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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

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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 ...


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

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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 ...


Hybrid Nanosecond Laser Processing And Heat Treatment For Rapid Preparation Of Super-Hydrophobic Copper Surface, Linxu Ma, Lina Wang, Chengying Li, Jian Guo, Pranav Shrotriya, Cui Deng, Jingnan Zhao Jun 2019

Hybrid Nanosecond Laser Processing And Heat Treatment For Rapid Preparation Of Super-Hydrophobic Copper Surface, Linxu Ma, Lina Wang, Chengying Li, Jian Guo, Pranav Shrotriya, Cui Deng, Jingnan Zhao

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The super-hydrophobic copper surface was obtained by using a nanosecond pulsed laser. Different micro- and nano-structures were fabricated by changing the laser scanning interval and scanning speed, before heating in an electric heater at 150 °C for two hours to explore the effect of laser parameters and heat treatment on the wettability of the copper surface. It was found that the laser-treated copper surface is super-hydrophilic, and then, after the heat treatment, the surface switches to hydrophobic or even super-hydrophobic. The best super-hydrophobic surface’s apparent contact angle (APCA) was 155.6°, and the water sliding angle (WSA) was 4 ...


Enhanced Electrochemical Biosensor And Supercapacitor With 3d Porous Architectured Graphene Via Salt Impregnated Inkjet Maskless Lithography, John A. Hondred, Igor L. Medintz, Jonathan C. Claussen Jan 2019

Enhanced Electrochemical Biosensor And Supercapacitor With 3d Porous Architectured Graphene Via Salt Impregnated Inkjet Maskless Lithography, John A. Hondred, Igor L. Medintz, Jonathan C. Claussen

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Advances in solution-phase graphene patterning has provided a facile route for rapid, low-cost and scalable manufacturing of electrochemical devices, even on flexible substrates. While graphene possesses advantageous electrochemical properties of high surface area and fast heterogenous charge transport, these properties are attributed to the edge planes and defect sites, not the basal plane. Herein, we demonstrate enhancement of the electroactive nature of patterned solution-phase graphene by increasing the porosity and edge planes through the construction of a multidimensional architecture via salt impregnated inkjet maskless lithography (SIIML) and CO2 laser annealing. Various sized macroscale pores (<25 to ∼250 μm) are patterned directly in the graphene surface by incorporating porogens (i.e., salt crystals) in the ...


Flexible Laser-Induced Graphene For Nitrogen Sensing In Soil, Nate T. Garland, Eric S. Mclamore, Nicholas D. Cavallaro, Deyny Mendivelso-Perez, Emily A. Smith, Dapeng Jing, Jonathan C. Claussen Nov 2018

Flexible Laser-Induced Graphene For Nitrogen Sensing In Soil, Nate T. Garland, Eric S. Mclamore, Nicholas D. Cavallaro, Deyny Mendivelso-Perez, Emily A. Smith, Dapeng Jing, Jonathan C. Claussen

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Flexible graphene electronics are rapidly gaining interest, but their widespread implementation has been impeded by challenges with ink preparation, ink printing, and post-print annealing processes. Laser-induced graphene (LIG) promises a facile alternative by creating flexible graphene electronics on polyimide substrates through a one-step laser writing fabrication method. Herein we demonstrate the use of LIG, created through a low-cost UV laser, for electrochemical ion selective sensing of plant-available nitrogen (i.e., both ammonium and nitrate ions: NH4+ and NO3-) in soil samples. The laser used to create the LIG was operated at distinct pulse rates (10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 ...


