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Neutron capture autoradiographic determination of 10B distributions and concentrations in biological samples for boron neutron capture therapy  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

It is necessary for effective boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) to accumulate 10B atoms in the tumor cells. We prepared a cationic liposome entrapped 10B compound for the delivery system and examined the delivery capacity of 10B atoms to pancreatic cancer cell, AsPC-1, in vivo. It is required to achieve an accurate measurement of 10B distributions and concentrations in biological samples with a sensitivity in the ppm range for BNCT. We applied CR-39 (polyallyldiglycol carbonate) plastic track detectors to ?-autoradiographic measurements of the 10B biodistribution in sliced whole-body samples of mice. To selectively desensitize undesirable proton tracks, we applied PEW (KOH+C 2H 5OH+H 2O) solution to the etching of CR-39 detector. The subsequent use of an alpha-track radiographic image analysis system enabled a discrimination between alpha tracks and recoiled proton tracks by the track size selection method. This enabled us to estimate quantitatively the distributions of 10B concentrations within the tissue sections by comparing with suitable standards.

Yanagie, Hironobu; Ogura, Koichi; Matsumoto, Toshio; Eriguchi, Masazumi; Kobayashi, Hisao

1999-11-01

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Development of a boron concentration prediction model using multi-cell simulation of the automatic load follow operation  

Microsoft Academic Search

Load follow operations have been performed by manually changing the boron concentration in the reactor core and moving Control Element Assemblies (CEAs) for controlling the power and the power distribution. The manual operation of load follow requires experience and predictions related to core behavior following power changes because CEA movements distort the power distribution and a boron concentration control is

Suk-Whun Sohn; Kun-Jai Lee

2011-01-01

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Abundance and distribution of boron in the Hauzenberg (Bavaria) granite complex  

SciTech Connect

Hercynian S-type granites from the Hauzenberg igneous complex show a range of boron concentration from 1 to 12 ppm. The whole-rock boron data are not significantly correlated with concentrations of other trace elements (Zr, Rb, Ba, Sr, Ni, V, Co, Cu, Zn, F); neither is boron correlated with the major elements (except with sodium) or with the differentiation index (DI). The boron budget in the rock-forming minerals (plagioclase, alkali feldspar, quartz, biotite, muscovite) of the tourmaline-free granites reveals that the highest concentrations of boron occur in muscovite, whereas the greatest amount of boron is incorporated in plagioclase (57-69%) due to its high modal amount. Boron in plagioclase increases with the extent of of sericitization (obtained by X-ray diffractometry). Muscovite in a pegmatite contains more than 50% of the total boron. The areal distribution of boron within the complex is neither uniform nor random; an increase of boron concentrations from granodioritic to granitic rocks is indicated, whereas the late differentiates are depleted in boron.

Sauerer, A.; Troll, G. (Institut fuer Mineralogie und Petrographie der Universitaet Muenchen (Germany, F.R.))

1990-01-01

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Differentiation in boron distribution in adult male and female rats' normal brain: a BNCT approach.  

PubMed

Boron distribution in adult male and female rats' normal brain after boron carrier injection (0.005 g Boric Acid+0.005 g Borax+10 ml distilled water, pH: 7.4) was studied in this research. Coronal sections of control and trial animal tissue samples were irradiated with thermal neutrons. Using alpha autoradiography, significant differences in boron concentration were seen in forebrain, midbrain and hindbrain sections of male and female animal groups with the highest value, four hours after boron compound injection. PMID:22484141

Goodarzi, Samereh; Pazirandeh, Ali; Jameie, Seyed Behnamedin; Khojasteh, Nasrin Baghban

2012-06-01

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Relationship Between Soil Extractable Boron and Tissue Concentrations in Rosaceae Shrubs in Utah  

Microsoft Academic Search

Native species are distributed among a broad range of soil and environmental conditions and vary widely in boron (B) content. Soil B tests have been used often, but inconsistently, to characterize the supply of B to cultivated crop species; however such tests have never been correlated with B concentrations in native species. This study was designed to determine (a) how

D. Carter; K. T. Harper; A. K. Shiffler; V. D. Jolley; J. K. Harper

2003-01-01

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Spatial Burnout in Water Reactors with Nonuniform Startup Distributions of Uranium and Boron  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Spatial burnout calculations have been made of two types of water moderated cylindrical reactor using boron as a burnable poison to increase reactor life. Specific reactors studied were a version of the Submarine Advanced Reactor (sAR) and a supercritical water reactor (SCW) . Burnout characteristics such as reactivity excursion, neutron-flux and heat-generation distributions, and uranium and boron distributions have been determined for core lives corresponding to a burnup of approximately 7 kilograms of fully enriched uranium. All reactivity calculations have been based on the actual nonuniform distribution of absorbers existing during intervals of core life. Spatial burnout of uranium and boron and spatial build-up of fission products and equilibrium xenon have been- considered. Calculations were performed on the NACA nuclear reactor simulator using two-group diff'usion theory. The following reactor burnout characteristics have been demonstrated: 1. A significantly lower excursion in reactivity during core life may be obtained by nonuniform rather than uniform startup distribution of uranium. Results for SCW with uranium distributed to provide constant radial heat generation and a core life corresponding to a uranium burnup of 7 kilograms indicated a maximum excursion in reactivity of 2.5 percent. This compared to a maximum excursion of 4.2 percent obtained for the same core life when w'anium was uniformly distributed at startup. Boron was incorporated uniformly in these cores at startup. 2. It is possible to approach constant radial heat generation during the life of a cylindrical core by means of startup nonuniform radial and axial distributions of uranium and boron. Results for SCW with nonuniform radial distribution of uranium to provide constant radial heat generation at startup and with boron for longevity indicate relatively small departures from the initially constant radial heat generation distribution during core life. Results for SAR with a sinusoidal distribution rather than uniform axial distributions of boron indicate significant improvements in axial heat generation distribution during the greater part of core life. 3. Uranium investments for cylindrical reactors with nonuniform radial uranium distributions which provide constant radial heat generation per unit core volume are somewhat higher than for reactors with uniform uranium concentration at startup. On the other hand, uranium investments for reactors with axial boron distributions which approach constant axial heat generation are somewhat smaller than for reactors with uniform boron distributions at startup.

Fox, Thomas A.; Bogart, Donald

1955-01-01

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Boron Concentration Model and Effects of Boron Holdup on Axial Offset Anomaly (AOA) in PWRs  

SciTech Connect

A significant number of current PWRs are experiencing axial offset anomaly (AOA), a condition that continues to elude prediction and thus creates an operational difficulty of being unable to accurately estimate safety margin. The cause of AOA is complex, involving both thermal-hydraulics and chemistry of core operation and design. This paper considers the structure of crud layers, which lead to AOA, and presents a thermal performance and neutron absorber concentration model for the crud layer that satisfactorily predicts the amount of boron accumulated to match that required to cause the observed power shifts. (authors)

Zhou, Dawei; Jones, Barclay G. [University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 104 South Wright Street, Urbana, IL 61801 (United States)

2002-07-01

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Cotton carbon exchange, nonstructural carbohydrates, and boron distribution in tissues during development of boron deficiency  

Microsoft Academic Search

An adequate supply of boron (B) is critical for optimal cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) growth and yield development. A better understanding of the effect of B deficiency on plant physiology and metabolism will help refine the diagnosis of B deficiency and improve B fertilizer recommendations. Determining B distribution in plant tissues and change in the pattern during growth is fundamental

Duli Zhao; Derrick M Oosterhuis

2002-01-01

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Boron distribution in a low-alloy steel  

Microsoft Academic Search

Boron distribution in a low-alloy steel (15B26:0.25C-0.29Cr-0.03Ti-0.028Al-0.0016B) has been characterized employing Fission\\u000a Track Etching (FTE) method. The characteristics of boron distribution with variation of cooling rate after austenitization\\u000a and through case-hardened depth after carburization were analyzed. Hardenability of 15B26 steel was also evaluated through\\u000a Jominy-end-quench test and the results are as follows: It was observed that, in austenitized 15B26 steel,

Yoon-Suk Choi; Sung-Joon Kim; Ik-Min Park; Kwang-Woo Kwon; In-Suk Yoo

1997-01-01

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Determination of boron distribution in rat's brain, kidney and liver  

Microsoft Academic Search

To determine relative boron distribution in rat's brain, liver and kidney, a mixture of boric acid and borax, was used. After transcardial injection of the solution, the animals were sacrificed and the brain, kidney and liver were removed. The coronal sections of certain areas of the brain were prepared by freezing microtome. The slices were sandwiched within two pieces of

Ali Pazirandeh; Behnam Jameie; Maysam Zargar

2009-01-01

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Determination of boron distribution in rat's brain, kidney and liver.  

PubMed

To determine relative boron distribution in rat's brain, liver and kidney, a mixture of boric acid and borax, was used. After transcardial injection of the solution, the animals were sacrificed and the brain, kidney and liver were removed. The coronal sections of certain areas of the brain were prepared by freezing microtome. The slices were sandwiched within two pieces of CR-39. The samples were bombarded in a thermal neutron field of the TRR pneumatic facility. The alpha tracks are registered on CR-39 after being etched in NaOH. The boron distribution was determined by counting these alpha tracks CR-39 plastics. The distribution showed non-uniformity in brain, liver and kidney. PMID:19375929

Pazirandeh, Ali; Jameie, Behnam; Zargar, Maysam

2009-07-01

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Radiowave dielectric investigation of boron compounds distribution in cultured tumour cells: relevance to boron neutron capture therapy  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The distribution of two main Boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) agents, borocaptate sodium ( BSH) and borono-phenylalanine ( BPA), in C6 rat glioma cells has been investigated by means of radiowave dielectric spectroscopy measurements. Significant differences between cells treated with the two different boron carriers were found in the magnitude of passive electrical cell parameters. This technique offers a new procedure for the measurement of boron compounds interactions with different biological environments at cellular level and is suggested to have the potentiality for becoming an attractive tool for biodistribution studies of BNCT compounds in biological tissues.

Capuani, S.; Gili, T.; Cametti, C.; Maraviglia, B.; Colasanti, M.; Muolo, M.; Venturini, G.

2002-07-01

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[Ozone concentration distribution of urban].  

PubMed

The increase of ozone concentration in urban is one of the most important research topics on environmental science. With the increase of nitrogen oxides and hydrogen-carbon compounds which are exhausted from cars, the ozone concentration in urban is obviously increased on sunlight, and threat of photochemistry smog will be possible. Therefore, it is very important to monitor and study the ozone concentration distribution in urban. The frequency-distribution, diurnal variation and monthly variation of ozone concentration were studied on the campus of Shandong University during six months monitoring. The influence of solar radiation and weather conditions on ozone concentration were discussed. The frequency of ozone concentration less than 200 microg/m3 is 96.88%. The ozone concentration has an obvious diurnal variation. The ozone concentration in the afternoon is higher than in the morning and in the evening. The maximum appears in June, when it is the strong solar radiation and high air-temperature. The weather conditions also influence the ozone concentration. The ozone concentration in clear day is higher than in rainy and cloudy day. PMID:15759874

Yin, Yong-quan; Li, Chang-mei; Ma, Gui-xia; Cui, Zhao-jie

2004-11-01

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Boron concentration measurements by alpha spectrometry and quantitative neutron autoradiography in cells and tissues treated with different boronated formulations and administration protocols.  

PubMed

The possibility to measure boron concentration with high precision in tissues that will be irradiated represents a fundamental step for a safe and effective BNCT treatment. In Pavia, two techniques have been used for this purpose, a quantitative method based on charged particles spectrometry and a boron biodistribution imaging based on neutron autoradiography. A quantitative method to determine boron concentration by neutron autoradiography has been recently set-up and calibrated for the measurement of biological samples, both solid and liquid, in the frame of the feasibility study of BNCT. This technique was calibrated and the obtained results were cross checked with those of ? spectrometry, in order to validate them. The comparisons were performed using tissues taken form animals treated with different boron administration protocols. Subsequently the quantitative neutron autoradiography was employed to measure osteosarcoma cell samples treated with BPA and with new boronated formulations. PMID:24387908

Bortolussi, Silva; Ciani, Laura; Postuma, Ian; Protti, Nicoletta; Luca Reversi; Bruschi, Piero; Ferrari, Cinzia; Cansolino, Laura; Panza, Luigi; Ristori, Sandra; Altieri, Saverio

2014-06-01

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Boron concentration in water, sediment and different organisms around large borate deposits of Turkey.  

PubMed

Boron is an essential nutrient for plants and an essential element for many organisms, but can be toxic to aquatic and terrestrial organisms above certain concentrations. The aim of this research was to determine boron concentrations in water, sediment and biotic samples (Gammaridae spp.-Crustacea, Helix sp.-Gastropoda, Donax sp.-Bivalvia, Helobdella sp.-Hirudinae, Ephemeroptera nymph, Chrinomidae larvae, Tipulidae larvae-Insecta, Rana sp.-Amphibia, Natrix sp.-Serpentes, fish sample Leiscus cephalus (Linnaeus, 1758) and leaves of Salix sp.-Salicacea from Seydi Stream (Kirka-Eski?ehir). Our results have shown that boron concentrations of the Seydi Stream water is higher than the Turkish Environmental Guidelines standard (>1 mg L(-1)) and in Europe (mean values typically below 0.6 mg L(-1)). PMID:20352187

Emiro?lu, Ozgür; Ciçek, Arzu; Arslan, Naime; Aksan, Serdar; Rüzgar, Melih

2010-04-01

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A method to build an analytic model of the 10B(n,?) 7Li reaction rate space distribution for boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT)  

Microsoft Academic Search

This work provides the basis of a methodology to build a deterministic model for the spatial distribution of the 10B(n,?)7Li reaction rate in boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT), as a function of space variables, boron concentration and beam incidence angle in homogeneous isotropic environments but also in different heterogeneous environments. Building the analytic function in a simple homogeneous environment with

Josselin Morand; Raymond Moss; Sabet Hachem; Wolfgang Sauerwein

2009-01-01

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Subcellular boron and fluorine distributions with SIMS ion microscopy in BNCT and cancer research  

SciTech Connect

The development of a secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) based technique of Ion Microscopy in boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) was the main goal of this project, so that one can study the subcellular location of boron-10 atoms and their partitioning between the normal and cancerous tissue. This information is fundamental for the screening of boronated drugs appropriate for neutron capture therapy of cancer. Our studies at Cornell concentrated mainly on studies of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). The early years of the grant were dedicated to the development of cryogenic methods and correlative microscopic approaches so that a reliable subcellular analysis of boron-10 atoms can be made with SIMS. In later years SIMS was applied to animal models and human tissues of GBM for studying the efficacy of potential boronated agents in BNCT. Under this grant the SIMS program at Cornell attained a new level of excellence and collaborative SIMS studies were published with leading BNCT researchers in the U.S.

Subhash Chandra

2008-05-30

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Peculiarities of boron distribution in as-grown boron-doped diamond  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Boron doped diamond (BDD) single crystals have been grown under conditions of high isostatic pressure by the temperature gradient method. Numerous equilateral triangles were found on the fluorescence images of {111}-diamond facets. Structural peculiarities of BDD were investigated by JEM-2010 transmission electron microscope with GIF Quantum attachment for electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). High resolution image of diamond lattice revealed some distorted {111}-layers. EELS testifies the presence of boron in distorted regions of diamond lattice. The crystallographic features of BDD and their connection with the superconductivity are discussed.

Blank, V. D.; Kulnitskiy, B. A.; Perezhogin, I. A.; Terentiev, S. A.; Nosukhin, S. A.; Kuznetsov, M. S.

2014-09-01

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How does the boron concentration affect hydrogen storage in lithium decorated zero- and two-dimensional boron-carbon compounds?  

PubMed

A balance between the hydrogen capacity and reversibility is a big challenge in the search for hydrogen storage materials. Using van der Waals-corrected density functional theory, we perform a detailed study of the hydrogen molecules adsorption on lithium (Li) decorated zero- and two-dimensional boron-carbon (B-C) compounds. It is found that not only the Li bond strength but also the number of adsorbed hydrogen molecules depends on the B concentration. First, the binding of Li on the B-C compounds strengthens with the increase of the B concentration due to the stronger hybridization between the lowest unoccupied molecular orbitals of the B-C compounds and Li 2p orbitals. Thus, Li atoms are not likely to form clusters, indicating a good reversible hydrogen storage. Second, higher B concentration results in weaker electric field produced by the charge transfer from Li to the B-C compounds. Therefore, one Li atom can adsorb up to 5H(2) molecules with the B concentration less than 50%. In contrast, the adsorption number of H(2) molecules is reduced to 4 when the B concentration is greater than or equal to 50%. Third, using a statistical model parametrized by the results of ab initio calculations, the adsorption and desorption of molecular hydrogens are calculated at ambient temperature and pressure. We find that the usable number of adsorbed H(2) per Li under ambient conditions decreases with the increase of B concentration. These results can serve as a guide in the design of new hydrogen storage materials based on B-C compounds. PMID:23318411

Ye, Xiao-Juan; Liu, Chun-Sheng; Jia, Ran; Zeng, Zhi; Zhong, Wei

2013-02-21

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Suspended sediment concentration distribution using Tsallis entropy  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Assuming sediment movement in channel flow as steady, Tsallis entropy is employed for deriving the distribution of sediment concentration. This distribution is found to be analogous to the distribution obtained from a random walk model. The sediment concentration distribution parameters are obtained from physical considerations. With these parameters, the distribution is tested using experimental observations and its sensitivity is evaluated. The agreement between entropy-based distribution and laboratory observations is found to be close.

Singh, Vijay P.; Cui, Huijuan

2014-11-01

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Oxyanion Concentrations in Eastern Sierra Nevada Rivers – 3. Boron, Molybdenum, Vanadium, and Tungsten  

Microsoft Academic Search

Water samples were collected from 10 locations along the Truckee River system, 14 locations along the Walker River system, and 12 locations along the Carson River, and analyzed for B, Mo, V, W, Na, Cl, and pH. Boron concentrations ranged from approximately 2 µmol\\/kg in the upper reaches of the Truckee River to almost 1,200 µmol\\/kg in Pyramid Lake. Molybdenum,

Kevin H. Johannesson; W. Berry Lyons; Elizabeth Y. Graham; Kathleen A. Welch

2000-01-01

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OsNIP3;1, a rice boric acid channel, regulates boron distribution and is essential for growth under boron-deficient conditions.  

PubMed

Boron is an essential micronutrient for higher plants. Boron deficiency is an important agricultural issue because it results in loss of yield quality and/or quantity in cereals and other crops. To understand boron transport mechanisms in cereals, we characterized OsNIP3;1, a member of the major intrinsic protein family in rice (Oryza sativa L.), because OsNIP3;1 is the most similar rice gene to the Arabidopsis thaliana boric acid channel genes AtNIP5;1 and AtNIP6;1. Yeast cells expressing OsNIP3;1 imported more boric acid than control cells. GFP-tagged OsNIP3;1 expressed in tobacco BY2 cells was localized to the plasma membrane. The accumulation of OsNIP3;1 transcript increased fivefold in roots within 6 h of the onset of boron starvation, but not in shoots. Promoter-GUS analysis suggested that OsNIP3;1 is expressed mainly in exodermal cells and steles in roots, as well as in cells around the vascular bundles in leaf sheaths and pericycle cells around the xylem in leaf blades. The growth of OsNIP3;1 RNAi plants was impaired under boron limitation. These results indicate that OsNIP3;1 functions as a boric acid channel, and is required for acclimation to boron limitation. Boron distribution among shoot tissues was altered in OsNIP3;1 knockdown plants, especially under boron-deficient conditions. This result demonstrates that OsNIP3;1 regulates boron distribution among shoot tissues, and that the correct boron distribution is crucial for plant growth. PMID:24654769

Hanaoka, Hideki; Uraguchi, Shimpei; Takano, Junpei; Tanaka, Mayuki; Fujiwara, Toru

2014-06-01

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The distribution of boron and boric acid complexes in the sea  

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LIBRARY A a m GOLLEGE 0F TEXAS THE DISTRIBUTION OF BORON AND BORIC ACID COMPLEXES IN THE SEA A Thesis By John Noakes o%e Submitted to the Graduate School of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas in Partial fulfillment... of the requirements for the degree of MASTER OF SCIENCE January 1959 Major: Chemical Oceanography THE DISTRIBUTION OF BORON AND BORIC ACID COMPLEXES IN THE SEA A Thesis By John Noakes Approved as to style and content by: C irman of the C ittee Head...

Noakes, John Edward

2012-06-07

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Process to produce silicon carbide fibers using a controlled concentration of boron oxide vapor  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A process for producing polycrystalline silicon carbide by heating an amorphous ceramic fiber that contains silicon and carbon in an environment containing boron oxide vapor. The boron oxide vapor is produced in situ by the reaction of a boron containing material such as boron carbide and an oxidizing agent such as carbon dioxide, and the amount of boron oxide vapor can be controlled by varying the amount and rate of addition of the oxidizing agent.

Barnard, Thomas Duncan (Inventor); Lipowitz, Jonathan (Inventor); Nguyen, Kimmai Thi (Inventor)

2001-01-01

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Process to produce silicon carbide fibers using a controlled concentration of boron oxide vapor  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A process for producing polycrystalline silicon carbide includes heating an amorphous ceramic fiber that contains silicon and carbon in an environment containing boron oxide vapor. The boron oxide vapor is produced in situ by the reaction of a boron containing material such as boron carbide and an oxidizing agent such as carbon dioxide, and the amount of boron oxide vapor can be controlled by varying the amount and rate of addition of the oxidizing agent.

Barnard, Thomas Duncan (Inventor); Lipowitz, Jonathan (Inventor); Nguyen, Kimmai Thi (Inventor)

2000-01-01

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Investigation of boron distribution in a TiAl-based alloy using particle-tracking  

SciTech Connect

One of the key shortcomings of current TiAl intermetallic alloy is the inverse relationship between tensile properties and fracture/creep resistance. TiAl-based alloys with a fully lamellar structure generally display`s high fracture toughness and creep resistance, but poor ductility. Inversely, material with a duplex microstructure has very good ductility, but poor fracture toughness and creep resistance. Research efforts have focused on overcoming this deficiency. Now that it is widely accepted that the poor ductility of lamellar structures originates from the large grain size, refining the lamellar structure of TiAl-based alloys presents itself as a feasible solution. The question remains as to how to accomplish this goal. Microalloying is considered one approach for refining the fully lamellar structure. The present authors have reported that the addition of boron can effectively refine the grain size of fully lamellar structure. However, the distribution of boron in TiAl alloys and the mechanism in boron that suppresses grain growth are not yet clear. In the present paper, the distribution of boron in a Ti-rich TiAl-based alloy, as a function of the bulk boron content, annealing temperature, and thermomechanical process, is analyzed using a Particle-Tracking Autoradiography (PTA) technique.

Pu, Z.; Wu, K.H. [Florida International Univ., Miami, FL (United States)] [Florida International Univ., Miami, FL (United States)

1996-01-01

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Comparison of the level of boron concentrations in black teas with fruit teas available on the polish market.  

PubMed

The determination of boron by inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometry has been carried in water-soluble and acid soluble (total content) fractions of 36 samples of traditional black tea and fruit brew. The estimation of the impact of the type of tea on the concentration of boron in water-soluble and acid extracts and potential human health risk from the daily intake of boron was carried out in this study. The levels of boron differed significantly in black and fruit tea types. The mean total content of boron ranged from 8.31 to 18.40?mg/kg in black teas, from 12.85 to 15.13?mg/kg in black tea with fruit flavor, and from 12.09 to 22.77?mg/kg in fruit brews. The degree of extraction of boron in black tea ranged from 8% to 27% and for fruit tea from 17% to 69%. In addition, the values below 25% were of black teas with fruit flavors. The daily intake of B from tea infusions (three cups/day) is still within the average daily intake except for some of the fruit brews which exceed acceptable regulations of the daily intake of total boron by humans. Hence, it may not produce any health risks for human consumption, if other sources of metal contaminated food are not taken at the same time. PMID:25379551

Zio?a-Frankowska, Anetta; Frankowski, Marcin; Novotny, Karel; Kanicky, Viktor

2014-01-01

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Comparison of the Level of Boron Concentrations in Black Teas with Fruit Teas Available on the Polish Market  

PubMed Central

The determination of boron by inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometry has been carried in water-soluble and acid soluble (total content) fractions of 36 samples of traditional black tea and fruit brew. The estimation of the impact of the type of tea on the concentration of boron in water-soluble and acid extracts and potential human health risk from the daily intake of boron was carried out in this study. The levels of boron differed significantly in black and fruit tea types. The mean total content of boron ranged from 8.31 to 18.40?mg/kg in black teas, from 12.85 to 15.13?mg/kg in black tea with fruit flavor, and from 12.09 to 22.77?mg/kg in fruit brews. The degree of extraction of boron in black tea ranged from 8% to 27% and for fruit tea from 17% to 69%. In addition, the values below 25% were of black teas with fruit flavors. The daily intake of B from tea infusions (three cups/day) is still within the average daily intake except for some of the fruit brews which exceed acceptable regulations of the daily intake of total boron by humans. Hence, it may not produce any health risks for human consumption, if other sources of metal contaminated food are not taken at the same time. PMID:25379551

Ziola-Frankowska, Anetta; Frankowski, Marcin; Novotny, Karel; Kanicky, Viktor

2014-01-01

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A method to build an analytic model of the 10B(n,alpha)7Li reaction rate space distribution for boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT).  

PubMed

This work provides the basis of a methodology to build a deterministic model for the spatial distribution of the (10)B(n,alpha)(7)Li reaction rate in boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT), as a function of space variables, boron concentration and beam incidence angle in homogeneous isotropic environments but also in different heterogeneous environments. Building the analytic function in a simple homogeneous environment with numerical methods leads to a mathematical formulation of the (10)B(n,alpha)(7)Li reactions rate. PMID:19375922

Morand, Josselin; Moss, Raymond; Hachem, Sabet; Sauerwein, Wolfgang

2009-07-01

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Trace element concentration and distribution in ivory  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The trace element content and distribution in ivory from elephants and hippopotami were measured for both natural elements and elements present due to pollution. The National Accelerator Centre Nuclear Microprobe was used to investigate trace elements heavier than Ca, and distributions of these trace elements were measured over small areas (ca. 1 mm 2), using the Dynamic Analysis imaging method in the GeoPIXE software package. Quantitativity of elemental maps was checked by complementary point analyses in the same area as where the elemental maps were taken from and found to be accurate to within around 10%. The possibility of locating ivory on the basis of the trace element concentrations, determined by the environment in which these animals live, was demonstrated by using correspondence analysis.

Prozesky, V. M.; Raubenheimer, E. J.; Van Heerden, W. F. P.; Grotepass, W. P.; Przybylowicz, W. J.; Pineda, C. A.; Swart, R.

1995-09-01

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Quantitative SIMS measurement of high concentration of boron in silicon (up to 20 at.%) using an isotopic comparative method  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Highly boron doped (up to 20 at.%) silicon samples have been analysed by SIMS with the aim of quantifying the boron concentration in a range where the dilute regime may not be valid any more. An original method is used based on the simultaneous analysis of two different isotopes, namely B10 and B11, in order that the known concentration of the first isotope (initially present with a far lower, constant concentration) is the basis of the quantification of the concentration of the second, present with a very high dose. Argon and oxygen beams have been used and conclusions are drawn about the presence of matrix effects in the case of the analysis of highly doped samples. It appears that only the use of a 8 keV O2+ beam leads to a significant matrix effect, whereas it is nearly absent in the case of an analysis under 8 keV Ar + beam. The proposed method may be applied to any element showing at least two isotopes in any binary alloys under any primary beam.

Dubois, Christiane; Prudon, Gilles; Gautier, Brice; Dupuy, Jean-Claude

2008-12-01

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Arsenic, Boron, and Fluoride Concentrations in Ground Water in and Near Diabase Intrusions, Newark Basin, Southeastern Pennsylvania  

USGS Publications Warehouse

During an investigation in 2000 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) of possible contaminant releases from an industrial facility on Congo Road near Gilbertsville in Berks and Montgomery Counties, southeastern Pennsylvania, concentrations of arsenic and fluoride above USEPA drinking-water standards of 10 ?g/L and 4 mg/L, respectively, and of boron above the USEPA health advisory level of 600 ?g/L were measured in ground water in an area along the northwestern edge of the Newark Basin. In 2003, the USEPA requested technical assistance from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to help identify sources of arsenic, boron, and fluoride in the ground water in the Congo Road area, which included possible anthropogenic releases and naturally occurring mineralization in the local bedrock aquifer, and to identify other areas in the Newark Basin of southeastern Pennsylvania with similarly elevated concentrations of these constituents. The USGS reviewed available data and collected additional ground-water samples in the Congo Road area and four similar hydrogeologic settings. The Newark Basin is the largest of the 13 major exposed Mesozoic rift basins that stretch from Nova Scotia to South Carolina. Rocks in the Newark Basin include Triassic through Jurassic-age sedimentary sequences of sandstones and shales that were intruded by diabase. Mineral deposits of hydrothermal origin are associated with alteration zones bordering intrusions of diabase and also occur as strata-bound replacement deposits of copper and zinc in sedimentary rocks. The USGS review of data available in 2003 showed that water from about 10 percent of wells throughout the Newark Basin of southeastern Pennsylvania had concentrations of arsenic greater than the USEPA maximum contaminant level (MCL) of 10 ?g/L; the highest reported arsenic concentration was at about 70 ?g/L. Few data on boron were available, and the highest reported boron concentration in well-water samples was 60 ?g/L in contrast to concentrations over 5,000 ?g/L in the Congo Road area. Although concentrations of fluoride up to 4 mg/L were reported for a few well-water samples collected throughout the Newark Basin, about 90 percent of the samples had concentrations of 0.5 mg/L or less. The USGS sampled 58 wells primarily in 5 areas in the Newark Basin, southeastern Pennsylvania, from February 2004 through April 2005 to identify other possible areas of elevated arsenic, boron, and fluoride and to characterize the geochemical environment associated with elevated concentrations of these constituents. Sampled wells included 12 monitor wells at an industrial facility near Congo Road, 45 private-supply wells in Berks, Montgomery, and Bucks Counties, and 1 private-supply well near Dillsburg, York County, an area where elevated fluoride in ground water had been reported in the adjacent Gettysburg Basin. Wells were sampled in transects from the diabase through the adjacent hornfels and into the unaltered shales of the Brunswick Group. Field measurements were made of pH, temperature, dissolved oxygen concentration, and specific conductance. Samples were analyzed in the laboratory for major ions, nutrients, total organic carbon, dissolved and total concentrations of selected trace elements, and boron isotopic composition. Generally, the ground water from the 46 private-supply wells had relatively neutral to alkaline pH (ranging from 6.1 to 9.1) and moderate concentrations of dissolved oxygen. Most water samples were of the calcium-bicarbonate type. Concentrations of arsenic up to 60 ?g/L, boron up to 3,950 ?g/L, and fluoride up to 0.70 mg/L were measured. Drinking-water standards or health advisories (for constituents that do not have standards established) were exceeded most frequently (about 20 percent of samples) for arsenic and boron and less frequently (6 percent or less of samples) for total iron, manganese, sulfate, nitrate, lead, molybdenum, and strontium. In water from 12 monitor

Senior, Lisa A.; Sloto, Ronald A.

2006-01-01

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Effective reduction of the metastable defect concentration in boron-doped Czochralski silicon for solar cells  

Microsoft Academic Search

Different approaches to reduce the light-induced degradation of Czochralski silicon (Cz-Si) solar cells are investigated. In the first part of this paper the very promising possibility of using overcompensated oxygen-rich n-type silicon with residual boron as solar cell substrate material is demonstrated. Stable bulk carrier lifetimes in the millisecond range are achievable in this material. The second part of this

K. Bothe; J. Schmidt; R. Hezel

2002-01-01

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Improvement of dose distribution by central beam shielding in boron neutron capture therapy  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Since boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) with epithermal neutron beams started at the Kyoto University Reactor (KUR) in June 2002, nearly 200 BNCT treatments have been carried out. The epithermal neutron irradiation significantly improves the dose distribution, compared with the previous irradiation mainly using thermal neutrons. However, the treatable depth limit still remains. One effective technique to improve the limit is the central shield method. Simulations were performed for the incident neutron energies and the annular components of the neutron source. It was clear that thermal neutron flux distribution could be improved by decreasing the lower energy neutron component and the inner annular component of the incident beam. It was found that a central shield of 4-6 cm diameter and 10 mm thickness is effective for the 12 cm diameter irradiation field. In BNCT at KUR, the depth dose distribution can be much improved by the central shield method, resulting in a relative increase of the dose at 8 cm depth by about 30%. In addition to the depth dose distribution, the depth dose profile is also improved. As the dose rate in the central area is reduced by the additional shielding, the necessary irradiation time, however, increases by about 30% compared to normal treatment.

Sakurai, Yoshinori; Ono, Koji

2007-12-01

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Tourmaline in the 3.7-3.8 Ga Isua Supracrustal Belt, West Greenland - A window to Boron Concentrations in the Eoarchean Eon  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The distribution and mineralogical context of trace elements in Earth's oldest rocks provide insights on Earth's accretion, differentiation, and primordial evolution. One example is boron, which is highly concentrated in Earth's crust and oceans relative to primitive mantle, and, thus the amount of boron on Earth's surface should increase with increasing volume of crust. The earliest B mineral reported in the geological record is metamorphic tourmaline in the Isua Supracrustal Belt, where its abundance belies the notion of there being less boron in the Eoarchean than in more recent time. Chaussidon & Appel (1997, Chem. Geol., 136, 171-180) reported ?11B = --17.3 to --25.0‰ in tourmaline in Isua metachert ("conglomerate"), and ?11B = --12.6 to +5.8 ‰ on tourmaline in Isua metamorphosed mafic volcaniclastics. The large range in the latter rocks was attributed to fractionation during hydrothermal reworking, whereas the more negative values in the metacherts suggested metamorphic tourmaline formed from breakdown of clays with an average ?11B calculated to be about -8 × 7‰ deposited in an ocean having ?11B = +27×11‰, compared to +40 ‰ today, consistent with ?11B = +28‰ calculated from the Chaussidon & Albarède (1992, EPSL, 108, 229-241) model relating increase in sea-water ?11B to proportion of B extracted from Earth's mantle into the oceans and crust. This estimate of Eoarchean seawater ?11B is consistent with fractionation associated with illitization of smectite formed in a marine environment (estimated to be about --35‰) and with crystallization of metamorphic tourmaline from intergranular fluid having the same ?11B as the host metachert (another --2‰ at 500 °C based on tourmaline-water fractionation from Meyer et al. 2008, Contrib. Mineral. Petrol., 156, 259-267). However, this scenario does not adequately explain three rock types in the Isua supracrustals: (1) a tourmaline-quartz lens with ~50% modal tourmaline; (2) a dolomite-tourmaline lens with ~20% modal tourmaline containing accessory chromite, chalcopyrite and gersdorffite, (Ni,Co,Fe)AsS; (3) 'green-mica' schist containing Cr- and Ba-bearing muscovite and accessory tourmaline, sphalerite, chalcopyrite, galena, pentlandite, arsenopyrite and gersdorffite. These sulfides suggest that hydrothermal fluid associated with volcanism introduced B, As and Pb into sedimentary rocks together with Cr, Co and Ni remobilized from associated ultramafic rocks. Crystallization of tourmaline in (1) with ?11B =--22‰ (Swihart & Moore, 1989, Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 53, 911-916) implies ?11B of --17 ‰ to--19 ‰ in the hydrothermal fluid from which it crystallized (assuming tourmaline-water fractionation at 200-350 °C based on Meyer et al. 2008). These fluid ?11B suggest a continental source of the boron, since ?11B of continental detritus averages -10 × 5‰, i.e., more negative (lighter) than oceanic crust (Leeman & Sisson, 1996, Rev. Mineral., 33, 645-707). As the tourmaline-bearing rocks are part of the younger (ca. 3700 Ma) of two terranes in the Isua supracrustal belt (Nutman & Friend, 2009, Precamb. Res., 172, 189-211), we suggest that boron isotopic composition and abundance resulted from recycling of boron in supracrustal rocks of the older (ca. 3800 Ma) terrane and its remobilization in a volcanic system prior to precipitation as tourmaline in rocks of the younger terrane.

Grew, E. S.; Dymek, R. F.; De Hoog, J. C.; Harley, S. L.; Hazen, R. M.; Yates, M. G.

2013-12-01

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The use of boron for thermochemical storage and distribution of solar energy  

Microsoft Academic Search

Boron has been proposed as a candidate for hydrogen production. In this study a process is described in which boron is used as a means to store and transport solar energy from a production site to motor vehicles, where it is used to generate hydrogen and heat. The proposed multi-step fuel cycle includes no carbon as a reducing agent and,

Tareq Abu-Hamed; Jacob Karni; Michael Epstein

2007-01-01

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Boron isotope application for tracing sources of contamination in groundwater.  

E-print Network

Boron isotope application for tracing sources of contamination in groundwater. Abstract: Boron isotope composition and concentration of sewage effluent and pristine and contaminated groundwater from. Anthropogenic boron in wastewater is isotopically distinct from natural boron in groundwater and thus can

Kasher, Roni

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Macroscopic geometric heterogeneity effects in radiation dose distribution analysis for boron neutron capture therapy  

SciTech Connect

Calculations of radiation flux and dose distributions for boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) of brain tumors are typically performed using sophisticated three-dimensional analytical models based on either a homogeneous approximation or a simplified few-region approximation to the actual highly heterogeneous geometry of the irradiation volume. Such models should be validated by comparison with calculations using detailed models in which all significant macroscopic tissue heterogeneities and geometric structures are explicitly represented as faithfully as possible. This paper describes such a validation exercise for BNCT of canine brain tumors. Geometric measurements of the canine anatomical structures of interest for this work were performed by dissecting and examining two essentially identical Labrador retriever heads. Chemical analyses of various tissue samples taken during the dissections were conducted to obtain measurements of elemental compositions for the tissues of interest. The resulting geometry and tissue composition data were then used to construct a detailed heterogeneous calculational model of the Labrador head. Calculations of three-dimensional radiation flux distributions pertinent to BNCT were performed for this model using the TORT discrete-ordinates radiation transport code. The calculations were repeated for a corresponding volume-weighted homogeneous-tissue model. Comparison of the results showed that peak neutron and photon flux magnitudes were quite similar for the two models (within 5%), but that the spatial flux profiles were shifted in the heterogeneous model such that the fluxes in some locations away from the peak differed from the corresponding fluxes in the homogeneous model by as much as 10%--20%. Differences of this magnitude can be therapeutically significant, emphasizing the need for proper validation of simplified treatment planning models.

Moran, J.M.; Nigg, D.W.; Wheeler, F.J.; Bauer, W.F. (Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, EG G Idaho, Inc., P.O. Box 1625, Idaho Falls, Idaho 83415-3515 (United States))

1992-05-01

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Combustion of nanofluid fuels with the addition of boron and iron particles at dilute and dense concentrations  

E-print Network

Combustion of nanofluid fuels with the addition of boron and iron particles at dilute and dense in revised form 3 November 2011 Accepted 9 December 2011 Available online 7 January 2012 Keywords: Nanofluid t The combustion characteristics of nanofluid fuels containing additions of boron and iron particles were

Qiao, Li

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Effects of sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, manganese, and boron applications on sunflower yield and plant nutrient concentration  

SciTech Connect

Sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, manganese, and boron application did not affect the seed yield or oil percentage of sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) on both dryland and irrigated soils in North Dakota in 1981. Field averages indicated significant Zn, Mn, and B uptake by sunflower at the 12-leaf stage as a result of fertilization with these elements. Increased Zn uptake was also observed in the uppermost mature leaf at anthesis from zinc fertilization. Although sunflower yield from boron fertilization was not significantly different from the check, a trend was observed in which boron fertilization seemed to decrease sunflower yield. Sunflower yields from the boron treatment were the lowest out of seven treatments in three out of four fields. Also, sunflower yield from the boron treatment was significantly lower than both iron and sulfur treatments when all fields were combined.

Hilton, B.R.; Zubriski, J.C.

1985-01-01

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Electrochemical oxidation of reverse osmosis concentrate on boron-doped diamond anodes at circumneutral and acidic pH.  

PubMed

Electrochemical processes have been widely investigated for degrading organic contaminants present in wastewater. This study evaluated the performance of electrochemical oxidation using boron-doped diamond (BDD) electrodes by forming OH() for the treatment of reverse osmosis concentrate (ROC) from secondary-treated wastewater effluents. Since oxidation by OH() and active chlorine species (HClO/ClO(-)) is influenced by pH, the electrochemical oxidation of ROC was evaluated at controlled pH 6-7 and at pH 1-2 (no pH adjustment). A high concentration of chloride ions in the ROC enhanced the oxidation, and 7-11% of Coulombic efficiency for chemical oxygen demand (COD) removal was achieved with 5.2 Ah L(-1) of specific electrical charge. Complete COD removal was observed after 5.2 and 6.6 Ah L(-1), yet the corresponding dissolved organic carbon (DOC) removal was only 48% (at acidic pH) and 59% (at circumneutral pH). Although a higher operating pH seemed to enhance the participation of OH() in oxidation mechanisms, high concentrations of chloride resulted in the formation of significant concentrations of adsorbable organic chlorine (AOCl) after electrochemical oxidation at both pH. While adsorbable organic bromine (AOBr) was degraded at a higher applied electrical charge, a continuous increase in AOCl concentration (up to 0.88 mM) was observed until the end of the experiments (i.e. 10.9 Ah L(-1)). In addition, total trihalomethanes (tTHMs) and total haloacetic acids (tHAAs) were further degraded with an increase in electrical charge under both pH conditions, to final total concentrations of 1 and 4 ?M (tTHMs), and 12 and 22 ?M (tHAAs), at acidic and circumneutral pH, respectively. In particular, tHAAs were still an order of magnitude above their initial concentration in ROC after further electrooxidation. Where high chloride concentrations are present, it was found to be necessary to separate chloride from ROC prior to electrochemical oxidation in order to avoid the formation of chlorinated by-products. PMID:22995242

Bagastyo, Arseto Y; Batstone, Damien J; Kristiana, Ina; Gernjak, Wolfgang; Joll, Cynthia; Radjenovic, Jelena

2012-11-15

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Exact analytic flux distributions for two-dimensional solar concentrators.  

PubMed

A new approach for representing and evaluating the flux density distribution on the absorbers of two-dimensional imaging solar concentrators is presented. The formalism accommodates any realistic solar radiance and concentrator optical error distribution. The solutions obviate the need for raytracing, and are physically transparent. Examples illustrating the method's versatility are presented for parabolic trough mirrors with both planar and tubular absorbers, Fresnel reflectors with tubular absorbers, and V-trough mirrors with planar absorbers. PMID:23842256

Fraidenraich, Naum; Henrique de Oliveira Pedrosa Filho, Manoel; Vilela, Olga C; Gordon, Jeffrey M

2013-07-01

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Focal plane flux distributions produced by solar concentrating reflectors  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A new method is proposed for computing focal plane flux distributions from solar concentrators of parabolic trough, parabolic dish, linear Fresnel, and circular Fresnel geometries. The method is based on efficient numerical equations and allows for the reflecting surface quality and concentrator contour accuracy. Computer implementation of the proposed flux models makes it possible to use mathematical programming techniques that can search a large parameter space for optimum concentrator/absorber designs.

Harris, J. A.; Duff, W. S.

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Boronated liposome development and evaluation  

SciTech Connect

The boronated liposome development and evaluation effort consists of two separate tasks. The first is the development of new boron compounds and the synthesis of known boron species with BNCT potential. These compounds are then encapsulated within liposomes for the second task, biodistribution testing in tumor-bearing mice, which examines the potential for the liposomes and their contents to concentrate boron in cancerous tissues.

Hawthorne, M.F. [Univ. of California, Los Angeles, CA (United States)

1995-11-01

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Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT) Dose Calculation using Geometrical Factors Spherical Interface for Glioblastoma Multiforme  

SciTech Connect

Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT) is a cancer therapy by utilizing thermal neutron to produce alpha particles and lithium nuclei. The superiority of BNCT is that the radiation effects could be limited only for the tumor cells. BNCT radiation dose depends on the distribution of boron in the tumor. Absorbed dose to the cells from the reaction 10B (n, {alpha}) 7Li was calculated near interface medium containing boron and boron-free region. The method considers the contribution of the alpha particle and recoiled lithium particle to the absorbed dose and the variation of Linear Energy Transfer (LET) charged particles energy. Geometrical factor data of boron distribution for the spherical surface is used to calculate the energy absorbed in the tumor cells, brain and scalp for case Glioblastoma Multiforme. The result shows that the optimal dose in tumor is obtained for boron concentrations of 22.1 mg {sup 10}B/g blood.

Zasneda, Sabriani; Widita, Rena [Department of Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Jl. Ganesha No. 10 Bandung, 40132 (Indonesia)

2010-06-22

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Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT) Dose Calculation using Geometrical Factors Spherical Interface for Glioblastoma Multiforme  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT) is a cancer therapy by utilizing thermal neutron to produce alpha particles and lithium nuclei. The superiority of BNCT is that the radiation effects could be limited only for the tumor cells. BNCT radiation dose depends on the distribution of boron in the tumor. Absorbed dose to the cells from the reaction 10B (n, ?) 7Li was calculated near interface medium containing boron and boron-free region. The method considers the contribution of the alpha particle and recoiled lithium particle to the absorbed dose and the variation of Linear Energy Transfer (LET) charged particles energy. Geometrical factor data of boron distribution for the spherical surface is used to calculate the energy absorbed in the tumor cells, brain and scalp for case Glioblastoma Multiforme. The result shows that the optimal dose in tumor is obtained for boron concentrations of 22.1 mg 10B/g blood.

Zasneda, Sabriani; Widita, Rena

2010-06-01

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Boron uptake measurements in a rat model for Boron Neutron Capture Therapy of lung tumours.  

PubMed

Lung carcinoma is the leading cause of cancer mortality in the Western countries. Despite the introduction over the last few years of new therapeutic agents, survival from lung cancer has shown no discernible improvement in the last 20 years. For these reasons any efforts to find and validate new effective therapeutic procedures for lung cancer are very timely. The selective boron uptake in the tumour with respect to healthy tissues makes Boron Neutron Capture Therapy a potentially advantageous option in the treatment of tumours that affect whole vital organs, and that are surgically inoperable. To study the possibility of applying BNCT to the treatment of diffuse pulmonary tumours, an animal model for boron uptake measurements in lung metastases was developed. Both healthy and tumour-bearing rats were infused with Boronophenylalanine (BPA) and sacrificed at different time intervals after drug administration. The lungs were extracted, and prepared for boron analysis by neutron autoradiography and ?-spectroscopy. The boron concentrations in tumour and normal lung were plotted as a function of the time elapsed after BPA administration. The concentration in tumour is almost constant within the error bars for all the time intervals of the experiment (1-8 h), while the curve in normal lung decreases after 4 h from BPA infusion. At 4 h, the ratio of boron concentration in tumour to boron concentration in healthy lung is higher than 3, and it stays above this level up to 8 h. Also the images of boron distribution in the samples, obtained by neutron autoradiography, show a selective absorption in the metastases. PMID:21145752

Bortolussi, S; Bakeine, J G; Ballarini, F; Bruschi, P; Gadan, M A; Protti, N; Stella, S; Clerici, A; Ferrari, C; Cansolino, L; Zonta, C; Zonta, A; Nano, R; Altieri, S

2011-02-01

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Turbulent Concentration of Chondrules: Size Distribution and Multifractal Scaling  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Size-selective concentration of particles in 3D turbulence may be related to collection of chondrules and other constituents into primitive bodies in a weakly turbulent protoplanetary nebula. In the terrestrial planet region, both the characteristic size and narrow size distribution of chondrules are explained, whereas "fluffier" particles would be concentrated in lower density, or more intensely turbulent, regions of the nebula. The spatial distribution of concentrated particle density obeys multifractal scaling, suggesting a dose tie to the turbulent cascade process. This scaling behavior allows predictions of the concentration probabilities to be made in the protoplanetary nebula, which are so large (> 10(exp 3) - 10(exp 4)) that further studies must be made of the role of mass loading.

Cuzzi, Jeffrey N.; Hogan, Robert C.; Paque, Julie M.; Dobrovolskis, Anthony R.

1999-01-01

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Frequency Distributions of Trace Metal Concentrations in Five Freshwater Fishes  

Microsoft Academic Search

Whole body concentrations of Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, and Zn were determined for samples of chain pickerel (Esox niger), bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus), blueback herring (Alosa aestivalis), brook silverside (Labidesthes sicculus), and golden shiner (Notemigonus crysoleucas) from a 1,120-hectare impoundment near Aiken, South Carolina. Species differences in mean concentrations were found for all five elements. Frequency distributions of 23 species-element groupings

John P. Giesy Jr; James G. Wiener

1977-01-01

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Boron Neutron Capture Therapy for Cancer  

Microsoft Academic Search

Boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) bring together two components that when kept separate have only minor effects on normal cells. The first component is a stable isotope of boron (boron 10) that can be concentrated in tumor cells. The second is a beam of low-energy neutrons that produces short-range radiation when absorbed, or captured, by the boron. The combination of

Rolf F. Barth; Albert H. Soloway; Ralph G. Fairchild

1990-01-01

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An introduction to boron: history, sources, uses, and chemistry.  

PubMed Central

Following a brief overview of the terrestrial distribution of boron in rocks, soil, and water, the history of the discovery, early utilization, and geologic origin of borate minerals is summarized. Modern uses of borate-mineral concentrates, borax, boric acid, and other refined products include glass, fiberglass, washing products, alloys and metals, fertilizers, wood treatments, insecticides, and microbiocides. The chemistry of boron is reviewed from the point of view of its possible health effects. It is concluded that boron probably is complexed with hydroxylated species in biologic systems, and that inhibition and stimulation of enzyme and coenzymes are pivotal in its mode of action. Images Figure 1. PMID:7889881

Woods, W G

1994-01-01

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Unilamellar liposomes with enhanced boron content.  

PubMed

A new type of boron-rich, DSPC-free, unilamellar liposomes was formed using the novel dual-chain, ionic, nido-carborane lipid, K[nido-7-(C16H33OCH2)2CHOCH2-7,8-C2B9H11] (DAC-16), and cholesterol for encapsulation of an aqueous buffer core. Since DSPC was not necessary for the formation of stable DAC-16 liposomes, the boron concentration of these vesicles was increased dramatically to approximately 8.8 wt % in the dry lipid; these liposomes had a high bilayer boron incorporation efficiency of 98%. DSPC-free liposomes exhibited a size distribution pattern of 40-60 nm, which was in the range normally associated with selective tumor uptake. This size distribution was maintained throughout storage at room temperature for several months. Additionally, optimized liposome formulations incorporating DAC-16, DSPC, and cholesterol were identified having stable size distribution patterns after storage for more than two months at a variety of temperatures. Although animal studies indicate that DAC-16 liposomes are toxic, this new ionic nido-carborane lipid allows the formation of liposomes of high boron content for in vitro applications that require the delivery of large amounts of boron. PMID:16417247

Li, Tiejun; Hamdi, Julie; Hawthorne, M Frederick

2006-01-01

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Boron recovery, application and economic significance: A review  

Microsoft Academic Search

Boron compounds are widely used raw materials in various industries. However, high boron concentration in aqueous systems may be harmful to both humans and plants. Many treatment technologies have shown wide limitations in the removal of boron from wastewater and boronic wastes due to the complex boron chemistry. Boron exists as boric acid at pH9.2. Recovery of boron is one

Ezerie Henry Ezechi; Mohamed Hasnain Isa; Shamsul Rahman Kutty; Nasiman B. Sapari

2011-01-01

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Biological Evaluation of Boronated Unnatural Amino Acids as New Boron Carriers  

PubMed Central

There is a pressing need for new and more efficient boron delivery agents to tumor cells for use in boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT). A class of boronated unnatural cyclic amino acids has demonstrated a remarkable selectivity toward tumors in animal and cell culture models, far superior to currently used agents in clinical BNCT. One of these amino acids, 1-amino-3-boronocyclopentanecarboxylic acid (ABCPC), has shown a tumor to blood ratio of 8 and a tumor to normal brain ratio of nearly 21 in a melanoma bearing mouse model. This work represents further biological characterization of this compound for tumor targeting in an EMT6 murine mammary carcinoma mouse model and a T98G human glioblastoma cell line. Female BALB/c mice bearing EMT6 tumors were injected with the fructose complex form of racemic mixtures of cis- and trans isomers of ABCPC in identical concentrations. Boron concentrations were measured in the tumor, blood, brain, skin, and liver tissues at 1, 3, and 5 hr post injection. These observations revealed a remarkable difference in racemic mixtures of cis and trans isomers in tumor targeting by boron. This implies that further separation of the L and D forms of this compound may enhance tumor targeting to an even higher degree than that provided by the racemic mixtures. Since the uptake measurements were made in homogenized tumor and normal tissues, little is known about the subcellular location of the boron arising from the various isomeric forms of the amino acid. To study subcellular delivery of boron from ABCPC in T98G human glioblastoma cells, we employed secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) based technique of ion microscopy, which is capable of quantitatively imaging isotopic (elemental) gradients in cells and tissues at 500 nm spatial resolution. The T98G cells were exposed to the nutrient medium containing 100 ppm boron equivalent of a mixture of both L and D isomers of ABCPC in the form of a fructose complex for 1 hr. Following this treatment, the cells were fast frozen, freeze-fractured, and freeze-dried for SIMS analysis. Within an hour of exposure, ABCPC provided partitioning of intracellular to extracellular boron of 3/1. SIMS imaging revealed that boron from ABCPC was distributed throughout the cell, including the nucleus. This level of boron delivery within an hour of exposure is superior to p-boronophenylalanine (BPA) and sodium borocaptate (BSH), which have been previously studied by SIMS in the same cell line. These encouraging observations provide compelling support for further isomeric separations of ABCPC into the D and L forms for enhanced tumor targeting and continued testing of these compounds as new boron carriers in BNCT. PMID:19398346

Kabalka, G.W.; Yao, M.-L.; Marepally, S.R.; Chandra, S.

