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  1. Synthesis of nanosized metal particles from an aerosol

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    Srećko R. Stopić

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available The synthesis of metallic nanoparticles from the precursor solution of salts using the ultrasonic spray pyrolysis method was considered in this work. During the control of process parameters (surface tension and density, the concentration of solution, residence time of aerosol in the reactor, presence of additives, gas flow rate, decomposition temperature of aerosol, type of precursor and working atmosphere it is possible to guide the process in order to obtain powders with such a morphology which satisfies more complex requirements for the desired properties of advanced engineering materials.  Significant advance in the improvement of powder characteristics (lower particles sizes, better spheroidity, higher surface area was obtained by the application of the ultrasonic generator for the preparation of aerosols. Ultrasonic spray pyrolysis is performed by the action of a powerful source of ultrasound on the corresponding precursor solution forming the aerosol with a constant droplet size, which depends on the characteristics of liquid and the frequency of ultrasound. The produced aerosols were transported into the hot reactor, which enables the reaction to occur in a very small volume of a particle and formation of  nanosized powder. Spherical, nanosized particles of metals (Cu, Ag, Au, Co were produced with new and improved physical and chemical characteristics at the IME, RWTH Aachen University. The high costs associated with small quantities of produced nanosized particles represent a limitation of the USP-method. Therefore, scale up of the ultrasonic spray pyrolysis was performed as a final target in the synthesis of nanosized powder.

  2. Functionally charged nanosize particles differentially activate BV2 microglia.

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    The effect of particle surface charge on the biological activation of immortalized mouse microglia (BV2) was examined. Nanosize (860-950 nm) spherical polystyrene microparticles (SPM) were coated with carboxyl (COOH-) or dimethyl amino (CH3)2-N- groups to give a net negative or p...

  3. Spin-glass-like ordering of the magnetic moments of interacting nanosized maghemite particles

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    Mørup, Steen; Bødker, Franz; Hendriksen, Peter Vang

    1995-01-01

    measurements of the decay of remanence are much lower. These results are not in accordance with the Néel model for superparamagnetic relaxation, but can be explained by the formation of an ordered spin-glass-like state at low temperatures. At a critical temperature a transition to a superparamagnetic state...

  4. Magnetic relaxation and correlating effective magnetic moment with particle size distribution in maghemite nanoparticles

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    Pisane, K.L. [Department of Physics & Astronomy, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506 (United States); Despeaux, E.C. [Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506 (United States); Seehra, M.S., E-mail: mseehra@wvu.edu [Department of Physics & Astronomy, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506 (United States)

    2015-06-15

    The role of particle size distribution inherently present in magnetic nanoparticles (NPs) is examined in considerable detail in relation to the measured magnetic properties of oleic acid-coated maghemite (γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) NPs. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) of the sol–gel synthesized γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} NPs showed a log-normal distribution of sizes with average diameter 〈D〉=7.04 nm and standard deviation σ=0.78 nm. Magnetization, M, vs. temperature (2–350 K) of the NPs was measured in an applied magnetic field H up to 90 kOe along with the temperature dependence of the ac susceptibilities, χ′ and χ″, at various frequencies, f{sub m}, from 10 Hz to 10 kHz. From the shift of the blocking temperature from T{sub B}=35 K at 10 Hz to T{sub B}=48 K at 10 kHz, the absence of any significant interparticle interaction is inferred and the relaxation frequency f{sub o}=2.6×10{sup 10} Hz and anisotropy constant K{sub a}=5.48×10{sup 5} erg/cm{sup 3} are determined. For TT{sub B}, the data of M vs. H up to 90 kOe at several temperatures are analyzed two different ways: (i) in terms of the modified Langevin function yielding an average magnetic moment per particle μ{sub p}=7300(500) μ{sub B}; and (ii) in terms of log-normal distribution of moments yielding 〈μ〉=6670 µ{sub B} at 150 K decreasing to 〈μ〉=6100 µ{sub B} at 300 K with standard deviations σ≃〈μ〉/2. It is argued that the above two approaches yield consistent and physically meaningful results as long as the width parameter, s, of the log-normal distribution is less than 0.83. - Highlights: • Magnetic properties of γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles, size=7.04(0.78)nm, are reported. • Attempt frequency f{sub o}=2.6×10{sup 10} Hz and no interparticle interactions are inferred. • M vs. H above T{sub B} analyzed using modified Langevin yields µ{sub p}≈7300 µ{sub B} per particle. • M vs. H above T

  5. MONODISPERSED AND NANOSIZED DENDRIMER/POLYSTYRENE LATEX PARTICLES

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    Changfeng Yi; Zushun Xu; Warren T. Ford

    2004-01-01

    Emulsion polymerization of styrene was carried out using dendrimer DAB-dendr-(NH2)64 as seed. The size and size distribution of the emulsion particles were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS), and the effects of emulsion polymerization conditions on the preparation of emulsion particle were investigated. It has been found that the nanosized dendrimer/polystyrene polymer emulsion particles obtained were in the range of 26~64 nm in diameter, and were monodisperse; the size and size distribution of emulsion particles were influenced by the contents of dendrimer DAB-dendr-(NH2)64, emulsifier and initiator, as well as the pH value.

  6. Aloe vera Induced Biomimetic Assemblage of Nucleobase into Nanosized Particles

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    Chauhan, Arun; Zubair, Swaleha; Sherwani, Asif; Owais, Mohammad

    2012-01-01

    Aim Biomimetic nano-assembly formation offers a convenient and bio friendly approach to fabricate complex structures from simple components with sub-nanometer precision. Recently, biomimetic (employing microorganism/plants) synthesis of metal and inorganic materials nano-particles has emerged as a simple and viable strategy. In the present study, we have extended biological synthesis of nano-particles to organic molecules, namely the anticancer agent 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), using Aloe vera leaf extract. Methodology The 5-FU nano- particles synthesized by using Aloe vera leaf extract were characterized by UV, FT-IR and fluorescence spectroscopic techniques. The size and shape of the synthesized nanoparticles were determined by TEM, while crystalline nature of 5-FU particles was established by X-ray diffraction study. The cytotoxic effects of 5-FU nanoparticles were assessed against HT-29 and Caco-2 (human adenocarcinoma colorectal) cell lines. Results Transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopic techniques confirmed nano-size of the synthesized particles. Importantly, the nano-assembled 5-FU retained its anticancer action against various cancerous cell lines. Conclusion In the present study, we have explored the potential of biomimetic synthesis of nanoparticles employing organic molecules with the hope that such developments will be helpful to introduce novel nano-particle formulations that will not only be more effective but would also be devoid of nano-particle associated putative toxicity constraints. PMID:22403622

  7. The Synthesis and Modification of Nanosized Clickable Latex Particles

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    Almahdali, Sarah

    2013-05-01

    This research aims to add to the current knowledge available for miniemulsion polymerization reactions and to use this knowledge to synthesize multifunctional nanosized latex particles that have the potential to be used in catalysis. The physical properties of the latex can be adjusted to suit various environments due to the multiple functional groups present. For this research, styrene, pentafluorostyrene, azidomethyl styrene, pentafluorostyrene with azidomethyl styrene and pentafluorostyrene with styrene latexes were produced, and analyzed by dynamic light scattering. The latexes were synthesized using a miniemulsion polymerization technique found through this research. Potassium oleate and potassium 1,1,2,2,3,3,4,4-nonafluorobutane-1-sulfonate were used as surfactants during the miniemulsion polymerization reaction to synthesize pentafluorostyrene with azidomethyl styrene latex. Transmission electron microscopy data and dynamic light scattering data have been collected to analyze the structure of this latex, and it has been synthesized using a number of conditions, differing in reaction time, surfactant amount and sonication methods. We have also improved the solubility of the latex through a copper(I) catalyzed 1,3-dipolar azide-alkyne reaction, by clicking (polyethylene glycol)5000 onto the azide functional groups.

  8. Incrusting structure of nanosized Fe3O4 particles in magnetic fluids

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    ZHANG; Jinsheng(张金升); YIN; Yansheng; (尹衍升); Lü; Yinong; (吕忆农); ZHANG; Yinyan; (张银燕); MA; Laipeng; (马来鹏); ZHANG; Shuqing; (张淑卿)

    2003-01-01

    High-performance nanosized Fe3O4 magnetic fluids are prepared by chemical co-pre- cipitate method. The microstructure of magnetic fluids is characterized using a transmission electron microscope (TEM) and high-resolution electron microscope (HREM). The results are satisfactory. The nanosized magnetic particles have diameter of 8-10 nm and the minimum diameter is 4 nm, belonging to super-paramagnetic material. The nanosized magnetic particles crystallized completely and have clear crystal boundary. The surfactant used in the test coats the magnetic particles homogeneously and forms a uniform and complete elastic spherical shell of amorphous phase around the magnetic particles. The study proves that the incrusting layer of surfactant has the protective effect and stable effect on the magnetic particles. These effects can enhance and maintain the magnetic properties of the magnetic fluids effectively.

  9. Surface Grafting of Polymers onto Nano-Sized Particles in Solvent-Free Dry-System and in Ionic Liquid

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    Norio TSUBOKAWA

    2005-01-01

    @@ 1Introduction We have reported the grafting of various polymers onto the surface of inorganic nano-sized particles, such as silica, titanium oxide, and carbon black[1]. The polymer-grafted nano-sized particles are known to have excellent properties, such as a good dispersibility in solvents and polymer matrices[1,2]. However, scale-up production of polymer-grafted nano-sized particles was hardly achieved, because complicated procedures, such as centrifugation, filtration, and solvent extraction, are needed for the production of polymer-grafted nano-sized particles, and a lot of abolishing solvent comes out.

  10. Mechanochemical synthesis and magnetic properties of maghemite

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    Marin M. Tadić

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available This work presents the results of an investigation on maghemite (γ -Fe2O3 nanoparticles magnetic properties, which show superparamagnetic behavior i.e. superparamagnetism. Nanoscale maghemite samples were obtained by the mechanochemical method. The crystal structure of the samples was analyzed by the electron diffraction and the X-ray powder diffraction. The formation of monophase maghemite was shown. The particle size was determined by the transmission electron microscopy (TEM. The shift of the blockage temperature TB towards lower values with increasing field strength is significant, which is the indication of the superparamagnetism in the system under consideration.

  11. Effect of sodium citrate on preparation of nano-sized cobalt particles by organic colloidal process

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    Huaping ZHU; Hao LI; Huiyu SONG; Shijun LIAO

    2009-01-01

    Nano-sized cobalt particles with the diameter of 2 nm were prepared via an organic colloidal process with sodium formate, ethylene glycol and sodium citrate as the reducing agent, the solvent and the complexing agent, respectively. The effects of sodium citrate on the yield, crystal structure, particle size and size distribution of the prepared nano-sized cobalt particles were then investigated. The results show that the average particle diameter decreases from 200 nm to 2 nm when the molar ratio of sodium citrate to cobalt chloride changes from 0 to 6. Furthermore, sodium citrate plays a crucial role in the controlling of size distribution of the nano-sized particles. The size distribution of the particle without sodium citrate addition is in range from tens of nanometers to 300 or 400 nm, while that with sodium citrate addition is limited in the range of (2±0.25) nm. Moreover, it is found that the addition of sodium citrate as a complex agent could decrease the yield of the nano-sized cobalt particle.

  12. [Influence of nanosize particles of cobalt ferrite on contractile responses of smooth muscle segment of airways].

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    Kapilevich, L V; Zaĭtseva, T N; Nosarev, A V; D'iakova, E Iu; Petlina, Z R; Ogorodova, L M; Ageev, B G; Magaeva, A A; Itin, V I; Terekhova, O G; Medvedev, M A

    2012-02-01

    Contractile responses of airways segments of porpoises inhaling nanopowder CoFe2O4 were stidued by means of a mechanographic method. Inhalation of the nanosize particles of CoFe2O4 in vivo and in vitro testing the nanomaterial on isolated smooth muscles led to potentiation histaminergic, cholinergic contractile activity in airways of porpoises and to strengthening of adrenergic relaxing answers. Nanosize particles vary amplitude of hyperpotassium reductions in smooth muscle segments of airways similarly to the effect of depolymerizing drug colchicine.

  13. Cytocompatibility of HeLa Cells to Nano-Sized Ceramics Particles.

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    Seitoku, Eri; Abe, Shigeaki; Kusaka, Teruo; Nakamura, Mariko; Inoue, Satoshi; Yoshida, Yasuhiro; Sano, Hidehiko

    2016-04-01

    In this study, we investigated the behaviors and cytocompatibility response of human cervical carcinoma (HeLa) cells expose to nano-sized particles. Cultivated cells exposed to titanium oxide and indium oxide nanoparticles remained highly viable. In the presence of copper oxide (CuO); however, the cells became seriously inflamed. To understand the mechanism by which CuO causes cell death, we evaluated cell death and apoptosis cytometry. CuO induced cells apoptosis more strongly than exposure to titania nanoparticles. Confocal fluorescence microscopy revealed that the nano-sized particles penetrate the cells.

  14. Microfluidic Approach for the Synthesis of Micro- or Nanosized Molecularly Imprinted Polymer Particles

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    Choi, Kyung M

    2008-01-01

    Molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) have specific molecular recognition sites for chemical detection.High affinity receptors can increase the sensitivity of sensors/devices. The synthesis of micro- or nanosized MIP's particles is desirable to improve the sensitivity since MIP's particle sizes are inversely proportional to the affinity between receptors and template molecules. To synthesize nano- or microsized MIPs particles, we demonstrate here a novel microfluidic approach, which p...

  15. Can Bulk and Nanosized Titanium Dioxide Particles Improve Seed Germination Features of Wheatgrass (Agropyron desertorum

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    Reyhaneh AZIMI

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available The goal of this study was to evaluate concentrations of nanosized TiO2 at 0, 5, 20, 40, 60 and 80 mg L-1 with bulk TiO2 for possible stimulatory effects on wheatgrass seed germination and early growth stage. After 14 days of seed incubation, germination percentage improved by 9% following exposure to 5 ppm nanosized TiO2 treatment comparing to control. Similar positive effects occurred in terms of germination value and mean daily germination. Application of bulk TiO2 particles in 80 ppm concentration greatly decreased the majority of studied traits. Therefore phytotoxicity effect observed on wheatgrass seedling by application of bulk TiO2 particles in 80 ppm concentration. Exposure of wheatgrass seeds to 5 ppm nanosized TiO2 and bulk and nanosized TiO2 at 60 ppm obtained the lowest mean germination time but higher concentrations did not improve mean germination time. In general, there was a positive response by wheatgrass seed to some concentrations of nanosized TiO2. Usage of nanoparicles in order to improve germination and establishment of range plant in adverse environments similar to rangeland could be possible.

  16. Characterisation and Treatment of Nano-sized Particles, Colloids and Associated Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Stormwater

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    Nielsen, Katrine

    Stormwater from urban areas contains a vast array of different pollutants, including particulate matter and organic and inorganic compounds as well as microbial pollution. These compounds can be found associated with particulate matter, colloids and nano-sized particles in stormwater. The associa......Stormwater from urban areas contains a vast array of different pollutants, including particulate matter and organic and inorganic compounds as well as microbial pollution. These compounds can be found associated with particulate matter, colloids and nano-sized particles in stormwater....... The associated pollutants will, if not removed in stormwater treatment facilities, be discharged into receiving surface waters, due to enhanced transportation exerted by the colloids and nano-sized particles. More stormwater than previously is separated from wastewater and drained to stormwater treatment.......Since little is known about the colloids and nano-sized particle-enhanced transportation of pollutants in stormwater, it has been difficult to determine their quantitative role in the total release of pollutants into receiving waters.Therefore the main purpose of this thesis has been to document the presence...

  17. Irradiation Initiated Grafting of Poly(butyl acrylate) onto Nano-sized Calcium Carbonate Particles

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    Chuan Guo MA; Min Zhi RONG; Ming Qiu ZHANG

    2005-01-01

    The present work reports the irradiation induced grafting polymerization onto nano-sized CaCO3 particles, mainly focusing on the effects of pretreatment with silane coupling agent. It is proved that poly(butyl acrylate) can be grafted onto the nanoparticles using the technical route suggested by the authors, and the silane treatment of the nanoparticles promotes the grafting polymerization.

  18. TRANSPORT AND DEPOSITION OF NANO-SIZE PARTICLES IN THE UPPER HUMAN RESPIRATORY AIRWAYS

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    TRANSPORT AND DEPOSITION OF NANO-SIZE PARTICLES IN THE UPPER HUMAN RESPIRATORY AIRWAYS. Zhe Zhang*, Huawei Shi, Clement Kleinstreuer, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7910; Chong S. Kim, National Health and En...

  19. Using Moessbauer spectroscopy as key technique in the investigation of nanosized magnetic particles for drug delivery

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    Morais, P. C., E-mail: pcmor@unb.br [Universidade de Brasilia, Nucleo de Fisica Aplicada, Instituto de Fisica (Brazil)

    2008-01-15

    This paper describes how cobalt ferrite nanoparticles, suspended as ionic or biocompatible magnetic fluids, can be used as a platform to built complex nanosized magnetic materials, more specifically magnetic drug delivery systems. In particular, the paper is addressed to the discussion of the use of the Moessbauer spectroscopy as an extremely useful technique in supporting the investigation of key aspects related to the properties of the hosted magnetic nanosized particle. Example of the use of the Moessbauer spectroscopy in accessing information regarding the nanoparticle modification due to the empirical process which provides long term chemical stability is included in the paper.

  20. Effects of nanosized lithium carbonate particles on intact muscle tissue and tumor growth.

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    Bgatova, N P; Borodin, Yu I; Makarova, V V; Pozhidaeva, A A; Rachkovskaya, L N; Konenkov, V I

    2014-05-01

    The effects of nanosized lithium carbonate particles on muscle tissue structure and development of experimental hepatocarcinoma-29 transplanted into the hip were studied in CBA mice. Necrotic changes in all structural components of the muscle were detected after intramuscular injection of nanosized lithium carbonate particles to intact animals. Regeneration of the muscle fibers after lithium carbonate treatment was associated with a significant increase in macrophage count, number of microvessels, activation of fibroblasts, and complete recovery of the organ structure. Injection of lithium carbonate nanoparticles at the periphery of tumor growth caused tumor cell necrosis, destruction of the vascular bed, and attraction of neutrophils and macrophages to the tumor focus. After the preparation was discontinued, the tumor developed with lesser number of vessels, smaller tumor cells, and lesser deformation of the cell nuclei structure.

  1. Mechanical properties of dental resin composites by co-filling diatomite and nanosized silica particles

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    Wang Hua; Zhu Meifang [State Key Laboratory for Modification of Chemical Fibers and Polymer Materials, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620 (China); Li Yaogang [Engineering Research Center of Advanced Glasses Manufacturing Technology, MOE, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620 (China); Zhang Qinghong, E-mail: zhangqh@dhu.edu.cn [Engineering Research Center of Advanced Glasses Manufacturing Technology, MOE, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620 (China); Wang Hongzhi, E-mail: wanghz@dhu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory for Modification of Chemical Fibers and Polymer Materials, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620 (China)

    2011-04-08

    The aim of this study was to investigate the mechanical property effects of co-filling dental resin composites with porous diatomite and nanosized silica particles (OX-50). The purification of raw diatomite by acid-leaching was conducted in a hot 5 M HCl solution at 80 deg. C for 12 h. Both diatomite and nanosized SiO{sub 2} were silanized with 3-methacryloxypropyltrimethoxysilane. The silanized inorganic particles were mixed into a dimethacrylate resin. Purified diatomite was characterized by X-ray diffraction, UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and an N{sub 2} adsorption-desorption isotherm. Silanized inorganic particles were characterized using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and a thermogravimetric analysis. The mechanical properties of the composites were tested by three-point bending, compression and Vicker's microhardness. Scanning electron microscopy was used to show the cross-section morphologies of the composites. Silanization of diatomite and nanosized silica positively reinforced interactions between the resin matrix and the inorganic particles. The mechanical properties of the resin composites gradually increased with the addition of modified diatomite (m-diatomite). The fracture surfaces of the composites exhibited large fracture steps with the addition of m-diatomite. However, when the mass fraction of m-diatomite was greater than 21 wt.% with respect to modified nanosized silica (mOX-50) and constituted 70% of the resin composite by weight, the mechanical properties of the resin composites started to decline. Thus, the porous structure of diatomite appears to be a crucial factor to improve mechanical properties of resin composites.

  2. Anti-CEA loaded maghemite nanoparticles as a theragnostic device for colorectal cancer

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    Campos da Paz M

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Mariana Campos da Paz,1 Maria de Fátima M Almeida Santos,1 Camila MB Santos,2 Sebastião W da Silva,2 Lincoln Bernardo de Souza,3 Emília CD Lima,3 Renata C Silva,1 Carolina M Lucci,1 Paulo César Morais,2 Ricardo B Azevedo,1 Zulmira GM Lacava11Instituto de Ciências Biológicas; 2Instituto de Física, Universidade de Brasília, Brasília, DF, Brazil; 3Instituto de Química, Universidade Federal de Goiás, Goiânia, GO, BrazilAbstract: Nanosized maghemite particles were synthesized, precoated (with dimercaptosuccinic acid and surface-functionalized with anticarcinoembryonic antigen (anti-CEA and successfully used to target cell lines expressing the CEA, characteristic of colorectal cancer (CRC cells. The as-developed nanosized material device, consisting of surface decorated maghemite nanoparticles suspended as a biocompatible magnetic fluid (MF sample, labeled MF-anti-CEA, was characterized and tested against two cell lines: a high-CEA expressing cell line (LS174T and a low-CEA expressing cell line (HCT116. Whereas X-ray diffraction was used to assess the average core size of the as-synthesized maghemite particles (average 8.3 nm in diameter, dynamic light scattering and electrophoretic mobility measurements were used to obtain the average hydrodynamic diameter (550 nm and the zeta-potential (−38 mV of the as-prepared and maghemite-based nanosized device, respectively. Additionally, surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS was used to track the surface decoration of the nanosized maghemite particles from the very first precoating up to the attachment of the anti-CEA moiety. The Raman peak at 1655 cm−1, absent in the free anti-CEA spectrum, is the signature of the anti-CEA binding onto the precoated magnetic nanoparticles. Whereas MTT assay was used to confirm the low cell toxicity of the MF-anti-CEA device, ELISA and Prussian blue iron staining tests performed with both cell lines (LS174T and HCT116 confirm that the as-prepared MF

  3. Snow-borne nanosized particles: Abundance, distribution, composition, and significance in ice nucleation processes

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    Rangel-Alvarado, Rodrigo Benjamin; Nazarenko, Yevgen; Ariya, Parisa A.

    2015-11-01

    Physicochemical processes of nucleation constitute a major uncertainty in understanding aerosol-cloud interactions. To improve the knowledge of the ice nucleation process, we characterized physical, chemical, and biological properties of fresh snow using a suite of state-of-the-art techniques based on mass spectrometry, electron microscopy, chromatography, and optical particle sizing. Samples were collected at two North American Arctic sites, as part of international campaigns (2006 and 2009), and in the city of Montreal, Canada, over the last decade. Particle size distribution analyses, in the range of 3 nm to 10 µm, showed that nanosized particles are the most numerous (38-71%) in fresh snow, with a significant portion (11 to 19%) less than 100 nm in size. Particles with diameters less than 200 nm consistently exhibited relatively high ice-nucleating properties (on average ranged from -19.6 ± 2.4 to -8.1 ± 2.6°C). Chemical analysis of the nanosized fraction suggests that they contain bioorganic materials, such as amino acids, as well as inorganic compounds with similar characteristics to mineral dust. The implication of nanoparticle ubiquity and abundance in diverse snow ecosystems are discussed in the context of their importance in understanding atmospheric nucleation processes.

  4. Internal distribution of micro- / nano-sized inorganic particles and their cytocompatibility

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    Abe, Shigeaki; Iwadera, Nobuki; Esaki, Mitsue; Kida, Ikuhiro; Akasaka, Tsukasa; Uo, Motohiro; Yawaka, Yasutaka; Watari, Fumio [Graduate School of Dental Medicine, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-8586 (Japan); Mutoh, Mami [School of Dental Medicine, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-8586 (Japan); Morita, Manabu [Department of Oral Health, Okayama University Graduate School of Medicine, Dentisity and Pharmaceutical Science, Okayama 700-8525 (Japan); Haneda, Koichi [Department of Information Technology and Electronics, Senshu University of Ishinomaki, Ishinomaki 986-8580 (Japan); Yonezawa, Tetsu, E-mail: sabe@den.hokudai.ac.jp [Graduate School of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-8628 (Japan)

    2011-10-29

    Nano-sized materials have received much attention lately, both in terms of their multiple applications and their biocompatibility. From both viewpoints, understanding the biodistribution of administered nano-materials is very important. In this study, we succeeded in visualizing the biodistribution of administered nano-materials using a scanning X-ray analytical microscope and magnetic resonance imaging method. Quantitative observation was carried out by inductively coupled plasma - atomic emission spectroscopy. We observed that the administered nano-particles accumulated in the liver, lung and spleen of mice. To estimate their cytocompatibility, the nano-particles were exposed to human liver cells. The results suggested that the micro-/ nano- particles have good cytocompatibility, except for copper oxide nano-particles.

  5. Nanoscale Design of Nano-Sized Particles in Shape-Memory Polymer Nanocomposites Driven by Electricity.

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    Lu, Haibao; Huang, Wei Min; Liang, Fei; Yu, Kai

    2013-09-02

    In the last few years, we have witnessed significant progress in developing high performance shape memory polymer (SMP) nanocomposites, in particular, for shape recovery activated by indirect heating in the presence of electricity, magnetism, light, radio frequency, microwave and radiation, etc. In this paper, we critically review recent findings in Joule heating of SMP nanocomposites incorporated with nanosized conductive electromagnetic particles by means of nanoscale control via applying an electro- and/or magnetic field. A few different nanoscale design principles to form one-/two-/three- dimensional conductive networks are discussed.

  6. Nanoscale Design of Nano-Sized Particles in Shape-Memory Polymer Nanocomposites Driven by Electricity

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    Kai Yu

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available In the last few years, we have witnessed significant progress in developing high performance shape memory polymer (SMP nanocomposites, in particular, for shape recovery activated by indirect heating in the presence of electricity, magnetism, light, radio frequency, microwave and radiation, etc. In this paper, we critically review recent findings in Joule heating of SMP nanocomposites incorporated with nanosized conductive electromagnetic particles by means of nanoscale control via applying an electro- and/or magnetic field. A few different nanoscale design principles to form one-/two-/three- dimensional conductive networks are discussed.

  7. Enhancement of hybrid rocket combustion performance using nano-sized energetic particles

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    Risha, Grant Alexander

    Until now, the regression rate of classical hybrid rocket engines have typically been an order of magnitude lower than solid propellant motors; thus, hybrids require a relatively large fuel surface area for a given thrust level. In addition to low linear regression rates, relatively low combustion efficiency (87 to 92%), low mass burning rates, varying oxidizer-to-fuel ratio during operation, and lack of scaling laws have been reported. These disadvantages can be ameliorated by introducing nano-sized energetic powder additives into the solid fuel. The addition of nano-sized energetic particles into the solid fuel enhances performance as measured by parameters such as: density specific impulse, mass and linear burning rates, and thrust. Thermophysical properties of the solid fuel such as density, heat of combustion, thermal diffusivity, and thermal conductivity are also enhanced. The types of nano-sized energetic particles used in this study include aluminum, boron, boron carbide, and some Viton-A coated particles. Since the combustion process of solid fuels in a hybrid rocket engine is governed by the mass flux of the oxidizer entering the combustion chamber, the rate-limiting process is the mixing and reacting of the pyrolysis products of the fuel grain with the incoming oxidizer. The overall goal of this research was to determine the relative propulsive and combustion behavior for a family of newly-developed HTPB-based solid-fuel formulations containing various nano-sized energetic particles. Seventeen formulations contained 13% additive by weight, one formulation (SF4) contained 6.5% additive by weight, and one formulation (SF19) contained 5.65% boron by weight. The two hybrid rocket engines which were used in this investigation were the Long Grain Center-Perforated (LGCP) rocket engine and the X-Ray Transparent Casing (XTC) rocket engine. The smaller scale LGCP rocket engine was used to evaluate all of the formulations because conducting experiments using the

  8. Vaccine delivery system for tuberculosis based on nano-sized hepatitis B virus core protein particles

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    Dhanasooraj D

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Dhananjayan Dhanasooraj, R Ajay Kumar, Sathish MundayoorMycobacterium Research Group, Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Kerala, IndiaAbstract: Nano-sized hepatitis B virus core virus-like particles (HBc-VLP are suitable for uptake by antigen-presenting cells. Mycobacterium tuberculosis antigen culture filtrate protein 10 (CFP-10 is an important vaccine candidate against tuberculosis. The purified antigen shows low immune response without adjuvant and tends to have low protective efficacy. The present study is based on the assumption that expression of these proteins on HBc nanoparticles would provide higher protection when compared to the native antigen alone. The cfp-10 gene was expressed as a fusion on the major immunodominant region of HBc-VLP, and the immune response in Balb/c mice was studied and compared to pure proteins, a mixture of antigens, and fusion protein-VLP, all without using any adjuvant. The humoral, cytokine, and splenocyte cell proliferation responses suggested that the HBc-VLP bearing CFP-10 generated an antigen-specific immune response in a Th1-dependent manner. By virtue of its self-adjuvant nature and ability to form nano-sized particles, HBc-VLPs are an excellent vaccine delivery system for use with subunit protein antigens identified in the course of recent vaccine research.Keywords: Mycobacterium tuberculosis, VLP, hepatitis B virus core particle, CFP-10, self-adjuvant, vaccine delivery

  9. Study of sodium hyaluronate-based intranasal formulations containing micro- or nanosized meloxicam particles.

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    Bartos, Csilla; Ambrus, Rita; Sipos, Péter; Budai-Szűcs, Mária; Csányi, Erzsébet; Gáspár, Róbert; Márki, Árpád; Seres, Adrienn B; Sztojkov-Ivanov, Anita; Horváth, Tamás; Szabó-Révész, Piroska

    2015-08-01

    This article reports on the micro- and nanonization of meloxicam (MEL) with the aim of developing pre-dispersions as intermediates for the design of intranasal formulations. As a new approach, combined wet milling technology was developed in order to reduce the particle size of the MEL. Different milling times resulted in micro- or nanosized MEL in the pre-dispersions with polyvinyl alcohol as stabilizer agent, which were directly used for preparing intranasal liquid formulations with the addition of sodium hyaluronate as mucoadhesive agent. Reduction of the MEL particle size into the nano range led to increased saturation solubility and dissolution velocities, and increased adhesiveness to surfaces as compared with microsized MEL particles. A linear correlation was demonstrated between the specific surface area of MEL and the AUC. The in vitro and in vivo studies indicated that the longer residence time and the uniform distribution of nano MEL spray throughout an artificial membrane and the nasal mucosa resulted in better diffusion and a higher AUC. Nanosized MEL may be suggested for the development of an innovative dosage form with a different dose of the drug, as a possible administration route for pain management.

  10. Optical characterization of nano-sized organic carbon particles emitted from a small gasoline engine

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    Bireswar Paul; Amitava Datta; Aparna Datta; Abhijit Saha

    2013-01-01

    The nano-sized organic carbon (NOC) particles emitted from a small gasoline engine were characterized using various ex situ optical techniques to assess their hazardous impact.The exhaust gas was sampled iso-kinetically by a quartz probe and passed through de-ionized water to gather the hydrophilic carbonaceous particulates as hydrosol.The hydrodynamic diameter of the particles ranged between 1.7 and 3.6 nm at no load,with a mean diameter of 2.4 nm.The particle size in the engine exhaust was found to increase at higher loads,which is attributed to coagulation of the particles.The chemical structure of the particles was analyzed using UV-vis and infra-red spectroscopy.Both the band gap energy and oscillator strength data evaluated from the UV-vis absorbance showed that the NOC particles contained polyaromatic hydrocarbon structures with three to five aromatic rings.Infra-red spectroscopy analysis further confirmed the presence of aliphatic and carbonyl functionalities in the aromatic structures of the particles.The fine size of the particles,their high number concentration for the type of the engine under study and their structural features,make the particles extremely hazardous for environment and health.

  11. Effect of nano-size nickel particles on wear resistance and high temperature oxidation resistance of ultrafine ceramic coating

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    古一; 夏长清; 李佳; 吴安如

    2004-01-01

    In order to improve the wear resistance and high temperature oxidation resistance of titanium and titanium alloy, the high temperature ultra fine ceramic coating containing nano-size nickel particles was prepared by flow coat method on the surface of industrially pure titanium TB1-0. The effects of nano-size nickel particles on the wear resistance and high temperature oxidation resistance of coating substrate system were investigated through oxidation kinetics experiment and wear resistance test. The morphologies of the specimens were examined by means of optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The results show that the high temperature ultra fine ceramic coating has notable protection effect on industrially pure titanium TB1-0 from oxidation. The oxidation and wear resistance properties of the coating can be effectively improved by adding nano-size nickel particles. The decreases from 1. 1 to 0. 6 by adding nano-size nickel particles, and the coating containing 10% (mass fraction) nano-size nickel shows the optimum properties.

  12. Synthesis, Characterization, and Magnetic Properties of Pure and EDTA-Capped NiO Nanosized Particles

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    Full Text Available The effect of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA as a capping agent on the structure, morphology, optical, and magnetic properties of nickel oxide (NiO nanosized particles, synthesized by coprecipitation method, was investigated. Nickel chloride hexahydrate and sodium hydroxide (NaOH were used as precursors. The resultant nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. XRD patterns showed that NiO have a face-centered cubic (FCC structure. The crystallite size, estimated by Scherrer formula, has been found in the range of 28–33 nm. It is noticed that EDTA-capped NiO nanoparticles have a smaller size than pure nanoparticles. Thus, the addition of 0.1 M capping agent EDTA can form a nucleation point for nanoparticles growth. The optical and magnetic properties were investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR and UV-vis absorption spectroscopy (UV as well as electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR and magnetization measurements. FTIR spectra indicated the presence of absorption bands in the range of 402–425 cm−1, which is a common feature of NiO. EPR for NiO nanosized particles was measured at room temperature. An EPR line with g factor ≈1.9–2 is detected for NiO nanoparticles, corresponding to Ni2+ ions. The magnetic hysteresis of NiO nanoparticles showed that EDTA capping recovers the surface magnetization of the nanoparticles.

  13. Study on preparation and properties of molybdenum alloys reinforced by nano-sized ZrO{sub 2} particles

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    Cui, Chaopeng; Gao, Yimin; Zhou, Yucheng [Xi' an Jiaotong University, State Key Laboratory for Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Xi' an, Shaanxi Province (China); Wei, Shizhong [Henan University of Science and Technology, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Luoyang (China); Henan University of Science and Technology, Engineering Research Center of Tribology and Materials Protection, Ministry of Education, Luoyang (China); Zhang, Guoshang; Zhu, Xiangwei; Guo, Songliang [Henan University of Science and Technology, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Luoyang (China)

    2016-03-15

    The nano-sized ZrO{sub 2}-reinforced Mo alloy was prepared by a hydrothermal method and a subsequent powder metallurgy process. During the hydrothermal process, the nano-sized ZrO{sub 2} particles were added into the Mo powder via the hydrothermal synthesis. The grain size of Mo powder decreases obviously with the addition of ZrO{sub 2} particles, and the fine-grain sintered structure is obtained correspondingly due to hereditation. In addition to a few of nano-sized ZrO{sub 2} particles in grain boundaries or sub-boundaries, most are dispersed in grains. The tensile strength and yield strength have been increased by 32.33 and 53.76 %. (orig.)

  14. Detection of micro- and nano-sized biocompatible particles in the blood.

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    Gatti, A M; Montanari, S; Monari, E; Gambarelli, A; Capitani, F; Parisini, B

    2004-04-01

    The research deals with new scanning electron microscopic evaluations of the interface between blood and explanted temporary vena cava filters from patients affected by blood disorders. The biological tissues adherent to the filter and the small thrombi formed in vivo were detached from the metallic structure of the device, fixed, dehydrated and prepared for the histological and the electron microscopy. The analyses showed that both samples (thrombus and newly formed tissue) contained foreign, in some cases nano-sized, bodies. The chemistry of these particles was different and varied, and unusual compounds containing non-biocompatible elements like bismuth, lead, wolfram, tungsten were also detected. The interaction between these debris travelling in the blood stream and the blood itself leads to suspect that the formation of the thrombus can originate from these inorganic and inert foreign bodies that act as triggering agent of the blood coagulation.

  15. Nanosized ruthenium particles decorated carbon nanofibers as active catalysts for the oxidation of p-cymene by molecular oxygen

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    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Highly dispersed, nanosized ruthenium (Ru) particles anchored on carbon nanofibers (CNFs) with varying Ru loadings (1–7 wt.%) showed effective catalytic activity in the aerobic oxidation of p-cymene using molecular oxygen. The activity of the Ru...

  16. Nature of Nano-Sized Plutonium Particles in Soils at the Hanford Site

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    Buck, Edgar C.; Moore, Dean A.; Czerwinski, Kenneth R.; Conradson, Steven D.; Batuk, Olga; Felmy, Andrew R.

    2014-08-06

    The occurrence of plutonium dioxide (PuO2) either from direct deposition or from the precipitation of plutonium-bearing solutions in contaminated soils and sediments has been well described, particularly for the Hanford site in Washington State. However, past research has suggested that plutonium may exist in environmental samples at the Hanford site in chemical forms in addition to large size PuO2 particles and that these previously unidentified nano-sized particles maybe more reactive and thus more likely to influence the environmental mobility of Pu. Here we present evidence for the formation of nano-sized plutonium iron phosphate hydroxide structurally related to the rhabdophane group nanoparticles in 216-Z9 crib sediments from Hanford using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The distribution and nature of these nanoparticles varied depending on the adjacent phases present. Fine electron probes were used to obtain electron diffraction and electron energy-loss spectra from specific phase regions of the 216-Z9 cribs specimens from fine-grained plutonium oxide and phosphate phases. Energy-loss spectra were used to evaluate the plutonium N4,5 (4d → 5f ) and iron L2,3 absorption edges. The iron plutonium phosphate formation may depend on the local micro-environment in the sediments, availability of phosphate, and hence the distribution of these minerals may control long-term migration of Pu in the soil. This study also points to the utility of using electron beam methods for determining the identity of actinide phases and their association with other sediment phases.

  17. Preparation and Characterization of Nanosized Hydroxyapatite Particles in AOT Inverse Microemulsion

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    REN Wei; LI Shi-pu; WANG You-fa; CAO Xian-ying; CHEN Xiao-ming

    2004-01-01

    Nanosized particles of hydroxyapatite (HAP) were synthesized by reacting Ca(H2PO4)2*H2O solution complex with equimolar Ca(OH)2 saturated solution in sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT)/isooctane water-in-oil microemulsion.The formation of microemulsion strongly depended on water content w (w=[H2O]/[AOT] molar ratio) and concentration of surfactant and cosurfactant (1-octanol).By the variety of conductivity with w and the partial ternary phase diagram derived from a series of demarcation points,we set the basic component of microemulsions:[AOT]=0.1M(mol/dm3),[1-octanol]=0.1M and w=3-9.Dynamic light scattering (DLS),UV-visible absorbance,TEM analysis and X-ray diffraction were used to characterize the microemulsion,formation of particles and resulting HAP particles.At low water content(w<9),the water pool radius of the droplet in the Ca(H2PO4)2*H2O microemulsion lineally depended on w.The size of final HAP particles was strongly affected by water content w and reactant concentration.With increasing water content w from 3 to 9,the size of HAP particles increased from 10-20nm to 40-50 nm at reactant concentration [Ca(H2PO4)2*H2O]=12×10-3 mol/dm3.The resulting HAP particles were poorly crystallized and spherical in morphology.

  18. Microemulsion synthesis of nanosized TiO(2) particles doping with rare-earth and their photocatalytic activity.

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    Jian, Zicong; Pu, Yuying; Fang, Jianzhang; Ye, Zhiping

    2010-01-01

    Microemulsion is the easiest and cleanest of the popular methods of synthesizing nanomaterial. This work synthesized the nanosized La-TiO(2) and Ce-TiO(2) particles through the hydrolyzation of tetrabutyl titanate in a Triton X-100/n-hexanol/cyclohexane/water reverse microemulsion. The particles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and thermogravimetry (TG). The photocatalytic activity was evaluated by photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange (MO) under ultraviolet light and visible light irradiation. The results showed that reverse microemulsion produced the nanosized and well-separated particles, which are obviously in degrading MO. Comparing the pure TiO(2) with doping TiO(2) , the doping ones are smaller and have better photocatalytic activity, which was best at the molar content of 0.1% for La, whereas for Ce it was 0.5%.

  19. Peculiarities of the precipitation of nanosized ɛ-phase copper particles in ferrite plates of lamellar pearlite

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    Bataev, I. A.; Stepanova, N. V.; Bataev, A. A.; Nikulina, A. A.; Razumakov, A. A.

    2016-09-01

    The fine structure of pearlite in alloys with the structure of gray cast iron that contain 1.6 and 10.8 wt% copper has been studied using transmission electron microscopy. Peculiarities of the formation of the nanosized particles of the ɛ-phase in ferrite lamellae of the pearlite have been determined and their influence on the character of the dislocation structure in the ferrite constituent of the pearlite has been demonstrated. It has been found that the Kurdyumov-Sachs orientation relationship is established between the particles of the ɛ and α phases. In the investigated cast irons, the formation of nanosized ɛ-copper particles results in the growth of pearlite hardness by 35 HV and 84 HV, respectively.

  20. A study of nanosized magnesium ferrite particles with high magnetic moment

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    Sumangala, T.P.; Mahender, C.; Venkataramani, N. [Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, 400076 Mumbai (India); Prasad, Shiva, E-mail: shiva.pd@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, 400076 Mumbai (India)

    2015-05-15

    Nano-sized magnesium ferrite particles were prepared by sol gel combustion synthesis and were either furnace cooled or quenched after calcining at various temperatures ranging from 300 to 800 °C. A magnetisation value of 61 emu/g was obtained at 5 K for sample calcined at 800 °C and quenched in liquid nitrogen temperature. This is one of the highest reported values of magnetisation obtained from quenching at such a lower temperature. An estimate of the number of Fe{sup 3+} ions on A and B sites was made after applying Néel Model on the magnetisation values measured at 5 K. It was estimated that Fe{sup 3+} ions segregates out from both sites disproportionately so as to cause a net decrease in the overall moment. The resultant cation distribution is found to be consistent with the coercivity data. - Highlights: • Highest magnetisation (M) among nano sized magnesium ferrite particles was obtained. • The obtained magnetisation was nearly double of furnace cooled bulk sample. • Coercivity (H{sub c}) is anti correlated to M for samples with different heat treatment. • Coefficient of non saturation of magnetisation in M–H loop (a), is correlated with H{sub c}. • H{sub c}, M and a are explained in terms of cation distribution obtained using NNéel model.

  1. Cytotoxicity and genotoxicity of nanosized and microsized titanium dioxide and iron oxide particles in Syrian hamster embryo cells.

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    Guichard, Yves; Schmit, Julien; Darne, Christian; Gaté, Laurent; Goutet, Michèle; Rousset, Davy; Rastoix, Olivier; Wrobel, Richard; Witschger, Olivier; Martin, Aurélie; Fierro, Vanessa; Binet, Stéphane

    2012-07-01

    Potential differences in the toxicological properties of nanosized and non-nanosized particles have been notably pointed out for titanium dioxide (TiO(2)) particles, which are currently widely produced and used in many industrial areas. Nanoparticles of the iron oxides magnetite (Fe(3)O(4)) and hematite (Fe(2)O(3)) also have many industrial applications but their toxicological properties are less documented than those of TiO(2). In the present study, the in vitro cytotoxicity and genotoxicity of commercially available nanosized and microsized anatase TiO(2), rutile TiO(2), Fe(3)O(4), and Fe(2)O(3) particles were compared in Syrian hamster embryo (SHE) cells. Samples were characterized for chemical composition, primary particle size, crystal phase, shape, and specific surface area. In acellular assays, TiO(2) and iron oxide particles were able to generate reactive oxygen species (ROS). At the same mass dose, all nanoparticles produced higher levels of ROS than their microsized counterparts. Measurement of particle size in the SHE culture medium showed that primary nanoparticles and microparticles are present in the form of micrometric agglomerates of highly poly-dispersed size. Uptake of primary particles and agglomerates by SHE exposed for 24 h was observed for all samples. TiO(2) samples were found to be more cytotoxic than iron oxide samples. Concerning primary size effects, anatase TiO(2), rutile TiO(2), and Fe(2)O(3) nanoparticles induced higher cytotoxicity than their microsized counterparts after 72 h of exposure. Over this treatment time, anatase TiO(2) and Fe(2)O(3) nanoparticles also produced more intracellular ROS compared to the microsized particles. However, similar levels of DNA damage were observed in the comet assay after 24 h of exposure to anatase nanoparticles and microparticles. Rutile microparticles were found to induce more DNA damage than the nanosized particles. However, no significant increase in DNA damage was detected from nanosized and

  2. Nanosized particles of orlistat with enhanced in vitro dissolution rate and lipase inhibition.

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    Dolenc, Andrej; Govedarica, Biljana; Dreu, Rok; Kocbek, Petra; Srcic, Stane; Kristl, Julijana

    2010-08-30

    Orlistat is locally acting inhibitor of gastrointestinal lipases which has been developed for the treatment of obesity. The present study was designed with the intent to formulate orlistat in a different way compared to the current practice and investigate its inhibition of gastrointestinal lipases. Orlistat is considered as a technologically problematic and unmanageable substance because of waxy nature, low melting point and low chemical stability. The manuscript presents the critical issues regarding engineering of its nanosuspension with controlled particle size by melt emulsification and high pressure homogenization. In order to formulate dry product, lactose was dissolved in nanosuspension as filler and spray drying has been performed for obtaining the final powder product. Laser diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy have been used for orlistat nanosuspension characterization, dissolution studies and lipase inhibition studies were performed to characterize the in vitro efficacy of formulated orlistat. The advantage of selected technological procedures is nanosized orlistat with elevated in vitro dissolution rate in comparison to raw drug, physical mixture and marketed product. Furthermore, nanosuspension demonstrated significantly higher in vitro lipase inhibition in comparison to references. To conclude, the results show new technological solution and remarkable increase of pharmacological effect which could potentially lead to decreasing the dose and consequently dose dependent side effects.

  3. Particle phase distribution of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in stormwater — Using humic acid and iron nano-sized colloids as test particles

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    Nielsen, Katrine; Kalmykova, Yuliya; Strömvall, Ann-Margret

    2015-01-01

    The distribution of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in different particulate fractions in stormwater: Total, Particulate, Filtrated, Colloidal and Dissolved fractions, were examined and compared to synthetic suspensions of humic acid colloids and iron nano-sized particles. The distribution...... to a higher extent in the Filtrated fractions. The highest concentrations of PAHs were present in the stormwater with the highest total suspended solids (TSS); the relative amount of the HMWPAHs was highest in the Particulate fractions (particles N 0.7 μm). The highest concentration of PAHs in the Colloidal...... fraction was found in the sample with occurrence of small nano-sized particles (b10 nm). The results show the importance of developing technologies that both can manage particulate matter and effectively remove PAHs present in the Colloidal and Dissolved fractions in stormwater. © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All...

  4. Particle phase distribution of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in stormwater — Using humic acid and iron nano-sized colloids as test particles

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    Nielsen, Katrine; Kalmykova, Yuliya; Strömvall, Ann-Margret;

    2015-01-01

    The distribution of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in different particulate fractions in stormwater: Total, Particulate, Filtrated, Colloidal and Dissolved fractions, were examined and compared to synthetic suspensions of humic acid colloids and iron nano-sized particles. The distribution...... to a higher extent in the Filtrated fractions. The highest concentrations of PAHs were present in the stormwater with the highest total suspended solids (TSS); the relative amount of the HMWPAHs was highest in the Particulate fractions (particles N 0.7 μm). The highest concentration of PAHs in the Colloidal...... fraction was found in the sample with occurrence of small nano-sized particles (b10 nm). The results show the importance of developing technologies that both can manage particulate matter and effectively remove PAHs present in the Colloidal and Dissolved fractions in stormwater. © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All...

  5. In vitro toxicity of nanosized copper particles in PC12 cells induced by oxidative stress

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    Xu Pengjuan; Xu Jing; Liu Shichang [Nankai University, College of Medicine (China); Ren, Guogang [University of Hertfordshire, School of Aerospace Engineering (United Kingdom); Yang Zhuo, E-mail: zhuoyang@nankai.edu.cn [Nankai University, College of Medicine (China)

    2012-06-15

    Recent evidence suggests that some nanomaterials, which are widely used in many fields, have health effects. In order to investigate the cytotoxicity induced by nanosized copper particles (nano-Cu), PC12 cells, which were widely used as an in vitro model for the neuron research, were treated with different concentrations (0, 1, 10, 30, and 100 {mu}g/mL) of nano-Cu. The cell viability was determined by measurement of the reduction product of 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2, 5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT). The oxidative stress induced by nano-Cu and its possible mechanism were studied in relation to the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and the cellular activity of superoxide dismutase (SOD). Results showed that incubation of PC12 cells with increasing concentrations of nano-Cu induced a decrease of cell viability in a concentration- and time-dependent manner. In addition, flow cytometry assay using Annexin V-FITC/PI staining was used to investigate the mode of nano-Cu-induced cell death and quantified the percentage of apoptotic cells. Results showed that nano-Cu induced the significant apoptosis in PC12 cells. Meanwhile, intracellular accumulation of ROS was increased with the increased concentrations of nano-Cu and it was associated with decreased SOD activity, which was probably due to protect effects against the oxidative stress in PC12 cells. Results suggested that both excessive intracellular ROS and decreased SOD contributed to nano-Cu-induced cytotoxicity. In other words, the increasing of oxidative stress was a key mechanism in PC12 apoptosis induced by nano-Cu.

  6. Spin-Canting due to Structural Disorder in Maghemite

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    Morales, M.P.; Serna, C.J.; Bødker, Franz;

    1997-01-01

    The spin canting effect has been studied in samples of maghemite particles with the same width of about 100 nm, but different length and with different degree of cation disorder. Mossbauer spectra obtained at 5 K with a magnetic field of 4 T applied parallel to the propagation direction of the ga...

  7. Al2O3-Coated Nano-SiC Particles Reinforced Al2O3 Matrix Composites

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    2002-01-01

    Properties of Al2O3-coated nano-SiC have been compared with those of as-received SiC. The isoelectric point (IEP)of SiC changed from pH3.4 to pH7.3 after coating with the alumina precursor, which is close to that of alumina.Because both surfaces of coated SiC and Al2O3 possess higher positive charge at pH=4.5~5.0, they are uniformly dispersed in the two-phase aqueous suspensions, Then a mixed powder containing nano-SiC dispersed homogeneously into the Al2O3 matrix was achieved from flocculating the two-phase suspension. Finally, Al2O3/SiC nanocomposites were obtained by coating nano-SiC with Al2O3, in which the majority of SiC particles were located within the Al2O3 grains. The observation by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and the analysis by the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) showed that cracks propagated towards the intragranular SiC rather than along grain boundaries.

  8. Nanoparticle Capture During Directional Solidification of Nano-Sized SiC Particle-Reinforced AZ91D Composites.

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    Zhu, Qiaobo; Liu, Hongchang; Li, Wenzhen; Gao, Weiming; Li, Qiushu

    2015-05-01

    The capture/push behavior of a particle in front of a solidification interface was analyzed theoretically and experimentally in this work. Van der Waals force, viscous force, and force due to interfacial energy played important roles in the particle capture/push process. Directional solidification experiments were conducted with nano-sized SiC particle-reinforced AZ91D composites to observe the distribution of nanoparticles in different solidification morphologies under varied cooling rates. When the composite solidified with plane manner, the nanoparticles could be captured by the solidification front and distributed uniformly in the matrix. When solidified with columnar or equiaxial manners, the nanoparticles could be captured by the solidification front but distributed uniformly only in the grain boundary as a result of the difference in interfacial energy and wettability between SiC/α-Mg and SiC/eutectic phase. Theoretical prediction of particle capture was in agreement with the experiment results.

  9. Effects of incorporating nanosized calcium phosphate particles on properties of whisker-reinforced dental composites.

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    Xu, Hockin H K; Sun, Limin; Weir, Mike D; Takagi, Shozo; Chow, Laurence C; Hockey, Bernard

    2007-04-01

    Clinical data indicate that secondary caries and restoration fracture are the most common problems facing tooth restorations. Our ultimate goal was to develop mechanically-strong and caries-inhibiting dental composites. The specific goal of this pilot study was to understand the relationships between composite properties and the ratio of reinforcement filler/releasing filler. Nanoparticles of monocalcium phosphate monohydrate (MCPM) were synthesized and incorporated into a dental resin for the first time. Silicon carbide whiskers were fused with silica nanoparticles and mixed with the MCPM particles at MCPM/whisker mass ratios of 1:0, 2:1, 1:1, 1:2, and 0:1. The composites were immersed for 1-56 days to measure Ca and PO4 release. When the MCPM/whisker ratio was changed from 0:1 to 1:2, the composite flexural strength (mean +/- SD; n = 5) decreased from 174 +/- 26 MPa to 138 +/- 9 MPa (p < 0.05). A commercial nonreleasing composite had a strength of 112 +/- 14 MPa. When the MCPM/whisker ratio was changed from 1:2 to 1:1, the Ca concentration at 56 days increased from 0.77 +/- 0.04 mmol/L to 1.74 +/- 0.06 mmol/L (p < 0.05). The corresponding PO4 concentration increased from 3.88 +/- 0.21 mmol/L to 9.95 +/- 0.69 mmol/L (p < 0.05). Relationships were established between the amount of release and the MCPM volume fraction v(MCPM) in the resin: [Ca]= 42.9 v(MCPM) (2.7), and [PO4] = 48.7 v(MCPM) (1.4). In summary, the method of combining nanosized releasing fillers with reinforcing fillers yielded Ca- and PO4-releasing composites with mechanical properties matching or exceeding a commercial stress-bearing, nonreleasing composite. This method may be applicable to the use of other Ca-PO4 fillers in developing composites with high stress-bearing and caries-preventing capabilities, a combination not yet available in any dental materials.

  10. Synthesis of nano-sized ZnO particles by co-precipitation method with variation of heating time

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    Purwaningsih, S. Y., E-mail: sriyanisaputri@gmail.com; Pratapa, S.; Triwikantoro; Darminto, E-mail: darminto@physics.its.ac.id [Department of Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Institute of Technology Sepuluh November (ITS), Jl. Arief Rahman Hakim, Surabaya Indonesia 60111 (Indonesia)

    2016-02-08

    Zinc oxide powders have been synthesized by a co-precipitation method at low temperature (85 °C), using zinc acetate dihydrate, ammonia, hydrochloric acid solutions as the reactants. A number of process parameters such as reaction temperature, solution basicity or pH and heating time are the main factors affecting the morphology and physical properties of the ZnO nanostructures. In this work the effect of heating time on the morphology and particles size were studied. The as-synthesized ZnO powders were characterized using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques. The samples were also analyzed using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR). Rietveld refinement of XRD data confirms that ZnO crystallizes in the hexagonal wurtzite structure with high degree of purity and the (101) plane predominant. The XRD results show that the average crystallite sizes were about 66, 27 and 12 nm for 3, 4 and 5 h of heating times, respectively. The XRD analysis indicated that a fraction of nano-sized ZnO powders were in the form of aggregates, which was also verified by TEM image. The TEM photograph demonstrated that the nano-sized ZnO particles were a pseudo-spherical shape.

  11. Thermally driven metastable solid-solution Li0.5FePO4 in nanosized particles and its phase separation behaviors

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    Yoo, Sunyoung; Kang, Byoungwoo

    2013-10-01

    Nanosized LiFePO4 particles easily show a fast electrochemical response that can be achieved via a non-equilibrium pathway. To understand this intriguing phase transition behavior in nanosized LiFePO4 particles, the metastable solid-solution phase was prepared by thermal treatment with a chemically delithiated nanosized Li0.5FePO4 sample. Thermal treatment makes all the nanosized particles transform easily to the metastable solid-solution phase because of the large thermal energy while an electrochemical reaction does not. The phase separation behavior of the metastable solid-solution sample (Li0.5FePO4) was investigated under various kinetic conditions to understand critical factors affecting the phase separation behavior of nanosized LiFePO4 particles. The main findings in this study are as follows. The first finding is that the depressed phase separation behavior of the metastable phase may originate from the nanoparticle effect, in which the formation of a second phase inside a nanosized particle is not energetically favored because of the large interfacial energy. Therefore, phase separation in nanosized particles occurs between particles rather than inside a particle. If there was no over-potential, such as in the relaxed pellet experiment or in the relaxed electrode experiment in the electrolyte, the metastable phase was quite stable showing no phase separation behavior even though efficient pathways for lithium ions and electrons were well developed. The second finding is that the phase separation behavior of the metastable phase actually depends on the over-potential. Under open circuit voltage (OCV) conditions, the metastable phase started to exhibit a slight structural change during a long relaxation time, about ten days. The slow change of the metastable phase may be due to the low driving force, less than 10 mV, which comes from the energetic difference between the two-phase state and the metastable phase. This indicates that the phase separation

  12. Analysis on variety and characteristics of maghemite

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    SHAW; John; BLOEMENDAL; Jan; HESSE; Paul; ROLPH; Tim

    2010-01-01

    Maghemite (γ-Fe2O3) is a very common mineral at the earth’s surface and also an important material for making music and video tapes. Maghemite is usually synthesized from magnetite under oxidizing conditions after a few hours or a few days below a temperature of 300°C. The magnetic property of thermal instability and the chemical action after heating is an important character for maghemite. That is, it will become hematite in certain proportion after being heated above 250°C. Maghemite is therefore actually unable to have its Curie temperature measured. But late using synthetic sample, maghemite was further found partially thermal stable with a measurable Curie temperature ~645°C. During our thermally magnetic experiments for a set of synthetic magnetite, we found that extra fined grain size (pseudo single domain (PSD) and small multi-domain (MD), mainly 1-10 μm) magnetite was formed to a completely thermally stable maghemite. This maghemite can also be produced by heating the same powder up to 700°C in an oven and keeping this temperature for 10 min, then cooling it down. When the generated maghemite by these two ways is heated from room temperature to 700°C, it shows almost fully reversible, or thermally stable. We used X-ray powder diffraction and Mssbauer spectroscopy to confirm the identity of this maghemite and compared its magnetic hysteresis, high temperature magnetization, low temperature thermal demagnetization, and low temperature susceptibility with those of the original preheated magnetite. Such quickly oxidized maghemite by heating to high temperature implies some types of maghemite formed in certain natural condition can carry a thermal remnant magnetization (TRM). Four types of maghemite were characterized and discussed according to their thermal stability. Among them, partially stable and fully thermally stable maghemite after heating should possess capability of carrying TRM. There is possibly a compensation of synthetizing maghemite

  13. Mercaptosilane-assisted synthesis of sub-nanosized Pt particles within hierarchically porous ZSM-5/SBA-15 materials and their enhanced hydrogenation properties

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    Gao, Daowei; Zheng, Anmin; Zhang, Xin; Sun, Hui; Dai, Xiaoping; Yang, Ying; Wang, Hai; Qin, Yuchen; Xu, Shutao; Duan, Aijun

    2015-06-01

    A novel catalyst that consists of sub-nanosized Pt particles within hierarchically porous ZSM-5/SBA-15 materials was synthesized. This catalyst exhibited high stability and a hierarchically porous structure of a micro-mesoporous composite and possessed a high density of active sites by confinement of sub-nanosized Pt particles within small-pore zeolites, showing high catalytic properties for the hydrogenation of 1,3-butadiene and cyclooctadiene at room temperature.A novel catalyst that consists of sub-nanosized Pt particles within hierarchically porous ZSM-5/SBA-15 materials was synthesized. This catalyst exhibited high stability and a hierarchically porous structure of a micro-mesoporous composite and possessed a high density of active sites by confinement of sub-nanosized Pt particles within small-pore zeolites, showing high catalytic properties for the hydrogenation of 1,3-butadiene and cyclooctadiene at room temperature. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental details, characterization, reaction data. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr02749g

  14. Inhalation exposure to nanosized and fine TiO2 particles inhibits features of allergic asthma in a murine model

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    Wolff Henrik

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Nanotechnology and engineered nanomaterials (ENM are here to stay. Recent evidence suggests that exposure to environmental particulate matter exacerbates symptoms of asthma. In the present study we investigated the modulatory effects of titanium dioxide particle exposure in an experimental allergic asthma. Methods Nonallergic (healthy and ovalbumin-sensitized (asthmatic mice were exposed via inhalation to two different sizes of titanium dioxide particles, nanosized (nTiO2 and fine (fTiO2, for 2 hours a day, three days a week, for four weeks at a concentration of 10 mg/m3. Different endpoints were analysed to evaluate the immunological status of the mice. Results Healthy mice elicited pulmonary neutrophilia accompanied by significantly increased chemokine CXCL5 expression when exposed to nTiO2. Surprisingly, allergic pulmonary inflammation was dramatically suppressed in asthmatic mice which were exposed to nTiO2 or fTiO2 particles - i.e. the levels of leucocytes, cytokines, chemokines and antibodies characteristic to allergic asthma were substantially decreased. Conclusions Our results suggest that repeated airway exposure to TiO2 particles modulates the airway inflammation depending on the immunological status of the exposed mice.

  15. A Facile Route for Synthesis of LiFePO4/C Cathode Material with Nano-sized Primary Particles

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    肖政伟; 胡国荣; 杜柯; 彭忠东

    2014-01-01

    A facile and practical route was introduced to prepare LiFePO4/C cathode material with nano-sized primary particles and excellent electrochemical performance. LiH2PO4 was synthesized by using H3PO4 and LiOH as raw materials. Then, as-prepared LiH2PO4, reduced iron powder andα-D-glucose were ball-milled, dried and sin-tered to prepare LiFePO4/C. X-ray diffractometry was used to characterize LiH2PO4, ball-milled product and LiFePO4/C. Differential scanning calorimeter-thermo gravimetric analysis was applied to investigate possible reac-tions in sintering and find suitable temperature for LiFePO4 formation. Scanning electron microscopy was em-ployed for the morphology of LiFePO4/C. As-prepared LiH2PO4 is characterized to be in P21cn(33) space group, which reacts with reduced iron powder to form Li3PO4, Fe3(PO4)2 and H2 in ball-milling and sintering. The appro-priate temperature for LiFePO4/C synthesis is 541.3-976.7 °C. LiFePO4/C prepared at 700 °C presents nano-sized primary particles forming aggregates. Charge-discharge examination indicates that as-prepared LiFePO4/C displays appreciable discharge capacities of 145 and 131 mA·h·g-1 at 0.1 and 1 C respectively and excellent discharge ca-pacity retention.

  16. Nature of nano-sized plutonium particles in soils at the Hanford site

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    Buck, Edgar C. [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA (United States). Energy and Environment Directorate,; Moore, Dean A.; Felmy, Andrew R. [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA (United States). Fundamental Science Directorate; Czerwinski, Kenneth R. [Nevada Univ., Las Vegas, NV (United States). Harry-Reid Center for Environmental Studies; Conradson, Steven D.; Batuk, Olga N. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2014-07-01

    The occurrence of plutonium dioxide (PuO{sub 2}) either from direct deposition or from the precipitation of plutonium-bearing solutions in contaminated soils and sediments is well described, particularly for the Hanford site in Washington State. However, past research has suggested that plutonium at the Hanford site may exist in chemical forms in addition to PuO{sub 2}. Although the majority of the plutonium is present as oxide, we present evidence for the formation of nano-sized mixed plutonium- iron phosphate hydroxide structurally related to the rhabdophane group minerals in 216-Z9 crib sediments from Hanford using both transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). The iron-plutonium phosphate formation may depend on the local microenvironment in the sediments, availability of phosphate, and hence the distribution of these minerals may control long-term migration of plutonium in the soil.

  17. Synthesis of Polyhydroxybutyrate Particles with Micro-to-Nanosized Structures and Application as Protective Coating for Packaging Papers.

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    Rastogi, Vibhore Kumar; Samyn, Pieter

    2016-12-30

    This study reports on the development of bio-based hydrophobic coatings for packaging papers through deposition of polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) particles in combination with nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) and plant wax. In the first approach, PHB particles in the micrometer range (PHB-MP) were prepared through a phase-separation technique providing internally-nanosized structures. The particles were transferred as a coating by dip-coating filter papers in the particle suspension, followed by sizing with a carnauba wax solution. This approach allowed partial to almost full surface coverage of PHB-MP over the paper surface, resulting in static water contact angles of 105°-122° and 129°-144° after additional wax coating. In the second approach, PHB particles with submicron sizes (PHB-SP) were synthesized by an oil-in-water emulsion (o/w) solvent evaporation method and mixed in aqueous suspensions with 0-7 wt % NFC. After dip-coating filter papers in PHB-SP/NFC suspensions and sizing with a carnauba wax solution, static water contact angles of 112°-152° were obtained. The intrinsic properties of the particles were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy, thermal analysis and infrared spectroscopy, indicating higher crystallinity for PHB-SP than PHB-MP. The chemical interactions between the more amorphous PHB-MP particles and paper fibers were identified as an esterification reaction, while the morphology of the NFC fibrillar network was playing a key role as the binding agent in the retention of more crystalline PHB-SP at the paper surface, hence contributing to higher hydrophobicity.

  18. Synthesis of Polyhydroxybutyrate Particles with Micro-to-Nanosized Structures and Application as Protective Coating for Packaging Papers

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    Vibhore Kumar Rastogi

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available This study reports on the development of bio-based hydrophobic coatings for packaging papers through deposition of polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB particles in combination with nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC and plant wax. In the first approach, PHB particles in the micrometer range (PHB-MP were prepared through a phase-separation technique providing internally-nanosized structures. The particles were transferred as a coating by dip-coating filter papers in the particle suspension, followed by sizing with a carnauba wax solution. This approach allowed partial to almost full surface coverage of PHB-MP over the paper surface, resulting in static water contact angles of 105°–122° and 129°–144° after additional wax coating. In the second approach, PHB particles with submicron sizes (PHB-SP were synthesized by an oil-in-water emulsion (o/w solvent evaporation method and mixed in aqueous suspensions with 0–7 wt % NFC. After dip-coating filter papers in PHB-SP/NFC suspensions and sizing with a carnauba wax solution, static water contact angles of 112°–152° were obtained. The intrinsic properties of the particles were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy, thermal analysis and infrared spectroscopy, indicating higher crystallinity for PHB-SP than PHB-MP. The chemical interactions between the more amorphous PHB-MP particles and paper fibers were identified as an esterification reaction, while the morphology of the NFC fibrillar network was playing a key role as the binding agent in the retention of more crystalline PHB-SP at the paper surface, hence contributing to higher hydrophobicity.

  19. Estimation of Biocompatibility of Nano-Sized Ceramic Particles with Osteoblasts, Osteosarcomas and Hepatocytes by Static and Time-Lapse Observation.

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    Abe, Shigeaki; Seitoku, Eri; Iwadera, Nobuki; Hamba, Yusuke; Yamagata, Shuichi; Akasaka, Tsukasa; Kusaka, Teruo; Inoue, Satoshi; Yawaka, Yasutaka; Iida, Junichiro; Sano, Hidehiko; Yonezawa, Tetsu; Yoshida, Yasuhiro

    2016-03-01

    We assessed the biocompatibility of nano-sized ceramic particles with several cells types. Though these particles have less than 100 nm in diameter, they act as submicron-sized particles in saline by aggregation that was estimated using laser diffraction particle size analysis (LDS). they act as submicro-sized particles in saline by aggregation based on laser diffraction particle size analysis (LDS). Several types of cells (osteoblasts, osteosarcoma and hepatocyte cells) were exposed to these particles and their cytocompatibility was estimated. Not only the cytotoxic assay but also their static and dynamic morphology under nanoparticles exposure were investigated. The intercellular uptake of particles was determined using a confocal fluorescence microscope. The particles used in this study did not inhibit cellular activity or growth even when their concentrations were high. Only copper oxide particles caused acute cytotoxicity depending on the particle size. The cytotoxicity assay, dynamic behavior of the nanoparticle-exposed cells and their examination under a confocal fluorescence microscope suggests that the irritative reaction was induced by contact between the cells and particles, whereas eluted copper ions are not dominant factor. These results indicate that nano-sized particles used in this study have excellent biocompatibility except copper oxide ones.

  20. Nanostructural Features of Silver Nanoparticles Powder Synthesized through Concurrent Formation of the Nanosized Particles of Both Starch and Silver

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    A. Hebeish

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Green innovative strategy was developed to accomplish silver nanoparticles formation of starch-silver nanoparticles (St-AgNPs in the powder form. Thus, St-AgNPs were synthesized through concurrent formation of the nanosized particles of both starch and silver. The alkali dissolved starch acts as reducing agent for silver ions and as stabilizing agent for the formed AgNPs. The chemical reduction process occurred in water bath under high-speed homogenizer. After completion of the reaction, the colloidal solution of AgNPs coated with alkali dissolved starch was cooled and precipitated using ethanol. The powder precipitate was collected by centrifugation, then washed, and dried; St-AgNPs powder was characterized using state-of-the-art facilities including UV-vis spectroscopy, Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM, particle size analyzer (PS, Polydispersity index (PdI, Zeta potential (ZP, XRD, FT-IR, EDX, and TGA. TEM and XRD indicate that the average size of pure AgNPs does not exceed 20 nm with spherical shape and high concentration of AgNPs (30000 ppm. The results obtained from TGA indicates that the higher thermal stability of starch coated AgNPS than that of starch nanoparticles alone. In addition to the data obtained from EDX which reveals the presence of AgNPs and the data obtained from particle size analyzer and zeta potential determination indicate that the good uniformity and the highly stability of St-AgNPs.

  1. Nano-size scaling of alloy intra-particle vs. inter-particle separation transitions: prediction of distinctly interface-affected critical behaviour.

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    Polak, M; Rubinovich, L

    2016-07-21

    Phase-separation second-order transitions in binary alloy particles consisting of ∼1000 up to ∼70 000 atoms (∼1-10 nm) are modeled focusing on the unexplored issue of finite-size scaling in such systems, particularly on evaluation of correlation-length critical exponents. Our statistical-thermodynamic approach is based on mean-field analytical expression for the Ising model free energy that facilitates highly efficient computations furnishing comprehensive data for fcc rectangular nanoparticles (NPs). These are summed up in intra- and inter-particle scaling plots as well as in nanophase separation diagrams. Temperature-induced variations in the interface thickness in Janus-type intra-particle configurations and NP size-dependent shifts in the critical temperature of their transition to solid-solution reflect power-law behavior with the same critical exponent, ν = 0.83. It is attributed to dominant interfacial effects that are absent in inter-particle transitions. Variations in ν with nano-size, as revealed by a refined analysis, are linearly extrapolated in order to bridge the gap to larger particles within and well beyond the nanoscale, ultimately yielding ν = 1.0. Besides these findings, the study indicates the key role of the surface-area to volume ratio as an effective linear size, revealing a universal, particle-shape independent, nanoscaling of the critical-temperature shifts.

  2. Structural disorder versus spin canting in monodisperse maghemite nanocrystals

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    Kubickova, S.; Vejpravova, J., E-mail: vejpravo@fzu.cz [Department of Magnetic Nanosystems, Institute of Physics of the ASCR, v.v.i., Na Slovance 2, 182 21 Prague (Czech Republic); Niznansky, D. [Faculty of Science, Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Charles University in Prague, Albertov 2030, 128 40 Prague (Czech Republic); Morales Herrero, M. P. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, CSIC, C/Sor Juana Ins de la Cruz 3, Campus de Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Salas, G. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, CSIC, C/Sor Juana Ins de la Cruz 3, Campus de Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Instituto Madrileno de Estudios Avanzados en Nanociencia, Campus Universitario de Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2014-06-02

    Monodisperse maghemite nanoparticles with diameter ranging from 7 to 20 nm were examined by the In-field Mössbauer Spectroscopy (IFMS) in varying external magnetic field up to 6 T. Surprisingly, the small-sized particles (7 nm) exhibit nearly no spin canting in contrast to the larger particles with lower surface-to-volume ratio. We demonstrate that the observed phenomenon is originated by lower relative crystallinity of the larger particles with different internal structure. Hence, the persistence of the 2nd and 5th absorption lines in the IFMS cannot be unambiguously assigned to the surface spins.

  3. Effect of a nano-sized TiC particle addition on the flow-assisted corrosion resistance of SA 106B carbon steel

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    Park, Jin-Ju; Park, Eun-Kwang; Lee, Gyoung-Ja; Rhee, Chang-Kyu; Lee, Min-Ku

    2017-09-01

    Carbon steel with dispersed nano-sized TiC ceramic particles was fabricated by the ex-situ introduction of the particles into the melt, with the flow-assisted corrosion (FAC) resistance then investigated in the presence and absence of TiC nanoparticles using a once-through type of FAC loop test. From the potentiodynamic polarization curves, the current density at any given anodic potential was decreased and the open-circuit potential was increased by the addition of TiC nanoparticles. In addition, when the nano-sized TiC particles were added, the FAC rate was 1.38 times lower than that of carbon steel without TiC nanoparticles, indicating an improvement of the FAC resistance due to the homogeneous distribution of the TiC reinforcing nanoparticles.

  4. Magnetic hydrophobic nanocomposites: Silica aerogel/maghemite

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    Mendoza Zelis, P. [Departamento de Fisica-IFLP, Universidad Nacional de La Plata-CONICET (Argentina); Fernandez van Raap, M.B., E-mail: raap@fisica.unlp.edu.ar [Departamento de Fisica-IFLP, Universidad Nacional de La Plata-CONICET (Argentina); Socolovsky, L.M. [Laboratorio de Solidos Amorfos, INTECIN, Universidad de Buenos Aires-CONICET (Argentina); Leyva, A.G. [Div. Materia condensada, CNEA- ECyT-UNSAM, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Sanchez, F.H. [Departamento de Fisica-IFLP, Universidad Nacional de La Plata-CONICET (Argentina)

    2012-08-15

    Magnetic hydrophobic aerogels (MHA) in the form of nanocomposites of silica and maghemite ({gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) were prepared by one step sol-gel procedure followed by supercritical solvent extraction. Silica alcogels were obtained from TEOS, MTMS, methanol and H{sub 2}O, and Fe(III) nitrate as magnetic precursor. The hydrophobic property was achieved using the methytrimethoxysilane (MTMS) as co-precursor for surface modification. The so produced nanocomposite aerogels are monolithic, hydrophobic and magnetic. The interconnected porous structure hosts {approx}6 nm size {gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles, has a mean pore diameter of 5 nm, and a specific surface area (SSA) of 698 m Superscript-Two /g. Medium range structure of MHA is determined by SAXS, which displays the typical fractal power law behavior with primary particle radius of {approx}1 nm. Magnetic properties of the nanoparticle ensembles hosted in them are studied by means of dc-magnetometry.

