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Use Of Bioadvantaged Materials For Use In Bituminous Modification, Conglin Chen, Joseph H. Podolsky, Nacú B. Hernández, Austin Hohmann, R. Christopher Williams, Eric W. Cochran 2018 Iowa State University

Use Of Bioadvantaged Materials For Use In Bituminous Modification, Conglin Chen, Joseph H. Podolsky, Nacú B. Hernández, Austin Hohmann, R. Christopher Williams, Eric W. Cochran

Eric W. Cochran

Historically, the use of “green” materials around the world has been limited due to their higher production costs when compared to petrochemical derived materials. However, due to the recent volatility and increasing price of petroleum derivatives, there is a growing demand for the use of environmentally friendly materials. One of the most commonly used materials for bitumen modification are poly(styrene-block-butadiene-block-styrene) (SBS) type polymers. Recently, Iowa State University Chemical Engineering Department was able to synthetize thermoplastic elastomers using acrylated epoxidized soybean oil (AESO), a bioadvantaged replacement of butadiene, and styrene with the use of controlled radical polymerization techniques. Initial rheological ...


Synthesis And Functionalization Of Virus-Mimicking Cationic Block Copolymers With Pathogen-Associated Carbohydrates As Potential Vaccine Adjuvants, J. R. Adams, M. Goswami, N. L.B. Pohl, Surya K. Mallapragada 2018 Iowa State University

Synthesis And Functionalization Of Virus-Mimicking Cationic Block Copolymers With Pathogen-Associated Carbohydrates As Potential Vaccine Adjuvants, J. R. Adams, M. Goswami, N. L.B. Pohl, Surya K. Mallapragada

Surya K. Mallapragada

We report the synthesis of a family of amphiphilic pentablock polymers with different cationic blocks and with controlled architectures as potential vaccine carriers for subunit vaccines. The temperature and pH-dependent micellization and gelation of these pentablock copolymers can provide a depot for sustained protein and gene delivery. The amphiphilic central triblock promotes cellular endocytosis, good gene delivery and has been used effectively as a vaccine adjuvant. The pentablock copolymer outer blocks condense DNA spontaneously as a result of electrostatic interactions for sustained combinational therapy. This family of polymers with different cationic groups was evaluated based on DNA complexation-ability and cytotoxicity ...


Use Of Bioadvantaged Materials For Use In Bituminous Modification, Conglin Chen, Joseph H. Podolsky, Nacú B. Hernández, Austin Hohmann, R. Christopher Williams, Eric W. Cochran 2017 Iowa State University

Use Of Bioadvantaged Materials For Use In Bituminous Modification, Conglin Chen, Joseph H. Podolsky, Nacú B. Hernández, Austin Hohmann, R. Christopher Williams, Eric W. Cochran

R. Christopher Williams

Historically, the use of “green” materials around the world has been limited due to their higher production costs when compared to petrochemical derived materials. However, due to the recent volatility and increasing price of petroleum derivatives, there is a growing demand for the use of environmentally friendly materials. One of the most commonly used materials for bitumen modification are poly(styrene-block-butadiene-block-styrene) (SBS) type polymers. Recently, Iowa State University Chemical Engineering Department was able to synthetize thermoplastic elastomers using acrylated epoxidized soybean oil (AESO), a bioadvantaged replacement of butadiene, and styrene with the use of controlled radical polymerization techniques. Initial rheological ...


Adsorbed Gas Behaviour And Guest-Host Interactions In Ultramicroporous Metal-Organic Frameworks, Bligh Desveaux 2017 The University of Western Ontario

Adsorbed Gas Behaviour And Guest-Host Interactions In Ultramicroporous Metal-Organic Frameworks, Bligh Desveaux

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are a class of porous materials that have attracted much attention due to their large surface areas, high tunability and their high selectivity for gas adsorption applications. In this work, solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (SSNMR) experiments and single crystal X-ray diffraction (SCXRD) experiments are used to investigate carbon dioxide adsorption within the ultramicroporous MOFs SIFSIX-3-Zn (Chapter 2) and ZnAtzOx. (Chapter 3). Analysis finds that the CO2 SIFSIX-3-Zn undergoes wobbling motions with a low temperature dependence, and in ZnAtzOx undergoes wobbling and hopping motions with a low temperature dependence. SCXRD is used to precisely determine the CO ...


