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Xianglong Li, Zexiu Liu, Kai Luo, Xiuhui Yin, Xucong Lin, Chunling Zhu
Ag2Se quantum dots (QDs) with near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence have been widely utilized in NIR fluorescence imaging in vivo because of their narrow bulk band gap and excellent biocompatibility. However, most of synthesis methods for Ag2Se QDs were expensive and the reactants were too toxic. In this paper, a new protein-templated biomimetic synthesis approach was proposed for Ag2Se QDs preparation by employing bovine serum albumin (BSA) as template and dispersant. The BSA-templated Ag2Se QDs (Ag2Se@BSA QDs) showed NIR fluorescence with high fluorescence quantum yield (≈21...
November 6, 2018: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
Jiao-Jiao Ma, Ming-Xia Yu, Zheng Zhang, Wei-Guo Cai, Zhi-Ling Zhang, Hui-Li Zhu, Qing-Yuan Cheng, Zhi-Quan Tian, Dai-Wen Pang
Near-infrared (NIR) fluorescent quantum dots (QDs) are ideal platforms to fabricate multifunctional contrast agents for multimodal imaging. Herein, second near-infrared window fluorescent (NIR-II) Ag2Se QDs were coupled with gadopentetate dimeglumine injection (Gd-DTPA) for dual-modality T1-weighted magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and fluorescence imaging. In vitro experiments suggested that the prepared Ag2Se-Gd QDs exhibit low cytotoxicity, remarkable T1-weighted MR imaging, and fluorescence imaging contrast properties...
June 7, 2018: Nanoscale
Hongmei Yang, Yan Zhang, Lina Zhang, Kang Cui, Shenguang Ge, Jiadong Huang, Jinghua Yu
Highly conductive, robust, and multifunctional integrated paper-supported electrodes are requisite to fulfill the promise of paper-based analytical application. Herein, an all-in-one Au electrode comprising of detection zone, waterproof electronic bridge, and signal output contactor was engineered via combining the double-sided growth method with the secondary wax-printing. Benefiting from the strongly omnidirectional conductivity and desirably mechanical robustness of the as-prepared electrode, a stackable lab-on-paper cyto-device integrated with high-efficiency photoelectrochemical strategy was developed for the MCF-7 cells assay...
June 19, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
Tae Sung Lee, Nam Joo Lee, Haider Abbas, Quanli Hu, Tae-Sik Yoon, Hyun Ho Lee, Ee Le Shim, Chi Jung Kang
The resistive random access memory (RRAM) devices with heterostuctures have been investigated due to cycling stability, nonlinear switching, complementary resistive switching and self-compliance. The heterostructured devices can modulate the resistive switching (RS) behavior appropriately by bilayer structure with a variety of materials. In this study, the bipolar resistive switching characteristics of the bilayer structures composed of Ta2 O5 and Ag2 Se, which are transition-metal oxide (TMO) and silver chalcogenide, were investigated...
December 18, 2017: Nanotechnology
Jihwan Kim, Bum-Kyu Kim, Hong-Seok Kim, Ahreum Hwang, Bongsoo Kim, Yong-Joo Doh
We report on the fabrication and electrical transport properties of superconducting junctions made of β-Ag2 Se topological insulator (TI) nanowires in contact with Al superconducting electrodes. The temperature dependence of the critical current indicates that the superconducting junction belongs to a short and diffusive junction regime. As a characteristic feature of the narrow junction, the critical current decreases monotonously with increasing magnetic field. The stochastic distribution of the switching current exhibits the macroscopic quantum tunneling behavior, which is robust up to T = 0...
November 8, 2017: Nano Letters
M Shahnawaz Khan, Abou Talib, Sunil Pandey, Mukesh L Bhaisare, Gangaraju Gedda, Hui-Fen Wu
Photothermal ablation of the cancer cells is a non-invasive technique for cancer treatment, involving cellular assassination in presence of photothermal agent. We are reporting silver selenide (Ag2 Se) nanoparticles for photothermal therapy using folic acid for selective targeting. The material, when exposed to 808nm laser, the temperature got boosted to 54°C in 6.5min, thus proving its potential for photothermal ablation. The material was highly biocompatible (95%) at highest concentration (10μg/mL) against A 549 cells...
November 1, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Di Wu, Sizhao Huang, Dan Feng, Bing Li, Yuexing Chen, Jian Zhang, Jiaqing He
We revisited and investigated a layer-structured thermoelectric material AgCrSe2, which has an extremely low thermal conductivity. After using both differential scanning calorimetry and a comparative laser flash method, we realized that the specific heat of this material, the main contributor to the reported low thermal conductivity, is unlikely to be way below the Dulong-Petit limit as revealed in the literature. Besides, our in situ X-ray diffraction pattern up to 873 K indicated the instability of AgCrSe2 over 723 K, where it begins to decompose into Cr2Se3 and Ag2Se...
