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Concept: Pascal


To pattern electrical metal contacts, electron beam lithography or photolithography are commonly utilized, and these processes require polymer resists with solvents. During the patterning process the graphene surface is exposed to chemicals, and the residue on the graphene surface was unable to be completely removed by any method, causing the graphene layer to be contaminated. A lithography free method can overcome these residue problems. In this study, we use a micro-grid as a shadow mask to fabricate a graphene based field-effect-transistor (FET). Electrical measurements of the graphene based FET samples are carried out in air and vacuum. It is found that the Dirac peaks of the graphene devices on SiO2 or on hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) shift from a positive gate voltage region to a negative region as air pressure decreases. In particular, the Dirac peaks shift very rapidly when the pressure decreases from ~2 × 10(-3) Torr to ~5 × 10(-5) Torr within 5 minutes. These Dirac peak shifts are known as adsorption and desorption of environmental gases, but the shift amounts are considerably different depending on the fabrication process. The high gas sensitivity of the device fabricated by shadow mask is attributed to adsorption on the clean graphene surface.

Concepts: Pascal, Photolithography, Gas, Vacuum, Boron nitride, Electron, Pressure, Electron beam lithography


Here, we present a comprehensive approach for creating robust, elastic, designer Lunar and Martian regolith simulant (LRS and MRS, respectively) architectures using ambient condition, extrusion-based 3D-printing of regolith simulant inks. The LRS and MRS powders are characterized by distinct, highly inhomogeneous morphologies and sizes, where LRS powder particles are highly irregular and jagged and MRS powder particles are rough, but primarily rounded. The inks are synthesized via simple mixing of evaporant, surfactant, and plasticizer solvents, polylactic-co-glycolic acid (30% by solids volume), and regolith simulant powders (70% by solids volume). Both LRS and MRS inks exhibit similar rheological and 3D-printing characteristics, and can be 3D-printed at linear deposition rates of 1-150 mm/s using 300 μm to 1.4 cm-diameter nozzles. The resulting LRS and MRS 3D-printed materials exhibit similar, but distinct internal and external microstructures and material porosity (~20-40%). These microstructures contribute to the rubber-like quasi-static and cyclic mechanical properties of both materials, with young’s moduli ranging from 1.8 to 13.2 MPa and extension to failure exceeding 250% over a range of strain rates (10(-1)-10(2) min(-1)). Finally, we discuss the potential for LRS and MRS ink components to be reclaimed and recycled, as well as be synthesized in resource-limited, extraterrestrial environments.

Concepts: Pascal, Surfactant, Powder, Mars, Young's modulus, Life on Mars, Materials science, Ink


Studies of materials' properties at high and ultrahigh pressures lead to discoveries of unique physical and chemical phenomena and a deeper understanding of matter. In high-pressure research, an achievable static pressure limit is imposed by the strength of available strong materials and design of high-pressure devices. Using a high-pressure and high-temperature technique, we synthesized optically transparent microballs of bulk nanocrystalline diamond, which were found to have an exceptional yield strength (~460 GPa at a confining pressure of ~70 GPa) due to the unique microstructure of bulk nanocrystalline diamond. We used the nanodiamond balls in a double-stage diamond anvil cell high-pressure device that allowed us to generate static pressures beyond 1 TPa, as demonstrated by synchrotron x-ray diffraction. Outstanding mechanical properties (strain-dependent elasticity, very high hardness, and unprecedented yield strength) make the nanodiamond balls a unique device for ultrahigh static pressure generation. Structurally isotropic, homogeneous, and made of a low-Z material, they are promising in the field of x-ray optical applications.

Concepts: Torr, Thermodynamics, Diamond anvil cell, Pressure measurement, Static pressure, Pascal, Pressure, Materials science


In this work, single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) fibers were produced from SWCNT polyelectrolyte dispersions stabilized by crown ether in dimethyl sulfoxide and coagulated into aqueous solutions. The SWCNT polyelectrolyte dispersions had concentrations up to 52 mg/mL and showed liquid crystalline behavior under polarized optical microscopy. The produced SWCNT fibers are neat (i.e., not forming composites with polymers) and showed a tensile strength up to 124 MPa and a Young’s modulus of 14 GPa. This tensile strength is comparable to those of SWCNT fibers spun from strong acids. Conductivities on the order of 10(4) S/m were obtained by doping the fibers with iodine.

