Journal of Soft Matter The latest articles from Hindawi Publishing Corporation © 2014 , Hindawi Publishing Corporation . All rights reserved. Thermal Conductivity of Gel-Grown Barium Oxalate at 326 and 335 K Wed, 24 Jul 2013 12:36:58 +0000 Single crystals of barium oxalate have been grown by gel method using agar-agar gel as media of growth at ambient temperature. The grown crystal crystallizes under monoclinic structure. Thermal conductivity of gel-grown barium oxalate crystals as a function of temperature has been studied at 326 and 335 K by using divided bar method. The thermal conductivity of barium oxalate crystal at 326 K was found 3.685 W m−1 K−1 and 3.133 W m−1 K−1 at 335 K. The reduction of thermal conductivity with the rise in temperature may be due to reduction in mean free path of phonons in the solid. Paresh Vasantlal Dalal Copyright © 2013 Paresh Vasantlal Dalal. All rights reserved. Electrical Conduction Mechanism in Solid Polymer Electrolytes: New Concepts to Arrhenius Equation Wed, 24 Jul 2013 09:24:20 +0000 Solid polymer electrolytes based on chitosan NaCF3SO3 have been prepared by the solution cast technique. X-ray diffraction shows that the crystalline phase of the pure chitosan membrane has been partially disrupted. The fourier transform infrared (FTIR) results reveal the complexation between the chitosan polymer and the sodium triflate (NaTf) salt. The dielectric constant and DC conductivity follow the same trend with NaTf salt concentration. The increase in dielectric constant at different temperatures indicates an increase in DC conductivity. The ion conduction mechanism follows the Arrhenius behavior. The dependence of DC conductivity on both temperature and dielectric constant () is also demonstrated. Shujahadeen B. Aziz and Zul Hazrin Z. Abidin Copyright © 2013 Shujahadeen B. Aziz and Zul Hazrin Z. Abidin. All rights reserved. An Elastin-Derived Self-Assembling Polypeptide Thu, 13 Jun 2013 14:33:22 +0000 Elastin is an extracellular matrix protein responsible for the elastic properties of organs and tissues, the elastic properties being conferred to the protein by the presence of elastic fibers. In the perspective of producing tailor-made biomaterials of potential interest in nanotechnology and biotechnology fields, we report a study on an elastin-derived polypeptide. The choice of the polypeptide sequence encoded by exon 6 of Human Tropoelastin Gene is dictated by the peculiar sequence of the polypeptide. As a matter of fact, analogously to elastin, it is constituted of a hydrophobic region (GLGAFPAVTFPGALVPGG) and of a more hydrophilic region rich of lysine and alanine residues (VADAAAAYKAAKA). The role played by the two different regions in triggering the adoption of beta-turn and beta-sheet conformations is herein discussed and demonstrated to be crucial for the self-aggregation properties of the polypeptide. Antonietta Pepe and Brigida Bochicchio Copyright © 2013 Antonietta Pepe and Brigida Bochicchio. All rights reserved.