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Rapid access to discrete and monodisperse block co-oligomers from sugar and terpenoid toward ultrasmall periodic nanostructures

Discrete block co-oligomers (BCOs) can form highly ordered ultrasmall nanostructures which can be used for lithographic templates. These nanotemplates are promising for the low-cost, large-scale, and high-throughput production of sub-10 nm nanomaterials and nanodevices. However, work-intensive synthetic routes can be an obstacle to their practical application. *

In “Rapid access to discrete and monodisperse block co-oligomers from sugar and terpenoid toward ultrasmall periodic nanostructures” Takuya Isono, Ryoya Komaki, Chaehun Lee, Nao Kawakami, Bian J. Ree, Kodai Watanabe, Kohei Yoshida, Hiroaki Mamiya, Takuya Yamamoto, Redouane Borsali, Kenji Tajima and Toshifumi Satoh report the development of a readily available monodisperse and discrete block co-oligomer (BCO) system consisting of hydrophilic sugars and hydrophobic terpenoids that is capable of forming various self-assembled nanostructures with ultrasmall periodicity.*

The authors believe that the BCOs presented in their publication have the potential to contribute to accelerating applied research of solid and solution state self-assembly of discrete and monodisperse BCOs, thereby expanding their application scopes in various fields of not only the nanolithography but also organic devices, separation materials, coatings, etc.*

NANOSENSORS™ PointProbe® Plus PPP-NCHR standard tapping mode AFM probes and SuperSharpSilicon™  SSS-NCHR high resolution (typical AFM tip radius 2nm)  silicon AFM probes for tapping mode/non-contact mode applications were used for the atomic force microscopy (AFM) phase images presented in the article.

Fig. 4 from : Rapid access to discrete and monodisperse block co-oligomers from sugar and terpenoid toward ultrasmall periodic nanostructures by Takuya Isono et al. Thin-film morphologies of Glc3-b-Sol and Glc4-b-Sol. AFM height images (a, b) and corresponding cross-sectional profiles (c, d) indicating the formation of 6–8-nm-thick horizontal lamellae in Glc3-b-Sol (a, c) and Glc4-b-Sol thin films (b, d). Thin-film samples were prepared by spin-coating the BCO solution onto the hydrophilic surface of a silicon substrate followed by thermal annealing at 85 °C for 1 h. NANOSENSORS PointProbe Plus PPP-NCHR standard silicon tapping mode AFM probes and NANOSENSORS SuperSharpSilicon high resolution silicon AFM probes were used
Fig. 4 from : Rapid access to discrete and monodisperse block co-oligomers from sugar and terpenoid toward ultrasmall periodic nanostructures by Takuya Isono et al.
Thin-film morphologies of Glc3-b-Sol and Glc4-b-Sol.
AFM height images (a, b) and corresponding cross-sectional profiles (c, d) indicating the formation of 6–8-nm-thick horizontal lamellae in Glc3-b-Sol (a, c) and Glc4-b-Sol thin films (b, d). Thin-film samples were prepared by spin-coating the BCO solution onto the hydrophilic surface of a silicon substrate followed by thermal annealing at 85 °C for 1 h.

*Takuya Isono, Ryoya Komaki, Chaehun Lee, Nao Kawakami, Bian J. Ree, Kodai Watanabe, Kohei Yoshida, Hiroaki Mamiya, Takuya Yamamoto, Redouane Borsali, Kenji Tajima and Toshifumi Satoh
Rapid access to discrete and monodisperse block co-oligomers from sugar and terpenoid toward ultrasmall periodic nanostructures
Nature Communications  Chemistry 3, 135 (2020)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s42004-020-00385-y

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Gentle plasma process for embedded silver-nanowire flexible transparent electrodes on temperature-sensitive polymer substrates

In the article “Gentle plasma process for embedded silver-nanowire flexible transparent electrodes on temperature-sensitive polymer substrates “ Lukas Kinner, Emil J W List-Kratochvil and Theodoros Dimopoulos investigate processing routes to obtain highly conductive and transparent electrodes of silver nanowires (AgNWs) on flexible polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate.*

Their study shows that both thermally stable polyimide, as well as temperature-sensitive PET can be used as flexible host substrates, combined with a gentle, AgNW plasma curing. This is possible by adjusting the fabrication sequence to accommodate the plasma curing step, depending on the host substrate. As a result, embedded AgNW electrodes, transferred from polyimide-to-PET and from PET-to-PET are obtained, with optical transmittance of ~80% (including the substrate) and sheet resistance of ~13 Ω/sq., similar to electrodes transferred from glass-to-glass substrates.*