  5. Influence of Inter-Particle Interactions on the Superparamagnetic Relaxation Time in a Sample of Nano-Sized Feroxyhyte Particles

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    Meaz, T; Koch, C. Bender; Mørup, Steen

    1996-01-01

    Ultrafine particles of feroxyhyte (delta-FeOOH) have been studied by Mossbauer spectroscopy. Coating of the particles with oleic acid results in a decrease of the superparamagnetic blocking temperature, whereas pressing the particles with a uniaxial pressure of 1.3 GPa leads to an increase...... of the blocking temperature. The results suggest that the interaction between the ferrimagnetic particles leads to ordering of the magnetic moments below a critical temperature, which depends on the strength of the interaction. Measurements at 5 K in a large magnetic field show that the particles have a non...

  6. From micro- to nanosized particles: Selected characterization methods and measurable parameters

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    Nayla Sabbagh-Kupelwieser; Anne Maisser; Wladyslaw W.Szymanski

    2011-01-01

    Airborne micro- and nanoparticles-aerosols - play an important role in many natural phenomena and in a variety of industrial processes, as well as the public health issue. They may be of natural or anthropogenic origin; their presence in an environment might be intentional or due to undesirable release. In any case, merely the particle detection and characterization, ideally in real-time, provide an insight into the potential burden allowing also controlling and abatement measures. Due to the broad size range it is not possible to characterize the entire particle spectrum with only one method. This contribution discusses selected optical techniques based on elastic light scattering, which are suitable for characterization of micrometer sized particles and particular electrical techniques allowing measurement of nanoparticles.It is shown that combination of instruments measuring different properties of the same nanoparticles offers derivative parameters contributing to more complete characterization of aerosols.

  7. Generation of nano-sized core-shell particles using a coaxial tri-capillary electrospray-template removal method.

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    Cao, Lihua; Luo, Jun; Tu, Kehua; Wang, Li-Qun; Jiang, Hongliang

    2014-03-01

    This study proposed a new strategy based on a coaxial tri-capillary electrospray-template removal process for producing nanosized polylactide-b-polyethylene glycol (PLA-PEG) particles with a core-shell structure. Microparticles with core-shell-corona structures were first fabricated by coaxial tri-capillary electrospray, and core-shell nanoparticles less than 200 nm in size were subsequently obtained by removing the PEG template from the core-shell-corona microparticles. The nanoparticle size could be modulated by adjusting the flow rate of corona fluid, and nanoparticles with an average diameter of 106±5 nm were obtained. The nanoparticles displayed excellent dispersion stability in aqueous media and very low cytotoxicity. Paclitaxel was used as a model drug to be incorporated into the core section of the nanoparticles. A drug loading content in the nanoparticles as high as 50.7±1.5 wt% with an encapsulation efficiency of greater than 70% could be achieved by simply increasing the feed rate of the drug solution. Paclitaxel exhibited sustained release from the nanoparticles for more than 40 days. The location of the paclitaxel in the nanoparticles, i.e., in the core or shell layer, did not have a significant effect on its release.

  8. Development of a novel method for screening of estrogenic compounds using nano-sized bacterial magnetic particles displaying estrogen receptor

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    Yoshino, Tomoko [Department of Biotechnology, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, 2 24 16 Naka-cho, Koganei, Tokyo 184-8588 (Japan); Kato, Fukuichi [Department of Biotechnology, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, 2 24 16 Naka-cho, Koganei, Tokyo 184-8588 (Japan); Takeyama, Haruko [Department of Biotechnology, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, 2 24 16 Naka-cho, Koganei, Tokyo 184-8588 (Japan); Nakai, Makoto [Chemicals Assessment Center, Chemicals Evaluation and Research Institute, 1600 Shimo-Takano, Sugito-machi, Kitakatsushika-gun, Saitama 345-0043 (Japan); Yakabe, Yoshikuni [Chemicals Assessment Center, Chemicals Evaluation and Research Institute, 1600 Shimo-Takano, Sugito-machi, Kitakatsushika-gun, Saitama 345-0043 (Japan); Matsunaga, Tadashi [Department of Biotechnology, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, 2 24 16 Naka-cho, Koganei, Tokyo 184-8588 (Japan)]. E-mail: tmatsuna@cc.tuat.ac.jp

    2005-03-14

    In this study, nano-sized bacterial magnetic particles (BMPs) displaying human estrogen receptor ligand binding domain (ERLBD) on the surface was successfully produced by the magnetic bacterium, Magnetospirillum magneticum AMB-1. Furthermore, a non-isotopic binding assay for estrogenic compounds using the BMPs displaying ERLBD was developed. A BMP membrane-specific protein, Mms16, was used as an anchor molecule to localize ERLBD on the surface of BMPs. ERLBD-BMP complexes were simply extracted by magnetic separation from ruptured AMB-1 transformants and used for the assay based on the competitive binding of alkaline phosphatase conjugated 17{beta}-estradiol (ALP-E2) as a tracer. Dissociation constant of the receptor was 2.3 nM. Inhibition curves were evaluated by the decrease in luminescence intensity resulting from the enzymatic reaction of alkaline phosphatase. The overall simplicity of this receptor binding assay results in a method that can be easily adapted to a high throughput format. Moreover, this method can be integrated into a fully-automated ligand screening system using magnetic separation.

  9. Study of Hydrophilic Electrospun Nanofiber Membranes for Filtration of Micro and Nanosize Suspended Particles

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    Nurxat Nuraje

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Polymeric nanofiber membranes of polyvinyl chloride (PVC blended with polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP were fabricated using an electrospinning process at different conditions and used for the filtration of three different liquid suspensions to determine the efficiency of the filter membranes. The three liquid suspensions included lake water, abrasive particles from a water jet cutter, and suspended magnetite nanoparticles. The major goal of this research work was to create highly hydrophilic nanofiber membranes and utilize them to filter the suspended liquids at an optimal level of purification (i.e., drinkable level. In order to overcome the fouling/biofouling/blocking problems of the membrane, a coagulation process, which enhances the membrane’s efficiency for removing colloidal particles, was used as a pre-treatment process. Two chemical agents, Tanfloc (organic and Alum (inorganic, were chosen for the flocculation/coagulation process. The removal efficiency of the suspended particles in the liquids was measured in terms of turbidity, pH, and total dissolved solids (TDS. It was observed that the coagulation/filtration experiments were more efficient at removing turbidity, compared to the direct filtration process performed without any coagulation and filter media.

  10. Investigation on different oxides as candidates for nano-sized ODS particles in reduced-activation ferritic (RAF) steels

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    Hoffmann, Jan, E-mail: j.hoffmann@kit.edu [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute for Applied Materials (IAM-AWP), Karlsruhe (Germany); Rieth, Michael; Lindau, Rainer; Klimenkov, Michael; Möslang, Anton [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute for Applied Materials (IAM-AWP), Karlsruhe (Germany); Sandim, Hugo Ricardo Zschommler [Department of Materials Engineering, EEL, University of São Paulo, 12600-970 Lorena (Brazil)

    2013-11-15

    Future generation reactor concepts are based on materials that can stand higher temperatures and higher neutron doses in corrosive environments. Oxide dispersion strengthened steels with chromium contents ranging from 9 to 14 wt.% – produced by mechanical alloying – are typical candidate materials for future structural materials in fission and fusion power plants. Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} has proven to be a good candidate for addition to ferritic steels during mechanical alloying to form nano-sized dispersion oxide particles during compacting of the material. These oxide particles have many positive effects on the material such as improved high-temperature properties and higher corrosion resistance. However, there is potential for improvements by choosing different oxides. In this present work, four different oxides (MgO, La{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Ce{sub 2}O{sub 3} and ZrO{sub 2}) are selected by looking at their thermal stabilities and Gibbs free enthalpies of various chemical compositions. These oxides are mixed and mechanically alloyed with ferritic steel powder (Fe13Cr1W0.3Ti) and compared to a reference material produced with Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} (Fe13Cr1W0.3Ti + Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}). The materials were characterized in terms of their mechanical properties and detailed microstructural investigations by transmission electron microscopy and electron backscatter diffraction. All further results of the mechanical testing and microstructural characterizations are analyzed, compared, and discussed in this paper.

  11. Charge density and particle size effects on oligonucleotide and plasmid DNA binding to nanosized hydrotalcite.

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    Sanderson, Brian A; Sowersby, Drew S; Crosby, Sergio; Goss, Marcus; Lewis, L Kevin; Beall, Gary W

    2013-12-01

    Hydrotalcite (HT) and other layered double metal hydroxides are of great interest as gene delivery and timed release drug delivery systems and as enteric vehicles for biologically active molecules that are sensitive to gastric fluids. HT is a naturally occurring double metal hydroxide that can be synthesized as a nanomaterial consisting of a brucite structure with isomorphous substitution of aluminum ions. These positively charged nanoparticles exhibit plate-like morphology with very high aspect ratios. Biomolecules such as nucleic acids and proteins form strong associations with HT because they can associate with the positively charged layers. The binding of nucleic acids with HT and other nanomaterials is currently being investigated for potential use in gene therapy; however, the binding of specific nucleic acid forms, such as single- and double-stranded DNA, has been little explored. In addition, the effects of charge density and particle size on DNA adsorption has not been studied. In this paper, the binding of different forms of DNA to a series of HTs prepared at different temperatures and with different anion exchange capacities has been investigated. Experiments demonstrated that HTs synthesized at higher temperatures associate with both single- and double-stranded oligomers and circular plasmid DNA more tightly than HTs synthesized at room temperature, likely due to the hydrothermal conditions promoting larger particle sizes. HT with an anion exchange capacity of 300 meq/100 g demonstrated the highest binding of DNA, likely due to the closer match of charge densities between the HT and DNA. The details of the interaction of various forms of DNA with HT as a function of charge density, particle size, and concentration are discussed.

  12. Chemical Synthesis of Nano-Sized particles of Lead Oxide and their Characterization Studies

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    Alagar, M; Raja, A Kubera; 10.3923/jas.2012.398.401

    2012-01-01

    The quantum dots of semiconductor display novel and interesting phenomena that have not been in the bulk material. The color tunability is one of the most attractive characteristics in II-VI semiconductor nanoparticles such as CdS, ZnS, CdSe, ZnSe and PbO. In this work, the semiconductor lead oxide nanoparticles are prepared by chemical method. The average particle size, specific surface area, crystallinity index are estimated from XRD analysis. The structural, functional groups and optical characters are analyzed with using of SEM, FTIR and UV- Visible techniques. The optical band gap value has also been determined.

  13. Size Resolved High Temperature Oxidation Kinetics of Nano-Sized Titanium and Zirconium Particles.

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    Zong, Yichen; Jacob, Rohit J; Li, Shuiqing; Zachariah, Michael R

    2015-06-18

    While ultrafine metal particles offer the possibility of very high energy density fuels, there is considerable uncertainty in the mechanism by which metal nanoparticles burn, and few studies that have examined the size dependence to their kinetics at the nanoscale. In this work we quantify the size dependence to the burning rate of titanium and zirconium nanoparticles. Nanoparticles in the range of 20-150 nm were produced via pulsed laser ablation, and then in-flight size-selected using differential electrical mobility. The size-selected oxide free metal particles were directly injected into the post flame region of a laminar flame to create a high temperature (1700-2500 K) oxidizing environment. The reaction was monitored using high-speed videography by tracking the emission from individual nanoparticles. We find that sintering occurs prior to significant reaction, and that once sintering is accounted for, the rate of combustion follows a near nearly (diameter)(1) power-law dependence. Additionally, Arrhenius parameters for the combustion of these nanoparticles were evaluated by measuring the burn times at different ambient temperatures. The optical emission from combustion was also used to model the oxidation process, which we find can be reasonably described with a kinetically controlled shrinking core model.

  14. Modeling the effect of nano-sized polymer particles on the properties of lipid membranes

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    Rossi, Giulia; Monticelli, Luca

    2014-12-01

    The interaction between polymers and biological membranes has recently gained significant interest in several research areas. On the biomedical side, dendrimers, linear polyelectrolytes, and neutral copolymers find application as drug and gene delivery agents, as biocidal agents, and as platforms for biological sensors. On the environmental side, plastic debris is often disposed of in the oceans and gets degraded into small particles; therefore concern is raising about the interaction of small plastic particles with living organisms. From both perspectives, it is crucial to understand the processes driving the interaction between polymers and cell membranes. In recent times progress in computer technology and simulation methods has allowed computational predictions on the molecular mechanism of interaction between polymeric materials and lipid membranes. Here we review the computational studies on the interaction between lipid membranes and different classes of polymers: dendrimers, linear charged polymers, polyethylene glycol (PEG) and its derivatives, polystyrene, and some generic models of polymer chains. We conclude by discussing some of the technical challenges in this area and future developments.

  15. Zinc and Arsenic Immobilization and Magnetite Formation Upon Maghemite Reduction by Shewanella putrefaciens ATCC 8071

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    Cismasu, C.; Ona-Nguema, G.; Bonnin, D.; Menguy, N.; Brown, G. E.

    2007-12-01

    Dissimilatory reduction of ferric iron oxides is recognized as an important component of the iron biogeochemical cycle, causing the dissolution of iron oxide minerals and the possible formation of Fe(II)-bearing minerals such as magnetite, green rusts, siderite, etc. These mineralogical transformations affect the mobility of surface- associated toxic metal(loid)s, which may be released into solution, adsorbed, or incorporated into newly formed minerals. Maghemite (γ-Fe2O3) is an iron oxide mineral that is found in certain tropical soils and as isolated deposits in more temperate regions. In these settings, maghemite may play an important role in the biogeochemical cycling of iron and of surface-associated trace metal(loids). However, the reduction of maghemite by iron-respiring bacteria, the impact of reductive dissolution on the release of associated contaminants, and the nature of biogenic Fe(II)-containing reaction products are not well documented. In the present study, we incubated samples of pure maghemite and As(V)- and Zn-adsorbed maghemite with an iron reducing bacterium, Shewanella putrefaciens strain ATCC 8071, in a batch system under anoxic conditions. As a result of Fe(III) bioreduction, all mineral suspensions turned from brown to black during the first hour of incubation, indicating the onset of magnetite formation. The presence of this mineral was confirmed by transmission Mössbauer spectroscopy at room temperature, which showed the formation of an almost stoichiometric magnetite. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy images indicate that the parent maghemite and the biogenic magnetite particles are octahedral in shape and of similar size (5 to 20 nm). The presence of 50 mg/L adsorbed Zn(II) did not affect the initial rate of iron reduction with respect to the Zn-free maghemite sample (0.62 mM Fe(II)/h and 0.66 mM Fe(II)/h, respectively). However, adsorption of 50 and 100 mg/L As(V) on maghemite decreased the initial iron reduction rate

  16. On spin-canting in maghemite particles

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    Linderoth, Søren; Hendriksen, Peter Vang; Bødker, F.;

    1994-01-01

    studies of the textured samples in large magnetic fields demonstrate that the lack of full alignment is not an effect of large magnetic anisotropy, as suggested recently, but that the effect is rather due to canting of individual spins. Journal of Applied Physics is copyrighted by The American Institute...

  17. Nano-sized particles, processes of making, compositions and uses thereof

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    O'Brien, Stephen [New York, NY; Yin, Ming [Los Alamos, NM

    2012-05-22

    The present invention describes methods for preparing high quality nanoparticles, i.e., metal oxide based nanoparticles of uniform size and monodispersity. The nanoparticles advantageously comprise organic alkyl chain capping groups and are stable in air and in nonpolar solvents. The methods of the invention provide a simple and reproducible procedure for forming transition metal oxide nanocrystals, with yields over 80%. The highly crystalline and monodisperse nanocrystals are obtained directly without further size selection; particle size can be easily and fractionally increased by the methods. The resulting nanoparticles can exhibit magnetic and/or optical properties. These properties result from the methods used to prepare them. Also advantageously, the nanoparticles of this invention are well suited for use in a variety of industrial applications, including cosmetic and pharmaceutical formulations and compositions.

  18. Maghemite and poly-DL-alanine based core–shell multifunctional nanohybrids for environmental protection and biomedicine applications

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    Covaliu, Cristina Ileana, E-mail: cristina_covaliu@yahoo.com [University Politehnica of Bucharest, Faculty of Biotechnical Systems Engineering, Bucharest (Romania); Paraschiv, Gigel; Biriş, Sorin-Ştefan [University Politehnica of Bucharest, Faculty of Biotechnical Systems Engineering, Bucharest (Romania); Jitaru, Ioana; Vasile, Eugeniu [University Politehnica of Bucharest, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, Bucharest (Romania); Diamandescu, Lucian [National Institute of Materials Physics, Bucharest (Romania); Velickovic, Tanja Cirkovic; Krstic, Maja [University of Belgrade, Faculty of Chemistry, Belgrade (Serbia); Ionita, Valentin [University Politehnica of Bucharest, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Bucharest (Romania); Iovu, Horia [University Politehnica of Bucharest, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, Bucharest (Romania); Matei, Ecaterina [University Politehnica of Bucharest, Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Bucharest (Romania)

    2013-11-15

    This paper deals with the synthesis of two nanohybrid materials based on maghemite (γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) and poly-DL-alanine using a two-step procedure consisting of maghemite nanoparticles synthesis by microemulsion method and nanohybrids obtaining by coating of maghemite nanoparticles with poly-DL-alanine biopolymer in two different molar ratios (H1:5 and H1:15). The maghemite and their corresponding nanohybrids were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoemission spectroscopy, Mössbauer spectroscopy, Transmission electron microscopy, High resolution transmission electron microscopy with selected area electron diffraction and Atomic absorption spectroscopy. The two nanohybrids under the investigation have the average particle sizes of 22 nm and 23 nm. The Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy spectra and X-ray photoemission spectroscopy data indicate the existence of some interactions between the maghemite nanoparticles and poly-DL-alanine shell. The saturation magnetization values for maghemite and the two nanohybrids determined by a Vibrating Sample Magnetometer correspond to a typical superparamagnetic behavior suitable for applying in biomedical field. Also, with respect of biomedical application the biological activity of maghemite and its corresponding nanohybrids was investigated on healthy human cells (PBMC) and cancerous cells (HeLa). Furthermore, in order to support the multifunctionality of the γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} sample and nanohybrids we also investigated their wastewater treatment properties by measuring the removal efficiency of heavy metal Cd (II) ions.

  19. Effect of Nitric Acid Concentrations on Synthesis and Stability of Maghemite Nanoparticles Suspension

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    Irwan Nurdin

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Maghemite (γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles have been synthesized using a chemical coprecipitation method at different nitric acid concentrations as an oxidizing agent. Characterization of all samples performed by several techniques including X-ray diffraction (XRD, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, alternating gradient magnetometry (AGM, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA, dynamic light scattering (DLS, and zeta potential. The XRD patterns confirmed that the particles were maghemite. The crystallite size of all samples decreases with the increasing concentration of nitric acid. TEM observation showed that the particles have spherical morphology with narrow particle size distribution. The particles showed superparamagnetic behavior with decreased magnetization values at the increasing concentration of nitric acid. TGA measurement showed that the stability temperature decreases with the increasing concentration of nitric acid. DLS measurement showed that the hydrodynamic particle sizes decrease with the increasing concentration of nitric acid. Zeta potential values show a decrease with the increasing concentration of nitric acid. The increasing concentration of nitric acid in synthesis of maghemite nanoparticles produced smaller size particles, lower magnetization, better thermal stability, and more stable maghemite nanoparticles suspension.

  20. Effect of nitric acid concentrations on synthesis and stability of maghemite nanoparticles suspension.

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    Nurdin, Irwan; Johan, Mohd Rafie; Yaacob, Iskandar Idris; Ang, Bee Chin

    2014-01-01

    Maghemite (γ-Fe2O3) nanoparticles have been synthesized using a chemical coprecipitation method at different nitric acid concentrations as an oxidizing agent. Characterization of all samples performed by several techniques including X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), alternating gradient magnetometry (AGM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), dynamic light scattering (DLS), and zeta potential. The XRD patterns confirmed that the particles were maghemite. The crystallite size of all samples decreases with the increasing concentration of nitric acid. TEM observation showed that the particles have spherical morphology with narrow particle size distribution. The particles showed superparamagnetic behavior with decreased magnetization values at the increasing concentration of nitric acid. TGA measurement showed that the stability temperature decreases with the increasing concentration of nitric acid. DLS measurement showed that the hydrodynamic particle sizes decrease with the increasing concentration of nitric acid. Zeta potential values show a decrease with the increasing concentration of nitric acid. The increasing concentration of nitric acid in synthesis of maghemite nanoparticles produced smaller size particles, lower magnetization, better thermal stability, and more stable maghemite nanoparticles suspension.

  1. Radical change of Zn speciation in pig slurry amended soil: Key role of nano-sized sulfide particles.

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    Formentini, Thiago Augusto; Legros, Samuel; Fernandes, Cristovão Vicente Scapulatempo; Pinheiro, Adilson; Le Bars, Maureen; Levard, Clément; Mallmann, Fábio Joel Kochem; da Veiga, Milton; Doelsch, Emmanuel

    2017-03-01

    Spreading livestock manure as fertilizer on farmlands is a widespread practice. It represents the major source of heavy metal(loid)s (HM) input in agricultural soils. Since zinc (Zn) is present at high concentrations in manure, it poses special environmental concerns related to phytotoxicity, groundwater contamination, and introduction in the food chain. Therefore, investigations on the fate and behavior of manure-borne Zn, when it enters the soil environment, are necessary to predict the environmental effects. Nevertheless, long-term field studies assessing Zn speciation in the organic waste matrix, as well as within the soil after manure application, are lacking. This study was designed to fill this gap. Using SEM-EDS and XAS analysis, we reported the following new results: (i) ZnS made up 100% of the Zn speciation in the pig slurry (the highest proportion of ZnS ever observed in organic waste); and (ii) ZnS aggregates were about 1-μm diameter (the smallest particle size ever reported in pig slurry). Moreover, the pig slurry containing ZnS was spread on the soil over an 11-year period, totaling 22 applications, and the resulting Zn speciation within the amended soil was analyzed. Surprisingly, ZnS, i.e. the only species responsible for a nearly 2-fold increase in the Zn concentration within the amended soil, was not detected in this soil. Based on SEM-EDS and XAS observations, we put forward the hypothesis that Zn in the pig slurry consisted of nano-sized ZnS crystallites that further aggregated. The low stability of ZnS nanoparticles within oxic and complex environments such as the studied soil was the key explanation for the radical change in pig slurry-borne Zn speciation after long-term amendments. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Microstructure and Mechanical Performance of Cu-Sn-Ti-Based Active Braze Alloy Containing In Situ Formed Nano-Sized TiC Particles

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    Leinenbach, Christian; Transchel, Robert; Gorgievski, Klea; Kuster, Friedrich; Elsener, Hans Rudolf; Wegener, Konrad

    2015-05-01

    A Cu-Sn-Ti-based active brazing filler alloy was in situ reinforced with nanosized TiC particles by adding different amounts of a cellulose nitride-based binder. The TiC particles emanate from a reaction of the Ti within the filler alloy with the carbon from the binder that does not decompose completely during heating. The correlation between the microstructure and mechanical performance was studied. In addition, the effect of different binder amounts on the shear strength and cutting performance of brazed diamond grains was studied in shear tests and single grain cutting tests. The results clearly show that the mechanical performance of the brazed diamond grains can be improved by the formation of TiC particles. This is attributed to particle strengthening of the filler alloy matrix as well as to the decreasing grain size and more homogeneous distribution of the (Cu,Sn)3Ti5 phase with increasing amount of binder.

  3. Gold catalysts supported on nanosized iron oxide for low-temperature oxidation of carbon monoxide and formaldehyde

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    Tang, Zheng; Zhang, Weidong; Li, Yi; Huang, Zuming; Guo, Huishan; Wu, Feng; Li, Jinjun

    2016-02-01

    This study aimed to optimize synthesis of gold catalyst supported on nanosized iron oxide and to evaluate the activity in oxidation of carbon monoxide and formaldehyde. Nanosized iron oxide was prepared from a colloidal dispersion of hydrous iron oxide through a dispersion-precipitation method. Gold was adsorbed onto nanosized iron oxide under self-generated basic conditions. Characterization results indicate that the iron oxide consisted of hematite/maghemite composite with primary particle sizes of 6-8 nm. Gold was highly dispersed on the surface of the support. The catalysts showed good activity in the oxidation of airborne carbon monoxide and formaldehyde. The optimal pH for their synthesis was ∼7. The catalytic performance could be enhanced by extending the adsorption time of gold species on the support within 21 h. The optimized catalyst was capable of achieving complete oxidation of 1% carbon monoxide at -20 °C and 33% conversion of 450 ppm formaldehyde at ambient temperature. The catalyst may be applicable to indoor air purification.

  4. A high gradient and strength bioseparator with nano-sized immunomagnetic particles for specific separation and efficient concentration of E. coli O157:H7

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    Lin, Jianhan, E-mail: jianhan@cau.edu.cn [Ministry of Agriculture Key Laboratory of Agricultural Information Acquisition Technology (Beijing), 17 East Tsinghua Road, China Agricultural University, Mailbox 125, Beijing 100083 (China); Li, Min [College of Biosystems Engineering and Food Science, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058 (China); Li, Yanbin [College of Biosystems Engineering and Food Science, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058 (China); Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701 (United States); Chen, Qi [Modern Precision Agriculture System Integration Research Key Laboratory of Ministry of Education, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100083 (China)

    2015-03-15

    Sample pretreatment is a key to rapid screening of pathogens for prevention and control of foodborne diseases. Magnetic immunoseparation is a specific method based on antibody–antigen reaction to capture the target bacteria and concentrate them in a smaller-volume buffer. The use of nano-sized magnetic particles could improve the separation efficiency of bacteria but require much higher gradient and strength magnetic field. In this study, a strong magnetic bioseparator with a mean field strength of 1.35 T and a mean gradient of 90 T/m was developed with the use of the 30 nm and 180 nm magnetic particles to specifically separate and efficiently concentrate foodborne bacterial pathogens using Escherichia coli O157:H7 as a model bacterium. The polyclonal antibodies against E. coli were evaluated using Dot ELISA analysis for their good affinity with the target bacteria and then used to modify the surface of the magnetic nanoparticles by 1-(3-Dimethylaminopropyl)-3-ethylcarbodiimide hydrochloride (EDC·HCl) method and streptavidin-biotin binding. The magnetic particle concentrations were optimized to be 40 µg/ml and 100 µg/ml for the 30 nm and 180 nm particles, respectively, the immunoreaction time was optimized to be 45 min for both sizes of particles, and the separation times were optimized to be 60 min and 2 min for the 30 nm and 180 nm particles, respectively. The total magnetic separation time was 2 h and 1 h for the 30 nm and 180 nm particles, respectively. The experimental results demonstrated that the bioseparator with the use of either 30 nm or 180 nm immunomagnetic particles could achieve a separation efficiency of >90% for E. coli O157:H7 at the concentrations ranging from 10{sup 2} to 10{sup 5} cfu/ml. No obvious interferences from non-target foodborne pathogens, such as SalmonellaTyphimurium and Listeria innocua, were found. For overall consideration of the consuming time, the cost, and the separation efficiency, the 180 nm magnetic particles are

  5. Synthesis of nanosized tungsten powder

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    2005-01-01

    Nanosized tungsten powder was synthesized by means of different methods and under different conditions with nanosized WO3 powder. The powder and the intermediate products were characterized using XRD, SEM, TEM, BET (Brunauer Emmett Teller Procedure) and SAXS (X-ray diffracto-spectrometer/Kratky small angle scattering goniometer). The results show that nanosized WO3 can be completely reduced to WO2 at 600℃ after 40 min, and WO2 can be reduced to W at 700℃ after 90 min, moreover, the mean size of W particles is less than 40 nm. Furthermore, the process of WO3→WO2→W excelled that of WO3→W in getting stable nanosized tungsten powder with less grain size.

  6. Novel processing of bioglass ceramics from silicone resins containing micro- and nano-sized oxide particle fillers.

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    Fiocco, L; Bernardo, E; Colombo, P; Cacciotti, I; Bianco, A; Bellucci, D; Sola, A; Cannillo, V

    2014-08-01

    Highly porous scaffolds with composition similar to those of 45S5 and 58S bioglasses were successfully produced by an innovative processing method based on preceramic polymers containing micro- and nano-sized fillers. Silica from the decomposition of the silicone resins reacted with the oxides deriving from the fillers, yielding glass ceramic components after heating at 1000°C. Despite the limited mechanical strength, the obtained samples possessed suitable porous architecture and promising biocompatibility and bioactivity characteristics, as testified by preliminary in vitro tests.

  7. The Effect of pH and Time on The Stability of Superparamagnetic Maghemite Nanoparticle Suspensions

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    Nurdin Irwan

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Maghemite (γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles have been synthesized using a chemical co-precipitation method. The morphology and particle size is characterized using Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM, and magnetic characterization using Alternating Gradient Magnetometry (AGM. The stability of the maghemite nanoparticles suspension were studied at different pH and time of storage. Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS and Zeta Potential were conducted to determine the stability of the suspensions. TEM observation showed that the particles size is 9.6 nm and have spherical morphology. The particles showed superparamagnetic behavior with saturation magnetization 25.5 emu/g. The suspensions are stable in the acidic condition at pH 4 and alkaline condition at pH 10. The suspensions remain stable after 4 weeks of storage.

  8. A review of the magnetic properties, synthesis methods and applications of maghemite

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    Shokrollahi, H.

    2017-03-01

    It must be pointed out that maghemite (γ-Fe2O3) with a cubic spinel structure is a crucial material for various applications, including spin electronic devices, high-density magnetic recording, nano-medicines and biosensors. This paper has to do with a review study on the synthesis methods, magnetic properties and application of maghemite in the form of one-dimensional (1D) nanostructured materials, such as nanoparticles, nanotubes, nano-rods, and nanowires, as well as two-dimensional (2D) thin films. The results revealed that maghemite is widely used in the biomedical applications (hyperthermia, magnetic resonance imaging and drug delivery) and magnetic recording devices. The unmodified and Co/Mn modified maghemite thin films prepared by the dc-reactive magnetron sputtering show the excellent values of coercivity 2100 Oe and 3900 Oe, respectively, for the magnetic storage application. The super-paramagnetic particles with 7 nm size and the saturation magnetization of 80 emu/g prepared by the established thermolysis method are good candidates for bio-medical applications.

  9. Electrochemical lithiation of new graphite-nanosized tin particle materials obtained by SnCl{sub 2} reduction in organic medium

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    Balan, L.; Ghanbaja, J.; Billaud, D. [LCSM, UMR CNRS 7555, UHP Nancy I, BP 239, 54506 Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy Cedex (France); Schneider, R. [LSOR, UMR CNRS 7565, UHP Nancy I, BP 239, 54506 Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy Cedex (France); Willmann, P. [CNES, 18 Avenue E. Belin, 31055 Toulouse Cedex (France)

    2006-04-25

    SnCl{sub 2} was reduced in the presence of graphite by t-BuONa-activated NaH. The resulting (tin/graphite)-based system was composed of nanosized tin particles deposited on the graphite surface and of free tin aggregates. Lithium electrochemical insertion occurs in graphite and in tin. A reversible specific charge of 500mAh/g is found stable upon cycling. This value is lower than the maximum theoretical one (650mAh/g) assuming a Sn/12C molar composition and the formation of the highest lithium content alloy Li{sub 22}Sn{sub 5}. It is suggested that the part of tin responsible for the stable reversible capacity is the one bound to graphite. To the contrary, free tin aggregates could contribute to a capacity which decreases upon cycling in connection with the volume changes accompanying lithium insertion/extraction in/out of these aggregates. (author)

  10. Influence of synthesis conditions on particle morphology of nanosized Cu/ZnO powder by polyol method

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    Tuba Gürkaynak Altinçekiç; Ismail Boz

    2008-08-01

    Cu/ZnO in nanosizes have been synthesized using ethylene glycol at various conditions. The effects of reaction temperature, extent of reduction, various precursors such as CuX$_{2}.n$H2O, ZnX$_{2}.n$H2O (X = Cl–, NO$^{–}_{3}$, CH3CO$^{–}_{2}$), the addition of water and the removal of volatile compounds including water were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and dynamic light scattering (DLS). Cu/ZnO powders with an average diameter of as low as 50 nm was obtained with a very low polydispersity in the absence of a protective polymer. Ethylene glycol oxidation products were also identified by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The morphology of Cu/ZnO powders and the yield of powders are found to be strongly dependent on the synthesis conditions.

  11. High Temperature Oxidation of Nickel-based Cermet Coatings Composed of Al2O3 and TiO2 Nanosized Particles

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    Farrokhzad, M. A.; Khan, T. I.

    2014-09-01

    New technological challenges in oil production require materials that can resist high temperature oxidation. In-Situ Combustion (ISC) oil production technique is a new method that uses injection of air and ignition techniques to reduce the viscosity of bitumen in a reservoir and as a result crude bitumen can be produced and extracted from the reservoir. During the in-situ combustion process, production pipes and other mechanical components can be exposed to air-like gaseous environments at extreme temperatures as high as 700 °C. To protect or reduce the surface degradation of pipes and mechanical components used in in-situ combustion, the use of nickel-based ceramic-metallic (cermet) coating produced by co-electrodeposition of nanosized Al2O3 and TiO2 have been suggested and earlier research on these coatings have shown promising oxidation resistance against atmospheric oxygen and combustion gases at elevated temperatures. Co-electrodeposition of nickel-based cermet coatings is a low-cost method that has the benefit of allowing both internal and external surfaces of pipes and components to be coated during a single electroplating process. Research has shown that the volume fraction of dispersed nanosized Al2O3 and TiO2 particles in the nickel matrix which affects the oxidation resistance of the coating can be controlled by the concentration of these particles in the electrolyte solution, as well as the applied current density during electrodeposition. This paper investigates the high temperature oxidation behaviour of novel nanostructured cermet coatings composed of two types of dispersed nanosized ceramic particles (Al2O3 and TiO2) in a nickel matrix and produced by coelectrodeposition technique as a function of the concentration of these particles in the electrolyte solution and applied current density. For this purpose, high temperature oxidation tests were conducted in dry air for 96 hours at 700 °C to obtain mass changes (per unit of area) at specific time

  12. A study of dielectric, optical and magnetic characteristics of maghemite nanocrystallites

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    Mirza, Imran M.; Ali, Kashif [Department of Physics, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad (Pakistan); Sarfraz, A.K., E-mail: sakqau1@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad (Pakistan); Ali, Atif [Department of Physics, University of Gujrat, Gujrat (Pakistan); Haq, A. ul [Department of Biomedical Engineering, Riphah International University, Islamabad (Pakistan)

    2015-08-15

    The maghemite (γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) nanocrystallites have been synthesized by a co-precipitation pyrolsis method through 3 h annealing at 275 °C. Structural characterization measurement (X-ray diffraction) confirmed nanoparticles to be in pure maghemite phase with a particle size (as estimated through Scherrer formula) to be 27 nm. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) image confirmed the average particle size to be almost 25 nm with an almost spherical morphology and uniform distribution. In the dielectric measurements (which is the key novelty of this work), we observe a steep decrease in the dielectric constant at the low frequencies which can be attributed as a Maxwell–Wagner type effect. Whereas, at higher frequencies dielectric constant becomes almost frequency independent which can be regarded as a relaxation time phenomena. In the optical characteristics, the band gap of nano-maghemites has been calculated from the absorption spectra in the ultraviolet–visible (UV–Vis) range, which turns out to be 2.3 eV. Finally, in the magnetic measurements we performed a magnetization versus applied field (M–H) loop at the room temperature as well as 77 K. We notice an increasing trend in the values of saturation magnetization (Ms) and coercive field (Hc) as a function of applied temperatures. At room temperature (77 K) Ms and Hc values are found to be 50.4 (56.5) emu/g and 202.4 (248.6) Oe respectively, which manifests a suppression of thermal randomization of magnetic moments of maghemite nanoparticles with decreasing temperatures. - Highlights: • Synthesis of maghemite nanoparticles using coprecipitation pyrolysis method. • Spherical shaped 25 nm particle size achieved with homogeneous and uniform size distribution. • Study of low and high frequency dielectric response of maghemite nanoparticles. • A UV/Vis optical band gap of 2.3 eV was obtained which is larger than the bulk sample value. • Room temperature (300 K) and 77 K magnetic studies of

  13. A high gradient and strength bioseparator with nano-sized immunomagnetic particles for specific separation and efficient concentration of E. coli O157:H7

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    Lin, Jianhan; Li, Min; Li, Yanbin; Chen, Qi

    2015-03-01

    Sample pretreatment is a key to rapid screening of pathogens for prevention and control of foodborne diseases. Magnetic immunoseparation is a specific method based on antibody-antigen reaction to capture the target bacteria and concentrate them in a smaller-volume buffer. The use of nano-sized magnetic particles could improve the separation efficiency of bacteria but require much higher gradient and strength magnetic field. In this study, a strong magnetic bioseparator with a mean field strength of 1.35 T and a mean gradient of 90 T/m was developed with the use of the 30 nm and 180 nm magnetic particles to specifically separate and efficiently concentrate foodborne bacterial pathogens using Escherichia coli O157:H7 as a model bacterium. The polyclonal antibodies against E. coli were evaluated using Dot ELISA analysis for their good affinity with the target bacteria and then used to modify the surface of the magnetic nanoparticles by 1-(3-Dimethylaminopropyl)-3-ethylcarbodiimide hydrochloride (EDC·HCl) method and streptavidin-biotin binding. The magnetic particle concentrations were optimized to be 40 μg/ml and 100 μg/ml for the 30 nm and 180 nm particles, respectively, the immunoreaction time was optimized to be 45 min for both sizes of particles, and the separation times were optimized to be 60 min and 2 min for the 30 nm and 180 nm particles, respectively. The total magnetic separation time was 2 h and 1 h for the 30 nm and 180 nm particles, respectively. The experimental results demonstrated that the bioseparator with the use of either 30 nm or 180 nm immunomagnetic particles could achieve a separation efficiency of >90% for E. coli O157:H7 at the concentrations ranging from 102 to 105 cfu/ml. No obvious interferences from non-target foodborne pathogens, such as SalmonellaTyphimurium and Listeria innocua, were found. For overall consideration of the consuming time, the cost, and the separation efficiency, the 180 nm magnetic particles are practical for rapid

  14. Compression Properties and Electrical Conductivity of In-Situ 20 vol.% Nano-Sized TiCx/Cu Composites with Different Particle Size and Morphology.

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    Zhang, Dongdong; Bai, Fang; Sun, Liping; Wang, Yong; Wang, Jinguo

    2017-05-04

    The compression properties and electrical conductivity of in-situ 20 vol.% nano-sized TiCx/Cu composites fabricated via combustion synthesis and hot press in Cu-Ti-CNTs system at various particles size and morphology were investigated. Cubic-TiCx/Cu composite had higher ultimate compression strength (σUCS), yield strength (σ0.2), and electric conductivity, compared with those of spherical-TiCx/Cu composite. The σUCS, σ0.2, and electrical conductivity of cubic-TiCx/Cu composite increased by 4.37%, 20.7%, and 17.8% compared with those of spherical-TiCx/Cu composite (526 MPa, 183 MPa, and 55.6% International Annealed Copper Standard, IACS). Spherical-TiCx/Cu composite with average particle size of ~94 nm exhibited higher ultimate compression strength, yield strength, and electrical conductivity compared with those of spherical-TiCx/Cu composite with 46 nm in size. The σUCS, σ0.2, and electrical conductivity of spherical-TiCx/Cu composite with average size of ~94 nm in size increased by 17.8%, 33.9%, and 62.5% compared with those of spherical-TiCx/Cu composite (417 MPa, 121 MPa, and 40.3% IACS) with particle size of 49 nm, respectively. Cubic-shaped TiCx particles with sharp corners and edges led to stress/strain localization, which enhanced the compression strength of the composites. The agglomeration of spherical-TiCx particles with small size led to the compression strength reduction of the composites.

  15. Intracellular distribution, geno- and cytotoxic effects of nanosized titanium dioxide particles in the anatase crystal phase on human nasal mucosa cells.

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    Hackenberg, Stephan; Friehs, Gudrun; Froelich, Katrin; Ginzkey, Christian; Koehler, Christian; Scherzed, Agmal; Burghartz, Marc; Hagen, Rudolf; Kleinsasser, Norbert

    2010-05-19

    Nanomaterials are defined as substances with at least one dimension smaller than 100nm in size and are used for a multitude of purposes. Titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO(2)-NPs) are an important material used as an additive in pharmaceutical and cosmetic products. Due to their high surface-to-mass index, TiO(2) nanoparticles show different physical and chemical characteristics compared to the bulk substance. The knowledge about geno- or cytotoxic effects of TiO(2)-NPs is incomplete since existing studies show contrary results. Human nasal mucosa cells were obtained from 10 donors and exposed to TiO(2)-NPs in increasing concentrations of 10, 25, 50 und 100mug/ml. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was applied to document particle morphology and size distribution, the degree of particle aggregation and the distribution of particles in inter- and intracellular spaces. Furthermore, DNA fragmentation and cytotoxicity caused by TiO(2)-NPs were evaluated. DNA strand breakage was detected by single-cell microgel electrophoresis (comet) assay. Cytotoxic effects were analyzed by trypan blue exclusion test and fluorescein diacetate (FDA) assay. TiO(2) particles used in this study were mainly nanosized but also showed a strong tendency to aggregate in spite of sonication of the suspension. Particles entered the cytoplasm in 11% and the cell nucleus in 4%. The trypan blue exclusion test and the FDA assay did not show any loss of cell viability. In the comet assay, there was no evidence of increased DNA damage for TiO(2)-NPs. In this pilot project, no cyto- or genotoxic effects could be shown for TiO(2)-NPs on human nasal epithelial cells. Further investigations will focus on a variety of metal oxide nanoparticles to describe the biocompatibility in the human organism.

  16. Particle Size Effect on Charge Ordering and Magnetocaloric Effect in Nanosized Nd0.5Sr0.5MnO3.

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    Xu, Shujuan; Shi, Qianyi; Ju, Jinghua; Han, Zhida; Qian, Bin; Wang, Dunhui; Zhang, Ping; Jiang, Xuefan; Du, Youwei

    2016-02-01

    Nd0.5Sr0.5MnO3 nanoparticles with average sizes of 32-1000 nm in diameter were prepared by sol-gel method. The synthesized nanoparticles were characterized using X-ray diffraction, high- resolution transmission microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and vibrating sample magnetometer. All samples have the single-phase orthorhombic structure, and the grain size increases with the increase in annealing temperature. A charge ordering (CO) transition at T(CO) and a ferromagnetic-paramagnetic transition at Tc were observed in 1000 nm nanoparticles. With the decrease in particle size, CO transition gradually shifts to lower temperature, becomes increasingly weak, and disappears for 85 nm nanoparticles. An inverse magnetocaloric effect with positive magnetic entropy change was observed around T(CO), and it decreases with the decrease in size due to the suppression of CO phase. The observed negative magnetic entropy change at Tc shows a surprising nonmonotonic behavior with the variation of particles size. All these results may give rise to a new insight into the magnetothermal behaviors in nanosized CO perovskite manganites.

  17. Nano-sized magnetic iron oxides as catalysts for heterogeneous Fenton-like reactions-Influence of Fe(II)/Fe(III) ratio on catalytic performance.

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    Rusevova, Klara; Kopinke, Frank-Dieter; Georgi, Anett

    2012-11-30

    Nano-sized Fe(II, III) oxides with various Fe(II)/Fe(III) ratios were characterized and tested as catalysts for the oxidative degradation of phenol via Fenton-like reactions at neutral pH. Under conditions typically applied for wet peroxide oxidation, Fe(II) in magnetite is oxidized to Fe(III), successively converting the mineral into maghemite. The residual Fe(II) content in the catalyst core is of only minor benefit for the catalytic activity in phenol oxidation, i.e. magnetite is not superior to maghemite. Achievable reaction rates for phenol degradation appeared to be rather low, e.g. phenol half-life of about 12 h when 3 g L(-1) magnetite and 5 g L(-1) H(2)O(2) were applied. Preceding surface-reduction of maghemite by NaBH(4), leading to an over-stoichiometric Fe(II) content compared to magnetite, only enhanced the non-productive decomposition of H(2)O(2) rather than the rate of phenol degradation. Reaction rates were shown to be relatively insensitive to catalyst concentration in the range of 1-10 g L(-1), probably resulting from a scavenging of reactive species by the catalyst surface, whereby particle agglomeration seems to play a key role. Degradation experiments with various structurally distinct compounds were carried out, indicating a similar selectivity of the heterogeneous Fenton-like system to that known for oxidation with ·OH. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Comparative study of toxic effects of anatase and rutile type nanosized titanium dioxide particles in vivo and in vitro.

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    Numano, Takamasa; Xu, Jiegou; Futakuchi, Mitsuru; Fukamachi, Katsumi; Alexander, David B; Furukawa, Fumio; Kanno, Jun; Hirose, Akihiko; Tsuda, Hiroyuki; Suzui, Masumi

    2014-01-01

    Two types of nanosized titanium dioxide, anatase (anTiO2) and rutile (rnTiO2), are widely used in industry, commercial products and biosystems. TiO2 has been evaluated as a Group 2B carcinogen. Previous reports indicated that anTiO2 is less toxic than rnTiO2, however, under ultraviolet irradiation anTiO2 is more toxic than rnTiO2 in vitro because of differences in their crystal structures. In the present study, we compared the in vivo and in vitro toxic effects induced by anTiO2 and rnTiO2. Female SD rats were treated with 500 ?g/ml of anTiO2 or rnTiO2 suspensions by intra-pulmonary spraying 8 times over a two week period. In the lung, treatment with anTiO2 or rnTiO2 increased alveolar macrophage numbers and levels of 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine (8-OHdG); these increases tended to be lower in the anTiO2 treated group compared to the rnTiO2 treated group. Expression of MIP1??mRNA and protein in lung tissues treated with anTiO2 and rnTiO2 was also significantly up-regulated, with MIP1??mRNA and protein expression significantly lower in the anTiO2 group than in the rnTiO2 group. In cell culture of primary alveolar macrophages (PAM) treated with anTiO2 and rnTiO2, expression of MIP1??mRNA in the PAM and protein in the culture media was significantly higher than in control cultures. Similarly to the in vivo results, MIP1??mRNA and protein expression was significantly lower in the anTiO2 treated cultures compared to the rnTiO2 treated cultures. Furthermore, conditioned cell culture media from PAM cultures treated with anTiO2 had less effect on A549 cell proliferation compared to conditioned media from cultures treated with rnTiO2. However, no significant difference was found in the toxicological effects on cell viability of ultra violet irradiated anTiO2 and rnTiO2. In conclusion, our results indicate that anTiO2 is less potent in induction of alveolar macrophage infiltration, 8-OHdG and MIP1??expression in the lung, and growth stimulation of A549 cells in vitro than rnTiO2.

  19. Magnetic relaxation phenomena and inter-particle interactions in nanosized gamma-Fe sub 2 O sub 3 systems

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    Predoi, D; Tronc, E; Nogues, M; Russo, U; Principi, G; Filoti, G

    2003-01-01

    Samples of gamma-Fe sub 2 O sub 3 nano-particles with a mean size of 4.0(3) nm and with different hydration and surfactant degrees were prepared by sol-gel methods. Morphology and structural data were obtained by transmission electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction, whereas the surface effects and hyperfine interactions were analysed mainly by Moessbauer spectroscopy. The relative number of surface iron positions was found to be proportional to the amount of OH sup - and SO sub 4 sup 2 sup - groups on the particle surface, which in turn is strictly dependent on the preparation conditions. Strong relaxation processes versus temperature were evidenced in the analysed systems. New criteria for the evaluation of the blocking temperature via Moessbauer measurements are proposed. The results are in good agreement with blocking temperatures obtained by magnetic measurements. Moreover, it was shown that the inter-particle magnetic interactions decrease with the number of iron surface states.

  20. Thermal properties of nanocrystalline goethite, magnetite, and maghemite

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    Chen, Y.H., E-mail: yhc513@mail.ncku.edu.tw [Department of Earth Sciences, National Cheng Kung University, 1, University Rd., East Dist., Tainan City 701, Taiwan, ROC (China)

    2013-03-15

    Highlights: ► High-temperature properties of iron oxide/hydroxide nano-minerals are studied. ► Phase-transition temperatures of nano-minerals increase with larger particle sizes. ► In situ high-temperature XRD results show reductive reactions in the final state. ► Particle size and atmosphere affect the transition temperature, phase, and path. -- Abstract: This study investigated the high-temperature properties of nano-goethite, nano-magnetite, and nano-maghemite. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential thermal analysis (DTA) of these nano-minerals revealed that phase-transition temperatures increased with increasing particle sizes. This was due to the high surface energy of the nano-minerals with small particle sizes, which caused them to require lower energies to change their structures, and thereby, resulted in lower phase-transition temperatures. Further, the transition temperatures measured by ex situ and in situ high-temperature X-ray diffraction (XRD) were lower than those observed by TGA–DTA. This may be due to the difference in the atmosphere and heating time in the high-temperature processes. In this study, we found that the particle size of nano-minerals, atmosphere (oxygen pressure), and heating time were the key factors influencing the transition temperature, phase, and path. TGA–DTA measurements gave the initial clue to understand the phase transition, and in situ high-temperature XRD measurements helped elucidate the exact phase-transition behavior of the nano-minerals.

  1. Molecular stress responses to nano-sized zero-valent iron (nZVI particles in the soil bacterium Pseudomonas stutzeri.

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    Maria Ludovica Saccà

    Full Text Available Nanotoxicological studies were performed in vitro using the common soil bacterium Pseudomonas stutzeri to assess the potentially toxic impact of commercial nano-sized zero-valent iron (nZVI particles, which are currently used for environmental remediation projects. The phenotypic response of P. stutzeri to nZVI toxicity includes an initial insult to the cell wall, as evidenced by TEM micrographs. Transcriptional analyses using genes of particular relevance in cellular activity revealed that no significant changes occurred among the relative expression ratios of narG, nirS, pykA or gyrA following nZVI exposure; however, a significant increase in katB expression was indicative of nZVI-induced oxidative stress in P. stutzeri. A proteomic approach identified two major defence mechanisms that occurred in response to nZVI exposure: a downregulation of membrane proteins and an upregulation of proteins involved in reducing intracellular oxidative stress. These biomarkers served as early indicators of nZVI response in this soil bacterium, and may provide relevant information for environmental hazard assessment.

  2. Synthesis of sub-nanosized Pt particles on mesoporous SBA-15 material and its application to the CO oxidation reaction

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    Wu, Hung-Chi; Chen, Tse-Ching; Lai, Nien-Chu; Yang, Chia-Min; Wu, Jia-Huang; Chen, Yan-Chu; Lee, Jyh-Fu; Chen, Ching-Shiun

    2015-10-01

    In this work, we show that the size and shape of Pt nanoparticles in SBA-15 can be controlled through vacuum and air calcination. The vacuum-calcination/H2-reduction process is used to thermally treat a 0.2 wt% Pt4+/SBA-15 sample to obtain small 2D clusters and single atoms that can significantly increase Pt dispersion in SBA-15. Compared with thermal treatments involving air-calcination/H2-reduction, which result in ~4.6 nm rod-like Pt particles, vacuum-calcination/H2-reduction can dramatically reduce the size of the Pt species to approximately 0.5-0.8 nm. The Pt particles undergoing air-calcination/H2-reduction have poor conversion efficiency because the fraction of terrace sites, the major sites for CO oxidation, on the rod-like Pt particles is small. In contrast, a large amount of low-coordinated Pt sites associated with 2D Pt species and single Pt atoms in SBA-15 is effectively generated through the vacuum-calcination/H2-reduction process, which may facilitate CO adsorption and induce strong reactivity toward CO oxidation. We investigated the effect of vacuum-calcination/H2-reduction on the formation of tiny 2D clusters and single atoms by characterizing the particles, elucidating the mechanism of formation, determining the active sites for CO oxidation and measuring the heat of CO adsorption.

  3. Synthesis of silanized maghemite nanoparticles onto reduced graphene sheets composites

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    Cosio-Castañeda, C.; Martínez-García, R.; Socolovsky, L. M.

    2014-04-01

    Novel γ-Fe2O3@APTES@rGO composites are successfully synthesized by using graphene oxide and silanized maghemite nanoparticles. Graphene oxide and maghemite were obtained by Hummers and Massart methods, respectively. The silanization process was done to functionalize maghemite surface with a controllable quantity of amino groups. Then, by adding aqueous graphene oxide suspension, the bonding between graphene oxide and silanized maghemite nanoparticles was done in refluxing conditions. Afterwards, chemical reduced graphene oxide reaction was realized by addition of hydrazine solution. The characterization of γ-Fe2O3@APTES@rGO composites was studied by X-ray Diffraction, Fourier Transformed Infrared Spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis and scanning electron microscopy.

  4. Magnetic relaxation phenomena and inter-particle interactions in nanosized {gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} systems

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    Predoi, D [National Institute for Physics of Materials, RO-76900 Bucharest-Magurele (Romania); Kuncser, V [National Institute for Physics of Materials, RO-76900 Bucharest-Magurele (Romania); Tronc, E [Chimie de la Matiere Condensee (UA 302), UPMC, 4 Place Jussieu, F-75252 Paris Cedex 05 (France); Nogues, M [LMOV, CNRS-Universite de Versailles, F-78035 Versailles-Cedex (France); Russo, U [Dipartimento di Chimica Inorganica, Metallorganica e Analitica, Universita di Padova, via Loredan 2, I-35131 Padova (Italy); Principi, G [Settore Materiali, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica, Universita di Padova and INFM, via Marzolo 9, I-35131 Padova (Italy); Filoti, G [National Institute for Physics of Materials, RO-76900 Bucharest-Magurele (Romania)

    2003-03-19

    Samples of {gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nano-particles with a mean size of 4.0(3) nm and with different hydration and surfactant degrees were prepared by sol-gel methods. Morphology and structural data were obtained by transmission electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction, whereas the surface effects and hyperfine interactions were analysed mainly by Moessbauer spectroscopy. The relative number of surface iron positions was found to be proportional to the amount of OH{sup -} and SO{sub 4}{sup 2-} groups on the particle surface, which in turn is strictly dependent on the preparation conditions. Strong relaxation processes versus temperature were evidenced in the analysed systems. New criteria for the evaluation of the blocking temperature via Moessbauer measurements are proposed. The results are in good agreement with blocking temperatures obtained by magnetic measurements. Moreover, it was shown that the inter-particle magnetic interactions decrease with the number of iron surface states.

  5. Optical properties of individual nano-sized gold particle pairs. Mie-scattering, fluorescence, and Raman-scattering

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    Olk, Phillip

    2008-07-01

    This thesis examines and exploits the optical properties of pairs of MNPs. Pairs of MNPs offer two further parameters not existent at single MNPs, which both affect the local optical fields in their vicinity: the distance between them, and their relative orientation with respect to the polarisation of the excitation light. These properties are subject of three chapters: One section examines the distance-dependent and orientation-sensitive scattering cross section (SCS) of two equally sized MNPs. Both near- and far-field interactions affect the spectral position and spectral width of the SCS. Far-field coupling affects the SCS even in such a way that a two-particle system may show both a blue- and redshifted SCS, depending only on the distance between the two MNPs. The maximum distance for this effect is the coherence length of the illumination source - a fact of importance for SCS-based experiments using laser sources. Another part of this thesis examines the near-field between two MNPs and the dependence of the locally enhanced field on the relative particle orientation with respect to the polarisation of the excitation light. To attain a figure of merit, the intensity of fluorescence light from dye molecules in the surrounding medium was measured at various directions of polarisation. The field enhancement was turned into fluorescence enhancement, even providing a means for sensing the presence of very small MNPs of 12 nm in diameter. In order to quantify the near-field experimentally, a different technique is devised in a third section of this thesis - scanning particle-enhanced Raman microscopy (SPRM). This device comprises a scanning probe carrying an MNP which in turn is coated with a molecule of known Raman signature. By manoeuvring this outfit MNP into the vicinity of an illuminated second MNP and by measuring the Raman signal intensity, a spatial mapping of the field enhancement was possible. (orig.)

  6. Nanoionics phenomenon in proton-conducting oxide: Effect of dispersion of nanosize platinum particles on electrical conduction properties

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    Hiroshige Matsumoto et al

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available High-temperature proton conductors are oxides in which low-valence cations are doped as electron acceptors; the incorporation of water molecules into the oxides results in the formation of protonic defects that act as charge carriers. Since the protons thus formed are in equilibrium with other electronic defects, electrons and holes, the oxides possibly have different proton-conduction properties at and near boundaries when they are in contact with another phase. In this paper, we present our recent experimental observation of a marked change in the electrical properties of a proton conductor upon the dispersal of fine platinum particles in the oxide. First, the material shows extremely low electrical conductivity in comparison with the original proton-conducting perovskite. Second, there was a threshold amount of platinum at which such a drop in conductivity occurred. A percolation model is employed to explain these experimental results; the fine platinum particles dispersed in the proton-conducting oxide wears highly resistive skin that is formed due to shifts in defect equilibriums, which prevents ionic/electronic conduction. The experiments suggest that the ion-conducting properties of oxides can be varied by introducing interfaces at a certain density; nanoionics is a key to yielding enhanced and/or controlled ionic conduction in solids.

  7. NMR Spectroscopy of the Hydrated Layer of Composite Particles Based on Nanosized Al2O3 and Vitreous Humor

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    Turov, V. V.; Gerashchenko, I. I.; Markina, A. I.

    2013-11-01

    The hydrated layer of composite particles prepared using Al2O3 and cattle vitreous humor was investigated using NMR spectroscopy. It was found that water bound to Al2O3 nanoparticles was present in the form of clusters with different degrees of association and energies of interaction with the surface. Water bound to the surface of the Al2O3/vitreous humor composite became more uniform upon immobilization of vitreous humor components on the surface of the Al2O3. With this, the clusters of adsorbed water had characteristics that were close to those found in air and weakly polar CHCl3 media. Addition of polar CH3CN led to the formation of very small water clusters. PMR spectra of the surface of the Al2O3/vitreous humor composite in the presence of trifluoroacetic acid differentiated four types of hydrated structures that differed in the degree of water association.

  8. Variations in the saturation magnetization of nanosized NiFe2O4 particles on adsorption of carboxylic acids

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    Ryo Kurosawa

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available This work investigated magnetization changes in NiFe2O4 nanoparticles induced by the adsorption of a series of carboxylic acids. The application of formic acid resulted in a significant 8.6% decrease in the magnetization of NiFe2O4 nanoparticles at 18,000 Oe. With increasing carbon bond number in the saturated carboxylic acids, reductions in the magnetization of NiFe2O4 nanoparticles became around 4%. All unsaturated carboxylic acids produced approximately equivalent reductions in the magnetization, regardless of their double bond content. Based on these results, the observed NiFe2O4 magnetization changes appear to depend on either the polarity or the molecular size of the carboxylic acids and are believed to be caused by canting or pinning of spins in the vicinity of particle surfaces following adsorption of the acids.

  9. Three-Dimensional Porous Particles Composed of Curved, Two-Dimensional, Nano-Sized Layers for Li-Ion Batteries

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    Yushin, Gleb; Evanoff, Kara; Magasinski, Alexander

    2012-01-01

    Thin Si films coated on porous 3D particles composed of curved 2D graphene sheets have been synthesized utilizing techniques that allow for tunable properties. Since graphene exhibits specific surface area up to 100 times higher than carbon black or graphite, the deposition of the same mass of Si on graphene is much faster in comparison -- a factor which is important for practical applications. In addition, the distance between graphene layers is tunable and variation in the thickness of the deposited Si film is feasible. Both of these characteristics allow for optimization of the energy and power characteristics. Thicker films will allow higher capacity, but slower rate capabilities. Thinner films will allow more rapid charging, or higher power performance. In this innovation, uniform deposition of Si and C layers on high-surface area graphene produced granules with specific surface area (SSA) of 5 sq. m/g.

  10. Preparation and characterization of nanosized P(NIPAM-MBA) hydrogel particles and adsorption of bovine serum albumin on their surface

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    Zhu, Xiaoli; Gu, Xiangling; Zhang, Lina; Kong, Xiang-Zheng

    2012-09-01

    Thermosensitive polymer hydrogel particles with size varying from 480 to 620 nm were prepared through precipitation copolymerization of N-isopropylacrylamide with N,N'-methylenebisacrylamide (MBA) in water with ammonium persulfate as the initiator. Only polymer hydrogels without any coagula were obtained when MBA concentration in the monomer mixture was kept between 2.5 and 10.0 wt%; with increased MBA concentration, the monomer conversion was enhanced, the size of the hydrogels was increased, and their shrinking was lessened when heated from 25°C to 40°C. Bovine serum albumin adsorption on the surface of the hydrogels of different MBA content was measured at different pH levels and under different temperatures. The results demonstrated that the adsorption of the protein on the hydrogels could be controlled by adjusting the pH, the temperature of adsorption, and the crosslinking in the hydrogels. The results were interpreted, and the mechanisms of the polymerization were proposed.

  11. Poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(glutamic acid) coated maghemite nanoparticles: in vitro characterization and in vivo behaviour

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    Kaufner, L [Department of Anaesthesiology, Charite, Universitaetsmedizin Berlin, Campus Vichow Klinikum, Augustenburger Platz 1, 13353 Berlin (Germany); Cartier, R [Department of Anaesthesiology, Charite, Universitaetsmedizin Berlin, Campus Vichow Klinikum, Augustenburger Platz 1, 13353 Berlin (Germany); Wuestneck, R [Department of Anaesthesiology, Charite, Universitaetsmedizin Berlin, Campus Vichow Klinikum, Augustenburger Platz 1, 13353 Berlin (Germany); Fichtner, I [Max-Delbrueck Center for Molecular Medicine, Robert-Roessle Strasse 10, 13092 Berlin (Germany); Pietschmann, S [Department of Anaesthesiology, Charite, Universitaetsmedizin Berlin, Campus Vichow Klinikum, Augustenburger Platz 1, 13353 Berlin (Germany); Bruhn, H [Department of Radiology, Charite, Universitaetsmedizin Berlin, Campus Vichow Klinikum, Augustenburger Platz 1, 13353 Berlin (Germany); Schuett, D [Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research, Geiselbergstrasse 69, 14476 Potsdam-Golm (Germany); Thuenemann, A F [Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research, Geiselbergstrasse 69, 14476 Potsdam-Golm (Germany); Pison, U [Department of Anaesthesiology, Charite, Universitaetsmedizin Berlin, Campus Vichow Klinikum, Augustenburger Platz 1, 13353 Berlin (Germany)

    2007-03-21

    Positively charged superparamagnetic iron oxide (SPIO) particles of maghemite were prepared in aqueous solution and subsequently stabilized with poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(glutamic acid) (PEO-PGA) at a hydrodynamic diameter of 60 nm. Depending on the amount of PEO-PGA used, this is accompanied by a switching of their zeta potentials from positive to negative charge (-33 mV). As a prerequisite for in vivo testing, the PEO-PGA coated maghemite nanoparticles were evaluated to be colloidally stable in water and in physiological salt solution for longer than six months as well in various buffer systems under physiological pH and salt conditions (AFM, dynamic light scattering). We excluded toxic effects of the PEO-PGA coated maghemite nanoparticles. We demonstrated by in vivo MR-imaging and {sup 111}In measurements a biodistribution of the nanoparticles into the liver comparable to carboxydextran coated superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (Resovist[reg]) as a reference nanoscaled MRI contrast medium. This was enforced by a detailed visualization of our nanoparticles by electron microscopy of liver tissue sections. Furthermore, our results indicate that 15% of the injected PEO-PGA coated maghemite nanoparticles circulate in the blood compartment for at least 60 min after i.v. application.

  12. Study of the electrochemical properties of magnetite, maghemite and hematite nanoparticles for their applications in lithium ion batteries

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    Chen, Linfeng; Wang, Gaojun; Xie, Jining; Rai, Pratyush; Lee, Jungmin; Mathur, Gyanesh N.; Varadan, Vijay K.

    2013-04-01

    Iron oxide nanoparticles, including magnetite, maghemite and hematite, are promising electrode active materials for lithium ion batteries due to their low cost, high capacity and environmental friendliness. Though the electrochemical properties of each kind of iron oxide nanoparticles have been intensively studied, systematic comparison of the three kinds of iron oxides is hardly reported. This paper reports the study and comparison of the electrochemical properties of magnetite, maghemite and hematite nanoparticles with the same shape and size. In this work, hematite and maghemite nanoparticles were obtained from commercial magnetite nanoparticles by thermal treatments at different conditions. Their crystalline structures were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), their magnetic properties were measured by a vibration sample magnetometer (VSM), and their particle morphologies were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Composite electrodes were made from iron oxide nanoparticles with carbon black as the conducting material and PVDF as the binding material (iron oxide : carbon black : PVDF = 70 : 15 : 15). Prototype lithium ion batteries (CR2032 button cells) were assembled with iron oxide composite electrodes as cathodes, metal lithium as anodes, and Celgard 2400 porous membrane as separators. The impedance and discharge-charge behaviors were characterized by a Solartron electrochemical workstation and an Arbin battery tester, respectively. It was found that at the same shape and size, hematite nanoparticles has higher specific discharge and charge capacities than magnetite and maghemite nanoparticles.

  13. SrAl2O4:Eu2+(,Dy3+ Nanosized Particles: Synthesis and Interpretation of Temperature-Dependent Optical Properties

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    Huayna Terraschke

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available SrAl2O4 nanosized particles (NPs undoped as well as doped with Eu2+ and Dy3+ were prepared by combustion synthesis for the discussion of their intensively debated spectroscopic properties. Emission spectra of SrAl2O4:Eu2+(,Dy3+ NPs are composed by a green band at 19 230 cm−1 (520 nm at room temperature, assigned to anomalous luminescence originated by Eu2+ in this host lattice. At low temperatures, a blue emission band at 22 520 cm−1 (444 nm is observed. Contrary to most of the interpretations provided in the literature, we assign this blue emission band very reliably to a normal 4f6(7FJ5d(t2g→4f7(8S7/2 transition of Eu2+ substituting the Sr2+ sites. This can be justified by the presence of a fine structure in the excitation spectra due to the different 7FJ levels (J=0⋯6 of the 4f6 core. Moreover, Fano antiresonances with the 6IJ (J=9/2,7/2 levels could be observed. In addition, the Stokes shifts (ΔES=1 980 cm−1 and 5 270 cm−1 for the blue and green emission, resp., the Huang-Rhys parameters of S=2.5 and 6, and the average phonon energies of ħω=480 cm-1 and 470 cm−1 coupled with the electronic states could be reliably determined.

  14. Investigation of the cutaneous penetration behavior of dexamethasone loaded to nano-sized lipid particles by EPR spectroscopy, and confocal Raman and laser scanning microscopy.

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    Lohan, Silke B; Saeidpour, Siavash; Solik, Agnieszka; Schanzer, Sabine; Richter, Heike; Dong, Pin; Darvin, Maxim E; Bodmeier, Roland; Patzelt, Alexa; Zoubari, Gaith; Unbehauen, Michael; Haag, Rainer; Lademann, Jürgen; Teutloff, Christian; Bittl, Robert; Meinke, Martina C

    2017-07-01

    An improvement of the penetration efficiency combined with the controlled release of actives in the skin can facilitate the medical treatment of skin diseases immensely. Dexamethasone (Dx), a synthetic glucocorticoid, is frequently used for the treatment of inflammatory skin diseases. To investigate the penetration of nano-sized lipid particles (NLP) loaded with Dx in comparison to a commercially available base cream, different techniques were applied. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy was used to monitor the penetration of Dx, which was covalently labeled with the spin probe 3-(Carboxy)-2,2,5,5-tetramethyl-1-pyrrolidinyloxy (PCA). The penetration into hair follicles was studied using confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) with curcumin-loaded NLP. The penetration of the vehicle was followed by confocal Raman microscopy (CRM). Penetration studies using excised porcine skin revealed a more than twofold higher penetration efficiency for DxPCA into the stratum corneum (SC) after 24h incubation compared to 4h incubation when loaded to the NLP, whereas when applied in the base cream, almost no further penetration was observed beyond 4h. The distribution of DxPCA within the SC was investigated by consecutive tape stripping. The release of DxPCA from the base cream after 24h in deeper SC layers and the viable epidermis was shown by EPR. For NLP, no release from the carrier was observed, although DxPCA was detectable in the skin after the complete SC was removed. This phenomenon can be explained by the penetration of the NLP into the hair follicles. However, penetration profiles measured by CRM indicate that NLP did not penetrate as deeply into the SC as the base cream formulation. In conclusion, NLP can improve the accumulation of Dx in the skin and provide a reservoir within the SC and in the follicular infundibula. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Mössbauer and magnetization studies of nanosize chromium ferrite

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    Synthesized chromium ferrite powders were in good phase and .... This could be because in smaller particles sample defect density is very high due to more broken .... nanosize particles using co-precipitation technique followed by ball milling, ...

  16. Growth and characterization of magnetite-maghemite thin films by the dip coating method

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    Velásquez, A. A., E-mail: avelas26@eafit.edu.edu.co; Arnedo, A. [Universidad EAFIT, Grupo de Electromagnetismo Aplicado (Colombia)

    2017-11-15

    We present the process of growth and characterization of magnetite-maghemite thin films obtained by the dip coating method. The thin films were deposited on glass substrates, using a ferrofluid of nanostructured magnetite-maghemite particles as precursor solution. During the growth of the films the following parameters were controlled: number of dips of the substrates, dip velocity of the substrates and drying times. The films were characterized by Atomic Force Microscopy, Scanning Elelectron Microscopy, four-point method for resistance measurement, Room Temperature Mössbauer Spectroscopy and Hall effect. Mössbauer measurements showed the presence of a sextet attributed to maghemite (γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) and two doublets attributed to superparamagnetic magnetite (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}), indicating a distribution of oxidation states of the iron as well as a particle size distribution of the magnetic phases in the films. Atomic force microscopy measurements showed that the films cover quasi uniformly the substrates, existing in them some pores with sub-micron size. Scanning Electron Microscopy measurements showed a uniform structure in the films, with spherical particles with size around 10 nm. Voltage versus current measurements showed an ohmic response of the films for currents between 0 and 100 nA. On the other hand, Hall effect measurements showed a nonlinear response of the Hall voltage with the magnetic flux density applied perpendicular to the plane of the films, however the response is fairly linear for magnetic flux densities between 0.15 and 0.35 T approximately. The results suggest that the films are promising for application as magnetic flux density sensors.

  17. Magnetic domains and surface effects in hollow maghemite nanoparticles

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    Cabot, Andreu; Alivisatos, A. Paul; Puntes, Victor; Balcells, Lluis; Iglesias, Oscar; Labarta, Amilcar

    2008-09-30

    In the present work, we investigate the magnetic properties of ferrimagnetic and non-interacting maghemite hollow nanoparticles obtained by the Kirkendall effect. From the experimental characterization of their magnetic behavior, we find that polycrystalline hollow maghemite nanoparticles exhibit low blocked-to-superparamagnetic transition temperatures, small magnetic moments, significant coercivities and irreversibility fields, and no magnetic saturation on external magnetic fields up to 5 T. These results are interpreted in terms of the microstructural parameters characterizing the maghemite shells by means of atomistic Monte Carlo simulations of an individual spherical shell. The model comprises strongly interacting crystallographic domains arranged in a spherical shell with random orientations and anisotropy axis. The Monte Carlo simulation allows discernment between the influence of the polycrystalline structure and its hollow geometry, while revealing the magnetic domain arranggement in the different temperataure regimes.

  18. Influence of surface-modified maghemite nanoparticles on in vitro survival of human stem cells

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    Michal Babič

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Surface-modified maghemite (γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles were obtained by using a conventional precipitation method and coated with D-mannose and poly(N,N-dimethylacrylamide. Both the initial and the modified particles were characterized by transmission electron microscopy and dynamic light scattering with regard to morphology, particle size and polydispersity. In vitro survival of human stem cells was then investigated by using the methyl thiazolyl tetrazolium (MTT assay, which showed that D-mannose- and poly(N,N-dimethylacrylamide-coated γ-Fe2O3 particles exhibit much lower level of cytotoxicity than the non-coated γ-Fe2O3.

  19. Phase Transformation of Nanosized Zirconia

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    2006-01-01

    The nanosized zirconia was synthesized via solid state reaction in the presence of surfactant. The results indicate that crystal phase of zirconia can be controlled by tuning the syn- thesis parameters such as OH-/Zr molar ratio, crystallizing temperature and time. It can be trans- formed among amorphous, tetragonal and monoclinic phases. The transformation is driven by particle size. The research shows the nanocrystalline zirconia possesses the higher thermal stability compared with amorphous framework. The "glow exotherm" can be observed for the amorphous samples. Otherwise, it is in the absence for nanocrystalline samples. Herein, the reason for retention of tetragonal zirconia is demonstrated.

  20. Synthesis of nano-sized ceria (CeO2 particles via a cerium hydroxy carbonate precursor and the effect of reaction temperature on particle morphology

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    Majid Farahmandjou

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Cerium oxide (CeO2 or ceria has been shown to be an interesting support material for noble metals in catalysts designed for emission control, mainly due to its oxygen storage capacity. Ceria nanoparticles were prepared by precipitation method. The precursor materials used in this research were cerium nitrate hexahydrate (as a basic material, potassium carbonate and potassium hydroxide (as precipitants. The morphological properties were characterized by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM, scanning electron microscopy (SEM and X-ray diffraction (XRD, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR and UV-Vis spectrophotometer. XRD results showed face centered cubic CeO2 nanoparticles for annealed nanoparticles at 1000°C. SEM measurement showed that by increasing the calcinations temperature from 200 to 600°C, the crystallite size decreased from 90 to 28 nm. The SEM results showed that the size of the CeO2 nanoparticles decreased with increasing temperature. The particle size of CeO2 was around 25 nm as estimated by XRD technique and direct HRTEM observation. SEM and TEM studies showed that the morphology of the prepared powder was sphere-like with a narrow size distribution. The sharp peaks in FTIR spectrum determined the purity of CeO2 nanoparticles and absorbance peak of UV-Vis spectrum showed the small band gap energy of 3.26 ev.

