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Au H, Rubio N, Shaffer MSP, 2018, Brominated graphene as a versatile precursor for multifunctional grafting, CHEMICAL SCIENCE, Vol: 9, Pages: 209-217, ISSN: 2041-6520
De Luca F, Sernicola G, Shaffer MSP, et al., 2018, "Brick-and-Mortar" Nanostructured Interphase for Glass-Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites., ACS Appl Mater Interfaces, Vol: 10, Pages: 7352-7361
The fiber-matrix interface plays a critical role in determining composite mechanical properties. While a strong interface tends to provide high strength, a weak interface enables extensive debonding, leading to a high degree of energy absorption. Balancing these conflicting requirements by engineering composite interfaces to improve strength and toughness simultaneously still remains a great challenge. Here, a nanostructured fiber coating was realized to manifest the critical characteristics of natural nacre, at a reduced length scale, consistent with the surface curvature of fibers. The new interphase contains a high proportion (∼90 wt %) of well-aligned inorganic platelets embedded in a polymer; the window of suitable platelet dimensions is very narrow, with an optimized platelet width and thickness of about 130 and 13 nm, respectively. An anisotropic, nanostructured coating was uniformly and conformally deposited onto a large number of 9 μm diameter glass fibers, simultaneously, using self-limiting layer-by-layer assembly (LbL); this parallel approach demonstrates a promising strategy to exploit LbL methods at scale. The resulting nanocomposite interphase, primarily loaded in shear, provides new mechanisms for stress dissipation and plastic deformation. The energy released by fiber breakage in tension appear to spread and dissipate within the nanostructured interphase, accompanied by stable fiber slippage, while the interfacial strength was improved up to 30%.
Garcia-Trenco A, Regoutz A, White ER, et al., 2018, PdIn intermetallic nanoparticles for the Hydrogenation of CO2 to Methanol, APPLIED CATALYSIS B-ENVIRONMENTAL, Vol: 220, Pages: 9-18, ISSN: 0926-3373
Kennedy OW, Coke ML, White ER, et al., 2018, MBE growth and morphology control of ZnO nanobelts with polar axis perpendicular to growth direction, MATERIALS LETTERS, Vol: 212, Pages: 51-53, ISSN: 0167-577X
Robinson RK, Birrell MA, Adcock JJ, et al., 2018, Mechanistic link between diesel exhaust particles and respiratory reflexes., J Allergy Clin Immunol, Vol: 141, Pages: 1074-1084.e9
BACKGROUND: Diesel exhaust particles (DEPs) are a major component of particulate matter in Europe's largest cities, and epidemiologic evidence links exposure with respiratory symptoms and asthma exacerbations. Respiratory reflexes are responsible for symptoms and are regulated by vagal afferent nerves, which innervate the airway. It is not known how DEP exposure activates airway afferents to elicit symptoms, such as cough and bronchospasm. OBJECTIVE: We sought to identify the mechanisms involved in activation of airway sensory afferents by DEPs. METHODS: In this study we use in vitro and in vivo electrophysiologic techniques, including a unique model that assesses depolarization (a marker of sensory nerve activation) of human vagus. RESULTS: We demonstrate a direct interaction between DEP and airway C-fiber afferents. In anesthetized guinea pigs intratracheal administration of DEPs activated airway C-fibers. The organic extract (DEP-OE) and not the cleaned particles evoked depolarization of guinea pig and human vagus, and this was inhibited by a transient receptor potential ankyrin-1 antagonist and the antioxidant N-acetyl cysteine. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, major constituents of DEPs, were implicated in this process through activation of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor and subsequent mitochondrial reactive oxygen species production, which is known to activate transient receptor potential ankyrin-1 on nociceptive C-fibers. CONCLUSIONS: This study provides the first mechanistic insights into how exposure to urban air pollution leads to activation of guinea pig and human sensory nerves, which are responsible for respiratory symptoms. Mechanistic information will enable the development of appropriate therapeutic interventions and mitigation strategies for those susceptible subjects who are most at risk.
