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  1. Miniaturized and reconfigurable notch antenna based on a BST ferroelectric thin film

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    Nguyen, Hung Viet; Benzerga, Ratiba; Borderon, Caroline; Delaveaud, Christophe; Sharaiha, Ala; Renoud, Raphael; Paven, Claire Le; Pavy, Sabrina; Nadaud, Kevin; Gundel, Hartmut W.

    2015-07-15

    Highlights: • A miniature and agile antenna based on a BST MIM capacitor is simulated and made. • Mn{sup 2+} doped BST thin films are synthesized by chemical deposition and spin coating. • Permittivity and losses of the BST thin film are respectively 225 and 0.02 at 1 GHz. • A miniaturization rate of 70% is obtained with a MIM capacitance of 3.7 pF. • A frequency tunability of 14.5% and a tunability performance of 0.04 are measured. - Abstract: This work deals with the design, realization and characterization of a miniature and frequency agile antenna based on a ferroelectric Ba{sub 0,80}Sr{sub 0,20}TiO{sub 3} thin film. The notch antenna is loaded with a variable metal/insulator/metal (MIM) capacitor and is achieved by a monolithic method. The MIM capacitance is 3.7 pF, which results in a resonant frequency of 670 MHz compared to 2.25 GHz for the unloaded simulated antenna; the resulting miniaturization rate is 70%. The characterization of the antenna prototype shows a frequency tunable rate of 14.5% under an electric field of 375 kV/cm, with a tunability performance η = 0.04.

  2. Tunable dielectric properties of Barium Magnesium Niobate (BMN) doped Barium Strontium Titanate (BST) thin films by magnetron sputtering

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    Alema, Fikadu; Reinholz, Aaron; Pokhodnya, Konstantin

    2013-03-01

    We report on the tunable dielectric properties of Mg and Nb co-doped Ba0.45Sr0.55TiO3 (BST) thin film prepared by the magnetron sputtering using BST target (pure and doped with BaMg0.33Nb0.67O3 (BMN)) on Pt/TiO2/SiO2/Al2O3 4'' wafers at 700 °C under oxygen atmosphere. The electrical measurements are conducted on 2432 metal-ferroelectric-metal capacitors using Pt as the top and bottom electrode. The crystalline structure, microstructure, and surface morphology of the films are analyzed and correlated to the films dielectric properties. The BMN doped and undoped BST films have shown tunabilities of 48% and 52%; and leakage current densities of 2.2x10-6 A/cm2 and 3.7x10-5 A/cm2, respectively at 0.5 MV/cm bias field. The results indicate that the BMN doped film exhibits a lower leakage current with no significant decrease in tunability. Due to similar electronegativity and ionic radii, it was suggested that both Mg2+ (accepter-type) and Nb5+ (donor-type) dopants substitutTi4+ ion in BST. The improvement in the film dielectric losses and leakage current with insignificant loss of tunability is attributed to the adversary effects of Mg2+ and Nb5+ in BST.

  3. Formation of solar cells based on Ba{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} (BST) ferroelectric thick film

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    Irzaman, Syafutra, H. Arif, A. Alatas, H.; Hilaluddin, M. N.; Kurniawan, A.; Iskandar, J.; Dahrul, M.; Ismangil, A.; Yosman, D.; Aminullah; Prasetyo, L. B.; Yusuf, A.; Kadri, T. M.

    2014-02-24

    Growth of Ba{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} (BST) 1 M thick films are conducted with variation of annealing hold time of 8 hours, 15 hours, 22 hours, and 29 hours at a constant temperature of 850 °C on p-type Si (100) substrate using sol-gel method then followed by spin coating process at 3000 rpm for 30 seconds. The BST thick film electrical conductivity is obtained to be 10{sup −5} to 10{sup −4} S/cm indicate that the BST thick film is classified as semiconductor material. The semiconductor energy band gap value of BST thick film based on annealing hold time of 8 hours, 15 hours, 22 hours, and 29 hours are 2.58 eV, 3.15 eV, 3.2 eV and 2.62 eV, respectively. The I-V photovoltaic characterization shows that the BST thick film is potentially solar cell device, and in accordance to annealing hold time of 8 hours, 15 hours, 22 hours and 29 hours have respective solar cell energy conversion efficiencies of 0.343%, 0.399%, 0.469% and 0.374%, respectively. Optical spectroscopy shows that BST thick film solar cells with annealing hold time of 8 hours, 15 hours, and 22 hours absorb effectively light energy at wavelength of ≥ 700 nm. BST film samples with annealing hold time of 29 hours absorb effectively light energy at wavelength of ≤ 700 nm. The BST thick film refraction index is between 1.1 to 1.8 at light wavelength between ±370 to 870 nm.

  4. X-ray diffraction and surface acoustic wave analysis of BST/Pt/TiO{sub 2}/SiO{sub 2}/Si thin films

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    Mseddi, Souhir; Hedi Ben Ghozlen, Mohamed; Njeh, Anouar; Schneider, Dieter; Fuess, Hartmut

    2011-11-15

    High dielectric constant and electrostriction property of (Ba, Sr)Ti0{sub 3} (BST) thin films result in an increasing interest for dielectric devices and microwave acoustic resonator. Barium strontium titanate (Ba{sub 0.645}Sr{sub 0.355}TiO{sub 3}) films of about 300 nm thickness are grown on Pt(111)/TiO{sub 2}/SiO{sub 2}/Si(001) substrates by rf magnetron sputtering deposition techniques. X-ray diffraction is applied for the microstructural characterization. The BST films exhibit a cubic perovskite structure with a dense and smooth surface. A laser acoustic waves (LA-waves) technique is used to generate surface acoustic waves (SAW) propagating in the BST films. Young's modulus E and the Poisson ratio {nu} of TiO{sub 2,} Pt and BST films in different propagation directions are derived from the measured dispersion curves. Estimation of BST elastics constants are served in SAW studies. Impact of stratification process on SAW, propagating along [100] and [110] directions of silicon substrate, has been interpreted on the basis of ordinary differential equation (ODE) and stiffness matrix method (SMM). A good agreement is observed between experimental and calculated dispersion curves. The performed calculations are strongly related to the implemented crystallographic data of each layer. Dispersion curves are found to be sensitive to the SAW propagation direction and the stratification process for the explored frequency ranges 50-250 MHz, even though it corresponds to a wave length clearly higher than the whole films thickness.

  5. CpG oligodeoxynucleotides potentiate the antitumor activity of anti-BST2 antibody.

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    Hiramatsu, Kosuke; Serada, Satoshi; Kobiyama, Kouji; Nakagawa, Satoshi; Morimoto, Akiko; Matsuzaki, Shinya; Ueda, Yutaka; Fujimoto, Minoru; Yoshino, Kiyoshi; Ishii, Ken J; Enomoto, Takayuki; Kimura, Tadashi; Naka, Tetsuji

    2015-10-01

    Numerous monoclonal antibodies (mAb) targeting tumor antigens have recently been developed. Antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) and antibody-dependent cellular phagocytosis (ADCP) via effector cells such as tumor-infiltrating natural killer (NK) cells and macrophages are often involved in mediating the antitumor activity of mAb. CpG oligodeoxynucleotides (ODN) have a potent antitumor activity and are considered to increase tumor infiltration of NK cells and macrophages. Our group previously reported significant antitumor activity of anti-bone marrow stromal antigen 2 (BST2) mAb against BST2-positive endometrial cancer cells through ADCC. In this study, we evaluated the synergistic antitumor activity of combination therapy with anti-BST-2 mAb and CpG ODN using SCID mice and elucidated the mechanisms underlying this activity. Anti-BST2 mAb and CpG ODN monotherapy had a significant dose-dependent antitumor activity (P = 0.0135 and P = 0.0196, respectively). Combination therapy with anti-BST2 mAb and CpG ODN had a significant antitumor activity in SCID mice (P < 0.01), but not in NOG mice. FACS analysis revealed significantly increased numbers of NK cells and macrophages in tumors treated with a combination of anti-BST2 mAb and CpG ODN and with CpG ODN alone in SCID mice (P < 0.05 and P < 0.01, respectively). These results suggested that the combination therapy with anti-BST2 mAb and CpG ODN has a significant antitumor activity and induces tumor infiltration of NK cells and macrophages. Combination therapy with CpG ODN and anti-BST2 mAb or other antitumor mAb depending on ADCC may represent a new treatment option for cancer. PMID:26498112

  6. Identification of BST-2/tetherin-induced hepatitis B virus restriction and hepatocyte-specific BST-2 inactivation

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    Lv, Mingyu; Zhang, Biao; Shi, Ying; Han, Zhu; Zhang, Yan; Zhou, Yulai; Zhang, Wenyan; Niu, Junqi; Yu, Xiao-Fang

    2015-01-01

    BST-2/tetherin is an interferon-inducible antiviral protein that blocks the release of various enveloped viruses, including HIV-1. Hepatitis B virus (HBV), a major cause of liver disease, belongs to the Hepadnaviridae family of enveloped DNA viruses. Whether BST-2 regulates HBV production is largely unknown. In this report, we have demonstrated that HBV particle release is modulated by BST-2 in a cell type-dependent fashion. In HEK293T cells, ectopically expressed or interferon-induced BST-2 strongly inhibited HBV release. BST-2 co-localized with HBV surface protein at multivesicular bodies (MVBs) and physically interacted with HBV particles. However, exogenous BST-2-induced HBV restriction was weak in Huh-7 hepatoma cells, and the interferon-induced anti-HBV effect was independent of BST-2 induction in hepatic L02 cells. Notably, HBV could promote HIV-1 ΔVpu virus release from BST-2-positive HepG2 hepatoma cells but not HeLa cells, whereas Vpu failed to efficiently inhibit BST-2-induced HBV restriction. HBx exhibited an enhanced interaction and co-localization with BST-2 in hepatocytes. These observations indicate that BST-2 restricts HBV production at intracellular MVBs but is inactivated by HBV through a novel mechanism requiring hepatocyte-specific cellular co-factors or a hepatocyte-specific environment. Further understanding of BST-2-induced HBV restriction may provide new therapeutic targets for future HBV treatments. PMID:26119070

  7. Phenotypic and functional characterization of Bst+/− mouse retina

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    Riazifar, Hamidreza; Sun, Guoli; Wang, Xinjian; Rupp, Alan; Vemaraju, Shruti; Ross-Cisneros, Fred N.; Lang, Richard A.; Sadun, Alfredo A.; Hattar, Samer; Guan, Min-Xin; Huang, Taosheng

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT The belly spot and tail (Bst+/−) mouse phenotype is caused by mutations of the ribosomal protein L24 (Rpl24). Among various phenotypes in Bst+/− mice, the most interesting are its retinal abnormalities, consisting of delayed closure of choroid fissures, decreased ganglion cells and subretinal vascularization. We further characterized the Bst+/− mouse and investigated the underlying molecular mechanisms to assess the feasibility of using this strain as a model for stem cell therapy of retinal degenerative diseases due to retinal ganglion cell (RGC) loss. We found that, although RGCs are significantly reduced in retinal ganglion cell layer in Bst+/− mouse, melanopsin+ RGCs, also called ipRGCs, appear to be unchanged. Pupillary light reflex was completely absent in Bst+/− mice but they had a normal circadian rhythm. In order to examine the pathological abnormalities in Bst+/− mice, we performed electron microscopy in RGC and found that mitochondria morphology was deformed, having irregular borders and lacking cristae. The complex activities of the mitochondrial electron transport chain were significantly decreased. Finally, for subretinal vascularization, we also found that angiogenesis is delayed in Bst+/− associated with delayed hyaloid regression. Characterization of Bst+/− retina suggests that the Bst+/− mouse strain could be a useful murine model. It might be used to explore further the pathogenesis and strategy of treatment of retinal degenerative diseases by employing stem cell technology. PMID:26035379

  8. Identification and Functional Analysis of Three Isoforms of Bovine BST-2

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    Takeda, Eri; Nakagawa, So; Nakaya, Yuki; Tanaka, Atsushi; Miyazawa, Takayuki; Yasuda, Jiro

    2012-01-01

    Human BST-2 (hBST-2) has been identified as a cellular antiviral factor that blocks the release of various enveloped viruses. Orthologues of BST-2 have been identified in several species, including human, monkeys, pig, mouse, cat and sheep. All have been reported to possess antiviral activity. Duplication of the BST-2 gene has been observed in sheep and the paralogues are referred to as ovine BST-2A and BST2-B, although only a single gene corresponding to BST-2 has been identified in most species. In this study, we identified three isoforms of bovine BST-2, named bBST-2A1, bBST-2A2 and bBST-2B, in bovine cells treated with type I interferon, but not in untreated cells. Both bBST-2A1 and bBST-2A2 are posttranslationally modified by N-linked glycosylation and a GPI-anchor as well as hBST-2, while bBST-2B has neither of these modifications. Exogenous expression of bBST-2A1 or bBST-2A2 markedly reduced the production of bovine leukemia virus and vesicular stomatitis virus from cells, while the antiviral activity of bBST-2B was much weaker than those of bBST-2A1 and bBST-2A2. Our data suggest that bBST-2A1 and bBST-2A2 function as part of IFN-induced innate immunity against virus infection. On the other hand, bBST-2B may have a different physiological function from bBST-2A1 and bBST-2A2. PMID:22911799

  9. Importance of combining convection with film cooling.

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    Colladay, R. S.

    1972-01-01

    The interaction of film and convection cooling and its effect on wall cooling efficiency is investigated analytically for two cooling schemes for advanced gas turbine applications. The two schemes are full coverage- and counterflow-film cooling. In full coverage film cooling, the cooling air issues from a large number of small discrete holes in the surface. Counterflow film cooling is a film-convection scheme with film injection from a slot geometry. The results indicate that it is beneficial to utilize as much of the cooling air heat sink as possible for convection cooling prior to ejecting it as a film.

  10. Importance of combining convection with film cooling

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    Colladay, R. S.

    1971-01-01

    The interaction of film and convection cooling and its effect on wall cooling efficiency is investigated analytically for two cooling schemes for advanced gas turbine applications. The two schemes are full coverage- and counterflow-film cooling. In full coverage film cooling, the cooling air issues from a large number of small discrete holes in the surface. Counterflow film cooling is a film-convection scheme with film injection from a slot geometry. The results indicate that it is beneficial to utilize as much of the cooling air heat sink as possible for convection cooling prior to ejecting it as a film.

  11. Endogenous Murine BST-2/Tetherin Is Not a Major Restriction Factor of Influenza A Virus Infection

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    Job, Emma R.; Moffat, Jessica M.; Wakim, Linda M.; Gonelli, Christopher A.; Purcell, Damien F. J.; Brooks, Andrew G.; Villadangos, Jose A.; Reading, Patrick C.; Mintern, Justine D.

    2015-01-01

    BST-2 (tetherin, CD317, HM1.24) restricts virus growth by tethering enveloped viruses to the cell surface. The role of BST-2 during influenza A virus infection (IAV) is controversial. Here, we assessed the capacity of endogenous BST-2 to restrict IAV in primary murine cells. IAV infection increased BST-2 surface expression by primary macrophages, but not alveolar epithelial cells (AEC). BST-2-deficient AEC and macrophages displayed no difference in susceptibility to IAV infection relative to wild type cells. Furthermore, BST-2 played little role in infectious IAV release from either AEC or macrophages. To examine BST-2 during IAV infection in vivo, we infected BST-2-deficient mice. No difference in weight loss or in viral loads in the lungs and/or nasal tissues were detected between BST-2-deficient and wild type animals. This study rules out a major role for endogenous BST-2 in modulating IAV in the mouse model of infection. PMID:26566124

  12. Improved fracture detection using the mammographic film-screen combination

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    Abdullah, BJJ; Ng, KH

    2005-01-01

    Aim The single emulsion or single screen system is usually reserved for mammography since its use in general radiography is limited. The purpose of this study is to compare the mammographic film-screen combination (MFC) and the standard film-screen combination (SFC) in terms of fracture and soft tissue injuries detection. Patients, methods and materials In this prospective study, 41 patients from Accident and Emergency suspected of having injury in the hands, wrists, ankles and feet regions were radiographed using both MFC and SFC. These were compared in terms of image quality, presence of fractures and soft tissue injuries. The two different film-screen combinations were also compared in terms of detection of bony fragments, film characteristics such as film speed, contrast and spatial resolution, dose and cost. Results The MFC gives statistically better image quality compared to SFC. In 10% of patients, fractures were detected only in the MFC, which also detects tiny bone fragments that may not be resolved by the SFC. The spatial resolution of the MFC is greater than the SFC. The film speed and contrast of the MFC are lower than that of the SFC. The doses of MFC were higher compared to SFC. Conclusions The MFC detects fractures better compared with SFC. However, the entrance skin dose for the mammographic film-screen combination was about 35% to 55% higher than the standard film-screen combination. PMID:21625275

  13. Film and Science Education: the combination.

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    Roos, Maarten

    2007-08-01

    Film, DVD, Interstreaming videos...they are becoming more and more part of the dayto- day life of everyone of us. As such, they have been making their way into education. The tools for filmmaking are becoming ever more accessible to the general public (cameras, computers, editing software). I present a new concept of combing the audiovisual art and the science education.

  14. Vpu and BST2: Still Not There Yet?

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    Sato, Kei; Gee, Peter; Koyanagi, Yoshio

    2012-01-01

    Extensive investigations have identified two cellular proteins in humans that potently inhibit HIV type 1 (HIV-1) replication and are widely accepted as “restriction factors.” APOBEC3G was identified as a restriction factor that diminishes HIV-1 replication by inducing G-to-A hypermutation in the viral genome, while BST2 has been identified as another restriction factor that impairs the release of nascent virions by tethering them on the surface of infected cells. To counter these restriction factors, HIV-1 has equipped itself with its own weapons: viral infectivity factor (Vif) degrades APOBEC3G, while viral protein U (Vpu) antagonizes BST2. These findings have allowed us to further our understanding of virus–host interaction, namely, the interplay between viral factors versus host restriction factors. In the first case, the interplay between APOBEC3G and Vif is clear: vif-deficient HIV-1 is incapable of replicating in APOBEC3G-expressing cells. This insight directly indicates that APOBEC3G is a bona fide restriction factor and has intrinsic immunity against HIV-1, and that Vif is a prerequisite for HIV-1 infection. In other words, the relationship between Vif and APOBEC3G has already “matured,” and Vif has highly evolved to overcome APOBEC3G. On the other hand, although BST2 drastically impairs the release of vpu-deficient HIV-1 virions, it is puzzling that vpu-deficient HIV-1 is still able to replicate in BST2-expressing cells. These insights imply that BST2-mediated anti-HIV-1 activity is vulnerable, and that Vpu is dispensable for HIV-1 infection. If so, why has Vpu acquired the counteracting potential against BST2? Was it necessary or important for HIV-1? Or is the relationship between Vpu and BST2 still “immature”? In this review, we particularly focus on the interplay between Vpu and BST2. We discuss the possibility that Vpu has evolved as a potent antagonist against BST2, and finally, propose a hypothesis that Vpu has evolved as a promoter of

  15. Antibody-Mediated Enhancement of HIV-1 and HIV-2 Production from BST-2/Tetherin-Positive Cells▿

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    Miyagi, Eri; Andrew, Amy; Kao, Sandra; Yoshida, Takeshi; Strebel, Klaus

    2011-01-01

    BST-2/CD317/HM1.24/tetherin is a B-cell antigen overexpressed on the surface of myeloma cell lines and on neoplastic plasma cells of patients with multiple myeloma. Antibodies to BST-2 are in clinical trial for the treatment of multiple myeloma and are considered for the treatment of solid tumors with high BST-2 antigen levels. Functionally, BST-2 restricts the secretion of retroviruses, including human immunodeficiency virus type 1, as well as members of the herpesvirus, filovirus, and arenavirus families, presumably by tethering nascent virions to the cell surface. Here we report that BST-2 antibody treatment facilitates virus release from BST-2+ cells by interfering with the tethering activity of BST-2. BST-2 antibodies were unable to release already tethered virions and were most effective when added early during virus production. BST-2 antibody treatment did not affect BST-2 dimerization and did not reduce the cell surface expression of BST-2. Interestingly, BST-2 antibody treatment reduced the nonspecific shedding of BST-2 and limited the encapsidation of BST-2 into virions. Finally, flotation analyses indicate that BST-2 antibodies affect the distribution of BST-2 within membrane rafts. Our data suggest that BST-2 antibody treatment may enhance virus release by inducing a redistribution of BST-2 at the cell surface, thus preventing it from accumulating at the sites of virus budding. PMID:21917971

  16. Physical properties of bifunctional BST/LSMO nanocomposites

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    Beltran-Huarac, Juan Morell, Gerardo; Martinez, Ricardo

    2014-02-28

    We report the fabrication of bifunctional nanocomposites consisting of ferroelectric Ba{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}TiO{sub 3} (BST) and ferromagnetic La{sub 0.67}Sr{sub 0.33}MnO{sub 3} (LSMO) at different concentrations via a high-temperature solid state route. The structural, dielectric, electrical, magnetodielectric (MD), magnetoelectric (ME) and magnetic properties of BST/LSMO nanocomposites were systematically investigated over a wide range of temperatures and frequencies. The X-Ray Diffraction analyses reveal the nanocrystalline nature of the heterostructures, wherein both perovskite phases co-exist. No parasitic phases were observed. The study of the dielectric properties shows that the nanocomposites exhibit relaxor ferroelectric character, with ferroelectric-paraelectric phase transition temperatures around 287–292 K that do not follow the Curie-Weiss law. The electrical measurements indicate that ac conductivities of the nanocomposites follow the Jonscher's universal power law, with activation energies of 0.42–0.63 eV based on Arrhenius-type behavior at high temperatures. The nanocomposites exhibit well-defined ferromagnetic hysteresis loops at room temperature (RT). The MD and ME measurements at RT indicate that BST/LSMO exhibits a nonlinear ME effect at low frequencies, with a threshold near 0.5 T. The magnetocapacitance (MC{sub p}) measurements evidence a quadratic dependence on magnetic field, further confirming the multiferroic nature of BST/LSMO. The order of MC{sub p} was found to be ∼7% per Tesla. The analysis of the MC{sub p} measurements indicates that one of the BST/LSMO compositions studied can be considered as a new multiferroic compound.

  17. Cloning and Characterization of the Antiviral Activity of Feline Tetherin/BST-2

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    Fukuma, Aiko; Abe, Masumi; Morikawa, Yuko; Miyazawa, Takayuki; Yasuda, Jiro

    2011-01-01

    Human Tetherin/BST-2 has recently been identified as a cellular antiviral factor that blocks the release of various enveloped viruses. In this study, we cloned a cDNA fragment encoding a feline homolog of Tetherin/BST-2 and characterized the protein product. The degree of amino acid sequence identity between human Tetherin/BST-2 and the feline homolog was 44.4%. Similar to human Tetherin/BST-2, the expression of feline Tetherin/BST-2 mRNA was inducible by type I interferon (IFN). Exogenous expression of feline Tetherin/BST-2 efficiently inhibited the release of feline endogenous retrovirus RD-114. The extracellular domain of feline Tetherin/BST-2 has two putative N-linked glycosylation sites, N79 and N119. Complete loss of N-linked glycosylation by introduction of mutations into both sites resulted in almost complete abolition of its antiviral activity. In addition, feline Tetherin/BST-2 was insensitive to antagonism by HIV-1 Vpu, although the antiviral activity of human Tetherin/BST-2 was antagonized by HIV-1 Vpu. Our data suggest that feline Tetherin/BST-2 functions as a part of IFN-induced innate immunity against virus infection and that the induction of feline Tetherin/BST-2 in vivo may be effective as a novel antiviral strategy for viral infection. PMID:21479233

  18. Enhanced antagonism of BST-2 by a neurovirulent SIV envelope

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    Matsuda, Kenta; Chen, Chia-Yen; Whitted, Sonya; Chertova, Elena; Roser, David J.; Wu, Fan; Plishka, Ronald J.; Ourmanov, Ilnour; Buckler-White, Alicia; Lifson, Jeffrey D.; Strebel, Klaus; Hirsch, Vanessa M.

    2016-01-01

    Current antiretroviral therapy (ART) is not sufficient to completely suppress disease progression in the CNS, as indicated by the rising incidence of HIV-1–associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND) among infected individuals on ART. It is not clear why some HIV-1–infected patients develop HAND, despite effective repression of viral replication in the circulation. SIV-infected nonhuman primate models are widely used to dissect the mechanisms of viral pathogenesis in the CNS. Here, we identified 4 amino acid substitutions in the cytoplasmic tail of viral envelope glycoprotein gp41 of the neurovirulent virus SIVsm804E that enhance replication in macrophages and associate with enhanced antagonism of the host restriction factor BM stromal cell antigen 2 (BST-2). Rhesus macaques were inoculated with a variant of the parental virus SIVsmE543-3 that had been engineered to contain the 4 amino acid substitutions present in gp41 of SIVsm804E. Compared with WT virus–infected controls, animals infected with mutant virus exhibited higher viral load in cerebrospinal fluid. Together, these results are consistent with a potential role for BST-2 in the CNS microenvironment and suggest that BST-2 antagonists may serve as a possible target for countermeasures against HAND. PMID:27159392

  19. The expression of BST2 in human and experimental mouse brain tumors

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    Wainwright, Derek A.; Balyasnikova, Irina V.; Han, Yu; Lesniak, Maciej S.

    2011-01-01

    Glioblastoma multiforme (grade IV astrocytoma) is a highly malignant brain tumor with poor treatment options and an average lifespan of 15 months after diagnosis. Previous work has demonstrated that BST2 (bone marrow stromal cell antigen 2; also known as PDCA-1, CD137 and HM1.24) is expressed by multiple myeloma, endometrial cancer and primary lung cancer cells. BST2 is expressed on the plasma membrane, which makes it an ideal target for immunotherapy. Accordingly, several groups have shown BST2 mAb to be effective for targeting tumor cells. In this report, we hypothesized that BST2 is expressed in human and mouse brain tumors and plays a critical role in brain tumor progression. We show that BST2 mRNA expression is increased in mouse brain IC-injected with GL261 cells, when compared to mouse brain IC-injected with saline at 3 weeks post-operative (p < 0.05). To test the relevance of BST2, we utilized the intracranially (IC)-injected GL261 cell-based malignant brain tumor mouse model. We show that BST2 mRNA expression is increased in mouse brain IC-injected GL261 cells, when compared to mouse brain IC-injected saline at 3 weeks post-operative (p < 0.05). Furthermore, BST2 immunofluorescence predominantly localized to mouse brain tumor cells. Finally, mice IC-injected with GL261 cells transduced with shRNA for BST2 ± pre-incubation with BST2 mAb show no difference in overall lifespan when compared to mice IC-injected with GL261 cells transduced with a scrambled shRNA ± pre-incubation with BST2 mAb. Collectively, these data show that while BST2 expression increases during brain tumor progression in both human and mouse brain tumors, it has no apparent consequences to overall lifespan in an orthotopic mouse brain tumor model. PMID:21565182

  20. The expression of BST2 in human and experimental mouse brain tumors.

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    Wainwright, Derek A; Balyasnikova, Irina V; Han, Yu; Lesniak, Maciej S

    2011-08-01

    Glioblastoma multiforme (grade IV astrocytoma) is a highly malignant brain tumor with poor treatment options and an average lifespan of 15 months after diagnosis. Previous work has demonstrated that BST2 (bone marrow stromal cell antigen 2; also known as PDCA-1, CD137 and HM1.24) is expressed by multiple myeloma, endometrial cancer and primary lung cancer cells. BST2 is expressed on the plasma membrane, which makes it an ideal target for immunotherapy. Accordingly, several groups have shown BST2 mAb to be effective for targeting tumor cells. In this report, we hypothesized that BST2 is expressed in human and mouse brain tumors and plays a critical role in brain tumor progression. We show that BST2 expression is upregulated at both the mRNA and protein level in high grade when compared to low grade human astrocytoma (p<0.05). To test the relevance of BST2, we utilized the intracranially (IC)-injected GL261 cell-based malignant brain tumor mouse model. We show that BST2 mRNA expression is increased in mouse brain IC-injected with GL261 cells, when compared to mouse brain IC-injected with saline at 3 weeks post-operative (p<0.05). Furthermore, BST2 immunofluorescence predominantly localized to mouse brain tumor cells. Finally, mice IC-injected with GL261 cells transduced with shRNA for BST2±preincubated with BST2 mAb show no difference in overall lifespan when compared to mice IC-injected with GL261 cells transduced with a scrambled shRNA±preincubated with BST2 mAb. Collectively, these data show that while BST2 expression increases during brain tumor progression in both human and mouse brain tumors, it has no apparent consequences to overall lifespan in an orthotopic mouse brain tumor model. PMID:21565182

  1. MT1-MMP Inhibits the Activity of Bst-2 via Their Cytoplasmic Domains Dependent Interaction

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    Fan, Long; Liu, Li; Zhu, Cuicui; Zhu, Qingyi; Lu, Shan; Liu, Ping

    2016-01-01

    Bst-2 (bone marrow stromal cell antigen 2) is a type II membrane protein, and it acts as a tetherin to inhibit virion releasing from infectious cells. Membrane type-1 matrix metalloproteinase (MT1-MMP) is a protease. It plays a pivotal role in cellular growth and migration by activating proMMP-2 into active MMP2. Our results here elaborate that MT1-MMP inhibits the tetherin activity of Bst-2 by interacting with Bst-2, and the cytoplasmic domains of both Bst-2 and MT1-MMP play critical roles within this interaction. Based on our experimental data, the assays for virion release and co-immunoprecipitation have clearly demonstrated that the activity of Bst-2 is markedly inhibited by MT1-MMP via their interaction; and both the N-terminal domain of Bst-2 and the C-terminal domain of MT1-MMP are important in the interaction. Immunostaining and Confocal Microscopy assay shows that MT1-MMP interacts with Bst-2 to form granular particles trafficking into cytoplasm from membrane and, finally, results in Bst-2 and MT1-MMP both being inhibited. In addition, mutant experiments elucidate that the N-terminal domain of Bst-2 is not only important in relating to the activity of Bst-2 itself, but is important for inhibiting the MT1-MMP/proMMP2/MMP2 pathway. These findings suggest that MT1-MMP is a novel inhibitor of Bst-2 in MT1-MMP expressed cell lines and also indicate that both the N-terminal domain of Bst-2 and the C-terminal domain of MT1-MMP are crucial in down-regulation. PMID:27240342

  2. Combined Film Catalog, 1972, United States Atomic Energy Commission.

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    A comprehensive listing of all current United States Atomic Energy Commission (USAEC) films, this catalog describes 232 films in two major film collections. Part One: Education-Information contains 17 subject categories and two series and describes 134 films with indicated understanding levels on each film for use by schools. The categories…

  3. Treatment of Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus With Bone Marrow Stimulation and Chitosan–Glycerol Phosphate/Blood Implants (BST-CarGel)

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    Vilá y Rico, Jesús; Dalmau, Antonio; Chaqués, Francisco Javier; Asunción, Jordi

    2015-01-01

    Bone marrow stimulation (BMS) techniques represent the first-line treatment for unstable osteochondral lesions of the talus or after conservative treatment failure. These techniques are intended to penetrate the subchondral bone to elicit bleeding and allow precursor cells and cytokines from bone marrow to populate the lesion. However, the fibrocartilaginous repair tissue arising after marrow stimulation confers inferior mechanical and biological properties compared with the original hyaline cartilage. The limitations of BMS can be overcome by the use of the soluble chitosan-based polymer BST-CarGel (Piramal Life Sciences, Laval, Quebec, Canada). When mixed with freshly drawn autologous whole blood and applied to a lesion surgically prepared by BMS, BST-CarGel acts as a natural bioscaffold that increases the quantity and improves the residency of the blood clot formed in the cartilage lesion, enhancing the local healing response. The use of BST-CarGel has been previously described in the knee and hip joints with successful results. We describe the arthroscopic technique for BST-CarGel application in combination with BMS techniques for the treatment of osteochondral lesions of the talus. PMID:26870643

  4. The Sheep Tetherin Paralog oBST2B Blocks Envelope Glycoprotein Incorporation into Nascent Retroviral Virions

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    Murphy, Lita; Varela, Mariana; Desloire, Sophie; Ftaich, Najate; Murgia, Claudio; Golder, Matthew; Neil, Stuart; Spencer, Thomas E.; Wootton, Sarah K.; Lavillette, Dimitri; Terzian, Christophe; Palmarini, Massimo

    2014-01-01

    ABSTRACT Bone marrow stromal cell antigen 2 (BST2) is a cellular restriction factor with a broad antiviral activity. In sheep, the BST2 gene is duplicated into two paralogs termed oBST2A and oBST2B. oBST2A impedes viral exit of the Jaagsiekte sheep retroviruses (JSRV), most probably by retaining virions at the cell membrane, similar to the “tethering” mechanism exerted by human BST2. In this study, we provide evidence that unlike oBST2A, oBST2B is limited to the Golgi apparatus and disrupts JSRV envelope (Env) trafficking by sequestering it. In turn, oBST2B leads to a reduction in Env incorporation into viral particles, which ultimately results in the release of virions that are less infectious. Furthermore, the activity of oBST2B does not seem to be restricted to retroviruses, as it also acts on vesicular stomatitis virus glycoproteins. Therefore, we suggest that oBST2B exerts antiviral activity using a mechanism distinct from the classical tethering restriction observed for oBST2A. IMPORTANCE BST2 is a powerful cellular restriction factor against a wide range of enveloped viruses. Sheep possess two paralogs of the BST2 gene called oBST2A and oBST2B. JSRV, the causative agent of a transmissible lung cancer of sheep, is known to be restricted by oBST2A. In this study, we show that unlike oBST2A, oBST2B impairs the normal cellular trafficking of JSRV envelope glycoproteins by sequestering them within the Golgi apparatus. We also show that oBST2B decreases the incorporation of envelope glycoprotein into JSRV viral particles, which in turn reduces virion infectivity. In conclusion, oBST2B exerts a novel antiviral activity that is distinct from those of BST2 proteins of other species. PMID:25339764

  5. The Disulfide Bonds within BST-2 Enhance Tensile Strength during Viral Tethering.

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    Du Pont, Kelly E; McKenzie, Aidan M; Kokhan, Oleksandr; Sumner, Isaiah; Berndsen, Christopher E

    2016-02-16

    Human BST-2/tetherin is a host factor that inhibits the release of enveloped viruses, including HIV-1, HIV-2, and SIV, from the cell surface by tethering viruses to the host cell membrane. BST-2 has an α-helical ectodomain that forms disulfide-linked dimers between two monomers forming a coiled coil. The ectodomain contains three cysteine residues that can participate in disulfide bond formation and are critical for viral tethering. The role of the disulfides in viral tethering is unknown but proposed to be for maintaining the dimer. We explored the role of the disulfides in the structure of BST-2 using experimental, biophysical methods. To understand the role of the disulfides in viral tethering, we used a new approach in viral tethering, steered molecular dynamics. We find that the disulfides coordinate the unfolding of the BST-2 monomers, which adds tensile strength to the coiled coil. Structural differences between oxidized and reduced BST-2 are apparent during unfolding, showing the monomers slide past each other in the absence of the disulfides. We found no evidence to support dissociation of the dimer upon reduction of the disulfide bonds. Moreover, the structure of BST-2 in the absence of the disulfides is similar to that of the oxidized form of BST-2, supporting previous X-ray crystallography and cellular work that showed the disulfides are not required for expression of BST-2. These data provide new insights into viral tethering by using novel techniques in the analysis of BST-2 to give amino acid level insight into functions of BST-2. PMID:26789136

  6. An evaluation of four rare-earth film-screen combinations.

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    Nettle, J R; Ritchings, R T

    1980-10-01

    Objective and subjective assessments are made on four film-screen combinations at 140 kV for use on an EMI body scanner. The combinations used were: 3M XD film + Trimax Alpha 8 screens; Agfa Gevaert RP film + MR600 screens; Kodak Ortho G film + Lanex regular screens and Ilford type S film + rare earth rapid R screens. The objective assessment is based on the optical density of the image of a test object on a radiograph. Receiver operating characteristic techniques are used in the subjective assessment. The best results in each assessment were obtained using the Kodak Ortho G film + Lanex regular screens. PMID:7426919

  7. Ba{sub 1{minus}x}Sr{sub x}TiO{sub 3} thin film sputter-growth processes and electrical property relationships for high frequency devices

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    Im, J.; Auciello, O.; Streiffer, S. K.; Baumann, P. K.; Eastman, J. A.; Kaufman, D. Y.; Krauss, A. R.; Li, J.

    1999-12-21

    Precise control of Ba{sub 1{minus}x}Sr{sub x}Ti0{sub 3} (BST) film composition is critical for the production of high-quality BST thin films. Specifically, it is known that nonstoichiometry greatly affects the electrical properties of BST film capacitors. The authors are investigating the composition-microstructure-electrical property relationships of polycrystalline BST films produced by magnetron sputter-deposition using a single target with a Ba/Sr ratio of 50/50 and a (Ba+Sr)/Ti ratio of 1.0. It was determined that the (Ba+Sr)/Ti ratios of these BST films could be adjusted from 0.73 to 0.98 by changing the total (Ar+O{sub 2}) process pressure, while the O{sub 2}/Ar ratio did not strongly affect the metal ion composition. The crystalline quality as well as the measured dielectric constant, dielectric tunability, and electrical breakdown voltage of BST films have been found to be strongly dependent on the composition of the BST films, especially the (Ba+Sr)/Ti ratio. The authors discuss the impact of BST film composition control, through film deposition and process parameters, on the electrical properties of BST capacitors for high frequency devices.

  8. Electrical Properties of (Ba, Sr)TiO3 Films on Ru Bottom Electrodes Prepared by Electron Cyclotron Resonance Plasma Chemical Vapor Deposition at Extremely Low Temperature and Rapid Thermal Annealing

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    Sone, Shuji; Akahane, Reiko; Arita, Koji; Yabuta, Hisato; Yamamichi, Shintaro; Yoshida, Masaji; Kato, Yoshitake

    1999-04-01

    (Ba, Sr)TiO3 (BST) films were prepared on Ru bottom electrodes by electron cyclotron resonance chemical vapor deposition at extremely low temperature and rapid thermal annealing (RTA). Leakage current characteristics were improved by lowering the BST deposition temperature down to 120°C. (Ba+Sr)-rich films with a (Ba+Sr)/Ti ratio of 1.1 1.5 had lower leakage current densities than stoichiometric and Ti-rich films with a ratio of 0.8 0.9. Cross sectional transmission electron microscopy observations showed that the 120°C-deposited and 700°C-RTA-treated (Ba+Sr)-rich film had a granular structure and smooth interfaces with the electrodes. The stoichiometric and Ti-rich films had columnar structures and larger interface roughness. As a result, low leakage current density less than 10-7 A/cm2 at ±1 V were obtained for 30 nm-thick BST films with a (Ba+Sr)/Ti ratio of 1.1 1.5 by combination of 120°C deposition and 700°C RTA.

  9. Effect of the chemical composition at the memory behavior of Al/BST/SiO2/Si-gate-FET structure

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    Saif, Ala'eddin A.; Jamal, Z. A. Z.; Poopalan, P.

    2011-09-01

    The effect of the chemical composition of the ferroelectric barium strontium titanate (BST) on the memory window behavior of Al/BST/SiO2/Si-gate-field effect transistor structure has been investigated. Nanocrystalline Ba x Sr1- x TiO3 thin films with different x values have been fabricated as metal-ferroelectric-insulator-semiconductor (MFIS) and metal-ferroelectric-metal (MFM) configurations using a sol-gel technique. The variation of the dielectric constant (ɛ) and tan δ with frequency for MFM samples have been studied to ensure the dielectric quality of the material. At low frequencies, ɛ increases as the strontium content decreases, whereas at high frequencies, it shows the opposite variation, which is attributed to the dipole dynamics. The ferroelectricity of the BST within MFM structure has been investigated using C-V characteristics, which show that the ferroelectric hysteresis strength increases as the strontium content decreases. The ferroelectric memory behavior of the MFIS samples has been investigated using C-V characteristics. The results show that the memory window width increases as the strontium content decreases; this is attributed to the grain size and dipole dynamics effect.

  10. Image quality and breast dose of 24 screen-film combinations for mammography.

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    Dimakopoulou, A D; Tsalafoutas, I A; Georgiou, E K; Yakoumakis, E N

    2006-02-01

    In this study the effect of different mammographic screen-film combinations on image quality and breast dose, and the correlation between the various image quality parameters, breast dose and the sensitometric parameters of a film were investigated. Three Agfa (MR5-II, HDR, HT), two Kodak (Min-R M, Min-R 2000), one Fuji (AD-M), one Konica (CM-H) and one Ferrania (HM plus) single emulsion mammographic films were combined with three intensifying screens (Agfa HDS, Kodak Min-R 2190 and Fuji AD-MA). The film characteristics were determined by sensitometry, while the image quality and the dose to the breast of the resulting 24 screen-film combinations were assessed using a mammography quality control phantom. For each combination, three images of the phantom were acquired with optical density within three different ranges. Two observers assessed the quality of the 72 phantom images obtained, while the breast dose was calculated from the exposure data required for each image. Large differences among screen-film combinations in terms of image quality and breast dose were identified however, that, could not be correlated with the film's sensitometric characteristics. All films presented the best resolution when combined with the HDS screen at the expense of speed, and the largest speed when combined with the AD-MA screen, without degradation of the overall image quality. However, an ideal screen-film combination presenting the best image quality with the least dose was not identified. It is also worth mentioning that the best performance for a film was not necessarily obtained when this was combined with the screen provided by the same manufacturer. The results of this study clearly demonstrate that comparison of films based on their sensitometric characteristics are of limited value for clinical practice, as their performance is strongly affected by the screens with which they are combined. PMID:16489193

  11. Ginseng Purified Dry Extract, BST204, Improved Cancer Chemotherapy-Related Fatigue and Toxicity in Mice

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    Park, Hyun-Jung; Shim, Hyun Soo; Kim, Jeom Yong; Kim, Joo Young; Park, Sun Kyu

    2015-01-01

    Cancer related fatigue (CRF) is one of the most common side effects of cancer and its treatments. A large proportion of cancer patients experience cancer-related physical and central fatigue so new strategies are needed for treatment and improved survival of these patients. BST204 was prepared by incubating crude ginseng extract with ginsenoside-β-glucosidase. The purpose of the present study was to examine the effects of BST204, mixture of ginsenosides on 5-fluorouracil (5-FU)-induced CRF, the glycogen synthesis, and biochemical parameters in mice. The mice were randomly divided into the following groups: the naïve normal (normal), the HT-29 cell inoculated (xenograft), xenograft and 5-FU treated (control), xenograft + 5-FU + BST204-treated (100 and 200 mg/kg) (BST204), and xenograft + 5-FU + modafinil (13 mg/kg) treated group (modafinil). Running wheel activity and forced swimming test were used for evaluation of CRF. Muscle glycogen, serum inflammatory cytokines, aspartic aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), creatinine (CRE), white blood cell (WBC), neutrophil (NEUT), red blood cell (RBC), and hemoglobin (HGB) were measured. Treatment with BST204 significantly increased the running wheel activity and forced swimming time compared to the control group. Consistent with the behavioral data, BST204 markedly increased muscle glycogen activity and concentrations of WBC, NEUT, RBC, and HGB. Also, tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and interleukin-6 (IL-6), AST, ALT, and CRE levels in the serum were significantly reduced in the BST204-treated group compared to the control group. This result suggests that BST204 may improve chemotherapy-related fatigue and adverse toxic side effects. PMID:25945105

  12. Formulation and Characterization of Polymeric Films Containing Combinations of Antiretrovirals (ARVs) for HIV Prevention

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    Akil, Ayman; Agashe, Hrushikesh; Dezzutti, Charlene S.; Moncla, Bernard J.; Hillier, Sharon L.; Devlin, Brid; Shi, Yuan; Uranker, Kevin; Rohan, Lisa Cencia

    2014-01-01

    Purpose To develop polymeric films containing dual combinations of anti-HIV drug candidate tenofovir, maraviroc and dapivirine for vaginal application as topical microbicides. Methods A solvent casting method was used to manufacture the films. Solid phase solubility was used to identify potential polymers for use in the film formulation. Physical and chemical properties (such as water content, puncture strength and in vitro release) and product stability were determined. The bioactivity of the film products against HIV was assessed using the TZM-bl assay and a cervical explant model. Results Polymers identified from the solid phase solubility study maintained tenofovir and maraviroc in an amorphous state and prevented drug crystallization. Three combination film products were developed using cellulose polymers and polyvinyl alcohol. The residual water content in all films was < 10% (w/w). All films delivered the active agents with release of > 50% of film drug content within 30 minutes. Stability testing confirmed that the combination film products were stable for 12 months at ambient temperature and 6 months under stressed conditions. Antiviral activity was confirmed in TZM-bl and cervical explant models. Conclusions Polymeric films can be used as a stable dosage form for the delivery of antiretroviral combinations as microbicides. PMID:25079391

  13. Domain matched epitaxial growth of (111) Ba{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} thin films on (0001) Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} with ZnO buffer layer

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    Krishnaprasad, P. S. E-mail: mkj@cusat.ac.in; Jayaraj, M. K. E-mail: mkj@cusat.ac.in; Antony, Aldrin; Rojas, Fredy

    2015-03-28

    Epitaxial (111) Ba{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} (BST) thin films have been grown by pulsed laser deposition on (0001) Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} substrate with ZnO as buffer layer. The x-ray ω-2θ, Φ-scan and reciprocal space mapping indicate epitaxial nature of BST thin films. The domain matched epitaxial growth of BST thin films over ZnO buffer layer was confirmed using Fourier filtered high resolution transmission electron microscope images of the film-buffer interface. The incorporation of ZnO buffer layer effectively suppressed the lattice mismatch and promoted domain matched epitaxial growth of BST thin films. Coplanar inter digital capacitors fabricated on epitaxial (111) BST thin films show significantly improved tunable performance over polycrystalline thin films.

  14. BST2/CD317 counteracts human coronavirus 229E productive infection by tethering virions at the cell surface

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    Wang, Shiu-Mei; Huang, Kuo-Jung; Wang, Chin-Tien

    2014-01-20

    Bone marrow stromal antigen 2 (BST2), an interferon-inducible antiviral factor, has been shown to block the release of various enveloped viruses from cells. It has also been identified as an innate immune system component. Most enveloped viruses subject to BST2 restriction bud at the plasma membrane. Here we report our findings that (a) the production of human coronavirus 229E (HCoV-229E) progeny viruses, whose budding occurs at the ER-Golgi intermediate compartment (ERGIC), markedly decreases in the presence of BST2; and (b) BST2 knockdown expression results in enhanced HCoV-229E virion production. Electron microscopy analyses indicate that HCoV-229E virions are tethered to cell surfaces or intracellular membranes by BST2. Our results suggest that BST2 exerts a broad blocking effect against enveloped virus release, regardless of whether budding occurs at the plasma membrane or intracellular compartments. - Highlights: • BST2 knockdown expression results in enhanced HCoV-229E egress. • HCoV-229E virions are tethered to cell surfaces or intracellular membranes by BST2. • HCoV-229E infection at high MOI can significantly downregulate HeLa BST2 and rescue HIV-1 egress.

  15. Diagnostic quality versus patient exposure with five panoramic screen-film combinations

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    D'Ambrosio, J.A.; Schiff, T.G.; McDavid, W.D.; Langland, O.E.

    1986-04-01

    Five film-screen combinations were used to make five density-matched panoramic radiographs of a tissue-equivalent phantom skull using the Midwest/Morita Panoral x-ray machine. The radiographs were evaluated as to their diagnostic quality by twenty dental radiologists. The results demonstrate that proper screen-film selection can significantly reduce patient exposure without compromising diagnostic quality.

  16. Efficient DNA sequencing on microtiter plates using dried reagents and Bst DNA polymerase.

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    Earley, J J; Kuivaniemi, H; Prockop, D J; Tromp, G

    1993-01-01

    Sequenase, Taq DNA polymerase and Bst DNA polymerase were tested for sequencing of DNA on microtiter plates using dried down reagents. Several parameters were investigated to expedite the drying process while minimizing damage to the enzyme. Sequenase did not tolerate drying very well, and frequently generated sequences with weak signals and many sites of premature termination. With Taq DNA polymerase it was possible to obtain sequences of good quality. However, there was considerable variation of results between experiments and between batches of microtiter plates. Bst DNA polymerase generated sequences of excellent quality. It was stable for more than a week in dried-down state at -20 degrees C and at least overnight at room temperature. The method described here using Bst DNA polymerase is well suited for laboratory robots and workstations that typically employ 96-well microtiter plates. PMID:8173079

  17. New mammography screen/film combinations: Imaging characteristics and radiation dose

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    Kimme-Smith, C.; Bassett, L.W.; Gold, R.H.; Zheutlin, J.; Gornbein, J.A. )

    1990-04-01

    Five types of film (Kodak OM, Kodak OM-SO177, Konica CM, Dupont Microvision, and Fuji MiMa) exposed in combination with seven different intensifying screens (Min R, Min R Medium, Siemens Orthox MA, Kyokka HR Mammo Fine, Agfa Gevaert Detail S (old and new), and Konica Monarch) were processed for either 90 sec (at 33.3{degrees}C) or 3 min (at 35.0 degrees C). The films imaged a Computerized Imaging Reference System phantom with additional detail test objects placed on its surface to produce four groups of objects with which to evaluate resolution and contrast. For objects that tested resolution, the Kyokka HR Mammo Fine (Fuji) screen was statistically significantly superior; for objects that tested contrast, the Konica Monarch screen was statistically significantly superior. Extended processing did not affect Dupont and Kodak OM film as much as it affected the other films. It did affect contrast for the other films tested. The mean glandular doses from gridless exposures ranged from 32 to 80 mrad (0.32-0.80 mGy) over all film/screen/processing combinations for a 4.5-cm-thick test object. Several new film/screen combinations can provide images superior to the Kodak Min R/OM combination at a reduced radiation dose. The Kyokka HR Mammo Fine (Fuji) screen was found statistically superior in radiographic resolution of mammographic test objects and the Konica Monarch screen was found to be superior in defining contrast.

  18. New mammography screen/film combinations: imaging characteristics and radiation dose.

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    Kimme-Smith, C; Bassett, L W; Gold, R H; Zheutlin, J; Gornbein, J A

    1990-04-01

    Five types of film (Kodak OM, Kodak OM-SO177, Konica CM, Dupont Microvision, and Fuji MiMa) exposed in combination with seven different intensifying screens (Min R, Min R Medium, Siemens Orthox MA, Kyokka HR Mammo Fine, Agfa Gevaert Detail S (old and new), and Konica Monarch) were processed for either 90 sec (at 33.3 degrees C) or 3 min (at 35.0 degrees C). The films imaged a Computerized Imaging Reference System phantom with additional detail test objects placed on its surface to produce four groups of objects with which to evaluate resolution and contrast. For objects that tested resolution, the Kyokka HR Mammo Fine (Fuji) screen was statistically significantly superior; for objects that tested contrast, the Konica Monarch screen was statistically significantly superior. Extended processing did not affect Dupont and Kodak OM film as much as it affected the other films. It did affect contrast for the other films tested. The mean glandular doses from gridless exposures ranged from 32 to 80 mrad (0.32-0.80 mGy) over all film/screen/processing combinations for a 4.5-cm-thick test object. Several new film/screen combinations can provide images superior to the Kodak Min R/OM combination at a reduced radiation dose. The Kyokka HR Mammo Fine (Fuji) screen was found statistically superior in radiographic resolution of mammographic test objects and the Konica Monarch screen was found to be superior in defining contrast. PMID:2107663

  19. Influence of fluoride-detergent combinations on the visco-elasticity of adsorbed salivary protein films.

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    Veeregowda, Deepak H; van der Mei, Henny C; Busscher, Henk J; Sharma, Prashant K

    2011-02-01

    The visco-elasticity of salivary-protein films is related to mouthfeel, lubrication, biofilm formation, and protection against erosion and is influenced by the adsorption of toothpaste components. The thickness and the visco-elasticity of hydrated films (determined using a quartz crystal microbalance) of 2-h-old in vitro-adsorbed salivary-protein films were 43.5 nm and 9.4 MHz, respectively, whereas the dehydrated thickness, measured using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, was 2.4 nm. Treatment with toothpaste slurries decreased the thickness of the film, depending on the fluoride-detergent combination involved. Secondary exposure to saliva resulted in a regained thickness of the film to a level similar to its original thickness; however, no association was found between the thickness of hydrated and dehydrated films, indicating differences in film structure. Treatment with stannous fluoride/sodium lauryl sulphate (SnF(2)/SLS)-containing toothpaste slurries yielded a strong, immediate two-fold increase in characteristic film frequency (f(c)) with respect to untreated films, indicating cross-linking in adsorbed salivary-protein films by Sn(2+) that was absent when SLS was replaced with sodium hexametaphosphate (NaHMP). Secondary exposure to saliva of films treated with SnF(2) caused a strong, six-fold increase in f(c) compared with primary salivary-protein films, regardless of whether SLS or NaHMP was the detergent. This suggests that ionized stannous is not directly available for cross-linking in combination with highly negatively charged NaHMP, but becomes slowly available after initial treatment to cause cross-linking during secondary exposure to saliva. PMID:21244507

  20. [Quantitative evaluation of film-screen combinations for x-ray diagnosis].

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    Bronder, T; Heinze-Assmann, R

    1988-05-01

    The properties of screen/film combinations for radiographs set a lower limit for the x-ray exposure of the patient and an upper limit for the quality of the x-ray picture. Sensitivity, slope and resolution of different screen/film combinations were determined using a measuring phantom which was developed in the PTB. For all screens used the measurements show the same relation between screen sensitivity and resolution. This allows quantitative evaluation of image quality. A classification scheme derived from these results facilitates the selection of screen/film combinations for practical use. In addition for quality assurance gross differences in material properties and conditions of film development can be detected with the aid of the measuring phantom. PMID:3399512

  1. Exposure factors and screen-film combinations in temporomandibular joint radiography.

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    Thorburn, D N; Stockdill, D A; Kenyon, R P; Cowan, I; Ferguson, M M

    1991-05-01

    Exposure factors and screen-film combinations providing optimal quality are identified for transcranial and transpharyngeal temporomandibular joint views, using conventional intra-oral radiographic equipment without grids. Standardized transcranial and transpharyngeal views, using a fixed whole cadaver head, were performed. Ten readily available screen-film combinations, ranging in nominal speed 20-600, were exposed over 40-100 kV. Films were blindly and independently order ranked by three observers on the basis of sharpness and contrast of cortical outline, trabecular detail, and visualization of adjacent bony structures. Preferred screen-film combinations as a function of kV, preferred kV levels for each screen-film combination, and overall ranking irrespective of kV or screen-film combination, were established. Accepting the use of the lowest radiation dose possible for diagnostically useful radiographs but imposing arbitrarily an upper limit of 20 mGy, it was found that exposures between 50 kV and 70 kV gave the optimal result for both techniques. The amount of scattered radiation in the emergent beam differs greatly between the two techniques. The most favoured combinations for the transpharyngeal technique used screens of fine resolution. Min-r/ortho M screen and film with nominal speed 40 at 60 kV gave 8.0 mGy skin dosage at 0.8 seconds exposure; the same combination at 50 kV was the most favoured, but with skin dosage calculated at 16.7 mGy for 3.0 seconds exposure. For the transcranial technique, medium speed screens providing better differentiation of scattered radiation beams and increased speeds were preferred. Most favoured for image quality was the Lanex Fine/T-Mat G combination at 60 kV giving 17.5 mGy skin radiation dose at 1.75 seconds exposure.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:1936423

  2. Structural basis of HIV-1 Vpu-mediated BST2 antagonism via hijacking of the clathrin adaptor protein complex 1

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    Jia, Xiaofei; Weber, Erin; Tokarev, Andrey; Lewinski, Mary; Rizk, Maryan; Suarez, Marissa; Guatelli, John; Xiong, Yong

    2014-01-01

    BST2/tetherin, an antiviral restriction factor, inhibits the release of enveloped viruses from the cell surface. Human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) antagonizes BST2 through viral protein u (Vpu), which downregulates BST2 from the cell surface. We report the crystal structure of a protein complex containing Vpu and BST2 cytoplasmic domains and the core of the clathrin adaptor protein complex 1 (AP1). This, together with our biochemical and functional validations, reveals how Vpu hijacks the AP1-dependent membrane trafficking pathways to mistraffick BST2. Vpu mimics a canonical acidic dileucine-sorting motif to bind AP1 in the cytosol, while simultaneously interacting with BST2 in the membrane. These interactions enable Vpu to build on an intrinsic interaction between BST2 and AP1, presumably causing the observed retention of BST2 in juxtanuclear endosomes and stimulating its degradation in lysosomes. The ability of Vpu to hijack AP-dependent trafficking pathways suggests a potential common theme for Vpu-mediated downregulation of host proteins. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.02362.001 PMID:24843023

  3. Preparation and Characterization of (Ba0.8Sr0.2)TiO3-Al2O3 Composite Oxide for Thin Film Capacitor

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    Jang, Joo-Hee; Kim, Tae-Yoo; Lee, Chang-Hyoung; Zhang, JingJing; Park, Eun-Mi; Park, Chan; Suh, Su-Jeong

    2011-07-01

    Barium strontium titanate-alumina composites were fabricated using a sol-gel and anodizing process for high performance thin film capacitors and the properties of the films were studied. The (Ba0.8Sr0.2)TiO3 (BST) films were formed by spin coating and subsequent annealing at 150-550 °C. The respective annealed films were anodized in a neutral borate solution. The capacitance density increased with increasing annealing temperature up to 450 °C but decreased at 550 °C. The capacitance density was approximately 28.46% higher with the BST coating than without the BST layer.

  4. BST-1, a surface molecule of bone marrow stromal cell lines that facilitates pre-B-cell growth.

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    Kaisho, T; Ishikawa, J; Oritani, K; Inazawa, J; Tomizawa, H; Muraoka, O; Ochi, T; Hirano, T

    1994-01-01

    Bone marrow stromal cells are essential for B-lymphocyte development. However, how stromal cells regulate B lymphopoiesis is not clear. In this paper, we report the molecular cloning of a stromal cell line-derived glycosyl-phosphatidylinositol-anchored molecule, BST-1, that facilitates pre-B-cell growth. The deduced amino acid sequence of BST-1 exhibited 33% identity with CD38. BST-1 was expressed in a wide range of tissues and in umbilical vein endothelial cells, whereas it was scarcely expressed in a variety of hematopoietic cell lines. The gene for BST-1 was assigned to chromosome 14q32.3, where immunoglobulin heavy-chain genes are clustered. BST-1 expression was enhanced in rheumatoid arthritis patient-derived bone marrow stromal cell lines that were previously shown to have an enhanced ability to support the growth of a pre-B-cell line as compared with stromal cell lines derived from healthy donors. Images PMID:8202488

  5. Aberrant Regulation of the BST2 (Tetherin) Promoter Enhances Cell Proliferation and Apoptosis Evasion in High Grade Breast Cancer Cells

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    Sayeed, Aejaz; Luciani-Torres, Gloria; Meng, Zhenhang; Bennington, James L.; Moore, Dan H.; Dairkee, Shanaz H.

    2013-01-01

    Normal cellular phenotypes that serve an oncogenic function during tumorigenesis are potential candidates for cancer targeting drugs. Within a subset of invasive primary breast carcinoma, we observed relatively abundant expression of Tetherin, a cell surface protein encoded by the Bone Marrow Stromal Cell Antigen (BST2) known to play an inhibitory role in viral release from infected immune cells of the host. Using breast cancer cell lines derived from low and intermediate histopathologic grade invasive primary tumors that maintain growth-suppressive TGFβ signaling, we demonstrate that BST2 is negatively regulated by the TGFβ axis in epithelial cells. Binding of the transcription factor AP2 to the BST2 promoter was attenuated by inhibition of the TGFβ pathway thereby increasing BST2 expression in tumor cells. In contrast, inherent TGFβ resistance characteristic of high grade breast tumors is a key factor underlying compromised BST2 regulation, and consequently its constitutive overexpression relative to non-malignant breast epithelium, and to most low and intermediate grade cancer cells. In both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional growth conditions, BST2-silenced tumor cells displayed an enhancement in tamoxifen or staurosporine-induced apoptotic cell death together with a reduction in the S-phase fraction compared to BST2 overexpressing counterparts. In a subset of breast cancer patients treated with pro apoptotic hormonal therapy, BST2 expression correlated with a trend for poor clinical outcome, further supporting its role in conferring an anti apoptotic phenotype. Similar to the effects of gene manipulation, declining levels of endogenous BST2 induced by the phytoalexin – resveratrol, restored apoptotic function, and curbed cell proliferation. We provide evidence for a direct approach that diminishes aberrant BST2 expression in cancer cells as an early targeting strategy to assist in surmounting resistance to pro apoptotic therapies. PMID:23840623

  6. A small molecule compound IMB-LA inhibits HIV-1 infection by preventing viral Vpu from antagonizing the host restriction factor BST-2

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    Mi, Zeyun; Ding, Jiwei; Zhang, Quan; Zhao, Jianyuan; Ma, Ling; Yu, Haisheng; Liu, Zhenlong; Shan, Guangzhi; Li, Xiaoyu; Zhou, Jinming; Wei, Tao; Zhang, Liguo; Guo, Fei; Liang, Chen; Cen, Shan

    2015-01-01

    Human BST-2 inhibits HIV-1 replication by tethering nascent virions to the cell surface. HIV-1 codes Vpu that counteracts BST-2 by down-regulating this restriction factor from the cell surface. This important function makes Vpu a potential therapeutic target. Yet, no agents have been reported to block Vpu from antagonizing BST-2. In this study, we report a small molecule compound IMB-LA that abrogates the function of Vpu and thereby strongly suppresses HIV-1 replication by sensitizing the virus to BST-2 restriction. Further studies revealed that IMB-LA specifically inhibits Vpu-mediated degradation of BST-2 and restores the expression of BST-2 at the cell surface. Although IMB-LA does not prevent Vpu from interacting with BST-2 or β-TrCP2-containing ubiquitin E3 ligase, sorting of BST-2 into lysosomes in Vpu-expressing cells is blocked by IMB-LA. Most importantly, HIV-1 release and infection is inhibited by IMB-LA only in BST-2-expressing cells. In summary, results herein demonstrated that IMB-LA could specifically inhibit the degradation of BST-2 induced by Vpu, and impair HIV-1 replication in a BST-2 dependent manner, suggesting the feasibility of utilizing small molecule compounds to disable the antagonist function of Vpu and thereby expose HIV-1 to the restriction by BST-2. PMID:26669976

  7. A Comparison of MOCLD With PLD Ba(x)Sr(1-x)TiO3 Thin Films on LaAlO3 for Tunable Microwave Applications

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    VanKeuls, F. W.; Mueller, C. H.; Romanofsky, R. R.; Warner, J. D.; Miranda, F. A.; Jiang, H.

    2002-01-01

    Historically, tunable dielectric devices using thin crystalline Ba(x)Sr(1-x)TiO3 (BST) films deposited on lattice-matched substrates, such as LaAlO3, have generally been grown using pulsed laser deposition (PLD). Highly oriented BST films can be grown by PLD but large projects are hampered by constraints of deposition area, deposition time and expense. The Metal-Organic Chemical Liquid Deposition (MOCLD) process allows for larger areas, faster turnover and lower cost. Several BST films deposited on LaAlO3 by MOCLD have been tested in 16 GHz coupled microstrip phase shifters. They can be compared with many PLD BST films tested in the same circuit design. The MOCLD phase shifter performance of 293 deg. phase shift with 53 V/micron dc bias and a figure of merit of 47 deg./dB is comparable to the most highly oriented PLD BST films. The PLD BST films used here have measured XRD full-width-at-half-maxima (FWHM) as low as 0.047 deg.. The best FWHM of these MOCLD BST films has been measured to be 0.058 deg.

