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  • 1. Abderrazek, K.
    et al.
    Uheida, Abdusalam
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Seffen, M.
    Muhammed, Mamoun
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Srasra, N. Frini
    Srasra, E.
    Photocatalytic degradation of indigo carmine using [Zn-Al] LDH supported on PAN nanofibres2015In: Clay minerals, ISSN 0009-8558, E-ISSN 1471-8030, Vol. 50, no 2, 185-197 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Zn-Al layered double hydroxides (LDH), before and after calcination, were tested for the removal of indigo carmine (IC) dye from solution. These LDH photocatalysts were characterized by powder x-ray diffraction (PXRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, thermogravimetry/differential thermogravimetry (TG/DTG), nitrogen physisorption at -196 degrees C, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and diffuse reflectance spectrophotometry (DRS). The different photocatalysts were supported on polyacrylonitrile (PAN) nanofibres, so that filtration was unnecessary. The PXRD and FTIR analyses showed that the IC adsorption on c-Zn-Al-3-500 (LDH calcined at 500 degrees C) was enhanced by construction of the hydrotalcite matrix intercalated with the dye. The intercalation was clearly evidenced by the appearance of a peak at low degrees 2 theta values. All of the materials prepared exhibited photocatalytic activity, which for the c-Zn-Al-3-500 was comparable to that of commercial PAN-supported ZnO nanoparticles (100% degradation after 180 min). Kinetic studies showed that the degradation of the IC followed a pseudo-first order rate. The high activity and the ease of both synthesis and separation processes rendered this photocatalyst a promising candidate for environmental remediation.

  • 2.
    Abedin, Ahmad
    et al.
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Integrated Devices and Circuits.
    Noroozi, Mohammad
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Primetzhofer, Daniel
    Östling, Mikael
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Integrated Devices and Circuits.
    Radamson, Henry.H
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Integrated Devices and Circuits.
    GeSnSi CVD Epitaxy using Silane, Germane, Digermane, and Tin tetrachlorideArticle in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this study, strain relaxed and compressive strained Ge1-x-ySnxSiy (0.015≤x≤0.15 and 0≤y≤0.15) layers were epitaxially grown on Si substrate in a chemical vapor deposition reactor at atmospheric pressure. Digermane (Ge2H6) and germane (GeH4) were used as Ge precursors and tin tetrachloride (SnCl4) was used as Sn precursor. The growth temperature was kept below 400ᵒC to suppress Sn out diffusion. The layers crystal quality and strain were characterized using XRD, high resolution reciprocal lattice mapping and transmission electron microscopy and the surface morphology was investigated by atomic force microscopy (AFM). Furthermore, the low temperature epitaxial growth up to 15% Si atoms incorporation in Ge0.94Sn0.06 was demonstrated by adding silane (SiH4) as Si precursor. Sn contents calculated from high resolution XRD patterns were confirmed by Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy which shows that Sn atoms are mostly positioned in substitutional sites. AFM analysis showed below 1nm surface roughness for both strained and strain relaxed GeSn layers which make the promising materials for photonics and electronics applications.

  • 3. Akman, O.
    et al.
    Kavas, H.
    Baykal, A.
    Toprak, Muhammet S.
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Coruh, Ali
    Aktas, B.
    Magnetic metal nanoparticles coated polyacrylonitrile textiles as microwave absorber2013In: Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, ISSN 0304-8853, Vol. 327, 151-158 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Polyacrylonitrile (PAN) textiles with 2 mm thickness are coated with magnetic nanoparticles in coating baths with Ni, Co and their alloys via an electroless metal deposition method. The crystal structure, morphology and magnetic nature of composites are investigated by X-ray Powder diffraction, Scanning Electron Microscopy, and dc magnetization measurement techniques. The frequency dependent microwave absorption measurements have been carried out in the frequency range of 12.4-18 GHz (X and P bands). Diamagnetic and ferromagnetic properties are also investigated. Finally, the microwave absorption of composites is found strongly dependent on the coating time. One absorption peak is observed between 14.3 and 15.8 GHz with an efficient absorption bandwidth of 3.3-4.1 GHz (under -20 dB reflection loss limit). The Reflection loss (RL) can be achieved between -30 and -50 dB. It was found that the RL is decreasing and absorption bandwidth is decreasing with increasing coating time. While absorption peak moves to lower frequencies in Ni coated PAN textile, it goes higher frequencies in Co coated ones. The Ni-Co alloy coated composites have fluctuating curve of absorption frequency with respect to coating time. These results encourage further development of magnetic nanoparticle coated textile absorbers for broadband applications.

  • 4. Al Alawai, Reem
    et al.
    Laxman, karthik
    Dastgir, Sarim
    Dutta, Joydeep
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM. Sultan Qaboos University, , Oman.
    Role of bonding mechanisms during transfer hydrogenation reaction on heterogeneous catalysts of platinum nanoparticles supported on zinc oxide nanorods2016In: Applied Surface Science, ISSN 0169-4332, E-ISSN 1873-5584, 200-206 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    For supported heterogeneous catalysis, the interface between a metal nanoparticle and the support plays an important role. In this work the dependency of the catalytic efficiency on the bonding chemistry of platinum nanoparticles supported on zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods is studied. Platinum nanoparticles were deposited on ZnO nanorods (ZnO NR) using thermal and photochemical processes and the effects on the size, distribution, density and chemical state of the metal nanoparticles upon the catalytic activities are presented. The obtained results indicate that the bonding at Pt-ZnO interface depends on the deposition scheme which can be utilized to modulate the surface chemistry and thus the activity of the supported catalysts. Additionally, uniform distribution of metal on the catalyst support was observed to be more important than the loading density. It is also found that oxidized platinum Pt(IV) (platinum hydroxide) provided a more suitable surface for enhancing the transfer hydrogenation reaction of cyclohexanone with isopropanol compared to zero valent platinum. Photochemically synthesized ZnO supported nanocatalysts were efficient and potentially viable for upscaling to industrial applications.

  • 5. Al-Hamdi, A. M.
    et al.
    Sillanpää, M.
    Dutta, Joydeep
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM. Sultan Qaboos University, Oman.
    Intermediate formation during photodegradation of phenol using lanthanum doped tin dioxide nanoparticles2016In: Research on chemical intermediates (Print), ISSN 0922-6168, E-ISSN 1568-5675, Vol. 42, no 4, 3055-3069 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Lanthanum (La)-doped tin dioxide (SnO<inf>2</inf>) nanoparticles were synthesized by a modified sol–gel method at room temperature. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The photocatalytic activity of La:SnO<inf>2</inf> samples were investigated by studying the degradation profile of phenol and its by-products in water. The treated samples were analyzed by HPLC–UV and a UV–Vis spectrophotometer. Benzoquinone, catechol, resorcinol, hydroquinone, acetic acid, and 2-propanol were identified as phenol degradation intermediates. Maximum concentration acquired was in the order of catechol, resorcinol, hydroquinone, and benzoquinone, which was observed in the beginning stages while iso-propanol and acetic acid were observed in the final stages of phenol degradation. We achieved a complete photodegradation of a 10 ppm aqueous phenol solution and intermediates with 0.6 % of SnO<inf>2</inf>:La nanoparticles in 120 min under artificial solar irradiation. A maximum degradation rate constant of 0.02228 min−1 of propanol and a minimum of acetic acid 0.013412 min−1 were recorded at 37 °C.

  • 6. Al-Hamdi, Abdullah M.
    et al.
    Sillanpaa, Mika
    Bora, Tanujjal
    Dutta, Joydeep
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Efficient photocatalytic degradation of phenol in aqueous solution by SnO2:Sb nanoparticles2016In: Applied Surface Science, ISSN 0169-4332, E-ISSN 1873-5584, Vol. 370, 229-236 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Photodegradation of phenol in the presence of tin dioxide (SnO2) nanoparticles under UV light irradiation is known to be an effective photocatalytic process. However, phenol degradation under solar light is less effective due to the large band gap of SnO2. In this study antimony (Sb) doped tin dioxide (SnO2) nanoparticles were prepared at a low temperature (80 degrees C) by a sol-gel method and studied for its photo catalytic activity with phenol as a test contaminant. The catalytic degradation of phenol in aqueous media was studied using high performance liquid chromatography and total organic carbon measurements. The change in the concentration of phenol affects the pH of the solution due to the by-products formed during the photo-oxidation of phenol. The photoactivity of SnO2:Sb was found to be a maximum for 0.6 wt.% Sb doped SnO2 nanoparticles with 10 mg L-1 phenol in water. Within 2 h of photodegradation, more than 95% of phenol could be removed under solar light irradiation.

