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Analele Universitatii Ovidius Constanta - Seria Chimie     Open Access  
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Applicable Algebra in Engineering, Communication and Computing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
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Asian Journal of Biotechnology     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
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at - Automatisierungstechnik     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
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Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
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Balkan Region Conference on Engineering and Business Education     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Bangladesh Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research     Open Access  
Basin Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
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Bell Labs Technical Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
Beni-Suef University Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
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Biofuels Engineering     Open Access  
Biointerphases     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Biomaterials Science     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Biomedical Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
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Biomedical Engineering Letters     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
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Biomedical Engineering: Applications, Basis and Communications     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
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Biomedizinische Technik - Biomedical Engineering     Hybrid Journal  
Biomicrofluidics     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
BioNanoMaterials     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Biotechnology Progress     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 39)
Boletin Cientifico Tecnico INIMET     Open Access  
Botswana Journal of Technology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Boundary Value Problems     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Brazilian Journal of Science and Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
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Bulletin of Canadian Petroleum Geology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
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Calphad     Hybrid Journal  
Canadian Geotechnical Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 42)
Case Studies in Engineering Failure Analysis     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Case Studies in Thermal Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Catalysis Communications     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Catalysis Letters     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
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Catalysis Science and Technology     Free   (Followers: 7)
Catalysis Surveys from Asia     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Catalysis Today     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
CEAS Space Journal     Hybrid Journal  
Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Central European Journal of Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
CFD Letters     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Chaos : An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Chaos, Solitons & Fractals     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Chinese Journal of Catalysis     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Chinese Journal of Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Chinese Science Bulletin     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Ciencia e Ingenieria Neogranadina     Open Access  
Ciencia en su PC     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Ciencias Holguin     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
CienciaUAT     Open Access  
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CIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
CIRP Journal of Manufacturing Science and Technology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
City, Culture and Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Clay Minerals     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Clean Air Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
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Combustion, Explosion, and Shock Waves     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
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   ISSN (Print) 2190-5509 - ISSN (Online) 2190-5517
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  • Controlling conducting channels of single-walled carbon nanotube array
           with atomic force microscopy

    • Abstract: Abstract In this paper, we report a technique of controlling the number of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) between two electrodes. The SWNT devices consist of an array of SWNTs between two silver/palladium electrodes, which are fabricated with electron beam lithography and silver. Using the tip-sample interaction in contact mode of atomic force microscopy (AFM), the number of individual SWNTs can be controllably decreased. The current–voltage measurements indicate that the resistance increases when the conducting channels of SWNTs are reduced. This simple and controllable approach could be useful for the assembly of high performance devices with a desired number of channels for future electronic investigations.
      PubDate: 2017-10-17
  • Towards efficient and cost-effective inverted hybrid organic solar cells
           using inorganic semiconductor in the active layer

    • Abstract: Abstract The article investigates the effects of NiO (p-type) and TiO2 (n-type) nanoparticles (NPs) on the performance of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and (phenyl-C61-butyric acid methylester) (PCBM) based devices with an inverse geometry. Various weight ratios of these nanoparticles were mixed in the polymer solution using 1,2-dichlorobenzene as solvent. An optimal amount of NPs-doped active layer exhibited higher power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 3.85% as compared to the reference cell, which exhibited an efficiency of 3.40% under white light illumination intensity of 100 mW/cm2. Enhanced PCE originates from increased film roughness and light harvesting due to increased absorption range upon mixing an optimal amount of NPs in the organic-based active layer. Further addition of NiO and TiO2 concentration relative to PCBM resulted in significant agglomeration of nanoparticles leading to degraded device parameters.
      PubDate: 2017-10-16
  • Synthesis of stable cesium superoxide nanoparticles for gas sensing
           application by solution-processed spray pyrolysis method

    • Abstract: Abstract In the present work, we synthesized cesium superoxide (CsO2) nanoparticles by solution-processed spray pyrolysis technique. The as-synthesized CsO2 nanoparticles were characterized through Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy. The CsO2 nanoparticle-based gas sensor is more selective towards the carbon dioxide (CO2) gas. The sensor shows good gas sensing performance for CO2 gas. Gas sensing mechanism is dominated by the adsorption and desorption process. Through this paper, we studied another dimension of gas sensing process by employing superoxide for gas sensing. The sensing mechanism for cesium superoxide is explained by newly designed “bridging oxygen-free mechanism”.
      PubDate: 2017-10-16
  • Effect of alkali earth oxides on hydroxy-carbonated apatite nano layer
           formation for SiO 2 –BaO–CaO–Na 2 O–P 2 O 5 glass system