  1. Synthesis of Zn{sup 2+} substituted maghemite nanoparticles and investigation of their structural and magnetic properties

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    Mozaffari, M. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Isfahan, Isfahan 81746-73441 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Shatooti, S. [Department of Physics, Razi University, Kermanshah 67149-67346 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Jafarzadeh, M., E-mail: mjafarzadeh1027@yahoo.com [Faculty of Chemistry, Razi University, Kermanshah 67149-67346 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Niyaifar, M. [Department of Physics, Ahvaz Branch, Islamic Azad University, Ahvaz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Aftabi, A. [Department of Physics, University of Kurdistan, Sanandaj 66177-15175 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Mohammadpour, H. [Department of Physics, Ahvaz Branch, Islamic Azad University, Ahvaz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Amiri, Sh. [Department of Physics, Razi University, Kermanshah 67149-67346 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2015-05-15

    Maghemite and Zn{sup 2+} substituted maghemite (γ-Fe{sub 2−y} Zn{sub 3y/2}O{sub 3}, y=0.0, 0.11, 0.24, 0.36, 0.50 and 0.66) nanoparticles were prepared by coprecipitation method. The effect of Zn{sup 2+} substitution on the structural, morphological and magnetic properties of the nanoparitcles were studied by different techniques such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), magnetometry, magnetic thermogravimetry and Mössbauer spectroscopy. The results of XRD showed that all samples have spinel structure with an increase in lattice parameter by increasing the content of Zn{sup 2+}. FTIR spectra were proved the synthesis of maghemite and Zn{sup 2+} substituted maghemite with appearance of the related absorption bands and band shift upon Zn{sup 2+} substitution. Morphological studies by FESEM demonstrated that the nanoparticles were uniform and spherical with average particle size in range of 20–24 nm. Room temperature magnetic measurements showed that as Zn{sup 2+} content increases, saturation magnetization initially increase up to 75.34 emu/g for y=0.11 and then decrease to 3.65 emu/g for y=0.66, due to substitution of magnetic Fe{sup 3+} by non-magnetic Zn{sup 2+}. Decrease in Curie temperature of the samples, from 510 for maghemite to 250 °C for y=0.36, by increasing the Zn{sup 2+} substitution was a result of reduction of superexchange interactions between different sites. Then, the Curie temperature increased up to 680 °C for y=0.66 which was due to migration of some Zn{sup 2+} ions from A to B sites in the structure of spinel. Room temperature Mössbauer spectra exhibited that the sample with y=0.0 was superparamagnetic, while by increasing the content of Zn{sup 2+}, relaxation effect increased by weakening of A–B exchange interaction. - Highlights: • Synthesis of Zn{sup 2+}-substituted maghemite via co-precipitation/oxidation method. • Increase in lattice

  2. Microstructure and application of mesoporous nanosize zirconia

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    LIU Xinmei; YAN Zifeng; G.Q.Lu

    2004-01-01

    The mesoporous nanoscale zircoina zeolite was firstly synthesized via solid state -- Structure directing method without addition of any stabilizer. The sample bears lamellar or worm pore structures, relatively high surface area compared with that reported. The mesoporous nanosize structure can also resist higher calcination temperature. The introduction of above zirconia to the catalyst of methanol synthesis dedicates the nanosize particle size to the catalyst, which significantly changes the physical structure and electronic effect of the catalyst. The catalyst shows higher catalytic activity and selectivity to methanol. The active sites for methanol synthesis are demonstrated over various catalysts in this paper.

  3. Investigation of the complex susceptibility of magnetic beads containing maghemite nanoparticles

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    Fannin, P.C. [Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Trinity College, Dublin 2 (Ireland)]. E-mail: pfannin@tcd.ie; Cohen-Tannoudji, L. [Laboratoire Colloides et Materiaux Divises, CNRS UMR7612, ESPCI, 10 Rue Vauquelin, F-75005, Paris (France); Bertrand, E. [Laboratoire Colloides et Materiaux Divises, CNRS UMR7612, ESPCI, 10 Rue Vauquelin, F-75005, Paris (France); Giannitsis, A.T. [Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Trinity College, Dublin 2 (Ireland); Mac Oireachtaigh, C. [Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Trinity College, Dublin 2 (Ireland); Bibette, J. [Laboratoire Colloides et Materiaux Divises, CNRS UMR7612, ESPCI, 10 Rue Vauquelin, F-75005, Paris (France)

    2006-08-15

    We report on frequency and field-dependent complex susceptibility, {chi}{sub s}({omega})={chi}{sub s}{sup '}({omega})-i{chi}{sub s}{sup '}'({omega}), measurements of a magnetic colloidal system consisting of 200nm spherical beads, containing maghemite ({gamma}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) nanoparticles. The relaxation properties of both the magnetic colloid and a free suspension of the {gamma}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles, are investigated over the frequency range 200Hz-1MHz. Under a polarizing field H, an absorption peak is detected in the {chi}{sub s}{sup '}' component at frequencies f{sub max} between 1.1 and 1.7kHz. We show that this absorption peak can be attributed to the Neel relaxation of the inner maghemite nanoparticles. It is also shown that the general trend for the value of f{sub max} and the amplitude of both {chi}{sub s}{sup '} and {chi}{sub s}{sup '}' is to increase with increasing H. Furthermore, the relation between {chi}{sub s}{sup '}({omega}) and {chi}{sub s}{sup '}'({omega}) and their dependence on frequency, {omega}/2{pi}, is investigated by means of the magnetic analogue of the Cole-Cole plot and a measure of the Cole-Cole distribution parameter {alpha}{sub s} is determined.

  4. Synthesis, characterization and magnetic property of maghemite (γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) nanoparticles and their protective coating with pepsin for bio-functionalization

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    Bandhu, A.; Sutradhar, S.; Mukherjee, S. [Solid State Research Laboratory, Department of Physics, Burdwan University, Burdwan 713104, West Bengal (India); Greneche, J.M. [Laboratoire de Physique de l’Etat Condensé – UMR CNRS 6087, Université du Maine, 72085, Le Mans Cedex 9 (France); Chakrabarti, P.K., E-mail: pabitra_c@hotmail.com [Solid State Research Laboratory, Department of Physics, Burdwan University, Burdwan 713104, West Bengal (India)

    2015-10-15

    Highlights: • Maghemite nanoparticles were prepared by a modified co-precipitation method. • Nanoparticles were then successfully coated with pepsin for bio-functionlization. • XRD and Mössbauer spectra confirmed the maghemite phase of the nanoparticles. • Magnetic data were analysed to evaluate particle size, anisotropy etc. - Abstract: Maghemite nanoparticles (γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) are prepared by co-precipitation method. To obtain bio-functionalized magnetic nanoparticles for magnetically controlled drug delivery, the prepared nanoparticles are successfully coated with pepsin, a bio-compatible polymer and digestive enzyme. Crystallographic phase of the nanoparticles is confirmed by X-ray diffractograms (XRD), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and {sup 57}Fe Mössbauer spectrometry. The average size of nanoparticles/nanocrystallites is estimated from the (3 1 1) peak of the XRD pattern using Debye–Scherrer formula. Results of HRTEM of coated and bare samples are in good agreement with those extracted from the XRD analysis. The dynamic magnetic properties are observed and different quantities viz., coercive field, magnetization, remanence, hysteresis losses etc., are estimated, which confirmed the presence of superparamagnetic relaxation of nanoparticles. Mössbauer spectra of the samples recorded at both 300 and 77 K, confirmed that the majority of particles are maghemite together with a very small fraction of magnetite nanoparticles.

  5. Maghemite based silicone composite for arterial embolization hyperthermia.

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    Smolkova, Ilona S; Kazantseva, Natalia E; Makoveckaya, Kira N; Smolka, Petr; Saha, Petr; Granov, Anatoly M

    2015-03-01

    Maghemite nanoparticle based silicone composite for application in arterial embolization hyperthermia is developed. It possesses embolization ability, high heating efficiency in alternating magnetic fields and radiopaque property. The initial components of the composite are selected so that the material stays liquid for 20min, providing the opportunity for transcatheter transportation and filling of the tumour vascular system. After this induction period the viscosity increases rapidly and soft embolus is formed which is able to occlude the tumour blood vessels. The composite is thermally stable up to 225°C, displays rubber-elastic properties and has a thermal expansion coefficient higher than that of blood. Maghemite nanoparticles uniformly distributed in the composite provide its rapid heating (tens of °Cmin(-1)) due to Neel magnetization relaxation. Required X-ray contrast of composite is achieved by addition of potassium iodide.

  6. Effect of Nanosize SiO2 Particles Added into Electrolyte on the Composition and Morphology of Oxide Layers Formed in Alloy AK6M2 Under Microarc Oxidizing

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    Krishtal, M. M.; Ivashin, P. V.; Yasnikov, I. S.; Polunin, A. V.

    2015-11-01

    Oxide layers formed on AK6M2 aluminum-silicon alloy by microarc oxidizing (MO) are studied. The chemical and phase compositions and the morphology of the layers deposited from a base-composition electrolyte with different contents of added SiO2 powder are determined. It is shown that high-temperature phases form in the oxide layer at a specific concentration of SiO2 nanoparticles. This indicates elevation of the effective temperature in the zone of synthesis of the oxide layers in the process of MO. The addition of nanosize particles of SiO2 into the electrolyte influences positively the operating characteristics of the formed oxide layer.

  7. Up-regulation of mRNA ventricular PRNP prion protein gene expression in air pollution highly exposed young urbanites: endoplasmic reticulum stress, glucose regulated protein 78, and nanosized particles.

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    Villarreal-Calderon, Rodolfo; Franco-Lira, Maricela; González-Maciel, Angélica; Reynoso-Robles, Rafael; Harritt, Lou; Pérez-Guillé, Beatriz; Ferreira-Azevedo, Lara; Drecktrah, Dan; Zhu, Hongtu; Sun, Qiang; Torres-Jardón, Ricardo; Aragón-Flores, Mariana; Calderón-Garcidueñas, Ana; Diaz, Philippe; Calderón-Garcidueñas, Lilian

    2013-11-28

    Mexico City Metropolitan Area children and young adults exposed to high concentrations of air pollutants including fine and ultrafine particulate matter (PM) vs. clean air controls, exhibit myocardial inflammation and inflammasome activation with a differential right and left ventricular expression of key inflammatory genes and inflammasomes. We investigated the mRNA expression levels of the prion protein gene PRNP, which plays an important role in the protection against oxidative stress and metal toxicity, and the glucose regulated protein 78, a key protein in endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress signaling, in ventricular autopsy samples from 30 children and young adults age 19.97 ± 6.8 years with a lifetime of low (n:4) vs. high (n:26) air pollution exposures. Light microscopy and transmission electron microscopy studies were carried out in human ventricles, and electron microscopy studies were also done in 5 young, highly exposed Mexico City dogs. There was significant left ventricular PRNP and bi-ventricular GRP78 mRNA up-regulation in Mexico City young urbanites vs. controls. PRNP up-regulation in the left ventricle was significantly different from the right, p ventricular PRNP and GRP78 correlation (p = 0.0005). Marked abnormalities in capillary endothelial cells, numerous nanosized particles in myocardial ER and in abnormal mitochondria characterized the highly exposed ventricles. Early and sustained cardiac ER stress could result in detrimental irreversible consequences in urban children, and while highly complex systems maintain myocardial homeostasis, failure to compensate for chronic myocardial inflammation, oxidative and ER stress, and particles damaging myocardial organelles may prime the development of pathophysiological cardiovascular states in young urbanites. Nanosized PM could play a key cardiac myocyte toxicity role.

  8. Up-Regulation of mRNA Ventricular PRNP Prion Protein Gene Expression in Air Pollution Highly Exposed Young Urbanites: Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress, Glucose Regulated Protein 78, and Nanosized Particles

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    Villarreal-Calderon, Rodolfo; Franco-Lira, Maricela; González-Maciel, Angélica; Reynoso-Robles, Rafael; Harritt, Lou; Pérez-Guillé, Beatriz; Ferreira-Azevedo, Lara; Drecktrah, Dan; Zhu, Hongtu; Sun, Qiang; Torres-Jardón, Ricardo; Aragón-Flores, Mariana; Calderón-Garcidueñas, Ana; Diaz, Philippe; Calderón-Garcidueñas, Lilian

    2013-01-01

    Mexico City Metropolitan Area children and young adults exposed to high concentrations of air pollutants including fine and ultrafine particulate matter (PM) vs. clean air controls, exhibit myocardial inflammation and inflammasome activation with a differential right and left ventricular expression of key inflammatory genes and inflammasomes. We investigated the mRNA expression levels of the prion protein gene PRNP, which plays an important role in the protection against oxidative stress and metal toxicity, and the glucose regulated protein 78, a key protein in endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress signaling, in ventricular autopsy samples from 30 children and young adults age 19.97 ± 6.8 years with a lifetime of low (n:4) vs. high (n:26) air pollution exposures. Light microscopy and transmission electron microscopy studies were carried out in human ventricles, and electron microscopy studies were also done in 5 young, highly exposed Mexico City dogs. There was significant left ventricular PRNP and bi-ventricular GRP78 mRNA up-regulation in Mexico City young urbanites vs. controls. PRNP up-regulation in the left ventricle was significantly different from the right, p < 0.0001, and there was a strong left ventricular PRNP and GRP78 correlation (p = 0.0005). Marked abnormalities in capillary endothelial cells, numerous nanosized particles in myocardial ER and in abnormal mitochondria characterized the highly exposed ventricles. Early and sustained cardiac ER stress could result in detrimental irreversible consequences in urban children, and while highly complex systems maintain myocardial homeostasis, failure to compensate for chronic myocardial inflammation, oxidative and ER stress, and particles damaging myocardial organelles may prime the development of pathophysiological cardiovascular states in young urbanites. Nanosized PM could play a key cardiac myocyte toxicity role. PMID:24287918

  9. Up-Regulation of mRNA Ventricular PRNP Prion Protein Gene Expression in Air Pollution Highly Exposed Young Urbanites: Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress, Glucose Regulated Protein 78, and Nanosized Particles

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    Rodolfo Villarreal-Calderon

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Mexico City Metropolitan Area children and young adults exposed to high concentrations of air pollutants including fine and ultrafine particulate matter (PM vs. clean air controls, exhibit myocardial inflammation and inflammasome activation with a differential right and left ventricular expression of key inflammatory genes and inflammasomes. We investigated the mRNA expression levels of the prion protein gene PRNP, which plays an important role in the protection against oxidative stress and metal toxicity, and the glucose regulated protein 78, a key protein in endoplasmic reticulum (ER stress signaling, in ventricular autopsy samples from 30 children and young adults age 19.97 ± 6.8 years with a lifetime of low (n:4 vs. high (n:26 air pollution exposures. Light microscopy and transmission electron microscopy studies were carried out in human ventricles, and electron microscopy studies were also done in 5 young, highly exposed Mexico City dogs. There was significant left ventricular PRNP and bi-ventricular GRP78 mRNA up-regulation in Mexico City young urbanites vs. controls. PRNP up-regulation in the left ventricle was significantly different from the right, p < 0.0001, and there was a strong left ventricular PRNP and GRP78 correlation (p = 0.0005. Marked abnormalities in capillary endothelial cells, numerous nanosized particles in myocardial ER and in abnormal mitochondria characterized the highly exposed ventricles. Early and sustained cardiac ER stress could result in detrimental irreversible consequences in urban children, and while highly complex systems maintain myocardial homeostasis, failure to compensate for chronic myocardial inflammation, oxidative and ER stress, and particles damaging myocardial organelles may prime the development of pathophysiological cardiovascular states in young urbanites. Nanosized PM could play a key cardiac myocyte toxicity role.

  10. Synthesis and Magnetic Properties of Maghemite (γ-Fe2O3 Short-Nanotubes

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    Xiao XH

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract We report a rational synthesis of maghemite (γ-Fe2O3 short-nanotubes (SNTs by a convenient hydrothermal method and subsequent annealing process. The structure, shape, and magnetic properties of the SNTs were investigated. Room-temperature and low-temperature magnetic measurements show that the as-fabricated γ-Fe2O3 SNTs are ferromagnetic, and its coercivity is nonzero when the temperature above blocking temperature (TB. The hysteresis loop was operated to show that the magnetic properties of γ-Fe2O3 SNTs are strongly influenced by the morphology of the crystal. The unique magnetic behaviors were interpreted by the competition of the demagnetization energy of quasi-one-dimensional nanostructures and the magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy of particles in SNTs.

  11. Synthesis and Magnetic Properties of Maghemite (gamma-Fe(2)O(3)) Short-Nanotubes.

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    Wu, W; Xiao, X H; Zhang, S F; Peng, T C; Zhou, J; Ren, F; Jiang, C Z

    2010-06-17

    We report a rational synthesis of maghemite (gamma-Fe(2)O(3)) short-nanotubes (SNTs) by a convenient hydrothermal method and subsequent annealing process. The structure, shape, and magnetic properties of the SNTs were investigated. Room-temperature and low-temperature magnetic measurements show that the as-fabricated gamma-Fe(2)O(3) SNTs are ferromagnetic, and its coercivity is nonzero when the temperature above blocking temperature (T(B)). The hysteresis loop was operated to show that the magnetic properties of gamma-Fe(2)O(3) SNTs are strongly influenced by the morphology of the crystal. The unique magnetic behaviors were interpreted by the competition of the demagnetization energy of quasi-one-dimensional nanostructures and the magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy of particles in SNTs.

  12. Advances in nanosized zeolites

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    Mintova, Svetlana; Gilson, Jean-Pierre; Valtchev, Valentin

    2013-07-01

    This review highlights recent developments in the synthesis of nanosized zeolites. The strategies available for their preparation (organic-template assisted, organic-template free, and alternative procedures) are discussed. Major breakthroughs achieved by the so-called zeolite crystal engineering and encompass items such as mastering and using the physicochemical properties of the precursor synthesis gel/suspension, optimizing the use of silicon and aluminium precursor sources, the rational use of organic templates and structure-directing inorganic cations, and careful adjustment of synthesis conditions (temperature, pressure, time, heating processes from conventional to microwave and sonication) are addressed. An on-going broad and deep fundamental understanding of the crystallization process, explaining the influence of all variables of this complex set of reactions, underpins an even more rational design of nanosized zeolites with exceptional properties. Finally, the advantages and limitations of these methods are addressed with particular attention to their industrial prospects and utilization in existing and advanced applications.

  13. Are enhanced dust explosion hazards to be foreseen in production, processing and handling of powders consisting of nano-size particles?

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    Eckhoff, Rolf K.

    2011-07-01

    Based on experience with powders having particle sizes down to the range 1 - 0.1 μm one might expect that dust clouds from combustible nm-particle powders would exhibit extreme ignition sensitivities (very low MIEs) and extreme explosion rates (very high KSt-values). However, there are two basic physical reasons why this may not necessarily be the case. Firstly, the formation of clouds of well-dispersed primary particles from bulk powders consisting of nm-particles is extremely difficult to achieve, due to the comparatively very strong inter-particle cohesion forces. Secondly, should such a dispersion process nevertheless be fully successful, extremely fast coagulation processes in clouds within the explosive mass concentration range, would transform the primary nm-particles into much larger agglomerates within fractions of a second. Furthermore, for organic dusts and coal, the basic mechanism of flame propagation in the dust cloud is a further reason for not expecting extreme ignition sensitivities and explosion rates dust clouds from nm-particles. The overall conclusion is that dust clouds consisting of nm primary particles would not necessarily be expected to exhibit more severe MIE and KSt-values than those of dust clouds of μm primary particles. Recent experimental evidence confirms that this is in fact the case for KSt, whereas for MIE the values for some metals are significantly lower for nm primary particles than for μm ones.

  14. Are enhanced dust explosion hazards to be foreseen in production, processing and handling of powders consisting of nano-size particles?

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    Eckhoff, Rolf K, E-mail: rolf.eckhoff@ift.uib.no [University of Bergen (Norway)

    2011-07-06

    Based on experience with powders having particle sizes down to the range 1 - 0.1 {mu}m one might expect that dust clouds from combustible nm-particle powders would exhibit extreme ignition sensitivities (very low MIEs) and extreme explosion rates (very high K{sub St-}values). However, there are two basic physical reasons why this may not necessarily be the case. Firstly, the formation of clouds of well-dispersed primary particles from bulk powders consisting of nm-particles is extremely difficult to achieve, due to the comparatively very strong inter-particle cohesion forces. Secondly, should such a dispersion process nevertheless be fully successful, extremely fast coagulation processes in clouds within the explosive mass concentration range, would transform the primary nm-particles into much larger agglomerates within fractions of a second. Furthermore, for organic dusts and coal, the basic mechanism of flame propagation in the dust cloud is a further reason for not expecting extreme ignition sensitivities and explosion rates dust clouds from nm-particles. The overall conclusion is that dust clouds consisting of nm primary particles would not necessarily be expected to exhibit more severe MIE and K{sub St}{sup -}values than those of dust clouds of {mu}m primary particles. Recent experimental evidence confirms that this is in fact the case for K{sub St}, whereas for MIE the values for some metals are significantly lower for nm primary particles than for {mu}m ones.

  15. Synthesis and characterization of polysaccharide-maghemite composite nanoparticles and their antibacterial properties

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    Iconaru, Simona Liliana; Prodan, Alina Mihaela; Motelica-Heino, Mikael; Sizaret, Stanislas; Predoi, Daniela

    2012-10-01

    The aim of this study was to obtain saccharide (dextran and sucrose)-coated maghemite nanoparticles with antibacterial activity. The polysaccharide-coated maghemite nanoparticles were synthesized by an adapted coprecipitation method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies demonstrate that the obtained polysaccharide-coated maghemite nanoparticles can be indexed into the spinel cubic lattice with a lattice parameter of 8.35 Å. The refinement of XRD spectra indicated that no other phases except the maghemite are detectable. The characterization of the polysaccharide-coated maghemite nanoparticles by various techniques is described. The antibacterial activity of these polysaccharide-coated maghemite nanoparticles (NPs) was tested against Pseudomonas aeruginosa 1397, Enterococcus faecalis ATCC 29212, Candida krusei 963, and Escherichia coli ATCC 25922 and was found to be dependent on the polysaccharide type. The antibacterial activity of dextran-coated maghemite was significantly higher than that of sucrose-coated maghemite. The antibacterial studies showed the potential of dextran-coated iron oxide NPs to be used in a wide range of medical infections.

  16. Memory effect versus exchange bias for maghemite nanoparticles

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    Nadeem, K., E-mail: kashif.nadeem@iiu.edu.pk [Materials Research Laboratory, Department of Physics, International Islamic University, Islamabad (Pakistan); Krenn, H. [Institute of Physics, Karl-Franzens University Graz, Universitätsplatz 5, A-8010 Graz (Austria); Szabó, D.V. [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute for Applied Materials, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany)

    2015-11-01

    We studied the temperature dependence of memory and exchange bias effects and their dependence on each other in maghemite (γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) nanoparticles by using magnetization studies. Memory effect in zero field cooled process in nanoparticles is a fingerprint of spin-glass behavior which can be due to i) surface disordered spins (surface spin-glass) and/or ii) randomly frozen and interacting nanoparticles core spins (super spin-glass). Temperature region (25–70 K) for measurements has been chosen just below the average blocking temperature (T{sub B}=75 K) of the nanoparticles. Memory effect (ME) shows a non-monotonous behavior with temperature. It shows a decreasing trend with decreasing temperature and nearly vanishes below 30 K. However it also decreased again near the blocking temperature of the nanoparticles e.g., 70 K. Exchange bias (EB) in these nanoparticles arises due to core/shell interface interactions. The EB increases sharply below 30 K due to increase in core/shell interactions, while ME starts vanishing below 30 K. We conclude that the core/shell interface interactions or EB have not enhanced the ME but may reduce it in these nanoparticles. - Highlights: • We studied the T-dependent memory and exchange bias (EB) effects in maghemite nanoparticles. • EB causes spin-canting at the core/shell interface which may reduces the memory effect (ME). • Interface interactions does not increase the ME in these nanoparticles.

  17. Synthesis and testing of nanosized zeolite Y

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    Karami, Davood

    This work focuses on the synthesis and testing of nanosized zeolite Y. The synthesis formulations of faujasite-type structure of zeolite Y prepared in nanosized form are described. The synthetic zeolite Y is the most widely employed for the preparation of fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) catalysts. The synthesis of zeolite Y is very complicated process. The mean particle size of zeolite Y is 1800 nm. The major challenge of this work involved reducing this average particle size to less than 500 nm. The preliminary experiments were conducted to obtain the pure zeolite Y using the soluble silicates as a silica source. This was achieved by applying the experimental design approach to study the effects of many parameters. The ageing time turned out to be the most significant variable affecting product purity. Based on the preliminary results, a detailed investigation was carried out to determine the effects of silica-alumina precursor preparations on zeolite Y synthesis. Aluminosilicate precursors were prepared by gelling and precipitation of soluble silicate. The as-prepared precursors were used for the hydrothermal synthesis of zeolite Y. The procedure of the precipitation of soluble silicate yielded pure zeolite Y at the conventional synthesis conditions. The extent of purity of zeolite Y depends on the surface areas of aluminosilicate precursors. A novel approach to zeolite Y synthesis was employed for the preparation of the pure nanosized zeolite Y. This was achieved by applying the method of impregnation of precipitated silica. This novel method of impregnation for zeolite Y preparation allows eliminating the vigorous agitation step required for the preparation of a homogeneous silica solution, thereby simplifying the synthesis of zeolite Y in one single vessel. In case of the synthesis of nanosized zeolite Y, the effect of varying the organic templates on the formation of nanosized particles of zeolite Y was investigated, while all other reaction parameters were

  18. Superparamagnetic relaxation of weakly interacting particles

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    Mørup, Steen; Tronc, Elisabeth

    1994-01-01

    The influence of particle interactions on the superparamagnetic relaxation time has been studied by Mossbauer spectroscopy in samples of maghemite (gamma-Fe2O3) particles with different particle sizes and particle separations. It is found that the relaxation time decreases with decreasing particl...

  19. Chemoselective Oxidation of Bio-Glycerol with Nano-Sized Metal Catalysts

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    Li, Hu; Kotni, Ramakrishna; Zhang, Qiuyun

    2015-01-01

    to selectively oxidize glycerol and yield products with good selectivity is the use of nano-sized metal particles as heterogeneous catalysts. In this short review, recent developments in chemoselective oxidation of glycerol to specific products over nano-sized metal catalysts are described. Attention is drawn...

  20. Photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue over nanosized TiO2 particles prepared using the self-propagating high-temperature synthesis method.

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    Park, Chul-Min; Seo, Hyeong-Seok; Cho, Jung-Ho; Choi, Da-Hye; Jeong, Young-Shin; Chung, Min-Chul; Jung, Sang-Chul; Jeong, Woon-Jo; Ban, Jae-Sam; Ahn, Ho-Geun

    2013-08-01

    In order to reutilize the spent metallic titanium chips, TiO2 photocatalysts were prepared using the self-propagating high-temperature synthesis (SHS) method, and were characterized by N2 gas adsorption, X-ray diffraction, and scanning electron microscope, particle size distribution. Also, their photocatalytic activities were evaluated using methylene blue as a model organic compound. It was confirmed that the crystal structure of TiO2 prepared by SHS method was relatively homogeneous powder of rutile type. Optimum conditions for photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue under UV-C irradiation were methylene blue 9.5 ppm in solution and at amount of TiO2 added of 0.02 g/L. In addition, it was found that the photocatalytic activity for methylene blue degradation over the prepared TiO2 particles was positively related with BET specific surface area.

  1. Detergent-free incorporation of a seven-transmembrane receptor protein into nanosized bilayer Lipodisq particles for functional and biophysical studies.

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    Orwick-Rydmark, Marcella; Lovett, Janet E; Graziadei, Andrea; Lindholm, Ljubica; Hicks, Matthew R; Watts, Anthony

    2012-09-12

    SMA-Lipodisq nanoparticles, with one bacteriorhodopsin (bR) per 12 nm particle on average (protein/lipid molar ratio, 1:172), were prepared without the use of detergents. Using pulsed and continuous wave nitroxide spin label electron paramagnetic resonance, the structural and dynamic integrity of bR was retained when compared with data for bR obtained in the native membrane and in detergents and then with crystal data. This indicates the potential of Lipodisq nanoparticles as a useful membrane mimetic.

  2. The Abrasive Wear Properties of Aluminum Alloy 6061 Reinforced with Nano-SiC Particles%纳米SiC颗粒强化AA6061的磨粒磨损行为

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    李晓丹; 翟玉春; 马军平

    2011-01-01

    Aluminium alloy 6061(AA6061) matrix composites reinforced with nano-SiC particles were produced.The microstructure,Vickers microhardness and characteristic wear properties of the composites were investigated.The results showed that the wear rate and the friction coefficient values of the composites are lower than the matrix alloy at 20 N load,the wear rate of 0.6%SiC/AA6061 decreases 50% than the matrix.This is attributed to the strong bonding between the matrix and the particles in the composites.So the presence of SiC particles in the composites improves the wear resistance because these particles remain intact and retain their load-bearing capacity,they promote the formation of iron-rich transfer layer.The dominant wear mechanisms are found to be abrasion for the AA6061 alloy and its composites at 20 N load.%实验制备了纳米SiC颗粒强化AA6061基材料,并考察了其微观组织、硬度及磨损性能.结果表明:在20 N载荷下,强化试样的磨损率及摩擦系数均低于AA6061基体,其中0.6%SiC/AA6061复合材料的磨损率较基体降低50%.这主要是由于SiC颗粒自身良好的载荷承载能力,加之增强颗粒/基体间界面良好的结合,使SiC颗粒的添加提高了复合材料的磨损抗力.同时,促进了富铁机械转移层的形成,降低了摩擦系数和磨损率.AA6061基体和强化材料在20 N载荷下的磨损机制均为磨粒磨损.

  3. A method for synthesis and functionalization of ultrasmall superparamagnetic covalent carriers based on maghemite and dextran

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    Mornet, Stephane [Institut de Chimie de la Matiere Condensee de Bordeaux, CNRS UPR 9048, Universite Bordeaux-1, 87 avenue du Dr Albert Schweitzer, F-33608 Pessac, Cedex (France); Portier, Josik [Institut de Chimie de la Matiere Condensee de Bordeaux, CNRS UPR 9048, Universite Bordeaux-1, 87 avenue du Dr Albert Schweitzer, F-33608 Pessac, Cedex (France); Duguet, Etienne [Institut de Chimie de la Matiere Condensee de Bordeaux, CNRS UPR 9048, Universite Bordeaux-1, 87 avenue du Dr Albert Schweitzer, F-33608 Pessac, Cedex (France)]. E-mail: duguet@icmcb.u-bordeaux1.fr

    2005-05-15

    A new generation of susceptibility contrast agents for MRI and based on maghemite cores covalently bonded to dextran stabilizing macromolecules was investigated. The multistep preparation of these versatile ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxides (VUSPIO) consisted of colloidal maghemite synthesis, surface modification by aminopropylsilane groups, and coupling of partially oxidized dextran via Schiff's bases and secondary amine bonds. The dextran corona might be easily derivatized, e.g. by PEGylation.

  4. Influence of Y and La substitution on particle size, structural and magnetic properties of nanosized nickel ferrite prepared by using citrate precursor method

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    Anh, Luong Ngoc [International Training Institute for Materials Science (ITIMS), Hanoi University of Science and Technology, 1 Dai Co Viet Road, Hanoi (Viet Nam); Loan, To Thanh, E-mail: totloan@itims.edu.vn [International Training Institute for Materials Science (ITIMS), Hanoi University of Science and Technology, 1 Dai Co Viet Road, Hanoi (Viet Nam); Duong, Nguyen Phuc [International Training Institute for Materials Science (ITIMS), Hanoi University of Science and Technology, 1 Dai Co Viet Road, Hanoi (Viet Nam); Vietnam-Japan International Institute for Science of Technology (VJIIST), Hanoi University of Science and Technology, 1 Dai Co Viet Road, Hanoi (Viet Nam); Soontaranon, Siriwat [Synchrotron Light Research Institute, 111 University Avenue, Suranaree, Muang, Nakhon Ratchasima 30000 (Thailand); Viet Nga, Tran Thi; Hien, Than Duc [International Training Institute for Materials Science (ITIMS), Hanoi University of Science and Technology, 1 Dai Co Viet Road, Hanoi (Viet Nam)

    2015-10-25

    The compounds with the formulas NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, NiFe{sub 1.9}Y{sub 0.1}O{sub 4} and NiFe{sub 1.9}La{sub 0.1}O{sub 4} were prepared by citrate precursor method and followed by heat treatment in air at 600 °C for 5 h. Crystal structure, valence state, chemical bonding and composition of the samples were studied rigorously by XRD, SXRD, XANES, FTIR and ICP–AES. Rietveld refinement of XRD and SXRD patterns reveals that the samples crystallize in single spinel phase with almost inverted structure in which the substituted ions Y{sup 3+} and La{sup 3+} locate in the octahedral sites and about ten percents of nickel atoms were found at the tetrahedral sites. Morphology and particle size were studied by SEM and TEM. The results show that the samples are composed of clustered nanoparticles with mean particle size decreases approximately from 20 nm in NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} sample to 10 nm in the substituted ones. The magnetic measurements were carried out by means of a VSM. Spontaneous magnetization, magnetic coercivity, Curie temperature, superparamagnetic transition temperature, interparticle interaction energy and effective anisotropy were determined and explained on the basis of the surface and finite–size effects and cation distribution. - Highlights: • Y{sup 3+} and La{sup 3+} substituted NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles are synthesized by citrate precursor method involving less energy. • XRD, SXRD and FTIR spectra reveal the crystallographic site occupancy of Y{sup 3+} and La{sup 3+}. • Compositions and valence states of cations are verified by ICP-AES and XANES. • Y{sup 3+} and La{sup 3+} substitution decreases the mean particle size to about 10 nm. • Influence of rare earth substitution and finite size in magnetic properties are investigated.

  5. Low temperature fabrication from nano-size ceramic powders

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    Gonzalez, E.J.; Piermarini, G.J.; Hockey, B. [and others

    1995-06-01

    The objective of the compaction process is to produce a dense green-state compact from a nanosize powder that subsequently can be sintered at high temperatures to form a dense ceramic piece. High density in the green-state after pressing is of primary importance for achieving high densities after sintering. Investigation of the compaction behavior of ceramic powders, therefore, is an important part of characterization of raw ceramic powders and evaluation of their compaction behavior, analysis of interaction between particles, and the study of microstructure of green body (unsintered) during pressure-forming processes. The compaction of nanosize ceramic particles into high density green bodies is very difficult. For the nanosize materials used in this study (amorphous Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} and {gamma} Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}), there is no evidence by TEM of partial sintering after synthesis. Nevertheless, strong aggregation forces, such as the van der Waals surface forces of attraction, exist and result in moderate precursor particle agglomeration. More importantly, these attractive surface forces, which increase in magnitude with decreasing particle size, inhibit interparticle sliding necessary for particle rearrangement to denser bodies during subsequent compaction. Attempts to produce high density green body compacts of nanosize particles, therefore, generally have been focused on overcoming these surface forces of attraction by using either dispersive fluids or high pressures with or without lubricating liquids. In the present work, the use of high pressure has been employed as a means of compacting nanosize powders to relatively high green densities.

  6. Method of measuring charge distribution of nanosized aerosols.

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    Kim, S H; Woo, K S; Liu, B Y H; Zachariah, M R

    2005-02-01

    In this paper, we present the development of a method to accurately measure the positive and negative charge distribution of nanosized aerosols using a tandem differential mobility analyzer (TDMA) system. From the series of TDMA measurements, the charge fraction of nanosized aerosol particles was obtained as a function of equivalent mobility particle diameter ranging from 50 to 200 nm. The capability of this new approach was implemented by sampling from a laminar diffusion flame which provides a source of highly charged particles due to naturally occurring flame ionization process. The results from the TDMA measurement provide the charge distribution of nanosized aerosols which we found to be in reasonable agreement with Boltzmann equilibrium charge distribution theory and a theory based upon charge population balance equation (PBE) combined with Fuchs theory (N.A. Fuchs, Geofis. Pura Appl. 56 (1963) 185). The theoretically estimated charge distribution of aerosol particles based on the PBE provides insight into the charging processes of nanosized aerosols surrounded by bipolar ions and electrons, and agree well with the TDMA results.

  7. A comparative study of the physical and chemical properties of nano-sized ZnO particles from multiple batches of three commercial products

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    Yin, Hong [Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Manufacturing Flagship (Australia); Coleman, Victoria A. [National Measurement Institute Australia, Nanometrology Section (Australia); Casey, Phil S., E-mail: Phil.Casey@csiro.au [Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Manufacturing Flagship (Australia); Angel, Brad [Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Land and Water Flagship (Australia); Catchpoole, Heather J. [National Measurement Institute Australia, Nanometrology Section (Australia); Waddington, Lynne [Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Manufacturing Flagship (Australia); McCall, Maxine J. [Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Food and Nutrition Flagship (Australia)

    2015-02-15

    Given the broad commercial applications for ZnO nanomaterials, accurate attribution of physicochemical characteristics that induce toxic effects is particularly important. We report on the physicochemical properties of three commercial nano-ZnO products: Z-COTE and Z-COTE HP1 from BASF, and Nanosun from Micronisers, and, for reference, “bulk” ZnO from Sigma-Aldrich. Z-COTE, Nanosun and “bulk” consist of uncoated particles with different sizes, while Z-COTE HP1 consists of nanoparticles with a hydrophobic coating. Specific batches of these ZnO products were included in the OECD Sponsorship Programme to test manufactured nanomaterials. In order to identify properties potentially susceptible to variations between production runs, three additional batches of Z-COTE and Nanosun and two additional batches of Z-COTE HP1 were also investigated here. In general, all products showed little variation between batches for properties measured from powdered samples, but batch variations in the amount of surface coating were evident for the coated Z-COTE HP1. Properties measured with samples dispersed in liquids (agglomeration, photocatalytic activity, dissolution) were highly dependent on dispersion protocols, and this made it difficult to differentiate between differences due to dispersion and due to batches. However, batch-sensitive properties did appear to be present in Z-COTE and Z-COTE HP1 (photocatalytic activity), and Nanosun (dissolution). Intra-batch time and/or storage-dependent changes in the applied surface coating, noted specifically for the OECD batch of Z-COTE HP1, highlight the need for best practice when storing and accessing stocks of nano products. Awareness of inter-batch and intra-batch variability is essential for commercial applications and for nanotoxicological studies aimed at identifying links between physicochemical properties and any adverse effects in biological systems.

  8. Transferrin-bearing maghemite nano-constructs for biomedical applications

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    Piraux, H.; Hai, J.; Gaudisson, T.; Ammar, S.; Gazeau, F.; El Hage Chahine, J. M.; Hémadi, M.

    2015-05-01

    Superparamagnetic nanoparticles (NPs) are widely used in biomedicine for hyperthermia and magnetic resonance imagery. Targeting them to specific cancerous cells is, therefore, of a great value for therapy and diagnostic. Transferrin and its receptor constitute the major iron-acquisition system in human. The former crosses the plasma membrane within a few minutes by receptor-mediated endocytosis. Thus, transferrin can be a valuable vector for the delivery of NPs to specific cells and across the blood brain barrier. For such a purpose, three different sizes of maghemite NPs (5, 10, and 15 nm) were synthesized by the polyol method, coated with 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane, and coupled to transferrin by amide bonds. The number of transferrins per nanoparticle was determined. Raw nanoparticles and the "transferrin-nanoparticle" constructs were characterized. The magnetic properties and the colloidal stability of raw NPs and transferrin-NP constructs were measured and analyzed in relation to their inorganic core size variation. They all proved to be good candidates for nanoparticle targeting for biomedical application.

  9. Synthesis and stabilization of nano-sized titanium dioxide

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    Ismagilov, Zinfer R; Tsikoza, L T; Shikina, N V [G.K. Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Zarytova, V F [Institute of Chemical Biology and Fundamental Medicine Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Russian Federation); Zinoviev, V V [State Research Centre of Virology and Biotechnology ' Vector' (Russian Federation); Zagrebelnyi, Stanislav N [Novosibirsk State University, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation)

    2009-09-30

    The published data on the preparation and the dispersion-structural properties of nano-sized TiO{sub 2} are considered. Attention is focused on its sol-gel synthesis from different precursors. The possibilities for the purposeful control and stabilization of properties of TiO{sub 2} nanopowders and sols are analyzed. Information on physicochemical methods used in studies of the particle size and the phase composition of nanodisperse TiO{sub 2} is presented. The prospects of using nano-sized TiO{sub 2} in medicine and nanobiotechnology are considered.

  10. Synthesis of nanosize MnO2 and its performence

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    顾大明; 魏杰

    2003-01-01

    Sol sol-gel method and solid phase redox reaction were respectively applied in preparation of Nanos-ize MnO2 powders. The experiments showed that only Mn2O3 could be obtained from ignition of Mn( Ⅱ ) in themuffle furnace in air, and Mn2O3 had to be disproportionated in acids to gain MnO2. The analysis of XRD andTEM technique revealed that the diameters of nanosize MnO2 obtained by sol-gel method was 35 ~45 nm andthe x in MnOx was 1.9; the particle size of MnO2 produced from solid phase redox reaction was 10 ~ 20 nm andthe x in MnOx equaled 1.94. The test results have proved that the discharge property of alkaline-manganese bat-tery could be improved by nanosize MnO2.

  11. The use of nano-sized acicular material, sliding friction, and antisense DNA oligonucleotides to silence bacterial genes

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    2014-01-01

    Viable bacterial cells impaled with a single particle of a nano-sized acicular material formed when a mixture containing the cells and the material was exposed to a sliding friction field between polystyrene and agar gel; hereafter, we refer to these impaled cells as penetrons. We have used nano-sized acicular material to establish a novel method for bacterial transformation. Here, we generated penetrons that carried antisense DNA adsorbed on nano-sized acicular material (α-sepiolite) by prov...

  12. Templated synthesis of monodisperse mesoporous maghemite/silica microspheres for magnetic separation of genomic DNA

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    Chen, Feng; Shi, Ruobing; Xue, Yun; Chen, Lei; Wan, Qian-Hong

    2010-08-01

    A novel method is described for the preparation of superparamagnetic mesoporous maghemite (γ-Fe 2O 3)/silica (SiO 2) composite microspheres to allow rapid magnetic separation of DNA from biological samples. With magnetite (Fe 3O 4) and silica nanoparticles as starting materials, such microspheres were synthesized by the following two consecutive steps: (1) formation of monodispersed organic/inorganic hybrid microspheres through urea-formaldedyde (UF) polymerization and (2) removal of the organic template and phase transformation of Fe 3O 4 to γ-Fe 2O 3 by calcination at elevated temperatures. The as-synthesized particles obtained by heating at temperature 300 °C feature spherical shape and uniform particle size ( dparticle=1.72 μm), high saturation magnetization ( Ms=17.22 emu/g), superparamagnetism ( Mr/ Ms=0.023), high surface area ( SBET=240 m 2/g), and mesoporosity ( dpore=6.62 nm). The composite microsphere consists of interlocked amorphous SiO 2 nanoparticles, in which cubic γ-Fe 2O 3 nanocrystals are homogeneously dispersed and thermally stable against γ- to α-phase transformation at temperatures up to 600 °C. With the exposed iron oxide nanoparticles coated with a thin layer of silica shell, the magnetic microspheres were used as a solid-phase adsorbent for rapid extraction of genomic DNA from plant samples. The results show that the DNA templates isolated from pea and green pepper displayed single bands with molecular weights greater than 8 kb and A260/ A280 values of 1.60-1.72. The PCR amplification of a fragment encoding the endogenous chloroplast ndhB gene confirmed that the DNA templates obtained were inhibitor-free and amenable to sensitive amplification-based DNA technologies.

  13. Templated synthesis of monodisperse mesoporous maghemite/silica microspheres for magnetic separation of genomic DNA

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    Chen Feng; Shi Ruobing; Xue Yun; Chen Lei [School of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Wan Qianhong, E-mail: qhwan@tju.edu.c [School of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China)

    2010-08-15

    A novel method is described for the preparation of superparamagnetic mesoporous maghemite (gamma-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3})/silica (SiO{sub 2}) composite microspheres to allow rapid magnetic separation of DNA from biological samples. With magnetite (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) and silica nanoparticles as starting materials, such microspheres were synthesized by the following two consecutive steps: (1) formation of monodispersed organic/inorganic hybrid microspheres through urea-formaldedyde (UF) polymerization and (2) removal of the organic template and phase transformation of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} to gamma-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} by calcination at elevated temperatures. The as-synthesized particles obtained by heating at temperature 300 deg. C feature spherical shape and uniform particle size (d{sub particle}=1.72 mum), high saturation magnetization (M{sub s}=17.22 emu/g), superparamagnetism (M{sub r}/M{sub s}=0.023), high surface area (S{sub BET}=240 m{sup 2}/g), and mesoporosity (d{sub pore}=6.62 nm). The composite microsphere consists of interlocked amorphous SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles, in which cubic gamma-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanocrystals are homogeneously dispersed and thermally stable against gamma- to alpha-phase transformation at temperatures up to 600 deg. C. With the exposed iron oxide nanoparticles coated with a thin layer of silica shell, the magnetic microspheres were used as a solid-phase adsorbent for rapid extraction of genomic DNA from plant samples. The results show that the DNA templates isolated from pea and green pepper displayed single bands with molecular weights greater than 8 kb and A{sub 260}/A{sub 280} values of 1.60-1.72. The PCR amplification of a fragment encoding the endogenous chloroplast ndhB gene confirmed that the DNA templates obtained were inhibitor-free and amenable to sensitive amplification-based DNA technologies.

  14. Characterizations of maghemite thin films prepared by a sol-gel method

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    Lau, L. N., E-mail: lau7798@gmail.com; Ibrahim, N. B., E-mail: baayah@ukm.edu.my [School of Applied Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 UKM Bangi, Selangor. Malaysia (Malaysia)

    2015-09-25

    Iron is one of the abundant elements of Mother Nature and its compound, iron oxide is an interesting material to study since its discovery in the form of magnetite. It can exist in many phases such as hematite and maghemite, this unique nature has put it as a potential candidate in various applications. The aim of this work is to study the influence of different precursor concentrations on the microstructural and magnetic properties of iron oxide thin film. All samples were prepared via the sol-gel method followed by a spin coating technique on quartz substrates. Iron oxide films were confirmed as maghemite phase from X-ray diffraction patterns. The film morphology was examined by a field emission scanning electron microscope and it showed non-systematic value of average grain size and film thickness throughout the study. Hysteresis loop further confirmed that maghemite is a magnetic material when it was characterized by a vibrating sample magnetometer. The coercivity did not show any correlation with molarity. Nevertheless, it increased as the precursor concentration of the film increased due to the domain behaviour. In conclusion, maghemite thin films were successfully synthesized by the sol-gel method with different precursor concentrations in this work.

  15. XAS signatures of Am(III) adsorbed onto magnetite and maghemite

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    Finck, N.; Radulescu, L.; Schild, D.

    2016-01-01

    Trivalent americium was adsorbed on magnetite and maghemite under similar chemical conditions and the local environment probed by EXAFS spectroscopy. In both samples, partially hydrated Am(III) binds the surface but slightly different surface complexes were identified. On Fe3O4, Am(III) forms...

  16. Chromium removal from aqueous media by superparamagnetic starch functionalized maghemite nanoparticles

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    P N Singh; D Tiwary; I Sinha

    2015-11-01

    Superparamagnetic starch functionalized maghemite nanoparticles (SMhNPs) were synthesised by a co-precipitation method via in situ functionalization and used as nano-adsorbents for the removal of Cr(VI) from aqueous waste. The characterization of the prepared nanoparticles was done by XRD, FTIR, TEM and VSM techniques. Adsorption of Cr(VI) on the surface of superparamagnetic starch functionalized maghemite nano-adsorbents was investigated and the removal was higher in acidic pH as compared to that exhibited in basic medium. The adsorption of Cr(VI) by the SMhNPs followed pseudo-second order kinetics and the adsorption isotherm data fits well the Freundlich adsorption isotherm. The F value for Cr(VI) removal by SMhNPs is found to be 24.76 mg.g−1, which is significantly better than the adsorption capacities reported in literature for maghemite nanoparticles. Thermodynamic studies revealed that the adsorption of Cr(VI) onto the superparamagnetic starch functionalized maghemite nano-adsorbents is spontaneous and endothermic in nature.

  17. Continuous flow hydrogenation of nitroarenes, azides and alkenes using maghemite-Pd nanocomposites

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    Maghemite-supported ultra-fine Pd (1-2 nm) nanoparticles, prepared by a simple co-precipitation method, find application in the catalytic continuous flow hydrogenation of nitroarenes, azides, and alkenes wherein they play an important role in reduction of various functional group...

  18. Rock-magnetic studies on hematite, maghemite and combustion-metamorphic rocks

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    de Boer, C.B.

    1999-01-01

    This thesis is structured in three parts. Part I and II comprise fundamental research of the magnetic properties of hematite and maghemite, respectively, essential to improve the quality of paleomagnetic interpretations of sedimentary rocks in particular. The main purpose is to develop diagnostic ro

  19. Ultrasonic Production of Nano-Size Dispersions and Emulsions

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    Hielscher, Thomas

    2005-01-01

    Submitted on behalf of EDA Publishing Association (http://irevues.inist.fr/handle/2042/5920); International audience; Ultrasound is a well-established method for particle size reduction in dispersions and emulsions. Ultrasonic processors are used in the generation of nano-size material slurries, dispersions and emulsions because of the potential in the deagglomeration and the reduction of primaries. These are the mechanical effects of ultrasonic cavitation. Ultrasound can also be used to infl...

  20. 包覆纳米镍粒子的碳纳米管磁性研究(英文)%MAGNETIC PROPERTIES OF CARBON NANOTUBES ENCAPSULATING NANOSIZE D NICKEL PARTICLES

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    雷中兴; 李轩科; 汪厚植; 洪学勤; 陈家唯

    2002-01-01

    Multi-walled carbon nanotubes were synthesized by the catalytic chemical vapor decomposition method, and a binary aerogel with a 1.20∶1 nickel-silica weight ratio was used as catalyst, which was prepared by the sol-gel supercritical fluid drying method. The synthesis of carbon nanotub es was conducted in a quartz tube furnace. The catalysts in the quartz boat were heat-treated to the required temperature under nitrogen atmosphere and reduced by flowing hydrogen for 30min. Then the gas mixture of hydrogen and methane was introduced into the furnace and pyrolyzed for 30min~60min. Finally, the product obtained was cooled to room temperature under a nitrogen atmosphere. The samples were characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, HRTEM, Raman spectra and susceptib ility tests. The results showed that the pyrolytic product was composed of multi -walled carbon nanotubes and nanosized nickel particles, which were encapsulated at the tip of the carbon nanotubes. Magnetic analysis showed that the carbon nanotubes encapsulating nickel had a specific saturation magnetization of 0.66A ·m2·kg-1 and a coercivity of 20157A·m-1.%通过溶胶-凝胶超临界干燥技术制备出NiO/SiO2比为1.2的二元气凝胶纳米催化剂,并以气凝胶为催化剂通过化学气相热解法合成了碳纳米管;碳纳米管的合成是在石英管式炉中完成.将催化剂置于石英舟中,在流动氮气中将管式炉加热至所需的温度,然后通入甲烷、氢气混合气体,热解反应30min~60min后形成碳纳米管.反应结束后,生成的碳纳米管在氮气氛中冷却至室温.采用XRD、SEM、TEM、HRTEM、Raman分析手段对制得的碳纳米管进行了表征,并测定其磁化系数.结果表明:裂解产物主要由碳纳米管和纳米镍粒子组成,且纳米镍粒子包覆于碳纳米管的顶端.这种包覆纳米镍粒子的碳纳米管的比饱和磁化强度和矫顽力分别为0.66A·m2·kg-1和20157A·m-1.

  1. Effects of heteroatoms and nanosize on tin-based electrodes

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    Alcántara, Ricardo; Ortiz, Gregorio; Rodríguez, Inés; Tirado, José L.

    Tin-based intermetallic compounds of different compositions and with micro and nano-sized particles are studied as electrodes for lithium ion batteries. Crystalline microsized particles of CoSn x are obtained at high temperatures, while crystalline nano-sized particles are obtained at low-temperature following a one-pot method which is based on TEG solvent and reduction with NaBH 4. The observed capacities of CoSn x compounds in lithium test cells depend on the tin content, electrochemical cycling conditions and crystallite size. The change of the 119Sn Mössbauer isomer shift upon the electrochemical reaction with lithium is more limited for the intermetallic compounds CoSn x than for pure Sn. Nano-sized CoSn x materials show superior specific capacity than microsized CoSn x powders. The maximum observed reversible capacity of nano-Co 3Sn 2 is equal to 544 m Ah g -1 in the first cycle, while 413 m Ah g -1 were observed for nano-CoSn.

  2. A new method for the identification and quantification of magnetite-maghemite mixture using conventional X-ray diffraction technique.

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    Kim, Wonbaek; Suh, Chang-Yul; Cho, Sung-Wook; Roh, Ki-Min; Kwon, Hanjung; Song, Kyungsun; Shon, In-Jin

    2012-05-30

    The electrical explosion of Fe wire in air produced nanoparticles containing the binary mixture of magnetite (Fe(3)O(4)) and maghemite (γ-Fe(2)O(3)). The phase identification of magnetite and maghemite by the conventional X-ray diffraction method is not a simple matter because both have the same cubic structure and their lattice parameters are almost identical. Here, we propose a convenient method to assess the presence of magnetite-maghemite mixture and to further quantify its phase composition using the conventional peak deconvolution technique. A careful step scan around the high-angle peaks as (511) and (440) revealed the clear doublets indicative of the mixture phases. The quantitative analysis of the mixture phase was carried out by constructing a calibration curve using the pure magnetite and maghemite powders commercially available. The correlation coefficients, R(2), for magnetite-maghemite mixture was 0.9941. According to the method, the iron oxide nanoparticles prepared by the wire explosion in this study was calculated to contain 55.8 wt.% maghemite and 44.2 wt.% magnetite. We believe that the proposed method would be a convenient tool for the study of the magnetite-maghemite mixture which otherwise requires highly sophisticated equipments and techniques.

  3. Synthesis of nanosize BPO{sub 4} under microwave irradiation

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    Wang, Rui, E-mail: wr_wrwr@163.com [School of Chemistry and Materials Science, Liaoning Shihua University, Fushun 113001 (China); School of Chemical Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116023 (China); Jiang, Heng; Gong, Hong; Zhang, Jun [School of Chemistry and Materials Science, Liaoning Shihua University, Fushun 113001 (China)

    2012-08-15

    Highlights: ► Nanosize BPO{sub 4} are prepared under microwave-irradiation conditions. ► This reaction is only performed at less than 640 W power for 2.5–5 min. ► The particles of sample irradiated at 400 W are 40–90 nm in size and well dispersed. ► A simple, fast and green procedure for synthesis of nanosize BPO{sub 4} is developed. -- Abstract: Nanosize BPO{sub 4} was synthesized using H{sub 3}BO{sub 3} and H{sub 3}PO{sub 4} (85%) as raw materials under microwave irradiation. This reaction was performed at powers lower than 640 W and irradiation time ranging from 2.5 min to 5 min, which were only a fraction of the time required for conventional synthetic procedures. The structure of the as-prepared BPO{sub 4} is analogous to that of a high cristobalite. The particle sizes of the samples irradiated at 640 and 400 W range from 40 nm to 90 nm and 30 nm to 60 nm, respectively. The effects of different conditions on the experimental outcome are also discussed.

  4. Waste utilization for the controlled synthesis of nanosized hydroxyapatite

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    Nayar, Suprabha, E-mail: Suprabha.nayar@gmail.com [National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur (India); Guha, Avijit [National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur (India)

    2009-05-05

    This work uses biomolecules in waste and medicinally important materials for the synthesis of hydroxyapatite nanoparticles. Orange and potato peel, eggshell, papaya leaf and calendula flower extracts have varied biomolecules, which exert a significant, control on the in situ synthesis of nanosized hydroxyapatite particles. The biomimetic synthesis of inorganic particles using known matrices is already well established, however, there are only a few reports using compound extracts. The synthesized nanocomposite has been characterized using X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy studies. Role of varied biomolecules in controlled inorganic synthesis may have tremendous technological impact.

  5. Synthesis and Photoconductivity of Nanosized Phthalocyanine

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    Shuguang BIAN; Xianggao LI; Lei SHAO; Jianfeng CHEN

    2006-01-01

    Functional phthalocyanine (Pc) compounds of H2Pc, TiOPc, FePc and ClAlPc were synthesized with a yield of 46.7%, 91.2%, 37.4% and 34.0%, respectively. Nanosized TiOPc was synthesized via a one-step sol-gel method and effects of surfactant doses, nucleation temperature on TiOPc particle size and photoconductivity were investigated. When m(PEG): m(TiOPc) was 0.1 and nucleation temperature was 0℃, the as-obtained TiOPc had the smallest particle size and largest specific surface area, which were 60 nm and 83 m2/g, respectively. TiOPc synthesized under these conditions also exhibits excellent photoconductivity with charging potential V0, dark decay speed Rd and energy for half-discharging of potential E1/2 being 1160 V, 30 V/s and 0.6 lx·s, respectively.

  6. Toxicology of nanosized titanium dioxide: an update.

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    Zhang, Xiaochen; Li, Wen; Yang, Zhuo

    2015-12-01

    Nanosized titanium dioxide (nano-TiO2) has tremendous potential for a host of applications, and TiO2 nanoparticles (NP) possess different physicochemical properties compared to their fine particle analogs, which might alter their bioactivity. Their adverse effects on living cells have raised serious concerns recently for their use in health care and consumer sectors such as sunscreens, cosmetics, pharmaceutical additives and implanted biomaterials. Many researches have demonstrated that the physicochemical properties including shape, size, surface characteristics and inner structure of nano-TiO2 particles have different degrees of toxicity to different organism groups under different conditions. Some former reports have demonstrated that nano-TiO2 materials could enter into human body through different routes such as inhalation, dermal penetration and ingestion. After being taken by human body, NP might induce oxidative stress, cytotoxicity, genotoxicity, inflammation and cell apoptosis ultimately in mammal organs and systems. Here, we summarized the update about toxicity of nano-TiO2 and aimed to supply a safety usage guideline of this nanomaterial.

  7. Study on Desulfurization Efficiency and Products of Ce-Doped Nanosized ZnO Desulfurizer at Ambient Temperature

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    Li Fen; Yan Bo; Zhang Jie; Jiang Anxi; Shao Chunhong; Kong Xiangji; Wang Xin

    2007-01-01

    Ce-doped nanosized ZnO desulfurizer was prepared by homogeneous precipitation, and its desulfurization efficiency at ambient temperature was investigated through dynamic experiments. The results showed that the desulfurization activity of nanosized Ce-ZnO had improved greatly, compared to nanosized ZnO desulfurizer. Nanosized Ce-ZnO desulfurizer was characterized by XRD, TPD-MS, XPS, and TEM. The research results indicated that doping Ce decreased the particle size of the nanosized ZnO desulfurizer and ZnS was the principal desulfurization product. There were adsorption complexes of HS and S on the surface of desulfurizer as well. Only a small amount of vapor appeared in the tail gas on the condition of meeting the precision of desulfurization.

  8. Magnetic purification of curcumin from Curcuma longa rhizome by novel naked maghemite nanoparticles.

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    Magro, Massimiliano; Campos, Rene; Baratella, Davide; Ferreira, Maria Izabela; Bonaiuto, Emanuela; Corraducci, Vittorino; Uliana, Maíra Rodrigues; Lima, Giuseppina Pace Pereira; Santagata, Silvia; Sambo, Paolo; Vianello, Fabio

    2015-01-28

    Naked maghemite nanoparticles, namely, surface active maghemite nanoparticles (SAMNs), characterized by a diameter of about 10 nm, possessing peculiar colloidal stability, surface chemistry, and superparamagnetism, present fundamental requisites for the development of effective magnetic purification processes for biomolecules in complex matrices. Polyphenolic molecules presenting functionalities with different proclivities toward iron chelation were studied as probes for testing SAMN suitability for magnetic purification. Thus, the binding efficiency and reversibility on SAMNs of phenolic compounds of interest in the pharmaceutical and food industries, namely, catechin, tyrosine, hydroxytyrosine, ferulic acid, coumaric acid, rosmarinic acid, naringenin, curcumin, and cyanidin-3-glucoside, were evaluated. Curcumin emerged as an elective compound, suitable for magnetic purification by SAMNs from complex matrices. A combination of curcumin, demethoxycurcumin, and bis-demethoxycurcumin was recovered by a single magnetic purification step from extracts of Curcuma longa rhizomes, with a purity >98% and a purification yield of 45%, curcumin being >80% of the total purified curcuminoids.

  9. Magnetic properties of nanoscale crystalline maghemite obtained by a new synthetic route

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    Mercante, L.A. [Instituto de Quimica, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niteroi, RJ (Brazil); Melo, W.W.M. [Instituto de Fisica, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Granada, M.; Troiani, H.E. [Centro Atomico Bariloche and Instituto Balseiro, Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica, 8400 S.C. de Bariloche, RN (Argentina); Macedo, W.A.A.; Ardison, J.D. [Laboratorio de Fisica Aplicada, CDTN/CNEN, Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil); Vaz, M.G.F. [Instituto de Quimica, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niteroi, RJ (Brazil); Novak, M.A., E-mail: mnovak@if.ufrj.br [Instituto de Fisica, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2012-09-15

    In this work we describe the synthesis and characterization of maghemite nanoparticles obtained by a new synthetic route. The material was synthesized using triethylamine as a coprecipitation agent in the presence of the organic ligand N,N Prime -bis(3,5-di-tert-butyl-catechol)-2,4-diaminotoluene (LCH{sub 3}). Moessbauer spectrum at 4 K shows typical hyperfine parameters of maghemite and Transmission Electron Microscopy images reveal that the nanoparticles have a mean diameter of 3.9 nm and a narrow size distribution. AC magnetic susceptibility in zero field presents an Arrhenius behavior with unreasonable relaxation parameters due to the strong influence of dipolar interaction. In contrast when the measurements are performed in a 1 kOe field, the effect of dipolar interactions becomes negligible and the obtained parameters are in good agreement with the static magnetic properties. The dynamic energy barrier obtained from the AC susceptibility results is larger than the expected from the average size observed by HRTEM results, evidencing the strong influence of the surface contribution to the anisotropy. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Maghemite nanoparticles obtained by a new synthetic route. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer TEM images shown crystalline nanoparticles with average 3.9 nm diameter. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Normal Arrhenius behavior restored with applied DC fields.

  10. Maghemite nanoparticles on electrospun CNFs template as prospective lithium-ion battery anode.

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    Wu, Yongzhi; Zhu, Peining; Reddy, M V; Chowdari, B V R; Ramakrishna, S

    2014-02-12

    In this work, maghemite (γ-Fe2O3) nanoparticles were uniformly coated on carbon nanofibers (CNFs) by a hybrid synthesis procedure combining an electrospinning technique and hydrothermal method. Polyacrylonitrile nanofibers fabricated by the electrospinning technique serve as a robust support for iron oxide precursors during the hydrothermal process and successfully limit the aggregation of nanoparticles at the following carbonization step. The best materials were optimized under a carbonization condition of 600 °C for 12 h. X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy studies confirm the formation of a maghemite structure standing on the surface of CNFs. The average size of γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles is below 100 nm, whereas CNFs are ∼150 nm in diameter. In comparison with aggregated bare iron oxide nanoparticles, the as-prepared carbon-maghemite nanofibers exhibit a higher surface area and greatly improved electrochemical performance (>830 mAh g(-1) at 50 mA g(-1) for 40 cycles and high rate capacity up to 5 A g(-1) in the voltage range of 0.005-3 V vs Li). The greatly enhanced electrochemical performance is attributed to the unique one-dimensional nanostructure and the limited aggregation of nanoparticles.

  11. Transformation of goethite/ferrihydrite to hematite and maghemite under temperate humid conditions in Denmark

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    Nørnberg, P.; Finster, K.; Gunnlaugsson, Haraldur Pall

    2012-01-01

    At a number of sandy soil sites in Mid Jutland, Denmark, with iron content of 1-2%, very red spots (Munsell colour: dusky red 10R 3/4) of a few square meters are found. These spots are most likely due to burning events. After the fire ashes raised pH. This dispersed silt and clay size soil...... ferrihydrite. This is later transformed into goethite. However, along with these two minerals hematite and maghemite are present in the topsoil around the well area. Forest fires would be a likely explanation to the hematite and maghemite. But a body of evidence argues against these sites having been exposed...... to fire. 1) The pH in the topsoil is 3.6 - 4.8 and thus not raised by ashes. 2) No charcoal is present. 3) There is no indication of fire outside the high iron content areas. 4) Goethite is present along with hematite and maghemite in microparticles, and the mineralogical zonation produced in a forest...

  12. Comparison of Characteristics of Sol-Gel and Precipitation Synthesis of Nanosized ZnO Powders

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    Xiaoping Liang; Shaobo Xin; Xiaohui Wang; Yajin Liu

    2006-01-01

    Zinc oxide nanosized powders with different sizes and morphologies were obtained by the sol-gel method and the precipitation method, respectively. The effects of the sintering temperature on the characteristics of nanosized ZnO powders were discussed. ZnO particles were characterized by XRD and TEM. The results show that the powders prepared by both methods are of hexagon crystalline, and the average diameter of the particles prepared by the sol-gel method is smaller than that by the precipitation method.

  13. Field dependent transition to the non-linear regime in magnetic hyperthermia experiments: Comparison between maghemite, copper, zinc, nickel and cobalt ferrite nanoparticles of similar sizes

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    E. L. Verde

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Further advances in magnetic hyperthermia might be limited by biological constraints, such as using sufficiently low frequencies and low field amplitudes to inhibit harmful eddy currents inside the patient's body. These incite the need to optimize the heating efficiency of the nanoparticles, referred to as the specific absorption rate (SAR. Among the several properties currently under research, one of particular importance is the transition from the linear to the non-linear regime that takes place as the field amplitude is increased, an aspect where the magnetic anisotropy is expected to play a fundamental role. In this paper we investigate the heating properties of cobalt ferrite and maghemite nanoparticles under the influence of a 500 kHz sinusoidal magnetic field with varying amplitude, up to 134 Oe. The particles were characterized by TEM, XRD, FMR and VSM, from which most relevant morphological, structural and magnetic properties were inferred. Both materials have similar size distributions and saturation magnetization, but strikingly different magnetic anisotropies. From magnetic hyperthermia experiments we found that, while at low fields maghemite is the best nanomaterial for hyperthermia applications, above a critical field, close to the transition from the linear to the non-linear regime, cobalt ferrite becomes more efficient. The results were also analyzed with respect to the energy conversion efficiency and compared with dynamic hysteresis simulations. Additional analysis with nickel, zinc and copper-ferrite nanoparticles of similar sizes confirmed the importance of the magnetic anisotropy and the damping factor. Further, the analysis of the characterization parameters suggested core-shell nanostructures, probably due to a surface passivation process during the nanoparticle synthesis. Finally, we discussed the effect of particle-particle interactions and its consequences, in particular regarding discrepancies between estimated

  14. Manipulation of isolated brain nerve terminals by an external magnetic field using D-mannose-coated γ-Fe2O3 nano-sized particles and assessment of their effects on glutamate transport

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    Tatiana Borisova

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The manipulation of brain nerve terminals by an external magnetic field promises breakthroughs in nano-neurotechnology. D-Mannose-coated superparamagnetic nanoparticles were synthesized by coprecipitation of Fe(II and Fe(III salts followed by oxidation with sodium hypochlorite and addition of D-mannose. Effects of D-mannose-coated superparamagnetic maghemite (γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles on key characteristics of the glutamatergic neurotransmission were analysed. Using radiolabeled L-[14C]glutamate, it was shown that D-mannose-coated γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles did not affect high-affinity Na+-dependent uptake, tonic release and the extracellular level of L-[14C]glutamate in isolated rat brain nerve terminals (synaptosomes. Also, the membrane potential of synaptosomes and acidification of synaptic vesicles was not changed as a result of the application of D-mannose-coated γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles. This was demonstrated with the potential-sensitive fluorescent dye rhodamine 6G and the pH-sensitive dye acridine orange. The study also focused on the analysis of the potential use of these nanoparticles for manipulation of nerve terminals by an external magnetic field. It was shown that more than 84.3 ± 5.0% of L-[14C]glutamate-loaded synaptosomes (1 mg of protein/mL incubated for 5 min with D-mannose-coated γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles (250 µg/mL moved to an area, in which the magnet (250 mT, gradient 5.5 Т/m was applied compared to 33.5 ± 3.0% of the control and 48.6 ± 3.0% of samples that were treated with uncoated nanoparticles. Therefore, isolated brain nerve terminals can be easily manipulated by an external magnetic field using D-mannose-coated γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles, while the key characteristics of glutamatergic neurotransmission are not affected. In other words, functionally active synaptosomes labeled with D-mannose-coated γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles were obtained.

  15. Wear Behavior of Austempered Ductile Iron with Nanosized Additives

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    J. Kaleicheva

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The microstructure and properties of austempered ductile iron (ADI strengthened with nanosized addtives of titanium nitride + titanium carbonitride (TiN + TiCN, titanium nitride TiN and cubic boron nitride cBN are investigated. The TiN, TiCN and cBN, nanosized particles are coated by electroless nickel coating EFTTOM-NICKEL prior to the edition to the melt. The spheroidal graphite iron samples are undergoing an austempering, including heating at 900 оС for an hour, after that isothermal retention at 280 оС, 2 h and 380 оС, 2h. The metallographic analysis by optical metallographic microscope GX41 OLIMPUS and hardness measurements by Vickers Method are performed. The structure of the austempered ductile iron consists of lower bainite and upper bainite.Experimental investigation of the wear by fixed abrasive are also carried out. The influence of the nanosized additives on the microstructure, mechanical and tribological properties of the austempered ductile irons (ADI is studied.

  16. Synthesis of nanosized silver colloids by microwave dielectric heating

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    Kirti Patel; Sudhir Kapoor; D P Dave; Tulsi Mukherjee

    2005-01-01

    Silver nanosized crystallites have been synthesized in aqueous and polyols viz., ethylene glycol and glycerol, using a microwave technique. Dispersions of colloidal silver have been prepared by the reduction of silver nitrate both in the presence and absence of stabilizer poly(vinylpyrolidone) (PVP). It was observed that PVP is capable of complexing and stabilizing Ag nanoparticles formed through the reduction of Ag+ ions in water and ethylene glycol. In the case of ethylene glycol, it has been shown that the use of PVP leads to particles with a high degree of stability. The colloids are stable in glycerol for months even in the absence of stabilizer.

  17. Thermal Transformation and Characterization of Synthetic Al-Substituted Maghemites (γ-Fe2-xAlxO3

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    Adriele Galeti Nonaka

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Burning is a common practice in tropical areas and related changes in mineralogy might affect the chemical and physical behavior of soils. Maghemite is a common iron oxide in soils formed from basic rocks in tropical regions. This mineral and hematite are the main pigments in these soils and exhibit high magnetization stemming from the precursor magnetite formed during the weathering process of primary minerals. The objective of the present study was to analyze changes in color, magnetic suceptibility values, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR spectra, and available Fe and Al contents extracted with 1 mol L-1 KCl during the process of thermal transformation of synthetic Al-maghemites into Al-hematites. Synthetic substituted maghemites with different degrees of Al-substitution (0.0, 1.0, 2.0, 2.9, 3.8, 5.6, 6.7, 10.0, 12.0, and 17.1 mol% Al were subjected to a temperature of 500 ± 10 °C for 0, 5, 10, 16, 64, 128, 192, 360, 720, 2160, 3600, 5040 and 6480 min. The color of the samples was analyzed by a Munsell system in a colorimeter. Mass-specific magnetic susceptibility (χLF was measured at low-frequency. Available Fe and Al contents were estimated by a 1 mol L-1 KCl solution. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR spectra were obtained through use of a Bruker Vertex 70X FTIR spectrophotometer at a spectral resolution of 4 cm-1. Contents of Fe and Al extracted by 1 mol L-1 KCl in Al-hematites were not detected. All samples analyzed exhibited YR hue. Hue proportion decreased with increased heating time, and color changed from brown to red. The increase in isomorphic substitution (IS led to increased hue values from maghemite to hematite, and the latter then became yellower. The χLF values decreased with an increase in heating time, indicating transformation from a ferrimagnetic phase (maghemite to an antiferrimagnetic phase (hematite. With increasing IS, the maghemite χLF values decreased. Bands of the initial

  18. Internalization of carbon black and maghemite iron oxide nanoparticle mixtures leads to oxidant production.

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    Berg, J Michael; Ho, Shu; Hwang, Wonjoong; Zebda, Rema; Cummins, Kyle; Soriaga, Manuel P; Taylor, Robert; Guo, Bing; Sayes, Christie M

    2010-12-20

    The risk of potential human exposure to mixed nanomaterials in consumer, occupational, and medicinal settings is increasing as nanomaterials enter both the workplace and the marketplace. In this study, we investigated the toxicity of mixed engineered carbon black (ECB) and maghemite iron oxide (Fe(2)O(3)) nanoparticles in a cellular system to understand the mechanism of toxicity and potential methods of toxicity mitigation. Lung epithelial cells (A549) were exposed to mixed Fe(2)O(3) and ECB nanoparticles, mixed Fe(2)O(3) and ECB nanoparticles with the addition of L-ascorbic acid, and mixed Fe(2)O(3) and surface-oxidized engineered carbon black (ox-ECB) nanoparticles. The nanoparticles were characterized using transmission electron microscopy, nitrogen adsorption surface area measurement (BET), X-ray diffraction, and surface charge measurement. The carbon black nanoparticles were also characterized with a reductive capacity assay and by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The cellular uptake of nanoparticles was analyzed via transmission electron microscopy and fluorescence microscopy; the cellular uptake of iron was quantified using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Both the MTT assay and the ethidium homodimer and calcein AM live/dead assay were used to measure cellular proliferation and cytotoxicity, respectively. The dichlorofluorescein diacetate (DCFH-DA) assay was used to measure the intracellular generation of reactive oxygen species. Results show that both Fe(2)O(3) and ECB (or Fe(2)O(3) and ox-ECB) were co-internalized in intracellular vesicles. Additionally, after exposure to the mixture of nanoparticles, the amount of acidified lysosomes increased over time. The cellular uptake of Fe(2)O(3) nanoparticles was unaffected by mixing with ECB. Significant oxidant production occurred in cells exposed to mixed Fe(2)O(3) and ECB, but not in cells exposed to mixed Fe(2)O(3) and ox-ECB or in cells exposed to Fe(2)O(3) and ECB with the

  19. Transformation of goethite/ferrihydrite to hematite and maghemite under temperate humid conditions in Denmark

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    Nørnberg, P.; Finster, K.; Gunnlaugsson, Haraldur Pall

    2012-01-01

    At a number of sandy soil sites in Mid Jutland, Denmark, with iron content of 1-2%, very red spots (Munsell colour: dusky red 10R 3/4) of a few square meters are found. These spots are most likely due to burning events. After the fire ashes raised pH. This dispersed silt and clay size soil...... fire is not seen. The natural sites contain a uniform mixture of goethite/ferrihydrite, hematite and maghemite down to 20 cm depth. An experimental forest fire left charcoal and ashes at the topsoil, produced high pH, mineral zonation and decreased organic matter content, all of which is in contrast...

  20. Size and surface effects on the magnetism of magnetite and maghemite nanoparticles

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    Nikiforov, V. N., E-mail: pppnvn@yandex.ru [Moscow State University (Russian Federation); Ignatenko, A. N.; Irkhin, V. Yu. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Mikheev Institute of Metal Physics, Ural Branch (Russian Federation)

    2017-02-15

    The size effects of magnetite and maghemite nanoparticles on their magnetic properties (magnetic moment, Curie temperature, blocking temperature, etc.) have been investigated. Magnetic separation and centrifugation of an aqueous solution of nanoparticles were used for their separation into fractions; their sizes were measured by atomic force microscopy, dynamic light scattering, and electron microscopy. A change in the size leads to a change in the Curie temperature and magnetic moment per formula unit. Both native nanoparticles and those covered with a bioresorbable layer have been considered. The magnetic properties have been calculated by the Monte Carlo method for the classical Heisenberg model with various bulk and surface magnetic moments.

  1. Comparison of the mineralogical effects of an experimental forest fire on a goethite/ferrihydrite soil with a topsoil that contains hematite, maghemite and goethite

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    Nørnberg, Per; Vendelboe, Anders Lindblad; Gunnlaugsson, Haraldur Pall;

    2009-01-01

    A long-standing unresolved puzzle related to the Danish temperate humid climate is the presence of extended areas with large Fe contents, where goethite and ferrihydrite are present in the topsoil along with hematite and maghemite. Hematite and, particularly, maghemite would normally be interpret...