  • 7. Al-Hamdi, Abdullah M.
    et al.
    Sillanpaa, Mika
    Dutta, Joydeep
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Gadolinium doped tin dioxide nanoparticles: an efficient visible light active photocatalyst2015In: Journal of Rare Earths, ISSN 1002-0721, Vol. 33, no 12, 1275-1283 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Photocatalytic degradation of phenol with sol-gel prepared rare earth doped tin dioxide (SnO2) nanoparticles was reported. Gadolinium doped tin dioxide (SnO2:Gd) nanoparticles were found to absorb higher visible light compared to lanthanum, neodymium and cerium doped materials that were studied in detail. Photocatalytic degradation of phenol under artificial white light and sunlight in the presence of SnO2: Gd nanoparticles was studied with high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), capillary electrophoresis (CE), total organic carbon (TOC) measurements and the determination of chemical oxygen demand (COD). Clear correlations between the results obtained from these multiple measurements were found, and a kinetic pathway for the degradation process was proposed. Within 150 min of solar irradiation, the TOC of a 10 ppm phenol solution in water was reduced by 95%-99%, thus demonstrating that SnO2: Gd nanoparticles are efficient visible light photocatalysts.

  • 8. Al-Naamani, Laila
    et al.
    Dobretsov, Sergey
    Dutta, Joydeep
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Chitosan-zinc oxide nanoparticle composite coating for active food packaging applications2016In: Innovative Food Science & Emerging Technologies, ISSN 1466-8564, E-ISSN 1878-5522, Vol. 38, 231-237 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this study antimicrobial properties of chitosan and chitosan-zinc oxide (ZnO) nanocomposite coatings on PE films were studied. Oxygen plasma pretreatment of PE films led to increased adhesion by 2% of chitosan and the nanocomposite coating solutions to the packaging films. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) revealed uniform coatings on PE surfaces. Incorporation of ZnO nanoparticles into the chitosan matrix resulted in 42% increase in solubility; swelling decreased by 80% while the water contact angle (WCA) increased from 60 to 95 compared to chitosan coating. PE coated with chitosan-ZnO nanocomposite films completely inactivated and prevented the growth of food pathogens, while chitosan-coated films showed only 10-fold decline in the viable cell counts of Salmonella enterica, Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus after 24-h incubation compared to the control. Industrial relevance: One of the greatest challenges of food industry is microbial contamination. The present study suggests that PE coating with chitosan-ZnO nanocomposite is a promising technique to enhance antimicrobial properties of the films. Chitosan-ZnO nanocomposite coatings improved antibacterial properties of PE by inactivating about 99.9% of viable pathogenic bacteria. Hence, our results show the effectiveness of the nanocomposite coating in the development of active food packaging in order to prolong the shelf life of food products.

  • 9. Al-Naamani, Laila
    et al.
    Dobretsov, Sergey
    Dutta, Joydeep
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Burgess, J. Grant
    Chitosan-zinc oxide nanocomposite coatings for the prevention of marine biofouling2017In: Chemosphere, ISSN 0045-6535, E-ISSN 1879-1298, Vol. 168, 408-417 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Marine biofouling is a worldwide problem affecting maritime industries. Global concerns about the high toxicity of antifouling paints have highlighted the need to develop less toxic antifouling coatings. Chitosan is a natural polymer with antimicrobial, antifungal and antialgal properties that is obtained from partial deacetylation of crustacean waste. In the present study, nanocomposite chitosan-zinc oxide (chitosan-ZnO) nanoparticle hybrid coatings were developed and their antifouling activity was tested. Chitosan-ZnO nanoparticle coatings showed anti-diatom activity against Navicula sp. and antibacterial activity against the marine bacterium Pseudoalteromonas nigrifaciens. Additional antifouling properties of the coatings were investigated in a mesocosm study using tanks containing natural sea water under controlled laboratory conditions. Each week for four weeks, biofilm was removed and analysed by flow cytometry to estimate total bacterial densities on the coated substrates. Chitosan-ZnO hybrid coatings led to better inhibition of bacterial growth in comparison to chitosan coatings alone, as determined by flow cytometry. This study demonstrates the antifouling potential of chitosan-ZnO nanocomposite hybrid coatings, which can be used for the prevention of biofouling. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  • 10. Al-Sabahi, Jamal
    et al.
    Bora, Tanujjal
    Al-Abri, Mohammed
    Dutta, Joydeep
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Controlled defects of zinc oxide nanorods for efficient visible light photocatalytic degradation of phenol2016In: Materials, ISSN 1996-1944, E-ISSN 1996-1944, Vol. 9, no 4, 238Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Environmental pollution from human and industrial activities has received much attention as it adversely affects human health and bio-diversity. In this work we report efficient visible light photocatalytic degradation of phenol using supported zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods and explore the role of surface defects in ZnO on the visible light photocatalytic activity. ZnO nanorods were synthesized on glass substrates using a microwave-assisted hydrothermal process, while the surface defect states were controlled by annealing the nanorods at various temperatures and were characterized by photoluminescence and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) was used for the evaluation of phenol photocatalytic degradation. ZnO nanorods with high surface defects exhibited maximum visible light photocatalytic activity, showing 50% degradation of 10 ppm phenol aqueous solution within 2.5 h, with a degradation rate almost four times higher than that of nanorods with lower surface defects. The mineralization process of phenol during degradation was also investigated, and it showed the evolution of different photocatalytic byproducts, such as benzoquinone, catechol, resorcinol and carboxylic acids, at different stages. The results from this study suggest that the presence of surface defects in ZnO nanorods is crucial for its efficient visible light photocatalytic activity, which is otherwise only active in the ultraviolet region.

  • 11. Amir, M.
    et al.
    Baykal, A.
    Güner, S.
    Sertkol, M.
    Sözeri, H.
    Toprak, Muhammet
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Synthesis and Characterization of CoxZn1−xAlFeO4 Nanoparticles2015In: Journal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers and Materials, ISSN 1574-1443, Vol. 25, no 4, 747-754 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Nanocrystalline powders of cobalt and aluminum co-substituted zinc ferrites with general formula CoxZn1−xAlFeO4 (x = 0.0–1.0) have been synthesized for the first time. Using the citrate-microwave technique and the citric acid as combustion–complexion agent (fuel), materials with spinel mono-phase cubic spinel structure were successfully prepared. The characterization of products was done by XRD, SEM and VSM. The crystallite size estimated by Scherrer formula has been found in the range of 7.7–9.6 nm. The magnetic properties were studied by room temperature (RT) VSM magnetization measurements. The small remanent magnetization (Mr) and coercivity (Hc) values reveal the superparamagnetic nature of nanoparticles (NPs) at RT. The extrapolated saturation magnetization (Ms) is maximum for Co0.8Zn0.2AlFeO4 (17.15 emu/g) and minimum for ZnAlFeO4 particles (4.22 emu/g). This case is attributed to high or low amount of cation distribution change from normal to mixed spinel structure. The average magnetic diameters (Dmag) were calculated from magnetic fit studies of M–H spectra. Dmag values are between 8.17 and 8.46 nm and this range is in great accordance with the obtained diameters from XRD measurements. The small Mr/Ms ratios (maximum, 0.219) specify the uniaxial anisotropy according to Stoner–Wohlfarth model for CoxZn1−xAlFeO4 NPs. RT effective anisotropy constants (Keff) were calculated by using Ms and Hc values. Keff constants increased with increasing Co content in the spinel NPs.

  • 12. Andõn, F. T.
    et al.
    Kapralov, A. A.
    Yanamala, N.
    Feng, W.
    Baygan, Arjang
    Karolinska Institutet.
    Chambers, B. J.
    Hultenby, K.
    Ye, Fei
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Toprak, Muhammet S.
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Brandner, B. D.
    Fornara, Andrea
    Institute for Surface Chemistry, Stockholm.
    Klein-Seetharaman, J.
    Kotchey, G. P.
    Star, A.
    Shvedova, Anna A.
    West Virginia University, USA.
    Fadeel, B.
    Kagan, V. E.
    Biodegradation of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes by Eosinophil Peroxidase2013In: Small, ISSN 1613-6810, Vol. 9, no 16, 2721-2729 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Eosinophil peroxidase (EPO) is one of the major oxidant-producing enzymes during inflammatory states in the human lung. The degradation of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) upon incubation with human EPO and H2O 2 is reported. Biodegradation of SWCNTs is higher in the presence of NaBr, but neither EPO alone nor H2O2 alone caused the degradation of nanotubes. Molecular modeling reveals two binding sites for SWCNTs on EPO, one located at the proximal side (same side as the catalytic site) and the other on the distal side of EPO. The oxidized groups on SWCNTs in both cases are stabilized by electrostatic interactions with positively charged residues. Biodegradation of SWCNTs can also be executed in an ex vivo culture system using primary murine eosinophils stimulated to undergo degranulation. Biodegradation is proven by a range of methods including transmission electron microscopy, UV-visible-NIR spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and confocal Raman imaging. Thus, human EPO (in vitro) and ex vivo activated eosinophils mediate biodegradation of SWCNTs: an observation that is relevant to pulmonary responses to these materials. Human eosinophil peroxidase (EPO) is able to degrade SWCNTs in vitro in the presence of H2O2. EPO is one of the major oxidant-generating enzymes present in human lungs during inflammatory states. The biodegradation of SWCNTs is evidenced also in an ex vivo culture system using primary murine eosinophils stimulated to undergo degranulation. These results are relevant to potential respiratory exposure to carbon nanotubes.

