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  1. Membrane protein structures without crystals, by single particle electron cryomicroscopy

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    Vinothkumar, Kutti R

    2015-01-01

    It is an exciting period in membrane protein structural biology with a number of medically important protein structures determined at a rapid pace. However, two major hurdles still remain in the structural biology of membrane proteins. One is the inability to obtain large amounts of protein for crystallization and the other is the failure to get well-diffracting crystals. With single particle electron cryomicroscopy, both these problems can be overcome and high-resolution structures of membrane proteins and other labile protein complexes can be obtained with very little protein and without the need for crystals. In this review, I highlight recent advances in electron microscopy, detectors and software, which have allowed determination of medium to high-resolution structures of membrane proteins and complexes that have been difficult to study by other structural biological techniques. PMID:26435463

  2. Single crystal structure analysis of a single Sm2Fe17N3 particle

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    Inami, Nobuhito; Takeichi, Yasuo; Ueno, Tetsuro; Saito, Kotaro; Sagayama, Ryoko; Kumai, Reiji; Ono, Kanta

    2014-05-01

    We performed single crystal structure analysis of Sm2Fe17N3 using X-ray diffraction. A pick-up system combined with a micromanipulation tool driven by piezoelectric actuators and a microgripper was used. A single Sm2Fe17Nx particle with the diameter of about 20 μm was picked up, and X-ray diffraction was measured using an X-ray diffractometer at the synchrotron radiation beamline at the Photon Factory, KEK. Single crystal structure analysis of a Sm2Fe17N3 particle was performed and the structure was successfully determined from X-ray diffraction patterns. The space group and the lattice constants were determined to be R-3m (#166) a = b = 8.7206 Å and c = 12.6345 Å, respectively. Atomic positions of Sm and Fe atoms were accurately determined by single crystal structure analysis of only one particle.

  3. Mechanism of Formation of Three Dimensional Structures of Particles Dispersed in a Liquid Crystal

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    West, John; Glushchenko, Anatoliy; Liao, Guangxun; Reznikov, Yuriy; Andrienko, Denis; Allen, Michael

    2002-03-01

    Recently, colloidal dispersions of small particles in a nematic liquid crystal have been reported. These particles introduce topological defects in the liquid crystal, (H. Stark, Euro. Phys. J. B 10), 311 (1999).(T. C. Lubensky, D. Pettey, N. Currier, and H. Stark, Phys. Rev. E, 57), 610 (1998). and the liquid crystal introduces additional long-range forces between the colloidal particles(B. I. Lev and P. M. Tomchuk, Phys. Rev. E., 59), 591 (1999).. Interestingly the particles form complex three-dimensional structures that affect the physical properties of the liquid crystal(P. Poulin, H. Stark, T. C. Lubensky, and D. A. Weitz, Science, 275), 1770 (1997).(P. Poulin and D. A. Weitz, Phys. Rev. E, 57), 626 (1998).(V. J. Anderson, E. M. Terentjev, S. P. Meeker, J. Crain, and W.C. K. Poon, Eur, Phys. J. 4), 11, 2001).(V. J. Anderson and E. M. Terentjev, Euro, Phys. J. 4), 21, (2001).(S. P Meeker, W. C. K. Poon, J. Crain and E. M. Terentjev, Phys. Rev. E. 61), R6083 (2000). and offer the potential of being used in a variety of applications(W. Russel, D. Saville, and W. Schowalter, Colloidal Dispersions (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1989) .)We investigated the formation of the three dimensional structures formed from a random dispersion of these small particles upon cooling of the liquid crystal from the isotropic into the nematic phase. Specifically, we studied the force on a particle suspended in the isotropic phase as the front of a moving nematic-isotropic interface passed. The balance of forces explains the movement of these particles by the advancing interface. We observed different three-dimensional structures depending on the rate of cooling. Our results can be used to control the morphology and physical properties of these colloidal dispersions.

  4. Crystal structure and microstructure of el-Fe2O3 particles

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    Ho, H.M.

    1985-08-01

    The structure and microstructure of el-Fe2O3 particles used in magnetic recording media have been analyzed by convergent beam electron diffraction and conventional transmission electron microscopy. Convergent beam electron diffraction results show that el-Fe2O3 particles have a primitive lattice with an m3m point group and a cubic superstructure with lattice parameter approximately equal to three times the lattice parameter of the magnetite structure. This superlattice is a result of cation vacancy ordering. An order-disorder transition of the structure is observed in the electron microscope and is believed to be caused by electron radiation-enhanced diffusion. Transmission electron microscopy results show that these particles are single crystals, and hence the theory that polycrystallinity is the cause of the discrepancy in coercivity between the experimental and theoretical values cannot be true. 35 refs., 17 figs., 5 tabs.

  5. Crystal structures of enterovirus 71 (EV71) recombinant virus particles provide insights into vaccine design.

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    Lyu, Ke; Wang, Guang-Chuan; He, Ya-Ling; Han, Jian-Feng; Ye, Qing; Qin, Cheng-Feng; Chen, Rong

    2015-02-01

    Hand-foot-and-mouth disease (HFMD) remains a major health concern in the Asia-Pacific regions, and its major causative agents include human enterovirus 71 (EV71) and coxsackievirus A16. A desirable vaccine against HFMD would be multivalent and able to elicit protective responses against multiple HFMD causative agents. Previously, we have demonstrated that a thermostable recombinant EV71 vaccine candidate can be produced by the insertion of a foreign peptide into the BC loop of VP1 without affecting viral replication. Here we present crystal structures of two different naturally occurring empty particles, one from a clinical C4 strain EV71 and the other from its recombinant virus containing an insertion in the VP1 BC loop. Crystal structure analysis demonstrated that the inserted foreign peptide is well exposed on the particle surface without significant structural changes in the capsid. Importantly, such insertions do not seem to affect the virus uncoating process as illustrated by the conformational similarity between an uncoating intermediate of another recombinant virus and that of EV71. Especially, at least 18 residues from the N terminus of VP1 are transiently externalized. Altogether, our study provides insights into vaccine development against HFMD. PMID:25492868

  6. Crystal Structure and Proteomics Analysis of Empty Virus-like Particles of Cowpea Mosaic Virus.

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    Huynh, Nhung T; Hesketh, Emma L; Saxena, Pooja; Meshcheriakova, Yulia; Ku, You-Chan; Hoang, Linh T; Johnson, John E; Ranson, Neil A; Lomonossoff, George P; Reddy, Vijay S

    2016-04-01

    Empty virus-like particles (eVLPs) of Cowpea mosaic virus (CPMV) are currently being utilized as reagents in various biomedical and nanotechnology applications. Here, we report the crystal structure of CPMV eVLPs determined using X-ray crystallography at 2.3 Å resolution and compare it with previously reported cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) of eVLPs and virion crystal structures. Although the X-ray and cryo-EM structures of eVLPs are mostly similar, there exist significant differences at the C terminus of the small (S) subunit. The intact C terminus of the S subunit plays a critical role in enabling the efficient assembly of CPMV virions and eVLPs, but undergoes proteolysis after particle formation. In addition, we report the results of mass spectrometry-based proteomics analysis of coat protein subunits from CPMV eVLPs and virions that identify the C termini of S subunits undergo proteolytic cleavages at multiple sites instead of a single cleavage site as previously observed. PMID:27021160

  7. Artificial silver sulfide Ag2S: Crystal structure and particle size in deposited powders

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    Sadovnikov, S. I.; Gusev, A. I.; Rempel, A. A.

    2015-07-01

    Chemical deposition from aqueous solutions of silver nitrate and sodium sulfide was used for synthesis of coarse-crystalline and nanocrystalline silver sulfide Ag2S powders. Sodium citrate was used as a complexing and stabilizing agent during synthesis. X-ray diffraction study shows that synthesized Ag2S powders have monoclinic (space group P21/c) α-Ag2S acanthite type crystal structure. The unit cell of artificial monoclinic silver sulfide Ag2S contains four Ag2S formula units and has the following parameters: a = 0.42264 nm, b = 0.69282 nm, c = 0.95317 nm and β = 125.554°. The size of silver sulfide particles in deposited powders was estimated by the X-ray diffraction and BET methods. By varying the ratio between the concentrations of reagents in the initial reaction mixture it is possible to deposit Ag2S nanoparticles with average size ranging in the interval from ∼1000 to ∼30 nm. Ag2S nanopowders have no deformation distortions of the crystal lattice practically because the microstrains ε in the synthesized powders do not exceed 0.15%. All the Ag2S powders with different particle size have an identical morphology.

  8. Single crystal structure analysis of a single Sm{sub 2}Fe{sub 17}N{sub 3} particle

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    Inami, Nobuhito Takeichi, Yasuo; Saito, Kotaro; Sagayama, Ryoko; Kumai, Reiji; Ono, Kanta; Ueno, Tetsuro

    2014-05-07

    We performed single crystal structure analysis of Sm{sub 2}Fe{sub 17}N{sub 3} using X-ray diffraction. A pick-up system combined with a micromanipulation tool driven by piezoelectric actuators and a microgripper was used. A single Sm{sub 2}Fe{sub 17}N{sub x} particle with the diameter of about 20 μm was picked up, and X-ray diffraction was measured using an X-ray diffractometer at the synchrotron radiation beamline at the Photon Factory, KEK. Single crystal structure analysis of a Sm{sub 2}Fe{sub 17}N{sub 3} particle was performed and the structure was successfully determined from X-ray diffraction patterns. The space group and the lattice constants were determined to be R-3m (number sign166) a = b = 8.7206 Å and c = 12.6345 Å, respectively. Atomic positions of Sm and Fe atoms were accurately determined by single crystal structure analysis of only one particle.

  9. RADCHARM++: A C++ routine to compute the electromagnetic radiation generated by relativistic charged particles in crystals and complex structures

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    Bandiera, Laura; Bagli, Enrico; Guidi, Vincenzo; Tikhomirov, Victor V.

    2015-07-01

    The analytical theories of coherent bremsstrahlung and channeling radiation well describe the process of radiation generation in crystals under some special cases. However, the treatment of complex situations requires the usage of a more general approach. In this report we present a C++ routine, named RADCHARM++, to compute the electromagnetic radiation emitted by electrons and positrons in crystals and complex structures. In the RADCHARM++ routine, the model for the computation of e.m. radiation generation is based on the direct integration of the quasiclassical formula of Baier and Katkov. This approach allows one taking into account real trajectories, and thereby the contribution of incoherent scattering. Such contribution can be very important in many cases, for instance for electron channeling. The generality of the Baier-Katkov operator method permits one to simulate the electromagnetic radiation emitted by electrons/positrons in very different cases, e.g., in straight, bent and periodically bent crystals, and for different beam energy ranges, from sub-GeV to TeV and above. The RADCHARM++ routine has been implemented in the Monte Carlo code DYNECHARM++, which solves the classical equation of motion of charged particles traveling through a crystal under the continuum potential approximation. The code has proved to reproduce the results of experiments performed at the MAinzer MIkrotron (MAMI) with 855 MeV electrons and has been used to predict the radiation spectrum generated by the same electron beam in a bent crystal.

  10. The structure of the multidrug resistance protein 1 (MRP1/ABCC1). crystallization and single-particle analysis.

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    Rosenberg, M F; Mao, Q; Holzenburg, A; Ford, R C; Deeley, R G; Cole, S P

    2001-05-11

    Multidrug resistance protein 1 (MRP1/ABCC1) is an ATP-binding cassette (ABC) polytopic membrane transporter of considerable clinical importance that confers multidrug resistance on tumor cells by reducing drug accumulation by active efflux. MRP1 is also an efficient transporter of conjugated organic anions. Like other ABC proteins, including the drug resistance conferring 170-kDa P-glycoprotein (ABCB1), the 190-kDa MRP1 has a core structure consisting of two membrane-spanning domains (MSDs), each followed by a nucleotide binding domain (NBD). However, unlike P-glycoprotein and most other ABC superfamily members, MRP1 contains a third MSD with five predicted transmembrane segments with an extracytosolic NH(2) terminus. Moreover, the two nucleotide-binding domains of MRP1 are considerably more divergent than those of P-glycoprotein. In the present study, the first structural details of MRP1 purified from drug-resistant lung cancer cells have been obtained by electron microscopy of negatively stained single particles and two-dimensional crystals formed after reconstitution of purified protein with lipids. The crystals display p2 symmetry with a single dimer of MRP1 in the unit cell. The overall dimensions of the MRP1 monomer are approximately 80 x 100 A. The MRP1 monomer shows some pseudo-2-fold symmetry in projection, and in some orientations of the detergent-solubilized particles, displays a stain filled depression (putative pore) appearing toward the center of the molecule, presumably to enable transport of substrates. These data represent the first structural information of this transporter to approximately 22-A resolution and provide direct structural evidence for a dimeric association of the transporter in a reconstituted lipid bilayer. PMID:11279022

  11. Characterization of Synthetic Nanocrystalline Mackinawite: Crystal Structure, Particle Size, And Specific Surface Area

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    Jeong, H.Y.; Lee, J.H.; Hayes, K.F.

    2009-05-18

    Iron sulfide was synthesized by reacting aqueous solutions of sodium sulfide and ferrous chloride for 3 days. By X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD), the resultant phase was determined to be primarily nanocrystalline mackinawite (space group: P4/ nmm) with unit cell parameters a = b = 3.67 {angstrom} and c = 5.20 {angstrom}. Iron K-edge XAS analysis also indicated the dominance of mackinawite. Lattice expansion of synthetic mackinawite was observed along the c-axis relative to well-crystalline mackinawite. Compared with relatively short-aged phase, the mackinawite prepared here was composed of larger crystallites with less elongated lattice spacings. The direct observation of lattice fringes by HR-TEM verified the applicability of Bragg diffraction in determining the lattice parameters of nanocrystalline mackinawite from XRPD patterns. Estimated particle size and external specific surface area (SSA{sub ext}) of nanocrystalline mackinawite varied significantly with the methods used. The use of Scherrer equation for measuring crystallite size based on XRPD patterns is limited by uncertainty of the Scherrer constant (K) due to the presence of polydisperse particles. The presence of polycrystalline particles may also lead to inaccurate particle size estimation by Scherrer equation, given that crystallite and particle sizes are not equivalent. The TEM observation yielded the smallest SSA{sub ext} of 103 m{sup 2}/g. This measurement was not representative of dispersed particles due to particle aggregation from drying during sample preparation. In contrast, EGME method and PCS measurement yielded higher SSA{sub ext} (276-345 m{sup 2}/g by EGME and 424 {+-} 130 m{sup 2}/g by PCS). These were in reasonable agreement with those previously measured by the methods insensitive to particle aggregation.

  12. Periodic dynamics, localization metastability, and elastic interaction of colloidal particles with confining surfaces and helicoidal structure of cholesteric liquid crystals

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    Varney, Michael C. M.; Zhang, Qiaoxuan; Tasinkevych, Mykola; Silvestre, Nuno M.; Bertness, Kris A.; Smalyukh, Ivan I.

    2014-12-01

    Nematic and cholesteric liquid crystals are three-dimensional fluids that possess long-range orientational ordering and can support both topological defects and chiral superstructures. Implications of this ordering remain unexplored even for simple dynamic processes such as the ones found in so-called "fall experiments," or motion of a spherical inclusion under the effects of gravity. Here we show that elastic and surface anchoring interactions prompt periodic dynamics of colloidal microparticles in confined cholesterics when gravity acts along the helical axis. We explore elastic interactions between colloidal microparticles and confining surfaces as well as with an aligned ground-state helical structure of cholesterics for different sizes of spheres relative to the cholesteric pitch, demonstrating unexpected departures from Stokes-like behavior at very low Reynolds numbers. We characterize metastable localization of microspheres under the effects of elastic and surface anchoring periodic potential landscapes seen by moving spheres, demonstrating the important roles played by anchoring memory, confinement, and topological defect transformation. These experimental findings are consistent with the results of numerical modeling performed through minimizing the total free energy due to colloidal inclusions at different locations along the helical axis and with respect to the confining substrates. A potential application emerging from this work is colloidal sorting based on particle shapes and sizes.

  13. Periodic dynamics, localization metastability, and elastic interaction of colloidal particles with confining surfaces and helicoidal structure of cholesteric liquid crystals.

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    Varney, Michael C M; Zhang, Qiaoxuan; Tasinkevych, Mykola; Silvestre, Nuno M; Bertness, Kris A; Smalyukh, Ivan I

    2014-12-01

    Nematic and cholesteric liquid crystals are three-dimensional fluids that possess long-range orientational ordering and can support both topological defects and chiral superstructures. Implications of this ordering remain unexplored even for simple dynamic processes such as the ones found in so-called "fall experiments," or motion of a spherical inclusion under the effects of gravity. Here we show that elastic and surface anchoring interactions prompt periodic dynamics of colloidal microparticles in confined cholesterics when gravity acts along the helical axis. We explore elastic interactions between colloidal microparticles and confining surfaces as well as with an aligned ground-state helical structure of cholesterics for different sizes of spheres relative to the cholesteric pitch, demonstrating unexpected departures from Stokes-like behavior at very low Reynolds numbers. We characterize metastable localization of microspheres under the effects of elastic and surface anchoring periodic potential landscapes seen by moving spheres, demonstrating the important roles played by anchoring memory, confinement, and topological defect transformation. These experimental findings are consistent with the results of numerical modeling performed through minimizing the total free energy due to colloidal inclusions at different locations along the helical axis and with respect to the confining substrates. A potential application emerging from this work is colloidal sorting based on particle shapes and sizes. PMID:25615114

  14. Teaching with Crystal Structures: Helping Students Recognize and Classify the Smallest Repeating Particle in a Given Substance

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    Smithenry, Dennis W.