2010-01-01

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Velocity and concentration distribution in a Stefan diffusion tube  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Numerical solutions for the diffusion- and gravity-driven flow in a cylindrical Stefan tube were obtained from the coupled diffusion and Navier-Stokes equations of Peclet numbers 0.3, 1 and 5. Distributions of binary component concentrations and velocities were calculated. The mass average velocity is parabolic in nature, except at high Peclet numbers. The solvent is not stagnant but recirculates, even in the absence of gravity. Radial concentration gradients develop which act convectively destabilizing. Consequences for the deduction of diffusion coefficients from Stefan tube experiments are discussed.

Markham, B. L.; Rosenberger, F.

1980-01-01

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Boron nanotubes.  

PubMed

A survey of novel classes of nanotubular materials based on boron is presented. Pure boron nanotubes are a consequence of a general Aufbau principle for boron clusters and solid boron phases, which postulates various novel boron materials besides the well-known bulk phases of boron based on boron icosahedra. Furthermore, several numerical studies suggest the existence of a large family of compound nanotubular materials derived from crystalline AlB2. We compare these novel boron-based nanotubular materials to standard nanotubular systems built from carbon, and point out a number of remarkable structural and electronic properties that make boron-based nanotubular materials an ideal component for composite nanodevices and extended nanotubular networks. PMID:16208735

Quandt, Alexander; Boustani, Ihsan

2005-10-14

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Spatial distribution of the daily precipitation concentration index in Algeria  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In this paper, the spatial and temporal distribution of the daily precipitation concentration index (CI) in Algeria (South Mediterranean Sea) has been assessed. Forty-two daily rainfall series based on high quality and fairly regular rainfall records for the period from 1970 to 2008 were used. The daily precipitation concentration index results allowed identifying three climatic zones: the northern country, characterized by coastal regions with CI values between 0.59 and 0.63, the highlands, with values between 0.57 and 0.62 (average of 0.61), except for the area of Biskra (CI = 0.70), and the southern region of the country, with high rainfall concentrations, with values between 0.62 and 0.69. CI is an index related to the rainfall intensity and erosive capacity; therefore, this index has great interest for studies on torrential rainfall and floods.

Boucherf, D.; Benhamrouche, A.; Hamadache, R.; Bendahmane, L.; Martin-Vide, J.; Teixeira Nery, J.

2014-04-01

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Boron neutron capture therapy for malignant melanoma: An experimental approach  

SciTech Connect

Previous studies have shown that some thioamides, e.g., thiouracil, are incorporated as false precursors into melanin during its synthesis. If boronated analogs of the thioamides share this property, the melanin of melanotic melanomas offers a possibility for specific tumoural uptake and retention of boron as a basis for neutron capture therapy. We report on the synthesis of boronated 1H-1,2,4-triazole-3-thiol (B-TZT), boronated 5-carboxy-2-thiouracil (B-CTU), and boronated 5-diethylaminomethyl-2-thiouracil (B-DEAMTU) and the localization of these substances in melanotic melanomas transplanted to mice. The distribution in the mice was studied by boron neutron capture radiography. B-TZT and B-CTU showed the highest tumour:normal tissue concentration ratios, with tumour:liver ratios of about 4 and tumour:muscle ratios of about 14; B-DEAMTU showed corresponding ratios of 1.4 and 5, respectively. The absolute concentration of boron in the tumours, however, was more than three times higher in the mice injected with B-TZT, compared with B-CTU. The results suggest that B-TZT may be the most promising compound of the three tested with regard to possible therapy of melanotic melanomas.

Larsson, B.S.; Larsson, B.; Roberto, A. (Uppsala Univ. (Sweden))

1989-07-01

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Intra-Fuel Cell Stack Measurements of Transient Concentration Distributions  

SciTech Connect

Intra-fuel-cell measurements are required to understand detailed fuel-cell chemistry and physics, validate models, optimize system design and control, and realize enhanced efficiency regimes; in comparison, conventional integrated fuel-cell supply and effluent measurements are fundamentally limited in value. Intra-reactor measurements are needed for all fuel cell types. This paper demonstrates the ability of a capillary-inlet mass spectrometer to resolve transient species distributions within operating polymer-electrolyte-membrane (PEM) fuel cells and at temperatures typical of solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFC). This is the first such demonstration of a diagnostic that is sufficiently minimally invasive as to allow measurements throughout an operating fuel cell stack. Measurements of transient water, hydrogen, oxygen and diluent concentration dynamics associated with fuel-cell load switching suggest oxygen-limited chemistry. Intra-PEM fuel cell measurements of oxygen distribution at various fuel-cell loads are used to demonstrate concentration gradients, non-uniformities, and anomalous fuel cell operation.

Partridge Jr, William P [ORNL; Toops, Todd J [ORNL; Green Jr, Johney Boyd [ORNL; Armstrong, Timothy R. [ORNL

2006-01-01

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Halogenated sulfidohydroboranes for nuclear medicine and boron neutron capture therapy  

DOEpatents

A method for performing boron neutron capture therapy for the treatment of tumors is disclosed. The method includes administering to a patient an iodinated sulfidohydroborane, a boron-10-containing compound. The site of the tumor is localized by visualizing the increased concentration of the iodine labelled compound at the tumor. The targeted tumor is then irradiated with a beam of neutrons having an energy distribution effective for neutron capture. Destruction of the tumor occurs due to high LET particle irradiation of the tissue secondary to the incident neutrons being captured by the boron-10 nuclei. Iodinated sulfidohydroboranes are disclosed which are especially suitable for the method of the invention. In a preferred embodiment, a compound having the formula Na.sub.4 B.sub.12 I.sub.11 SSB.sub.12 I.sub.11, or another pharmaceutically acceptable salt of the compound, may be administered to a cancer patient for boron neutron capture therapy.

Miura, Michiko (Hampton Bays, NY); Slatkin, Daniel N. (Southold, NY)

1995-10-03

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Halogenated sulfidohydroboranes for nuclear medicine and boron neutron capture therapy  

DOEpatents

A method for performing boron neutron capture therapy for the treatment of tumors is disclosed. The method includes administering to a patient an iodinated sulfidohydroborane, a boron-10-containing compound. The site of the tumor is localized. by visualizing the increased concentration of the iodine labelled compound at the tumor. The targeted tumor is then irradiated with a beam of neutrons having an energy distribution effective for neutron capture. Destruction of the tumor occurs due to high LET particle irradiation of the tissue secondary to the incident neutrons being captured by the boron-10 nuclei. Iodinated sulfidohydroboranes are disclosed which are especially suitable for the method of the invention. In a preferred embodiment, a compound having the formula Na.sub.4 B.sub.12 I.sub.11 SSB.sub.12 I.sub.11, or another pharmaceutically acceptable salt of the compound, may be administered to a cancer patient for boron neutron capture therapy.

Miura, Michiko (Hampton Bays, NY); Slatkin, Daniel N. (Southold, NY)

1997-08-05

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Halogenated sulfidohydroboranes for nuclear medicine and boron neutron capture therapy  

DOEpatents

A method for performing boron neutron capture therapy for the treatment of tumors is disclosed. The method includes administering to a patient an iodinated sulfidohydroborane, a boron-10-containing compound. The site of the tumor is localized by visualizing the increased concentration of the iodine labelled compound at the tumor. The targeted tumor is then irradiated with a beam of neutrons having an energy distribution effective for neutron capture. Destruction of the tumor occurs due to high LET particle irradiation of the tissue secondary to the incident neutrons being captured by the boron-10 nuclei. Iodinated sulfidohydroboranes are disclosed which are especially suitable for the method of the invention. In a preferred embodiment, a compound having the formula Na.sub.4 B.sub.12 I.sub.11 SSB.sub.12 I.sub.11, or another pharmaceutically acceptable salt of the compound, may be administered to a cancer patient for boron neutron capture therapy.

Miura, Michiko (Hampton Bays, NY); Slatkin, Daniel N. (Southold, NY)

1997-03-18

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Spatial distribution of Lindane concentration in topsoil across France.  

PubMed

Lindane [?-hexachlorocyclohexane (?-HCH)] is an organochlorine pesticide with toxic effects on humans. It is bioaccumulative and can remain in soils for long periods, and although its use for crop spraying was banned in France in 1998, it is possible that residues from before this time remain in the soil. The RMQS soil monitoring network consists of soil samples from 2200 sites on a 16 km regular grid across France, collected between 2002 and 2009. We use 726 measurements of the Lindane concentration in these samples to (i) investigate the main explanatory factors for its spatial distribution across France, and (ii) map this distribution. Geostatistics provides an appropriate framework to analyze our spatial dataset, though two issues regarding the data are worth special consideration: first, the harmonization of two subsets of the data (which were analyzed using different measurement processes), and second, the large proportion of data from one of these subsets that fell below a limit of quantification. We deal with these issues using recent methodological developments in geostatistics. Results demonstrate the importance of land use and rainfall for explaining part of the variability of Lindane across France: land use due to the past direct input of Lindane on cropland and its subsequent persistence in the soil, and rainfall due to the re-deposition of volatilized Lindane. Maps show the concentrations to be generally largest in the north and northwest of France, areas of more intensive agricultural land. We also compare levels to some contamination thresholds taken from the literature, and present maps showing the probability of Lindane concentrations exceeding these thresholds across France. These maps could be used as guidelines for deciding which areas require further sampling before some possible remediation strategy could be applied. PMID:23202380

Orton, T G; Saby, N P A; Arrouays, D; Jolivet, C C; Villanneau, E J; Marchant, B P; Caria, G; Barriuso, E; Bispo, A; Briand, O

2013-01-15

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Impact of boron dilution accidents on low boron PWR safety  

SciTech Connect

In conventional pressurized water reactor (PWR) designs, soluble boron is used for reactivity control over core fuel cycle. As an inadvertent reduction of the boron concentration during a boron dilution accident could introduce positive reactivity and have a negative impact on PWR safety, design changes to reduce boron concentration in the reactor coolant are of general interest. In the framework of an investigation into the feasibility of low boron design, a PWR core configuration based on fuel with higher gadolinium (Gd) load has been developed which permits to reduce the natural boron concentration at begin of cycle (BOC) to 518 ppm. For the assessment of the potential safety advantages, a boron dilution accident due to small break loss-of-coolant-accident (SBLOCA) has been simulated with the system code ATHLET for two PWR core designs: a low boron design and a standard core design. The results from the comparative analyses showed that the impact of the boron dilution accident on the new PWR design safety is significantly lower in comparison with the standard design. The new reactor design provided at least 4, 4% higher reactivity margin to recriticality during the whole accident which is equivalent to the negative reactivity worth of additional 63% of all control rods fully inserted in to the core. (authors)

Papukchiev, A.; Liu, Y. [Dept. of Reactor Dynamics and Reactor Safety, Technical Univ. Munich, Walther Meissner-Str. 2, 85748 Garching (Germany); Schaefer, A. [ISaR Inst. for Safety and Reliability, Walther Meissner-Str. 2, 85748 Garching (Germany)

2006-07-01

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Microdosimetric evaluations of boron compound efficacy  

SciTech Connect

The ideal boron compound for application in boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) should be selectively accumulated in tumor with concomitantly low concentrations in neighboring normal tissues and blood. As the presumed target of lethal radiation is the nucleus, an intracellular and, optimally, intranuclear localization of boron would be preferred. Boronated nucleosides, nucleotides, and DNA-intercalators have been synthesized in pursuit of this goal. This paper describes an approach to predict the relative biological effectiveness (RBE) values for such boron compounds. The results of this study may prove useful for future boron compound development for BNCT.

Yam, C.S. [Massschusets Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (United States); Zamenhof, R.G.; Solares, G.R. [Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston, MA (United States)

1995-12-31

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Reducing Boron Toxicity by Microbial Sequestration  

SciTech Connect

While electricity is a clean source of energy, methods of electricity-production, such as the use of coal-fired power plants, often result in significant environmental damage. Coal-fired electrical power plants produce air pollution, while contaminating ground water and soils by build-up of boron, which enters surrounding areas through leachate. Increasingly high levels of boron in soils eventually overcome boron tolerance levels in plants and trees, resulting in toxicity. Formation of insoluble boron precipitates, mediated by mineral-precipitating bacteria, may sequester boron into more stable forms that are less available and toxic to vegetation. Results have provided evidence of microbially-facilitated sequestration of boron into insoluble mineral precipitates. Analyses of water samples taken from ponds with high boron concentrations showed that algae present contained 3-5 times more boron than contained in the water in the samples. Boron sequestration may also be facilitated by the incorporation of boron within algal cells. Experiments examining boron sequestration by algae are in progress. In bacterial experiments with added ferric citrate, the reduction of iron by the bacteria resulted in an ironcarbonate precipitate containing boron. An apparent color change showing the reduction of amorphous iron, as well as the precipitation of boron with iron, was more favorable at higher pH. Analysis of precipitates by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy revealed mineralogical composition and biologicallymediated accumulation of boron precipitates in test-tube experiments.

Hazen, T.; Phelps, T.J.

2002-01-01

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Boron reclamation  

SciTech Connect

A process to recover high purity /sup 10/B enriched crystalline boron powder from a polymeric matrix was developed on a laboratory basis and ultimately scaled up to production capacity. The process is based on controlled pyrolysis of boron-filled scrap followed by an acid leach and dry sieving operation to return the powder to the required purity and particle size specifications. Typically, the recovery rate of the crystalline powder is in excess of 98.5 percent, and some of the remaining boron is recovered in the form of boric acid. The minimum purity requirement of the recovered product is 98.6 percent total boron.

Smith, R.M.

1980-07-01

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Methods for boron delivery to mammalian tissue  

DOEpatents

Boron neutron capture therapy can be used to destroy tumors. This treatment modality is enhanced by delivering compounds to the tumor site where the compounds have high concentrations of boron, the boron compounds being encapsulated in the bilayer of a liposome or in the bilayer as well as the internal space of the liposomes. Preferred compounds, include carborane units with multiple boron atoms within the carborane cage structure. Liposomes with increased tumor specificity may also be used.

Hawthorne, M. Frederick (Encino, CA); Feaks, Debra A. (Los Angeles, CA); Shelly, Kenneth J. (Los Angeles, CA)

2003-01-01

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Silicon nanocrystals with high boron and phosphorus concentration hydrophilic shell—Raman scattering and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic studies  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Boron (B) and phosphorus (P) codoped silicon (Si) nanocrystals, which exhibit very wide range tunable luminescence due to the donor to acceptor transitions and can be dispersed in polar liquids without organic ligands, are studied by Raman scattering and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopies. Codoped Si nanocrystals exhibit a Raman spectrum significantly different from those of intrinsic ones. First, the Raman peak energy is almost insensitive to the size and is very close to that of bulk Si crystal in the diameter range of 2.7 to 14 nm. Second, the peak is much broader than that of intrinsic ones. Furthermore, an additional broad peak, the intensity of which is about 20% of the main peak, appears around 650 cm-1. The peak can be assigned to local vibrational modes of substitutional B and B-P pairs, B clusters, B-interstitial clusters, etc. in Si crystal. The Raman and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic studies suggest that a crystalline shell heavily doped with these species is formed at the surface of a codoped Si nanocrystal and it induces the specific properties, i.e., hydrophilicity, high-stability in water, high resistance to hydrofluoric acid, etc.

Fujii, Minoru; Sugimoto, Hiroshi; Hasegawa, Masataka; Imakita, Kenji

2014-02-01

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Determination of ultratrace boron concentrations in uranium oxide by isotope dilution-thermal ionization mass spectrometry using a simplified separation procedure  

Microsoft Academic Search

Boron was determined at sub-ppm levels in uranium oxide by ID-TIMS. Following nitric acid dissolution, a solvent extraction\\u000a method was adapted for extraction of boron by 5% 2-ethylhexane-1,3-diol in chloroform followed by evaporation of the extractant\\u000a in presence of sodium carbonate and mannitol. This procedure allowed TIMS analysis of boron by monitoring the Na2BO2+ ions formed from the sodium borate

Radhika M. Rao; Ankush R. Parab; K. Sasi Bhushan; Suresh K. Aggarwal

2010-01-01

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[Ozone and carbon monoxide concentration distribution on Taishan Mountain].  

PubMed

The concentrations of ozone (O3) and carbon monoxide (CO) on the top of Taishan Mountain were monitored, and the variations and correlation were studied. The results show that the frequency of O3 hourly concentrations more than the first-degree of National Ambient Air Quality Standard(GB-3095-1996, NAAQS) was 15.81%, and the frequency of CO concentrations more than the first-degree of NAAQS was zero. The variation of O3 concentrations appears in a narrow scope, which indicates that there is scarcely influenced by the pollution of industry around. The diurnal variation of the concentrations of O3 and that of CO both present two peaks with the peaks of O3 in the behind of CO, which indicates that the concentration variations of O3 and its precursor CO are primarily controlled by local photochemical reaction process. The daily concentrations of O3 correlated well with CO. PMID:16599112

Yin, Yong-Quan; Shan, Wen-Po; Wang, Tao; Ji, Xia; Li, Chang-Mei; Cui, Zhao-Jie

2006-01-01

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Boron isotopic fractionation related to boron sorption on humic acid and the structure of surface complexes formed  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Boron isotopic fractionation during adsorption onto Ca-flocculated Aldrich humic acid (HA) has been investigated experimentally as a function of solution pH at 25°C and I = 0.15 M. Boron aqueous concentration and isotopic composition were determined by Cs 2BO 2+ Positive Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometry analysis, while the structure of B surface complexes on HA was characterized using 11B Magic Angle Spinning Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (MAS NMR). Significant B sorption on HA was observed at 6 < pH < 12 with a maximum value of Kd, the partition coefficient between adsorbed and aqueous boron, equal to 40 at pH = 9.5-10. Combined 11B MAS NMR analysis and FITEQL modeling of B sorption on HA showed that this element forms tetrahedrally coordinated five- or six-membered ring chelates, most likely 1,2-diol and 1,3-diol complexes at alkaline pH (8 < pH < 11) and dicarboxylic complexes at near neutral conditions (6 < pH < 9). Results of this study demonstrate for the first time that boron sorption on HA induces a strong pH-dependent isotope fractionation—with 11B depleted at the surface of HA—that reaches a maximum at 5 < pH < 9 (? = 0.975, ? = -25‰) and decreases sharply at pH >9. The measured isotope fractionation cannot be modeled assuming that the isotopic composition of the sorbed borate species is identical to that of B(OH) 4- species in the parent solution. It is shown that the extent of isotopic fractionation depends not only on B aqueous speciation but also on the distribution and structure of the borate surface complexes formed. In agreement with energetic constrains, calculation of the isotope fractionation factors between aqueous boric acid and boron surface complexes suggests that the formation of the strained six-membered ring 1,3-diol complex yields a much higher fractionation (? BL P1-III = 0.954-0.960, ? = -41/-47‰) than that of the very stable five-membered ring 1,2-diol (? BL P2-III = 0.983, ? = -18‰). The results of this study open new perspectives to understand and model boron biogeochemical cycle. It is predicted that boron sorption onto organic matter can have important consequences for the boron isotopic composition of surface water reservoirs (seawater, groundwater, soil waters) in which either abundant organic surfaces or significant boron concentrations are available. In addition, the large isotope fractionation between aqueous boric acid and surface boron-organic complexes found in the present work makes boron a promising tracer of biologic activity.

Lemarchand, Emmanuel; Schott, Jacques; Gaillardet, Jérôme

2005-07-01

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Boron Clusters  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The May featured molecules are discussed in the Viewpoints article "Boron Clusters Come of Age". The review paper by Russell N. Grimes on boron clusters reminds us both of the past impact that these interesting structures have had on the development of our understanding of cluster chemistry and on the future development of what one might refer to as "post-fullerene" clusters. The wide range of structures found in this paper admirably illustrate the structural flexibility arising from clusters of a variety of symmetries and degrees of boron replacement with carbon and other atoms.

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Structure of Liquid Boron  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The structure factor S\\(Q\\) and the pair distribution function g\\(r\\) has been measured for liquid boron in the temperature range 2600-2000 K, extending over both the normal and supercooled liquid states. The bond length and coordination number of the first coordination shell are similar to those reported for the crystalline and amorphous solid forms, but the second and third coordination shells are broader and shifted to higher distances. The insulator-metal transition that takes place in boron upon melting is associated with a relatively small change in both volume and short-range order.

Krishnan, S.; Ansell, S.; Felten, J. J.; Volin, K. J.; Price, D. L.

1998-07-01

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Structure of Liquid Boron  

SciTech Connect

The structure factor S(Q) and the pair distribution function g(r) has been measured for liquid boron in the temperature range 2600{endash}2000thinspthinspK, extending over both the normal and supercooled liquid states. The bond length and coordination number of the first coordination shell are similar to those reported for the crystalline and amorphous solid forms, but the second and third coordination shells are broader and shifted to higher distances. The insulator-metal transition that takes place in boron upon melting is associated with a relatively small change in both volume and short-range order. {copyright} {ital 1998} {ital The American Physical Society}

Krishnan, S.; Felten, J.J. [Containerless Research, Inc., 906 University Place, Evanston, Illinois 60201 (United States)] [Containerless Research, Inc., 906 University Place, Evanston, Illinois 60201 (United States); Ansell, S.; Volin, K.J.; Price, D.L. [Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois 60439 (United States)] [Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois 60439 (United States)

1998-07-01

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The effect of boron incorporation on the structure and properties of glassy carbon  

Microsoft Academic Search

Boron was introduced into glassy carbon by chemical modification and by irradiating the precursor polymer with boron ions. Using chemical modification, a polymer with uniform distribution of boron in the bulk was obtained, whereas irradiation with B3+ produced a polymer with boron located in a narrow region under the surface. Following modification with boron, the samples were carbonized at 1273K

Ana Kalijadis; Zoran Jovanovi?; Mila Lauševi?; Zoran Lauševi?

2011-01-01

77

Dust size distribution and concentrations with cottonseed oil mills  

E-print Network

by process area of 49 Particle size Mill C distributions by process area of 50 17. Particle size Mill D distributions by process area of 51 LIST OF FIGURES (continued) Figure Page 18. Particle size distributions by process area of Ni1 1 E 52 19.... The number of samples taken in each area and the time interval between samples were as follows: Type of ~Sam ler Vertical elutriator High-volume sampler Particle sizing head Number of ~51 Sampling Time Interval, hours Sampling stat1ons were located...

Wiederhold, Lee Roy

2012-06-07

78

Relatin Dissolved Oxygen Concentration to Fish Distribution in Jarecki Lake  

Microsoft Academic Search

\\u0009Water temperature and dissolved oxygen (DO) profiles were measured once every month from mid July to mid February in a relatively deep sand-pit lake in southeast Nebraska. These profiles showed depleted DO concentrations below the thermocline during summer stratification indicating areas fish will likely avoid in summer months. Colder temperatures in fall caused complete mixing of the water column allowing

Adam Sutton

2010-01-01

79

Original article Effect of concentrate type and distribution method  

E-print Network

production in dairy cows C Agabriel JB Coulon2 C Journal J Bony C Sibra JC Bonnefo2 1 �cole nationale d included in a 3 x 3 Latin square design study over three successive 4-week periods. Throughout the trial), the concentrate was a mixture of beet pulp (40%), soybean hulls (40°!0) and maize (20%) given under the same con

Boyer, Edmond

80

Distribution of Hydrogen Chloride in Plumes of Incineration Ships: Remote Measurements of Concentration Distributions and Determination and Degradation Parameters.  

National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

Remote measurements of the space-resolved concentration distribution of hydrogen chloride and aerosol in plumes of incineration ships are reported that destroy chlorinated hydrocarbon waste in the North Sea. From the data dilution and degradation paramete...

H. J. Heinrich, I. Eck, C. Weitkamp

1986-01-01

81

Silica and boron-containing ultraphosphate laser glass with low concentration quenching and improved thermal shock resistance  

DOEpatents

Neodymium-doped phosphate glasses having a refractive index, nd>1.520; an Abbe number, Vd, <60; a density <3.0 g/cm.sup.3, a thermal expansion coefficient, .alpha., .ltoreq.110.times.10.sup.-7 .degree.C..sup.-1 ; a Young's Modulus, E, <70.times.10.sup.3 N/mm.sup.2 ; a Poisson's Ratio, .nu., <0.28; a thermal conductivity, K, >0.5 W/m.multidot.K, a thermal FOM=(1-.nu.).multidot.K/.alpha.E>0.7, consisting essentially of, in mol. %: P.sub.2 O.sub.5 : 40-70% SiO.sub.2 : 0-20% B.sub.2 O.sub.3 : 5-20% Sum SiO.sub.2 +B.sub.2 O.sub.3 : 5-35% Sum Li.sub.2 O+Na.sub.2 O+K.sub.2 O: 5-20% Sum La.sub.2 O.sub.3 +Nd.sub.2 O.sub.3 : 3-10% Sum MgO+CaO+SrO+BaO+ZnO: 0-10% and preferably containing an amount of Nd.sub.2 O.sub.3 effective for laser activity having an emission cross-section, .sigma., >3.5.times.10.sup.-20 cm.sup.2 ; a fluorescence linewidth (.DELTA..lambda..sub.f1)<23.5 nm; a first e-folding time of the Nd.sup.3+ fluorescence at 0.5 wt. % Nd.sub.2 O.sub.3 >375 .mu.sec, and a first e-folding time of the Nd.sup.3+ fluorescence at 10 wt. % >175 .mu.sec at 10 wt. %, have very low self-concentration quenching rates.

Cook, Lee M. (Duryea, PA); Stokowski, Stanley E. (Danville, CA)

1987-04-28

82

A Better Steam Engine: Designing a Distributed Concentrating Solar Combined Heat and Power System  

E-print Network

A Better Steam Engine: Designing a Distributed Concentrating Solar Combined Heat and Power System of analysis of Distributed Concentrating Solar Combined Heat and Power (DCS-CHP) systems is a design of a theoretical solar CHP system. Then, we explore the economic and technological impetus for a solar powered

California at Berkeley, University of

83

Boron Removal by Polymer-Assisted Ultrafiltration  

Microsoft Academic Search

Boron contamination of natural waters is a widespread environmental problem which lacks a cost-effective solution. Polymer-assisted ultrafiltration is a method of boron removal that is compatible with other water-treatment processes. This boron removal technique exploits the pH-dependent complexation between boric acid and a macromolecule containing vicinal diol groups to prevent boric acid from passing through an ultrafiltration membrane. The concentration

Bryan M. Smith; Paul Todd; Christopher N. Bowman

1995-01-01

84

Influence of boron on microstructural evolution of silicon carbide derived from preceramic polymers  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

It is well known that the addition of boron to Si-C based materials remarkably influences their microstructure evolution. This study focused on two different preceramic polymer systems: polycarbosilane (Si-C) and polycarbosilazane (Si-C-N). The influence of boron introduced in each of the two systems is investigated. Polymers were heat treated to 1400, 1600, 1800 and in some cases 2000°C in UHP argon and the polymer-to-ceramic transition and subsequent microstructural development was evaluated. It was found that boron has a significant influence on graphitization behavior of carbon in polycarbosilane (Si-C based) systems. For material derived from polycarbosilane containing 0.7 wt% boron, it is suggested that boron is doped within disordered sites of the basic structural units of graphite. These graphene layers are the building units of all carbon structures. The presence of substitutional boron increases the thermal and mechanical stability of graphite layers. Therefore, the presence of boron within graphene layers stabilizes these and thus prevents SiC nucleation and growth. A higher concentration of boron (4.4wt% at 1800°C) leads to a partial graphitization of the free carbon. This is connected to an increase of organization of graphene layers which makes SiC crystallites less connected to the surrounding matrix. This explains the larger SiC crystallite sizes observed for this case as compared to the material with 0.7 wt% boron. If no boron is incorporated in the polycarbosilane, uncontrolled and inhomogeneous SiC crystallite growth is observed and a very broad crystallite distribution (20--300 nm) results. The incorporation of boron in (Si-C) based polycarbosilane systems, therefore, gives the possibility to indirectly tailor SiC crystallite sizes by controlling the evolution of graphite structure surrounding each SiC crystal. For the polycarbosilazane (Si-C-N based) system, such trend was not found. The carbon phase in both systems (with boron as well as without) exhibits orientation to a large degree. This is attributed to the effect of nitrogen which is present in both systems. There fore, nitrogen itself substitutes for carbon, and thus aids in the elimination of structural defects which ultimately results in a large orientation of carbon cages. However, unlike boron, nitrogen leaves the material rapidly with increasing temperature (e.g. ˜2wt% nitrogen left at 1800°C) which results in the degradation of oriented carbon structures.

Eber-Koyuncu, Manuela

85

Boron translocation in coffee trees  

Microsoft Academic Search

Boron deficiency in coffee trees (Coffea arabica) is widespread, however, responses to B fertilizer have been erratic, depending on the year, method, and time of application. A better understanding of B uptake, distribution, and remobilization within the plant is important in developing a rational fertilization program. Field\\u000a and greenhouse experiments were conducted to study B distribution and remobilization in coffee

Vagner M. Leite; Patrick H. Brown; Ciro A. Rosolem

2007-01-01

86

Optical and thermodynamic analysis and optimization of a novel solar concentrating system for distributed power generation.  

E-print Network

??A novel central receiver power system utilizing linked-tracking heliostats is analyzed for distributed-scale concentrated solar power. Smaller linkage groupings are typically found to have a… (more)

Dunham, Marc Tyler Deo

2012-01-01

87

[Effect of different distribution of components concentration on the accuracy of quantitative spectral analysis].  

PubMed

In order to discuss the effect of different distribution of components concentration on the accuracy of quantitative spectral analysis, according to the Lambert-Beer law, ideal absorption spectra of samples with three components were established. Gaussian noise was added to the spectra. Correction and prediction models were built by partial least squares regression to reflect the unequal modeling and prediction results between different distributions of components. Results show that, in the case of pure linear absorption, the accuracy of model is related to the distribution of components concentration. Not only to the component we focus on, but also to the non-tested components, the larger covered and more uniform distribution is a significant point of calibration set samples to establish a universal model and provide a satisfactory accuracy. This research supplies a theoretic guidance for reasonable choice of samples with suitable concentration distribution, which enhances the quality of model and reduces the prediction error of the predict set. PMID:23016350

Li, Gang; Zhao, Zhe; Wang, Hui-Quan; Lin, Ling; Zhang, Bao-Ju; Wu, Xiao-Rong

2012-07-01

88

Characterization of electrodeposited elemental boron  

SciTech Connect

Elemental boron was produced through electrowinning from potassium fluoroborate dissolved in a mixture of molten potassium fluoride and potassium chloride. The characteristics of the electrodeposited boron (raw boron) as well as the water and acid-leached product (processed boron) were studied. The chemical purity, specific surface area, size distribution of particles and X-ray crystallite size of the boron powders were investigated. The morphology of the deposits was examined using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The chemical state of the matrix, as well as the impurity phases present in them, was established using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). In order to interpret and understand the results obtained, a thermodynamic analysis was carried out. The gas-phase corrosion in the head space as well as the chemistry behind the leaching process were interpreted using this analysis. The ease of oxidation of these powders in air was investigated using differential thermal analysis (DTA) coupled with thermogravimetry (TG). From the results obtained in this study it was established that elemental boron powder with a purity of 95-99% could be produced using a high temperature molten salt electrowinning process. The major impurities were found to be oxygen, carbon, iron and nickel.

Jain, Ashish [Chemistry Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, 603102 (India); Anthonysamy, S. [Chemistry Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, 603102 (India)], E-mail: sas@igcar.gov.in; Ananthasivan, K.; Ranganathan, R. [Chemistry Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, 603102 (India); Mittal, Vinit; Narasimhan, S.V. [Water and Steam Chemistry Division, BARC (F), Kalpakkam, 603102 (India); Vasudeva Rao, P.R. [Chemistry Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, 603102 (India)

2008-07-15

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Development and Application of Watershed Regressions for Pesticides (WARP) for Estimating Atrazine Concentration Distributions in Streams  

USGS Publications Warehouse

Regression models were developed for predicting atrazine concentration distributions in rivers and streams, using the Watershed Regressions for Pesticides (WARP) methodology. Separate regression equations were derived for each of nine percentiles of the annual distribution of atrazine concentrations and for the annual time-weighted mean atrazine concentration. In addition, seasonal models were developed for two specific periods of the year--the high season, when the highest atrazine concentrations are expected in streams, and the low season, when concentrations are expected to be low or undetectable. Various nationally available watershed parameters were used as explanatory variables, including atrazine use intensity, soil characteristics, hydrologic parameters, climate and weather variables, land use, and agricultural management practices. Concentration data from 112 river and stream stations sampled as part of the U.S. Geological Survey's National Water-Quality Assessment and National Stream Quality Accounting Network Programs were used for computing the concentration percentiles and mean concentrations used as the response variables in regression models. Tobit regression methods, using maximum likelihood estimation, were used for developing the models because some of the concentration values used for the response variables were censored (reported as less than a detection threshold). Data from 26 stations not used for model development were used for model validation. The annual models accounted for 62 to 77 percent of the variability in concentrations among the 112 model development stations. Atrazine use intensity (the amount of atrazine used in the watershed divided by watershed area) was the most important explanatory variable in all models, but additional watershed parameters significantly increased the amount of variability explained by the models. Predicted concentrations from all 10 models were within a factor of 10 of the observed concentrations at most model development and model validation stations. Results for the two sets of seasonal models were similar. Concentration distributions derived from the seasonal-model predictions provided additional information compared to distributions derived from the annual models.

Larson, Steven J.; Crawford, Charles G.; Gilliom, Robert J.

2004-01-01

90

[Spatiotemporal distribution of negative air ion concentration in urban area and related affecting factors: a review].  

PubMed

Negative air ion (NAI) concentration is an important indicator comprehensively reflecting air quality, and has significance to human beings living environment. This paper summarized the spatiotemporal distribution features of urban NAI concentration, and discussed the causes of these features based on the characteristics of the environmental factors in urban area and their effects on the physical and chemical processes of NAI. The temporal distribution of NAI concentration is mainly controlled by the periodic variation of solar radiation, while the spatial distribution of NAI concentration along the urban-rural gradient is mainly affected by the urban aerosol distribution, underlying surface characters, and urban heat island effect. The high NAI concentration in urban green area is related to the vegetation life activities and soil radiation, while the higher NAI concentration near the water environment is attributed to the water molecules that participate in the generation of NAI through a variety of ways. The other environmental factors can also affect the generation, life span, component, translocation, and distribution of NAI to some extent. To increase the urban green space and atmospheric humidity and to maintain the soil natural attributes of underlying surface could be the effective ways to increase the urban NAI concentration and improve the urban air quality. PMID:24066568

Huang, Xiang-Hua; Wang, Jian; Zeng, Hong-Da; Chen, Guang-Shui; Zhong, Xian-Fang

2013-06-01

91

Effect of pigment volume concentration and latex particle size on pigment distribution  

Microsoft Academic Search

Pigment distribution in latex paints has been investigated by experiments using a combination of computer modelling, experimental model systems and pigmented paints. This paper deals with the geometric effects of variables such as pigment volume concentration and latex particle size on the pigment distribution in water-borne coatings. Physico-chemical effects, such as particle surface potentials and ionic strength of the serum,

Roger F. G. Brown; Christopher Carr; Michael E. Taylor

1997-01-01

92

Refined Bounds on the Empirical Distribution of Good Channel Codes via Concentration Inequalities  

E-print Network

Refined Bounds on the Empirical Distribution of Good Channel Codes via Concentration Inequalities--We derive sharpened inequalities on the empirical output distribution of good channel codes with characterizing stochastic behavior of output sequences of good channel codes. For capacity-achieving sequences

Raginsky, Maxim

93

Concentration distribution in gravity driven mixing of two fluids in a tilted tube  

Microsoft Academic Search

The concentration distribution in the mixing zone of interpenetrating light and heavy fluids in a tilted tube is studied by laser induced fluorescence as a function of the tilt angle theta from vertical. At low theta, the flow is turbulent, resulting in efficient mixing across the tube. With increasing theta, a concentration difference appears across the tube section due to

T. Séon; B. Perrin; E. J. Hinch

2005-01-01

94

A GAMMA RAY TOMOGRAPHY OF FCC CATALYST CONCENTRATION DISTRIBUTION AND A TOMOGRAPH GENERATION COMPARISON  

Microsoft Academic Search

The gamma ray tomography of concentration distribution of the FCC - fluid catalytic cracking catalyst is presented in 3D graphics. The catalyst concentration was measured in an experimental arrangement with a 137 Cs radioactive source, a NaI(Tl) solid state detector and a stainless steel riser by gamma ray transmission. By radial scan of the riser each gamma ray trajectory will

Adérito de Aquino Filho; Carlos Costa Dantas; Silvio de Barros Melo; Eric Ferreira de Oliveira; Paulo Magalhães Simões; Marcos Luiz Crispino; Valdemir Alexandre

95

Features of Distribution of Mercurian Concentric Basins on the Base of Messenger Data  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

MESSENGER images were investigated to expose the distribution of concentric basins on the surface of Mercury. We revealed 49 such objects with outer diameters from 64 km to 488 km, some of which have been formally named (e.g., Bach (214 km), Homer (319 km), Rachmaninov (306 km), Renoir (220 km), Chekhov (194 km), etc.). Fourteen concentric basins are unnamed. Concentric basins share the following common features: the diameter of the outer ridge is twice that of the inner ridge; the surface of the central depression is covered with a fewer number of craters than the surface between the inner and outer ridges; and chains of small craters and valleys usually surround such concentric basins. A histogram of the distribution of these basin dimensions shows that diameters from 160 km to 170 km and 190 km to 220 km are prevalent for concentric basins. About 70% of all concentric basins on Mercury are located in marginal zones between plains and highlands. We have compiled a map of the distribution of concentric basins on the Mercurian surface. It shows that the frequency of concentric basins in the western hemisphere is three times greater than the frequency in the eastern hemisphere. The comparison of concentric basins on Mercury, Moon and Mars is now complete.

Rodionova, Zhanna; Blue, Jennifer

96

Some aspects of statistical distribution of trace element concentrations in biomedical samples  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Concentrations of trace elements in biomedical samples were studied using X-ray fluorescence (XRF), total reflection X-ray fluorescence (TRXRF) and particle-induced X-ray emission (PIXE) methods. Used analytical methods were compared in terms of their detection limits and applicability for studying the trace elements in large populations of biomedical samples. In a result, the XRF and TRXRF methods were selected to be used for the trace element concentration measurements in the urine and woman full-term placenta samples. The measured trace element concentration distributions were found to be strongly asymmetric and described by the logarithmic-normal distribution. Such a distribution is expected for the random sequential process, which realistically models a level of trace elements in studied biomedical samples. The importance and consequences of this finding are discussed, especially in the context of comparison of the concentration measurements in different populations of biomedical samples.

Majewska, U.; Braziewicz, J.; Bana? , D.; Kubala-Kuku? , A.; Gó? D? , S.; Pajek, M.; Zadrozsolarna, M.; Jaskóla, M.; Czyzsolarewski, T.

1999-04-01

97

Intensity distribution in cylindrical-circular receivers for nonperfect cylindrical-parabolic concentrators  

SciTech Connect

A 2-D optical analysis is described that allows determination of the intensity distribution on a circular cylinder located in the focal zone of nonperfect concentrators. We call nonperfect concentrators those in which the normal to each differential element of the specular surface departs from its correct position by an angle epsilon, the possible values of which follow a Gaussian distribution of mean value epsilon-bar and standard deviation sigma. The analysis is based on a previous one developed to calculate the intensity distribution at the receiver plane of nonperfect cylindrical concentrators. The analysis permits the consideration of circular receivers displaced from the focus by distance delta/sub f/ in any direction and directions of the incident rays nonparallel to the parabola's symmetry plane. Results for different sets of parameters characterizing the behavior of a given concentrator are shown and compared.

Nicols, R.O.

1985-08-15

98

Characterization of boron tolerant bacteria isolated from a fly ash dumping site for bacterial boron remediation.  

PubMed

Boron is an essential micronutrient for plants, but can above certain concentrations be toxic to living organisms. A major environmental concern is the removal of boron from contaminated water and fly ash. For this purpose, the samples were collected from a fly ash dumping site, Nagasaki prefecture, Japan. The chemical characteristics and heavy metal concentration of the samples were performed by X-ray fluorescent analysis and leaching test. For bacterial analysis, samples were collected in sterile plastic sheets and isolation was carried out by serial dilution method. The boron tolerant isolates that showed values of maximum inhibitory concentration toward boron ranging from 100 to 260 mM level were screened. Based on 16S rRNA sequencing and phylogenetic analysis, the isolates were most closely related to the genera Bacillus, Lysinibacillus, Microbacterium and Ralstonia. The boron tolerance of these strains was also associated with resistant to several heavy metals, such as As (III), Cr (VI), Cd, Cu, Pb, Ni, Se (III) and Zn. Indeed, these strains were arsenic oxidizing bacteria confirmed by silver nitrate test. These strains exhibited their salt resistances ranging from 4 to 15 % were determined in Trypticase soy agar medium. The boron tolerant strains were capable of removing 0.1-2.0 and 2.7-3.7 mg l(-1) boron from the medium and fly ash at 168 h. Thus, we have successfully identified the boron tolerant and removal bacteria from a fly ash dumping site for boron remediation. PMID:23212536

Edward Raja, Chellaiah; Omine, Kiyoshi

2013-08-01

99

Anomalous kinetics in diffusion limited reactions linked to non-Gaussian concentration probability distribution function  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We investigate anomalous reaction kinetics related to segregation in the one-dimensional reaction-diffusion system A + B --> C. It is well known that spatial fluctuations in the species concentrations cause a breakdown of the mean-field behavior at low concentration values. The scaling of the average concentration with time changes from the mean-field t-1 to the anomalous t-1/4 behavior. Using a stochastic modeling approach, the reaction-diffusion system can be fully characterized by the multi-point probability distribution function (PDF) of the species concentrations. Its evolution is governed by a Fokker-Planck equation with moving boundaries, which are determined by the positivity of the species concentrations. The concentration PDF is in general non-Gaussian. As long as the concentration fluctuations are small compared to the mean, the PDF can be approximated by a Gaussian distribution. This behavior breaks down in the fluctuation dominated regime, for which anomalous reaction kinetics are observed. We show that the transition from mean field to anomalous reaction kinetics is intimately linked to the evolution of the concentration PDF from a Gaussian to non-Gaussian shape. This establishes a direct relationship between anomalous reaction kinetics, incomplete mixing and the non-Gaussian nature of the concentration PDF.

de Anna, Pietro; Le Borgne, Tanguy; Dentz, Marco; Bolster, Diogo; Davy, Philippe

2011-11-01

100

Boron Nitride Nanotubes  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Boron nitride nanotubes are prepared by a process which includes: (a) creating a source of boron vapor; (b) mixing the boron vapor with nitrogen gas so that a mixture of boron vapor and nitrogen gas is present at a nucleation site, which is a surface, the nitrogen gas being provided at a pressure elevated above atmospheric, e.g., from greater than about 2 atmospheres up to about 250 atmospheres; and (c) harvesting boron nitride nanotubes, which are formed at the nucleation site.

Smith, Michael W. (Inventor); Jordan, Kevin (Inventor); Park, Cheol (Inventor)

2012-01-01

101

Sensitivity of Vertebrate Embryos to Boron Compounds.  

National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

Developmental stages of rainbow trout, channel catfish, goldfish, leopard frog, and Fowler's toad were treated in a continuous flow system with boric acid and borax concentrations ranging from 0.001-300 ppm boron. Exposure was initiated subsequent to fert...

J. A. Black, W. J. Birge

1977-01-01

102

Core level photoabsorption study of defects and metastable bonding in boron nitride  

SciTech Connect

A comprehensive study of different bonding environments and defect structure in boron nitride films and materials has been performed using core level photoabsorption. We have identified nitrogen vacancies in the hexagonal bonding of BN, nitrogen interstitials, boron clustering, sp3 like metastable phases and sp3 phases in BN films grown by various methods. Quantitative information on the concentration and distribution of point defects can be determined and is directly related to the formation of new phases. The characterization of thin films using the chemically selective technique of synchrotron radiation based core level photoabsorption can overcome the limitations of other structural probes.

Terminello, L.J.; Jimenez, I.; Jankowski, A.F.; Sutherland, D.G.J.; Carlisle, J.A. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States)] [and others

1997-12-31

103

Primary system boron dilution analysis  

Microsoft Academic Search

The results are presented for an analysis conducted to determine the potential paths through which nonborated water or water with insufficient boron concentration might enter the LOFT primary coolant piping system or reactor vessel to cause dilution of the borated primary coolant water. No attempt was made in the course of this analysis to identify possible design modifications nor to

R. J. Crump; C. J. Naretto; R. A. Borgen; H. C. Rockhold

1978-01-01

104

Concentration  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Watch your solution change color as you mix chemicals with water. Then check molarity with the concentration meter. What are all the ways you can change the concentration of your solution? Switch solutes to compare different chemicals and find out how concentrated you can go before you hit saturation!

Simulations, Phet I.; Chamberlain, Julia; Malley, Chris; Lancaster, Kelly; Moore, Emily B.; Perkins, Kathy

2012-03-09

105

Droplet size distribution and liquid volume concentration in a water spray: Predictions and measurements  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A water spray, from a twin fluid atomizer, was studied at different air temperatures and at atmospheric pressure. The Sauter Mean Diameter, D sub 32, and the droplet volume distribution were measured at four different distances from the injector. An optical method was used to measure droplet sizes. Predictions of the Sauter Mean Diameter, liquid volume concentration and droplet size distribution were also evaluated. The influence of the air velocity, air temperature and of the water flow rate in the spray S.M.D. and in the liquid volume concentration at different distances from the injector have been measured. The predictions showed good agreement with experimental results.

Pita, G. P.

1984-01-01

106

[Concentration, profile distribution and source identification of PCDD/Fs in environmental medium around a HSWI].  

PubMed

The concentration and profiles of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs) in the environmental air, soil and plant samples around a hospital solid waste incinerator (HSWI) in Northwest of China were determined by HRGC/HRMS, and the flue gas samples of the HSWI were also involved. The results showed that the average concentration (I-TEQ) of PCDD/Fs in the exhaust gas was 184 ng x m(-3), which seriously exceeds the emission standard (0.5 ng x m(-3)). And the average concentration of PCDD/ Fs was 7.30 pg x m(-3) in the ambient air samples, 52.5 pg x g(-1) in the soil samples, and 146 pg x g(-1) in the leaves samples. All of them were at quite high levels. The concentrations of PCDD/Fs in air samples of downwind were obviously higher than those of upwind. The concentration increased and then decreased with the increase of distance from the HSWI, and the highest concentration occurred at the distance of 700 m from the HSWI. The mass concentration (I-TEQ) proportional distributions of 2, 3, 7, 8 substitution toxic dioxins in downwind air and soil samples was similar to those in the exhaust gas samples. The analysis results of PCDD/Fs concentrations, profiles distributions and principal components all showed that the major source of PCDD/Fs in this area was from the HSWI flue gas emissions. PMID:24191574

Huang, Wen; Zhang, Su-Kun; Du, Guo-Yong; Zhang, Man-Wen; Feng, Gui-Xian; Ren, Ming-Zhong

2013-08-01

107

Two-dimensional concentration distribution for mixing-controlled bioreactive transport in steady state  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Under steady-state conditions, the degradation of contaminant plumes introduced continuously into an aquifer is controlled by transverse dispersion when the other reacting compound is provided from ambient groundwater. Given that the reaction is instantaneous and longitudinal dispersion can be neglected, the length of the plume is inversely proportional to the transverse dispersion coefficient. In typical scenarios of natural attenuation, however, the considered reaction is biotic and kinetic. The standard model of bioreactive transport relies on double-Monod kinetics and pseudo first-order biomass decay. Under these conditions, a fraction of the injected mass flux remains beyond the length of the plume determined for the instantaneous reaction. We present an analytical framework to derive the steady-state concentration distributions of the dissolved compounds and the biomass from the concentration distribution of a conservative compound, assuming double-Monod kinetics and two different models describing biomass decay. The first biomass-decay model assumes a constant first-order decay coefficient, while the second assumes that the decay coefficient depends upon the electron-acceptor concentration. We apply the method to the case of a line-injection in two-dimensional uniform flow. In general, the bioreactive concentration distributions are similar to the distributions computed for an instantaneous reaction. The similarity is greater when the biomass decay coefficient is assumed to depend on the electron-acceptor concentration rather than being constant.

Cirpka, Olaf A.; Valocchi, Albert J.

2007-06-01

108

Boron doping a semiconductor particle  

SciTech Connect

A method of boron doping a semiconductor particle using boric acid to obtain a p-type doped particle. Either silicon spheres or silicon powder is mixed with a diluted solution of boric acid having a predetermined concentration. The spheres are dried, with the boron film then being driven into the sphere. A melt procedure mixes the driven boron uniformly throughout the sphere. In the case of silicon powder, the powder is metered out into piles and melted/fused with an optical furnace. Both processes obtain a p-type doped silicon sphere with desired resistivity. Boric acid is not a restricted chemical, is inexpensive, and does not pose any special shipping, handling, or disposal requirements. 2 figs.

Stevens, G.D.; Reynolds, J.S.; Brown, L.K.

1998-06-09

109

Boron doping a semiconductor particle  

DOEpatents

A method (10,30) of boron doping a semiconductor particle using boric acid to obtain a p-type doped particle. Either silicon spheres or silicon powder is mixed with a diluted solution of boric acid having a predetermined concentration. The spheres are dried (16), with the boron film then being driven (18) into the sphere. A melt procedure mixes the driven boron uniformly throughout the sphere. In the case of silicon powder, the powder is metered out (38) into piles and melted/fused (40) with an optical furnace. Both processes obtain a p-type doped silicon sphere with desired resistivity. Boric acid is not a restricted chemical, is inexpensive, and does not pose any special shipping, handling, or disposal requirements.

Stevens, Gary Don (18912 Ravenglen Ct., Dallas, TX 75287); Reynolds, Jeffrey Scott (703 Horizon, Murphy, TX 75094); Brown, Louanne Kay (2530 Poplar Tr., Garland, TX 75042)

1998-06-09

110

Effect of bevacizumab treatment on p-boronophenylalanine distribution in murine tumor  

PubMed Central

Previous studies have demonstrated that angiogenesis inhibitors can enhance tumor inhibitory effects of chemo- and radiotherapy via their action on tumor vessels. Here, we studied the effect of the angiogenesis inhibitor, bevacizumab (Avastin), on boron distribution in a murine tumor model. The human head and neck squamous cell carcinoma cell line was used for inoculation into mice. Boron-10 concentrations in tissues were measured by prompt ?-ray spectrometry (PGA). Hoechst 33342 perfusion and p-boronophenylalanine (BPA) distribution were determined by immunofluorescence staining. Our results revealed enhanced tumor blood perfusion and BPA accumulation in tumors after Avastin treatment, suggesting that combination of angiogenesis inhibition with treatment with boron compound administration may improve the efficacy of boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) by modifying tumor vessels. In addition, our results also demonstrated the usefulness of immunofluorescence staining for investigating boron compound distribution at the cellular level. PMID:23135099

Liu, Yong; Suzuki, Minoru; Masunaga, Shin-ichiro; Chen, Yi-Wei; Kashino, Genro; Tanaka, Hiroki; Sakurai, Yoshinori; Kirihata, Mitsunori; ONO, Koji

2013-01-01

111

Application of wavelength scanning for measuring water vapour concentration by distributed laser diode  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A technique which takes advantage of distributed feedback laser diode (DFB-LD) wavelength scanning to measure water vapor concentration is presented. Concentration is gotten by peak absorption rate according to Beer-Lambert law and absorption coefficient of water vapor in HITRAN database. Theoretical work on the pressure affection to light intensity absorption rate has been done, a scheme is presented to cope with the affection of overlap of two adjacent lines, it takes advantage of the peak absorption difference between 1368.597nm and 1367.862 nm, and the difference value is used to calculate the water-vapor concentration.

Chang, Jun; Guangping, Lv; Zhou, Guoqing; Chen, Kun; Zhang, Yan; Wang, Zhongliang; Zhang, Shicong; Wang, Qiang; Song, Fujun

2011-10-01

112

The effect of concentrator field layout on the performance of point-focus distributed receiver systems  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The effect of concentrator field layout on the technical-economic performance of a point-focusing distributed receiver (PFDR) solar thermal power plant is presented. The plant design is based on the small community prototype system currently under development for JPL/DOE; parabolic dish concentrators are employed, and small heat engines are used to generate electricity at each dish. The effect of field size, array proportions, dish-to-dish spacing and packing fraction (concentrator-land area ratio) are presented for typical PFDR layouts. Economic analyses are carried out to determine optimum packing fraction as a function of site cost.

