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  1. EMERGING INFRARED LASER ABSORPTION SPECTROSCOPIC

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    -reflector), such as light detection and ranging (LIDAR), differential optical ab- sorption spectroscopy (DOAS), laserCHAPTER 4 EMERGING INFRARED LASER ABSORPTION SPECTROSCOPIC TECHNIQUES FOR GAS ANALYSIS Frank K, Aiken, SC 4.1 Introduction Laser based spectroscopic techniques are useful for the quantitative

  2. Characterization of red sandalwood by ICP-MS analysis, optical absorption and EPR spectroscopic methods

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    Reddy, S. L.; Reddy, N. C. G.; Reddy, R. R. S.; Reddy, G. S.; Rao, P. S.; Reddy, B. J.; Frost, R. L.

    2006-09-01

    Red sandalwood sample was subjected to ICP-mass spectrometer analysis for the determination of minor elements. The ash of the sample was also analysed for the presence of major elements. The minor elements present include Cu (281.256), Ba (3722.064), Sr (6365.482), Rb (45.285), Ce (49.863), Zn (375.433) and Pb (80.944) all in ppt. The major elements detected are Cd, Fe, Mn and Ni. Optical absorption spectrum indicates that Fe(III) and Ni(II) are in tetragonal distortion with octahedral geo-metry. ESR (electron spin resonance) spectral analysis also confirms Fe(III) in tetragonal distortion, and the g-values observed for Fe(III) are 6.52, 2.63 and 1.92 and for Mn(II) is 1.99. NIR spectrum is due to carbonate overtones and harmonics and water fundamentals.

  3. Spectroscopic characterization of Nd:Y2O3: application toward a differential absorption lidar system for remote sensing of ozone

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    Walsh, Brian M.; McMahon, John M.; Edwards, William C.; Barnes, Norman P.; Equall, Randy W.; Hutcheson, Ralph L.

    2002-12-01

    Neodymium-doped yttria (Nd:Y2O3) is investigated as a solid-state laser material for frequency-tripled generation of ultraviolet laser wavelengths for use in remote sensing of ozone. Emphasis is placed both on the spectroscopy of the fundamental wavelengths at ~0.914 ?m and ~0.946 ?m to assess their feasibility for laser oscillation and on the absorption spectroscopy in the 0.8-?m wavelength region for determination of suitable pump sources. The temperature dependence of the emission and absorption characteristics of Nd:Y2O3 are examined, since aggressive cooling may be required for efficient ~0.914-?m lasing due to its quasi four-level nature. Data for flash-lamp-pumped laser performance on the 4F3/2-->4I11/2 is presented for Nd:Y2O3 and compared with Nd:YAG. Diode-pumped threshold-fluence and threshold-pump energy estimates for Nd:Y2O3 lasing on the 4F3/2-->4I9/2 at 0.914 ?m and 0.946 ?m are calculated based on the data presented here. The measurements presented here for the Nd:Y2O3 indicate favorable absorption and emission properties. Favorable absorption properties in the ~0.8-?m pump wavelength are compatible with a variety of potential pump sources. Favorable emission properties at reduced temperatures near 150 K indicate that Nd:Y2O3 operating at 0.914 ?m and 0.946 ?m will have normal-mode laser thresholds similar to that of room-temperature Nd:YAG operating at 0.946 ?m. In Q-switched operation, however, Nd:Y2O3 is predicted to exceed the performance of Nd:YAG due to the lower 1.06/0.94 cross-section ratio, which helps to limit amplified spontaneous-emission effects. Although Nd:Y2O3 is not a new material, it has not been the topic of study due to growth problems associated with its high melting point. New advances in growth techniques and the favorable spectroscopic features of Nd:Y2O3 have inspired a new examination of this material.

  4. Research Article Broadband Spectroscopic Thermoacoustic Characterization of

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    Witte, Russell S.

    Research Article Broadband Spectroscopic Thermoacoustic Characterization of Single-Walled Carbon Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85724, USA electromagnetic radiation in the optical and microwave regions. This study applies thermoacoustic (TA) imaging

  5. Ultraviolet-Absorption Spectroscopic Biofilm Monitor

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    Micheels, Ronald H.

    2004-01-01

    An ultraviolet-absorption spectrometer system has been developed as a prototype instrument to be used in continuous, real-time monitoring to detect the growth of biofilms. Such monitoring is desirable because biofilms are often harmful. For example, biofilms in potable-water and hydroponic systems act as both sources of pathogenic bacteria that resist biocides and as a mechanism for deterioration (including corrosion) of pipes. Biofilms formed from several types of hazardous bacteria can thrive in both plant-growth solutions and low-nutrient media like distilled water. Biofilms can also form in condensate tanks in air-conditioning systems and in industrial heat exchangers. At present, bacteria in potable-water and plant-growth systems aboard the space shuttle (and previously on the Mir space station) are monitored by culture-plate counting, which entails an incubation period of 24 to 48 hours for each sample. At present, there are no commercially available instruments for continuous monitoring of biofilms in terrestrial or spaceborne settings.

  6. Characterization of the physico-chemical properties of polymeric materials for aerospace flight. [differential thermal and atomic absorption spectroscopic analysis of nickel cadmium batteries

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    Rock, M.

    1981-01-01

    Electrodes and electrolytes of nickel cadmium sealed batteries were analyzed. Different thermal analysis of negative and positive battery electrodes was conducted and the temperature ranges of occurrence of endotherms indicating decomposition of cadmium hydroxide and nickel hydroxide are identified. Atomic absorption spectroscopy was used to analyze electrodes and electrolytes for traces of nickel, cadmium, cobalt, and potassium. Calibration curves and data are given for each sample analyzed. Instrumentation and analytical procedures used for each method are described.

  7. Spectroscopic characterization of visbreaking tars

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    Scotti, R.; Clericuzio, M.; Pirovano, C.

    1995-12-31

    Visbreaking (VB) is a thermal cracking process, widely used in the refineries of Western Europe to obtain distillates (gasoil, naphtha) from a petroleum residue (feedstock). The visbroken residue (tar) is used to produce fuel oil, after addition of the appropriate amounts of cutter-stock. Even if the highest conversion of feedstock would be desirable, the severity of the VB process is limited by the stability of the resulting VB tars. The stability index (SI) here employed is: SI = I + V{sub cet}, where V{sub cet} is the maximum amount of n-cetane, expressed as ml of cetane for g of sample, that can be added before the flocculation of asphaltenes starts. VB tars having SI<1.1 are considered to be unstable and cannot be used in the preparation of fuel oils with the appropriate specifications. Several papers can be found in the literature dealing with the molecular changes occuring during the VB process. The present paper is aimed at verifying the amount of information that can be extracted from optical spectroscopies and, in particular, the possibility of directly monitoring the physico-chemical modifications caused by VB process. To this purpose a series of VB tars, produced from a single feedstock at different severities, were investigated by a number of spectroscopic techniques, viz.: NIR; UV-Vis; Fluorescence; {sup 1}H and {sup 13}C NUR, EPR.

  8. Vibrational spectroscopic characterization of fluoroquinolones

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    Neugebauer, U.; Szeghalmi, A.; Schmitt, M.; Kiefer, W.; Popp, J.; Holzgrabe, U.

    2005-05-01

    Quinolones are important gyrase inhibitors. Even though they are used as active agents in many antibiotics, the detailed mechanism of action on a molecular level is so far not known. It is of greatest interest to shed light on this drug-target interaction to provide useful information in the fight against growing resistances and obtain new insights for the development of new powerful drugs. To reach this goal, on a first step it is essential to understand the structural characteristics of the drugs and the effects that are caused by the environment in detail. In this work we report on Raman spectroscopical investigations of a variety of gyrase inhibitors (nalidixic acid, oxolinic acid, cinoxacin, flumequine, norfloxacin, ciprofloxacin, lomefloxacin, ofloxacin, enoxacin, sarafloxacin and moxifloxacin) by means of micro-Raman spectroscopy excited with various excitation wavelengths, both in the off-resonance region (532, 633, 830 and 1064 nm) and in the resonance region (resonance Raman spectroscopy at 244, 257 and 275 nm). Furthermore DFT calculations were performed to assign the vibrational modes, as well as for an identification of intramolecular hydrogen bonding motifs. The effect of small changes in the drug environment was studied by adding successively small amounts of water until physiological low concentrations of the drugs in aqueous solution were obtained. At these low concentrations resonance Raman spectroscopy proved to be a useful and sensitive technique. Supplementary information was obtained from IR and UV/vis spectroscopy.

  9. Tunable fiber ring laser absorption spectroscopic sensors for gas detection

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    Zheng, Shijie; Zhu, Yinian; Krishnaswamy, Sridhar

    2013-04-01

    Fiber-optic gas sensing techniques are commonly based on the recognition of a wide range of chemical species from characteristic absorption, fluorescence or Raman-scattering spectra signatures. By tuning over the vibrational lines of species in the path of laser beam, tunable diode laser gas sensors measure signal spectroscopic intensity, gas concentration, and other properties. However, they have limitations of bulk architecture, small change of signal on top of large background, and low sensitivity of direct absorption. Here we report the fabrication and optical measurements of tunable Er-doped fiber ring laser absorption spectroscopic sensor featuring a gas cell that is a segment of photonic crystal fiber (PCF) with a long-period grating (LPG) inscribed. The tunable laser beam is coupled into the cladding of the PCF by the LPG where the gas in air holes absorbs light. The light travels along the PCF cladding and reflects at the end of the fiber where a silver film is coated as a mirror at one end facet. The light propagates back within cladding and passes through the gas one more time thus increasing the interaction length. This light is finally recoupled into the fiber core for intensity measurement. The proposed fiber gas sensors have been experimentally used for ammonia (NH3) concentration detection. They show excellent sensitivity and selectivity, and are minimally affected by temperature and/or humidity changes. The sensors using PCF-LPG gas cell are simple to fabricate, cost-effective, and are deployed for a variety of applications not possible using conventional optical fibers.

  10. Spectroscopic Methods of Remote Sensing for Vegetation Characterization

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    Kokaly, R. F.

    2013-12-01

    Imaging spectroscopy (IS), often referred to as hyperspectral remote sensing, is one of the latest innovations in a very long history of spectroscopy. Spectroscopic methods have been used for understanding the composition of the world around us, as well as, the solar system and distant parts of the universe. Continuous sampling of the electromagnetic spectrum in narrow bands is what separates IS from previous forms of remote sensing. Terrestrial imaging spectrometers often have hundreds of channels that cover the wavelength range of reflected solar radiation, including the visible, near-infrared (NIR), and shortwave infrared (SWIR) regions. In part due to the large number of channels, a wide variety of methods have been applied to extract information from IS data sets. These can be grouped into several broad classes, including: multi-channel indices, statistical procedures, full spectrum mixing models, and spectroscopic methods. Spectroscopic methods carry on the more than 150 year history of laboratory-based spectroscopy applied to material identification and characterization. Spectroscopic methods of IS relate the positions and shapes of spectral features resolved by airborne and spaceborne sensors to the biochemical and physical composition of vegetation in a pixel. The chlorophyll 680nm, water 980nm, water 1200nm, SWIR 1700nm, SWIR 2100nm, and SWIR 2300nm features have been the subject of study. Spectral feature analysis (SFA) involves isolating such an absorption feature using continuum removal (CR) and calculating descriptors of the feature, such as center position, depth, width, area, and asymmetry. SFA has been applied to quantify pigment and non-pigment biochemical concentrations in leaves, plants, and canopies. Spectral feature comparison (SFC) utilizes CR of features in each pixel's spectrum and linear regression with continuum-removed features in reference spectra in a library of known vegetation types to map vegetation species and communities. SFC has been applied to map the distributions of minerals in soils and rocks; however, its application to characterize vegetation cover has been less widespread than SFA. Using IS data and the USGS Processing Routines in IDL for Spectroscopic Measurements (PRISM; http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2011/1155/), this talk will examine requirements for and limitations in applying SFA and SFC to characterize vegetation. A time series of Airborne Visible/InfraRed Imaging Spectrometer (AVIRIS) data collected in the marshes of Louisiana following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill will be used to examine the impact of varying leaf water content on the shapes of the SWIR 1700, 2100, and 2300 nm features and the implications of these changes on vegetation identification and biochemical estimation. The USGS collection of HyMap data over Afghanistan, the largest terrestrial coverage of IS data to date, will be used to demonstrate the characterization of vegetation in arid and semi-arid regions, in which chlorophyll absorption is often weak and soil and rock mineral absorption features overlap vegetation features. Hyperion data, overlapping the HyMap data, will be presented to illustrate the complications that arise when signal-to-noise is low. The benefits of and challenges to applying a spectroscopic remote sensing approach to imaging spectrometer data will be discussed.

  11. Spectroscopic characterization of recombinant follicle stimulating hormone

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    Groen, B. H.; Bloemendal, M.; Mulders, J. W. M.; Hadden, J. M.; Chapman, D.; Van Stokkum, I. H. M.; Van Grondelle, R.

    1996-09-01

    Recombinant follicle stimulating hormone (recFSH, Org. 32489) has been characterized by absorption (UV and IR), (polarized) fluorescence, linear-dichroism (LD) and circular-dichroism (CD) spectroscopy. Absorption and fluorescence spectra of the isolated subunits have also been measured. From the spectra the extinction coefficient, fluorescence quantum yield and anisotropy have been calculated. Global analysis is used to characterize the bands in the spectra. The adsorption, CD, LD and fluorescence excitation spectra all contain a band around 300 nm that appears to be a sensitive indicator for the intactness of the protein. Evidence is provided for the involvement of tyrosinate in the fluorescence, and for a close contact between the tryptophan (in the ? subunit) with at least one tyrosine of the ? subunit. The overall secondary structure of recFSH has been determined from its far-UV CD and its IR absorption spectrum. The secondary structure of recFSH is estimated to contain 15-25% ?-helix, 15-25% ?-turn and 30-40% ?-sheet. The ?-sheet in recFSH is almost exclusively antiparallel. The results confirm that recFSH contains significantly more ?-helix than the closed related human glycoproteins, chorionic gonadotropin and lutropin; however, the ?-helices may be short and distorted.

  12. Spectroscopic characterization of genetically modified flax fibers

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    Dymi?ska, L.; G?gor, A.; Hanuza, J.; Kulma, A.; Preisner, M.; ?uk, M.; Szatkowski, M.; Szopa, J.

    2014-09-01

    The principal goal of this paper is an analysis of flax fiber composition. Natural and genetically modified flax fibers derived from transgenic flax have been analyzed. Development of genetic engineering enables to improve the quality of fibers. Three transgenic plant lines with different modifications were generated based on fibrous flax plants as the origin. These are plants with: silenced cinnamyl alcohol dehydrogenase (CAD) gene; overexpression of polygalacturonase (PGI); and expression of three genes construct containing ?-ketothiolase (phb A), acetoacetyl-CoA reductase (phb B), and poly-3-hydroxybutyric acid synthase (phb C). Flax fibers have been studied by FT-IR spectroscopy. The integral intensities of the IR bands have been used for estimation of the chemical content of the normal and transgenic flaxes. The spectroscopic data were compared to those obtained from chemical analysis of flax fibers. X-ray studies have been used to characterize the changes of the crystalline structure of the flax cellulose fibers.

  13. Spectroscopic characterizations of organic/inorganic nanocomposites

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    Govani, Jayesh R.

    2009-12-01

    In the present study, pure and 0.3 wt%, 0.4 wt%, as well as 0.5 wt% L-arginine doped potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KDP) crystals were grown using solution growth techniques and further subjected to infrared (IR) absorption and Raman studies for confirmation of chemical group functionalization for investigating the incorporation mechanism of the L-arginine organic material into the KDP crystal structure. Infrared spectroscopic analysis suggests that structural changes are occurring for the L-arginine molecule as a result of its interaction with the KPD crystal. Infrared spectroscopic technique confirms the disturbance of the N-H, C-H and C-N bonds of the amino acid, suggesting successful incorporation of L-arginine into the KDP crystals. Raman analysis also reveals modification of the N-H, C-H and C-N bonds of the amino acid, implying successful inclusion of L-arginine into the KDP crystals. With the help of Gaussian software, a prediction of possible incorporation mechanisms of the organic material was obtained from comparison of the simulated infrared and Raman vibrational spectra with the experimental results. Furthermore, we also studied the effect of L-arginine doping on the thermal stability of the grown KDP crystal by employing Thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA). TGA suggests that increasing the level of L-arginine doping speeds the decomposition process and it weakens the KDP crystal, which indicates successful doping of the KDP crystals with L-arginine amino acid. Urinary stones are one of the oldest and most widely spread diseases in humans, animals and birds. Many remedies have been employed through the ages for the treatment of urinary stones. Recent medicinal measures reflect the modern advances, which are based on surgical removal, percutaneous techniques and extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL). Although these procedures are valuable, they are quite expensive for most people. Furthermore, recurrence of these diseases is awfully frequent with these procedures and the patients have to be subjected to careful follow up for several years. In contrast, in traditional therapeutic systems, most of the remedies were taken from plants and they proved to be helpful. However, the rationale behind their use is not thoroughly established through systematic pharmacological and clinical studies. In this regard, in the present investigation, with a view towards acquiring more insights, we have performed a detailed study of kidney stone formation and growth inhibition based on a traditional medicine approach with herbal extracts. The intricacy of calculi formation (i.e. nucleation, transformation, and aggregation) in a natural system such as urine is replicated to a certain extent in the present study by using a simplified single diffusion gel growth technique. Crystals were synthesized in a static gel environment without and with the presence of 1% and 2% concentration of Rotula Aquatica Lour (RAL) herbal extracts and further subjected to Raman, infrared absorption, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and photoluminescence to analyze the effects of RAL on the growth of manganese-based calculi. Raman spectroscopy clearly provided an indication of the newberyite type of crystal as well as information on the chemical interaction between crystal and inhibitor. It also indicates the presence of organic components due to the RAL plant material. Infrared absorption spectroscopy indicates the presence of a strong reflecting component in the inhibitor as well as the newberyite type of crystal. XPS results indicated the presence of metallic zinc in the crystal with inhibitor. Furthermore, a considerable increase in the intensity of the magnesium and oxygen lines are noticed with the addition of the herbal extract, which suggest that the inhibitor chemical composition includes a substantial quantity of Mg and O. XPS analysis also demonstrates the presence of modified phosphorus oxidation states and suggest that they might make a contribution, too. The photoluminescence spectra of the crystal with inhibitor indicate the p

  14. Opto-nanomechanical spectroscopic material characterization

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    Tetard, Laurene; Passian, Ali; Farahi, R H; Thundat, Thomas; Davison, Brian H

    2015-01-01

    Cellulosic ethanol is a biofuel of considerable potential in the search for sustainable and renewable bioenergy [1,2]. However, while rich in carbohydrates [3], the plant cell walls exhibit a natural resistance to complex phenotype treatments such as enzymatic microbial deconstruction, heat and acid treatments that can remove the lignin polymers from cellulose before hydrolysis [5]. Noninvasive physical and chemical characterization of the cell walls and the effect of such treatments on biomass are challenging but necessary to understand and overcome such resistance [6]. Although lacking chemical recognition in their traditional forms, the various emerging modalities of nano-mechanical [7] and opto-nano-mechanical [8] force microscopies [9,10] provide a superb window into the needed nanoscale material characterization [6]. Infrared absorption spectroscopy is a powerful, non- destructive and ultra-sensitive technique that can provide the needed molecular fingerprinting but the photothermal channel is delocalized and thus lacks spatial resolution. Utilizing the emerging dynamic concepts of mode synthesizing atomic force microscopy (MSAFM) [11] and virtual resonance [12], we introduce a hybrid photonic and nanomechanical force microscopy (hp-MSAFM) with molecular recognition and characterize the extraction, holopulping and acid treatment of biomass. We present spatially and spectrally resolved cell wall images that reveal both the morphological and the compositional alterations of the cell walls. The measured biomolecular traits are in agreement with chemical maps obtained with infrared and confocal Raman micro-spectroscopies of the same samples. The presented findings should prove highly relevant in fields such as cancer research [13], nanotoxicity [14], energy storage and production [15], where morphological, chemical and subsurface studies of nanocomposites [16], nanoparticle uptake by cells [14], and nanoscale quality control [17] are in demand.

  15. Identification and spectroscopic characterization of nonheme iron(III) hypochlorite intermediates.

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    Draksharapu, Apparao; Angelone, Davide; Quesne, Matthew G; Padamati, Sandeep K; Gómez, Laura; Hage, Ronald; Costas, Miquel; Browne, Wesley R; de Visser, Sam P

    2015-03-27

    Fe(III)-hypohalite complexes have been implicated in a wide range of important enzyme-catalyzed halogenation reactions including the biosynthesis of natural products and antibiotics and post-translational modification of proteins. The absence of spectroscopic data on such species precludes their identification. Herein, we report the generation and spectroscopic characterization of nonheme Fe(III)-hypohalite intermediates of possible relevance to iron halogenases. We show that Fe(III)-OCl polypyridylamine complexes can be sufficiently stable at room temperature to be characterized by UV/Vis absorption, resonance Raman and EPR spectroscopies, and cryo-ESIMS. DFT?methods rationalize the pathways to the formation of the Fe(III)-OCl, and ultimately Fe(IV)=O, species and provide indirect evidence for a short-lived Fe(II)-OCl intermediate. The species observed and the pathways involved offer insight into and, importantly, a spectroscopic database for the investigation of iron halogenases. PMID:25663379

  16. In vivo low-coherence spectroscopic measurements of local hemoglobin absorption spectra in human skin

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    Bosschaart, Nienke; Faber, Dirk J.; van Leeuwen, Ton G.; Aalders, Maurice C. G.

    2011-10-01

    Localized spectroscopic measurements of optical properties are invaluable for diagnostic applications that involve layered tissue structures, but conventional spectroscopic techniques lack exact control over the size and depth of the probed tissue volume. We show that low-coherence spectroscopy (LCS) overcomes these limitations by measuring local attenuation and absorption coefficient spectra in layered phantoms. In addition, we demonstrate the first in vivo LCS measurements of the human epidermis and dermis only. From the measured absorption in two distinct regions of the dermal microcirculation, we determine total hemoglobin concentration (3.0+/-0.5 g/l and 7.8+/-1.2 g/l) and oxygen saturation.

  17. Chemical Characterization and Absorption of Phytochemicals From Mangifera indica L. 

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    Krenek, Kimberly Ann

    2013-08-12

    H and to characterize metabolite formation in vitro. Finally, human urinary metabolites were characterized after 10 day consumption of 400 g in 11 individuals. Mass spectroscopic characterization and HPLC quantification of mango pulp revealed for the first time two...

  18. Absorption and emission spectroscopic characterisation of 8-amino-riboflavin

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    Tyagi, A.; Zirak, P.; Penzkofer, A.; Mathes, T.; Hegemann, P.; Mack, M.; Ghisla, S.

    2009-10-01

    The flavin dye 8-amino-8-demethyl- D-riboflavin (AF) in the solvents water, DMSO, methanol, and chloroform/DMSO was studied by absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy. The first absorption band is red-shifted compared to riboflavin, and blue-shifted compared to roseoflavin (8-dimethylamino-8-demethyl-D-riboflavin). The fluorescence quantum yield of AF in the studied solvents varies between 20% and 50%. The fluorescence lifetimes were found to be in the 2-5 ns range. AF is well soluble in DMSO, weakly soluble in water and methanol, and practically insoluble in chloroform. The limited solubility causes AF aggregation, which was seen in differences between measured absorption spectra and fluorescence excitation spectra. Light scattering in the dye absorption region is discussed and approximate absorption cross-section spectra are determined from the combined measurement of transmission and fluorescence excitation spectra. The photo-stability of AF was studied by prolonged light exposure. The photo-degradation routes of AF are discussed.

  19. Spectroscopic characterization of isomerization transition states.

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    Baraban, Joshua H; Changala, P Bryan; Mellau, Georg Ch; Stanton, John F; Merer, Anthony J; Field, Robert W

    2015-12-11

    Transition state theory is central to our understanding of chemical reaction dynamics. We demonstrate a method for extracting transition state energies and properties from a characteristic pattern found in frequency-domain spectra of isomerizing systems. This pattern-a dip in the spacings of certain barrier-proximal vibrational levels-can be understood using the concept of effective frequency, ?(eff). The method is applied to the cis-trans conformational change in the S1 state of C2H2 and the bond-breaking HCN-HNC isomerization. In both cases, the barrier heights derived from spectroscopic data agree extremely well with previous ab initio calculations. We also show that it is possible to distinguish between vibrational modes that are actively involved in the isomerization process and those that are passive bystanders. PMID:26659051

  20. Extraction, Purification, and Spectroscopic Characterization of a Mixture of Capsaicinoids

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    Wagner, Carl E.; Cahill, Thomas M.; Marshall, Pamela A.

    2011-01-01

    This laboratory experiment provides a safe and effective way to instruct undergraduate organic chemistry students about natural-product extraction, purification, and NMR spectroscopic characterization. On the first day, students extract dried habanero peppers with toluene, perform a pipet silica gel column to separate carotenoids from…

  1. Catalog of Narrow Mg II Absorption Lines in the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey

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    Chen, Zhi-Fu; Gu, Qiu-Sheng; Chen, Yan-Mei

    2015-12-01

    Using the Data Release 9 Quasar spectra from the Baryonic Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey, which does not include quasar spectra from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Data Release 7, we detect narrow Mg ii ??2796, 2803 absorption doublets in the spectral data redward of 1250 Å (quasar rest frame) until the red wing of the Mg ii ?2800 emission line. Our survey is limited to quasar spectra with a median signal-to-noise ratio < {{S}}/{{N}}> ?slant 4 pixel-1 in the surveyed spectral region, resulting in a sample that contains 43,260 quasars. We have detected a total of 18,598 Mg ii absorption doublets with 0.2933 ? zabs ? 2.6529. About 75% of absorbers have an equivalent width at rest frame of {W}r? 2796?slant 1 \\mathringA . About 75% of absorbers have doublet ratios ({DR}={W}r? 2796/{W}r? 2803) in the range of 1 ? DR ? 2, and about 3.2% lie outside the range of 1 - ?DR ? DR ? 2 + ?DR. We characterize the detection false positives/negatives by the frequency of detected Mg ii absorption doublets in the limits of the S/N of the spectral data. The S/N = 4.5 limit is assigned a completeness fraction of 53% and tends to be complete when the S/N is greater than 4.5. The redshift number densities of all of the detected Mg ii absorbers moderately increase from z ? 0.4 to z ? 1.5, which parallels the evolution of the cosmic star formation rate density. Limiting our investigation to those quasars whose emission redshift can be determined from narrow emission lines, the relative velocities (?) of Mg ii absorbers have a complex distribution which probably consists of three classes of Mg ii absorbers: (1) cosmologically intervening absorbers; (2) environmental absorbers that reside within the quasar host galaxies or galaxy clusters; (3) quasar outflow absorbers. After subtracting contributions from cosmologically intervening absorbers and environmental absorbers, the ? distribution of the Mg iiabsorbers might mainly be contributed by the quasar outflow absorbers and peaks at ? ? 1500 km s-1. This peak velocity is lower than the value of 2000 km s-1 found in statistical analysis of C iv absorbers.

  2. Opto-nanomechanical spectroscopic material characterization

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    Tetard, L.; Passian, A.; Farahi, R. H.; Thundat, T.; Davison, B. H.

    2015-10-01

    The non-destructive, simultaneous chemical and physical characterization of materials at the nanoscale is an essential and highly sought-after capability. However, a combination of limitations imposed by Abbe diffraction, diffuse scattering, unknown subsurface, electromagnetic fluctuations and Brownian noise, for example, have made achieving this goal challenging. Here, we report a hybrid approach for nanoscale material characterization based on generalized nanomechanical force microscopy in conjunction with infrared photoacoustic spectroscopy. As an application, we tackle the outstanding problem of spatially and spectrally resolving plant cell walls. Nanoscale characterization of plant cell walls and the effect of complex phenotype treatments on biomass are challenging but necessary in the search for sustainable and renewable bioenergy. We present results that reveal both the morphological and compositional substructures of the cell walls. The measured biomolecular traits are in agreement with the lower-resolution chemical maps obtained with infrared and confocal Raman micro-spectroscopies of the same samples. These results should prove relevant in other fields such as cancer research, nanotoxicity, and energy storage and production, where morphological, chemical and subsurface studies of nanocomposites, nanoparticle uptake by cells and nanoscale quality control are in demand.

  3. Opto-nanomechanical spectroscopic material characterization.

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    Tetard, L; Passian, A; Farahi, R H; Thundat, T; Davison, B H

    2015-10-01

    The non-destructive, simultaneous chemical and physical characterization of materials at the nanoscale is an essential and highly sought-after capability. However, a combination of limitations imposed by Abbe diffraction, diffuse scattering, unknown subsurface, electromagnetic fluctuations and Brownian noise, for example, have made achieving this goal challenging. Here, we report a hybrid approach for nanoscale material characterization based on generalized nanomechanical force microscopy in conjunction with infrared photoacoustic spectroscopy. As an application, we tackle the outstanding problem of spatially and spectrally resolving plant cell walls. Nanoscale characterization of plant cell walls and the effect of complex phenotype treatments on biomass are challenging but necessary in the search for sustainable and renewable bioenergy. We present results that reveal both the morphological and compositional substructures of the cell walls. The measured biomolecular traits are in agreement with the lower-resolution chemical maps obtained with infrared and confocal Raman micro-spectroscopies of the same samples. These results should prove relevant in other fields such as cancer research, nanotoxicity, and energy storage and production, where morphological, chemical and subsurface studies of nanocomposites, nanoparticle uptake by cells and nanoscale quality control are in demand. PMID:26258550

  4. Spectroscopic characterization of natural calcite minerals

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    Gunasekaran, S.; Anbalagan, G.

    2007-11-01

    The FT-IR, FT-Raman, NMR spectral data of ten different limestone samples have been compared. FT-IR and FT-Raman spectral data show that calcium carbonate in limestone, principally in the form of calcite, as identified by its main absorption bands at 1426, 1092, 876 and 712 cm -1. The sharp diffractions at the d-spacings, 3.0348, 1.9166 and 1.8796 confirm the presence of calcite structure and the calculated lattice parameters are: a = 4.9781 Å, c = 17.1188 Å. The range of 13C chemical shifts for different limestone samples is very small, varying from 198.38 to 198.42 ppm. The observed chemical shifts are consistent with the identical C-O bonding in different limestone samples. 27Al MAS NMR spectra of the samples exhibit a central line at 1 ppm and another line at 60 ppm corresponding to octahedral and tetrahedral Al ions, respectively. The five component resonances were observed in 29Si MAS NMR spectrum of limestone and these resonances were assigned to Si (4 Al), Si (3 Al), Si (2 Al), Si (1 Al) and Si (0 Al) from low field to high field.

  5. Synthesis and spectroscopic characterization of gold nanoparticles

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    Philip, Daizy

    2008-11-01

    Photoluminescent nanoparticles of gold with size 3, 4, 6, and 9 nm are prepared by borohydride/citrate reduction in presence of polyethylene glycol (PEG)/tannic acid. The prepared nanomaterials are characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy and dynamic light scattering (DLS) technique. Intense photoluminescence (PL) is observed in nanoparticles prepared by fast reduction with borohydride in presence of PEG. A red shift of PL emission from 408 to 456 nm is observed for the change of size from 4 to 6 nm. Increase in PL intensity is observed for all the nanoparticles on the addition of KCl. Citrate reduced gold colloid which consists of large particles of size ˜35 nm with anisotropic shapes showing two plasmon peaks is also prepared. The anisotropy is confirmed by TEM measurement. SERS activity of this colloid is tested using glutamic acid as an adsorbate probe. Assignment of the observed bands is given.

  6. New infrared spectroscopic ellipsometer for low-k dielectric characterization

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    Boher, P.; Bucchia, M.; Guillotin, C.; Defranoux, C.; Fouere, J. C.

    2003-09-01

    A new infrared spectroscopic ellipsometer devoted to the characterization of silicon microelectronics has been recently developed at SOPRA. Its main features are the ability to measure on a small spot ( 80×200?m) with a high signal/noise ratio. A original patented optical design suppress back face reflection and insure good quality spectral measurements in the 600-7000cm-1 range. Excellent signal/noise ratio allows to perform measurements in less than 30s. All automation and real time analysis are included to offer an operator orientated metrology tool. Hereafter, the instrument is presented in details, and used to characterize different kinds of low-k dielectrics.

  7. A Survey of Intrinsic Absorption in Active Galaxies using the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer

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    Jay P. Dunn; D. Michael Crenshaw; S. B. Kraemer; J. R. Gabel

    2007-06-20

    We present a survey of 72 Seyfert galaxies and quasars observed by the it Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE). We have determined that 72 of 253 available active galactic nuclei (AGN) targets are viable targets for detection of intrinsic absorption lines. We examined these spectra for signs of intrinsic absorption in the O VI doublet (lambda 1031.9, 1037.6) and Lyman beta (lambda 1025.7). The fraction of Seyfert 1 galaxies and low-redshift quasars at z < 0.15 that show evidence of intrinsic UV absorption is ~50%, which is slightly lower than Crenshaw et al. (1999) found (60%) based on a smaller sample of Seyfert 1 galaxies observed with the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). With this new fraction we find a global covering factor of the absorbing gas with respect to the central nucleus of ~0.4. Our survey is to date the largest searching for intrinsic UV absorption with high spectral resolution, and is the first step toward a more comprehensive study of intrinsic absorption in low-redshift AGN.

  8. Precision radial velocities of double-lined spectroscopic binaries with an iodine absorption cell

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    Maciej Konacki

    2005-02-25

    A spectroscopic technique employing an iodine absorption cell (I_2) to superimpose a reference spectrum onto a stellar spectrum is currently the most widely adopted approach to obtain precision radial velocities of solar-type stars. It has been used to detect ~80 extrasolar planets out of ~130 know. Yet in its original version, it only allows us to measure precise radial velocities of single stars. In this paper, we present a novel method employing an I_2 absorption cell that enables us to accurately determine radial velocities of both components of double-lined binaries. Our preliminary results based on the data from the Keck I telescope and HIRES spectrograph demonstrate that 20-30 m/s radial velocity precision can be routinely obtained for "early" type binaries (F3-F8). For later type binaries, the precision reaches ~10 m/s. We discuss applications of the technique to stellar astronomy and searches for extrasolar planets in binary systems. In particular, we combine the interferometric data collected with the Palomar Testbed Interferometer with our preliminary precision velocities of the spectroscopic double-lined binary HD 4676 to demonstrate that with such a combination one can routinely obtain masses of the binary components accurate at least at the level of 1.0%.

  9. Solvate structures and spectroscopic characterization of LiTFSI electrolytes.

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    Seo, Daniel M; Boyle, Paul D; Sommer, Roger D; Daubert, James S; Borodin, Oleg; Henderson, Wesley A

    2014-11-26

    A Raman spectroscopic evaluation of numerous crystalline solvates with lithium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (LiTFSI or LiN(SO2CF3)2) has been conducted over a wide temperature range. Four new crystalline solvate structures-(PHEN)3:LiTFSI, (2,9-DMPHEN)2:LiTFSI, (G3)1:LiTFSI and (2,6-DMPy)1/2:LiTFSI with phenanthroline, 2,9-dimethyl[1,10]phenanthroline, triglyme, and 2,6-dimethylpyridine, respectively-have been determined to aid in this study. The spectroscopic data have been correlated with varying modes of TFSI(-)···Li(+) cation coordination within the solvate structures to create an electrolyte characterization tool to facilitate the Raman band deconvolution assignments for the determination of ionic association interactions within electrolytes containing LiTFSI. It is found, however, that significant difficulties may be encountered when identifying the distributions of specific forms of TFSI(-) anion coordination present in liquid electrolyte mixtures due to the wide range of TFSI(-)···Li(+) cation interactions possible and the overlap of the corresponding spectroscopic data signatures. PMID:25345716

  10. Characterization of cytochrome c as marker for retinal cell degeneration by uv/vis spectroscopic imaging

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    Hollmach, Julia; Schweizer, Julia; Steiner, Gerald; Knels, Lilla; Funk, Richard H. W.; Thalheim, Silko; Koch, Edmund

    2011-07-01

    Retinal diseases like age-related macular degeneration have become an important cause of visual loss depending on increasing life expectancy and lifestyle habits. Due to the fact that no satisfying treatment exists, early diagnosis and prevention are the only possibilities to stop the degeneration. The protein cytochrome c (cyt c) is a suitable marker for degeneration processes and apoptosis because it is a part of the respiratory chain and involved in the apoptotic pathway. The determination of the local distribution and oxidative state of cyt c in living cells allows the characterization of cell degeneration processes. Since cyt c exhibits characteristic absorption bands between 400 and 650 nm wavelength, uv/vis in situ spectroscopic imaging was used for its characterization in retinal ganglion cells. The large amount of data, consisting of spatial and spectral information, was processed by multivariate data analysis. The challenge consists in the identification of the molecular information of cyt c. Baseline correction, principle component analysis (PCA) and cluster analysis (CA) were performed in order to identify cyt c within the spectral dataset. The combination of PCA and CA reveals cyt c and its oxidative state. The results demonstrate that uv/vis spectroscopic imaging in conjunction with sophisticated multivariate methods is a suitable tool to characterize cyt c under in situ conditions.

  11. 3.4 Spectroscopic Sensors Spectroscopy is the scientific study of the absorption, emission, or scattering of

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    109 3.4 Spectroscopic Sensors Spectroscopy is the scientific study of the absorption, emission spectroscopy · Atomic emission spectroscopy · Atomic fluorescence spectroscopy · Attenuated total reflectance and the other as a reference) localized in a polymer matrix by a microemulsion (Sumner et al. 2002). · A simple

  12. Characterization of organic thin films for OLEDs using spectroscopic ellipsometry

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    Celii, Francis G.; Harton, Tracy B.; Phillips, O. Faye

    1997-04-01

    We report the optical characterization of thin, evaporated organic films used in fabrication of organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs): N,N'-diphenyl-N,N'-bis(3-methyl-phenyl)-l,l'biphenyl-4,4'diamine,or TPD,andtris(8-hydroxy)quinolato aluminum, or Alq3. In particular, we have obtained and analyzed spectroscopic eliipsometry (SE) data using a multi-sample approach, to determine the optical constants for Alq3 and TPD films over the wavelength range 250-850 nm. We show that bi-layer Alq3/TPD films on Si can be analyzed for individual layer thicknesses, even though the refractive index is nearly identical for these films in the visible region. Simulations of in situ monitoring are also presented, which show sub-nm thickness resolution for organic layer growth on a Si monitor wafer. SE has great utility for process control, either by ex situ or in situ thickness measurement.

  13. Spectroscopic characterization of a contemporary Indian miniature painting.

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    Cardeira, Ana Mafalda; Longelin, Stéphane; Le Gac, Agnès; Nogueira, Isabel; Carvalho, Maria Luísa; Manso, Marta

    2013-12-01

    A case study on a contemporary Indian miniature was carried out through the application of different spectroscopic techniques. Painting support, pigments, and dyes were largely characterized by means of energy dispersive x-ray fluorescence and Raman microspectroscopy directly on the artwork. Regarding golden motifs and silvered areas, for which these techniques have not provided enough information, scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy was used as a complementary technique. The painting support was identified as the Bombyx mori silk. Among the colorant matters, several pigments were identified such as chrome yellow, lithopone, hematite, lamp black, mica-titania pearlescent pigment, and tin-based metallic silver, and dyes such as phthalocyanine blue and the recent synthetic pigment red PR9 naphthol AS. All this materials will provide evidence in the support of the contemporary production of the artwork for future studies. PMID:24359650

  14. Thermal, optical and spectroscopic characterizations of borate laser crystals

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    Chavoutier, M.; Jubera, V.; Veber, P.; Velazquez, M.; Viraphong, O.; Hejtmanek, J.; Decourt, R.; Debray, J.; Menaert, B.; Segonds, P.; Adamietz, F.; Rodriguez, V.; Manek-Hoenninger, I.; Fargues, A.; Descamps, D.; Garcia, A.

    2011-02-15

    The Yb-content Li{sub 6}Ln(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} (Ln: Gd, Y) solid solution has been investigated. Crystal growth has been successful for several compositions. A 22% molar content of ytterbium ions was determined by chemical analysis (ICP). Physical properties relevant to laser operation like mechanical hardness, thermal expansion and thermal conductivity were measured on single crystals. Optical measurements, including refractive index and low temperature spectroscopy, were also performed. Finally, the effect of the Y/Gd ratio is discussed. -- Graphical abstract: Several solid solutions of a rare earth borate were studied. The figure illustrates one of these single crystals obtained by Czochralski and shows thermal behaviour and absorption spectra at low temperature. Display Omitted Research highlights: {yields} We have grown by Czochralski method five Li{sub 6}Ln(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} (Ln=Y, Gd,Yb) single crystals. {yields} Chemical, physical and spectroscopic characteristics are reported. {yields} Data relevant to laser operation are listed.

  15. Spectroscopic properties of Bi2ZnOB2O6 single crystals doped with Pr3+ ions: Absorption and luminescence investigations

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    Kasprowicz, D.; Brik, M. G.; Jaroszewski, K.; Pedzinski, T.; Bursa, B.; G?uchowski, P.; Majchrowski, A.; Michalski, E.

    2015-09-01

    Nonlinear optical Bi2ZnOB2O6 single crystals doped with Pr3+ ions were grown using the Kyropoulos method. The absorption and luminescence properties of these new systems were investigated for the first time. The crystals are characterized by the large values of nonlinear optical coefficients. Effective luminescence of the Pr3+ ions makes this system an excellent candidate for the near-infrared (NIR) and/or ultraviolet (UV) to visible (VIS) laser converters. Based on the obtained experimental spectroscopic data, detailed analysis of the absorption and luminescence spectra was performed using the conventional Judd-Ofelt theory. Those transitions, which can be potentially used for laser applications of the Pr3+ ion, have been identified. In addition to the intensity parameters ?2, ?4, ?6 the branching ratios and radiative lifetimes were estimated for all possible transitions in the studied spectral region.

  16. Near-infrared diode laser based spectroscopic detection of ammonia: a comparative study of photoacoustic and direct optical absorption methods

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    Bozoki, Zoltan; Mohacsi, Arpad; Szabo, Gabor; Bor, Zsolt; Erdelyi, Miklos; Chen, Weidong; Tittel, Frank K.

    2002-01-01

    A photoacoustic spectroscopic (PAS) and a direct optical absorption spectroscopic (OAS) gas sensor, both using continuous-wave room-temperature diode lasers operating at 1531.8 nm, were compared on the basis of ammonia detection. Excellent linear correlation between the detector signals of the two systems was found. Although the physical properties and the mode of operation of both sensors were significantly different, their performances were found to be remarkably similar, with a sub-ppm level minimum detectable concentration of ammonia and a fast response time in the range of a few minutes.

  17. Spectroscopic detection, characterization and dynamics of free radicals relevant to combustion processes

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    Miller, Terry

    2015-06-04

    Combustion chemistry is enormously complex. The chemical mechanisms involve a multitude of elementary reaction steps and a comparable number of reactive intermediates, many of which are free radicals. Computer simulations based upon these mechanisms are limited by the validity of the mechanisms and the parameters characterizing the properties of the intermediates and their reactivity. Spectroscopy can provide data for sensitive and selective diagnostics to follow their reactions. Spectroscopic analysis also provides detailed parameters characterizing the properties of these intermediates. These parameters serve as experimental gold standards to benchmark predictions of these properties from large-scale, electronic structure calculations. This work has demonstrated the unique capabilities of near-infrared cavity ringdown spectroscopy (NIR CRDS) to identify, characterize and monitor intermediates of key importance in complex chemical reactions. Our studies have focussed on the large family of organic peroxy radicals which are arguably themost important intermediates in combustion chemistry and many other reactions involving the oxidation of organic compounds. Our spectroscopic studies have shown that the NIR Ã - ˜X electronic spectra of the peroxy radicals allows one to differentiate among chemical species in the organic peroxy family and also determine their isomeric and conformic structure in many cases. We have clearly demonstrated this capability on saturated and unsaturated peroxy radicals and ?-hydroxy peroxy radicals. In addition we have developed a unique dual wavelength CRDS apparatus specifically for the purpose of measuring absolute absorption cross section and following the reaction of chemical intermediates. The utility of the apparatus has been demonstrated by measuring the cross-section and self-reaction rate constant for ethyl peroxy.

  18. Evaluation of laser absorption spectroscopic techniques for eddy covariance flux measurements of ammonia.

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    Whitehead, James D; Twigg, Marsailidh; Famulari, Daniela; Nemitz, Eiko; Sutton, Mark A; Gallagher, Martin W; Fowler, David

    2008-03-15

    An intercomparison was made between eddy covariance flux measurements of ammonia by a quantum cascade laser absorption spectrometer (QCLAS) and a lead-salt tunable diode laser absorption spectrometer (TDLAS). The measurements took place in September 2004 and again in April 2005 over a managed grassland site in Southern Scotland, U.K. These were also compared with a flux estimate derived from an "Ammonia Measurement by ANnular Denuder with online Analysis" (AMANDA), using the aerodynamic gradient method (AGM). The concentration and flux measurements from the QCLAS correlated well with those of the TDLAS and the AGM systems when emissions were high, following slurry application to the field. Both the QCLAS and TDLAS, however, underestimated the flux when compared with the AMANDA system, by 64%. A flux loss of 41% due to chemical reaction of ammonia in the QCLAS (and 37% in the TDLAS) sample tube walls was identified and characterized using laboratory tests but did not fully accountforthis difference. Recognizing these uncertainties, the agreement between the systems was nevertheless very close (R2 = 0.95 between the QCLAS and the TDLAS; R2 = 0.84 between the QCLAS and the AMANDA) demonstrating the suitability of the laser absorption methods for quantifying the temporal dynamics of ammonia fluxes. PMID:18409634

  19. Spectroscopic characterization of collagen cross-links in bone

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    Paschalis, E. P.; Verdelis, K.; Doty, S. B.; Boskey, A. L.; Mendelsohn, R.; Yamauchi, M.

    2001-01-01

    Collagen is the most abundant protein of the organic matrix in mineralizing tissues. One of its most critical properties is its cross-linking pattern. The intermolecular cross-linking provides the fibrillar matrices with mechanical properties such as tensile strength and viscoelasticity. In this study, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and FTIR imaging (FTIRI) analyses were performed in a series of biochemically characterized samples including purified collagen cross-linked peptides, demineralized bovine bone collagen from animals of different ages, collagen from vitamin B6-deficient chick homogenized bone and their age- and sex-matched controls, and histologically stained thin sections from normal human iliac crest biopsy specimens. One region of the FTIR spectrum of particular interest (the amide I spectral region) was resolved into its underlying components. Of these components, the relative percent area ratio of two subbands at approximately 1660 cm(-1) and approximately 1690 cm(-1) was related to collagen cross-links that are abundant in mineralized tissues (i.e., pyridinoline [Pyr] and dehydrodihydroxylysinonorleucine [deH-DHLNL]). This study shows that it is feasible to monitor Pyr and DHLNL collagen cross-links spatial distribution in mineralized tissues. The spectroscopic parameter established in this study may be used in FTIRI analyses, thus enabling the calculation of relative Pyr/DHLNL amounts in thin (approximately 5 microm) calcified tissue sections with a spatial resolution of approximately 7 microm.

  20. Direct imaging and spectroscopic characterization of habitable planets with ELTs

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    Guyon, Olivier; Jovanovic, Nemanja; Lozi, Julien

    2015-12-01

    While the ~1e10 reflected light contrast between Earth-like planets and Sun-like stars is extremely challenging to overcome for ground-based telescopes, habitable planets around lower-mass stars can be "only" a 10 million times fainter than their host stars. Thanks to the small angular resolution offered by upcoming extremely large telescopes (ELTs) and recent advances in wavefront control and coronagraphic techniques, direct imaging and spectroscopic characterization of habitable planets will be possible around nearby M-type stars. Deep (~1e-8) contrast can be achieved by combining (1) sensitive fast visible light wavefront sensing (extreme-AO) with (2) kHz speckle control in the near-IR and (3) high efficiency coronagraphy. Spectroscopy will measure abundances of water, oxygen and methane, measure the planet rotation period, orbit, and identify main surface features through time-domain spectrophotometry.The Subaru Coronagraphic Extreme AO (SCExAO) system is a technology precursor to such a habitable planet imager for ELTs, and is currently under active development. By combining small inner working angle coronagraphy, visible-WFS based extreme-AO and fast speckle control, it will include the key elements of a future ELT system able to image and characterize habitable planets. We describe a technical plan to evolve SCExAO into a habitable planet imager for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), which is aimed at providing such scientific capability during the 2020 decade, and inform the design, deployment and scientific operation of a more capable Extreme-AO instrument.

  1. Confocal Light Absorption and Scattering Spectroscopic (CLASS) imaging: From cancer detection to sub-cellular function

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    Qiu, Le

    Light scattering spectroscopy (LSS), an optical technique that relates the spectroscopic properties of light elastically scattered by small particles to their size, refractive index and shape, has been recently successfully employed for sensing morphological and biochemical properties of epithelial tissues and cells in vivo. LSS does not require exogenous markers, is non-invasive, and, due to its multispectral nature, can sense biological structures well beyond the diffraction limit. All that makes LSS be a very good candidate to be used both in clinical medicine for in vivo detection of disease and in cell biology to monitor cell function on the organelle scale. Recently we developed two LSS-based imaging modalities: clinical Polarized LSS (PLSS) Endoscopic Technique for locating early pre-cancerous changes in GI tract and Confocal Light Absorption and Scattering Spectroscopic (CLASS) Microscopy for studying cells in vivo without exogenous markers. One important application of the clinical PLSS endoscopic instrument, a noncontact scanning imaging device compatible with the standard clinical endoscopes and capable of detecting dysplastic changes, is to serve as a guide for biopsy in Barrett's esophagus (BE). The instrument detects parallel and perpendicular components of the polarized light, backscattered from epithelial tissues, and determines characteristics of epithelial nuclei from the residual spectra. It also can find tissue oxygenation, hemoglobin content and other properties from the diffuse light component. By rapidly scanning esophagus the PLSS endoscopic instrument makes sure the entire BE portion is scanned and examined for the presence of dysplasia. CLASS microscopy, on the other hand, combines principles of light scattering spectroscopy (LSS) with confocal microscopy. Its main purpose is to image cells on organelle scale in vivo without the use of exogenous labels which may affect the cell function. The confocal geometry selects specific region and images are obtained by scanning the confocal volume across the sample. The new beam scanning CLASS microscope is a significant improvement over the previous proof-of-principle device. With this new device we have already performed experiments to monitor morphological changes in cells during apoptosis, differentiated fetal from maternal nucleated red blood cells, and detected plasmon scattering spectra of single gold nanorod.

  2. Spectroscopic characterization of III-V semiconductor nanomaterials

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    Crankshaw, Shanna Marie

    III-V semiconductor materials form a broad basis for optoelectronic applications, including the broad basis of the telecom industry as well as smaller markets for high-mobility transistors. In a somewhat analogous manner as the traditional silicon logic industry has so heavily depended upon process manufacturing development, optoelectronics often relies instead on materials innovations. This thesis focuses particularly on III-V semiconductor nanomaterials, detailed characterization of which is invaluable for translating the exhibited behavior into useful applications. Specifically, the original research described in these thesis chapters is an investigation of semiconductors at a fundamental materials level, because the nanostructures in which they appear crystallize in quite atypical forms for the given semiconductors. Rather than restricting the experimental approaches to any one particular technique, many different types of optical spectroscopies are developed and applied where relevant to elucidate the connection between the crystalline structure and exhibited properties. In the first chapters, for example, a wurtzite crystalline form of the prototypical zincblende III-V binary semiconductor, GaAs, is explored through polarization-dependent Raman spectroscopy and temperature-dependent photoluminescence, as well as second-harmonic generation (SHG). The altered symmetry properties of the wurtzite crystalline structure are particularly evident in the Raman and SHG polarization dependences, all within a bulk material realm. A rather different but deeply elegant aspect of crystalline symmetry in GaAs is explored in a separate study on zincblende GaAs samples quantum-confined in one direction, i.e. quantum well structures, whose quantization direction corresponds to the (110) direction. The (110) orientation modifies the low-temperature electron spin relaxation mechanisms available compared to the usual (001) samples, leading to altered spin coherence times explored through a novel spectroscopic technique first formulated for the rather different purpose of dispersion engineering for slow-light schemes. The frequency-resolved technique combined with the unusual (110) quantum wells in a furthermore atypical waveguide experimental geometry has revealed fascinating behavior of electron spin splitting which points to the possibility of optically orienting electron spins with linearly polarized light---an experimental result supporting a theoretical description of the phenomenon itself only a few years old. Lastly, to explore a space of further-restricted dimensionality, the final chapters describe InP semiconductor nanowires with dimensions small enough to be considered truly one-dimensional. Like the bulk GaAs of the first few chapters, the InP nanowires here crystallize in a wurtzite structure. In the InP nanowire case, though, the experimental techniques explored for characterization are temperature-dependent time-integrated photoluminescence at the single-wire level (including samples with InAsP insertions) and time-resolved photoluminescence at the ensemble level. The carrier dynamics revealed through these time-resolved studies are the first of their kind for wurtzite InP nanowires. The chapters are thus ordered as a progression from three (bulk), to two (quantum well), to one (nanowire), to zero dimensions (axially-structured nanowire), with the uniting theme the emphasis on connecting the semiconductor nanomaterials' crystallinity to its exhibited properties by relevant experimental spectroscopic techniques, whether these are standard methods or effectively invented for the case at hand.

  3. Functional and Spectroscopic Characterization of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii Truncated Hemoglobins

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    Droghetti, Enrica; Tundo, Grazia R.; Sanz-Luque, Emanuel; Polticelli, Fabio; Visca, Paolo; Smulevich, Giulietta; Ascenzi, Paolo; Coletta, Massimo

    2015-01-01

    The single-cell green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii harbors twelve truncated hemoglobins (Cr-TrHbs). Cr-TrHb1-1 and Cr-TrHb1-8 have been postulated to be parts of the nitrogen assimilation pathway, and of a NO-dependent signaling pathway, respectively. Here, spectroscopic and reactivity properties of Cr-TrHb1-1, Cr-TrHb1-2, and Cr-TrHb1-4, all belonging to clsss 1 (previously known as group N or group I), are reported. The ferric form of Cr-TrHb1-1, Cr-TrHb1-2, and Cr-TrHb1-4 displays a stable 6cLS heme-Fe atom, whereas the hexa-coordination of the ferrous derivative appears less strongly stabilized. Accordingly, kinetics of azide binding to ferric Cr-TrHb1-1, Cr-TrHb1-2, and Cr-TrHb1-4 are independent of the ligand concentration. Conversely, kinetics of CO or NO2? binding to ferrous Cr-TrHb1-1, Cr-TrHb1-2, and Cr-TrHb1-4 are ligand-dependent at low CO or NO2? concentrations, tending to level off at high ligand concentrations, suggesting the presence of a rate-limiting step. In agreement with the different heme-Fe environments, the pH-dependent kinetics for CO and NO2?binding to ferrous Cr-TrHb1-1, Cr-TrHb1-2, and Cr-TrHb1-4 are characterized by different ligand-linked protonation events. This raises the question of whether the simultaneous presence in C. reinhardtii of multiple TrHb1s may be related to different regulatory roles. PMID:25993270

  4. Submillimeter-Wave Spectroscopic Instruments: Multi-functional Atmospheric Characterization

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    Mehdi, I.; Gulkis, S.; Allen, M. A.; Schlecht, E.; Chattopadhyay, G.

    2012-10-01

    Submillimeter-wave spectroscopic instruments provide unique capability in terms of providing quantitative measurements of trace gas compositions in planetary atmospheres. Such instruments also provide temporal and wind velocity mapping capability.

  5. Theoretical modeling of the spectroscopic absorption properties of luciferin and oxyluciferin: A critical comparison with recent experimental studies

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    Anselmi, Massimiliano; Marocchi, Simone; Aschi, Massimiliano; Amadei, Andrea

    2012-01-01

    Firefly luciferin and its oxidated form, oxyluciferin, are two heterocyclic compounds involved in the enzymatic reaction, catalyzed by redox proteins called luciferases, which provides the bioluminescence in a wide group of arthropods. Whereas the electronic absorption spectra of D-luciferin in water at different pHs are known since 1960s, only recently reliable experimental electronic spectra of oxyluciferin have become available. In addition oxyluciferin is involved in a triple chemical equilibria (deprotonation of the two hydroxyl groups and keto-enol tautomerism of the 4-hydroxythiazole ring), that obligates to select during an experiment a predominant species, tuning pH or solvent polarity besides introducing chemical modifications. In this study we report the absorption spectra of luciferin and oxyluciferin in each principal chemical form, calculated by means of perturbed matrix method (PMM), which allowed us to successfully introduce the effect of the solvent on the spectroscopic absorption properties, and compare the result with available experimental data.

  6. Absorption properties of type-II InAs/InAsSb superlattices measured by spectroscopic ellipsometry

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    Webster, P. T.; Riordan, N. A.; Liu, S.; Zhang, Y.-H.; Johnson, S. R.; Steenbergen, E. H.

    2015-02-09

    Strain-balanced InAs/InAsSb superlattices offer access to the mid- to long-wavelength infrared region with what is essentially a ternary material system at the GaSb lattice constant. The absorption coefficients of InAs/InAsSb superlattices grown by molecular beam epitaxy on (100)-oriented GaSb substrates are measured at room temperature over the 30 to 800?meV photon energy range using spectroscopic ellipsometry, and the miniband structure of each superlattice is calculated using a Kronig-Penney model. The InAs/InAsSb conduction band offset is used as a fitting parameter to align the calculated superlattice ground state transition energy to the measured absorption onset at room temperature and to the photoluminescence peak energy at low temperature. It is observed that the ground state absorption coefficient and transition strength are proportional to the square of the wavefunction overlap and the ground state absorption coefficient approaches a maximum value of around 5780?cm{sup ?1} as the wavefunction overlap approaches 100%. The absorption analysis of these samples indicates that the optical joint density of states is weakly dependent on the period thickness and Sb content of the superlattice, and that wavefunction overlap is the principal design parameter in terms of obtaining strong absorption in these structures.

  7. Absorption properties of type-II InAs/InAsSb superlattices measured by spectroscopic ellipsometry

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    Webster, P. T.; Riordan, N. A.; Liu, S.; Steenbergen, E. H.; Synowicki, R. A.; Zhang, Y.-H.; Johnson, S. R.

    2015-02-01

    Strain-balanced InAs/InAsSb superlattices offer access to the mid- to long-wavelength infrared region with what is essentially a ternary material system at the GaSb lattice constant. The absorption coefficients of InAs/InAsSb superlattices grown by molecular beam epitaxy on (100)-oriented GaSb substrates are measured at room temperature over the 30 to 800 meV photon energy range using spectroscopic ellipsometry, and the miniband structure of each superlattice is calculated using a Kronig-Penney model. The InAs/InAsSb conduction band offset is used as a fitting parameter to align the calculated superlattice ground state transition energy to the measured absorption onset at room temperature and to the photoluminescence peak energy at low temperature. It is observed that the ground state absorption coefficient and transition strength are proportional to the square of the wavefunction overlap and the ground state absorption coefficient approaches a maximum value of around 5780 cm-1 as the wavefunction overlap approaches 100%. The absorption analysis of these samples indicates that the optical joint density of states is weakly dependent on the period thickness and Sb content of the superlattice, and that wavefunction overlap is the principal design parameter in terms of obtaining strong absorption in these structures.

  8. Silicon Heterojunction Solar Cell Characterization and Optimization Using In Situ and Ex Situ Spectroscopic Ellipsometry: Preprint

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    Levi, D.; Iwaniczko, E.; Page, M.; Branz, H.; Wang, T.

    2006-05-01

    We use in-situ and ex-situ spectroscopic ellipsometry to characterize the optical, electronic, and structural properties of individual layers and completed silicon heterojunction devices. The combination of in-situ measurements during thin film deposition with ex-situ measurements of completed devices allows us to understand both the growth dynamics of the materials and the effects of each processing step on material properties. In-situ ellipsometry measurements enable us to map out how the optical properties change with deposition conditions, pointing the way towards reducing the absorption loss and increasing device efficiency. We use the measured optical properties and thickness of the i-, n-, and p-layers in optical device modeling to determine how the material properties affect device performance. Our best solar energy conversion efficiencies are 16.9% for a non-textured, single-sided device with an aluminum back surface field contact on a p-type float zone silicon wafer, and 17.8% for a textured double-sided device on a p-type float zone silicon wafer.

  9. Synthesis and spectroscopic characterization of a new (aryl-SCN)n polymer: Polythiocyanatohydroquinone

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    Baryshnikov, Gleb V.; Galagan, Rostislav L.; Shepetun, Ludmila P.; Litvin, Valentina A.; Minaev, Boris F.

    2015-09-01

    In the present work we have demonstrated the first synthesis of the polythiocyanogen-like (aryl-SCN)n compound (polythiocyanatohydroquinone) from the initial 1,4-benzoquinone and NH4SCN reagents under the normal conditions in the glacial acetic acid medium. The synthesized amorphous polymer was characterized experimentally by the FT-IR and UV-vis spectroscopic methods accompanied with theoretical assignments by the density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent DFT calculations. The transmission electron microscopy and the XRD pattern analysis were used to indicate the amorphous structure of the synthesized polymer. The DFT geometry optimization of a number of oligomers (n = 4-8) permit us to predict the possible structure of polythiocyanatohydroquinone and to assign the observed bands in IR and UV-vis absorption spectra. It was found that the synthesized polythiocyanatohydroquinone powder has a complicated structure which can be represented as a branched polymer constructed from the mono- and doubly-SCN-substituted benzene-1,4-diol moieties. This new material demonstrates a good stabilizing effect in respect to colloidal solutions of Ag and Au nanoparticles. Additionally, polythiocyanatohydroquinone is predicted to be a promising candidate for creation of metal-containing composite materials. Its application as a framework for the Pt electrode closing is found very useful.

  10. Spectroscopic characterization of novel multilayer mirrors intended for astronomical and laboratory applications

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    Ragozin, Eugene N.; Mednikov, Konstantin N.; Pertsov, Andrei A.; Pirozhkov, Alexander S.; Reva, Anton A.; Shestov, Sergei V.; Ul'yanov, Artem S.; Vishnyakov, Eugene A.

    2009-05-01

    We report measurements of the reflection spectra of (i) concave (spherical and parabolic) Mo/Si, Mg/Si, and Al/Zr multilayer mirrors (MMs) intended for imaging solar spectroscopy in the framework of the TESIS/CORONAS-FOTON Satellite Project and of (ii) an aperiodic Mo/Si MM optimized for maximum uniform reflectivity in the 125-250 Å range intended for laboratory applications. The reflection spectra were measured in the configuration of a transmission grating spectrometer employing the radiation of a tungsten laser-driven plasma as the source. The function of detectors was fulfilled by backside-illuminated CCDs coated with Al or Zr/Si multilayer absorption filters. High-intensity second-order interference reflection peaks at wavelengths of about 160 Å were revealed in the reflection spectra of the 304-Å Mo/Si MMs. By contrast, the second-order reflection peak in the spectra of the new-generation narrow-band (~12 Å FWHM) 304-Å Mg/Si MMs is substantially depressed. Manifestations of the NEXAFS structure of the L2, 3 absorption edges of Al and Al2O3 were observed in the spectra recorded. The broadband Mo/Si MM was employed as the focusing element of spectrometers in experiments involving (i) the charge exchange of multiply charged ions with the donor atoms of a rare-gas jet; (ii) the spectroscopic characterization of a debris-free soft X-ray radiation source excited by Nd laser pulses in a Xe jet (iii) near-IR-to-soft-X-ray frequency conversion (double Doppler effect) occurring in the retroreflection from the relativistic electron plasma wake wave (flying mirror) driven by a multiterawatt laser in a pulsed helium jet.

  11. Photochemistry of Furyl- and Thienyldiazomethanes: Spectroscopic Characterization of Triplet 3-Thienylcarbene

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    Pharr, Caroline R.; Kopff, Laura A.; Bennett, Brian; Reid, Scott A.; McMahon, Robert J.

    2014-01-01

    Photolysis (? > 543 nm) of 3-thienyldiazomethane (1), matrix isolated in Ar or N2 at 10 K, yields triplet 3-thienylcarbene (13) and ?-thial-methylenecyclopropene (9). Carbene 13 was characterized by IR, UV/vis, and EPR spectroscopy. The conformational isomers of 3-thienylcarbene (s-E and s-Z) exhibit an unusually large difference in zero-field splitting parameters in the triplet EPR spectrum (|D/hc| = 0.508 cm?1, |E/hc| = 0.0554 cm?1; |D/hc| = 0.579 cm?1, |E/hc| = 0.0315 cm?1). Natural Bond Orbital (NBO) calculations reveal substantially differing spin densities in the 3-thienyl ring at the positions adjacent to the carbene center, which is one factor contributing to the large difference in D values. NBO calculations also reveal a stabilizing interaction between the sp orbital of the carbene carbon in the s-Z rotamer of 13 and the antibonding ? orbital between sulfur and the neighboring carbon—an interaction that is not observed in the s-E rotamer of 13. In contrast to the EPR spectra, the electronic absorption spectra of the rotamers of triplet 3-thienylcarbene (13) are indistinguishable under our experimental conditions. The carbene exhibits a weak electronic absorption in the visible spectrum (?max = 467 nm) that is characteristic of triplet arylcarbenes. Although studies of 2-thienyldiazomethane (2), 3-furyldiazomethane (3), or 2-furyldiazomethane (4) provided further insight into the photochemical interconversions among C5H4S or C5H4O isomers, these studies did not lead to the spectroscopic detection of the corresponding triplet carbenes (2-thienylcarbene (11), 3-furylcarbene (23), or 2-furylcarbene (22), respectively). PMID:22463599

  12. Life Finder Detectors; Detector Needs and Status for Spectroscopic Biosignature Characterization

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    Rauscher, Bernard J.; Bolcar, Matthew R.; Clampin, Mark; Domagal-Goldman, Shawn; McElwain, Michael W.; Moseley, Samuel H.; Stahle, Carl; Stark, Christopher C.; Thronson, Harley A.

    2016-01-01

    The search for life on other worlds looms large in NASA's future. Outside our solar system, direct spectroscopic biosignature characterization using very large UV-Optical-IR telescopes with coronagraphs or starshades is a core technique to both AURA's High Definition Space Telescope (HDST) concept and NASA's 30-year strategic plan. These giant space observatories require technological advancements in several areas, one of which is detectors. In this presentation, we review the detector requirements for spectroscopic biosignature characterization and discuss the status of some existing and proposed detector technologies for meeting them.

  13. SPECTROSCOPIC CHARACTERIZATION AND DETECTION OF ETHYL MERCAPTAN IN ORION

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    Kolesniková, L.; Alonso, J. L.; Daly, A. M.; Tercero, B.; Cernicharo, J.; Gordon, B. P.; Shipman, S. T. E-mail: jlalonso@qf.uva.es E-mail: terceromb@cab.inta-csic.es E-mail: brittany.gordon@ncf.edu

    2014-03-20

    New laboratory data of ethyl mercaptan, CH{sub 3}CH{sub 2}SH, in the millimeter- and submillimeter-wave domains (up to 880 GHz) provided very precise values of the spectroscopic constants that allowed the detection of gauche-CH{sub 3}CH{sub 2}SH toward Orion KL. This identification is supported by 77 unblended or slightly blended lines plus no missing transitions in the range 80-280 GHz. A detection of methyl mercaptan, CH{sub 3}SH, in the spectral survey of Orion KL is reported as well. Our column density results indicate that methyl mercaptan is ? 5 times more abundant than ethyl mercaptan in the hot core of Orion KL.

  14. Spectroscopic Characterization and Detection of Ethyl Mercaptan in Orion

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    Kolesniková, Lucie; Daly, Adam M.; Alonso, José L.; Tercero, Belén; Cernicharo, Jose; Gordon, Bri; Shipman, Steven

    2014-06-01

    The rotational spectrum of ethyl mercaptan, CH3CH2SH, has been measured in the microwave, millimeter- and submillimeter-wave regions from 8 to 880 GHz and more than 2800 distinct transition frequencies have been assigned for the gauche- and trans-conformers. Very precise values of the spectroscopic constants allowed the detection of the gauche-CH_3CH_2SH towards Orion KL. 77 unblended or slightly blended lines plus no missing transitions in the range 80 -- 280 GHz support this identification. Trans--CH_3CH_2SH has been detected tentatively. L. Kolesniková, B. Tercero, J. Cernicharo, A. M. Daly, J. L. Alonso, B. P. Gordon, S. Shipman, Astrophys. J. Lett. 2014, accepted.

  15. Comprehensive Spectroscopic Characterization of Model Aromatic Substituents of Lignin

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    Dean, Jacob C.; Vara, Vanesa Vaquero; Hotopp, Kelly M.; Dian, Brian C.; Zwier, Timothy S.

    2012-06-01

    2,6-Dimethoxyphenol (2,6-DMP) is a model compound with aromatic substitution similar to that in sinapyl alcohol, one of the three monomers that make up lignin. 2,6-DMP has been studied combining several spectroscopic techniques that span the microwave, infrared and ultraviolet regions. Spectra from laser-induced fluorescence excitation, IR-UV hole-burning, fluorescence dip IR, dispersed fluorescence and rotational spectra have allowed us to develop more insight to the structural details, intramolecular H-bonding and electronic excited states of this sinapyl alcohol analog. Coupling in the CH stretch region, broadening effects in the IR spectra and Coriolis coupling due to the OH tunneling coordinate in the rotational spectrum will be shown as we present this diverse set of experimental data involving transitions between different vibronic, vibrational and rotational levels of the molecule. These features will be compared to those in 2-methoxyphenol and 4-methyl-2,6-DMP during the discussion.

  16. Design and Spectroscopic Characterization of Peptide Models for the Plastocyanin Copper-Binding Loop

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    Gibney, Brian R.

    of the remainder of the folded protein but, by itself, cannot stabilize a type 1 copper site, emphasizing the roleDesign and Spectroscopic Characterization of Peptide Models for the Plastocyanin Copper of two peptides, designed on the basis of the active site sequence and structure of the blue copper

  17. Optical absorption spectroscopic diagnostics during sputter deposition of Y-Ba-Cu-oxide

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    Blair, A. J.; Metzger, G.; Fleddermann, C. B.

    1992-11-01

    Optical absorption spectroscopy has been used in situ as a diagnostic for studying the sputter deposition of high-temperature superconductors. Both atomic and molecular species were monitored using hollow-cathode lamps as line sources and a quartz tungsten-halogen lamp as a broadband source. Measurements were made of the relative atomic and molecular species concentrations in front of the target during sputtering of Y-Ba-Cu-oxide targets using a Kaufman ion gun. The absorption measurements showed that the fluxes of ground state Ba, Cu, BaO, and CuO ejected from a composite target during argon- and oxygen-ion bombardment varied greatly with sputtering parameters. Absorptions due to Y and YO were too weak to be reliably measured. Various studies of the effects of changes in ion-beam energy, ion flux to the target, target temperature, oxygen content of the beam, and incident ion angle were performed. Stoichiometry of deposited films was also measured and correlated to the absorption results. Absorption measurements during argon- and oxygen-ion sputtering of a pure copper target were made for comparison with the results from the superconducting target. These measurements show that the relative density of species ejected from the target is highly dependent on the sputtering conditions, and indicate that careful control of beam parameters is essential for repeatable stoichiometry in deposited films.

  18. Vibrational spectroscopic characterization of wild growing mushrooms and toadstools

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    Moha?ek-Grošev, Vlasta; Božac, Romano; Puppels, Gerwin J.

    2001-12-01

    Recently, there has been increase of general interest in fungi because of the possible medical applications of their polysaccharide constituents called glucans, some of which are reported to have immunomodulatory properties. Since an extraction method can change the chemical composition of a substance, especially a delicate one such as fungal thallus, it is necessary and useful to know more about the studied matter in advance in order to choose the chemical procedure properly. We demonstrated the usefulness of vibrational spectroscopy in identifying different glucan types in various parts of intact fruiting bodies of Asco- and Basidiomycetes. Fourier transform-infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy was used for obtaining vibrational spectra of spores and fruiting bodies of more than 70 species belonging to 37 different genera of wild growing mushrooms. The list of the bands in 750-950 cm -1 interval, assigned to ?- and ?-glucans, is provided for all species studied. Vibrational spectra in the interval 1000-1200 cm -1 could serve as an indicator of mushroom genus, although particular species cannot be identified spectroscopically. Great similarities in spectra of spores of the same genus, but different species, e.g. Tricholoma album and Trichloma sulphureum, were observed. On the other hand, spectra of cap, stalk and spores of the same mushroom show great differences, indicating variety in the chemical composition of different parts of the same fruiting body.

  19. Impedance spectroscopic characterization of gadolinium substituted cobalt ferrite ceramics

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    Rahman, Md. T. Ramana, C. V.

    2014-10-28

    Gadolinium (Gd) substituted cobalt ferrites (CoFe{sub 2?x}Gd{sub x}O{sub 4}, referred to CFGO) with variable Gd content (x?=?0.0–0.4) have been synthesized by solid state ceramic method. The crystal structure and impedance properties of CFGO compounds have been evaluated. X-ray diffraction measurements indicate that CFGO crystallize in the inverse spinel phase. The CFGO compounds exhibit lattice expansion due to substitution of larger Gd ions into the crystal lattice. Impedance spectroscopy analysis was performed under a wide range of frequency (f?=?20?Hz–1?MHz) and temperature (T?=?303–573?K). Electrical properties of Gd incorporated Co ferrite ceramics are enhanced compared to pure CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} due to the lattice distortion. Impedance spectroscopic analysis illustrates the variation of bulk grain and grain-boundary contributions towards the electrical resistance and capacitance of CFGO materials with temperature. A two-layer heterogeneous model consisting of moderately conducting grain interior (ferrite-phase) regions separated by insulating grain boundaries (resistive-phase) accurately account for the observed temperature and frequency dependent electrical characteristic of CFGO ceramics.

  20. Isomerism of Cyanomethanimine: Accurate Structural, Energetic, and Spectroscopic Characterization.

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    Puzzarini, Cristina

    2015-11-25

    The structures, relative stabilities, and rotational and vibrational parameters of the Z-C-, E-C-, and N-cyanomethanimine isomers have been evaluated using state-of-the-art quantum-chemical approaches. Equilibrium geometries have been calculated by means of a composite scheme based on coupled-cluster calculations that accounts for the extrapolation to the complete basis set limit and core-correlation effects. The latter approach is proved to provide molecular structures with an accuracy of 0.001-0.002 Å and 0.05-0.1° for bond lengths and angles, respectively. Systematically extrapolated ab initio energies, accounting for electron correlation through coupled-cluster theory, including up to single, double, triple, and quadruple excitations, and corrected for core-electron correlation and anharmonic zero-point vibrational energy, have been used to accurately determine relative energies and the Z-E isomerization barrier with an accuracy of about 1 kJ/mol. Vibrational and rotational spectroscopic parameters have been investigated by means of hybrid schemes that allow us to obtain rotational constants accurate to about a few megahertz and vibrational frequencies with a mean absolute error of ?1%. Where available, for all properties considered, a very good agreement with experimental data has been observed. PMID:26529434

  1. Photomask CD and LER characterization using Mueller matrix spectroscopic ellipsometry

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    Heinrich, A.; Dirnstorfer, I.; Bischoff, J.; Meiner, K.; Ketelsen, H.; Richter, U.; Mikolajick, T.

    2014-10-01

    Critical dimension and line edge roughness on photomask arrays are determined with Mueller matrix spectroscopic ellipsometry. Arrays with large sinusoidal perturbations are measured for different azimuth angels and compared with simulations based on rigorous coupled wave analysis. Experiment and simulation show that line edge roughness leads to characteristic changes in the different Mueller matrix elements. The influence of line edge roughness is interpreted as an increase of isotropic character of the sample. The changes in the Mueller matrix elements are very similar when the arrays are statistically perturbed with rms roughness values in the nanometer range suggesting that the results on the sinusoidal test structures are also relevant for "real" mask errors. Critical dimension errors and line edge roughness have similar impact on the SE MM measurement. To distinguish between both deviations, a strategy based on the calculation of sensitivities and correlation coefficients for all Mueller matrix elements is shown. The Mueller matrix elements M13/M31 and M34/M43 are the most suitable elements due to their high sensitivities to critical dimension errors and line edge roughness and, at the same time, to a low correlation coefficient between both influences. From the simulated sensitivities, it is estimated that the measurement accuracy has to be in the order of 0.01 and 0.001 for the detection of 1 nm critical dimension error and 1 nm line edge roughness, respectively.

  2. Regular paper Spectroscopic characterization of the excitation energy transfer

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    van Stokkum, Ivo

    , fucoxanthin­chlorophyll protein, marine photosynthesis, ultrafast spectroscopy Abstract We characterized a distinct pigment composition and binds chlorophyll a (Chl-a), fucoxanthin and chlorophyll c (Chl network is discussed in relation to the pigment organization of the FCP complex. Abbreviations: Chl

  3. ACCURATE SPECTROSCOPIC CHARACTERIZATION OF PROTONATED OXIRANE: A POTENTIAL PREBIOTIC SPECIES IN TITAN’S ATMOSPHERE

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    Puzzarini, Cristina; Ali, Ashraf; Biczysko, Malgorzata; Barone, Vincenzo

    2015-01-01

    An accurate spectroscopic characterization of protonated oxirane has been carried out by means of state-of-the-art computational methods and approaches. The calculated spectroscopic parameters from our recent computational investigation of oxirane together with the corresponding experimental data available were used to assess the accuracy of our predicted rotational and IR spectra of protonated oxirane. We found an accuracy of about 10 cm?1 for vibrational transitions (fundamentals as well as overtones and combination bands) and, in relative terms, of 0.1% for rotational transitions. We are therefore confident that the spectroscopic data provided herein are a valuable support for the detection of protonated oxirane not only in Titan’s atmosphere but also in the interstellar medium. PMID:26543241

  4. Accurate spectroscopic characterization of protonated oxirane: a potential prebiotic species in Titan's atmosphere

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    Puzzarini, Cristina; Ali, Ashraf; Biczysko, Malgorzata; Barone, Vincenzo

    2014-09-10

    An accurate spectroscopic characterization of protonated oxirane has been carried out by means of state-of-the-art computational methods and approaches. The calculated spectroscopic parameters from our recent computational investigation of oxirane together with the corresponding experimental data available were used to assess the accuracy of our predicted rotational and IR spectra of protonated oxirane. We found an accuracy of about 10 cm{sup –1} for vibrational transitions (fundamentals as well as overtones and combination bands) and, in relative terms, of 0.1% for rotational transitions. We are therefore confident that the spectroscopic data provided herein are a valuable support for the detection of protonated oxirane not only in Titan's atmosphere but also in the interstellar medium.

  5. X-ray absorption spectroscopic studies of mononuclear non-heme iron enzymes

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    Westre, T.E.

    1996-01-01

    Fe-K-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) has been used to investigate the electronic and geometric structure of the iron active site in non-heme iron enzymes. A new theoretical extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) analysis approach, called GNXAS, has been tested on data for iron model complexes to evaluate the utility and reliability of this new technique, especially with respect to the effects of multiple-scattering. In addition, a detailed analysis of the 1s{yields}3d pre-edge feature has been developed as a tool for investigating the oxidation state, spin state, and geometry of iron sites. Edge and EXAFS analyses have then been applied to the study of non-heme iron enzyme active sites.

  6. Spectroscopic investigation of amber color silicate glasses and factors affecting the amber related absorption bands.

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    Morsi, Morsi M; El-Sherbiny, Samya I; Mohamed, Karam M

    2015-06-15

    The effects of carbon, Fe2O3 and Na2SO4 contents on the amber color of glass with composition (wt%) 64.3 SiO2, 25.7 CaO, 10 Na2O were studied. The effect of some additives that could be found in glass batch or cullets on the amber related absorption band(s) was also studied. An amber related absorption band due to the chromophore Fe(3+)O3S(2-) was recorded at 420 nm with shoulder at 440 nm. A second amber related band recorded at 474 nm with shoulder at 483 nm was assigned to FeS. Increasing melting time at 1400°C up to 6h caused fainting of the amber color, decreases the intensities of the amber related bands and shifted the first band to 406 nm. Addition of ZnO, Cu2O and NaNO3 to the glass produced decolorizing effect and vanishing of the amber related bands. The effects of melting time and these additives were explained on the bases of destruction the amber chromophore and its conversion into Fe(3+) in tetrahedral sites or ZnS. Addition of Se intensifies the amber related bands and may cause dark coloration due to the formation of Se° and polyselenide. Amber color can be monitored through measuring the absorption in the range 406-420 nm. PMID:25795612

  7. Spectroscopic investigation of amber color silicate glasses and factors affecting the amber related absorption bands

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    Morsi, Morsi M.; El-sherbiny, Samya I.; Mohamed, Karam M.

    2015-06-01

    The effects of carbon, Fe2O3 and Na2SO4 contents on the amber color of glass with composition (wt%) 64.3 SiO2, 25.7 CaO, 10 Na2O were studied. The effect of some additives that could be found in glass batch or cullets on the amber related absorption band(s) was also studied. An amber related absorption band due to the chromophore Fe3+O3S2- was recorded at 420 nm with shoulder at 440 nm. A second amber related band recorded at 474 nm with shoulder at 483 nm was assigned to FeS. Increasing melting time at 1400 °C up to 6 h caused fainting of the amber color, decreases the intensities of the amber related bands and shifted the first band to 406 nm. Addition of ZnO, Cu2O and NaNO3 to the glass produced decolorizing effect and vanishing of the amber related bands. The effects of melting time and these additives were explained on the bases of destruction the amber chromophore and its conversion into Fe3+ in tetrahedral sites or ZnS. Addition of Se intensifies the amber related bands and may cause dark coloration due to the formation of Se° and polyselenide. Amber color can be monitored through measuring the absorption in the range 406-420 nm.

  8. Electronic absorption spectroscopic behavior and acidity constants of some new dinitrophenylhydrazone derivatives

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    Alizadeh, Kamal; Amraie, Abouzar

    2015-08-01

    In the present study, UV-visible electronic spectra of three new 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazone derivatives (C1, C2 and C3) have been studied. Different bands observed have been assigned to the proper electronic transitions. The solvatochromic behaviors of these compounds were investigated by studying their electronic spectra in several organic solvents with different polarities. The longer wavelength band is assigned to an intermolecular charge transfer transition. The solvated H-bonding complexes formed between dimethylformamide and 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazone derivatives were also investigated. ?G, and the Kf values of the molecular complexes formed in solution have been determined. Effects of temperature increase and concentration changes on the longer spectroscopic wavelength band of the studied compounds were investigated. In this work, the behavior of acidity constants of these compounds in different pH values is studied by a multiwavelength spectrophotometric method too.