  • 13.
    Asem, Heba
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Biodistribution of Busulphan Loaded Biodegradable Nano-carrier Designed for Multimodal ImagingManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Multifunctional nanocarriers for pathological site imaging and regulated drug delivery are increasingly promising for disease diagnosis and treatment. We developed a multifunctional theranostic nanocarrier system for anticancer drug delivery and molecular imaging. Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) as an MRI contrast agent and busulphan as an antineoplastic agent were encapsulated into poly (ethylene glycol)-co-poly (caprolactone) (PEG-PCL) nanoparticles (NPs) via the emulsion-evaporation method. Busulphan entrapment efficiency was 83% and the drug release showed a sustained pattern over 10 hours. SPION loaded-PEG-PCL NPs showed contrast enhancement in T2*-weighted MRI with high r2* relaxivity. In vitro time-dependent cellular PEG-PCL NP uptake was observed in macrophage cells (J774A). PEG-PCL NPs were further functionalized with VivoTag 680XL Fluorochrome for in vivo fluorescence imaging for study of their biodistribution in Balb/c mice over 48 h. The results of real-time imaging were then confirmed by ex vivo organ imaging and histological examination. Generally, PEG-PCL NPs were highly distributed in the lungs until 4 h post intravenous administration, then redistributed and accumulated in liver and spleen until 48 h. No pathological impairment was found in the studied tissues. Thus, PEG-PCL NPs as biodegradable and biocompatible nanocarriers are an efficient multimodal imaging agent, offer high drug loading capacity, and provide the possibility of disease treatment.

  • 14.
    Asem, Heba
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Synthesis of Polymeric Nanocomposites for Drug Delivery and Bioimaging2016Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Nanomaterials have gained great attention for biomedical applications due to their extraordinary physico-chemical and biological properties. The current dissertation presents the design and development of multifunctional nanoparticles for molecular imaging and controlled drug delivery applications which include biodegradable polymeric nanoparticles, superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPION)/polymeric nanocomposite for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and drug delivery, manganese-doped zinc sulfide (Mn:ZnS) quantum dots (QDs)/ SPION/ polymeric nanocomposites for fluorescence imaging, MRI and drug delivery.Bioimaging is an important function of multifunctional nanoparticles in this thesis. Imaging probes were made of SPION and Mn:ZnS QDs for in vitro and in vivo imaging. The SPION have been prepared through a high temperature decomposition method to be used as MRI contrast agent. SPION and Mn:ZnS were encapsulated into poly (lactic-co-glycolic) acid (PLGA) nanoparticles during the particles formation. The hydrophobic model drug, busulphan, was loaded in the PLGA vesicles in the composite particles. T2*-weighted MRI of SPION-Mn:ZnS-PLGA phantoms exhibited enhanced negative contrast with r2* relaxivity of 523 mM-1 s-1. SPION-Mn:ZnS-PLGA-NPs have been successfully applied to enhance the contrast of liver in rat model.The biodegradable and biocompatible poly (ethylene glycol)-co-poly (caprolactone) (PEG-PCL) was used as matrix materials for polymeric nanoparticles -based drug delivery system. The PEG-PCL nanoparticles have been constructed to encapsulate SPION and therapeutic agent. The encapsulation efficiency of busulphan was found to be ~ 83 %. PEG-PCL nanoparticles showed a sustained release of the loaded busulphan over a period of 10 h. The SPION-PEG-PCL phantoms showed contrast enhancement in T2*-weighted MRI. Fluorescein-labeled PEG-PCL nanoparticles have been observed in the cytoplasm of the murine macrophage cells (J774A) by fluorescence microscopy. Around 100 % cell viability were noticed for PEG-PCL nanoparticles when incubated with HL60 cell line. The in vivo biodistribution of fluorescent tagged PEG-PCL nanoparticles demonstrated accumulation of PEG-PCL nanoparticles in different tissues including lungs, spleen, liver and kidneys after intravenous administration.

  • 15.
    Asem, Heba
    et al.
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM. Karolinska Inst, Sweden.
    Abd El-Fattah, Ahmed
    Nafee, Noha
    Zhao, Ying
    Khalil, Labiba
    Muhammed, Mamoun
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Hassan, Moustapha
    Kandil, Sherif
    Development and biodistribution of a theranostic aluminum phthalocyanine nanophotosensitizer2016In: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy, ISSN 1572-1000, E-ISSN 1873-1597, Vol. 13, 48-57 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Aluminum phthalocyanine (AlPc) is an efficient second generation photosensitizer (PS) with high fluorescence ability. Its use in photodynamic therapy (PDT) is hampered by hydrophobicity and poor biodistribution. Methods: AlPc was converted to a biocompatible nanostructure by incorporation into amphiphilic polyethylene glycol-polycaprolactone (PECL) copolymer nanoparticles, allowing efficient entrapment of the PS in the hydrophobic core, water dispersibility and biodistribution enhancement by PEG-induced surface characteristics. A series of synthesized PECL copolymers were used to prepare nanophotosensitizers with an average diameter of 66.5-99.1 nm and encapsulation efficiency (EE%) of 66.4-78.0%. One formulation with favorable colloidal properties and relatively slow release over 7 days was selected for in vitro photophysical assessment and in vivo biodistribution studies in mice. Results: The photophysical properties of AlPc were improved by encapsulating AlPc into PECL-NPs, which showed intense fluorescence emission at 687 nm and no AlPc aggregation has been induced after entrapment into the nanoparticles. Biodistribution of AlPc loaded NPs (AlPc-NPs) and free AlPc drug in mice was monitored by in vivo whole body fluorescence imaging and ex vivo organ imaging, with in vivo imaging system (IVIS). Compared to a AlPc solution in aqueous TWEEN 80 (2 w/v%), the developed nanophotosensitizer showed targeted drug delivery to lungs, liver and spleen as monitored by the intrinsic fluorescence of AlPc at different time points (1 h, 24 h and 48 h) post iv. administration. Conclusions: The AlPc-based copolymer nanoparticles developed offer potential as a single agent multifunctional theranostic nanophotosensitizer for PDT coupled with imaging-guided drug delivery and biodistribution, and possibly also fluorescence diagnostics.

  • 16.
    Asem, Heba
    et al.
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM. Karolinska Institutet (KI), Sweden.
    Zhao, Ying
    Ye, Fei
    Barrefelt, Asa
    Abedi-Valugerdi, Manuchehr
    El-Sayed, Ramy
    El-Serafi, Ibrahim
    Abu-Salah, Khalid M.
    Hamm, Jorg
    Muhammed, Mamoun
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Hassan, Moustapha
    Biodistribution of biodegradable polymeric nano-carriers loaded with busulphan and designed for multimodal imaging2016In: Journal of Nanobiotechnology, ISSN 1477-3155, Vol. 14, no 1, 82Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Multifunctional nanocarriers for controlled drug delivery, imaging of disease development and follow-up of treatment efficacy are promising novel tools for disease diagnosis and treatment. In the current investigation, we present a multifunctional theranostic nanocarrier system for anticancer drug delivery and molecular imaging. Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) as an MRI contrast agent and busulphan as a model for lipophilic antineoplastic drugs were encapsulated into poly (ethylene glycol)-co-poly (caprolactone) (PEG-PCL) micelles via the emulsion-evaporation method, and PEG-PCL was labelled with VivoTag 680XL fluorochrome for in vivo fluorescence imaging. Results: Busulphan entrapment efficiency was 83% while the drug release showed a sustained pattern over 10 h. SPION loaded-PEG-PCL micelles showed contrast enhancement in T-2*-weighted MRI with high r(2)* relaxivity. In vitro cellular uptake of PEG-PCL micelles labeled with fluorescein in J774A cells was found to be time-dependent. The maximum uptake was observed after 24 h of incubation. The biodistribution of PEG-PCL micelles functionalized with VivoTag 680XL was investigated in Balb/c mice over 48 h using in vivo fluorescence imaging. The results of real-time live imaging were then confirmed by ex vivo organ imaging and histological examination. Generally, PEG-PCL micelles were highly distributed into the lungs during the first 4 h post intravenous administration, then redistributed and accumulated in liver and spleen until 48 h post administration. No pathological impairment was found in the major organs studied. Conclusions: Thus, with loaded contrast agent and conjugated fluorochrome, PEG-PCL micelles as biodegradable and biocompatible nanocarriers are efficient multimodal imaging agents, offering high drug loading capacity, and sustained drug release. These might offer high treatment efficacy and real-time tracking of the drug delivery system in vivo, which is crucial for designing of an efficient drug delivery system.

  • 17.
    Ashour, Radwa M.
    et al.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics.
    Abdelhamid, Hani Nasser
    Abdel-Magied, Ahmed F.
    Abdel-Khalek, Ahmed A.
    Ali, M. M.
    Uheida, Abdusalam
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Muhammed, Mamoun
    Zou, Xiaodong
    Dutta, Joydeep
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Rare Earth Ions Adsorption onto Graphene Oxide Nanosheets2017In: Solvent extraction and ion exchange, ISSN 0736-6299, E-ISSN 1532-2262, Vol. 35, no 2, 91-103 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Graphene oxide (GO) was synthesized and used as a coagulant of rare earth elements (REEs) from aqueous solution. Stability and adsorption capacities were exhibited for target REEs such as La(III), Nd(III), Gd(III), and Y(III). The parameters influencing the adsorption capacity of the target species including contact time, pH, initial concentration, and temperature were optimized. The adsorption kinetics and thermodynamics were studied. The method showed quantitative recovery (99%) upon desorption using HNO3 acid (0.1 M) after a short contact time (15 min).