  8. Analysis of the spatial filter of a dielectric multilayer film reflective cutoff filter-combination device

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    Zhang, Ying; Qi, Hong-Ji; Yi, Kui; Wang, Yan-Zhi; Sui, Zhan; Shao, Jian-Da

    2015-10-01

    The experiment setup of a reflecting combination device, which has more advantages than a transmitting combination device, is designed in this study. To achieve angular spectrum selectivity, only one type of reflective component is needed, so difficulties of design and preparation are reduced. A dielectric multilayer film is applied to the reflective component, and the long wave-pass coating stacks of the structure are designed. To achieve high stopband transmittance and reduce electric field intensity at a wavelength of 1053 nm, an objective function is proposed for designing an optimized coating. The final optimized coating has good spectral characteristics and a high laser-induced damage threshold. A dielectric multilayer film with high reflectance plays an important role in preparing and applying a dielectric multilayer film reflecting cutoff filter-combination device.

  9. BST2 Mediates Osteoblast Differentiation via the BMP2 Signaling Pathway in Human Alveolar-Derived Bone Marrow Stromal Cells.

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    Yoo, Su-Hyang; Kim, Jae Goo; Kim, Beom-Su; Lee, Jun; Pi, Sung-Hee; Lim, Hyun-Dae; Shin, Hong-In; Cho, Eui-Sic; You, Hyung-Keun

    2016-01-01

    The molecular mechanisms controlling the differentiation of bone marrow stromal stem cells into osteoblasts remain largely unknown. In this study, we investigated whether bone marrow stromal antigen 2 (BST2) influences differentiation toward the osteoblasts lineage. BST2 mRNA expression in human alveolar-derived bone marrow stromal cells (hAD-BMSCs) increased during differentiation into osteoblasts. hAD-BMSCs differentiation into osteoblasts and the mRNA expression of the bone-specific markers alkaline phosphatase, collagen type α 1, bone sialoprotein, osteocalcin, and osterix were reduced by BST2 knockdown using siRNA. Furthermore, BST2 knockdown in hAD-BMSCs resulted in decreased RUNX2 mRNA and protein expression. We hypothesized that BST2 is involved in differentiation of into osteoblasts via the BMP2 signaling pathway. Accordingly, we evaluated the mRNA expression levels of BMP2, BMP receptors (BMPR1 and 2), and the downstream signaling molecules SMAD1, SMAD4, and p-SMAD1/5/8 in BST2 knockdown cells. BMP2 expression following the induction of differentiation was significantly lower in BST2 knockdown cells than in cells treated with a non-targeting control siRNA. Similar results were found for the knockdown of the BMP2 receptor- BMPR1A. We also identified significantly lower expression of SMAD1, SMAD4, and p-SMAD1/5/8 in the BST2 knockdown cells than control cells. Our data provide the first evidence that BST2 is involved in the osteogenic differentiation of bone marrow stromal cells via the regulation of the BMP2 signaling pathway. PMID:27359105

  10. BST2 Mediates Osteoblast Differentiation via the BMP2 Signaling Pathway in Human Alveolar-Derived Bone Marrow Stromal Cells

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    Yoo, Su-Hyang; Kim, Jae Goo; Kim, Beom-Su; Lee, Jun; Pi, Sung-Hee; Lim, Hyun-Dae; Shin, Hong-In; Cho, Eui-Sic

    2016-01-01

    The molecular mechanisms controlling the differentiation of bone marrow stromal stem cells into osteoblasts remain largely unknown. In this study, we investigated whether bone marrow stromal antigen 2 (BST2) influences differentiation toward the osteoblasts lineage. BST2 mRNA expression in human alveolar-derived bone marrow stromal cells (hAD-BMSCs) increased during differentiation into osteoblasts. hAD-BMSCs differentiation into osteoblasts and the mRNA expression of the bone-specific markers alkaline phosphatase, collagen type α 1, bone sialoprotein, osteocalcin, and osterix were reduced by BST2 knockdown using siRNA. Furthermore, BST2 knockdown in hAD-BMSCs resulted in decreased RUNX2 mRNA and protein expression. We hypothesized that BST2 is involved in differentiation of into osteoblasts via the BMP2 signaling pathway. Accordingly, we evaluated the mRNA expression levels of BMP2, BMP receptors (BMPR1 and 2), and the downstream signaling molecules SMAD1, SMAD4, and p-SMAD1/5/8 in BST2 knockdown cells. BMP2 expression following the induction of differentiation was significantly lower in BST2 knockdown cells than in cells treated with a non-targeting control siRNA. Similar results were found for the knockdown of the BMP2 receptor- BMPR1A. We also identified significantly lower expression of SMAD1, SMAD4, and p-SMAD1/5/8 in the BST2 knockdown cells than control cells. Our data provide the first evidence that BST2 is involved in the osteogenic differentiation of bone marrow stromal cells via the regulation of the BMP2 signaling pathway. PMID:27359105

  11. Nanoporous Ge thin film production combining Ge sputtering and dopant implantation

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    Portavoce, Alain; Hoummada, Khalid; Texier, Michaël; Bertoglio, Maxime; Bernardini, Sandrine; Abbarchi, Marco; Chow, Lee

    2015-01-01

    Summary In this work a novel process allowing for the production of nanoporous Ge thin films is presented. This process uses the combination of two techniques: Ge sputtering on SiO2 and dopant ion implantation. The process entails four successive steps: (i) Ge sputtering on SiO2, (ii) implantation preannealing, (iii) high-dose dopant implantation, and (iv) implantation postannealing. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy were used to characterize the morphology of the Ge film at different process steps under different postannealing conditions. For the same postannealing conditions, the Ge film topology was shown to be similar for different implantation doses and different dopants. However, the film topology can be controlled by adjusting the postannealing conditions. PMID:25821672

  12. BST-2 expression in human hepatocytes is inducible by all three types of interferons and restricts production of hepatitis C virus.

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    Amet, T; Byrd, D; Hu, N; Sun, Q; Li, F; Zhao, Y; Hu, S; Grantham, A; Yu, Q

    2014-03-01

    Bone marrow stromal cell antigen 2 (BST-2, also known as tetherin, CD317, or HM1.24) has recently been identified as a host restriction factor against diverse families of enveloped viruses. However, the effects of BST-2 on the life cycle of hepatitis C virus (HCV), an enveloped RNA virus, remain unclear and controversial. Here we demonstrated that human hepatocytes including Huh7.5.1 cells, primary human hepatocytes (PHHs), and HepG2 cells constitutively expressed low to moderate levels of endogenous BST-2 on the cell surface, which could be robustly up-regulated by all three types of interferons (IFNs) such as IFN-α, IFN-γ, and IFN-λ. IFN-α and IFN-γ showed a synergistic effect in induction of BST-2 expression on human hepatocytes. Over-expression of BST-2 by BST-2-expressing vector transfection or up-regulation of BST-2 by IFN stimulation markedly suppressed HCV production, whereas shRNA-mediated depletion of endogenous BST-2 significantly enhanced HCV production in infected Huh7.5.1 cells. IFN-mediated anti-HCV activity was partially but significantly diminished by shRNA-mediated knockdown of BST-2 expression, indicating that BST- 2 upregulation is directly involved in IFN-mediated inhibition of HCV production. We also found that both BST-2 and HCV core co-localized with intracellular lipid droplets (LDs), suggesting that BST-2-HCV interaction may take place around LDs as LDs constitute an important intracellular organelle for HCV assembly and replication. Taken together, our data suggest that BST-2 is a host restriction factor against HCV, and induction of BST-2 in hepatocytes could be one of the mechanisms by which current HCV standard therapy (IFN-α plus ribavirin) achieves a sustained virological response (SVR). PMID:24236455

  13. A Comparison of MOCLD With PLD Ba(x)Sr(1-x)TiO3 Thin Films on LaAlO3 for Tunable Microwave Applications. Revised

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    VanKeuls, F. W.; Mueller, C. H.; Romanofsky, R. R.; Warner, J. D.; Miranda, F. A.; Jiang, H.

    2003-01-01

    Historically, tunable dielectric devices using thin crystalline Ba(x)Sr(1-x),TiO3 (BST) films deposited on lattice-matched substrates, such as LaAlO3 have generally been grown using pulsed laser deposition (PLD). Highly oriented BST films can be grown by PLD but large projects are hampered by constraints of deposition area, deposition time and expense. The Metal-Organic Chemical Liquid Deposition (MOCLD) process allows for larger areas, faster turnover and lower cost. Several BST films deposited on LaAlO, by MOCLD have been tested in 16 GHz coupled microstrip phase shifters. They can be compared with many PLD BST films tested in the same circuit design. The MOCLD phase shifter performance of 293 degree phase shift with 53 V/micron dc bias and a figure of merit of 47 degree/dB is comparable to the most highly oriented PLD BST films. The PLD BST films used here have measured XRD full-width-at-half-maxima (FWHM) as low as 0.047 degrees. The best FWHM of these MOCLD BST films has been measured to be 0.058 degrees.

  14. Flexible transparent conductive films combining flexographic printed silver grids with CNT coating

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    Mo, Lixin; Ran, Jun; Yang, Li; Fang, Yi; Zhai, Qingbin; Li, Luhai

    2016-02-01

    A high-performance ITO-free transparent conductive film (TCF) has been made by combining high resolution Ag grids with a carbon nanotube (CNT) coating. Ag grids printed with flexography have a 20 μm line width at a grid interval of 400 μm. The Ag grid/CNT hybrid film exhibits excellent overall performance, with a typical sheet resistance of 14.8 Ω/□ and 82.6% light transmittance at room temperature. This means a 23.98% reduction in sheet resistance and only 2.52% loss in transmittance compared to a pure Ag grid film. Analysis indicates that filling areas between the Ag grids and interconnecting the silver nanoparticles with the CNT coating are the primary reasons for the significantly improved conductivity of the hybrid film that also exhibits excellent flexibility and mechanical strength compared to an ITO film. The hybrid film may fully satisfy the requirements of different applications, e.g. use as the anode of polymer solar cells (PSCs). The J-V curve shows that the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the PSCs using the Ag grid/CNT hybrid anode is 0.61%, which is 24.5% higher than that of the pure Ag grids with a PCE of 0.49%. Further investigations to improve the performance of the solar cells based on the printed hybrid TCFs are ongoing.

  15. Flexible transparent conductive films combining flexographic printed silver grids with CNT coating.

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    Mo, Lixin; Ran, Jun; Yang, Li; Fang, Yi; Zhai, Qingbin; Li, Luhai

    2016-02-12

    A high-performance ITO-free transparent conductive film (TCF) has been made by combining high resolution Ag grids with a carbon nanotube (CNT) coating. Ag grids printed with flexography have a 20 μm line width at a grid interval of 400 μm. The Ag grid/CNT hybrid film exhibits excellent overall performance, with a typical sheet resistance of 14.8 Ω/□ and 82.6% light transmittance at room temperature. This means a 23.98% reduction in sheet resistance and only 2.52% loss in transmittance compared to a pure Ag grid film. Analysis indicates that filling areas between the Ag grids and interconnecting the silver nanoparticles with the CNT coating are the primary reasons for the significantly improved conductivity of the hybrid film that also exhibits excellent flexibility and mechanical strength compared to an ITO film. The hybrid film may fully satisfy the requirements of different applications, e.g. use as the anode of polymer solar cells (PSCs). The J-V curve shows that the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the PSCs using the Ag grid/CNT hybrid anode is 0.61%, which is 24.5% higher than that of the pure Ag grids with a PCE of 0.49%. Further investigations to improve the performance of the solar cells based on the printed hybrid TCFs are ongoing. PMID:26758939

  16. Computerized Testing Software for Assessing Interference Suppression in Children and Adults: The Bivalent Shape Task (BST)

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    Mueller, Shane T.; Esposito, Alena G.

    2015-01-01

    We describe the Bivalent Shape Task (BST), software using the Psychology Experiment Building Language (PEBL), for testing of cognitive interference and the ability to suppress interference. The test is available via the GNU Public License, Version 3 (GPLv3), is freely modifiable, and has been tested on both children and adults and found to provide a simple and fast non-verbal measure of cognitive interference and suppression that requires no reading. PMID:26702358

  17. Ultrahigh frequency tunability of aperture-coupled microstrip antenna via electric-field tunable BST

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    Du, Hong-Lei; Xue, Qian; Gao, Xiao-Yang; Yao, Feng-Rui; Lu, Shi-Yang; Wang, Ye-Long; Liu, Chun-Heng; Zhang, Yong-Cheng; Lü, Yue-Guang; Li, Shan-Dong

    2015-12-01

    A composite ceramic with nominal composition of 45.0 wt%(Ba0.5Sr0.5)TiO3-55.0 wt%MgO (acronym is BST-MgO) is sintered for fabricating a frequency reconfigurable aperture-coupled microstrip antenna. The calcined BST-MgO composite ceramic exhibits good microwave dielectric properties at X-band with appropriate dielectric constant ɛr around 85, lower dielectric loss tan δ about 0.01, and higher permittivity tunability 14.8% at 8.33 kV/cm. An ultrahigh E-field tunability of working frequency up to 11.0% (i.e., from 9.1 GHz to 10.1 GHz with a large frequency shift of 1000 MHz) at a DC bias field from 0 to 8.33 kV/cm and a considerably large center gain over 7.5 dB are obtained in the designed frequency reconfigurable microstrip antenna. These results demonstrate that BST materials are promising for the frequency reconfigurable antenna. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11074040) and the Key Project of Shandong Provincial Department of Science and Technology, China (Grant No. ZR2012FZ006).

  18. Distinct preoptic-BST nuclei dissociate paternal and infanticidal behavior in mice.

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    Tsuneoka, Yousuke; Tokita, Kenichi; Yoshihara, Chihiro; Amano, Taiju; Esposito, Gianluca; Huang, Arthur J; Yu, Lily M Y; Odaka, Yuri; Shinozuka, Kazutaka; McHugh, Thomas J; Kuroda, Kumi O

    2015-11-01

    Paternal behavior is not innate but arises through social experience. After mating and becoming fathers, male mice change their behavior toward pups from infanticide to paternal care. However, the precise brain areas and circuit mechanisms connecting these social behaviors are largely unknown. Here we demonstrated that the c-Fos expression pattern in the four nuclei of the preoptic-bed nuclei of stria terminalis (BST) region could robustly discriminate five kinds of previous social behavior of male mice (parenting, infanticide, mating, inter-male aggression, solitary control). Specifically, neuronal activation in the central part of the medial preoptic area (cMPOA) and rhomboid nucleus of the BST (BSTrh) retroactively detected paternal and infanticidal motivation with more than 95% accuracy. Moreover, cMPOA lesions switched behavior in fathers from paternal to infanticidal, while BSTrh lesions inhibited infanticide in virgin males. The projections from cMPOA to BSTrh were largely GABAergic. Optogenetic or pharmacogenetic activation of cMPOA attenuated infanticide in virgin males. Taken together, this study identifies the preoptic-BST nuclei underlying social motivations in male mice and reveals unexpected complexity in the circuit connecting these nuclei. PMID:26423604

  19. Structural and Biophysical Analysis of BST-2/Tetherin Ectodomains Reveals an Evolutionary Conserved Design to Inhibit Virus Release

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    Swiecki, M.; Allaire, M.; Scheaffer, S.; Fremont, D.H.; et.al.

    2011-01-28

    BST-2/tetherin is a host antiviral molecule that functions to potently inhibit the release of enveloped viruses from infected cells. In return, viruses have evolved antagonists to this activity. BST-2 traps budding virions by using two separate membrane-anchoring regions that simultaneously incorporate into the host and viral membranes. Here, we detailed the structural and biophysical properties of the full-length BST-2 ectodomain, which spans the two membrane anchors. The 1.6-{angstrom} crystal structure of the complete mouse BST-2 ectodomain reveals an {approx}145-{angstrom} parallel dimer in an extended {alpha}-helix conformation that predominantly forms a coiled coil bridged by three intermolecular disulfides that are required for stability. Sequence analysis in the context of the structure revealed an evolutionarily conserved design that destabilizes the coiled coil, resulting in a labile superstructure, as evidenced by solution x-ray scattering displaying bent conformations spanning 150 and 180 {angstrom} for the mouse and human BST-2 ectodomains, respectively. Additionally, crystal packing analysis revealed possible curvature-sensing tetrameric structures that may aid in proper placement of BST-2 during the genesis of viral progeny. Overall, this extended coiled-coil structure with inherent plasticity is undoubtedly necessary to accommodate the dynamics of viral budding while ensuring separation of the anchors.

  20. Mode jumping of split-ring resonator metamaterials controlled by high-permittivity BST and incident electric fields

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    Fu, Xiaojian; Zeng, Xinxi; Cui, Tie Jun; Lan, Chuwen; Guo, Yunsheng; Zhang, Hao Chi; Zhang, Qian

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the resonant modes of split-ring resonator (SRR) metamaterials that contain high-permittivity BST block numerically and experimentally. We observe interesting mode-jumping phenomena from the BST-included SRR absorber structure as the excitation wave is incident perpendicularly to the SRR plane. Specifically, when the electric field is parallel to the SRR gap, the BST block in the gap will induce a mode jumping from the LC resonance to plasmonic resonance (horizontal electric-dipole mode), because the displacement current excited by the Mie resonance in the dielectric block acts as a current channel in the gap. When the electric field is perpendicular to the gap side, the plasmonic resonance mode (vertical electric-dipole mode) in SRR changes to two joint modes contributed simultaneously by the back layer, SRR and BST block, as a result of connected back layer and SRR layer by the displacement current in the BST dielectric block. Based on the mode jumping effect as well as temperature and electric-field dependent dielectric constant, the BST-included SRR metamaterials may have great potentials for the applications in electromagnetic switches and widely tunable metamaterial devices. PMID:27502844

  1. Mode jumping of split-ring resonator metamaterials controlled by high-permittivity BST and incident electric fields.

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    Fu, Xiaojian; Zeng, Xinxi; Cui, Tie Jun; Lan, Chuwen; Guo, Yunsheng; Zhang, Hao Chi; Zhang, Qian

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the resonant modes of split-ring resonator (SRR) metamaterials that contain high-permittivity BST block numerically and experimentally. We observe interesting mode-jumping phenomena from the BST-included SRR absorber structure as the excitation wave is incident perpendicularly to the SRR plane. Specifically, when the electric field is parallel to the SRR gap, the BST block in the gap will induce a mode jumping from the LC resonance to plasmonic resonance (horizontal electric-dipole mode), because the displacement current excited by the Mie resonance in the dielectric block acts as a current channel in the gap. When the electric field is perpendicular to the gap side, the plasmonic resonance mode (vertical electric-dipole mode) in SRR changes to two joint modes contributed simultaneously by the back layer, SRR and BST block, as a result of connected back layer and SRR layer by the displacement current in the BST dielectric block. Based on the mode jumping effect as well as temperature and electric-field dependent dielectric constant, the BST-included SRR metamaterials may have great potentials for the applications in electromagnetic switches and widely tunable metamaterial devices. PMID:27502844

  2. Protective Role of BST2 Polymorphisms in Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV-1 and Adult AIDS Progression.

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    Kamada, Anselmo J; Bianco, Anna M; Zupin, Luisa; Girardelli, Martina; Matte, Maria C C; Medeiros, Rúbia Marília de; Almeida, Sabrina Esteves de Matos; Rocha, Marineide M; Segat, Ludovica; Chies, José A B; Kuhn, Louise; Crovella, Sergio

    2016-07-01

    Bone marrow stromal cell antigen-2 (BST-2)/Tetherin is a restriction factor that prevents Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) release from infected cells and mediates pro-inflammatory cytokine production. This study investigated the risk conferred by single nucleotide polymorphisms (rs919266, rs9192677, and rs9576) at BST-2 coding gene (BST2) in HIV-1 mother-to-child transmission and in disease progression. Initially, 101 HIV-1+ pregnant women and 331 neonates exposed to HIV-1 from Zambia were enrolled. Additional BST2 single nucleotide polymorphism analyses were performed in 2 cohorts with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) progression: an adult Brazilian cohort (37 rapid, 30 chronic and 21 long-term non-progressors) and an Italian pediatric cohort (21 rapid and 67 slow progressors). The rs9576A allele was nominally associated with protection during breastfeeding (P = 0.019) and individuals carrying rs919266 GA showed slower progression to AIDS (P = 0.033). Despite the influence of rs919266 and rs9576 on BST2 expression being still undetermined, a preventive role by BST2 polymorphisms was found during HIV-1 infection. PMID:26885809

  3. Mode jumping of split-ring resonator metamaterials controlled by high-permittivity BST and incident electric fields

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    Fu, Xiaojian; Zeng, Xinxi; Cui, Tie Jun; Lan, Chuwen; Guo, Yunsheng; Zhang, Hao Chi; Zhang, Qian

    2016-08-01

    We investigate the resonant modes of split-ring resonator (SRR) metamaterials that contain high-permittivity BST block numerically and experimentally. We observe interesting mode-jumping phenomena from the BST-included SRR absorber structure as the excitation wave is incident perpendicularly to the SRR plane. Specifically, when the electric field is parallel to the SRR gap, the BST block in the gap will induce a mode jumping from the LC resonance to plasmonic resonance (horizontal electric-dipole mode), because the displacement current excited by the Mie resonance in the dielectric block acts as a current channel in the gap. When the electric field is perpendicular to the gap side, the plasmonic resonance mode (vertical electric-dipole mode) in SRR changes to two joint modes contributed simultaneously by the back layer, SRR and BST block, as a result of connected back layer and SRR layer by the displacement current in the BST dielectric block. Based on the mode jumping effect as well as temperature and electric-field dependent dielectric constant, the BST-included SRR metamaterials may have great potentials for the applications in electromagnetic switches and widely tunable metamaterial devices.

  4. Investigation of Ruthenium Electrodes for (Ba,Sr)TiO3 Thin Films

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    Joo, Jae-Hyun; Seon, Jeong-Min; Jeon, Yoo-Chan; Oh, Ki-Young; Roh, Jae-Sung; Kim, Jae-Jeong; Choi, Jin-Tae

    1998-06-01

    Ru/(Ba, Sr)TiO3(BST)/Ru capacitors were fabricated on TiN/Ti/Poly-Si/SiO2/Si substrate by sputtering technique. The effects of the bottom ruthenium electrode, deposited at various temperatures, on the characteristics of Ru/BST/Ru capacitor were intensively studied. Sputtered ruthenium films were grown in a columnar structure with a grain size ˜30 nm. With an increasing deposition temperature of ruthenium films, the (002) preferred orientation and grain size of ruthenium films gradually increased while the residual compressive stress in the ruthenium films was reduced. The surface of ruthenium films was oxidized to form RuOx on its surface during the deposition of BST films, which dramatically changed the surface morphology of ruthenium films and affected the characteristics of Ru/BST/Ru capacitor. In this work, the electrical properties of Ru/BST/Ru capacitors are explained with an emphasis on the surface morphology and residual stress of ruthenium films.

  5. Orientation effect on microwave dielectric properties of Si-integrated Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3 thin films for frequency agile devices

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    Kim, Hyun-Suk; Hyun, Tae-Seon; Kim, Ho-Gi; Kim, Il-Doo; Yun, Tae-Soon; Lee, Jong-Chul

    2006-07-01

    The effect of texture with (100) and (110) preferred orientations on dielectric properties of Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3 (BST) thin films grown on SrO (9nm) and CeO2 (70nm ) buffered Si substrates, respectively, was investigated. The coplanar waveguide (CPW) phase shifter using (100) oriented BST films on SrO buffered Si exhibited a much-enhanced figure of merit of 24.7°/dB, as compared to that (10.2°/dB) of a CPW phase shifter using (110) oriented BST films on CeO2 buffered Si at 12GHz. This work demonstrates that the microwave properties of the Si-integrated BST thin films are highly correlated with crystal orientation.

  6. High-tunability and low-microwave-loss Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3 thin films grown on high-resistivity Si substrates using TiO2 buffer layers

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    Kim, Hyun-Suk; Kim, Ho-Gi; Kim, Il-Doo; Kim, Ki-Byoung; Lee, Jong-Chul

    2005-11-01

    In this Letter, we report on high-tunability and low-microwave-loss properties of Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3 (BST) thin films by use of atomic-layer-deposited TiO2 films as the microwave buffer layer between BST and high-resistivity Si substrate. The interdigital capacitor fabricated on BST films grown on TiO2/high resistivity Si (2kΩcm) substrates showed the much enhanced tunability value of 33.2% while retaining an appropriate Q factor, as compared to the tunability values of BST (21%) films grown on MgO single-crystal substrates and BST (8.2%) films grown on TiO2/normal Si (10Ωcm) substrates. The coplanar waveguide BST phase shifter fabricated on TiO2/high resistivity Si exhibited a phase shift of 95° and insertion loss of 3.09 dB at 15 GHz and an applied voltage of 50 V. ALD-grown TiO2 buffer layers enable the successful integration of BST-based microwave tunable devices onto high-resistivity Si wafers.

  7. Structural and functional studies on the extracellular domain of BST2/tetherin in reduced and oxidized conformations

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    Schubert, Heidi L.; Zhai, Qianting; Sandrin, Virginie; Eckert, Debra M.; Garcia-Maya, Mitla; Saul, Louise; Sundquist, Wesley I.; Steiner, Roberto A.; Hill, Christopher P.

    2010-01-01

    HIV-1 and other enveloped viruses can be restricted by a host cellular protein called BST2/tetherin that prevents release of budded viruses from the cell surface. Mature BST2 contains a small cytosolic region, a predicted transmembrane helix, and an extracellular domain with a C-terminal GPI anchor. To advance understanding of BST2 function, we have determined a 2.6 Å crystal structure of the extracellular domain of the bacterially expressed recombinant human protein, residues 47–152, under reducing conditions. The structure forms a single long helix that associates as a parallel dimeric coiled coil over its C-terminal two-thirds, while the N-terminal third forms an antiparallel four-helix bundle with another dimer, creating a global tetramer. We also report the 3.45 Å resolution structure of BST2(51-151) prepared by expression as a secreted protein in HEK293T cells. This oxidized construct forms a dimer in the crystal that is superimposable with the reduced protein over the C-terminal two-thirds of the molecule, and its N terminus suggests pronounced flexibility. Hydrodynamic data demonstrated that BST2 formed a stable tetramer under reducing conditions and a dimer when oxidized to form disulfide bonds. A mutation that selectively disrupted the tetramer (L70D) increased protein expression modestly but only reduced antiviral activity by approximately threefold. Our data raise the possibility that BST2 may function as a tetramer at some stage, such as during trafficking, and strongly support a model in which the primary functional state of BST2 is a parallel disulfide-bound coiled coil that displays flexibility toward its N terminus. PMID:20880831

  8. Development of high damage threshold multilayer thin film beam combiner for laser application

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    Nand, Mangla; Babita, Jena, S.; Tokas, R. B.; Rajput, P.; Mukharjee, C.; Thakur, S.; Jha, S. N.; Sahoo, N. K.

    2016-05-01

    A polarized wavelength multiplexer with high laser induced damage threshold has been developed to combine two laser beam of high peak power in the visible region. The present wavelength multiplexer is a multilayer thin film device deposited by reactive electron beam evaporation. The developed device is capable of combining two p-polarized laser beams of peak power density of 1.7 GW/cm2 at an angle of incidence of 45°. High transmission (T> 90%) in high pass region and high reflection (R> 99%) in stop band region have been achieved.

  9. Growth of ferroelectric Ba{sub 0.8}Sr{sub 0.2}TiO{sub 3} epitaxial films by ultraviolet pulsed laser irradiation of chemical solution derived precursor layers

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    Queraltó, A.; Pérez del Pino, A. Mata, M. de la; Tristany, M.; Gómez, A.; Obradors, X.; Puig, T.; Arbiol, J.

    2015-06-29

    Highly crystalline epitaxial Ba{sub 0.8}Sr{sub 0.2}TiO{sub 3} (BST) thin-films are grown on (001)-oriented LaNiO{sub 3}-buffered LaAlO{sub 3} substrates by pulsed laser irradiation of solution derived barium-zirconium-titanium precursor layers using a UV Nd:YAG laser source at atmospheric conditions. The structural analyses of the obtained films, studied by X-ray diffractometry and transmission electron microscopy, demonstrate that laser processing allows the growth of tens of nm-thick BST epitaxial films with crystalline structure similar to that of films obtained through conventional thermal annealing methods. However, the fast pulsed nature of the laser employed leads to crystallization kinetic evolution orders of magnitude faster than in thermal treatments. The combination of specific photothermal and photochemical mechanisms is the main responsible for the ultrafast epitaxial laser-induced crystallization. Piezoresponse microscopy measurements demonstrate equivalent ferroelectric behavior in laser and thermally annealed films, being the piezoelectric constant ∼25 pm V{sup −1}.

  10. A Deletion Involving CD38 and BST1 Results in a Fusion Transcript in a Patient With Autism and Asthma

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    Ceroni, Fabiola; Sagar, Angela; Simpson, Nuala H.; Gawthrope, Alex J.T.; Newbury, Dianne F.; Pinto, Dalila; Francis, Sunday M.; Tessman, Dorothy C.; Cook, Edwin H.; Monaco, Anthony P.; Maestrini, Elena; Pagnamenta, Alistair T.; Jacob, Suma

    2015-01-01

    CD38 encodes a ligand in the oxytocin signaling pathway. Some single nucleotide polymorphisms in this gene have been associated with low serum oxytocin levels in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) patients. Oxytocin disruption has been hypothesized to account for features of ASD, including impaired communication and social behavior, based on animal studies. Recent human studies have shown administration of oxytocin improving emotion recognition, promoting social behavior, and improving auditory processing of social stimuli in ASD patients. In addition to its role in oxytocin signaling, CD38 is involved in the regulation of calcium concentration in airway smooth muscle with impairment of CD38 being implicated in airway diseases like asthma. While a number of studies have implicated rare chromosomal deletions and duplications in helping determine genetic risk for autism, there are to our knowledge no reports describing rearrangements involving CD38 or deletions in patients with ASD. Here, we present two sisters diagnosed with autism and with features of regression—previously acquired speech lost in the second year of life. The younger sister, who also had asthma, inherited a maternal deletion of 4p15.32 that results in a BST1-CD38 fusion transcript. Their mother's deletion was mosaic and she was not affected. Although further work is required to assess functional consequences of the fusion transcript, we hypothesize that the proband's deletion may have served as a risk factor for autism that, when combined with other susceptibility variants, resulted in a more severe presentation than her sister. PMID:24634087

  11. Ferroelectric films of barium strontium titanate on semi-insulating silicon carbide substrates

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    Tumarkin, A. V.; Razumov, S. V.; Gagarin, A. G.; Odinets, A. A.; Mikhailov, A. K.; Pronin, I. P.; Stozharov, V. M.; Senkevich, S. V.; Travin, N. K.

    2016-04-01

    Thin ferroelectric Ba x Sr1- x TiO3 (BST) layers have been grown for the first time on semi-insulating silicon carbide substrates by RF magnetron sputtering of a ceramic target without using buffer sublayers. Results of investigation of the structure of obtained BST films and the electrical properties of related planar capacitors are presented. The obtained structures are characterized by high nonlinearity and low dielectric losses at microwave frequencies.

  12. BST-2 is rapidly down-regulated from the cell surface by the HIV-1 protein Vpu: evidence for a post-ER mechanism of Vpu-action

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    Skasko, Mark; Tokarev, Andrey; Chen, Cheng-Chang; Fischer, Wolfgang B.; Pillai, Satish K.; Guatelli, John

    2011-01-01

    Recent evidence suggests that transmembrane domain (TMD) interactions are essential for HIV-1 Vpu-mediated antagonism of the restriction factor BST-2/tetherin. We made Vpu TMD mutants to study the mechanism of BST-2 antagonism. Vpu-I17A, -A18F, - W22L, and -S23L co-localized with BST-2 within endosomal membranes while effectively enhancing virion release and down-regulating surface BST-2. However, Vpu-A18H was confined to an endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-like distribution, resulting in impaired down-regulation of BST-2 and reduced virion release. Brefeldin A confined wild type Vpu to the ER, resulting in a similarly impaired phenotype, as did the addition of a C-terminal ER-retention signal to Vpu. We determined the half-life of cell-surface BST-2 to be ~8 hours, whereas Vpu mediated an ~80% reduction of surface BST-2 within 6 hours, suggesting that TMD interactions between Vpu and BST-2 occur within post-ER membranes to directly and rapidly remove BST-2 from the cell surface and relieve restricted virion release. PMID:21237475

  13. Molecular cloning and chromosomal mapping of bone marrow stromal cell surface gene, BST2, that may be involved in pre-B-cell growth

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    Ishikawa, Jun; Kaisho, Tsuneyasu; Tomizawa, Hitoshi

    1995-04-10

    Bone marrow stromal cells regulate B-cell growth and development through their surface molecules and cytokines. In this study, we generated a mAb, RS38, that recognized a novel human membrane protein, BST-2, expressed on bone marrow stromal cell lines and synovial cell lines. We cloned a cDNA encoding BST-2 from a rheumatoid arthritis-derived synovial cell line. BST-2 is a 30- to 36-kDa type II transmembrane protein, consisting of 180 amino acids. The BST-2 gene (HGMW-approved symbol BST2) is located on chromosome 19p13.2. BST-2 is expressed not only on certain bone marrow stromal cell lines but also on various normal tissues, although its expression pattern is different from that of another bone marrow stromal cell surface molecule, BST-1. BST-2 surface expression on fibroblast cell lines facilitated the stromal cell-dependent growth of a murine bone marrow-derived pre-B-cell line, DW34. The results suggest that BST-2 may be involved in pre-B-cell growth. 45 refs., 7 figs., 2 tabs.

  14. Patterning of bioinorganic thin films by combining soft lithography and a biomimetic crystallization process

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    Kim, Yi-Yeoun

    The biomimetic synthesis of patterned mineral films, based on a combination of the microcontact printing technique and a novel mineralization process, called the Polymer-Induced Liquid-Precursor (PILP) process, was demonstrated. Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) patterned by micro-contact printing are able to act as synthetic templates for biomimetic mineralization, mimicking the role of biological organic matrices, which spatially confine the deposition of biominerals, as well as template the nucleation and growth of the crystals. The PILP process enables the deposition of calcitic mineral films (100--500 nm in thickness) under low-temperature and aqueous-based conditions. A liquid-phase mineral precursor can be preferentially deposited onto specific areas templated with the SAMs of alkanethiolate on gold. The patterned precursor films then transform under constrained conditions, leading to control over both the location and morphology of patterned films. Based on microscopic analysis of the surface texture of the mineral films, we propose that the formation of these patterned calcite thin films is accomplished by the deposition of colloidal droplets of the liquid-phase precursor generated in solution. In order to further investigate crystal nucleation and growth which occurs via a precursor phase transformation, the cooperation of various functionalized endgroups of the SAMs and acidic macromolecules was extensively studied. It was observed that the morphology of the mineral phase depended on numerous variables, such as impurity ion concentration, polyelectrolyte concentration, mineral solution supersaturation level, pH and temperature. It was determined that the interaction of template functionality and the colloidal PILP particles has significance for controlling the trend of deposition, and that optimization of solution conditions is required to generate patterned thin films with a high level of resolution and reproducibility. An unexpected result was found

  15. HIV-1 Adapts To Replicate in Cells Expressing Common Marmoset APOBEC3G and BST2

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    Fernández-Oliva, Alberto; Finzi, Andrés; Haim, Hillel; Menéndez-Arias, Luis; Sodroski, Joseph

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT Previous studies have shown that a major block to HIV-1 replication in common marmosets operates at the level of viral entry and that this block can be overcome by adaptation of the virus in tissue-cultured cells. However, our current studies indicate that HIV-1 encounters additional postentry blocks in common marmoset peripheral blood mononuclear cells. Here, we show that the common marmoset APOBEC3G (A3G) and BST2 proteins block HIV-1 in cell cultures. Using a directed-evolution method that takes advantage of the natural ability of HIV-1 to mutate during replication, we have been able to overcome these blocks in tissue-cultured cells. In the adapted viruses, specific changes were observed in gag, vif, env, and nef. The contribution of these changes to virus replication in the presence of the A3G and BST2 restriction factors was studied. We found that certain amino acid changes in Vif and Env that arise during adaptation to marmoset A3G and BST2 allow the virus to replicate in the presence of these restriction factors. The changes in Vif reduce expression levels and encapsidation of marmoset APOBEC3G, while the changes in Env increase viral fitness and discretely favor cell-to-cell transmission of the virus, allowing viral escape from these restriction factors. IMPORTANCE HIV-1 can infect only humans and chimpanzees. The main reason for this narrow tropism is the presence in many species of dominant-acting factors, known as restriction factors, that block viral replication in a species-specific way. We have been exploring the blocks to HIV-1 in common marmosets, with the ultimate goal of developing a new animal model of HIV-1 infection in these monkeys. In this study, we observed that common marmoset APOBEC3G and BST2, two known restriction factors, are able to block HIV-1 in cell cultures. We have adapted HIV-1 to replicate in the presence of these restriction factors and have characterized the mechanisms of escape. These studies can help in the

  16. Antiviral Inhibition of Enveloped Virus Release by Tetherin/BST-2: Action and Counteraction

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    Le Tortorec, Anna; Willey, Suzanne; Neil, Stuart J. D.

    2011-01-01

    Tetherin (BST2/CD317) has been recently recognized as a potent interferon-induced antiviral molecule that inhibits the release of diverse mammalian enveloped virus particles from infected cells. By targeting an immutable structure common to all these viruses, the virion membrane, evasion of this antiviral mechanism has necessitated the development of specific countermeasures that directly inhibit tetherin activity. Here we review our current understanding of the molecular basis of tetherin’s mode of action, the viral countermeasures that antagonize it, and how virus/tetherin interactions may affect viral transmission and pathogenicity. PMID:21994744

  17. Combined theoretical studies of the optical characteristics of II-IV-V2 semiconductor thin films

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    Boukabrine, F.; Chiker, F.; Miloua, R.; Kebbab, Z.; Khenata, R.; Prakash, Deo; Bin Omran, S.; Verma, K. D.

    2016-04-01

    The optical absorbance of four ternary thin films, i.e. MgSiP2, MgGeP2, MgSiAs2, MgGeAs2 have been theoretically examined over a wide range of wavelength from 300 nm to 800 nm. The combination of first-principle electronic structure calculations and the optical matrix approach for modeling the multilayer assembly have been employed for theoretical studies. The analysis of the calculated absorbance spectra at room temperature with unpolarized light and normal incidence, revealed that MgGeAs2 with a direct energy band gap of 1.6 eV exhibit a considerable high optical absorption, where a thickness of 3.2 μm of this thin film is sufficient to absorb 90% of the incident light and generates a maximum photocurrent of ∼23 mA/cm2.

  18. Novel SCRG1/BST1 axis regulates self-renewal, migration, and osteogenic differentiation potential in mesenchymal stem cells

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    Aomatsu, Emiko; Takahashi, Noriko; Sawada, Shunsuke; Okubo, Naoto; Hasegawa, Tomokazu; Taira, Masayuki; Miura, Hiroyuki; Ishisaki, Akira; Chosa, Naoyuki

    2014-01-01

    Human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) remodel or regenerate various tissues through several mechanisms. Here, we identified the hMSC-secreted protein SCRG1 and its receptor BST1 as a positive regulator of self-renewal, migration, and osteogenic differentiation. SCRG1 and BST1 gene expression decreased during osteogenic differentiation of hMSCs. Intriguingly, SCRG1 maintained stem cell marker expression (Oct-4 and CD271/LNGFR) and the potentials of self-renewal, migration, and osteogenic differentiation, even at high passage numbers. Thus, the novel SCRG1/BST1 axis determines the fate of hMSCs by regulating their kinetic and differentiation potentials. Our findings provide a new perspective on methods for ex vivo expansion of hMSCs that maintain native stem cell potentials for bone-forming cell therapy. PMID:24413464

  19. Reduction of absorbed dose in radiography of the breast. Experience with a new screen-film combination.

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    Andersson, I; Andrén, L; Nilsson, M; Pettersson, C

    1977-03-01

    The mean absorbed dose in radiography of the breast with industrial film (Mamoray T3, Agfa-Gevaert), the Lo-dose system (Du Pont) and a new screen-film combination (MR 50-Mamoray RP 3, Agfa-Gevaert) was determined. The mean values were 17,2 and 1 mGy, respectively. Thus, the absorbed dose was considerably reduced by using the screen-film combination. This is of utmost importance as the potential risk of inducing malignancy is remarkably reduced, probably negligible. PMID:860660

  20. Strain engineered barium strontium titanate for tunable thin film resonators

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    Khassaf, H.; Khakpash, N.; Sun, F.; Sbrockey, N. M.; Tompa, G. S.; Kalkur, T. S.; Alpay, S. P.

    2014-05-19

    Piezoelectric properties of epitaxial (001) barium strontium titanate (BST) films are computed as functions of composition, misfit strain, and temperature using a non-linear thermodynamic model. Results show that through adjusting in-plane strains, a highly adaptive rhombohedral ferroelectric phase can be stabilized at room temperature with outstanding piezoelectric response exceeding those of lead based piezoceramics. Furthermore, by adjusting the composition and the in-plane misfit, an electrically tunable piezoelectric response can be obtained in the paraelectric state. These findings indicate that strain engineered BST films can be utilized in the development of electrically tunable and switchable surface and bulk acoustic wave resonators.

  1. Regulation of Interferon-Stimulated Gene BST2 by a lncRNA Transcribed from a Shared Bidirectional Promoter

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    Kambara, Hiroto; Gunawardane, Lalith; Zebrowski, Elizabeth; Kostadinova, Lenche; Jobava, Raul; Krokowski, Dawid; Hatzoglou, Maria; Anthony, Donald D.; Valadkhan, Saba

    2015-01-01

    Recent genome-wide studies have revealed the presence of thousands of long non-protein-coding RNAs (lncRNAs), some of which may play critical roles in the cell. We have previously shown that a large number of lncRNAs show differential expression in response to interferon (IFN)α stimulation in primary human cells. Here, we show that a subset of IFN-induced lncRNAs are positioned in proximity of protein-coding IFN-stimulated genes (ISGs). The majority of gene pairs originated from bidirectional promoters and showed positively correlated expression. We focused our analysis on a pair consisting of the known protein-coding ISG, BST2, and an un-studied putative lncRNA originating from the promoter region of BST2 in a divergent orientation. We showed that this transcript was a multi-exonic, polyadenylated long RNA that lacked protein-coding capacity. BST2 and the lncRNA were both induced in response to IFNα in diverse cell types. The induction of both genes was mediated through the JAK–STAT pathway, suggesting that IFN-stimulated response elements within the shared promoter activated the transcription of both genes. RNAi-mediated knock-down of the lncRNA resulted in down-regulation of BST2, and we could show that this down-regulation occurred at the level of transcription. Forced overexpression of this lncRNA, which we named BST2 IFN-Stimulated Positive Regulator (BISPR), resulted in up-regulation of BST2, indicating that the regulation of expression of BST2 by BISPR is mediated through interactions involving BISPR RNA itself, rather than the impact of its transcription from an adjacent locus. Importantly, upon IFN stimulation, transcriptional activation of BISPR preceded the induction of BST2, suggesting that expression of BISPR facilitated the initiation of transcription in its paired protein-coding gene. The lncRNA-mediated transcriptional regulation described in this study may help govern the expression of additional protein-coding RNAs involved in IFN response

  2. An effective combination of electrodeposition and layer-by-layer assembly to construct composite films with luminescence switching behavior.

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    Gao, Wenmei; Ma, Hongwei; Zheng, Daming; Dong, Zhaojun; Wu, Lixin; Bi, Lihua

    2015-09-01

    This article presents a combination strategy of electrodeposition and a layer-by-layer assembly to fabricate functional composite films with luminescence switching behavior. Firstly, a novel green luminescence film consisting of 8-hydroxypyrene-1,3,6-trisulfonic acid trisodium salt (HOPTS) was first obtained on ITO by a facile electrodeposition method. Then, the multilayer films containing different layers of tungstophosphate K12.5Na1.5[NaP5W30O110]·15H2O (P5W30) were further fabricated on the green luminescence film to form the composite films [(HOPTS)50/(PDDA/P5W30)n] (n = 10, film 1; n = 27, film 2; n = 57, film 3). Cyclic voltammetry and fluorescence spectroscopy were used to characterize the electrochemical activity of P5W30 and the luminescence property of HOPTS in the composite films, respectively. Lastly, in situ UV-Vis spectroelectrochemical and fluorescence spectroelectrochemical measurements were applied to investigate the luminescence switching behaviors of the composite films controlled by the electrochromism component of P5W30 upon electrochemical modulation. In summary, the investigation results revealed that the electrodeposition method is convenient and rapid, and thus-prepared composite films showed improved luminescence switching performance in terms of switching process, activation cycles, coloration efficiency, and bleached-state transparency as well as good stability, wide voltage range and good reversibility. Therefore, the present study offers a new fabrication route for the multifunctional composite films through an effective combination of electrodeposition and layer-by-layer assembly technique. PMID:26219637

  3. Combined filtered cathodic arc etching pretreatment magnetronsputter deposition of highly adherent crn films

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    Ehiasarian, A.P.; Anders, A.; Petrov, I.

    2006-12-09

    CrN films were prepared on steel substrates by a hybridmethod utilizing filtered cathodic arc for Cr ion pretreatment andmagnetron sputtering for coating deposition. During pretreatment thesubstrates were biased to -1200 V and exposed to filtered chromiumplasma. The substrate-coating interface formed during the pretreatmentcontained a Cr-enriched modified layer with composition that was stronglyinfluenced by the temperature of the substrate as observed by scanningtransmission electron microscopy--energy dispersive spectroscopy. Themodified layer had a nanocrystalline morphology and thickness of 15 nm.The path of formation of the layer is linked to the combined action ofimplantation, diffusion, and resputtering. The resulting adhesion of 3 mum thick CrN films was very high with scratch test critical load values of83 N. The morphology of the films was smooth without large scale defectsand the microstructure was columnar. The coatings behaved well in drysliding tests with very low wear coefficients of 2.3 x 10-16 m3 N-1m-1,whichcan be linked to the high adhesion and defect-free microstructure.The smooth coatings also had a high resistance to corrosion asdemonstrated by potentiodynamic tests with particularly high pittingpotentials of +800 mV.

  4. Combined filtered cathodic arc etching pretreatment magnetronsputter deposition of highly adherent crn films

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    Ehiasarian, A.P.; Anders, A.; Petrov, I.

    2006-12-09

    CrN films were prepared on steel substrates by a hybridmethod utilizing filtered cathodic arc for Cr ion pretreatment andmagnetron sputtering for coating deposition. During pretreatment thesubstrates were biased to -1200 V and exposed to filtered chromiumplasma. The substrate-coating interface formed during the pretreatmentcontained a Cr-enriched modified layer withcomposition that was stronglyinfluenced by the temperature of the substrate as observed by scanningtransmission electron microscopy--energy dispersive spectroscopy. Themodified layer had a nanocrystalline morphology and thickness of 15 nm.The path of formation of the layer is linked to the combined action ofimplantation, diffusion, and resputtering. The resulting adhesion of 3 mum thick CrN films was very high with scratch test critical load values of83 N. The morphology of the films was smooth without large scale defectsand the microstructure was columnar. The coatings behaved well in drysliding tests with very low wear coefficients of 2.3 x 10-16 m3 N-1m-1,whichcan be linked to the high adhesion and defect-free microstructure.The smooth coatings also had a high resistance to corrosion asdemonstrated by potentiodynamic tests with particularly high pittingpotentials of +800 mV.

  5. Patterning Surfaces on Azo-Based Multilayer Films via Surface Wrinkling Combined with Visible Light Irradiation.

    PubMed

    Zong, Chuanyong; Zhao, Yan; Ji, Haipeng; Xie, Jixun; Han, Xue; Wang, Juanjuan; Cao, Yanping; Lu, Conghua; Li, Hongfei; Jiang, Shichun

    2016-08-01

    Here, a simple combined strategy of surface wrinkling with visible light irradiation to fabricate well tunable hierarchical surface patterns on azo-containing multilayer films is reported. The key to tailor surface patterns is to introduce a photosensitive poly(disperse orange 3) intermediate layer into the film/substrate wrinkling system, in which the modulus decrease is induced by the reversible photoisomerization. The existence of a photoinert top layer prevents the photoisomerization-induced stress release in the intermediate layer to some extent. Consequently, the as-formed wrinkling patterns can be modulated over a large area by light irradiation. Interestingly, in the case of selective exposure, the wrinkle wavelength in the exposed region decreases, while the wrinkles in the unexposed region are evolved into highly oriented wrinkles with the orientation perpendicular to the exposed/unexposed boundary. Compared with traditional single layer-based film/substrate systems, the multilayer system consisting of the photosensitive intermediate layer offers unprecedented advantages in the patterning controllability/universality. As demonstrated here, this simple and versatile strategy can be conveniently extended to functional multilayer systems for the creation of prescribed hierarchical surface patterns with optically tailored microstructures. PMID:27336189

  6. Efficient combining of ion pumps and getter-palladium thin films

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    Paolini, C.; Mura, M.; Ravelli, F.

    2008-07-15

    Nonevaporable getters (NEGs) have been extensively studied in the last several years for their sorption properties toward many gases. In particular, an innovative alloy as a thin film by magnetron sputtering was developed and characterized at the European Organization for Nuclear Research. It is composed of Ti-Zr-V and protected by an overlayer of palladium (Pd), according to a technology for which the authors got the licence. NEG-Pd thin films used in combination with ion getter pumps is a simple, easy way to handle pumping devices for ultrahigh and extremely high vacuum applications. To show how to apply this coating technology to the internal surface of different types of ion pumps, the authors carried out several tests on pumps of various shapes, sizes (in terms of nominal pumping speed), and types (diode, noble diode, and triode). Special care was taken during the thermal cycle of baking and activation of the pumps to preserve the internal film from sources of contamination and/or from the sputtering of the titanium cathodes of the pump. Some important remarks will be made about the most appropriate conditions of pressure and temperature. The performance of the NEG-Pd-coated ion pumps was evaluated in terms of ultimate pressure and hydrogen pumping speed. The contribution of the thin film is particularly relevant for the pumping of this gas, due to its high sticking factor on palladium and the great sorption capacity of the underlying getter. Finally, the possibility of further improvement by substituting palladium with other Pd-based alloys will also be evaluated.

  7. Combined nitric oxide-releasing poly(vinyl alcohol) film/F127 hydrogel for accelerating wound healing.

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    Schanuel, Fernanda Seabra; Raggio Santos, Karen Slis; Monte-Alto-Costa, Andréa; de Oliveira, Marcelo G

    2015-06-01

    Nitric oxide (NO) releasing biomaterials represent a potential strategy for use as active wound dressings capable of accelerating wound healing. Topical NO-releasing poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) films and Pluronic F127 hydrogels (F127) have already exhibited effective skin vasodilation and wound healing actions. In this study, we functionalized PVA films with SNO groups via esterification with a mixture of mercaptosucinic acid (MSA) and thiolactic acid (TLA) followed by S-nitrosation of the SH moieties. These films were combined with an underlying layer of poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide), i.e., PEO-PPO-PEO (Pluronic F127) hydrogel and used for the topical treatment of skin lesions in an animal model. The mixed esterification of PVA with MSA and TLA led to chemically crosslinked PVA-SNO films with a high swelling capacity capable of spontaneously releasing NO. Real time NO-release measurements revealed that the hydrogel layer reduces the initial NO burst from the PVA-SNO films. We demonstrate that the combination of PVA-SNO films with F127 hydrogel accelerates wound contraction, decreases wound gap and cellular density and accelerates the inflammatory phase of the lesion. These results were reflected in an increase in myofibroblastic differentiation and collagen type III expression in the cicatricial tissue. Therefore, PVA-SNO films combined with F127 hydrogel may represent a new approach for active wound dressings capable of accelerating wound healing. PMID:25907598

  8. Effect of ambient combinations of argon, oxygen, and hydrogen on the properties of DC magnetron sputtered indium tin oxide films

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    Marikkannan, M.; Subramanian, M.; Tanemura, M.; Mayandi, J. E-mail: jeyanthinath@yahoo.co.in; Vishnukanthan, V.; Pearce, J. M. E-mail: jeyanthinath@yahoo.co.in

    2015-01-15

    Sputtering has been well-developed industrially with singular ambient gases including neutral argon (Ar), oxygen (O{sub 2}), hydrogen (H{sub 2}) and nitrogen (N{sub 2}) to enhance the electrical and optical performances of indium tin oxide (ITO) films. Recent preliminary investigation into the use of combined ambient gases such as an Ar+O{sub 2}+H{sub 2} ambient mixture, which was suitable for producing high-quality (low sheet resistance and high optical transmittance) of ITO films. To build on this promising preliminary work and develop deeper insight into the effect of ambient atmospheres on ITO film growth, this study provides a more detailed investigation of the effects of ambient combinations of Ar, O{sub 2}, H{sub 2} on sputtered ITO films. Thin films of ITO were deposited on glass substrates by DC magnetron sputtering using three different ambient combinations: Ar, Ar+O{sub 2} and Ar+O{sub 2}+H{sub 2}. The structural, electrical and optical properties of the three ambient sputtered ITO films were systematically characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Raman spectroscopy, four probe electrical conductivity and optical spectroscopy. The XRD and Raman studies confirmed the cubic indium oxide structure, which is polycrystalline at room temperature for all the samples. AFM shows the minimum surface roughness of 2.7 nm for Ar+O{sub 2}+H{sub 2} sputtered thin film material. The thickness of the films was determined by the cross sectional SEM analysis and its thickness was varied from 920 to 817 nm. The columnar growth of ITO films was also discussed here. The electrical and optical measurements of Ar+O{sub 2}+H{sub 2} ambient combinations shows a decreased sheet resistance (5.06 ohm/□) and increased optical transmittance (69%) than other samples. The refractive index and packing density of the films were projected using optical transmission spectrum. From the observed results the Ar+O{sub 2}+H

  9. Use of Enterococcus, BST and sterols as indicators for poultry pollution source tracking in surface and groundwater

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    This study has applied Enterococcus, Bacterial Source Tracking (BST) and sterol analysis for pollution source identification from poultry sources. Fecal contamination was detected in 100% of surface water and 15% of groundwater sites tested. E. faecium was the dominant species in aged litter sampl...

  10. Surface morphology and resistivity of aluminum oxide films prepared by plasma CVD combined with ion beam irradiation

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    Nakai, H.; Shinohara, J.; Sassa, T.; Ikegami, Y.

    1997-01-01

    Plasma CVD combined with simultaneous ion beams has been developed in order to prepare ceramic insulating films which have strong force of adhesion and higher electric resistivity at high temperatures. Aluminum oxide (Al 2O 3) films were deposited on nickel based superalloy (Inconel 718) by thermal CVD, plasma CVD and ion beam assisted plasma CVD at the several substrate temperatures. The surface morphology of these films was analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). It was confirmed that, by ion beam irradiation, the extent of crystallization was enhanced at lower substrate temperature and grain size became smaller. The electric resistivity was measured in the temperature range of RT to 800°C. The film, deposited by ion beam assisted plasma CVD at 800°C, had higher electric resistivity than the films by conventional CVD.

  11. Acoustoelastic effect of textured (Ba,Sr)TiO3 thin films under an initial mechanical stress

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    Kamel, Marwa; Mseddi, Souhir; Njeh, Anouar; Donner, Wolfgang; Ben Ghozlen, Mohamed Hédi

    2015-12-01

    Acoustoelastic (AE) analysis of initial stresses plays an important role as a nondestructive tool in current engineering. Two textured BST (Ba0.65Sr0.35TiO3) thin films, with different substrate to target distance, were grown on Pt(111)/TiO2/SiO2/Si(001) substrate by rf-magnetron sputtering deposition techniques. A conventional "sin2 ψ" method to determine residual stress and strain in BST films by X-ray diffraction is applied. A laser acoustic waves (LA-waves) technique is used to generate surface acoustic waves (SAW) propagating in both samples. Young's modulus E and Poisson ratio ν of BST films in different propagation directions are derived from the measured dispersion curves. Estimation of effective second-order elastic constants of BST thin films in stressed states is served in SAW study. This paper presents an original investigation of AE effect in prestressed Ba0.65Sr0.35TiO3 films, where the effective elastic constants and the effect of texture on second and third order elastic tensor are considered and used. The propagation behavior of Rayleigh and Love waves in BST thin films under residual stress is explored and discussed. The guiding velocities affected by residual stresses, reveal some shifts which do not exceed four percent mainly in the low frequency range.

  12. Acoustoelastic effect of textured (Ba,Sr)TiO{sub 3} thin films under an initial mechanical stress

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    Kamel, Marwa; Mseddi, Souhir; Njeh, Anouar; Ben Ghozlen, Mohamed Hédi; Donner, Wolfgang

    2015-12-14

    Acoustoelastic (AE) analysis of initial stresses plays an important role as a nondestructive tool in current engineering. Two textured BST (Ba{sub 0.65}Sr{sub 0.35}TiO{sub 3}) thin films, with different substrate to target distance, were grown on Pt(111)/TiO{sub 2}/SiO{sub 2}/Si(001) substrate by rf-magnetron sputtering deposition techniques. A conventional “sin{sup 2} ψ” method to determine residual stress and strain in BST films by X-ray diffraction is applied. A laser acoustic waves (LA-waves) technique is used to generate surface acoustic waves (SAW) propagating in both samples. Young's modulus E and Poisson ratio ν of BST films in different propagation directions are derived from the measured dispersion curves. Estimation of effective second-order elastic constants of BST thin films in stressed states is served in SAW study. This paper presents an original investigation of AE effect in prestressed Ba{sub 0.65}Sr{sub 0.35}TiO{sub 3} films, where the effective elastic constants and the effect of texture on second and third order elastic tensor are considered and used. The propagation behavior of Rayleigh and Love waves in BST thin films under residual stress is explored and discussed. The guiding velocities affected by residual stresses, reveal some shifts which do not exceed four percent mainly in the low frequency range.

  13. Raman studies of lattice dynamics and phase transitions in barium strontium titanate thin films

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    Tenne, D. A.; Xi, X. X.; Li, Y. L.; Chen, L. Q.; Soukiassian, A.; Schlom, D. G.; Taylor, T. R.; Hansen, P. J.; Speck, J. S.; York, R. A.; Choosuwan, H.; He, Qi; Guo, R.; Bhalla, A. S.

    2004-03-01

    The lattice dynamics and phase transitions in Ba_xSr_1-xTiO3 (BST) thin films single crystals were studied by Raman spectroscopy. Our studies revealed essential differences in the lattice dynamical properties Ba_xSr_1-xTiO3 films and single crystals: Forbidden first order Raman scattering in BST films well above the bulk phase transition temperature where the crystals show the second order Raman features only; hardening of the soft phonon modes in films compared to crystals; significantly larger range of the E soft mode overdamping in films, which supposes an additional damping mechanism in films, not present in crystals. Lattice dynamics behavior in the BST films is similar to that of relaxor ferroelectrics. Analogously to the relaxors, the existence of polar nanoregions in the films at the above the bulk Curie-Weiss temperature explains the specific lattice-dynamical properties of BST films. The effect of strain on the phase transitions in Ba_xSr_1-xTiO3 thin films will also be discussed. In polycrystalline BST films grown on the substrates providing a systematic change in the thermal strain, it was found that the out-of-plane polarization is likely locked during the growth and cooling processes. This leads to a decreasing of the Tc with increasing tensile strain. In the epitaxial BaTiO3 films, the Raman studies show that the tetragonal-orthorhombic-rhombohedral phase transitions, characteristic of bulk BaTiO_3, are completely absent due to the presence of tensile strain. This is confirmed by a phase diagram for BaTiO3 film obtained from thermodynamic phase-field calculations.

  14. Low Profile Tunable Dipole Antennas Using BST Varactors for Biomedical Applications

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    Cure, David; Weller, Thomas; Price, Tony; Miranda, Felix A.

    2013-01-01

    In this presentation a 2.4 GHz low profile (lambda45) tunable dipole antenna is evaluated in the presence of a human core model (HCM) body phantom. The antenna uses a frequency selective surface (FSS) with interdigital barium strontium titanate (BST) varactor-tuned unit cells and its performance is compared to a similar low profile antenna that uses an FSS with semiconductor varactor diodes. The measured data of the antenna demonstrate tunability from 2.2 GHz to 2.55 GHz in free space and impedance match improvement in the presence of a HCM at different distances. This antenna has smaller size, lower cost and less weight compared to the semiconductor varactor diode counterpart.

  15. Low Profile Tunable Dipole Antenna Using BST Varactors for Biomedical Applications

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    Cure, David; Weller, Thomas M.; Miranda, Felix A.; Price, Tony

    2013-01-01

    In this paper a 2.4 GHz low profile (lambda/47) tunable dipole antenna is evaluated in the presence of a human core model (HCM) body phantom. The antenna uses a frequency selective surface (FSS) with interdigital barium strontium titanate (BST) varactor-tuned unit cells and its performance is compared to a similar low profile antenna that uses an FSS with semiconductor varactor diodes. The measured data of the antenna demonstrate tunability from 2.2 GHz to 2.55 GHz in free space and impedance match improvement in the presence of a HCM at different distances. This antenna has smaller size, lower cost and less weight compared to the semiconductor varactor diode counterpart.

  16. Grain size dependent phase transition and superparaelectric behavior of ferroelectric BST

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    Mondal, R. A.; Murty, B. S.; Murthy, V. R. K.

    2015-03-01

    In this article, we investigate the grain size dependent phase transition and polarization behavior of ferroelectric Ba0.9Sr0.1TiO3 (BST). Starting with nanocrystalline powders (crystalline size≈22 nm), various grain sizes were obtained in nano-submicron domain (202-745 nm) by regulating the sintering temperatures (Tsin) in the range of 1050-1300 °C. All samples were found to possess diffuse phase transition characteristics with frequency independent broad dielectric maxima near transition temperature due to the lattice strain contribution. Dielectric stiffness showed tarnished step-like anomalous behavior in the paraelectric state for Tsin≥1200 °C due to the existence of polar (superparaelectric) nano-regions generated by local polarization by off-centered Ti4+ ions exhibiting an exceptionally rare delicate polarization hysteresis loop.

  17. The Effect of Mg Doping on Structural and Luminescent Properties of Barium Strontium Titanate (BST)

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    Khare, A.; Chauhan, N.

    Pure and Mg doped barium strontium titanate (BST) phosphor samples are prepared by solid state reaction (SSR) method at 1300 °c. The prepared samples are characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and UV-VIS absorption spectroscopy. The optical properties are studied in terms of mechanoluminescence (ML) and thermoluminescence (TL). The XRD results reveal perovskite structure of samples with XRD peaks corresponding to planes (100), (110), (111), (200) and (211). The SEM micrographs exhibit agglomeration of particles of different shapes. The particle size calculated using SEM and XRD data is found to lie in nano range. The ML intensity is found to depend on applied load while the TL intensity increases with increasing irradiation time.

