micellar monolayers coated on silicon substrates. Due to the synergetic effect of complexation and electrostatic interactions between the micellar cores and the gold particles, incubating the copolymer-coated silicon in a gold nanoparticles suspension leads to a monolayer of gold particles attached on the coated silicon. The intermediate micellar film was then removed using oxygen plasma treatment, allowing the direct contact of the gold particles with the Si substrate. We further demonstrate that the gold nanoparticles can serve as catalysts for the localized etching of the silicon substrate, resulting in nanoporous Si with a top layer of straight pores.

  14. Preparation and application of conducting polymer/Ag/clay composite nanoparticles formed by in situ UV-induced dispersion polymerization.

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    Zang, Limin; Qiu, Jianhui; Yang, Chao; Sakai, Eiichi

    2016-02-03

    In this work, composite nanoparticles containing polypyrrole, silver and attapulgite (PPy/Ag/ATP) were prepared via UV-induced dispersion polymerization of pyrrole using ATP clay as a templet and silver nitrate as photoinitiator. The effects of ATP concentration on morphology, structure and electrical conductivity were studied. The obtained composite nanoparticles with an interesting beads-on-a-string morphology can be obtained in a short time (10 min), which indicates the preparation method is facile and feasible. To explore the potential applications of the prepared PPy/Ag/ATP composite nanoparticles, they were served as multifunctional filler and blended with poly(butylene succinate) (PBS) matrix to prepare biodegradable composite material. The distribution of fillers in polymer matrix and the interfacial interaction between fillers and PBS were confirmed by scanning electron microscope, elemental mapping and dynamic mechanical analysis. The well dispersed fillers in PBS matrix impart outstanding antibacterial property to the biodegradable composite material as well as enhanced storage modulus due to Ag nanoparticles and ATP clay. The biodegradable composite material also possesses modest surface resistivity (10(6)~ 10(9) Ω/◻).

  15. Structure of solid monolayers and multilayers of -hexane on graphite

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    M Krishnan; S Balasubramanian; S Clarke

    2003-10-01

    We present all-atom molecular dynamics simulations of -hexane on the basal plane of graphite at monolayer and multilayer coverages. In keeping with experimental data, we find the presence of ordered adsorbed layers both at single monolayer coverage and when the adsorbed layer coexists with excess liquid adsorbate. Using a simulation method that does not impose any particular periodicity on the adsorbed layer, we quantitatively compare our results to the results of neutron diffraction experiments and find a structural transition from a uniaxially incommensurate lattice to a fully commensurate structure on increasing the coverage from a monolayer to a multilayer. The zig-zag backbone planes of all the alkane molecules lie parallel to the graphite surface at the multilayer coverage, while a few molecules are observed to attain the perpendicular orientation at monolayer coverage.

  16. Monolayer MoS2 heterojunction solar cells

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    Tsai, Menglin

    2014-08-26

    We realized photovoltaic operation in large-scale MoS2 monolayers by the formation of a type-II heterojunction with p-Si. The MoS 2 monolayer introduces a built-in electric field near the interface between MoS2 and p-Si to help photogenerated carrier separation. Such a heterojunction photovoltaic device achieves a power conversion efficiency of 5.23%, which is the highest efficiency among all monolayer transition-metal dichalcogenide-based solar cells. The demonstrated results of monolayer MoS 2/Si-based solar cells hold the promise for integration of 2D materials with commercially available Si-based electronics in highly efficient devices. © 2014 American Chemical Society.

  17. Unsupported single-atom-thick copper oxide monolayers

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    Yin, Kuibo; Zhang, Yu-Yang; Zhou, Yilong; Sun, Litao; Chisholm, Matthew F.; Pantelides, Sokrates T.; Zhou, Wu

    2017-03-01

    Oxide monolayers may present unique opportunities because of the great diversity of properties of these materials in bulk form. However, reports on oxide monolayers are still limited. Here we report the formation of single-atom-thick copper oxide layers with a square lattice both in graphene pores and on graphene substrates using aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy. First-principles calculations find that CuO is energetically stable and its calculated lattice spacing matches well with the measured value. Furthermore, free-standing copper oxide monolayers are predicted to be semiconductors with band gaps ∼3 eV. The new wide-bandgap single-atom-thick copper oxide monolayers usher a new frontier to study the highly diverse family of two-dimensional oxides and explore their properties and their potential for new applications.