August 24, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
P Naumov, O Barkalov, H Mirhosseini, C Felser, S A Medvedev
Non-trivial electronic properties of silver telluride and other chalcogenides, such as the presence of a topological insulator state, electronic topological transitions, metallization, and the possible emergence of superconductivity under pressure have attracted attention in recent years. In this work, we studied the electronic properties of silver selenide (Ag2Se). We performed direct current electrical resistivity measurements, in situ Raman spectroscopy, and synchrotron x-ray diffraction accompanied by ab initio calculations to explore pressure-induced changes to the atomic and electronic structure of Ag2Se...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Huan Tang, Sheng-Tao Yang, Yi-Fan Yang, Da-Ming Ke, Jia-Hui Liu, Xing Chen, Haifang Wang, Yuanfang Liu
As a novel fluorescent probe in the second near-infrared window, Ag2Se quantum dots (QDs) exhibit great prospect in in vivo imaging due to their maximal penetration depth and negligible background. However, the in vivo behavior and toxicity of Ag2Se QDs still largely remain unknown, which severely hinders their wide-ranging biomedical applications. Herein, we systematically studied the blood clearance, distribution, transformation, excretion, and toxicity of polyethylene glycol (PEG) coated Ag2Se QDs in mice after intravenous administration with a high dose of 8 μmol/kg body weight...
July 20, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Li Zhang, Qing Yang
The metastable semiconductor phase allows for the exploration of unusual properties and functionalities of abnormal structures, although it is often difficult to prevent thermodynamic transformations to lower energy structures from higher, unfavored energy states. Here, we show for the first time the preparation of high-quality ultralong metastable zincblende (ZB)-MnSe nanowires with a four-coordinate structure via solution-solid-solid (SSS) growth in a mild solution-phase synthetic environment (120-220 °C) in the presence of a trace amount of Ag(I)...
July 13, 2016: Nano Letters
Jihwan Kim, Ahreum Hwang, Sang-Hoon Lee, Seung-Hoon Jhi, Sunghun Lee, Yun Chang Park, Si-In Kim, Hong-Seok Kim, Yong-Joo Doh, Jinhee Kim, Bongsoo Kim
Single-crystalline β-Ag2Se nanostructures, a new class of 3D topological insulators (TIs), were synthesized using the chemical vapor transport method. The topological surface states were verified by measuring electronic transport properties including the weak antilocalization effect, Aharonov-Bohm oscillations, and Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations. First-principles band calculations revealed that the band inversion in β-Ag2Se is caused by strong spin-orbit coupling and Ag-Se bonding hybridization. These investigations provide evidence of nontrivial surface state about β-Ag2Se TIs that have anisotropic Dirac cones...
April 26, 2016: ACS Nano
Jing-Ya Zhao, Gang Chen, Yi-Ping Gu, Ran Cui, Zhi-Ling Zhang, Zi-Li Yu, Bo Tang, Yi-Fang Zhao, Dai-Wen Pang
Cell-derived microvesicles (MVs) are natural carriers that can transport biological molecules between cells, which are expected to be promising delivery vehicles for therapeutic purposes. Strategies to label MVs are very important for investigation and application of MVs. Herein, ultrasmall Mn-magnetofunctionalized Ag2Se quantum dots (Ag2Se@Mn QDs) integrated with excellent near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging capabilities have been developed for instant efficient labeling of MVs for their in vivo high-resolution dual-mode tracking...
February 17, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Zheng Guo, Min-Qiang Li, Jin-Huai Liu, Xing-Jiu Huang
Ag2Se nanobelts are prepared through employing ZnSe nanobelts as templates via a facile cation exchange approach. The templates are derived from precursor ZnSe·0.5N2 H4 nanobelts, which are synthesized by a simple hydrothermal method. As-synthesized precursor nanobelts are with 200 nm in width and several hundreds of micrometers in length. Annealed in N2 , they are transformed into ZnSe nanobelts with preserving their initial morphology. Following with a complete replacement of Zn(2+) by Ag(+), Ag2Se nanobelts with single crystalline are obtained via a cation-exchange reaction...