  18. Spatial resolution in thin film deposition on silicon surfaces by combining silylation and UV/ozonolysis

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    Guo, Lei; Zaera, Francisco

    2014-12-01

    A simple procedure has been developed for the processing of silicon wafers in order to facilitate the spatially resolved growth of thin solid films on their surfaces. Specifically, a combination of silylation and UV/ozonolysis was tested as a way to control the concentration of the surface hydroxo groups required for subsequent atomic layer deposition (ALD) of metals or oxides. Water contact angle measurements were used to evaluate the hydrophilicity/hydrophobicity of the surface, a proxy for OH surface coverage, and to optimize the UV/ozonolysis treatment. Silylation with hexamethyldisilazane, trichloro(octadecyl)silane, or trimethylchlorosilane was found to be an efficient way to block the hydroxo sites and to passivate the underlying surface, and UV/O3 treatments were shown to effectively remove the silylation layer and to regain the surface reactivity. Both O3 and 185 nm UV radiation were determined necessary for the removal of the silylation layer, and additional 254 nm radiation was found to enhance the process. Attenuated total reflection-infrared absorption spectroscopy was employed to assess the success of the silylation and UV/O3 removal steps, and atomic force microscopy data provided evidence for the retention of the original smoothness of the surface. Selective growth of HfO2 films via TDMAHf + H2O ALD was seen only on the UV/O3 treated surfaces; total inhibition of the deposition was observed on the untreated silylated surfaces (as determined by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and ellipsometry). Residual film growth was still detected on the latter if the ALD was carried out at high temperatures (250 °C), because the silylation layer deteriorates under such harsh conditions and forms surface defects that act as nucleation sites for the growth of oxide grains (as identified by electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy). We believe that the silylation-UV/O3 procedure advanced here could be easily implemented for the patterning of surfaces

  19. Effects of Combined Stressing on the Electrical Properties of Film and Ceramic Capacitors

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    Overton, Eric; Hammoud, Ahmad N.; Baumann, Eric D.; Myers, Ira T.

    1994-01-01

    Advanced power systems which generate, control, and distribute electrical power to many large loads are a requirement for future space exploration missions. The development of high temperature insulating materials and power components constitute a key element in systems which are lightweight, efficient, and are capable of surviving the hostile space environment. In previous work, experiments were carried out to evaluate film and ceramic capacitors for potential use in high temperature applications. The effects of thermal stressing, in air and without electrical bias, on the electrical properties of the capacitors as a function of thermal aging up to 12 weeks were determined. In this work, the combined effects of thermal aging and electrical stresses on the properties of teflon film and ceramic power capacitors were examined. The ceramic capacitors were thermally aged for 35 weeks and the teflon capacitors for 15 weeks at 200 C under full electrical bias and were characterized, on a weekly basis, in terms of their capacitance stability and electrical loss in the frequency range of 50 Hz to 100 kHz. DC leakage current measurements were also obtained. The results obtained represent the influence that short-term thermal aging and electrical bias have on the electrical properties of the power capacitors characterized.

  20. Effects of combined stressing on the electrical properties of film and ceramic capacitors

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    Overton, Eric; Hammoud, Ahmad N.; Baumann, Eric D.; Myers, Ira T.

    1994-05-01

    Advanced power systems which generate, control, and distribute electrical power to many large loads are a requirement for future space exploration missions. The development of high temperature insulating materials and power components constitute a key element in systems which are lightweight, efficient, and are capable of surviving the hostile space environment. In previous work, experiments were carried out to evaluate film and ceramic capacitors for potential use in high temperature applications. The effects of thermal stressing, in air and without electrical bias, on the electrical properties of the capacitors as a function of thermal aging up to 12 weeks were determined. In this work, the combined effects of thermal aging and electrical stresses on the properties of teflon film and ceramic power capacitors were examined. The ceramic capacitors were thermally aged for 35 weeks and the teflon capacitors for 15 weeks at 200 C under full electrical bias and were characterized, on a weekly basis, in terms of their capacitance stability and electrical loss in the frequency range of 50 Hz to 100 kHz. DC leakage current measurements were also obtained. The results obtained represent the influence that short-term thermal aging and electrical bias have on the electrical properties of the power capacitors characterized.

  1. A holographic interferometric method to study combined heat and mass transfer in film sorption

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    Zheng, G.; Worek, W. M.

    1992-08-01

    Sorption by a liquid desiccant is a key process in open-cycle, liquid desiccant cooling systems. In order to study the absorption rates in a liquid desiccant, a fiber-optic, double-wavelength holographic interferometric method was developed and used to measure the combined heat and mass transfer processes that occurred during a regeneration process. In the experiment, the heat and mass transfer processes that occur at the interface between a dry air stream and either a liquid desiccant or a film of water are investigated. The temperature and concentration distribution were calculated and the results were used to determine the Lewis number Le and the local heat and mass transfer coefficients.

  2. Imaging electronic trap states in perovskite thin films with combined fluorescence and femtosecond transient absorption microscopy

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    Xiao, Kai; Ma, Ying -Zhong; Simpson, Mary Jane; Doughty, Benjamin; Yang, Bin

    2016-04-22

    Charge carrier trapping degrades the performance of organometallic halide perovskite solar cells. To characterize the locations of electronic trap states in a heterogeneous photoactive layer, a spatially resolved approach is essential. Here, we report a comparative study on methylammonium lead tri-iodide perovskite thin films subject to different thermal annealing times using a combined photoluminescence (PL) and femtosecond transient absorption microscopy (TAM) approach to spatially map trap states. This approach coregisters the initially populated electronic excited states with the regions that recombine radiatively. Although the TAM images are relatively homogeneous for both samples, the corresponding PL images are highly structured. Themore » remarkable variation in the PL intensities as compared to transient absorption signal amplitude suggests spatially dependent PL quantum efficiency, indicative of trapping events. Furthermore, detailed analysis enables identification of two trapping regimes: a densely packed trapping region and a sparse trapping area that appear as unique spatial features in scaled PL maps.« less

  3. Imaging Electronic Trap States in Perovskite Thin Films with Combined Fluorescence and Femtosecond Transient Absorption Microscopy.

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    Simpson, Mary Jane; Doughty, Benjamin; Yang, Bin; Xiao, Kai; Ma, Ying-Zhong

    2016-05-01

    Charge carrier trapping degrades the performance of organometallic halide perovskite solar cells. To characterize the locations of electronic trap states in a heterogeneous photoactive layer, a spatially resolved approach is essential. Here, we report a comparative study on methylammonium lead tri-iodide perovskite thin films subject to different thermal annealing times using a combined photoluminescence (PL) and femtosecond transient absorption microscopy (TAM) approach to spatially map trap states. This approach coregisters the initially populated electronic excited states with the regions that recombine radiatively. Although the TAM images are relatively homogeneous for both samples, the corresponding PL images are highly structured. The remarkable variation in the PL intensities as compared to transient absorption signal amplitude suggests spatially dependent PL quantum efficiency, indicative of trapping events. Detailed analysis enables identification of two trapping regimes: a densely packed trapping region and a sparse trapping area that appear as unique spatial features in scaled PL maps. PMID:27103096

  4. Combined effects of bilayer structure and ion substitutions on bismuth ferrite thin films

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    Wu, Jiagang; Wang, John; Xiao, Dingquan; Zhu, Jianguo

    2011-04-01

    To understanding the combined effects of bilayer structure and ion substitutions on electrical behavior of BiFeO3 thin films, the Bi0.90La0.10Fe0.90Zn0.10O3/Bi0.90La0.10Fe0.90Sn0.10O3 bilayers with different thickness ratios were fabricated on SrRuO3/Pt/TiO2/SiO2/Si(100) substrates by radio frequency sputtering. Their dielectric constant increases and the fatigue endurance becomes better with increasing Bi0.90La0.10Fe0.90Zn0.10O3 thickness ratios. The bilayer with the thickness ratio of 210: 90 exhibits a high remanent polarization, and a better fatigue behavior is induced by higher driving electric fields and frequencies.

  5. Effects of combined irradiation of 500 keV protons and atomic oxygen on polyimide films

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    Novikov, Lev; Chernik, Vladimir; Zhilyakov, Lev; Voronina, Ekaterina; Chirskaia, Natalia

    2016-07-01

    Polyimide films are widely used on the spacecraft surface as thermal control coating, films in different constuctions, etc. However, the space ionizing radiation of different types can alter the mechanical, optical and electrical properties of polyimide films. For example, it is well known that 20-100 keV proton irradiation causes breaking of chemical bonds and destruction of the surface layer in polyimide, deterioration of its optical properties, etc. In low-Earth orbits serious danger for polymeric materials is atomic oxygen of the upper atmosphere of the Earth, which is the main component in the range of heights of 200-800 km. Due to the orbital spacecraft velocity, the collision energy of oxygen atoms with the surface ( 5 eV) enhances their reactivity and opens additional pathways of their reaction with near-surface layers of materials. Hyperthermal oxygen atom flow causes erosion of the polyimide surface by breaking chemical bonds and forming of volatiles products (primarily, CO and CO _{2}), which leads to mass losses and degradation of material properties. Combined effect of protons and oxygen plasma is expected to give rise to synergistic effects enhancing the destruction of polyimide surface layers. This paper describes experimental investigation of polyimide films sequential irradiation with protons and oxygen plasma. The samples were irradiated by 500 keV protons at fluences of 10 ^{14}-10 ^{16} cm ^{-2} produced with SINP cascade generator KG-500 and 5-20 eV neutral oxygen atoms at fluence of 10 ^{20} cm ^{-2} generated by SINP magnetoplasmodynamics accelerator. The proton bombardment causes the decrease in optical transmission coefficient of samples, but their transmittance recovers partially after the exposure to oxygen plasma. The results of the comparative analysis of polyimide optical transmission spectra, Raman and XPS spectra obtained at different stages of the irradiation of samples, data on mass loss of samples due to erosion of the surface are

  6. A comparison of two different T-grain films in rare-earth screens with a standard film-screen combination for intravenous pyelography and bone examinations.

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    Logan, H; Daly, L; Masterson, J

    1989-03-01

    T-grain film is claimed to give significantly improved image quality, allowing the use of faster screens without loss of quality and thus reducing radiation dose. We tested this claim for two systems. In each case comparison was made with our usual screen-film combination, Agfa Curix RP1 film with Kodak Xomatic Regular screens (a nominally 200 speed system). The systems tested were Kodak TMatG in Kodak Lanex Medium screens (300 speed) and Agfa STG in Kodak Lanex Regular screens (400 speed). The Agfa STG-Lanex Regular system performed less well than the standard system for intravenous pyelograms (IVPs), bones and soft-tissue detail. Its speed advantage was not apparent below 70 kV. The Kodak TMatG-Lanex Medium system was better than the standard system for IVPs but not as good for bones. It gave virtually no speed advantage below 90 kV. Kodak T-grain film in a medium-speed, rare-earth screen was found to be better than the standard system for IVPs. Agfa T-grain film in a fast rare-earth screen was unsatisfactory for IVPs. Neither combination was as good as the standard system for bones. PMID:2702380

  7. Effect of screen/film combinations on diagnostic certainty: Hi-Plus/RPL versus Lanex/Ortho G in excretory urography.

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    Thornbury, J R; Fryback, D G; Patterson, F E; Chiavarini, R L

    1978-01-01

    A method using radiologists' subjective judgments was developed to compare the quality of the diagnostic image information from two different screen/film combinations (Hi Plus/RPL versus Lanex/Ortho G). A sample of 148 comparison film pairs was obtained in the course of performing 74 urograms using the two film/screen combinations. Each film pair was evaluated by three radiologists, using a blind film-reading format, in regard to:(1) anatomic diagnostic criteria visualization; (2) radiologic diagnostic certainty; (3) presence or absence of quantum mottle; and (4) prediction of which film of a pair was the rare earth screen/film combination. There was a significant difference favoring Hi Plus/RPL in perceived quality of visualization of anatomic criteria. However, the difference was more of statistical rather than practical importance. Diagnostic certainty differed only marginally and slightly favored the Hi Plus/RPL combination. No signficant differences in perception of quantum mottle were attributable to either screen/film combination. Radiologists were able to correctly identify the screen/film combination a significant proportion of the time. Radiation exposure with the Lanex/Ortho G combination was about half that with the Hi Plus/RPL combination. In this study, this would seem to constitute the major factor in film/screen selection. PMID:413423

  8. Combining mixed titania morphologies into a complex assembly thin film by iterative block-copolymer-based sol-gel templating

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    Niedermeier, M. A.; Magerl, D.; Zhong, Q.; Nathan, A.; Körstgens, V.; Perlich, J.; Roth, S. V.; Müller-Buschbaum, P.

    2012-04-01

    Sol-gel templating combined with iterative spin-coating steps are used to custom-tailor hierarchically structured titania thin films. Using poly(styrene-block-ethylene oxide) P(S-b-PEO) as the structure directing agent, a foam-like structure is combined with nanogranules. Both structural elements are merged into a complex assembly in thin film geometry. The resulting morphology is pictured by SEM and probed with GISAXS. The installed mesoporous titania sandwich structure exhibits holes with a size of 45 nm which makes it promising for applications in photovoltaics or photocatalysis. An optical characterization completes the structural investigation.

  9. Planar Zeolite Film-Based Potentiometric Gas Sensors Manufactured by a Combined Thick-Film and Electroplating Technique

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    Marr, Isabella; Reiß, Sebastian; Hagen, Gunter; Moos, Ralf

    2011-01-01

    Zeolites are promising materials in the field of gas sensors. In this technology-oriented paper, a planar setup for potentiometric hydrocarbon and hydrogen gas sensors using zeolites as ionic sodium conductors is presented, in which the Pt-loaded Na-ZSM-5 zeolite is applied using a thick-film technique between two interdigitated gold electrodes and one of them is selectively covered for the first time by an electroplated chromium oxide film. The influence of the sensor temperature, the type of hydrocarbons, the zeolite film thickness, and the chromium oxide film thickness is investigated. The influence of the zeolite on the sensor response is briefly discussed in the light of studies dealing with zeolites as selectivity-enhancing cover layers. PMID:22164042

  10. Stimuli-Responsive Layer-by-Layer Tellurium-Containing Polymer Films for the Combination of Chemotherapy and Photodynamic Therapy.

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    Fan, Fuqiang; Wang, Lu; Li, Feng; Fu, Yu; Xu, Huaping

    2016-07-01

    Tellurium-containing photoresponsive polyelectrolyte multilayer films were fabricated by layer-by-layer assembly of a tellurium-containing polymer, photosensitizer, and poly(styrenesulfonate). The resulting films were investigated by UV/vis spectroscopy, XPS, EPR, and fluorescence spectroscopy. Under visible light, the photosensitizer in the film is excited and transforms triplet oxygen into singlet oxygen in aqueous solution. Singlet oxygen oxidizes -Te- to high valence state (Te═O) on the polymer backbone. The generated (Te═O) group makes the micelles more hydrophilic and looser, thereby facilitating the controlled release of the loaded cargo of micelles. These results show that the film has the potential to be used for cargo loading and controlled release, thus may provide a new way to combine photodynamic therapy and chemotherapy. PMID:27301845

  11. High Stability Electron Field Emitters Synthesized via the Combination of Carbon Nanotubes and N₂-Plasma Grown Ultrananocrystalline Diamond Films.

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    Chang, Ting-Hsun; Hsieh, Ping-Yen; Kunuku, Srinivasu; Lou, Shiu-Cheng; Manoharan, Divinah; Leou, Keh-Chyang; Lin, I-Nan; Tai, Nyan-Hwa

    2015-12-16

    An electron field emitter with superior electron field emission (EFE) properties and improved lifetime stability is being demonstrated via the combination of carbon nanotubes and the CH4/N2 plasma grown ultrananocrystalline diamond (N-UNCD) films. The resistance of the carbon nanotubes to plasma ion bombardment is improved by the formation of carbon nanocones on the side walls of the carbon nanotubes, thus forming strengthened carbon nanotubes (s-CNTs). The N-UNCD films can thus be grown on s-CNTs, forming N-UNCD/s-CNTs carbon nanocomposite materials. The N-UNCD/s-CNTs films possess good conductivity of σ = 237 S/cm and marvelous EFE properties, such as low turn-on field of (E0) = 3.58 V/μm with large EFE current density of (J(e)) = 1.86 mA/cm(2) at an applied field of 6.0 V/μm. Moreover, the EFE emitters can be operated under 0.19 mA/cm(2) for more than 350 min without showing any sign of degradation. Such a superior EFE property along with high robustness characteristic of these combination of materials are not attainable with neither N-UNCD films nor s-CNTs films alone. Transmission electron microscopic investigations indicated that the N-UNCD films contain needle-like diamond grains encased in a few layers of nanographitic phase, which enhanced markedly the transport of electrons in the N-UNCD films. Moreover, the needle-like diamond grains were nucleated from the s-CNTs without the necessity of forming the interlayer that facilitate the transport of electrons crossing the diamond-to-Si interface. Both these factors contributed to the enhanced EFE behavior of the N-UNCD/s-CNTs films. PMID:26600097

  12. A Combined Lagrangian-Thin Film Model for Investigating Film to Rivulet Transition on Surfaces with Various Wettabilities

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    Tembely, Moussa; Dizon, Ian; Dolatabadi, Ali

    2015-11-01

    Understanding rivulet formation which arises from cloud droplets impact is of interest for the aerospace industry, where in icing conditions rivulets and droplets run back along the aerodynamics surfaces. In the present work, a numerical model based on a coupling between a Lagrangian method for spray generation and thin film approach is used to investigate the rivulet formation on various surfaces. The thin-film approximation which results from the simplification of the Navier-Stokes equations accounts for the surface wettability through a contact line force model which enables to describe film-to-rivulet transition and film separation. After validating the thin film model with a Nusselt solution of a steady state laminar flow over a vertical plate, the transition from spray to rivulet is simulated on a cylinder with 3 wettabilities: hydrophilic, hydrophobic and superhydrophobic. The spray impingement on the cylinder is carried out in 2 configurations (i) vertical where a gravity-driven rivulet is formed on the cylinder side, and (ii) horizontal where the spray impacts on the cylinder under the effect of airflow. In addition to the simulations, these two configurations are investigated experimentally using a high speed camera and a small scale icing wind tunnel

  13. Recovery of polypropylene and polyethylene from packaging plastic wastes without contamination of chlorinated plastic films by the combination process of wet gravity separation and ozonation.

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    Reddy, Mallampati Srinivasa; Okuda, Tetsuji; Nakai, Satoshi; Nishijima, Wataru; Okada, Mitsumasa

    2011-08-01

    Wet gravity separation technique has been regularly practiced to separate the polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) (light plastic films) from chlorinated plastic films (CP films) (heavy plastic films). The CP films including poly vinyl chloride (PVC) and poly vinylidene chloride (PVDC) would float in water even though its density is more than 1.0g/cm(3). This is because films are twisted in which air is sometimes entrapped inside the twisted CP films in real existing recycling plant. The present research improves the current process in separating the PP and PE from plastic packaging waste (PPW), by reducing entrapped air and by increasing the hydrophilicity of the CP films surface with ozonation. The present research also measures the hydrophilicity of the CP films. In ozonation process mixing of artificial films up to 10min reduces the contact angle from 78° to 62°, and also increases the hydrophilicity of CP films. The previous studies also performed show that the artificial PVDC films easily settle down by the same. The effect of ozonation after the wet gravity separation on light PPW films obtained from an actual PPW recycling plant was also evaluated. Although actual light PPW films contained 1.3% of CP films however in present case all the CP films were removed from the PPW films as a settled fraction in the combination process of ozonation and wet gravity separation. The combination process of ozonation and wet gravity separation is the more beneficial process in recovering of high purity PP and PE films from the PPW films. PMID:21530222

  14. BST-CarGel® Treatment Maintains Cartilage Repair Superiority over Microfracture at 5 Years in a Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial

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    Stanish, William D.; McCormack, Robert; Forriol, Francisco; Mohtadi, Nicholas; Pelet, Stéphane; Desnoyers, Jacques; Méthot, Stéphane; Vehik, Kendra; Restrepo, Alberto

    2015-01-01

    Objective The efficacy and safety of BST-CarGel®, a chitosan scaffold for cartilage repair was compared with microfracture alone at 1 year during a multicenter randomized controlled trial in the knee. This report was undertaken to investigate 5-year structural and clinical outcomes. Design The international randomized controlled trial enrolled 80 patients, aged 18 to 55 years, with grade III or IV focal lesions on the femoral condyles. Patients were randomized to receive BST-CarGel® treatment or microfracture alone, and followed standardized 12-week rehabilitation. Co-primary endpoints of repair tissue quantity and quality were evaluated by 3-dimensional MRI quantification of the degree of lesion filling (%) and T2 relaxation times. Secondary endpoints were clinical benefit measured with WOMAC (Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index) questionnaires and safety. General estimating equations were used for longitudinal statistical analysis of repeated measures. Results Blinded MRI analysis demonstrated that BST-CarGel®-treated patients showed a significantly greater treatment effect for lesion filling (P = 0.017) over 5 years compared with microfracture alone. A significantly greater treatment effect for BST-CarGel® was also found for repair tissue T2 relaxation times (P = 0.026), which were closer to native cartilage compared to the microfracture group. BST-CarGel® and microfracture groups showed highly significant improvement at 5 years from pretreatment baseline for each WOMAC subscale (P < 0.0001), and there were no differences between the treatment groups. Safety was comparable for both groups. Conclusions BST-CarGel® was shown to be an effective mid-term cartilage repair treatment. At 5 years, BST-CarGel® treatment resulted in sustained and significantly superior repair tissue quantity and quality over microfracture alone. Clinical benefit following BST-CarGel® and microfracture treatment were highly significant over baseline

  15. Effect of farm and simulated laboratory cold environmental conditions on the performance and physiological responses of lactating dairy cows supplemented with bovine somatotropin (BST)

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    Becker, B. A.; Johnson, H. D.; Li, R.; Collier, R. J.

    1990-09-01

    A study was conducted to evaluate the effect of bovine somatotropin (BST) supplementation in twelve lactating dairy cows maintained in cold environmental conditions. Six cows were injected daily with 25 mg of BST; the other six were injected with a control vehicle. Cows were maintained under standard dairy management during mid-winter for 30 days. Milk production was recorded twice daily, and blood samples were taken weekly. Animals were then transferred to environmentally controlled chambers and exposed to cycling thermoneutral (15° to 20° C) and cycling cold (-5° to +5° C) temperatures for 10 days in a split-reversal design. Milk production, feed and water intake, body weights and rectal temperatures were monitored. Blood samples were taken on days 1, 3, 5, 8 and 10 of each period and analyzed for plasma triiodothyronine (T3), thyroxine (T4), cortisol, insulin and prolactin. Under farm conditions, BST-treated cows produced 11% more milk than control-treated cows and in environmentally controlled chambers produced 17.4% more milk. No differences due to BST in feed or water intake, body weights or rectal temperatures were found under laboratory conditions. Plasma T3 and insulin increased due to BST treatment while no effect was found on cortisol, prolactin or T4. The results showed that the benefits of BST supplementation in lactating dairy cows were achieved under cold environmental conditions.

  16. Synergy in Extraction System Chemistry: Combining Configurational Entropy, Film Bending, and Perturbation of Complexation.

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    Rey, J; Dourdain, S; Berthon, L; Jestin, J; Pellet-Rostaing, S; Zemb, T

    2015-06-30

    Iron-uranium selectivity in liquid-liquid extraction depends not only on the mole fraction of extractants, but also on the nature of the diluent used, even if the diluent has no complexation interaction with the extracted ions. Modeling strong nonlinearity is difficult to parametrize without a large number of parameters, interpreted as "apparent constants". We determine in this paper the synergy curve versus mole fraction of HDEHP-TOPO (di(2-ethylexyl) phosphoric acid/tri-n-octyl phosphine oxide) and compare the free energy of aggregation to the free energy of extraction in various diluents. There is always a concomitant maximum of the two quantities, but with a gradual influence on intensity. The diluent is wetting the chains of the reverse aggregates responsible of the extraction. We show here that the intensity of the unexplained synergy peak is strongly dependent on the "penetrating" or "nonpenetrating" nature of the diluent. This experimental determination allows us to attribute the synergy to a combination of entropic effects favoring extraction, opposed to perturbation of the first coordination sphere by penetration as well as surfactant film bending energy. PMID:26053416

  17. BstYI bound to noncognate DNA reveals a "hemispecific" complex: implications for DNA scanning.

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    Townson, Sharon A; Samuelson, James C; Bao, Yongming; Xu, Shuang-Yong; Aggarwal, Aneel K

    2007-04-01

    DNA recognition by proteins is essential for specific expression of genes in a living organism. En route to a target DNA site, a protein will often sample noncognate DNA sites through nonspecific protein-DNA interactions, resulting in a variety of conformationally different binding states. We present here the crystal structure of endonuclease BstYI bound to a noncognate DNA. Surprisingly, the structure reveals the enzyme in a "hemispecific" binding state on the pathway between nonspecific and specific recognition. A single base pair change in the DNA abolishes binding of only one monomer, with the second monomer bound specifically. We show that the enzyme binds essentially as a rigid body, and that one end of the DNA is accommodated loosely in the binding cleft while the other end is held tightly. Another intriguing feature of the structure is Ser172, which has a dual role in establishing nonspecific and specific contacts. Taken together, the structure provides a snapshot of an enzyme in a "paused" intermediate state that may be part of a more general mechanism of scanning DNA. PMID:17437717

  18. Tetherin/BST-2 promotes dendritic cell activation and function during acute retrovirus infection

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    Li, Sam X.; Barrett, Bradley S.; Guo, Kejun; Kassiotis, George; Hasenkrug, Kim J.; Dittmer, Ulf; Gibbert, Kathrin; Santiago, Mario L.

    2016-01-01

    Tetherin/BST-2 is a host restriction factor that inhibits retrovirus release from infected cells in vitro by tethering nascent virions to the plasma membrane. However, contradictory data exists on whether Tetherin inhibits acute retrovirus infection in vivo. Previously, we reported that Tetherin-mediated inhibition of Friend retrovirus (FV) replication at 2 weeks post-infection correlated with stronger natural killer, CD4+ T and CD8+ T cell responses. Here, we further investigated the role of Tetherin in counteracting retrovirus replication in vivo. FV infection levels were similar between wild-type (WT) and Tetherin KO mice at 3 to 7 days post-infection despite removal of a potent restriction factor, Apobec3/Rfv3. However, during this phase of acute infection, Tetherin enhanced myeloid dendritic cell (DC) function. DCs from infected, but not uninfected, WT mice expressed significantly higher MHC class II and the co-stimulatory molecule CD80 compared to Tetherin KO DCs. Tetherin-associated DC activation during acute FV infection correlated with stronger NK cell responses. Furthermore, Tetherin+ DCs from FV-infected mice more strongly stimulated FV-specific CD4+ T cells ex vivo compared to Tetherin KO DCs. The results link the antiretroviral and immunomodulatory activity of Tetherin in vivo to improved DC activation and MHC class II antigen presentation. PMID:26846717

  19. Low temperature plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition of thin films combining mechanical stiffness, electrical insulation, and homogeneity in microcavities

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    Peter, S.; Guenther, M.; Hauschild, D.; Richter, F.

    2010-08-15

    The deposition of hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H) as well as hydrogenated amorphous silicon carbonitride (SiCN:H) films was investigated in view of a simultaneous realization of a minimum Young's modulus (>70 GPa), a high electrical insulation ({>=}1 MV/cm), a low permittivity and the uniform coverage of microcavities with submillimeter dimensions. For the a-C:H deposition the precursors methane (CH{sub 4}) and acetylene (C{sub 2}H{sub 2}) were used, while SiCN:H films were deposited from mixtures of trimethylsilane [SiH(CH{sub 3}){sub 3}] with nitrogen and argon. To realize the deposition of micrometer thick films with the aforementioned complex requirements at substrate temperatures {<=}200 deg. C, several plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition methods were investigated: the capacitively coupled rf discharge and the microwave electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) plasma, combined with two types of pulsed substrate bias. SiCN:H films deposited at about 1 Pa from ECR plasmas with pulsed high-voltage bias best met the requirements. Pulsed biasing with pulse periods of about 1 {mu}s and amplitudes of about -2 kV was found to be most advantageous for the conformal low temperature coating of the microtrenches, thereby ensuring the required mechanical and insulating film properties.

  20. Mutation of Glycosylation Sites in BST-2 Leads to Its Accumulation at Intracellular CD63-Positive Vesicles without Affecting Its Antiviral Activity against Multivesicular Body-Targeted HIV-1 and Hepatitis B Virus

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    Han, Zhu; Lv, Mingyu; Shi, Ying; Yu, Jinghua; Niu, Junqi; Yu, Xiao-Fang; Zhang, Wenyan

    2016-01-01

    BST-2/tetherin blocks the release of various enveloped viruses including HIV-1 with a “physical tethering” model. The detailed contribution of N-linked glycosylation to this model is controversial. Here, we confirmed that mutation of glycosylation sites exerted an effect of post-translational mis-trafficking, leading to an accumulation of BST-2 at intracellular CD63-positive vesicles. BST-2 with this phenotype potently inhibited the release of multivesicular body-targeted HIV-1 and hepatitis B virus, without affecting the co-localization of BST-2 with EEA1 and LAMP1. These results suggest that N-linked glycosylation of human BST-2 is dispensable for intracellular virion retention and imply that this recently discovered intracellular tethering function may be evolutionarily distinguished from the canonical antiviral function of BST-2 by tethering nascent virions at the cell surface. PMID:26938549

  1. Study of Doped ZnO Films Synthesized by Combining Vapor Gases and Pulsed Laser Deposition

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    Zhu, Shen; Su, Ching-Hua; Lehoczky, Sandor L.; George, M. A.

    2000-01-01

    The properties and structure of the ZnO material are similar to those of the GaN. Since an excitonic binding energy of ZnO is about 60 meV, it has strong potential for excitonic lasing at the room temperature. This makes synthesizing ZnO films for applications attractive. However, there are several hurdles in fabricating electro-optical devices from ZnO. One of those is in growing doped p-type ZnO films. Although techniques have been developed for the doping of both p-type and n-type ZnO, this remains an area that can be improved. In this presentation, we will report the experimental results of using both thermal vapor and pulsed laser deposition to grow doped ZnO films. The films are deposited on (0001) sapphire, (001) Si and quartz substrates by ablating a ZnO target. The group III and V elements are introduced into the growth chamber using inner gases. Films are characterized by x-ray diffraction, scanning probe microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, Auger electron spectroscopy, and electrical measurements. The full width at half maximum of theta rocking curves for epitaxial films is less than 0.5 deg. In textured films, it rises to several degrees. Film surface morphology reveals an island growth pattern, but the size and density of these islands vary with the composition of the reactive gases. The electrical resistivity also changes with the doped elements. The relationship between the doping elements, gas composition, and film properties will be discussed.

  2. Transparent and flexible conducting hybrid film combined with 3-Aminopropyltriethoxysilane-coated polymer and graphene

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    Jung, Daesung; Ko, Yong-Hun; Cho, Jumi; Adhikari, Prashanta Dhoj; Lee, Su Il; Kim, Yooseok; Song, Wooseok; Jung, Min Wook; Jang, Sung Won; Lee, Seung Youb; An, Ki-Seok; Park, Chong-Yun

    2015-12-01

    A simple approach to fabricate graphene hybrid film consisted of Graphene/3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES)/polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is presented, using self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) for enhancement of conductivity. The SAMs of APTES was prepared on ultraviolet-ozone (UVO)-irradiated PET films via wet chemical technique. The density of APTES was saturated after UV treatment time of 1 h for PET films; the carrier density and the optical transmittance were 9.3 × 10 12/cm2 and 82% for pristine graphene and 1.16 × 1013/cm2 and 86% for graphene hybrid films, respectively, and experienced at inflection point at 30 min in UV treatment time. This behavior can be explained by surface morphology transition due to coalescence or clustering of mobile and low-molecular-weight oxidized components of PET.

  3. High-yield radiography of the maxillofacial complex using the free focus and conventional imaging concepts. The resolution performance of nonscreen and screen-film combinations.

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    Jensen, T W; Goldberg, A J; Randall, G J

    1983-09-01

    Free focus radiography with miniaturized dental x-ray machines may be a valuable source of "high-yield" diagnostic information in dentistry. This study evaluated the resolution performance of conventional image receptors, including nonscreen and screen-film combinations which were available in sizes suitable for panoramic free focus radiography or conventional extraoral radiography. Results with nonscreen films produced resolution performances ranging from about 10 lp/mm. to about 20 lp/mm. For each film tested, the performances in conventional radiography as well as in free focus radiography with the film in the buccal fold approached the maximum measurable of 20 lp/mm. In a mode of free focus radiography with the film positioned extraorally, there were significant variations in performance according to film brand. A significant reduction in resolution performance occurred when screen-film combinations were tested; resolution ranged between 4.0 lp/mm. and 7.4 lp/mm., with the better performance obtained with free focus radiography. The performance of a rare earth system was similar to other screen-film combinations tested in conventional radiography. In free focus radiography the performance of the rare earth system was slightly below the mean resolution for conventional screen-film combinations at 4.0 lp/mm. and 4.3 lp/mm. An example of a small cassette adapted for intraoral use was given. PMID:6579466

  4. Experimental study of ultra-thin films mechanical integrity by combined nanoindentation and nano-acoustic emission

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    Zhang, Zihou

    Advancement of interconnect technology has imposed significant challenge on interface characterization and reliability for blurred interfaces between layers. There is a need for material properties and these miniaturized length scales and assessment of reliability; including the intrinsic film fracture toughness and the interfacial fracture toughness. The nano-meter range of film thicknesses currently employed, impose significant challenges on evaluating these physical quantities and thereby impose significant challenge on the design cycle. In this study we attempted to use a combined nano-indentation and nano-acoustic emission to qualitatively and quantitatively characterize the failure modes in ultra-thin blanket films on Si substrates or stakes of different characteristics. We have performed and analyzed an exhaustive group of testes that cove many diverge combination of film-substrate combination, provided by both Intel and IBM. When the force-indentation depth curve shows excursion, a direct measure of the total energy release rate is estimated. The collected acoustic emission signal is then used to partition the total energy into two segments, one associated with the cohesive fracture toughness of the film and the other is for the adhesive fracture toughness of the interface. The acoustic emission signal is analyzed in both the time and frequency domain to achieve such energy division. In particular, the signal time domain analysis for signal skewness, time of arrival and total energy content are employed with the proper signal to noise ratio. In the frequency domain, an expansive group of acoustic emission signals are utilized to construct the details of the power spectral density. A bank of band-pass filters are designed to sort the individual signals to those associated with adhesive interlayer cracking, cohesive channel cracking, or other system induced noise. The attenuation time and the energy content within each spectral frequency were the key elements

  5. Growth of ternary PbTiOx films in a combination of binary oxide atomic layer depositions

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    Watanabe, Takayuki; Hoffmann-Eifert, Susanne; Mi, Shaobo; Jia, Chunlin; Waser, Rainer; Hwang, Cheol Seong

    2007-01-01

    Ternary PbTiOx films were deposited at 240°C on Pt-covered Si substrates using a combination of liquid injection atomic layer depositions of binary TiOx and PbO films. Ti(OC3H7)2(C11H19O2)2 [Ti(Oi-Pr)2(DPM)2] and Pb(C11H19O2)2 [Pb(DPM)2] dissolved in ethylcyclohexane and H2O were used as source materials. The deposition rates of Pb and Ti were enhanced in the ternary process compared to their binary processes under comparable deposition conditions. The Pb /Ti ratio of PbTiOx films saturated with an increase in Ti precursor input, while it continued to increase with an increasing Pb precursor input. The self-regulated growth nature of the Pb-O layer in the binary film growth was lost in the mixed PbTiOx process as a result of interaction with the predeposited Ti-O layer. It was confirmed that for the PbTiOx film to grow on Pt substrates, an initial incubation period is required. Both Pb-O and Ti-O layers shared a common incubation period of up to ten sequences. The incubation period was shortened by increasing the input of Pb precursor. It was independent of the input of the Ti precursor and the order of precursor supply. This variable incubation period was considered as a potential key issue for growing stoichiometric and uniform multicomponent films over three-dimensional (3D) structures. The order of precursor supply affected the effective deposition rate after the incubation period. A sequence starting with a Ti precursor injection showed a higher growth rate than a sequence that started with a Pb precursor supply. A PbTiOx film was deposited on a 3D substrate precoated with an Ir layer to demonstrate the uniformity in film thickness and cation composition. Although the present PbTiOx process does not have an ideal wide-process window in the cation composition, the PbTiOx film showed uniform coverage and the distribution of cation composition over the hole structure was within ±10%.

  6. Physicochemical and in vitro biocompatibility of films combining reconstituted bacterial cellulose with arabinogalactan and xyloglucan.

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    Lucyszyn, Neoli; Ono, Lucy; Lubambo, Adriana Freire; Woehl, Marco A; Sens, Camila V; de Souza, Clayton F; Sierakowski, Maria Rita

    2016-10-20

    Reconstituted cellulose films were generated using residual bacterial cellulose membranes mechanically defibrillated (RBC fibrils) recycled following wound dressing production via a dry-cast process. Arabinogalactan (AG) extracted from Pereskia aculeata leaves and/or a xyloglucan (GHXG) from Guibourtia hymenifolia seeds were incorporating into the RBC at various compositions, and new films were created using the same process. Biocomposite properties were evaluated by scanning electron microscopy, contact angle (CA), and X-ray diffraction measurements. The attachment and proliferation of murine L929 fibroblasts on RBC and RBC/Hydrocolloids (HD) were also evaluated. RBC films with 20-30% GHXG replacement improved film stability and the inclusion of HD increased microfiber aggregation and reduced porous regions. Changes in the hydrophilic characteristics were also observed and owing to the adhesion effect the inclusion of HD on RBC led to a statistically significant effect of the mechanical properties of films. The RBC/AG films supported L929 adhesion similar to that observed for commercial bacterial cellulose, indicating their potential use for biomedical applications. PMID:27474637

  7. Improved Dielectric Properties of Heterostructured Ba2.5Sr0.5TiO3 Thin Film Composites for Microwave Dielectric Devices

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    Jain, M.; Majumder, S. B.; Katiyar, R. S.; Bhalla, A. S.; Agrawal, D. C.; Kulkarni, V. N.; VanKeuls, F. W.; Miranda, F. A.; Romanofsky, R. R.; Mueller, C. H.; Fernandez, F.

    2002-01-01

    In the present work we have deposited MgO and Ba(sub 0.5)Sr(sub 0.5)TiO(sub 3)(BST50) thin layers in different sequences to make MgO:BST50 hetero-structured thin films. These films were characterized by X-ray diffraction and Rutherford backscattering technique and found to be highly (100) textured. The figure of merit {(C(sub0)-C(sub v)/(C(sub0-tandelta)} of the hetero-structured films was found to be higher as compared to pure BST50 films measured at 1 MHz frequency with electric field of 25.3 kV/cm. These films were used to make eight element coupled micro-strip phase shifter and characterized in a frequency range of 13-15 GHz. The high frequency figure of merit (kappa factor, defined as the ratio of degree of phase shift per dB loss) measured at around 14 GHz with electric field of 333 kV/cm has been markedly improved (around 64.28 deg/dB for hetero-structured film as compared to 24.65 deg /dB for pure film). Improvement in dielectric properties in a wide frequency range in the MgO:BST are believed to be due to the higher densification of the hetero-structured films.

  8. Towards producing novel fish gelatin films by combination treatments of ultraviolet radiation and sugars (ribose and lactose) as cross-linking agents.

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    Bhat, Rajeev; Karim, A A

    2014-07-01

    Developing novel fish gelatin films with better mechanical properties than mammalian gelatin is a challenging but promising endeavor. Studies were undertaken to produce fish gelatin films by combining treatments with different sugars (ribose and lactose) followed 'by' 'and' ultraviolet (UV) radiation, as possible cross-linking agents. Increase in tensile strength and percent elongation at break was recorded, which was more significant in films without sugars that were exposed to UV radiation. Films with added ribose showed decreased solubility after UV treatment and exhibited higher swelling percentage than films with added lactose, which readily dissolved in water. FTIR spectra of all the films showed identical patterns, which indicated no major changes to have occurred in the functional groups as a result of interaction between gelatin, sugars and UV irradiation. The results of this study could be explored for commercial use, depending on industrial needs for either production of edible films or for food packaging purposes. PMID:24966426

  9. Measurement of bovine somatotropin (bST) and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) in bovine milk using an electrochemiluminescent assay.

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    McGrath, Michael F; Bogosian, Gregg; Fabellar, Anabella C; Staub, Robin L; Vicini, John L; Widger, Leslie A

    2008-08-27

    Bovine somatotropin (bST) and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) are peptide hormones that are involved in the regulation of milk production in dairy cows. Because these hormones are present at extremely low concentration in fresh and processed bovine milk, a highly sensitive and specific electrochemiluminescent immunoassay (ECLIA) has been developed to better estimate the concentration of these hormones in milk. The assay employs an imager, a capture antibody bound to a carbon electrode, and a detection antibody coupled to a ruthenium label. In the presence of tripropylamine and an electric pulse, ruthenium generates light proportional to the amount of antigen bound, and the light is captured as signal by a charge-coupled device (CCD) camera. Using bovine milk as the starting matrix, 99.69% of bST and 104.79% of IGF-1 were recoverable. The limit of detection (LOD) was <5 pg/mL for bST and <1 pg/mL for IGF-1. The limit of quantification (LOQ) was <14 pg/mL for bST in milk and <2 pg/mL of IGF-1. The assay is highly specific and shows <0.2% cross-reactivity with other peptide hormones found in bovine milk such as insulin and IGF-2. These data indicate this new, ECLIA is highly sensitive and specific for estimating the concentration of bST or IGF-1 in milk. PMID:18671399

  10. Investigation of cracks in GaN films grown by combined hydride and metal organic vapor-phase epitaxial method

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    2011-01-01

    Cracks appeared in GaN epitaxial layers which were grown by a novel method combining metal organic vapor-phase epitaxy (MOCVD) and hydride vapor-phase epitaxy (HVPE) in one chamber. The origin of cracks in a 22-μm thick GaN film was fully investigated by high-resolution X-ray diffraction (XRD), micro-Raman spectra, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Many cracks under the surface were first observed by SEM after etching for 10 min. By investigating the cross section of the sample with high-resolution micro-Raman spectra, the distribution of the stress along the depth was determined. From the interface of the film/substrate to the top surface of the film, several turnings were found. A large compressive stress existed at the interface. The stress went down as the detecting area was moved up from the interface to the overlayer, and it was maintained at a large value for a long depth area. Then it went down again, and it finally increased near the top surface. The cross-section of the film was observed after cleaving and etching for 2 min. It was found that the crystal quality of the healed part was nearly the same as the uncracked region. This indicated that cracking occurred in the growth, when the tensile stress accumulated and reached the critical value. Moreover, the cracks would heal because of high lateral growth rate. PMID:21711601

  11. Multicomponent doped barium strontium titanate thin films for tunable microwave applications

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    Alema, Fikadu Legesse

    In recent years there has been enormous progress in the development of barium strontium titanate (BST) films for tunable microwave applications. However, the properties of BST films still remain inferior compared to bulk materials, limiting their use for microwave technology. Understanding the film/substrate mismatch, microstructure, and stoichiometry of BST films and finding the necessary remedies are vital. In this work, BST films were deposited via radio frequency magnetron sputtering method and characterized both analytically and electrically with the aim of optimizing their properties. The stoichiometry, crystal structure, and phase purity of the films were studied by varying the oxygen partial pressure (OPP) and total gas pressure (TGP) in the chamber. A better stoichiometric match between film and target was achieved when the TGP is high (> 30 mTorr). However, the O2/Ar ratio should be adjusted as exceeding a threshold of 2 mTorr in OPP facilitates the formation of secondary phases. The growth of crystalline film on platinized substrates was achieved only with a lower temperature grown buffer layer, which acts as a seed layer by crystallizing when the temperature increases. Concurrent Mg/Nb doping has significantly improved the properties of BST thin films. The doped film has shown an average tunability of 53%, which is only ˜8 % lower than the value for the undoped film. This drop is associated with the Mg ions whose detrimental effects are partially compensated by Nb ions. Conversely, the doping has reduced the dielectric loss by ˜40 % leading to a higher figure of merit. Moreover, the two dopants ensure a charge neutrality condition which resulted in significant leakage current reduction. The presence of large amounts of empty shallow traps related to Nb Ti localize the free carriers injected from the contacts; thus increase the device control voltage substantially (>10 V). A combinatorial thin film synthesis method based on co-sputtering of two BST

  12. Stiffness, strength, and ductility of nanoscale thin films and membranes: a combined wrinkling-cracking methodology.

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    Chung, Jun Young; Lee, Jung-Hyun; Beers, Kathryn L; Stafford, Christopher M

    2011-08-10

    We establish and validate a measurement method based on wrinkling-cracking phenomena that allows unambiguous measurements of three fundamental mechanical properties in nanoscale thin film geometries, including elastic modulus, strength, and fracture strain. In addition to polymer and metal thin films, the method is applied to the active nanolayers of a composite reverse osmosis membrane before and after chlorination, illustrating the ability to detect a ductile-to-brittle transition in these materials indicative of "embrittlement", a behavior that impairs long-term durability and is detrimental to membrane performance. PMID:21761850

  13. Dielectric properties of BaMg1/3Nb2/3O3 doped Ba0.45Sr0.55Tio3 thin films for tunable microwave applications

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    Alema, Fikadu; Pokhodnya, Konstantin

    2015-11-01

    Ba(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3 (BMN) doped and undoped Ba0.45Sr0.55TiO3 (BST) thin films were deposited via radio frequency magnetron sputtering on Pt/TiO2/SiO2/Al2O3 substrates. The surface morphology and chemical state analyses of the films have shown that the BMN doped BST film has a smoother surface with reduced oxygen vacancy, resulting in an improved insulating properties of the BST film. Dielectric tunability, loss, and leakage current (LC) of the undoped and BMN doped BST thin films were studied. The BMN dopant has remarkably reduced the dielectric loss (˜38%) with no significant effect on the tunability of the BST film, leading to an increase in figure of merit (FOM). This is attributed to the opposing behavior of large Mg2+ whose detrimental effect on tunability is partially compensated by small Nb5+ as the two substitute Ti4+ in the BST. The coupling between MgTi″ and VO•• charged defects suppresses the dielectric loss in the film by cutting electrons from hopping between Ti ions. The LC of the films was investigated in the temperature range of 300-450K. A reduced LC measured for the BMN doped BST film was correlated to the formation of defect dipoles from MgTi″, VO•• and NbTi• charged defects. The carrier transport properties of the films were analyzed in light of Schottky thermionic emission (SE) and Poole-Frenkel (PF) emission mechanisms. The result indicated that while the carrier transport mechanism in the undoped film is interface limited (SE), the conduction in the BMN doped film was dominated by bulk processes (PF). The change of the conduction mechanism from SE to PF as a result of BMN doping is attributed to the presence of uncoupled NbTi• sitting as a positive trap center at the shallow donor level of the BST.

  14. Scanning electrochemical microscopy. 36. A combined scanning electrochemical microscope-quartz crystal microbalance instrument for studying thin films.

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    Cliffel, D E; Bard, A J

    1998-05-01

    The design of a combined scanning electrochemical microscope-quartz crystal microbalance (SECM-QCM) with separate potential control of the tip and substrate is described. Both lateral and vertical tip movements near the substrate affect the QCM resonant frequency because of perturbations of the longitudinal and shear waves of the quartz crystal (QC) acoustic wave sensor. The SECM-QCM was used to study etching of a thin Ag layer deposited on the QC contact by generating an etchant, iron(III) tris(bipyridine), at the tip near the surface. The SECM-QCM was also used to monitor film mass and surrounding electrolyte composition during potential cycling of a film of C(60) on an electrode. PMID:21651290

  15. Rapid low-temperature processing of metal-oxide thin film transistors with combined far ultraviolet and thermal annealing

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    Leppäniemi, J. Ojanperä, K.; Kololuoma, T.; Huttunen, O.-H.; Majumdar, H.; Alastalo, A.; Dahl, J.; Tuominen, M.; Laukkanen, P.

    2014-09-15

    We propose a combined far ultraviolet (FUV) and thermal annealing method of metal-nitrate-based precursor solutions that allows efficient conversion of the precursor to metal-oxide semiconductor (indium zinc oxide, IZO, and indium oxide, In{sub 2}O{sub 3}) both at low-temperature and in short processing time. The combined annealing method enables a reduction of more than 100 °C in annealing temperature when compared to thermally annealed reference thin-film transistor (TFT) devices of similar performance. Amorphous IZO films annealed at 250 °C with FUV for 5 min yield enhancement-mode TFTs with saturation mobility of ∼1 cm{sup 2}/(V·s). Amorphous In{sub 2}O{sub 3} films annealed for 15 min with FUV at temperatures of 180 °C and 200 °C yield TFTs with low-hysteresis and saturation mobility of 3.2 cm{sup 2}/(V·s) and 7.5 cm{sup 2}/(V·s), respectively. The precursor condensation process is clarified with x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements. Introducing the FUV irradiation at 160 nm expedites the condensation process via in situ hydroxyl radical generation that results in the rapid formation of a continuous metal-oxygen-metal structure in the film. The results of this paper are relevant in order to upscale printed electronics fabrication to production-scale roll-to-roll environments.

  16. Surgery combined with controlled-release doxorubicin silk films as a treatment strategy in an orthotopic neuroblastoma mouse model

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    Chiu, B; Coburn, J; Pilichowska, M; Holcroft, C; Seib, F P; Charest, A; Kaplan, D L

    2014-01-01

    Background: Neuroblastoma tumour resection goal is maximal tumour removal. We hypothesise that combining surgery with sustained, local doxorubicin application can control tumour growth. Methods: We injected human neuroblastoma cells into immunocompromised mouse adrenal gland. When KELLY cell-induced tumour volume was >300 mm3, 80–90% of tumour was resected and treated as follows: instantaneous-release silk film with 100 μg doxorubicin (100IR), controlled-release film with 200 μg (200CR) over residual tumour bed; and 100 and 200 μg intravenous doxorubicin (100IV and 200IV). Tumour volume was measured and histology analysed. Results: Orthotopic tumours formed with KELLY, SK-N-AS, IMR-32, SH-SY5Y cells. Tumours reached 1800±180 mm3 after 28 days, 2200±290 mm3 after 35 days, 1280±260 mm3 after 63 days, and 1700±360 mm3 after 84 days, respectively. At 3 days post KELLY tumour resection, tumour volumes were similar across all groups (P=0.6210). Tumour growth rate was similar in untreated vs control film, 100IV vs 100IR, and 100IV vs 200IV. There was significant difference in 100IR vs 200CR (P=0.0004) and 200IV vs 200CR (P=0.0003). Tumour growth with all doxorubicin groups was slower than that of control (P: <0.0001–0.0069). At the interface of the 200CR film and tumour, there was cellular necrosis, surrounded by apoptotic cells before reaching viable tumour cells. Conclusions: Combining surgical resection and sustained local doxorubicin treatment is effective in tumour control. Administering doxorubicin in a local, controlled manner is superior to giving an equivalent intravenous dose in tumour control. PMID:24921912

  17. Piezoelectric response of a PZT thin film to magnetic fields from permanent magnet and coil combination

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    Guiffard, B.; Seveno, R.

    2015-01-01

    In this study, we report the magnetically induced electric field E 3 in Pb(Zr0.57Ti0.43)O3 (PZT) thin films, when they are subjected to both dynamic magnetic induction (magnitude B ac at 45 kHz) and static magnetic induction ( B dc) generated by a coil and a single permanent magnet, respectively. It is found that highest sensitivity to B dc——is achieved for the thin film with largest effective electrode. This magnetoelectric (ME) effect is interpreted in terms of coupling between eddy current-induced Lorentz forces (stress) in the electrodes of PZT and piezoelectricity. Such coupling was evidenced by convenient modelling of experimental variations of electric field magnitude with both B ac and B dc induction magnitudes, providing imperfect open circuit condition was considered. Phase angle of E 3 versus B dc could also be modelled. At last, the results show that similar to multilayered piezoelectric-magnetostrictive composite film, a PZT thin film made with a simple manufacturing process can behave as a static or dynamic magnetic field sensor. In this latter case, a large ME voltage coefficient of under B dc = 0.3 T was found. All these results may provide promising low-cost magnetic energy harvesting applications with microsized systems.

  18. Materials science and integration bases for fabrication of (BaxSr1-x)TiO3 thin film capacitors with layered Cu-based electrodes

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    Fan, W.; Kabius, B.; Hiller, J. M.; Saha, S.; Carlisle, J. A.; Auciello, O.; Chang, R. P. H.; Ramesh, R.

    2003-11-01

    The synthesis and fundamental material properties of layered TiAl/Cu/Ta electrodes were investigated to achieve the integration of Cu electrodes with high-dielectric constant (κ) oxide thin films for application to the fabrication of high-frequency devices. The Ta layer is an excellent diffusion barrier to inhibit deleterious Cu diffusion into the Si substrate, while the TiAl layer provides an excellent barrier against oxygen diffusion into the Cu layer to inhibit Cu oxidation during the growth of the high-κ layer in an oxygen atmosphere. Polycrystalline (BaxSr1-x)TiO3 (BST) thin films were grown on the Cu-based bottom electrode by rf magnetron sputtering at temperatures in the range 400-600 °C in oxygen, to investigate the performance of BST/Cu-based capacitors. Characterization of the Cu-based layered structure using surface analytical methods showed that two amorphous oxide layers were formed on both sides of the TiAl barrier, such that the oxide layer on the free surface of the TiAl layer correlates with TiAlOx, while the oxide layer at the TiAl/Cu interface is an Al2O3-rich layer. This double amorphous barrier layer structure effectively prevents oxygen penetration towards the underlying Cu and Ta layers. The TiAlOx interfacial layer, which has a relatively low dielectric constant compared with BST, reduced the total capacitance of the BST thin film capacitors. In addition, the layered electrode-oxide interface roughening observed during the growth of BST films at high temperature, due to copper grain growth, resulted in large dielectric loss on the fabricated BST capacitors. These problems were solved by growing the BST layer at 450 °C followed by a rapid thermal annealing at 700 °C. This process significantly reduced the thickness of the TiAlOx layer and interface roughness resulting in BST capacitors exhibiting properties suitable for the fabrication of high-performance high-frequency devices. In summary, relatively high dielectric constant (280), low

  19. Switchable and tunable film bulk acoustic resonator fabricated using barium strontium titanate active layer and Ta2O5/SiO2 acoustic reflector

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    Sbrockey, N. M.; Kalkur, T. S.; Mansour, A.; Khassaf, H.; Yu, H.; Aindow, M.; Alpay, S. P.; Tompa, G. S.

    2016-08-01

    A solidly mounted acoustic resonator was fabricated using a Ba0.60Sr0.40TiO3 (BST) film deposited by metal organic chemical vapor deposition. The device was acoustically isolated from the substrate using a Bragg reflector consisting of three pairs of Ta2O5/SiO2 layers deposited by chemical solution deposition. Transmission electron microscopy verified that the Bragg reflector was not affected by the high temperatures and oxidizing conditions necessary to process high quality BST films. Electrical characterization of the resonator demonstrated a quality factor (Q) of 320 and an electromechanical coupling coefficient (Kt2) of 7.0% at 11 V.

  20. Combination of porous silica monolith and gold thin films for electrode material of supercapacitor

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    Pastre, A.; Cristini-Robbe, O.; Boé, A.; Raulin, K.; Branzea, D.; El Hamzaoui, H.; Kinowski, C.; Rolland, N.; Bernard, R.

    2015-12-01

    An all-solid electrical double layer supercapacitor was prepared, starting from a porous silica matrix coated with a gold thin-film. The metallization of the silica xerogel was performed by an original wet chemical process, based on the controlled growth of gold nanoparticles on two opposite faces of the silica monolith as a seed layer, followed by an electroless deposition of a continuous gold thin film. The thickness of the metallic thin film was assessed to be 700 nm. The silica plays two major roles: (1) it is used as a porous matrix for the gold electrode, creating a large specific surface area, and (2) it acts as a separator (non-metallized part of the silica). The silica monolith was soaked in a polyvinyl alcohol and phosphoric acid mixture which is used as polymer electrolyte. Capacitance effect was demonstrated by cyclic voltammetry experiments. The specific capacitance was found to be equal to 0.95 mF cm- 2 (9.5 F g-1). No major degradation occurs within more than 3000 cycles.

  1. Improving Drug Loading of Mucosal Solvent Cast Films Using a Combination of Hydrophilic Polymers with Amoxicillin and Paracetamol as Model Drugs

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    Kianfar, Farnoosh

    2013-01-01

    Solvent cast mucosal films with improved drug loading have been developed by combining carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC), sodium alginate (SA), and carrageenan (CAR) using paracetamol and amoxicillin as model drugs and glycerol (GLY) as plasticizer. Films were characterized using X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), folding resilience, swelling capacity, mucoadhesivity, and drug dissolution studies. SA, CMC, and GLY (5 : 3 : 6) films showed maximum amoxicillin loading of 26.3% whilst CAR, CMC, and GLY (1 : 2 : 3) films had a maximum paracetamol loading of 40%. XRPD analysis showed different physical forms of the drugs depending on the amount loaded. Films containing 29.4% paracetamol and 26.3% amoxicillin showed molecular dispersion of the drugs while excess paracetamol was observed on the film surface when the maximum 40% was loaded. Work of adhesion was similar for blank films with slightly higher cohesiveness for CAR and CMC based films, but the differences were significant between paracetamol and amoxicillin containing films. The stickiness and cohesiveness for drug loaded films were generally similar with no significant differences. The maximum percentage cumulative drug release was 84.65% and 70.59% for paracetamol and amoxicillin, respectively, with anomalous case two transport mechanism involving both drug diffusion and polymer erosion. PMID:23841056

  2. Combined filtered cathodic arc etching pretreatment-magnetron sputter deposition of highly adherent CrN films

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    Ehiasarian, A. P.; Anders, A.; Petrov, I.

    2007-05-15

    CrN films were prepared on steel substrates by a hybrid method utilizing filtered cathodic arc for Cr ion pretreatment and magnetron sputtering for coating deposition. During pretreatment the substrates were biased to -1200 V and exposed to filtered chromium plasma. The substrate-coating interface formed during the pretreatment contained a Cr-enriched modified layer with composition that was strongly influenced by the temperature of the substrate as observed by scanning transmission electron microscopy--energy dispersive spectroscopy. The modified layer had a nanocrystalline morphology and thickness of 15 nm. The path of formation of the layer is linked to the combined action of implantation, diffusion, and resputtering. The resulting adhesion of 3 {mu}m thick CrN films was very high with scratch test critical load values of 83 N. The morphology of the films was smooth without large scale defects and the microstructure was columnar. The coatings behaved well in dry sliding tests with very low wear coefficients of 2.3x10{sup -16} m{sup 3} N{sup -1} m{sup -1}, which can be linked to the high adhesion and defect-free microstructure. The smooth coatings also had a high resistance to corrosion as demonstrated by potentiodynamic tests with particularly high pitting potentials of +800 mV.

  3. 4-Mercaptopyridine adsorbed on pure palladium island films: A combined SERS and DFT investigation

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    Guo, Hao; Ding, Li; Zhang, Tianjie; Mo, Yujun

    2013-03-01

    Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) can provide vibrational information with molecular specificity and potential single-molecule sensitivity. SERS studies on pure transition metals, however, remain challenging due to the weak SERS activity of transition metals compared to coinage metals. Here we fabricated alumina-supported Pd island films by depositing laser-ablated Pd colloids onto an Al substrate. Robust SERS signal employing 4-mercaptopyridine (4-Mpy) as a probe was registered from the as-prepared films. The adsorption information of 4-Mpy molecules such as orientation and coordinating site was discussed in detail based on SERS data. It was inferred that 4-Mpy adsorbs via its sulfur atom to Pd surface with a tilted binding configuration. The Raman wavenumber and intensity of an adsorption model including one 4-Mpy and Pd atom were computed using density functional theory (DFT) at the Beck's three-parameter Lee-Yang-Parr (B3LYP) level with the LANL2DZ basis set. The simulated Raman spectrum was in good agreement with the experimental one except for the relative intensity. The current investigation could be helpful to gain a comprehensive understanding of SERS.

  4. Vaginal microbicide film combinations of two reverse transcriptase inhibitors, EFdA and CSIC, for the prevention of HIV-1 sexual transmission

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    Zhang, Wei; Hu, Minlu; Shi, Yuan; Gong, Tiantian; Dezzutti, Charlene S.; Moncla, Bernard; Sarafianos, Stefan G.; Parniak, Michael A.; Rohan, Lisa C.

    2015-01-01

    Purpose EFdA is a potent nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NRTI) with activity against a wide spectrum of wild-type and drug resistant HIV-1 variants. CSIC is a tight-binding non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) with demonstrated anti-HIV properties important for use in topical prevention of HIV transmission. The objective of this study was to develop and characterize film-formulated EFdA and CSIC for use as a female-controlled vaginal microbicide to prevent sexual transmission of HIV. Methods Assessments of EFdA- and CSIC-loaded films included physicochemical characteristics, in vitro cytotoxicity, epithelia integrity studies, compatibility with the normal vaginal Lactobacillus flora and anti-HIV bioactivity evaluations. Results No significant change in physicochemical properties or biological activity of the combination films were noted during 3 months storage. In vitro cytotoxicity and bioactivity testing showed that 50% cytotoxic concentration (CC50) of either EFdA or CSIC was several orders of magnitude higher than the 50% effective concentration (EC50) values. Film-formulated EFdA and CSIC combination showed additive inhibitory activity against wild type and drug-resistant variants of HIV. Epithelial integrity studies demonstrated that the combination vaginal film had a much lower toxicity to HEC-1A monolayers compared to that of VCF®, a commercial vaginal film product containing nonoxynol-9. Polarized ectocervical explants showed films with drug alone or in combination were effective at preventing HIV infection. Conclusions Our data suggest that vaginal microbicide films containing a combination of the NRTI EFdA and the NNRTI CSIC have potential to prevent HIV-1 sexual transmission. PMID:25794967

  5. CD4 and BST-2/tetherin proteins retro-translocate from endoplasmic reticulum to cytosol as partially folded and multimeric molecules.

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    Petris, Gianluca; Casini, Antonio; Sasset, Linda; Cesaratto, Francesca; Bestagno, Marco; Cereseto, Anna; Burrone, Oscar R

    2014-01-01

    CD4 and BST-2/Tetherin are cellular membrane proteins targeted to degradation by the HIV-1 protein Vpu. In both cases proteasomal degradation following recruitment into the ERAD pathway has been described. CD4 is a type I transmembrane glycoprotein, with four extracellular immunoglobulin-like domains containing three intrachain disulfide bridges. BST-2/Tetherin is an atypical type II transmembrane glycoprotein with an N-terminal transmembrane domain and a C-terminal glycophosphatidylinositol anchor, which dimerizes through three interchain bridges. We investigated spontaneous and Vpu-induced retro-translocation of CD4 and BST-2/Tetherin using our novel biotinylation technique in living cells to determine ER-to-cytosol retro-translocation of proteins. We found that CD4 retro-translocates with oxidized intrachain disulfide bridges, and only upon proteasomal inhibition does it accumulate in the cytosol as already reduced and deglycosylated molecules. Similarly, BST-2/Tetherin is first exposed to the cytosol as a dimeric oxidized complex and then becomes deglycosylated and reduced to monomers. These results raise questions on the required features of the putative retro-translocon, suggesting alternative retro-translocation mechanisms for membrane proteins in which complete cysteine reduction and unfolding are not always strictly required before ER to cytosol dislocation. PMID:24257748

  6. Long Non-Coding RNA BST2/BISPR is Induced by IFN and Regulates the Expression of the Antiviral Factor Tetherin

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    Barriocanal, Marina; Carnero, Elena; Segura, Victor; Fortes, Puri

    2015-01-01

    Many long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are expressed in cells but only a few have been well characterized. In these cases, lncRNAs have been shown to be key regulators of several cellular processes. Therefore, there is a great need to understand the function of more lncRNAs and their regulation in response to stimuli. Interferon (IFN) is a key molecule in the cellular antiviral response. IFN binding to its receptor activates transcription of several IFN-stimulated genes (ISGs) that function as potent antivirals. In addition, several ISGs are positive or negative regulators of the IFN pathway. This is essential to ensure a strong antiviral response and a later return of the cell to homeostasis. As the ISGs described to date are coding genes, we sought to determine whether IFN also regulates the expression of long non-coding ISGs. To this aim, we used RNA sequencing to analyze the transcriptome of control and HuH7 cells treated with IFNα2. The results show that IFN-treatment regulates the expression of several unknown non-coding transcripts. We have validated two lncRNAs upregulated after treatment with different doses of type I IFNα2 in different cells or with type III IFNλ. These lncRNAs were also induced by influenza and vesicular stomatitis virus mutants unable to block the IFN response, but not by several wild-type lytic viruses tested. These lncRNA genes were named lncISG15 and lncBST2 as they are located close to ISGs ISG15 and BST2, respectively. Interestingly, inhibition experiments showed that lncBST2 is a positive regulator of BST2. Therefore lncBST2 has been renamed BISPR, from BST2 IFN-stimulated positive regulator. Our results may have therapeutic implications as lncBST2/BISPR, but also lncISG15 and their coding neighbors, are increased in cells infected with hepatitis C virus and in the liver of infected patients. These results allow us to hypothesize that several lncRNAs could be activated by IFN to control the potency of the antiviral IFN response

  7. Low-temperature thermal reduction of graphene oxide nanobrick walls: unique combination of high gas barrier and low resistivity in fully organic polyelectrolyte multilayer thin films.