  18. Membrane Insertion by Trichosanthin Using the Monolayer Method

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    薛毅; 夏晓峰; 隋森芳

    2003-01-01

    A monolayer technique was used to investigate the interaction between the ribosome inactivating protein trichosanthin (TCS) and phospholipid membrane.The adsorption experiments show that the negatively charged 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycerol-3-phosphoglycerol (DPPG) causes obvious enrichment of TCS beneath the monolayer, indicating electrostatic attraction between TCS and the negatively charged phospholipid.When TCS was incorporated into the DPPG monolayer at low pH, it could not be completely squeezed out until the monolayer collapsed.The results suggest that the electrostatic attraction and the hydrophobic force are involved in the interaction between TCS and phospholipids at different stages.These findings may be correlated with the membrane translocation mechanism of TCS.

  19. Tribological properties of OTS self-assembled monolayers

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    2001-01-01

    Octadecyltrichlorosilane (OTS) self-assembled monolayers (SAMs)were prepared on the substrates of silicon and glass. The tribological properties were tested with a self-made point-contact pure sliding micro tribometer. The effect of humidity on the tribological properties of both OTS SAMs and the naked substrates were studied. When the substrate is covered by OTS monolayer, the friction coefficient is reduced from 0.5 to 0.1 and the stick-slip phenomenon is weakened. OTS monolayer can keep its friction coefficient steady in a wide range of humidity, because it is highly hydrophobic and thus not sensitive to humidity. In addition, the OTS monolayer has a considerable anti-wear ability.

  20. Coexistence of multiple conformations in cysteamine monolayers on Au(111)

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    Zhang, Jingdong; Bilic, A; Reimers, JR

    2005-01-01

    The structural organization, catalytic function, and electronic properties of cysteamine monolayers on Au(111) have been addressed comprehensively by voltammetry, in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) in anaerobic environment, and a priori molecular dynamics (MD) simulation and STM image si...

  1. The role of cationic precursors in structural, morphological and optical properties of PbS thin films

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    Preetha, K. C.; Murali, K. V.; Ragina, A. J.; Deepa, K.; Dhanya, A. C.; Remadevi, T. L.

    2013-05-01

    Thin films of Lead sulphide (PbS) were grown on soda lime glass substrate by Successive Ionic Layer Adsorption and Reaction (SILAR) method using lead acetate, lead chloride, lead nitrate, and lead sulphate as cationic precursors and thioacetamide as sulphur source. The experiments were carried out at room temperature under normal pressure utilizing aqueous conditions. The structural and morphological aspects of the as prepared samples were investigated by means of XRD and SEM results. The prepared samples were polycrystalline with nanometer-sized grains and identified as galena type cubic structure (FCC). The values of average crystallite size were found to be in the range 22 to 30 nm. The SEM micrographs show variations in morphology. Optical studies revealed that the absorption edges of the films indicated strong blue shifts with respect to bulk sample. In this work, we establish that the cationic precursor sources and in turn the size of the crystallites affects the structural, morphological and optical properties of PbS thin films.

  2. The role of point defects in PbS, PbSe and PbTe: a first principles study.

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    Li, Wun-Fan; Fang, Chang-Ming; Dijkstra, Marjolein; van Huis, Marijn A