    2009-01-01

    Classifying a particle requires an understanding of the type of bonding that exists within and among the particles, which requires an understanding of atomic structure and electron configurations, which requires an understanding of the elements of periodic properties, and so on. Rather than getting tangled up in all of these concepts at the start…

  15. Teaching with Crystal Structures: Helping Students Recognize and Classify the Smallest Repeating Particle in a Given Substance

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    Smithenry, Dennis W.

    2009-01-01

    Classifying a particle requires an understanding of the type of bonding that exists within and among the particles, which requires an understanding of atomic structure and electron configurations, which requires an understanding of the elements of periodic properties, and so on. Rather than getting tangled up in all of these concepts at the start

  16. Anisotropic colloidal crystal particles from microfluidics.

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    Cheng, Yao; Zhu, Cun; Xie, Zhuoying; Gu, Hongcheng; Tian, Tian; Zhao, Yuanjin; Gu, Zhongze

    2014-05-01

    Anisotropic colloidal crystal particles (CCPs) have showed their great potential in biotechnology and structural materials due to their anisotropic shapes and tunable optical property. However, their controllable generation is still a challenge. Here, a novel microfluidic approach is developed to generate anisotropic CCPs. The microfluidic device is composed of an injection capillary and a collection capillary with available size and shape. Based on the device, the anisotropic particles with non-close-packed colloidal crystal structures are achieved by photo-polymerizing droplet templates in a confined collection capillary with different shapes and sizes. Moreover, anisotropic close-packed CCPs can be made from non-close-packed CCPs through a thermal process. It is demonstrated that the anisotropic CCPs in different sizes, structural colors and shapes (rods, cuboids and disks) can be generated. These distinguishable features of resultant particles make them ideal barcodes for high-throughput bioassays. In order to prove it, DNA multiplex detection is carried out. The experimental results indicate that achieved particles have a great encoding capacity and are highly practical for multiplex coding bioassays. Therefore, we believe that the anisotropic CCPs would be highly promising barcodes in biomedical applications, including high-throughput bioassays and cell culture research where multiplexing is needed. PMID:24594033

  17. Colloidal particles embedded in liquid crystal droplets

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    Melchert, Drew; Sadati, Monirosadat; Zhou, Ye; de Pablo, Juan J.

    In this work, we encapsulate polystyrene and silica particles in nematic liquid crystal (LC) droplets dispersed in water using microfluidic glass capillary devices. While polystyrene particles induce planar anchoring on the surface, silica particles, treated with DMOAP, create homeotropic anchoring of the LC molecules at their surface. Sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) is added to the aqueous phase to stabilize LC droplets and promote a radial configuration with point defect in the center of LC droplet. Our experimental and computational studies show that, when trapped inside the LC droplets, particles with both anchoring types become mostly localized at the defect point (at the center) and interact with the radial configuration. Interestingly, a twisting structure is observed for polystyrene particle with strong planar anchoring. Although localization of the particles at the droplet center is the most stable state and with the lowest free energy, off-center positions also emerge, displacing the defect point from the center to near the surface of a radial droplet. - Corresponding author - Second affiliation: Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439, USA.

  18. Passive particle dosimetry. [silver halide crystal growth

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    Childs, C. B.

    1977-01-01

    Present methods of dosimetry are reviewed with emphasis on the processes using silver chloride crystals for ionizing particle dosimetry. Differences between the ability of various crystals to record ionizing particle paths are directly related to impurities in the range of a few ppm (parts per million). To understand the roles of these impurities in the process, a method for consistent production of high purity silver chloride, and silver bromide was developed which yields silver halides with detectable impurity content less than 1 ppm. This high purity silver chloride was used in growing crystals with controlled doping. Crystals were grown by both the Czochalski method and the Bridgman method, and the Bridgman grown crystals were used for the experiments discussed. The distribution coefficients of ten divalent cations were determined for the Bridgman crystals. The best dosimeters were made with silver chloride crystals containing 5 to 10 ppm of lead; other impurities tested did not produce proper dosimeters.

  19. Crystallization of Brownian particles in thin systems constrained by walls.

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    Fujine, Mamoru; Sato, Masahide; Toyooka, Tetsuya; Katsuno, Hiroyasu; Suzuki, Yoshihisa; Sawada, Tsutomu

    2014-09-01

    Keeping formation of a colloidal crystal by a centrifugal force in mind, we carry out Brownian dynamics simulations in thin systems and study ordering of particles induced by an external force. During solidification, the two-dimensional ordering along walls initially occurs. Then, the ordered particles on the walls act as substrates, and crystallization proceeds into bulk. When the external force is weak, the close-packed face of the crystal structure is parallel to the bottom wall. The direction of the close-packed face depends on the strength of the external force: The close-packed face becomes parallel to the side walls with a strong external force. PMID:25314454

  20. Photonic Crystal Laser-Driven Accelerator Structures

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    Cowan, B.; Javanmard, M.; Wu, N.

    2004-12-07

    We discuss simulated photonic crystal structure designs for laser-driven particle acceleration. We focus on three-dimensional planar structures based on the so-called 'woodpile' lattice, demonstrating guiding of a speed-of-light accelerating mode by a defect in the photonic crystal lattice. We introduce a candidate geometry and discuss the properties of the accelerating mode. We also discuss the linear beam dynamics in the structure present a novel method for focusing the beam. In addition we describe ongoing investigations of photonic crystal fiber-based structures.

  1. Photonic Crystal Laser-Driven Accelerator Structures

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    Cowan, B

    2004-08-06

    The authors discuss simulated photonic crystal structure designs for laser-driven particle acceleration. They focus on three-dimensional planar structures based on the so-called ''woodpile'' lattice, demonstrating guiding of a speed-of-light accelerating mode by a defect in the photonic crystal lattice. They introduce a candidate geometry and discuss the properties of the accelerating mode. They also discuss the linear beam dynamics in the structure present a novelmethod for focusing the beam. In addition they describe ongoing investigations of photonic crystal fiber-based structures.

  2. Crystallization by Particle Attachment in Synthetic, Biogenic, and Geologic Environments

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    De Yoreo, James J.; Gilbert, Pupa U.; Sommerdijk, Nico; Penn, R. Lee; Whitelam, Stephen B.; Joester, Derk; Zhang, Hengzhong; Rimer, Jeffrey D.; Navrotsky, Alexandra; Banfield, Jillian F.; Wallace, Adam F.; Michel, F. M.; Meldrum, Fiona C.; Colfen, Helmut; Dove, Patricia M.

    2015-07-31

    Field and laboratory observations show that crystals commonly form by the addition and attachment of particles that range from multi-ion complexes to fully formed nanoparticles. These non-classical pathways to crystallization are diverse, in contrast to classical models that consider the addition of monomeric chemical species. We review progress toward understanding crystal growth by particle attachment processes and show that multiple pathways result from the interplay of free energy landscapes and reaction dynamics. Much remains unknown about the fundamental aspects; particularly the relationships between solution structure, interfacial forces, and particle motion. Developing a predictive description that connects molecular details to ensemble behavior will require revisiting long-standing interpretations of crystal formation in synthetic systems and patterns of mineralization in natural environments.

  3. Structural Color Painting by Rubbing Particle Powder

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    Park, Choojin; Koh, Kunsuk; Jeong, Unyong

    2015-02-01

    Structural colors originate from purely physical structures. Scientists have been inspired to mimic the structures found in nature, the realization of these structures still presents a great challenge. We have recently introduced unidirectional rubbing of a dry particle powder on a rubbery surface as a quick, highly reproducible means to fabricate a single crystal monolayer assembly of particles over an unlimited area. This study extends the particle-rubbing process to a novel fine-art painting, structural color painting (SCP). SCP is based on structural coloring with varying iridescence according to the crystal orientation, as controlled by the rubbing direction. This painting technique can be applied on curved surfaces, which enriches the objects to be painted and helps the painter mimic the structures found in nature. It also allows for quick fabrication of complicated particle-assembly patterns, which enables replication of paintings.

  4. Structural color painting by rubbing particle powder.

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    Park, ChooJin; Koh, Kunsuk; Jeong, Unyong

    2015-01-01

    Structural colors originate from purely physical structures. Scientists have been inspired to mimic the structures found in nature, the realization of these structures still presents a great challenge. We have recently introduced unidirectional rubbing of a dry particle powder on a rubbery surface as a quick, highly reproducible means to fabricate a single crystal monolayer assembly of particles over an unlimited area. This study extends the particle-rubbing process to a novel fine-art painting, structural color painting (SCP). SCP is based on structural coloring with varying iridescence according to the crystal orientation, as controlled by the rubbing direction. This painting technique can be applied on curved surfaces, which enriches the objects to be painted and helps the painter mimic the structures found in nature. It also allows for quick fabrication of complicated particle-assembly patterns, which enables replication of paintings. PMID:25661669

  5. Structural Color Painting by Rubbing Particle Powder

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    Park, ChooJin; Koh, Kunsuk; Jeong, Unyong

    2015-01-01

    Structural colors originate from purely physical structures. Scientists have been inspired to mimic the structures found in nature, the realization of these structures still presents a great challenge. We have recently introduced unidirectional rubbing of a dry particle powder on a rubbery surface as a quick, highly reproducible means to fabricate a single crystal monolayer assembly of particles over an unlimited area. This study extends the particle-rubbing process to a novel fine-art painting, structural color painting (SCP). SCP is based on structural coloring with varying iridescence according to the crystal orientation, as controlled by the rubbing direction. This painting technique can be applied on curved surfaces, which enriches the objects to be painted and helps the painter mimic the structures found in nature. It also allows for quick fabrication of complicated particle-assembly patterns, which enables replication of paintings. PMID:25661669

  6. Ionizing particle detection based on phononic crystals

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    Aly, Arafa H.; Mehaney, Ahmed; Eissa, Mostafa F.

    2015-08-01

    Most conventional radiation detectors are based on electronic or photon collections. In this work, we introduce a new and novel type of ionizing particle detector based on phonon collection. Helium ion radiation treats tumors with better precision. There are nine known isotopes of helium, but only helium-3 and helium-4 are stable. Helium-4 is formed in fusion reactor technology and in enormous quantities during Big Bang nucleo-synthesis. In this study, we introduce a technique for helium-4 ion detection (sensing) based on the innovative properties of the new composite materials known as phononic crystals (PnCs). PnCs can provide an easy and cheap technique for ion detection compared with conventional methods. PnC structures commonly consist of a periodic array of two or more materials with different elastic properties. The two materials are polymethyl-methacrylate and polyethylene polymers. The calculations showed that the energies lost to target phonons are maximized at 1 keV helium-4 ion energy. There is a correlation between the total phonon energies and the transmittance of PnC structures. The maximum transmission for phonons due to the passage of helium-4 ions was found in the case of making polyethylene as a first layer in the PnC structure. Therefore, the concept of ion detection based on PnC structure is achievable.

  7. CRYSTAL GROWTH. Crystallization by particle attachment in synthetic, biogenic, and geologic environments.

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    De Yoreo, James J; Gilbert, Pupa U P A; Sommerdijk, Nico A J M; Penn, R Lee; Whitelam, Stephen; Joester, Derk; Zhang, Hengzhong; Rimer, Jeffrey D; Navrotsky, Alexandra; Banfield, Jillian F; Wallace, Adam F; Michel, F Marc; Meldrum, Fiona C; Cölfen, Helmut; Dove, Patricia M

    2015-07-31

    Field and laboratory observations show that crystals commonly form by the addition and attachment of particles that range from multi-ion complexes to fully formed nanoparticles. The particles involved in these nonclassical pathways to crystallization are diverse, in contrast to classical models that consider only the addition of monomeric chemical species. We review progress toward understanding crystal growth by particle-attachment processes and show that multiple pathways result from the interplay of free-energy landscapes and reaction dynamics. Much remains unknown about the fundamental aspects, particularly the relationships between solution structure, interfacial forces, and particle motion. Developing a predictive description that connects molecular details to ensemble behavior will require revisiting long-standing interpretations of crystal formation in synthetic systems, biominerals, and patterns of mineralization in natural environments. PMID:26228157

  8. Inorganic Crystal Structure Database (ICSD)

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    SRD 84 FIZ/NIST Inorganic Crystal Structure Database (ICSD) (PC database for purchase)   The Inorganic Crystal Structure Database (ICSD) is produced cooperatively by the Fachinformationszentrum Karlsruhe(FIZ) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The ICSD is a comprehensive collection of crystal structure data of inorganic compounds containing more than 140,000 entries and covering the literature from 1915 to the present.

  9. Crystal Structures of Phosphoketolase

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    Suzuki, Ryuichiro; Katayama, Takane; Kim, Byung-Jun; Wakagi, Takayoshi; Shoun, Hirofumi; Ashida, Hisashi; Yamamoto, Kenji; Fushinobu, Shinya

    2010-01-01

    Thiamine diphosphate (ThDP)-dependent enzymes are ubiquitously present in all organisms and catalyze essential reactions in various metabolic pathways. ThDP-dependent phosphoketolase plays key roles in the central metabolism of heterofermentative bacteria and in the pentose catabolism of various microbes. In particular, bifidobacteria, representatives of beneficial commensal bacteria, have an effective glycolytic pathway called bifid shunt in which 2.5 mol of ATP are produced per glucose. Phosphoketolase catalyzes two steps in the bifid shunt because of its dual-substrate specificity; they are phosphorolytic cleavage of fructose 6-phosphate or xylulose 5-phosphate to produce aldose phosphate, acetyl phosphate, and H2O. The phosphoketolase reaction is different from other well studied ThDP-dependent enzymes because it involves a dehydration step. Although phosphoketolase was discovered more than 50 years ago, its three-dimensional structure remains unclear. In this study we report the crystal structures of xylulose 5-phosphate/fructose 6-phosphate phosphoketolase from Bifidobacterium breve. The structures of the two intermediates before and after dehydration (α,β-dihydroxyethyl ThDP and 2-acetyl-ThDP) and complex with inorganic phosphate give an insight into the mechanism of each step of the enzymatic reaction. PMID:20739284

  10. Particles and curvatures in nematic liquid crystals

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    Serra, Francesca; Luo, Yimin; Yang, Shu; Kamien, Randall D.; Stebe, Kathleen J.

    Elastic interactions in anisotropic fluids can be harnessed to direct particle interactions. A strategy to smoothly manipulate the director field in nematic liquid crystals is to vary the topography of the bounding surfaces. A rugged landscape with peaks and valleys create local deformations of the director field which can interact with particles in solution. We study this complex interaction in two different settings. The first consists of an array of shallow pores in a poly-dimethyl-siloxane (PDMS) membrane, whose curvature can be tuned either by swelling the PDMS membrane or by mechanical stretching. The second is a set of grooves with wavy walls, fabricated by photolithography, with various parameters of curvature and shapes. In this contexts we study how the motion of colloidal particles in nematic liquid crystals can be influenced by their interaction with the peaks and valleys of the bottom substrate or of the side walls. Particles with different associated topological defects (hedgehogs or Saturn rings) behave differently as they interact with the topographical features, favoring the docking on peaks or valleys. These experimental systems are also ideal to study the ``lock and key'' mechanism of particles in holes and to investigate a possible route for particle sorting.

  11. Photonic Crystal Laser Accelerator Structures

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    Cowan, Benjamin M

    2003-05-21

    Photonic crystals have great potential for use as laser-driven accelerator structures. A photonic crystal is a dielectric structure arranged in a periodic geometry. Like a crystalline solid with its electronic band structure, the modes of a photonic crystal lie in a set of allowed photonic bands. Similarly, it is possible for a photonic crystal to exhibit one or more photonic band gaps, with frequencies in the gap unable to propagate in the crystal. Thus photonic crystals can confine an optical mode in an all-dielectric structure, eliminating the need for metals and their characteristic losses at optical frequencies. We discuss several geometries of photonic crystal accelerator structures. Photonic crystal fibers (PCFs) are optical fibers which can confine a speed-of-light optical mode in vacuum. Planar structures, both two- and three-dimensional, can also confine such a mode, and have the additional advantage that they can be manufactured using common microfabrication techniques such as those used for integrated circuits. This allows for a variety of possible materials, so that dielectrics with desirable optical and radiation-hardness properties can be chosen. We discuss examples of simulated photonic crystal structures to demonstrate the scaling laws and trade-offs involved, and touch on potential fabrication processes.

  12. Structures beyond crystals

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    Hargittai, István

    2010-07-01

    Dan Shechtman made a seminal observation of the appearance on "non-crystallographic" symmetry in an alloy at the US National Bureau of Standards on April 8, 1982. This day has become known as the date of the discovery of quasicrystals. It was not easy to gain recognition for this discovery and the first printed report about it appeared two and a half years after the observation, which then was followed by an avalanche of publications. This was as if theoreticians and other experimentalists had only been waiting for a pioneer to come out with this revolutionary experiment. The discovery of quasicrystals just as the discovery of the structure of biological macromolecules was part of the development in which the framework of classical crystallography was crumbling and generalized crystallography—the science of structures—has emerged that had long been advanced by J. Desmond Bernal and his pupils. The discovery of quasicrystals offers some lessons about the nature of scientific discovery. This contribution presents selected aspects of the recognition of the importance of structures beyond crystals and is by far not a complete history of the areas involved.

  13. Effect of particle size and particle size distribution on physical characteristics, morphology and crystal structure of explosively compacted high-T(sub c) superconductors

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    Kotsis, I.; Enisz, M.; Oravetz, D.; Szalay, A.

