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Nanomaterials, Volume 8, Issue 6 (June 2018)

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Open AccessArticle Spherical and Spindle-Like Abamectin-Loaded Nanoparticles by Flash Nanoprecipitation for Southern Root-Knot Nematode Control: Preparation and Characterization
Nanomaterials 2018, 8(6), 449; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano8060449
Received: 30 May 2018 / Revised: 14 June 2018 / Accepted: 18 June 2018 / Published: 20 June 2018
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Southern root-knot nematode (Meloidogyne incognita) is a biotrophic parasite, causing enormous loss in global crop production annually. Abamectin (Abm) is a biological and high-efficiency pesticide against Meloidogyne incognita. In this study, a powerful method, flash nanoprecipitation (FNP), was adopted to
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Southern root-knot nematode (Meloidogyne incognita) is a biotrophic parasite, causing enormous loss in global crop production annually. Abamectin (Abm) is a biological and high-efficiency pesticide against Meloidogyne incognita. In this study, a powerful method, flash nanoprecipitation (FNP), was adopted to successfully produce Abm-loaded nanoparticle suspensions with high drug loading capacity (>40%) and encapsulation efficiency (>95%), where amphiphilic block copolymers (BCPs) poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid)-b-poly(ethylene glycol) (PLGA-b-PEG), poly(d,l-lactide)-b-poly(ethylene glycol) (PLA-b-PEG), or poly(caprolactone)-b-poly(ethylene glycol) (PCL-b-PEG) were used as the stabilizer to prevent the nanoparticles from aggregation. The effect of the drug-to-stabilizer feed ratio on the particle stability were investigated. Moreover, the effect of the BCP composition on the morphology of Abm-loaded nanoparticles for controlling Meloidogyne incognita were discussed. Notably, spindle-like nanoparticles were obtained with PCL-b-PEG as the stabilizer and found significantly more efficient (98.4% mortality at 1 ppm particle concentration) than spherical nanoparticles using PLGA-b-PEG or PLA-b-PEG as the stabilizer. This work provides a more rapid and powerful method to prepare stable Abm-loaded nanoparticles with tunable morphologies and improved effectiveness for controlling Meloidogyne incognita. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Measuring the Density of States of the Inner and Outer Wall of Double-Walled Carbon Nanotubes
Nanomaterials 2018, 8(6), 448; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano8060448
Received: 21 May 2018 / Revised: 7 June 2018 / Accepted: 14 June 2018 / Published: 19 June 2018
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The combination of ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy and metastable helium induced electron spectroscopy is used to determine the density of states of the inner and outer coaxial carbon nanotubes. Ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy typically measures the density of states across the entire carbon nanotube, while
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The combination of ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy and metastable helium induced electron spectroscopy is used to determine the density of states of the inner and outer coaxial carbon nanotubes. Ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy typically measures the density of states across the entire carbon nanotube, while metastable helium induced electron spectroscopy measures the density of states of the outermost layer alone. The use of double-walled carbon nanotubes in electronic devices allows for the outer wall to be functionalised whilst the inner wall remains defect free and the density of states is kept intact for electron transport. Separating the information of the inner and outer walls enables development of double-walled carbon nanotubes to be independent, such that the charge transport of the inner wall is maintained and confirmed whilst the outer wall is modified for functional purposes. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Applications of Carbon Nanotubes)
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Open AccessArticle Numerical Comparison of Prediction Models for Aerosol Filtration Efficiency Applied on a Hollow-Fiber Membrane Pore Structure
Nanomaterials 2018, 8(6), 447; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano8060447
Received: 18 May 2018 / Revised: 11 June 2018 / Accepted: 15 June 2018 / Published: 19 June 2018
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Hollow-fiber membranes (HFMs) have been widely applied to many liquid treatment applications such as wastewater treatment, membrane contactors/bioreactors and membrane distillation. Despite the fact that HFMs are widely used for gas separation from gas mixtures, their use for mechanical filtration of aerosols is