  • 18.
    Avila, Marta
    et al.
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Burks, Terrance
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Akhtar, F.
    Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Stockholm Universtiy, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Göthelid, Mats
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Material Physics, MF.
    Lansåker, P. C.
    Department of Engineering Sciences, The Ångström Laboratory, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Toprak, Muhammet S.
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Muhammed, Mamoun
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Uheida, Abdusalam
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Surface functionalized nanofibers for the removal of chromium(VI) from aqueous solutions2014In: Chemical Engineering Journal, ISSN 1385-8947, Vol. 245, 201-209 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Polyacrylonitrile (PAN) nanofibers functionalized with amine groups (PAN-NH2) were prepared using a simple one-step reaction route. The PAN-NH2 nanofibers were investigated for the removal of chromium(VI) from aqueous solutions. The adsorption and the kinetic characteristics were evaluated in batch process. The adsorption process showed pH dependence and the maximum Cr(VI) adsorption occurred at pH = 2. The Langmuir adsorption model described well the experimental adsorption data and estimated a maximum loading capacity of 156 mg/g, which is a markedly high value compared to other adsorbents reported. The kinetics studies indicated that the equilibrium was attained after 90 min and the experimental data followed a pseudo-second order model suggesting a chemisorption process as the rate limiting step. X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) revealed that the adsorption of Cr(VI) species on PAN-NH2 was facilitated through both electrostatic attraction and surface complexation. High desorption efficiency (> 90%) of Cr(VI) was achieved using diluted base solutions that may allow the reuse of PAN-NH2 nanofibers.

  • 19. Barrefelt, Åsa
    et al.
    Paradossi, Gaio
    Asem, Heba
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Margheritelli, Silvia
    Saghafian, Maryam
    Oddo, Letizia
    Muhammed, Mamoun
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Aspelin, Peter
    Hassan, Moustapha
    Brismar, Torkel B.
    DYNAMIC MR IMAGING, BIODISTRIBUTION AND PHARMACOKINETICS OF POLYMER SHELLED MICROBUBBLES CONTAINING SPION2014In: NANO, ISSN 1793-2920, Vol. 9, no 6, 1450069- p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive diagnostic method that provides information on morphological and physiological changes of the internal organs over time. Imaging and measurements can be repeated on the same subject, thereby reducing inter-individual variability effects and hence the number of subjects required. A potential MRI contrast agent consisting of microbubbles embedded with superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPION) in the shell (SPION MBs) was injected intravenously into rats to determine their biodistribution and pharmacokinetics using MR imaging. Agarose phantoms containing SPION MBs were scanned using 3 T MRI to construct a standard curve. Rats were injected with SPION MBs, free SPION or plain MBs and scanned dynamically at 3 T using a clinical MR scanner. The relaxation rate (R2*) was studied over time as a measure of the iron oxide concentrations to enable calculation of the pharmacokinetic parameters. The kinetics of SPION MBs in the liver was fitted to a one-compartment model. Furthermore, the biological fate of SPION MBs was examined via a histological survey of tissue samples using Perls' Prussian blue staining and immunohistochemistry (IHC). 1.2 h after injection of SPION MBs, T2* of the liver had decreased to its minimum. The elimination half-life of SPION MBs was 598.2 +/- 97.3 h, while the half-life for SPION was 222.6 +/- 26.4 h. Moreover, our study showed that SPION MBs were taken up by the macrophages in the lungs, spleen and liver. MBs labeled with SPION can be used for MR imaging. Moreover, MRI is a reliable and noninvasive tool that can be utilized in pharmacokinetic investigations of future contrast agents using SPION MBs and SPION in the rat.

  • 20. Barrefelt, Åsa
    et al.
    Saghafian, Maryam
    Kuiper, Raoul
    Ye, Fei
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Egri, Gabriella
    Klickermann, Moritz
    Brismar, Torkel B.
    Aspelin, Peter
    Muhammed, Mamoun
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Daehne, Lars
    Hassan, Moustapha
    Biodistribution, kinetics, and biological fate of SPION microbubbles in the rat2013In: International Journal of Nanomedicine, ISSN 1176-9114, E-ISSN 1178-2013, Vol. 8, 3241-3254 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: In the present investigation, we studied the kinetics and biodistribution of a contrast agent consisting of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) microbubbles containing superparamagnetic iron oxide (SPION) trapped between the PVA layers (SPION microbubbles). Methods: The biological fate of SPION microbubbles was determined in Sprague-Dawley rats after intravenous administration. Biodistribution and elimination of the microbubbles were studied in rats using magnetic resonance imaging for a period of 6 weeks. The rats were sacrificed and perfusion-fixated at different time points. The magnetic resonance imaging results obtained were compared with histopathologic findings in different organs. Results: SPION microbubbles could be detected in the liver using magnetic resonance imaging as early as 10 minutes post injection. The maximum signal was detected between 24 hours and one week post injection. Histopathology showed the presence of clustered SPION microbubbles predominantly in the lungs from the first time point investigated (10 minutes). The frequency of microbubbles declined in the pulmonary vasculature and increased in pulmonary, hepatic, and splenic macrophages over time, resulting in a relative shift from the lungs to the spleen and liver. Meanwhile, macrophages showed increasing signs of cytoplasmic iron accumulation, initially in the lungs, then followed by other organs. Conclusion: The present investigation highlights the biological behavior of SPION microbubbles, including organ distribution over time and indications for biodegradation. The present results are essential for developing SPION microbubbles as a potential contrast agent and/or a drug delivery vehicle for specific organs. Such a vehicle will facilitate the use of multimodality imaging techniques, including ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, and single positron emission computed tomography, and hence improve diagnostics, therapy, and the ability to monitor the efficacy of treatment.

  • 21. Baruah, Sunandan
    et al.
    Khan, Mohammed Najam
    Dutta, Joydeep
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Perspectives and applications of nanotechnology in water treatment2016In: Environmental Chemistry Letters, ISSN 1610-3653, E-ISSN 1610-3661, Vol. 14, no 1, 1-14 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Industrialization and excessive use of pesticides for boosting agricultural production have adversely affected the ecosystem, polluting natural water reserves. Remediation of contaminated water has been an area of concern with numerous techniques being applied to improve the quality of naturally available water to the level suitable for human consumption. Most of these methods, however, generate by-products that are sometimes toxic. Heterogenous photocatalysis using metal oxide nanostructures for water purification is an attractive option because no harmful by-products are created. A discussion on possible methods to engineer metal oxides for visible light photocatalysis is included to highlight the use of solar energy for water purification. Multifunctional photocatalytic membranes are considered advantageous over freely suspended nanoparticles due to the ease of its removal from the purified water. An overview of water remediation techniques is presented, highlighting innovations through nanotechnology for possible addressing of problems associated with current techniques.

  • 22. Baruah, Sunandan
    et al.
    Khan, Muhammad Najam
    Dutta, Joydeep
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Nanotechnology in Water Treatment2015In: Pollutants in Buildings, Water and Living Organisms, Springer International Publishing , 2015, 51-84 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Industrialization and excessive use of pesticides for boosting agricultural production has adversely affected the ecosystem, thus polluting natural water reserves. Remediation of contaminated water has been an area of concern with numerous techniques being applied to improve the quality of naturally available water to the level suitable for human consumption. Most of these methods however generate byproducts that are sometimes toxic. Heterogenous photocatalysis using metal oxide nanostructures for water purification is an attractive option because no harmful byproducts are created. A discussion on possible methods to engineer metal oxides for visible light photocatalysis is included to highlight the use of solar energy for water purification. Multifunctional photocatalytic membranes are considered advantageous over freely suspended nanoparticles due to the ease of its removal from the purified water. An overview of water remediation techniques is presented highlighting innovations through nanotechnology for possible addressing of problems associated with current techniques.

  • 23. Battiston, S.
    et al.
    Fiameni, S.
    Saleemi, Mohsin
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Boldrini, S.
    Famengo, A.
    Agresti, F.
    Stingaciu, M.
    Toprak, Muhammet S.
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Fabrizio, M.
    Barison, S.
    Synthesis and Characterization of Al-Doped Mg2Si Thermoelectric Materials2013In: Journal of Electronic Materials, ISSN 0361-5235, E-ISSN 1543-186X, Vol. 42, no 7, 1956-1959 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Magnesium silicide (Mg2Si)-based alloys are promising candidates for thermoelectric (TE) energy conversion for the middle to high range of temperature. These materials are very attractive for TE research because of the abundance of their constituent elements in the Earth's crust. Mg2Si could replace lead-based TE materials, due to its low cost, nontoxicity, and low density. In this work, the role of aluminum doping (Mg2Si:Al = 1:x for x = 0.005, 0.01, 0.02, and 0.04 molar ratio) in dense Mg2Si materials was investigated. The synthesis process was performed by planetary milling under inert atmosphere starting from commercial Mg2Si pieces and Al powder. After ball milling, the samples were sintered by means of spark plasma sintering to density > 95%. The morphology, composition, and crystal structure of the samples were characterized by field-emission scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive spectroscopy, and x-ray diffraction analyses. Moreover, Seebeck coefficient analyses, as well as electrical and thermal conductivity measurements were performed for all samples up to 600A degrees C. The resultant estimated ZT values are comparable to those reported in the literature for these materials. In particular, the maximum ZT achieved was 0.50 for the x = 0.01 Al-doped sample at 600A degrees C.