    2015-09-09

    Intrinsic defects are of central importance to many physical and chemical processes taking place in compound nanomaterials, such as photoluminescence, accommodation of off-stoichiometry and cation exchange. Here, the role of intrinsic defects in the above mentioned processes inside rock salt (RS) lead chalcogenide systems PbS, PbSe and PbTe (PbX) was studied systematically using first principles density functional theory. Vacancy, interstitial, Schottky and Frenkel defects were considered. Rock salt PbO was included for comparison. The studied physical properties include defect formation energy, local geometry relaxation, Bader charge analysis, and electronic structure. The defect formation energies show that monovacancy defects and Schottky defects are favoured over interstitial and Frenkel defects. Schottky dimers, where the cation vacancy and anion vacancy are adjacent to each other, have the lowest defect formation energies at 1.27 eV, 1.29 eV and 1.21 eV for PbS, PbSe and PbTe, respectively. Our results predict that a Pb monovacancy gives rise to a shallow acceptor state, while an X vacancy generates a deep donor state, and Schottky defects create donor-acceptor pairs inside the band gap. The surprisingly low formation energy of Schottky dimers suggests that they may play an important role in cation exchange processes, in contrast to the current notion that only single point defects migrate during cation exchange.

  3. Electrochemical Properties of Organosilane Self Assembled Monolayers on Aluminum 2024

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    Hintze, Paul E.; Calle, Luz Marina

    2004-01-01

    Self assembled monolayers are commonly used to modify surfaces. Within the last 15 years, self assembled monolayers have been investigated as a way to protect from corrosion[1,2] or biofouling.[3] In this study, self assembled monolayers of decitriethoxysilane (C10H21Si(OC2H5)3) and octadecyltriethoxysilane (C18H37Si(OC2H5)3) were formed on aluminum 2024-T3. The modified surfaces and bare Al 2024 were characterized by dynamic water contact angle measurements, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XIPS) and infrared spectroscopy. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) in 0.5 M NaCl was used to characterize the monolayers and evaluate their corrosion protection properties. The advancing water contact angle and infrared measurements show that the mono layers form a surface where the hydrocarbon chains are packed and oriented away from the surface, consistent with what is found in similar systems. The contact angle hysteresis measured in these systems is relatively large, perhaps indicating that the hydrocarbon chains are not as well packed as monolayers formed on other substrates. The results of the EIS measurements were modeled using a Randle's circuit modified by changing the capacitor to a constant phase element. The constant phase element values were found to characterize the monolayer. The capacitance of the monolayer modified surface starts lower than the bare Al 2024, but approaches values similar to the bare Al 2024 within 24 hours as the monolayer is degraded. The n values found for bare Al 2024 quickly approach the value of a true capacitor and are greater than 0.9 within hours after the start of exposure. For the monolayer modified structure, n can stay lower than 0.9 for a longer period of time. In fact, n for the monolayer modified surfaces is different from the bare surface even after the capacitance values have converged. This indicates that the deviation from ideal capacitance is the most sensitive indicator of the presence of the monolayer.

  4. Adhesive and conformational behaviour of mycolic acid monolayers

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    2010-01-01

    We have studied the pH-dependent interaction between mycolic acid (MA) monolayers and hydrophobic and hydrophilic surfaces using molecular (colloidal probe) force spectroscopy. In both cases, hydrophobic and hydrophilic monolayers (prepared by Langmuir-Blodgett and Langmuir-Schaefer deposition on silicon or hydrophobized silicon substrates, respectively) were studied. The force spectroscopy data, fitted with classical DLVO (Derjaguin, Landau, Verwey, and Overbeek) theory to examine the contri...

  5. 醚化PBS与CMC液体复合材料的相互作用%Interfacial Interaction Mechanism of Etherified PBS and CMC Liquid Composites