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Hollow-fiber membranes (HFMs) have been widely applied to many liquid treatment applications such as wastewater treatment, membrane contactors/bioreactors and membrane distillation. Despite the fact that HFMs are widely used for gas separation from gas mixtures, their use for mechanical filtration of aerosols is very scarce. In this work, we compared mathematical models developed for the prediction of air filtration efficiency by applying them on the structural parameters of polypropylene HFMs. These membranes are characteristic of pore diameters of about 90 nm and have high solidity, thus providing high potential for nanoparticle removal from air. A single fiber/collector and capillary pore approach was chosen to compare between models developed for fibrous filters and capillary-pore membranes (Nuclepore filters) based on three main mechanisms occurring in aerosol filtration (inertial impaction, interception and diffusion). The collection efficiency due to individual mechanisms differs significantly. The differences are caused by the parameters for which the individual models were developed, i.e., given values of governing dimensionless numbers (Reynolds, Stokes and Peclet number) and also given values of filter porosity and filter fiber diameter. Some models can be used to predict the efficiency of HFMs based on assumptions depending on the conditions and exact membrane parameters. Full article
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Open AccessArticle MIL-100(Al) Gels as an Excellent Platform Loaded with Doxorubicin Hydrochloride for pH-Triggered Drug Release and Anticancer Effect
Nanomaterials 2018, 8(6), 446; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano8060446
Received: 26 May 2018 / Revised: 12 June 2018 / Accepted: 15 June 2018 / Published: 19 June 2018
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Slow and controlled release systems for drugs have attracted increasing interest recently. A highly efficient metal-organic gel (MOGs) drug delivery carrier, i.e., MIL-100(Al) gel, has been fabricated by a facile, low cost, and environmentally friendly one-pot process. The unique structure of MIL-100(Al) gels
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Slow and controlled release systems for drugs have attracted increasing interest recently. A highly efficient metal-organic gel (MOGs) drug delivery carrier, i.e., MIL-100(Al) gel, has been fabricated by a facile, low cost, and environmentally friendly one-pot process. The unique structure of MIL-100(Al) gels has led to a high loading efficiency (620 mg/g) towards doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX) as a kind of anticancer drug. DOX-loaded MOGs exhibited high stability under physiological conditions and sustained release capacity of DOX for up to three days (under acidic environments). They further showed sustained drug release behavior and excellent antitumor effects in in vitro experiments on HeLa cells, in contrast with the extremely low biotoxicity of MOGs. Our work provides a promising way for anticancer therapy by utilizing this MOGs-based drug delivery system as an efficient and safe vehicle. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nanocolloids for Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery)
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Open AccessArticle Hydrophilic Chlorin e6-Poly(amidoamine) Dendrimer Nanoconjugates for Enhanced Photodynamic Therapy
Nanomaterials 2018, 8(6), 445; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano8060445
Received: 24 May 2018 / Revised: 11 June 2018 / Accepted: 15 June 2018 / Published: 18 June 2018
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In photodynamic therapy (PDT), chlorin e6 (Ce6), with its high phototoxic potential and strong absorption of visible light, penetrates deeply into photodamaged tissue. However, despite this fact, the direct application of Ce6 to PDT has been limited by its low water solubility and
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In photodynamic therapy (PDT), chlorin e6 (Ce6), with its high phototoxic potential and strong absorption of visible light, penetrates deeply into photodamaged tissue. However, despite this fact, the direct application of Ce6 to PDT has been limited by its low water solubility and poor cancer cell localization. To ameliorate this situation, we report herein on the use of a hydrophilic nanoconjugate (DC) comprised of Ce6 and poly(amidoamine) dendrimer, which improves the water solubility and intracellular uptake of Ce6, thereby enhancing PDT efficacy. The synthesis of DC was verified by 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) analysis, and the coupling ratio of Ce6 introduced onto DC was 2.64. The prepared DC was spherical, with an average diameter of 61.7 ± 3.5 nm. In addition, the characteristic ultraviolet-visible absorption bands of DC in distilled water were similar to those of free Ce6 in dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), indicating that the Ce6 chromophore did not change upon conjugation. Investigation using fluorescence spectroscopy and confocal microscopy revealed a greater intracellular uptake of DC than of Ce6 alone. Moreover, DC exhibited significantly increased phototoxicity to human cervical cancer cells, mostly because of apoptotic cell death. These results imply that DC is a candidate for the clinical treatment of PDT. Full article