  2. Synthesis of nanosized platinum based catalyst using sol-gel process

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    Ingale, S. V.; Wagh, P. B.; Bandyopadhyay, D.; Singh, I. K.; Tewari, R.; Gupta, S. C.

    2015-02-01

    The nano-sized platinum based catalysts using high surface area silica support have been prepared by sol-gel method. Tetramethoxysilane (TMOS) diluted in methanol was hydrolyzed to form a porous silica gel. Platinum (2%) was loaded at sol state using platinum chloride solution. After gelation, the solvent from the gel pores was extracted at ambient temperature which resulted in porous silica matrix incorporated with nanosized platinum. X-ray diffraction studies indicated the presence of elemental platinum in the silica-platinum composites. Transmission electron microscopy of the platinum -silica composites revealed that nanosized platinum particles of about 5-10 nm are homogeneously dispersed in silica matrix. Chemisorptions studies showed high dispersion (more than 50%) of platinum on silica support with specific surface area of 400 m2/g which puts them as promising candidates as catalyst in heterogeneous reactions.

  3. Preparation and properties of nanosize MnZn ferrite from δ-FeOOH

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    HAO Shunli; WANG Xin; WEI Yu; Wang Yongming; Liu Chunjing

    2006-01-01

    Ferrous ion was transformed into feroxyhyte (δ-FeOOH) by oxidation. Then, manganese sulfate and zinc sulfate in some ratio were added to the feroxyhyte solution. The co-precipitation was boiling reflux conditions sometime under constant stirring. The nanosize MnZn ferrite powder was formed. The mechanism of preparation of the nanosize MnZn ferrite was discussed, and the formation of feroxyhyte which was playing a key role during the process was mentioned. The properties of powder was tested by means of X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and vibrating sample magnetometer. The results show that the samples of spherical particles about 20 nm, which have characteristics of ferrimagnetism, has larger saturation magnetization, but the remanent magnetization and coercivity are comparatively smaller. The spinel MnZn ferrite nanosize powder was successfully prepared from δ-FeOOH at low temperature, with low-carbon steel and peroxide as main material.

  4. Effects of nanosized metallic palladium loading and calcination on characteristics of composite silica

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    吴玉程; 吴侠; 李广海; 张立德

    2003-01-01

    In order to investigate the effects of nanosized metallic palladium loading and calcination on the characteristics of composite silica,the silica was prepared by sol-gel technique,leading to an amorphous solid with mesoporosity,and the pore size distribution is narrow,centered at 3-5 nm.The composite silica was formed by impregnating palladium precursor into the porous network with sequel calcination in hydrogen.The results show that the nanosized palladium as guest phase in the composite silica is subjected to the mesoporous structure and calcination,resulting in the changes of optical adsorption that red-shifted to higher wavelength with the palladium loading and the heating temperature.The tailoring of the optical properties can be ascribed to the effect of the nanosized metal particles and interactions occurred between palladium and silica.

  5. Formulation and Stability Aspects of Nanosized Solid Drug Delivery Systems.

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    Szabo, Peter; Zelko, Romana

    2015-01-01

    Nano drug delivery systems are considered as useful means to remedy the problems of drugs of poor solubility, permeability and bioavailability, which became one of the most troublesome questions of the pharmaceutical industry. Different types of nanosized drug delivery systems have been developed and investigated for oral administration, providing auspicious solutions for drug development. In this paper nanosized drug delivery systems intended for oral administration are discussed based on the chemical nature of the carrier of drug molecules. Lipid nanoparticles comprising solid lipid nanoparticles, improved nanostructured lipid carriers and nanostructured silica- lipid hybrid particles have become popular in the formulation of lipophilic drugs of poor oral bioavailability. Polymeric nanoparticles including nanospheres and nanocapsules and polymeric fibrous systems have also emerged as potential drug delivery systems owing to their unique structure. The feasibility of surface functionalization of mesoporous materials and gold nanoparticles enables high level of control over particle characteristics making inorganic nanoparticles an exceptional formulation approach. The authors paid particular attention to the functionality-related stability of the reviewed delivery systems.

  6. Suppression of exchange bias effect in maghemite nanoparticles functionalized with H2Y

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    Guivar, Juan A. Ramos; Morales, M. A.; Litterst, F. Jochen

    2016-12-01

    The structural, vibrational, morphological and magnetic properties of maghemite (γ-Fe2O3) nanoparticles functionalized with polar molecules EDTA(or H4Y) and H2Y are reported. The samples were functionalized before and after total synthesis of γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles. The molecules are anchored on the monodentate mode on the nanoparticles surface. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) revealed the formation of maghemite nanoparticles with small diameter of 4 nm for the sample functionalized upon synthesis and 7.6 and 6.9 nm for the samples functionalized with EDTA and H2Y after the formation of nanoparticles. Exchange bias phenomena were observed in some of the samples functionalized with EDTA at temperatures below 70 K. The presence of the bias effect was discussed in terms of the formation of a thin layer of a secondary phase like lepidocrocite, and the absence of this effect was explained in terms of the chemisorption of carboxylic groups from EDTA which suppressed the canting. Studies of Mössbauer spectroscopy as a function of temperature showed slow relaxation effects and allowed discussion of the secondary phase. In the M-T curves a maximum around 116 K was associated with this secondary phase also in agreement with the Mössbauer studies. The dynamic properties were studied by AC susceptibility, the out of phase signal revealed a spin glass like regime below 36.5 K.

  7. Grain Refinement and Mechanical Properties of Cu–Cr–Zr Alloys with Different Nano-Sized TiCp Addition

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    Zhang, Dongdong; Bai, Fang; Wang, Yong; Wang, Jinguo; Wang, Wenquan

    2017-01-01

    The TiCp/Cu master alloy was prepared via thermal explosion reaction. Afterwards, the nano-sized TiCp/Cu master alloy was dispersed by electromagnetic stirring casting into the melting Cu–Cr–Zr alloys to fabricate the nano-sized TiCp-reinforced Cu–Cr–Zr composites. Results show that nano-sized TiCp can effectively refine the grain size of Cu–Cr–Zr alloys. The morphologies of grain in Cu–Cr–Zr composites changed from dendritic grain to equiaxed crystal because of the addition and dispersion of nano-sized TiCp. The grain size decreased from 82 to 28 μm with the nano-sized TiCp content. Compared with Cu–Cr–Zr alloys, the ultimate compressive strength (σUCS) and yield strength (σ0.2) of 4 wt% TiCp-reinforced Cu–Cr–Zr composites increased by 6.7% and 9.4%, respectively. The wear resistance of the nano-sized TiCp-reinforced Cu–Cr–Zr composites increased with the increasing nano-sized TiCp content. The wear loss of the nano-sized TiCp-reinforced Cu–Cr–Zr composites decreased with the increasing TiCp content under abrasive particles. The eletrical conductivity of Cu–Cr–Zr alloys, 2% and 4% nano-sized TiCp-reinforced Cu–Cr–Zr composites are 64.71% IACS, 56.77% IACS and 52.93% IACS, respectively. PMID:28786937

  8. Evaluation of nanoselenium (Nano-Se) effect on hematological and serum biochemical parameters of rat in experimentally lead poisoning.

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    Jafari Dehkordi, A; Mohebbi, A N; Aslani, M R; Ghoreyshi, S M

    2016-06-01

    The present study was designed to evaluate the effect of nanoselenium (Nano-Se) on hematological and biochemical parameters of rats experimentally intoxicated with lead (Pb). Thirty male rats were randomly divided into six groups as follows: the control, selenite, Nano-Se, Pb group, Pb + selenite, and Pb + Nano-Se groups. After 35 days, blood was collected from rats and hematology and serum biochemical parameters of oxidative stress were measured. The thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS) level of Pb group was significantly higher than other groups. Also, TBARS level was significantly lower in the Pb + Nano-Se group than Pb + selenite group. The serum superoxide dismutase activities were significantly lower in Pb group than the control, Pb + selenite, and Pb + Nano-Se groups. The catalase activities in the Pb group showed no significant change when compared to other groups. In the Pb group, packed cell volume was lower than the control group. A significant difference was observed between the control group and the Pb, Pb + selenite, and Pb + Nano-Se groups. In the Pb group, the numbers of white blood cell (WBC) decreased in comparison with the control group. Also, there was significant increase in WBC counts in the Pb + Nano-Se and Pb + selenite groups in comparison with Pb group. The number of lymphocytes in the Pb group decreased in comparison with the control group. By comparing the means of the Pb + Nano-Se and Pb + selenite groups together, it was determined that there were significant differences in the lymphocytes and neutrophil counts. In conclusion, usage of selenium compounds particularly Nano-Se particles inhibits the adverse effects of Pb on antioxidant activity and immune system function in the Pb poisoning.

  9. Phytotoxicity and stimulatory impacts of nanosized and bulk titanium dioxide on fennel (Foeniculum vulgare Mill).

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    Feizi, Hassan; Kamali, Maryam; Jafari, Leila; Rezvani Moghaddam, Parviz

    2013-04-01

    The objective of the this study was to compare concentrations of nanosized TiO2 at 0, 5, 20, 40, 60 and 80 mg L(-1) with bulk TiO2 for phytotoxic and stimulatory effects on fennel seed germination and early growth stage. After 14 d of seed incubation, germination percentage highly improved following exposure to 60 ppm nanosized TiO2. Similar positive effects occurred in terms of shoot dry weight and germination rate. Application of bulk TiO2 particles in 40 ppm concentration greatly decreased shoot biomass up to 50% compared to the control. Application of 40 ppm nanosized TiO2 treatment improved mean germination time by 31.8% in comparison to the untreated control. In addition, low and intermediate concentrations of nanosized TiO2 enhanced indices such as germination value, vigor index and mean daily germination. In general, there was a considerable response by fennel seed to nanosized TiO2 presenting the possibility of a new approach to overcome problems with seed germination in some plant species, particularly medicinal plants.

  10. Nano-sized aerosol classification, collection and analysis--method development using dental composite materials.

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    Bogdan, Axel; Buckett, Mary I; Japuntich, Daniel A

    2014-01-01

    This article presents a methodical approach for generating, collecting, and analyzing nano-size (1-100 nm) aerosol from abraded dental composite materials. Existing aerosol sampling instruments were combined with a custom-made sampling chamber to create and sample a fresh, steady-state aerosol size distribution before significant Brownian coagulation. Morphological, size, and compositional information was obtained by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). To create samples sizes suitable for TEM analysis, aerosol concentrations in the test chamber had to be much higher than one would typically expect in a dental office, and therefore, these results do not represent patient or dental personnel exposures. Results show that nano-size aerosol was produced by the dental drill alone, with and without cooling water drip, prior to abrasion of dental composite. During abrasion, aerosol generation seemed independent of the percent filler load of the restorative material and the operator who generated the test aerosol. TEM investigation showed that "chunks" of filler and resin were generated in the nano-size range; however, free nano-size filler particles were not observed. The majority of observed particles consisted of oil droplets, ash, and graphitic structures.

  11. Synthesis and characterization of nano-sized CaCO3 in purified diet

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    Mulyaningsih, N. N.; Tresnasari, D. R.; Ramahwati, M. R.; Juwono, A. L.; Soejoko, D. S.; Astuti, D. A.

    2017-07-01

    The growth and development of animals depend strongly on the balanced nutrition in the diet. This research aims is to characterize the weight variations of nano-sized calcium carbonate (CaCO3) in purified diet that to be fed to animal model of rat. The nano-sized CaCO3 was prepared by milling the calcium carbonate particles for 20 hours at a rotation speed of 1000 rpm and resulting particle size in a range of 2-50 nm. Nano-sized CaCO3 added to purified diet to the four formulas that were identified as normal diet (N), deficiency calcium (DC), rich in calcium (RC), and poor calcium (PC) with containing in nano-sized CaCO3 much as 0.50 %, 0.00 %, 0.75 % and 0.25 % respectively. The nutritional content of the purified diet was proximate analyzed, it resulted as followed moisture, ash, fat, protein, crude fiber. The quantities of chemical element were analyzed by atomic absorption spectrometry (AAS), it resulted iron, magnesium, potassium and calcium. The results showed that N diet (Ca: 16,914.29 ppm) were suggested for healthy rats and RC diet (Ca: 33,696.13 ppm) for conditioned osteoporosis rats. The crystalline phases of the samples that were examined by X-ray diffraction showed that crystalline phase increased with the increasing concentration of CaCO3.

  12. Nanosizing and nanoconfinement: new strategies towards meeting hydrogen storage goals.

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    de Jongh, Petra E; Adelhelm, Philipp

    2010-12-17

    Hydrogen is expected to play an important role as an energy carrier in a future, more sustainable society. However, its compact, efficient, and safe storage is an unresolved issue. One of the main options is solid-state storage in hydrides. Unfortunately, no binary metal hydride satisfies all requirements regarding storage density and hydrogen release and uptake. Increasingly complex hydride systems are investigated, but high thermodynamic stabilities as well as slow kinetics and poor reversibility are important barriers for practical application. Nanostructuring by ball-milling is an established method to reduce crystallite sizes and increase reaction rates. Since five years attention has also turned to alternative preparation techniques that enable particle sizes below 10 nanometers and are often used in conjunction with porous supports or scaffolds. In this Review we discuss the large impact of nanosizing and -confinement on the hydrogen sorption properties of metal hydrides. We illustrate possible preparation strategies, provide insight into the reasons for changes in kinetics, reversibility and thermodynamics, and highlight important progress in this field. All in all we provide the reader with a clear view of how nanosizing and -confinement can beneficially affect the hydrogen sorption properties of the most prominent materials that are currently considered for solid-state hydrogen storage.

  13. Maghemite/poly(d,l-lactide-co-glycolyde) composite nanoplatform for therapeutic applications

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    Perez-Artacho, Beatriz; Gallardo, Visitacion; Ruiz, M. Adolfina; Arias, Jose L., E-mail: jlarias@ugr.es [University of Granada, Department of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Technology, Faculty of Pharmacy (Spain)

    2012-03-15

    A reproducible methodology is described for the synthesis, by following the double emulsion/solvent evaporation technique, of magnetic nanocomposites (average diameter Almost-Equal-To 135 nm) consisting of maghemite nuclei and a biodegradable poly(d,l-lactide-co-glycolide) matrix. The heterogeneous structure of the nanoparticles can confer them the responsiveness to magnetic gradients, giving both the possibility of their use as a drug delivery system and adequate heating characteristics for a hyperthermia effect. The physical chemistry of the nanocomposites was extensively characterized, this establishing that their surface properties were similar to that of pure poly(d,l-lactide-co-glycolide). From an electrokinetic point of view, zeta potential determinations (as a function of the ionic strength, and pH) pointed out that the nanocomposites were almost indistinguishable from the copolymer. The surface thermodynamic analysis agreed with the electrophoretic one in suggesting that the coverage of the magnetic nuclei was complete, since the hydrophilic nature of maghemite was modified and the nanoparticles turned into hydrophobic, just like the copolymer, when they were embedded into poly(d,l-lactide-co-glycolide). The magnetic behaviours of the composite nanoparticles were also checked. Their heating properties were studied in vitro in a high-frequency alternating gradient of magnetic field: a stable maximum temperature of 47 Degree-Sign C was satisfactorily achieved within 45 min. Blood compatibility of the nanocomposites was also defined in vitro. To our knowledge, this is the first time that such kind of magnetic-sensitive nanoformulation with very promising characteristics (e.g. blood compatibility, magnetic drug targeting capabilities, and hyperthermia) has been developed for therapeutic purposes.

  14. Preparation of nano-sized Fe2O3-SiO2 composite particles and the O2/N2 separation performance of their PU blend membrane%Fe2O3-SiO2复合粒子的制备及其PU共混膜的氧氮分离性能

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    白云翔; 石丽; 张春芳; 顾瑾; 孙余凭

    2013-01-01

    Nano-sized Fe2O3-SiO2 composite particles were prepared by coprecipitation method and mixed method. Further PU blend membrane were prepared by blending composite particles with PU and their O2 and N2 permeation properties were investigated. Results showed that Fe2O3-SiO2 prepared by the co-precipitating method had smaller and more uniform particle size than Fe2O3/SiO2 prepared by blending Fe2O3 with SiO2. Due to the Si/Fe solid solution structure in Fe2O3-SiO2 particle, PU/Fe2O3-SiO2 membrane had better mechanical and oxygen and nitrogen separation properties compared to PU/Fe2O3/SiO2 membrane. Meanwhile, at 10% Fe2O3-SiO2content, the O2 permeability coefficients of PU/Fe2O3-SiO2blend membrane is 13.35 Barrer, the ideal selectivity of O2/N2 is 7.14.%采用共沉淀与复配2种方法制备了Fe2O3-SiO2复合纳米粒子,将其添加到聚氨酯(PU)膜中,研究了粒子复合方式对PU共混膜力学性能和O2、N2分离性能的影响.结果表明,通过共沉淀法制备的Fe2O3-SiO2粒子粒径小且均匀,内部存在硅铁固溶体结构,其PU共混膜的机械强度和氧氮分离性能优于复配法制备的Fe2O3/SiO2粒子;当Fe2O3-SiO2添加量为10%时,PU共混膜的O2渗透系数为13.35 Barrer,O2/N2理论分离因子为7.14.

  15. Iron oxide-mediated semiconductor photocatalysis vs. heterogeneous photo-Fenton treatment of viruses in wastewater. Impact of the oxide particle size.

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    Giannakis, Stefanos; Liu, Siting; Carratalà, Anna; Rtimi, Sami; Talebi Amiri, Masoud; Bensimon, Michaël; Pulgarin, César

    2017-10-05

    The photo-Fenton process is recognized as a promising technique towards microorganism disinfection in wastewater, but its efficiency is hampered at near-neutral pH operating values. In this work, we overcome these obstacles by using the heterogeneous photo-Fenton process as the default disinfecting technique, targeting MS2 coliphage in wastewater. The use of low concentrations of iron oxides in wastewater without H2O2 (wüstite, maghemite, magnetite) has demonstrated limited semiconductor-mediated MS2 inactivation. Changing the operational pH and the size of the oxide particles indicated that the isoelectric point of the iron oxides and the active surface area are crucial in the success of the process, and the possible underlying mechanisms are investigated. Furthermore, the addition of low amounts of Fe-oxides (1mgL(-1)) and H2O2 in the system (1, 5 and 10mgL(-1)) greatly enhanced the inactivation process, leading to heterogeneous photo-Fenton processes on the surface of the magnetically separable oxides used. Additionally, photo-dissolution of iron in the bulk, lead to homogeneous photo-Fenton, further aided by the complexation by the dissolved organic matter in the solution. Finally, we assess the impact of the presence of the bacterial host and the difference caused by the different iron sources (salts, oxides) and the Fe-oxide size (normal, nano-sized). Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Toxicological Concerns of Engineered Nanosize Drug Delivery Systems.

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    Mukherjee, Biswajit; Maji, Ruma; Roychowdhury, Samrat; Ghosh, Saikat

    2016-01-01

    Matters when converted into nanosize provide some unique surface properties, which are different from those of the bulk materials. Nanomaterials show some extraordinary behavioral patterns because of those properties, such as supermagnetism, quantum confinement, etc. A great deal of implication of nanomaterials in nanomedicine has already been realized. Utility of nanomaterials as drug nanocarrier projects many potential advantages of them in drug delivery. Despite many such advantages, the potential risk of health and environmental hazards related to them cannot be ignored. Here various physicochemical factors, such as chemical nature, degradability, surface properties, surface charge, particle size, and shape, have been shown to play a crucial role in toxicity related to drug nanocarriers. Evidence-based findings of some drug nanocarriers have been incorporated to provide distinct knowledge to the readers in the field. A glimpse of current regulatory controls and measures required to combat the challenges of toxicological aspects of drug nanocarriers have been described.

  17. X-ray diffraction line profile analysis of nano-sized cobalt in silica matrix synthesized by sol-gel method

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    Sen, Ranjan, E-mail: ranjansen2001@gmail.co [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Jadavpur University, Kolkata 700032 (India); Das, Gopes Chandra; Mukherjee, Siddhartha [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Jadavpur University, Kolkata 700032 (India)

    2010-02-04

    Nano-sized cobalt particles in silica matrix have been synthesized by sol-gel method to reduce the oxidation of metallic cobalt. Different techniques of the X-ray diffraction line profile analysis (XRDLPA) have been used to determine the microstructural parameters of the nano-sized cobalt. The domain size, microstrain and lattice parameters have been estimated by the modified Rietveld technique and classical Williamson-Hall technique.

  18. Preparation of nano-sized hydrophilic aluminum fins coating materials for air conditioner

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    陈志明; 韩峰; 邵利

    2002-01-01

    Semicontinuous seeded emulsion copolymerization of acrylic acid, acrylamide and divinylbenzene was carried out at 80℃ with ammonium persulphate as the initiator and the polyether with comb configuration as the emulsifier to prepare approximately mono-dispersed nano-sized polymer particles with average diameter 90nm. The particles were used to combine with special polyether and de-ionized water was added to obtain nano-sized hydrophilic aluminum fins coating materials with solid content of 10%. The aluminum fins were coated with the materials to get the film showing self-assembly properties in some degree. The obtained hydrophilic fins have contact angles <5° with de-ionized water, minimum value 0°, after 4 cycles of wet and dry, contact angles <10° with de-ionized water.

  19. Synthesis of nanosized tungsten carbide from phenol formaldehyde resin coated precursors

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    LUO Ji; GUO Zhimeng; GAO Yuxi; LIN Tao

    2008-01-01

    Nanosized tungsten carbide was synthesized from phenol formaldehyde resin (PF) coated tungsten precursors.The process has three steps in which nanosized tungsten particles were first coated with PF,then the precursors were carburized at 950℃,and finally the carburized powders were treated in flowing wet hydrogen atmosphere at 940℃ to remove the uncombined carbon.The obtained powders were characterizedusing X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD),field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM),small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS),andcombustion-gas-volume method.The results indicated that single-phase WC could be synthesized using excessive PF as carburizer at a muchlower temperature compared with using mixed carbon black.After wet hydrogen treating,the mean size of the obtained WC particles was 94.5nm and the total carbon content was 6.18 wt.%.

  20. Synthesis, characterization and properties of nano-sized transition metal oxides

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    Yin, Ming

    2005-12-01

    Chapter 1. A General introduction to the emerging field of nanomaterials is presented highlighting the category of transition metal oxides. The wide variety of structures, properties, and phenomena of transition metal oxides are stressed. Nano-sized transition metal oxides are presented as systems for fundamental and application research. Examples of individual transition metal oxides are provided. Important developments in the synthesis and characterization of nano-sized transition metal oxides that have contributed to this work are reviewed. A novel synthesis (TDMA) is developed and successfully applied to the synthesis of transition metal oxide nanocrystals. Chapter 2. The synthesis of monodisperse cubic wuestite FexO nanocrystals is presented. The influence of reaction temperature and the molar ratio of surfactant to iron precursor was investigated, in order to further understand the ability to control particle size and monodispersity. In contrast to bulk material, it is also found that the nano-sized ligand-capped wuestite FexO particles were stable at room temperature. The procedure enable the collection of highly monodisperse nanocrystals of variable and uniform diameters as a function of time. Sharp Hancock analysis indicates that the reaction proceeds by a diffusion limited mechanism. Routes to control the size of gamma-Fe2O3 nanocrystals are also presented. gamma-Fe2O3 nanocrystals from 6 nm to 12 nm in diameter with uniform size, shape, consistent crystal structure were prepared. Chapter 3. A simple reaction to prepare monodisperse MnO nanocrystals is presented. MnO nanocrystals was prepared by thermal decomposition of manganese acetate in the presence of oleic acid at high temperature and by following annealing. Particles with different sizes and shapes were obtained by controlling annealing time. The morphology of MnO nanocrystals was studied based on their crystal structure and surface energy. SQUID measurement shows ferromagnetic magnetism at low

  1. On the ‘centre of gravity’ method for measuring the composition of magnetite/maghemite mixtures, or the stoichiometry of magnetite-maghemite solid solutions, via 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy

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    Fock, Jeppe; Bogart, Lara K.; González-Alonso, David

    2017-01-01

    We evaluate the application of 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy to the determination of the composition of magnetite (Fe3O4)/maghemite (γ-Fe2O3) mixtures and the stoichiometry of magnetite-maghemite solid solutions. In particular, we consider a recently proposed model-independent method which does...... spectrum, and is correlated to the sample’s composition or stoichiometry. We present data on high-purity magnetite and maghemite powders, and mixtures thereof, as well as comparison literature data from nanoparticulate mixtures and solid solutions, to show that a linear correlation exists between δ̅RT...... and the numerical proportion of Fe atoms in the magnetite environment: α = Femagnetite/Fetotal = (δ̅RT − δo)/m, where δo = 0.3206 ± 0.0022 mm s−1 and m = 0.2135 ± 0.0076 mm s−1. We also present equations to relate α to the weight percentage w of magnetite in mixed phases, and the magnetite stoichiometry x = Fe2+/Fe...

  2. Use of the photoacoustic spectroscopy for characterization of magnetic fluid based on mamona oil

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    Silveira, L B; Webler, G D; Santos, J G [Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal de Rondonia/NCT/UNIR, BR 364, Km 9.5. Porto Velho - RO. CEP 78.900-000 (Brazil); Oliveira, A C; Garg, V K; Morais, P C, E-mail: lbatistadasilveira@gmail.co [Instituto de Fisica, Nucleo de Fisica Aplicada, Universidade de Brasilia BrasIlia-DF CEP 70919-970 (Brazil)

    2010-03-01

    In this study the photoacoustic spectroscopy was used to investigate the interaction between colloidal suspended nanosized maghemite particles and molecules present in mamona oil (ricinus communis L.). Maghemite nanoparticles were used to produce a magnetic fluid sample dispersed in mamona oil (MF-Mamona oil). In the L-band region (600 to 900 nm) of the photoacoustic spectra we found the photoacustic signal of sample MF-Mamona oil enhanced with respect to the signal of the purified mamona oil. This finding is claimed to be the signature of the strong interaction between the mamona oil's molecules and the solid surface provided by the suspended nanosized maghemite particles.

  3. Use of the photoacoustic spectroscopy for characterization of magnetic fluid based on mamona oil

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    Silveira, L. B.; Webler, G. D.; Oliveira, A. C.; Garg, V. K.; Santos, J. G.; Morais, P. C.

    2010-03-01

    In this study the photoacoustic spectroscopy was used to investigate the interaction between colloidal suspended nanosized maghemite particles and molecules present in mamona oil (ricinus communis L.). Maghemite nanoparticles were used to produce a magnetic fluid sample dispersed in mamona oil (MF-Mamona oil). In the L-band region (600 to 900 nm) of the photoacoustic spectra we found the photoacustic signal of sample MF-Mamona oil enhanced with respect to the signal of the purified mamona oil. This finding is claimed to be the signature of the strong interaction between the mamona oil's molecules and the solid surface provided by the suspended nanosized maghemite particles.

  4. Microstructure and magnetic behavior of nanosized Fe sub 3 O sub 4 powders and polycrystalline films

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    Nedkov, I; Kolev, S; Krezhov, K; Niarchos, D; Moraitakis, E; Kusano, Y; Takada, J

    2002-01-01

    The object of investigation were the magnetic interactions in nanostructured Fe sub 3 O sub 4 assemblies of two kinds (powder and film) where particles of similar size present nearly uniform domains in a close to planar arrangement with spacings sufficient for magnetic interactions. We discuss the use of the soft-chemistry method, i.e. the modified 'ferrite plating' (MFP) technique, for the synthesis of polycrystalline films of magnetite with nanosized crystallites. (author)

  5. Preparation of maghemite and polyaniline nanocomposites assisted by ultrasound; Preparo de nanocompositos de maghemita e polianilina assistido por ultrassom

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    Costa, Renata Cerruti da; Souza Junior, Fernando Gomes de, E-mail: fernando_gomes@ima.ufrj.br [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Instituto de Macromoleculas Professora Eloisa Mano. Lab. de Biopolimeros e Sensores

    2014-06-01

    The study of systems constituted by iron oxide nanoparticles and polyaniline has increased in the last years. However, few studies are related to the sonication effect on the preparation of these hybrid materials. In this work the effect of sonication on the properties of maghemite/polyaniline hybrids was studied using experimental design techniques. The materials obtained were studied by infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and thermogravimetric analysis. Samples were also characterized by measuring the electric resistivity and by magnetic force tests. Obtained results show that the increase of the sonication power produces the increase of the doping process and the decrease of the electrical resistivity. The same sonication power produced the destruction of a large amount of the maghemite, leading to lower magnetic forces. (author)

  6. Combination of maghemite and titanium oxide nanoparticles in polyvinyl alcohol-alginate encapsulated beads for cadmium ions removal

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    Majidnia, Zohreh; Idris, Ani [Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, johor bahru (Malaysia)

    2015-06-15

    Both maghemite (γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) and titanium oxide (TiO{sub 2}) nanoparticles were mixed at various ratios and embedded in polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)-alginate beads. These beads were tested for photocatalytic behavior in eliminating toxic Cd(Ⅱ) from the aqueous solution. The photocatalytic experiments were performed under sunlight irradiation at various pH, initial feed concentrations and γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}: TiO{sub 2} ratios. The recycling attribute of these beads was also investigated. The results revealed that 100% of the Cd(Ⅱ) was eliminated in 150 minutes at pH 7 under sunlight. It shows that maghemite and titania PVA-alginate beads can be readily isolated from the aqueous solution after the photocatalyst process and reused for at least six times without losing their initial properties.

  7. Nanosized TiO[subscript 2] for Photocatalytic Water Splitting Studied by Oxygen Sensor and Data Logger

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    Zhang, Ruinan; Liu, Song; Yuan, Hongyan; Xiao, Dan; Choi, Martin M. F.

    2012-01-01

    Photocatalytic water splitting by semiconductor photocatalysts has attracted considerable attention in the past few decades. In this experiment, nanosized titanium dioxide (nano-TiO[subscript 2]) particles are used to photocatalytically split water, which is then monitored by an oxygen sensor. Sacrificial reagents such as organics (EDTA) and metal…

  8. Nanosized TiO[subscript 2] for Photocatalytic Water Splitting Studied by Oxygen Sensor and Data Logger

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    Zhang, Ruinan; Liu, Song; Yuan, Hongyan; Xiao, Dan; Choi, Martin M. F.

    2012-01-01

    Photocatalytic water splitting by semiconductor photocatalysts has attracted considerable attention in the past few decades. In this experiment, nanosized titanium dioxide (nano-TiO[subscript 2]) particles are used to photocatalytically split water, which is then monitored by an oxygen sensor. Sacrificial reagents such as organics (EDTA) and metal…

  9. Evaluation of Extrusion Technique for Nanosizing Liposomes

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    Sandy Gim Ming Ong

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the present study was to study the efficiency of different techniques used for nanosizing liposomes. Further, the aim was also to evaluate the effect of process parameters of extrusion techniques used for nanosizing liposomes on the size and size distribution of the resultant liposomes. To compare the efficiency of different nanosizing techniques, the following techniques were used to nanosize the liposomes: extrusion, ultrasonication, freeze-thaw sonication (FTS, sonication and homogenization. The extrusion technique was found to be the most efficient, followed by FTS, ultrasonication, sonication and homogenization. The extruder used in the present study was fabricated using readily available and relatively inexpensive apparatus. Process parameters were varied in extrusion technique to study their effect on the size and size distribution of extruded liposomes. The results obtained indicated that increase in the flow rate of the extrusion process decreased the size of extruded liposomes however the size homogeneity was negatively impacted. Furthermore, the liposome size and distribution was found to decline with decreasing membrane pore size. It was found that by extruding through a filter with a pore size of 0.2 µm and above, the liposomes produced were smaller than the pore size, whereas, when they were extruded through a filter with a pore size of less than 0.2 µm the resultant liposomes were slightly bigger than the nominal pore size. Besides that, increment of extrusion temperature above transition temperature of the pro-liposome had no effect on the size and size distribution of the extruded liposomes. In conclusion, the extrusion technique was reproducible and effective among all the methods evaluated. Furthermore, processing parameters used in extrusion technique would affect the size and size distribution of liposomes. Therefore, the process parameters need to be optimized to obtain a desirable size range and homogeneity

  10. Nanosizing techniques for improving bioavailability of drugs.

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    Al-Kassas, Raida; Bansal, Mahima; Shaw, John

    2017-08-28

    The poor solubility of significant number of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) has become a major challenge in the drug development process. Drugs with poor solubility are difficult to formulate by conventional methods and often show poor bioavailability. In the last decade, attention has been focused on developing nanocrystals for poorly water soluble drugs using nanosizing techniques. Nanosizing is a pharmaceutical process that changes the size of a drug to the sub-micron range in an attempt to increase its surface area and consequently its dissolution rate and bioavailability. The effectiveness of nanocrystal drugs is evidenced by the fact that six FDA approved nanocrystal drugs are already on the market. The bioavailabilities of these preparations have been significantly improved compared to their conventional dosage forms. There are two main approaches for preparation of drug nanocrystals; these are the top-down and bottom-up techniques. Top-down techniques have been successfully used in both lab scale and commercial scale manufacture. Bottom-up approaches have not yet been used at a commercial level, however, these techniques have been found to produce narrow sized distribution nanocrystals using simple methods. Bottom-up techniques have been also used in combination with top-down processes to produce drug nanoparticles. The main aim of this review article is to discuss the various methods for nanosizing drugs to improve their bioavailabilities. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. 超滤膜法CuO-ZnO复合催化剂的制备及催化性能%Preparation of nano-sized CuO-ZnO composite particles by UF membrane method and their catalysis performance

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    张春芳; 陈鑫; 许炯; 白云翔; 顾瑾; 孙余凭

    2012-01-01

    采用中空纤维超滤(UF)膜反应器制备了CuO-ZnO复合催化剂,考察了复合方式、ZnO含量及催化反应条件等因素对催化剂性能的影响。结果表明:共沉淀法制备的CuO-ZnO催化剂由于形成的铜锌固溶体具有协同催化效应,其性能优于复配法制备的CuO/ZnO催化剂;当ZnO质量分数为25%时,CuO-ZnO催化剂的比表面积达40.47 m2/g,颗粒粒径为19 nm;该催化剂在反应温度为90℃、用量为9 g/L条件下催化异丙苯氧化反应时,过氧化氢异丙苯产率可达38.74%,反应选择性达到84.62%,表现出最佳催化效果。%A series of nano-sized CuO-ZnO composite particles were synthesized with a UF membrane reactor and were used for the oxidation of cumene reaction.It was found that CuO-ZnO prepared by the co-precipitation method had better catalyst performance than CuO/ZnO prepared by blending CuO with ZnO with the same ZnO content.The SEM results showed that ZnO was dispersed well in CuO in the case that the ZnO weight content in CuO-ZnO was 25%.The effect of ZnO content in CuO-ZnO on the catalytic performance for cumene oxide reaction was also investigated.With increasing ZnO content,catalytic performance reach a maximum value of CHP yield of 28% and selectivity of over 84.62% at ZnO weight content of 25% under the same reaction conditions:temperature,90 ℃;CuO-ZnO particle dosage 10 g/L;airflow rate 600 mL/min.

  12. The influence of ruthenium on the magnetic properties of gamma-Fe sub 2 O sub 3 (maghemite) studied by Moessbauer spectroscopy

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    Helgason, O; Berry, F J; Mosselmans, F

    2003-01-01

    Ruthenium-doped gamma-Fe sub 2 O sub 3 has been synthesized and examined by x-ray powder diffraction, XANES, EXAFS and by sup 5 sup 7 Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy. Ruthenium K-edge x-ray absorption spectroscopy shows that ruthenium adopts a fully occupied octahedral site in the spinel related gamma-Fe sub 2 O sub 3 structure as Ru sup 4 sup +. The sup 5 sup 7 Fe Moessbauer spectra recorded in the presence of a longitudinal magnetic field of 6 T confirmed the octahedral coordination of the tetravalent ions and canting angles for the Fe sup 3 sup + ions were determined as 24 deg. for those in octahedral sites and 33 deg. for those in tetrahedral sites. The sup 5 sup 7 Fe Moessbauer spectra recorded in situ from ruthenium-doped gamma-Fe sub 2 O sub 3 showed parameters typical of maghemite up to 600 K but with a magnetic hyperfine field distribution suggesting an inhomogeneous distribution of ruthenium within particles of varied size around about 15 nm. At 700 K a phase transition from gamma-Fe sub 2 O sub 3 to alp...

  13. Maghemite nanoparticles bearing di(amidoxime groups for the extraction of uranium from wastewaters

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    Full Text Available Polyamidoximes (pAMD are known to have strong affinities for uranyl cations. Grafting pAMD onto the surface of functionalized maghemite nanoparticles (MNP leads to a nanomaterial with high capacities in the extraction of uranium from wastewaters by magnetic sedimentation. A diamidoxime (dAMD specifically synthesized for this purpose showed a strong affinity for uranyl: Ka = 105 M-1 as determined by Isothermal Titration Calorimetry (nano-ITC. The dAMD was grafted onto the surface of MNP and the obtained sorbent (MNP-dAMD was characterized. The nanohybrids were afterward incubated with different concentrations of uranyl and the solid phase recovered by magnetic separation. This latter was characterized by zeta-potential measurements, X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS and X-Ray Fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF, whereas the supernatant was analyzed by Inductively Coupled Plasma coupled to Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS. All the data fitted the models of Langmuir, Freundlich and Temkin isotherms very well. These isotherms allowed us to evaluate the efficiency of the adsorption of uranium by MNP-dAMD. The saturation sorption capacity (qmax was determined. It indicates that MNP-dAMD is able to extract up to 120 mg of uranium per gram of sorbent. Spherical aberration (Cs-corrected High-Resolution Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (HRSTEM confirmed these results and clearly showed that uranium is confined at the surface of the sorbent. Thus, MNP-dAMD presents a strong potential for the extraction of uranium from wastewaters.

  14. Maghemite (hematite) core (shell) nanorods via thermolysis of a molecular solid of Fe-complex.

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    Chaudhari, N S; Warule, S S; Muduli, S; Kale, B B; Jouen, S; Lefez, B; Hannoyer, B; Ogale, S B

    2011-08-21

    An Fe-metal complex with 2'-hydroxy chalcone (2'-HC) ligands [Fe(III) (2'-hydroxy chalcone)(3)] is synthesized by a chemical route and is subjected to different thermal treatments. Upon thermolysis in air at 450 °C for 3 h the complex yields maghemite (γ-Fe(2)O(3)) nanorods with a thin hematite (α-Fe(2)O(3)) shell. X-Ray diffraction (XRD), Mössbauer spectroscopy, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-DRS), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM) are used to characterize the samples. The stability of the ligand and the Fe-complex is further examined by using thermogravimmetric/differential thermal analysis (TGA/DTA). We suggest a residual ligand controlled mechanism for the formation of an anisotropic nanostructure in a crumbling molecular solid undergoing ligand decomposition. Since the band gap of iron oxide is in the visible range, we explored the use of our core shell nano-rod sample for photocatalytic activity for H(2) generation by H(2)S splitting under solar light. We observed high photocatalytic activity for hydrogen generation (75 ml h(-1)). This journal is © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2011

  15. Different preparation methods and characterization of magnetic maghemite coated with chitosan

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    Hojnik Podrepsek, Gordana; Knez, Zeljko; Leitgeb, Maja, E-mail: maja.leitgeb@um.si [University of Maribor, Laboratory for Separation Processes and Product Design, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (Slovenia)

    2013-06-15

    The preparation of maghemite ({gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) micro- and nanoparticles coated with chitosan, used as carriers for immobilized enzymes, was investigated. {gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles were synthesized by coprecipitation of Fe{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+} ions in the presence of ammonium. They were coated with chitosan by the microemulsion process, suspension cross-linking technique, and covalent binding of chitosan on the {gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} surface. The methods distinguished the concentration of chitosan, concentration of acetic acid solution, concentration of a cross-linking agent, temperature of synthesis, pH of the medium, and time of synthesis. {gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} micro- and nanoparticles coated with chitosan prepared after three preparation methods were evaluated by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy analysis, energy dispersive spectrometry, thermogravimetric analysis, differential scanning calorimetry analysis, vibrating sample magnetometry, dynamic light scattering, laser diffraction granulometry, and X-ray diffractometry. These positive attributes demonstrated that these magnetic micro- and nanoparticles coated with chitosan may be used as a promising carrier for further diverse biomedical applications.

  16. Methane-propane hydrate crystal growth in the presence of nanosized materials

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    Lee, M.S.; Ryu, Y.B.; Kim, Y.S.; Lee, J.D. [Korea Inst. of Industrial Technology, Busan (Korea, Republic of). Busan Research Center; Park, Y.H. [Pusan National Univ., Busan (Korea, Republic of)

    2008-07-01

    The impact of nano-sized titanium dioxide, silver, and silica (TiO{sub 2}-Ag-SiO{sub 2}) sols on the gas hydrate formation morphology within an enclosed cell partially filled with liquid water was investigated. The nano-sized particles were synthesized suing a modified sol-gel method with a reduction agent added to eliminate the need for auxiliary dispersants or surfactants. Structure 2 (s2) hydrates were synthesized using a gas mixture of 90.1 per cent methane and propane as guest molecules. Small amounts of the nano-sized sols were added to the liquid water. The aim of the study was to determine methods of ensuring the stability of methane hydrates in storage facilities and during transport using gas to solids technology (GTS). Nucleation, hydrate crystal growth, and the migration of the gas hydrate were studied in relation to the stationary interface between the liquid water and the gas. Results of the study showed that the hydrate's growth phase started with the formation of a film at the upper surface of the liquid water pool. Crystals then grew in a downward manner from the hydrate film. Video images of the crystals showed that the downward crystals grown in the presence of the nano-sized particles occurred at a faster rate and with finer arm spacing. It was concluded that the addition of the nano-particles provided a larger specific surface area and larger nucleation sides so that more gas was absorbed into the water. The TiO{sub 2}-Ag-SiO{sub 2} sols acted as a promoter for methane-propane hydrate formation. 5 refs., 4 figs.

  17. Synthesis of Nano-sized Boehmites for Optimum Phosphate Sorption

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    Watanabe, Yujiro; Kasama, Takeshi; Fukushi, Keisuke;

    2011-01-01

    Nano-sized boehmites with different crystallinity were synthesized at the temperature range of 25 to 200°C in order to produce phosphate absorbents with high capacity. The physicochemical property of boehmites was depended on the synthesis temperature: the particle size was increased and the surf......Nano-sized boehmites with different crystallinity were synthesized at the temperature range of 25 to 200°C in order to produce phosphate absorbents with high capacity. The physicochemical property of boehmites was depended on the synthesis temperature: the particle size was increased...... and the surface area showed the maximum for the boehmite at 50°C. The phosphate sorptions into boehmites were analyzed at room temperature in the phosphoric acid solutions as a model of wastewater at the concentration of 0.1 to 3.0 mmol l-1 and the pH of 3 to 7. The boehmite synthesized at 50°C exhibited...... the highest amount of phosphate sorption (1.73 mmol g-1 at pH 3.3) compared with Al-bearing materials. The reaction mechanism during phosphate sorption was described by the anion exchange reaction between phosphate ions in sodium phosphate solution and hydroxide ions on boehmite surfaces. Therefore...

  18. Nano-sized cosmetic formulations or solid nanoparticles in sunscreens: a risk to human health?

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    Nohynek, Gerhard J; Dufour, Eric K

    2012-07-01

    Personal care products (PCP) often contain micron- or nano-sized formulation components, such as nanoemulsions or microscopic vesicles. A large number of studies suggest that such vesicles do not penetrate human skin beyond the superficial layers of the stratum corneum. Nano-sized PCP formulations may enhance or reduce skin absorption of ingredients, albeit at a limited scale. Modern sunscreens contain insoluble titanium dioxide (TiO₂) or zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles (NP), which are efficient filters of UV light. A large number of studies suggest that insoluble NP do not penetrate into or through human skin. A number of in vivo toxicity tests, including in vivo intravenous studies, showed that TiO₂ and ZnO NP are non-toxic and have an excellent skin tolerance. Cytotoxicity, genotoxicity, photo-genotoxicity, general toxicity and carcinogenicity studies on TiO₂ and ZnO NP found no difference in the safety profile of micro- or nano-sized materials, all of which were found to be non-toxic. Although some published in vitro studies on insoluble nano- or micron-sized particles suggested cell uptake, oxidative cell damage or genotoxicity, these data are consistent with those from micron-sized particles and should be interpreted with caution. Data on insoluble NP, such as surgical implant-derived wear debris particles or intravenously administered magnetic resonance contrast agents suggest that toxicity of small particles is generally related to their chemistry rather than their particle size. Overall, the weight of scientific evidence suggests that insoluble NP used in sunscreens pose no or negligible risk to human health, but offer large health benefits, such as the protection of human skin against UV-induced skin ageing and cancer.

  19. Influence of nano-sized materials on the formation of CH{sub 4} hydrate

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    Ryu, Y.B.; Lee, J.D.; Kim, Y.S.; Lee, M.S. [Korea Inst. of Industrial Technology, Busan (Korea, Republic of). Busan Research Center; Yoon, S.Y. [Pusan National Univ., Busan (Korea, Republic of). School of Materials Science and Engineering

    2008-07-01

    Gas hydrates will play an important role in the development of new technologies for storing and transporting natural gas. The hydrates are crystalline compounds that consist of hydrogen-bonded water molecules formed into cages, and the guest molecules that occupy the cages. In this study, nano-sized titanium dioxide, silver and silica (TiO{sub 2}-Ag-SiO{sub 2}) sols were prepared using a sol-gel process with a reduction agent and investigated using thermographic and differential thermal analysis (TGA-DTA); transmission electron microscopy (TEM); X-ray diffraction (XRD); and Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy. The aim of the study was to determine the influence of the nano-sized particles on methane hydrate formation. Experimental data on the kinetics of hydrate formation were obtained at pressures of 3.50 MPa and at a temperature of 273.7 K. Results of the DTA and GTA analyses showed that the weight of the particles sharply decreased up to 350 degrees C and then decreased more slowly from 350 degrees C to 900 degrees C. Exothermic peaks were reached at 480 degrees C, after which no further phase transformations occurred. XRD patterns showed that at 500 degrees C, the particles were identified as nanocrystalline anatase without silver diffraction peaks. The TEM micrographs showed that the particles possessed a spherical morphology with a narrow size distribution. It was concluded that the particles promoted methane hydrate formation. 9 refs., 6 figs.

  20. Synthesis and Gas-sensing Performance of Nanosized SnO2

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    WANG Shu-rong; WU Shi-hua; SHI Juan; ZHENG Xiu-cheng

    2005-01-01

    Nanosized tin dioxide particles were prepared by sol-gel dialytic processes with tin(Ⅳ) chloride and alcohol as start materials. The nanoparticles of tin dioxide were charactered by thermogravimetry and differential thermal analysis(TG-DTA), X-ray diffraction(XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and BET. The results show that the average diameter of tin dioxide particles dried at 353 K was about 2 nm. Even if the tin dioxide particles were calcined at 873 K, the average diameter of particles was less than 10 nm. The removal of Cl- was solved by using this kind of method. The mechanism of the formation of tin dioxide nanosized particles was proposed and analyzed in this paper. We also measured the sensitivity of the sensor based on the tin oxide powder calcined at 673 K to NH3, alcohol, acetone, hexane and CO. The gas-sensing performance results indicate that this sensor has a higher sensitivity to alcohol and acetone, and selectivity for NH3, hexane and CO at an operating temperature of 343 K.

  1. Effect of Inter-Particle Interactions on the Superparamagnetic Relaxation Time in Ferrofluids

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    Jiang, Jianzhong; Mørup, Steen; Svedlindh, P.

    1996-01-01

    The influence of dipolar interactions in a frozen ferrofluid consisting of maghemite particles has been studied by Mossbauer spectroscopy in the temperature range from 60 to 200 K. Four samples with volume concentrations ranging from 0.3 to 17.7 % have been investigated. The superparamagnetic...

  2. Preparation of a nanosized micro element fertilizer formulation by using gamma-irradiation technique

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    Park, Hae Jun; Kim, Hwa Jung [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Jeongeup (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-12-15

    In this study, we addressed a novel nanosized curdlan-silica complex, which is curdlan bound to silica, for the development of a sustain-releasing micro element fertilizer formulation. The complex was obtained as follow steps: First, Curdlan polymer, sodium silicate (Na{sub 2}SiO{sub 3}) and isopropyl alcohol were dissolved in DDW. Next the resultant solution was irradiated by {sup 60}Co gamma-irradiator (150 TBq of capacity: ACEL, Canada). Then MgSO{sub 4} was treated with the resultant solution. The obtained colloidal solution was dried by freeze dryer. Finally, we obtained a novel nanosized curdlan-silica formulation containing MgSO{sub 4} from the colloidal solution. The morphology of the complex was characterized by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The nanosized curdlan-silica complex has particle size ranging from 20 to 80nm and high stability. Our results suggested that the nano-complex can be applicable to use in various sustain-releasing formulation formulation for pesticide delivery system (PDS)

  3. Study of the magnetite to maghemite transition using microwave permittivity and permeability measurements.

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    Cuenca, Jerome Alexander; Bugler, Keith; Taylor, Stuart; Morgan, David; Williams, Paul; Bauer, Johann; Porch, Adrian

    2016-03-16

    The microwave cavity perturbation (MCP) technique is used to identify the transition from magnetite (Fe3O4) to the meta-stable form of maghemite (γ-Fe2O3). In this study Fe3O4 was annealed at temperatures from 60 to 300 °C to vary the oxidation. Subsequent to annealing, the complex permittivity and magnetic permeability of the iron oxide powders were measured. The transition to γ-Fe2O3 was corroborated with x-ray diffraction (XRD), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM). XRD, XPS and VSM implied that the starting powder was consistent with Fe3O4 and the powders annealed at more than 200 °C were transitioning to γ-Fe2O3. The MCP measurements gave large differences in both complex permittivity and magnetic permeability of the two phases in the frequency range of 2.5-10.2 GHz. Magnetic permeability decreased with annealing temperature, though magnetic losses showed frequency dependent behaviour. Complex permittivity measurements showed a large decrease in both dielectric constant and losses at all measurement frequencies, as well as a prominent loss peak centred around the phase transition temperatures. We interpret the loss peak as being a consequence of field effects due to an intermediate multi-phase mixture. Additionally, almost no frequency dependence was observed. The reduction in complex permittivity implies that the Feoct(2+) cations in the lattice provide a significant contribution to polarization at microwave frequencies and the effects of Feoct(3+) are nominal in comparison.. The change in loss can be explained as a combination of the differences in the effective conductivity of the two phases (i.e. Fe3O4 exhibits electron-hopping conduction whereas the presence of vacancies in γ-Fe2O3 nullifies this). This shows that the non-invasive MCP measurements serve as a highly sensitive and versatile method for looking at this phase transition in iron and potentially the effects of oxidation states on the polarization

  4. Acute in vivo toxicity mitigation of PEI-coated maghemite nanoparticles using controlled oxidation and surface modifications toward siRNA delivery.

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    Israel, Liron Limor; Lellouche, Emmanuel; Ostrovsky, Stella; Yarmiayev, Valeria; Bechor, Moshe; Michaeli, Shulamit; Lellouche, Jean-Paul Moshe

    2015-07-22

    A ceric ammonium nitrate (CAN)-based doping step was used for the fabrication of core maghemite nanoparticles (NPs) that enabled the obtainment of colloid particles with a view to a high-level nanoparticle (NP) surface doping by Ce(III/IV). Such doping of Ce(III/IV) cations enables one to exploit their quite rich coordination chemistry for ligand coordinative binding. In fact, they were shown to act as powerful Lewis acid centers for attaching any organic (Lewis base) ligand such as a 25 kDa branched PEI polymer. Resulting conPEI25-CAN-γ-Fe2O3 NPs have been fully characterized before a successful implementation of siRNA loading and cell delivery/gene silencing using a well-known dual luciferase system. This attractive result emphasized their significant potential as an NP platform technology toward additional MRI and/or drug delivery (peptide)-relating end applications. However, due to their high positive charge, PEI polymers can cause severe in vivo toxicity due to their interaction with negatively charged red blood cells (RBC), resulting in RBC aggregation and lysis, leading to thrombosis and, finally, to animal death. In order to mitigate these acute toxic effects, two different types of surface modifications were performed. One modification included the controlled oxidation of 0.1-5% of the PEI amines before or after conjugation to the NPs, using hydrogen peroxide or potassium persulfate. The other type of modification was the addition of a second biocompatible polyanionic polymer to the PEI grafted NPs, based on the concept of a layer-by-layer (LbL) technique. This modification is based on the coordination of another polyanionic polymer on the NPs surface in order to create a combined hybrid PEI and polyanionic polymer nanosystem. In both cases, the surface modification successfully mitigated the NP acute in vivo toxicity, without compromising the silencing efficiency.

  5. Core-shell hybrid nanomaterial based on prussian blue and surface active maghemite nanoparticles as stable electrocatalyst.

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    Magro, Massimiliano; Baratella, Davide; Salviulo, Gabriella; Polakova, Katerina; Zoppellaro, Giorgio; Tucek, Jiri; Kaslik, Josef; Zboril, Radek; Vianello, Fabio

    2014-02-15

    A novel core-shell nanomaterial based on prussian blue (PB) coating on peculiar surface active maghemite nanoparticles (SAMNs), was developed. The synthetic process involves the direct crystallization of Fe(II)(CN)6(4-) onto the surface of SAMNs by simple incubation in water at controlled pH, demonstrating the presence of under-coordinated Fe(III) on nanoparticle surface. The coating reaction occurs in a narrow pH range and the synthetic procedure was optimized. The resulting SAMN@PB hybrid nanostructures were characterized by transmission and scanning electron microscopy, Mössbauer, UV-vis and FTIR spectroscopy and X-ray powder diffraction. The nanomaterial, characterized by high stability in alkaline media, behave as excellent electro-catalyst for hydrogen peroxide reduction. The stability of SAMN@PB hybrid has been investigated as a function of pH, showing excellent stability up to pH 9.0 and demonstrating the feasibility of SAMNs, superficially derivatized with prussian blue, to produce an efficient and extremely stable nanostructured material. This maghemite supported nanostructured prussian blue was applied to develop a sensor, based on a simple carbon paste electrode, which was able to catalyze the electro-reduction of hydrogen peroxide, in aqueous solutions, buffered at pH 7.0, at low applied potentials (0.0 V vs. SCE). © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Experimental Investigation of the Coprecipitation Method: An Approach to Obtain Magnetite and Maghemite Nanoparticles with Improved Properties

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Iron oxides that exhibit magnetic properties have been widely studied not only from an academic standpoint, but also for numerous applications in different fields of knowledge, such as biomedical and technological research. In this work, magnetite and maghemite nanoparticles were synthesized by chemical coprecipitation of FeCl2·4H2O and FeCl3·6H2O (proportion of 1 : 2 in three different cases using two bases (sodium hydroxide and hydroxide ammonium as precipitants. The chemical coprecipitation method was selected for its simplicity, convenience, reproducibility, and low cost in the use of glassware. The nanostructured materials were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM, X-ray diffraction (XRD and magnetometry (VSM. The objective of this work is to study the variation in the morphological characteristics and physical properties of nanoparticles magnetic as a function of the different production processes. As observed by TEM, the materials obtained from the precipitating agent NH4OH are more uniform than those obtained with NaOH. From XRD pattern analysis, it appears that the obtained materials correspond to magnetite and maghemite and, from magnetometry VSM analysis, show high magnetization as a function of the magnetic field at room temperature, indicating that these materials are superparamagnetic.

  7. Degradation of simazine from aqueous solutions by diatomite-supported nanosized zero-valent iron composite materials

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    Sun, Zhiming [School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing 100083 (China); Chemistry Discipline, Faculty of Science and Technology, Queensland University of Technology, 2 George Street, GPO Box 2434, Brisbane, Queensland 4001 (Australia); Zheng, Shuilin [School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing 100083 (China); Ayoko, Godwin A.; Frost, Ray L. [Chemistry Discipline, Faculty of Science and Technology, Queensland University of Technology, 2 George Street, GPO Box 2434, Brisbane, Queensland 4001 (Australia); Xi, Yunfei, E-mail: y.xi@qut.edu.au [Chemistry Discipline, Faculty of Science and Technology, Queensland University of Technology, 2 George Street, GPO Box 2434, Brisbane, Queensland 4001 (Australia)

    2013-12-15

    Graphical abstract: Nanosized zero-valent iron (nZVI) particles were deposited onto acid-leached diatomite through centrifugation or rotary evaporation. The synthesis schematic diagram and morphology of the prepared nZVI/diatomite composites are shown in the illustration. The removal efficiency for herbicide simazine by nZVI/diatomite composites was compared with that of the pristine nZVI and the commercial iron powder. -- Highlights: • Diatomite-supported nanosized zero-valent iron composite was synthesised. • The obtained composites were characterised by XRD, SEM–EDS, TEM and XPS. • The removal efficiency for simazine in water were studied. • The prepared composite showed potential prospects in environmental remediation. -- Abstract: A novel composite material based on deposition of nanosized zero-valent iron (nZVI) particles on acid-leached diatomite was synthesised for the removal of a chlorinated contaminant in water. The nZVI/diatomite composites were characterised by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, elemental analysis, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Compared with the pure nZVI particles, better dispersion of nZVI particles on the surface or inside the pores of diatom shells was observed. The herbicide simazine was selected as the model chlorinated contaminant and the removal efficiency by nZVI/diatomite composite was compared with that of the pristine nZVI and commercial iron powder. It was found that the diatomite supported nZVI composite material prepared by centrifugation exhibits relatively better efficient activity in decomposition of simazine than commercial Fe, lab synthesised nZVI and composite material prepared via rotary evaporation, and the optimum experimental conditions were obtained based on a series of batch experiments. This study on immobilising nZVI particles onto diatomite opens a new avenue for the practical application of nZVI and the diatomite-supported nanosized zero

  8. Tribological properties of nanosized calcium carbonate filled polyamide 66 nanocomposites

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    Itagaki, Kaito [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kogakuin University, 2665-1 Nakano, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-0015 Japan (Japan); Nishitani, Yosuke [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Kogakuin University, 2665-1 Nakano, Hachioji, Tokyo, 192-0015 Japan (Japan); Kitano, Takeshi [Polymer Centre, Faculty of Technology, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, T.G.M. 275, Zlin, 767 72 Czech Republic (Czech Republic); Eguchi, Kenichiro [Shiraishi Central Laboratories, 4-78 Motohama,Amagasaki,Hyogo,660-0085 Japan (Japan)

    2016-03-09

    For the purpose of developing high performance tribomaterials for mechanical sliding parts such as gears, bearings and so on, nanosized calcium carbonate (nano-CaCO{sub 3}) filled polyamide 66 (PA66) nanocomposites were investigated. The nano-CaCO{sub 3} was a kind of precipitated (colloid typed) CaCO{sub 3}, and its average particle size was 40, 80 and 150 nm. Surface treatment was performed by fatty acid on the nano-CaCO{sub 3} and its volume fraction in the nanocomposite was varied from 1 to 20vol.%. These nanocomposites were melt-mixed by a twin screw extruder and injection-molded. Tribological properties were measured by two types of sliding wear testers such as ring-on-plate type and ball-on-plate type one under dry condition. The counterface, worn surface and wear debris were observed by digital microscope and scanning electron microscope. It was found that the nano-CaCO{sub 3} has a good effect on the tribological properties, although the effect on the frictional coefficient and specific wear rate is differed by the volume fraction and the type of sliding wear modes. This is attributed to the change of wear mechanisms, which is the change of form of the transfer films on the counterface and the size of wear debris. It follows from these results that PA66/nano-CaCO{sub 3} nanocomposites may be possible to be the high performance tribomaterials.

  9. Biorelevant in vitro dissolution testing of products containing micronized or nanosized fenofibrate with a view to predicting plasma profiles.

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    Juenemann, Daniel; Jantratid, Ekarat; Wagner, Christian; Reppas, Christos; Vertzoni, Maria; Dressman, Jennifer B

    2011-02-01

    The ability of in vitro biorelevant dissolution tests to predict the in vivo performance of nanosized fenofibrate (Lipidil 145 ONE®) and microsized fenofibrate (Lipidil - Ter®) was evaluated in this study. In vitro dissolution was carried out using USP apparatus 2 (paddle method) with updated biorelevant media to simulate the pre- and postprandial states. Membrane filters with different pore sizes were evaluated for their ability to hold back undissolved, nanosized drug particles. It was shown that filters with pore sizes of 0.1 μm and 0.02 μm were able to separate molecularly dissolved drug from colloidal and undissolved particles. In vitro results obtained with a suitable filter were used to generate simulated plasma profiles in combination with two different models using STELLA® software: (a) under the assumption of no permeability restrictions to absorption and (b) under the assumption of a permeability restriction. The simulated plasma profiles were compared to in vivo data for the nanosized and the microsized formulation in the fasted and fed states. The first model approach resulted in good correlation for the microsized fenofibrate formulation, but the plasma profile of the formulation containing nanosized fenofibrate was overpredicted in the fasted state. The second model successfully correlated with in vivo data for both formulations, regardless of prandial state. Comparison of simulations with the two models indicates that in the fasted state, absorption of fenofibrate from the nanosized formulation is at least partly permeability-limited, while for the microsized formulation the dissolution of fenofibrate appears to be rate-determining. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Nano-sized LiCoO_2 Cathode for Use in Lithium-ion Cells

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    J.Yamaki; T.Doi; S.Okada

    2007-01-01

    1 Results Lithium ion batteries are widely used in many portable devices.However,their power density is not sufficient for use in electric vehicles.One of the most effective methods to improve the power density is the use of very fine cathode particles.We investigated new method,excess lithium method,of preparing nano-sized LiCoO2 powders.To begin with,lithium acetate and cobalt acetate are mixed by the molar ratio 9,13 or 21 to 1,uniformly.And the mixture is calcined at 600 ℃ for 6 hours.Finally,obtain...

  11. Plasma breaking of thin films into nano-sized catalysts for carbon nanotube synthesis

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    Gao, J.S.; Umeda, K.; Uchino, K.; Nakashima, H.; Muraoka, K

    2003-07-15

    Iron thin films deposited by pulse laser deposition (PLD) were broken into uniform nano-sized catalysts by plasma bombardment for carbon nanotube (CNT) synthesis. Size distributions of broken catalysts were obtained in terms of plasma discharge conditions. Vertically arranged high-density (10{sup 13} per m{sup 2}) CNTs were synthesized using microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition (MP-CVD) system and the gas mixture of N{sub 2} and CH{sub 4} on optimally broken catalysts with few carbonaceous particles on a large area Si substrate. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Raman spectroscopy (RS) were used to evaluate the obtained CNTs.

  12. Photocatalytic Activity of Nanosized Cadmium Sulfides Synthesized by Complex Compound Thermolysis

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    Yingchun Yu

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The nanosized cadmium sulfides (CdSs containing different phase structures were synthesized via the complex compound thermolysis method using different molar ratio of thiourea to acetate cadmium (S/Cd and characterized by XRD, TEM, UV-Vis, and IR spectra. The results of photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine B (RB show that the activity order of CdS concerning the phase compositions is of cubic > hexagonal > cubic + hexagonal, where the CdS with the cubic phase has the best photocatalytic degradation activity of RB due to its larger abilities of adsorption and absorbance and smaller particle size of about 10∼13 nm.

  13. Formation Mechanism of Nanosized Tin Oxide (SnO2) Powder During Hydrothermal Synthesis

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    M. Ozan ÖZER; Suvaci, Ender; DOĞAN, Aydın

    2011-01-01

    Preparation of nanosized SnO2 electroceramic powders via hydrothermal synthesis was investigated as a function of initial concentration and treatment time in order to understand the formation and growth mechanisms.  SnO2 powder was successfully synthesized from the hydrous tin oxide by hydrothermal synthesis at 200°C.  Crystalline SnO2 particles with a specific surface area as high as 170 m2/g were produced in a single step without requiring any calcination process.  As ini...

  14. On the ‘centre of gravity’ method for measuring the composition of magnetite/maghemite mixtures, or the stoichiometry of magnetite-maghemite solid solutions, via 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy

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    Fock, Jeppe; Bogart, Lara K.; González-Alonso, David; Espeso, Jose I.; Hansen, Mikkel F.; Varón, Miriam; Frandsen, Cathrine; Pankhurst, Quentin A.

    2017-07-01

    We evaluate the application of 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy to the determination of the composition of magnetite (Fe3O4)/maghemite (γ-Fe2O3) mixtures and the stoichiometry of magnetite-maghemite solid solutions. In particular, we consider a recently proposed model-independent method which does not rely on a priori assumptions regarding the nature of the sample, other than that it is free of other Fe-containing phases. In it a single parameter, {{\\overlineδ}\\text{RT}} —the ‘centre of gravity’, or area weighted mean isomer shift at room temperature, T  =  295  ±  5 K—is extracted by curve-fitting a sample’s Mössbauer spectrum, and is correlated to the sample’s composition or stoichiometry. We present data on high-purity magnetite and maghemite powders, and mixtures thereof, as well as comparison literature data from nanoparticulate mixtures and solid solutions, to show that a linear correlation exists between {{\\overlineδ}\\text{RT}} and the numerical proportion of Fe atoms in the magnetite environment: α   =  Femagnetite/Fetotal =≤ft({{\\overlineδ}\\text{RT}}-{δ\\text{o}}\\right)/m , where {δ\\text{o}}   =  0.3206  ±  0.0022 mm s-1 and m   =  0.2135  ±  0.0076 mm s-1. We also present equations to relate α to the weight percentage w of magnetite in mixed phases, and the magnetite stoichiometry x  =  Fe2+/Fe3+ in solid solutions. The analytical method is generally applicable, but is most accurate when the absorption profiles are sharp; in some samples this may require spectra to be recorded at reduced temperatures. We consider such cases and provide equations to relate \\overlineδ(T) to the corresponding α value.

  15. Bimetallic oxamato complexes synthesized into mesoporous matrix as precursor to tunable nanosized oxide

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    Kalinke, Lucas H.G. [Instituto de Química, Universidade Federal de Goiás—UFG, Goiânia, GO 74001-970 (Brazil); Instituto Federal de Goiás—IFG, Anápolis, GO (Brazil); Stumpf, Humberto O. [Departamento de Química, Instituto de Ciências Exatas, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais—UFMG, Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil); Mazali, Italo O. [Instituto de Química, Universidade Estadual de Campinas—UNICAMP, Campinas, SP (Brazil); Cangussu, Danielle, E-mail: danielle_cangussu@ufg.br [Instituto de Química, Universidade Federal de Goiás—UFG, Goiânia, GO 74001-970 (Brazil)

    2015-10-15

    Highlights: • The bimetallic oxamato complexes as single-source precursor. • We prepared into a porous silica glass tunable nanosized oxide powders. • X-ray diffraction shows the formation of CeO{sub 2}/CuO and spinel cobaltite. • The different number of IDC allows control of the nanoparticle size. - Abstract: The bimetallic complexes were employed to prepare into a porous silica glass tunable nanosized oxide powders through the single source precursor (SSP) method. These materials were prepared by first anchoring of [Cu(opba)]{sup 2−} [opba = ortho-phenylenebis(oxamato)], second by reaction in situ with second metal [Co(II) or Ce(III)] and followed by a thermal treatment. The different number of impregnation–decomposition cycles (IDC) allows control of the nanoparticle size. X-ray diffraction shows the formation of mixture CeO{sub 2}–CuO and spinel copper cobaltite. Raman spectroscopy confirmed the formation of such phases. Transmission electron microscopy images revealed that spinel cobaltite particles (8 IDC) present a mean size of about 9 nm, whereas for the CeO{sub 2}–CuO phase the particle diameters are 4 nm (2 IDC) and 8 nm (6 IDC). For CeO{sub 2}–CuO the diffuse reflectance spectroscopy indicates a consistent red shift in band gap from 3.41 to 2.87 eV with increasing of particle size due to quantum confinement effect.

  16. The nanosize catalysts role in the modern hydroprocesses

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    Irisova, K N; Smirnov, V K; Talisman, E L, E-mail: catachem@mtu-net.ru [Catachem Company Ltd., 20 Narodnaya st., Moscow, 117152 (Russian Federation)

    2011-04-01

    Introduction of the modern technological procedures operating the catalytic systems with different nanosized characteristics is the only way to fabricate components of commercial oils that meet the current requirements. Specifications to the individual catalysts, which form a catalytic system, differ both in nanostructural features of the support porosity and in distribution of nanosized active site. These specifications are related to the purpose of the process and the role of the catalyst in the process.

  17. Catalytic Activity and Structure Properties of Doped VOHPO4 ·0.5H 2O with Nanosized Ru, Au, Fe and Mn in Benzene Hydroxylation

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The promotional effect of nanosized Ru, Fe, Au, and Mn particles on VOHPO(sub4) ·0.5H(sub2)O (VHP) catalytic properties was investigated in benzene hydroxylation reaction using hydrogen hydroperoxide (H(sub2)O(sub2) as oxidant. Catalytic results...

  18. Development and characterization of dilutable self-microemulsifying premicroemulsion systems (SMEPMS as templates for preparation of nanosized particulates

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    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Shen-Fu Lin,1 Ying-Chen Chen,2 Hsiu-O Ho,2 Wei-Yu Huang,2 Ming-Thau Sheu,2,3 Der-Zen Liu1,4 1Graduate Institute of Biomedical Materials and Tissue Engineering, College of Oral Medicine, 2School of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan; 3Clinical Research Center and Traditional Herbal Medicine Research Center, Taipei Medical University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan; 4Center for General Education, Hsuan Chuang University, Hsinchu, Taiwan Abstract: The utilization of self-microemulsifying premicroemulsion systems (SMEPMS as templates for preparing poorly water-soluble compounds in the nanosized range represents a promising strategy. Fenofibrate was formulated with n-butyl L-lactate, Tween 80, and a number of cosurfactants (ethanol, 1-propanol, and PEG 600, diluted with the water phase (either water or saccharide solution and then subjected to a freeze-drying (FD process to obtain SMEPMS nanosized particulates. Results demonstrated that the particle size after resuspension of these FD SMEPMS nanosized particulates in water was too large, so the addition of saccharide solutions (lactose, mannitol, glucose, sucrose, and trehalose as the solid carrier to prevent particles from aggregating seemed to be necessary and workable due to steric hindrance and repulsion. However, instability of these resuspended FD nanosized particulates after 30–90 minutes still occurred, and the addition of 0.5% sodium lauryl sulfate in the resuspending medium was able to retard the aggregation and maintain the particle size within the nano-range. Evaluation by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray powder diffraction also confirmed the results. It was concluded that using an SMEPMS formulation with PEG 600 as the cosurfactant, and in the presence of a suitable saccharide as an anticaking agent and FD process were able to produce fenofibrate nanoparticles. Keywords: fenofibrate, saccharides, freeze-drying, nanoparticles

  19. Magnetic properties of magnetic liquids with iron-oxide particles - the influence of anisotropy and interactions

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    Johansson, C.; Hanson, M.; Pedersen, Michael Stanley

    1997-01-01

    Magnetic liquids containing iron-oxide particles were investigated by magnetization and Mossbauer measurements. The particles were shown to be maghemite with a spontanious saturation magentization Ms = 320 kA m-1 at 200 K and a normalized high-field susceptibility x/M0 = 5.1x10-6 mkA-1, practical......-field-cooled magnetization and isothermal remanence decay, is influenced by interactions and strongly dependent on the applied magnetic field....

  20. Photocatalytic oxidation of gaseous benzene over nanosized TiO2 prepared by solvothermal method

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    2007-01-01

    Nanosized TiO2 particles were prepared by solvothermal method using tetrabutyl titanate as precursor, ethanol and water as solvents, and a facile immobilization method of nanosized TiO2 particles on woven glass fabric was developed. The samples obtained under various preparation conditions were characterized by means of thermo gravimetric analysis (TG) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution-transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET). The results show that the cube-shape of TiO2 prepared by solvothermal method has good crystallinity of (101) surface, higher thermal stability and large specific surface area. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images confirmed that the immobilized TiO2 film was uniformly distributed and clung to the substrate firmly. The photocatalytic activity of the catalysts was tested using photocatalytic oxidation of gaseous benzene. The results show that the TiO2 calcined after solvothermal treatment suffers from lower specific surface area, and hence decreases its photocatalytic activity. The photocatalytic activities of the TiO2 by solvothermal treatment with or without calcination in degradation 400 mg/m3 benzene are 3.7 and 4.1 times as high as catalyst without solvothermal treatment, respectively.

  1. The Nano-Sized In2O3 Powder Synthesis by Sol-Gel Method

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    潘庆谊; 程知萱; 等

    2002-01-01

    Wiwh InCl3·4H2O being used as raw materials,the precursor of nano-sized In2O3 powder was prepared by hydrolysis,peptization and gelation of InCl3·4H2O.After calcination,nano-sized In2O3 powder was obtained.The powder was characterized by thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis(TG-DTA).X-ray diffractometry(XRD)and transmission electron microscopy(TEM),respectively,Calculation revealed that the mean crystablline size increased with increasing the calcination temperature,but crystal lattice distortion rate decreased with the increasing in the average crystalline size.This indicated that the smaller the particle size,the bigger the crystal lattice distortion,the worse the crystal growing.The activation energies for growth of nano-sized In2O3 were calculated to be 4.75kJ·mol-1 at the calcination temperature up tp 500℃ and 66.40kJ· mol-1 at the calcination temperature over 600℃.TEM photos revealed that the addition of the chemical additive(OP-10)greatly influenced the morphology and size of In2O3 particles.

  2. In vitro study of nano-sized zinc doped bioactive glass

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    Goh, Yi-Fan; Alshemary, Ammar Z.; Akram, Muhammad [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 UTM skudai, Johor Darul Ta' zim (Malaysia); Abdul Kadir, Mohammed Rafiq [Medical Implant Technology Group, Faculty of Biomedical Engineering and Health Science, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 UTMJohor Bahru (Malaysia); Hussain, Rafaqat, E-mail: rafaqat@kimia.fs.utm.my [IbnuSina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 UTM Johor Bahru, Johor DarulTa' zim (Malaysia)

    2013-01-15

    Surface reactivity in physiological fluid has been linked to bioactivity of a material. Past research has shown that bioactive glass containing zinc has the potential in bone regeneration field due to its enhanced bioactivity. However, results from literature are always contradictory. Therefore, in this study, surface reactivity of bioactive glass containing zinc was evaluated through the study of morphology and composition of apatite layer formed after immersion in simulated body fluid (SBF). Nano-sized bioactive glass with 5 and 10 mol% zinc were synthesized through quick alkali sol-gel method. The synthesized Zn-bioglass was characterized using field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDX), X-ray diffractometer (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FTIR). Samples after SBF immersion were characterized using scanning electron microscope (SEM) and EDX. Morphological study through SEM showed the formation of spherical apatite particles with Ca/P ratio closer to 1.67 on the surface of 5 mol% Zn-bioglass. Whereas, the 10 mol% Zn-bioglass samples induced the formation of flake-like structure of calcite in addition to the spherical apatite particles with much higher Ca/P ratio. Our results suggest that the higher Zn content increases the bioactivity through the formation of bone-bonding calcite as well as the spherical apatite particles. -- Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nano-sized bioactive glasses were synthesized through quick alkali sol-gel method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer 5 and 10 mol% Zn-bioglass induced the formation of spherical particles in SBF test. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer 10 mol% Zn-bioglass also induced the formation of flake-like structure. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The flake-like structure is calcium carbonate; spherical particles are apatite. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer High Zn contents negatively influence the chemical composition of the apatite layer.

