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Adipose derived stem cell transplantation is better than bone marrow mesenchymal stem cell transplantation in treating hindlimb ischemia in mice

Sun, 09/29/2019 - 00:00
Abstract Introduction:

Bone marrow derived MSCs (BM-MSCs) and adipose derived MSCs (AD-MSCs) are among the types of stem cells most commonly studied. Our study aims to compare the therapeutic efficacy of allograft AD-MSCs versus BM-MSCs in a mouse model of hindlimb ischemia.

Methods:

AD-MSCs were isolated from belly fat and BM-MSCs were isolated from femur bone marrow. They were used to treat mice with acute hindlimb ischemia. Treatment efficacy was compared among 4 groups: injected with BM-MSCs, injected with AD-MSCs, non-treated and injected with phosphate buffered saline. Mice in the groups were evaluated for the following: necrosis grade of leg, leg edema, blood flow, muscle cell restructure and new blood vessel formation.

Results:

Results showed that AD-MSC transplantation significantly recovered acute limb ischemia, with 76.5% of mice fully recovered, while the ratio was only 48.5% in BM-MSC transplanted group, and 0% in the non-treated and PBS groups. Evaluation of leg edema, blood flow, muscle cell restructure and new blood vessel formation also supported the observation that AD-MSC transplantation was superior over BM-MSC transplantation.

Conclusion:

Therefore, AD-MSCs may serve as the more suitable MSC for hindlimb ischemia treatment and angiogenesis therapy.

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Atypical BiOCl/Bi 2 S 3 hetero-structures exhibiting remarkable photo-catalyst response

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 00:00
Abstract

We demonstrate the fabrication of BiOCl/Bi2S3 which is well defined at a large scale. The BiOCl/Bi2S3 heterostructures exhibit an enhanced photo-catalytic degradation of methyl orange (MO) compared to BiOCl and Bi2S3, attributed to the interface between Bi2S3 and BiOCl, which effectively separate the photo-induced electron-hole pairs and suppress their recombination.

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Thermodynamic Properties of Low-Density $${}^{132}\hbox {Xe}$$ 132 Xe Gas in the Temperature Range 165–275 K

Sat, 11/24/2018 - 00:00
Abstract

The method of static fluctuation approximation was used to calculate selected thermodynamic properties (internal energy, entropy, energy capacity, and pressure) for xenon in a particularly low-temperature range (165–270 K) under different conditions. This integrated microscopic study started from an initial basic assumption as the main input. The basic assumption in this method was to replace the local field operator with its mean value, then numerically solve a closed set of nonlinear equations using an iterative method, considering the Hartree–Fock B2-type dispersion potential as the most appropriate potential for xenon. The results are in very good agreement with those of an ideal gas.

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A highly active bio-based epoxy resin with multi-functional group: synthesis, characterization, curing and properties

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 00:00
Abstract

A bio-based epoxy resin, triglycidyl ether of resveratrol (TGER), was synthesized based on the renewable resveratrol deriving from tannins. The structure and properties of TGER have been characterized by 1H NMR, 13C NMR, FTIR, GPC and viscosity measurement. Besides, systematical investigation was carried out on the curing reaction of TGER and diaminodiphenylmethane (DDM), assisted by the characterization of mechanical properties and thermal properties of cured TGER/DDM by means of differential scanning calorimetry, thermogravimetric analysis, dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), flexural and impact measurement. Non-isothermal and isothermal curing analysis showed that TGER/DDM system, deriving from autocatalytic curing reaction, possessed 40 °C lower curing temperature (84 °C) than bisphenol A diglycidyl ether (DGEBA) (124 °C) and much lower activation energy than DGEBA/DDM system calculated by Kissinger equation. DMA revealed that TGER possessed high glass transition temperature (T g = 148 °C) and glassy storage modulus (2.391 GPa@23 °C). Meanwhile, TGER/DDM thermosets also exhibited good mechanical properties and heat resistance, illustrating that multi-phenol group and stilbene group of resveratrol endowed polymer with high cross-linking density and rigidness. Therefore, TGER could be a promising alternative to petroleum-based epoxy resin.