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Open AccessArticle In Situ Synthesis of Ag@Cu2O-rGO Architecture for Strong Light-Matter Interactions
Nanomaterials 2018, 8(6), 444; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano8060444
Received: 10 May 2018 / Revised: 11 June 2018 / Accepted: 12 June 2018 / Published: 17 June 2018
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Emerging opportunities based on two-dimensional (2D) layered structures can utilize a variety of complex geometric architectures. Herein, we report the synthesis and properties of a 2D+0D unique ternary platform-core-shell nanostructure, termed Ag@Cu2O-rGO, where the reduced graphene oxide (rGO) 2D acting as
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Emerging opportunities based on two-dimensional (2D) layered structures can utilize a variety of complex geometric architectures. Herein, we report the synthesis and properties of a 2D+0D unique ternary platform-core-shell nanostructure, termed Ag@Cu2O-rGO, where the reduced graphene oxide (rGO) 2D acting as a platform is uniformly decorated by Ag@Cu2O core-shell nanoparticles. Cu2O nanoparticles occupy the defect positions on the surface of the rGO platform and restore the conjugation of the rGO structure, which contributes to the significant decrease of the ID/IG intensity ratio. The rGO platform can not only bridge the isolated nanoparticles together but also can quickly transfer the free electrons arising from the Ag core to the Cu2O shell to improve the utilization efficiency of photogenerated electrons, as is verified by high efficient photocatalytic activity of Methyl Orange (MO). The multi-interface coupling of the Ag@Cu2O-rGO platform-core-shell nanostructure leads to the decrease of the bandgap with an increase of the Cu2O shell thickness, which broadens the absorption range of the visible light spectrum. Full article
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Open AccessCommunication Nitrogen-Doped Carbon Nanoparticles Derived from Silkworm Excrement as On–Off–On Fluorescent Sensors to Detect Fe(III) and Biothiols
Nanomaterials 2018, 8(6), 443; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano8060443
Received: 28 May 2018 / Revised: 14 June 2018 / Accepted: 14 June 2018 / Published: 17 June 2018
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On–off–on fluorescent sensors based on emerging carbon nanoparticles (CNPs) or carbon dots (CDs) have attracted extensive attention for their convenience and efficiency. In this study, dumped silkworm excrement was used as a novel precursor to prepare fluorescent nitrogen-doped CNPs (N-CNPs) through hydrothermal treatment.
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On–off–on fluorescent sensors based on emerging carbon nanoparticles (CNPs) or carbon dots (CDs) have attracted extensive attention for their convenience and efficiency. In this study, dumped silkworm excrement was used as a novel precursor to prepare fluorescent nitrogen-doped CNPs (N-CNPs) through hydrothermal treatment. The obtained N-CNPs showed good photoluminescent properties and excellent water dispersibility. Thus, they were applied as fluorescence “on–off–on” probes for the detection of Fe(III) and biothiols. The “on–off” process was achieved by adding Fe(III) into N-CNP solution, which resulted in the selective fluorescence quenching, with the detection limit of 0.20 μM in the linear range of 1–500 μM. Following this, the introduction of biothiols could recover the fluorescence efficiently, in order to realize the “off–on” process. By using glutathione (GSH) as the representative, the linear range was in the range of 1–1000 μM, and the limit of detection was 0.13 μM. Moreover, this useful strategy was successfully applied for the determination of amounts of GSH in fetal calf serum samples. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nanostructured Biosensors)
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Open AccessArticle Emergence of Quantum Phase-Slip Behaviour in Superconducting NbN Nanowires: DC Electrical Transport and Fabrication Technologies
Nanomaterials 2018, 8(6), 442; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano8060442
Received: 15 May 2018 / Revised: 11 June 2018 / Accepted: 13 June 2018 / Published: 16 June 2018
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Superconducting nanowires undergoing quantum phase-slips have potential for impact in electronic devices, with a high-accuracy quantum current standard among a possible toolbox of novel components. A key element of developing such technologies is to understand the requirements for, and control the production of,
