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Study Results from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Provide New Insights into Eye Proteins

January 21, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- A new study on Proteins is now available. According to news originating from Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "Here, we report the atomic-scale microstructural characterization and dielectric properties of crystalline cubic pyrochlore Bi1.5MgNb1.5O7 (BMN) nanoparticles with mean size of 70 nm, which were synthesized by sol-gel method. The crystallinity, phase formation, morphology, and surface microstructure of the BMN nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectra, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), respectively."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, "The phase evolution of the BMN nanoparticles investigated by XRD patterns showed that uniform cubic pyrochlore BMN nanoparticles were obtained after calcination at temperature of 800 A degrees C, and their structural information was revealed by Raman spectrum. TEM images demonstrated that the BMN nanoparticles had a spherical morphology with an average particle size of 70 nm, and their crystalline nature was revealed by HRTEM images. In addition, HRTEM images also demonstrate a terrace-ledge-kink (TLK) surface structure at the edges of rough BMN nanoparticles, where the terrace was on the (100) plane, and the ledge on the (001) plane. The formation of such a TLK surface structure can be well explained by a theory of periodic bond chains. Due to the surface structural reconstruction in the BMN nanoparticles, the formation of a tetragonal structure in a rough BMN nanoparticle was also revealed by HRTEM image."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "The BMN nanoparticles exhibited dielectric constants of 50 at 100 kHz and 30 at 1 MHz, and the dielectric loss of 0.19 at 1 MHz."

For more information on this research see: Atomic-scale microstructural characterization and dielectric properties of crystalline cubic pyrochlore Bi1.5MgNb1.5O7 nanoparticles synthesized by sol-gel method. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 2013;16(1):1-7. Journal of Nanoparticle Research can be contacted at: Springer, Van Godewijckstraat 30, 3311 Gz Dordrecht, Netherlands. (Springer -; Journal of Nanoparticle Research -

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from Y. Zhang, King Abdullah Univ Sci & Technol, Thuwal 239556900, Saudi Arabia. Additional authors for this research include X.H. Zhu, S.H. Zhou, J.M. Zhu, Z.G. Liu and T. Al-Kassab (see also Proteins).

Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Thuwal, Crystallins, Saudi Arabia, Eye Proteins, Nanoparticle, Nanotechnology, Emerging Technologies

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Source: Life Science Weekly

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