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Understanding the mechanism(s) of polysulfide formation and knowledge about the interactions of sulfur and polysulfides with a host matrix and electrolyte are essential for the development of long-cycle-life lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries. To achieve this goal, new analytical tools need to be developed. Herein, sulfur K-edge X-ray absorption near-edge(More)
It is proposed that AT1 antagonists (ARBs) exert their biological action by inserting into the lipid membrane and then diffuse to the active site of AT1 receptor. Thus, lipid bilayers are expected to be actively involved and play a critical role in drug action. For this reason, the thermal, dynamic and structural effects of olmesartan alone and together(More)
The present work describes the drug:membrane interactions and a drug delivery system of the novel potent AT1 blocker BV6. This designed analog has most of the pharmacological segments of losartan and an additional biphenyltetrazole moiety resulting in increased lipophilicity. We found that BV6:membrane interactions lead to compact bilayers that may in part(More)
Drug-membrane interactions of the candesartan cilexetil (TCV-116) have been studied on molecular basis by applying various complementary biophysical techniques namely differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), Raman spectroscopy, small and wide angle X-ray scattering (SAXS and WAXS), solution ¹H and ¹³C nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and solid state ¹³C and(More)
Polymorphism of Li(2)MnSiO(4) was inspected by (6)Li MAS NMR spectroscopy. The detected isotropic shifts and spinning-sideband patterns were successfully reproduced by first-principles calculations and offered an insight into structural differences among the polymorphs. The approach for predicting isotropic shifts was also tested on several other(More)
A double-quantum homonuclear correlation nuclear magnetic resonance experiment for dipolar-coupled half-integer quadrupolar nuclei in solids is presented. The experiment is based on rotary resonance dipolar recoupling and uses bracketed spin-lock pulses to excite double-quantum coherence and later to convert it to the zero-quantum one. A(More)
A two-step synthesis of a novel mesostructured silicate, KIL-2, and its manganese-containing analogue, Mn/KIL-2, has been developed. KIL-2 possesses interparticle mesopores with pore dimensions between 5 and 60 nm and a surface area of 448 m(2). The mesopores are formed by the aggregation of silica nanoparticles, which creates a network with interparticle(More)
A new sol-gel precursor, based on 1-methyl-3-[3-(trimethoxy-lambda(4)-silyl)propyl]imidazolium iodide (MTMSPI(+)I(-)), was synthesized and investigated as a potential novel quasi-solid-state ionic liquid redox electrolyte for dye-sensitized photoelectrochemical (DSPEC) cells of the Graetzel type. MTMSPI(+)I(-) was hydrolyzed with acidified water, and the(More)
Compounds embedded into mesoporous or even microporous matrices are interesting for many emerging applications, such as novel catalysts, sensors, batteries, hydrogen storage materials or modern drug delivery devices. We report on two unexpected phenomena regarding the structural and dynamic properties of a model drug substance (indomethacin) when confined(More)
The renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) plays a key role in the regulation of blood pressure. Renin is the rate limiting enzyme of the RAAS and aliskiren is a highly potent and selective inhibitor of the human renin. Renin is known to be active both in the circulating blood stream as well as locally, when bound to the (pro)-renin receptor ((P)RR).(More)