  9. Electronic absorption spectroscopic behavior and acidity constants of some new dinitrophenylhydrazone derivatives.

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    Alizadeh, Kamal; Amraie, Abouzar

    2015-08-01

    In the present study, UV-visible electronic spectra of three new 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazone derivatives (C1, C2 and C3) have been studied. Different bands observed have been assigned to the proper electronic transitions. The solvatochromic behaviors of these compounds were investigated by studying their electronic spectra in several organic solvents with different polarities. The longer wavelength band is assigned to an intermolecular charge transfer transition. The solvated H-bonding complexes formed between dimethylformamide and 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazone derivatives were also investigated. ?G, and the Kf values of the molecular complexes formed in solution have been determined. Effects of temperature increase and concentration changes on the longer spectroscopic wavelength band of the studied compounds were investigated. In this work, the behavior of acidity constants of these compounds in different pH values is studied by a multiwavelength spectrophotometric method too. PMID:25827767

  10. Application of Spectroscopic Ellipsometry and Mueller Ellipsometry to Optical Characterization

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    Garcia-Caurel, Enric; Gaston, Jean-Paul; Yan, Li

    2012-01-01

    This article aims to provide a brief overview of both established and novel ellipsometry techniques, as well as their applications. Ellipsometry is an indirect optical technique in that information about the physical properties of a sample is obtained through modeling analysis. Standard ellipsometry is typically used to characterize optically isotropic bulk and/or layered materials. More advanced techniques like Mueller ellipsometry, also known as polarimetry in literature, are necessary for the complete and accurate characterization of anisotropic and/or depolarizing samples which occur in many instances, both in research and "real life" activities. In this article we cover three main areas of subject: basic theory of polarization, standard ellipsometry and Mueller ellipsometry. Section I is devoted to a short and pedagogical introduction of the formalisms used to describe light polarization. The following section is devoted to standard ellipsometry. The focus is on the experimental aspects, including both p...

  11. Absorption and emission spectroscopic characterisation of the LOV2-His domain of phot from Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

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    Holzer, W.; Penzkofer, A.; Hegemann, P.

    2005-01-01

    The absorption and emission behaviour of flavin mononucleotide (FMN) in the wild-type light, oxygen and voltage sensitive domain LOV2 of the photoreceptor phot from the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is studied. Actually a LOV2-His protein (LOV2 domain bound at N-terminal to 15 His aminoacids via a Gly aminoacid) expressed in an Escherichia coli strain is investigated. For fresh samples stored in the dark an initial fluorescence quantum yield of ?F = 0.12 ± 0.01 and an effective fluorescence lifetime of ?F = 2.4 ± 0.1 ns are determined. Blue-light photo-excitation generates an intermediate photoproduct (flavin-C(4a)-cysteinyl adduct with absorption peak at 390 nm) resulting in an intensity-dependent fluorescence quenching. In the aqueous solutions at pH 8 approximately 3.8% of the FMN molecules are not bound to the protein binding pocket, whereas 96.2% are non-covalently bound. Even at high-intensity light excitation at 428 nm a fraction of about 7% of the non-covalently bound FMN remains non-converted to an FMN-Cys adduct because of photo-induced back-relaxation of the adduct to non-covalently bound FMN. Two holo-LOV2-His conformations with different adduct recovery time constants are revealed by spectrally and temporally resolved fluorescence and absorption measurements: A fraction of about 48% forms FMN-Cys adducts with a fast recovery time constant of ?Ad,f = 19 ± 2 s in the dark, and the rest forms adducts with a slow recovery time constant of ?F,s = 5.5 ± 1 min. Prolonged blue light irradiation of the flavin-C(4a)-cysteinyl adducts reduces their ability to recover back in the dark to non-covalently bound FMN (photo-induced permanent adduct formation). Numerical simulations of the intensity-dependent absorption depletion reveals a quantum yield of intermediate photo-adduct formation of ?Ad = 0.9 ± 0.1. Simulation of the adduct absorption dynamics gives a quantum yield of photo-induced adduct back-relaxation of ?Ad,b = 0.15 ± 0.01 and a quantum yield of photo-induced permanent adduct formation of ?Ad,p = (2.6 ± 0.5) × 10 -4.

  12. Spectroscopic Characterization of Mineralogy Across Vesta: Evidence of Different Lithologies

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    De Sanotis, M. C.; Ammannito, E.; Filacchione, G.; Capria, M. T.; Tosi, F.; Capaccioni, F.; Zambon, F.; Carraro, F.; Fonte, S.; Frigeri, A.; Jaumann, R.; Magni, G.; Marchi, S.; McCord, T. B.; McFadden, L. A.; McSween, H. Y.; Mittlefehldt, D. W.; Nathues, A.; Palomba, E.; Pieters, C. M.; Raymond, C. A.; Russell, C. T.; Turrini, D.

    2012-01-01

    The average spectrum of Vesta, obtained by VIR in the range 0.25-5.1 microns, shows clear evidence of absorption bands due to pyroxenes and thermal emissions beyond 3.5 11m. Vesta shows considerable variability across its surface in terms of spectral reflectance and emission, band depths, bands widths and bands centers, reflecting a complex geological history. Vesta's average spectrum and inferred mineralogy resemble those of howardite meteorites. On a regional scale, significant deviations are seen: the south polar 500km Rheasilvia impact crater has a higher diogenitic component, and equatorial regions show a higher eucritic component. This lithologic distribution, with a concentration of Mg-pyroxenes in the Rheasilvia area, reinforces the hypothesis of a deeper diogenitic crust excavated by the impact that formed the Rheasilvia crater, and an upper eucritic crust, whose remnants are seen in the equatorial region. This scenario has implications for Vesta differentiation, consistent with magma ocean models. However, serial magmatism models could also have concentrated pyroxene cumulates in plutons emplaced within the lower crust,

  13. Spectroscopic characterization of nitrogen- and boron-doped graphene layers

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    Kamoi, Susumu; Kim, Jung Gon; Hasuike, Noriyuki; Kisoda, Kenji; Harima, Hiroshi

    2015-11-01

    Nitrogen- and boron-doped graphene layers were grown on copper substrates by alcoholic chemical vapor deposition and characterized by Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and electrical transport measurements. The growth of high-quality monolayer graphene was confirmed by micro-Raman spectroscopy. The G and 2D peaks showed systematic frequency shift and broadening with the impurity concentration. The G peaks showed Fano-like asymmetric line shapes. These behaviors suggested the generation of free carriers by doping. XPS and electrical transport measurements also supported the systematic incorporation of impurities in graphene layers.

  14. Raman spectroscopic instrumentation and plasmonic methods for material characterization

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    Tanaka, Kazuki

    The advent of nanotechnology has led to incredible growth in how we consume, make and approach advanced materials. By exploiting nanoscale material properties, unique control of optical, thermal, mechanical, and electrical characteristics becomes possible. This thesis describes the development of a novel localized surface plasmon resonant (LSPR) color sensitive photosensor, based on functionalization of gold nanoparticles onto tianium dioxide nanowires and sensing by a metal-semiconducting nanowire-metal photodiode structure. This LSPR photosensor has been integrated into a system that incorporates Raman spectroscopy, microfluidics, optical trapping, and sorting flow cytometry into a unique material characterization system called the microfluidic optical fiber trapping Raman sorting flow cytometer (MOFTRSFC). Raman spectroscopy is utilized as a powerful molecular characterization technique used to analyze biological, mineralogical and nanomaterial samples. To combat the inherently weak Raman signal, plasmonic methods have been applied to exploit surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR), increasing Raman intensity by up to 5 orders of magnitude. The resultant MOFTRSFC system is a prototype instrument that can effectively trap, analyze, and sort micron-sized dielectric particles and biological cells. Raman spectroscopy has been presented in several modalities, including the development of a portable near-infrared Raman spectrometer and other emerging technologies.

  15. Asymmetry between absorption and photoluminescence line shapes of TPD: spectroscopic fingerprint of the twisted biphenyl core.

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    Scholz, Reinhard; Gisslén, Linus; Himcinschi, Cameliu; Vragovi?, Igor; Calzado, Eva M; Louis, Enrique; San Fabián Maroto, Emilio; Díaz-García, María A

    2009-01-01

    We analyze absorption, photoluminescence (PL), and resonant Raman spectra of N,N'-diphenyl-N,N'-bis(3-methylphenyl)-(1,1'-biphenyl)-4,4'-diamine (TPD), with the aim of providing a microscopic interpretation of a significant Stokes shift of about 0.5 eV that makes this material suitable for stimulated emission. The optical spectra were measured for TPD dissolved in toluene and chloroform, as well as for polystyrene films doped with varying amounts of TPD. In addition, we measured preresonant and resonant Raman spectra, giving direct access to the vibrational modes elongated in the relaxed excited geometry of the molecule. The experimental data are interpreted with calculations of the molecular geometry in the electronic ground state and the optically excited state using density functional theory. Several strongly elongated high-frequency modes within the carbon rings results in a vibronic progression with a calculated spacing of 158 meV, corroborated by the observation of vibrational sidebands in the PL spectra. The peculiarities of the potential energy surfaces related to a twisting around the central bond in the biphenyl core of TPD allow to quantify the asymmetry between the line shapes observed in absorption and emission. PMID:19086796

  16. [Structural characterization and spectroscopic analysis of the aloin].

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    Xie, Yun-Fei; Huan, Nan; Cao, Yuan-Yuan; Wang, He-Ya; Zhong, Ying; Yao, Wei-Rong; Qian, He

    2014-02-01

    Aloe is widely used in various fields for its rich polysaccharides, proteins, amino acids, vitamins, active enzymes and trace beneficial elements to human body. However, the main active ingredient aloin is also an allergenic ingredient, which even may cause a severe allergic reaction In this study, infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy applied to the structural characterization of the aloin Density functional theory (DFT) is applied to the theoretical calculations using the B3LYP/6-31G (d) basis set vibration, which was helpful to understand the aloin molecular vibrational frequency. By comparing we choose the optimal experimental condition for water as solvent under alkaline conditions, the detection limit of the Aloin can reach a level of 5 ppm, which can be considered the theoretical basis for rapid detection of aloin content. PMID:24822406

  17. Characterization of Sorolla's gouache pigments by means of spectroscopic techniques

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    Roldán, Clodoaldo; Juanes, David; Ferrazza, Livio; Carballo, Jorgelina

    2016-02-01

    This paper presents the characterization of the Joaquín Sorolla's gouache sketches for the oil on canvas series "Vision of Spain" commissioned by A. M. Huntington to decorate the library of the Hispanic Society of America in New York. The analyses were focused on the identification of the elemental composition of the gouache pigments by means of portable EDXRF spectrometry in a non-destructive mode. Additionally, SEM-EDX and FTIR analyses of a selected set of micro-samples were carried out to identify completely the pigments, the paint technique and the binding media. The obtained results have confirmed the identification of lead and zinc white, vermillion, earth pigments, ochre, zinc yellow, chrome yellow, ultramarine, Prussian blue, chromium based and copper-arsenic based green pigments, bone black and carbon based black pigments, and the use of gum arabic as binding media in the gouache pigments.

  18. Crystal structure characterization as well as theoretical study of spectroscopic properties of novel Schiff bases containing pyrazole group

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    Guo, Jia; Ren, Tiegang; Zhang, Jinglai; Li, Guihui; Li, Weijie; Yang, Lirong

    2012-09-01

    A series of novel Schiff bases containing pyrazole group were synthesized using 1-aryl-3-methyl-4-benzoyl-5-pyrazolone and phenylenediamine as the starting materials. All as-synthesized Schiff bases were characterized by means of NMR, FT-IR, and MS; and the molecular geometries of two Schiff bases as typical examples were determined by means of single crystal X-ray diffraction. In the meantime, the ultraviolet-visible light absorption spectra and fluorescent spectra of various as-synthesized products were also measured. Moreover, the B3LYP/6-1G(d,p) method was used for the optimization of the ground state geometry of the Schiff bases; and the spectroscopic properties of the products were computed and compared with corresponding experimental data based on cc-pVTZ basis set of TD-B3LYP method. It has been found that all as-synthesized Schiff bases show a remarkable absorption peak in a wavelength range of 270-370 nm; and their maximum emission peaks are around 344 nm and 332 nm, respectively.

  19. Octahedral cation ordering in Mg, Fe2+-olivine: an optical absorption spectroscopic study

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    Taran, Michail N.; Koch-Müller, Monika

    2006-11-01

    Polarized optical absorption spectra of natural olivine, Fa10Fo90, were measured before and after annealing/quenching experiments performed at 650, 800, 1,000 and 1,200°C under controlled oxygen fugacity. It was found that the annealing induces weak but definite changes in the olivine spectra. The intensity of the spin-allowed Z > X-polarized band at 9,560 cm-1 and shoulder at ˜8,300 cm-1 attributed to Fe2+(M2), continuously decreases with annealing temperature, whereas a weaker band at ˜11,600 cm-1 assigned to electronic spin-allowed transitions of Fe2+(M1), increases. This evidently shows that annealing treatments cause a redistribution of Fe2+ from M2 to M1. The fractionation increases with increasing temperature. This observation is in good correspondence with many diffraction structural studies of natural and synthetic olivines, as well as with recent Raman and Mössbauer investigations by Kolesov and Geiger (Mitt Österr Mineral Ges 149:48, 2004) and Morozov et al. (Eur J Mineral 17:495 500, 2005) evidencing a weak tendency of Fe to order into the M1 site with increasing temperature. However, this deduction is incompatible with the results of the in situ neutron power diffraction study of synthetic FeMgSiO4 by Redfern et al. (Phys Chem Minerals 27:630 637, 2000). Polarization properties of the UV absorption edge, attributed to ligand-to-metal charge-transfer transitions in Fe3+, changes from Y > X ? Z in natural samples to a weak Y ? X ? Z-pleochroism in annealed ones. This may be due to redistribution of a small content of Fe3+ among M1 and M2 structural sites.

  20. Spectroscopic and morphologic characterization of the dentin/adhesive interface

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    Lemor, R. M.; Kruger, Michael B.; Wieliczka, David M.; Swafford, Jim R.; Spencer, Paulette

    1999-01-01

    The potential environmental risks associated with mercury release have forced many European countries to ban the use of dental amalgam. Alternative materials such as composite resins do not provide the clinical function for the length of time characteristically associated with dental amalgam. The weak link in the composite restoration is the dentin/adhesive bond. The purpose of this study was to correlate morphologic characterization of the dentin/adhesive bond with chemical analyses using micro- Fourier transform infrared and micro-Raman spectroscopy. A commercial dental adhesive was placed on dentin substrates cut from extracted, unerupted human third molars. Sections of the dentin/adhesive interface were investigated using infrared radiation produced at the Aladdin synchrotron source; visible radiation from a Kr+ laser was used for the micro-Raman spectroscopy. Sections of the dentin/adhesive interface, differentially stained to identify protein, mineral, and adhesive, were examined using light microscopy. Due to its limited spatial resolution and the unknown sample thickness the infrared results cannot be used quantitatively in determining the extent of diffusion. The results from the micro-Raman spectroscopy and light microscopy indicate exposed protein at the dentin/adhesive interface. Using a laser that reduces background fluorescence, the micro-Raman spectroscopy provides quantitative chemical and morphologic information on the dentin/adhesive interface. The staining procedure is sensitive to sites of pure protein and thus, complements the Raman results.

  1. Spectroscopic and morphologic characterization of the dentin/adhesive interface

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    Lemor, R. M.; Kruger, Michael B.; Wieliczka, David M.; Swafford, Jim R.; Spencer, Paulette

    1999-04-01

    The potential environmental risks associated with dental amalgams have forced many European countries to ban their use and turn to alternative materials, composite resins. The purpose of this study was to correlate morphologic characterization of the dentin/adhesive bond with chemical analyses using micro-FTIR and micro-Raman spectroscopy. A commercial dental adhesive was placed on dentin substrates cut from extracted, unerupted human third molars. Sections of the dentin/adhesive interface were investigated using IR radiation produced at the Aladdin synchrotron source; visible radiation from Kr+ laser was used for the micro-Raman spectroscopy and through the use of differentially staining in conjunction with light microscopy. Due to its limited spatial resolution and the unknown samples thickness the IR results cannot be used quantitatively in determining the extent of diffusion. The result from the micro-Raman spectroscopy and light microscopy indicate exposed protein at the dentin/adhesive interface. Using a laser that reduces background fluorescence, the micro-Raman spectroscopy provides quantitative chemical and morphologic information on the dentin/adhesive interface. The staining procedure is sensitive to sites of pure protein and complements the Raman results.

  2. Synthesis and spectroscopic characterization of copper zinc aluminum nanoferrite particles

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    Lakshmi Reddy, S.; Ravindra Reddy, T.; Roy, Nivya; Philip, Reji; Montero, Ovidio Almanza; Endo, Tamio; Frost, Ray L.

    2014-06-01

    Copper doped zinc aluminum ferrites CuxZn1-x.(AlxFe2-x)O4 are synthesized by the solid-state reaction route and characterized by XRD, TEM, EPR and non linear optical spectroscopy techniques. The average particle size is found to be from 35 to 90 nm and the unit cell parameter “a” is calculated as from 8.39 to 8.89 Å. The cation distributions are estimated from X-ray diffraction intensities of various planes. The XRD studies have verified the quality of the synthesis of compounds and have shown the differences in the positions of the diffraction peaks due to the change in concentration of copper ions. TEM pictures clearly indicating that fundamental unit is composed of octahedral and tetrahedral blocks and joined strongly. The selected area electron diffraction (SAED) of the ferrite system shows best crystallinity is obtained when Cu content is very. Some of the d-plane spacings are exactly coinciding with XRD values. EPR spectra is compositional dependent at lower Al/Cu concentration EPR spectra is due to Fe3+ and at a higher content of Al/Cu the EPR spectra is due to Cu2+. Absence of EPR spectra at room temperature indicates that the sample is perfectly ferromagnetic. EPR results at low temperature indicate that the sample is paramagnetic, and that copper is placed in the tetragonal elongation (B) site with magnetically non-equivalent ions in the unit cell having strong exchange coupling between them. This property is useful in industrial applications. Nonlinear optical properties of the samples studied using 5 ns laser pulses at 532 nm employing the open aperture z-scan technique indicate that these ferrites are potential candidates for optical limiting applications.

  3. Spectroscopic and ultrasonic investigations on structural characterization of borate glass specimen doped with transition metal ions

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    Sathish, K.; Thirumaran, S.

    2015-08-01

    The present work describes the glass samples of composition (x% V2O5-(80-x)% B2O3-20% Na2CO3) VBS glass system and (x% MnO2-(80-x)% B2O3-20% Na2CO3) in MBS glass system with mol% ranging from x = 3, 6, 9, 12, 15 and 18 in steps of 3 mol% are prepared by melt quenching technique. For these prepared glass systems, sound velocity (longitudinal and shear velocities) and density have been measured. The sound velocity (longitudinal and shear) was measured by using pulse-echo technique at 5 MHz. The XRD study was carried to out to ascertain the amorphous nature of the glass specimen. Using these measured values, the elastic moduli, Poisson's ratio, Debye temperature, acoustic impedance and thermal expansion coefficient of the two glass systems were evaluated. The elastic and mechanical properties of the prepared glass systems are analyzed from ultrasonic study and the structural characterization from spectroscopic study. The effects due to the doping of transition metal ions with borate have been discussed. In the V2O5 doped glass system, (VBS glass system) the sound velocity, density and elastic moduli, steeply increases after 12 mol% comparatively with MnO2 doped glass system (VBS glass system). The present study critically observes the doping of V2O5 with borate enhances the strengthening of network linkage and hardening of the glassy network structure than MnO2. The IR spectral analysis reveals depolymerization of the borate network and conversion of BO3 or BO4 units with the formation of non-bridging oxygen. The FTIR spectral studies confirm the presence of various functional groups of the sample. FTIR spectrum of sample exhibits broad absorption bands indicating the wide distribution of borate structural units. The effect of Na2CO3, V2O5 and MnO2 contents on the structures of borate glass is evaluated from the FTIR spectra. The topological aspects of the prepared glass samples are exhaustively reported from SEM micrographs.

  4. Spectroscopic and ultrasonic investigations on structural characterization of borate glass specimen doped with transition metal ions.

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    Sathish, K; Thirumaran, S

    2015-08-01

    The present work describes the glass samples of composition (x% V?O?-(80-x)% B?O?-20% Na?CO?) VBS glass system and (x%MnO?-(80-x)% B?O?-20% Na?CO?) in MBS glass system with mol% ranging from x=3, 6, 9, 12, 15 and 18 in steps of 3 mol% are prepared by melt quenching technique. For these prepared glass systems, sound velocity (longitudinal and shear velocities) and density have been measured. The sound velocity (longitudinal and shear) was measured by using pulse-echo technique at 5 MHz. The XRD study was carried to out to ascertain the amorphous nature of the glass specimen. Using these measured values, the elastic moduli, Poisson's ratio, Debye temperature, acoustic impedance and thermal expansion coefficient of the two glass systems were evaluated. The elastic and mechanical properties of the prepared glass systems are analyzed from ultrasonic study and the structural characterization from spectroscopic study. The effects due to the doping of transition metal ions with borate have been discussed. In the V?O? doped glass system,(VBS glass system) the sound velocity, density and elastic moduli, steeply increases after 12 mol% comparatively with MnO? doped glass system (VBS glass system). The present study critically observes the doping of V?O? with borate enhances the strengthening of network linkage and hardening of the glassy network structure than MnO?. The IR spectral analysis reveals depolymerization of the borate network and conversion of BO? or BO4 units with the formation of non-bridging oxygen. The FTIR spectral studies confirm the presence of various functional groups of the sample. FTIR spectrum of sample exhibits broad absorption bands indicating the wide distribution of borate structural units. The effect of Na?CO?, V?O? and MnO? contents on the structures of borate glass is evaluated from the FTIR spectra. The topological aspects of the prepared glass samples are exhaustively reported from SEM micrographs. PMID:25841150

  5. Spectroscopic and functional characterization of iron-bound forms of Azotobacter vinelandii (Nif)IscA.

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    Mapolelo, Daphne T; Zhang, Bo; Naik, Sunil G; Huynh, Boi Hanh; Johnson, Michael K

    2012-10-16

    The ability of Azotobacter vinelandii(Nif)IscA to bind Fe has been investigated to assess the role of Fe-bound forms in NIF-specific Fe-S cluster biogenesis. (Nif)IscA is shown to bind one Fe(III) or one Fe(II) per homodimer and the spectroscopic and redox properties of both the Fe(III)- and Fe(II)-bound forms have been characterized using the UV-visible absorption, circular dichroism, and variable-temperature magnetic circular dichroism, electron paramagnetic resonance, Mössbauer and resonance Raman spectroscopies. The results reveal a rhombic intermediate-spin (S = 3/2) Fe(III) center (E/D = 0.33, D = 3.5 ± 1.5 cm(-1)) that is most likely 5-coordinate with two or three cysteinate ligands and a rhombic high spin (S = 2) Fe(II) center (E/D = 0.28, D = 7.6 cm(-1)) with properties similar to reduced rubredoxins or rubredoxin variants with three cysteinate and one or two oxygenic ligands. Iron-bound (Nif)IscA undergoes reversible redox cycling between the Fe(III)/Fe(II) forms with a midpoint potential of +36 ± 15 mV at pH 7.8 (versus NHE). l-Cysteine is effective in mediating release of free Fe(II) from both the Fe(II)- and Fe(III)-bound forms of (Nif)IscA. Fe(III)-bound (Nif)IscA was also shown to be a competent iron source for in vitro NifS-mediated [2Fe-2S] cluster assembly on the N-terminal domain of NifU, but the reaction occurs via cysteine-mediated release of free Fe(II) rather than direct iron transfer. The proposed roles of A-type proteins in storing Fe under aerobic growth conditions and serving as iron donors for cluster assembly on U-type scaffold proteins or maturation of biological [4Fe-4S] centers are discussed in light of these results. PMID:23003563

  6. Spectroscopic characterization of alumina-supported bis(allyl)iridium complexes : site-isolation, reactivity, and decomposition studies.

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    Trovitch, R. J.; Guo, N.; Janicke, M. T.; Li, H.; Marshall, C. L.; Miller, J. T.; Sattelberger, A. P.; John, K. D.; Baker, R. T.; LANL; Univ. of Ottawa

    2010-01-01

    The covalent attachment of tris(allyl)iridium to partially dehydroxylated ?-alumina is found to proceed via surface hydroxyl group protonation of one allyl ligand to form an immobilized bis(allyl)iridium moiety, (?AlO)Ir(allyl)2, as characterized by CP-MAS 13C NMR, inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry, and Ir L3 edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy. Extended X-ray absorption fine-structure (EXAFS) measurements taken on unsupported Ir(allyl)3 and several associated tertiary phosphine addition complexes suggest that the ?3-allyl ligands generally account for an Ir-C coordination number of 2 rather than 3, with an average Ir-C distance of 2.16 A. Using this knowledge, combined EXAFS and X-ray absorption near-edge structure studies reveal that a small amount of Ir0 is also formed upon reaction of Ir(allyl)3 with the surface. It was found that the addition of either 2,6-dimethylphenyl isocyanide or carbon monoxide to the supported complex allows spectroscopic identification of the supported bis(allyl)iridium complexes, (?AlO)Ir(allyl)2(CNAr) [Ar = 2,6-(CH3)2C6H4] and (?AlO)Ir(allyl)2(CO)2, respectively. Although samples of the supported bis(allyl)iridium complex are active for the dehydrogenation of cyclohexane to benzene at temperatures between 180 and 220C, in situ temperature-programmed reaction XAFS and continuous-flow reactor studies suggest that Ir0 nanoparticles, rather than a well-defined Ir3+ complex, are responsible for the observed activity.

  7. Spectroscopic characterization approach to study surfactants effect on ZnO 2 nanoparticles synthesis by laser ablation process

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    Drmosh, Q. A.; Gondal, M. A.; Yamani, Z. H.; Saleh, T. A.

    2010-05-01

    Zinc peroxide nanoparticles having grain size less than 5 nm were synthesized using pulsed laser ablation in aqueous solution in the presence of different surfactants and solid zinc target in 3% H 2O 2. The effect of surfactants on the optical and structure of ZnO 2 was studied by applying different spectroscopic techniques. Structural properties and grain size of the synthesized nanoparticles were studied using XRD method. The presence of the cubic phase of zinc peroxide in all samples was confirmed with XRD, and the grain sizes were 4.7, 3.7, 3.3 and 2.8 nm in pure H 2O 2, and H 2O 2 mixed with SDS, CTAB and OGM respectively. For optical characterization, FTIR transmittance spectra of ZnO 2 nanoparticles prepared with and without surfactants show a characteristic ZnO 2 absorption at 435-445 cm -1. FTIR spectrum revealed that the adsorbed surfactants on zinc peroxide disappeared in case of CTAB and OGM while it appears in case of SDS. This could be due to high critical micelles SDS concentration comparing with others which is attributed to the adsorption anionic nature of this surfactant. Both FTIR and UV-vis spectra show a red shift in the presence of SDS and blue shift in the presence of CTAB and OGM. The blue shift in the absorption edge indicates the quantum confinement property of nanoparticles. The zinc peroxide nanoparticles prepared in additives-free media was also characterized by Raman spectra which show the characteristic peaks at 830-840 and 420-440 cm -1.

  8. Spectroscopic studies of dipyridamole derivatives in homogeneous solutions: Effects of solution composition on the electronic absorption and emission

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    Borges, Christiane Philippini Ferreira; Tabak, Marcel

    1994-06-01

    Electronic absorption and fluorescence spectra of three different dipyridamole (DIP) derivatives, RA 39, RA 14 and RA 25, were monitored in aqueous solution as a function of pH in the range 2-13. Extinction coefficients, quantum yields and fluorescence lifetimes were obtained in aqueous solutions at different pHs and in several other solvents. The absorption spectra are characterized by two broad bands centered at 405-415 nm and 290 nm for RA 39 and RA 14 and at 370 and 270 nm for RA 25. The first band used for fluorescence excitation has a value of ? ? 5 × 10 3 M -1 cm -1 characteristic of a ? ? ?* transition. An increase in pH is accompanied by both fluorescence and absorption sharp changes around pH 6 giving a p K ? 5.8 for RA 39 and RA 14, similar to the one observed for DIP. In the case of RA 25 two p Ks are observed below 6.5, namely a p K1 ? 2.25 and p K2 = 5.20. These changes are associated to protonation equilibria of nitrogens in the ?-conjugated system of the pyrimido—pyrimidine ring. At high pH a second transition is observed only in fluorescence with p K ? 12.5 for RA 39 which is similar to DIP and p K ? 12.1 for RA 25. For RA 14 this transition was not observed. Estimates of the p K* for the first singlet excited state showed that in comparison to the ground state p K ? 5.8 or 5.2 (RA 25), the excited state p K* is more acid by almost a unit. In the case of RA 25 and the lowest p K of 2.25, an excited state reaction, possibly of proton transfer, seems to take place since emission and absorption data give opposite effects for p K*.

  9. Spectroscopic ellipsometry study of the free-carrier and band-edge absorption in ZnO thin films: Effect of non-stoichiometry

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    Singh, Chaman; Nozaki, Shinji; Rath, Shyama

    2015-11-01

    The effect of stoichiometry on the complex dielectric function (?(E) = ?1(E) + i?2(E)), and thereby on the optical and electrical properties, of rf-sputtered polycrystalline ZnO films was investigated using spectroscopic ellipsometry in the UV-VIS-NIR range. The stoichiometry and the density of the films were quantified by Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy. The lineshape of the dielectric function was fitted using the Tauc-Lorentz multi-oscillator and Drude models. The stoichiometric as well as the sub-stoichiometric films showed a high optical transparency in the visible and a bandgap absorption in the UV region. In the NIR region, however, the sub-stoichiometric films showed a significant increase in absorption with decreasing energy while the absorption was negligible for the stoichiometric films. This difference in behavior is attributed to the presence of free-carriers in the sub-stoichiometric films, whose concentration was determined to be around 4 × 1020 cm-3 from spectroscopic ellipsometry. The high carrier concentration induced by non-stoichiometry is also manifested in a larger value of the optical bandgap. This study shows the power of spectroscopic ellipsometry for the simultaneous determination of the electrical and optical properties of ZnO films and is applicable for a wide range of film thickness.

  10. Reactivity of Chromium(III) Nutritional Supplements in Biological Media: An X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopic Study

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    Nguyen, A.; Mulyani, I.; Levina, A.; Lay, P.A.

    2009-05-22

    Chromium(III) nutritional supplements are widely used due to their purported ability to enhance glucose metabolism, despite growing evidence on low activity and the potential genotoxicity of these compounds. Reactivities of Cr(III) complexes used in nutritional formulations, including [Cr3O(OCOEt)6(OH2)3]+ (A), [Cr(pic)3] (pic) = 2-pyridinecarboxylato(-) (B), and trans-[CrCl2(OH2)4]+ (CrCl3 {center_dot} 6H2O; C), in a range of natural and simulated biological media (artificial digestion systems, blood and its components, cell culture media, and intact L6 rat skeletal muscle cells) were studied by X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy. The XANES spectroscopic data were processed by multiple linear-regression analyses with the use of a library of model Cr(III) compounds, and the results were corroborated by the results of X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy and electrospray mass spectrometry. Complexes A and B underwent extensive ligand-exchange reactions under conditions of combined gastric and intestinal digestion (in the presence of a semisynthetic meal, 3 h at 310 K), as well as in blood serum and in a cell culture medium (1-24 h at 310 K), with the formation of Cr(III) complexes with hydroxo and amino acid/protein ligands. Reactions of compounds A-C with cultured muscle cells led to similar ligand-exchange products, with at least part of Cr(III) bound to the surface of the cells. The reactions of B with serum greatly enhanced its propensity to be converted to Cr(VI) by biological oxidants (H2O2 or glucose oxidase system), which is proposed to be a major cause of both the insulin-enhancing activity and toxicity of Cr(III) compounds (Mulyani, I.; Levina, A.; Lay, P. A. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2004, 43, 4504-4507). This finding enhances the current concern over the safety of consumption of large doses of Cr(III) supplements, particularly [Cr(pic)3].

  11. Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization and hydroxylation of Mn(II) complexes with bis(2-pyridylmethyl)benzylamine

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    Li, Jun-Feng; Chen, Qiu-Yun

    2009-07-01

    Two new Mn(II) complexes of bis(2-pyridylmethyl)benzylamine (bpa) were synthesized and characterized by elemental analyses, IR and UV-visible spectroscopies, thermal analyses and ES-MS. These complexes are stable in air with the formula of [(pba) 2Mn 2Cl 2(?-Cl) 2] (1) and [(pba) 2Mn 2(H 2O) 2(?-Ac) 2] (Ac) 2 (2). The spectroscopic titration results show that the complexes could react with H 2O 2 resulting active oxidants, which could cause the intramolecular aromatic hydroxylation. The hydroxylated ligand (pba-OH) was confirmed by ES-MS and HPLC.

  12. Processing of High Level Waste: Spectroscopic Characterization of Redox Reactions in Supercritical Water - Final Report

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    Arrington Jr., C. A.

    2000-11-15

    Current efforts are focused on the oxidative dissolution of chromium compounds found in Hanford tank waste sludge. Samples of chromium oxides and hydroxides with varying degrees of hydration are being characterized using Raman, FTIR, and XPS spectroscopic techniques. Kinetics of oxidation reactions at subcritical and supercritical temperatures are being followed by Raman spectroscopy using a high temperature stainless steel cell with diamond windows. In these reactions both hydrogen peroxide and nitrate anions are used as the oxidizing species with Cr(III) compounds and organic compounds as reducing agents.

  13. Characterization of non-Fickian moisture absorption in thermosetting polymers

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    Guloglu, Gorkem E.; Altan, M. Cengiz

    2015-05-01

    A recently developed moisture absorption model for thermosetting polymers that combines the non-Fickian, diffusion hindrance effects and three-dimensional anisotropy is introduced. The hindered diffusion model is shown to predict both short term Fickian and long term anomalous moisture absorption behavior often observed in thermosetting polymers and their composites. The salient characteristics of long term moisture uptake such as the equilibrium moisture content and the effect of non-Fickian phenomena are presented. Anomalous moisture concentration profiles predicted by the two-dimensional solution of hindered diffusion model are demonstrated for various cases, including the through-the-thickness moisture profile of a 40-ply, quartz/bismaleimide (BMI) composite laminate. The effects of diffusion hindrance and anisotropy on the two-dimensional, through-the-thickness concentration profiles are illustrated. The moisture absorption parameters for an EPON 862 epoxy laminate are recovered from the experimental moisture absorption data. The hindered diffusion model is shown to accurately predict the moisture uptake of EPON 862 over the complete absorption time period. The non-Fickian effects governed by the hindrance coefficient are identified for both EPON 862 and quartz/BMI composite laminate. It is shown that the quartz/BMI laminate displays significant non-Fickian behavior compared to EPON 862 epoxy resin.

  14. Spectroscopic characterization of biological agents using FTIR, normal Raman and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopies

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    Luna-Pineda, Tatiana; Soto-Feliciano, Kristina; De La Cruz-Montoya, Edwin; Pacheco Londoño, Leonardo C.; Ríos-Velázquez, Carlos; Hernández-Rivera, Samuel P.

    2007-04-01

    FTIR, Raman spectroscopy and Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) requires a minimum of sample allows fast identification of microorganisms. The use of this technique for characterizing the spectroscopic signatures of these agents and their stimulants has recently gained considerable attention due to the fact that these techniques can be easily adapted for standoff detection from considerable distances. The techniques also show high sensitivity and selectivity and offer near real time detection duty cycles. This research focuses in laying the grounds for the spectroscopic differentiation of Staphylococcus spp., Pseudomonas spp., Bacillus spp., Salmonella spp., Enterobacter aerogenes, Proteus mirabilis, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and E. coli, together with identification of their subspecies. In order to achieve the proponed objective, protocols to handle, cultivate and analyze the strains have been developed. Spectroscopic similarities and marked differences have been found for Spontaneous or Normal Raman spectra and for SERS using silver nanoparticles have been found. The use of principal component analysis (PCA), discriminate factor analysis (DFA) and a cluster analysis were used to evaluate the efficacy of identifying potential threat bacterial from their spectra collected on single bacteria. The DFA from the bacteria Raman spectra show a little discrimination between the diverse bacterial species however the results obtained from the SERS demonstrate to be high discrimination technique. The spectroscopic study will be extended to examine the spores produced by selected strains since these are more prone to be used as Biological Warfare Agents due to their increased mobility and possibility of airborne transport. Micro infrared spectroscopy as well as fiber coupled FTIR will also be used as possible sensors of target compounds.

  15. Spectroscopic investigation and characterization of polypyrrole film doped with [MeN 4] 2[Ni(dmit) 2] complex salt

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    Arantes, C.; Rocco, A. M.; Rocco, M. L. M.

    2010-04-01

    Polypyrrole doped with bis(1,3-dithiole-2-thione-4,5-dithiolate) nickellate (II) (PPy/[Ni(dmit) 2] 2-) was electropolymerized in acetonitrile solution and characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis), and near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopies, as well as cyclic voltammetry (CV), conductivity, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) measurements. Ionic desorption studies conducted by photon stimulated ion desorption (PSID) were also performed using synchrotron radiation at the S K-edge and time-of-flight mass spectrometry (ToF-MS) for ion analysis. The spectroscopic techniques indicated that the [Ni(dmit) 2] 2- was inserted onto the PPy backbone without modification during the electropolymerization process. Loss of electroactivity during the oxi-reduction processes indicated that the [Ni(dmit) 2] 2- leaves the film, undergoing anion exchange during the redox cycle. PPy/[Ni(dmit) 2] 2- exhibited higher intrinsic conductivity value than other PPy/M-dmit films studied previously. SEM measurements showed an irregular and heterogeneous surface with steps formation. PSID results showed that the species desorb through the X-ray induced electron stimulated desorption (XESD) mechanism while atomic sulfur species are mainly formed by Auger stimulated ion desorption (ASID). These results confirmed the presence of [Ni(dmit) 2] 2- at the topmost layers of the hybrid film.

  16. Structure and spectroscopic characterization of tetrathia- and tetraselena[8]circulenes as a new class of polyaromatic heterocycles.

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    Minaeva, Valentina A; Baryshnikov, Gleb V; Minaev, Boris F; Karaush, Nataliya N; Xiong, Xiao-Dong; Li, Ming-De; Phillips, David Lee; Wong, Henry N C

    2015-12-01

    The FTIR, Raman and UV-vis spectra of the recently synthesized tetrathia[8]circulene and tetraselena[8]circulene compounds have been measured and interpreted in details by the density functional theory (DFT) calculations taking into account the molecular symmetry constrains. The structural and electronic features of the studied compounds have also been discussed in connection with the observed spectroscopic characteristics. Particularly, we have found that despite a slightly non-planar conformation the neutral tetrathia[8]circulene and tetraselena[8]circulene molecules demonstrate bifacial aromatic/antiaromatic nature. The inner octatetraene core is characterized by the presence of paratropic ("antiaromatic") ring currents, whereas the outer macrocycle constructed of benzene, thiophene or selenophene rings possesses the strong magnetically-induced diatropic ("aromatic") ring current. This fact suggests the general electronic and magnetic similarity of the tetrathia- and tetraselena[8]circulenes with the strictly planar isoelectronic tetraoxa[8]circulene and related azaoxa-derivatives discussed earlier. However, the vibrational and UV-vis absorption spectra of the studied circulenes are rather different from those of the parent tetraoxa[8]circulene which indicates a clear manifestation of the symmetry selection rules. PMID:26142658

  17. Silver sulfadoxinate: Synthesis, structural and spectroscopic characterizations, and preliminary antibacterial assays in vitro

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    Zanvettor, Nina T.; Abbehausen, Camilla; Lustri, Wilton R.; Cuin, Alexandre; Masciocchi, Norberto; Corbi, Pedro P.

    2015-02-01

    The sulfa drug sulfadoxine (SFX) reacted with Ag+ ions in aqueous solution, affording a new silver(I) complex (AgSFX), which was fully characterized by chemical, spectroscopic and structural methods. Elemental, ESI-TOF mass spectrometric and thermal analyses of AgSFX suggested a [Ag(C12H13N4O2S)] empirical formula. Infrared spectroscopic measurements indicated ligand coordination to Ag(I) through the nitrogen atoms of the (deprotonated) sulfonamide group and by the pyrimidine ring, as well as through oxygen atom(s) of the sulfonamide group. These hypotheses were corroborated by 13C and 15N SS-NMR spectroscopy and by an unconventional structural characterization based on X-ray powder diffraction data. The latter showed that AgSFX crystallizes as centrosymmetric dimers with a strong Ag⋯Ag interaction of 2.7435(6) Å, induced by the presence of exo-bidentate N,N? bridging ligands and the formation of an eight-membered ring of [AgNCN]2 sequence, nearly planar. Participation of oxygen atoms of the sulfonamide residues generates in the crystal a 1D coordination polymer, likely responsible for its very limited solubility in all common solvents. Besides the analytical, spectroscopic and structural description, the antibacterial properties of AgSFX were assayed using disc diffusion methods against Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (Gram-negative), and Staphylococcus aureus (Gram-positive) bacterial strains. The AgSFX complex showed to be active against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacterial strains, being comparable to the activities of silver sulfadiazine.

  18. Spectroscopic, orbital, and physical properties of the binary Feige 24 and detection of transient He II absorption in the system

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    Vennes, Stephane; Thorstensen, John R.

    1994-01-01

    We have obtained new high-dispersion optical spectroscopy at Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO) and new International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE) spectroscopy of the white dwarf+red dwarf binary system Feige 24. The optical range shows a composite DA+dM spectrum, together with H I Balmer and He I emission. The orbital phase dependence of the emission shows that it results from extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light reprocessing in the red dwarf upper atmosphere. The systems close enough and hot enough to show this reprocessing signature only recently emerged from common-envelope evolution. The ultraviolet spectrum exclusively emanates from the white dwarf and shows numerous heavy element absorption lines. We measured accurate radial velocities of the red dwarf component motion, traced by both optical absorption and emission lines, and new radial velocities of the white dwarf, traced by ultraviolet Fe V lines. Combining these measurements, we refined the orbital parameters presented by Vennes et al. (1991), and we confirmed that the white dwarf gravitational redshift is exceptionally small with 9 +/- 2 km/s. From this we deduced that the interior is either pure helium or carbon with a thick hydrogen layer, and we derived, for the combined interior compositions, a white dwarf mass and radius of M(sub WD) = 0.44-050 solar mass and R(sub WD) = 0.028-0.036 solar radius. We suggest that Feige 24 could be a typical case of close binary evolution leading to the formation of a low-mass helium white dwarf. The mass of the red dwarf and the inclination of the system naturally follow: M(sub dM) = 0.26-0.33 solar mass, i greater than or equal to 75 deg. High-dispersion H-alpha line profiles are asymmetrical, strongly enhanced toward the blue, suggesting a moving atmosphere possibly linked to a mass loss rate of 10(exp -10) solar mass/yr. The IUE spectra taken when the system is near inferior conjunction show strong He II 1640 A absorption. The profile is highly variable in width and intensity. Because it is correlated with the passage of the white dwarf at inferior conjunction, the absorption may occur in some foreground plasma emanated by the red dwarf and accumulating near a Lagrangian point or, alternatively, it may originate in an accretion spot on the white dwarf surface coaligned with the major orbital axis. Either way, the He II detection may imply substantial mass loss from the red dwarf with a corollary reclassification of Feige 24 as a mixed He/H DAO white dwarf resulting from accretion of secondary mass-loss material. Feige 24 is the prototype of a class of young, EUV-emitting, binary systems comprising a late main sequence secondary and a hot H-rich white dwarf; the class is characterized by optical and ultraviolet photospheric He II absorption, circumstellar C IV lambda (1550) absorption, and by the presence of EUV-induced, phase-dependent Balmer fluorescence. These young systems present the best opportunity to constrain theory of common-envelope evolution.

  19. Quantitative Ultrasound Spectroscopic Imaging for Characterization of Disease Extent in Prostate Cancer Patients1

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    Sadeghi-Naini, Ali; Sofroni, Ervis; Papanicolau, Naum; Falou, Omar; Sugar, Linda; Morton, Gerard; Yaffe, Martin J.; Nam, Robert; Sadeghian, Alireza; Kolios, Michael C.; Chung, Hans T.; Czarnota, Gregory J.

    2015-01-01

    Three-dimensional quantitative ultrasound spectroscopic imaging of prostate was investigated clinically for the noninvasive detection and extent characterization of disease in cancer patients and compared to whole-mount, whole-gland histopathology of radical prostatectomy specimens. Fifteen patients with prostate cancer underwent a volumetric transrectal ultrasound scan before radical prostatectomy. Conventional-frequency (~ 5 MHz) ultrasound images and radiofrequency data were collected from patients. Normalized power spectra were used as the basis of quantitative ultrasound spectroscopy. Specifically, color-coded parametric maps of 0-MHz intercept, midband fit, and spectral slope were computed and used to characterize prostate tissue in ultrasound images. Areas of cancer were identified in whole-mount histopathology specimens, and disease extent was correlated to that estimated from quantitative ultrasound parametric images. Midband fit and 0-MHz intercept parameters were found to be best associated with the presence of disease as located on histopathology whole-mount sections. Obtained results indicated a correlation between disease extent estimated noninvasively based on midband fit parametric images and that identified histopathologically on prostatectomy specimens, with an r2 value of 0.71 (P < .0001). The 0-MHz intercept parameter demonstrated a lower level of correlation with histopathology. Spectral slope parametric maps offered no discrimination of disease. Multiple regression analysis produced a hybrid disease characterization model (r2 = 0.764, P < .05), implying that the midband fit biomarker had the greatest correlation with the histopathologic extent of disease. This work demonstrates that quantitative ultrasound spectroscopic imaging can be used for detecting prostate cancer and characterizing disease extent noninvasively, with corresponding gross three-dimensional histopathologic correlation. PMID:25749174

  20. Attempted Isolation, Spectroscopic Characterization, and Computational Study of Diazirinone (N2CO), its Analogs, and their Precursors

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    Esselman, Brian J.; Nolan, Alex M.; Amberger, Brent K.; Shaffer, Chris J.; Woods, R. Claude; Stanton, John F.; McMahon, Robert J.

    2010-11-01

    Intrigued by the 2005 reported synthesis of diazirinone, we carried out further experimental and theoretical studies aimed at the detailed matrix-isolation and millimeter-wave spectroscopic characterizations. Diazirinone is a peculiar isoconjugate of two very stable molecules, CO and N2, which may be of astrochemical interest. Unfortunately, the previous reported methods of diazirinone generation did not yield this species, but rather its decomposition products. Encouraged by the many computational studies of the N2CO potential energy surface that all found diazirinone to be the lowest energy isomer, save its decomposition products, we proposed a new method of preparation of diazirinone from the photolysis or thermolysis of carbonyl diazide by loss of two nitrogen molecules. We were able to generate the highly explosive carbonyl diazide in sufficient yield from the reaction of triphosgene and sodium azide. This has allowed us to obtain a matrix-isolation and gas phase IR spectrum of carbonyl diazide which has a gas-phase lifetime of several days. We are currently engaged in the safe purification and distillation of our sample and obtaining a millimeter-wave spectrum of carbonyl diazide. We will attempt to photolyze or thermolyze this molecule to release diazirinone and characterize it by millimeter-wave spectroscopy to pave the way for possible astrochemical detection. In order to provide better mechanistic insight into the decomposition of carbonyl diazide to diazirinone, we have engaged in a DFT and ab initio computational study of several possible pathways. Our preliminary results suggest that of the pathways studied, a step-wise process in which an acyclic CON4 species is generated by loss of nitrogen followed by possible rearrangement and further loss of N2 is most likely. These results will be compared to the analogous reactions for azirinone (HC2NO), our next likely synthetic and spectroscopic target. The millimeter-wave absorption spectrometer used in this research project has been used previously for the investigation of numerous small inorganic molecules and ions. The apparatus consists of a three-meter Pyrex discharge chamber with cylindrical electrodes at each end. The discharge operates at mTorr pressures and at temperatures as low as 77 K. The microwave signal is generated by a Gunn-diode microwave source, which is then further amplified and multiplied to reach the desired frequencies. The signal is focused onto a liquid-helium-cooled indium antimonide detector.

  1. A nearly on-axis spectroscopic system for simultaneously measuring UV-visible absorption and X-ray diffraction in the SPring-8 structural genomics beamline.

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    Sakaguchi, Miyuki; Kimura, Tetsunari; Nishida, Takuma; Tosha, Takehiko; Sugimoto, Hiroshi; Yamaguchi, Yoshihiro; Yanagisawa, Sachiko; Ueno, Go; Murakami, Hironori; Ago, Hideo; Yamamoto, Masaki; Ogura, Takashi; Shiro, Yoshitsugu; Kubo, Minoru

    2016-01-01

    UV-visible absorption spectroscopy is useful for probing the electronic and structural changes of protein active sites, and thus the on-line combination of X-ray diffraction and spectroscopic analysis is increasingly being applied. Herein, a novel absorption spectrometer was developed at SPring-8 BL26B2 with a nearly on-axis geometry between the X-ray and optical axes. A small prism mirror was placed near the X-ray beamstop to pass the light only 2° off the X-ray beam, enabling spectroscopic analysis of the X-ray-exposed volume of a crystal during X-ray diffraction data collection. The spectrometer was applied to NO reductase, a heme enzyme that catalyzes NO reduction to N2O. Radiation damage to the heme was monitored in real time during X-ray irradiation by evaluating the absorption spectral changes. Moreover, NO binding to the heme was probed via caged NO photolysis with UV light, demonstrating the extended capability of the spectrometer for intermediate analysis. PMID:26698082

  2. Characterization of Spectral Absorption Properties of Aerosols Using Satellite Observations

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    Torres, O.; Jethva, H.; Bhartia, P. K.; Ahn, C.

    2012-01-01

    The wavelength-dependence of aerosol absorption optical depth (AAOD) is generally represented in terms of the Angstrom Absorption Exponent (AAE), a parameter that describes the dependence of AAOD with wavelength. The AAE parameter is closely related to aerosol composition. Black carbon (BC) containing aerosols yield AAE values near unity whereas Organic carbon (OC) aerosol particles are associated with values larger than 2. Even larger AAE values have been reported for desert dust aerosol particles. Knowledge of spectral AAOD is necessary for the calculation of direct radiative forcing effect of aerosols and for inferring aerosol composition. We have developed a satellitebased method of determining the spectral AAOD of absorbing aerosols. The technique uses high spectral resolution measurements of upwelling radiation from scenes where absorbing aerosols lie above clouds as indicated by the UV Aerosol Index. For those conditions, the satellite measured reflectance (rho lambda) is approximately given by Beer's law rho lambda = rho (sub 0 lambda) e (exp -mtau (sub abs lambda)) where rho(sub 0 lambda) is the cloud reflectance, m is the geometric slant path and tau (sub abs lambda) is the spectral AAOD. The rho (sub 0 lambda) term is determined by means of radiative transfer calculations using as input the cloud optical depth derived as described in Torres et al. [JAS, 2012] that accounts for the effects of aerosol absorption. In the second step, corrections for molecular and aerosol scattering effects are applied to the cloud reflectance term, and the spectral AAOD is then derived by inverting the equation above. The proposed technique will be discussed in detail and application results will be presented. The technique can be easily applied to hyper-spectral satellite measurements that include UV such as OMI, GOME and SCIAMACHY, or to multi-spectral visible measurements by other sensors provided that the aerosol-above-cloud events are easily identified.

  3. Characterization of High Ge Content SiGe Heterostructures and Graded Alloy Layers Using Spectroscopic Ellipsometry

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    Heyd, A. R.; Alterovitz, S. A.; Croke, E. T.

    1995-01-01

    Si(x)Ge(1-x)heterostructures on Si substrates have been widely studied due to the maturity of Si technology. However, work on Si(x)Ge)1-x) heterostructures on Ge substrates has not received much attention. A Si(x)Ge(1-x) layer on a Si substrate is under compressive strain while Si(x)Ge(1-x) on Ge is under tensile strain; thus the critical points will behave differently. In order to accurately characterize high Ge content Si(x)Ge(1-x) layers the energy shift algorithm used to calculate alloy compositions, has been modified. These results have been used along with variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry (VASE) measurements to characterize Si(x)Ge(1-x)/Ge superlattices grown on Ge substrates. The results agree closely with high resolution x-ray diffraction measurements made on the same samples. The modified energy shift algorithm also allows the VASE analysis to be upgraded in order to characterize linearly graded layers. In this work VASE has been used to characterize graded Si(x)Ge(1-x) layers in terms of the total thickness, and the start and end alloy composition. Results are presented for a 1 micrometer Si(x)Ge(1-x) layer linearly graded in the range 0.5 less than or equal to x less than or equal to 1.0.

  4. Optical characterization of ferroelectric PZT thin films by variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry

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    Rahman, Md. Shafiqur; Garcia, Carlos D.; Bhalla, Amar; Guo, Ruyan

    2014-09-01

    Ferroelectric thin films are used as high dielectric constant capacitors, infrared detectors, piezoelectric transducers, optical modulators, optical waveguides, and nonvolatile memory chips for dynamic random access memory (DRAM) etc. While ferroelectric and dielectric properties of these films have been extensively investigated, their optical properties have been comparatively less studied and of limited use in quantitative evaluation of multilayer thin films. In this work we explored the variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry (VASE) technique for its effectiveness in physical property characterization. The VASE combined with its computer modeling tool enables nondestructive, nonintrusive, and contactless optical means for optical characterization. Crystalline Lead Zirconium Titanate PbZr0.52Ti0.48O3 (PZT) thin films, fabricated on SrTiO3 layer atop of Si substrates, were characterized using VASE (J.A. Woollam; Lincoln, NE, USA) by determining the ellipsometric parameters ? and ? as a function of wavelengths (200-1000 nm) and incident angles (65°, 70°,75°) at room temperature. A physical representation of the multilayer system was constructed by a six layer model (analysis software WVASE32, J.A. Woollam) through a step-by-step method. Other physical properties characterized by several well-known techniques on structure, morphology and topographical features correspond well with the models developed using VASE alone. The technique and the methodology developed have shown promises in identifying the respective thickness and optical properties of multilayer thin film system, with limited input of processing or composition information.

  5. FT-IR spectroscopic, thermal analysis of human urinary stones and their characterization

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    Selvaraju, R.; Raja, A.; Thiruppathi, G.

    2015-02-01

    In the present study, FT-IR, XRD, TGA-DTA spectral methods have been used to investigate the chemical compositions of urinary calculi. Multi-components of urinary calculi such as calcium oxalate, hydroxyl apatite, struvite and uric acid have been studied. The chemical compounds are identified by FT-IR spectroscopic technique. The mineral identification was confirmed by powder X-ray diffraction patterns as compared with JCPDS reported values. Thermal analysis techniques are considered the best techniques for the characterization and detection of endothermic and exothermic behaviors of the urinary stones. The percentages of each hydrate (COM and COD) are present together, in the presences of MAPH or UA. Finally, the present study suggests that the Urolithiasis is significant health problem in children, and is very common in some parts of the world, especially in India. So that present study is so useful and helpful to the scientific community for identification of latest human health problems and their remedies using spectroscopic techniques.

  6. FT-IR spectroscopic, thermal analysis of human urinary stones and their characterization.

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    Selvaraju, R; Raja, A; Thiruppathi, G

    2015-02-25

    In the present study, FT-IR, XRD, TGA-DTA spectral methods have been used to investigate the chemical compositions of urinary calculi. Multi-components of urinary calculi such as calcium oxalate, hydroxyl apatite, struvite and uric acid have been studied. The chemical compounds are identified by FT-IR spectroscopic technique. The mineral identification was confirmed by powder X-ray diffraction patterns as compared with JCPDS reported values. Thermal analysis techniques are considered the best techniques for the characterization and detection of endothermic and exothermic behaviors of the urinary stones. The percentages of each hydrate (COM and COD) are present together, in the presences of MAPH or UA. Finally, the present study suggests that the Urolithiasis is significant health problem in children, and is very common in some parts of the world, especially in India. So that present study is so useful and helpful to the scientific community for identification of latest human health problems and their remedies using spectroscopic techniques. PMID:25306135

  7. Spectroscopic ellipsometry characterization of single and multilayer aluminum nitride/indium nitride thin film systems

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    Khoshman, Jebreel M.

    The optical characteristics of single and multilayer III-V nitride thin film systems deposited by RF magnetron sputtering onto different substrates have measured and analyzed. Spectroscopic Ellipsometry measurements of amorphous (Al, Ga, In) N single layers are carried out at two angles of incidence, 70° and 75°, over the wavelength range 300--1400 nm. The measured ellipsometric data are fitted to models consisting of air/a-AlN/c-Si (111), air/roughness/a-GaN/c-Si (111), and air/roughness/a-InN/c-Si (111). The roughness is modeled using the Bruggeman effective medium approximation, assuming 50% a-GaN (or a-InN) and 50% voids. The optical constants and the thicknesses of a-AlN are obtained by analysis of the measured ellipsometric spectra through the Cauchy-Urbach model whereas the optical constants and the thicknesses of a-(Ga, In) N are determined using the Tauc-Lorentz model. Analysis of the absorption coefficient of a-AlN (in the range 200--1400 nm) and a-GaN show the optical bandgap to be 5.82 +/- 0.05 and 3.38 +/- 0.05 eV, respectively. While the analysis of the absorption coefficient of a-InN shows the optical bandgap energy to be 1.68 +/- 0.071 eV. These values are confirmed using different optical methods such as spectrophotometry, photoluminescence and polarized absorptivity. From the angle dependence of the p-polarized reflectivity we deduce Brewster and principal angles of the single layers. Measurement of the polarized optical properties reveals a high transmissivity (70%--95%) and low absorptivity (< 18%) for all three thin films in the visible and near infrared regions. X-ray diffraction analysis verifies the amorphous nature of the (Al, Ga, In) N films. This work also reports the successful growth of sputtered bilayer and multilayer antireflection coatings on quartz using alternating layers of AlN and InN. The designed layers are optimized at 500 nm and 50°--70° incidence for their performance as a longwave-pass filter and coatings for solar cells with high efficiency by varying the number of periods of AlN/InN multilayer systems. The XRD patterns of these systems reveal a polycrystalline structure with a maximum diffraction peak at 31.2° (InN (002)).

  8. A review of recent trends in polymer characterization using non-destructive vibrational spectroscopic modalities and chemical imaging.

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    Mukherjee, Sindhuraj; Gowen, Aoife

    2015-10-01

    This review focuses on the recent developments in vibrational spectroscopy and chemical imaging (i.e. Raman, Near Infrared, Mid Infrared) to characterize polymers in diverse forms, their behaviour and transient phenomenon. First, important polymeric properties and traditional methods of their characterization are outlined. Then relative advantages & disadvantages have been presented of different characterization methods are presented. This is followed by a detailed review of applications of chemical imaging and spectroscopic techniques in polymer characterization, including the limitations encountered. The article ends with a discussion on the future of chemical imaging with regards to polymer characterization. PMID:26454456

  9. Chemical vapor deposition synthesis and Raman spectroscopic characterization of large-area graphene sheets.

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    Liao, Chun-Da; Lu, Yi-Ying; Tamalampudi, Srinivasa Reddy; Cheng, Hung-Chieh; Chen, Yit-Tsong

    2013-10-01

    We present a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method to catalytically synthesize large-area, transferless, single- to few-layer graphene sheets using hexamethyldisilazane (HMDS) on a SiO2/Si substrate as a carbon source and thermally evaporated alternating Ni/Cu/Ni layers as a catalyst. The as-synthesized graphene films were characterized by Raman spectroscopic imaging to identify single- to few-layer sheets. This HMDS-derived graphene layer is continuous over the entire growth substrate, and single- to trilayer mixed sheets can be up to 30 ?m in the lateral dimension. With the synthetic CVD method proposed here, graphene can be grown into tailored shapes directly on a SiO2/Si surface through vapor priming of HMDS onto predefined photolithographic patterns. The transparent and conductive HMDS-derived graphene exhibits its potential for widespread electronic and opto-electronic applications. PMID:23461419

  10. Spectroscopic characterization of recently excavated archaeological potsherds from Tamilnadu, India with multi-analytical approach.

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    Raja Annamalai, G; Ravisankar, R; Rajalakshmi, A; Chandrasekaran, A; Rajan, K

    2014-12-10

    A combined analytical study of potsherds excavated from different archaeological sites of Tamilnadu (Kavalapatti, Nattapuraki and Thamaraikulam villages), India are analyzed by spectroscopic techniques such as FTIR, X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) coupled with Energy Dispersive Spectrometer (EDS). FTIR and XRD techniques have been attempted to characterize the mineralogical composition, firing temperature and firing conditions of the archaeological potsherds. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) is the complementary study to estimate the firing temperature from characteristic thermal reactions in potsherds under controlled firing in inert gas atmosphere. Further, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) equipped and coupled with an Energy Dispersive Spectrometer (EDS) to analyze internal morphology and chemical composition of the potsherds was used. From the results of the above techniques, the firing temperatures of potsherds were found to be greater than 650°C. PMID:24929323

  11. Spectroscopic Characterization and Reactivity Studies of a Mononuclear Nonheme Mn(III)–Hydroperoxo Complex

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    2015-01-01

    We report the first example of a mononuclear nonheme manganese(III)–hydroperoxo complex derived from protonation of an isolated manganese(III)–peroxo complex bearing an N-tetramethylated cyclam (TMC) ligand, [MnIII(TMC)(OOH)]2+. The MnIII-hydroperoxo intermediate is characterized with various spectroscopic methods as well as with density functional theory (DFT) calculations, showing the binding of a hydroperoxide ligand in an end-on fashion. The MnIII–hydroperoxo species is a competent oxidant in oxygen atom transfer (OAT) reactions, such as the oxidation of sulfides. The electrophilic character of the MnIII–hydroperoxo complex is demonstrated unambiguously in the sulfoxidation of para-substituted thioanisoles. PMID:25116698

  12. A new purged UV spectroscopic ellipsometer to characterize thin films and multilayers at 157 nm

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    Piel, J. Ph.; Boher, P.; Evrard, P.; Stehlé, J. L.

    2001-01-01

    Spectroscopic ellipsometry has long been recognized as the technique of choice to characterize thin films and multilayers. Instrumentation for the next generation of UV lithography at 157 nm requires special optical set-up since O2 and H2O are extremely absorbing below 190 nm. The new system works in a purged glove box to reduce the oxygen and water contamination in the part per million range. The optical set-up includes a premonochromator in the polarizer arm to avoid photo bleaching. The system works in rotating analyzer configuration to minimize the parasitic polarizations. Ellipsometric and photometric measurements versus wavelength from 145 up to 650 nm and versus angle of incidence can be performed. The paper presents details of the new system with some first experimental results in the field of microlithography. Results are compared to those obtained with more standard UV ellipsometer.

  13. Zinc acetylacetonate hydrate adducted with nitrogen donor ligands: Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization, and thermal analysis

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    Brahma, Sanjaya; Shivashankar, S. A.

    2015-12-01

    We report synthesis, spectroscopic characterization, and thermal analysis of zinc acetylacetonate complex adducted by nitrogen donor ligands, such as pyridine, bipyridine, and phenanthroline. The pyridine adducted complex crystallizes to monoclinic crystal structure, whereas other two adducted complexes have orthorhombic structure. Addition of nitrogen donor ligands enhances the thermal property of these complexes as that with parent metal-organic complex. Zinc acetylacetonate adducted with pyridine shows much higher volatility (106 °C), decomposition temperature (202 °C) as that with zinc acetylacetonate (136 °C, 220 °C), and other adducted complexes. All the adducted complexes are thermally stable, highly volatile and are considered to be suitable precursors for metal organic chemical vapor deposition. The formation of these complexes is confirmed by powder X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy, and elemental analysis. The complexes are widely used as starting precursor materials for the synthesis of ZnO nanostructures by microwave irradiation assisted coating process.

  14. Characterization of the oral absorption of several aminopenicillins: determination of intrinsic membrane absorption parameters in the rat intestine in situ

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    Sinko, P. J.; Amidon, G. L.

    1992-01-01

    The absorption mechanism of several penicillins was characterized using in situ single-pass intestinal perfusion in the rat. The intrinsic membrane parameters were determined using a modified boundary layer model (fitted value +/- S.E.): Jmax* = 11.78 +/- 1.88 mM, Km = 15.80 +/- 2.92 mM, Pm* = 0, Pc* = 0.75 +/- 0.04 for ampicillin; Jmax* = 0.044 +/- 0.018 mM, Km = 0.058 +/- 0.026 mM, Pm* = 0.558 +/- 0.051, Pc* = 0.757 +/- 0.088 for amoxicillin; and Jmax* = 16.30 +/- 3.40 mM, Km = 14.00 +/- 3.30 mM, Pm* = 0, Pc* = 1.14 +/- 0.05 for cyclacillin. All of the aminopenicillins studied demonstrated saturable absorption kinetics as indicated by their concentration-dependent wall permeabilities. Inhibition studies were performed to confirm the existence of a nonpassive absorption mechanism. The intrinsic wall permeability (Pw*) of 0.01 mM ampicillin was significantly lowered by 1 mM amoxicillin and the Pw* of 0.01 mM amoxicillin was reduced by 2 mM cephradine consistent with competitive inhibition.

  15. Spectroscopic characterization of effective components anthraquinones in Chinese medicinal herbs binding with serum albumins.

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    Bi, Shuyun; Song, Daqian; Kan, Yuhe; Xu, Dong; Tian, Yuan; Zhou, Xin; Zhang, Hanqi

    2005-11-01

    The interactions of serum albumins such as human serum albumin (HSA) and bovine serum albumin (BSA) with emodin, rhein, aloe-emodin and aloin were assessed employing fluorescence quenching and absorption spectroscopic techniques. The results obtained revealed that there are relatively strong binding affinity for the four anthraquinones with HSA and BSA and the binding constants for the interactions of anthraquinones with HSA or BSA at 20 degrees C were obtained. Anthraquinone-albumin interactions were studied at different temperatures and in the presence of some metal ions. And the competition binding of anthraquinones with serum albumins was also discussed. The Stern-Volmer curves suggested that the quenching occurring in the reactions was the static quenching process. The binding distances and transfer efficiencies for each binding reactions were calculated according to the Föster theory of non-radiation energy transfer. Using thermodynamic equations, the main action forces of these reactions were also obtained. The reasons of the different binding affinities for different anthraquinone-albumin reactions were probed from the point of view of molecular structures. PMID:16257715

  16. Spectroscopic characterization of effective components anthraquinones in Chinese medicinal herbs binding with serum albumins

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    Bi, Shuyun; Song, Daqian; Kan, Yuhe; Xu, Dong; Tian, Yuan; Zhou, Xin; Zhang, Hanqi

    2005-11-01

    The interactions of serum albumins such as human serum albumin (HSA) and bovine serum albumin (BSA) with emodin, rhein, aloe-emodin and aloin were assessed employing fluorescence quenching and absorption spectroscopic techniques. The results obtained revealed that there are relatively strong binding affinity for the four anthraquinones with HSA and BSA and the binding constants for the interactions of anthraquinones with HSA or BSA at 20 °C were obtained. Anthraquinone-albumin interactions were studied at different temperatures and in the presence of some metal ions. And the competition binding of anthraquinones with serum albumins was also discussed. The Stern-Volmer curves suggested that the quenching occurring in the reactions was the static quenching process. The binding distances and transfer efficiencies for each binding reactions were calculated according to the Föster theory of non-radiation energy transfer. Using thermodynamic equations, the main action forces of these reactions were also obtained. The reasons of the different binding affinities for different anthraquinone-albumin reactions were probed from the point of view of molecular structures.

  17. Optical and spectroscopic characterization of Er3+-Yb3+co-doped tellurite glasses and fibers

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    Narro-García, R.; Desirena, H.; Chillcce, E. F.; Barbosa, L. C.; Rodriguez, E.; De la Rosa, E.

    2014-04-01

    Optical and spectroscopic properties of Er3+-Yb3+ co-doped TeO2-WO3-Nb2O5-Na2O-Al2O3 glasses and fibers were investigated. Emission spectra and fluorescence lifetimes of 4I13/2 level of Er3+ion as a function of rare earth concentration and fiber length were measured in glasses. Results show that the self-absorption effect broadens the spectral bandwidth of 4I13/2?4I15/2 transition and lengthens the lifetime significantly from 3.5 to 4.6 ms. Fibers were fabricated by the rod-in-tube technique using a Heathway drawing tower. The emission power of these Er3+-Yb3+ co-doped Step Index Tellurite Fibers (SITFs; lengths varying from 2 to 60 cm) were generated by a 980 nm diode laser pump and then the emission power spectra were acquired with an OSA. The maximum emission power spectra, within the 1530-1560 nm region, were observed for fiber lengths ranging from 3 to 6 cm. The highest bandwidth obtained was 108 nm for 8 cm fiber length around 1.53 µm.

  18. Synergic use of TOMS and Aeronet Observations for Characterization of Aerosol Absorption

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    Torres, O.; Bhartia, P. K.; Dubovik, O.; Holben, B.; Siniuk, A.

    2003-01-01

    The role of aerosol absorption on the radiative transfer balance of the earth-atmosphere system is one of the largest sources of uncertainty in the analysis of global climate change. Global measurements of aerosol single scattering albedo are, therefore, necessary to properly assess the radiative forcing effect of aerosols. Remote sensing of aerosol absorption is currently carried out using both ground (Aerosol Robotic Network) and space (Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer) based observations. The satellite technique uses measurements of backscattered near ultraviolet radiation. Carbonaceous aerosols, resulting from the combustion of biomass, are one of the most predominant absorbing aerosol types in the atmosphere. In this presentation, TOMS and AERONET retrievals of single scattering albedo of carbonaceous aerosols, are compared for different environmental conditions: agriculture related biomass burning in South America and Africa and peat fires in Eastern Europe. The AERONET and TOMS derived aerosol absorption information are in good quantitative agreement. The most absorbing smoke is detected over the African Savanna. Aerosol absorption over the Brazilian rain forest is less absorbing. Absorption by aerosol particles resulting from peat fires in Eastern Europe is weaker than the absorption measured in Africa and South America. This analysis shows that the near UV satellite method of aerosol absorption characterization has the sensitivity to distinguish different levels of aerosol absorption. The analysis of the combined AERONET-TOMS observations shows a high degree of synergy between satellite and ground based observations.

  19. Transient Spectroscopic Characterization of the Genesis of a Ruthenium Complex Catalyst Supported on Zeolite Y

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    Ogino, Isao; Gates, Bruce C.

    2010-01-12

    A mononuclear ruthenium complex anchored to dealuminated zeolite HY, Ru(acac)(C{sub 2}H{sub 4}){sup 2+} (acac = acetylacetonate, C{sub 5}H{sub 7}O{sup 2}{sup -}), was characterized in flow reactors by transient infrared (IR) spectroscopy and Ru K edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy. The combined results show how the supported complex was converted into a form that catalyzes ethene conversion to butene. The formation of these species resulted from the removal of acac ligands from the ruthenium (as shown by IR and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectra) and the simultaneous decrease in the symmetry of the ruthenium complex, with the ruthenium remaining mononuclear and its oxidation state remaining essentially unchanged (as shown by EXAFS and X-ray absorption near-edge structure spectra). The removal of anionic acac ligands from the ruthenium was evidently compensated by the bonding of other anionic ligands, such as hydride from H2 in the feed stream, to form species suggested to be Ru(H)(C{sub 2}H{sub 4}){sub 2}{sup +}, which is coordinatively unsaturated and inferred to react with ethene, leading to the observed formation of butene in a catalytic process.

  20. Solution properties and spectroscopic characterization of polymeric precursors to SiNCB and BN ceramic materials

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    Cortez, E.; Remsen, E; Chlanda, V.; Carrol, P.; Sneddon, L.

    1998-06-01

    Boron Nitride, BN, and composite SiNCB ceramic fibers are important structural materials because of their excellent thermal and oxidative stabilities. Consequently, polymeric materials as precursors to ceramic composites are receiving increasing attention. Characterization of these materials requires the ability to evaluate simultaneous molecular weight and compositional heterogeneity within the polymer. Size exclusion chromatography equipped with viscometric and refractive index detection as well as coupled to a LC-transform device for infrared absorption analysis has been employed to examine these heterogeneities. Using these combined approaches, the solution properties and the relative amounts of individual functional groups distributed through the molecular weight distribution of SiNCB and BN polymeric precursors were characterized. {copyright} {ital 1998 American Institute of Physics.}

  1. FTIR spectroscopic characterization of Cu(II) coordination compounds with exopolysaccharide pullulan and its derivatives

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    Miti?, Ž.; Nikoli?, G. S.; Caki?, M.; Premovi?, P.; Ili?, Lj.

    2009-04-01

    Pullulan is a water-soluble, extracellular neutral polysaccharide with a linear flexible chain of ?-(1 ? 6)-linked maltotriose units, the structure of which is intermediate between pullulan and amylose structures because of the co-existence of both ?-(1 ? 6) and ?-(1 ? 4)-glycosidic linkages in single compounds. In alkali solutions Cu(II) ion forms complexes with reduced low-molar pullulan (RLMP). The metal content and the solution composition depends on pH. The complexing process begins in a weak alkali solution (pH > 7), and involves OH groups in C(2) and C(3) or C(6) pullulan monomer units (?- D-glucopyranose). Complexes of Cu(II) ion with reduced low-molar pullulan were synthesized in the water solutions, at the boiling temperature and at different pH values (7.512). Fourier-Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopic data of synthesized complexes are rare in literature. FTIR spectroscopic characterization (FTIR, LNT-FTIR, ATR-FTIR, and FTIR microspectroscopy) of Cu(II) ion complexes with RLMP ( M w 6000 g mol -1) was carried out in this work. The similarities of the ?(C sbnd H) range in a part of FTIR spectra indicate that there is no difference in the conformation of the C 1 glucopyranose (Glc) unit in the RLMP and synthesized Cu(II) complexes. The complexing Cu(II) ion with RLMP in the dependence from the pH form different types of complex (pH 7-8: Cu(II)(Glc) 2(H 2O) 2, pH 8-10: Cu(II)(Glc) 2(H 2O)(OH), pH 10-12: Cu(II)(Glc) 2(OH) 2).

  2. Spectroscopic and microscopic characterization of biosensor surfaces with protein/amino-organosilane/silicon structure.

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    Awsiuk, K; Bernasik, A; Kitsara, M; Budkowski, A; Petrou, P; Kakabakos, S; Prauzner-Bechcicki, S; Rysz, J; Raptis, I

    2012-02-01

    Composition and structure of biorecognition protein layers created on silicon substrates modified with amino-organosilanes determine the sensitivity and specificity of silicon based biosensing devices. In the present work, diverse spectroscopic and microscopic methods were applied to characterize model biosensor surfaces, formed on Si(3)N(4) or SiO(2) by modification with (3-aminopropyl)triethoxysilane, coating with rabbit gamma-globulins (IgGs) through physical adsorption, blocking with bovine serum albumin (BSA) and specific binding of an anti-rabbit IgG antibody. In addition, silanized substrates with directly adsorbed BSA or anti-rabbit IgG antibody were examined as reference surfaces. The protein/amino-organosilane/silicon structure of all surfaces was confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Homogeneity of protein coverage was verified with near-field scanning optical microscope, working in reflection and fluorescence mode. Surface coverage with proteins was determined with angle-resolved XPS using a previously established bilayer approach. Inner structure of protein layers was examined with atomic force microscopy. Vertical arrangement of carbon functional groups was revealed by high resolution ARXPS. Combined spectroscopic and microscopic data reveal the complex character of interactions with the immobilized IgG molecules during blocking with BSA and immunoreaction with anti-IgG antibody. Within experimental error, neither surface coverage nor lateral structural scales of protein layer (provided by Fourier and auto-correlation analysis of topographic and phase images) increase during blocking procedure. On the other hand, coverage and all structural measures rise considerably after immunoreaction. In addition, it was found that polar functional groups orient towards substrate for all protein layers, independently of coverage, prior to and after both blocking and specific binding. PMID:22056253

  3. Hafnium(IV) chloride complexes with chelating ?-ketiminate ligands: Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization and volatility study

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    Patil, Siddappa A.; Medina, Phillip A.; Antic, Aleks; Ziller, Joseph W.; Vohs, Jason K.; Fahlman, Bradley D.

    2015-09-01

    The synthesis and characterization of four new ?-ketiminate hafnium(IV) chloride complexes dichloro-bis[4-(phenylamido)pent-3-en-2-one]-hafnium (4a), dichloro-bis[4-(4-methylphenylamido)pent-3-en-2-one]-hafnium (4b), dichloro-bis[4-(4-methoxyphenylamido)pent-3-en-2-one]-hafnium (4c), and dichloro-bis[4-(4-chlorophenylamido)pent-3-en-2-one]-hafnium (4d) are reported. All the complexes (4a-d) were characterized by spectroscopic methods (1H NMR, 13C NMR, IR), and elemental analysis while the compound 4c was further examined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, revealing that the complex is monomer with the hafnium center in octahedral coordination environment and oxygens of the chelating N-O ligands are trans to each other and the chloride ligands are in a cis arrangement. Volatile trends are established for four new ?-ketiminate hafnium(IV) chloride complexes (4a-d). Sublimation enthalpies (?Hsub) were calculated from thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) data, which show that, the dependence of ?Hsub on the molecular weight (4a-c) and inductive effects from chlorine (4d).

  4. Solvate Structures and Computational/Spectroscopic Characterization of LiPF6 Electrolytes

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    Han, Sang D.; Yun, Sung-Hyun; Borodin, Oleg; Seo, D. M.; Sommer, Roger D.; Young, Victor G.; Henderson, Wesley A.

    2015-04-23

    Raman spectroscopy is a powerful method for identifying ion-ion interactions, but only if the vibrational band signature for the anion coordination modes can be accurately deciphered. The present study characterizes the PF6- anion P-F Raman symmetric stretching vibrational band for evaluating the PF6-...Li+ cation interactions within LiPF6 crystalline solvates to create a characterization tool for liquid electrolytes. To facilitate this, the crystal structures for two new solvates—(G3)1:LiPF6 and (DEC)2:LiPF6 with triglyme and diethyl carbonate, respectively—are reported. The information obtained from this analysis provides key guidance about the ionic association information which may be obtained from a Raman spectroscopic evaluation of electrolytes containing the LiPF6 salt and aprotic solvents. Of particular note is the overlap of the Raman bands for both solvent-separated ion pair (SSIP) and contact ion pair (CIP) coordination in which the PF6- anions are uncoordinated or coordinated to a single Li+ cation, respectively.

  5. Toward the characterization of biological toxins using field-based FT-IR spectroscopic instrumentation

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    Schiering, David W.; Walton, Robert B.; Brown, Christopher W.; Norman, Mark L.; Brewer, Joseph; Scott, James

    2004-12-01

    IR spectroscopy is a broadly applicable technique for the identification of covalent materials. Recent advances in instrumentation have made Fourier Transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy available for field characterization of suspect materials. Presently, this instrumentation is broadly deployed and used for the identification of potential chemical hazards. This discussion concerns work towards expanding the analytical utility of field-based FT-IR spectrometry in the characterization of biological threats. Two classes of materials were studied: biologically produced chemical toxins which were non-peptide in nature and peptide toxin. The IR spectroscopic identification of aflatoxin-B1, trichothecene T2 mycotoxin, and strychnine was evaluated using the approach of spectral searching against large libraries of materials. For pure components, the IR method discriminated the above toxins at better than the 99% confidence level. The ability to identify non-peptide toxins in mixtures was also evaluated using a "spectral stripping" search approach. For the mixtures evaluated, this method was able to identify the mixture components from ca. 32K spectral library entries. Castor bean extract containing ricin was used as a representative peptide toxin. Due to similarity in protein spectra, a SIMCA pattern recognition methodology was evaluated for classifying peptide toxins. In addition to castor bean extract the method was validated using bovine serum albumin and myoglobin as simulants. The SIMCA approach was successful in correctly classifying these samples at the 95% confidence level.

  6. Characterization of Photon-Counting Detector Responsivity for Non-Linear Two-Photon Absorption Process

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    Sburlan, S. E.; Farr, W. H.

    2011-01-01

    Sub-band absorption at 1550 nm has been demonstrated and characterized on silicon Geiger mode detectors which normally would be expected to have no response at this wavelength. We compare responsivity measurements to singlephoton absorption for wavelengths slightly above the bandgap wavelength of silicon (approx. 1100 microns). One application for this low efficiency sub-band absorption is in deep space optical communication systems where it is desirable to track a 1030 nm uplink beacon on the same flight terminal detector array that monitors a 1550 nm downlink signal for pointingcontrol. The currently observed absorption at 1550 nm provides 60-70 dB of isolation compared to the response at 1064 nm, which is desirable to avoid saturation of the detector by scattered light from the downlink laser.

  7. Development of Cellular Absorptive Tracers (CATs) for a Quantitative Characterization of Microbial Mass in Flow Systems

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    Saripalli, Prasad; Brown, Christopher F.; Lindberg, Michael J.

    2005-03-16

    We report on a new Cellular Absorptive Tracers (CATs) method, for a simple, non-destructive characterization of bacterial mass in flow systems. Results show that adsorption of a CAT molecule into the cellular mass results in its retardation during flow, which is a good, quantitative measure of the biomass quantity and distribution. No such methods are currently available for a quantitative characterization of cell mass.

  8. Raman Spectroscopic Characterization of the Feldspars: Implications for Surface Mineral Characterization in Planetary Exploration

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    Freeman, J. J.; Wang, Alian; Kuebler, K. E.; Haskin, L. A.

    2003-01-01

    The availability in the last decade of improved Raman instrumentation using small, stable, intense lasers, sensitive CCD array detectors, and advanced fast grating systems enabled us to develop the Mars Microbeam Raman Spectrometer (MMRS), a field-portable Raman spectrometer with precision and accuracy capable of identifying minerals and their different compositions. For example, we can determine Mg cation ratios in pyroxenes and olivines to +/-0.1 on the basis of Raman peak positions. Feldspar is another major mineral formed in igneous systems whose characterization is important for determining rock petrogenesis and alteration. From their Raman spectral pattern, feldspars can be readily distinguished from ortho- and chain-silicates and from other tecto-silicates such as quartz and zeolites. We show here how well Raman spectral analysis can distinguish among members within the feldspar group.

  9. A multi-epoch spectroscopic study of the BAL quasar APM 08279+5255. I. C IV absorption variability

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    Trevese, D.; Saturni, F. G.; Vagnetti, F.; Perna, M.; Paris, D.; Turriziani, S.

    2013-09-01

    Context. Broad absorption lines indicate gas outflows with velocities from thousands of km s-1 to about 0.2 the speed of light, which may be present in all quasars and may play a major role in the evolution of the host galaxy. The variability of absorption patterns can provide information on changes in the density and velocity distributions of the absorbing gas and its ionisation status. Aims: We want to accurately follow the evolution in time of the luminosity and both the broad and narrow C IV absorption features of an individual object, the quasar APM 08279+5255, and analyse the correlations among these quantities. Methods: We have collected 23 photometrical and spectro-photometrical observations at the 1.82 m Telescope of the Asiago Observatory since 2003, plus 5 other spectra from the literature. We analysed the evolution in time of the equivalent width of the broad absorption feature and two narrow absorption systems, the correlation among them and with the R band magnitude. We performed a structure function analysis of the equivalent width variations. Results: We present an unprecedented monitoring of a broad absorption line quasar based on 28 epochs during 14 years. The shape of broad absorption feature shows relative stability, while its equivalent width slowly declines until it sharply increases during 2011. At the same time, the R magnitude stays almost constant until it sharply increases during 2011. The equivalent width of the narrow absorption redwards of the systemic redshift only shows a decline. Conclusions: The broad absorption behaviour suggests changes in the ionisation status as the main cause of variability. We show for the first time a correlation of this variability with the R band flux. The different behaviour of the narrow absorption system might be due to recombination time delay. The structure function of the absorption variability has a slope comparable with typical optical variability of quasars. This is consistent with variations of the 200 Å ionising flux originating in the inner part of the accretion disk.