Pons, R. L.; Dugan, A. F.

1984-01-01

113

A literature review of concentrations and size distributions of ambient airborne Pb-containing particulate matter  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The final 2008 lead (Pb) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) revision maintains Pb in total suspended particulate matter as the indicator. However, the final rule permits the use of low-volume PM 10 (particulate matter sampled with a 50% cut-point of 10 ?m) Federal Reference Method (FRM) monitors in lieu of total suspended particulate (TSP) monitors for some non-source-oriented monitoring. PM 10 FRM monitors are known to provide more reliable concentration measurements than TSP samplers because they are omni-directional samplers and so are not biased by wind conditions. However, by design they exclude the upper tail of the particle size distribution. Hence, each monitor produces uncertainties about measured concentrations of Pb-bearing PM. Uncertainties in reported Pb data are also related to spatiotemporal variation of the concentration and size distribution of Pb-bearing PM. Therefore, a comprehensive literature review was performed to summarize the current knowledge regarding the concentration and size distribution of Pb particles in the atmosphere. The objectives of this review were to compile data that could shed light on these uncertainties, to provide insights useful during future Pb NAAQS reviews, and to identify areas where more research is needed. Results of this review indicated that Pb size distribution data are relatively limited and often outdated. Thirty-nine articles were found to have sufficiently detailed information regarding airborne Pb concentrations, study location, sample collection methods, and analytical techniques; only 16 of those papers reported Pb concentration data for multiple size fractions. For the most part, U.S. and European studies from the last forty years illustrate that the largest mode of the size distribution of airborne particle-bound Pb has shifted to larger sizes while airborne Pb concentrations have decreased in urban areas. This shift occurred as tetraethyl Pb additives in gasoline were phased out and industrial emissions and resuspended road dust became more important sources of Pb. Several studies also suggested the occurrence of long-range transport of Pb-bearing PM from industrial emissions. Uncertainties associated with these studies include influence of wind speed and direction on captured concentrations and variability in analytical techniques used to quantify Pb concentrations on the reported size distributions.

Cho, Seung-Hyun; Richmond-Bryant, Jennifer; Thornburg, Jonathan; Portzer, Jeff; Vanderpool, Robert; Cavender, Kevin; Rice, Joann

2011-09-01

114

Controls on boron and germanium distribution in the low-sulfur Amos coal bed, Western Kentucky coalfield, USA  

USGS Publications Warehouse

The Duckmantian-aged Amos coal bed is a thin (<51 cm) coal bed that occurs in lobate southwest-trending pods separated by thin sandstones in the Western Kentucky coalfield. The coal bed, which is comprised of up to two benches and a rider coal, is low in ash yield (<6%) and sulfur content (<1%). The coal tends to be thin (<40 cm), but it was heavily mined in the 1980s because it could be combusted as mined. Geochemical analysis of the Amos coal bed shows higher concentrations of B and Ge than other Western Kentucky coal beds. High total B concentrations as well as high B/Be, both considered to be indicators of marine environments, increase toward the top of the coal bed. Most of the B values for the Amos samples range from 66 to 103 ppm (whole coal basis) indicating deposition in a brackish environment. High Ge concentrations in coals have been considered to be a function of seam thickness and proximity to the top and bottom of the coal bed. Thin coals, such as the Amos, are dominated by the coal bed margins and, therefore, have a tendency to have relatively high Ge concentrations. In the case of the Amos coal bed, the lower bench has a higher Ge content, suggesting that the substrate was a more important source of Ge than the roof rock. ?? 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

Hower, J.C.; Ruppert, L.F.; Williams, D.A.

2002-01-01

115

Distribution of exposure concentrations and doses for constituents of environmental tobacco smoke.  

PubMed

The ultimate goal of the research reported in this series of three articles is to derive distributions of doses of selected environmental tobacco smoke (ETS)-related chemicals for nonsmoking workers. This analysis uses data from the 16-City Study collected with personal monitors over the course of one workday in workplaces where smoking occurred. In this article, we describe distributions of ETS chemical concentrations and the characteristics of those distributions (e.g., whether the distribution was log normal for a given constituent) for the workplace exposure. Next, we present population parameters relevant for estimating dose distributions and the methods used for estimating those dose distributions. Finally, we derive distributions of doses of selected ETS-related constituents obtained in the workplace for people in smoking work environments. Estimating dose distributions provided information beyond the usual point estimate of dose and showed that the preponderance of individuals exposed to ETS in the workplace were exposed at the low end of the dose distribution curve. The results of this analysis include estimations of hourly maxima and time-weighted average (TWA) doses of nicotine from workplace exposures to ETS (extrapolated from 1 day to 1 week) and doses derived from modeled lung burdens of ultraviolet-absorbing particulate matter (UVPM) and solanesol resulting from workplace exposures to ETS (extrapolated from 1 day to 1 year). PMID:10765411

LaKind, J S; Ginevan, M E; Naiman, D Q; James, A C; Jenkins, R A; Dourson, M L; Felter, S P; Graves, C G; Tardiff, R G

1999-06-01

116

Concentration and Distribution of Six Trace Metals in Northern Kentucky Soils  

Microsoft Academic Search

Concentration and distribution of cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), copper (Cu), nickel (Ni), lead (Pb), and zinc (Zn) were determined in 26 soil profiles (n = 78) of northern Kentucky in response to environmental concerns about increasing anthropogenic inputs in a fast-paced urbanizing area. The selected sites represent alluvial, glacial till or residual soils that have not received any biosolid- or

J. R. V. PILS; A. D. KARATHANASIS; T. G. MUELLER

2004-01-01

117

Statistical distributions of trace metal concentrations in the northwestern Mediterranean atmospheric aerosol.  

PubMed

The concentrations of 11 crustal and anthropogenic trace metals (Li, Al, V, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Cd, Pb) were measured from 2006 to 2008 in the atmospheric aerosol at a northwestern Mediterranean coast (station of Cap Ferrat, situated on the southeastern coast of France). Statistical models (lognormal, Weibull, and gamma) that best represented the trace metal distribution for this environment are described. The lognormal model was selected for the distributions of (in decreasing strength of the fit) Al, Co, Li, Zn, Mn, Cu, Pb, and Cd, i.e., metals that are introduced into the atmospheric aerosol by pulses inducing temporal variability in their concentrations. The gamma model was associated with Fe, i.e., metals that exhibit less inter-annual variability than the former trace metals. The third mode (Weibull) represented the distribution of the concentrations of V and Ni. The statistical approach presented in this study contributed to better define and constrain the distribution of the 11 trace metals of the atmospheric aerosol from the northwestern Mediterranean coast. In a close future, knowledge of these statistical distributions will allow using convolution models to separate their natural and anthropogenic contributions, therefore increasing our ability to study anthropogenic emissions of trace metals and their impact on the environment. PMID:23685929

Robin, Thomas; Guidi, Lionel; Dufour, Aurélie; Migon, Christophe

2013-11-01

118

The Effect of Flow Distribution on the Concentration of NO Produced by Pulsed Arc Discharge  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

As a new method to cure acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), high blood pressure and some illnesses related to the lung, NO has recently received more attention. Thermal plasmas produced by arc discharge can create medical NO, but the concentration of NO2 produced by arc discharge must be controlled simultaneously. This paper investigates the characteristics and regulations of NO production at different flow distribution by pulsed arc discharge in dry air with a special pulsed power. The experimental results show that the flow distribution has a considerable effect on the NO concentration, the stabilization of NO. The production of NO2 could be controlled and the ratio of NO2/NO was decreased to about 10% in the arc discharge. Therefore, the arc discharge could produce stable inhaled NO for medical treatment by changing the flow distribution.

Hu, Hui; Bao, Bin; Wang, Heli; Liang, Haiyan; He, Junjia; He, Zhenghao; Li, Jin

2007-12-01

119

[Measurement of nonuniform temperature and concentration distribution by absorption spectroscopy based on least-square fitting].  

PubMed

The measurement of nonuniform temperature and concentration distributions was investigated based on tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy technology. Through direct scanning multiple absorption lines of H2O, two zones for temperature and concentration distribution were achieved by solving nonlinear equations by least-square fitting from numerical and experimental studies. The numerical results show that the calculated temperature and concentration have relative errors of 8.3% and 7.6% compared to the model, respectively. The calculating accuracy can be improved by increasing the number of absorption lines and reduction in unknown numbers. Compared with the thermocouple readings, the high and low temperatures have relative errors of 13.8% and 3.5% respectively. The numerical results are in agreement with the experimental results. PMID:24159843

Song, Jun-Ling; Hong, Yan-Ji; Wang, Guang-Yu; Pan, Hu

2013-08-01

120

Particle concentrations and number size distributions in the planetary boundary layer derived from airship based measurements  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Atmospheric particles play a key role for regional and global climate due to their direct and indirect radiative forcing effects. The concentration and size of the particles are important variables to these effects. Within the continental planetary boundary layer (PBL) the particle number size distribution is influenced by meteorological parameters, local sinks and sources resulting in variable spatial distributions. However, measurements of particle number size distributions over a broad vertical range of the PBL are rare. The airship ZEPPELIN NT is an ideal platform to measure atmospheric aerosols on a regional scale within an altitude range up to 1000 m. For campaigns in the Netherlands, Northern Italy and South Finland in 2012 and 2013 the airship was deployed with a wide range of instruments, including measurements of different trace gases, short lived radicals, solar radiation, aerosols and meteorological parameters. Flights were carried out at different times of the day to investigate the influence of the diurnal evolution of the PBL on atmospheric trace gases and aerosols. During night and early morning hours the concentration and size distribution of atmospheric particles were found to be strongly influenced by the layered structure of the PBL, i.e. the nocturnal boundary layer and the residual layer. Within the residual layer particle concentrations stay relatively constant as this layer is decoupled from ground sources. The particles persist in the accumulation mode as expected for an aged aerosol. In the nocturnal boundary layer particle concentrations and size are more dynamic with higher concentrations than in the residual layer. A few hours after sunrise, the layered structure of the PBL intermixes. During daytime the PBL is well mixed and a negative concentration gradient with increasing height is observed. Several height profiles at different times of the day and at different locations in Europe were measured. The aerosol measurements will be discussed together with meteorological parameters and trace gas measurements. Acknowledgement: PEGASOS project funded by the European Commission and the Framework Program 7 (FP7-ENV-2010-265148).

Tillmann, Ralf; Zhao, Defeng; Ehn, Mikael; Hofzumahaus, Andreas; Holland, Frank; Rohrer, Franz; Kiendler-Scharr, Astrid; Wahner, Andreas

2014-05-01

121

Distribution of indoor radon concentrations and elements of a strategy for control  

SciTech Connect

Indoor radon concentrations vary widely in the US housing stock, with normal concentrations estimated to cause a significant risk of lung cancer by comparison with environmental exposures normally considered, and high concentrations causing risks that exceed even those from cigarette smoking. The probability distribution, i.e., the number of houses at various concentrations, can be estimated from an analysis of the US indoor radon data accumulated to date. Such an analysis suggests that in about a million houses, occupants are receiving exposures greater than those experienced by uranium miners. The form of the frequency distribution, including not only the average concentration, but also the number of houses with high levels, has substantial influence on strategies for control of indoor radon. Such strategies require three major elements: formulation of control objectives in terms of guidelines for remedial action and for new houses; selection of means for identifying homes with high concentrations; and a framework for deciding what types of control measures are appropriate to particular circumstances and how rapidly they should be employed.

Nero, A.V. Jr.

1986-05-01

122

Concentration and size distribution of bioaerosols in an outdoor environment in the Qingdao coastal region.  

PubMed

Bioaerosol particles in the atmosphere were collected from the coastal region of Qingdao from Jul. 2009 to Jun. 2010. The concentrations of microorganisms (including culturable, nonculturable, terrestrial and marine microorganisms) were measured. Average concentrations of airborne terrestrial bacteria, marine bacteria, terrestrial fungi, marine fungi and total bioaerosol were in the ranges of 33-664 CFU/m(3), 63-815 CFU/m(3), 2-777 CFU/m(3), 66-1128 CFU/m(3) and 85,015-166,094 Cells/m(3), respectively. The nonculturable microbes accounted for 99.13% of the total microbes. In addition, there were more culturable marine microbes than culturable terrestrial microbes, and more airborne fungi than bacteria. The concentration of airborne bacteria showed a skewed distribution pattern, while unimodal size distributions were observed for the concentrations of fungi and total microbes. The airborne microbes mainly existed in >2.1 ?m coarse particles. Pearson correlation analysis between the concentrations and meteorological parameters showed that the meteorological parameters had different effects on different kinds of microbes. Sandstorms increased the concentrations of both culturable microbes and total microbes in the bioaerosol. PMID:21724240

Li, Mengfei; Qi, Jianhua; Zhang, Haidong; Huang, Shuai; Li, Lin; Gao, Dongmei

2011-09-01

123

Cadmium distribution in sediment and the lugworm Arenicola marina in a low concentration exposure experiment  

SciTech Connect

In the central and southern North Sea, and in the Dutch coastal zone, total cadmium (Cd) concentrations in water are 0.02 {+-} 0.01 {mu}g/L and 0.06 {+-} 0.02 {mu}g/L, respectively Cadmium in the estuarine waters of the Dutch Wadden Sea varied from 0.3 {+-} 0.01 {mu}g/L in the western part to 0.08 {+-} 0.03 {mu}g/L in the eastern part. In whole sediment, the Cd background concentration for the Wadden Sea is 0.5 {+-} 0.01 {mu}g/g dry weight (dw), whereas the reference concentration is 0.08 {+-} 0.02 {mu}g/g dw. The concentrations of total-Cd in surface bulk sediments (0-2 cm) of the central North Sea (Oyster Grounds), and of intertidal mud-flats in the western Wadden Sea varied from 0.05 to 0.15 {mu}g/g dw and from 0.13 to 0.46 {mu}g dw, respectively (calculated from Kahn et al. 1992). These concentration ranges match the reference Cd concentration for Wadden Sea whole sediment (0.5 {+-} 0.01) {mu}g/g dw. Cadmium concentrations in surface sediments of the Dutch coastal zone and estuaries are only slightly elevated compared to the 0.2 {mu}g/g dw, considered as the background concentrations in pristine areas, but well below the level of 10 {mu}g/g dw at heavily contaminated sites. This laboratory study reports on the distribution of cadmium in the sediment column, and the uptake in the blood/coelomic fluid, intestine and body-wall of lugworms at low cadmium concentration exposure. The aim was to determine possible interaction between the vertical distribution of sediment-bound cadmium and the bioturbating activity of lugworms. 14 refs., 3 figs., 2 tabs.

Everaarts, J.M. [Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Den Burg-Texel (Netherlands)] [Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Den Burg-Texel (Netherlands); SaralaDevi, K. [National Institute of Oceanography, Kerala (India)] [National Institute of Oceanography, Kerala (India)

1996-12-31

124

Distribution of exposure concentrations and doses for constituents of environmental tobacco smoke  

SciTech Connect

The ultimate goal of the research reported in this series of three articles is to derive distributions of doses of selected environmental tobacco smoke (ETS)-related chemicals for nonsmoking workers. This analysis uses data from the 16-City Study collected with personal monitors over the course of one workday in workplaces where smoking occurred. In this article, the authors describe distributions of ETS chemical concentrations and the characteristics of those distributions for the workplace exposure. Next, they present population parameters relevant for estimating dose distributions and the methods used for estimating those dose distributions. Finally, they derive distributions of doses of selected ETS-related constituents obtained in the workplace for people in smoking work environments. Estimating dose distributions provided information beyond the usual point estimate of dose and showed that the preponderance of individuals exposed to ETS in the workplace were exposed at the low end of the dose distribution curve. The results of this analysis include estimations of hourly maxima and time-weighted average (TWA) doses of nicotine from workplace exposures to ETS and doses derived from modeled lung burdens of ultraviolet-absorbing particulate matter (UVPM) and solanesol resulting from workplace exposures to ETS (extrapolated from 1 day to 1 year).

LaKind, J.S. [LaKind Associates (United States)] [LaKind Associates (United States); Ginevan, M.E. [M.E. Ginevan and Associates (United States)] [M.E. Ginevan and Associates (United States); Naiman, D.Q. [Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD (United States). Dept. of Mathematical Sciences] [Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD (United States). Dept. of Mathematical Sciences; James, A.C. [A.C. James and Associates (United States)] [A.C. James and Associates (United States); Jenkins, R.A. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)] [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Dourson, M.L.; Felter, S.P. [TERA (United States)] [TERA (United States); Graves, C.G.; Tardiff, R.G. [Sapphire Group, Inc., Bethesda, MD (United States)] [Sapphire Group, Inc., Bethesda, MD (United States)

1999-06-01

125

Study of the structure and mechanical properties of corrosion-resistant steel with a high concentration of boron at elevated temperatures  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Because of the high cost of corrosion-resistant steels, a necessary condition for their production is reducing rejection at all stages of processing, including hot forming, by optimizing process parameters. In this work, the mechanical characteristics of a corrosion-resistant steel with high content of boron have been studied at elevated temperatures. Using a special complex for the physical simulation of thermomechanical processes, it has been shown that the optimum temperature range of hot compressive plastic deformation is 950-1100°C. A mathematical model has been constructed, which relates the yield stress to the parameters of the process of hot plastic deformation. During deformation in the range of 850-1150°C, the boride particles present in the steel become oriented perpendicular to the compression axis; at high temperatures, the spheroidization of titanium diborides occurs, which reduces their size.

Churyumov, A. Yu.; Khomutov, M. G.; Tsar'kov, A. A.; Pozdnyakov, A. V.; Solonin, A. N.; Efimov, V. M.; Mukhanov, E. L.

2014-08-01

126

The effect of dissolved oxygen concentration on the structure, size and size distribution of activated sludge flocs  

Microsoft Academic Search

The variations in activated sludge floc structure, size and size distribution were studied for different dissolved oxygen (DO) concentrations in pilot scale completely mixed reactors. The size distribution by volume for flocs larger than about 10?m fitted well to log–normal distribution functions. No clear relationship between DO concentration and average floc diameter could be found; there was only a trend

Britt-Marie Wilén; Peter Balmér

1999-01-01

127

Enhanced irradiance distribution on solar cell using optimized variable-focus-parabolic concentrator  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A solar cell concentrator system is proposed comprising a square solar cell and a variable-focus-parabolic (VFP) reflector in which the focal length varies as a function of the horizontal displacement of the incidence point relative to the vertical centerline of the solar cell. The light ray paths within the concentrator system are analyzed using an exact analytical model and a skew-ray tracing approach. The geometry of the VFP reflector is then optimized in such a way as to maximize the uniformity of the irradiance distribution on the solar cell given a circular focus spot and a square focus spot, respectively. The effectiveness of the optimized VFP reflector with a square focus spot is investigated by means of ZEMAX simulations. It is shown that the optimized VFP concentrator yields a significant improvement in the irradiance uniformity compared to that achieved using a conventional parabolic concentrator.

Tsai, Chung-Yu

2013-09-01

128

Long-term spatial distributions and trends of ambient CO concentrations in the central Taiwan Basin  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Long-term spatial distributions and trends of atmospheric carbon monoxide (CO) concentrations in the central Taiwan Basin were investigated by analysis of CO data obtained from the Taiwan Air Quality Monitoring Network (TAQMN). The influence of meteorological conditions on the CO patterns was also analyzed in this paper. The results showed the highest CO concentrations were found in the vicinity of urban areas with a 13-yr mean value of 0.79±0.16 ppm. This was associated with the most intensive anthropogenic CO emissions at the urban sites. For all sites, lower CO levels were consistently observed during the summer season. This was explained by favorable conditions for dispersion and loss of CO via photochemical reactions. Analysis of wind fields and backward trajectories revealed that two types of synoptic sea breezes directly influenced the CO spatial distributions in the basin. During autumn to spring, northerly flow accompanied by pollutants traveled to inland areas, resulting in higher CO concentrations in the remote areas. During summer, breezes coming from the sea or areas to the south with lower CO emissions, resulted in more uniform spatial distributions of CO in the study region. While CO concentrations exhibited decreasing trends, the average CO mixing ratio from 1994 through 2006 decreased at a rate of approximately 0.02 ppm yr -1 in the central Taiwan Basin.

Lin, Yu Chi; Lan, Yung Yao; Tsuang, Ben-Jei; Engling, Guenter

129

Particle number concentration, size distribution and chemical composition during haze and photochemical smog episodes in Shanghai.  

PubMed

The aerosol number concentration and size distribution as well as size-resolved particle chemical composition were measured during haze and photochemical smog episodes in Shanghai in 2009. The number of haze days accounted for 43%, of which 30% was severe (visibility<2km) and moderate (2km?visibility<3km) haze, mainly distributed in winter and spring. The mean particle number concentration was about 17,000/cm(3) in haze, more than 2 times that in clean days. The greatest increase of particle number concentration was in 0.5-1?m and 1-10?m size fractions during haze events, about 17.78 times and 8.78 times those of clean days. The largest increase of particle number concentration was within 50-100nm and 100-200nm fractions during photochemical smog episodes, about 5.89 times and 4.29 times those of clean days. The particle volume concentration and surface concentration in haze, photochemical smog and clean days were 102, 49, 15?m(3)/cm(3) and 949, 649, 206?m(2)/cm(3), respectively. As haze events got more severe, the number concentration of particles smaller than 50nm decreased, but the particles of 50-200nm and 0.5-1?m increased. The diurnal variation of particle number concentration showed a bimodal pattern in haze days. All soluble ions were increased during haze events, of which NH4(+), SO4(2-) and NO3(-) increased greatly, followed by Na(+), K(+), Ca(2+) and Cl(-). These ions were very different in size-resolved particles during haze and photochemical smog episodes. PMID:25193840

Wang, Xuemei; Chen, Jianmin; Cheng, Tiantao; Zhang, Renyi; Wang, Xinming

2014-09-01

130

Boron removal from seawater reverse osmosis permeate utilizing selective ion exchange resin  

Microsoft Academic Search

A minimum of boron in irrigation water is required for certain metabolic activities, but if its concentration is only slightly higher, plant growth will exhibit effects of boron poisoning, which are yellowish spots on the leaves and fruits, accelerated decay and ultimately plant expiration. Seawater in general contains relatively high concentration of boron: 4 to 5 ppm. The Red Sea

Nissim Nadav

1999-01-01

131

Concentrations and size distributions of fine aerosol particles measured at roof level in urban zone  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

During the experimental Field Experiments to Constrain Models of Atmospheric Pollution and Transport of Emissions (ESCOMPTE) campaign in June-July 2001, concentrations and size distributions of fine particles (14-722 nm) were measured at roof level in downtown Marseille (France). Part of the campaign was dedicated to the study of aerosol behavior in relation to strong photochemical events (which were identified as "IOP" days) and their regional modeling. The analysis of the concentration variations and the evolution of average diurnal size distribution showed that an "IOP day" is not characterized by a specific concentration or its variation, nor by a specific evolution of the average size distribution. The morning traffic rush is detected at roof level by a net increase in particle concentration over the whole size range measured, indicating a production of ultrafine particles by the traffic but also the raising to roof level of particles of the accumulation mode. The increase is observed about 1 hour after the traffic peak at street level, which is characterized by strong increases in NOx and CO concentrations. The corresponding flux of particles at roof level has been estimated around 3 × 104 cm-2 s-1. A specific signature characterized by a strong and rapid burst of concentration (factor 2 to 4 in 15 min) of particles between 25 and 50 nm, independent of the traffic source, has been detected on six occasions during the campaign. These events occur systematically around noon, in cases of strong radiation, low relative humidity, and common wind direction. Despite the high-diameter value of these particles, it is suggested that they could result from a specific "secondary aerosol process" event involving ozone, biogenic, and/or anthropogenic gas precursors like iodine and VOCs.

Despiau, S.; Croci, D.

2007-05-01

132

Estimation of pore size distribution using concentric double pulsed-field gradient NMR  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Estimation of pore size distribution of well calibrated phantoms using NMR is demonstrated here for the first time. Porous materials are a central constituent in fields as diverse as biology, geology, and oil drilling. Noninvasive characterization of monodisperse porous samples using conventional pulsed-field gradient (PFG) NMR is a well-established method. However, estimation of pore size distribution of heterogeneous polydisperse systems, which comprise most of the materials found in nature, remains extremely challenging. Concentric double pulsed-field gradient (CDPFG) is a 2-D technique where both q (the amplitude of the diffusion gradient) and ? (the relative angle between the gradient pairs) are varied. A recent prediction indicates this method should produce a more accurate and robust estimation of pore size distribution than its conventional 1-D versions. Five well defined size distribution phantoms, consisting of 1-5 different pore sizes in the range of 5-25 ?m were used. The estimated pore size distributions were all in good agreement with the known theoretical size distributions, and were obtained without any a priori assumption on the size distribution model. These findings support that in addition to its theoretical benefits, the CDPFG method is experimentally reliable. Furthermore, by adding the angle parameter, sensitivity to small compartment sizes is increased without the use of strong gradients, thus making CDPFG safe for biological applications.

Benjamini, Dan; Nevo, Uri

2013-05-01

133

Estimation of pore size distribution using concentric double pulsed-field gradient NMR.  

PubMed

Estimation of pore size distribution of well calibrated phantoms using NMR is demonstrated here for the first time. Porous materials are a central constituent in fields as diverse as biology, geology, and oil drilling. Noninvasive characterization of monodisperse porous samples using conventional pulsed-field gradient (PFG) NMR is a well-established method. However, estimation of pore size distribution of heterogeneous polydisperse systems, which comprise most of the materials found in nature, remains extremely challenging. Concentric double pulsed-field gradient (CDPFG) is a 2-D technique where both q (the amplitude of the diffusion gradient) and ? (the relative angle between the gradient pairs) are varied. A recent prediction indicates this method should produce a more accurate and robust estimation of pore size distribution than its conventional 1-D versions. Five well defined size distribution phantoms, consisting of 1-5 different pore sizes in the range of 5-25 ?m were used. The estimated pore size distributions were all in good agreement with the known theoretical size distributions, and were obtained without any a priori assumption on the size distribution model. These findings support that in addition to its theoretical benefits, the CDPFG method is experimentally reliable. Furthermore, by adding the angle parameter, sensitivity to small compartment sizes is increased without the use of strong gradients, thus making CDPFG safe for biological applications. PMID:23548563

Benjamini, Dan; Nevo, Uri

2013-05-01

134

Ni doping of semiconducting boron carbide  

SciTech Connect

The wide band gap, temperature stability, high resistivity, and robustness of semiconducting boron carbide make it an attractive material for device applications. Undoped boron carbide is p type; Ni acts as a n-type dopant. Here we present the results of controlled doping of boron carbide with Ni on thin film samples grown using plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition. The change in the dopant concentration within the thin film as a function of the dopant flow rate in the precursor gas mixture was confirmed by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements; with increasing dopant concentration, current-voltage (I-V) curves clearly establish the trend from p-type to n-type boron carbide.

Hong, Nina; Liu Jing; Adenwalla, S. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0511 (United States); Langell, M. A. [Department of Chemistry, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0304 (United States); Kizilkaya, Orhan [Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices, Louisiana State University, 6980 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806 (United States)

2010-01-15

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An interpretation of boron contents within a Palaeoproterozoic volcano-sedimentary succession: Pretoria Group, Transvaal Supergroup, South Africa  

Microsoft Academic Search

Boron contents of sedimentary rocks were measured in three profiles through the Palaeoproterozoic Pretoria Group. Enhanced boron values occur at a number of stratigraphic levels across much of the preserved basin, and only these anomalies are considered significant. Evaluation of the various possible factors controlling these high boron concentrations suggests that inherited boron, sedimentation rate, detrital tourmaline, silica and carbonate

Patrick G. Eriksson; Boris F. F. Reczko; David P. Piper

1996-01-01

136

Boron Fixation by Illites  

Microsoft Academic Search

The mechanism of boron uptake by clays, especially illitic clays, and the factors which control such uptake have long been debated issues. In an attempt to answer some of the questions of the controversy, three illites were treated in solutions containing boron. In the study, boron concen- tration, salinity, temperature, and time were varied independently over rather wide ranges. For

Elton L. Couch; RALPH E. GRIM

1968-01-01

137

Boron and boron carbide coatings by vapor deposition  

Microsoft Academic Search

The Bureau of Mines investigated the formation of boron and boron-carbide coatings by vaporphase reactions. Optimum parameters\\u000a were determined for hydrogen reduction of boron trichloride and for the formation of boron-carbide coatings on graphite by\\u000a reaction with the deposited boron. At 1300°C, about 85 pct of the boron was deposited. Tungsten substrates did not react with\\u000a the boron deposit; other

Andrew A. Cochran; James B. Stephenson

1970-01-01

138

Interstitial defects involving boron in irradiated silicon  

Microsoft Academic Search

Silicon containing high concentrations of boron has been irradiated with 2 MeV electrons at room temperature. Initially, substitutional boron atoms are displaced into interstitial sites, but with prolonged irradiation there is a further interaction between B(i) and an intrinsic defect which is believed to be the Si(i). A similar effect is found in n0-irradiated samples. A broad absorption band is

K. Laithwaite; R. C. Newman; D. H. J. Totterdell

1975-01-01

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Essentiality of boron for healthy bones and joints.  

PubMed Central

Since 1963, evidence has accumulated that suggests boron is a safe and effective treatment for some forms of arthritis. The initial evidence was that boron supplementation alleviated arthritic pain and discomfort of the author. This was followed by findings from numerous other observations epidemiologic and controlled animal and human experiments. These findings included a) analytical evidence of lower boron concentrations in femur heads, bones, and synovial fluid from people with arthritis than from those without this disorder; b) observation evidence that bones of patients using boron supplements are much harder to cut than those of patients not using supplements; c) epidemiologic evidence that in areas of the world where boron intakes usually are 1.0 mg or less/day the estimated incidence of arthritis ranges from 20 to 70%, whereas in areas of the world where boron intakes are usually 3 to 10 mg, the estimated incidence of arthritis ranges from 0 to 10%; d) experimental evidence that rats with induced arthritis benefit from orally or intraperitoneally administered boron; e) experimental evidence from a double-blind placebo-boron supplementation trial with 20 subjects with osteoarthritis. A significant favorable response to a 6 mg boron/day supplement was obtained; 50% of subjects receiving the supplement improved compared to only 10% receiving the placebo. The preceding data indicate that boron is an essential nutrient for healthy bones and joints, and that further research into the use of boron for the treatment or prevention of arthritis is warranted. PMID:7889887

Newnham, R E

1994-01-01

140

Concentration  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This NCTM iOS app of the familiar online Illuminations game, "Concentration" (cataloged separately) challenges a user to match whole numbers, shapes, fractions, or multiplication facts to equivalent representations. This game can be played by one or two players taking turns and can be played in clear pane mode, or for added challenge, with the windows closed.

2011-09-15

141

Concentration  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This is the NCTM Android app of their familiar on line Illuminations game, "Concentration" ( cataloged separately ) which challenges a user to match whole numbers, shapes, fractions, or multiplication facts to equivalent representations. This game can be played by one or two players taking turns and can be played in clear pane mode, or for added challenge, with the windows closed.

2011-08-11

142

Effect of boron in Fe 70 Al 30 nanostructured alloys produced by mechanical alloying  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The substitution of aluminum by boron in the Fe70Al30 system prepared by high energy ball milling is studied when the B content ranged from 0 up to 20 at. %, and the milling times were 24, 48 and 72 h. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns of Fe70Al30 showed a predominant bcc structural phase with a lattice parameter larger than that of ?-Fe. A second (tetragonal) phase arose with the addition of boron. It is associated to the existence of (Fe, Al)2B, although the values of the lattice parameters are slightly different from those found in the literature. This phase shows high stability; its lattice parameters and the Mössbauer parameters do not show notable variations, either with milling time or composition. It was also evidenced that an increase of boron content and of milling time produced a decrease of the lattice parameter of the Fe-Al bcc structure. This is in agreement with the small atomic radius of boron in comparison with that of aluminum. This also allows boron to occupy interstitial sites in the lattice, increasing the grain size and giving rise to the ductile character of the alloy. On the other hand, 300 K transmission Mössbauer spectra (TMS) were fitted, for low boron concentrations (<8 at.%), with a hyperfine field distribution (HFD) associated with the bcc phase. For high boron content (?8 at.%), a magnetic component related to the tetragonal phase is added and its broadened lines are attributed to the disordered character of Fe2B, probably induced by the milling process.

Rico, M. M.; Pérez Alcázar, G. A.; Greneche, J. M.

2014-01-01

143

Spatially Resolved Temperature and Water Vapor Concentration Distributions in Supersonic Combustion Facilities by TDLAT  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Detailed knowledge of the internal structure of high-enthalpy flows can provide valuable insight to the performance of scramjet combustors. Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy (TDLAS) is often employed to measure temperature and species concentration. However, TDLAS is a path-integrated line-of-sight (LOS) measurement, and thus does not produce spatially resolved distributions. Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Tomography (TDLAT) is a non-intrusive measurement technique for determining two-dimensional spatially resolved distributions of temperature and species concentration in high enthalpy flows. TDLAT combines TDLAS with tomographic image reconstruction. More than 2500 separate line-of-sight TDLAS measurements are analyzed in order to produce highly resolved temperature and species concentration distributions. Measurements have been collected at the University of Virginia's Supersonic Combustion Facility (UVaSCF) as well as at the NASA Langley Direct-Connect Supersonic Combustion Test Facility (DCSCTF). Due to the UVaSCF s unique electrical heating and ability for vitiate addition, measurements collected at the UVaSCF are presented as a calibration of the technique. Measurements collected at the DCSCTF required significant modifications to system hardware and software designs due to its larger measurement area and shorter test duration. Tomographic temperature and water vapor concentration distributions are presented from experimentation on the UVaSCF operating at a high temperature non-reacting case for water vitiation level of 12%. Initial LOS measurements from the NASA Langley DCSCTF operating at an equivalence ratio of 0.5 are also presented. Results show the capability of TDLAT to adapt to several experimental setups and test parameters.

Busa, K. M.; McDaniel J. C.; Diskin, G. S.; DePiro, M. J.; Capriotti, D. P.; Gaffney, R. L.

2012-01-01

144

On the concentration of large deviations for fat tailed distributions, with application to financial data  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Large deviations for fat tailed distributions, i.e. those that decay slower than exponential, are not only relatively likely, but they also occur in a rather peculiar way where a finite fraction of the whole sample deviation is concentrated on a single variable. The regime of large deviations is separated from the regime of typical fluctuations by a phase transition where the symmetry between the points in the sample is spontaneously broken. For stochastic processes with a fat tailed microscopic noise, this implies that, while typical realizations are well described by a diffusion process with continuous sample paths, large deviation paths are typically discontinuous. For eigenvalues of random matrices with fat tailed distributed elements, a large deviation where the trace of the matrix is anomalously large concentrates on just a single eigenvalue, whereas in the thin tailed world the large deviation affects the whole distribution. These results find a natural application to finance. Since the price dynamics of financial stocks are characterized by fat tailed increments, large fluctuations in stock prices are expected to be realized by discrete jumps. Interestingly, we find that large excursions of prices are more likely realized by continuous drifts rather than by discontinuous jumps. Indeed, auto correlations suppress the concentration of large deviations. Financial covariance matrices also exhibit an anomalously large eigenvalue, the market mode, as compared to the prediction of random matrix theory. We show that this is explained by a large deviation with excess covariance rather than by one with excess volatility.

Filiasi, Mario; Livan, Giacomo; Marsili, Matteo; Peressi, Maria; Vesselli, Erik; Zarinelli, Elia

2014-09-01

145

Modelling the Concentration Distributions of Aerosol Puffs Using Artificial Neural Networks  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A neural network model was developed to predict the short-term (<150 s) concentration distributions of aerosols released from point sources over very short time periods (approximately 2 s). The model was based on data from field experiments covering a wide range of meteorological conditions. The study focused on relative dispersion about the puff centroid, with puff/cloud meander and large-scale gusts not being considered. The artificial neural network (ANN) model included explicitly a number of meteorological and turbulence parameters, and was compared with predictions from two Gaussian-based puff models to the measurements of four independent trials representing different stability conditions. The performance of the neural network model was comparable (in stable conditions) or better (in unstable and neutral conditions) than these two models when high concentration predictions were considered. Simulations of concentration distributions under different stability conditions were also generated using the developed neural network model, with the result that Gaussian distributions provided good descriptors for puff dispersion in the downwind and crosswind directions, and for particles close to the centroid in the vertical when dealing with short dispersion times.

Cao, Xiaoying; Roy, Gilles; Andrews, William S.

2010-07-01

146

Isotope effect on electron paramagnetic resonance of boron acceptors in silicon  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The fourfold degeneracy of the boron acceptor ground state in silicon, which is easily lifted by any symmetry-breaking perturbation, allows for a strong inhomogeneous broadening of the boron-related electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) lines, e.g., by a random distribution of local strains. However, since EPR of boron acceptors in externally unstrained silicon was reported initially, neither the line shape nor the magnitude of the residual broadening observed in samples with high-crystalline purity were compatible with the low concentrations of carbon and oxygen point defects, being the predominant source of random local strain. Adapting a theoretical model which has been applied to understand the acceptor ground-state splitting in the absence of a magnetic field as an effect due to the presence of different silicon isotopes, we show that local fluctuations of the valence-band edge due to different isotopic configurations in the vicinity of the boron acceptors can quantitatively account for all inhomogeneous broadening effects in high-purity Si with a natural isotope composition. Our calculations show that such an isotopic perturbation also leads to a shift in the g value of different boron-related resonances, which we could verify in our experiments. Further, our results provide an independent test and verification of the valence-band offsets between the different Si isotopes determined in previous works.

Stegner, A. R.; Tezuka, H.; Andlauer, T.; Stutzmann, M.; Thewalt, M. L. W.; Brandt, M. S.; Itoh, K. M.

2010-09-01

147

The association between spatial distribution of common malignancies and soil lead concentration in Isfahan, Iran  

PubMed Central

Background: Malignancies are primarily environmental diseases mostly attributed to environmental factors. By plotting the prevalence and spatial distribution maps, important differences can be observed in detail. This study aimed to determine the association between map distribution of malignancies and the geological phenomena of lead (Pb) accumulation in soil in the province of Isfahan, Iran. Methods: Spatial distribution maps of malignant diseases were plotted by using data recorded during 2007 to 2009 in the Isfahan Cancer Registry Program. Data on Pb accumulation in soil was obtained from the National Geological Survey and Mineral Exploration. Pb concentrations were documented in three parts of agricultural, non-agricultural, urban, and industrial land. The geographical mapping of cancers and soil Pb were then incorporated into a geographic information system (GIS) to create a spatial distribution model. Results: The spatial distributions of ten common malignant diseases in the province, i.e. skin cancers, hematological malignancies, and breast cancers, followed by other malignancies were scattered based on Pb distribution. In fact, common cancers were more prevalent in the parts of the province where soil Pb was more abundant. Conclusion: The findings of this study underscore the importance of preventing Pb exposure and controlling industrial production of Pb. The data is also important to establish further effects modeling for cancers. Moreover, physicians and health professionals should consider the impact of environmental factors on their patients’ health. PMID:23267396

Rashidi, Masoumeh; Rameshat, Mohammad Hossein; Gharib, Hadi; Rouzbahani, Reza; Ghias, Majid; Poursafa, Parinaz

2012-01-01

148

Boron removal from seawater by electro-chemical treatment as part of water desalination  

Microsoft Academic Search

Significant decrease of boron concentration during seawater desalination is one of the more difficult, consuming and expensive tasks. Average boron concentration in the Mediterranean Sea is 4 mg\\/l, and due to heavy use of wastewater in irrigation the Israeli Water Authority (Ministry of Health) demands boron reduction to 0.4 mg\\/l maximum. The current boron removal procedure is based on two-pass

Einan Ofir; Asher Brenner; Karren Muuler; Vitaly Gitis

2011-01-01

149

Effect of dietary boron on the aging process.  

PubMed Central

Total boron concentrations in Drosophila changed during development and aging. The highest concentration of boron was found during the egg stage, followed by a decline during the larval stages. Newly emerged flies contained 35.5 ppm boron. During the adult stage the boron concentration increased by 52% by 9 weeks of age. Adding excess dietary boron during the adult stage decreased the median life span by 69% at 0.01 M sodium borate and by 21% at 0.001 M sodium borate. Lower concentrations gave small but significant increases in life span. Supplementing a very low boron diet with 0.00025 M sodium borate improved life span by 9.5%. The boron contents of young and old mouse tissues were similar to those of Drosophila and human samples. Boron supplements of 4.3 and 21.6 ppm in the drinking water, however, did not significantly change the life span of old mice fed a diet containing 31.1 ppm boron. PMID:7889879

Massie, H R

1994-01-01

150

Particulate Matter Size, Distribution and Concentrations in the Lower Urban Atmosphere  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Aerosols and atmospheric gases continually alter the amount of radiation reaching the Earth's surface. Aerosols cause a direct climate forcing by reflecting some the solar radiation that would reach the Earth's surface. The uncertainty in the direct aerosol radiative forcing is due to the poorly know optical properties and the amount and distribution of aerosols in the atmosphere. In order to improve our knowledge of the role of aerosols in our environment, it is necessary to accurately estimate the aerosol radiative forcing and determine the size, distribution and concentration or aerosols in the atmosphere. A PC-2H Air Particle Analyzer QCM Cascade Impactor and a Multi-Filter Rotating Shadow-band Radiometer (MFRSR-7) are used to measure optical depth, particle size, distribution and horizontal spatial variability along with the impact of atmospheric conditions in lower urban atmosphere (less than 100 meters). Aerosol particles contribute significantly to the pollution of urban air. Monitoring particulate matter in urban air has important health implications, especially since asthma and other lung diseases in inner city communities are above the national average. Results on the size, distribution and concentration of particles at various low heights (less than 100 meters) and their relationship with aerosol optical depth and the impact of atmospheric conditions will presented. This research is supported by grants from NASA MU-SPIN, NASA Space Science and NSF LSAMP.

Mathis, D.; Baldwin, C.; Skeete, D.; Austin, S.

2002-12-01

151

B-scan ultrasound imaging measurement of suspended sediment concentration and its vertical distribution  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In this paper, a novel approach based on B-scan ultrasound imaging is presented to measure suspended sediment concentration (SSC) and its vertical distribution. The relationship between ultrasonic imaging signals and SSCs has been described by specially designed experiments on both natural and plastic sand. Three parameters for imaging measurement are introduced to characterise their relationships: imaging concentration (IC), greyscale concentration (GC) and energy concentration (EC). It is confirmed that these parameter values increase with the sand added in the case of low SSC. Compared with the IC and EC, GC is more suitable for expressing their relationships, which can be used to measure the unknown SSC. The possible influences of particle size, material quality and flow velocity on the relationships are also briefly discussed. Characterised by direct observation, high sensitivity and real-time processing performance, this method has proved suitable for the measurement of SSC below 5.0‰ by volume or approx. 10?kg?m?3 by weight, especially for the measurement of vertical sedimentary distribution in the movable-bed model experiment.

Zou, Xian-jian; Ma, Zhi-min; Zhao, Xiao-hong; Hu, Xiang-yang; Tao, Wei-liang

2014-11-01

152

Distribution of sulfhydryl boranes in mice and rats  

SciTech Connect

The distribution of boron in mice bearing transplanted Harding-Passey melanomas after rapid and slow administration of monomer were studied. Thin layer chromatographic analysis of the corresponding infusion solution revealed a slow-moving principal band that was later shown to correspond to Na/sub 4/B/sub 24/H/sub 22/S/sub 2/, the dimer of Na/sub 2/B/sub 12/H/sub 11/SH. It was found that while monomer and chemically synthesized dimer yielded similar boron concentrations when they were given rapidly intraperitoneally to mice, the dimer yielded higher boron concentrations in mouse melanoma and higher melanoma-blood boron concentration when each was infused slowly intraperitoneally for 8 to 9 days. Studies have been started on the uptake of dimer into an intracerebrally implanted rat glioma. Boron levels in the rat glioma and in the mouse melanoma from slow intraperitoneal infusion of proportionately comparable amounts of dimer, are similar. However, after these slow infusions boron levels in rat blood are about as high as boron levels in rat brain tumor. 6 refs., 1 fig., 4 tabs.

Slatkin, D.N.; Micca, P.L.; Laster, B.H.; Fairchild, R.G.

1986-01-01

153

The Sorption Capacity of Boron on Anionic-Exchange Resin  

Microsoft Academic Search

Boron sorption capacities on anionic-exchange resins vary with temperature, concentration, and resin crosslinkage. A semiempirical correlation, developed from boron solution chemistry, is presented to account for these variations. The relationship, based on boron chemistry and changes in Gibb's energy, can be stated approximately as Q = a1CBz exp[-(a4T + a5T + a6z )]. Correlation parameters, which vary with resin type,

JIDONG LOU; GARY L. FOUTCH; JUNG WON NA

1999-01-01

154

Ground-water sampling and time-series evaluation techniques to determine vertical concentration distributions  

SciTech Connect

Data analysis methodologies are developed for using time-series measurements of effluent concentrations during continuous sampling to determine the vertical shape and location of a horizontally uniform contaminant plume and to estimate physical/chemical aquifer parameters such as vertical anisotropy, effective porosity, and retardation factor. Temporal water-quality variations during constant-flow sampling are calculated in the form of concentration type curves for a wide variety of plume shapes and positions and are shown to be directly related to the geometry and growth rate of the three-dimensional capture volume of the well. An analytical type-curve solution is derived for discrete-interval sampling in homogeneous and isotropic/anisotropic aquifers containing plumes with complex vertical shapes that are described by the superposition of multiple Gaussian distributions. Results from two-dimensional, axisymmetric simulations of ground-water flow and particle transport demonstrate the sensitivity of concentration type curves to sandpack hydraulic conductivity, screen length, well diameter, flow through the well screen during discrete-interval sampling, aquifer anisotropy and heterogeneities, pumping rate, effective porosity, and chemical retardation. Two applications of the concentration type-curve method for determining plume and aquifer characteristics are presented. The first illustrates the use of discrete-interval sampling to evaluate the vertical shape and location of a hypothetical plume in a homogeneous, isotropic aquifer. In the second, extraction-well effluent data collected during a field experiment were used to evaluate the vertical concentration distribution in a sulfate plume and estimate the vertical anisotropy ratio of the aquifer. The results demonstrate the importance of developing consistency in purge and sample volumes to minimize artificial measurement variability in monitoring programs.

Cosler, D.J. [QST Environmental, Inc., Nashua, NH (United States)

1997-09-01

155

The effective distribution system for the concentration of patients to extra-large hospitals  

PubMed Central

Purpose In Korean society, extra-large hospitals are congested with the majority of patients. Because of the congestions, the urgent patients need to wait anywhere from as short as a month to around three months. These concentrations of the patients on the extra-large hospitals causes not only the economic problem in terms of loss of opportunity cost and resources of other medium and large hospitals but also the fear and the consequential stress of the patients and the families of the patients who are waiting for the surgeries. The phenomenon of the concentrations derived due to the insufficient information to the medical consumers. If the information on medical treatment services such as surgery schedule is provided before the selection of hospital, we expect that the selection of hospital for the patients and their family will differ, resulting in redistribution of concentration phenomenon. In this paper, we propose and verify the effective distribution system for the concentration on the extra-large hospitals. Methods Web simulation survey was conducted. A total 100 respondents were divided into 4 groups of 25 respondents and the different information was provided to each group. Results Through multiple comparisons among groups, only group which was provided with both information about 'the difference of surgical results' and 'the waiting time for surgery', had difference in significance. Conclusion By providing two sets of information to patients, reckless selection of extra-large hospitals can be spread to more appropriate hospitals and therefore achieve effective distribution of the population concentration on extra-large hospital. PMID:22066063

Hong, Du Pyo

2011-01-01

156

Particle/vapor concentrations and distributions of PAHs in the atmosphere of southern Chesapeake Bay  

SciTech Connect

Atmospheric PAH concentrations were measured at four sites characterized as rural (Haven Beach), semiurban (York River), urban (Hampton), and industrialized (Elizabeth River) areas as part of a study to quantify gaseous exchange fluxes across the air-water interface of southern Chesapeake Bay. Aerosol particle-associated PAH concentrations were similar at all sites; however, PAH vapor concentrations in the urban areas were as much as a factor of 50 greater than those at the rural site. Mean total PAH concentrations ranged from 7.87 ng/m{sup 3} at the rural site to 92.8 ng/m{sup 3} at the urban site. Daily total PAH concentrations ranged from 1.60 to 198 ng/m{sup 3}. Exponential increases in PAH vapor concentrations with temperature were observed at the non-rural sites, suggesting volatilization from contaminated surfaces during warmer weather; whereas PAH vapor concentrations at the rural Haven Beach site exhibited little seasonal variability. Aerosol particle-associated PAH levels were similar at all sites and increased in winter due to the temperature dependence of vapor-particle partitioning, increased sources from combustion of fossil fuel and wood for home heating, and cold condensation of source vapors to background aerosols as air masses are dispersed to remote regions. Plots of log K{sub d} vs. log P{sub sat,SC1} indicate PAH partitioning is not at equilibrium in rural areas of Southern Chesapeake Bay. In addition, plots of log K{sub d} vs. 1/T for individual PAHs indicate difference particle characteristics or partitioning processes influence particle/vapor distributions at the urban and rural sites.

Gustafson, K.E. [Univ. of West Florida, Pensacola, FL (United States). Inst. for Coastal and Estuarine Research; Dickhut, R.M. [Coll. of William and Mary, Gloucester Point, VA (United States)

1995-12-31

157

Properties of boron/boron-nitride multilayers  

SciTech Connect

Boron-Nitride films are of interest for their high hardness and wear resistance. Large intrinsic stresses and poor adhesion which often accompany high hardness materials can be moderated through the use of a layered structure. Alternate layers of boron (B) and boron-nitride (BN) are formed by modulating the composition of the sputter gas during deposition from a pure B target. The thin films are characterized with TEM to evaluate the microstructure and with nanoindentation to determine hardness. Layer pair spacing and continuity effects on hardness are evaluated for the B/BN films.

Jankowski, A.F.; Wall, M.A.; Hayes, J.P. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States); Alexander, K.B. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

1996-06-01

158

Boronate affinity chromatography of cells and biomacromolecules using cryogel matrices.  

PubMed

Boronate affinity chromatography involves the interaction between cis-diol containing molecules and the hydroxyl group of boronate. Boronate affinity based cryogel chromatography matrices have been developed and the ligands were immobilized by two methods i.e., grafting of the boronate ligand on to the matrix and by copolymerization of monomer containing boronate with other co-monomer. The boronate grafted cryogel column was used to capture adherent and non-adherent cells and the captured cells were recovered at different fructose concentrations as an eluting agent, in chromatography mode. It was found that the adherent cells could be recovered at relatively higher fructose concentration (0.5M) than non-adherent cells which could be recovered by using low fructose concentration (0.1M). This might be due to the difference in the content of glycoprotein in adherent and non-adherent cells. In this way a new separation method can be devised for the fractionation of adherent and non-adherent cells. In another study, a copolymerized boronate cryogel column was developed for the separation of RNA from the bacterial crude extract without any pre-processing. RNA molecules were specifically retained in the cryogel column due to interaction between 2,3' diol group of ribose sugar in RNA and the hydroxyl group of boronate. The DNA molecules were passed through the column uninteracted due to absence of 2'-hydroxyl group. Later, bound RNA molecules were recovered from the boronate affinity cryogel column. PMID:23040394

Srivastava, Akshay; Shakya, Akhilesh Kumar; Kumar, Ashok

2012-12-10

159

Distribution and concentrations of jumbo flying squid ( Dosidicus gigas) off the Peruvian coast between 1991 and 1999  

Microsoft Academic Search

Seasonal changes in the distribution and concentration of jumbo flying squid (Dosidicus gigas) off the Peruvian coast were assessed using catch and effort data from the jigging vessels that worked within the area between 1991 and 1999. The results showed a wide distribution of D. gigas along the coast, the highest concentrations occurred along the coast of northern Peru, from

Anatolio Taipe; Carmen Yamashiro; Luis Mariategui; Pablo Rojas; Cecilia Roque

2001-01-01

160

Modelling the distribution of detrital cosmogenic nuclide concentrations: a new tool to study drainage basin evolution.  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Cosmogenic nuclide concentrations (CNCs) in alluvial sediments are now routinely being used to estimate time- and space-averaged drainage basin denudation rates but have the potential to offer considerably more. This is because each grain leaving a drainage basin has a potentially unique history of erosion, transport and storage, meaning that the distribution of CNCs in large numbers of grains can provide an integrated signature of the basin's geomorphic history. We use a numerical model describing cosmogenic nuclide acquisition in sediments moving through an arid- zone drainage basin to explore the sensitivity of alluvial CNC distributions to assumptions about the geomorphic settings of the sediment's source areas. The model fully accounts for variations in nuclide production due to changes in latitude, altitude and topographic shielding and allows for spatially variable erosion and sediment transport rates. Data for model validation are provided by measurements of cosmogenic 21Ne concentrations in 32 16-22 mm diameter quartzite clasts from a 200 m reach of the Gaub river (a tributary of the Kuiseb, Namibia) along with measurements of cosmogenic 10Be in 12 amalgamated fluvial sediment samples from the outlets of the Gaub's tributaries. Model results show that detrital CNC distributions are highly sensitive to the geomorphic settings of the sediments' source areas and have the potential to be able to differentiate tectonic settings and/or geomorphic histories. The clast 21Ne concentrations vary between 2.6×106 and 1.6×108 atoms/g and exhibit a non-Gaussian distribution. The shape of this distribution, also predicted by the model, confirms the non-random nature of detrital CNC acquisition. These results also emphasise the importance of the assumptions made when using cosmogenic nuclides to estimate basin-wide denudation rates. The non- Gaussian distribution shows that the assumption of random inheritance of CNCs in the sediments cannot always be made, such that there may be scope for using this method for a priori estimates of inheritance that can be used in dating sedimentary deposits.