    1995-01-01

    A superconductor, of composition Y(Ba,K,Na)2Cu3O(x)/F(y) and a composite of composition Y(Ba,K,Na)2Cu3O(x)/F(y) + Ag, with changing K, Na and F content but a constant silver content (Ag = 10 mass%) was prepared using a single heat treatment. the resulting material was ground in a corundum lined mill, separated to particle size fractions of 0-40 micron, 0-63 micron and 63-900 micron and explosively compacted, using an explosive pressure of 10(exp 4) MPa and a subsequent heat treatment. Best results were obtained with the 63-900 micron fraction of composition Y(Ba(1.95) K(0.01)Cu3O(x)F(0),(05)/Ag: porosity less than 0.01 cu cm/g and current density 2800 A/sq cm at 77K.

  14. Transport of particles in liquid crystals.

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    Lavrentovich, Oleg D

    2014-03-01

    Colloidal particles in a liquid crystal (LC) behave very differently from their counterparts in isotropic fluids. Elastic nature of the orientational order and surface anchoring of the director cause long-range anisotropic interactions and lead to the phenomenon of levitation. The LC environment enables new mechanisms of particle transport that are reviewed in this work. Among them the motion of particles caused by gradients of the director, and effects in the electric field: backflow powered by director reorientations, dielectrophoresis in LC with varying dielectric permittivity and LC-enabled nonlinear electrophoresis with velocity that depends on the square of the applied electric field and can be directed differently from the field direction. PMID:24651158

  15. Crystal structure determination of Efavirenz

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    Popeneciu, Horea; Tripon, Carmen; Borodi, Gheorghe; Pop, Mihaela Maria; Dumitru, Ristoiu

    2015-12-01

    Needle-shaped single crystals of the title compound, C14H9ClF3NO2, were obtained from a co-crystallization experiment of Efavirenz with maleic acid in a (1:1) ratio, using methanol as solvent. Crystal structure determination at room temperature revealed a significant anisotropy of the lattice expansion compared to the previously reported low-temperature structure. In both low- and room temperature structures the cyclopropylethynyl fragment in one of the asymmetric unit molecules is disordered. While at low-temperature only one C atom exhibits positional disorder, at room temperature the disorder is present for two C atoms of the cyclopropane ring.

  16. Colloidal particles in blue phase liquid crystals.

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    Pawsey, Anne C; Clegg, Paul S

    2015-05-01

    We study the effect of disorder on the phase transitions of a system already dominated by defects. Micron-sized colloidal particles are dispersed chiral nematic liquid crystals which exhibit a blue phase (BP). The colloids are a source of disorder, disrupting the liquid crystal as the system is heated from the cholesteric to the isotropic phase through the blue phase. The colloids act as a preferential site for the growth of BPI from the cholesteric; in high chirality samples BPII also forms. In both BPI and BPII the colloids lead to localised melting to the isotropic, giving rise to faceted isotropic inclusions. This is in contrast to the behaviour of a cholesteric LC where colloids lead to system spanning defects. PMID:25698218

  17. Soap Froths and Crystal Structures

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    Ziherl, P.; Kamien, Randall D.

    2000-10-01

    We propose a physical mechanism to explain the crystal symmetries found in macromolecular and supramolecular micellar materials. We argue that the packing entropy of the hard micellar cores is frustrated by the entropic interaction of their brushlike coronas. The latter interaction is treated as a surface effect between neighboring Voronoi cells. The observed crystal structures correspond to the Kelvin and Weaire-Phelan minimal foams. We show that these structures are stable for reasonable areal entropy densities.

  18. Soap froths and crystal structures

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    Ziherl, P.; Kamien, Randall D.

    2001-03-01

    We propose a physical mechanism to explain the crystal symmetries found in macromolecular and supramolecular micellar materials. We argue that the packing entropy of the hard micellar cores is frustrated by the entropic interaction of their brush-like coronas. The latter interaction is treated as a surface effect between neighboring Voronoi cells. The observed crystal structures correspond to the Kelvin and Weaire-Phelan minimal foams. We show that these structures are stable for reasonable areal entropy densities.

  19. Three-Dimensional Photonic Crystal Laser-Driven Accelerator Structures

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    Cowan, B.; /SLAC

    2006-09-07

    We discuss simulated photonic crystal structure designs for laser-driven particle acceleration, focusing on three-dimensional planar structures based on the so-called ''woodpile'' lattice. We describe guiding of a speed-of-light accelerating mode by a defect in the photonic crystal lattice and discuss the properties of this mode, including particle beam dynamics and potential coupling methods for the structure. We also discuss possible materials and power sources for this structure and their effects on performance parameters, as well as possible manufacturing techniques and the required tolerances. In addition we describe the computational technique and possible improvements in numerical modeling that would aid development of photonic crystal structures.

  20. Micropolar crystal plasticity simulation of particle strengthening

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    Mayeur, J. R.; McDowell, D. L.

    2015-09-01

    The yield and work hardening behavior of a small-scale initial-boundary value problem involving dislocation plasticity in an idealized particle strengthened system is investigated using micropolar single crystal plasticity and is compared with results for the same problem from dislocation dynamics simulations. A micropolar single crystal is a work-conjugate higher-order continuum that treats the lattice rotations as generalized displacements, and supports couple stresses that are work-conjugate to the lattice torsion-curvature, leading to a non-symmetric Cauchy stress. The resolved skew-symmetric component of the Cauchy stress tensor results in slip system level kinematic hardening during heterogeneous deformation that depends on gradients of lattice torsion-curvature. The scale-dependent mechanical response of the micropolar single crystal is dictated both by energetic (higher-order elastic constants) and dissipative (plastic torsion-curvature) intrinsic material length scales. We show that the micropolar model captures essential details of the average stress-strain behavior predicted by discrete dislocation dynamics and of the cumulative slip and dislocation density fields predicted by statistical dislocation dynamics.

  1. Crystal structure of oryzalin

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    Kang, Gihaeng; Kim, Jineun; Jeon, Youngeun; Kim, Tae Ho

    2015-01-01

    The title compound, C12H18N4O6S (systematic name: 4-di­propyl­amino-3,5-di­nitro­benzene­sulfonamide), is a sulfonamide with herbicidal properties marketed as oryzalin. The dihedral angles between the benzene ring and the mean planes of the nitro groups are 26.15 (11) and 54.80 (9)°. The propyl arms of the di­propyl­amino substituent lie on opposite sides of this ring plane. In the crystal, N—H⋯O and C—H⋯O hydrogen bonds generate a three-dimensional network. PMID:26090208

  2. The flow structure in the near field of jets and its effect on cavitation inception, and, Implementation of ferroelectric liquid crystal and birefringent crystal for image shifting in particle image velocimetry

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    Gopalan, Shridhar

    1999-10-01

    Cavitation experiments performed in the near field of a 50-mm diameter (D) jet at ReD = 5 × 105, showed inception in the form of inclined ``cylindrical'' bubbles at axial distances (x/D) less than 0.55, with indices of 2.5. On tripping the boundary layer, cavitation inception occurred at x/D ~ 2, as distorted ``spherical'' bubbles with inception indices of 1.7. To investigate these substantial differences, the near field of the jet was measured using Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV). Data on the primary flow, the strength distribution of the ``streamwise''vortices and the velocity profiles within the initial boundary layers were obtained. The untripped case showed a direct transition to three-dimensional flow in the near field (x/D < 0.7) even before rolling up to distinct vortex rings. Strong ``streamwise'' vortices with strengths up to 25% of the jet velocity times the characteristic wavelength were seen. Cavitation inception occurred in the core of these vortices. In contrast, in the tripped jet the vortex sheet rolled up to the familiar Kelvin- Helmholtz vortex rings with weak secondary vortices. Using the measured nuclei distribution, strengths and straining of the ``streamwise'' structures, the rates of cavitation events were estimated. The estimated results match very well with the measured cavitation rates. Also, the Reynolds stresses in the near field of the jet show similar trends and magnitudes to those of Browand & Latigo (1979) and Bell & Mehta (1990) for a plane shear layer. In the second part of this essay we discuss the implementation of electro-optical image shifting to resolve directional ambiguity in PIV measurements. The technique uses a ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC) as an electro-optic half wave plate and a birefringent crystal (calcite) as the shifter. The system can be used with non-polarized light sources and fluorescent particles. The minimum shifting time is approximately 100μs. This compact electrooptical device usually is positioned in front of the camera lens, though it has also been mounted inside the lens body. This device extensively was used to acquire data in the near field of the jet, which is discussed in Chapter 2. Sample vector maps from a turbulent multidirectional flow are also included.

  3. Crystal structure of cyproconazole

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    Kang, Gihaeng; Kim, Jineun; Kwon, Eunjin; Kim, Tae Ho

    2015-01-01

    The title compound [systematic name: 2-(4-chlorophenyl)-3-cyclopropyl-1-(1H-1,2,4-triazol-1-yl)butan-2-ol], C15H18ClN3O, is a conazole fungicide. The asymmetric unit comprises two enantiomeric pairs (molecules A and B) in which the dihedral angles between the chlorophenyl and triazole rings are 46.54?(9) (molecule A) and 67.03?(8) (molecule B). In the crystal, CH?O, OH?N and CH?Cl hydrogen bonds and weak CH?? interactions [3.473?(2)?] link adjacent molecules, forming columns along the a axis. PMID:26870467

  4. Crystal structure refinement with SHELXL.

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    Sheldrick, George M

    2015-01-01

    The improvements in the crystal structure refinement program SHELXL have been closely coupled with the development and increasing importance of the CIF (Crystallographic Information Framework) format for validating and archiving crystal structures. An important simplification is that now only one file in CIF format (for convenience, referred to simply as `a CIF') containing embedded reflection data and SHELXL instructions is needed for a complete structure archive; the program SHREDCIF can be used to extract the .hkl and .ins files required for further refinement with SHELXL. Recent developments in SHELXL facilitate refinement against neutron diffraction data, the treatment of H atoms, the determination of absolute structure, the input of partial structure factors and the refinement of twinned and disordered structures. SHELXL is available free to academics for the Windows, Linux and Mac OS X operating systems, and is particularly suitable for multiple-core processors. PMID:25567568

  5. Crystal structure refinement with SHELXL

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    Sheldrick, George M.

    2015-01-01

    The improvements in the crystal structure refinement program SHELXL have been closely coupled with the development and increasing importance of the CIF (Crystallographic Information Framework) format for validating and archiving crystal structures. An important simplification is that now only one file in CIF format (for convenience, referred to simply as ‘a CIF’) containing embedded reflection data and SHELXL instructions is needed for a complete structure archive; the program SHREDCIF can be used to extract the .hkl and .ins files required for further refinement with SHELXL. Recent developments in SHELXL facilitate refinement against neutron diffraction data, the treatment of H atoms, the determination of absolute structure, the input of partial structure factors and the refinement of twinned and disordered structures. SHELXL is available free to academics for the Windows, Linux and Mac OS X operating systems, and is particularly suitable for multiple-core processors. PMID:25567568

  6. Crystal structure refinement with SHELXL

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    Sheldrick, George M.

    2015-01-01

    New features added to the refinement program SHELXL since 2008 are described and explained. The improvements in the crystal structure refinement program SHELXL have been closely coupled with the development and increasing importance of the CIF (Crystallographic Information Framework) format for validating and archiving crystal structures. An important simplification is that now only one file in CIF format (for convenience, referred to simply as ‘a CIF’) containing embedded reflection data and SHELXL instructions is needed for a complete structure archive; the program SHREDCIF can be used to extract the .hkl and .ins files required for further refinement with SHELXL. Recent developments in SHELXL facilitate refinement against neutron diffraction data, the treatment of H atoms, the determination of absolute structure, the input of partial structure factors and the refinement of twinned and disordered structures. SHELXL is available free to academics for the Windows, Linux and Mac OS X operating systems, and is particularly suitable for multiple-core processors.

  7. Crystal structure of pyrazoxyfen.

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    Kwon, Eunjin; Kim, Jineun; Kang, Gihaeng; Kim, Tae Ho

    2015-12-01

    The title compound, C20H16Cl2N2O3 (systematic name: 2-{[4-(2,4-di-chloro-benzo-yl)-1,3-di-methyl-pyrazol-5-yl}-oxy}-1-phenyl-ethan-1-one), is the benzoyl-pyrazole herbicide pyrazoxyfen. The asymmetric unit comprises two independent mol-ecules, A and B, in which the pyrazole ring makes dihedral angles of 80.29?(10) and 61.70?(10) and 87.60?(10) and 63.92?(8), respectively, with the di-chloro-phenyl and phenyl rings. In the crystal, C-H?O and C-H?N hydrogen bonds, and C-H?? and ?-? [3.646?(2)?] inter-actions link adjacent mol-ecules, forming a two-dimensional network parellel to (011). In addition, the networks are linked by weak inter-molecular C-Cl?? [3.356?(2), 3.950?(2), 3.250?(2) and 3.575?(2)?] inter-actions, resulting in a three-dimensional architecture. PMID:26870483

  8. Crystal structure of pyrazoxyfen

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    Kwon, Eunjin; Kim, Jineun; Kang, Gihaeng; Kim, Tae Ho

    2015-01-01

    The title compound, C20H16Cl2N2O3 (systematic name: 2-{[4-(2,4-di­chloro­benzo­yl)-1,3-di­methyl­pyrazol-5-yl}­oxy}-1-phenyl­ethan-1-one), is the benzoyl­pyrazole herbicide pyrazoxyfen. The asymmetric unit comprises two independent mol­ecules, A and B, in which the pyrazole ring makes dihedral angles of 80.29 (10) and 61.70 (10)° and 87.60 (10) and 63.92 (8)°, respectively, with the di­chloro­phenyl and phenyl rings. In the crystal, C—H⋯O and C—H⋯N hydrogen bonds, and C—H⋯π and π–π [3.646 (2) Å] inter­actions link adjacent mol­ecules, forming a two-dimensional network parellel to (011). In addition, the networks are linked by weak inter­molecular C—Cl⋯π [3.356 (2), 3.950 (2), 3.250 (2) and 3.575 (2) Å] inter­actions, resulting in a three-dimensional architecture. PMID:26870483

  9. The crystallization processes in the aluminum particles production technology

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    Arkhipov, Vladimir; Bondarchuk, Sergey; Goldin, Victor; Zharova, Irina

    2015-01-01

    The physical and mathematical model of the crystallization process of liquid aluminum particles in the spray-jet of the ejection-type atomizer was proposed. The results of mathematical modeling of two-phase flow in the spray-jet and the crystallization process of fluid particles are given. The influence of the particle size, of the flow rate and the stagnation temperature gas in the ranges of industrial technology implemented for the production of powders aluminum of brands ASD, on the crystallization characteristics were investigated. The approximations of the characteristics of the crystallization process depending on the size of the aluminum particles on the basis of two approaches to the mathematical description of the process of crystallization of aluminum particles were obtained. The results allow to optimize the process parameters of ejection-type atomizer to produce aluminum particles with given morphology.

  10. Reversible switching of liquid crystal micro-particles in a nematic liquid crystal.

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    Imamura, Koki; Yoshida, Hiroyuki; Ozaki, Masanori

    2016-01-21

    Liquid crystal micro-particles are functional materials possessing optical and dielectric anisotropies originating from the arrangement of rod-like molecules within the particles. Although they can be switched by an electric field, particles dispersed in isotropic hosts usually cannot return to their original state, because there is no restoration force acting on the particles. Here, we describe reversible switching of liquid crystal micro-particles by dispersing them in a nematic liquid crystal host. We fabricate square micro-particles with unidirectional molecular alignment and investigate their static and dynamic electro-optic properties by applying an in-plane electric field. The behavior of the micro-particles is well-described by the theoretical model we construct, making this study potentially useful for the development of liquid crystal-liquid crystal particle composites with engineered properties. PMID:26514389

  11. Photonic Crystal Laser-Driven Accelerator Structures

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    Cowan, Benjamin M.

    2007-08-22

    Laser-driven acceleration holds great promise for significantly improving accelerating gradient. However, scaling the conventional process of structure-based acceleration in vacuum down to optical wavelengths requires a substantially different kind of structure. We require an optical waveguide that (1) is constructed out of dielectric materials, (2) has transverse size on the order of a wavelength, and (3) supports a mode with speed-of-light phase velocity in vacuum. Photonic crystals---structures whose electromagnetic properties are spatially periodic---can meet these requirements. We discuss simulated photonic crystal accelerator structures and describe their properties. We begin with a class of two-dimensional structures which serves to illustrate the design considerations and trade-offs involved. We then present a three-dimensional structure, and describe its performance in terms of accelerating gradient and efficiency. We discuss particle beam dynamics in this structure, demonstrating a method for keeping a beam confined to the waveguide. We also discuss material and fabrication considerations. Since accelerating gradient is limited by optical damage to the structure, the damage threshold of the dielectric is a critical parameter. We experimentally measure the damage threshold of silicon for picosecond pulses in the infrared, and determine that our structure is capable of sustaining an accelerating gradient of 300 MV/m at 1550 nm. Finally, we discuss possibilities for manufacturing these structures using common microfabrication techniques.

  12. Crystal structure of guggulsterone Z

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    Gupta, V. K. Bandhoria, P.; Gupta, B. D.; Gupta, K. K.

    2006-03-15

    The crystal structure of the title compound (4,17(20)-trans-pregnadiene-3,16-dione, C{sub 21}H{sub 28}O{sub 2}) has been determined by direct methods using single-crystal X-ray diffraction data. The compound crystallizes into the orthorhombic space group P2{sub 1}2{sub 1}2{sub 1} with the unit cell parameters a = 7.908(2) A, b = 13.611(3) A, c = 16.309(4) A, and Z = 4. The structure has been refined to R = 0.058 for 3667 observed reflections. The bond distances and angles are in good agreement with guggulsterone E and other related steroid molecules. Ring A exists in the distorted sofa conformation, while rings B and C adopt the distorted chair conformation. Five-membered ring D is intermediate between the half-chair and envelope conformations. The A/B ring junction is quasi-trans, while ring systems B/C and C/D are trans fused about the C(8)-C(9) and C(13)-C(14) bonds, respectively. The steroid nucleus has a small twist, as shown by the C(19)-C(10)...C(13)-C(18) pseudo-torsion angle of 7.2{sup o}. The crystal structure is stabilized by intra-and intermolecular C-H...O hydrogen bonds.