  10. Spectroscopic characterization and upconversion processes under ~1.5 ?m pumping in Er doped Yttria ceramics

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    Brown, Ei E.; Hommerich, Uwe; Bluiett, Althea; Kucera, Courtney; Ballato, John; Trivedi, Sudhir

    2013-03-01

    We report on the spectroscopic characteristics and upconversion emission in Er3+ doped Yttria (Y2O3) transparent ceramics prepared by a modified two-step sintering method. The near-infrared (1.5 ?m) emission properties were evaluated as a function of Er3+ concentration. Judd-Ofelt intensity parameters, radiative rates, branching ratios, and emission lifetimes were calculated and compared with results reported for Er3+ doped Y2O3 single crystal and nanocrystals. Following pumping at 1.532 ?m, weak blue (~0.41 ?m, 2H9/2-->4I15/2), strong green (~0.56 ?m, 2H11/2, 4S3/2-->4I15/2) and red (~0.67 ?m, 4F9/2-->4I15/2) emission bands were observed as well as weak near-infrared emissions at 0.8 ?m (4I9/2-->4I15/2) and 0.85 ?m (4S3/2-->4I13/2) at room temperature. The upconversion emission properties under ~1.5 ?m pumping were further investigated through pump power dependence and decay time studies. Sequential two-photon absorption leads to the 4I9/2 upconversion emission while energy transfer upconversion is responsible for the emission from the higher excited states 2H9/2, 2H11/2, 4S3/2, and 4F9/2. The enhanced red emission with increasing Er3+ concentration most likely occurred via the cross-relaxation process between (4F7/2 --> 4F9/2) and (4I11/2 --> 4F9/2) transitions, which increased the population of the 4F9/2 level.

  11. Characterization of ion-assisted induced absorption in A-Si thin-films used for multivariate optical computing

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    Nayak, Aditya B.; Price, James M.; Dai, Bin; Perkins, David; Chen, Ding Ding; Jones, Christopher M.

    2015-06-01

    Multivariate optical computing (MOC), an optical sensing technique for analog calculation, allows direct and robust measurement of chemical and physical properties of complex fluid samples in high-pressure/high-temperature (HP/HT) downhole environments. The core of this MOC technology is the integrated computational element (ICE), an optical element with a wavelength-dependent transmission spectrum designed to allow the detector to respond sensitively and specifically to the analytes of interest. A key differentiator of this technology is it uses all of the information present in the broadband optical spectrum to determine the proportion of the analyte present in a complex fluid mixture. The detection methodology is photometric in nature; therefore, this technology does not require a spectrometer to measure and record a spectrum or a computer to perform calculations on the recorded optical spectrum. The integrated computational element is a thin-film optical element with a specific optical response function designed for each analyte. The optical response function is achieved by fabricating alternating layers of high-index (a-Si) and low-index (SiO2) thin films onto a transparent substrate (BK7 glass) using traditional thin-film manufacturing processes (e.g., ion-assisted e-beam vacuum deposition). A proprietary software and process are used to control the thickness and material properties, including the optical constants of the materials during deposition to achieve the desired optical response function. The ion-assisted deposition is useful for controlling the densification of the film, stoichiometry, and material optical constants as well as to achieve high deposition growth rates and moisture-stable films. However, the ion-source can induce undesirable absorption in the film; and subsequently, modify the optical constants of the material during the ramp-up and stabilization period of the e-gun and ion-source, respectively. This paper characterizes the unwanted absorption in the a-Si thin-film using advanced thin-film metrology methods, including spectroscopic ellipsometry and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The resulting analysis identifies a fundamental mechanism contributing to this absorption and a method for minimizing and accounting for the unwanted absorption in the thin-film such that the exact optical response function can be achieved.

  12. Norharmane rhenium(i) polypyridyl complexes: synthesis, structural and spectroscopic characterization.

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    Maisuls, Iván; Wolcan, Ezequiel; Piro, Oscar E; Etcheverría, Gustavo A; Petroselli, Gabriela; Erra-Ballsels, Rosa; Cabrerizo, Franco M; Ruiz, Gustavo T

    2015-10-21

    Two novel Re(i) complexes with the general formula fac-[Re(CO)3(L)(nHo)]CF3SO3, where L = 2,2'-bipyridine (bpy) or 1,10 phenanthroline (phen) and nHo (9H-pyrido[3,4-b]indole; norharmane) have been synthesized. The Re(i)-nHo complexes were characterized by structural X-ray diffraction, (1)H and (13)C NMR, UV-vis absorption and FT-IR spectroscopy, and by a combination of two mass spectrometry techniques, namely ESI-MS and UV-MALDI-MS. All characterizations showed that nHo is coordinated to the metal atom by the pyridine nitrogen of the molecule. X-ray structural analysis revealed that the crystal lattices for both complexes are further stabilized by a strong >N-HO bond between the pyrrole NH group of the pyridoindole ligand and one oxygen atom of the trifluoromethanesulfonate counter-ion. Ground state geometry optimization by DFT calculations showed that in fluid solution the nHo ligand may rotate freely. The nature of the electronic transitions of Re(CO)3(bpy)(nHo)(+) were established by TD-DFT calculations. The set of the most important electronic transitions present in this complex are comprised of ???* electronic transitions centered on bpy and nHo moieties, LLCTnHo?COs, MLLCTRe(CO)3?bpy and LLCTnHo?bpy transitions. Additionally, TD-DFT calculations predict the existence of another two intense MLLCTRe(CO)3?nHo electronic transitions. Calculated UV-vis absorption spectra are in good agreement with the corresponding experimental data for the bpy-containing complex. PMID:26365709

  13. 13C-METHYL Formate in Orion-Kl Alma Observations and Spectroscopic Characterization

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    Favre, Cécile; Carvajal, Miguel; Field, David; Bergin, Edwin; Neill, Justin; Crockett, Nathan; Jørgensen, Jes; Bisschop, Suzanne; Brouillet, Nathalie; Despois, Didier; Baudry, Alain; Kleiner, Isabelle; Margulès, L.; Huet, T. R.; Demaison, Jean

    2014-06-01

    Determination of elemental isotopic ratios is valuable for understanding the chemical evolution of interstellar material. Until now the 12C/13C ratio has predominantly been measured in simple species such as CO, CN and H2CO and, becomes larger with increasing distance from the Galactic Center. We have investigated the carbon isotopic ratio for methyl formate HCOOCH3, and its isotopologues H13COOCH3 and HCOO13CH3 addressing the issue whether the 12C/13C ratio is the same for both simple and large molecules. Using ALMA science verification observations of Orion-KL and the spectroscopic characterization of the complex H13COOCH3 and HCOO13CH3 species that we have performed, we have 1) confirmed the detection of the 13C-methyl formate species in Orion-KL and, 2) image for the first time their spatial distribution. I will present some of these results. In particular, our analysis shows that the 12C/13C isotope ratio in methyl formate toward the Compact Ridge and Hot Core-SW components that are associated with Orion-KL are, for both the 13C-methyl formate isotopologues, commensurate with the well-known 12C/13C ratio of the simple species CO. Our findings suggest that grain surface chemistry very likely prevails in the formation of methyl formate main and 13C isotopologues.

  14. Spectroscopic ellipsometric characterization of Si/Si(1-x)Ge(x) strained-layer superlattices

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    Yao, H.; Woollam, J. A.; Wang, P. J.; Tejwani, M. J.; Alterovitz, S. A.

    1993-01-01

    Spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) was employed to characterize Si/Si(1-x)Ge(x) strained-layer superlattices. An algorithm was developed, using the available optical constants measured at a number of fixed x values of Ge composition, to compute the dielectric function spectrum of Si(1-x)Ge(x) at an arbitrary x value in the spectral range 17 to 5.6 eV. The ellipsometrically determined superlattice thicknesses and alloy compositional fractions were in excellent agreement with results from high-resolution x ray diffraction studies. The silicon surfaces of the superlattices were subjected to a 9:1 HF cleaning prior to the SE measurements. The HF solution removed silicon oxides on the semiconductor surface, and terminated the Si surface with hydrogen-silicon bonds, which were monitored over a period of several weeks, after the HF cleaning, by SE measurements. An equivalent dielectric layer model was established to describe the hydrogen-terminated Si surface layer. The passivated Si surface remained unchanged for greater than 2 h, and very little surface oxidation took place even over 3 to 4 days.

  15. A Multiscale Vibrational Spectroscopic Approach for Identification and Biochemical Characterization of Pollen

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    Ba?c?o?lu, Murat; Zimmermann, Boris; Kohler, Achim

    2015-01-01

    Background Analysis of pollen grains reveals valuable information on biology, ecology, forensics, climate change, insect migration, food sources and aeroallergens. Vibrational (infrared and Raman) spectroscopies offer chemical characterization of pollen via identifiable spectral features without any sample pretreatment. We have compared the level of chemical information that can be obtained by different multiscale vibrational spectroscopic techniques. Methodology Pollen from 15 different species of Pinales (conifers) were measured by seven infrared and Raman methodologies. In order to obtain infrared spectra, both reflectance and transmission measurements were performed on ground and intact pollen grains (bulk measurements), in addition, infrared spectra were obtained by microspectroscopy of multigrain and single pollen grain measurements. For Raman microspectroscopy measurements, spectra were obtained from the same pollen grains by focusing two different substructures of pollen grain. The spectral data from the seven methodologies were integrated into one data model by the Consensus Principal Component Analysis, in order to obtain the relations between the molecular signatures traced by different techniques. Results The vibrational spectroscopy enabled biochemical characterization of pollen and detection of phylogenetic variation. The spectral differences were clearly connected to specific chemical constituents, such as lipids, carbohydrates, carotenoids and sporopollenins. The extensive differences between pollen of Cedrus and the rest of Pinaceae family were unambiguously connected with molecular composition of sporopollenins in pollen grain wall, while pollen of Picea has apparently higher concentration of carotenoids than the rest of the family. It is shown that vibrational methodologies have great potential for systematic collection of data on ecosystems and that the obtained phylogenetic variation can be well explained by the biochemical composition of pollen. Out of the seven tested methodologies, the best taxonomical differentiation of pollen was obtained by infrared measurements on bulk samples, as well as by Raman microspectroscopy measurements of the corpus region of the pollen grain. Raman microspectroscopy measurements indicate that measurement area, as well as the depth of focus, can have crucial influence on the obtained data. PMID:26376486

  16. Preparation and characterization of silver nanoparticles on localized surface plasmon-enhanced optical absorption

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    Mijanur Rahman, Md.; Hattori, Nampei; Nakagawa, Yuta; Lin, Xu; Yagai, Shiki; Sakai, Masatoshi; Kudo, Kazuhiro; Yamamoto, Kazunuki

    2014-11-01

    Self-assembly silver nanoparticles were successfully prepared on indium tin oxide coated glass substrates by means of a vacuum vapor evaporation method followed by thermal annealing. The nanoparticles were characterized using a field-emission scanning election microscopy with an energy dispersive X-ray analyzer and a UV-vis spectrometer. It was found that the particle morphology was drastically changed depending both on the evaporated silver mass thickness and the length of time of the thermal annealing. Some absorption peaks were observed in the UV-vis spectra and the peaks showed red-shift with the average particle size increase. These facts suggest that the absorption peaks may arise from the localized surface plasmon resonance. These controllable absorptions may be suitable for photon management in dye sensitized solar cells.

  17. Melanin from the nitrogen-fixing bacterium Azotobacter chroococcum: a spectroscopic characterization.

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    Banerjee, Aulie; Supakar, Subhrangshu; Banerjee, Raja

    2014-01-01

    Melanins, the ubiquitous hetero-polymer pigments found widely dispersed among various life forms, are usually dark brown/black in colour. Although melanins have variety of biological functions, including protection against ultraviolet radiation of sunlight and are used in medicine, cosmetics, extraction of melanin from the animal and plant kingdoms is not an easy task. Using complementary physicochemical techniques (i.e. MALDI-TOF, FTIR absorption and cross-polarization magic angle spinning solid-state (13)C NMR), we report here the characterization of melanins extracted from the nitrogen-fixing non-virulent bacterium Azotobacter chroococcum, a safe viable source. Moreover, considering dihydroxyindole moiety as the main constituent, an effort is made to propose the putative molecular structure of the melanin hetero-polymer extracted from the bacterium. Characterization of the melanin obtained from Azotobacter chroococcum would provide an inspiration in extending research activities on these hetero-polymers and their use as protective agent against UV radiation. PMID:24416247

  18. Growth and spectroscopic characterization of monolayer and few-layer hexagonal boron nitride on metal substrates.

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    Feigelson, Boris N; Bermudez, Victor M; Hite, Jennifer K; Robinson, Zachary R; Wheeler, Virginia D; Sridhara, Karthik; Hernández, Sandra C

    2015-02-28

    Atomically thin two dimensional hexagonal boron nitride (2D h-BN) is one of the key materials in the development of new van der Waals heterostructures due to its outstanding properties including an atomically smooth surface, high thermal conductivity, high mechanical strength, chemical inertness and high electrical resistance. The development of 2D h-BN growth is still in the early stages and largely depends on rapid and accurate characterization of the grown monolayer or few layers h-BN films. This paper demonstrates a new approach to characterizing monolayer h-BN films directly on metal substrates by grazing-incidence infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (IRRAS). Using h-BN films grown by atmospheric-pressure chemical vapor deposition on Cu and Ni substrates, two new sub-bands are found for the A2u out-of-plane stretching mode. It is shown, using both experimental and computational methods, that the lower-energy sub-band is related to 2D h-BN coupled with substrate, while the higher energy sub-band is related to decoupled (or free-standing) 2D h-BN. It is further shown that this newly-observed fine structure in the A2u mode can be used to assess, quickly and easily, the homogeneity of the h-BN-metal interface and the effects of metal surface contamination on adhesion of the layer. PMID:25640166

  19. Tissue characterization with ballistic photons: counting scattering and/or absorption centres

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    Corral, F.; Strojnik, M.; Paez, G.

    2015-03-01

    We describe a new method to separate ballistic from the scattered photons for optical tissue characterization. It is based on the hypothesis that the scattered photons acquire a phase delay. The photons passing through the sample without scattering or absorption preserve their coherence so they may participate in interference. We implement a Mach-Zehnder experimental setup where the ballistic photons pass through the sample with the delay caused uniquely by the sample indices of refraction. We incorporate a movable mirror on the piezoelectric actuator in the sample arm to detect the amplitude of the modulation term. We present the theory that predicts the path-integrated (or total) concentration of the scattering and absorption centres. The proposed technique may characterize samples with transmission attenuation of ballistic photons by a factor of 10-14.

  20. X-ray absorption spectroscopic studies of the active sites of nickel- and copper-containing metalloproteins

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    Tan, G.O.

    1993-06-01

    X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) is a useful tool for obtaining structural and chemical information about the active sites of metalloproteins and metalloenzymes. Information may be obtained from both the edge region and the extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) or post-edge region of the K-edge X-ray absorption spectrum of a metal center in a compound. The edge contains information about the valence electronic structure of the atom that absorbs the X-rays. It is possible in some systems to infer the redox state of the metal atom in question, as well as the geometry and nature of ligands connected to it, from the features in the edge in a straightforward manner. The EXAFS modulations, being produced by the backscattering of the ejected photoelectron from the atoms surrounding the metal atom, provide, when analyzed, information about the number and type of neighbouring atoms, and the distances at which they occur. In this thesis, analysis of both the edge and EXAFS regions has been used to gain information about the active sites of various metalloproteins. The metalloproteins studied were plastocyanin (Pc), laccase and nickel carbon monoxide dehydrogenase (Ni CODH). Studies of Cu(I)-imidazole compounds, related to the protein hemocyanin, are also reported here.

  1. Spectroscopic characterization of the binding mechanism of fluorescein and carboxyfluorescein in human serum albumin

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    Sulaiman, Saba A. J.; Kulathunga, H. Udani; Abou-Zied, Osama K.

    2015-03-01

    Fluorescein (FL) and some of its precursors have proven to be effective fluorescent tracers in pharmaceutical and medical applications owing to their high quantum yield of fluorescence in physiological conditions and their high membrane permeability. In order to protect FL from metabolic effects during the process of its delivery, human serum albumin (HSA) has been used as a carrier because of its compatibility with the human body. In the present work, we used spectroscopic methods to characterize the binding mechanisms of FL and one of its derivatives, 5(6)- carboxyfluorescein (CFL), in the HSA protein. The absorbance change of the two ligands (FL and CFL) was quantified as a function of the HSA concentration and the results indicate a moderate binding strength for the two ligands inside HSA (1.00 +/- 0.12 x 104 M-1). The quenching effect of FL(CFL) on the fluorescence intensity of W214 (the sole tryptophan in HSA) indicates that FL and CFL occupy Site I in the protein which is known to bind several hydrophobic drugs. By performing site-competitive experiments, the location of the ligands is determined to be similar to that of the anticoagulant drug warfarin. At higher ratios of [ligand]/[HSA], we observed an upward curvature in the Stern-Volmer plots which indicates that the ligands occupy more pockets in Site I, close to W214. Our results indicate that both ligands bind in HSA with a moderate strength that should not affect their release when used as fluorescent reporters. The chemical and physical identities of the two ligands are also preserved inside the HSA binding sites.

  2. X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopic determination of plutonium speciation at the Rocky Flats environmental technology

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    Lezama-pacheco, Juan S; Conradson, Steven D; Clark, David L

    2008-01-01

    X-ray Absorption Fine Structure spectroscopy was used to probe the speciation of the ppm level Pu in thirteen soil and concrete samples from the Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site in support of the site remediation effort that has been successfully completed since these measurements. In addition to X-ray Absorption Near Edge Spectra, two of the samples yielded Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure spectra that could be analyzed by curve-fits. Most of these spectra exhibited features consistent with PU(IV), and more specificaJly, PuO{sub 2+x}-type speciation. Two were ambiguous, possibly indicating that Pu that was originally present in a different form was transforming into PuO{sub 2+x}, and one was interpreted as demonstrating the presence of an unusual Pu(VI) compound, consistent with its source being spills from a PUREX purification line onto a concrete floor and the resultant extreme conditions. These experimental results therefore validated models that predicted that insoluble PuO{sub 2+x} would be the most stable form of Pu in equilibrium with air and water even when the source terms were most likely Pu metal with organic compounds or a Pu fire. A corollary of these models' predictions and other in situ observations is therefore that the minimal transport of Pu that occurred on the site was via the resuspension and mobilization of colloidal particles. Under these conditions, the small amounts of diffusely distributed Pu that were left on the site after its remediation pose only a negligible hazard.

  3. Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization and molecular modeling of a tetranuclear platinum(II) complex with thiazolidine-4-carboxylic acid

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    Corbi, Pedro P.; Formiga, André L. B.; Bonk, Fábio A.; Quintão, Frederico A.; Ferraresi, Diego K. D.; Lustri, Wilton R.; Massabni, Antonio C.

    2012-07-01

    The synthesis, spectroscopic characterization and molecular modeling of a novel tetranuclear platinum(II) complex with thiazolidine-4-carboxylic acid (THC) are described. Elemental analysis is consistent with the composition PtCl2C4H7NO2S·H2O. Infrared (IR) spectroscopic results and solid-state 13C and 15N nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) data indicate coordination of the ligand to Pt(II) through the nitrogen and sulfur atoms. The square planar geometry of the platinum(II) complex is completed by chlorine atoms. Density functional theory (DFT) suggests the formation of a tetrameric cluster as the most probable structure, where each THC molecule bridges between two metal centers. The compound is insoluble in water.

  4. PROBING THE FERMI BUBBLES IN ULTRAVIOLET ABSORPTION: A SPECTROSCOPIC SIGNATURE OF THE MILKY WAY'S BICONICAL NUCLEAR OUTFLOW

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    Fox, Andrew J.; Bordoloi, Rongmon; Hernandez, Svea; Tumlinson, Jason; Savage, Blair D.; Wakker, Bart P.; Lockman, Felix J.; Bland-Hawthorn, Joss; Kim, Tae-Sun; Benjamin, Robert A.

    2015-01-20

    Giant lobes of plasma extend ?55° above and below the Galactic center, glowing in emission from gamma rays (the Fermi Bubbles) to microwaves and polarized radio waves. We use ultraviolet absorption-line spectra from the Hubble Space Telescope to constrain the velocity of the outflowing gas within these regions, targeting the quasar PDS 456 (?, b = 10.°4, +11.°2). This sightline passes through a clear biconical structure seen in hard X-ray and gamma-ray emission near the base of the northern Fermi Bubble. We report two high-velocity metal absorption components, at v {sub LSR} = –235 and +250 km s{sup –1}, which cannot be explained by co-rotating gas in the Galactic disk or halo. Their velocities are suggestive of an origin on the front and back side of an expanding biconical outflow emanating from the Galactic center. We develop simple kinematic biconical outflow models that can explain the observed profiles with an outflow velocity of ?900 km s{sup –1} and a full opening angle of ?110° (matching the X-ray bicone). This indicates Galactic center activity over the last ?2.5-4.0 Myr, in line with age estimates of the Fermi Bubbles. The observations illustrate the use of UV spectroscopy to probe the properties of swept-up gas venting into the Fermi Bubbles.

  5. Spectroscopic and structural characterization of reduced technetium species in acetate media

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    Mausolf, Edward; Poineau, Frederic; Droessler, Janelle; Czerwinski, Kenneth R.

    2011-11-17

    The reduction of ammonium pertechnetate by sodium borohydride in 0.1 M NaOH/glacial acetic acid has been studied. The reduction products (solids and solutions) have been characterized by UV-Visible spectroscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy/Energy-dispersive X-ray emission spectroscopy (SEM/EDS), and X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) spectroscopy. UV-Visible spectra of the solution, after reduction, exhibit bands at 350 and 500 nm that have been attributed to the formation of polymeric Tc(IV) species. SEM/EDS on the solid (X-ray amorphous) indicates the absence of metallic Tc and the presence of oxygen. EXAFS measurements further indicate that the precipitate exhibits a [Tc({mu}-O){sub 2}Tc] core structure. XANES is consistent with the formation of Tc(III) and/or Tc(IV). Results infer that reduction of aqueous Tc(VII) by borohydride in the presence of acetic acid does not produce metallic Tc, but a mixture of various oxidation states of Tc near Tc(III) and Tc(IV).

  6. Spectroscopic determination of leaf biochemistry using band-depth analysis of absorption features and stepwise multiple linear regression

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    Kokaly, R.F.; Clark, R.N.

    1999-01-01

    We develop a new method for estimating the biochemistry of plant material using spectroscopy. Normalized band depths calculated from the continuum-removed reflectance spectra of dried and ground leaves were used to estimate their concentrations of nitrogen, lignin, and cellulose. Stepwise multiple linear regression was used to select wavelengths in the broad absorption features centered at 1.73 ??m, 2.10 ??m, and 2.30 ??m that were highly correlated with the chemistry of samples from eastern U.S. forests. Band depths of absorption features at these wavelengths were found to also be highly correlated with the chemistry of four other sites. A subset of data from the eastern U.S. forest sites was used to derive linear equations that were applied to the remaining data to successfully estimate their nitrogen, lignin, and cellulose concentrations. Correlations were highest for nitrogen (R2 from 0.75 to 0.94). The consistent results indicate the possibility of establishing a single equation capable of estimating the chemical concentrations in a wide variety of species from the reflectance spectra of dried leaves. The extension of this method to remote sensing was investigated. The effects of leaf water content, sensor signal-to-noise and bandpass, atmospheric effects, and background soil exposure were examined. Leaf water was found to be the greatest challenge to extending this empirical method to the analysis of fresh whole leaves and complete vegetation canopies. The influence of leaf water on reflectance spectra must be removed to within 10%. Other effects were reduced by continuum removal and normalization of band depths. If the effects of leaf water can be compensated for, it might be possible to extend this method to remote sensing data acquired by imaging spectrometers to give estimates of nitrogen, lignin, and cellulose concentrations over large areas for use in ecosystem studies.We develop a new method for estimating the biochemistry of plant material using spectroscopy. Normalized band depths calculated from the continuum-removed reflectance spectra of dried and ground leaves were used to estimate their concentrations of nitrogen, lignin, and cellulose. Stepwise multiple linear regression was used to select wavelengths in the broad absorption features centered at 1.73 ??m, 2.10 ??m, and 2.301 ??m that were highly correlated with the chemistry of samples from eastern U.S. forests. Band depths of absorption features at these wavelengths were found to also be highly correlated with the chemistry of four other sites. A subset of data from the eastern U.S. forest sites was used to derive linear equations that were applied to the remaining data to successfully estimate their nitrogen, lignin, and cellulose concentrations. Correlations were highest for nitrogen (R2 from 0.75 to 0.94). The consistent results indicate the possibility of establishing a single equation capable of estimating the chemical concentrations in a wide variety of species from the reflectance spectra of dried leaves. The extension of this method to remote sensing was investigated. The effects of leaf water content, sensor signal-to-noise and bandpass, atmospheric effects, and background soil exposure were examined. Leaf water was found to be the greatest challenge to extending this empirical method to the analysis of fresh whole leaves and complete vegetation canopies. The influence of leaf water on reflectance spectra must be removed to within 10%. Other effects were reduced by continuum removal and normalization of band depths. If the effects of leaf water can be compensated for, it might be possible to extend this method to remote sensing data acquired by imaging spectrometers to give estimates of nitrogen, lignin, and cellulose concentrations over large areas for use in ecosystem studies.

  7. Probing the Fermi Bubbles in Ultraviolet Absorption: A Spectroscopic Signature of the Milky Way's Biconical Nuclear Outflow

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Fox, Andrew J.; Bordoloi, Rongmon; Savage, Blair D.; Lockman, Felix J.; Jenkins, Edward B.; Wakker, Bart P.; Bland-Hawthorn, Joss; Hernandez, Svea; Kim, Tae-Sun; Benjamin, Robert A.; Bowen, David V.; Tumlinson, Jason

    2015-01-01

    Giant lobes of plasma extend ?55° above and below the Galactic center, glowing in emission from gamma rays (the Fermi Bubbles) to microwaves and polarized radio waves. We use ultraviolet absorption-line spectra from the Hubble Space Telescope to constrain the velocity of the outflowing gas within these regions, targeting the quasar PDS 456 (l, b = 10.°4, +11.°2). This sightline passes through a clear biconical structure seen in hard X-ray and gamma-ray emission near the base of the northern Fermi Bubble. We report two high-velocity metal absorption components, at v LSR = -235 and +250 km s-1, which cannot be explained by co-rotating gas in the Galactic disk or halo. Their velocities are suggestive of an origin on the front and back side of an expanding biconical outflow emanating from the Galactic center. We develop simple kinematic biconical outflow models that can explain the observed profiles with an outflow velocity of gsim900 km s-1 and a full opening angle of ?110° (matching the X-ray bicone). This indicates Galactic center activity over the last ?2.5-4.0 Myr, in line with age estimates of the Fermi Bubbles. The observations illustrate the use of UV spectroscopy to probe the properties of swept-up gas venting into the Fermi Bubbles. Based on observations taken under program 13448 of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, obtained at the Space Telescope Science Institute, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under NASA contract NAS 5-26555, and under program 14B-299 of the NRAO Green Bank Telescope, which is a facility of the National Science Foundation operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc.

  8. Crystal structure, complexation, spectroscopic characterization and antimicrobial evaluation of 3,4-dihydroxybenzylidene isonicotinyl-hydrazone

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Jeragh, Bakir; Ali, Mayada S.; El-Asmy, Ahmed A.

    2015-06-01

    A single crystal of 3,4-dihydroxybenzylidene isonicotinylhydrazone, HBINH, has been grown and solved by X-ray crystallography. The VO2+, Zr4+, Co2+, Ni2+, Cu2+, Zn2+, Cd2+, Hg2+ and Pd2+ complexes of HBINH have been prepared and spectroscopically characterized. The data confirmed the formulae [Co(HBINH)(H2O)Cl]Cl·H2O, [Pd(HBINH)Cl2], [Zn(HBINH)2Cl2], [Cd(HBINH)(H2O)2Cl2]·1½H2O, [(VO)2(HBINH-3H)(OH)(H2O)], [Ni2(HBINH)(H2O)6Cl2]Cl2, [Cu2(HBINH-3H)(H2O)2(OAc)]·3H2O, [Zr2(HBINH-3H)Cl4]Cl, [Hg2(HBINH)Cl4] and the dimer {[Cu(HBINH)Cl]Cl}2. Most of the complexes have intense colors and high melting points and some are electrolytes in DMSO solution. The ligand behaves as a neutral bidentate in the Co(II), Cu(II), Pd(II), Zn(II) and Cd(II) complexes; dibasic tetradentate in [Ni2(HBINH)(H2O)6Cl2]Cl2 and tribasic tetradentate in [Cu2(HBINH-3H)(OAc)]·5H2O, [(VO)2(HBINH-3H)(OH)(H2O)] and [Zr2(HBINH-3H)Cl4]Cl by the loss of 3H+ due to the deprotonation of the two hydroxyl groups and the enolization of the amide (Odbnd CNH) group. A tetrahedral geometry was proposed for the Co(II), Cu(II), Zn(II) and Hg(II) complexes; square-planar for the Pd(II) complex; square-pyramid for the VO2+ complex and octahedral for the Ni(II) and Cd(II) complexes. The complexes [Cd(HBINH)(H2O)2Cl2]·1½H2O, [(VO)2(HBINH-3H)(OH)(H2O)] and [Cu2(HBINH-3H)-(H2O)2(OAc)]·3H2O have activities against Bacillus sp. M3010, Candida albicans, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Slamonella sp. PA393.

  9. Compressed shell conditions extracted from spectroscopic analysis of Ti K-shell absorption spectra with evaluation of line self-emission

    SciTech Connect

    Johns, H. M.; Mancini, R. C.; Hakel, P.; Nagayama, T.; Smalyuk, V. A.; Regan, S. P.; Delettrez, J.

    2014-08-15

    Ti-doped tracer layers embedded in the shell at varying distances from the fuel-shell interface serve as a spectroscopic diagnostic for direct-drive experiments conducted at OMEGA. Detailed modeling of Ti K-shell absorption spectra produced in the tracer layer considers n?=?1–2 transitions in F- through Li-like Ti ions in the 4400–4800?eV range, both including and excluding line self-emission. Testing the model on synthetic spectra generated from 1-D LILAC hydrodynamic simulations reveals that the model including self-emission best reproduces the simulation, while the model excluding self-emission overestimates electron temperature T{sub e} and density N{sub e} to a higher degree for layers closer to the core. The prediction of the simulation that the magnitude of T{sub e} and duration of Ti absorption will be strongly tied to the distance of the layer from the core is consistent with the idea that regions of the shell close to the core are more significantly heated by thermal transport out of the hot dense core, but more distant regions are less affected by it. The simulation predicts more time variation in the observed T{sub e}, N{sub e} conditions in the compressed shell than is observed in the experiment, analysis of which reveals conditions remain in the range T{sub e}?=?400–600?eV and N{sub e}?=?3.0–10.0?×?10{sup 24} cm{sup ?3} for all but the most distant Ti-doped layer, with error bars ?5% T{sub e} value and ?10% N{sub e} on average. The T{sub e}, N{sub e} conditions of the simulation lead to a greater degree of ionization for zones close to the core than occurs experimentally, and less ionization for zones far from the core.

  10. Accurate structural and spectroscopic characterization of prebiotic molecules: The neutral and cationic acetyl cyanide and their related species

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bellili, A.; Linguerri, R.; Hochlaf, M.; Puzzarini, C.

    2015-11-01

    In an effort to provide an accurate structural and spectroscopic characterization of acetyl cyanide, its two enolic isomers and the corresponding cationic species, state-of-the-art computational methods, and approaches have been employed. The coupled-cluster theory including single and double excitations together with a perturbative treatment of triples has been used as starting point in composite schemes accounting for extrapolation to the complete basis-set limit as well as core-valence correlation effects to determine highly accurate molecular structures, fundamental vibrational frequencies, and rotational parameters. The available experimental data for acetyl cyanide allowed us to assess the reliability of our computations: structural, energetic, and spectroscopic properties have been obtained with an overall accuracy of about, or better than, 0.001 Å, 2 kcal/mol, 1-10 MHz, and 11 cm-1 for bond distances, adiabatic ionization potentials, rotational constants, and fundamental vibrational frequencies, respectively. We are therefore confident that the highly accurate spectroscopic data provided herein can be useful for guiding future experimental investigations and/or astronomical observations.

  11. X-ray absorption spectroscopic study of sodium iodide and iodine mediators in a solid-state supercapacitor

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mansour, Azzam N.; Zhou, Juanjuan; Zhou, Xiangyang

    2014-01-01

    In situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy was used to provide the redox states of the NaI/I2 mediators in an all-solid-state mediator-enhanced supercapacitor during the charge/discharge processes. Results show that in the charge process from -0.08 (open-circuit voltage (OCV)) to 0.80 V at constant current of 5 mA, all of the I- ions were oxidized to I2. However, in the discharge process from +0.80 V to OCV at constant current of -5 mA, only I3- ions were detected indicating that the I2 molecules were reduced to I3- ions. Upon a negative polarization from OCV to -0.80 V at constant current of -5 mA, the I3- ions were reduced to I- ions. Based on combined in situ XAS and cyclic voltammetry data, we show that the I-/I2 redox couple proceeds via the formation of I3- ions as an intermediate step.

  12. The chemical environment of iron in mineral fibres. A combined X-ray absorption and Mössbauer spectroscopic study.

    PubMed

    Pollastri, Simone; D'Acapito, Francesco; Trapananti, Angela; Colantoni, Ivan; Andreozzi, Giovanni B; Gualtieri, Alessandro F

    2015-11-15

    Although asbestos represents today one of the most harmful contaminant on Earth, in 72% of the countries worldwide only amphiboles are banned while controlled use of chrysotile is allowed. Uncertainty on the potential toxicity of chrysotile is due to the fact that the mechanisms by which mineral fibres induces cyto- and geno-toxic damage are still unclear. We have recently started a long term project aimed at the systematic investigation of the crystal-chemistry, bio-interaction and toxicity of the mineral fibres. This work presents a systematic structural investigation of iron in asbestos and erionite (considered the most relevant mineral fibres of social and/or economic-industrial importance) using synchrotron X-ray absorption and Mössbauer spectroscopy. In all investigated mineral fibres, iron in the bulk structure is found in octahedral sites and can be made available at the surface via fibre dissolution. We postulate that the amount of hydroxyl radicals released by the fibers depends, among other factors, upon their dissolution rate; in relation to this, a ranking of ability of asbestos fibres to generate hydroxyl radicals, resulting from available surface iron, is advanced: amosite > crocidolite ? chrysotile > anthophyllite > tremolite. Erionite, with a fairly high toxicity potential, contains only octahedrally coordinated Fe(3+). Although it needs further experimental evidence, such available surface iron may be present as oxide nanoparticles coating and can be a direct cause of generation of hydroxyl radicals when such coating dissolves. PMID:26073382

  13. Infrared spectroscopic characterization of dehydration and accompanying phase transition behaviors in NAT-topology zeolites

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    Wang, Hsiu-Wen; Bishop, David

    2012-01-01

    Relative humidity (PH2O, partial pressure of water)-dependent dehydration and accompanying phase transitions in NAT-topology zeolites (natrolite, scolecite, and mesolite) were studied under controlled temperature and known PH2O conditions by in situ diffuse-reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy and parallel X-ray powder diffraction. Dehydration was characterized by the disappearance of internal H2O vibrational modes. The loss of H2O molecules caused a sequence of structural transitions in which the host framework transformation path was coupled primarily via the thermal motion of guest Na?/Ca2? cations and H2O molecules. The observation of different interactions of H2O molecules and Na?/Ca2? cations with host aluminosilicate frameworks under highand low-PH2O conditions indicated the development of different local strain fields, arising from cation H2O interactions in NAT-type channels. These strain fields influence the Si O/Al O bond strength and tilting angles within and between tetrahedra as the dehydration temperature is approached. The newly observed infrared bands (at 2,139 cm-1 in natrolite, 2,276 cm-1 in scolecite, and 2,176 and 2,259 cm-1 in mesolite) result from strong cation H2O Al Si framework interactions in NAT-type channels, and these bands can be used to evaluate the energetic evolution of Na?/Ca2? cations before and after phase transitions, especially for scolecite and mesolite. The 2,176 and 2,259 cm-1 absorption bands in mesolite also appear to be related to Na?/Ca2? order disorder that occur when mesolite loses its Ow4 H2O molecules.

  14. X-ray absorption and photoelectron spectroscopic study of plasma-nitrided SiO{sub 2} film

    SciTech Connect

    Song, H.J.; Shin, H.J.; Chung, Youngsu; Lee, J.C.; Lee, M.K.

    2005-06-01

    Plasma-nitrided SiO{sub 2} thin film has been analyzed by synchrotron-radiation-based x-ray absorption and photoelectron spectroscopies (XAS and XPS). High-resolution N 1s XAS and N 1s, O 1s, and Si 2p XPS spectral changes were obtained for different annealing temperatures. N 1s XPS and XAS spectra show that at room temperature, besides the main species of N[Si(O-){sub 3-x}]{sub 3}, there exist free moleculelike N{sub 2} and HN[Si(O-){sub 3}]{sub 2}, H{sub 2}NSi(O-){sub 3}, and N-Si{sub 2}O species with surface contaminants. The spectral intensities of the N{sub 2} and the HN[Si(O-){sub 3}]{sub 2}, H{sub 2}NSi(O-){sub 3}, and N-Si{sub 2}O species decrease as the annealing temperature increases, and finally the nitrogen exists dominantly in the form of N[Si(O){sub 3}]{sub 3} species above 820 K, indicating out-diffusion of molecular N{sub 2} and structural reconstruction to form a stable structure upon annealing. The Si 2p and O 1s XPS spectra show that Si{sup >4+} 2p peak and O 1s peak appear at 103.7 and 534.0 eV, respectively, which are higher binding energies than those of thermally grown oxynitride films with lower coverage on silicon. Upon annealing the sample, these peaks shift towards lower binding energy; {approx}0.3 eV for Si{sup >4+} and 0.4 eV for O 1s. The causes of the peaks appearance at relatively higher binding energy and the peak shift upon annealing are discussed.

  15. Calibration method for spectroscopic systems

    DOEpatents

    Sandison, D.R.

    1998-11-17

    Calibration spots of optically-characterized material placed in the field of view of a spectroscopic system allow calibration of the spectroscopic system. Response from the calibration spots is measured and used to calibrate for varying spectroscopic system operating parameters. The accurate calibration achieved allows quantitative spectroscopic analysis of responses taken at different times, different excitation conditions, and of different targets. 3 figs.

  16. Modified polyamines for CO{sub 2} absorption. Product preparation and characterization

    SciTech Connect

    De Filippis, P.; Giavarini, C.; Maggi, C.; Rinaldi, G.; Silla, R.

    2000-05-01

    Aliphatic polyamines easily absorb acidic gases but unfortunately are not suitable for industrial application because their solutions are difficult to regenerate. Molecular modification is of primary importance to reduce their basicity and to allow their use in acid gas recovery processes. Various modified polyamines were prepared by reacting tetraethylenepentamine (TEPA) with formaldehyde and formaldehyde/phenol in various molar ratios. The physical and chemical characterization of the synthesized products showed a general reduction of basicity; the modification of TEPA with formaldehyde and phenol gave products with high CO{sub 2} absorption capacity and easier regeneration; moreover, the heat of reaction during CO{sub 2} absorption was reduced. The selected compound had a TEPA/CH{sub 2}O/C{sub 6}H{sub 5}OH ratio equal to 1/0.5/0.4. This new product showed higher cyclic capacity, higher absorption rate, and lower degradation compared with diethanolamine under the same experimental conditions. The product is stable, constant in composition, and suitable for industrial scale-up.

  17. Characterization of a new modular decay total absorption gamma-ray spectrometer (DTAS) for FAIR

    SciTech Connect

    Montaner Piza, A.; Tain, J. L.; Agramunt, J.; Algora, A.; Guadilla, V.; Marin, E.; Rice, S.; Rubio, B.

    2013-06-10

    Beta-decay studies are one of the main goals of the DEcay SPECtroscopy experiment (DESPEC) to be installed at the future Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR). DESPEC aims at the study of nuclear structure of exotic nuclei. A new modular Decay Total Absorption gamma-ray Spectrometer (DTAS) is being built at IFIC and is specially adapted to studies at fragmentation facilities such as the Super Fragment Separator (Super-FRS) at FAIR. The designed spectrometer is composed of 16 identical NaI(Tl) scintillation crystals. This work focuses on the characterization of these independent modules, as an initial step for the characterization of the full spectrometer. Monte Carlo simulations have been performed in order to understand the detector response.

  18. Nanoflaky MnO2/functionalized carbon nanotubes for supercapacitors: an in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopic investigation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Chang, Han-Wei; Lu, Ying-Rui; Chen, Jeng-Lung; Chen, Chi-Liang; Lee, Jyh-Fu; Chen, Jin-Ming; Tsai, Yu-Chen; Chang, Chien-Min; Yeh, Ping-Hung; Chou, Wu-Ching; Liou, Ya-Hsuan; Dong, Chung-Li

    2015-01-01

    The surfaces of acid- and amine-functionalized carbon nanotubes (C-CNT and N-CNT) were decorated with MnO2 nanoflakes as supercapacitors by a spontaneous redox reaction. C-CNT was found to have a lower edge plane structure and fewer defect sites than N-CNT. MnO2/C-CNT with a highly developed surface area exhibited favorable electrochemical performance. To determine the atomic/electronic structures of the MnO2/functionalized CNTs (MnO2/C-CNT and MnO/N-CNT) during the charge/discharge process, in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) measurements were made at the Mn K-edge. Both C-CNT and N-CNT are highly conductive. The effect of the scan rate on the capacitance behavior was also examined, revealing that the ?* state of CNT and the size of the tunnels in pseudo-capacitor materials (which facilitate conduction and the transport of electrolyte ions) are critical for the capacitive performance, and their role depends on the scan rate. In the slow charge/discharge process, MnO2/N-CNT has a more symmetrical rectangular cyclic voltammetry (CV) curve. In the fast charge/discharge process, MnO2/C-CNT with a highly developed surface provides fast electronic and ionic channels that support a reversible faradaic redox reaction between MnO2 nanoflakes and the electrolyte, significantly enhancing its capacitive performance over that of MnO2/N-CNT. The MnO2/C-CNT architecture has great potential for supercapacitor applications. The information that was obtained herein helps to elucidate CNT surface modification and the design of the MnO2/functionalized CNT interface with a view for the further development of supercapacitors. This work, and especially the combination of CV with in situ XAS measurements, will be of value to readers with an interest in nanomaterial, nanotechnology and their applications in energy storage.The surfaces of acid- and amine-functionalized carbon nanotubes (C-CNT and N-CNT) were decorated with MnO2 nanoflakes as supercapacitors by a spontaneous redox reaction. C-CNT was found to have a lower edge plane structure and fewer defect sites than N-CNT. MnO2/C-CNT with a highly developed surface area exhibited favorable electrochemical performance. To determine the atomic/electronic structures of the MnO2/functionalized CNTs (MnO2/C-CNT and MnO/N-CNT) during the charge/discharge process, in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) measurements were made at the Mn K-edge. Both C-CNT and N-CNT are highly conductive. The effect of the scan rate on the capacitance behavior was also examined, revealing that the ?* state of CNT and the size of the tunnels in pseudo-capacitor materials (which facilitate conduction and the transport of electrolyte ions) are critical for the capacitive performance, and their role depends on the scan rate. In the slow charge/discharge process, MnO2/N-CNT has a more symmetrical rectangular cyclic voltammetry (CV) curve. In the fast charge/discharge process, MnO2/C-CNT with a highly developed surface provides fast electronic and ionic channels that support a reversible faradaic redox reaction between MnO2 nanoflakes and the electrolyte, significantly enhancing its capacitive performance over that of MnO2/N-CNT. The MnO2/C-CNT architecture has great potential for supercapacitor applications. The information that was obtained herein helps to elucidate CNT surface modification and the design of the MnO2/functionalized CNT interface with a view for the further development of supercapacitors. This work, and especially the combination of CV with in situ XAS measurements, will be of value to readers with an interest in nanomaterial, nanotechnology and their applications in energy storage. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr06439a

  19. Growth and spectroscopic characterization of Ho-doped KPb2Cl5 crystal for mid-IR laser applications

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Oyebola, Olusola; Brown, Ei; Hommerich, Uwe; Trivedi, Sudhir; Bluiett, Althea; Zavada, John

    2008-10-01

    Results of the crystal growth and infrared spectroscopy of Ho:KPb2Cl5 (KPC) are presented for possible applications in mid-infrared solid-state lasers. KPC was synthesized from high purity PbCl2 and KCl materials and purified through horizontal zone-refinement. 1-3 wt% of HoCl3 was mixed to the purified KPC and molten under a chlorinating atmosphere. Ho: KPC crystals were then grown using a self-seeded horizontal Bridgman technique. Absorption and emission studies were carried out on the polished crystal. Following optical excitation at 750 nm and 885 nm, several emission bands were observed in the near- and mid-IR spectral region. Further spectroscopic studies were focused on the mid-IR emission at 3900 nm arising from the Ho^3+ transition ^5I5->^5I6. The room temperature emission lifetime of the ^5I5 level was measured to be 4.9 ms, which is in good agreement with the radiative lifetime determined from a Judd-Ofelt analysis. This result indicates that multi-phonon relaxation processes are not significant for the 3.9 ?m emission from Ho: KPC. Further results of the infrared absorption and emission properties of Ho: KPC will be presented at the conference.

  20. Synthesis and Spectroscopic Characterization of High-Spin Mononuclear Iron(II) p-Semiquinonate Complexes

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    2015-01-01

    Two mononuclear iron(II) p-semiquinonate (pSQ) complexes have been generated via one-electron reduction of precursor complexes containing a substituted 1,4-naphthoquinone ligand. Detailed spectroscopic and computational analysis confirmed the presence of a coordinated pSQ radical ferromagnetically coupled to the high-spin FeII center. The complexes are intended to model electronic interactions between (semi)quinone and iron cofactors in biology. PMID:25393154

  1. Anion pairs in room temperature ionic liquids predicted by molecular dynamics simulation, verified by spectroscopic characterization

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    Schwenzer, Birgit; Kerisit, Sebastien N.; Vijayakumar, M.

    2014-01-01

    Molecular-level spectroscopic analyses of an aprotic and a protic room-temperature ionic liquid, BMIM OTf and BMIM HSO4, respectively, have been carried out with the aim of verifying molecular dynamics simulations that predict anion pair formation in these fluid structures. Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy of various nuclei support the theoretically-determined average molecular arrangements.

  2. Characterization of gastrointestinal absorption of digoxin involving influx and efflux transporter in rats: application of mdr1a knockout (-/-) rats into absorption study of multiple transporter substrate.

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    Suzuki, Motoya; Komura, Hiroshi; Yoshikawa, Tomonori; Enya, Seiji; Nagao, Akemi; Takubo, Hiroaki; Kogayu, Motohiro

    2014-11-01

    1.? This study was aimed to characterize gastrointestinal absorption of digoxin using wild-type (WT) and multidrug resistance protein 1a [mdr1a; P-glycoprotein (P-gp)] knockout (-/-) rats. 2.? In WT rats, the area under the plasma concentration-time curve (AUC) of oral digoxin increased after oral pretreatment with quinidine at 30?mg/kg compared with non-treatment, but the increasing ratio tended to decrease at a high dose of 100?mg/kg. In mdr1a (-/-) rats, however, quinidine pretreatment caused a dose-dependent decrease in the AUC. 3.? Quinidine pretreatment did not alter the hepatic availability of digoxin, indicating that the changes in the digoxin AUC were attributable to inhibition of the absorption process by quinidine; i.e. inhibition of influx by quinidine in mdr1a (-/-) rats and inhibition of efflux and influx by quinidine in WT rats. 4.? An in situ rat intestinal closed loop study using naringin implied that organic anion transporting peptide (Oatp) 1a5 may be a responsible transporter in the absorption of digoxin. 5.? These findings imply that the rat absorption behavior of digoxin is possibly governed by Oatp1a5-mediated influx and P-gp-mediated efflux. The mdr1a (-/-) rat is therefore a useful in vivo tool to investigate drug absorption associated with multiple transporters including P-gp. PMID:24839994

  3. Electrochemical Kinetics and X-ray Absorption Spectroscopic Investigations of Oxygen Reduction on Chalcogen-Modified Ruthenium Catalysts in Alkaline Media

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    N Ramaswamy; R Allen; S Mukerjee; Y

    2011-12-31

    The oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in alkaline media has been investigated on chalcogen-modified ruthenium nanoparticles (Ru/C, Se/Ru/C, Se/RuMo/C, S/Ru/C, S/RuMo/C) synthesized in-house via aqueous routes. In acidic medium, it is well known that modification by a chalcogen prevents the oxidation of the underlying transition-metal (Ru) surface, thereby promoting direct molecular O{sub 2} adsorption on the Ru metal. On an unmodified Ru catalyst in alkaline media, the surface oxides on Ru mediate the 2e{sup -} reduction of molecular O{sub 2} to a stable peroxide anion (HO{sub 2}{sup -}) intermediate via an outer-sphere electron-transfer mechanism. This increases the activity of HO{sub 2}{sup -} near the electrode surface and decreases the overpotential for ORR by effectively carrying out the reduction of HO{sub 2}{sup -} to OH{sup -} at the oxide-free ruthenium metal site. An increase in ORR activity of Ru is observed by modification with a chalcogen; however, the increase is not as significant as observed in acidic media. Ternary additives, such as Mo, were found to significantly improve the stability of the chalcogen-modified catalysts. Detailed investigations of the ORR activity of this class of catalyst have been carried out in alkaline media along with comparisons to acidic media wherever necessary. A combination of electrochemical and X-ray absorption spectroscopic (EXAFS, XANES, {Delta}{mu}) studies has been performed in order to understand the structure/property relationships of these catalysts within the context of ORR in alkaline electrolytes.

  4. Combined Mössbauer, multi-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopic, and density functional theoretical study of the radical SAM enzyme spore photoproduct lyase

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    Silver, Sunshine C.; Gardenghi, David J.; Naik, Sunil G.; Shepard, Eric M.; Huynh, Boi Hanh

    2014-01-01

    Spore photoproduct lyase (SPL), a member of the radical SAM superfamily, catalyzes the direct reversal of the spore photoproduct (SP), a thymine dimer specific to bacterial spores, to two thymines. SPL requires S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAM) and a redox active [4Fe-4S] cluster for catalysis. Mössbauer analysis of anaerobically purified SPL indicates the presence of a mixture of cluster states with the majority (40%) as [2Fe-2S]2+ and a smaller amount (15%) as [4Fe-4S]2+ clusters. Upon reduction, the cluster content changes to primarily (60%) [4Fe-4S]+. The speciation information from Mössbauer data allowed us to deconvolute iron and sulfur K-edge X-ray absorption spectra to uncover electronic (XANES) and geometric (EXAFS) structural features of the Fe-S clusters, and their interactions with SAM. The Fe K-edge EXAFS provide evidence for elongation of a [2Fe-2S] rhomb of the [4Fe-4S] cluster upon binding SAM on the basis of an Fe…Fe scatterer at 3.0 Å. The XANES spectra of reduced SPL in the absence and presence of SAM overlay, indicating that SAM is not undergoing reductive cleavage. The XAS data for SPL samples and data for model complexes from literature allowed for the deconvolution of contributions from [2Fe-2S] and [4Fe-4S] clusters to the sulfur K-edge XANES spectra. The analysis of pre-edge features revealed electronic changes in the Fe-S clusters as a function of SAM presence. The spectroscopic findings were further corroborated by density functional theory calculations that provided insights into structural and electronic perturbations that can be correlated by considering the role of SAM as a catalyst or substrate. PMID:24532333

  5. Ghanaian cocoa bean fermentation characterized by spectroscopic and chromatographic methods and chemometrics.

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    Aculey, Patrick C; Snitkjaer, Pia; Owusu, Margaret; Bassompiere, Marc; Takrama, Jemmy; Nørgaard, Lars; Petersen, Mikael A; Nielsen, Dennis S

    2010-08-01

    Export of cocoa beans is of great economic importance in Ghana and several other tropical countries. Raw cocoa has an astringent, unpleasant taste, and flavor, and has to be fermented, dried, and roasted to obtain the characteristic cocoa flavor and taste. In an attempt to obtain a deeper understanding of the changes in the cocoa beans during fermentation and investigate the possibility of future development of objective methods for assessing the degree of fermentation, a novel combination of methods including cut test, colorimetry, fluorescence spectroscopy, NIR spectroscopy, and GC-MS evaluated by chemometric methods was used to examine cocoa beans sampled at different durations of fermentation and samples representing fully fermented and dried beans from all cocoa growing regions of Ghana. Using colorimetry it was found that samples moved towards higher a* and b* values as fermentation progressed. Furthermore, the degree of fermentation could, in general, be well described by the spectroscopic methods used. In addition, it was possible to link analysis of volatile compounds with predictions of fermentation time. Fermented and dried cocoa beans from the Volta and the Western regions clustered separately in the score plots based on colorimetric, fluorescence, NIR, and GC-MS indicating regional differences in the composition of Ghanaian cocoa beans. The study demonstrates the potential of colorimetry and spectroscopic methods as valuable tools for determining the fermentation degree of cocoa beans. Using GC-MS it was possible to demonstrate the formation of several important aroma compounds such 2-phenylethyl acetate, propionic acid, and acetoin and the breakdown of others like diacetyl during fermentation. Practical Application: The present study demonstrates the potential of using colorimetry and spectroscopic methods as objective methods for determining cocoa bean quality along the processing chain. Development of objective methods for determining cocoa bean quality will be of great importance for quality insurance within the fields of cocoa processing and raw material control in chocolate producing companies. PMID:20722952

  6. Study of Characterization of Pure and Malachite Green Doped Samples Using Spectroscopic Studies

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    Mishra, Jyoti; Mishra, Pankaj K.; Khare, P. K.

    2011-07-01

    This paper describes the results of SEM, EDX, UV-vis and TSDC study of malachite green doped PVK thermelectrets. TSDC study has been carried out in the temperature range 300 °C to 1500 °C with four different polarizing fields. One peak was observed at 110±10 °C which shifts toward high temperature with the increase in polarizing field. The activation energy found by initial rise method are 0.27±0.02 eV for pure and 0.40±0.03 eV for malachite green doped PVK thermoelectrets. Spectroscopic study concluded that impregnation of malachite green in polymer matrix forms charge transfer complexes.

  7. Predicting X-ray absorption spectra of semiconducting polymers for electronic structure and morphology characterization

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    Su, Gregory; Patel, Shrayesh; Pemmaraju, C. Das; Kramer, Edward; Prendergast, David; Chabinyc, Michael

    2015-03-01

    Core-level X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) reveals important information on the electronic structure of materials and plays a key role in morphology characterization. Semiconducting polymers are the active component in many organic electronics. Their electronic properties are critically linked to device performance, and a proper understanding of semiconducting polymer XAS is crucial. Techniques such as resonant X-ray scattering rely on core-level transitions to gain materials contrast and probe orientational order. However, it is difficult to identify these transitions based on experiments alone, and complementary simulations are required. We show that first-principles calculations can capture the essential features of experimental XAS of semiconducting polymers, and provide insight into which molecular model, such as oligomers or periodic boundary conditions, are best suited for XAS calculations. Simulated XAS can reveal contributions from individual atoms and be used to visualize molecular orbitals. This allows for improved characterization of molecular orientation and scattering analysis. These predictions lay the groundwork for understanding how chemical makeup is linked to electronic structure, and to properly utilize experiments to characterize semiconducting polymers.

  8. Biochemical, Mechanistic, and Spectroscopic Characterization of Metallo-?-lactamase VIM-2

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    2015-01-01

    This study examines metal binding to metallo-?-lactamase VIM-2, demonstrating the first successful preparation of a Co(II)-substituted VIM-2 analogue. Spectroscopic studies of the half- and fully metal loaded enzymes show that both Zn(II) and Co(II) bind cooperatively, where the major species present, regardless of stoichiometry, are apo- and di-Zn (or di-Co) enzymes. We determined the di-Zn VIM-2 structure to a resolution of 1.55 Å, and this structure supports results from spectroscopic studies. Kinetics, both steady-state and pre-steady-state, show that VIM-2 utilizes a mechanism that proceeds through a very short-lived anionic intermediate when chromacef is used as the substrate. Comparison with other B1 enzymes shows that those that bind Zn(II) cooperatively are better poised to protonate the intermediate on its formation, compared to those that bind Zn(II) non-cooperatively, which uniformly build up substantial amounts of the intermediate. PMID:25356958

  9. Detection and characterization of absorption heterogeneities in KH 2PO 4 crystals

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    Pommiès, M.; Damiani, D.; Bertussi, B.; Capoulade, J.; Piombini, H.; Natoli, J. Y.; Mathis, H.

    2006-11-01

    The SOCRATE facility is used for the detection of heterogeneous absorption in large and rapidly grown KH2PO4 (KDP) crystals. The different regions are subsequently characterized by spectrophotometry and laser-damage measurement. In accordance with previous results from the literature we found that, by using the SOCRATE damage measurement set-up with a large beam (300 ? 600 ?m2), the absorption level does not play a major role in the damage mechanism at 355 nm. However, by testing the damage resistance of the same KDP component with a focused beam (9 ?m diameter) at 355 nm, we highlight for the first time significantly different damage resistances between highly and weakly absorbing regions from a KDP crystal. Indeed, with a focused beam, we demonstrate that the laser-damage threshold may be lower in some sectors cut in the pyramidal part than in sectors from the prismatic part. This means that the absorbing defects at high concentration are not the predominant damage precursors at 355 nm.

  10. In situ characterization of few-cycle laser pulses in transient absorption spectroscopy.

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    Blättermann, Alexander; Ott, Christian; Kaldun, Andreas; Ding, Thomas; Stooß, Veit; Laux, Martin; Rebholz, Marc; Pfeifer, Thomas

    2015-08-01

    Attosecond transient absorption spectroscopy has thus far been lacking the capability to simultaneously characterize the intense laser pulses at work within a time-resolved quantum-dynamics experiment. However, precise knowledge of these pulses is key to extracting quantitative information in strong-field highly nonlinear light-matter interactions. Here, we introduce and experimentally demonstrate an ultrafast metrology tool based on the time-delay-dependent phase shift imprinted on a strong-field-driven resonance. Since we analyze the signature of the laser pulse interacting with the absorbing spectroscopy target, the laser pulse duration and intensity are determined in situ. As we also show, this approach allows for the quantification of time-dependent bound-state dynamics in one and the same experiment. In the future, such experimental data will facilitate more precise tests of strong-field dynamics theories. PMID:26258333

  11. Instrument for x-ray absorption spectroscopy with in situ electrical control characterizations

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    Huang, Chun-Chao; Chang, Shu-Jui; Yang, Chao-Yao; Tseng, Yuan-Chieh; Chou, Hsiung

    2013-12-15

    We report a synchrotron-based setup capable of performing x-ray absorption spectroscopy and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism with simultaneous electrical control characterizations. The setup can enable research concerning electrical transport, element- and orbital-selective magnetization with an in situ fashion. It is a unique approach to the real-time change of spin-polarized electronic state of a material/device exhibiting magneto-electric responses. The performance of the setup was tested by probing the spin-polarized states of cobalt and oxygen of Zn{sub 1-x}Co{sub x}O dilute magnetic semiconductor under applied voltages, both at low (?20 K) and room temperatures, and signal variations upon the change of applied voltage were clearly detected.

  12. Potential approaches to the spectroscopic characterization of high performance polymers exposed to energetic protons and heavy ions

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    Suleman, Naushadalli K.

    1991-01-01

    A potential limitation to human activity on the lunar surface or in deep space is the exposure of the crew to unacceptably high levels of penetrating space radiations. The radiations of most concerns for such missions are high-energy protons emitted during solar flares, and galactic cosmic rays which are high-energy ions ranging from protons to iron. The development of materials for effective shielding from energetic space radiations will clearly require a greater understanding of the underlying mechanisms of radiation-induced damage in bulk materials. This can be accomplished in part by the detailed spectroscopic characterization of bulk materials that were exposed to simulated space radiations. An experimental data base thus created can then be used in conjunction with existing radiation transport codes in the design and fabrication of effective radiation shielding materials. Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectroscopy was proven very useful in elucidating radiation effects in polymers (high performance polymers are often an important components of structural composites).

  13. Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization and structural investigations of new adduct compound of carbazole with picric acid: DNA binding and antimicrobial studies

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    Saravanabhavan, Munusamy; Sathya, Krishnan; Puranik, Vedavati G.; Sekar, Marimuthu

    2014-01-01

    Carbazole picrate (CP), a new organic compound has been synthesized, characterized by various analytical and spectroscopic technique such as FT-IR, UV-Vis, 1H and 13C NMR spectroscopy. An orthorhombic geometry was proposed based on single crystal XRD study. The thermal stability of the crystal was studied by using thermo-gravimetric and differential thermal analyses and found that it was stable up to 170 °C. Further, the newly synthesized title compound was tested for its in vitro antibacterial and antifungal activity against various bacterial and fungal species. Also, the compound was tested for its binding activity with Calf thymus (CT) DNA and the results show a considerable interaction between CP and CT-DNA.

  14. Low-temperature and time-resolved spectroscopic characterization of the LOV2 domain of Avena sativa phototropin

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    Gauden, Magdalena; Crosson, Sean; van Stokkum, I.H.; Grondelle, Rienkvan; Moffat, Keith; Kennis, John T.

    2004-12-13

    The phototropins are plant blue-light receptors that base their light-dependent action on the reversible formation of a covalent bond between a flavin mononucleotide (FMN) cofactor and a conserved cysteine residue in light, oxygen or voltage (LOV) domains. The spectroscopic properties of the LOV2 domain of phototropin 1 of Avena sativa (oat) have been investigated by means of low-temperature absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy and by time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy. The low-temperature absorption spectrum of the LOV2 domain showed a fine structure around 473 nm, indicating heterogeneity in the flavin binding pocket. The fluorescence quantum yield of the flavin cofactor increased from 0.13 to 0.41 upon cooling the sample from room temperature to 77 K. A pronounced phosphorescence emission around 600 nm was observed in the LOV2 domain between 77 and 120 K, allowing for an accurate positioning of the flavin triplet state in the LOV2 domain at 16900 cm{sup -1}. Fluorescence from the cryotrapped covalent adduct state was extremely weak, with a fluorescence spectrum showing a maximum at 440 nm. Time-resolved fluorescence experiments utilizing a synchroscan streak camera revealed a singlet-excited state lifetime of the LOV2 domain of 2.4 ns. FMN dissolved in aqueous solution showed a pH-dependent lifetime ranging between 2.9 ns at pH 2.0 to 4.7 ns at pH 8.0. No spectral shifting of the flavin emission was observed in the LOV2 domain nor in FMN in aqueous solution.

  15. Green preparation and spectroscopic characterization of plasmonic silver nanoparticles using fruits as reducing agents

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    Ærøe Hyllested, Jes; Espina Palanco, Marta; Hagen, Nicolai; Mogensen, Klaus Bo

    2015-01-01

    Summary Chemicals typically available in plants have the capability to reduce silver and gold salts and to create silver and gold nanoparticles. We report the preparation of silver nanoparticles with sizes between 10 and 300 nm from silver nitrate using fruit extract collected from pineapples and oranges as reducing agents. The evolvement of a characteristic surface plasmon extinction spectrum in the range of 420 nm to 480 nm indicates the formation of silver nanoparticles after mixing silver nitrate solution and fruit extract. Shifts in plasmon peaks over time indicate the growth of nanoparticles. Electron microscopy shows that the shapes of the nanoparticles are different depending on the fruit used for preparation. The green preparation process can result in individual nanoparticles with a very poor tendency to form aggregates with narrow gaps even when aggregation is forced by the addition of NaCl. This explains only modest enhancement factors for near-infrared-excited surface enhanced Raman scattering. In addition to the surface plasmon band, UV–visible absorption spectra show features in the UV range which indicates also the presence of small silver clusters, such as Ag4 2+. The increase of the plasmon absorption correlates with the decrease of absorption band in the UV. This confirms the evolution of silver nanoparticles from silver clusters. The presence of various silver clusters on the surface of the “green” plasmonic silver nanoparticles is also supported by a strong multicolor luminesce signal emitted by the plasmonic particles during 473 nm excitation. PMID:25821667

  16. FTIR spectroscopic, thermal and XRD characterization of hydroxyapatite from new natural sources

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    Shaltout, Abdallah A.; Allam, Moussa A.; Moharram, Mohamed A.

    2011-12-01

    The inorganic constituents of 5 different plants (leaves and stalks) were investigated by using Fourier transformer infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and thermal analysis including thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), derivative thermogravimetry (DTG) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). These plants are Catha edulis (Khat), basil, mint, green tea and trifolium. The absorption bands of carbonate ions CO 32- was exhibited at 1446 cm -1, and the phosphate ions PO 43- was assigned at 1105 and 1035 cm -1. At high temperatures (600, 700 and 600 °C) further absorption bands of the phosphate ions PO 43- was assigned at the frequencies 572, 617, 962, 1043 and 1110 cm -1 and the vibrational absorption band of the carbonate ions CO 32- was assigned at 871, 1416 and 1461 cm -1. X-ray diffraction and thermal analysis confirm the obtained results of FITR. Results showed that the main inorganic constituents of C. edulis and basil leaves are hydroxyapatite whereas the hydroxyapatite content in the other plant samples is less than that in case of C. edulis and basil plant leaves.

  17. SEM, EDX, Infrared and Raman spectroscopic characterization of the silicate mineral yuksporite

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    Frost, Ray L.; López, Andrés; Scholz, Ricardo; Theiss, Frederick L.; Romano, Antônio Wilson

    2015-02-01

    The mineral yuksporite (K,Ba)NaCa2(Si,Ti)4O11(F,OH)?H2O has been studied using the combination of SEM with EDX and vibrational spectroscopic techniques of Raman and infrared spectroscopy. Scanning electron microscopy shows a single pure phase with cleavage fragment up to 1.0 mm. Chemical analysis gave Si, Al, K, Na and Ti as the as major elements with small amounts of Mn, Ca, Fe and REE. Raman bands are observed at 808, 871, 930, 954, 980 and 1087 cm-1 and are typical bands for a natural zeolite. Intense Raman bands are observed at 514, 643 and 668 cm-1. A very sharp band is observed at 3668 cm-1 and is attributed to the OH stretching vibration of OH units associated with Si and Ti. Raman bands resolved at 3298, 3460, 3562 and 3628 cm-1 are assigned to water stretching vibrations.

  18. Spectroscopic characterization and quantitative determination of atorvastatin calcium impurities by novel HPLC method

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    Gupta, Lokesh Kumar

    2012-11-01

    Seven process related impurities were identified by LC-MS in the atorvastatin calcium drug substance. These impurities were identified by LC-MS. The structure of impurities was confirmed by modern spectroscopic techniques like 1H NMR and IR and physicochemical studies conducted by using synthesized authentic reference compounds. The synthesized reference samples of the impurity compounds were used for the quantitative HPLC determination. These impurities were detected by newly developed gradient, reverse phase high performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) method. The system suitability of HPLC analysis established the validity of the separation. The analytical method was validated according to International Conference of Harmonization (ICH) with respect to specificity, precision, accuracy, linearity, robustness and stability of analytical solutions to demonstrate the power of newly developed HPLC method.

  19. Ab Initio spectroscopic characterization of borane, BH, in its X1?+ electronic state.

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    Koput, Jacek

    2015-11-15

    The accurate potential energy and electric dipole moment functions of borane, BH, in its X1?+ electronic state have been determined from ab initio calculations using the multireference averaged coupled-pair functional method in conjunction with the correlation-consistent core-valence basis sets up to septuple-zeta quality. The higher-order electron correlation, scalar relativistic, adiabatic, and nonadiabatic effects were discussed. Vibration-rotation energy levels of the (11) BH, (11) BD, (10) BH, and (10) BD isotopologues were predicted to near "spectroscopic" accuracy. For the main isotopologue (11) BH, the adiabatic dissociation energy D0 and the effective equilibrium internuclear distance re were predicted to be 28?469?±?10 cm(-1) and 1.23214?±?0.0001 Å, respectively. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:26444679

  20. Characterization of Si (sub X)Ge (sub 1-x)/Si Heterostructures for Device Applications Using Spectroscopic Ellipsometry

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    Sieg, R. M.; Alterovitz, S. A.; Croke, E. T.; Harrell, M. J.; Tanner, M.; Wang, K. L.; Mena, R. A.; Young, P. G.

    1993-01-01

    Spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) characterization of several complex Si (sub X)Ge (sub 1-x)/Si heterostructures prepared for device fabrication, including structures for heterojunction bipolar transistors (HBT), p-type and n-type heterostructure modulation doped field effect transistors, has been performed. We have shown that SE can simultaneously determine all active layer thicknesses, Si (sub X)Ge (sub 1-x) compositions, and the oxide overlayer thickness, with only a general knowledge of the structure topology needed a priori. The characterization of HBT material included the SE analysis of a Si (sub X)Ge (sub 1-x) layer deeply buried (600 nanometers) under the silicon emitter and cap layers. In the SE analysis of n-type heterostructures, we examined for the first time a silicon layer under tensile strain. We found that an excellent fit can be obtained using optical constants of unstrained silicon to represent the strained silicon conduction layer. We also used SE to measure lateral sample homogeneity, providing quantitative identification of the inhomogeneous layer. Surface overlayers resulting from prior sample processing were also detected and measured quantitatively. These results should allow SE to be used extensively as a non-destructive means of characterizing Si (sub X)Ge (sub 1-x)/Si heterostructures prior to device fabrication and testing.

  1. Characterizing Protein Complexes with UV absorption, Light Scattering, and Refractive Index Detection.

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    Trainoff, Steven

    2009-03-01

    Many modern pharmaceuticals and naturally occurring biomolecules consist of complexes of proteins and polyethylene glycol or carbohydrates. In the case of vaccine development, these complexes are often used to induce or amplify immune responses. For protein therapeutics they are used to modify solubility and function, or to control the rate of degradation and elimination of a drug from the body. Characterizing the stoichiometry of these complexes is an important industrial problem that presents a formidable challenge to analytical instrument designers. Traditional analytical methods, such as using florescent tagging, chemical assays, and mass spectrometry perturb the system so dramatically that the complexes are often destroyed or uncontrollably modified by the measurement. A solution to this problem consists of fractionating the samples and then measuring the fractions using sequential non-invasive detectors that are sensitive to different components of the complex. We present results using UV absorption, which is primarily sensitive to the protein fraction, Light Scattering, which measures the total weight average molar mass, and Refractive Index detection, which measures the net concentration. We also present a solution of the problem inter-detector band-broadening problem that has heretofore made this approach impractical. Presented will be instrumentation and an analysis method that overcome these obstacles and make this technique a reliable and robust way of non-invasively characterizing these industrially important compounds.

  2. A COMPLETE SPECTROSCOPIC CHARACTERIZATION OF SO AND ITS ISOTOPOLOGUES UP TO THE TERAHERTZ DOMAIN

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    Martin-Drumel, M. A.; Hindle, F.; Mouret, G.; Cuisset, A.; Cernicharo, J.

    2015-02-01

    In order to obtain accurate terahertz center frequencies for SO and its isotopologues, we have studied the absorption spectrum of SO, {sup 34}SO, and {sup 33}SO up to 2.5 THz using continuous-wave terahertz photomixing based on a frequency comb providing an accuracy down to 10 kHz. Sulfur monoxide was produced in a radio frequency discharge of air in a cell containing pure sulfur. Together with the strong absorption signal of the main isotopologue, transitions of {sup 34}SO ({sup 34}S: 4.21%) and {sup 33}SO ({sup 33}S: 0.75%) were observed in natural abundance. The newly observed transitions constitute an extension of the observed rotational quantum numbers of the molecule toward higher N values, allowing an improvement of the molecular parameters for the three species. An isotopically invariant fit has been performed based on pure rotational and ro-vibrational transitions of all SO isotopologues, enabling their accurate line position prediction at higher frequencies. Thanks to this new set of parameters, it is now possible to predict with very high accuracy the frequencies of the ro-vibrational lines. This should enable the research of SO in the mid-IR using ground-based IR telescopes, space-based telescope archives (Infrared Space Observatory, Spitzer), and future space missions such as the James Webb Space Telescope. This set of parameters is particularly well adapted for the detection of SO lines in O-rich evolved stars or in molecular clouds in absorption against bright IR sources.

  3. Further characterization of the redox and spectroscopic properties of Azotobacter vinelandii ferritin.

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    Watt, G D; McDonald, J W; Chiu, C H; Reddy, K R

    1993-09-01

    Bacterial ferritin from Azotobacter vinelandii (AVBF) has many properties in common with and a number of properties distinct from the more thoroughly studied animal ferritins. The most notable differences are the high phosphate content of the mineral core and the presence of heme (12 per AVBF) in AVBF. In both ferritin types, redox reactions are essential to the iron release and deposition function of the ferritins. The heme reduction potential in apo AVBF is pH independent as are both the heme and core reduction potential in holo AVBF. pH measurements confirm the pH independence for heme reduction in apo AVBF; however, they establish the conflicting result that 1.7 +/- 0.2 protons per iron atom are taken up during core reduction. These results are interpreted as a two-step reduction process consisting of a pH independent reduction of heme in holo AVBF followed by a pH dependent reduction of the mineral core. Detailed spectroscopic studies have been undertaken to determine if heme-core interactions are detectable during the redox reactions of AVBF. Optical spectroscopy of the heme groups in apo AVBF demonstrate that all twelve are identical and undergo uniform and rapid reduction. EPR spectroscopy establishes the presence of both low-symmetry, g = 4.3, Fe3+ from the mineral core and low-spin heme with g values of 2.87, 2.32, and 1.46 in holo and identical g values for the low-spin heme in apo AVBF. EPR integration of the heme groups in both apo and holo gave values of 13.2 +/- 1.3 heme spins per AVBF at 4.2, 10, 25, 35, and 45 K. No heme perturbations were detected in holo or apo AVBF by Resonance Raman and circular dichroism spectroscopy. Both reduced and oxidized apo AVBF gave normal fluorescence emission at 330-340 nm when excited at 279 nm. These spectroscopic, redox, and reactivity results provide more detailed properties of AVBF for comparison with other bacterial and animal ferritins. PMID:8245955

  4. Americium characterization by X-ray fluorescence and absorption spectroscopy in plutonium uranium mixed oxide

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    Degueldre, Claude Cozzo, Cedric; Martin, Matthias; Grolimund, Daniel; Mieszczynski, Cyprian

    2013-06-01

    Plutonium uranium mixed oxide (MOX) fuels are currently used in nuclear reactors. The actinides in these fuels need to be analyzed after irradiation for assessing their behaviour with regard to their environment and the coolant. In this work the study of the atomic structure and next-neighbour environment of Am in the (Pu,U)O? lattice in an irradiated (60 MW d kg?¹) MOX sample was performed employing micro-X-ray fluorescence (µ-XRF) and micro-X-ray absorption fine structure (µ-XAFS) spectroscopy. The chemical bonds, valences and stoichiometry of Am (~0.66 wt%) are determined from the experimental data gained for the irradiated fuel material examined in its peripheral zone (rim) of the fuel. In the irradiated sample Am builds up as Am³? species within an [AmO?]¹³? coordination environment (e.g. >90%) and no (<10%) Am(IV) or (V) can be detected in the rim zone. The occurrence of americium dioxide is avoided by the redox buffering activity of the uranium dioxide matrix. - Graphical abstract: Americium LIII XAFS spectra recorded for the irradiated MOX sub-sample in the rim zone for a 300 ?m×300 ?m beam size area investigated over six scans of 4 h. The records remain constant during multi-scan. The analysis of the XAFS signal shows that Am is found as trivalent in the UO? matrix. This analytical work shall open the door of very challenging analysis (speciation of fission product and actinides) in irradiated nuclear fuels. - Highlights: • Americium was characterized by microX-ray absorption spectroscopy in irradiated MOX fuel. • The americium redox state as determined from XAS data of irradiated fuel material was Am(III). • In the sample, the Am³? face an AmO?¹³?coordination environment in the (Pu,U)O? matrix. • The americium dioxide is reduced by the uranium dioxide matrix.

  5. Growth, structure and spectroscopic characterizations of Nd 3+-doped LiLa(WO 4) 2 crystal

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    Huang, Xinyang; Lin, Zhoubin; Hu, Zushu; Zhang, Lizhen; Huang, Jingshun; Wang, Guofu

    2004-09-01

    LiLa(WO 4) 2 crystal melts congruently at 1065°C. A crystal of Nd 3+-doped LiLa(WO 4) 2 with dimensions up to ?22×24 mm2 was grown by the Czochralski method. X-ray diffraction analysis shows that LiLa(WO 4) 2 crystallizes in the tetragonal with space group I4(1)/a (C 4h6) and has the cell parameters: a= b=5.332 Å, c=11.523 Å, Z=2, V=328.98 Å 3, D=6.50. The absorption and fluorescence spectra of Nd 3+:LiLa(WO 4) 2 crystal were investigated. The absorption and emission cross sections are 1.88×10 -20 cm 2 at 805 nm and 21.7×10 -20 cm 2 at 1062 nm, respectively. The fluorescence lifetime is 141 ?s and the spectral parameters have been calculated based on Judd-Ofelt theory. The intensity parameters, ? t, obtained were ? 2=9.03×10 -20 cm2, ? 4=2.07×10 -20 cm2, ? 6=2.57×10 -20 cm2. The radiative lifetime is 296 ?s, and the quantum efficiency ?=47.6%.

  6. Characterization of Protein Immobilization at Silver Surfaces by Near Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure Spectroscopy

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    Himpsel, Franz J.

    Characterization of Protein Immobilization at Silver Surfaces by Near Edge X-ray Absorption Fine immobilization are pinpointed, such as oxidation and partial desorption of the alkanethiol SAMs and incomplete coverage. The orientation of the protein layer manifests itself in an 18% polarization dependence

  7. Supramolecular interaction of gemifloxacin and hydroxyl propyl ?-cyclodextrin spectroscopic characterization, molecular modeling and analytical application.

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    Dsugi, Nuha Fathi Ali; Elbashir, Abdalla A; Suliman, Fakhr Eldin Osman

    2015-12-01

    The solid inclusion complex of gemifloxacin (GFX) and hydroxyl propyl ?-cyclodextrin (HP?-CD) was prepared and examined by UV-visible, FTIR, NMR, electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) and fluorescence spectroscopy. The formation of inclusion complex has been confirmed on the basis of changes of spectroscopic properties. Further the interaction between GFX and HP?-CD was studied using molecular modeling approaches. The results showed that HP?CD reacted with GFX to form a 1:1 host-guest inclusion complex. Based on the enhancement of the fluorescence intensity of GFX produced through complex formation, a simple, accurate, rapid and highly sensitive spectrofluorometric method for the determination of GFX in pharmaceutical formulation was developed. The linear relationships between the intensity and GFX concentration was obtained in the concentration range of 20-140ng/mL with good correlation coefficients (0.9997). The limit of detection (LOD) was found to be 4ng/mL. The proposed method was successfully applied to the analysis of GFX in pharmaceutical preparation. PMID:26143328

  8. Minerals from Macedonia XXIII. Spectroscopic and structural characterization of schorl and beryl cyclosilicates.

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    Makreski, Petre; Jovanovski, Gligor

    2009-08-01

    IR and Raman spectroscopy study on two collected cyclosilicate species: schorl (from tourmaline group), Na(Fe,Mg)(3)Al(6)(BO(3))(3)Si(6)O(18)(OH,F)(4) and beryl (Be,Mg,Fe)(3)Al(2)Si(6)O(18) were carried out. Although beryl is nominally anhydrous mineral, vibrational results strongly indicate that H(2)O molecules exist in the structural channels. The number of vibrational bands and their frequencies revealed the presence of H(2)O type II, in which C(2) symmetry axis of the water molecule is parallel to the structural channel (and to the c-axis of beryl). On the other hand, it was found that observed bands in the IR and Raman OH stretching region of the other tourmaline varieties appear as a result of the cation combinations involving dominant presence of Mg and Fe cations in the Y structural sites. The strong indication derived from the vibrational spectroscopic results that the studied mineral represents a schorl variety, coincide very well with the results obtained by powder X-ray diffraction and X-ray microprobe analysis. Both minerals show IR spectral similarities in the region below 1500 cm(-1), whereas the resemblance between the Raman spectra (1500-100 cm(-1)) is less expressed confirming that these spectra are more sensitive to compositional changes and to structural disorder. The identification of both minerals was additionally supported by studying the powder X-ray diffraction diagrams. PMID:18722809

  9. Compound semiconductor detectors for X-ray astronomy: Spectroscopic measurements and material characterization

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    Bavdaz, M.; Kraft, S.; Peacock, A.

    1998-12-31

    The use of some specific compound semiconductors in the fabrication of high energy X-ray detectors shows significant potential for X-ray astrophysics space missions. The authors are currently investigating three high purity crystals--CdZnTe, GaAs and TlBr--as the basis for future hard X-ray detectors (above 10 keV). In this paper the authors present the first results on CdZnTe and GaAs based detectors and evaluate the factors currently still constraining the performance. Energy resolutions (FWHM) of 0.9 keV and 1.1 keV at 14 keV and 60 keV, respectively, have been obtained with an epitaxial GaAs detector, while 0.7 keV and 1.5 keV FWHM were measured at the same energies with a CdZnTe detector. Based on these results it is clear, that the next generation of X-ray astrophysics missions now in the planning phase may well consider extending the photon energy range up to {approximately} 100 keV by use of efficient detectors with reasonable spectroscopic capabilities.

  10. Synthesis, spectroscopic, structural and thermal characterizations of vanadyl(IV) adenine complex prospective as antidiabetic drug agent

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    El-Megharbel, Samy M.; Hamza, Reham Z.; Refat, Moamen S.

    2015-01-01

    The vanadyl(IV) adenine complex; [VO(Adn)2]?SO4; was synthesized and characterized. The molar conductivity of this complex was measured in DMSO solution that showed an electrolyte nature. Spectroscopic investigation of the green solid complex studied here indicate that the adenine acts as a bidentate ligand, coordinated to vanadyl(IV) ions through the nitrogen atoms N7 and nitrogen atom of amino group. Thus, from the results presented the vanadyl(IV) complex has square pyramid geometry. Further characterizations using thermal analyses and scanning electron techniques was useful. The aim of this paper was to introduce a new drug model for the diabetic complications by synthesized a novel mononuclear vanadyl(IV) adenine complex to mimic insulin action and reducing blood sugar level. The antidiabetic ability of this complex was investigated in STZ-induced diabetic mice. The results suggested that VO(IV)/adenine complex has antidiabetic activity, it improved the lipid profile, it improved liver and kidney functions, also it ameliorated insulin hormone and blood glucose levels. The vanadyl(IV) complex possesses an antioxidant activity and this was clear through studying SOD, CAT, MDA, GSH and methionine synthase. The current results support the therapeutic potentiality of vanadyl(IV)/adenine complex for the management and treatment of diabetes.

  11. Synthesis, spectroscopic, structural and thermal characterizations of vanadyl(IV) adenine complex prospective as antidiabetic drug agent.