December 16, 2015: Small
Dong Yao, Huiwen Liu, Yi Liu, Chunwei Dong, Kai Zhang, Yu Sheng, Jianli Cui, Hao Zhang, Bai Yang
As promising heavy metal-free emitting materials, Ag-In-Se nanocrystals (NCs) are conventionally synthesized using organic phosphine agents and exhibit near-infrared emissions. In this work, we demonstrate a rapid phosphine-free approach for synthesizing Ag-In-Se alloy NCs with the emissions tunable to the visible region on the basis of the phosphine-free dissolution of Se powder. At room temperature, Se powder is reduced by dodecanethiol and dissolved in oleylamine to produce a Se precursor. The resultant Se precursor is highly active, which permits rapid synthesis at a relatively low temperature, such as at 90 °C for 150 s...
November 28, 2015: Nanoscale
Amit K Guria, Suresh Sarkar, Biplab K Patra, Narayan Pradhan
How efficient could a superionic conductor catalyst be? Beyond the traditionally used molecular precursors when the solution dispersed solid nanomaterials of variable size, shape and phase are introduced under certain reaction condition; the catalyst is found to digest all these structures in minutes irrespective of their phase and morphology, resulting unique heteronanowires. This has been inspected here by employing different ZnSe nanostructures as precursor for Ag2Se nanocrystal catalyst in its superionic conductor phase to obtain the Ag2Se-ZnSe heteronanowires...
February 20, 2014: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Xiaohui Lv, Xuehui Pang, Yueyun Li, Tao Yan, Wei Cao, Bin Du, Qin Wei
This work described a new electrochemiluminescence (ECL) immunosensor based on polypyrrole intercalated graphene and Ag2Se@CdSe nanoneedles. The novel nanomaterial Ag2Se@CdSe, with needle-like morphology, was synthesized for the first time. The prepared Ag2Se@CdSe nanoneedles exhibited good luminous performance in the presence of K2S2O8. Polypyrrole intercalated amination graphene with high specific binding sites and excellent electrochemical performance was used as the platform for the sensor. The developed ECL immunosensor was used for the detection of CA72-4 with good linear relation in the range from 10(-4) to 20 U/mL and low detection limit of 2...
January 14, 2015: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Lian Hu, Bingpo Zhang, Tianning Xu, Ruifeng Li, Huizhen Wu
Dendritic Ag2Se nanostructures are synthesized in a dry environment by UV irradiating the hybrids composed of CdSe quantum dots (QDs) and silver (Ag). UV irradiation on CdSe QDs induces a photooxidation effect on the QD surface and leads to the formation of SeO2 components. Then SeO2 reacts with the Ag atoms in either Ag film or QD layer to produce the Ag2Se. The growth mechanism of Ag2Se dendrites on solid Ag films is explored and explained by a diffusion limited aggregation model in which the QD layer provides enough freedom for Ag2Se motion...
January 9, 2015: Nanotechnology
Donghyeuk Choi, Seungyeol Lee, Junho Lee, Kyung-Sang Cho, Sang-Wook Kim
A new application area using a very simple alkali metal chalcogenide, disodium diselenide (Na2Se2), has been developed. The prepared alkali metal chalcogenide (disodium diselenide, Na2Se2) acts as an anionic exchange precursor (PbS to PbS-PbSe), a Se precursor for metal selenide nanoparticles (Ag to Ag2Se), and a MCC (FeO-MCC) depending on the type of colloidal nanoparticles.
January 18, 2015: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Chunlei Wang, Shuhong Xu, Zengxia Zhao, Zhuyuan Wang, Yiping Cui
We reported the synthesis of water-soluble and nontoxic Ag(2)Se/ZnSe Quantum Dots (QDs) using for fluorescence sensors. The influences of various experimental conditions including the synthesis pH, types of ligand, feed ratios, and the refluxed time on the growth process and fluorescence of QDs were investigated in detail. Under optimal conditions, Ag(2)Se/ZnSe QDs show a single emission peak around 490 nm with the maximal photoluminescence (PL) quantum yield (QYs) of 13.7 %. As-prepared Ag(2)Se/ZnSe QDs can be used for detection of Ag(II) and Cu(II)...
January 2015: Journal of Fluorescence
Donghyeuk Choi, Yamujin Jang, JeeHee Lee, Gyoung Hwa Jeong, Dongmok Whang, Sung Woo Hwang, Kyung-Sang Cho, Sang-Wook Kim
Due to its direct and narrow band gap, high chemical stability, and high Seebeck coefficient (1800 μVK(-1)), antimony selenide (Sb2Se3) has many potential applications, such as in photovoltaic devices, thermoelectric devices, and solar cells. However, research on the Sb2Se3 materials has been limited by its low electrical conductivity in bulk state. To overcome this challenge, we suggest two kinds of nano-structured materials, namely, the diameter-controlled Sb2Se3 nanowires and Ag2Se-decorated Sb2Se3 nanowires...
2014: Scientific Reports
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