  13. Diamond-structured photonic crystals.

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    Maldovan, Martin; Thomas, Edwin L

    2004-09-01

    Certain periodic dielectric structures can prohibit the propagation of light for all directions within a frequency range. These 'photonic crystals' allow researchers to modify the interaction between electromagnetic fields and dielectric media from radio to optical wavelengths. Their technological potential, such as the inhibition of spontaneous emission, enhancement of semiconductor lasers, and integration and miniaturization of optical components, makes the search for an easy-to-craft photonic crystal with a large bandgap a major field of study. This progress article surveys a collection of robust complete three-dimensional dielectric photonic-bandgap structures for the visible and near-infrared regimes based on the diamond morphology together with their specific fabrication techniques. The basic origin of the complete photonic bandgap for the 'champion' diamond morphology is described in terms of dielectric modulations along principal directions. Progress in three-dimensional interference lithography for fabrication of near-champion diamond-based structures is also discussed. PMID:15343291

  14. The Surface Structure of Ground Metal Crystals

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    Boas, W.; Schmid, E.

    1944-01-01

    The changes produced on metallic surfaces as a result of grinding and polishing are not as yet fully understood. Undoubtedly there is some more or less marked change in the crystal structure, at least, in the top layer. Hereby a diffusion of separated crystal particles may be involved, or, on plastic material, the formation of a layer in greatly deformed state, with possible recrystallization in certain conditions. Czochralski verified the existence of such a layer on tin micro-sections by successive observations of the texture after repeated etching; while Thomassen established, roentgenographically by means of the Debye-Scherrer method, the existence of diffused crystal fractions on the surface of ground and polished tin bars, which he had already observed after turning (on the lathe). (Thickness of this layer - 0.07 mm). Whether this layer borders direct on the undamaged base material or whether deformed intermediate layers form the transition, nothing is known. One observation ty Sachs and Shoji simply states that after the turning of an alpha-brass crystal the disturbance starting from the surface, penetrates fairly deep (approx. 1 mm) into the crystal (proof by recrystallization at 750 C).

  15. Crystal Structure of the Ba

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    Mironov, A. V.; Istomin, S. Ya.; D'yachenko, O. G.; Antipov, E. V.

    2001-02-15

    The structure of the cation-deficient Ba{sub 4}CeNb{sub 10}O{sub 30} barium cerium reduced niobate with a tetragonal tungsten bronze (TTB) type structure was refined from X-ray single crystal data (tetragonal, a=12.508(2) {angstrom}, c=3.9328(4) {angstrom}, S. G. P4/mbm, Z=1, R=0.019, R{sub w}=0.023). It was found that rare earth substitution for Ba is accompanied by formation of vacancies in A sites. Vacancies were preferably formed in the A (1) cavities in the structure.

  16. Structural Dynamics of the Vault Ribonucleoprotein Particle

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    Casañas, Arnau; Querol, Jordi; Fita, Ignasi; Verdaguer, Núria

    Vaults are ubiquitous, highly conserved, 13 MDa ribonucleoprotein particles, involved in a diversity of cellular processes, including multidrug resistance, transport mechanisms and signal transmission. There are between 104 and 106 vault particles per mammalian cell and they do not trigger autoimmunity. The vault particle shows a hollow barrel-shaped structure organized in two identical moieties, each consisting of 39 copies of the major vault protein (MVP). Other data indicated that vault halves can dissociate at acidic pH. The high resolution, crystal structure of the of the seven N-terminal domains (R1-R7) of MVP, forming the central vault barrel, together with that of the native vault particle (solved at 8 Å resolution), revealed the interactions governing vault association and suggested a pH-dependent mechanism for a reversible dissociation induced by low pH. Vault particles posses many features making them very promising vehicles for the delivery of therapeutic agents including self-assembly, 100 nm size range, emerging atomic-level structural information, natural presence in humans ensuring biocompability, recombinant production system, existing features for targeting species to the large lumen and a dynamic structure that may be controlled for manipulation of drug release kinetics. All these attributes provide vaults with enormous potential as a drug/gene delivery platform.

  17. Crystal structures and freezing of dipolar fluids.

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    Groh, B; Dietrich, S

    2001-02-01

    We investigate the crystal structure of classical systems of spherical particles with an embedded point dipole at T=0. The ferroelectric ground state energy is calculated using generalizations of the Ewald summation technique. Due to the reduced symmetry compared to the nonpolar case the crystals are never strictly cubic. For the Stockmayer (i.e., Lennard-Jones plus dipolar) interaction three phases are found upon increasing the dipole moment: hexagonal, body-centered orthorhombic, and body-centered tetragonal. An even richer phase diagram arises for dipolar soft spheres with a purely repulsive inverse power law potential approximately r(-n). A crossover between qualitatively different sequences of phases occurs near the exponent n=12. The results are applicable to electro- and magnetorheological fluids. In addition to the exact ground state analysis we study freezing of the Stockmayer fluid by density-functional theory. PMID:11308482

  18. Melting a crystal of self-propelled particles

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    Olson, Christopher; Muller, Michael; Walsh, Lee; Menon, Narayanan

    We experimentally study the kinetics of melting a two-dimensional non-cohesive crystal of hard, square-shaped millimeter-scale particles. Interactions between the square particles have four-fold rotational symmetry, but particles are designed with features such that when vibrated their predominant motion is polar along one body axis. We prepare the initial crystalline state with varying orientations of the particle polarity relative to the symmetry axes of the crystal. We then study the melting of this crystal when vertical vibrations are turned on. Orientational and translational order are initially strongly coupled, and during melting translational order is lost before orientational order. The spatial distribution of order parameters and the time scale for melting kinetics is strongly affected by compatibility between the polarity and the crystal axes in the initial condition.

  19. Crystal structure of lignin peroxidase

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    Edwards, S.L. National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD ); Raag, R. ); Wariishi, Hiroyuki; Gold, M.H. ); Poulos, T.L. Univ. of California, Irvine )

    1993-01-15

    The crystal structure of lignin peroxidase (LiP) from the basidiomycete Phanerochaete chrysosporium has been determined to 2.6 [Angstrom] resolution by using multiple isomorphous replacement methods and simulated annealing refinement. Of the 343 residues, residues 3-335 have been accounted for in the electron density map, including four disulfide bonds. The overall three-dimensional structure is very similar to the only other peroxidase in this group for which a high-resolution crystal structure is available, cytochrome c peroxidase, despite the fact that the sequence identity is only [approx]20%, LiP has four disulfide bonds, while cytochrome c peroxidase has none, and Lip is larger (343 vs. 294 residues). The basic helical fold and connectivity defined by 11 helical segments with the heme sandwiched between the distal and proximal helices found in cytochrome c peroxidase is maintained in LiP. Both enzymes have a histidine as a proximal heme ligand, which is hydrogen bonded to a buried aspartic acid side chain. The distal or peroxide binding pocket also is similar, including the distal arginine and histidine. The most striking difference is that, whereas cytochrome c peroxidase has tryptophans contacting the distal and proximal heme surfaces, LiP has phenylalanines. This in part explains why, in the reaction with peroxides, cytochrome c peroxidase forms an amino acid-centered free radical, whereas LiP forms a porphyrin [pi] cation radical. 42 refs., 4 figs., 2 tabs.

  20. Isomorph invariance of the structure and dynamics of classical crystals

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    Albrechtsen, Dan E.; Olsen, Andreas E.; Pedersen, Ulf R.; Schrøder, Thomas B.; Dyre, Jeppe C.

    2014-09-01

    This paper shows by computer simulations that some crystalline systems have curves in their thermodynamic phase diagrams, so-called isomorphs, along which structure and dynamics in reduced units are invariant to a good approximation. The crystals are studied in a classical-mechanical framework, which is generally a good description except significantly below melting. The existence of isomorphs for crystals is validated by simulations of particles interacting via the Lennard-Jones pair potential arranged into a face-centered cubic (fcc) crystalline structure; the slow vacancy-jump dynamics of a defective fcc crystal is also shown to be isomorph invariant. In contrast, a NaCl crystal model does not exhibit isomorph invariances. Other systems simulated, though in less detail, are the Wahnström binary Lennard-Jones crystal with the MgZn2 Laves crystal structure, monatomic fcc crystals of particles interacting via the Buckingham pair potential and via a purely repulsive pair potential diverging at a finite separation, an ortho-terphenyl molecular model crystal, and SPC/E hexagonal ice. Except for NaCl and ice, the crystals simulated all have isomorphs. Based on previous simulations of liquid models, we conjecture that crystalline solids with isomorphs include most or all formed by atoms or molecules interacting via metallic or van der Waals forces, whereas covalently bonded or hydrogen-bonded crystals are not expected to have isomorphs; crystals of ions or dipolar molecules constitute a limiting case for which isomorphs are only expected when the Coulomb interactions are relatively weak. We briefly discuss the consequences of the findings for theories of melting and crystallization.

  1. Computer modeling of particle pushing and clustering during matrix crystallization

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    Shelton, R.K.; Dunand, D.C.

    1996-11-01

    Two-dimensional cellular automation computer simulations were carried out to model the geometric interaction between mobile, equiaxed particles and growing matrix grains, thus simulating crystallization (respectively, recrystallization, phase transformation or solidification) of a matrix material containing a mobile second phase (e.g., solid particles, liquid droplets or gas bubbles). The model allows the study of particle pushing by growing grains, which leads to particle accumulation and clustering at grain boundaries and triple points, and concomitant particle depletion within grains. Parameters explored are particle area fraction, particle settling speed, particle cluster mobility and grain nucleation rate under continuous nucleation conditions. These parameters are found to strongly affect the particle spatial distribution and clustering during and after crystallization. Conversely, the particles have no measurable effect on the grain shape or size. Finally, site-saturated nucleation at the boundaries of the simulation field is investigated, simulating e.g., solidification from crucible walls or recrystallization from sample edges. Pronounced clustering of particles takes place at grain boundaries and is further accentuated by particle settling.

  2. Old and New Particle Structure

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    Wolff, Milo

    2002-05-01

    This discussion will compare the old concept of the structure of matter with Nature. How did the ancient model affect scientific thinking leading science down blind pathways producing paradoxes? What instead is the simple logic and surprising consequences of Nature's choice, the Wave Structure of Matter? The old concept due to the Greek Democritus was a discrete particle like a grain of sand. It has survived almost unchanged. Even today, we prefer to regard mathematical entities, the 'photon' and quarks, as tiny grains. Only recently has the wave structure of particles been determined. Human emotions prefer explanations that agree with personal experience. We know that atomic sizes are much smaller than our senses can reveal, but most people, including scientists, prefer to imagine the electron like a baseball or a bullet. It is not. The quantum Wave Structure of Matter reveals the origin of the Natural laws, and opens a door to research in chemistry, biology, energy, and micro-electronics. Why had this not been found before? Because the Democritus particle agreed with emotions. Few people looked elsewhere. Modern structure is at www.QuantumMatter.com

  3. Photonic crystal devices formed by a charged-particle beam

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    Lin, Shawn-Yu; Koops, Hans W. P.

    2000-01-01

    A photonic crystal device and method. The photonic crystal device comprises a substrate with at least one photonic crystal formed thereon by a charged-particle beam deposition method. Each photonic crystal comprises a plurality of spaced elements having a composition different from the substrate, and may further include one or more impurity elements substituted for spaced elements. Embodiments of the present invention may be provided as electromagnetic wave filters, polarizers, resonators, sources, mirrors, beam directors and antennas for use at wavelengths in the range from about 0.2 to 200 microns or longer. Additionally, photonic crystal devices may be provided with one or more electromagnetic waveguides adjacent to a photonic crystal for forming integrated electromagnetic circuits for use at optical, infrared, or millimeter-wave frequencies.

  4. Crystallization Pathways of Sulfate-Nitrate-Ammonium Aerosol Particles

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    Schlenker, J. C.; Martin, S. T.

    2005-12-01

    Atmospheric aerosol particles scatter incoming solar radiation directly back to space and serve as cloud condensation nuclei. Sulfate particles are the largest anthropogenic contribution to the global accumulation mode aerosol mass budget and significantly impact Earth's radiation budget in a cooling effect. The physicochemical behavior of the sulfate particles is strongly influenced by the presence of nitrate and ammonium. In particular, the aqueous versus crystalline phase of particles depends strongly on chemical composition. Phase, in turn, significantly impacts radiative forcing and atmospheric chemistry. For instance, given initial dry particle size distributions of 50 to 200 nm in diameter, which are typical in the troposphere, aqueous particles scatter solar radiation more efficiently than do crystalline particles. Knowledge of particle physical state is thus required to accurately determine the effect of sulfate, nitrate, ammonium, and proton particles on radiative forcing and atmospheric chemistry Crystallization experiments are conducted for aerosol particles composed of variable mixtures of (NH4)2SO4(aq) and NH4NO3(aq), (NH4)2SO4(aq) and NH4HSO4(aq), and NH4NO3(aq) and NH4HSO4(aq). Crystals of (NH4)2SO4(s), (NH4)3H(SO4)2(s), NH4HSO4(s), NH4NO3(s), 2NH4NO3.(NH4)2SO4(s), and 3NH4NO3.(NH4)2SO4(s) are formed. Characteristic infrared aerosol spectra are provided for each of these solids based upon a linear analysis of the recorded spectra. However, small nonzero residuals result because aerosol spectra depend on particle morphology, which changes slightly across the range of compositions studied. For most compositions containing NO3- and SO42-, 2NH4NO3(NH4)2SO4(s) forms more readily than 3NH4NO3.(NH4)2SO4(s). Although stoichiometric compositions of NH4NO3(aq) and NH4HSO4(aq) particles do not crystallize even to 1% relative humidity, addition of 5% SO42- or NO3- ions promotes crystallization. 2NH4NO3(NH4)2SO4(s) and (NH4)3H(SO4)2(s) appear to serve as good heterogeneous nuclei for NH4NO3(s) and NH4HSO4(s), respectively. Several of the mixed compositions crystallize with residual enclosed aqueous water pockets of up to 5% particle mass. The results provide further insights into the nonlinear crystallization pathways of sulfate-nitrate-ammonium aerosol particles.

  5. Optimization of photonic crystal structures.

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    Smajic, Jasmin; Hafner, Christian; Erni, Daniel

    2004-11-01

    We report on the numerical structural optimization of two-dimensional photonic crystal (PhC) power dividers by using two different classes of optimization algorithms, namely, a modified truncated Newton (TN) gradient search as deterministic local optimization scheme and an evolutionary optimization representing the probabilistic global search strategies. Because of the severe accuracy requirements during optimization, the proper PhC device has been simulated by using the multiple-multipole program that is contained in the MaX-1 software package. With both optimizer classes, we found reliable and promising solutions that provide vanishing power reflection and perfect power balance at any specified frequency within the photonic bandgap. This outcome is astonishing in light of the discrete nature inherent in the underlying PhC structure, especially when the optimizer is allowed to intervene only within a very small volume of the device. Even under such limiting constraints structural optimization is not only feasible but has proven to be highly successful. PMID:15535381

  6. Uranocircite: luminescence and crystal structure

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    Matkovskiy, A.O.; Sidorenko, G.A.; Tarashchan, A.N.

    1981-01-01

    A study on the determination of the complex structure of the electron-vibration spectra and the elucidation of their relation to crystallochemical factors in uranocircite is presented. The work was performed on samples from zones of a single crystal of the same natural meta-uranocircite, differing in color, and also on other specimens from various Soviet and foreign deposits. Of the 15 meta-uranocircite specimens investigated, in 14 cases the luminescence spectra were homoypic and were a series of equidistant groups of lines of the fine structure; the spectral position of which was practically constant for all the specimens. The degree of hydration was found to have practically no influence on the luminescence of the meta-uranocircite. The investigation supports the supposition that there are marked differences in the structures of minerals of the uran-mica group, although in the authors' opinion, the mechanism itself of multi-center radiation is universal and manifested for all secondary uranium minerals. (JMT)

  7. Process to make structured particles

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    Knapp, Angela Michelle; Richard, Monique N; Luhrs, Claudia; Blada, Timothy; Phillips, Jonathan

    2014-02-04

    Disclosed is a process for making a composite material that contains structured particles. The process includes providing a first precursor in the form of a dry precursor powder, a precursor liquid, a precursor vapor of a liquid and/or a precursor gas. The process also includes providing a plasma that has a high field zone and passing the first precursor through the high field zone of the plasma. As the first precursor passes through the high field zone of the plasma, at least part of the first precursor is decomposed. An aerosol having a second precursor is provided downstream of the high field zone of the plasma and the decomposed first material is allowed to condense onto the second precursor to from structured particles.

  8. Dexterous acoustic trapping and patterning of particles assisted by phononic crystal plate

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    Wang, Tian; Ke, Manzhu Xu, Shengjun; Feng, Junheng; Qiu, Chunyin; Liu, Zhengyou

    2015-04-20

    In this letter, we present experimental demonstration of multi-particles trapping and patterning by the artificially engineered acoustic field of phononic crystal plate. Polystyrene particles are precisely trapped and patterned in two dimensional arrays, for example, the square, triangular, or quasi-periodic arrays, depending on the structures of the phononic crystal plates with varying sub-wavelength holes array. Analysis shows that the enhanced acoustic radiation force, induced by the resonant transmission field highly localized near the sub-wavelength apertures, accounts for the particles self-organizing. It can be envisaged that this kind of simple design of phononic crystal plates would pave an alternative route for self-assembly of particles and may be utilized in the lab-on-a-chip devices.