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    张敏; 许小玲; 宋吉青; 何文清

    2015-01-01

    采用聚乙二醇( PEG)对聚丁二酸丁二醇酯( PBS)进行醚化改性,得到醚化PBS( PEG/PBS), PEG/PBS与羧甲基纤维素(CMC)共混制备了在水相均匀分散的新型(PEG/PBS)-CMC液体复合材料。结合分子模拟技术对PEG/PBS与CMC复合材料的相互作用机理进行了研究。结果表明, PEG/PBS具有预期的化学结构和优异的水润湿性;含醚链段PEG的引入有效提高了PBS分子链的极性和柔顺性, PEG/PBS与CMC之间存在氢键作用、范德华力作用、疏水作用和吸附作用。红外光谱( FTIR )中官能团(如—OH,—OCO—,—COOH,—C—O—C—等)的吸收峰频率发生偏移;光电子能谱( XPS)中C和O元素的结合能分布转移,表明PBS及PEG/PBS与CMC的官能团之间发生了相互作用;偏光显微镜( POM)和 X射线衍射( XRD)结果表明,复合材料之间的相互作用为非共价键的结合;扫描电子显微镜( SEM)结果表明醚化改性后( PEG/PBS)-CMC复合材料间的相互作用增强,表面结合更紧密,相容性得到提高。%Poly(butylene succinate)(PBS) was etherified by polyethylene glycol(PEG), and blended with carboxymethylcellulose( CMC) . A novel liquid composite( PEG/PBS)-CMC was successfully prepared in wa-ter solution. The interaction mechanism of ( PEG/PBS)-CMC composite was investigated by molecular simula-tion. The results showed that the desired structure of PEG/PBS with good hydrophilicity was achieved. Molecular simulation displayed that the polarity and flexibility of PEG/PBS was enhanced by introducing PEG to PBS. The interactions of ( PEG/PBS)-CMC were hydrogen bonding, van der Waals, hydrophobic bond and adsorption. This results were explained by the deviation of absorption peak frequency on functional groups such as —OH, —OCO—, —COOH and —C—O—C— in Fourier transform infrared ( FTIR ) and the binding energy transfer of C and O element in X-ray photoelectron spectroseopy ( XPS ) . Non-covalent interaction existed

  6. Specific Ion Effects in Cholesterol Monolayers

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    Teresa Del Castillo-Santaella

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available The interaction of ions with interfaces and, in particular, the high specificity of these interactions to the particular ions considered, are central questions in the field of surface forces. Here we study the effect of different salts (NaI, NaCl, CaCl2 and MgCl2 on monolayers made of cholesterol molecules, both experimentally (surface area vs. lateral pressure isotherms measured by a Langmuir Film Balance and theoretically (molecular dynamics (MD all-atomic simulations. We found that surface isotherms depend, both quantitatively and qualitatively, on the nature of the ions by altering the shape and features of the isotherm. In line with the experiments, MD simulations show clear evidences of specific ionic effects and also provide molecular level details on ion specific interactions with cholesterol. More importantly, MD simulations show that the interaction of a particular ion with the surface depends strongly on its counterion, a feature ignored so far in most theories of specific ionic effects in surface forces.

  7. Surface dilatational viscosity of Langmuir monolayers

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    Lopez, Juan; Vogel, Michael; Hirsa, Amir

    2003-11-01

    With increased interest in microfluidic systems, interfacial phenomena is receiving more attention. As the length scales of fluid problems decrease, the surface to volume ratio increases and the coupling between interfacial flow and bulk flow becomes increasingly dominated by effects due to intrinsic surface viscosities (shear and dilatational), in comparison to elastic effects (due to surface tension gradients). The surface shear viscosity is well-characterized, as cm-scale laboratory experiments are able to isolate its effects from other interfacial processes (e.g., in the deep-channel viscometer). The same is not true for the dilatational viscosity, because it acts in the direction of surface tension gradients. Their relative strength scale with the capillary number, and for cm-scale laboratory flows, surface tension effects tend to dominate. In microfluidic scale flows, the scaling favors viscosity. We have devised an experimental apparatus which is capable of isolating and enhancing the effects of dilatational viscosity at the cm scales by driving the interface harmonically in time, while keeping the interface flat. In this talk, we shall present both the theory for how this works as well as experimental measurements of surface velocity from which we deduce the dilatational viscosity of several monolayers on the air-water interface over a substantial range of surface concentrations. Anomalous behavior over some range of concentration, which superficially indicates negative viscosity, maybe explained in terms of compositional effects due to large spatial and temporal variations in concentration and corresponding viscosity.