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    El-Megharbel, Samy M; Hamza, Reham Z; Refat, Moamen S

    2015-01-25

    The vanadyl(IV) adenine complex; [VO(Adn)2]?SO4; was synthesized and characterized. The molar conductivity of this complex was measured in DMSO solution that showed an electrolyte nature. Spectroscopic investigation of the green solid complex studied here indicate that the adenine acts as a bidentate ligand, coordinated to vanadyl(IV) ions through the nitrogen atoms N7 and nitrogen atom of amino group. Thus, from the results presented the vanadyl(IV) complex has square pyramid geometry. Further characterizations using thermal analyses and scanning electron techniques was useful. The aim of this paper was to introduce a new drug model for the diabetic complications by synthesized a novel mononuclear vanadyl(IV) adenine complex to mimic insulin action and reducing blood sugar level. The antidiabetic ability of this complex was investigated in STZ-induced diabetic mice. The results suggested that VO(IV)/adenine complex has antidiabetic activity, it improved the lipid profile, it improved liver and kidney functions, also it ameliorated insulin hormone and blood glucose levels. The vanadyl(IV) complex possesses an antioxidant activity and this was clear through studying SOD, CAT, MDA, GSH and methionine synthase. The current results support the therapeutic potentiality of vanadyl(IV)/adenine complex for the management and treatment of diabetes. PMID:25150436

  12. Synthesis and Spectroscopic Characterization of Some New Axially Ligated Indium(III) Macrocyclic Complexes and Their Biological Activities

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    Bajju, Gauri D.; Gupta, Deepmala; Kapahi, Ashu

    2014-01-01

    The synthesis and spectroscopic characterization of new axially ligated indium(III) porphyrin complexes were reported. Chloroindium(III) porphyrin (TPPIn-Cl) was obtained in good yield by treating the corresponding free base with indium trichloride. The action of the different phenols on chloroderivatives (TPPIn-Cl) led to the corresponding phenolato complexes (TPPIn-X). These derivatives were characterized on the basis of mass spectrometry, 1H-NMR, IR, and UV-visible data. The separation and isolation of these derivatives have been achieved through chromatography. The spectral properties of free base porphyrin and its corresponding metallated and axially ligated indium(III) porphyrin compounds were compared with each other. A detailed analysis of UV-Vis, 1H-NMR, and IR suggested the transformation from free base porphyrin to indium(III) porphyrin. Besides, 13C-NMR and fluorescence spectra were also reported and interpreted. The stability of these derivatives has also been studied through thermogravimetry. The complexes were also screened for anticancerous activities. Among all the complexes, 4-MePhO-InTPP shows highest anticancerous activity. The title complexe, TPPIn-X (where X = different phenolates), represents a five-coordinate indium(III) porphyrin complex in a square-pyramidal geometry with the phenolate anion as the axial ligand. PMID:25140121

  13. Design and spectroscopic characterization of novel series of near infrared indocyanine dyes

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    Abd-El-Aziz, Alaa S.; Strohm, Elizabeth A.; Okasha, Rawda M.

    2015-07-01

    A novel series of near infrared heptamethine indocyanine dyes bearing various aromatic chromophores has been synthesized. The synthetic methodology was achieved via ester condensation reactions of heptamethine indocyanine parent dye with carboxylic moiety and aromatic compounds such as anthracene, pyrene and thiophene derivatives. Structural analysis of the newly prepared dyes was accomplished using one- and two-dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance, infrared spectroscopy and electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. These dyes exhibited high molar absorptivity based on the UV-visible/near-infrared spectral data. Fluorescence emission spectral data was used to determine the relative quantum yield. The new dyes displayed formation of H-aggregates in water at low concentrations, while this behavior was not observed in methanol.

  14. Theoretical spectroscopic characterization at low temperatures of S-methyl thioformate and O-methyl thioformate.

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    Senent, M L; Puzzarini, C; Hochlaf, M; Domínguez-Gómez, R; Carvajal, M

    2014-09-14

    Highly correlated ab initio methods are employed to determine spectroscopic properties at low temperatures of two S-analogs of methyl formate: S-methyl thioformate CH3-S-CHO (MSCHO) and O-methyl thioformate CH3-O-CHS (MOCHS). Both species are detectable and they are expected to play an important role in Astrochemistry. Molecular properties are compared with those of the O-analog, methyl formate. Both isomers present two conformers cis and trans. cis-CH3-S-CHO represents the most stable structure lying 4372.2 cm(-1) below cis-CH3-O-CHS. The energy difference between the cis and trans forms is drastically lower for MSCHO (1134 cm(-1)) than for MOCHS (1963.6 cm(-1)). Harmonic and anharmonic fundamentals and the corresponding intensities, as well as the rotational constants for the ground vibrational and first excited torsional states and the centrifugal distortions constants, are provided. Low torsional energy levels have been obtained by solving variationally a two dimensional Hamiltonian expressed in terms of the two torsional degrees of freedom. The corresponding 2D potential energy surfaces have been computed at the CCSD(T)/aug-cc-pVTZ level of theory. The methyl torsional barriers V3(cis) are determined to be 139.7 cm(-1) (CH3-S-CHO) and 670.4 cm(-1) (CH3-O-CHS). The A/E splitting of ground torsional state has been estimated to be 0.438 cm(-1) for CH3-S-CHO and negligible for CH3-O-CHS. PMID:25217912

  15. Theoretical spectroscopic characterization at low temperatures of S-methyl thioformate and O-methyl thioformate

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    Senent, M. L.; Puzzarini, C.; Hochlaf, M.; Domínguez-Gómez, R.; Carvajal, M.

    2014-09-14

    Highly correlated ab initio methods are employed to determine spectroscopic properties at low temperatures of two S-analogs of methyl formate: S-methyl thioformate CH{sub 3}-S-CHO (MSCHO) and O-methyl thioformate CH{sub 3}-O-CHS (MOCHS). Both species are detectable and they are expected to play an important role in Astrochemistry. Molecular properties are compared with those of the O-analog, methyl formate. Both isomers present two conformers cis and trans. cis-CH{sub 3}-S-CHO represents the most stable structure lying 4372.2 cm{sup ?1} below cis-CH{sub 3}-O-CHS. The energy difference between the cis and trans forms is drastically lower for MSCHO (1134 cm{sup ?1}) than for MOCHS (1963.6 cm{sup ?1}). Harmonic and anharmonic fundamentals and the corresponding intensities, as well as the rotational constants for the ground vibrational and first excited torsional states and the centrifugal distortions constants, are provided. Low torsional energy levels have been obtained by solving variationally a two dimensional Hamiltonian expressed in terms of the two torsional degrees of freedom. The corresponding 2D potential energy surfaces have been computed at the CCSD(T)/aug-cc-pVTZ level of theory. The methyl torsional barriers V{sub 3}(cis) are determined to be 139.7 cm{sup ?1} (CH{sub 3}-S-CHO) and 670.4 cm{sup ?1} (CH{sub 3}-O-CHS). The A/E splitting of ground torsional state has been estimated to be 0.438 cm{sup ?1} for CH{sub 3}-S-CHO and negligible for CH{sub 3}-O-CHS.

  16. Theoretical Spectroscopic Characterization at Low Temperatures of Dimethyl Sulfoxide: The Role of Anharmonicity.

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    Senent, M L; Dalbouha, S; Cuisset, A; Sadovskii, D

    2015-09-17

    The structural and spectroscopic parameters of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) are predicted from CCSD(T)-F12 calculations that can help to resolve the outstanding problem of the rovibrational spectroscopy. DMSO is a near oblate top that presents a trigonal pyramidal geometry. Rotational parameters are determined at the equilibrium and in selected vibrational states. For the ground state, the rotational constants were calculated to be A0 = 7031.7237 MHz, B0 = 6920.1221 MHz, and C0 = 4223.3389 MHz, at few megahertz from the previous experimental measurements. Ab initio calculations allow us to assert that DMSO rotational constants are strongly dependent on anharmonic effects. Asymmetry increases with the vibrational energy. Harmonic frequencies, torsional parameters, and a two-dimensional potential energy surface (2D-PES) focused to describe the internal rotation of the two methyl groups are determined at the CCSD(T)-F12 level of theory. For the medium and small amplitude motions, anharmonic effects are estimated with MP2 theory getting an excellent agreement with experimental data for the ?11 and ?23 fundamentals. Torsional energies and transitions are computed variationally form the 2D-PES that denotes strong interactions between both internal tops. The vibrationally corrected V3 torsional barrier is evaluated to be 965.32 cm(-1). The torsional splitting of the ground vibrational state has been estimated to be lower than 0.01 cm(-1). Although the ?13 torsional fundamental is found at 229.837 cm(-1) in good agreement with previous assessment, there is not accord for the low intense transition ?24. A new assignment predicting ?24 to lie between 190 and 195 cm(-1) is proposed. PMID:26317485

  17. Spectroscopic characterization of the chemical composition of the potent sweetener Vartamil

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    Kolosova, T. E.; Prokhodchenko, L. K.; Pilipenko, V. V.; Suboch, V. P.

    2008-03-01

    The chemical composition of the potent sweetener Vartamil was characterized using spectral methods. It was demonstrated that Vartamil is a mixture of saccharose chloro derivatives, the main one of which is 4,1',6'-trichloro-4,1',6'-trideoxygalactosaccharose (Sucralose).

  18. Characterization of a radio frequency carbon nanotube growth plasma by ultraviolet absorption and optical emission spectroscopy

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    Cruden, Brett A.; Meyyappan, M.

    2005-04-15

    Radio frequency driven methane/hydrogen plasmas for carbon nanotube growth at pressures between 0.5 and 20 Torr, bias power from 0 to 110 W, and inductive coil power from 0 to 200 W are characterized via optical diagnostics. Ultraviolet absorption spectroscopy is used for quantitative determination of CH{sub 3} radical density for these systems, giving densities on the order of 10{sup 13} cm{sup -3}, accounting for approximately 0.1% of the plasma neutral content. Emission data are also analyzed to extract neutral gas temperatures from the H{sub 2} spectrum and electron densities and temperatures and approximate atomic H densities in the system. Neutral temperature is estimated between 700 and 1100 K, though the lower electrode is heated to 1273 K. Electron temperature is estimated to be between 2.5 and 3.5 eV in the high-energy (>12 eV) portion of the electron energy distribution, and the data suggest an overall non-Maxwellian distribution of electrons. The dissociation of hydrogen is estimated at around 0.1%. Dependencies on power and pressure are explored, indicating more efficient ionization, dissociation, and electron heating at lower pressure and higher power. The absence of any dependency on coil power suggests the plasma is operating in a noninductive mode for these conditions.

  19. Terahertz broadband spectroscopic investigations of amino acid

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    Zhu, De-chong; Zhang, Liang-liang; Zhong, Hua; Zhang, Cun-lin

    2011-08-01

    We present an experimental terahertz (THz) spectroscopic investigation of amino acid using an air-breakdown-coherent detection (ABCD) system. The strong and ultra-broadband (0.1 to 10THz) terahertz radiations generated by two-color laser induced air plasma and measured by coherent heterodyne detection. The broadband THz reflection spectra of L-Lysine (C6H14N2O2) and L-Arginine (C6H14N2O2) are obtained. To solve the phase-retrieval problem in RTDS, the absorption signatures of the materials are extracted directly from the first derivative of the relative reflectance with respect to frequency. The absorption features of the two amino acids are characterized in the 0.5~6 THz region. It is found that both the two amino acids have an absorption peak at 1.10 THz.

  20. Spectroscopic Characterization of a Monomeric, Cyclopentadienyl-Based Rhenium(V) Dioxo Complex.

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    Raju, Suresh; Jastrzebski, Johann T B H; Lutz, Martin; Witteman, Léon; Dethlefsen, Johannes R; Fristrup, Peter; Moret, Marc-Etienne; Gebbink, Robertus J M Klein

    2015-11-16

    Mononuclear, coordinatively unsaturated rhenium(V) dioxo species of the type XReO2 (X = Me, substituted cyclopentadienyl) have long been postulated as intermediates in rhenium-catalyzed deoxydehydration, but their characterization was precluded because of aggregation into dimeric or oligomeric structures. Using the bulky 1,2,4-tri-tert-butylcyclopentadienyl (Cp(ttt)) ligand, the rhenium(V) dioxo species (Cp(ttt))ReO2 could now be observed, in equilibrium with the dimeric form [(Cp(ttt))Re(O)?-O]2, and characterized by NMR, IR, and UV-vis spectroscopies, as well as electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. (Cp(ttt))ReO2 is shown to be the primary product of reduction of the rhenium(VII) complex (Cp(ttt))ReO3 with PPh3 and demonstrated to react with ethylene glycol significantly faster than its dimeric counterpart, supporting its role as an intermediate in rhenium-catalyzed deoxydehydration reactions. PMID:26517008

  1. Characterization of Mucor pusillus rennin expressed in Pichia pastoris: enzymic, spectroscopic and calorimetric studies.

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    Beldarraín, A; Acosta, N; Montesinos, R; Mata, M; Cremata, J

    2000-04-01

    The aspartic proteinase gene of Mucor pusillus rennin expressed in Pichia pastoris was characterized in terms of structural and conformational stability induced by temperature. This enzyme is 12% glycosylated, with a similar specific activity to the native fungal enzyme. The secondary structure determined by CD is mainly due to beta-sheet structures with an important contribution of aromatic components. The calorimetric studies were carried out in the temperature range in which the enzyme is most stable. The enzyme undergoes an irreversible, highly scan-rate-dependent thermal denaturation under all the experimental conditions investigated. Between pH 3.0 and 7.0, only one endotherm characterized the thermal denaturation of enzyme. At pH 5.0, the most stable condition found, the denaturation can be fitted to the two-state irreversible model. Thus the kinetic constant and activation parameters of the denaturation process could be obtained. Upon reaching pH 7.5, the denaturation is characterized by two endotherms. This evidence indicates the complex tridimensional structure of this enzyme. Finally, taking into account the conservative tertiary structure of the aspartic proteinase family we comment on our results with reference to the crystallographic structure of M. pusillus pepsin [Newman, Watson, Roychowdhury, Badasso, Cleasby, Wood, Tickle and Blundell (1993) J. Mol. Biol. 221, 1295-1309]. PMID:10744950

  2. Arsenate Uptake by Calcite: Macroscopic and Spectroscopic Characterization of Adsorption and Incorporation Mechanisms

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    Alexandratos,V.; Elzinga, E.; Reeder, R.

    2007-01-01

    Batch uptake experiments and X-ray element mapping and spectroscopic techniques were used to investigate As(V) (arsenate) uptake mechanisms by calcite, including adsorption and coprecipitation. Batch sorption experiments in calcite-equilibrated suspensions (pH 8.3; PCO{sub 2} = 10{sup -3.5} atm) reveal rapid initial sorption to calcite, with sorption rate gradually decreasing with time as available sorption sites decrease. An As(V)-calcite sorption isotherm determined after 24 h equilibration exhibits Langmuir-like behavior up to As concentrations of 300 {mu}M. Maximum distribution coefficient values (K{sub d}), derived from a best fit to a Langmuir model, are {approx}190 L kg{sup -1}. Calcite single crystals grown in the presence of As(V) show well-developed rhombohedral morphology with characteristic growth hillocks on (10{bar 1}4) surfaces at low As(V) concentrations ({<=}5 {mu}M), but habit modification is evident at As(V) concentrations {>=}30 {mu}M in the form of macrostep development preferentially on the - vicinal surfaces of growth hillocks. Micro-X-ray fluorescence element mapping of (10{bar 1}4) surfaces shows preferential incorporation of As in the - vicinal faces relative to + vicinals. EXAFS fit results for both adsorption and coprecipitation samples confirm that As occurs in the 5+ oxidation state in tetrahedral coordination with oxygen, i.e., as arsenate. For adsorption samples, As(V) forms inner-sphere surface complexes via corner-sharing with Ca octahedra. As(V) coprecipitated with calcite substitutes in carbonate sites but with As off-centered, as indicated by two Ca shells, and with likely disruption of local structure. The results indicate that As(V) interacts strongly with the calcite surface, similar to often-cited analog phosphate, and uptake can occur via both adsorption and coprecipitation reactions. Therefore, calcite may be effective for partial removal of dissolved arsenate from aquatic and soil systems.

  3. Spectroscopic Characterization of Intermediates in the Iron Catalyzed Activation of Alkanes

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    Edward M. Eyring

    2007-05-28

    The present report begins with a brief survey of recent hypervalent iron chemistry and mentions two previously reported ferrate papers funded by the DOE/BES grant. The focus is then shifted to the seven publications acknowledging support of the grant that have not been reported since the last Progress Report, DOE/ER/14340-9, was prepared. These papers deal with: (a) the successful use of an ATR element in a stopped-flow infrared spectrometer, (b) the rationalization of a depolarization of a LiClO4 solution in polyethylene oxide high polymer, (c) an analysis of several coupled ultrasonic relaxations observed in solutions of pentoses undergoing isomerization, (d) the combination of ultrasonic absorption and Raman scattering measurements to elucidate zinc thiocyanate solutions in water, (e) the use of NMR to determine stability constants when LiClO4:12-crown-4 is dissolved in acetonitrile and in methanol, (f) the possible existence of triple ions in low permittivity solutions, and (g) the properties of a high surface area ceria aerogel. Collectively, these papers illustrate advantages of bringing several modern experimental techniques to bear on complex chemical systems.

  4. Chemical leaching of an Indian bituminous coal and characterization of the products by vibrational spectroscopic techniques

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    Manoj, B.; Kunjomana, A. G.

    2012-04-01

    High volatile bituminous coal was demineralized by a chemical method. The vibrations of the "aromatics" structure of graphite, crystalline or non-crystalline, were observed in the spectra at the 1600 cm-1 region. The band at 1477 cm-1 is assigned as VR band, the band at 1392 cm-1 as VL band and the band at 1540 cm-1 as GR band. Graphite structure remains after chemical leaching liberates oxygenated functional groups and mineral groups. The silicate bands between 1010 and 1100 cm-1 are active in the infrared (IR) spectrum but inactive in the Raman spectrum. Absorption arising from C-H stretching in alkenes occurs in the region of 3000 to 2840 cm-1. Raman bands because of symmetric stretch of water molecules were also observed in the spectrum at 3250 cm-1 and 3450 cm-1. Scanning electron microscopy analysis revealed the presence of a graphite layer on the surface. Leaching of the sample with hydrofluoric acid decreases the mineral phase and increases the carbon content. The ash content is reduced by 84.5wt% with leaching from its initial value by mainly removing aluminum and silicate containing minerals.

  5. Spectroscopic characterization of C2Hx intermediates in the dissociation of vinyl iodide on Pt(111)

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    Ren, Yuan; Waluyo, Iradwikanari; Yin, Jun; Trenary, Michael

    2015-07-01

    The thermal decomposition of vinyl iodide on Pt(111) was studied using reflection absorption infrared spectroscopy (RAIRS). Some of the vinyl iodide molecularly desorbs at 160 K and the remainder decomposes via scission of the C-I bond to form vinyl. In this way, the vibrational signature of vinyl on Pt(111) is directly determined by RAIRS. At 190 K, vinyl starts to convert to di-? bonded ethylene. The ethylene undergoes further reaction at 230 K to hydrogenate to ethylidene, possibly by way of a vinyl intermediate. Upon annealing the surface to 300 K, ethylidene is converted to ethylidyne. Hydrogen pre-adsorption promotes the cleavage of the C-I bond of vinyl iodide and the formation of vinyl, which subsequently leads to an increase in the amount of di-? bonded ethylene formed. The surface hydrogen enhances the formation of ethylidyne, possibly by removal of excess ethylidene by hydrogenation, as ethylidene was not observed when hydrogen was pre-adsorbed on the surface.

  6. Theoretical spectroscopic characterization at low temperatures of methyl hydroperoxide and three S-analogs

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    Dalbouha, S. Senent, M. L.; Komiha, N.

    2015-02-21

    The low temperature spectra of the detectable species methyl hydroperoxide (CH{sub 3}OOH) and three sulfur analogs, the two isomers of methanesulfenic acid (CH{sub 3}SOH and CH{sub 3}OSH) and the methyl hydrogen disulfide (CH{sub 3}SSH), are predicted from highly correlated ab initio methods (CCSD(T) and CCSD(T)-F12). Rotational parameters, anharmonic frequencies, torsional energy barriers, torsional energy levels, and their splittings are provided. Our computed parameters should help for the characterization and the identification of these organic compounds in laboratory and in the interstellar medium.

  7. Theoretical spectroscopic characterization at low temperatures of methyl hydroperoxide and three S-analogs

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    Dalbouha, S.; Senent, M. L.; Komiha, N.

    2015-02-01

    The low temperature spectra of the detectable species methyl hydroperoxide (CH3OOH) and three sulfur analogs, the two isomers of methanesulfenic acid (CH3SOH and CH3OSH) and the methyl hydrogen disulfide (CH3SSH), are predicted from highly correlated ab initio methods (CCSD(T) and CCSD(T)-F12). Rotational parameters, anharmonic frequencies, torsional energy barriers, torsional energy levels, and their splittings are provided. Our computed parameters should help for the characterization and the identification of these organic compounds in laboratory and in the interstellar medium.

  8. Raman Spectroscopic Characterization of Rare Earth Ions Doped Bismuth-Based Glasses

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    Pop, L.; Culea, E.; Bosca, M.; Culea, M.

    2007-04-23

    The xReO(1-x)[3Bi2O3{center_dot}PbO] glass systems with diferent rare earth ions (ReO = CeO2, Tb4O7) have been prepared and examined with the aim of determining their structural characteristics. Raman sprectroscopy and density measurements were used to characterize the samples. Raman spectroscopy data permitted to identify some of the structural units that built up the lead bismuthate vitreous network. Density data were used to calculate the Poisson's ratio in terms of the Makishima-Mackenzie model.

  9. Synthesis, characterization and multi-spectroscopic DNA interaction studies of a new platinum complex containing the drug metformin

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    Shahabadi, Nahid; Heidari, Leila

    2014-07-01

    A new platinum(II) complex; [Pt(Met)(DMSO)Cl]Cl in which Met = metformin and DMSO: dimethylsulfoxide, was synthesized and characterized by 1H NMR, IR, UV-Vis spectra, molar conductivity and computational methods. Binding interaction of this complex with calf thymus (CT) DNA has been investigated by using absorption, emission, circular dichroism, viscosity measurements, differential pulse voltammetry and cleavage studies by agarose gel electrophoresis. UV-Vis absorption studies showed hyperchromism. CD studies showed less perturbation on the base stacking and helicity bands in the CD spectrum of CT-DNA (B ? C structural transition). In fluorimeteric studies, the Pt(II) complex can bind with DNA-NR complex and forms a new non-fluorescence adduct. The anodic peak current in the differential pulse voltammogram of the Pt(II) complex decreased gradually with the addition of DNA. Cleavage experiments showed that the Pt(II) complex does not induce any cleavage under the experimental setup. Finally all results indicated that Pt(II) complex interact with DNA via groove binding mode.

  10. Infrared Spectroscopic Characterization of the Low-Albedo Materials on Iapetus

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    Dalle Ore, Cristina M.; Cruikshank, D. P.; Clark, R. N.

    2012-10-01

    Iapetus, one of the large satellites of Saturn, has been studied over the centuries for its trademark brightness contrast, light on one side and dark on the opposite. On the basis of multicolor images from the Cassini imaging system, Denk et al. (2010, Science 327, 435) have suggested that the dark material is a combination of native and exogenous materials with distinct histories. We present a Cassini VIMS analysis of parts of the Cassini Regio, the darkest region on the leading hemisphere of Iapetus, focusing on the hydrocarbon signature with a view to detect and investigate differences in the material(s). We find variations in the hydrocarbon bands with geographic location, one type predominantly located on the leading hemisphere. A comparison with the equivalent spectral features on Phoebe and Hyperion reveals a predictable resemblance between the leading hemisphere material and Phoebe and an unexpected likeness between Hyperion’s darkest material and Iapetus’ trailing hemisphere surface. The slope in the visible part of the spectrum, from which Denk's analysis is derived, is strongly affected by a rise in the continuum ( 0.35 - 0.65 µm) attributed to Rayleigh scattering from nano-size particles (Clark et al. 2012, Icarus 218, 831). The continuum rise varies in strength with albedo and H2O ice content, and when it is properly accounted for, the overall slope in all the identified spectral units is the same over the interval 0.35 - 2.3 µm, independent of albedo or ice abundance. The interpretation of current and previous results offers two different scenarios illustrated by the presence of one vs. two dark materials distributed over Iapetus' surface. The appearance and relative strengths of the aromatic and aliphatic absorption bands make this spectral signature unique, enabling the comparison among the satellites. The authors acknowledge support from Cassini Science Team funding and NASA grant NNX11AN90G.

  11. Infrared spectroscopic characterization of the low-albedo materials on Iapetus

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    Dalle Ore, Cristina Morea; Cruikshank, Dale P.; Clark, Roger N.

    2012-11-01

    Iapetus, one of the large satellites of Saturn, has been studied over the centuries for its signature brightness contrast, light on one side and dark on the opposite. It has recently been suggested that the dark material is a combination of native and exogenous materials with distinct histories. We present an analysis of parts of the Cassini Regio, the darkest region on the leading hemisphere of Iapetus, focusing on the hydrocarbon signature with a view to detect and investigate differences in the material(s). We find variations in the hydrocarbon bands with geographic location, one type predominantly located on the leading hemisphere. A comparison with the equivalent spectral features on Phoebe and Hyperion reveals a predictable resemblance between the leading hemisphere material and Phoebe and an unexpected likeness between Hyperion’s darkest material and Iapetus’ trailing hemisphere surface. An analysis of the slope in the visible part of the spectrum is strongly affected by a rise in the continuum (?0.35-0.65 ?m) attributed to Rayleigh scattering from nano-size particles on the surface. The continuum rise varies in strength with the albedo and H2O ice content, and when it is properly accounted for, the overall slope in all the identified spectral units is the same over the interval 0.35-2.3 ?m, independent of albedo or ice abundance. The interpretation of current and previous results offers two different scenarios illustrated by the presence of one vs. two dark materials distributed over the Iapetus surface. We describe the scenarios and their implications. The appearance of the aromatic and aliphatic absorption bands together in their measured relative strengths makes this spectral signature unique, and thus enables the comparison among the three satellites.

  12. Structural and spectroscopic characterization of Mo 1-xW xO 3- ? mixed oxides

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    Morandi, S.; Paganini, M. C.; Giamello, E.; Bini, M.; Capsoni, D.; Massarotti, V.; Ghiotti, G.

    2009-12-01

    Mo 1-xW xO 3 oxides with different cationic fraction ( x=0.2, 0.5 and 0.8) and, for comparison purposes, pure MoO 3 and WO 3 were prepared. Along with textural and structural characterizations, absorbance FT-IR, diffuse reflectance UV-vis-NIR and EPR spectroscopies were employed to study the changes in the electronic properties of these materials passing from Mo 1-xW xO 3 in oxidizing atmosphere to Mo 1-xW xO 3-? in reducing conditions. XRD analysis showed that the Mo-W mixed oxides are constituted by two or three crystalline phases, whose abundance and composition are well characterized by structural refinement with the Rietveld method. Only the sample with the highest Mo content ( x=0.2) shows a predominant mixed phase and also a superior ability to lose oxygen with respect to the other mixed oxides. The oxygen loss in the reduced oxides induces the formation of defects with electronic levels in the band gap of the material, in particular, electrons trapped in oxygen vacancies and/or at cationic sites (polarons). While the nature of defect sites induced in the mixed and in the pure oxides is similar, the photo-ionization energies, the ratio between surface and bulk defects and the stability of the defects in oxygen at increasing temperature are peculiar of each mixed oxide.

  13. Solvate Structures and Computational/Spectroscopic Characterization of LiBF4 Electrolytes

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    Seo, D. M.; Boyle, Paul D.; Allen, Joshua L.; Han, Sang D.; Jonsson , Erlendur; Johansson, Patrik; Henderson, Wesley A.

    2014-07-21

    Crystal structures have been determined for both LiBF4 and HBF4 solvates?(acetonitrile)2:LiBF4, (ethylene glycol diethyl ether)1:LiBF4, (diethylene glycol diethyl ether)1:LiBF4, (tetrahydrofuran)1:LiBF4, (methyl methoxyacetate)1:LiBF4, (suc-cinonitrile)1:LiBF4, (N,N,N',N",N"-pentamethyldiethylenetriamine)1:HBF4, (N,N,N',N'-tetramethylethylenediamine)3/2:HBF4 and (phenanthroline)2:HBF4. These, as well as other known LiBF4 solvate structures, have been characterized by Raman vibrational spectroscopy to unambiguously assign the anion Raman band positions to specific forms of BF4-...Li+ cation coordination. In addition, complementary DFT calculations of BF4-...Li+ cation complexes have provided additional insight into the challenges associated with accurately interpreting the anion interactions from experimental Raman spectra. This information provides a crucial tool for the characterization of the ionic association interactions within electrolytes.

  14. Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization and biological activity of cis-[Ru(hesperidin)(1,10?-phenanthroline)2](PF6) complex

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    Oliveira, Regina M. M.; de Souza Daniel, Juliana F.; Carlos, Rose M.

    2013-01-01

    The new complex cis-[Ru(phen)2(hesperidin)](PF6), complex 1, was synthesized and characterized by analytical (ESI-MS+, EA (C, H, N)) and spectroscopic (FTIR, UV-vis, 1H and 13C NMR) techniques and cyclic voltammetry. Complex 1 is chemically stable in the solid state and in organic solvents such as ethanol, methanol, acetone, and acetonitrile, as shown by spectrophotometric analysis. 1 is also photochemically and chemically stable (pH effects) and more hydrosoluble (518.83 ± 0.91 g mL-1) than free hesperidin (5.92 g mL-1). In accordance with this, the lipophilicity value in aqueous-octanol solution for 1 was -1.28, indicating its high hydrophilic characteristic. Although complex 1 showed to be essentially noncytotoxic, IC50 > 1.0 mmol L-1 as evaluated in the human cervical cancer cells line HeLa, it exhibited a moderate capacity of inhibiting the catalytic activity of the acetylcholinaesterase enzyme, IC50 = 63.6 mol L-1. The Lineweaver-Burk plot and the respective secondary replot indicated that the AChE inhibition was noncompetitive and reversible. These findings shows that complexation of the hesperidin improves physicochemical characteristics and increases the perspectives for development and medical applications of new bioactive-metal complexes.

  15. Structures and spectroscopic characterization of calcium chloride-nicotinamide, -isonicotinamide, -picolinamide and praseodymium bromide-nicotinamide complexes

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    Xue, Junhui; Jiang, Ye; Li, Weihong; Yang, Limin; Xu, Yizhuang; Zhao, Guozhong; Zhang, Gaohui; Bu, Xiaoxia; Liu, Kexin; Chen, Jia'er; Wu, Jinguang

    2015-02-01

    The coordination structures formed by calcium complexes with nicotinamide (na), isonicotinamide (ina) and picolinamide (pa) and praseodymium bromide-na are reported. The structures of CaCl2·(C6H6N2O)2·2H2O (Ca-na), CaCl2·(C6H6N2O)2·4H2O (Ca-ina), CaCl2·(C6H6N2O)2·5H2O (Ca-pa) and PrBr3·(C6H6N2O)2·6H2O (PrBr-na) in the solid state have been characterized by X-ray single crystal diffraction, FTIR, FIR, THz and Raman spectroscopies. Carbonyl oxygen of nicotinamide is coordinated to Ca2+, but it is O-monodentate (carbonyl oxygen) and N,O-bidentate ligand (pyridyl nitrogen and carbonyl oxygen) for Pr3+ to form a chain structure in PrBr-na. For isonicotinamide, only carbonyl oxygen atom is coordinated to Ca2+. Pyridyl nitrogen and carbonyl oxygen of picolinamide are coordinated to Ca2+ to form a five-membered ring structure. The crystal structure and spectroscopic results indicate the differences of the coordination of Ca and Pr ions, the changes of hydrogen bonds and conformation of the ligands induced by complexation. Unlike transition metal ions, Sr2+ or lanthanide ions, Ca2+ is inclined to coordinate to carbonyl oxygen atoms of the ligands.

  16. Spectroscopic and kinetic characterization of the light-dependent enzyme protochlorophyllide oxidoreductase (POR) using monovinyl and divinyl substrates.

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    Heyes, Derren J; Kruk, Jerzy; Hunter, C Neil

    2006-02-15

    The enzyme POR [Pchlide (protochlorophyllide) oxidoreductase] catalyses the reduction of Pchlide to chlorophyllide, which is a key step in the chlorophyll biosynthesis pathway. This light-dependent reaction has previously been studied in great detail but recent reports suggest that a mixture of MV (monovinyl) and DV (divinyl) Pchlides may have influenced some of these properties of the reaction. Low-temperature absorbance and fluorescence spectroscopy have revealed several spectral differences between MV and DV Pchlides, which were purified from a Rhodobacter capsulatus strain that was shown to contain a mixture of the two pigments. A thorough steady-state kinetic characterization using both Pchlide forms demonstrates that neither pigment appears to affect the kinetic properties of the enzyme. The reaction has also been monitored following illumination at low temperatures and was shown to consist of an initial photochemical step followed by four 'dark' steps for both pigments. However, minor differences were observed in the spectral properties of some of the intermediates, although the temperature dependency of each step was nearly identical for the two pigments. This work provides the first detailed kinetic and spectroscopic study of this unique enzyme using biologically important MV and DV substrate analogues. It also has significant implications for the DV reductase enzyme, which is responsible for converting DV pigments into their MV counterparts, and its position in the sequence of reactions that comprise the chlorophyll biosynthesis pathway. PMID:16274361

  17. Structures and spectroscopic characterization of calcium chloride-nicotinamide, -isonicotinamide, -picolinamide and praseodymium bromide-nicotinamide complexes.

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    Xue, Junhui; Jiang, Ye; Li, Weihong; Yang, Limin; Xu, Yizhuang; Zhao, Guozhong; Zhang, Gaohui; Bu, Xiaoxia; Liu, Kexin; Chen, Jia'er; Wu, Jinguang

    2015-02-25

    The coordination structures formed by calcium complexes with nicotinamide (na), isonicotinamide (ina) and picolinamide (pa) and praseodymium bromide-na are reported. The structures of CaCl2·(C6H6N2O)2·2H2O (Ca-na), CaCl2·(C6H6N2O)2·4H2O (Ca-ina), CaCl2·(C6H6N2O)2·5H2O (Ca-pa) and PrBr3·(C6H6N2O)2·6H2O (PrBr-na) in the solid state have been characterized by X-ray single crystal diffraction, FTIR, FIR, THz and Raman spectroscopies. Carbonyl oxygen of nicotinamide is coordinated to Ca(2+), but it is O-monodentate (carbonyl oxygen) and N,O-bidentate ligand (pyridyl nitrogen and carbonyl oxygen) for Pr(3+) to form a chain structure in PrBr-na. For isonicotinamide, only carbonyl oxygen atom is coordinated to Ca(2+). Pyridyl nitrogen and carbonyl oxygen of picolinamide are coordinated to Ca(2+) to form a five-membered ring structure. The crystal structure and spectroscopic results indicate the differences of the coordination of Ca and Pr ions, the changes of hydrogen bonds and conformation of the ligands induced by complexation. Unlike transition metal ions, Sr(2+) or lanthanide ions, Ca(2+) is inclined to coordinate to carbonyl oxygen atoms of the ligands. PMID:25280333

  18. Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization and DFT calculations of ?-O-4 type lignin model compounds

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    Mostaghni, Fatemeh; Teimouri, Abbas; Mirshokraei, Seyed Ahmad

    2013-06-01

    ?-O-4 type lignin model compounds with the title of Erythro-2-(2-methoxyphenoxy)-1-(3,4,5-trimethoxyphenyl)-1,3-propanediol and Erythro-2-(2-methoxyphenoxy)-1-(4-Hydroxy-3,5-dimethoxyphenyl)-1,3-propanediol were synthesised and some modifications and improvements on them were introduced. These compounds were characterized by IR, Mass and NMR spectroscopy. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations were performed for the title compounds using the standard 6-31G* basis set. IR, 13C and 1H NMR of the title compounds were calculated at the DFT-B3LYP level of theory using the 6-31G* basis set. In this work comparison between the experimental and the theoretical results indicates that the DFT-B3LYP method is able to provide satisfactory results for predicting the properties of the considered compounds.

  19. Spectroscopic characterization of a masterpiece: The Manueline foral charter of Sintra

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    Manso, Marta; Gac, Agnès Le; Longelin, Stéphane; Pessanha, Sofia; Frade, José Carlos; Guerra, Mauro; Candeias, António José; Carvalho, Maria Luísa

    2013-03-01

    The foral charter attributed by D. Manuel I of Portugal, in 1514, to the village of Sintra was studied using Energy Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence spectrometry, Raman and Infrared micro-spectroscopies. A complete characterization of the pictorial materials used in the production of this masterpiece allowed the identification of iron gall inks used in the written text; pigments such as malachite, azurite, lead white, cinnabar, yellow ochre, gold, silver and carbon black in the illuminations and letterings; filler and binder used in the production of coloring materials and inks. Gum and calcium carbonate were the most recurrent binder and filler identified in this study. Silvering and gilding were mostly obtained by applying ground silver and gold on parchment.

  20. Raman spectroscopic characterization of the core-rim structure in reaction bonded boron carbide ceramics

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    Jannotti, Phillip; Subhash, Ghatu; Zheng, James Q.; Halls, Virginia; Karandikar, Prashant G.; Salamone, S.; Aghajanian, Michael K.

    2015-01-26

    Raman spectroscopy was used to characterize the microstructure of reaction bonded boron carbide ceramics. Compositional and structural gradation in the silicon-doped boron carbide phase (rim), which develops around the parent boron carbide region (core) due to the reaction between silicon and boron carbide, was evaluated using changes in Raman peak position and intensity. Peak shifting and intensity variation from the core to the rim region was attributed to changes in the boron carbide crystal structure based on experimental Raman observations and ab initio calculations reported in literature. The results were consistent with compositional analysis determined by energy dispersive spectroscopy. The Raman analysis revealed the substitution of silicon atoms first into the linear 3-atom chain, and then into icosahedral units of the boron carbide structure. Thus, micro-Raman spectroscopy provided a non-destructive means of identifying the preferential positions of Si atoms in the boron carbide lattice.

  1. Spectroscopic characterization of magnetic Fe3O4@Au core shell nanoparticles

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    Fouad, Dina M.; El-Said, Waleed A.; Mohamed, Mona B.

    2015-04-01

    The magnetic nanoparticles iron oxide (Fe3O4) nanoparticles and iron oxide/gold core-shell (Fe3O4/Au) nanoparticles were synthesized and their catalytic photo-degradation activity towards malathion as example of organophosphorus pesticides were reported. Iron oxide (Fe3O4) magnetic nanoparticle was successfully prepared through co-precipitation method by the reduction of ferric chloride (FeCl3) using ascorbic acid. The morphology of the prepared nanoparticles was characterized by the TEM and XRD (X-ray diffraction) techniques. Degradation of 10 ppm of malathion in the presence of these nanoparticles under UV radiation was monitored using (HPLC) and UV-visible spectra. Fe3O4/Au nanoparticles showed higher efficiency in photo-degradation of malathion than Fe3O4 ones.

  2. Structural and spectroscopic characterizations of tetra-nuclear niobium(V) complexes of quinolinol derivatives.

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    Amini, Mostafa M; Fazaeli, Yousef; Mohammadnezhad, Gholamhossein; Khavasi, Hamid Reza

    2015-06-01

    Reactions between niobium ethoxide and 8-hydroxy-2-methylquinoline or 5-chloro-8-hydroxyquinoline have been explored. Two new tetranuclear heteroleptic niobium complexes containing oxo, ethoxo, and quinolinate chelate rings have been synthesized and characterized by (1)H, (13)C and (93)Nb NMR, UV-Vis, and FT-IR spectroscopies, and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The molecular structures of the niobium complexes, [Nb4(?-O)4(?-OEt)2(ONC10H8)2(OEt)8] (I) and [Nb4(?-O)4(?-OEt)2(ONC9H5Cl)2(OEt)8] (II), are composed of a pair of edge-sharing bioctahedral moieties in which connected via two almost linear oxo-bridges, with a large difference in the NbO distances. Single-crystal structures showed both complexes are centrosymmetric and contain two distinct Nb centers, and results confirmed by observation of two niobium signals in the (93)Nb NMR spectra of complexes. PMID:25756687

  3. Spectroscopic characterization of two different microwave (2.45 GHz) induced argon plasmas at atmospheric pressure.

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    García, M C; Yubero, C; Calzada, M D; Martínez-Jiménez, M P

    2005-04-01

    A surface-wave-sustained discharge created by using a surfatron device in a tube open to the atmosphere can be used to maintain a microwave (2.45 GHz) plasma at atmospheric pressure at powers of less than 300 W. The TIA (Torche a Injection Axiale) is a device also producing a plasma that, moreover, permits us to work at high power (higher than 200 W and up to 1000 W). A study of the departure from the thermodynamic equilibrium existing in the argon plasmas created by both devices has been done by using optical emission spectroscopy techniques in order to characterize them and to evaluate their possible advantages when they are used for applied purposes. PMID:15901338

  4. Characterization of Cirrus Cloud Properties by Airborne Differential Absorption and High Spectral Resolution Lidar Measurements

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    Ehret, G.; Gross, S.; Schäfler, A.; Wirth, M.; Fix, A.; Kiemle, C.

    2014-12-01

    Despite the large impact of cirrus clouds on the Earth's climate system, their effects are still only poorly understood. Our knowledge of the climate effect of cirrus clouds is mainly based on theoretical simulations using idealized cloud structure and microphysics, as well as radiative transfer approximations. To improve the representation of cirrus clouds in idealized simulations and circulation models, we need a better understanding of the micro- and macrophysical properties of cirrus clouds. Airborne lidar measurements provide two-dimensional information of the atmospheric structure, and are thus a suitable tool to study the fine-structure of cirrus clouds, as well as their macrophysical properties. Aerosol and water vapor was measured with the airborne high spectral resolution lidar (HSRL) and differential absorption lidar (DIAL) system WALES of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Oberpfaffenhofen. The system was operated onboard the German high altitude and long range research aircraft HALO during the Next-generation remote sensing for validation studies campaign (NARVAL) in December 2013 over the tropical North-Atlantic and in January 2014 out of Iceland, and during the ML-Cirrus campaign in March/April 2014 over Central and Southern Europe. During NARVAL 18 flights with more than 110 flight hours were performed providing a large number of cirrus cloud overpasses with combined lidar and radar instrumentation. In the framework of the ML-Cirrus campaign 17 flights with more than 80 flight hours were performed to characterize cirrus cloud properties in different environmental conditions using a combination of remote sensing (e.g. lidar) and in-situ observations. In our presentation we will give a general overview of the campaigns and of the WALES measurements. We will show first results from the aerosol and water vapor lidar measurements with focus on the structure of cirrus clouds, the humidity distribution within and outside the cloud and on the impact of the stage of evolution on the cirrus cloud properties.

  5. Characterization of functionalized self-assembled monolayers and surface-attached interlocking molecules using near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy

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    Willey, Trevor Michael

    Quantitative knowledge of the fundamental structure and substrate binding, as well as the direct measurement of conformational changes, are essential to the development of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) and surface-attached interlocking molecules, catenanes and rotaxanes. These monolayers are vital to development of nano-mechanical, molecular electronic, and biological/chemical sensor applications. This dissertation investigates properties of functionalized SAMs in sulfur-gold based adsorbed molecular monolayers using quantitative spectroscopic techniques including near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (NEXAFS) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The stability of the gold-thiolate interface is addressed. A simple model SAM consisting of dodecanethiol adsorbed on Au(111) degrades significantly in less than 24 hours under ambient laboratory air. S 2p and O 1s XPS show the gold-bound thiolates oxidize to sulfinates and sulfonates. A reduction of organic material on the surface and a decrease in order are observed as the layer degrades. The effect of the carboxyl vs. carboxylate functionalization on SAM structure is investigated. Carboxyl-terminated layers consisting of long alkyl-chain thiols vs. thioctic acid with short, sterically separated, alkyl groups are compared and contrasted. NEXAFS shows a conformational change, or chemical switchability, with carboxyl groups tilted over and carboxylate endgroups more upright. Surface-attached loops and simple surface-attached rotaxanes are quantitatively characterized, and preparation conditions that lead to desired films are outlined. A dithiol is often insufficient to form a molecular species bound at each end to the substrate, while a structurally related disulfide-containing polymer yields surface-attached loops. Similarly, spectroscopic techniques show the successful production of a simple, surface-attached rotaxane that requires a "molecular riveting" step to hold the mechanically attached crown ether rings in place until disulfides in the molecules adsorb onto the gold. Finally, by introducing an aldehyde into the crown ether portion of this well-characterized surface-attached rotaxane, conformational changes are directly measured when the aldehyde is reacted with aniline. These fundamental results have implications for the creation of nanoscale functional surfaces using molecular monolayers.

  6. Cytotoxic behavior and spectroscopic characterization of metal complexes of ethylacetoacetate bis(thiosemicarbazone) ligand

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    El-Tabl, Abdou Saad; El-wahed, Moshira Mohamed Abd; Rezk, Ahmed Mahmoud Salah Mahmoud

    2014-01-01

    Reaction of Cr(III), Mn(II), Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II), Zn(II) and Cd(II) ion with 2,4-dihydrazino-thioamido-1-ethoxybutane led to the formation of mono and binuclear complexes. These complexes have been characterized by elemental analyses, IR, UV-Vis spectra, magnetic moments, molar conductances, 1H NMR and mass spectra (ligand and its Zn(II) complex), thermal analyses (DTA and TGA) and ESR measurements. The IR data suggest the involvement of sulfur and azomethane nitrogen atoms in coordination to the central metal ion .The Molar conductances of the complexes in DMF are commensurate with their non-ionic character. The ESR spectra of Cu(II) complexes show axial type symmetry (d(x2-y2)) ground state with covalent bond character. On the basis of spectral studies, octahedral or tetrahedral geometry has been assigned to the metal complexes. Complexes have been tested invitro against tumor cells and number of microorganisms in order to assess their antitumor and antimicrobial properties.

  7. Synthesis, spectroscopic and computational characterization of the tautomerism of pyrazoline derivatives from chalcones.

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    Miguel, Fábio Balbino; Dantas, Juliana Arantes; Amorim, Stefany; Andrade, Gustavo F S; Costa, Luiz Antônio Sodré; Couri, Mara Rubia Costa

    2016-01-01

    In the present study a series of novel pyrazolines derivatives has been synthesized, and their structures assigned on the basis of FT-Raman, (1)H and (13)C NMR spectral data and computational DFT calculations. A joint computational study using B3LYP/6-311G(2d,2p) density functional theory and FT-Raman investigation on the tautomerism of 3-(4-substituted-phenyl)-4,5-dihydro-5-(4-substituted-phenyl)pyrazole-1-carbothioamide and 3-(4-substituted-phenyl)-4,5-dihydro-5-(4-substituted-phenyl)pyrazole-1-carboxamide are presented. The structures were characterized as a minimum in the potential energy surface using DFT. The calculated Raman and NMR spectra were of such remarkable agreement to the experimental results that the equilibrium between tautomeric forms has been discussed in detail. Our study suggests the existence of tautomers, the carboxamide/carbothioamide group may tautomerize, in the solid state or in solution. Thermodynamic data calculated suggests that the R(CS)NH2 and R(CO)NH2 species are more stable than the R(CNH)SH and R(CNH)OH species. Additionally, results found for the (1)H NMR shifting, pointed out to which structure is present. PMID:26232575

  8. Raman, infrared and near-infrared spectroscopic characterization of the herderite-hydroxylherderite mineral series

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    Frost, Ray L.; Scholz, Ricardo; López, Andrés; Xi, Yunfei; Queiroz, Camila de Siqueira; Belotti, Fernanda M.; Filho, Mauro Cândido

    2014-01-01

    Natural single-crystal specimens of the herderite-hydroxylherderite series from Brazil, with general formula CaBePO4(F,OH), were investigated by electron microprobe, Raman, infrared and near-infrared spectroscopies. The minerals occur as secondary products in granitic pegmatites. Herderite and hydroxylherderite minerals show extensive solid solution formation. The Raman spectra of hydroxylherderite are characterized by bands at around 985 and 998 cm-1, assigned to ?1 symmetric stretching mode of the HOPO33- and PO43- units. Raman bands at around 1085, 1128 and 1138 cm-1 are attributed to both the HOP and PO antisymmetric stretching vibrations. The set of Raman bands observed at 563, 568, 577, 598, 616 and 633 cm-1 are assigned to the ?4 out of plane bending modes of the PO4 and H2PO4 units. The OH Raman stretching vibrations of hydroxylherderite were observed ranging from 3626 cm-1 to 3609 cm-1. The infrared stretching vibrations of hydroxylherderites were observed between 3606 cm-1 and 3599 cm-1. By using a Libowitzky type function, hydrogen bond distances based upon the OH stretching bands were calculated. Characteristic NIR bands at around 6961 and 7054 cm-1 were assigned to the first overtone of the fundamental, whilst NIR bands at 10,194 and 10,329 cm-1 are assigned to the second overtone of the fundamental OH stretching vibration. Insight into the structure of the herderite-hydroxylherderite series is assessed by vibrational spectroscopy.

  9. Minor groove binding of the food colorant carmoisine to DNA: spectroscopic and calorimetric characterization studies.

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    Basu, Anirban; Kumar, Gopinatha Suresh

    2014-01-01

    The interaction of the food additive carmoisine with herring testes DNA was studied by multifaceted biophysical techniques. Carmoisine exhibited hypochromic effects in absorbance, whereas in fluorescence the intensity enhanced upon complexation with DNA. Energy transfer from the DNA base pairs to carmoisine molecules occurred upon complexation. A groove binding model of interaction was envisaged for carmoisine-DNA complexation from 4',6-diamidino-2-phenylindole (DAPI) and Hoechst displacement studies. The binding of carmoisine stabilized the DNA structure against thermal denaturation. The binding induced moderate conformational perturbations in the B-form structure of DNA. The binding affinity (10(4) M(-1)) values, calculated from absorbance and fluorescence data, and calorimetry titrations were in close agreement with each other. The binding was characterized to be exothermic and favored by small negative enthalpic and large positive entropic contributions. Salt-dependent calorimetric studies revealed that the binding reaction was dominated by nonpolyelectrolytic forces. The negative heat capacity value suggested the role of hydrophobic effect in the interaction. PMID:24328331

  10. Spectroscopic characterization and molecular modeling of novel palladium(II) complexes with carbazates and hydrazides

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    Sousa, L. M.; Corbi, P. P.; Formiga, A. L. B.; Lancellotti, Marcelo; Marzano, I. M.; Pereira-Maia, E. C.; Von Poelhsitz, G.; Guerra, W.

    2015-10-01

    Palladium(II) complexes of the type trans-[Pd(L)2Cl2], where L = 4-methoxybenzylcarbazate (4-MC), benzyl carbazate (BC), 4-fluorophenoxyacetic acid hydrazide (4-FH), 3-methoxybenzoic acid hydrazide (3-MH), ethyl carbazate (EC) and tert-butyl carbazate (TC) were synthesized by the slow addition of the ligand to K2PdCl4 previously dissolved in water or ethanol. These complexes were characterized by elemental analyses, conductivity measurements, TG/DTA, FT-IR, mass spectrometric and NMR spectroscopy (solution and solid-state). All coordination compounds exhibit a square planar coordination geometry in which the palladium(II) ion coordinates to two nitrogen atoms and two chlorine atoms. The structures of the palladium(II) complexes were optimized and theoretical data show that the trans isomer is more stable, in accordance with the experimental data. Preliminary in vitro tests of some these new palladium complexes in a chronic myelogenous leukemia cell line (k562 cells) are also reported.

  11. New copper(II) complexes with dopamine hydrochloride and vanillymandelic acid: Spectroscopic and thermal characterization

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    Mohamed, Gehad G.; Nour El-Dien, F. A.; El-Nahas, R. G.

    2011-10-01

    The dopamine derivatives participate in the regulation of wide variety of physiological functions in the human body and in medication life. Increase and/or decrease in the concentration of dopamine in human body reflect an indication for diseases such as Schizophrenia and/or Parkinson diseases. The Cu(II) chelates with coupled products of dopamine hydrochloride (DO.HCl) and vanillymandelic acid (VMA) with 4-aminoantipyrine (4-AAP) are prepared and characterized. Different physico-chemical techniques namely IR, magnetic and UV-vis spectra are used to investigate the structure of these chelates. Cu(II) forms 1:1 (Cu:DO) and 1:2 (Cu:VMA) chelates. DO behave as a uninegative tridentate ligand in binding to the Cu(II) ion while VMA behaves as a uninegative bidentate ligand. IR spectra show that the DO is coordinated to the Cu(II) ion in a tridentate manner with ONO donor sites of the phenolic- OH, -NH and carbonyl- O, while VMA is coordinated with OO donor sites of the phenolic- OH and -NH. Magnetic moment measurements reveal the presence of Cu(II) chelates in octahedral and square planar geometries with DO and VMA, respectively. The thermal decomposition of Cu(II) complexes is studied using thermogravimetric (TG) and differential thermal analysis (DTA) techniques. The activation thermodynamic parameters, such as, energy of activation, enthalpy, entropy and free energy change of the complexes are evaluated and the relative thermal stability of the complexes are discussed.

  12. Synthesis, spectroscopic and computational characterization of the tautomerism of pyrazoline derivatives from chalcones

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    Miguel, Fábio Balbino; Dantas, Juliana Arantes; Amorim, Stefany; Andrade, Gustavo F. S.; Costa, Luiz Antônio Sodré; Couri, Mara Rubia Costa

    2016-01-01

    In the present study a series of novel pyrazolines derivatives has been synthesized, and their structures assigned on the basis of FT-Raman, 1H and 13C NMR spectral data and computational DFT calculations. A joint computational study using B3LYP/6-311G(2d,2p) density functional theory and FT-Raman investigation on the tautomerism of 3-(4-substituted-phenyl)-4,5-dihydro-5-(4-substituted-phenyl)pyrazole-1-carbothioamide and 3-(4-substituted-phenyl)-4,5-dihydro-5-(4-substituted-phenyl)pyrazole-1-carboxamide are presented. The structures were characterized as a minimum in the potential energy surface using DFT. The calculated Raman and NMR spectra were of such remarkable agreement to the experimental results that the equilibrium between tautomeric forms has been discussed in detail. Our study suggests the existence of tautomers, the carboxamide/carbothioamide group may tautomerize, in the solid state or in solution. Thermodynamic data calculated suggests that the R(Cdbnd S)NH2 and R(Cdbnd O)NH2 species are more stable than the R(Cdbnd NH)SH and R(Cdbnd NH)OH species. Additionally, results found for the 1H NMR shifting, pointed out to which structure is present.

  13. Structural and spectroscopic characterization of ettringite mineral -combined DFT and experimental study

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    Scholtzová, Eva; Kucková, Lenka; Kožíšek, Jozef; Tunega, Daniel

    2015-11-01

    The structure of the ettringite mineral was studied by means of FTIR spectroscopy and single crystal X-ray diffraction method. The experimental study was combined with the first principle calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) method. Predicted structural parameters (unit cell vectors and positions of heavy atoms) are in a very good agreement with the experimental data. Moreover, calculations also enabled to refine the positions of the hydrogen atoms not determined precisely by the single crystal X-ray measurement. The detailed analysis of the hydrogen bonds in the ettringite structure was performed and several groups of the hydrogen bonds were classified. It was found that the water molecules from the coordination sphere of Ca2+ cations act as proton donors in moderate O-H···O hydrogen bonds with SO 32- anions. Further, multiple O-H···O hydrogen bonds were identified among water molecules themselves. In addition, also hydroxyl groups from the [Al(OH)6]3- octahedral units are involved in the weak O-H···O hydrogen bonding with the water molecules. The calculated vibrational spectrum showed all typical features observed in the experimental FTIR spectrum. Moreover, performing the analysis of the calculated spectrum, all vibrational modes were distinguished and assigned. Such a complete analysis of the measured IR and/or Raman spectra is not fully possible, specifically for the region below 1500 cm-1, which is characterized by a complex curve with many overlapped bands. A comparison of the vibrational spectra of ettringite and thaumasite (mineral structurally similar to ettringite) revealed the origin of the most important differences between them.

  14. Synthesis, structure, and spectroscopic characterization of three uranyl phosphates with unique structural units

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    Wylie, Ernest M.; Dawes, Colleen M.; Burns, Peter C.

    2012-12-01

    Single crystals of Zn4(OH)2[(UO2)(PO4)2(OH)2(H2O)] (UZnP), Cs[(UO2)(HPO4)NO3] (UCsP), and In3[(UO2)2(PO4)4OH(H2O)6].2H2O (UInP) were obtained from hydrothermal reactions and have been structurally and chemically characterized. UZnP crystallizes in space group Pbcn, a=8.8817(7), b=6.6109(5), c=19.569(1) Å; UCsP crystallizes in P-1, a=7.015(2), b=7.441(1), c=9.393(2) Å, ?=72.974(2), ?=74.261(2), ?=79.498(2); and UInP crystallizes in P-1, a=7.9856(5), b=9.159(1), c=9.2398(6) Å ?=101.289(1), ?=114.642(1), ?=99.203(2). The U6+ cations are present as (UO2)2+ uranyl ions coordinated by five O atoms to give pentagonal bipyramids. The structural unit in UZnP is a finite cluster containing a uranyl pentagonal bipyramid that shares corners with two phosphate tetrahedra. The structural unit in UCsP is composed of uranyl pentagonal bipyramids with one chelating nitrate group that are linked into chains by three bridging hydrogen phosphate tetrahedra. In UInP, the structural unit contains pairs of edge-sharing uranyl pentagonal bipyramids with two chelating phosphate tetrahedra that are linked into chains through two bridging phosphate tetrahedra. Indium octahedra link these uranyl phosphate chains into a 3-dimensional framework. All three compounds exhibit unique structural units that deviate from the typical layered structures observed in uranyl phosphate solid-state chemistry.

  15. Raman, infrared and near-infrared spectroscopic characterization of the herderite-hydroxylherderite mineral series.

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    Frost, Ray L; Scholz, Ricardo; López, Andrés; Xi, Yunfei; Queiroz, Camila de Siqueira; Belotti, Fernanda M; Cândido Filho, Mauro

    2014-01-24

    Natural single-crystal specimens of the herderite-hydroxylherderite series from Brazil, with general formula CaBePO4(F,OH), were investigated by electron microprobe, Raman, infrared and near-infrared spectroscopies. The minerals occur as secondary products in granitic pegmatites. Herderite and hydroxylherderite minerals show extensive solid solution formation. The Raman spectra of hydroxylherderite are characterized by bands at around 985 and 998 cm(-1), assigned to ?1 symmetric stretching mode of the HOPO3(3-) and PO4(3-) units. Raman bands at around 1085, 1128 and 1138 cm(-1) are attributed to both the HOP and PO antisymmetric stretching vibrations. The set of Raman bands observed at 563, 568, 577, 598, 616 and 633 cm(-1) are assigned to the ?4 out of plane bending modes of the PO4 and H2PO4 units. The OH Raman stretching vibrations of hydroxylherderite were observed ranging from 3626 cm(-1) to 3609 cm(-1). The infrared stretching vibrations of hydroxylherderites were observed between 3606 cm(-1) and 3599 cm(-1). By using a Libowitzky type function, hydrogen bond distances based upon the OH stretching bands were calculated. Characteristic NIR bands at around 6961 and 7054 cm(-1) were assigned to the first overtone of the fundamental, whilst NIR bands at 10,194 and 10,329 cm(-1) are assigned to the second overtone of the fundamental OH stretching vibration. Insight into the structure of the herderite-hydroxylherderite series is assessed by vibrational spectroscopy. PMID:24076459

  16. A New, Longitudinally Resolved, Spectroscopic Characterization of Quaoar’s Surface

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    Dalle Ore, Cristina M.; Barucci, Maria A.; Perna, Davide; Doressoundiram, Alain; Alvarez-Candal, Alvaro; Nitschelm, Christian; Cruikshank, Dale P.

    2014-11-01

    (50000) Quaoar, one of the largest Trans-neptunian objects, is comparable in size to Pluto’s moon Charon. However, while Charon’s surface is rich almost exclusively in H2O ice, Quaoar‘s surface is characterized by ices of CH4, N2, as well as C2H6, a product of irradiation of CH4 (Dalle Ore et al. 2009). Because of its distance from the Sun, Quaoar is expected to have preserved, to a degree, its original composition, however, its relatively small size did not make it a prime candidate for presence of volatile ices in the study by Schaller and Brown (2007). Furthermore, based on the Brown et al. (2011) study its red coloration points to CH3OH as the ice which, when irradiated, might have produced the red material. We present new visible to near-infrared (0.3-2.48?m) spectro-photometric data obtained with the XSHOOTER (Vernet et al. 2011) instrument at the VLT-ESO facility at four different longitudes on the surface of Quaoar. The data are complemented by previously published photometric observations obtained in the near-infrared (3.6, 4.5?m) with the Spitzer Space Telescope, which provide an extra set of constraints in the model calculation process in spite of the different observing times that preclude establishing the spatial consistency between the two sets.For each of the four spectra we perform spectral modeling of the entire wavelength range -from 0.3 to 4.5?m- by means of a code based on the Shkuratov radiative transfer formulation of the slab model. We obtain spatially resolved compositional information for the surface of Quaoar supporting the presence of CH4 and C2H6, as previously reported, along with evidence for N2 and NH3OH. The albedo at the two Spitzer bands indicates the likely presence of CO and CO2. CH3OH, predicted on the basis of Quaoar’s coloration (Brown et al. 2011), is not found at any of the four longitudes, implying that the presence of this ice is a sufficient, but not necessary condition for reddening of TNO surfaces. Other ices, in particular CH4 (Brunetto et al. 2006), have been shown to be plausible precursors for reddening of TNO surfaces.

  17. Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization and antimicrobial activity of binuclear metal complexes of a new asymmetrical Schiff base ligand: DNA binding affinity of copper(II) complexes

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    Shebl, Magdy

    2014-01-01

    The 1:1 condensation of o-acetoacetylphenol and 1,2-diaminopropane under condition of high dilution gives the mono-condensed Schiff base, (E)-3-(1-aminopropan-2-ylimino)-1-(2-hydroxyphenyl)butan-1-one. The mono-condensed Schiff base has been used for further condensation with isatin to obtain the new asymmetrical dicompartmental Schiff base ligand, (E)-3-(2-((E)-4-(2-hydroxyphenyl)-4-oxobutan-2-ylideneamino) propylimino)indolin-2-one (H3L) with a N2O3 donor set. Reactions of the ligand with metal salts give a series of new binuclear complexes. The ligand and its metal complexes were characterized by elemental analyses, IR, 1H and 13C NMR, electronic, ESR and mass spectra, conductivity and magnetic susceptibility measurements as well as thermal analyses. The analytical and spectroscopic tools showed that the complexes can be formulated as: [(HL)(VO)2(SO4)(H2O)]·4H2O, [(HL)Fe2Cl4(H2O)3]·EtOH, [(HL)Fe2(ox)Cl2(H2O)3]·2H2O, [(L)M2(OAc)(H2O)m]·nH2O; M = Co, Ni or Cu, m = 4, 0 and n = 2, 3, [(HL)Cu2Cl]Cl·6H2O and [(L)(UO2)2(OAc)(H2O)3]·6H2O. The metal complexes exhibited octahedral geometrical arrangements except copper complexes that exhibited tetrahedral geometries and uranyl complex in which the metal ion is octa-coordinated. The Schiff base and its metal complexes were evaluated for antimicrobial activity against Gram positive bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus), Gram negative bacteria (Escherichia coli) and fungi (Candida albicans and Aspergillus flavus). The ligand and some of its complexes were found to be biologically active. The DNA-binding properties of the copper complexes (6 and 7) have been investigated by electronic absorption, fluorescence and viscosity measurements. The results obtained indicate that these complexes bind to DNA via an intercalation binding mode with an intrinsic binding constant, Kb of 1.34 × 104 and 2.5 × 104 M-1, respectively.

  18. Characterization of shear-thickening fluid-filled foam systems for use in energy absorption devices

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    Ramirez, Jose G. (Jose Guadalupe), 1980-

    2004-01-01

    The absorption of energy during impacts is ubiquitous in society. From our car seats to body armor, the ability to divert or dissipate unwanted energy is an aspect that has many engineering challenges. One approach to this ...

  19. Thermophysics Characterization of Multiply Ionized Air Plasma Absorption of Laser Radiation

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    Wang, Ten-See; Rhodes, Robert; Turner, Jim (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    The impact of multiple ionization of air plasma on the inverse Bremsstrahlung absorption of laser radiation is investigated for air breathing laser propulsion. Thermochemical properties of multiply ionized air plasma species are computed for temperatures up to 200,000 deg K, using hydrogenic approximation of the electronic partition function; And those for neutral air molecules are also updated for temperatures up to 50,000 deg K, using available literature data. Three formulas for absorption are calculated and a general formula is recommended for multiple ionization absorption calculation. The plasma composition required for absorption calculation is obtained by increasing the degree of ionization sequentially, up to quadruple ionization, with a series of thermal equilibrium computations. The calculated second ionization absorption coefficient agrees reasonably well with that of available data. The importance of multiple ionization modeling is demonstrated with the finding that area under the quadruple ionization curve of absorption is found to be twice that of single ionization. The effort of this work is beneficial to the computational plasma aerodynamics modeling of laser lightcraft performance.

  20. Characterization and Processing of Organic Nonlinear Optical Materials using Ellipsometric, Waveguiding, and Absorption Spectroscopy Techniques

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    Olbricht, Benjamin C.

    The first focus of this work is to describe methods for characterizing organic electro-optic materials. Teng-Man Ellipsometry and Attenuated Total Internal Reflection are reviewed. Experimental techniques for these instruments are described and the calculation of an electro-optic activity is derived. The two techniques are compared; it has been found that in Situ Teng-Man ellipsometry is useful to determine poling conditions but not for reliably evaluating electro-optic activity. Attenuated Total Internal Reflection is found to provide very reliable and precise measurements of electro-optic activity and linear optical constants. As a reference, many materials systems have been evaluated and their electro-optic activities are recorded herein. Methods for fabricating devices for test by Teng-Man ellipsometry and Attenuated Total Internal Reflection are presented. A process for inducing Pockel's response via contact-geometry electric field poling is also described, along with modifications to the simple slab dielectric device to enhance the efficacy of poling. An additional method for enhancing the efficiency of poling is presented. This technique relies on the photoisomerization of azobenzene dyes under 532nm radiation to reduce the dimensionality accessible to chromophores doped into the azobenzene matrix. This effect is known as "Laser Assisted Poling" and is shown to increase poling efficiency by more than two fold. The second purpose of this work is to present an experimental technique to measure the order parameter = 3cos 2q -12 . This method is known as Variable-Angle Polarization-Referenced Absorption Spectroscopy (VAPRAS). The experimental apparatus used for VAPRAS introduces small alterations to a UV/Vis Spectrophotometer and an order parameter is derived by exclusively using classical models for transmittance. VAPRAS provides an effective refractive index for the electro-optic material film which is used to calculate the order of absorbers in the film. The results of the VAPRAS method are compared with rigorous (Jones Matrix) simulations of absorbance and Monte Carlo simulations of poling. Both comparisons conclude that the order is low, ? 0.05, and their agreement with theory is within experimental error. Theoretical simulations of poling are employed to relate the results of VAPRAS to a noncentrosymmetric order parameter . Finally, a solid-state first molecular hyperpolarizability is calculated from these values, measurements of electro-optic activity, linear optical constants and other secondary properties of the electro-optic material.

  1. De novo design and spectroscopic characterization of Cu(II)-binding peptides based upon the blue copper protein plastocyanin 

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    Daugherty, Roxanne Gail

    2002-01-01

    Blue copper proteins have long held the interest of inorganic chemists, partially because of the interesting spectroscopic properties of the proteins and partially because of the difficulty in synthesizing an inorganic model complex that mimics...

  2. Fourier transform infrared and Raman spectroscopic characterization of homogeneous solution concentration gradients near a container wall at different temperatures

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    Loo, B. H.; Burns, D. H.; Lee, Y. G. L.; Emerson, M. T.

    1991-01-01

    Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopic techniques were used to study the solution concentration gradient in succino nitrile-rich and water-rich homogeneous solutions. The spectroscopic data shows significant concentration dependency. Although FTIR-attenuated total reflectance could not yield surface spectra since the evanescent infrared wave penetrated deep into the bulk solution, it showed that water-rich clusters were decreased at higher temperatures. This result is consistent with the calorimetric results reported earlier.

  3. Identification and Characterization of Visible Absorption Components in Aqueous Methylglyoxal-Ammonium Sulfate Mixtures

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    McGivern, W. S.; Allison, T. C.; Radney, J. G.; Zangmeister, C. D.

    2014-12-01

    The aqueous reaction of methylglyoxal (MG) with ammonium sulfate has been suggested as a source of atmospheric ``brown carbon.'' We have utilized high-performance liquid chromatography coupled to ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy and tandem mass spectrometry to study the products of this reaction at high concentrations. The overall product spectrum shows a large number of distinct components; however, the visible absorption from this mixture is derived a very small number of components. The largest contributor is an imine-substituted (C=N-H) product of aldol condensation/facile dehydration reaction between the parent MG and a hydrated product of the MG + ammonia reaction. The asymmetric nature of this compound relative to the aldol condensation of two MG results in a sufficiently large redshift of the UV absorption spectrum that absorption of visible radiation can occur in the long-wavelength tail. The simplicity of the imine products is a result of a strong bias toward ketimine products due to the extensive hydration of the aldehydic moiety in the parent in aqueous solution. In addition, a strong pH dependence of the absorption cross section was observed with significantly greater absorption under more basic conditions. We have performed time-dependent density functional theory calculations to evaluate the absorption spectra of all of the possible condensation products and their respective ions, and the results are consistent with the experimental observations. We have also observed smaller concentrations of other condensation products of the imine-substituted parent species that do not contribute significantly to the visible absorption but have not been previously discussed.

  4. Synthesis, characterization and microwave absorption properties of dendrite-like Fe3O4 embedded within amorphous sugar carbon matrix

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    Wu, Hao; Wang, Liuding; Wu, Hongjing

    2014-01-01

    Magnetite dendrites/sugar carbon (MDs/SC) nanocomposites, embedding MDs within amorphous SC matrix, were prepared by simple carbonization-reduction method using ?-Fe2O3 dendrites (HDs) as precursor of MDs and sucrose as SC source, while still maintain the dendritic shape of the precursor. The morphology, composition, structure and static magnetic properties of the as-prepared MDs/SC nanocomposites were characterized by various techniques thoroughly. Particularly, the electromagnetic and microwave absorption properties of the MDs/SC and MDs paraffin composites (40 wt.%) were compared over 2-14 GHz. The results show that the microwave absorption performance of MDs/SC samples is comparable or even superior to that of MDs case. The absorption band with reflection loss (RL) below -20 dB for one of the MDs/SC samples can cover the whole X-band (8-12 GHz) with thickness of 1.8-2.4 mm when the content of MDs in the MDs/SC nanocomposite is 25.8 wt.%, and the minimum RL can reach -49.9 dB at 12.1 GHz when the layer thickness is only 1.9 mm. The excellent microwave absorption properties of the MDs/SC paraffin composites are attributed to the proper match between the complex permittivity and permeability, and the unique fractal structures of MDs.

  5. ACCURATE SPECTROSCOPIC CHARACTERIZATION OF OXIRANE: A VALUABLE ROUTE TO ITS IDENTIFICATION IN TITAN’S ATMOSPHERE AND THE ASSIGNMENT OF UNIDENTIFIED INFRARED BANDS

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    Puzzarini, Cristina; Biczysko, Malgorzata; Bloino, Julien; Barone, Vincenzo

    2015-01-01

    In an effort to provide an accurate spectroscopic characterization of oxirane, state-of-the-art computational methods and approaches have been employed to determine highly accurate fundamental vibrational frequencies and rotational parameters. Available experimental data were used to assess the reliability of our computations, and an accuracy on average of 10 cm?1 for fundamental transitions as well as overtones and combination bands has been pointed out. Moving to rotational spectroscopy, relative discrepancies of 0.1%, 2%–3%, and 3%–4% were observed for rotational, quartic, and sextic centrifugal-distortion constants, respectively. We are therefore confident that the highly accurate spectroscopic data provided herein can be useful for identification of oxirane in Titan’s atmosphere and the assignment of unidentified infrared bands. Since oxirane was already observed in the interstellar medium and some astronomical objects are characterized by very high D/H ratios, we also considered the accurate determination of the spectroscopic parameters for the mono-deuterated species, oxirane-d1. For the latter, an empirical scaling procedure allowed us to improve our computed data and to provide predictions for rotational transitions with a relative accuracy of about 0.02% (i.e., an uncertainty of about 40 MHz for a transition lying at 200 GHz). PMID:26543240

  6. Free electron concentration dependent sub-bandgap optical absorption characterization of bulk GaN crystals

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    Pimputkar, S.; Suihkonen, S.; Imade, M.; Mori, Y.; Speck, J. S.; Nakamura, S.

    2015-12-01

    Optical transmission measurements were performed on high quality bulk gallium nitride (GaN) crystals grown by sodium flux, hydride vapor phase epitaxy, and the ammonothermal method with varying free electron concentrations ranging from 4×1016 cm-3 to 9×1018 cm-3. The quality of the crystals was analyzed by x-ray diffraction, threading dislocation density determination, impurity concentrations, and Hall mobility measurements. The sub-bandgap absorption coefficient and index of refraction was determined based on illumination wavelengths ranging from 360 nm to 800 nm. Phonon-assisted free carrier absorption was determined to be the dominant absorption mechanism above approximately 0.1 cm-1. The absorption coefficient at 450 nm varied linearly from 0.1 cm-1 to 5 cm-1 for free electron concentrations ranging from 1×1017 cm-3 to 9×1018 cm-3. The ammonothermal GaN samples exhibited a strong defect related onset of absorption above 2.9 eV which can be explained by the presence of appreciable hydrogenated gallium vacancies having defect states close to the valance band within the electric bandgap of GaN. The presence of hydrogenated gallium vacancies was experimentally confirmed by Fourier transform infrared absorbance measurements and double hydrogenated gallium vacancy defect are speculated to be prominent in ammonothermal GaN.

  7. Ultra-violet and visible absorption characterization of explosives by differential reflectometry

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    Dubroca, Thierry; Moyant, Kyle; Hummel, Rolf E.

    2013-03-01

    This study presents some optical properties of TNT (2,4,6-trinitrotoluene), RDX, HMX and tetryl, specifically their absorption spectra as a function of concentration in various solvents in the ultraviolet and visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. We utilize a standoff explosives detection method, called differential reflectometry (DR). TNT was diluted in six different solvents (acetone, acetonitrile, ethanol, ethyl acetate, methanol, and toluene), which allowed for a direct comparison of absorption features over a wide range of concentrations. A line-shape analysis was adopted with great accuracy (R2 > 0.99) to model the absorption features of TNT in differential reflectivity spectra. We observed a blue shift in the pertinent absorption band with decreasing TNT concentration for all solvents. Moreover, using this technique, it was found that for all utilized solvents the concentration of TNT as well as of RDX, HMX, and tetryl, measured as a function of the transition wavelength of the ultra-violet absorption edge in differential reflectivity spectra shows three distinct regions. A model is presented to explain this behavior which is based on intermolecular hydrogen bonding of explosives molecules with themselves (or lack thereof) at different concentrations. Other intermolecular forces such as dipole-dipole interactions, London dispersion forces and ?-stacking contribute to slight variations in the resulting spectra, which were determined to be rather insignificant in comparison to hydrogen bonding. The results are aimed towards a better understanding of the DR spectra of explosives energetic materials.

  8. Isolation, characterization, spectroscopic properties and quantum chemical computations of an important phytoalexin resveratrol as antioxidant component from Vitis labrusca L. and their chemical compositions

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    Güder, Aytaç; Korkmaz, Halil; Gökce, Halil; Alpaslan, Yelda Bingöl; Alpaslan, Gökhan

    2014-12-01

    In this study, isolation and characterization of trans-resveratrol (RES) as an antioxidant compound were carried out from VLE, VLG and VLS. Furthermore, antioxidant activities were evaluated by using six different methods. Finally, total phenolic, flavonoid, ascorbic acid, anthocyanin, lycopene, ?-carotene and vitamin E contents were carried out. In addition, the FT-IR, 13C and 1H NMR chemical shifts and UV-vis. spectra of trans-resveratrol were experimentally recorded. Quantum chemical computations such as the molecular geometry, vibrational frequencies, UV-vis. spectroscopic parameters, HOMOs-LUMOs energies, molecular electrostatic potential (MEP), natural bond orbitals (NBO) and nonlinear optics (NLO) properties of title molecule have been calculated by using DFT/B3PW91 method with 6-311++G(d,p) basis set in ground state for the first time. The obtained results show that the calculated spectroscopic data are in a good agreement with experimental data.

  9. Isolation, characterization, spectroscopic properties and quantum chemical computations of an important phytoalexin resveratrol as antioxidant component from Vitis labrusca L. and their chemical compositions.

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    Güder, Aytaç; Korkmaz, Halil; Gökce, Halil; Alpaslan, Yelda Bingöl; Alpaslan, Gökhan

    2014-12-10

    In this study, isolation and characterization of trans-resveratrol (RES) as an antioxidant compound were carried out from VLE, VLG and VLS. Furthermore, antioxidant activities were evaluated by using six different methods. Finally, total phenolic, flavonoid, ascorbic acid, anthocyanin, lycopene, ?-carotene and vitamin E contents were carried out. In addition, the FT-IR, (13)C and (1)H NMR chemical shifts and UV-vis. spectra of trans-resveratrol were experimentally recorded. Quantum chemical computations such as the molecular geometry, vibrational frequencies, UV-vis. spectroscopic parameters, HOMOs-LUMOs energies, molecular electrostatic potential (MEP), natural bond orbitals (NBO) and nonlinear optics (NLO) properties of title molecule have been calculated by using DFT/B3PW91 method with 6-311++G(d,p) basis set in ground state for the first time. The obtained results show that the calculated spectroscopic data are in a good agreement with experimental data. PMID:24967544

  10. Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization and DFT calculations of N-Methyl-2-(2?-hydroxyphenyl)benzimidazole derivatives

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    Saral, Hasan; Özdamar, Özgür; Uçar, ?brahim; Bekdemir, Yunus; Aygün, Muhittin

    2016-01-01

    1-Methyl-2-(2?-hydroxyphenyl)benzimidazole (1) and 1-Methyl-2-(2?-hydroxy-4?-methylphenyl)benzimidazole (2) compounds have been synthesized and characterized by XRD, IE-MS, FT-IR, UV-Vis and 1H, 13C NMR techniques. The crystal structure of both compounds is stabilized with very strong O-H … N hydrogen-bond and ?-? interactions. In the compound 1, an infinite chain structure with a trans-zigzag type was formed along the crystallographic [101] direction. Quantum mechanical calculations of energies, geometries, vibrational wavenumbers, NMR and electronic transitions were carried out by DFT using B3LYP functional combined with 6.31G(d,p) basis set. Calculated bond lengths, bond angles and dihedral angles were only slightly different from the experimental ones. The vibrational study was interpreted by means of potential energy distribution (PED). The electronic absorption spectra of the both compounds were predicted by using the time-dependent DFT methods and good agreement was found between the computational and the experimental values. The chemical shifts (1H and 13C NMR) and isotropic shielding values were calculated by using the gauge-invariant atomic orbital (GIAO) method. The analyses of HOMO and LUMO have been used to explain the charge transfer within the molecule.

  11. Synthesis, characterization and femtosecond nonlinear saturable absorption behavior of copper phthalocyanine nanocrystals doped-PMMA polymer thin films

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    Zongo, S.; Dhlamini, M. S.; Neethling, P. H.; Yao, A.; Maaza, M.; Sahraoui, B.

    2015-12-01

    In this work, we report the femtosecond nonlinear saturable absorption response of synthesized copper phthalocyanine nanocrystals (CPc-NCs)-doped PMMA polymer thin films. The samples were initially characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), UV-Vis and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) techniques. The crystalline phase and morphological analysis revealed nanocrystals of monoclinic structure with an average crystallite size between 31.38 nm and 42.5 nm. The femtosecond Z-scan study at 800 nm central wavelength indicated a saturable absorption behavior of which the mechanism is closely related to the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of the particles. This nonlinear effect could potentially make the CPc-NCs useful in nonlinear optical devices.

  12. Description of the Role of Shot Noise in Spectroscopic Absorption and Emission Measurements with Photodiode and Photomultiplier Tube Detectors: Information for an Instrumental Analysis Course

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    McClain, Robert L.; Wright, John C.

    2014-01-01

    A description of shot noise and the role it plays in absorption and emission measurements using photodiode and photomultiplier tube detection systems is presented. This description includes derivations of useful forms of the shot noise equation based on Poisson counting statistics. This approach can deepen student understanding of a fundamental…

  13. Use of L-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy to characterize multiple valence states of 3 d transition metals; a new probe for mineralogical and geochemical research

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    Cressey, G.; Henderson, C. M. B.; van der Laan, G.

    1993-07-01

    2 p ( L 2,3) X-ray absorption spectra are presented for a range of minerals to demonstrate the usefulness of L-edge spectroscopy as a symmetry- and valenceselective probe. 2 p XAS provides a sensitive fingerprint of the electronic states of 3 d transition metals and can be applied to phases containing mixtures of such elements. Calculated spectra for 3 d n ? 2 p 5 3 d n+1 transitions provide a basis for the interpretation of the measured spectra. Thus, in principle, multiple valence states of a particular 3 d metal can be precisely characterized from a single L-edge spectrum. Examples of vanadium L-edge spectra are presented for a range of minerals; these complex spectra hold information concerning the presence of vanadium in multiple valence states. The Cu L-edge spectrum of sulvanite (Cu3 VS4) indicates the presence of both Cu+ and Cu2+; the V L-edge spectrum of the same sample shows that both V2+ and V5+ are present. Spectral simulations representing mixtures of Fe d 5 and Fe d 6 states are used to quantify Fe3+/ ?Fe in a spinel, a glass, and an amphibole, all of which contain Fe as a major component. To illustrate the sensitivity of 2 p XAS in a dilute system, the Fe L-edge spectrum of amethyst ( ?-SiO2: Fe) has been recorded; this spectrum shows that ˜68% of the Fe in amethyst is Fe2+, and ˜32% is Fe3+. Although previous studies on amethyst using other spectroscopic methods cite evidence for Fe4+, there is no indication in the L-edge spectrum for Fe4+ in amethyst. Comparison of theoretical and experimental spectra not only allows the valence states of 3 d ions to be recognised, but also provides site-symmetry information and crystal field parameters for each ion site.

  14. Effect of characterization of porous metal fiber media on sound absorption coefficient

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    Wang, J. Z.; Ao, Q. B.; Tang, H. P.; Bao, T. F.

    2015-03-01

    Porous metal fiber media (PMFM) is a kind of advanced structural and functional material, and it has attracted a wide spread attention owing to excellent sound absorption performance. The sound absorption property of PMFM is mainly influenced by the fiber diameter, the average pore size and thickness of PMFM. In the paper, three stainless steel fibers with the diameters (?) of 8, 12 and 20 ?m were used to make PMFM with the average pore sizes of 10, 20, 30 and 40 ?m and the thicknesses of 1, 2 and 3 mm by air-laid and sintering processes. The sound absorption coefficients of PMFM were tested in impedance tube using two-microphone transfer-function method according to ISO 10534-2 and ASTM E1050-98 international standards at room temperature. The results show that when the frequency ranges from 50 Hz to 6,400 Hz in material with the average pore size of 20 ?m and the thickness of 3 mm and the fiber diameter of ?8 ?m, the average sound absorption coefficient is the highest.