Woodward RT, Markoulidis F, De Luca F, et al., 2018, Carbon foams from emulsion-templated reduced graphene oxide polymer composites: electrodes for supercapacitor devices, JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY A, Vol: 6, Pages: 1840-1849, ISSN: 2050-7488
Anthony DB, Qian H, Clancy AJ, et al., 2017, Applying a potential difference to minimise damage to carbon fibres during carbon nanotube grafting by chemical vapour deposition, NANOTECHNOLOGY, Vol: 28, ISSN: 0957-4484
Buckley DJ, Hodge SA, De Marco M, et al., 2017, Trajectory of the Selective Dissolution of Charged Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, Vol: 121, Pages: 21703-21712, ISSN: 1932-7447
Clancy AJ, Anthony DB, Fisher SJ, et al., 2017, Reductive dissolution of supergrowth carbon nanotubes for tougher nanocomposites by reactive coagulation spinning, NANOSCALE, Vol: 9, Pages: 8764-8773, ISSN: 2040-3364
Clancy AJ, Serginson JM, Greenfield JL, et al., 2017, Systematic comparison of single-walled carbon nanotube/poly(vinyl acetate) graft-to reactions, POLYMER, Vol: 133, Pages: 263-271, ISSN: 0032-3861
De Marco M, Menzel R, Bawaked SM, et al., 2017, Hybrid effects in graphene oxide/carbon nanotube-supported layered double hydroxides: enhancing the CO2 sorption properties, CARBON, Vol: 123, Pages: 616-627, ISSN: 0008-6223
Garcia-Trenco A, White ER, Regoutz A, et al., 2017, Pd2Ga-Based Colloids as Highly Active Catalysts for the Hydrogenation of CO2 to Methanol, ACS CATALYSIS, Vol: 7, Pages: 1186-1196, ISSN: 2155-5435
Gonzalez Carter DA, Leo BF, Ruenraroengsak P, et al., 2017, Silver nanoparticles reduce brain inflammation and related neurotoxicity through induction of H2S-synthesizing enzymes, Scientific Reports, Vol: 7, ISSN: 2045-2322
Silver nanoparticles (AgNP) are known to penetrate into the brain and cause neuronal death. However, there is a paucity in studies examining the effect of AgNP on the resident immune cells of the brain, microglia. Given microglia are implicated in neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease (PD), it is important to examine how AgNPs affect microglial inflammation to fully assess AgNP neurotoxicity. In addition, understanding AgNP processing by microglia will allow better prediction of their long term bioreactivity. In the present study, the in vitro uptake and intracellular transformation of citrate-capped AgNPs by microglia, as well as their effects on microglial inflammation and related neurotoxicity were examined. Analytical microscopy demonstrated internalization and dissolution of AgNPs within microglia and formation of non-reactive silver sulphide (Ag2S) on the surface of AgNPs. Furthermore, AgNP-treatment up-regulated microglial expression of the hydrogen sulphide (H2S)-synthesizing enzyme cystathionine-γ-lyase (CSE). In addition, AgNPs showed significant anti-inflammatory effects, reducing lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated ROS, nitric oxide and TNFα production, which translated into reduced microglial toxicity towards dopaminergic neurons. Hence, the present results indicate that intracellular Ag2S formation, resulting from CSE-mediated H2S production in microglia, sequesters Ag+ ions released from AgNPs, significantly limiting their toxicity, concomitantly reducing microglial inflammation and related neurotoxicity.
Hart M, White ER, Chen J, et al., 2017, Encapsulation and Polymerization of White Phosphorus Inside Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes, ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION, Vol: 56, Pages: 8144-8148, ISSN: 1433-7851
Hu S, Laker ZPL, Leese HS, et al., 2017, Thermochemical functionalisation of graphenes with minimal framework damage, CHEMICAL SCIENCE, Vol: 8, Pages: 6149-6154, ISSN: 2041-6520
Miller TS, Suter TM, Telford AM, et al., 2017, Single Crystal, Luminescent Carbon Nitride Nanosheets Formed by Spontaneous Dissolution, NANO LETTERS, Vol: 17, Pages: 5891-5896, ISSN: 1530-6984
Pike SD, Garcia-Trenco A, White ER, et al., 2017, Colloidal Cu/ZnO catalysts for the hydrogenation of carbon dioxide to methanol: investigating catalyst preparation and ligand effectst, CATALYSIS SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, Vol: 7, Pages: 3842-3850, ISSN: 2044-4753
Pike SD, White ER, Regoutz A, et al., 2017, Reversible Redox Cycling of Well-Defined, Ultrasmall Cu/Cu2O Nanoparticles, ACS NANO, Vol: 11, Pages: 2714-2723, ISSN: 1936-0851
Rocha VG, García-Tuñón E, Botas C, et al., 2017, Multimaterial 3D Printing of Graphene-Based Electrodes for Electrochemical Energy Storage Using Thermoresponsive Inks., ACS Appl Mater Interfaces, Vol: 9, Pages: 37136-37145
