ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

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ISSN / EISSN : 1944-8244 / 1944-8252
Published by: American Chemical Society (ACS) (10.1021)
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Shuitao Gao, Wenkai Wang, Tongyue Wu, Shasha Jiang, Jinwan Qi, Zhiyang Zhu, Bin Zhang, Jianbin Huang,
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces; doi:10.1021/acsami.1c06844

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Adhesives are crucial both in nature and in diversified artificial fields, and developing environment-friendly adhesives with economic procedures remains a great challenge. We report that folic acid-based coacervates can be a new category of excellent adhesives for all kinds of surfaces with long-lasting adhesiveness. Aided by the electrostatic interaction between the π–π stacked folic acid quartets and polycations, the resultant coacervates are able to interact with diversified substrates via a polyvalent hydrogen bond, coordination, and electrostatic interactions. The adhesivity to wood is superior to the strong commercial glues, but without releasing any toxic components. Upon evaporating water, the coacervate can be casted into a non-adhesive flexible self-supporting film, which restores the adhesive coacervate immediately on contacting water with original adhesive ability. In this way, the coacervate can be facilely tailored into a double-sided tape (DST), which is convenient for storage and application under ambient conditions. Given its excellent adhesive performance, release of nontoxic gases, and convenience in storage and application, the folic acid-based DST is very promising as a new adhesive material.
Kasra Khorsand Kazemi, Telnaz Zarifi, Majid Mohseni, Rakesh Narang, ,
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces; doi:10.1021/acsami.1c07880

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This paper demonstrates the feasibility of a long-range antenna sensor embedded underneath a liquid repellent fabric to be employed as a wearable sensor in personal protective fabrics. The sensor detects and monitors hazardous aqueous liquids on the outer layer of fabrics, to add an additional layer of safety for professionals working in hazardous environments. A modified patch antenna was designed to include a meandering-shaped resonant structure, which was embedded underneath the fabric. Superhydrophobic fabrics were prepared using silica nanoparticles and a low-surface-energy fluorosilane. 4 to 20 μL droplets representing hazardous aqueous solutions were drop-cast on the fabrics to investigate the performance of the embedded antenna sensor. Long-range (S21) measurements at a distance of 2–3 m were performed using the antenna sensor with treated and untreated fabrics. The antenna sensor successfully detected the liquid for both types of fabrics. The resonant frequency sensitivity of the antenna sensor underneath the treated fabric exhibiting superhydrophobicity was measured as 370 kHz/μL, and 1 MHz/μL for the untreated fabric. The results demonstrate that the antenna sensor is a good candidate for wearable hazardous aqueous droplet detection on fabrics.
Martin T. Matter, Leonida Maliqi, Kerda Keevend, Stefanie Guimond, Judith Ng, Efe Armagan, ,
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces; doi:10.1021/acsami.1c10121

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Dental implant failure remains a prevalent problem around the globe. The integration of implants at the interface of soft and hard tissues is complex and susceptible to instability and infections. Modifications to the surface of titanium implants have been developed to improve the performance, yet insufficient integration and biofilm formation remain major problems. Introducing nanostructures on the surface to augment the implant–tissue contact holds promise for facilitated implant integration; however, current coating processes are limited in their versatility or costs. We present a highly modular single-step approach to produce multicomponent porous bioactive nanostructured coatings on implants. Inorganic nanoparticle building blocks with complex compositions and architectures are synthesized in situ and deposited on the implants in a single step using scalable liquid-feed flame spray pyrolysis. We present hybrid coatings based on ceria and bioglass, which render the implant surfaces superhydrophilic, promote cell adhesion, and exhibit antimicrobial properties. By modifications to the bioglass/ceria nanohybrid composition and architecture that prevent biomineralization, the coating can instead be tailored toward soft tissue healing. The one-step synthesis of nano-architected tissue-specific coatings has great potential in dental implantology and beyond.
Angus W. Ritchie, Harrison J. Cox, Hassan I. Gonabadi, Steve J. Bull,
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces; doi:10.1021/acsami.1c07372