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    Stevens, Bart; Dessiatova, Ekaterina; Hagen, David A; Todd, Alexander D; Bielawski, Christopher W; Grunlan, Jaime C

    2014-07-01

    Layer-by-layer assembly from aqueous solutions was used to construct multilayer thin films (<200 nm) comprising polyethylenimine and graphene oxide. Low-temperature (175 °C) thermal reduction of these films improved gas barrier properties (e.g., lower permeability than SiOx), even under high humidity conditions, and enhanced their electrical conductivity to 1750 S/m. The flexible nature of the aforementioned thin films, along with their excellent combination of transport properties, make them ideal candidates for use in a broad range of electronics and packaging applications. PMID:24949524

  8. Effect of annealing on leakage current in Ba{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} and Ba{sub 0.96}Ca{sub 0.04}Ti{sub 0.84}Zr{sub 0.16}O{sub 3} thin films with Pt electrodes

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    Cramer, N.; Mahmud, Ali; Kalkur, T.S.

    2005-07-18

    Ba{sub 0.96}Ca{sub 0.04}Ti{sub 0.84}Zr{sub 0.16}O{sub 3} (BCTZ) and Ba{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} (BST) thin films were deposited at a substrate temperature of 450 deg. C via rf magnetron sputtering to form Pt/BCTZ/Pt and Pt/BST/Pt capacitors. BCTZ thin films hold promise as an alternative to BST in capacitor applications due to the resistance of BCTZ to reducing atmospheres. In order to produce BST films with low dc leakage current, oxygen is routinely used during film growth and often afterwards during anneals. The effect of postannealing the capacitors in either forming gas or oxygen at temperatures up to 700 deg. C (BST) and 800 deg. C (BCTZ) were studied. The leakage mechanism is shown to be dominated by Schottky emission and the Schottky barrier height is reported as a function of anneal gas composition and anneal temperature.

  9. Combination of adsorption by porous CaCO3 microparticles and encapsulation by polyelectrolyte multilayer films for sustained drug delivery.

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    Wang, Chaoyang; He, Chengyi; Tong, Zhen; Liu, Xinxing; Ren, Biye; Zeng, Fang

    2006-02-01

    Combination of adsorption by porous CaCO(3) microparticles and encapsulation by polyelectrolyte multilayers via the layer-by-layer (LbL) self-assembly was proposed for sustained drug release. Firstly, porous calcium carbonate microparticles with an average diameter of 5 microm were prepared for loading a model drug, ibuprofen (IBU). Adsorption of IBU into the pores was characterized by ultraviolet (UV), infrared (IR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) experiment and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The adsorbed IBU amount Gamma was 45.1mg/g for one-time adsorption and increased with increasing adsorption times. Finally, multilayer films of protamine sulfate (PRO) and sodium poly(styrene sulfonate) (PSS) were formed on the IBU-loaded CaCO(3) microparticles by the layer-by-layer self-assembly. Amorphous IBU loaded in the pores of the CaCO(3) microparticles had a rapider release in the gastric fluid and a slower release in the intestinal fluid, compared with the bare IBU crystals. Polyelectrolyte multilayers assembled on the drug-loaded particles by the LbL reduced the release rate in both fluids. In this work, polymer/inorganic hybrid core-shell microcapsules were fabricated for controlled release of poorly water-soluble drugs. The porous inorganic particles are useful to load drugs in amorphous state and the polyelectrolyte multilayer films coated on the particle assuage the initial burst release. PMID:16359836

  10. Pulse-reverse electrodeposition for mesoporous metal films: combination of hydrogen evolution assisted deposition and electrochemical dealloying.

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    Cherevko, Serhiy; Kulyk, Nadiia; Chung, Chan-Hwa

    2012-01-21

    Hydrogen evolution assisted electrodeposition is a new bottom-up technique allowing the fast and simple synthesis of nanometals. Electrochemical dealloying is a top-down approach with the same purpose. In this work, we show that a combination of these two methods in sequence by pulse-reverse electrodeposition can be used to prepare high-surface-area nanostructured metals. Highly porous adherent platinum is obtained by the deposition of CuPt alloy during the cathodic cycles and the selective dissolution of copper during the anodic cycles. The convection created by the movement of the hydrogen bubbles increases the deposition rate and removes the dissolved copper ions from the diffusion layer, which ensures the deposition of a film with the same stoichiometry throughout the whole process. Due to the relatively high ratio of copper atoms on the surface in the as-deposited layer, it is proposed that the dealloying kinetics is significantly higher than that usually observed during the dealloying process in a model system. The proposed approach has several advantages over other methods, such as a very high growth rate and needlessness of any post-treatment processes. A detailed analysis of the effect of pulse-reverse waveform parameters on the properties of the films is presented. Mesoporous platinum with pores and ligaments having characteristic sizes of less than 10 nm, an equivalent surface area of up to ca. 220 m(2) cm(-3), and a roughness factor of more than 1000 is fabricated. PMID:22139451

  11. Wetting behavior and nanotribological properties of silicon nanopatterns combined with diamond-like carbon and perfluoropolyether films

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    Pham, D. C.; Na, K.; Piao, S.; Cho, I.-J.; Jhang, K.-Y.; Yoon, E.-S.

    2011-09-01

    A large number of silicon (Si) patterns consisting of nanopillars of varying diameter and pitch have been fabricated and further coated with diamond-like carbon (DLC) and perfluoropolyether (Z-DOL) films. The wetting behavior and nano-adhesion/friction of the patterns are investigated experimentally in relation to the nanostructures and the hydrophobicity of the materials. Measurements of water contact angle illustrate that the patterning-enhanced wettability of the Si flat surface, along with two distinct wettings which are in good agreement with the Wenzel and hemi-wicking states, depended on the value of the pitch-over-diameter ratio. In the case of the coated patterns, three wetting states are observed: the Cassie-Baxter, the Wenzel, and a transition from the Cassie-Baxter into the Wenzel, which varies with regard to the hydrophobic properties of the DLC and Z-DOL. In terms of tribological properties, it is demonstrated that a combination of the nanopatterns and the films is effective in reducing adhesive and frictional forces. In addition, the pitch and diameter of the patterns are found to significantly influence their adhesion/friction behaviors.

  12. New method for measuring the thickness and shape of a thin film simultaneously by combining interferometry and laser triangulation

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    Zeng, LiJiang; Ohnuki, Takeshi; Matsumoto, Hirokazu; Kawachi, Keiji

    1996-07-01

    A new method has been developed to simultaneously measure the thickness and shape of a thin film, such as a dragonfly wing. The innovation in the method is the combining of a heterodyne interferometer and a laser triangulation displacement sensor into one optical system. We confirmed the accuracy of the method by measuring the displacement of a glass plate and the thickness variation generated by a rotated glass plate. The system has a relative accuracy of 1% in the shape measurement and 1.3% in the thickness variation measurement. The method was then applied to a dragonfly wing. The results indicated that the method is very effective in biomechanics studies, such as evaluating the flight performance of dragonflies. In such evaluations, it is essential to measure the high accuracy the variations in both shape and thickness of the wing simultaneously.

  13. Polarized Raman scattering and SEM combined full characterization of self-assembled nematic thin films.

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    Srikantharajah, R; Gerstner, K; Romeis, S; Peukert, W

    2016-03-31

    Elongated particles are predestined for a fast transfer of optical and electronical signals in a preferred direction, which is mandatory for a quick response in optoelectronic devices. The performance of the material is based on the quality of defect less alignment of the particles. On this account we present an easy non-invasive methodology for characterization of both surface and bulk order. The characterization of bulk order is performed by orientation dependent variation of the polarized Raman scattering signal on large areas by mapping. Scanning electron microscopy and image analysis on the surface complete the characterization. New insights in dip coated nematic structures clearly show the interplay of evaporation induced and shear-induced self-assembly and reveal a comprehensive mechanistic picture for nanorod assembly: the shear force dominated regime orients the particle in direction of withdrawal. At low withdrawal velocity, however, shear forces and evaporation counteract to produce a three-layered film where the top and bottom layers are oriented perpendicular to each other. The middle layer gives a clear evidence for a reorientation by convective flow. PMID:26991247

  14. Polarized Raman scattering and SEM combined full characterization of self-assembled nematic thin films

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    Srikantharajah, R.; Gerstner, K.; Romeis, S.; Peukert, W.

    2016-03-01

    Elongated particles are predestined for a fast transfer of optical and electronical signals in a preferred direction, which is mandatory for a quick response in optoelectronic devices. The performance of the material is based on the quality of defect less alignment of the particles. On this account we present an easy non-invasive methodology for characterization of both surface and bulk order. The characterization of bulk order is performed by orientation dependent variation of the polarized Raman scattering signal on large areas by mapping. Scanning electron microscopy and image analysis on the surface complete the characterization. New insights in dip coated nematic structures clearly show the interplay of evaporation induced and shear-induced self-assembly and reveal a comprehensive mechanistic picture for nanorod assembly: the shear force dominated regime orients the particle in direction of withdrawal. At low withdrawal velocity, however, shear forces and evaporation counteract to produce a three-layered film where the top and bottom layers are oriented perpendicular to each other. The middle layer gives a clear evidence for a reorientation by convective flow.

  15. Dielectric dispersion of BaSrTiO3 thin film from centimeter to submillimeter wavelengths

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    Houzet, Gregory; Blary, Karine; Lepilliet, Sylvie; Lippens, Didier; Burgnies, Ludovic; Vélu, Gabriel; Carru, Jean-Claude; Nguéma, Edwin; Mounaix, Patrick

    2011-01-01

    The dielectric dispersion of ferroelectric BaxSr1-xTiO3 (BST) thin film in a paraelectric phase was characterized from centimeter to submillimeter wavelengths. To this aim, interdigitated capacitors were patterned on a micrometer scale onto a BST layer with a barium concentration of 0.5 and were subsequently integrated by using a coplanar waveguide technology. The retrieval of the complex permittivity of BST was performed by vectorial scattering parameter measurements up to 190 GHz for various controlling dc field up to 300 kV/cm. At higher frequency, submillimeter wavelength measurements were performed by time domain spectroscopy under free space condition. On this basis, the dispersion of the real part of the permittivity along with the loss tangent are retrieved in agreement with a distributed interaction of ac-field with soft phonons vibration modes, and overlapping between dipole polarization and ionic polarization is observed, around 700 GHz. It is also shown that dipole polarization can be attributed to the presence of small polar nanoregions in the BST film which act as in ferroelectric material with diffuse phase transition.

  16. A new approach to epitaxially grow high-quality GaN films on Si substrates: the combination of MBE and PLD

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    Wang, Wenliang; Wang, Haiyan; Yang, Weijia; Zhu, Yunnong; Li, Guoqiang

    2016-01-01

    High-quality GaN epitaxial films have been grown on Si substrates with Al buffer layer by the combination of molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) and pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technologies. MBE is used to grow Al buffer layer at first, and then PLD is deployed to grow GaN epitaxial films on the Al buffer layer. The surface morphology, crystalline quality, and interfacial property of as-grown GaN epitaxial films on Si substrates are studied systematically. The as-grown ~300 nm-thick GaN epitaxial films grown at 850 °C with ~30 nm-thick Al buffer layer on Si substrates show high crystalline quality with the full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) for GaN(0002) and GaN(102) X-ray rocking curves of 0.45° and 0.61°, respectively; very flat GaN surface with the root-mean-square surface roughness of 2.5 nm; as well as the sharp and abrupt GaN/AlGaN/Al/Si hetero-interfaces. Furthermore, the corresponding growth mechanism of GaN epitaxial films grown on Si substrates with Al buffer layer by the combination of MBE and PLD is hence studied in depth. This work provides a novel and simple approach for the epitaxial growth of high-quality GaN epitaxial films on Si substrates. PMID:27101930

  17. A new approach to epitaxially grow high-quality GaN films on Si substrates: the combination of MBE and PLD

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    Wang, Wenliang; Wang, Haiyan; Yang, Weijia; Zhu, Yunnong; Li, Guoqiang

    2016-04-01

    High-quality GaN epitaxial films have been grown on Si substrates with Al buffer layer by the combination of molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) and pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technologies. MBE is used to grow Al buffer layer at first, and then PLD is deployed to grow GaN epitaxial films on the Al buffer layer. The surface morphology, crystalline quality, and interfacial property of as-grown GaN epitaxial films on Si substrates are studied systematically. The as-grown ~300 nm-thick GaN epitaxial films grown at 850 °C with ~30 nm-thick Al buffer layer on Si substrates show high crystalline quality with the full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) for GaN(0002) and GaN(102) X-ray rocking curves of 0.45° and 0.61°, respectively; very flat GaN surface with the root-mean-square surface roughness of 2.5 nm as well as the sharp and abrupt GaN/AlGaN/Al/Si hetero-interfaces. Furthermore, the corresponding growth mechanism of GaN epitaxial films grown on Si substrates with Al buffer layer by the combination of MBE and PLD is hence studied in depth. This work provides a novel and simple approach for the epitaxial growth of high-quality GaN epitaxial films on Si substrates.

  18. A new approach to epitaxially grow high-quality GaN films on Si substrates: the combination of MBE and PLD.

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    Wang, Wenliang; Wang, Haiyan; Yang, Weijia; Zhu, Yunnong; Li, Guoqiang

    2016-01-01

    High-quality GaN epitaxial films have been grown on Si substrates with Al buffer layer by the combination of molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) and pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technologies. MBE is used to grow Al buffer layer at first, and then PLD is deployed to grow GaN epitaxial films on the Al buffer layer. The surface morphology, crystalline quality, and interfacial property of as-grown GaN epitaxial films on Si substrates are studied systematically. The as-grown ~300 nm-thick GaN epitaxial films grown at 850 °C with ~30 nm-thick Al buffer layer on Si substrates show high crystalline quality with the full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) for GaN(0002) and GaN(102) X-ray rocking curves of 0.45° and 0.61°, respectively; very flat GaN surface with the root-mean-square surface roughness of 2.5 nm; as well as the sharp and abrupt GaN/AlGaN/Al/Si hetero-interfaces. Furthermore, the corresponding growth mechanism of GaN epitaxial films grown on Si substrates with Al buffer layer by the combination of MBE and PLD is hence studied in depth. This work provides a novel and simple approach for the epitaxial growth of high-quality GaN epitaxial films on Si substrates. PMID:27101930

  19. The combined effect of thermal annealing of MgO substrate and Ca substitution on the surface resistance of YBa2Cu3Oz thin films

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    Murugesan, M.; Obara, H.; Yamasaki, H.

    2005-07-01

    boundaries. Thus, the combined effect of thermal annealing of MgO prior to film deposition and substituting Y with 2% Ca may be readily applied to grow high-quality (high Jc and low Rs) YBCO films for microwave device applications.

  20. Combined photocatalysis and membrane bioreactor for the treatment of feedwater containing thin film transistor-liquid crystal display discharge.

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    You, Sheng-Jie; Semblante, Galilee Uy; Chen, Yu-Pu; Chang, Tien-Chin

    2015-01-01

    The nitrogen content of waste water generated by the thin film transistor-liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) industry is not satisfactorily removed through the conventional aerobic-activated sludge process. In this study, the performance of three reactors – suspended type TiO2 membrane photoreactor (MPR), anoxic/oxic membrane bioreactor (AOMBR), and their combination (MPR-AOMBR) – was evaluated using feedwater containing TFT-LCD discharge. The parameters that maximized monoethanolamine (MEA) removal in the MPR were continuous ultraviolet (UV) irradiation and pH 11. Among the tested loadings, 0.1 g/l of TiO2 promoted MEA removal but degradation rate may further increase with photocatalyst concentration. The nitrified sludge recycle ratio R of the AOMBR was adjusted to 1.5 to minimize the amount of nitrate in the effluent. The AOMBR greatly decreased chemical oxygen demand and MEA, but removed only 32.7% of tetramethyl ammonium hydroxide (TMAH). The MPR was configured as the pre-treatment unit for AOMBR, and the combined MPR-AOMBR has improved TMAH removal by 80.1%. The MPR bolstered performance by decomposing slowly biodegradable compounds, and had no negative effects on denitrification and carbon removal. PMID:25952015

  1. Structural and dielectric properties of Ba[sub 0.6]Sr[sub 0.4]TiO[sub 3] thin films

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    Jia, Quanxi; Lee, J. S.; Park, B. H.; Lu, P.

    2004-01-01

    We report a systematic study of the structural and dielectric properties of barium strontium titanate, Ba{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}TiO{sub 3} (BST-0.4), films grown by pulsed laser deposition on LaAlO{sub 3} and MgO substrates. By optimizing the processing conditions, choosing appropriate substrate materials, and constructing layered architectures, we have successfully deposited BST-0.4 films on both LaAlO{sub 3} and MgO substrates with large dielectric nonlinearity and low dielectric loss. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy analyses reveal that the dielectric tunability and the dielectric loss are closely related to the crystallinity of the BST-0.4 films. We have also observed that a small variation of D value, defined as the ratio of in-plane lattice constant/out-of-plane lattice constant, can result in a significantly large change of dielectric properties of the BST films.

  2. Pulse-reverse electrodeposition for mesoporous metal films: combination of hydrogen evolution assisted deposition and electrochemical dealloying

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    Cherevko, Serhiy; Kulyk, Nadiia; Chung, Chan-Hwa

    2012-01-01

    Hydrogen evolution assisted electrodeposition is a new bottom-up technique allowing the fast and simple synthesis of nanometals. Electrochemical dealloying is a top-down approach with the same purpose. In this work, we show that a combination of these two methods in sequence by pulse-reverse electrodeposition can be used to prepare high-surface-area nanostructured metals. Highly porous adherent platinum is obtained by the deposition of CuPt alloy during the cathodic cycles and the selective dissolution of copper during the anodic cycles. The convection created by the movement of the hydrogen bubbles increases the deposition rate and removes the dissolved copper ions from the diffusion layer, which ensures the deposition of a film with the same stoichiometry throughout the whole process. Due to the relatively high ratio of copper atoms on the surface in the as-deposited layer, it is proposed that the dealloying kinetics is significantly higher than that usually observed during the dealloying process in a model system. The proposed approach has several advantages over other methods, such as a very high growth rate and needlessness of any post-treatment processes. A detailed analysis of the effect of pulse-reverse waveform parameters on the properties of the films is presented. Mesoporous platinum with pores and ligaments having characteristic sizes of less than 10 nm, an equivalent surface area of up to ca. 220 m2 cm-3, and a roughness factor of more than 1000 is fabricated.Hydrogen evolution assisted electrodeposition is a new bottom-up technique allowing the fast and simple synthesis of nanometals. Electrochemical dealloying is a top-down approach with the same purpose. In this work, we show that a combination of these two methods in sequence by pulse-reverse electrodeposition can be used to prepare high-surface-area nanostructured metals. Highly porous adherent platinum is obtained by the deposition of CuPt alloy during the cathodic cycles and the selective

  3. Characterization of sputtered barium strontium titanate and strontium titanate-thin films

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    Baumert, B.A.; Chang, L.; Matsuda, A.T.; Tsai, T.; Tracy, C.J.; Gregory, R.B.; Fejes, P.L.; Cave, N.G.; Chen, W.; Taylor, D.J.; Otsuki, T.; Fujii, E.; Hayashi, S.; Suu, K.

    1997-09-01

    Sputtered Ba{sub 1{minus}x}Sr{sub x}TiO{sub 3} (BST) and SrTiO{sub 3} (STO) films and capacitors made with these dielectrics have been characterized with respect to physical and electrical properties. Specific capacitance values included a high of 96fF/{mu}m{sup 2} for BST films deposited of 600{degree}C and a high of 26fF/{mu}m{sup 2} for STO films deposited at 400{degree}C. Leakage current densities at 3.3 V for the most part varied from mid 10{sup {minus}8} to mid 10{sup {minus}6}A/cm{sup 2}. All of the dielectrics are polycrystalline, although the lowest temperature STO films have a nearly amorphous layer which impacts their capacitance. Grain size increases with deposition temperature, which correlates to higher dielectric constants. The lattice parameter of the BST films is larger than that of bulk samples. Capacitance, leakage, breakdown, and lifetime results are reported. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  4. Epitaxial composition-graded perovskite films grown by a dual-beam pulsed laser deposition method

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    Sakai, Joe; Autret-Lambert, Cécile; Sauvage, Thierry; Courtois, Blandine; Wolfman, Jérôme; Gervais, François

    2013-10-01

    We prepared SrTiO3 (STO) to Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3 (BST06) out-of-plane composition-graded films on STO (100) substrates by means of a dual-beam dual-target pulsed laser deposition technique. In the deposition system, a sliding mirror divides one KrF excimer laser beam into two, realizing the dual-beam of controlled intensity ratio. X-ray diffraction reciprocal space mapping has revealed that the graded films deposited under oxygen pressure at or lower than 1×10-3 mbar were coherently strained with the same in-plane lattice parameter as the substrate. Their composition gradient along the growth direction was confirmed by Rutherford backscattering analysis to be uniform. We deposited BST06 top layers of various thickness on epitaxial composition-graded (ECG) buffer layers and examined their coherency and crystallinity. In comparison with the cases of STO homoepitaxial buffer layers, ECG buffer layers achieved better crystallinity of top BST06 layers, suggesting that the crystallinity of a heteroepitaxially-grown film is affected not only by the in-plane lattice matching but also by the out-of-plane lattice continuity with the substrate. ECG films that bridge compositions of substrate and top layer materials can be useful buffer layers for epitaxial growth of lattice-mismatched oxide films.

  5. In vivo biotinylation of the vasculature in B-cell lymphoma identifies BST-2 as a target for antibody-based therapy.

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    Schliemann, Christoph; Roesli, Christoph; Kamada, Haruhiko; Borgia, Beatrice; Fugmann, Tim; Klapper, Wolfram; Neri, Dario

    2010-01-21

    The discovery of accessible markers of lymphoma may facilitate the development of antibody-based therapeutic strategies. Here, we describe the results of a chemical proteomic study, based on the in vivo biotinylation of vascular proteins in lymphoma-bearing mice followed by mass spectrometric and bioinformatic analysis, to discover proteins expressed at the tissue-blood border of disseminated B-cell lymphoma. From a list of 58 proteins, which were more than 10-fold up-regulated in nodal and extranodal lymphoma lesions compared with their levels in the corresponding normal host organs, we validated BST-2 as a novel vascular marker of B-cell lymphoma, using immunochemical techniques and in vivo biodistribution studies. Furthermore, targeting BST-2 with 2 independent monoclonal antibodies delayed lymphoma growth in a syngeneic mouse model of the disease. The results of this study delineate a strategy for the treatment of systemic B-cell lymphoma in humans and suggest that anti-BST-2 antibodies may facilitate pharmacodelivery approaches that target the tumor-stroma interface. PMID:19903902

  6. Is the Current BST ePortfolio fulfilling its Role in the Training of Clinical Medicine SHOs?

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    Grennan, S; Crowley, S; Quidwai, S; Barrett, O; Kooblall, M

    2016-01-01

    While the objective recording of clinical competencies in an electronic portfolio (ePortfolio) has become a key aspect of basic specialist training (BST), it continues to divide opinion. We surveyed medical trainees and their supervisors in the Dublin region examining their views of the ePortfolio and workplace-based assessments (WPBAs). Responses were received from 27 of 149 (18.1%) SHOs and 24 of 307 (7.9%) consultants. Our results highlight significant dissatisfaction amongst trainees with 20 (74.1%) stating that the ePortfolio is not an effective educational tool. Consultants had more mixed views. While 16 (66.7%) reported that feedback sessions were useful for trainee development, only 4 (16.7%) found the ePortfolio to be useful in highlighting trainees' strengths and weaknesses. Although other studies have emphasised its educational potential, our results suggest that practical barriers, such as time constraints and a lack of training, lead to poor engagement and a negative view of the ePortfolio. PMID:26904792

  7. In situ analysis of elemental depth distributions in thin films by combined evaluation of synchrotron x-ray fluorescence and diffraction

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    Mainz, R.; Klenk, R.

    2011-06-15

    In this work we present a method for the in situ analysis of elemental depth distributions in thin films using a combined evaluation of synchrotron x-ray fluorescence and energy-dispersive x-ray diffraction signals. We recorded diffraction and fluorescence signals simultaneously during the reactive annealing of thin films. By means of the observed diffraction signals, the time evolution of phases in the thin films during the annealing processes can be determined. We utilized this phase information to parameterize the depth distributions of the elements in the films. The time-dependent fluorescence signals were then taken to determine the parameters representing the parameterized depth distributions. For this latter step, we numerically calculated the fluorescence intensities for a given set of depth distributions. These calculations handle polychromatic excitation and arbitrary functions of depth distributions and take into account primary and secondary fluorescence. Influences of lateral non-uniformities of the films, as well as the accuracy limits of the method, are investigated. We apply the introduced method to analyze the evolution of elemental depth distributions and to quantify the kinetic parameters during a synthesis process of CuInS{sub 2} thin films via the reactive annealing of Cu-In precursors in a sulfur atmosphere.

  8. A highly porous NiO/polyaniline composite film prepared by combining chemical bath deposition and electro-polymerization and its electrochromic performance.

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    Xia, X H; Tu, J P; Zhang, J; Wang, X L; Zhang, W K; Huang, H

    2008-11-19

    A highly porous NiO/polyaniline (PANI) composite film was prepared on ITO glass by combining the chemical bath deposition and electro-polymerization methods, successively. The porous NiO film acts as a template for the preferential growth of PANI along NiO flakes, and the NiO/PANI composite film has an intercrossing net-like morphology. The electrochromic performance of the NiO/PANI composite film was investigated in 1 M LiClO(4)+1 mM HClO(4)/propylene carbonate (PC) by means of transmittance, cyclic voltammetry (CV) and chronoamperometry (CA) measurements. The NiO/PANI thin film exhibits a noticeable electrochromism with reversible color changes from transparent yellow to purple and presents quite good transmittance modulation with a variation of transmittance up to 56% at 550 nm. The porous NiO/polyaniline (PANI) composite film also shows good reaction kinetics with fast switching speed, and the response time for oxidation and reduction is 90 and 110 ms, respectively. PMID:21836256

  9. A highly porous NiO/polyaniline composite film prepared by combining chemical bath deposition and electro-polymerization and its electrochromic performance

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    Xia, X. H.; Tu, J. P.; Zhang, J.; Wang, X. L.; Zhang, W. K.; Huang, H.

    2008-11-01

    A highly porous NiO/polyaniline (PANI) composite film was prepared on ITO glass by combining the chemical bath deposition and electro-polymerization methods, successively. The porous NiO film acts as a template for the preferential growth of PANI along NiO flakes, and the NiO/PANI composite film has an intercrossing net-like morphology. The electrochromic performance of the NiO/PANI composite film was investigated in 1 M LiClO4+1 mM HClO4/propylene carbonate (PC) by means of transmittance, cyclic voltammetry (CV) and chronoamperometry (CA) measurements. The NiO/PANI thin film exhibits a noticeable electrochromism with reversible color changes from transparent yellow to purple and presents quite good transmittance modulation with a variation of transmittance up to 56% at 550 nm. The porous NiO/polyaniline (PANI) composite film also shows good reaction kinetics with fast switching speed, and the response time for oxidation and reduction is 90 and 110 ms, respectively.

  10. Tetraphenylporphyrin electronic properties: a combined theoretical and experimental study of thin films deposited by SuMBD.

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    Nardi, Marco; Verucchi, Roberto; Corradi, Claudio; Pola, Marco; Casarin, Maurizio; Vittadini, Andrea; Iannotta, Salvatore

    2010-01-28

    Porphyrins and their metal complexes are particularly well suitable for applications in photoelectronics, sensing, energy production, because of their chemical, electronic and optical properties. The understanding of the electronic properties of the pristine molecule is of great relevance for the study and application of the wide class of these compounds. This is notably important for the recently achieved in-vacuo synthesis of organo-metallic thin films directly from the pure free base organic-inorganic precursors in the vapor phase, and its interpretation by means of surface electron spectroscopies. We report on a combined experimental and theoretical study of the physical/chemical properties of tetraphenylporphyrin, H(2)TPP, deposited on the SiO(2)/Si(100) native oxide surface by supersonic molecular beam deposition (SuMBD). Valence states and 1s core level emissions of carbon and nitrogen have been investigated with surface photoelectron spectroscopies by using synchrotron radiation light. The interpretation of the spectra has been guided by density functional numerical experiments on the gas-phase molecule. Non-relativistic calculations were carried out for the valence states, whereas a two component relativistic approach in the zeroth-order regular approximation was used to investigate the core levels. The good agreement between theoretical and experimental analysis results in a comprehensive overview of the chemical properties of the H(2)TPP molecule, highly improving reliability in the interpretation of experimental photoemission spectra. PMID:20066372

  11. A combined SNMS and EFTEM/EELS study on focused ion beam prepared vanadium nitride thin films

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    Kothleitner, Gerald; Rogers, M.; Berendes, A.; Bock, W.; Kolbesen, B. O.

    2005-09-01

    We investigated the diffusion profiles and core-loss fine-structures (ELNES) of thin vanadium nitride films by electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) and energy filtering transmission electron microscopy (EFTEM). The nitride layers have been produced by rapid thermal processing in a NH 3 or N 2 atmosphere and have then been cross-sectioned with a focused ion beam instrument (FIB) under mild milling conditions to maintain crystallography. For the high-resolution electron energy-loss spectroscopy studies (HREELS), a recently developed TEM gun monochromator, implemented into a 200 kV field emission gun column was used in combination with a new post-column spectrometer. It was found that, dependent on substrate and atmosphere, layers with different vanadium and nitrogen content were formed, showing distinct differences in their ELNES. With an energy resolution at the 0.2 eV level and a TEM beam spot size of approximately 2 nm these layers could be unambiguously identified when compared to theoretical ELNES simulations from the literature.

  12. Dielectric microwave characterizations of (Ba,Sr)TiO3 film deposited on high resistivity silicon substrate: Analysis by two-dimensional tangential finite element method

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    Ponchel, F.; Midy, J.; Legier, J. F.; Soyer, C.; Rémiens, D.; Lasri, T.; Guéguan, G.

    2010-03-01

    (Ba,Sr)TiO3 (BST) thin films were deposited on high resistivity silicon substrates by in situ rf magnetron sputtering. A buffer layer was used to improve the cristallinity of the films, the composition was fixed to Ba/Sr=30/70. The relative permittivity and the losses were measured up to 60 GHz using coplanar strip lines. The dispersion of the permittivity and the losses has been determined with a home made numerical code based on finite elements: ELFI. We show that, with the measurements of the scattering parameters coupled with ELFI, it is possible to know the BST complex permittivity over a very broad frequency band. The BST films deposited by in situ (700 °C) present excellent properties between 1 to 60 GHz. The relative permittivity is in the order of 270 and the losses are very small 0.09 at 60 GHz. These structures BST/silicon high resistivity show good potentialities for devices microwaves applications which need future integration in a silicon environment.

  13. Microstructure and dielectric properties of (Ba 0.6Sr 0.4)TiO 3 thin films grown on super smooth glazed-Al 2O 3 ceramics substrate

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    Chen, Hongwei; Yang, Chuanren; Zheng, Shanxue; Zhang, Jihua; Zhang, Qiaozhen; Lei, Guanhuan; Lou, Feizhi; Yang, Lijun

    2011-12-01

    Modified substrates with nanometer scale smooth surface were obtained via coating a layer of CaO-Al2O3-SiO2 (CaAlSi) high temperature glaze with proper additives on the rough-95% Al2O3 ceramics substrates. (Ba0.6Sr0.4)TiO3 (BST) thin films were deposited on modified Al2O3 substrates by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering. The microstructure, dielectric, and insulating properties of BST thin films grown on glazed-Al2O3 substrates were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscope (AFM), and dielectric properties measurement. These results showed that microstructure and dielectric properties of BST thin films grown on glazed-Al2O3 substrates were almost consistent with that of BST thin films grown on LaAlO3 (1 0 0) single-crystal substrates. Thus, the expensive single-crystal substrates may be substituted by extremely cheap glazed-Al2O3 substrates.

  14. Visible-light-induced disruption of diselenide-containing layer-by-layer films: toward combination of chemotherapy and photodynamic therapy.

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    Ren, Huifeng; Wu, Yaoting; Li, Yang; Cao, Wei; Sun, Zhiwei; Xu, Huaping; Zhang, Xi

    2013-12-01

    A photoresponsive polyelectrolyte multilayer film containing a diselenide functional group is fabricated using an unconventional layer-by-layer method. The polycation backbone is constructed through copolymerization of di-(1-hydroxylundecyl) diselenide and 1,4-bis(2-hydroxyethyl)piperazine with 2,4-diisocyanatotoluene. A common polyanion poly(styrene sulfonate) is selected as the polyanion. The obtained film can be gradually disrupted under the irradiation of mild visible light, and this process can be monitored with UV-vis spectroscopy. The residue of the film is estimated to be 17% after 5 h of irradiation. The intensity of the visible light can be as low as 50 mW cm⁻², which is even weaker than the sunlight. The cytotoxicity of the building blocks is evaluated in MTT assays using human hepatic cell line (L-02), and the results are satisfactory. Further tests show that cells can grow in a regular manner on this film, indicating good biocompatibility. In addition, the film can be used to achieve cargo loading and controlled release. Considering that light can not only trigger controlled release but also act as part of the therapy itself (photodynamic therapy), this system shows hope for further development into a platform for the combination of chemotherapy and photodynamic therapy, especially for applications concerning skin. PMID:23737377

  15. Combined and Independent Action of Proteins SP-B and SP-C in the Surface Behavior and Mechanical Stability of Pulmonary Surfactant Films

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    Schürch, David; Ospina, Olga L.; Cruz, Antonio; Pérez-Gil, Jesús

    2010-01-01

    The hydrophobic proteins SP-B and SP-C are essential for pulmonary surfactant function, even though they are a relatively minor component (<2% of surfactant dry mass). Despite countless studies, their specific differential action and their possible concerted role to optimize the surface properties of surfactant films have not been completely elucidated. Under conditions kept as physiologically relevant as possible, we tested the surface activity and mechanical stability of several surfactant films of varying protein composition in vitro using a captive bubble surfactometer and a novel (to our knowledge) stability test. We found that in the naturally derived surfactant lipid mixtures, surfactant protein SP-B promoted film formation and reextension to lower surface tensions than SP-C, and in particular played a vital role in sustaining film stability at the most compressed states, whereas SP-C produced no stabilization. Preparations containing both proteins together revealed a slight combined effect in enhancing film formation. These results provide a qualitative and quantitative framework for the development of future synthetic therapeutic surfactants, and illustrate the crucial need to include SP-B or an efficient SP-B analog for optimal function. PMID:21081077

  16. Physicochemical and Microstructural Characterization of Corn Starch Edible Films Obtained by a Combination of Extrusion Technology and Casting Technique.

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    Fitch-Vargas, Perla Rosa; Aguilar-Palazuelos, Ernesto; de Jesús Zazueta-Morales, José; Vega-García, Misael Odín; Valdez-Morales, Jesús Enrique; Martínez-Bustos, Fernando; Jacobo-Valenzuela, Noelia

    2016-09-01

    Starch edible films (EFs) have been widely studied due to their potential in food preservation; however, their application is limited because of their poor mechanical and barrier properties. Because of that, the aim of this work was to use the extrusion technology (Ex T) as a pretreatment of casting technique to change the starch structure in order to obtain EFs with improved physicochemical properties. To this, corn starch and a mixture of plasticizers (sorbitol and glycerol, in different ratios) were processed in a twin screw extruder to generate the starch modification and subsequently casting technique was used for EFs formation. The best conditions of the Ex T and plasticizers concentration were obtained using response surface methodology. All the response variables evaluated, were affected significatively by the Plasticizers Ratio (Sorbitol:Glycerol) (PR (S:G)) and Extrusion Temperature (ET), while the Screw Speed (SS) did not show significant effect on any of these variables. The optimization study showed that the appropriate conditions to obtain EFs with the best mechanical and barrier properties were ET = 89 °C, SS = 66 rpm and PR (S:G) = 79.7:20.3. Once the best conditions were obtained, the optimal treatment was characterized according to its microstructural properties (X-ray diffraction, Scanning Electron Microscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy) to determine the damage caused in the starch during Ex T and casting technique. In conclusion, with the combination of Ex T and casting technique were obtained EFs with greater breaking strength and deformation, as well as lower water vapor permeability than those reported in the literature. PMID:27550869

  17. Effects of different self-assembled monolayers on thin-film morphology: a combined DFT/MD simulation protocol.

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    Alberga, Domenico; Mangiatordi, Giuseppe Felice; Motta, Alessandro; Nicolotti, Orazio; Lattanzi, Gianluca

    2015-10-01

    Organic thin film transistors (OTFTs) are multilayer field-effect transistors that employ an organic conjugated material as semiconductor. Several experimental groups have recently demonstrated that the insertion of an organic self-assembled monolayer (SAM) between the dielectric and the semiconductive layer is responsible for a sensible improvement of the OTFT performances in terms of an increased charge carrier mobility caused by a higher degree of order in the organic semiconductor layer. Here, we describe a combined periodic density functional theory (DFT) and classical molecular dynamics (MD) protocol applied to four different SAMs and a pentacene monolayer deposited onto their surfaces. In particular, we investigate the morphology and the surface of the four SAMs and the translational, orientational, and nematic order of the monolayer through the calculation of several distribution functions and order parameters pointing out the differences among the systems and relating them to known experimental results. Our calculations also suggest that small differences in the SAM molecular design will produce remarkable differences in the SAM surface and monolayer order. In particular, our simulations explain how a SAM with a bulky terminal group results in an irregular and rough surface that determines the deposition of a disordered semiconductive monolayer. On the contrary, SAMs with a small terminal group generate smooth surfaces with uninterrupted periodicity, thus favoring the formation of an ordered pentacene monolayer that increases the mobility of charge carriers and improves the overall performances of the OTFT devices. Our results clearly point out that the in silico procedure presented here might be of help in tuning the design of SAMs in order to improve the quality of OTFT devices. PMID:26367250

  18. Effects of TiO{sub 2} film thickness on photovoltaic properties of dye-sensitized solar cell and its enhanced performance by graphene combination

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    Zhang, Haiyan; Wang, Wenguang; Liu, Hui; Wang, Rong; Chen, Yiming; Wang, Zhiwei

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • DSSC based on TiO{sub 2} film with 8 printing layers showed the highest efficiency. • The photoelectric conversion efficiency of the DSSC increased from 5.52% to 6.49% by graphene combination. • A mechanism for the enhanced performance of the DSSC was proposed. - Abstract: Dye-sensitized solar cells based on TiO{sub 2} films with different printing layers (6-10) were fabricated by screen printing method. The prepared samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and UV–vis absorption spectroscopy. The effects of thickness on the photoelectric conversion performance of the as-fabricated DSSCs were investigated. An optimum photoelectric conversion efficiency of 5.52% was obtained in a DSSC with 8 printing layers. Furthermore, after a moderate amount of graphene was combined with TiO{sub 2}, the photoelectric conversion efficiency of the DSSC based on graphene/TiO{sub 2} composite film rose from 5.52% to 6.49%, with an increase of η by 17.6%. The results indicated that graphene not only enhances the transport of electrons from the film to the fluorine doped tin oxide substrates and reduces the charge recombination rate, but also reduces the electrolyte–electrode interfacial resistance, clearly increasing the photoelectric conversion efficiency.

  19. SU-E-T-445: Lateral Optical Density Variation in Flatbed Scanners in Combination with Gafchromic Film

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    Battum, LJ van; Heukelom, S

    2014-06-01

    Purpose This study investigates the origin of lateral optical density (OD) variation for Gafchromic film (EBT and EBT2) scanned in transmission mode with Epson flatbed scanners (1680 Expression Pro and 10000XL). Effects investigated are: cross talk, optical path length and polarization. Methods Cross talk has been examined with triangular shaped light-transmission sheets with OD ranging from 0 to opaque. Optical path length has been studied with absorptive and reflective OD-filters (OD range 0.2 to 2.0). Dependency on light-polarization on the scanner read out has been investigated using linear polarizer sheets. All experiments have been performed at centre scanner position (norm point) and at several lateral scan positions, without and with (un)irradiated EBT-film. Dose values used ranged between 0.2 to 9 Gy, yielding an OD-range between 0.25 to 1.1. Results The lateral OD variation is dose dependent and increases up to 14% at most lateral position for dose up to 9 Gy. Cross talk effect contributes to 0.5% in clinical used OD ranges but equals 2% for extreme high dose gradients. Film induced optical path length will effect the lateral OD variation up to 3% at most lateral points. Light polarization is inherent present in these scanners due to multiple reflection on mirrors. In addition film induced polarization is the most important effect generating the observed lateral OD variation. Both Gafchromic film base and sensitive layer have polarizing capabilities; for the sensitive layer its influence is dose dependent. Conclusions Lateral OD variation origins from optical physics (i.e. polarization and reflection) related to scanner and film construction. Cross talk can be ignored in film dosimetry for clinical used dose values and gradients. Therefore it is recommended to determine the lateral OD variation per film type and scanner.

  20. Growth of SiC thin films on (100) and (111) silicon by pulsed laser deposition combined with a vacuum annealing process

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    Huang, J.; Wang, L.; Wen, J.; Wang, Y.; Lin, C.; Zetterling, C.M.; Oestling, M.

    1999-07-01

    Crystalline 3C-SiC thin films were successfully grown on (100) and (111) Si substrates by using ArF pulsed laser ablation from a SiC ceramic target combined with a vacuum annealing process. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) were employed to study the effect of annealing on the structure of thin films deposited at 800 C. It was demonstrated that vacuum annealing could transform the amorphous SiC films into crystalline phase and that the crystallinity was strongly dependent on the annealing temperature. For the samples deposited on (100) and (111) Si, the optimum annealing temperatures were 980 and 920 C, respectively. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) micrographs exhibited different characteristic microstructure for the (100) and (111) Si cases, similar to that observed for the carbonization layer initially formed in chemical vapor deposition of SiC films on Si. This also showed the presence of the epitaxial relationship of 3C-SiC[100]//Si[100] and 3C-SiC[111]//Si[111] in the direction of growth.

  1. Combined effect of pulse electron beam treatment and thin hydroxyapatite film on mechanical features of biodegradable AZ31 magnesium alloy

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    Surmeneva, M. A.; Tyurin, A. I.; Teresov, A. D.; Koval, N. N.; Pirozhkova, T. S.; Shuvarin, I. A.; Surmenev, R. A.

    2015-11-01

    The morphology, elemental, phase composition, nanohardness, and Young's modulus of the hydroxyapatite (HA) coating deposited via radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering onto the AZ31 surface were investigated by atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and nanoindentationtechniques. The calcium phosphate (Ca/P) molar ratio of the HA coating deposited via RF-magnetron sputtering onto AZ31 substrates according to EDX was 1.57+0.03. The SEM experiments revealed significant differences in the morphology of the HA film deposited on untreated and treated with the pulsed electron beam (PEB) AZ31 substrate. Nanoindentation studies demonstrated significant differences in the mechanical responses of the HA film deposited on the initial and PEB-modified AZ31 substrates. The nanoindentation hardness and the Young's modulus of the HA film on the magnesium alloy modified using the PEB treatment were higher than that of the HA layer on the untreated substrate. Moreover, the HA film fabricated onto the PEB-treated surface was more resistant to plastic deformation than the same film on the untreated AZ31 surface.

  2. Dielectric tunability of vertically aligned ferroelectric-metal oxide nanocomposite films controlled by out-of-plane misfit strain

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    Wu, Huaping; Ma, Xuefu; Zhang, Zheng; Zhu, Jun; Wang, Jie; Chai, Guozhong

    2016-04-01

    A nonlinear thermodynamic model based on the vertically aligned nanocomposite (VAN) thin films of ferroelectric-metal oxide system has been developed to investigate the physical properties of the epitaxial Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3 (BST) films containing vertical Sm2O3 (SmO) nanopillar arrays on the SrTiO3 substrate. The phase diagrams of out-of-plane lattice mismatch vs. volume fraction of SmO are calculated by minimizing the total free energy. It is found that the phase transformation and dielectric response of BST-SmO VAN systems are extremely dependent on the in-plane misfit strain, the out-of-plane lattice mismatch, the volume fraction of SmO phase, and the external electric field applied to the nanocomposite films at room temperature. In particular, the BST-SmO VAN systems exhibit higher dielectric properties than pure BST films. Giant dielectric response and maximum tunability are obtained near the lattice mismatch where the phase transition occurs. Under the in-plane misfit strain of umf=0.3 % and the out-of-plane lattice mismatch of u3=0.002 , the dielectric tunability can be dramatically enhanced to 90% with the increase of SmO volume fraction, which is well consistent with previous experimental results. This work represents an approach to further understand the dependence of physical properties on the lattice mismatch (in-plane and out-of-plane) and volume fraction, and to manipulate or optimize functionalities in the nanocomposite oxide thin films.

  3. Combined optical and acoustical method for determination of thickness and porosity of transparent organic layers below the ultra-thin film limit

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    Rodenhausen, K. B.; Kasputis, T.; Pannier, A. K.; Gerasimov, J. Y.; Lai, R. Y.; Solinsky, M.; Tiwald, T. E.; Wang, H.; Sarkar, A.; Hofmann, T.; Ianno, N.; Schubert, M.

    2011-10-01

    Analysis techniques are needed to determine the quantity and structure of materials composing an organic layer that is below an ultra-thin film limit and in a liquid environment. Neither optical nor acoustical techniques can independently distinguish between thickness and porosity of ultra-thin films due to parameter correlation. A combined optical and acoustical approach yields sufficient information to determine both thickness and porosity. We describe application of the combinatorial approach to measure single or multiple organic layers when the total layer thickness is small compared to the wavelength of the probing light. The instrumental setup allows for simultaneous in situ spectroscopic ellipsometry and quartz crystal microbalance dynamic measurements, and it is combined with a multiple-inlet fluid control system for different liquid solutions to be introduced during experiments. A virtual separation approach is implemented into our analysis scheme, differentiated by whether or not the organic adsorbate and liquid ambient densities are equal. The analysis scheme requires that the film be assumed transparent and rigid (non-viscoelastic). We present and discuss applications of our approach to studies of organic surfactant adsorption, self-assembled monolayer chemisorption, and multiple-layer target DNA sensor preparation and performance testing.

  4. Combined optical and acoustical method for determination of thickness and porosity of transparent organic layers below the ultra-thin film limit.

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    Rodenhausen, K B; Kasputis, T; Pannier, A K; Gerasimov, J Y; Lai, R Y; Solinsky, M; Tiwald, T E; Wang, H; Sarkar, A; Hofmann, T; Ianno, N; Schubert, M

    2011-10-01

    Analysis techniques are needed to determine the quantity and structure of materials composing an organic layer that is below an ultra-thin film limit and in a liquid environment. Neither optical nor acoustical techniques can independently distinguish between thickness and porosity of ultra-thin films due to parameter correlation. A combined optical and acoustical approach yields sufficient information to determine both thickness and porosity. We describe application of the combinatorial approach to measure single or multiple organic layers when the total layer thickness is small compared to the wavelength of the probing light. The instrumental setup allows for simultaneous in situ spectroscopic ellipsometry and quartz crystal microbalance dynamic measurements, and it is combined with a multiple-inlet fluid control system for different liquid solutions to be introduced during experiments. A virtual separation approach is implemented into our analysis scheme, differentiated by whether or not the organic adsorbate and liquid ambient densities are equal. The analysis scheme requires that the film be assumed transparent and rigid (non-viscoelastic). We present and discuss applications of our approach to studies of organic surfactant adsorption, self-assembled monolayer chemisorption, and multiple-layer target DNA sensor preparation and performance testing. PMID:22047284

  5. Suppressing Aedes albopictus, an emerging vector of dengue and chikungunya viruses, by a novel combination of a monomolecular film and an insect-growth regulator.

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    Nelder, Mark; Kesavaraju, Banugopan; Farajollahi, Ary; Healy, Sean; Unlu, Isik; Crepeau, Taryn; Ragavendran, Ashok; Fonseca, Dina; Gaugler, Randy

    2010-05-01

    The Asian tiger mosquito Aedes albopictus (Skuse) is rapidly increasing its global range and importance in transmission of chikungunya and dengue viruses. We tested pellet formulations of a monomolecular film (Agnique) and (S)-methoprene (Altosid) under laboratory and field conditions. In the laboratory, Agnique provided 80% control for 20 days, whereas Altosid, in combination with Agnique, provided 80% control for > 60 days. During field trials, the 1:1 pellet ratio of combined products provided > 95% control for at least 32 days and 50% control for at least 50 days. Altosid remained effective after a 107-day laboratory-induced drought, suggesting that the product serves as a means of control during drought conditions and against spring broods in temperate regions. Agnique and Altosid, when used in tandem for cryptic, difficult-to-treat locations, can provide long-term control of Ae. albopictus larvae and pupae. The possible additive or synergistic effects of the combined products deserve further investigation. PMID:20439963

  6. Calibration of EBT2 film using a red-channel PDD method in combination with a modified three-channel technique

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    Chang, Liyun; Ho, Sheng-Yow; Lee, Tsair-Fwu; Yeh, Shyh-An; Ding, Hueisch-Jy; Chen, Pang-Yu

    2015-10-15

    Purpose: Ashland Inc. EBT2 and EBT3 films are widely used in quality assurance for radiation therapy; however, there remains a relatively high degree of uncertainty [B. Hartmann, M. Martisikova, and O. Jakel, “Homogeneity of Gafchromic EBT2 film,” Med. Phys. 37, 1753–1756 (2010)]. Micke et al. (2011) recently improved the spatial homogeneity using all color channels of a flatbed scanner; however, van Hoof et al. (2012) pointed out that the corrected nonuniformity still requires further investigation for larger fields. To reduce the calibration errors and the uncertainty, the authors propose a new red-channel percentage-depth-dose method in combination with a modified three-channel technique. Methods: For the ease of comparison, the EBT2 film image used in the authors’ previous study (2012) was reanalyzed using different approaches. Photon beams of 6-MV were delivered to two different films at two different beam on times, resulting in the absorption doses of ranging from approximately 30 to 300 cGy at the vertical midline of the film, which was set to be coincident with the central axis of the beam. The film was tightly sandwiched in a 30{sup 3}-cm{sup 3} polystyrene phantom, and the pixel values for red, green, and blue channels were extracted from 234 points on the central axis of the beam and compared with the corresponding depth doses. The film was first calibrated using the multichannel method proposed by Micke et al. (2010), accounting for nonuniformities in the scanner. After eliminating the scanner and dose-independent nonuniformities, the film was recalibrated via the dose-dependent optical density of the red channel and fitted to a power function. This calibration was verified via comparisons of the dose profiles extracted from the films, where three were exposed to a 60° physical wedge field and three were exposed to composite fields, and all of which were measured in a water phantom. A correction for optical attenuation was implemented, and

  7. Image resolution in the midsagittal plane of the Orthopantomograph-10 using Lanex regular and T-Mat G screen-film combination.

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    Chen, S K; Hollender, L

    1992-10-01

    Image resolution was measured in the midsagittal plane of the Orthopantomograph-10 with the use of Lanex regular and T-Mat G screen-film combination. A thin platinum edge phantom was used to obtain images for calculation of the edge response functions. Subsequently, line spread functions and modulation transfer functions of the system were calculated. Noise equivalent passband values, which were expressed in line pairs per millimeter, were derived to describe the image resolution. The noise equivalent passband values derived in this study were generally smaller than those reported in a previous study. The width of the image layer was found to be uniform at different vertical levels. PMID:1408031

  8. Heat transfer and flow in an atomizing mist jet: a combined hot film and shadowgraph imaging approach

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    Lyons, Oisín F. P.; Quinn, Cian; Persoons, Tim; Murray, Darina B.

    2012-11-01

    This paper presents research in the area of heat transfer and fluid dynamics in an impinging atomizing air/water mist jet. Time averaged and fluctuating local surface heat transfer results obtained by microfoil and hot film sensors are correlated with flow field measurements of droplet diameter and velocity obtained by shadowgraph imaging and droplet tracking velocimetry. This paper seeks to understand the linkage between the atomization process in the nozzle, the two-phase flow dynamics and the surface heat transfer characteristics.

  9. Spin transitions in La0.7 Ba0.3CoO3 thin films revealed by combining Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction

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    Othmen, Zied; Copie, Olivier; Daoudi, Kais; Boudard, Michel; Gemeiner, Pascale; Oueslati, Meherzi; Dkhil, Brahim

    2016-07-01

    In cobaltite, the spin states transitions of Co3+/4+ ions govern the magnetic and electronic conduction properties. These transitions are strain-sensitive and can be varied using external parameters, including temperature, hydrostatic pressure, or chemical stresses through ionic substitutions. In this work, using temperature dependent Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction, the epitaxial strain effects on both structural and vibrational properties of La0.7 Ba0.3 CoO3 (LBCO) cobaltite thin films are investigated. All Raman active phonon modes as well as the structure are found to be strongly affected. Both Raman modes and lattice parameter evolutions show temperature changes correlated with magnetic and electronic transitions properties. Combining Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction appears as a powerful approach to probe the spin transition in thin film cobaltite. Our results provide insight into strong spin-charge-phonon coupling in LBCO thin film. This coupling manifests as vibrational transition with temperature in the Raman spectra near the ferromagnetic spin ordered transition at 220 K.

  10. Combined optical gain and degradation measurements in DCM2 doped Tris-(8-hydroxyquinoline)aluminum thin-films

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    Čehovski, Marko; Döring, Sebastian; Rabe, Torsten; Caspary, Reinhard; Kowalsky, Wolfgang

    2016-04-01

    Organic laser sources offer the opportunity to integrate flexible and widely tunable lasers in polymer waveguide circuits, e.g. for Lab-on-Foil applications. Therefore, it is necessary to understand gain and degradation processes for long-term operation. In this paper we address the challenge of life-time (degradation) measurements of photoluminescence (PL) and optical gain in thin-film lasers. The well known guest-host system of aluminum-chelate Alq3 (Tris-(8-hydroxyquinoline)aluminum) as host material and the laser dye DCM2 (4-(Dicyanomethylene)-2- methyl-6-julolidyl-9-enyl-4H-pyran) as guest material is employed as laser active material. Sample layers have been built up by co-evaporation in an ultrahigh (UHV) vacuum chamber. 200nm thick films of Alq3:DCM2 with different doping concentrations have been processed onto glass and thermally oxidized silicon substrates. The gain measurements have been performed by the variable stripe length (VSL) method. This measurement technique allows to determine the thin-film waveguide gain and loss, respectively. For the measurements the samples were excited with UV irradiation (ƛ = 355nm) under nitrogen atmosphere by a passively Q-switched laser source. PL degradation measurements with regard to the optical gain have been done at laser threshold (approximately 3 μJ/cm2), five times above laser threshold and 10 times above laser threshold. A t50-PL lifetime of > 107 pulses could be measured at a maximum excitation energy density of 32 μJ/cm2. This allows for a detailed analysis of the gain degradation mechanism and therefore of the stimulated cross section. Depending on the DCM2 doping concentration C the stimulated cross section was reduced by 35 %. Nevertheless, the results emphasizes the necessity of the investigation of degradation processes in organic laser sources for long-term applications.

  11. Combined gate-tunable Josephson junctions and normal state transport in Bi2Te3 topological insulator thin films

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    Ngabonziza, Prosper; Stehno, Martin, P.; Myoren, Hiroaki; Brinkman, Alexander

    In recent years, extensive efforts have been made to improve the coupling between topological insulators and s-wave superconductors in topological insulator Josephson devices (TIJDs). Despite significant progress, essential questions remain open such as the bulk contribution to the Josephson critical current or the existence (and number) of 4 π -periodic bound states (Majoranas) in TIJDs. To address these issues, we fabricated Nb/Bi2Te3/Nb Josephson junctions alongside Hall bar devices on MBE-grown Bi2Te3 topological insulator thin films. Using the SrTiO3 [111] substrate as a gate dielectric, we tuned the carrier density electrostatically and measured the Josephson supercurrent and the normal state transport properties of our thin film devices. We identify three gate voltage ranges with distinct behavior: A region of intermediate gate bias where the measured quantities change rapidly with the applied electric field, and two saturation regions for large bias of either polarity. We discuss carrier distribution and band alignment in the material as well as implications for the effective Josephson coupling in TIJDs. This work is financially supported by the Dutch Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM), the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), and by the European Research Council (ERC).

  12. Tetherin/BST-2 is essential for the formation of the intracellular virus-containing compartment in HIV-infected macrophages

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    Chu, Hin; Wang, Jaang-Jiun; Qi, Mingli; Yoon, Jeong-Joong; Chen, Xuemin; Wen, Xiaoyun; Hammonds, Jason; Ding, Lingmei; Spearman, Paul

    2012-01-01

    SUMMARY HIV-1 assembly and release occurs at the plasma membrane in T lymphocytes, while intracellular sites of virus assembly or accumulation are apparent in macrophages. The host protein tetherin (BST-2) inhibits HIV release from the plasma membrane by retaining viral particles at the cell surface, but the role of tetherin at intracellular HIV assembly sites is unclear. We determined that tetherin is significantly upregulated upon macrophage infection and localizes to an intracellular virus-containing compartment (VCC). Tetherin localized at the virus-VCC membrane interface, suggesting that tetherin physically tethers virions in VCCs. Tetherin knockdown diminished and redistributed VCCs within macrophages and promoted HIV release and cell-cell transmission. The HIV Vpu protein, which downregulates tetherin from the plasma membrane, did not fully overcome tetherin-mediated restriction of particle release in macrophages. Thus, tetherin is essential for VCC formation, and may account for morphologic differences in the apparent HIV assembly sites in macrophages versus T cells. PMID:22980332

  13. Combining a molecular modelling approach with direct current and high power impulse magnetron sputtering to develop new TiO2 thin films for antifouling applications

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    Guillot, Jérôme; Lecoq, Elodie; Duday, David; Puhakka, Eini; Riihimäki, Markus; Keiski, Riitta; Chemin, Jean-Baptiste; Choquet, Patrick

    2015-04-01

    The accumulation of crystallization deposits at the surface of heat exchangers results in the increase of the heat transfer resistance and a drastic loss of efficiency. Coating surfaces with a thin film can limit the scale-surface adhesion force and thus the fouling process. This study compares the efficiency of TiO2 layers exhibiting various crystalline planes and microstructures to reduce the kinetic of fouling. Molecular modelling with density functional theory is first carried out to determine the energy of CaCO3 deposition on anatase (1 0 1), (0 0 4), and (2 0 0) surfaces as well as on a rutile (1 0 1) one. TiO2 thin films (thickness < 1 μm) are then synthesized by direct current and high power impulse magnetron sputtering (dcMS and HiPIMS respectively) in order to tune their crystallinity and microstructure. Lastly, the induction time to grow CaCO3 crystals at the surface of such materials is determined. Comparing the modelling and fouling results allows to draw general trends on the potential anti-scaling properties of TiO2 crystallized under various forms. Until now, such a comparison combining a theoretical approach with experimental fouling tests has never been reported in the literature.

  14. Magnetoelastic sensors in combination with nanometer-scale honeycombed thin film ceramic TiO2 for remote query measurement of humidity

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    Grimes, C. A.; Kouzoudis, D.; Dickey, E. C.; Qian, D.; Anderson, M. A.; Shahidain, R.; Lindsey, M.; Green, L.

    2000-01-01

    Ribbonlike magnetoelastic sensors can be considered the magnetic analog of an acoustic bell; in response to an externally applied magnetic field impulse the sensors emit magnetic flux with a characteristic resonant frequency. The magnetic flux can be detected external to the test area using a pick-up coil, enabling query remote monitoring of the sensor. The characteristic resonant frequency of a magnetoelastic sensor changes in response to mass loads. [L.D. Landau and E. M. Lifshitz, Theory of Elasticity, 3rd ed. (Pergamon, New York, 1986). p. 100].Therefore, remote query chemical sensors can be fabricated by combining the magnetoelastic sensors with a mass changing, chemically responsive layer. In this work magnetoelastic sensors are coated with humidity-sensitive thin films of ceramic, nanodimensionally porous TiO2 to make remote query humidity sensors. c2000 American Institute of Physics.

  15. Effect of Platelet Rich Plasma Combined with Chitosan Biodegradable Film on Full-Thickness Wound Healing in Rat Model

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    Mohammadi, Rahim; Mehrtash, Moein; Mehrtash, Moeid; Hassani, Nava; Hassanpour, Ali

    2016-01-01

    Objective: To assess the effects of platelet rich plasma (PRP) with chitosan biodegradable film on full thickness wound healing in rat. Methods: This was an experimental study being performed in 2015 during a 4-month period. Twenty-four male white Wistar rats were divided into four groups of 12 rats each, randomly: Control group (SHAM) with creation of wounds and no treatment, PRP group with creation of wounds and application of one milliliter PRP, Chitosan group (CHIT) with dressing the wound with chitosan and CHIT/PRP group with application of one mL PRPand dressing the wound with chitosan. The wounds were created by cutting healthy skin.Wound size was measured on 6, 9, 12, 15, 18 and 21 post surgery and was compared between groups. Results: Reduction in wound area, hydroxyproline contents and biomechanical parametersindicated there was significant difference (p=0.001) between group CHIT/PRP and other groups. Biomechanical testing was performed on day 9 post surgery in incisional model. Quantitative histological studies and mean rank of the qualitative studies demonstrated that there was significant difference (p<0.001) between group CHIT/PRP and other groups. Conclusion: PRP with chitosan have beneficial effects on wounds repair and could be suggested for treating various types of wounds in animals and human being. PMID:27162924

  16. Electronic structure of LiCoO{sub 2} thin films: A combined photoemission spectroscopy and density functional theory study

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    Ensling, David; Thissen, Andreas; Laubach, Stefan; Schmidt, Peter C.; Jaegermann, Wolfram

    2010-11-15

    The electronic properties of LiCoO{sub 2} have been studied by theoretical band-structure calculations (using density functional theory) and experimental methods (photoemission). Synchrotron-induced photoelectron spectroscopy, resonant photoemission spectroscopy (ResPES), and soft x-ray absorption (XAS) have been applied to investigate the electronic structure of both occupied and unoccupied states. High-quality PES spectra were obtained from stoichiometric and highly crystalline LiCoO{sub 2} thin films deposited ''in situ'' by rf magnetron sputtering. An experimental approach of separating oxygen- and cobalt-derived (final) states by ResPES in the valence-band region is presented. The procedure takes advantage of an antiresonant behavior of cobalt-derived states at the 3p-3d excitation threshold. Information about the unoccupied density of states has been obtained by O K XAS. The structure of the Co L absorption edge is compared to semiempirical charge-transfer multiplet calculations. The experimental results are furthermore compared with band-structure calculations considering three different exchange potentials [generalized gradient approximation (GGA), using a nonlocal Hubbard U (GGA+U) and using a hybrid functional (Becke, three-parameter, Lee-Yang-Parr [B3LYP])]. For these different approaches total density of states and partial valence-band density of states have been investigated. The best qualitative agreement with experimental results has been obtained by using a GGA+U functional with U=2.9 eV.