  8. Induction of homochirality in achiral enantiomorphous monolayers.

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    Parschau, Manfred; Romer, Sara; Ernst, Karl-Heinz

    2004-12-01

    We report the induction of homochirality in enantiomorphous layers of achiral succinic acid on a Cu(110) surface after doping with tartaric acid (TA) enantiomers. Succinic acid becomes chiral upon adsorption due to symmetry-breaking interactions with the Cu(110) surface. The doubly deprotonated bisuccinate forms mirror domains on the surface, which leads to a superposition of (11,-90) and (90,-11) patterns observed by low-energy electron diffraction (LEED). On average, however, the surface layer is racemic. An amount of 2 mol % of (R,R)- or (S,S)-tartaric acid in the monolayer, corresponding to an absolute coverage of 0.001 tartaric acid molecule per surface copper atom, is sufficient to make the LEED spots of one enantiomorphous lattice disappear. After thermally induced desorption of TA, the succinic acid lattice turns racemic again. In analogy to the "sergeants-and-soldiers" principle described for helical polymers, this effect is explained by a lateral cooperative interaction within the two-dimensional lattice.

  9. Structural phase transitions in monolayer molybdenum dichalcogenides

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    Choe, Duk-Hyun; Sung, Ha June; Chang, Kee Joo

    2015-03-01

    The recent discovery of two-dimensional materials such as graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) has provided opportunities to develop ultimate thin channel devices. In contrast to graphene, the existence of moderate band gap and strong spin-orbit coupling gives rise to exotic electronic properties which vary with layer thickness, lattice structure, and symmetry. TMDs commonly appear in two structures with distinct symmetries, trigonal prismatic 2H and octahedral 1T phases which are semiconducting and metallic, respectively. In this work, we investigate the structural and electronic properties of monolayer molybdenum dichalcogenides (MoX2, where X = S, Se, Te) through first-principles density functional calculations. We find a tendency that the semiconducting 2H phase is more stable than the metallic 1T phase. We show that a spontaneous symmetry breaking of 1T phase leads to various distorted octahedral (1T') phases, thus inducing a metal-to-semiconductor transition. We discuss the effects of carrier doping on the structural stability and the modification of the electronic structure. This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) under Grant No. NRF-2005-0093845 and Samsung Science and Technology Foundation under Grant No. SSTFBA1401-08.

  10. Analytical performance of molecular beacons on surface immobilized gold nanoparticles of varying size and density.

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    Uddayasankar, Uvaraj; Krull, Ulrich J

    2013-11-25

    The high quenching efficiency of metal nanoparticles has facilitated its use as quenchers in molecular beacons. To optimize this system, a good understanding of the many factors that influence molecular beacon performance is required. In this study, molecular beacon performance was evaluated as a function of gold nanoparticle size and its immobilization characteristics. Gold nanoparticles of 4 nm, 15 nm and 87 nm diameter, were immobilized onto glass slides. Each size regime offered distinctive optical properties for fluorescence quenching of molecular dyes that were conjugated to oligonucleotides that were immobilized to the gold nanoparticles. Rigid double stranded DNA was used as a model to place fluorophores at different distances from the gold nanoparticles. The effect of particle size and also the immobilization density of nanoparticles was evaluated. The 4 nm and 87 nm gold nanoparticles offered the highest sensitivity in terms of the change in fluorescence intensity as a function of distance (3-fold improvement for Cy5). The optical properties of the molecular fluorophore was of significance, with Cy5 offering higher contrast ratios than Cy3 due to the red-shifted emission spectrum relative to the plasmon peak. A high density of gold nanoparticles reduced contrast ratios, indicating preference for a monolayer of immobilized nanoparticles when considering analytical performance. Molecular beacon probes were then used in place of the double stranded oligonucleotides. There was a strong dependence of molecular beacon performance on the length of a linker used for attachment to the nanoparticle surface. The optimal optical performance was obtained with 4 nm gold nanoparticles that were immobilized as monolayers of low density (5.7×10(11)particles cm(-2)) on glass surfaces. These nanoparticle surfaces offered a 2-fold improvement in analytical performance of the molecular beacons when compared to other nanoparticle sizes investigated. The principles developed

  11. Thermoelectric properties of SnSe2 monolayer

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    Li, Guanpeng; Ding, Guangqian; Gao, Guoying

