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Effects Of Three Dry Powder Inhalers On Deposition Of Aerosolized Medicine In The Human Oral-Pharyngeal-Laryngeal Regions, Mohammed Ali Sep 2019

Effects Of Three Dry Powder Inhalers On Deposition Of Aerosolized Medicine In The Human Oral-Pharyngeal-Laryngeal Regions, Mohammed Ali

Mohammed Ali

The dry powder inhaler (DPI) is a popular, effective and convenient drug delivery device for inhalation therapy to treat asthma. However, a large quantity (approximately 54%) of inhaled aerosols deposit in the oropharyngeal region. Deposition in this region is undesirable because it provides minimum therapeutic benefits and has adverse localized or systemic side effects. This study reports a method of examining electrostatic charge effects on deposition of three DPI aerosols (Spiriva Handihaler, Advair Diskus, and Pulmicort Turbohaler) in a cadaver-based cast of the human oral-pharyngeal-laryngeal (OPL) regions. Experimental aerosols were generated from the three commercially available DPIs by means of ...


Minimalistic Peptide-Based Supramolecular Systems Relevant To The Chemical Origin Of Life, Daniela Kroiss Sep 2019

Minimalistic Peptide-Based Supramolecular Systems Relevant To The Chemical Origin Of Life, Daniela Kroiss

All Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

All forms of life are based on biopolymers, which are made up of a selection of simple building blocks, such as amino acids, nucleotides, fatty acids and sugars. Their individual properties govern their interactions, giving rise to complex supramolecular structures with highly specialized functionality, including ligand recognition, catalysis and compartmentalization. In this thesis, we aim to answer the question whether short peptides could have acted as precursors of modern proteins during prebiotic evolution. Using a combination of experimental and computational techniques, we screened a large molecular search space for peptide sequences that are capable of forming supramolecular complexes with adenosine ...


Nanogaps On Atomically Thin Materials As Non-Volatile Read/Writable Memory Devices, Douglas Robert Strachan, Abhishek Sundararajan, Mathias Joseph Boland Aug 2019

Nanogaps On Atomically Thin Materials As Non-Volatile Read/Writable Memory Devices, Douglas Robert Strachan, Abhishek Sundararajan, Mathias Joseph Boland

Physics and Astronomy Faculty Patents

The present invention relates to the presence of nanogaps across a metal dispersed over an atomically-thin material, such that the nanogap exposes the atomically-thin material. The resulting device offers an ultra-short gap with ballistic transport and demonstrated switching in the presence of a gate or dielectric material in close proximity to the channel.


Synthesis And Optical Properties Of Ordered-Vacancy Perovskite Cesium Bismuth Halide Nanocrystals, Rainie D. Nelson, Kalyan Santra, Y. Wang, Atefe Hadi, Jacob W. Petrich, Matthew G. Panthani Aug 2019

Synthesis And Optical Properties Of Ordered-Vacancy Perovskite Cesium Bismuth Halide Nanocrystals, Rainie D. Nelson, Kalyan Santra, Y. Wang, Atefe Hadi, Jacob W. Petrich, Matthew G. Panthani

Matthew Panthani

Perovskite-phase cesium bismuth halide (Cs3Bi2X9; X = Cl, Br, I) nanocrystals were synthesized using a hot-injection approach. These nanocrystals adopted ordered-vacancy perovskite crystal structures and demonstrated composition-tunable optical properties. Growth occurred by initial formation of Bi0 seeds, and morphology was controlled by precursor and seed concentration. The Cs3Bi2I9 nanocrystals demonstrated excellent stability under ambient conditions for several months. Contrary to previous reports, we find that photoluminescence originates from the precursor material as opposed to the Cs3Bi2X9 nanocrystals.


Ambient Synthesis Of Nanomaterials By In Situ Heterogeneous Metal/Ligand Reactions, Boyce S. Chang, Brijith Thomas, Jiahao Chen, Ian D. Tevis, Paul Karanja, Simge Çınar, Amrit Venkatesh, Aaron Rossini, Martin M. Thuo Aug 2019

Ambient Synthesis Of Nanomaterials By In Situ Heterogeneous Metal/Ligand Reactions, Boyce S. Chang, Brijith Thomas, Jiahao Chen, Ian D. Tevis, Paul Karanja, Simge Çınar, Amrit Venkatesh, Aaron Rossini, Martin M. Thuo

Martin M. Thuo

Coordination polymers are ideal synthons in creating high aspect ratio nanostructures, however, conventional synthetic methods are often restricted to batch-wise and costly processes. Herein, we demonstrate a non-traditional, frugal approach to synthesize 1D coordination polymers by in situ etching of zerovalent metal particle precursors. This procedure is denoted as the heterogeneous metal/ligand reaction and was demonstrated on Group 13 metals as a proof of concept. Simple carboxylic acids supply the etchant protons and ligands for metal ions (conjugate base) in a 1 : 1 ratio. This scalable reaction produces a 1D polymer that assembles into high-aspect ratio ‘nanobeams’. We demonstrate ...