  15. Spectroscopic and thermodynamic characterization of the E151D and E151A altered leucine aminopeptidases from Aeromonas proteolytica.

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    Bzymek, Krzysztof P; Swierczek, Sabina I; Bennett, Brian; Holz, Richard C

    2005-11-14

    Previous kinetic characterization of the glutamate 151 (E151)-substituted forms of the leucine aminopeptidase from Aeromonas proteolytica (Vibrio proteolyticus; AAP) has provided critical evidence that this residue functions as the general acid/base. The close proximity of similar glutamate residues to the bridging water/hydroxide of the dinuclear active sites of metalloenzymes (2.80 and 3.94 angstroms in carboxypeptidase G2 and 3.30 and 3.63 angstroms in AAP), suggests it may also be involved in stabilizing the active-site metal ions. Therefore, the structural perturbations of the dinuclear active site of AAP were examined for two E151-substituted forms, namely E151D-AAP and E151A-AAP, by UV-vis and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. UV-vis spectroscopy of Co(II)-substituted E151A-AAP did not reveal any significant changes in the electronic absorption spectra. However UV-vis spectra of mono- and dicobalt(II) E151D-AAP exhibited a lower molecular absorptivity compared to AAP (23 and 43 M(-1) cm(-1) vs. 56 and 109 M(-1) cm(-1) for E151D-AAP and AAP, respectively) suggesting both Co(II) ions reside in distorted octahedral coordination geometry in E151D-AAP. EPR spectra of [Co_(E151D-AAP)], [ZnCo(E151D-AAP)], and [(CoCo(E151D-AAP)] were identical, with g(perpendicular) = 2.35, g(parallel) = 2.19, and E/D = 0.19, similar to [CoCo(AAP)]. On the other hand, the EPR spectrum of [Co_(E151A-AAP)] was best simulated assuming the presence of two species with (i) g(x,y) = 2.509, g(z) = 2.19, E/D = 0.19, A = 0.0069 cm(-1) and (ii) g(x,y) = 2.565, g(z) = 2.19, E/D = 0.20, A = 0.0082 cm(-1) indicative of a five- or six-coordinate species. Isothermal titration calorimetry experiments revealed a large decrease in Zn(II) affinities, with K(d) values elevated by factors of approximately 850 and approximately 24,000 for the first metal binding events of E151D- and E151A-AAP, respectively. The combination of these data indicates that E151 serves to stabilize the dinuclear active site of AAP. PMID:16270998

  16. VizieR Online Data Catalog: Absorption in multiphase circumgalactic medium (Liang+, 2014)

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    Liang, C. J.; Chen, H.-W.

    2015-05-01

    We have assembled a large sample (ngal~300) of spectroscop identified galaxies that occur at small projected distances <~500kpc from the sightline of a background UV bright QSO. This galaxy sample is ideal for characterizing extended gaseous haloes around galaxies based on the absorption features imprinted in the spectra of the background QSOs. (3 data files).

  17. Spectroscopic characterization of the coordination chemistry and hydrolysis of gallium(III) in the presence of aquatic organic matter

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    Hagvall, Kristoffer; Persson, Per; Karlsson, Torbjörn

    2014-12-01

    Interactions between metals and natural organic matter (NOM) are of great environmental importance and one of the key factors influencing hydrolysis, solubility, and speciation of the metals. However, studying geochemically relevant metals like Al, Fe, and Cu is sometimes associated with analytical problems; for example Fe and Cu are both redox active. Gallium (Ga) is a non-redox active metal that usually occurs at very low concentrations in environmental samples and therefore a wide concentration range of metal(III)-NOM species can be explored by adding Ga(III) to such samples. This makes Ga(III) a good probe and analogue for other metal ions, in particular Al. In addition, due to the increased usage of Ga in society, a better understanding of how Ga interacts with NOM is of importance but such studies are scarce. In this work, Ga(III) interactions with two different organic materials (Suwannee River natural organic matter and Suwannee River fulvic acid) were studied using infrared (IR) and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy in a large experimental range (101-84,076 ?g Ga g-1 dry weight; pH 3-8). Our IR spectroscopic results showed that Ga(III) is bonded mainly to carboxylic functional groups and suggested that only a fraction of the total number of carboxylic sites in the samples was actively involved in the bonding. Modeling of the EXAFS data revealed that Ga(III) formed mononuclear chelate complexes with NOM that strongly suppressed the hydrolysis and polymerization of Ga(III). At low Ga(III) concentrations (1675-16,649 ?g g-1) organic complexes, consisting of 1-3 chelate ring structures, were the dominating species in the entire pH range while at higher concentrations (67,673-84,076 ?g g-1, pH 3.0-7.0) we detected mixtures of mononuclear organic Ga(III) complexes, Ga(III) (hydr)oxide, and free Ga(III) (here defined as the hydrated Ga(III) ion and its soluble hydrolysis products). Moreover, the EXAFS results showed significantly higher contribution from second-shell C atoms (9-11) for the Ga(III)-organic complexes at the lowest concentration (101-125 ?g g-1, pH 4.9-5.1), indicating formation of cage-like structures similar to Ga(III)-EDTA. Our combined results showed that Ga(III)-NOM interactions can be of importance for the solubility and speciation of Ga in environmental systems. Furthermore, the similarities between Ga(III) and previous Fe(III) results demonstrate that Ga(III) can be utilized as a probe for metal(III)-NOM interactions over an extended experimental range (e.g., pH and metal concentration) and thereby improve our knowledge about these interactions in general.

  18. Characterization of selenium in UO2 spent nuclear fuel by micro X-ray absorption spectroscopy and its thermodynamic stability.

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    Curti, E; Puranen, A; Grolimund, D; Jädernas, D; Sheptyakov, D; Mesbah, A

    2015-10-01

    Direct disposal of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) in deep geological formations is the preferred option for the final storage of nuclear waste in many countries. In order to assess to which extent radionuclides could be released to the environment, it is of great importance to understand how they are chemically bound in the waste matrix. This is particularly important for long-lived radionuclides such as (79)Se, (129)I, (14)C or (36)Cl, which form poorly sorbing anionic species in water and therefore migrate without significant retardation through argillaceous repository materials and host rocks. We present here X-ray absorption spectroscopic data providing evidence that in the investigated SNF samples selenium is directly bound to U atoms as Se(-II) (selenide) ion, probably replacing oxygen in the cubic UO2 lattice. This result is corroborated by a simple thermodynamic analysis, showing that selenide is the stable form of Se under reactor operation conditions. Because selenide is almost insoluble in water, our data indirectly explain the unexpectedly low release of Se in short-term aqueous leaching experiments, compared to iodine or cesium. These results have a direct impact on safety analyses for potential nuclear waste repository sites, as they justify assuming a small fractional release of selenium in performance assessment calculations. PMID:26365814

  19. Spectroscopic Study of Solvent Effects on the Electronic Absorption Spectra of Flavone and 7-Hydroxyflavone in Neat and Binary Solvent Mixtures

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    Sancho, Matias I.; Almandoz, Maria C.; Blanco, Sonia E.; Castro, Eduardo A.

    2011-01-01

    The solvatochromic characteristics of flavone and 7-hydroxyflavone were investigated in neat and binary solvent mixtures. The spectral shifts of these solutes were correlated with the Kamlet and Taft parameters (?, ? and ?*) using linear solvation energy relationships. The multiparametric analysis indicates that both specific hydrogen bond donor ability and non-specific dipolar interactions of the solvents play an important role in absorption maxima of flavone in pure solvents. The hydrogen bond acceptor ability of the solvent was the main parameter affecting the absorption maxima of 7-hydroxyflavone. The simulated absorption spectra using a TD-DFT method were in good agreement with the experimental ones for both flavones. Index of preferential solvation was calculated as a function of solvent composition. Preferential solvation by ethanol was detected in cyclohexane-ethanol and acetonitrile-ethanol mixtures for flavone and in acetonitrile-ethanol mixtures for 7-hydroxyflavone. These results indicate that intermolecular hydrogen bonds between solute and solvent are responsible for the non-linear variation of the solvatochromic shifts on the mole fraction of ethanol in the analyzed binary mixtures. PMID:22272110

  20. Chemical and spectroscopic characterizations, ESI-QTOF mass spectrometric measurements and DFT studies of new complexes of palladium(II) with tryptamine and mefenamic acid

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    Carvalho, Marcos A.; Arruda, Eduardo G. R.; Profirio, Daniel M.; Gomes, Alexandre F.; Gozzo, Fábio C.; Formiga, André L. B.; Corbi, Pedro P.

    2015-11-01

    New palladium(II) complexes with tryptamine (Pd-tra) and mefenamic acid (Pd-mef) were prepared and characterized by chemical and spectroscopic methods. Elemental, ESI-QTOF mass spectrometric and thermogravimetric analyses of the compounds confirm the composition [PdCl2(tra)2] for Pd-tra and [Pd(mef)2(bipy)] for Pd-mef. Infrared data indicate the coordination of tryptamine to Pd(II) by the nitrogen atom of the amino group, while for mefenamic acid coordination occurs by the oxygen atom of carboxylate group in a monodentate form. The 1H, 13C and {15N,1H} NMR spectroscopic data confirm the nitrogen coordination of the NH2 group of trypatmine to Pd(II) in the Pd-tra complex and also the oxygen coordination of the carboxylate group of mefenamic acid to Pd(II) in the Pd-mef complex. Density functional theory (DFT) studies were applied to determine the difference in energy between the geometric isomers (cis/trans) of Pd-tra and to optimize the structure of the Pd-mef complex. Raman spectroscopic measurements reinforce the nitrogen coordination of tryptamine to Pd(II) in the Pd-tra complex and confirms the presence of the cis-[PdCl2(tra)2] isomer in the solid state. The complexes are insoluble in water.

  1. X-Ray Absorption And EPR Spectroscopic Studies of the Biotransformations of Chromium(Vi) in Mammalian Cells. Is Chromodulin An Artifact of Isolation Methods?

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    Levina, A.; Harris, H.H.; Lay, P.A.; /Sydney U.

    2007-07-10

    Very different biological activities are usually ascribed to Cr(VI) (a toxin and carcinogen) and Cr(III) (an antidiabetic agent), although recent evidence suggests that both these types of actions are likely to arise from cellular uptake of varying concentrations of Cr(VI). The first systematic study of XANES spectra of Cr(III) complexes formed in Cr(VI)-treated mammalian cells (A549, HepG2, V79, and C2C12 cell lines), and in subcellular fractions of A549 cells, has been performed using a library of XANES spectra of model Cr(III) complexes. The results of multiple linear regression analyses of XANES spectra, in combination with multiple-scattering fits of XAFS spectra, indicate that Cr(III) formed in Cr(VI)-treated cells is most likely to bind to carboxylato, amine, and imidazole residues of amino acids, and to a lesser extent to hydroxo or aqua ligands. A combination of XANES and EPR spectroscopic data for Cr(VI)-treated cells indicates that the main component of Cr(III) formed in such cells is bound to high-molecular-mass ligands (>30 kDa, probably proteins), but significant redistribution of Cr(III) occurs during the cell lysis, which leads to the formation of a low-molecular-mass (<30 kDa) Cr(III)-containing fraction. The spectroscopic (XANES, XAFS, and EPR) properties of this fraction were strikingly similar to those of the purported natural Cr(III)-containing factor, chromodulin, that was reported to be isolated from the reaction of Cr(VI) with liver. These data support the hypothesis that a chromodulin-like species, which is formed from such a reaction, is an artifact of the reported isolation procedure.

  2. Biochemical, Kinetic, and Spectroscopic Characterization of Ruegeria pomeroyi DddW—A Mononuclear Iron-Dependent DMSP Lyase

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    Brummett, Adam E.; Schnicker, Nicholas J.; Crider, Alexander; Todd, Jonathan D.; Dey, Mishtu

    2015-01-01

    The osmolyte dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP) is a key nutrient in marine environments and its catabolism by bacteria through enzymes known as DMSP lyases generates dimethylsulfide (DMS), a gas of importance in climate regulation, the sulfur cycle, and signaling to higher organisms. Despite the environmental significance of DMSP lyases, little is known about how they function at the mechanistic level. In this study we biochemically characterize DddW, a DMSP lyase from the model roseobacter Ruegeria pomeroyi DSS-3. DddW is a 16.9 kDa enzyme that contains a C-terminal cupin domain and liberates acrylate, a proton, and DMS from the DMSP substrate. Our studies show that as-purified DddW is a metalloenzyme, like the DddQ and DddP DMSP lyases, but contains an iron cofactor. The metal cofactor is essential for DddW DMSP lyase activity since addition of the metal chelator EDTA abolishes its enzymatic activity, as do substitution mutations of key metal-binding residues in the cupin motif (His81, His83, Glu87, and His121). Measurements of metal binding affinity and catalytic activity indicate that Fe(II) is most likely the preferred catalytic metal ion with a nanomolar binding affinity. Stoichiometry studies suggest DddW requires one Fe(II) per monomer. Electronic absorption and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) studies show an interaction between NO and Fe(II)-DddW, with NO binding to the EPR silent Fe(II) site giving rise to an EPR active species (g = 4.29, 3.95, 2.00). The change in the rhombicity of the EPR signal is observed in the presence of DMSP, indicating that substrate binds to the iron site without displacing bound NO. This work provides insight into the mechanism of DMSP cleavage catalyzed by DddW. PMID:25993446

  3. Nd3+-doped Lu2O3 transparent sesquioxide ceramics elaborated by the Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) method. Part 1: Structural, thermal conductivity and spectroscopic characterization

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    Alombert-Goget, G.; Guyot, Y.; Guzik, M.; Boulon, G.; Ito, A.; Goto, T.; Yoshikawa, A.; Kikuchi, M.

    2015-03-01

    We report the detailed analysis of both structural characterization by SEM, thermal conductivity of high value and high resolution spectroscopic properties of Nd3+-doped Lu2O3 transparent ceramics fabricated by the non-conventional SPS method. The emission spectra of the main C2 site shows two close 4F3/2 ? 4I11/2 laser lines at 1076.3 and 1080.5 nm, respectively. The optical properties of the two C2 and C3i sites and of C2-C3i and C2-C2 Nd3+ pairs have especially been analyzed.

  4. Fabrication process and electromagnetic wave absorption characterization of a CNT/Ni/epoxy nanocomposite.

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    Ryu, Seongwoo; Mo, Chan Bin; Lee, Haeshin; Hong, Soon Hyung

    2013-11-01

    Since carbon nanotube (CNT) was first discovered in 1991, it has been considered as a viable type of conductive filler for electromagnetic wave absorption materials in the GHz range. In this paper, pearl-necklace-structure CNT/Ni nano-powders were fabricated by a polyol process as conductive fillers. Compared to synthesized CNT, pearl-necklace Ni-decorated CNT increased the electrical conductivity by an order of 1 due to the enhancement of the Ni-conductive network. Moreover, the decorated Ni particles prevented the agglomeration of CNTs by counterbalancing the Van der Walls interaction between the CNTs. A CNT/Ni nanocomposite showed a homogeneous dispersion in an epoxy-based matrix. This enhanced physical morphology and electrical properties lead to an increase in the loss tangent and reflection loss in the CNT/Ni/Epoxy nanocomposite compared to these characteristics of a CNT/Epoxy nanocomposite in range of 8-12 GHz. The electromagnetic wave absorption properties of CNT/Ni/epoxy nanocomposites will provide enormous opportunities for electronic applications where lightweight EMI shielding or electro-magnetic wave absorption properties are necessary. PMID:24245312

  5. Spectroscopic characterization of iron ores formed in different geological environments using FTIR, XPS, Mössbauer spectroscopy and thermoanalyses

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    Salama, Walid; El Aref, Mourtada; Gaupp, Reinhard

    2015-02-01

    Application of thermoanalyses, FTIR, XPS and Mössbauer spectroscopic methods can differentiate between iron ores formed in different geological environments. Two types of iron ore are formed in shallow marine environments in the Bahariya Depression, Egypt, yellowish brown ooidal ironstones (type 1) and black mud and fossiliferous ironstones (type 2). Both types were subjected to subaerial weathering, producing a dark brown lateritic (pedogenic) iron ore (type 3). Microscopic investigation indicates goethite is the main mineral in types 1 and 3, while hematite is the main mineral in type 2 and also occurs in type 3. Thermoanalyses indicated the dehydroxylation endothermic peak of goethite of type 1 occurs between 329 and 345 °C, while in type 3 occurs between 284 and 330 °C. This variation can be attributed to the nanocrystalline nature of the pedogenic goethite. The presence of an exothermic peak at 754 °C in type 3 is probably attributed to goethite-hematite phase transformation. FTIR spectroscopy indicated that goethite of type 1 is characterized by the presence of the ?-OH band between 799 and 802 cm-1, the ?-OH between 898 and 904 cm-1 and the bulk hydroxyl stretch between 3124 and 3133 cm-1. Goethite of type 3 is characterized by the absence of the bulk hydroxyl stretch band and the ?-OH and ?-OH are shifted to higher Wavenumbers that can attributed to a relative Al-for Fe-substitution. Hematite is identified by two IR bands; the first is between 464 and 475 cm-1 and at the second is between 540 and 557 cm-1. Quartz is identified in all iron ore types, nitrates are identified in types 1 and 2, but absent in type 3 and Kaolinite is identified in type 2. The Mössbauer spectrum of type 1 is fitted with one magnetic sextet corresponding to goethite with an isomer shift (IS) = 0.374 mm s-1, a quadruple splitting (QS) = -0.27 mm s-1 and a hyperfine magnetic field (BHF) = ?37. The Mössbauer spectrum of type 2 is fitted with one magnetic sextet corresponding to hematite with IS = 0.363 mm s-1, QS = -0.23 mm s-1 and BHF = ?50. The Mössbauer spectrum of type 3 is best fitted with a single doublet corresponding to ferrihydrite and one sextet corresponding to hematite. The XPS survey scans and the high resolution of the Fe 2p3/2 can differentiate between the yellowish-brown and green ooidal laminae of type 1. The XPS survey scans indicate the presence of Fe, O, C, N, Na, Cl, Ca and Si in all laminae, while S, Zn, Ti and P are only restricted to the green laminae. The high resolution of the Fe 2p3/2 indicates that Fe is linked to OH- ligand in the yellowish-brown laminae that correspond to goethite, while Fe is linked to SO42- ligand in the green laminae. The XPS survey scans of types 2 and 3 indicate that Fe is linked to O2- ligand that corresponds to hematite.

  6. FT-IR spectroscopic assessment of gas-phase absorption of atmospheric molecular species at low concentrations and their associated adsorption effects on various material surfaces

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    Dowdye, Edward Henry, Jr.

    2000-11-01

    Changes in the infrared absorbance observed at levels of concentration in the subparts per million (sub-ppm) of atmospherically significant molecular species, such as HCl, SO2, NO2 and NH3, has been quantified as a function of pressure and temperature for the surface reactions of these gases with various materials (e.g. copper, aluminum, stainless steel and teflon). A Nicolet Magna-IR 550 Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectrometer operating in the 400-4000 cm-1 region and fitted with a 10-meter multipass absorption cell and a deuterated triglycine sulfate (DTGS) detector has been used for recording the spectra. Tubing materials chosen are typically associated with the hardware of measuring instruments used to collect atmospheric trace gas samples. The FT-IR spectrometer has been used to determine the concentration levels at the inlet and outlet tubing of the absorption cell. Small changes in the species concentration down to sub-ppm levels have also been recorded in the 650-4000 cm-1 region using a liquid nitrogen-cooled Mercury Cadmium Telluride (MCT-A) detector interfaced with the FT-IR spectrometer. The associated adsorption effects at the various gas-solid interfaces in the measuring apparatus, including the `sticking' effects on the walls of the absorption cell, have been quantified. Carefully monitored pressure and temperature conditions were utilized to provide a controlled environment, so as to quantify minute changes in the absorption of infrared radiation due to variations in the concentration of the gas samples brought about by different adsorption effects. Values for the absorption coefficients of the different gas phase molecular species in the infrared region of interest were derived from the absorbance measurements. The degree of adsorption for specific gassolid interfaces and the kinetic theory of the adsorption process (assuming a mono-layer) enabled the determination of the corresponding rate constants. It is envisioned that the accurate determination of the adsorption coverage parameters and the Langmuir rate constants for the various gas-material combinations will aid in the refinement of precise values for the associated residence time and activation energies and thereby lead to the development of a comprehensive adsorption isotherm model for gas-surface interactions.

  7. Time-resolved characterization of a filamentary argon discharge at atmospheric pressure in a capillary using emission and absorption spectroscopy

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    Schröter, Sandra; Pothiraja, Ramasamy; Awakowicz, Peter; Bibinov, Nikita; Böke, Marc; Niermann, Benedikt; Winter, Jörg

    2013-11-01

    An argon/nitrogen (0.999/0.001) filamentary pulsed discharge operated at atmospheric pressure in a quartz tube is characterized using voltage-current measurements, microphotography, optical emission spectroscopy (OES) and absorption spectroscopy. Nitrogen is applied as a sensor gas for the purpose of OES diagnostic. The density of argon metastable atoms Ar(3P2) is determined using tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS). Using a plasma chemical model the measured OES data are applied for the characterization of the plasma conditions. Between intense positive pulses the discharge current oscillates with a damped amplitude. It is established that an electric current flows in this discharge not only through a thin plasma filament that is observed in the discharge image but also through the whole cross section of the quartz tube. A diffuse plasma fills the quartz tube during a time between intense current pulses. Ionization waves are propagating in this plasma between the spike and the grounded area of the tube producing thin plasma channels. The diameter of these channels increases during the pause between the propagation of ionization waves probably because of thermal expansion and diffusion. Inside the channels electron densities of ˜2 × 1013 cm-3, argon metastable densities ˜1014 cm-3 and a reduced electric field about 10 Td are determined.

  8. Sulfur K-edge x-ray absorption spectroscopy: A spectroscopic tool to examine the redox state of S-containing metabolites in vivo

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    Rompel, Annette; Cinco, Roehl M.; Latimer, Matthew J.; McDermott, Ann E.; Guiles, R. D.; Quintanilha, Alexandre; Krauss, Ronald M.; Sauer, Kenneth; Yachandra, Vittal K.; Klein, Melvin P.

    1998-01-01

    The sulfur K-edge x-ray absorption spectra for the amino acids cysteine and methionine and their corresponding oxidized forms cystine and methionine sulfoxide are presented. Distinct differences in the shape of the edge and the inflection point energy for cysteine and cystine are observed. For methionine sulfoxide the inflection point energy is 2.8 eV higher compared with methionine. Glutathione, the most abundant thiol in animal cells, also has been investigated. The x-ray absorption near-edge structure spectrum of reduced glutathione resembles that of cysteine, whereas the spectrum of oxidized glutathione resembles that of cystine. The characteristic differences between the thiol and disulfide spectra enable one to determine the redox status (thiol to disulfide ratio) in intact biological systems, such as unbroken cells, where glutathione and cyst(e)ine are the two major sulfur-containing components. The sulfur K-edge spectra for whole human blood, plasma, and erythrocytes are shown. The erythrocyte sulfur K-edge spectrum is similar to that of fully reduced glutathione. Simulation of the plasma spectrum indicated 32% thiol and 68% disulfide sulfur. The whole blood spectrum can be simulated by a combination of 46% disulfide and 54% thiol sulfur. PMID:9600928

  9. Absorption spectra and photovoltaic characterization of chlorophyllins as sensitizers for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Calogero, Giuseppe; Citro, Ilaria; Crupi, Cristina; Di Marco, Gaetano

    2014-11-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) based on Chlorine-e6 (Chl-e6), a Chlorophyll a derivative, and Chl-e6 containing Cu, have been investigated by carrying out incident photon to current efficiency (IPCE) and current-voltage (I-V) measurements. The effect of the metallic ion and the influence of the solvent polarity on the dye aggregation and their absorption bands have been analysed by performing electronic absorption measurements. The dependence of the photoelectrochemical parameters of these DSSCs on the electrolyte by the addition of pyrimidine and/or pyrrole has been discussed in details. For the first time I-V curves for a DSSC based on copper Chl-e6 dye have been shown and compared with Zn based chlorophyllin. Furthermore, the performance of a Cu-Chl-e6 based DSSC has been deeply improved by a progressive optimization of the TiO2 multilayer photoanode overcoming the best data reported in literature so far for this dye. It's worth to emphasize that, the analysis reported in this paper supplies very useful information which paves the way to further detailed studies turned to the employment of natural pigments as sensitizers for solar cells.

  10. In situ X-ray Absorption Spectroscopic Investigation of the Electrochemical Conversion Reactions of CuF2-MoO3 Nanocomposite

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    A Mansour; F Badway; W Yoon; K Chung; G Amatucci

    2011-12-31

    We have used X-ray absorption spectroscopy at the Cu K-edge to investigate the electrochemical conversion reaction of 20 nm size 85 wt% CuF{sub 2}-15 wt% MoO{sub 3} nanocomposite under in situ conditions. The nanocomposite was prepared by high energy milling. Upon discharge, the lithiation reaction with the nanocomposite resulted in the formation of nanophase metallic Cu, which is consistent with the conversion of CuF{sub 2} into Cu and LiF. Based on XANES and Fourier transforms of EXAFS spectra, we show that the discharge process proceeded via the formation of highly dispersed Cu particles. Based on the coordination number of the first shell of Cu, the average size of the Cu particles was estimated to be in the 1-3 nm range in the fully discharged state.

  11. X-ray absorption spectroscopic studies of the dinuclear iron center in methane monooxygenase and the sulfure and chlorine centers in photographic materials

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    DeWitt, J.G.

    1992-12-01

    The dinuclear iron center of the hydroxylase component of soluble methane monooxygenase (MMO) from Methylococcus capsulatus and Methylosinus trichosporiwn has been studied by X-ray absorption spectroscopy. Analysis of the Fe K-edge EXAFS revealed that the first shell coordination of the Fe(HI)Fe(IH) oxidized state of the hydroxylase from M. capsulatus consists of approximately 6 N and 0 atoms at an average distance of 2.04 [Angstrom]. The Fe-Fe distance was determined to be 3.4 [Angstrom]. No evidence for the presence of a short oxo bridge in the iron center of the oxidized hydroxylase was found, suggesting that the active site of MMO is significantly different from the active sites of the dinuclear iron proteins hemery and ribonucleotide reductase. In addition, the results of the first shell fits suggest that there are more oxygen than nitrogen donor ligands.

  12. X-ray absorption spectroscopic studies of the dinuclear iron center in methane monooxygenase and the sulfure and chlorine centers in photographic materials

    SciTech Connect

    DeWitt, J.G.

    1992-12-01

    The dinuclear iron center of the hydroxylase component of soluble methane monooxygenase (MMO) from Methylococcus capsulatus and Methylosinus trichosporiwn has been studied by X-ray absorption spectroscopy. Analysis of the Fe K-edge EXAFS revealed that the first shell coordination of the Fe(HI)Fe(IH) oxidized state of the hydroxylase from M. capsulatus consists of approximately 6 N and 0 atoms at an average distance of 2.04 {Angstrom}. The Fe-Fe distance was determined to be 3.4 {Angstrom}. No evidence for the presence of a short oxo bridge in the iron center of the oxidized hydroxylase was found, suggesting that the active site of MMO is significantly different from the active sites of the dinuclear iron proteins hemery and ribonucleotide reductase. In addition, the results of the first shell fits suggest that there are more oxygen than nitrogen donor ligands.

  13. Chemical modification of TiO2 surfaces with methylsilanes and characterization by infrared absorption spectroscopy

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    Finklea, H. O.; Vithanage, R.

    1982-01-01

    Infrared absorption spectra of methylsilanes bonded to a TiO2 powder were obtained. The reacting silanes include Me sub (4-n)SiX sub n (n=1-4; X=Cl, OMe) and hexamethyldisilazane (HMDS). Reactions were performed on hydroxylated-but-anhydrous TiO2 surfaces in the gas phase. IR spectra confirm the presence of a bonded silane layer. Terminal surface OH groups are found to react more readily than bridging OH groups. By-products of the modification adsorp tenaciously to the surface. The various silanes show only small differences in their ability to sequester surface OH groups. Following hydrolysis in moist air, Si-OH groups are observed only for the tetrafunctional silanes.

  14. Optical characterization of the nematic lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals: Light absorption, birefringence, and scalar order parameter

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    Nastishin, Yu. A.; Liu, H.; Schneider, T.; Nazarenko, V.; Vasyuta, R.; Shiyanovskii, S. V.; Lavrentovich, O. D.

    2005-10-01

    We report on the optical properties of the nematic (N) phase formed by lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals (LCLCs) in well aligned planar samples. LCLCs belong to a broad class of materials formed by one-dimensional molecular self-assembly and are similar to other systems such as “living polymers” and “wormlike micelles.” We study three water soluble LCLC forming materials: disodium chromoglycate, a derivative of indanthrone called Blue 27, and a derivative of perylene called Violet 20. The individual molecules have a planklike shape and assemble into rodlike aggregates that form the N phase once the concentration exceeds about 0.1M . The uniform surface alignment of the N phase is achieved by buffed polyimide layers. According to the light absorption anisotropy data, the molecular planes are on average perpendicular to the aggregate axes and thus to the nematic director. We determined the birefringence of these materials in the N and biphasic N -isotropic (I) regions and found it to be negative and significantly lower in the absolute value as compared to the birefringence of typical thermotropic low-molecular-weight nematic materials. In the absorbing materials Blue 27 and Violet 20, the wavelength dependence of birefringence is nonmonotonic because of the effect of anomalous dispersion near the absorption bands. We describe positive and negative tactoids formed as the nuclei of the new phase in the biphasic N-I region (which is wide in all three materials studied). Finally, we determined the scalar order parameter of the N phase of Blue 27 and found it to be relatively high, in the range 0.72-0.79, which puts the finding into the domain of general validity of the Onsager model. However, the observed temperature dependence of the scalar order parameter points to the importance of factors not accounted for in the athermal Onsager model, such as interaggregate interactions and the temperature dependence of the aggregate length.

  15. Optical characterization of the nematic lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals: light absorption, birefringence, and scalar order parameter.

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    Nastishin, Yu A; Liu, H; Schneider, T; Nazarenko, V; Vasyuta, R; Shiyanovskii, S V; Lavrentovich, O D

    2005-10-01

    We report on the optical properties of the nematic (N) phase formed by lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals (LCLCs) in well aligned planar samples. LCLCs belong to a broad class of materials formed by one-dimensional molecular self-assembly and are similar to other systems such as "living polymers" and "wormlike micelles." We study three water soluble LCLC forming materials: disodium chromoglycate, a derivative of indanthrone called Blue 27, and a derivative of perylene called Violet 20. The individual molecules have a planklike shape and assemble into rodlike aggregates that form the phase once the concentration exceeds about 0.1 M. The uniform surface alignment of the N phase is achieved by buffed polyimide layers. According to the light absorption anisotropy data, the molecular planes are on average perpendicular to the aggregate axes and thus to the nematic director. We determined the birefringence of these materials in the N and biphasic N-isotropic (I) regions and found it to be negative and significantly lower in the absolute value as compared to the birefringence of typical thermotropic low-molecular-weight nematic materials. In the absorbing materials Blue 27 and Violet 20, the wavelength dependence of birefringence is nonmonotonic because of the effect of anomalous dispersion near the absorption bands. We describe positive and negative tactoids formed as the nuclei of the new phase in the biphasic N-I region (which is wide in all three materials studied). Finally, we determined the scalar order parameter of the phase of Blue 27 and found it to be relatively high, in the range 0.72-0.79, which puts the finding into the domain of general validity of the Onsager model. However, the observed temperature dependence of the scalar order parameter points to the importance of factors not accounted for in the athermal Onsager model, such as interaggregate interactions and the temperature dependence of the aggregate length. PMID:16383406

  16. Characterization and speciation of mercury-bearing mine wastes using X-ray absorption spectroscopy

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    Kim, C.S.; Brown, Gordon E., Jr.; Rytuba, J.J.

    2000-01-01

    Mining of mercury deposits located in the California Coast Range has resulted in the release of mercury to the local environment and water supplies. The solubility, transport, and potential bioavailability of mercury are controlled by its chemical speciation, which can be directly determined for samples with total mercury concentrations greater than 100 mg kg-1 (ppm) using X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). This technique has the additional benefits of being non-destructive to the sample, element-specific, relatively sensitive at low concentrations, and requiring minimal sample preparation. In this study, Hg L(III)-edge extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectra were collected for several mercury mine tailings (calcines) in the California Coast Range. Total mercury concentrations of samples analyzed ranged from 230 to 1060 ppm. Speciation data (mercury phases present and relative abundances) were obtained by comparing the spectra from heterogeneous, roasted (calcined) mine tailings samples with a spectral database of mercury minerals and sorbed mercury complexes. Speciation analyses were also conducted on known mixtures of pure mercury minerals in order to assess the quantitative accuracy of the technique. While some calcine samples were found to consist exclusively of mercuric sulfide, others contain additional, more soluble mercury phases, indicating a greater potential for the release of mercury into solution. Also, a correlation was observed between samples from hot-spring mercury deposits, in which chloride levels are elevated, and the presence of mercury-chloride species as detected by the speciation analysis. The speciation results demonstrate the ability of XAS to identify multiple mercury phases in a heterogeneous sample, with a quantitative accuracy of ??25% for the mercury-containing phases considered. Use of this technique, in conjunction with standard microanalytical techniques such as X-ray diffraction and electron probe microanalysis, is beneficial in the prioritization and remediation of mercury-contaminated mine sites. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V.

  17. Characterization of Metalloproteins by High-throughput X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy

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    W Shi; M Punta; J Bohon; J Sauder; R DMello; M Sullivan; J Toomey; D Abel; M Lippi; et al.

    2011-12-31

    High-throughput X-ray absorption spectroscopy was used to measure transition metal content based on quantitative detection of X-ray fluorescence signals for 3879 purified proteins from several hundred different protein families generated by the New York SGX Research Center for Structural Genomics. Approximately 9% of the proteins analyzed showed the presence of transition metal atoms (Zn, Cu, Ni, Co, Fe, or Mn) in stoichiometric amounts. The method is highly automated and highly reliable based on comparison of the results to crystal structure data derived from the same protein set. To leverage the experimental metalloprotein annotations, we used a sequence-based de novo prediction method, MetalDetector, to identify Cys and His residues that bind to transition metals for the redundancy reduced subset of 2411 sequences sharing <70% sequence identity and having at least one His or Cys. As the HT-XAS identifies metal type and protein binding, while the bioinformatics analysis identifies metal-binding residues, the results were combined to identify putative metal-binding sites in the proteins and their associated families. We explored the combination of this data with homology models to generate detailed structure models of metal-binding sites for representative proteins. Finally, we used extended X-ray absorption fine structure data from two of the purified Zn metalloproteins to validate predicted metalloprotein binding site structures. This combination of experimental and bioinformatics approaches provides comprehensive active site analysis on the genome scale for metalloproteins as a class, revealing new insights into metalloprotein structure and function.

  18. Halo-substituted thiosemicarbazones and their copper(II), nickel(II) complexes: Detailed spectroscopic characterization and study of antitumour activity against HepG2 human hepatoblastoma cells

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    Jagadeesh, M.; Kalangi, Suresh K.; Sivarama Krishna, L.; Reddy, A. Varada

    2014-01-01

    Copper(II) and nickel(II) complexes of two different halogen substituted thiosemicarbazone ligands were synthesized. The ligands 3,4-difluoroacetophenone thiosemicarbazone (1) and 2-bromo-4'-chloroacetophenone thiosemicarbazone (2) were characterized and confirmed spectroscopically by FT-IR, FT-Raman, UV-vis and fluorescence spectral analysis, while the respective copper(II) complexes [Cu(C9H9N3F2S)2Cl2] (1a), [Cu(C9H9N3ClBrS)2Cl2] (2a) and nickel(II) complexes [Ni(C9H9N3F2S)2] (1b), [Ni(C9H9N3ClBrS)2] (2b) were characterized by FT-IR, UV-vis and electron paramagnetic spectroscopy (EPR). The EPR spectra of the Cu(II) complexes provided the rhombic octahedral and axial symmetry of the complexes 1a and 2a respectively. For the complex 1a, the g values calculated as g1 = 2.1228, g2 = 2.0706 and g3 = 2.001 between 2900 and 3300 G. While for the complex 2a, a set of two resonance absorptions were observed. The synthesized compounds were tested for antitumor activity and showed that the ability to kill liver cancer cells significantly. Out of all the synthesized compounds, copper(II) complexes 1a and 2a showed high cytotoxic effect on liver cancer cells with 67.51% and 42.77% of cytotoxicity respectively at 100 ?M.

  19. Characterization of selective binding of alkali cations with carboxylate by x-ray absorption spectroscopy of liquid microjets

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    Saykally, Richard J; Uejio, Janel S.; Schwartz, Craig P.; Duffin, Andrew M.; Drisdell, Walter S.; Cohen, Ronald C.; Saykally, Richard J.

    2008-01-08

    We describe an approach for characterizing selective binding between oppositely charged ionic functional groups under biologically relevant conditions. Relative shifts in K-shell x-ray absorption spectra of aqueous cations and carboxylate anions indicate the corresponding binding strengths via perturbations of carbonyl antibonding orbitals. XAS spectra measured for aqueous formate and acetate solutions containing lithium, sodium, and potassium cations reveal monotonically stronger binding of the lighter metals, supporting recent results from simulations and other experiments. The carbon K-edge spectra of the acetate carbonyl feature centered near 290 eV clearly indicate a preferential interaction of sodium versus potassium, which was less apparent with formate. These results are in accord with the Law of Matching Water Affinities, relating relative hydration strengths of ions to their respective tendencies to form contact ion pairs. Density functional theory calculations of K-shell spectra support the experimental findings.

  20. Gold Nanoclusters Entrapped in the Alpha-Cages of Y-Zeolites: Structural Characterization By X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy

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    Fierro-Gonzalez, J.C.; Hao, Y.; Gates, B.C.

    2009-06-03

    Au(CH{sub 3}){sub 2}(C{sub 5}H{sub 7}O{sub 2}) was used as a precursor to synthesize mononuclear gold complexes in faujasites, NaY zeolite, and dealuminated Y zeolite. Treatment of these supported complexes in flowing helium as the temperature was increased led to the gradual reduction of the gold and formation of gold nanoclusters in each zeolite, which were characterized by X-ray absorption spectroscopy. After treatment at the highest temperature, 573 K, the average diameters of the gold clusters were approximately 10 and 8 {angstrom} in NaY zeolite and dealuminated Y zeolite, respectively; these clusters are smaller than the diameters of the {alpha}-cages of the zeolite. The results indicate that the supported clusters were trapped within these cages and that the cages limited their sizes; in contrast, clusters formed similarly on the surfaces of metal oxides are significantly larger than those formed in the zeolites.

  1. Constraining the N2O5 UV absorption cross section from spectroscopic trace gas measurements in the tropical mid-stratosphere

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    Kritten, L.; Butz, A.; Chipperfield, M. P.; Dorf, M.; Dhomse, S.; Hossaini, R.; Oelhaf, H.; Prados-Roman, C.; Wetzel, G.; Pfeilsticker, K.

    2014-09-01

    The absorption cross section of N2O5, ?N2O5(?, T), which is known from laboratory measurements with the uncertainty of a factor of 2 (Table 4-2 in (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) JPL-2011; the spread in laboratory data, however, points to an uncertainty in the range of 25 to 30%, Sander et al., 2011), was investigated by balloon-borne observations of the relevant trace gases in the tropical mid-stratosphere. The method relies on the observation of the diurnal variation of NO2 by limb scanning DOAS (differential optical absorption spectroscopy) measurements (Weidner et al., 2005; Kritten et al., 2010), supported by detailed photochemical modelling of NOy (NOx(= NO + NO2) + NO3 + 2N2O5 + ClONO2 + HO2NO2 + BrONO2 + HNO3) photochemistry and a non-linear least square fitting of the model result to the NO2 observations. Simulations are initialised with O3 measured by direct sun observations, the NOy partitioning from MIPAS-B (Michelson Interferometer for Passive Atmospheric Sounding - Balloon-borne version) observations in similar air masses at night-time, and all other relevant species from simulations of the SLIMCAT (Single Layer Isentropic Model of Chemistry And Transport) chemical transport model (CTM). Best agreement between the simulated and observed diurnal increase of NO2 is found if the ?N2O5(?, T) is scaled by a factor of 1.6 ± 0.8 in the UV-C (200-260 nm) and by a factor of 0.9 ± 0.26 in the UV-B/A (260-350 nm), compared to current recommendations. As a consequence, at 30 km altitude, the N2O5 lifetime against photolysis becomes a factor of 0.77 shorter at solar zenith angle (SZA) of 30° than using the recommended ?N2O5(?, T), and stays more or less constant at SZAs of 60°. Our scaled N2O5 photolysis frequency slightly reduces the lifetime (0.2-0.6%) of ozone in the tropical mid- and upper stratosphere, but not to an extent to be important for global ozone.

  2. A spectroscopic proton-exchange membrane fuel cell test setup allowing fluorescence x-ray absorption spectroscopy measurements during state-of-the-art cell tests

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    Petrova, Olga; Kulp, Christian; van den Berg, Maurits W. E.; Klementiev, Konstantin V.; Otto, Bruno; Otto, Horst; Lopez, Marco; Bron, Michael; Grünert, Wolfgang

    2011-04-01

    A test setup for membrane-electrode-assemblies (MEAs) of proton exchange membrane fuel cells which allows in situ fluorescence x-ray absorption spectroscopy studies of one electrode with safe exclusion of contributions from the counter electrode is described. Interference by the counter electrode is excluded by a geometry including a small angle of incidence (< 6°) between primary beam and electrode layer. The cell has been constructed by introducing just minor modifications to an electrochemical state-of-the-art MEA test setup, which ensures realistic electrochemical test conditions. This is at the expense of significant intensity losses in the path of the incident beam, which calls for the brilliance of third-generation synchrotrons to provide meaningful data. In measurements on Pt/C and Pt-Co/C cathodes combined with Pt-C anodes (H2/O2 feed), good data quality was demonstrated both for the majority element Pt as well as for Co despite of a low areal Co density in the order of 0.02 mg/cm2.

  3. Combination of chiroptical, absorption and fluorescence spectroscopic methods reveals multiple, hydrophobicity-driven human serum albumin binding of the antimalarial atovaquone and related hydroxynaphthoquinone compounds.

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    Zsila, Ferenc; Fitos, Ilona

    2010-11-01

    High-affinity human serum albumin (HSA) binding of the C3-substituted antimalarial 2-hydroxy-1,4-naphthoquinone derivative atovaquone (ATQ) has been demonstrated and studied by circular dichroism (CD), UV/VIS absorption, fluorescence spectroscopy and affinity chromatography methods. The analysis of induced CD data generated upon HSA binding of ATQ revealed two high-affinity binding sites (K(a) ? 2 × 10(6) M(-1)). CD interaction studies and displacement of specific fluorescent and radioactive marker ligands indicated the contribution of both principal drug binding sites of HSA to complexation of ATQ, and also suggested the possibility of simultaneous binding of ATQ and some other drugs (e.g. warfarin, phenylbutazone, diazepam). Comparison of UV/VIS spectra of ATQ measured in aqueous solutions indicated the prevalence of the anionic species formed by dissociation of the 2-hydroxyl group. HSA binding of related natural hydroxynaphthoquinones, lapachol and lawsone also induces similar CD spectra. The much weaker binding affinity of lawsone (K(a) ? 10(4) M(-1)) bearing no C3 substituent highlights the importance of hydrophobic interactions in the strong HSA binding of ATQ and lapachol. Since neither drug exhibited significant binding to serum ?(1)-acid glycoprotein, HSA must be the principal plasma protein for the binding and transportation of 2-hydroxy-1,4-naphthoquinone-type compounds which are ionized at physiological pH values. PMID:20737064

  4. Bio-precipitation of uranium by two bacterial isolates recovered from extreme environments as estimated by potentiometric titration, TEM and X-ray absorption spectroscopic analyses.

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    Merroun, Mohamed L; Nedelkova, Marta; Ojeda, Jesus J; Reitz, Thomas; Fernández, Margarita López; Arias, José M; Romero-González, María; Selenska-Pobell, Sonja

    2011-12-15

    This work describes the mechanisms of uranium biomineralization at acidic conditions by Bacillus sphaericus JG-7B and Sphingomonas sp. S15-S1 both recovered from extreme environments. The U-bacterial interaction experiments were performed at low pH values (2.0-4.5) where the uranium aqueous speciation is dominated by highly mobile uranyl ions. X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) showed that the cells of the studied strains precipitated uranium at pH 3.0 and 4.5 as a uranium phosphate mineral phase belonging to the meta-autunite group. Transmission electron microscopic (TEM) analyses showed strain-specific localization of the uranium precipitates. In the case of B. sphaericus JG-7B, the U(VI) precipitate was bound to the cell wall. Whereas for Sphingomonas sp. S15-S1, the U(VI) precipitates were observed both on the cell surface and intracellularly. The observed U(VI) biomineralization was associated with the activity of indigenous acid phosphatase detected at these pH values in the absence of an organic phosphate substrate. The biomineralization of uranium was not observed at pH 2.0, and U(VI) formed complexes with organophosphate ligands from the cells. This study increases the number of bacterial strains that have been demonstrated to precipitate uranium phosphates at acidic conditions via the activity of acid phosphatase. PMID:22019055

  5. Multi-steps infrared spectroscopic characterization of the effect of flowering on medicinal value of Cistanche tubulosa

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    Lai, Zuliang; Xu, Peng; Wu, Peiyi

    2009-01-01

    Multi-steps infrared spectroscopic methods, including conventional Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), second derivative spectroscopy and two-dimensional infrared (2D-IR) correlation spectroscopy, have been proved to be effective methods to examine complicated mixture system such as Chinese herbal medicine. The focus of this paper is the investigation on the effect of flowering on the pharmaceutical components of Cistanche tubulosa by using the Multi-steps infrared spectroscopic method. Power-spectrum analysis is applied to improve the resolution of 2D-IR contour maps and much more details of overlapped peaks are detected. According to the results of FT-IR and second derivative spectra, the peak at 1732 cm -1 assigned to C dbnd O is stronger before flowering than that after flowering in the stem, while more C dbnd O groups are found in the top after flowering. The spectra of root change a lot in the process of flowering for the reason that many peaks shift and disappear after flowering. Seven peaks in the spectra of stem, which are assigned to different kinds of glycoside components, are distinguished by Power-spectra in the range of 900-1200 cm -1. The results provide a scientific explanation to the traditional experience that flowering consumes the pharmaceutical components in stem and the seeds absorb some nutrients of stem after flowering. In conclusion, the Multi-steps infrared spectroscopic method combined with Power-spectra is a promising method to investigate the flowering process of C. tubulosa and discriminate various parts of the herbal medicine.

  6. Characterization of SEI layers on LiMn2O4 cathodes with in-situ spectroscopic ellipsometry

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    Lei, Jinglei; Li, Lingjie; Kostecki, Robert; Muller, Rolf; McLarnon, Frank

    2004-08-30

    In situ spectroscopic ellipsometry was employed to study the initial stage of SEI layer formation on thin-film LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} electrodes. It was found that the SEI layer formed immediately upon exposure of the electrode to EC/DMC (1:1 by vol) 1.0 M LiPF{sub 6} electrolyte. The SEI layer thickness then increased in proportion to a logarithmic function of elapsed time. In comparison, the SEI layer thickness on a cycled electrode increased in proportion to a linear function of the number of cycles.

  7. Fourier transform infrared absorption spectroscopy characterization of gaseous atmospheric pressure plasmas with 2 mm spatial resolution

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    Laroche, G.; Vallade, J.; Bazinette, R.; Hernandez, E.; Hernandez, G.; Massines, F.; Nijnatten, P. van

    2012-10-15

    This paper describes an optical setup built to record Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) absorption spectra in an atmospheric pressure plasma with a spatial resolution of 2 mm. The overall system consisted of three basic parts: (1) optical components located within the FTIR sample compartment, making it possible to define the size of the infrared beam (2 mm Multiplication-Sign 2 mm over a path length of 50 mm) imaged at the site of the plasma by (2) an optical interface positioned between the spectrometer and the plasma reactor. Once through the plasma region, (3) a retro-reflector module, located behind the plasma reactor, redirected the infrared beam coincident to the incident path up to a 45 Degree-Sign beamsplitter to reflect the beam toward a narrow-band mercury-cadmium-telluride detector. The antireflective plasma-coating experiments performed with ammonia and silane demonstrated that it was possible to quantify 42 and 2 ppm of these species in argon, respectively. In the case of ammonia, this was approximately three times less than this gas concentration typically used in plasma coating experiments while the silane limit of quantification was 35 times lower. Moreover, 70% of the incoming infrared radiation was focused within a 2 mm width at the site of the plasma, in reasonable agreement with the expected spatial resolution. The possibility of reaching this spatial resolution thus enabled us to measure the gaseous precursor consumption as a function of their residence time in the plasma.

  8. Characterization of the Electronic Structure of Silicon Nanoparticles Using X-ray Absorption and Emission

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    Vaverka, A M

    2008-07-15

    Resolving open questions regarding transport in nanostructures can have a huge impact on a broad range of future technologies such as light harvesting for energy. Silicon has potential to be used in many of these applications. Understanding how the band edges of nanostructures move as a function of size, surface termination and assembly is of fundamental importance in understanding the transport properties of these materials. In this thesis work I have investigated the change in the electronic structure of silicon nanoparticle assemblies as the surface termination is changed. Nanoparticles are synthesized using a thermal evaporation technique and sizes are determined using atomic force microscopy (AFM). By passivating the particles with molecules containing alcohol groups we are able to modify the size dependent band edge shifts. Both the valence and conduction bands are measured using synchrotron based x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and soft x-ray fluorescence (SXF) techniques. Particles synthesized via recrystallization of amorphous silicon/SiO{sub 2} multilayers of thicknesses below 10 nm are also investigated using the synchrotron techniques. These samples also show quantum confinement effects but the electronic structure is different from those synthesized via evaporation methods. The total bandgap is determined for all samples measured. The origins of these differences in the electronic structures are discussed.

  9. Americium characterization by X-ray fluorescence and absorption spectroscopy in plutonium uranium mixed oxide

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    Degueldre, Claude; Cozzo, Cedric; Martin, Matthias; Grolimund, Daniel; Mieszczynski, Cyprian

    2013-06-01

    Plutonium uranium mixed oxide (MOX) fuels are currently used in nuclear reactors. The actinides in these fuels need to be analyzed after irradiation for assessing their behaviour with regard to their environment and the coolant. In this work the study of the atomic structure and next-neighbour environment of Am in the (Pu,U)O2 lattice in an irradiated (60 MW d kg-1) MOX sample was performed employing micro-X-ray fluorescence (µ-XRF) and micro-X-ray absorption fine structure (µ-XAFS) spectroscopy. The chemical bonds, valences and stoichiometry of Am (˜0.66 wt%) are determined from the experimental data gained for the irradiated fuel material examined in its peripheral zone (rim) of the fuel. In the irradiated sample Am builds up as Am3+ species within an [AmO8]13- coordination environment (e.g. >90%) and no (<10%) Am(IV) or (V) can be detected in the rim zone. The occurrence of americium dioxide is avoided by the redox buffering activity of the uranium dioxide matrix.

  10. Spectroscopic characterization of co-precipitated arsenic- and iron-bearing sulfide phases at circum-neutral pH

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    Illera, V.; Rivera, N. A.; O'Day, P. A.

    2009-12-01

    Precipitation of arsenic- and iron-sulfide phases from porewaters is an important mechanism for removing arsenic and other contaminant metals from solution, thus reducing their bioaccessibility and potential toxicity. Although sulfide phases form readily at low pH, the identity, crystallinity, and local structure of arsenic and iron co-precipitated phases that form at circum-neutral pH are less well known. In this study, co-precipitated As+Fe sulfide phases and end-member As-sulfides and Fe-sulfides were synthesized in batch experiments and in a gas-tight reaction vessel at 25°C. Reduced conditions were maintained by keeping a constant flow of a 95%N2 /5%H2 mixture gas. Fresh saturated solutions of 0.3 M Fe(II) or Fe(III), 0.3 M S2- and 0.2 M As(III) ions were mixed and pH was maintained at pH 4, 6 and 8 by small additions of concentrated HCl or NaOH. At different time intervals, aliquots were extracted from suspensions aged from hours to 1 month and analyzed for total iron, arsenic and sulfur (by ICP-OES and ICP-MS). The Fe-S-As precipitates were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and synchrotron X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). X-ray diffraction and Fe k-edge EXAFS showed the precipitation of amorphous to poorly crystalline iron sulfide when Fe(II) was co-precipitated with sulfide (no arsenic) at pH 4, 6, and 8. The precipitate that formed in ~1-4 h was nanoparticle-sized and disordered mackinawite (FeS), which showed a characteristic broad, low-intensity Bragg peaks in the XRD patterns. After aging for ~7 d, XRD patterns showed a change to more crystalline mackinawite. In contrast, co-precipitation of As(III) with Fe(II) and sulfide resulted in x-ray amorphous (both synchrotron and laboratory XRD) precipitates for all pH and aging times (~4 h to 1 m). Arsenic and iron XANES and EXAFS spectra of precipitates at pH 4 showed a mixture of amorphous orpiment-type (As2S3) and mackinawite-type (FeS) phases. At pH 6 and 8, XANES showed As sulfide and a fraction of As(III) coordinated by oxygen, with a higher proportion of As(III)-O at pH 8 with arsenic EXAFS data showing two distinct coordination environments: oxygen atoms at 1.79 Å and sulfur atoms at 2.3, 3.2, and 3.5 Å, the latter consistent with the local structure of orpiment. When Fe(II) was co-precipitated with arsenic and sulfide, Fe EXAFS and XRD showed a mackinawite-type structure with evidence for formation of magnetite at pH 8. Arsenic EXAFS showed a mixture of arsenic sulfide and As(III)-O, with a higher proportion of As(III)-O at pH 8 than at pH 6. Also, analyses of the pH 6 and 8 supernatant solutions showed that ~95% of the iron, and 96-99% of arsenic and sulfur were precipitated with the highest arsenic uptake associated with the Fe(II) mixtures. Thus, at circum-neutral pH arsenic is effectively removed when combined with both iron and sulfide. A complicated mechanism of arsenic sequestration occurs through both rapid precipitation of amorphous arsenic sulfide phases and surface complexation. This differs from the precipitation dominated arsenic removal at low pH mixtures.

  11. Spectroscopic remote sensing of plant stress at leaf and canopy levels using the chlorophyll 680 nm absorption feature with continuum removal

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    Sanches, Ieda Del'Arco; Souza Filho, Carlos Roberto; Kokaly, Raymond Floyd

    2014-11-01

    This paper explores the use of spectral feature analysis to detect plant stress in visible/near infrared wavelengths. A time series of close range leaf and canopy reflectance data of two plant species grown in hydrocarbon-contaminated soil was acquired with a portable spectrometer. The ProSpecTIR-VS airborne imaging spectrometer was used to obtain far range hyperspectral remote sensing data over the field experiment. Parameters describing the chlorophyll 680 nm absorption feature (depth, width, and area) were derived using continuum removal applied to the spectra. A new index, the Plant Stress Detection Index (PSDI), was calculated using continuum-removed values near the chlorophyll feature centre (680 nm) and on the green-edge (560 and 575 nm). Chlorophyll feature's depth, width and area, the PSDI and a narrow-band normalised difference vegetation index were evaluated for their ability to detect stressed plants. The objective was to analyse how the parameters/indices were affected by increasing degrees of plant stress and to examine their utility as plant stress indicators at the remote sensing level (e.g. airborne sensor). For leaf data, PSDI and the chlorophyll feature area revealed the highest percentage (67-70%) of stressed plants. The PSDI also proved to be the best constraint for detecting the stress in hydrocarbon-impacted plants with field canopy spectra and airborne imaging spectroscopy data. This was particularly true using thresholds based on the ASD canopy data and considering the combination of higher percentage of stressed plants detected (across the thresholds) and fewer false-positives.

  12. Constraining the N2O5 UV absorption cross-section from spectroscopic trace gas measurements in the tropical mid-stratosphere

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    Kritten, L.; Butz, A.; Chipperfield, M. P.; Dorf, M.; Dhomse, S.; Hossaini, R.; Oelhaf, H.; Prados-Roman, C.; Wetzel, G.; Pfeilsticker, K.

    2014-02-01

    The absorption cross-section of N2O5, ?N2O5(?, T), which is known from laboratory measurements with the uncertainty of a factor of 2 (Table 4-2 in JPL-2011, Sander et al., 2011), was investigated by balloon-borne observations of the relevant trace gases in the tropical mid-stratosphere. The method relies on the observation of the diurnal variation of NO2 supported by detailed photochemical modelling of NOy (NOx(= NO + NO2) + NO3 + 2N2O5 + ClONO2 + HO2NO2 +BrONO2 + HNO3) photochemistry. Simulations are initialised with O3 measured by direct sun observations, the NOy partitioning from MIPAS-B (Michelson Interferometer for Passive Atmospheric Sounding-Balloon) observations in similar air masses at nighttime, and all other relevant species from simulations of the SLIMCAT chemical transport model (CTM). Best agreement between the simulated and observed diurnal increase of NO2 is found if the ?N2O5(?, T) is scaled by a factor of 1.6 ± 0.8 in the UV-C (200-260 nm) and by a factor of 0.9 ± 0.26 in the UV-B/A (260-350 nm), compared to current recommendations. In consequence, at 30 km altitude, the N2O5 lifetime against photolysis becomes a factor of 0.77 shorter at solar zenith angle (SZA) of 30° than using the recommended ?N2O5 (?, T), and stays more or less constant at SZAs of 60°. Our scaled N2O5 photolysis frequency slightly reduces the lifetime (0.2-0.6%) of ozone in the tropical mid- and upper stratosphere, but not to an extent to be important for global ozone.

  13. An X-ray absorption spectroscopic study of the effect of bond covalency on the electronic structure of Gd2Ti(2-x)Sn(x)O7.

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    Aluri, Esther Rani; Grosvenor, Andrew P

    2013-07-01

    The titanate and stannate pyrochlore-type oxides have been investigated because of their potential applications in different fields. Pyrochlore-type oxides exhibit a wide variety of properties such as fast ionic conduction, resistance to radiation induced structural damage, and ferro- and antiferro-magnetism. These properties mainly depend on the metal-oxygen bonding interactions and electronic structure of the materials, both of which can change with composition. The Gd2Ti(2-x)Sn(x)O7 (0 ? x ? 2) system was synthesized by the ceramic method and investigated by X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy (XANES), which allows for the examination of the effect of substitution on bonding and the electronic structure of materials. Examination of metal K- and L3-edge XANES spectra from the Gd2Ti(2-x)Sn(x)O7 system allowed for the elucidation of how the metal-oxygen bond covalency effects the electronic structure of these materials with increasing Sn content. The ionic character of the Ti-O and Gd-O bonds increases while the Sn-O bond becomes more covalent as x increases in the formula, and resulted in changes in energy and/or line shape of the spectra. This study shows that the bonding interactions between metal and oxygen vary strongly with composition, which may affect the fast ionic conduction and resistance to radiation induced structural damage that has been previously reported for these materials. It was also observed in this study that the intensity of the intersite-hybrid peaks found in the pre-edge region of the Ti K-edge XANES spectra resulting from excitations of 1s electrons into next-nearest neighbour Ti 3d states decreased significantly with increasing Sn incorporation. PMID:23681175

  14. Spectroscopic analysis of small organic molecules: A comprehensive near-edge x-ray-absorption fine-structure study of C{sub 6}-ring-containing molecules

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    Kolczewski, C.; Puettner, R.; Martins, M.; Schlachter, A.S.; Snell, G.; Sant'Anna, M.M.; Hermann, K.; Kaindl, G.

    2006-01-21

    We report high-resolution C 1s near-edge x-ray-absorption fine-structure (NEXAFS) spectra of the C{sub 6}-ring-containing molecules benzene (C{sub 6}H{sub 6}), 1,3- and 1,4-cyclohexadiene (C{sub 6}H{sub 8}), cyclohexene (C{sub 6}H{sub 10}), cyclohexane (C{sub 6}H{sub 12}), styrene (C{sub 8}H{sub 8}), and ethylbenzene (C{sub 8}H{sub 10}) which allow us to examine the gradual development of delocalization of the corresponding {pi} electron systems. Due to the high experimental resolution, vibrational progressions can be partly resolved in the spectra. The experimental spectra are compared with theoretical NEXAFS spectra obtained from density-functional theory calculations where electronic final-state relaxation is accounted for. The comparison yields very good agreement between theoretical spectra and experimental results. In all cases, the spectra can be described by excitations to {pi}*- and {sigma}*-type final-state orbitals with valence character, while final-state orbitals of Rydberg character make only minor contributions. The lowest C 1s{yields}1{pi}* excitation energy is found to agree in the (experimental and theoretical) spectra of all molecules except for 1,3-cyclohexadiene (C{sub 6}H{sub 8}) where an energy smaller by about 0.6 eV is obtained. The theoretical analysis can explain this result by different binding properties of this molecule compared to the others.

  15. Structural and spectroscopic characterization of 4-(3-methyl-3-phenylcyclobutyl)-2-(2-propylidenehydrazinyl)thiazole: A combined experimental and DFT analysis.

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    ?en, Fatih; Dinçer, Muharrem; Cukurovali, Alaaddin

    2015-11-01

    We investigated the structural and spectroscopic properties of the title compound by means of experimental and DFT quantum chemical methods. The crystal structure of compound was brought to light by single crystal X-ray diffraction method, and were characterized spectroscopically using FT-IR and NMR spectra. FT-IR spectrum in solid state was observed in the region 4000-400 cm(-1). The (1)H and (13)C NMR spectra were recorded in CDCl3 solution. The molecular geometry were those obtained from the X-ray structure determination was optimized using density functional theory (DFT/B3LYP) method with the 6-31G(d, p) and 6-31+G(d, p) basis sets in ground state. From the optimized geometry of the molecule, geometric parameters (bond lengths, bond angles, torsion angles), vibrational assignments and chemical shifts of the title compound have been calculated theoretically and compared with the experimental data. Although theoretical calculations were carried out in gas phase, no significant differences in these values. PMID:26051647

  16. Monitoring and characterization of compost obtained from household waste and pine sawdust in a facultative reactor by conventional and spectroscopic analyses.

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    de Campos, Sandro Xavier; Resseti, Rolan Roney; Zittel, Rosimara

    2014-12-01

    This study proposes a new facultative reactor configuration for the treatment of organic household waste and pine sawdust. The process was monitored and the compost characterized by conventional (temperature, moisture, pH, ash content and ratio C/N) conjugated with spectroscopic analyses (ultraviolet (UV)/visible (Vis) and infrared (IR)) and germination index. The spectroscopy results revealed enrichment of carbon-carbon unsaturation structures and a degradation of the aliphatic structures. The results showed that stability of the final product was reached after 90 days and that the compost obtained presents substantial richness of stabilized organic matter and an absence of toxicity, so it may be considered as an organic fertilizer. Finally, this study led to the conclusion that the reactor proposed can be a promising technology for the management of organic household waste and sawdust. PMID:25106532

  17. Photoelectron spectroscopic characterization of titanium-containing amorphous hydrogenated silicon-carbon films (aSi1-xCx:H/Ti)

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    Schüler, A.; Oelhafen, P.

    Titanium-containing amorphous hydrogenated silicon-carbon films (aSi1-xCx:H/Ti) have been deposited by reactive magnetron cosputtering. Core-level photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and valence-band photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS) have served as means for the characterization of these films. The spectroscopic data are interpreted by a structural model on the basis of a nanocomposite containing clusters of a Ti-C-Si alloy being embedded in an amorphous hydrogenated silicon-carbon matrix (aSi1-xCx:H). The Ti-C-Si compound is of metallic character and most likely a substitutional solid solution. This novel nanocomposite material is a promising candidate for applications, especially as optical selective absorber coating for solar collectors.

  18. Spectroscopic characterization of different structural forms of the new promising energetic material FOX-7 in different solvents

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    Šimková, Ludmila; Šoral, Michal; Lušpai, Karol; Ludvík, Ji?í

    2015-03-01

    UV-vis, IR and NMR spectroscopy were utilized as direct monitoring techniques for structure changes of a new promising energetic material FOX-7 in different protic and aprotic solvents. The dissolved FOX-7 indicates changes in molecular structure as compared with that in solid-state. The push-pull properties of the molecule together with the effects of solvents result in charge separated zwitterion formed in solution. By combination of different spectroscopic techniques, structural changes of charge-separated molecule of FOX-7 were described in dependence on the solvent properties, temperature, proton activity and concentration. From the analytical point of view, the lowest detectable concentration of FOX-7 using UV-vis spectra was determined to approximately 6 × 10-7 mol L-1.

  19. Multiple angle of incidence, spectroscopic, plasmon-enhanced, internal reflection ellipsometry for the characterization of solid-liquid interface processes

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    Petrik, P.; Agocs, E.; Kalas, B.; Kozma, P.; Fodor, B.; Nador, J.; Major, C.; Fried, M.

    2015-05-01

    A semi-cylindrical lens in Kretschmann geometry combined with a flow cell was designed for a commercial rotating compensator ellipsometer to perform internal reflection spectroscopic ellipsometry measurements, while allowing the use of multiple angles of incidence. A thin glass slide covered with a gold film was mounted between the half-cylindrical lens and a small-volume flow cell ensuring an improved sensitivity for protein adsorption experiments. The performance of the system was investigated depending on the angle of incidence, wavelength range and thickness of the gold films for surface plasmon resonance enhanced ellipsometric measurements, and a sensitivity increase was revealed compared to ellipsometric measurements with standard flow cells, depending on the measurement parameters and configuration. The sensitivity increase was demonstrated for fibrinogen adsorption.

  20. The PtAl{sup ?} and PtAl{sub 2}{sup ?} anions: Theoretical and photoelectron spectroscopic characterization

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    Zhang, Xinxing; Ganteför, Gerd; Bowen, Kit H. E-mail: ana@chem.ucla.edu; Alexandrova, Anastassia N. E-mail: ana@chem.ucla.edu

    2014-04-28

    We report a joint photoelectron spectroscopic and theoretical study of the PtAl{sup ?} and PtAl{sub 2}{sup ?} anions. The ground state structures and electronic configurations of these species were identified to be C{sub ?v}, {sup 1}?{sup +} for PtAl{sup ?}, and C{sub 2v}, {sup 2}B{sub 1} for PtAl{sub 2}{sup ?}. Structured anion photoelectron spectra of these clusters were recorded and interpreted using ab initio calculations. Good agreement between theory and experiment was found. All experimental features were successfully assigned to one-electron transitions from the ground state of the anions to the ground or excited states of the corresponding neutral species.

  1. Spectroscopic characterization of a neon surface-wave sustained (2.45 GHz) discharge at atmospheric pressure

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    Sáinz, A.; García, M. C.

    2008-09-01

    In this paper a spectroscopic study of a microwave (2.45 GHz) neon surface-wave sustained discharge (SWD) at atmospheric pressure in a quartz tube has been carried out in order to determine the plasma characteristic parameters (e.g. electron temperature and density, gas temperature, absorbed power per electron) and also to identify possible deviations from the thermodynamic equilibrium for this kind of microwave discharge. The results have been compared to experiments in the literature for other noble gas (helium and argon) SWDs generated under similar experimental conditions. Intermediate values between those of argon and helium plasmas were obtained for characteristic neon plasma parameters (temperatures and electron density). An important departure from the Saha equilibrium was exhibited by neon SWDs.

  2. Mapping tropical biodiversity using spectroscopic imagery : characterization of structural and chemical diversity with 3-D radiative transfer modeling

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    Feret, J. B.; Gastellu-Etchegorry, J. P.; Lefèvre-Fonollosa, M. J.; Proisy, C.; Asner, G. P.

    2014-12-01

    The accelerating loss of biodiversity is a major environmental trend. Tropical ecosystems are particularly threatened due to climate change, invasive species, farming and natural resources exploitation. Recent advances in remote sensing of biodiversity confirmed the potential of high spatial resolution spectroscopic imagery for species identification and biodiversity mapping. Such information bridges the scale-gap between small-scale, highly detailed field studies and large-scale, low-resolution satellite observations. In order to produce fine-scale resolution maps of canopy alpha-diversity and beta-diversity of the Peruvian Amazonian forest, we designed, applied and validated a method based on spectral variation hypothesis to CAO AToMS (Carnegie Airborne Observatory Airborne Taxonomic Mapping System) images, acquired from 2011 to 2013. There is a need to understand on a quantitative basis the physical processes leading to this spectral variability. This spectral variability mainly depends on canopy chemistry, structure, and sensor's characteristics. 3D radiative transfer modeling provides a powerful framework for the study of the relative influence of each of these factors in dense and complex canopies. We simulated series of spectroscopic images with the 3D radiative model DART, with variability gradients in terms of leaf chemistry, individual tree structure, spatial and spectral resolution, and applied methods for biodiversity mapping. This sensitivity study allowed us to determine the relative influence of these factors on the radiometric signal acquired by different types of sensors. Such study is particularly important to define the domain of validity of our approach, to refine requirements for the instrumental specifications, and to help preparing hyperspectral spatial missions to be launched at the horizon 2015-2025 (EnMAP, PRISMA, HISUI, SHALOM, HYSPIRI, HYPXIM). Simulations in preparation include topographic variations in order to estimate the robustness of image processing methods for mountainous ecosystems.

  3. Activation of Au/-Al2O3 Catalysts for CO Oxidation: Characterization by X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure and Temperature Programmed Reduction

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    Marks, Laurence D.

    Activation of Au/-Al2O3 Catalysts for CO Oxidation: Characterization by X-ray Absorption Near Edge in activating it, though to a lesser extent. The data indicate that zerovalent Au is necessary for catalytic activity, but there is no correlation between the activity and the extent of reduction, implying

  4. Quest for Environmentally-Benign Ligands for Actinide Separations: Thermodynamic, Spectroscopic, and Structural Characterization of U(VI) Complexes with Oxa-Diamide and Related Ligands

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    Advanced Light Source; Tian, Guoxin; Rao, Linfeng; Teat, Simon J.; Liu, Guokui

    2009-01-05

    Complexation of U(VI) with N,N,N{prime},N{prime}-tetramethyl-3-oxa-glutaramide (TMOGA) and N,N-dimethyl-3-oxa-glutaramic acid (DMOGA) was studied in comparison with their dicarboxylate analog, oxydiacetic acid (ODA). Thermodynamic parameters, including stability constants, enthalpy and entropy of complexation, were determined by spectrophotometry, potentiometry and calorimetry. Single-crystal X-ray diffractometry, EXAFS spectroscopy, FT-IR absorption and laser-induced luminescence spectroscopy were used to obtain structural information on the U(VI) complexes. Like ODA, TMOGA and DMOGA form tridentate U(VI) complexes, with three oxygen atoms (the amide, ether and/or carboxylate oxygen) coordinating to the linear UO{sub 2}{sup 2+} cation via the equatorial plane. The stability constants, enthalpy and entropy of complexation all decrease in the order ODA > DMOGA > TMOGA, showing that the complexation is entropy driven and the substitution of a carboxylate group with an amide group reduces the strength of complexation with U(VI) due to the decrease in the entropy of complexation. The trend in the thermodynamic stability of the complexes correlates very well with the structural and spectroscopic data obtained by single crystal XRD, FT-IR and laser-induced luminescence spectroscopy.

  5. Spectroscopic ellipsometry characterization of amorphous and crystalline TiO2 thin films grown by atomic layer deposition at different temperatures

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    Saha, D.; Ajimsha, R. S.; Rajiv, K.; Mukherjee, C.; Gupta, M.; Misra, P.; Kukreja, L. M.

    2014-10-01

    TiO2 thin films of widely different structural and morphological characteristics were grown on Si (1 0 0) substrates using Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) by varying the substrate temperature (Ts) in a wide range (50 °C ? Ts ? 400 °C). Spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) measurements were carried out to investigate the effect of growth temperature on the optical properties of the films. Measured SE data were analyzed by considering double layer optical model for the sample together with the single oscillator Tauc-Lorentz dispersion relation. Surface roughness was taken into consideration due to the columnar growths of grains in crystalline films. The refractive index was found to be increased from amorphous (Ts ? 150 °C) to the nanocrystalline films (2500 < Ts ? 400 °C). The pronounced surface roughening for the large-grained anatase film obtained at the amorphous to crystalline phase transformation temperature of 200 °C, impeded SE measurement. The dispersions of refractive indices below the interband absorption edge were found to be strongly correlated with the single oscillator Wemple-DiDomenico (WD) model. The increase in dispersion energy parameter in WD model from disordered amorphous to the more ordered nanocrystalline films was found to be associated with the increase in the film density and coordination number.

  6. Reactions of Highly Uniform Zeolite H-Supported Rhodium Complexes: Transient Characterization by Infrared and X-ray Absorption Spectroscopies

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    Ogino, I.; Gates, B

    2010-01-01

    A zeolite H-{beta}-supported mononuclear rhodium diethene complex (Rh(C{sub 2}H{sub 4}){sub 2}{l_brace}O{sub 2}Al{r_brace}, where the braces indicate a part of the zeolite) was formed by the reaction of Rh(acac)({eta}{sub 2}-C{sub 2}H{sub 4}){sub 2} (acac = acetylacetonate, C{sub 5}H{sub 7}O{sub 2}{sup -}) with the zeolite. Transient characterization of the sample by X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) and infrared (IR) spectroscopies (combined with mass spectrometry of the effluent gas) while the sample was in contact with flowing CO indicates a simple stoichiometric conversion of the supported metal complex into another species, identified by the spectra as the zeolite-supported rhodium gem-dicarbonyl (Rh(CO){sub 2}{l_brace}O{sub 2}Al{r_brace}). The sharpness of the v{sub CO} bands in the IR spectrum indicates a high degree of uniformity of the supported rhodium gem-dicarbonyl, and isosbestic points in the XANES spectra as the transformation was occurring imply that the rhodium diethene complex was also highly uniform. Spectra similarly show that treatment of the supported rhodium gem-dicarbonyl with flowing C{sub 2}H{sub 4} resulted in another stoichiometrically simple transformation, giving a species suggested to be Rh(C{sub 2}H{sub 4})(CO){sub 2}{l_brace}O{sub 2}Al{r_brace}. The intermediate was ultimately transformed when the sample was purged with helium into another highly uniform supported species, inferred on the basis of IR spectra to be Rh(C{sub 2}H{sub 4})(CO){l_brace}O{sub 2}Al{r_brace}. Extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectra characterizing the supported rhodium diethene complex and the species formed from it show how the Rh-O bond distance at the Rh-support interface varied in response to the changes in the ligands bonded to the rhodium.

  7. Monothiol glutaredoxins can bind linear [Fe3S4]+ and [Fe4S4]2+ clusters in addition to [Fe2S2]2+ clusters: spectroscopic characterization and functional implications.

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    Zhang, Bo; Bandyopadhyay, Sibali; Shakamuri, Priyanka; Naik, Sunil G; Huynh, Boi Hanh; Couturier, Jérémy; Rouhier, Nicolas; Johnson, Michael K

    2013-10-01

    Saccharomyces cerevisiae mitochondrial glutaredoxin 5 (Grx5) is the archetypical member of a ubiquitous class of monothiol glutaredoxins with a strictly conserved CGFS active-site sequence that has been shown to function in biological [Fe2S2](2+) cluster trafficking. In this work, we show that recombinant S. cerevisiae Grx5 purified aerobically, after prolonged exposure of the cell-free extract to air or after anaerobic reconstitution in the presence of glutathione, predominantly contains a linear [Fe3S4](+) cluster. The excited-state electronic properties and ground-state electronic and vibrational properties of the linear [Fe3S4](+) cluster have been characterized using UV-vis absorption/CD/MCD, EPR, Mössbauer, and resonance Raman spectroscopies. The results reveal a rhombic S = 5/2 linear [Fe3S4](+) cluster with properties similar to those reported for synthetic linear [Fe3S4](+) clusters and the linear [Fe3S4](+) clusters in purple aconitase. Moreover, the results indicate that the Fe-S cluster content previously reported for many monothiol Grxs has been misinterpreted exclusively in terms of [Fe2S2](2+) clusters, rather than linear [Fe3S4](+) clusters or mixtures of linear [Fe3S4](+) and [Fe2S2](2+) clusters. In the absence of GSH, anaerobic reconstitution of Grx5 yields a dimeric form containing one [Fe4S4](2+) cluster that is competent for in vitro activation of apo-aconitase, via intact cluster transfer. The ligation of the linear [Fe3S4](+) and [Fe4S4](2+) clusters in Grx5 has been assessed by spectroscopic, mutational, and analytical studies. Potential roles for monothiol Grx5 in scavenging and recycling linear [Fe3S4](+) clusters released during protein unfolding under oxidative stress conditions and in maturation of [Fe4S4](2+) cluster-containing proteins are discussed in light of these results. PMID:24032439

  8. Monothiol Glutaredoxins Can Bind Linear [Fe3S4]+ and [Fe4S4]2+ Clusters in Addition to [Fe2S2]2+ Clusters: Spectroscopic Characterization and Functional Implications

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    Zhang, Bo; Bandyopadhyay, Sibali; Shakamuri, Priyanka; Naik, Sunil G.; Huynh, Boi Hanh; Couturier, Jérémy; Rouhier, Nicolas; Johnson, Michael K.

    2013-01-01

    Saccharomyces cerevisiae mitochondrial glutaredoxin 5 (Grx5) is the archetypical member of a ubiquitous class of monothiol glutaredoxins with a strictly conserved CGFS active-site sequence that has been shown to function in biological [Fe2S2]2+ cluster trafficking. In this work, we show that recombinant S. cerevisiae Grx5 purified aerobically after prolonged exposure of the cell-free extract to air or after anaerobic reconstitution in the presence of glutathione, predominantly contains a linear [Fe3S4]+ cluster. The excited state electronic properties and ground state electronic and vibrational properties of the linear [Fe3S4]+ cluster have been characterized using UV-visible absorption/CD/MCD, EPR, Mössbauer and resonance Raman spectroscopies. The results reveal a rhombic S = 5/2 linear [Fe3S4]+ cluster with properties similar to those reported for synthetic linear [Fe3S4]+ clusters and the linear [Fe3S4]+ clusters in purple aconitase. Moreover, the results indicate that the Fe-S cluster content previously reported for many monothiol Grxs has been misinterpreted exclusively in terms of [Fe2S2]2+ clusters, rather than linear [Fe3S4]+ clusters or mixtures of linear [Fe3S4]+ and [Fe2S2]2+ clusters. In the absence of GSH, anaerobic reconstitution of Grx5 yields a dimeric form containing one [Fe4S4]2+ cluster that competent for in vitro activation of apo-aconitase, via intact cluster transfer. The ligation of the linear [Fe3S4]+ and [Fe4S4]2+ clusters in Grx5 has been assessed by spectroscopic, mutational and analytical studies. Potential roles for monothiol Grx5 in scavenging and recycling linear [Fe3S4]+ clusters released during protein unfolding under oxidative stress conditions and in maturation of [Fe4S4]2+ cluster-containing proteins are discussed in light of these results. PMID:24032439

  9. One-dimensional WO{sub 3} and its hydrate: One-step synthesis, structural and spectroscopic characterization

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    Iwu, Kingsley O.; Galeckas, Augustinas; Rauwel, Protima; Kuznetsov, Andrej Y.; Norby, Truls

    2012-01-15

    We report on a one-step hydrothermal growth of one-dimensional (1D) WO{sub 3} nanostructures, using urea as 1D growth-directing agent and a precursor free of metals other than tungsten. By decreasing the pH of the starting solution, the size of the nanostructures was reduced significantly, this development being accompanied by the realization of phase pure hexagonal WO{sub 3} nanorods (elimination of monoclinic impurity phase) and a red shift in optical absorption edge. Surface analyses indicated the presence of reduced tungsten species in the WO{sub 3} nanostructures, which increased two-fold in a hydrated WO{sub 3} phase obtained with further decrease in pH. We suggest that oxygen vacancies are responsible for this defect state in WO{sub 3}, while protons are responsible or contribute significantly to the same in the hydrated phase. - Graphical abstract: The figure illustrates the role of pH in morphological and absorption edge evolution of WO{sub 3} (hydrate) as well as the variation in the concentration of defect electrons between anhydrous and hydrated WO{sub 3}. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer WO{sub 3} nanorods prepared in a one step procedure. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer HCl (aq) enables phase pure WO{sub 3} nanorods. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer HCl (aq) induces significant reduction in dimension of and red shift in absorption edge of nanorods. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer W{sup 5+} detected in hydrothermal WO{sub 3} phase, the concentration of which increases in the hydrated phase. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer W{sup 5+} from the two phases due to different positive defects.

  10. Single molecule spectroscopic characterization of a far-red fluorescent protein (HcRed) from the Anthozoa coral Heteractis crispa

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    Cotlet, Mircea; Habuchi, Satoshi; Whitier, Jennifer E.; Werner, James H.; De Schryver, Frans C.; Hofkens, Johan; Goodwin, Peter M.

    2006-02-01

    We report on the photophysical properties of a far-red intrinsic fluorescent protein by means of single molecule and ensemble spectroscopic methods. The green fluorescent protein (GFP) from Aequorea victoria is a popular fluorescent marker with genetically encoded fluorescence and which can be fused to any biological structure without affecting its function. GFP and its variants provide emission colors from blue to yellowish green. Red intrinsic fluorescent proteins from Anthozoa species represent a recent addition to the emission color palette provided by GFPs. Red intrinsic fluorescent markers are on high demand in protein-protein interaction studies based on fluorescence-resonance energy transfer or in multicolor tracking studies or in cellular investigations where autofluorescence possesses a problem. Here we address the photophysical properties of a far-red fluorescent protein (HcRed), a mutant engineered from a chromoprotein cloned from the sea anemone Heteractis crispa, by using a combination of ensemble and single molecule spectroscopic methods. We show evidence for the presence of HcRed protein as an oligomer and for incomplete maturation of its chromophore. Incomplete maturation results in the presence of an immature (yellow) species absorbing/fluorescing at 490/530-nm. This yellow chromophore is involved in a fast resonance-energy transfer with the mature (purple) chromophore. The mature chromophore of HcRed is found to adopt two conformations, a Transoriented form absorbing and 565-nm and non-fluorescent in solution and a Cis-oriented form absorbing at 590-nm and emitting at 645-nm. These two forms co-exist in solution in thermal equilibrium. Excitation-power dependence fluorescence correlation spectroscopy of HcRed shows evidence for singlet-triplet transitions in the microseconds time scale and for cis-trans isomerization occurring in a time scale of tens of microseconds. Single molecule fluorescence data recorded from immobilized HcRed proteins, all point to the presence of two classes of molecules: proteins with Cis and Trans-oriented chromophores. Immobilization of HcRed in water-filled pores of polyvinyl alcohol leads to a polymer matrix - protein barrel interaction which results in a 'freezing' of the chromophore in a stable conformation for which non-radiative deactivation pathways are either suppressed or reduced. As a result, proteins with both Cis- and Trans-oriented chromophores can be detected at the single molecule level. Polymer chain motion is suggested as a mediator for an eventual cis-trans isomerization of the chromophore in the case of single immobilized proteins.