Fluorescent Nanodiamonds: Past, Present, And Future, Masfer H. Alkahtani, Fahad Alghannam, Linkun Jiang, Abdulrahman Almethen, Arfaan A. Rampersaud, Robert Brick, Carmen L. Gomes, Marlan O. Scully, Philip R. Hemmer Jul 2018

Fluorescent Nanodiamonds: Past, Present, And Future, Masfer H. Alkahtani, Fahad Alghannam, Linkun Jiang, Abdulrahman Almethen, Arfaan A. Rampersaud, Robert Brick, Carmen L. Gomes, Marlan O. Scully, Philip R. Hemmer

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Multi-color fluorescent nanodiamonds (FNDs) containing a variety of color centers are promising fluorescent markers for biomedical applications. Compared to colloidal quantum dots and organic dyes, FNDs have the advantage of lower toxicity, exceptional chemical stability, and better photostability. They can be surface functionalized by techniques similar to those used for other nanoparticles. They exhibit a variety of emission wavelengths from visible to near infrared, with narrow or broad bandwidths depending on their color centers. In addition, some color centers can detect changes in magnetic fields, electric fields, and temperature. In this article review, we will discuss the current trends in ...


Synthesis Of Graphene Nanosheets Through Spontaneous Sodiation Process, Deepak-George Thomas, Emrah Kavak, Niloofar Hashemi, Reza Montazami, Nicole N. Hashemi Jul 2018

Synthesis Of Graphene Nanosheets Through Spontaneous Sodiation Process, Deepak-George Thomas, Emrah Kavak, Niloofar Hashemi, Reza Montazami, Nicole N. Hashemi

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Graphene is one of the emerging materials in the nanotechnology industry due to its potential applications in diverse areas. We report the fabrication of graphene nanosheets by spontaneous electrochemical reaction using solvated ion intercalation into graphite. The current literature focuses on the fabrication of graphene using lithium metal. Our procedure uses sodium metal, which results in a reduction of costs. Using various characterization techniques, we confirmed the fabrication of graphene nanosheets. We obtained an intensity ratio (ID/IG) of 0.32 using Raman spectroscopy, interlayer spacing of 0.39 nm and our XPS results indicate that our fabricated compound is ...


Printed Graphene Electrochemical Biosensors Fabricated By Inkjet Maskless Lithography For Rapid And Sensitive Detection Of Organophosphates, John A. Hondred, Joyce C. Breger, Nathan J. Alves, Scott A. Trammell, Scott A. Walper, Igor L. Medintz, Jonathan C. Claussen Mar 2018

Printed Graphene Electrochemical Biosensors Fabricated By Inkjet Maskless Lithography For Rapid And Sensitive Detection Of Organophosphates, John A. Hondred, Joyce C. Breger, Nathan J. Alves, Scott A. Trammell, Scott A. Walper, Igor L. Medintz, Jonathan C. Claussen

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Solution phase printing of graphene-based electrodes has recently become an attractive low-cost, scalable manufacturing technique to create in-field electrochemical biosensors. Here we report a graphene-based electrode developed via Inkjet Maskless Lithography (IML) for the direct and rapid monitoring of triple-O linked phosphonate organophosphates (OPs); these constitute the active compounds found in chemical warfare agents and pesticides that exhibit acute toxicity as well as long-term pollution to soils and waterways. The IML printed graphene electrode is nano/microstructured with a 1000 mW benchtop laser engraver and electrochemically deposited platinum nanoparticles (dia. ~25 nm) to improve its electrical conductivity (sheet resistance decreased ...


Actuation Of Chitosan-Aptamer Nanobrush Borders For Pathogen Sensing, Katherine D. Hills, Daniela Alves De Oliveira, Nicholas D. Cavallaro, Carmen L. Gomes, Eric S. Mclamore Jan 2018

Actuation Of Chitosan-Aptamer Nanobrush Borders For Pathogen Sensing, Katherine D. Hills, Daniela Alves De Oliveira, Nicholas D. Cavallaro, Carmen L. Gomes, Eric S. Mclamore

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We demonstrate a sensing mechanism for rapid detection of Listeria monocytogenes in food samples using the actuation of chitosan-aptamer nanobrush borders. The bio-inspired soft material and sensing strategy mimic natural symbiotic systems, where low levels of bacteria are selectively captured from complex matrices. To engineer this biomimetic system, we first develop reduced graphene oxide/nanoplatinum (rGO-nPt) electrodes, and characterize the fundamental electrochemical behavior in the presence and absence of chitosan nanobrushes during actuation (pH-stimulated osmotic swelling). We then characterize the electrochemical behavior of the nanobrush when receptors (antibodies or DNA aptamers) are conjugated to the surface. Finally, we test various ...