    • Abstract: Abstract Barium soda lime phosphosilicate [(58SiO2–(32 − x)BaO–xCao–6Na2O–4P2O5 (where x = 15, 20, 25 and 30 mol%)] samples were synthesised using conventional sol–gel method at 700 °C sintering temperature. Thermal, structural properties were studied using thermo gravimetric analysis and differential thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, fourier transform infrared and Raman spectroscopy. Using Raman spectra non-bridging oxygen concentrations were estimated. The hydroxy-carbonated apatite (HCA) layer formation on samples was analysed for 7 days using simulated body fluid (SBF) soaked samples. The growth of HCA layers self-assembled on the sample surface was discussed as a function of NBO/BO ratio. Results indicated that the number of Ca2+ ions released into SBF solution in dissolution process and weight loss of SB-treated samples vary with NBO/BO ratio. The changes in NBO/BO ratios were observed to be proportional to HCA forming ability of barium soda lime phosphosilicate glasses.
      PubDate: 2017-10-13
  • Covalent linking peptide to hydrothermally reduced graphene oxide for
           ultrasensitive detection of matrix metalloproteinase 9

    • Abstract: Abstract Exact assay of matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP9) has attracted considerable attentions for the clinical diagnosis of disease in early stage. In this report, we covalently engineer a fluorescein isothiocyanate-labeled peptide (Pep-FITC) linker containing the specific cleavage substrate of MMP9 onto the surface of hydrothermally reduced nano-graphene oxide (nrGO) to develop a FRET-based nrGO-Pep-FITC nanoprobe for ultrasensitive detection of MMP9. Upon cleavage of the Pep-FITC at the amide bond between Ser and Leu by MMP9, FITC was separated from nrGO, and fluorescence recovery of FITC was proportional to the MMP9 concentration within 0.01–0.06 nM and 0.06–0.15 nM ranges, respectively, in an aqueous solution, exhibiting 0.83 pM of detection limit. This nanoprobe is stable under borate buffer (pH = 7.4) with bovine serum albumin or 0.1% surfactant Triton 100 or Tween 20, and has good specificity for MMP9 detection, which is meaningful for MMP9-related clinical and bioanalytical applications.
      PubDate: 2017-10-10
  • Glucose-installed, SPIO-loaded PEG- b -PCL micelles as MR contrast agents
           to target prostate cancer cells

    • Abstract: Abstract Polymeric micelles of poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(ɛ-caprolactone) bearing glucose analog encapsulated with superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (Glu-SPIO micelles) were synthesized as an MRI contrast agent to target cancer cells based on high-glucose metabolism. Compared to SPIO micelles (non-targeting SPIO micelles), Glu-SPIO micelles demonstrated higher toxicity to human prostate cancer cell lines (PC-3) at high concentration. Atomic absorption spectroscopy was used to determine the amount of iron in cells. It was found that the iron in cancer cells treated by Glu-SPIO micelles were 27-fold higher than cancer cells treated by SPIO micelles at the iron concentration of 25 ppm and fivefold at the iron concentration of 100 ppm. To implement Glu-SPIO micelles as a MR contrast agent, the 3-T clinical MRI was applied to determine transverse relaxivities (r 2*) and relaxation rate (1/T 2*) values. In vitro MRI showed different MRI signal from cancer cells after cellular uptake of SPIO micelles and Glu-SPIO micelles. Glu-SPIO micelles was highly sensitive with the r 2* in agarose gel at 155 mM−1 s−1. Moreover, the higher 1/T 2* value was found for cancer cells treated with Glu-SPIO micelles. These results supported that glucose ligand increased the cellular uptake of micelles by PC-3 cells with over-expressing glucose transporter on the cell membrane. Thus, glucose can be used as a small molecule ligand for targeting prostate cancer cells overexpressing glucose transporter.
      PubDate: 2017-10-10
  • Synthesis and characterization of titania nanotubes by anodizing of
           titanium in fluoride containing electrolytes