  • 24. Baykal, A.
    et al.
    Günay, M.
    Toprak, Muhammet S.
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Sozeri, H.
    Effect of ionic liquids on the electrical and magnetic performance of polyaniline-nickel ferrite nanocomposite2013In: Materials research bulletin, ISSN 0025-5408, E-ISSN 1873-4227, Vol. 48, no 2, 378-382 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Polyaniline-NiFe2O4 nanofiber composites were successfully synthesized at the interface of water and ionic liquid via in situ polymerization using cetyl trimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as surfactant. Both TG analysis and FT-IR measurements proved the presence of organic layer on the surface of NiFe2O4 nanoparticles. The influence of 1-butyl-3-methyl-imidazolium bromide [BMIM]Br as ionic liquid on the structure, conductivity and magnetic property of polyaniline-NiFe2O 4-CTAB nanocomposite were studied in detail. The results show that imidazolium-based ionic liquids BMIMBr acts as an anchor agent for the formation of morphology in polyaniline-NiFe2O4-CTAB nanocomposite. Introduction of ionic liquids obviously improves the conductivity but weakens the magnetization of polyaniline-NiFe2O4 nanocomposite.

  • 25. Baykal, A.
    et al.
    Senel, M.
    Unal, B.
    Karaoglu, E.
    Sozeri, H.
    Toprak, Muhammet S.
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Acid Functionalized Multiwall Carbon Nanotube/Magnetite (MWCNT)-COOH/Fe3O4 Hybrid: Synthesis, Characterization and Conductivity Evaluation2013In: Journal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers and Materials, ISSN 1574-1443, Vol. 23, no 3, 726-735 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A functionalized multiwall carbon nanotube (MWCNT)-COOH/Fe3O4 hybrid was fabricated by co-precipitation method. Fe3O4 nanoparticles were stably attached to the surface of carboxyl groups (COOH). The presence of Fe3O4 nanoparticles and their surface conjugation to MWCNT have been confirmed by XRD, TEM and FT-IR techniques. Magnetic evaluation revealed a superparamagnetic character of the hybrid and therefore the attached Fe3O4 nanoparticles. The crystallite size (9 +/- A 3 nm), particle size (9 +/- A 2 nm) and magnetic domain size estimated for Fe3O4 are consistent with each other, which reveal the single crystalline character of the nanoparticles. Electrical conductivity and dielectric behavior have also been characterized by utilizing impedance spectroscopy up to 3 MHz for an isotherm line varying from 293 to 393 K by 10 K steps. Electrical characteristics and its complex dielectric approaches might be elucidated with the existence of a conventional tunneling conduction mechanism of temperature-independency. The AC conductivity of MWCNT-COOH/Fe3O4 hybrid could also be a consequence of the estimations of the universal dynamic response.

  • 26. Baykal, Abdulhadi
    et al.
    Karaoglu, Ebubekir
    Sozeri, Huseyin
    Uysal, Emre
    Toprak, Muhammet S.
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Synthesis and Characterization of High Catalytic Activity Magnetic Fe3O4 Supported Pd Nanocatalyst2013In: Journal of Superconductivity and Novel Magnetism, ISSN 1557-1939, Vol. 26, no 1, 165-171 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study reports the fabrication and characterization of magnetically recyclable catalysts of Fe3O4-Pd nanocomposite as highly effective catalysts for reduction reactions in liquid phase. The characterization of Fe3O4-Pd MRCs were done by X-ray powder diffraction, A +/- nfrared spectroscopy, thermal analyzer, transmission electron spectroscopy, A +/- nductively coupled plasma, UV-Vis spectroscopy, vibrating sample magnetometer, respectively. The reduction of Pd2+ was accomplished with polyethylene glycol 400 (PEG-400) and Fe3O4 nanoparticles were prepared by co-precipitation of FeCI(3)a <...6H(2)O and FeCl(2)a <...4H(2)O. Thus formed Fe3O4-Pd MRCs showed a very high activity in reduction reactions of 4-nitro-aniline and 1,3-di-nitrobenzene in liquid phase. Magnetic character of this system allowed recovery and multiple use without significant loss of its catalytic activity.

  • 27.
    Belete, Melkamu A.
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    The importance of lithography and advanced etch techniques for nanofabrication of MOS capacitor with HfO22013In: Advanced Etch Technology for Nanopatterning II, SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering, 2013, 86850W- p.Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Electronics advancement demands integration of large number of transistors /capacitors in a very small chip area. Thus, small feature size fabrication is a critical issue and precise fabrications of features under nano scale require advanced lithographic and etching techniques. In this paper, MOS capacitor with TiN metal-gate and HfO2 dielectric layer was fabricated in a world class clean-room lab in KTH. There, state-of-the art lithography stepper, advanced etching machines and all important clean-room fabrication facilities were used for successful fabrication of the nano-dimension MOS capacitor, whose detailed experimental procedures and results are exhaustively dealt in this report.

  • 28. Bhattacharya, K.
    et al.
    El-Sayed, R.
    Andón, F. T.
    Mukherjee, S. P.
    Gregory, J.
    Li, H.
    Zhao, Yinchen
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Seo, W.
    Fornara, A.
    Brandner, B.
    Toprak, Muhammet Sadaka
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Leifer, K.
    Star, A.
    Fadeel, B.
    Lactoperoxidase-mediated degradation of single-walled carbon nanotubes in the presence of pulmonary surfactant2015In: Carbon, ISSN 0008-6223, E-ISSN 1873-3891, Vol. 91, 506-517 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) may elicit inflammatory responses following pulmonary exposure. Conversely, enzymatic biodegradation of CNTs by inflammatory cells has also been reported. The aim of this study was to study the degradation of oxidized single-walled CNTs (ox-SWCNTs) by lactoperoxidase (LPO), a secreted peroxidase present in the airways, and whether pulmonary surfactant affects this biodegradation. To this end, ox-SWCNTs were incubated in vitro with recombinant bovine LPO + H<inf>2</inf>O<inf>2</inf> + NaSCN in the presence and absence of porcine lung surfactant (Curosurf®) and biodegradation was monitored using UV-Vis-NIR spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. The interaction of recombinant LPO with bundles of ox-SWCNTs was confirmed by atomic force microscopy. Cell-free biodegradation of ox-SWCNTs was also observed ex vivo in murine bronchoalveolar lavage fluid in the presence of H<inf>2</inf>O<inf>2</inf> + NaSCN. Our study provides evidence for biodegradation of ox-SWCNTs with a lung surfactant 'bio-corona' and expands the repertoire of mammalian peroxidases capable of biodegradation of ox-SWCNTs. These findings are relevant to inhalation exposure to these materials, as LPO serves as an important component of the airway defense system.

  • 29. Bhattacharya, Kunal
    et al.
    El-Sayed, Ramy
    Andon, Fernando T.
    Mukherjee, Sourav P.
    Gregory, Joshua
    Li, Hu
    Zhao, Yichen
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Seo, Wanji
    Fornara, Andrea
    Brandner, Birgit
    Toprak, Muhammet S.
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Leifer, Klaus
    Star, Alexander
    Fadeel, Bengt
    Lactoperoxidase-mediated degradation of single-walled carbon nanotubes in the presence of pulmonary surfactant (vol 91, pg 506, 2015)2015In: Carbon, ISSN 0008-6223, E-ISSN 1873-3891, Vol. 95, 766-766 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 30. Bin Abdul Rahim, H. R.
    et al.
    Bin Lokman, M. Q.
    Harun, S. W.
    Hornyak, G. L.
    Sterckx, K.
    Mohammed, W. S.
    Dutta, Joydeep
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Applied light-side coupling with optimized spiral-patterned zinc oxide nanorod coatings for multiple optical channel alcohol vapor sensing2016In: Journal of Nanophotonics, ISSN 1934-2608, Vol. 10, no 3, 036009Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The width of spiral-patterned zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorod coatings on plastic optical fiber (POF) was optimized theoretically for light-side coupling and found to be 5 mm. Structured ZnO nanorods were grown on large core POFs for the purpose of alcohol vapor sensing. The aim of the spiral patterns was to enhance signal transmission by reduction of the effective ZnO growth area, thereby minimizing light leakage due to backscattering. The sensing mechanism utilized changes in the output signal due to adsorption of methanol, ethanol, and isopropanol vapors. Three spectral bands consisting of red (620 to 750 nm), green (495 to 570 nm), and blue (450 to 495 nm) were applied in measurements. The range of relative intensity modulation (RIM) was determined to be for concentrations between 25 to 300 ppm. Methanol presented the strongest response compared to ethanol and isopropanol in all three spectral channels. With regard to alcohol detection RIM by spectral band, the green channel demonstrated the highest RIM values followed by the blue and red channels, respectively.