Stamped Multilayer Graphene Laminates For Disposable In-Field Electrodes: Application To Electrochemical Sensing Of Hydrogen Peroxide And Glucose, Loreen R. Stromberg, John A. Hondred, Delaney Sanborn, Deyny Mendivelso-Perez, Srikanthan Ramesh, Iris V. Rivero, Josh Kogot, Emily Smith, Carmen Gomes, Jonathan C. Claussen Aug 2019

Stamped Multilayer Graphene Laminates For Disposable In-Field Electrodes: Application To Electrochemical Sensing Of Hydrogen Peroxide And Glucose, Loreen R. Stromberg, John A. Hondred, Delaney Sanborn, Deyny Mendivelso-Perez, Srikanthan Ramesh, Iris V. Rivero, Josh Kogot, Emily Smith, Carmen Gomes, Jonathan C. Claussen

Mechanical Engineering Publications

A multi-step approach is described for the fabrication of multi-layer graphene-based electrodes without the need for ink binders or post-print annealing. Graphite and nanoplatelet graphene were chemically exfoliated using a modified Hummers’ method and the dried material was thermally expanded. Expanded materials were used in a 3D printed mold and stamp to create laminate electrodes on various substrates. The laminates were examined for potential sensing applications using model systems of peroxide (H2O2) and enzymatic glucose detection. Within the context of these two assay systems, platinum nanoparticle electrodeposition and oxygen plasma treatment were examined as methods for improving sensitivity. Electrodes made ...


Fabrication Of High-Resolution Graphene-Based Flexible Electronics Via Polymer Casting, Metin Uz, Kyle Jackson, Maxsam S. Donta, Juhyung Jung, Matthew T. Lentner, John A. Hondred, Jonathan C. Claussen, Surya K. Mallapragada Jul 2019

Fabrication Of High-Resolution Graphene-Based Flexible Electronics Via Polymer Casting, Metin Uz, Kyle Jackson, Maxsam S. Donta, Juhyung Jung, Matthew T. Lentner, John A. Hondred, Jonathan C. Claussen, Surya K. Mallapragada

Jonathan C. Claussen

In this study, a novel method based on the transfer of graphene patterns from a rigid or flexible substrate onto a polymeric film surface via solvent casting was developed. The method involves the creation of predetermined graphene patterns on the substrate, casting a polymer solution, and directly transferring the graphene patterns from the substrate to the surface of the target polymer film via a peeling-off method. The feature sizes of the graphene patterns on the final film can vary from a few micrometers (as low as 5 µm) to few millimeters range. This process, applied at room temperature, eliminates the ...


Fabrication Of High-Resolution Graphene-Based Flexible Electronics Via Polymer Casting, Metin Uz, Kyle Jackson, Maxsam S. Donta, Juhyung Jung, Matthew T. Lentner, John A. Hondred, Jonathan C. Claussen, Surya K. Mallapragada Jul 2019

Fabrication Of High-Resolution Graphene-Based Flexible Electronics Via Polymer Casting, Metin Uz, Kyle Jackson, Maxsam S. Donta, Juhyung Jung, Matthew T. Lentner, John A. Hondred, Jonathan C. Claussen, Surya K. Mallapragada

Surya K. Mallapragada

In this study, a novel method based on the transfer of graphene patterns from a rigid or flexible substrate onto a polymeric film surface via solvent casting was developed. The method involves the creation of predetermined graphene patterns on the substrate, casting a polymer solution, and directly transferring the graphene patterns from the substrate to the surface of the target polymer film via a peeling-off method. The feature sizes of the graphene patterns on the final film can vary from a few micrometers (as low as 5 µm) to few millimeters range. This process, applied at room temperature, eliminates the ...


Stamped Multilayer Graphene Laminates For Disposable In-Field Electrodes: Application To Electrochemical Sensing Of Hydrogen Peroxide And Glucose, Loreen R. Stromberg, John A. Hondred, Delaney Sanborn, Deyny Mendivelso-Perez, Srikanthan Ramesh, Iris V. Rivero, Josh Kogot, Emily Smith, Carmen Gomes, Jonathan C. Claussen Jul 2019

Stamped Multilayer Graphene Laminates For Disposable In-Field Electrodes: Application To Electrochemical Sensing Of Hydrogen Peroxide And Glucose, Loreen R. Stromberg, John A. Hondred, Delaney Sanborn, Deyny Mendivelso-Perez, Srikanthan Ramesh, Iris V. Rivero, Josh Kogot, Emily Smith, Carmen Gomes, Jonathan C. Claussen