  9. Elastic octopoles and colloidal structures in nematic liquid crystals.

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    Chernyshuk, S B; Tovkach, O M; Lev, B I

    2014-03-01

    We propose a simple theoretical model which explains the formation of dipolar two- (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) colloidal structures in nematic liquid crystals. The colloidal particles are treated as effective hard spheres interacting via their elastic dipole, quadrupole, and octopole moments. It is shown that the octopole moment plays an important role in the formation of 2D and 3D nematic colloidal crystals. We generalize this assumption to the case of an external electric field and theoretically explain a giant electrostriction effect in 3D crystals observed recently. PMID:24730862

  10. Crystal structure analysis of intermetallic compounds

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    Conner, R. A., Jr.; Downey, J. W.; Dwight, A. E.

    1968-01-01

    Study concerns crystal structures and lattice parameters for a number of new intermetallic compounds. Crystal structure data have been collected on equiatomic compounds, formed between an element of the Sc, Ti, V, or Cr group and an element of the Co or Ni group. The data, obtained by conventional methods, are presented in an easily usable tabular form.

  11. [Theory and practice of electrospray crystallization in particle size reduction].

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    Szunyogh, Tímea; Ambrus, Rita; Szabóné Révész, Piroska

    2015-01-01

    Nowdays, one of the most challenges for the researchers is the formulation of poorly water soluble drugs. Reduction of particle size of active agents to submicron range could result in a faster dissolution rate and higher bioavailability. Integration as crystallization process is an often used particle size decreasing technique. The aim of this study was to show the theoretical background and practical application of the electros pray crystallization as an innovative particle size decreasing technique. Our model drug was the niflumic acid (NIF), which belongs to the BCS Class II. After the optimization of the process parameters, the physico-chemical properties of the samples were characterized. Particle size and shape were visualized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Crystalline state of NIF and the samples were investigated using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and X-ray powder diffraction. Physico-chemical properties were determined using dissolution test from simulated media. The electrospray crytallization resulted in particle size reduction but the aggregation of nanonized NIF crystals (NIF-nano) could not avoid without excipient. Aggregates with poor secondary forces are suitable for production of the interactive physical mixture. It was found that NIF-nano could be well distributed on the surface of the mannitol as carrier and the Poloxamer R protected the NIF-nano crystals (320 nm)from aggregation. Consequently, the physical mixture resulted in product with higher polarity, better wettability and faster dissolution rate of NIF as raw NIF or NIF-nano. PMID:26390735

  12. The structure of small, vapor-deposited particles. II - Experimental study of particles with hexagonal profile

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    Yacaman, M. J.; Heinemann, K.; Yang, C. Y.; Poppa, H.

    1979-01-01

    'Multiply-twinned' gold particles with hexagonal bright field TEM profile were determined to be icosahedra composed of 20 identical and twin-related tetrahedral building units that do not have an fcc structure. The crystal structure of these slightly deformed tetrahedra is rhombohedral. Experimental evidence supporting this particle model was obtained by selected-zone dark field and weak beam dark field electron microscopy. In conjunction with the results of part I, it has been concluded that multiply-twinned gold particles of pentagonal or hexagonal profile that are found during the early stages of the vapor deposition growth process on alkali halide surfaces do not have an fcc crystal structure, which is in obvious contrast to the structure of bulk gold.

  13. Structure of self - assembled two-dimensional spherical crystals

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    Bausch, Andreas R.

    2004-03-01

    Dense spherical particles on a flat surface usually pack into a simple triangular lattice, similar to billiard balls at the start of a game. The minimum energy configuration for interacting particles on the curved surface of a sphere, however, presents special difficulties, as recognized already by J.J. Thomson. We describe experimental investigations of the structure of two-dimensional spherical crystals. The crystals, formed by beads self-assembled on water droplets in oil, serve as model systems for exploring very general theories about the minimum energy configurations of particles with arbitrary repulsive interactions on curved surfaces. Above a critical system size we find that crystals develop distinctive high-angle grain boundaries or "scars" not found in planar crystals. The number of excess defects in a scar is shown to grow linearly with the dimensionless system size. First experiments where the melting of the crystal structure was observable will be discussed. Dynamic triangulation methods allow the analysis of the dynamics of the defects. Possible modifications towards mechanically stabilized self assembly structures result in so called Colloidosomes, which are promising for many different encapsulation purposes.

  14. Crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis of apolipoprotein E-containing lipoprotein particles

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    Newhouse, Yvonne; Peters-Libeu, Clare; Weisgraber, Karl H.

    2005-11-01

    Further understanding of the structure and function of plasma apolipoproteins requires the determination of their high-resolution structures when complexed with lipids. In these studies, the production of homogeneous, biologically active lipoprotein particles of apolipoprotein E complexed with dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine and their crystallization and X-ray diffraction are demonstrated. High-resolution structural information is available for several soluble plasma apolipoproteins (apos) in a lipid-free state. However, this information provides limited insight into structurefunction relationships, as this class of proteins primarily performs its functions of lipid transport and modulation of lipid metabolism in a lipid-bound state on lipoprotein particles. Here, the possibility of generating homogeneous lipoprotein particles that could be crystallized was explored, opening the possibility of obtaining high-resolution structural information by X-ray crystallography. To test this possibility, apoE4 complexed with the phospholipid dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine was chosen. Uniform particles containing 50% lipid and 50% apoE4 were obtained and crystallized using the hanging-drop method. Two crystal forms diffract to beyond 8 resolution.

  15. Crystal structure of benzimidazolium salicylate.

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    Amudha, M; Kumar, P Praveen; Chakkaravarthi, G

    2015-10-01

    In the anion of the title mol-ecular salt, C7H7N2 (+)·C7H5O3 (-) (systematic name: 1H-benzimidazol-3-ium 2-hy-droxy-ben-zo-ate), there is an intra-molecular O-H⋯O hydrogen bond that generates an S(6) ring motif. The CO2 group makes a dihedral angle of 5.33 (15)° with its attached ring. In the crystal, the dihedral angle between the benzimidazolium ring and the anion benzene ring is 75.88 (5)°. Two cations bridge two anions via two pairs of N-H⋯O hydrogen bonds, enclosing an R (4) 4(16) ring motif, forming a four-membered centrosymmetric arrangement. These units are linked via C-H⋯O hydrogen bonds, forming chains propagating along the b-axis direction. The chains are linked by C-H⋯π and π-π inter-actions [inter-centroid distances = 3.4156 (7) and 3.8196 (8) Å], forming a three-dimensional structure. PMID:26594483

  16. Crystal structure of benzimidazolium salicylate

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    Amudha, M.; Kumar, P. Praveen; Chakkaravarthi, G.

    2015-01-01

    In the anion of the title mol­ecular salt, C7H7N2 +·C7H5O3 − (systematic name: 1H-benzimidazol-3-ium 2-hy­droxy­ben­zo­ate), there is an intra­molecular O—H⋯O hydrogen bond that generates an S(6) ring motif. The CO2 group makes a dihedral angle of 5.33 (15)° with its attached ring. In the crystal, the dihedral angle between the benzimidazolium ring and the anion benzene ring is 75.88 (5)°. Two cations bridge two anions via two pairs of N—H⋯O hydrogen bonds, enclosing an R 4 4(16) ring motif, forming a four-membered centrosymmetric arrangement. These units are linked via C—H⋯O hydrogen bonds, forming chains propagating along the b-axis direction. The chains are linked by C—H⋯π and π–π inter­actions [inter-centroid distances = 3.4156 (7) and 3.8196 (8) Å], forming a three-dimensional structure. PMID:26594483

  17. Crystal growth, spectral, structural and optical studies of ?-conjugated stilbazolium crystal: 4-bromobenzaldehyde-4'-N'-methylstilbazolium tosylate.

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    Krishna Kumar, M; Sudhahar, S; Bhagavannarayana, G; Mohan Kumar, R

    2014-05-01

    Nonlinear optical (NLO) organic compound, 4-bromobenzaldehyde-4'-N'-methylstilbazolium tosylate was synthesized by reflux method. The formation of molecular complex was confirmed from (1)H NMR, FT-IR and FT-Raman spectral analyses. The single crystals were grown by slow evaporation solution growth method and the crystal structure and atomic packing of grown crystal was identified. The morphology and growth axis of grown crystal were determined. The crystal perfection was analyzed using high resolution X-ray diffraction study on (001) plane. Thermal stability, decomposition stages and melting point of the grown crystal were analyzed. The optical absorption coefficient (?) and energy band gap (E(g)) of the crystal were determined using UV-visible absorption studies. Second harmonic generation efficiency of the grown crystal was examined by Kurtz powder method with different particle size using 1064 nm laser. Laser induced damage threshold study was carried out for the grown crystal using Nd:YAG laser. PMID:24531108

  18. Crystal growth, spectral, structural and optical studies of ?-conjugated stilbazolium crystal: 4-Bromobenzaldehyde-4?-N?-methylstilbazolium tosylate

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    Krishna Kumar, M.; Sudhahar, S.; Bhagavannarayana, G.; Mohan Kumar, R.

    Nonlinear optical (NLO) organic compound, 4-bromobenzaldehyde-4?-N?-methylstilbazolium tosylate was synthesized by reflux method. The formation of molecular complex was confirmed from 1H NMR, FT-IR and FT-Raman spectral analyses. The single crystals were grown by slow evaporation solution growth method and the crystal structure and atomic packing of grown crystal was identified. The morphology and growth axis of grown crystal were determined. The crystal perfection was analyzed using high resolution X-ray diffraction study on (0 0 1) plane. Thermal stability, decomposition stages and melting point of the grown crystal were analyzed. The optical absorption coefficient (?) and energy band gap (Eg) of the crystal were determined using UV-visible absorption studies. Second harmonic generation efficiency of the grown crystal was examined by Kurtz powder method with different particle size using 1064 nm laser. Laser induced damage threshold study was carried out for the grown crystal using Nd:YAG laser.

  19. Ordered and disordered colloidal particle monolayers at liquid crystal interfaces

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    Wei, Wei-Shao; Lohr, Matthew; Gharbi, Mohamed Amine; Stebe, Kathleen; Yodh, A. G.

    2014-03-01

    In this work, we investigate ordered colloidal particle monolayers at the air/liquid-crystal (LC) interface. Specifically, silica microparticles are treated with DMOAP to create homeotropic anchoring of LC mesogens at their surfaces. These particles are then spread on an air-exposed interface of the LC 5CB. Macroscopic ordered patterns of these microparticles form due to long-range interactions between particles that are mediated by elastic deformations of the underlying LC. Different confinement conditions lead to various self-assembled patterns ranging from hexagonal lattices to chain-like dipole formations. Using dark-field video microscopy, we track and analyze the dynamics of the colloidal particles in the hexagonal crystal packing, deriving mean squared displacements, phonon modes and density of states, etc., under several conditions. Further, heating of the nematic LC into its isotropic phase enables us to observe melting dynamics of this unusual quasi-2D crystal. The investigations provide insight into crystalline packings controlled by liquid-crystal mediated colloidal interactions. This work is funded by NSF Grant DMR12-05463, PENN MRSEC Grant DMR11-20901, and NASA Grant NNX08AO0G.

  20. Metal oxide superconducting powder comprised of flake-like single crystal particles

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    Capone, Donald W.; Dusek, Joseph

    1994-01-01

    Powder of a ceramic superconducting material is synthesized such that each particle of the powder is a single crystal having a flake-like, nonsymmetric morphology such that the c-axis is aligned parallel to the short dimension of the flake. Nonflake powder is synthesized by the normal methods and is pressed into pellets or other shapes and fired for excessive times to produce a coarse grained structure. The fired products are then crushed and ground producing the flake-like powder particles which exhibit superconducting characteristics when aligned with the crystal lattice.

  1. Metal oxide superconducting powder comprised of flake-like single crystal particles

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    Capone, D.W.; Dusek, J.

    1994-10-18

    Powder of a ceramic superconducting material is synthesized such that each particle of the powder is a single crystal having a flake-like, nonsymmetric morphology such that the c-axis is aligned parallel to the short dimension of the flake. Nonflake powder is synthesized by the normal methods and is pressed into pellets or other shapes and fired for excessive times to produce a coarse grained structure. The fired products are then crushed and ground producing the flake-like powder particles which exhibit superconducting characteristics when aligned with the crystal lattice. 3 figs.

  2. Strategies for crystallizing a chromatin protein in complex with the nucleosome core particle

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    Makde, Ravindra D.; Tan, Song

    2013-01-01

    The molecular details for how chromatin factors and enzymes interact with the nucleosome are critical to understand fundamental genetic processes including cell division and gene regulation. A structural understanding of such processes has been hindered by the difficulty producing diffraction quality crystals of chromatin proteins in complex with the nucleosome. We describe here the steps used to grow crystals of the 300 kDa RCC1 chromatin factor/nucleosome core particle complex which diffract to 2.9 Å resolution. These steps included both pre- and post-crystallization strategies potentially useful to other complexes. We screened multiple variant RCC1-nucleosome core particle complexes assembled using different RCC1 homologs and deletion variants, and nucleosomes containing nucleosomal DNA with different sequences and lengths as well as histone deletion variants. We found that using RCC1 from different species produced different crystal forms of the RCC1-nucleosome complex consistent with key crystal packing interactions mediated by RCC1. Optimization of post-crystallization soaks to dehydrate the crystals dramatically improved the diffraction quality of the RCC1/nucleosome crystal from 5.0 to 2.9 Å resolution. PMID:23928047

  3. Brownian Dynamics of Colloidal Particles in Lyotropic Chromonic Liquid Crystals

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    Martinez, Angel; Collings, Peter J.; Yodh, Arjun G.

    We employ video microscopy to study the Brownian dynamics of colloidal particles in the nematic phase of lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals (LCLCs). These LCLCs (in this case, DSCG) are water soluble, and their nematic phases are characterized by an unusually large elastic anisotropy. Our preliminary measurements of particle mean-square displacement for polystyrene colloidal particles (~5 micron-diameter) show diffusive and sub-diffusive behaviors moving parallel and perpendicular to the nematic director, respectively. In order to understand these motions, we are developing models that incorporate the relaxation of elastic distortions of the surrounding nematic field. Further experiments to confirm these preliminary results and to determine the origin of these deviations compared to simple diffusion theory are ongoing; our results will also be compared to previous diffusion experiments in nematic liquid crystals. We gratefully acknowledge financial support through NSF DMR12-05463, MRSEC DMR11-20901, and NASA NNX08AO0G.

  4. Budded baculovirus particle structure revisited.

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    Wang, Qiushi; Bosch, Berend-Jan; Vlak, Just M; van Oers, Monique M; Rottier, Peter J; van Lent, Jan W M

    2016-02-01

    Baculoviruses are a group of enveloped, double-stranded DNA insect viruses with budded (BV) and occlusion-derived (ODV) virions produced during their infection cycle. BVs are commonly described as rod shaped particles with a high apical density of protein extensions (spikes) on the lipid envelope surface. However, due to the fragility of BVs the conventional purification and electron microscopy (EM) staining methods considerably distort the native viral structure. Here, we use cryo-EM analysis to reveal the near-native morphology of two intensively studied baculoviruses, Autographa californica multicapsid nucleopolyhedrovirus (AcMNPV) and Spodoptera exigua MNPV (SeMNPV), as models for BVs carrying GP64 and F as envelope fusion protein on the surface. The now well-preserved AcMNPV and SeMNPV BV particles have a remarkable elongated, ovoid shape leaving a large, lateral space between nucleocapsid (NC) and envelope. Consistent with previous findings the NC has a distinctive cap and base structure interacting tightly with the envelope. This tight interaction may explain the partial retaining of the envelope on both ends of the NC and the disappearance of the remainder of the BV envelope in the negative-staining EM images. Cryo-EM also reveals that the viral envelope contains two layers with a total thickness of ?6-7nm, which is significantly thicker than a usual biological membrane (<4nm) as measured by X-ray scanning. Most spikes are densely clustered at the two apical ends of the virion although some envelope proteins are also found more sparsely on the lateral regions. The spikes on the surface of AcMNPV BVs appear distinctly different from those of SeMNPV. Based on our observations we propose a new near-native structural model of baculovirus BVs. PMID:26743500

  5. Chaotic phenomena of charged particles in crystal lattices.

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    Desalvo, Agostino; Giannerini, Simone; Rosa, Rodolfo

    2006-06-01

    In this article, we have applied the methods of chaos theory to channeling phenomena of positive charged particles in crystal lattices. In particular, we studied the transition between two ordered types of motion; i.e., motion parallel to a crystal axis (axial channeling) and to a crystal plane (planar channeling), respectively. The transition between these two regimes turns out to occur through an angular range in which the particle motion is highly disordered and the region of phase space spanned by the particle is much larger than the one swept in the two ordered motions. We have evaluated the maximum Lyapunov exponent with the method put forward by Rosenstein et al. [Physica D 65, 117 (1993)] and by Kantz [Phys. Lett. A 185, 77 (1994)]. Moreover, we estimated the correlation dimension by using the Grassberger-Procaccia method. We found that at the transition the system exhibits a very complex behavior showing an exponential divergence of the trajectories corresponding to a positive Lyapunov exponent and a noninteger value of the correlation dimension. These results turn out to be linked to a physical interpretation. The Lyapunov exponents are in agreement with the model by Akhiezer et al. [Phys. Rep. 203, 289 (1991)], based on the equivalence between the ion motion along the crystal plane described as a "string of strings" and the "kicked" rotator. The nonintegral value of the correlation dimension can be explained by the nonconservation of transverse energy at the transition. PMID:16822017

  6. Compact Couplers for Photonic Crystal Laser-Driven Accelerator Structures

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    Cowan, Benjamin; Lin, M.C.; Schwartz, Brian; Byer, Robert; McGuinness, Christopher; Colby, Eric; England, Robert; Noble, Robert; Spencer, James; /SLAC

    2012-07-02

    Photonic crystal waveguides are promising candidates for laser-driven accelerator structures because of their ability to confine a speed-of-light mode in an all-dielectric structure. Because of the difference between the group velocity of the waveguide mode and the particle bunch velocity, fields must be coupled into the accelerating waveguide at frequent intervals. Therefore efficient, compact couplers are critical to overall accelerator efficiency. We present designs and simulations of high-efficiency coupling to the accelerating mode in a three-dimensional photonic crystal waveguide from a waveguide adjoining it at 90{sup o}. We discuss details of the computation and the resulting transmission. We include some background on the accelerator structure and photonic crystal-based optical acceleration in general.