    2017-01-01

    The 2H (MoS2-type) phase of 2D transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) has been extensively studied and exhibits excellent electronic and optoelectronic properties, but the high phonon thermal conductivity is detrimental to the thermoelectric performances. Here, we use first-principles methods combined with Boltzmann transport theory to calculate the electronic and phononic transport properties of 1T (CdI2-type) SnSe2 monolayer, a recently realized 2D metal dichalcogenide semiconductor. The calculated band gap is 0.85 eV, which is a little larger than the bulk value. Lower phonon thermal conductivity and higher power factor are obtained in 1T-SnSe2 monolayer compared to 2H-TMDCs monolayers. The low phonon thermal conductivity (3.27 W mK-1 at room temperature) is mainly due to the low phonon frequency of acoustic modes and the coupling of acoustic modes with optical modes. We also find that the p-type has better thermoelectric performance than the n-type, and the figure of merit within p-type can reach 0.94 at 600 K for 1T-SnSe2 monolayer, which is higher than those of most 2H-TMDCs monolayers, making 1T-SnSe2 monolayer a promising candidate for thermoelectric applications.

  12. Treponema pallidum Invades Intercellular Junctions of Endothelial Cell Monolayers

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    Thomas, D. Denee; Navab, Mahamad; Haake, David A.; Fogelman, Alan M.; Miller, James N.; Lovett, Michael A.

    1988-05-01

    The pathogenesis of syphilis reflects invasive properties of Treponema pallidum, but the actual mode of tissue invasion is unknown. We have found two in vitro parallels of treponemal invasiveness. We tested whether motile T. pallidum could invade host cells by determining the fate of radiolabeled motile organisms added to a HeLa cell monolayer; 26% of treponemes associated with the monolayer in a trypsin-resistant niche, presumably between the monolayer and the surface to which it adhered, but did not attain intracellularity. Attachment of T. pallidum to cultured human and rabbit aortic and human umbilical vein endothelial cells was 2-fold greater than to HeLa cells. We added T. pallidum to aortic endothelial cells grown on membrane filters under conditions in which tight intercellular junctions had formed. T. pallidum was able to pass through the endothelial cell monolayers without altering tight junctions, as measured by electrical resistance. In contrast, heat-killed T. pallidum and the nonpathogen Treponema phagedenis biotype Reiter failed to penetrate the monolayer. Transmission electron micrographs of sections of the monolayer showed T. pallidum in intercellular junctions. Our in vitro observations suggest that these highly motile spirochetes may leave the circulation by invading the junctions between endothelial cells.

  13. Optoelectronics of Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Monolayers and Heterostructures

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    Schaibley, John

    2015-03-01

    Monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) contain 2D valley excitons which reside in two degenerate momentum space valleys at the edges of the Brillouin zone. It is crucially important to understand fundamental 2D exciton properties in TMD monolayers and van der Waals heterostructures. By performing coherent nonlinear optical spectroscopy with high spectral resolution, we observe nanosecond decay dynamics in single monolayers of MoSe2, implying the presence of a previously unreported long-lived state that appears to trap the exciton population. In MoSe2-WSe2 vertical heterostructures, we observe intralayer excitons, where the electron and hole are confined to different monolayers, and show evidence of strong exciton-exciton interaction effects and long lifetimes. Based on TMD monolayer excitons, we have also investigated a variety of fundamental quantum devices, including a nano-cavity laser and a second-harmonic generation transistor. Finally, we report a new type of single quantum emitter, based on single localized excitons spatially confined to defects in monolayers of WSe2. The photoluminescence from these localized excitons is spectrally narrow and shows strong anti-bunching, demonstrating the single photon nature of the emission.

  14. Manipulation of electronic structure in WSe2 monolayer by strain

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    Yang, Cong-xia; Zhao, Xu; Wei, Shu-yi

    2016-11-01

    In this paper, we study the electronic properties of WSe2 monolayer with biaxial tensile strain and compressive strain by using first principles based on the density function theory. Under the biaxial tensile strain, WSe2 monolayer retains direct band gap with increasing strain and the band gap of WSe2 continuously decreases with increasing strain, eventually turn to metal when strain is equal to or more than 13%. Under the biaxial compressive strain, WSe2 monolayer turns to indirect gap and the band gap continuously decreases with increasing strain, finally turn to metal when strain is up to -7%. The strain can reduce the band gap of the WSe2 monolayer regardless of the strain direction. By comparison, we can see that the tensile strain appears to be more effective in reducing the band gap of pristine WSe2 monolayer than the compressive strain from -5% to 5%. But the band gap turns to zero quickly from -6% to -7% under compressive strain, however for tensile strain from 5% to 13%, the band gap decreases slowly. Based on the further analysis of the projected charge density for WSe2 monolayer, the fundamental reason of the change of band structure under biaxial tensile strain is revealed.