Carmen Gomes

A multi-step approach is described for the fabrication of multi-layer graphene-based electrodes without the need for ink binders or post-print annealing. Graphite and nanoplatelet graphene were chemically exfoliated using a modified Hummers’ method and the dried material was thermally expanded. Expanded materials were used in a 3D printed mold and stamp to create laminate electrodes on various substrates. The laminates were examined for potential sensing applications using model systems of peroxide (H2O2) and enzymatic glucose detection. Within the context of these two assay systems, platinum nanoparticle electrodeposition and oxygen plasma treatment were examined as methods for improving sensitivity. Electrodes made ...


Stamped Multilayer Graphene Laminates For Disposable In-Field Electrodes: Application To Electrochemical Sensing Of Hydrogen Peroxide And Glucose, Loreen R. Stromberg, John A. Hondred, Delaney Sanborn, Deyny Mendivelso-Perez, Srikanthan Ramesh, Iris V. Rivero, Josh Kogot, Emily Smith, Carmen Gomes, Jonathan C. Claussen Jul 2019

Stamped Multilayer Graphene Laminates For Disposable In-Field Electrodes: Application To Electrochemical Sensing Of Hydrogen Peroxide And Glucose, Loreen R. Stromberg, John A. Hondred, Delaney Sanborn, Deyny Mendivelso-Perez, Srikanthan Ramesh, Iris V. Rivero, Josh Kogot, Emily Smith, Carmen Gomes, Jonathan C. Claussen

Jonathan C. Claussen

A multi-step approach is described for the fabrication of multi-layer graphene-based electrodes without the need for ink binders or post-print annealing. Graphite and nanoplatelet graphene were chemically exfoliated using a modified Hummers’ method and the dried material was thermally expanded. Expanded materials were used in a 3D printed mold and stamp to create laminate electrodes on various substrates. The laminates were examined for potential sensing applications using model systems of peroxide (H2O2) and enzymatic glucose detection. Within the context of these two assay systems, platinum nanoparticle electrodeposition and oxygen plasma treatment were examined as methods for improving sensitivity. Electrodes made ...


Thermal Interface Material, Matthew Collins Weisenberger, John Davis Craddock Jul 2019

Thermal Interface Material, Matthew Collins Weisenberger, John Davis Craddock

Center for Applied Energy Research Faculty Patents

A flexible sheet of aligned carbon nanotubes includes an array of aligned nanotubes in a free standing film form not adhered to the synthesis substrate, with a matrix infiltrated interstitially into the nanotube array with access to the nanotube tips from both the top and bottom. That is, the infiltrant is purposely limited from over-filling or coating one or both exterior top and/or bottom surfaces of the array, blocking access to the tips. A typical matrix is a polymer material.


Fabrication Of High-Resolution Graphene-Based Flexible Electronics Via Polymer Casting, Metin Uz, Kyle Jackson, Maxsam S. Donta, Juhyung Jung, Matthew T. Lentner, John A. Hondred, Jonathan C. Claussen, Surya K. Mallapragada Jul 2019

Fabrication Of High-Resolution Graphene-Based Flexible Electronics Via Polymer Casting, Metin Uz, Kyle Jackson, Maxsam S. Donta, Juhyung Jung, Matthew T. Lentner, John A. Hondred, Jonathan C. Claussen, Surya K. Mallapragada

Chemical and Biological Engineering Publications

In this study, a novel method based on the transfer of graphene patterns from a rigid or flexible substrate onto a polymeric film surface via solvent casting was developed. The method involves the creation of predetermined graphene patterns on the substrate, casting a polymer solution, and directly transferring the graphene patterns from the substrate to the surface of the target polymer film via a peeling-off method. The feature sizes of the graphene patterns on the final film can vary from a few micrometers (as low as 5 µm) to few millimeters range. This process, applied at room temperature, eliminates the ...


Ambient Synthesis Of Nanomaterials By In Situ Heterogeneous Metal/Ligand Reactions, Boyce S. Chang, Brijith Thomas, Jiahao Chen, Ian D. Tevis, Paul Karanja, Simge Çınar, Amrit Venkatesh, Aaron Rossini, Martin M. Thuo Jul 2019

Ambient Synthesis Of Nanomaterials By In Situ Heterogeneous Metal/Ligand Reactions, Boyce S. Chang, Brijith Thomas, Jiahao Chen, Ian D. Tevis, Paul Karanja, Simge Çınar, Amrit Venkatesh, Aaron Rossini, Martin M. Thuo

Ames Laboratory Accepted Manuscripts

Coordination polymers are ideal synthons in creating high aspect ratio nanostructures, however, conventional synthetic methods are often restricted to batch-wise and costly processes. Herein, we demonstrate a non-traditional, frugal approach to synthesize 1D coordination polymers by in situ etching of zerovalent metal particle precursors. This procedure is denoted as the heterogeneous metal/ligand reaction and was demonstrated on Group 13 metals as a proof of concept. Simple carboxylic acids supply the etchant protons and ligands for metal ions (conjugate base) in a 1 : 1 ratio. This scalable reaction produces a 1D polymer that assembles into high-aspect ratio ‘nanobeams’. We demonstrate ...