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Atomized spray plasma deposition (ASPD) provides a single-step, low-temperature, and dry approach for the preparation of high refractive index hybrid polymer or polymer–inorganic nanocomposite coatings. Refractive indices as high as 1.936 at 635 nm wavelength have been obtained for ASPD 4-bromostyrene/toluene–TiO2 nanocomposite layers containing low titania loadings. Thin films with any desired refractive index up to 1.936 can be easily deposited onto a variety of substrates by varying the precursor mixture composition. ASPD overcomes disadvantages commonly associated with alternative fabrication methods for depositing high refractive index coatings (elevated temperatures, wet processes, UV curing steps, and much greater inorganic loadings).
Yahui Su, Xinran Fan, , Zhicheng Li, Yucheng Bian, Chuanzong Li, Yiyuan Zhang, Lin Liu, Yanlei Hu, , et al.
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces; doi:10.1021/acsami.1c09142

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The flexible maneuvering of microliter liquid droplets is significant in both fundamental science and practical applications. However, most current strategies are limited to the rigid locomotion on confined geographies platforms, which greatly hinder their practical uses. Here, we propose a magnetism-actuated superhydrophobic flexible microclaw (MSFM) with hierarchical structures for water droplet manipulation. By virtue of precise femtosecond laser patterning on magnetism-responsive poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) films doped with carbonyl iron powder, this MSFM without chemical contamination exhibits powerful spatial droplet maneuvering advantages with fast response (<100 ms) and lossless water transport (∼50 cycles) in air. We further performed quantitative analysis of diverse experimental parameters including petal number, length, width, and iron element proportion in MSFM impacting the applicable maneuvering volumes. By coupling the advantages of spatial maneuverability and fast response into this versatile platform, typical unique applications are demonstrated such as programmable coalescence of droplets, collecting debris via droplets, tiny solid manipulation in aqueous severe environments, and harmless living creature control. We envision that this versatile MSFM should provide great potential for applications in microfluidics and cross-species robotics.
Zhijian Song, Yingliang Liu, Xiaomin Lin, Zhishan Zhou, Xuejie Zhang, , ,
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces; doi:10.1021/acsami.1c07391

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Room-temperature phosphorescence (RTP) with carbon dots (CDs) can be exploited further if the mechanism of trap-state-mediated triplet-state energy transfer is understood and controlled. Herein, we developed an in situ calcination method for the preparation of a [email protected]2O4 composite material that exhibits unique UV and visible light-excitable ultra-broad-band RTP. The ZnAl2O4 matrix can protect the triplet emissions of CDs by the confinement effect and spin–orbit coupling. In addition, benefitting from the efficient energy transfer between the inorganic trap state and the triplet state of CDs, the special yellow to red RTP of [email protected]2O4 composites can be realized. A slow-decaying phosphorescence at 570 nm with a lifetime of 1.05 s and a fast-decaying phosphorescence at 400 nm with a lifetime of 0.41 s were observed with UV irradiation of 290 nm, which originated from the surface and core triplet states of CDs, respectively. Based on the unique RTP performance, anti-counterfeiting and information encryption were successfully realized using the [email protected]2O4 composites with LED light or UV light.
Wenjing Qi, Jiale Li, Yameng Li, Khumal Sohail, Hao Ling, Peng Wang, Sumin Jiao, Fan Liu, Xin Zhou, Huanhuan Wang, et al.
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces; doi:10.1021/acsami.1c05903

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Organic–inorganic metal halide perovskite materials have been widely studied as the light absorber for efficient photovoltaics. However, perovskite layers with defective nature are typically prepared with an uncontrollable crystallization process, intrinsically limiting further advance in device performance, and thus require delicate manipulation of crystallization processes and defect density. Here, we demonstrate an ammonium-assisted crystallization of perovskite absorbers during a two-step deposition to fabricate efficient solar cells. Addition of ammonium iodide (NH4I) is devised to manipulate the nucleation and crystal growth of perovskite, wherein the formation and transition of intermediate x[NH4+]•[PbI3]x− enables high-quality perovskite layers with an enlarged grain and reduced defect density. As a result, the perovskite solar cells (PSCs) achieve an average efficiency of 21.36% with a champion efficiency of 22.15% and improved environmental stability over 30 days in ambient conditions with varied relative humidity. These results with addition of NH4I provide an available and ingenious way to construct high-quality perovskite layers for efficient solar cells and will advance the commercial application of perovskite-based photovoltaics.
, Ahmad Rohanifar, Niloofar Alipourasiabi, Joseph G. Lawrence,
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces; doi:10.1021/acsami.1c05061