  7. Polymer Lamellar Crystals Containing Precise Half-Folds Confined by Nano-Particles of Giant Molecular Shape Amphiphiles

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    Dong, Xuehui

    2013-03-01

    Chain-folded polymer lamellar crystals with precise half-folds were first time experimentally observed in two specifically designed giant molecular shape amphiphiles. These molecules were synthesized via Click Chemistry to construct a nano-particle such as polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) or [60]fullerene (C60) tethered a poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) chain as a tail. When these PEO tails crystallized, both integral folded crystals and crystals with the half-folds were identified experimentally. This is due to the fact that during the PEO tail crystallization, the nano-particles at ends of PEO chains build up double layered structures to impose the PEO chains to create specific number of stems in their crystals which must balance the cross-sections of the nano-particles and the stems.

  8. Fabrication and characterization of non-Brownian particle-based crystals.

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    Lash, Melissa H; Fedorchak, Morgan V; Little, Steven R; McCarthy, Joseph J

    2015-01-27

    Particle-based crystals have been explored in the literature for applications in molecular electronics, photonics, sensors, and drug delivery. However, much of the research on these crystals has been focused on particles of nano- and submicrometer dimensions (so-called colloidal crystals) with limited attention directed toward building blocks with dimensions ranging from tens to hundreds of micrometers. This can be attributed, in part, to the fact that the underlying thermal effects in these larger systems typically cannot naturally overcome kinetic barriers at the meso- and macroscales so that many of the methods used for nanoscale particle assembly cannot be directly applied to larger components, as they become kinetically arrested in nonequilibrium states. In this work, ultrasonic agitation is being explored as a means of allowing large, non-Brownian microparticles (18-750 μm) to overcome the kinetic barriers to packing in the creation of close-packed, highly ordered, crystalline structures. In addition, we study how the energy input affects bulk particle behavior and describe several new ways to characterize particle-based crystals made from microparticles. PMID:24983125

  9. Structures of cyano-biphenyl liquid crystals

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    Chu, Yuan-Chao; Tsang, Tung; Rahimzadeh, E.; Yin, L.

    1989-01-01

    The structures of p-alkyl- p'-cyano- bicyclohexanes, C(n)H(2n+1) (C6H10)(C6H10) CN (n-CCH), and p-alkyl- p'-cyano- biphenyls, C(n)H(2n+1) (C6H4)(C6H4) CN (n-CBP), were studied. It is convenient to use an x ray image intensification device to search for symmetric x ray diffraction patterns. Despite the similarities in molecular structures of these compounds, very different crystal structures were found. For the smectic phase of 2CCH, the structure is close to rhombohedral with threefold symmetry. In contrast, the structure is close to hexagonal close-packed with two molecules per unit cell for 4CCH. Since intermolecular forces may be quite weak for these liquid crystals systems, it appears that crystal structures change considerably when the alkyl chain length is slightly altered. Different structures were also found in the crystalline phase of n-CBP for n = 6 to 9. For n = 7 to 9, the structures are close to monclinic. The structures are reminiscent of the smectic-A liquid crystal structures with the linear molecules slightly tilted away from the c-axis. In contrast, the structure is quite different for n = 6 with the molecules nearly perpendicular to the c-axis.

  10. Resistive cooling circuits for charged particle traps using crystal resonators.

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    Kaltenbacher, T; Caspers, F; Doser, M; Kellerbauer, A; Pribyl, W

    2011-11-01

    The paper addresses a novel method to couple a signal from charged particles in a Penning trap to a high Q resonant circuit using a crystal resonator. Traditionally, the trap capacity is converted into a resonator by means of an inductance. The tuned circuit's Q factor is directly linked to the input impedance "seen" by the trapped particles at resonance frequency. This parallel resonance impedance is a measure of the efficiency of resistive cooling and thus it should be optimized. We propose here a commercially available crystal resonator since it exhibits a very high Q value and a parallel resonance impedance of several MΩ. The possibility to tune the parallel resonance frequency of the quartz results in filter behavior that allows covering a range of some tens of its 3dB bandwidth by means of tuning. PMID:22128997

  11. Formation of the structure of gold nanoclusters during crystallization

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    Gafner, Yu. Ya. Goloven'ko, Zh. V.; Gafner, S. L.

    2013-02-15

    The structure formation in gold nanoparticles 1.6-5.0 nm in diameter is studied by molecular dynamics simulation using a tight-binding potential. The simulation shows that the initial fcc phase in small Au clusters transforms into other structural modifications as temperature changes. As the cluster size increases, the transition temperature shifts toward the melting temperature of the cluster. The effect of various crystallization conditions on the formation of the internal structure of gold nanoclusters is studied in terms of microcanonical and canonical ensembles. The stability boundaries of various crystalline isomers are analyzed. The obtained dependences are compared with the corresponding data obtained for copper and nickel nanoparticles. The structure formation during crystallization is found to be characterized by a clear effect of the particle size on the stability of a certain isomer modification. Nickel and copper clusters are shown to exhibit common features in the formation of their structural properties, whereas gold clusters demonstrate much more complex behavior.

  12. Phononic crystals of spherical particles: A tight binding approach

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    Mattarelli, M.; Secchi, M.; Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Trento, Via Sommarive 14, 38123 Trento ; Montagna, M.

    2013-11-07

    The vibrational dynamics of a fcc phononic crystal of spheres is studied and compared with that of a single free sphere, modelled either by a continuous homogeneous medium or by a finite cluster of atoms. For weak interaction among the spheres, the vibrational dynamics of the phononic crystal is described by shallow bands, with low degree of dispersion, corresponding to the acoustic spheroidal and torsional modes of the single sphere. The phonon displacements are therefore related to the vibrations of a sphere, as the electron wave functions in a crystal are related to the atomic wave functions in a tight binding model. Important dispersion is found for the two lowest phonon bands, which correspond to zero frequency free translation and rotation of a free sphere. Brillouin scattering spectra are calculated at some values of the exchanged wavevectors of the light, and compared with those of a single sphere. With weak interaction between particles, given the high acoustic impedance mismatch in dry systems, the density of phonon states consist of sharp bands separated by large gaps, which can be well accounted for by a single particle model. Based on the width of the frequency gaps, tunable with the particle size, and on the small number of dispersive acoustic phonons, such systems may provide excellent materials for application as sound or heat filters.

  13. Pholcodine monohydrate: Crystal structure and polymorphism

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    Petruševski, Gjorgji; Zbačnik, Marija; Kajdžanoska, Marina; Ugarkovic, Sonja; Trimčeski, Vase; Kaitner, Branko; Jovanovski, Gligor; Makreski, Petre

    2013-07-01

    The first crystal structure elucidation of pholcodine monohydrate, an important antitussive active pharmaceutical ingredient is reported herein. The studied compound crystallizes in the orthorhombic system in the space group P212121. Each H2O molecule is shared by two pholcodine molecules via three strong hydrogen bonds. The detailed crystallization screening from several different organic solvents afforded single crystals with various quality, all exhibiting prism-to-needlelike micro morphology. The investigation of the obtained single crystals by means of several physico-chemical, solid-state instrumental techniques (FT-IR, DSC, TG/DTG and XRPD) proved that pholcodine monohydrate exists in a single crystalline modification, identical to the commercial form of the compound.

  14. Crystallization and Structure Analysis of Membrane Proteins

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    Newman, Richard

    In recent years, there has been great progress in the determination of high-resolution three-dimensional (3D) structures of membrane proteins. The first major breakthrough came with the crystallization (1) and X-ray crystallography (2,3) of the bacterial photosynthetic reaction center (see refs. 4 and 5 for reviews). The structure of another, entirely different membrane protein, the bacterial outer membrane porin from Rhodobacter capsulatus, has now been determined by X-ray crystallography (6). Recent results by electron crystallography of two-dimensional (2D) crystals have been most encouraging. The high-resolution 3D structure of bacteriorhodopsin (7) plant light-harvesting complex (8) and projection maps of several other membrane proteins at similar resolutions (9-11) have been obtained by this technique. Electron crystallography seems particularly appropriate for membrane proteins that are prone to form 2D crystals, and it is hoped that many more structures will be determined in this way.

  15. Structural complexity and configurational entropy of crystals.

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    Krivovichev, Sergey V

    2016-04-01

    Using a statistical approach, it is demonstrated that the complexity of a crystal structure measured as the Shannon information per atom [Krivovichev (2012). Acta Cryst. A68, 393-398] represents a negative contribution to the configurational entropy of a crystalline solid. This conclusion is in full accordance with the general agreement that information and entropy are reciprocal variables. It also agrees well with the understanding that complex structures possess lower entropies relative to their simpler counterparts. The obtained equation is consistent with the Landauer principle and points out that the information encoded in a crystal structure has a physical nature. PMID:27048729

  16. SINGLE CRYSTAL NIOBIUM TUBES FOR PARTICLE COLLIDERS ACCELERATOR CAVITIES

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    MURPHY, JAMES E

    2013-02-28

    The objective of this research project is to produce single crystal niobium (Nb) tubes for use as particle accelerator cavities for the Fermi laboratory’s International Linear Collider project. Single crystal Nb tubes may have superior performance compared to a polycrystalline tubes because the absence of grain boundaries may permit the use of higher accelerating voltages. In addition, Nb tubes that are subjected to the high temperature, high vacuum crystallization process are very pure and well annealed. Any impurity with a significantly higher vapor pressure than Nb should be decreased by the relatively long exposure at high temperature to the high vacuum environment. After application of the single crystal process, the surfaces of the Nb tubes are bright and shiny, and the tube resembles an electro polished Nb tube. For these reasons, there is interest in single crystal Nb tubes and in a process that will produce single crystal tubes. To convert a polycrystalline niobium tube into a single crystal, the tube is heated to within a few hundred ̊C of the melting temperature of niobium, which is 2477 ̊C. RF heating is used to rapidly heat the tube in a narrow zone and after reaching the operating temperature, the hot zone is slowly passed along the length of the tube. For crystallization tests with Nb tubes, the traverse rate was in the range of 1-10 cm per hour. All the crystallization tests in this study were performed in a water-cooled, stainless steel chamber under a vacuum of 5 x10-6 torr or better. In earliest tests of the single crystal growth process, the Nb tubes had an OD of 1.9 cm and a wall thickness of 0.15 mm. With these relatively small Nb tubes, the single crystal process was always successful in producing single crystal tubes. In these early tests, the operating temperature was normally maintained at 2200 ̊C, and the traverse rate was 5 cm per hour. In the next test series, the Nb tube size was increased to 3.8 cm OD and the wall thickness was increased 0.18 mm and eventually to 0.21 mm. Again, with these larger tubes, single crystal tubes were usually produced by the crystallization process. The power supply was generally operated at full output during these tests, and the traverse rate was 5 cm per hour. In a few tests, the traverse rate was increased to 10 cm per hour, and at the faster traverse rate, single crystal growth was not achieved. In these tests with a faster traverse rate, it was thought that the tube was not heated to a high enough temperature to achieve single crystal growth. In the next series of tests, the tube OD was unchanged at 3.8 cm and the wall thickness was increased to 0.30 mm. The increased wall thickness made it difficult to reach an operating temperature above 2,000 ̊C, and although the single crystal process caused a large increase in the crystal grains, no single crystal tubes were produced. It was assumed that the operating temperature in these tests was not high enough to achieve single crystal growth. In FY 2012, a larger power supply was purchased and installed. With the new power supply, temperatures above the melting point of Nb were easily obtained regardless of the tube thickness. A series of crystallization tests was initiated to determine if indeed the operating temperature of the previous tests was too low to achieve single crystal growth. For these tests, the Nb tube OD remained at 3.8 cm and the wall thickness was 0.30 mm. The first test had an operating temperature of 2,000 ̊C. and the operating temperature was increased by 50 ̊C increments for each successive test. The final test was very near the Nb melting temperature, and indeed, the Nb tube eventually melted in the center of the tube. These tests showed that higher temperatures did yield larger grain sizes if the traverse rate was held constant at 5 cm per hour, but no single crystal tubes were produced even at the highest operating temperature. In addition, slowing the traverse rate to as low as 1 cm per hour did not yield a single crystal tube regardless of operating temperature. At this time, it appears that the wall thickness of the Nb tube rather than the operating temperature is the most important parameter to achieving single crystal growth. Single crystal growth was easily obtained with thinner wall tubes, but with thicker tubes, it was not achieved under varied growth conditions.

  17. Particle tracking from image sequences of complex plasma crystals

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    Hadziavdic, Vedad; Melandsoe, Frank; Hanssen, Alfred

    2006-05-15

    In order to gather information about the physics of the complex plasma crystals from the experimental data, particles have to be tracked through a sequence of images. An application of the Kalman filter for that purpose is presented, using a one-dimensional approximation of the particle dynamics as a model for the filter. It is shown that Kalman filter is capable of tracking dust particles even with high levels of measurement noise. An inherent part of the Kalman filter, the innovation process, can be used to estimate values of the physical system parameters from the experimental data. The method is shown to be able to estimate the characteristic oscillation frequency from noisy data.

  18. Crystal structure of 9-methacryloylanthracene

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    Agrahari, Aditya; Wagers, Patrick O.; Schildcrout, Steven M.; Masnovi, John; Youngs, Wiley J.

    2015-01-01

    In the title compound, C18H14O, with systematic name 1-(anthracen-9-yl)-2-methyl­prop-2-en-1-one, the ketonic C atom lies 0.2030 (16) Å out of the anthryl-ring-system plane. The dihedral angle between the planes of the anthryl and methacryloyl moieties is 88.30 (3)° and the stereochemistry about the Csp 2—Csp 2 bond in the side chain is transoid. In the crystal, the end rings of the anthryl units in adjacent mol­ecules associate in parallel–planar orientations [shortest centroid–centroid distance = 3.6320 (7) Å]. A weak hydrogen bond is observed between an aromatic H atom and the O atom of a mol­ecule displaced by translation in the a-axis direction, forming sheets of parallel-planar anthryl groups packing in this direction. PMID:26029389

  19. Data mining chemistry and crystal structure

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    Yang, Lusann W.

    The availability of large amounts of data generated by high-throughput computing and experimentation has generated interest in the application of machine learning techniques to materials science. Machine learning of materials behavior requires the use of feature vectors that capture compositional or structural information influence a target property. We present methods for assessing the similarity of compositions, substructures, and crystal structures. Similarity measures are important for the classification and clustering of data points, allowing for the organization of data and the prediction of materials properties. The similarity functions between ions, compositions, substructures and crystal structure are based upon a data-mined probability with which two ions will substitute for each other within the same structure prototype. The composition similarity is validated via the prediction of crystal structure prototypes for oxides from the Inorganic Crystal Structure Database. It performs particularly well on the quaternary oxides, predicting the correct prototype within 5 guesses 90% of the time. The sustructural similarity is validated via the prediction of Li insertion sites in the oxides; it finds all of the Li sites with less than 8 incorrect guesses 90% of the time.

  20. Synthesis and crystal structure of maleopimaric acid.

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    Rao, Xiaoping; Song, Zhanqian; Yao, Xujie; Han, Chunrui; Shang, Shibin

    2008-01-01

    The title compound maleopimaric acid was synthesized by a Diels-Alder reaction between maleic anhydride and Pinus elliottii engelm oleoresin at room temperature and it was characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction. The white crystals crystallized in the orthorhombic system, space group P2(12121) with cell dimensions: a = 7.6960 (15) A, b = 11.851 (2) A, c = 24.577 (5) A, alpha = 90 degrees, beta = 90 degrees, gamma = 90 degrees, V = 2241.6(8) A(3), and R(1) = 0.0716, wR(2) = 0.1975. The two fused and unbridged cyclohexane rings form a trans ring junction with chair conformation with two methyl groups in axis positions, the anhydride ring is planar. Crystal water existed in the molecular and stabilized the structure through intermolecular hydrogen bonds. PMID:18626819

  1. Crystal structure of potassium sodium tartrate trihydrate

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    Egorova, A. E. Ivanov, V. A.; Somov, N. V.; Portnov, V. N.; Chuprunov, E. V.

    2011-11-15

    Crystals of potassium sodium tartrate trihydrate (dl-KNaC{sub 4}H{sub 4}O{sub 6} {center_dot} 3H{sub 2}O) were obtained from an aqueous solution. The crystal shape was described. The atomic structure of the compound was determined and compared with the known structures of dl-KNaC{sub 4}H{sub 4}O{sub 6} {center_dot} 4H{sub 2}O and l-KNaC{sub 4}H{sub 4}O{sub 6} {center_dot} 4H{sub 2}O.