  17. Treatment of oil sands process-affected water (OSPW) using ozonation combined with integrated fixed-film activated sludge (IFAS).

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    Huang, Chunkai; Shi, Yijing; Gamal El-Din, Mohamed; Liu, Yang

    2015-11-15

    Two integrated fixed-film activated sludge (IFAS) reactors were operated continuously to treat raw (untreated) and ozonated (30 mg/L) oil sands process-affected water (OSPW). After 11 months, 12.1% of the acid extractable fraction (AEF) and 43.1% of the parent naphthenic acids (NAs) were removed in the raw OSPW IFAS, while 42.0% AEF and 80.2% of parent NAs were removed in the ozonated OSPW IFAS. UPLC/HRMS analysis showed that NA biodegradation significantly decreased as the NA cyclization number increased. Confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) results showed that the biofilm in the ozonated OSPW IFAS was significantly thicker (94 ± 1.6 μm) than the biofilm in the raw OSPW IFAS (72 ± 2.8 μm) after 283 days of cultivation. The quantitative polymerase chain reaction (q-PCR) revealed that the abundance proportions of both nitrifier genes (AomA, NSR and Nitro) and denitrifier genes (narG, nirS, nirK and nosZ) within total bacteria were significantly higher in biofilms than in flocs in the raw OSPW IFAS system, but a different trend was observed in the ozonated OSPW IFAS system. PMID:26318649

  18. Cross-linking effect on dielectric properties of polypropylene thin films and applications in electric energy storage

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    Yuan, Xuepei; Chung, T. C. Mike

    2011-02-01

    A family of cross-linked polypropylene (x-PP) thin film dielectrics is systematically studied to understand the cross-linking effect on the dielectric properties. Evidently, the butylstyrene (BSt) cross-linkers increase both the dielectric constant (ɛ) and breakdown strength (E), without increasing energy loss. An x-PP dielectric, with 3.65 mol % BSt cross-linkers, exhibits a ɛ ˜3, which is independent of a wide range of temperatures and frequencies, slim D-E hysteresis loops, high breakdown strength (E=650 MV/m), narrow breakdown distribution, and reliable energy storage capacity >5 J/cm3 (double that of state-of-the-art biaxially oriented polypropylene capacitors), without showing any increase in energy loss.

  19. Phenomenological theory of phase transitions in epitaxial BaxSr1-xTiO3 thin films on (111)-oriented cubic substrates

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    Shirokov, V. B.; Shakhovoy, R. A.; Razumnaya, A. G.; Yuzyuk, Yu. I.

    2015-07-01

    A phenomenological thermodynamic theory of BaxSr1-xTiO3 (BST-x) thin films epitaxially grown on (111)-oriented cubic substrates is developed using the Landau-Devonshire approach. The group-theoretical analysis of the low-symmetry phases was performed taking into account two order parameters: the polarization related to ionic shifts in polar zone-center F1u mode and the out-of-phase rotation of TiO6 octahedra corresponding to the R25 zone-boundary mode in the parent cubic phase P m 3 ¯ m . The eight-order thermodynamic potential for BST-x solid solutions was developed and analyzed. We constructed the "concentration-misfit strain" phase diagram for BST-x thin films at room temperature and found that polar rhombohedral R3m phase with the polarization normal to the substrate is stable for x > 0.72 and negative misfit strains, while ferroelectric monoclinic C2 and Cm phases with in-plane polarization are stable for much smaller x and positive or slightly negative misfit strains. We constructed the "temperature-misfit strain" phase diagrams for several concentrations (x = 1, 0.8, 0.6, 0.4, and 0.2). Systematic changes of the phase transition lines between the paraelectric and ferroelectric phases are discussed. The phase diagrams are useful for practical applications in thin-film engineering.

  20. Properties of single-layer MoS2 film fabricated by combination of sputtering deposition and post deposition sulfurization annealing using (t-C4H9)2S2

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    Ishihara, Seiya; Hibino, Yusuke; Sawamoto, Naomi; Suda, Kohei; Ohashi, Takumi; Matsuura, Kentarou; Machida, Hideaki; Ishikawa, Masato; Sudoh, Hiroshi; Wakabayashi, Hitoshi; Ogura, Atsushi

    2016-06-01

    The fabrication of a high-quality single-layer MoS2 film was achieved at a sufficiently low temperature of 500 °C by the combination of sputtering deposition and post deposition sulfurization annealing. Fabrication only by sputtering produces unintentionally sulfur-deficient nonstoichiometric films with poor crystalline quality in nature, making it difficult to fabricate atomically thin sputtered MoS2 films, especially with a single layer. From the results of the sulfurization annealing, sulfur deficiencies in the film were fully complemented and the crystalline quality, especially in-plane symmetry, was dramatically improved. The quasi-layered structure of the sputtered-MoS2 film led to the success in achieving low-temperature sulfurization annealing. Moreover, the film had large area uniformity, accurate thickness controllability, a direct bandgap of 1.86 eV, and an extremely high visible transmittance of more than 97%. Therefore, we consider that the fabrication technique will contribute to realizing MoS2 display applications such as a low-power-consumption thin-film-transistor liquid crystal display.

  1. A combined top-down/bottom-up approach to structuring multi-sensing zones on a thin film and the application to SPR sensors.

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    Choi, Youngbo; Shin, So Hyang; Hong, Surin; Kim, Younghun

    2016-08-26

    The development of a thin film with well-defined metallic micro/nanostructures, diverse surface functionalities, and superior electronic/optical properties has been a great challenge to researchers seeking an efficient method for the detection of various analytes in chemical and biological sensing applications. Herein, we report a facile and effective approach to the fabrication of an ordered gold island pattern on a glass substrate with contrasted chemical functionalities, which can provide spatially separated sensing zones for multi-detection. In the proposed method, the combination between the micro/nano-imprint lithography and sequential self-assembly approaches exhibited synergistic effects that allowed well-defined structuring and easy surface functionalization in separated sensing zones. Via imprint lithography, the uniform gold islands/glass structure was successfully fabricated from a readily available gold-coated glass film. In addition, a sequential self-assembling strategy and specific chemical-substrate interactions, such as thiol-gold and silane-glass, enabled the surfaces of gold islands and exposed portions of the glass substrate with contrasting chemical functionalities-SH-functionalized gold islands and NH2-functionalized glass substrate. A proof-of-concept experiment for the multi-detection of heavy metal ions (Hg(2+) and Cu(2+)) in an aqueous media was also successfully conducted using the dual-functionalized gold islands/glass structure and surface plasmon resonance measurements. The SH groups on the gold islands and the NH2 groups on the glass substrate functioned as spatially separated and selective receptors for Hg(2+) and Cu(2+) ions, respectively. Therefore, both the detection and quantification of Hg(2+) and Cu(2+) ions could be achieved using a single sensing substrate. PMID:27418406

  2. A combined top-down/bottom-up approach to structuring multi-sensing zones on a thin film and the application to SPR sensors

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    Choi, Youngbo; Hyang Shin, So; Hong, Surin; Kim, Younghun

    2016-08-01

    The development of a thin film with well-defined metallic micro/nanostructures, diverse surface functionalities, and superior electronic/optical properties has been a great challenge to researchers seeking an efficient method for the detection of various analytes in chemical and biological sensing applications. Herein, we report a facile and effective approach to the fabrication of an ordered gold island pattern on a glass substrate with contrasted chemical functionalities, which can provide spatially separated sensing zones for multi-detection. In the proposed method, the combination between the micro/nano-imprint lithography and sequential self-assembly approaches exhibited synergistic effects that allowed well-defined structuring and easy surface functionalization in separated sensing zones. Via imprint lithography, the uniform gold islands/glass structure was successfully fabricated from a readily available gold-coated glass film. In addition, a sequential self-assembling strategy and specific chemical–substrate interactions, such as thiol–gold and silane–glass, enabled the surfaces of gold islands and exposed portions of the glass substrate with contrasting chemical functionalities—SH-functionalized gold islands and NH2-functionalized glass substrate. A proof-of-concept experiment for the multi-detection of heavy metal ions (Hg2+ and Cu2+) in an aqueous media was also successfully conducted using the dual-functionalized gold islands/glass structure and surface plasmon resonance measurements. The SH groups on the gold islands and the NH2 groups on the glass substrate functioned as spatially separated and selective receptors for Hg2+ and Cu2+ ions, respectively. Therefore, both the detection and quantification of Hg2+ and Cu2+ ions could be achieved using a single sensing substrate.

  3. Failure of thin organic films by a combination of shearography and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy: the new concept of resistivity

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    Habib, Khaled

    2012-04-01

    A critical (steady state) value of the resistivity of different organic coatings was determined by a combination of optical shearography and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The behavior of organic coatings, i.e., ACE premiumgray enamel, white enamel, beige enamel (spray coatings), a yellow acrylic lacquer, and a gold nail polish on a metallic alloy, i.e., a carbon steel, was investigated over a temperature range of 20-60 °C. The value of the resistivity of coatings was determined by correlating the in-plan displacement of the coating (by shearography over a temperature range of 20- 60 °C) and the value of the alternating current (A.C) impedance of the coating by EIS in 3% NaCl solution. The integrity of the coatings with respect to time was assessed by comparison the measured value of resistivity to the critical (steady state) or asymptotic value of resistivity. In other words, by shearography, measurement of coating properties could be performed independent of parameters such as UV exposure, humidity, presence of chemical species, and other parameters which may normally interfere with conventional methods of the assessing of the integrity of coatings. Therefore, one may measure the resistivity of coatings, regardless of the history of the coating, in order to assess the integrity of coatings. Also, the obtained shearography data were found to be in a reasonable trend with the data of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) in 3%NaCl solution.

  4. Thin-Film Ferro Electric-Coupled Microstripline Phase Shifters With Reduced Device Hysteresis

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    Miranda, Felix A.; Romanofsky, Robert; Mueller, Carl H.; VanKeuls, Frederick

    2010-01-01

    This work deals with the performance of coupled microstripline phase shifters (CMPS) fabricated using BaxSr 1 -xTiO 3 (BST) ferroelectric thin films. The CMPS were fabricated using commercially available pulsed laser deposition BST films with Ba:Sr ratios of 30:70 and 20:80. Microwave characterization of these CMPS was performed at upper Kuband frequencies, particularly at frequencies near 16 and 18 GHz. X-ray diffraction studies indicate that the 30:70 films exhibit almost a 1:1 ratio between the in-plane and out-of-plane lattice parameters, suggesting that their cubics create strain -free films suitable for producing CMPS devices with reduced hysteresis in the paraelectric state. The quality of performance of the CMPS was studied based on their relative phase shift and insertion loss within the DC bias range of 0 to 400 V (i.e., E-field ranges within 0 to 53 V/micron). The performance of the CMPS was tested as a function of temperature to investigate their operation in the paraelectric, as well as in the ferroelectric, state (i.e., above and below the Curie temperature, respectively). The novel behavior discussed here is based on the experimental observation of the CMPS. This behavior, observed for the aforementioned cation ratio, highlights the relevance of good crystalline structure for high-quality CMPS.

  5. Anxiety- and depression-like behavior in mice lacking the CD157/BST1 gene, a risk factor for Parkinson's disease

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    Lopatina, Olga; Yoshihara, Toru; Nishimura, Tomoko; Zhong, Jing; Akther, Shirin; Fakhrul, Azam A. K. M.; Liang, Mingkun; Higashida, Chiharu; Sumi, Kohei; Furuhara, Kazumi; Inahata, Yuki; Huang, Jian-Jung; Koizumi, Keita; Yokoyama, Shigeru; Tsuji, Takahiro; Petugina, Yulia; Sumarokov, Andrei; Salmina, Alla B.; Hashida, Koji; Kitao, Yasuko; Hori, Osamu; Asano, Masahide; Kitamura, Yoji; Kozaka, Takashi; Shiba, Kazuhiro; Zhong, Fangfang; Xie, Min-Jue; Sato, Makoto; Ishihara, Katsuhiko; Higashida, Haruhiro

    2014-01-01

    CD157, known as bone marrow stromal cell antigen-1, is a glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored ADP-ribosyl cyclase that supports the survival and function of B-lymphocytes and hematopoietic or intestinal stem cells. Although CD157/Bst1 is a risk locus in Parkinson's disease (PD), little is known about the function of CD157 in the nervous system and contribution to PD progression. Here, we show that no apparent motor dysfunction was observed in young knockout (CD157−/−) male mice under less aging-related effects on behaviors. CD157−/− mice exhibited anxiety-related and depression-like behaviors compared with wild-type mice. These behaviors were rescued through treatment with anti-psychiatric drugs and oxytocin. CD157 was weakly expressed in the amygdala and c-Fos immunoreactivity in the amygdala was less evident in CD157−/− mice than in wild-type mice. These results demonstrate for the first time that CD157 plays a role as a neuro-regulator and suggest a potential role in pre-motor symptoms in PD. PMID:24795584

  6. Investigations of sol gel-derived highly (100)-oriented Ba0.5Sr0.5TiO3 : MgO composite thin films for phase-shifter applications

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    Jain, M.; Majumder, S. B.; Katiyar, R. S.; Bhalla, A. S.; Miranda, F. A.; van Keuls, F. W.

    2005-02-01

    Sol gel deposition of highly oriented Ba0.5Sr0.5TiO3 : MgO composite thin films has shown desirable dielectric constant reduction and higher figure of merit for phase-shifter applications. In this multilayer configuration, MgO distributed homogeneously through the Ba0.5Sr0.5TiO3 (BST50) matrix, and it helped in tailoring the dielectric constant and reducing the loss tangent significantly. In the present study, the high-frequency dielectric behavior of the films has been evaluated by fabricating an eight-element coupled microstrip phase shifter and measuring the degree of phase shift and insertion loss as a function of applied voltage at room temperature. An increase in phase-shifter figure of merit (degree of phase shift per dB insertion loss) from 28°/dB for pure BST50 to 71°/dB for a BST50 : MgO film (at 14 GHz and 333 kV/cm) has been observed.

  7. Dependence of luminescence efficiency on dopant concentration and sintering temperature in the erbium-doped Ba0.7Sr0.3TiO3 thin films

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    Kuo, Shou-Yi; Chen, Chin-Sheng; Tseng, Tseung-Yuen; Chang, S.-C.; Hsieh, Wen-Feng

    2002-08-01

    We found the dependence of luminescence efficiency on Er3+ concentration and sintering temperature in the Er-doped Ba0.7Sr0.3TiO3 (BST) thin films is governed by crystallinity and ion-ion interaction. X-ray diffraction and Raman studies of the sol-gel prepared samples show that the BST polycrystalline phase occurred when the sintering temperature reaches 700 degC, whereas, it becomes worse for temperature above 700 degC resulting from phase separation and the Er3+ concentration exceeding 3 mol % due to charge compensation mechanism. The observed green emission reaches maximum at sintering temperature 700 degC and 3 mol % Er3+ ions concentration. We also showed the Er dopant does not affect the dielectric property of BST thin films in C-V measurement and the Ba0.7Sr0.3TiO3 films doped with Er3+ ions may have potential use for electroluminescence devices.

  8. Label-Free real-time quantification of enzyme levels by interferometric spectroscopy combined with gelatin-modified nanoporous anodic alumina photonic films.

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    Nemati, Mahdieh; Santos, Abel; Kumeria, Tushar; Losic, Dusan

    2015-09-01

    Herein, we present an interferometric sensor based on the combination of chemically functionalized nanoporous anodic alumina photonic films (NAA-PFs) and reflectometric interference spectroscopy (RIfS) aimed to detect trace levels of enzymes by selective digestion of gelatin. The fabrication and sensing performance of the proposed sensor were characterized in real-time by estimating the changes in effective optical thickness (i.e., sensing principle) of gelatin-modified NAA-PFs (i.e., sensing element) during enzymatic digestion. The working range (WR), sensitivity (S), low limit of detection (LLoD), and linearity (R(2)) of this enzymatic sensor were established by a series of experiments with different concentrations of gelatin (i.e., specific chemical sensing element) and trypsin (i.e., analyte), a model protease enzyme with relevant implications as a biomarker in the diagnosis of several diseases. The chemical selectivity of the sensor was demonstrated by comparison of gelatin digestion by other nonspecific enzyme models such as chymotrypsin and horseradish peroxidase. Furthermore, the role of the chemical sensing element (i.e., gelatin) was assessed by using hemoglobin instead of gelatin. Finally, we demonstrated that this sensor can be readily used to establish the kinetic parameters of enzymatic reactions. The obtained results revealed that the presented sensor has a promising potential to be used as a point-of-care system for fast detection of gastrointestinal diseases at early stages. PMID:26259031

  9. A facial approach combining photosensitive sol-gel with self-assembly method to fabricate superhydrophobic TiO2 films with patterned surface structure

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    Duan, Zongfan; Zhao, Zhen; Luo, Dan; Zhao, Maiqun; Zhao, Gaoyang

    2016-01-01

    Superhydrophobic TiO2 films with micro-patterned surface structure was prepared through a facial approach combining photosensitive sol-gel method with following surface modification by 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorooctyltrichlorosilane (PFOTCS). The patterned surface possessed quasi micro-lens array structure resembling processus mastoideus of lotus, leading to excellent hydrophobicity. The relationship between hydrophobic performance and the period of the micro-patterned TiO2 surface was investigated. The water contact angles (CAs) of micro-patterned TiO2 surface increased with the decrease of the periods, and the patterned surface with the lowest period of 0.83 μm showed the highest CA of 163°. It suggests that this approach would offer an advantage to control the wettability properties of superhydrophobic surfaces by adjusting the fine pattern structure. Furthermore, the superhydrophobic state could be converted to the state of superhydrophilicity under ultraviolet (UV) illumination as a result of the photocatalytic decomposition of the PFOTCS monolayer on the micro-patterned TiO2 Surface.

  10. Introduction to Film and Video--An Integrative Approach.

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    Lev, Peter; Moore, Barry

    1986-01-01

    Outlines an introductory course that combines filmmaking experience with theoretical and critical film studies. Approach combines traditional aesthetic emphasis with practical understanding of how films are made. (MS)

  11. A tunable metamaterial dependent on electric field at terahertz with barium strontium titanate thin film

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    Bian, Yanlong; Zhai, Jiwei; Wu, Chao; Li, Hongqiang

    2014-01-27

    A tunable metamaterial with resonance frequency at terahertz (THz) was developed. Electromagnetic response of the metamaterial was characterized with THz time domain spectrometer at various direct current electric fields. The resonance frequency increased monotonously with increasing electric field. The finite difference time domain method was used to simulate the transmission spectra of the metamaterial at THz frequencies. By comparing the simulated resonance frequency with the experimental curve, dielectric property of the Ba{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}TiO{sub 3} (BST60) thin film at THz, over 0–33 kV/cm, was evaluated.

  12. Degradation of thermal barrier coatings on an Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) simulated film-cooled turbine vane pressure surface due to particulate fly ash deposition

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    Luo, Kevin

    Coal synthesis gas (syngas) can introduce contaminants into the flow of an Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) industrial gas turbine which can form molten deposits onto components of the first stage of a turbine. Research is being conducted at West Virginia University (WVU) to study the effects of particulate deposition on thermal barrier coatings (TBC) employed on the airfoils of an IGCC turbine hot section. WVU had been working with U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) to simulate deposition on the pressure side of an IGCC turbine first stage vane to study the effects on film cooling. To simulate the particulate deposition, TBC coated, angled film-cooled test articles were subjected to accelerated deposition injected into the flow of a combustor facility with a pressure of approximately 4 atm and a gas temperature of 1560 K. The particle characteristics between engine conditions and laboratory are matched using the Stokes number and particulate loading. To investigate the degradation on the TBC from the particulate deposition, non-destructive evaluations were performed using a load-based multiple-partial unloading micro-indentation technique and were followed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) evaluation and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) examinations. The micro-indentation technique used in the study was developed by Kang et al. and can quantitatively evaluate the mechanical properties of materials. The indentation results found that the Young's Modulus of the ceramic top coat is higher in areas with deposition formation due to the penetration of the fly ash. The increase in the modulus of elasticity has been shown to result in a reduction of strain tolerance of the 7% yttria-stabilized zirconia (7YSZ) TBC coatings. The increase in the Young's modulus of the ceramic top coat is due to the stiffening of the YSZ columnar microstructure from the cooled particulate fly ash. SEM evaluation was used to

  13. Flexoelectricity in barium strontium titanate thin film

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    Kwon, Seol Ryung; Huang, Wenbin; Yuan, Fuh-Gwo; Jiang, Xiaoning; Shu, Longlong; Maria, Jon-Paul

    2014-10-06

    Flexoelectricity, the linear coupling between the strain gradient and the induced electric polarization, has been intensively studied as an alternative to piezoelectricity. Especially, it is of interest to develop flexoelectric devices on micro/nano scales due to the inherent scaling effect of flexoelectric effect. Ba{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}TiO{sub 3} thin film with a thickness of 130 nm was fabricated on a silicon wafer using a RF magnetron sputtering process. The flexoelectric coefficients of the prepared thin films were determined experimentally. It was revealed that the thin films possessed a transverse flexoelectric coefficient of 24.5 μC/m at Curie temperature (∼28 °C) and 17.44 μC/m at 41 °C. The measured flexoelectric coefficients are comparable to that of bulk BST ceramics, which are reported to be 10–100 μC/m. This result suggests that the flexoelectric thin film structures can be effectively used for micro/nano-sensing devices.

  14. Integration of ferroelectric thin films in microwave devices

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    Lam, Peter Gaifun

    Recent growth in wireless communication industry has led to a growing search for alternative technologies that can provide higher flexibility and efficiency in the handling of radio frequency spectrum, and preferably at a similar or lower cost than the present technologies. Thin film barium strontium titanate has shown great promises for microwave applications. There are two goals in this thesis: (1) To show a methodology for integration of BST thin films in microwave devices operating at frequencies above 6 GHz, and (2) To explore the limits of material optimization for increased device performance. The integration of BST thin film with a 3rd order combline-based bandpass filter in the frequency range of 6 to 18 GHz was demonstrated. Alumina substrates with filled vias were used to support the devices. Optimized (Ba 0.7Sr0.3)TiO3 film was deposited and patterned in alumina substrate. Planar gap capacitors were patterned with a Cr/Au metal stack while the rest of the device layout was patterned with silver metal and electroplated with copper. The measured microwave characteristics of the bandpass filters fall within the specifications of the design but more improvements were needed to lower the insertion loss and the frequency tunability for devices operating at frequency above 12 GHz. The metallization impact on the microwave devices was studied. Two variables were tested with electroplated copper: (1) Thickness, and (2) geometry with respect to the gap. Increasing the thickness of the copper decreases the insertion loss of the device. Metal thickness beyond three skin depths does not impart significant improvement. Plating distances to the edge of the gap in the capacitor has not effect in the insertion loss of the filter. Tunability limit of coplanar gap capacitors was investigated. A series of gap capacitors with different geometry were tested. In the limit of low capacitance values, a fringe capacitance is observed, which measured to be in the range of 50

  15. Elements of Film.

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    Bobker, Lee R.

    A film is the successful combination of two distinct groups of elements: (1) the technical elements by which the film is made (camera, lighting, sound and editing) and (2) the esthetic elements that transform the craft into an art. This book attempts to combine the study of these elements by providing technical information about the process of…

  16. Water depth penetration film test

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    Lockwood, H. E.; Perry, L.; Sauer, G. E.; Lamar, N. T.

    1974-01-01

    As part of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Earth Resources Program, a comparative and controlled evaluation of nine film-filter combinations was completed to establish the relative effectiveness in recording water subsurface detail if exposed from an aerial platform over a typical water body. The films tested, with one exception, were those which prior was suggested had potential. These included an experimental 2-layer positive color film, a 2-layer (minus blue layer) film, a normal 3-layer color film, a panchromatic black-and-white film, and a black-and-white infrared film. Selective filtration was used with all films.

  17. Combination of electron energy-loss spectroscopy and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy to determine indium concentration in InGaN thin film structures

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    Wang, X.; Chauvat, M. P.; Ruterana, P.; Walther, T.

    2015-11-01

    We demonstrate a method to determine the indium concentration, x, of In x Ga1-x N thin films by combining plasmon excitation studies in electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) with a novel way of quantification of the intensity of x-ray lines in energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDXS). The plasmon peak in EELS of InGaN is relatively broad. We fitted a Lorentz function to the main plasmon peak to suppress noise and the influence from the neighboring Ga 3d transition in the spectrum, which improves the precision in the evaluation of the plasmon peak position. As the indium concentration of InGaN is difficult to control during high temperature growth due to partial In desorption, the nominal indium concentrations provided by the growers were not considered reliable. The indium concentration obtained from EDXS quantification using Oxford Instrument ISIS 300 x-ray standard quantification software often did not agree with the nominal indium concentration, and quantification using K and L lines was inconsistent. We therefore developed a self-consistent iterative procedure to determine the In content from thickness-dependent k-factors, as described in recent work submitted to Journal of Microscopy. When the plasmon peak position is plotted versus the indium concentration from EDXS we obtain a linear relationship over the whole compositional range, and the standard error from linear least-squares fitting shows that the indium concentration can be determined from the plasmon peak position to within Δx = ± 0.037 standard deviation.

  18. Challenges and opportunities for multi-functional oxide thin films for voltage tunable radio frequency/microwave components

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    Subramanyam, Guru; Cole, M. W.; Sun, Nian X.; Kalkur, Thottam S.; Sbrockey, Nick M.; Tompa, Gary S.; Guo, Xiaomei; Chen, Chonglin; Alpay, S. P.; Rossetti, G. A.; Dayal, Kaushik; Chen, Long-Qing; Schlom, Darrell G.

    2013-11-21

    There has been significant progress on the fundamental science and technological applications of complex oxides and multiferroics. Among complex oxide thin films, barium strontium titanate (BST) has become the material of choice for room-temperature-based voltage-tunable dielectric thin films, due to its large dielectric tunability and low microwave loss at room temperature. BST thin film varactor technology based reconfigurable radio frequency (RF)/microwave components have been demonstrated with the potential to lower the size, weight, and power needs of a future generation of communication and radar systems. Low-power multiferroic devices have also been recently demonstrated. Strong magneto-electric coupling has also been demonstrated in different multiferroic heterostructures, which show giant voltage control of the ferromagnetic resonance frequency of more than two octaves. This manuscript reviews recent advances in the processing, and application development for the complex oxides and multiferroics, with the focus on voltage tunable RF/microwave components. The over-arching goal of this review is to provide a synopsis of the current state-of the-art of complex oxide and multiferroic thin film materials and devices, identify technical issues and technical challenges that need to be overcome for successful insertion of the technology for both military and commercial applications, and provide mitigation strategies to address these technical challenges.

  19. Combined in situ FTIR-spectroscopic and electrochemical analysis of nanopores in ultra-thin SiOx-like plasma polymer barrier films

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    Liu, C.-N.; Ozkaya, B.; Steves, S.; Awakowicz, P.; Grundmeier, G.

    2013-02-01

    Plasma polymerized SiOx barrier films were investigated by means of in situ spectroscopic and electrochemical methods to correlate the process parameters such as applied substrate bias with the resulting barrier properties. SiOx layers with various hexamethyldisiloxane/oxygen ratio were deposited with and without applied substrate bias. The resulting film morphologies were characterized by means of atomic force microscopy, and the presence of nanopores was analysed by cyclic voltammetry. In order to compare the film density and the presence of nanopore structure, evaluation of interfacial hydroxyl groups was performed by means of discrete polarization modulation Fourier transform infrared reflection-absorption spectroscopy in atmospheres with controlled partial pressures of H2O or D2O. It could be shown that the electrochemical and in situ spectroscopic approach allows for the analysis of nanopores and that a clear correlation of process parameters and film structure can be established.

  20. Combined effects of Bi deficiency and Mn substitution on the structural transformation and functionality of BiFeO{sub 3} films

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    Chen, Jingyi; Wang, Yao Deng, Yuan

    2014-11-07

    Mn-doped BiFeO{sub 3} films with Mn contents of 5 and 10 mol. % were prepared via a chemical route. A carefully controlled amount of Bi deficiency was introduced to further tune the lattice structure and the functionality of multiferroic BiFeO{sub 3}. The crystal structure of Bi{sub 1−δ}Fe{sub 1−x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 3} films was investigated by X-ray diffraction and Raman spectra; a rhombohedral-to-orthorhombic phase transition was revealed. The observed double hysteresis loops and two capacitance maxima from polarization vs electric field and capacitance-voltage measurements indicate an antiferroelectric-like behavior. Additionally, the coexistence of ferroelectric (FE) and antiferroelectric (AFE) phases in Bi{sub 1−δ}Fe{sub 1−x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 3} films was revealed from the domain structures obtained by piezoelectric force microscopy. The effects of Mn substitution in conjunction with Bi deficiency on the FE-AFE phase transition and electrical behavior of BiFeO{sub 3} films are discussed in detail. Meanwhile, magnetic and photoluminescence measurements on the films illustrate that Mn substitution gives rise to the net magnetic moment and the defects induced by both Bi deficiency and Mn substitution influence the electronic structure of BiFeO{sub 3} films. This study thus shows a simple and effective way to control the functionalities of BiFeO{sub 3} films.

  1. Thermoelectric characterization and fabrication of nanostructured p-type Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 and n-type Bi2Te3 thin film thermoelectric energy generator with an in-plane planar structure

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    Park, No-Won; Park, Tae-Hyun; Ahn, Jay-Young; Kang, So-Hyeon; Lee, Won-Yong; Yoon, Young-Gui; Yoon, Soon-Gil; Lee, Sang-Kwon

    2016-06-01

    This paper presents in-plane bismuth-telluride-based thermoelectric (TE) energy generators fabricated using metal-shadow and radio-frequency sputtering methods at room temperature. The TE energy generators consist of four couples of 300-nm-thick nanostructured Bi2Te3 (n-BT) and Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 (p-BST) thin films used as n-type and p-type materials, respectively, on a Si substrate for the p/n junctions of the TE energy generators. Furthermore, the effect of annealing treatment of both n-BT and p-BST thin films on the electrical and TE properties as well as the TE performance of the TE energy generators is discussed. By varying the temperature between the hot and cold junction legs of the n-BT/p-BST in-plane TE energy generators annealed at 200 °C, the maximum output voltage and power are determined to be ˜3.6 mV and ˜1.1 nW, respectively, at a temperature difference of 50 K. The output powers increased by ˜590% compared to that of the as-grown TE generator at a temperature difference of 90 K. This improvement in the TE performance is attributed to the enhancement of the electrical conductivity after heat treatment. From a numerical simulation conducted using a commercial software (COMSOL), we are confident that it plays a crucial role in determining the dimension (i.e., thickness of each leg) and material properties of both n-BT and p-BST materials of the in-plane TE energy generators.

  2. Structural and dielectric properties of Ba0.7Sr0.3TiO3 thin films grown by PLD

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    James, K. K.; Satish, B.; Jayaraj, M. K.

    2014-01-01

    Ferroelectric thin films of Ba0.7Sr0.3TiO3 (BST) were deposited on Si/SiO2/TiO2/Pt (PtSi) substrate by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). Crystalline films with perovskite structure were obtained without post-deposition annealing. Phase purity of the deposited films was confirmed by x-ray diffraction. The lowest value of FWHM obtained for the film deposited at oxygen pressure 5.4×10-4 mbar and substrate temperature 600°C, indicates the high crystallinity of the film. The room temperature dielectric constant at 100 kHz was 85. Butterfly loop, which is the characteristic of ferroelectric materials, was obtained in the regime of -4 to +4V. The leakage current density was nearly 9×10-13 Acm-2.

  3. Structural and dielectric properties of Ba{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}TiO{sub 3} thin films grown by PLD

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    James, K. K.; Satish, B.; Jayaraj, M. K.

    2014-01-28

    Ferroelectric thin films of Ba{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}TiO{sub 3} (BST) were deposited on Si/SiO{sub 2}/TiO{sub 2}/Pt (PtSi) substrate by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). Crystalline films with perovskite structure were obtained without post-deposition annealing. Phase purity of the deposited films was confirmed by x-ray diffraction. The lowest value of FWHM obtained for the film deposited at oxygen pressure 5.4×10{sup −4} mbar and substrate temperature 600°C, indicates the high crystallinity of the film. The room temperature dielectric constant at 100 kHz was 85. Butterfly loop, which is the characteristic of ferroelectric materials, was obtained in the regime of −4 to +4V. The leakage current density was nearly 9×10{sup −13} Acm{sup −2}.

  4. The influence of strain on the dielectric behavior of (Ba, Sr) Ti{sub 1+x}O{sub 3} thin films grown by LS-MOCVD on Pt/SiO{sub 2}/Si.

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    Streiffer, S. K.

    1998-10-14

    The strain state and its coupling to dielectric behavior have been investigated for (100) BST thin films deposited on Pt/SiO{sub 2}/Si at 640 C. It is estimated from x-ray diffraction that the in-plane biaxial strain is approximately 0.7%. We postulate that this is of sufficient magnitude to confine any spontaneous polarization to the plane of the film. The thickness-corrected dielectric behavior perpendicular to the substrate for these samples shows evidence of coupling to such an in-plane phase transition at approximately 390K, as manifested by deviation from Curie-Weiss-like behavior at this temperature.

  5. Geometry optimization and excited state properties of the new symmetric (E)-Stilbene derivative for application in thermostable polarizing PVA-films: A combined experimental and DFT approach

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    Shahab, Siyamak; Almodarresiyeh, Hora Alhosseini; Filippovich, Liudmila; Hajikolaee, Fatemeh Haji; Kumar, Rakesh; Darroudi, Mahdieh; Mashayekhi, Mahsa

    2016-09-01

    In the present work, quantum-chemical calculations used for the structural analysis of the new symmetric (E)-Stilbene derivative: (Potassium 2,2‧-((ethane-1,2-diylbis(4,1-phenylene))bis(azanediyl))diacetate) (P) (Trans isomer) using DFT/B3LYP/LanL2MB level of theory. The FT-IR and 1H NMR spectra of the compound P are presented. The electronic absorption spectrum of the P in aqueous medium was calculated using TDB3LYP/LanL2MB method. The excitation energies, electronic transitions and oscillator strengths for studied structure have also been calculated. The experimental, calculated UV/Vis and emission spectra of the P are presented and discussed. The geometry optimization of the molecule P in excited state and its electronic spectrum was carried out by the same method. In excited state the molecule P loses its symmetry and becomes unstable form. First time on the basis of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and the new designed structure P thermostable polarizing film absorbing at λmax = 410 nm was created. Polarizing Efficiency (PE) of obtained film is 96% at Stretching Degree (Rs) 3.0. In oriented PVA-films is the phenomenon of anisotropy of thermal conductivity (λ||/λ⊥) which is very important for development of thermostable polarizing films.

  6. Combinatorial studies in Ba0.45Sr0.55TiO3 thin films for microwave components by radio frequency magnetron sputtering

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    Alema, Fikadu; Reinholz, Aaron; Pokhodnya, Konstantin

    2014-03-01

    The optimization of dielectric properties of ferroelectric thin films for microwave applications can be limited due to the time and resources consumption of the corresponding device fabrication and testing for each doping level. We report the use of a combinatorial technique to achieve the optimal doping level of Ba0.45Sr0.55TiO3 (BST) thin film with three dopants, Mg, Nb and lanthanide (Ln) metal. The process uses two R.F. magnetron sputtering BST sources doped with few at. % of MgII/NbV in charge compensating concentration and LnIV, respectively. The guns were shifted and tilted each by 30° in opposite directions to realize the dopants gradient across a static wafer. The film is reactively co-sputtered on the static 4'' platinized Al2O3 wafer. The film crystallinity and phase purity were analyzed and correlated to its dielectric properties measured on 2432 MIM capacitors that are of lithographically fabricated using Pt top electrode. After electrical testing, the wafer was diced into 22 16x16 mm2 samples, and the elemental analysis of each piece was performed. The correlation between the composition and dielectric properties was established and the optimal dopant concentrations for obtaining maximum tunability of 75% and minimum loss of 0.02 were determined.

  7. The New Film Technologies: Computerized Video-Assisted Film Production.

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    Mott, Donald R.

    Over the past few years, video technology has been used to assist film directors after they have shot a scene, to control costs, and to create special effects, especially computer assisted graphics. At present, a computer based editing system called "Film 5" combines computer technology and video tape with film to save as much as 50% of the cost…

  8. Film Reviews.

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    Lance, Larry M.; Atwater, Lynn

    1987-01-01

    Reviews four Human Sexuality films and videos. These are: "Personal Decisions" (Planned Parenthood Federation of America, 1985); "The Touch Film" (Sterling Production, 1986); "Rethinking Rape" (Film Distribution Center, 1985); "Not A Love Story" (National Film Board of Canada, 1981). (AEM)

  9. Electronic structure and optical responses of nanocrystalline BiGaO{sub 3} films: A combination study of experiment and theory

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    Zhang, J. Z.; Zhu, J. J.; Duan, C. G.; Chu, J. H.; Ding, H. C.; Li, Y. W.; Hu, Z. G.; Meng, X. J.

    2014-02-28

    High-quality nanocrystalline BiGaO{sub 3} (BGO) films have been prepared by a modified sol-gel method. X-ray diffraction analysis shows that the films are polycrystalline and exhibit an orthorhombic structure. The dispersion functions near infrared-ultraviolet region were extracted by fitting spectroscopic ellipsometry with the Tauc-Lorentz model. Moreover, first-principle calculations on dielectric functions and band gap were carried out, which are in good agreement with the experimental results. It was found that BGO belongs to an indirect band gap oxide with the fundamental gap of about 2.17 eV, which is suitable for ferroelectric based photovoltaic devices.

  10. Agarose film liquid phase microextraction combined with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry for the determination of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in water.

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    Sanagi, Mohd Marsin; Loh, Saw Hong; Wan Ibrahim, Wan Aini; Hasan, Mohamed Noor

    2012-11-01

    Agarose film liquid phase microextraction (AF-LPME) procedure for the extraction and preconcentration of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in water has been investigated. Agarose film was used for the first time as an interface between donor and acceptor phases in liquid phase microextraction which allowed for selective extraction of the analytes prior to gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Using 1-octanol as acceptor phase, high enrichment factors in the range of 57-106 for the targeted analytes (fluorene, phenanthrene, fluoranthene and pyrene) were achieved. Under the optimum extraction conditions, the method showed good linearity in the range of 0.1-200 μgL(-1), good correlation coefficients in the range of 0.9963-0.9999, acceptable reproducibility (RSD 6.1-9.2%, n=3), low limits of detection (0.01-0.04 μgL(-1)) and satisfactory relative recoveries (92.9-104.7%). As the AF-LPME device was non-expensive, reuse or recycle of the film was not required, thus eliminating the possibility of analytes carry-over between runs. The AF-LPME technique is environment-friendly and compatible with the green chemistry concept as agarose is biodegradable polysaccharide extracted from seaweed and the procedure requires small volume of organic solvent and generates little waste. The validated method was successfully applied to the analysis of the four analytes in river water samples. PMID:23021646

  11. Growth and Study of Cuprate Thin Film Heterostructures Combining La2CuO4+δ and LaCuO3-δ

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    Marmol, Rodrigo; Burquest, Franklin; Cox, Nicholas; Nelson-Cheeseman, Brittany

    Cuprate materials have shown promise as fuel cell cathode materials. Both the layered perovskite, La2CuO4+δ, and its 3D perovskite counterpart, LaCuO3-δ, demonstrate the simultaneous electronic and ionic conduction necessary for fuel cell cathode materials. The layered perovskite allows for oxygen interstitial diffusion through the material. Meanwhile, the 3D perovskite readily creates oxygen vacancies, allowing for oxygen vacancy diffusion through the material. In this work, we investigate thin film heterostructures created from these two disparate materials to understand how the local oxygen diffusion phenomena affect the local structure and electrical transport of cuprates. The growth of these heterostructures is possible through the atomic monolayer control of Molecular Beam Epitaxy with in-situ monitoring via Reflective High Energy Electron Diffraction. The superlattice structure is characterized by x-ray reflectivity, and the crystal structure of the disparate phases is characterized by x-ray diffraction. A custom electrical transport system is used to characterize the electrical transport of the films. We compare these heterostructures with the single-phase films of La2CuO4+δand LaCuO3-δin order to understand how this heterostructuring may modify the structure and electrical properties.

  12. Transparent conducting Al-doped ZnO thin films prepared by magnetron sputtering with dc and rf powers applied in combination

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    Minami, Tadatsugu; Ohtani, Yuusuke; Miyata, Toshihiro; Kuboi, Takeshi

    2007-07-15

    A newly developed Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin-film magnetron-sputtering deposition technique that decreases resistivity, improves resistivity distribution, and produces high-rate depositions has been demonstrated by dc magnetron-sputtering depositions that incorporate rf power (dc+rf-MS), either with or without the introduction of H{sub 2} gas into the deposition chamber. The dc+rf-MS preparations were carried out in a pure Ar or an Ar+H{sub 2} (0%-2%) gas atmosphere at a pressure of 0.4 Pa by adding a rf component (13.56 MHz) to a constant dc power of 80 W. The deposition rate in a dc+rf-MS deposition incorporating a rf power of 150 W was approximately 62 nm/min, an increase from the approximately 35 nm/min observed in dc magnetron sputtering with a dc power of 80 W. A resistivity as low as 3x10{sup -4} {omega} cm and an improved resistivity distribution could be obtained in AZO thin films deposited on substrates at a low temperature of 150 deg. C by dc+rf-MS with the introduction of hydrogen gas with a content of 1.5%. This article describes the effects of adding a rf power component (i.e., dc+rf-MS deposition) as well as introducing H{sub 2} gas into dc magnetron-sputtering preparations of transparent conducting AZO thin films.

  13. Microwave dielectric and optical properties of amorphous and crystalline Ba0.5Sr0.5TiO3 thin films

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    Goud, J. Pundareekam; Joseph, Andrews; Ramakanth, S.; Naidu, Kuna Lakshun; Raju, K. C. James

    2016-05-01

    The thin films of composition Ba0.5Sr0.5TiO3 (BST5) were deposited by Pulsed Laser Deposition technique on amorphous fused silica substrates at room temperature (RT) and at 700°C. The film deposited at RT is amorphous while the other crystallized in cubic structure. The refractive index (n) and optical band gap (Eg) extracted from transmission spectra in the 190 -2500 nm range. Microwave dielectric properties were investigated using the Split Post Dielectric Resonators (SPDR) technique at spot frequencies of 10GHz and 20GHz. The experimental results show that thin films deposited at high temperature (700°C) shows very high dielectric constant for both 10GHz and 20 GHz. These high dielectric constant films can be used in a wide range of applications such as capacitors, non-volatile high speed random access memories, and electro-optic devices.

  14. Emergence and spread of O16-ST131 and O25b-ST131 clones among faecal CTX-M-producing Escherichia coli in healthy individuals in Hunan Province, China

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    Zhong, Yi-Ming; Liu, Wen-En; Liang, Xiang-Hui; Li, Yan-Ming; Jian, Zi-Juan; Hawkey, Peter M.

    2015-01-01

    Objectives The objectives of this study were to determine CTX-M-producing Escherichia coli ST131 strain prevalence in stool specimens from healthy subjects in central China and to molecularly characterize clonal groups. Methods From November 2013 to January 2014, stool specimens from healthy individuals in Hunan Province were screened for ESBL-producing E. coli using chromogenic medium and CTX-M genotypes and phylogenetic groups were determined. ST131 clonal groups were detected by PCR and characterized for antibiotic resistance, fimH, gyrA and parC alleles, plasmid-mediated quinolone resistance determinants, virulence genotypes and PFGE patterns. Results Among 563 subjects, 287 (51.0%) exhibited the presence of faecal ESBL-producing E. coli, all of which produced CTX-M enzymes. The most common CTX-M genotypes were CTX-M-14 (48.4%), CTX-M-15 (27.5%) and CTX-M-27 (15.0%). Of the 287 CTX-M-producing isolates, 32 (11.1%) belonged to the ST131 clone. O16-ST131 isolates were dominant (75%) and contained the fimH41 allele. The remaining eight (25%) ST131 isolates were of the O25b subgroup and contained fimH30 or fimH41. Ciprofloxacin resistance was found in 100% of the O25b-ST131 isolates, whereas only 8% of the O16-ST131 isolates were resistant. All of the O25b-ST131 isolates except one showed gyrA1AB and parC1aAB mutations; most of the O16-ST131 isolates had gyrA1A and parC1b mutations. The virulence genotypes of O16-ST131 resembled those of the O25b-ST131 isolates. The 32 ST131 isolates formed one large group at the 64% similarity level. They comprised 15 PFGE groups (defined at ≥85% similarity). Conclusions O16-ST131 isolates have emerged as the predominant type of ST131 isolate in faecal CTX-M-producing E. coli in healthy individuals in China. PMID:25957581

  15. NMR characterization of thin films

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    Gerald II, Rex E.; Klingler, Robert J.; Rathke, Jerome W.; Diaz, Rocio; Vukovic, Lela

    2010-06-15

    A method, apparatus, and system for characterizing thin film materials. The method, apparatus, and system includes a container for receiving a starting material, applying a gravitational force, a magnetic force, and an electric force or combinations thereof to at least the starting material, forming a thin film material, sensing an NMR signal from the thin film material and analyzing the NMR signal to characterize the thin film of material.

  16. NMR characterization of thin films

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    Gerald, II, Rex E.; Klingler, Robert J.; Rathke, Jerome W.; Diaz, Rocio; Vukovic, Lela

    2008-11-25

    A method, apparatus, and system for characterizing thin film materials. The method, apparatus, and system includes a container for receiving a starting material, applying a gravitational force, a magnetic force, and an electric force or combinations thereof to at least the starting material, forming a thin film material, sensing an NMR signal from the thin film material and analyzing the NMR signal to characterize the thin film of material.

  17. Coupled microstrip line microwave phase shifter using ferroelectric thin film varactors

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    Sheng, Su; Ong, C. K.

    2012-02-01

    This article presents a coupled microstrip line microwave phase shifter using ferroelectric thin film varactors with parallel plate electrodes integrated on high-resistivity silicon substrate. This design is proposed as a component in low-cost beam scanning phased array antennas. The phase shifter structure consists of coupled microstrip line periodically loaded with eight BaxSr1-xTiO3 (BST) varactors and two planar Marchand baluns. The planar Marchand baluns work as the transformers of odd mode excitation and a transmission stop circuit for even mode excitation as well as the impedance matching networks. A differential phase shift of 45° was obtained with a low dc bias of 20 V at frequency of 9 GHz, which corresponds to a figure of merit of ˜23°/dB. These results represent significant progress toward compact size, low loss, and ferroelectric thin film-based phase shifters at room temperature.

  18. Laser damage threshold of diamond films

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    Albin, Sacharia; Cropper, Andre D.; Watkins, Linwood C.; Byvik, Charles E.; Buoncristiani, A. Martin

    1989-01-01

    The possibility that diamond films may inhibit laser-induced damage to optical components in laser systems films was investigated by measuring laser damage thresholds of free-standing diamond film windows, diamond films deposited on silicon substrates, and bare silicon substrate. Polycrystalline diamond films were deposited using a dc plasma-enhanced CVD process. It was found that free-standing diamond films had the highest laser damage threshold at 1064 nm. For a diamond film of 630 nm, the damage threshold was found to be 7 J/sq cm, as compared to a damage threshold of 4.5 J/sq cm for bare silicon, and a low value of 1.5 J/sq cm for the film/substrate combination. The damage mechanism is considered to involve melting or dielectric breakdown induced by laser radiation. The low value of the film/substrate combination is attributed to film stress and conditions of film deposition.

  19. Laser damage threshold of diamond films

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    Albin, Sacharia; Cropper, Andre D.; Watkins, Linwood C.; Byvik, Charles E.; Buoncristiani, A. Martin

    1989-03-01

    The possibility that diamond films may inhibit laser-induced damage to optical components in laser systems films was investigated by measuring laser damage thresholds of free-standing diamond film windows, diamond films deposited on silicon substrates, and bare silicon substrate. Polycrystalline diamond films were deposited using a dc plasma-enhanced CVD process. It was found that free-standing diamond films had the highest laser damage threshold at 1064 nm. For a diamond film of 630 nm, the damage threshold was found to be 7 J/sq cm, as compared to a damage threshold of 4.5 J/sq cm for bare silicon, and a low value of 1.5 J/sq cm for the film/substrate combination. The damage mechanism is considered to involve melting or dielectric breakdown induced by laser radiation. The low value of the film/substrate combination is attributed to film stress and conditions of film deposition.

  20. Combination of ToF-SIMS imaging and AFM to study the early stages of corrosion in Al-Cu thin films

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    Seyeux, A.; Missert, Nancy; Frankel, Gerald; Unocic, Kinga A; Klein, L. H.; Galtayries, A.; Marcus, P

    2011-01-01

    The pitting corrosion of Al-Cu thin film alloys was investigated using samples that were heat treated in air to form through-thickness Al2Cu particles within an Al-0.5%Cu matrix. Time-of-Flight SIMS (ToF-SIMS) analysis revealed Cu-rich regions 250 - 800 nm in lateral extent near the metal/oxide interface. Following exposure that generated pitting corrosion, secondary electron, secondary ion, and AFM images showed pits with size and density similar to those of the Cu-rich regions. The role of the Cu-rich regions is addressed.

  1. Dissemination of the multidrug-resistant extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing Escherichia coli O25b-ST131 clone and the role of house crow (Corvus splendens) foraging on hospital waste in Bangladesh.

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    Hasan, B; Olsen, B; Alam, A; Akter, L; Melhus, Å

    2015-11-01

    Two hundred and thirty-eight faecal samples from crows foraging on hospital wastes were analysed for extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Enterobacteriaceae. ESBL-producing crow isolates were characterized and compared with 31 patient isolates. Among the crows, 59% carried ESBL producers. These included Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Raoultella terrigena and Enterobacter cloacae harbouring the genes for CTX-M-1, CTX-M-15, CTX-M-55, CTX-M-79, and CTX-M-14. Human isolates carried only the CTX-M-15 gene. Two-thirds of crow E. coli isolates and all human E. coli isolates were multidrug resistant. Crows and patients shared E. coli sequence types, including the epidemic E. coli O25b-ST131 clone. The scavenging behaviour of crows at poorly managed hospital waste dumps made them potential reservoirs of antibiotic resistance, including ESBLs. PMID:26115863

  2. Glucose biosensor based on covalent immobilization of enzyme in sol-gel composite film combined with Prussian blue/carbon nanotubes hybrid.

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    Fu, Guanglei; Yue, Xiuli; Dai, Zhifei

    2011-05-15

    A novel electrochemical glucose biosensor was developed based on in situ covalent immobilization of glucose oxidase (GOx) by one-pot chitosan (CS)-incorporated sol-gel process in the presence of Prussian blue deposited multi-walled carbon nanotubes hybrids (PB/MWNTs) using 3-isocyanatopropyltriethoxysilane (ICPTES) as both a sol-gel precursor and a covalent coupling agent for GOx and CS. The electrode modified with the PB/MWNTs-GOx-CS-ICPTES sol-gel composite film showed good electrical conductivity and effective low-potential electron transfer mediation toward H2O2 reduction attributed to the incorporation of PB/MWNTs. The biosensor exhibited a linear response to glucose in the concentration range from 2.5×10(-5) to 1.3×10(-3) M with a correlation coefficient of 0.9998, a detection limit of 7.5×10(-6) M, a low response time (10s ), good sensitivity and high anti-interference ability. Compared with the control biosensor based on the traditional tetraethoxysilane derived sol-gel composite film, the biosensor showed a similarly small apparent Michaelis-Menten constant of 3.67 mM but much higher electrochemical and biosensing stability. PMID:21478008

  3. Combined Thermochromic And Plasmonic: Optical Responses In Novel Nanocomposite Au-VO2 Films Prepared By RF Inverted Cylindrical Magnetron Sputtering

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    Kana, J. B. Kana; Ndjaka, J. M.; Manyala, N.; Nemraoui, O.; Beye, A. C.; Maaza, M.

    2008-09-01

    We prepared gold/Vanadium dioxide nanocomposites thin films by the rf reactive inverted cylindrical magnetron sputtering (ICMS) for the first time and report their enhanced surface plasmon resonance (SPR) tunable shift reversibility. ICMS has been attracting much attention for its ability for uniform coating of three-dimensional objects and high-rate deposition of dielectric materials. To investigate the optical properties of gold nanoparticles embedded in an active matrix (VO2) composite film was synthesized on corning glass substrates for several substrate temperatures ranging from 400 °C to 600 °C. The X-ray diffraction results demonstrated that the Au and VO2 were well crystallized. The optical transmission properties were measured from 300nm to 1100nm and the absorption peak due to the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of Au nanoparticles were observed. Under external temperature stimuli, the tunable reversibility of the SPR shift was observed when the nanocomposites temperature varies from 20 °C to 100 °C. The enhancement of this shift of SPR was observed as the substrate temperature increases and it was found that the shift of SPR increased rapidly with increasing substrate temperature but then remained constant at ˜57 nm for substrate temperature higher than 500 °C.

  4. Combined Thermochromic And Plasmonic: Optical Responses In Novel Nanocomposite Au-VO{sub 2} Films Prepared By RF Inverted Cylindrical Magnetron Sputtering

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    Kana, J. B. Kana; Ndjaka, J. M.; Manyala, N.; Nemraoui, O.; Beye, A. C.; Maaza, M.

    2008-09-23

    We prepared gold/Vanadium dioxide nanocomposites thin films by the rf reactive inverted cylindrical magnetron sputtering (ICMS) for the first time and report their enhanced surface plasmon resonance (SPR) tunable shift reversibility. ICMS has been attracting much attention for its ability for uniform coating of three-dimensional objects and high-rate deposition of dielectric materials. To investigate the optical properties of gold nanoparticles embedded in an active matrix (VO{sub 2}) composite film was synthesized on corning glass substrates for several substrate temperatures ranging from 400 deg. C to 600 deg. C. The X-ray diffraction results demonstrated that the Au and VO{sub 2} were well crystallized. The optical transmission properties were measured from 300nm to 1100nm and the absorption peak due to the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of Au nanoparticles were observed. Under external temperature stimuli, the tunable reversibility of the SPR shift was observed when the nanocomposites temperature varies from 20 deg. C to 100 deg. C. The enhancement of this shift of SPR was observed as the substrate temperature increases and it was found that the shift of SPR increased rapidly with increasing substrate temperature but then remained constant at {approx}57 nm for substrate temperature higher than 500 deg. C.

  5. IR absorption and reflectometric interference spectroscopy (RIfS) combined to a new sensing approach for gas analytes absorbed into thin polymer films.

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    Leopold, Nicolae; Busche, Stefan; Gauglitz, Günter; Lendl, Bernhard

    2009-06-01

    Hydrophobic polymer layers (3 microm) were spin-coated on Si or Ge plates and placed in a flow through gas chamber. FTIR reflection spectra of the layers were recorded showing the characteristic IR absorption bands of the polymer and the interference pattern generated by layered structure of the polymer film. Upon exposure of the polymer layer to gaseous analytes enrichment in the polymer film occurred. This was evidenced by the appearance of analyte specific absorption particular in the mid-IR part of the spectrum, as well as by a shift in the interference pattern across the whole spectrum. Qualitative information concerning the analyte was accessible in the mid-IR part of the spectrum, whereas quantitative assessment was obtained from the interference pattern. Polyetherurethane, polydimethylsiloxane, Makrolon and polyisobutylene polymer layers were tested for such IR-RIfS measurements, whereas toluene, o-dichlorobenzene, m-xylene, ethyl acetate and cyclohexane were employed as analytes. There was no influence of water vapour neither on the IR absorptions nor the interference pattern as hydrophobic polymers were used. PMID:19233714

  6. IR absorption and reflectometric interference spectroscopy (RIfS) combined to a new sensing approach for gas analytes absorbed into thin polymer films

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    Leopold, Nicolae; Busche, Stefan; Gauglitz, Günter; Lendl, Bernhard

    2009-06-01

    Hydrophobic polymer layers (3 μm) were spin-coated on Si or Ge plates and placed in a flow through gas chamber. FTIR reflection spectra of the layers were recorded showing the characteristic IR absorption bands of the polymer and the interference pattern generated by layered structure of the polymer film. Upon exposure of the polymer layer to gaseous analytes enrichment in the polymer film occurred. This was evidenced by the appearance of analyte specific absorption particular in the mid-IR part of the spectrum, as well as by a shift in the interference pattern across the whole spectrum. Qualitative information concerning the analyte was accessible in the mid-IR part of the spectrum, whereas quantitative assessment was obtained from the interference pattern. Polyetherurethane, polydimethylsiloxane, Makrolon ® and polyisobutylene polymer layers were tested for such IR-RIfS measurements, whereas toluene, o-dichlorobenzene, m-xylene, ethyl acetate and cyclohexane were employed as analytes. There was no influence of water vapour neither on the IR absorptions nor the interference pattern as hydrophobic polymers were used.

  7. Step Coverage and Electrical Properties of (Ba, Sr)TiO3 Films Prepared by Liquid Source Chemical Vapor Deposition Using TiO(DPM)2

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    Kawahara, Takaaki; Yamamuka, Mikio; Makita, Tetsuro; Naka, Jiro; Yuuki, Akimasa; Mikami, Noboru; Ono, Kouichi

    1994-09-01

    Thin films of (Ba, Sr)TiO3 (BST) with high dielectric constant were prepared on Pt/ SiO2/Si substrates of 6-inch-diameter by liquid source chemical vapor deposition using Ba(DPM)2, Sr(DPM)2 and TiO(DPM)2 (DPM=dipivaloylmethanato; C11H19O2) dissolved in tetrahydrofuran (THF). The reproducibility of ±3 % for the film composition was achieved by optimizing the deposition procedures. It was found that the coverage of 72%, obtained at the substrate temperature T s=753 K, was better than those obtained using other Ti sources such as Ti(O-i-Pr)4 (TTIP) and Ti(O-i-Pr)2(DPM)2. The electrical properties of the 480-Å-thick BST film, deposited at T s=753 K using TiO(DPM)2, were as follows: dielectric constant ɛ=230, equivalent SiO2 thickness t eq=7.8 Å, leakage current density J L=6.7×10-6 A/cm2 at 1.65 V and dielectric loss tan δ=0.013.

  8. Stress effects in ferroelectric perovskite thin-films

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    Zednik, Ricardo Johann

    The exciting class of ferroelectric materials presents the engineer with an array of unique properties that offer promise in a variety of applications; these applications include infra-red detectors ("night-vision imaging", pyroelectricity), micro-electro-mechanical-systems (MEMS, piezoelectricity), and non-volatile memory (NVM, ferroelectricity). Realizing these modern devices often requires perovskite-based ferroelectric films thinner than 100 nm. Two such technologically important material systems are (Ba,Sr)TiO3 (BST), for tunable dielectric devices employed in wireless communications, and Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT), for ferroelectric non-volatile memory (FeRAM). In general, the material behavior is strongly influenced by the mechanical boundary conditions imposed by the substrate and surrounding layers and may vary considerably from the known bulk behavior. A better mechanistic understanding of these effects is essential for harnessing the full potential of ferroelectric thin-films and further optimizing existing devices. Both materials share a common crystal structure and similar properties, but face unique challenges due to the design parameters of these different applications. Tunable devices often require very low dielectric loss as well as large dielectric tunability. Present results show that the dielectric response of BST thin-films can either resemble a dipole-relaxor or follow the accepted empirical Universal Relaxation Law (Curie-von Schweidler), depending on temperature. These behaviors in a single ferroelectric thin-film system are often thought to be mutually exclusive. In state-of-the-art high density FeRAM, the ferroelectric polarization is at least as important as the dielectric response. It was found that these properties are significantly affected by moderate biaxial tensile and compressive stresses which reversibly alter the ferroelastic domain populations of PZT at room temperature. The 90-degree domain wall motion observed by high resolution

  9. Measurement of surface resistivity/conductivity of different organic thin films by a combination of optical shearography and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy

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    Habib, Khaled

    2013-11-01

    Shearography techniques were applied again to measure the surface resistivity/conductivity of different organic thin films on a metallic substrate. The coatings were ACE premium-grey enamel (spray coating), a yellow Acrylic lacquer, and a gold nail polish on a carbon steel substrate. The investigation was focused on determining the in-plane displacement of the coatings by shearography between 20 and 60 °C. Then, the alternating current (AC) impedance (resistance) of the same coated samples was determined by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) in 3.0% NaCl solution at room temperature. As a result, the proportionality constant (resistivity or conductivity = 1/surface resistivity) between the determined AC impedance and the in-plane displacement was obtained. The obtained resistivity of all investigated coatings, 40:15 × 106-24:6 × 109Ωcm, was found in the insulator range.

  10. Epitaxial BiFe0.95Mn0.05O3 film prepared by sol-gel method combined with rapid thermal annealing

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    Wang, K. M.; Li, L.; Su, Y. T.; Zhou, Y.; Li, X. H.; Li, M.; Sui, Y.; Ma, L. X.; Liu, B. T.

    2014-04-01

    Epitaxial BiFe0.95Mn0.05O3 (BFMO) film with room-temperature switching properties is prepared on SrTiO3 (STO) substrate with a SrRuO3 (SRO) buffer layer by sol-gel method coupled with rapid thermal annealing (RTA). The remnant polarization and coercive field of SRO/BFMO/SRO capacitor, measured at 455 kV/cm, are 51.8 μC/cm2 and 153.5 kV/cm, respectively. Besides the good fatigue resistance and retention characteristics, the relatively small leakage current density of the capacitor is mainly attributed to the suppression of oxygen vacancies resulting from RTA. Moreover, the SRO/BFMO/SRO capacitor satisfies the Ohmic conduction behavior at fields lower than 90 kV/cm, and the Schottky emission at fields higher than 90 kV/cm.

  11. Ferroelectric dielectric properties of Ba{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}(Ti{sub 0.80}Sn{sub 0.20})O{sub 3} thin films grown by the soft chemical method

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    Souza, I.A.; Cavalcante, L.S.; Cilense, M.

    2006-10-15

    Polycrystalline Ba{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}(Ti{sub 0.80}Sn{sub 0.20})O{sub 3} (BST:Sn) thin films with a perovskite structure were prepared by the soft chemical method on a platinum-coated silicon substrate from spin-coating technique. The resulting thin films showed a dense structure with uniforain size distribution. The dielectric constant of the films estimated from C-V curve is around 1134 and can be ascribed to a reduction in the oxygen vacancy concentration. The ferroelectric nature of the film indicated by butterfly-shaped C-V curves and confirmed by the hysteresis curve, showed remnant polarization of 14{mu}C/cm{sup 2} and coercive field of 74kV/cm at frequency of 1MHz. At the same frequency, the leakage current density at 1.0V is equal to 1.5x10{sup -7}A/cm{sup 2}. This work clearly reveals the highly promising potential of BST:Sn for application in memory devices.

  12. Full multiple scattering analysis of XANES at the Cd L3 and O K edges in CdO films combined with a soft-x-ray emission investigation

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    Demchenko, I. N.; Denlinger, J. D.; Chernyshova, M.; Yu, K. M.; Speaks, D. T.; Olalde-Velasco, P.; Hemmers, O.; Walukiewicz, W.; Derkachova, A.; Lawniczak-Jablonska, K.

    2010-07-05

    X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) at the cadmium L3 and oxygen K edges for CdO thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition method, is interpreted within the real-space multiple scattering formalism, FEFF code. The features in the experimental spectra are well reproduced by calculations for a cluster of about six and ten coordination shells around the absorber for L3 edge of Cd and K edge of O, respectively. The calculated projected electronic density of states is found to be in good agreement with unoccupied electronic states in experimental data and allows to conclude that the orbital character of the lowest energy of the conductive band is Cd-5s-O-2p. The charge transfer has been quantified and not purely ionic bonding has been found. Combined XANES and resonant inelastic x-ray scattering measurements allow us to determine the direct and indirect band gap of investigated CdO films to be {approx}2.4-eV and {approx}0.9-eV, respectively.

