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Structural evolution of flow-oriented high density polyethylene upon heating: In situ SAXS and WAXD studies

Liao, Tao; Zhao, Xintong; Yang, Xiao; Coates, Phil; Whiteside, Ben; Jiang, Zhiyong; Men, Yongfeng

The structural evolution of micro-injection molded high density polyethylene (HDPE) at the molecular and lamellar levels was investigated as a function of temperature during heating process using wide angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) and small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) techniques. The molded sample exhibits a peculiar multilayer structure of skin and…
ApplicationCharacterizationCustomer publicationsFractal dimensionInorganic materialsMaterialMetalsSAXSSizeTechnique

Precipitation in original Duralumin A-U4G versus modern 2017A alloy

Brunet, Magali; Malard, Benoit; Ratel-Ramond, Nicolas; Deshayes, Christophe; Joulié, Sébastien; Warot-Fonrose, Bénédicte; Sciau, Philippe; Douin, Joël; De Geuser, Frédéric; Deschamps, Alexis

Precipitation in Duralumin, a historic quaternary alloy of the type: Al–Cu–Mg–Si, was never fully studied nor observed by current electron microscopy techniques. This article presents the full characterization and comparison of two alloys: a Duralumin (A-U4G) from the 1950s collected on a vintage aircraft and its modern equivalent: a 2017A…
(Natural) polymersApplicationCharacterizationCustomer publicationsMaterialPolymer researchSAXSSizeTechnique

Effect of Oleic Acid Coating of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles on Properties of Magnetic Polyamide-6 Nanocomposite

Gupta, Ranjeetkumar; Pancholi, Ketan; De Sa, Rulston; Murray, Duncan; Huo, Dehong; Droubi, Ghazi; White, Maggie; Njuguna, James

This work reports the development and testing of a magnetic polymer (Polyamide 6, PA6) nanocomposite capable of melting when exposed to an external magnetic field. Addition of high concentrations of iron oxide nanoparticles (NPs) can induce quick melting but is detrimental to the mechanical properties of the polymer. To reduce…
(Hydro)gels(Natural) polymersApplicationCharacterizationCustomer publicationsMaterialNanoparticles & colloidsSAXSSelf-assembled materialShapeSizeTechnique

Solvent-non-solvent rapid-injection for preparing nanostructured materials from micelles to hydrogels

Lang, Chao; LaNasa, Jacob A.; Utomo, Nyalaliska; Xu, Yifan; Nelson, Melissa J.; Song, Woochul; Hickner, Michael A.; Colby, Ralph H.; Kumar, Manish; Hickey, Robert J.

Due to their distinctive molecular architecture, ABA triblock copolymers will undergo specific self-assembly processes into various nanostructures upon introduction into a B-block selective solvent. Although much of the focus in ABA triblock copolymer self-assembly has been on equilibrium nanostructures, little attention has been paid to the guiding principles of nanostructure…
ApplicationCharacterizationCustomer publicationsFoodFood scienceMaterialProteins & DNA/RNASAXSSelf-assembled materialShapeSizeStructural biologyTechnique

The influence of pH, protein concentration and calcium ratio on the formation and structure of nanotubes from partially hydrolyzed bovine ?-lactalbumin

Geng, XiaoLu; Kirkensgaard, Jacob Judas Kain; Arleth, Lise; Otte, Jeanette; Ipsen, Richard

Formation of nanotubes from partially hydrolysed ?-lactalbumin (?-La) was investigated at five pH values, two concentrations of ?-La and two calcium levels. Nanotubes were formed under almost all combinations of the investigated factors, and for the first time the formation of nanotubes at low pH (4.0) and low protein concentration…
ApplicationCharacterizationCustomer publicationsMaterialParticlesRenewable energySAXSSizeTechnique

Harnessing Heat Beyond 200 °C from Unconcentrated Sunlight with Nonevacuated Transparent Aerogels

Zhao, Lin; Bhatia, Bikram; Yang, Sungwoo; Strobach, Elise; Weinstein, Lee A.; Cooper, Thomas A.; Chen, Gang; Wang, Evelyn N.

Heat at intermediate temperatures (120-220 °C) is in significant demand in both industrial and domestic sectors for applications such as water and space heating, steam generation, sterilization, and other industrial processes. Harnessing heat from solar energy at these temperatures, however, requires costly optical and mechanical components to concentrate the dilute…
ApplicationCharacterizationCustomer publicationsLipidsMaterialPhase analysisSAXSShapeSizeStructural biologyTechnique

Effects of artepillin C on model membranes displaying liquid immiscibility

Pazin, W. M.; Vilanova, N.; Voets, I. K.; Soares, A. E. E.; Ito, A. S.

It has been hypothesized that the therapeutic effects of artepillin C, a natural compound derived from Brazilian green propolis, are likely related to its partition in the lipid bilayer component of biological membranes. To test this hypothesis, we investigated the effects of the major compound of green propolis, artepillin C,…
ApplicationCharacterizationCompositesCustomer publicationsMaterialParticlesRenewable energySAXSSizeTechnique

Synergistic effects from super-small sized TiO2 and SiOx nanoparticles within TiO2/SiOx/carbon nanohybrid lithium-ion battery anode

Wang, Xiaoyan; Xia, Yonggao; Zuo, Xiuxia; Schaper, Simon J.; Yin, Shanshan; Ji, Qing; Liang, Suzhe; Yang, Zhaohui; Xia, Senlin; Xiao, Ying; Zhu, Jin; Müller-Buschbaum, Peter; Cheng, Ya-Jun

TiO2/SiOx/carbon nanohybrid consisting of super-small sized TiO2 and SiOx nanoparticles is in situ formed within the in situ formed carbon matrix using difunctional methacrylate monomers as solvent and carbon source. The relative composition of TiO2 and SiOx is systematically tuned by varying the feeding mass ratio of the precursors (TEOS/TTIP)…
ApplicationCharacterizationCustomer publicationsFoodFood scienceLipidsLiquid crystalsMaterialPhase analysisProteins & DNA/RNASAXSSizeTechnique

Encapsulation of Aspartic Protease in Nonlamellar Lipid Liquid Crystalline Phases

Valldeperas, Maria; Talaikis, Martynas; Dhayal, Surender K.; Veli?ka, Martynas; Barauskas, Justas; Niaura, Gediminas; Nylander, Tommy

Encapsulation of proteins within lipid inverse bicontinuous cubic phases (Q2) has been widely studied for many applications, such as protein crystallization or drug delivery of proteins for food and pharmaceutical purposes. However, the use of the lipid sponge (L3) phase for encapsulation of proteins has not yet been well explored.…