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Superconducting nanowires undergoing quantum phase-slips have potential for impact in electronic devices, with a high-accuracy quantum current standard among a possible toolbox of novel components. A key element of developing such technologies is to understand the requirements for, and control the production of, superconducting nanowires that undergo coherent quantum phase-slips. We present three fabrication technologies, based on using electron-beam lithography or neon focussed ion-beam lithography, for defining narrow superconducting nanowires, and have used these to create nanowires in niobium nitride with widths in the range of 20–250 nm. We present characterisation of the nanowires using DC electrical transport at temperatures down to 300 mK. We demonstrate that a range of different behaviours may be obtained in different nanowires, including bulk-like superconducting properties with critical-current features, the observation of phase-slip centres and the observation of zero conductance below a critical voltage, characteristic of coherent quantum phase-slips. We observe critical voltages up to 5 mV, an order of magnitude larger than other reports to date. The different prominence of quantum phase-slip effects in the various nanowires may be understood as arising from the differing importance of quantum fluctuations. Control of the nanowire properties will pave the way for routine fabrication of coherent quantum phase-slip nanowire devices for technology applications. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Synthesis and Characterization of Nanowires)
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Open AccessArticle Synthesis of Magnetic Wood Fiber Board and Corresponding Multi-Layer Magnetic Composite Board, with Electromagnetic Wave Absorbing Properties
Nanomaterials 2018, 8(6), 441; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano8060441
Received: 25 May 2018 / Revised: 12 June 2018 / Accepted: 14 June 2018 / Published: 16 June 2018
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With the rapid growth in the use of wireless electronic devices, society urgently needs electromagnetic wave (EMW) absorbing material with light weight, thin thickness, wide effective absorbing band width, and strong absorption capacity. Herein, the multi-layer magnetic composite boards are fabricated by hot-pressing
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With the rapid growth in the use of wireless electronic devices, society urgently needs electromagnetic wave (EMW) absorbing material with light weight, thin thickness, wide effective absorbing band width, and strong absorption capacity. Herein, the multi-layer magnetic composite boards are fabricated by hot-pressing magnetic fiber boards and normal veneer layer-by-layer. The magnetic fibers obtained using in-situ chemical co-precipitation are used to fabricate magnetic fiber board by hot-pressing. The magnetic wave absorbing capacities of the magnetic fiber boards obtained with 72 h impregnation time exhibit strongest adsorption capacities of −51.01 dB with a thickness of 3.00 mm. It is proved that this outstanding EMW absorption property is due to the strongest dielectric loss, the optimal magnetic loss, and the dipole relaxation polarization. Meanwhile, the EMW absorbing capacities of the corresponding multi-layer composite magnetic board increases from −14.14 dB (3-layer) to −60.16 dB (7-layer). This is due to the generated multi-interfaces between magnetic fiber board and natural wood veneer in the EMW propagation direction, which significantly benefit multireflection and attenuation of the incident waves. The results obtained in this work indicate that natural wood fibers are of great potential in the fabrication of magnetic multi-layer boards treated as EMW absorbers via a low cost, green, and scalable method. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Hazy Al2O3-FTO Nanocomposites: A Comparative Study with FTO-Based Nanocomposites Integrating ZnO and S:TiO2 Nanostructures
Nanomaterials 2018, 8(6), 440; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano8060440
Received: 22 May 2018 / Revised: 12 June 2018 / Accepted: 15 June 2018 / Published: 16 June 2018
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In this study, we report the use of Al2O3 nanoparticles in combination with fluorine doped tin oxide (F:SnO2, aka FTO) thin films to form hazy Al2O3-FTO nanocomposites. In comparison to previously reported FTO-based nanocomposites
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In this study, we report the use of Al2O3 nanoparticles in combination with fluorine doped tin oxide (F:SnO2, aka FTO) thin films to form hazy Al2O3-FTO nanocomposites. In comparison to previously reported FTO-based nanocomposites integrating ZnO and sulfur doped TiO2 (S:TiO2) nanoparticles (i.e., ZnO-FTO and S:TiO2-FTO nanocomposites), the newly developed Al2O3-FTO nanocomposites show medium haze factor HT of about 30%, while they exhibit the least loss in total transmittance Ttot. In addition, Al2O3-FTO nanocomposites present a low fraction of large-sized nanoparticle agglomerates with equivalent radius req > 1 μm; effectively 90% of the nanoparticle agglomerates show req < 750 nm. The smaller feature size in Al2O3-FTO nanocomposites, as compared to ZnO-FTO and S:TiO2-FTO nanocomposites, makes them more suitable for applications that are sensitive to roughness and large-sized features. With the help of a simple optical model developed in this work, we have simulated the optical scattering by a single nanoparticle agglomerate characterized by bottom radius r0, top radius r1, and height h. It is found that r0 is the main factor affecting the HT(λ), which indicates that the haze factor of Al2O3-FTO and related FTO nanocomposites is mainly determined by the total surface coverage of all the nanoparticle agglomerates present. Full article