  • 31.
    Bitaraf Haghighi, Ehsan
    et al.
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Applied Thermodynamics and Refrigeration.
    Nikkam, Nader
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Saleemi, Mohsin
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Behi, Mohammadreza
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Applied Thermodynamics and Refrigeration.
    Mirmohammadi, Seyed Aliakbar
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Applied Thermodynamics and Refrigeration.
    Poth, H.
    Khodabandeh, Rahmatollah
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Applied Thermodynamics and Refrigeration.
    Toprak, Muhammet S.
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Muhammed, Mamoun
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Palm, Björn
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Applied Thermodynamics and Refrigeration.
    Shelf stability of nanofluids and its effect on thermal conductivity and viscosity2013In: Measurement science and technology, ISSN 0957-0233, E-ISSN 1361-6501, Vol. 24, no 10, 105301- p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study proposes a method and apparatus to estimate shelf stability of nanofluids. Nanofluids are fabricated by dispersion of solid nanoparticles in base fluids, and shelf stability is a key issue for many practical applications of these fluids. In this study, shelf stability is evaluated by measuring the weight of settled solid particles on a suspended tray in a colloid versus time and correlated with the performance change of some nanofluid systems. The effects of solid particle concentration and bath sonication time were investigated for selected nanofluids. The results show the applicability of this simple method and the apparatus to evaluate nanofluid shelf stability. Furthermore, it shows that Stokes' law is not valid for determining the settling time of the tested nanoparticles probably due to their complicated shape and presence of surface modifiers. The effect of shelf stability on thermal conductivity and viscosity was illustrated for some nanofluids. Experimental results show that water-based Al2O3 nanofluids have quite good shelf stability and can be good candidates for industrial applications.

  • 32.
    Bitaraf Haghighi, Ehsan
    et al.
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Applied Thermodynamics and Refrigeration.
    Saleemi, Mohsin
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Nikkam, Nader
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Anwar, Zahid
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Applied Thermodynamics and Refrigeration.
    Lumbreras, Itziar
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology.
    Behi, Mohammadreza
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Applied Thermodynamics and Refrigeration.
    Mirmohammadi, Seyed A.
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Applied Thermodynamics and Refrigeration.
    Poth, Heiko
    Khodabandeh, Rahmatollah
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Applied Thermodynamics and Refrigeration.
    Toprak, Muhammet S.
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Muhammed, Mamoun
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Palm, Björn
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Applied Thermodynamics and Refrigeration.
    Cooling performance of nanofluids in a small diameter tube2013In: Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, ISSN 0894-1777, E-ISSN 1879-2286, Vol. 49, 114-122 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article reports convective single-phase heat transfer performance in laminar flow for some selected nanofluids (NFs) in an open small diameter test section. A 0.50 mm inner diameter, 30 cm long stainless steel test section was used for screening single phase laminar convective heat transfer with water and five different water based NFs. Tested NFs were; Al2O3 (two types), TiO2 (two types) and CeO2 (one type), all 9 wt.% particle concentration. The effective thermal conductivity of the NFs were measured with Transient Plane Source (TPS) method and viscosity were measured with a rotating coaxial cylindrical viscometer. The obtained experimental results for thermal conductivity were in good agreement with the predicted values from Maxwell equation. The local Shah correlation, which is conventionally used for predicting convective heat transfer in laminar flow in Newtonian fluids with constant heat flux boundary condition, was shown to be valid for NFs. Moreover, the Darcy correlation was used to predict the friction factor for the NFs as well as for water. Enhancement in heat transfer for NFs was observed, when compared at equal Reynolds number, as a result of higher velocity or mass flow rate of the NFs at any given Reynolds number due to higher viscosity for NFs. However, when compared at equal pumping power no or only minor enhancement was observed.

  • 33.
    Bitaraf Haghighi, Ehsan
    et al.
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Applied Thermodynamics and Refrigeration.
    Saleemi, Mohsin
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Nikkam, Nader
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Ghadamgahi, Mersedeh
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Applied Thermodynamics and Refrigeration.
    Khodabandeh, Rahmatollah
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Applied Thermodynamics and Refrigeration.
    Palm, Björn E.
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Applied Thermodynamics and Refrigeration.
    Toprak, Muhammet
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Muhammed, Mamoun
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Measurement of temperature–dependent viscosity of nanofluids and its effect on pumping power in cooling systems2013Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Nanofluids are engineered colloids of nanoparticlesdispersed homogenously in a base fluid, which theirthermophysical properties are changed by adding solidnanoparticles. Among the characteristic parameters,viscosity is one of the most important, as it directly affectsthe pumping power in cooling systems. In this study, theviscosity of water based Al2O3, ZrO2, and TiO2 (with 9wt%for all) nanofluids was measured and its impact on pressuredrop in a simple tubular pipe was estimated for bothlaminar and turbulent flow by classical correlations. Theeffect of temperature on the viscosity of these nanofluidswas also studied in the temperature range of 5˚C - 30˚C. Toassess the applicability of the classical correlations, pressuredrops across an open 30cm long, 0.50mm diameterstainless steel test section was measured for water andnanofluids by a differential pressure transducer. Theaverage viscosity increments compared to water in thetemperature range of 5˚C - 30˚C are 105%, 98% and 31% forAl2O3, ZrO2, and TiO2 nanofluids respectively. Moreover, theresults show that the viscosity of nanofluids decreases withthe increase of temperature; however the relative viscosity,which is defined as the viscosity ratio between a nanofluidand its base fluid is constant in 5˚C - 30˚C temperaturerange.

  • 34. Bora, T.
    et al.
    Al-Hinai, M. H.
    Al-Hinai, A. T.
    Dutta, Joydeep
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Phase Transformation of Metastable ZnSnO3 Upon Thermal Decomposition by In-Situ Temperature-Dependent Raman Spectroscopy2015In: Journal of The American Ceramic Society, ISSN 0002-7820, E-ISSN 1551-2916Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Temperature-dependent in-situ Raman spectroscopy is used to investigate the phase transformation of zinc metastannate (ZnSnO<inf>3</inf>) to zinc orthostannate (Zn<inf>2</inf>SnO<inf>4</inf>) induced upon annealing in the ambient. ZnSnO<inf>3</inf> microcubes (MCs) were synthesized at room temperature using a simple aqueous synthesis process, followed by characterization using electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Annealing of the ZnSnO<inf>3</inf> MCs was carried out up to 1000°C, while recording the Raman spectra in-situ at regular intervals. Phase transformation from metastannate to orthostannate was found to begin around 500°C with an activation energy of ~0.965 eV followed by the recrystallization into the inverse spinel orthostannate phase at ~750°C. Results from this study provide detailed understanding of the phase transformation behavior of perovskite ZnSnO<inf>3</inf> to inverse spinel Zn<inf>2</inf>SnO<inf>4</inf> upon thermal annealing.

  • 35. Bora, Tanujjal
    et al.
    Myint, M T Z
    Al-Harthi, Salim
    Dutta, Joydeep
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM. Department in Nanotechnology, Water Research Center, Sultan Qaboos University, P. O. Box 17, Al Khoud, Oman.
    Role of surface defects on visible light enabled plasmonic photocatalysis in Au–ZnO nanocatalysts2015In: RSC Advances, ISSN 2046-2069, Vol. 5, no 117, 96670-96680 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Visible light photocatalytic activity of the plasmonic gold-zinc oxide (Au-ZnO) nanorods (NRs) is investigated with respect to the surface defects of the ZnO NRs, controlled by annealing the NRs in ambient at different temperatures. Understanding the role of surface defects on the charge transfer behaviour across a metal-semiconductor junction is vital for efficient visible light active photocatalysis. Au nanoparticles (NPs) are in situ deposited on the surface of the ZnO NRs having different surface defect densities, demonstrating efficient harvesting of visible light due to the surface plasmon absorption. The surface defects in the ZnO NRs are probed by using photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS), and photo-electro-chemical current-voltage measurements to study the photo-generated charge transfer efficiency across the Au-ZnO Schottky interface. The results show that the surface situated oxygen vacancy sites in the ZnO NRs significantly reduce the charge transfer efficiency across the Au-ZnO Schottky interfaces lowering the photocatalytic activity of the system. Reduction in the oxygen vacancy sites through annealing the ZnO NRs resulted in the enhancement of visible light enabled photocatalytic activity of the Au-ZnO plasmonic nanocatalyst, adding vital insight towards the design of efficient plasmonic photocatalysts.

  • 36. Bora, Tanujjal
    et al.
    Sathe, Priyanka
    Laxman, Karthik
    Dobretsov, Sergey
    Dutta, Joydeep
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Defect engineered visible light active ZnO nanorods for photocatalytic treatment of water2017In: Catalysis Today, ISSN 0920-5861, E-ISSN 1873-4308, Vol. 284, 11-18 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Photocatalytic degradation of organic wastes and microbes in water using solar light is a green technology that requires the design of visible light active photocatalysts. Here we report the fabrication of visible light active zinc oxide nanorods (ZnO NRs), wherein the visible light absorption is enhanced by modulating the surface defects on the NRs. Oxygen vacancies in the NRs as characterized by photoluminescence and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy are controlled by annealing at different temperatures in the ambient. The role of surface defects on the visible light photocatalytic degradation of an organic dye, industrial waste, bacterial culture and inland brackish water is studied. Results presented here provide a simple strategy to make the wide bandgap ZnO NRs visible light active, enabling their use for the photocatalytic decontamination of water.