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Pyrrole was N-functionalized with solid carbon dioxide followed by chemical polymerization to create a new air-stable, granular, and water-insoluble sorbent, poly(pyrrole-1-carboxylic acid) (PPy-CO2). PPy-CO2 exhibited enhanced affinity for the sorption of metal ions compared to unfunctionalized PPy due to the incorporation of carboxylate functional groups directly onto the polymer backbone. As a freestanding sorbent material, immobilization to an additional solid support is not needed. Sorption, and therefore preconcentration, occurs simultaneously to achieve efficient removal and recovery of metal ions by a pH-dependent sorption–desorption mechanism. PPy-CO2 was evaluated on the analytical scale for the solid-phase extraction of a range of metal ions and found to efficiently preconcentrate rare earth elements (REEs), Th, and heavy metals (Cr, Fe, Cd, and Pb), which allowed quantitation by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). The impact of sorption parameters, such as solution pH, amount of sorbent, and sorption time, and the effect of desorption flow rate for recovery were investigated and optimized using ultrasound-assisted dispersive solid-phase extraction (UAD-SPE) with ICP-MS analysis. Maximum efficiency for sorption and recovery of most metal ions was achieved at a solution pH of 6.0, 10 mg of sorbent, a sorption time of 5 min, and desorption conditions of 1 mL of 2 M nitric acid applied at a flow rate of 0.25 mL min–1. Detection limits for REEs and Th ranged from 0.2–3.4 ng L–1 for REEs and Th and 0.9–5.7 ng L–1 for heavy metals. Linear ranges from 0.1–1000 μg L–1 for REEs and 0.1–500 μg L–1 for heavy metals and Th were also observed. PPy-CO2 successfully preconcentrated and facilitated the determination of the targeted metal ions in water matrices of varying complexity, including tap water, well water, river water, and produced water samples. These results indicate the potential application of PPy-CO2 for larger-scale recovery and removal of valuable or hazardous metal ions.
Alessia C. G. Weiss, Steven J. Shirbin, Hannah G. Kelly, , , Greg G. Qiao
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces; doi:10.1021/acsami.1c07088

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Safe and effective antimicrobials are needed to combat emerging antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Structurally nanoengineered antimicrobial peptide polymers (termed SNAPPs) interact with bacterial cell membranes to potently kill bacteria but may also interact at some level with human cell membranes. We studied the association of four different SNAPPs with six different white blood cells within fresh whole human blood by flow cytometry. In whole human blood, SNAPPs had detectable association with phagocytic cells and B cells, but not natural killer and T cells. However, without plasma proteins and therefore no protein corona on the SNAPPs, a greater marked association of SNAPPs with all white blood cell types was detected, resulting in cytotoxicity against most blood cell components. Thus, the formation of a protein corona around the SNAPPs reduced the association and prevented human blood cell cytotoxicity of the SNAPPs. Understanding the bio–nano interactions of these SNAPPs will be crucial to ensuring that the design of next-generation SNAPPs and other promising antimicrobial nanomaterials continues to display high efficacy toward antibiotic-resistant bacteria while maintaining a low toxicity to primary human cells.
Xing Yuan, Shuting Qiu,
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces; doi:10.1021/acsami.1c07535

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The sluggish layered structural sodium reaction kinetics and the easy restacking property are major obstacles hindering the practical application of MoS2-based electrodes for sodium storage. Herein, covalently assembled two-phase MoS2–SnS supported by a hierarchical graphitic carbon nitride/graphene (MoS2–[email protected]3N4/G) composite is constructed to improve cycling cyclability and rate performances for Na storage. The multiphase MoS2–[email protected]3N4/G is featured with a covalent assembly strategy and an interconnected network architecture. This unique structural design can not only enhance the conductivity and facilitate fast interfacial electron transport, which is confirmed by experiments and density functional theory, but also buffer the volumetric changes of MoS2–SnS. As a result, the as-obtained MoS2–[email protected]3N4/G anode delivers a high reversible capacity of 834 mA h g–1 at 0.1 A g–1, a high rate capability of 452 mA h g–1 at 5 A g–1, and a long-term cycling stability (320 mA h g–1 at 2 A g–1 with 54.7% retention after 500 cycles) for the Na half-cell. Coupling with activated carbon (AC), our MoS2–[email protected]3N4/G||AC sodium-ion hybrid capacitor delivers high energy/power densities (193.1 W h kg–1/90 W kg–1 and 41.5 W h kg–1/18,000 W kg–1) and a stable cycle life in the potential range of 0–4.0 V.
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