Cip2a Immunosensor Comprised Of Vertically-Aligned Carbon Nanotube Interdigitated Electrodes Towards Point-Of-Care Oral Cancer Screening, Shaowei Ding, Suprem R. Das, Benjamin J. Brownlee, Kshama Parate, Taylor Davis, Loreen Stromberg, Edward K.L. Chan, Joseph Katz, Brian D. Iverson, Jonathan C. Claussen Jan 2018

Cip2a Immunosensor Comprised Of Vertically-Aligned Carbon Nanotube Interdigitated Electrodes Towards Point-Of-Care Oral Cancer Screening, Shaowei Ding, Suprem R. Das, Benjamin J. Brownlee, Kshama Parate, Taylor Davis, Loreen Stromberg, Edward K.L. Chan, Joseph Katz, Brian D. Iverson, Jonathan C. Claussen

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Vertically aligned carbon nanotube array (VANTA) coatings have recently garnered much attention due in part to their unique material properties including light absorption, chemical inertness, and electrical conductivity. Herein we report the first use of VANTAs grown via chemical vapor deposition in a 2D interdigitated electrode (IDE) footprint with a high height-to-width aspect ratio (3:1 or 75:25 µm). The VANTA-IDE is functionalized with an antibody (Ab) specific to the human cancerous inhibitor PP2A (CIP2A)—a salivary oncoprotein that is associated with a variety of malignancies such as oral, breast, and multiple myeloma cancers. The resultant immunosensor is capable ...


Flexible Thermoelectric Generators With Inkjet-Printed Bismuth Telluride Nanowires And Liquid Metal Contacts, Bolin Chen, Matthew Kruse, Biao Xu, Ravi Tutika, Wei Zheng, Michael D. Bartlett, Yue Wu, Jonathan C. Claussen Jan 2018

Flexible Thermoelectric Generators With Inkjet-Printed Bismuth Telluride Nanowires And Liquid Metal Contacts, Bolin Chen, Matthew Kruse, Biao Xu, Ravi Tutika, Wei Zheng, Michael D. Bartlett, Yue Wu, Jonathan C. Claussen

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Solution phase printing of nanomaterials is becoming increasingly important for the creation of scalable flexible electronics including those associated with biomedical and energy harvesting applications. However, the use of solution-phase printed thermoelectric energy generators (TEGs) has been minimally explored. Herein we report a highly flexible inkjet-printed TEG. Bismuth telluride (Bi2Te3) and bismuth antimony telluride (Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3) nanowires (NWs) are inkjet printed onto polyimide to form n-type and p-type legs for the TEGs. A post-print thermal annealing process is used to increase the thermoelectric performance of the printed NWs while eutectic gallium-indium (EGaIn) liquid metal contacts electrically connect the TEG ...


Post Hoc Support Vector Machine Learning For Impedimetric Biosensors Based On Weak Protein-Ligand Interactions, Yue Rong, Andrea Padron, Kyle Hagerty, Natalie Nelson, Song Chi, Nemat O. Keyhani, Joe Katz, Shoumen P. A. Datta, Carmen Gomes, Eric S. Mclamore Jan 2018

Post Hoc Support Vector Machine Learning For Impedimetric Biosensors Based On Weak Protein-Ligand Interactions, Yue Rong, Andrea Padron, Kyle Hagerty, Natalie Nelson, Song Chi, Nemat O. Keyhani, Joe Katz, Shoumen P. A. Datta, Carmen Gomes, Eric S. Mclamore

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Impedimetric biosensors for measuring small molecules based on weak/transient interactions between bioreceptor and target analyte are a challenge for detection electronics, particularly in field studies or in analysis of complex matrices. Protein-ligand binding sensors have enormous potential for biosensing, but accuracy in complex solutions is a major challenge. There is a need for simple post hoc analytical tools that are not computationally expensive, yet provide near real time feedback on data derived from impedance spectra. Here, we show use of a simple, open source support vector machine learning algorithm for analyzing impedimetric data in lieu of using equivalent circuit ...


