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The higher-order structures of semiconductor-based photocatalysts play crucial roles in their physicochemical properties for efficient light-to-energy conversion. A novel perovskite SrTiO3 mesocrystal superstructure with well-defined orientation of assembled cubic nanocrystals was synthesized by topotactic epitaxy from TiO2 mesocrystals through a facile(More)
This study evaluates the potential application of tin porphyrin- and C(60) aminofullerene-derivatized silica (SnP/silica and aminoC(60)/silica) as (1)O(2) generating systems for photochemical degradation of organic pollutants. Photosensitized (1)O(2) production with SnP/silica, which was faster than with aminoC(60)/silica, effectively oxidized a variety of(More)
According to the concept of active sites, the activity of heterogeneous catalysts correlates with the number of available catalytic sites and the binding affinity of the substrates. Herein, we report a single-molecule, single-particle fluorescence approach to elucidate the inherent photocatalytic activity of exposed surfaces of anatase TiO(2), a promising(More)
Using the combination of fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) and fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) technique, we investigate the mechanism and dynamics of the pH-induced conformational change of i-motif DNA in the bulk phases and at the single-molecule level. Despite numerous studies on i-motif that is formed from cytosine (C)-rich(More)
Airborne singlet oxygen (1O2) molecules, which are generated during the TiO2 photocatalytic reactions and diffused from the surface into air, were detected at the opposite surface using terrylenediimide (TDI) molecules at the single-molecule level. The novel 1O2 nanosensor, which has a detectable number of about 1000 1O2 molecules in 70 x 70 square(More)
Heterogeneous photocatalysts have both potential and demonstrated applications for use in the water-splitting reaction that produces hydrogen, the degradation of organic pollutants, the surface wettability conversion, etc. In this feature article, we have focused on the in-site observation of various reactive oxygen species (ROS), such as singlet oxygen(More)
Pt-modified Au nanorods (NRs) synthesized by anisotropic overgrowth were used for producing H2 under visible and near-infrared light irradiation. The Pt-tipped sample exhibited much higher activity compared with fully covered samples. Using single-particle spectroscopies combined with transmission electron microscopy, we observed obvious quenching phenomena(More)
Plasmonic photocatalysts were successfully synthesized by the modification of TiO2 mesocrystals with Au nanoparticles (NPs) by a simple impregnation method. The Au NP sensitizers show a strong photoelectrochemical response in the visible-light region (400-800 nm) due to their surface plasmon resonance (SPR). The diffuse reflectance spectroscopy measurements(More)
In the bipolar basidiomycete, Pholiota nameko, the homeodomain protein, A4-hox1, located at the A mating-type locus, is known to regulate mating compatibility. In the present study, we investigated the genomic structure of the P. nameko A mating-type locus and its flanking region. A second homeodomain gene (A4-hox2) was discovered upstream of A4-hox1; this(More)