The current lifestyles, increasing population, and limited resources result in energy research being at the forefront of worldwide grand challenges, increasing the demand for sustainable and more efficient energy devices. In this context, additive manufacturing brings the possibility of making electrodes and electrical energy storage devices in any desired three-dimensional (3D) shape and dimensions, while preserving the multifunctional properties of the active materials in terms of surface area and conductivity. This paves the way to optimized and more efficient designs for energy devices. Here, we describe how three-dimensional (3D) printing will allow the fabrication of bespoke devices, with complex geometries, tailored to fit specific requirements and applications, by designing water-based thermoresponsive inks to 3D-print different materials in one step, for example, printing the active material precursor (reduced chemically modified graphene (rCMG)) and the current collector (copper) for supercapacitors or anodes for lithium-ion batteries. The formulation of thermoresponsive inks using Pluronic F127 provides an aqueous-based, robust, flexible, and easily upscalable approach. The devices are designed to provide low resistance interface, enhanced electrical properties, mechanical performance, packing of rCMG, and low active material density while facilitating the postprocessing of the multicomponent 3D-printed structures. The electrode materials are selected to match postprocessing conditions. The reduction of the active material (rCMG) and sintering of the current collector (Cu) take place simultaneously. The electrochemical performance of the rCMG-based self-standing binder-free electrode and the two materials coupled rCMG/Cu printed electrode prove the potential of multimaterial printing in energy applications.
Rubio N, Au H, Leese HS, et al., 2017, Grafting from versus Grafting to Approaches for the Functionalization of Graphene Nanoplatelets with Poly(methyl methacrylate), MACROMOLECULES, Vol: 50, Pages: 7070-7079, ISSN: 0024-9297
Thong AZ, Shaffer MSP, Horsfield AP, 2017, HOMO-LUMO coupling: the fourth rule for highly effective molecular rectifiers, NANOSCALE, Vol: 9, Pages: 8119-8125, ISSN: 2040-3364
Anthony DB, Shaffer MSP, 2016, Process for producing carbon-nanotube grafted substrate, WO 2016009207 A1
The present invention relates to a process for producing a carbon nanotube-grafted substrate, the process comprising: providing a substrate having catalytic material deposited thereon; and synthesising carbon nanotubes on the substrate by a chemical vapour deposition process in a reaction chamber; characterised in that the process comprises providing a counter electrode, applying a potential difference to the substrate in relation to the counter electrode and maintaining the potential difference of the substrate in relation to the counter electrode during the chemical vapour deposition process.
Bayazit MK, Hodge SA, Clancy AJ, et al., 2016, Carbon nanotube anions for the preparation of gold nanoparticle-nanocarbon hybrids, CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS, Vol: 52, Pages: 1934-1937, ISSN: 1359-7345
Blaker JJ, Anthony DB, Tang G, et al., 2016, Property and Shape Modulation of Carbon Fibers Using Lasers, ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, Vol: 8, Pages: 16351-16358, ISSN: 1944-8244
Chen S, Goode AE, Skepper JN, et al., 2016, Avoiding artefacts during electron microscopy of silver nanomaterials exposed to biological environments, JOURNAL OF MICROSCOPY, Vol: 261, Pages: 157-166, ISSN: 0022-2720
Clancy AJ, White ER, Tay HH, et al., 2016, Systematic comparison of conventional and reductive single-walled carbon nanotube purifications, CARBON, Vol: 108, Pages: 423-432, ISSN: 0008-6223
De Marco M, Markoulidis F, Menzel R, et al., 2016, Cross-linked single-walled carbon nanotube aerogel electrodes via reductive coupling chemistry, JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY A, Vol: 4, Pages: 5385-5389, ISSN: 2050-7488
Diba M, Fam DWH, Boccaccini AR, et al., 2016, Electrophoretic deposition of graphene-related materials: A review of the fundamentals, PROGRESS IN MATERIALS SCIENCE, Vol: 82, Pages: 83-117, ISSN: 0079-6425
Ferguson A, Khan U, Walsh M, et al., 2016, Understanding the Dispersion and Assembly of Bacterial Cellulose in Organic Solvents, BIOMACROMOLECULES, Vol: 17, Pages: 1845-1853, ISSN: 1525-7797
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