  • 37. Bora, Tanujjal
    et al.
    Zoepfl, David
    Dutta, Joydeep
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Importance of Plasmonic Heating on Visible Light Driven Photocatalysis of Gold Nanoparticle Decorated Zinc Oxide Nanorods2016In: Scientific Reports, ISSN 2045-2322, E-ISSN 2045-2322, Vol. 6, 26913Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Herein we explore the role of localized plasmonic heat generated by resonantly excited gold (Au) NPs on visible light driven photocatalysis process. Au NPs are deposited on the surface of vertically aligned zinc oxide nanorods (ZnO NRs). The localized heat generated by Au NPs under 532 nm continuous laser excitation (SPR excitation) was experimentally probed using Raman spectroscopy by following the phonon modes of ZnO. Under the resonant excitation the temperature at the surface of the AuZnO NRs reaches up to about 300 degrees C, resulting in almost 6 times higher apparent quantum yield (AQY) for photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB) compared to the bare ZnO NRs. Under solar light irradiation the Au-ZnO NRs demonstrated visible light photocatalytic activity twice that of what was achieved with bare ZnO NRs, while significantly reduced the activation energy required for the photocatalytic reactions allowing the reactions to occur at a faster rate.

  • 38. Borah, Sandhya B.D.
    et al.
    Bora, Tanujjal
    Baruah, Sunandan
    Dutta, Joydeep
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM. Water Research Center, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman.
    Heavy metal ion sensing in water using surface plasmon resonance of metallic nanostructures2015In: Groundwater for Sustainable Development, ISSN 2352-801X, Vol. 1, no 1-2, 1-11 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Heavy metal contamination in water and other ecosystems is one of the major environmental issues and already gaining significant attention across the world. For monitoring heavy metals in the environmental ecosystem, optical sensors are getting popular due to their high sensitivity and ease of use. Application of nanomaterials in the sensor elements further improves the sensitivity due to their large surface-to-volume ration, high reactivity, high degree of functionalization and size-dependent properties. This article mainly reviews the application of various metallic nanostructures for heavy metal ion sensing based on surface plasmon resonance (SPR). SPR sensors are widely applied in real time monitoring of heavy metals, chemical and biological analytes etc., because of their ability to efficiently detect and quantify these contaminants even at much diluted conditions (ng/L levels). In this article, SPR sensors fabricated with several metallic nanostructures, such as gold and silver, and their shape and size effects on sensor performance for heavy metal ion detection is discussed. Techniques used to improve the performance of such SPR sensors are also reviewed briefly.

  • 39.
    Burks, Terrance
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Functionalized nanomaterials for the removal of chromium (VI) from aqueous solutions2013Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
  • 40.
    Burks, Terrance
    et al.
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Avila, Marta
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Akhtar, F.
    Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Götelid, Mats
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Material Physics, MF.
    Lansåker, P. C.
    Department of Engineering Sciences, The Ångström Laboratory, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Toprak, Muhammet S.
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Muhammed, Mamoun
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Uheida, Abdusalam
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Studies on the adsorption of chromium(VI) onto 3-Mercaptopropionic acid coated superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles2014In: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, ISSN 0021-9797, E-ISSN 1095-7103, Vol. 425, 36-43 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Chromium (Cr) in the form of Cr(VI) is deemed toxic in water due to its mutagenic and carcinogenic properties. For the successful removal of Cr(VI), we demonstrate a novel adsorbent consisting of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPION) functionalized with 3-Mercaptopropionic acid (3-MPA). Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) confirmed the functionalization of nanoparticles and presence of sulfonate groups. Batch adsorption experiments showed that the functionalized adsorbent recovered 45 mg of Cr(VI)/g of 3-MPA coated SPION at initial concentration of 50 mg/L aqueous solution at pH 1 with less than 1% of Fe dissolution from SPION. The results from X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy confirmed that Cr(VI) chemisorbed onto the adsorbent. Hence, the XPS spectra did not indicate any reduction of Cr(VI) to Cr(III) upon adsorption. The adsorption data were better fitted for the Freundlich model. Moreover, the Cr(VI) adsorption kinetics on functionalized SPION followed a pseudo-second order rate, revealing chemisorption as the dominant mechanism. The high Cr(VI) removal, rapid adsorption kinetics and stability of adsorbent indicate that 3-MPA coated SPION could be an efficient adsorbent for the removal of Cr(VI).

  • 41.
    Burks, Terrance
    et al.
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Uheida, Abdusalam
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Saleemi, Mohsin
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Eita, Mohamed
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Toprak, Muhammet S.
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Muhammed, Mamoun
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Removal of Chromium(VI) Using Surface Modified Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles2013In: Separation science and technology (Print), ISSN 0149-6395, E-ISSN 1520-5754, Vol. 48, no 8, 1243-1251 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study describes the removal of Chromium(VI) from aqueous solutions using surface tailored superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPION) coated with bis(2,4,4-trimethylpentyl)dithiophosphinic acid (Cyanex-301). The synthesized Cyanex-301 coated SPION has been characterized by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Fourier-Transfer Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray Photonic Spectroscopy (XPS), and Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA). The adsorption mechanism was proposed to be via complexation between the thiol group on Cyanex-301 and Cr(VI) ions based on the XPS and FTIR analysis. It has been found that the equilibrium can be attained in less than 2hr. The adsorption behavior of Cr(VI) on the Cyanex-301 coated SPION can be well described by the Langmuir model and the maximum adsorption capacity for Cr(VI) was estimated to be 30.8mg/g. The selectivity of the Cyanex-301 coated SPION adsorbent towards Cr(VI) ions was found to be high and the maximum loading capacity obtained is up to an order of magnitude higher than that of other adsorbents reported in the literature. The desorption studies showed that more than 70% of Cr(VI) can be recovered using HNO3 as eluting solution. Our findings suggest a high potential of the designed adsorbent material for the treatment of industrial wastewater containing Cr(VI).

  • 42. Courteille, C.
    et al.
    Dorier, J. -L
    Dutta, J.
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Hollenstein, Ch.
    Howling, A. A.
    Stoto, T.
    Visible photoluminescence from hydrogenated silicon particles suspended in a silane plasma1995In: Journal of Applied Physics, ISSN 0021-8979, E-ISSN 1089-7550, Vol. 78, no 1, 61-66 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 43.
    Darab, Mahdi
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM. NTNU.
    Synthesis and Characterization of Nanostructured Cathode Material (BSCF) for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells2009Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 60 credits / 90 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis focuses on developing an appropriate cathode material throughnanotechnology as a key component for a promising alternative of renewable energygenerating systems, Intermediate Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (IT-SOFC).Aiming at a working cathode material for IT-SOFC, a recently reported capable oxideperovskite material has been synthesized through two different chemical methods.BaxSr1-xCoyFe1-yO3−δ (BSCF) with y =0.8 and x =0.2 was fabricated in nanocrystallineform by a novel chemical alloying approach, co-precipitation- as well as conventionalsol-gel method to produce oxide perovskites. The thermal properties, phase constituents,microstructure and elemental analysis of the samples were characterized by TG-DSC,XRD, SEM and EDS techniques respectively. Thermodynamic modeling has beenperformed using a KTH-developed software (Medusa) and Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS)has been used to obtain pellets of BSCF, preserving the nanostructure and generatingquite dense pellets for electrical conductivity measurements.The results show that the powders synthesized by solution co-precipitation have cubicperovskite-type structure with a high homogeneity and uniform distribution and meanparticle size of 50-90 nm range, while sol-gel powders are not easy to form a pure phaseand mostly the process ends up with large particle containing two or three phases.Finer resultant powder compared to sol-gel technique and earlier research works onBSCF has been achieved in this project using oxalate co-precipitation method. Topreserve nanoscaled features of BSCF powder which possess a significant increase ofelectrical conductivity due to decrease the electrical resistivity of grain boundaries, forthe sample synthesized through co-precipitation, ~92% dense pellet sintered by SPS atV1080 °C and under 50 MPa pressure and its electrical conductivity has been measuredfrom room temperature to 900 °C.Specific conductivity values were precisely measured and the maximum of 63 S.cm-1 at430 °C in air and 25 S.cm-1 at 375°C in N2 correspondingly are two times higher thanconventional BSCF implying a high pledge for nano-BSCF as a strong candidate ascathode material in IT-SOFC.

