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The induction of the Ntb phase in mixtures (2018)
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Ramou, E., Welch, C., Hussey, J., Ahmed, Z., Karahaliou, P. K., & Mehl, G. H. (2018). The induction of the Ntb phase in mixtures. Liquid crystals, 1-7. doi:10.1080/02678292.2018.1524523

We report the induction of the Ntb phase over a wide temperature and concentration range in a binary system. This was achieved by addition of a flexible dopant without LC properties to a flexible dimer exhibiting only a nematic LC phase. The Ntb phas... Read More

Towards “green” viscoelastically prestressed composites: cellulose fibre reinforcement (2018)
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Qin, Y., & Fancey, K. S. (2018). Towards “green” viscoelastically prestressed composites: cellulose fibre reinforcement. Composites. Part B, Engineering, 154, 439-448. doi:10.1016/j.compositesb.2018.08.096

With growing concerns over environmental issues, fibre reinforced composites based on renewable, biodegradable low-cost cellulosic/cellulose fibres increasingly attract interest. This paper reports on the first study to produce viscoelastically prest... Read More

Viscoelastically prestressed polymeric matrix composites: An investigation into fibre deformation and prestress mechanisms (2018)
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Wang, B., & Fancey, K. S. (2018). Viscoelastically prestressed polymeric matrix composites: An investigation into fibre deformation and prestress mechanisms. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 111, (106-114). doi:10.1016/j.compositesa.2018.05.013. ISSN 1359-835X

© 2018 Elsevier Ltd A viscoelastically prestressed polymeric matrix composite (VPPMC) is produced by subjecting polymeric fibres to a creep load, which is removed before moulding the fibres into a polymeric matrix. The resulting fibre viscoelastic re... Read More

Cover Picture: Ann. Phys. 2'2018 (2018)
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Verrelli, E., Michelakaki, I., Boukos, N., Kyriakou, G., & Tsoukalas, D. (2018). Cover Picture: Ann. Phys. 2'2018. Annalen der Physik, 530(2), doi:10.1002/andp.201870013. ISSN 0003-3804

In article number 1700256, Emanuele Verrelli and co‐workers propose that cluster beam deposition of sub‐2nm magic number Au clusters, Au20 and Au55, on flat surfaces reveals a rich evolution of the phenomena taking place at substrate level. New magic... Read More

The furan microsolvation blind challenge for quantum chemical methods: First steps (2018)
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Gottschalk, H. C., Poblotzki, A., Suhm, M. A., Al-Mogren, M. M., Antony, J., Auer, A. A., …Mata, R. A. (2018). The furan microsolvation blind challenge for quantum chemical methods: First steps. The Journal of chemical physics, 148(1), doi:10.1063/1.5009011. ISSN 0021-9606

© 2018 Author(s). Herein we present the results of a blind challenge to quantum chemical methods in the calculation of dimerization preferences in the low temperature gas phase. The target of study was the first step of the microsolvation of furan, 2... Read More

23-electron octahedral molybdenum cluster complex [{Mo 6 I 8 }Cl 6 ] – (2017)
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Syrokvashin, M. M., Vorotnikova, N. A., Vorotnikov, Y. A., Novozhilov, I. N., Syrokvashin, M. М., Nadolinny, V. A., …Efremova, O. A. (2018). 23-electron octahedral molybdenum cluster complex [{Mo 6 I 8 }Cl 6 ] –. Inorganic chemistry, 57(2), doi:10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b02760. ISSN 0020-1669

Photoactive transition metal compounds that are prone to reversible redox reactions are important for myriad applications, including catalysis, optoelectronics and sensing. This article describes chemical and electro-chemical methods to prepare clust... Read More

Viscoelastically prestressed polymeric matrix composites – Effects of temperature on Charpy impact behaviour (2017)
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Qin, Y., & Fancey, K. S. (2018). Viscoelastically prestressed polymeric matrix composites – Effects of temperature on Charpy impact behaviour. Composites. Part B, Engineering, 141, (265-270). doi:10.1016/j.compositesb.2017.12.036. ISSN 1359-8368

© 2017 Elsevier Ltd By applying tensile creep to polymeric fibres, a viscoelastically prestressed polymeric matrix composite (VPPMC) can be produced by removing the creep load before the fibres are moulded into a resin matrix. The viscoelastically st... Read More