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Temperature-dependent space-charge-limited conduction in BaTiO 3 heterojunctions

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 00:00
Abstract

We have investigated the space-charge-limited conduction (SCLC) in two different metal–insulator–metal junctions of the form: Au/BaTiO3 (BTO)/Nb:SrTiO3 (Nb:STO) and Au/BTO/La0.67Ca0.33MnO3 (LCMO) at various temperatures. The SCLC model has been employed to determine various parameters relevant to the charge conduction in these systems. While the trap density increases with decreasing temperature, the ratio of free to trapped carriers (θ) reduces for both the junctions, which can be understood as the thermally activated process. The extracted activation energies of 0.071 eV for Au/BTO/Nb:STO and 0.154 eV for Au/BTO/LCMO indicate the presence of shallow trap level. Moreover, the Fermi level at thermal equilibrium approaches the intrinsic limit with increasing temperature. Comparing both the junctions, we observe lower θ and deeper trap level in BTO/LCMO junction.

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Preparation and evaluation of superparamagnetic core–shell dummy molecularly imprinted polymer for recognition and extraction of organophosphorus pesticide

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 00:00
Abstract

In this paper, we reported a simple and effective strategy to synthesize core–shell dummy template magnetic molecularly imprinted polymers (Fe3O4@DMIPs) using ethyl paraoxon as a template for the recognition and selective extraction of organophosphorus pesticide. Initially, monodisperse Fe3O4 nanoparticles were synthesized directly through a facile one-pot hydrothermal method. Then, the imprinted layer was synthesized directly on the surface of the magnetic core by means of a one-pot sol–gel copolymerization which avoided further modification of the external part of the magnetic core. The structure and morphology of the materials (Fe3O4@DMIPs) were characterized by SEM, TEM, FTIR, XRD, and VSM. It was observed that Fe3O4@DMIPs showed regular morphology, good dispersibility, and superparamagnetism. The synthesis conditions for the formation of Fe3O4@DMIPs were systematically investigated. It was found that the morphology and monodispersity of Fe3O4@DMIPs were highly influenced by the ratio of the mixture solvent of methanol and water and the volume ratio of functional monomer (APTES) and cross-linker (TEOS). The binding performance of the imprinted polymers was investigated through a series of adsorption experiments, which indicated that the Fe3O4@DMIPs had a fast adsorption rate (15 min) and high adsorption capacity (195.7 mg g−1) to methyl parathion and phoxim. Meanwhile, real wine sample tests demonstrated a good extraction effect. This study provides a possibility for the selective extraction of organophosphorus pesticide residue in a complex matrix.

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Visible light photocatalytic oxidative desulfurization using Ti-MCM-41-loaded iron phthalocyanine combined with ionic liquid extraction

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 00:00
Abstract

Iron phthalocyanine (PcFe) was loaded on Ti-MCM-41 as visible light photocatalyst (R-PcFe/Ti-MCM-41). Dibenzothiophene (DBT) was photooxidized using R-PcFe/Ti-MCM-41 as a photocatalyst, air as an oxidant, and ionic liquid as the extraction agent during visible light irradiation at room temperature and ambient conditions. The results indicated that photocatalytic efficiency of the amino iron phthalocyanine (NH2-PcFe)/Ti-MCM-41 was superior to the other substituent groups. The DBT content in the model oil decreased from 1000 to 44 μg/mL with 95.6% removal rate under the optimal reaction conditions (model oil 10 mL, photocatalyst NH2-PcFe/Ti-MCM-41 0.02 g, loading amount of NH2-PcFe 0.3 g/g, air flow rate 100 mL/min, reaction time 2 h, room temperature). The kinetics of photocatalytic oxidation of DBT follows first-order kinetics with a rate constant of 1.319 h−1 and halftime of 0.525 h. The photocatalyst NH2-PcFe/Ti-MCM-41 was reused for five times, and the catalytic activity decreased slightly. The photocatalytic oxidation system demonstrated significant desulfurization effects on different sulfur compounds and real gasoline, and the sulfur content of the actual gasoline could be reduced from 1000 to 78 ppm.