Gamma-Radiation Induced Corrosion Of Alloy 800, Mojtaba Momeni 2017 The University of Western Ontario

Gamma-Radiation Induced Corrosion Of Alloy 800, Mojtaba Momeni

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

This thesis presents a newly developed mechanism and predictive model for the corrosion of Alloy 800. The Fe-Cr-Ni Alloy (Incoloy 800) is mainly used for steam generator (SG) tubing in CANDU and PWR reactors and is a candidate material for the proposed Canadian Supercritical Water Reactor (SCWR) in which it will be exposed to extreme conditions of high radiation flux and large temperature gradients. The influence of gamma radiation and water chemistry conditions on the corrosion behaviour of Alloy 800 are studied in this work. Ionizing radiation creates reducing (•eaq, •H, •O2-) and oxidizing radiolysis (•OH, H2 ...


Nucleation And Growth Kinetics For Intercalated Islands During Deposition On Layered Materials With Isolated Point-Like Surface Defects, Yong Han, Ann Lii-Rosales, Y. Zhou, C.-J. Wang, M. Kim, Michael C. Tringides, Cai-Zhuang Wang, Patricia A. Thiel, James W. Evans 2017 Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory

Nucleation And Growth Kinetics For Intercalated Islands During Deposition On Layered Materials With Isolated Point-Like Surface Defects, Yong Han, Ann Lii-Rosales, Y. Zhou, C.-J. Wang, M. Kim, Michael C. Tringides, Cai-Zhuang Wang, Patricia A. Thiel, James W. Evans

Ames Laboratory Accepted Manuscripts

Theory and stochastic lattice-gas modeling is developed for the formation of intercalated metal islands in the gallery between the top layer and the underlying layer at the surface of layered materials. Our model for this process involves deposition of atoms, some fraction of which then enter the gallery through well-separated point-like defects in the top layer. Subsequently, these atoms diffuse within the subsurface gallery leading to nucleation and growth of intercalated islands nearby the defect point source. For the case of a single point defect, continuum diffusion equation analysis provides insight into the nucleation kinetics. However, complementary tailored lattice-gas modeling ...


Comparison Of S-Adsorption On (111) And (100) Facets Of Cu Nanoclusters, Jeffrey S. Boschen, Jiyoung Lee, Theresa L. Windus, James W. Evans, Patricia A. Thiel, Da-Jiang Liu 2017 Iowa State University

Comparison Of S-Adsorption On (111) And (100) Facets Of Cu Nanoclusters, Jeffrey S. Boschen, Jiyoung Lee, Theresa L. Windus, James W. Evans, Patricia A. Thiel, Da-Jiang Liu

Theresa Windus

In order to gain insight into the nature of chemical bonding of sulfur atoms on coinage metal surfaces, we compare the adsorption energy and structural parameters for sulfur at four-fold hollow (4fh) sites on (100) facets and at three-fold hollow (3fh) sites on (111) facets of Cu nanoclusters. Consistent results are obtained from localized atomic orbital and plane-wave based density functional theory using the same functionals. PBE and its hybrid counterpart (PBE0 or HSE06) also give similar results. 4fh sites are preferred over 3fh sites with stronger bonding by ∼0.6 eV for nanocluster sizes above ∼280 atoms. However, for ...


