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Yaroslav V Solovev, Artur Y Prilepskii, Elena F Krivoshapkina, Anna F Fakhardo, Ekaterina A Bryushkova, Polina A Kalikina, Elena I Koshel, Vladimir V Vinogradov
Alumina is one of the most promising carriers for drug delivery due to the long history of its usage as a vaccine adjuvant. Sol-gel synthesis provides excellent conditions for entrapment of biomolecules within an inorganic cage providing stabilization of proteins under the extremal conditions. In this paper, we show in vitro investigation of monodisperse alumina xerogel nanocontainers (AXNCs) using bovine serum albumin as a model protein entrapped in sol-gel alumina building blocks. Particularly, dose and cell-type dependent cytotoxicity in HeLa and A549 cancer cell lines were employed as well as investigation of antibacterial effect and stability of AXNCs in different biological media...
February 4, 2019: Scientific Reports
Martin Rudolph, Mykhaylo Motylenko, David Rafaja
The defect structure of γ-Al2 O3 derived from boehmite was investigated using a combination of selected-area electron diffraction (SAED) and powder X-ray diffraction (XRD). Both methods confirmed a strong dependence of the diffraction line broadening on the diffraction indices known from literature. The analysis of the SAED patterns revealed that the dominant structure defects in the spinel-type γ-Al2 O3 are antiphase boundaries located on the lattice planes , which produce the sublattice shifts . Quantitative information about the defect structure of γ-Al2 O3 was obtained from the powder XRD patterns...
January 1, 2019: IUCrJ
Indra Saptiama, Yusuf Valentino Kaneti, Brian Yuliarto, Hiroaki Kumada, Kunihiko Tsuchiya, Yoshitaka Fujita, Victor Malgras, Nobuyoshi Fukumitsu, Takeji Sakae, Kentaro Hatano, Katsuhiko Ariga, Yoshiyuki Sugahara, Yusuke Yamauchi
In this work, we demonstrate the effective utilization of various biomolecules for creating a series of mesoporous boehmite (γ-AlOOH) and gamma-alumina (γ-Al2O3) nanosheets with unique hierarchical multi- layered structures via a facile mixed hydrothermal-solvothermal method. The nature and concentration of the biomolecules strongly influence the degree of crystallinity, morphology and/or textural properties of the resulting γ-AlOOH and γ-Al2O3 nanosheets, allowing for their easy tuning. The hierarchical γ-AlOOH and γ-Al2O3 multilayered nanosheets synthesized using biomolecules are found to exhibit enhanced crystallinity, improved particle separation and well-defined multilayered structures compared to those obtained without biomolecules...
January 16, 2019: Chemistry: a European Journal
Jiacheng Li, Miao Li, Xu Yang, Yu Zhang, Xiang Liu, Fang Liu, Fanbin Meng
Boehmite with different morphologies was synthesized using a simple hydrothermal method for the removal of Cr(VI) and nitrates from polluted water. When pH of the hydrothermal system was changed, the final crystallization products had morphologies of one-dimensional rods or two-dimensional sheets with different sizes. The boehmites were characterized by XRD, BET, SEM and Py-IR, and used for the adsorption of aqueous Cr(VI) and nitrates. Their bulk structure and surface properties significantly changed with the corresponding morphology, which prominently affected their adsorption capacity...
January 16, 2019: Nanotechnology
Dong-Ho Bak, Esther Lee, Byung Chul Lee, Mi Ji Choi, Tae-Rin Kwon, Jiyeon Hong, Seog-Kyun Mun, Keugrae Lee, Sungyup Kim, Jungtae Na, Beom Joon Kim
Boehmite (γ-AlOOH) has a wide range of applications in a variety of industrial and biological fields. However, little is known about its potential roles in skin diseases. The current study investigated its effect on atopic dermatitis (AD). Following characterization, cytotoxicity, pro-inflammatory response, and oxidative stress associated with boehmite were assessed, using TNF-α-induced keratinocytes and mast cells. In addition, therapeutic effects of boehmite, topically administered to Balb/c mice induced by 2,4-dinitrochlorobenzene (DNCB), were evaluated...
December 19, 2018: Experimental Dermatology
C Chivas-Joly, C Longuet, J Pourchez, L Leclerc, G Sarry, J-M Lopez-Cuesta
The number of products containing nanomaterials is increasing this last ten years. Information and literature about the end-of-life of nanocomposites often remains partial and does not address the overall fate and transformations of nanoparticles that may affect biological responses. This paper underlines that the physico-chemical features of nanoparticles can be modified by the incineration process and the available toxicological data on pristine nanofillers might not be relevant to assess the modified nanoparticles included in soot...