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PTFE/SPEEK/PDDA/PSS composite membrane for vanadium redox flow battery application

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 00:00
Abstract

How to solve the crossover of vanadium ions through ion exchange membrane is a key issue in vanadium redox flow battery (VRB), especially for ultra-thin membranes used for VRB to obtain a lower cell resistance. Herein, an ultra-thin (~ 30 μm) PTFE/SPEEK [polytetrafluoroethylene/sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone), P/S] membrane is successfully prepared and modified by using layer-by-layer (LBL) self-assembly technique with polycation poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA) and polyanion poly(sodium styrene sulfonate) (PSS). P/S membranes are alternatively immersed in positively and negatively charged polyelectrolyte to form 2 to 8 bilayers onto its surface. Consequently, a series of P/S-[PDDA/PSS] n (n is the number of multilayers) membranes are fabricated. Both the physicochemical properties and VRB performances of the P/S-[PDDA/PSS] n membranes are then investigated in detail. Results show that the ion selectivity of the P/S-[PDDA/PSS] n membranes is much higher than that of pristine P/S membrane, especially for P/S-[PDDA/PSS]6 membrane. As a result, the VRB with the P/S-[PDDA/PSS]6 membrane exhibits the highest coulombic efficiency (CE) of 96.5% at 80 mA cm−2, the highest voltage efficiency of 94.7% at 40 mA cm−2 and the highest energy efficiency of 87.7% at both 40 and 50 mA cm−2, respectively. In addition, 80 times charge–discharge test proves that the P/S-[PDDA/PSS]6 membrane possesses high stability and no obvious CE decay after running. All the results show that the LBL technique is an effective way to prepare ultra-thin membrane with high ion selectivity for VRB application.

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Preparation and evaluation of magnetic field-induced orientation on magnetic nanoparticles on PVA nanocomposite films

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 00:00
Abstract

Magnetite Fe3O4 particles (M) were dispersed in polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and oriented successfully by applying low external magnetic field. Observed orientation was verified by image analysis using ImageJ software. Crystallinity of the M/PVA samples was examined using DSC, showing a lower crystallinity by addition of particles and higher crystallinity resulting from orientation. Orientation of 0.05 and 0.1 wt% of M particles increased crystallinity of nanocomposites 39 and 57%, respectively. Tensile tests were also measured to examine the mechanical properties of oriented and non-oriented samples. Results show that the mechanical properties of samples including elongation at break and modulus had improved in the direction of oriented particles. Afterward, graphene oxide particles were magnetized [magnetic graphene oxide (MGO)] and dispersed in PVA resulting in improved mechanical properties. PVA/MGO nanocomposites showed better mechanical properties than PVA/M, although no improvement in the crystallinity was observed.

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Preparation and droplet impact dynamics of superhydrophobic nano-aluminum films on metal substrates

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 00:00
Abstract

A simple electrophoretic deposition method followed by stearic acid modification was developed to prepare superhydrophobic multiscale nano-aluminum films on a series of metal substrates such as nickel, copper, titanium and stainless steel. The surface morphology and chemical compositions were characterized by a field emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscope, Fourier-transform infrared spectrophotometer and white light interferometer. The resultant nano-aluminum films exhibited excellent superhydrophobicity with a water contact angle of 168.5° and a water sliding angle of 2°. Furthermore, the obtained nano-Al films showed the desirable stability and durability after the related testing. In addition, the impact dynamic behaviors of water droplet on the superhydrophobic nano-Al films were described via the corresponding parameters, such as Weber number (We), spreading factor (β), contact time (tc), etc. Based on these characteristics, the superhydrophobic nano-Al films presented excellent water-repellent property. The EPD process is an efficient method to prepare superhydrophobic nano-Al films on common engineering metal materials, which can be applied to various industrial or manufacturing fields, including oil–water separation, anti-icing, self-cleaning, anti-corrosion, microelectronic fabrication and so forth.

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Mechanical behavior of porous Si 3 N 4 ceramics manufactured with 3D printing technology

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 00:00
Abstract

The paper focuses on experimental measurement and analytical and numerical modeling of the elastic moduli of porous Si3N4 ceramics obtained by 3D printing and pressureless sintering. The pores in such a material have complex irregular shape and porosity varies over a wide range (up to 50%), depending on the technological parameters used. For analytical modeling, we use effective field methods (Mori–Tanaka–Benveniste and Maxwell homogenization schemes) recently developed for pores of superspherical shape. For FEM simulation, we used microstructures generated by overlapping solid spheres and overlapping spherical pores. It is shown that elastic properties of ceramics are largely determined by the granular structure and the concave pore shape, which have been observed in the ceramics microstructure after sintering of the 3D-printed powder green bodies.