Fluid‐Induced Alignment Of Carbon Nanofibers In Polymer Fibers, Mingchang Lu, Farrokh Sharifi, Nicole N. Hashemi, Reza Montazami Jul 2017

Fluid‐Induced Alignment Of Carbon Nanofibers In Polymer Fibers, Mingchang Lu, Farrokh Sharifi, Nicole N. Hashemi, Reza Montazami

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Carbon nanofiber/polycaprolactone (CNF/PCL) composite fibers are fabricated using a microfluidic approach. The fibers are made with different content levels of CNFs and flow rate ratios between the core and sheath fluids. The electrical conductivity and tensile properties of these fibers are then investigated. It is found that at a CNF concentration of 3 wt%, the electrical conductivity of the composite fiber significantly increases to 1.11 S m−1. The yield strength, Young's modulus, and ultimate strength of the 3 wt% CNF increase relative to the pure PCL by factors of 1.72, 2.88, and 1 ...


Enhanced Enzymatic Activity From Phosphotriesterase Trimer Gold Nanoparticle Bioconjugates For Pesticide Detection, John A. Hondred, Joyce C. Breger, Nate T. Garland, Eunkeu Oh, Kimihiro Susumu, Scott A. Walper, Igor L. Medintz, Jonathan C. Claussen Jan 2017

Enhanced Enzymatic Activity From Phosphotriesterase Trimer Gold Nanoparticle Bioconjugates For Pesticide Detection, John A. Hondred, Joyce C. Breger, Nate T. Garland, Eunkeu Oh, Kimihiro Susumu, Scott A. Walper, Igor L. Medintz, Jonathan C. Claussen

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The rapid detection of organophosphates (OPs), a class of strong neurotoxins, is critically important for monitoring acute insecticide exposure and potential chemical warfare agent use. Herein, we improve the enzymatic activity of a phosphotriesterase trimer (PTE3), an enzyme that selectively recognizes OPs directly, by conjugation with distinctly sized (i.e., 5, 10, and 20 nm diameter) gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). The number of enzymes immobilized on the AuNP was controlled by conjugating increasing molar ratios of PTE3 onto the AuNP surface via metal affinity coordination. This occurs between the PTE3-His6 termini and the AuNP-displayed Ni2+-nitrilotriacetic acid end groups and was ...


Platinum Nanoparticle Decorated Sio2 Microfibers As Catalysts For Micro Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Propulsion, Bolin Chen, Nathaniel T. Garland, Jason Geder, Marius Pruessner, Eric Mootz, Allison Cargill, Anne Leners, Granit Vokshi, Jacob Davis, Wyatt Burns, Michael A. Daniele, Josh Kogot, Igor L. Medintz, Jonathan C. Claussen Jan 2016

Platinum Nanoparticle Decorated Sio2 Microfibers As Catalysts For Micro Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Propulsion, Bolin Chen, Nathaniel T. Garland, Jason Geder, Marius Pruessner, Eric Mootz, Allison Cargill, Anne Leners, Granit Vokshi, Jacob Davis, Wyatt Burns, Michael A. Daniele, Josh Kogot, Igor L. Medintz, Jonathan C. Claussen

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Micro unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) need to house propulsion mechanisms that are small in size but sufficiently powerful to deliver on-demand acceleration for tight radius turns, burst-driven docking maneuvers, and low-speed course corrections. Recently, small-scale hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) propulsion mechanisms have shown great promise in delivering pulsatile thrust for such acceleration needs. However, the need for robust, high surface area nanocatalysts that can be manufactured on a large scale for integration into micro UUV reaction chambers is still needed. In this report, a thermal/electrical insulator, silicon oxide (SiO2) microfibers, is used as a support for platinum nanoparticle (PtNP) catalysts ...