Thin Biobased Transparent Uv-Blocking Coating Enabled By Nanoparticle Self-Assembly, Emily Olson, Yifan Li, Fang-Yi Lin, Ana Miller, Fei Liu, Ayuna Tsyrenova, Devin Palm, Greg W. Curtzwiler, Keith L. Vorst, Eric W. Cochran, Shan Jiang Jun 2019

Thin Biobased Transparent Uv-Blocking Coating Enabled By Nanoparticle Self-Assembly, Emily Olson, Yifan Li, Fang-Yi Lin, Ana Miller, Fei Liu, Ayuna Tsyrenova, Devin Palm, Greg W. Curtzwiler, Keith L. Vorst, Eric W. Cochran, Shan Jiang

Eric W. Cochran

A waterborne, UV-blocking, and visually transparent nanocomposite coating was formulated with ZnO nanoparticles and 2-hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC). The coating is highly effective (< 5% UV and ~ 65% visible transmittance) and the film thickness (0.2 – 2.5 μm) is ~100 times thinner than the conventional coatings of similar UV-blocking performance. The superior properties are due to the fractal structures of ZnO nanoparticles assembled within the HEC matrix, revealed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS). Changing the binder to 2-hydroxyethyl starch (HES) diminishes the UV-blocking performance, as ZnO nanoparticles form dense globular aggregates, with an aggregation number measured by SAXS three orders of magnitude larger than the HEC coating. Since HEC and HES share the same same chemical compositionrepeating glucose unit in the polymer backbone, it suggests that the conformational characteristics of the binder polymer have a strong influence on the nanoparticle aggregation, which plays a key role in determining the optical performance. Similar structures were achieved with TiO2 nanoparticles. This study not only offers a cost-effective and readily scalable method to fabricate transparent UV-blocking coating, but also demonstrates that the unique fractal aggregation structures in a nanocomposite material can provide high performance and functionality without fully dispersing the nanoparticles.


A Ph-Sensitive Delivery System For The Prevention Of Dental Caries Using Salivary Protein, Yi Zhu, Yizhi Xiao, Elizabeth Gillies, Walter L. Siqueira Jun 2019

A Ph-Sensitive Delivery System For The Prevention Of Dental Caries Using Salivary Protein, Yi Zhu, Yizhi Xiao, Elizabeth Gillies, Walter L. Siqueira

Western Research Forum

Dental caries remains one of the most common chronic diseases worldwide. In previous studies, salivary proteins (e.g. histatin 3, statherin) have demonstrated biological functions including the inhibition of crystal growth, antibacterial activities, which are directly related to tooth homeostasis and prevention of dental caries. However, proteins are susceptible to the high proteolytic activities in the oral environment. Therefore, pH-sensitive chitosan nanoparticles (CNs) have been proposed as potential carriers to protect proteins against enzymatic degradation at physiological salivary pH, in addition to swell selectively at lower pH conditions to facilitate the release of the encapsulated proteins, as major oral complications ...


Porous Wood Monoliths Decorated With Platinum Nano-Urchins As Catalysts For Underwater Micro-Vehicle Propulsion Via H2o2 Decomposition, Bolin Chen, Ahmed Gsalla, Anand Gaur, Yu Hui Lui, Xiaohui Tang, Jason Geder, Marius Pruessner, Brian J. Melde, Igor L. Medintz, Behrouz Shafei, Shan Hu, Jonathan C. Claussen Jun 2019

Porous Wood Monoliths Decorated With Platinum Nano-Urchins As Catalysts For Underwater Micro-Vehicle Propulsion Via H2o2 Decomposition, Bolin Chen, Ahmed Gsalla, Anand Gaur, Yu Hui Lui, Xiaohui Tang, Jason Geder, Marius Pruessner, Brian J. Melde, Igor L. Medintz, Behrouz Shafei, Shan Hu, Jonathan C. Claussen

Jonathan C. Claussen

Porous carbon is becoming an important and promising high-surface area scaffold material for various energy-based applications including catalysis. Here we demonstrate the growth of urchin-like platinum nanoparticles (PtNPs) on carbon monoliths derived from basswood that work as catalysts for micro underwater vehicle (MUV) propulsion via H2O2 decomposition. The carbon monoliths were constructed of natural basswood that was carbonized in argon (Ar) and subjected to a subsequent CO2 activation process that rendered the material into a hardened 3D porous activated carbonized wood (ACW) with inner channel voids measuring 10-70 μm in diameter. The PtNP nanourchins (500 nm or less in total ...