    • Abstract: Abstract Titania nanotubular structure was prepared by anodizing titanium metal in the fluoride containing electrolytes and studied for hydrogen reduction using photo electrochemical cell. Potentiodynamic scan was performed before actual anodizing to optimize the anodizing conditions. The morphology of the TiO2 nanotubes was investigated by SEM and the presence of TiO2 nanotubes was confirmed. Raman spectroscopy was done to confirm the different phases present. Hydrogen generation capability was revealed by electrochemical testing in three-electrode system in dark and in visible light at 200 W power using Gamry Potentiostat. The corrosion potential of TiO2 nanotubes produced was found to be more active side in potassium hydroxide solution under visible light than in the dark condition. Cathodic polarization behavior of specimens in the presence of light showed more activity towards hydrogen generation than in dark condition. In comparison, the hydrogen generation capability of specimen anodized in 2H15 electrolyte was higher than specimens anodized in other electrolytes. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy was used to study the charge transfer resistance of the nanotubes produced. The results showed that TiO2 nanotubular structure is a promising material for photoelectrochemical cell. Low-charge transfer resistance also depicts that it can be efficiently used to harvest solar energy.
      PubDate: 2017-10-06
  • Abrasion properties of self-suspended hairy titanium dioxide nanomaterials

    • Abstract: Abstract Considering the excellent solubility of pyrrolidone ring organic compounds, the synthesized N-(trimethoxysilyl) propyl-N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone chlorides was tethered onto titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles to improve dispersion of TiO2, and then polyethylene oxide (PEO) oligomer through ion exchange embraced the tethered TiO2 to obtain a novel self-suspended hairy TiO2 nanomaterials without any solvent. A variety of techniques were carried out to illustrate the structure and properties of the self-suspended hairy TiO2 nanomaterials. It was found that TiO2 nanoparticles embody monodispersity in the hybrid system though the “false reunion” phenomenon occurring due to nonpermanent weak physical cross-linking. Remarkably, self-suspended hairy TiO2 nanomaterials exhibit lower viscosity, facilitating maneuverable and outstanding antifriction and wear resistance properties, due to the synergistic lubricating effect between spontaneously forming lubricating film and nano-lubrication of TiO2 cores, overcoming the deficiency of both solid and liquid lubricants. This make them promising candidates for the micro-electromechanic/nano-electromechanic systems (MEMS/NEMS).
      PubDate: 2017-10-05
  • Antifungal evaluation studies of copper sulfide nano-aquaformulations and
           its impact on seed quality of rice ( Oryzae sativa )

    • Abstract: Abstract Surface capped copper sulfide nano-aquaformulations were prepared by in situ combination of copper ions with sulfide ions using sonochemical method, followed by microwave irradiations, in the presence of capping agents. Prepared nano-aquaformulations were characterized for particle size, morphology and optical properties. The in vitro antifungal evaluations studies indicated multifold efficacy against Alternaria alternata, Drechslera oryzae and Curvularia lunata in comparison to standard used. The in vivo seed treatment on discoloured paddy seeds showed the optimum results on application @ 7μg/ml for 2 h in case of citrate capped copper sulfide nanoformulation (NCuS3). Significant reduction in seed rot and seedling blight was observed with favourable effect on germination and growth parameters at this concentration.
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
  • Biological responses of T cells encapsulated with polyelectrolyte-coated
           gold nanorods and their cellular activities in a co-culture system