Platinum Nanoparticle Decorated Sio2 Microfibers As Catalysts For Micro Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Propulsion, Bolin Chen, Nathaniel T. Garland, Jason Geder, Marius Pruessner, Eric Mootz, Allison Cargill, Anne Leners, Granit Vokshi, Jacob Davis, Wyatt Burns, Michael A. Daniele, Josh Kogot, Igor L. Medintz, Jonathan C. Claussen Jan 2016

Platinum Nanoparticle Decorated Sio2 Microfibers As Catalysts For Micro Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Propulsion, Bolin Chen, Nathaniel T. Garland, Jason Geder, Marius Pruessner, Eric Mootz, Allison Cargill, Anne Leners, Granit Vokshi, Jacob Davis, Wyatt Burns, Michael A. Daniele, Josh Kogot, Igor L. Medintz, Jonathan C. Claussen

Mechanical Engineering Publications

Micro unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) need to house propulsion mechanisms that are small in size but sufficiently powerful to deliver on-demand acceleration for tight radius turns, burst-driven docking maneuvers, and low-speed course corrections. Recently, small-scale hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) propulsion mechanisms have shown great promise in delivering pulsatile thrust for such acceleration needs. However, the need for robust, high surface area nanocatalysts that can be manufactured on a large scale for integration into micro UUV reaction chambers is still needed. In this report, a thermal/electrical insulator, silicon oxide (SiO2) microfibers, is used as a support for platinum nanoparticle (PtNP) catalysts ...


Fiber Based Approaches As Medicine Delivery Systems, Farrokh Sharifi, Avinash C. Sooriyarachchi, Hayriye Altural, Reza Montazami, Marissa Nichole Rylander, Nicole Nastaran Hashemi Jan 2016

Fiber Based Approaches As Medicine Delivery Systems, Farrokh Sharifi, Avinash C. Sooriyarachchi, Hayriye Altural, Reza Montazami, Marissa Nichole Rylander, Nicole Nastaran Hashemi

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The goal of drug delivery is to ensure that therapeutic molecules reach the intended target organ or tissue, such that the effectiveness of the drug is maximized. The efficiency of a drug delivery system greatly depends on the choice of drug carrier. Recently, there has been growing interest in using micro- and nanofibers for this purpose. The reasons for this growing interest include these materials’ high surface area to volume ratios, ease of fabrication, high mechanical properties, and desirable drug release profile. Here, we review developments in using these materials made by the most prevalent methods of fiber fabrication: electrospinning ...


Increasing The Activity Of Immobilized Enzymes With Nanoparticle Conjugation, Shaowei Ding, Allison A. Cargill, Igor L. Medintz, Jonathan C. Claussen Aug 2015

Increasing The Activity Of Immobilized Enzymes With Nanoparticle Conjugation, Shaowei Ding, Allison A. Cargill, Igor L. Medintz, Jonathan C. Claussen

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The efficiency and selectivity of enzymatic catalysis is useful to a plethora of industrial and manufacturing processes. Many of these processes require the immobilization of enzymes onto surfaces, which has traditionally reduced enzyme activity. However, recent research has shown that the integration of nanoparticles into enzyme carrier schemes has maintained or even enhanced immobilized enzyme performance. The nanoparticle size and surface chemistry as well as the orientation and density of immobilized enzymes all contribute to the enhanced performance of enzyme–nanoparticle conjugates. These improvements are noted in specific nanoparticles including those comprising carbon (e.g., graphene and carbon nanotubes), metal ...


Achieving Bicontinuous Microemulsion Like Morphologies In Organic Photovoltaics, Dylan Kipp, Olga Wodo, Baskar Ganapathysubramanian, Venkat Ganesan Jan 2015

Achieving Bicontinuous Microemulsion Like Morphologies In Organic Photovoltaics, Dylan Kipp, Olga Wodo, Baskar Ganapathysubramanian, Venkat Ganesan

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It is believed that the optimal morphology of an organic solar cell may be characterized by cocontinuous, interpenetrating donor and acceptor domains with nanoscale dimensions and high interfacial areas. One well-known equilibrium morphology that fits these characteristics is the bicontinuous microemulsion achieved by the addition of block copolymer compatibilizers to flexible polymer–polymer blends. However, there does not exist design rules for using block copolymer compatibilizers to produce bicontinuous microemulsion morphologies from the conjugated polymer/fullerene mixtures typically used to form the active layer of organic solar cells. Motivated by these considerations, we use single chain in mean field simulations ...