Porous Wood Monoliths Decorated With Platinum Nano-Urchins As Catalysts For Underwater Micro-Vehicle Propulsion Via H2o2 Decomposition, Bolin Chen, Ahmed Gsalla, Anand Gaur, Yu Hui Lui, Xiaohui Tang, Jason Geder, Marius Pruessner, Brian J. Melde, Igor L. Medintz, Behrouz Shafei, Shan Hu, Jonathan C. Claussen Jun 2019

Porous Wood Monoliths Decorated With Platinum Nano-Urchins As Catalysts For Underwater Micro-Vehicle Propulsion Via H2o2 Decomposition, Bolin Chen, Ahmed Gsalla, Anand Gaur, Yu Hui Lui, Xiaohui Tang, Jason Geder, Marius Pruessner, Brian J. Melde, Igor L. Medintz, Behrouz Shafei, Shan Hu, Jonathan C. Claussen

Shan Hu

Porous carbon is becoming an important and promising high-surface area scaffold material for various energy-based applications including catalysis. Here we demonstrate the growth of urchin-like platinum nanoparticles (PtNPs) on carbon monoliths derived from basswood that work as catalysts for micro underwater vehicle (MUV) propulsion via H2O2 decomposition. The carbon monoliths were constructed of natural basswood that was carbonized in argon (Ar) and subjected to a subsequent CO2 activation process that rendered the material into a hardened 3D porous activated carbonized wood (ACW) with inner channel voids measuring 10-70 μm in diameter. The PtNP nanourchins (500 nm or less in total ...


Transparent Ohmic Contacts For Solution-Processed, Ultrathin Cdte Solar Cells, J. Matthew Kurley, Matthew G. Panthani, Ryan W. Crisp, Sanjini U. Nanayakkara, Gregory F. Pach, Matthew O. Reese, Margaret H. Hudson, Dmitriy S. Dolzhnikov, Vadim Tanygin, Joseph M. Luther, Dmitri V. Talapin Jun 2019

Transparent Ohmic Contacts For Solution-Processed, Ultrathin Cdte Solar Cells, J. Matthew Kurley, Matthew G. Panthani, Ryan W. Crisp, Sanjini U. Nanayakkara, Gregory F. Pach, Matthew O. Reese, Margaret H. Hudson, Dmitriy S. Dolzhnikov, Vadim Tanygin, Joseph M. Luther, Dmitri V. Talapin

Matthew Panthani

Recently, solution-processing became a viable route for depositing CdTe for use in photovoltaics. Ultrathin (∼500 nm) solar cells have been made using colloidal CdTe nanocrystals with efficiencies exceeding 12% power conversion efficiency (PCE) demonstrated by using very simple device stacks. Further progress requires an effective method for extracting charge carriers generated during light harvesting. Here, we explored solution-based methods for creating transparent Ohmic contacts to the solution-deposited CdTe absorber layer and demonstrated molecular and nanocrystal approaches to Ohmic hole-extracting contacts at the ITO/CdTe interface. We used scanning Kelvin probe microscopy to further show how the above approaches improved carrier ...


Thin Biobased Transparent Uv-Blocking Coating Enabled By Nanoparticle Self-Assembly, Emily Olson, Yifan Li, Fang-Yi Lin, Ana Miller, Fei Liu, Ayuna Tsyrenova, Devin Palm, Greg W. Curtzwiler, Keith L. Vorst, Eric W. Cochran, Shan Jiang Jun 2019

Thin Biobased Transparent Uv-Blocking Coating Enabled By Nanoparticle Self-Assembly, Emily Olson, Yifan Li, Fang-Yi Lin, Ana Miller, Fei Liu, Ayuna Tsyrenova, Devin Palm, Greg W. Curtzwiler, Keith L. Vorst, Eric W. Cochran, Shan Jiang

Chemical and Biological Engineering Publications

A waterborne, UV-blocking, and visually transparent nanocomposite coating was formulated with ZnO nanoparticles and 2-hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC). The coating is highly effective (< 5% UV and ~ 65% visible transmittance) and the film thickness (0.2 – 2.5 μm) is ~100 times thinner than the conventional coatings of similar UV-blocking performance. The superior properties are due to the fractal structures of ZnO nanoparticles assembled within the HEC matrix, revealed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS). Changing the binder to 2-hydroxyethyl starch (HES) diminishes the UV-blocking performance, as ZnO nanoparticles form dense globular aggregates, with an aggregation number measured by SAXS three orders of magnitude larger than the HEC coating. Since HEC and HES share the same same chemical compositionrepeating glucose unit in the polymer backbone, it suggests that the conformational characteristics of the binder polymer have a strong influence on the nanoparticle aggregation, which plays a key role in determining the optical performance. Similar structures were achieved with TiO2 nanoparticles. This study not only offers a cost-effective and readily scalable method to fabricate transparent UV-blocking coating, but also demonstrates that the unique fractal aggregation structures in a nanocomposite material can provide high performance and functionality without fully dispersing the nanoparticles.