  3. Synthesis and photochromic property of nanosized amino acid polyoxometalate compounds

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    Sun, Dehui; Zhang, Jilin; Ren, Huijuan; Cui, Zhenfeng

    2009-07-01

    A series of novel nanosized amino acid-polyoxometalate compounds were successfully synthesized using a low temperature solid-state chemical reaction method. Their compositions, structures, morphologies, photochromic properties were characterized by ICP-AES/MS, TG/DTA, FTIR, XRD, SEM and UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS), respectively. The elemental analysis results showed that the compounds ((HThr)7PMo12O42•4H2O, (HTyr)7PMo12O42Â.5H2O, (HSer)7PMo12O42•5H2O and (HGlu)7PMo12O42•4H2O) were obtained. The analyses of the TG/DTA, XRD and FTIR confirmed that the four compounds are new phases different from the corresponding reactants and they are composed of the polyoxometalate anions and the corresponding protonated amino acids, respectively. Observation of the SEM revealed that the particle shape (e.g. (HThr)7PMo12O42Â.4H2O nanoplates, (HTyr)7PMo12O42•5H2O nanorods, (HSer)7PMo12O42•5H2O and (HGlu)7PMo12O42•4H2O nanoparticles) depended strongly on the structures of amino acids. This implied that the amino acids can play a structural template agent role in synthesis of the Silverton-type polyoxometalate compounds. After irradiated with ultraviolet light, these samples all exhibited photochromism. Their photochromic mechanism may be explained based on Yamase's photochromic model. These photochromic compounds could be applied to the field of photosensitive materials.

  4. Luminescence properties of YAG:Nd3+ nano-sized ceramic powders via co-microemulsion and microwave heating

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    He Jun; Pang Qi; Li Xia; Liang Chun Jie

    2013-12-01

    Nano-sized ceramic powders with weaker aggregation of Nd3+-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG:Nd3+) were synthesized via co-microemulsion and microwave heating. This method provides a limited small space in a micelle for the formation of nano-sized precursors. It also requires a very short heating time, thus reducing energy consumption in comparison with conventional solid-state sintering processes. As a result, small-sized particles with narrow size distribution, weaker aggregation and high purity were obtained. Powder X-ray diffraction results revealed that the structure of pure YAG:Nd3+ nanoparticles was cubic garnet. Transmission electron microscopy results indicated that the synthesized particles were almost spherical with average diameters of 40 and 80 nm. The luminescent properties of YAG:Nd3+ were investigated through PL. Under excitation at 488 nm, YAG:Nd3+ nanosized ceramic powders showed main emission bands of 1045–1080 nm because of ${}^{4}F_{3/2} \\rightarrow 4I_{11/2}$ transitions that are identical to those observed for a single YAG:Nd3+ crystal.

  5. Photocatalytic Reduction of CO2 by Nano-Sized ZnS Supported on Silica and Polyvinyl Alcohol

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    陈静; 刘引烽; 桑文斌; 华家栋; 孟中岩

    2003-01-01

    Nanosized photocatalyst ZnS particles supported on silica and polyvinyl alcohol was successfully prepared by complex trans-formation method. The photoc~jtic reduction of CO2 was carried out in the presence of nanosized ZnS catalyst irradiated by a high-pressure mercury-vapor lamp to give the main products of formaldehyde and ethanol. The catalytic ability of ZnS characterized by the uptaken rate of CO2 volume in the reaction system depended upon the preparing conditions of nanosized ZnS catalysts. Decreasing the concentration of Na2 S and increasing the molar ratio of oxygen in the PVA to Zn2 + could result in the decreasing of the size of ZnS particles but could not result in the monotonous increasing of the reduction rate of CO2. The mechanism of reduction of CO2 may be related to the H atoms and OH radicals, which form from H2O by transmission of the electron-hole pairs from irradiated the naaosized ZnS.

  6. Preparation and Characterization on Nano-Sized Barium Titanate Powder Doped with Lanthanum by Sol-Gel Process

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    2006-01-01

    The nano-sized BaTiO3:La3+ powders were prepared by sol-gel process using butyl phthalate, barium acetate and lanthanum oxide as raw material, and these samples were tested by means of TG-DTA, XRD and SEM. The results indicate that with the annealing temperature and the doped concentration rising, the powders' particle sizes will increase and decrease respectively. When annealing temperature is 900 ℃ and doped concentration is 7%, the phase is cubic without other phases, and the particle size of power is 43.34 nm.

  7. Influence of Nanosized Silicon Carbide on Dimensional Stability of Al/SiC Nanocomposite

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    S. M. Zebarjad

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available This study concentrated on the role of particle size of silicon carbide (SiC on dimensional stability of aluminum. Three kinds of Al/SiC composite reinforced with different SiC particle sizes (25 μm, 5 μm, and 70 nm were produced using a high-energy ball mill. The standard samples were fabricated using powder metallurgy method. The samples were heated from room temperature up to 500∘C in a dilatometer at different heating rates, that is, 10, 30, 40, and 60∘C/min. The results showed that for all materials, there was an increase in length change as temperature increased and the temperature sensitivity of aluminum decreased in the presence of both micro- and nanosized silicon carbide. At the same condition, dimensional stability of Al/SiC nanocomposite was better than conventional Al/SiC composites.

  8. Characterization of nano-sized SiC@Ni composite fabricated by electroless plating method.

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    Xu, Zhan; Chen, Yigang

    2013-02-01

    A nano-sized SiC@Ni composite was prepared by simple electroless plating method. Nickel can be reduced by Na2H2PO2 under the catalysis of Pd to despite onto the surface of SiC nanoparticles. The composite structure was characterized by means of TEM images, XRD and the components were analyzed using EDS. The coating layer on the SiC particles was several nanometers thick and mainly in a form of fine Ni crystalline grain and amorphous Ni-P alloy. By increasing the concentration of Na2H2PO2 in the plating bath, the uniformity of the coating layer can be improved obviously. Both of the magnetism and crystallinity of Ni coatings depends on the P content in the coating which can be decreased by increasing the pH values of plating solutions. The SiC@Ni particles exhibited soft magnetic characteristics.

  9. A study of nanosized zinc oxide and its nanofluid

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    D K Singh; D K Pandey; R R Yadav; Devraj Singh

    2012-05-01

    The synthesis and characterization of nanosized zinc oxide and its nanofluid in a polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) matrix have been done in the present investigation. Crystalline zinc oxide nanoparticles are synthesized using single-step chemical method while the nanofluids are prepared by the dispersion of nanoparticles in PVA solution using an ultrasonicator. The prepared nanoparticles are characterized using X-ray diffraction, SEM–EDX and UV–visible spectrum. The particle size distribution measurement is carried out by acoustic particle sizer. The ultrasonic velocities are measured in the synthesized nanofluid under different physical conditions using an ultrasonic interferometer. It is found that the degree of crystallinity of nanoparticles depends on the evaporation rate during its synthesis and ultrasonic velocity has non-linear relation with temperature for the present nanofluid.

  10. Photocatalytic Decolorization of Methylene Blue on the Nanosized Ti02 -Polymer Composites

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    SU; Bi-tao

    2001-01-01

    Titanium dioxide semiconductor systems with excellent stability of photo-electric chemistry, no poison, cheap, and high separation efficiency of photogenerated charges, consequently, high photocatalytic activity, have been the subject of extensive investigation because of their promise in the photovoltaic[1], photocatalytic[2], and battery applications[3]. The efficiencies of these materials in photovoltaic and photocatalytic applications depend strongly upon the trapping and recombination energetics, i.e., electrons and holes and the conversion of light. Nanosized TiO2 particles present much higher photocatalytic activity due to larger effective surface areas, higher densities of. surface states, shorter distance of photogenerated charges from inner to the surfaces of TiO2 particles resulting in higher separation efficiency of electron-hole pairs, and quantum size effect.  ……

  11. Photocatalytic Decolorization of Methylene Blue on the Nanosized Ti02 -Polymer Composites

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    2001-01-01

    @@ Titanium dioxide semiconductor systems with excellent stability of photo-electric chemistry, no poison, cheap, and high separation efficiency of photogenerated charges, consequently, high photocatalytic activity, have been the subject of extensive investigation because of their promise in the photovoltaic[1], photocatalytic[2], and battery applications[3]. The efficiencies of these materials in photovoltaic and photocatalytic applications depend strongly upon the trapping and recombination energetics, i.e., electrons and holes and the conversion of light. Nanosized TiO2 particles present much higher photocatalytic activity due to larger effective surface areas, higher densities of. surface states, shorter distance of photogenerated charges from inner to the surfaces of TiO2 particles resulting in higher separation efficiency of electron-hole pairs, and quantum size effect.

  12. FORMATION MECHANISM OF NANOSIZED TIN OXIDE (SnO2 POWDER DURING HYDROTHERMAL SYNTHESIS

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    M. Ozan ÖZER

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Preparation of nanosized SnO₂ electroceramic powders via hydrothermal synthesis was investigated as a function of initial concentration and treatment time in order to understand the formation and growth mechanisms. SnO₂ powder was successfully synthesized from the hydrous tin oxide by hydro- thermal synthesis at 200°C. Crystalline SnO₂ particles with a specific surface area as high as 170 m₂/g were produced in a single step without requiring any calcination process. As initial concentration of metal cation increases from 0.0125 to 0.05 M, an Ostwald ripening type growth process was observed in the crystallite size from 3.1 to 4.6 nm. Evolution of tin oxide particles was also investigated by al- tering the treatment time from 1 to 24 h and a diffusion controlled growth behavior was observed as a function of synthesis time.

  13. Modifications in Glass Ionomer Cements: Nano-Sized Fillers and Bioactive Nanoceramics

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    Shariq Najeeb

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Glass ionomer cements (GICs are being used for a wide range of applications in dentistry. In order to overcome the poor mechanical properties of glass ionomers, several modifications have been introduced to the conventional GICs. Nanotechnology involves the use of systems, modifications or materials the size of which is in the range of 1–100 nm. Nano-modification of conventional GICs and resin modified GICs (RMGICs can be achieved by incorporation of nano-sized fillers to RMGICs, reducing the size of the glass particles, and introducing nano-sized bioceramics to the glass powder. Studies suggest that the commercially available nano-filled RMGIC does not hold any significant advantage over conventional RMGICs as far as the mechanical and bonding properties are concerned. Conversely, incorporation of nano-sized apatite crystals not only increases the mechanical properties of conventional GICs, but also can enhance fluoride release and bioactivity. By increasing the crystallinity of the set matrix, apatites can make the set cement chemically more stable, insoluble, and improve the bond strength with tooth structure. Increased fluoride release can also reduce and arrest secondary caries. However, due to a lack of long-term clinical studies, the use of nano-modified glass ionomers is still limited in daily clinical dentistry. In addition to the in vitro and in vivo studies, more randomized clinical trials are required to justify the use of these promising materials. The aim of this paper is to review the modification performed in GIC-based materials to improve their physicochemical properties.

  14. Modifications in Glass Ionomer Cements: Nano-Sized Fillers and Bioactive Nanoceramics

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    Najeeb, Shariq; Khurshid, Zohaib; Zafar, Muhammad Sohail; Khan, Abdul Samad; Zohaib, Sana; Martí, Juan Manuel Nuñez; Sauro, Salvatore; Matinlinna, Jukka Pekka; Rehman, Ihtesham Ur

    2016-01-01

    Glass ionomer cements (GICs) are being used for a wide range of applications in dentistry. In order to overcome the poor mechanical properties of glass ionomers, several modifications have been introduced to the conventional GICs. Nanotechnology involves the use of systems, modifications or materials the size of which is in the range of 1–100 nm. Nano-modification of conventional GICs and resin modified GICs (RMGICs) can be achieved by incorporation of nano-sized fillers to RMGICs, reducing the size of the glass particles, and introducing nano-sized bioceramics to the glass powder. Studies suggest that the commercially available nano-filled RMGIC does not hold any significant advantage over conventional RMGICs as far as the mechanical and bonding properties are concerned. Conversely, incorporation of nano-sized apatite crystals not only increases the mechanical properties of conventional GICs, but also can enhance fluoride release and bioactivity. By increasing the crystallinity of the set matrix, apatites can make the set cement chemically more stable, insoluble, and improve the bond strength with tooth structure. Increased fluoride release can also reduce and arrest secondary caries. However, due to a lack of long-term clinical studies, the use of nano-modified glass ionomers is still limited in daily clinical dentistry. In addition to the in vitro and in vivo studies, more randomized clinical trials are required to justify the use of these promising materials. The aim of this paper is to review the modification performed in GIC-based materials to improve their physicochemical properties. PMID:27428956

  15. Novel Synthesis of Sol-gel Derived Nanosized Mullite Powder

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    LIANG Long; LI Jian-bao; LIN Hong; GUO Gang-feng; HE Ming-sheng

    2006-01-01

    Using hydrous aluminum chloride (AlCl3 6H2O) and silicon ethoxide (Si (OC2H5)4) as raw materials, a kind of nano-sized mullite powder was synthesized with the sol-gel process at the medium calcination temperature. The microstructures of the alumina-silica binary aerogel and calcined nano-sized materials were investigated by means of thermogravimetry-differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffractometer (XRD). The results show that the mullitization of Al2O3-SiO2 in gel starts from about 1 000 ℃ and its formation of mullite takes place in the range of 1 100 ℃-1 250 ℃. The size of the nano-sized mullite powder calcined at 1 250 ℃ is measured to be about 30 nm.

  16. Preparation of nanosized non-oxide powders using diatomaceous earth

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    Šaponjić A.

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper the nanosized non-oxide powders were prepared by carbothermal reduction and subsequent nitridation of diatomaceous earth which is a waste product from coal exploitation. Our scope was to investigate the potential use of diatomaceous earth as a main precursor for low-cost nanosized non-oxide powder preparation as well as to solve an environmental problem. The influence of carbon materials (carbonized sucrose, carbon cryogel and carbon black as a reducing agent on synthesis and properties of low-cost nanosized nonoxide powders was also studied. The powders were characterized by specific surface area, X-ray and SEM investigations. It was found that by using diatomaceous earth it is was possible to produce either a mixture of non-oxide powders (Si3N4/SiC or pure SiC powders depending on temperature.

  17. Root uptake and phytotoxicity of nanosized molybdenum octahedral clusters

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    Aubert, Tangi [Solid State Chemistry and Materials Group, UMR CNRS 6226 Sciences Chimiques de Rennes, University of Rennes 1, 263 av. du General Leclerc, Campus de Beaulieu, 35042 Rennes (France); Burel, Agnes [Electronic Microscopy Department, University of Rennes 1, 2 av. du Professeur Leon-Bernard, Campus de Villejean, 35043 Rennes (France); Esnault, Marie-Andree [Mechanisms at the Origin of Biodiversity Team, UMR CNRS 6553 Ecobio, University of Rennes 1, 263 av. du General Leclerc, Campus de Beaulieu, 35042 Rennes (France); Cordier, Stephane; Grasset, Fabien [Solid State Chemistry and Materials Group, UMR CNRS 6226 Sciences Chimiques de Rennes, University of Rennes 1, 263 av. du General Leclerc, Campus de Beaulieu, 35042 Rennes (France); Cabello-Hurtado, Francisco, E-mail: francisco.cabello@univ-rennes1.fr [Mechanisms at the Origin of Biodiversity Team, UMR CNRS 6553 Ecobio, University of Rennes 1, 263 av. du General Leclerc, Campus de Beaulieu, 35042 Rennes (France)

    2012-06-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We investigated the effect of nanosized Mo{sub 6} clusters on the growth of rapeseed plants. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The aggregation state of the clusters depends on the dispersion medium. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The concentration-dependant toxicity of the clusters depends on aggregation state. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We took into account the possible contribution to toxicity of dissolved ionic species. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The root uptake of the clusters was followed by NanoSIMS. - Abstract: Here are examined the root uptake and phytotoxicity of octahedral hexamolybdenum clusters on rapeseed plants using the solid state compound Cs{sub 2}Mo{sub 6}Br{sub 14} as cluster precursor. [Mo{sub 6}Br{sub 14}]{sup 2-} cluster units are nanosized entities offering a strong and stable emission in the near-infrared region with numerous applications in biotechnology. To investigate cluster toxicity on rapeseed plants, two different culture systems have been set up, using either a water-sorbing suspension of cluster aggregates or an ethanol-sorbing solution of dispersed nanosized clusters. Size, shape, surface area and state of clusters in both medium were analyzed by FE-SEM, BET and XPS. The potential contribution of cluster dissolution to phytotoxicity was evaluated by ICP-OES and toxicity analysis of Mo, Br and Cs. We showed that the clusters did not affect seed germination but greatly inhibited plant growth. This inhibition was much more important when plants were treated with nanosized entities than with microsized cluster aggregates. In addition, nanosized clusters affected the root morphology in a different manner than microsized cluster aggregates, as shown by FE-SEM observations. The root penetration of the clusters was followed by secondary ion mass spectroscopy with high spatial resolution (NanoSIMS) and was also found to be much more important for treatments with nanosized clusters.

  18. Processing of silicon nitride and alumina nanosize powders

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    Gonzalez, E.J.; Piermarini, G.; Hockey, B.; Malghan, S.G. [National Inst. of Standard and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (United States)

    1995-08-01

    The effects of pressure on the compaction and subsequent processing of nanosize {gamma} alumina powders were studied. A 3 mm diameter piston/cylinder die was used to compact the nanosize powders to pressures of 1 and 2.5 GPa. The green bodies were sintered at temperatures up to 1600{degrees}C. Results show that green body density can be increased by higher compaction pressures. It appears that as a result of the {gamma}-to-{alpha} transformation in alumina, higher green density does not necessarily produce a higher density sintered alumina body. The microstructures of the sintered bodies are described in terms of porosity and phase content.

  19. Carbon-Supported Iron Oxide Particles

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    Meaz, T.; Mørup, Steen; Koch, C. Bender

    1996-01-01

    A carbon black ws impregnated with 6 wt% iron using an aqueous solution of iron nitrate. The impregnated carbon was initially dried at 125 C. The effect of heating of the iron oxide phase was investigated at temperatures between 200 and 600 C using Mossbauer spectroscopy. All heat treatments were...... done in an oxygen-containing atmosphere. Ferrihydrite is formed and is stable at and below a temperature of 300 C. At 600 C small particles of maghemite is the dominant iron oxide. A transformation reaction is suggested....

  20. Carbon-Supported Iron Oxide Particles

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    Meaz, T.; Mørup, Steen; Koch, C. Bender

    1996-01-01

    A carbon black ws impregnated with 6 wt% iron using an aqueous solution of iron nitrate. The impregnated carbon was initially dried at 125 C. The effect of heating of the iron oxide phase was investigated at temperatures between 200 and 600 C using Mossbauer spectroscopy. All heat treatments were...... done in an oxygen-containing atmosphere. Ferrihydrite is formed and is stable at and below a temperature of 300 C. At 600 C small particles of maghemite is the dominant iron oxide. A transformation reaction is suggested....

  1. Efficient Synthesis of a Maghemite/Gold Hybrid Nanoparticle System as a Magnetic Carrier for the Transport of Platinum-Based Metallotherapeutics

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    Pavel Štarha

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The preparation and thorough characterization of a hybrid magnetic carrier system for the possible transport of activated platinum-based anticancer drugs, as demonstrated for cisplatin (cis-[Pt(NH32Cl2], CDDP, are described. The final functionalized mag/Au–LA–CDDP* system consists of maghemite/gold nanoparticles (mag/Au coated by lipoic acid (HLA; LA stands for deprotonated form of lipoic acid and functionalized by activated cisplatin in the form of cis-[Pt(NH32(H2O2]2+ (CDDP*. The relevant techniques (XPS, EDS, ICP-MS proved the incorporation of the platinum-containing species on the surface of the studied hybrid system. HRTEM, TEM and SEM images showed the nanoparticles as spherical with an average size of 12 nm, while their superparamagnetic feature was proven by 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy. In the case of mag/Au, mag/Au–HLA and mag/Au–LA–CDDP*, weaker magnetic interactions among the Fe3+ centers of maghemite, as compared to maghemite nanoparticles (mag, were detected, which can be associated with the non-covalent coating of the maghemite surface by gold. The pH and time-dependent stability of the mag/Au–LA–CDDP* system in different media, represented by acetate (pH 5.0, phosphate (pH 7.0 and carbonate (pH 9.0 buffers and connected with the release of the platinum-containing species, showed the ability of CDDP* to be released from the functionalized nanosystem.

  2. Efficiency of barium removal from radioactive waste water using the combination of maghemite and titania nanoparticles in PVA and alginate beads.

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    Majidnia, Zohreh; Idris, Ani; Majid, MuhdZaimiAbd; Zin, RosliMohamad; Ponraj, Mohanadoss

    2015-11-01

    In this paper, both maghemite (γ-Fe2O3) and titanium oxide (TiO2) nanoparticles were synthesized and mixed in various ratios and embedded in PVA and alginate beads. Batch sorption experiments were applied for removal of barium ions from aqueous solution under sunlight using the beads. The process has been investigated as a function of pH, contact time, temperature, initial barium ion concentration and TiO2:γ-Fe2O3 ratios (1:10, 1:60 and 1). The recycling attributes of these beads were also considered. Furthermore, the results revealed that 99% of the Ba(II) was eliminated in 150min at pH 8 under sunlight. Also, the maghemite and titania PVA-alginate beads can be readily isolated from the aqueous solution after the process and reused for at least 7 times without significant losses of their initial properties. The reduction of Ba(II) with maghemite and titania PVA-alginate beads fitted the pseudo first order and second order Langmuir-Hinshelwood (L-H) kinetic model. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  3. Colloidal Surface Active Maghemite Nanoparticles for Biologically Safe Cr(VI) Remediation: from Core-Shell Nanostructures to Pilot Plant Development.

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    Magro, Massimiliano; Domeneghetti, Stefania; Baratella, Davide; Jakubec, Petr; Salviulo, Gabriella; Bonaiuto, Emanuela; Venier, Paola; Malina, Ondřej; Tuček, Jiří; Ranc, Václav; Zoppellaro, Giorgio; Zbořil, Radek; Vianello, Fabio

    2016-09-26

    The present study is aimed at the exploration of achievable improvements for Cr(VI) ex situ and in situ water remediation by using novel naked colloidal maghemite (γ-Fe2 O3 ) nanoparticles (surface active maghemite nanoparticles, SAMNs). The reliability of SAMNs for Cr(VI) binding and removal was demonstrated, and SAMN@Cr(VI) complex was characterized, as well as the covalent nature of the absorption was unequivocally proved. SAMNs were structurally and magnetically well conserved after Cr(VI) binding. Thus, in consideration of their affinity for Cr(VI) , SAMNs were exploited in a biological model system, mimicking a real in situ application. The assay evidenced a progressive reduction of revertant colonies of Salmonella typhimurium TA100 strain, as maghemite nanoparticles concentration increased, till the complete suppression of Cr(VI) mutagen effect. Finally, an automatic modular pilot system for continuous magnetic removal and recovery of Cr(VI) from water is proposed. SAMNs, thanks to their colloidal, binding, and catalytic properties, represent a promising tool as a reliable nanomaterial for water remediation by Cr(VI) . © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  4. Magnesium ion-conducting gel polymer electrolytes dispersed with nanosized magnesium oxide

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    Pandey, G. P.; Agrawal, R. C.; Hashmi, S. A.

    Experimental investigations are performed on novel magnesium ion-conducting gel polymer electrolyte nanocomposites based on poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP), dispersed with nanosized magnesium oxide (MgO) particles. The nanocomposite materials are in the form of free-standing films. Various physical and electrochemical analyses demonstrate promising characteristics of these films, suitable as electrolytes in rechargeable magnesium batteries. The optimized material with 3 wt.% MgO offers a maximum electrical conductivity of ∼8 × 10 -3 S cm -1 at room temperature (∼25 °C) with good thermal and electrochemical stabilities. The ion/filler-polymer interactions and possible conformational changes in host polymer PVdF-HFP due to the liquid electrolyte entrapment and dispersion of nanosized MgO are examined by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopic (SEM) methods. The Mg 2+ ion conduction in the gel film is confirmed from the cyclic voltammetry, impedance spectroscopy and transport number measurements. The Mg 2+ ion transport number (t +) is enhanced substantially and found to have a maximum of ∼0.44 for the addition of 10 wt.% MgO nanoparticles. The enhancement in t + is explained on the basis of the formation of space-charge regions due to the presence of MgO:Mg 2+-like species, that supports Mg 2+ ion motion.

  5. EXAFS investigation and luminescent properties of nanosized Tb: Lu2O3 phosphors

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    2010-01-01

    Nanosized terbium doped Lu2O3 phosphors were synthesized via a modified co-precipitation processing.The as-prepared Tb:Lu2O3 phosphors was consisted of well crystallized nanosized sphere particles with a diameter of about 30 nnx Local structure of Tb ions in Lu2O3 lattice was investigated by an analytical approach based on Fourier transformation of the extended X-ray absorption fine structure(EXAFS) data.X-ray near edge structure (XANES) spectra suggested that all Tb ions doped were tervalonce.EXAFS results indicated that Tb ions have entered the Lu2O3 cubic lattice by means of solid solution.The coordination number and first shell Tb-O distance dropped with the increasing of Tb concentration.Emission spectra of the phosphors was shown to be typical for Tb3+ with main components at 542,550 and 490 nm,derived from irradiative relaxation of 5D4 level.The emission intensity decreased severely with the increasing of Tb concentration from 1 mol.% to 15 tool.%,suggesting a significant concentration quenching above 1 mol.% Tb.The reduction of emission intensity was interpreted by higher distortion derived relaxation among the surface state resident Tb3+ ions.

  6. 纳米Y沸石合成及表征的研究%Synthesis and Characterization of Nanosized Y Zeolite

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    张婷; 严红; 王帆

    2012-01-01

      以水热法合成纳米Y沸石,并采用扫描电子显微镜(SEM)、红外光谱分析(FT-IR)、N2吸附等检测方法对纳米Y沸石的粒径、外貌、比表面积等物理性质进行表征.应用纳米Y沸石对一定浓度的氨气进行吸附,对比吸附前后纳米Y沸石的红外光谱探讨其吸附机理.结果表明:本试验合成的纳米Y沸石粒径为200 nm左右、颗粒均匀,且具有纳米Y沸石的骨架振动,其BET比表面积为484.24 m2/g,孔容为0.85 cm3/g.纳米Y沸石对氨气的吸附属于物理吸附.%  Nanosized Y zeolite was synthesized by hydrothermal method, and SEM、FT-IR、N2 adsorption techniques were used to characterize the particle size, morphology, BET surface area and other physics-chemical properties of nanosized Y zeolite. Then studying on the adsorption of ammonia with the nanosized Y zeolite, the change of nanosized Y zeolite with the nanosized Y zeolite which adsorbed the ammonia was analysed by FT-IR, the mechanism of adsorption was discussed as well.The results showed that the samples evenly distributed in nanometer, about 200nm, and they had the typical vibration of Y zeolite. What’s more, the BET surface area was 484.24m2/g; the pore volume was about 0.85cm3/g. And the adsorption mechanism of ammonia by nanosized Y zeolite belongs to the physical adsorption.

  7. Room temperature synthesis of rod-like FeC2O4·2H2O and its transition to maghemite, magnetite and hematite nanorods through controlled thermal decomposition

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    Zhou, Weiwei; Tang, Kaibin; Zeng, Suyuan; Qi, Yunxia

    2008-02-01

    FeC2O4·2H2O nanorods with diameter of about 50 nm and length of up to several micrometers were synthesized at room temperature in a surfactant-assisted system, which was obtained by dissolving bis(2-ethylhexyl)sodium sulfosuccinate (AOT) in a mixed solution composed of water and ethylene glycol (EG). The influence of reaction conditions on the morphology of FeC2O4·2H2O is discussed in detail. Through direct thermal decomposition of FeC2O4·2H2O under different calcination conditions, maghemite (γ-Fe2O3), magnetite (Fe3O4) and hematite (α-Fe2O3) can be selectively obtained, preserving the rod-like morphology. Transmission electron microscope (TEM) and high-resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM) characterizations showed that the as-obtained iron oxide nanorods were composed of fine particles with different crystal orientations. The magnetic properties of the as-obtained iron oxide nanorods were systematically investigated.

  8. [Investigation on damage of bovine serum albumin (BSA) catalyzed by nano-sized silicon dioxide (SiO2) under ultrasonic irradiation using spectral methods].

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    Wang, Jun; Ding, Na; Zhang, Zhao-hong; Guo, Ying; Wang, Shi-xian; Xu, Rui; Zhang, Xiang-dong

    2009-04-01

    The damage of bovine serum albumin (BSA) molecules under ultrasonic irradiation in the presence of nano-sized silicon dioxide (SiO2) particles was studied by UV-Vis and fluorescence spectra. In addition, the influences of ultrasonic irradiation time, nano-sized SiO2 addition amount, solution acidity (pH) and ultrasonic irradiation power on the damage of BSA molecules in aqueous solution were also detected. For BSA solution of 1.0 x 10(-5) mol x L(-1) at (37.0+/-0.2) degrees C, the UV-Vis spectra of BSA solutions showed that the absorption peaks of BSA displayed obvious hyperchromic effect with the increase in some influence factors such as ultrasonic irradiation time, nano-sized SiO2 addition amount, pH value and ultrasonic irradiation power. However, the fluorescence spectra of BSA solutions showed the phenomenon of fluorescence quenching with the increase in ultrasonic irradiation time, nano-sized SiO2 addition amount, pH value and ultrasonic irradiation power. Moreover, the possible mechanism behind the damage of BSA molecule in the presence of nano-sized SiO2 powders under ultrasonic irradiation was discussed. It was considered that the damage of BSA molecules was attributed to the formation of *OH radicals resulting from the sonoluminescence and high-heat excitation of ultrasonic cavitation. The research results could be of great significance to using sonocatalytic method to treat tumour in clinic application and for developing nano-sized drug in the future.

  9. In vitro heat generation by ferrimagnetic maghemite microspheres for hyperthermic treatment of cancer under an alternating magnetic field.

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    Kawashita, Masakazu; Domi, Shinjiro; Saito, Yasuhiro; Aoki, Masaaki; Ebisawa, Yukihiro; Kokubo, Tadashi; Saito, Takashi; Takano, Mikio; Araki, Norio; Hiraoka, Masahiro

    2008-05-01

    Ferrimagnetic materials can be expected to be useful as thermo seeds for hyperthermic treatment of cancer, especially where the cancer is located in deep parts of body, as they can generate heat by magnetic hysteretic loss when they are placed in an alternating magnetic field. Recently, it was reported that ferrimagnetic maghemite (gamma-Fe2O3) microspheres 20-30 microm in diameter prepared in aqueous solution can show excellent heat generating ability. However, these microspheres have many cracks on their surfaces. In this study, the preparation conditions for the microspheres was further optimized in order to obtain crack-free ferrimagnetic microspheres, and the in vitro heat generation of the obtained microspheres was measured in an agar phantom under an alternating magnetic field. Crack-free gamma-Fe2O3 microspheres 20-30 microm in diameter were obtained successfully. Their saturation magnetization and coercive force were 68 emu g(-1) and 198 Oe, respectively. Their heat generation under an alternating magnetic field of 300 Oe at 100 kHz was estimated to be 42 W g(-1). The microspheres showed in vitro heat generation when they were dispersed in an agar phantom and placed under an alternating magnetic field. It is believed that these microspheres may be useful for the in situ hyperthermic treatment of cancer.

  10. Biomolecular coronas provide the biological identity of nanosized materials

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    Monopoli, Marco P; Åberg, Christoffer; Salvati, Anna; Dawson, Kenneth A

    2012-01-01

    The search for understanding the interactions of nanosized materials with living organisms is leading to the rapid development of key applications, including improved drug delivery by targeting nanoparticles, and resolution of the potential threat of nanotechnological devices to organisms and the en

  11. Membrane with Stable Nanosized Microstructure and Method for Producing same

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    2010-01-01

    The present invention provides a membrane, comprising in this order a first catalyst layer, an electronically and ionically conducting layer having a nanosized microstructure, and a second catalyst layer, characterized in that the electronically and ionically conducting layer is formed from...

  12. AHE measurements of very thin films and nanosized dots

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    Kikuchi, N.; Murillo, R.; Lodder, J.C.

    2005-01-01

    In this paper we present anomalous Hall effect analysis from very thin Co (0.5 nm) film, Co/Pt multilayers and large areas of nanosized dots as well as from a few magnetic dots having a diameter of 120 nm. The dot arrayis prepared from Co/Pt multilayer by using laser interference lithography (LIL) w

  13. Nano-sized Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} reinforced NiFe nanocomposites by electroplating

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    Li Xiaochun; Li Zhiwei

    2003-10-15

    Permalloy NiFe/Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} nanocomposite layers were electroplated on a copper substrate. The volume fraction of nano-sized Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} particles in NiFe matrix was controlled by the addition of various percentages of Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} particles in the NiFe electrolyte. The nanocomposite layers of up to 400 {mu}m were analyzed by a scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Microhardness test was performed. With nano-sized Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} particles in the NiFe matrix, the microhardness of NiFe was improved. The samples were then annealed at 800 deg. C for about 20 h. The microhardness declined more with more Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} particles in the NiFe matrix. The analysis result from energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS) in the SEM showed that the hardness declination could be caused by the segregation of Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} in the NiFe matrix. Finally, this paper presents nanocomposite micromolds fabricated by electroplating onto polymer molds that were fabricated by micro-stereolithgraphy.

  14. Degradation of simazine from aqueous solutions by diatomite-supported nanosized zero-valent iron composite materials.

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    Sun, Zhiming; Zheng, Shuilin; Ayoko, Godwin A; Frost, Ray L; Xi, Yunfei

    2013-12-15

    A novel composite material based on deposition of nanosized zero-valent iron (nZVI) particles on acid-leached diatomite was synthesised for the removal of a chlorinated contaminant in water. The nZVI/diatomite composites were characterised by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, elemental analysis, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Compared with the pure nZVI particles, better dispersion of nZVI particles on the surface or inside the pores of diatom shells was observed. The herbicide simazine was selected as the model chlorinated contaminant and the removal efficiency by nZVI/diatomite composite was compared with that of the pristine nZVI and commercial iron powder. It was found that the diatomite supported nZVI composite material prepared by centrifugation exhibits relatively better efficient activity in decomposition of simazine than commercial Fe, lab synthesised nZVI and composite material prepared via rotary evaporation, and the optimum experimental conditions were obtained based on a series of batch experiments. This study on immobilising nZVI particles onto diatomite opens a new avenue for the practical application of nZVI and the diatomite-supported nanosized zero-valent iron composite materials have potential applications in environmental remediation. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Colloidal dispersions of maghemite nanoparticles produced by laser pyrolysis with application as NMR contrast agents

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    Veintemillas-Verdaguer, Sabino [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, CSIC, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Morales, Maria del Puerto [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, CSIC, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Bomati-Miguel, Oscar [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, CSIC, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Bautista, Carmen [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, CSIC, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Zhao, Xinqing [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, CSIC, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Bonville, Pierre [CEA, CE Saclay, DSM/DRECAM/SPEC, 91191 Gif-Sur-Yvette (France); Alejo, Rigoberto Perez de [Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Unidad de RMN, Paseo Juan XXIII, 1, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Ruiz-Cabello, Jesus [Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Unidad de RMN, Paseo Juan XXIII, 1, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Santos, Martin [Hospital Universitario Puerta de Hierro, Servicio de Cirugia Experimental. C/San Martin de Porres 4, 28035 Madrid (Spain); Tendillo-Cortijo, Francisco J [Hospital Universitario Puerta de Hierro, Servicio de Cirugia Experimental. C/San Martin de Porres 4, 28035 Madrid (Spain); Ferreiros, Joaquin [Hospital Clinico de Madrid ' San Carlos' , Ciudad Universitaria, 28040 Madrid (Spain)

    2004-08-07

    Biocompatible magnetic dispersions have been prepared from {gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles (5 nm) synthesized by continuous laser pyrolysis of Fe(CO){sub 5} vapours. The feasibility of using these dispersions as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents has been analysed in terms of chemical structure, magnetic properties, {sup 1}H NMR relaxation times and biokinetics. The magnetic nanoparticles were dispersed in a strong alkaline solution in the presence of dextran, yielding stable colloids in a single step. The dispersions consist of particle-aggregates 25 nm in diameter measured using transmission electron microscope and a hydrodynamic diameter of 42 nm measured using photon correlation spectroscopy. The magnetic and relaxometric properties of the dispersions were of the same order of magnitude as those of commercial contrast agents produced using coprecipitation. However, these dispersions, when injected intravenously in rats at standard doses showed a mono-exponential blood clearance instead of a biexponential one, with a blood half-life of 7 {+-} 1 min. Furthermore, an important enhancement of the image contrast was observed after the injection, mainly located at the liver and the spleen of the rat. In conclusion, the laser pyrolysis technique seems to be a good alternative to the coprecipitation method for producing MRI contrast agents, with the advantage of being a continuous synthesis method that leads to very uniform particles capable of being dispersed and therefore transformed in a biocompatible magnetic liquid.

  16. Electrochemical synthesis of magnetite and maghemite nanoparticles using dissymmetric potential pulses

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    Rodriguez-Lopez, A.; Paredes-Arroyo, A.; Mojica-Gomez, J.; Estrada-Arteaga, C. [Centro de Investigacion y Desarrollo Tecnologico en Electroquimica (Mexico); Cruz-Rivera, J. J.; Elias Alfaro, C. G. [Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi., Instituto de metalurgia, Facultad de Ingenieria (Mexico); Antano-Lopez, R., E-mail: rantano@cideteq.mx [Centro de Investigacion y Desarrollo Tecnologico en Electroquimica (Mexico)

    2012-08-15

    Magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles of controlled size distribution were electrochemically synthesized applying a dissymmetric pattern of potential pulses to iron-based electrodes in aqueous media. The best pattern was determined through a design of experiments based on a previous voltammetric study. The applied method conveys an optimization of previous methods which employed direct or symmetric alternate potentials. XRD results indicate that magnetite phase is favored to anodic potentials larger -0.2 V versus SSE. TEM images show quasi spherical particles with size ranging from 10 to 50 nm, depending on the synthesis conditions, which agrees with size estimated from diffractograms. EDS indicate that the electrolyte is not totally eliminated by washing although its content is lower than 1 %.

  17. Dimethylsilanone generation from pyrolysis of polysiloxanes filled with nanosized silica and ceria/silica

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    Kulyk, Kostiantyn; Gatchell, Michael; Alexander, John D; Borysenko, Mykola; Palianytsia, Borys; Larsson, Mats; Kulik, Tetiana

    2016-01-01

    Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) is a widely used organosilicon polymer often employed in formulations with fine oxide particles for various high temperature applications. Although PDMS is considered to be thermally stable and chemically inert, it is not always clear how the oxide filler influences its thermoresistance, decomposition chemistry and what reactive products are formed in the underlying thermal reactions. In this work we use temperature programmed desorption mass spectrometry (TPD MS) to study the pyrolysis of PDMS and its composites with nanosized silica and ceria/silica. Our results suggest that the elusive organosilicon compound - dimethylsilanone is generated from PDMS over a broad temperature range (in some cases starting at 70${\\deg}$C). The presence of nano-oxides catalyzed this process. Ions characteristic of the fragmentation of dimethylsilanone under electron ionization were assigned with the aid of DFT structure calculations. Possible reaction mechanisms for generating dimethylsilanone were ...

  18. Photocatalytic Activity of Nanosized ZnWO4 Prepared by the Sol-gel Method

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    WU Yan; ZHANG Shi-cheng; ZHANG Li-wu; ZHU Yong-fa

    2007-01-01

    Nanosized ZnWO4 photocatalysts were successfully synthesized via the sol-gel process in a temperature range of 450-800 ℃. The grain size, crystal size, and crystallinity of ZnWO4 particles increased with the increase of calcination temperature and prolonging calcination time. The photocatalytic activity was measured for the degradation of an aqueous Rhodamine-B(RhB) solution and gaseous formaldehyde(FAD). With the increase of calcination temperature and time, the activities increased to a maximum and then decreased. ZnWO4 photocatalyst prepared at 550 ℃ for 10 h showed the highest activity, which is similar to the photocatalytic activity of P25TiO2 for the degradation of gaseous FAD. High crystallinity, large surface area, and good dispersion are responsible for the high photocatalytic performance of the prepared ZnWO4.

  19. Tailoring properties of porous Poly (vinylidene fluoride) scaffold through nano-sized 58s bioactive glass.

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    Shuai, Cijun; Huang, Wei; Feng, Pei; Gao, Chengde; Shuai, Xiong; Xiao, Tao; Deng, Youwen; Peng, Shuping; Wu, Ping

    2016-01-01

    The biological properties of porous poly (vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) scaffolds fabricated by selective laser sintering were tailored through nano-sized 58s bioactive glass. The results showed that 58s bioactive glass distributed evenly in the PVDF matrix. There were some exposed particles on the surface which provided attachment sites for biological response. It was confirmed that the scaffolds had highly bioactivity by the formation of bone-like apatite in simulated body fluid. And the bone-like apatite became dense with the increase in 58s bioactive glass and culture time. Moreover, the scaffolds were suitable for cell adhesion and proliferation compared with the PVDF scaffolds without 58s bioactive glass. The research showed that the PVDF/58s bioactive glass scaffolds had latent application in bone tissue engineering.

  20. Stimulated Brillouin scattering of laser in semiconductor plasma embedded with nano-sized grains

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    Sharma, Giriraj, E-mail: grsharma@gmail.com [SRJ Government Girls’ College, Neemuch (M P) (India); Dad, R. C. [Government P G College, Mandsaur (M P) (India); Ghosh, S. [School of Studies in Physics, Vikram University, Ujjain, (M P) (India)

    2015-07-31

    A high power laser propagating through semiconductor plasma undergoes Stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) from the electrostrictively generated acoustic perturbations. We have considered that nano-sized grains (NSGs) ions are embedded in semiconductor plasma by means of ion implantation. The NSGs are bombarded by the surrounding plasma particles and collect electrons. By considering a negative charge on the NSGs, we present an analytically study on the effects of NSGs on threshold field for the onset of SBS and Brillouin gain of generated Brillouin scattered mode. It is found that as the charge on the NSGs builds up, the Brillouin gain is significantly raised and the threshold pump field for the onset of SBS process is lowered.

  1. Towards the limit of ferroelectric nanosized grains

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    Roelofs, A.; Schneller, T.; Szot, K.; Waser, R.

    2003-02-01

    Ferroelectric random access memories are non-volatile, low voltage, high read/write speed devices which have been introduced into the market in recent years and which show the clear potential of future gigabit scale universal non-volatile memories. The ultimate limit of this concept will depend on the ferroelectric limit (synonymous superparaelectric limit), i.e. the size limit below which the ferroelectricity is quenched. While there are clear indications that 2D ferroelectric oxide films may sustain their ferroelectric polarization below 4 nm in thickness (Tybell T, Ahn C H and Triscone J M 1999 Appl. Phys. Lett. 75 856), the limit will be quite different for isolated 3D nanostructures (nanograins, nanoclusters). To investigate scaling effects of ferroelectric nanograins on Si wafers, we studied PbTiO3 (PTO) and Pb(ZrxTi1-x)O3 grown by a self-assembly chemical solution deposition method. Preparing highly diluted precursor solutions we achieved single separated ferroelectric grains with grain sizes ranging from 200 nm down to less than 20 nm. For grains smaller than 20 nm, no piezoresponse was observed and we suppose this could be due to the transition from the ferroelectric to the paraelectric phase which has no spontaneous polarization. Recent calculations (Zhong W L, Wang Y G, Zhang P L and Qu B D 1994 Phys. Rev. B 50 698) and experiments (Jiang B, Peng J L, Zhong W L and Bursill L A 2000 J. Appl. Phys. 87 3462) showed that the ferroelectricity of fine ferroelectric particles decrease with decreasing particle size. From these experiments the extrapolated critical size of PTO particles was found to be around 4.2-20 nm.

  2. Indium tin oxide nanosized composite powder prepared using waste ITO target

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    LIU Jiaxiang; GAN Yong; ZENG Shengnan

    2005-01-01

    Indium tin oxide (TTO) nano-particles were prepared directly using waste ITO target, which had been coated by magnetron controlled sputtering. The waste ITO target was cleaned with de-ionized water, and then dissolved in acid, filtrated, neutralized, manipulated through azeotropic distillation and finally dried, and in this way the precursor of indium tin hydroxide was obtained. The nanosized ITO composite powder was prepared after the precursor heat-treated at 500C for 2h. TEM images show a narrow distribution of particle size is 5-20 nm and the particle size can be controlled. Its granule has a spherical shape and the dispersion of the particle is well. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns indicate the only cubic In2O3 phase in the ITO powder heat-treated at 500C. The purity of ITO composite powder is 99.9907%. The content of indium within filtrate was detected by using the EDTA titration of determination of indium in the ITO powder and ITO target. Apfully prepared by heat-treating.

  3. Preparation and microstructure characterization of a nano-sized Ti4+-doped AgSnO2 electrical contact material

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    ZHENG Ji; LI Songlin; DOU Fuqi; LI Tonghui

    2009-01-01

    A Ti4+-doped nano-structured AgSnO2 material was prepared using sol-gel method and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmis-sion electron microscopy (TEM), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results show that Ti4+ cations are successfully doped into the crystal lattice of SnO2, and thus significantly improve the electrical conductivity of the sample. Furthermore, the coating of Ag on Ti4+-doped SnO2 nano-sized particles enhances the surface wettability and enables the resulting AgSnO2 material to have better mechanical properties.

  4. Lignin from Micro- to Nanosize: Production Methods

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    Beisl, Stefan; Miltner, Angela; Friedl, Anton

    2017-01-01

    Lignin is the second most abundant biopolymer after cellulose. It has long been obtained as a by-product of cellulose production in pulp and paper production, but had rather low added-value applications. A changing paper market and the emergence of biorefinery projects should generate vast amounts of lignin with the potential of value addition. Nanomaterials offer unique properties and the preparation of lignin nanoparticles and other nanostructures has therefore gained interest as a promising technique to obtain value-added lignin products. Due to lignin’s high structural and chemical heterogeneity, methods must be adapted to these different types. This review focuses on the ability of different formation methods to cope with the huge variety of lignin types and points out which particle characteristics can be achieved by which method. The current research’s main focus is on pH and solvent-shifting methods where the latter can yield solid and hollow particles. Solvent shifting also showed the capability to cope with different lignin types and solvents and antisolvents, respectively. However, process conditions have to be adapted to every type of lignin and reduction of solvent demand or the integration in a biorefinery process chain must be focused. PMID:28604584

  5. Lignin from Micro- to Nanosize: Production Methods

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    Stefan Beisl

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Lignin is the second most abundant biopolymer after cellulose. It has long been obtained as a by-product of cellulose production in pulp and paper production, but had rather low added-value applications. A changing paper market and the emergence of biorefinery projects should generate vast amounts of lignin with the potential of value addition. Nanomaterials offer unique properties and the preparation of lignin nanoparticles and other nanostructures has therefore gained interest as a promising technique to obtain value-added lignin products. Due to lignin’s high structural and chemical heterogeneity, methods must be adapted to these different types. This review focuses on the ability of different formation methods to cope with the huge variety of lignin types and points out which particle characteristics can be achieved by which method. The current research’s main focus is on pH and solvent-shifting methods where the latter can yield solid and hollow particles. Solvent shifting also showed the capability to cope with different lignin types and solvents and antisolvents, respectively. However, process conditions have to be adapted to every type of lignin and reduction of solvent demand or the integration in a biorefinery process chain must be focused.

  6. A novel copper (II) complex containing a tetradentate Schiff base: Synthesis, spectroscopy, crystal structure, DFT study, biological activity and preparation of its nano-sized metal oxide

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    Tohidiyan, Zeinab; Sheikhshoaie, Iran; Khaleghi, Mouj; Mague, Joel T.

    2017-04-01

    A new nano-sized copper (II) complex, [Cu(L)] with a tetra dentate Schiff base ligand, 2-((E)-(2-(E-5- bromo-2-hydroxybezenylideneamino) methyl)-4-bromophenol [H2L] was prepared by the reaction between of Cu (CH3COO)2·2H2O and (H2L) ligand with the ratio of 1:1, at the present of triethylamine by sonochemical method. The structure of [Cu (L)] complex was determined by FT-IR, UV-Vis, FESEM and molar conductivity. The structure of [Cu (L)] complex was characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction. The geometry of [Cu (L)] complex was optimized using density functional theory (DFT) method with the B3LYP/6-31(d) level of theory. The calculated bond lengths and bond angles are in good agreement with the X-ray data. This complex was used as a novel precursor for preparing of CuO nano particles by the thermal decomposition method. The antibacterial activities of [H2L] ligand, nano-sized [Cu (L)] complex and nano-sized CuO have been screened against various strains of bacteria. According to the results, nano-sized CuO can be considered as an appropriate antibiotic agent.

  7. Maghemite soil nodules reveal the impact of fire on mineralogical and geochemical differentiation at the Earth's surface

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    Löhr, Stefan C.; Murphy, David T.; Nothdurft, Luke D.; Bolhar, Robert; Piazolo, Sandra; Siegel, Coralie

    2017-03-01

    Fires occur frequently over large parts of the Earth's surface. They potentially exert a significant influence on the mineralogical and geochemical characteristics of an environment that is otherwise considered to be dominated by low temperature processes. We test this hypothesis by comparing the mineralogy and geochemistry of (i) magnetic, iron-rich soil nodules, (ii) non-magnetic iron soil nodules and (iii) a published dataset of surficial sediments from eastern Australia. Maghemite-rich nodules are present in soils from around the world. It has been argued that they are thermal alteration products of non-magnetic precursors, but this remains controversial. We use detailed petrographic and mineralogical analyses to demonstrate that maghemite occurs as part of a high temperature mineral assemblage including hematite and χ-alumina, within a magnetic nodule microfabric indicative of fire-induced dehydroxylation and sintering of non-magnetic precursors at temperatures of up to 600 °C. The genetic link between magnetic and non-magnetic nodules means that their comparison offers insights into the geochemical impact of fire. Our results show that magnetic nodules are depleted in Si, Y, Zr and HREE but enriched in Fe and Cr relative to non-magnetic nodules that occur in close spatial proximity. Magnetic nodules also show variable but distinctly low Y/Ho (21.4 ± 0.4) and Zr/Hf (29.3 ± 0.8) as well as anomalously low La relative to the other LREE. In situ laser ablation analyses show that this is largely due to the presence of χ-alumina that is depleted in HREEs and has extremely low Y/Ho (mainly magnetic nodule precursors into proto-magnetic nodules. This is associated with thermal transformation of clays as well as Fe and Al oxyhydroxides, followed by isochemical segregation into a sintered core with low Si, Y/Ho, Zr/Hf and La/Gd and a reciprocal cortex. Preferential loss of the weathering-sensitive cortex, which is rarely preserved on the magnetic nodules, then

  8. Acceleration and inhibition of amyloid-β fibril formation by peptide-conjugated fluorescent-maghemite nanoparticles

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    Skaat, Hadas; Shafir, Gilead; Margel, Shlomo

    2011-08-01

    The formation of amyloid aggregates by association of peptides into ordered structures is hallmark of certain neurodegenerative disorders. Exploring the effect of specific nanoparticles on the formation of amyloid fibrils may contribute toward a mechanistic understanding of the aggregation processes, leading to design nanoparticles that modulate the formation of toxic amyloid plaques. Uniform maghemite (γ-Fe2O3) magnetic nanoparticles, containing fluorescein covalently encapsulated within (F-γ-Fe2O3), were prepared. These F-γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles of 14.0 ± 4.0 nm were then coated with human serum albumin (HSA) via a precipitation process. Covalent conjugation of the spacer arm succinimidyl polyethylene glycol succinimidyl ester (NHS-PEG-NHS) to the F-γ-Fe2O3 HSA nanoparticles was then accomplished by interacting the primary amine groups of the HSA coating with excess NHS-PEG-NHS molecules. Covalent conjugation of the peptides amyloid-β 40 (Aβ40) or Leu-Pro-Phe-Phe-Asp (LPFFD) onto the surface of the former fluorescent nanoparticles was then performed, by interacting the terminal activated NHS groups of the PEG derivatized F-γ-Fe2O3 HSA nanoparticles with primary amino groups of the peptides. Kinetics of the Aβ40 fibrillation process in the absence and presence of varying concentrations of the Aβ40 or LPFFD conjugated nanoparticles were also elucidated. The non-peptide conjugated fluorescent nanoparticles do not affect the Aβ40 fibrillation process significantly. However, the Aβ40-conjugated nanoparticles (F-γ-Fe2O3 HSA-PEG-Aβ40) accelerate the fibrillation process while the LPFFD-conjugated nanoparticles (F-γ-Fe2O3 HSA-PEG-LPFFD) inhibit it. By applying MRI and fluorescence imaging techniques simultaneously these bioactive fluorescent magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles can be used as an efficient tool to study and control the Aβ40 amyloid fibril formation process.

  9. Nonaqueous magnetic nanoparticle suspensions with controlled particle size and nuclear magnetic resonance properties.

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    Meledandri, Carla J; Stolarczyk, Jacek K; Ghosh, Swapankumar; Brougham, Dermot F

    2008-12-16

    We report the preparation of monodisperse maghemite (gamma-Fe2O3) nanoparticle suspensions in heptane, by thermal decomposition of iron(III) acetylacetonate in the presence of oleic acid and oleylamine surfactants. By varying the surfactant/Fe precursor mole ratio during synthesis, control was exerted both over the nanocrystal core size, in the range from 3 to 6 nm, and over the magnetic properties of the resulting nanoparticle dispersions. We report field-cycling 1H NMR relaxation analysis of the superparamagnetic relaxation rate enhancement of nonaqueous suspensions for the first time. This approach permits measurement of the relaxivity and provides information on the saturation magnetization and magnetic anisotropy energy of the suspended particles. The saturation magnetization was found to be in the expected range for maghemite particles of this size. The anisotropy energy was found to increase significantly with decreasing particle size, which we attribute to increased shape anisotropy. This study can be used as a guide for the synthesis of maghemite nanoparticles with selected magnetic properties for a given application.

  10. Stabilizer-free nanosized gold sols.

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    Andreescu, Daniel; Sau, Tapan Kumar; Goia, Dan V

    2006-06-15

    The paper describes a convenient, rapid, and reproducible method for the synthesis of stable dispersions of uniform gold nanoparticles at ambient temperatures by mixing aqueous solutions of tetrachloroauric acid and iso-ascorbic acid. The influence of the experimental conditions on the size of the gold particles and the stability of the final sols was monitored by dynamic light scattering and UV-vis spectrophotometry. It was found that the size of the resulting nanoparticles is affected by the concentration and the pH of gold solution, while the stability of the electrostatically stabilized final sols is strongly dependent on the excess of reductant in the system, the ionic strength, and the temperature of the precipitation. Since the preparation process does not require the addition of a dispersing agent, the surface of the resulting gold nanoparticles can be easily functionalized to make them suitable for applications in medicine, biology, and catalysis.

  11. Nano-sized Adsorbate Structure Formation in Anisotropic Multilayer System

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    Kharchenko, Vasyl O.; Kharchenko, Dmitrii O.; Yanovsky, Vladimir V.

    2017-05-01

    In this article, we study dynamics of adsorbate island formation in a model plasma-condensate system numerically. We derive the generalized reaction-diffusion model for adsorptive multilayer system by taking into account anisotropy in transfer of adatoms between neighbor layers induced by electric field. It will be found that with an increase in the electric field strength, a structural transformation from nano-holes inside adsorbate matrix toward separated nano-sized adsorbate islands on a substrate is realized. Dynamics of adsorbate island sizes and corresponding distributions are analyzed in detail. This study provides an insight into details of self-organization of adatoms into nano-sized adsorbate islands in anisotropic multilayer plasma-condensate systems.

  12. Structural and magnetic properties of mechanochemically synthesized nanosized yttrium titanate

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    Barudžija Tanja

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanosized perovskite YTiO3 with the mean crystallite size of 18 nm was synthesized for the first time by mechanochemical treatment. The mechanochemical solid state reaction between commercial Y2O3 powder and mechanochemically synthesized TiO powder in molar ratio 0.5:1 was completed for 3 h in a high-energy planetary ball mill in argon atmosphere. The heating in vacuum at 1150 °C for 12 h transforms nanosized YTiO3 to a well-crystallized single-phase perovskite YTiO3. Both samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD and thermogravimetric (TGA/DTA analyses, as well as superconducting quantum interference device magnetometer (SQUID measurements.

  13. Melting of Bi sublattice in nanosized BiFeO3 Perovskite by resonant X-ray diffraction.

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    Petkov, V; Selbach, S M; Einarsrud, M-A; Grande, T; Shastri, S D

    2010-10-29

    Free-standing BiFeO3 perovskite particles with a size ranging from polycrystalline bulk down to 5 nm have been studied by high-energy resonant (Bi K edge) x-ray diffraction coupled to differential atomic pair distribution function analysis. Nanosized BiFeO3 particles are found to exhibit extra, i.e., beyond the usual thermal, structural disorder that increases progressively with diminishing their size. In particles of size smaller than approximately 18 nm the disorder destroys the structural coherence of the Bi sublattice and disturbs that of the Fe-based sublattice in the perovskite structure, substantially affecting the magnetoelectric properties it carries. The new structural information helps better understand the unusual behavior of perovskites structured at the nanoscale.

  14. Magnetic nanosized rare earth iron garnets R3Fe5O12: Sol-gel fabrication, characterization and reinspection

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    Opuchovic, Olga; Kareiva, Aivaras; Mazeika, Kestutis; Baltrunas, Dalis

    2017-01-01

    The magnetic nanosized rare earth iron garnets (R3Fe5O12, where R=Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu) were prepared by an aqueous sol-gel method. Herein we present, that all these garnets can be obtained by this effective synthesis method simply by changing the temperature of the final annealing. It was also demonstrated, that a different annealing temperature leads to a different particle size distribution of the final product. The SEM analysis results revealed that the smallest particles were formed in the range of 75-130 nm. The phase purity and structure of the rare earth iron garnets were estimated using XRD analysis and Mössbauer spectroscopy. Magnetic properties were determined by magnetization measurements. The relation between the particle size, composition and magnetic properties of the sol-gel derived garnets were also discussed in this study.

  15. Synthesis of Nano-sized Barium Titanate Powder by Solid-state Reaction between Barium Carbonate and Titania

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    2007-01-01

    Size control of BaTiO3 in solid-state reaction between BaCO3 and TiO2 was demonstrated by varying the size of TiO2 and milling conditions of BaCO3. The smaller TiO2 particles had higher surface area, resulting in faster initial reaction. The mechanically milled BaCO3 particles accelerated the diffusion process and decreased the calcinations temperature. It can be deduced from the results that the size control is possible and nano-sized BaTiO3 particles with about 60 nm can be synthesized by using the conventional solid-state reaction between BaCO3 and TiO2.

  16. Screen printed nanosized ZnO thick film

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    Bindu Krishnan; V P N Nampoori

    2005-06-01

    Nanosized ZnO was prepared by polyol synthesis. Fluorescence spectrum of the ZnO colloid at varying pump intensities was studied. The powder was extracted and characterized by XRD and BET. The extracted powder was screen printed on glass substrates using ethyl cellulose as binder and turpinol as solvent. Coherent back scattering studies were performed on the screen printed sample which showed evidence of weak localization. The screen printed pattern showed strong UV emission.

  17. Nano-Sized Grain Refinement Using Friction Stir Processing

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    2013-03-01

    friction stir weld is a very fine grain microstructure produced as a result of dynamic recrystallization. The friction stir ... Friction Stir Processing, Magnesium, Nano-size grains Abstract A key characteristic of a friction stir weld is a very fine grain microstructure...state process developed on the basis of the friction stir welding (FSW) technique invented by The Welding Institute (TWI) in 1991 [2]. During

  18. Dielectric Properties of Nanosized ZnFe2O4

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    Željka Cvejić

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we present the results concerning the dielectric properties of the nanosized ZnFe2O4. Dielectric permittivity, the loss factor, as well as the conductivity, were measured in the temperature range 300-630 K and at 1 Hz, 10 Hz, 100 Hz, 1 kHz and 10 kHz frequencies. Signifi cant improvements in permittivity, loss factor and ionic conductivity comparing to bulk samples have been observed.

  19. Antitumor effect of free rhodium (II) citrate and rhodium (II) citrate-loaded maghemite nanoparticles on mice bearing breast cancer: a systemic toxicity assay.

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    Peixoto, Raphael Cândido Apolinário; Miranda-Vilela, Ana Luisa; de Souza Filho, José; Carneiro, Marcella Lemos' Brettas; Oliveira, Ricardo G S; da Silva, Matheus Oliveira; de Souza, Aparecido R; Báo, Sônia Nair

    2015-05-01

    Breast cancer is one of the most prevalent cancer types among women. The use of magnetic fluids for specific delivery of drugs represents an attractive platform for chemotherapy. In our previous studies, it was demonstrated that maghemite nanoparticles coated with rhodium (II) citrate (Magh-Rh2Cit) induced in vitro cytotoxicity and in vivo antitumor activity, followed by intratumoral administration in breast carcinoma cells. In this study, our aim was to follow intravenous treatment to evaluate the systemic antitumor activity and toxicity induced by these formulations in Balb/c mice bearing orthotopic 4T1 breast carcinoma. Female Balb/c mice were evaluated with regard to toxicity of intravenous treatments through analyses of hemogram, serum levels of alanine aminotransferase, iron, and creatinine and liver, kidney, and lung histology. The antitumor activity of rhodium (II) citrate (Rh2Cit), Magh-Rh2Cit, and maghemite nanoparticles coated with citrate (Magh-Cit), used as control, was evaluated by tumor volume reduction, histology, and morphometric analysis. Magh-Rh2Cit and Magh-Cit promoted a significant decrease in tumor area, and no experimental groups presented hematotoxic effects or increased levels of serum ALT and creatinine. This observation was corroborated by the histopathological examination of the liver and kidney of mice. Furthermore, the presence of nanoparticles was verified in lung tissue with no morphological changes, supporting the idea that our nanoformulations did not induce toxicity effects. No studies about the systemic action of rhodium (II) citrate-loaded maghemite nanoparticles have been carried out, making this report a suitable starting point for exploring the therapeutic potential of these compounds in treating breast cancer.

  20. Application of x-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) to local-order analysis in Fe-Cr maghemite-like materials

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    Montero-Cabrera, M. E., E-mail: elena.montero@cimav.edu.mx; Fuentes-Cobas, L. E.; Macías-Ríos, E. [Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados, Chihuahua, 31136, México (Mexico); Fuentes-Montero, M. E. [Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, Chihuahua, 31000, México (Mexico)

    2015-07-23

    The maghemite-like oxide system γ-Fe{sub 2-x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 3} (x=0.75, 1 and 1.25) was studied by X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) and by synchrotron radiation X-ray diffraction (XRD). Measurements were performed at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource at room temperature, at beamlines 2-1, 2-3 and 4-3. High-resolution XRD patterns were processed by means of the Rietveld method. In cases of atoms being neighbors in the Periodic Table, the order/disorder degree of the considered solutions is indiscernible by “normal” (absence of “anomalous scattering”) diffraction experiments. Thus, maghemite-like materials were investigated by XAFS in both Fe and Cr K-edges to clarify, via short-range structure characterization, the local ordering of the investigated system. Athena and Artemis graphic user interfaces for IFEFFIT and FEFF8.4 codes were employed for XAFS spectra interpretation. Pre-edge decomposition and theoretical modeling of X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) transitions were performed. By analysis of the Cr K-edge XANES, it has been confirmed that Cr is located in an octahedral environment. Fitting of the extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectra was performed under the consideration that the central atom of Fe is allowed to occupy octa- and tetrahedral positions, while Cr occupies only octahedral ones. Coordination number of neighboring atoms, interatomic distances and their quadratic deviation average were determined for x=1, by fitting simultaneously the EXAFS spectra of both Fe and Cr K-edges. The results of fitting the experimental spectra with theoretical standards showed that the cation vacancies tend to follow a regular pattern within the structure of the iron-chromium maghemite (FeCrO{sub 3})

  1. Nanosized Iron Oxide Colloids Strongly Enhance Microbial Iron Reduction▿ †

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    Bosch, Julian; Heister, Katja; Hofmann, Thilo; Meckenstock, Rainer U.

    2010-01-01

    Microbial iron reduction is considered to be a significant subsurface process. The rate-limiting bioavailability of the insoluble iron oxyhydroxides, however, is a topic for debate. Surface area and mineral structure are recognized as crucial parameters for microbial reduction rates of bulk, macroaggregate iron minerals. However, a significant fraction of iron oxide minerals in the subsurface is supposed to be present as nanosized colloids. We therefore studied the role of colloidal iron oxides in microbial iron reduction. In batch growth experiments with Geobacter sulfurreducens, colloids of ferrihydrite (hydrodynamic diameter, 336 nm), hematite (123 nm), goethite (157 nm), and akaganeite (64 nm) were added as electron acceptors. The colloidal iron oxides were reduced up to 2 orders of magnitude more rapidly (up to 1,255 pmol h−1 cell−1) than bulk macroaggregates of the same iron phases (6 to 70 pmol h−1 cell−1). The increased reactivity was not only due to the large surface areas of the colloidal aggregates but also was due to a higher reactivity per unit surface. We hypothesize that this can be attributed to the high bioavailability of the nanosized aggregates and their colloidal suspension. Furthermore, a strong enhancement of reduction rates of bulk ferrihydrite was observed when nanosized ferrihydrite aggregates were added. PMID:19915036

  2. Resonant fiber based aerosol particle sensor and method

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    2013-01-01

    in resonance frequency due to depositing of nano-sized particles is correlated with the mass deposited on the elongate member and the vibration frequency of the elongate member is determined by a detector. The read-out from the detector is transformed into a mass deposited on the elongate member. Particles...

  3. Maghemite nanoparticle-decorated hollow fiber electromembrane extraction combined with dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction for the determination of thymol from Carum copticum

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    Khajeh, Mostafa; Pedersen-Bjergaard, Stig; Bohlooli, Mousa

    2017-01-01

    BACKGROUND A novel technique using maghemite nanoparticle-decorated hollow fibers to assist electromembrane extraction is proposed. Electromembrane extraction combined with dispersive liquid–liquid microextraction (EME-DLLME) was applied for the extraction of thymol from Carum copticum, followed.......2% respectively. The intra- and inter-day accuracy was higher than 93.6%. CONCLUSION The results indicated that EME-DLLME/GC-FID is a useful technique for the extraction and determination of thymol in C copticum. © 2016 Society of Chemical Industry...

  4. Nano-sized ceramic inks for drop-on-demand ink-jet printing in quadrichromy.

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    Gardini, Davide; Dondi, Michele; Costa, Anna Luisa; Matteucci, Francesco; Blosi, Magda; Galassi, Carmen; Baldi, Giovanni; Cinotti, Elenia

    2008-04-01

    Nano-sized ceramic inks suitable for ink-jet printing have been developed for the four-colours CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) process. Nano-inks of different pigment composition (Co(1-x)O, Au(0), Ti(1-x-y)Sb(x)Cr(y)O2, CoFe2O4) have been prepared with various solid loadings and their chemicophysical properties (particle size, viscosity, surface tension, zeta-potential) were tailored for the ink-jet application. The pigment particle size is in the 20-80 nm range. All these nano-suspensions are stable for long time (i.e., several months) due to either electrostatic (high zeta-potential values) or steric stabilization mechanisms. Both nanometric size and high stability avoid problems of nozzle clogging from particles agglomeration and settling. Nano-inks have a Newtonian behaviour with relatively low viscosities at room temperature. More concentrated inks fulfil the viscosity requirement of ink-jet applications (i.e., ceramic tiles, developing saturated colours in a wide range of firing temperatures (1000-1200 degrees C).

  5. Nanosized Selenium: A Novel Platform Technology to Prevent Bacterial Infections

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    Wang, Qi

    As an important category of bacterial infections, healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are considered an increasing threat to the safety and health of patients worldwide. HAIs lead to extended hospital stays, contribute to increased medical costs, and are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality. In the United States, infections encountered in the hospital or a health care facility affect more than 1.7 million patients, cost 35.7 billion to 45 billion, and contribute to 88,000 deaths in hospitals annually. The most conventional and widely accepted method to fight against bacterial infections is using antibiotics. However, because of the widespread and sometimes inappropriate use of antibiotics, many strains of bacteria have rapidly developed antibiotic resistance. Those new, stronger bacteria pose serious, worldwide threats to public health and welfare. In 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported antibiotic resistance as a global serious threat that is no longer a prediction for the future but is now reality. It has the potential to affect anyone, of any age, in any country. The most effective strategy to prevent antibiotic resistance is minimizing the use of antibiotics. In recent years, nanomaterials have been investigated as one of the potential substitutes of antibiotics. As a result of their vastly increased ratio of surface area to volume, nanomaterials will likely exert a stronger interaction with bacteria which may affect bacterial growth and propagation. A major concern of most existing antibacterial nanomaterials, like silver nanoparticles, is their potential toxicity. But selenium is a non-metallic material and a required nutrition for the human body, which is recommended by the FDA at a 53 to 60 μg daily intake. Nanosized selenium is considered to be healthier and less toxic compared with many metal-based nanomaterials due to the generation of reactive oxygen species from metals, especially heavy metals. Therefore, the objectives of

  6. Synthesis and photocatalytic applications of nano-sized zinc-doped mesoporous titanium oxide

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    Sánchez-Muñoz, Sergio; Pérez-Quintanilla, Damián [Departamento de Química Inorgánica y Analítica, E.S.C.E.T., Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, C/Tulipán s/n, 28933, Móstoles (Madrid) (Spain); Gómez-Ruiz, Santiago, E-mail: santiago.gomez@urjc.es [Departamento de Química Inorgánica y Analítica, E.S.C.E.T., Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, C/Tulipán s/n, 28933, Móstoles (Madrid) (Spain)

    2013-02-15

    Graphical abstract: Nano-sized mesoporous titanium oxide (T0) and zinc-doped nano-sized mesoporous titanium oxides (TA–TD) were synthesized by a simple method and characterized by different techniques. All materials have been studied in the photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue under UV light, observing that the decrease in the band gap of the materials seems to have a positive influence in the photocatalytic activity. Display Omitted Highlights: ► Nano-sized mesoporous TiO{sub 2} and Zn-doped TiO{sub 2} have been synthesized and characterized. ► Band gap of the Zn-doped TiO{sub 2} decreases when the Zn amount increases. ► Materials consist of porous particles (10–20 nm). ► The photocatalytic degradation of MB has been studied for these materials. ► A decrease in the band gap of the materials enhances the photocatalytic activity. -- Abstract: The synthesis of nano-sized mesoporous titanium oxide (T0) is described by an easy synthetic method which consists of the reaction of titanium tetraisopropoxide and a solution of HNO{sub 3} in water (pH 2.0) and the subsequent elimination of the volatiles by simple distillation. On the other hand, zinc-doped mesoporous titanium oxides (TA–TD) were synthesized using the same method but adding increasing amounts of Zn(NO{sub 3}){sub 2} to give materials which contain between 0.12 and 6.17 wt.% Zn. Upon the calcinations of all the obtained materials, characterization has been carried out by using N{sub 2} adsorption–desorption isotherms, powder X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescence, UV–vis spectrometry, solid state {sup 47,49}Ti NMR spectroscopy and transmission electronic microscopy (TEM). The results show that all these materials are mesoporous, with BET surfaces between 54 and 121 m{sup 2}/g and similar pore diameters between 6.4 and 9.1 nm. XRD studies show that these materials mainly consist of anatase and very small amounts of brookite. TEM technique shows the small particle sizes of the

  7. Magnesium ion-conducting gel polymer electrolytes dispersed with nanosized magnesium oxide

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    Pandey, G.P. [Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007 (India); Solid State Ionics Research Laboratory, School of Studies in Physics, Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur 492010, C.G. (India); Agrawal, R.C. [Solid State Ionics Research Laboratory, School of Studies in Physics, Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur 492010, C.G. (India); Hashmi, S.A. [Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007 (India)

    2009-05-15

    Experimental investigations are performed on novel magnesium ion-conducting gel polymer electrolyte nanocomposites based on poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP), dispersed with nanosized magnesium oxide (MgO) particles. The nanocomposite materials are in the form of free-standing films. Various physical and electrochemical analyses demonstrate promising characteristics of these films, suitable as electrolytes in rechargeable magnesium batteries. The optimized material with 3 wt.% MgO offers a maximum electrical conductivity of {proportional_to}8 x 10{sup -3} S cm{sup -1} at room temperature ({proportional_to}25 C) with good thermal and electrochemical stabilities. The ion/filler-polymer interactions and possible conformational changes in host polymer PVdF-HFP due to the liquid electrolyte entrapment and dispersion of nanosized MgO are examined by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopic (SEM) methods. The Mg{sup 2+} ion conduction in the gel film is confirmed from the cyclic voltammetry, impedance spectroscopy and transport number measurements. The Mg{sup 2+} ion transport number (t{sub +}) is enhanced substantially and found to have a maximum of {proportional_to}0.44 for the addition of 10 wt.% MgO nanoparticles. The enhancement in t{sub +} is explained on the basis of the formation of space-charge regions due to the presence of MgO:Mg{sup 2+}-like species, that supports Mg{sup 2+} ion motion. (author)

  8. Turning Waste into Value: Nanosized Natural Plant Materials of Solanum incanum L. and Pterocarpus erinaceus Poir with Promising Antimicrobial Activities.

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    Griffin, Sharoon; Tittikpina, Nassifatou Koko; Al-Marby, Adel; Alkhayer, Reem; Denezhkin, Polina; Witek, Karolina; Gbogbo, Koffi Apeti; Batawila, Komlan; Duval, Raphaël Emmanuel; Nasim, Muhammad Jawad; Awadh-Ali, Nasser A; Kirsch, Gilbert; Chaimbault, Patrick; Schäfer, Karl-Herbert; Keck, Cornelia M; Handzlik, Jadwiga; Jacob, Claus

    2016-04-19

    Numerous plants are known to exhibit considerable biological activities in the fields of medicine and agriculture, yet access to their active ingredients is often complicated, cumbersome and expensive. As a consequence, many plants harbouring potential drugs or green phyto-protectants go largely unnoticed, especially in poorer countries which, at the same time, are in desperate need of antimicrobial agents. As in the case of plants such as the Jericho tomato, Solanum incanum, and the common African tree Pterocarpus erinaceus, nanosizing of original plant materials may provide an interesting alternative to extensive extraction and isolation procedures. Indeed, it is straightforward to obtain considerable amounts of such common, often weed-like plants, and to mill the dried material to more or less uniform particles of microscopic and nanoscopic size. These particles exhibit activity against Steinernema feltiae or Escherichia coli, which is comparable to the ones seen for processed extracts of the same, respective plants. As S. feltiae is used as a model nematode indicative of possible phyto-protective uses in the agricultural arena, these findings also showcase the potential of nanosizing of crude "waste" plant materials for specific practical applications, especially-but not exclusively-in developing countries lacking a more sophisticated industrial infrastructure.