Multi-Pixel Photon Counters For Optofluidic Characterization Of Particles And Microalgae, Pouya Asrar, Marta Sucur, Nicole N. Hashemi Jan 2015

Multi-Pixel Photon Counters For Optofluidic Characterization Of Particles And Microalgae, Pouya Asrar, Marta Sucur, Nicole N. Hashemi

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We have developed an optofluidic biosensor to study microscale particles and different species of microalgae. The system is comprised of a microchannel with a set of chevron-shaped grooves. The chevrons allows for hydrodynamic focusing of the core stream in the center using a sheath fluid. The device is equipped with a new generation of highly sensitive photodetectors, multi-pixel photon counter (MPPC), with high gain values and an extremely small footprint. Two different sizes of high intensity fluorescent microspheres and three different species of algae (Chlamydomonas reinhardtii strain 21 gr, Chlamydomonas suppressor, and Chlorella sorokiniana) were studied. The forward scattering emissions ...


Utilizing Wide Band Gap, High Dielectric Constant Nanoparticles As Additives In Organic Solar Cells, Ryan S. Gebhardt, Pengfei Du, Akshit Peer, Mitch Rock, Michael R. Kessler, Rana Biswas, Baskar Ganapathysubramanian, Sumit Chaudhary Jan 2015

Utilizing Wide Band Gap, High Dielectric Constant Nanoparticles As Additives In Organic Solar Cells, Ryan S. Gebhardt, Pengfei Du, Akshit Peer, Mitch Rock, Michael R. Kessler, Rana Biswas, Baskar Ganapathysubramanian, Sumit Chaudhary

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We experimentally and theoretically investigate the effects of utilizing BaTiO3 nanoparticles as additives in polythiophene/fullerene solar cells. BaTiO3 nanoparticles were chosen because of their multifaceted potential for increasing exciton dissociation (due to their high dielectric constant) and light scattering. To achieve stable suspensions for device fabrication, the nanoparticles were functionalized with organic ligands. Solar cells fabricated in air showed ∼40% enhancement in the photocurrent primarily due to string-like aggregates of functionalized BaTiO3 particles that increase light absorption without hindering charge collection. Solar cells fabricated in an inert atmosphere yielded overall more efficient devices, but the string-like aggregates were absent ...


High Aspect Ratio Carbon Nanotube Membranes Decorated With Pt Nanoparticle Urchins For Micro Underwater Vehicle Propulsion Via H2o2 Decomposition, Kevin Marr, Bolin Chen, Eric J. Mootz, Jason Geder, Marius Pruessner, Brian J. Melde, Richard R. Vanfleet, Igor L. Medintz, Brian D. Iverson, Jonathan C. Claussen Jan 2015

High Aspect Ratio Carbon Nanotube Membranes Decorated With Pt Nanoparticle Urchins For Micro Underwater Vehicle Propulsion Via H2o2 Decomposition, Kevin Marr, Bolin Chen, Eric J. Mootz, Jason Geder, Marius Pruessner, Brian J. Melde, Richard R. Vanfleet, Igor L. Medintz, Brian D. Iverson, Jonathan C. Claussen

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The utility of unmanned micro underwater vehicles (MUVs) is paramount for exploring confined spaces, but their spatial agility is often impaired when maneuvers require burst-propulsion. Herein we develop high-aspect ratio (150:1), multiwalled carbon nanotube microarray membranes (CNT-MMs) for propulsive, MUV thrust generation by the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). The CNT-MMs are grown via chemical vapor deposition with diamond shaped pores (nominal diagonal dimensions of 4.5 × 9.0 μm) and subsequently decorated with urchin-like, platinum (Pt) nanoparticles via a facile, electroless, chemical deposition process. The Pt-CNT-MMs display robust, high catalytic ability with an effective activation ...


