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We report the preparation of MnO2 nanotubes functionalized with Co3O4 nanoparticles and their use as bifunctional air cathode catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction and oxygen evolution reaction in rechargeable zinc-air batteries. These hybrid MnO2/Co3O4 nanomaterials exhibit enhanced catalytic reactivity toward oxygen evolution reaction under alkaline(More)
The inability of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) spectroscopy to detect extremely small refractive index changes has hindered its applications in ultrasensitive DNA analysis. In this study we report a signal amplification strategy that uses DNA-templated polyaniline deposition, suitable for DNA hybridization analysis with charge neutral peptide nucleic acid(More)
This paper reports an effective method to enhance the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) on Ag films by using a thin Ni seed layer assisted deposition. Ag films with a thickness of about 50 nm were deposited by electron beam evaporation above an ultrathin Ni seed layer of approximately 2 nm on both silicon and quartz substrates. The root-mean-square (rms)(More)
We have integrated a surface plasmon grating coupler into a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) for studying surface association/dissociation reactions. In the integrated system only QCM measurement is needed to record both the optical and the acoustic signals in the same association/dissociation reaction. This integration considerably simplifies a(More)
We report the synthesis of luminescent crystals based on hexagonal-phase NaYF4 upconversion microrods. The synthetic procedure involves an epitaxial end-on growth of upconversion nanocrystals comprising different lanthanide activators onto the NaYF4 microrods. This bottom-up method readily affords multicolor-banded crystals in gram quantity by varying the(More)
Sodium-ion batteries (SIBs) are considered as complementary alternatives to lithium-ion batteries for grid energy storage due to the abundance of sodium. However, low capacity, poor rate capability, and cycling stability of existing anodes significantly hinder the practical applications of SIBs. Herein, ultrathin two-dimensional SnS2 nanosheets (3-4 nm in(More)
In this study, we use the quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring (QCM-D) to study the immobilization of the enzyme horseradish peroxidase (HRP) on poly(ethylene-co-acrylic acid) (PEAA) films. The surface polarity of spin-coated PEAA films was varied by heat treatments in air or in a 30% NaOH aqueous solution leading to COOH-depleted or(More)
An efficient, durable and low cost air-cathode is essential for a high performance metal-air battery for practical applications. Herein, we report a composite bifunctional catalyst, Co3O4 nanoparticles-decorated carbon nanofibers (CNFs), working as an efficient air-cathode in high performance rechargeable Zn-air batteries (ZnABs). The particles-on-fibers(More)
Oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) are essential reactions for energy-storage and -conversion devices relying on oxygen electrochemistry. High-performance, nonprecious metal-based hybrid catalysts are developed from postsynthesis integration of dual-phase spinel MnCo2O4 (dp-MnCo2O4) nanocrystals with nanocarbon materials,(More)
Electrospun aggregation-induced emission (AIE)-active polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS)-based copolymer films exhibit an approximately 9-fold increase in response to explosive vapors compared to dense films although porous copolymer films have a thickness as high as 560 ± 60 nm.