The embedded AgNW electrodes on PET show superior performance in bending tests, as compared to indium-tin-oxide electrodes and can be easily combined with metal oxide films for device implementation. The introduced approach, involving low-cost flexible substrates, AgNW spray-coating and plasma curing, is compatible with high-throughput, roll-to-roll processing.*

The impact of the introduced processes concerns therefore applications where high-throughput production must be combined with sensitive, flexible substrates and ultra-thin device architectures, like OLEDs and organic- or perovskite-based photovoltaics.*

The sample surfaces were characterized with atomic force microscopy (AFM) in tapping mode, using high-resolution NANOSENSORS™ SuperSharpSilicon™ SSS-NCHR AFM probes.

Figure 5. from “Gentle plasma process for embedded silver-nanowire flexible transparent electrodes on temperature-sensitive polymer substrates “ by Lukas Kinner et al.: The sample surfaces were characterized with atomic force microscopy (AFM) in tapping mode, using high-resolution NANOSENSORS™ SuperSharpSilicon™ SSS-NCHR AFM probes.
AFM images of the AgNW electrodes for: (a) G2G SP, (b) G2G IP, (c) height profile for the dashed line marked in (b), (d) K2P SP, (e) P2P IP, (f) height profile for the dashed line marked in (e).
Figure 5. from “Gentle plasma process for embedded silver-nanowire flexible transparent electrodes on temperature-sensitive polymer substrates “ by Lukas Kinner et al.:
AFM images of the AgNW electrodes for: (a) G2G SP, (b) G2G IP, (c) height profile for the dashed line marked in (b), (d) K2P SP, (e) P2P IP, (f) height profile for the dashed line marked in (e).

*Lukas Kinner, Emil J W List-Kratochvil and Theodoros Dimopoulos
Gentle plasma process for embedded silver-nanowire flexible transparent electrodes on temperature-sensitive polymer substrates
Nanotechnology, Volume 31, Number 36 (2020)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6528/ab97aa

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Development of a Lidocaine-Loaded Alginate/CMC/PEO Electrospun Nanofiber Film and Application as an Anti-Adhesion Barrier

Surgery, particularly open surgery, is known to cause tissue/organ adhesion during healing. These adhesions occur through contact between the surgical treatment site and other organ, bone, or abdominal sites. Fibrous bands can form in unnecessary contact areas and cause various complications. Consequently, film- and gel-type anti-adhesion agents have been developed. The development of sustained drug delivery systems is very important for disease treatment and prevention.*

In “Development of a Lidocaine-Loaded Alginate/CMC/PEO Electrospun Nanofiber Film and Application as an Anti-Adhesion Barrier” Seungho Baek, Heekyung Park, Youngah Park, Hyun Kang and Donghyun Lee describe how the drug release behavior was controlled by crosslinking lidocaine-loaded alginate/carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC)/polyethylene oxide (PEO) nanofiber films prepared by electrospinning.*

Lidocaine is mainly used as an anesthetic and is known to have anti-adhesion effects.*

Based on the results presented in the article, this study shows that the drug release behavior can be controlled by using CaCl2 as a nontoxic crosslinking agent to produce a good anti-adhesion barrier that can prevent unnecessary tissue adhesion at a surgical site.*

The authors selected atomic force microscopy (AFM) using NANOSENSORS™ PointProbe® Plus PPP-NCHR AFM cantilevers to analyze the electrospun films.*

Figure 3 from “Development of a Lidocaine-Loaded Alginate/CMC/PEO Electrospun Nanofiber Film and Application as an Anti-Adhesion Barrier” by Seungho Baek et al.:
Morphological and surface characterization of the 9% (w/v) alginate/CMC/PEO nanofiber film. Analyses used the noncontact mode of atomic microscopy. (a–c) are the same films at different scales (scale bars 40 µm, 15 µm, and 5 µm).
Figure 3 from “Development of a Lidocaine-Loaded Alginate/CMC/PEO Electrospun Nanofiber Film and Application as an Anti-Adhesion Barrier” by Seungho Baek et al.:
Morphological and surface characterization of the 9% (w/v) alginate/CMC/PEO nanofiber film. Analyses used the noncontact mode of atomic microscopy. (a–c) are the same films at different scales (scale bars 40 µm, 15 µm, and 5 µm).

*Seungho Baek, Heekyung Park, Youngah Park, Hyun Kang and Donghyun Lee
Development of a Lidocaine-Loaded Alginate/CMC/PEO Electrospun Nanofiber Film and Application as an Anti-Adhesion Barrier
Polymers 2020, 12(3), 618
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/polym12030618

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