    • Abstract: Abstract Currently, human T cell therapy is of considerable scientific interest. In addition, cell encapsulation has become an attractive approach in biomedical applications. Here, we propose an innovative technique of single-cell encapsulation of human T cells using polyelectrolytes combined with gold nanorods. We have demonstrated encapsulation of human Jurkat T cells with poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate) (PSS)-coated gold nanorods (PSS-GNRs). Other forms of encapsulation, using polyelectrolytes without GNRs, were also performed. After Jurkat T cells were encapsulated with poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) and/or PSS-GNRs or PSS, most cells survived and could proliferate. Jurkat T cells encapsulated with a double layer of PSS-GNR/PAH (PSS-GNR/PAH@Jurkat) showed the highest rate of cell proliferation when compared to 24-h encapsulated cells. With the exception of IL-6, no significant induction of inflammatory cytokines (IL-2, IL-1β, and TNF-α) was observed. Interestingly, when encapsulated cells were co-cultured with THP-1 macrophages, co-cultures exhibited TNF-α production enhancement. However, the co-culture of THP-1 macrophage and PSS-GNR/PAH@Jurkat or PSS/PAH@Jurkat did not enhance TNF-α production. No significant inductions of IL-2, IL-1β, and IL-6 were detected. These data provide promising results, demonstrating the potential use of encapsulated PSS-GNR/PAH@Jurkat to provide a more inert T cell population for immunotherapy application and other biomedical applications.
      PubDate: 2017-10-04
  • RETRACTED ARTICLE: One-step synthesis of size-controlled CZTS quantum dots

    • PubDate: 2017-10-01
  • Development of polyvinyl acetate thin films by electrospinning for sensor

    • Abstract: Abstract Electrospinning is an effective process for synthesis of polymer fibers with diameters ranging between nanometers and micrometers by employing electrostatic force developed due to application of high voltage. The present work aims to develop an electrospinning system and optimize the process parameters for synthesis of Polyvinyl Acetate thin films used for gas and humidity sensors. Taguchi’s Design of Experiment was adopted considering three main factors at three different levels for optimization of process parameters. The factors considered were flow rate (0.5, 0.6 and 0.7 ml/h), voltage (18, 19 and 20 kV) and spinneret to collector distance (8, 9, 10 cm) with fiber diameter as the response factor. The main effect plots and interaction plots of the parameters were studied to determine the most influencing parameter. Flow rate was the most significant factor followed by spinneret to collector distance. Least fiber diameter of 24.83 nm was observed at 19 kV, 0.5 ml/h flow rate and 8 cm spinneret to collector distance. SEM images revealed uniform fiber diameter at lower flow rate while bead formation increased monotonically with rise in flow rate.
      PubDate: 2017-10-01
  • Room temperature CO 2 gas sensors of AuNPs/mesoPSi hybrid structures

    • Abstract: Abstract Mesoporous silicon (mesoPSi) layer prepared by a laser-assisted etching process in HF acid has been employed as CO2 gas sensors. The surface morphology of mesoPSi was modified by embedding gold nanoparticles AuNPs by simple and quick dipping process in different gold salts concentrations to form mesoPSi/AuNPs hybrid structures. Morphology of hybrid structures was investigated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The electrical characteristics of the prepared gas sensor were carried out at room temperature. It was found that the nanoparticles size, shape and the specific surface area of the nanoparticle strongly influence the current–voltage characteristics. Considerable improvement was noticed in sensitivity, response and recovery times of gas sensor with decreasing incorporated AuNPs into the mesoPSi matrix.
      PubDate: 2017-10-01
  • Effect of back reflectors on photon absorption in thin-film amorphous
           silicon solar cells

    • Abstract: Abstract In thin-film solar cells, the photocurrent conversion productivity can be distinctly boosted-up utilizing a proper back reflector. Herein, the impact of different smooth and textured back reflectors was explored and effectuated to study the optical phenomena with interface engineering strategies and characteristics of transparent contacts. A unique type of wet-chemically textured glass-substrate 3D etching mask used in superstrate (p–i–n) amorphous silicon-based solar cell along with legitimated back reflector permits joining the standard light-trapping methodologies, which are utilized to upgrade the energy conversion efficiency (ECE). To investigate the optical and electrical properties of solar cell structure, the optical simulations in three-dimensional measurements (3D) were performed utilizing finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) technique. This design methodology allows to determine the power losses, quantum efficiencies, and short-circuit current densities of various layers in such solar cell. The short-circuit current densities for different reflectors were varied from 11.50 to 13.27 and 13.81 to 16.36 mA/cm2 for the smooth and pyramidal textured solar cells, individually. Contrasted with the comparable flat reference cell, the short-circuit current density of textured solar cell was increased by around 24%, and most extreme outer quantum efficiencies rose from 79 to 86.5%. The photon absorption was fundamentally improved in the spectral region from 600 to 800 nm with no decrease of photocurrent shorter than 600-nm wavelength. Therefore, these optimized designs will help to build the effective plans next-generation amorphous silicon-based solar cells.
      PubDate: 2017-08-30
  • First report on soapnut extract-mediated synthesis of sulphur-substituted
           nanoscale NdFeB permanent magnets and their characterization

