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  • Surfactant-assisted individualization and dispersion of boron nitride nanotubes 

    McWilliams, Ashleigh D. Smith; Reyes, Carlos A. de los; Liberman, Lucy; Ergülen, Selin; Talmon, Yeshayahu; Pasquali, Matteo; A. Martí, Angel (2019)
    Boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) belong to a novel class of material with useful thermal, electronic and optical properties. However, the study and the development of applications of this material requires the formation of ...
  • Molecular search with conformational change: One-dimensional discrete-state stochastic model 

    Shin, Jaeoh; Kolomeisky, Anatoly B. (2018)
    Molecular search phenomena are observed in a variety of chemical and biological systems. During the search, the participating particles frequently move in complex inhomogeneous environments with random transitions between ...
  • Source apportionment of fine particulate matter in Houston, Texas: insights to secondary organic aerosols 

    Al-Naiema, Ibrahim M.; Hettiyadura, Anusha P.S.; Wallace, Henry W.; Sanchez, Nancy P.; Madler, Carter J.; Cevik, Basak Karakurt; Bui, Alexander A.T.; Kettler, Josh; Griffin, Robert J.; Stone, Elizabeth A. (2018)
    Online and offline measurements of ambient particulate matter (PM) near the urban and industrial Houston Ship Channel in Houston, Texas, USA, during May 2015 were utilized to characterize its chemical composition and to ...
  • Mechanisms of Protein Search for Targets on DNA: Theoretical Insights 

    Shvets, Alexey A.; Kochugaeva, Maria P.; Kolomeisky, Anatoly B. (2018)
    Protein-DNA interactions are critical for the successful functioning of all natural systems. The key role in these interactions is played by processes of protein search for specific sites on DNA. Although it has been studied ...
  • The impacts of regional shipping emissions on the chemical characteristics of coastal submicron aerosols near Houston, TX 

    Schulze, Benjamin C.; Wallace, Henry W.; Bui, Alexander T.; Flynn, James H.; Erickson, Matt H.; Alvarez, Sergio; Dai, Qili; Usenko, Sascha; Sheesley, Rebecca J.; Griffin, Robert J. (2018)
    The air quality of the Texas Gulf Coast region historically has been influenced heavily by regional shipping emissions. However, the effects of the recently established North American Emissions Control Area on aerosol ...
  • Hybrid graphene metasurfaces for high-speed mid-infrared light modulation and single-pixel imaging 

    Zeng, Beibei; Huang, Zhiqin; Singh, Akhilesh; Yao, Yu; Azad, Abul K.; Mohite, Aditya D.; Taylor, Antoinette J.; Smith, David R.; Chen, Hou-Tong (2018)
    During the past decades, major advances have been made in both the generation and detection of infrared light; however, its efficient wavefront manipulation and information processing still encounter great challenges. ...
  • Density functional study of dendrimer molecules in solvents of varying quality 

    Zhang, Yuchong; Parambathu, Arjun Valiya; Chapman, Walter G. (2018)
    Modified inhomogeneous statistical associating fluid theory (iSAFT) density functional theory is extended to dendrimer molecules in solvents of varying quality. The detailed structures of isolated dendrimers in implicit ...
  • Bottlebrush Copolymer Additives for Immiscible Polymer Blends 

    Mah, Adeline Huizhen; Afzali, Pantea; Qi, Luqing; Pesek, Stacy; Verduzco, Rafael; Stein, Gila E. (2018)
    Thin films of immiscible polymer blends will undergo phase separation into large domains, but this behavior can be suppressed with additives that accumulate and adhere at the polymer/polymer interface. Herein, we describe ...
  • Recyclable amine-functionalized magnetic nanoparticles for efficient demulsification of crude oil-in-water emulsions 

    Wang, Qing; Puerto, Maura C.; Warudkar, Sumedh; Buehler, Jack; Biswal, Sibani L. (2018)
    Produced water from the oil and gas industry often contains stable crude oil-in-water emulsions that are typically difficult to treat with conventional separation methods. Amine-functionalized nanoparticles have demonstrated ...
  • An experimental and computational study of donor–linker–acceptor block copolymers for organic photovoltaics 

    Hu, Zhiqi; Jakowski, Jacek; Zheng, Chenyu; Collison, Christopher J.; Strzalka, Joseph; Sumpter, Bobby G.; Verduzco, Rafael (2018)
    Block copolymers with donor and acceptor conjugated polymer blocks provide an approach to dictating the donor–accepter interfacial structure and understanding its relationship to charge separation and photovoltaic performance. ...
  • Selective removal of divalent cations by polyelectrolyte multilayer nanofiltration membrane: Role of polyelectrolyte charge, ion size, and ionic strength 