October 17, 2018: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Behzad Rezaei, Zahra Hassani, Marzieh Shahshahanipour, Ali A Ensafi, G Mohammadnezhad
An important form of carbon nanoparticles that are used for a wide range of applications, are carbon dots (CDs). In this study, a very easy, in expensive and green process was described for the preparation of CDs by using hydrothermal treatment of Tragacanth Gum (TG). A rapid assay for the determination of trace amounts of an anticancer medication doxorubicin (DOX) was developed, based on the quenching of the CDs derived from their aggregation. Electrostatic interaction between CDs and DOX could lead to fluorescence quenching...
November 6, 2018: Luminescence: the Journal of Biological and Chemical Luminescence
Lawrence M Anovitz, Xin Zhang, Jennifer A Soltis, Elias Nakouzi, Anthony James Krzysko, Jaehun Chun, Gregory K Schenter, Trent R Graham, Kevin M Rosso, James J De Yoreo, Andrew G Stack, Markus Bleuel, Cedric Gagnon, David F R Mildner, Jan Ilavsky, Ivan Kuzmenko
The U.S. government currently spends significant resources managing the legacies of the Cold War, including 300 million liters of highly radioactive wastes stored in hundreds of tanks at the Hanford (WA) and Savannah River (SC) sites. The materials in these tanks consist of highly radioactive slurries and sludges at very high pH and salt concentrations. The solid particles primarily consist of aluminum hydroxides and oxyhydroxides (gibbsite and boehmite), although many other materials are present. These form complex aggregates that dramatically affect the rheology of the solutions and, therefore, efforts to recover and treat these wastes...
October 15, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Elias Nakouzi, Jennifer A Soltis, Benjamin A Legg, Gregory K Schenter, Xin Zhang, Trent R Graham, Kevin M Rosso, Lawrence M Anovitz, James J De Yoreo, Jaehun Chun
Although oriented aggregation of particles is a widely recognized mechanism of crystal growth, the impact of many fundamental parameters, such as crystallographically distinct interfacial structures, solution composition, and nanoparticle morphology, on the governing mechanisms and assembly kinetics are largely unexplored. Thus, the collective dynamics of systems exhibiting OA has not been predicted. In this context, we investigated the structure and dynamics of boehmite aggregation as a function of solution pH and ionic strength...
September 19, 2018: ACS Nano
Micah P Prange, Xin Zhang, Eugene S Ilton, Libor Kovarik, Mark H Engelhard, Sebastien N Kerisit
Aluminum-bearing minerals show different hydrogen evolution and dissolution properties when subjected to radiation, but the complicated sequence of events following interaction with high-energy radiation is not understood. To gain insight into the possible mechanisms of hydrogen production in nanoparticulate minerals, we study the electronic response and determine the bandgap energies of three common aluminum-bearing minerals with varying hydrogen content: gibbsite (Al(OH)3 ), boehmite (AlOOH), and alumina (Al2 O3 ) using electron energy loss spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and first-principles electronic structure calculations employing hybrid density functionals...
July 14, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
Y Ishii, K Komatsu, S Nakano, S Machida, T Hattori, A Sano-Furukawa, H Kagi
The structure of an aluminum layered hydroxide, boehmite (γ-AlOOH), as a function of pressure was studied by using in situ synchrotron X-ray and neutron diffraction. Peak broadening, which is only found for hkl (h ≠ 0) peaks in the X-ray diffraction patterns, is explained by stacking disorder accompanying a continuously increasing displacement of the AlO6 octahedral layer along the a-axis. This finding could be the first experimental result for pressure-induced stacking disorder driven by continuous layer displacement...
June 20, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Manju Rajamani, Shihabudheen M Maliyekkal
This paper describes the synthesis and performance evaluation of a granular solid desiccant composite synthesized through a sol-gel process at atmospheric pressure and ambient temperature. The composite desiccant essentially comprises of a biopolymer template, chitosan, and nanoscale boehmite particles embedded on the fibrils of the biopolymer. The chitosan fibers not only help in the formation of boehmite nanoparticles but also act as a reinforcing agent and enable the formation of sand like granules upon aging and drying...
August 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
Iwona Koltsov, Julita Smalc-Koziorowska, Marta Prześniak-Welenc, Maria Małysa, Giora Kimmel, Jessica McGlynn, Alexey Ganin, Swietlana Stelmakh
A novel method to obtain Al₂O₃⁻ZrO₂ nanocomposites is presented. It consists of the co-precipitation step of boehmite (AlO(OH)) and ZrO₂, followed by microwave hydrothermal treatment at 270 °C and 60 MPa, and by calcination at 600 °C. Using this method, we obtained two nanocomposites: Al₂O₃⁻20 wt % ZrO₂ and Al₂O₃⁻40 wt % ZrO₂. Nanocomposites were characterized by Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy...