    • Abstract: Abstract Biosynthesis of nanoscale materials has its own advantages over other physical and chemical methods. Using soapnut extract as reducing and stabilizing agent for the synthesis of inorganic nanoscale materials is novel and has not been exploited to its potential so far. Herein, we report for the first time on the effects of sulphur substitution on soapnut extract-mediated synthesis of nanoscale NdFeB (S-NdFeB) permanent magnetic powders (Nd 15%, Fe 77.5%, B 7.5% and S with molar ratios: 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, and 0.5). To synthesize, a 10 ml of 10% soapnut extract was added to 90 ml of respective chemical composition and heated to 60 °C for 30 min and aged for 24 h. The dried powder was sintered at 500 °C for 1 h. The characterization of the as-prepared nanoscale S-NdFeB magnetic materials was done using the techniques such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with energy dispersion spectroscopy (EDS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), dynamic light scattering (DLS for size and zeta potential measurements) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM)–hysteresis loop studies. The results revealed that particles were highly stable (with a negative zeta potential of 25.7 mV) with irregular and spherical shape (with measured hydrodynamic diameter 6.7 and 63.5 nm). The tetragonal structures of the formed powders were revealed by XRD micrographs. Hysteresis loop studies clearly indicate the effect of S concentration on the enhanced magnetization of the materials.
      PubDate: 2017-08-28
  • A biomimetic synthesis of stable gold nanoparticles derived from aqueous
           extract of Foeniculum vulgare seeds and evaluation of their catalytic

    • Abstract: Abstract A facile biomimetic approach for the synthesis of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) using aqueous extract of fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) seeds have been reported in this article. The seeds of F. vulgare are rich in various plant secondary metabolites (phytochemicals) such as polyphenolic acids, flavonoids, and saponins. The phytochemicals of F. vulgare seeds play dual role of reducing and stabilizing agents. The formation of gold nanoparticles was evidenced from the appearance of intense purple color at room temperature with λ max around 550 nm in the UV–Vis absorption spectra. The stable AuNPs were further characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis. The synthesized nanoparticles were observed to be polydispersed, spherical and ranged from 10 to 30 nm with an average size of 20 ± 2 nm, as obtained from TEM images. The catalytic activity of gold nanoparticles was investigated by studying the reduction of anthropogenic dyes such as methylene blue (MB) and rhodamine B (Rh-B) with sodium borohydride. Results showed the possible applications of biogenic AuNPs in environment related problems.
      PubDate: 2017-08-28
  • Influence of growth parameters on In-droplet-assisted growth of InAs
           nanowires on silicon

    • Abstract: Abstract The influence of growth parameters on the morphology and density of InAs nanowires (NWs) grown on bare Si substrates using Indium (In) droplets as catalyst is investigated. By tuning the growth temperature, V/III flux ratio, and growth rate, the diameter and yield of as-grown NWs were controllably manipulated. It is demonstrated that the In-droplet-assisted growth of InAs NWs can only be realized on bare Si within a relatively narrow growth window of 420–475 °C. Below 420 °C, NWs’ growth is kinetically limited, while the highest yield of vertically aligned NWs was obtained at ~450 °C. It is shown that In-catalyzed InAs NWs nucleation can only be realized on Si at highly As-rich conditions (V/III flux ratio >50), while the axial growth rate was found to be strongly dependent on the V/III flux ratio. The nucleation and axial growth of In-catalyzed InAs NWs are promoted by a low growth rate, while a high growth rate favors the formation of unwanted parasitic islands.
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
  • Bioinspired green synthesis of copper oxide nanoparticles from Syzygium
           alternifolium (Wt.) Walp: characterization and evaluation of its
           synergistic antimicrobial and anticancer activity