Electrode Materials, Thermal Annealing Sequences, And Lateral/Vertical Phase Separation Of Polymer Solar Cells From Multiscale Molecular Simulations, Cheng-Kuang Lee, Olga Wodo, Baskar Ganapathysubramanian, Chun-Wei Pao Jan 2014

Electrode Materials, Thermal Annealing Sequences, And Lateral/Vertical Phase Separation Of Polymer Solar Cells From Multiscale Molecular Simulations, Cheng-Kuang Lee, Olga Wodo, Baskar Ganapathysubramanian, Chun-Wei Pao

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The nanomorphologies of the bulk heterojunction (BHJ) layer of polymer solar cells are extremely sensitive to the electrode materials and thermal annealing conditions. In this work, the correlations of electrode materials, thermal annealing sequences, and resultant BHJ nanomorphological details of P3HT:PCBM BHJ polymer solar cell are studied by a series of large-scale, coarse-grained (CG) molecular simulations of system comprised of PEDOT:PSS/P3HT:PCBM/Al layers. Simulations are performed for various configurations of electrode materials as well as processing temperature. The complex CG molecular data are characterized using a novel extension of our graph-based framework to quantify morphology and ...


Synthesis Of Er3+/Yb3+ Codoped Namnf3 Nanocubes With Single-Band Red Upconversion Luminescence, Zhenhua Bai, Hui Lin, Kenji Imakita, Reza Montazami, Minoru Fujii, Nastaran Hashemi, Nicole Nastaran Hashemi Jan 2014

Synthesis Of Er3+/Yb3+ Codoped Namnf3 Nanocubes With Single-Band Red Upconversion Luminescence, Zhenhua Bai, Hui Lin, Kenji Imakita, Reza Montazami, Minoru Fujii, Nastaran Hashemi, Nicole Nastaran Hashemi

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We have developed a facile low-temperature synthetic method for the preparation of NaMnF3 nanocubes with Er3+ and Yb3+ ions homogeneously incorporated in the host lattice. The effects of the reaction temperature, and the volume ratio between ethanol and DI water on the morphology of NaMnF3 nanocubes are systematically investigated. The NaMnF3 nanocubes can be produced in the low temperature range (25–80 °C), and the higher reaction temperature (80 °C) is favorable for the formation of a smooth surface. The formation of NaMnF3 nanocubes strongly depends on the ethanol solvent. The morphology and single-phase ...


A Simple Add-On Microfluidic Appliance For Accurately Sorting Small Populations Of Cells With High Fidelity, Michael Grad, Erik F. Young, Lubomir Smilenov, David J. Brenner, Daniel Attinger Nov 2013

A Simple Add-On Microfluidic Appliance For Accurately Sorting Small Populations Of Cells With High Fidelity, Michael Grad, Erik F. Young, Lubomir Smilenov, David J. Brenner, Daniel Attinger

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Current advances in single cell sequencing, gene expression and proteomics require the isolation of single cells, frequently from a very small source population. In this work we describe the design and characterization of a manually operated microfluidic cell sorter that (1) can accurately sort single or small groups of cells from very small cell populations with minimal losses, (2) that is easy to operate and that can be used in any laboratory that has a basic fluorescent microscope and syringe pump, (3) that can be assembled within minutes, (4) that can sort cells in very short time (minutes) with minimum ...


Book Review: Nanoelectric Devices By Byung-Gook Park, Sung Woo Huang And Young June Park, Ganesh Balasubramanian Jul 2013

Book Review: Nanoelectric Devices By Byung-Gook Park, Sung Woo Huang And Young June Park, Ganesh Balasubramanian

Mechanical Engineering Publications

The importance of nanoelectronics is enormous given the constant demand for enhancement in performance of electronic and computing devices. While Moore's law predicted the exponential increase in the power of processing units, the associated device level physics have brought about a new set of interdisciplinary challenges. Miniaturization of transistors has been the key to the unprecedented growth of microelectronics and its gradual transition to lower length scales. However, system sizes at the nanoscale being comparable to the mean free paths of the charge carriers (electrons), additional considerations in the transport processes need to be accounted for to obtain a ...