  9. Turning Waste into Value: Nanosized Natural Plant Materials of Solanum incanum L. and Pterocarpus erinaceus Poir with Promising Antimicrobial Activities

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    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Numerous plants are known to exhibit considerable biological activities in the fields of medicine and agriculture, yet access to their active ingredients is often complicated, cumbersome and expensive. As a consequence, many plants harbouring potential drugs or green phyto-protectants go largely unnoticed, especially in poorer countries which, at the same time, are in desperate need of antimicrobial agents. As in the case of plants such as the Jericho tomato, Solanum incanum, and the common African tree Pterocarpus erinaceus, nanosizing of original plant materials may provide an interesting alternative to extensive extraction and isolation procedures. Indeed, it is straightforward to obtain considerable amounts of such common, often weed-like plants, and to mill the dried material to more or less uniform particles of microscopic and nanoscopic size. These particles exhibit activity against Steinernema feltiae or Escherichia coli, which is comparable to the ones seen for processed extracts of the same, respective plants. As S. feltiae is used as a model nematode indicative of possible phyto-protective uses in the agricultural arena, these findings also showcase the potential of nanosizing of crude “waste” plant materials for specific practical applications, especially—but not exclusively—in developing countries lacking a more sophisticated industrial infrastructure.

  10. Study on the Phase Transformation Behavior of Nanosized Amorphous TiO2

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    Huaqing XIE; Tonggeng XI; Qinghong ZHANG; Qingren WU

    2003-01-01

    Nanosized amorphous TiO2 powders with a specific surface area of 501 m2.g-1 were prepared by hydrolysis. Aftercalcined at 400℃ for 2 h, the prepared amorphous TiO2 powders were fully transformed into anatase crystallitesthe samples of nanosized amorphous TiO2 mixed with microsized anatase, nanosized anatase, or nanosized α-Al2O3respectively. Effects of sample packing, anatase addition, or α-Al2O3 addition on the crystallization behavior ofnanosized amorphous TiO2 were analyzed.

  11. Magnetic property, Mössbauer spectroscopy and microwave reflection loss of maghemite nanoparticles (γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) encapsulated in carbon nanotubes

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    Sutradhar, S. [SSRL, Department of Physics, Burdwan University, Burdwan 713104 (India); Department of Physics, Jadavpur University, Jadavpur, Kolkata 700032 (India); Das, S. [Department of Physics, Jadavpur University, Jadavpur, Kolkata 700032 (India); Roychowdhury, A.; Das, D. [UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, III/LB-8, Kolkata 700098 (India); Chakrabarti, P.K., E-mail: pabitra_c@hotmail.com [SSRL, Department of Physics, Burdwan University, Burdwan 713104 (India)

    2015-06-15

    Highlights: • Maghemite were prepared by a new technique using hydrazine hydrate as reducing agent. • The prepared nanoparticles are incorporated in matrix of multi-walled CNT. • The magnetic properties confirmed the presence of superparamagnetic relaxation. • The magnetic properties and microwave absorption are significantly enhanced. • Reflection loss observed in X and K{sub u} bands have been substantially enhanced. - Abstract: Nanoparticles of maghemite (γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) were prepared from FeCl{sub 3} by using a reduction method using hydrazine hydrate as reducing agent. The prepared nanoparticles were incorporated in non-magnetic matrix of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs). The crystallographic phases of γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} and γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}–CNT were confirmed by using X-ray diffractograms (XRD), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and Mössbauer spectroscopy. The nanoparticles of γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} were incorporated in CNTs. Dynamic magnetic properties of the samples were characterized at room temperature (RT) and static magnetic properties were measured from RT down to 5 K by using SQUID magnetometer which confirmed the presence of superparamagnetic (SPM) relaxation of the nanoparticles. High value reflection losses of the sample over (X and K{sub u} bands) were observed, which would be suitable for applications in microwave devices.

  12. Synthesis of Nano-sized Yttria via a Sol-Gel Process Based on Hydrated Yttrium Nitrate and Ethylene Glycol and Its Catalytic Performance for Thermal Decomposition of NH4 ClO4

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    2006-01-01

    Nano-sized yttria particles were synthesized via a non-aqueous sol-gel process based on hydrated yttrium nitrate and ethylene glycol. The effects of the molar ratio of ethylene glycol to yttrium ion and calcination temperature on crystallite size of the products were studied. The catalytic performance of the as-prepared yttria for the ammonium perchlorate (AP) decomposition was investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The results indicate that the nano-sized cubic yttria particles with less than 20 nm in average crystallite size can be obtained after 2 h reflux at 70 ℃, dried at 90 ℃, forming xerogel, and followed by annealing of xerogel for 2 h, and that the addition of the nano-sized yttria to AP incorporates two small exothermic peaks of AP in the temperature ranges of 310 ~ 350 ℃ and 400 ~ 470 ℃ into a strong exothermic peak of AP and increases the apparent decomposition heat from 515 to over 1110 J·g-1. It is also clear that the temperature of AP decomposition exothermic peak decreases and the apparent decomposition heat of AP increases with the increase of the amount of nano-sized yttria. The fact that the addition of the 5 % nano-sized yttria to AP decreases the temperature of AP exothermic peak to 337.7 ℃ by reduction of 114.6 ℃ and increases the apparent decomposition heat from 515 to 1240 J·g-1, reveals that nano-sized yttria shows strong catalytic property for AP thermal decomposition.

  13. Ecotoxicological studies of micro- and nanosized barium titanate on aquatic photosynthetic microorganisms.

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    Polonini, Hudson C; Brandão, Humberto M; Raposo, Nádia R B; Mouton, Ludovic; Yéprémian, Claude; Couté, Alain; Brayner, Roberta

    2014-09-01

    The interaction between live organisms and micro- or nanosized materials has become a current focus in toxicology. As nanosized barium titanate has gained momentum lately in the medical field, the aims of the present work are: (i) to assess BT toxicity and its mechanisms on the aquatic environment, using two photosynthetic organisms (Anabaena flos-aquae, a colonial cyanobacteria, and Euglena gracilis, a flagellated euglenoid); (ii) to study and correlate the physicochemical properties of BT with its toxic profile; (iii) to compare the BT behavior (and Ba(2+) released ions) and the toxic profile in synthetic (Bold's Basal, BB, or Mineral Medium, MM) and natural culture media (Seine River Water, SRW); and (iv) to address whether size (micro, BT MP, or nano, BT NP) is an issue in BT particles toxicity. Responses such as growth inhibition, cell viability, superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity, adenosine-5-triphosphate (ATP) content and photosynthetic efficiency were evaluated. The main conclusions are: (i) BT have statistically significant toxic effects on E. gracilis growth and viability even in small concentrations (1μgmL(-1)), for both media and since the first 24 h; on the contrary of on A. flos-aquae, to whom the effects were noticeable only for the higher concentrations (after 96 h: ≥75 μg mL(-1) for BT NP and =100 μg mL(-1) for BT MP, in BB; and ≥75 μg mL(-1) for both materials in SRW), in spite of the viability being affected in all concentrations; (ii) the BT behaviors in synthetic and natural culture media were slightly different, being the toxic effects more pronounced when grown in SRW - in this case, a worse physiological state of the organisms in SRW can occur and account for the lower resistance, probably linked to a paucity of nutrients or even a synergistic effect with a contaminant from the river; and (iii) the effects seem to be mediated by induced stress without a direct contact in A. flos-aquae and by direct endocytosis in E. gracilis, but in

  14. Preparation and magnetic properties of nanosized (La0.47Gd0.2 ) Sr0.33 MnO3

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    WANG Gui; WANG Zheng-de; ZHANG Li-de

    2005-01-01

    Nanosized (La0.47Gd0.2)Sr0.33MnO3 perovskite oxides were prepared at relatively low calcinating temperature of 600 ℃ and 800 ℃ for 10 h using amorphous complex precursor. Curie temperature (Tc) and magnetocaloric effects(MCE) were investigated. X-ray diffraction(XRD) and electron diffraction(ED) reveal that the resulting products are of pure single-phase rhombohedral perovskite structure. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observation finds that the particle sizes are about 40 - 50 nm and 80 - 100 nm, and the Tc are 285.1 K and with a broad peak around Curie temperature is observed in sample sintered at 800 ℃ for 10 h. This suggests that nanosized (La0.47Gd0.2)Sr0.33MnO3 is a suitable material as working substance in magnetic refrigeration in room temperature.

  15. Inactivation of avian influenza virus, newcastle disease virus and goose parvovirus using solution of nano-sized scallop shell powder.

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    Thammakarn, Chanathip; Satoh, Keisuke; Suguro, Atsushi; Hakim, Hakimullah; Ruenphet, Sakchai; Takehara, Kazuaki

    2014-09-01

    Scallop shell powder produced by calcination process - the average diameter of the powder particles being 20 µm (SSP) - was further ground into nano-sized particles, with average diameter of 500 nm, here designated CaO-Nano. Solution of CaO-Nano could inactivate avian influenza virus within 5 sec, whereas the solution of SSP could not even after 1 hr incubation. CaO-Nano solution could also inactivate Newcastle disease virus and goose parvovirus within 5 sec and 30 sec, respectively. The virus-inactivating capacity (neutralizing index: NI>3) of the solution was not reduced by the presence of 20% fetal bovine serum. CaO-Nano solution seems to be a good candidate of materials for enhancement of biosecurity in farms.

  16. Preparation of Nano-sized Zirconium Carbide Powders through a Novel Active Dilution Self-propagating High Temperature Synthesis Method

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    DA Aoyun; LONG Fei; WANG Jilin; XING Weihong; WANG Yang; ZHANG Fan; WANG Weimin; FU Zhengyi

    2015-01-01

    High quality nano-sized zirconium carbide (ZrC) powders were successfully fabricated via a developed chemical active dilution self-propagating high-temperature synthesis (SHS) method assisted by ball milling pretreatment process using traditional cheap zirconium dioxide powder (ZrO2), magnesium powder (Mg) and sucrose (C12H22O11) as raw materials. FSEM, TEM, HRTEM, SAED, XRD, FTIR and Raman, ICP-AES, laser particle size analyzer, oxygen and nitrogen analyzer, carbon/sulfur determinator and TG-DSC were employed for the characterization of the morphology, structure, chemical composition and thermal stability of the as-synthesized ZrC samples. The as-synthesized samples demonstrated high purity, low oxygen content and evenly distributed ZrC nano-powders with an average particle size of 50nm. In addition, the effects of endothermic rate and the possible chemical reaction mechanism were also discussed.

  17. Crystallization of Organic Semiconductor Molecules in Nanosized Cavities

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    Milita, Silvia; Dionigi, Chiara; Borgatti, Francesco

    2008-01-01

    evaporation. Thanks to these real time experiments, the phase content and the crystalline domain orientation of H4T6 have been determined, from the onset of the first crystalline molecular assembly to the stable system. The correlation between the bead size dependent crystallization mechanism in this complex......The crystallization of an organic semiconductor, viz., tetrahexil-sexithiophene (H4T6) molecules, confined into nanosized cavities of a self-organized polystyrene beads template, has been investigated by means of in situ grazing incidence X-ray diffraction measurements, during the solvent...

  18. Solution combustion synthesis and characterization of nanosized bismuth ferrite

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    Sai Kumar, V. Sesha; Rao, K. Venkateswara; Krishnaveni, T.; Kishore Goud, A. Shiva; Reddy, P. Ranjith

    2012-06-01

    The present paper describes a simple method of nanosized BiFeO3 by the solution combustion synthesis using bismuth and iron nitrates as oxidizers and the combination fuel of citric acid and ammonium hydroxide, with fuel to oxidizer ratio (Ψ = 1) one. The X-ray Diffraction results indicated rhombohedral phase (R3m) with JCPDS data card no: 72-2035. The ferroelectric transition of the sample at 8310C was detected by differential thermal analysis. Thermal analysis was done by Thermal gravimetric-Differential thermal analyzer and obtained results were presented in this paper.

  19. Ductility and work hardening in nano-sized metallic glasses

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    Chen, D. Z., E-mail: dzchen@caltech.edu [Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125 (United States); Gu, X. W. [Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125 (United States); An, Q.; Goddard, W. A. [Materials and Process Simulation Center, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125 (United States); Greer, J. R. [Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125 (United States); The Kavli Nanoscience Institute, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125 (United States)

    2015-02-09

    In-situ nano-tensile experiments on 70 nm-diameter free-standing electroplated NiP metallic glass nanostructures reveal tensile true strains of ∼18%, an amount comparable to compositionally identical 100 nm-diameter focused ion beam samples and ∼3 times greater than 100 nm-diameter electroplated samples. Simultaneous in-situ observations and stress-strain data during post-elastic deformation reveal necking and work hardening, features uncharacteristic for metallic glasses. The evolution of free volume within molecular dynamics-simulated samples suggests a free surface-mediated relaxation mechanism in nano-sized metallic glasses.

  20. Structural and luminescent studies on nanosized cerium doped strontium barium niobate

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    John, Nuja; Nandakumar, K.

    2017-06-01

    The nanosized cerium doped Strontium Barium Niobate ceramic powder system have been synthesized by sol-gel technique. The X-ray diffraction measurement confirmed the structure of cerium doped Strontium Barium Niobate ceramic powder system. The absorption peaks were analysed by FTIR spectroscopy. Particle morphology and size of the powder were examined using SEM and TEM. Crystal quality and structure were also examined by micro raman spectra. The transmission electron microscopy image of cerium doped Strontium Barium Niobate nano powder system consist of particles with average size of 20 nm. A band gap of the system was measured by optical absorption spectra. Photoluminescence data were recorded at room temperature. The emission peaks were detected under excitation at 305 nm wavelength. The peaks are assigned to the cerium electron transition from lowest 5d level to 2F5/2 and 2F7/2 of 4f, respectively. The decay time were also measured for cerium doped Strontium Barium Niobate powder system.

  1. A study on role of nanosized SiO2 on deformation mechanism of vinyl ester

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    D Dehghan Baniani; S A J Jahromi; S Mojtaba Zebarjad

    2014-12-01

    Vinyl ester (VE) resins have good resistance against corrosive and hostile environments, and formation of micro cracks. They also have good thermal resistivity as well as mechanical properties which result in their usage in many applications such as sewer pipes, solvent storage tanks, and mining and other industrial equipments. In the present work, nanosized silica was employed as reinforcement to improve VE mechanical properties. Hence, to study the influence of nanosilica particles on the tensile strength, Young’s modulus and toughness of mentioned nanocomposites, nanosilica-vinyl ester nanocomposites with different silica weight percentages (0.3, 0.75, 1) were fabricated. Moreover, the effects of nanosilica particles on the tensile fracture surfaces and VE deformation mechanisms were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). It was observed that increasing the nanosilica fillers results in tensile strength deterioration as well as Young’s Modulus increasing. Adding nanosilica reinforcements up to 0.3 (%wt) improves the fracture toughness while decreasing the fracture energy.

  2. Chances and limitations of nanosized titanium dioxide practical application in view of its physicochemical properties

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    Bogdan, Janusz; Jackowska-Tracz, Agnieszka; Zarzyńska, Joanna; Pławińska-Czarnak, Joanna

    2015-02-01

    Nanotechnology is a field of science that is nowadays developing in a dynamic way. It seems to offer almost endless opportunities of contribution to many areas of economy and human activity, in general. Thanks to nanotechnology, the so-called nanomaterials can be designed. They present structurally altered materials, with their physical, chemical and biological properties entirely differing from properties of the same materials manufactured in microtechnology. Nanotechnology creates a unique opportunity to modify the matter at the level of atoms and particles. Therefore, it has become possible to obtain items displaying new, useful properties, i.e. self-disinfecting and self-cleaning surfaces. Those surfaces are usually covered by a thin layer of a photocatalyst. The role of the photocatalyst is most of the time performed by the nanosized titanium dioxide (nano-TiO2). Excitation of nano-TiO2 by ultraviolet radiation initiates advanced oxidation processes and reactions leading to the creation of oxygen vacancies that bind water particles. As a result, photocatalytic surfaces are given new properties. Those properties can then be applied in a variety of disciplines, such as medicine, food hygiene, environmental protection or building industry. Practically, the applications include inactivation of microorganisms, degradation of toxins, removing pollutants from buildings and manufacturing of fog-free windows or mirrors.

  3. Preparation and electrochemical performance of nanosized Co3O4 via hydrothermal method

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    2007-01-01

    The hydrotalcite-type cobalt compounds were prepared through oxidation of Co(OH)2 gel using NH4OH as precipitating agent and H2O2 as oxidant. These hydrotalcite-type cobalt compounds were transformed into Co3O4 through hydrothermal decomposition with nanostructural deformation. The precursor and product were characterized by Fourier-transform infrared(FT-IR)spectrum, X-ray diffractometry(XRD) and transmission electron microscopy(TEM). The electrochemical performances of as-prepared nanosized Co3O4 as anode materials in lithium-ion batteries were tested by charge-discharge test in the voltage range of 0-3.0 V. The influence of morphology of Co3O4 particle on the capacity and cycling performance was studied. The results show that the shape and size of the final product can be controlled by altering cobalt sources. The irregular cubic Co3O4 with the average particle size of about 10 nm shows the best electrochemical performance. After 10 charge-discharge cycles, the specific charge capacity retains 555 mA·h/g.

  4. Templated CaCO3 Crystallization by Submicrometer and Nanosized Fibers.

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    Neira-Carrillo, Andrónico; Gentsch, Rafael; Börner, Hans G; Acevedo, Diego Fernando; Barbero, Cesar Alfredo; Cölfen, Helmut

    2016-09-01

    Electrospun submicrometer-sized poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) meshes and nanosized multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were used as a template for preparing porous and interconnected inorganic-organic hybrid materials composed of CaCO3. Herein, we describe the proportion and incorporation method of submicrometer-sized plasma-treated PCL meshes over areas >1 mm(2) with CaCO3 using three crystallization methods including the use of poly(acrylic acid) (PAA). We found that flexible and rigid acid-functionalized MWCNTs showed a clear capacity and effects to penetrate calcite particles. MWCNTs interacted differently with the individual growth planes of CaCO3, indicating that fibers can undergo changes depending on sulfonate or carboxylate groups, adopt different orientations in solution, and thereby elicit changes in CaCO3 morphology. In summary, the use of PCL and acidic MWCNT fibers as an additive for substrate templates and experimental crystallization provides a viable approach for studying various aspects of biomineralization, including the production of controlled particles, control of porosities, and defined morphologies at microscale and nanoscale levels.

  5. Neocellularization and neovascularization of nanosized bioactive glass-coated decellularized trabecular bone scaffolds

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    Gerhardt, Lutz Christian

    2012-09-11

    In this study, the in vivo recellularization and neovascularization of nanosized bioactive glass (n-BG)-coated decellu-larized trabecular bone scaffolds were studied in a rat model and quantified using stereological analyses. Based on the highest amount of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) secreted by human fibroblasts grown on n-BG coatings (0-1.245 mg/cm 2), decellularized trabecular bone samples (porosity: 43-81%) were coated with n-BG particles. Grown on n-BG particles at a coating density of 0.263 mg/cm2, human fibroblasts produced 4.3 times more VEGF than on uncoated controls. After 8 weeks of implantation in Sprague-Dawley rats, both uncoated and n-BG-coated samples were well infiltrated with newly formed tissue (47-48%) and blood vessels (3-4%). No significant differences were found in cellularization and vascularization between uncoated bone scaffolds and n-BG-coated scaffolds. This finding indicates that the decellularized bone itself may exhibit growth-promoting properties induced by the highly interconnected pore microarchitecture and/or proteins left behind on decellularized scaffolds. Even if we did not find proangiogenic effects in n-BG-coated bone scaffolds, a bioactive coating is considered to be beneficial to impart osteoinductive and osteoconductive properties to decellularized bone. n-BG-coated bone grafts have thus high clinical potential for the regeneration of complex tissue defects given their ability for recellularization and neovascularization. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  6. Nanomaterials vs Ambient Ultrafine Particles

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    Stone, Vicki; Miller, Mark R.; Clift, Martin J. D.

    2017-01-01

    BACKGROUND: A rich literature exists that has demonstrated adverse human health effects following exposure to ambient air particulate matter (PM), with strong support for an important role for ultrafine (nano-sized) particles. At present, relatively little human health or epidemiology data exists...... for engineered nanomaterials (NM) despite clear parallels in their physicochemical properties and biological actions in in vitro models. OBJECTIVES: NMs are available in a range of physicochemical characteristics which allow a more systematic toxicological analysis. Therefore, the study of ultrafine particles...

  7. 3D measurement of the position of gold particles via evanescent digital holographic particle tracking velocimetry

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    Satake, Shin-ichi; Unno, Noriyuki; Nakata, Shuichiro; Taniguchi, Jun

    2016-08-01

    A new technique based on digital holography and evanescent waves was developed for 3D measurements of the position of gold nanoparticles in water. In this technique, an intensity profile is taken from a holographic image of a gold particle. To detect the position of the gold particle with high accuracy, its holographic image is recorded on a nanosized step made of MEXFLON, which has a refractive index close to that of water, and the position of the particle is reconstructed by means of digital holography. The height of the nanosized step was measured by using a profilometer and the digitally reconstructed height of the glass substrate had good agreement with the measured value. Furthermore, this method can be used to accurately track the 3D position of a gold particle in water.

  8. SURFACE EFFECT ON NANOSIZED VOID GROWTH IN A RIGID-PERFECTLY PLASTIC MATERIAL

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    Tong Hui; Yiheng Chen

    2008-01-01

    The influence of the surface effect on the nanosized spherical void growth in a rigid-perfectly plastic material is analyzed and the mechanism of the nanosized void growth with high triaxiality is given. Based on the Rice and Tracey model for a macro void growth, the present model is proposed to account for the nanosized void growth under a uniform remote strain rate field with consideration on the surface effect. It is concluded that the surface effect yields an evident resistant influence on the nanosized void growth. That is, this influence decays as the void radius increases. With high triaxiality, the nanosized void growth is divided into two stages:the initial stage and the mature stage. At the first stage, the void grows slowly and the influence of surface effect is relatively weak, whereas at the second stage, the influene is significant and the void grows drastically.

  9. Mn3O4 nano-sized crystals: Rapid synthesis and extension to preparation of nanosized LiMn2O4 materials

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    Xiao-Ling Cui; Yong-Li Li; Shi-You Li; Guo-Cun Sun; Jin-Xia Ma; Lu Zhang; Tian-Ming Li; Rong-Bo Ma

    2014-05-01

    With a novel gas-liquid reaction, a facile and rapid method has been successfully developed for the synthesis of nano-sized Mn3O4 crystals. Coupled with complementary experiments, preparation mechanisms of Mn(II) and Mn(III)Mn(III)Mn(II) coordination complexes as well as nano-sized Mn3O4 crystals are studied. Besides, as the extension of synthesis of nano-sized Mn3O4 crystals, the intermediate ammonia alkaline solution containing Mn(III)Mn(III)Mn(II) coordination complexes, which tend to decompose into nano-sized Mn3O4 crystals spontaneously, are used to prepare nanosized LiMn2O4 materials. Although any physical treatment has been done to disperse powders, the as-synthesized LiMn2O4 nanoparticles are still existence with homogeneous size distribution (about 24.2 nm) without any obvious agglomeration. That is to say, the novel method is constructive not only to accelerate reaction rates for the elevated oxidation state of manganese ions, but also to prepare dispersed nanosized LiMn2O4 materials with good electrochemical properties.

  10. Nanosized thin SnO₂ layers doped with Te and TeO₂ as room temperature humidity sensors.

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    Georgieva, Biliana; Podolesheva, Irena; Spasov, Georgy; Pirov, Jordan

    2014-05-21

    In this paper the humidity sensing properties of layers prepared by a new method for obtaining doped tin oxide are studied. Different techniques-SEM, EDS in SEM, TEM, SAED, AES and electrical measurements-are used for detailed characterization of the thin layers. The as-deposited layers are amorphous with great specific area and low density. They are built up of a fine grained matrix, consisting of Sn- and Te-oxides, and a nanosized dispersed phase of Te, Sn and/or SnTe. The chemical composition of both the matrix and the nanosized particles depends on the ratio R(Sn/Te) and the evaporation conditions. It is shown that as-deposited layers with R(Sn/Te) ranging from 0.4 to 0.9 exhibit excellent characteristics as humidity sensors operating at room temperature-very high sensitivity, good selectivity, fast response and short recovery period. Ageing tests have shown that the layers possess good long-term stability. Results obtained regarding the type of the water adsorption on the layers' surface help better understand the relation between preparation conditions, structure, composition and humidity sensing properties.

  11. Nanosized Thin SnO2 Layers Doped with Te and TeO2 as Room Temperature Humidity Sensors

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    Biliana Georgieva

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available In this paper the humidity sensing properties of layers prepared by a new method for obtaining doped tin oxide are studied. Different techniques—SEM, EDS in SEM, TEM, SAED, AES and electrical measurements—are used for detailed characterization of the thin layers. The as-deposited layers are amorphous with great specific area and low density. They are built up of a fine grained matrix, consisting of Sn- and Te-oxides, and a nanosized dispersed phase of Te, Sn and/or SnTe. The chemical composition of both the matrix and the nanosized particles depends on the ratio RSn/Te and the evaporation conditions. It is shown that as-deposited layers with RSn/Te ranging from 0.4 to 0.9 exhibit excellent characteristics as humidity sensors operating at room temperature—very high sensitivity, good selectivity, fast response and short recovery period. Ageing tests have shown that the layers possess good long-term stability. Results obtained regarding the type of the water adsorption on the layers’ surface help better understand the relation between preparation conditions, structure, composition and humidity sensing properties.

  12. Material nanosizing effect on living organisms: non-specific, biointeractive, physical size effects

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    Watari, Fumio; Takashi, Noriyuki; Yokoyama, Atsuro; Uo, Motohiro; Akasaka, Tsukasa; Sato, Yoshinori; Abe, Shigeaki; Totsuka, Yasunori; Tohji, Kazuyuki

    2009-01-01

    Nanosizing effects of materials on biological organisms was investigated by biochemical cell functional tests, cell proliferation and animal implantation testing. The increase in specific surface area causes the enhancement of ionic dissolution and serious toxicity for soluble, stimulative materials. This effect originates solely from materials and enhances the same functions as those in a macroscopic size as a catalyst. There are other effects that become prominent, especially for non-soluble, biocompatible materials such as Ti. Particle size dependence showed the critical size for the transition of behaviour is at approximately 100 μm, 10 μm and 200 nm. This effect has its origin in the biological interaction process between both particles and cells/tissue. Expression of superoxide anions, cytokines tumour necrosis factor-α and interleukin-1β from neutrophils was increased with the decrease in particle size and especially pronounced below 10 μm, inducing phagocytosis to cells and inflammation of tissue, although inductively coupled plasma chemical analysis showed no dissolution from Ti particles. Below 200 nm, stimulus decreases, then particles invade into the internal body through the respiratory or digestive systems and diffuse inside the body. Although macroscopic hydroxyapatite, which exhibits excellent osteoconductivity, is not replaced with natural bone, nanoapatite composites induce both phagocytosis of composites by osteoclasts and new bone formation by osteoblasts when implanted in bone defects. The progress of this bioreaction results in the conversion of functions to bone substitution. Although macroscopic graphite is non-cell adhesive, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are cell adhesive. The adsorption of proteins and nano-meshwork structure contribute to the excellent cell adhesion and growth on CNTs. Non-actuation of the immune system except for a few innate immunity processes gives the non-specific nature to the particle bioreaction and

  13. Visualized effect of oxidation on magnetic recording fidelity in pseudo-single-domain magnetite particles

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    Almeida, Trevor P.; Kasama, Takeshi; Muxworthy, Adrian R.

    2014-01-01

    fidelity of Fe3O4 particles is greatly diminished over time by progressive oxidation to less magnetic iron oxides, such as maghemite (γ-Fe2O3), with consequent alteration of remanent magnetization potentially having important geological significance. Here we use the complementary techniques...... of environmental transmission electron microscopy and off-axis electron holography to induce and visualize the effects of oxidation on the magnetization of individual nanoscale Fe3O4 particles as they transform towards γ-Fe2O3. Magnetic induction maps demonstrate a change in both strength and direction of remanent...

  14. Determination of Magnetic Parameters of Maghemite (γ-Fe2O3) Core-Shell Nanoparticles from Nonlinear Magnetic Susceptibility Measurements

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    Syvorotka, Ihor I.; Pavlyk, Lyubomyr P.; Ubizskii, Sergii B.; Buryy, Oleg A.; Savytskyy, Hrygoriy V.; Mitina, Nataliya Y.; Zaichenko, Oleksandr S.

    2017-04-01

    Method of determining of magnetic moment and size from measurements of dependence of the nonlinear magnetic susceptibility upon magnetic field is proposed, substantiated and tested for superparamagnetic nanoparticles (SPNP) of the "magnetic core-polymer shell" type which are widely used in biomedical technologies. The model of the induction response of the SPNP ensemble on the combined action of the magnetic harmonic excitation field and permanent bias field is built, and the analysis of possible ways to determine the magnetic moment and size of the nanoparticles as well as the parameters of the distribution of these variables is performed. Experimental verification of the proposed method was implemented on samples of SPNP with maghemite core in dry form as well as in colloidal systems. The results have been compared with the data obtained by other methods. Advantages of the proposed method are analyzed and discussed, particularly in terms of its suitability for routine express testing of SPNP for biomedical technology.

  15. Synthesis of modified maghemite nanoparticles and its application for removal of Acridine Orange from aqueous solutions by using Box-Behnken design

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    Bagheban Shahri, Fatemeh; Niazi, Ali, E-mail: a-niazi@iau-arak.ac.ir

    2015-12-15

    In this study, sodium dodecyl sulfate-coated maghemite nanoparticles (SDS-coated γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} NPs), was used for removal of cationic dye Acridine Orange from water samples. The γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} NPs were synthesized by co-precipitation method and were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) to examine their size and magnetic moment. The adsorption experiments were performed using the batch system. The prepared magnetic adsorbent was well dispersed in water and easily separated magnetically from the medium after loaded with adsorbate. Four most important operating variables including initial pH of the solution, dosage of adsorbent, concentration of dye and contact time was studied and optimized by response surface methodology (RSM), involving Box-Behnken design matrix. Twenty-seven experiments were performed to investigate the effect of these parameters on removal of the dye. The results showed that initial pH of the solution was the most effective parameter in comparison with others. Also, experimental parameters were optimized and chose the best conditions by determination of effective factors. The optimized conditions for dye removal were at initial pH 5.1 0.8 g L{sup −1} of adsorbent, 30.0 mg L{sup −1} dye and 43 min adsorption time. The experimental data were analyzed by the Langmuir and Freundlich adsorption models. The maximum predicted adsorption capacities for Acridine Orange was 285.82 mg g{sup −1}. - Highlights: • Synthesis of maghemite as magnetic nanoparticle by co-precipitation. • Simple and fast removal of Acridine Orange by MMNPs. • Effect of parameters are optimized by Box-Behnken design.

  16. Synthesis and Characterization of Nano-Sized Hexagonal and Spherical Nanoparticles of Zinc Oxide

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    M. A. Moghri Moazzen

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available ZnO plays an important role in many semiconductors technological aspects.  Here,  direct  precipitation  method  was  employed  for  the synthesis of nano-sized hexagonal ZnO particles, which is based on chemical  reactions between  raw materials used  in  the  experiment. ZnO  nanoparticles  were  synthesized  by  calcinations  of  the  ZnO precursor precipitates  at 250  ˚C  for 3hours. The particle  size  and structure of the products have been confirmed by XRD. The FT-IR study  confirms  the  presence  of  functional  groups.  Also,  the morphology  and  size  distribution  of  ZnO  nanoparticles  was analyzed by TEM images. The optical properties were investigated by UV–Visible  spectroscopy. The XRD  results  show  that  the  size of  the prepared nanoparticles  is  in  the  range  of 20–40 nm, which this value  is  in good agreement with  the TEM  results. The FT-IR spectrum clearly indicates the formation of an interfacial chemical bond between Zn and O. Also  the UV absorption depends on  the particles  size  and morphology,  so  the  optical properties  enhances with  decreasing  nanoparticles  size.  Moreover  the  direct precipitation technique is a feasible method for production of ZnO nanopowders.

  17. GC-MS STUDY OF THE REMOVAL OF DISSOLVED AND COLLOIDAL SUBSTANCES IN RECYCLED PAPERMAKING BY FLOCCULATION WITH NANO-SIZE TIO2 COLLOIDS

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    Xiaoquan Chen

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available In the papermaking process, the removal and control of dissolved and colloidal substances (DCS is a key issue for reducing the usage of fresh water. Nano-size TiO2 is an excellent capturing and flocculating agent for DCS due to its large surface area and positive charge. The composition of dissolved and colloidal substances in a system and the removal of these substances by flocculation with nano-size TiO2 colloids were determined by gas chromatography and mass spectrometry (GC-MS. The samples were obtained from non-deinked pulp (non-DIP, deinked pulp (DIP, and whitewater. The research results indicated that the removal efficiencies of the DCS, which are associated with the molecular structures, were sequenced from large to small as follows: resin acids and sterols, benzene derivatives containing carboxyl, fatty acids, and the phthalic acid esters. Then, the mechanism of flocculation removal of DCS was considered. With hydrogen bonding between the surface hydroxyl (Ti4+-OH and the functional groups containing oxygen, the nano-size TiO2 particles can capture dissolved substances (DS, and bridge colloidal substances (CS and complexes to induce agglomerate flocculation. The flocculating removal efficiencies were influenced by the functional groups and alkyls of the DCS. Greater numbers and polarities of functional groups produced higher removal efficiencies. Long alkyl chains shield functional groups, thereby inhibiting the formation of hydrogen bonding, which results in a decrease in removal efficiencies.

  18. Nanosized graphene crystallite induced strong magnetism in pure carbon films.

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    Wang, Chao; Zhang, Xi; Diao, Dongfeng

    2015-03-14

    We report strong magnetism in pure carbon films grown by electron irradiation assisted physical vapor deposition in electron cyclotron resonance plasma. The development of graphene nanocrystallites in the amorphous film matrix, and the dependence of the magnetic behavior on amorphous, nanocrystallite and graphite-like structures were investigated. Results were that the amorphous structure shows weak paramagnetism, graphene nanocrystallites lead to strong magnetization, and graphite-like structures corresponded with a lower magnetization. At a room temperature of 300 K, the highest saturation magnetization of 0.37 emu g(-1) was found in the nanosized graphene nanocrystallite structure. The origin of strong magnetism in nanocrystallites was ascribed to the spin magnetic moment at the graphene layer edges.

  19. Recent advances in nanosized Mn-Zn ferrite magnetic fluid hyperthermia for cancer treatment.

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    Lin, Mei; Huang, Junxing; Sha, Min

    2014-01-01

    This paper reviews the recent research and development of nanosized manganese zinc (Mn-Zn) ferrite magnetic fluid hyperthermia (MFH) for cancer treatment. Mn-Zn ferrite MFH, which has a targeted positioning function that only the temperature of tumor tissue with magnetic nanoparticles can rise, while normal tissue without magnetic nanoparticles is not subject to thermal damage, is a promising therapy for cancer. We introduce briefly the composition and properties of magnetic fluid, the concept of MFH, and features of Mn-Zn ferrite magnetic nanoparticles for MFH such as thermal bystander effect, universality, high specific absorption rate, the targeting effect of small size, uniformity of hyperthermia temperature, and automatic temperature control and constant temperature effect. Next, preparation methods of Mn-Zn ferrite magnetic fluid are discussed, and biocompatibility and biosecurity of Mn-Zn ferrite magnetic fluid are analyzed. Then the applications of nanosized Mn-Zn ferrite MFH in cancer are highlighted, including nanosized Mn-Zn ferrite MFH alone, nanosized Mn-Zn ferrite MFH combined with As2O3 chemotherapy, and nanosized Mn-Zn ferrite MFH combined with radiotherapy. Finally, the combination application of nanosized Mn-Zn ferrite MFH and gene-therapy is conceived, and the challenges and perspectives for the future of nanosized Mn-Zn ferrite MFH for oncotherapy are discussed.

  20. Hydrothermal preparation and persistence characteristics of nanosized phosphor SrS: Eu2+, Dy3+

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    DUAN Xiaoxia; HUANG Shihua; YOU Fangtian; KANG Kai

    2009-01-01

    Nanosized long-persistent phosphors SrS: Eu2+, Dy3+ were prepared by the hydrothermal method. The samples were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and charge-coupled device spectrometry. The persistence characteristic was studied using the decay curves. The results showed that the emission intensity decreased sharply with temperature increasing, although the particle size increased. The S2- vacancies caused by oxidization served as shallow traps, and Dy3+ served as deep traps in SrS: Eu2+, Dy3+. The afterglow intensity of SrS: Eu2+, Dy3+ was higher than that of SrS: Eu2+ prepared at the same temperature. However, the minimization span of initial afterglow with temperature for the former sample was larger than that for the latter. Binary-doped phosphor decayed more slowly than the singly doped one. The afterglow of SrS: Eu2+, Dy3+ decayed more quickly with the increase of sintering temperature.

  1. Nanosized powders of NiZn ferrite: Synthesis, structure, and magnetism

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    Albuquerque, Adriana S.; Ardisson, José D.; Macedo, Waldemar A. A.; Alves, Maria C. M.

    2000-05-01

    The structure and magnetic behavior of nanostructured powders of stoichiometric NiZn ferrite, Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4, synthesized by coprecipitation, are investigated by extended x-ray-absorption fine structure spectroscopy (EXAFS), x-ray diffraction, Mössbauer spectroscopy, and vibrating sample magnetometry. Samples of high purity and high homogeneity were obtained by annealing at relatively low temperatures (300-800 °C) resulting in nanoparticles with average diameter between 9 and 90 nm, as determined by x-ray diffraction. EXAFS was applied to follow Ni, Zn, and Fe cations distribution and the evolution of the short range order of the samples with increasing annealing temperature. Our results show ferrimagnetic NiZn ferrite nanosized powders with high purity, 1:1 Ni to Zn stoichiometric ratio and superparamagnetic behavior. Moreover, the samples exhibit good structural ordering already after heat treatment at 400 °C. Analysis by vibrating sample magnetometry indicated a critical particle diameter for the transition from monodomain to multidomain behavior close to 40 nm.

  2. Dynamic solubility limits in nanosized olivine LiFePO4.

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    Wagemaker, Marnix; Singh, Deepak P; Borghols, Wouter J H; Lafont, Ugo; Haverkate, Lucas; Peterson, Vanessa K; Mulder, Fokko M

    2011-07-06

    Because of its stability, nanosized olivine LiFePO(4) opens the door toward high-power Li-ion battery technology for large-scale applications as required for plug-in hybrid vehicles. Here, we reveal that the thermodynamics of first-order phase transitions in nanoinsertion materials is distinctly different from bulk materials as demonstrated by the decreasing miscibility gap that appears to be strongly dependent on the overall composition in LiFePO(4). In contrast to our common thermodynamic knowledge, that dictates solubility limits to be independent of the overall composition, combined neutron and X-ray diffraction reveals strongly varying solubility limits below particle sizes of 35 nm. A rationale is found based on modeling of the diffuse interface. Size confinement of the lithium concentration gradient, which exists at the phase boundary, competes with the in bulk energetically favorable compositions. Consequently, temperature and size diagrams of nanomaterials require complete reconsideration, being strongly dependent on the overall composition. This is vital knowledge for the future nanoarchitecturing of superior energy storage devices as the performance will heavily depend on the disclosed nanoionic properties.

  3. Fabrication and superconducting properties of nano-SiC doped MgB2 tapes

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    ZHANG XianPing; MA YanWei; GAO ZhaoShun; YU ZhengGuang; WANG DongLiang; WATANABE K; GUO JianDong

    2007-01-01

    Nano-SiC doped MgB2 tapes were prepared by the in situ powder-in-tube method. Heat treatment was performed at 650℃ for 1 h. XRD data indicate that SiC particles had reacted with the MgB2 during sintering process. MgB2 core seemed to be denser after SiC doping, and the critical temperature was slightly depressed. The critical current density Jc of the SiC doped tapes was significantly enhanced in magnetic fields up to 14 T compared to the undoped ones. For the 5% SiC doped samples, Jc was increased by a factor of 32 at 4.2 K, 10 T. The enhancement of Jc-B properties in SiC doped MgB2 tapes is considered to be due to the enhancement of grain linkages and the introduction of effective flux pining centers. The substitution of B by C in MgB2 grains is thought to be the main reason for the improvement of the flux pinning ability in SiC doped MgB2 tapes.

  4. Phase, thermal and impedance studies of nanosize LiWO via mechanical milling and sintering

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    Han, Tan Kim; Ahmad, Roslina; Johan, Mohd Rafie

    2011-01-01

    Nanosize Li 2WO 4 is successfully synthesized using a mechanical milling method. The mean particle size of milled Li 2WO 4 is 37 nm and 31 nm as measured by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, respectively. The calculated lattice parameter of as-received and milled powder are 0.8326 and 0.8321 nm, respectively. Both powders have been hydrated at room temperature and are highly crystalline with the presence of different types of phases at varying sintering temperatures. There is no Li 2W 2O 7 (JCPDS 28-0598) phase present in the milled powder during the whole sintering process. Meanwhile, the thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) of both powders is in accordance with their phase changes as presented in the XRD spectra. The impedance measurements show that the milled powder has a lower conductivity than that of the as-received powder in overall. The conductivity of the as-received powder increases with sintering temperature but this phenomenon is vice versa for the milled powder. All these trends can be correlated with the Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FE-SEM) micrographs on both powders.

  5. Three-dimensional analysis of the swimming behavior of Daphnia magna exposed to nanosized titanium dioxide.

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    Christian Noss

    Full Text Available Due to their surface characteristics, nanosized titanium dioxide particles (nTiO2 tend to adhere to biological surfaces and we thus hypothesize that they may alter the swimming performance and behavior of motile aquatic organisms. However, no suitable approaches to address these impairments in swimming behavior as a result of nanoparticle exposure are available. Water fleas Daphnia magna exposed to 5 and 20 mg/L nTiO2 (61 nm; polydispersity index: 0.157 in 17.46 mg/L stock suspension for 96 h showed a significantly (p<0.05 reduced growth rate compared to a 1-mg/L treatment and the control. Using three-dimensional video observations of swimming trajectories, we observed a treatment-dependent swarming of D. magna in the center of the test vessels during the initial phase of the exposure period. Ensemble mean swimming velocities increased with increasing body length of D. magna, but were significantly reduced in comparison to the control in all treatments after 96 h of exposure. Spectral analysis of swimming velocities revealed that high-frequency variance, which we consider as a measure of swimming activity, was significantly reduced in the 5- and 20-mg/L treatments. The results highlight the potential of detailed swimming analysis of D. magna for the evaluation of sub-lethal mechanical stress mechanisms resulting from biological surface coating and thus for evaluating the effects of nanoparticles in the aquatic environment.

  6. Precipitation of Nanosized MX at Coherent Cu-Rich Phases in Super304H Austenitic Steel

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    Ou, Ping; Xing, Hui; Sun, Jian

    2015-01-01

    The present investigation of transmission electron microscopy reports the precipitation of nanosized and cubical-shaped incoherent Nb-rich MX at the coherent Cu-rich phases in the austenitic matrix of the Super304H steel. In addition, the nanosized Nb-rich MX phases were often observed to precipitate on dislocations during creep. It is concluded that the dense incoherent Nb-rich MX and coherent Cu-rich precipitates with a nanosized diameter contribute excellent creep resistance in the steel.

  7. Ductility Enhancement of Molybdenum Phase by Nano-sized Oxide Dispersions

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    Kang, Bruce

    2008-07-18

    The objective of this research is to understand and to remedy the impurity effects for room-temperature ductility enhancement of molybdenum (Mo) based alloys by the inclusion of nano-sized metal oxide dispersions. This research combines theoretical, computational, and experimental efforts. The results will help to formulate systematic strategies in searching for better composed Mo-based alloys with optimal mechanical properties. For this project, majority of the research effort was directed to atomistic modeling to identify the mechanisms responsible for the oxygen embrittling and ductility enhancement based on fundamental electronic structure analysis. Through first principles molecular dynamics simulations, it was found that the embrittling impurity species were attracted to the metal oxide interface, consistent with previous experiments. Further investigation on the electronic structures reveals that the presence of embrittling species degrades the quality of the metallic chemical bonds in the hosting matrix in a number of ways, the latter providing the source of ductility. For example, the spatial flexibility of the bonds is reduced, and localization of the impurity states occurs to pin the dislocation flow. Rice’s criterion has been invoked to explain the connections of electronic structure and mechanical properties. It was also found that when impurity species become attracted to the metal oxide interface, some of the detrimental effects are alleviated, thus explaining the observed ductility enhancement effects. These understandings help to develop predictive capabilities to facilitate the design and optimization of Mo and other high temperature alloys (e.g. ODS alloys) for fossil energy materials applications. Based on the theoretical and computational studies, the experimental work includes the preparation of Mo powders mixed with candidate nano-sized metal oxides, which were then vacuum hot-pressed to make the Mo alloys. Several powder mixing methods

  8. Nanosized sustained-release pyridostigmine bromide microcapsules: process optimization and evaluation of characteristics

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    Tan Q

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Qunyou Tan,1,* Rong Jiang,3,* Meiling Xu,2,4,* Guodong Liu,5,* Songlin Li,1 Jingqing Zhang21Department of Thoracic Surgery, Institute of Surgery Research, Daping Hospital, Third Military Medical University, 2Medicine Engineering Research Center, Chongqing Medical University, 3Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering Research, Chongqing Medical University, 4Department of Pharmacy, Chongqing Emergency Medical Center, 5Eighth Department, Institute of Surgery Research, Daping Hospital, Third Military Medical University, Chongqing, People’s Republic of China*These authors contributed equally to this workBackground: Pyridostigmine bromide (3-[[(dimethylamino-carbonyl]oxy]-1-methylpyridinium bromide, a reversible inhibitor of cholinesterase, is given orally in tablet form, and a treatment schedule of multiple daily doses is recommended for adult patients. Nanotechnology was used in this study to develop an alternative sustained-release delivery system for pyridostigmine, a synthetic drug with high solubility and poor oral bioavailability, hence a Class III drug according to the Biopharmaceutics Classification System. Novel nanosized pyridostigmine-poly(lactic acid microcapsules (PPNMCs were expected to have a longer duration of action than free pyridostigmine and previously reported sustained-release formulations of pyridostigmine.Methods: The PPNMCs were prepared using a double emulsion-solvent evaporation method to achieve sustained-release characteristics for pyridostigmine. The preparation process for the PPNMCs was optimized by single-factor experiments. The size distribution, zeta potential, and sustained-release behavior were evaluated in different types of release medium.Results: The optimal volume ratio of inner phase to external phase, poly(lactic acid concentration, polyvinyl alcohol concentration, and amount of pyridostigmine were 1:10, 6%, 3% and 40 mg, respectively. The negatively charged PPNMCs had an average particle size of 937.9 nm

  9. Siderophores, the answer for micro to nanosized asbestos fibre related health hazard

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    Bhattacharya, Shabori; Ledwani, Lalita; John, P. J.

    2016-04-01

    Recent studies on the potential toxicity of High Aspect Ratio Nanoparticles (HARN) has yet once again reinforced the health hazard imposed by asbestos fibres ranging from nano to micro size. Asbestos a naturally occurring fibrous mineral declared a Group I definite carcinogen by IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer), a unit of WHO in the year 1987, has been extensively used since World War II to the near past for various commercial products. According to the most recent World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, asbestos-related diseases, resulting from exposure at workplace claims more than 107000 lives every year worldwide. The various types of toxic effects induced by asbestos in humans include - i) inflammation and fibrogenesis of lung, ii) mesothelioma iii) asbestosis and iv) bronchogenic carcinoma. The stability of asbestos in natural environment and its biological aggressiveness is related to their fibrous structure and dimensions. The actual risk associated with the exposure to nanosized asbestos, which is still unknown and escapes most regulations worldwide, has been shown in various toxicity assessment studies conducted on various animal models.In an effort to reduce the size of asbestos and therby its toxicity by limiting its biopersistence, oxalic acid treatment of asbestos coupled to power ultrasound treatment was carried out. The nanosized particles formed were still found to retain their hazardous effect. Similar were the results obtained on strong acid treatment of asbestos as well. A probable solution to the asbestos toxicity problem therefore envisaged was bioremediation. This involved the secretion of iron chelating molecules termed siderophores by microbes, which are of significance due to their ability to form very stable and soluble complexes with iron. Iron in asbestos composition is a major factor responsible for its carcinogenicity, removal or extraction of which would prove to be an effective answer to the worldwide problem

  10. Synthesis and characterization of hexagonal nano-sized nickel selenide by simple hydrothermal method assisted by CTAB

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    Sobhani, Azam; Davar, Fatemeh; Salavati-Niasari, Masoud

    2011-07-01

    Nano-sized nickel selenide powders have been successfully synthesized via an improved hydrothermal route based on the reaction between NiCl2·6H2O, SeCl4 and hydrazine (N2H4·H2O) in water, in present of cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) as surfactant, at various conditions. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy analysis. Effects of temperature, reaction time and reductant agent on the morphology, the particle sizes and the phase of the final products have been investigated. It was found that the phase and morphology of the products could be greatly influenced by these parameters. The synthesis procedure is simple and uses less toxic reagents than the previously reported methods. Photoluminescence (PL) was used to study the optical properties of NiSe samples.

  11. Synthesis and characterization of hexagonal nano-sized nickel selenide by simple hydrothermal method assisted by CTAB

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    Sobhani, Azam [Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Kashan, Kashan, P.O. Box 87317-51167 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Davar, Fatemeh [Institute of Nano Science and Nano Technology, University of Kashan, Kashan, P.O. Box 87317-51167 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Salavati-Niasari, Masoud, E-mail: salavati@kashanu.ac.ir [Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Kashan, Kashan, P.O. Box 87317-51167 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Institute of Nano Science and Nano Technology, University of Kashan, Kashan, P.O. Box 87317-51167 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

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    Nano-sized nickel selenide powders have been successfully synthesized via an improved hydrothermal route based on the reaction between NiCl{sub 2}.6H{sub 2}O, SeCl{sub 4} and hydrazine (N{sub 2}H{sub 4}.H{sub 2}O) in water, in present of cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) as surfactant, at various conditions. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy analysis. Effects of temperature, reaction time and reductant agent on the morphology, the particle sizes and the phase of the final products have been investigated. It was found that the phase and morphology of the products could be greatly influenced by these parameters. The synthesis procedure is simple and uses less toxic reagents than the previously reported methods. Photoluminescence (PL) was used to study the optical properties of NiSe samples.

  12. Size Effect on the Structural and Magnetic Properties of Nanosized Perovskite LaFeO3 Prepared by Different Methods

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    Nguyen Thi Thuy

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanosized LaFeO3 material was prepared by 3 methods: high energy milling, citrate gel, and coprecipitation. The X-ray diffraction (XRD, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC, and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA show that the orthorhombic LaFeO3 phase was well formed at a low sintering temperature of 500°C in the citrate-gel and co-precipitation methods. Scanning electron microscope (SEM and transmission electron microscope (TEM observations indicate that the particle size of the LaFeO3 powder varies from 10 nm to 50 nm depending on the preparation method. The magnetic properties through magnetization versus temperature M(T and magnetization verses magnetic field M(H characteristics show that the nano-LaFeO3 exhibits a weak ferromagnetic behavior in the room temperature, and the M(H curves are well fitted by Langevin functions.

  13. A New Combustion Process for Nanosized BaCe0.95Y0.05O3-δ Powders

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    孟波; 谭小耀; 张宝砚; 杨乃涛

    2004-01-01

    Nanosized BaCe0.95Y0.05O3-δ powders with the homogeneous composition were synthesized by a new combustion process based on the Pechini method.A polymeric precursor sol was formed by use of citric acid and ethylene glycol as the chelating agents of metal ions.The perovskite-type BaCe0.95Y0.05O3-δ powders with uniform shape and smaller than 40 nm in sized were obtained through the combustion of the polymeric precursor sol at the existence of nitric acid and ammonium hydroxide.It was found the particle size could be controlled by modulating the quantities of nitric acid and ammonium hydroxide,the quantities of the residue,carbonate ions were also affected by the quantities of the citric acid and ethylene glycol.

  14. Design and formulation of nano-sized spray dried efavirenz-part I: influence of formulation parameters

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    Katata, Lebogang, E-mail: lebzakate@yahoo.com; Tshweu, Lesego; Naidoo, Saloshnee; Kalombo, Lonji; Swai, Hulda [Materials Science and Manufacturing, Centre of Polymers and Composites, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (South Africa)

    2012-11-15

    Efavirenz (EFV) is one of the first-line antiretroviral drugs recommended by the World Health Organisation for treating HIV. It is a hydrophobic drug that suffers from low aqueous solubility (4 {mu}g/mL), which leads to a limited oral absorption and low bioavailability. In order to improve its oral bioavailability, nano-sized polymeric delivery systems are suggested. Spray dried polycaprolactone-efavirenz (PCL-EFV) nanoparticles were prepared by the double emulsion method. The Taguchi method, a statistical design with an L{sub 8} orthogonal array, was implemented to optimise the formulation parameters of PCL-EFV nanoparticles. The types of sugar (lactose or trehalose), surfactant concentration and solvent (dichloromethane and ethyl acetate) were chosen as significant parameters affecting the particle size and polydispersity index (PDI). Small nanoparticles with an average particle size of less than 254 {+-} 0.95 nm in the case of ethyl acetate as organic solvent were obtained as compared to more than 360 {+-} 19.96 nm for dichloromethane. In this study, the type of solvent and sugar were the most influencing parameters of the particle size and PDI. Taguchi method proved to be a quick, valuable tool in optimising the particle size and PDI of PCL-EFV nanoparticles. The optimised experimental values for the nanoparticle size and PDI were 217 {+-} 2.48 nm and 0.093 {+-} 0.02.

  15. Cation distribution and micro level magnetic alignments in the nanosized nickel zinc ferrite

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    Thomas, Jeevan Job [School of Pure and Applied Physics, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala 686 560 (India); Shinde, A.B.; Krishna, P.S.R. [Solid State Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400 085 (India); Kalarikkal, Nandakumar, E-mail: nkkalarikkal@mgu.ac.in [School of Pure and Applied Physics, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala 686 560 (India); Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala 686 560 (India)

    2013-01-05

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Presence of noncollinear magnetic alignments in Ni-Zn ferrite nano systems. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Population of the octahedral and tetrahedral sites unchanged with particle size. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Coercivity and saturation magnetization values decreasing with particle size. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Superparamagnetic behaviour found to decreases with increase in particle size. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Bond lengths vary with temperature and affect the magnetic moment values. - Abstract: Ni{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles were synthesized through sol-gel synthesis method. Sintering at elevated temperatures was employed to obtain samples with higher particle sizes. The structural characterization using X-ray diffraction suggests that the three samples possess uniformal cation distribution. The variation of magnetization as a function of applied magnetic field at room temperature is studied using a vibrating sample magnetometer and all the samples found to exhibit nearly zero remanence and zero coercivity suggesting a superparamagnetic behaviour. The variation of magnetizations of the three different samples with temperature was studied by ZFC-FC technique at two different applied fields of 10 Oe and 1000 Oe. In order to study the possibility of structural changes, chemical and coordination differences of iron in the nanocrystalline Ni-Zn ferrite particles, room temperature {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy study was used. The application of 5 T magnetic field at 5 K temperature resolves the two sub spectra and canting angle of 27{sup o} and 12{sup o} were observed which clearly indicates the noncollinear magnetic alignment in nano crystallites of Ni{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. The neutron diffraction study was performed at seven different temperatures 20, 50, 100, 150, 200, 250 and 300 K. Rietveld refinement of the neutron diffraction data was performed to deduce the basic

  16. A novel method of preparing metallic Janus silica particles using supercritical carbon dioxide

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    Yang, Qiuyan; de Vries, Marcel H; Picchioni, Francesco; Loos, Katja

    2013-01-01

    In this study, we demonstrate a novel fabrication method to prepare metallic Janus silica particles by embedding nanosized silica particles on a spherical polystyrene (PS) substrate in supercritical carbon dioxide (sc CO2), followed by labelling with gold nanoparticles on the exposed part of the

  17. A novel method of preparing metallic Janus silica particles using supercritical carbon dioxide

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    Yang, Qiuyan; de Vries, Marcel H; Picchioni, Francesco; Loos, Katja

    2013-01-01

    In this study, we demonstrate a novel fabrication method to prepare metallic Janus silica particles by embedding nanosized silica particles on a spherical polystyrene (PS) substrate in supercritical carbon dioxide (sc CO2), followed by labelling with gold nanoparticles on the exposed part of the sil

  18. Preparation and characterization of uniform nanosized cephradine by combination of reactive precipitation and liquid anti-solvent precipitation under high gravity environment.

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    Zhong, Jie; Shen, Zhigang; Yang, Yan; Chen, Jianfeng

    2005-09-14

    In this work, a novel direct method, which was combined with reactive precipitation and liquid anti-solvent precipitation under high gravity environment, had been developed to prepare nanosized cephradine with narrow particle size distribution. Compared with commercial crude cephradine, the prepared cephradine showed a significant decrease in particle size, a significant increase in the specific surface area and shorter dissolving time when used for injection. The characteristic particle size was between 200-400 nm. The specific surface area increased from 2.95 to 10.87 m2/g after micronization. When the amount of L-arginin decreased from 0.25 to 0.18 g, the mixture of nanosized cephradine and L-arginine could still dissolve in 1 min. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) analysis indicated that the physical characteristics and molecular states remained unchanged after the recrystallization process. This method had potential application in industrial fields because of its low cost, efficient processing and the ease of scaling-up.

  19. STUDY OF NANOSIZED SILICA GRAFIED WITH HYPERBRANCHED POLY(AMINE-ESTER)

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    ZHAO Hui; YANG Shu; LUO Yunjun

    2006-01-01

    A new method to chemically modify the surface of nanosized-SiO2 was studied in this paper. Nanosized-SiO2 was grafted with hyperbranched poly(amin ester) through one-spot polycondensation between AB2 monomer and active hydroxyl on silica surface in present of catalyst.Compared with the results of FTIR and TEM, it is found hyperbranched poly(amin ester) is successfully grafted on the surface of nanosized-SiO2 and the surface properties have been changed with an expected way. The results indicate that nanosized-SiO2 grafted with hyperbranched poly(amin ester) has better dispersion in the ethanol or chloroform than that unmodified.

  20. Preparation of Nanosized AlOOH and Its Application in Polymer-inorganic Nanocomposites

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    LIAO Haida; ZHANG Lianmeng; WU Bolin

    2008-01-01

    With industrial grade Al(OH)3 as raw materials, the self dispersion nanosized AIOOH crystal powder were prepared by the sol-hydrothermal method. The results of XRD and TEM show that the nanosized AIOOH could automatically disperse to a single-dispersing state in water without surface modification, dispersant, additive and accessional conditions (ultrasonic wave dispersing, ball-mill dispersing). The application results of the product indicate that the nanosized AIOOH can be composed into a toughened nanocomposites without surface modification. Accordingly, the self dispersion characteristic and mechanism of hydrothermal crystallization and charging composite dispersion of nanosized AIOOH are found, and a new technique of preparing polymer/inorganic nanocomposites is proposed, which is called blending compositing new techniques of sol even dispersing at quasi-homogeneous phase.

  1. Study of surface cell Madelung constant and surface free energy of nanosized crystal grain

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    Zhang Wei-Jia; Wang Tian-Min; Rong Ai-Lun; Cui Min

    2006-01-01

    Surface cell Madelung constant is firstly defined for calculating the surface free energy of nanosized crystal grains,which explains the physical performance of small crystals and may be greatly beneficial to the analysis of surface states and the study of the dynamics of crystal nucleation and growth.A new approximative expression of the surface energy and relevant thermodynamic data are used in this calculation.New formula and computing method for calculating the Madelung constant α of any complex crystals are proposed,and the surface free energies and surface electrostatic energies of nanosized crystal grains and the Madelung constant of some complex crystals are theoretically calculated in this paper.The surface free energy of nanosized-crystal-grain TiO2 and the surface electrostatic energy (absolute value) of nanosized-crystal-grain α-A12O3 are found to be the biggest among all the crystal grains including those of other species.

  2. Multifunctional Core-Shell and Nano-channel Design for Nano-sized Thermo-sensor

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    2015-04-01

    L R E P O R T DTRA-TR-14-32 Multifunctional Core-Shell and Nano- channel Design for Nano-sized Thermo - sensor Distribution Statement A... Thermo -sensor PI: Jie Lian, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Nuclear Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY...within s time frame. (2) Scope This project is under the scope of Basic and Applied Sciences Directorate and the JSTO and Nano-sized Thermo -sensor

  3. Synthesis of Nanosized NaY Zeolite by Confined Space Method

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    2002-01-01

    Nanosized NaY crystals have been prepared from metakaolin and sodium silicate by confined space synthesis with starch additive.It is found that the product has a narrow crystal size distribution (50-100 nm),high Si/Al ratio (Si/Al=4.6-6.1),high surface area (1090 m2/g) and the average diameter of nanosized NaY (75 nm) synthesized is 30 nm,it is smaller than that of without starch additive.

  4. Electrical explosion of a conductor in energy accumulating phase change materials with nanosized semiconducting additions

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    Savenkov, G. G.; Morozov, V. A.; Lukin, A. A.

    2016-11-01

    The results of experiments on the explosion of a copper conductor in paraffin and wax both without additions and with nanosized copper oxide additions are presented. The experiments provided the size of the channel formed in wax samples upon the conductor explosion and subsequent expansion of the electric discharge plasma. The obtained results testify to the influence of nanosized additions on the character of electric discharge plasma expansion in the formed channel, the strength of composite materials, and the sample fragmentation (destruction).

  5. Nanosized Borides and Carbides for Electroplating. Metal-Matrix Coatings: Specifications, Performance Evaluation

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    Galevskiy, G. V.; Rudneva, V. V.; Galevskiy, S. G.; Il'yashchenko, D. P.; Kartsev, D. S.

    2016-04-01

    This paper summarizes experience of application of nano-sized carbides and borides of titanium and chromium, silicon carbide as components of electro-depositable coating compositions based on nickel, zinc, and chromium. Basic physical and mechanical properties of the coatings are determined. Technological and economic evaluation is completed; practicability of high-cost nano-diamonds substitution for nano-sized borides and carbides is justified.

  6. Nanosized Borides and Carbides for Electroplating. Metal-Matrix Coatings: Specifications, Performance Evaluation

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    Galevskiy, G. V.; Rudneva, V. V.; Galevskiy, S. G.; Ilyashchenko, Dmitry Pavlovich; Karthev, Dmitry Sergeevich

    2016-01-01

    This paper summarizes experience of application of nano-sized carbides and borides of titanium and chromium, silicon carbide as components of electro-depositable coating compositions based on nickel, zinc, and chromium. Basic physical and mechanical properties of the coatings are determined. Technological and economic evaluation is completed; practicability of high-cost nano-diamonds substitution for nano-sized borides and carbides is justified.

  7. Mesenchymal stromal cell labeling by new uncoated superparamagnetic maghemite nanoparticles in comparison with commercial Resovist – an initial in vitro study

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    Full Text Available Josef Skopalik,1 Katerina Polakova,2 Marketa Havrdova,2 Ivan Justan,1 Massimiliano Magro,3 David Milde,2 Lucia Knopfova,4 Jan Smarda,4 Helena Polakova,1 Eva Gabrielova,5 Fabio Vianello,2,3 Jaroslav Michalek,1 Radek Zboril21Department of Pharmacology, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic; 2Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials, Department of Physical Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic; 3Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science, University of Padua, Padova, Italy; 4Department of Experimental Biology, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic; 5Department of Medical Chemistry and Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech RepublicObjective: Cell therapies have emerged as a promising approach in medicine. The basis of each therapy is the injection of 1–100×106 cells with regenerative potential into some part of the body. Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs are the most used cell type in the cell therapy nowadays, but no gold standard for the labeling of the MSCs for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI is available yet. This work evaluates our newly synthesized uncoated superparamagnetic maghemite nanoparticles (surface-active maghemite nanoparticles – SAMNs as an MRI contrast intracellular probe usable in a clinical 1.5 T MRI system.Methods: MSCs from rat and human donors were isolated, and then incubated at different concentrations (10–200 µg/mL of SAMN maghemite nanoparticles for 48 hours. Viability, proliferation, and nanoparticle uptake efficiency were tested (using fluorescence microscopy, xCELLigence analysis, atomic absorption spectroscopy, and advanced microscopy techniques. Migration capacity, cluster of differentiation markers, effect of nanoparticles on long-term viability, contrast properties in MRI, and cocultivation of labeled cells with myocytes were also studied.Results: SAMNs do not

  8. Graphene oxide-modified ZnO particles: synthesis, characterization, and antibacterial properties

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    2015-01-01

    Linlin Zhong, Kyusik Yun Department of Bionanotechnology, Gachon University, Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea Abstract: Nanosized ZnO particles with diameters of 15 nm were prepared with a solution precipitation method at low cost and high yield. The synthesis of the particles was functionalized by the organic solvent dimethylformamide, and the particles were covalently bonded to the surface of graphene oxide. The morphology of the graphene oxide sheets and ZnO particles was confirme...

  9. Nanosized MX Precipitates in Ultra-Low-Carbon Ferritic/Martensitic Heat-Resistant Steels

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    Yin, Feng-Shi; Jung, Woo-Sang

    2009-02-01

    Nanosized MX precipitates in ultra-low-carbon ferritic/martensitic heat-resistant 9Cr-W-Mo-VNbTiN steels were characterized by transmission electron microscope (TEM) using carbon film replicas. The steels were prepared by vacuum induction melting followed by hot forging and rolling into plates. The plates were normalized at 1100 °C for 1 hour, cooled in air, and tempered at 700 °C for 1 hour. The results show that bimodal nanosized MX precipitates distribute densely and homogeneously in the matrix within martensitic lath after normalizing-and-tempering heat treatment. The larger nanosized MX precipitates with the size of 30 to 50 nm are rich in Nb, while the smaller ones with the size of about 10 nm contain less Nb but more V. Small addition of Ti causes an increase in the number of the larger nanosized MX precipitates. The total number density of the nanosized MX precipitates in the ultra-low-carbon ferritic/martensitic steels is measured to be over 300/ μm2, much higher than that in conventional ferritic/martensitic steels. Short-term creep test results show that the ultra-low-carbon ferritic/martensitic steels with high dense nanosized MX precipitates have much higher creep rupture strength than conventional ASME-P92 steel. The strength degradation of the ultra-low-carbon ferritic/martensitic heat-resistant steels during creep is also discussed in this article.

  10. Strain-induced macroscopic magnetic anisotropy from smectic liquid-crystalline elastomer-maghemite nanoparticle hybrid nanocomposites.

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    Haberl, Johannes M; Sánchez-Ferrer, Antoni; Mihut, Adriana M; Dietsch, Hervé; Hirt, Ann M; Mezzenga, Raffaele

    2013-06-21

    We combine tensile strength analysis and X-ray scattering experiments to establish a detailed understanding of the microstructural coupling between liquid-crystalline elastomer (LCE) networks and embedded magnetic core-shell ellipsoidal nanoparticles (NPs). We study the structural and magnetic re-organization at different deformations and NP loadings, and the associated shape and magnetic memory features. In the quantitative analysis of a stretching process, the effect of the incorporated NPs on the smectic LCE is found to be prominent during the reorientation of the smectic domains and the softening of the nanocomposite. Under deformation, the soft response of the nanocomposite material allows the organization of the nanoparticles to yield a permanent macroscopically anisotropic magnetic material. Independent of the particle loading, the shape-memory properties and the smectic phase of the LCEs are preserved. Detailed studies on the magnetic properties demonstrate that the collective ensemble of individual particles is responsible for the macroscopic magnetic features of the nanocomposite.

  11. Investigation of the thermoluminescent properties of nanosized Alpha-Al{sub 2} O{sub 3} doped with carbon for application in digital radiography

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    Silva, Edna C., E-mail: edca@cdtn.br [Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia Nuclear; Ferraz, Wilmar B.; Faria, Luiz O., E-mail: ferrazw@cdtn.br, E-mail: farialo@cdtn.br [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN/CNEN-MG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil)

    2013-07-01

    Thermoluminescent (TL) materials are mainly used in personal and environmental dosimetry. In addition to these applications, their use as the sensor element in the manufacturing of digital radiographic films has been investigated. Particularly, there is an interest concerned to the influence of the particle size in the TL response and in the resolution of the digital imaging. Aluminum oxide, or alumina, is a mineral found in the ruby or sapphire form, and may be synthetically produced in the alpha or gamma crystalline phase. Since the 50s, these materials have been studied in their diverse forms and phases. Particularly, the microsized α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:C is considered one of the best TL dosimeter ever produced in the word. In this work, nanosized alumina particulates in the alpha phase, sintered at different temperatures and doped with different concentrations of carbon, were investigated aiming application in industrial radiography and medical diagnosis. The mixture of the oxide powder with the carbon source was pressed and sintered at temperatures of 1740 deg C and 1745 deg C, under reducing atmosphere. For doping purposes we have used two sources of carbon, graphite and high purity polyvinyl acetate (PVA), respectively. During the sintering process, intentional inclusion of oxygen vacancies into the oxide crystal lattice is performed, allowing the inclusion of carbon atoms into the crystal lattice. Among the samples studied, the nanosized alumina doped with 0.01at.% of carbon and sintered at 1745 deg C has shown an excellent thermoluminescent response, with sensitivity higher than that of LiF: Mg, Ti (TLD-100), when irradiated under similar conditions. This is an excellent result, since the material with nanosized particles offers the best features for radiographic image. Thus, it is concluded that the α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} doped with 0.01at.% of carbon is a good candidate for use in TL films for application in digital radiography. (author)

  12. Photo-triggered release in polyamide nanosized capsules

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    Marturano, V.; Ambrogi, V. [Department of Chemical, Materials and Production Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, Piazzale Tecchio 80, 80125 Napoli (Italy); Cerruti, P. [Institute of Polymer Chemistry and Technology (ICTP-CNR), via Campi Flegrei 34, 80078 Pozzuoli (Italy); Giamberini, M.; Tylkowski, B. [University Rovira i Virgili, Department of Chemical Engineering, Av. Paisos Catalans 26, 43007 Tarragona (Spain)

    2014-05-15

    In this work, nanosized capsules based on a lightly cross-linked polyamide containing azobenzene moieties in the main chain were synthesized by miniemulsion interfacial polymerization. The obtained nanocapsules were loaded either with toluene or with the fluorescent probe coumarin-6 as a core. Diameters of the nanocapsules were in the 100-900 nm range, depending on the selected emulsion conditions. The morphology and shape of the samples were observed by TEM and SEM while the emulsion droplets and nanocapsules size was measured by DLS. Under continuous UV irradiation the polymer underwent E-Z photoisomerization allowing the release of the encapsulated material. Variation in diameter of the nanocapsules with the time of UV irradiation was detected through DLS analysis. 10-30% growth was observed, depending on the sample. The kinetics of release of coumarin-6 was followed by spectrofluorimetry in ethanol. In absence of irradiation, the fluorescence intensity appeared to be constant over time, while it increased when the sample was irradiated with 360 nm UV light.

  13. Superfocusing the light through the nanosize slit via photonic tornado

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    Choi, Seong Soo; Jha, Vinaya; Suwal, Om; Park, Myoung Jin; Park, Nam Kyu; Kim, Daisik

    2010-03-01

    The macro size pyramidal horn probe such as klystron horn antenna has been used to provide the excellent focusing capabilities in microwave region. In the similar way, the pyramidal probe with the micron size mirror (pyramidal horn probe) has been fabricated with a nano-size aperture with diameter ranging from ˜1 nm to ˜30 nm. Light transmission through the micro-fabricated pyramidal horn probe has been measured to enhance the light transmission due to resonant effects between the cavity mode and the slit modes in the probe, along with improved directionality of the transmitted beam. The resonant tunneling between two standing waves in the input groove and in the output groove can provide the transmission enhancements. With decreasing slit width, the transmission is found to increasing tremendously.[1] The transmission is measured to be inversely proportional to the area.[2,3] References:[1] R. Gordon, Phys. Rev. B 73, 153405 (2006).[2] R. Harrington, IEEE Trans. Antennas Propagat. Ap-30, 205(1982).[3] Y Leviatan, R. Harrington, J. Maut, IEEE Trans. Antennas Propagat. Ap-30, 1533(1982)

  14. Local structure of nanosized tungstates revealed by evolutionary algorithm

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    Timoshenko, Janis; Anspoks, Andris; Kuzmin, Alexei [Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia, Riga (Latvia); Kalinko, Alexandr [Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia, Riga (Latvia); Synchrotron SOLEIL, l' Orme des Merisiers, Saint-Aubin, Gif-sur-Yvette (France)

    2015-02-01

    Nanostructured tungstates, such as CoWO{sub 4} and CuWO{sub 4}, are very promising catalytic materials, particularly for photocatalytic oxidation of water. The high catalytic activity of tungstate nanoparticles partially is a result of their extremely small sizes, and, consequently, high surface-to-volume ratio. Therefore their properties depend strongly on the atomic structure, which differ significantly from that of the bulk material. X-ray absorption spectroscopy is a powerful technique to address the challenging problem of the local structure determination in nanomaterials. In order to fully exploit the structural information contained in X-ray absorption spectra, in this study we employ a novel evolutionary algorithm (EA) for the interpretation of the Co and Cu K-edges as well as the W L{sub 3}-edge extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) of nanosized CoWO{sub 4} and CuWO{sub 4}. The combined EA-EXAFS approach and simultaneous analysis of the W L{sub 3} and Co(Cu) K-edge EXAFS spectra allowed us for the first time to obtain a 3D structure model of the tungstate nanoparticles and to explore in details the effect of size, temperature and transition metal type. (copyright 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  15. Random vibration movements of liquid nanosized Pb inclusions in Al

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    Johnson, E.; Andersen, J.S.; Levinsen, M.; Steenstrup, S.; Prokofjev, S.; Zhilin, V.; Dahmen, U.; Radetic, T.; Turner, J.H

    2004-07-15

    Transmission electron microscopy has been used to study the behavior of liquid nanosized Pb inclusions in Al ribbons made by rapid solidification. In situ heating experiments carried out in the temperature range from around 375 to 450 deg. C have shown that liquid inclusions with sizes from around 10-50 nm, that are trapped on dislocations, perform random vibrations around their positions of attachment with vibration periods of some fractions of seconds. The amplitudes of the vibrations in directions perpendicular to the dislocations are a few nanometers, while the motion in directions parallel to the dislocations can be more than an order of magnitude larger. Under conditions where two or more inclusions, attached to a dislocation line, display one-dimensional random motion the inclusions are rarely seen to coalesce. Movement of the inclusions has been monitored by video and shorter sequences have been digitized and analyzed frame-by-frame. The analysis shows that the step lengths have Gaussian distributions indicative of random walks. Fractal analysis of the paths shows that the fractal dimension is close to two which agrees well with the observations that the inclusions carry out linear random walks in a confined space.

  16. Mobility of nanosized cerium dioxide and polymeric capsules in quartz and loamy sands saturated with model and natural groundwaters.

