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  1. Garcia Fruitós, E. ; Arís Giralt, A. (Ed.)
    Characterization of soluble protein aggregates provides valuable information for revealing mechanisms of protein aggregation process and assessing the activity and safety of protein therapeutics. However, the noncovalent interaction, the transient nature and higher degree of structural heterogeneity of the soluble aggregation system hinders precise characterization at the molecular level. Here, we describe methods using native mass spectrometry coupled with temperature-control electrospray ionization and size-exclusion chromatography to monitor the aggregation process and profile the aggregates in detail.
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  3. Optimization-based k-space sampling pattern design often involves the Jacobian matrix of non-uniform fast Fourier transform (NUFFT) operations. Previous works relying on auto-differentiation can be time-consuming and less accurate. This work proposes an approximation method using the relationship between exact non-uniform DFT (NDFT) and NUFFT, demonstrating improved results for the sampling pattern optimization problem.
  4. The fluid dynamics of a bubble collapsing near an elastic or viscoelastic material is coupled with the mechanical response of the material. We apply a multiphase fluid–solid coupled computational model to simulate the collapse of an air bubble in water induced by an ultrasound shock wave, near different types of materials including metals (e.g. aluminium), polymers (e.g. polyurea), minerals (e.g. gypsum), glass and foams. We characterize the two-way fluid–material interaction by examining the fluid pressure and velocity fields, the time history of bubble shape and volume and the maximum tensile and shear stresses produced in the material. We show thatmore »the ratio of the longitudinal acoustic impedance of the material compared to that of the ambient fluid, $Z/Z_0$ , plays a significant role. When $Z/Z_0<1$ , the material reflects the compressive front of the incident shock into a tensile wave. The reflected tensile wave impinges on the bubble and decelerates its collapse. As a result, the collapse produces a liquid jet, but not necessarily a shock wave. When $Z/Z_0>1$ , the reflected wave is compressive and accelerates the bubble's collapse, leading to the emission of a shock wave whose amplitude increases linearly with $\log (Z/Z_0)$ , and can be much higher than the amplitude of the incident shock. The reflection of this emitted shock wave impinges on the bubble during its rebound. It reduces the speed of the bubble's rebound and the velocity of the liquid jet. Furthermore, we show that, for a set of materials with $Z/Z_0\in [0.04, 10.8]$ , the effect of acoustic impedance on the bubble's collapse time and minimum volume can be captured using phenomenological models constructed based on the solution of Rayleigh–Plesset equation.« less
  5. The proposed approach, BJORK, provides a robust and generalizable workflow to jointly optimize non-Cartesian sampling patters and a physics-informed reconstruction. Several approaches, including re-parameterization of trajectories, multi-level optimization, and non-Cartesian unrolled neural networks, are introduced to improve training effect and avoid sub-optimal local minima. The invivo experiments show that the networks and trajectories learned on simulation dataset are transferable to the real acquisition even with different parameter-weighted MRI contrasts and noise-levels, and demonstrate improved image quality compared with previous learning-based and model-based trajectory optimization methods.
  6. As promising alternatives to lithium-ion batteries, rechargeable anion-shuttle batteries (ASBs) with anions as charge carriers stand out because of their low cost, long cyclic lifetime, and/or high energy density. In this review, we provide for the first time, comprehensive insights into the anion shuttling mechanisms of ASBs, including anion-based rocking-chair batteries (ARBs), dual-ion batteries (DIBs), including insertion-type, conversion-type, and conversion- insertion-type, and reverse dual-ion batteries (RDIBs). Thereafter, we review the latest progresses and challenges regarding electrode materials and electrolytes for ASBs. In addition, we summarize the existing dilemmas of ASBs and outline the perspective of ASB technology for future gridmore »storage.« less