An Rna Aptamer-Based Microcantilever Sensor To Detect The Inflammatory Marker, Mouse Lipocalin-2, Lijie Zhai, Tianjiao Wang, Kyungho Kang, Yue Zhao, Pranav Shrotriya, Marit Nilsen-Hamilton Oct 2012

An Rna Aptamer-Based Microcantilever Sensor To Detect The Inflammatory Marker, Mouse Lipocalin-2, Lijie Zhai, Tianjiao Wang, Kyungho Kang, Yue Zhao, Pranav Shrotriya, Marit Nilsen-Hamilton

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Lipocalin-2 (Lcn2) is a biomarker for many inflammatory-based diseases, including acute kidney injury, cardiovascular stress, diabetes, and various cancers. Inflammatory transitions occur rapidly in kidney and cardiovascular disease, for which an in-line monitor could be beneficial. Microcantilever devices with aptamers as recognition elements can be effective and rapidly responsive sensors. Here, we have selected and characterized an RNA aptamer that specifically binds mouse Lcn2 (mLcn2) with a dissociation constant of 340 ± 70 nM in solution and 38 ± 22 nM when immobilized on a surface. The higher apparent affinity of the immobilized aptamer may result from its effective multivalency that decreases ...


Cantilever Deflection Associated With Hybridization Of Monomolecular Dna Film, Yue Zhao, Baskar Ganapathysubramanian, Pranav Shrotriya Feb 2012

Cantilever Deflection Associated With Hybridization Of Monomolecular Dna Film, Yue Zhao, Baskar Ganapathysubramanian, Pranav Shrotriya

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Recent experiments show that specific binding between a ligand and surface immobilized receptor, such as hybridization of single stranded DNA immobilized on a microcantilever surface, leads to cantilever deflection. The binding-induced deflection may be used as a method for detection of biomolecules, such as pathogens and biohazards. Mechanical deformation induced due to hybridization of surface-immobilized DNA strands is a commonly used system to demonstrate the efficacy of microcantilever sensors. To understand the mechanism underlying the cantilever deflections, a theoretical model that incorporates the influence of ligand/receptor complex surface distribution and empirical interchain potential is developed to predict the binding-induced ...


Nanoscale Surface Roughness Affects Low Reynolds Number Flow: Experiments And Modeling, Robert Jaeger, Jing Ren, Yu Xie, Sriram Sundararajan, Michael G. Olsen, Baskar Ganapathysubramanian Jan 2012

Nanoscale Surface Roughness Affects Low Reynolds Number Flow: Experiments And Modeling, Robert Jaeger, Jing Ren, Yu Xie, Sriram Sundararajan, Michael G. Olsen, Baskar Ganapathysubramanian

Mechanical Engineering Publications

Most micro-channel fabrication strategies generate nano-to-micro-scale, stochastic surface roughness. This inherent stochasticity can potentially be harnessed to direct microfluidic operations such as self-cleaning behavior and localized mixing. This work investigates the effect of stochastic nanoscale roughness on low to moderate Reynolds number Newtonian flow using concurrent modeling and experiments. We fabricate a microscopic channel with tailored hydrofluoric-acid-etched rough surfaces. Optical profilometry and micro-particle-image-velocimetry (micro-PIV) are used to characterize the surface roughness and flow field and is integrated with direct numerical simulation that resolves effects of nanoscale roughness. Results indicate that nanoscale roughness causes flow perturbations that extend up to the ...


Aptamer Functionalized Microcantilever Sensors For Cocaine Detection, Kyungho Kang, Ashish Sachan, Marit Nilsen-Hamilton, Pranav Shrotriya Dec 2011

Aptamer Functionalized Microcantilever Sensors For Cocaine Detection, Kyungho Kang, Ashish Sachan, Marit Nilsen-Hamilton, Pranav Shrotriya

Mechanical Engineering Publications

A cocaine-specific aptamer was used as a receptor molecule in a microcantilever-based surface stress sensor for detection of cocaine molecules. An interferometric technique that relies on measuring differential displacement between two microcantilevers (a sensing/reference pair) was utilized to measure the cocaine/aptamer binding induced surface stress changes. Sensing experiments were performed for different concentrations of cocaine from 25 to 500 μM in order to determine the sensor response as a function of cocaine concentration. In the lower concentration range from 25 to 100 μM, surface stress values increased proportionally to coverage of aptamer/cocaine complexes from 11 to 26 ...