  15. Nonlinear optical characteristics of monolayer MoSe{sub 2}

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    Le, Chinh Tam; Ullah, Farman; Senthilkumar, Velusamy; Kim, Yong Soo [Department of Physics and Energy Harvest Storage Research Center, University of Ulsan (Korea, Republic of); Clark, Daniel J.; Jang, Joon I. [Department of Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY (United States); Sim, Yumin; Seong, Maeng-Je [Department of Physics, Chung-Ang University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Chung, Koo-Hyun [School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ulsan (Korea, Republic of); Park, Hyoyeol [Electronics, Communication and Semiconductor Applications Department, Ulsan College (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-08-15

    In this study, we utilized picosecond pulses from an Nd:YAG laser to investigate the nonlinear optical characteristics of monolayer MoSe{sub 2}. Two-step growth involving the selenization of pulsed-laser-deposited MoO{sub 3} film was employed to yield the MoSe{sub 2} monolayer on a SiO{sub 2}/Si substrate. Raman scattering, photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, and atomic force microscopy verified the high optical quality of the monolayer. The second-order susceptibility χ{sup (2)} was calculated to be ∝50 pm V{sup -1} at the second harmonic wavelength λ{sub SHG} ∝810 nm, which is near the optical gap of the monolayer. Interestingly, our wavelength-dependent second harmonic scan can identify the bound excitonic states including negatively charged excitons much more efficiently, compared with the PL method at room temperature. Additionally, the MoSe{sub 2} monolayer exhibits a strong laser-induced damage threshold ∝16 GW cm{sup -2} under picosecond-pulse excitation{sub .} Our findings suggest that monolayer MoSe{sub 2} can be considered as a promising candidate for high-power, thin-film-based nonlinear optical devices and applications. (copyright 2016 by WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  16. Structural and electronic properties of arsenic nitrogen monolayer

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    Liu, Pei; Nie, Yao-zhuang, E-mail: yznie@csu.edu.cn; Xia, Qing-lin; Guo, Guang-hua, E-mail: guogh@mail.csu.edu.cn

    2017-03-26

    We present our first-principles calculations of a new two-dimensional material, arsenic nitrogen monolayer. The structural, electronic, and mechanical properties are investigated in detail by means of density functional theory computations. The calculated binding energy and the phonon spectra demonstrate that the AsN can form stable monolayer in puckered honeycomb structure. It is a semiconductor with indirect band gap of 0.73 eV, and displays highly anisotropic mechanical properties. Strain has obvious influence on the electronic properties of AsN monolayer. It is found that in the armchair direction, a moderate compression strain (−12%) can trigger an indirect to direct band gap transition and a tensile strain of 18% can make the AsN becoming a stable metal. In the zigzag direction, a rather smaller strain than armchair direction (12% for compression and 8% for stretch) can induce the indirect band gap to metal transition. - Highlights: • A new two-dimensional material, arsenic nitrogen monolayer is predicated by first-principles calculations. • Arsenic nitrogen monolayer displays highly anisotropic mechanical properties. • Electronic structures of arsenic nitrogen monolayer can be effectively manipulated by applied strains.

  17. Hypoxia-sensitive, Multifunctional Nanoparticles for Targeted Drug Delivery to Breast Cancer

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    2012-09-01

    solution containing tween 80 as a surfactant. The prepared polymeric nanoparticles was isolated by centrifugation, purified by rinsing with ionized water...polymer solution (25mg) in 0.5 mL dichloromethane was added to 9.4 mL of PBS containing 0.1 mL of tween 80 as a surfactant, while stirring at room...modified to the end carboxyl groups. Redox-sensitive polymeric nanoparticles were prepared from the synthesized polymer by an emulsion method.14 Tween

  18. Synthesis, characterization and antimicrobial applications of zinc oxide nanoparticles loaded gum acacia/poly(SA) hydrogels.