Coalescence of cluster beam generated sub-2 nm bare Au nanoparticles and analysis of Au film growth parameters (2017)
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Verrelli, E., Michelakaki, I., Boukos, N., Kyriakou, G., & Tsoukalas, D. (2017). Coalescence of cluster beam generated sub-2 nm bare Au nanoparticles and analysis of Au film growth parameters. Annalen der Physik, 530(2), (1700256). doi:10.1002/andp.201700256. ISSN 0003-3804

© 2017 by WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim In this work is presented the growth model for Au films grown on a carbon substrate at room temperature by using as building blocks Au nanoparticles (NPs) with 1.4 nm mean size generated via remo... Read More

Hierarchically porous composites fabricated by hydrogel templating and viscous trapping techniques (2017)
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Thompson, B. R., Horozov, T. S., Stoyanov, S. D., & Paunov, V. N. (2017). Hierarchically porous composites fabricated by hydrogel templating and viscous trapping techniques. Materials & design, 137, 384-393. doi:10.1016/j.matdes.2017.10.046

© 2017 Elsevier Ltd Two methods for the preparation of hierarchically porous composites have been developed and explored. The first involved templating mixed slurries of hydrogel beads with two different average bead size distributions with gypsum sl... Read More

Enhanced antimicrobial effect of berberine in nanogel carriers with cationic surface functionality (2017)
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Al-Awady, M. J., Fauchet, A., Greenway, G. M., & Paunov, V. N. (2017). Enhanced antimicrobial effect of berberine in nanogel carriers with cationic surface functionality. Journal of materials chemistry B, Materials for biology and medicine /, 5(38), 7885-7897. doi:10.1039/c7tb02262j

We report a strong enhancement in the antimicrobial action of berberine encapsulated into polyacrylic acid-based nanogels followed by further surface functionalisation with a cationic polyelectrolyte (PDAC). Due to the highly developed surface area,... Read More

An ultra melt-resistant hydrogel from food grade carbohydrates (2017)
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Thompson, B. R., Horozov, T. S., Stoyanov, S. D., & Paunov, V. N. (2017). An ultra melt-resistant hydrogel from food grade carbohydrates. RSC advances, 7(72), (45535-45544). doi:10.1039/c7ra08590g. ISSN 2046-2069

© 2017 The Royal Society of Chemistry. We report a binary hydrogel system made from two food grade biopolymers, agar and methylcellulose (agar-MC), which does not require addition of salt for gelation to occur and has very unusual rheological and the... Read More

Theoretical study of the CO2 adsorption by Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks (ZIFs) (2017)
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Izzaouihda, S., Abou El Makarim, H., Benoit, D. M., & Komiha, N. (2017). Theoretical study of the CO2 adsorption by Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks (ZIFs). Journal of physical chemistry. C, 121(37), (20259-20265). doi:10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b04977. ISSN 1932-7447

Density functional theory with Grimme's empirical correction, DFT-D3, has been used to examine the adsorption of a carbon dioxide molecule by different sets of zeolitic imidazolate framework materials (ZIF-1 to -4, -6 to -10, and -zni). We have calcu... Read More

Colloid particle formulations for antimicrobial applications (2017)
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Halbus, A. F., Horozov, T. S., & Paunov, V. N. (2017). Colloid particle formulations for antimicrobial applications. Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, 249, (134-148). doi:10.1016/j.cis.2017.05.012. ISSN 0001-8686

Colloidal particles are being extensively studied in various antimicrobial applications due to their small size to volume ratio and ability to exhibit a wide spectrum of antibacterial, antifungal, antialgal and antiviral action. The present review fo... Read More

Amine Catalysis for the Organocatalytic Diboration of Challenging Alkenes (2016)
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Benoit, D. M., Balanta, A., Bonet, A., Briggs, R. A., Farre, A., & Soares, K. (2016). Amine Catalysis for the Organocatalytic Diboration of Challenging Alkenes. Chemistry : a European journal, 22(49), (17552-17556). doi:10.1002/chem.201603979. ISSN 0947-6539

© 2016 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim The generation of in situ sp 2 –sp 3 diboron adducts has revolutionised the synthesis of organoboranes. Organocatalytic diboration reactions have represented a milestone in terms of unpredictable re... Read More