Codilean, A. T.; Hoey, T. B.; Bishop, P.; Stuart, F. M.; Fabel, D.; Willgoose, G. R.

2006-12-01

161

Variation of particle number concentration and size distributions at the urban environment in Vilnius (Lithuania)  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This study presents results of research on urban aerosol particles with a focus on the particle size distribution and the aerosol particle number concentration (PNC). The real time measurements of the aerosol PNC in the size range of 9-840 nm were performed at the urban background site using a Condensed Particle Counter and Scanning Mobility Particle Sizer (SMPS). Strong diurnal patterns in aerosol PNC were evident as a direct effect of three sources of the aerosol particles (nucleation, traffic, and residential heating appliances). The traffic exhaust emissions were a major contributor of the pollution observed at the roadside site that was dominated by the nucleation mode particles, while particles formed due to the residential heating appliances and secondary formation processes contributed to the accumulation mode particles and could impact the variation of PNC and its size distribution during the same day.

Ulevicius, Vidmantas; By?enkienë, Steigvilë; Plauškaitë, Kristina; Dudoitis, Vadimas

2013-05-01

162

Imaging the Proton Concentration and Mapping the Spatial Distribution of the Electric Field of Catalytic Micropumps  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Catalytic engines can use hydrogen peroxide as a chemical fuel in order to drive motion at the microscale. The chemo-mechanical actuation is a complex mechanism based on the interrelation between catalytic reactions and electro-hydrodynamics phenomena. We studied catalytic micropumps using fluorescence confocal microscopy to image the concentration of protons in the liquid. In addition, we measured the motion of particles with different charges in order to map the spatial distributions of the electric field, the electrostatic potential and the fluid flow. The combination of these two techniques allows us to contrast the gradient of the concentration of protons against the spatial variation in the electric field. We present numerical simulations that reproduce the experimental results. Our work sheds light on the interrelation between the different processes at work in the chemomechanical actuation of catalytic pumps. Our experimental approach could be used to study other electrochemical systems with heterogeneous electrodes.

Farniya, A. Afshar; Esplandiu, M. J.; Reguera, D.; Bachtold, A.

2013-10-01

163

Imaging the proton concentration and mapping the spatial distribution of the electric field of catalytic micropumps  

E-print Network

Catalytic engines can use hydrogen peroxide as a chemical fuel in order to drive motion at the microscale. The chemo-mechanical actuation is a complex mechanism based on the interrelation between catalytic reactions and electro-hydrodynamics phenomena. We studied catalytic micropumps using fluorescence confocal microscopy to image the concentration of protons in the liquid. In addition, we measured the motion of particles with different charges in order to map the spatial distributions of the electric field, the electrostatic potential and the fluid flow. The combination of these two techniques allows us to contrast the gradient of the concentration of protons against the spatial variation in the electric field. We present numerical simulations that reproduce the experimental results. Our work sheds light on the interrelation between the different processes at work in the chemo-mechanical actuation of catalytic pumps. Our experimental approach could be used to study other electrochemical systems with heterogeneous electrodes.

A. Afshar Farniya; M. J. Esplandiu; D. Reguera; A. Bachtold

2013-11-13

164

Impact of roadside noise barriers on particle size distributions and pollutants concentrations near freeways  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Increasing epidemiological evidence has established an association between a host of adverse health effects and exposure to ambient particulate matter (PM) and co-pollutants, especially those emitted from motor vehicles. Although PM and their co-pollutants dispersion profiles near the open freeway have been extensively characterized by means of both experimental measurements and numerical simulations in recent years, such investigations near freeways with roadside barriers have not been well documented in the literature. A few previous studies suggested that the presence of roadside structures, such as noise barriers and vegetation, may impact the decay of pollutant concentrations downwind of the freeway by limiting the initial dispersion of traffic emissions and increasing their vertical mixing due to the upward deflection of airflow. Since the noise barriers are now common roadside features of the freeways, particularly those running through populated urban areas, it is pertinent to investigate the impact of their presence on the particles and co-pollutants concentrations in areas adjacent to busy roadways. This study investigated two highly trafficked freeways (I-710 and I-5) in Southern California, with two sampling sites for each freeway, one with and the other without the roadside noise barriers. Particle size distributions and co-pollutants concentrations were measured in the immediate proximity of freeways and at different distances downwind of the freeways. The results showed the formation of a "concentration deficit" zone in the immediate vicinity of the freeway with the presence of roadside noise barrier, followed by a surge of pollutant concentrations further downwind at 80-100 m away from freeway. The particle and co-pollutants concentrations reach background levels at farther distances of 250-400 m compared to 150-200 m at the sites without roadside noise barriers.

Ning, Zhi; Hudda, Neelakshi; Daher, Nancy; Kam, Winnie; Herner, Jorn; Kozawa, Kathleen; Mara, Steven; Sioutas, Constantinos

2010-08-01

165

Effect of nonequilibrium chemical reactions on the concentration distribution of alkali atoms in the boundary layer  

SciTech Connect

The distribution of alkali metal atoms (potassium) in the boundary layer of combustion products in a laboratory setup with a Mekker burner was studied. It was found that the experimentally determined and computed concentrations are in good agreement with one another and substantially exceed the values corresponding to the limiting cases of both equilibrium and frozen chemical reactions. A qualitative explanation of this effect, which, generally speaking, can occur in large-scale setups, is given based on an analysis of the computational results.

Benilov, M.S.; Vasil'eva, I.A.; Kovbasyuk, V.I.; Kosov, V.F.; Kosova, R.V.; Rogov, B.V.; Sinel'shchikov, V.A.; Sokolova, I.A.; Tirskii, G.A.

1986-05-01

166

Concentration and Spatial Distribution of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Surface Roadside Soils, Shanghai  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are persistent organic pollutants that may lead to mutagenesis, carcinogenesis or teratogenesis. Vehicular traffic pollution is one of the important sources for PAHs in soils. Concentrations of 19 PAHs were detected in soils along nine roads in Shanghai by automatic Soxhlet extraction and high performance liquid chromatography. Concentration and spatial distribution of PAHs in surface soils beside nine target roads in Shanghai were investigated and a preliminary migration regularity of PAHs was proposed based on data analysis of Cheting Highway (NO.320 Chinese National Highway). The result showed that the total concentrations of PAHs in the target roadside soils ranged from undetectable to 34.6?g/g-dw, with a mean of 7.77?g/g-dw. In comparison with the level of PAHs in urban or suburban roadside soils, the results showed significantly that ? PAHs concentration in roadside soils inside industrial areas was higher. The study on the migration regularity of PAHs in soils along roads demonstrated that surface runoff had a more significant effect on the PAHs transportation than air-borne transportation.

Pan, Zhaoyu; Liu, Ying; He, Yao; Chen, Ling

2010-11-01

167

Pharmacokinetics in melanoma-bearing mice of 5-dihydroxyboryl-6-propyl-2-thiouracil (BPTU), a candidate compound for boron neutron capture therapy.  

PubMed Central

Blood pharmacokinetics and tissue distribution of 5-dihydroxyboryl-6-propyl-2-thiouracil (BPTU), a boron carrier with postulated melanin-seeking properties for boron neutron capture therapy, were determined in C57/BL mice with subcutaneous pigmented or non-pigmented B16 melanomas. Borocaptate sodium (BSH) was used as a boron compound without melanin-seeking properties in a comparative biodistribution study in the same animal tumour models. Administration of single doses showed that BPTU was retained better in the pigmented B16 tumour than in the non-pigmented variant. BPTU was found in large concentrations in kidney and liver. Brain boron was approximately 10-fold lower than tumour boron. On a molar basis, BPTU demonstrated higher affinity for B16 tumours than BSH. Owing to solubility limits, tumour boron concentrations in this mouse study were too low for effective application of BNCT. However, the high tumour-to-blood and tumour-to-normal tissues ratios indicate that, with appropriate formulation, BPTU could be a promising candidate for clinical BNCT. PMID:8142252

Verrijk, R.; Smolders, I. J.; Huiskamp, R.; Gavin, P. R.; Philipp, K. H.; Begg, A. C.

1994-01-01

168

CIRCE2\\/DEKGEN2: A software package for facilitated optical analysis of 3-D distributed solar energy concentrators  

Microsoft Academic Search

CIRCE2 is a cone-optics computer code for determining the flux distribution and total incident power upon a receiver, given concentrator and receiver geometries, sunshape (angular distribution of incident rays from the sun-disk), and concentrator imperfections such as surface roughness and random deviation in slope. Statistical methods are used to evaluate the directional distribution of reflected rays from any given point

Vicente J. Romero

1991-01-01

169

Protectiveness of species sensitivity distribution hazard concentrations for acute toxicity used in endangered species risk assessment.  

PubMed

A primary objective of threatened and endangered species conservation is to ensure that chemical contaminants and other stressors do not adversely affect listed species. Assessments of the ecological risks of chemical exposures to listed species often rely on the use of surrogate species, safety factors, and species sensitivity distributions (SSDs) of chemical toxicity; however, the protectiveness of these approaches can be uncertain. We comprehensively evaluated the protectiveness of SSD first and fifth percentile hazard concentrations (HC1, HC5) relative to the application of safety factors using 68 SSDs generated from 1,482 acute (lethal concentration of 50%, or LC50) toxicity records for 291 species, including 24 endangered species (20 fish, four mussels). The SSD HC5s and HCls were lower than 97 and 99.5% of all endangered species mean acute LC50s, respectively. The HC5s were significantly less than the concentrations derived from applying safety factors of 5 and 10 to rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) toxicity data, and the HCls were generally lower than the concentrations derived from a safety factor of 100 applied to rainbow trout toxicity values. Comparison of relative sensitivity (SSD percentiles) of broad taxonomic groups showed that crustaceans were generally the most sensitive taxa and taxa sensitivity was related to chemical mechanism of action. Comparison of relative sensitivity of narrow fish taxonomic groups showed that standard test fish species were generally less sensitive than salmonids and listed fish. We recommend the use of SSDs as a distribution-based risk assessment approach that is generally protective of listed species. PMID:18699704

Raimondo, Sandy; Vivian, Deborah N; Delos, Charles; Barron, Mace G

2008-12-01

170

Integrating Mechanisms that Control the Concentration and Distribution of Groundwater Arsenic in Cambodia  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Arsenic contamination in the groundwater of the deltaic regions of southeastern Asia affects as many as one hundred million people. In these areas, the dominant mechanism for arsenic release into solution is the reductive dissolution of arsenic-bearing iron (hydr)oxides. What continues to confound researchers, however, is the heterogeneous nature of arsenic in groundwater. Recent evidence suggests that specific geomorphic environments are linked to regions of elevated groundwater arsenic. Moreover, waters from actively cycling surficial environments represent important sources of groundwater As in many environments. Here, we examine the mechanistic link between the localized expression of iron reduction and the large scale distribution of arsenic in groundwater along the Mekong River in Cambodia in a region impacted by widespread but heterogeneous arsenic contamination. In this region, arsenic levels in groundwater were correlated to sulfate levels, and both were strongly influenced by the extent of local surface water flooding (as quantified by remote sensing). Concentrations of arsenic ranged from 0 to 2100 micrograms/L, and were always found in groundwaters with significant dissolved iron and a sulfate concentration less than 1 mg/L. This indicates that the delivery of As and S was influenced by active redox processes in near-surface environments. In many, but not all, high As regions, groundwater concentrations of conservative halide anions also were similar to those of surficial environments, indicating that they were likely derived from the same locations. Low As regions, however, had widely variable halide concentrations in groundwater that may reflect additional groundwater sources. Thus, the expression of As contamination is strongly influenced by the hydrological connectivity of the aquifer with the surface. The isotopic composition of groundwater (hydrogen and oxygen) of high As areas also is similar to that of surface waters. Dissolved inorganic carbon isotopic composition of waters is more complex, with As-impacted groundwaters having distinct isotopic signatures characteristic of either extensive or relatively limited organic matter decomposition. Regional correlations of As with dissolved organic carbon are also not uniform, suggesting that sedimentary carbon is also important in generating reducing conditions. These data indicate that the distribution of organic carbon helps determine the distribution of arsenic in the environment. Moreover, these data indicate that heterogeneity in arsenic concentrations results from the interplay of variable organic matter content and reactivity within complex hydrological systems that can at least in part be explained regionally based on depositional environment.

Bostick, B. C.; Rosen, E. L.; Nguyen, H. M.; Sampson, M. L.

2008-12-01

171

Boron nitride: Composition, optical properties and mechanical behavior  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A low energy ion beam deposition technique was used to grow boron nitride films on quartz, germanium, silicon, gallium arsenide, and indium phosphate. The film structure was amorphous with evidence of a hexagonal phase. The peak boron concentration was 82 at %. The carbon and oxygen impurities were in the 5 to 8 at % range. Boron-nitrogen and boron-boron bonds were revealed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The index of refraction varied from 1.65 to 1.67 for films deposited on III-V compound semiconductors. The coefficient of friction for boron nitride in sliding contact with diamond was less than 0.1. The substrate was silicon.

Pouch, John J.; Alterovitz, Samuel A.; Miyoshi, Kazuhisa; Warner, Joseph D.

1987-01-01

172

Influence of pH in the elimination of boron by means of reverse osmosis  

Microsoft Academic Search

The European Union (EU) stipulates the maximum admissible value for the concentration of boron at 1 ppm and the World Health Organization (WHO) at 0.3 ppm as the non-observed effect level (NOEL) for drinking water. The content of boron in water can be reduced by means of various processes. Treatment by means of conventional reverse osmosis only reduces the boron

M. Rodríguez Pastor; A. Ferrándiz Ruiz; M. F. Chillón; D. Prats Rico

2001-01-01

173

Branched polymeric media: boron-chelating resins from hyperbranched polyethylenimine.  

PubMed

Extraction of boron from aqueous solutions using selective resins is important in a variety of applications including desalination, ultrapure water production, and nuclear power generation. Today's commercial boron-selective resins are exclusively prepared by functionalization of styrene-divinylbenzene (STY-DVB) beads with N-methylglucamine to produce resins with boron-chelating groups. However, such boron-selective resins have a limited binding capacity with a maximum free base content of 0.7 eq/L, which corresponds to a sorption capacity of 1.16 ± 0.03 mMol/g in aqueous solutions with equilibrium boron concentration of ?70 mM. In this article, we describe the synthesis and characterization of a new resin that can selectively extract boron from aqueous solutions. We show that branched polyethylenimine (PEI) beads obtained from an inverse suspension process can be reacted with glucono-1,5-D-lactone to afford a resin consisting of spherical beads with high density of boron-chelating groups. This resin has a sorption capacity of 1.93 ± 0.04 mMol/g in aqueous solution with equilibrium boron concentration of ?70 mM, which is 66% percent larger than that of standard commercial STY-DVB resins. Our new boron-selective resin also shows excellent regeneration efficiency using a standard acid wash with a 1.0 M HCl solution followed by neutralization with a 0.1 M NaOH solution. PMID:22827255

Mishra, Himanshu; Yu, Changjun; Chen, Dennis P; Goddard, William A; Dalleska, Nathan F; Hoffmann, Michael R; Diallo, Mamadou S

2012-08-21

174

Uranium concentration and distribution in six peridotite inclusions of probable mantle origin  

USGS Publications Warehouse

Fission-track activation was used to investigate uranium concentration and distribution in peridotite inclusions in alkali basalt from six localities. Whole-rock uranium concentrations range from 24 to 82 ng/g (1 ng = 10-9 g). Most of the uranium is uniformly distributed in the major silicate phases - olivine, orthopyroxene, and clinopyroxene. Chromian spinels may be classified into two groups on the basis of their uranium content, having either less than 10 ng/g or 100-150 ng/g U. In one sample accessory hydrous phases, phlogopite and hornblende, contain 130 and 300 ng/g U, respectively. The contact between the inclusion and the host basalt is usually quite sharp. Glassy or microcrystalline veinlets found in some samples contain more than 1??g/g (1 ??g = 10-6 g). Very little uranium is associated with microcrystals of apatite. Our results agree with some earlier investigators, who have concluded that suboceanic peridotites contain too little uranium to account for normal oceanic heat flow by conduction alone. ?? 1973.

Haines, E.L.; Zartman, R.E.

1973-01-01

175

Uranium concentration and distribution in six peridotite inclusions of probable mantle origin  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Fission-track activation was used to investigate uranium concentration and distribution in peridotite inclusions in alkali basalt from six localities. Whole-rock uranium concentrations range from 24 to 82 ng/g. Most of the uranium is uniformly distributed in the major silicate phases - olivine, orthopyroxene, and clinopyroxene. Chromian spinels may be classified into two groups on the basis of their uranium content - those which have less than 10 ng/g and those which have 100 to 150 ng/g U. In one sample accessory hydrous phases, phlogopite and hornblende, contain 130 and 300 ng/g U, respectively. The contact between the inclusion and the host basalt is usually quite sharp. Glassy or microcrystalline veinlets found in some samples contain more than 1 microgram/g. Very little uranium is associated with microcrystals of apatite. These results agree with some earlier investigators, who have concluded that suboceanic peridotites contain too little uranium to account for normal oceanic heat flow by conduction alone.

Haines, E. L.; Zartman, R. E.

1973-01-01

176

Evolution of root plasticity responses to variation in soil nutrient distribution and concentration  

PubMed Central

Root plasticity, a trait that can respond to selective pressure, may help plants forage for nutrients in heterogeneous soils. Agricultural breeding programs have artificially selected for increased yield under comparatively homogeneous soil conditions, potentially decreasing the capacity for plasticity in crop plants like barley (Hordeum vulgare). However, the effects of domestication on the evolution of root plasticity are essentially unknown. Using a split container approach, we examined the differences in root plasticity among three domestication levels of barley germplasm (wild, landrace, and cultivar) grown under different concentrations and distribution patterns of soil nutrients. Domestication level, nutrient concentration, and nutrient distribution interactively affected average root diameter; differential root allocation (within-plant plasticity) was greatest in wild barley (Hordeum spontaneum), especially under low nutrient levels. Correlations of within-plant root plasticity and plant size were most pronounced in modern cultivars under low-nutrient conditions. Barley plants invested more resources to root systems when grown in low-nutrient soils and allocated more roots to higher-nutrient locations. Root plasticity in barley is scale dependent and varies with domestication level. Although wild barley harbors a greater capacity for within-plant root plasticity than domesticated barley, cultivars exhibited the greatest capacity to translate within-plant plasticity into increased plant size. PMID:23346229

Grossman, Judah D; Rice, Kevin J

2012-01-01

177

Enhanced reactivity of boron, through adding nano-aluminum and wet ball milling  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Boron is a significant component of energetic materials due to its high energy release on both a mass and volumetric basis. However, due to long-term exposure in air, boron is easily oxidized to form thick surface oxidation layer which significantly decreases the activity of boron. In this study, we demonstrate the wet high-energy milling method to purify the long-term storage boron and assemble the nanoaluminum and boron together to improve the activity of boron. The results show that after wet ball milling, the surface of boron particles becomes rough, and the aluminum is uniformly distributed on the surface of boron observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), respectively. Determined by simultaneous thermal analysis thermogravimetric-differential scanning calorimetric (TG-DSC) in oxygen, the heat release of boron is 444% higher than the boron without any processing. Combustion analyses of delay compositions consisting of boron powder with and without wet ball milling combined with barium dichromate were conducted to study the reactivity activity. The result shows that the average combustion rate for delay composition containing functionalization boron is 2.4 to 3.4 times than the others containing common boron. Overall, our work demonstrates that wet ball milling with adding nanoaluminum can be used an effective method to improve the reactivity activity of long-storage boron.

Zhang, Baoyun; Huang, Chuan; Yan, Shi; Li, Yanchun; Cheng, Yi

2013-12-01

178

Coprecipitation and isotopic fractionation of boron in modern biogenic carbonates  

Microsoft Academic Search

The abundances and isotopic composition of boron in modern, biogenic calcareous skeletons from the Gulf of Elat, Israel, the Great Barrier Reef, Australia, and in deep-sea sediments have been examined by negative thermal-ionization mass spectrometry. The selected species (Foraminifera, Pteropoda, corals, Gastropoda, and Pelecypoda) yield large variations in boron concentration that range from 1 ppm in gastropod shells to 80

Avner Vengosh; Yehoshua Kolodny; Abraham Starinsky; Allan R. Chivas; Malcolm T. McCulloch

1991-01-01

179

DETERMINATION OF BORON TRACES BY MASS SPECTROMETRIC ISOTOPIC DILUTION  

Microsoft Academic Search

Traces of boron contained in some acids and reagents, as well as in some ; soft steels, were determined by isotopic dilution with B¹°. The boron is ; extracted in the form of methyl borate, saponified, and analyzed in the form of ; borax. Concentrations of 150 to 0.0005 mu g were measured with a precision of ; 10 to

M. Perie; M. Chemla

1962-01-01

180

3D-Simulation Of Concentration Distributions Inside Large-Scale Circulating Fluidized Bed Combustors  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

With increasing size of modern CFB combustors the lateral mixing of fuels and secondary air gains more and more importance. Strong concentration gradients, which result from improper lateral mixing, can lead to operational problems, high flue gas emissions and lower boiler efficiencies. A 3D-model for the simulation of local gas and solids concentrations inside industrial-sized CFB boilers has been developed. The model is based on a macroscopic approach and considers all major mechanisms during fuel spreading and subsequent combustion of char and volatiles. Typical characteristics of modern boilers like staged combustion, a smaller cross-sectional area in the lower section of the combustion chamber and the co-combustion of additional fuels with coal can be considered. The 252 MWth combustor of Stadtwerke Duisburg AG is used for the validation of the model. A comprehensive picture of the local conditions inside the combustion chamber is achieved by the combination of local gas measurements and the three-dimensional simulation of concentration distributions.

Wischnewski, R.; Ratschow, L.; Hartge, E. U.; Werthe, J.

181

Molecular size distribution of compost-derived humates as a function of concentration and different counterions.  

PubMed

Conformational changes in the structures of humic acids (HA) extracted from compost with varying degrees of maturity were monitored by high performance size exclusion chromatography (HPSEC). The molecular size distribution of HA was compared in solutions containing sodium or ammonium counterions at pH 7 and pH 4.5. These findings indicate that the humates' molecular size depended not only on the nature of the counterions but also on their concentration in the solution. The physicochemical nature of sodium counterions determined smaller molecular sizes than those of the more hydrated ammonium counterions, at low concentrations of humates. Conversely, at higher humate concentrations, the more compact conformation of sodium humates produced larger molecular sizes than those of ammonium humates due to the aggregation of more hydrophobic surfaces in the sodium humates. Composting led to the degradation of labile microbial components with accumulation of hydrophobic constituents. This caused self-association of hydrophobic compounds into humic superstructures of larger molecular size over composting time. At lower pH, changes in conformational stability by the addition of acetic acid to humate solutions were explained by the supramolecular model of humified organic matter. PMID:18778847

Maia, Claudia M B F; Piccolo, Alessandro; Mangrich, Antonio S

2008-11-01

182

Model studies directed toward the boron neutron-capture therapy of cancer: boron delivery to murine tumors with liposomes.  

PubMed Central

The successful treatment of cancer by boron neutron-capture therapy (BNCT) requires the selective concentration of boron-10 within malignant tumors. The potential of liposomes to deliver boron-rich compounds to tumors has been assessed by the examination of the biodistribution of boron delivered by liposomes in tumor-bearing mice. Small unilamellar vesicles with mean diameters of 70 nm or less, composed of a pure synthetic phospholipid (distearoyl phosphatidylcholine) and cholesterol, have been found to stably encapsulate high concentrations of water-soluble ionic boron compounds. The hydrolytically stable borane anions B10H10(2-), B12H11SH2-, B20H17OH4-, B20H19(3-), and the normal form and photoisomer of B20H18(2-) were encapsulated in liposomes as their soluble sodium salts. The tissue concentration of boron in tumor-bearing mice was measured at several time points over 48 h after i.v. injection of emulsions of liposomes containing the borane anions. Although the boron compounds used do not exhibit an affinity for tumors and are normally rapidly cleared from the body, liposomes were observed to selectively deliver the borane anions to tumors. The highest tumor concentrations achieved reached the therapeutic range (greater than 15 micrograms of boron per g of tumor) while maintaining high tumor-boron/blood-boron ratios (greater than 3). The most favorable results were obtained with the two isomers of B20H18(2-). These boron compounds have the capability to react with intracellular components after they have been deposited within tumor cells by the liposome, thereby preventing the borane ion from being released into blood. PMID:1409600

Shelly, K; Feakes, D A; Hawthorne, M F; Schmidt, P G; Krisch, T A; Bauer, W F

1992-01-01

183

Electrochemical oxidation of electrodialysed reverse osmosis concentrate on Ti/Pt-IrO2, Ti/SnO2-Sb and boron-doped diamond electrodes.  

PubMed

Reverse osmosis concentrate from wastewater reclamation contains biorefractory trace organic contaminants that may pose environmental or health hazard. Due to its high conductivity, electrochemical oxidation of brine requires low voltage which is energetically favourable. However, the presence of chloride ions may lead to the formation of chlorinated by-products, which are likely to exert an increased toxicity and persistence to further oxidation than their non-chlorinated analogues. Here, the performance of Ti/Pt-IrO(2), Ti/SnO(2)-Sb and Si/BDD anodes was evaluated for the electrochemical oxidation of ROC in the presence of chloride, nitrate or sulfate ions (0.05 M sodium salts). In order to investigate the electrooxidation of ROC with nitrate and sulfate ions as dominant ion mediators, chloride ion concentration was decreased 10 times by electrodialytic pretreatment. The highest Coulombic efficiency for chemical oxygen demand (COD) removal was observed in the presence of high chloride ions concentration for all anodes tested (8.3-15.9%). Electrooxidation of the electrodialysed concentrate at Ti/SnO(2)-Sb and Ti/Pt-IrO(2) electrodes exhibited low dissolved organic carbon (DOC) (i.e. 23 and 12%, respectively) and COD removal (i.e. 37-43 and 6-22%, respectively), indicating that for these electrodes chlorine-mediated oxidation was the main oxidation mechanism, particularly in the latter case. In contrast, DOC removal for the electrodialysed concentrate stream was enhanced at Si/BDD anode in the presence of SO(4)(2-) (i.e. 51%) compared to NO(3)(2-) electrolyte (i.e. 41%), likely due to the contribution of SO(4)(·-) and S(2)O(8)(2-) species to the oxidative degradation. Furthermore, decreased concentration of chloride ions lead to a lower formation of haloacetic acids and trihalomethanes at all three electrodes tested. PMID:23137830

Bagastyo, Arseto Y; Batstone, Damien J; Rabaey, Korneel; Radjenovic, Jelena

2013-01-01

184

Characteristics of inhalable particulate matter concentration and size distribution from power plants in China.  

PubMed

In this investigation, the collection efficiency of particulate emission control devices (PECDs), particulate matter (PM) emissions, and PM size distribution were determined experimentally at the inlet and outlet of PECDs at five coal-fired power plants. Different boilers, coals, and PECDs are used in these power plants. Measurement in situ was performed by an electrical low-pressure impactor with a sampling system, which consisted of an isokinetic sampler probe, precut cyclone, and two-stage dilution system with a sample line to the instruments. The size distribution was measured over a range from 0.03 to 10 microm. Before and after all of the PECDs, the particle number size distributions display a bimodal distribution. The PM2.5 fraction emitted to atmosphere includes a significant amount of the mass from the coarse particle mode. The controlled and uncontrolled emission factors of total PM, inhalable PM (PM10), and fine PM P(M2.5) were obtained. Electrostatic precipitator (ESP) and baghouse total collection efficiencies are 96.38-99.89% and 99.94%, respectively. The minimum collection efficiency of the ESP and the baghouse both appear in the particle size range of 0.1-1 microm. In this size range, ESP and baghouse collection efficiencies are 85.79-98.6% and 99.54%. Real-time measurement shows that the mass and number concentration of PM10 will be greatly affected by the operating conditions of the PECDs. The number of emitted particles increases with increasing boiler load level because of higher combustion temperature. During test run periods, the data reproducibility is satisfactory. PMID:17004679

Yi, Honghong; Hao, Jiming; Duan, Lei; Li, Xinghua; Guo, Xingming

2006-09-01

185

Characteristics of inhalable particulate matter concentration and size distribution from power plants in China  

SciTech Connect

The collection efficiency of particulate emission control devices (PECDs), particulate matter (PM) emissions, and PM size distribution were determined experimentally at the inlet and outlet of PECDs at five coal-fired power plants. Different boilers, coals, and PECDs are used in these power plants. Measurement in situ was performed by an electrical low-pressure impactor with a sampling system, which consisted of an isokinetic sampler probe, precut cyclone, and two- stage dilution system with a sample line to the instruments. The size distribution was measured over a range from 0.03 to 10 {mu}m. Before and after all of the PECDs, the particle number size distributions display a bimodal distribution. The PM2.5 fraction emitted to atmosphere includes a significant amount of the mass from the coarse particle mode. The controlled and uncontrolled emission factors of total PM, inhalable PM (PM10), and fine PM (PM2.5) were obtained. Electrostatic precipitator (ESP) and baghouse total collection efficiencies are 96.38 99.89% and 99.94%, respectively. The minimum collection efficiency of the ESP and the baghouse both appear in the particle size range of 0.1 1 0 {mu}m. In this size range, ESP and baghouse collection efficiencies are 85.79 98.6% and 99.54%. Real- time measurement shows that the mass and number concentration of PM10 will be greatly affected by the operating conditions of the PECDs. The number of emitted particles increases with increasing boiler load level because of higher combustion temperature. During test run periods, the data reproducibility is satisfactory. 19 refs., 11 figs., 6 tabs.

Honghong Yi; Jiming Hao; Lei Duan; Xinghua Li; Xingming Guo [Tsinghua University, Beijing (China). Department of Environmental Science and Engineering

2006-09-15

186

Boron in siliceous materials as a paleosalinity indicator  

Microsoft Academic Search

The 10 B(n, ) 7 Li nuclear reaction has been used with alpha-sensitive plastic track detectors to determine boron concentrations in siliceous live-collected and fossil sponge spicules. This radiographic technique allows B determinations with 5-6% uncertainties on objects 20-25 m in diameter and for concentrations as low as 0.5 ppm. Boron concentrations in spicules from different specimens from the same

Marian J. Furst

1981-01-01

187

Electrical Properties of Silicon Containing Arsenic and Boron  

Microsoft Academic Search

Electrical conductivity and Hall effect have been measured from 10° to 1100° Kelvin on single-crystal silicon containing arsenic and boron. Extrinsic carrier concentration is computed from Hall coefficient. Analysis of extrinsic carrier concentration indicates the ionization energy of arsenic donor levels to be 0.049 ev and of boron acceptor levels to be 0.045 ev for low impurity concentrations. Fermi degeneracy

F. J. Morin; J. P. Maita

1954-01-01

188

Metal concentrations and distribution in the household, stairs and entryway dust of some Egyptian homes  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Household, stairs and entryway dust samples were collected from 16 houses distributed across Greater Cairo by using vacuum cleaner and sweeping methods during summer season of 2009. Lead (Pb), nickel (Ni), cadmium (Cd), aluminum (Al), iron (Fe), zinc (Zn), cobalt (Co), chromium (Cr) and copper (Cu) were measured in different dust particle sizes: <38 ?m, >38-45 ?m and >45-63 ?m. The highest average concentrations of Pb, Ni, Cd, Co, Cu, and Cr in different particle sizes were found in entryway followed by household and stairs. Al, Fe and Zn concentrations followed the pattern of entryway > stairs > household. Pb, Ni, Cd, Zn, Co and Cr were found in significantly (p < 0.01) higher concentrations in dust of the small particle size (<38 ?m), whereas Al, Fe and Cu were detected in significantly (p < 0.01) higher concentrations in dust of the large particle size (>45-63 ?m). The average concentrations of the individual metals in dust of the small particle size (<38 ?m) were 268, 196.4 and 254.49 ?g gm-1 for Pb, 49.6, 43.5 and 46.66 ?g gm-1 for Ni, 2.86, 2.15 and 2.71 ?g gm-1 for Cd, 4340, 3796 and 2602 ?g gm-1 for Al, 2860, 2200 and 2004 ?g gm-1 for Fe, 209.25, 152.3 and 103.26 ?g gm-1 for Zn, 4.1, 2.88 and 1.96 ?g gm-1 for Co, 85.99, 74.06 and 83.17 ?g gm-1 for Cr and 168.2, 156.5 and 122.02 ?g gm-1 for Cu in entryway, stairs and household, respectively. The mean concentrations of Cu and Pb in the entryway, stairs and household dust exceeded the maximum permissible limit 100 ?g gm-1 for Cu and Pb in soil. The highest concentrations of Pb, Cd, Co and Ni were found in urban areas, Al and Fe in the residential areas, and Cu, Zn and Cr in the residential near to industrial area. Significant positive correlation (p < 0.001) were found between the metal concentrations in household and entryway dust, indicating that the metals in household dust may be derived from outdoor sources in addition to dust generated within the house itself. The contribution of anthropogenic sources, especially traffic emission, to metal levels in household, entryway and stairs dust was reflected by the high values of enrichment factors for Pb, Cd, Zn and Cu and Ni and Cr in fine dust particle compared to the average crustal composition. Insignificant positive correlation coefficients were found between the concentrations of Pb and other metals in household dust. However, the correlation coefficients between the concentrations of Cd, Ni, Cr, Cu, Zn and Fe were statistically significant.

Hassan, Salwa Kamal Mohamed

2012-07-01

189

EL2 distributions in doped and undoped liquid encapsulated Czochralski GaAs. [deep donor concentration  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The longitudinal and radial distributions of EL2 in undoped semi-insulating and intentionally doped n-type GaAs crystals grown by the liquid encapsulated Czochralski technique are compared. Longitudinal profiles in undoped crystals are controlled by changes in melt stoichiometry as the crystal is pulled from the melt. EL2 profiles along crystals doped above about 1 x 10 to the 17th/cu cm, on the other hand, are controlled primarily by the carrier concentration as a result of the suppression of EL2 by free electrons. Radial EL2 profiles are typically W shaped and M shaped in undoped and doped (above threshold) crystals, respectively. The origin of these radial profiles is discussed in terms of residual stress, melt stoichiometry, and the suppresion of EL2 by electrons. The results are also discussed in the light of the antisite model for EL2.

Holmes, D. E.; Chen, R. T.; Yang, J.

1983-01-01

190

Minerals Yearbook 1989: Boron  

Microsoft Academic Search

U.S. production and sales of boron minerals and chemicals decreased during the year. Domestically, glass fiber insulation was the largest use for borates, followed by sales to distributors, textile-grade glass fibers, and borosilicate glasses. California was the only domestic source of boron minerals. The United States continued to provide essentially all of its own supply while maintaining a strong position

Lyday

1990-01-01

191

Boron in the Environment  

Microsoft Academic Search

Boron has recently come to the attention of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a possible contaminant worthy of regulation, but questions must still be addressed before a regulatory determination can take place. This article reviews current knowledge about boron as it pertains to water treatment and the environment so that informed decisions can be made regarding regulations and direction

JEFFREY L. PARKS; MARC EDWARDS

2005-01-01

192

Parameterization of Buoyancy Effects in Generic PWR Boron Dilution Scenarios  

SciTech Connect

A computational investigation is undertaken into the role of buoyancy in a PWR boron dilution transient following a postulated Small Break Loss of Coolant Accident (SB-LOCA). In the scenario envisaged there is flow of de-borated and relatively high temperature water from a single cold leg into the downcomer; flow rates are typical of natural circulation conditions. The study focuses upon the development of boron concentration distributions in the downcomer and adopts a 3D-unsteady formulation of the mean flow equations in combination with the standard high-Reynolds-number k-{epsilon} turbulence model. It is found that the Richardson number (Ri = Gr/Re{sup 2}) is the most important group parameterizing the course of a concentration transient. At Ri values characterizing a 'baseline' scenario the results indicate that there is a stable, circumferentially-uniform, descent through the downcomer of a stratified region of low-borated fluid. Qualitatively the same behaviour is found at higher Richardson number, although at Ri values of approximately one-fifth the baseline level there is evidence of large-scale mixing and a consequent absence of concentration stratification. (authors)

Galindo-Garcia, Ivan F.; Cotton, Mark A.; Axcell, Brian P. [University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL (United Kingdom)

2006-07-01

193

Magnetron sputtered boron films  

DOEpatents

A method is described for the production of thin boron and titanium/boron films by magnetron sputter deposition. The amorphous boron films contain no morphological growth features, unlike those found when thin films are prepared by various physical vapor deposition processes. Magnetron sputter deposition method requires the use of a high density crystalline boron sputter target which is prepared by hot isostatic pressing. Thin boron films prepared by this method are useful for producing hardened surfaces, surfacing machine tools, etc. and for ultra-thin band pass filters as well as the low Z element in low Z/high Z optical components, such as mirrors which enhance reflectivity from grazing to normal incidence. 8 figs.

Makowiecki, D.M.; Jankowski, A.F.

1998-06-16

194

Magnetron sputtered boron films  

DOEpatents

A method is described for the production of thin boron and titanium/boron films by magnetron sputter deposition. The amorphous boron films contain no morphological growth features, unlike those found when thin films are prepared by various physical vapor deposition processes. Magnetron sputter deposition method requires the use of a high density crystalline boron sputter target which is prepared by hot isostatic pressing. Thin boron films prepared by this method are useful for producing hardened surfaces, surfacing machine tools, etc. and for ultra-thin band pass filters as well as the low Z element in low Z/high Z optical components, such as mirrors which enhance reflectivity from grazing to normal incidence.

Makowiecki, Daniel M. (Livermore, CA); Jankowski, Alan F. (Livermore, CA)

1998-01-01

195

Accumulation and loss of arsenic and boron, alone and in combination, in mallard ducks  

SciTech Connect

Arsenic and boron are common in the environment, and wildlife can be exposed to toxic concentrations through both natural and human-influenced processes. The authors exposed adult male mallard ducks to dietary concentrations of 300 ppm arsenic as sodium arsenate, 1,600 ppm boron as boric acid, or both and estimated the tissue accumulation and loss rates when the ducks were returned to uncontaminated food. Both elements were accumulated rapidly; equilibrium levels were reached for arsenic in 10 to 30 d and for boron in 2 to 15 d. Accumulation of each element was slowed by the presence of the other in the diet. Boron was eliminated by mallards very rapidly, with few detectable residues {ge}1 d after removal of boron from the diet; arsenic was also rapidly lost with half-lives of 1 to 3 d (half-lives were not constant throughout the loss period). Arsenic loss rate was not affected by the presence of boron. Arsenic accumulated to the highest level in liver tissue, with blood and brain levels lower; concentrations in the liver and blood were proportional but affected by the presence of boron. Boron concentrations were highest in the blood, followed by the brain and liver; concentrations in the liver and blood were proportional but affected by the presence of boron. Boron concentrations were highest in the blood, followed by the brain and liver; concentrations in the blood and liver were proportional.

Pendleton, G.W.; Whitworth, M.R.; Olsen, G.H. [National Biological Service, Laurel, MD (United States). Patuxent Environmental Science Center

1995-08-01

196

X-ray Microprobe Investigations of Elemental Distributions and Concentrations at Mineral-Microbe Interfaces  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Understanding the fate of heavy-metal contaminants in the environment is of fundamental importance in the development and evaluation of effective remediation and sequestration strategies. Bacteria and the extracellular material associated with them are thought to play a key role in determining a contaminant's speciation and thus its mobility in the environment. Additionally, the metabolism and surface properties of bacteria can be quite different depending upon whether the bacteria exhibit a planktonic (free-floating) or biofilm (surface adhered) habit. The microenvironment at and adjacent to actively metabolizing cells also can be significantly different from the bulk environment. Thus, to understand the microscopic physical, geological, chemical, and biological interfaces that determine a contaminant's macroscopic fate, the spatial distribution and chemical speciation of contaminants and elements that are key to biological processes must be characterized at micron and submicron lengthscales for bacteria in both planktonic and adhered states. Hard x-ray microimaging is a powerful technique for the element-specific investigation of complex environmental samples at the needed micron and submicron resolution. An important advantage of these techniques results from the large penetration depth of hard x-rays in water. This advantage minimizes the requirements for sample preparation and allows the detailed study of hydrated samples. The objectives of the studies to be presented are (1) to determine the spatial distribution, concentration, and chemical speciation of metals at, in, and near bacteria and bacteria-geosurface interfaces, (2) to use this information to identify the metabolic processes occurring within the microbes, and (3) to identify the interactions occurring near these interfaces among the metals, mineral surfaces, and bacteria under a variety of conditions. We have used x-ray fluorescence microscopy to investigate the spatial distribution of 3d elements in Pseudomonas fluorescens cells in both planktonic and surface-adhered states. We have used x-ray fluorescence spectromicroscopy to investigate the chemical speciation and distribution of Cr that was introduced to these cells as Cr(VI). Additionally, we have used these techniques to identify the distribution of an over expressed cytochrome c7 in individual E. coli. Finally, we have used x-ray fluorescence microscopy to investigate Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 cells adhered to iron oxyhydroxide thin films. The zone plate used in these microscopy experiments produced a focused beam with a cross section (and hence spatial resolution) of 100-300 nanometers. Results from x-ray fluorescence imaging experiments indicate that the distribution of P, S, Cl, Ca, Fe, Ni, Cu, and Zn can define the location of the microbe. Additionally, quantitative elemental analysis of individual microbes identified significant changes in concentration of 3d transition elements depending on the age of the culture and the type of electron acceptor presented to the microbes. These results and a discussion of the use of this technique for identifying metabolic states of individual microbes within communities and the chemical speciation of metal contaminants at the mineral-microbe interface will be presented.

Kemner, K. M.; Kelly, S. D.; O'Loughlin, E. J.; Lai, B.; Maser, J.; Cai, Z.; Londer, Y.; Schiffer, M.; Nealson, K.

2003-12-01

197

Concentration profiles and spatial distribution of perfluoroalkyl substances in an industrial center with condensed fluorochemical facilities.  

PubMed

Jiangsu Hi-tech Fluorochemical Industry Park, China, is one of the largest fluorochemical industry centers in Asia and could be a point source of polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) to the surrounding environment. Besides water, sediment and soil samples, tree leaves and bark were also collected to monitor airborne PFASs around the facilities. Perfluorooctanoic acid and short-chain perfluorocarboxylates including perfluorohexanoic acid and perfluoropentanoic acid were found predominantly in all the samples. The target ?PFASs were distributed in the dissolved phase with a proportion of 96.5±2.9%. High concentrations of ?PFASs (up to 12,700 ng/L in surface water) were found at sites near and within the wastewater treatment plant and the facilities. The ?PFASs in the sediment/sludge were in the range of 3.33-324 ng/g dw. For the first time, tree samples were used for bio-monitoring airborne PFASs in the environment. The ?PFASs in the tree leaf and bark samples were in the range of 10.0-276 and 6.76-120 ng/g dw, respectively. The spatial distribution of ?PFASs in the tree leaves suggested that airborne PFASs could be transported from the center to the surrounding environment by prevailing wind. PMID:24867700

Shan, Guoqiang; Wei, Mingcui; Zhu, Lingyan; Liu, Zhengtao; Zhang, Yahui

2014-08-15

198

Particle size distribution and PAH concentrations of incense smoke in a combustion chamber.  

PubMed

The particle size distribution and the concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in incense smoke were studied using a custom-designed combustion chamber. Among the nine types of incense investigated, the particle and the total PAH emission factors varied significantly. The average mass median aerodynamic diameter (MMAD) of the smoke aerosol was 262+/-49nm, which positively correlated to particle emission factor (mg/stick, p<0.05). Coagulation was a major mechanism that dictates the MMAD of the smoke. The total toxic equivalency (the sum of the benzo[a]pyrene equivalent concentration) of the solid-phase PAHs (S-PAHs) was over 40 times higher than that of the corresponding gas-phase PAHs, indicating that the S-PAHs in incense smoke may pose potential health risk. Experiments show that each lowered percentage of total carbon content in the raw incense helped decrease the particle emission factor by 2.6mg/g-incense, and the reduction of S-PAH emission factor ranged from 8.7 to 26% when the carbon content was lowered from 45 to 40%. PMID:17014940

Yang, Chi-Ru; Lin, Ta-Chang; Chang, Feng-Hsiang

2007-01-01

199

The Cloud and Autonomic Computing Center concentrates on topics in advanced distributed computing as part of the National Science Foundation  

E-print Network

The Cloud and Autonomic Computing Center concentrates on topics in advanced distributed program. The Cloud and Autonomic Computing Center at Texas Tech University (CAC@TTU) provides expertise in cloud security and standards, machine learning, data mining, parallel and distributed computing

Rock, Chris

200

Hydrogen adsorption on boron doped graphene: an ab initio study.  

PubMed

(i) The electronic and structural properties of boron doped graphene sheets, and (ii) the chemisorption processes of hydrogen adatoms on the boron doped graphene sheets have been examined by ab initio total energy calculations. In (i) we find that the structural deformations are very localized around the boron substitutional sites, and in accordance with previous studies (Endo et al 2001 J. Appl. Phys. 90 5670) there is an increase of the electronic density of states near the Fermi level. Our simulated scanning tunneling microscope (STM) images, for occupied states, indicate the formation of bright (triangular) spots lying on the substitutional boron (center) and nearest-neighbor carbon (edge) sites. Those STM images are attributed to the increase of the density of states within an energy interval of 0.5 eV below the Fermi level. For a boron concentration of ?2.4%, we find that two boron atoms lying on the opposite sites of the same hexagonal ring (B1-B2 configuration) represents the energetically most stable configuration, which is in contrast with previous theoretical findings. Having determined the energetically most stable configuration for substitutional boron atoms on graphene sheets, we next considered the hydrogen adsorption process as a function of the boron concentration, (ii). Our calculated binding energies indicate that the C-H bonds are strengthened near boron substitutional sites. Indeed, the binding energy of hydrogen adatoms forming a dimer-like structure on the boron doped B1-B2 graphene sheet is higher than the binding energy of an isolated H(2) molecule. Since the formation of the H dimer-like structure may represent the initial stage of the hydrogen clustering process on graphene sheets, we can infer that the formation of H clusters is quite likely not only on clean graphene sheets, which is in consonance with previous studies (Hornekær et al 2006 Phys. Rev. Lett. 97 186102), but also on B1-B2 boron doped graphene sheets. However, for a low concentration of boron atoms, the formation of H dimer structures is not expected to occur near a single substitutional boron site. That is, the formation (or not) of H clusters on graphene sheets can be tuned by the concentration of substitutional boron atoms. PMID:21825632

Miwa, R H; Martins, T B; Fazzio, A

2008-04-16

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Local impedance imaging of boron-doped polycrystalline diamond thin films  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Local impedance imaging (LII) was used to visualise surficial deviations of AC impedances in polycrystalline boron-doped diamond (BDD). The BDD thin film electrodes were deposited onto the highly doped silicon substrates via microwave plasma-enhanced CVD. The studied boron dopant concentrations, controlled by the [B]/[C] ratio in plasma, ranged from 1 × 1016 to 2 × 1021 atoms cm-3. The BDD films displayed microcrystalline structure, while the average size of crystallites decreased from 1 to 0.7 ?m with increasing [B]/[C] ratios. The application of LII enabled a direct and high-resolution investigation of local distribution of impedance characteristics within the individual grains of BDD. Such an approach resulted in greater understanding of the microstructural control of properties at the grain level. We propose that the obtained surficial variation of impedance is correlated to the areas of high conductance which have been observed at the grain boundaries by using LII. We also postulate that the origin of high conductivity is due to either preferential boron accumulation, the presence of defects, or sp2 regions in the intragrain regions. The impedance modulus recorded by LII was in full agreement with the bulk impedance measurements. Both variables showed a decreasing trend with increasing [B]/[C] ratios, which is consistent with higher boron incorporation into BDD film.

Zieli?ski, A.; Bogdanowicz, R.; Ryl, J.; Burczyk, L.; Darowicki, K.

2014-09-01

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Influence Of Low Boron Core Design On PWR Transient Behavior  

SciTech Connect

In conventional pressurized water reactor (PWR) designs, the concentration of boron in primary coolant is limited by the requirement of having a negative moderator density coefficient. As high boron concentrations have significant impact on reactivity feedback properties, design changes to reduce boron concentration in the reactor coolant are of general interest in view of improving PWR inherent safety. In the framework of an investigation into the feasibility of low boron design, a PWR core configuration based on fuel with higher gadolinium (Gd) content has been developed which permits to reduce the natural boron concentration at begin of cycle (BOC) by approx. 50% compared to current German PWR technology. For the assessment of the potential safety advantages, a Loss-of-Feedwater Anticipated Transient Without Scram (ATWS LOFW) has been simulated with the system code ATHLET for two PWR core designs: a low boron design and a standard core design. The most significant difference in the transient performance of both designs is the total primary fluid mass released through the pressurizer (PRZ) valves. It is reduced by a factor of four for the low boron reactor, indicating its improved density reactivity feedback. (authors)

Aleksandrov Papukchiev, Angel; Yubo Liu [Technical University Munich, Arcisstrasse 21, 80333 Muenchen (Germany); Schaefer, Anselm [ISaR Institute for Safety and Reliability, Walther-Meissner-Str. 2 85748 Garching (Germany)

2006-07-01

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Boron injection at natural circulation conditions in PWRs  

SciTech Connect

Combustion Engineering has performed a boron injection test at San Onofre Unit 2 to demonstrate the ability to borate to the cold shutdown concentration at natural circulation conditions. The test was run in July 1983 and it has been analyzed with the BITRAN code developed at BNL. The test results will demonstrate injection and cooldown capability and provide data for validating boron transport and mixing models. Extrapolation of the test to more severe emergency conditions indicates oscillations in boron concentration which are predicting to decay within one hour after injection.

Perkins, K.R.

1983-01-01

204

Drinking water health advisory for boron  

Microsoft Academic Search

The Health Advisory Program, sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Water, has issued its report on the element boron: included are the compounds boric acid and borax(sodium tetraborate). It provides information on the health effects, analytical methodology, and treatment technology that would be useful in dealing with the contamination of drinking water. Health Advisories (HAs) describe nonregulatory concentrations

Cantilli

1991-01-01

205

Carbon and metal concentrations, size distributions and fluxes in major rivers of the Amazon basin  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The chemical composition of the Amazon River results from the mixing of two water types: black water and white water. On-site fractionation by sequential tangential ultrafiltration (STUF) was used to differentiate transported organic carbon and to determine the distribution and association of major and trace elements with different size fraction of the organic carbon (OC). Several sampling campaigns (1994-1996) allow a monthly quantification of particulate (OCP, MeP), colloidal (OCC, MeC) and dissolved (OCD, MeD) organic carbon and metal ions inputs. In white rivers the OC is mainly concentrated in the low molecular weight fraction (OCD < 5000 D) while in black rivers most of the OC is in the heavier molecular weight fractions (OCP and OCC > 5 kDa). For Mg, Ca and K, 50% of the total amount of each element is found in fraction MeD while 15% and 35% are found in fractions MeC and MeP, respectively. Al and Fe are in the particulate fraction at 99% of the total metal concentration for all river samples. This work emphasizes the coagulation processes and the sink for elements in the mixing zone. These physicochemical transformations of the organic matter vary seasonally. The changes happen during the transition periods: before high-level waters and before low-level waters. By way of flux measurement, a seasonal carbon loss was observed. The estimated annual organic carbon flux of the Amazon at Òbidos is 28 × 106 t. At the same time, an average of 9 × 106 t of organic carbon per year is retained in the reach between Manaus and Òbidos, probably via coagulation processes.