Synthesis Of Germanium Nanocrystals From Solid-State Disproportionation Of A Chloride-Derived Germania Glass, Yujie Wang, Utkarsh Ramesh, Charles K. A. Nyamekye, Bradley J. Ryan, Rainie D. Nelson, Abdulla M. Alebri, Umar H. Hamdeh, Atefe Hadi, Emily A. Smith, Matthew G. Panthani Jun 2019

Synthesis Of Germanium Nanocrystals From Solid-State Disproportionation Of A Chloride-Derived Germania Glass, Yujie Wang, Utkarsh Ramesh, Charles K. A. Nyamekye, Bradley J. Ryan, Rainie D. Nelson, Abdulla M. Alebri, Umar H. Hamdeh, Atefe Hadi, Emily A. Smith, Matthew G. Panthani

Matthew Panthani

Germanium nanocrystals (Ge NCs) have potential to be used in several optoelectronic applications such as photodetectors and light-emitting diodes. Here, we report a solid-state route to synthesizing Ge NCs through thermal disproportionation of a germania (GeOX) glass, which was synthesized by hydrolyzing a GeCl2·dioxane complex. The GeOX glass synthesized in this manner was found to have residual Cl content. The process of nanocrystal nucleation and growth was monitored using powder X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy. Compared to existing solid-state routes for synthesizing colloidal Ge NCs, this approach requires fewer steps and is amenable ...


Reshaping, Intermixing, And Coarsening For Metallic Nanocrystals: Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanical And Coarse-Grained Modeling, King C. Lai, Yong Han, Peter M. Spurgeon, Wenyu Huang, Patricia A. Thiel, Da-Jiang Liu, James W. Evans Jun 2019

Reshaping, Intermixing, And Coarsening For Metallic Nanocrystals: Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanical And Coarse-Grained Modeling, King C. Lai, Yong Han, Peter M. Spurgeon, Wenyu Huang, Patricia A. Thiel, Da-Jiang Liu, James W. Evans

James W. Evans

Self-assembly of supported 2D or 3D nanocrystals (NCs) by vacuum deposition and of 3D NCs by solution-phase synthesis (with possible subsequent transfer to a support) produces intrinsically nonequilibrium systems. Individual NCs can have far-from-equilibrium shapes and composition profiles. The free energy of NC ensembles is lowered by coarsening which can involve Ostwald ripening or Smoluchowski ripening (NC diffusion and coalescence). Preservation of individual NC structure and inhibition of coarsening are key, e.g., for avoiding catalyst degradation. This review focuses on postsynthesis evolution of metallic NCs. Atomistic-level modeling typically utilizes stochastic lattice-gas models to access appropriate time and length scales ...


Structure And High Performance Of Lead-Free (K0.5na0.5)Nbo3 Piezoelectric Nanofibers With Surface-Induced Crystallization At Lowered Temperature, Yasmin Mohamed Yousry, Kui Tao, Xiaoli Tan, Ayman Mahmoud Mohamed, Yumei Wang, Shuting Chen, Seeram Ramakrishna Jun 2019

Structure And High Performance Of Lead-Free (K0.5na0.5)Nbo3 Piezoelectric Nanofibers With Surface-Induced Crystallization At Lowered Temperature, Yasmin Mohamed Yousry, Kui Tao, Xiaoli Tan, Ayman Mahmoud Mohamed, Yumei Wang, Shuting Chen, Seeram Ramakrishna

Xiaoli Tan

Lead-free potassium and sodium niobate (KNN) nanofiber webs with random and aligned configurations were prepared by electrospinning process from polymer-modified chemical solution. The crystallization process, structure, composition, dielectric, ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties of the nanofibers and nanofiber webs were investigated. Theoretical analysis and experimental results showed that the surface-induced heterogeneous nucleation resulted in the remarkable lower crystallization temperature for the KNN nanofibers with {100} orientation of the perovskite phase in contrast to the bulk KNN gel, and thus well-controlled chemical stoichiometry. Low dielectric loss, large electric polarization, and high piezoelectric performance were obtained in the nanofiber webs. In particular, the ...