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    Petosa, Adamo Riccardo; Ohl, Carolin; Rajput, Faraz; Tufenkji, Nathalie

    2013-10-01

    The environmental and health risks posed by emerging engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) released into aquatic environments are largely dependent on their aggregation, transport, and deposition behavior. Herein, laboratory-scale columns were used to examine the mobility of polyacrylic acid (PAA)-coated cerium dioxide nanoparticles (nCeO2) and an analogous nanosized polymeric capsule (nCAP) in water saturated quartz sand or loamy sand. The influence of solution ionic strength (IS) and cation type (Na(+), Ca(2+), or Mg(2+)) on the transport potential of these ENPs was examined in both granular matrices and results were also compared to measurements obtained using a natural groundwater. ENP suspensions were characterized using dynamic light scattering and nanoparticle tracking analysis to establish aggregate size, and laser Doppler electrophoresis to determine ENP electrophoretic mobility. Regardless of IS, virtually all nCeO2 particles suspended in NaNO3 eluted from the quartz sand-packed columns. In contrast, heightened nCeO2 and nCAP particle retention and dynamic (time-dependent) transport behavior was observed with increasing concentrations of the divalent salts and in the presence of natural groundwater. Enhanced particle retention was also observed in loamy sand in comparison to the quartz sand, emphasizing the need to consider the nature of the aqueous matrix and granular medium in evaluating contamination risks associated with the release of ENPs in natural and engineered aquatic environments.

  17. Synthesis of nano-sized TiO(2)/poly(AA-co-MMA) composites by heterocoagulation and blending with PET.

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    Chen, Jui-Hung; Dai, Chi-An; Chen, Hung-Jen; Chien, Pei-Chi; Chiu, Wen-Yen

    2007-04-01

    Nano-sized TiO(2) or SiO(2)/TiO(2) particles were prepared by hydrolysis and condensation reactions in aqueous media, followed by mixing with poly(AA-co-MMA) latex to form different composites, then blending with poly(ethylene terephthalate), PET. The TGA results of composites indicated that negative charged latexes had greater interaction with TiO(2)/ or SiO(2)/TiO(2) particles through strong electrostatic forces, while cationic latexes incorporated with TiO(2) or SiO(2)/TiO(2) particles by pH induced coagulation, carbonyl group chelation and hydrogen bonding. The soapless latex polymer particles showed lower ability of adsorption to TiO(2) particles due to the decrease of total surface area of these larger particles. If SiO(2)/TiO(2) particles were used instead of TiO(2) particles, unexpected high adsorption result was observed. Morphology results observed by SEM showed that PET blended with positive charged composites was more homogeneous than PET blended with negative charged composites. DSC results also indicated that the T(g) of PET was increased, melting temperatures (T(m) or T(m)(')) were increased, and the temperature range of crystallization was narrowed after blending with the composites. The presence of composites affected the mobility and packing of PET molecular chains therefore changing the thermal properties of PET.

  18. The use of nano-sized acicular material, sliding friction, and antisense DNA oligonucleotides to silence bacterial genes.

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    Mitsudome, Yuya; Takahama, Mamiko; Hirose, Jun; Yoshida, Naoto

    2014-01-01

    Viable bacterial cells impaled with a single particle of a nano-sized acicular material formed when a mixture containing the cells and the material was exposed to a sliding friction field between polystyrene and agar gel; hereafter, we refer to these impaled cells as penetrons. We have used nano-sized acicular material to establish a novel method for bacterial transformation. Here, we generated penetrons that carried antisense DNA adsorbed on nano-sized acicular material (α-sepiolite) by providing sliding friction onto the surface of agar gel; we then investigated whether penetron formation was applicable to gene silencing techniques. Antisense DNA was artificially synthesized as 15 or 90mer DNA oligonucleotides based on the sequences around the translation start codon of target mRNAs. Mixtures of bacterial cells with antisense DNA adsorbed on α-sepiolite were stimulated by sliding friction on the surface of agar gel for 60 s. Upon formation of Escherichia coli penetrons, β-lactamase and β-galactosidase expression was evaluated by counting the numbers of colonies formed on LB agar containing ampicillin and by measuring β-galactosidase activity respectively. The numbers of ampicillin resistant colonies and the β-galactosidase activity derived from penetrons bearing antisense DNA (90mer) was repressed to 15% and 25%, respectively, of that of control penetrons which lacked antisense DNA. Biphenyl metabolite, ring cleavage yellow compound produced by Pseudomonas pseudoalcaligenes penetron treated with antisense oligonucleotide DNA targeted to bphD increased higher than that lacking antisense DNA. This result indicated that expression of bphD in P. pseudoalcaligenes penetrons was repressed by antisense DNA that targeted bphD mRNA. Sporulation rates of Bacillus subtilis penetrons treated with antisense DNA (15mer) targeted to spo0A decreased to 24.4% relative to penetrons lacking antisense DNA. This novel method of gene silencing has substantial promise for

  19. The use of nano-sized acicular material, sliding friction, and antisense DNA oligonucleotides to silence bacterial genes

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    2014-01-01

    Viable bacterial cells impaled with a single particle of a nano-sized acicular material formed when a mixture containing the cells and the material was exposed to a sliding friction field between polystyrene and agar gel; hereafter, we refer to these impaled cells as penetrons. We have used nano-sized acicular material to establish a novel method for bacterial transformation. Here, we generated penetrons that carried antisense DNA adsorbed on nano-sized acicular material (α-sepiolite) by providing sliding friction onto the surface of agar gel; we then investigated whether penetron formation was applicable to gene silencing techniques. Antisense DNA was artificially synthesized as 15 or 90mer DNA oligonucleotides based on the sequences around the translation start codon of target mRNAs. Mixtures of bacterial cells with antisense DNA adsorbed on α-sepiolite were stimulated by sliding friction on the surface of agar gel for 60 s. Upon formation of Escherichia coli penetrons, β-lactamase and β-galactosidase expression was evaluated by counting the numbers of colonies formed on LB agar containing ampicillin and by measuring β-galactosidase activity respectively. The numbers of ampicillin resistant colonies and the β-galactosidase activity derived from penetrons bearing antisense DNA (90mer) was repressed to 15% and 25%, respectively, of that of control penetrons which lacked antisense DNA. Biphenyl metabolite, ring cleavage yellow compound produced by Pseudomonas pseudoalcaligenes penetron treated with antisense oligonucleotide DNA targeted to bphD increased higher than that lacking antisense DNA. This result indicated that expression of bphD in P. pseudoalcaligenes penetrons was repressed by antisense DNA that targeted bphD mRNA. Sporulation rates of Bacillus subtilis penetrons treated with antisense DNA (15mer) targeted to spo0A decreased to 24.4% relative to penetrons lacking antisense DNA. This novel method of gene silencing has substantial promise for

  20. Preparation and photocatalytic performance of Cs+/Sr2+-doped nano-sized TiO2

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    罗洁; 李德良; 金明子

    2009-01-01

    The un-doped TiO2 and Cs+/Sr2+-doped TiO2 nanometer particles were prepared by sol-gel method using tetrabutyl titanate (Ti(OC4H9)4) as TiO2 precursor,and characterized with X-ray diffraction (XRD) and UV-Vis absorption spectra (UV-Vis). The photocatalytic activities of these samples were investigated by the photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange in aqueous suspension under 300 W medium pressure mercury lamp irradiation. The results show that the growth of crystallite size can be controlled effectively for the Cs+/Sr2+-doped TiO2,and crystal phase transformation of nano-sized TiO2 is retarded from anatase structure to rutile structure while using the proper doping concentration of Cs+/Sr2+. It is pure anatase of high photocatalytic activity for Cs+/Sr2+-doped nano-sized TiO2 prepared at 600 ℃ for 2 h. The average crystal sizes of un-doped TiO2,0.1% Cs+-doped TiO2 and 0.3% Sr2+-doped TiO2 are 21.3,13.1 and 10.8 nm,respectively. Moreover,the doping TiO2 can extend the light response to the visible region at 400-600 nm. By measuring their photocatalytic degradation rate of methyl orange solution,the results indicate that Cs+/Sr2+ -doped TiO2 samples are found to improve photocatalytic degradation activity of TiO2 markedly,and the optimal doping concentration is determined to be 0.1% and 0.3% for Cs+ and Sr2+,respectively. Photocatalytic degradation rate of Cs+/Sr2+-doped nano-sized TiO2 can be 15%-25% higher than that of un-doped TiO2 under the same condition.

  1. Role of humic substances in the formation of nanosized particles of iron corrosion products

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    Pankratov, D. A.; Anuchina, M. M.

    2017-02-01

    The corrosion of metallic iron in aqueous solutions of humic substances (HS) with limited access to air is studied. The HS are found to exhibit multiple functions. Acid-base, redox, and surfactant properties, along with the ability to form complexes with iron in solution, are displayed in the corrosion process. Partial reduction of the HS during the corrosion reaction and their adsorption onto the main corrosion product (Fe3O4 nanoparticles) are observed.

  2. Laser processing issues of nanosized intermetallic Fe-Sn and metallic Sn particles

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    Alexandrescu, R., E-mail: ralexandrescu2001@yahoo.co.uk [National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics Bucharest, POB MG-36, 077125 (Romania); Morjan, I.; Dumitrache, F.; Birjega, R.; Fleaca, C.; Morjan, Iuliana; Scarisoreanu, M.; Luculescu, C.R.; Dutu, E. [National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics Bucharest, POB MG-36, 077125 (Romania); Kuncser, V.; Filoti, G. [National Institute of Materials Physics, POB MG-7, 077125 Bucharest-Magurele (Romania); Vasile, E. [Metav R and D, Rosetti 31, Bucharest (Romania); Ciupina, V. [Ovidius University of Constanta, Bd. Mamaia 124, Constanta (Romania)

    2012-09-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Intermetallic Fe-Sn and metallic Sn nanoparticles synthesized by laser pyrolysis. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Fe(CO){sub 5} and Sn(CH{sub 3}){sub 4} were used as precursors. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer FeSn{sub 2}, Sn and Fe{sub 3}SnC phases were identified by XRD. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Complex core-shell structural characteristics were found by HRTEM analysis. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Higher magnetization was found in samples with increased Fe/Sn atomic ratio. - Abstract: Intermetallic Fe-Sn and nanocrystalline metallic Sn nanoparticles have been successfully synthesized from organic precursors using the laser pyrolysis technique with ethylene as sensitizer. Nano-structured Sn (single phase) was prepared by the pyrolysis of Sn(CH{sub 3}){sub 4} (TMT) vapors. Controlled Fe/Sn atomic ratios, ranging from 0.69 to 1.64 were obtained for the prepared Fe-Sn nanopowders by the control of Fe(CO){sub 5} and TMT flows, respectively. XRD studies evidence three main phases: the tetragonal metallic Sn phase and the intermetallic FeSn{sub 2} phase and, to a much lesser extent, the cubic ternary carbide Fe{sub 3}SnC. Complex core-shell structural characteristics were found by HRTEM analysis. More complete information about the Fe phase distributions in the new intermetallic Fe-Sn nanomaterial is provided by temperature dependent {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy.

  3. Laser processing issues of nanosized intermetallic Fe-Sn and metallic Sn particles

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    Alexandrescu, R.; Morjan, I.; Dumitrache, F.; Birjega, R.; Fleaca, C.; Morjan, Iuliana; Scarisoreanu, M.; Luculescu, C. R.; Dutu, E.; Kuncser, V.; Filoti, G.; Vasile, E.; Ciupina, V.

    2012-09-01

    Intermetallic Fe-Sn and nanocrystalline metallic Sn nanoparticles have been successfully synthesized from organic precursors using the laser pyrolysis technique with ethylene as sensitizer. Nano-structured Sn (single phase) was prepared by the pyrolysis of Sn(CH3)4 (TMT) vapors. Controlled Fe/Sn atomic ratios, ranging from 0.69 to 1.64 were obtained for the prepared Fe-Sn nanopowders by the control of Fe(CO)5 and TMT flows, respectively. XRD studies evidence three main phases: the tetragonal metallic Sn phase and the intermetallic FeSn2 phase and, to a much lesser extent, the cubic ternary carbide Fe3SnC. Complex core-shell structural characteristics were found by HRTEM analysis. More complete information about the Fe phase distributions in the new intermetallic Fe-Sn nanomaterial is provided by temperature dependent 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy.

  4. Strategy for chemotherapeutic delivery using a nanosized porous metal-organic framework with a central composite design

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    Li, Yingpeng; Li, Xiuyan; Guan, Qingxia; Zhang, Chunjing; Xu, Ting; Dong, Yujing; Bai, Xinyu; Zhang, Weiping

    2017-01-01

    Background Enhancing drug delivery is an ongoing endeavor in pharmaceutics, especially when the efficacy of chemotherapy for cancer is concerned. In this study, we prepared and evaluated nanosized HKUST-1 (nanoHKUST-1), nanosized metal-organic drug delivery framework, loaded with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) for potential use in cancer treatment. Materials and methods NanoHKUST-1 was prepared by reacting copper (II) acetate [Cu(OAc)2] and benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxylic acid (H3BTC) with benzoic acid (C6H5COOH) at room temperature (23.7°C±2.4°C). A central composite design was used to optimize 5-FU-loaded nanoHKUST-1. Contact time, ethanol concentration, and 5-FU:material ratios were the independent variables, and the entrapment efficiency of 5-FU was the response parameter measured. Powder X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and nitrogen adsorption were used to determine the morphology of nanoHKUST-1. In addition, 5-FU release studies were conducted, and the in vitro cytotoxicity was evaluated. Results Entrapment efficiency and drug loading were 9.96% and 40.22%, respectively, while the small-angle X-ray diffraction patterns confirmed a regular porous structure. The SEM and TEM images of the nanoHKUST-1 confirmed the presence of round particles (diameter: approximately 100 nm) and regular polygon arrays of mesoporous channels of approximately 2–5 nm. The half-maximal lethal concentration (LC50) of the 5-FU-loaded nanoHKUST-1 was approximately 10 µg/mL. Conclusion The results indicated that nanoHKUST-1 is a potential vector worth developing as a cancer chemotherapeutic drug delivery system. PMID:28260892

  5. Modest effect on plaque progression and vasodilatory function in atherosclerosis-prone mice exposed to nanosized TiO2

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    Mikkelsen Lone

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background There is growing evidence that exposure to small size particulate matter increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Methods We investigated plaque progression and vasodilatory function in apolipoprotein E knockout (ApoE-/- mice exposed to TiO2. ApoE-/- mice were intratracheally instilled (0.5 mg/kg bodyweight with rutile fine TiO2 (fTiO2, 288 nm, photocatalytic 92/8 anatase/rutile TiO2 (pTiO2, 12 nm, or rutile nano TiO2 (nTiO2, 21.6 nm at 26 and 2 hours before measurement of vasodilatory function in aorta segments mounted in myographs. The progression of atherosclerotic plaques in aorta was assessed in mice exposed to nanosized TiO2 (0.5 mg/kg bodyweight once a week for 4 weeks. We measured mRNA levels of Mcp-1, Mip-2, Vcam-1, Icam-1 and Vegf in lung tissue to assess pulmonary inflammation and vascular function. TiO2-induced alterations in nitric oxide (NO production were assessed in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs. Results The exposure to nTiO2 was associated with a modest increase in plaque progression in aorta, whereas there were unaltered vasodilatory function and expression levels of Mcp-1, Mip-2, Vcam-1, Icam-1 and Vegf in lung tissue. The ApoE-/- mice exposed to fine and photocatalytic TiO2 had unaltered vasodilatory function and lung tissue inflammatory gene expression. The unaltered NO-dependent vasodilatory function was supported by observations in HUVECs where the NO production was only increased by exposure to nTiO2. Conclusion Repeated exposure to nanosized TiO2 particles was associated with modest plaque progression in ApoE-/- mice. There were no associations between the pulmonary TiO2 exposure and inflammation or vasodilatory dysfunction.

  6. Characterization of bidisperse magnetorheological fluids utilizing maghemite (γ-Fe2O3) nanoparticles synthetized by flame spray pyrolysis

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    Jönkkäri, I.; Sorvali, M.; Huhtinen, H.; Sarlin, E.; Salminen, T.; Haapanen, J.; Mäkelä, J. M.; Vuorinen, J.

    2017-09-01

    In this study we have used liquid flame spray (LFS) process to synthetize γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles of two different average sizes. Different sized nanoparticles were generated with two different liquid precursor feed rates in the spray process, higher feed rate resulting in larger nanoparticles with higher saturation magnetization. The nanoparticles were used in bidisperse magnetorheological fluids to substitute 5% of the micron sized carbonyl iron particles. To our knowledge this is the first time particles synthetized by the LFS method have been used in magnetorheological fluids. The bidisperse fluids showed significantly improved sedimentation stability compared to a monodisperse suspension with the same solid concentration. The tradeoff was an increased viscosity without magnetic field. The effect of the nanoparticles on the rheological properties under external magnetic field was modest. Finally, the dynamic oscillatory testing was used to evaluate the structural changes in the fluids under magnetic field. The addition of nanoparticles decreased the elastic portion of the deformation and increased the viscous portion.

  7. Improving aqueous solubility and antitumor effects by nanosized gambogic acid-mPEG2000 micelles

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    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Lulu Cai,1,* Neng Qiu,2,* Mingli Xiang,3,* Rongsheng Tong,1 Junfeng Yan,1 Lin He,1 Jianyou Shi,1 Tao Chen,4 Jiaolin Wen,3 Wenwen Wang,3 Lijuan Chen31Department of Pharmacy, Sichuan Academy of Medical Science and Sichuan Provincial People's Hospital, 2College of Materials and Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chengdu University of Technology, 3State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy, West China Hospital, West China Medical School, Sichuan University, Chengdu, People's Republic of China; 4Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Montreal, Montreal, QC, Canada *These authors contributed equally to this paperAbstract: The clinical application of gambogic acid, a natural component with promising antitumor activity, is limited due to its extremely poor aqueous solubility, short half-life in blood, and severe systemic toxicity. To solve these problems, an amphiphilic polymer-drug conjugate was prepared by attachment of low molecular weight (ie, 2 kDa methoxy poly(ethylene glycol methyl ether (mPEG to gambogic acid (GA-mPEG2000 through an ester linkage and characterized by 1H nuclear magnetic resonance. The GA-mPEG2000 conjugates self-assembled to form nanosized micelles, with mean diameters of less than 50 nm, and a very narrow particle size distribution. The properties of the GA-mPEG2000 micelles, including morphology, stability, molecular modeling, and drug release profile, were evaluated. MTT (3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl-2,5 diphenyl tetrazolium bromide tests demonstrated that the GA-mPEG2000 micelle formulation had obvious cytotoxicity to tumor cells and human umbilical vein endothelial cells. Further, GA-mPEG2000 micelles were effective in inhibiting tumor growth and prolonged survival in subcutaneous B16-F10 and C26 tumor models. Our findings suggest that GA-mPEG2000 micelles may have promising applications in tumor therapy.Keywords: gambogic acid, poly(ethylene glycol-drug conjugate, micelle, antitumor, toxicity

  8. Toxicological mechanisms of nanosized titanium dioxide-induced spleen injury in mice after repeated peroral application.

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    Sang, Xuezi; Li, Bing; Ze, Yuguan; Hong, Jie; Ze, Xiao; Gui, Suxin; Sun, Qingqing; Liu, Huiting; Zhao, Xiaoyang; Sheng, Lei; Liu, Dong; Yu, Xiaohong; Wang, Ling; Hong, Fashui

    2013-06-12

    Due to an increase in surface area per particle weight, nanosized titanium dioxide (nano-TiO2) has greatly increased its function as a catalyst and is used for whitening and brightening foods. However, concerns over the safety of nano-TiO2 have been raised. The purpose of this study was to determine whether the protein kinase MAPKs/PI3-K/Akt signaling pathways and transcription factors are activated prior to or concurrent with COX-2 up-regulation in mouse spleen following exposure to 10 mg/kg BW of pure anatase nano-TiO2 by the intragastric route for 15-90 days. The study clearly showed that nano-TiO2 was deposited in the spleen and resulted in reactive oxygen species production, time-dependent splenic inflammation, and necrosis, coupled with a 12.64-64.06% increase in COX-2 and prostaglandin E2 expression, respectively. Furthermore, nano-TiO2 elevated the expressions of ERK, AP-1, CRE, Akt, JNK2, MAPKs, PI3-K, c-Jun, and c-Fos in the spleen by 1.08-6-fold with increased exposure duration, respectively. These findings suggested that nano-TiO2-induced COX-2 expression may be mediated predominantly through the induction of AP-1 and CRE and that AP-1/CRE induction occurred via the MAPKs/PI3-K/Akt signaling pathways in the spleen. Therefore, the findings suggest the need for caution when using nanomaterials as food additives.

  9. Local Electronic And Dielectric Properties at Nanosized Interfaces

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    Bonnell, Dawn A. [Univ. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (United States)

    2015-02-23

    Final Report to the Department of Energy for period 6/1/2000 to 11/30/2014 for Grant # DE-FG02-00ER45813-A000 to the University of Pennsylvania Local Electronic And Dielectric Properties at Nanosized Interfaces PI: Dawn Bonnell The behavior of grain boundaries and interfaces has been a focus of fundamental research for decades because variations of structure and composition at interfaces dictate mechanical, electrical, optical and dielectric properties in solids. Similarly, the consequence of atomic and electronic structures of surfaces to chemical and physical interactions are critical due to their implications to catalysis and device fabrication. Increasing fundamental understanding of surfaces and interfaces has materially advanced technologies that directly bear on energy considerations. Currently, exciting developments in materials processing are enabling creative new electrical, optical and chemical device configurations. Controlled synthesis of nanoparticles, semiconducting nanowires and nanorods, optical quantum dots, etc. along with a range of strategies for assembling and patterning nanostructures portend the viability of new devices that have the potential to significantly impact the energy landscape. As devices become smaller the impact of interfaces and surfaces grows geometrically. As with other nanoscale phenomena, small interfaces do not exhibit the same properties as do large interfaces. The size dependence of interface properties had not been explored and understanding at the most fundamental level is necessary to the advancement of nanostructured devices. An equally important factor in the behavior of interfaces in devices is the ability to examine the interfaces under realistic conditions. For example, interfaces and boundaries dictate the behavior of oxide fuel cells which operate at extremely high temperatures in dynamic high pressure chemical environments. These conditions preclude the characterization of local properties during fuel cell

  10. Nanosize effects on the magnetic field induced transitions in La{sub 0.67−x}Eu{sub x}Ca{sub 0.33}MnO{sub 3} perovskite manganite

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    Raju, N.; Roja Sree, D.; Reddy, S. Shravan Kumar; Reddy, Ch. Gopal [Department of Physics, Osmania University, Hyderabad 500007 (India); Reddy, P. Yadagiri, E-mail: yadagirireddy@yahoo.com [Department of Physics, Osmania University, Hyderabad 500007 (India); Reddy, K. Rama [Department of Physics, Osmania University, Hyderabad 500007 (India); Reddy, V. Raghavendra [UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, University Campus, Khandwa Road, Indore 452001 (India); Reddy Turpu, Goverdhan [Department of Pure and Applied Physics, Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya, Bilaspur 495009 C.G. (India)

    2014-11-15

    The nanosize effects on magnetic field induced transitions in La{sub 0.67−x}Eu{sub x}Ca{sub 0.33}MnO{sub 3} (x=0.25 and 0.27) system are presented in this paper. The reduction in the particle size of the system shows drastic effects on the electrical transport properties leading to robustness of the charge ordering phenomenon. The metal–insulator transition found in bulk materials at low magnetic fields disappeared in nanoparticles of the same material and a high field induced metal–insulator transition emerged at lower temperatures. These results manifest a strong correlation between the chemical pressures induced by doping of various ions at A-site and nanosize related phenomenon. - Highlights: • Chemical pressure and nanosize effects on electrical transport studies of Eu doped LCMO system are reported. • Decrease in particle size resulted in drastic changes on electrical transport studies. • Metal–insulator transition found in bulk at low magnetic fields disappeared in nanoparticles.

  11. The Nano-Sized In2O3 Powder Synthesis by Sol-Gel Method%溶胶-凝胶法制备纳米In2O3粉体

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    潘庆谊; 程知萱; 王廷富; 张剑平

    2002-01-01

    With InCl3@4H2O being used as raw materials, the precursor of nano-sized In2O3 powder was prepared by hydrolysis, peptization and gelation of InCl3@4H2O. After calcination, nano-sized In2O3 powder was obtained. The powder was characterized by thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA), X-ray diffractometry (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM),respectively. Calculation revealed that the mean crystalline size increased with increasing the calcination temperature, but crystal lattice distortion rate decrease d with the increasing in the average crystalline size. This indicated that the smaller the particle size, the bigger the crystal lattice distortion, the worse the crystal growing. The activation energies for growth of nano-sized In2O3 were calculated to be 4.75 kJ@ mol-1 at the calcination temperature up to 500℃ and 66.40 kj@ mol-1 at the calcination temperature over 600℃.TEM photos revealed that the addition of the chemical additive (OP - 10) greatly influenced the morphology and size of In2O3 parti-cles.

  12. 过氧化合物法PLZT纳米粉体的制备和表征%Preparation and Characterization of Nanosized Powder PLZT by Peroxide Method

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    赵文宽; 方佑龄

    2001-01-01

    Pb0.92La0.08(Zr0.65Ti0.35)0.98O3(PLZT) nanosized powder was prepared from the corresponding nitrate and H2O2 by thermal decomposition of the peroxide. FT-IR, DTA-TG, XRD, TEM, and chemical analyses indicated that: (1) Peroxide precursor of PLZT was composed of Pb0.92La0.08 (Zr0.65Ti0.35)0.98O2(O2)·3H2O;(2)PLZT started to form at 550℃, but PbO and PbZrO3 still existed;(3)homogeneous tetragonal crystals of PLZT were formed at 700℃, with average particle diameter of 22nm;(4) the sizes of the crystals increased with increasing calcination temperatures, crystals of PLZT were formed at 850℃ with average particle diameter of 56nm.

  13. Tracking the pathway of diesel exhaust particles from the nose to the brain by X-ray florescence analysis

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    Matsui, Yasuto [Department of Urban and Environmental Engineering, Kyoto University, Katsura, Nishigyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501 (Japan)], E-mail: y.matsui@health.env.kyoto-u.ac.jp; Sakai, Nobumitsu [Department of Urban and Environmental Engineering, Kyoto University, Katsura, Nishigyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501 (Japan)], E-mail: sakai@health.env.kyoto-u.ac.jp; Tsuda, Akira [Molecular and Integrative Physiological Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health, 665 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 (United States)], E-mail: atsuda@hsph.harvard.edu; Terada, Yasuko [JASRI, SPring-8, 1-1-1 Kouto, Sayo, Sayo-gun, Hyogo 679-5148 (Japan)], E-mail: yterada@spring8.or.jp; Takaoka, Masaki [Department of Urban and Environmental Engineering, Kyoto University, Katsura, Nishigyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501 (Japan)], E-mail: takaoka@epsehost.env.kyoto-u.ac.jp; Fujimaki, Hidekazu [Division of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institute for Environmental Studies, 16-2 Onogawa, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8506 (Japan)], E-mail: fujimaki@nies.go.jp; Uchiyama, Iwao [Department of Urban and Environmental Engineering, Kyoto University, Katsura, Nishigyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501 (Japan)], E-mail: uchiyama@health.env.kyoto-u.ac.jp

    2009-08-15

    Studies have shown that exposure to nano-sized particles (< 50 nm) result in their translocation to the central nervous system through the olfactory nerve. Translocation commonly occurs via inhalation, ingestion and skin uptake. Little information is available on the specific pathway of cellular localization of nano-sized particles in the olfactory bulb. The nano-sized particles entrance into the postsynaptics cell is of particular interest because the mitral cell projects to the central nucleus of the amygdala and the piriform cortex. Therefore, our objective in this follow-up study has been to determine whether or not the mitral cells project nano-sized particles to the brain. Nano-sized particles in this study were generated using diesel exhaust. Lab mice were exposed for a period of 4 weeks. We employed synchrotron radiation (SPring-8, Japan) to determine the concentration levels of metal in the olfactory neuron pathway. Metal levels were assayed by mapping, using X-ray fluorescence analysis. The major metal components measured in the filter that collected the inhaled diesel exhaust particles were calcium, copper, iron, nickel and zinc. Our studies reveal an increase in the amount of nano-sized particles in the glomerular layer as well as in the neurons in the olfactory epithelium. Higher levels of nickel and iron were found in the olfactory epithelium's lamina propria mucosae in comparison to that in the control group. Higher levels of iron also were observed in the glomerular layer. Our studies do not clarify the specifics of metal adhesion and detachment. This remains to be one of the key issues requiring further clarification.

  14. Magnetic high throughput screening system for the development of nano-sized molecularly imprinted polymers for controlled delivery of curcumin.

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    Piletska, Elena V; Abd, Bashar H; Krakowiak, Agata S; Parmar, Anitha; Pink, Demi L; Wall, Katie S; Wharton, Luke; Moczko, Ewa; Whitcombe, Michael J; Karim, Kal; Piletsky, Sergey A

    2015-05-01

    Curcumin is a versatile anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer agent known for its low bioavailability, which could be improved by developing materials capable of binding and releasing drug in a controlled fashion. The present study describes the preparation of magnetic nano-sized Molecularly Imprinted Polymers (nanoMIPs) for the controlled delivery of curcumin and their high throughput characterisation using microtitre plates modified with magnetic inserts. NanoMIPs were synthesised using functional monomers chosen with the aid of molecular modelling. The rate of release of curcumin from five polymers was studied under aqueous conditions and was found to correlate well with the binding energies obtained computationally. The presence of specific monomers was shown to be significant in ensuring effective binding of curcumin and to the rate of release obtained. Characterisation of the polymer particles was carried out using dynamic light scattering (DLS) technique and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) in order to establish the relationship between irradiation time and particle size. The protocols optimised during this study could be used as a blueprint for the development of nanoMIPs capable of the controlled release of potentially any compound of interest.

  15. Low temperature synthesis of nanosized Mn1–ZnFe2O4 ferrites and their characterizations

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    Rajesh Iyer; Rucha Desai; R V Upadhyay

    2009-04-01

    Nanosized Mn1–ZnFe2O4 ( = 0, 0.1, 0.3, 0.5, 0.6, 0.7, 0.9) mixed ferrite samples of particle size < 12 nm were prepared using the co-precipitation technique by doping the Zn2+ ion impurities. Autoclave was employed to maintain constant temperature of 80°C and a constant pressure. The X-ray analysis and the IR spectrum analysis were carried out to confirm the spinel phase formation as well as to ascertain the cation distribution in the ferrite samples. This clearly points to the fact that the Zn2+ ion’s presence is not restricted to A-site alone for some of the Mn–Zn ferrite series. The real part of a.c. susceptibility measurements clearly indicated the superparamagnetic behaviour of the ferrite samples. There is a systematic decrease in the particle size, Curie temperature and magnetization with the increase in the Zn2+ ion doping, measured using magneto thermal gravimetric analysis (MTGA) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), respectively. The lattice constant is found to be constantly decreasing till = 0.6 and beyond this an unusual slight increase in the lattice constant is found.

  16. Accelerated Removal of Fe-Antisite Defects while Nanosizing Hydrothermal LiFePO4 with Ca(2).

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    Paolella, Andrea; Turner, Stuart; Bertoni, Giovanni; Hovington, Pierre; Flacau, Roxana; Boyer, Chad; Feng, Zimin; Colombo, Massimo; Marras, Sergio; Prato, Mirko; Manna, Liberato; Guerfi, Abdelbast; Demopoulos, George P; Armand, Michel; Zaghib, Karim

    2016-04-13

    Based on neutron powder diffraction (NPD) and high angle annular dark field scanning transmission electron microscopy (HAADF-STEM), we show that calcium ions help eliminate the Fe-antisite defects by controlling the nucleation and evolution of the LiFePO4 particles during their hydrothermal synthesis. This Ca-regulated formation of LiFePO4 particles has an overwhelming impact on the removal of their iron antisite defects during the subsequent carbon-coating step since (i) almost all the Fe-antisite defects aggregate at the surface of the LiFePO4 crystal when the crystals are small enough and (ii) the concomitant increase of the surface area, which further exposes the Fe-antisite defects. Our results not only justify a low-cost, efficient and reliable hydrothermal synthesis method for LiFePO4 but also provide a promising alternative viewpoint on the mechanism controlling the nanosizing of LiFePO4, which leads to improved electrochemical performances.

  17. Nano-sized structured layered positive electrode materials to enable high energy density and high rate capability lithium batteries

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    Deng, Haixia; Belharouak, Ilias; Amine, Khalil

    2012-10-02

    Nano-sized structured dense and spherical layered positive active materials provide high energy density and high rate capability electrodes in lithium-ion batteries. Such materials are spherical second particles made from agglomerated primary particles that are Li.sub.1+.alpha.(Ni.sub.xCo.sub.yMn.sub.z).sub.1-tM.sub.tO.sub.2-dR.sub.d- , where M is selected from can be Al, Mg, Fe, Cu, Zn, Cr, Ag, Ca, Na, K, In, Ga, Ge, V, Mo, Nb, Si, Ti, Zr, or a mixture of any two or more thereof, R is selected from F, Cl, Br, I, H, S, N, or a mixture of any two or more thereof, and 0.ltoreq..alpha..ltoreq.0.50; 0

  18. Development of nano-sized {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:C films for application in digital radiology

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    Silva, Edna C., E-mail: edca@cdtn.b [Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (DEN/UFMG), Belo Horizonte (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia Nuclear; Fontainha, Crissia C. [Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte (Brazil). Dept. de Propedeutica Complemetar; Oliveira, Vitor H.; Ferraz, Wilmar B.; Faria, Luiz O. [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN/CNEN-MG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    Ceramic materials are widely used as sensors for ionizing radiation. In nuclear applications, the alpha-alumina doped with carbon ({alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:C) is the most widely ceramic used because of its excellent optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) and thermoluminescent (TL) properties applied to detection of ionizing radiation. Another application of OSL and TL materials are in Digital Radiography, with ceramic/polymeric film composites. Recently, Computed Radiography (CR) devices based on OSL materials are replacing the old conventional film radiography. In this study we investigate the thermoluminescence of nano-sized {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} samples doped with different percentages of carbon, sintered in reducing atmospheres at temperatures ranging from 1300 to 1750 deg C. The results indicate that the nano-sized {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:C materials have a luminescent response that could be due to both OSL and RPL properties, but without application to radiation dosimetry. Moreover, the results indicate that micro-sized {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:C, doped with 0.5% carbon, and nano-sized ones doped with 2% of carbon, present thermoluminescent signal around 30 to 100 times the TL output signal of commercial TLD-100, the most used TL dosimeter in the world. The results indicate that these ceramic nano-particles have great potential for use in Digital Radiography based on thermoluminescent film imaging, being able to provide image resolutions much higher than the micro-sized {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:C, in view of their improved resolution provided by nano-particulates. (author)

  19. Thermochemotherapy effect of nanosized As2O3/Fe3O4 complex on experimental mouse tumors and its influence on the expression of CD44v6, VEGF-C and MMP-9

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    Zhang Dongsheng

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Both thermotherapy and arsenic have been shown to be active against a broad spectrum of cancers. To reduce the limitations of conventional thermotherapy, improve therapeutic anticancer activity, reduce the toxicity of arsenic on normal tissue, and increase tissue-specific delivery, we prepared a nanosized As2O3/Fe3O4 complex (Fe3O4 magnetic nanoparticles encapsulated in As2O3. We assessed the thermodynamic characteristics of this complex and validated the hyperthermia effect, when combined with magnetic fluid hyperthermia (MFH, on xenograft HeLa cells (human cervical cancer cell line in nude mice. We also measured the effect on the expression of CD44v6, VEGF-C, and MMP-9 which were related to cancer and/or metastasis. Results The nanosized As2O3/Fe3O4 particles were approximately spherical, had good dispersibility as evidenced by TEM, and an average diameter of about 50 nm. With different concentrations of the nanosized As2O3/Fe3O4 complex, the correspondingsuspension of magnetic particles could attain a steady temperature ranging from 42°C to 65°C when placed in AMF for 40 min. Thermochemotherapy with the nanosized As2O3/Fe3O4 complex showed a significant inhibitory effect on the mass (88.21% and volume (91.57% of xenograft cervical tumors (p 2O3/Fe3O4 complex significantly inhibited the expression of CD44v6, VEGF-C, and MMP-9 mRNA (p Conclusion As2O3/Fe3O4 complex combined with MFH had is a promising technique for the minimally invasive elimination of solid tumors and may be have anticancerometastasic effect by inhibiting the expression of CD44v6, VEGF-C, and MMP-9.

  20. Study of Surface Cell Madelung Constant and Surface Free Energy of Nanosized Crystal Grain

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    ZHANG Wei-Jia; WANG Tian-Min; CUI Min

    2005-01-01

    Surface cell Madelung constant is firstly defined in calculating surface free energy of nanosized crystal grains, which explains the physical performance of small crystals and may be great benefit to make surface analysis and study dynamics of crystal nucleus growth. A new ap- proximative expression of surface energy and relevant thermodynamic data was used in this cal- culation. A new formula and computing method for calculating the Madelung constant α of any complex crystals is proposed, and surface free energies and surface electrostatic energies of nano- sized crystal grains as well as Madelung constant of some complex crystals are theoretically cal- culated in this paper. The surface free energy of nanosized crystal grain TiO2 and surface elec- trostatic energy(absolute value) of nanosized crystal grain α-Al2O3 are found to be the biggest among other crystal grains.

  1. Heterogeneous Photo-Fenton Reaction Catalyzed by Nanosized Iron Oxides for Water Treatment

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    Chuan Wang

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Great efforts have been exerted in overcoming the drawbacks of the Fenton reaction for water treatment applications. The drawbacks include pH confinement, handling of iron sludge, slow regeneration of Fe(II, and so forth. This paper highlights the recent developments in the heterogeneous photo-Fenton reaction which utilizes nanosized iron oxides as catalyst for maximizing the activity due to the enhanced physical or chemical properties brought about by the unique structures. This paper also summarizes the fundamentals of the Fenton reaction, which determine the inherent drawbacks and associated advances, to address the advantages of iron oxides and nanosized iron oxides. Tips for applying this method in water treatment are also provided. Given that the environmental effect of nanosized iron oxides is not yet well established, rapid research growth may occur in the near future to advance this promising technology toward water treatment once it is smartly coupled with conventional technologies.

  2. A simple route for renewable nano-sized arjunolic and asiatic acids and self-assembly of arjuna-bromolactone

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    Full Text Available While separating two natural nano-sized triterpenic acids via bromolactonization, we serendipitously discovered that arjuna-bromolactone is an excellent gelator of various organic solvents. A simple and efficient method for the separation of two triterpenic acids and the gelation ability and solid state 1D-helical self-assembly of nano-sized arjuna-bromolactone are reported.

  3. Electrical properties of nanosized non-barrier inhomogeneities in Zn-based metal-semiconductor contacts to InP

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    Clausen, Thomas; Leistiko, Otto

    1998-01-01

    We have found that the electrical properties of carriers across the metal-semiconductor interface for alloyed Zn based metallizations to n- and p-InP are dominated by nanosized non-barrier inhomogeneities. The effective area covered by the nanosized regions is a small fraction of the contact area...

  4. Nano-Sized Zero Valent Iron and Covalent Organic Polymer Composites for Azo Dye Remediation

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    Mines, Paul D.; Byun, Jeehye; Hwang, Yuhoon

    2014-01-01

    Having superior reductive properties and large surface areas, nanosized zero valent iron (nZVI) is ideal for the degradation of chemicals such as azo dyes and trichloroethylene (TCE). However, immobilization of nZVI is a key parameter in its effectiveness as a chemical degradation agent. In this ......Having superior reductive properties and large surface areas, nanosized zero valent iron (nZVI) is ideal for the degradation of chemicals such as azo dyes and trichloroethylene (TCE). However, immobilization of nZVI is a key parameter in its effectiveness as a chemical degradation agent...

  5. Tribological Properties of the Semi-metallic Friction Material with Nano-SiC

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    CHENDong; HUANGPing; ZHUWen-jian

    2004-01-01

    The tribological properties of the semi-metallic friction materials with nano-SiC were studied by the contrast experiments. The experimental result indicates that when the nano-SiC powder substitutes the generalSiC powder, the friction coefficient is not obviously improved. On the contrary, the wear rate increases a little.The friction surfaces and the mixed powder were examined by a scanning electron microscope and the experimental data were analysed. The main reason, which leads to the high wear, is found.

  6. Improved Thermoelectric Performances of SrTiO3 Ceramic Doped with Nb by Surface Modification of Nanosized Titania.

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    Li, Enzhu; Wang, Ning; He, Hongcai; Chen, Haijun

    2016-12-01

    Nb-doped SrTiO3 ceramics doped with the surface modification of nanosized titania was prepared via liquid phase deposition approach and subsequent sintered in an Ar atmosphere. The surface modification of nanosized titania significantly improved the ratio of the electrical conductivity to thermal conductivity of SrTiO3 ceramic doped with Nb, and has little impact on the Seebeck coefficient, thus obviously improving the dimensionless thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT value). The surface modification of nanosized titania is a much better method to lower the thermal conductivity and to enhance the electrical conductivity than the mechanical mixing process of nanosized titania. The highest ZT value of 0.33 at 900 K was obtained. The reason for the improved thermoelectric performances by the surface modification of nano-sized titania was preliminary investigated.

  7. Surface Modification, Characterization and Photocatalytic Performance of Nano-Sized Titania Modified with Silver and Bentonite Clay

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    Neetu Divya

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available In many textile industries dyes are used as coloring agents. Advanced oxidation processes are used for degrading or removing color from dye baths. Catalysts play a key role in these industries for the treatment of water. Solid catalysts are usually composed of metals that form supports onto the surface and create metal particles with high surface areas. TiO2 composites containing transition metal ions (silver and/or bentonite clay were prepared. Photocatalytic efficiencies have been investigated for the degradation of Orange G an azo dye. Various analytical techniques were used to characterize the surface properties of nano-sized titania modified using silver and/or bentonite clay. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM, Transmission electron microscopy (TEM, X-ray diffraction (XRD and FTIR analyses showed that TiO2 (10 ± 2 nm and Ag (2 to 3 nm particles were supported on the surface of the bentonite clay and the size was in the range of 100 ± 2 nm. The modified catalysts P-25 TiO2/Bentonite/Ag and P-25 TiO2/Ag were found to be very active for the photocatalytic decomposition of Orange G. The percent decolorization in 60 min was 98% with both P-25 TiO2/Ag and P-25 TiO2/Bentonite/Ag modified catalysts. Whereas mineralization achieved in 9 hr were 68% and 71% with P-25 TiO2/Bentonite/Ag and P-25 TiO2/Ag catalyst respectively. © 2009 BCREC UNDIP. All rights reserved[Received: 30 October 2009, Revised: 20 November 2009, Accepted: 21 November 2009][How to Cite: N. Divya, A. Bansal, A. K. Jana. (2009. Surface Modification, Characterization and Photocatalytic Performance of Nano-Sized Titania Modified with Silver and Bentonite Clay. Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering and Catalysis, 4(2: 43-53.  doi:10.9767/bcrec.4.2.1249.43-53][How to Link/ DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.9767/bcrec.4.2.1249.43-53 || or local: http://ejournal.undip.ac.id/index.php/bcrec/article/view/1249

  8. NiMo/Al2O3 catalyst containing nano-sized zeolite Y for deep hydrodesulfurization and hydrodenitrogenation of diesel

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    Hailiang Yin; Tongna Zhou; Yunqi Liu; Yongming Chai; Chenguang Liu

    2011-01-01

    Two mixed-matrix NiMo/Al2O3 catalysts containing nano- and micro-sized zeolite Y have been prepared to explore the size effect of zeolite Y particle on the hydrodesulfurization (HDS) and hydrodenitrogenation (HDN) activities of fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) diesel.They were characterized by SEM,BET,XRD,H2-TPR,NH3-TPD and HRTEM.The results show that the catalyst containing nano-sized zeolite Y possesses larger average pore diameter,higher pore volume,weaker and lesser acid sites,more easily reducible metal phases,shorter MoS2 slabs and more slab layers than the catalyst containing micro-sized zeolite Y.The catalysts were also evaluated with a high-pressure fixed-bed reactor using real FCC diesel as feed.The results display that the catalyst containing nano-sized zeolite Y bears higher HDS and HDN activities and exhibits higher relative rate constant for the removal of total sulfur or nitrogen than the one containing micro-sized zeolite.

  9. 泡沫分离法分离水中纳米二氧化钛%NANOSIZE TITANIUM DIOXIDE SEPARATION FROM WATER BY FOAM FRACTIONATION

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    张璐璐; 杨辉; 陈斌

    2011-01-01

    采用泡沫分离技术,以十六烷基氯化吡啶(RNCl)做表面活性剂,分别研究了表面活性剂的浓度、pH、离子强度和气流速度对纳米二氧化钛分离率的影响,得到其适宜的分离条件如下:RNCl的质量浓度为0.35 g/L,pH为10.2,气流速度为83 mL/min,在此条件下纳米二氧化钛的分离率最大为92.97%.%Nanosized titanium dioxide was separated by foam fractionation, with the cetyl pyr-idinium chloride as the surfactant. The effect of the initial concentration of cetylpyridinium chloridemonohydrate, pH of titanium dioxide suspension solution, ion intensity and air flow rate on the separation rate of nanosized titanium dioxide in water was studied. The optimal conditions were determined by the experiment of sewage treatment and they are as follows: the mass concentration of cationic surfactant is 0. 35 g/L, pH value of 10. 2, flow rate of 83 mL/min, under this condition, the maximum separation efficency of TiO2 particles reaches 92.97%.

  10. Effects of micro-sized and nano-sized WO3 on mass attenauation coefficients of concrete by using MCNPX code.

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    Tekin, H O; Singh, V P; Manici, T

    2017-03-01

    In the present work the effect of tungsten oxide (WO3) nanoparticles on mass attenauation coefficients of concrete has been investigated by using MCNPX (version 2.4.0). The validation of generated MCNPX simulation geometry has been provided by comparing the results with standard XCOM data for mass attenuation coefficients of concrete. A very good agreement between XCOM and MCNPX have been obtained. The validated geometry has been used for definition of nano-WO3 and micro-WO3 into concrete sample. The mass attenuation coefficients of pure concrete and WO3 added concrete with micro-sized and nano-sized have been compared. It was observed that shielding properties of concrete doped with WO3 increased. The results of mass attenauation coefficients also showed that the concrete doped with nano-WO3 significanlty improve shielding properties than micro-WO3. It can be concluded that addition of nano-sized particles can be considered as another mechanism to reduce radiation dose. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Hydrogen storage properties of nanosized MgH2-0.1TiH2 prepared by ultrahigh-energy-high-pressure milling.

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    Lu, Jun; Choi, Young Joon; Fang, Zhigang Zak; Sohn, Hong Yong; Rönnebro, Ewa

    2009-11-04

    Magnesium hydride (MgH(2)) is an attractive candidate for solid-state hydrogen storage applications. To improve the kinetics and thermodynamic properties of MgH(2) during dehydrogenation-rehydrogenation cycles, a nanostructured MgH(2)-0.1TiH(2) material system prepared by ultrahigh-energy-high-pressure mechanical milling was investigated. High-resolution transmission electron microscope (TEM) and scanning TEM analysis showed that the grain size of the milled MgH(2)-0.1TiH(2) powder is approximately 5-10 nm with uniform distributions of TiH(2) among MgH(2) particles. Pressure-composition-temperature (PCT) analysis demonstrated that both the nanosize and the addition of TiH(2) contributed to the significant improvement of the kinetics of dehydrogenation and hydrogenation compared to commercial MgH(2). More importantly, PCT cycle analysis demonstrated that the MgH(2)-0.1TiH(2) material system showed excellent cycle stability. The results also showed that the DeltaH value for the dehydrogenation of nanostructured MgH(2)-0.1TiH(2) is significantly lower than that of commercial MgH(2). However, the DeltaS value of the reaction was also lower, which results in minimum net effects of the nanosize and the addition of TiH(2) on the equilibrium pressure of dehydrogenation reaction of MgH(2).

  12. Particle Pollution

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    ... Your Health Particle Pollution Public Health Issues Particle Pollution Recommend on Facebook Tweet Share Compartir Particle pollution ... see them in the air. Where does particle pollution come from? Particle pollution can come from two ...

  13. Magnetic fluctuations in nanosized goethite (alpha-FeOOH) grains

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    Madsen, Daniel Esmarch; Gontard, Lionel Cervera; Kasama, Takeshi

    2009-01-01

    Mossbauer spectra of antiferromagnetic goethite (alpha-FeOOH) particles usually show an asymmetric line broadening, which increases with increasing temperature, although the magnetic anisotropy is expected to be so large that magnetic relaxation effects should be negligible. By use of high resolu...

  14. Magnetic fluctuations in nanosized goethite ({alpha}-FeOOH) grains

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    Madsen, D E; Frandsen, C; Moerup, S [Department of Physics, Building 307, Technical University of Denmark, DK-2800 Kongens Lyngby (Denmark); Cervera-Gontard, L; Dunin-Borkowski, R E [Center for Electron Nanoscopy, Building 307, Technical University of Denmark, DK-2800 Kongens Lyngby (Denmark); Kasama, T [Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, Pembroke Street, Cambridge CB2 3QZ (United Kingdom); Koch, C B [Department of Natural Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Thorvaldsensvej 40, DK-1871 Frederiksberg C (Denmark); Hansen, M F [Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology, Technical University of Denmark, DTU Nanotech, Building 345 East, DK-2800 Kongens Lyngby (Denmark)], E-mail: Mikkel.Hansen@nanotech.dtu.dk

    2009-01-07

    Moessbauer spectra of antiferromagnetic goethite ({alpha}-FeOOH) particles usually show an asymmetric line broadening, which increases with increasing temperature, although the magnetic anisotropy is expected to be so large that magnetic relaxation effects should be negligible. By use of high resolution transmission electron microscopy we have studied a sample of goethite particles and have found that the particles contain many defects such as low angle grain boundaries, in accordance with previous studies of other samples of goethite particles. Such defects can result in a magnetic mismatch at the grain boundaries between nanometer-sized grains, leading to a weakened magnetic coupling between the grains. We show that the Moessbauer data of goethite can be explained by fluctuations of the sublattice magnetization directions in such weakly coupled grains. It is likely that the influence of defects such as low angle grain boundaries also plays a role with regards to the magnetic properties in other antiferromagnetic nanograin systems. We discuss the results in relation to Moessbauer studies of {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} and {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/NiO nanoparticles.

  15. Local Structural Distortion Induced Uniaxial Negative Thermal Expansion in Nanosized Semimetal Bismuth.

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    Li, Qiang; Zhu, He; Zheng, Lirong; Fan, Longlong; Ren, Yang; Chen, Jun; Deng, Jinxia; Xing, Xianran

    2016-11-01

    The corrugated layer structure bismuth has been successfully tailored into negative thermal expansion along c axis by size effect. Pair distribution function and extended X-ray absorption fine structure are combined to reveal the local structural distortion for nanosized bismuth. The comprehensive method to identify the local structure of nanomaterials can benefit the regulating and controlling of thermal expansion in nanodivices.

  16. Nano-sized polystyrene affects feeding, behavior and physiology of brine shrimp Artemia franciscana larvae

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    Bergami, Elisa; Bocci, Elena; Vannuccini, Maria Luisa; Monopoli, Marco; Salvati, Anna; Dawson, Kenneth A; Corsi, Ilaria

    2016-01-01

    Nano-sized polymers as polystyrene (PS) constitute one of the main challenges for marine ecosystems, since they can distribute along the whole water column affecting planktonic species and consequently disrupting the energy flow of marine ecosystems. Nowadays very little knowledge is available on th

  17. Nano-sized polystyrene affects feeding, behavior and physiology of brine shrimp Artemia franciscana larvae

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    Bergami, Elisa; Bocci, Elena; Vannuccini, Maria Luisa; Monopoli, Marco; Salvati, Anna; Dawson, Kenneth A; Corsi, Ilaria

    Nano-sized polymers as polystyrene (PS) constitute one of the main challenges for marine ecosystems, since they can distribute along the whole water column affecting planktonic species and consequently disrupting the energy flow of marine ecosystems. Nowadays very little knowledge is available on

  18. A top-down methodology for ultrafast tuning of nanosized zeolites.

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    Liu, Zhendong; Nomura, Naoki; Nishioka, Daisuke; Hotta, Yuusuke; Matsuo, Takeshi; Oshima, Kazunori; Yanaba, Yutaka; Yoshikawa, Takeshi; Ohara, Koji; Kohara, Shinji; Takewaki, Takahiko; Okubo, Tatsuya; Wakihara, Toru

    2015-08-14

    We herein present a top-down methodology to prepare nanosized zeolites with tunable size by combining post-synthesis milling and fast recrystallization of several minutes (10 min for SSZ-13 and 5 min for AlPO4-5). A continuous-flow recrystallization process is demonstrated to further enhance the overall product efficiency.

  19. Aqueous phase reforming of glycerol over nanosize Cu-Ni catalysts.

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    Kim, Ji Yeon; Kim, Seong Hak; Moon, Dong Ju; Kim, Jong Ho; Park, Nam Cook; Kim, Young Chul

    2013-01-01

    In this work, hydrogen production from glycerol by aqueous phase reforming (APR) is studied by using nanosize Ni-Cu catalysts supported on LaAlO3 perovskite in order to investigate the effects of the copper loading amount and the reaction conditions. Nanosize copper-promoted nickel-based catalysts were prepared by the precipitation method. The structure of the nanosize catalysts is characterized by XRD analysis. The surface area, morphology, dispersion and reducibility of the nanosize catalysts is examined by BET, TEM and TPR, respectively. It was found that 15Ni-5Cu/LaAlO3 catalyst showed the highest glycerol conversion and hydrogen selectivity. The highest activity found in the 15Ni-5Cu/LaAlO3 was attributed to it having the proper copper loading amount. It also has the lowest metal crystal size and the highest surface area, which have an effect on the catalytic activity and hydrogen selectivity. The 15Ni-5Cu/LaAlO3 catalyst showed the best performance for hydrogen production at a reaction temperature of 250 degrees C, a reaction pressure of 20 bar and a feed rate of 5 ml/h.

  20. NANOSIZE TITANIA STIMULATES REACTIVE OXYGEN SPECIES IN BRAIN MICROGLIA AND DAMAGES NEURONS.

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    Research that addresses the environmental impact and biological consequences of widely distributed, commonly used nanoparticles is needed. Nanosize titanium dioxide (i.e., titania, TiO2) is used in air and water remediation and in numerous products designed for direct human us...

  1. Development of nanosized silver-substituted apatite for biomedical applications: A review.

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    Lim, Poon Nian; Chang, Lei; Thian, Eng San

    2015-08-01

    The favorable biocompatibility of hydroxyapatite (HA) makes it a popular bone graft material as well as a coating layer on metallic implant. To reduce implant-related infections, silver ions were either incorporated into the apatite during co-precipitation process (AgHA-CP) or underwent ion-exchange with the calcium ions in the apatite (AgHA-IE). However, the distribution of silver ions in AgHA-CP and AgHA-IE was different, thus affecting the antibacterial action. Several studies reported that nanosized AgHA-CP containing 0.5 wt.% of silver provided an optimal trade-off between antibacterial properties and cytotoxicity. Nevertheless, nanosized AgHA and AgHA nanocoatings could not function ideally due to the compromise in the bone differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells, as evidenced in the reduced alkaline phosphatase, type I collagen and osteocalcin. Preliminary studies showed that biological responses of nanosized AgHA and AgHA nanocoatings could be improved with the addition of silicon. This review will discuss on nanosized AgHA and AgHA nanocoatings. In many patients needing bone graft material, hydroxyapatite (HA) has proven to be a popular choice. Nonetheless, implant-related infections remain a major concern. Hence, effective preventive measures are needed. In this review article, the authors discussed the application of incorporating silver nanoparticles in HA and its use as bone graft biomaterials together with the addition of silica. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Solvent-free synthesis of nanosized hierarchical sodalite zeolite with a multi-hollow polycrystalline structure

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    Zeng, Shangjing

    2016-08-03

    A solvent-free route is developed for preparing nanoscale sodalite zeolite with a multi-hollow structure. Furthermore, the synthesis of nanosized hollow sodalite polycrystalline aggregates with a mesoporous structure and high crystallinity is investigated by adding an organosilane surfactant as a mesopore-generating agent.

  3. Effects of prenatal exposure to surface-coated nanosized titanium dioxide (UV-Titan. A study in mice

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    Vibenholt Anni

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Engineered nanoparticles are smaller than 100 nm and designed to improve or achieve new physico-chemical properties. Consequently, also toxicological properties may change compared to the parent compound. We examined developmental and neurobehavioral effects following maternal exposure to a nanoparticulate UV-filter (UV-titan L181. Methods Time-mated mice (C57BL/6BomTac were exposed by inhalation 1h/day to 42 mg/m3 aerosolized powder (1.7·106 n/cm3; peak-size: 97 nm on gestation days 8-18. Endpoints included: maternal lung inflammation; gestational and litter parameters; offspring neurofunction and fertility. Physicochemical particle properties were determined to provide information on specific exposure and deposition. Results Particles consisted of mainly elongated rutile titanium dioxide (TiO2 with an average crystallite size of 21 nm, modified with Al, Si and Zr, and coated with polyalcohols. In exposed adult mice, 38 mg Ti/kg was detected in the lungs on day 5 and differential cell counts of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid revealed lung inflammation 5 and 26-27 days following exposure termination, relative to control mice. As young adults, prenatally exposed offspring tended to avoid the central zone of the open field and exposed female offspring displayed enhanced prepulse inhibition. Cognitive function was unaffected (Morris water maze test. Conclusion Inhalation exposure to nano-sized UV Titan dusts induced long term lung inflammation in time-mated adult female mice. Gestationally exposed offspring displayed moderate neurobehavioral alterations. The results are discussed in the light of the observed particle size distribution in the exposure atmosphere and the potential pathways by which nanoparticles may impart changes in fetal development.

  4. Synthesis of GoldMag particles with assembled structure and their applications in immunoassay

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    CUI; Yali; ZHANG; Lianying; SU; Jing; ZHANG; Caifeng; LI; Qi; CUI; Ting; JIN; Boquan; CHEN; Chao

    2006-01-01

    Micrometer-sized Fe3O4 particles and nano-sized gold particles were first synthesized by methods of self-aggregation of surface-chemically modified Fe3O4 nanoparticles and citrate reduction of the Au3+ to Au0, respectively. Interaction between these two types of particles resulted in the assembly of nano-sized gold particles on the surface of the micrometer-sized Fe3O4 particles, forming an assembled structure with the Fe3O4 core particles around which are attached nano-sized gold particles. The Fe3O4/Au structure is named GoldMag particles with assembled structure. The synthetic process, structure, and magnetic property of the GoldMag particles were analyzed. GoldMag particles with assembled structure have an irregular shape, rough surface with a diameter of 2-3 (m. These particles exhibit the superparamagnetic property with saturated magnetization of 41 A·m2/kg. In a single step, antibodies could be readily immobilized onto the surface of the particles with a high binding capacity. The GoldMag particles can be used as a novel carrier in immunoassays. The maximum quantity of human IgG immobilized onto GoldMag particles was 330 (g/mg. In order to validate the quality of the GoldMag particles as immunoassay carriers, an immunoassay system was used. The relative amount of immobilized human IgG was measured by HRP-labeled anti human IgG. The coefficient of variation within parallel samples of each group was below 6% and the coefficient of variation of means between five groups carried out separately was below 7%. Based on the sandwich method, the Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) and interleukin-8 (IL-8) were also analyzed by qualitative and quantitative detection, respectively. The result indicated that the GoldMag particles with assembled structure were an ideal carrier in immunoassay.

  5. Pair interaction of bilayer-coated nanoscopic particles

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    Zhang Qi-Yi

    2009-01-01

    The pair interaction between bilayer membrane-coated nanosized particles has been explored by using the self-consistent field (SCF) theory. The bilayer membranes are composed of amphiphilic polymers. For different system parameters, the pair-interaction free energies are obtained. Particular emphasis is placcd on the analysis of a sequence of structural transformations of bilayers on spherical particles, which occur during their approaching processes. For different head fractions of amphiphilcs, the asymmetrical morphologies between bilayers on two particles and the inverted micellar intermediates have been found in the membrane fusion pathway. These results can benefit the fabrication of vesicles as encapsulation vectors for drug and gene delivery.

  6. Preparation of MMA-BA-DMAEMA Nanosized Latex

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    Yu Yang LIU; Mu Jie YANG

    2003-01-01

    The terpolymer latex of methyl methacrylate (MMA)/butyl acrylate (BA)/ dimethyl aminoethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA) with diameter of less than 100 nm was prepared by seeding semi-continuous emulsion copolymerization using APS (ammonium persulfate) / TMEDA (N,N,N, N-tetramethylethylenediamine) as the redox initiators and SDS (sodium dodecylsulfate) and OP (P-octylpolyethylene glycol phenylether) as co-emulsifiers. The factors that influenced the process stability of the copolymerization and the particle size of the latex were investigated. The addition of aqueous ammonia as coagulation inhibitor provided better process stability of the copoly- merization. The addition of acetic acid as the acidification agent caused a remarkable reduction of the latex particle size.

  7. Barrier Capacity of Human Placenta for Nanosized Materials

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    Wick, Peter; Malek, Antoine; Manser, Pius; Meili, Danielle; Maeder-Althaus, Xenia; Diener, Liliane; Diener, Pierre-Andre; Zisch, Andreas; Krug, Harald F.; von Mandach, Ursula

    2010-01-01

    Background Humans have been exposed to fine and ultrafine particles throughout their history. Since the Industrial Revolution, sources, doses, and types of nanoparticles have changed dramatically. In the last decade, the rapidly developing field of nanotechnology has led to an increase of engineered nanoparticles with novel physical and chemical properties. Regardless of whether this exposure is unintended or not, a careful assessment of possible adverse effects is needed. A large number of projects have been carried out to assess the consequences of combustion-derived or engineered nanoparticle exposure on human health. In recent years there has been a growing concern about the possible health influence of exposure to air pollutants during pregnancy, hence an implicit concern about potential risk for nanoparticle exposure in utero. Previous work has not addressed the question of whether nanoparticles may cross the placenta. Objective In this study we investigated whether particles can cross the placental barrier and affect the fetus. Methods We used the ex vivo human placental perfusion model to investigate whether nanoparticles can cross this barrier and whether this process is size dependent. Fluorescently labeled polystyrene beads with diameters of 50, 80, 240, and 500 nm were chosen as model particles. Results We showed that fluorescent polystyrene particles with diameter up to 240 nm were taken up by the placenta and were able to cross the placental barrier without affecting the viability of the placental explant. Conclusions The findings suggest that nanomaterials have the potential for transplacental transfer and underscore the need for further nanotoxicologic studies on this important organ system. PMID:20064770

  8. Genotoxicity evaluation of nanosized titanium dioxide, synthetic amorphous silica and multi-walled carbon nanotubes in human lymphocytes.

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    Tavares, Ana M; Louro, Henriqueta; Antunes, Susana; Quarré, Stephanie; Simar, Sophie; De Temmerman, Pieter-Jan; Verleysen, Eveline; Mast, Jan; Jensen, Keld A; Norppa, Hannu; Nesslany, Fabrice; Silva, Maria João

    2014-02-01

    Toxicological characterization of manufactured nanomaterials (NMs) is essential for safety assessment, while keeping pace with innovation from their development and application in consumer products. The specific physicochemical properties of NMs, including size and morphology, might influence their toxicity and have impact on human health. The present work aimed to evaluate the genotoxicity of nanosized titanium dioxide (TiO2), synthetic amorphous silica (SAS) and multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), in human lymphocytes. The morphology and size of those NMs were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, while the hydrodynamic particle size-distributions were determined by dynamic light scattering. Using a standardized procedure to ensure the dispersion of the NMs and the cytokinesis-block micronucleus assay (without metabolic activation), we observed significant increases in the frequencies of micronucleated binucleated cells (MNBCs) for some TiO2 NMs and for two MWCNTs, although no clear dose-response relationships could be disclosed. In contrast, all forms of SAS analyzed in this study were unable to induce micronuclei. The present findings increase the weight of evidence towards a genotoxic effect of some forms of TiO2 and some MWCNTs. Regarding safety assessment, the differential genotoxicity observed for closely related NMs highlights the importance of investigating the toxic potential of each NM individually, instead of assuming a common mechanism and equal genotoxic effects for a set of similar NMs.

  9. Thermo-stabilized, porous polyimide microspheres prepared from nanosized SiO2 templating via in situ polymerization

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In this article, we addressed a feasible and versatile method of the fabrication of porous polyimide microspheres presenting excellent heat resistance. The preparation process consisted of two steps. Firstly, a novel polyimide/nano-silica composite microsphere was prepared via the self-assembly structures of poly(amic acid (PAA, precursor of PI/nanosized SiO2 blends after in situ polymerization, following the two-steps imidization. Subsequently, the encapsulated nanoparticles were etched away by hydrofluoric acid treatment, giving rise to the pores. It is found the composite structure of PI/SiO2 is a precondition of the formation of nanoporous structures, furthermore, the morphology of the resultant pore could be relatively tuned by changing the content and initial morphology of silica nano-particles trapped into PI matrix. The thermal properties of the synthesized PI porous spheres were studied, indicating that the introduction of nanopores could not effectively influence the thermal stabilities of PI microspheres. Moreover, the fabrication technique described here may be extended to other porous polymer systems.

  10. Synthesis of Neodymium-Doped Yttrium Aluminum Garnet (Nd∶YAG) Nano-Sized Powders by Low Temperature Combustion

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    Zhang Huashan; Su Chunhui; Han Hui; Hou Zhaoxia

    2005-01-01

    The homogeneously dispersed, less agglomerated (Nd0.01Y0.99)3Al5O12 nano-sized powders were synthesized by the low temperature combustion (LCS), using Nd2O3, Y2O3, Al(NO3)3·9H2O, ammonia water and citric acid as starting materials. This method effectively solves the problems caused by solid-state reaction at high temperature and hard agglomerates brought by the chemical precipitation method. The powders were characterized by TG-DTA, XRD, FT-IR, TEM respectively and the photoluminescence (PL) spectra of (Nd0.01Y0.99)3Al5O12 green and sintered ceramic disks were measured. The results show that the forming temperature of YAG crystal phase is 850 ℃ and YAP crystal phase appearing during the calcinations transforms to pure YAG at 1050 ℃. The particle size of the powders synthesized by the LCS is in a range of 20~50 nm depending on the thermal treatment temperatures. The effectively induced cross section (σin) with the value 4.03×10-19 cm2 of (Nd0.01Y0.99)3Al5O12 ceramics is about 44% higher than that of single crystal.

  11. Catalytic transformation of persistent contaminants using a new composite material based on nanosized zero-valent iron.

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    Dror, Ishai; Jacov, Osnat Merom; Cortis, Andrea; Berkowitz, Brian

    2012-07-25

    A new composite material based on deposition of nanosized zerovalent iron (nZVI) particles and cyanocobalamine (vitamin B12) on a diatomite matrix is presented, for catalytic transformation of organic contaminants in water. Cyanocobalamine is known to be an effective electron mediator, having strong synergistic effects with nZVI for reductive dehalogenation reactions. This composite material also improves the reducing capacity of nZVI by preventing agglomeration of iron nanoparticles, thus increasing their active surface area. The porous structure of the diatomite matrix allows high hydraulic conductivity, which favors channeling of contaminated water to the reactive surface of the composite material resulting in faster rates of remediation. The composite material rapidly degrades or transforms completely a large spectrum of water contaminants, including halogenated solvents like TCE, PCE, and cis-DCE, pesticides like alachlor, atrazine and bromacyl, and common ions like nitrate, within minutes to hours. A field experiment where contaminated groundwater containing a mixture of industrial and agricultural persistent pollutants was conducted together with a set of laboratory experiments using individual contaminant solutions to analyze chemical transformations under controlled conditions.

  12. Improving aqueous solubility and antitumor effects by nanosized gambogic acid-mPEG₂₀₀₀ micelles.

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    Cai, Lulu; Qiu, Neng; Xiang, Mingli; Tong, Rongsheng; Yan, Junfeng; He, Lin; Shi, Jianyou; Chen, Tao; Wen, Jiaolin; Wang, Wenwen; Chen, Lijuan

    2014-01-01

    The clinical application of gambogic acid, a natural component with promising antitumor activity, is limited due to its extremely poor aqueous solubility, short half-life in blood, and severe systemic toxicity. To solve these problems, an amphiphilic polymer-drug conjugate was prepared by attachment of low molecular weight (ie, 2 kDa) methoxy poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether (mPEG) to gambogic acid (GA-mPEG₂₀₀₀) through an ester linkage and characterized by (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance. The GA-mPEG₂₀₀₀ conjugates self-assembled to form nanosized micelles, with mean diameters of less than 50 nm, and a very narrow particle size distribution. The properties of the GA-mPEG₂₀₀₀ micelles, including morphology, stability, molecular modeling, and drug release profile, were evaluated. MTT (3-(4,5-dimethylthiazo l-2-yl)-2,5 diphenyl tetrazolium bromide) tests demonstrated that the GA-mPEG₂₀₀₀ micelle formulation had obvious cytotoxicity to tumor cells and human umbilical vein endothelial cells. Further, GA-mPEG₂₀₀₀ micelles were effective in inhibiting tumor growth and prolonged survival in subcutaneous B16-F10 and C26 tumor models. Our findings suggest that GA-mPEG₂₀₀₀ micelles may have promising applications in tumor therapy.

  13. Preparation and photocatalytic activity of composite films containing clustered TiO2 particles and mineral tourmaline powders

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    LIANG Jin-sheng; MENG Jun-ping; LIANG Guang-chuan; FENG Yan-wen; DING Yan

    2006-01-01

    The novel composite films containing clustered TiO2 particles and fine tourmaline particles on the surface of copper webs were prepared by the sol-gel method. The microstructures of the composite films were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM),and the photocatalytic activity of the films was evaluated by photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange,respectively. The results indicate that tourmaline particles can obviously influence the microstructures of TiO2 films and enhance the photocatalytic activity due to their spontaneous permanent polarity and high radiotechnology of far infrared. During preparing the composite films,the clustered TiO2 particles with lots of nano-sized ladder layers can grow on the surface of fine tourmaline particles,the thickness of ladder layer is 10 nm,and the average diameter of nano-sized TiO2 particles is 15 nm.

  14. Strategy for chemotherapeutic delivery using a nanosized porous metal-organic framework with a central composite design

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    Full Text Available Yingpeng Li,1 Xiuyan Li,2 Qingxia Guan,2 Chunjing Zhang,2 Ting Xu,2 Yujing Dong,2 Xinyu Bai,2 Weiping Zhang3 1College of Pharmacy, Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tianjin, 2College of Pharmacy, Heilongjiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Harbin, People’s Republic of China; 3Pope John XXIII High School, Everett, MA, USA Background: Enhancing drug delivery is an ongoing endeavor in pharmaceutics, especially when the efficacy of chemotherapy for cancer is concerned. In this study, we prepared and evaluated nanosized HKUST-1 (nanoHKUST-1, nanosized metal-organic drug delivery framework, loaded with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU for potential use in cancer treatment.Materials and methods: NanoHKUST-1 was prepared by reacting copper (II acetate [Cu(OAc2] and benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxylic acid (H3BTC with benzoic acid (C6H5COOH at room temperature (23.7°C±2.4°C. A central composite design was used to optimize 5-FU-loaded nanoHKUST-1. Contact time, ethanol concentration, and 5-FU:material ratios were the independent variables, and the entrapment efficiency of 5-FU was the response parameter measured. Powder X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, and nitrogen adsorption were used to determine the morphology of nanoHKUST-1. In addition, 5-FU release studies were conducted, and the in vitro cytotoxicity was evaluated.Results: Entrapment efficiency and drug loading were 9.96% and 40.22%, respectively, while the small-angle X-ray diffraction patterns confirmed a regular porous structure. The SEM and TEM images of the nanoHKUST-1 confirmed the presence of round particles (diameter: approximately 100 nm and regular polygon arrays of mesoporous channels of approximately 2–5 nm. The half-maximal lethal concentration (LC50 of the 5-FU-loaded nanoHKUST-1 was approximately 10 µg/mL.Conclusion: The results indicated that nanoHKUST-1 is a potential vector worth developing as a

  15. Preparation of nano-sized Al2O3-2SiO2 powder by sol-gel plus azeotropic distillation method

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    Guangjian Zheng; Xuemin Cui; Weipeng Zhang; Zhangfa Tong; Feng Li

    2012-01-01

    Nano-sized amorphous Al2O3-2SiO2 powder was prepared by a sol-gel method coupled with azeotropic distillation.The structure of the powder was investigated by DTS,BET,TEM,FT-IR,TG-DTA and XRD,showing that n-butanol azeotropic distillation could effectively remove water from the aluminosilicate gels and prevent the formation of hard agglomerates in the drying process.The average particle diameter of the powder was about 70 nm.The largest BET specific surface area of the powder was 669 m2/g.To examine the alkali-activation reactivity of the powder,alkali-activation tests were performed with the powder reacting with sodium silicate solution.The synthetic powder was found to be highly reactive.

  16. Structural and magnetic properties of nano-sized NiCuZn ferrites synthesized by co-precipitation method with ultrasound irradiation

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    Harzali, Hassen; Saida, Fairouz; Marzouki, Arij; Megriche, Adel; Baillon, Fabien; Espitalier, Fabienne; Mgaidi, Arbi

    2016-12-01

    Sonochemically assisted co-precipitation has been used to prepare nano-sized Ni-Cu-Zn-ferrite powders. A suspension of constituent hydroxides was ultrasonically irradiated for various times at different temperatures with high intensity ultrasound radiation using a direct immersion titanium horn. Structural and magnetic properties were investigated using X-diffraction (XRD), FT-IR spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Nitrogen adsorption at 77 K (BET) and Vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). Preliminary experimental results relative to optimal parameters showed that reaction time t=2 h, temperature θ=90 °C and dissipated Power Pdiss=46.27 W. At these conditions, this work shows the formation of nanocrystalline single-phase structure with particle size 10-25 nm. Also, ours magnetic measurements proved that the sonochemistry method has a great influence on enhancing the magnetic properties of the ferrite.

  17. Nano-size confinement effect on phase transition of NaCl and (NH4)2SO4 aqueous droplets reveal the vital role of solution non-ideality

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    Lei, Ting; Su, Hang; Cheng, Yafang

    2017-04-01

    Understanding the fundamental role of interaction between water molecular and nanoparticles in new-particle formation, particle initial growth by condensation and coagulation, and thereby visibility degradation, cloud formation, radiative forcing is of great significance in the atmospheric researches. But current knowledge about fundamental physical, chemical properties of nanoparticles is still very limited. Here we measured the hygroscopic behavior of atmospheric relevant nanoparticles, such as (NH4)2SO4 and NaCl in the dry size range from 100 nm down to 4-6 nm using a hygroscopic tandem nano-differential mobility analyzer (nano-HTDMA). The diameter growth factors of AS and NaCl decrease with decreasing dry mobility diameter and both show a prompt deliquescence in the range of 100 - 6 nm, which are in a good agreement with Biskos et al. (2006a, 2006b). However, no significant nano-size effect on the deliquescence point of ammonium sulfate observed down to 6 nm, which is consistent with Biskos et al. (2006a). The observed hygroscopic growth of AS and NaCl can be well explained by the concentration dependent water activity and surface tensions retrieved from Differential Köhler analysis (DKA) (Cheng et al. 2015). Our study on the different nano-size confinement effect on phase transition of NaCl and AS aqueous droplets provides further insight on the vital role of the non-ideality of solution properties. references: 1. Biskos, G., et al., Prompt deliquescence and efflorescence of aerosol nanoparticles. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 2006. 6: p. 4633-4642. 2. Biskos, G., et al., Nanosize effect on the hygroscopic growth factor of aerosol particles. Geophysical Research Letters, 2006. 33(7). 3. Cheng, Y., et al., Size dependence of phase transitions in aerosol nanoparticles. Nat Commun, 2015. 6: p. 5923.