Concepts: Crown ether, Concentration, Chemistry, Pascal, Carbon fiber, Young's modulus, Carbon nanotube, Tensile strength


Abstract -  Aim: Experimental materials incorporating fiberglass cloth were used to develop a thin and lightweight face guard (FG). This study aims to evaluate the effect of fiberglass reinforcement on the flexural and shock absorption properties compared with conventional thermoplastic materials. Material and Method: Four commercial 3.2-mm and 1.6-mm medical splint materials (Aquaplast, Polyform, Co-polymer, and Erkodur) and two experimental materials were examined for use in FGs. The experimental materials were prepared by embedding two or four sheets of a plain woven fiberglass cloth on both surfaces of 1.5-mm Aquaplast. The flexural strength and flexural modulus were determined using a three-point bending test. The shock absorption properties were evaluated for a 5200-N impact load using the first peak intensity with a load cell system and the maximum stress with a film sensor system. Results and Conclusions: The flexural strength (74.6 MPa) and flexural modulus (6.3 GPa) of the experimental material with four sheets were significantly greater than those of the 3.2-mm commercial specimens, except for the flexural strength of one product. The first peak intensity (515 N) and maximum stress (2.2 MPa) of the experimental material with four sheets were significantly lower than those of the commercial 3.2-mm specimens, except for one product for each property. These results suggest that the thickness and weight of the FG can be reduced using the experimental fiber-reinforced material.

Concepts: Thermoplastic, Shock absorber, Tensile strength, Pascal, Shock, Material, Young's modulus, Materials science


The major required functions for load-bearing orthopaedic implants are load-bearing and mechanical or biological fixation with the surrounding bone. Porous materials with appropriate mechanical properties and adequate pore structure for fixation are promising load-bearing implant material candidates. In our preceding work, we developed a novel titanium (Ti) foam sheet with 1-2 mm thickness by an original slurry foaming method. In the present work, we developed novel Ti foam with mechanical properties compatible with cortical bone and biological fixation capabilities by layer-by-layer stacking of different foam sheets having volumetric porosities of 80% and 17%. The resulting multilayer Ti foam exhibited a Young’s modulus of 11-12 GPa and yield strength of 150-240 MPa in compression tests. In vitro cell culture on the sample revealed good cell penetration in the higher porosity foam (80% volumetric porosity) which reaches to 1.2 mm for 21 d of incubation. Cell penetration into the high porosity layers of multilayer sample was good and not influenced by the lower porosity layers. Calcification is also observed in the high porosity foam suggesting that our Ti foam does not inhibit bone formation. Contradictory requirements for high volumetric porosity and high strength were attained by role-sharing between the foam sheets of different porosities. The unique characteristics of the present multilayer Ti foam make them attractive for application in the field of orthopaedics.

Concepts: Solid mechanics, Bone, Orthopedic surgery, Porous medium, Pascal, Young's modulus, Tensile strength, Porosity


In underwater locomotion, extracting meaningful information from local flows is as desirable as it is challenging, due to complex fluid-structure interaction. Sensing and motion are tightly interconnected; hydrodynamic signals generated by the external stimuli are modified by the self-generated flow signals. Given that very little is known about self-generated signals, we used onboard pressure sensors to measure the pressure profiles over the head of a fusiform-shape craft while moving forward and backward harmonically. From these measurements we obtained a second-order polynomial model which incorporates the velocity and acceleration of the craft to estimate the surface pressure within the swimming range up to one body length/second (L s-1). The analysis of the model reveals valuable insights into the temporal and spatial changes of the pressure intensity as a function of craft’s velocity. At low swimming velocities (<0.2 L s-1) the pressure signals are more sensitive to the acceleration of the craft than its velocity. However, the inertial effects gradually become less important as the velocity increases. The sensors on the front part of the craft are more sensitive to its movements than the sensors on the sides. With respect to the hydrostatic pressure measured in still water, the pressure detected by the foremost sensor reaches values up to 300 Pa at 1 L s-1 swimming velocity, whereas the pressure difference between the foremost sensor and the next one is less than 50 Pa. Our results suggest that distributed pressure sensing can be used in a bimodal sensing strategy. The first mode detects external hydrodynamic events taking place around the craft, which requires minimal sensitivity to the self-motion of the craft. This can be accomplished by moving slowly with a constant velocity and by analyzing the pressure gradient as opposed to absolute pressure recordings. The second mode monitors the self-motion of the craft. It is shown here that distributed pressure sensing can be used as a speedometer to measure the craft's velocity.

