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Nanocomposite thin films formed by mesoporous titania layers loaded with ceria nanoparticles have been obtained by combining bottom-up self-assembly synthesis of a titania matrix with top-down hard X-ray lithography of nanocrystalline cerium oxide. At first the titania mesopores have been impregnated with the ceria precursor solution and then exposed to(More)
The controlled release of nanoparticles from a hybrid organic-inorganic surface allows for developing several applications based on a slow delivery of oxygen scavengers into specific environments. We have successfully grafted ceria nanoparticles on a hybrid film surface and tested their release in a buffer solution; the tests have shown that the particles(More)
The aim of the study was to investigate the interaction and the short-term effects of increasing doses of cerium dioxide nanoparticles (CeO2 NPs) on ram spermatozoa, stored at 4 °C for up to 24 hours, on the main functional and kinematic parameters. Spermatozoa were incubated with 0, 22, 44, and 220 μg/mL of CeO2 NPs at 4 °C and submitted at 0, 2, and 24(More)
To fully exploit the potential of self-assembly in a single step, we have designed an integrated process to obtain mesoporous graphene nanocomposite films. The synthesis allows incorporating graphene sheets with a small number of defects into highly ordered and transparent mesoporous titania films. The careful design of the porous matrix at the mesoscale(More)
An innovative approach towards the physico-chemical tailoring of zinc oxide thin films is reported. The films have been deposited by liquid phase using the sol-gel method and then exposed to hard X-rays, provided by a synchrotron storage ring, for lithography. The use of surfactant and chelating agents in the sol allows easy-to-pattern films made by an(More)
The protection of organic and hybrid organic-inorganic materials from X-ray damage is a fundamental technological issue for broadening the range of applications of these materials. In the present article it is shown that doping hybrid films with fullerenes C(60) gives a significant reduction of damage upon exposure to hard X-rays generated by a synchrotron(More)
The cytochemical localization of 17 beta-SDH, 3 beta-SDH, and 3 alpha-SDH was made in human seminal vesicle, deferential ampulla and prostate. The enzymes showed a remarkable activity in the epithelial cells of all glands. The epithelia of prostate, seminal vesicle, and deferential ampulla were able to metabolize androgens through the reductive pathway,(More)
Hard X-rays, deriving from a synchrotron light source, have been used as an effective tool for processing hybrid organic-inorganic films and thick coatings up to several micrometres. These coatings could be directly modified, in terms of composition and properties, by controlled exposure to X-rays. The physico-chemical properties of the coatings, such as(More)