  • 44.
    Doddapaneni, Venkatesh
    et al.
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics.
    Saleemi, Mohsin
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics.
    Ye, Fei
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics.
    Gati, R.
    Toprak, Muhammet S.
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    On the electrical arc interruption by using PMMA/iron oxide nanocomposites2016In: Materials Research Express, ISSN 2053-1591, Vol. 3, no 10, 105043Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    An experimental study is undertaken on the fabrication of poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA)/iron oxide nanocomposites to determine their potential use for electrical arc interruption in the electrical switching applications such as circuit breakers. Monodisperse iron oxide nanoparticles of average size ¡«11 nmare synthesized via thermal decomposition method and then homogeneously dispersed in the PMMAmatrix by in situ polymerization.PMMA/iron oxide nanocomposites with different nanoparticle loading have been fabricated to study the effect of loading content on the thermal energy absorption. Detailed physicochemical characterizations on synthesized material are performed using X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, TEM, thermogravimetric analysis and differential scanning calorimetry at different processing stages. Atest-setup was designed to evaluate the quality of the nanocomposites for electric arc interruption capability. The results showed that PMMA/iron oxide nanocomposites have a clear impact on the electric arc interruption and therefore should be considered as promising candidates for electrical switching applications.

  • 45.
    Doddapaneni, Venkatesh
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Electromagnetic Engineering.
    Zhao, Yichen
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Ye, Fei
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Gati, R.
    Edin, Hans
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Electromagnetic Engineering.
    Toprak, Muhammet S.
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Improving Uv Radiation Absorption by Copper Oxide NPs/PMMA Nanocomposites for Electrical Switching Applications2015In: Powder metallurgy and metal ceramics, ISSN 1068-1302, E-ISSN 1573-9066, Vol. 54, no 7-8, 397-401 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Nanocomposites based on the radiation absorbing polymer (PNCs) are of interest for a variety of applications including circuit breakers, UV-shielding windows, contact lenses, and glasses among others. Such PNCs can be made by incorporating suitable radiation absorbing nanoparticles into a polymeric matrix by in situ polymerization. In this study, spherical nanoparticles (5-6 nm) of oleic acid (OA) surface modified cupric oxide (CuO) are synthesized and used to improve the ultra-violet (UV) radiation absorption property of a polymer matrix, i.e., polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). The synthesis of spherical CuO nanoparticles, surface modification using OA, dispersion of CuO nanoparticles with different concentrations in PMMA, and UV radiation absorption property of the resultant PNC are investigated. Two different PNCs are produced using OA modified CuO nanoparticles with different concentrations. As synthesized CuO nanoparticles and OA modified CuO nanoparticles are examined by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) techniques. The UV absorption edges are evaluated from the UV-Vis absorption spectra by using UV-Visible absorption spectroscopy. The results show that the UV radiation absorption of the PNC with higher concentration of CuO nanoparticles is improved compared with PMMA and the absorption edge moved towards longer wavelengths i.e., from 271 to 281 nm. These PNCs are successful in arc interruption process by absorbing a broad range of radiation emitted from high-energy copper arcs produced in the circuit breakers.

  • 46. El-Sayed, Ramy
    et al.
    Bhattacharya, Kunal
    Gu, Zonglin
    Yang, Zaixing
    Weber, Jeffrey K.
    Li, Hu
    Leifer, Klaus
    Zhao, Yichen
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Toprak, Muhammet S.
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Zhou, Ruhong
    Fadeel, Bengt
    Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Inhibit the Cytochrome P450 Enzyme, CYP3A42016In: Scientific Reports, ISSN 2045-2322, E-ISSN 2045-2322, Vol. 6, 21316Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We report a detailed computational and experimental study of the interaction of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) with the drug-metabolizing cytochrome P450 enzyme, CYP3A4. Dose-dependent inhibition of CYP3A4-mediated conversion of the model compound, testosterone, to its major metabolite, 6 beta-hydroxy testosterone was noted. Evidence for a direct interaction between SWCNTs and CYP3A4 was also provided. The inhibition of enzyme activity was alleviated when SWCNTs were pre-coated with bovine serum albumin. Furthermore, covalent functionalization of SWCNTs with polyethylene glycol (PEG) chains mitigated the inhibition of CYP3A4 enzymatic activity. Molecular dynamics simulations suggested that inhibition of the catalytic activity of CYP3A4 is mainly due to blocking of the exit channel for substrates/products through a complex binding mechanism. This work suggests that SWCNTs could interfere with metabolism of drugs and other xenobiotics and provides a molecular mechanism for this toxicity. Our study also suggests means to reduce this toxicity, eg., by surface modification.

  • 47. Esir, S.
    et al.
    Junejo, Y.
    Baykal, A.
    Toprak, Muhammet
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Sozeri, H.
    SrFe12O19/Zn0.65Ni0.25Cu0.1Fe2O4 Core-Shell Nanocomposite: Synthesis, Chracterization and Catalytic Activity in Aqueous Solution2014In: Journal of inorganic and organometallic polymers and materials, ISSN 1574-1443, Vol. 24, no 4, 722-728 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    SrFe12O19/Zn0.65Ni0.25Cu0.1Fe2O4 core-shell nanocomposite has been successfully synthesized by sol-gel autocombustion (for SrFe12O19, core) and hydrothermal methods (for Zn0.65Ni0.25Cu0.1Fe2O4, shell). The products were characterized by X-ray powder diffractometer, transmission electron microscopy, fourier transform infrared spectrsocopy, vibrating sample magnetometer, Ultraviolet-visible specroscopy and inductively coupled plasma. Both X-ray powder diffraction, transmission electron microscopy results showed that Zn0.65Ni0.25Cu0.1Fe2O4 shell is on the surface of the SrFe12O19 core. The variations between the magnetic properties of the precursors and nanocomposite may be explained by interphase interactions at the surface of two ferrites. The properties of the SrFe12O19/Zn0.65Ni0.25Cu0.1Fe2O4 core-shell nanocomposite were favourable in its separation, recycling and reuse after reaction. The catalytic activity of SrFe12O19/Zn0.65Ni0.25Cu0.1Fe2O4 core-shell nanocomposite in the presence of NaBH4 were tested against methyl violet.

  • 48. Esir, S.
    et al.
    Topkaya, R.
    Baykal, A.
    Akman, Ö.
    Toprak, Muhammet S.
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Magnetic Properties of Annealed CoFe2O4 Nanoparticles Synthesized by the PEG-Assisted Route2014In: Journal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers and Materials, ISSN 1574-1443, Vol. 24, no 2, 424-430 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Annealed cobalt inverse spinel-type ferrite nanoparticles were synthesized using polyethylene glycol assisted co-precipitation. The structure, magnetic properties and effect of annealing temperature was investigated in detail. Saturation magnetization, coercivity and remanence magnetization were observed to decrease with increasing temperature. The magnetic hysteresis curves supported the proposition that the CoFe2O4 nanoparticles showed ferromagnetic character from 10 to 400 K. Magnetization measurements showed the blocking temperature to be higher than 400 K. Unsaturated magnetization behavior suggested the existence of disordered spins in the surface layer of the CoFe2O4 nanoparticles.

  • 49. Fadeel, B.
    et al.
    Fornara, A.
    Toprak, Muhammet S.
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Bhattacharya, K.
    Keeping it real: The importance of material characterization in nanotoxicology2015In: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications - BBRC, ISSN 0006-291X, E-ISSN 1090-2104, Vol. 468, no 3, 498-503 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Nanomaterials are small and the small size and corresponding large surface area of nanomaterials confers specific properties, making these materials desirable for various applications, not least in medicine. However, it is pertinent to ask whether size is the only property that matters for the desirable or detrimental effects of nanomaterials? Indeed, it is important to know not only what the material looks like, but also what it is made of, as well as how the material interacts with its biological surroundings. It has been suggested that guidelines should be implemented on the types of information required in terms of physicochemical characterization of nanomaterials for toxicological studies in order to improve the quality and relevance of the published results. This is certainly a key issue, but it is important to keep in mind that material characterization should be fit-for-purpose, that is, the information gathered should be relevant for the end-points being studied.

  • 50. Famengo, A.
    et al.
    Battiston, S.
    Saleemi, Mohsin
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Boldrini, S.
    Fiameni, S.
    Agresti, F.
    Toprak, Muhammet S.
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.
    Barison, S.
    Fabrizio, M.
    Phase Content Influence on Thermoelectric Properties of Manganese Silicide-Based Materials for Middle-High Temperatures2013In: Journal of Electronic Materials, ISSN 0361-5235, E-ISSN 1543-186X, Vol. 42, no 7, 2020-2024 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The higher manganese silicides (HMS), represented by MnSi (x) (x = 1.71 to 1.75), are promising p-type leg candidates for thermoelectric energy harvesting systems in the middle-high temperature range. They are very attractive as they could replace lead-based compounds due to their nontoxicity, low-cost starting materials, and high thermal and chemical stability. Dense pellets were obtained through direct reaction between Mn and Si powders during the spark plasma sintering process. The tetragonal HMS and cubic MnSi phase amounts and the functional properties of the material such as the Seebeck coefficient and electrical and thermal conductivity were evaluated as a function of the SPS processing conditions. The morphology, composition, and crystal structure of the samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, and x-ray diffraction analyses, respectively. Differential scanning calorimetry and thermogravimetric analysis were performed to evaluate the thermal stability of the final sintered material. A ZT value of 0.34 was obtained at 600A degrees C for the sample sintered at 900A degrees C and 90 MPa with 5 min holding time.

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