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    Bajpai, S K; Jadaun, Mamta; Tiwari, Seema

    2016-11-20

    In this work, zinc oxide nanoparticles were synthesized in-situ within the gum acacia/poly (acrylate) hydrogel network using hydrothermal approach. The synthesized zinc oxide nanoparticles were characterized by Surface plasmon resonance (SPR), X-Ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and Scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The water absorption behavior of ZnO/GA/poly(SA) hydrogels was investigated in the phosphate buffer saline (PBS) of pH 7.4 at 37°C. The water uptake data were analyzed with the help of various kinetic models. Finally, the antimicrobial action of nanocomposites was studied using E. coli as model bacteria.

  19. A Single-Use, In Vitro Biosensor for the Detection of T-Tau Protein, A Biomarker of Neuro-Degenerative Disorders, in PBS and Human Serum Using Differential Pulse Voltammetry (DPV).

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    Dai, Yifan; Molazemhosseini, Alireza; Liu, Chung Chiun

    2017-02-19

    A single-use, in vitro biosensor for the detection of T-Tau protein in phosphate-buffer saline (PBS) and undiluted human serum was designed, manufactured, and tested. Differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) served as the transduction mechanism. This biosensor consisted of three electrodes: working, counter, and reference electrodes fabricated on a PET sheet. Both working and counter electrodes were thin gold film, 10 nm in thickness. Laser ablation technique was used to define the size and structure of the biosensor. The biosensor was produced using cost-effective roll-to-roll process. Self-assembled monolayers (SAM) of 3-mercaptopropionic acid (MPA) were employed to covalently immobilize the anti-T-Tau (T-Tau antibody) on the gold working electrode. A carbodiimide conjugation approach using N-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)-N'-ethylcarbodiimide hydrochloride (EDC) and N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) cross-linked anti-T-Tau to the carboxylic groups on one end of the MPA. A T-Tau protein ladder with six isoforms was used in this study. The anti-T-Tau concentration used was 500,000 pg/mL. The T-Tau protein concentration ranged from 1000 pg/mL to 100,000 pg/mL. DPV measurements showed excellent responses, with a good calibration curve. Thus, a practical tool for simple detection of T-Tau protein, a biomarker of neuro-degenerative disorders, has been successfully developed. This tool could also be extended to detect other biomarkers for neuro-degenerative disorders, such as P-Tau protein and β-amyloid 42.

  20. Monodisperse Platinum and Rhodium Nanoparticles as Model Heterogeneous Catalysts

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    Grass, Michael Edward [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)

    2008-09-01

    Model heterogeneous catalysts have been synthesized and studied to better understand how the surface structure of noble metal nanoparticles affects catalytic performance. In this project, monodisperse rhodium and platinum nanoparticles of controlled size and shape have been synthesized by solution phase polyol reduction, stabilized by polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP). Model catalysts have been developed using these nanoparticles by two methods: synthesis of mesoporous silica (SBA-15) in the presence of nanoparticles (nanoparticle encapsulation, NE) to form a composite of metal nanoparticles supported on SBA-15 and by deposition of the particles onto a silicon wafer using Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) monolayer deposition. The particle shapes were analyzed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high resolution TEM (HRTEM) and the sizes were determined by TEM, X-ray diffraction (XRD), and in the case of NE samples, room temperature H2 and CO adsorption isotherms. Catalytic studies were carried out in homebuilt gas-phase reactors. For the nanoparticles supported on SBA-15, the catalysts are in powder form and were studied using the homebuilt systems as plug-flow reactors. In the case of nanoparticles deposited on silicon wafers, the same systems were operated as batch reactors. This dissertation has focused on the synthesis, characterization, and reaction studies of model noble metal heterogeneous catalysts. Careful control of particle size and shape has been accomplished though solution phase synthesis of Pt and Rh nanoparticles in order to elucidate further structure-reactivity relationships in noble metal catalysis.