  13. Studies of ferroelectric heterostructure thin films and interfaces via in situ analytical techniques.

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    Auciello, O.; Dhote, A.; Gao, Y.; Gruen, D. M.; Im, J.; Irene, E. A.; Krauss, A. R.; Mueller, A. H.; Ramesh, R.

    1999-08-30

    The science and technology of ferroelectric thin films has experienced an explosive development during the last ten years. Low-density non-volatile ferroelectric random access memories (NVFRAMs) are now incorporated in commercial products such as ''smart cards'', while high permittivity capacitors are incorporated in cellular phones. However, substantial work is still needed to develop materials integration strategies for high-density memories. We have demonstrated that the implementation of complementary in situ characterization techniques is critical to understand film growth and interface processes, which play critical roles in film microstructure and properties. We are using uniquely integrated time of flight ion scattering and recoil spectroscopy (TOF-ISARS) and spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) techniques to perform in situ, real-time studies of film growth processes in the high background gas pressure required to growth ferroelectric thin films. TOF-ISARS provides information on surface processes, while SE permits the investigation of buried interfaces as they are being formed. Recent studies on SrBi{sub 2}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 9} (SBT) and Ba{sub x}Sr{sub 1{minus}x}TiO{sub 3} (BST) film growth and interface processes are discussed.

  14. Testing Bonds Between Brittle And Ductile Films

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    Wheeler, Donald R.; Ohsaki, Hiroyuki

    1989-01-01

    Simple uniaxial strain test devised to measure intrinsic shear strength. Brittle film deposited on ductile stubstrate film, and combination stretched until brittle film cracks, then separates from substrate. Dimensions of cracked segments related in known way to tensile strength of brittle film and shear strength of bond between two films. Despite approximations and limitations of technique, tests show it yields semiquantitative measures of bond strengths, independent of mechanical properties of substrates, with results reproducible with plus or minus 6 percent.

  15. Role of Planar Conformations in Aggregation Induced Spectral Shifts of Supermolecular Oligofluorenols in Solutions and Films: A Combined Experimental and MD/TD-DFT Study.

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    Yuan, Xiangai; Zhang, Wanwan; Xie, Ling-Hai; Ma, Jing; Huang, Wei; Liu, Wenjian

    2015-08-13

    The supramolecular approach of fluorenol polymers brings about excellent self-assembly behavior to fabricate organogels and superstructured thin films through highly directional noncovalent interactions. To understand the aggregation effects on electronic structures, the packing structures and the UV/vis absorption spectra of oligofluorenols (PFOHn, n = 1/3-8), with and without OC8H17 side chains, were studied experimentally and theoretically in crystal, amorphous solids, and solutions, respectively. For the ground state in vacuum the steric repulsion between two adjacent fluorenol units renders the PFOH oligomers twisted in a helix conformation, while the molecular aggregation favors the appearance of planar π-conjugated structures. In comparison with the crystal packing, the content of planar conformation (with the torsion angle less than 20°) is increased in amorphous solids. The hydroxyl groups in oligofluorenols facilitate the formation of hydrogen bonding networks. The red shift in absorption spectra was observed in a systematic experimental study of unsubstituted and substituted oligofluorenols with the increasing concentration both in toluene and chloroform solutions. The subsitituted oligofluorenol R-PFOH1 with only one OC8H17 side chain exhibited a shoulder peak at 430-440 nm, which is different from PFOH1 without side chain and 3R-PFO1 with three OC8H17 side chain. Time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) calculations, which were carried out on conformation ensembles taken from a series of molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, revealed that the increase in the content of planar π-conjugated conformations is correlated to the red shift in the absorption spectra upon increasing the solution concentrations. The aggregation-induced red-shift in absorption spectra of oligofluorenols, as well as the blue-shift for oligothiophenes, was rationalized in a unified way from the increased (and reduced) content of planar conformations in molecular

  16. Investigation of microstructure evolution during self-annealing in thin Cu films by combining mesoscale level set and ab initio modeling

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    Hallberg, Håkan; Olsson, Pär A. T.

    2016-05-01

    Microstructure evolution in thin Cu films during room temperature self-annealing is investigated by means of a mesoscale level set model. The model is formulated such that the relative, or collective, influence of anisotropic grain boundary energy, mobility and heterogeneously distributed stored energy can be investigated. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations are performed in the present work to provide the variation of grain boundary energy for different grain boundary configurations. The stability of the predominant (111) fiber texture in the as-deposited state is studied as well as the stability of some special low-Σ grain boundaries. Further, the numerical model allows tracing of the grain size distribution and occurrence of abnormal grain growth during self-annealing. It is found that abnormal grain growth depends mainly on the presence of stored energy variations, whereas anisotropic grain boundary energy or mobility is insufficient to trigger any abnormal growth in the model. However, texture dependent grain boundary properties, mobility in particular, contribute to an increased content of low-Σ boundaries in the annealed microstructure. The increased presence of such boundaries is also promoted by stored energy variations. In addition, if the stored energy variations are sufficient the coexisting (111) and (001) texture components in the as-deposited state will evolve into a (001) dominated texture during annealing. Further, it is found that whereas stored energy variations promote the stability of the (001) texture component, anisotropic grain boundary energy and mobility tend to work the other way and stabilize the (111) component at the expense of (001) grains.

  17. Fruit and vegetable films and uses thereof

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    The present invention is directed to monolayer, bilayer, and multilayer films made from fruit, vegetable or a combination thereof, which films have the thinness, strength, flexibility and crispness to serve as alternates or substitutes for seaweed-based films such as nori, while providing nutrition ...

  18. Variations on a Theme: Film and ESL.

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    MacDonald, Gina; MacDonald, Andrew

    A carefully-planned course in English as a Second Language (ESL) based on film can be a highly effective and enjoyable way to introduce students to both language and culture. The ready availability of videocassettes makes film a viable teaching tool. Film naturally combines a variety of language skills as students decode dialogue, read criticism,…

  19. Film Boxes.

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    Osterer, Irv

    2002-01-01

    Presents an art lesson in which students created three-dimensional designs for 35mm film packages to improve graphic arts learning. Describes how the students examined and created film boxes using QuarkXPress software. (CMK)

  20. Film Reviews

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    Dowling, John, Ed.

    1976-01-01

    Reviews five instructional films on: P-N junctions; crystal diodes; nuclear fusion research; Schlieren photography; and the energy crisis; including discussions of solar, nuclear, and fossil fuel energy. Also lists numerous other available films. (MLH)

  1. Nanocomposite films

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    Mitlin, David; , Ophus, Colin; Evoy, Stephane; Radmilovic, Velimir; Mohammadi, Reza; Westra, Ken; Nelson-Fitzpatrick, Nathaniel; Lee, Zonghoon

    2010-07-20

    A thin-film composition of nanocrystal molybdenum in an amorphous metallic matrix may be formed by co-sputtering Mo with aluminum or nickel. NEMS cantilevers may be formed from the film. The films exhibit high nanoindentation hardness and a reduction in roughness and intrinsic stress, while maintaining resistivity in the metallic range.

  2. On Film

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    Watts, Marty

    2006-01-01

    In this article, the author discusses the role of window films in enhancing indoor air quality in schools. Historically, window film has been used to reduce temperatures in buildings prone to overheating. Too much solar energy entering through windows makes occupants uncomfortable and air conditioning more costly. Film has been a simple solution…

  3. Humanistic Films.

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    Gaffney, Maureen, Ed.

    1981-01-01

    Designed for media specialists and educators, this issue includes seven articles focusing on humanistic films for children. Following a brief editorial encouraging the ideals of humanism, the first article presents an analysis of seven films with positive sex-role models. Included is a model for evaluating children's films. The second article…

  4. Passivation Effects in Copper Thin Films

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    Wiederhirn, G.; Nucci, J.; Richter, G.; Arzt, E.; Balk, T. J.; Dehm, G.

    2006-02-07

    We studied the influence of a 10 nm AlxOy passivation on the stress-temperature behavior of 100 nm and 1 {mu}m thick Cu films. At low temperatures, the passivation induces a large tensile stress increase in the 100 nm film; however, its effect on the 1 {mu}m film is negligible. At high temperatures, the opposite behavior is observed; while the passivation does not change the 100 nm film behavior, it strengthens the 1 {mu}m film by driving it deeper into compression. These observations are explained in light of a combination of constrained diffusional creep and dislocation dynamics unique to ultra-thin films.

  5. Exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances through the consumption of fish from lakes affected by aqueous film-forming foam emissions - A combined epidemiological and exposure modeling approach. The SAMINOR 2 Clinical Study.

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    Hansen, Solrunn; Vestergren, Robin; Herzke, Dorte; Melhus, Marita; Evenset, Anita; Hanssen, Linda; Brustad, Magritt; Sandanger, Torkjel M

    2016-09-01

    Releases of aqueous film-forming foams (AFFFs) from airport firefighting activities have been identified as important local point sources of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in nearby waterways. PFASs can be taken up by fish, and in turn by the humans that consume them. Despite the global extent of AFFF emissions, few studies exist on related impacts on humans. We aimed to investigate the associations between the consumption of fish from AFFF-affected waters and serum PFAS concentrations in humans using a combination of statistical tools, empirical data, and toxicokinetic modeling. Participants of the SAMINOR 2 Clinical Study were the basis for this study sample, which comprised 74 persons. Fifty-nine participants who reported consuming fish from AFFF-affected waters and 15 nonconsumers completed a questionnaire and gave serum samples. Participants were classified based on their consumption of trout and char: high (n=16), moderate (n=16), low (n=27), and nonconsumers (n=15); and serum samples were tested for the presence of 15 PFASs. Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) was found in all participants, with the highest concentrations detected in the high consumption group (geometric means, 28ng/mL) compared to the low consumption group and nonconsumers (10 and 11ng/mL, respectively). In an analysis of variance contrast model, a significant, positive increasing trend was seen for fish consumption and PFOS, perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS), and perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA). Toxicokinetic modeling allowed us to predict the median increases in serum concentrations of PFOS, PFHxS, and PFNA among high consumers within a factor of 2.2. The combination of statistical evaluation and toxicokinetic modeling clearly demonstrated a positive relationship between consumption of fish from AFFF-affected waters and serum PFAS concentrations. Further studies on dietary exposure to other PFASs present in AFFF and its consequences on human health are warranted. PMID

  6. Diamond film growth from fullerene precursors

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    Gruen, Dieter M.; Liu, Shengzhong; Krauss, Alan R.; Pan, Xianzheng

    1997-01-01

    A method and system for manufacturing diamond film. The method involves forming a fullerene vapor, providing a noble gas stream and combining the gas with the fullerene vapor, passing the combined fullerene vapor and noble gas carrier stream into a chamber, forming a plasma in the chamber causing fragmentation of the fullerene and deposition of a diamond film on a substrate.

  7. Diamond film growth argon-carbon plasmas

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    Gruen, Dieter M.; Krauss, Alan R.; Liu, Shengzhong; Pan, Xianzheng; Zuiker, Christopher D.

    1998-01-01

    A method and system for manufacturing diamond film. The method involves forming a carbonaceous vapor, providing a gas stream of argon, hydrogen and hydrocarbon and combining the gas with the carbonaceous vapor, passing the combined carbonaceous vapor and gas carrier stream into a chamber, forming a plasma in the chamber causing fragmentation of the carbonaceous and deposition of a diamond film on a substrate.

  8. [Film-screen combinations for mammography].

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    Säbel, M; Aichinger, H

    1991-05-01

    Optimizing and standardizing mammography as well as its quality assurance are gaining in importance with regard to the screening programmes that are being initiated for the early detection of breast cancer. In Germany, the guidelines of the Bundesärztekammer, the directives implementing section 4 and section 16 of the Röntgenverordnung and the standards DIN 6868, Part 7 and 52 are available. The data in these standards concerning tolerances and guide values for physical variables of the imaging system are only partially consistent. This also applies to the comparison with the document "Quality criteria for x-ray exposures in medical diagnostics" of the Commission of the European Communities. The different statements concerning the switch-off value of the dose in particular, reflect an uncertainty as to how unsharpness and noise of the image receptor impair the medical value of the images. With regard to the increased demands for visual resolution capacity, it can be stated that the "Medical quality requirements" and the "Radiographic guide-lines" harmonize with one another only inadequately. Contrast is one of the most important image quality parameters in mammography. Practically no statement is made on this in the available documents. One reason for the present unsatisfactory situation is certainly the especially high demands placed on image quality in mammography. In the present paper, these points of criticism are discussed in detail and proposals for closer specification and better delineation of the physical image quality parameters are submitted. PMID:1878377

  9. Prediction of Optimum Combination of Eudragit RS/Eudragit RL/Ethyl Cellulose Polymeric Free Films Based on Experimental Design for Using as a Coating System for Sustained Release Theophylline Pellets

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    Akhgari, Abbas; Tavakol, Ali

    2016-01-01

    Purpose: The physicochemical properties of free films made from different mixtures of sustained release polymers were investigated, and an optimum formulation coating on drug containing pellets, based on the study of free film was evaluated. Methods: In order to determine the effect of different variables on the permeability and swelling of films and procedure optimization, the experimental design was fulfilled based on the statistical method of a 33 full factorial design, and according to this method 27 formulations were prepared. The films were prepared using casting-solvent evaporation method. Water vapor permeability, the swelling and permeability of free films in both acidic and buffer media, were carried out. Then, the pellets containing theophylline were coated with the optimum formulation. Results: The results of this study demonstrated that an increase in the free film thickness and Eurdragit RS ratio in films lowered the water vapor transmission (WVT), the swelling and the permeability of all formulations, while an increase in the quantity of ethylcellulose, up to a specific ratio (approximately 40%), decreased the permeability and swelling. The most optimum free film formulation was made up of 60% Eudragit RS and 40% ethylcellulose. Conclusion: Pellets coated with a 10% coating level of ethylcellulose and Eudragit RS (4:6) showed suitable release properties and could serve as a favorable sustained release system for theophylline. PMID:27478784

  10. Thin film ceramic thermocouples

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    Gregory, Otto (Inventor); Fralick, Gustave (Inventor); Wrbanek, John (Inventor); You, Tao (Inventor)

    2011-01-01

    A thin film ceramic thermocouple (10) having two ceramic thermocouple (12, 14) that are in contact with each other in at least on point to form a junction, and wherein each element was prepared in a different oxygen/nitrogen/argon plasma. Since each element is prepared under different plasma conditions, they have different electrical conductivity and different charge carrier concentration. The thin film thermocouple (10) can be transparent. A versatile ceramic sensor system having an RTD heat flux sensor can be combined with a thermocouple and a strain sensor to yield a multifunctional ceramic sensor array. The transparent ceramic temperature sensor that could ultimately be used for calibration of optical sensors.

  11. Film ispalators

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    Startsev, Aleksandr V; Stoilov, Yurii Yu

    2002-05-31

    New physical objects, ispalators based on free soap films, exhibit persistent flows of the soap solution in open and closed volumes in air with additions of gases of the C{sub 8}F{sub 18} type (p = 20 Torr) at temperature drops on the films of the order of tenths and hundredths of kelvin. The flows move continuously at a velocity of 5 - 20 cm s{sup -1}. It is found that the parts of an inclined ispalator film show anomalous behaviour upon heating: their weight increases and they move downward over the film, whereas the unheated parts of the film move upward. Continuous radial vortex flows accompanied by the formation and washing of the regions of a thin black film are observed on circular films in closed volumes upon their uniform external cooling by evaporating water for 5 - 10 hours. The rapid flows make film ispalators the efficient heat carriers, which operate at small temperature drops (tenths and hundredths of kelvin) and surpass copper in the amount of thermal energy being transferred. The outlook for the further study and applications of film ispalators for detecting thermal fields and laser radiation is discussed. (laser applications and other topics in quantum electronics)

  12. About Films.

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    Christman, Robert; Krockover, Gerald H.

    1984-01-01

    Lists and briefly describes 46 college-level films. Films are arranged in the following categories: volcanism and earthquakes; plate tectonics; energy, water, and environmental concerns; petroleum and coal; astronomy; space exploration, space shuttle; paleontology; geomorphology; and mineralogy, petrology, and economic geology. (BC)

  13. Thin Films

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    Khorshidi, Zahra; Bahari, Ali; Gholipur, Reza

    2014-11-01

    Effect of annealing temperature on the characteristics of sol-gel-driven Ta ax La(1- a) x O y thin film spin-coated on Si substrate as a high- k gate dielectric was studied. Ta ax La(1- a) x O y thin films with different amounts of a were prepared (as-prepared samples). X-ray diffraction measurements of the as-prepared samples indicated that Ta0.3 x La0.7 x Oy film had an amorphous structure. Therefore, Ta0.3 x La0.7 x O y film was chosen to continue the present studies. The morphology of Ta0.3 x La0.7 x O y films was studied using scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy techniques. The obtained results showed that the size of grain boundaries on Ta0.3 x La0.7 x O y film surfaces was increased with increasing annealing temperature. Electrical and optical characterizations of the as-prepared and annealed films were investigated as a function of annealing temperature using capacitance-voltage ( C- V) and current density-voltage ( J- V) measurements and the Tauc method. The obtained results demonstrated that Ta0.3 x La0.7 x O y films had high dielectric constant (≈27), wide band gap (≈4.5 eV), and low leakage current density (≈10-6 A/cm2 at 1 V).

  14. Thin Film?

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    Kariper, İ. Afşin

    2014-09-01

    This study focuses on the critical surface tension of lead sulfite (PbSO3) crystalline thin film produced with chemical bath deposition on substrates (commercial glass).The PbSO3 thin films were deposited at room temperature at different deposition times. The structural properties of the films were defined and examined according to X-ray diffraction (XRD) and the XRD results such as dislocation density, average grain size, and no. of crystallites per unit area. Atomic force microscopy was used to measure the film thickness and the surface properties. The critical surface tension of the PbSO3 thin films was measured with an optical tensiometer instrument and calculated using the Zisman method. The results indicated that the critical surface tension of films changed in accordance with the average grain size and film thickness. The film thickness increased with deposition time and was inversely correlated with surface tension. The average grain size increased according to deposition time and was inversely correlated with surface tension.

  15. Film Language.

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    Hudlin, Edward W.

    1979-01-01

    The author briefly surveys some of the claims made about the presumed nature of film as language and some of the problems that arise. He considers the views of two influential schools of film criticism: the Russian formalists (Pudovkin and Eisenstein) and the British semiologist (Peter Wollen). (Author/SJL)

  16. Dynamic delamination of patterned thin films

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    Kandula, Soma S. V.; Tran, Phuong; Geubelle, Philippe H.; Sottos, Nancy R.

    2008-12-01

    We investigate laser-induced dynamic delamination of a patterned thin film on a substrate. Controlled delamination results from our insertion of a weak adhesion region beneath the film. The inertial forces acting on the weakly bonded portion of the film lead to stable propagation of a crack along the film/substrate interface. Through a simple energy balance, we extract the critical energy for interfacial failure, a quantity that is difficult and sometimes impossible to characterize by more conventional methods for many thin film/substrate combinations.

  17. Thin film cadmium telluride solar cells

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    Chu, T.L.; Chu, S.S.; Xi, X.J.; Yang, Y.T.

    1983-05-01

    Cadmium telluride films have been deposited on coated graphite and mullite substrates by the direct combination of the vapors of the elements in a hydrogen atmosphere. The properties of nearly stoichiometric films on mullite substrates were measured by the van der Pauw technique in the temperature range of 25/sup 0/ - 150/sup 0/C. The deposition of n-type cadmium telluride by using hydrogen iodide as a dopant and the deposition of p-type cadmium telluride films by using arsine or phosphine as a dopant were studied. Schottky barrier solar cells were prepared from n-type cadmium telluride films and heterojunction cells from p-type cadmium telluride films.

  18. Electrostatically assisted fabrication of silver-dielectric core/shell nanoparticles thin film capacitor with uniform metal nanoparticle distribution and controlled spacing.

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    Li, Xue; Niitsoo, Olivia; Couzis, Alexander

    2016-03-01

    An electrostatically-assisted strategy for fabrication of thin film composite capacitors with controllable dielectric constant (k) has been developed. The capacitor is composed of metal-dielectric core/shell nanoparticle (silver/silica, Ag@SiO2) multilayer films, and a backfilling polymer. Compared with the simple metal particle-polymer mixtures where the metal nanoparticles (NP) are randomly dispersed in the polymer matrix, the metal volume fraction in our capacitor was significantly increased, owing to the densely packed NP multilayers formed by the electrostatically assisted assembly process. Moreover, the insulating layer of silica shell provides a potential barrier that reduces the tunneling current between neighboring Ag cores, endowing the core/shell nanocomposites with a stable and relatively high dielectric constant (k) and low dielectric loss (D). Our work also shows that the thickness of the SiO2 shell plays a dominant role in controlling the dielectric properties of the nanocomposites. Control over metal NP separation distance was realized not only by variation the shell thickness of the core/shell NPs but also by introducing a high k nanoparticle, barium strontium titanate (BST) of relatively smaller size (∼8nm) compared to 80-160nm of the core/shell Ag@SiO2 NPs. The BST assemble between the Ag@SiO2 and fill the void space between the closely packed core/shell NPs leading to significant enhancement of the dielectric constant. This electrostatically assisted assembly method is promising for generating multilayer films of a large variety of NPs over large areas at low cost. PMID:26699450

  19. Film Makers On Film Making.

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    Geduld, Harry M., Ed.

    This collection includes essays by and interviews with more than 30 film-makers, both classic and contemporary, on the subjects of their major interests and procedures in making films. The directors are: Louis Lumiere, Cecil Hepworth, Edwin S. Porter, Mack Sennett, David W. Griffith, Robert Flaherty, Charles Chaplin, Eric von Stroheim, Dziga…

  20. Bioequivalence studies for 2 different strengths of irbesartan/hydrochlorothiazide combination in healthy volunteers: 300/25 mg and 300/12.5 mg film-coated tablets.

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    Cánovas, M; Cabré, F; Polonio, F

    2014-05-01

    Two bioequivalence studies of irbesartan (CAS 138402-11-6) and hydrochlorothiazide (CAS 58-93-5) combination at 300/12.5 mg and 300/25 mg strengths were carried out in order to assess the bioequivalence of these film-coated tablet formulations in comparison with the marketed reference formulations.Both studies were performed with 30 healthy volunteers according to an open label, randomized, 2-period, 2-sequence, crossover, single dose and fasting conditions design. In each study, test and reference formulations were administered in 2 treatment days, separated by a washout period of 7 days. Blood samples were drawn up to 72 h following drug administration in case of irbesartan and up to 24 h in case of hydrochlorothiazide. Plasma concentrations of both analytes were obtained by a validated HPLC method using MS/MS detection. Log-transformed AUC0-t and Cmax values were tested for bioequivalence based on the ratios of the geometric LSmeans (test/reference).For both studies, the 90% confidence intervals of the geometric LSmean values for the test/reference ratios for AUC0-t [(irbesartan: 300/12.5 mgstrength: 95.33-111.74%. 300/25 mg strength: 91.27-103.93%) (hydrochlorothiazide: 300/12.5 mg strength: 99.63-107.50%. 300/25 mg strength: 95.72-102.24%)] and Cmax [(irbesartan: 300/12.5 mg strength: 98.73-115.03%. 300/25 mg strength: 97.27-112.12%) (hydrochlorothiazide: 300/12.5 mg strength: 97.34-112.06%. 300/25 mg strength: 93.29-106.38%)] were within the bio-equivalence acceptance range of 80-125%.According to the European Guideline on the Investigation of Bioequivalence it may be therefore concluded that both test formulations are bioequivalent to the corresponding reference formulations. Overall, it was judged that both studies were conducted with a good tolerance of the subjects to study drugs. PMID:24105103

  1. Galactopoiesis/Effects of bST

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    In the 1930’s and ‘40’s, research demonstrated that a hormone of pituitary origin, growth hormone or somatotropin, increases milk yield of dairy goats and cows. Advances toward understanding the myriad of physiological effects of somatotropin culminated in the concept that somatotropin orchestrates...

  2. Studies of ferroelectric heterostructure thin films, interfaces, and device-related processes via in situ analytical techniques.

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    Aggarwal, S.; Auciello, O.; Dhote, A. M.; Gao, Y.; Gruen, D. M.; Im, J.; Irene, E. A.; Krauss, A. R.; Muller, A. H.; Ramesh, R.

    1999-06-29

    The science and technology of ferroelectric thin films has experienced an explosive development during the last ten years. Low-density non-volatile ferroelectric random access memories (NVFRAMS) are now incorporated in commercial products such as ''smart cards'', while high permittivity capacitors are incorporated in cellular phones. However, substantial work is still needed to develop materials integration strategies for high-density memories. We have demonstrated that the implementation of complementary in situ characterization techniques is critical to understand film growth and device processes relevant to device development. We are using uniquely integrated time of flight ion scattering and recoil spectroscopy (TOF-ISARS) and spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) techniques to perform in situ, real-time studies of film growth processes in the high background gas pressure required to growth ferroelectric thin films. TOF-ISARS provides information on surface processes, while SE permits the investigation of buried interfaces as they are being formed. Recent studies on SrBi{sub 2}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 9} (SBT) and Ba{sub x}Sr{sub 1{minus}x}TiO{sub 3} (BST) film growth and interface processes are discussed. Direct imaging of ferroelectric domains under applied electric fields can provide valuable information to understand domain dynamics in ferroelectric films. We discuss results of piezoresponse scanning force microscopy (SFM) imaging for nanoscale studies of polarization reversal and retention loss in Pb(Zr{sub x}Ti{sub 1{minus}x})O{sub 3} (PZT)-based capacitors. Another powerful technique suitable for in situ, real-time characterization of film growth processes and ferroelectric film-based device operation is based on synchrotrons X-ray scattering, which is currently being implemented at Argonne National Laboratory.

  3. Wafer-to-wafer transfer process of barium strontium titanate for frequency tuning applications using laser pre-irradiation

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    Samoto, Tetuo; Hirano, Hideki; Somekawa, Toshihiro; Hikichi, Kousuke; Fujita, Masayuki; Esashi, Masayoshi; Tanaka, Shuji

    2015-03-01

    This paper describes laser-assisted film transfer technology for barium strontium titanate (BST) deposited on a sapphire substrate. BST is a promising ferroelectric material for varactors, which are required for frequency-tunable RF applications. However, the deposition temperature of BST (600 ~ 700 °C) is too high for surface acoustic wave (SAW) substrates. In this study, BST grown on a sapphire substrate at 650 °C was transferred at low temperature (140 °C) to a borosilicate glass substrate as well as a LiTaO3 substrate. The transferred BST films were characterized as tunable capacitors. A key process in the BST film transfer technology is the laser pre-irradiation of a buffer Pt layer beneath BST from the backside of the sapphire substrate to weaken the BST-to-Pt adhesion. The mechanism of delamination at the BST/Pt interface is discussed using a simple 1D heat transfer model.

  4. Piezoelectric Film.

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    Garrison, Steve

    1992-01-01

    Presents activities that utilize piezoelectric film to familiarize students with fundamental principles of electricity. Describes classroom projects involving chemical sensors, microbalances, microphones, switches, infrared sensors, and power generation. (MDH)

  5. Film Reviews

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    Ladd, George T.

    1974-01-01

    Briefly describes films about the following topics: water cycles, the energy crisis, the eruption of Mt. Aetna, the hot springs of Yellowstone National Park, and methods of using pine cones to determine the ages of ancient civilizations. (MLH)

  6. Polymer films

    DOEpatents

    Granick, Steve; Sukhishvili, Svetlana A.

    2004-05-25

    A film contains a first polymer having a plurality of hydrogen bond donating moieties, and a second polymer having a plurality of hydrogen bond accepting moieties. The second polymer is hydrogen bonded to the first polymer.

  7. Polymer films

    DOEpatents

    Granick, Steve; Sukhishvili, Svetlana A.

    2008-12-30

    A film contains a first polymer having a plurality of hydrogen bond donating moieties, and a second polymer having a plurality of hydrogen bond accepting moieties. The second polymer is hydrogen bonded to the first polymer.

  8. Ion beam sputter deposited diamond like films

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    Banks, B. A.; Rutledge, S. K.

    1982-01-01

    A single argon ion beam source was used to sputter deposit carbon films on fused silica, copper, and tantalum substrates under conditions of sputter deposition alone and sputter deposition combined with simultaneous argon ion bombardment. Simultaneously deposited and ion bombarded carbon films were prepared under conditions of carbon atom removal to arrival ratios of 0, 0.036, and 0.71. Deposition and etch rates were measured for films on fused silica substrates. Resulting characteristics of the deposited films are: electrical resistivity of densities of 2.1 gm/cu cm for sputter deposited films and 2.2 gm/cu cm for simultaneously sputter deposited and Ar ion bombarded films. For films approximately 1700 A thick deposited by either process and at 5550 A wavelength light the reflectance was 0.2, the absorptance was 0.7, the absorption coefficient was 67,000 cm to the -1 and the transmittance was 0.1.

  9. Infrared radiation of thin plastic films.

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    Tien, C. L.; Chan, C. K.; Cunnington, G. R.

    1972-01-01

    A combined analytical and experimental study is presented for infrared radiation characteristics of thin plastic films with and without a metal substrate. On the basis of the thin-film analysis, a simple analytical technique is developed for determining band-averaged optical constants of thin plastic films from spectral normal transmittance data for two different film thicknesses. Specifically, the band-averaged optical constants of polyethylene terephthalate and polyimide were obtained from transmittance measurements of films with thicknesses in the range of 0.25 to 3 mil. The spectral normal reflectance and total normal emittance of the film side of singly aluminized films are calculated by use of optical constants; the results compare favorably with measured values.

  10. Studies on Synthesis, Structural and Electrical Properties of Complex Oxide Thin Films: Barium Strontium Titanate and Lanthanum Strontium Nickelate

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    Podpirka, Adrian A.

    High performance miniaturized passives are of great importance for advanced nanoelectronic packages for several applications including efficient power delivery. Low cost thin film capacitors fabricated directly on package (and/or on-chip) are an attractive approach towards realizing such devices. This thesis aims to explore fundamental frequency dependent dielectric and insulating properties of thin film high-k dielectric constant in the perovskite and perovskite-related complex oxides. Throughout this thesis, we have successfully observed the role of structure, strain and oxygen stoichiometry on the dielectric properties of thin film complex oxides, allowing a greater understanding of processing conditions and polarization mechanisms. In the first section of the thesis, we explore novel processing methods in the conventional ferroelectric, barium strontium titanate, Ba1-xSr xTiO3 (BST), using ultraviolet enhanced oxidation techniques in order to achieve improvements in the dielectric properties. Using this method, we also explore the growth of BST on inexpensive non-noble metals such as Ni which presents technical challenges due to the ability to oxidize at high temperatures. We observe a significant lowering of the dielectric loss while also lowering the process temperature which allows us to maintain an intimate interface between the dielectric layer and the metal electrode. The second section of this thesis explores the novel dielectric material, Lanthanum Strontium Nickelate, La2-xSrxNiO4 (LSNO), which exhibits a colossal dielectric response. For the first time, we report on the colossal dielectric properties of polycrystalline and epitaxial thin film LSNO. We observe a significant polarization dependence on the microstructure due to the grain/grain boundary interaction with charged carriers. We next grew epitaxial films on various insulating oxide substrates in order to decouple the grain boundary interaction. Here we observed substrate dependent dielectric

  11. Effect of oxygen gas and annealing treatment for magnetically enhanced reactive ion etched (Ba{sub 0.65},Sr{sub 0.35})TiO{sub 3} thin films

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    Zhang Baishun; Quan Zuci; Zhang Tianjin; Guo Tao; Mo Shaobo

    2007-01-01

    Sol-gel-derived (Ba{sub 0.65},Sr{sub 0.35})TiO{sub 3} (BST) thin films were etched in CF{sub 4}/Ar and CF{sub 4}/Ar/O{sub 2} plasmas using magnetically enhanced reactive ion etching technology. Experimental results show that adding appropriate O{sub 2} to CF{sub 4}/Ar can better the etching effects of BST films for the increase of etching rate and decrease of etched residues. The maximum etching rate is 8.47 nm/min when CF{sub 4}/Ar/O{sub 2} gas-mixing ratio is equal to 9/36/5. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) data confirm accumulation of reaction products on the etched surface due to low volatility of reaction products such as Ba and Sr fluorides, and these residues could be removed by annealing treatment. The exact peak positions and chemical shifts of the interested elements were deduced by fitting XPS narrow-scan spectra with symmetrical Gaussian-Lorentzian product function for Ba 3d, Sr 3d, and O 1s peaks, meanwhile asymmetrical Gaussian-Lorentzian sum function was used to fit Ti 2p doublet to adjust the multiple splitting and/or shake-up process of transition-metal Ti cations. Compared to the unetched counterparts, the etched Ba 3d{sub 5/2}, Ba 3d{sub 3/2}, Sr 3d{sub 5/2}, Sr 3d{sub 3/2}, Ti 2p{sub 3/2}, Ti 2p{sub 1/2}, and O 1s peaks shift towards higher binding energy regions by amounts of 1.31, 1.30, 0.60, 0.79, 0.09, 0.46, and 0.50 eV, respectively. While the etched Ti 2p{sub 3/2} and Ti 2p{sub 1/2} peaks have small chemical shifts for two reasons. One is that Ti fluoride (TiF{sub z}) is mostly removed from the etched surface because of its higher volatility in the process of thermal desorption. The other is that there is a shift compensation between TiF{sub z} and the etched BST matrix in which Ti{sup 4+} cations are partially reduced to form Ti{sup x+} (0BST surface is obtained to be (Ba{sub 0.65},Sr{sub 0.35})Ti{sub 0.97}O{sub 2.86}, (Ba{sub 0.70},Sr{sub 0

  12. Double droplets simultaneous impact on liquid film

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    Guo, Y.; Chen, G.; Shen, S.; Zhang, J.

    2015-09-01

    The evolution of double droplets simultaneously impinging on flat liquid film are obtained with CLSVOF method(Combined Level Set and VOF). the impinging velocity, liquid film thickness, and the horizontal distance between the two droplets were investigated to analyze the factors that affect the evolution.

  13. Power combiner

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    Arnold, Mobius; Ives, Robert Lawrence

    2006-09-05

    A power combiner for the combining of symmetric and asymmetric traveling wave energy comprises a feed waveguide having an input port and a launching port, a reflector for reflecting launched wave energy, and a final waveguide for the collection and transport of launched wave energy. The power combiner has a launching port for symmetrical waves which comprises a cylindrical section coaxial to the feed waveguide, and a launching port for asymmetric waves which comprises a sawtooth rotated about a central axis.

  14. Magnetic Mesoporous Photonic Cellulose Films.

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    Giese, Michael; Blusch, Lina K; Schlesinger, Maik; Meseck, Georg R; Hamad, Wadood Y; Arjmand, Mohammad; Sundararaj, Uttandaraman; MacLachlan, Mark J

    2016-09-13

    Novel hybrid materials of cellulose and magnetic nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized and characterized. The materials combine the chiral nematic structural features of mesoporous photonic cellulose (MPC) with the magnetic properties of cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4). The photonic, magnetic, and dielectric properties of the hybrid materials were investigated during the dynamic swelling and deswelling of the MPC films. It was observed that the dielectric properties of the generated MPC films increased tremendously following swelling in water, endorsing efficient swelling ability of the generated mesoporous films. The high magnetic permeability of the developed MPC films in conjunction with their superior dielectric properties, predominantly in the swollen state, makes them interesting for electromagnetic interference shielding applications. PMID:27588561

  15. Recent Developments in the Rhetorical Study of Film and Television.

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    Benson, Tom

    Rhetorical studies of film and television arose more or less independently at a number of universities during the 1960s and 1970s. At Cornell University (New York), the accident of a combined speech and drama department gave rise to the study of the rhetoric of film. At the same time, other theorists were approaching film rhetoric from literature.…

  16. Structure of thin barium strontium titanate films over strontium titanate

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    Amir, Fatima Zohra

    Ferroelectric thin films have numerous applications: they are being used as sensors and actuators; they feature large electro-optic effects and a high dielectric constant, making them ideal as large integrated capacitors. A crucial aspect of all their applications is the depth dependence of both the strain and the polarization. These two parameters modify their optical and electronic properties. A series of experiments using synchrotron x-ray radiation have been performed to investigate the strain profile of Ba0.5Sr0.5TiO 3 (BST) ferroelectric thin films grown on SrTiO3 (STO) substrates doped with 0.5% Nb by pulsed laser ablation; the samples were grown in Pennsylvania State University. The experiments have been carried out at the beamline X22C of the National Synchrotron Light Source, Brookhaven National Laboratory. Two different techniques were used to study the effects at the interface and the surface: Crystal Truncation Rod Diffraction and Grazing Incidence Diffraction. By a detailed analysis of the strong asymmetry of the finite-thickness oscillations close to the main Bragg peak, together with grazing incidence data, we find evidence for a vertical lattice expansion at the surface together with a distorted region at the interface to the substrate. For two films with different thickness (10 nm and 50 nm) we obtain a similar strain profile. The 10-nm thick film shows a beating in the 001 reflection together with the asymmetry at room temperature. Upon annealing the sample to 725 K over several days, the beating in the Laue oscillations disappears, and the experiment was not reversible. The corresponding model for the strain shows that the enhancement of the lattice parameter at the surface disappeared. The electric field dependence of the surface lattice parameter enhancement was probed by applying a voltage between the surface of the 50nm thick film and the conducting substrate; in addition, switching the voltage from -400 mV to 400 mV reverses 6% of the

  17. Freely floating smectic films.

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    May, Kathrin; Harth, Kirsten; Trittel, Torsten; Stannarius, Ralf

    2014-05-19

    We have investigated the dynamics of freely floating smectic bubbles using high-speed optical imaging. Bubbles in the size range from a few hundred micrometers to several centimeters were prepared from collapsing catenoids. They represent ideal model systems for the study of thin-film fluid dynamics under well-controlled conditions. Owing to the internal smectic layer structure, the bubbles combine features of both soap films and vesicles in their unique shape dynamics. From a strongly elongated initial shape after pinch-off, they relax towards the spherical equilibrium, first by a slow redistribution of the smectic layers, and finally by weak, damped shape oscillations. In addition, we describe the rupture of freely floating smectic bubbles, and the formation and stability of smectic filaments. PMID:24692347

  18. Dielectric and ferroelectric properties of Ba(Sn{sub 0.15}Ti{sub 0.85})O{sub 3} thin films grown by a sol-gel process

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    Zhai Jiwei; Shen Bo; Yao Xi; Zhang Liangying

    2004-09-01

    Ferroelectric Ba(Sn{sub 0.15}Ti{sub 0.85})O{sub 3} (BTS) thin films were deposited on LaNiO{sub 3}-coated silicon substrates via a sol-gel process. Films showed a strong (1 0 0) preferred orientation depending upon annealing temperature and concentration of the precursor solution. The dependence of dielectric and ferroelectric properties on film orientation has been studied. The leakage current density of thin films at 100 kV/cm was 7 x 10{sup -7} A/cm{sup 2} and 5 x 10{sup -5} A/cm{sup 2} and their capacitor tunability was 54 and 25% at an applied field of 200 kV/cm (measurement frequency of 1 MHz) for the thin films deposited with 0.1 and 0.4 M spin-on solution, respectively. This work clearly reveals the highly promising potential of BTS compared with BST films for application in tunable microwave devices.

  19. Diamond film growth from fullerene precursors

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    Gruen, D.M.; Liu, S.; Krauss, A.R.; Pan, X.

    1997-04-15

    A method and system are disclosed for manufacturing diamond film. The method involves forming a fullerene vapor, providing a noble gas stream and combining the gas with the fullerene vapor, passing the combined fullerene vapor and noble gas carrier stream into a chamber, forming a plasma in the chamber causing fragmentation of the fullerene and deposition of a diamond film on a substrate. 10 figs.

  20. Diamond film growth argon-carbon plasmas

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    Gruen, D.M.; Krauss, A.R.; Liu, S.Z.; Pan, X.Z.; Zuiker, C.D.

    1998-12-15

    A method and system are disclosed for manufacturing diamond film. The method involves forming a carbonaceous vapor, providing a gas stream of argon, hydrogen and hydrocarbon and combining the gas with the carbonaceous vapor, passing the combined carbonaceous vapor and gas carrier stream into a chamber, forming a plasma in the chamber causing fragmentation of the carbonaceous and deposition of a diamond film on a substrate. 29 figs.

  1. Ion-exchange chromatography combined with direct current amperometric detection at CuNPs/reduced graphene oxide-chitosan composite film modified electrode for determination of monosaccharide composition of polysaccharides from Phellinus igniarius.

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    Xi, Lingling; Wang, Fengli; Zhu, Zuoyi; Huang, Zhongping; Zhu, Yan

    2014-02-01

    A novel Cu nanoparticles/reduced graphene oxide-chitosan (CuNPs/r-GO-chitosan) composite film modified glassy carbon electrode (GCE) was fabricated by dispersing CuNPs uniformly on a stable r-GO-chitosan thin film through electrodeposition process. The modified electrode was characterized by cyclic voltammetry, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), and exhibited efficiently electrocatalytic oxidation toward monosaccharides with high stability. The good electrocatalytic activity of this modified electrode might be attributed to the synergistic effect of r-GO and CuNPs, and the stability might be attributed to the r-GO and chitosan thin matrix film. When the CuNPs/r-GO-chitosan/GCE was used as an electrochemical sensor in high performance anion exchange chromatography-direct current amperometric detection (HPAEC-DC) flowing system for the determination of monosaccharides under constant working potential of +0.55 V, the detection limits (S/N=3) ranged from 0.006 to 0.02 mg L(-1) for the analyzed sugars, and the dynamic linear ranges spanned from 0.02 to 500 mg L(-1). The proposed method has been applied for the determination of monosaccharide composition of crude polysaccharides from phellinus igniarius real samples, and the results were satisfactory. PMID:24401438

  2. Film Credits

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    Borja, Rhea R.

    2006-01-01

    With the advent of easy-to-use digital technology, schools are responding to the interests of their media-savvy students by offering more courses in filmmaking. In this article, the author features different films produced by students. Among other things, she discusses the students' growing interest in filmmaking.

  3. Thin Films

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    Naffouti, Wafa; Nasr, Tarek Ben; Mehdi, Ahmed; Kamoun-Turki, Najoua

    2014-11-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) thin films were synthesized on glass substrates by spray pyrolysis. The effect of solution flow rate on the physical properties of the films was investigated by use of x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM), and spectrophotometry techniques. XRD analysis revealed the tetragonal anatase phase of TiO2 with highly preferred (101) orientation. AFM images showed that grain size on top of TiO2 thin films depended on solution flow rate. An indirect band gap energy of 3.46 eV was determined by means of transmission and reflection measurements. The envelope method, based on the optical transmission spectrum, was used to determine film thickness and optical constants, for example real and imaginary parts of the dielectric constant, refractive index, and extinction coefficient. Ultraviolet and visible photoluminescence emission peaks were observed at room temperature. These peaks were attributed to the intrinsic emission and to the surface defect states, respectively.

  4. Thin film mechanics

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    Cooper, Ryan C.

    the role of grain boundaries on the strength of chemical vapor deposited graphene. The results from these studies suggest that two dimensional films have remarkably high strength-reaching the intrinsic limit of molecular bonds. Chapter 5 explores the viscoelastic properties of heterogeneous polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) microfilms through dynamic nanoindentation. PDMS microfilms are irradiated with an electron beam creating a 3 m-thick film with an increased cross-link density. The change in mechanical properties of PDMS due to thermal history and accelerator have been explored by a variety of tests, but the effect of electron beam irradiation is still unknown. The resulting structure is a stiff microfilm embedded in a soft rubber with some transformational strain induced by the cross-linking volume changes. Chapter 5 employs a combination of dynamic nanoindentation and finite element analysis to determine the change in stiffness as a function of electron beam irradiation. The experimental results are compared to the literature. The results of these experimental and numerical techniques provide exciting opportu- nities in future research. Two dimensional materials and flexible thin films are exciting materials for novel applications with new form factors, such as flexible electronics and microfluidic devices. The results herein indicate that you can accurately model the strength of two dimsensional materials and that these materials are robust against nanoscale defects. The results also reveal local variation of mechanical properties in PDMS microfilms. This allows one to design substrates that flex with varying amounts of strain on the surface. Combining the mechanics of two dimensional materials with that of a locally irradiated PDMS film could achieve a new class of flexible microelectromechanical systems. Large-scale growth of two dimensional materials will be structurally robust-even in the presence of nanostructural defects-and PDMS microfilms can be irradiated to

  5. Dry lubricant films for aluminum forming.

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    Wei, J.; Erdemir, A.; Fenske, G. R.

    1999-03-30

    During metal forming process, lubricants are crucial to prevent direct contact, adhesion, transfer and scuffing of workpiece materials and tools. Boric acid films can be firmly adhered to the clean aluminum surfaces by spraying their methanol solutions and provide extremely low friction coefficient (about 0.04). The cohesion strengths of the bonded films vary with the types of aluminum alloys (6061, 6111 and 5754). The sheet metal forming tests indicate that boric acid films and the combined films of boric acid and mineral oil can create larger strains than the commercial liquid and solid lubricants, showing that they possess excellent lubricities for aluminum forming. SEM analyses indicate that boric acid dry films separate the workpiece and die materials, and prevent their direct contact and preserve their surface qualities. Since boric acid is non-toxic and easily removed by water, it can be expected that boric acid films are environmentally friendly, cost effective and very efficient lubricants for sheet aluminum cold forming.

  6. Synthesis of periodic mesoporous silica thin films

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    Anderson, M.T.; Martin, J.E.; Odinek, J.G.; Newcomer, P.

    1996-06-01

    We have synthesized periodic mesoporous silica thin films from homogeneous solutions. To synthesize the films, a thin layer of a pH 7 micellar coating solution that contains TMOS (tetramethoxysilane) is dip or spin-coated onto Si wafers, borosilicate glass, or quartz substrates. NH3 gas is diffused into the solution and causes rapid hydrolysis and condensation of the TMOS and the formation of periodic mesoporous thin films within 10 seconds. Combination of homogenous solutions and rapid product formation maximizes the concentration of the desired product and provides a controlled, predictable microstructure. The films have been made continuous and crack-free by optimizing initial silica concentration and film thickness. The films are being evaluated as high surface area, size-selective coatings for surface acoustic wave (SAW) sensors.

  7. Black Films and Film-Makers.

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    Patterson, Lindsay, Ed.

    The development of black films and the attitudes of the film industry toward black films and black actors are some of the topics examined in this anthology of essays. Section 1, "Nigger to Supernigger," contains such articles as "The Death of Rastus: Negroes in American Films" by Thomas R. Cripps and "Folk Values in a New Medium" by Alain Locke…

  8. Combinations Therapies.

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    Reinmuth, Niels; Reck, Martin

    2015-01-01

    Immunotherapy of cancer encompasses different strategies that elicit or enhance the immune response against tumors. The first results from clinical studies have provided promising data for the treatment of lung cancer patients with immunomodulating monotherapies. To improve the potential benefit of cancer immunotherapy, synergistic combinations of the various immunotherapy approaches or of different elements within each of the immunotherapy approaches are being explored. The rationale typically involves different but complementary mechanisms of action, eventually impinging on more than one immune system mechanism. As a prominent example, the simultaneous blockade of PD-1 and CTLA-4 is giving rise to therapeutic synergy, while still offering room for efficacy improvement. Moreover, combinations of immunomodulating agents with chemotherapy or targeted molecules are being tested. Animal models suggest that immunotherapies in combination with these various options offer evidence for synergistic effects and are likely to radically change cancer treatment paradigms. However, data obtained so far indicate that toxic side effects are also potentiated, which may even restrict the selection of patients that are suitable for these combinational approaches. Advancing the field of combinatorial immunotherapy will require changes in the way investigational agents are clinically developed as well as novel experimental end-points for efficacy evaluation. However, this combined therapeutic manipulation of both tumor and stromal cells may lead to a dramatic change in the therapeutic options of lung cancer patients in any disease stage that can only grossly be appreciated by the current studies. PMID:26384009

  9. Liquid phase epitaxy of REBCO (RE=Y, Sm) thick films on YBCO thin film deposited on LAO substrate

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    Guo, L. S.; Chen, Y. Y.; Cheng, L.; Li, W.; Xiong, J.; Tao, B. W.; Yao, X.

    2013-03-01

    By employing YBCO/LAO thin films as seeds, we succeeded in growing REBa2Cu3Ox (REBCO, RE=Y, Sm) thick films via the LPE method in air. Remarkably, a completely covered YBCO thick film with the c-axis orientation was achieved. Moreover, SmBCO LPE films were effectively induced by the YBCO/LAO thin films at a processing temperature of 1055 °C, indicating that the YBCO/LAO thin film possesses a superheating property. Compared with the YBCO/MgO thin film, the YBCO/LAO thin film has a potentially higher thermal stability in LPE, due to its better lattice fitness at the film/substrate interface. On the other hand, compared to the thick films induced by NdGaO3 (NGO) substrates, YBCO/LAO thin-film-seeded thick films have the broad average spacing of about 150 μm between adjacent cracks, almost five times wider than the former, which benefits the practical application in electronic devices. In short, the YBCO/LAO thin film becomes a third promising candidate for inducing REBCO LPE thick films, combined with conventionally used YBCO/MgO thin films and single-crystal NGO substrates.

  10. Effect of direct current sputtering power on the behavior of amorphous indium-gallium-zinc-oxide thin-film transistors under negative bias illumination stress: A combination of experimental analyses and device simulation

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    Jang, Jun Tae; Kim, Dong Myong; Choi, Sung-Jin; Kim, Dae Hwan E-mail: drlife@kookmin.ac.kr; Park, Jozeph; Ahn, Byung Du; Kim, Hyun-Suk E-mail: drlife@kookmin.ac.kr

    2015-03-23

    The effect of direct current sputtering power of indium-gallium-zinc-oxide (IGZO) on the performance and stability of the corresponding thin-film transistor devices was studied. The field effect mobility increases as the IGZO sputter power increases, at the expense of device reliability under negative bias illumination stress (NBIS). Device simulation based on the extracted sub-gap density of states indicates that the field effect mobility is improved as a result of the number of acceptor-like states decreasing. The degradation by NBIS is suggested to be induced by the formation of peroxides in IGZO rather than charge trapping.

  11. Packaging material for thin film lithium batteries

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    Bates, John B.; Dudney, Nancy J.; Weatherspoon, Kim A.

    1996-01-01

    A thin film battery including components which are capable of reacting upon exposure to air and water vapor incorporates a packaging system which provides a barrier against the penetration of air and water vapor. The packaging system includes a protective sheath overlying and coating the battery components and can be comprised of an overlayer including metal, ceramic, a ceramic-metal combination, a parylene-metal combination, a parylene-ceramic combination or a parylene-metal-ceramic combination.

  12. Film and History.

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    Schaber, Robin L.

    2002-01-01

    Provides an annotated bibliography of Web sites that focus on using film to teach history. Includes Web sites in five areas: (1) film and education; (2) history of cinema; (3) film and history resources; (4) film and women; and (5) film organizations. (CMK)

  13. Film: An Introduction.

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    Fell, John L.

    "Understanding Film," the opening section of this book, discusses perceptions of and responses to film and the way in which experiences with and knowledge of other media affect film viewing. The second section, "Film Elements," analyzes the basic elements of film: the use of space and time, the impact of editing, sound and color, and the effects…

  14. Effect of varying processing solution temperature on radiographic contrast and relative film speed of dental film.

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    Matthee, M J; Becker, P J; Seeliger, J E

    1990-12-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the effect of a stepwise rise in temperature on three film types processed in six different processing solutions and to identify the combinations of film, solution and temperature which produced the best results in terms of radiographic contrast and relative film speed. The film types were Agfa Dentus M2, Flow X-ray and Kodak Ultra Speed while the processing solutions were Agfa, Dürr, EBX, Kolchem, MEMS and Pro-tech. An aluminium step-wedge was exposed under standardised conditions. Processing was carried out in a Dürr 245L automatic processor with variable temperature settings from 25 degrees to 35 degrees C. Unexposed films were processed at each temperature setting to determine the base plus fog values. Densitometric readings were taken using a digital densitometer, and the base plug fog values subtracted from each reading. Radiographic contrast and relative film speed were calculated and the data obtained subjected to statistical analysis using Duncan's Multiple Range Test. It could be concluded that, as the processing solution temperature rose from 25 degrees C to 35 degrees C, both radiographic contrast and relative film speed increased. The highest radiographic contrast was obtained by Agfa film in Kolchem solution at 35 degrees C, while Kodak Ultra Speed film in MEMS solution at 35 degrees C gave the highest relative film speed. An acceptable base plus fog level of 0.25 was obtained in the case of Agfa film in combination with Agfa, Dürr and Pro-tech solutions and Flow X-ray film with Dürr solutions. All the other combinations produced a base plug fog level higher than 0.25. PMID:2098942

  15. Dewetting of microliquid film via vapor-mediated Marangoni effect

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    Kim, Seungho; Kim, Ho-Young

    2015-11-01

    It is generally conceived that water film residing on a hydrophilic layer is much more stable than one on a hydrophobic layer. Here we show that the film on a hydrophilic layer can be punctured just by placing an alcohol drop near the film. It is because the concentration gradients of alcohol vapor deposited on water give rise to the Marangoni effect, which pulls the water film away from the alcohol drop. We term this behavior the vapor-mediated Marangoni dewetting. Two different film flow types are observed depending on the thickness of film. For a thin water film, a bulk film recedes from the center where the alcohol vapor concentration is the highest but leaves a thin fringe film. The nanoscale fringe film is then dried, leading to continuous growth of the hole. For a thick water film, no nanoscale fringe films are observed, but the hole growth is limited to a certain radius. The maximum hole radius in the thick film regime is determined by the balance between the hydrostatic pressure and the Marangoni stress. We visualize such novel film dewetting dynamics with a high-speed camera and characterize their salient features by combining experimental and scaling analysis.

  16. Combination Light

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1990-01-01

    The Rayovac TANDEM is an advanced technology combination work light and general purpose flashlight that incorporates several NASA technologies. The TANDEM functions as two lights in one. It features a long range spotlight and wide angle floodlight; simple one-hand electrical switching changes the beam from spot to flood. TANDEM developers made particular use of NASA's extensive research in ergonomics in the TANDEM's angled handle, convenient shape and different orientations. The shatterproof, water resistant plastic casing also draws on NASA technology, as does the shape and beam distance of the square diffused flood. TANDEM's heavy duty magnet that permits the light to be affixed to any metal object borrows from NASA research on rare earth magnets that combine strong magnetic capability with low cost. Developers used a NASA-developed ultrasonic welding technique in the light's interior.

  17. Ferroelectric ultrathin perovskite films

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    Rappe, Andrew M; Kolpak, Alexie Michelle

    2013-12-10

    Disclosed herein are perovskite ferroelectric thin-film. Also disclosed are methods of controlling the properties of ferroelectric thin films. These films can be used in a variety materials and devices, such as catalysts and storage media, respectively.

  18. Ultrafast magnetoacoustics in nickel films.

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    Kim, Ji-Wan; Vomir, Mircea; Bigot, Jean-Yves

    2012-10-19

    We report about the magnetization dynamics of a ferromagnetic nickel film at room temperature excited by acoustic pulses generated with femtosecond laser pulses. The ultrafast change of magnetization is detected from both the front and back sides of the nickel film. The propagating strain associated with the acoustic pulses modifies the magnetic anisotropy and induces a precession of the magnetization. We model the time-dependent magnetoacoustic response of the metallic film by combining a three temperature model for the temperatures of the charges, the spins, and the lattice, the wave equation for the strain, and the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation for the magnetization. It is shown that the precession dynamics can be controlled by matching the precession period with the round trip time of the acoustic echoes. The calculation of the time-dependent precession torque τ=|M×H(eff)| allows understanding the underlying physics. PMID:23215104

  19. A lethal combination of toxins and biofilms aids soft tissue fossilization

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    MacKenzie, L. A.; Hinman, N. W.; Kohn, M. J.; Olin, P. H.

    2012-12-01

    Biofilms, thin microbial communities encased in extracellular polymeric substances, are thought to aid in fossilization, particularly in cases of extraordinary preservation of soft tissues in Konservat-Lagerstätten deposits. The mechanisms by which this occurs, however, are poorly understood. Modern marine biofilms take up trace elements (e.g., Cu, P, Fe, Zn, Cd), some of which are toxic. In this study we investigated trace element patterns across worm fossils from the Early Cambrian Chengjiang biota (Yunnan, China) to explore whether toxic metals preferentially accumulated in soft tissues, retarding biodegradation and promoting extraordinary preservation. This biota is the oldest of the Burgess Shale Type (BST) Lagerstätten, which preserve soft-bodied fossils that range in age from early Cambrian to Ordovician. Concentrations of 24 light elements, transition metals, heavy metals, actinides and lanthanides were measured using laser-ablation ICP-MS in 2-4 mm long transects across rock matrix and 1-2 mm wide fossils to create matrix-worm-matrix geochemical profiles. Spatial and compositional resolutions were ~50 μm and ~1ppm. Six worm fossils were analyzed, and all show higher concentrations of P, Sc, V, Cr, Fe, Ni, Cu, Mo, Sb, Th, and U than the matrix. Increases in Na, Mg, Al, K, Ca, Mn, Co, Sr, Ba, Ce, and Pb were found in some, but not all samples. None of the samples showed significant increases in Ti. Abiotic processes cannot explain increased concentrations of all of these elements, which include both redox-sensitive and immobile elements. Instead we propose that biofilms formed on the surface of the organisms shortly after death (hours to days). Bioaccumulation of toxic trace elements sealed the worms under a thin, deadly trace-element-rich film that prevented further degradation. This process allowed diagenetic cements to form a rigid rock matrix and preserve these delicate fossils. If so, trace element accumulation by biofilms may provide the key for

  20. Thin films under chemical stress

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    Not Available

    1991-01-01

    The goal of work on this project has been develop a set of experimental tools to allow investigators interested in transport, binding, and segregation phenomena in composite thin film structures to study these phenomena in situ. Work to-date has focuses on combining novel spatially-directed optical excitation phenomena, e.g. waveguide eigenmodes in thin dielectric slabs, surface plasmon excitations at metal-dielectric interfaces, with standard spectroscopies to understand dynamic processes in thin films and at interfaces. There have been two main scientific thrusts in the work and an additional technical project. In one thrust we have sought to develop experimental tools which will allow us to understand the chemical and physical changes which take place when thin polymer films are placed under chemical stress. In principle this stress may occur because the film is being swelled by a penetrant entrained in solvent, because interfacial reactions are occurring at one or more boundaries within the film structure, or because some component of the film is responding to an external stimulus (e.g. pH, temperature, electric field, or radiation). However all work to-date has focused on obtaining a clearer understanding penetrant transport phenomena. The other thrust has addressed the kinetics of adsorption of model n-alkanoic acids from organic solvents. Both of these thrusts are important within the context of our long-term goal of understanding the behavior of composite structures, composed of thin organic polymer films interspersed with Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) and self-assembled monolayers. In addition there has been a good deal of work to develop the local technical capability to fabricate grating couplers for optical waveguide excitation. This work, which is subsidiary to the main scientific goals of the project, has been successfully completed and will be detailed as well. 41 refs., 10 figs.

  1. Effect of substrate on radiative properties of thin films.

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    Armaly, B F; Look, D C

    1973-08-01

    An expression for the directional transmittance of an absorbing thin film on anabsorbing substrate was developed by using the classical electromagnetic theory. This expression when combined with the wellstudied reflectance can yield absorptance values that are of utmost interest in heat transfer studies. The behavior of the normal and hemispherical reflectance, absorptance, and transmittance is exhibited for some selected values of film and substrate optical constants and is presented graphically as a function of film optical thickness. The results indicate that the imaginary part of the complex index of refraction for both film and substrate should be accounted for when calculating radiative transfer and properties of such films. PMID:20125629

  2. Cadmium telluride films on foreign substrates

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    Chu, T.L.; Chu, S.S.; Pauleau, Y.; Murthy, K.; Stokes, E.D.; Russell, P.E.

    1983-01-01

    Thin films of cadmium telluride have been deposited on mullite and tungsten-coated graphite substrates at 500--700 /sup 0/C by the direct combination of cadmium and tellurium in a hydrogen atmosphere. Their microstructure and crystallographic properties were studied. The importance of controlling the Cd/Te molar ratio in the reaction mixture to obtain nearly stoichiometric films was demonstrated. The electrical properties of nonstoichiometric and nearly stoichiometric films on mullite substrates were measured by the van der Pauw technique. Schottky barriers were used to measure the electrical properties of cadmium telluride films on W/graphite substrates. The effective intragrain minority carrier diffusion length in n-type films was measured by the scanned electron beam method using a Schottky barrier structure.

  3. Contemporary Films' Mini Course on Film Study.

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    Schillaci, Peter

    This minicourse on film study can be a unit in English, in arts, or in the humanities. It can help to launch a film study course or complement an introduction to theater. Whatever form it takes, it helps to build a bridge to the student's media environment. Part one, the language of images, utilizes four films which demonstrate the basic elements…

  4. Advances in CZTS thin films and nanostructured

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    Ali, N.; Ahmed, R.; Bakhtiar-Ul-Haq; Shaari, A.

    2015-06-01

    Already published data for the optical band gap (Eg) of thin films and nanostructured copper zinc tin sulphide (CZTS) have been reviewed and combined. The vacuum (physical) and non-vacuum (chemical) processes are focused in the study for band gap comparison. The results are accumulated for thin films and nanostructured in different tables. It is inferred from the re- view that the nanostructured material has plenty of worth by engineering the band gap for capturing the maximum photons from solar spectrum.

  5. Calibrating page sized Gafchromic EBT3 films

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    Crijns, W.; Maes, F.; Heide, U. A. van der; Van den Heuvel, F.

    2013-01-15

    Purpose: The purpose is the development of a novel calibration method for dosimetry with Gafchromic EBT3 films. The method should be applicable for pretreatment verification of volumetric modulated arc, and intensity modulated radiotherapy. Because the exposed area on film can be large for such treatments, lateral scan errors must be taken into account. The correction for the lateral scan effect is obtained from the calibration data itself. Methods: In this work, the film measurements were modeled using their relative scan values (Transmittance, T). Inside the transmittance domain a linear combination and a parabolic lateral scan correction described the observed transmittance values. The linear combination model, combined a monomer transmittance state (T{sub 0}) and a polymer transmittance state (T{sub {infinity}}) of the film. The dose domain was associated with the observed effects in the transmittance domain through a rational calibration function. On the calibration film only simple static fields were applied and page sized films were used for calibration and measurements (treatment verification). Four different calibration setups were considered and compared with respect to dose estimation accuracy. The first (I) used a calibration table from 32 regions of interest (ROIs) spread on 4 calibration films, the second (II) used 16 ROIs spread on 2 calibration films, the third (III), and fourth (IV) used 8 ROIs spread on a single calibration film. The calibration tables of the setups I, II, and IV contained eight dose levels delivered to different positions on the films, while for setup III only four dose levels were applied. Validation was performed by irradiating film strips with known doses at two different time points over the course of a week. Accuracy of the dose response and the lateral effect correction was estimated using the dose difference and the root mean squared error (RMSE), respectively. Results: A calibration based on two films was the optimal

  6. [Films: China and Japan].

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    Gumport, Roberta H.

    The history of filmmaking in China and Japan and film usage in teaching are considered in this document. Pointing out how films describe historical context and culture, the document also describes various techniques of film making. Films in China were heavily influenced by western models and have tended to be tools of the power structure, as…

  7. Carbon thin film thermometry

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    Collier, R. S.; Sparks, L. L.; Strobridge, T. R.