Concepts: Transducer, Pressure sensor, Pascal, Scalar, Measurement, Fluid dynamics, Velocity, Pressure


Few studies exist on the mechanical performance of crosslinked electrospun chitosan (CS) fibre mats. In this study, we show that the mat structure and mechanical performance depend on the different crosslinking agents genipin, epichlorohydrin (ECH), and hexamethylene-1,6-diaminocarboxysulphonate (HDACS), as well as the post-electrospinning heat and base activation treatments. The mat structure was imaged by field emission scanning electron microscopy and the mechanical performance was tested in tension. The elastic modulus, tensile strength, strain at failure and work to failure were found to range from 52 to 592 MPa, 2 to 30 MPa, 2 to 31 per cent and 0.041 to 3.26 MJ m(-3), respectively. In general, neat CS mats were found to be the stiffest and the strongest, though least ductile, while CS-ECH mats were the least stiff, weakest, but the most ductile, and CS-HDACS fibre mats exhibited intermediary mechanical properties. The mechanical performance of the mats is shown to reflect differences in the fibre diameter, number of fibre-fibre contacts formed within the mat, as well as varying intermolecular bonding and moisture content. The findings reported here complement the chemical properties of the mats, described in part I of this study.

Concepts: Pascal, Elastic modulus, Gold, Cross-link, Electron, Young's modulus, Scanning electron microscope, Tensile strength


Ultrahigh-energy density (UHED) matter, characterized by energy densities >1 × 10(8) J cm(-3) and pressures greater than a gigabar, is encountered in the center of stars and inertial confinement fusion capsules driven by the world’s largest lasers. Similar conditions can be obtained with compact, ultrahigh contrast, femtosecond lasers focused to relativistic intensities onto targets composed of aligned nanowire arrays. We report the measurement of the key physical process in determining the energy density deposited in high-aspect-ratio nanowire array plasmas: the energy penetration. By monitoring the x-ray emission from buried Co tracer segments in Ni nanowire arrays irradiated at an intensity of 4 × 10(19) W cm(-2), we demonstrate energy penetration depths of several micrometers, leading to UHED plasmas of that size. Relativistic three-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations, validated by these measurements, predict that irradiation of nanostructures at intensities of >1 × 10(22) W cm(-2) will lead to a virtually unexplored extreme UHED plasma regime characterized by energy densities in excess of 8 × 10(10) J cm(-3), equivalent to a pressure of 0.35 Tbar.

Concepts: Pascal, Fusion power, Density, Pressure, Fundamental physics concepts, Plasma, Energy density, Nuclear fusion


Hilary M. Chase1#, Junming Ho2#, Mary Alice Upshur1, Regan J. Thomson1, Victor S. Batista3, Franz M. Geiger1* 1Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. 60208, United States; 2 Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Institute of High Performance Computing, 1 Fusionopolis Way #16-16 Connexis North, Singapore 138632; 3Department of Chemistry, Yale University, P.O. Box 208107, New Haven, CT. 06520, United States # These authors contributed equally to this work. *corresponding author: (847) 467-6553 Abstract. The adsorption of α-pinene to solid surfaces is an important primary step during the chemical conversion of this common terpene over mesoporous materials, as well as during the formation of atmospheric aerosols. We provide evidence of tight and loose physisorbed states of α-pinene bound on amorphous SiO2 as determined by their adsorption entropy, enthalpy and binding free energies characterized by computational modeling and vibrational sum frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy. We find adsorption is partially (40% - 60%) irreversible over days at 294-342 K and 1 ATM total pressure of helium, while the distribution of α-pinene orientation remains invariant with temperature and partial pressure of α-pinene. Using the Redlich-Peterson adsorption model in conjunction with a van’t Hoff analysis of adsorption isotherms recorded for up to 2.6 Torr α-pinene in 1 ATM total pressure of helium, we obtain ΔSads, ΔHads, and ΔGads values of -60 (±11) J mol-1K-1, -40 (±3) kJ mol-1, and -23 (±5) kJ mol-1, respectively. These values are in good agreement with DFT calculations based on configurational sampling from MD simulations. Our findings are expected to have direct implications on the conversion of terpenes by silica-based catalysts and for the synthesis of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) in atmospheric chambers and flow tubes.

Concepts: Pascal, Entropy, Chemistry, Torr, Trigraph, Thermodynamics, Adsorption, Pressure