Benedetti, Marc F.; Mounier, Stephane; Filizola, Naziano; Benaim, Jean; Seyler, Patrick

2003-05-01

206

Boron isotopic compositions of some boron minerals  

Microsoft Academic Search

Boron minerals that have different structural formulae but are supposed to have the same geologic origin have been collected and analyzed for the 11 B \\/ 10 B isotopic ratio. It has been reconfirmed that minerals of marine origin have higher 11 B \\/ 10 B ratios than those of nonmarine origin. It has been found that the sequence of

Takao Oi; Masao Nomura; Masaaki Musashi; Tomoko Ossaka; Makoto Okamoto; Hidetake Kakihana

1989-01-01

207

Boron Enrichment in Martian Clay  

PubMed Central

We have detected a concentration of boron in martian clay far in excess of that in any previously reported extra-terrestrial object. This enrichment indicates that the chemistry necessary for the formation of ribose, a key component of RNA, could have existed on Mars since the formation of early clay deposits, contemporary to the emergence of life on Earth. Given the greater similarity of Earth and Mars early in their geological history, and the extensive disruption of Earth's earliest mineralogy by plate tectonics, we suggest that the conditions for prebiotic ribose synthesis may be better understood by further Mars exploration. PMID:23762242

Nagashima, Kazuhide; Freeland, Stephen J.

2013-01-01

208

Boron enrichment in martian clay.  

PubMed

We have detected a concentration of boron in martian clay far in excess of that in any previously reported extra-terrestrial object. This enrichment indicates that the chemistry necessary for the formation of ribose, a key component of RNA, could have existed on Mars since the formation of early clay deposits, contemporary to the emergence of life on Earth. Given the greater similarity of Earth and Mars early in their geological history, and the extensive disruption of Earth's earliest mineralogy by plate tectonics, we suggest that the conditions for prebiotic ribose synthesis may be better understood by further Mars exploration. PMID:23762242

Stephenson, James D; Hallis, Lydia J; Nagashima, Kazuhide; Freeland, Stephen J

2013-01-01

209

Estimating the spatial distribution of dredged material disposed of at sea using particle-size distributions and metal concentrations.  

PubMed

We present a method to estimate the spatial distribution of dredged material disposed of at sea. Using both dredged sediments and samples of sea-bed sediment from near the Rame Head disposal site, Plymouth, UK, we applied entropy analysis to the <63 microm sediment fraction and combined the results with the trace metal data in the same fraction, to form a series of groups. We interpret the distribution of sediments in one group (F1) to approximate the distribution of material affected by the disposal site. This distribution includes locations close to the disposal site, and also locations <4 km to the SE and SW, <6 km to the NW and <2 km to the N. This approach demonstrates the feasibility of using trace metal analysis of particular grain size fractions to reduce uncertainty in interpreting the spatial distribution of impacts of dredge disposal. PMID:19464703

Okada, Tomonari; Larcombe, Piers; Mason, Claire

2009-08-01

210

Prompt gamma activation analysis of boron in reference materials using diffracted polychromatic neutron beam  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Boron concentrations were analyzed for standard reference materials by prompt gamma activation analysis (PGAA). The measurements were performed at the SNU-KAERI PGAA facility installed at Hanaro, the research reactor of Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI). The facility uses a diffracted polychromatic beam with a neutron flux of 7.9 × 10 7 n/cm 2 s. Elemental sensitivity for boron was calibrated from the prompt gamma-ray spectra of boric acid samples containing 2-45 ?g boron. The sensitivity of 2131 cps/mg-B was obtained from the linearity of the boron peak count rate versus the boron mass. The detection limit for boron was estimated to be 67 ng from an empty sample bag spectrum for a counting time of 10,000 s. The measured boron concentrations for standard reference materials showed good consistency with the certified or information values.

Byun, S. H.; Sun, G. M.; Choi, H. D.

2004-01-01

211

Plants tolerant of high boron levels.  

PubMed

Reduced crop productivity due to soils containing toxic levels of boron (B) is a worldwide problem in food production. It is estimated that up to 17% of the barley yield losses in southern Australia are caused by B toxicity. We found that the expression of AtBOR4, an Arabidopsis paralog of BOR1, the first identified boron transporter gene, generates plants that are tolerant of high B levels. BOR4 is a polarly localized borate exporter that enhances B efflux from roots. The present study is a foundation for the improvement of crop productivity in soils containing excess B, which are distributed in arid areas of the world. PMID:18048682

Miwa, Kyoko; Takano, Junpei; Omori, Hiroyuki; Seki, Motoaki; Shinozaki, Kazuo; Fujiwara, Toru

2007-11-30

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On the submicron aerosol distributions and CCN number concentrations in and around the Korean Peninsula  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Total number concentrations of particles having a diameter larger than 10 nm (NCN), cloud condensation nuclei at several supersaturation (S) values (NCCN) and number size distributions of particles with 10-414 nm diameter were measured in Seoul between 2004 and 2010. Overall average values of NCN and geometric mean diameter were 17 811 ± 5581 cm-3 and 48 ± 6 nm. Average NCCN at 0.4, 0.6 and 0.8% S were 4145 ± 2016, 5323 ± 2453 and 6067 ± 2780 cm-3 and corresponding NCCN / NCN were 0.26 ± 0.11, 0.33 ± 0.11 and 0.37 ± 0.12. There is a clear seasonal variation in aerosol concentration, which seems to be due to the monsoon. NCN and NCCN are also found to depend on the volume of traffic and the height of the planetary boundary layer, respectively. During aircraft campaigns in 2009 and 2011, NCN and NCCN at 0.6% S (N0.6%) were measured in and around the Korean Peninsula. During the 2011 campaign, the aerosol scattering coefficient was also measured. NCN and N0.6% in the lower altitudes were generally higher than at higher altitudes, except for cases when particle formation and growth events were thought to occur at higher altitudes. NCN and N0.6% generally show a positive correlation with aerosol scattering coefficients but this correspondence tends to vary with altitude. Occasional instances of low (< 0.3) N0.6% / NCN in the boundary layer are demonstrated to be associated with particle formation and growth events. With the support of ground measurements, it is confirmed that a particle formation and growth event did indeed occur over the Yellow Sea on a flight day, and the areal extent of this event is estimated to be greater than 100 km × 450 km. With the combination of the current and several relevant previous studies, a composite map of NCN and NCCN in and around the Korean Peninsula is produced. Overall, the exhibited concentrations are typical of values measured over polluted regions elsewhere on the globe. Moreover, there is a generally decreasing trend from west to east over the region, implying that the region is constantly under the dominant influence of continental outflow.

Kim, J. H.; Yum, S. S.; Shim, S.; Kim, W. J.; Park, M.; Kim, J.-H.; Kim, M.-H.; Yoon, S.-C.

2014-08-01

213

On the submicron aerosol distributions and CCN number concentrations in and around the Korean Peninsula  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Total number concentrations of particles having diameter larger than 10 nm (NCN), cloud condensation nuclei at several supersaturation (S) values (NCCN), and the number size distribution of particles for 10-414 nm particle diameter range were measured in Seoul between 2004 and 2010. Overall average values of NCN and geometric mean diameter are 17 811 ± 5581 cm-3 and 48 ± 6 nm, respectively. Average NCCN at 0.4, 0.6, and 0.8% S are 4145 ± 2016, 5323 ± 2453 and 6067 ± 2780 cm-3, respectively and corresponding NCCN / NCN are 0.26 ± 0.11, 0.33 ± 0.11 and 0.37 ± 0.12. There is a clear seasonal variation of aerosol concentration, which seems to be due to the monsoon. NCN and NCCN are also found to be dependent on the volume of traffic and the height of planetary boundary layer, respectively. During the two aircraft campaigns in 2009 and 2011, NCN and NCCN at 0.6% S were measured in and around the Korean Peninsula. During the 2011 campaign, aerosol scattering coefficient was also measured. NCN and NCCN 0.6 in the lower altitudes were generally higher than at higher altitudes, except for the cases when particle formation and growth events are thought to occur at higher altitudes. NCN and NCCN 0.6 show generally a positive correlation with aerosol scattering coefficients but its correspondence tends to vary with altitude. Occasional instances of low (< 0.3) NCCN 0.6 / NCN in the boundary layer are demonstrated to be associated with particle formation and growth events. With the support of ground measurements, it is confirmed that a particle formation and growth event indeed occurred on a flight day over the Yellow Sea and the areal extent of the event is estimated to be greater than 100 km × 450 km. With the combination of the current and several relevant previous studies, a composite map of NCN and NCCN in and around the Korean Peninsula is produced. Overall, the exhibited concentrations are typical of the values measured over the polluted regions elsewhere in the globe. Moreover, there is a generally decreasing trend from west to east over the region, implying that the region is constantly under the dominant influence of continental outflow.

Kim, J. H.; Yum, S. S.; Shim, S.; Kim, W. J.; Park, M.; Kim, J.; Kim, M.; Yoon, S. C.

2014-03-01

214

Boron absorption imaging in rat lung colon adenocarcinoma metastases  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Given the encouraging results from our previous work on the clinical application of BNCT on non-resectable, chemotherapy resistant liver metastases, we explore the possibility to extend our technique to lung metastases. A fundamental requirement for BNCT is achieving higher 10B concentrations in the metastases compared to those in healthy tissue. For this reason we developed a rat model with lung metastases in order to study the temporal distribution of 10B concentration in tissues and tumoral cells. Rats with induced lung metastases from colon adenocarcinoma were sacrificed two hours after intraperitoneal Boronphenylalanine infusion. The lungs were harvested, frozen in liquid nitrogen and subsequently histological sections underwent neutron autoradiography in the nuclear reactor Triga Mark II, University of Pavia. Our findings demonstrate higher Boron uptake in tumoral nodules compared to healthy lung parenchyma 2 hours after Boronphenylalanine infusion.

Altieri, S.; Bortolussi, S.; Bruschi, P.; Fossati, F.; Vittor, K.; Nano, R.; Facoetti, A.; Chiari, P.; Bakeine, J.; Clerici, A.; Ferrari, C.; Salvucci, O.

2006-05-01

215

Depth distribution of soil organic carbon fractions and AMS 14C concentrations at different landscape positions  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

On sloped arable land soil redistribution has a great impact on spatial patterns of soil organic carbon (SOC) stocks and on the lateral and vertical carbon fluxes between soil and atmosphere. While most studies focus on total SOC, the investigation of the impact of soil redistribution on SOC fractions and thus on different SOC quality can improve the knowledge about the processes controlling an erosion induced C sink or source. Some studies indicate that the labile SOC pool might be preferentially transported by water erosion, however others indicate that black carbon being considered as an inert pool is preferentially redistributed. Preferential erosion and/or deposition of specific SOC fractions must lead to a spatial differentiation of the SOC pool composition in areas prone to erosion. In this study we analysed differences in the depth distribution of particle-size SOC fractions and AMS 14C concentrations in relation to these fractions at different slope positions within an arable field in western Germany. Based on modelled soil redistribution, two soil profiles representing depositional, erosional and reference (with ignorable erosion or deposition) sites were analysed. Soil cores were taken to a maximum depth of 1.6 m and were divided into 0.05 m increments except for the actual tillage depth (0-0.15 m). For every second depth increment starting with the topsoil layer total SOC, particle-size SOC fractions and AMS 14C concentrations were determined. The fractionation scheme of Amelung et al. (1998) was applied resulting in three particulate organic carbon fractions (POC 1: 250 - 2000 µm, POC 2: 53-250 µm, POC 3: 20 -53 µm) and the remaining fine sized fraction (< 20 µm). Combining POC 1 and 2, which are often assumed to represent the labile carbon pool shows a decline of SOC in these fractions from reference to erosional to depositional sites. This indicates (i) a preferential detachment of these fractions at erosional sites, while (ii) the more pronounced depletion at depositional sites may result from a multitude of processes, namely selective deposition, mineralisation during transport and/or enhanced mineralisation of the labile SOC pool. More than 80% of total SOC was stored in the fine-sized fraction commonly assumed to represent the passive SOC pool. For the topsoil layers the amount of this SOC pool was relatively similar at all slope positions, while it substantially differed in the subsoil layers. Throughout the depositional profiles the relative contribution of this pool remained relatively high proving a substantial stabilisation of SOC in the subsoil at depositional sites. The depth distribution of AMS 14C confirmed the observed differences in SOC pool composition at different slope positions. At the reference sites 14C decreased with depth indicating a relatively high amount of young plant residues in the topsoil and increasing amounts of more passive components in the subsoil. This decrease was more pronounced at erosion sites, whereas 14C content remained relatively high up to a certain depth at depositional sites hinting to burial and preservation of relatively recent SOC below the plough layer. Our results show that soil redistribution not only leads to spatial patterns of total SOC, but also alters the SOC pool composition and 14C concentrations along soil profiles at different slope positions proving the usefulness of these data to improve the understanding of the involved processes.

Dlugoß, V.; Fiener, P.; Schneider, K.

2012-04-01

216

Boronated Unnatural Cyclic Amino Acids as Potential Delivery Agents for Neutron Capture Therapy  

PubMed Central

Boron delivery characteristics of cis and trans isomers of a boronated unnatural amino acid, 1-amino-3-boronocyclopentanecarboxylic acid (ABCPC) were tested in B16 mouse model for human melanoma. Both ABCPC isomers delivered comparable boron to B16 melanoma tumor cells as L-p-boronophenylalanine (BPA). Secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) analysis revealed the presence of boron throughout the tumor from these compounds, and a near homogeneous distribution between the nucleus and cytoplasm of B16 cells grown in vitro. These encouraging observations support further studies of these new boron carriers in BNCT. PMID:21481596

Kabalka, George W.; Shaikh, Aarif L.; Barth, Rolf F.; Huo, Tianyao; Yang, Weilian; Gordnier, Pamela M.; Chandra, Subhash

2011-01-01

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Chemical disposition of boron in animals and humans.  

PubMed Central

Elemental boron was isolated in 1808. It typically occurs in nature as borates hydrated with varying amounts of water. Important compounds are boric acid and borax. Boron compounds are also used in the production of metals, enamels, and glasses. In trace amounts, boron is essential for the growth of many plants, and is found in animal and human tissues at low concentrations. Poisoning in humans has been reported as the result of accidental ingestion or use of large amounts in the treatment of burns. Boron as boric acid is fairly rapidly absorbed and excreted from the body via urine. The half-life of boric acid in humans is on the order of 1 day. Boron does not appear to accumulate in soft tissues of animals, but does accumulate in bone. Normal levels of boron in soft tissues, urine, and blood generally range from less than 0.05 ppm to no more than 10 ppm. In poisoning incidents, the amount of boric acid in brain and liver tissue has been reported to be as high as 2000 ppm. Recent studies at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences have indicated that boron may contribute to reduced fertility in male rodents fed 9000 ppm of boric acid in feed. Within a few days, boron levels in blood and most soft tissues quickly reached a plateau of about 15 ppm. Boron in bone did not appear to plateau, reaching 47 ppm after 7 days on the diet. Cessation of exposure to dietary boron resulted in a rapid drop in bone boron.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:7889870

Moseman, R F

1994-01-01

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Microdosimetry for boron neutron capture therapy.  

PubMed

Preclinical studies for boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) using epithermal neutrons are ongoing at several laboratories. The absorbed dose in tumor cells is a function of the thermal neutron flux at depth, the microscopic boron concentration, and the size of the cell. Dosimetry is therefore complicated by the admixture of thermal, epithermal, and fast neutrons, plus gamma rays, and the array of secondary high-linear-energy-transfer particles produced within the patient from neutron interactions. Microdosimetry can be a viable technique for determining absorbed dose and radiation quality. A 2.5-cm-diameter tissue-equivalent gas proportional counter has been built with 50 parts per million (ppm) 10B incorporated into the walls and counting gas to simulate the boron uptake anticipated in tumors. Measurements of lineal energy (y) spectra for BNCT in simulated volumes of 1-10 microns diameter show a dose enhancement factor of 4.3 for 30 ppm boron, and a "y" of 250 keV/microns for the boron capture process. Chamber design plus details of experimental and calculated linear energy spectra will be presented. PMID:1594762

Wuu, C S; Amols, H I; Kliauga, P; Reinstein, L E; Saraf, S

1992-06-01

219

Direct current sputtering of boron from boron/coron mixtures  

DOEpatents

A method for coating a substrate with boron by sputtering includes lowering the electrical resistance of a boron-containing rod to allow electrical conduction in the rod; placing the boron-containing rod inside a vacuum chamber containing substrate material to be coated; applying an electrical potential between the boron target material and the vacuum chamber; countering a current avalanche that commences when the conduction heating rate exceeds the cooling rate, and until a steady equilibrium heating current is reached; and, coating the substrate material with boron by sputtering from the boron-containing rod.

Timberlake, John R. (Allentown, NJ); Manos, Dennis (Williamsburg, VA); Nartowitz, Ed (Edison, NJ)

1994-01-01

220

Direct current sputtering of boron from boron/carbon mixtures  

SciTech Connect

A method for coating a substrate with boron by sputtering includes lowering the electrical resistance of a boron-containing rod to allow electrical conduction in the rod; placing the boron-containing rod inside a vacuum chamber containing substrate material to be coated; applying an electrical potential between the boron target material and the vacuum chamber; countering a current avalanche that commences when the conduction heating rate exceeds the cooling rate, and until a steady equilibrium heating current is reached and coating the substrate material with boron by sputtering from the boron-containing rod.

Timberlake, J.R.; Manos, D.; Nartowitz, E.

1993-12-31

221

Computational Studies of Physical Properties of Boron Carbide  

SciTech Connect

The overall goal is to provide valuable insight in to the mechanisms and processes that could lead to better engineering the widely used boron carbide which could play an important role in current plight towards greener energy. Carbon distribution in boron carbide, which has been difficult to retrieve from experimental methods, is critical to our understanding of its structure-properties relation. For modeling disorders in boron carbide, we implemented a first principles method based on supercell approach within our G(P,T) package. The supercell approach was applied to boron carbide to determine its carbon distribution. Our results reveal that carbon prefers to occupy the end sites of the 3-atom chain in boron carbide and further carbon atoms will distribute mainly on the equatorial sites with a small percentage on the 3-atom chains and the apex sites. Supercell approach was also applied to study mechanical properties of boron carbide under uniaxial load. We found that uniaxial load can lead to amorphization. Other physical properties of boron carbide were calculated using the G(P,T) package.

Lizhi Ouyang

2011-09-30

222

Molecular Structure of boron  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Boron was founded in 1808 by Sir Humphry Davy and Gay-Lussac and Thenard. It occurs as orthoboric acid in volcanic spring waters and as borates in Boron and colematic. Some sources can also be found in the Mohave Desert. It is used when making glass to keep the glass from breaking under temperature stress. Also if combined with sodium hydroxide and hydrogen peroxide it makes bleach.

2002-08-26

223

Boron removal by electrocoagulation and recovery.  

PubMed

This work investigated the removal of boron from wastewater and its recovery by electrocoagulation and hydrothermal mineralization methods respectively. The experimental design was developed using Box-Behnken Model. An initial study was performed based on four preselected variables (pH, current density, concentration and time) using synthetic wastewater. Response surface methodology (RSM) was used to evaluate the effect of process variables and their interaction on boron removal. The optimum conditions were obtained as pH 6.3, current density 17.4 mA/cm(2), and time 89 min. At these applied optimum conditions, 99.7% boron removal from an initial concentration of 10.4 mg/L was achieved. The process was effectively optimized by RSM with a desirability value of 1.0. The results showed that boron removal efficiency enhanced with increase in current density and treatment time. Removal efficiency also increased when pH was increased from 4 to 7 and subsequently decreased at pH 10. Adsorption kinetics study revealed that the reaction followed pseudo second order kinetic model; evidenced by high correlation and goodness of fit. Thermodynamics study showed that mechanism of boron adsorption was chemisorption and the reaction was endothermic in nature. Furthermore, the adsorption process was spontaneous as indicated by negative values of the adsorption free energy. Treatment of real produced water using electrocoagulation resulted in 98% boron removal. The hydrothermal mineralization study showed that borate minerals (Inyoite, Takadaite and Nifontovite) can be recovered as recyclable precipitate from electrocoagulation flocs of produced water. PMID:24412846

Isa, Mohamed Hasnain; Ezechi, Ezerie Henry; Ahmed, Zubair; Magram, Saleh Faraj; Kutty, Shamsul Rahman Mohamed

2014-03-15

224

Primary Accretion and Turbulent Cascades: Scale-Dependence of Particle Concentration Multiplier Probability Distribution Functions  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Primitive bodies with 10s-100s of km diameter (or even larger) may form directly from small nebula constituents, bypassing the step-by-step “incremental growth” that faces a variety of barriers at cm, m, and even 1-10km sizes. In the scenario of Cuzzi et al (Icarus 2010 and LPSC 2012; see also Chambers Icarus 2010) the immediate precursors of 10-100km diameter asteroid formation are dense clumps of chondrule-(mm-) size objects. These predictions utilize a so-called cascade model, which is popular in turbulence studies. One of its usual assumptions is that certain statistical properties of the process (the so-called multiplier pdfs p(m)) are scale-independent within a cascade of energy from large eddy scales to smaller scales. In similar analyses, Pan et al (2011 ApJ) found discrepancies with results of Cuzzi and coworkers; one possibility was that p(m) for particle concentration is not scale-independent. To assess the situation we have analyzed recent 3D direct numerical simulations of particles in turbulence covering a much wider range of scales than analyzed by either Cuzzi and coworkers or by Pan and coworkers (see Bec et al 2010, J. Flu. Mech 646, 527). We calculated p(m) at scales ranging from 45-1024? where ? is the Kolmogorov scale, for both particles with a range of stopping times spanning the optimum value, and for energy dissipation in the fluid. For comparison, the p(m) for dissipation have been observed to be scale-independent in atmospheric flows (at much larger Reynolds number) for scales of at least 30-3000?. We found that, in the numerical simulations, the multiplier distributions for both particle concentration and fluid dissipation are as expected at scales of tens of ?, but both become narrower and less intermittent at larger scales. This is consistent with observations of atmospheric flows showing scale independence to >3000? if scale-free behavior is established only after some number 10 of large-scale bifurcations (at scales perhaps 10x smaller than the largest scales in the flow), but become scale-free at smaller scales. Predictions of primitive body initial mass functions can now be redone using a slightly modified cascade.

Cuzzi, Jeffrey N.; Weston, B.; Shariff, K.

2013-10-01

225

Statistical approach for the source identification of boron in leachates from industrial landfills  

Microsoft Academic Search

Boron has been found in high concentrations in leachates from landfills located throughout Japan. However, the source(s) of\\u000a boron in the leachates, i.e., what kind of waste(s) releases this element into the leachate, has not been clarified. In this\\u000a study, boron concentrations in leachates from 48 industrial landfills were evaluated, in relation to the categories of waste\\u000a constituting the landfill

Jun Yoshinaga; Akiko Kida; Osami Nakasugi

2001-01-01

226

Brownian-motion model of pollutant-concentration distributions. Study on statistics and environmental factors in health (SIMS)  

SciTech Connect

A study was conducted to provide insights into the reasons why unimodal, right-skewed frequency distributions are so often observed in measurements of pollutants in environmental media (air, water, and soil) by exploring the distributions generated by a simple Brownian motion process. In this process, concentration is observed at a fixed location analogous to a pollutant monitoring location, and the pollutant, consisting of a finite number of particles, is released from a single point source. The trajectories of the particles are subject to the usual Brownian motion assumptions, consistent with the laws of diffusion. By examining the probability distributions of concentrations generated by several different cases, it is seen that right-skewed unimodal distributions seem to be the rule rather than the exception.

Ott, W.R.

1981-04-01

227

Boron-Silicon complex defects in GaAs: An ab initio study  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

First principles calculations have been performed to investigate defect equilibria of the silicon-boron pair complex (Si-B) in a GaAs matrix. For several charge states, the formation energies were evaluated within the Car-Parrinello scheme considering cation and anion substitutional site defects. The calculations, including the full relaxation of all ionic coordinates, investigate native defects and isolated substitutional silicon (Si) and boron (B) impurities. The obtained formation energies are used to calculate the impurity concentration for different growth conditions. These results can be used to estimate the effect of different thermal profiles on the distribution and electrical state of Si and B defects, which is interesting for classical process simulations.

Leitsmann, R.; Chicker, F.; Plänitz, Ph.; Radehaus, C.; Kretzer, U.; Scheffer-Czygan, M.; Eichler, S.

2011-03-01

228

The effects of boron impurity on the extended defects in CZ silicon crystals grown under interstitial rich conditions  

Microsoft Academic Search

The variation of fundamental properties of silicon melts by adding boron into the melts has been studied. The surface tension decreases and the viscosity has a tendency to decrease with boron addition. These property variations cause melt flow variations in a crucible. The temperature distribution near the growing interface varies during crystal pulling process with and without adding boron. The

Kazutaka Terashima; Hajime Noguchi

2002-01-01

229

Bor Madeninin Ah?ap Koruma Endüstrisinde De?erlendirilmesi Evaluation Boron Mine in Wood Protection Industry  

Microsoft Academic Search

Boron is the first element with five atomic number of tirth group in periodical system. It consist of two isotops, one having a mass number of 10, the other a mass number of 11. Boron is most common element in the soil, rock and water. Boron resource at high concentrations and economical is found plentiful in the arid, volcanic and

H. Sivrikaya

230

Distribution of cetaceans and sea-surface chlorophyll concentrations in the California Current  

Microsoft Academic Search

A census of marine mammals was conducted off the coast of California (USA) in 1979–1980. The distribution of seasurface chlorophyll was determined at the same time by onboard fluorometry and by remote sensing using the Coastal Zone Color Scanner on the Nimbus-7 satellite. Comparisons of species and chlorophyll distributions indicate that marine mammals are not randomly distributed with respect to

R. C. Smith; P. Dustan; D. Au; K. S. Baker; E. A. Dunlap

1986-01-01

231

Extending the Capabilities of Single Particle Mass Spectrometry: I. Measurements of Aerosol Number Concentration, Size Distribution, and Asphericity  

SciTech Connect

Single particle mass spectrometers have traditionally been deployed to measure the size and composition of individual particles at relatively slow sampling rates that are determined by the rate at which the ionization lasers can fire and/or mass spectra can be recorded. To take advantage of the fact that under most conditions SPLAT can detect and size particles at much higher rates we developed a dual data acquisition mode, in which particle number concentrations, size distributions, and asphericity parameters are measured at a particle concentration determined rate, all the while the instrument generates and records mass-spectra at an operator set rate. We show that with this approach particle number concentration and asphericity parameters are measured with 1 sec resolution and particle vacuum aerodynamic size distributions are measured with 10 sec to 60 sec resolution. SPLAT measured particle number concentrations are in perfect agreement with the PCASP. Particle asphericity parameters are based on measured particle beam divergence. We illustrate the effect that high particle concentrations can have on the measured size distributions and develop a method to remove these effects and correct the size distributions.

Vaden, Timothy D.; Imre, D.; Beranek, Josef; Zelenyuk, Alla

2011-01-04

232

Investigation of the effects of soluble boron tracking on coupled CTF / NEM, LWR simulations  

SciTech Connect

The primary objective of this study is to evaluate the effects of introducing a boron tracking capability to the COBRA-TF / NEM code coupling. The Pennsylvania State University (PSU) versions of COBRA-TF - CTF, and Nodal Expansion Method (NEM) codes are utilized. Previous implementations of the CTF / NEM coupled code had no capability to model soluble boron feedback effects due to boron transport. This study builds upon the validation and qualification efforts of the boron tracking model implementation in CTF by modeling the boron feedback calculated by the CTF boron tracking model in NEM. The core model chosen for this study is the Purdue MOX/UO{sub 2} core model used in the 2007 OECD/NRC code benchmark study. Following the implementation of an explicit online coupling scheme and accompanying k-search routine, the newly coupled CTF / NEM code version with boron tracking is compared to prior results of the non-boron tracking CTF / NEM code version at steady-state hot full power and hot zero power conditions. It was found that the boron tracking model exhibited little influence on the hot zero power result as expected due to a smaller heat flux, which does not significantly change the moderator density and boron concentration as the moderator travels up the axial core length. Meanwhile the boron tracking model had a much greater impact on the hot full power results, predicting the critical inlet boron concentration to be 9.9 ppm below the non-boron tracking result due to greater and more rapid changes in boron concentration corresponding to the reduction in moderator density from being more rapidly heated. (authors)

Biery, M.; Avramova, M.; Ivanov, K. [Pennsylvania State University, Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, 331 Reber Building, University Park, PA 16802 (United States)

2013-07-01

233

Two-dimensional depth-averaged model simulation of suspended sediment concentration distribution in a groyne field  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

SummaryRiver-training structures, such as spur dikes, are effective engineered methods used to protect banks and improve aquatic habitat. This paper reports the development and application of a two-dimensional depth-averaged hydrodynamic model to simulate suspended sediment concentration distribution in a groyne field. The governing equations of flow hydrodynamic model are depth-averaged two-dimensional Reynold's averaged momentum equations and continuity equation in which the density of sediment laden-flow varies with the concentration of suspended sediment. The depth-averaged two-dimensional convection and diffusion equation was solved to obtain the depth-averaged suspended sediment concentration. The source term is the difference between suspended sediment entrainment and deposition from bed surface. One laboratory experiment was chosen to verify the simulated flow field around a groyne, and the other to verify the suspended sediment concentration distribution in a meandering channel. Then, the model utility was demonstrated in a field case study focusing on the confluence of the Kankakee and Iroquois Rivers in Illinois, United States, to simulate the distribution of suspended sediment concentration around spur dikes. Results demonstrated that the depth-averaged, two-dimensional model can approximately simulate the flow hydrodynamic field and concentration of suspended sediment. Spur dikes can be used to effectively relocate suspended sediment in alluvial channels.

Duan, Jennifer G.; Nanda, S. K.

2006-08-01

234

Toxic elements at a disused mine district: Particle size distribution and total concentration in stream sediments and mine tailings.  

PubMed

Heavy metal and metalloid pollution at a disused pyrite mine was investigated. Five solid samples collected in the area (three stream sediments with different soil texture, a background soil sample and a mine tailing) were characterised by mineral and element composition, particle size distribution (by wet and dry sieving and laser diffraction) and total concentration by acid digestion (Mn, Zn, Cu, Pb, Hg, Cd, Sb and As). X-ray and element analyses denoted a common mineralogical and chemical composition of mainly quartz, clinochlore, muscovite, anorthite, and hematite. Particle size distributions of the five samples showed that stream sediments were characterised by larger percentage of sand range classes (2000-60 microm) while background sample and tailing are mainly characterised by gravel particles (>2000 microm). Wet and dry sieving procedures gave different particle size distributions, which can be interpreted by laser diffraction analysis and represented by Rosin-Rammler model. Concentrations of Zn, Cu and Cd were higher in the stream sediments than the tailing and background soil, while Mn, As, Sb and Hg are mainly concentrated in the tailing sample. Metal concentrations in the three stream sediment samples are correlated with both particle size dimensions (D(63.2)) and concentration of geochemical normalizers (iron and aluminium). These correlations are observed also for the pollutants that are mainly concentrated in tailing sample (Mn and As), denoting the importance of surface interactions also for the binding of these elements onto stream sediments. PMID:17400373

Giuliano, V; Pagnanelli, F; Bornoroni, L; Toro, L; Abbruzzese, C

2007-09-01

235

Process for making boron nitride using sodium cyanide and boron  

DOEpatents

This a very simple process for making boron nitride by mixing sodium cyanide and boron phosphate and heating the mixture in an inert atmosphere until a reaction takes place. The product is a white powder of boron nitride that can be used in applications that require compounds that are stable at high temperatures and that exhibit high electrical resistance.

Bamberger, Carlos E. (Oak Ridge, TN)

1990-01-01

236

Development and validation of a method to determine the boron isotopic composition of crop plants.  

PubMed

We present a comprehensive chemical and mass spectrometric method to determine boron isotopic compositions of plant tissue. The method including dry ashing, a three-step ion chromatographic boron-matrix separation, and (11)B/(10)B isotope ratio determinations using the Cs(2)BO(2)(+) graphite technique has been validated using certified reference and quality control materials. The developed method is capable to determine ?(11)B values in plant tissue down to boron concentrations of 1 mg/kg with an expanded uncertainty of ?1.7‰ (k = 2). The determined ?(11)B values reveal an enormous isotopic range of boron in plant tissues covering three-quarters of the natural terrestrial occurring variation in the boron isotopic composition. As the local environment and anthropogenic activity mainly control the boron intake of plants, the boron isotopic composition of plants can be used for food provenance studies. PMID:21401079

Rosner, Martin; Pritzkow, Wolfgang; Vogl, Jochen; Voerkelius, Susanne

2011-04-01

237

Geochemical distribution of trace element concentrations in the vicinity of Boroo gold mine, Selenge Province, Mongolia  

Microsoft Academic Search

The environmental impacts of Boroo gold mine project in Mongolia was evaluated by chemical characterization of trace element\\u000a concentrations in water, soils and tailing dam sediment samples. The results showed that concentrations of B, Cd, Ni and Se\\u000a in the water samples were within the accepted levels of the Mongolia water quality standard (MNS4586: 1998). However, the concentrations of Al,

Edu Inam; Supawan Khantotong; Kyoung-Woong Kim; Bulgan Tumendemberel; Sugar Erdenetsetseg; Tamir Puntsag

2011-01-01

238

Effect of Surfactant Concentration and Operating Temperature on the Drop Size Distribution of Silicon Oil Water Dispersion  

Microsoft Academic Search

The effect of sodium lauryl sulphate (SLES) surfactant and the operating temperature on the drop size distribution of a 350 cSt Dow Corning 200 series oil water dispersion was successfully studied. The dispersion was prepared in a standard 6 litres mixing tank at different impeller speeds. A measurement of the SLES critical micelle concentration (CMC) at 2588888C was carried out.

Amer El-Hamouz

2007-01-01

239

Particle size distributions and concentrations of airborne endotoxin using novel collection methods in homes during the winter and  

E-print Network

Particle size distributions and concentrations of airborne endotoxin using novel collection methods in homes during the winter and summer seasons Introduction Endotoxin is a measure of the biologic activity of lipopolysaccharide, which is a component of the outer membrane of gram-negative bacteria. Endotoxin is increasingly

Pace, Norman

240

A mathematical relationship for the explanation of ion exchange for boron adsorption  

Microsoft Academic Search

The present study was undertaken to investigate a method for boron removal from wastewaters from boric acid and borax plants. The ion-exchange method is effective for the removal of boron from solution. The experimental results under different initial concentrations are first converted into dimensionless variables by taking ratios of volumes and concentrations and subsequently plotted on double logarithmic graph papers.

Sami ?ahin

2002-01-01

241

Investigation of boron implantation into silicon by quantitative energy-filtered transmission electron microscopy  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

High-resolution electron microscopy (HREM), chemical mapping by energy-filtered transmission electron microscopy (EFTEM), electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) and energy-loss spectroscopic profiling (ELSP), also called spectroscopic transverse image profiling by EFTEM (stripeTEM) have been combined to study the distribution of boron after implantation into silicon at low energy (0.5keV) and rapid thermal annealing. The key to the experiments is that stripeTEM combines both ~1nm spatial resolution and sub-at% sensitivity. It is shown that the near-surface spike of boron visible in secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) profiles is an artefact of surface profiling. The real distribution of boron is several nm deeper into the specimen, in agreement with both Monte Carlo simulations and shoulders apparent in the SIMS profile. Quantification of the experimental stripeTEM data shows that the B concentration is approximately ~2at% in the SiO2 and ~4at% in the Si, with statistical errors of about ±0.2at% due to noise and background fitting and systematic errors of ±0.6at% due to uncertainties in the scattering cross-sections.

Walther, T.; England, J.

2011-11-01

242

Distribution of Exposure Concentrations and Doses for Constituents of Environmental Tobacco Smoke  

Microsoft Academic Search

The ultimate goal of the research reported in this series of three articles is to derive distributions of doses of selected environmental tobacco smoke (ETS)-related chemicals for nonsmoking workers. This analysis uses data from the 16-City Study collected with personal monitors over the course of one workday in workplaces where smoking occurred. In this article, we describe distributions of ETS

Judy S. LaKind; Michael E. Ginevan; Daniel Q. Naiman; Anthony C. James; Roger A. Jenkins; Michael L. Dourson; Susan P. Felter; Carol G. Graves; Robert G. Tardiff

1999-01-01

243

Mineral of the month: boron  

USGS Publications Warehouse

What does boron have to do with baseball, apple pie, motherhood and Chevrolet? Boron minerals and chemicals are used in the tanning of leather baseballs and gloves; in micro-fertilizer to grow apples and in the glass and enamels of bakewares to cook apple pie; in boron detergents for soaking baby clothes and diapers; and in fiberglass parts for the Chevrolet Corvette.

Lyday, Phyllis A.

2005-01-01

244

Root Growth Inhibition in Boron-Deficient or Aluminum-Stressed Squash May Be a Result of Impaired Ascorbate Metabolism.  

PubMed Central

Although cessation of growth is the most apparent symptom of boron deficiency, the biochemical function of boron in growth processes is not well understood. We propose that the action of boron in root meristems is associated with ascorbate metabolism. Total inhibition of root growth in squash (Cucurbita pepo L.) plants transferred to boron-free medium coincided with a major decrease (up to 98%) in the ascorbate concentration of root apices. Under low-boron conditions, in which root growth was partially inhibited, ascorbate concentration declined in proportion to growth rate. The decline in ascorbate concentration in boron-deficient root tips was not related to ascorbate oxidation. Ascorbate added to the medium improved root growth in plants supplied with insufficient boron. Increasing concentrations of aluminum in the nutrient medium caused progressive inhibition of root growth and a parallel reduction in ascorbate concentration of root apices. Elevated boron levels improved root growth under toxic aluminum conditions and produced root apices with higher ascorbate concentrations. To our knowledge, this is the first report of a correlation between boron nutrition, ascorbate concentration in root apices, and growth. These findings show that root growth inhibition resulting from either boron deficiency or aluminum toxicity may be a consequence of disrupted ascorbate metabolism. PMID:12226437

Lukaszewski, K. M.; Blevins, D. G.

1996-01-01

245

Biodistribution of the boron carriers boronophenylalanine (BPA) and/or decahydrodecaborate (GB-10) for Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT) in an experimental model of lung metastases.  

PubMed

BNCT was proposed for the treatment of diffuse, non-resectable tumors in the lung. We performed boron biodistribution studies with 5 administration protocols employing the boron carriers BPA and/or GB-10 in an experimental model of disseminated lung metastases in rats. All 5 protocols were non-toxic and showed preferential tumor boron uptake versus lung. Absolute tumor boron concentration values were therapeutically useful (25-76ppm) for 3 protocols. Dosimetric calculations indicate that BNCT at RA-3 would be potentially therapeutic without exceeding radiotolerance in the lung. PMID:24360862

Trivillin, V A; Garabalino, M A; Colombo, L L; González, S J; Farías, R O; Monti Hughes, A; Pozzi, E C C; Bortolussi, S; Altieri, S; Itoiz, M E; Aromando, R F; Nigg, D W; Schwint, A E

2014-06-01

246

Fracture Strength: Stress Concentration, Extreme Value Statistics, and the Fate of the Weibull Distribution  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The statistical properties of fracture strength of brittle and quasibrittle materials are often described in terms of the Weibull distribution. However, the weakest-link hypothesis, commonly used to justify it, is expected to fail when fracture occurs after significant damage accumulation. Here we show that this implies that the Weibull distribution is unstable in a renormalization-group sense for a large class of quasibrittle materials. Our theoretical arguments are supported by numerical simulations of disordered fuse networks. We also find that for brittle materials such as ceramics, the common assumption that the strength distribution can be derived from the distribution of preexisting microcracks by using Griffith's criteria is invalid. We attribute this discrepancy to crack bridging. Our findings raise questions about the applicability of Weibull statistics to most practical cases.

Bertalan, Zsolt; Shekhawat, Ashivni; Sethna, James P.; Zapperi, Stefano

2014-09-01

247

Minerals Yearbook 1989: Boron  

SciTech Connect

U.S. production and sales of boron minerals and chemicals decreased during the year. Domestically, glass fiber insulation was the largest use for borates, followed by sales to distributors, textile-grade glass fibers, and borosilicate glasses. California was the only domestic source of boron minerals. The United States continued to provide essentially all of its own supply while maintaining a strong position as a source of sodium borate products and boric acid exported to foreign markets. Supplementary U.S. imports of Turkish calcium borate and calcium-sodium borate ores, borax, and boric acid, primarily for various glass uses, continued.

Lyday, P.A.

1990-08-01

248

Simulation of hydrogen diffusion and boron passivation in crystalline silicon  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The previously developed model of hydrogen migration and reactions of hydrogen atoms with electrically active impurity is applied to simulate the hydrogen diffusion and passivation process during plasma deuteration of silicon substrates doped with boron. The calculated deuterium concentration profiles agree well over the length of the passivated region with the experimental data obtained upon treatment in hydrogen plasma at a temperature of 200 °C for 5, 10 and 15 min. On the other hand, to achieve a good fit to the abruptness of the calculated profiles between the passivated and unpassivated regions, it is necessary to suppose that the values of the parameters that describe the absorption of hydrogen interstitials by electrically active dopant atoms decrease with increase in the depth of the passivated region. For example, nonuniform spatial distributions of nonequilibrium point defects generated during plasma treatment can lead to a spatial dependence of hydrogen absorption.

Velichko, O. I.; Shaman, Yu P.; Kovaliova, A. P.

2014-04-01

249

Use of dissolved H2 concentrations to determine distribution of microbially catalyzed redox reactions in anoxic groundwater  

USGS Publications Warehouse

The potential for using concentrations of dissolved H2 to determine the distribution of redox processes in anoxic groundwaters was evaluated. In pristine aquifers in which standard geochemical measurements indicated that Fe-(III) reduction, sulfate reduction, or methanogenesis was the terminal electron accepting process (TEAP), the H2 concentrations were similar to the H2 concentrations that have previously been reported for aquatic sediments with the same TEAPs. In two aquifers contaminated with petroleum products, it was impossible with standard geochemical analyses to determine which TEAPs predominated in specific locations. However, the TEAPs predicted from measurements of dissolved H2 were the same as those determined directly through measurements of microbial processes in incubated aquifer material. These results suggest that H2 concentrations may be a useful tool for analyzing the redox chemistry of nonequilibrium groundwaters.

Lovley, D. R.; Chapelle, F. H.; Woodward, J. C.

1994-01-01

250

Continuous monitoring of residual chlorine concentrations in response to controlled microbial intrusions in a laboratory-scale distribution system.  

PubMed

The objective of this work was to evaluate the efficacy of deploying free chlorine sensors as surrogate monitors for bacterial contamination events in drinking water distribution systems. An on-line sensor integral with a laboratory-scale distribution system (LDS) was shown to respond rapidly to changes in residual free chlorine concentrations induced by injected loads of Escherichia coli suspended in a chlorine demand free buffer. The magnitude of the residual response was proportional to the injected cell concentration, the background free chlorine concentration in the LDS, and the contact time between the chlorine residual and the injected suspension, consistent with previous results in batch reactors. The magnitude of the residual response was predicted when kinetic models developed from reaction kinetics between free chlorine and E. coli determined in batch systems were evaluated at contact times determined from LDS hydraulics. This result highlights the suitability of using batch kinetics when modeling contaminant-induced chlorine decay in the distribution system. Modeling the propagation of chlorine demand signals generated by specific pathogens could aid in the assessment of distribution system vulnerability. PMID:18433828

Helbling, Damian E; Vanbriesen, Jeanne M

2008-06-01

251

Boron Requirement in Cyanobacteria 1  

PubMed Central

The effect of boron on heterocystous and nonheterocystous dinitrogen fixing Cyanobacteria was examined. The absence of boron in culture media inhibited growth and nitrogenase activity in Nodularia sp., Chlorogloeopsis sp., and Nostoc sp. cultures. Examinations of boron-deficient cultures showed changes in heterocyst morphology. However, cultures of nonheterocystous Cyanobacteria, Gloeothece sp. and Plectonema sp., grown in the absence of boron did not show any alteration in growth or nitrogenase activity. These results suggest a requirement of boron only by heterocystous Cyanobacteria. A possible role for this element in the early evolution of photosynthetic organisms is proposed. Images Figure 4 Figure 5 Figure 6 PMID:16667889

Bonilla, Ildefonso; Garcia-Gonzalez, Mercedes; Mateo, Pilar

1990-01-01

252

Electronic structures of boron nanoribbons  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Using first principles calculations, we investigate the electronic properties of boron nanoribbons. The boron nanoribbons are constructed from the stable boron sheet. The bare boron nanoribbons with different edges are metals. The boron nanoribbons with two-hydrogen passivated on the zigzag edges become semiconductors and are more stable than the one-hydrogen passivated ones. The band gaps are within the range of 0.5eV and there is an oscillatory variation in the band gaps with the change of widths due to the even-odd number of nanoribbon widths.

Ding, Yi; Yang, Xiaobao; Ni, Jun

2008-07-01

253

Boron-carbide-aluminum and boron-carbide-reactive metal cermets  

DOEpatents

Hard, tough, lightweight boron-carbide-reactive metal composites, particularly boron-carbide-aluminum composites, are produced. These composites have compositions with a plurality of phases. A method is provided, including the steps of wetting and reacting the starting materials, by which the microstructures in the resulting composites can be controllably selected. Starting compositions, reaction temperatures, reaction times, and reaction atmospheres are parameters for controlling the process and resulting compositions. The ceramic phases are homogeneously distributed in the metal phases and adhesive forces at ceramic-metal interfaces are maximized. An initial consolidation step is used to achieve fully dense composites. Microstructures of boron-carbide-aluminum cermets have been produced with modulus of rupture exceeding 110 ksi and fracture toughness exceeding 12 ksi.sqroot.in. These composites and methods can be used to form a variety of structural elements.

Halverson, Danny C. (Manteca, CA); Pyzik, Aleksander J. (Seattle, WA); Aksay, Ilhan A. (Seattle, WA)

1986-01-01

254

Proposed physiologic functions of boron in plants pertinent to animal and human metabolism.  

PubMed Central

Boron has been recognized since 1923 as an essential micronutrient element for higher plants. Over the years, many roles for boron in plants have been proposed, including functions in sugar transport, cell wall synthesis and lignification, cell wall structure, carbohydrate metabolism, RNA metabolism, respiration, indole acetic acid metabolism, phenol metabolism and membrane transport. However, the mechanism of boron involvement in each case remains unclear. Recent work has focused on two major plant-cell components: cell walls and membranes. In both, boron could play a structural role by bridging hydroxyl groups. In membranes, it could also be involved in ion transport and redox reactions by stimulating enzymes like nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide and reduced (NADH) oxidase. There is a very narrow window between the levels of boron required by and toxic to plants. The mechanisms of boron toxicity are also unknown. In nitrogen-fixing leguminous plants, foliarly applied boron causes up to a 1000% increase in the concentration of allantoic acid in leaves. In vitro studies show that boron inhibits the manganese-dependent allantoate amidohydrolase, and foliar application of manganese prior to application of boron eliminates allantoic acid accumulation in leaves. Interaction between borate and divalent cations like manganese may alter metabolic pathways, which could explain why higher concentrations of boron can be toxic to plants. PMID:7889877

Blevins, D G; Lukaszewski, K M

1994-01-01

255

Geochemical distribution of trace element concentrations in the vicinity of Boroo gold mine, Selenge Province, Mongolia.  

PubMed

The environmental impacts of Boroo gold mine project in Mongolia was evaluated by chemical characterization of trace element concentrations in water, soils and tailing dam sediment samples. The results showed that concentrations of B, Cd, Ni and Se in the water samples were within the accepted levels of the Mongolia water quality standard (MNS4586: 1998). However, the concentrations of Al, As, Cu, Mn, Fe, Pb, U and Zn were higher than the maximum allowable concentration especially in the monitoring and heap leach wells. The average concentrations of As, Cd, Cu, Ni, Pb and Zn in the tailing dam sediment were 4419, 58.5, 56.0, 4.8, 20.6 and 25.7 mg/kg, respectively. Generally, arsenic and heavy metals in the soil samples were within the acceptable concentrations of the soil standard of Mongolia (MNS 5850: 2008). The chemical characterization of As solid phase in tailing dam sediment showed that the majority of As were found in the residual fraction comprising about 74% of total As. Assessing the potential risk to humans, simple bioavailability extraction test was used to estimate bioavailability of arsenic and heavy metals, and the concentrations extracted from tailing dam sediment were; 288.2 mg/kg As, 7.2 mg/kg Cd, 41.1 mg/kg Cu, 13.5 mg/kg Pb, 4.7 mg/kg Ni and 23.5 mg/kg Zn, respectively. From these results, the Boroo gold mine project has presently not significantly impacted the environment, but there is a high probability that it may act as a source of future contamination. PMID:21046434

Inam, Edu; Khantotong, Supawan; Kim, Kyoung-Woong; Tumendemberel, Bulgan; Erdenetsetseg, Sugar; Puntsag, Tamir

2011-01-01

256

Boron isotope systematics of hydrothermal fluids from submarine hydrothermal systems  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Boron is highly mobile in submarine hydrothermal systems and useful to trace the process of water-rock reaction. In this study, we measured the boron content and isotopic composition of vent fluids collected from arc-backarc hydrothermal systems in the western Pacific. In sediment-starved hydrothermal systems (Manus Basin, Suiyo Seamount, and Mariana Trough), the boron content and isotopic composition of vent fluids are dependent on type of host rock. The end member fluids from MORB-like basalt-hosted Vienna Woods in the Manus Basin showed low boron content and high ?11B value (0.53 mM, 29.8‰), while dacite-hosted PACMANUS and the Suiyo Seamount showed high boron contents and low ?11B values (1.45 and 1.52 mM, 13.6 and 18.5‰, respectively). The Alice Springs and Forecast Vent field in the Mariana Trough showed values intermediate between them (0.72 and 0.63 mM, 19.9 and 24.0‰, respectively), reflecting reaction of seawater and basalt influenced by slab material. In phase separated hydrothermal systems (North Fiji Basin), boron content and isotopic composition of vent fluids (0.44-0.56 mM, 34.5-35.9‰) were similar to those in the Vienna Woods. Considering little fractionation of boron and boron isotope during phase separation demonstrated by the previous experimental studies, it is suggested that the host rock in the North Fiji Basin is MORB-like basalt. In sediment-hosted hydrothermal system (Okinawa Trough), the reaction with boron-enriched sediment following seawater-rock reaction resulted in significantly high boron contents and low ?11B values of vent fluids (4.4-5.9 mM, 1.5-2.6‰). The water-sediment ratio was estimated to be ~2. In spite of the different geological settings, the end member fuids from all vent fields are enriched in B relative to seawater (0.41 mM, 39.6‰) and the ?11B values are inversely propotional to the boron concentrations. It suggests that boron isotopic composition of vent fluid predominantly depends on the amount of boron originated from solid-phase.

Yamaoka, K.; Hong, E.; Ishikawa, T.; Gamo, T.; Kawahata, H.

2013-12-01

257

Two-dimensional tomography for gas concentration and temperature distributions based on tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A tomography system is presented that uses wavelength-scanned direct absorption of two transitions of a target species (NH3 in the demonstration experiment) to determine the distributions of gas concentration and temperature. The absorption measurements are performed simultaneously from four platforms that each rotate a beam from a single laser through an 11° arc, acquiring a data set from all four laser platforms in 100 ms to enable observation of dynamic flow events. The laser is wavelength scanned through two absorption transitions with different internal energy producing two sets of equations with species mole fraction and temperature as independent variables. The mole fraction and temperature distributions are reconstructed using the algebraic reconstruction technique (ART) for this set of incomplete projections. A numerical simulation is used to evaluate the measurement accuracy for measurements of an NH3 mixture escaping from an open pipe. This phantom distribution is then realized in the laboratory and the measurement strategy is demonstrated using a tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS) measurement using a single laser near 1.5 µm to scan adjacent transitions in NH3. The reconstruction of NH3 concentration and gas temperature is compared with independently determined values to illustrate the fidelity of the tomographically reconstructed distributions for the NH3 mole fraction assuming a fixed temperature and for unknown mole fraction and temperature. Potential extensions of this research in the future include evaluation of other reconstruction algorithms and investigation of the dynamic distribution of various gases for combustion diagnostics.

Wang, F.; Cen, K. F.; Li, N.; Jeffries, Jay B.; Huang, Q. X.; Yan, J. H.; Chi, Y.

2010-04-01

258

Axial residual stresses in boron fibers  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The axial residual stress distribution as a function of radius was determined from the fiber surface to the core including the average residual stress in the core. Such measurements on boron on tungsten (B/W) fibers show that the residual stresses for 102, 142, 203, and 366 micron diameter fibers were similar, being compressive at the surface and changing monotonically to a region of tensile within the boron. At approximately 25 percent of the original radius, the stress reaches a maximum tensile stress of about 860 mn/sq.m and then decreases to a compressive stress near the tungsten boride core. Data were presented for 203 micron diameter B/W fibers that show annealing above 900 C reduces the residual stresses. A comparison between 102 micron diameter B/W and boron on carbon (b/C) shows that the residual stresses were similar in the outer regions of the fibers, but that large differences near and in the core were observed. The effects of these residual stresses on the fracture of boron fibers were discussed.

Behrendt, D. R.

1978-01-01

259

[Seasonal variation of concentrations and distribution characteristics of PCDD/Fs in atmosphere of an industrial area, Guangzhou].  