    1973-01-01

    The work concerning carbon thin film thermometry is reported. Optimum film deposition parameters were sought on an empirical basis for maximum stability of the films. One hundred films were fabricated for use at the Marshall Space Flight Center; 10 of these films were given a precise quasi-continuous calibration of temperature vs. resistance with 22 intervals between 5 and 80 K using primary platinum and germanium thermometers. Sensitivity curves were established and the remaining 90 films were given a three point calibration and fitted to the established sensitivity curves. Hydrogen gas-liquid discrimination set points are given for each film.

  8. Hydrogen film cooling investigation

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    Rousar, D. C.; Ewen, R. L.

    1973-01-01

    Effects of flow turning, flow acceleration, and supersonic flow on film cooling were determined experimentally and correlated in terms of an entrainment film cooling model. Experiments were conducted using thin walled metal test sections, hot nitrogen mainstream gas, and ambient hydrogen or nitrogen as film coolants. The entrainment film cooling model relates film cooling effectiveness to the amount of mainstream gases entrained with the film coolant in a mixing layer. The experimental apparatus and the analytical model used are described in detail and correlations for the entrainment fraction and film coolant-to-wall heat transfer coefficient are presented.

  9. Absorption spectra of irradiated XRCT radiochromic film

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    Butson, Martin J.; Cheung, Tsang; Yu, Peter K. N.

    2006-06-01

    Gafchromic XRCT radiochromic film is a self-developing high sensitivity radiochromic film product which can be used for assessment of delivered radiation doses which could match applications such as computed tomography (CT) dosimetry. The film automatically changes colour upon irradiation changing from a yellow to green/brown colour. The absorption spectra of Gafchromic XRCT radiochromic film as measured with reflectance spectrophotometry have been investigated to analyse the dosimetry characteristics of the film. Results show two main absorption peaks produced from irradiation located at 636 nm and 585 nm. This is similar to EBT Gafchromic film. A high level of sensitivity is found for this film with a 1 cGy applied dose producing an approximate net optical density change of 0.3 at 636 nm. This high sensitivity combined with its relatively energy independent nature around the 100 kVp to 150 kVp x-ray energy range provides a unique enhancement in dosimetric measurement capabilities over currently available dosimetry films for CT applications.

  10. Use of thin films in high-temperature superconducting bearings.

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    Hull, J. R.; Cansiz, A.

    1999-09-30

    In a PM/HTS bearing, locating a thin-film HTS above a bulk HTS was expected to maintain the large levitation force provided by the bulk with a lower rotational drag provided by the very high current density of the film. For low drag to be achieved, the thin film must shield the bulk from inhomogeneous magnetic fields. Measurement of rotational drag of a PM/HTS bearing that used a combination of bulk and film HTS showed that the thin film is not effective in reducing the rotational drag. Subsequent experiments, in which an AC coil was placed above the thin-film HTS and the magnetic field on the other side of the film was measured, showed that the thin film provides good shielding when the coil axis is perpendicular to the film surface but poor shielding when the coil axis is parallel to the surface. This is consistent with the lack of reduction in rotational drag being due to a horizontal magnetic moment of the permanent magnet. The poor shielding with the coil axis parallel to the film surface is attributed to the aspect ratio of the film and the three-dimensional nature of the current flow in the film for this coil orientation.

  11. Electrochromism of electrodeposited tungsten trioxide films; 1: Electrochemical characterization

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    Shen, P.K.; Chen, K.Y.; Tseung, A.C.C. . Dept. of Chemistry and Biological Chemistry)

    1994-07-01

    Electrodeposited tungsten trioxide films show fast electrochromic response both in aqueous and in nonaqueous solutions. The values of x in the tungsten bronzes, M[sub x]WO[sub 3], were determined by using a chronopotentiometric technique combined with UV/Vis spectroscopic analysis. The effect of double-layer charging was discussed. A finite diffusion control model was used to analyze the insertion behavior of M[sup +] ions into the films. The apparent diffusion coefficient of Li[sup +] through the electrodeposited WO[sub 3] film is about two orders of magnitude higher than that of vacuum-evaporated WO[sub 3] films, indicating that electrodeposited films are more suitable for use as display devices than vacuum-evaporated films. The higher porosity of the electrodeposited WO[sub 3] films may be a main reason for the fast electrochromic response.

  12. Thermal characterization of diamond films through modulated photothermal radiometry.

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    Guillemet, Thomas; Kusiak, Andrzej; Fan, Lisha; Heintz, Jean-Marc; Chandra, Namas; Zhou, Yunshen; Silvain, Jean-François; Lu, Yongfeng; Battaglia, Jean-Luc

    2014-02-12

    Diamond (Dia) films are promising heat-dissipative materials for electronic packages because they combine high thermal conductivity with high electrical resistivity. However, precise knowledge of the thermal properties of the diamond films is crucial to their potential application as passive thermal management substrates in electronics. In this study, modulated photothermal radiometry in a front-face configuration was employed to thermally characterize polycrystalline diamond films deposited onto silicon (Si) substrates through laser-assisted combustion synthesis. The intrinsic thermal conductivity of diamond films and the thermal boundary resistance at the interface between the diamond film and the Si substrate were investigated. The results enlighten the correlation between the deposition process, film purity, film transverse thermal conductivity, and interface thermal resistance. PMID:24422442

  13. Self-assembled molecular films incorporating a ligand

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    Bednarski, Mark D.; Wilson, Troy E.; Mastandra, Mark S.

    1996-01-01

    Functionalized monomers are presented which can be used in the fabrication of molecular films for controlling adhesion, detection of receptor-ligand binding and enzymatic reactions; new coatings for lithography; and for semiconductor materials. The monomers are a combination of a ligand, a linker, optionally including a polymerizable group, and a surface attachment group. The processes and an apparatus for making films from these monomers, as well as methods of using the films are also provided.

  14. Microporous polymer films and methods of their production

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    Aubert, J.H.

    1995-06-06

    A process is described for producing thin microporous polymeric films for a variety of uses. The process utilizes a dense gas (liquefied gas or supercritical fluid) selected to combine with a solvent-containing polymeric film so that the solvent is dissolved in the dense gas, the polymer is substantially insoluble in the dense gas, and two phases are formed. A microporous film is obtained by removal of a dense gas-solvent phase. 9 figs.

  15. Self-assembled molecular films incorporating a ligand

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    Bednarski, M.D.; Wilson, T.E.; Mastandra, M.S.

    1996-04-23

    Functionalized monomers are presented which can be used in the fabrication of molecular films for controlling adhesion, detection of receptor-ligand binding and enzymatic reactions; new coatings for lithography; and for semiconductor materials. The monomers are a combination of a ligand, a linker, optionally including a polymerizable group, and a surface attachment group. The processes and an apparatus for making films from these monomers, as well as methods of using the films are also provided. 7 figs.

  16. Combination solar hothouse and silkworm breeding house

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    Vardiashvili, A.B.; Muradov, M.; Kim, V.D.

    1980-01-01

    The basic arrangement is shown for a combination silkworm breeding house and solar hothouse with subsoil irrigation and accumulation of heat; it employs a semicylindrical film covering. The process of accumulation of solar heat in the subsoil pebble stores, in water-heater banks, and in the soil is described.

  17. Birth control pills - combination

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    The pill - combination; Oral contraceptives - combination; OCP - combination; Contraception - combination ... Birth control pills help keep you from getting pregnant. When taken daily, they are one of the most ...

  18. History of human activity in last 800 years reconstructed from combined archive data and high-resolution analyses of varved lake sediments from Lake Czechowskie, Northern Poland

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    Słowiński, Michał; Tyszkowski, Sebastian; Ott, Florian; Obremska, Milena; Kaczmarek, Halina; Theuerkauf, Martin; Wulf, Sabine; Brauer, Achim

    2016-04-01

    The aim of the study was to reconstruct human and landscape development in the Tuchola Pinewoods (Northern Poland) during the last 800 years. We apply an approach that combines historic maps and documents with pollen data. Pollen data were obtained from varved lake sediments at a resolution of 5 years. The chronology of the sediment record is based on varve counting, AMS 14C dating, 137Cs activity concentration measurements and tephrochronology (Askja AD 1875). We applied the REVEALS model to translate pollen percentage data into regional plant abundances. The interpretation of the pollen record is furthermore based on pollen accumulation rate data. The pollen record and historic documents show similar trends in vegetation development. During the first phase (AD 1200-1412), the Lake Czechowskie area was still largely forested with Quercus, Carpinus and Pinus forests. Vegetation was more open during the second phase (AD 1412-1776), and reached maximum openness during the third phase (AD 1776-1905). Furthermore, intensified forest management led to a transformation from mixed to pine dominated forests during this period. Since the early 20th century, the forest cover increased again with dominance of the Scots pine in the stand. While pollen and historic data show similar trends, they differ substantially in the degree of openness during the four phases with pollen data commonly suggesting more open conditions. We discuss potential causes for this discrepancy, which include unsuitable parameters settings in REVEALS and unknown changes in forest structure. Using pollen accumulation data as a third proxy record we aim to identify the most probable causes. Finally, we discuss the observed vegetation change in relation the socio-economic development of the area. This study is a contribution to the Virtual Institute of Integrated Climate and Landscape Evolution Analysis - ICLEA- of the Helmholtz Association and National Science Centre, Poland (grant No. 2011/01/B/ST10

  19. Educational Films and the Historian

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    Youngs, J. William T., Jr.

    1975-01-01

    Suggestions on how historians might use educational films more efficiently in the classroom are given. The range and diversity of educational films, educational film bibliography and criticism, and the classroom uses of films are discussed. (JR)

  20. Hydraulic properties of adsorbed water films in unsaturated porous media

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    Tokunaga, Tetsu K.

    2009-03-01

    Adsorbed water films strongly influence residual water saturations and hydraulic conductivities in porous media at low saturations. Hydraulic properties of adsorbed water films in unsaturated porous media were investigated through combining Langmuir's film model with scaling analysis, without use of any adjustable parameters. Diffuse double layer influences are predicted to be important through the strong dependence of adsorbed water film thickness (f) on matric potential ({Psi}) and ion charge (z). Film thickness, film velocity, and unsaturated hydraulic conductivity are predicted to vary with z{sup -1}, z{sup -2}, and z{sup -3}, respectively. In monodisperse granular media, the characteristic grain size ({lambda}) controls film hydraulics through {lambda}{sup -1} scaling of (1) the perimeter length per unit cross sectional area over which films occur, (2) the critical matric potential ({Psi}{sub c}) below which films control flow, and (3) the magnitude of the unsaturated hydraulic conductivity when {Psi} < {Psi}{sub c}. While it is recognized that finer textured sediments have higher unsaturated hydraulic conductivities than coarser sands at intermediate {Psi}, the {lambda}{sup -1} scaling of hydraulic conductivity predicted here extends this understanding to very low saturations where all pores are drained. Extremely low unsaturated hydraulic conductivities are predicted under adsorbed film-controlled conditions (generally < 0.1 mm y{sup -1}). On flat surfaces, the film hydraulic diffusivity is shown to be constant (invariant with respect to {Psi}).

  1. Thin film metrology.

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    Nitsch, Gerald; Flinn, Gregory

    2007-10-01

    Thin film metrology is suitable for characterising and performing quality control of a variety of coatings and films used in medical applications. The capabilities of today's systems are described. PMID:18078184

  2. Film as Film; Understanding and Judging Movies.

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    Perkins, V. F.

    The criteria for judging movies which are presented here are based on the belief that film criticism becomes rational, if not "objective", when it displays and inspects the nature of its evidence and the bases of its arguments. The author dissents from the view of early film theorists that montage is the essence of cinema, and that cinema is to be…

  3. Broadband dielectric characterization of sapphire/TiOx/Ba₀.₃Sr₀.₇TiO₃ (111)-oriented thin films for the realization of a tunable interdigitated capacitor.

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    Ghalem, Areski; Ponchel, Freddy; Remiens, Denis; Legier, Jean-Francois; Lasri, Tuami

    2013-05-01

    A complete microwave characterization up to 67 GHz using specific coplanar waveguides was performed to determine the dielectric properties (permittivity, losses, and tunability) of sapphire/TiOx/Ba0.3Sr0.7TiO3 (BST) (111)-oriented thin films. To that end, BaxSr1-xTiO3 thin films were deposited by RF magnetron sputtering on sapphire (0001) substrate. To control the preferred (111) orientation, a TiOx buffer layer was deposited on sapphire. According to the detailed knowledge of the material properties, it has been possible to conceive, fabricate, and test interdigitated capacitors, the basic element for future microwave tunable applications. Retention of capacitive behavior up to 67 GHz and a tunability of 32% at 67 GHz at an applied voltage of 30 V (150 kV/cm) were observed. The Q-factor remains greater than 30 over the entire frequency band. The possibility of a complete characterization of the material for the realization of high-performance interdigitated capacitors opens the door to microwave device fabrication. PMID:23661122

  4. Exploring the Film.

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    Kuhns, William; Stanley, Robert

    The purpose of film study is defined here in the words of D. W. Griffiths: "My goal is above all to make you see." This book is intended to be used as a text in a film study course. It traces the development of films from a scientific curiosity through silent films to modern wide screen productions. A comic strip is used to demonstrate the effect…

  5. Method for the preparation of nanocrystalline diamond thin films

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    Gruen, Dieter M.; Krauss, Alan R.

    1998-01-01

    A method and system for manufacturing nanocrystalline diamond film on a substrate such as field emission tips. The method involves forming a carbonaceous vapor, providing a gas stream of argon, hydrocarbon and possibly hydrogen, and combining the gas with the carbonaceous vapor, passing the combined carbonaceous vapor and gas carrier stream into a chamber, forming a plasma in the chamber causing fragmentation of the carbonaceous vapor and deposition of a diamond film on the field emission tip.

  6. Method for the preparation of nanocrystalline diamond thin films

    DOEpatents

    Gruen, D.M.; Krauss, A.R.

    1998-06-30

    A method and system are disclosed for manufacturing nanocrystalline diamond film on a substrate such as field emission tips. The method involves forming a carbonaceous vapor, providing a gas stream of argon, hydrocarbon and possibly hydrogen, and combining the gas with the carbonaceous vapor, passing the combined carbonaceous vapor and gas carrier stream into a chamber, forming a plasma in the chamber causing fragmentation of the carbonaceous vapor and deposition of a diamond film on the field emission tip. 40 figs.

  7. Focus on Shakespearean Films.

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    Eckert, Charles W., Ed.

    This is an anthology of reviews and critical pieces of the significant and available Shakespearean films made between 1935 and 1966. Included are three general essays on Shakespearean film by Ian Johnson, Henri Lemaitre, and Geoffrey Reeves. The specific films and their reviewers are: A Midsummer's Night Dream (1935) Allardyce Nicoll and Richard…

  8. Marine Science Film Catalogue.

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    Chapman, Frank L.

    Forty-eight motion picture films and filmstrips in the field of marine science are catalogued in this booklet. Following the alphabetical index, one page is devoted to each film indicating its type, producer, recommended grade level, running time, and presence of color and/or sound. A summary of film content, possible uses, and outstanding…

  9. Thick Film Interference.

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    Trefil, James

    1983-01-01

    Discusses why interference effects cannot be seen with a thick film, starting with a review of the origin of interference patterns in thin films. Considers properties of materials in films, properties of the light source, and the nature of light. (JN)

  10. TEACHING COMPOSITION WITH FILM.

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    COURSEN, HERBERT R., JR.

    A COMPOSITION PROGRAM DESIGNED TO GIVE UPWARD BOUND STUDENTS A FEELING OF SUCCESS WAS BASED ON FILMS WHICH THE STUDENTS VIEWED, DISCUSSED, AND WROTE ABOUT. THE FILMS FELL ROUGHLY INTO THE CATEGORIES OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS, POLITICS AND PROPAGANDA, AND ART AND MUSIC. FOLLOWING CLASS DISCUSSIONS, STUDENTS WERE REQUIRED MERELY TO "WRITE ABOUT THE FILM."…

  11. Films for Special Education.

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    Tringo, John L.

    Listed are approximately 500 films in the various areas of special education. The listing has been compiled from film company catalogs, social agency listings, and National Audiovisual Center listings. Information stated is that which was in the source materials (usually name, length, source, and brief description). Films are listed under the…

  12. 99 Films on Drugs.

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    Weber, David O., Ed.

    This catalog describes and evaluates 16-millimeter films about various aspects of drug use. Among the subjects covered by the 99 films are the composition and effects of different drugs, reasons why people use drugs, life in the drug culture, the problem of law enforcement, and various means of dealing with drug users. Each film is synopsized. Two…

  13. The Sponsored Film.

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    Klein, Walter J.

    For public relations professionals and would-be sponsors of films, this book provides guidelines for understanding the film medium and its potential as a persuasive force in industry, government, organizations, and religious orders. For filmmakers, it brings together practical information needed to survive in the sponsored-film industry and to…

  14. Health Careers Film Guide.

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    National Institutes of Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD. Bureau of Health Manpower Education.

    This document, which represents a survey of the entire health career film field, was designed to provide information for people interested in a health career. The guide indicates that a major criteria for film selection was recency; however, some older films that give a fairly accurate image of a profession were included, with some emphasis given…

  15. Particle film technology

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Particle Film Technology involves establishing a mineral particle film on the surface of a plant or plant product that: (1) is chemically inert, (2) has a mean particle diameter < 2 um, (3) is formulated to spread and create a uniform film, (4) does not physically disrupt gas exchange from the le...

  16. Getting into Film.

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    London, Mel

    This book describes the various aspects of the film industry and the many jobs related to filmmaking, stressing that no "formula" exists for finding a successful career in the film industry. Chapters provide information on production, writing for film, cinematography, editing, music, sound, animation and graphics, acting and modeling, the "unsung…

  17. Soft Magnetic Multilayered Thin Films for HF Applications

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    Loizos, George; Giannopoulos, George; Serletis, Christos; Maity, Tuhin; Roy, Saibal; Lupu, Nicoleta; Kijima, Hanae; Yamaguchi, Masahiro; Niarchos, Dimitris

    Multilayered thin films from various soft magnetic materials were successfully prepared by magnetron sputtering in Ar atmosphere. The magnetic properties and microstructure were investigated. It is found that the films show good soft magnetic properties: magnetic coercivity of 1-10 Oe and saturation magnetization higher than 1T. The initial permeability of the films is greater than 300 and flattens up to 600 MHz. The multilayer thin film properties in combination with their easy, fast and reproducible fabrication indicate that they are potential candidates for high frequency applications.

  18. Rechargeable thin film battery and method for making the same

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    Goldner, Ronald B.; Liu, Te-Yang; Goldner, Mark A.; Gerouki, Alexandra; Haas, Terry E.

    2006-01-03

    A rechargeable, stackable, thin film, solid-state lithium electrochemical cell, thin film lithium battery and method for making the same is disclosed. The cell and battery provide for a variety configurations, voltage and current capacities. An innovative low temperature ion beam assisted deposition method for fabricating thin film, solid-state anodes, cathodes and electrolytes is disclosed wherein a source of energetic ions and evaporants combine to form thin film cell components having preferred crystallinity, structure and orientation. The disclosed batteries are particularly useful as power sources for portable electronic devices and electric vehicle applications where high energy density, high reversible charge capacity, high discharge current and long battery lifetimes are required.

  19. Dosimetric characterization of GafChromic EBT film and its implication on film dosimetry quality assurance

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    Fuss, Martina; Sturtewagen, Eva; DeWagter, Carlos; Georg, Dietmar

    2007-07-01

    The suitability of radiochromic EBT film was studied for high-precision clinical quality assurance (QA) by identifying the dose response for a wide range of irradiation parameters typically modified in highly-conformal treatment techniques. In addition, uncertainties associated with varying irradiation conditions were determined. EBT can be used for dose assessment of absorbed dose levels as well as relative dosimetry when compared to absolute absorbed dose calibrated using ionization chamber results. For comparison, a silver halide film (Kodak EDR-2) representing the current standard in film dosimetry was included. As an initial step a measurement protocol yielding accurate and precise results was established for a flatbed transparency scanner (Epson Expression 1680 Pro) that was utilized as a film reading instrument. The light transmission measured by the scanner was found to depend on the position of the film on the scanner plate. For three film pieces irradiated with doses of 0 Gy, ~1 Gy and ~7 Gy, the pixel values measured in portrait or landscape mode differed by 4.7%, 6.2% and 10.0%, respectively. A study of 200 film pieces revealed an excellent sheet-to-sheet uniformity. On a long time scale, the optical development of irradiated EBT film consisted of a slow but steady increase of absorbance which was not observed to cease during 4 months. Sensitometric curves of EBT films obtained under reference conditions (SSD = 95 cm, FS = 5 × 5 cm2, d = 5 cm) for 6, 10 and 25 MV photon beams did not show any energy dependence. The average separation between all curves was only 0.7%. The variation of the depth d (range 2-25 cm) in the phantom did not affect the dose response of EBT film. Also the influence of the radiation field size (range 3 × 3-40 × 40 cm2) on the sensitometric curve was not significant. For EDR-2 films maximum differences between the calibration curves reached 7-8% for X6MV and X25MV. Radiochromic EBT film, in combination with a flatbed scanner

  20. Pyrolyzed thin film carbon

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    Tai, Yu-Chong (Inventor); Liger, Matthieu (Inventor); Harder, Theodore (Inventor); Konishi, Satoshi (Inventor); Miserendino, Scott (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    A method of making carbon thin films comprises depositing a catalyst on a substrate, depositing a hydrocarbon in contact with the catalyst and pyrolyzing the hydrocarbon. A method of controlling a carbon thin film density comprises etching a cavity into a substrate, depositing a hydrocarbon into the cavity, and pyrolyzing the hydrocarbon while in the cavity to form a carbon thin film. Controlling a carbon thin film density is achieved by changing the volume of the cavity. Methods of making carbon containing patterned structures are also provided. Carbon thin films and carbon containing patterned structures can be used in NEMS, MEMS, liquid chromatography, and sensor devices.

  1. UV actinometer film

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    Coulbert, C. D.; Gupta, A.; Pitts, J.

    1980-01-01

    Cumulative UV radiation can be measured by low-cost polymer film that is unaffacted by visible light. Useful for virtually any surface, film can help paint and plastics manufacturers determine how well their products stand up against UV radiation. Actinometer film uses photochemically sensitive compound that changes its chemical composition in response to solar radiation. Extent of chemical conversion depends on length exposure and can be measured by examining film sample with spectrophotometer. Film can be exposed from several seconds up to month.

  2. Recent developments in space shuttle remote sensing, using hand-held film cameras

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    Amsbury, David L.; Bremer, Jeffrey M.

    1992-01-01

    The authors report on the advantages and disadvantages of a number of camera systems which are currently employed for space shuttle remote sensing operations. Systems discussed include the modified Hasselbad, the Rolleiflex 6008, the Linkof 5-inch format system, and the Nikon F3/F4 systems. Film/filter combinations (color positive films, color infrared films, color negative films and polarization filters) are presented.

  3. Smooth diamond films as low friction, long wear surfaces

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    Gruen, Dieter M.; Krauss, Alan R.; Erdemir, Ali; Bindal, Cuma; Zuiker, Christopher D.

    1999-01-01

    An article and method of manufacture of a nanocrystalline diamond film. The nanocrystalline film is prepared by forming a carbonaceous vapor, providing an inert gas containing gas stream and combining the gas stream with the carbonaceous containing vapor. A plasma of the combined vapor and gas stream is formed in a chamber and fragmented carbon species are deposited onto a substrate to form the nanocrystalline diamond film having a root mean square flatness of about 50 nm deviation from flatness in the as deposited state.

  4. Chronicles of foam films.

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    Gochev, G; Platikanov, D; Miller, R

    2016-07-01

    The history of the scientific research on foam films, traditionally known as soap films, dates back to as early as the late 17th century when Boyle and Hooke paid special attention to the colours of soap bubbles. Their inspiration was transferred to Newton, who began systematic study of the science of foam films. Over the next centuries, a number of scientists dealt with the open questions of the drainage, stability and thickness of foam films. The significant contributions of Plateau and Gibbs in the middle/late 19th century are particularly recognized. After the "colours" method of Newton, Reinold and Rücker as well as Johhonnot developed optical methods for measuring the thickness of the thinner "non-colour" films (first order black) that are still in use today. At the beginning of the 20th century, various aspects of the foam film science were elucidated by the works of Dewar and Perrin and later by Mysels. Undoubtedly, the introduction of the disjoining pressure by Derjaguin and the manifestation of the DLVO theory in describing the film stability are considered as milestones in the theoretical development of foam films. The study of foam films gained momentum with the introduction of the microscopic foam film methodology by Scheludko and Exerowa, which is widely used today. This historical perspective serves as a guide through the chronological development of knowledge on foam films achieved over several centuries. PMID:26361708

  5. High-durability phase-shift film with variable transmittance

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    Nozawa, Osamu; Shishido, Hiroaki; Kajiwara, Takenori

    2015-10-01

    In order to maintain the lithographic margin and to have sufficient image resolution, attenuated phase shift masks are widely used as a resolution enhancement technique. To improve the radiation durability of the phase shift film, we have developed low oxidation MoSi shifters, such as A6L2, as one option for improving radiation durability. But to provide the best radiation durability, we have developed a new approach eliminating the molybdenum from the phase shift film and introduced a Silicon-Nitride (Si-N) based attenuated phase shift film. Traditionally the transmittance of the phase shift layer is usually around 6%. In the case of a pure Si3N4 film, the transmittance with 180 degree phase shift is around 18%. But, by controlling film structure with a combination of Si-N the transmittance can be tuned to the customers desired transmission value for high durability Mo free attenuated phase shift films.

  6. Depositing Diamondlike Carbon Films

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    Mirtich, M. J.; Sovey, J. S.; Banks, B. A.

    1986-01-01

    New process demonstrated to make thin films (usually thousands of angstroms to few microns thick) that have properties of diamonds. Various plasma and ion-beam techniques employed to generate films. Films made by radio-frequency plasma decomposition of hydrocarbon gas or other alkanes, by low-energy carbon-ion-beam deposition, or by ion plating and dual ion technique using carbon target. Advantages of new process over others are films produced, though amorphous, are clear, extremely hard, chemically inert, of high resistivity, and have index of refraction of 3.2 properties similar to those of single-crystal diamonds. Films have possible uses in microelectronic applications, high-energy-laser and plastic windows, corrosion protection for metals, and other applications where desired properties of film shaped during the film-formation process.

  7. Ceramic Composite Thin Films

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    Ruoff, Rodney S. (Inventor); Stankovich, Sasha (Inventor); Dikin, Dmitriy A. (Inventor); Nguyen, SonBinh T. (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    A ceramic composite thin film or layer includes individual graphene oxide and/or electrically conductive graphene sheets dispersed in a ceramic (e.g. silica) matrix. The thin film or layer can be electrically conductive film or layer depending the amount of graphene sheets present. The composite films or layers are transparent, chemically inert and compatible with both glass and hydrophilic SiOx/silicon substrates. The composite film or layer can be produced by making a suspension of graphene oxide sheet fragments, introducing a silica-precursor or silica to the suspension to form a sol, depositing the sol on a substrate as thin film or layer, at least partially reducing the graphene oxide sheets to conductive graphene sheets, and thermally consolidating the thin film or layer to form a silica matrix in which the graphene oxide and/or graphene sheets are dispersed.

  8. Mesoporous silica film from a solution containing a surfactant and methods of making same

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    Liu, Jun [West Richland, WA; Domansky, Karel [Cambridge, MA; Li, Xiaohong [Richland, WA; Fryxell, Glen E [Kennewick, WA; Baskaran, Suresh [Kennewick, WA; Kohler, Nathan J [Richland, WA; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai [Kennewick, WA; Coyle, Christopher A [Richland, WA; Birnbaum, Jerome C [Richland, WA

    2001-12-11

    The present invention is a mesoporous silica film having a low dielectric constant and method of making having the steps of combining a surfactant in a silica precursor solution, spin-coating a film from this solution mixture, forming a partially hydroxylated mesoporous film, and dehydroxylating the hydroxylated film to obtain the mesoporous film. It is advantageous that the small polyoxyethylene ether surfactants used in spin-coated films as described in the present invention will result in fine pores smaller on average than about 20 nm. The resulting mesoporous film has a dielectric constant less than 3, which is stable in moist air with a specific humidity. The present invention provides a method for superior control of film thickness and thickness uniformity over a coated wafer, and films with low dielectric constant.

  9. Combined impact of Bacillus stearothermophilus maltogenic alpha-amylase and surfactants on starch pasting and gelation properties.

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    Van Steertegem, Bénédicte; Pareyt, Bram; Brijs, Kristof; Delcour, Jan A

    2013-08-15

    In baking applications involving starch gelatinisation, surfactants such as sodium stearoyl lactylate (SSL) and monoacylglycerols (MAG) and Bacillus stearothermophilus maltogenic alpha-amylase (BStA) can be used jointly. We here showed that SSL but not MAG delays wheat starch hydrolysis by BStA. The effects were explained in terms of different degrees of adsorption of the surfactants on the starch granule surface, retarded and/or decreased water uptake and delayed availability of gelatinised starch for hydrolysis by BStA. Additional experiments with waxy maize starch led to the conclusion that SSL impacts swelling power and carbohydrate leaching more by covering the starch granule surface than by forming amylose-lipid complexes. SSL postponed starch hydrolysis by BStA, but this did not influence subsequent starch gelation. Finally, when adding SSL or MAG on top of BStA to starch suspensions, the effect of the surfactants on gel strength predominated over that of BStA. PMID:23561216

  10. Laser nucleated grain growth in hydrogenated amorphous silicon films

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    Dabney, Matthew S.

    Large grained film crystal silicon has been pursued for decades in hopes of replacing expensive wafer devices with lower cost film products with comparable electronic properties. The focus of these pursuits has been on directly producing thicker (>1um) films with bulk crystallization treatments. The recent development of a low cost, thin film compatible epi-thickening process of thin film template layers has opened up new possibilities for utilizing different methods of producing film crystal silicon. The focus of this research was an understanding of the nucleation and growth process sufficient to develop a "thin"(<1um) seed layer on an inexpensive (glass) substrate that replicates a large grained c-Si surface, thus presenting a template surface for the subsequent epitaxial growth of a "thick"(˜10um) c-Si film. By combining laser nucleation and solid phase crystallization of a-Si:H films with different film hydrogen content (CH), the nucleation and crystallization processes were explored. The laser fluence necessary for nucleation through direct crystallization were explored for 100nm a-Si:H films with different film H content (CH). The affect of film H content and sub-crystallization threshold laser fluence were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements during in situ thermal annealing at 600°C of films with different CH treated with an array of fluences. The laser-treated films showed a reduced incubation time (t0) for crystallization compared to as-grown films, with the largest incubation time reduction exhibited for samples with higher film H and higher laser fluences. The grain sizes of HWCVD a-Si:H films which had been exposed to sub-threshold laser prior to thermal annealing were measured with electron backscattering diffraction (EBSD) and compared to unexposed films. For large area laser processed and thermally annealed films which exhibited a reduced to, the EBSD grain sizes were unchanged as compared to those for the same film which were

  11. Analysis of DC magnetron sputtered beryllium films

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    Price, C.W.; Hsieh, E.J.; Lindsey, E.F.; Pierce, E.L.; Norberg, J.C.

    1988-10-01

    We are evaluating techniques that alter the columnar grain structure in sputtered beryllium films on fused silica substrates. The films are formed by DC magnetron sputtering, and the columnar structure, which is characteristic of this and most other deposition techniques, is highly detrimental to the tensile strength of the films. Attempts to modify the columnar structure by using RF-biased sputtering combined with nitrogen pulsing have been successful, and this paper describes the analyses of these films. Sputtered beryllium films are quite brittle, and the columnar structure in particular tends to form a distinct intergranular fracture; therefore, the grain structure was analyzed in fractured specimens using the high-resolution capability of a scanning electron microscope (SEM) equipped with a field emission gun (FESEM). Ion microanalysis using secondary-ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS) was conducted on some specimens to determining relative contamination levels introduced by nitrogen pulsing. The capability to perform quantitative SIMS analyses using ion-implanted specimens as standards also is being developed. This work confirms that the structure of DC magnetron sputtered beryllium can be improved significantly with combined nitrogen pulsing and RF-biased sputtering. 8 refs.

  12. Silk film biomaterials for cornea tissue engineering

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    Lawrence, Brian D.; Marchant, Jeffrey K.; Pindrus, Mariya; Omenetto, Fiorenzo; Kaplan, David L.

    2009-01-01

    Biomaterials for corneal tissue engineering must demonstrate several critical features for potential utility in vivo, including transparency, mechanical integrity, biocompatibility and slow biodegradation. Silk film biomaterials were designed and characterized to meet these functional requirements. Silk protein films were used in a biomimetic approach to replicate corneal stromal tissue architecture. The films were 2 μm thick to emulate corneal collagen lamellae dimensions, and were surface patterned to guide cell alignment. To enhance trans-lamellar diffusion of nutrients and to promote cell-cell interaction, pores with 0.5 to 5.0 μm diameters were introduced into the silk films. Human and rabbit corneal fibroblast proliferation, alignment and corneal extracellular matrix expression on these films in both 2D and 3D cultures was demonstrated. The mechanical properties, optical clarity and surface patterned features of these films, combined with their ability to support corneal cell functions suggest this new biomaterial system offers important potential benefits for corneal tissue regeneration. PMID:19059642

  13. Laser processing for thin-film photovoltaics

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    Compaan, Alvin D.

    1995-04-01

    Over the past decade major advances have occurred in the field of thin- film photovoltaics (PV) with many of them a direct consequence of the application of laser processing. Improved cell efficiencies have been achieved in crystalline and polycrystalline Si, in hydrogenated amorphous silicon, and in two polycrystalline thin-film materials. The use of lasers in photovoltaics includes laser hole drilling for emitter wrap-through, laser trenching for buried bus lines, and laser texturing of crystalline and polycrystalline Si cells. In thin-film devices, laser scribing is gaining increased importance for module interconnects. Pulsed laser recrystallization of boron-doped hydrogenated amorphous silicon is used to form highly conductive p-layers in p-i-n amorphous silicon cells and in thin-film transistors. Optical beam melting appears to be an attractive method for forming metal semiconductor alloys for contact formation. Finally, pulsed lasers are used for deposition of the entire semiconductor absorber layer in two types of polycrystalline thin-film cells-those based on copper indium diselenide and those based on cadmium telluride. In our lab we have prepared and studied heavily doped polycrystalline silicon thin films and also have used laser physical vapor deposition (LPVD) to prepare 'all-LPVD' CdS/CdTe solar cells on glass with efficiencies tested at NREL at 10.5%. LPVD is highly flexible and ideally suited for prototyping PV cells using ternary or quaternary alloys and for exploring new dopant combinations.

  14. Borides in Thin Film Technology

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    Mitterer, Christian

    1997-10-01

    The borides of transition and rare-earth metals are considered for application as wear- and corrosion-resistant, decorative or thermionic coatings. After a review of physical vapor deposition (PVD) techniques used for the deposition of these coatings, a survey of investigations to apply these coatings is given. As a result of the strong directionality of covalent boron-boron bonds, boride coatings show an increasing tendency to amorphous film growth with increasing B/Meatomic ratio and, for rare-earth hexaborides, with decreasing metallic radius of the rare-earth metal. Mechanical and optical properties are strongly influenced by the crystallographic structure of the boride phase. Because of their high hardness combined with good adhesion, crystalline films based on the diborides of transition metals seem to be promising candidates for wear resistant coatings on cutting tools. Alloying of these films with nitrogen by reactive PVD processes results in the formation of extremely fine-grained multiphase hard coatings with excellent tribological and corrosion behavior, thus offering new applications in the coating of engineering components. Because of their distinct colorations, some of the hexaborides of rare-earth elements may be used as decorative coatings on consumer products like wristwatch casings or eyeglass frames. Another promising field is the development of thermionic coatings based on rare-earth hexaborides, which may offer the possibility of the production of inexpensive and simple high emission filaments.

  15. Automated Composites Processing Technology: Film Module

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    Hulcher, A. Bruce

    2004-01-01

    NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) has developed a technology that combines a film/adhesive laydown module with fiber placement technology to enable the processing of composite prepreg tow/tape and films, foils or adhesives on the same placement machine. The development of this technology grew out of NASA's need for lightweight, permeation-resistant cryogenic propellant tanks. Autoclave processing of high performance composites results in thermally-induced stresses due to differences in the coefficients of thermal expansion of the fiber and matrix resin components. These stresses, together with the reduction in temperature due to cryogen storage, tend to initiate microcracking within the composite tank wall. One way in which to mitigate this problem is to introduce a thin, crack-resistant polymer film or foil into the tank wall. Investigation into methods to automate the processing of thin film or foil materials into composites led to the development of this technology. The concept employs an automated film supply and feed module that may be designed to fit existing fiber placement machines, or may be designed as integral equipment to new machines. This patent-pending technology can be designed such that both film and foil materials may be processed simultaneously, leading to a decrease in part build cycle time. The module may be designed having a compaction device independent of the host machine, or may utilize the host machine's compactor. The film module functions are controlled by a dedicated system independent of the fiber placement machine controls. The film, foil, or adhesive is processed via pre-existing placement machine run programs, further reducing operational expense.

  16. Reactively sputtered Ru-Si-O films

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    Gasser, S. M.; Kolawa, E.; Nicolet, M.-A.

    1999-08-01

    Films of Ru-Si-O were synthesized by reactively sputtering a Ru1Si1 target in an Ar/O2 gas mixture. They were characterized in terms of their composition by 2.0 MeV 4He++ backscattering spectrometry, their atomic density by thickness measurements combined with backscattering data, their microstructure by x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy, and their electrical resistivity by four-point-probe measurements. The compositions indicate preferential sputtering with ruthenium enrichment of the films, and a saturation level of oxygen is determined at 67 at. % corresponding to the formation of SiO2 and RuO2. X-ray diffraction spectra reveal an amorphous structure for oxygen-saturated and nanocrystals for unsaturated as-deposited films. The crystallization temperature clearly increases with the oxygen concentration of the films, from 500 °C for oxygen-free films to 1000 °C for oxygen-saturated films, when annealed in vacuum for 30 min. Transmission electron micrographs of as-deposited oxygen-saturated films show few nanocrystals of 1-2 nm in diameter in an otherwise amorphous matrix. The atomic density is roughly 8×1022 atom/cm3 for all compositions. The resistivity of the ternary alloys scales with the terminal phases in the ternary phase diagram and reaches a maximum value when the Ru-SiO2 tie line is crossed near 50 at. % oxygen. The films are stable in vacuum up to thermal stressing at 800 °C for 5 h, and their decomposition starts near 1000 °C.

  17. Comparison of transferred freely-suspended films and LB-films of liquid crystals

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    Decher, G.; Reibel, J.; Sohling, U.

    1993-12-31

    Amphiphilic liquid crystalline (LC) compounds offer the possibility to obtain similar layered structures such as LB mono- and multilayers, freely suspended and transferred freely-suspended films or bulk LC-phases from a single compound. This way a structural comparison of all types of assemblies can be achieved, combining the experience from both the LB-and the LC-fields. There is a remarkable similarity of the structures of the transferred freely-suspended (TFS) and LB-films. Nevertheless both types of multilayer assemblies, prepared from the same substance (ethyl-4`-n-octyloxybiphenyl-4-carboxylate), show a different thermal behavior. Whereas the TFS-films undergo reversible phase transitions and are stable up to the clearing point of the bulk material (110{degrees}C), the LB-films show only one irreversible phase transition and start to melt already 30{degrees}C below the clearing point of the bulk material.

  18. Documentary Elements in Early Films.

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    Sanderson, Richard A.

    Focusing on documentary elements, this study examines the film content and film techniques of 681 motion pictures produced in the United States prior to 1904. Analysis of films by type, subject matter, and trends in subject matter shows that one-third of the early films are documentary in type and three-fourths of the films use subject matter of a…

  19. Coating of plasma polymerized film

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    Morita, S.; Ishibashi, S.

    1980-01-01

    Plasma polymerized thin film coating and the use of other coatings is suggested for passivation film, thin film used for conducting light, and solid body lubrication film of dielectrics of ultra insulators for electrical conduction, electron accessories, etc. The special features of flow discharge development and the polymerized film growth mechanism are discussed.

  20. Film Music. Factfile No. 8.

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    Elsas, Diana, Ed.; And Others

    Organizations listed here with descriptive information include film music clubs and music guilds and associations. These are followed by a representative list of schools offering film music and/or film sound courses. Sources are listed for soundtrack recordings, sound effects/production music, films on film music, and oral history programs. The…

  1. Books on Film and Filmmaking.

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    Ruth, Deborah D.

    This annotated bibliography of books on film and filmmaking contains references on materials related to animation production, general reference materials, student film production, film study, experimental film, critics and directors, sources of funds for filmmaking, local resources, periodicals for filmmaking classes, sources of free films, and…

  2. Nanomechanics of hard films on compliant substrates.

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    Reedy, Earl David, Jr.; Emerson, John Allen; Bahr, David F.; Moody, Neville Reid; Zhou, Xiao Wang; Hales, Lucas; Adams, David Price; Yeager,John; Nyugen, Thao D.; Corona, Edmundo; Kennedy, Marian S.; Cordill, Megan J.

    2009-09-01

    Development of flexible thin film systems for biomedical, homeland security and environmental sensing applications has increased dramatically in recent years [1,2,3,4]. These systems typically combine traditional semiconductor technology with new flexible substrates, allowing for both the high electron mobility of semiconductors and the flexibility of polymers. The devices have the ability to be easily integrated into components and show promise for advanced design concepts, ranging from innovative microelectronics to MEMS and NEMS devices. These devices often contain layers of thin polymer, ceramic and metallic films where differing properties can lead to large residual stresses [5]. As long as the films remain substrate-bonded, they may deform far beyond their freestanding counterpart. Once debonded, substrate constraint disappears leading to film failure where compressive stresses can lead to wrinkling, delamination, and buckling [6,7,8] while tensile stresses can lead to film fracture and decohesion [9,10,11]. In all cases, performance depends on film adhesion. Experimentally it is difficult to measure adhesion. It is often studied using tape [12], pull off [13,14,15], and peel tests [16,17]. More recent techniques for measuring adhesion include scratch testing [18,19,20,21], four point bending [22,23,24], indentation [25,26,27], spontaneous blisters [28,29] and stressed overlayers [7,26,30,31,32,33]. Nevertheless, sample design and test techniques must be tailored for each system. There is a large body of elastic thin film fracture and elastic contact mechanics solutions for elastic films on rigid substrates in the published literature [5,7,34,35,36]. More recent work has extended these solutions to films on compliant substrates and show that increasing compliance markedly changes fracture energies compared with rigid elastic solution results [37,38]. However, the introduction of inelastic substrate response significantly complicates the problem [10,39,40]. As

  3. Evaporated VOx Thin Films

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    Stapinski, Tomasz; Leja, E.

    1989-03-01

    VOx thin films on glass were obtained by thermal evaporation of V205, powder. The structural investigations were carried out with the use of X-ray diffractometer. The electrical properties of the film were examined by means of temperature measurements of resistivity for the samples heat-treated in various conditions. Optical transmission and reflection spectra of VOX films of various composition showed the influence of the heat treatment.

  4. Clinical careers film.

    PubMed

    2015-09-01

    Those interested in developing clinical academic careers might be interested in a short animated film by Health Education England (HEE) and the National Institute for Health Research. The three-minute film, a frame from which is shown below, describes the sort of opportunities that are on offer to all professionals as part of the HEE's clinical academic careers framework. You can view the film on YouTube at tinyurl.com/pelb95c. PMID:26309005

  5. Renaissance of the Film.

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    Bellone, Julius, Ed.

    The post-World War II period was one of the liveliest in the history of the cinema. This is a collection of 33 critical articles on some of the best films of the perd. Most of the essays explicate the themes and symbols of the films. The essays deal with these films: "The Apu Trilogy,""L'Avventura,""Balthazar,""Blow-Up,""Bonnie and Clyde," Citizen…

  6. Protective overcoating of films

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    Maas, K. A.

    1972-01-01

    Kodak Film Type SO-212 was emulsion overcoated with gelatin and lacquer to evaluate the feasibility of application of the coatings, any image degradation, and the relative protection offered against abrasion. Evaluated were: Eastman motion picture film lacquer Type 485, water solutions of Eastman purified Calfskin gelatin, and experimental Eastman gelatin stripping film of 4 and 6 microns. Conclusions reached were: (1) All coatings can be applied with relative ease with the only limitation being that of equipment. (2) None of the coatings degrade the processed image. (3) All of the coatings provide protection to the emulsion. These conclusions apply to any film which may be considered for overcoating.

  7. Nanocarbonic transparent conductive films.

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    Roth, Siegmar; Park, Hye Jin

    2010-07-01

    This tutorial review discusses the contradictory material properties of electrical conductivity and optical transparency for the examples of graphene films and carbon nanotube networks. It is argued that for homogeneous films both properties are linked by basic laws of physics and that for perfect monoatomic layers conductivity and transparency can be calculated from the fine structure constant. To beat these limitations, inhomogeneous films are required, such as graphene with an array of holes or nanotube networks. An overview is given on literature values of transparency and conductivity, both for graphene films and for nanotube networks. PMID:20502813

  8. Historical film processing

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    Wu, Yi; Suter, David

    1995-08-01

    This paper describes work using historical film material, including what is believed to be the world's first feature length film. The digital processing of historical film material permits many new facilities: digital restoration, electronic storage, automated indexing, and electronic delivery to name a few. Although the work aims ultimately to support all of the previously mentioned facilities, this paper concentrated upon automatic scene change detection, brightness correction, and frame registration. These processes are fundamental to a more complete and complex processing system, but, by themselves, could be immediately used in computer-assisted film cataloging.

  9. Examining surface and bulk structures using combined nonlinear vibrational spectroscopies.

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    Zhang, Chi; Wang, Jie; Khmaladze, Alexander; Liu, Yuwei; Ding, Bei; Jasensky, Joshua; Chen, Zhan

    2011-06-15

    We combined sum-frequency generation (SFG) vibrational spectroscopy with coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) spectroscopy in one system to examine both surface and bulk structures of materials with the same geometry and without the need to move the sample. Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and polystyrene (PS) thin films were tested before and after plasma treatment. The sensitivities of SFG and CARS were tested by varying polymer film thickness and using a lipid monolayer. PMID:21685990

  10. The Possibility of Film Criticism.

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    Poague, Leland; Cadbury, William

    1989-01-01

    Examines the role of critical language in film criticism. Compares and contrasts Monroe Beardsley's philosophy on film aesthetics with the New Criticism. Outlines some of the contributions Beardsley has made to the study of film criticism. (KM)

  11. Preparation of Epoxy Resin Thin Film by Electroless Deposition Method

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    Fukui, Hitoshi; Hirai, Makoto; Shinagawa, Tsutomu; Kobayashi, Yasuyuki; Chigane, Masaya; Fujiwara, Yutaka; Fujita, Naoyuki

    The electrodeposition coating process, which is a polymer film deposition method using water electrolysis, is widely used for automobile body primers. Recently this process is being used in the insulating polymer films deposition for the microelectromechanical system (MEMS) or micro electric components. However, this process has difficulty in depositing polymer film on complex shapes and non-conductive surfaces. In this paper, we demonstrate that epoxy resin thin films used extensively as insulating polymer films were successfully deposited using the electroless chemical reaction in aqueous solution on a non-conductive surface and high aspect glass tube. The substrates catalyzed using a commercialized three-step Sn/Ag/Pd activation process were immersed in the reaction solution containing water-soluble resin and NO3- ion, reducing agent (DMAB). The pH near the substrate rose when NO3- was reduced by released electrons from DMAB. Water-soluble resin combined with OH- hence, polymer thin film was deposited by the electroless deposition reaction. By FE-SEM and FT-IR measurement, it was clear that the conformal and dense epoxy resin films were deposited. Using the present method, epoxy films could be deposited on the surface of a high aspect ratio glass tube 50 mm in length and φ3 in inner diameter. These films had high insulation resistivity of 108∼1011Ωm with applied voltage of 250 V.

  12. Piezoelectric thin films and their applications for electronics

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    Yoshino, Yukio

    2009-03-01

    ZnO and AlN piezoelectric thin films have been studied for applications in bulk acoustic wave (BAW) resonator. This article introduces methods of forming ZnO and AlN piezoelectric thin films by radio frequency sputtering and applications of BAW resonators considering the relationship between the crystallinity of piezoelectric thin films and the characteristics of the BAW resonators. Using ZnO thin films, BAW resonators were fabricated for a contour mode at 3.58 MHz and thickness modes from 200 MHz to 5 GHz. The ZnO thin films were combined with various materials, substrates, and thin films to minimize the temperature coefficient of frequency (TCF). The minimum TCF of BAW resonators was approximately 2 ppm/°C in the range -20 to 80 °C. The electromechanical coupling coefficient (k2) in a 1.9 GHz BAW resonator was 6.9%. Using AlN thin films, 5-20 GHz BAW resonators with an ultrathin membrane were realized. The membrane thickness of a 20 GHz BAW resonator was about 200 nm, k2 was 6.1%, and the quality factor (Q) was about 280. Q decreased with increasing resonant frequency. The value of k2 is almost the same for 5-20 GHz resonators. This result could be obtained by improving the thickness uniformity, by controlling internal stress of thin films, and by controlling the crystallinity of AlN piezoelectric thin film.

  13. Optically variable films, pigments, and inks

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    Phillips, Roger W.

    1990-12-01

    Optically variable thin film coatings have been prepared on rolls of polyester film by depositing thin multi-layers in a vacuum roll coater. Such coatings can be removed from the polyester film and ground into optically variable pigments for printing inks. Various printing inks including gravure, flexographic, and Intaglio inks have been prepared from these pigments, and printed images using these inks have been obtained from commercial printing presses. These optically variable systems have been used on various security documents to prevent counterfeiting with color copiers. Unique colors, color shifting effects, and other optical properties have been obtained by combining non-optically variable pigment and dyes with this light interference pigment. The merits of this new ink relative to other optically variable systems are color uniformity, print quality, its ready use on existing printing presses, and high security.

  14. Film-Makers' Cooperative Catalogue Number Six.

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    Film-Makers' Cooperative, New York, NY.

    The Film-Makers' Cooperative services as a film depository and rental agency for any film-makers who may choose to make their work available to the general public. Approximately 1,600 films are listed in film-maker sequence. Excerpts of film reviews are provided for each entry. An index by film title and policies and procedures for film rental are…

  15. Microfilm--Which Film Type, Which Application?

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    Dodson, Suzanne Cates

    1985-01-01

    Report on characteristics of different kinds of microfilm available indicates proper film for specific needs. Silver halide and nonsilver films, diazo film, vesicular film, reaction of films to light, effect of heat and humidity on films, film susceptibility to scratching, and potential longevity of film types are covered. (35 references) (EJS)

  16. The Adhesion and Neurite Outgrowth of Neurons on Poly(D-lysine)/Hyaluronan Multilayer Films.

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    Shi, Haifei; Sheng, Guoping

    2016-06-01

    Poly(D-lysine)/hyaluronan (PDL/HA) films were prepared using layer-by-layer assembly technique and chemically cross-linked with a water soluble carbodiimide (EDC) in combination with N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) through formation of amide bonds. Quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (QCM-D) was used to follow the cross-linking reaction. Atomic force measurement, ellipsometry, and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy were performed to study the chemical structure, topography, thickness and mechanical properties of the cross-linked films. QCM-D and Frictional force study were used to reveal the viscoelasticity of the films after cross-linking treatment. The stability of the films was studied via incubating the films in physiological environment. Finally, the neurons were used to evaluate the interaction between films and cells. The results indicated that the neurons were preferably proliferating and outgrowth neurite on cross-linked films while uncross-linked films are highly cell resistant. PMID:27427590

  17. Processing and characterization of extruded zein-based biodegradable films

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    Wang, Ying

    The objectives of this study were to prepare biodegradable zein films by extrusion processing and to evaluate relevant physical properties of resulting films with respect to their potential as packaging materials. The manufacture of protein-based packaging films by extrusion has remained a challenge. In this study, a zein resin was prepared by combining zein and oleic acid. This resin was formed into films by blown extrusion at the bench-top scale. Resin moisture content and extruder barrel temperature profile were identified as major parameters controlling the process. The optimum temperature of the blowing head was determined to be 40--45°C, while optimum moisture at film collection was 14--15%. Physico-chemical properties of the extruded products were characterized. Extruded products exhibited plastic behavior and ductility. Morphology characterization by SEM showed micro voids in extruded zein sheets, caused by entrapped air bubbles or water droplets. DSC characterization showed that zein was effectively plasticized by oleic acid as evidenced by the lowered glass transition temperature of zein films. X-ray scattering was used to investigate changes in zein molecular aggregation during processing. It was observed that higher mechanical energy treatment progressively disrupted zein molecular aggregates, resulting in a more uniform distribution of individual zein molecules. With the incorporation of oleic acid as plasticizer and monoglycerides as emulsifier, zein formed structures with long-range periodicity which varied depending on the formulation and processing methods. Processing methods for film formation affected the binding of oleic acid to zein with higher mechanical energy treatment resulting in better interaction between the two components. The moisture sorption capacity of extruded zein films was reduced due to the compact morphology caused by extrusion. Plasticization with oleic acid further reduced moisture sorption of zein films. The overall

  18. Thin-film forces in pseudoemulsion films

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    Bergeron, V.; Radke, C.J. |

    1991-06-01

    Use of foam for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) has shown recent success in steam-flooding field applications. Foam can also provide an effective barrier against gas coning in thin oil zones. Both of these applications stem from the unique mobility-control properties a stable foam possesses when it exists in porous media. Unfortunately, oil has a major destabilizing effect on foam. Therefore, it is important for EOR applications to understand how oil destroys foam. Studies all indicate that stabilization of the pseudoemulsion film is critical to maintain foam stability in the presence of oil. Hence, to aid in design of surfactant formulations for foam insensitivity to oil the authors pursue direct measurement of the thin-film or disjoining forces that stabilize pseudoemulsion films. Experimental procedures and preliminary results are described.

  19. Antimicrobial activity of lactoferrin against foodborne pathogenic bacteria incorporated into edible chitosan film.

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    Brown, Cynthia A; Wang, Baowu; Oh, Jun-Hyun

    2008-02-01

    The objectives of this research were to develop and characterize edible chitosan film containing lactoferrin as a natural antimicrobial agent, and to investigate the combination effects of lactoferrin with lysozyme in chitosan film against the growth of Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Listeria monocytogenes. Chitosan films containing lactoferrin, lysozyme, or nisin were fabricated, and the antimicrobial concentrations were 0.5, 1, or 2 mg in a circular disc of chitosan film. Three concentrations of lactoferrin or EDTA (0.28, 0.56, or 1.12 mg per disc) were also incorporated into the chitosan film containing lysozyme to investigate the combination effects of lactoferrin. The water barrier properties of the chitosan films containing lactoferrin were characterized. The antimicrobial activities against E. coli O157:H7 and L. monocytogenes were determined using the agar diffusion assay and cell count assay. The chitosan films containing lactoferrin less than 1 mg per disc did not alter the water vapor permeability of the chitosan film. Although the film containing lysozyme exhibited significant antimicrobial activity, the incorporation of lactoferrin alone into chitosan film did not exhibit significant antimicrobial activity against both E. coli O157:H7 and L. monocytogenes. However, the combination of lactoferrin with lysozyme-containing chitosan film significantly decreased the growth of E. coli O157:H7, exhibiting a comparable effect to that of the combination of EDTA with lysozyme (P < 0.05). Furthermore, the combination of lactoferrin with lysozyme in chitosan film exhibited greater reduction in the growth of L. monocytogenes than did the combination EDTA with lysozyme, resulting in an approximate 3-log reduction. PMID:18326181

  20. Thick film hydrogen sensor

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    Hoffheins, Barbara S.; Lauf, Robert J.

    1995-01-01

    A thick film hydrogen sensor element includes an essentially inert, electrically-insulating substrate having deposited thereon a thick film metallization forming at least two resistors. The metallization is a sintered composition of Pd and a sinterable binder such as glass frit. An essentially inert, electrically insulating, hydrogen impermeable passivation layer covers at least one of the resistors.

  1. Thick film hydrogen sensor

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    Hoffheins, B.S.; Lauf, R.J.

    1995-09-19

    A thick film hydrogen sensor element includes an essentially inert, electrically-insulating substrate having deposited thereon a thick film metallization forming at least two resistors. The metallization is a sintered composition of Pd and a sinterable binder such as glass frit. An essentially inert, electrically insulating, hydrogen impermeable passivation layer covers at least one of the resistors. 8 figs.

  2. Authors on Film.

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    Geduld, Harry M., Ed.

    Different authors' attitudes toward film are revealed through five different sections of this book: (1) articles, essays, and reviews pertaining to the silent cinema and the transition to sound; (2) general statements on the film medium or filmmakers and their messages; (3) essays dealing with the problems, involvements, and reflections of the…

  3. Construction of Meaning: Film.

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    Pryluck, Calvin

    1995-01-01

    Notes that film has no clear set of rules, unlike all languages, which are deductive systems interpreted according to clear sets of rules. Suggests that film is an inductive system whose interpretation is based on a general understanding of events depicted as modified by production variables such as lighting, camera angles, and the context of…

  4. Stabilized chromium oxide film

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    Nyaiesh, A.R.; Garwin, E.L.

    1986-08-04

    Stabilized air-oxidized chromium films deposited on high-power klystron ceramic windows and sleeves having a thickness between 20 and 150A are useful in lowering secondary electron emission yield and in avoiding multipactoring and window failure due to overheating. The ceramic substrate for the film is chosen from alumina, sapphire or beryllium oxide.

  5. Film Study Hang Ups.

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    Grenier, Charles F.

    1969-01-01

    The interest and delight which students find in film should be preserved from a teacher's excessive zeal to analyze and explain. As the beauty of poetry is frequently diminished through exhaustive analyses of similes, rhyme schemes, and other technical devices, the value of film to high school students can be weakened through too great an emphasis…

  6. GPN Film Catalog 1972.

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    Nebraska Univ., Lincoln. Great Plains National Instructional Television Library.

    The films described in this catalog were produced by schools or school-related organizations and were designed to meet the "relevant needs expressed by a broad spectrum of media personnel, students, and educators across the country." The catalog describes seventeen series and eight single films. For each of the series a description is presented…

  7. Creative Film-Making.

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    Smallman, Kirk

    The fundamentals of motion picture photography are introduced with a physiological explanation for the illusion of motion in a film. Film stock formats and emulsions, camera features, and lights are listed and described. Various techniques of exposure control are illustrated in terms of their effects. Photographing action with a stationary or a…

  8. Film and the Humanities.

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    O'Connor, John E., Ed.

    This report on a conference, which brought together representatives of various humanistic disciplines to explore the cross-disciplinary appeal of film study as well as the use of film in stimulating scholarship and teaching, includes a narrative summary of the day's conversations and issues raised, as well as of reprints of articles that suggest…

  9. Filming for Television.

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    Englander, A. Arthur; Petzold, Paul

    Film makers, professional or amateur, will find in this volume an extensive discussion of the adaptation of film technique to television work, of the art of the camera operator, and of the productive relationships between people, organization, and hardware. Chapters include "The Beginnings," an overview of the interrelationship between roles in…

  10. Stabilized chromium oxide film

    DOEpatents

    Garwin, Edward L.; Nyaiesh, Ali R.

    1988-01-01

    Stabilized air-oxidized chromium films deposited on high-power klystron ceramic windows and sleeves having a thickness between 20 and 150.ANG. are useful in lowering secondary electron emission yield and in avoiding multipactoring and window failure due to overheating. The ceramic substrate for the film is chosen from alumina, sapphire or beryllium oxide.

  11. On Teaching Ethnographic Film

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    Clarfield, Geoffrey

    2013-01-01

    The author of this article, a developmental anthropologist, illustrates how the instructor can use ethnographic films to enhance the study of anthropology and override notions about the scope and efficacy of Western intervention in the Third World, provided the instructor places such films in their proper historical and cultural context. He…

  12. Film Canister Science

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    Ferstl, Andrew; Schneider, Jamie L.

    2007-01-01

    Opaque film canisters are readily available, cheap, and useful for scientific inquiry in the classroom. They can also be surprisingly versatile and useful as a tool for stimulating scientific inquiry. In this article, the authors describe inquiry activities using film canisters for preservice teachers, including a "black box" activity and several…

  13. Protolytic carbon film technology

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    Renschler, C.L.; White, C.A.

    1996-04-01

    This paper presents a technique for the deposition of polyacrylonitrile (PAN) on virtually any surface allowing carbon film formation with only the caveat that the substrate must withstand carbonization temperatures of at least 600 degrees centigrade. The influence of processing conditions upon the structure and properties of the carbonized film is discussed. Electrical conductivity, microstructure, and morphology control are also described.

  14. Critical Approaches to Film.

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    Bywater, Timothy Robert

    This study deals primarily with recent academically oriented critical material, but it also embraces the range of film criticism that has been written for the mass audience in newspapers and periodicals. The study considers eight types of critical approaches to analyzing film: the journalistic approach, which contains both a reportorial-review and…

  15. Determining Film Art.

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    Bullis, Roger

    1974-01-01

    The criteria by which films can and should be analyzed as art are discussed in this paper. A triangular model of theme-form-content is presented with form given greater significance than is usually the case in film criticism. The form-content-theme synthesis is the process in which theme is made clear by means of form and content within an…

  16. Films and Feelings.

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    Gaffney, Maureen, Ed.

    1981-01-01

    Children's emotional responses to films are the focus of the four articles in this issue designed for media specialists and educators. Following an editorial discussing the responsibilities of media as put forth by Bruno Bettleheim, the first article presents a methodology and rationale for using story films to encourage children's exploration of…

  17. Discovery in Film.

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    Heyer, Robert; Meyer, Anthony

    Seventy-eight "classic" short, non-feature films, cataloged according to six themes--communication, freedom, love, peace, happiness, and the underground--are discussed in this guide. The standard critique for each film has a fourfold purpose: (1) to indicate content and style; (2) to pose questions which provoke discussion; (3) to suggest resource…

  18. FAA Film Catalog.

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    Federal Aviation Administration (DOT), Washington, DC.

    Some 75 films from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration are listed in this catalog. Topics dealt with include aerodynamics, airports, aviation history and careers, flying clubs, navigation and weather. Most of the films are 16mm sound and color productions. Filmstrips requiring a 35mm projector and phonograph or…

  19. Dental Training Films.

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    Veterans Administration Medical Center, Washington, DC.

    This dental training films catalog is organized into two sections. Section I is a category listing of the films by number and title, indexed according to generalized headings; categories are as follow: anatomy, articulator systems, complete dentures, dental assisting, dental laboratory technology, dental materials, dental office emergencies,…

  20. Film Making in Schools.

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    Lowndes, Douglas

    A program which used practical film study to extend powers of observation and comment and to help young people (ages 12 through 16) develop an understanding of contemporary society is described in this manual. The role of film in school curricula and its integration with other studies is discussed in an opening section. The next section contains a…

  1. Abstract Film and Beyond.

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    Le Grice, Malcolm

    A theoretical and historical account of the main preoccupations of makers of abstract films is presented in this book. The book's scope includes discussion of nonrepresentational forms as well as examination of experiments in the manipulation of time in films. The ten chapters discuss the following topics: art and cinematography, the first…

  2. Bioadhesive Films Containing Fluconazole for Mucocutaneous Candidiasis

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    Patel, S. K.; Shah, D. R.; Tiwari, S.