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Open AccessShort Note Time-Dependent Growth of Silica Shells on CdTe Quantum Dots
Nanomaterials 2018, 8(6), 439; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano8060439
Received: 24 May 2018 / Revised: 11 June 2018 / Accepted: 14 June 2018 / Published: 16 June 2018
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The purpose of this study is to investigate the time dependent growth of silica shells on CdTe quantum dots to get their optimum thicknesses for practical applications. The core/shell structured silica-coated CdTe quantum dots (CdTe/SiO2 QDs) were synthesized by the Ströber process,
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The purpose of this study is to investigate the time dependent growth of silica shells on CdTe quantum dots to get their optimum thicknesses for practical applications. The core/shell structured silica-coated CdTe quantum dots (CdTe/SiO2 QDs) were synthesized by the Ströber process, which used CdTe QDs co-stabilized by mercaptopropionic acid. The coating procedure used silane primer (3-mercaptopropyltrimethoxysilane) in order to make the quantum dots (QDs) surface vitreophilic. The total size of QDs was dependent on both the time of silica shell growth in the presence of sodium silicate, and on the presence of ethanol during this growth. The size of particles was monitored during the first 72 h using two principally different methods: Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS), and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). The data obtained by both methods were compared and reasons for differences discussed. Without ethanol precipitation, the silica shell thickness grew slowly and increased the nanoparticle total size from approximately 23 nm up to almost 30 nm (DLS data), and up to almost 60 nm (SEM data) in three days. During the same time period but in the presence of ethanol, the size of CdTe/SiO2 QDs increased more significantly: up to 115 nm (DLS data) and up to 83 nm (SEM data). The variances occurring between silica shell thicknesses caused by different methods of silica growth, as well as by different evaluation methods, were discussed. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Preparation, Characterization and Utility of Quantum Dots)
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Open AccessArticle Functionalized Tyrosinase-Lignin Nanoparticles as Sustainable Catalysts for the Oxidation of Phenols
Nanomaterials 2018, 8(6), 438; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano8060438
Received: 22 May 2018 / Revised: 12 June 2018 / Accepted: 14 June 2018 / Published: 15 June 2018
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Sustainable catalysts for the oxidation of phenol derivatives under environmentally friendly conditions were prepared by the functionalization of lignin nanoparticles with tyrosinase. Lignin, the most abundant polyphenol in nature, is the main byproduct in the pulp and paper manufacturing industry and biorefinery. Tyrosinase
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Sustainable catalysts for the oxidation of phenol derivatives under environmentally friendly conditions were prepared by the functionalization of lignin nanoparticles with tyrosinase. Lignin, the most abundant polyphenol in nature, is the main byproduct in the pulp and paper manufacturing industry and biorefinery. Tyrosinase has been immobilized by direct adsorption, encapsulation, and layer-by-layer deposition, with or without glutaraldehyde reticulation. Lignin nanoparticles were found to be stable to the tyrosinase activity. After the enzyme immobilization, they showed a moderate to high catalytic effect in the synthesis of catechol derivatives, with the efficacy of the catalyst being dependent on the specific immobilization procedures. Full article
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Open AccessFeature PaperArticle Stable and High Piezoelectric Output of GaN Nanowire-Based Lead-Free Piezoelectric Nanogenerator by Suppression of Internal Screening
Nanomaterials 2018, 8(6), 437; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano8060437
Received: 30 April 2018 / Revised: 4 June 2018 / Accepted: 11 June 2018 / Published: 14 June 2018
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A piezoelectric nanogenerator (PNG) that is based on c-axis GaN nanowires is fabricated on flexible substrate. In this regard, c-axis GaN nanowires were grown on GaN substrate using the vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) technique by metal organic chemical vapor deposition. Further, Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) was coated