    • Abstract: Abstract In recent times, nanoparticles are attributed to green nanotechnology methods to know the synergistic biological activities. To accomplish this phenomenon, present study was aimed to synthesize copper oxide nanoparticles (CuO NPs) by using Syzygium alternifolium stem bark, characterized those NPs using expository tools and to elucidate high prioritized antimicrobial and anticancer activities. Synthesized particles exhibited a color change pattern upon synthesis and affirmed its respective broad peak at 285 nm which was analyzed through UV–vis spectroscopy. FT-IR study confirmed that phenols and primary amines were mainly involved in capping and stabilization of nanoparticles. DLS and Zeta potential studies revealed narrow size of particles with greater stability. XRD studies revealed the crystallographic nature of particles with 17.2 nm average size. Microscopic analysis by using TEM revealed that particle size range from 5–13 nm and most of them were spherical in shape, non-agglomerated and poly-dispersed in condition. Antimicrobial studies of particles showed highest inhibitory activity against E. coli and T. harzianum among bacterial and fungal strains, respectively. The scope of this study is extended by examining anticancer activity of CuO NPs. This study exhibited potential anticancer activity towards MDA-MB-231 human breast cancer lines. Overall, these examinations relate that the S. alternifolium is described as efficient well-being plant and probabilistically for the design and synthesis of nanoparticles for human health. This study paves a way to better understand antimicrobial and anticancer therapeutic drug potentials of nanoparticles to design and analysis of pharmaceuticals by in vivo and in vitro approaches.
      PubDate: 2017-08-23
  • Synthesis and characterization of superparamagnetic iron-oxide
           nanoparticles (SPIONs) and utilization of SPIONs in X-ray imaging

    • Abstract: Abstract The versatility of superparamagnetic iron-oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) have been extensively investigated, especially for their applications in therapeutics and diagnostics. Considering their intriguing feature of contrasting agent, in terms of medical applications, it is still in its infancy. Various physicochemical parameters like magnetism, crystallinity, and optical parameters contribute to their better contrasting agent. In this study, SPIONs were synthesized with different concentrations of precursor iron molecular solution in the presence of magnetic field and the optimum concentration of precursor iron molecular solution was determined as 0.133%. SPIONs obtained at optimum concentration were further analyzed by both microscopic and spectroscopic analysis. The difference occurred in the elemental nature of SPIONs as they were synthesized in the magnetic field out of precursor iron molecular solution was analyzed with a specific reference to NMR spectroscopy. SPIONs as contrasting agent against X-ray imaging was also investigated in quail’s egg.
      PubDate: 2017-08-20
  • Preparation and characterization of aluminum oxide nanoparticles by laser
           ablation in liquid as passivating and anti-reflection coating for silicon

    • Abstract: Abstract In this study, we have prepared aluminum oxide (Al2O3 nanoparticles) NPs with size ranging from 50 to 90 nm by laser ablation of aluminum target in ethanol. The effect of laser fluence on the structural, morphological and optical properties of Al2O3 was demonstrated and discussed. X-ray diffraction XRD results confirm that the synthesized Al2O3 NPs are crystalline in nature. The sample prepared at 3.5 J/cm2/pulse exhibits single phase of γ-Al2O3, while the XRD patterns of the nanoparticles synthesized at 5.3 and 7.5 J/cm2/pulse show the co-existence of the α-Al2O3 and γ-Al2O3 phases. Nanostructured Al2O3 films have been used as anti-reflecting coating and surface passivation layer to improve the photoresponse characteristics of silicon photodiode. The experimental data showed that the optical energy gap decreases from 5.3 to 5 eV as the laser fluence increases from 3.5 to 7.3 J/cm2. The lowest optical reflectivity was found for silicon photodiode deposited with a single layer of Al2O3 prepared at 3.5 J/cm2/pulse. The effect of laser fluence on the refractive index and extinction coefficient of the nanostructured Al2O3 film was studied. The photosensitivity of the silicon photodiode increased from 0.4 to 1.4 AW−1 at 800 nm after depositing Al2O3 prepared at 3.5 J/cm2/pulse, followed by rapid thermal annealing at 400 °C for 60 s.
      PubDate: 2017-08-12
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