PubMed

Atmospheric concentrations of 2,3,7,8-substituted polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs) were measured seasonally in an industrial area of Guangzhou City. And seasonal variation of concentrations and distribution characteristics of 2,3,7,8- PCDD/Fs was investigated. The PCDD/Fs concentrations and corresponding I-TEQ (toxic equivalent quantity) values were in the range of 2.33-75.4 pg x m(-3) (mean = 23.2 pg x m(-3)) and 0.229-10.7 pg x m(-3) (mean = 2.00 pg x m(-3)), respectively. The seasonal variation of PCDD/Fs concentrations was obvious, with the highest concentration was found in spring (37.8 pg x m(-3)) and the lowest in summer (13.5 pg x m(-3)). However, no obvious difference of concentrations was observed for autumn (22.3 pg x m(-3)) and winter (19.1 pg x m(-3)). The seasonal variation of I-TEQ values is as follows: spring (5.58 pg x m(-3)) > summer (1.06 pg x m(-3)) > autumn (0.839 pg x m(-3)) > winter (0.525 pg x m(-3)). The influences of monsoon and rainfall on the concentration of PCDD/Fs in atmosphere are discussed. PMID:24812934

Qing, Xian; Su, Yuan; Su, Qing; Zhang, Su-Kun; Ren, Ming-Zhong

2014-02-01

260

Fabrication of boron sputter targets  

DOEpatents

A process for fabricating high density boron sputtering targets with sufficient mechanical strength to function reliably at typical magnetron sputtering power densities and at normal process parameters. The process involves the fabrication of a high density boron monolithe by hot isostatically compacting high purity (99.9%) boron powder, machining the boron monolithe into the final dimensions, and brazing the finished boron piece to a matching boron carbide (B.sub.4 C) piece, by placing aluminum foil there between and applying pressure and heat in a vacuum. An alternative is the application of aluminum metallization to the back of the boron monolithe by vacuum deposition. Also, a titanium based vacuum braze alloy can be used in place of the aluminum foil.

Makowiecki, Daniel M. (Livermore, CA); McKernan, Mark A. (Livermore, CA)

1995-01-01

261

Fabrication of boron sputter targets  

DOEpatents

A process is disclosed for fabricating high density boron sputtering targets with sufficient mechanical strength to function reliably at typical magnetron sputtering power densities and at normal process parameters. The process involves the fabrication of a high density boron monolithe by hot isostatically compacting high purity (99.9%) boron powder, machining the boron monolithe into the final dimensions, and brazing the finished boron piece to a matching boron carbide (B{sub 4}C) piece, by placing aluminum foil there between and applying pressure and heat in a vacuum. An alternative is the application of aluminum metallization to the back of the boron monolithe by vacuum deposition. Also, a titanium based vacuum braze alloy can be used in place of the aluminum foil. 7 figs.

Makowiecki, D.M.; McKernan, M.A.

1995-02-28

262

The distributed dislocation method applied to the analysis of elastoplastic strain concentrations  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Conventionally, the use of continuous distributions of dislocations to model plasticity has been confined to the analysis of crack tip plasticity using linear arrays of dislocations, within the framework of plane analysis. By expanding this technique into a distribution of dislocation over an area, a method is developed to model the plasticity at stress raising features such as notches or holes under plane strain conditions. The method explicitly takes account of the boundary conditions by using a dislocation solution which accounts for the presence of the stress-raise itself. Other free boundaries may be modelled more approximately using boundary elements which also correctly include the presence of the stress raiser. The dislocations are distributed over finite sized cells, and the solutions found for the strain fields compare favourably with both finite element and bounding Neuber and Glinka results.

Blomerus, P. M.; Hills, D. a.; Kelly, P. a.

1999-04-01

263

Boron and Marine Life: A New Look at an Enigmatic Bioelement  

Microsoft Academic Search

On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the discovery of boron, we review the oceanic biogeochemistry of boron as well\\u000a as suitable analytical techniques for its determination. This overview includes aspects of biogeochemistry including geochemical\\u000a stable isotope variations, uptake, transport, storage, nutritional value, toxicity, and distribution within biological materials,\\u000a providing a framework for discussion of the role of boron

Carl J. Carrano; Stephen Schellenberg; Shady A. Amin; David H. Green; Frithjof C. Küpper

2009-01-01

264

Preparation of a mesoporous silicon boron nitride via a non-aqueous sol-gel route.  

PubMed

A silicon boron imide based gel Si3B(NH)x(NH2)y(NMe2)z was prepared via catalytic ammonolysis of tris[tris(dimethylamino)silylamino]boron B[HNSi[N(CH3)2]3]3; pyrolysis of the gel under ammonia at 1,000 degrees C gives a mesoporous silicon boron nitride with high surface area and narrow pore size distribution. PMID:12585411

Cheng, Fei; Toury, Berangere; Lefebvre, Frédéric; Bradley, John S

2003-01-21

265

Selective separation of boron values from the tailing of a colemanite processing plant  

Microsoft Academic Search

As a primary boron mineral, colemanite is commonly associated with clay minerals. As the particle size of the colemanite ore gets smaller the clay\\/boron ratio increases. In the industrial practice of recovering boron from rich deposits in Turkey, the low grade fraction (typically finer than 3mm) is discharged to tailings pond in order to produce a high grade concentrate (e.g.,

A. Ucar; M. Yargan

2009-01-01

266

Effect of boron-doping on structure and some properties of carbon-carbon composite  

Microsoft Academic Search

Boron-doped carbon-carbon composites with boron concentration around 11–15 mass % were prepared from a carbon fibre felt with dispersed boron carbide powder by infiltration of pyrolytic carbon. The composite was heat treated at several different temperatures from 2000–2800 °C. The highest bending strength was obtained for the composite at a heat treatment temperature (HTT) of 2200 °C. Carbon fibre began

T. Sogabe; K. Nakajima; M. Inagaki

1996-01-01

267

Effects on environment and agriculture of geothermal wastewater and boron pollution in great Menderes basin.  

PubMed

Boron toxicity is an important disorder that can be limit plant growth on soils of arid and semi arid environments through the world. High concentrations of Boron may occur naturally in the soil or in groundwater, or be added to the soil from mining, fertilizers, or irrigation water. Off all the potential resources, irrigation water is the most important contributor to high levels of soil boron, boron is often found in high concentrations in association with saline soil and saline well water. Although of considerable agronomic importance, our understanding of Boron toxicity is rather fragment and limited. In this study, Boron content of Great Menderes River and Basin was researched. Great Menderes Basin is one of the consequence basins having agricultural potential, aspect of water and soil resources in Turkey. Great Menderes River, water resource of the basin was to be polluted by geothermal wastewater and thermal springs including Boron element. Great Menderes Basin has abundant geothermal water resources which contain high amounts of Boron and these ground water are brought to surface and used for various purposes such as power generation, heating or thermal spring and than discharged to Great Menderes River. In order to prevent Boron pollution and hence unproductively in soils, it is necessary not to discharged water with Boron to irrigation water. According to results, it was obtained that Boron content of River was as high in particular Upper Basin where there was a ground thermal water reservoir. Boron has been accumulated more than plant requirement in this area irrigated by this water. Boron content of River was relatively low in rainy months and irrigation season while it was high in dry season. Boron concentration in the River was to decrease from upstream to downstream. If it is no taken measure presently, about 130,000 ha irrigation areas which was constructed irrigation scheme in the Great Menderes basin will expose the Boron pollution and salinity. Even though Boron concentration of river water is under 0.5 ppm limit value, Boron element will store in basin soils, decrease in crop yields, and occur problematic soils in basin. PMID:17171286

Koç, Cengiz

2007-02-01

268

Sublimation of Boron.  

National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

Torsion-effusion and mass spectrometric techniques were used to study the vaporization of beta -rhombohedral boron over the temperature range 1823 to 2253 exp 0 K. The pressure-temperature data were fitted by the equation ln P(Pa) = -(66.8 +- 1.4) 10 exp ...

R. W. Mar, R. G. Bedford

1976-01-01

269

Development of Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Tomography for Determination of Spatially Resolved Distributions of Water Vapor Temperature and Concentration  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Optical diagnostic techniques used in high speed, high enthalpy flows, such as in a supersonic ramjet (scramjet) combustor, allow direct measurement of temperature and species concentration. Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy (TDLAS) is a common laser based measurement technique for measuring temperature and species concentration in harsh environments such as chemically reacting flows. TDLAS is a one-dimensional, path integrated measurement that provides average values of the measured quantities and can be affected by gradients in the measurement space. By combining TDLAS with tomographic image reconstruction a two-dimensional spatially resolved distribution can be obtained. This technique is called Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Tomography. TDLAT has been developed for the purpose of making temperature and species concentration measurements on the supersonic combustion facility at the Aerospace Research Laboratory. TDLAT has been developed for the purpose of making two-dimensional measurements of water vapor concentration, which when combined with Stereoscopic Particle Image Velocimetry can be used to calculate supersonic combustion efficiency of a scramjet combustor. This measurement system has been used in measurements of a flat flame burner from which two-dimensional distributions of temperature and water vapor concentration have been calculated. The calculated temperatures were then compared to measurements made on the same flat flame burner. Reconstructions of temperature and concentration show the structure of the flat flame burner, resolving regions of ambient room air, nitrogen co-flow, mixing layer and hot burner core. The TDLAT system was then installed on the supersonic combustion facility, where measurements were made for a known mole fraction of steam injected into the free stream. The TDLAT system was then used to measure water vapor concentration and temperature for clean-air combustion for an equivalence ratio of 0.17. The resulting values were then used to calculate supersonic combustion efficiency of the scramjet combustor.

Bryner, Elliott

270

Influence of droplet distribution in a ``water slug'' on the temperature and concentration of combustion products in its wake  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A numerical study has been made of the influence of the droplet distribution in a “water slug” on the integral characteristics of heat and mass transfer (temperature and concentration of the gases in its wake) in motion through high-temperature combustion products of typical combustible wood. Limiting values of the parameters characterizing the position of the droplets relative to the neighboring droplets in the “water slug” at which minimum temperatures and concentrations of the combustion products in its wake are attained under the conditions of the greatest possible completeness of water evaporation, have been established. It has been shown that a series-parallel droplet distribution in the “water slug” is expedient for efficient action on the high-temperature gases.

Strizhak, P. A.

2013-07-01

271

Process for microwave sintering boron carbide  

DOEpatents

A method of microwave sintering boron carbide comprises leaching boron carbide powder with an aqueous solution of nitric acid to form a leached boron carbide powder. The leached boron carbide powder is coated with a glassy carbon precursor to form a coated boron carbide powder. The coated boron carbide powder is consolidated in an enclosure of boron nitride particles coated with a layer of glassy carbon within a container for microwave heating to form an enclosed coated boron carbide powder. The enclosed coated boron carbide powder is sintered within the container for microwave heating with microwave energy.

Holcombe, C.E.; Morrow, M.S.

1993-10-12

272

Process for microwave sintering boron carbide  

DOEpatents

A method of microwave sintering boron carbide comprises leaching boron carbide powder with an aqueous solution of nitric acid to form a leached boron carbide powder. The leached boron carbide powder is coated with a glassy carbon precursor to form a coated boron carbide powder. The coated boron carbide powder is consolidated in an enclosure of boron nitride particles coated with a layer of glassy carbon within a container for microwave heating to form an enclosed coated boron carbide powder. The enclosed coated boron carbide powder is sintered within the container for microwave heating with microwave energy.

Holcombe, Cressie E. (440 Sugarwood Dr., Knoxville, TN 37922); Morrow, Marvin S. (Rte. #3, Box 113, Kingston, TN 37763)

1993-01-01

273

CONCENTRATION AND DISTRIBUTION OF PAHS IN SOILS AFFECTED BY GRASSLAND FIRE  

Microsoft Academic Search

A study has been carried out to determine the affect of grassland fire on the distribution of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in roadside soils of Marang district. 15 surfacial soil samples were collected from Kuala Tengah in Pulau Kerengga to Kg. Baharu in Merchang, a stretch of area bordering to the national trunk road, which frequently suffered from grassland fires.

Norhayati Mohd Tahir; Tan Hock Seng; Marinah Ariffin; Suhaimi Suratman; Lim Seang Hoe

2006-01-01

274

Glutathione Concentration and Distribution in Cervical Cancers and Adjacent Normal Tissues  

Microsoft Academic Search

Intracellular glutathione (GSH) has been shown to play an important role in modulating the cellular response to many cytotoxic agents, including radiation and chemotherapeutic drugs. In this study, individual glutathione levels from contiguous blocks of cervical cancer tissue were determined in order to investigate the intratumor GSH distribution and variation, as well as the difference between tumor and its normal

Ting-Chang Chang; Ming Jen Wu Chang; Swei Hsueh

1993-01-01

275

Comparison of Four Species Sensitivity Distribution Methods to Calculate Predicted No Effect Concentrations for Bisphenol A  

Microsoft Academic Search

Bisphenol A (BPA, CAS RN 80-05-7) is a high production volume chemical used as an intermediate in the production of polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins. During its manufacture and use, some emissions to surface waters are anticipated. Chronic predicted no effect concentrations (PNECs) for aquatic systems are used to support the assessment of potential risks to aquatic organisms in receiving

C. A. Staples; K. B. Woodburn; G. M. Klecka; E. M. Mihaich; A. T. Hall; L. Ortego; N. Caspers; S. G. Hentges

2008-01-01

276

Direct elicitation of template concentration from quantification cycle (Cq) distributions in digital PCR  

PubMed Central

Digital PCR (dPCR) exploits limiting dilution of a template into an array of PCR reactions. From this array the number of reactions that contain at least one (as opposed to zero) initial template is determined, allowing inferring the original template concentration. Here we present a novel protocol to efficiently infer the concentration of a sample and its optimal dilution for dPCR from few targeted qPCR assays. By taking advantage of the real-time amplification feature of qPCR as opposed to relying on endpoint PCR assessment as in standard dPCR prior knowledge of template concentration is not necessary. This eliminates the need for serial dilutions in a separate titration and reduces the number of necessary reactions. We describe the theory underlying our approach and discuss experimental moments that contribute to uncertainty. We present data from a controlled experiment where the initial template concentration is known as proof of principle and apply our method on directly monitoring transcript level change during cell differentiation as well as gauging amplicon numbers in cDNA samples after pre-amplification. PMID:25104023

Mojtahedi, Mitra; Fouquier d'Hérouël, Aymeric; Huang, Sui

2014-01-01

277

THE CONCENTRATION AND DISTRIBUTION OF RADIUM IN THE NORMAL HUMAN SKELETON  

Microsoft Academic Search

S>Maximum permissible levels of irradiation to the human body have been ; assigned from experience gained in the past with radium poisoning cases. ; Previous data on normal levels of radium concentration in the body are limited ; and show a wide variation. A comprehensive study of radium levels in the human ; skeleton has been made in this work

A. Walton; R. Kologrivov; J. L. Kulp

1959-01-01

278

Concentrations and spatial distribution of plutonium in the terrestrial environment of the Marshall Islands  

Microsoft Academic Search

Measurements of plutonium in the terrestrial environment of the Marshall Islands are one indicator of the degree of environmental contamination from nuclear weapons testing. Moreover, the spatial pattern of environmental plutonium concentrations is indicative of the pattern of total radionuclide deposition from all of the nuclear tests. Measurements of plutonium (239+240Pu) to discern the spatial pattern of deposition and the

Steven L Simon; James C Graham; Andrew W Borchert

1999-01-01

279

THE SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION OF PHYTOPLANKTON CHLOROPHYLL CONCENTRATIONS IN NARRAGANSETT BAY USING AIRCRAFT REMOTE SENSING  

EPA Science Inventory

During the summer of 2002, phytoplankton chlorophyll concentrations were determined in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island using a light aircraft equipped with the MicroSAS remote sensing system. From an altitude of 300 m, the three sensor system measured sea surface radiance (Lt), sk...

280

DISTRIBUTION OF FINGERLING BROOK TROUT, SALVELINUS FONTINALIS (MITCHELL), IN DISSOLVED OXYGEN CONCENTRATION GRADIENTS  

EPA Science Inventory

A self-recording linear gradient tank and procedures are described in which individual brook trout fingerlings unstressed by recent transfer, unaccustomed surroundings or the presence of an observer could move freely in 16 oxygen concentration gradients within the limits of 1 and...

281

Estimation of the temporal and spatial distribution of dust concentration over China by combining PM10 and conventional meteorological observations.  

PubMed

In this paper, we will present a simple algorithm to estimate the temporal and spatial distribution of dust mass concentration by combining PM10 and conventional meteorological observations. The efficiency of the algorithm has been demonstrated by applying it to analyze the dust source, transport, and dissipation of the dust storm which occurred in the west region of Pa-tan-chi-lin Desert at 0200 BST 27 March, 2004. PMID:19882221

Zhao, Fengsheng; Li, Xiaoqing; Gai, Changsong; Gao, Wenhua

2010-11-01

282

Concentrations and distributions of Ba, Cr, Sr, V, Al, and Fe in Torrelles soil profiles (Catalonia, Spain)  

Microsoft Academic Search

Concentrations and distributions of six elements – Ba, Cr, Sr, V, Al, and Fe – in 29 Torrelles soil profiles (135 soil samples) were investigated. The soils were classified as Alfisols, Entisols, Inceptisols, Mollisols, and Ultisols. Background data ranges were estimated with the box plot [median ±2 median absolute deviation (MAD)] procedure as follows: Ba: 137.9–237.3 mg kg?1, Cr: 21.5–35.7 mg kg?1;

Pedro Tume; Jaume Bech; Luis Tume; Joan Bech; Ferran Reverter; Lluis Longan; Patricio Cendoya

2008-01-01

283

Boron and silicon: Effects on growth, plasma lipids, urinary cyclic AMP and bone and brain mineral composition of male rats  

SciTech Connect

Because boron resembles silicon in its chemical properties, an experiment was performed to determine if excessive dietary boron would affect the response to silicon deprivation and, conversely, if silicon would influence the effects of an excessive intake of boron. Male weanling Sprague-Dawley rats were assigned to groups of 6 or 12 in a two-by-two factorially arranged experiment. Supplemented to a ground corn/casein diet containing 1.2 [mu]g silicon and 3 [mu]g boron per gram were silicon as sodium metasilicate at 0 or 50 [mu]g/g and boron as orthoboric acid at 0 or 500 [mu]g/g diet. At nine weeks, animals fed high dietary boron had significantly decreased final body weights, liver-weight-to-body-weight ratios, urinary cAMP concentrations, plasma triglyceride, cholesterol, glycine, valine, leucine, and lysine concentrations and skull copper, sodium, and manganese concentrations. High dietary boron also significantly increased brain-weight-to-body-weight ratios, magnesium concentrations of femur, brain, and plasma, zinc concentration of femur, and iron concentration of skull. The bone mineral findings suggest that excess dietary boron exerts subtle effects on bone composition. Dietary silicon affected blood urea nitrogen, hematocrit, hemoglobin, and the concentrations of plasma threonine and aspartic acid in animals fed excess boron. Depression of the testes-weight-to-body-weight ratio of animals fed 500 [mu]g boron per gram diet was most marked in animals not fed silicon. Although excessive dietary boron did not markedly enhanced the response of rats to silicon deprivation, dietary silicon affected their response to high dietary boron. Thus, dietary silicon apparently can influence boron toxicity.

Seaborn, C.D.; Nielsen, F.H. (Dept. of Agriculture, Grand Forks, ND (United States). Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center)

1994-06-01

284

Mathematical modeling and finite element simulation of slow release of drugs using hydrogels as carriers with various drug concentration distributions.  

PubMed

In drug release systems using hydrogels as carriers, the presence of the polymer network will reduce the drug release rate, which can extend the release period. For a controlled-release process of drug, usually the ideal situation is to get a zero-order drug release rate. In this paper, the mathematical model of hydrogel swelling processes is constructed on the basis of a biphasic theory, and then an integrated equation that considers both water convection and drug diffusion phenomena is used to describe the drug release process. The effects of the initial drug concentration with nonuniform distributions along the radial direction of hydrogel carriers on the release of drugs are studied through simulating two-dimensional hydrogel swelling processes by means of the COMSOL Multiphysics software. The simulation results show that along with the hydrogel swelling, the drug release rate is changing, and the major influencing factors of the drug release rate are water convection and drug diffusion coefficient, which are affected by water volume fraction, drug concentration distribution in matrix, and carrier radius. The results also indicate that the initial drug concentration distribution following a sine curve can result in an ideal zero-order release process. PMID:23526640

Xu, Yihan; Jia, Yuxi; Wang, Zhao; Wang, Zhaojing

2013-05-01

285

Concentrations, sources and spatial distribution of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in soils from Beijing, Tianjin and surrounding areas, North China  

PubMed Central

The concentrations, profiles, sources and spatial distribution of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) were determined in 40 surface soil samples collected from Beijing, Tianjin and surrounding areas, North China in 2007, and all sampling sites were far from industrial areas, roadsides and other pollution sources, and across a range of soil types in remote, rural villages and urban areas. The total concentrations of 16 PAHs ranged from 31.6 to 1475.0 ng/g, with an arithmetic average of 336.4 ng/g. The highest PAH concentrations were measured in urban soils, followed by rural village soils and soils from remote locations. The remote–rural village–urban PAH concentration gradient was related to population density, gross domestic product (GDP), long-range atmospheric transport and different types of land use. In addition, the PAH concentration was well correlated with the total organic carbon (TOC) concentration of the soil. The PAH profile suggested that coal combustion and biomass burning were primary PAH sources. PMID:20199833

Wang, Wentao; Massey Simonich, Staci L.; Xue, Miao; Zhao, Jingyu; Zhang, Na; Wang, Rong; Cao, Jun; Tao, Shu

2013-01-01

286

Distribution of Elevated Nitrate Concentrations in Ground Water in Washington State  

USGS Publications Warehouse

More than 60 percent of the population of Washington State uses ground water for their drinking and cooking needs. Nitrate concentrations in ground water are elevated in parts of the State as a result of various land-use practices, including fertilizer application, dairy operations and ranching, and septic-system use. Shallow wells generally are more vulnerable to nitrate contamination than deeper wells (Williamson and others, 1998; Ebbert and others, 2000). In order to protect public health, the Washington State Department of Health requires that public water systems regularly measure nitrate in their wells. Public water systems serving more than 25 people collect water samples at least annually; systems serving from 2 to 14 people collect water samples at least every 3 years. Private well owners serving one residence may be required to sample when the well is first drilled, but are unregulated after that. As a result, limited information is available to citizens and public health officials about potential exposure to elevated nitrate concentrations for people whose primary drinking-water sources are private wells. The U.S. Geological Survey and Washington State Department of Health collaborated to examine water-quality data from public water systems and develop models that calculate the probability of detecting elevated nitrate concentrations in ground water. Maps were then developed to estimate ground water vulnerability to nitrate in areas where limited data are available.

Frans, Lonna

2008-01-01

287

The relationship of blood- and urine-boron to boron exposure in borax-workers and usefulness of urine-boron as an exposure marker.  

PubMed Central

Daily dietary-boron intake and on-the-job inspired boron were compared with blood- and urine-boron concentrations in workers engaged in packaging and shipping borax. Fourteen workers handling borax at jobs of low, medium, and high dust exposures were sampled throughout full shifts for 5 consecutive days each. Airborne borax concentrations ranged from means of 3.3 mg/m3 to 18 mg/m3, measured gravimetrically. End-of-shift mean blood-boron concentrations ranged from 0.11 to 0.26 microgram/g; end-of-shift mean urine concentrations ranged from 3.16 to 10.72 micrograms/mg creatinine. Creatinine measures were used to adjust for differences in urine-specific gravity such that 1 ml of urine contains approximately 1 mg creatinine. There was no progressive increase in end-of-shift blood- or urine-boron concentrations across the days of the week. Urine testing done at the end of the work shift gave a somewhat better estimate of borate exposure than did blood testing, was sampled more easily, and was analytically less difficult to perform. Personal air samplers of two types were used: one, the 37-mm closed-face, two-piece cassette to estimate total dust and the other, the Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM) sampler to estimate inspirable particulate mass. Under the conditions of this study, the IOM air sampler more nearly estimated human exposure as measured by blood- and urine-boron levels than did the sampler that measured total dust.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:7889874

Culver, B D; Shen, P T; Taylor, T H; Lee-Feldstein, A; Anton-Culver, H; Strong, P L

1994-01-01

288

Boron isotopic compositions of some boron minerals  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Boron minerals that have different structural formulae but are supposed to have the same geologic origin have been collected and analyzed for the 11B /10B isotopic ratio. It has been reconfirmed that minerals of marine origin have higher 11B /10B ratios than those of nonmarine origin. It has been found that the sequence of decreasing 11B /10B values among the minerals with the same geologic origin is; borax, tincal, kernite (Na borates) > ulexite ( Na/Ca borate) > colemanite, iyoite, meyerhofferite (Ca borates). This sequence is explainable on the basis of the difference in crystal structure among the minerals. That is, minerals with higher BO 3/BO 4 ratios, (the ratio of the number of the BO 3 triangle units to the number of the BO 4 tetrahedron units in the structural formula of a mineral) have higher 11B /10B ratios.

Oi, Takao; Nomura, Masao; Musashi, Masaaki; Ossaka, Tomoko; Okamoto, Makoto; Kakihana, Hidetake

1989-12-01

289

Measurements of the distribution of adenylate concentrations and adenylate energy charge across Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms.  

PubMed Central

Adenine nucleotide pools and adenylate energy charge distributions were determined by using a laboratory-generated quasi-steady-state Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm. The method used involved freezing and sectioning of the intact biofilm, followed by extraction and assay of the adenylates in the sectioned material. Results indicated an increase in adenylate energy charge of about 0.2 units from the bottom to the surface of the biofilm. However, energy charge values were generally low throughout the biofilm, reaching a maximum of only 0.6 units. Of the adenylates measured, AMP was the predominant nucleotide, especially in the deeper parts of the biofilm profile. PMID:1352444

Kinniment, S L; Wimpenny, J W

1992-01-01

290

DDT Residues: Distribution of Concentrations in Emerita analoga (Stimpson) along Coastal California  

Microsoft Academic Search

The total concentrations (tDDT) of DDT [1,1,1-trichloro-2,2-bis(p-chlorophenyl)ethane], DDD [1,1-dichloro-2,2-bis(p-chlorophenyl)ethane], and DDE [1,1-dichloro-2,2-bis(p-chlorophenyl)ethylene] in Emerita analoga from 19 California beaches reflect tDDT contamination nearby. Animals near the Los Angeles County sewer outfall contain over 45 times as much tDDT as animals near major agricultural drainage areas. Sediments near the outfall probably contain over 100 metric tons of tDDT-a reservoir for input

Robin Burnett

1971-01-01

291

Distribution of Arsenic Sulfides in Van Phuc, Vietnam, and Their Relationship to Aquifer Arsenic Concentrations  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Groundwater arsenic concentrations are highly heterogeneous, in part due to spatial variability in sediment geochemical and hydrological properties on fine scales. The concentration of As in groundwater depends on the balance between sources of dissolved As, and the sinks that can return it to the solid phase. While much effort has focused on Fe(III) reduction as a source of groundwater arsenic, much less research has been devoted the variation in the sinks of arsenic in exhibiting sharp contrasts between As-impacted and As-free waters. It is critical to understand these processes at such boundaries to properly evaluate the long-term viability of low-As aquifers as alternative water sources. Here, we examine the Fe, As, and S speciation in sediments collected while installing a transect of wells across a sharp gradient in dissolved As levels in Van Phuc village, Vietnam. Marked variations in solid phase As speciation as As(V), As(III) and As2S3 were observed as a function of core location and depth. Arsenic sulfides were not found in shallow, weakly reducing and oxic sediments associated with groundwater low in As, but were extensive in some gray sediments from reduced aquifers. Many reduced aquifers also exhibited low dissolved sulfate concentrations. These observations indicate that the formation of these sulfides is tied to sulfate reduction within anoxic aquifers, but the prevalence of arsenic sulfide is not correlated directly to aqueous As levels. Iron speciation indicates that many, but not all, sediments from low-As aquifers materials contain appreciable Fe(III). In such low-As aquifers, As concentrations may be buffered by adsorption to iron oxides. In low-As aquifers within reduced sediments, however, Fe(III) minerals are rare and sulfide minerals may play a dominant role in regulating the fate of arsenic. In either case, the quantity of Fe(III) and/sulfate as terminal electron acceptors limits the sediment’s capacity to scavenge As. Thus, the boundaries between high- and low-As groundwaters may not be stable over time. This is a concern in Van Phuc because high-As groundwater elevated appears to be passing through the low-As portion of the aquifer. Extensive groundwater pumping of low-As groundwater may also facilitate this process.

Bostick, B. C.; Harvey, C.; Stahl, M.; Oates, P.; L., Vi; Nguyen, M.; Viet, P.; Trang, P. T.; Berg, M.; Stengel, C.; van Geen, A.

2010-12-01

292

High-pressure, high-temperature processing of low-nitrogen boron-doped diamond  

Microsoft Academic Search

We have studied high-pressure, high-temperature processing (7.0 GPa, 2000–2100°C) of low-nitrogen boron-doped synthetic diamonds\\u000a grown in the Fe-Ni-C system (5.5–6.0 GPa, 1350–1450°C) with boron and titanium additions. The results indicate that, during\\u000a the growth of low-nitrogen boron-doped diamonds, there is a competition between different acceptors (boron and nickel). The\\u000a system of point defects and their distribution over the crystal are

A. I. Chepurov; A. P. Yelisseyev; E. I. Zhimulev; V. M. Sonin; I. I. Fedorov; A. A. Chepurov

2008-01-01

293

Boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) for the treatment of liver metastases: biodistribution studies of boron compounds in an experimental model.  

PubMed

We previously demonstrated the therapeutic efficacy of different boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) protocols in an experimental model of oral cancer. BNCT is based on the selective accumulation of (10)B carriers in a tumor followed by neutron irradiation. Within the context of exploring the potential therapeutic efficacy of BNCT for the treatment of liver metastases, the aim of the present study was to perform boron biodistribution studies in an experimental model of liver metastases in rats. Different boron compounds and administration conditions were assayed to determine which administration protocols would potentially be therapeutically useful in in vivo BNCT studies at the RA-3 nuclear reactor. A total of 70 BDIX rats were inoculated in the liver with syngeneic colon cancer cells DHD/K12/TRb to induce the development of subcapsular tumor nodules. Fourteen days post-inoculation, the animals were used for biodistribution studies. We evaluated a total of 11 administration protocols for the boron compounds boronophenylalanine (BPA) and GB-10 (Na(2)(10)B(10)H(10)), alone or combined at different dose levels and employing different administration routes. Tumor, normal tissue, and blood samples were processed for boron measurement by atomic emission spectroscopy. Six protocols proved potentially useful for BNCT studies in terms of absolute boron concentration in tumor and preferential uptake of boron by tumor tissue. Boron concentration values in tumor and normal tissues in the liver metastases model show it would be feasible to reach therapeutic BNCT doses in tumor without exceeding radiotolerance in normal tissue at the thermal neutron facility at RA-3. PMID:21132507

Garabalino, Marcela A; Monti Hughes, Andrea; Molinari, Ana J; Heber, Elisa M; Pozzi, Emiliano C C; Cardoso, Jorge E; Colombo, Lucas L; Nievas, Susana; Nigg, David W; Aromando, Romina F; Itoiz, Maria E; Trivillin, Verónica A; Schwint, Amanda E

2011-03-01

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Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BCNT) for the Treatment of Liver Metastases: Biodistribution Studies of Boron Compounds in an Experimental Model  

SciTech Connect

Abstract We previously demonstrated the therapeutic efficacy of different boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) protocols in an experimental model of oral cancer. BNCT is based on the selective accumulation of 10B carriers in a tumor followed by neutron irradiation. Within the context of exploring the potential therapeutic efficacy of BNCT for the treatment of liver metastases, the aim of the present study was to perform boron biodistribution studies in an experimental model of liver metastases in rats. Different boron compounds and administration conditions were assayed to determine which administration protocols would potentially be therapeutically useful in in vivo BNCT studies at the RA-3 nuclear reactor. A total of 70 BDIX rats were inoculated in the liver with syngeneic colon cancer cells DHD/K12/TRb to induce the development of subcapsular tumor nodules. Fourteen days post-inoculation, the animals were used for biodistribution studies. We evaluated a total of 11 administration protocols for the boron compounds boronophenylalanine (BPA) and GB-10 (Na210B10H10), alone or combined at different dose levels and employing different administration routes. Tumor, normal tissue, and blood samples were processed for boron measurement by atomic emission spectroscopy. Six protocols proved potentially useful for BNCT studies in terms of absolute boron concentration in tumor and preferential uptake of boron by tumor tissue. Boron concentration values in tumor and normal tissues in the liver metastases model show it would be feasible to reach therapeutic BNCT doses in tumor without exceeding radiotolerance in normal tissue at the thermal neutron facility at RA-3.

Marcela A. Garabalino; Andrea Monti Hughes; Ana J. Molinari; Elisa M. Heber; Emiliano C. C. Pozzi; Maria E. Itoiz; Veronica A. Trivillin; Amanda E. Schwint; Jorge E. Cardoso; Lucas L. Colombo; Susana Nievas; David W. Nigg; Romina F. Aromando

2011-03-01

295

Effect of traffic restriction on atmospheric particle concentrations and their size distributions in urban Lanzhou, Northwestern China.  

PubMed

During the 2012 Lanzhou International Marathon, the local government made a significant effort to improve traffic conditions and air quality by implementing traffic restriction measures. To evaluate the direct effect of these measures on urban air quality, especially particle concentrations and their size distributions, atmospheric particle size distributions (0.5-20 microm) obtained using an aerodynamic particle sizer (model 3321, TSI, USA) in June 2012 were analyzed. It was found that the particle number, surface area and volume concentrations for size range 0.5-10 microm were (15.0 +/- 2.1) cm(-3), (11.8 +/- 2.6) microm2/cm3 and (1.9 +/- 0.6) microm2/cm3, respectively, on the traffic-restricted day (Sunday), which is 63.2%, 53.0% and 47.2% lower than those on a normal Sunday. For number and surface area concentrations, the most affected size range was 0.5-0.7 and 0.5-0.8 microm, respectively, while for volume concentration, the most affected size ranges were 0.5-0.8, 1.7-2.0 and 5.0-5.4 microm. Number and volume concentrations of particles in size range 0.5-1.0 microm correlated well with the number of non-CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) powered vehicles, while their correlation with the number of CNG-powered vehicles was very low, suggesting that reasonable urban traffic controls along with vehicle technology improvements could play an important role in improving urban air quality. PMID:25076527

Zhao, Suping; Yu, Ye; Liu, Na; He, Jianjun; Chen, Jinbei

2014-02-01

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Concentration, distribution, and human health risk assessment of endosulfan from a manufacturing facility in Huai'an, China.  

PubMed

Endosulfan concentrations and its distribution in air, soil, sediment and foodstuffs in the area surrounding a production facility in Huai'an, China were investigated because of its threats to the environment and human health. Air concentrations for endosulfan ?, endosulfan II and endosulfan sulfate measured in this study were several orders of magnitude higher than those reported previously for this region. Surface soil concentration ranges of endosulfan I, endosulfan II, and endosulfan sulfate were greater than in sediment. Endosulfan II was the greatest contributor to total endosulfan concentrations in both surface sediment and soil followed by endosulfan sulfate and endosulfan ?. However, a different concentration profile was observed in fish and crop samples, with endosulfan sulfate having the highest concentration followed by endosulfan I and endosulfan II. The concentration of ?endosulfans (endosulfans ? and II) in soil decreased rapidly with increasing distance from the plant by a factor of 10 within 45 km. Trace amounts of ?endosulfans were observed in deep soil layers which implied that these compounds are transported through the leaching of pore water in soil. This demonstrated that emissions from the manufacturing facility can lead to ground water contamination in the area near the plant. A screening level human health risk assessment of ?endosulfans based on the worst-case scenario was performed for people living in the vicinity of the manufacturing facility. The hazard indices were at least 2 orders of magnitude of <1, indicating no adverse health effects are likely to occur at current exposure levels, and the risk to human health is generally acceptable. PMID:24491393

Wang, De-Gao; Alaee, Mehran; Guo, Ming-Xing; Pei, Wei; Wu, Qian

2014-09-01

297

Concentration, distribution, and bioavailability of mercury and methylmercury in sediments of Baltimore Harbor and Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, USA  

SciTech Connect

For the Chesapeake Bay, sediments in regions such as Baltimore Harbor have total mercury (Hg) concentrations that exceed environmental effects guidelines. However, fish concentrations do not appear elevated. Indeed, the factors controlling the transfer of sedimentary Hg, especially as monomethylmercury (MMHg), the most bioaccumulative form of Hg, to these aquatic organisms are poorly understood. To examine this, the authors have investigated the distribution and bioavailability of Hg and MMHg to benthic organisms in Baltimore harbor and the Chesapeake Bay, in Maryland, USA. The results discussed here show that sediment concentration for both total Hg and MMHg covaries with sediment organic content and that this parameter is a better predictor, for surface sediments, of concentration than iron content, acid volatile sulfide (AVS), or other factors. Furthermore, correlations between inorganic Hg and MMHg in benthic biota with sediment levels suggest that variation in the bioaccumulation factor (SBAF) for invertebrates is best explained in terms of sediment organic content. thus, the results from this study emphasize the importance of organic matter in regions removed from point source input in controlling both the concentration and bioavailability of MMHg to organisms. Because of the exponential nature of the SBAF/organic content relationship, there is a nonlinear organism response to MMHg in sediments that must be considered in any estimation of the toxic effect of sediment MMHg. Also, as a result of the decoupling between total Hg and MMHg concentration and bioavailability in surface sediments, any remediation evaluation of bioavailability and/or toxicity that is based only on total Hg concentration is unlikely to provide a reliable prediction.

Mason, R.P.; Lawrence, A.L.

1999-11-01

298

Experimental Microbiology of Saturated Salt Solutions and Other Harsh Environments. III. Growth of Salt-Tolerant Penicillium notatum in Boron-Rich Media 1  

PubMed Central

A stress-tolerant strain of Penicillium notatum, isolated by passage through a nutrient solution saturated with calcium acetate, was found to have a tolerance to boron in several states of oxidation. Growth in the presence of elementary boron, saturating amounts of boric acid, and with various concentrations of sodium borohydride was observed and mycelial mats were spectrographically analyzed for boron accumulation. PMID:6076112

Roberts, Karen; Siegel, S. M.

1967-01-01

299

Improving Simulations of Fine Dust Surface Concentrations over the Western United States by Optimizing the Particle Size Distribution  

SciTech Connect

To improve estimates of remote contributions of dust to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in the western United States, new dust particle size distributions (PSDs) based upon scale-invariant fragmentation theory (Kok_PSD) with constraints from in situ measurements (IMP_PSD) are implemented in a chemical transport model (GEOS-Chem). Compared to initial simulations, this leads to reductions in the mass of emitted dust particles with radii <1.8 mm by 40%-60%. Consequently, the root-mean-square error in simulated fine dust concentrations compared to springtime surface observations in the western United States is reduced by 67%-81%. The ratio of simulated fine to coarse PM mass is also improved, which is not achievable by reductions in total dust emissions. The IMP_PSD best represents the PSD of dust transported from remote sources and reduces modeled PM2.5 concentrations up to 5 mg/m3 over the western United States, which is important when considering sources contributing to nonattainment of air quality standards. Citation: Zhang, L., J. F. Kok, D. K. Henze, Q. Li, and C. Zhao (2013), Improving simulations of fine dust surface concentrations over the western United States by optimizing the particle size distribution, Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, 3270-3275, doi:10.1002/grl.50591.

Zhang, Li; Kok, Jasper F.; Henze, Daven; Li, Qinbin; Zhao, Chun

2013-06-28

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Distribution of Phosphorus Atoms and Carrier Concentrations in Single-Crystal Silicon Doped by Catalytically Generated Phosphorous Radicals  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A phosphorus (P)-doped ultrathin n+ layer is formed on crystalline silicon (c-Si) using radicals generated by the catalytic cracking reaction of phosphine (PH3) gas with a heated catalyzer. The carrier concentration and the depth distributions of P atoms are investigated by Hall effect and secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), respectively. The surface of the p-type c-Si substrate is converted to n-type c-Si by this doping even at a substrate temperature of 20 °C, when the tungsten (W) catalyzer is heated at 1300 °C. SIMS measurements demonstrate that P atoms exist on the c-Si surface. However, the distributions of P atoms obtained by SIMS do not change, even for the increase in substrate temperature from 80 to 350 °C or the increase in radical exposure time from 60 to 3600 s. Although the sheet carrier concentration increased with the substrate temperature, the sheet carrier concentration increased only slightly with the radical exposure time. It is revealed that the doping mechanism does not appear to be the same as that of the thermal diffusion, but that the reaction of the P-related species with Si atoms on the surface plays a key role for this radical doping.

Hayakawa, Taro; Nakashima, Yuki; Koyama, Koichi; Ohdaira, Keisuke; Matsumura, Hideki

2012-06-01

301

Preliminary weight and costs of sandwich panels to distribute concentrated loads  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Minimum mass honeycomb sandwich panels were sized for transmitting a concentrated load to a uniform reaction through various distances. The form skin gages were fully stressed with a finite element computer code. The panel general stability was evaluated with a buckling computer code labeled STAGS-B. Two skin materials were considered; aluminum and graphite-epoxy. The core was constant thickness aluminum honeycomb. Various panel sizes and load levels were considered. The computer generated data were generalized to allow preliminary least mass panel designs for a wide range of panel sizes and load intensities. An assessment of panel fabrication cost was also conducted. Various comparisons between panel mass, panel size, panel loading, and panel cost are presented in both tabular and graphical form.

Belleman, G.; Mccarty, J. E.

1976-01-01

302

Characteristics of the cathodic arc discharge with a hot boron cathode  

Microsoft Academic Search

Recently, we have developed a cathodic arc plasma source with a heated boron cathode and successfully applied to the deposition of cubic boron nitride thin films. The cathode surface area under operation exhibits an extended red-hot area and it was therefore tentatively assumed that the arc operates in the distributed mode. However, high-speed photography has revealed that cathode spots exist

P. Richter; Siegfried Peter; Volodymyr B. Filippov; Gert Flemming; M. Kuhn

1999-01-01

303

The place of solar power: an economic analysis of concentrated and distributed solar power  

PubMed Central

Background This paper examines the cost and benefits, both financial and environmental, of two leading forms of solar power generation, grid-tied photovoltaic cells and Dish Stirling Systems, using conventional carbon-based fuel as a benchmark. Methods First we define how these solar technologies will be implemented and why. Then we delineate a model city and its characteristics, which will be used to test the two methods of solar-powered electric distribution. Then we set the constraining assumptions for each technology, which serve as parameters for our calculations. Finally, we calculate the present value of the total cost of conventional energy needed to power our model city and use this as a benchmark when analyzing both solar models’ benefits and costs. Results The preeminent form of distributed electricity generation, grid-tied photovoltaic cells under net-metering, allow individual homeowners a degree of electric self-sufficiency while often turning a profit. However, substantial subsidies are required to make the investment sensible. Meanwhile, large dish Stirling engine installations have a significantly higher potential rate of return, but face a number of pragmatic limitations. Conclusions This paper concludes that both technologies are a sensible investment for consumers, but given that the dish Stirling consumer receives 6.37 dollars per watt while the home photovoltaic system consumer receives between 0.9 and 1.70 dollars per watt, the former appears to be a superior option. Despite the large investment, this paper deduces that it is far more feasible to get few strong investors to develop a solar farm of this magnitude, than to get 150,000 households to install photovoltaic arrays in their roofs. Potential implications of the solar farm construction include an environmental impact given the size of land require for this endeavour. However, the positive aspects, which include a large CO2 emission reduction aggregated over the lifespan of the farm, outweigh any minor concerns or potential externalities. PMID:22540991

2012-01-01

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Particle size distribution, concentration, and magnetic attraction affect transport of polymer-modified Fe(0) nanoparticles in sand columns.  

PubMed

The effect of particle concentration, size distribution (polydispersity) and magnetic attractive forces (Fe(0) content) on agglomeration and transport of poly(styrene sulfonate) (PSS) modified NZVI was studied in water-saturated sand (d(p) = 300 microm) columns. Particle concentrations ranged from 0.03 to 6 g/L in 5 mM NaCl/5 mM NaHCO3 at a pore water velocity of 3.2 x 10(-4) m/s. Three NZVI dispersions with different intrinsic particle size distributions obtained from sequential sedimentation are compared. The influence of magnetic attraction (Fe(0) content) on NZVI agglomeration and deposition in porous media is assessed by comparing the deposition behavior of PSS-modified NZVI (magnetic) having different Fe(0) contents with PSS-modified hematite (nonmagnetic) with the same surface modifier. At low particle concentration (30 mg/L) all particles were mobile in sand columns regardless of size or magnetic attractive forces. At high concentration (1 to 6 g/L), deposition of the relatively monodisperse dispersion containing PSS-modified NZVI (hydrodynamic radius (R(H)) = 24 nm) with the lowest Fe(0) content (4 wt%) is low (attachment efficiency (alpha) = 2.5 x 10(-3)), insensitive to particle concentration, and similar to PSS-modified hematite. At 1 to 6 g/L, the attachment efficiency of polydisperse dispersions containing both primary particles and sintered aggregates (R(H) from 15 to 260 nm) of PSS-modified NZVI with a range of Fe(0) content (10-60%) is greater (alpha = 1.2 x 10(-2) to 7.2 x 10(-2) and is sensitive to particle size distribution. The greater attachment for larger, more polydisperse Fe(0) nanoparticles with higher Fe(0) content is a result of their agglomeration during transport in porous media because the magnetic attractive force between particles increases with the sixth power of particle/agglomerate radius. A filtration model that considers agglomeration in porous media and subsequent deposition explains the observed transport of polydisperse PSS-modified NZVI at high concentration. PMID:19673310

Phenrat, Tanapon; Kim, Hye-Jin; Fagerlund, Fritjof; Illangasekare, Tissa; Tilton, Robert D; Lowry, Gregory V

2009-07-01

305

Mineral oil in human tissues, Part I: Concentrations and molecular mass distributions.  

PubMed

Of 37 subjects aged 25-91y (mean 67y), mineral oil hydrocarbons were measured in subcutaneous abdominal fat tissue, mesenteric lymph nodes (MLN), spleen, liver and lung, for some of them also in kidney, heart and brain. No mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons (MOAH) were detected. The mean concentration of mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons (MOSH) in the mesenteric lymph nodes was 223mg/kg, in liver 131mg/kg, in fat tissue 130mg/kg, in spleen 93mg/kg and in lung 12mg/kg. They were clearly lower in kidney, heart and brain. The maxima, found in MLN and spleen, were 1390 and 1400mg/kg, respectively. For a quarter of the subjects a total amount of MOSH in the body above 5g was calculated. The MOSH composition in the fat tissue and the MLN appeared virtually identical and varied little between the subjects. It was centered on the n-alkanes C23-C24, ranged from C16 to C35 and included hydrocarbons of plant origin. The MOSH in spleen and liver had almost the same composition for a given subject, but varied somewhat between subjects. They were centered between C25 and C27, ranged from C18 to beyond C45 and were without hydrocarbons of plant origin. Part of the MOSH seem to be strongly accumulated, resulting in far higher concentrations in human tissues related to exposure than observed in shorter term animal experiments. The composition of the accumulated MOSH does not support that Class I mineral oils, sometimes termed "food grade", are less accumulated in the human body than Class II and III oils, which questions the present classification. PMID:24780493

Barp, Laura; Kornauth, Christoph; Wuerger, Tanja; Rudas, Margaretha; Biedermann, Maurus; Reiner, Angelika; Concin, Nicole; Grob, Koni

2014-10-01

306

Influence of titanium to boron ratio on the ability to grain refine aluminium-silicon alloys  

Microsoft Academic Search

Grain refinement is achieved in aluminium alloys by inoculating the molten metal with small amounts of titanium and boron. Grain refiners containing high concentrations of titanium and boron are available commercially for this purpose. However, these grain refiners come in different chemical compositions giving rise to a variety of Ti\\/B ratios. Although it is accepted that increasing the amount of

T. Sritharan; H. Li

1997-01-01

307

Simulation of boron diffusion during low-temperature annealing of implanted silicon  

E-print Network

Modeling of ion-implanted boron redistribution in silicon crystals during low-temperature annealing with a small thermal budget has been carried out. It was shown that formation of "tails"' in the low-concentration region of impurity profiles occurs due to the long-range migration of boron interstitials

O. I. Velichko; A. P. Kavaliova

2012-07-15

308

Natural Radioactivity of Boron Added Clay Samples  

SciTech Connect

Clay, consisting fine-grained minerals, is an interesting materials and can be used in a variety of different fields especially in dermatology application. Using clay such a field it is important to measure its natural radioactivity. Thus the purpose of this study is to measure {sup 226}Ra, {sup 232}Th and {sup 40}K concentration in clay samples enriched with boron. Three different types of clay samples were prepared where boron is used in different rate. The measurements have been determined using a gamma-ray spectrometry consists of a 3''x3'' NaI(Tl) detector. From the measured activity the radium equivalent activities (Ra{sub eq}), external hazard index (H{sub ex}), absorbed dose rate in air (D) and annual effective dose (AED) have also been obtained.

Akkurt, I.; Guenoglu, K. [Sueleyman Demirel University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Dept. of Physics, Isparta (Turkey); Canakcii, H. [Gaziantep University, Engineering Faculty, Civil Engineering Dept., Gaziantep (Turkey); Mavi, B. [Amasya University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Dept. of Physics, Amasya (Turkey)

2011-12-26

309

Precipitation of boron in silicon on high-dose implantation  

SciTech Connect

Precipitation of boron implanted in silicon with a dose of 1 x 10{sup 16} cm{sup -2} is studied in relation to the concentration of substitutional boron C{sub B{sub 0}} introduced before implantation and before subsequent annealing at 900 deg. C. It is shown that C{sub B{sub 0}} = 2.5 x 10{sup 20} cm{sup -3} is the critical concentration, at which the formation of precipitates is independent of the concentration of point defects introduced by implantation (far from or close to the mean projected range R{sub p}) and constitutes the prevailing channel of deactivation of boron. At lower concentrations C{sub B{sub 0}} close to the equilibrium concentration, precipitation is observed only far from R{sub p}, in the regions of reduced concentrations of point defects. At the same time, in the region of R{sub p} with a high concentration of point defects, most boron atoms are drawn into clustering with intrinsic interstitial atoms with the formation of dislocation loops and, thus, become electrically inactive as well.

Feklistov, K. V., E-mail: kos@thermo.isp.nsc.ru; Fedina, L. I.; Cherkov, A. G. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Semiconductor Physics, Siberian Division (Russian Federation)

2010-03-15

310

Inhalation toxicology of red and violet mixtures. Chamber concentration and particle-size distribution report  

SciTech Connect

An inhalation exposure facility was developed at the U.S. EPA, RTP, NC to conduct inhalation exposures of rodents and guinea pigs to dye mixtures used by the U.S. Army in the manufacture of smoke munitions. Initially, an evaluation of the prototype chamber aerosol homogeneity was conducted to determine the uniformity and reproducibility of the concentration and particle size of dye aerosol throughout the breathing zone of the test animals. The three dyes, DR11, SR1, and DB3, were chemically analyzed for purity and optically examined for size and shape. All pure dyes appeared to be stable at room temperature except DB3, which decomposes if not stored at 4 C. The particle size ranges varied for each pure dye and structures were either amorphous (azo dye) or crystalline (anthraquinone dyes). The bulk red and violet dye mixtures were analyzed for composition. The chemical analysis of the relative composition of each dye mixture, collected by cascade impactor sampling, revealed fractionation of the mixtures into component dyes.

Higuchi, M.A.; Davies, D.W.

1991-07-01

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Addition of oxygen to and distribution of oxides in tantalum alloy T-111 at low concentrations  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Oxygen was added at 820 and 990 C at an oxygen pressure of about .0003 torr. The technique permitted predetermined and reproducible oxygen doping of the tantalum alloy (T-111). Based on the temperature dependency of the doping reaction, it was concluded that the initial rates of oxygen pickup are probably controlled by solution of oxygen into the T-111 lattice. Although hafnium oxides are more stable than those of tantalum or tungsten, analyses of extracted residues indicate that the tantalum and tungsten oxides predominate in the as-doped specimens, presumably because of the higher concentrations of tantalum and tungsten in the alloy. However, high-temperature annealing promotes gettering of dissolved oxygen and oxygen from other oxides to form hafnium oxides. Small amounts of tantalum and tungsten oxides were still present after high temperature annealing. Tungsten oxide (WO3) volatilizes slightly from the surface of T-111 at 990 C but not at 820 C. The vaporization of WO3 has no apparent effect on the doping reaction.

Stecura, S.

1975-01-01

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Structural Modification in Carbon Nanotubes by Boron Incorporation.  

PubMed

We have synthesized boron-incorporated carbon nanotubes (CNTs) by decomposition of ferrocene and xylene in a thermal chemical vapor deposition set up using boric acid as the boron source. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy studies of the synthesized CNT samples showed that there was deterioration in crystallinity and improvement in alignment of the CNTs as the boron content in precursor solution increased from 0% to 15%. Raman analysis of these samples showed a shift of ~7 cm(-1) in wave number to higher side and broadening of the G band with increasing boron concentration along with an increase in intensity of the G band. Furthermore, there was an increase in the intensity of the D band along with a decrease in its wave number position with increase in boron content. We speculate that these structural modifications in the morphology and microstructure of CNTs might be due to the charge transfer from boron to the graphite matrix, resulting in shortening of the carbon-carbon bonds. PMID:20596333

Handuja, Sangeeta; Srivastava, P; Vankar, V D

2009-01-01

313

Effects of diesel exhaust aftertreatment devices on concentrations and size distribution of aerosols in underground mine air.  