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A piezoelectric nanogenerator (PNG) that is based on c-axis GaN nanowires is fabricated on flexible substrate. In this regard, c-axis GaN nanowires were grown on GaN substrate using the vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) technique by metal organic chemical vapor deposition. Further, Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) was coated on nanowire-arrays then PDMS matrix embedded with GaN nanowire-arrays was transferred on Si-rubber substrate. The piezoelectric performance of nanowire-based flexible PNG was measured, while the device was actuated using a cyclic stretching-releasing agitation mechanism that was driven by a linear motor. The piezoelectric output was measured as a function of actuation frequency ranging from 1 Hz to 10 Hz and a linear tendency was observed for piezoelectric output current, while the output voltages remained constant. A maximum of piezoelectric open circuit voltages and short circuit current were measured 15.4 V and 85.6 nA, respectively. In order to evaluate the feasibility of our flexible PNG for real application, a long term stability test was performed for 20,000 cycles and the device performance was degraded by less than 18%. The underlying reason for the high piezoelectric output was attributed to the reduced free carriers inside nanowires due to surface Fermi-level pinning and insulating metal-dielectric-semiconductor interface, respectively; the former reduced the free carrier screening radially while latter reduced longitudinally. The flexibility and the high aspect ratio of GaN nanowire were the responsible factors for higher stability. Such higher piezoelectric output and the novel design make our device more promising for the diverse range of real applications. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue 1D Nanostructure-Based Piezo-Generators)
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Open AccessArticle Ag Nanotwin-Assisted Grain Growth-Induced by Stress in SiO2/Ag/SiO2 Nanocap Arrays
Nanomaterials 2018, 8(6), 436; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano8060436
Received: 1 June 2018 / Revised: 12 June 2018 / Accepted: 12 June 2018 / Published: 14 June 2018
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A trilayer SiO2/Ag/SiO2 nanocap array was prepared on a two-dimensional template. When annealed at different temperatures, the curvature of the SiO2/Ag/SiO2 nanocap arrays increased, which led to Ag nanocap shrinkage. The stress provided by the curved SiO
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A trilayer SiO2/Ag/SiO2 nanocap array was prepared on a two-dimensional template. When annealed at different temperatures, the curvature of the SiO2/Ag/SiO2 nanocap arrays increased, which led to Ag nanocap shrinkage. The stress provided by the curved SiO2 layer induced the formation of Ag nanotwins. Ag nanotwins assisted the growth of nanoparticles when the neighboring nanotwins changed the local misorientations. Nanocap shrinkage reduced the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) coupling between neighboring nanocaps; concurrently, grain growth decreased the SPR coupling between the particles in each nanocap, which led to a red shift of the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) bands and decreased the surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) signals. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Gelled Electrolyte Containing Phosphonium Ionic Liquids for Lithium-Ion Batteries
Nanomaterials 2018, 8(6), 435; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano8060435
Received: 16 May 2018 / Revised: 11 June 2018 / Accepted: 12 June 2018 / Published: 14 June 2018
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In this work, new gelled electrolytes were prepared based on a mixture containing phosphonium ionic liquid (IL) composed of trihexyl(tetradecyl)phosphonium cation combined with bis(trifluoromethane)sulfonimide [TFSI] counter anions and lithium salt, confined in a host network made from an epoxy prepolymer and amine hardener.
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In this work, new gelled electrolytes were prepared based on a mixture containing phosphonium ionic liquid (IL) composed of trihexyl(tetradecyl)phosphonium cation combined with bis(trifluoromethane)sulfonimide [TFSI] counter anions and lithium salt, confined in a host network made from an epoxy prepolymer and amine hardener. We have demonstrated that the addition of electrolyte plays a key role on the kinetics of polymerization but also on the final properties of epoxy networks, especially thermal, thermo-mechanical, transport, and electrochemical properties. Thus, polymer electrolytes with excellent thermal stability (>300 °C) combined with good thermo-mechanical properties have been prepared. In addition, an ionic conductivity of 0.13 Ms·cm−1 at 100 °C was reached. Its electrochemical stability was 3.95 V vs. Li0/Li+ and the assembled cell consisting in Li|LiFePO4 exhibited stable cycle properties even after 30 cycles. These results highlight a promising gelled electrolyte for future lithium ion batteries. Full article
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