  18. Synthesis and Dielectric Studies of Monoclinic Nanosized Zirconia

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    I. Flavia Princess Nesamani; V. Lakshmi Prabha; Aswathy Paul; Nirmal, D.

    2014-01-01

    Zirconium dioxide is a prospective high-κ material that can replace silicon dioxide. Zirconium dioxide nanoparticle has been synthesized using sol-gel process at room temperature. The structural and morphological characterization of the nanoscaled zirconium dioxide is done using FTIR, SEM, X-ray diffraction, and TEM. The particle size of the synthesized ZrO2 is observed in the range of 50–80 nm with an average crystallite size of 2–10 nm. The results are compared with commercial coarse zircon...

  19. Strong optical force acting on a dipolar particle over a multilayer substrate

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    Wang, Shubo

    2015-01-01

    Optical forces acting on nano-sized particles are typically too small to be useful for particle manipulation. We theoretically and numerically demonstrate a mechanism that can significantly enhance the optical force acting on a small particle through a special type of resonant particle-substrate coupling. The resonance arises from the singular behavior of the particle's effective polarizablity in the presence of a metal-dielectric-metal multilayer substrate. We show that this phenomenon is closely related to the existence of a flat-band plasmon mode supported by the multilayer substrate.

  20. Synthesis and Dielectric Studies of Monoclinic Nanosized Zirconia

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    I. Flavia Princess Nesamani

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Zirconium dioxide is a prospective high-κ material that can replace silicon dioxide. Zirconium dioxide nanoparticle has been synthesized using sol-gel process at room temperature. The structural and morphological characterization of the nanoscaled zirconium dioxide is done using FTIR, SEM, X-ray diffraction, and TEM. The particle size of the synthesized ZrO2 is observed in the range of 50–80 nm with an average crystallite size of 2–10 nm. The results are compared with commercial coarse zirconia which showed a particle size in the range of 900 nm–2.13 µm and crystallite size of 5.3 nm–20 nm. It is expected that both nanoscaling and the high dielectric constant of ZrO2 would be useful in replacing the low-κ SiO2 dielectric with high-κ ZrO2 for CMOS fabrication technology. The synthesized ZrO2 is subjected to impedance analysis and it exhibited a dielectric constant of 25 to find its application in short channel devices like multiple gate FinFETS and as a suitable alternative for the conventional gate oxide dielectric SiO2 with dielectric value of 3.9, which cannot survive the challenge of an end of oxide thickness ≤ 1 nm.

  1. Role of subcolloidal (nanosized) precursor species in the early stage of the crystallization of zeolites in heterogeneous systems.

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    Ren, Nan; Bosnar, Sanja; Bronić, Josip; Dutour Sikirić, Maja; Mišić, Tea; Svetličić, Vesna; Mao, Jian-Jiang; Antonić Jelić, Tatjana; Hadžija, Mirko; Subotić, Boris

    2014-07-22

    A critical analysis was carried out for the purpose of understanding the role of subcolloidal (nanosized) (alumino)silicate precursor species in the early stage of crystallization of zeolites in heterogeneous systems (hydrogels). The formation and evolution of these subcolloidal species in both the solid and the liquid phases were investigated by various experimental methods such a scanning electron microscopy (SEM, FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, particle size analysis, pH measurement, atomic absorption spectroscopy, and dynamic light scattering, after careful separation of intermediates from reaction mixture by two-step centrifugation treatment. The results revealed that a chain of processes (i) the formation of low-molecular-weight (LMW) silicate species, by dissolution of Al-enriched amorphous silica, and their aggregation into about 3 nm sized primary precursor species (PPSs), (ii) the formation of larger (∼3 to ∼15 nm sized) silicate precursor species (LSPSs) by a rapid aggregation/coalescence of PPSs, (iii) the formation of "gel" (primary amorphous precursor) by a random aggregation of LSPSs at room temperature, and (iv) the formation of the worm-like particles (secondary amorphous precursor) occurred in the solid phase during heating of the reaction mixture (hydrogel) from room temperature to 170 °C. It is interesting that almost the same processes occur in the liquid phase but with decreased rate according to the relative low concentration of LMW silicate species. With the above described findings, it is highly expected that the manipulation of crystallization pathway through controlling the formation/evolution of precursor species in the initial stage of the process can be achieved.

  2. Enhancement of flux pinning properties in nanosized MgO added Bi-2212 superconductor through neutron irradiation

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    Mohiju, Zaahidah'Atiqah; Hamid, Nasri A.; Abdullah, Yusof

    2017-01-01

    For superconducting material to maintain high critical current density, Jc in any applications, effective flux pinning centers are needed. The addition of small size MgO particles in bulk Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 (Bi-2212) superconductor has been proven to enhance the effective flux pinning centers in the superconducting material by creating a desired microstructure with appropriate defects. To further enhance the pinning properties, radiation is one of the convenient ways to improve the microstructure of the material that has correlation with basic properties of superconductors. Neutron irradiation is one of the niche techniques that can be used to perform the task. Defects with larger radius have dimension comparable to the coherence length of the material and thus improved its superconducting properties. In this paper, a small amount of nanosized MgO particles was used to create defects in the Bi-2212 superconducting material. The Bi-2212/MgO compounds were heat treated, followed by partial melting and slow cooling. Part of the samples was subjected to neutron irradiation using the TRIGA-MARK-II research reactor at the Malaysian Nuclear Agency. Characterization of non-irradiated and irradiated samples was performed via the temperature dependence on electrical resistance measurements, X-ray Diffraction Patterns (XRD), and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) with Energy Dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis. From the analysis, there was changed in the critical current density and transition temperature of samples subjected to neutron irradiation due to formation of point defects in the microstructure. Higher critical current density indicates better flux pinning properties in the Bi-2212/MgO compounds.

  3. Nanosized Ni–Al layered double hydroxides—Structural characterization

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    Jitianu, Mihaela, E-mail: jitianum@wpunj.edu [William Paterson University, Department of Chemistry, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne, NJ 07470 (United States); Gunness, Darren C. [William Paterson University, Department of Chemistry, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne, NJ 07470 (United States); Aboagye, Doreen E. [Lehman College – City University of New York, Department of Chemistry, Davis Hall, 250 Bedford Boulevard West, Bronx, NY 10468 (United States); Zaharescu, Maria [Institute of Physical Chemistry, 202 Splaiul Independentei, 060021 Bucharest (Romania); Jitianu, Andrei, E-mail: andrei.jitianu@lehman.cuny.edu [Lehman College – City University of New York, Department of Chemistry, Davis Hall, 250 Bedford Boulevard West, Bronx, NY 10468 (United States)

    2013-05-15

    Highlights: ► The takovite anionic clays were obtained using the sol–gel method. ► The effect of samples’ composition on the structural and textural characteristics has been investigated. ► X-ray analysis. ► FTIR spectroscopy evidenced a disordered interlayer structure. ► FESEM and TEM analysis showed that the samples have high porosity. - Abstract: Takovite, a natural mineral with the formula Ni{sub 6}Al{sub 2}(OH){sub 6}CO{sub 3}·5H{sub 2}O belongs to the large class of layered double hydroxides (LDHs) and contains positively charged Ni(II) and Al(III) layers alternating with layers containing carbonate ions and water molecules. Mesoporous takovite-type layered double hydroxides (LDH) of the general formula [Ni{sub 1−x}Al{sub x}(OH){sub 2}]{sup x+}(CO{sub 3}{sup 2−}){sub x/2}·nH{sub 2}O with different Ni/Al molar ratios (1.9–2.8) have been successfully synthesized by the sol–gel method, followed by anionic exchange using nickel acetylacetonate and aluminum isopropylate as cation precursors. A single LDH phase and an anisotropic growth of very small crystallites (below 4 nm) have been evidenced by X-ray diffraction. The effect of samples’ composition on their structural and textural characteristics has been investigated. The BET surface area values are in the range of 100–122 m{sup 2}/g. BJH pore radius decreased with increase in the Al(III) content in the LDHs. FESEM micrographs show large aggregates of highly porous LDH particles, while TEM analysis reveals irregular agglomerates of crystallites, among which some of them displayed a developing hexagonal shape. The average particle size variation with the Al(III) content in the samples follows the same trend as the pore radius, the sample with the highest Ni/Al ratio displaying also the smallest particle size. This sample becomes even more interesting, since TEM analysis shows agglomerates with inside circular structures, feature not observed for the other Ni/Al ratios investigated.

  4. Hierarchically micro-patterned nanofibrous scaffolds with a nanosized bio-glass surface for accelerating wound healing

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    Xu, He; Lv, Fang; Zhang, Yali; Yi, Zhengfang; Ke, Qinfei; Wu, Chengtie; Liu, Mingyao; Chang, Jiang

    2015-11-01

    A composite scaffold with a controlled micro-pattern, nano-sized fiber matrix and surface-modified nanobioglass component was successfully prepared for skin wound healing by combining the patterning electrospinning with pulsed laser deposition strategies, and the hierarchical micro/nano structures and nano-sized bioglass in the scaffolds could synergistically improve the efficiency and re-epithelialization of wound healing.A composite scaffold with a controlled micro-pattern, nano-sized fiber matrix and surface-modified nanobioglass component was successfully prepared for skin wound healing by combining the patterning electrospinning with pulsed laser deposition strategies, and the hierarchical micro/nano structures and nano-sized bioglass in the scaffolds could synergistically improve the efficiency and re-epithelialization of wound healing. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr04802h

  5. Application of Fractal Theory in the Synthesis of Nano-sized 3Y-TZP Superplastic Ceramic Materials

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    2001-01-01

    Nano-sized 3Y-TZP powders were synthesized by two methods. A fractal software was developed. A new and convenient method for characterizing the quality of synthetic process by using fractal theory was obtained.

  6. Manufacturing techniques and excipients used during the formulation of oil-in-water type nanosized emulsions for medical applications

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    Shunmugaperumal Tamilvanan

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Medically, the oil-in-water nanosized emulsions are used mainly as delivery carriers for lipophilic drug molecules which show therapeutic activity when administered via parenteral, ocular and transdermal routes. To extract multifunctional activities, the nanosized emulsions containing neutral, anionic and cationic charges over dispersed oil droplets are designed with the help of variety of excipients especially emulsifiers. This type of decoration on the dispersed oil droplet’s surface allows the nanosized emulsions to be useful for drug delivery and/or drug targeting to otherwise inaccessible internal organs of human body. The aim of this review is to address the various manufacturing techniques and excipients used during the formulation of the multifunctional o/w nanosized emulsions for medical applications.

  7. Transport Behavior of Engineered Nanosized Photocatalytic Materials in Water

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Engineered nanoparticles (ENPs possess unique properties and are employed in many sectors, and thus their release into environment remains. The potential risks of ENPs have been confirmed by an increasing number of studies that necessitate a better knowledge to the fate and transport of ENPs. One important application of ENP is photocatalysis for production of H2 as energy and pollutant decomposition. Engineered photocatalytic nanoparticles (PCNPs can also easily enter the environment with the rapid increase in its manufacture and use. This review focuses on the transport of PCNPs in water by addressing the important factors that determine the transport of PCNPs, such as particle size, pH value, ionic strength (IS, ionic valence, and organic matter. The transport of PCNPs in natural water systems and wastewater systems is also presented with an attempt to provide more abundant information. In addition, the state of the art of the detection technologies of PCNPs has been covered.

  8. Inhibition effect of phosphate on the crystal grain growth of nanosized titania

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    FENG Xiaohui; LIE Jingze; LI Ping; ZHANG Yanfeng; WEI Yu

    2009-01-01

    The inhibitory effect of phosphate on the crystal grain growth of nanosized titania during high temperature calcination was investigated. Nanosized titanium dioxide powders prepared by hydrolysis of titanium tetrachloride were soaked in phosphate solutions with different con-centrations. The obtained powders calcined at various temperatures were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy (FTIR), and X-ray photoelectronic spectroscopy (XPS). The grain size of the samples without phosphate treatment in-creased quickly when calcined at high temperatures, while the grain size of the samples with phosphate modification increased slowly when calcined at the same temperature. This phenomenon implies that phosphate treatment plays an important role in inhibiting the crystal grain growth of titania. The possible mechanism of the inhibition effect of phosphate on titania is discussed.

  9. Non-destructive mechanical characterization of (nano-sized) ceramic fibers

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    Colomban, P.; Gouadec, G. [CNRS, Thiais (France). LADIR

    2002-07-01

    SiC and C fibres are produced from polymeric precursor. This synthesis route leads to a nano-sized materials with very smooth surface, the lack of defects explaining tensile strengths as high as 3 GPa. A high correlation is expected between short-range-ordering, nanostructure and macroscopic properties, like in any nano-sized ceramic issued from liquid routes (sol-gel, polymer precursors). The paper provides a comprehensive study on Raman spectroscopy versatility as a fast and non-destructive tool for the study of ceramic fibres nano/micro-structures and the prediction of their mechanical properties. We show how the results of very simple spectra fitting are correlated with E and {sigma}{sub r} in NLM, Hi, Hi-S, SA, SCS-6 and Sylramic (trademarks) SiC fibres. The reason why such a correlation exists, the common dependency of Raman signal and mechanical behaviour to the nano/microstructure of ceramics, is discussed. (orig.)

  10. Influence of crystal structure of nanosized ZrO2 on photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange

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    Basahel, Sulaiman N; Ali, Tarek T; Mokhtar, Mohamed; Narasimharao, Katabathini

    2015-01-01

    Nanosized ZrO2 powders with near pure monoclinic, tetragonal, and cubic structures synthesized by various methods were used as catalysts for photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange. The structural and textural properties of the samples were analyzed by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, TEM, UV-vis, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and N2 adsorption measurements. The performance of synthesized ZrO2 nanoparticles in the photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange under UV light ...

  11. Microstructures of nanosized alumina powders synthesized by sol-gel method

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    王晶; 张波

    2002-01-01

    The microstructures of nanosized alumina powders prepared by sol-gel routine were systematically studied with transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffractometer. It was found that the morphologies of alumina gel powders change in the orders of caterpillar- thorn- granular-dumbbell shaped structures during calcining at temperatures from 20℃ to 800℃, 1200℃ and 1300℃. The caterpillar shaped structure composed of strings with a diameter of 5nm.

  12. Preparation, characterization, and in vitro release study of albendazole-encapsulated nanosize liposomes

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    Panwar, Preety; Pandey, Bhumika; P C Lakhera; Singh, K. P.

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of the present study was to formulate effective and controlled release albendazole liposomal formulations. Albendazole, a hydrophobic drug used for the treatment of hydatid cysts, was encapsulated in nanosize liposomes. Rapid evaporation method was used for the preparation of albendazole-encapsulated conventional and PEGylated liposomes consisting of egg phosphatidylcholine (PC) and cholesterol (CH) in the molar ratios of (6:4) and PC:CH: polyethylene glycol (PEG) (5:4:1), respect...

  13. Nano-sized polystyrene affects feeding, behavior and physiology of brine shrimp Artemia franciscana larvae.

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    Bergami, Elisa; Bocci, Elena; Vannuccini, Maria Luisa; Monopoli, Marco; Salvati, Anna; Dawson, Kenneth A; Corsi, Ilaria

    2016-01-01

    Nano-sized polymers as polystyrene (PS) constitute one of the main challenges for marine ecosystems, since they can distribute along the whole water column affecting planktonic species and consequently disrupting the energy flow of marine ecosystems. Nowadays very little knowledge is available on the impact of nano-sized plastics on marine organisms. Therefore, the present study aims to evaluate the effects of 40nm anionic carboxylated (PS-COOH) and 50nm cationic amino (PS-NH2) polystyrene nanoparticles (PS NPs) on brine shrimp Artemia franciscana larvae. No signs of mortality were observed at 48h of exposure for both PS NPs at naplius stage but several sub-lethal effects were evident. PS-COOH (5-100μg/ml) resulted massively sequestered inside the gut lumen of larvae (48h) probably limiting food intake. Some of them were lately excreted as fecal pellets but not a full release was observed. Likewise, PS-NH2 (5-100µg/ml) accumulated in larvae (48h) but also adsorbed at the surface of sensorial antennules and appendages probably hampering larvae motility. In addition, larvae exposed to PS-NH2 undergo multiple molting events during 48h of exposure compared to controls. The activation of a defense mechanism based on a physiological process able to release toxic cationic NPs (PS-NH2) from the body can be hypothesized. The general observed accumulation of PS NPs within the gut during the 48h of exposure indicates a continuous bioavailability of nano-sized PS for planktonic species as well as a potential transfer along the trophic web. Therefore, nano-sized PS might be able to impair food uptake (feeding), behavior (motility) and physiology (multiple molting) of brine shrimp larvae with consequences not only at organism and population level but on the overall ecosystem based on the key role of zooplankton on marine food webs.

  14. Nano-sized cobalt based Fischer-Tropsch catalysts for gas-to-liquid process applications.

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    Kang, Jung Shik; Awate, S V; Lee, Yun Ju; Kim, So Jung; Park, Moon Ju; Lee, Sang Deuk; Hong, Suk-In; Moon, Dong Ju

    2010-05-01

    Nano-sized cobalt supported catalysts were prepared for Fischer-Tropsch synthesis in gas-to-liquid (GTL) process. The dependence of crystallite size and reducibility of Co3O4 on the supports were investigated with FTS activity. XRD peaks revealed nano crystallites ( Co/Al2O3 (70.0%) > Co/R_TiO2 (61%) > Co/A_TiO2 (57.5%).

  15. Rice husk-derived graphene with nano-sized domains and clean edges.

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    Muramatsu, Hiroyuki; Kim, Yoong Ahm; Yang, Kap-Seung; Cruz-Silva, Rodolfo; Toda, Ikumi; Yamada, Takumi; Terrones, Mauricio; Endo, Morinobu; Hayashi, Takuya; Saitoh, Hidetoshi

    2014-07-23

    A new synthetic method is demonstrated for transforming rice husks into bulk amounts of graphene through its calcination and chemical activation. The bulk sample consists of crystalline nano-sized graphene and corrugated individual graphene sheets; the material generally contains one, two, or a few layers, and corrugated graphene domains are typically observed in monolayers containing topological defects within the hexagonal lattice and edges. Both types of graphenes exhibit atomically smooth surfaces and edges.

  16. Application of the ellipsoid modeling of the average shape of nanosized crystallites in powder diffraction

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    Katerinopoulou, Anna; Balic Zunic, Tonci; Lundegaard, Lars Fahl

    2012-01-01

    Anisotropic broadening correction in X-ray powder diffraction by an ellipsoidal formula is applied on samples with nanosized crystals. Two cases of minerals with largely anisotropic crystallite shapes are presented. The properly applied formalism not only improves the fitting of the theoretical a...... and observed diffraction diagrams but also gives direct information about realistic crystallite shapes and sizes. The approach is demonstrated using the Rietveld refinement program TOPAS and it is easily adaptable to other similar software....

  17. Nanosized iron and iron–cobalt spinel oxides as catalysts for methanol decomposition

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    Manova, Elina; Tsoncheva, Tanya; Estournès, Claude; Paneva, Daniela; Tenchev, K.; Mitov, Ivan; Petrov, L.

    2006-01-01

    Nanosized iron and mixed iron–cobalt oxides supported on activated carbon materials and their bulk analogues prepared by thermal synthesis are studied by X-rays diffraction, Mo¨ssbauer spectroscopy, magnetic measurements and temperature programmed reduction. Their catalytic behavior in methanol decomposition to H2, CO and methane is tested. Phase transformations in the metal oxides affected by the reaction medium are also investigated. Changes in the reaction mechanism of the methanol decompo...

  18. Microstructure and corrosion resistance of Ni-based alloy laser coatings with nanosize CeO2 addition

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    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Micron-size Ni-base alloy (NBA powders were mixed with both 1.5 wt.% (hereinafter % micron-size CeO2 (m-CeO2 and also 1.5% and 3.0% nano-size CeO2 (n- CeO2 powders. These mixtures were coated on low-carbon steel (Q235 by 2.0 kW CO2 laser cladding. The effects on the microstructures, phases and electrochemical corrosion of the coatings upon the addition of m- and n- CeO2 powders to NBA (m- and n- CeO2 /NBA have been investigated. The results showed that a smooth coating was prepared under suitable processing parameters (P= 2.0 kW, V= 180 mm min- 1 by adding 1.5% n- CeO2. In addition to the primary phases of γ-Ni, Cr23 C6 and Ni3 B in the Ni-base alloy coating, CeNi3 was formed in Ni-base alloy coatings with both n- CeO2 and m-CeO2 particles, and CeNi5 appeared in the coating upon decreasing the size of CeO2 particles. Well-developed dendrites were observed in the Ni-base alloy coating; directional dendrites grew at the interface in the coating upon the addition of m-CeO2, whereas fine and multioriented dendrites grew upon decreasing the size of CeO2 particles to the nanoscale. Actinomorphic dendrites and compact equiaxed dendrites grew from the interface to near the surface upon increasing the content of n- CeO2 from 1.5 to 3.0%. In strongly acidic HNO3 solution, the severe corrosion of dendrites occurred and there were many corrosion pits in the Ni-base alloy coating; intercrystalline corrosion also has a dominant role upon the addition of m-CeO2, whereas uniform corrosion occurs in the coating as the size of CeO2 particles is decreased to nanoscale.

  19. Microstructure and corrosion resistance of Ni-based alloy laser coatings with nanosize CeO2 addition.

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    Hong Zhang, Shi; Xi Li, Ming; Hong Yoon, Jae; Yul Cho, Tong; Zhu He, Yi; Gyu Lee, Chan

    2008-07-01

    Micron-size Ni-base alloy (NBA) powders were mixed with both 1.5 wt.% (hereinafter %) micron-size CeO2 (m-CeO2) and also 1.5% and 3.0% nano-size CeO2 (n- CeO2) powders. These mixtures were coated on low-carbon steel (Q235) by 2.0 kW CO2 laser cladding. The effects on the microstructures, phases and electrochemical corrosion of the coatings upon the addition of m- and n- CeO2 powders to NBA (m- and n- CeO2 /NBA) have been investigated. The results showed that a smooth coating was prepared under suitable processing parameters (P= 2.0 kW, V= 180 mm min(- 1)) by adding 1.5% n- CeO2. In addition to the primary phases of γ-Ni, Cr23C6 and Ni3B in the Ni-base alloy coating, CeNi3 was formed in Ni-base alloy coatings with both n- CeO2 and m-CeO2 particles, and CeNi5 appeared in the coating upon decreasing the size of CeO2 particles. Well-developed dendrites were observed in the Ni-base alloy coating; directional dendrites grew at the interface in the coating upon the addition of m-CeO2, whereas fine and multioriented dendrites grew upon decreasing the size of CeO2 particles to the nanoscale. Actinomorphic dendrites and compact equiaxed dendrites grew from the interface to near the surface upon increasing the content of n- CeO2 from 1.5 to 3.0%. In strongly acidic HNO3 solution, the severe corrosion of dendrites occurred and there were many corrosion pits in the Ni-base alloy coating; intercrystalline corrosion also has a dominant role upon the addition of m-CeO2, whereas uniform corrosion occurs in the coating as the size of CeO2 particles is decreased to nanoscale.

  20. Micromagnetic analysis of the maghemite platelet chains in the iron-mineral-based magnetoreceptor of birds%鸟类铁矿物磁受体中磁赤铁矿片晶链的微磁学分析

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    张溪超; 赵国平; 夏静

    2013-01-01

    实验表明,自然界中许多动物能感受到磁场信息,尤其是鸟类能够依靠地磁信息导航归巢或迁徙。鸟类磁感受机理认为,鸟类可以通过感受地磁场的强度与倾角建立磁地图从而进行飞行导航。目前对鸟类用于感受磁场的磁受体的研究仍然处于探索鉴定阶段,研究铁矿物结构是否具有在生命系统中作为磁受体的物理磁学性质有着十分重要的意义。本文使用微磁学方法对鸟类基于铁矿物的磁感受机理中的磁赤铁矿片晶状磁受体结构进行三维模拟分析,对其在地磁场中的畴态及对磁场信息的响应作用进行探究。结果表明,自然畴态为涡旋态的磁赤铁矿片晶链具有感受地磁场方向变化的能力。%Experiments demonstrate that large varieties of animals have the ability to sense the magnetic field. Especially, some birds can use the geomagnetic field for navigation. According to the avian magnetoreception mechanisms, birds can build magnetic map for orientation and navigation by sensing the intensity and incline of geomagnetic field. However, researches on the magnetoreceptor of birds are still at the stage of discovery and identification, and it is necessary to study the iron-mineral-based structures to know whether they have the physical and magnetic properties to act as magnetoreceptor in living system. In this paper, the maghemite platelet chains in the iron-mineral-based magnetoreceptor have been studied with three-dimensional simulation based on the theories of micromagnetics. The reaction of the maghemite platelet chains with geomagnetic field has been investigated. Result indicates that the maghemite platelet chains with vortex domain can response to the change of the orientation of geomagnetic field.

  1. Review of surface photovoltage spectra of nano-sized semiconductor and its applications in heterogeneous photocatalysis

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    Liqiang, Jing; Honggang, Fu [School of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Heilongjiang University, Harbin 150001 (China); Xiaojun, Sun; Weimin, Cai [Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Jing, Shang; Zili, Xu; Yaoguo, Du [Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Jilin University, Changchun 150001 (China)

    2003-09-01

    Heterogeneous photocatalysis is a promising technique valuable for environmental purification. Nano-sized semiconductors such as ZnO and TiO{sub 2}, which is one of the most basic functional materials, have emerged as effective photocatalyst materials. The surface photovoltage spectra (SPS) can be an effective method for quickly evaluating the photocatalytic activity of semiconductor materials since it can provide a rapid, non-destructive monitor of the semiconductor surface properties such as surface band bending, surface and bulk carrier recombination and surface states, mainly showing the carrier separation and transfer behavior with the aid of light, especially the electric-field-induced surface photovoltage spectra (EFISPS), in which SPS is combined with the electric-field-modified technique. In this review, the basic principles, measurement and applications of the SPS and EFISPS are mainly discussed together with some fundamental aspects like the electric properties of semiconductor surface and the principle of electric field effect. In particular, the applications of SPS to nano-sized semiconductors such as ZnO and TiO{sub 2} in heterogeneous photocatalysis are emphasized, which involve mainly evaluating the photocatalytic activity by analyzing semiconductor surface properties such as the separation efficiency of photoinduced carriers under illumination by the SPS measurement, highlighting our own contributions. The results show that the weaker the surface photovoltage signal is, the higher the photocatalytic activity is in the case of nano-sized semiconductor photocatalysts.

  2. Review of surface photovoltage spectra of nano-sized semiconductor and its applications in heterogeneous photocatalysis

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    Jing Liqiang [Heilongjiang Univ., School of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Harbin (China); Harbin Inst. of Technology, Dept. of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Harbin (China); Sun Xiaojun; Cai Weimin [Harbin Inst. of Technology, Dept. of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Harbin (China); Shang Jing; Xu Zili; Du Yaoguo [Jilin Univ., Dept. of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Changchun (China); Fu Honggang [Heilongjiang Univ., School of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Harbin (China)

    2003-09-01

    Heterogeneous photocatalysis is a promising technique valuable for environmental purification. Nano-sized semiconductors such as ZnO and TiO{sub 2}, which is one of the most basic functional materials, have emerged as effective photocatalyst materials. The surface photovoltage spectra (SPS) can be an effective method for quickly evaluating the photocatalytic activity of semiconductor materials since it can provide a rapid, non-destructive monitor of the semiconductor surface properties such as surface band bending, surface and bulk carrier recombination and surface states, mainly showing the carrier separation and transfer behavior with the aid of light, especially the electric-field-induced surface photovoltage spectra (EFISPS), in which SPS is combined with the electric-field-modified technique. In this review, the basic principles, measurement and applications of the SPS and EFISPS are mainly discussed together with some fundamental aspects like the electric properties of semiconductor surface and the principle of electric field effect. In particular, the applications of SPS to nano-sized semiconductors such as ZnO and TiO{sub 2} in heterogeneous photocatalysis are emphasized, which involve mainly evaluating the photocatalytic activity by analyzing semiconductor surface properties such as the separation efficiency of photoinduced carriers under illumination by the SPS measurement, highlighting our own contributions. The results show that the weaker the surface photovoltage signal is, the higher the photocatalytic activity is in the case of nano-sized semiconductor photocatalysts. (Author)

  3. Nanosized iron based permeable reactive barriers for nitrate removal - Systematic review

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    Araújo, Rui; Castro, Ana C. Meira; Santos Baptista, João; Fiúza, António

    2016-08-01

    It is unquestionable that an effective decision concerning the usage of a certain environmental clean-up technology should be conveniently supported. Significant amount of scientific work focussing on the reduction of nitrate concentration in drinking water by both metallic iron and nanomaterials and their usage in permeable reactive barriers has been worldwide published over the last two decades. This work aims to present in a systematic review of the most relevant research done on the removal of nitrate from groundwater using nanosized iron based permeable reactive barriers. The research was based on scientific papers published between 2004 and June 2014. It was performed using 16 combinations of keywords in 34 databases, according to PRISMA statement guidelines. Independent reviewers validated the selection criteria. From the 4161 records filtered, 45 met the selection criteria and were selected to be included in this review. This study's outcomes show that the permeable reactive barriers are, indeed, a suitable technology for denitrification and with good performance record but the long-term impact of the use of nanosized zero valent iron in this remediation process, in both on the environment and on the human health, is far to be conveniently known. As a consequence, further work is required on this matter, so that nanosized iron based permeable reactive barriers for the removal of nitrate from drinking water can be genuinely considered an eco-efficient technology.

  4. Nanosized cobalt-based catalyst prepared by supercritical phase condition for Fischer-Tropsch synthesis

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    Jingmiao Li; Jingchang Zhang; Runduo Zhang; Weiliang Cao

    2009-01-01

    A series of nanosized Co/Zn/Mn/K composite catalysts for Fischer-Tropsch synthesis (FTS) were prepared by supercritical fluid drying (SCFD) method and common drying (CD) method. The nanosized cobalt-based catalysts were characterized by XRD,TEM and BET techniques. Their catalytic performances were tested in a slurry-bed reactor under FTS reaction conditions. The drying and crystallization were carded out simultaneously during SCFD,therefore,the catalysts prepared by SCFD method have ideal structure and show the FTS performance superior to the others prepared by CD method. The FTS activity and selectivity were improved via adding Zn,Mn and K promoters,and less CH_4 and CO_2 as well as higher yield of C~(5+) products were achieved. The optimal performance of a 92% CO conversion and a 65% C~(5+) product yield was obtained over a catalyst with the component of Co/Zn/Mn/K = 100/50/10/7. Furthermore,the catalytic performance was studied under the conditions of liquid-phase and supercriticai phase slurry-bed,and C~(5+) product yield were 57.4% and 65.4%,respectively. In summary,better catalytic performance was obtained using the nanosized catalyst prepared by SCFD method under supercritical reaction conditions,resulting in higher conversion of CO,less CO_2 byproduct,and higher yield of C~(5+) products,

  5. Nano-sized precipitation and properties of a low carbon niobium micro-alloyed bainitic steel

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    Xie, Z.J. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, McMaster University, Hamilton L8S 4L8 (Canada); Ma, X.P. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, McMaster University, Hamilton L8S 4L8 (Canada); Shang, C.J., E-mail: cjshang@ustb.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Wang, X.M. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Subramanian, S.V. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, McMaster University, Hamilton L8S 4L8 (Canada)

    2015-08-12

    The present work focuses on microstructure evolution and precipitation strengthening during tempering at region of 550–680 °C to elucidate the structure–property relationship in the steel. The effect of tempering on the development of a 700 MPa grade high strength hot rolled cost-effective bainitic steel was studied for infrastructure applications. Granular bainite with dispersed martenisit–austenite (M–A) constituents in the bainitic ferrite matrix was obtained after hot rolling and air cooling to room temperature. The decomposition of M–A constituents to cementite carbides and the precipitation of nano-sized NbC carbides in bainitic matrix on tempering were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Nano-sized precipitates of NbC precipitated during tempering were in average diameter of ~4.1–6.1 nm. There were ~86–173 MPa increases in yield strength after tempering at region of 550–680 °C. It is noticeable that those nano-sized NbC precipitates provide an effective way to significantly increase the strength of the low carbon bainitic steel. High yield strength of 716 MPa with high ductility (uniform elongation of 9.3% and total elongation of 22.4%), low yield to tensile ratio of 0.9 and good low temperature toughness of 47 J (half thickness) at –40 °C was obtained after tempering at 680 °C for 30 min.

  6. One-pot synthesis of silanol-free nanosized MFI zeolite

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    Grand, Julien; Talapaneni, Siddulu Naidu; Vicente, Aurélie; Fernandez, Christian; Dib, Eddy; Aleksandrov, Hristiyan A.; Vayssilov, Georgi N.; Retoux, Richard; Boullay, Philippe; Gilson, Jean-Pierre; Valtchev, Valentin; Mintova, Svetlana

    2017-10-01

    The synthesis of nanostructured zeolites enables modification of catalytically relevant properties such as effective surface area and diffusion path length. Nanostructured zeolites may be synthesized either in alkaline media, and so contain significant numbers of hydrophilic silanol groups, or in expensive and harmful fluoride-containing media. Here, we report and characterize, using a combination of experimental and theoretical techniques, the one-pot synthesis of silanol-free nanosized MFI-type zeolites by introducing atomically dispersed tungsten; this prevents silanol group occurrence by forming flexible W-O-Si bridges. These W-O-Si bonds are more stable than Si-O-Si in the all-silica MFI zeolite. Tungsten incorporation in nanosized MFI crystals also modifies other properties such as structural features, hydrophobicity and Lewis acidity. The effect of these is illustrated on the catalytic epoxidation of styrene and separation of CO2 and NO2. Silanol-free nanosized W-MFI zeolites open new perspectives for catalytic and separation applications.

  7. Comparative hazard identification of nano- and micro-sized cerium oxide particles based on 28-day inhalation studies in rats

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    Gosens, Ilse; Mathijssen, Liesbeth E A M; Bokkers, Bas G H|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/304847062; Muijser, Hans; Cassee, Flemming R.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/143038990

    2014-01-01

    There are many uncertainties regarding the hazard of nanosized particles compared to the bulk material of the parent chemical. Here, the authors assess the comparative hazard of two nanoscale (NM-211 and NM-212) and one microscale (NM-213) cerium oxide materials in 28-day inhalation toxicity studies

  8. 添加剂对纳米碳酸钙形貌与粒度的影响%Influence of additives on morphology and size of nano-sized calcium carbonate

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    王农; 王兴权; 杨利娟; 王兴鹏; 李文涛

    2013-01-01

    采用碳化法和复分解法,通过选用不同添加剂及控制其添加量制备了不同形貌和粒径的纳米碳酸钙.用TEM、SEM对所得产物的形貌和尺寸进行了表征.结果表明,当柠檬酸的添加量为0.25%~0.75%(质量分数,下同)时,可实现对纳米碳酸钙颗粒粒径的调控,并选用硬脂酸钠作为表面改性剂对其进行改性,改性后的纳米碳酸钙颗粒更大,形状更规整,分散性更好;当季戊四醇添加量为0.1%~10%时,分别制备出了不同粒径的球形和立方形纳米碳酸钙颗粒.初步探讨了有机酸类、糖类和醇类对合成纳米碳酸钙的影响效果和作用机理.%Using carbonization method and double decomposition method, nano-sized calcium carbonate(CaCO3) with different morphologies and sizes were prepared by selecting proper additives and controlling the amounts of added additives.The morphologies and sizes of products were characterized by TEM and SEM.Results showed that the control of the particle size of nano-sized CaCO3 was realized by controlling the adding amounts of citric acid at 0.25%~0.75% (mass fraction, same below). Moreover,the synthesized CaCO3 was modified by sodium stearate and the modified sample particles became larger,more regular and homogeneous in shape,and better in disperse ability.Spherical and cubic nano-sized calcium carbonate with different particle sizes was obtained when the adding amounts of pentaerythritol were at 0.1%~10%.Moreover the influences and action mechanism of organic acids, sugars, and alcohols on the synthesis of nano-sized CaCO3 were discussed.

  9. Nanosized zeolites as a perspective material for conductometric biosensors creation

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    Kucherenko, Ivan; Soldatkin, Oleksandr; Kasap, Berna Ozansoy; Kirdeciler, Salih Kaan; Kurc, Burcu Akata; Jaffrezic-Renault, Nicole; Soldatkin, Alexei; Lagarde, Florence; Dzyadevych, Sergei

    2015-05-01

    In this work, the method of enzyme adsorption on different zeolites and mesoporous silica spheres (MSS) was investigated for the creation of conductometric biosensors. The conductometric transducers consisted of gold interdigitated electrodes were placed on the ceramic support. The transducers were modified with zeolites and MSS, and then the enzymes were adsorbed on the transducer surface. Different methods of zeolite attachment to the transducer surface were used; drop coating with heating to 200°C turned out to be the best one. Nanozeolites beta and L, zeolite L, MSS, and silicalite-1 (80 to 450 nm) were tested as the adsorbents for enzyme urease. The biosensors with all tested particles except zeolite L had good analytical characteristics. Silicalite-1 (450 nm) was also used for adsorption of glucose oxidase, acetylcholinesterase, and butyrylcholinesterase. The glucose and acetylcholine biosensors were successfully created, whereas butyrylcholinesterase was not adsorbed on silicalite-1. The enzyme adsorption on zeolites and MSS is simple, quick, well reproducible, does not require use of toxic compounds, and therefore can be recommended for the development of biosensors when these advantages are especially important.

  10. Nano-Sized Natural Colorants from Rocks and Soils

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    Ahmad, W. Y. W.; Ruznan, W. S.; Hamid, H. A.; Kadir, M. I. A.; Yusoh, M. K. M.; Ahmad, M. R.

    2010-03-01

    Colored rocks (lateritic) and soils (shales) are available in abundant all around Malaysia and they are from natural sources. The colorants will be useful if they can be transferred to substrates using dyeing, printing or brushing with acceptable fastness. First of all the rocks need to be crushed into powder form before coloration can take place. The sizes of the colorants particles obtained with coffee grinder were of 7-8 microns. They can be reduced to 3-5 micron using fluidized bed jetmill and to nano sizes with the help of planetary mono mill grinders. The experiment was conducted in both dyeing and printing of textiles using all three sizes (7-8 microns, 3-5 microns and nano sizes) of colorants on silk fabric. The colorants were applied on silk fabrics by dyeing and tie and dye techniques. In addition, the colorants can also be applied by brushing technique as in batik canting or batik block as well as silk screen printing. The evaluations of colored materials were based on the levelness of dyeing, fastness properties (washing, light and rubbing fastness) and color strength. The wash fastness testing shows that all colorants sizes have more or less the same fastness to washing but nano sized colorants produced better uniform dyes distribution (levelness of dyeing) and higher color strength.

  11. Hydrophobic and Ionic Interactions in Nano-sized Water Droplets

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    Vaitheeswaran, S

    2006-01-01

    We investigate the solvation of methane and methane decorated with charges in spherically confined water droplets. Free energy profiles for a single methane molecule in droplets, ranging in diameter D, from 1 to 4 nm, show that the droplet surfaces are strongly favorable as compared to the interior. From the temperature dependence of the free energy in D=3 nm, we show that this effect is entropically driven. The potentials of mean force (PMFs) between two methane molecules show that the solvent separated minimum in the bulk is completely absent in confined water, independent of the droplet size since the solute particles are primarily associated with the droplet surface. The tendency of methanes with charges (Mq+ and Mq- with q+ = q- = 0.4e, where e is the electronic charge) to be pinned at the surface depends dramatically on the size of the water droplet. When D=4 nm, the ions prefer the interior whereas for D<4 nm the ions are localized at the surface, but with much less tendency than for methanes. Incre...

  12. 可控形貌纳米ZnO制备及光催化应用研究%Preparation and photocatalytic property of shape-controlled nano-sized ZnO

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    吕晓猛; 贾瑛; 刘田田; 张淑娟

    2012-01-01

    The particle-like, rod-like and flower-like shape-controlled nano-sized ZnO were prepared by alcohol-assisted hydrothermal process, without any surfactant or special treatment, depending on controlling the volume proportion of alcohol and water with 3:1,1:1,1:19,respectively. The synthesized ZnO were characterized by X-ray diffraction ( XRD ) , scanning electron microscopy ( SEM ) , and UV-vis absorption spectra ( UV-vis) , etc. The possible formation mechanism of ZnO with different shapes was proposed. And the three different shapes of nano-sized ZnO were applied in the photocatalytic experiment on unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine (UDMH) wastewater with low concentration. The results indicated that the high UDMH wastewater degradation rate was 46. 8% by the particle-like nano-sized ZnO.%采用醇辅助水热法,不添加任何表面活性剂,不经过特殊处理,通过优化无水乙醇与水的体积比分别为3∶1,1∶1,1∶19,控制纳米颗粒生成形貌,制备颗粒状、棒状和花状3种纳米ZnO颗粒.利用X射线衍射(XRD)、扫描电镜(SEM)及紫外-可见漫反射光谱( UV-vis)等手段对产物进行表征,分析生长机理.将3种不同形貌ZnO纳米粒子用于光催化降解低浓度偏二甲肼(UDMH)废水,结果表明,颗粒状纳米ZnO对偏二甲胼废水的降解效率最高可达46.8%.

  13. Doping nano-Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} surface with bigger nanosized Ag and its photocatalytic properties for visible light photodegradation of organic dyes

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    Chen, Guangliang, E-mail: glchen@zstu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Advanced Textile Materials and Manufacturing Technology, and Engineering Research Center for Eco-Dyeing and Finishing of Textiles, Ministry of Education, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou 310018 (China); Si, Xiaolei [Key Laboratory of Advanced Textile Materials and Manufacturing Technology, and Engineering Research Center for Eco-Dyeing and Finishing of Textiles, Ministry of Education, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou 310018 (China); Yu, Jinsong [Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of New Haven, 300 Boston Post Road, West Haven, CT 06516 (United States); Bai, Huiyu [The Key Laboratory of Food Colloids and Biotechnology, Ministry of Education, School of Chemical and Material Engineering, Jiangnan University, Wuxi, Jiangsu 214122 (China); Zhang, Xianhui [Fujian Provincial key Laboratory of Plasma and Magnetic Resonance, School of Physics and Mechanical & Electrical Engineering, Xiamen University, Xiamen, Fujian 361005 (China)

    2015-03-01

    Highlights: • Bigger Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoflake was fabricated with a traditional hydrothermal method. • The Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoflake surface doped with nanosized Ag by a simple silver-mirror reaction. • The bigger Ag particles (>10 nm) also enhanced the catalytic activity of Co{sub 3}O{sub 4}. - Abstract: This paper reports the synthesis of nanosized Ag/Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} composite catalysts using a silver-mirror reaction and the calibration of their catalytic activities towards methyl blue (MB) dye degradation with peroxymonosulfate (PMS) under visible light. The nanosized Ag/Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} composites were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and UV–vis spectroscopy. The experimental evidence indicated that the hydrothermal synthesis approach lead to the exposure of the {1 1 2} facets of the Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoflakes. Compared to Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoflakes, Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} doped with Ag nanoparticle (average diameters of 10–15 nm) presented lower band gap energy and photoluminescent (PL) intensity. Meanwhile, the Ag/Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} exhibited high stability and excellent dispersion property in dye solution. Experimental data suggested that 3.06 wt% Ag nanoparticle-doped Ag/Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanocomposite catalyst possessed the highest catalytic activity towards MB degradation in aqueous solution at the tested concentration level of 15 mg/L, about 2.4 times higher than that of pure Co{sub 3}O{sub 4}. Complete decolorization of the 15 mg/L MB solution can be achieved by 3.06 wt% Ag-doped Ag/Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanocomposite within 20 min of visible light irradiation.

  14. Application of maghemite nanoparticles as sorbents for the removal of Cu(II), Mn(II) and U(VI) ions from aqueous solution in acid mine drainage conditions

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    Etale, Anita; Tutu, Hlanganani; Drake, Deanne C.

    2016-06-01

    The adsorptive removal of Cu(II), Mn(II) and U(VI) by maghemite nanoparticles (NPs) was investigated under acid mine drainage (AMD) conditions to assess NP potential for remediating AMD-contaminated water. The effects of time, NP and metal concentration, as well as manganese and sulphate ions were quantified at pH 3. Adsorption of all three ions was rapid, and equilibrium was attained in 5 min or less. 56 % of Cu, 53 % of Mn and 49 % of U were adsorbed. In addition, adsorption efficiencies were enhanced by ≥10 % in the presence of manganese and sulphate ions, although Cu sorption was reduced in 1:2 Cu-to-Mn solutions. Adsorption also increased with pH: 86 % Cu, 62 % Mn and 77 % U were removed from solution at pH 9 and increasing initial metal concentrations. Increasing NP concentrations did not, however, always increase metal removal. Kinetics data were best described by a pseudo-second-order model, implying chemisorption, while isotherm data were better fitted by the Freundlich model. Metal removal by NPs was then tested in AMD-contaminated surface and ground water. Removal efficiencies of up to 46 % for Cu and 54 % for Mn in surface water and 8 % for Cu and 50 % for Mn in ground water were achieved, confirming that maghemite NPs can be applied for the removal of these ions from AMD-contaminated waters. Notably, whereas sulphates may increase adsorption efficiencies, high Mn concentrations in AMD will likely inhibit Cu sorption.

  15. Hydrogen Storage Properties of Nanosized MgH2-0.1TiH2 Prepared by Ultrahigh-energy-high-pressure Milling

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    Lu, Jun; Choi, Young Joon; Fang, Zhigang Zak; Sohn, Hong Yong; Ronnebro, Ewa

    2010-07-29

    Magnesium hydride (MgH2) is an attractive candidate for solid state hydrogen storage applications. To improve the kinetics and thermodynamic properties of MgH2 during dehydrogenation-rehydrogenation cycles, a nano-structured MgH2-0.1TiH2 material system prepared by ultrahigh-energy-high-pressure mechanical milling was investigated. High-resolution TEM and scanning TEM analysis showed that the grain size of the milled MgH2-0.1TiH2 powder is approximately 5-10 nm with uniform distributions of TiH2 among MgH2 particles. Pressure-Composition-Temperature (PCT) analysis demonstrated that both the nanosize and the addition of TiH2 contributed to the significant improvement of the kinetics of dehydrogenation and hydrogenation compared to commercial MgH2. More importantly, PCT cycle analysis demonstrated that the MgH2-0.1TiH2 material system showed excellent cycle stability which is attributed to the inhibition of coarsening by TiH2. The results also showed that the ΔH value for the dehydrogenation of nanostructured MgH2-0.1TiH2 is significantly lower than that of commercial MgH2. However, the ΔS value of the reaction was also lower which results in minimum net effects of the nanosize and the addition of TiH2 on the equilibrium pressure of dehydrogenation reaction of MgH2.

  16. Nanosized As2O3/Fe2O3 complexes combined with magnetic fluid hyperthermia selectively target liver cancer cells

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    Zi-Yu Wang; Jian Song; Dong-Sheng Zhang

    2009-01-01

    AIM: To study the methods of preparing the magnetic nano-microspheres of Fe2O3 and As2O3/Fe2O3 complexes and their therapeutic effects with magnetic fluid hyperthermia (MFH). METHODS: Nanospheres were prepared by chemical co-precipitation and their shape and diameter were observed. Hemolysis, micronucleus, cell viability, and LD50 along with other in vivo tests were performed to evaluate the Fe2O3 microsphere biocompatibility. The inhibition ratio of tumors after Fe2O3 and As2O3/Fe2O3 injections combined with induced hyperthermia in xenograft human hepatocarcinoma was calculated. RESULTS: Fe2O3 and As2O3/Fe2O3 particles were round with an average diameter of 20 nm and 100 nm as observed under transmission electron microscope. Upon exposure to an alternating magnetic field (AMF), the temperature of the suspension of magnetic particles increased to 41-51℃, depending on different particle concentrations, and remained stable thereafter. Nanosized Fe2O3 microspheres are a new kind of biomaterial without cytotoxic effects. The LD50 of both Fe2O3 and As2O3/Fe2O3 in mice was higher than 5 g/kg. One to four weeks after Fe2O3 and As2O3/Fe2O3 complex injections into healthy pig livers, no significant differences were found in serum AST, ALT, BUN and Cr levels among the pigs of all groups (P > 0.05), and no obvious pathological alterations were observed. After exposure to alternating magnetic fields, the inhibition ratio of the tumors was significantly different from controls in the Fe2O3 and As2O3/Fe2O3 groups (68.74% and 82.79%, respectively; P < 0.01). Tumors of mice in treatment groups showed obvious necrosis, while normal tissues adjoining the tumor and internal organs did not.CONCLUSION: Fe2O3 and As2O3/Fe2O3 complexes exerted radiofrequency-induced hyperthermia and drug toxicity on tumors without any liver or kidney damage. Therefore, nanospheres are ideal carriers for tumortargeted therapy.

  17. A series of Nano-sized metal ion – thiouracil complexes, tem, spectral, γ- irradiation, molecular modelingand biological studies

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    Khlood Saad Abou- Melha

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available VO(II, Ni(II, Pd(II, Pt(IV and UO2(II complexes were prepared using H5L ligand (C21H15N9S2O3S2. All the prepared complexes are deliberately discussed using different tools(IR, Uv-Vis, 1HNMR, ESR 13CNMR, TGA, TEM, XRD.The octadentate is the main mod of ligand donation, as a neural or trinegativetowards the metal ion. This is verified using molecular modeling as a theoretical tool assert on the stereo structure of the ligand proposed leads to the donation mod. The structural formulas of the complexes were varied in between four to six coordination no. except the VO(II complex is five. Most investigated complexes are thermally unstable due to the presence of crystal water occluded the coordinating crystal. All the spin Hamiltonian parameters as well as molecular orbital parameters were calculated for VO(II complex. XRD patterns were investigated to calculate the particle size of each compound and display their nanosized by distinguish values. TEM scenes are also supporting the XRD data. Finally the biological activities were carried out on different bacteria as well as on fungi. The toxic effect was observed especially with Gram positive bacterium (Bacillus subtilis. Also, the effect on DNA degradation was recorded and display a complete degradation by the use of Pt(IV and Pd(II complexes. Whereas, a partial degradation was observed with Ni(II and UO2(II complexes. But, there is no effect observed with the use of ligand and VO(II complex.

  18. Bactericidal Effect of Lauric Acid-Loaded PCL-PEG-PCL Nano-Sized Micelles on Skin Commensal Propionibacterium acnes

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    Thi-Quynh-Mai Tran

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Acne is the over growth of the commensal bacteria Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes on human skin. Lauric acid (LA has been investigated as an effective candidate to suppress the activity of P. acnes. Although LA is nearly insoluble in water, dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO has been reported to effectively solubilize LA. However, the toxicity of DMSO can limit the use of LA on the skin. In this study, LA-loaded poly(ɛ-caprolactone-poly(ethylene glycol-poly(ɛ-caprolactone micelles (PCL-PEG-PCL were developed to improve the bactericidal effect of free LA on P. acnes. The block copolymers mPEG-PCL and PCL-PEG-PCL with different molecular weights were synthesized and characterized using 1H Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy (1H NMR, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR, Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC, and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC. In the presence of LA, mPEG-PCL diblock copolymers did not self-assemble into nano-sized micelles. On the contrary, the average particle sizes of the PCL-PEG-PCL micelles ranged from 50–198 nm for blank micelles and 27–89 nm for LA-loaded micelles. The drug loading content increased as the molecular weight of PCL-PEG-PCL polymer increased. Additionally, the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC and the minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC of free LA were 20 and 80 μg/mL, respectively. The MICs and MBCs of the micelles decreased to 10 and 40 μg/mL, respectively. This study demonstrated that the LA-loaded micelles are a potential treatment for acne.

  19. Nanosized CaP-silk fibroin-PCL-PEG-PCL/PCL based bilayer membranes for guided bone regeneration.

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    Türkkan, Sibel; Pazarçeviren, A Engin; Keskin, Dilek; Machin, Nesrin E; Duygulu, Özgür; Tezcaner, Ayşen

    2017-11-01

    Guided bone regeneration (GBR) concept has been developed to prevent the formation of non-functional scar tissue layer on defect site by undertaking barrier role. In this study, a new bilayer membrane which consisted of one layer of electrospun silk fibroin/PCL-PEG-PCL incorporating nanocalcium phosphate (SPCA)(1) and one layer of PCL membrane was developed for GBR. To improve the osteoconductivity of membranes, nanosized calcium phosphate particles synthesized by Flame Spray Pyrolysis method were incorporated into membranes at 10% (wt) (SPCA10) and 20% (wt) (SPCA20) of the polymer content. The structural and chemical analyses revealed the well-integrated two layers of membranes with a total thickness of ca 100μm. In the regenerative layer, the highly porous mesh structure had a thickness of 12.6μm with randomly oriented fibers having diameters around 760nm, and nanoparticles dispersed homogenously. The mechanical test results showed remarkable improvement on the tensile strength of membranes with incorporation of nanoparticles. Higher water affinity of nanoCaP included membranes was proved by lower contact angle values and higher percent water uptake capacity. Biomineralization assay revealed that nucleation and growth of apatites around fibers of SPCA10 and SPCA20 were apparent while on SPCA0 apatite minerals were barely detected after 10days. Human dental pulp stem cells (DPSC) were seeded on electrospun layer of the bilayer membranes for biocompatibility and osteo-compatibility study. Increasing nanoCaP amount resulted in higher cell adhesion, proliferation, ALP activity and calcium deposition on membranes. These overall results confirmed the biocompatibility and potential applicability of proposed membranes for GBR treatments. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Protection of cisplatin-induced spermatotoxicity, DNA damage and chromatin abnormality by selenium nano-particles

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    Rezvanfar, Mohammad Amin; Rezvanfar, Mohammad Ali [Department of Toxicology and Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmacy, and Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS), Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Shahverdi, Ahmad Reza [Department of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and Biotechnology Research Centre, Faculty of Pharmacy, TUMS, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Ahmadi, Abbas [Department of Histology and Embryology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Urmia University, Urmia (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Baeeri, Maryam; Mohammadirad, Azadeh [Department of Toxicology and Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmacy, and Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS), Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Abdollahi, Mohammad, E-mail: mohammad.abdollahi@utoronto.ca [Department of Toxicology and Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmacy, and Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS), Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2013-02-01

    Cisplatin (CIS), an anticancer alkylating agent, induces DNA adducts and effectively cross links the DNA strands and so affects spermatozoa as a male reproductive toxicant. The present study investigated the cellular/biochemical mechanisms underlying possible protective effect of selenium nano-particles (Nano-Se) as an established strong antioxidant with more bioavailability and less toxicity, on reproductive toxicity of CIS by assessment of sperm characteristics, sperm DNA integrity, chromatin quality and spermatogenic disorders. To determine the role of oxidative stress (OS) in the pathogenesis of CIS gonadotoxicity, the level of lipid peroxidation (LPO), antioxidant enzymes including superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT) and glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) and peroxynitrite (ONOO) as a marker of nitrosative stress (NS) and testosterone (T) concentration as a biomarker of testicular function were measured in the blood and testes. Thirty-two male Wistar rats were equally divided into four groups. A single IP dose of CIS (7 mg/kg) and protective dose of Nano-Se (2 mg/kg/day) were administered alone or in combination. The CIS-exposed rats showed a significant increase in testicular and serum LPO and ONOO level, along with a significant decrease in enzymatic antioxidants levels, diminished serum T concentration and abnormal histologic findings with impaired sperm quality associated with increased DNA damage and decreased chromatin quality. Coadministration of Nano-Se significantly improved the serum T, sperm quality, and spermatogenesis and reduced CIS-induced free radical toxic stress and spermatic DNA damage. In conclusion, the current study demonstrated that Nano-Se may be useful to prevent CIS-induced gonadotoxicity through its antioxidant potential. Highlights: ► Cisplatin (CIS) affects spermatozoa as a male reproductive toxicant. ► Effect of Nano-Se on CIS-induced spermatotoxicity was investigated. ► CIS-exposure induces oxidative sperm DNA damage

  1. Kinetics of chemotaxis, cytokine, and chemokine release of NR8383 macrophages after exposure to inflammatory and inert granular insoluble particles.

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    Schremmer, I; Brik, A; Weber, D G; Rosenkranz, N; Rostek, A; Loza, K; Brüning, T; Johnen, G; Epple, M; Bünger, J; Westphal, G A

    2016-11-30

    Accumulation of macrophages and neutrophil granulocytes in the lung are key events in the inflammatory response to inhaled particles. The present study aims at the time course of chemotaxis in vitro in response to the challenge of various biopersistent particles and its functional relation to the transcription of inflammatory mediators. NR8383 rat alveolar macrophages were challenged with particles of coarse quartz, barium sulfate, and nanosized silica for one, four, and 16h and with coarse and nanosized titanium dioxide particles (rutile and anatase) for 16h only. The cell supernatants were used to investigate the chemotaxis of unexposed NR8383 macrophages. The transcription of inflammatory mediators in cells exposed to quartz, silica, and barium sulfate was analyzed by quantitative real-time PCR. Challenge with quartz, silica, and rutile particles induced significant chemotaxis of unexposed NR8383 macrophages. Chemotaxis caused by quartz and silica was accompanied by an elevated transcription of CCL3, CCL4, CXCL1, CXCL3, and TNFα. Quartz exposure showed an earlier onset of both effects compared to the nanosized silica. The strength of this response roughly paralleled the cytotoxic effects. Barium sulfate and anatase did not induce chemotaxis and barium sulfate as well caused no elevated transcription. In conclusion, NR8383 macrophages respond to the challenge with inflammatory particles with the release of chemotactic compounds that act on unexposed macrophages. The kinetics of the response differs between the various particles. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Corrosion protection of cold-rolled steel with alkyd paint coatings composited with submicron-structure types polypyrrole-modified nano-size alumina and carbon nanotubes

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    Gergely, Andras, E-mail: andras.gergely@ttk.mta.hu [Institute of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Pusztaszeri ut 59-67, 1025 Budapest (Hungary); Paszti, Zoltan; Hakkel, Orsolya; Drotar, Eszter [Institute of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Pusztaszeri ut 59-67, 1025 Budapest (Hungary); Mihaly, Judith [Institute of Molecular Pharmacology, Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Pusztaszeri ut 59-67, 1025 Budapest (Hungary); Kalman, Erika [Institute of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Pusztaszeri ut 59-67, 1025 Budapest (Hungary)

    2012-11-01

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Alumina/carbon nanotube (CNT) supported polypyrrole (PPy) particles were prepared. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Various paint compositions with alkyd binder were immersion tested. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Alumina-supported PPy based coating provided steel protection in NaCl solution. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Polyelectrolyte modified CNT embedded coating afforded long-term stable protection. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer sulphonated CNT loaded coating indicated firm corrosion resistance in HCL solution. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Results are interpreted on the basis of nano and microstructure of the particles. - Abstract: This paper is focused on studying corrosion protection of cold-rolled steel with alkyd paint coatings comprising nano-size alumina and either polystyrene-sulphonate (PSS) modified or sulphonated multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) supported polypyrrole (PPy). Single layer coatings (in thickness of 40 {+-} 5 {mu}m) comprising PPy deposited alumina and PSS modified MWCNT supported PPy afforded viable protection during the 1 M sodium chloride test. The coatings containing PSS modified and weakly sulphonated MWCNTs (at volume fractions of 9.9 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -4} and 2.5 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -4}) with PPy volume fractions of 3.5 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -3} and 2.5 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -3} provided effective corrosion prevention during the 1 M sodium chloride and hydrochloric acid solution tests. While inhibitor particles were characterised by infrared spectroscopy, corrosion products formed at the paint-steel interface were studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Apart from the electron microscopy observations, rheology study of three-dimensional structure of the inhibitor particles was performed in dispersions at similar compositions to those used for the paint formulations. Thus, protection mechanism relating to both types of immersion tests is discussed in terms of

  3. Effect of Nano-Particle Addition on Grain Structure Evolution of Friction Stir-Processed Al 6061 During Postweld Annealing

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    Guo, Junfeng; Lee, Bing Yang; Du, Zhenglin; Bi, Guijun; Tan, Ming Jen; Wei, Jun

    2016-08-01

    The fabrication of nano-composites is challenging because uniform dispersion of nano-sized reinforcements in metallic substrate is difficult to achieve using powder metallurgy or liquid processing methods. In the present study, Al-based nano-composites reinforced with Al2O3 particles have been successfully fabricated using friction stir processing. The effects of nano-Al2O3 particle addition on grain structure evolution of friction stir-processed Al matrix during post-weld annealing were investigated. It was revealed that the pinning effect of Al2O3 particles retarded grain growth and completely prevented abnormal grain growth during postweld annealing at 470°C. However, abnormal grain growth can still occur when the composite material was annealed at 530°C. The mechanism involved in the grain structure evolution and the effect of nano-sized particle addition on the mechanical properties were discussed therein.

  4. 均匀沉淀法制备不同粒径的纳米硫化锌%Preparation of nano-sized zinc sulphide with different sizes by homogeneous precipitation method

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    杨信成; 薛永强; 石建青

    2011-01-01

    以硫代硫酸钠为硫源,采用均匀沉淀法研究了不同粒径纳米硫化锌的制备,讨论了反应温度、加热方式、反应物的浓度及物质的量比对其粒径的影响.研究结果表明:通过控制制备工艺条件,采用均匀沉淀法可以制备出平均粒径为4~24nm、立方晶型的球形纳米硫化锌;制备工艺条件对纳米硫化锌的平均粒径有显著影响;加热方式对硫化锌的平均粒径影响较大,微波加热比水浴加热制备的硫化锌粒径小;此外,纳米硫化锌的粒径随着反应温度的增加、反应物浓度的增加、醋酸锌和硫代硫酸钠物质的量比的减小而减小.%Using sodium hyposulfite as sulphur source,the preparation of nano-sized zinc sulphide with different sizes was studied by homogeneous precipitation method,the influences of reaction conditions,such as reaction temperature,heating mode,concentration,and amount-of-substance ratio of the reactants.on nanosized zinc sulphide sizes were discussed. Results showed that through controlling the preparation conditions,cubjcal nanosized zinc sulphide with the average size at 4 ~ 24 nm can be prepared by homogeneous precipitation, and its shape was approximative spherical preparation conditions had notable effect on the sizes of nano^ized zinc sulphidejeffect of heating modes on the sizes was remarkable,and the particle size was larger through water bath heating than that through microwave;furthermore,the size of nano-sized zinc sulphide particle decreased with the decreasing of the amountof-substanee ratio of zinc acetate to sodium hyposulfite,with the increasing of reaction temperature and concentration of reactants.

  5. Preparation of Activated Nano-sized Kaolin Clay as Styrene Butadiene Rubber Filler%应用于橡胶补强的活性纳米高岭土制备

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    杜艳艳; 王燕民; 潘志东

    2013-01-01

    An activated nano-sized kaolin clay was prepared via an effective process with various methods such as chemical pre-intercalation, ultra-fine grinding, acid etching, drying and surface modification with cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) and hydrogen silicone. The results show that the micron-sized kaolin clay that is pre-intercalated with urea is ground in a high-eneigy density stirred bead mill to prepare the nano-sized particles with the fineness of 70% < 100 nm and the lamella thickness of 10-30 nm effectively. This hybrid method could reduce the energy consumption in the preparation of the nano-sized kaolin clay, compared to the single ultra-fine grinding method. The acid etching treatment increased the specific surface area of the activated nano-sized kaolin clay without the destruction of the layered structure. The particles coated with CTAB and hydrogen silicone oil appeared a superior hydrophobicity. The azeotropic distillation drying could produce the well-dispersive activated nano-sized kaolin clay, compared to the spray drying. In addition, the as-prepared activated nano-sized kaolin clay could be used as a styrene butadiene rubber filler to improve the tensile strength and rate, and reduce the vulcanizing time.%采用化学插层-超细研磨-酸侵渍活化-干燥-表面改性的方法有效地制备了活性纳米高岭土.结果表明:通过化学插层与超细研磨的复合方法可制备70%的颗粒小于100 nm的高岭土,其片厚为10~30 nm.与单纯采用机械研磨的方法相比,该复合方法可以降低超细研磨所需的能耗.经酸侵渍活化处理可增大活性纳米高岭土的比表面积,但未破坏高岭土特有的层状结构.在活性纳米高岭土表面包覆十六烷基三甲基溴化铵和含氢硅油,可使其具有良好的亲油疏水性能.另外,对比喷雾干燥方法,经共沸蒸馏干燥的活性纳米高岭土粉体具有更好的分散性,制得的活性纳米高岭土作

  6. Design, modeling, expression, and chemoselective PEGylation of a new nanosize cysteine analog of erythropoietin.

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    Cohan, Reza Ahangari; Madadkar-Sobhani, Armin; Khanahmad, Hossein; Roohvand, Farzin; Aghasadeghi, Mohammad Reza; Hedayati, Mohammad Hossein; Barghi, Zahra; Ardestani, Mehdi Shafiee; Inanlou, Davoud Nouri; Norouzian, Dariush

    2011-01-01

    Recombinant human erythropoietin (rhEPO) is considered to be one of the most pivotal pharmaceutical drugs in the market because of its clinical application in the treatment of anemia-associated disorders worldwide. However, like other therapeutic proteins, it does not have suitable pharmacokinetic properties for it to be administrated at least two to three times per week. Chemoselective cysteine PEGylation, employing molecular dynamics and graphics in in silico studies, can be considered to overcome such a problem. A special kind of EPO analog was elicited based on a literature review, homology modeling, molecular dynamic simulation, and factors affecting the PEGylation reaction. Then, cDNA of the selected analog was generated by site-directed mutagenesis and subsequently cloned into the expression vector. The construct was transfected to Chinese hamster ovary/dhfr(-) cells, and highly expressed clones were selected via methotrexate amplification. Ion-immobilized affinity and size exclusion (SE) chromatography techniques were used to purify the expressed analog. Thereafter, chemoselective PEGylation was performed and a nanosize PEGylated EPO was obtained through dialysis. The in vitro biologic assay and in vivo pharmacokinetic parameters were studied. Finally, E31C analog Fourier transform infrared, analytical SE-high-performance liquid chromatography, zeta potential, and size before and after PEGylation were characterized. The findings indicate that a novel nanosize EPO31-PEG has a five-fold longer terminal half-life in rats with similar biologic activity compared with unmodified rhEPO in proliferation cell assay. The results also show that EPO31-PEG size and charge versus unmodified protein was increased in a nanospectrum, and this may be one criterion of EPO biologic potency enhancement. This kind of novel engineered nanosize PEGylated EPO has remarkable advantages over rhEPO.

  7. Preparation of nanosize Cu-ZnO/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} catalyst for methanol synthesis by phase transfer with metal surfactant. 2: Effect of additives and chain length of surfactant

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    Hu, Z.; Chen, S.; Peng, S. [Chinese Academy of Science, Taiyuan, Shanxi (China). Inst. of Coal Chemistry

    1996-09-25

    Nanosize Cu-ZnO/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} catalysts for methanol synthesis were prepared by the metal surfactant phase transfer technique. The effects of chain length of surfactant and additives were studied. It was found that the longer the organic chain of surfactant, the more stable the sol particles and the larger the surface area of catalyst. The decomposition temperature of surfactants with longer chains was also higher. For the preparation of Cu-ZnO/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} catalyst, the surfactant organic chain should not be longer than 11 carbon atoms. A synergist could be used to improve surfactant efficiency. A stabilizing agent was used to strength the stability of sol particles in water. The time needed for oil-water separation was reduced markedly by using a demulsifying agent. The optimal mole ratios of synergist, stabilizing agent, and demulsifying agent to surfactant were, respectively, 0.6, 0.6, and 1.

  8. Preparation, Characterization, and Biotoxicity of Nanosized Doped ZnO Photocatalyst

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    Lingling Liu; XiangRui Wang; Xiuping Yang; Wenhong Fan; Xiaolong Wang; Ning Wang; Xiaomin Li; Feng Xue

    2014-01-01

    Metal-doped nanosized ZnO (nZnO) photocatalyst has been widely used for its typical properties and has thus gained considerable attention. In this study, five types of nZnO (nondoped nZnO, iron- (Fe-) doped nZnO, cobalt- (Co-) doped nZnO, nickel- (Ni-) doped nZnO, and manganese- (Mn-) doped nZnO) materials were prepared through a wet chemical method and then exposed to Daphnia magna (D. magna) at low and high concentrations (50 and 250 μg L−1). Results showed that the different metal-doped nZ...

  9. Hydrothermal synthesis of nanosize phases based on non-ferrous and noble metals

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    Tupikova, E. N., E-mail: nil-6ssau@mail.ru; Platonov, I. A., E-mail: pia@ssau.ru; Lykova, T. N. [Samara state aerospace university (SSAU) Moskovskoye shosse 34, Samara, 443086 (Russian Federation)

    2016-04-13

    Research is devoted to reactions of binary complexes containing noble (platinum, palladium) and non-ferrous (cobalt, chrome) metals. Reactions proceed under hydrothermal conditions by the autoclave technique. Initials complexes and products of autoclave thermolysis were characterized by the FT-IR spectroscopy, the transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and the energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). Comparative catalytic experiments in the test reaction were conducted. The obtained results can form the basis of new methods of nanosize multicomponent phases synthesis under hydrothermal conditions.

  10. Microwave synthesis of ultrafine and nanosized powders of tungsten oxide and carbide

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    Nikolaenko, Irina; Kedin, Nikolay; Shveikin, Gennadii; Polyakov, Evgenii [Russian Academy of Sciences, Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation). Inst. of Solid State Chemistry

    2014-03-15

    A new method of synthesis of nanosized and ultrafine tungsten oxide and carbide powders is offered, which combines carbon carrier supported classical liquid-phase precipitation and low-temperature microwave treatment. The full range of intermediate substances obtained during thermolysis, reduction and carburization of precursors to final products is presented. It is shown that cooling of ammonium tungstate solution to 4 C and the use of carbon carrier at the precipitation stage can increase the specific surface area from 20 to 100 m{sup 2} g{sup -1}. (orig.)

  11. Photocatalytic degradation kinetics of Rhodamine B cata-lyzed by nanosized TiO2 film

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    2003-01-01

    A fixed bed photocatalytic reactor was designed, and dynamic fast scan of UV-Vis adsorption spectrum was adopted to study the photocatalytic degradation dynamic behavior of Rhodamine B, a kind of dye generally recognized as to be degraded difficultly, on the surface of nanosized TiO2 thin film. The results indicate that the photocatalytic degradation process of Rhodamine B does not comply with the first-order reaction kinetic process. As a result, a kinetic model of Rhodamine B photocatalytic degradation reaction is brought forward, and the model is proved by the theoretical deduction and experiment.

  12. Structural investigations of single-wall carbon nanotubes grown from nanosized graphite

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    Terranova, M.L.; Piccirillo, S.; Sessa, V.; Sbornicchia, P. [Rome-2 Univ. (Italy). Dipt. di Scienze e Tecnologie Chimiche; Rossi, M. [Dipartimento di Energetica and INFM, Universita ' ' La Sapienza' ' , via A. Scarpa 16, I-00162, Rome (Italy); Botti, S. [ENEA, Dipartimento Innovazione, Divisione Fisica Applicata, CR Frascati PO Box 65, 00044, Frascati (Italy)

    2000-10-16

    We report on the production of single-wall carbon nanotubes from nanosized graphite powders and atomic hydrogen using a novel growth technique. The individual nanotubes produced during the process form rather thick layers of bundles deposited onto the iron-coated Si substrates. Raman spectroscopy in the 150-250 cm{sup -1} region and reflection electron diffraction in selected area configuration have been used to define the geometrical details of the nanotubes. The proposed growth methodology is found to yield prevalently nanotubes belonging to the (n, 0) zigzag achiral subclass, with a diameter distribution function centred at about 1.6 nm. (orig.)

  13. Peculiarities of the electron structure of nanosized ion-implanted layers in silicon

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    Rysbaev, A. S.; Khuzhaniyazov, Zh. B.; Normuradov, M. T.; Rakhimov, A. M.; Bekpulatov, I. R.

    2014-11-01

    The effect of implantation of Ba, P, B, and alkali element ions with a low energy ( E 0 narrowing of the band gap in silicon, which can be explained by overlapping of the wavefunctions of electrons of impurity atoms and the formation of the impurity subband overlapping with the allowed band. After implantation thermal annealing, SiP, BaSi, and SiB3 films of nano-sized thickness are obtained for the first time. Optimal regimes of ion implantation and subsequent annealing for the formation of silicide films are determined, and their electron structure is investigated.

  14. New Computer System for Recognizing Micro- and Nano-Sized Objects in Semiconductors and Colloidal Solutions

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    L. Diachenko

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available In this paper it is describe a new approach developed for recognizing micro- and nano-sized objects and a method for quantitative analysis of these objects. For this purpose was developed the automated systems that can simplify and accelerate the process of nanoparticle tracks analysis under the microscope whereby engineers and scientists are able to recognize the structures of defects in semiconductor wafers, along with nanoparticles and other microscopic objects. This capability is important to both select appropriate crystals and also to apply the data to improve the production process.

  15. Hydrodeoxygenation of fatty acid esters catalyzed by Ni on nano-sized MFI type zeolites

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    Schreiber, Moritz W.; Rodriguez-Niño, Daniella; Gutiérrez, Oliver Y.; Lercher, Johannes A.

    2016-01-01

    The impact of support morphology and composition on the intrinsic activity of Ni supported on MFI-type zeolite was explored in the hydrodeoxygenation of methyl stearate, tristearate, and algae oil (mixture of triglycerides). The nano-sized structure of the support (self-pillared nanosheets) is beneficial for the activity of the catalysts. Higher Ni dispersion and concomitant higher reaction rates were obtained on nano-structured supports than on zeolite with conventional morphology. Rates normalized to accessible Ni atoms (TOF), however, varied little with support morphology. Acidity of the support increases the rate of Ni-catalyzed C-O hydrogenolysis per surface metal site.

  16. Nano-sized carboxylates as anode materials for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries

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    Xiaoyan Wu; Jie Ma; Yong-Sheng Hu; Hong Li; Liquan Chen

    2014-01-01

    Nano-sized carboxylates Na2C7H3NO4 and Na2C6H2N2O4 were prepared and investigated as anode materials for lithium-ion batteries. Both carboxylates exhibit high reversible capacities around 190 mAh/g above a cut-off voltage of 0.8 V vs. Li+/Li, potentially improving the safety of the batteries. In addition, good rate performance and long cycle life of these carboxylates make them promising candidates as anode materials for lithium-ion batteries.

  17. In-situ encapsulation and application of nano-sized calcium carbonate%纳米碳酸钙的原位包覆及应用

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    王权广; 朱勇; 黄炜民; 黄炜波

    2012-01-01

    In order to modify the nano-sized calcium carbonate better,fatty acid was adopted to dope it in-situ and the mechanism of in-situ encapsulation was discussed.An appropriate amount of alkali was introduced to some just prepared milk of