PubMed

Three types of uncatalyzed diesel particulate filter (DPF) systems, three types of high-temperature disposable filter elements (DFEs), and one diesel oxidation catalytic converter (DOC) were evaluated in underground mine conditions for their effects on the concentrations and size distributions of diesel aerosols. Those effects were compared with the effects of a standard muffler. The experimental work was conducted directly in an underground environment using a unique diesel laboratory developed in an underground experimental mine. The DPF systems reduced total mass of aerosols in the mine air approximately 10-fold for light-load and 20-fold or more for high-load test conditions. The DFEs offered similar reductions in aerosol mass concentrations. The efficiency of the new DFEs significantly increased with accumulation of operating time and buildup of diesel particulate matter in the porous structure of the filter elements. A single laundering process did not exhibit substantial effects on performance of the filter element The effectiveness of DPFs and DFEs in removing aerosols by number was strongly influenced by engine operating mode. The concentrations of nucleation mode aerosols in the mine air were found to be substantially higher for both DPFs and DFEs when the engine was operated at high-load modes than at low-load modes. The effects of the DOC on mass and number concentrations of aerosols in mine air were relatively minor when compared to those of the DPF and DFE systems. PMID:19764243

Bugarski, Aleksandar D; Schnakenberg, George H; Hummer, Ion A; Cauda, Emanuele; Janisko, Samuel I; Patts, Larry D

2009-09-01

314

Characterization of boron-doped diamond epitaxial films  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

boron-doped diamond epitaxial films were characterized on the dependence of boron concentration by an optical microscope, reflection high-energy electron diffraction, secondary ion mass spectrometry, Hall effect measurement, and metal contacts. These films were grown on synthesized single-crystal diamonds (100) by microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition (CVD) using H2, CH4 and B2H6 at a CH4 oncentration of CH 4/H2 = 6 percent and at doping gas ratios of B2H6/CH4 = 0.83 ppm, and 167 ppm. They were all epitaxially grown and had smooth surfaces. Hall effect measurements were performed in the temperature range of 300 K to 773 K. They indicated that there existed acceptorlike centers other than boron in the films synthesized in the vapor phase. Fermi degeneracy was found to occur at a boron concentration of 3 x 10 to the 20th/cu cm. Schottky diodes were fabricated using Al for Schottky contacts and Ti for ohmic contacts. Rectifying properties were degraded at high boron concentration.

Shiomi, Hiromu; Nishibayashi, Yoshiki; Fujimori, Naoji

1991-07-01

315

Towards an understanding of deep boron: study of type IIb blue diamonds  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Boron concentration and isotopic signature are known as a tracer of recycled crustal material from subduction zones inside the Earth's mantle. Thus far, the focus has been on analyzing boron in volcanic rocks and olivine inclusions. However, these materials always experience some degree of late processing on their way to the surface (alteration, crystallization, change in structure, etc.). As of now, the boron content and isotopic ratio of the mantle end-member is only assumed through mass balance calculations (Chaussidon & Marty, 1995). Diamonds, on the other hand, would be a more ideal material to analyze for boron, as it does not undergo significant processing while on its way to the surface. Boron-containing diamonds are well known but extremely rare; they are referred as type IIb diamonds. They are highly valuable in the gem market, as the presence of boron in the diamond structure gives rise to the blue color, such as in the Hope diamond. Only a few boron analyses have been undertaken on type IIb natural diamonds, however, it is generally accepted that their boron concentration is ~1 ppm or lower. The combination of rarity, high value, and low boron content are the most likely reasons why geologists have not yet performed boron analyses on blue diamonds. This study used various spectroscopic methods and time-of-fight (ToF-) SIMS, which are non- or nearly non-destructive techniques, to characterize and analyze for boron in natural type IIb blue diamonds, including the well-known Hope diamond. Results obtained by Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) and phosphorescence spectroscopies on 103 diamonds will be presented and compared to some analyses of boron contents measured using ToF-SIMS. ToF-SIMS analyses gave spot (50 x 50 ?m x few nm deep) boron concentrations as high as 8.4 ± 1.1 (atomic) ppm for the Hope diamond to less than 0.08 ppm in other blue diamonds, with an overall average value of ~1 ppm. ToF-SIMS analyses revealed strong zoning of boron in some diamonds, which was confirmed by mapping active boron using synchrotron FTIR. ToF-SIMS gives the spectrum of all the masses at once, so both 11B and 10B were detected. However, the counts on 10B were too low at the counting time we used (several hours) to provide significant ?11B measurements. We observed that there is not a strong correlation between the amount of boron and the color intensity in type IIb diamonds (Gaillou et al., 2012). However, the deep-blue colored diamonds are always associated with a "high" boron content, and therefore, future attempted measurements of boron isotopic ratios should be conducted on deep blue (and unfortunately, valuable) diamonds, using either a much longer counting time, or a different ion mass spectrometer (with different standards), that would consume more material. This study shows that the range of boron concentration, even if in the lower range of instrument detectability, should soon be able to provide boron isotopic measurements, and perhaps gives insights into the origin of boron in diamonds, e.g. from a subducted slab and/or from primitive mantle reservoir. Chaussidon M., Marty B. (1995) Primitive boron isotope composition of the mantle, Science, 269, 383-386. Gaillou E., Rost D., Post J.E., Butler J.E. (2012) Boron in natural type IIb blue diamonds: chemical and spectroscopic measurements. Am. Min., 1, 1-18.

Gaillou, E.; Rost, D.; Post, J. E.; Butler, J. E.

2012-12-01

316

Origin of low-molecular-weight dicarboxylic acids and their concentration and size distribution variation in suburban aerosol  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The concentrations and size distributions of low molecular weight dicarboxylic acids in suburban particulate matter collected in early and mid-autumn 2002 and early and mid-summer 2003 in Tainan, Taiwan, were analyzed. PM 2.5 contained, on average, 449.3 ng m -3 oxalic acid, 53.0 ng m -3 malic acid, 45.5 ng m -3 maleic acid, 29.6 ng m -3 succinic acid, 20.8 ng m -3 malonic acid, and 11.6 ng m -3 tartaric acid. Bar tartaric acid, concentrations were higher during the day, indicating that these acids are photochemical products. Furthermore, the malonic acid-succinic acid ratio of 0.79 during daytime and 0.60 during nighttime demonstrates that more succinic acid is converted to malonic acid during daytime, and that aerosol dicarboxylic acids predominantly originate from photochemical oxidation during daytime. The concentration peak of oxalic acid occurred in the condensation and droplet modes (0.32-1.0 ?m), as did that of sulfate. In early summer, succinic acid, malonic acid, and oxalic acid major concentration peaks occurred at 0.32-0.54 ?m, indicative of the relationship created by photochemical decomposition of succinc acid into malonic acid into oxalic acid. This photochemical decomposition accelerated in mid-summer such that most concentration peaks for succinic and malonic acids also occurred at 0.32-1.0 ?m. Mid-summer is also the wettest period of the four in Tainan, with 85% RH. As a result of hygroscopic reactions in mid-summer, malonic acid and oxalic acid major concentration peaks shifted from 0.32-0.54 ?m or 0.54-1.0 ?m to 1.0-1.8 ?m, thus extending the range in which these species were found to larger particle sizes, and this shift was highly correlated with a shift in succinic acid size distribution. This latter observation offers additional evidence that succinic acid is photochemically decomposed into malonic acid and oxalic acid and that the presence of malonic and oxalic acids in the wet mid-summer atmosphere is made more obvious via hygroscopic growth. Close correlation between succinic acid and Na + and succinic acid and NO 3- in the coarse mode is related to sea spray.

Hsieh, Li-Ying; Kuo, Su-Ching; Chen, Chien-Lung; Tsai, Ying I.

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Concentration and Distribution of Well Drilling in the Amargosa Desert Area of Southern Nevada  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The earliest sources of fresh water supply in the Amargosa Desert area of Southern Nevada were the abundant, naturally occurring (cold) springs. They initially sustained the indigenous Native American populations and later, Euro-American miners, farmers, and ranchers. Prior to 1900, the many local springs and a few (mostly shallow) hand-dug wells were the principal sources of water supply. The first hand-dug well in the area was the Franklin well; it was dug in 1852 for workers performing a survey of the California-Nevada State line. The first mechanically bored wells were drilled for local railroads, along their respective alignments, sometime between 1905-07. About 1917, the first irrigation well in the Amargosa Desert area was drilled for an experimental farm operated by the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad. In the late 1940s-early 1950s, permanent interest in the area was established, in large measure because of a Federally sponsored desert reclamation program. For the period 1900-1999, a preliminary evaluation of publicly available information (collected principally by the State Engineer) indicates that more than 950 boreholes were drilled in the Amargosa Desert area. Almost half of these boreholes were drilled in the last 20 years. Forty-two percent of the boreholes were drilled to supply fresh drinking water; 26 percent were in support of irrigated agriculture; 21 percent of the wells were drilled for some non-water supply related purpose - ground-water monitoring and testing; and 11 percent were drilled to supply water for commercial or unspecified applications. Most of the well drilling has been concentrated in a parcel of land about 30-40 kilometers south of the proposed geologic repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Most wells have been generally drilled to depths less than 30 meters (100 feet), although deeper wells are uncommon. The main reason is that drilling is expensive and the profitability of finding and extracting potable water, in sufficient quantity, generally declines with depth. However, during the last two decades, there has been a general decline in drilling for irrigation. Designation of local aquifers in the area as "protected" in 1979 has favored new well-permitting for residential or commercial uses. Moreover, in the 1990s, local farmers were required to forfeit unused water rights and these rights have been reallocated to new, non-farming residents by the State Engineer in Nevada's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Nevertheless, the general decline in irrigation permitting for farming over the last several decades most likely has more to do with the physical and/or economic factors that have historically controlled local farming rather than with recent water availability issues.

Lee, M. P.; Gross, A. J.; Coleman, N. M.

2002-05-01

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Investigation of Hard Boron Rich Solids: Osmium Diboride and ?-Rhombohedral Boron  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Recently, we succeeded in synthesizing three osmium borides, i.e., OsB1.1, Os2B3 and OsB2. Up to date, almost nothing is known about the physical properties of these materials. Microhardness measurements show that OsB2 is extremely hard. Ab initio calculations show that it is due to formation of covalent bonds between boron atoms. OsB2 is also a low compressibility material. It can be used for hard coatings. The ?-rhombohedral polymorph of boron is the second hardest elemental crystal (H ? 33 GPa). It is also very light and a p-type semiconductor. In early 1970s, it has been shown that the doping of boron with 3d transition elements enhances its hardness by about 25%. We predict that, in general, heavily doped samples MBx, with x ? 31 or equivalently a dopant concentration larger than 3.2 at.%, should be ultrahard, i.e., H > 43 GPa. The relevant dopants M are Al, Cu, Sc, Mn, Mg and Li. In addition to these properties, boron-rich materials have a very low volatility, a high chemical inertness and high melting point. They are suitable for applications under extreme conditions and thermoelectric equipment.

Hebbache, M.; Živkovi?, D.

319

Spatial distribution of seasonality of SeaWiFS chlorophyll-a concentrations in the East/Japan Sea  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

To investigate the spatial characteristics of seasonality in phytoplankton productivity over the entire East/Japan Sea (EJS), a wavelet analysis was applied to SeaWiFS chlorophyll-a (chl-a) data over the period from 1998 to 2007. The wavelet analysis revealed that a 6-month period of change in chl-a concentration, explained by spring and fall blooms, was persistent throughout EJS during the ten years examined. The time series seasonality could be further classified into three patterns: (1) the highest variance peak at the 6-month period, (2) double variance peaks with similar values at the periods of 6- and 12-month, and (3) the highest variance at the 12-month period. A spatial map of the ratios between variances at the 6- and 12-month periods illustrated geographical distribution of the chl-a seasonality patterns. The Japan Basin and Ulleung Warm Eddy area were characterized by pattern 1 associated with clear spring and fall blooms. The region near the sub-polar front had seasonality pattern 2 characterized by two similar, weak blooms, and the area of East Koran Bay and the Yamato Basin are distinguished by pattern 3 with strong spring bloom, but irregular and unnoticeable fall bloom due to relatively high chl-a concentrations in wintertime. Distinct regional distribution of the seasonality patterns may suggest that phytoplankton productivity and its seasonal cycles respond not only to basin-scale or mesoscale climate forcing but also to changes in local physical properties characterizing each region.

Jo, Chun Ok; Park, Sunyoung; Kim, Young Ho; Park, Kyung-Ae; Park, Jong Jin; Park, Mi-Kyung; Li, Shanlan; Kim, Jae-Yeon; Park, Ji-Eun; Kim, Ji-Yoon; Kim, Kyung-Ryul

2014-11-01

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Free energies, vacancy concentrations and density distribution anisotropies in hard--sphere crystals: A combined density functional and simulation study  

E-print Network

We perform a comparative study of the free energies and the density distributions in hard sphere crystals using Monte Carlo simulations and density functional theory (employing Fundamental Measure functionals). Using a recently introduced technique (Schilling and Schmid, J. Chem. Phys 131, 231102 (2009)) we obtain crystal free energies to a high precision. The free energies from Fundamental Measure theory are in good agreement with the simulation results and demonstrate the applicability of these functionals to the treatment of other problems involving crystallization. The agreement between FMT and simulations on the level of the free energies is also reflected in the density distributions around single lattice sites. Overall, the peak widths and anisotropy signs for different lattice directions agree, however, it is found that Fundamental Measure theory gives slightly narrower peaks with more anisotropy than seen in the simulations. Among the three types of Fundamental Measure functionals studied, only the White Bear II functional (Hansen-Goos and Roth, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 18, 8413 (2006)) exhibits sensible results for the equilibrium vacancy concentration and a physical behavior of the chemical potential in crystals constrained by a fixed vacancy concentration.

M. Oettel; S. Goerig; A. Haertel; H. Loewen; M. Radu; T. Schilling

2010-09-03

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Spatial distribution of the electrical potential and ion concentration in the downstream area of atmospheric pressure remote plasma  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This paper presents the results from an experimental study of the ion flux characteristics behind the remote plasma zone in a vertical tube reaction chamber for atmospheric pressure plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition. Capacitively coupled radio frequency plasma was generated in pure He and gas mixtures: He-Ar, He-O2, He-TEOS. We previously used the reaction system He-TEOS for the synthesis of self-assembled structures of silicon dioxide nanoparticles. It is likely that the electrical parameters of the area, where nanoparticles have been transported from the synthesis zone to the substrate, play a significant role in the self-organization processes both in the vapor phase and on the substrate surface. The results from the spatial distribution of the electrical potential and ion concentration in the discharge downstream area measured by means of the external probe of original design and the special data processing method are demonstrated in this work. Positive and negatives ions with maximum concentrations of 106-107 cm-3 have been found at 10-80 mm distance behind the plasma zone. On the basis of the revealed distributions for different gas mixtures, the physical model of the observed phenomena is proposed. The model illustrates the capability of the virtual ion emitter formation behind the discharge gap and the presence of an extremum of the electrical potential at the distance of approximately 10-2-10-1 mm from the grounded electrode.

Mishin, M. V.; Protopopova, V. S.; Uvarov, A. A.; Alexandrov, S. E.

2014-10-01

322

Distribution of BPA and metabolic assessment in glioblastoma patients during BNCT treatment: a microdialysis study  

Microsoft Academic Search

Boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) is dependent on the selective accumulation of boron-10 in tumour cells. To maximise the radiation effect, the neutrons should be delivered when the ratio between the boron concentration in tumour cells to that in normal tissues reaches maximum. However, the pharmacokinetics of p-boronophenylalanine (BPA) and other boron delivery agents are only partly known. We used

A. Tommy Bergenheim; Jacek Capala; Michael Roslin; Roger Henriksson

2005-01-01

323

Boron Clusters Come of Age  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Boron is the only element other than carbon that can build molecules of unlimited size by covalently boding to itself, a property known as catenation. In contrast to the chains and rings favored by carbon, boron arguably adopts a cluster motif that is reflected in the various forms of the pure element and in the huge area of polyhedral borane…

Grimes, Russell N.

2004-01-01

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Azomethine H colorimetric method for determining dissolved boron in water  

USGS Publications Warehouse

An automated colorimetric method for determining dissolved boron in water is described. The boron is complexed with azomethine H, which is readily available as the condensation product of H acid (8-amino-1-naphthol-3,6-disulfonic acid) and salicylaldehyde. The absorbance of the yellow complex formed is then measured colorimetrically at 410 nm. Interference effects from other dissolved species are minimized by the addition of diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA); however, iron, zinc, and bicarbonate interfere at concentrations above 400 ??g/L, 2000 ??g/L, and 200 mg/L, respectively. The bicarbonate interference can be eliminated by careful acidification of the sample with concentrated HCl to a pH between 5 and 6. Thirty samples per hour can be routinely analyzed over the range of from 10 to 400 ??g/L, boron.

Spencer, R. R.; Erdmann, D. E.

1979-01-01

325

Boron Stress Activates the General Amino Acid Control Mechanism and Inhibits Protein Synthesis  

PubMed Central

Boron is an essential micronutrient for plants, and it is beneficial for animals. However, at high concentrations boron is toxic to cells although the mechanism of this toxicity is not known. Atr1 has recently been identified as a boron efflux pump whose expression is upregulated in response to boron treatment. Here, we found that the expression of ATR1 is associated with expression of genes involved in amino acid biosynthesis. These mechanisms are strictly controlled by the transcription factor Gcn4 in response to boron treatment. Further analyses have shown that boron impaired protein synthesis by promoting phosphorylation of eIF2? in a Gcn2 kinase dependent manner. The uncharged tRNA binding domain (HisRS) of Gcn2 is necessary for the phosphorylation of eIF2? in the presence of boron. We postulate that boron exerts its toxic effect through activation of the general amino acid control system and inhibition of protein synthesis. Since the general amino acid control pathway is conserved among eukaryotes, this mechanism of boron toxicity may be of general importance. PMID:22114689

Uluisik, Irem; Kaya, Alaattin; Fomenko, Dmitri E.; Karakaya, Huseyin C.; Carlson, Bradley A.; Gladyshev, Vadim N.; Koc, Ahmet

2011-01-01

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Vertical distribution and abundance of Calanus pacificus and Pseudocalanus newmani in relation to chlorophyll a concentrations in Dabob Bay, Washington  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Recent evidence suggests that diatoms may induce reproductive failure in planktonic copepods, either through ingestion of diatoms by females or contact of embryos with diatom extracts. Therefore, the co-location of copepods and diatoms in situ may affect copepod reproductive success. As part of a study to determine the effect of diatoms on copepod reproductive effort, we measured the abundance and nighttime vertical distribution of two species of copepods, Calanus pacificus and Pseudocalanus newmani, as well as vertical distribution of chlorophyll a, during winter-spring in Dabob Bay, Washington State, USA, in 2002 and 2003, with limited observations in the summer of both years. Populations of both species declined throughout the winter-spring but rebounded by summer. While C. pacificus females, males, and CV copepodites were not strongly co-located with chlorophyll a concentrations, those same stages of P. newmani were consistently found within the layer containing the chlorophyll maximum. Our limited data on vertical migration show that female and CI-CII copepodites of C. pacificus exhibited normal diel vertical migration behavior, but adult P. newmani exhibited reverse diel migration. Overall, these data suggest that the patterns of reproductive success observed for the two species may be related to their different vertical distributions and may affect their population dynamics.

Pierson, James J.; Leising, Andrew W.; Halsband-Lenk, Claudia; Ferm, Nissa

2005-11-01

327

Spatial Distribution of Lead Isotope Ratios and Inorganic Element Concentrations in Epiphytic Lichens from the Athabasca Oil Sands Region  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Coupled studies of inorganic element concentrations and lead (Pb) isotope ratios have been conducted on Hypogymnia physodes samples collected in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region (AOSR) in Alberta, Canada in 2002, 2008, and 2011. To investigate the spatial extent of air emissions, the lichens were collected from sites as far as 160 km from the mining and processing operations. 30 milligram sub-samples of the lichens were microwave digested, and the extracts were analyzed using DRC-ICPMS to determine elemental concentrations, and sector field ICPMS to measure Pb isotope ratios. Concentrations of elements in the lichens were found to reflect proximity to mining and oil processing sites as well as topography, ecosystem differences, and the metabolic biogeochemistry of the lichens. An exponential decrease in concentration of metals associated with fugitive dust (aluminum and others) versus distance from the mining sites, suggests elevated coarse particle emissions associated with mining operations. Near source concentrations of metals with an oil signature (vanadium and others) are less enhanced and more homogeneous than the metals in the fugitive dust, reflecting emission and deposition of smaller diameter particles at greater distances from oil processing sources. The mining and oil processing signatures are superimposed over elemental concentrations that reflect the nutrient needs of the lichens. These findings are being confirmed through ongoing studies using dichot samplers to collect coarse and fine particulate aerosol samples. The lichen samples collected beyond 50 km from the mining and processing sites cluster into a Pb isotope grouping with a 207Pb / 206Pb ratio of 0.8650 and a 208Pb / 206Pb ratio near 2.095. This grouping likely reflects the regional background Pb isotope ratio signature. 207Pb / 206Pb and 208Pb / 206Pb ratios decrease as one nears the mining and processing operations. This indicates that other Pb source(s), (e.g. Pb in the bitumen from the oil sands), are contributing to the Pb accumulated by the lichens. The Pb isotope ratios are a better indicator of the spatial distribution resulting from atmospheric deposition than the Pb concentrations because the Pb isotope ratios are not affected by the potential for canopy interactions or preferential metabolic processing of elements by the lichens.

Graney, J. R.; Landis, M. S.; Puckett, K.; Edgerton, E.; Krupa, S.; Percy, K.

2013-12-01

328

Personal exposures to VOC in the upper end of the distribution—relationships to indoor, outdoor and workplace concentrations  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Evaluation of relationships between median residential indoor, indoor workplace and population exposures may obscure potential strategies for exposure reduction. Evaluation of participants with personal exposures above median levels in the EXPOLIS study in Athens, Helsinki, Oxford and Prague illustrated that these participants frequently showed a different relationship to indoor and workplace levels than that shown by the population median. Thus, prioritization of environments for control measures based on median exposures may exclude important areas where effectively focused control measures are possible, and may therefore have little impact on the highest and most harmful exposures. Further, personal exposures at the upper end of the distribution may exceed the US EPA inhalation reference concentration (Rfc), illustrated here using hexane, naphthalene and benzene. For example upper 90th percentile personal exposures to benzene in Athens and Prague were 64 and 27 ?g m -3 with peak exposures of 217 and 38 ?g m -3, respectively for non-ETS exposed participants relative to an Rfc of 30 ?g m -3. Strategies to reduce exposures to individual compounds, therefore, may benefit from focus on the high end of the distribution to identify activities and behaviors that result in elevated exposures. Control strategies targeting activities that lead to exposures in the upper end of the distribution would reduce the variability associated with population median values by bringing the upper end of the exposure distribution closer to median values. Thus, compliance with health-based standards would be more protective of the higher exposed fraction of the population, in whom health effects would be more expected.

Edwards, Rufus D.; Schweizer, Christian; Jantunen, Matti; Lai, Hak Kan; Bayer-Oglesby, Lucy; Katsouyanni, Klea; Nieuwenhuijsen, Mark; Saarela, Kristiina; Sram, Radim; Künzli, Nino

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Distributions  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This online, interactive lesson on distributions provides examples, exercises, and applets which explore the basic types of probability distributions and the ways distributions can be defined using density functions, distribution functions, and quantile functions.

Siegrist, Kyle

2008-12-24

330

Early-life exposure to lithium and boron from drinking water.  

PubMed

The transfer of lithium and boron from exposed mothers to fetuses and breast-fed infants was investigated in areas in northern Argentina and Chile with up to 700 ?g lithium/L and 5-10 mg boron/L in drinking water. Maternal and cord blood concentrations were strongly correlated and similar in size for both lithium (47 and 70 ?g/L, respectively) and boron (220 and 145 ?g/L, respectively). The first infant urine produced after birth contained the highest concentrations (up to 1700 ?g lithium/L and 14,000 ?g boron/L). Breast-milk contained 40 and 60% of maternal blood concentrations of lithium and boron, respectively (i.e. about 30 and 250 ?g/L, respectively, in high exposure areas), and infant urine concentrations decreased immediately after birth (120 ?g lithium/L and 920 ?g boron/L). We conclude that lithium and boron easily passed the placenta to the fetus, and that exclusively breast-fed infants seemed to have lower exposure than formula-fed infants. PMID:23017911

Harari, Florencia; Ronco, Ana María; Concha, Gabriela; Llanos, Miguel; Grandér, Margaretha; Castro, Francisca; Palm, Brita; Nermell, Barbro; Vahter, Marie

2012-12-01

331

Synthesis and characterization of boron-doped NiO thin films produced by spray pyrolysis  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Boron-doped NiO thin films were prepared on glass substrates at 400°C by airbrush spraying method using a solution of nickel nitrate hexahydrate. Their physical properties were investigated as a function of dopant concentration. From X-ray diffraction patterns, it is observed that the films have cubic structure with lattice parameters varying with boron concentration. The morphologies of the films were examined by using scanning electron microscopy, and the grain sizes were measured to be around 30-50 nm. Optical measurements show that the band gap energies of the films first decrease then increase with increasing boron concentration. The resistivities of the films were determined by four point probe method, and the changes in resistivity with boron concentration were investigated.

Alver, U.; Yayka?l?, H.; Kerli, S.; Tanr?verdi, A.

2013-11-01

332

Sulfonate pseudohalides of boron subphthalocyanine.  

PubMed

The crystal structures of three sulfonate pseudohalide derivatives of boron subphthalocyanine (BsubPc) are described and compared with four structures of three published sulfonate derivatives. Benzenesulfonate boron subphthalocyanine [(benzenesulfonato)(subphthalocyaninato)boron, C(30)H(17)BN(6)O(3)S, (I)] crystallizes in the space group P-1 with Z = 2. The structure contains two centrosymmetric ?-stacking interactions between the concave faces of the isoindoline units in the BsubPc ligands. 3-Nitrobenzenesulfonate boron subphthalocyanine [(3-nitrobenzenesulfonato)(subphthalocyaninato)boron, C(30)H(16)BN(7)O(5)S, (II)] crystallizes in the space group P2(1)/c with Z = 4. The structure contains an intermolecular S-O···? interaction from the sulfonate group to a five-membered N-containing ring of an isoindoline unit on the concave side of a neighbouring BsubPc ligand, at a distance of 3.151 (3) Å. The crystal of methanesulfonate boron subphthalocyanine [(methanesulfonato)(subphthalocyaninato)boron, C(25)H(15)BN(6)O(3)S, (III)] was produced via sublimation and it is not a solvate, in contrast with two previously published structures of the same compound. Compound (III) crystallizes in the space group P2(1)/n with Z = 2, and its structure is similar to that of the more common compound Cl-BsubPc. PMID:23124463

Paton, Andrew S; Lough, Alan J; Bender, Timothy P

2012-11-01

333

Life cycle analysis of distributed concentrating solar combined heat and power: economics, global warming potential and water  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We report on life cycle assessment (LCA) of the economics, global warming potential and water (both for desalination and water use in operation) for a distributed concentrating solar combined heat and power (DCS-CHP) system. Detailed simulation of system performance across 1020 sites in the US combined with a sensible cost allocation scheme informs this LCA. We forecast a levelized cost of 0.25 kWh-1 electricity and 0.03 kWh-1 thermal, for a system with a life cycle global warming potential of ˜80 gCO2eq kWh-1 of electricity and ˜10 gCO2eq kWh-1 thermal, sited in Oakland, California. On the basis of the economics shown for air cooling, and the fact that any combined heat and power system reduces the need for cooling while at the same time boosting the overall solar efficiency of the system, DCS-CHP compares favorably to other electric power generation systems in terms of minimization of water use in the maintenance and operation of the plant. The outlook for water desalination coupled with distributed concentrating solar combined heat and power is less favorable. At a projected cost of 1.40 m-3, water desalination with DCS-CHP would be economical and practical only in areas where water is very scarce or moderately expensive, primarily available through the informal sector, and where contaminated or salt water is easily available as feed-water. It is also interesting to note that 0.40-1.90 m-3 is the range of water prices in the developed world, so DCS-CHP desalination systems could also be an economical solution there under some conditions.

Norwood, Zack; Kammen, Daniel

2012-12-01

334

On Boron Diffusion in MgF{sub 2}  

SciTech Connect

The MgF{sub 2} monocrystals were irradiated at room temperature with 390 keV B{sup +} ions up to the fluence of 10{sup 16} cm{sup -2}. The irradiated samples were (isochronally and isothermally) annealed in high vacuum at the temperatures 200 deg. C, 300 deg. C, 400 deg. C, 500 deg. C, 600 deg. C and 700 deg. C for the times ranging from 2-100 hours. After each annealing step, the boron depth distribution was determined using the neutron depth profiling technique. As implanted, the depth distributions of boron exhibited standard Gaussian-like forms, but the evaluated profile parameters, R{sub P} = 960 nm and {delta}R{sub P} = 140 nm, were higher than those calculated using the SRIM code (R{sub P} = 870 nm and {delta}R{sub P} = 115 nm). Annealing at temperatures up to 400 deg. C did not change the depth profiles. Annealing at 600 deg. C, however, led to a one-way gradual transfer of the boron atoms from the site of implantation towards the sample surface, and in this way a bimodal profile was created. The amount of boron atoms, transferred to the sample surface, was an increasing function of the annealing time. After annealing at 700 deg. C for 64 hours the bimodal profile collapsed into a single broad distribution, extending from the sample surface up to the implantation depth. The observed phenomena clearly points out the stability of the as-implanted boron depth profiles at lower annealing temperatures. Thermal annealing above 600 deg. C, however, liberates boron atoms, which then predominantly migrate from the implantation site towards the sample surface, where they are captured on some unspecified surface defects.

Vacik, J.; Hnatowicz, V.; Cervena, J. [Nuclear Physics Institute AS CR and Research Centrum Rez, CZ-25068 Rez (Czech Republic); Posta, S. [Nuclear Research Institute Rez, plc. and Research Centrum Rez, CZ-25068 Rez (Czech Republic); Koester, U. [Institut Laue-Langevin, BP 156, 6, Rue Jules Horowitz, 38042 Grenoble (France); Pasold, G. [Institut fuer Festkoerperphysik, Friedrich Schiller Universitaet Jena, D-07743 Jena (Germany)

2009-03-10

335

Nutrient deficiency symptoms and boron uptake mechanisms of rice  

Microsoft Academic Search

There is little agreement on the leaf and shoot boron (B) requirement of rice (Oryza saliva L.) and the optimum hydroponic solution B concentration for rice. Questions on the mechanism of B uptake active or passive are also unresolved. We grew rice in hydroponic solutions in a growth chamber for six weeks with B at 0, 0.05, 0.2, 1, 5,

Xiaohe Yu; Paul F. Bell

1998-01-01

336

Improving simulations of fine dust surface concentrations over the western United States by optimizing the particle size distribution  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

improve estimates of remote contributions of dust to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in the western United States, new dust particle size distributions (PSDs) based upon scale-invariant fragmentation theory (Kok_PSD) with constraints from in situ measurements (IMP_PSD) are implemented in a chemical transport model (GEOS-Chem). Compared to initial simulations, this leads to reductions in the mass of emitted dust particles with radii <1.8 µm by 40%-60%. Consequently, the root-mean-square error in simulated fine dust concentrations compared to springtime surface observations in the western United States is reduced by 67%-81%. The ratio of simulated fine to coarse PM mass is also improved, which is not achievable by reductions in total dust emissions. The IMP_PSD best represents the PSD of dust transported from remote sources and reduces modeled PM2.5 concentrations up to 5 µg/m3 over the western United States, which is important when considering sources contributing to nonattainment of air quality standards.

Zhang, Li; Kok, Jasper F.; Henze, Daven K.; Li, Qinbin; Zhao, Chun

2013-06-01

337

[Mercury concentration and its distribution in Nycticorax nycticorax and Chinese Ardeola bacchus fledglings at Huangpu District of Guangzhou City, China].  

PubMed

In this study, live fledglings of Nycticorax nycticorax and Ardeola bacchus at the Huangpu District of Guangzhou City were collected, and their primary feather, breast feather, tail feather, liver, chest muscle and egg shell were sampled for mercury determination. The results showed that these two heron species had a very similar distribution pattern of mercury concentration in their tissues and organs, i. e., tail feather > breast and primary feather > liver > chest muscle > egg shell. Ardeola bacchus had higher levels of mercury in all its tissues than Nycticorax nycticorax. There were significant interspecific differences in mercury level for breast feather and primary feather. Because the collection of breast feather is easier and not harmful to birds, it is better to use it rather than primary or tail feather to monitor environmental pollution. The mercury level in breast feather was ten times higher than that in liver, lower than that in tail feather, but not significantly different to that in primary feather. The mercury concentrations in the tissues of Nycticorax nycticorax and Ardeola bacchus from Huangpu District of Guangzhou were similar to those from the suburbs of Chengdu, Sichuan Province, but lower than those from Taihu Lake, Jiangsu Province and higher than those from Hong Kong. PMID:15852945

Zou, Fasheng; Yang, Qiongfang; Li, Yanhong; Cui, Kunyan

2005-02-01

338

Carrier doping into boron nanobelts by neutron transmutation  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We report the effects of a neutron-capture reaction of isotope B10 on the structure and electrical transport of B10-enriched single-crystalline boron nanobelts. Partial amorphization, particularly at the surface of the nanobelt, was observed after thermal neutron irradiation with a dose of 2×1019 cm-2. Carrier doping into the nanobelts by neutron transmutation is expected after postannealing. The change in conductance is discussed based on the distribution of localized states in the band gap of ?-tetragonal boron.

Kirihara, Kazuhiro; Shimizu, Yoshiki; Yamada, Yoichi; Esaka, Fumitaka; Sasaki, Takeshi; Koshizaki, Naoto; Yamamoto, Hiroyuki; Shamoto, Shin-ichi; Kimura, Kaoru

2010-11-01

339

Chromium boron surfaced nickel-iron base alloys  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Chromium boron diffusion coatings on nickel iron alloys uniquely provide them with improvement in high cycle fatigue strength (up to 30%) and erosion resistance (up to 15 times), compared to uncoated alloy. The diffused chromium layer extends in two essential concentration zones to a total depth of about 40.times.10.sup.-6 m, while the succeeding boron layer is limited to 50-90% of the depth of the richest Cr layer nearest the surface. Both coatings are applied using conventional pack diffusion processes.

Rashid, James M. (Inventor); Friedrich, Leonard A. (Inventor); Freling, Melvin (Inventor)

1984-01-01

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Aerosol concentration and size distribution measured below, in, and above cloud from the DOE G-1 during VOCALS-REx  

SciTech Connect

During the VOCALS Regional Experiment, the DOE G-1 aircraft was used to sample a varying aerosol environment pertinent to properties of stratocumulus clouds over a longitude band extending 800 km west from the Chilean coast at Arica. Trace gas and aerosol measurements are presented as a function of longitude, altitude, and dew point in this study. Spatial distributions are consistent with an upper atmospheric source for O{sub 3} and South American coastal sources for marine boundary layer (MBL) CO and aerosol, most of which is acidic sulfate in agreement with the dominant pollution source being SO{sub 2} from Cu smelters and power plants. Pollutant layers in the free troposphere (FT) can be a result of emissions to the north in Peru or long range transport from the west. At a given altitude in the FT (up to 3 km), dew point varies by 40 C with dry air descending from the upper atmospheric and moist air having a BL contribution. Ascent of BL air to a cold high altitude results in the condensation and precipitation removal of all but a few percent of BL water along with aerosol that served as CCN. Thus, aerosol volume decreases with dew point in the FT. Aerosol size spectra have a bimodal structure in the MBL and an intermediate diameter unimodal distribution in the FT. Comparing cloud droplet number concentration (CDNC) and pre-cloud aerosol (Dp > 100 nm) gives a linear relation up to a number concentration of {approx}150 cm{sup -3}, followed by a less than proportional increase in CDNC at higher aerosol number concentration. A number balance between below cloud aerosol and cloud droplets indicates that {approx}25% of aerosol in the PCASP size range are interstitial (not activated). One hundred and two constant altitude cloud transects were identified and used to determine properties of interstitial aerosol. One transect is examined in detail as a case study. Approximately 25 to 50% of aerosol with D{sub p} > 110 nm were not activated, the difference between the two approaches possibly representing shattered cloud droplets or unknown artifact. CDNC and interstitial aerosol were anti-correlated in all cloud transects, consistent with the occurrence of dry in-cloud areas due to entrainment or circulation mixing.

Kleinman, L.I.; Daum, P. H.; Lee, Y.-N.; Lewis, E. R.; Sedlacek III, A. J.; Senum, G. I.; Springston, S. R.; Wang, J.; Hubbe, J.; Jayne, J.; Min, Q.; Yum, S. S.; Allen, G.

2011-06-21

341

Aerosol concentration and size distribution measured below, in, and above cloud from the DOE G-1 during VOCALS-REx  

SciTech Connect

During the VOCALS Regional Experiment, the DOE G-1 aircraft was used to sample a varying aerosol environment pertinent to properties of stratocumulus clouds over a longitude band extending 800 km west from the Chilean coast at Arica. Trace gas and aerosol measurements are presented as a function of longitude, altitude, and dew point in this study. Spatial distributions are consistent with an upper atmospheric source for O{sub 3} and South American coastal sources for marine boundary layer (MBL) CO and aerosol, most of which is acidic sulfate. Pollutant layers in the free troposphere (FT) can be a result of emissions to the north in Peru or long range transport from the west. At a given altitude in the FT (up to 3 km), dew point varies by 40 C with dry air descending from the upper atmospheric and moist air having a boundary layer (BL) contribution. Ascent of BL air to a cold high altitude results in the condensation and precipitation removal of all but a few percent of BL water along with aerosol that served as CCN. Thus, aerosol volume decreases with dew point in the FT. Aerosol size spectra have a bimodal structure in the MBL and an intermediate diameter unimodal distribution in the FT. Comparing cloud droplet number concentration (CDNC) and pre-cloud aerosol (D{sub p} > 100 nm) gives a linear relation up to a number concentration of {approx}150 cm{sup -3}, followed by a less than proportional increase in CDNC at higher aerosol number concentration. A number balance between below cloud aerosol and cloud droplets indicates that {approx}25 % of aerosol with D{sub p} > 100 nm are interstitial (not activated). A direct comparison of pre-cloud and in-cloud aerosol yields a higher estimate. Artifacts in the measurement of interstitial aerosol due to droplet shatter and evaporation are discussed. Within each of 102 constant altitude cloud transects, CDNC and interstitial aerosol were anti-correlated. An examination of one cloud as a case study shows that the interstitial aerosol appears to have a background, upon which is superimposed a high frequency signal that contains the anti-correlation. The anti-correlation is a possible source of information on particle activation or evaporation.

Kleinman L. I.; Daum, P. H.; Lee, Y.-N.; Lewis, E. R.; Sedlacek III, A. J.; Senum, G. I.; Springston, S. R.; Wang, J.; Hubbe, J.; Jayne, J.; Min, Q.; Yum, S. S.; Allen, G.

2012-01-04

342

The influence of boron ion implantation on hydrogen blister formation in n-type silicon  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We have studied the formation of surface blisters in <100> n-type silicon following co-implantation with boron and hydrogen. The silicon substrates had four different n-type dopant levels, ranging from 1014 to 1019cm-3. These substrates were implanted with 240 keV B+ ions to a dose of 1015cm-2, followed by a rapid thermal anneal at 900 °C for 30-60 s to force the boron atoms into substitutional lattice positions (activation). The samples were then implanted with 40 keV H+ to a dose of 5×1016cm-2. The implanted H+ distribution peaks at a depth of about 475 nm, whereas the distribution in the implanted B+ is broader and peaks at about 705 nm. To evaluate the role of the B+ implantation, control samples were prepared by implanting with H+ only. Following the H+ implantation, all the samples were vacuum annealed at 390 °C for 10 min. Blisters resulting from subsurface cracking at depths of about 400 nm, were observed in most of the B+ implanted samples, but not in the samples implanted with H+ only. This study indicates that the blistering results from the coalescence of implanted H into bubbles. The doping with B facilitates the short-range migration of the H interstitials and the formation of bubbles. A comparison of the observed crack depth with the depth of the damage peak resulting from the H+ implantation (evaluated by the computer code TRIM) suggests that the nucleation of H bubbles occurs at the regions of maximum radiation damage, and not at the regions of maximum H concentration. For given values of B+ and H+ doping, the blister density was found to decrease with increasing n-type doping, when the boron is activated. Blister formation was also observed in B+ implanted samples which had not been activated. In this case, the blister density was found to increase with increasing value of n-type doping.

Höchbauer, T.; Walter, K. C.; Schwarz, R. B.; Nastasi, M.; Bower, R. W.; Ensinger, W.

1999-10-01

343

Boron injection/dilution capabilities in TRACB/NEM coupled code  

SciTech Connect

The coupled code TRAC-BF1/NEM is a thermal-hydraulic-neutronic code which allows transient simulations considering neutronic 3D and thermal-hydraulic process in multiple channels with one-dimensional geometry. TRAC-BF1 and NEM can be executed either in stand-alone mode, i.e. without coupling, as well as coupled. In stand-alone calculations NEM code is used without coupling and the thermal-hydraulic conditions (fuel temperature, moderator density and boron concentration) and xenon concentration for each node are taken from the SIMULATE3 output files. The NEM's source code has been modified to be able to read these conditions from external files when it is executed without being coupled. The coupling between TRAC-BF1 and NEM follows an integration scheme in which the thermal-hydraulic solution of TRAC-BF1 is sent to NEM to incorporate the feedback effects through the cross sections. TRAC-BF1 solves heat conduction equations inside of the heat structures using the 3D power distribution from NEM. The coupling is carried out through the communication protocol functions of PVM (Parallel Virtual Machine). The present article presents a study which constitutes an advance in the simulation of injection, transport and mix of boron in the reactor, increasing the capabilities of TRAC-BF1/NEM coupled code. This article shows the modifications introduced in the TRAC-BF1/NEM's source code to allow a more realistic simulation of boron injection transients. The qualification of these improvements in both codes is performed simulating a steady state of a generic BWR at nominal power. The results have been compared with SIMULATE3 which is used as a reference to obtain the cross sections through the SIMTAB methodology. (authors)

Jambrina, A.; Barrachina, T.; Miro, R.; Verdu, G. [Inst. for the Industrial, Radiophysical and Environmental Safety ISIRYM, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia UPV (Spain)

2012-07-01

344

Boron aggregation in the ground states of boron-carbon fullerenes  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We present unexpected structural motifs for boron-carbon nanocages of the stoichiometries B12C48 and B12C50, based on first-principles calculations. These configurations are distinct from those proposed so far because the boron atoms are not isolated and distributed over the entire surface of the cages, but rather aggregate at one location to form a patch. Our putative ground state of B12C48 is 1.8 eV lower in energy than the previously proposed ground state and violates all the suggested empirical rules for constructing low-energy fullerenes. The B12C50 configuration is energetically even more favorable than B12C48, showing that structures derived from the C60 buckminsterfullerene are not necessarily magic sizes for heterofullerenes.

Mohr, Stephan; Pochet, Pascal; Amsler, Maximilian; Schaefer, Bastian; Sadeghi, Ali; Genovese, Luigi; Goedecker, Stefan

2014-01-01

345

Residual stresses in boron/tungsten and boron/carbon fibers  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

By measuring the change in fracture stress of 203 micrometer diameter fibers of boron on tungsten (B/W) as a function of fiber diameter as reduced by chemical etching, it is shown that the flaws which limit B/W fiber strength are located at the surface and in the tungsten boride core. After etching to a diameter of 188 micrometers m virtually all fiber fractures were caused by core flaws, the average strength being 4.50 GN/sq m. If both the surface and core flaws are removed, the fracture strength, limited by flaws in the boron itself, is approximately 6.89 GN/sq m. This was measured on B/W fibers which were split longitudinally and had their cores removed by chemical etching. The longitudinal residual stress distribution was determined for 102 micrometer diameter B/W and B/C fibers.

Behrendt, D. R.

1977-01-01

346

Short-term changes in the concentration and vertical distribution of chlorophyll and in the structure of the microplankton assemblage due to a storm  

Microsoft Academic Search

Short-term changes in the concentration and vertical distribution of chlorophyll and in the structure of the microplankton assemblage due to a storm. The vertical distribution of chlorophyll-a (chl) and the composition of the microplankton assemblage were followed during a 20 d period in a shallow environment (Coliumo Bay, ca. 10 m deep) to explore their response to wind forcing. During

DANILO CALLIARI

2007-01-01

347

Submicron aerosol size distributions and cloud condensation nuclei concentrations measured at Gosan, Korea, during the Atmospheric Brown Clouds-East Asian Regional Experiment 2005  

Microsoft Academic Search

Submicron aerosol size distributions, CN and CCN concentrations at a constant supersaturation of 0.6% were measured at a relatively remote coastal site at Gosan in Jeju Island, Korea, during the ABC-EAREX from 11 March to 8 April 2005. The average CN concentrations were 6088 +\\/- 3988, 5231 +\\/- 2454 and 3513 +\\/- 1790 cm-3, respectively, for the three major air

Seong Soo Yum; Greg Roberts; Jong Hwan Kim; Keunyong Song; Dohyeong Kim

2007-01-01

348

Boron loss in furnace- and laser-fired, sol-gel derived borosilicate glass films  

SciTech Connect

Borosilicate glass films were made by the sol-gel method from tetraethoxysilane and trimethylborate precursors. The precursor or glass composition at each stage of processing was analyzed to determine the sources of boron loss. The films were heated in a furnace and with a laser to compare boron volatilization by the two heating methods. The films were characterized by infrared spectroscopy, ellipsometry, induction-charged plasma spectroscopy, and Auger microscopy. The highest losses of boron occurred during coating and low temperature ({lt}500{degree}C) furnace firing. Films with the highest boron concentrations were made by dip coating and rapid firing, either with a laser or by placing them into a hot furnace. Infrared spectroscopy revealed Si{endash}O{endash}B bonds, indicating incorporation of boron into the borosilicate glass structure for laser- and furnace-fired films. {copyright}{ital 1996 Materials Research Society.}

Taylor, D.J.; Dent, D.Z. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona 85721 (United States); Braski, D.N. [High Temperature Materials Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831 (United States); Fabes, B.D. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona 85721 (United States)

1996-08-01

349

Determination of boron and lithium by recording the products from (n, alpha) reactions  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Irradiation with thermal neutrons in the VVR-S reactor provides a nondestructive method for determining the presence of boron and lithium in solids. The charged particles produced in the reactions Li-6(n,alpha)H-3 and B-10(n,alpha)Li-7 were detected using CsI single crystal. For alpha-particle spectrometry in the boron determination, an ionization chamber (W and Sn electrodes, 99% Ar + 1% H2) was developed allowing both absolute and relative measurements. In determining boron in lithium-containing samples, both scintillation and ionization chambers are used. In determining lithium in minerals, the error was 1.5%, and the sensitivity 0.00005 wt.%. In the determination of boron in SiC with a concentration of boron approximately (3 plus or minus 2) the error given by the alpha-range uncertainty was 15%.

Lobanov, Y. M.; Zverev, B. P.; Simakhin, Y. F.; Usmanova, M. M.

1978-01-01

350

Boron hazards to fish, wildlife, and invertebrates: A synoptic review  

SciTech Connect

Ecological and toxicological aspects of boron (B) in the environment are reviewed, with emphasis on natural resources. Subtopics covered include environmental chemistry, background concentrations, effects, and current recommendations for the protection of living resources. Boron is not now considered essential in mammalian nutrition, although low dietary levels protect against fluorosis and bone demineralization. Excessive consumption (i.e., >1,000 mg B/kg diet, >15 mg B/kg body weight daily, >1.0 mg B/L drinking water, or >210 mg B/kg body weight in a single dose) adversely affects growth, survival, or reproduction in sensitive mammals. Boron and its compounds are potent teratogens when applied directly to the mammalian embryo, but there is no evidence of mutagenicity or carcinogenicity. Boron's unique affinity for cancerous tissues has been exploited in neutron capture radiation therapy of malignant human brain tumors. Current boron criteria recommended for the protection of sensitive species include <0.3 mg B/L in crop irrigation waters, <1.0 mg B/L for aquatic life, <5.0 mg B/L in livestock drinking waters, <30 mg B/kg in waterfowl diets, and <100 mg B/kg in livestock diets.

Eisler, R.

1990-04-01

351

An evaluation of spot tests for boron and the development of a superior spot test for boron  

E-print Network

hydroxide, indicates the presence of boric acid. Limit of Identification& 0. 02 V boron Concentration Limit: 1:2, 500, 000 (b) " A 4rop of the test solution is placed on a microscope slide and acidified with a drop of hydrochloric acid. . A thread... hydroxyanthraquinones. The bydroxyanthraguinone test for boron was de- veloped from tests for hydroxyanthra ?uinones ucin& boric acid (1 &) ~ The probabls requirement for this test is that t;he hy. &roxyl groups be so placed as to be conducive to formation of 1nner...

Van Tuyl, Dixon Peacock

2012-06-07

352

Neutron detectors comprising boron powder  

DOEpatents

High-efficiency neutron detector substrate assemblies comprising a first conductive substrate, wherein a first side of the substrate is in direct contact with a first layer of a powder material comprising .sup.10boron, .sup.10boron carbide or combinations thereof, and wherein a conductive material is in proximity to the first layer of powder material; and processes of making said neutron detector substrate assemblies.

Wang, Zhehui; Morris, Christopher; Bacon, Jeffrey Darnell; Makela, Mark F; Spaulding, Randy Jay

2013-05-21

353

Molecular Structure of Boron trifluoride  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Boron trifluoride has a trigonal pryamidal shape and dissolves in diethyl ether. Normally a gas, boron trifluoride is a hard and strong Lewis acid with a high affinity in displacement reactions and is therefore used mainly as a catalyst in alkylations, polymerizations and esterifications. It extracts bases bound to carbon and produces carbocations. Also it is used as a fumigant and in the magnesium industry because its anti-oxidant properties.

2002-08-15

354

Boron diffusion in silicon devices  

DOEpatents

Disclosed are various embodiments that include a process, an arrangement, and an apparatus for boron diffusion in a wafer. In one representative embodiment, a process is provided in which a boric oxide solution is applied to a surface of the wafer. Thereafter, the wafer is subjected to a fast heat ramp-up associated with a first heating cycle that results in a release of an amount of boron for diffusion into the wafer.

Rohatgi, Ajeet (Atlanta, GA); Kim, Dong Seop (Atlanta, GA); Nakayashiki, Kenta (Smyrna, GA); Rounsaville, Brian (Stockbridge, GA)

2010-09-07

355

Boron-carbide-aluminum and boron-carbide-reactive metal cermets. [B/sub 4/C-Al  

DOEpatents

Hard, tough, lighweight boron-carbide-reactive metal composites, particularly boron-carbide-aluminum composites, are produced. These composites have compositions with a plurality of phases. A method is provided, including the steps of wetting and reacting the starting materials, by which the microstructures in the resulting composites can be controllably selected. Starting compositions, reaction temperatures, reaction times, and reaction atmospheres are parameters for controlling the process and resulting compositions. The ceramic phases are homogeneously distributed in the metal phases and adhesive forces at ceramic-metal interfaces are maximized. An initial consolidated step is used to achieve fully dense composites. Microstructures of boron-carbide-aluminum cermets have been produced with modules of rupture exceeding 110 ksi and fracture toughness exceeding 12 ksi..sqrt..in. These composites and methods can be used to form a variety of structural elements.

Halverson, D.C.; Pyzik, A.J.; Aksay, I.A.

1985-05-06

356

Boron and magnesium fertilization of a coastal Douglas-fir plantation  

SciTech Connect

This study examines the role of boron and magnesium nutrition in the occurrence of severe growth distortion symptoms in Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii [Mirb.] Franco) in the Skwawka River valley of south coastal British Columbia. Four fertilizer treatments including boron, magnesium, boron plus magnesium, and a control, were applied in conjunction with planting on a site believed to be deficient in these nutrients. After 5 growing seasons, only treatments containing boron (B and B+Mg) showed improved height growth over the control trees. The incidence of leader dieback, swollen leading shoots, and foliage distortion was significantly related to treatment with virtually no occurrence in plots treated with boron. Seedling uptake of applied boron was high, with foliar concentrations of 45 ppm found after the second growth season. Foliar B levels declined to 13-15 ppm after 5 growing seasons. No significant increase in foliar magnesium levels was detected for either of the magnesium treatments. The reduction in the incidence of leader dieback and shoot and foliar symptoms in seedlings treated with B indicate that these symptoms were the result of boron deficiencies. This is the first study to verify boron deficiency in coastal Douglas-fir through fertilizer trials.