    2015-01-01

    Fluconazole is a broad spectrum antifungal agent that has been extensively applied for the management of oral, pharyngeal and cutaneous candidiasis. Fluconazole has a high volume of distribution (0.55–0.65 l/kg) and has systemic toxicity due to high drug-drug interaction. The present study focuses on the formulation of bioadhesive film as a controlled release carrier for fluconazole. The formulation was intended to provide localized delivery of fluconazole exclusively at the site of infection, thereby reducing its total dose and hence, dose-related toxicities. Bioadhesive films were prepared by solvent casting method using sodium alginate and polyvinyl alcohol alone as well as in various combinations. Prepared films were evaluated for physical characteristics like, weight and content uniformity, film thickness, swelling index, microenvironment pH and folding endurance. In vitro drug release, in vitro and ex vivo residence time, bioadhesive strength and skin irritation were also studied. Accelerated stability study was conducted on the optimized formulation as per ICH guidelines. Weight of all the films were not more than 20 mg. Thickness of the films ranged between 0.09 to 0.15 mm whereas swelling indices showed a high extent of variation. Films composed of polyvinyl alcohol alone provided a swelling index of 6%. Bioadhesive strength was found to be more than 18 g. Microenvironment pH was near to 7.0 for most of the formulations. Ex vivo residence time of optimized batch was more than 5 h and it provided controlled drug release up to 8 h. As revealed in FT-IR and DSC studies, drug was found to be compatible with the excipients used in this study. PMID:25767319

  3. Bursting of soap films

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    Chowdhury, Debashish; Stauffer, Dietrich

    1992-07-01

    Soap films consist of thin films of water in between two monolayers of amphiphilic molecules. Newton black films (NBFs) are the thinnest possible soap films. We have developed a microscopic model of NBFs; this model is a variant of the Widom model for microemulsions. By carrying out Monte Carlo simulations of this model, we have investigated the dependence of the lifetime of the NBFs on (a) the initial concentration of the amphiphilic molecules, (b) the temperature and (c) the bending rigidity of the constituent amphiphilic monolayers. We compare our results with the corresponding experimental observations and suggest further specific experiments. We establish that the “edge energy” of the model bilayer tends to stabilize the NBF; a similar mechanism leads to the well known phenomenon of “self-healing” of small enough holes in pierced vesicles. We also review the laws of growth of holes in soap films during rupture. Finally, we speculate on some other possible applications of our ideas.

  4. Selective inorganic thin films

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    Phillips, M.L.F.; Weisenbach, L.A.; Anderson, M.T.

    1995-05-01

    This project is developing inorganic thin films as membranes for gas separation applications, and as discriminating coatings for liquid-phase chemical sensors. Our goal is to synthesize these coatings with tailored porosity and surface chemistry on porous substrates and on acoustic and optical sensors. Molecular sieve films offer the possibility of performing separations involving hydrogen, air, and natural gas constituents at elevated temperatures with very high separation factors. We are focusing on improving permeability and molecular sieve properties of crystalline zeolitic membranes made by hydrothermally reacting layered multicomponent sol-gel films deposited on mesoporous substrates. We also used acoustic plate mode (APM) oscillator and surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensor elements as substrates for sol-gel films, and have both used these modified sensors to determine physical properties of the films and have determined the sensitivity and selectivity of these sensors to aqueous chemical species.

  5. Transient-Liquid-Phase and Liquid-Film-Assisted Joining ofCeramics

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    Sugar, Joshua D.; McKeown, Joseph T.; Akashi, Takaya; Hong, SungM.; Nakashima, Kunihiko; Glaeser, Andreas M.

    2005-02-09

    Two joining methods, transient-liquid-phase (TLP) joining and liquid-film-assisted joining (LFAJ), have been used to bond alumina ceramics. Both methods rely on multilayer metallic interlayers designed to form thin liquid films at reduced temperatures. The liquid films either disappear by interdiffusion (TLP) or promote ceramic/metal interface formation and concurrent dewetting of the liquid film (LFAJ). Progress on extending the TLP method to lower temperatures by combining low-melting-point (<450 C) liquids and commercial reactive-metal brazes is described. Recent LFAJ work on joining alumina to niobium using copper films is presented.

  6. Companding technique for high dynamic range measurements using Gafchromic films

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    Van den Heuvel, Frank; Crijns, Wouter; Defraene, Gilles

    2011-12-15

    Purpose: To introduce a methodology to perform dose measurements using Gafchromic films which can span several decades of dose levels. Methods: The technique is based on a rescaling approach using different films irradiated at different dose levels. This is combined with a registration protocol correcting positioning and scaling factors for each film. The methodology is validated using TLD's for out-of-field doses. Furthermore, two examples are provided using the technique to characterize small sized radiosurgery cones and compared with measurements made with a pinpoint chamber. Results: Excellent agreement with TLD, planning systems and measurement was found. The superior resolution of the film technique was apparent. Conclusions: The authors have introduced a new technique allowing users to quantify very low doses in conjunction with commissioning measurements. The use of film also provides 2D information on beam characteristics in high resolution measurements.

  7. Size-dependent concentrations of thermal vacancies in solid films.

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    Gao, Panpan; Wu, Quan; Li, Xi; Ma, Hongxin; Zhang, Hao; Volinsky, Alex A; Qiao, Lijie; Su, Yanjing

    2016-08-10

    Solid films are considered as typical model systems to study size effects on thermal vacancy concentration in nanomaterials. By combining the generalized Young-Laplace equation with the chemical potential of vacancies, a strict size-dependent thermodynamic model of vacancies, which includes the surface intrinsic elastic parameters of the eigenstress, Young's modulus and the geometric size of the solid films, was established. The vacancy concentration changes in the film with respect to the bulk value, depending on the geometric size and surface stress sign of the solid films. Atomistic simulations of Au and Pt films verified the developed thermodynamic model. These results provide physical insights into the size-dependent thermal vacancy concentration in nanomaterials. PMID:27476928

  8. Fabricating mesostructed thin films by Marangoni and rheology effects

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    Lee, Chang; Shen, Amy

    2004-11-01

    Thin films with self-assembled mesostructures are important in applications such as catalysis, synthesis, and biosensor technology. A major technique used to prepare such films is sol-gel processing. This technique involves depositing a complex fluid containing colloids, alcohol, and surfactants on a substrate by coating, followed by allowing the film to evaporate and form self-assembled mesostructures. The fundamental mechanisms underlying this process are poorly understood. By dip coating a plate through wormlike micellar solutions, we are able to synthesize self-assembled mesoporous films under the proper combinations of coating speed, surface tension gradients, and rheological properties of the fluids. The experiments exhibit that the surface morphology of the mesoporous films is highly dependent on the rheological properties of the sol solution and the Marangoni effects induced both thermally (by evaporation) and chemically (effective surfactant concentration change during solvent evaporation).

  9. One-dimensional rigid film acoustic metamaterials

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    Ma, Fuyin; Wu, Jiu Hui; Huang, Meng

    2015-11-01

    We have designed a 1D film-type acoustic metamaterial structure consisting of several polymer films directly stacked on each other. It is experimentally revealed that the mass density law can be broken by such structures in the low frequency range. By comparing the sound transmission loss (STL) curves of structures with different numbers of cycles, materials and incident sound directions, several physical properties of the 1D film-type acoustic metamaterial are revealed, which consist of cyclical effects, surface effects and orientation effects. It is suggested that the excellent low frequency sound insulation capacity is influenced by both the cycle number and the stiffness of the film surface. Meanwhile, the surface effect plays a dominant role among these physical properties. Due to the surface acoustic property, for structures with a particular combination form, the STL dominated by the cyclical effects may reach saturation with increasing number of construction periods. Moreover, in some cases, the sound insulation ability is diverse for different sound incidence directions. This kind of 1D film-type periodic structure with these special physical properties provides a new concept for the regulation of sound waves.

  10. Measurements and Diagnostics of Diamond Films and Coatings

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    Miyoshi, Kazuhisa; Wu, Richard L. C.

    1999-01-01

    The commercial potential of chemical-vapor-deposited (CVD) diamond films has been established and a number of applications have been identified through university, industry, and government research studies. This paper discusses the methodologies used for property measurement and diagnostic of CVD diamond films and coatings. Measurement and diagnostic techniques studied include scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, stylus profilometry, x-ray diffraction, electron diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, Rutherford backscattering, elastic recoil spectroscopy, and friction examination. Each measurement and diagnostic technique provides unique information. A combination of techniques can provide the technical information required to understand the quality and properties of CVD diamond films, which are important to their application in specific component systems and environments. In this study the combination of measurement and diagnostic techniques was successfully applied to correlate deposition parameters and resultant diamond film composition, crystallinity, grain size, surface roughness, and coefficient of friction.

  11. Performance characteristics of high-MTF screen-film systems

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    Bunch, Phillip C.

    1994-05-01

    The development of specialized dyes that essentially prevent light from crossing the film base in double-coated gadolinium oxysulfide (GOS) phosphor-based radiographic systems has made it possible to design screen-film combinations with significantly improved MTF characteristics. Specifically, by using GOS-based screens with reduced light diffusion properties in combination with near-zero-crossover radiographic films, significantly improved MTF can be obtained at competitive speed and effective x-ray attenuation levels. The basic performance characteristics of such screen-film systems are described in some detail, including x-ray attenuation properties, sensitivity to scattered x-radiation, sensitometric data, contrast transfer functions, noise equivalent quanta, and detective quantum efficiency. It is also shown that high-MTF GOS screens are available that meet or exceed the performance characteristics of comparable UV-emitting yttrium tantalate phosphor-based materials.

  12. Perovskite phase thin films and method of making

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    Boyle, Timothy J.; Rodriguez, Mark A.

    2000-01-01

    The present invention comprises perovskite-phase thin films, of the general formula A.sub.x B.sub.y O.sub.3 on a substrate, wherein A is selected from beryllium, magnesium, calcium, strontium, and barium or a combination thereof; B is selected from niobium and tantalum or a combination thereof; and x and y are mole fractions between approximately 0.8 and 1.2. More particularly, A is strontium or barium or a combination thereof and B is niobium or tantalum or a combination thereof. Also provided is a method of making a perovskite-phase thin film, comprising combining at least one element-A-containing compound, wherein A is selected from beryllium, magnesium, calcium, strontium or barium, with at least one element-B-containing compound, wherein B niobium or tantalum, to form a solution; adding a solvent to said solution to form another solution; spin-coating the solution onto a substrate to form a thin film; and heating the film to form the perovskite-phase thin film.

  13. The National Film Registry: Acquiring Our Film Heritage.

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    Ziegler, Roy A.

    The National Film Registry, which is primarily a designated list of films to be preserved by the Library of Congress, is also a valuable tool for selecting "films that are culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant." Following a brief discussion of the history and selection process of the National Film Registry, Southeast Missouri…

  14. Impedance spectroscopy study with Ca(UO{sub 2}PO{sub 4}){sub 2}10.5H{sub 2}O films

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    Ramos-Barrado, J.R.; Benavente, J.; Bruque, S.; Martinez, M.

    1995-03-15

    Calcium uranyl phosphate (CaUP) films were prepared and characterized both chemically and structurally. The electrical behavior of the films, as a solid phase (dry film) and in contact with aqueous solutions of electrolytes containing the generating ions (wet film), was studied by impedance spectroscopy. These last measurements made it possible to determine the contribution of both the bulk film and film/electrolyte interface. For both dry and wet films, the equivalent circuits are a parallel combination of resistance and a nonideal capacitor. Temperature dependence of the impedance of the CAUP solid films was considered, while concentration dependence of the film resistance when it is in contact with the electrolyte solutions was determined. In this case, the contribution of both the bulk film and electrolyte/film interface to the total impedance was also studied.

  15. Extreme ultraviolet transmission of a synthetic diamond thin film

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    Vallerga, John V.; Gibson, J. L.; Knowles, J. L.

    1991-01-01

    Measurements are presented of a thin film of synthetic diamond at various wavelengths in the extreme ultraviolet. The synthetic diamond combines the transmission properties of carbon with the strength, density, and ruggedness of a natural diamond. The Extreme Ultraviolet Transmission (EUV) of a film of the synthetic diamond has shown the existence of a thin surface layer of silicon, probably in the form of silicon carbide, which is not a contaminant layer.

  16. Microfluidic devices with thick-film electrochemical detection

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    Wang, Joseph; Tian, Baomin; Sahlin, Eskil

    2005-04-12

    An apparatus for conducting a microfluidic process and analysis, including at least one elongated microfluidic channel, fluidic transport means for transport of fluids through the microfluidic channel, and at least one thick-film electrode in fluidic connection with the outlet end of the microfluidic channel. The present invention includes an integrated on-chip combination reaction, separation and thick-film electrochemical detection microsystem, for use in detection of a wide range of analytes, and methods for the use thereof.

  17. Comparison of chemically and electrochemically synthesized polyaniline films

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    Hatchett, D.W.; Josowicz, M.; Janata, J.

    1999-12-01

    The electrochemical growth of thick ({approximately}2 mm) emeraldine, polyaniline (PANI{sup E}) films from solutions containing 2 M HBF{sub 4} and 0.25 M aniline is demonstrated. Electrochemically and chemically prepared PANI{sup E} films, cast from formic acid solutions, are compared. The combination of electrochemical results with Fourier transform infrared spectroscopic data indicates that pure and homogeneous standard material can be reproducibly prepared electrochemically.

  18. Use of high-temperature superconducting films in superconducting bearings.

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    Cansiz, A.

    1999-07-14

    We have investigated the effect of high-temperature superconductor (HTS) films deposited on substrates that are placed above bulk HTSs in an attempt to reduce rotational drag in superconducting bearings composed of a permanent magnet levitated above the film/bulk HTS combination. According to the critical state model, hysteresis energy loss is inversely proportional to critical current density, J{sub c}, and because HTS films typically have much higher J{sub c} than that of bulk HTS, the film/bulk combination was expected to reduce rotational losses by at least one order of magnitude in the coefficient of fiction, which in turn is a measure of the hysteresis losses. We measured rotational losses of a superconducting bearing in a vacuum chamber and compared the losses with and without a film present. The experimental results showed that contrary to expectation, the rotational losses are increased by the film. These results are discussed in terms of flux drag through the film, as well as of the critical state model.

  19. Magnetic cantilever actuator with sharpened magnetic thin film ellipses

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    Huang, Chen-Yu; Ger, Tzong-Rong; Lai, Mei-Feng; Chen, We-Yun; Huang, Hao-Ting; Chen, Jiann-Yeu; Wang, Pei-Jen; Wei, Zung-Hang

    2015-05-01

    A SiO2 cantilever covered by elliptical magnetic thin films was designed as an actuator. Under magnetic field, the elliptical magnetic film with sharp ends would exhibit single-domain structures and generate torque to push or pull the two arms of the cantilever. The cantilever could then stretch or compress and the displacement could be controlled by adjusting the magnitude and direction of the external magnetic field. The combination between micromagnetism of patterned films and actuator was successfully demonstrated. The magnetic actuator can be applied for future application in the biological field and would be valuable for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS).

  20. Study for Electrode Metals on Taste Sensor with LB film

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    Yokoya, Takahiro; Hirata, Takamichi; Akiya, Masahiro

    In this paper, sensor responses with only metal electrode as Au, Cr, Ti and more with LB film were described. LB film material was the Dioctadecyldimethylammonium bromide combined by PVSK as an underlayer. To detect five basic taste substances, sensor parameters were defined as maximum voltage change and response time. Response time for sourness and umami with Ti and Cr evaporated metal electrode was larger than that of usual Au electrode. LB film effect was finally found to increase response time for five basic taste materials.

  1. Rapid protein immobilization for thin film continuous flow biocatalysis.

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    Britton, Joshua; Raston, Colin L; Weiss, Gregory A

    2016-08-01

    A versatile enzyme immobilization strategy for thin film continuous flow processing is reported. Here, non-covalent and glutaraldehyde bioconjugation are used to immobilize enzymes on the surfaces of borosilicate reactors. This approach requires only ng of protein per reactor tube, with the stock protein solution readily recycled to sequentially coat >10 reactors. Confining reagents to thin films during immobilization reduced the amount of protein, piranha-cleaning solution, and other reagents by ∼96%. Through this technique, there was no loss of catalytic activity over 10 h processing. The results reported here combines the benefits of thin film flow processing with the mild conditions of biocatalysis. PMID:27461146

  2. Chiral atomically thin films

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    Kim, Cheol-Joo; Sánchez-Castillo, A.; Ziegler, Zack; Ogawa, Yui; Noguez, Cecilia; Park, Jiwoong

    2016-06-01

    Chiral materials possess left- and right-handed counterparts linked by mirror symmetry. These materials are useful for advanced applications in polarization optics, stereochemistry and spintronics. In particular, the realization of spatially uniform chiral films with atomic-scale control of their handedness could provide a powerful means for developing nanodevices with novel chiral properties. However, previous approaches based on natural or grown films, or arrays of fabricated building blocks, could not offer a direct means to program intrinsic chiral properties of the film on the atomic scale. Here, we report a chiral stacking approach, where two-dimensional materials are positioned layer-by-layer with precise control of the interlayer rotation (θ) and polarity, resulting in tunable chiral properties of the final stack. Using this method, we produce left- and right-handed bilayer graphene, that is, a two-atom-thick chiral film. The film displays one of the highest intrinsic ellipticity values (6.5 deg μm–1) ever reported, and a remarkably strong circular dichroism (CD) with the peak energy and sign tuned by θ and polarity. We show that these chiral properties originate from the large in-plane magnetic moment associated with the interlayer optical transition. Furthermore, we show that we can program the chiral properties of atomically thin films layer-by-layer by producing three-layer graphene films with structurally controlled CD spectra.

  3. Chiral atomically thin films.

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    Kim, Cheol-Joo; Sánchez-Castillo, A; Ziegler, Zack; Ogawa, Yui; Noguez, Cecilia; Park, Jiwoong

    2016-06-01

    Chiral materials possess left- and right-handed counterparts linked by mirror symmetry. These materials are useful for advanced applications in polarization optics, stereochemistry and spintronics. In particular, the realization of spatially uniform chiral films with atomic-scale control of their handedness could provide a powerful means for developing nanodevices with novel chiral properties. However, previous approaches based on natural or grown films, or arrays of fabricated building blocks, could not offer a direct means to program intrinsic chiral properties of the film on the atomic scale. Here, we report a chiral stacking approach, where two-dimensional materials are positioned layer-by-layer with precise control of the interlayer rotation (θ) and polarity, resulting in tunable chiral properties of the final stack. Using this method, we produce left- and right-handed bilayer graphene, that is, a two-atom-thick chiral film. The film displays one of the highest intrinsic ellipticity values (6.5 deg μm(-1)) ever reported, and a remarkably strong circular dichroism (CD) with the peak energy and sign tuned by θ and polarity. We show that these chiral properties originate from the large in-plane magnetic moment associated with the interlayer optical transition. Furthermore, we show that we can program the chiral properties of atomically thin films layer-by-layer by producing three-layer graphene films with structurally controlled CD spectra. PMID:26900756

  4. Flexible composite film for printed circuit board

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    Yabe, K.; Asakura, M.; Tanaka, H.; Soda, A.

    1982-01-01

    A flexible printed circuit for a printed circuit board in which layers of reaction product composed of a combination of phenoxy resin - polyisocyanate - brominated epoxy resin, and in which the equivalent ratio of those functional groups is hydroxyl group: isocyanate group: epoxy group - 1 : 0.2 to 2 : 0.5 to 3 are laminated on at least one side of saturated polyester film is discussed.

  5. Application of Commercially Available Liquid Crystal Polymer Films for the Improvement of Color and Viewing Angle Performance of Twisted Nematic Devices

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    Tatiana A. Sergan,; Marina D. Lavrentovich,; Jack R. Kelly,; Tadayuki Kameyama,

    2010-06-01

    In our work we analyzed the optical performance of liquid crystal polymer films by Nippon Mitsubishi Oil and by Fuji Film. We applied the films for twisted nematic (TN) display compensation and found several non-traditional display configurations. One display configuration employs flipped Nippon Mitsubishi Oil films mounted on polarizers, the second one, a combination of both types of films on one TN side and two crossed uniaxial films on the other. The compensated devices demonstrate greatly improved optical characteristics that surpass all those previously known, utilize the commercially available films, and are experimentally verified.

  6. BACTERIAL SOURCE TRACKING (BST) INITIATIVE FOR THE GULF OF MEXICO

    EPA Science Inventory

    This project will sponsor several meetings to enable scientists to discuss mutual problems and solutions regarding bacterial source tracking methods. Issues common to all the Gulf states include but are not limited to beach closures, TMDL analysis, longevity of indicator organism...

  7. Nb:BST: Crystal growth and ferroelectric properties

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    Varatharajan, R.; Madeswaran, S.; Jayavel, R.

    2001-05-01

    Nb substituted barium strontium titanate single crystals were grown by the high-temperature solution growth technique with different Nb concentrations. The growth conditions were optimized to grow good quality large sized single crystals. Nb doping reduced the twin formation considerably and yielded bulk single crystals. A surface morphology observation indicates layer and hopper growth mechanisms. Powder X-ray diffraction studies show an increase in c/a ratio with Nb content, and ferroelectric studies revealed a decrease in curie temperature and a sharp increase in dielectric constant and spontaneous polarization.

  8. Characterization of nanobiocomposite kappa-carrageenan film with Zataria multiflora essential oil and nanoclay.

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    Shojaee-Aliabadi, Saeedeh; Mohammadifar, Mohammad Amin; Hosseini, Hedayat; Mohammadi, Abdorreza; Ghasemlou, Mehran; Hosseini, Seyede Marzieh; Haghshenas, Mehrdad; Khaksar, Ramin

    2014-08-01

    In this study, we aimed to improve the physical, mechanical and water-vapor permeability (WVP) properties of kappa-carrageenan (KC) films by including montmorillonite (MMT) nanoclay in the film-forming solution. To further improve these properties, the combined effect of Zataria multiflora Boiss essential oil (ZEO) and MMT was also investigated. The incorporation of MMT improved the physical and mechanical properties of KC film. Film made from KC alone had a tensile strength (TS) of 26.29MPa, while the KC film with 10% nanoclay had a TS of 34.67. Further analysis was provided by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy that confirmed the dispersion of MMT in the KC matrix. It was also shown that the combined effect of nanoclay and ZEO significantly improved the TS and EB of KC films. ZEO decreased the WVP of the nanocomposite films; for example, 3% ZEO reduced WVP by around 78%. The antimicrobial activity of nanocomposite films was also studied using the overlay and vapor-phase methods; the films effectively inhibited the growth of five pathogens tested. Thus, the incorporation of both nanoclay and ZEO into KC films is a promising way to manufacture films with better mechanical, antimicrobial and WVP properties. PMID:24832987

  9. Film Scriptwriting: A Practical Manual.

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    Swain, Dwight V.

    Dealing with both documentary and feature films, this book is a guide to using particular tools and procedures in developing ideas and concepts for writing film scripts. Part one deals with the factual, or documentary, film and discusses the proposal outline, film treatment, sequence outline, shooting script, and narration writing. Part two…

  10. Using Films in Literature Courses.

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    Littell, Katherine M.

    1976-01-01

    Films are becoming recognized as an important medium of foreign language instruction. Although there is a lack of instructional films in German, an abundance of excellent feature films is available through the German Embassy and various consulates. Well-edited scenarios are needed, however, in order to make using these films an effective teaching…

  11. Diagnosing Disputes in Film Criticism.

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    Schultz, Robert A.

    1979-01-01

    By classifying and analyzing actual disputes in film criticism, the author considers the following questions: Are there connections between film theory and film criticism? If so, which are healthy and which are diseased? If not, what alternative healthy function might film theory have? (Author/SJL)

  12. The Art of the Film.

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    Lindgren, Ernest

    The author prefaces his consideration of films as an art form with a discussion of the mechanics of filmmaking. He describes the division of talent on a movie set, details the history of the tools of filmmakers, and explains the production and reproduction of a film. The influence of film techniques on plot development in a fiction film is…

  13. Discovery in Film, Book Two.

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    Gordon, Malcolm W.

    Approximately 80 16 millimeter (16mm) short films are reviewed in this introduction and guide which attempts to be comprehensive in touching the major areas and styles of 16mm films now being produced. An attempt is made to describe as carefully as possible the style and content of each film and suggest ways in which the films might be used. Films…

  14. Negative birefringent polyimide films

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    Harris, Frank W. (Inventor); Cheng, Stephen Z. D. (Inventor)

    1994-01-01

    A negative birefringent film, useful in liquid crystal displays, and a method for controlling the negative birefringence of a polyimide film is disclosed which allows the matching of an application to a targeted amount of birefringence by controlling the degree of in-plane orientation of the polyimide by the selection of functional groups within both the diamine and dianhydride segments of the polyimide which affect the polyimide backbone chain rigidity, linearity, and symmetry. The higher the rigidity, linearity and symmetry of the polyimide backbone, the larger the value of the negative birefringence of the polyimide film.

  15. Thin film hydrogen sensor

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    Cheng, Y.T.; Poli, A.A.; Meltser, M.A.

    1999-03-23

    A thin film hydrogen sensor includes a substantially flat ceramic substrate with first and second planar sides and a first substrate end opposite a second substrate end; a thin film temperature responsive resistor on the first planar side of the substrate proximate to the first substrate end; a thin film hydrogen responsive metal resistor on the first planar side of the substrate proximate to the fist substrate end and proximate to the temperature responsive resistor; and a heater on the second planar side of the substrate proximate to the first end. 5 figs.

  16. Ultrahard carbon nanocomposite films

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    SIEGAL,MICHAEL P.; TALLANT,DAVID R.; PROVENCIO,PAULA P.; OVERMYER,DONALD L.; SIMPSON,REGINA L.; MARTINEZ-MIRANDA,L.J.

    2000-01-27

    Modest thermal annealing to 600 C of diamondlike amorphous-carbon (a-C) films grown at room temperature results in the formation of carbon nanocomposites with hardness similar to diamond. These nanocomposite films consist of nanometer-sized regions of high density a-C embedded in an a-C matrix with a reduced density of 5--10%. The authors report on the evolution of density and bonding topologies as a function of annealing temperature. Despite a decrease in density, film hardness actually increases {approximately} 15% due to the development of the nanocomposite structure.

  17. Biomimetic thin film synthesis

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    Graff, G.L.; Campbell, A.A.; Gordon, N.R.

    1995-05-01

    The purpose of this program is to develop a new process for forming thin film coatings and to demonstrate that the biomimetic thin film technology developed at PNL is useful for industrial applications. In the biomimetic process, mineral deposition from aqueous solution is controlled by organic functional groups attached to the underlying substrate surface. The coatings process is simple, benign, inexpensive, energy efficient, and particularly suited for temperature sensitive substrate materials (such as polymers). In addition, biomimetic thin films can be deposited uniformly on complex shaped and porous substrates providing a unique capability over more traditional line-of-sight methods.

  18. Thin film hydrogen sensor

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    Cheng, Yang-Tse; Poli, Andrea A.; Meltser, Mark Alexander

    1999-01-01

    A thin film hydrogen sensor, includes: a substantially flat ceramic substrate with first and second planar sides and a first substrate end opposite a second substrate end; a thin film temperature responsive resistor on the first planar side of the substrate proximate to the first substrate end; a thin film hydrogen responsive metal resistor on the first planar side of the substrate proximate to the fist substrate end and proximate to the temperature responsive resistor; and a heater on the second planar side of the substrate proximate to the first end.

  19. Densitometric evaluation of four rapid dental film processing solutions.

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    Matthee, M J; Seeliger, J E

    1991-09-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate densitometrically four rapid processing solutions for dental films; also to identify those combinations of film, solution and temperature which produced the best results in terms of radiographic contrast and relative film speed at a given temperature. The film types used were Agfa Dentus M2, Flow X-ray and Kodak Ultra-speed while the rapid processing solutions tested were Kolchem Rapid Dev 1, Kolchem Rapid Dev 2, MEMS Ultra-Neg and Siemens Insta-Neg. An aluminium step-wedge was radiographed under standardized conditions. Processing was done manually at 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29 and 32 degrees C, the temperatures being controlled with the aid of two Julabo thermostatically controlled immersion circulators, to ensure constant temperatures. Unexposed films were processed at each temperature setting to determine base plus fog values. Densitometric readings were taken using a digital densitometer, and base plus fog values were subtracted from each reading. Radiographic contrast and relative film speed were calculated and the data obtained subjected to statistical analysis using Duncan's Multiple Range Test. It was concluded that Agfa Dentus M2 film processed with Kolchem Rapid Dev 2 at 18 degrees C gave the highest radiographic contrast of 0.44 and relative film speed of 4.36. All base plus fog values were within the acceptable limit of 0.25. PMID:1820681

  20. Determination of optical and microstructural parameters of ceria films

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    Oh, Tae-Sik; Tokpanov, Yury S.; Hao, Yong; Jung, WooChul; Haile, Sossina M.

    2012-11-01

    Light-matter interactions are of tremendous importance in a wide range of fields from solar energy conversion to photonics. Here the optical dispersion behavior of undoped and 20 mol. % Sm doped ceria thin films, both dense and porous, were evaluated by UV-Vis optical transmission measurements, with the objective of determining both intrinsic and microstructural properties of the films. Films, ranging from 14 to 2300 nm in thickness, were grown on single crystal YSZ(100) and MgO(100) using pulsed laser deposition (both dense and porous films) and chemical vapor deposition (porous films only). The transmittance spectra were analyzed using an in-house developed methodology combining full spectrum fitting and envelope treatment. The index of refraction of ceria was found to fall between 2.65 at a wavelength of 400 nm and 2.25 at 800 nm, typical of literature values, and was relatively unchanged by doping. Reliable determination of film thickness, porosity, and roughness was possible for films with thickness ranging from 500 to 2500 nm. Physically meaningful microstructural parameters were extracted even for films so thin as to show no interference fringes at all.

  1. Preparation and characterization of bionanocomposite films reinforced with nano kaolin.

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    Jafarzadeh, Shima; Alias, Abd Karim; Ariffin, Fazilah; Mahmud, Shahrom; Najafi, Ali

    2016-02-01

    Effects of nano-kaolin incorporation into semolina films on the physical, mechanical, thermal, barrier and antimicrobial properties of the resulting bio-nanocomposite films were investigated. The properties included crystal structure (by X-ray diffraction), mechanical resistance, color, Fourier transform infrared spectra, decomposition temperature, water-vapor permeability (WVP), oxygen permeability (OP), and antimicrobial activity against Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. Kaolin was incorporated into biofilms at various amounts (1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 %, w/w total solid). All films were plasticized with 50 % (w/w total solid) combination of sorbitol/glycerol at 3:1 ratio. The incorporation of nanokaolin into semolina films decreased OP and WVP. The moisture content and water solubility of the films were found to decrease by nanokaolin reinforcement, and mechanical properties of films were improved by increasing nanokaolin concentration. Tensile strength and Young's modulus increased from 3.41 to 5.44 MPa and from 63.12 to 136.18, respectively, and elongation-at-break decreased. The films did not exhibit UV absorption. In conclusion, nanokaolin incorporation enhanced the barrier and mechanical properties of semolina films, indicating the potential application of these bio-nanocomposites in food-product packaging. PMID:27162391

  2. Electroless Functionalization of Silver Films by Its Molecular Doping.

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    Naor, Hadas; Avnir, David

    2015-12-01

    We present a methodology which by far extends the potential applications of thin conductive silver films achieved by an electroless molecular doping process of the metal with any of the endless functional molecules that the large library of organic molecules offer. The resulting metallic films within which the molecule is entrapped--molecule@Ag--carry both the classical chemical and physical properties of silver films, as well as the function of the entrapped molecule. Raman measurements of the organic molecules from within the silver films provide the first spectroscopic observations from within silver, and clearly show that entrapment, a three-dimensional process, and adsorption, a two-dimensional process, on silver films are distinctly different processes. Three organic molecules, the cationic Neutral red, the anionic Congo red, and the antibacterial agent chlorhexidine digluconate (CH), were used to demonstrate the generality of this method for various types of molecules. We studied the sensitivity of the film conductivity to the type of the molecule entrapped within the film, to its concentration, and to temperature. Dual functionality was demonstrated with CH@Ag films, which are both conductive and have prolonged and high antibacterial activity, a combination of properties that has been unknown so far. PMID:26571199

  3. Stress and phase transformation phenomena in oxide films

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    Exarhos, G.J.; Hess, N.J.

    1992-04-01

    In situ optical methods are reviewed for characterization of phase transformation processes and evaluation of residual stress in solution- deposited metastable oxide films. Such low density films most often are deposited as disordered phases making them prone to crystallization and attendant densification when subjected to increased temperature and/or applied pressure. Inherent stress imparted during film deposition and its evolution during the transformation are evaluated from phonon frequency shifts seen in Raman spectra (TiO{sub 2}) or from changes in the laser-induced fluorescence emission spectra for films containing rare earth (Sm{sup +3}:Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12}) or transition metal (Cr{sup +3}:Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) dopants. The data in combination with measured increases in line intensities intrinsic to the evolving phase are used to follow crystallization processes in thin films. In general, film deposition parameters are found to influence the crystallite ingrowth kinetics and the magnitude of stress and stress relaxation in the film during the transformation. The utility of these methods to probe crystallization phenomena in oxide films will be addressed.

  4. Water dispersible microbicidal cellulose acetate phthalate film

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    Neurath, A Robert; Strick, Nathan; Li, Yun-Yao

    2003-01-01

    Background Cellulose acetate phthalate (CAP) has been used for several decades in the pharmaceutical industry for enteric film coating of oral tablets and capsules. Micronized CAP, available commercially as "Aquateric" and containing additional ingredients required for micronization, used for tablet coating from water dispersions, was shown to adsorb and inactivate the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1), herpesviruses (HSV) and other sexually transmitted disease (STD) pathogens. Earlier studies indicate that a gel formulation of micronized CAP has a potential as a topical microbicide for prevention of STDs including the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). The objective of endeavors described here was to develop a water dispersible CAP film amenable to inexpensive industrial mass production. Methods CAP and hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC) were dissolved in different organic solvent mixtures, poured into dishes, and the solvents evaporated. Graded quantities of a resulting selected film were mixed for 5 min at 37°C with HIV-1, HSV and other STD pathogens, respectively. Residual infectivity of the treated viruses and bacteria was determined. Results The prerequisites for producing CAP films which are soft, flexible and dispersible in water, resulting in smooth gels, are combining CAP with HPC (other cellulose derivatives are unsuitable), and casting from organic solvent mixtures containing ≈50 to ≈65% ethanol (EtOH). The films are ≈100 µ thick and have a textured surface with alternating protrusions and depressions revealed by scanning electron microscopy. The films, before complete conversion into a gel, rapidly inactivated HIV-1 and HSV and reduced the infectivity of non-viral STD pathogens >1,000-fold. Conclusions Soft pliable CAP-HPC composite films can be generated by casting from organic solvent mixtures containing EtOH. The films rapidly reduce the infectivity of several STD pathogens, including HIV-1. They are converted into gels and thus do not

  5. Amorphous diamond films

    DOEpatents

    Falabella, S.

    1998-06-09

    Amorphous diamond films having a significant reduction in intrinsic stress are prepared by biasing a substrate to be coated and depositing carbon ions thereon under controlled temperature conditions. 1 fig.

  6. Magnetron sputtered boron films

    DOEpatents

    Makowiecki, Daniel M.; Jankowski, Alan F.

    1998-01-01

    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.

  7. Magnetron sputtered boron films

    DOEpatents

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

    1998-06-16

    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.

  8. Nanostructured thermoplastic polyimide films

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    Aglan, Heshmat

    2015-05-19

    Structured films containing multi-walled carbon nanotubes ("MWCNTs") have enhanced mechanical performance in terms of strength, fracture resistance, and creep recovery of polyimide ("PI") films. Preferably, the loadings of MWCNTs can be in the range of 0.1 wt % to 0.5 wt %. The strength of the new PI films dried at 60.degree. C. increased by 55% and 72% for 0.1 wt % MWCNT and 0.5 wt % MWCNT loadings, respectively, while the fracture resistance increased by 23% for the 0.1 wt % MWCNTs and then decreases at a loading of 0.5 wt % MWCNTs. The films can be advantageously be created by managing a corresponding shift in the annealing temperature at which the maximum strength occurs as the MWCNT loadings increase.

  9. Quantitative film radiography

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    Devine, G.; Dobie, D.; Fugina, J.; Hernandez, J.; Logan, C.; Mohr, P.; Moss, R.; Schumacher, B.; Updike, E.; Weirup, D.

    1991-02-26

    We have developed a system of quantitative radiography in order to produce quantitative images displaying homogeneity of parts. The materials that we characterize are synthetic composites and may contain important subtle density variations not discernible by examining a raw film x-radiograph. In order to quantitatively interpret film radiographs, it is necessary to digitize, interpret, and display the images. Our integrated system of quantitative radiography displays accurate, high-resolution pseudo-color images in units of density. We characterize approximately 10,000 parts per year in hundreds of different configurations and compositions with this system. This report discusses: the method; film processor monitoring and control; verifying film and processor performance; and correction of scatter effects.

  10. TAMPERPROOF FILM BADGE

    DOEpatents

    Kocher, L.F.

    1958-10-01

    A persornel dosimeter film badge made of plastic, with provision for a picture of the wearer and an internal slide containing photographic film that is sensitive to various radiations, is described. Four windows made of differing material selectively attenuate alpha, beta, gamma rays, and neutrons so as to distinguish the particular type of radiation the wearer was subjected to. In addition, a lead shield has the identification number of the wearer perforated thereon so as to identify the film after processing. An internal magnetically actuated latch securely locks the slide within the body, and may be withdrawn only upon the external application of two strong magnetic forces in order to insure that the wearer or other curious persons will not accidentally expose the film to visual light.

  11. Sprites on Film

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    Filmed at 10,000 frames per second by Japan's NHK television, movies like this of electromagnetic bursts called "sprites" will help scientists better understand how weather high in the atmosphere r...

  12. Magnetoresistance of Au films

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    Zhang, D. L.; Song, X. H.; Zhang, X; Zhang, Xiaoguang

    2014-01-01

    Measurement of the magnetoresistance (MR) of Au films as a function of temperature and film thickness reveals a strong dependence on grain size distribution and clear violation of the Kohler s rule. Using a model of random resistor network, we show that this result can be explained if the MR arises entirely from inhomogeneity due to grain boundary scattering and thermal activation of grain boundary atoms.

  13. Polymer film composite transducer

    DOEpatents

    Owen, Thomas E.

    2005-09-20

    A composite piezoelectric transducer, whose piezoeletric element is a "ribbon wound" film of piezolectric material. As the film is excited, it expands and contracts, which results in expansion and contraction of the diameter of the entire ribbon winding. This is accompanied by expansion and contraction of the thickness of the ribbon winding, such that the sound radiating plate may be placed on the side of the winding.

  14. Multifunctional thin film surface

    SciTech Connect

    Brozik, Susan M.; Harper, Jason C.; Polsky, Ronen; Wheeler, David R.; Arango, Dulce C.; Dirk, Shawn M.

    2015-10-13

    A thin film with multiple binding functionality can be prepared on an electrode surface via consecutive electroreduction of two or more aryl-onium salts with different functional groups. This versatile and simple method for forming multifunctional surfaces provides an effective means for immobilization of diverse molecules at close proximities. The multifunctional thin film has applications in bioelectronics, molecular electronics, clinical diagnostics, and chemical and biological sensing.

  15. Magnetoresistance of Au films

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    Zhang, D. L.; Song, X. H.; Zhang, X.; Zhang, Xiaoguang

    2014-12-10

    Measurement of the magnetoresistance (MR) of Au films as a function of temperature and film thickness reveals a strong dependence on grain size distribution and clear violation of the Kohler s rule. Using a model of random resistor network, we show that this result can be explained if the MR arises entirely from inhomogeneity due to grain boundary scattering and thermal activation of grain boundary atoms.

  16. Thin film tritium dosimetry

    DOEpatents

    Moran, Paul R.

    1976-01-01

    The present invention provides a method for tritium dosimetry. A dosimeter comprising a thin film of a material having relatively sensitive RITAC-RITAP dosimetry properties is exposed to radiation from tritium, and after the dosimeter has been removed from the source of the radiation, the low energy electron dose deposited in the thin film is determined by radiation-induced, thermally-activated polarization dosimetry techniques.

  17. Tribology of bio-inspired nanowrinkled films on ultrasoft substrates

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    Lackner, Juergen M.; Waldhauser, Wolfgang; Major, Lukasz; Teichert, Christian; Hartmann, Paul

    2013-01-01

    Biomimetic design of new materials uses nature as antetype, learning from billions of years of evolution. This work emphasizes the mechanical and tribological properties of skin, combining both hardness and wear resistance of its surface (the stratum corneum) with high elasticity of the bulk (epidermis, dermis, hypodermis). The key for combination of such opposite properties is wrinkling, being consequence of intrinsic stresses in the bulk (soft tissue): Tribological contact to counterparts below the stress threshold for tissue trauma occurs on the thick hard stratum corneum layer pads, while tensile loads smooth out wrinkles in between these pads. Similar mechanism offers high tribological resistance to hard films on soft, flexible polymers, which is shown for diamond-like carbon (DLC) and titanium nitride thin films on ultrasoft polyurethane and harder polycarbonate substrates. The choice of these two compared substrate materials will show that ultra-soft substrate materials are decisive for the distinct tribological material. Hierarchical wrinkled structures of films on these substrates are due to high intrinsic compressive stress, which evolves during high energetic film growth. Incremental relaxation of these stresses occurs by compound deformation of film and elastic substrate surface, appearing in hierarchical nano-wrinkles. Nano-wrinkled topographies enable high elastic deformability of thin hard films, while overstressing results in zigzag film fracture along larger hierarchical wrinkle structures. Tribologically, these fracture mechanisms are highly important for ploughing and sliding of sharp and flat counterparts on hard-coated ultra-soft substrates like polyurethane. Concentration of polyurethane deformation under the applied normal loads occurs below these zigzag cracks. Unloading closes these cracks again. Even cyclic testing do not lead to film delamination and retain low friction behavior, if the adhesion to the substrate is high and the initial

  18. π-Conjugated Microporous Polymer Films: Designed Synthesis, Conducting Properties, and Photoenergy Conversions

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    Gu, Cheng; Huang, Ning; Chen, Youchun; Qin, Leiqiang; Xu, Hong; Zhang, Shitong; Li, Fenghong; Ma, Yuguang; Jiang, Donglin

    2015-01-01

    Conjugated microporous polymers are a unique class of polymers that combine extended π-conjugation with inherent porosity. However, these polymers are synthesized through solution-phase reactions to yield insoluble and unprocessable solids, which preclude not only the evaluation of their conducting properties but also the fabrication of thin films for device implementation. Here, we report a strategy for the synthesis of thin films of π-conjugated microporous polymers by designing thiophene-based electropolymerization at the solution–electrode interface. High-quality films are prepared on a large area of various electrodes, the film thickness is controllable, and the films are used for device fabrication. These films are outstanding hole conductors and, upon incorporation of fullerenes into the pores, function as highly efficient photoactive layers for energy conversions. Our film strategy may boost the applications in photocatalysis, energy storage, and optoelectronics. PMID:26418672

  19. Reactive Ballistic Deposition of Porous TiO2 Films: Growth and Characterization

    SciTech Connect

    Flaherty, David W.; Dohnalek, Zdenek; Dohnalkova, Alice; Arey, Bruce W.; McCready, David E.; Ponnusany, Nachimuthu; Mullins, C. Buddie; Kay, Bruce D.

    2007-03-29

    Nanoporous, high-surface area films of TiO2 are synthesized by reactive ballistic deposition of titanium metal in an oxygen ambient. Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) is used to investigate the stoichiometric dependence of the films on growth conditions (surface temperature and partial pressure of oxygen). Scanning and transmission electron microscopy show that the films consist of arrays of separated filaments. The surface area and the distribution of binding site energies of the films are measured as functions of growth temperature, deposition angle, and annealing conditions using temperature programmed desorption (TPD) of N2. TiO2 films deposited at 50 K at 70º from substrate normal display the greatest specific surface area of ~100 m2/g. In addition, the films retain greater than 70% of their original surface area after annealing to 600 K. The combination of high surface area and thermal stability suggest that these films could serve as supports for applications in heterogeneous catalysis.

  20. Birth control pills - combination

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    ... this page: //medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000655.htm Birth control pills - combination To use the sharing features on ... frequency of your menstrual cycles. Types of Combination Birth Control Pills Birth control pills come in packages. You ...

  1. Fractal-mound growth of pentacene thin films

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    Zorba, Serkan; Shapir, Yonathan; Gao, Yongli

    2006-12-01

    The growth mechanism of pentacene film formation on SiO2 substrate was investigated with a combination of atomic force microscopy measurements and numerical modeling. In addition to the diffusion-limited aggregation (DLA) that has already been shown to govern the growth of the ordered pentacene thin films, it is shown here that the Schwoebel barrier effect steps in and disrupts the desired epitaxial growth for the subsequent layers, leading to mound growth. The terraces of the growing mounds have a fractal dimension of 1.6, indicating a lateral DLA shape. This growth morphology thus combines horizontal DLA-like growth with vertical mound growth.

  2. Combined environmental stresses

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Murray, R. H.; Mccally, M.

    1973-01-01

    Tolerance levels, physiological effects, and performance degradation during simultaneous or sequential exposures to two environmental stresses, and also three or more simultaneous stresses are described. Environmental stress combinations are characterized by four descriptors: order of occurrence, duration of exposure, severity of exposure, and type of interaction. Combined stress data and facilities for combined stress study are briefly mentioned.

  3. Thin film phase transition materials development program

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    Case, W. E.

    1985-04-01

    A number of application concepts have emerged based on the idea that a phase transition thin film such as vanadium dioxide provides a high resolution, two-dimensional format for switching, recording, and processing optical signals. These applications range from high density optical disk recording systems and optical data processing to laser protection devices, infrared FLIRS and seekers, laser radar systems and IR scene simulators. All application candidates have a potential for providing either a totally new capability, an improved performance, a lower cost, or combinations of the three. Probably of greatest significance is the emergence of agile sensor concepts arising out of some of the film's special properties. These are represented by the above FLIRs, seekers and laser radar systems. A three year research program has been completed to advance the state-of-the-art in the preparation and characterization of selected thin film phase transition materials. The objectives of the program were: (1) to expand the data base and improve operational characteristics of Vought prepared vanadium dioxide thin films, (2) to evolve process chemistry and subsequently characterize several new program materials, including rare-earth chalcogenides, organic semiconductor charge complexes, alloys of transition metal oxides, and metal-insulator cermets, and (3) to spin-off new applications and concepts.

  4. Bio-nanocomposite films reinforced with cellulose nanocrystals: Rheology of film-forming solutions, transparency, water vapor barrier and tensile properties of films.

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    El Miri, Nassima; Abdelouahdi, Karima; Barakat, Abdellatif; Zahouily, Mohamed; Fihri, Aziz; Solhy, Abderrahim; El Achaby, Mounir

    2015-09-20

    This study was aimed to develop bio-nanocomposite films of carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC)/starch (ST) polysaccharide matrix reinforced with cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) using the solution casting method. The CNC were extracted at the nanometric scale from sugarcane bagasse via sulfuric acid hydrolysis and used as reinforcing phase to produce CMC/ST-CNC bio-nanocomposite films at different CNC loading levels (0.5-5.0 wt%). Steady shear viscosity and dynamic viscoelastic measurements of film-forming solution (FFS) of neat CMC, CMC/ST blend and CMC/ST-CNC bio-nanocomposites were evaluated. Viscosity measurements revealed that a transition from Newtonian behavior to shear thinning occurred when CNC were added. The dynamic tests confirmed that all FFS have a viscoelastic behavior with an entanglement network structure, induced by the hydrogen bonding. In regard to the cast film quality, the rheological data showed that all FFS were suitable for casting of films at ambient temperature. The effect of CNC addition on the optical transparency, water vapor permeability (WVP) and tensile properties of bio-nanocomposite films was studied. It was found that bio-nanocomposite films remain transparent due to CNC dispersion at the nanoscale. The WVP was significantly reduced and the elastic modulus and tensile strength were increased gradually with the addition of CNC. Herein, the steps to form new eco-friendly bio-nanocomposite films were described by taking advantage of the combination of CMC, ST and CNC. The as-produced films exhibited good optical transparency, reduced WVP and enhanced tensile properties, which are the main properties required for packaging applications. PMID:26050901

  5. Flows in films and over flippers

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    van Nierop, Ernst Adriaan

    Three topics in fluid mechanics are dealt with in this dissertation, namely (i) reactive spreading and recoil of oil on water, (ii) free film formation theory and experiment, and (iii) how humpback whale flippers delay stall. Reactive spreading of an oil droplet on water is described in Chapter 1. Small amounts of acid and base were added to the oil and water respectively, such that a surfactant was produced at the interface between the oil and the water, greatly enhancing spreading rates. After the oil drop spreads out to some maximum radius, the drop recoils on a timescale that is indicative of a diffusive process redistributing the surfactant over the entire volume of water. In Chapter 2, the theory of soap film formation by withdrawal from a bath of soapy liquid is reviewed, and the assumptions supporting Frankel's law are challenged. Stress balances that describe film evolution in either extensional or shear flow are rigorously derived and we find that the strength of surface stress terms pick the resulting flow type. With this background in mind, we describe in Chapter 3 how films were made using aqueous solutions of poly(ethylene oxide) or PEO with and without surfactant. The initial thickness of these films agrees well with existing data in the literature for overlapping ranges of the capillary number Ca. For larger Ca numbers, we observe that (i) the addition of SDS results in thinner films, (ii) films can be made that are thicker than the wire thickness, and (iii) films swell in thickness when the withdrawal process stops. Some potential mechanisms are described to explain the novel swelling phenomenon. Finally, in Chapter 4, we model the bumpy flipper of a humpback whale as a perturbed elliptic wing with Joukowski profiles of varying chord length, and combine this with lifting line theory as well as experimental stall characteristics of smooth wings. This model shows that the perturbations rearrange the downwash distribution on the wing, smoothing the

  6. Effect of chemical structure on film-forming properties of seed oils

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    The film thickness of seven seed oils and two petroleum-based oils of varying chemical structures, was investigated by the method of optical interferometry under pure rolling conditions, and various combinations of entrainment speed (u), load, and temperature. The measured film thickness (h measured...

  7. "I Hope Someone Castrates You, You Perverted Bastard": Martin Cole's Sex Education Film, "Growing Up"

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    Limond, David

    2009-01-01

    This paper concerns the response to the sex education film "Growing Up", made in 1971 by Dr Martin Cole, which used a combination of animation and live action to offer a frank and uncompromising account of sexual reproduction. As part of this, both male and female masturbation and an unsimulated act of male-female coitus featured in the film. Cole…

  8. PVOH composite films with high percent elongation prepared from amylose-fatty ammonium salt inclusion complexes

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Amylose inclusion complexes prepared from cationic fatty ammonium salts and jet-cooked high amylose starch were combined with poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVOH) to form glycerol-plasticized films. Their tensile properties were compared with similar films prepared previously with analogous anionic fatty acid...

  9. Effects of long daily photoperiod and bovine somatotropin (Trobest) on milk yield in cows.

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    Miller, A R; Stanisiewski, E P; Erdman, R A; Douglass, L W; Dahl, G E

    1999-08-01

    Bovine somatotropin (bST) and exposure to long daily photoperiod increase milk yield of dairy cattle. We tested the hypothesis that long daily photoperiod and bST treatment would increase milk yield in an additive manner in lactating cows. At winter solstice, 40 lactating cows were started on a 140-d experiment; cows were greater than 70 d in milk (DIM) and were balanced for uniformity of DIM and milk yield within parity. Cows were randomly assigned to one of four treatments (10/treatment): 1) natural photoperiod, 2) natural photoperiod + bST (14 mg/d Trobest i.m.), 3) long daily photoperiod (18 h of light and 6 h of darkness/d), or 4) long daily photoperiod + bST. Long daily photoperiod increased fat-corrected milk (FCM) yield 1.9 kg/d versus natural photoperiod. Treatment with bST increased FCM 5.7 kg/d versus natural photoperiod, and long daily photoperiod + bST increased FCM 5.8 kg/d versus long daily photoperiod. Long daily photoperiod + bST was additive, increasing FCM 7.7 kg/d versus natural photoperiod. Serum somatotropin increased with bST, but not photoperiod, and bST increased serum insulin-like growth factor-I. Long daily photoperiod tended to increase prolactin; bST had no effect. Long daily photoperiod + bST increased dry matter intake (DMI) relative to natural photoperiod and natural photoperiod + bST; long daily photoperiod increased DMI relative to natural photoperiod + bST. Photoperiod had no effect on net energy balance; however, bST decreased net energy balance. Generally, body weight and milk composition did not differ among treatments. In conclusion, combination of bST with long-daily photoperiod tended to amplify the increases in milk yield observed with either treatment individually. PMID:10480097

  10. Films and Film Sources for Materials Science and Engineering Courses

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    Evans, Edward B.

    1972-01-01

    A selected list of films that are suitable for secondary schools through universities. They cover all phases of materials science and engineering. The films may be obtained, usually free of charge, for listed sources. (DF)

  11. Epitaxial thin films

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    Hunt, Andrew Tye; Deshpande, Girish; Lin, Wen-Yi; Jan, Tzyy-Jiuan

    2006-04-25

    Epitatial thin films for use as buffer layers for high temperature superconductors, electrolytes in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), gas separation membranes or dielectric material in electronic devices, are disclosed. By using CCVD, CACVD or any other suitable deposition process, epitaxial films having pore-free, ideal grain boundaries, and dense structure can be formed. Several different types of materials are disclosed for use as buffer layers in high temperature superconductors. In addition, the use of epitaxial thin films for electrolytes and electrode formation in SOFCs results in densification for pore-free and ideal gain boundary/interface microstructure. Gas separation membranes for the production of oxygen and hydrogen are also disclosed. These semipermeable membranes are formed by high-quality, dense, gas-tight, pinhole free sub-micro scale layers of mixed-conducting oxides on porous ceramic substrates. Epitaxial thin films as dielectric material in capacitors are also taught herein. Capacitors are utilized according to their capacitance values which are dependent on their physical structure and dielectric permittivity. The epitaxial thin films of the current invention form low-loss dielectric layers with extremely high permittivity. This high permittivity allows for the formation of capacitors that can have their capacitance adjusted by applying a DC bias between their electrodes.

  12. Thin film scintillators

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    McDonald, Warren; McKinney, George; Tzolov, Marian

    2015-03-01

    Scintillating materials convert energy flux (particles or electromagnetic waves) into light with spectral characteristic matching a subsequent light detector. Commercial scintillators such as yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) and yttrium aluminum perovskite (YAP) are commonly used. These are inefficient at lower energies due to the conductive coating present on their top surface, which is needed to avoid charging. We hypothesize that nano-structured thin film scintillators will outperform the commercial scintillators at low electron energies. We have developed alternative thin film scintillators, zinc tungstate and zinc oxide, which show promise for higher sensitivity to lower energy electrons since they are inherently conductive. Zinc tungstate films exhibit photoluminescence quantum efficiency of 74%. Cathodoluminescence spectroscopy was applied in transmission and reflection geometries. The comparison between the thin films and the YAG and YAP commercial scintillators shows much higher light output from the zinc tungstate and zinc oxide at electron energies less than 5 keV. Our films were integrated in a backscattered electron detector. This detector delivers better images than an identical detector with commercial YAG scintillator at low electron energies. Dr. Nicholas Barbi from PulseTor LLC, Dr. Anura Goonewardene, NSF Grants: #0806660, #1058829, #0923047.

  13. EDITORIAL: On display with transparent conducting films On display with transparent conducting films

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    Demming, Anna

    2012-03-01

    Transparent conducting films were already featuring in scientific literature over one hundred years ago. In 1894 Aryton and Mather described a conducting varnish for coating the screens of electric apparatus so they would not charge when accidentally brushed by a coat sleeve or other material [1]. Their method began with a similar approach to that used to make savoury jellies; by dissolving gelatine in vinegar, after which less palatable ingredients were incorporated including sulphuric acid and an antisulphuric enamel. While the search for transparent conducting films continued to attract other researchers, the same problem remained: the transparency would be compromised if the film was too thick, and the conductivity would be compromised if the film was too thin. In the early 1950s Gillham and Preston reported that thin gold films sputtered on bismuth oxide and heated resulted in a material that successfully combined the previously mutually exclusive properties of transparency and conductivity [2]. Other oxide films were also found to favourably combine these properties, including tin oxide, as reported by Ishiguro and colleagues in Japan in 1958 [3]. Today tin oxide doped with indium (ITO) has become the industry standard for transparent conducting films in a range of applications including photovoltaic technology and displays. It is perhaps the mounting ubiquity of electronic displays as a result of the increasingly digitised and computerised environment of the modern day world that has begun to underline the main drawback of ITO: expense. In this issue, a collaboration of researchers in Korea present an overview of graphene as a transparent conducting material with the potential to replace ITO in a range of electronic and optoelectronic applications [4]. One of the first innovations in optical microscopy was the use of dyes. This principle first came into practice with the use of ultraviolet light to reveal previously indistinguishable features. As explained

  14. Cracking in thin films of colloidal particles on elastomeric substrates

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    Smith, Michael; Sharp, James

    2012-02-01

    The drying of thin colloidal films of particles is a common industrial problem (e.g paint drying, ceramic coatings). An often undesirable side effect is the appearance of cracks. As the liquid in a suspension evaporates, particles are forced into contact both with each other and the substrate, forming a fully wetted film. Under carefully controlled conditions the observed cracks grow orthogonal to the drying front, spaced at regular intervals along it. In this work we investigated the role of the substrate in constraining the film. Atomic force microscopy, was used to image the particle arrangements on the top and bottom surfaces of films, dried on liquid and glass substrates. We present convincing evidence that the interface prevents particle rearrangements at the bottom of the film, leading to a mismatch strain between upper and lower surfaces of the film which appears to drive cracking. We show that when the modulus of the substrate becomes comparable to the stresses measured in the films, the crack spacing is significantly altered. We also show that cracks do not form on liquid substrates. These combined experiments highlight the importance of substrate constraint in the crack formation mechanism.[4pt] [1] M.I. Smith, J.S. Sharp, Langmuir 27, 8009 (2011)

  15. Nanomechanical Behavior of High Gas Barrier Multilayer Thin Films.

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    Humood, Mohammad; Chowdhury, Shahla; Song, Yixuan; Tzeng, Ping; Grunlan, Jaime C; Polycarpou, Andreas A

    2016-05-01

    Nanoindentation and nanoscratch experiments were performed on thin multilayer films manufactured using the layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly technique. These films are known to exhibit high gas barrier, but little is known about their durability, which is an important feature for various packaging applications (e.g., food and electronics). Films were prepared from bilayer and quadlayer sequences, with varying thickness and composition. In an effort to evaluate multilayer thin film surface and mechanical properties, and their resistance to failure and wear, a comprehensive range of experiments were conducted: low and high load indentation, low and high load scratch. Some of the thin films were found to have exceptional mechanical behavior and exhibit excellent scratch resistance. Specifically, nanobrick wall structures, comprising montmorillonite (MMT) clay and polyethylenimine (PEI) bilayers, are the most durable coatings. PEI/MMT films exhibit high hardness, large elastic modulus, high elastic recovery, low friction, low scratch depth, and a smooth surface. When combined with the low oxygen permeability and high optical transmission of these thin films, these excellent mechanical properties make them good candidates for hard coating surface-sensitive substrates, where polymers are required to sustain long-term surface aesthetics and quality. PMID:27045231

  16. Control of wettability of molecularly thin liquid films by nanostructures.

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    Fukuzawa, Kenji; Deguchi, Takanori; Yamawaki, Yasuhiro; Itoh, Shintaro; Muramatsu, Takuro; Zhang, Hedong

    2008-03-18

    The patterning of liquid thin films on solid surfaces is very important in various fields of science and engineering related to surfaces and interfaces. A method of nanometer-scale patterning of a molecularly thin liquid film on a silicon substrate using the lyophobicity of the oxide nanostructures has recently been reported (Fukuzawa, K.; Deguchi, T.; Kawamura, J.; Mitsuya, Y.; Muramatsu, T.; Zhang, H. Appl. Phys. Lett. 2005, 87, 203108). However, the origin of the lyophobicity of the nanostructure with a height of around 1 nm, which was fabricated by probe oxidation, has not yet been clarified. In the present study, the change in thickness of the liquid film on mesa-shaped nanostructures and the wettability for the various combinations of the thickness of the liquid films and the height of ridge-shaped nanostructures were investigated. These revealed that lyophobicity is caused by a lowering of the intermolecular interaction between the liquid and silicon surfaces by the nanostructure and enables the patterning of a liquid film along it. The tendency of the wettability for a given liquid film and nanostructure size can be predicted by estimating the contributions of the intermolecular interaction and capillary pressure. In this method, the height of the nanostructure can control the wettability. These results can provide a novel method of nanoscale patterning of liquid thin films, which will be very useful in creating new functional surfaces. PMID:18237215

  17. Sensitometric properties of radiographic films and film classification

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    Siidorow, A.

    An attempt was made to elucidate those film characteristics which affect the radiographic image quality and which could be used as the basis of film classification. A literary survey showed that it is apparently impossible to measure the most important film characteristics, i.e., graininess and granularity, in a reliable and simple way. An existing classification method based on a visual comparison of film graininess is recommended.

  18. Phase stabilization of VO2 thin films in high vacuum

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    Zhang, Hai-Tian; Eaton, Craig; Ye, Hansheng; Engel-Herbert, Roman

    2015-11-01

    A new growth approach to stabilize VO2 on Al2O3 in high vacuum is reported by reducing vanadium oxytriisopropoxide (VTIP) with vanadium metal. Phase stabilization and surface wetting behavior were studied as a function of growth parameters. The flux balance of VTIP to V in combination with growth temperature was identified to be critical for the growth of high quality VO2 thin films. High V fluxes were required to suppress the island formation and to ensure a coalesced film, while too high V fluxes ultimately favored the formation of the undesired, epitaxially stabilized V2O3 phase. Careful optimization of growth temperature, VTIP to V ratio, and growth rate led to high quality single phase VO2 thin films with >3.5 orders of magnitude change in resistivity across the metal-to-insulator transition. This approach opens up another synthesis avenue to stabilize oxide thin films into desired phases.

  19. Film stress and geometry effects in chrome photomask cleaning damage

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    Alpay, H. Ufuk; Wood, James L.; Kalk, Franklin D.

    1997-02-01

    As design rules shrink, photomask blank material characteristics play a more significant role in successful mask fabrication. Chromium-based absorber film stress is a key material attribute in determining mask quality. A photomask is cleaned several times during manufacture by various techniques incorporating part or all of the following processes: strong acids, bases, high pressure sprays, mechanical brushes, sonic agitation. In such aggressive environments, electrostatic discharge damage (ESD) and mechanical damage can occur. Chromium-based film dependence on sputter deposition parameters was studied here. Photoblank flatness, measured by optical interferometry, was used to quantify the stress. Blanks with various chrome film stresses were patterned with features combining different geometry types. The masks were then subjected to multiple cleaning cycles and inspected after each cycle. The results demonstrate how mask damage is related to the film mechanical properties (which are controllable by sputter deposition parameters) and the pattern itself (which is not controllable).

  20. Planar thin film SQUID with integral flux concentrator

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    Peters, Palmer N. (Inventor); Sisk, Robert C. (Inventor)

    1988-01-01

    A thin film SQUID is disclosed having improved flux concentration combined with simplicity of design and fabrication. The SQUID starts with a wafer like substrate having simple planar geometry. A large area of superconducting film is coated on the substrate, with a small open or uncoated area remaining at its center to define a SQUID loop, and a gap in the film formed, beginning at the outer circumferential edge of the substrate and extending radially inward to the open area. A Josephson junction is formed across the gap near the open area to interrupt the electrical continuity of the SQUID loop. A coil is attached to the surface of the substrate, electrically insulated from the superconducting film, and is energized to induce flux within the SQUID which is concentrated within the open area.