Porous Wood Monoliths Decorated With Platinum Nano-Urchins As Catalysts For Underwater Micro-Vehicle Propulsion Via H2o2 Decomposition, Bolin Chen, Ahmed Gsalla, Anand Gaur, Yu Hui Lui, Xiaohui Tang, Jason Geder, Marius Pruessner, Brian J. Melde, Igor L. Medintz, Behrouz Shafei, Shan Hu, Jonathan C. Claussen Jun 2019

Porous Wood Monoliths Decorated With Platinum Nano-Urchins As Catalysts For Underwater Micro-Vehicle Propulsion Via H2o2 Decomposition, Bolin Chen, Ahmed Gsalla, Anand Gaur, Yu Hui Lui, Xiaohui Tang, Jason Geder, Marius Pruessner, Brian J. Melde, Igor L. Medintz, Behrouz Shafei, Shan Hu, Jonathan C. Claussen

Mechanical Engineering Publications

Porous carbon is becoming an important and promising high-surface area scaffold material for various energy-based applications including catalysis. Here we demonstrate the growth of urchin-like platinum nanoparticles (PtNPs) on carbon monoliths derived from basswood that work as catalysts for micro underwater vehicle (MUV) propulsion via H2O2 decomposition. The carbon monoliths were constructed of natural basswood that was carbonized in argon (Ar) and subjected to a subsequent CO2 activation process that rendered the material into a hardened 3D porous activated carbonized wood (ACW) with inner channel voids measuring 10-70 μm in diameter. The PtNP nanourchins (500 nm or less in total ...


Permeability Of Oxygen And Carbon Dioxide Through Pinholes In Barrier Coatings, Petri Johansson, Johanna Lahti, Jorma Vihinen, Jurkka Kuusipalo Jun 2019

Permeability Of Oxygen And Carbon Dioxide Through Pinholes In Barrier Coatings, Petri Johansson, Johanna Lahti, Jorma Vihinen, Jurkka Kuusipalo

Journal of Applied Packaging Research

Abstract

Packaging materials are typically made of multilayer structures combining polymers, metals and inorganic materials. Multilayer structures are selected in order to optimize the thickness and performance in packaging applications. Atomic layer deposited (ALD) aluminium oxide (Al2O3) layer provides good barrier properties against oxygen and carbon dioxide gases i.e. permeation of gases through ALD coated polymer films will reduce remarkably. The target was to study the effect of pinholes on the oxygen and carbon dioxide permeability of ALD coated extrusion-coated packaging paper. Pinholes were artificially generated by ultra violet (UV) laser drilling through the polymer layer ...


Group Iv Environmentally Benign, Inexpensive Semiconductor Nanomaterials For Solar Cells, Lisa Je Jun 2019

Group Iv Environmentally Benign, Inexpensive Semiconductor Nanomaterials For Solar Cells, Lisa Je

ENGS 86 Independent Projects (AB Students)

Modern solar cells are composed of silicon, cadmium tellurium, and copper indium gallium diselenide. While these materials are efficient, elements such as cadmium and indium are rare and expensive. To make this renewable energy source more inexpensive and sustainable, the Liu Optics lab is substituting expensive rare earth metals for more commonly found transition state metals. Work has been done to replace the solar cell layers composed of cadmium and gallium to replace them with glass, silicon, and/or thin films. Common metals such as germanium and tin are investigated and characterized to provide a platform for solar cell components.


Structure And High Performance Of Lead-Free (K0.5na0.5)Nbo3 Piezoelectric Nanofibers With Surface-Induced Crystallization At Lowered Temperature, Yasmin Mohamed Yousry, Kui Tao, Xiaoli Tan, Ayman Mahmoud Mohamed, Yumei Wang, Shuting Chen, Seeram Ramakrishna Jun 2019

Structure And High Performance Of Lead-Free (K0.5na0.5)Nbo3 Piezoelectric Nanofibers With Surface-Induced Crystallization At Lowered Temperature, Yasmin Mohamed Yousry, Kui Tao, Xiaoli Tan, Ayman Mahmoud Mohamed, Yumei Wang, Shuting Chen, Seeram Ramakrishna

Materials Science and Engineering Publications

Lead-free potassium and sodium niobate (KNN) nanofiber webs with random and aligned configurations were prepared by electrospinning process from polymer-modified chemical solution. The crystallization process, structure, composition, dielectric, ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties of the nanofibers and nanofiber webs were investigated. Theoretical analysis and experimental results showed that the surface-induced heterogeneous nucleation resulted in the remarkable lower crystallization temperature for the KNN nanofibers with {100} orientation of the perovskite phase in contrast to the bulk KNN gel, and thus well-controlled chemical stoichiometry. Low dielectric loss, large electric polarization, and high piezoelectric performance were obtained in the nanofiber webs. In particular, the ...