May 17, 2018: Materials
Luwei Geng, Hongfeng Dong, Xiufeng Liu, Baoquan Zhang
The availability of continuous and well-defined AFI-type aluminophosphate membranes (AFI membranes) would trigger their applications in innovative materials. A well-designed manipulation strategy is proposed to produce continuous AFI membranes with four different microstructures over porous α-Al₂O₃ substrates. A double-layer and highly c -oriented AFI membrane of hexagonal prisms is obtained when a thin layer of medium molecular weight (MMW) chitosan is employed as the structure-directing matrix together with aluminum isopropoxide (AIP) as the Al source...
May 9, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Bo Chen, Jie-Xin Wang, Dan Wang, Xiao-Fei Zeng, Stuart M Clarke, Jian-Feng Chen
Transparent dispersions of inorganic nanoparticles are attractive materials in many fields. However, a facile method for preparing such dispersions of aluminium hydroxide nanoparticles is yet to be realized. Here, we report a direct reactive method to prepare transparent dispersions of pseudo-boehmite nanoparticles (1 wt%) without any surface modification, and with an average particle size of 80 nm in length and 10 nm in width, as well as excellent optical transparency over 94% in the visible range. Furthermore, transparent dispersions of boehmite nanoparticles (1...
July 27, 2018: Nanotechnology
Megumi Shiota, Masayuki Naya, Takehiro Yamamoto, Takako Hishiki, Takeharu Tani, Hiroyuki Takahashi, Akiko Kubo, Daisuke Koike, Mai Itoh, Mitsuyo Ohmura, Yasuaki Kabe, Yuki Sugiura, Nobuyoshi Hiraoka, Takayuki Morikawa, Keiyo Takubo, Kentaro Suina, Hideaki Nagashima, Oltea Sampetrean, Osamu Nagano, Hideyuki Saya, Shogo Yamazoe, Hiroyuki Watanabe, Makoto Suematsu
Gold deposition with diagonal angle towards boehmite-based nanostructure creates random arrays of horse-bean-shaped nanostructures named gold-nanofève (GNF). GNF generates many electromagnetic hotspots as surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) excitation sources, and enables large-area visualization of molecular vibration fingerprints of metabolites in human cancer xenografts in livers of immunodeficient mice with sufficient sensitivity and uniformity. Differential screening of GNF-SERS signals in tumours and those in parenchyma demarcated tumour boundaries in liver tissues...
April 19, 2018: Nature Communications
Álvaro Martínez-Camarena, Estefanía Delgado-Pinar, Concepción Soriano, Javier Alarcón, José M Llinares, Roberto Tejero, Enrique García-España
The binuclear Cu2+ complex of a pyridinophane polyamine ligand ranking amongst the fastest SOD mimetics so far reported displays a remarkable SOD activity enhancement when grafted to the surface of boehmite (γ-AlO(OH)) nanoparticles (BNPs).
April 12, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Miae Kim, Claire L Corkhill, Neil C Hyatt, Jong Heo
Calcium-aluminoborate (CAB) glasses were developed to sequester new waste compositions made of several rare-earth oxides generated from the pyrochemical reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel. Several important wasteform properties such as waste loading, processability and chemical durability were evaluated. The maximum waste loading of the CAB compositions was determined to be ~56.8 wt%. Viscosity and the electrical conductivity of the CAB melt at 1300 °C were 7.817 Pa·s and 0.4603 S/cm, respectively, which satisfies the conditions for commercial cold-crucible induction melting (CCIM) process...
March 28, 2018: Scientific Reports
Hyuck Hur, Richard J Reeder
Sorption of tungstate on boehmite (γ-AlOOH) is increased by co-sorption with Co2+ over the near-neutral pH range. Batch uptake experiments show up to a 3-fold increase in tungstate uptake over the range WO4 2- =50-1000μmol/L compared to boehmite not treated with Co2+ . Desorption experiments reveal a corresponding decrease in sorption reversibility for tungstate co-sorbed with Co2+ . Reaction of boehmite with Co2+ results in the formation of CoAl layered double hydroxide (LDH), as confirmed by X-ray diffraction and X-ray absorption spectroscopy...
March 2018: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
Maarten Everaert, Kris Slenders, Kris Dox, Simon Smolders, Dirk De Vos, Erik Smolders
Layered double hydroxides (LDH) of Mg/Al are anion exchangers that are candidate materials for phosphate (PO4 ) recovery and recycling from waste streams. However, PO4 recycling in agriculture might be limited by incomplete desorption of PO4 from the minerals. This study was set up to identify the factors explaining irreversible PO4 sorption ("fixation") on LDHs by comparing the isotopic exchangeability (33 PO4 ) with the PO4 desorption from LDH materials and from boehmite as a P fixing reference mineral...
June 15, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
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