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Influence of slag composition on the stability of steel in alkali-activated cementitious materials

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 00:00
Abstract

Among the minor elements found in metallurgical slags, sulfur and manganese can potentially influence the corrosion process of steel embedded in alkali-activated slag cements, as both are redox-sensitive. Particularly, it is possible that these could significantly influence the corrosion process of the steel. Two types of alkali-activated slag mortars were prepared in this study: 100% blast furnace slag and a modified slag blend (90% blast furnace slag + 10% silicomanganese slag), both activated with sodium silicate. These mortars were designed with the aim of determining the influence of varying the redox potential on the stability of steel passivation under exposure to alkaline and alkaline chloride-rich solutions. Both types of mortars presented highly negative corrosion potentials and high current density values in the presence of chloride. The steel bars extracted from mortar samples after exposure do not show evident pits or corrosion product layers, indicating that the presence of sulfides reduces the redox potential of the pore solution of slag mortars, but enables the steel to remain in an apparently passive state. The presence of a high amount of MnO in the slag does not significantly affect the corrosion process of steel under the conditions tested. Mass transport through the mortar to the metal is impeded with increasing exposure time; this is associated with refinement of the pore network as the slag continued to react while the samples were immersed.

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Theoretical study of phosphorene multilayers: optical properties and small organic molecule physisorption

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 00:00
Abstract

Phosphorene is an emerging 2D-like material with direct energy band. In this work we report the results of a theoretical study on the electronic structure of phosphorene multilayers. A particular emphasis is put on the investigation of the optical absorption and the functionalization of phosphorene layers with organic molecules such as benzene and fullerene. The investigation is carried out employing the density functional theory, and the effect of using different exchange-correlation functionals for the interlayer van der Waals interaction is discussed. Fundamental quantities like lattice constants, interlayer distance and energy band gap are reported in phosphorene monolayers, bilayers and trilayers. The features of the interband optical absorption are studied from the calculated imaginary part of the dielectric function. The results of the numerical simulation of the phenomenon of the small organic molecule physisorption onto phosphorene indicate that the direct band gap is preserved. In the case of the fullerene physisorption, a deformation in the phosphorene monolayer is induced, leading to a shift of the associated band structure. It is shown that such a modification depends on the particular exchange-correlation functional employed. In the case of benzene physisorption, the electronic structure of the phosphorene remains unchanged and is independent of the position of the benzene molecule. This suggests that benzene would be a good candidate for a molecular coating of phosphorene to shield it against oxidation under ambient conditions.

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Ab initio design of drug carriers for zoledronate guest molecule using phosphonated and sulfonated calix[4]arene and calix[4]resorcinarene host molecules

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 00:00
Abstract

Monomolecular drug carriers based on calix[n]arenes and calix[n]resorcinarenes containing the interior cavity can enhance the affinity and specificity of the osteoporosis inhibitor drug zoledronate (ZOD). In this work, we investigated the suitability of nine different calix[4]arenes- and calix[4]resorcinarenes-based macrocycles as hosts for the ZOD guest molecule by conducting ab initio density functional theory calculations for structures and energetics of eighteen different host-guest complexes. For the optimized molecular structures of the free, phosphonated, sulfonated calix[4]arenes and calix[4]resorcinarenes, the geometric sizes of their interior cavities were measured and compared with those of the host-guest complexes in order to check the appropriateness for host-guest complex formation. Our calculations of binding energies indicated that in gaseous states some of the complexes might be unstable but in aqueous states almost all of the complexes can be formed spontaneously. Of the two different docking ways, the insertion of ZOD with the P–O–P branch into the cavity of host was easier than that with the nitrogen-containing heterocycle of ZOD. The work will open a way for developing effective drug delivering systems for the ZOD drug and promote experimentalists to synthesize them.

