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PrP (58–93) peptide from unstructured N-terminal domain of human prion protein forms amyloid-like fibrillar structures in the presence of Zn2+ ions

Gielnik, Maciej; Pietralik, Zuzanna; Zhukov, Igor; Szymańska, Aneta; Kwiatek, Wojciech M.; Kozak, Maciej

Many transition metal ions modulate the aggregation of different amyloid peptides. Substoichiometric zinc concentrations can inhibit aggregation, while an excess of zinc can accelerate the formation of cytotoxic fibrils. In this study, we report the fibrillization of the octarepeat domain to amyloid-like structures. Interestingly, this self-assembling process occurred only in…
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Diversified α-phase nanostructure of isotactic polypropylene under cylindrical confinement via cross diffraction analysis

Zeng, Xingming; Zhang, Shuailin; Zheng, Nan; Yu, Shichen; Li, Xiaoguang; Ageishi, Masaki; Lotz, Bernard; Liu, Gengxin; Cao, Yan

Understanding polymer nanostructures is a prerequisite to manipulate their physical properties. Molecular self-assembly under confinement effectively generates novel polymer nanostructures. However, in one confined system, diffraction signals of different nanostructures are merged in a typical two-dimensional (2D) wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) measurement. For comparison, selected-area…
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Controlling the Supramolecular Polymerization of Donor-Acceptor π-Systems through Hydrogen Bond Intervention

Nair, Vishnu Sukumaran; Vedhanarayanan, Balaraman; Ajayaghosh, Ayyappanpillai

Supramolecular polymerization of donor-acceptor type molecules leads to mixed or self-sorted assemblies depending on the donor-acceptor strength and extent of noncovalent interactions between the components. Herein, we discuss how competing hydrogen bonding motifs control the supramolecular polymerization pathway of a two-component molecular π-system of oligo(p-phenylenevinylene) (OPV-B and…
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Effect of Drawing on the Electrical, Thermoelectrical, and Mechanical Properties of Wet-Spun PEDOT:PSS Fibers

Sarabia-Riquelme, Ruben; Shahi, Maryam; Brill, Joseph W.; Weisenberger, Matthew C.

New electrically conducting and mechanically robust fibers and yarns are needed as building blocks for emerging textile devices. In this work, we describe a continuous wet-spinning process for the fabrication of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) fibers with high electrical conductivity, excellent mechanical properties, and moderate thermoelectric performance by…
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Wet spinning and radial self-assembly of a carbohydrate low molecular weight gelator into well organized hydrogel filaments

Chalard, Anaïs; Joseph, Pierre; Souleille, Sandrine; Lonetti, Barbara; Saffon-Merceron, Nathalie; Loubinoux, Isabelle; Vaysse, Laurence; Malaquin, Laurent; Fitremann, Juliette

In this work, we describe how a simple single low molecular weight gelator (LMWG) molecule – N-heptyl-D-galactonamide, which is easy to produce at the gram scale – is spun into gel filaments by a wet spinning process based on solvent exchange. A solution of the gelator in DMSO is injected…
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Isothermal and non-isothermal cold crystallization of tetrabenzofluorene (TBF) molecules

Boopathi, A. A.; Sampath, Srinivasan; Narasimhaswamy, T.

Design and synthesis of tetrabenzofluorene (TBF) derivatives are carried out to investigate the isothermal and non-isothermal cold crystallization (CC) behavior by various spectroscopic and analytical techniques. The unprecedented CC exhibited by TBF molecules is examined by systematic modification of alkyl chain length (C8–C18 even carbons) on both sides of the…
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Effect of Irradiation and Detection of Long-Lived Polyenyl Radicals in Highly Crystalline Ultra-High Molar Mass Polyethylene (UHMMPE) Fibers

Forster, Amanda L.; Tsinas, Zois; Al-Sheikhly, Mohamad

To improve properties such as thermal conductivity, low temperature thermal strain, and creep resistance of ultra-high molar mass polyethylene (UHMMPE) fibers, several researchers have previously undertaken efforts to crosslink these fibers using radiation. Ionizing radiation is commonly used to crosslink bulk UHMMPE in other applications, such as artificial joints. However,…
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Morphology and ionic conductivity relationship in silk/cellulose biocomposites

Blessing, Bailey; Trout, Cory; Morales, Abneris; Rybacki, Karleena; Love, Stacy A.; Lamoureux, Guillaume; O’Malley, Sean M.; Hu, Xiao; Cruz, David Salas-de la

The relationship between morphology and the ionic conductivity of polysaccharide–protein bio-electrolyte membranes is explored in this study. Structural proteins and polysaccharides form hydrophobic and electrostatic interactions, and the resulting matrices can exhibit novel and useful properties. However, transforming these natural biomacromolecules from their native state to a more usable form…
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Ion transport, polarization and electro-responsive elelctrorheological effect of self-crosslinked poly(ionic liquid)s with different counterions

Liu, Yang; Zhao, Jia; He, Fang; Zheng, Chen; Lei, Qi; Zhao, Xiaopeng; Yin, Jianbo

Self-crosslinked bis(imidazolium)-based poly(ionic liquid)s (PILs) containing different counterions (P, X = BF4−, PF6−, TfO−, TFSI−) are synthesized and the influence of counterions on electro-responsive electrorheological (ER) effect is studied in order to understand the structure-property relationship of crosslinked PIL-based ER system. It is found that the size and type of…
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Dielectric and flash DSC investigations on an epoxy based nanocomposite system with MgAl layered double hydroxide as nanofiller

Szymoniak, Paulina; Li, Zhi; Wang, De-Yi; Schönhals, Andreas

Nanocomposites based on MgAL layered double hydroxides (LDH) and an epoxy resin were prepared and investigated by a combination of complementary methods. As epoxy resin Bisphenol A diglycidyl ether (DGEBA) was used with Diethylenetriamine as curing agent. The LDH was modified with taurine, which acts as an additional crosslinking agent…