  11. Fingerprints of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in infrared absorption spectroscopy

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    Tommasini, Matteo; Lucotti, Andrea; Alfè, Michela; Ciajolo, Anna; Zerbi, Giuseppe

    2016-01-01

    We have analyzed a set of 51 PAHs whose structures have been hypothesized from mass spectrometry data collected on samples extracted from carbon particles of combustion origin. We have obtained relationships between infrared absorption signals in the fingerprint region (mid-IR) and the chemical structures of PAHs, thus proving the potential of IR spectroscopy for the characterization of the molecular structure of aromatic combustion products. The results obtained here for the spectroscopic characterization of PAHs can be also of interest in Materials Science and Astrophysics.

  12. Fingerprints of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in infrared absorption spectroscopy.

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    Tommasini, Matteo; Lucotti, Andrea; Alfè, Michela; Ciajolo, Anna; Zerbi, Giuseppe

    2016-01-01

    We have analyzed a set of 51 PAHs whose structures have been hypothesized from mass spectrometry data collected on samples extracted from carbon particles of combustion origin. We have obtained relationships between infrared absorption signals in the fingerprint region (mid-IR) and the chemical structures of PAHs, thus proving the potential of IR spectroscopy for the characterization of the molecular structure of aromatic combustion products. The results obtained here for the spectroscopic characterization of PAHs can be also of interest in Materials Science and Astrophysics. PMID:26208268

  13. Molecular structure, spectroscopic characterization of (S)-2-Oxopyrrolidin-1-yl Butanamide and ab initio, DFT based quantum chemical calculations

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    Ramya, T.; Gunasekaran, S.; Ramkumaar, G. R.

    2015-10-01

    The experimental and theoretical spectra of (S)-2-Oxopyrrolidin-1-yl Butanamide (S2OPB) were studied. FT-IR and FT-Raman spectra of S2OPB in the solid phase were recorded and analyzed in the range 4000-450 and 5000-50 cm-1 respectively. The structural and spectroscopic analyses of S2OPB were calculated using ab initio Hartree Fock (HF) and density functional theory calculations (B3PW91, B3LYP) with 6-31G(d,p) basis set. A complete vibrational interpretation has been made on the basis of the calculated Potential Energy Distribution (PED). The HF, B3LYP and B3PW91 methods based NMR calculation has been used to assign the 1H NMR and 13C NMR chemical shift of S2OPB. Comparative study on UV-Vis spectral analysis between the experimental and theoretical (B3PW91, B3LYP) methods and the global chemical parameters and local descriptor of reactivity through the Fukui function were performed. Finally the thermodynamic properties of S2OPB were calculated at different temperatures and the corresponding relations between the properties and temperature were also studied.

  14. Structural, Functional, and Spectroscopic Characterization of the Substrate Scope of the Novel Nitrating Cytochrome P450 TxtE

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    Dodani, Sheel C.; Cahn, Jackson K. B.; Heinisch, Tillmann; Brinkmann-Chen, Sabine; McIntosh, John A.

    2014-01-01

    A novel cytochrome P450 enzyme TxtE was recently shown to catalyze the direct aromatic nitration of L-tryptophan. This unique chemistry induced us to ask whether TxtE could serve as a platform for engineering new nitration biocatalysts, as a replacement for current harsh synthetic methods. As a first step toward this goal and to better understand the wild-type enzyme, we have obtained high-resolution structures of TxtE in its substrate-free and substrate-bound forms. We have also screened a library of substrate analogs for spectroscopic indicators of binding and for production of nitrated products. From these results, we find that the wild-type enzyme accepts moderate decoration of the in dole ring, but the amino acid moiety is crucial for binding and correct positioning of the substrate and therefore less amenable to modification. A carbonyl must be present to recruit the ?B?1 helix of the protein to seal the binding pocket, and a nitrogen atom is essential for catalysis. PMID:25182183

  15. Characterization of the binding of shikonin to human immunoglobulin using scanning electron microscope, molecular modeling and multi-spectroscopic methods.

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    He, Wenying; Ye, Xinyu; Yao, Xiaojun; Wu, Xiuli; Lin, Qiang; Huang, Guolei; Hua, Yingjie; Hui, Yang

    2015-11-01

    Shikonin, one of the active components isolated from the root of Arnebia euchroma (Royle) Johnst, have anti-tumor, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory activities and has been used clinically in phlebitis and vascular purpura. In the present work, the interaction of human immunoglobulin (HIg) with shikonin has been investigated by using scanning electron microscope (SEM), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, fluorescence polarization, synchronous and 3D fluorescence spectroscopy in combination with molecular modeling techniques under physiological conditions with drug concentrations of 3.33-36.67 ?M. The results of SEM exhibited visually the special effect on aggregation behavior of the complex formed between HIg and shikonin. The fluorescence polarization values indicated that shikonin molecules were found in a motionally unrestricted environment introduced by HIg. Molecular docking showed the shikonin moiety bound to the hydrophobic cavity of HIg, and there are four hydrogen-bonding interactions between shikonin and the residues of protein. The synchronous and 3D fluorescence spectra confirmed that shikonin could quench the intrinsic fluorescence of HIg and has an effect on the microenvironment around HIg in aqueous solution. The changes in the secondary structure of HIg were estimated by qualitative and quantitative FT-IR spectroscopic analysis. The binding constants and thermodynamic parameters for shikonin-HIg systems were obtained under different temperatures (300 K, 310 K and 320 K). The above results revealed the binding mechanism of shikonin and HIg at the ultrastructure and molecular level. PMID:26073597

  16. Molecular structure, spectroscopic characterization of (S)-2-Oxopyrrolidin-1-yl Butanamide and ab initio, DFT based quantum chemical calculations.

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    Ramya, T; Gunasekaran, S; Ramkumaar, G R

    2015-10-01

    The experimental and theoretical spectra of (S)-2-Oxopyrrolidin-1-yl Butanamide (S2OPB) were studied. FT-IR and FT-Raman spectra of S2OPB in the solid phase were recorded and analyzed in the range 4000-450 and 5000-50 cm(-1) respectively. The structural and spectroscopic analyses of S2OPB were calculated using ab initio Hartree Fock (HF) and density functional theory calculations (B3PW91, B3LYP) with 6-31G(d,p) basis set. A complete vibrational interpretation has been made on the basis of the calculated Potential Energy Distribution (PED). The HF, B3LYP and B3PW91 methods based NMR calculation has been used to assign the (1)H NMR and (13)C NMR chemical shift of S2OPB. Comparative study on UV-Vis spectral analysis between the experimental and theoretical (B3PW91, B3LYP) methods and the global chemical parameters and local descriptor of reactivity through the Fukui function were performed. Finally the thermodynamic properties of S2OPB were calculated at different temperatures and the corresponding relations between the properties and temperature were also studied. PMID:25956325

  17. Structural characterization of C-S-H and C-A-S-H samples-Part II: Local environment investigated by spectroscopic analyses

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    Renaudin, Guillaume; Russias, Julie; Leroux, Fabrice; Cau-dit-Coumes, Celine; Frizon, Fabien

    2009-12-15

    Spectroscopic studies ({sup 1}H, {sup 23}Na and {sup 27}Al MAS NMR and Raman spectroscopy) have been used to characterize three series of C-S-H samples (0.8Spectroscopic investigations indicate that the main part of the Al atoms is readily incorporated into the interlayer region of the C-S-H structure. Al atoms are mainly inserted as four-fold coordinated aluminates in the dreierketten silicate chain (either in bridging or paired tetrahedra) at low Ca/Si ratio. Four-fold aluminates are progressively replaced by six-fold coordinated aluminates located into the interlayer region of the C-S-H structure and bonded to silicate chains. Investigation of the hydrogen bonding in C-S-H indicates that the main part of the hydrogen bonds is intra-main layer, and thus explains the low stacking cohesion of the C-S-H structure leading to its nanometric crystal size and the OD character of the tobermorite like structures. - Graphical abstract: The insertion of aluminum atoms into the C-S-H structure has been investigated by spectroscopic analyses ({sup 27}Al and {sup 1}H MAS NMR and Raman). The previously determined structural continuity, when increasing the C/S ratio from the C-S-H(I) type to the C-S-H(II) type, has been confirmed even in the presence of aluminum.

  18. 13C-Methyl Formate: Observations of a Sample of High-mass Star-forming Regions Including orion-KL and Spectroscopic Characterization

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    Favre, Cécile; Carvajal, Miguel; Field, David; Jørgensen, Jes K.; Bisschop, Suzanne E.; Brouillet, Nathalie; Despois, Didier; Baudry, Alain; Kleiner, Isabelle; Bergin, Edwin A.; Crockett, Nathan R.; Neill, Justin L.; Margulès, Laurent; Huet, Thérèse R.; Demaison, Jean

    2014-12-01

    We have surveyed a sample of massive star-forming regions located over a range of distances from the Galactic center for methyl formate, HCOOCH3, and its isotopologues H13COOCH3 and HCOO13CH3. The observations were carried out with the APEX telescope in the frequency range 283.4-287.4 GHz. Based on the APEX observations, we report tentative detections of the 13C-methyl formate isotopologue HCOO13CH3 toward the following four massive star-forming regions: Sgr B2(N-LMH), NGC 6334 IRS 1, W51 e2, and G19.61-0.23. In addition, we have used the 1 mm ALMA science verification observations of Orion-KL and confirm the detection of the 13C-methyl formate species in Orion-KL and image its spatial distribution. Our analysis shows that the 12C/13C isotope ratio in methyl formate toward the Orion-KL Compact Ridge and Hot Core-SW components (68.4 ± 10.1 and 71.4 ± 7.8, respectively) are, for both the 13C-methyl formate isotopologues, commensurate with the average 12C/13C ratio of CO derived toward Orion-KL. Likewise, regarding the other sources, our results are consistent with the 12C/13C in CO. We also report the spectroscopic characterization, which includes a complete partition function, of the complex H13COOCH3 and HCOO13CH3 species. New spectroscopic data for both isotopomers H13COOCH3 and HCOO13CH3, presented in this study, have made it possible to measure this fundamentally important isotope ratio in a large organic molecule for the first time. This publication is based on data acquired with the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX). APEX is a collaboration between the Max-Planck-Institut fur Radioastronomie, the European Southern Observatory, and the Onsala Space Observatory (under program ID 089.F-9319).

  19. Portuguese tin-glazed earthenware from the 16th century: A spectroscopic characterization of pigments, glazes and pastes

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    Vieira Ferreira, L. F.; Ferreira Machado, I.; Ferraria, A. M.; Casimiro, T. M.; Colomban, Ph.

    2013-11-01

    Sherds representative of the Portuguese faience production of the early-16th century from the "Mata da Machada" kiln and from an archaeological excavation on a small urban site in the city of Aveiro (from late 15th to early 16th century) were studied with the use of non-invasive spectroscopies, namely: ground state diffuse reflectance absorption (GSDR), micro-Raman, Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) and proton induced X-ray (PIXE). These results were compared with the ones obtained for two Spanish productions, from Valencia and Seville, both from same period (late 15th century and 16th century), since it is well know that Portugal imported significant quantities of those goods from Spain at that time.

  20. Spectroscopic and Thermogravimetric Characterization of Pb(II) Dinonyldithiophosphate: Removal of Pb(II) from Aqueous Solution

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    Gümgüm, H. B.; Biricik, N.

    2015-07-01

    Dinonyldithiophosphoric acid (DNDTPA) was prepared by adding phosphorus pentasulfide to nonyl alcohol. The lead dinonyl dithiophosphate complex Pb(DNDTP) 2 was prepared by mixing a solution of lead(II) with a solution of DNDTPA in ethanol at room temperature. The recovered Pb(DNDTP) 2 was crystallized in ethanol, and fi ne colorless needles were obtained. The complex was characterised by elemental analysis and IR, UV-vis and atomic absorption spectroscopy. The thermal behavior of Pb(DNDTP) 2 was investigated by thermogravimetric analysis under a nitrogen atmosphere. Removal of Pb(II) from aqueous media by DNDTPA solutions was investigated. The optimum conditions for extraction, such as the organic solvent, pH of the aqueous phase, time of equilibration, concentration, and effect of anions, were investigated. It was found that DNDTPA is an effective substance for removing Pb(II) from aqueous solution.

  1. Comparative study on three highly sensitive absorption measurement techniques characterizing lithium niobate over its entire transparent spectral range.

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    Leidinger, M; Fieberg, S; Waasem, N; Kühnemann, F; Buse, K; Breunig, I

    2015-08-24

    We employ three highly sensitive spectrometers: a photoacoustic spectrometer, a photothermal common-path interferometer and a whispering-gallery-resonator-based absorption spectrometer, for a comparative study of measuring the absorption coefficient of nominally transparent undoped, congruently grown lithium niobate for ordinarily and extraordinarily polarized light in the wavelength range from 390 to 3800 nm. The absorption coefficient ranges from below 10-4 cm-1 up to 2 cm-1. Furthermore, we measure the absorption at the Urbach tail as well as the multiphonon edge of the material by a standard grating spectrometer and a Fourier-transform infrared spectrometer, providing for the first time an absorption spectrum of the whole transparency window of lithium niobate. The absorption coefficients obtained by the three highly sensitive and independent methods show good agreement. PMID:26368148

  2. CHARACTERIZATION OF A SAMPLE OF INTERMEDIATE-TYPE AGNs. I. SPECTROSCOPIC PROPERTIES AND SERENDIPITOUS DISCOVERY OF NEW DUAL AGNs

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    Benitez, Erika; Cruz-Gonzalez, Irene; Martinez, Benoni; Jimenez-Bailon, Elena; Mendez-Abreu, Jairo; Lopez-Martin, Luis; Fuentes-Carrera, Isaura; Leon-Tavares, Jonathan; Chavushyan, Vahram H.

    2013-01-20

    A sample of 10 nearby intermediate-type active galactic nuclei (AGNs) drawn from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey is presented. The aim of this work is to provide estimations of the black hole (BH) mass for the sample galaxies from the dynamics of the broad-line region. For this purpose, a detailed spectroscopic analysis of the objects was done. Using Baldwin-Phillips-Terlevich diagnostic diagrams, we have carefully classified the objects as true intermediate-type AGNs and found that 80%{sup +7.2%} {sub -17.3%} are composite AGNs. The BH mass estimated for the sample is within 6.54 {+-} 0.16 < log M {sub BH} < 7.81 {+-} 0.14. Profile analysis shows that five objects (J120655.63+501737.1, J121607.08+504930.0, J141238.14+391836.5, J143031.18+524225.8, and J162952.88+242638.3) have narrow double-peaked emission lines in both the red (H{alpha}, [N II] {lambda}{lambda}6548,6583 and [S II] {lambda}{lambda}6716, 6731) and the blue (H{beta} and [O III] {lambda}{lambda}4959, 5007) regions of the spectra, with velocity differences ({Delta}V) between the double peaks within 114 km s{sup -1} < {Delta}V < 256 km s{sup -1}. Two of them, J121607.08+504930.0 and J141238.14+391836.5, are candidates for dual AGNs since their double-peaked emission lines are dominated by AGN activity. In searches of dual AGNs, type 1, type II, and intermediate-type AGNs should be carefully separated, due to the high serendipitous number of narrow double-peaked sources (50% {+-} 14.4%) found in our sample.

  3. Spectroscopic characterization of enzymatic flax retting: Factor analysis of FT-IR and FT-Raman data

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    Archibald, D. D.; Henrikssen, G.; Akin, D. E.; Barton, F. E.

    1998-06-01

    Flax retting is a chemical, microbial or enzymatic process which releases the bast fibers from the stem matrix so they can be suitable for mechanical processing before spinning into linen yarn. This study aims to determine the vibrational spectral features and sampling methods which can be used to evaluate the retting process. Flax stems were retted on a small scale using an enzyme mixture known to yield good retted flax. Processed stems were harvested at various time points in the process and the retting was evaluated by conventional methods including weight loss, color difference and Fried's test, a visual ranking of how the stems disintegrate in hot water. Spectroscopic measurements were performed on either whole stems or powders of the fibers that were mechanically extracted from the stems. Selected regions of spectra were baseline and amplitude corrected using a variant of the multiplicative signal correction method. Principal component regression and partial least-squares regression with full cross-validation were used to determine the spectral features and rate of spectral transformation by regressing the spectra against the retting time in hours. FT-Raman of fiber powders and FT-IR reflectance of whole stems were the simplest and most precise methods for monitoring the retting transformation. Raman tracks the retting by measuring the decrease in aromatic signal and subtle changes in the C-H stretching vibrations. The IR method uses complex spectral features in the fingerprint and carbonyl region, many of which are due to polysaccharide components. Both spectral techniques monitor the retting process with greater precision than the reference method.

  4. Combined UHV/high-pressure catalysis setup for depth-resolved near-surface spectroscopic characterization and catalytic testing of model catalysts

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    Mayr, Lukas; Klötzer, Bernhard; Penner, Simon; Rameshan, Raffael; Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Faradayweg 4-6, 14195 Berlin ; Rameshan, Christoph; Institute of Materials Chemistry, Vienna University of Technology, Getreidemarkt 9/BC/01, 1060 Vienna

    2014-05-15

    An ultra-high vacuum (UHV) setup for “real” and “inverse” model catalyst preparation, depth-resolved near-surface spectroscopic characterization, and quantification of catalytic activity and selectivity under technologically relevant conditions is described. Due to the all-quartz reactor attached directly to the UHV-chamber, transfer of the catalyst for in situ testing without intermediate contact to the ambient is possible. The design of the UHV-compatible re-circulating batch reactor setup allows the study of reaction kinetics under close to technically relevant catalytic conditions up to 1273 K without contact to metallic surfaces except those of the catalyst itself. With the attached differentially pumped exchangeable evaporators and the quartz-microbalance thickness monitoring equipment, a reproducible, versatile, and standardised sample preparation is possible. For three-dimensional near-surface sample characterization, the system is equipped with a hemispherical analyser for X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), electron-beam or X-ray-excited Auger-electron spectroscopy, and low-energy ion scattering measurements. Due the dedicated geometry of the X-ray gun (54.7°, “magic angle”) and the rotatable sample holder, depth analysis by angle-resolved XPS measurements can be performed. Thus, by the combination of characterisation methods with different information depths, a detailed three-dimensional picture of the electronic and geometric structure of the model catalyst can be obtained. To demonstrate the capability of the described system, comparative results for depth-resolved sample characterization and catalytic testing in methanol steam reforming on PdGa and PdZn near-surface intermetallic phases are shown.

  5. Portuguese tin-glazed earthenware from the 17th century. Part 2: A spectroscopic characterization of pigments, glazes and pastes of the three main production centers.

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    Vieira Ferreira, L F; Ferreira, D P; Conceição, D S; Santos, L F; Pereira, M F C; Casimiro, T M; Ferreira Machado, I

    2015-10-01

    Sherds representative of the three Portuguese faience production centers of the 17th century - Lisbon, Coimbra and Vila Nova were studied with the use of mostly non-invasive spectroscopies, namely: ground state diffuse reflectance absorption (GSDR), micro-Raman, Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) and proton induced X-ray (PIXE) or X-ray fluorescence emission (XRF). X-ray diffraction (XRD) experiments were also performed. The obtained results evidence a clear similarity in the pastes of the pottery produced Vila Nova and some of the ceramic pastes from Lisbon, in accordance with documental sources that described the use of Lisbon clays by Vila Nova potters, at least since mid 17th century. Quartz and Gehlenite are the main components of the Lisbon's pastes, but differences between the ceramic pastes were detected pointing out to the use of several clay sources. The spectroscopic trend exhibited Coimbra's pottery is remarkably different, Quartz and Diopside being the major components of these pastes, enabling one to well define a pattern for these ceramic bodies. The blue pigment from the Lisbon samples is a cobalt oxide that exists in the silicate glassy matrix, which enables the formation of detectable cobalt silicate microcrystals in most productions of the second half of the 17th century. No micro-Raman cobalt blue signature could be detected in the Vila Nova and Coimbra blue glazes. This is in accordance with the lower kiln temperatures in these two production centers and with Co(2+) ions dispersed in the silicate matrix. In all cases the white glaze is obtained with the use of tin oxide. Hausmannite was detected as the manganese oxide mineral used to produce the purple glaze (wine color "vinoso") in Lisbon. PMID:25965511

  6. Macroscopic and spectroscopic Characterization of Selenate, Selenite, and Chromate Adsorption at the Solid–Water Interface of -Al2O3

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    Elzinga, E.; Tang, Y; McDonald, J; DeSisto, S; Reeder, R

    2009-01-01

    The interaction of selenate, selenite, and chromate with the hydrated surface of {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} was studied using a combination of macroscopic pH edge data, electrophoretic mobility measurements, and X-ray absorption spectroscopic analyses. The pH edge data show generally increased oxyanion adsorption with decreasing pH, and indicate ionic strength-(in)dependent adsorption of chromate and selenate across the pH range 4-9, and ionic strength-(in)dependent adsorption of selenite in this pH range. The adsorption of chromate peaks at pH 5.0, whereas for selenate and selenite no pH adsorption maxima are observed. Electrophoretic mobility measurements show that all three oxyanions decrease the zeta potential of {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} upon adsorption; however, only selenite decreased the pHPZC of the {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} sorbent. EXAFS data indicate that selenite ions are coordinated in a bridging bidentate fashion to surface AlO6 octahedra, whereas no second-neighbor Al scattering was observed for adsorbed selenate ions. Combined, the results presented here show that pH is a major factor in determining the extent of adsorption of selenate, selenite, and chromate on hydrated {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The results point to substantial differences between these anions as to the mode of adsorption at the hydrated {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} surface, with selenate adsorbing as nonprotonated outer-sphere complexes, chromate forming a mixture of monoprotonated and nonprotonated outer-sphere adsorption complexes, and selenite coordinating as inner-sphere surface complexes in bridging configuration.

  7. Molecular structure, spectroscopic characterization, HOMO and LUMO analysis of 3,3'-diaminobenzidine with DFT quantum chemical calculations.

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    Karabacak, Mehmet; Bilgili, Sibel; Atac, Ahmet

    2015-11-01

    In this work, infrared, Raman and UV spectra of 3,3'-diaminobenzidine (3,3-DAB) were carried out by using density functional theory (DFT)/B3LYP method with 6-311G(d,p) basis set. FT-IR and FT-Raman spectra were recorded in the region 4000-400 and 4000-50 cm(-1), respectively. The geometrical parameters, energies and wavenumbers were obtained and fundamental vibrations were assigned on the basis of the potential energy distribution (PED) of the vibrational modes. The UV spectrum of the investigated compound was recorded in the range of 200-400 nm in ethanol and water solutions. The electronic properties, such as excitation energies, absorption wavelengths, HOMO and LUMO energies were performed by DFT/B3LYP approach and the results were compared with experimental observations. Thermodynamic properties, Mulliken atomic charges and molecular electrostatic potential (MEP) were calculated for the title molecule. Also the nonlinear optical properties of 3,3-DAB molecule were explored theoretically. As a result, the calculated results were compared with the observed values and generally found to be in good agreement. PMID:26026306

  8. Chitosan filler effects on the experimental characterization, spectroscopic investigation and thermal studies of PVA/PVP blend films

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    Abdelrazek, E. M.; Elashmawi, I. S.; Labeeb, S.

    2010-04-01

    Structural, optical, thermal and morphological studies were performed for pure PVA/PVP (50/50) blend and PVA/PVP blend filled with different concentrations of chitosan upto 40 wt% using casting method. The prepared films were investigated by different techniques. All techniques demonstrate the complexation between chitosan and the polymers blend. There were some changes in the IR absorption bands position and its intensities. UV-vis analysis revealed intensity of the shoulder around 273-280 nm increase with increasing chitosan content. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) showed thermal stability of the product samples and that has improved after filling chitosan increases. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) images of different concentrations of films revealed that large crystals characteristic of chitosan were also frequently present, when chitosan content increase upto 20 wt%, rough surfaces and crystalline structures are the dominant features. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) showed that the incorporation of chitosan into the polymeric matrix causes decreasing in the crystallinity degree of the samples and this indicates the complexation between the filler and the polymers blend. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) is used to study the samples in the temperature range of 30-500 °C. Figures show typical TGA thermograms of weight loss as a function of temperature for the present system.

  9. Spectroscopic characterization of the uptake of essential and xenobiotic metal cations in cells of the soil bacterium Azospirillum brasilense.

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    Kamnev, A A; Renou-Gonnord, M F; Antonyuk, L P; Colina, M; Chernyshev, A V; Frolov, I; Ignatov, V V

    1997-01-01

    The results of flame (FAAS) or graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometric (GFAAS) analyses are presented and discussed on the accumulation of essential metals (Mg, Ca, Mn and Fe contained in the cultivation medium) and traces of each one of the conventionally xenobiotic elements from the group V, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn or Pb, added to the medium in concentrations (0.2 mM) which do not essentially suppress growth of the bacterial culture, in cells of the plant root-associated nitrogen-fixing bacterium Azospirillum brasilense. Along with the essential cations assimilated by the bacterium, Zn and Cu were found to effectively accumulate in the biomass from the environment. The uptake of Co and Ni was significantly less pronounced, whereas Pb and V appeared to be present in cells in much lower concentrations than in the cultivation medium evidently showing no tendency to be assimilated by azospirilla. The effect of the above xenobiotics on the uptake level of the four essential elements provided evidence that they may compete for the formation of biologically active complexes with substances of both intracellular and extracellular localization. The analytical data obtained are compared with Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra of intact vacuum-dried bacterial cells grown in a standard medium and under the conditions of an increased metal uptake. PMID:9043641

  10. Spectroscopic characterization of the catalytically competent ferrous site of the resting, activated, and substrate-bound forms of phenylalanine hydroxylase

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    Loeb, K.E.; Westre, T.E.; Hedman, B.; Hodgson, K.O.; Solomon, E.I.; Kappock, T.J.; Mitic, N.; Glasfeld, E.; Caradonna, J.P.

    1997-02-26

    The geometric structure of the catalytically relevant ferrous active site of phenylalanine hydroxylase (PAH) has been investigated using magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) and X-ray absorption (XAS) spectroscopies. From the excited state ligand field transitions in the MCD spectrum, the temperature and field dependence of these transitions, and the XAS pre-edge shapes and intensities, the resting ferrous site of the `tense` from PAH is six-coordinate distorted octahedral. The low ligand field strength observed in the MCD spectrum results from significant oxygen ligation and longer Fe-O/N bond distances relative to model complexes as determined from an EXAFS analysis. Substrate-induced allosteric activation ({approx}34 kcal/mol) does not alter the structure of the iron site in the `relaxed` form of PAH compared to the substrate-bound `tense` state. Thus, while activation is necessary for the enzyme to achieve complete catalytic competence, it does not appear to affect the geometry of the catalytically relevent six-coordinate ferrous active site and only directly influences the surrounding protein conformation. In contrast, substrate addition results in a geometric and electronic structural change at the iron center which may help orient the substrate for completely coupled hydroxylation. 106 refs., 10 figs., 6 tabs.

  11. Spectroscopic features of cytochrome P450 reaction intermediates

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    Luthra, Abhinav; Denisov, Ilia G.; Sligar, Stephen G.

    2010-01-01

    Preface Cytochromes P450 constitute a broad class of heme monooxygenase enzymes with more than 11,500 isozymes which have been identified in organisms from all biological kingdoms [1]. These enzymes are responsible for catalyzing dozens chemical oxidative transformations such as hydroxylation, epoxidation, N-demethylation, etc., with very broad range of substrates [2-3]. Historically these enzymes received their name from ‘pigment 450’ due to the unusual position of the Soret band in UV-Vis absorption spectra of the reduced CO-saturated state [4-5]. Despite detailed biochemical characterization of many isozymes, as well as later discoveries of other ‘P450-like heme enzymes’ such as nitric oxide synthase and chloroperoxidase, the phenomenological term ‘cytochrome P450’ is still commonly used as indicating an essential spectroscopic feature of the functionally active protein which is now known to be due to the presence of a thiolate ligand to the heme iron [6]. Heme proteins with an imidazole ligand such as myoglobin and hemoglobin as well as an inactive form of P450 are characterized by Soret maxima at 420 nm [7]. This historical perspective highlights the importance of spectroscopic methods for biochemical studies in general, and especially for heme enzymes, where the presence of the heme iron and porphyrin macrocycle provides rich variety of specific spectroscopic markers available for monitoring chemical transformations and transitions between active intermediates of catalytic cycle. PMID:21167809

  12. CHARACTERIZING THE CIRCUMGALACTIC MEDIUM OF NEARBY GALAXIES WITH HST/COS AND HST/STIS ABSORPTION-LINE SPECTROSCOPY

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    Stocke, John T.; Keeney, Brian A.; Danforth, Charles W.; Shull, J. Michael; Froning, Cynthia S.; Green, James C.; Penton, Steven V.; Savage, Blair D.

    2013-02-15

    The circumgalactic medium (CGM) of late-type galaxies is characterized using UV spectroscopy of 11 targeted QSO/galaxy pairs at z {<=} 0.02 with the Hubble Space Telescope Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) and {approx}60 serendipitous absorber/galaxy pairs at z {<=} 0.2 with the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph. CGM warm cloud properties are derived, including volume filling factors of 3%-5%, cloud sizes of 0.1-30 kpc, masses of 10-10{sup 8} M {sub Sun }, and metallicities of {approx}0.1-1 Z {sub Sun }. Almost all warm CGM clouds within 0.5 R {sub vir} are metal-bearing and many have velocities consistent with being bound, 'galactic fountain' clouds. For galaxies with L {approx}> 0.1 L*, the total mass in these warm CGM clouds approaches 10{sup 10} M {sub Sun }, {approx}10%-15% of the total baryons in massive spirals and comparable to the baryons in their parent galaxy disks. This leaves {approx}> 50% of massive spiral-galaxy baryons 'missing'. Dwarfs (<0.1 L*) have smaller area covering factors and warm CGM masses ({<=}5% baryon fraction), suggesting that many of their warm clouds escape. Constant warm cloud internal pressures as a function of impact parameter (P/k {approx} 10 cm{sup -3} K) support the inference that previous COS detections of broad, shallow O VI and Ly{alpha} absorptions are of an extensive ({approx}400-600 kpc), hot (T Almost-Equal-To 10{sup 6} K), intra-cloud gas which is very massive ({>=}10{sup 11} M {sub Sun }). While the warm CGM clouds cannot account for all the 'missing baryons' in spirals, the hot intra-group gas can, and could account for {approx}20% of the cosmic baryon census at z {approx} 0 if this hot gas is ubiquitous among spiral groups.

  13. Current advances and future trends in characterizing poorly water-soluble drugs using spectroscopic, imaging and data analytical techniques.

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    Wu, Jian X; van den Berg, Frans; Rantanen, Jukka; Rades, Thomas; Yang, Mingshi

    2014-01-01

    A common feature of many new analytical techniques that allows fast and non-destructive analysis of poorly-water-soluble drug is that they generate a large amount of data with a multivariate character within a short time frame, which in turn highlights the need for advanced data analytical methods in extracting information from the complex data set. The current review critically examines how spectroscopy and imaging techniques can be utilized for fast and non-destructive characterization of solid state poorly water-soluble drug formulations. The first part of the present review describes the basics behind many of the currently used methods including Raman, near infrared (NIR), infrared (IR) spectroscopy and X-ray powder diffractometry in characterizing poorly water soluble drugs. Key emphasis was placed on a critical review of the currently used spectral preprocessing methods, and the influence of selected preprocessing on spectral data sets is exemplified. Further the existing uni- and multivariate spectral data analytical methods in analyzing complex spectral data sets are reviewed, covering estimation of spectral peak moments, peak modeling, variations of Principal Component Analysis (PCA), variations of Partial Least Squares (PLS) analysis and Multivariate Curve Resolution (MCR). The second part of the present review discusses hyperspectral imaging, UV imaging, optical microscopy imaging and process imaging methods suitable for characterization of poorly water-soluble solid state drug formulations. Image analytical techniques suitable for analyzing hyperspectral image data set are described. Further, the application of various image analytical techniques leading to the estimation of nucleation and crystal growth rates from polarized light microscopy is described. PMID:23651397

  14. Spectroscopic characterization of atmospheric pressure argon plasmas sustained with the Torche à Injection Axiale sur Guide d'Ondes

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    Rincón, R.; Muñoz, J.; Sáez, M.; Calzada, M. D.

    2013-03-01

    An argon microwave (2.45 GHz) plasma produced by a microwave plasma torch known as "Torche à Injection Axiale sur Guide d'Ondes" (TIAGO) in air ambience at atmospheric pressure was experimentally characterized. The conditions for appropriate TIAGO torch operation in argon and flame morphology were researched under several experimental conditions of gas flow (0.15-5.00 L · min-1) rates and microwave input powers (100-1000 W). Gas temperature and electron density values were studied by means of optical emission spectroscopy. Besides, the processes inside the discharge and their interaction with the surrounding atmosphere were described according to the recorded spectra.

  15. Heat loads from ICRF and LH wave absorption in the SOL: characterization on JET and implications for the ITER-Like Wall

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    Colas, L.; Arnoux, G.; Goniche, M.; Jacquet, Ph.; Mayoral, M.-L.; Brix, M.; Fursdon, M.; Graham, M.; Mailloux, J.; Monakhov, I.; Noble, C.; Sirinelli, A.; Riccardo, V.; Vizvary, Z.; Lerche, E.; Ongena, J.; Petrzilka, V.

    2011-12-23

    Heat loads from ICRF and LH wave absorption in the SOL are characterized on JET from the de-convolution of surface temperatures measured by infrared thermography. The spatial localization, quantitative estimates, parametric dependence and physical origin of the observed heat fluxes are documented. Implications of these observations are discussed for the operation of JET with an ITER-Like Wall, featuring Beryllium tiles with reduced power handling capability.

  16. Spectroscopic characterization and evaluation of SiO{sub 2}-overcoated silver islands as a SERS substrate

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    Lacy, W.B.; Williams, J.M.; Wenzler, L.A.

    1995-12-01

    Vacuum deposition of a 50-{Angstrom} layer of silver and a subsequent 50-{Angstrom} layer of SiO{sub 2} onto glass is shown to be a viable substrate for Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) and a suitable model of silica surfaces. The model silica surface is characterized by SERS, Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), and Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES). SERS of pyridine adsorption onto the SiO{sub 2} overlayer was used to characterize differences between the silica and silver surfaces. Adsorption isotherm and kinetic data for surfactant adsorption at the silica/solution interface have been elucidated with SERS employing the SiO{sub 2}/Ag substrates. Surface roughness relative to the underlying silver-island film and general structure of the substrate was measured with contact mode AFM. AES was used to probe the silica surface for possible exposure of silver through pinholes in the silica overcoat; the {open_quotes}pinhole percentage{close_quotes} was determined to be {<=} 1%

  17. Modern spectroscopic technique in the characterization of biosensitive macrocyclic Schiff base ligand and its complexes: Inhibitory activity against plantpathogenic fungi

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    Tyagi, Monika; Chandra, Sulekh; Akhtar, Jameel; Chand, Dinesh

    2014-01-01

    Complexes of the type [M(L)Cl2], where M = Co(II), Ni(II) and Cu(II) have been synthesized with a macrocyclic Schiff base ligand (1,4,5,7,10,11,12,15-octaaza,5,11,16,18-tetraphenyl, 3,4,12,13-tetramethyl cyclo-octadecane) derived from Schiff base (obtained by the condensation of 4-aminoantipyrine and dibenzoyl methane) and ethylenediamine. The ligand was characterized on the basis of elemental analysis, IR, 1H NMR, EI Mass and molecular modeling studies while the complexes were characterized by elemental analysis, molar conductance measurements, magnetic susceptibility measurements, IR, electronic and EPR spectral studies. All the complexes are non-electrolyte in nature. The covalency factor (?) and coefficient factor (?) suggest the covalent nature of the complexes. The ligand and its metal complexes have shown antifungal activity with their LD50 values determined by probit analysis against two economically important fungal plant pathogens i.e. Macrophomina phaseolina and Fusarium solani.

  18. Pressure versus temperature unfolding of ribonuclease A: An FTIR spectroscopic characterization of 10 variants at the carboxy-terminal site

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    Torrent, Joan; Rubens, Peter; Ribó, Marc; Heremans, Karel; Vilanova, Maria

    2001-01-01

    FTIR spectroscopy was used to characterize and compare the temperature- and pressure-induced unfolding of ribonuclease A and a set of its variants engineered in a hydrophobic region of the C-terminal part of the molecule postulated as a CFIS. The results show for all the ribonucleases investigated, a cooperative, two-state, reversible unfolding transition using both pressure and temperature. The relative stabilities, among the different sites and different variants at the same site, monitored either through the changes in the position of the maximum of the amide I? band and the tyrosine band, or the maximum of the band assigned to the ?-sheet structure, corroborate the results of a previous study using fourth-derivative UV absorbance spectroscopy. In addition, variants at position 108 are the most critical for ribonuclease structure and stability. The V108G variant seems to present a greater conformational flexibility than the other variants. The pressure- and temperature-denaturated states of all the ribonucleases characterized retained some secondary structure. However, their spectral maxima were centered at different wavenumbers, which suggests that pressure- and temperature-denaturated states do not have the same structural characteristics. Nevertheless, there was close correlation between the pressure and temperature midpoint transition values for the whole series of protein variants, which indicated a common tendency of stability toward pressure and heat. PMID:11274463

  19. Genesis of a Cerium Oxide-Supported Gold Catalyst for CO Oxidation: Transformation of Mononuclear Gold Complexes into Clusters as Characterized by X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy

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    Aguilar-Guerrero, V.; Lobo-Lapidus, R; Gates, B

    2009-01-01

    CeO{sub 2}-supported mononuclear gold species synthesized from Au(CH{sub 3}){sub 2}(acac) catalyzed CO oxidation at 353 K, with a turnover frequency of 6.5 x 10{sup -3} molecules of CO (Au atom s){sup -1} at CO and O{sub 2} partial pressures of 1.0 and 0.5 kPa, respectively. As the catalyst functioned in a flow reactor, the activity increased markedly so that within about 10 h the conversion of CO had increased from about 1% to almost 100%. Activated catalyst samples were characterized by X-ray absorption spectroscopy and found to incorporate clusters of gold, which increased in size, undergoing reduction, with increasing time of operation. The X-ray absorption near-edge structure spectrum of the catalyst used for the longest period was indistinguishable from that characterizing gold foil. Extended X-ray absorption fine structure data characterizing the catalyst after the longest period of operation indicated the presence of clusters of approximately 30 Au atoms each, on average. The evidence that the catalytic activity increased as the clusters grew is contrasted with earlier reports pointing to increasing activity of supported gold clusters as they were made smallerin a cluster size range largely exceeding ours.

  20. Vibrational spectroscopic characterization of the phosphate mineral ludlamite (Fe,Mn,Mg)3(PO4)2?4H2O - A mineral found in lithium bearing pegmatites

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    Frost, Ray L.; Xi, Yunfei; Scholz, Ricardo; Belotti, Fernanda M.

    2013-02-01

    The objective of this work is to analyze ludlamite (Fe,Mn,Mg)3(PO4)2?4H2O from Boa Vista mine, Galiléia, Brazil and to assess the molecular structure of the mineral. The phosphate mineral ludlamite has been characterized by EMP-WDS, Raman and infrared spectroscopic measurements. The mineral is shown to be a ferrous phosphate with some minor substitution of Mg and Mn. Raman bands at 917 and 950 cm-1 are assigned to the symmetric stretching mode of HOPO32- and PO43- units. Raman bands at 548, 564, 599 and 634 cm-1 are assigned to the ?4PO43- bending modes. Raman bands at 2605, 2730, 2896 and 3190 cm-1 and infrared bands at 2623, 2838, 3136 and 3185 cm-1 are attributed to water stretching vibrations. By using a Libowitzky empirical function, hydrogen bond distances are calculated from the OH stretching wavenumbers. Strong hydrogen bonds in the structure of ludlamite are observed as determined by their hydrogen bond distances. The application of infrared and Raman spectroscopy to the study of ludlamite enables the molecular structure of the pegmatite mineral ludlamite to be assessed.

  1. Vibrational spectroscopic characterization of the phosphate mineral ludlamite (Fe,Mn,Mg)?(PO?)??4H?O - a mineral found in lithium bearing pegmatites.

    PubMed

    Frost, Ray L; Xi, Yunfei; Scholz, Ricardo; Belotti, Fernanda M

    2013-02-15

    The objective of this work is to analyze ludlamite (Fe,Mn,Mg)(3)(PO(4))(2)?4H(2)O from Boa Vista mine, Galiléia, Brazil and to assess the molecular structure of the mineral. The phosphate mineral ludlamite has been characterized by EMP-WDS, Raman and infrared spectroscopic measurements. The mineral is shown to be a ferrous phosphate with some minor substitution of Mg and Mn. Raman bands at 917 and 950 cm(-1) are assigned to the symmetric stretching mode of HOPO(3)(2-) and PO(4)(3-) units. Raman bands at 548, 564, 599 and 634 cm(-1) are assigned to the ?(4)PO(4)(3-) bending modes. Raman bands at 2605, 2730, 2896 and 3190 cm(-1) and infrared bands at 2623, 2838, 3136 and 3185 cm(-1) are attributed to water stretching vibrations. By using a Libowitzky empirical function, hydrogen bond distances are calculated from the OH stretching wavenumbers. Strong hydrogen bonds in the structure of ludlamite are observed as determined by their hydrogen bond distances. The application of infrared and Raman spectroscopy to the study of ludlamite enables the molecular structure of the pegmatite mineral ludlamite to be assessed. PMID:23257342

  2. Dissociative Binding of Carboxylic Acid Ligand on Nanoceria Surface in Aqueous Solution: A Joint in Situ Spectroscopic Characterization and First-Principles Study

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    Lu, Zhou; Karakoti, Ajay S.; Velarde Ruiz Esparza, Luis A.; Wang, Weina; Yang, Ping; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai; Wang, Hongfei

    2013-11-21

    Carboxylic acid is a common ligand anchoring group to functionalize nanoparticle surfaces. Its binding structures and mechanisms as a function of the oxidation states of metal oxide nanoparticle surfaces are not well characterized experimentally. We present an in situ sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy (SFG-VS) study on the binding of deuterated acetic acid on ceria nanoparticles in the aqueous solution. In the SFG experiment, ceria nanoparticles were deposited on the flat surface of a CaF2 hemisphere in contact with acetic acid solutions. While the ceria nanoparticle deprotonated the acetic acid, the CaF2 surface could not. Thus, the binding of the deprotonated acetic acid on ceria can be selectively probed. SFG spectra revealed that the binding modes of the carboxylate group depend on the oxidation states of the ceria surfaces. SFG polarization analysis suggested that the bidentate chelating and bridging binding modes co-exist on the reduced ceria surfaces, while the oxidized ceria surfaces are dominated by the bidentate bridging mode. The direct spectroscopic evidence helps to clarify the binding structures and mechanisms on the ceria nanoparticles. Furthermore, the middle-infrared (IR) transparent CaF2 and its chemical inertness make CaF2 and similar substrate materials good candidates for direct SFG-VS measurement of nanoparticle surface reactions and binding chem-istry.

  3. Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization and structural investigations of a new charge transfer complex of 2,6-diaminopyridine with 3,5-dinitrobenzoic acid: DNA binding and antimicrobial studies

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    Khan, Ishaat M.; Ahmad, Afaq; Kumar, Sarvendra

    2013-03-01

    A new charge transfer (CT) complex [(DAPH)+(DNB)-] consisting of 2,6-diaminopyridine (DAP) as donor and 3,5-dinitrobenzoic acid (DNB-H) as acceptor, was synthesized and characterized by FTIR, 1H and 13C NMR, ESI mass spectroscopic and X-ray crystallographic techniques. The hydrogen bonding (N+-H⋯O-) plays an important role to consolidate the cation and anion together. CT complex shows a considerable interaction with Calf thymus DNA. The CT complex was also tested for its antibacterial activity against two Gram-positive bacteria Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus subtilis and two Gram-negative bacteria Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains by using Tetracycline as standard, and antifungal property against Aspergillus niger, Candida albicans, and Penicillium sp. by using Nystatin as standard. The results were compared with standard drugs and significant conclusions were obtained. A polymeric net work through H-bonding interactions between neighboring moieties was observed. This has been attributed to the formation of 1:1 type CT complex.

  4. Optical and spectroscopic properties of soda-lime alumino silicate glasses doped with Er 3+ and/or Yb 3+

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    Berneschi, S.; Bettinelli, M.; Brenci, M.; Dall'Igna, R.; Nunzi Conti, G.; Pelli, S.; Profilo, B.; Sebastiani, S.; Speghini, A.; Righini, G. C.

    2006-08-01

    A new set of soda-lime alumino silicate (SLAS) glasses doped with a fixed percentage of Er 3+ and different percentages of Yb 3+ ions was produced by conventional melting process. Their spectroscopic properties, namely absorption and emission spectra, radiative and experimental lifetimes, were measured and are discussed here. Planar and channel optical waveguides were produced in these glasses by ion-exchange, and their characterization is reported as well.

  5. Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization and computational studies of 2-(4-bromophenyl)-2-oxoethyl 3-methylbenzoate by density functional theory

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    Diwaker; Chidan Kumar, C. S.; Kumar, Ashish; Chandraju, Siddegowda; Fun, Hoong-Kun; Quah, Ching Kheng

    2015-07-01

    The title compound, 2-(4-bromophenyl)-2-oxoethyl 3-methylbenzoate, has been synthesized and characterized using experimental FTIR, 1H and 13C NMR, single crystal XRD and various theoretical methods (FTIR, NMR, electronic and band gap studies). The compound crystallizes in monoclinic space group P21/c with a = 8.176 (2) Å, b = 7.82 (2) Å, c = 2.952 (6) Å, ? = 91.330 (4)° and Z = 4. The initial coordinate geometry obtained by XRD is further used to obtain the optimized ground state geometry of the investigated compound using HF and DFT/B3LYP/6-311++G(2d,2p) level of theory. Geometrical parameters, vibrational frequencies, (GIAO) 1H and 13C NMR chemical shifts have been calculated theoretically using the optimized ground state geometry. Apart from this, density of states of different atoms, total density of states and band gap studies have also been successfully studied using theoretical models.

  6. Biochemical and spectroscopic characterization of catechol oxidase from sweet potatoes (Ipomoea batatas) containing a type-3 dicopper center.

    PubMed

    Eicken, C; Zippel, F; Büldt-Karentzopoulos, K; Krebs, B

    1998-10-01

    Two catechol oxidases have been isolated from sweet potatoes (Ipomoea batatas) and purified to homogeneity. The two isozymes have been characterized by EXAFS, EPR-, UV/Vis-spectroscopy, isoelectric focusing, and MALDI-MS and have been shown to contain a dinuclear copper center. Both are monomers with a molecular mass of 39 kDa and 40 kDa, respectively. Substrate specificity and NH2-terminal sequences have been determined. EXAFS data for the 39 kDa enzyme reveal a coordination number of four for each Cu in the resting form and suggest a Cu(II)-Cu(II) distance of 2.9 A for the native met form and 3.8 A for the oxy form. PMID:9781698

  7. Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization and antibacterial studies of lanthanide(III) Schiff base complexes containing N, O donor atoms

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    Lekha, L.; Raja, K. Kanmani; Rajagopal, G.; Easwaramoorthy, D.

    2014-01-01

    A series of six Ln(III) Schiff base complexes, Pr(III), Sm(III), Gd(III), Tb(III), Er(III) and Yb(III), were synthesized using sodium salt of Schiff base, 2-[(5-bromo-2-hydroxy-benzylidene)-amino]-3-hydroxy-propionic acid, derived from L-serine and 5-bromosalicylaldehyde. These complexes having general formula [Ln(L)(NO3)2(H2O)]·NO3 were characterized by elemental analysis, conductivity measurements, UV-Vis, FT-IR, mass spectrometry and fluorescence studies. Elemental analysis and conductivity measurements suggest the complexes have a 1:1 stoichiometry. From the spectral studies it has been concluded that Ln(III) complexes display eight coordination. The Schiff base and its Ln(III) metal complexes have also been screened for their antibacterial activities by Agar diffusion method.

  8. Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization and catalytic significance of Palladium(II) complexes derived from 1,1 bis(diphenylphosphinomethyl)ethane

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    Warad, Ismail; Azam, Mohammad; Karama, Usama; Al-Resayes, Saud; Aouissi, Ahmed; Hammouti, Belkheir

    2011-09-01

    Two novel and neutral bidentate Palladium(II) complexes of the type, [PdX 2(dpme)] (X = Cl 1, OAc 2], have been synthesized from 1,1-bis(diphenylphosphinomethyl)ethene (dpme) ligand and characterized on the basis of elemental analyses, infrared, FAB-MS and 1H-, 13C-, and 31P-NMR spectroscopy. The structure of 1 has been ascertained by single crystal X-ray crystallography and shows cis configuration in a square planar structure while the structural behavior of the dpme ligand through the formation of these complexes has been monitored by 31P{ 1H} NMR and IR spectra. These Pd(II) complexes have shown a very significant catalytic role in Heck reaction giving high yield under mild condition.

  9. {sup 13}C-METHYL FORMATE: OBSERVATIONS OF A SAMPLE OF HIGH-MASS STAR-FORMING REGIONS INCLUDING ORION-KL AND SPECTROSCOPIC CHARACTERIZATION

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    Favre, Cécile; Bergin, Edwin A.; Crockett, Nathan R.; Neill, Justin L.; Carvajal, Miguel; Field, David; Jørgensen, Jes K.; Bisschop, Suzanne E.; Brouillet, Nathalie; Despois, Didier; Baudry, Alain; Kleiner, Isabelle; Margulès, Laurent; Huet, Thérèse R.; Demaison, Jean E-mail: miguel.carvajal@dfa.uhu.es

    2015-01-01

    We have surveyed a sample of massive star-forming regions located over a range of distances from the Galactic center for methyl formate, HCOOCH{sub 3}, and its isotopologues H{sup 13}COOCH{sub 3} and HCOO{sup 13}CH{sub 3}. The observations were carried out with the APEX telescope in the frequency range 283.4-287.4 GHz. Based on the APEX observations, we report tentative detections of the {sup 13}C-methyl formate isotopologue HCOO{sup 13}CH{sub 3} toward the following four massive star-forming regions: Sgr B2(N-LMH), NGC 6334 IRS 1, W51 e2, and G19.61-0.23. In addition, we have used the 1 mm ALMA science verification observations of Orion-KL and confirm the detection of the {sup 13}C-methyl formate species in Orion-KL and image its spatial distribution. Our analysis shows that the {sup 12}C/{sup 13}C isotope ratio in methyl formate toward the Orion-KL Compact Ridge and Hot Core-SW components (68.4 ± 10.1 and 71.4 ± 7.8, respectively) are, for both the {sup 13}C-methyl formate isotopologues, commensurate with the average {sup 12}C/{sup 13}C ratio of CO derived toward Orion-KL. Likewise, regarding the other sources, our results are consistent with the {sup 12}C/{sup 13}C in CO. We also report the spectroscopic characterization, which includes a complete partition function, of the complex H{sup 13}COOCH{sub 3} and HCOO{sup 13}CH{sub 3} species. New spectroscopic data for both isotopomers H{sup 13}COOCH{sub 3} and HCOO{sup 13}CH{sub 3}, presented in this study, have made it possible to measure this fundamentally important isotope ratio in a large organic molecule for the first time.

  10. Polyoxometalates Functionalized by Bisphosphonate Ligands: Synthesis, Structural, Magnetic and Spectroscopic Characterizations and Activity on Tumor Cell Lines

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    Moll, Hani El; Zhu, Wei; Oldfield, Eric; Albelo, L. Marleny Rodriguez; Mialane, Pierre; Marrot, Jérôme; Vila, Neus; Mbomekallé, Israel Martyr; Rivière, Eric; Duboc, Carole; Dolbecq, Anne

    2012-01-01

    We report the synthesis and characterization of eight new Mo, W, or V-containing polyoxometalate (POM) bisphosphonate complexes with metal nuclearities ranging from 1 to 6. The compounds were synthesized in water by treating MoVI, WVI, VIV or VV precursors with biologically active bisphosphonates H2O3PCR(OH)PO3H2 (R = C3H6NH2, Ale; R = CH2S(CH3)2, Sul and R = C4H5N2, Zol, where Ale=alendronate, Sul=(2-Hydroxy-2,2-bis-phosphono-ethyl)-dimethyl-sulfonium and Zol=zoledronate.). Mo6(Sul)2 and Mo6(Zol)2 contain two trinuclear MoVI cores which can rotate around a central oxo group while Mo(Ale)2 and W(Ale)2 are mononuclear species. In V5(Ale)2 and V5(Zol)2 a central VIV ion is surrounded by two VV dimers bound to bisphosphonate ligands. V6(Ale)4 can be viewed as the condensation of one V5(Ale)2 with one additional VIV ion and two Ale ligands, while V3(Zol)3 is a triangular VIV POM. These new POM bisphosphonates complexes were all characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The stability of the Mo and W POMs was studied by 31P NMR spectroscopy and showed that all compounds except the mononuclear Mo(Ale)2 and W(Ale)2 were stable in solution. EPR measurements performed on the vanadium derivatives confirmed the oxidation state of the V ions and evidenced their stability in aqueous solution. Electrochemical studies on V5(Ale)2 and V5(Zol)2 showed reduction of VV to VIV and magnetic susceptibility investigations on V3(Zol)3 enabled a detailed analysis of the magnetic interactions. The presence of zoledronate or vanadium correlated with the most potent activity (IC50~1–5 ?M) against three human tumor cell lines. PMID:22725619

  11. Spectroscopic detection

    DOEpatents

    Woskov, Paul P. (Bedford, MA); Hadidi, Kamal (Cambridge, MA)

    2003-01-01

    In embodiments, spectroscopic monitor monitors modulated light signals to detect low levels of contaminants and other compounds in the presence of background interference. The monitor uses a spectrometer that includes a transmissive modulator capable of causing different frequency ranges to move onto and off of the detector. The different ranges can include those with the desired signal and those selected to subtract background contributions from those with the desired signal. Embodiments of the system are particularly useful for monitoring metal concentrations in combustion effluent.

  12. Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization, structural studies and antibacterial and antitumor activities of diorganotin complexes with 3-methoxysalicylaldehyde thiosemicarbazone

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    Khandani, Marzieh; Sedaghat, Tahereh; Erfani, Nasrollah; Haghshenas, Mohammad Reza; Khavasi, Hamid Reza

    2013-04-01

    Three organotin(IV) complexes, Ph2Sn(mstsc) (1), Me2Sn(mstsc) (2) and Bu2Sn(mstsc) (3), have been synthesized from reaction of R2SnCl2 (R = Ph, Me and Bu) with 3-methoxysalicylaldehyde thiosemicarbazone (H2mstsc). The synthesized complexes have been characterized by elemental analysis and FT-IR, 1H, 13C and 119Sn NMR spectroscopy. The structures of 2 and 3 have been also confirmed by X-ray crystallography. On the basis of spectral and structural data thiosemicarbazone acts as a tridentate dianionic ligand and coordinates to tin through phenolic oxygen, the azomethine nitrogen and thiolate sulfur atoms. The metal coordination geometry for 2 and 3 is described as distorted square pyramid and the crystal lattices are stabilized by intermolecular hydrogen bands. On the basis of 119Sn NMR data, coordination number of tin retains five in solution. The in vitro antibacterial activity of ligand and its complexes has been evaluated against one Gram-positive and three Gram-negative bacteria. Complex 2 exhibited good activity along with the standard antibacterial drugs. The in vitro cytotoxicities of the synthesized compounds against Jurkat cells were evaluated by the standard WST-1 assay. The activity decreases in the order 3 > 1 > 2 = H2mstsc.

  13. Synthesis and spectroscopic characterization of group 4 post-metallocenes bearing (?-aryl)-2-phenolate-6-pyridyl and -isoquinolinyl auxiliaries.

    PubMed

    Lo, Jerry C Y; So, Loi-Chi; Chan, Michael C W

    2015-09-28

    A new series of group 4 bis(benzyl) complexes supported by (?-aryl)-2-phenolate-6-pyridyl [O,C,N] ligands have been prepared, and all derivatives have been characterized by multinuclear NMR spectroscopy. In the (1)H NMR spectrum of the Ti derivative where [N] = (ortho-F)-substituted isoquinolinyl, one of the two CH2 resonances is observed as a doublet of doublets (collapsing to a normal d upon (19)F-decoupling), whereas the [(1)H,(19)F]-HMQC correlation spectrum reveals a strong crosspeak for this dd resonance only, thus indicating the presence of intramolecular C-HF-C interactions. [(1)H,(19)F]-HMBC experiments have been performed which reveal a significant scalar component for this coupling and confirm that the interactions are genuine. The contrasting NMR spectral patterns for the (ortho-F)-pyridyl Hf analogue, which exhibits two sets of non-identical doublet of doublets for the methylene resonances, have been rationalized. The activities of the isoquinolinyl-based Ti-[O,C,N] catalysts for ethylene polymerization are superior to those of pyridyl-based congeners. PMID:26277861

  14. Stable ?-MnS thin film deposited by two-electrode cell: synthesis, structural characterization and photoemission spectroscopic studies

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    Taleatu, Bidini A.; Arbab, Elhadi A. A.; Mola, Genene T.

    2015-09-01

    Stable MnS thin film was deposited from catalyst-free inorganic solution by electrochemical cell. The film was characterized by some surface profiling techniques. Morphology revealed that film's particles were fairly distributed across substrate's surface. Crystallinity and surface growth height/roughness were observed before and after post-deposition annealing. Optical studies further showed that annealing has improved film transmittance across visible wavelength region. Reflections from planes associated with only rock salt structure of MnS were prominently identified by diffraction studies. An estimated average crystal size of 17.40 nm suggested that the deposited film is mainly composed of nanocrystalline particles. Film durability was appraised by core-level profiling of Mn and S binding energy (BE) positions during X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS). The results indicated that before and after vacuum annealing, chemical states of Mn and S remained the same suggesting that the film did not undergo any form of transformation after long exposure to ambient environment. This study demonstrated sustainability of MnS electrode in extreme environmental condition.

  15. Synthesis and characterization of CdS doped TiO{sub 2} nanocrystalline powder: A spectroscopic study

    SciTech Connect

    Thakur, Priya; Chadha, Ridhima; Biswas, Nandita; Sarkar, Sisir K.; Mukherjee, Tulsi; Joshi, Satyawati S.; Kapoor, Sudhir

    2012-07-15

    Graphical abstract: Raman spectra of TiO{sub 2} sample doped with 50% CdS and annealed at 600 °C. Highlights: ? Transformation from anatase to rutile is prohibited in doped TiO{sub 2}. ? FTIR study indicates that TiO{sub 2} lattice has been modified in the presence of CdS. ? Raman spectroscopy is found to be more sensitive as compared to XRD. -- Abstract: This report aimed to study the effect of CdS doping in TiO{sub 2} on the phase transformation of TiO{sub 2} from anatase to rutile using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscopy. CdS-doped TiO{sub 2} nanocomposites have been prepared and characterized using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). We have observed that contrary to bare TiO{sub 2}, phase transformation of TiO{sub 2} from anatase to rutile is hindered when doped with CdS at high temperature. Raman spectroscopy is found to be more sensitive for detection of the surface of TiO{sub 2} as compared to XRD.

  16. Vibrational spectroscopic characterization of the phosphate mineral barbosalite FeFe23+()2( - Implications for the molecular structure

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    Frost, Ray L.; Xi, Yunfei; López, Andrés; Scholz, Ricardo; Lana, Cristiano de Carvalho; Souza, Bárbara Firmino e.

    2013-11-01

    Natural single-crystal specimens of barbosalite from Brazil, with general formula FeFe23+()2( were investigated by Raman and infrared spectroscopy. The mineral occurs as secondary products in granitic pegmatites. The Raman spectrum of barbosalite is characterized by bands at 1020, 1033 and 1044 cm-1 cm-1, assigned to ?1 symmetric stretching mode of the HOPO33- and PO43- units. Raman bands at around 1067, 1083 and 1138 cm-1 are attributed to both the HOP and PO antisymmetric stretching vibrations. The set of Raman bands observed at 575, 589 and 606 cm-1 are assigned to the ?4 out of plane bending modes of the PO4 and H2PO4 units. Raman bands at 439, 461, 475 and 503 cm-1 are attributed to the ?2 PO4 and H2PO4 bending modes. Strong Raman bands observed at 312, 346 cm-1 with shoulder bands at 361, 381 and 398 cm-1 are assigned to FeO stretching vibrations. No bands which are attributable to water vibrations were found. Vibrational spectroscopy enables aspects of the molecular structure of barbosalite to be assessed.

  17. Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization, electrochemical behaviour and thermal decomposition studies of some transition metal complexes with an azo derivative

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    Sujamol, M. S.; Athira, C. J.; Sindhu, Y.; Mohanan, K.

    2010-01-01

    Complexes of manganese(II), cobalt(II), nickel(II), copper(II) and zinc(II) with a novel heterocyclic azo derivative, formed by coupling diazotized 2-amino-3-carbethoxy-4,5-dimethylthiophene with acetylacetone were synthesized and characterized on the basis of elemental analyses, molar conductance, magnetic susceptibility measurements, UV-vis, IR, 1H NMR and EPR spectral data. Spectral studies revealed that the ligand existed in an internally hydrogen bonded azo-enol form rather than the keto-hydrazone form and coordinated to the metal ion in a tridentate fashion. Analytical data revealed that all the complexes exhibited 1:1 metal-ligand ratio. On the basis of electronic spectral data and magnetic susceptibility measurements, suitable geometry was proposed for each complex. The nickel(II) complex has undergone facile transesterification reaction when refluxed in methanol for a long period. The ligand and the copper(II) complex were subjected to X-ray diffraction study. The electrochemical behaviour of copper(II) complex was investigated by cyclic voltammetry. The thermal behaviour of the same complex was also examined by thermogravimetry.

  18. Transition metal complexes of neocryptolepine analogues. Part I: Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization, and invitro anticancer activity of copper(II) complexes

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    Emam, Sanaa Moustafa; El Sayed, Ibrahim El Tantawy; Nassar, Nagla

    2015-03-01

    New generation of copper(II) complexes with aminoalkylaminoneocryptolepine as bidentate ligands has been synthesized and it is characterized by elemental analyses, magnetic moment, spectra (IR, UV-Vis, 1H NMR and ESR) and thermal studies. The IR data suggest the coordination modes for ligands which behave as a bidentate with copper(II) ion. Based on the elemental analysis, magnetic studies, electronic and ESR data, binuclear square planar geometry was proposed for complexes 7a, 7b, square pyramidal for 9a, 9b and octahedral for 8a, 8b, 10a, 10b. The molar conductance in DMF solution indicates that all complexes are electrolyte except 7a and 7b. The ESR spectra of solid copper(II) complexes in powder form showed an axial symmetry with 2B1g as a ground state and hyperfine structure. The thermal stability and degradation of the ligands and their metal complexes were studied employing DTA and TG methods. The metal-free ligands and their copper(II) complexes were tested for their in vitro anticancer activity against human colon carcinoma (HT-29). The results showed that the synthesized copper(II) complexes exhibited higher anticancer activity than their free ligands. Of all the studied copper(II) complexes, the bromo-substituted complex 9b exhibited high anticancer activity at low micromolar inhibitory concentrations (IC50 = 0.58 ?M), compared to the other complexes and the free ligands.

  19. CO/FTIR Spectroscopic Characterization of Pd/ZnO/Al2O3 Catalysts for Methanol Steam Reforming

    SciTech Connect

    Lebarbier, Vanessa MC; Dagle, Robert A.; Conant, Travis; Vohs, John M.; Datye, Abhaya K.; Wang, Yong

    2008-02-12

    An 8.8% Pd/ZnO/Al2O3 catalyst was either pretreated under O2 at 773 K followed by H2 at 293 K or under H2 at 773 K to obtain, respectively, a supported metallic Pd° catalyst (Pd°/ZnO/Al2O3) or a supported PdZn alloy catalyst (PdZn/ZnO/Al2O3). Both catalysts were studied by CO adsorption using FTIR spectroscopy. For the supported PdZn alloy catalyst (PdZn/ZnO/Al2O3), exposure to a mixture of methanol and steam, simulating methanol steam reforming reaction conditions, does not change the catalyst surface composition. This implies that the active sites are PdZn alloy like structures. The exposure of the catalyst to an oxidizing environment (O2 at 623 K) results in the break up of PdZn alloy, forming a readily reducible PdO with its metallic form being known as much less active and selective for methanol steam reforming. However, for the metallic Pd°/ZnO/Al2O3 catalyst, FTIR results indicate that metallic Pdº can transform to PdZn alloy under methanol steam reforming conditions. These results suggest that PdZn alloy, even after an accidental exposure to oxygen, can self repair to form the active PdZn alloy phase under methanol steam reforming conditions. Catalytic behavior of the PdZn/ZnO/Al2O3 catalyst also correlates well with the surface composition characterizations by FTIR/CO spectroscopy.

  20. Preparation, spectroscopic and thermal characterization of new metal complexes of verlipride drug. In vitro biological activity studies

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    Soliman, M. H.; Mohamed, Gehad G.

    2012-06-01

    Metal complexes of the general formula [M(VER)2Cl2(H2O)2]·yH2O and [Cr(VER)2Cl2(H2O)2]Cl·H2O (where VER = verlipride, M = Mn(II) (y = 2), Co(II) (y = 2), Ni(II) (y = 2), Cu(II) (y = 1) and Zn(II) (y = 0)) are prepared and characterized based on elemental analyses, IR, 1H NMR, magnetic moment, molar conductance, and thermal analyses (TG and DTA) techniques. From the elemental analyses data, the complexes are formed in 1:2 [Metal]:[VER] ratio. The molar conductance data reveal that all the metal chelates are non-electrolytes except Cr(III) complex, it is 1:1 electrolyte. IR spectra show that VER is coordinated to the metal ions in a neutral monodentate manner with O donor site of the carbonyl O atom. On the basis of spectral studies and magnetic moment measurements an octahedral geometry has been assigned for the complexes. The thermal behavior of these chelates is studied using thermogravimetric analysis technique. The results obtained show that the complexes lose hydrated water, HCl and coordinated water molecules followed immediately by decomposition of the ligand molecules in the successive unseparate steps. The VER drug, in comparison to its metal complexes is also screened for its biological activity against Gram positive bacterial (Staphylococcus aureus) and Gram negative bacteria (Escherichia coli) and fungi (Candida albicans and Aspergillus flavus) in vitro. The activity data show that most of the metal complexes have antibacterial activity like or higher than that of the parent VER drug against one or more species.

  1. Micro-Spectroscopic Imaging and Characterization of Individually Identified Ice Nucleating Particles from a Case Field Study

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    Knopf, Daniel A.; Alpert, Peter A.; Wang, Bingbing; O'Brien, Rachel E.; Kelly, Stephen T.; Laskin, Alexander; Gilles, Mary K.; Moffet, Ryan C.

    2014-09-03

    The effect of anthropogenic and biogenic organic particles on atmospheric glaciation processes is poorly understood. We use an optical microscopy (OM) setup to identify the location of ice nuclei (IN) active in immersion freezing and deposition ice nucleation for temperatures of 200-273 K within a large population of particles sampled from an ambient environment. Applying multi-modal micro-spectroscopy methods we characterize the physicochemical properties of individual IN in particle populations collected in central California. Chemical composition and mixing state analysis of particle populations are performed to identify characteristic particle-type classes. All particle-types contained organic material. Particles in these samples take up water at subsaturated conditions, induce immersion freezing at subsaturated and saturated conditions above 226 K, and act as deposition IN below 226 K. The identified IN belong to the most common particle-type classes observed in the field samples: organic coated sea salt, Na-rich, and secondary and refractory carbonaceous particles. Based on these observations, we suggest that the IN are not always particles with unique chemical composition and exceptional ice nucleation propensity; rather, they are common particles in the ambient particle population. Thus, particle composition and morphology alone are insufficient to assess their potential to act as IN. The results suggest that particle-type abundance is also a crucial factor in determining the ice nucleation efficiency of specific IN types. These findings emphasize that ubiquitous organic particles can induce ice nucleation under atmospherically relevant conditions and that they may play an important role in atmospheric glaciation processes.

  2. Spectroscopic characterization and biological activity of dihydrazone transition metal complexes: Crystal structure of 2,3-butanedione bis(isonicotinylhydrazone)

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    El-Sayed, Ahmed E. M.; Al-Fulaij, O. A.; Elaasar, A. A.; El-Defrawy, M. M.; El-Asmy, A. A.

    2015-01-01

    Metal complexes of the chloride, nitrate and acetate salts of Co(II), Ni(II) Cu(II), Zn(II), Cd(II) or Hg(II) with 2,3-butanedione bis(isonicotinylhydrazone) [BBINH] have been synthesized and structurally characterized. The crystal of BBINH was solved to crystallize as monoclinic system with space group of P121/c14. The formulae of the complexes were assigned based on the elemental analysis and mass spectra. The formation of BBINH complexes depend on the metal anion used. All complexes are nonelectrolytes except for the complexes 2, 3, 4 are (1:1) and 13 and 14 which are 1:2 electrolytes. BBINH behaves as a neutral tetradentate (N2O2) in the chloride complexes of Ni(II), Cu(II), Zn(II), Cd(II) and Hg(II). In [Co2(BBINH)(H2O)Cl3]Cl?H2O, BBINH has the same dentate but with the two Co(II) ions. In the acetate complexes, [Ni2(BBINH-2H)(H2O)2(OAc)2]?3H2O and [Cu2(BBINH-2H)(OAc)2]?5H2O, BBINH acts as a binegative tetradentate with the two metal ions. The ligand in the nitrate complexes acts as a neutral bidentate via the two hydrazone azomethine Cdbnd NHy; the nitrate ions are ionic in the Cd(II) and Zn(II) complexes and covalent in the Ni(II) complex. The data are supported by NMR (1H and 13C) spectra. The magnetic moments and electronic spectra of all complexes provide tetrahedral, square planar and/or octahedral structure. The decomposition of the complexes revealed the outer and inner solvents as well as the remaining residue based on TGA. The complexes have variable activities against some bacteria and fungi. The ligand is inactive against all tested organisms. The activity of Cd(II) and Hg(II) may be related to the geometry of the complexes.

  3. Kinetic, Spectroscopic, and X-ray Crystallographic Characterization of the Functional E151H Aminopeptidase from Aeromonas proteolytica.

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    Bzymek,K.; Moulin, A.; Swierczek, S.; Ringe, D.; Petsko, G.; Holz, R.

    2005-01-01

    Glutamate151 (E151) has been shown to be catalytically essential for the aminopeptidase from Vibrio proteolyticus (AAP). E151 acts as the general acid/base during the catalytic mechanism of peptide hydrolysis. However, a glutamate residue is not the only residue capable of functioning as a general acid/base during catalysis for dinuclear metallohydrolases. Recent crystallographic characterization of the D-aminopeptidase from Bacillus subtilis (DppA) revealed a histidine residue that resides in an identical position to E151 in AAP. Because the active-site ligands for DppA and AAP are identical, AAP has been used as a model enzyme to understand the mechanistic role of H115 in DppA. Substitution of E151 with histidine resulted in an active AAP enzyme exhibiting a k{sub cat} value of 2.0 min{sup -1}, which is over 2000 times slower than r AAP (4380 min{sup -1}). ITC experiments revealed that Zn{sup II} binds 330 and 3 times more weakly to E151H-AAP compared to r-AAP. UV-vis and EPR spectra of Co{sup II}-loaded E151H-AAP indicated that the first metal ion resides in a hexacoordinate/pentacoordinate equilibrium environment, whereas the second metal ion is six-coordinate. pH dependence of the kinetic parameters k{sub cat} and K{sub m} for the hydrolysis of L-leucine p-nitroanilide (L-pNA) revealed a change in an ionization constant in the enzyme-substrate complex from 5.3 in r-AAP to 6.4 in E151H-AAP, consistent with E151 in AAP being the active-site general acid/base. Proton inventory studies at pH 8.50 indicate the transfer of one proton in the rate-limiting step of the reaction. Moreover, the X-ray crystal structure of [ZnZn(E151H-AAP)] has been solved to 1.9 {angstrom} resolution, and alteration of E151 to histidine does not introduce any major conformational changes to the overall protein structure or the dinuclear Zn{sup II} active site. Therefore, a histidine residue can function as the general acid/base in hydrolysis reactions of peptides and, through analogy of the role of E151 in AAP, H115 in DppA likely shuttles a proton to the leaving group of the substrate.

  4. Spectroscopic characterization of hydrogen-bonded proton transfer complex between 4-aminopyridine with 2,6-dichloro-4-nitrophenol in different solvents and solid state.

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    Al-Ahmary, Khairia M; Al-Solmy, Eman A; Habeeb, Moustafa M

    2014-05-21

    Proton transfer reaction between the proton donor 2,6-dichloro-4-nitrophenol (DCNP) with the proton acceptor 4-aminopyridine (4APy) has been investigated spectrophotometrically in different solvents included the aprotic solvent acetonitrile (MeCN), the protic one methanol (MeOH) and a mixture consists of 50% acetonitrile+50% dichloroethane (ANDC). The proton transfer complex is produced instantaneously with deep yellow color and absorption maxima in the range 395-425nm. The composition of the complex was characterized spectrophotometrically to be 1:1 in all solvent proving that the solvent has no effect on the complex stoichiometry. The proton transfer formation constant has been estimated by using Benesi-Hildebrand equation where the highest value was recorded in the mixture ANDC. This proofs the high stability of the complex in less polar solvent as a result of the high stability of the complex ground state. The solid complex has been synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis to be 1:2 [(proton donor) (proton acceptor)2]. The obtained solid complex was analyzed by infrared spectroscopy where two broad band's at 3436 and 2500cm(-1) characterized for asymmetric NHN(+) hydrogen bond were identified. Molecular modeling utilizing GAMESS computations as a package of ChemBio3D Ultra12 program was carried out where asymmetric NHN(+) was explored with NN bond distance 2.77Å. The computations showed a difference in molecular geometry of the complex compared with reactants especially bond lengths, bond angles and distances of close contact. PMID:24607476

  5. Preparation and characterization of novel glass-ceramic tile with microwave absorption properties from iron ore tailings

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    Yao, Rui; Liao, SongYi; Dai, ChangLu; Liu, YuChen; Chen, XiaoYu; Zheng, Feng

    2015-03-01

    A novel glass-ceramic tile consisting of one glass-ceramic layer (GC) attaining microwave absorption properties atop ceramic substrate was prepared through quench-heat treatment route derived from iron ore tailings (IOTs) and commercial raw materials (purity range 73-99%). X-ray diffraction (XRD), SEM, Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Physical property measurement system (PPMS) and Vector network analyzer (VNA) measurements were carried out to investigate phase, microstructure, magnetic and microwave absorption aspects of the glass-ceramic layer. Roughly 80.6±1.7 wt% borosilicate glass and 19.4±1.7 wt% spinel ferrite with chemical formula of (Zn2+0.17Fe3+0.83)[Fe3+1.17Fe2+0.06Ni2+0.77]O4 were found among the tested samples. Absorption of Electromagnetic wave by 3 mm thick glass-ceramic layer at frequency of 2-18 GHz reached peak reflection loss (RL) of -17.61 dB (98.27% microwave absorption) at 10.31 GHz. Altering the thickness of the glass-ceramic layer can meet the requirements of different level of microwave absorption.

  6. Spectroscopic, thermal characterization and cytotoxic activity of bi-, tri- and tetra-nuclear Pd(II) and Pt(II) complexes with diSchiff base ligands

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    Hegazy, Wael Hussein

    2014-10-01

    In this paper; new di-, tri-, and tetra-nuclear Pd(II) and Pt(II) complexes of N,N?-bis(3,4-dihydroxybenzylidene)ethan-1,2-diamine (EDH4), N,N?-bis(3,4-dihydroxy-benzylidene)-benzene-1,2-diamine (PDH4) and N,N?-bis-(3,4-dihydroxybenzylidene)-4,5-dimethyl-1,2-diamine (MPDH4) ligands were synthesized by two different methods. The first method involve the synthesis of the three ligands from condensation reaction of 3,4-dihydroxybenzaldehyde (L?H2) with ethylenediamine (en), o-phenylenediamine (o-PD), or 4,5-dimethyl-1,2-phenylendiamine (DMPD) in a mole ratio of 2:1 followed by the reaction of the resulting Schiff bases ligands with Pd(II) or Pt(II) ions in the presence of 2,2?-dipyridyl (L) to form the di- and tri-nuclear metal complexes. The second method involve the condensation of the Pd complex LPd(II)L?, (L = 2,2?-dipyridyl, L? = 4-formylbenzene-1,2-bis(olate)) with en, o-PD, or DMPD in a mole ratio of 2:1, respectively, followed by reaction with PdCl2 to form di-, tri-, and tetra-nuclear palladium(II) complexes, respectively. Structures of ligands and metal complexes are characterized by physical properties, FT-IR spectra and nuclear magnetic resonance. The geometries of metal complexes are suggested according to elemental analysis, electronic absorption spectra, thermal analysis, atomic absorption, magnetic susceptibility and molar conductance. Cytotoxic activity against lung large cell carcinoma (H460), prostate carcinoma (DU145), breast adenocarcinoma (MCF-7), amelanotic melanoma (M-14), colon adenocarcinoma (HT-29), and chronic myelogenous leukemia (K562) is also reported.

  7. Spectroscopic, steady-state kinetic, and mechanistic characterization of the radical SAM enzyme QueE, which catalyzes a complex cyclization reaction in the biosynthesis of 7-deazapurines

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    McCarty, Reid M.; Krebs, Carsten; Bandarian, Vahe

    2013-01-01

    7-Carboxy-7-deazaguanine (CDG) synthase (QueE) catalyzes the complex heterocyclic radical-mediated conversion of 6-carboxy-5,6,7,8-tetrahydropterin (CPH4) to CDG in the third step of the biosynthetic pathway to all 7-deazapurines. Here we present a detailed characterization of QueE from Bacillus subtilis to delineate the mechanism of conversion of CPH4 to CDG. QueE is a member of the radical S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAM) superfamily, all of which use a bound [4Fe-4S]+ cluster to catalyze the reductive cleavage of SAM cofactor to generate methionine and a 5?-deoxyadenosyl radical (5?-dAdo•), which initiates enzymatic transformations requiring H-atom abstraction. The UV-visible, EPR, and Mössbauer spectroscopic features of the homodimeric QueE point to the presence of a single [4Fe-4S] cluster per monomer. Steady-state kinetic experiments indicate a Km of 20 ± 7 ?M for CPH4 and kcat of 5.4 ± 1.2 min-1 for the overall transformation. The kinetically determined Kapp for SAM is 45 ± 1 ?M. QueE is also magnesium-dependent and exhibits a Kapp for the divalent metal ion of 0.21 ± 0.03 mM. The SAM cofactor supports multiple turnovers, indicating that it is regenerated at the end of each catalytic cycle. The mechanism of rearrangement of QueE was probed with CPH4 isotopologs containing deuterium at C-6 or the two prochiral positions at C-7. These studies implicate 5?-dAdo• as initiating the ring contraction reaction catalyzed by QueE by abstraction of the H-atom from C-6 of CPH4. PMID:23194065

  8. A series of transition and non-transition metal complexes from a N 4O 2 hexadentate Schiff base ligand: Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization and efficient antimicrobial activities

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    Sarkar, Saikat; Dey, Kamalendu

    2010-11-01

    Some transition and non-transition metal complexes of the hexadentate N 4O 2 donor Schiff base ligand 1,8- N-bis(3-carboxy)disalicylidene-3,6-diazaoctane-1,8-diamine, abbreviated to H 4fsatrien, have been synthesized. All the 14 metal complexes have been fully characterized with the help of elemental analyses, molecular weights, molar conductance values, magnetic moments and spectroscopic (UV-Vis, IR, NMR, ESR) data. The analytical data helped to elucidate the structures of the metal complexes. The Schiff base, H 4fsatrien, is found to act as a dibasic hexadentate ligand using N 2N 2O 2 donor set of atoms (leaving the COOH group uncoordinated) leading to an octahedral geometry for the complexes around all the metal ions except VO 2+ and UO 22+. However, surprisingly the same ligand functions as a neutral hexadentate and neutral tetradentate one towards UO 22+ and VO 2+, respectively. In case of divalent metal complexes they have the general formula [M(H 2fsatrien)] (where M stands for Cu, Co, Hg and Zn); for trivalent metal complexes it is [M(H 2fsatrien)]X· nH 2O (where M stands for Cr, Mn, Fe, Co and X stands for CH 3COO, Cl, NO 3, ClO 4) and for the complexes of VO 2+ and UO 22+, [M(H 4fsatrien)]Y (where M = VO and Y = SO 4; M = UO 2 and Y = 2 NO 3). The Schiff base ligand and most of the complexes have been screened in vitro to judge their antibacterial ( Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus) and antifungal ( Aspergillus niger and Pencillium chrysogenum) activities.

  9. Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization, electrochemical behavior and computational analysis of mixed diamine ligand gold(III) complexes: antiproliferative and in vitro cytotoxic evaluations against human cancer cell lines.

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    Al-Jaroudi, Said S; Monim-ul-Mehboob, M; Altaf, Muhammad; Al-Saadi, Abdulaziz A; Wazeer, Mohammed I M; Altuwaijri, Saleh; Isab, Anvarhusein A

    2014-12-01

    The gold(III) complexes of the type [(DACH)Au(en)]Cl3, 1,2-Diaminocyclohexane ethylenediamine gold(III) chloride [where 1,2-DACH = cis-, trans-1,2- and S,S-1,2diaminocyclohexane and en = ethylenediamine] have been synthesized and characterized using various analytical and spectroscopic techniques including elemental analysis, UV-Vis and FTIR spectra; and solution as well as solid-state NMR measurements. The solid-state (13)C NMR shows that 1,2-diaminocyclohexane (1,2-DACH) and ethylenediamine (en) are strongly bound to the gold(III) center via N donor atoms. The stability of the mixed diamine ligand gold(III) was determined by (1)H and (13)C NMR spectra. Their electrochemical behavior was studied by cyclic voltammetry. The structural details and relative stabilities of the four possible isomers of the complexes were also reported at the B3LYP/LANL2DZ level of theory. The coordination sphere of these complexes around gold(III) center adopts distorted square planar geometry. The computational study also demonstrates that trans- conformations is slightly more stable than the cis-conformations. The antiproliferative effects and cytotoxic properties of the mixed diamine ligand gold(III) complexes were evaluated in vitro on human gastric SGC7901 and prostate PC3 cancer cells using MTT assay. The antiproliferative study of the gold(III) complexes on PC3 and SGC7901 cells indicate that complex 1 is the most effective antiproliferative agent among mixed ligand based gold(III) complexes 1-3. The IC50 data reveal that the in vitro cytotoxicity of complexes 1 and 3 against SGC7901 cancer cells are fairly better than that of cisplatin. PMID:25034122

  10. Solution 1H, 15N NMR spectroscopic characterization of substrate-bound, cyanide-inhibited human heme oxygenase: water occupation of the distal cavity.

