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  • Author(s):
    Sasha Padilla-Coley, Hui Xu
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    hydrophobic (i.e., Hoechst 33342) dyes or drugs, including a binary dye/drug pair (i.e., indocyanine green/mitoxantrone). The core of HBPn, containing a mixture of uncharged 2-pentanone chains and 1,2,3-triazole rings, could be loaded with uncharged and very hydrophobic dyes (i.e., Nile Red) or drugs. Improved aqueous solubility of camptothecin was achieved 10-fold from 8.4 to 75 ng/mL. Additionally, cell toxicity studies showed that HBPn was able to release the camptothecin drug inside A549 …

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    2020-04
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  • Author(s):
    Paul J. McGinn
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    High-throughput combinatorial investigations are transforming materials discovery, phase diagram development, and processing optimization. Thin-film deposition techniques are frequently used to fabricate sample libraries employed in these studies. Various adaptations of well-known thin-film chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and physical vapor deposition (PVD) techniques utilized for the synthesis of inorganic combinatorial thin-film materials libraries are reviewed, with novel processing approa…

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    2019-08
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    Patrick Barboun, Prateek Mehta, Francisco Herrera, David Go, William Schneider, Jason Hicks
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    Plasma-assisted catalysis is the process of electrically activating gases in the plasma-phase at low temperatures and ambient pressure to drive reactions on catalyst surfaces. Plasma-assisted catalytic processes combine conventional heterogeneous surface reactions, homogeneous plasma phase reactions, and coupling between plasma-generated species and the catalyst surface. Herein, we perform kinetically controlled ammonia synthesis measurements in a dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) plasma-ass…

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    2019-07
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    Luke Sadergaski, Meena Said, Amy Hixon
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    The unique and diverse features of uranyl peroxide nanoclusters may contribute to the enhanced mobility of uranium in the environment. This study examines the sorption of the uranyl peroxide nanocluster [UO2(O2)(OH)]6060‑ (U60) to Na-montmorillonite (SWy-2), plagioclase (anorthite), and quartz (SiO2) as a function of time, U60 concentration, and mineral concentration. SWy-2 was studied in both its untreated form as well as after two different pretreatments, denoted as partially treated SWy-2 a…

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    2019-09
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  • Author(s):
    James Zokoe, Changsheng Su, Paul J. McGinn
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    Potassium volatility and activity in a novel K-Ca-Si-O glass catalyst was investigated over extended periods of soot oxidation. Soot was continuously deposited and oxidized by maintaining a glass catalyst-coated filter at temperatures above the oxidation balance point to provide a soot mass equivalent to 100 000 miles of engine operation. Testing revealed the 52-SiO2, 35-K2O, and 13-CaO wt % glass catalysts show a significant improvement in soot oxidation performance over a Pt catalyst. The g…

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    2019-07
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  • Author(s):
    Hunter Ford, Laura Merrill, Jennifer Schaefer
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    Abstract: Rechargeable magnesium sulfur (Mg/S) batteries suffer from fast capacity fading due to difficulty of reoxidation of MgS and the polysulfide shuttle. Other works have reported that use of Cu current collectors or CuS at the cathode improves cycleability. Here we investigate Cu nanoparticles grown on carbon nanofibers (Cu@CNF) as an additive for the Mg/S battery cathode to test the effects of Cu metal on capacity and rate performance at controlled Cu loading. The Mg/S battery with Cu …

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    2019-10
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    Chinedu Madukoma, Shusuke Tomoshige, Choonkeun Kim, Elan Lastochkin, William C. Boggess, Jed Fisher, Joshua Shrout, Shahriar Mobashery
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    The interplay between the activities of lytic transglycosylases (LTs) and penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs) is critical for the health of the bacterial cell wall. Bulgecin A (a natural-product inhibitor of LTs) potentiates the activity of β-lactam antibiotics (inhibitors of PBPs), underscoring this intimate mechanistic interdependence. Bulgecin A in the presence of an appropriate β-lactam causes bulge deformation due to the formation of aberrant peptidoglycan at the division site of the bact…

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    2019-01
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  • Author(s):
    Seung-Ryong Kwon, Donghoon Han, Paul Bohn
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    Conspectus Electrochemical measurements conducted in confined volumes provide a powerful and direct means to address scientific questions at the nexus of nanoscience, biotechnology, and chemical analysis. How are electron transfer and ion transport coupled in confined volumes and how does understanding them require moving beyond macroscopic theories? Also, how do these coupled processes impact electrochemical detection and processing? We address these questions by studying a special type of c…

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    2019-10
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  • Author(s):
    Patrick Barboun, Prateek Mehta, Francisco Herrera, David Go, William Schneider, Jason Hicks
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    Plasma-assisted catalysis is the process of electrically activating gases in the plasma-phase at low temperatures and ambient pressure to drive reactions on catalyst surfaces. Plasma-assisted catalytic processes combine conventional heterogeneous surface reactions, homogeneous plasma phase reactions, and coupling between plasma-generated species and the catalyst surface. Herein, we perform kinetically controlled ammonia synthesis measurements in a dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) plasma-ass…

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    2019-07
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    Junsang Cho, Jeffrey T. DuBose, Prashant Kamat
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    Lead-free double perovskites such as Cs2AgBiBr6 are gaining attention because of their environmental friendliness compared to the lead halide perovskites. In order to establish their photoactivity, we have probed the excited-state behavior of Cs2AgBiBr6 nanocrystals and charge injection from their excited state into different metal oxides (TiO2, ZnO). The electron-transfer rate constants determined from ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy were in the range of 1.2−5.2 × 1010 s−1. Under…

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    2019-12
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  • Author(s):
    Sarah Peterson, Kyle Bibby
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    Fecal indicator bacteria currently employed for microbial water quality management are poor representatives of viruses. Viral water quality indicators have recently been proposed based on the human gut bacteriophage crAssphage and the food virus pepper mild mottle virus (PMMoV) due to their high abundance in sewage and association to human waste. Here, we develop a model relating crAssphage and PMMoV abundance to risk of swimmer illness in a recreational water contaminated with fresh, untreat…

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    2019-08
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  • Author(s):
    Seung-Ryong Kwon, Paul Bohn
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    The attoliter volumes and confinement abilities of zero- dimensional nanopore-electrode arrays (NEAs) hold considerable promise for examining the behavior of single nanoparticles. In this work, we use surface- enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) in tandem with amperometry in order to monitor single Ag Raman-sentinel nanoparticles transported to and captured in single nanopores. To that end, highly ordered solid-state NEAs were fabricated to contain periodic arrays of nanopores, each housing a si…

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    2019-03
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