  2. Slip flow through colloidal crystals of varying particle diameter.

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    Rogers, Benjamin J; Wirth, Mary J

    2013-01-22

    Slip flow of water through silica colloidal crystals was investigated experimentally for eight different particle diameters, which have hydraulic channel radii ranging from 15 to 800 nm. The particle surfaces were silylated to be low in energy, with a water contact angle of 83°, as determined for a silylated flat surface. Flow rates through centimeter lengths of colloidal crystal were measured using a commercial liquid chromatograph for accurate comparisons of water and toluene flow rates using pressure gradients as high as 10(10) Pa/m. Toluene exhibited no-slip Hagen-Poiseuille flow for all hydraulic channel radii. For water, the slip flow enhancement as a function of hydraulic channel radius was described well by the expected slip flow correction for Hagen-Poiseuille flow, and the data revealed a constant slip length of 63 ± 3 nm. A flow enhancement of 20 ± 2 was observed for the smallest hydraulic channel radius of 15 nm. The amount of slip flow was found to be independent of shear rate over a range of fluid velocities from 0.7 to 5.8 mm/s. The results support the applicability of the slip flow correction for channel radii as small as 15 nm. The work demonstrates that packed beds of submicrometer particles enable slip flow to be employed for high-volume flow rates. PMID:23237590

  3. Slip Flow through Colloidal Crystals of Varying Particle Diameter

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    Rogers, Benjamin J.; Wirth, Mary J.

    2012-01-01

    Slip flow of water through silica colloidal crystals was investigated experimentally for 8 different particle diameters, which have hydraulic channel radii ranging from 15 nm to 800 nm. The particle surfaces were silylated to be low in energy, with a water contact angle of 83°, as determined for a silylated flat surface. Flow rates through centimeter lengths of colloidal crystal were measured using a commercial liquid chromatograph for accurate comparisons of water and toluene flow rates using pressure gradients as high as 1010 Pa/m. Toluene exhibited no-slip Hagen-Poiseuille flow for all hydraulic channel radii. For water, the slip flow enhancement as a function of hydraulic channel radius was described well by the expected slip flow correction for Hagen-Poiseuille flow, and the data revealed a constant slip length of 63±3 nm. A flow enhancement of 20±2 was observed for the smallest hydraulic channel radius of 15 nm. The amount of slip flow was found to be independent of shear rate over a range of fluid velocities from 0.7 to 5.8 mm/s. The results support the applicability of the slip flow correction for channel radii as small as 15 nm. The work demonstrates that packed beds of submicrometer particles enable slip flow to be employed for high volume flow rates. PMID:23237590

  4. Particle beam and crabbing and deflecting structure

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    Delayen, Jean

    2011-02-08

    A new type of structure for the deflection and crabbing of particle bunches in particle accelerators comprising a number of parallel transverse electromagnetic (TEM)-resonant) lines operating in opposite phase from each other. Such a structure is significantly more compact than conventional crabbing cavities operating the transverse magnetic TM mode, thus allowing low frequency designs.

  5. Faceting and commensurability in crystal structures of colloidal thin films.

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    Ramiro-Manzano, F; Meseguer, F; Bonet, E; Rodriguez, I

    2006-07-14

    This Letter investigates the influence of finite size effects on the particle arrangement of thin film colloidal crystals. A rich variety of crystallographic faceting with large single domain microcrystallites is shown. Optical reflectance experiments together with scanning electron microscopy permit the identification of the crystal symmetry and the facet orientation, as well as the exact number of monolayers. When the cell thickness is not commensurable with a high symmetry layering, particles arrange themselves in a periodic distribution of (111)- and (100)-orientated face centered cubic (fcc) microcrystallites separated by planar defects. These structures can be described as a fcc ordering orientated along a vicinal surface, modified by a periodic distribution of fcc (111) stacking faults. PMID:16907485

  6. Flying particle sensors in hollow-core photonic crystal fibre

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    Bykov, D. S.; Schmidt, O. A.; Euser, T. G.; Russell, P. St. J.

    2015-07-01

    Optical fibre sensors make use of diverse physical effects to measure parameters such as strain, temperature and electric field. Here we introduce a new class of reconfigurable fibre sensor, based on a ‘flying-particle’ optically trapped inside a hollow-core photonic crystal fibre and illustrate its use in electric field and temperature sensing with high spatial resolution. The electric field distribution near the surface of a multi-element electrode is measured with a resolution of ∼100 μm by monitoring changes in the transmitted light signal due to the transverse displacement of a charged silica microparticle trapped within the hollow core. Doppler-based velocity measurements are used to map the gas viscosity, and thus the temperature, along a hollow-core photonic crystal fibre. The flying-particle approach represents a new paradigm in fibre sensors, potentially allowing multiple physical quantities to be mapped with high positional accuracy over kilometre-scale distances.

  7. Computing stoichiometric molecular composition from crystal structures

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    Gražulis, Saulius; Merkys, Andrius; Vaitkus, Antanas; Okulič-Kazarinas, Mykolas

    2015-01-01

    Crystallographic investigations deliver high-accuracy information about positions of atoms in crystal unit cells. For chemists, however, the structure of a molecule is most often of interest. The structure must thus be reconstructed from crystallographic files using symmetry information and chemical properties of atoms. Most existing algorithms faithfully reconstruct separate molecules but not the overall stoichiometry of the complex present in a crystal. Here, an algorithm that can reconstruct stoichiometrically correct multimolecular ensembles is described. This algorithm uses only the crystal symmetry information for determining molecule numbers and their stoichiometric ratios. The algorithm can be used by chemists and crystallographers as a standalone implementation for investigating above-molecular ensembles or as a function implemented in graphical crystal analysis software. The greatest envisaged benefit of the algorithm, however, is for the users of large crystallographic and chemical databases, since it will permit database maintainers to generate stoichiometrically correct chemical representations of crystal structures automatically and to match them against chemical databases, enabling multidisciplinary searches across multiple databases. PMID:26089747

  8. Structure-property evolution during polymer crystallization

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    Arora, Deepak

    The main theme of this research is to understand the structure-property evolution during crystallization of a semicrystalline thermoplastic polymer. A combination of techniques including rheology, small angle light scattering, differential scanning calorimetry and optical microscopy are applied to follow the mechanical and optical properties along with crystallinity and the morphology. Isothermal crystallization experiments on isotactic poly-1-butene at early stages of spherulite growth provide quantitative information about nucleation density, volume fraction of spherulites and their crystallinity, and the mechanism of connecting into a sample spanning structure. Optical microscopy near the fluid-to-solid transition suggests that the transition, as determined by time-resolved mechanical spectroscopy, is not caused by packing/jamming of spherulites but by the formation of a percolating network structure. The effect of strain, Weissenberg number (We ) and specific mechanical work (w) on rate of crystallization (nucleation followed by growth) and on growth of anisotropy was studied for shear-induced crystallization of isotactic poly-1-butene. The samples were sheared for a finite strain at the beginning of the experiment and then crystallized without further flow (Janeschitz-Kriegl protocol). Strain requirements to attain steady state/leveling off of the rate of crystallization were found to be much larger than the strain needed to achieve steady state of flow. The large strain and We>1 criteria were also observed for morphological transition from spherulitic growth to oriented growth. An apparatus for small angle light scattering (SALS) and light transmission measurements under shear was built and tested at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. As a new development, the polarization direction can be rotated by a liquid crystal polarization rotator (LCPR) with a short response time of 20 ms. The experiments were controlled and analyzed with a LabVIEW(TM) based code (LabVIEW(TM) 7.1) in real time. The SALS apparatus was custom built for ExxonMobil Research in Clinton NJ.

  9. Automated protein crystal structure determination using ELVES.

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    Holton, James; Alber, Tom

    2004-02-10

    Efficient determination of protein crystal structures requires automated x-ray data analysis. Here, we describe the expert system ELVES and its use to determine automatically the structure of a 12-kDa protein. Multiwavelength anomalous diffraction analysis of a selenomethionyl derivative was used to image the Asn-16-Ala variant of the GCN4 leucine zipper. In contrast to the parallel, dimeric coiled coil formed by the WT sequence, the mutant unexpectedly formed an antiparallel trimer. This structural switch reveals how avoidance of core cavities at a single site can select the native fold of a protein. All structure calculations, including indexing, data processing, locating heavy atoms, phasing by multiwavelength anomalous diffraction, model building, and refinement, were completed without human intervention. The results demonstrate the feasibility of automated methods for determining high-resolution, x-ray crystal structures of proteins. PMID:14752198

  10. Crystal structures and morphologies of fractionated milk fat in nanoemulsions.

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    Truong, Tuyen; Morgan, Garry P; Bansal, Nidhi; Palmer, Martin; Bhandari, Bhesh

    2015-03-15

    The triacylglycerol (TAG) crystal structures and morphologies of fractionated milk lipids in nanoemulsions were investigated at 4°C. Droplet size (0.17 versus 1.20 μm), lipid composition (stearin versus olein) and cooling rate (1 versus 10°C min(-1)) had an influence on the structural properties. Five crystal polymorphs (α, β'1, β'2, β1, and β2) were formed with either triple and/or double chain length structures in the solid phases of the emulsified systems. X-ray scattering peak intensities were reduced with the nanoemulsion particles. The internal structure of TAG exhibited stacking of individual lamellar layers (3.8-4.2 nm). Various anisometric shapes of fat nanoparticles were formed due to a highly sharp curvature of the nano-size droplets. The shape of olein nanoparticles was more polyhedral compared to the stearin. TAG crystals arranged in a planar-layered organisation at the slower cooling rate. These differences imply that the nanometric confinement of oil droplets modifies the fat crystal habit. PMID:25308656

  11. Shear induced structures in crystallizing cocoa butter

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    Mazzanti, Gianfranco; Guthrie, Sarah E.; Sirota, Eric B.; Marangoni, Alejandro G.; Idziak, Stefan H. J.

    2004-03-01

    Cocoa butter is the main structural component of chocolate and many cosmetics. It crystallizes in several polymorphs, called phases I to VI. We used Synchrotron X-ray diffraction to study the effect of shear on its crystallization. A previously unreported phase (phase X) was found and a crystallization path through phase IV under shear was observed. Samples were crystallized under shear from the melt in temperature controlled Couette cells, at final crystallization temperatures of 17.5^oC, 20^oC and 22.5^oC in Beamline X10A of NSLS. The formation of phase X was observed at low shear rates (90 s-1) and low crystallization temperature (17.5^oC), but was absent at high shear (720 s-1) and high temperature (20^oC). The d-spacing and melting point suggest that this new phase is a mixture rich on two of the three major components of cocoa butter. We also found that, contrary to previous reports, the transition from phase II to phase V can happen through the intermediate phase IV, at high shear rates and temperature.

  12. Crystal structure of monobasic sodium tartrate monohydrate

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    Titaeva, E. K. Somov, N. V.; Portnov, V. N.; Titaev, D. N.

    2015-01-15

    Crystals of a new polymorphic modification of monobasic sodium tartrate monohydrate NaHC{sub 4}H{sub 4}O{sub 6} · H{sub 2}O have been grown in a metasilicate gel. Their atomic structure is solved by X-ray diffraction.

  13. Surface-induced structures in nematic liquid crystal colloids.

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    Chernyshuk, S B; Tovkach, O M; Lev, B I

    2014-08-01

    We predict theoretically the existence of a class of colloidal structures in nematic liquid crystal (NLC) cells, which are induced by surface patterns on the plates of the cell (like cells with UV-irradiated polyamide surfaces using micron sized masks in front of the cell). These bulk structures arise from nonuniform boundary conditions for the director distortions at the confining surfaces. In particular, we demonstrate that quadrupole spherical particles (like spheres with boojums or Saturn-ring director configurations) form a square lattice inside a planar NLC cell, which has checkerboard patterns on both its plates. PMID:25215675

  14. Defect structure around two colloids in a liquid crystal.

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    Guzmán, O; Kim, E B; Grollau, S; Abbott, N L; de Pablo, J J

    2003-12-01

    This Letter investigates the defect structures that arise between two colloidal spheres immersed in a nematic liquid crystal. Molecular simulations and a dynamic field theory are employed to arrive at molecular-level and mesoscopic descriptions of the systems of interest. At large separations, each sphere is surrounded by a Saturn ring defect. However, at short separations both theory and simulation predict that a third disclination ring appears in between the spheres, in a plane normal to the Saturn rings. This feature gives rise to an effective binding of the particles. The structures predicted by field theory and molecular simulations are consistent with each other. PMID:14683198

  15. Structure analysis on synthetic emerald crystals

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    Lee, Pei-Lun; Lee, Jiann-Shing; Huang, Eugene; Liao, Ju-Hsiou

    2013-05-01

    Single crystals of emerald synthesized by means of the flux method were adopted for crystallographic analyses. Emerald crystals with a wide range of Cr3+-doping content up to 3.16 wt% Cr2O3 were examined by X-ray single crystal diffraction refinement method. The crystal structures of the emerald crystals were refined to R 1 (all data) of 0.019-0.024 and w R 2 (all data) of 0.061-0.073. When Cr3+ substitutes for Al3+, the main adjustment takes place in the Al-octahedron and Be-tetrahedron. The effect of substitution of Cr3+ for Al3+ in the beryl structure results in progressively lengthening of the Al-O distance, while the length of the other bonds remains nearly unchanged. The substitution of Cr3+ for Al3+ may have caused the expansion of a axis, while keeping the c axis unchanged in the emerald lattice. As a consequence, the Al-O-Si and Al-O-Be bonding angles are found to decrease, while the angle of Si-O-Be increases as the Al-O distance increases during the Cr replacement.

  16. Crystal structure of a plectonemic RNA supercoil

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    Stagno, Jason R.; Ma, Buyong; Li, Jess; Altieri, Amanda S.; Byrd, R. Andrew; Ji, Xinhua

    2012-12-14

    Genome packaging is an essential housekeeping process in virtually all organisms for proper storage and maintenance of genetic information. Although the extent and mechanisms of packaging vary, the process involves the formation of nucleic-acid superstructures. Crystal structures of DNA coiled coils indicate that their geometries can vary according to sequence and/or the presence of stabilizers such as proteins or small molecules. However, such superstructures have not been revealed for RNA. Here we report the crystal structure of an RNA supercoil, which displays one level higher molecular organization than previously reported structures of DNA coiled coils. In the presence of an RNA-binding protein, two interlocking RNA coiled coils of double-stranded RNA, a 'coil of coiled coils', form a plectonemic supercoil. Molecular dynamics simulations suggest that protein-RNA interaction is required for the stability of the supercoiled RNA. This study provides structural insight into higher order packaging mechanisms of nucleic acids.

  17. Crystal Structure of Human Enterovirus 71

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    Plevka, Pavel; Perera, Rushika; Cardosa, Jane; Kuhn, Richard J.; Rossmann, Michael G.

    2013-04-08

    Enterovirus 71 is a picornavirus associated with fatal neurological illness in infants and young children. Here, we report the crystal structure of enterovirus 71 and show that, unlike in other enteroviruses, the 'pocket factor,' a small molecule that stabilizes the virus, is partly exposed on the floor of the 'canyon.' Thus, the structure of antiviral compounds may require a hydrophilic head group designed to interact with residues at the entrance of the pocket.

  18. Crystal structure of zwitterionic bisimidazolium sulfonates

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    Kohmoto, Shigeo; Okuyama, Shinpei; Yokota, Nobuyuki; Takahashi, Masahiro; Kishikawa, Keiki; Masu, Hyuma; Azumaya, Isao

    2012-05-01

    Crystal structures of three zwitterionic bisimidazolium salts 1-3 in which imidazolium sulfonate moieties were connected with aromatic linkers, p-xylylene, 4,4'-dimethylenebiphenyl, and phenylene, respectively, were examined. The latter two were obtained as hydrates. An S-shaped molecular structure in which the sulfonate moiety was placed on the imidazolium ring was observed for 1. A helical array of hydrated water molecules was obtained for 2 while a linear array of hydrated water molecules was observed for 3.

  19. Charged-particle spectroscopy in organic semiconducting single crystals

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    Ciavatti, A.; Sellin, P. J.; Basiricò, L.; Fraleoni-Morgera, A.; Fraboni, B.

    2016-04-01

    The use of organic materials as radiation detectors has grown, due to the easy processability in liquid phase at room temperature and the possibility to cover large areas by means of low cost deposition techniques. Direct charged-particle detectors based on solution-grown Organic Semiconducting Single Crystals (OSSCs) are shown to be capable to detect charged particles in pulse mode, with very good peak discrimination. The direct charged-particle detection in OSSCs has been assessed both in the planar and in the vertical axes, and a digital pulse processing algorithm has been used to perform pulse height spectroscopy and to study the charge collection efficiency as a function of the applied bias voltage. Taking advantage of the charge spectroscopy and the good peak discrimination of pulse height spectra, an Hecht-like behavior of OSSCs radiation detectors is demonstrated. It has been possible to estimate the mobility-lifetime value in organic materials, a fundamental parameter for the characterization of radiation detectors, whose results are equal to μτcoplanar = (5 .5 ± 0.6 ) × 10-6 cm2/V and μτsandwich = (1 .9 ± 0.2 ) × 10-6 cm2/V, values comparable to those of polycrystalline inorganic detectors. Moreover, alpha particles Time-of-Flight experiments have been carried out to estimate the drift mobility value. The results reported here indicate how charged-particle detectors based on OSSCs possess a great potential as low-cost, large area, solid-state direct detectors operating at room temperature. More interestingly, the good detection efficiency and peak discrimination observed for charged-particle detection in organic materials (hydrogen-rich molecules) are encouraging for their further exploitation in the detection of thermal and high-energy neutrons.