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    Li, Yiming; Syvitski, Ray T; Auclair, Karine; Ortiz de Montellano, Paul; La Mar, Gerd N

    2003-11-01

    A solution NMR spectroscopic study of the cyanide-inhibited, substrate-bound complex of uniformly (15)N-labeled human heme oxygenase, hHO, has led to characterization of the active site with respect to the nature and identity of strong hydrogen bonds and the occupation of ordered water molecules within both the hydrogen bonding network and an aromatic cluster on the distal side. [(1)H-(15)N]-HSQC spectra confirm the functionalities of several key donors in particularly robust H-bonds, and [(1)H-(15)N]HSQC-NOESY spectra lead to the identification of three additional robust H-bonds, as well as the detection of two more relatively strong H-bonds whose identities could not be established. The 3D NMR experiments provided only a modest, but important, extension of assignments because of the loss of key TOCSY cross-peaks due to the line broadening from a dynamic heterogeneity in the active site. Steady-state NOEs upon saturating the water signal locate nine ordered water molecules in the immediate vicinity of the H-bond donors, six of which are readily identified in the crystal structure. The additional three are positioned in available spaces to account for the observed NOEs. (15)N-filtered steady-state NOEs upon saturating the water resonances and (15)N-filtered NOESY spectra demonstrate significant negative NOEs between water molecules and the protons of five aromatic rings. Many of the NOEs can be rationalized by water molecules located in the crystal structure, but strong water NOEs, particularly to the rings of Phe47 and Trp96, demand the presence of at least an additional two immobilized water molecules near these rings. The H-bond network appears to function to order water molecules to provide stabilization for the hydroperoxy intermediate and to serve as a conduit to the active site for the nine protons required per HO turnover. PMID:14583035

  11. Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization, electrochemistry and biological evaluation of some binuclear transition metal complexes of bicompartmental ONO donor ligands containing benzo[b]thiophene moiety

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    Mahendra Raj, K.; Vivekanand, B.; Nagesh, G. Y.; Mruthyunjayaswamy, B. H. M.

    2014-02-01

    A series of new binucleating Cu(II), Co(II), Ni(II) and Zn(II) complexes of bicompartmental ligands with ONO donor were synthesized. The ligands were obtained by the condensation of 3-chloro-6-substituted benzo[b]thiophene-2-carbohydrazides and 4,6-diacetylresorcinol. The synthesized ligands and their complexes were characterized by elemental analysis and various spectroscopic techniques. Elemental analysis, IR, 1H NMR, ESI-mass, UV-Visible, TG-DTA, magnetic measurements, molar conductance and powder-XRD data has been used to elucidate their structures. The bonding sites are the oxygen atom of amide carbonyl, azomethine nitrogen and phenolic oxygen for ligands 1 and 2. The binuclear nature of the complexes was confirmed by ESR spectral data. TG-DTA studies for some complexes showed the presence of coordinated water molecules and the final product is the metal oxide. All the complexes were investigated for their electrochemical activity, only the Cu(II) complexes showed the redox property. Cu(II) complexes were square planar, whereas Co(II), Ni(II) and Zn(II) complexes were octahedral. Powder-XRD pattern have been studied in order to test the degree of crystallinity of the complexes and unit cell calculations were made. In order to evaluate the effect of antimicrobial activity of metal ions upon chelation, both the ligands and their metal complexes were screened for their antibacterial and antifungal activities by minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) method. The results showed that the metal complexes were found to be more active than free ligands. The DNA cleaving capacities of all the complexes were analyzed by agarose gel electrophoresis method against supercoiled plasmid DNA. Among the compounds tested for antioxidant capacity, ligand 1 displayed excellent activity than its metal complexes.

  12. Comparative Characterization Study of a LaBr3(Ce) Scintillation Crystal in Two Surface Wrapping Scenarios: Absorptive and Reflective

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    Aldawood, Saad; Castelhano, Ines; Gernhäuser, Roman; Van Der Kolff, Hugh; Lang, Christian; Liprandi, Silvia; Lutter, Rudolf; Maier, Ludwig; Marinšek, Tim; Schaart, Dennis R.; Parodi, Katia; Thirolf, Peter G.

    2015-01-01

    The properties of a 50?mm?×?50?mm?×?30?mm monolithic LaBr3:Ce scintillator crystal coupled to a position-sensitive multi-anode photomultiplier (PMT, Hamamatsu H9500), representing the absorbing detector of a Compton camera under study for online ion (proton) beam range verification in hadron therapy, was evaluated in combination with either absorptive or reflective crystal surface coating. This study covered an assessment of the energy and position-dependent energy resolution, exhibiting a factor of 2.5–3.5 improvement for the reflectively wrapped crystal at 662?keV. The spatial dependency was investigated using a collimated 137Cs source, showing a steep degradation of the energy resolution at the edges and corners of the absorptively wrapped crystal. Furthermore, the time resolution was determined to be 273?ps (FWHM) and 536?ps (FWHM) with reflective and absorptive coating, respectively, using a 60Co source. In contrast, the light spread function (LSF) of the light amplitude distribution on the PMT segments improved for the absorptively wrapped detector. Both wrapping modalities showed almost no differences in the energy-dependent photopeak detection efficiency. PMID:26697405

  13. Resolving Spectral Lines with a Periscope-Type DVD Spectroscope

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    Wakabayashi, Fumitaka

    2008-01-01

    A new type of DVD spectroscope, the periscope type, is described and the numerical analysis of the observed emission and absorption spectra is demonstrated. A small and thin mirror is put inside and an eighth part of a DVD is used as a grating. Using this improved DVD spectroscope, one can observe and photograph visible spectra more easily and…

  14. Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization and structural studies of a new proton transfer (H-bonded) complex of o-phenylenediamine with L-tartaric acid

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    Khan, Ishaat M.; Ahmad, Afaq

    2013-10-01

    A proton transfer or H-bonded (CT) complex of o-phenylenediamine (OPD) as donor with L-tartaric acid (TART) as acceptor was synthesized and characterized by spectral techniques such as FTIR, 1H NMR, elemental analysis, TGA-TDA, X-ray crystallography and spectrophotometric studies. The structural investigations exhibit that the cation [OPD+] and anion [TART-] are linked together through strong N+-H⋯O- type hydrogen bonds due to transfer of proton from acceptor to donor. Formed H-bonded complex exhibits well resolved proton transfer bands in the regions where neither donor nor acceptor has any absorption. The stoichiometry of the H-bonded complex (HBC) was found to be 1:1, determined by straight line methods. Spectrophotometric studies have been performed at room temperature and Benesi-Hildebrand equation was used to determine formation constant (KCT), molar extinction coefficient (?CT) and also transition energy (ECT) of the H-bonded complex. Spectrophotomeric and crystallographic studies have ascertained the formation of 1:1 H-bonded complex. Thermal analysis (TGA-DTA) was also used to confirm the thermal fragmentation and the stability of the synthesized H-bonded complex.

  15. Preparation, spectroscopic and thermal characterization of new charge-transfer complexes of ethidium bromide with ?-acceptors. In vitro biological activity studies

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    Eldaroti, Hala H.; Gadir, Suad A.; Refat, Moamen S.; Adam, Abdel Majid A.

    2013-05-01

    Ethidium bromide (EtBr) is a strong DNA binder and has been widely used to probe DNA structure in drug-DNA and protein-DNA interaction. Four new charge-transfer (CT) complexes consisting of EtBr as donor and quinol (QL), picric acid (PA), tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ) or dichlorodicyanobenzoquinone (DDQ) as acceptors, were synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, electronic absorption, spectrophotometric titration, IR, Raman, 1H NMR and X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) techniques. The stoichiometry of these complexes was found to be 1:2 ratio and having the formula [(EtBr)(acceptor)]. The thermal stability of the synthesized CT complexes was investigated using thermogravimetric (TG) analyses, and the morphology and particle size of these complexes were obtained from scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The CT complexes were also tested for its antibacterial activity against two Gram-positive bacteria Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus subtilis and two Gram-negative bacteria; Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeuroginosa strains by using Tetracycline as standard and antifungal property against Aspergillus flavus and Candida albicans by using amphotericin B as standard. The results were compared with the standard drugs and significant conclusions were obtained. The results indicated that the [(EtBr)(QL)2] complex had exerted excellent inhibitory activity against the growth of the tested bacterial strains.

  16. Characterization of thin poly(dimethylsiloxane)-based tissue-simulating phantoms with tunable reduced scattering and absorption coefficients at visible and near-infrared wavelengths

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    Greening, Gage J.; Istfan, Raeef; Higgins, Laura M.; Balachandran, Kartik; Roblyer, Darren; Pierce, Mark C.; Muldoon, Timothy J.

    2014-11-01

    Optical phantoms are used in the development of various imaging systems. For certain applications, the development of thin phantoms that simulate the physical size and optical properties of tissue is important. Here, we demonstrate a method for producing thin phantom layers with tunable optical properties using poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) as a substrate material. The thickness of each layer (between 115 and 880 ?m) was controlled using a spin coater. The reduced scattering and absorption coefficients were controlled using titanium dioxide and alcohol-soluble nigrosin, respectively. These optical coefficients were quantified at six discrete wavelengths (591, 631, 659, 691, 731, and 851 nm) at varying concentrations of titanium dioxide and nigrosin using spatial frequency domain imaging. From the presented data, we provide lookup tables to determine the appropriate concentrations of scattering and absorbing agents to be used in the design of PDMS-based phantoms with specific optical coefficients. In addition, heterogeneous phantoms mimicking the layered features of certain tissue types may be fabricated from multiple stacked layers, each with custom optical properties. These thin, tunable PDMS optical phantoms can simulate many tissue types and have broad imaging calibration applications in endoscopy, diffuse optical spectroscopic imaging, and optical coherence tomography, etc.

  17. Spectroscopic characterization of visbreaking tars

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    Scotti, R.; Clericuzio, M.; Pirovano, C.

    1995-12-31

    The stability of visbreaking tars (VB-tar) constitutes a limit for converting petroleum residues into distillates. Depending on the severity of the process (temperature and/or residence time), a progressive thermal dealkylation of asphaltene molecules occurs, resulting in an increase of aromaticity. As a consequence asphaltenes are hardly maintained in stable suspensions and tend to separate. In the present work VB-tars (350{degrees}C+ and 500{degrees}C+) with different degrees of stability were produced in a continuous bench-scale plant under isothermal conditions (442{degrees}C) with different residence times. The VB-tars were investigated by: (1) NIR and FT-IR to detect the functional groups, (2) UV-VIS and Fluorescence spectroscopies to follow the evolution of aromatic components of the ters, (3) {sup 1}H- and {sup 13}C-NMR to quantify the aromatic content, the degree of substitution of aromatic carbons and the main length of the aliphatic side chains, (4) EPR to study the nature and the amount of radicals. The results of structural investigation and their relations to VB-tar stability will be critically discussed.

  18. Determining uranium speciation in Fernald soils by molecular spectroscopic methods. FY 1993 progress report

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    Allen, P.G.; Berg, J.M.; Crisholm-Brause, C.J.; Conradson, S.D.; Donohoe, R.J.; Morris, D.E.; Musgrave, J.A.; Tait, C.D.

    1994-07-01

    This progress report describes new experimental results and interpretations for data collected from October 1, 1992, through September 30, 1993, as part of the Characterization Task of the Uranium in Soils Integrated Demonstration of the Office of Technology Development, Office of Environmental Restoration and Waste Management of the US Department of Energy. X-ray absorption, optical luminescence, and Raman vibrational spectroscopies were used to determine uranium speciation in contaminated soils from the US DOE`s former uranium production facility at Fernald, Ohio. These analyses were carried out both before and after application of one of the various decontamination technologies being developed within the Integrated Demonstration. This year the program focused on characterization of the uranium speciation remaining in the soils after decontamination treatment. X-ray absorption and optical luminescence spectroscopic data were collected for approximately 40 Fernald soil samples, which were treated by one or more of the decontamination technologies.

  19. Characterization of the Particulate Methane Monooxygenase Metal Centers in Multiple Redox States by X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy

    PubMed Central

    Lieberman, Raquel L.; Kondapalli, Kalyan C.; Shrestha, Deepak B.; Hakemian, Amanda S.; Smith, Stephen M.; Telser, Joshua; Kuzelka, Jane; Gupta, Rajeev; Borovik, A. S.; Lippard, Stephen J.; Hoffman, Brian M.; Rosenzweig, Amy C.; Stemmler, Timothy L.

    2010-01-01

    The integral membrane enzyme particulate methane monooxygenase (pMMO) converts methane, the most inert hydrocarbon, to methanol under ambient conditions. The 2.8-Å resolution pMMO crystal structure revealed three metal sites: a mononuclear copper center, a dinuclear copper center, and a nonphysiological mononuclear zinc center. Although not found in the crystal structure, solution samples of pMMO also contain iron. We have used X-ray absorption spectroscopy to analyze the oxidation states and coordination environments of the pMMO metal centers in as-isolated (pMMOiso), chemically reduced (pMMOred), and chemically oxidized (pMMOox) samples. X-ray absorption near-edge spectra (XANES) indicate that pMMOiso contains both CuI and CuII and that the pMMO Cu centers can undergo redox chemistry. Extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) analysis reveals a Cu–Cu interaction in all redox forms of the enzyme. The Cu–Cu distance increases from 2.51 to 2.65 Å upon reduction, concomitant with an increase in the average Cu–O/N bond lengths. Appropriate Cu2 model complexes were used to refine and validate the EXAFS fitting protocols for pMMOiso. Analysis of Fe EXAFS data combined with electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra indicates that Fe, present as FeIII, is consistent with heme impurities. These findings are complementary to the crystallographic data and provide new insight into the oxidation states and possible electronic structures of the pMMO Cu ions. PMID:16999437

  20. Optical properties of monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides probed by spectroscopic ellipsometry

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    Liu, Hsiang-Lin Shen, Chih-Chiang; Su, Sheng-Han; Hsu, Chang-Lung; Li, Ming-Yang; Li, Lain-Jong

    2014-11-17

    Spectroscopic ellipsometry was used to characterize the complex refractive index of chemical-vapor-deposited monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs). The extraordinary large value of the refractive index in the visible frequency range is obtained. The absorption response shows a strong correlation between the magnitude of the exciton binding energy and band gap energy. Together with the observed giant spin-orbit splitting, these findings advance the fundamental understanding of their novel electronic structures and the development of monolayer TMDs-based optoelectronic and spintronic devices.

  1. X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy Characterization of Zn Underpotential Deposition on Au(111) from Phosphate Supporting Electrolyte

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    Lee, J R; O'Malley, R L; O'Connell, T J; Vollmer, A; Rayment, T

    2009-12-11

    Zn K-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) has been used to investigate the structure of Zn monolayers prepared on Au(111) electrodes via underpotential deposition (UPD) from phosphate supporting electrolyte. Theoretical modeling of the XAS data indicates that the Zn adatoms adopt a commensurate ({radical}3x{radical}3)R30{sup o} ({mu}{sub sc} = 0.33) adlayer structure and reside within the 3-fold hollow sites of the Au(111) surface. Meanwhile, phosphate counter-ions co-adsorb on the UPD adlayer and bridge between the Zn adatoms in a ({radical}3x{radical}3)R30{sup o} ({mu}{sub sc} = 0.33) configuration, with each phosphorous atom residing above a vacant 3-fold hollow site of the Au(111). Significantly, this surface structure is invariant between the electrochemical potential for UPD adlayer formation and the onset of bulk Zn electrodeposition. Analysis of the Zn K-edge absorption onset also presents the possibility that the Zn adatoms do not fully discharge during the process of UPD, which had been proposed in prior voltammetric studies of the phosphate/Zn(UPD)/Au(111) system.

  2. Characterizing phosphorus speciation of Chesapeake Bay sediments using chemical extraction, 31P NMR, and X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy.

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    Li, Wei; Joshi, Sunendra R; Hou, Guangjin; Burdige, David J; Sparks, Donald L; Jaisi, Deb P

    2015-01-01

    Nutrient contamination has been one of the lingering issues in the Chesapeake Bay because the bay restoration is complicated by temporally and seasonally variable nutrient sources and complex interaction between imported and regenerated nutrients. Differential reactivity of sedimentary phosphorus (P) pools in response to imposed biogeochemical conditions can record past sediment history and therefore a detailed sediment P speciation may provide information on P cycling particularly the stability of a P pool and the formation of one pool at the expense of another. This study examined sediment P speciation from three sites in the Chesapeake Bay: (i) a North site in the upstream bay, (ii) a middle site in the central bay dominated by seasonally hypoxic bottom water, and (iii) a South site at the bay-ocean boundary using a combination of sequential P extraction (SEDEX) and spectroscopic techniques, including (31)P NMR, P X-ray absorption near edge structure spectroscopy (XANES), and Fe extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS). Results from sequential P extraction reveal that sediment P is composed predominantly of ferric Fe-bound P and authigenic P, which was further confirmed by solid-state (31)P NMR, XANES, and EXAFS analyses. Additionally, solution (31)P NMR results show that the sediments from the middle site contain high amounts of organic P such as monoesters and diesters, compared to the other two sites, but that these compounds rapidly decrease with sediment depth indicating remineralized P could have precipitated as authigenic P. Fe EXAFS enabled to identify the changes in Fe mineral composition and P sinks in response to imposed redox condition in the middle site sediments. The presence of lepidocrocite, vermiculite, and Fe smectite in the middle site sediments indicates that some ferric Fe minerals can still be present along with pyrite and vivianite, and that ferric Fe-bound P pool can be a major P sink in anoxic sediments. These results provide improved insights into sediment P dynamics, particularly the rapid remineralization of organic P and the stability of Fe minerals and the ferric Fe-bound P pool in anoxic sediments in the Chesapeake Bay. PMID:25469633

  3. Spectroscopic and photometric observations of the Be star 69 Orionis

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    Bossi, M.; Guerrero, G.; Mantegazza, L.; Scardia, M.; Rusconi, L.; Sedmak, G.

    1981-11-01

    Spectroscopic observations in the range 6000-6800 A and photoelectric observations in the standard B and V bands obtained for the Be star 69 Orionis during the periods from November 1977 through January 1978 and October 1978 through February 1979 are reported. Analysis of the variations in the equivalent widths and radial velocities of the observed H-alpha emission, the violet and red emissions and the central absorption reveals a significant motion of matter from the star towards the observer during the initial observation period characterized by intense emission, and a decrease in envelope rotation as the emission begins to disappear. No significant variations in photoelectric intensities are observed during a given night or from one night to the next or between the two periods, which may be explained by the fact that the star is viewed almost equator-on.

  4. Portable sample preparation and analysis system for micron and sub-micron particle characterization using light scattering and absorption spectroscopy

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    Stark, Peter C.; Zurek, Eduardo; Wheat, Jeffrey V.; Dunbar, John M.; Olivares, Jose A.; Garcia-Rubio, Luis H.; Ward, Michael D.

    2011-07-26

    There is provided a method and device for remote sampling, preparation and optical interrogation of a sample using light scattering and light absorption methods. The portable device is a filtration-based device that removes interfering background particle material from the sample matrix by segregating or filtering the chosen analyte from the sample solution or matrix while allowing the interfering background particles to be pumped out of the device. The segregated analyte is then suspended in a diluent for analysis. The device is capable of calculating an initial concentration of the analyte, as well as diluting the analyte such that reliable optical measurements can be made. Suitable analytes include cells, microorganisms, bioparticles, pathogens and diseases. Sample matrixes include biological fluids such as blood and urine, as well as environmental samples including waste water.

  5. Applications of synchrotron-based spectroscopic techniques in studying nucleic acids and nucleic acid-functionalized nanomaterials

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    Wu, Peiwen; Yu, Yang; McGhee, Claire E.; Tan, Li Huey

    2014-01-01

    In this review, we summarize recent progresses in the application of synchrotron-based spectroscopic techniques for nucleic acid research that takes advantage of high-flux and high-brilliance electromagnetic radiation from synchrotron sources. The first section of the review focuses on the characterization of the structure and folding processes of nucleic acids using different types of synchrotron-based spectroscopies, such as X-ray absorption spectroscopy, X-ray emission spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, synchrotron radiation circular dichroism, X-ray footprinting and small-angle X-ray scattering. In the second section, the characterization of nucleic acid-based nanostructures, nucleic acid-functionalized nanomaterials and nucleic acid-lipid interactions using these spectroscopic techniques is summarized. Insights gained from these studies are described and future directions of this field are also discussed. PMID:25205057

  6. Fabrication and spectroscopic properties of transparent Nd3+:MgO and Er3+:MgO ceramics

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    Sanamyan, T.; Cooper, C.; Gilde, G.; Sutorik, A. C.; Dubinskii, M.

    2014-06-01

    We present the results of the development and comprehensive characterization of fully densified Er3+:MgO and Nd3+:MgO transparent ceramics fabricated from specially formulated nanopowders. Also presented are the spectroscopic characterization results (absorption, fluorescence and emission lifetimes) of Er3+ and Nd3+ dopant ions in MgO in the temperature range 10 to 300?K. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported successful demonstration of bulk MgO host material doped with rare earth (RE) ions. Spectroscopic results are indicative of a single-site RE ion incorporation with a nearly perfect single crystalline environment within the MgO ceramic grains. The results are presented with major emphasis on potential laser application and the outlook for substantially improved laser power scaling at room temperature based on the unique thermal properties of the host material.

  7. X-ray absorption spectroscopy study of H 2S sorption on iron-rich soil: Characterization of iron-sulfur species

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    Ko, Tzu-Hsing; Yu, Lung-Sheng; Hung, Chien-Jen

    2007-08-01

    Iron-rich soil after sorption of H 2S was characterized using X-ray absorption near-edge structural (XANES) and extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (EXAFS) for determination the possible products in the present work. EXAFS revealed that the main Fe-S species in the sulfided sample were FeS (troilite) and Fe 1- xS (pyrrohotite). Iron in the sulfided sample was found to possess a Fe-S bond distance of 2.36 Å and a Fe-O bond distance of 1.72 Å in the Fe-K-edge spectra whereas the Fe-S bond distance of 2.25 Å was determined in the sulfur K-edge spectra. In the second shells, the bond distance of Fe-O-Si or Fe-O-Al with 3.28 Å was also observed. No FeS 2 (pyrite) was included in the sulfided sample. The formation of Fe 1- xS was probably attributed to the presence of Fe 3O 4, a type of spinel structure with a lattice deficiency.

  8. Characterization of poly (vinyl alcohol)/poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) poly(styrenesulfonate) polymer blend: structure, optical absorption, electrical and dielectric properties

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    Sheha, E.; Nasr, Mona; El-Mansy, M. K.

    2013-09-01

    Polymer blends of poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and PEDOT:PSS (poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) poly(styrenesulfonate)), were prepared by casting from aqueous solution. They were characterized by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, differential scanning calorimetery, thermo gravimetric analysis, Fourier transform infrared, ac spectroscopy and optical UV-visible absorption techniques. The thermal analysis did not illustrate significant variations of PVA when blended with different concentrations of PEDOT:PSS. The bulk conductivity of PVA/PEDOT:PSS blend illustrated a two orders increase, while the activation energy reduced from 0.52 to 0.16 eV with an increasing PEDOT:PSS concentration to 4 wt%. In addition, the frequency dependence of conductivity obeyed the power relation ? ˜ ?s, 0.3 < s < 0.45, which predicts ionic diffusion. The dielectric constant \\acute{\\varepsilon} and dielectric loss ?? obeyed, at ambient temperature, the Debye dispersion relations in a wide range of frequencies. A new significant optical broad absorption peak appeared in the visible range around 926 nm. Its height increased by increasing the PEDOT:PSS concentration, which was attributed to a direct energy band gap, in the range 1.05-1.2 eV, and plasmon-exciton interaction.

  9. Large-Area Chemically Modified Graphene Films: Electrophoretic Deposition and Characterization by Soft X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy

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    Lee, V.; Whittaker, L; Jaye, C; Baroudi, K; Fischer, D; Banerjee, S

    2009-01-01

    A facile, rapid, and scalable electrophoretic deposition approach is developed for the fabrication of large-area chemically derived graphene films on conductive substrates based on the electrophoretic deposition of graphene oxide and reduced graphene oxide components. Two distinctive approaches for fabricating conformal graphene films are developed. In the first approach, graphene oxide sheets are electrophoretically deposited from an aqueous solution after the oxidation of graphite to graphite oxide and the subsequent exfoliation of graphite oxide to graphene oxide. Next, the graphene oxide films are reduced via dip-coating in an aqueous solution of hydrazine. In the second approach, graphene oxide is reduced to graphene nanosheets in a strongly alkaline solution and the reduced graphene sheets are directly electrophoretically deposited onto conductive substrates. The film thickness can be modified by the deposition time and the obtained films span several square millimeters in area. Near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy is used to study the surface chemistry, electronic band structure, and degree of alignment of the electrophoretically deposited films. Polarized NEXAFS measurements verify the presence of epoxide surface functionalities on the graphene basal planes and indicate significant recovery of extended p-bonded networks upon defunctionalization by hydrazine treatment. These measurements further indicate significantly improved alignment of the graphene sheet components of the films parallel to the substrate surface when defunctionalization is performed prior to electrophoretic deposition.

  10. The HITRAN2012 molecular spectroscopic database

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    Rothman, L. S.; Gordon, I. E.; Babikov, Y.; Barbe, A.; Chris Benner, D.; Bernath, P. F.; Birk, M.; Bizzocchi, L.; Boudon, V.; Brown, L. R.; Campargue, A.; Chance, K.; Cohen, E. A.; Coudert, L. H.; Devi, V. M.; Drouin, B. J.; Fayt, A.; Flaud, J.-M.; Gamache, R. R.; Harrison, J. J.; Hartmann, J.-M.; Hill, C.; Hodges, J. T.; Jacquemart, D.; Jolly, A.; Lamouroux, J.; Le Roy, R. J.; Li, G.; Long, D. A.; Lyulin, O. M.; Mackie, C. J.; Massie, S. T.; Mikhailenko, S.; Müller, H. S. P.; Naumenko, O. V.; Nikitin, A. V.; Orphal, J.; Perevalov, V.; Perrin, A.; Polovtseva, E. R.; Richard, C.; Smith, M. A. H.; Starikova, E.; Sung, K.; Tashkun, S.; Tennyson, J.; Toon, G. C.; Tyuterev, Vl. G.; Wagner, G.

    2013-11-01

    This paper describes the status of the 2012 edition of the HITRAN molecular spectroscopic compilation. The new edition replaces the previous HITRAN edition of 2008 and its updates during the intervening years. The HITRAN molecular absorption compilation is comprised of six major components structured into folders that are freely accessible on the internet. These folders consist of the traditional line-by-line spectroscopic parameters required for high-resolution radiative-transfer codes, infrared absorption cross-sections for molecules not yet amenable to representation in a line-by-line form, ultraviolet spectroscopic parameters, aerosol indices of refraction, collision-induced absorption data, and general tables such as partition sums that apply globally to the data. The new HITRAN is greatly extended in terms of accuracy, spectral coverage, additional absorption phenomena, and validity. Molecules and isotopologues have been added that address the issues of atmospheres beyond the Earth. Also discussed is a new initiative that casts HITRAN into a relational database format that offers many advantages over the long-standing sequential text-based structure that has existed since the initial release of HITRAN in the early 1970s.

  11. Synthesis and characterization of Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} composite nanoparticles with high X-ray absorption

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    Huang, Huan-Huan; Chen, Jun; Meng, Yuan-Zheng; Yang, Xiao-Quan; Zhang, Ming-Zhen; Yu, Yong; Ma, Zhi-Ya; Zhao, Yuan-Di

    2013-10-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Uniform Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanorods were prepared via a hot injection method. • Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanorods were coated with TEOS and PEG for surface modification. • CT images of Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3}@SiO{sub 2}-PEG are much higher than clinical iobitridol when they have the same concentration. • Cellular toxicity of Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3}@SiO{sub 2}-PEG is low when the probes were directly in contact with tissue fluid. - Abstract: Owing to the high X-ray absorption, Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanocrystals are widely used as CT contrast agents. Here, we prepared uniform Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanorods via a hot injection method using bismuth (III) chloride, sulfur and oleyl amine. The resulting nanocrystals were coated with tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) and 2-[methoxy(polyethyleneoxy)propyl]yrimethoxysilane (PEG-silane) for the biological utility. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) results showed that the Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanorods had an orthorhombic structure with the length of 14 nm and the diameter of 7 nm, respectively. Composite nanoparticles (0.0226 M) gave a CT number at 550 (HU), which was higher than that of the commercial available iobitridol CT contrast agent. Furthermore, cell experiments revealed that Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} composite nanoparticles had a low cytotoxicity with a concentration up to 0.01 M of Bi for 24 h.

  12. Mn L{sub 2,3}-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopic studies on charge-discharge mechanism of Li{sub 2}MnO{sub 3}

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    Kubobuchi, Kei; Mogi, Masato; Imai, Hideto; Ikeno, Hidekazu; Tanaka, Isao; Mizoguchi, Teruyasu

    2014-02-03

    The redox reaction of Mn in Li{sub 2}MnO{sub 3} was studied by X-ray absorption spectroscopy and ab initio multiplet calculation. Associated with the de-intercalation of Li-ion, small but clear spectral changes were observed in Mn-L{sub 2,3} X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES). The systematic ab initio multiplet calculations of Mn-L{sub 2,3} XANES revealed that the spectral changes in the experiment could not simply be ascribed to the change of the valency from Mn{sup 4+} to Mn{sup 5+} but can be explained well by the changes of local atomic structures around Mn{sup 4+} due to the Li de-intercalation. Our results suggest that the electronic state of oxygen should change during charging in Li{sub 2}MnO{sub 3}.

  13. Spectroscopic characterization of various Yb3+ doped laser materials at cryogenic temperatures for the development of high energy class diode pumped solid state lasers

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    Jambunathan, Venkatesan; Koerner, Joerg; Sikocinski, Pawel; Divoky, Martin; Sawicka, Magdalena; Lucianetti, Antonio; Hein, Joachim; Mocek, Tomas

    2013-05-01

    Precise values of absorption, emission and gain cross-sections of Yb:YAG, Yb:LuAG, Yb:CaF2 and Yb:FP15-glass at cryogenic temperatures are presented. To obtain the emission cross-sections two theoretical approaches were used. The first is the McCumber or reciprocity method (RM) which is based on the absorption spectra. The second is the Fuchtbauer-Ladenburg (FL) method using fluorescence spectra. From the results of cross-sections one can expect significant impact on laser performance on these materials especially in the case of high energy class diode pumped solid state lasers.

  14. Characterization of Oxygen Containing Functional Groups on Carbon Materials with Oxygen K-edge X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure Spectroscopy

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    K Kim; P Zhu; L Na; X Ma; Y Chen

    2011-12-31

    Surface functional groups on carbon materials are critical to their surface properties and related applications. Many characterization techniques have been used to identify and quantify the surface functional groups, but none is completely satisfactory especially for quantification. In this work, we used oxygen K-edge X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy to identify and quantify the oxygen containing surface functional groups on carbon materials. XANES spectra were collected in fluorescence yield mode to minimize charging effect due to poor sample conductivity which can potentially distort XANES spectra. The surface functional groups are grouped into three types, namely carboxyl-type, carbonyl-type, and hydroxyl-type. XANES spectra of the same type are very similar while spectra of different types are significantly different. Two activated carbon samples were analyzed by XANES. The total oxygen contents of the samples were estimated from the edge step of their XANES spectra, and the identity and abundance of different functional groups were determined by fitting of the sample XANES spectrum to a linear combination of spectra of the reference compounds. It is concluded that oxygen K-edge XANES spectroscopy is a reliable characterization technique for the identification and quantification of surface functional groups on carbon materials.

  15. X-ray absorption fine structure and magnetization characterization of the metallic Co component in Co-doped ZnO thin films

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    Heald, Steve M.; Kaspar, Tiffany C.; Droubay, Timothy C.; Shutthanandan, V.; Chambers, Scott A.; Mokhtari, Abbas; Behan, Anthony J.; Blythe, Harry J.; Neal, James R.; Fox, Mark; Gehring, Gillian

    2009-02-01

    X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) measurements have been used to characterize a series of Co doped ZnO films grown on sapphire substrates by pulsed laser deposition. The emphasis is on characterization of the fate of the Co dopant: metallic particles or substitutional Co2+. It is shown that analysis of both the near edge and extended fine structure can provide a measurement of the fraction of metallic Co. Any quantitative understanding of magnetism in this system needs to take account of both types of Co. Results are reported for two types of films from two different groups that show distinctly different behavior. Films grown with high concentrations of Co show varying amounts of metallic Co that could be identified as hcp or fcc Co. Another set of films were annealed in Zn vapor to induce magnetism. These also showed significant metallic Co, but of a different type similar to the CoZn intermetallic. The bulk forms of both metals are magnetic and should contribute to the magnetism. Using bulk magnetic values, there are some discrepancies with room temperature magnetic measurements. The 2 magnetic properties of the small metal particles are likely changed by their surroundings and by superparamagnetism. Low temperature magnetic measurements for one of the samples confirmed this with an estimated blocking temperature of 50K.

  16. Insight into the secondary structure of chloramphenicol acetyltransferase type I — computer analysis and FT-IR spectroscopic characterization of the protein structure

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    Andreeva, A. E.; Karamancheva, I. R.

    2001-05-01

    The secondary structure of chloramphenicol O-acetyltransferase type I (CAT I) and an N-terminal deleted mutant has been studied by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The analysis of the amide I band of different samples (KBr, hydrated films and buffer solution) by Fourier self-deconvolution followed by a curve fitting was performed. The spectroscopic data have been utilized to determine the ?-helix and ?-structure % contents, which depend strongly on the protein sample preparation. Furthermore, the secondary structure of the enzyme-inhibitor Crystal Violet complex was analyzed. The observed difference in the secondary structural contents suggests that some conformational changes of the enzyme are induced by the inhibitor after binding.

  17. Synthesis and characterization of composite based on cellulose acetate and hydroxyapatite application to the absorption of harmful substances.

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    Azzaoui, Khalil; Lamhamdi, Abdelatif; Mejdoubi, El Miloud; Berrabah, Mohammed; Hammouti, Belkheir; Elidrissi, Abderrahman; Fouda, Moustafa M G; Al-Deyab, Salem S

    2014-10-13

    The aim of this work is to develop composite materials with hydroxyapatite (HAp) mineral and organic matrix such as cellulosic polymers. We use cellulose acetate with different percentages, and then inorganic-organic films were fabricated by evaporation of solvent. The composite films were characterized using emission scanning electron microscopy (FEG-SEM), thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA) and Fourier transform infra-red (FT-IR) spectra. Test results show that these films are uniform and have good ductility. A strong interaction existed between HAp and cellulosic polymers, and the method allows the production of very fine particles size of about 92 nm. We have developed a new chromatographic method for the quantification of bisphenol A (BPA) in samples of baby food. The result of this study demonstrates how to use this type of composite materials to remove pollutants. PMID:25037327

  18. Characterization of fine particulate matter in ambient air by combining TEM and multiple spectroscopic techniques--NMR, FTIR and Raman spectroscopy.

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    Ji, Zhurun; Dai, Rucheng; Zhang, Zengming

    2015-03-01

    This paper reports a systematic study of the microstructures and spectroscopic characteristics of PM2.5 and its potential sources in Beijing by combining transmission electron microscopy and multiple spectroscopic techniques: nuclear magnetic resonance, Fourier transform infrared and Raman spectroscopy. TEM images showed that dominant components of PM2.5 are airborne organic substances with many trace metal elements which are associated with combustion sources. NMR spectra precisely determined the percentage of carbonaceous speciation in both PM2.5 (with spatial and temporal distribution) and its potential sources, and distinguished the similarities and differences among them. In FTIR spectra, a remarkable peak at 1390 cm(-1) that appeared only in PM2.5 samples was attributed to NH4NO3, representing the occurrence of secondary processes. Raman spectra revealed certain inorganic compounds including sulfate and nitrate ions. Based on the analysis of the decomposition of Raman spectra, spectral parameters provided structural information and helped to find potential sources of PM2.5. In the space of carbon aromaticity index and ID1/IG, PM2.5 points followed a linear distribution which may also be useful in source tracing. The result shows that the combined non-destructive methods are efficient to trace the sources of PM2.5. PMID:25597896

  19. Effects of low-temperature catalytic pretreatments on coal structure and reactivity in liquefaction. Final technical report, Volume 2 - hydrogenative and hydrothermal pretreatments and spectroscopic characterization using pyrolysis-GC-MS, CPMAS {sup 13}C NMR and FT-IR

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    Chunshan Song; Hatcher, P.G.; Saini, A.K.; Wenzel, K.A.

    1998-01-01

    It has been indicated by DOE COLIRN panel that low-temperature catalytic pretreatment is a promising approach to the development of an improved liquefaction process. This work is a fundamental study on effects of pretreatments on coal structure and reactivity in liquefaction. The main objectives of this project are to study the coal structural changes induced by low-temperature catalytic and thermal pretreatments by using spectroscopic techniques; and to clarify the pretreatment-induced changes in reactivity or convertibility of coals. As the second volume of the final report, here we summarize our work on spectroscopic characterization of four raw coals including two subbituminous coals and two bituminous coals, tetrahydrofuran (THF)-extracted but unreacted coals, the coals (THF-insoluble parts) that have been thermally pretreated. in the absence of any solvents and in the presence of either a hydrogen-donor solvent or a non-donor solvent, and the coals (THF-insoluble parts) that have been catalytically pretreated in the presence of a dispersed Mo sulfide catalyst in the absence of any solvents and in the presence of either a hydrogen-donor solvent or a non-donor solvent.

  20. Tracing cadmium from culture to spikelet: noninvasive imaging and quantitative characterization of absorption, transport, and accumulation of cadmium in an intact rice plant.

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    Fujimaki, Shu; Suzui, Nobuo; Ishioka, Noriko S; Kawachi, Naoki; Ito, Sayuri; Chino, Mitsuo; Nakamura, Shin-ichi

    2010-04-01

    We characterized the absorption and short-term translocation of cadmium (Cd) in rice (Oryza sativa 'Nipponbare') quantitatively using serial images observed with a positron-emitting tracer imaging system. We fed a positron-emitting 107Cd (half-life of 6.5 h) tracer to the hydroponic culture solution and noninvasively obtained serial images of Cd distribution in intact rice plants at the vegetative stage and at the grain-filling stage every 4 min for 36 h. The rates of absorption of Cd by the root were proportional to Cd concentrations in the culture solution within the tested range of 0.05 to 100 nm. It was estimated that the radial transport from the culture to the xylem in the root tissue was completed in less than 10 min. Cd moved up through the shoot organs with velocities of a few centimeters per hour at both stages, which was obviously slower than the bulk flow in the xylem. Finally, Cd arrived at the panicles 7 h after feeding and accumulated there constantly, although no Cd was observed in the leaf blades within the initial 36 h. The nodes exhibited the most intensive Cd accumulation in the shoot at both stages, and Cd transport from the basal nodes to crown root tips was observed at the vegetative stage. We conclude that the nodes are the central organ where xylem-to-phloem transfer takes place and play a pivotal role in the half-day travel of Cd from the soil to the grains at the grain-filling stage. PMID:20172965

  1. Synthesis, characterization and application of a new chelating resin for on-line separation, preconcentration and determination of Ag(I) by flame atomic absorption spectrometry.

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    Da?ba?i, Teslima; Saçmaci, Serife; Sahan, Serkan; Kartal, Senol; Ulgen, Ahmet

    2013-01-15

    A simple and reliable on-line separation/preconcentration procedure was developed for the determination of trace levels of Ag(I) by flame atomic absorption spectrometry. Poly[N-(3-methyl-1H-indol-1-yl)-2-methacrylamide-co-2-acrylamido-2-methyl-1-propane sulfonic acid-co-divinylbenzene] was synthesized and characterized as a new chelating resin for the first time. Ag(I) was sorbed on the chelating resin, from which it could be eluted with 3 mol L(-1) HCl and then introduced directly to the nebulizer-burner system for flame atomic absorption spectrometry. The parameters influential on the determination of Ag(I) ions such as the pH of the sample solution, amount of resin, eluent type, interfering ions and flow variables were studied. Under the optimum conditions, the calibration graph obtained was linear over the concentration range of 2-20 ?g L(-1). The detection limit of the method (3?) was 0.3 ?g L(-1) while precision was 1.5% (n=25) at the level of 10 ?g L(-1) Ag(I). The limit of quantification for the method, based on 20 ?, was 2.0 ?g L(-1). The enrichment factor was found to be 65 while the optimized sample volume was 13.6 mL. The accuracy of the method was performed by analyzing certified reference materials. The developed method was applied successfully for the determination of silver in different water samples with satisfactory results. PMID:23200350

  2. Effects of adsorbates on supported platinum and iridium clusters: Characterization in reactive atmospheres and during alkene hydrogenation catalysis by X-ray absorption spectroscopy.

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    Alexeev, Oleg S; Li, Fen; Amiridis, Michael D; Gates, Bruce C

    2005-02-17

    MgO-, SiO2-, and gamma-Al2O3-supported platinum clusters and particles (with average diameters ranging from 11 to 45 A) and zeolite-supported Ir4 clusters (approximately 6 A in diameter) were characterized by extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy in the presence of H2, O2, ethene, propene, and ethane, as well as under conditions of alkene hydrogenation catalysis. The results indicate that under various atmospheres, the presence of adsorbates affects the smaller platinum clusters (11 A) on gamma-Al2O3 more substantially than the larger platinum particles (i.e., those greater than approximately 21 A in average diameter) on MgO or SiO2. When Pt/gamma-Al2O3 was exposed to H2, the platinum morphology did not change, although the Pt-Pt bond distance increased. In contrast, when the same sample was exposed to O2, complete oxidative fragmentation took place. This processes was reversed following subsequent treatment with H2. Exposure to alkenes changed both the morphology and electron density (as indicated by X-ray absorption near-edge spectra) of the gamma-Al2O3-supported platinum clusters. Under conditions of alkene hydrogenation catalysis at room temperature, the electronic properties and the structure of the platinum clusters were found to depend on the reactant composition and the nature of molecules involved in the reaction process. The effects of the reactant gases on the smaller iridium clusters (Ir4) were substantially less pronounced, apparently as a consequence of the extremely small number of atoms in each iridium cluster. PMID:16851228

  3. Speciation and characterization of arsenic in gold ores and cyanidation tailings using X-ray absorption spectroscopy

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    Paktunc, D.; Foster, A.; Heald, S.; Laflamme, G.

    2004-01-01

    The knowledge of mineralogy and molecular structure of As is needed to better understand the stability of As in wastes resulting from processing of gold ores. In this study, optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, electron microprobe, X-ray diffraction and X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) spectroscopy (including both XANES and EXAFS regimes) were employed to determine the mineralogical composition and local coordination environment of As in gold ores and process tailings from bench-scale tests designed to mimic a common plant practice. Arsenic-bearing minerals identified in the ores and tailings include iron (III) oxyhydroxides, scorodite (FeAsO4??2H2O), ferric arsenates, arseniosiderite (Ca2Fe3 (AsO4)3O2??3H2O), Ca-Fe arsenates, pharmacosiderite (KFe4 (AsO4)3(OH)4??6-7H2O), jarosite (K2Fe6(SO4)4 (OH)12) and arsenopyrite (FeAsS). Iron (III) oxyhydroxides contain variable levels of As from trace to about 22 wt% and Ca up to approximately 9 wt%. Finely ground ore and tailings samples were examined by bulk XAFS and selected mineral grains were analyzed by microfocused XAFS (micro-EXAFS) spectroscopy to reconcile the ambiguities of multiple As sources in the complex bulk EXAFS spectra. XANES spectra indicated that As occurs as As5+in all the samples. Micro-EXAFS spectra of individual iron (III) oxyhydroxide grains with varying As concentrations point to inner-sphere bidentate-binuclear arsenate complexes as the predominant form of As. There are indications for the presence of a second Fe shell corresponding to bidentate-mononuclear arrangement. Iron (III) oxyhydroxides with high As concentrations corresponding to maximum adsorption densities probably occur as nanoparticles. The discovery of Ca atoms around As in iron (III) oxyhydroxides at interatomic distances of 4.14-4.17 A?? and the coordination numbers suggest the formation of arseniosiderite-like nanoclusters by coprecipitation rather than simple adsorption of Ca onto iron (III) oxyhydroxides. Correlation of Ca with As in iron (III) oxyhydroxides as determined by electron microprobe analysis supports the coprecipitate origin for the presence of Ca in iron (III) oxyhydroxides. The samples containing higher abundances of ferric arsenates released higher As concentrations during the cyanidation tests. The presence of highly soluble ferric arsenates and Ca-Fe arsenates, and relatively unstable iron (III) oxyhydroxides with Fe/As molar ratios of less than 4 in the ore and process tailings suggests that not only the tailings in the impoundment will continue to release As, but also there is the potential for mobilization of As from the natural sources such as the unmined ore. ?? 2004 Elsevier Ltd.

  4. Synthesis, characterization, and microwave absorption properties of Fe-40 wt%Ni alloy prepared by mechanical alloying and annealing

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    Liu, Jun; Feng, Yongbao; Qiu, Tai

    2011-12-01

    Fe-40 wt%Ni alloys with granular shape and flake shape were prepared by a mechanical alloying (MA) and annealing method. The phase composition and morphology of the FeNi alloys, electromagnetic parameters, and microwave absorbing properties of the silicone rubber composite absorbers filled with the as-prepared FeNi alloy particles were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and vector network analyzer. The XRD results indicate that the crystalline structures of the Fe-40 wt%Ni alloys prepared by both one-step and two-step MA processes are face-centered cubic (fcc) Ni (Fe) solid solutions, and the structures can be retained after annealing at 600 °C for 2 h. SEM images show that the FeNi alloy powders for one-step process have a granular shape; however the particles turned into flake form when they were sequentially milled with absolute ethyl alcohol. With the increase in thickness of composite absorber, the reflection loss (RL) decreases, and the peak for minimum reflection loss shifts towards the lower frequency range. Compared to the absorbers filled with the granular FeNi alloy, the absorbers filled with flaky FeNi alloys possess higher complex permittivities and permeabilities and have a lower RL and peak frequency under the same thickness. Microwave absorbing materials with a low reflection loss peak in the range of 1-4 GHz are obtained, and their microwave absorbing properties can be adjustable by changing their thicknesses.

  5. High efficiency, spectroscopic CZT array

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    Cirignano, L.; Klugerman, M.; Dmitriyev, Y.; Bennett, P.; Shah, K.S.; Bloser, P.; Narita, T.; Grindlay, J.

    1998-12-31

    Compact, efficient, spectroscopic detector arrays which preferably operate without cooling have applications in the fields of X-ray astronomy, nuclear medicine and radioactive materials management. The authors have fabricated a 16 element CdZnTe detector array that provides a stopping efficiency of greater than 80%, a photopeak fraction of 44% and an energy resolution of 3.2 keV FWHM at 122 keV. The 4 x 4 array uses a pixel size of (1.5 mm){sup 2} with 0.2 mm spacing on a 5 mm thick substrate. The variation in spectroscopic properties among pixels has been characterized in terms of energy resolution and detection efficiency. Operation in current (or flux) mode for transmission imaging has also been investigated.

  6. The HITRAN 2008 Molecular Spectroscopic Database

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    Rothman, Laurence S.; Gordon, Iouli E.; Barbe, Alain; Benner, D. Chris; Bernath, Peter F.; Birk, Manfred; Boudon, V.; Brown, Linda R.; Campargue, Alain; Champion, J.-P.; Chance, Kelly V.; Coudert, L. H.; Sung, K.; Toth, R. A.

    2009-01-01

    This paper describes the status of the 2008 edition of the HITRAN molecular spectroscopic database. The new edition is the first official public release since the 2004 edition, although a number of crucial updates had been made available online since 2004. The HITRAN compilation consists of several components that serve as input for radiative-transfer calculation codes: individual line parameters for the microwave through visible spectra of molecules in the gas phase; absorption cross-sections for molecules having dense spectral features, i.e., spectra in which the individual lines are not resolved; individual line parameters and absorption cross sections for bands in the ultra-violet; refractive indices of aerosols, tables and files of general properties associated with the database; and database management software. The line-by-line portion of the database contains spectroscopic parameters for forty-two molecules including many of their isotopologues.

  7. Spectroscopic (FT-IR, FT-Raman, UV absorption, 1H and 13C NMR) and theoretical (in B3LYP/6-311++G** level) studies on alkali metal salts of caffeic acid.

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    ?wis?ocka, Renata

    2013-01-01

    The effect of some metals on the electronic system of benzoic and nicotinic acids has recently been investigated by IR, Raman and UV spectroscopy [1-3]. Benzoic and nicotinic acids are regarded model systems representing a wide group of aromatic ligands which are incorporated into enzymes. In this work the FT-IR (in solid state and in solution), FT-Raman, UV absorption and (1)H and (13)C NMR spectra of caffeic acid (3,4-dihydroxycinnamic acid) and its salts with lithium, sodium, potassium, rubidium and caesium were registered, assigned and analyzed. The effect of alkali metals on the electronic system of ligands was discussed. Studies of differences in the number and position of bands from the IR, Raman, UV absorption spectra and chemical shifts from NMR spectra allowed to conclude on the distribution of electronic charge in the molecules, the delocalization energy of ? electrons and the reactivity of ligands in metal complexes. Optimized geometrical structures of studied compounds were calculated by B3LYP method using 6-311++G** basis set. Bond lengths, angles and dipole moments for the optimized structures of caffeic acid and lithium, sodium, potassium caffeinates were also calculated. The theoretical wavenumbers and intensities of IR spectra were obtained. The calculated parameters were compared to the experimental characteristics of investigated compounds. Microbial activity of studied compounds was tested against Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus and Proteus vulgaris. PMID:22369898

  8. Spectroscopic (FT-IR, FT-Raman, UV absorption, 1H and 13C NMR) and theoretical (in B3LYP/6-311++G** level) studies on alkali metal salts of caffeic acid

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    ?wis?ocka, Renata

    The effect of some metals on the electronic system of benzoic and nicotinic acids has recently been investigated by IR, Raman and UV spectroscopy [1-3]. Benzoic and nicotinic acids are regarded model systems representing a wide group of aromatic ligands which are incorporated into enzymes. In this work the FT-IR (in solid state and in solution), FT-Raman, UV absorption and 1H and 13C NMR spectra of caffeic acid (3,4-dihydroxycinnamic acid) and its salts with lithium, sodium, potassium, rubidium and caesium were registered, assigned and analyzed. The effect of alkali metals on the electronic system of ligands was discussed. Studies of differences in the number and position of bands from the IR, Raman, UV absorption spectra and chemical shifts from NMR spectra allowed to conclude on the distribution of electronic charge in the molecules, the delocalization energy of ? electrons and the reactivity of ligands in metal complexes. Optimized geometrical structures of studied compounds were calculated by B3LYP method using 6-311++G** basis set. Bond lengths, angles and dipole moments for the optimized structures of caffeic acid and lithium, sodium, potassium caffeinates were also calculated. The theoretical wavenumbers and intensities of IR spectra were obtained. The calculated parameters were compared to the experimental characteristics of investigated compounds. Microbial activity of studied compounds was tested against Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus and Proteus vulgaris.

  9. Growth, Structure and Spectroscopic Characterization of Nd3+-Doped KBaGd(WO4)3 Crystal with a Disordered Structure

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    Xiao, Bin; Huang, Yisheng; Zhang, Lizhen; Lin, Zhoubin; Wang, Guofu

    2012-01-01

    The undoped and the Nd3+:KBaGd(WO4)3 crystals were grown by the top seeded solution growth (TSSG) method from a flux of K2W2O7. The structure of the pure crystal was determined by the single-crystal X-ray diffraction method. It crystallizes in the monoclinic symmetry with space group C2/c. In the structure, K+ and Ba2+ ions share the same 8f site with occupancy of 0.464 and 0.536, respectively. The investigation of spectral properties of Nd3+:KBaGd(WO4)3 crystal indicates that it exhibits broad absorption and emission bands, which are attributed to locally disordered environments around the Nd3+ centers. The broad absorption band is suitable for diode laser pumping. PMID:22792248

  10. Growth, structure and spectroscopic characterization of Nd3+-doped KBaGd(WO4)3 crystal with a disordered structure.

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    Xiao, Bin; Huang, Yisheng; Zhang, Lizhen; Lin, Zhoubin; Wang, Guofu

    2012-01-01

    The undoped and the Nd(3+):KBaGd(WO(4))(3) crystals were grown by the top seeded solution growth (TSSG) method from a flux of K(2)W(2)O(7). The structure of the pure crystal was determined by the single-crystal X-ray diffraction method. It crystallizes in the monoclinic symmetry with space group C2/c. In the structure, K(+) and Ba(2+) ions share the same 8f site with occupancy of 0.464 and 0.536, respectively. The investigation of spectral properties of Nd(3+):KBaGd(WO(4))(3) crystal indicates that it exhibits broad absorption and emission bands, which are attributed to locally disordered environments around the Nd(3+) centers. The broad absorption band is suitable for diode laser pumping. PMID:22792248

  11. Pyrazolo[4,3-a]quinindoline as a new highly fluorescent heterocyclic system: Design, synthesis, spectroscopic characterization and DFT calculations

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    Alikhani, Elaheh; Pordel, Mehdi; Daghigh, Leila Rezaei

    2015-02-01

    After obtaining the desired precursors in several reactions, new N-alkyl-substituted heterocyclic system pyrazolo[4,3-a]quinindolines (pyrazolo[4,3-f]-indolo[2,3-b]quinolines) were synthesized by one-pot reaction of 1-alkyl-5-nitro-1H-indazole with 2-(1-alkyl-1H-3-indolyl)acetonitrile in MeOH/KOH solution via the nucleophilic substitution of hydrogen in excellent yields. Spectral (UV-Vis, FT-IR, NMR and fluorescence) and analytical data allowed the structures of the synthesized compounds to be established. The values of absorption and fluorescence maxima, extinction coefficients and fluorescence quantum yield of these new heterocyclic fluorophores were obtained and they show highlighting interesting photophysical properties. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations of one structure by using the B3LYP hybrid functional and the 6-311 + G(d,p) basis set were performed to provide the optimized geometry, relevant frontier orbitals and the prediction of 1H NMR chemical shifts. Calculated electronic absorption spectrum of one structure was also obtained by time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) method. Solvatochromic properties of these dyes have been discussed and the results showed that the absorption and emission bands in polar solvents undergo a modest red shift.

  12. Mo K- and L-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopic study of the ADP.AlF4--stabilized nitrogenase complex: comparison with MoFe protein in solution and single crystal.

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    Corbett, Mary C; Tezcan, F Akif; Einsle, Oliver; Walton, Mika Y; Rees, Douglas C; Latimer, Matthew J; Hedman, Britt; Hodgson, Keith O

    2005-01-01

    The utility of using X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) to study metalloproteins and, specifically, the enzyme complex nitrogenase, is highlighted by this study comparing both the structural and Mo-localized electronic features of the iron-molybdenum cofactor (FeMoco) in isolated MoFe protein and in the ADP.AlF4--stabilized complex of the MoFe protein with the Fe protein. No major differences are found at Mo between the two protein forms. The excellent quality of the data at both the Mo K and L edges will provide a baseline for analysis of other intermediates in the nitrogenase cycle. A new capability to delineate various contributions in the resting state of FeMoco is being pursued through polarized single-crystal XAS. The initial results point to the feasibility of using this technique for the analysis of scattering from the as yet unidentified atom at the center of FeMoco. PMID:15616362

  13. Copper doped TiO2 nanoparticles characterized by X-ray absorption spectroscopy, total scattering, and powder diffraction--a benchmark structure-property study.

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    Lock, Nina; Jensen, Ellen M L; Mi, Jianli; Mamakhel, Aref; Norén, Katarina; Qingbo, Meng; Iversen, Bo B

    2013-07-14

    Metal functionalized nanoparticles potentially have improved properties e.g. in catalytic applications, but their precise structures are often very challenging to determine. Here we report a structural benchmark study based on tetragonal anatase TiO2 nanoparticles containing 0-2 wt% copper. The particles were synthesized by continuous flow synthesis under supercritical water-isopropanol conditions. Size determination using synchrotron PXRD, TEM, and X-ray total scattering reveals 5-7 nm monodisperse particles. The precise dopant structure and thermal stability of the highly crystalline powders were characterized by X-ray absorption spectroscopy and multi-temperature synchrotron PXRD (300-1000 K). The combined evidence reveals that copper is present as a dopant on the particle surfaces, most likely in an amorphous oxide or hydroxide shell. UV-VIS spectroscopy shows that copper presence at concentrations higher than 0.3 wt% lowers the band gap energy. The particles are unaffected by heating to 600 K, while growth and partial transformation to rutile TiO2 occur at higher temperatures. Anisotropic unit cell behavior of anatase is observed as a consequence of the particle growth (a decreases and c increases). PMID:23673489

  14. Spectroscopic and chirooptical properties of doped sillenite crystals. I. Absorption and circular-dichroism spectra of Bi{sub 12}SiO{sub 20} and Bi{sub 12}TiO{sub 20} crystals doped with phosphorus and vanadium

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    Burkov, V.I.; Zubovich, N.Yu.; Kargin, Yu.F.; Volkov, V.V.

    1994-08-01

    In the absorption spectra of undoped crystals of bismuth titanate Bi{sub 12}TiO{sub 20} (BTO), an inflection was found to occur at the edge of fundamental absorption; this inflection was most distinctly pronounced when the optical density was plotted on a logarithmic scale. Accordingly, in the spectrum of circular dichroism (CD) of the crystal exhibiting positive rotation, a band (peaked at 2.95 eV, {lambda} = 0.42 {mu}m) of positive sign, which coincides with the CD sign of the interband transition, is observed. In the {Delta}{epsilon}c scale, the intensity of this band attains a value of 18 x 10{sup {minus}2} cm{sup {minus}1} with 10-15-% scattering for different samples. For Al{sub 2}O{sub 3{minus}}, Ga{sub 2}O{sub 3{minus}}, and ZnO-doped bismuth titanate crystals, this band shifts to shorter wavelengths; the intensity of the long-wavelength band in the CD spectrum decreases proportionally with the dopant concentration, and, at a certain dopant concentration, this band vanishes altogether. The value of the optical rotation by the doped crystals (as compared to the undoped ones) changed noticeably only in the vicinity of the edge of fundamental absorption; however, the sign (positive) of the optical rotation remain unchanged. In this paper, the authors report on the chirooptical parameters of Bi{sub 12}SiO{sub 20} (BSO) and BTO crystals doped with V{sub 2}O{sub 5} (0.1-1.0 wt%) and P{sub 2}O{sub 5} (0.1-0.5 wt%). In experiments, the absorption and CD spectra as well as the dispersion of optical rotation (DOR) for bismuth titanate crystals doped with phosphorus and vanadium were measured; for comparison, similar data obtained for bismuth silicate crystals doped with vanadium are also presented. As compared with the undoped crystals, the spectroscopic and chirooptical characteristics of the doped crystals changed markedly at relatively low concentrations of dopants.

  15. Review on VUV to MIR absorption spectroscopy of atmospheric pressure plasma jets

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    Reuter, Stephan; Santos Sousa, Joao; Stancu, Gabi Daniel; Hubertus van Helden, Jean-Pierre

    2015-10-01

    Absorption spectroscopy (AS) represents a reliable method for the characterization of cold atmospheric pressure plasma jets. The method’s simplicity stands out in comparison to competing diagnostic techniques. AS is an in situ, non-invasive technique giving absolute densities, free of calibration procedures, which other diagnostics, such as laser-induced fluorescence or optical emission spectroscopy, have to rely on. Ground state densities can be determined without the knowledge of the influence of collisional quenching. Therefore, absolute densities determined by absorption spectroscopy can be taken as calibration for other methods. In this paper, fundamentals of absorption spectroscopy are presented as an entrance to the topic. In the second part of the manuscript, a review of AS performed on cold atmospheric pressure plasma jets, as they are used e.g. in the field of plasma medicine, is presented. The focus is set on special techniques overcoming not only the drawback of spectrally overlapping absorbing species, but also the line-of-sight densities that AS usually provides or the necessity of sufficiently long absorption lengths. Where references are not available for measurements on cold atmospheric pressure plasma jets, other plasma sources including low-pressure plasmas are taken as an example to give suggestions for possible approaches. The final part is a table summarizing examples of absorption spectroscopic measurements on cold atmospheric pressure plasma jets. With this, the paper provides a ‘best practice’ guideline and gives a compendium of works by groups performing absorption spectroscopy on cold atmospheric pressure plasma jets.

  16. Picosecond flash spectroscopic studies on ultraviolet stabilizers and stabilized polymers

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    Scott, G. W.

    1982-01-01

    Spectroscopic and excited state decay kinetics are reported for monomeric and polymeric forms of ultraviolet stabilizers in the 2-(2'-hydroxyphenyl)-benzotriazole and 2-hydroxybenzophenone classes. For some of these molecules in various solvents at room temperature, (1) ground state absorption spectra, (2) emission spectra, (3) picosecond time-resolved transient absorption spectra, (4) ground state absorption recovery kinetics, (5) emission kinetics, and (6) transient absorption kinetics are reported. In the solid state at low temperatures, emission spectra and their temperature dependent kinetics up to approximately 200K as well as, in one case, the 12K excitation spectra of the observed dual emission are also reported.

  17. Analyzing Water's Optical Absorption

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    2002-01-01

    A cooperative agreement between World Precision Instruments (WPI), Inc., and Stennis Space Center has led the UltraPath(TM) device, which provides a more efficient method for analyzing the optical absorption of water samples at sea. UltraPath is a unique, high-performance absorbance spectrophotometer with user-selectable light path lengths. It is an ideal tool for any study requiring precise and highly sensitive spectroscopic determination of analytes, either in the laboratory or the field. As a low-cost, rugged, and portable system capable of high- sensitivity measurements in widely divergent waters, UltraPath will help scientists examine the role that coastal ocean environments play in the global carbon cycle. UltraPath(TM) is a trademark of World Precision Instruments, Inc. LWCC(TM) is a trademark of World Precision Instruments, Inc.

  18. Discovery of two broad absorption line quasars at redshift about 4.75 using the Lijiang 2.4m telescope

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    Yi, WeiMin; Wang, FeiGe; Yang, JinYi; Yang, Qian; Bai, JinMing

    2015-01-01

    The ultraviolet broad absorption lines have been seen in the spectra of quasars at high redshift, and are generally considered to be caused by outflows with velocities from thousands kilometers per second to one tenth of the speed of light. They provide crucial implications for the cosmological structures and physical evolutions related to the feedback of active galactic nuclei (AGNs). Recently, through a dedicated program of optically spectroscopic identifications of selected quasar candidates at redshift 5 by using the Lijiang 2.4 m telescope, we discovered two luminous broad absorption line quasars (BALQSOs) at redshift about 4.75. One of them may even have the potentially highest absorption Balnicity Index (BI) ever found to date, which is remarkably characterized by its deep, broad absorption lines and sub-relativistic outflows. Further physical properties, including the metal abundances, variabilities, evolutions of the supermassive black holes (SMBH) and accretion disks associated with the feedback pro...

  19. Network vs Molecular Structural Characteristics of Ge-Doped Arsenic Sulfide Glasses: A Combined Neutron/X-ray Diffraction, Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure, and Raman Spectroscopic Study

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    Soyer-Uzun, S.; Sen, S; Aitken, B

    2009-01-01

    Combined neutron/X-ray diffraction, Ge and As K-edge extended X-ray absorption fine structure analysis, and Raman spectroscopy are employed to study the compositional dependence of the short- and intermediate-range structures of As-rich GexAsyS100-x-y glasses with a constant Ge:As atomic ratio of 1:17.3. The structures of glasses with compositions near stoichiometry (35 ? x + y ? 43) are dominated by the presence of a predominantly heteropolar-bonded As2S3 network. However, an increasing metal content (x + y = 55) results in a novel glass consisting predominantly of As4S3 molecules, held together by van der Waals forces. The formation of this 'molecular' glass implies an apparently anomalous situation of near-zero connectivity and dimensionality with increasing average coordination number. A further increase in metal content (60 ? x + y ? 65) results in the formation of As-As homopolar-bonded structural regions that coexist with As4S3 molecules. Such unusual evolution of intermediate-range order is shown to be closely related to the compositional variation of thermophysical properties and density fluctuation in these glasses

  20. Spectroscopic Characterization of the Bridging Amine in the Active Site of [FeFe] Hydrogenase Using Isotopologues of the H-Cluster.

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    Adamska-Venkatesh, Agnieszka; Roy, Souvik; Siebel, Judith F; Simmons, Trevor R; Fontecave, Marc; Artero, Vincent; Reijerse, Edward; Lubitz, Wolfgang

    2015-10-14

    The active site of [FeFe] hydrogenase contains a catalytic binuclear iron subsite coordinated by CN(-) and CO ligands as well as a unique azadithiolate (adt(2-)) bridging ligand. It has been established that this binuclear cofactor is synthesized and assembled by three maturation proteins HydE, -F, and -G. By means of in vitro maturation in the presence of (15)N- and (13)C-labeled tyrosine it has been shown that the CN(-) and CO ligands originate from tyrosine. The source of the bridging adt(2-) ligand, however, remains unknown. In order to identify the nitrogen of the bridging amine using HYSCORE spectroscopy and distinguish its spectroscopic signature from that of the CN(-) nitrogens, we studied three isotope-labeled variants of the H-cluster ((15)N-adt(2-)/C(14)N(-), (15)N-adt(2-)/C(15)N(-), and (14)N-adt(2-)/C(15)N(-)) and extracted accurate values of the hyperfine and quadrupole couplings of both CN(-) and adt(2-) nitrogens. This will allow an evaluation of isotopologues of the H-cluster generated by in vitro bioassembly in the presence of various (15)N-labeled potential precursors as possible sources of the bridging ligand. PMID:26393426

  1. Noble gases in oxidized residue prepared from the Saratov L4 chondrite and Raman spectroscopic study of residues to characterize phase Q

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    Matsuda, Jun-Ichi; Morishita, Kazuhiko; Nara, Masayuki; Amari, Sachiko

    2015-12-01

    We analyzed noble gases in an oxidized residue prepared from a HF-HCl residue of the Saratov L4 chondrite. The Ar, Kr, and Xe concentrations in the oxidized residue are two orders of magnitude lower than those in the HF-HCl residue, and they are close to concentrations in the bulk. The He and Ne concentrations are similar in the three samples. The Ne isotopic ratios are almost purely cosmogenic, indicating absence of presolar diamonds (the carrier of the HL component). Thus, Saratov contains phase Q without presolar diamond. A study of the Raman spectroscopic parameters for the HF-HCl residue and the oxidized residue shows large changes due to oxidation. The directions of these changes are the same as observed in Allende, except oxidation increased the ID/IG (intensity ratio of the D band to the G band) in Saratov but decreased in Allende. This difference may be attributed to the different crystalline stages of carbon in both meteorites. The shifts in the Raman parameters to a discrete and/or more expanded region suggest that (1) oxidation changes the crystalline condition of graphitic carbon, (2) phase Q is not a dissolved site, and (3) the release of Q-gas is simply related to the rearrangement of the carbon structure during oxidation.

  2. Characterization of dihydrogen-bonded D-H⋯H-A complexes on the basis of infrared and magnetic resonance spectroscopic parameters

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    Cybulski, Hubert; Pecul, Magdalena; Sadlej, Joanna; Helgaker, Trygve

    2003-09-01

    The structural, energetic, and spectroscopic properties of the dihydrogen-bonded complexes LiH⋯H2, LiH⋯CH4, LiH⋯C2H6, and LiH⋯C2H2 are investigated. In particular, the interaction energy is decomposed into physically meaningful contributions, and the calculated vibrational frequencies, the magnetic resonance shielding constants, and inter- and intramolecular spin-spin coupling constants are analyzed in terms of their correlation with the interaction energy. Unlike the other three complexes, which can be classified as weak van der Waals complexes, the LiH⋯C2H2 complex resembles a conventional hydrogen-bonded system. The complexation-induced changes in the vibrational frequencies and in the magnetic resonance shielding constants correlate with the interaction energy, as does the reduced coupling 2hJHX between the proton of LiH and hydrogen or carbon nucleus of the proton donor, while 1hJHH do not correlate with the interaction energy. The calculations have been carried out using Møller-Plesset perturbation theory, coupled-cluster theory, and density-functional theory.

  3. Study of a series of cobalt(II) sulfonamide complexes: Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization, and microbiological evaluation against M. tuberculosis. Crystal structure of [Co(sulfamethoxazole)2(H2O)2]·H2O

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    Mondelli, Melina; Pavan, Fernando; de Souza, Paula C.; Leite, Clarice Q.; Ellena, Javier; Nascimento, Otaciro R.; Facchin, Gianella; Torre, María H.

    2013-03-01

    Nowadays, the research for new and better antimicrobial compounds is an important field due to the increase of immunocompromised patients, the use of invasive medical procedures and extensive surgeries, among others, that can affect the incidence of infections. Another big problem associated is the occurrence of drug-resistant microbial strains that impels a ceaseless search for new antimicrobial agents. In this context, a series of heterocyclic-sulfonamide complexes with Co(II) was synthesized and characterized with the aim of obtaining new antimicrobial compounds. The structural characterization was performed using different spectroscopic methods (UV-Vis, IR, and EPR). In spite of the fact that the general stoichiometry for all the complexes was Co(sulfonamide)2·nH2O, the coordination atoms were different depending on the coordinated sulfonamide. The crystal structure of [Co(sulfamethoxazole)2(H2O)2]·H2O was obtained by X-ray diffraction showing that Co(II) is in a slightly tetragonal distorted octahedron where sulfamethoxazole molecules act as a head-to-tail bridges between two cobalt atoms, forming polymeric chains. Besides, the activity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis, one of the responsible for tuberculosis, and the cytotoxicity on J774A.1 macrophage cells were evaluated.

  4. Spectroscopic studies of tantalum doped borate glasses

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    Sharada, M.; Suresh Babu, D.

    2012-10-01

    Glasses with formula 30Li2O 60B2O3xTa2O5 (10-x) Bi2O3 for x=0, 2, 4, 6 and 8 were prepared via normal melt quenching technique and characterized by refractive index and MDSC. Refractive index (?) and glass transition temperature (Tg) are found to increase with increase in dopant concentration. Impedance spectra of the samples were recorded in the frequency range 100 Hz-5 MHz in the temperature range 175-275 °C. The plots are typical of those recorded for disordered systems. Conductivities and relaxation times are found to follow Arrhenius type of relation and activation energies are calculated. Optical absorption spectra were recorded in the wavelength range 200-900 nm range from which cutoff wavelength (?c) and optical band gap energy (Eg) are evaluated. ?c is found to decrease while Eg to increase with increase in composition. FTIR spectra of the samples were recorded in the frequency range 400-1500 cm-1 which exhibit characteristic bands corresponding to BO3, BO4 stretching vibrations and BO bending vibration. Tightening of the structure is indicated by increase in the vibration of BO3 at the cost of BO4 for 8 mol% of Ta2O5. This is in support of the highest value of Tg for this sample among the series. Raman spectra of the samples were recorded in the frequency range 200-1200 cm-1. With successive addition of Ta2O5, increase in the vibration of Ta-O groups TaO6 groups to be responsible for observed increase in ? and Tg. An attempt is made to prepare tantalum doped borate glasses and study them by spectroscopic techniques.

  5. Thermodynamic Modeling of Poorly Complexing Metals in Concentrated Electrolyte Solutions: An X-Ray Absorption and UV-Vis Spectroscopic Study of Ni(II) in the NiCl2-MgCl2-H2O System

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    Zhang, Ning; Brugger, Joël; Etschmann, Barbara; Ngothai, Yung; Zeng, Dewen

    2015-01-01

    Knowledge of the structure and speciation of aqueous Ni(II)-chloride complexes is important for understanding Ni behavior in hydrometallurgical extraction. The effect of concentration on the first-shell structure of Ni(II) in aqueous NiCl2 and NiCl2-MgCl2 solutions was investigated by Ni K edge X-ray absorption (XAS) and UV-Vis spectroscopy at ambient conditions. Both techniques show that no large structural change (e.g., transition from octahedral to tetrahedral-like configuration) occurs. Both methods confirm that the Ni(II) aqua ion (with six coordinated water molecules at RNi-O = 2.07(2) Å) is the dominant species over the whole NiCl2 concentration range. However, XANES, EXAFS and UV-Vis data show subtle changes at high salinity (> 2 mol?kg-1 NiCl2), which are consistent with the formation of small amounts of the NiCl+ complex (up to 0.44(23) Cl at a Ni-Cl distance of 2.35(2) Å in 5.05 mol?kg-1 NiCl2) in the pure NiCl2 solutions. At high Cl:Ni ratio in the NiCl2-MgCl2-H2O solutions, small amounts of [NiCl2]0 are also present. We developed a speciation-based mixed-solvent electrolyte (MSE) model to describe activity-composition relationships in NiCl2-MgCl2-H2O solutions, and at the same time predict Ni(II) speciation that is consistent with our XAS and UV-Vis data and with existing literature data up to the solubility limit, resolving a long-standing uncertainty about the role of chloride complexing in this system. PMID:25885410

  6. Thermodynamic modeling of poorly complexing metals in concentrated electrolyte solutions: an X-ray absorption and UV-Vis spectroscopic study of Ni(II) in the NiCl2-MgCl2-H2O system.

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    Zhang, Ning; Brugger, Joël; Etschmann, Barbara; Ngothai, Yung; Zeng, Dewen

    2015-01-01

    Knowledge of the structure and speciation of aqueous Ni(II)-chloride complexes is important for understanding Ni behavior in hydrometallurgical extraction. The effect of concentration on the first-shell structure of Ni(II) in aqueous NiCl2 and NiCl2-MgCl2 solutions was investigated by Ni K edge X-ray absorption (XAS) and UV-Vis spectroscopy at ambient conditions. Both techniques show that no large structural change (e.g., transition from octahedral to tetrahedral-like configuration) occurs. Both methods confirm that the Ni(II) aqua ion (with six coordinated water molecules at RNi-O = 2.07(2) Å) is the dominant species over the whole NiCl2 concentration range. However, XANES, EXAFS and UV-Vis data show subtle changes at high salinity (> 2 mol?kg(-1) NiCl2), which are consistent with the formation of small amounts of the NiCl+ complex (up to 0.44(23) Cl at a Ni-Cl distance of 2.35(2) Å in 5.05 mol?kg(-1) NiCl2) in the pure NiCl2 solutions. At high Cl:Ni ratio in the NiCl2-MgCl2-H2O solutions, small amounts of [NiCl2]0 are also present. We developed a speciation-based mixed-solvent electrolyte (MSE) model to describe activity-composition relationships in NiCl2-MgCl2-H2O solutions, and at the same time predict Ni(II) speciation that is consistent with our XAS and UV-Vis data and with existing literature data up to the solubility limit, resolving a long-standing uncertainty about the role of chloride complexing in this system. PMID:25885410

  7. The Uptake and Fate of Vanadyl Ion in Ascidian Blood Cells and A Detailed Hypothesis for the Mechanism and Location of Biological Vanadium Reduction: A Visible and X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopic Study

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    Frank, Patrick; Carlson, Elaine J.; Carlson, Robert M. K.; Hedman, Britt; Hodgson, Keith O.

    2010-01-01

    Vanadium K-edge x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) has been used to track the uptake and fate of VO2+ ion in blood cells from Ascidia ceratodes, following exposure to dithiothreitol (DTT) or to DTT plus VO2+. The full range of endogenous vanadium was queried by fitting the XAS of blood cells with the XAS spectra of model vanadium complexes. In cells exposed only to DTT, ~0.4% of a new V(III) species was found in a site similar to Na[V(edta)(H2O)]. With exposure to DTT and VO2+, average intracellular [VO(aq)]2+ increased from 3% to 5%, and 6% of a new complexed form of vanadyl ion appeared evidencing a ligand array similar to [VO(edta)]2?. At the same time, the relative ratio of blood cell [V(H2O)6]3+ increased at the expense of [V(H2O)5(SO4)]+ in a manner consistent with a significant increase in endogenous acidity. In new UV/visible experiments, VO2+ could be reduced to 7-coordinate [V(nta)(H2O)3] or [V(nta)(ida)]2?with cysteine methyl ester in pH 6.5 solution. Ascorbate reduced [VO(edta)]2? to 7-coordinate [V(edta)(H2O)]?, while [VO(trdta)]2? was unreactive. These results corroborate the finding that the reductive EMF of VO2+ is increased by the availability of a 7-coordinate V(III) product. Finally a new and complete hypothesis is proposed for an ascidian vanadate reductase. The structure of the enzyme active site, the vanadate-vanadyl-vanadic reduction mechanism, the cellular locale, and elements of the regulatory machinery governing the biological reduction of vanadate and vanadyl ion by ascidians are all predicted. Together these constitute the new field of vanadium redox enzymology. PMID:18234345

  8. In situ spectroscopic characterization of Ni1-xZnx/ZnO catalysts and their selectivity for acetylene semihydrogenation in excess ethylene

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    Spanjers, Charles S.; Sim, Richard S.; Sturgis, Nicholas P.; Kabius, Bernd; Rioux, Robert M.

    2015-10-30

    The structures of ZnO-supported Ni catalysts were explored with in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy, temperature-programmed reduction, X-ray diffraction, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), scanning transmission electron microscopy, and electron energy loss spectroscopy. Calcination of nickel nitrate on a nanoparticulate ZnO support at 450 °C results in the formation of Zn-doped NiO (ca. N????? Zn?????O) nanoparticles with the rock salt crystal structure. Subsequent in situ reduction monitored by X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) at the Ni K edge reveals a direct transformation of the Zn-doped NiO nanoparticles to a face-centered cubic alloy, Ni1-xZnx, at ~400 °C with x increasing with increasing temperature. Both in situ XANES and ex situ HRTEM provide evidence for intermetallic ??-NiZn formation at ~550 °C. In comparison to a Ni/SiO? catalyst, Ni/ZnO necessitates a higher temperature for the reduction of NiII to Ni?, which highlights the strong interaction between Ni and the ZnO support. The catalytic activity for acetylene removal from an ethylene feed stream is decreased by a factor of 20 on Ni/ZnO in comparison to Ni/SiO?. The decrease in catalytic activity of Ni/ZnO is accompanied by a reduced absolute selectivity to ethylene. H–D exchange measurements demonstrate a reduced ability of Ni/ZnO to dissociate hydrogen in comparison to Ni/SiO?.These results of the catalytic experiments suggest that the catalytic properties are controlled, in part, by the zinc oxide support and stress the importance of reporting absolute ethylene selectivity for the catalytic semihydrogenation of acetylene in excess ethylene.

  9. Spectroscopic characterization of mononitrosyl complexes in heme-nonheme diiron centers within the myoglobin scaffold (FeBMbs): relevance to denitrifying NO reductase†

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    Hayashi, Takahiro; Miner, Kyle D.; Yeung, Natasha; Lin, Ying-Wu; Lu, Yi; Moënne-Loccoz, Pierre

    2011-01-01

    Denitrifying NO reductases are evolutionarily related to the superfamily of heme-copper terminal oxidases. These transmembrane protein complexes utilize a heme-nonheme diiron center to reduce two NO molecules to N2O. To understand this reaction, the diiron site has been modeled using sperm whale myoglobin as a scaffold and mutating distal residues Leu-29 and Phe-43 to histidines, and Val-68 to a glutamic acid to create a nonheme FeB site. The impact of incorporation of metal ions at this engineered site on the reaction of the ferrous heme with one NO was examined by UV-vis absorption, EPR, resonance Raman, and FTIR spectroscopies. UV-vis absorption and resonance Raman spectra demonstrate that the first NO molecule binds to the ferrous heme, but while the apoproteins and CuI- or ZnII-loaded proteins show characteristic EPR signatures of S = 1/2 six-coordinate heme {FeNO}7 species observable at liquid nitrogen temperature, the FeII-loaded proteins are EPR silent at ? 30 K. Vibrational modes from the heme [Fe-N-O] unit are identified in the RR and FTIR spectra using 15NO and 15N18O. The apo- and CuI-bound proteins exhibit ?(FeNO) and ?(NO) that are only marginally distinct from those reported for native myoglobin. However, binding of FeII at the FeB site shifts the heme ?(FeNO) by +17 cm-1 and the ?(NO) by -50 cm-1 to 1549 cm-1. This low ?(NO) is without precedent for a six-coordinate heme {FeNO}7 species and suggests that the NO group adopts a strong nitroxyl character stabilized by electrostatic interaction with the nearby nonheme FeII. Detection of a similarly low ?(NO) in the ZnII-loaded protein supports this interpretation. PMID:21634416

  10. CopK from Cupriavidus metallidurans CH34 binds Cu(I) in a tetrathioether site: characterization by X-ray absorption and NMR spectroscopy.

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    Sarret, Géraldine; Favier, Adrien; Covès, Jacques; Hazemann, Jean-Louis; Mergeay, Max; Bersch, Beate

    2010-03-24

    Cupriavidus metallidurans CH34 is a bacterium that is resistant to high metal concentrations in the environment. Increased copper resistance is associated with the cop cluster on the large plasmid pMOL30 that is composed of at least 21 genes. The copK gene encodes a 74 residue periplasmic protein whose expression is strongly upregulated in the presence of copper. CopK was previously shown to cooperatively bind Cu(I) and Cu(II) in distinct, specific sites. The solution structure of Cu(I)-CopK and the characterization of the Cu(I) site by X-ray absorption spectroscopy and NMR are reported here. EXAFS spectra are in agreement with a tetrathioether Cu(I) site, providing so far unique spectral information on a 4S-coordinated Cu(I) in a protein. The methionine residues forming the Cu(I) site, M28, M38, M44, and M54, are identified by NMR. We propose the chemical shift of the methionine C(epsilon) as a new and sensitive probe for the detection of Cu(I) bound to thioether groups. The solution structure of Cu(I)-CopK demonstrates that Cu(I) binding induces a complete structural modification with the disruption of the second beta-sheet and a rotation of the C-terminal part of nearly 180 degrees around a hinge formed by asparagine 57. This conformational change is directly related to the loss of the dimer interface and most probably to the formation of the Cu(II) site involving histidine 70. The solution structure of Cu(I)-CopK therefore provides the molecular basis for the understanding of the Cu(I)/Cu(II) binding cooperativity. PMID:20192263

  11. Nearly Uniform Decaosmium Clusters Supported on MgO: Characterization by X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy and Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy

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    Kulkarni, A.; Mehraeen, S; Reed, B; Okamoto, N; Browning, N; Gates, B

    2009-01-01

    Samples containing small, nearly uniform clusters of a heavy metal, Os, were prepared on a high-area porous support consisting of light atoms, MgO, to provide an opportunity for a critical assessment of estimates of cluster size determined by extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy and high-angle annular dark field scanning transmission electron microscopy (HAADF-STEM). Supported carbonyl clusters approximated as decaosmium were prepared by reductive carbonylation of adsorbed Os3(CO)12 at 548 K and 1 bar. Infrared (IR) spectra of the clusters resemble those attributed in earlier work to supported clusters similar to [Os10C(CO)24]2-, consistent with the EXAFS data. The spectra indicate a molar yield of decaosmium carbonyl clusters of about 65-70%. As these clusters were treated in flowing H2, they were partially decarbonylated, as shown by IR and EXAFS spectra. The rms (root-mean-square) radii of the undecarbonylated and partially decarbonylated clusters were found by HAADF-STEM to be 3.11 {+-} 0.09 and 3.06 {+-} 0.05 A, respectively, and the close agreement between these values is consistent with the inference that the cluster frame was essentially the same in each. The average rms radius of the undecarbonylated clusters, estimated on the basis of EXAFS data, was 2.94 {+-} 0.07 A, calculated on the basis of the assumption that the osmium frame matched that of [Os10C(CO)24]2-. EXAFS analysis of the data characterizing the partially decarbonylated sample, aided by the STEM results, showed, consistent with the STEM results, that the partial decarbonylation did not lead to a significant change in the rms radius of the metal frame.

  12. Systematic Oxidation of Polystyrene by Ultraviolet-Ozone, Characterized by Near-Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure and Contact Angle

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    Klein,R.; Fischer, D.; Lenhart, J.