Green, R.N. (British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Burnaby (Canada)); Carter, R.E. (Fletcher Challenge Canada Ltd., Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada))

1993-04-01

357

Temporal variability of the bioaerosol background at a subway station: concentration level, size distribution, and diversity of airborne bacteria.  

PubMed

Naturally occurring bioaerosol environments may present a challenge to biological detection-identification-monitoring (BIODIM) systems aiming at rapid and reliable warning of bioterrorism incidents. One way to improve the operational performance of BIODIM systems is to increase our understanding of relevant bioaerosol backgrounds. Subway stations are enclosed public environments which may be regarded as potential bioterrorism targets. This study provides novel information concerning the temporal variability of the concentration level, size distribution, and diversity of airborne bacteria in a Norwegian subway station. Three different air samplers were used during a 72-h sampling campaign in February 2011. The results suggested that the airborne bacterial environment was stable between days and seasons, while the intraday variability was found to be substantial, although often following a consistent diurnal pattern. The bacterial levels ranged from not detected to 10(3) CFU m(-3) and generally showed increased levels during the daytime compared to the nighttime levels, as well as during rush hours compared to non-rush hours. The airborne bacterial levels showed rapid temporal variation (up to 270-fold) on some occasions, both consistent and inconsistent with the diurnal profile. Airborne bacterium-containing particles were distributed between different sizes for particles of >1.1 ?m, although ?50% were between 1.1 and 3.3 ?m. Anthropogenic activities (mainly passengers) were demonstrated as major sources of airborne bacteria and predominantly contributed 1.1- to 3.3-?m bacterium-containing particles. Our findings contribute to the development of realistic testing and evaluation schemes for BIODIM equipment by providing information that may be used to simulate operational bioaerosol backgrounds during controlled aerosol chamber-based challenge tests with biological threat agents. PMID:24162566

Dybwad, Marius; Skogan, Gunnar; Blatny, Janet Martha

2014-01-01

358

Distributions and determinants of mercury concentrations in toenails among American young adults: the CARDIA Trace Element Study.  

PubMed

Since data on mercury (Hg) levels in Caucasians and African Americans (AAs) of both genders are lacking, this study aims to present toenail Hg distributions and explore the potential determinants using data from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults Trace Element Study. Data from 4,344 Americans, aged 20-32 in 1987, recruited from Oakland, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Birmingham were used to measure toenail Hg levels by instrumental neutron-activation method. The Hg distribution was described with selected percentiles and geometric means. Multivariable linear regression (MLR) was used to examine potential determinants of Hg levels within ethnicity-gender subgroups. The geometric mean of toenail Hg was 0.212 (95 % CI?=?0.207-0.218)??g/g. Hg levels varied geographically with Oakland the highest [0.381 (0.367-0.395) ?g/g] and Minneapolis the lowest [0.140 (0.134-0.147) ?g/g]. MLR analyses showed that male gender and AA ethnicity were negatively associated with toenail Hg levels, and that age, living in Oakland city, education level, alcohol consumption, and total fish intake were positively associated with toenail Hg concentrations within each ethnicity-gender subgroup. Current smokers were found to have higher Hg only in AA men. This study suggested age, gender, ethnicity, study center, alcohol, education level, and fish consumption consistently predict toenail Hg levels. As fish consumption was the key determinant, avoiding certain types of fish that have relatively high Hg levels may be crucial in reducing Hg intake. PMID:22926255

Xun, Pengcheng; Liu, Kiang; Morris, J Steve; Jordan, Joanne M; He, Ka

2013-03-01

359

Distributions and Determinants of Mercury Concentrations in Toenails among American Young Adults: the CARDIA Trace Element Study  

PubMed Central

Background Since data on mercury (Hg) levels in Caucasians and African Americans (AAs) of both genders are lacking, this study aims to present toenail Hg distributions and explore the potential determinants using data from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults Trace Element Study. Methods Data from 4344 Americans, aged 20–32 in 1987, recruited from Oakland, Chicago, Minneapolis and Birmingham were used to measure toenail Hg levels by instrumental neutron-activation method. The Hg distribution was described with selected percentiles and geometric means. Multivariable linear regression (MLR) was used to examine potential determinants of Hg levels within ethnicity-gender subgroups. Results The geometric mean of toenail Hg was 0.212 (95% CI: 0.207–0.218) ?g/g. Hg levels varied geographically with Oakland the highest [0.381 (0.367–0.395) ?g/g] and Minneapolis the lowest [0.140 (0.134–0.147) ?g/g]. MLR analyses showed that male gender and AA ethnicity were negatively associated with toenail Hg levels; and that age, living in Oakland city, education level, alcohol consumption and total fish intake were positively associated with toenail Hg concentrations within each ethnicity-gender subgroup. Current smokers were found to have higher Hg only in AA men. Conclusions This study suggested age, gender, ethnicity, study center, alcohol, education level and fish consumption consistently predict toenail Hg levels. As fish consumption was the key determinant, avoiding certain types of fish that have relatively high Hg levels may be crucial in reducing Hg intake. PMID:22926255

Xun, Pengcheng; Liu, Kiang; Morris, J. Steve; Jordan, Joanne M.; He, Ka

2012-01-01

360

Temporal Variability of the Bioaerosol Background at a Subway Station: Concentration Level, Size Distribution, and Diversity of Airborne Bacteria  

PubMed Central

Naturally occurring bioaerosol environments may present a challenge to biological detection-identification-monitoring (BIODIM) systems aiming at rapid and reliable warning of bioterrorism incidents. One way to improve the operational performance of BIODIM systems is to increase our understanding of relevant bioaerosol backgrounds. Subway stations are enclosed public environments which may be regarded as potential bioterrorism targets. This study provides novel information concerning the temporal variability of the concentration level, size distribution, and diversity of airborne bacteria in a Norwegian subway station. Three different air samplers were used during a 72-h sampling campaign in February 2011. The results suggested that the airborne bacterial environment was stable between days and seasons, while the intraday variability was found to be substantial, although often following a consistent diurnal pattern. The bacterial levels ranged from not detected to 103 CFU m?3 and generally showed increased levels during the daytime compared to the nighttime levels, as well as during rush hours compared to non-rush hours. The airborne bacterial levels showed rapid temporal variation (up to 270-fold) on some occasions, both consistent and inconsistent with the diurnal profile. Airborne bacterium-containing particles were distributed between different sizes for particles of >1.1 ?m, although ?50% were between 1.1 and 3.3 ?m. Anthropogenic activities (mainly passengers) were demonstrated as major sources of airborne bacteria and predominantly contributed 1.1- to 3.3-?m bacterium-containing particles. Our findings contribute to the development of realistic testing and evaluation schemes for BIODIM equipment by providing information that may be used to simulate operational bioaerosol backgrounds during controlled aerosol chamber-based challenge tests with biological threat agents. PMID:24162566

Dybwad, Marius; Skogan, Gunnar

2014-01-01

361

Boron in siliceous materials as a paleosalinity indicator *  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The 10B(n, ?) 7Li nuclear reaction has been used with alpha-sensitive plastic track detectors to determine boron concentrations in siliceous live-collected and fossil sponge spicules. This radiographic technique allows B determinations with 5-6% uncertainties on objects 20-25 ?m in diameter and for concentrations as low as 0.5 ppm. Boron concentrations in spicules from different specimens from the same location agreed to within 10% when the spicules were not: (1) smaller than 20 ?m in diameter, (2) from dictyonine skeletons, (3) the extremely large root-like spicules found in some soft substrate hexactinellids, or (4) microscleres. These criteria also applied to spicules found in sediment samples. Spicules from live-collected sponges exhibited a taxonomy-independent correlation of B concentrations with water salinity for samples from regions of low water temperature and high productivity. Measured concentrations ranged from nearly 0 ppm B (freshwater sponges) to 500-700 ppm (marine sponges), with intermediate values for brackish-water specimens. However, spicules from tropical, low-productivity marine locations contained markedly less boron than spicules from temperate, high-productivity regions. Thus, water temperature and/or food supply also seem to influence B concentrations. Pleistocene spicules from deep-sea cores contained less boron than was expected in comparison with live-collected spicules based on present water temperatures and nutrient supplies, but B concentrations did not vary with depth in the cores. Infrared spectroscopy, electron microprobe analysis and visual inspection revealed no evidence for chemical or mineralogic alteration. It is not clear whether the lower B concentrations of the Pleistocene samples are the result of diagenetic processes or the as yet undefined effects of differences in food supply and/or environmental conditions.

Furst, Marian J.

1981-01-01

362

Instantaneous three-dimensional visualization of concentration distributions in turbulent flows with crossed-plane laser-induced fluorescence imaging  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A laser-based technique for measuring instantaneous three-dimensional species concentration distributions in turbulent flows is presented. The laser beam from a single laser is formed into two crossed light sheets that illuminate the area of interest. The laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) signal emitted from excited species within both planes is detected with a single camera via a mirror arrangement. Image processing enables the reconstruction of the three-dimensional data set in close proximity to the cutting line of the two light sheets. Three-dimensional intensity gradients are computed and compared to the two-dimensional projections obtained from the two directly observed planes. Volume visualization by digital image processing gives unique insight into the three-dimensional structures within the turbulent processes. We apply this technique to measurements of toluene-LIF in a turbulent, non-reactive mixing process of toluene and air and to hydroxyl (OH) LIF in a turbulent methane-air flame upon excitation at 248 nm with a tunable KrF excimer laser.

Hoffmann, A.; Zimmermann, F.; Scharr, H.; Krömker, S.; Schulz, C.

2005-01-01

363

Influence of trans-boundary biomass burning impacted air masses on submicron particle number concentrations and size distributions  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Submicron particle number concentration (PNC) and particle size distribution (PSD) in the size range of 5.6-560 nm were investigated in Singapore from 27 June 2009 through 6 September 2009. Slightly hazy conditions lasted in Singapore from 6 to 10 August. Backward air trajectories indicated that the haze was due to the transport of biomass burning impacted air masses originating from wild forest and peat fires in Sumatra, Indonesia. Three distinct peaks in the morning (08:00-10:00), afternoon (13:00-15:00) and evening (16:00-20:00) were observed on a typical normal day. However, during the haze period no distinct morning and afternoon peaks were observed and the PNC (39,775 ± 3741 cm-3) increased by 1.5 times when compared to that during non-haze periods (26,462 ± 6017). The morning and afternoon peaks on the normal day were associated with the local rush hour traffic while the afternoon peak was induced by new particle formation (NPF). Diurnal profiles of PNCs and PSDs showed that primary particle peak diameters were large during the haze (60 nm) period when compared to that during the non-haze period (45.3 nm). NPF events observed in the afternoon period on normal days were suppressed during the haze periods due to heavy particle loading in atmosphere caused by biomass burning impacted air masses.

Betha, Raghu; Zhang, Zhe; Balasubramanian, Rajasekhar

2014-08-01

364

Diurnal and seasonal variations of concentration and size distribution of nano aerosols (10-1100 nm) enclosing radon decay products in the Postojna Cave, Slovenia.  

PubMed

At the lowest point along the tourist route in the Postojna Cave, the activity concentration of radon ((222)Rn) short-lived decay products and number concentration and size distribution of background aerosol particles in the size range of 10-1100 nm were measured. In the warm yearly season, aerosol concentration was low (52 cm(-3)) with 21 % particles smaller than 50 nm, while in the cold season, it was higher (1238 cm(-3)) with 8 % of <50 nm particles. Radon activity concentrations were 4489 and 1108 Bq m(-3), and fractions of unattached radon decay products were 0.62 and 0.13, respectively. PMID:22923245

Bezek, M; Gregoric, A; Kávási, N; Vaupotic, J

2012-11-01

365

Measurement of nonuniform temperature and concentration distributions by combining line-of-sight tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy with regularization methods.  

PubMed

Regularization methods were combined with line-of-sight tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS) to measure nonuniform temperature and concentration distributions along the laser path when a priori information of the temperature distribution tendency is available. Relying on measurements of 12 absorption transitions of water vapor from 1300 to 1350 nm, the nonuniform temperature and concentration distributions were retrieved by making the use of nonlinear and linear regularization methods, respectively. To examine the effectiveness of regularization methods, a simulated annealing algorithm for nonlinear regularization was implemented to reconstruct the temperature distribution, while three linear regularization methods, namely truncated singular value decomposition, Tikhonov regularization, and a revised Tikhonov regularization method, were implemented to retrieve the concentration distribution. The results show that regularization methods not only can be used to retrieve temperature and concentration distributions closer to the original but also are less sensitive to measurement noise. When no sufficient optical access is available for TDLAS tomography, the methods proposed in the paper can be used to obtain more details of the combustion field with higher accuracy and robustness, which are expected to play a more important role in combustion diagnosis. PMID:23852195

Liu, Chang; Xu, Lijun; Cao, Zhang

2013-07-10

366

Regulation of iron transport related genes by boron in the marine bacterium Marinobacter algicola DG893.  

PubMed

While there has been extensive interest in the use of boron isotope ratios as a surrogate of pH in paleoclimate studies in the context of climate change-related questions, the high (0.4 mM) concentration and the depth-independent (conservative or non-nutrient-like) concentration profile of this element have led to boron being neglected as a potentially biologically relevant element in the modern ocean. Here we report that boron affects the expression of a number of protein and genes in the "algal-associated" Gram-negative marine bacterium Marinobacter algicola DG893. Most intriguingly, a number of these proteins and genes are related to iron uptake. In a recent separate publication we have shown that boron regulates one such iron transport related protein, i.e. the periplasmic iron binding protein FbpA via a direct interaction of the metalloid with this protein. Here we show that a number of other iron uptake related genes are also affected by boron but in the opposite way i.e. they are up-regulated. We propose that the differential effect of boron on FbpA expression relative to other iron transport related genes is a result of an interaction between boron and the global iron regulatory protein Fur. PMID:23775459

Romano, Ariel; Trimble, Lyndsay; Hobusch, Ashtian R; Schroeder, Kristine J; Amin, Shady A; Hartnett, Andrej D; Barker, Ryan A; Crumbliss, Alvin L; Carrano, Carl J

2013-08-01

367

Prompt gamma-ray activation analysis for determination of boron in aqueous solutions  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Prompt gamma-ray activation analysis (PGAA) is a nuclear analytical technique for the determination of trace and other elements in solid, liquid or gaseous samples. The method consists in observing gamma rays emitted by a sample during neutron irradiation. Of particular importance for PGAA is the measurement of boron. Indeed, this technique gives the opportunity to detect boron concentration down to the ppm or ppb level depending on the sample matrix. Furthermore, boron cannot be easily measured by other methods without risks of contamination. Trace analysis of boron in liquids has been performed and characterized at the PGA facility of the neutron spallation source SINQ (Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland). First, a calibration curve was determined with standard boron solutions. Then, the PGAA was applied for the determination of boron in geological water samples. The results were compared with ICP-MS measurements. Finally, the method yielded promising results to measure the concentration of boron taken up by cells in a new treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.

Baechler, S.; Kudejova, P.; Jolie, J.; Schenker, J.-L.; Stritt, N.

2002-08-01

368

Risk factors of methane hydrate resource development in the concentrated zones distributed in the eastern Nankai Trough  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Some environmental and safety concerns on the offshore methane hydrate development have been raised, but the ground of such allegations are sometime not fully reasonable. The risks of methane hydrate resource development to environment and safety should be discussed upon methane hydrate occurrences condition, the production methods, and the designs of production system, under comprehensively scientific manners. In the Phase 1 of the Methane Hydrate Exploitation Program in Japan (FY2001-2008), the Research Consortium for Methane Hydrate Resources in Japan (MH21 Research Consortium) found methane hydrate concentrated zones in the eastern Nankai Trough that are potential prospects for resource development. The concentrated zones are consisted of turbidite-derived sandy sediments and hydrate crystals in pore spaces of sand grains (pore-filling type structure). The MH21 Research Consortium proposed the depressurization method as prime technique due to its efficiency of gas production in such concentrated zones, and has tried to develop conceptual designs of production systems based on the information of existing devices and facilities. Under the condition and circumstances described above, the authors tried to extract and evaluate some risk factors concerning methane hydrate development using depressurization in the area. Leakage of methane gas, that is less harmful substance to ecosystem than heavier hydrocarbons, from production system can be one possible risk. However, in the case of gas production through wellbore, even if catastrophic damages happen in the subsea production system during gas production, the leakages do not continue because the borehole could be filled by seawater and depressurization is stopped immediately. Another possible risk is a leakage of produced gas through seafloor. If methane hydrate production makes high pressure or temperature zones in sediments, the risk should be considered. However, depressurization method makes opposite condition, low pressure. Deformation and subsidence of the sea floor may be unavoidable but does not cause serious concern on the safety. Some have argued that hydrate dissociations in wide area may cause landslide due to weakened formation by dissociation. To manage the concern, the test site should be chosen carefully and formation property alternation should be well known. One common misunderstanding widespread in public is that methane hydrate is "unstable material." Indeed, the hydrate is stable in the original temperature and pressure conditions, and the endothermic process of hydrate dissociation leads negative feedback to the formation conditions from the altered states by artificial depressurization. Also the hydrate dissociation in the sandy sediments is governed by relatively slow heat and fluid transport phenomena in porous media, so the process is gradual. Therefore, a catastrophic chain reaction which many people imagine is surely unlikely. As mentioned above, at present, risks of methane hydrate resource development in the concentrated zones distributed in the eastern Nankai trough are not significant, and comparable or less serious than conventional oil and gas production, we concluded. Of course, this evaluation should be verified with offshore production tests in the future, and new knowledge should be reflected to the safe and environmentally friendly production system designs. The nature of unconsolidated formation after the hydrate dissociation is key issue of such investigation. MH21 consortium has studied the issue in many aspects, and will continue the investigation.

Yamamoto, K.; Nagakubo, S.

2009-04-01

369

Synthesis and photocurrent of amorphous boron nanowires  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Although theoretically feasible, synthesis of boron nanostructures is challenging due to the highly reactive nature, high melting and boiling points of boron. We have developed a thermal vapor transfer approach to synthesizing amorphous boron nanowire using a solid boron source. The amorphous nature and chemical composition of boron nanowires were characterized by high resolution transmission electron microscopy, selected area electron diffraction, and electron energy loss spectroscopy. Optical properties and photoconduction of boron nanowires have not yet been reported. In our investigation, the amorphous boron nanowire showed much better optical and electrical properties than previously reported photo-response of crystalline boron nanobelts. When excited by a blue LED, the photo/dark current ratio (I/I0) is 1.5 and time constants in the order of tens of seconds. I/I0 is 1.17 using a green light.

Ge, Liehui; Lei, Sidong; Hart, Amelia H. C.; Gao, Guanhui; Jafry, Huma; Vajtai, Robert; Ajayan, Pulickel M.

2014-08-01

370

Boronated porhyrins and methods for their use  

DOEpatents

The present invention covers boronated porphyrins containing multiple carborane cages which selectively accumulate in neoplastic tissue within the irradiation volume and thus can be used in cancer therapies such as boron neutron capture therapy and photodynamic therapy.

Miura, Michiko (Hampton Bays, NY); Shelnutt, John A. (Tijeras, NM); Slatkin, Daniel N. (Southhold, NY)

1999-03-02

371

Boronated porhyrins and methods for their use  

DOEpatents

The present invention covers boronated porphyrins containing multiple carborane cages which selectively accumulate in neoplastic tissue within the irradiation volume and thus can be used in cancer therapies such as boron neutron capture therapy and photodynamic therapy. 3 figs.

Miura, M.; Shelnutt, J.A.; Slatkin, D.N.

1999-03-02

372

Monte Carlo Calculations of Selected Dose Components in a Head Model for Boron Neutron Capture Therapy  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Boron Neutron Capture Therapy is a very promising form of cancer therapy, consisting in irradiating a stable isotope of boron (10B) concentrated in tumor cells with a low energy neutron beam. This technique makes it possible to destroy tumor cells, leaving healthy tissues practically unaffected. In order to carry out the therapy in the proper way, the proper range of the neutron beam energy has to be chosen. In this paper we present the results of the calculations, using the MCNP code, aiming at studying the energetic dependence of the absorbed dose from the neutron capture reaction on boron (the therapeutic dose), and hydrogen and nitrogen (the injuring dose).

Tymi?ska, Katarzyna

2007-01-01

373

Chlorin e6 fused with a cobalt-bis(dicarbollide) nanoparticle provides efficient boron delivery and photoinduced cytotoxicity in cancer cells.  

PubMed

Further development of boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) requires new neutronsensitizers with improved ability to deliver (10)B isotopes in cancer cells. Conjugation of boron nanoparticles with porphyrin derivatives is an attractive and recognized strategy to solve this task. We report on breakthroughs in the structural optimization of conjugates of chlorin e6 derivative with cobalt-bis(dicarbollide) nanoparticles resulting in the creation of dimethyl ester 13-carbomoylchlorin e6 [N-hexylamine-N'-ethoxyethoxy]-cobalt-bis(dicarbollide) (conjugate 1). Conjugate 1 is able to accumulate quickly and efficiently (distribution factor of 80) in cancer cells, thus delivering more than 10(9) boron atoms per cell when its extracellular concentration is more than 1 ?mol L(-1). Also 1 is an active photosensitizer and is phototoxic towards human lung adenocarcinoma A549 cells at 80 nmol L(-1) (50% cell death). Photoinduced cytotoxicity of 1 is associated with lipid peroxidation, lysosome rupture and protease activity enhancement. Conjugate 1 fluoresces in the red region (670 nm), which is useful to monitor its accumulation and distribution in vivo. It is not toxic to cells without activation by neutrons or photons. Structural features that improve the functional properties of 1 are discussed. The properties of 1 warrant its preclinical evaluation as a multifunctional agent for BNCT, photodynamic therapy and fluorescent tumor diagnosis. PMID:24258161

Efremenko, Anastasija V; Ignatova, Anastasija A; Grin, Mikhail A; Sivaev, Igor B; Mironov, Andrey F; Bregadze, Vladimir I; Feofanov, Alexey V

2014-01-01

374

Mineral resource of the month: boron  

USGS Publications Warehouse

What does boron have to do with baseball, apple pie, motherhood and Chevrolet? Boron minerals and chemicals are used in the tanning of leather baseballs and gloves; in micro-fertilizer to grow apples and in the glass and enamels of bakewares to cook apple pie; in boron detergents for soaking baby clothes and diapers; and in fiberglass parts for the Chevrolet Corvette.

Lyday, Phyllis A.

2005-01-01

375

Explorations of mechanisms regulating ectomycorrhizal colonization of boron-fertilized pine  

SciTech Connect

The present study examined the effects of foliar boron fertilization and inoculation with an ectomycorrhizal fungus (Pisolithus tinctorius) on {sup 14}C-photosynthate partitioning to various tissues of shortleaf pine seedlings, placing special emphasis on the {sup 14}C distribution to the root systems. Specifically, the hypotheses tested are: (a) {sup 14}C allocation to the root systems will increase with inoculation, and (b) {sup 14}C partitioning will be enhanced by foliar boron application. 13 refs., 3 tabs.

Garrett, H.E.; Begonia, G.; Sword, M.A.

1989-01-01

376

Analogies between boron and carbon.  

PubMed

The structural connections between the compounds of boron and carbon are extended using the mno rule beyond the borane-carbocation continuum, the lithium boride-polycarbyne analogy, and the magnesium boride (MgB(2))-graphite equivalence to beta-rhombohedral boron and fullerenes. The structural similarity of the pentagonal pyramidal C(6)H(6)(2+) and MgB(4) is established. An interesting electronic structural relationship between the B(84) fragment of the beta-rhombohedral boron and the fulleride anion, C(60)(12-), is derived by replacing the 12 pentagonal pyramidal B(6)(4-) units by isoelectronic C(5)(-) units and removing the central B(12) from the electron-deficient B(84) unit. This relationship is well supported by the experimental realization of C(60)M(12) (M = Li, K) and C(48)N(12). PMID:14622028

Jemmis, Eluvathingal D; Jayasree, Elambalassery G

2003-11-01

377

[Effect of NPK and B supply levels on boron uptake and biological properties of different genotypic oilseed rape].  

PubMed

Pot experiment was conducted to study the boron absorption by oilseed rape(Brassica napus), the mechanism of its resistance to boron deficiency, and the effect of boron deficiency on its biological properties under different NPK supply levels. The results indicated that under boron deficiency, increasing NPK supply aggravated boron deficiency symptoms, which led to the decrease of leaf area and its growth rate and nitrate reductase activity(NRA) and the increase of chlorophyll(a + b) content at seedling stage, and the decrease of the number of productive branches and pods of each plant and seed yield at maturity. It was suggested that the ratio of boron concentration in youngest open leaves(YOL) to youngest mature leaves(YML) at seedling stage could be an index to judge the boron mobility in plants of different genotypic oilseed rape. Boron mobility and its utilization efficiency were one of the important nutritional mechanisms responsible for the difference in response of different genotypic oilseed rapes to boron deficiency. PMID:11757364

Lou, Y; Yang, Y

2001-04-01

378

Selective boron delivery to murine tumors by lipophilic species incorporated in the membranes of unilamellar liposomes  

SciTech Connect

The nido-carborane species K[nido-7-CH{sub 3}(CH{sub 2}){sub 15}-7,8-C{sub 2}B{sub 9}H{sub 11}] has been synthesized for use as an addend for the bilayer membrane of liposomes. Small unilamellar vesicles, composed of distearoylphosphatidylcholine/cholesterol, 1:1, and incorporating K[nido-7-CH{sub 3}(CH{sub 2}){sub 15}-7,8-C{sub 2}B{sub 9}H{sub 11}] in the bilayer, have been investigated in vivo. The time-course biodistribution of boron delivered by these liposomes was determined by inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectroscopy analyses after the injection of liposomal suspensions in BALB/c mice bearing EMT6 mammary adenocarcinomas. At the low injected doses normally used ({approx}5-10 mg of boron per kg of body weight), peak tumor boron concentrations of {approx}35 {mu}g of boron per g of tissue and tumor/blood boron ratios of {approx}8 were achieved. These values are sufficiently high for the successful application of boron neutron capture therapy. The bilayer-embedded boron compound may provide the sole boron source or, alternatively, a concentrated aqueous solution of a hydrophilic boron compound may also be encapsulated within the liposomes to provide a dose enhancement. Thus, the incorporation of both K[nido-7-CH{sub 3}(CH{sub 2}){sub 15}-7,8-C{sub 2}B{sub 9}H{sub 11}] and the hydrophilic species, Na{sub 3}[1-(2{prime}-B{sub 10}H{sub 9})-2-NH{sub 3}B{sub 10}H{sub 8}], within the same liposomes demonstrated significantly enhanced biodistribution characteristics, exemplified by maximum tumor boron concentrations of {approx} 50 {mu}g of boron per g of tissue and tumor/blood boron ratios of {approx} 6. 18 refs., 1 fig.

Feakes, D.A.; Shelly, K.; Hawthorne, M.F. [Univ. of California, Los Angeles, CA (United States)

1995-02-28

379

Chemical composition, molecular weight distribution, secondary structure and effect of NaCl on functional properties of walnut (Juglans regia L) protein isolates and concentrates.  

PubMed

Chemical composition, molecular weight distribution, secondary structure and effect of sodium chloride concentration on functional properties of walnut protein isolates, concentrates and defatted walnut flour were study. Compared with walnut protein concentrates (75.6%) and defatted walnut flour (52.5%), walnut protein isolates contain a relatively high amount of protein (90.5%). The yield of walnut protein isolates and concentrates was 43.2% and 76.6%, respectively. In molecular weight distribution study, Walnut protein isolates showed one peak with molecular weight of 106.33 KDa (100%) and walnut protein concentrates showed four peaks with molecular weight of 16,725 KDa (0.8%),104.943 KDa(63.9%), 7.3 KDa (11.4%), 2.6 KDa (23.9%). The secondary structure of walnut protein isolates was similar to that of walnut protein concentrates, but was differ from that of defatted walnut flour. The addition of sodium chloride (0?~?1 M) could improve the functionality of walnut protein concentrates, isolates and defatted walnut flour. The maximum solubility, water absorption capacity, emulsifying properties and foaming properties of walnut protein isolates, concentrates and defatted walnut flour were at sodium chloride solutions of 1.0 M, 0.6 M, 0.4 M, 0.6 M, respectively. The solubility of walnut protein concentrates (32.5%) in distilled water with 0 M sodium chloride was lower than that of walnut protein isolates (35.2%). The maximum solubility of walnut protein isolates, concentrates and defatted walnut flour in solution were 36.8%, 33.7% and 9.6% at 1.0 M sodium chloride solutions, respectively. As compared with other vegetable proteins, walnut protein isolates and concentrates exhibited better emulsifying properties and foam stability. PMID:25114337

Mao, Xiao-Ying; Hua, Yu-Fei

2014-08-01

380

Salt stress aggravates boron toxicity symptoms in banana leaves by impairing guttation.  

PubMed

Boron (B) is known to accumulate in the leaf margins of different plant species, arguably a passive consequence of enhanced transpiration at the ends of the vascular system. However, transpiration rate is not the only factor affecting ion distribution. We examine an alternative hypothesis, suggesting the participation of the leaf bundle sheath in controlling radial water and solute transport from the xylem to the mesophyll in analogy to the root endodermis. In banana, excess B that remains confined to the vascular system is effectively disposed of via dissolution in the guttation fluid; therefore, impairing guttation should aggravate B damage to the leaf margins. Banana plants were subjected to increasing B concentrations. Guttation rates were manipulated by imposing a moderate osmotic stress. Guttation fluid was collected and analysed continuously. The distribution of ions across the lamina was determined. Impairing guttation indeed led to increased B damage to the leaf margins. The kinetics of ion concentration in guttation samples revealed major differences between ion species, corresponding to their distribution in the lamina dry matter. We provide evidence that the distribution pattern of B and other ions across banana leaves depends on active filtration of the transpiration stream and on guttation. PMID:22765264

Shapira, O R; Israeli, Yair; Shani, Uri; Schwartz, Amnon

2013-02-01

381

Boron Deficiency in Cultured Pine Cells 1  

PubMed Central

A pronounced interaction between calcium, magnesium, and boron was found in growth studies with Pinus radiata cell cultures. Quantitative isoactivity data for the interaction was analyzed in terms of selected simple and plausible theoretical models. The data was found to be consistent with a model in which a critical acceptor molecule is activated only by binding both Ca and B at separate sites; Mg competitively displaces Ca to inactivate the acceptor. It was found that B is, surprisingly, not bound strongly (Kdiss = 450 ± 80 micromolar) and that the affinity for Ca is two orders of magnitude stronger than for Mg. Therefore only a small proportion of the acceptor will be boronated under natural conditions. Moderate levels of mannitol were found to aggravate B deficiency due to its effective removal by direct chemical complexation. At higher concentrations of mannitol (or other sugars), where osmotic contribution is significant, little B was needed to overcome growth inhibition—a result consistent with B having a primary role in cell wall biosynthesis. PMID:16667559

Teasdale, Robert Dixon; Richards, Dianne Katherine

1990-01-01

382

First-Principles Investigation on Boron Nanostructures  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

First-principles calculations based on density functional theory are employed to study and predict the properties of boron and Mg boride nanostructures. For boron nanostructures, two-dimensional boron sheets are found to be metallic and made of mixtures of triangles and hexagons which benefit from the balance of two-center bonding and three-center bonding. This unusual bonding in boron sheets results in a self-doping picture where adding atoms to the hexagon centers does not change the number of bonding states but merely increases the electron count. Boron sheets can be either flat or buckled depending on the ratio between hexagons and triangles. Formed by stacking two identical boron sheets, double-layered boron sheets can form interlayer bonds, and the most stable one is semiconducting. Built from single-layered boron sheets, single-walled boron nanotubes have smaller curvature energies than carbon nanotubes and undergo a metal-to-semiconductor transition once the diameter is smaller than ˜20 A. Optimal double-walled boron nanotubes with inter-walled bonds formed are metallic and always more stable than single-walled ones. For Mg boride nanostructures, certain Mg boride sheets prefer to curve themselves into nanotubes, which is explained via Mg-Mg interactions governed by the charge state of Mg. In addition, optimal Mg boride sheet structures are explored with a genetic algorithm. Phase diagrams for Mg boride sheet structures are constructed and stable phases under boron-rich environments are identified. Curvature effects on the phase diagram of Mg boride nanotubes are also discussed. As a natural extension to boron sheets, layered boron crystals based on boron sheets are then presented and are shown to be stable under high pressure. Finally, this thesis ends with an investigation of hydrogen-storage properties of pristine and metal doped boron nanostructures.

Tang, Hui

383

Chemoselective boronic ester synthesis by controlled speciation.  

PubMed

Control of boronic acid solution speciation is presented as a new strategy for the chemoselective synthesis of boronic esters. Manipulation of the solution equilibria within a cross-coupling milieu enables the formal homologation of aryl and alkenyl boronic acid pinacol esters. The generation of a new, reactive boronic ester in the presence of an active palladium catalyst also facilitates streamlined iterative catalytic C?C bond formation and provides a method for the controlled oligomerization of sp(2) -hybridized boronic esters. PMID:25267096

Fyfe, James W B; Seath, Ciaran P; Watson, Allan J B

2014-11-01

384

Thermionic properties of the molybdenum boron system  

SciTech Connect

The thermionic work function has been measured as a function of composition within the various two phase regions between Mo and MoB/sub 2/. Values at the low boron and high boron phase boundaries for the various compounds were obtained by extrapolation. The following effective work functions were obtained: Mo/sub 2/B (low boron) = 3.08 eV; Mo/sub 2/B (high boron) = 3.63 eV; ..cap alpha..-MoB (low boron) = 3.38 eV; ..cap alpha..-MoB (high boron) = 4.30 eV; ..beta..-MoB (low boron) = 2.83 eV; ..beta..-MoB (high boron) = 3.92; Mo/sub 2/B/sub 3/ (low boron) = 4.65 eV; Mo/sub 2/B/sub 3/ (high boron) = 3.85 eV; and MoB/sub 2/ (low boron) = 3.52 eV. Because the composition range of these compounds is very narrow, the work function is very sensitive to the composition within the single phase regions.

Storms, E.K.

1980-01-01

385

Spectrophotometric determination of boron based on charge transfer reaction.  

PubMed

Boron determination by a charge transfer spectrophotometric method is described. Accompanied the reaction, a charge transfer complex can be formed by lysine with sodium 1, 2-naphthoquinone-4-sulfonate and boron in alkaline solution (pH 12.00). Subsequently, a new reaction mechanism has been proposed and discussed. The absorbance at the maximal absorption wavelength is 574 nm and boron concentration agrees well with Beer's law in a range of 2.16-43.24 ?g mL(-1). The linear regression equation is A=-0.01867+0.01326C (?g mL(-1)), with a linearly correlation coefficient of 0.9935. The relative standard deviation (R.S.D.) of eleven parallel determinations is 2.1% with a detection limit (3?/k) of 2.00 ?g mL(-1). The recovery ranges from 96.4% to 104.5% with the satisfactory results. This method has been successfully applied to determine boron in pharmaceutical samples directly. PMID:21530377

Ma, Linjin; Zhang, Zhenxuan; Li, Quanmin

2011-08-01

386

Characterisation of graphite using boron as a marker element  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Graphite has many industrial applications. Two of the most important applications are as electrodes in industries and as moderator in nuclear industry. Determination of the Boron Equivalent of the impurity elements in graphite is the most important parameter for certifying the grade of graphite electrode [1]. The use of a suitable method with low limits of determination of boron is therefore necessary. A method has been standardised in Analytical Chemistry Division, BARC for determining trace amounts of boron in graphite electrodes. It involves controlled dissolution of graphite sample powder and measurement of boron by Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS) using matrix matched standards. The method detection limit is 1 ?g g-1. The method Relative Standard Deviation was 5%. The method was verified by spike recovery experiments. Recoveries were found to be within 100±2% in the concentration range of 1 to 100 ?g g-1. The developed method has been adopted for the compositional characterization of several graphite electrode samples.

Kamble, Granthali S.; Pandey, Shailaja; Thakur, Neha; Kumar, Sanjukta A.; Venkatesh, K.; Kumar, Sangita D.; Kameswaran, R.; Reddy, A. V. R.

2013-06-01

387

Interactions between dietary boron and thiamine affect lipid metabolism  

SciTech Connect

An experiment was designed to test the hypothesis that dietary boron impacts upon the function of various coenzymes involved in energy metabolism. In a 2 {times} 7 factorially-arranged experiment, weanling, vitamin D{sub 3}-deprived rats were fed a ground corn-casein-corn oil based diet supplemented with 0 or 2 mg boron/kg and 50% of the requirement for thiamine (TM), riboflavin (RF), pantothenic acid (PA) or pyridoxine (PX); 0% for folic acid (FA) or nicotinic acid (NA). All vitamins were supplemented in adequate amounts in the control diet. At 8 weeks of age, the TM dietary treatment was the one most affected by supplemental dietary boron (SDB). In rats that were fed 50% TM, SDB increased plasma concentrations of triglyceride (TG) and activity of alanine transaminase (ALT), and the liver to body weight (L/B) ratio. However, in the SDB animals, adequate amounts of TM decreased the means of those variables to near that observed in non-SDB rats fed 50% TM. The findings suggest that an interaction between dietary boron and TM affects lipid metabolism.

Herbel, J.L.; Hunt, C.D. (Dept. of Agriculture, Grand Forks, ND (United States))

1991-03-15

388

Boron-Containing Compounds for Liposome-Mediated Tumor Localization and Application to Neutron Capture Therapy  

SciTech Connect

Medical application of boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) has been significantly hindered by the slow development of boron drug-targeting methodologies for the selective delivery of high boron concentration sto malignant cells. We have successfully sought to fill this need by creating liposomes suitable as in vivo boron delivery vehicles for BNCT. Delivery of therapeutic quantities of boron to tumors in murine models has been achieved with small unilamellar boron-rich liposomes. Subsequently, attempts have been made to improve delivery efficiency of liposomes encapsulating boron-containing water-soluble species into their hollow core by incorporating lipophilic boron compounds as addenda to the liposome bilayer, incorporating boron compounds as structural components of the bilayer (which however, poses the risk of sacrificing some stability), and combinations thereof. Regardless of the method, approximately 90% of the total liposome mass remains therapeutically inactive and comprised of the vehicle?s construction materials, while less than 5% is boron for neutron targeting. Following this laboratory's intensive study, the observed tumor specificity of certain liposomes has been attributed to their diminutive size of these liposomes (30-150 nm), which enables these small vesicles to pass through the porous, immature vasculature of rapidly growing tumor tissue. We surmised that any amphiphilic nanoparticle of suitable size could possess some tumor selectivity. Consequently, the discovery of a very boron-rich nanoparticle delivery agent with biodistribution performance similar to unilamellar liposomes became one of our goals. Closomers, a new class of polyhedral borane derivatives, attracted us as an alternative BNCT drug-delivery system. We specifically envisioned dodeca (nido-carboranyl)-substituted closomers as possibly having a great potential role in BNCT drug delivery. They could function as extraordinarily boron-rich BNCT drugs since they are amphiphilic unimolecular nanoparticles presenting several advantages: tunable size through functionalization and branching, spherical shape due to the icosahedral B122? core, promising water solubility resulting from degradation of all pendant closo-carborane groups to their hydrophilic nido anion substituents, and efficient boron delivery owing to the presence of 120 boron atoms which gives rise to a boron content as high as 40% by weight. Keeping the new objective in mind, we have focused on the design, synthesis and evaluation of new and very boron-rich closomer species. Additionally, progress has also been made toward the evaluation of a newly synthesized boron-rich lipid as a substitute for DSPC in bilayer construction, and the boron content of the resulting liposomes has been greatly enhanced. Related research involving the synthesis and self-assembly of carborane-containing amphiphiles has been systematically studied. Combined hydrophobic and hydrophilic properties of the single-chain amphiphiles allow their spontaneous self-assembly to form rods under a variety of variable conditions, such as concentration in the bilayer, carborane cage structure, chain-length, counterion identity, solvents, methods of preparation, and the ionic charge. On the other hand, the number of attached chains affects the self-assembly process. Particles having totally different shapes have been observed for dual-chain amphiphiles.

Professor M. Frederick Hawthorne

2005-04-07

389

FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTIONS OF 90SR AND 137CS CONCENTRATIONS IN AN ECOSYSTEM OF THE 'RED FOREST' AREA IN THE CHERNOBYL EXCLUSION ZONE  

SciTech Connect

In the most highly contaminated region of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone: the 'Red Forest' site, the accumulation of the major dose-affecting radionuclides ({sup 90}Sr and {sup 137}Cs) within the components of an ecological system encompassing 3,000 m{sup 2} were characterized. The sampled components included soils (top 0-10 cm depth), Molina caerulea (blue moor grass), Camponotus vagus (carpenter ants) and Pelobates fuscus (spade-footed toad). In a comparison among the components of this ecosystem, the {sup 90}Sr and {sup 137}Cs concentrations measured in 40 separate grids exhibited significant differences, while the frequency distribution of the values were close to a logarithmically normal leptokurtic distribution with a significant right-side skew. While it is important to identify localized areas of high contamination or 'hot spots,' including these values in the arithmetic mean may overestimate the exposure risk. In component sample sets that exhibited logarithmically normal distribution, the geometrical mean more accurately characterizes a site. Ideally, risk assessment is most confidently achieved when the arithmetic and geometrical means are most similar, meaning the distribution approaches normal. Through bioaccumulation, the highest concentrations of {sup 90}Sr and {sup 137}Cs were measured in the blue moor grass and spade-footed toad. These components also possessed distribution parameters that shifted toward a normal distribution.

Farfan, E.; Jannik, T.; Caldwell, E.

2011-10-01

390

Frequency distributions of 90Sr and 137Cs concentrations in an ecosystem of the "Red Forest" area in the Chernobyl exclusion zone.  

PubMed

In the most highly contaminated region of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, the "Red Forest" site, the accumulation of the major dose-affecting radionuclides (90Sr and 137Cs) within the components of an ecological system encompassing 3,000 m(2) was characterized. The sampled components included soils (top 0-10 cm depth), Molina caerulea (blue moor grass), Camponotus vagus (carpenter ants), and Pelobates fuscus (spade-footed toad). In a comparison among the components of this ecosystem, the 90Sr and 137Cs concentrations measured in 40 separate grids exhibited significant differences, while the frequency distribution of the values was close to a logarithmically-normal leptokurtic distribution with a significant right-side skew. While it is important to identify localized areas of high contamination or "hot spots," including these values in the arithmetic mean may overestimate the exposure risk. In component sample sets that exhibited logarithmically normal distribution, the geometric mean more accurately characterizes a site. Ideally, risk assessment is most confidently achieved when the arithmetic and geometric means are most similar, meaning the distribution approaches normal. Through bioaccumulation, the highest concentrations of 90Sr and 137Cs were measured in the blue moor grass and spade-footed toad. These components also possessed distribution parameters that shifted toward a normal distribution. PMID:21878766

Gaschak, Sergey P; Makliuk, Yulia A; Maksimenko, Andrey M; Bondarkov, Mikhail D; Chizhevsky, Igor; Caldwell, Eric F; Jannik, G Timothy; Farfán, Eduardo B

2011-10-01

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Distribution of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in southern Chesapeake Bay surface water: Evaluation of three methods for determining freely dissolved water concentrations  

SciTech Connect

Gas sparging, semipermeable-membrane devices (SPMDs), and filtration with sorption of dissolved polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) to XAD-2 resin were evaluated for determining the concentrations of freely dissolved PAHs in estuarine waters of southern Chesapeake Bay at sites ranging from rural to urban and highly industrialized. Gas sparging had significant sampling artifacts due to particle scavenging by rising bubbles, and SPMDs were kinetically limited for four-ring and larger PAHs relative to short-term temporal changes in water concentrations. Filtration with sorption of the dissolved contaminant fraction to XAD-2 resin was found to be the most accurate and feasible method for determining concentrations of freely dissolved PAHs in estuarine water. Concentrations and distribution coefficients of dissolved and particulate PAHs were measured using the filtration/XAD-2 method. Concentrations of PAHs in surface waters of southern Chesapeake Bay were higher than those reported for the northern bay; concentrations in the Elizabeth River were elevated relative to all other sites. A gradient for particulate PAHs was observed from urban to remote sites. No seasonal trends were observed in dissolved or particle-bound PAH fractions at any site. Distributions of dissolved and particulate PAHs in surface waters of the Chesapeake Bay are near equilibrium at all locations and during all seasons.

Gustafson, K.E.; Dickhut, R.M. [Coll. of William and Mary, Gloucester Point, VA (United States)

1997-03-01

392

Drinking water health advisory for boron  

SciTech Connect

The Health Advisory Program, sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Water, has issued its report on the element boron: included are the compounds boric acid and borax(sodium tetraborate). It provides information on the health effects, analytical methodology, and treatment technology that would be useful in dealing with the contamination of drinking water. Health Advisories (HAs) describe nonregulatory concentrations of drinking water contaminants at which adverse health effects would not be anticipated to occur over specific exposure durations. HAs serve as informal technical guidance to assist Federal, State, and local officials responsible for protecting public health when emergency spills or contamination situations occur. They are not legally enforceable Federal Standards and are subject to change as new information becomes available.

Cantilli, R.

1991-04-01

393

Research in boron neutron capture synovectomy  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Boron Neutron Capture Synovectomy (BNCS) is a novel application of the 10B(n, (alpha) )7Li reaction for the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis. This potential treatment modality is in its developmental stages; in this paper results of research in two aspects of BNCS are presented. First, quantification of 10B-uptake in samples of human arthritic tissue by Prompt Gamma Neutron Activation Analysis is presented. 10B concentrations from 1625 to 2726 ppm are readily achieved. Second, ideal neutron beam studies have been undertaken and indicate that neutrons from thermal energies to 1 keV are useful for BNCS. This information is of use in designing practical therapy beams should this treatment modality be realized.

Binello, E.; Shortkroff, S.; Jones, A.; Viveiros, C.; Ly, A.; Sledge, C. B.; Davison, A.; Shefer, Ruth E.; Yanch, Jacquelyn C.

1997-02-01

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The concentration and distribution of 2,3,7,8-dibenzo-p-dioxins/-furans in chickens  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The concentrations of the 2,3,7,8-Cl substituted dibenzo-p-dioxins/-furans (PCDDs/PCDFs) were determined in the edible tissues of whole chicken fryers and compared with the values found in their abdominal fat. The values are presented both on a whole weight basis and on a lipid adjusted basis for each tissue. While there is a marked difference in the concentration of the 2,3,7,8-dibenzo-p-dioxins in the edible tissues expressed on a whole weight basis, the lipid-adjusted concentrations of the individual dioxins were not statistically different in the various tissues. This validates the use of lipid adjusted concentrations of 2,3,7,8-PCDDs/PCDFs in abdominal fat for the determination of the presence of these compounds in different tissues.

Ferrario, J.; Byrne, C.

2000-01-01

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Boron neutron capture therapy of ocular melanoma and intracranial glioma using p-boronophenylalanine  

SciTech Connect

During conventional radiotherapy, the dose that can be delivered to the tumor is limited by the tolerance of the surrounding normal tissue within the treatment volume. Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT) represents a promising modality for selective tumor irradiation. The key to effective BNCT is selective localization of {sup 10}B in the tumor. We have shown that the synthetic amino acid p-boronophenylalanine (BPA) will selectively deliver boron to melanomas and other tumors such as gliosarcomas and mammary carcinomas. Systemically delivered BPA may have general utility as a boron delivery agent for BNCT. In this paper, BNCT with BPA is used in treatment of experimentally induced gliosarcoma in rats and nonpigmented melanoma in rabbits. The tissue distribution of boron is described, as is response to the BNCT. 6 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab.

Coderre, J.A.; Greenberg, D.; Micca, P.L.; Joel, D.D.; Saraf, S. (Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (USA)); Packer, S. (North Shore Univ. Hospital, Manhasset, NY (USA). Div. of Ophthalmology)

1990-01-01

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The concentration and distribution of 2,3,7,8-dibenzo-p-dioxins\\/-furans in chickens  

Microsoft Academic Search

The concentrations of the 2,3,7,8-Cl substituted dibenzo-p-dioxins\\/-furans (PCDDs\\/PCDFs) were determined in the edible tissues of whole chicken fryers and compared with the values found in their abdominal fat. The values are presented both on a whole weight basis and on a lipid adjusted basis for each tissue. While there is a marked difference in the concentration of the 2,3,7,8-dibenzo-p-dioxins in

Joseph Ferrario; Christian Byrne

2000-01-01

397

On the regional distributions of background carbon monoxide concentrations observed in East Asia during 1991-2008  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The carbon monoxide (CO) concentrations observed at Mt. Waliguan in China (WLG), Ulaan Uul in Mongolia (UUM), Tae-ahn Peninsula in Korea (TAP) and Ryori in Japan (RYO) were analysed between 1991 and 2008. The average annual concentration of CO, a toxic air pollutant, was the highest at TAP (235±44 ppb), followed by RYO (169±35 ppb), UUM (154±27 ppb) and WLG (138±24 ppb). These data obtained in East Asia were also compared with CO data from Mauna Loa, Hawaii. CO tends to be highest in spring and lowest in summer in East Asia, with the exception of WLG. TAP had the highest CO concentrations in all seasons compared with WLG, UUM and RYO, and displays a wide short-term variability in concentration. This is caused by large-scale air pollution owing to its downwind location, close to continental East Asia. CO concentrations observed at TAP were analysed as follows: according to the origin of the isentropic backward trajectory and its transport passage; as continental background airflows (CBG); regionally polluted continental airflows (RPC); oceanic background airflows (OBG); and partly perturbed oceanic airflows (PPO). The high concentrations of CO at TAP are because of the airflow originating from the East Asian continent, rather than the North Pacific. RPCs, which pass through eastern China, appear to have high CO concentrations in spring, autumn and winter. It is noteworthy that the overall trend at TAP does not show an increase despite the fact that energy use in China approximately doubled from 1991 to 2008. OBGs, however, are affected by North Pacific air masses with low CO concentrations in summer.

Kim, H. S.; Chung, Y. S.; Tans, P. P.

2010-02-01

398

Influence of Si Co-doping on electrical transport properties of magnesium-doped boron nanoswords  

SciTech Connect

Magnesium-doped boron nanoswords were synthesized via a thermoreduction method. The as-prepared nanoswords are single crystalline and {beta}-rhombohedral ({beta}-rh) phase. Electrical transport measurements show that variable range hopping conductivity increases with temperature, and carrier mobility has a greater influence than carrier concentration. These results are consistent with the three dimensional Mott's model (M. Cutler and N. F. Mott, Phys. Rev. 181, 1336 (1969)) besides a high density of localized states at the Fermi level compared with bulk {beta}-rh boron. Conductivity of Mg-doped boron nanoswords is significantly lower than that of ''pure'' (free of magnesium) boron nanoswords. Electron energy loss spectroscopy studies confirm that the poorer conductivity arises from silicon against magnesium doping.

Tian Yuan; Lu Hongliang; Tian Jifa; Li Chen; Hui Chao; Shi Xuezhao; Huang Yuan; Shen Chengmin; Gao Hongjun [Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China)

2012-03-05

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Rational design of gold nanoparticles functionalized with carboranes for application in Boron Neutron Capture Therapy.  

PubMed

In this paper we propose a bottom-up approach to obtain new boron carriers built with ortho-carborane functionalized gold nanoparticles (GNPs) for applications in Boron Neutron Capture Therapy. The interaction between carboranes and the gold surface was assured by one or two SH-groups directly linked to the boron atoms of the B10C2 cage. This allowed obtaining stable, nontoxic systems, though optimal biological performance was hampered by low solubility in aqueous media. To improve cell uptake, the hydrophilic character of carborane functionalized GNPs was enhanced by further coverage with an appropriately tailored diblock copolymer (PEO-b-PCL). This polymer also contained pendant carboranes to provide anchoring to the pre-functionalized GNPs. In vitro tests, carried out on osteosarcoma cells, showed that the final vectors possessed excellent biocompatibility joint to the capacity of concentrating boron atoms in the target, which is encouraging evidenced to pursue applications in vivo. PMID:24140178

Ciani, Laura; Bortolussi, Silva; Postuma, Ian; Cansolino, Laura; Ferrari, Cinzia; Panza, Luigi; Altieri, Saverio; Ristori, Sandra

2013-12-31

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Enhancement of electrical conductivity and electrochemical activity of hydrogenated amorphous carbon by incorporating boron atoms  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Conductive boron-doped hydrogenated amorphous carbon (B-DLC) thin films were successfully synthesized with RF plasma-enhanced CVD method. By incorporating boron atoms in amorphous carbon, conduction types were changed from n- to p-type, and volume resistivity was decreased from 30.4 (non-doped) to 6.36 × 10-2 ? cm (B/C = 2.500 atom%). B-DLC film with sp2/(sp2 + sp3) carbons of 75 atom% exhibited high resistance to electrochemically-induced corrosion in strong acid solution. Furthermore, it was clarified that boron atoms in DLC could enhance kinetics of hydrogen evolution during water electrolysis at B-DLC surface. B-DLC is, therefore, a promising electrode material for hydrogen production by increasing the concentration of boron atoms in B-DLC and enhancing the reactivity of H2 evolution.

Naragino, Hiroshi; Yoshinaga, Kohsuke; Nakahara, Akira; Tanaka, Sakuya; Honda, Kensuke

2013-06-01