Nano/Submicro-Structured Iron Cobalt Oxides Based Materials For Energy Storage Application, Hongyan Gao 2017 Western Kentucky University

Nano/Submicro-Structured Iron Cobalt Oxides Based Materials For Energy Storage Application, Hongyan Gao

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

Supercapacitors, as promising energy storage devices, have been of interest for their long lifespan compared to secondary batteries, high capacitance and excellent reliability compared to conventional dielectric capacitors. Transition metal oxides can be applied as the electrode materials for pseudocapacitors and offer a much higher specific capacitance. Co3O4 is one of the most investigated transition metal oxides for supercapacitor. Besides simple monometallic oxides, bimetallic transition oxides have recently drawn growing attention in electrochemical energy storage. They present many unique properties such as achievable oxidation states, high electrical conductivities because of the coexistence of two different cations in a single crystal ...


Manipulation Of Dirac Cones In Intercalated Epitaxial Graphene, Minsung Kim, Michael C. Tringides, Matthew T. Hershberger, Shen Chen, Myron Hupalo, Patricia A. Thiel, Cai-Zhuang Wang, Kai-Ming Ho 2017 Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory

Manipulation Of Dirac Cones In Intercalated Epitaxial Graphene, Minsung Kim, Michael C. Tringides, Matthew T. Hershberger, Shen Chen, Myron Hupalo, Patricia A. Thiel, Cai-Zhuang Wang, Kai-Ming Ho

Ames Laboratory Accepted Manuscripts

Graphene is an intriguing material in view of its unique Dirac quasi-particles, and the manipulation of its electronic structure is important in material design and applications. Here, we theoretically investigate the electronic band structure of epitaxial graphene on SiC with intercalation of rare earth metal ions (e.g., Yb and Dy) using first-principles calculations. The intercalation can be used to control the coupling of the constituent components (buffer layer, graphene, and substrate), resulting in strong modification of the graphene band structure. It is demonstrated that the metal-intercalated epitaxial graphene has tunable band structures by controlling the energies of Dirac cones ...


Distinct Ice Patterns On Solid Surfaces With Various Wettabilities, Jie Liu, Chongqin Zhu, Kai Liu, Ying Jiang, Yanlin Song, Joseph S. Francisco, Xiao Cheng Zeng, Jianjun Wang 2017 Chinese Academy of Sciences

Distinct Ice Patterns On Solid Surfaces With Various Wettabilities, Jie Liu, Chongqin Zhu, Kai Liu, Ying Jiang, Yanlin Song, Joseph S. Francisco, Xiao Cheng Zeng, Jianjun Wang

Xiao Cheng Zeng Publications

No relationship has been established between surface wettability and ice growth patterns, although ice often forms on top of solid surfaces. Here, we report experimental observations obtained using a process specially designed to avoid the influence of nucleation and describe the wettability-dependent ice morphology on solid surfaces under atmospheric conditions and the discovery of two growth modes of ice crystals: along-surface and off-surface growth modes. Using atomistic molecular dynamics simulation analysis, we show that these distinct ice growth phenomena are attributable to the presence (or absence) of bilayer ice on solid surfaces with different wettability; that is, the formation of ...


Fabrication And Characterization Of Cuins₂ And Cuinse₂ Light-Absorbing Thin Films For Use In Solar Cells, Amy R. Tapley 2017 The University of Western Ontario

Fabrication And Characterization Of Cuins₂ And Cuinse₂ Light-Absorbing Thin Films For Use In Solar Cells, Amy R. Tapley

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

Solar energy is free and globally abundant and harnessed cost-effectively, it has the potential to be the world’s main source of energy. CuInGa(S,Se)2 solar cells have a very high efficiency of 20 %. However, gallium is a rare and expensive element. We have decided to work on its alternative CuInSe2 (CISe) and CuInS2 (CIS) by removing gallium or both gallium and selenium. The p-type CISe or CIS light-absorbing semiconducting layer is crucial for this type of solar cell. Preparation methods for CIS and CISe films were developed to reduce the costs and enhance the photoelectrochemical ...