    2008-01-01

    The process of implanting oxygen in polystyrene (PS) via exposure to ultraviolet-ozone (UV-O) was systematically investigated using the characterization technique of near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS). Samples of PS exposed to UV-O for 10-300 s and washed with isopropanol were analyzed using the carbon and oxygen K-edge NEXAFS partial electron yields, using various retarding bias voltages to depth-profile the oxygen penetration into the surface. Evaluation of reference polymers provided a scale to quantify the oxygen concentration implanted by UV-O treatment. We find that ozone initially reacts with the double bonds on the phenyl rings, forming carbonyl groups, but within 1 min of exposure, the ratio of double to single oxygen bonds stabilizes at a lower value. Oxygen penetrates the film with relative ease, creating a fairly uniform distribution of oxygen within at least the first 4 nm (the effective depth probed by NEXAFS here). Before oxygen accumulates in large concentrations, however, it preferentially degrades the uppermost layer of the film by removing oxygenated low-molecular-weight oligomers. The failure to accumulate high concentrations of oxygen is seen in the nearly constant carbon edge jump, the low concentration of oxygen even at 5 min exposure (58% of that in poly(4-acetoxystyrene), the polymer with the most similarities to UV-O-treated PS), and the relatively high contact angles. At 5 min exposure the oxygen concentration contains ca. 7 atomic % oxygen. The oxygen species that are implanted consist predominantly of single O-C bonds and double OC bonds but also include a small fraction of O-H. UV-O treatment leads a plateau after 2 min exposure in the water contact angle hysteresis, at a value of 67 {+-} 2, due primarily to chemical heterogeneity. Annealing above Tg allows oxygenated species to move short distances away from the surface but not diffuse further than 1-2 nm.

  13. Characterization of Chromium Bioremediation Products in Flow-Through Column Sediments Using Micro-X-ray Fluorescence and X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy.

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    Varadharajan, Charuleka; Han, Ruyang; Beller, Harry R; Yang, Li; Marcus, Matthew A; Michel, Marc; Nico, Peter S

    2015-05-01

    Microbially mediated reductive immobilization of chromium is a possible remediation technique for sites contaminated with Cr(VI). This study is part of a broader effort investigating the biogeochemical mechanisms for Cr(VI) reduction in Hanford 100H aquifer sediments using flow-through laboratory columns. It had previously been shown that reduced chromium in the solid phase was in the form of freshly precipitated mixed-phase Cr(III)-Fe(III) (hydr)oxides, irrespective of the biogeochemical conditions in the columns. In this study, the reduced Cr phases in the columns were investigated further using spectroscopy to understand the structure and mechanisms involved in the formation of the end products. Several samples representing potential processes that could be occurring in the columns were synthesized in the laboratory and characterized using X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) and X-ray scattering. The XANES of Cr(III) particles in the columns most closely resembled those from synthetic samples produced by the abiotic reaction of Cr(VI) with microbially reduced Fe(II). Microbially mediated Cr-Fe reduction products were distinct from abiotic Cr-Fe (hydr)oxides [CrFe(OH)] and organically complexed Cr(III) sorbed onto the surface of a mixed ferrihydrite-goethite mineral phase. Furthermore, analyses of the abiotically synthesized samples revealed that even the end products of purely abiotic, iron-mediated reduction of Cr(VI) are affected by factors such as the presence of excess aqueous Fe(II) and cellular matter. These results suggest that CrFe(OH) phases made under realistic subsurface conditions or in biotic cultures are structurally different from pure Cr(OH) or laboratory-synthesized CrFe(OH). The observed structural differences imply that the reactivity and stability of biogenic CrFe(OH) could potentially be different from that of abiotic CrFe(OH). PMID:26024254

  14. Layered solids based on second-sphere coordination interactions: synthesis, spectroscopic characterization, crystal structure and packing of two copper(II) naphthalene-2-sulfonates

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    Sharma, Raj Pal; Sharma, Rajni; Bala, Ritu; Rychlewska, Urszula; War?ajtis, Beata

    2005-03-01

    [Cu(H 2O) 6](C 10H 7SO 3) 21 was obtained from reaction of CuCO 3·Cu(OH) 2 and naphthalene-2-sulphonic acid in aqueous medium in 1:4 molar ratio. It crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P2 1/ n with a=7.0582(3) Å, b=6.2666(3) Å, and c=27.1420(10) Å, ?=92.678(4)°, Z=2. The structure was determined from 1986 observed reflections and refined to R=0.033. When ethylenediamine was added to hexaaquacopper(II) naphthalene-2-sulfonate dissolved in water, [Cu(en) 2(H 2O) 2](C 10H 7SO 3) 22 was obtained which crystallizes in the triclinic space group P1¯ with a=7.1491(5) Å, b=7.1949(5) Å, and c=14.6500(10) Å, ?=99.025(6)°, ?=98.976(6)°, and ?=104.262(6)°, Z=1. The structure was determined from 2296 observed reflections and refined to R=0.0313. X-ray structure determination of 1 revealed an ionic structure consisting of [Cu(H 2O) 6] +2 and two naphthalene-2-sulfonate anions while that of 2 contains [Cu(en) 2(H 2O) 2] 2+ cation and two naphthalene-2-sulfonate anions. Characteristic for the studied crystals is the alternated-layer arrangement of complex cations and naphthalene-2-sulfonate anions, linked together via hydrogen bonding, and the presence of a particularly robust R22(8) hydrogen-bonding motif that joins the complex cation with two oxygen atoms of the same sulfonate group. Elemental analyses, IR, UV/vis spectroscopic studies are consistent with the structures revealed by X-ray structure determination.

  15. One-pot occurrence of two polymorphs of Rb2Sc[Si4O10]F and their structural, spectroscopic and computational characterization

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    Kahlenberg, Volker; Manninger, Tanja; Perfler, Lukas; Többens, Daniel M.

    2014-12-01

    Single-crystal growth experiments in the system RbF-Sc2O3-SiO2 resulted in the crystallization of two forms of Rb2Sc[Si4O10]F within the same run. Basic crystallographic data of the two concomitant polymorphs at ambient conditions are as follows: phase I: space group I4/m, a=11.2619(3) Å, c=8.3053(4) Å, V=1053.36(6) Å3, Z=4; phase II: space group P21/m, a=11.5085(6) Å, b=8.3805(3) Å, c=11.6750(6) Å, ?=111.147(6)°, V=1050.19(9) Å3, Z=4. The structures were determined by direct methods and refined to residuals of R(|F|)=0.0231 (phase I) for 516 and 0.0249 (phase II) for 2050 independent observed reflections with I>2?(I). Phase I showed twinning by merohedry which was accounted for during the refinement process. Both compounds are based on multiple chains of [SiO4]-tetrahedra forming closed columns or tubes. The multiplicity of the unbranched fundamental chains is two (for phase I) and four (for phase II), respectively. The periodicity of the multiple chains has a value of four in both modifications which is also reflected in similar translation periods along the chain directions (phase I: t[001]=8.31 Å; phase II: t[010]=8.38 Å). Alternatively, both polymorphs can be described as mixed octahedral-tetrahedral frameworks, which can be classified according to their polyhedral microensembles. A topological analysis of both networks is presented. Structural investigations have been supplemented by micro-Raman spectroscopy. The interpretation of the spectroscopic data including the allocation of the bands to certain vibrational species has been aided by DFT-calculations.

  16. One-step multiple component isolation from the oil of Crinitaria tatarica (Less) Sojak by preparative capillary gas chromatography with characterization by spectroscopic and spectrometric techniques

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    In the present work multiple component isolation from the oil of Crinitaria tatarica (Less.) Sojak. by Preparative Capillary Gas Chromatography (PCGC) with characterization by mass spectrometry (MS) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy have been carried out. Gas chromatography (GC-FID) ...

  17. Bis(2,3-naphthalocyaninato)lutetium(III) and (2,3-Naphthalocyaninato)(phthalocyaninato)lutetium(III) complexes: Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization, and electrochemistry

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    Guyon, F.; Pondaven, A.; L`Her, M.

    1994-10-12

    The synthesis of bis(2,3-naphthalocyaninato)lutetium(III) and (2,3-naphthalocyaninato)(phthalocyaninato)lutetium(III) is described. The compounds were structurally characterized by UV-Vis, IR, MS, and NMR spectroscopies and electrochemically. Details of the electronic structure of these compounds are reported.

  18. Spectroscopic properties of Sm3+-doped oxy-fluoride powders with various Sm3+ concentration and sintering temperature

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    Liu, Fangchao; Han, Qun; Liu, Tiegen; Yao, Yunzhi; Chen, Yaofei; Du, Yang

    2015-07-01

    Sm3+-doped oxy-fluoride (OFSm) powders are prepared by the melt quenching technique and characterized using FE-SEM, optical absorption and emission techniques. Spectroscopic properties of Sm3+-doped oxy-fluoride powders with different Sm3+ concentration and sintering temperature are presented and discussed by using the absorption, emission measurements. The Judd-Ofelt intensity (J-O) parameters (??, where ? = 2, 4 and 6), measured from the experimental oscillator strengths of the absorption spectra, are used to evaluate the radiative parameters of the fluorescence transitions. Intense orange emission can be obtained when excited with 325 nm wavelength by increasing the sintering temperature to 1400 °C. Ratio of fluorescence intensities arising from the two closing lying 4F3/2 and 4G5/2 levels is studied, concentration quenching has been noticed beyond 2 mol% of Sm3+ ions concentration. The excellent spectroscopic properties along with the outstanding thermal stability suggest that the OFSm03 powders may become an attractive laser material to exhibit efficient visible lasing emission in the orange spectral region.

  19. Exo-S: A Probe-scale Space Mission to Directly Image and Spectroscopically Characterize Exoplanetary Systems Using a Starshade and Telescope System

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    Seager, Sara; Cash, Webster C.; Kasdin, N. Jeremy; Sparks, William B.; Turnbull, Margaret C.; Kuchner, Marc J.; Roberge, Aki; Domagal-Goldman, Shawn; Shaklan, Stuart; Thomson, Mark; Lisman, Doug; Martin, Suzanne; Cady, Eric; Webb, David

    2014-06-01

    "Exo-S" is NASA's first directed community study of a starshade and telescope system for space-based discovery and characterization of exoplanets by direct imaging. Under a cost cap of $1B, Exo-S will use a modestly sized starshade (also known as an "external occulter") and a modest aperture space telescope for high contrast observations of exoplanetary systems. The Exo-S will obtain spectra of a subset of its newly discovered exoplanets as well as already known Jupiter-mass exoplanets. Exo-S will be capable of reaching down to the discovery of Earth-size planets in the habitable zones of twenty sun-like stars, with a favorable few accessible for spectral characterization. We present highlights of the science goals, the mission design, and technology milestones already reached. At the study conclusion in 2015, NASA will evaluate the Exo-S concept for potential development at the end of this decade.

  20. Photoacoustic resonance spectroscopy for biological tissue characterization

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    Gao, Fei; Feng, Xiaohua; Zheng, Yuanjin; Ohl, Claus-Dieter

    2014-06-01

    By "listening to photons," photoacoustics allows the probing of chromosomes in depth beyond the optical diffusion limit. Here we report the photoacoustic resonance effect induced by multiburst modulated laser illumination, which is theoretically modeled as a damped mass-string oscillator and a resistor-inductor-capacitor (RLC) circuit. Through sweeping the frequency of multiburst modulated laser, the photoacoustic resonance effect is observed experimentally on phantoms and porcine tissues. Experimental results demonstrate different spectra for each phantom and tissue sample to show significant potential for spectroscopic analysis, fusing optical absorption and mechanical vibration properties. Unique RLC circuit parameters are extracted to quantitatively characterize phantom and biological tissues.

  1. Photoacoustic resonance spectroscopy for biological tissue characterization.

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    Gao, Fei; Feng, Xiaohua; Zheng, Yuanjin; Ohl, Claus-Dieter

    2014-06-01

    By "listening to photons," photoacoustics allows the probing of chromosomes in depth beyond the optical diffusion limit. Here we report the photoacoustic resonance effect induced by multiburst modulated laser illumination, which is theoretically modeled as a damped mass-string oscillator and a resistor-inductor-capacitor (RLC) circuit. Through sweeping the frequency of multiburst modulated laser, the photoacoustic resonance effect is observed experimentally on phantoms and porcine tissues. Experimental results demonstrate different spectra for each phantom and tissue sample to show significant potential for spectroscopic analysis, fusing optical absorption and mechanical vibration properties. Unique RLC circuit parameters are extracted to quantitatively characterize phantom and biological tissues. PMID:24928154

  2. Infrared and Raman spectroscopic characterization of the borate mineral colemanite - CaB3O4(OH)3·H2O - implications for the molecular structure

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    Frost, Ray L.; Xi, Yunfei; Scholz, Ricardo; Belotti, Fernanda Maria; Cândido Filho, Mauro

    2013-04-01

    Colemanite CaB3O4(OH)3·H2O is a secondary borate mineral formed from borax and ulexite in evaporate deposits of alkaline lacustrine sediments. The basic structure of colemanite contains endless chains of interlocking BO2(OH) triangles and BO3(OH) tetrahedrons with the calcium, water and extra hydroxide units interspersed between these chains. The Raman spectra of colemanite is characterized by an intense band at 3605 cm-1 assigned to the stretching vibration of OH units and a series of bands at 3182, 3300, 3389 and 3534 cm-1 assigned to water stretching vibrations. Infrared bands are observed in similar positions. The BO stretching vibrations of the trigonal and tetrahedral boron are characterized by Raman bands at 876, 1065 and 1084 cm-1. The OBO bending mode is defined by the Raman band at 611 cm-1. It is important to characterize the very wide range of borate minerals including colemanite because of the very wide range of applications of boron containing minerals.

  3. Spectroscopic characterization, antioxidant and antitumour studies of novel bromo substituted thiosemicarbazone and its copper(II), nickel(II) and palladium(II) complexes

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    Jagadeesh, M.; Lavanya, M.; Kalangi, Suresh K.; Sarala, Y.; Ramachandraiah, C.; Varada Reddy, A.

    2015-01-01

    A new, slightly distorted octahedral complex of copper(II), square planar complexes of nickel(II) and palladium(II) with 2,4?-dibromoacetophenone thiosemicarbazone (DBAPTSC) are synthesized. The ligand and the complexes are characterized by FT-IR, FT-Raman, powder X-ray diffraction studies. The IR and Raman data are correlated for the presence of the functional groups which specifically helped in the confirmation of the compounds. In addition, the free ligand is unambiguously characterized by 1H and 13C NMR spectroscopy while the copper(II) complex is characterized by electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy (EPR). The g values for the same are found to be 2.246 (g1), 2.012 (g2) and 2.005 (g3) which suggested rhombic distortions. The HOMO-LUMO band gap calculations for these compounds are found to be in between 0.5 and 4.0 eV and these compounds are identified as semiconducting materials. The synthesized ligand and its copper(II), nickel(II) and palladium(II) complexes are subjected to antitumour activity against the HepG2 human hepatoblastoma cell lines. Among all the compounds, nickel(II) complex is found to exert better antitumour activity with 57.6% of cytotoxicity.

  4. Synthesis and spectroscopic characterization of 3,4-difluoroacetophenone-thiosemicarbazone and its palladium(II) complex: Evaluation of antimicrobial and antitumour activity

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    Jagadeesh, M.; Rashmi, H. K.; Subba Rao, Y.; Sreenath Reddy, A.; Prathima, B.; Uma Maheswari Devi, P.; Reddy, A. Varada

    2013-11-01

    A new cis-palladium(II)diaqua(3,4-difluoroacetophenonethiosemicarbazone complex (Pd(II) complex) is synthesized using 3,4-difluoroacetophenonethiosemicarbazone(L). The L and its Pd(II) complex are characterized and confirmed by elemental analyses, electrochemical analyses, FT-IR, FT-Raman, UV-Vis, HRMS and LC-MS techniques. Ligand L is further characterized by 1H, 13C and 19F NMR spectroscopy. The crystal structure of L is unambiguously characterized by single X-ray crystallography. The ligand (L) belongs to monoclinic system with P2(1)/C space group and the unit cell parameters are a(Å) = 9.1144(7), b(Å) = 13.7928(7), c(Å) = 8.4174(5), ?(°) = 90, ?(°) = 100.715, ?(°) = 90 and volume V(A3) = 1039.73(11). The Raman bands observed for the L and its Pd(II) complex are in good agreement with the FT-IR spectral data. The Pd(II) complex is found to be highly efficient in inhibiting the growth of human pathogens like Salmonella typhimurium and Klebsiella pneumonia with MIC value 10.0 ?g/mL whose inhibition zones are almost comparable with the standard antibiotic. The synthesized compounds have shown antiproliferative activity against the human breast cancer cell lines MDA-MB231 by intermitting the regular pathway of ribonucleotidereductase.

  5. Spectroscopic signatures of isomnerization

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    Baraban, Joshua Herschel Goldblum

    2013-01-01

    This thesis explores spectroscopic signatures of isomerization, especially new patterns that emerge and report on chemically relevant portions of the potential energy surface, such as the transition state. The most important ...

  6. Utilization of charge-transfer complexation for the detection of carcinogenic substances in foods: Spectroscopic characterization of ethyl carbamate with some traditional ?-acceptors

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    Adam, Abdel Majid A.; Refat, Moamen S.; Saad, Hosam A.

    2013-04-01

    The study of toxic and carcinogenic substances in foods represents one of the most demanding areas in food safety, due to their repercussions for public health. One potentially toxic compound for humans is ethyl carbamate (EC). EC is a multi-site genotoxic carcinogen of widespread occurrence in fermented foods and alcoholic beverages. Structural and thermal stability of charge-transfer complexes formed between EC as a donor with quinol (QL), picric acid (PA), chloranilic acid (CLA), p-chloranil (p-CHL) and 1,3-dinitrobenzene (DNB) as acceptors were reported. Elemental analysis (CHN), electronic absorption spectra, photometric titration, IR, and 1H NMR spectra show that the interaction between EC and acceptors was stabilized by hydrogen bonding, via a 1:1 stoichiometry. Thermogravimetric (TG) analysis indicates that the formation of molecular CT complexes was stable, exothermic and spontaneous. Finally, the CT complexes were screened for their antibacterial and antifungal activities. The results indicated that the [(EC)(QL)] complex exhibited strong antimicrobial activities against various bacterial and fungal strains compared with standard drugs.

  7. Synthesis and spectroscopic characterization on 4-(2,5-di-2-thienyl-1H-pyrrol-1-yl) benzoic acid: A DFT approach.

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    Kurt, M; Sas, E Babur; Can, M; Okur, S; Icli, S; Demic, S; Karabacak, M; Jayavarthanan, T; Sundaraganesan, N

    2016-01-01

    A complete structural and vibrational analysis of the 4-(2,5-di-2-thienyl-1H-pyrrol-1-yl) benzoic acid (TPBA), was carried out by ab initio calculations, at the density functional theory (DFT) method. Molecular geometry, vibrational wavenumbers and gauge including atomic orbital (GIAO) (13)C NMR and (1)H NMR chemical shift values of (TPBA), in the ground state have been calculated by using ab initio density functional theory (DFT/B3LYP) method with 6-311G(d,p) as basis set for the first time. Comparison of the observed fundamental vibrational modes of (TPBA) and calculated results by DFT/B3LYP method indicates that B3LYP level of theory giving yield good results for quantum chemical studies. Vibrational wavenumbers obtained by the DFT/B3LYP method are in good agreement with the experimental data. The study was complemented with a natural bond orbital (NBO) analysis, to evaluate the significance of hyperconjugative interactions and electrostatic effects on such molecular structure. By using TD-DFT method, electronic absorption spectra of the title compound have been predicted and a good agreement with the TD-DFT method and the experimental one is determined. In addition, the molecular electrostatic potential (MEP), frontier molecular orbitals analysis and thermodynamic properties of TPBA were investigated using theoretical calculations. PMID:26186392

  8. Supercritical hydrothermal synthesis of Cu{sub 2}O(SeO{sub 3}): Structural characterization, thermal, spectroscopic and magnetic studies

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    Larranaga, Aitor

    2009-01-08

    Cu{sub 2}O(SeO{sub 3}) has been synthesized in supercritical hydrothermal conditions, using an externally heated steel reactor with coupled hydraulic pump for the application of high pressure. The compound crystallizes in the P2{sub 1}3 cubic space group. The unit cell parameter is a = 9.930(1) A with Z = 12. The crystal structure has been refined by the Rietveld method. The limit of thermal stability is, approximately, 490 deg. C. Above this temperature the compound decomposes to SeO{sub 2}(g) and CuO(s). The IR spectrum shows the characteristic bands of the (SeO{sub 3}){sup 2-} oxoanion. In the diffuse reflectance spectrum two intense absorptions characteristic of the Cu(II) cations in five-coordination are observed. The ESR spectra are isotropic from room temperature to 5 K, with g = 2.11(2). The thermal evolution of the intensity and line width of the signals suggest a ferromagnetic transition in the 50-45 K range. Magnetic measurements, at low temperatures, confirm the existence of a ferromagnetic transition with a critical temperature of 55 K.

  9. Synthesis and spectroscopic characterization on 4-(2,5-di-2-thienyl-1H-pyrrol-1-yl) benzoic acid: A DFT approach

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    Kurt, M.; Sas, E. Babur; Can, M.; Okur, S.; Icli, S.; Demic, S.; Karabacak, M.; Jayavarthanan, T.; Sundaraganesan, N.

    2016-01-01

    A complete structural and vibrational analysis of the 4-(2,5-di-2-thienyl-1H-pyrrol-1-yl) benzoic acid (TPBA), was carried out by ab initio calculations, at the density functional theory (DFT) method. Molecular geometry, vibrational wavenumbers and gauge including atomic orbital (GIAO) 13C NMR and 1H NMR chemical shift values of (TPBA), in the ground state have been calculated by using ab initio density functional theory (DFT/B3LYP) method with 6-311G(d,p) as basis set for the first time. Comparison of the observed fundamental vibrational modes of (TPBA) and calculated results by DFT/B3LYP method indicates that B3LYP level of theory giving yield good results for quantum chemical studies. Vibrational wavenumbers obtained by the DFT/B3LYP method are in good agreement with the experimental data. The study was complemented with a natural bond orbital (NBO) analysis, to evaluate the significance of hyperconjugative interactions and electrostatic effects on such molecular structure. By using TD-DFT method, electronic absorption spectra of the title compound have been predicted and a good agreement with the TD-DFT method and the experimental one is determined. In addition, the molecular electrostatic potential (MEP), frontier molecular orbitals analysis and thermodynamic properties of TPBA were investigated using theoretical calculations.

  10. Probing Defect Sites on TiO_2 with H_3 Re_3 (CO)_12 : Spectroscopic Characterization of the Surface Species

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    Suriye,K.; Lobo-Lapidus, R.; Yeagle, G.; Praserthdam, P.; Britt, R.; Gates, B.

    2008-01-01

    Samples of the anatase phase of titania were treated under vacuum to create Ti3+ surface-defect sites and surface O- and O2- species (indicated by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra), accompanied by the disappearance of bridging surface OH groups and the formation of terminal Ti3+OH groups (indicated by IR spectra). EPR spectra showed that the probe molecule [Re3(CO)12H3] reacted preferentially with the Ti3+ sites, forming Ti4+ sites with OH groups as the [Re3(CO)12H3] was adsorbed. Extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectra showed that these clusters were deprotonated upon adsorption, with the triangular metal frame remaining intact; EPR spectra demonstrated the simultaneous removal of surface O- and O2- species. The data determined by the three complementary techniques form the basis of a schematic representation of the surface chemistry. According to this picture, during evacuation at 773 K, defect sites are formed on hydroxylated titania as a bridging OH group is removed, forming two neighboring Ti3+ sites, or, when a Ti4+O bond is cleaved, forming a Ti3+ site and an O- species, with the Ti4+OH group being converted into a Ti3+OH group. When the probe molecule [Re3(CO)12H3] is adsorbed on a titania surface with Ti3+ defect sites, it reacts preferentially with these sites, becoming deprotonated, removing most of the oxygen radicals, and healing the defect sites.

  11. Structural and spectroscopic characterizations on the charge-transfer interactions of the second generation poly(propylene amine) dendrimers with iodine and picric acid acceptors

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    El-Sayed, Mohamed Y.; Refat, Moamen S.

    2015-02-01

    Herein, this study was focused to get a knowledge about the intermolecular charge transfer complexes between the second generation of poly(propylene amine) dendrimer (PPD2) with picric acid (PA) and iodine (I2) as ? and ?-acceptors. The charge-transfer interaction of the PPD2 electron donor and the PA acceptor has been studied in CHCl3. The resulted data refereed to the formation of the new CT-complex with the general formula [(PPD2)(PA)4]. The 1:4 stoichiometry of the reaction was discussed upon the on elemental analysis and photometric titration. On the other hand, the 1:3½ iodine-PPD2 heptaiodide (I7-) charge-transfer complex has been studied spectrophotometrically in chloroform at room temperature with general formula [(PPD2)]+I7-. The electronic absorption bands of 2I2·I3- (I7-) are observed at 358 and 294 nm. Raman laser spectrum of the brown solid heptaiodide complex has two clearly vibration bands at 155 and 110 cm-1 due to symmetric stretching ?s(Isbnd I) outer and inner bonds, respectively. The 1H NMR spectra and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) data of PPD2 charge-transfer complexes were discussed.

  12. Comparative investigation of infrared optical absorption properties of silicon oxide, oxynitride and nitride films

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    Zhou, Shun; Liu, Weiguo; Cai, Changlong; Liu, Huan

    2011-02-01

    Amorphous silicon oxide, silicon oxynitride and silicon nitride films were deposited in a PECVD reactor using silane (SiH4),ammonia (NH3) and nitrous oxide (N2O) as precursor gases. The N2O/NH3 flow ratio was varied in order to obtain different oxynitride compositions. The films were characterized by spectroscopic ellipsometry, XPS and FTIR spectroscopy. The compositions and infrared optical absorption properties of the three different types of films were investigated and compared. Special attention was paid to analyze the Si-O/Si-N bond stretching absorption including the absorption band intensity. It was found that the silicon oxynitride films show a dominant infrared stretching band due to the Si-O/Si-N bond , with the infrared absorption peak located between 860cm-1(11.6?m) for Si-N bond in silicon nitride and 1063cm-1(9.4?m) for Si-O bond in silicon oxide. The position of peak also shifts to a shorter wavelength when increasing the N2O/NH3 flow ratio. The infrared optical absorption properties of the silicon oxynitride films make them well suited for the absorber of uncooled microbolometer detectors

  13. Comparative investigation of infrared optical absorption properties of silicon oxide, oxynitride and nitride films

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    Zhou, Shun; Liu, Weiguo; Cai, Changlong; Liu, Huan

    2010-10-01

    Amorphous silicon oxide, silicon oxynitride and silicon nitride films were deposited in a PECVD reactor using silane (SiH4),ammonia (NH3) and nitrous oxide (N2O) as precursor gases. The N2O/NH3 flow ratio was varied in order to obtain different oxynitride compositions. The films were characterized by spectroscopic ellipsometry, XPS and FTIR spectroscopy. The compositions and infrared optical absorption properties of the three different types of films were investigated and compared. Special attention was paid to analyze the Si-O/Si-N bond stretching absorption including the absorption band intensity. It was found that the silicon oxynitride films show a dominant infrared stretching band due to the Si-O/Si-N bond , with the infrared absorption peak located between 860cm-1(11.6?m) for Si-N bond in silicon nitride and 1063cm-1(9.4?m) for Si-O bond in silicon oxide. The position of peak also shifts to a shorter wavelength when increasing the N2O/NH3 flow ratio. The infrared optical absorption properties of the silicon oxynitride films make them well suited for the absorber of uncooled microbolometer detectors

  14. LEAD SORPTION ON RUTHENIUM OXIDE: A MACROSCOPIC AND SPECTROSCOPIC STUDY

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    The sorption and desorption of Pb on RuO2 xH2O were examined kinetically and thermodynamically via spectroscopic and macroscopic investigations. X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) was employed to determine the sorption mechanism with regard to identity of nearest atomic neighbo...

  15. Arsenate Adsorption On Ruthenium Oxides: A Spectroscopic And Kinetic Investigation

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    Arsenate adsorption on amorphous (RuO2•1.1H2O) and crystalline (RuO2) ruthenium oxides was evaluated using spectroscopic and kinetic methods to elucidate the adsorption mechanism. Extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (EXAFS) was ...

  16. Molecular structure, spectroscopic characterization (FT-IR, FT-Raman, UV and NMR), HOMO and LUMO analysis of 3-ethynylthiophene with DFT quantum chemical calculations.

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    Karabacak, Mehmet; Bilgili, Sibel; Mavis, Tugba; Eskici, Mustafa; Atac, Ahmet

    2013-11-01

    In this work, FT-IR, FT-Raman, UV and NMR spectra of 3-ethynylthiophene (3-ETP, C6H4S) were carried out by using density functional theory DFT/B3LYP method with the 6-311++G(d,p), 6-311+G(d,p), 6-311G(d,p), 6-31++G(d,p), 6-31+G(d,p), 6-31G(d,p) basis sets. FT-IR and FT-Raman spectra were recorded in the regions of 3500-400cm(-1) and 3500-50cm(-1), respectively. The geometrical parameters, energies and wavenumbers were obtained and the complete assignments of fundamental vibrations were performed on the basis of the total energy distribution (TED) of the vibrational modes, calculated with scaled quantum mechanics (SQM) method and PQS program. The (1)H, (13)C and HMQC ((1)H-(13)C correlation) NMR spectra in chloroform (CDCl3) were recorded and calculated. The UV spectrum of investigated compound were recorded in the region of 200-400nm in ethanol solution. The electronic properties, such as excitation energies, absorption wavelengths, HOMO and LUMO energies were performed by DFT/B3LYP approach and the results were compared with experimental observations. The thermodynamic properties such zero-point vibrational energy, thermal energy, specific heat capacity, rotational constants, entropy, and dipole moment of the studied compound were calculated. As a result, the calculated results were compared with the observed data and found to be in good agreement. PMID:23886506

  17. DNA-binding characterization of a novel anti-tumour benzo[a]phenazine derivative NC-182: spectroscopic and viscometric studies.

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    Tarui, M; Doi, M; Ishida, T; Inoue, M; Nakaike, S; Kitamura, K

    1994-11-15

    NC-182 is a novel anti-tumour compound having a benzo[a]phenazine ring. Fluorescence, absorption and c.d. spectroscopy, as well as viscometric titrations, were systematically performed to investigate the interaction mode of this drug with DNA and its effect on DNA conformation, based on comparative measurements with distamycin (DNA minor-groove binder) and daunomycin (DNA-base intercalator). NC-182 was found to be a potent intercalator of DNA, especially the B-form DNA, although no specificity was observed against the base-pair. The binding of NC-182 to B-DNA behaves biphasically, depending on the molar ratio (r) of drug to DNA: NC-182 acts to render the B-form structure rigid at relatively low r value and to promote the transformation of B- to non-B forms at high r values. It was also shown that NC-182 promotes the unwinding of Z-form DNA to B-form. Viscometric, u.v. 'melting' and c.d. experiments further showed that (1) the DNA duplex structure is thermally stabilized by intercalation with NC-182 and (2) the intercalation of NC-182 into a poly(dA).2poly(dT) DNA structure thermally stabilizes the triplex structure, resulting in a melting point close to that of the duplex structure; the melting curves of triplex and duplex structures coincide at r > 0.06. These observations make a significant contribution to our understanding of the biological properties of this novel benzo[a]phenazine derivative, a new anti-tumour tumour agent against multidrug-resistant and sensitive tumours. PMID:7998945

  18. Remote determination of exposure degree and iron concentration of lunar soils using VIS-NIR spectroscopic methods

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    Fischer, Erich M.; Pieters, Carle M.

    1994-01-01

    On the Moon, space weathering processes such as micrometeorite bombardment alter the optical properties of lunar soils. As a consequence, lunar soil optical properties are a function not only of composition, but of degree of exposure on the lunar surface as well. In order to accurately assess the compositional properties of the lunar surface using remotely acquired visible and near-infrared spectroscopic data, it is thus necessary either (1) to compare optical properties only of soils characterized by similar degrees of exposure or (2) to otherwise normalize or remove the optical effects due to exposure. Laboratory spectroscopic data for lunar soils are used to develop and test remote spectrocopic methods for determining degree of exposure and for distinguishing between the optical effects due to exposure and those due to composition. A method employing a ratio between reflectances within and outside of the 1 micrometer Fe(2+) crystal field absorption band was developed for remotely identifying highland soils that have reached a steady-state maturity. The relative optical properties of these soils are a function solely of composition and as such can be directly compared. Spectroscopic techniques for accurate quantitative determination of iron content for lunar highland soils are investigated as well. It is shown that approximations of the 1 micrometer Fe(2+) absorption band depth using few to several channel multispectral data or spectroscopic data of inadequate spectral range cannot be used with confidence for compositional analysis. However, band depth measurements derived from continuum-removed high spectral resolution data can be used to calculate the weight percent FeO and relative proportion of iron-bearing silicates in mature lunar highland and mare/highland mixture soils. A preliminary effort to calibrate telescopic band depth to laboratory soil measurements is described.

  19. Subwavelength single layer absorption resonance antireflection coatings.

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    Huber, S P; van de Kruijs, R W E; Yakshin, A E; Zoethout, E; Boller, K-J; Bijkerk, F

    2014-01-13

    We present theoretically derived design rules for an absorbing resonance antireflection coating for the spectral range of 100 - 400 nm, applied here on top of a molybdenum-silicon multilayer mirror (Mo/Si MLM) as commonly used in extreme ultraviolet lithography. The design rules for optimal suppression are found to be strongly dependent on the thickness and optical constants of the coating. For wavelengths below ? ? 230 nm, absorbing thin films can be used to generate an additional phase shift and complement the propagational phase shift, enabling full suppression already with film thicknesses far below the quarter-wave limit. Above ? ? 230 nm, minimal absorption (k < 0.2) is necessary for low reflectance and the minimum required layer thickness increases with increasing wavelength slowly converging towards the quarter-wave limit.As a proof of principle, SixCyNz thin films were deposited that exhibit optical constants close to the design rules for suppression around 285 nm. The thin films were deposited by electron beam co-deposition of silicon and carbon, with N+ ion implantation during growth and analyzed with variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry to characterize the optical constants. We report a reduction of reflectance at ? = 285 nm, from 58% to 0.3% for a Mo/Si MLM coated with a 20 nm thin film of Si0.52C0.16N0.29. PMID:24515009

  20. Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization and structural investigation of a new charge transfer complex of 2,6-diaminopyridine with 4-nitrophenylacetic acid: Antimicrobial, DNA binding/cleavage and antioxidant studies

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    Murugesan, Venkatesan; Saravanabhavan, Munusamy; Sekar, Marimuthu

    2015-08-01

    A new hydrogen-bonded charge-transfer complex (CT) formed by the reaction between donor, 2,6-diaminopyridine and acceptor, 4-nitrophenylacetic acid in methanol at room temperature. The crystal was characterized by elemental analysis, IR, NMR spectroscopic studies and thermal studies. The elemental analysis of CT complex, obtained data revealed that the formation of 1:1 ratio CT complex was proposed. Infrared and NMR studies confirm the chemical constituents and molecular structure of the synthesized complex crystal. The high thermal stability is due to the molecular frame work through H-bonding interactions. Structural investigation indicates that cation and anion are linked through strong N+-H⋯O- type of hydrogen bond. The hydrogen bonded charge transfer crystal was screened for its pharmacology, such as antimicrobial, DNA binding/cleavage and antioxidant studies. The CT complex was screened for its antibacterial and antifungal activity against various bacterial and fungal species, which shows good antimicrobial activity. The DNA binding results indicated that the compound could interact with DNA through intercalation. It should have weak to moderate capacity of scavenging with DPPH.

  1. Synthesis and spectroscopic characterization of YPO4 activated with Tb3+ and effect of Bi3+ co-doping on the luminescence properties

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    Angiuli, Fabio; Cavalli, Enrico; Belletti, Alessandro

    2012-08-01

    Single crystals of YPO4:Tb3+(1%) have been grown from Pb2P2O7 flux and their emission dynamics have been characterized by steady state and time resolved optical spectroscopy. The investigation has then been extended to green emitting phosphors with composition Y0.95-xTb0.05BixPO4 (x=0, 0.0025, 0.005, 0.01, 0.025), synthesized by the Pechini sol-gel method and by solid state reaction. The former procedure has yielded higher quality materials in terms of size and morphology of the particles and of emission performance. The effect of the Bi3+ co-doping on the emission properties has been related to the Bi3+?Tb3+ energy transfer process as well as to the influence of the bismuth ions on the optical properties of the host lattice.

  2. Elemental and spectroscopic characterization of plasters from Fatih Mosque-Istanbul (Turkey) by combined micro-Raman, FTIR and EDXRF techniques.

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    Akyuz, Tanil; Akyuz, Sevim; Gulec, Ahmet

    2015-10-01

    The characterization of the plasters and coloring agents of the wall paintings of Fatih Mosque have been performed using combined micro-Raman, FTIR and EDXRF techniques. The investigations show that the plaster used on the walls has mixed gypsum-lime binders. Cinnabar {HgS}, lead red {Pb3O4} and hematite {?-Fe2O3} were identified in the red surfaces. Blue color is attributed to ultramarine blue {Na8-10Al6Si6O24S2-4}. Green color is assigned to mixtures of green earth, copper phthalocyanine {Cu(C32Cl16N8)} and brochantite {CuSO4·3Cu(OH)2}. Strontium yellow {SrCrO4} and zinc white {ZnO} were also used to ensure the color tone. The results provide a basis for future restoration of wall paints. PMID:25989612

  3. Vibrational spectroscopic characterization of the phosphate mineral bermanite-Mn2+Mn2(3+)(PO4)2(OH)2·4(H2O).

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    Frost, Ray L; Xi, Yunfei; Scholz, Ricardo; Belotti, Fernanda M

    2013-03-15

    Bermanite Mn(2+)Mn(2)(3+)(PO(4))(2)(OH)(2)·4(H(2)O) is a mixed valent hydrated hydroxy phosphate mineral. The mineral is reddish-brown and occurs in crystal aggregates and as lamellar masses. Bermanite is a common mineral in granitic pegmatites. The chemical composition of bermanite was obtained using EDS techniques. We have studied the molecular structure of bermanite using vibrational spectroscopy. The mineral is characterized by a Raman doublet at 991 and 999 cm(-1) attributed to the phosphate stretching mode of two non-equivalent phosphate units. Raman bands at 1071, 1117 and 1142 cm(-1) are assigned to the phosphate antisymmetric stretching modes. The hydroxyl stretching spectral region is complex with overlapping bands attributed to water and hydroxyl stretching vibrations. Vibrational spectroscopy proves most useful for the study of the mineral bermanite. PMID:23333689

  4. Spectroscopic characterization and optical waveguide fabrication in Ce 3+, Tb 3+ and Ce 3+/Tb 3+ doped zinc-sodium-aluminosilicate glasses

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    Caldiño, U.; Speghini, A.; Álvarez, E.; Berneschi, S.; Bettinelli, M.; Brenci, M.; Righini, G. C.

    2011-10-01

    A spectroscopy investigation of Ce 3+ and Tb 3+ ions in sodium-zinc-aluminosilicate glasses is performed using the photoluminescence technique. Blue-white light, with x = 0.24 and y = 0.24 CIE chromaticity coordinates, is obtained for the Tb 3+ singly-doped glass excited at 351 nm. When the sodium-zinc-aluminosilicate glass is co-doped with Ce 3+ and Tb 3+ a non-radiative energy transfer from Ce 3+ to Tb 3+ ions is observed upon 320 nm excitation. From an analysis of the cerium emission decay curve, the Ce 3+ ? Tb 3+ energy transfer microscopic parameter and efficiency are obtained. Different concentrations of Ce 3+ and Tb 3+ ions in the glass host gives rise to blue and blue-green emissions, with different CIE coordinates. Optical waveguides were produced in the samples by Ag +-Na + ion-exchange, and their characterization is presented.

  5. Exo-C: a Probe-Scale Space Mission to Directly Image and Spectroscopically Characterize Exoplanetary Systems Using an Internal Coronagraph

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    Stapelfeldt, Karl R.; Brenner, Michael P.; Warfield, Keith R.; Dekens, Frank G.; Belikov, Ruslan; Brugarolas, Paul B.; Bryden, Geoffrey; Cahoy, Kerri L.; Chakrabarti, Supriya; Dubovitsky, Serge; Effinger, Robert T.; Hirsch, Brian; Kissil, Andrew; Krist, John E.; Lang, Jared J.; Marley, Mark S.; McElwain, Michael W.; Meadows, Victoria S.; Nissen, Joel; Oseas, Jeffrey M.; Serabyn, Eugene; Sunada, Eric; Trauger, John T.; Unwin, Stephen C.

    2014-01-01

    "Exo-C" is NASA's first community study of a modest aperture space telescope designed for high contrast observations of exoplanetary systems. The mission will be capable of taking optical spectra of nearby exoplanets in reflected light, discover previously undetected planets, and imaging structure in a large sample of circumstellar disks. It will obtain unique science results on planets down to super-Earth sizes and serve as a technology pathfinder toward an eventual flagship-class mission to find and characterize habitable exoplanets. We present the mission/payload design and highlight steps to reduce mission cost/risk relative to previous mission concepts. At the study conclusion in 2015, NASA will evaluate it for potential development at the end of this decade. Keywords: Exoplanets, high contrast imaging, optical astronomy, space mission concepts

  6. Spectroscopic Characterization of Extracellular Polymeric Substances from Escherichia coli and Serratia marcescens: Suppression using Sub-Inhibitory Concentrations of Bismuth Thiols

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    Badireddy, Appala R.; Korpol, Bhoom Reddy; Chellam, Shankararaman; Gassman, Paul L.; Engelhard, Mark H.; Lea, Alan S.; Rosso, Kevin M.

    2008-10-21

    Free and capsular EPS produced by Escherichia coli and Serratia marcescens were characterized in detail using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES). Total EPS production decreased upon treatment with sub-inhibitory concentrations of lipophilic bismuth thiols (bismuth dimercaptopropanol, BisBAL; bismuth ethanedithiol, BisEDT; and bismuth pyrithione, BisPYR), BisBAL being most effective. Bismuth thiols also influenced acetylation and carboxylation of polysaccharides in EPS from S. marcescens. Extensive homology between EPS samples in the presence and absence of bismuth was observed with proteins, polysaccharides, and nucleic acids varying predominantly only in the total amount expressed. Second derivative analysis of the amide I region of FTIR spectra revealed decreases in protein secondary structures in the presence of bismuth thiols. Hence, anti-fouling properties of bismuth thiols appear to originate in their ability to suppress O-acetylation and protein secondary structures in addition to total EPS secretion.

  7. Nickel(II) complexes of N?-(2-thienylcarbonyl)thiocarbamates O-alkyl-esters: Structural and spectroscopic characterization and evaluation of their microbiological activities

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    Gomes, Lígia R.; Low, John Nicolson; Rocha, Marisa A. A.; Santos, Luís M. N. B. F.; Schröder, Bernd; Brandão, Paula; Matos, Carla; Neves, José

    2011-03-01

    In the present work a set of five Ni(II) complexes with general formula [Ni(L) 2] and with HL = N-thenoylthiocarbamic- O- n-alkylylesters ( n = 2-6) has been prepared and characterized in solution by UV-vis and NMR spectroscopies. Three of them were also characterized in the solid state by X-ray diffractometry. The energy rotation of the thiophene ring of ligand was evaluated theoretically. Liposomes of complexes were prepared in order to evaluate their ability to interact with the membrane. Furthermore, their biological activities were evaluated in a set of bacteria (gram+ and gram-) and yeasts. The X-ray structure determination confirms that bidentate ligand forms a tetra co-ordinated complex with an S 2O 2 co-ordination sphere around the nickel(II) ion in a cis configuration. The metal centre is coordinated in a square planar fashion. NMR spectra taken in solution show a diamagnetic signal compatible with a square-planar geometry around the metal centre. The values obtained for the liposome/water partition coefficients ( Kp) show that [Ni(ttete) 2] and [Ni(ttpre) 2] have a similar membrane partition ability, whilst the [Ni(ttbue) 2] derivative presents a significantly higher Kp, describing a stronger interaction within the membrane. For all the compounds, [Ni(ttpre) 2] has a higher efficacy against Gram negative bacteria and yeasts nevertheless, the anti-yeast and anti-bacterial activity values of all tested compounds are lower than ones of the reference compounds.

  8. Spectroscopic characterization of triplet (2- and 3-thienyl)carbenes and development, implementation, and testing of a web-based tool for use in middle and high school classrooms

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    Pharr, Caroline Rebecca

    Photolysis (lambda> 543 nm) of 3-thienyldiazomethane (1) yields triplet s-Z and s-E 3-thienylcarbene (s-E 5 and s- Z 5), as characterized by IR, UV/vis, and EPR spectroscopy. The EPR spectra of s-E 5 and s-Z 5 are markedly different, and proved to be unusual. NBO calculations and a Mulliken spin density analysis were carried out to explore the complex nature of these spectra. In an effort to obtain a comparison to the unusual EPR spectra of 3-thienylcarbene and to explore how the photochemistry of the system would be perturbed, methyl and deuteriomethyl analogs of the parent compounds were studied. Photolysis (lambda> 534 nm) of 3-thienyl-1-diazoethane (16) yields only one triplet 3-thienylethylidene rotamer (s-E 21), as characterized by UV/vis, and EPR spectroscopy. EPR and UV/visible signals attributed to s-E 21 decreased by approximately 50% after sitting in the dark for 3.5 days, suggesting a "thermal" reaction at 10 K. Photolysis (lambda > 534 nm) of 3-thienyl-1-diazoethane- d3 (16-d3) yields triplet s-E 3-thienylcarbene-d3 (s-E 21-d3), as characterized by IR, UV/vis, and EPR spectroscopy. Analogous to the photochemistry of 16, s-Z 21 -d3 was absent from the matrix. s- E 21-d3 is thermally stable at 10 K. Our attempts at isolating a 2-thienylsubstituted triplet carbene in this family had been unsuccessful up to this point. Spectroscopic detection of a 2-thienylcarbene derivative was realized with the characterization of 2-benzo[b]thienylethylidene (34) and 2-benzo[b]thienylethylidene-d3 (34-d3) by IR, UV/vis, and EPR spectroscopy. The development and implementation of "Today's Science for Tomorrow's Scientist" (TSTS), a Web site that presents current science research in a format suitable for middle school and high school classrooms is discussed. The information presented on TSTS correlates with the National Science Education Standards, allowing for ease of use by teachers. TSTS was beta tested and then fully implemented in middle schools and high schools in the Madison, WI area. The data show that both middle school and high school students improve by a significant amount from content pre survey to content post survey after viewing TSTS.

  9. Synthesis, structure characterization and antimicrobial evaluation of 4-(substituted phenylazo)-3,5-diacetamido-1H-pyrazoles

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    Kinali-Demirci, Selin; Demirci, Serkan; Kurt, Mustafa

    2013-04-01

    The present article deals with the synthesis, spectral characterization and antimicrobial activity of phenylazo dyes. All of the synthesized phenylazo dyes were characterized using ATR-FTIR, FT-Raman, 1H NMR, 13C NMR, elemental analysis and mass spectroscopic techniques. Solvent effects on the UV-Vis absorption spectra of these phenylazo dyes were studied. Acid and base effects on the visible absorption maxima of the phenylazo dyes were also reported. The structural and spectroscopic analysis of the molecules were carried out using Density Functional Theory (DFT) employing the standard 6-31G(d) basis set, and the optimized geometries and calculated vibrational frequencies were evaluated via comparison with experimental values. The antimicrobial activity of 4-(substituted phenylazo)-3,5-diacetamido-1H-pyrazoles was reported against bacteria, including B. cereus (RSKK 863), S. aureus (ATCC 259231), M. luteus (NRRL B-4375), E. coli (ATCC 11230) and the yeast C. albicans (ATCC 10239).

  10. Surface spectroscopic studies of mono- and bimetallic model catalysts 

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    Yi, Cheol-Woo

    2007-04-25

    by physical vapor deposition (PVD) onto well-characterized metal substrates. Subsequent characterization was performed using an arsenal of modern surface science tools: low energy ion scattering spectroscopy (LEISS), infrared absorption spectroscopy (IRAS...

  11. Spectroscopic analysis of insulating crystal fibers

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    Buoncristiani, A. M.; Byvik, C. E.; Albin, S.

    1988-01-01

    A new technique is described for investigating the optical properties of solid-state laser materials using single-crystal fibers grown by a laser-heated pedestal-growth technique. Single-crystal fiber samples can be prepared more rapidly and less expensively than crystals grown by more conventional methods; however, they are smaller and less uniform, making spectroscopic measurements difficult. A simple procedure for extracting the optical absorption and emission spectra of insulating crystal fibers is demonstrated with a titanium-doped sapphire fiber sample; results are comparable to those from Czochralski-grown material.

  12. Synthesis and Characterization of Ba(Zr{sub x}Ti{sub 1-x})O{sub 3} Solid Solutions Using Impedance Spectroscopic Techniques

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    Bajpai, P. K.; Mohan, C. R. K.

    2011-11-22

    Technologically important solid solutions of Ba(Zr{sub x}Ti{sub 1-x})O{sub 3} are synthesized using conventional solid state route. Relatively dense and single phase ceramics are confirmed using X-ray diffraction. Homogeneous and micron size grain growth is characterized using SEM. Impedance spectroscopy is used to study the electrical properties of ceramics. Broad and diffuse impedance loss peak is observed above 250 deg. C, which shifts towards higher frequency with increase in temperature. The distribution of relaxation frequency may be associated with the B-site cationic disorder due to the random distribution of (Zr{sup 4+}/Ti{sup +4}) having different ionic radii. Impedance relaxation obeys the Arrhenius relation with activation energy, E{tau} is 0.31 eV and 0.48 eV for BZT compositions with x = 0.10 and 0.15 respectively. Equivalent circuit representation using two RC element coupled in parallel is used to analyse the impedance response.

  13. Vibrational spectroscopic characterization of the phosphate mineral althausite Mg2(PO4)(OH,F,O)--implications for the molecular structure.

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    Frost, Ray L; López, Andrés; Xi, Yunfei; Scholz, Ricardo

    2014-01-01

    Natural single-crystal specimens of althausite from Brazil, with general formula Mg2(PO4)(OH,F,O) were investigated by Raman and infrared spectroscopy. The mineral occurs as a secondary product in granitic pegmatites. The Raman spectrum of althausite is characterized by bands at 1020, 1033 and 1044 cm(-1), assigned to ?1 symmetric stretching modes of the HOPO3(3-) and PO4(3-) units. Raman bands at around 1067, 1083 and 1138 cm(-1) are attributed to both the HOP and PO antisymmetric stretching vibrations. The set of Raman bands observed at 575, 589 and 606 cm(-1) are assigned to the ?4 out of plane bending modes of the PO4 and H2PO4 units. Raman bands at 439, 461, 475 and 503 cm(-1) are attributed to the ?2 PO4 and H2PO4 bending modes. Strong Raman bands observed at 312, 346 cm(-1) with shoulder bands at 361, 381 and 398 cm(-1) are assigned to MgO stretching vibrations. No bands which are attributable to water were found. Vibrational spectroscopy enables aspects of the molecular structure of althausite to be assessed. PMID:24184627

  14. Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization, thermal analysis and electrical conductivity studies of Mg(II), Ca(II), Sr(II) and Ba(II) vitamin B2 complexes

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    Refat, Moamen S.; Moussa, Mohamed A. A.; Mohamed, Soha F.

    2011-05-01

    Riboflavin (RF) complexes of Mg(II), Ca(II), Sr(II) and Ba(II) were successfully synthesized. Structures of metal complexes obtained were confirmed and characterized by elemental analysis, molar conductance, and infrared spectra. DC electrical conductivity measurements indicated that the alkaline earth metal (II) complexes of RF ligand are non-electrolytes. Elemental analysis of chelates suggest that the metal(II) ligand ratio is 1:2 with structure formula as [M(RF) 2( X) 2]· nH 2O. Infrared assignments clearly show that RF ligand coordinated as a bidentate feature through azomethine nitrogen of pyrazine ring and C dbnd O of pyrimidine-2,4-dione. Thermal analyses of Mg(II), Ca(II), Sr(II) and Ba(II) complexes were investigated using (TG/DSC) under atmospheric nitrogen between 30 and 800 °C. The surface morphology of the complexes was studied by SEM. The electrical conductivities of RF and its metal complexes were also measured with DC electrical conductivity in the temperature range from room to 483 K.

  15. Synthesis, Spectroscopic and Physicochemical Characterization and Biological Activity of Co(II) and Ni(II) Coordination Compounds with 4-Aminoantipyrine Thiosemicarbazone

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    2005-01-01

    We describe the synthesis and characterization of cobalt(II) and nickel(II) coordination compounds of 4[N-(furan-2’-aldimine)amino]antipyrine thiosemicarbazone (FFAAPTS) and 4[N-(4'-nitrobenzalidene) amino]antipyrine thiosemicarbazone (4'-NO2BAAPTS). All the isolated compounds have the general composition MX2(L)(H2O) (M = Co2+ or Ni2+; X = Cl, Br, NO3, NCS or CH3COO; L = FFAAPTS or 4'-NO2BAAPTS) and M(ClO4)2(L)2 (M = Co2+ or Ni2+; L = FFAAPTS or 4'-NO2BAAPTS). Infrared spectral studies indicate that both the thiosemicarbazones coordinate in their neutral form and they act as {N,N,S} tridentate chelating ligands. Room temperature magnetic measurements and electronic spectral studies suggest the distorted octahedral geometries of the prepared complexes. Thermogravimetric studies are also reported and the possible structures of the complexes are proposed. Antibacterial and antifungal properties of these metal-coordination compounds have also been studied. PMID:18365104

  16. The spectroscopic characterization, photochromism of cadmium(II)-iodo complexes of 1-alkyl-2-(arylazo)imidazoles and DFT computation of representative complexes

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    Sen, Chandana; Nandi, Avijit; Mallick, Debashis; Mondal, Sudipa; Sarker, Kamal Krishna; Sinha, Chittaranjan

    2015-02-01

    [Cd(Raai-CnH2n+1)(?-I)I]2 and [Cd(Raai-CnH2n+1)2I2] are synthesized by the reaction of CdI2 with 1-alkyl-2-(arylazo)imidazole (Raai-CnH2n+1, n = 4, 6, 8) in MeOH in 1:1 and 1:2 M ratio of salt and ligands, respectively. The complexes have been characterized by spectral data (UV-Vis, IR, 1H NMR, Mass). The coordinated Raai-CnH2n+1 shows photochromism, E(trans)-to-Z(cis) isomerisation, upon UV light irradiation. The reverse process, Z-to-E, is very slow in visible light irradiation process while the reaction is sensitive to change of reaction temperature. The quantum yields (?E?Z) for E-to-Z and the activation energy (Ea) of Z-to-E isomerisation are calculated and found that the complexes show subordinate results compared to free ligand. DFT computations of two representative complexes were carried out to explain the spectral and photochromic phenomena.

  17. Characterization of blood in an encrustation on an African mask: spectroscopic and direct analysis in real time mass spectrometric identification of haem.

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    Fraser, Daniel; DeRoo, Cathy Selvius; Cody, Robert B; Armitage, Ruth Ann

    2013-08-21

    Prior to exhibiting an African Komo mask from the collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts, a multianalytical approach was undertaken to characterize the flaking encrusted coating on the surface of the mask. Preliminary XRF and FTIR examination of the coating on the Komo mask revealed the presence of significant quantities of iron and protein, possibly indicating the presence of blood. Raman spectroscopy showed evidence for the porphyrin structure of haem as well. To confirm that blood was indeed present in the coating, we developed a novel method for identifying the haem moiety from blood by use of in situ methylation and direct analysis in real time mass spectrometry (DART-MS). Following a denaturing step with formic acid, the resulting solution was combined with an excess of phenyltrimethylammonium hydroxide to promote desorption, applied to a melting point tube, and placed into the direct analysis in real time ion source gas stream at 550 °C. The permethylated haem ion (m/z 644.208) from myoglobin, haemoglobin, fresh blood, and blood aged in the laboratory for 10 years was readily observed above the background. By the described DART-TOF-MS method, permethylated haem was positively identified in the mask coating, confirming the presence of blood. This method has obvious utility in forensic science beyond that for identifying blood incorporated in cultural heritage materials. PMID:23775114

  18. Ni(II) and Zn(II) complexes of 2-((thiophen-2-ylmethylene)amino)benzamide: Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization, thermal, DFT and anticancer activities

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    Tyagi, Prateek; Chandra, Sulekh; Saraswat, B. S.

    2015-01-01

    The paper presents the synthesis of Ni(II) and Zn(II) complexes of general composition M(L)X2 and M(L)2X2 (M = Ni(II), Zn(II), X = Cl-1, OAc-1) with Schiff base obtained through the condensation of 2-aminobenzamide with thiophene-2-carbaldehyde. The characterization of newly formed complexes was done by 1H NMR, UV-VIS, TGA, IR, mass spectrophotometry and molar conductivity studies. The thermal studies suggested that the complexes are more stable as compared to ligand. In DFT studies the geometries of Schiff's base and metal complexes were fully optimized with respect to the energy using the 6-31+g(d,p) basis set. On the basis of the spectral studies a distorted octahedral geometry has been assigned for Ni(II) complexes and tetrahedral geometry for Zn(II) complexes. The effect of these complexes on proliferation of human breast cancer cell line (MCF-7) and human hepatocellular liver carcinoma cell line (HepG2) were studied and compared with those of free ligand.

  19. Synthesis, spectroscopic and DFT structural characterization of two novel ruthenium(III) oxicam complexes. In vivo evaluation of anti-inflammatory and gastric damaging activities.

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    Tamasi, Gabriella; Bernini, Caterina; Corbini, Gianfranco; Owens, Natalie F; Messori, Luigi; Scaletti, Federica; Massai, Lara; Giudice, Pietro Lo; Cini, Renzo

    2014-05-01

    The reactions of ruthenium(III) chloride trihydrate with piroxicam (H2PIR) and tenoxicam (H2TEN), two widely used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, afforded [Ru(III)Cl2(H2PIR)(HPIR)],·1, and [Ru(III)Cl2(H2TEN)(HTEN)],·2. Both compounds were obtained as pure green solids through purification via flash column chromatography. Characterizations were accomplished through UV-vis and IR spectroscopy, potentiometry and HPLC. Quantum mechanics and density functional computational methods were applied to investigate their respective molecular structures. The experimental and computational results are in agreement with a pseudo-octahedral coordination where the two chlorido ligands are in trans positions (apical) and the two trans-N,O chelating oxicam ligands occupy the equatorial sites. Both compounds revealed an acceptable solubility and stability profile upon dissolution in a standard buffer at physiological pH. Nonetheless, the addition of biologically occurring reducing agents caused spectral changes. The two complexes manifested a poor reactivity with the model proteins cytochrome c and lysozyme: no evidence for adduct formation was indeed obtained based on a standard ESI MS analysis; in contrast, some significant reactivity with serum albumin was proved spectrophotometrically. Remarkably, both study compounds revealed pronounced anti-edema effects in vivo suggesting that the pharmacological actions of the ligands are mostly retained; in addition, they were less irritating than piroxicam on the gastric mucosa when the coordination compounds and free oxicam were administered at the same overall molar concentration of the ligand. Overall, the present results point out that ruthenium coordination may represent an effective strategy to improve the pharmacological properties of oxicam drugs reducing their undesired side effects. PMID:24518539

  20. Synthesis, Spectroscopic Characterization, and Biological Evaluation Studies of 5-Bromo-3-(((hydroxy-2-methylquinolin-7-yl)methylene)hydrazono)indolin-2-one and Its Metal (II) Complexes

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    Siddappa, Kuruba; Mayana, Nabiya Sultana

    2014-01-01

    The Schiff base ligand 5-bromo-3-(((8-hydroxy-2-methylquinolin-7-yl)methylene)hydrazono)indolin-2-one (BHMQMHI) was prepared via condensation of 5-bromo-3-hydrazonoindolin-2-one and 7-formyl-8-hydroxy-2-methylquinoline and its Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II), Zn(II), Cd(II), and Hg(II) complexes have been synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, conductance data, magnetic susceptibility measurements, IR, UV-Vis, mass spectrometry, 1H NMR, ESR, XRD, and thermal studies. By these spectral studies it is found that Co(II), Ni(II), and Cu(II) complexes have exhibited octahedral geometry whereas the Zn(II), Cd(II), and Hg(II) complexes have exhibited tetrahedral geometry. Potentiometric studies have been carried out on complexes of Schiff base (BHMQMHI) with Cu(II), Co(II), and Ni(II). Calvin-Bjerrum pH-titration technique as used by Irving and Rossotti has been applied to determine stability constants in mixed solvents at 25 ± 1°C. The present study reports the protonation constants of this ligand and stability constants of its metal complexes in dioxane-water (50%, v/v) mixtures. Metal-ligand stability constants fall in the order of Cu(II) > Co(II) > Ni(II) which is in agreement with those reported by Irving stability order. The Schiff base (BHMQMHI) and its metal complexes have been screened for their in vitro antibacterial and antifungal activities by minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) method. The DNA cleavage activities of all the complexes were studied by agarose gel electrophoresis method. In addition, the free ligand along with its complexes has been studied for their antioxidant activity. PMID:25371658

  1. Infrared and Raman spectroscopic methods for characterization of Taxus baccata L.--Improved taxane isolation by accelerated quality control and process surveillance.

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    Gudi, Gennadi; Krähmer, Andrea; Koudous, Iraj; Strube, Jochen; Schulz, Hartwig

    2015-10-01

    Different yew species contain poisonous taxane alkaloids which serve as resources for semi-synthesis of anticancer drugs. The highly variable amounts of taxanes demand new methods for fast characterization of the raw plant material and the isolation of the target structures during phyto extraction. For that purpose, applicability of different vibrational spectroscopy methods in goods receipt of raw plant material and in process control was investigated and demonstrated in online tracking isolation and purification of the target taxane 10-deacetylbaccatin III (10-DAB) during solvent extraction. Applying near (NIRS) and mid infrared spectroscopy (IRS) the amount of botanical impurities in mixed samples of two different yew species (R(2)=0.993), the leave-to-wood ratio for Taxus baccata material (R(2)=0.94) and moisture in dried yew needles (R(2)=0.997) can be quantified. By partial least square analysis (PCA) needles of different Coniferales species were successfully discriminated by Attenuated Total Reflectance-Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (ATR-FT-IR). The analytical potential of ATR-FT-IR and Fourier Transform-Raman Spectroscopy (FT-RS) in process control of extraction and purification of taxanes is demonstrated for determination of the water content in methanolic yew extracts (R(2)=0.999) and for quantification of 10-DAB (R(2)=0.98) on a highly sophisticated level. The decrease of 10-DAB in the plant tissue during extraction was successfully visualized by FT-IR imaging of thin cross sections providing new perspectives for process control and design. PMID:26078126

  2. Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization, antimicrobial activity and crystal structure of [Ag2(C10H10N3O3S)2(C5H5N)3

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    Tailor, Sanjay M.; Patel, Urmila H.

    2015-05-01

    Silver complex of 4-Amino-N-(5-methyl-1,2-oxazol-3-yl)benzenesulfonamide (sulfamethoxazole) (SMX) has been synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, infrared, UV and NMR spectroscopy. The title compound, [Ag2(C10H10N3O3S)2(C5H5N)3] crystallizes in the orthorhombic space group Pna21 with lattice parameters a = 17.9527(5), b = 8.6529(3), c = 25.1621(7) Å and Z = 4. The structure is solved by direct method and refined to a final R = 0.0567 for 6732 reflections with I ? 2?(I). The results of IR, 1H NMR and 13C NMR spectral data suggest the binding of silver atom to the sulfonamide ligand which is in agreement with the crystal structure determination. X-ray analysis revealed that in the title compound, one silver atom is surrounded by three N atoms and one Ag atom leading to a distorted tetrahedral geometry and another silver atom is surrounded by four N atoms and one Ag atom leading to a slightly distorted square pyramid geometry with Ag⋯Ag separation distance of 3.026 Å. The dihedral angle between phenyl and isoxazole ring is 85.7(4)°. In the crystal structure, the molecules are linked via Nsbnd H⋯O, Csbnd H⋯O intermolecular and Csbnd H⋯O intramolecular interactions. Silver complex of sulfamethoxazole has been studied by electrical and thermal analysis. Silver sulfamethoxazole presents different antibacterial behavior against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus strains.

  3. Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization, electrochemistry and biological evaluation of some metal (II) complexes with ONO donor ligand containing benzo[b]thiophene and coumarin moieties

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    Mahendra Raj, K.; Mruthyunjayaswamy, B. H. M.

    2014-09-01

    Schiff base ligand 3-chloro-N?-((7-hydroxy-4-methyl-2-oxo-2H-chromen-8-yl)methylene)benzo[b]thiophene-2-carbohydrazide and its Cu(II), Co(II), Ni(II) and Zn(II) complexes were synthesized, characterized by elemental analysis and various physico-chemical techniques like, IR, 1H NMR, ESI-mass, UV-Visible, thermogravimetry - differential thermal analysis, magnetic measurements and molar conductance. Spectral analysis indicates octahedral geometry for all the complexes. Cu(II) complex have 1:1 stoichiometry of the type [M(L)(Cl)(H2O)2], whereas Co(II), Ni(II) and Zn(II) complexes have 1:2 stoichiometric ratio of the type [M(L)2]. The bonding sites are the oxygen atom of amide carbonyl, nitrogen of azomethine function and phenolic oxygen of the Schiff base ligand via deprotonation. The thermogravimetry - differential thermal analysis studies gave evidence for the presence of coordinated water molecules in the composition of Cu(II) complex which was further supported by IR measurements. All the complexes were investigated for their electrochemical activity, but only the Cu(II) complex showed the redox property. In order to evaluate the effect of antimicrobial potency of metal ions upon chelation, ligand and its metal complexes along with their respective metal chlorides were screened for their antibacterial and antifungal activities by minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) method. The results showed that the metal complexes were found to be more active than free ligand. Ligand and its complexes were screened for free radical scavenging activity by DPPH method and DNA cleavage activity using Calf-thymus DNA (Cat. No-105850).

  4. On the ambient pressure polymorph of K2Ca3Si3O10-An unusual mixed-anion silicate and its structural and spectroscopic characterization

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    Schmidmair, Daniela; Kahlenberg, Volker; Perfler, Lukas; Tribus, Martina; Hildebrandt, Johannes; Többens, Daniel M.

    2015-08-01

    An ambient pressure polymorph of K2Ca3Si3O10 has been synthesized via solid state reactions. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction experiments show, that this new modification crystallizes in the triclinic space group P 1 bar with the following lattice parameters: a=5.6699(6) Å, b=7.3754(12) Å, c=11.8310(13) Å, ?=86.199(11)°, ?=80.625(9)°, ?=88.700(11)°. The structure was solved by direct methods and subsequently refined to a residual of R1=0.0261 for 1761 independent observed reflections (I>2?(I)) and 163 parameters. A special feature of the crystal structure is the coexistence of two different types of silicate anions. Isolated [SiO4]- tetrahedra as well as [Si4O12]- vierer single rings occur in the ratio 2:1, resulting in the crystallochemical formula K4Ca6[SiO4]2[Si4O12]. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first example of an oxo-silicate where insular and cyclic silicate anions appear concomitantly. Charge compensation is provided by Ca and K cations. All calcium atoms are coordinated by 6 oxygen atoms, forming distorted octahedra. By sharing common corners, edges and faces, these [CaO6]-polyhedra build up octahedral layer-like motifs parallel to (010). Potassium ions are located in voids between the silicate anions and [CaO6]-octahedra and are coordinated by 8-9 oxygen atoms. Further characterization of this new compound was carried out by electron microprobe analysis and Raman spectroscopy. DFT calculations were employed (i) to assign Raman bands to certain vibrational modes and (ii) to determine the relative stabilities of the monoclinic high-pressure and the triclinic ambient pressure polymorph of K2Ca3Si3O10.

  5. Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization, crystal structure, DNA interaction study and invitro biological screenings of 4-(5-chloro-2-hydroxyphenylamino)-4-oxobut-2-enoic acid

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    Sirajuddin, Muhammad; Nooruddin; Ali, Saqib; McKee, Vickie; Khan, Shahan Zeb; Malook, Khan

    2015-01-01

    The titled compound, 4-(5-chloro-2-hydroxyphenylamino)-4-oxobut-2-enoic acid was synthesized and characterized by various techniques like elemental analyses, FT-IR, NMR (1H, and 13C) and single crystal X-ray structural analysis. The appearance of the OH peak of the carboxylic acid in the FT-IR and NMR spectra conform the formation of the compound. A good agreement was found between the calculated values of C, H, N and found values in elemental analysis that show the purity of the compound. Protons H2 and H3 are in cis conformation with each other as conformed both from 1H NMR as well as from single crystal X-ray analysis. The molecular structure of the title compound, C10H10NO3Cl, is stabilized by short intramolecular Osbnd H- - -O hydrogen bonds within the molecule. In the crystal structure, intermolecular Nsbnd H- - -O hydrogen bonds link molecules into zigzag chains resulting in a dendrimer like structure. The title compound was screened for biological activities like interaction with DNA, cytotoxicity, antitumor and antioxidant activities. DNA interaction study reveals that the binding mode of interaction of the compound with SS-DNA is intercalative as it results in hypochromism along with significant red shift of 5 nm. It was also found to be effective antioxidant of 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl radical (DPPH) and show almost comparable antioxidant activity to that of the standard and known antioxidant, ascorbic acid, at higher concentration. The antitumor activity data of the compound shows that it can be used as potent antitumor agent.

  6. Spectroscopic study of N-acetylcysteine and N-acetylcystine/hydrogen peroxide complexation

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    Picquart, Michel; Abedinzadeh, Zohreh; Grajcar, Lydie; Baron, Marie Héléne

    1998-03-01

    A spectroscopic study of N-acetylcysteine (RSH) and N-acetylcystine (RSSR) has been performed using infrared absorption and Raman scattering in order to pinpoint the sites of complexation of these two species with H 2O 2. Molecules of RSH and RSSR were studied in KBr pellets, and in aqueous solutions of H 2O, D 2O and H 2O with H 2O 2 (1 mol l -1) to characterize the specific influence of the solvent molecules. A time-resolved Raman study was performed for RSH-H 2O 2 in aqueous solution at 1:1 molar ratio in order to observe the formation of RSSR and to discuss the mechanism of this redox reaction.

  7. Spectroscopic and structural studies of L-arginine doped Potassium Dihydrogen Phosphate crystals

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    Govani, Jayesh; Botez, Cristian; Durrer, William; Manciu, Felicia

    2009-03-01

    We report in this study the spectroscopic and structural characterization of standard and L-arginine doped potassium dihydrogen phosphate crystals synthesized by a solution growth technique. The infrared absorption and Raman results demonstrate chemical functionalization between the amino (NH3^+) groups of the organic material and the phosphate units of the inorganic crystals. This affirmation, which also implies the achievement of successful doping, is supported by the existence of extra vibrational lines in the IR and Raman spectra of L-arginine doped potassium dihydrogen phosphate crystals; these vibrational lines exhibit shifting towards lower frequencies as compared with the characteristic bands of L-arginine. Incorporation of the amino acid into the structure of the inorganic material is revealed by X-ray diffraction results also, where the shifting of diffraction lines and the appearance of a new one are observed.

  8. Laser spectroscopic measurement of helium isotope ratios.

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    Wang, L.-B.; Mueller, P.; Holt, R. J.; Lu, Z.-T.; O'Connor, T. P.; Sano, Y.; Sturchio, N.; Univ. of Illinois; Univ. of Tokyo; Univ. of Illinois at Chicago

    2003-06-13

    A sensitive laser spectroscopic method has been applied to the quantitative determination of the isotope ratio of helium at the level of {sup 3}He/{sup 4}He = 10{sup -7}--10{sup -5}. The resonant absorption of 1083 nm laser light by the metastable {sup 3}He atoms in a discharge cell was measured with the frequency modulation saturation spectroscopy technique while the abundance of {sup 4}He was measured by a direct absorption technique. The results on three different samples extracted from the atmosphere and commercial helium gas were in good agreement with values obtained with mass spectrometry. The achieved 3{sigma} detection limit of {sup 3}He in helium is 4 x 10{sup -9}. This demonstration required a 200 {mu}L STP sample of He. The sensitivity can be further improved, and the required sample size reduced, by several orders of magnitude with the addition of cavity enhanced spectroscopy.

  9. Atomic oxygen effects on thin film space coatings studied by spectroscopic ellipsometry, atomic force microscopy, and laser light scattering

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    Synowicki, R. A.; Hale, Jeffrey S.; Woollam, John A.

    1992-01-01

    The University of Nebraska is currently evaluating Low Earth Orbit (LEO) simulation techniques as well as a variety of thin film protective coatings to withstand atomic oxygen (AO) degradation. Both oxygen plasma ashers and an electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) source are being used for LEO simulation. Thin film coatings are characterized by optical techniques including Variable Angle Spectroscopic Ellipsometry, Optical spectrophotometry, and laser light scatterometry. Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) is also used to characterize surface morphology. Results on diamondlike carbon (DLC) films show that DLC degrades with simulated AO exposure at a rate comparable to Kapton polyimide. Since DLC is not as susceptible to environmental factors such as moisture absorption, it could potentially provide more accurate measurements of AO fluence on short space flights.

  10. Synthesis, characterization, spectroscopic, and electrochemiluminescence properties of a solvatochromic azacrown-containing cyanoruthenate(II): potential applications in separation and indirect photometric detection of cations and amino acids in HPLC.

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    Li, Mei-Jin; Chu, Ben Wai-Kin; Yam, Vivian Wing-Wah

    2006-04-24

    A new anionic ruthenium(II) complex, (Et4N)[Ru(tpyA18C6)(CN)3] (tpyA18C6=N-[4'-(2,2':6',2''-terpyridyl)]-1,4,7,10,13-pentaoxa-16-azacyclohexadodecane), has been synthesized and characterized. The complex was found to show pronounced solvatochromic behavior and, when dissolved in solution, changed its color from purple to yellow when the solvent system was varied from pure acetonitrile to pure water. Its absorption and emission energies in various solvents showed a linear dependence of the Gutman's acceptor number. The characteristic photoluminescence and electrochemiluminescence (ECL) of the complex were also found to be progressively quenched as the proportion of water in a water/acetonitrile mixture increased. Large changes in the chemical shifts of the 1H NMR and 13C NMR signals of [Ru(tpyA18C6)(CN)3]- in different solvents were observed. The complex has also been demonstrated to serve as a mobile-phase additive in high-performance liquid chromatography for separation of metal cations and amino acids. Comparison studies with the crown-free analogue, (Et4N)[Ru(tpy)(CN)3] (tpy = 2,2':6',2''-terpyridine), showed that other than the ion-pair effect, the allosteric host-guest interaction provided by the presence of the pendant crown was essential to the separation performance of the complex. Indirect detection of nonabsorbing analytes has been achieved by monitoring the absorbance changes of the eluent at the metal-to-ligand charge-transfer (MLCT) absorption band maximum of the complex at 445 nm. The effects of pH, ionic strength, and polarity of the mobile phase as well as the complex concentration on the selectivity and resolution have also been studied. PMID:16521135

  11. Spectroscopic wear detector

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    Madzsar, George C. (inventor)

    1993-01-01

    The elemental composition of a material exposed to hot gases and subjected to wear is determined. Atoms of an elemental species not appearing in this material are implanted in a surface at a depth based on the maximum allowable wear. The exhaust gases are spectroscopically monitored to determine the exposure of these atoms when the maximum allowable wear is reached.

  12. The Synthesis and Characterization of a Group of Transition Metal Octabutoxynaphthalocyanines and the Absorption and Emission Properties of the Co, Rh, Ir, Ni, Pd and Pt Members of This Group

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    Kim, Junhwan; Soldatova, Alexandra V.; Rodgers, Michael A. J.; Kenney, Malcolm E.

    2013-01-01

    The synthesis and photophysical properties of new metallo-octabutoxynaphthalocyanines with Rh(III), Ir(III), and Pt(II) are reported. Various metals were inserted into the metal-free octabutoxynaphthalocyanine and the resultant metal complexes were fully characterized by NMR, UV-vis spectroscopy, and mass spectrometry. The absorption and emission properties of these new complexes were also examined and compared to those of Co(II), Ni(II), and Pd(II) octabutoxynaphthalocyanines. The results provide useful information to understand the effect of these transition metals on the properties of this macrocyclic ring. PMID:23745014

  13. TRACING OUTFLOWS AND ACCRETION: A BIMODAL AZIMUTHAL DEPENDENCE OF Mg II ABSORPTION

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    Kacprzak, Glenn G.; Churchill, Christopher W.; Nielsen, Nikole M.

    2012-11-20

    We report a bimodality in the azimuthal angle distribution of gas around galaxies as traced by Mg II absorption: halo gas prefers to exist near the projected galaxy major and minor axes. The bimodality is demonstrated by computing the mean azimuthal angle probability distribution function using 88 spectroscopically confirmed Mg II-absorption-selected galaxies [W{sub r} (2796) {>=} 0.1 A] and 35 spectroscopically confirmed non-absorbing galaxies [W{sub r} (2796) < 0.1 A] imaged with Hubble Space Telescope and Sloan Digital Sky Survey. The azimuthal angle distribution for non-absorbers is flat, indicating no azimuthal preference for gas characterized by W{sub r} (2796) < 0.1 A. We find that blue star-forming galaxies clearly drive the bimodality while red passive galaxies may exhibit an excess along their major axis. These results are consistent with galaxy evolution scenarios where star-forming galaxies accrete new gas, forming new stars and producing winds, while red galaxies exist passively due to reduced gas reservoirs. We further compute an azimuthal angle dependent Mg II absorption covering fraction, which is enhanced by as much as 20%-30% along the major and minor axes. The W{sub r} (2796) distribution for gas along the major axis is likely skewed toward weaker Mg II absorption than for gas along the projected minor axis. These combined results are highly suggestive that the bimodality is driven by gas accreted along the galaxy major axis and outflowing along the galaxy minor axis. Adopting these assumptions, we find that the opening angle of outflows and inflows to be 100 Degree-Sign and 40 Degree-Sign , respectively. We find that the probability of detecting outflows is {approx}60%, implying that winds are more commonly observed.

  14. Integral Field Spectroscopy of AGN Absorption Outflows: Mrk 509 and IRAS F04250-5718

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    Liu, Guilin; Arav, Nahum; Rupke, David S. N.

    2015-11-01

    Ultraviolet (UV) absorption lines provide abundant spectroscopic information enabling the probe of the physical conditions in active galactic nucleus (AGN) outflows, but the outflow radii (and the energetics consequently) can only be determined indirectly. We present the first direct test of these determinations using integral field unit (IFU) spectroscopy. We have conducted Gemini IFU mapping of the ionized gas nebulae surrounding two AGNs, whose outflow radii have been constrained by UV absorption line analyses. In Mrk 509, we find a quasi-spherical outflow with a radius of 1.2 kpc and a velocity of ?290 km s?1, while IRAS F04250–5718 is driving a biconical outflow extending out to 2.9 kpc, with a velocity of ?580 km s?1 and an opening angle of ?70°. The derived mass flow rate ?5 and >1 M? yr?1, respectively, and the kinetic luminosity ?1 × 1041 erg s?1 for both. Adopting the outflow radii and geometric parameters measured from IFU, absorption line analyses would yield mass flow rates and kinetic luminosities in agreement with the above results within a factor of ?2. We conclude that the spatial locations, kinematics, and energetics revealed by this IFU emission-line study are consistent with pre-existing UV absorption line analyses, providing a long-awaited direct confirmation of the latter as an effective approach for characterizing outflow properties.

  15. First combined total reflection X-ray fluorescence and grazing incidence X-ray absorption spectroscopy characterization of aeolian dust archived in Antarctica and Alpine deep ice cores

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    Cibin, G.; Marcelli, A.; Maggi, V.; Sala, M.; Marino, F.; Delmonte, B.; Albani, S.; Pignotti, S.

    2008-12-01

    Aeolian mineral dust archived in polar and mid latitude ice cores represents a precious proxy for assessing environmental and climatic variations at different timescales. In this respect, the identification of dust mineralogy plays a key role. In this work we performed the first preliminary X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) experiments on mineral dust particles extracted from Antarctic and from Alpine firn cores using grazing incidence geometry at the Fe K-edge. A dedicated high vacuum experimental chamber was set up for normal-incidence and total-reflection X-Ray Fluorescence and Absorption Spectroscopy analyses on minor amounts of mineral materials at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory. Results show that this experimental technique and protocol allows recognizing iron inclusion mineral fraction on insoluble dust in the 1-10 µg range.

  16. Synthesis, spectroscopic characterization, DNA interaction and biological activities of Mn(II), Co(II), Ni(II) and Cu(II) complexes with [(1H-1,2,4-triazole-3-ylimino)methyl]naphthalene-2-ol

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    Gaber, Mohamed; El-Wakiel, Nadia A.; El-Ghamry, Hoda; Fathalla, Shaimaa K.

    2014-11-01

    Manganese(II), cobalt(II), nickel(II) and copper(II) complexes of [(1H-1,2,4-triazole-3-ylimino)methyl]naphthalene-2-ol have been synthesized. The structure of complexes have been characterized by elemental analysis, molar conductance, magnetic moment measurements and spectral (IR, 1H NMR, EI-mass, UV-Vis and ESR), and thermal studies. The results showed that the chloro and nitrato Cu(II) complexes have octahedral geometry while Ni(II), Co(II) and Mn(II) complexes in addition to acetato Cu(II) complex have tetrahedral geometry. The possible structures of the metal complexes have been computed using the molecular mechanic calculations using the hyper chem. 8.03 molecular modeling program to confirm the proposed structures. The kinetic and thermodynamic parameters of the thermal decomposition steps were calculated from the TG curves. The binding modes of the complexes with DNA have been investigated by UV-Vis absorption titration. The results showed that the mode of binding of the complexes to DNA is intercalative or non-intercalative binding modes. Schiff base and its metal complexes have been screened for their in vitro antimicrobial activities against Gram positive bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus), Gram negative bacteria (Escherichia coli and Pesudomonas aeruginosa), fungi (Asperigllus flavus and Mucer) and yeast (Candida albicans and Malassezia furfur).

  17. Spectroscopic Characterization of a Natural Product: Anethole

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    Barber, Victoria P.; Newby, Josh J.

    2013-06-01

    Anethole [(E)-1-methoxy-4-(1-propenyl)benzene] is a natural product molecule that is commonly recognized as the flavor component of anise, fennel, and licorice. Early jet-cooled spectroscopy of anethole showed the existence of two possible conformations, but did not address details of the vibronic structure. Here, we report the jet-cooled, laser-induced fluorescence and single vibronic level fluorescence spectra of anethole. Analysis of the spectra confirms the existence of two rotamers in the expansion that differ by the relative orientation of the methoxy and propenyl groups. The observed vibronic activity is similar to that of styrene and indicates planar symmetry of both rotamers. Vibrational assignments of anethole are assisted by density functional theory calculations and the results are compared with the analogous motions in styrene. V. H. Grassian, E. R. Bernstein, H. V. Secor and J. I. Seeman J. Phys. Chem. {93, 3470 (1989).

  18. Spectroscopic