Improving The Stability And Monodispersity Of Layered Cesium Lead Iodide Perovskite Thin Films By Tuning Crystallization Dynamics, Atefe Hadi, Bradley J. Ryan, Rainie D. Nelson, Kalyan Santra, Fang-Yi Lin, Eric W. Cochran, Matthew G. Panthani Jun 2019

Improving The Stability And Monodispersity Of Layered Cesium Lead Iodide Perovskite Thin Films By Tuning Crystallization Dynamics, Atefe Hadi, Bradley J. Ryan, Rainie D. Nelson, Kalyan Santra, Fang-Yi Lin, Eric W. Cochran, Matthew G. Panthani

Chemical and Biological Engineering Publications

Assembling halide perovskites into layered structures holds promise for addressing chemical and phase stability challenges; however, several other challenges need to be addressed to create efficient and stable halide perovskite devices. Layered halide perovskites (LHPs) suffer from broad distribution of layer thicknesses and bandgaps within thin films. Reducing polydispersity could substantially improve charge transport within LHP films and the performance of LHP-based solar cells. Herein, we focused on layering α-CsPbI3 ((C4H9NH3)2Csn-1PbnI3n+1) thin films. We found that (C4H9NH3)2Csn-1PbnI3n+1 with nominal layer thicknesses of n = 1, 2, 3, and 4 can be deposited at temperatures as low as ...


Synthesis Of Metal Oxide Surfaces And Interfaces With Crystallographic Control Using Solid-Liquid-Vapor Etching And Vapor-Liquid-Solid Growth, Beth S. Guiton, Lei Yu Jun 2019

Synthesis Of Metal Oxide Surfaces And Interfaces With Crystallographic Control Using Solid-Liquid-Vapor Etching And Vapor-Liquid-Solid Growth, Beth S. Guiton, Lei Yu

Chemistry Faculty Patents

The present invention provides integrated nanostructures comprising a single-crystalline matrix of a material A containing aligned, single-crystalline nanowires of a material B, with well-defined crystallographic interfaces are disclosed. The nanocomposite is fabricated by utilizing metal nanodroplets in two subsequent catalytic steps: solid-liquid-vapor etching, followed by vapor-liquid-solid growth. The first etching step produces pores, or “negative nanowires” within a single-crystalline matrix, which share a unique crystallographic direction, and are therefore aligned with respect to one another. Further, since they are contained within a single, crystalline, matrix, their size and spacing can be controlled by their interacting strain fields, and the array ...


Reshaping, Intermixing, And Coarsening For Metallic Nanocrystals: Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanical And Coarse-Grained Modeling, King C. Lai, Yong Han, Peter M. Spurgeon, Wenyu Huang, Patricia A. Thiel, Da-Jiang Liu, James W. Evans Jun 2019

Reshaping, Intermixing, And Coarsening For Metallic Nanocrystals: Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanical And Coarse-Grained Modeling, King C. Lai, Yong Han, Peter M. Spurgeon, Wenyu Huang, Patricia A. Thiel, Da-Jiang Liu, James W. Evans

Chemistry Publications

Self-assembly of supported 2D or 3D nanocrystals (NCs) by vacuum deposition and of 3D NCs by solution-phase synthesis (with possible subsequent transfer to a support) produces intrinsically nonequilibrium systems. Individual NCs can have far-from-equilibrium shapes and composition profiles. The free energy of NC ensembles is lowered by coarsening which can involve Ostwald ripening or Smoluchowski ripening (NC diffusion and coalescence). Preservation of individual NC structure and inhibition of coarsening are key, e.g., for avoiding catalyst degradation. This review focuses on postsynthesis evolution of metallic NCs. Atomistic-level modeling typically utilizes stochastic lattice-gas models to access appropriate time and length scales ...


Nano-Enhanced Composite Membranes For Water Desalination, Benjamin Fredrik Victor Sundling Von Fürstenrecht Jun 2019

Nano-Enhanced Composite Membranes For Water Desalination, Benjamin Fredrik Victor Sundling Von Fürstenrecht

Materials Engineering

In theory single walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) will aid in ion rejection due hydrophobicity and smoothness of the SWCNT. An efficient means of water desalination utilizing SWCNT in a membrane seems plausible. A lyotropic liquid crystal (LLC) solution was made with a synthesized polymerizable surfactant methacryloxy ethyl hexadecyl dimethyl ammonium bromide (C16MA) to help with vertical alignment of SWCNT. Due to SWCNT lack of solubility and tendency to agglomerate in water, a dispersion performed using an inert surfactant centrimonium bromide (CTAB) to make sure that the SWCNT were homogeneously dispersed in the solution without altering the hexagonal packing factor of ...