Heterojunction Engineering For Next Generation Hybrid Ii-Vi Materials, Thor Garcia 2017 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Heterojunction Engineering For Next Generation Hybrid Ii-Vi Materials, Thor Garcia

All Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

Molecular Beam Epitaxy(MBE) is a versatile thin film growth technique with monolayer control of crystallization. The flexibility and precision afforded by the technique allows for unique control of interfaces and electronic structure of the films grown. This facilitates the realization of novel devices and structures within a research environment normally only achieved though complex industrial processes. In the past, the control of each interface in MBE has been explored to great benefit. In this work, we study the control of these interfaces so as to increase the performance of novel devices material systems. This dissertation focuses on two main ...


Nonlinear Oscillatory Dynamics Of The Hardening Of Calcium Phosphate Bone Cements, Vuk Uskoković, Julietta V. Rau 2017 Chapman University

Nonlinear Oscillatory Dynamics Of The Hardening Of Calcium Phosphate Bone Cements, Vuk Uskoković, Julietta V. Rau

Pharmacy Faculty Articles and Research

Here we report on the nonlinear, oscillatory dynamics detected in the evolution of phase composition during the setting of different calcium phosphate cements, two of which evolved toward brushite and one toward hydroxyapatite as the final product. Whereas both brushite-forming cements contained iondoped b-tricalcium phosphate as the initial phase, the zinc-containing one yielded scholzite as an additional phase during setting and the oscillations between these two products were pronounced throughout the entire 80 h setting period, long after the hardening processes was over from the mechanical standpoint. Oscillations in the copper-containing system involved the amount of brushite as the main ...


Renewable Hydrogels From Norbornene-Functionalized Carboxymethyl Cellulose And A Short Dithiol Crosslinked Via A Thiol-Ene Reaction, Thomas McOscar 2017 University of Maine

Renewable Hydrogels From Norbornene-Functionalized Carboxymethyl Cellulose And A Short Dithiol Crosslinked Via A Thiol-Ene Reaction, Thomas Mcoscar

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Cellulose-based hydrogels - three dimensional "solid" structures composed primarily of liquid water and held together by an interconnected polymer network - were created by first functionalizing carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC), a cellulose derivative, with carbic anhydride in a basic aqueous reaction with the intent of developing novel hydrogels from renewable materials. The product of this reaction, carbic CMC (cCMC), had a new norbornene group as a subsection of the carbic group. Norbornene is a reactive alkene structure that allows for further chemistry with cCMC, such as crosslinking. cCMC was crosslinked with 2,2'-(ethylenedioxy)diethathiol to create hydrogels using a water-soluble, UV-sensitive radical ...


How Strongly Do Oysters Stick?, Nicolás M. Morato, Andrés M. Tibabuzo, Jonathan J. Wilker 2017 Universidad de Los Andes - Colombia

How Strongly Do Oysters Stick?, Nicolás M. Morato, Andrés M. Tibabuzo, Jonathan J. Wilker

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Symposium

Biological adhesives are a type of interfacial material that has incredible potential to generate new biomimetic compounds that can replace current strong, but toxic, adhesives. Therefore, a study of the chemical composition and mechanical properties of those bio-adhesives is necessary. However, in the case of oysters, despite known chemical characterization of the adult’s adhesive, there are almost no studies on its mechanical properties. Furthermore, there is no available information on the adhesive properties of spat (oysters in their larvae state). Herein, we present the first mechanical characterization of the spat adhesive, measuring its adhesion strength by hydrodynamic determination using ...


Temperature-Dependent Exciton Dynamics Of Superacid Treatment In Monolayers Of The Metal Dichalcogenide Mos2, Mingwei Zhou, Long Yuan, Jordan Snaider, Libai Huang 2017 Purdue University

Temperature-Dependent Exciton Dynamics Of Superacid Treatment In Monolayers Of The Metal Dichalcogenide Mos2, Mingwei Zhou, Long Yuan, Jordan Snaider, Libai Huang

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Symposium

To improve optoelectronic semiconductor materials, one of the most efficient research areas is the two-dimensional (2D) transition-metal dichalocogenides (TMDCs). It has been shown that organic nonoxidizing superacid bis(trifluoromethane)sulfonamide (TFSI) treatment of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) monolayer could uniformly enhance its photoluminescence by more than two orders of magnitude and also extend the lifetime of excitons. This could greatly improve the efficiency of the solar energy usage, but the mechanism behind it has not been fully understood. Extreme low temperatures (approximately 7K), which slow the surface exciton mobility, were applied to investigate the changes of treated MoS2 monolayer ...