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Defect structures in solution-grown single crystals of the intermetallic compound Ag 3 Sn

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 00:00
Abstract

The compound Ag3Sn adopts the ordered orthorhombic D0a Cu3Ti-type structure. It exhibits an unusual low yield stress and high ductility for an intermetallic compound, but the reasons for these effects are not clear. Here, we report an electron microscopy study on the defects present in solution-grown Ag3Sn single crystals that have deformed during the decanting and subsequent handling processes. It is found that the crystals contain two types of lenticular deformation twins: {011}-type and {211}-type. These twins interpenetrate with no evidence of cracking at the intersections. The crystals also contain high densities of dislocations including long straight dipoles with b = ± [010] and shorter curved segments and loops with b = [ \( 10\bar{2} \) ] and [001]. It is inferred that the dipoles are artifacts of specimen preparation that climb in from the cross-sectional sample surfaces, whereas the shorter segments are deformation debris. If a combination of twinning and dislocation glide of the types observed here were to form concurrently during general deformation of Ag3Sn, then they could provide the necessary number of independent deformation modes to accommodate an arbitrary plastic strain, which might help to explain the unusual ductility of this compound.

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ω -Fe particle size and distribution in high-nitrogen martensitic steels

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 00:00
Abstract

Systematical transmission electron microscopy (TEM) studies of the martensitic substructure in quenched Fe–C binary alloys have revealed that the initially formed martensite has twinning structure, and the twin is body-centered cubic {112}<111>-type twin regardless of the carbon concentrations. A metastable hexagonal ω-Fe(C) phase with an ultrafine particle-like morphology is distributed at the twin boundary region. In order to explore the common existence of the ω-Fe in nitrogen steels, the martensitic substructures in high-nitrogen martensitic stainless steels at various conditions (as-quenched, subzero-treated and tempered) have been investigated in detail by means of TEM. The ω-Fe with an ultrafine particle size of 1–3 nm has been observed in all the samples. TEM tilting experiment and electron diffraction analysis have revealed that each martensitic lath or plate is composed of {112}<111>-type twin structure with the ω particles at the twin boundary region. The martensite morphology and the relationship between the twin and the ω phase particles have been discussed crystal geometrically. The ω particle size variation with subzero and tempering treatment has also been discussed based on a proposed dilation and split mechanism. The existence of large amount of twins up to 550 °C simply suggests that the nitrogen atoms have much stronger effect than carbon atoms on the ω phase stability. The present investigation will provide a very clear image about the martensitic substructure in high-nitrogen martensitic stainless steels.

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Nucleation behavior of ω o phase in TiAl alloys at different elevated temperatures

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 00:00
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In this study, the location, morphology and composition of the ωo phase, which transformed from B2 phase in Ti–45Al–8.5Nb-(W, B, Y) (at.%) alloy, were investigated by short-time heat treatments in an intermediate temperature range. The results showed that the characteristics of B2 → ωo phase transformation differ with the reduction in temperature. Below the ωo solves, the B2 → ωo phase transformation will take place within B2 area. There are existing two stages in the phase transformations during cooling from 850 to 700 °C. When the temperature is high (850 °C), granular ωo populated along the dislocations existing in B2 phase and B2 grain boundaries, due to higher energy and the enrichment of Nb element at the B2/γ boundaries. It is worth noting that only two ωo variants nucleate at 850 °C. With the decrease in temperature, the nucleation sites of ωo phase would be migrated from the B2 boundaries to the inner area. At the temperature of 700 °C, four ωo variants with different orientations nucleate homogenously within B2 grain. The ordered ωo formation process of Ti–45Al–8.5Nb-(W, B, Y) alloy during cooling was postulated in this study.

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Enhancing the reactivity of aluminosilicate materials toward geopolymer synthesis

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 00:00
Abstract

Geopolymers are alternative materials to portland cement, obtained by alkaline activation of aluminosilicates. They exhibit excellent properties and a wide range of potential applications in the field of civil engineering. Several natural aluminosilicates and industrial by-products can be used for geopolymer synthesis, but a lot of starting materials have the disadvantage of poor reactivity and low strength development. This paper presents a comprehensive review of the main methods used to alter the reactivity of aluminosilicate materials for geopolymer synthesis, as reported recently in the literature. The methods consist of mechanical, thermal, physical separation and chemical activation, of which mechanical activation is the most commonly employed technique. The reactivity of the activated aluminosilicate materials is mainly related to the activation method and the treatment parameters. Chemical activation by alkaline fusion is a promising method allowing preparation of one-part geopolymer materials, an alternative class of geopolymeric binders. However, the resulting alkaline-fused geopolymer products are vulnerable to attack by excessive alkalis.

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