    Cheng, Wei; Liu, Caihong; Tong, Tiezheng; Epsztein, Razi; Sun, Meng; Verduzco, Rafael; Ma, Jun; Elimelech, Menachem (2018)
    We fabricatedᅠpolyelectrolyteᅠmultilayerᅠ(PEM)ᅠnanofiltrationᅠ(NF) membranes using a layer-by-layer (LbL) method for effective removal of scale-forming divalent cations (Mg2+, Ca2+, Sr2+, and Ba2+) from feedwaters with ...
  • Swelling responses of surface-attached bottlebrush polymer networks 

    Mah, Adeline Huizhen; Mei, Hao; Basu, Prithvi; Laws, Travis S.; Ruchhoeft, Paul; Verduzco, Rafael; Stein, Gila E. (2018)
    The swelling responses of thin polymer networks were examined as a function of primary polymer architecture. Thin films of linear or bottlebrush polystyrene were cast on polystyrene-grafted substrates, and surface-attached ...
  • Treating Water by Degrading Oxyanions Using Metallic Nanostructures 

    Yin, Yiyuan B.; Guo, Sujin; Heck, Kimberly N.; Clark, Chelsea A.; Coonrod, Christian L.; Wong, Michael S. (2018)
    Consideration of the water–energy–food nexus is critical to sustainable development, as demand continues to grow along with global population growth. Cost-effective, sustainable technologies to clean water of toxic ...
  • Self-organized stress patterns drive state transitions in actin cortices 

    Tan, Tzer Han; Malik-Garbi, Maya; Abu-Shah, Enas; Li, Junang; Sharma, Abhinav; MacKintosh, Fred C.; Keren, Kinneret; Schmidt, Christoph F.; Fakhri, Nikta (2018)
    Biological functions rely on ordered structures and intricately controlled collective dynamics. This order in living systems is typically established and sustained by continuous dissipation of energy. The emergence of ...
  • Role of internal motions and molecular geometry on the NMR relaxation of hydrocarbons 

    Singer, P.M.; Asthagiri, D.; Chen, Z.; Parambathu, A. Valiya; Hirasaki, G.J.; Chapman, W.G. (2018)
    The role of internal motions and molecular geometry on 1H NMR relaxation rates in liquid-state hydrocarbons is investigated using MD (molecular dynamics) simulations of the autocorrelation functions for intramolecular and ...
  • NMR spin-rotation relaxation and diffusion of methane 

    Singer, P.M.; Asthagiri, D.; Chapman, W.G.; Hirasaki, G.J. (2018)
    The translational diffusion-coefficient and the spin-rotation contribution to the 1H NMR relaxation rate for methane (CH4) are investigated using MD (molecular dynamics) simulations, over a wide range of densities and ...
  • Normal stresses in semiflexible polymer hydrogels 

    Vahabi, M.; Vos, Bart E.; de Cagny, Henri C.G.; Bonn, Daniel; Koenderink, Gijsje H.; MacKintosh, F.C. (2018)
    Biopolymer gels such as fibrin and collagen networks are known to develop tensile axial stress when subject to torsion. This negative normal stress is opposite to the classical Poynting effect observed for most elastic ...
  • Aqueous-Processed, High-Capacity Electrodes for Membrane Capacitive Deionization 

    Jain, Amit; Kim, Jun; Owoseni, Oluwaseye M.; Weathers, Cierra; Caña, Daniel; Zuo, Kuichang; Walker, W. Shane; Li, Qilin; Verduzco, Rafael (2018)
    Membrane capacitive deionization (MCDI) is a low-cost technology for desalination. Typically, MCDI electrodes are fabricated using a slurry of nanoparticles in an organic solvent along with polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) ...
  • Soft Ultrathin Electronics Innervated Adaptive Fully Soft Robots 

    Wang, Chengjun; Sim, Kyoseung; Chen, Jin; Kim, Hojin; Rao, Zhoulyu; Li, Yuhang; Chen, Weiqiu; Song, Jizhou; Verduzco, Rafael; Yu, Cunjiang (2018)
    Soft robots outperform the conventional hard robots on significantly enhanced safety, adaptability, and complex motions. The development of fully soft robots, especially fully from smart soft materials to mimic soft animals, ...
  • Microfluidic Devices for Characterizing Pore-scale Event Processes in Porous Media for Oil Recovery Applications 

    Vavra, Eric D.; Zeng, Yongchao; Xiao, Siyang; Hirasaki, George J.; Biswal, Sibani L. (2018)
    Microfluidic devices are versatile tools for studying transport processes at a microscopic scale. A demand exists for microfluidic devices that are resistant to low molecular-weight oil components, unlike traditional ...

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