Synthesis Of Healable Organic Semiconductor Through Dioxaborolane Bond, Junchen Liu, William W. Mcnutt, Jianguo Mei 2017 Purdue University

Synthesis Of Healable Organic Semiconductor Through Dioxaborolane Bond, Junchen Liu, William W. Mcnutt, Jianguo Mei

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Symposium

The field of organic semiconductors have gained enormous attention the past few decades. Organic materials offer numerous advantages over their inorganic counterparts. Recently a number of works have demonstrated organic semiconductors with healable properties. We aim to investigate the healable ability of an organic semiconductor by mimicking a vitrimer system through the reversible dioxaborolane bond. Vitrimers are polymers with reversible crosslink system. It has been reported that the use of the borane-oxygen bond as the crosslink showed good mechanical performance. The electrical properties will be inspected for the vitrimer-like polymer. In this report we describe a Diketopyrrolopyrrole base polymer incorporating ...


Cellulose Reinforced Thermoplastic Composites By In-Situ Ring-Opening Polymerization, Shahab Kashani Rahimi 2017 University of Southern Mississippi

Cellulose Reinforced Thermoplastic Composites By In-Situ Ring-Opening Polymerization, Shahab Kashani Rahimi

Dissertations

Over the past two decades, the increasing concern about the negative environmental impacts of synthetic materials has led to rising interests in utilizing renewable natural resources to develop polymer materials with comparable properties and performance to their synthetic counterparts. One of the major fields of interest is polymer composites where the replacement of synthetic fibers with bio renewable natural fibers is of great potential. However, the processing difficulties, in terms of fiber dispersion and thermal stability have limited the application of cellulosic fibers to polymers with low processing temperatures which are mostly hydrophobic polymers. As a result, the true reinforcing ...


Electronic And Magnetic Materials Under External Stimuli, Kenneth Robert O'Neal 2017 University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Electronic And Magnetic Materials Under External Stimuli, Kenneth Robert O'Neal

Doctoral Dissertations

The interaction between spin, charge, and lattice degrees of freedom leads to exotic and useful properties in multifunctional materials. This delicate balance of energy scales allows external stimuli such as temperature, magnetic field, or pressure to drive to novel phases. As a local probe technique, spectroscopy can provide insight into the microscopic mechanism of the phase transitions. In this dissertation I present spectroscopic studies of functional materials under extreme conditions.

Nanomaterials have attracted attention because nanoscale confinement affects various material properties and often reduces energy scales or suppress phase transitions. Combining Raman and infrared spectroscopies reveals that the breakdown mechanism ...


Water-Soluble Pd And Pd-Alloy Nanoparticles As Catalysts In Biphasic Solvent., Shekhar Bhama 2017 University of Louisville

Water-Soluble Pd And Pd-Alloy Nanoparticles As Catalysts In Biphasic Solvent., Shekhar Bhama

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation shows the chemical synthesis of Pd and Pd-alloy nanoparticles (NPs) and their hydrogen and thermal stabilities for applications in the homogeneous and pseudo-homogeneous catalysis of organic reactions. Mainly, this dissertation describes 1) the chemical synthesis of Pd, PdPt, PdAu and Cu-Pd core-shell NPs coated with various organic ligands (thiols, amines and citrate), with different metal compositions in different synthetic environment, 2) the stability of solutions containing various NPs in the presence of hydrogen or varying temperatures, 3) the evaluation of the catalytic activity of Pd, PdPt, PdAu and CuPd NPs for hydrogenation/isomerization of allylic alcohols, and 4 ...


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