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It is critical to be able to detect and quantify Hg(2+) ions under aqueous conditions with high sensitivity and selectivity. The technique presented herein provides a direct way for simple colorimetric visualization of Hg(2+) ions in aqueous solution, based on the formation of gold nanoparticles through the Hg(2+) catalyzed HAuCl(4)/NH(2)OH reaction. The(More)
Molecular bottle-brush functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) with superior dispersibility in water are prepared by a one-pot synthetic methodology. Elongating the main-chain and side-chain length of molecular bottle-brushes can further increase SWCNT dispersibility. They show significant enhancement of SWCNT dispersibility up to four times(More)
Water-soluble polypeptides bearing 1-alkylimidazolium (methyl or n-butyl) and various counter-anions (i.e., Cl(-), I(-) or BF4 (-)) are prepared by ring-opening polymerization of γ-4-chloromethylbenzyl-l-glutamate-based N-carboxyanhydride (3), post-polymerization of poly(γ-4-chloromethylbenzyl-l-glutamate) (4), and ion-exchange reaction. Circular dichroism(More)
Due to the high cost of polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFCs), replacing platinum (Pt) with some inexpensive metal was carried out. Here, we deposited palladium nanoparticles (Pd-NPs) on nanoporous carbon (NC) after wrapping by poly[2,2'-(2,6-pyridine)-5,5'-bibenzimidazole] (PyPBI) doped with phosphoric acid (PA) and the Pd-NPs size was successfully(More)
The design and fabrication of a methanol-tolerant electrocatalyst is still one of the most important issues in direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs). Here, we focus on the design of a cathodic electrocatalyst in DMFCs and describe a new methanol-tolerant electrocatalyst fabricated from poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP) coating on platinum nanoparticles assisted by(More)
As well known, the lower durability and sluggish methanol oxidation reaction (MOR) of PtRu alloy electrocatalyst blocks the commercialization of direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs). Here, we design a new PtRu electrocatalyst with highly stable CO tolerance and durability, in which the PtRu nanoparticles are embedded in nitrogen doped carbon layers derived(More)
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