  20. Crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis of recombinant hepatitis E virus-like particle

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    Wang, Che-Yen; Miyazaki, Naoyuki; Yamashita, Tetsuo; Higashiura, Akifumi; Nakagawa, Atsushi; Li, Tian-Cheng; Takeda, Naokazu; Xing, Li; Hjalmarsson, Erik; Friberg, Claes; Liou, Der-Ming; Sung, Yen-Jen; Tsukihara, Tomitake; Matsuura, Yoshiharu; Miyamura, Tatsuo; Cheng, R. Holland

    2008-04-01

    A recombinant virus-like particle that is a potential oral hepatitis E vaccine was crystallized. Diffraction data were collected to 8.3 Å resolution and the X-ray structure was phased with the aid of a low-resolution density map determined using cryo-electron microscopy data. Hepatitis E virus (HEV) accounts for the majority of enterically transmitted hepatitis infections worldwide. Currently, there is no specific treatment for or vaccine against HEV. The major structural protein is derived from open reading frame (ORF) 2 of the viral genome. A potential oral vaccine is provided by the virus-like particles formed by a protein construct of partial ORF3 protein (residue 70–123) fused to the N-terminus of the ORF2 protein (residues 112–608). Single crystals obtained by the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method at 293 K diffract X-rays to 8.3 Å resolution. The crystals belong to space group P2{sub 1}2{sub 1}2{sub 1}, with unit-cell parameters a = 337, b = 343, c = 346 Å, α = β = γ = 90°, and contain one particle per asymmetric unit.

  1. Crystal structure of riboflavin synthase

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    Liao, D.-I.; Wawrzak, Z.; Calabrese, J.C.; Viitanen, P.V.; Jordan, D.B.

    2010-03-05

    Riboflavin synthase catalyzes the dismutation of two molecules of 6,7-dimethyl-8-(1'-D-ribityl)-lumazine to yield riboflavin and 4-ribitylamino-5-amino-2,6-dihydroxypyrimidine. The homotrimer of 23 kDa subunits has no cofactor requirements for catalysis. The enzyme is nonexistent in humans and is an attractive target for antimicrobial agents of organisms whose pathogenicity depends on their ability to biosynthesize riboflavin. The first three-dimensional structure of the enzyme was determined at 2.0 {angstrom} resolution using the multiwavelength anomalous diffraction (MAD) method on the Escherichia coli protein containing selenomethionine residues. The homotrimer consists of an asymmetric assembly of monomers, each of which comprises two similar {beta} barrels and a C-terminal {alpha} helix. The similar {beta} barrels within the monomer confirm a prediction of pseudo two-fold symmetry that is inferred from the sequence similarity between the two halves of the protein. The {beta} barrels closely resemble folds found in phthalate dioxygenase reductase and other flavoproteins. The three active sites of the trimer are proposed to lie between pairs of monomers in which residues conserved among species reside, including two Asp-His-Ser triads and dyads of Cys-Ser and His-Thr. The proposed active sites are located where FMN (an analog of riboflavin) is modeled from an overlay of the {beta} barrels of phthalate dioxygenase reductase and riboflavin synthase. In the trimer, one active site is formed, and the other two active sites are wide open and exposed to solvent. The nature of the trimer configuration suggests that only one active site can be formed and be catalytically competent at a time.

  2. Absorption enhancement in graphene photonic crystal structures.

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    Khaleque, Abdul; Hattori, Haroldo T

    2016-04-10

    Graphene, a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb lattice, is attracting significant interest because of its potential applications in electronic and optoelectronic devices. Although graphene exhibits almost uniform absorption within a large wavelength range, its interaction with light is weak. In this paper, the enhancement of the optical absorption in graphene photonic crystal structures is studied: the structure is modified by introducing scatterers and mirrors. It is shown that the absorption of the graphene photonic crystal structure can be enhanced about four times (nearly 40%) with respect to initial reference absorption of 9.8%. The study can be a useful tool for investigating graphene physics in different optical settings. PMID:27139857

  3. Synthesis and Crystal Structure of Gold Nanobelts

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    2015-01-01

    Gold nanobelts were synthesized by the reduction of tetrachloroauric acid with ascorbic acid in the presence of the surfactants cetyltrimethylammonium bromide and sodium dodecylsulfate. The resulting structures have rectangular cross sectional dimensions that are tens of nanometers and lengths that are tens to hundreds of micrometers. We find that the nanobelt yield and resulting structures are very sensitive to temperature which is likely due to the transition of the surfactant solution from wormlike micelles to spherical micelles. The nanobelt crystal structure contains a mixture of face centered cubic and hexagonally close packed lattice phases that can be isolated and examined individually due to the unique nanobelt size and shape. PMID:24803725

  4. Coagulation factor XII protease domain crystal structure

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    Pathak, M; Wilmann, P; Awford, J; Li, C; Hamad, BK; Fischer, PM; Dreveny, I; Dekker, LV; Emsley, J

    2015-01-01

    Background Coagulation factor XII is a serine protease that is important for kinin generation and blood coagulation, cleaving the substrates plasma kallikrein and FXI. Objective To investigate FXII zymogen activation and substrate recognition by determining the crystal structure of the FXII protease domain. Methods and results A series of recombinant FXII protease constructs were characterized by measurement of cleavage of chromogenic peptide and plasma kallikrein protein substrates. This revealed that the FXII protease construct spanning the light chain has unexpectedly weak proteolytic activity compared to β-FXIIa, which has an additional nine amino acid remnant of the heavy chain present. Consistent with these data, the crystal structure of the light chain protease reveals a zymogen conformation for active site residues Gly193 and Ser195, where the oxyanion hole is absent. The Asp194 side chain salt bridge to Arg73 constitutes an atypical conformation of the 70-loop. In one crystal form, the S1 pocket loops are partially flexible, which is typical of a zymogen. In a second crystal form of the deglycosylated light chain, the S1 pocket loops are ordered, and a short α-helix in the 180-loop of the structure results in an enlarged and distorted S1 pocket with a buried conformation of Asp189, which is critical for P1 Arg substrate recognition. The FXII structures define patches of negative charge surrounding the active site cleft that may be critical for interactions with inhibitors and substrates. Conclusions These data provide the first structural basis for understanding FXII substrate recognition and zymogen activation. PMID:25604127

  5. Large-area optoelastic manipulation of colloidal particles in liquid crystals using photoresponsive molecular surface monolayers.

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    Martinez, Angel; Mireles, Hector C; Smalyukh, Ivan I

    2011-12-27

    Noncontact optical trapping and manipulation of micrometer- and nanometer-sized particles are typically achieved by use of forces and torques exerted by tightly focused high-intensity laser beams. Although they were instrumental for many scientific breakthroughs, these approaches find few technological applications mainly because of the small-area manipulation capabilities, the need for using high laser powers, limited application to anisotropic fluids and low-refractive-index particles, as well as complexity of implementation. To overcome these limitations, recent research efforts have been directed toward extending the scope of noncontact optical control through the use of optically-guided electrokinetic forces, vortex laser beams, plasmonics, and optofluidics. Here we demonstrate manipulation of colloidal particles and self-assembled structures in nematic liquid crystals by means of single-molecule-thick, light-controlled surface monolayers. Using polarized light of intensity from 1,000 to 100,000 times smaller than that in conventional optical tweezers, we rotate, translate, localize, and assemble spherical and complex-shaped particles of various sizes and compositions. By controlling boundary conditions through the monolayer, we manipulate the liquid crystal director field and the landscape of ensuing elastic forces exerted on colloids by the host medium. This permits the centimeter-scale, massively parallel manipulation of particles and complex colloidal structures that can be dynamically controlled by changing illumination or assembled into stationary stable configurations dictated by the "memorized" optoelastic potential landscape due to the last illumination pattern. We characterize the strength of optically guided elastic forces and discuss the potential uses of this noncontact manipulation in fabrication of novel optically- and electrically-tunable composites from liquid crystals and colloids. PMID:22160673

  6. Nucleational Energy Traps and Their Role in Crystal Structure Formation.

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    Loeffler, T. D.; Galatas, A. C.; Chen, B.

    2014-12-01

    Crystallization has been one of the most important topics in a wide array of fields because of its importance to biology, atmospheric science, material science, etc. Unlike vapor-liquid nucleation, crystallization has an added level of complexity because the nucleation process can form anything from a perfectly ordered single crystal to an amorphous solid. When a nucleating cluster consists of a few dozen molecules, a large majority of the particles are exposed on the surface of the cluster unlike in the bulk phase where the majority of the particles are contained within the interior. As a consequence a cluster must attempt to minimize the surface area while simultaneously maximizing the intermolecular interactions within the cluster in order to maintain stability. The ideal bulk phase configuration is often less stable due to these factors and will not form directly from the gas/liquid phase. Instead the clusters can adopt many non-crystalline structures due to their incredibly high stability at these small cluster sizes. Once these non-crystalline clusters aggregate enough molecules they can attempt to transition from the non-crystalline structure into an ordered crystalline structure; however, if there is a sizable free energy barrier for this crystalline transition the cluster can become trapped in these states and subsequently the formation of an ordered crystal will be unfeasible. This of course can yield physical properties that are significantly different from that of the bulk.This talk will discuss the simulational study of the underlying nucleation mechanics and their role in the formation of atmospheric ice. The focus will be on the formation of energy traps at small cluster sizes and how these traps are avoided by reducing the conformational degrees of freedom.

  7. Structural phase transitions in layered perovskitelike crystals

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    Aleksandrov, K.S.

    1995-03-01

    Possible symmetry changes due to small tilts of octahedra are considered for layered perovskite-like crystals containing slabs of several ({ell}) layers of comer-sharing octahedra. In the crystals with {ell} > 1, four types of distortions are possible; as a rule, these distortions correspond to the librational modes of the parent lattice. Condensation of these soft modes is the reason for structural phase transitions or sequences of phase transitions. The results obtained are compared with the known experimental data for a number of layered ferroelectric and ferroelastic perovskite-like compounds. An application of the results to the initial stage of determining unknown structures is discussed with particular attention paid to high-temperature superconductors. 76 refs., 9 figs., 7 tabs.

  8. Moisture-induced surface crystallization of spray-dried amorphous lactose particles studied by atomic force microscopy.

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    Mahlin, Denny; Berggren, Jonas; Alderborn, Göran; Engström, Sven

    2004-01-01

    The aim of this study was to show that atomic force microscopy (AFM) can be used to obtain mechanistic and kinetic information about the process of moisture-induced surface crystallization of single particles of amorphous lactose. Completely amorphous lactose particles were prepared by spray-drying a solution of alpha-lactose monohydrate, and moisture-induced crystallization was monitored for a bed of particles by microcalorimetry and for single particles by AFM. From the AFM images it was found that crystallization of the surface of single particles can be described in terms of a sequence of three events: an initial smoothening of the surface, formation of crystalline nanostructures dispersed in amorphous material, and growth of these structures to a complete crystalline surface. The surface roughness parameter rugosity was used to estimate the fraction crystalline surface, and the growth kinetics were found to obey the JMAK equation. The fraction crystalline surface at different times could also be estimated by determining the growth rate of individual crystals. It was concluded that AFM offers a unique means of visualizing the process of moisture-induced surface crystallization of amorphous particles and enables mechanistic and kinetic information about the process to be extracted. PMID:14648633

  9. Phase behaviour of liquid-crystal monolayers of rod-like and plate-like particles.

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    Martínez-Ratón, Yuri; Varga, Szabolcs; Velasco, Enrique

    2014-05-28

    Orientational and positional ordering properties of liquid crystal monolayers are examined by means of Fundamental-Measure Density Functional Theory. Particles forming the monolayer are modeled as hard parallelepipeds of square section of size σ and length L. Their shapes are controlled by the aspect ratio κ = L/σ (>1 for prolate and <1 for oblate shapes). The particle centers of mass are restricted to a flat surface and three possible and mutually perpendicular orientations (in-plane and along the layer normal) of their uniaxial axes are allowed. We find that the structure of the monolayer depends strongly on particle shape and density. In the case of rod-like shapes, particles align along the layer normal in order to achieve the lowest possible occupied area per particle. This phase is a uniaxial nematic even at very low densities. In contrast, for plate-like particles, the lowest occupied area can be achieved by random in-plane ordering in the monolayer, i.e., planar nematic ordering takes place even at vanishing densities. It is found that the random in-plane ordering is not favorable at higher densities and the system undergoes an in-plane ordering transition forming a biaxial nematic phase or crystallizes. For certain values of the aspect ratio, the uniaxial-biaxial nematic phase transition is observed for both rod-like and plate-like shapes. The stability region of the biaxial nematic phase enhances with decreasing aspect ratios for plate-like particles, while the rod-like particles exhibit a reentrant phenomenon, i.e., a sequence of uniaxial-biaxial-uniaxial nematic ordering with increasing density if the aspect ratio is larger than 21.34. In addition to this, packing fraction inversion is observed with increasing surface pressure due to the alignment along the layers normal. At very high densities the nematic phase destabilizes to a nonuniform phases (columnar, smectic, or crystalline phases) for both shapes. PMID:24880324

  10. Crystal Structures of New Ammonium 5-Aminotetrazolates

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    Lampl, Martin; Salchner, Robert; Laus, Gerhard; Braun, Doris E.; Kahlenberg, Volker; Wurst, Klaus; Fuhrmann, Gerda; Schottenberger, Herwig; Huppertz, Hubert

    2015-01-01

    The crystal structures of three salts of anionic 5-aminotetrazole are described. The tetramethylammonium salt (P1‒) forms hydrogen-bonded ribbons of anions which accept weak C–H⋯N contacts from the cations. The cystamine salt (C2/c) shows wave-shaped ribbons of anions linked by hydrogen bonds to screw-shaped dications. The tetramethylguanidine salt (P21/c) exhibits layers of anions hydrogen-bonded to the cations. PMID:26753100

  11. Observations on the crystal structures of lueshite

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    Mitchell, Roger H.; Burns, Peter C.; Knight, Kevin S.; Howard, Christopher J.; Chakhmouradian, Anton R.

    2014-06-01

    Laboratory powder XRD patterns of the perovskite-group mineral lueshite from the type locality (Lueshe, Kivu, DRC) and pure NaNbO3 demonstrate that lueshite does not adopt the same space group ( Pbma; #57) as the synthetic compound. The crystal structures of lueshite (2 samples) from Lueshe, Mont Saint-Hilaire (Quebec, Canada) and Sallanlatvi (Kola, Russia) have been determined by single-crystal CCD X-ray diffraction. These room temperature X-ray data for all single-crystal samples can be satisfactorily refined in the orthorhombic space group Pbnm (#62). Cell dimensions, atomic coordinates of the atoms, bond lengths and octahedron tilt angles are given for four crystals. Conventional neutron diffraction patterns for Lueshe lueshite recorded over the temperature range 11-1,000 K confirm that lueshite does not adopt space group Pbma within these temperatures. Neutron diffraction indicates no phase changes on cooling from room temperature to 11 K. None of these neutron diffraction data give satisfactorily refinements but suggest that this is the space group Pbnm. Time-of-flight neutron diffraction patterns for Lueshe lueshite recorded from room temperature to 700 °C demonstrate phase transitions above 550 °C from Cmcm through P4 /mbm to above 650 °C. Cell dimensions and atomic coordinates of the atoms are given for the three high-temperature phases. The room temperature to 400 °C structures cannot be satisfactorily resolved, and it is suggested that the lueshite at room temperature consists of domains of pinned metastable phases with orthorhombic and/or monoclinic structures. However, the sequence of high-temperature phase transitions observed is similar to those determined for synthetic NaTaO3, suggesting that the equilibrated room temperature structure of lueshite is orthorhombic Pbnm.

  12. Predicting polymeric crystal structures by evolutionary algorithms

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    Zhu, Qiang; Sharma, Vinit; Oganov, Artem R.; Ramprasad, Ramamurthy

    2014-10-01

    The recently developed evolutionary algorithm USPEX proved to be a tool that enables accurate and reliable prediction of structures. Here we extend this method to predict the crystal structure of polymers by constrained evolutionary search, where each monomeric unit is treated as a building block with fixed connectivity. This greatly reduces the search space and allows the initial structure generation with different sequences and packings of these blocks. The new constrained evolutionary algorithm is successfully tested and validated on a diverse range of experimentally known polymers, namely, polyethylene, polyacetylene, poly(glycolic acid), poly(vinyl chloride), poly(oxymethylene), poly(phenylene oxide), and poly (p-phenylene sulfide). By fixing the orientation of polymeric chains, this method can be further extended to predict the structures of complex linear polymers, such as all polymorphs of poly(vinylidene fluoride), nylon-6 and cellulose. The excellent agreement between predicted crystal structures and experimentally known structures assures a major role of this approach in the efficient design of the future polymeric materials.

  13. Crystal structure and DFT calculations of andrographiside

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    Seth, Saikat Kumar; Banerjee, Sukdeb; Kar, Tanusree

    2010-02-01

    Crystal and molecular structure of a labdane diterpenoid glucoside, andrographiside ( 1) is determined from 2D-NMR and X-ray diffraction data. The 2D-NMR study indicates that the carbohydrate moiety is in β-linkage and the sugar moiety is linked to C-19 of the aglycon. These observations are further confirmed from the X-ray diffraction studies. Both the six-membered rings are in chair conformation whereas the glucose ring adopts a twist-boat conformation. The molecular geometries and electronic structure of ( 1) were calculated at the DFT level using the hybrid exchange-correlation functional, BLYP, PW91 and PBE.

  14. ORTEP2. Crystal Structure Illustration Plots

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    Johnson, C.K.

    1982-02-17

    ORTEP2 draws crystal structure illustrations using a CalComp plotter. Ball and stick type illustrations of publication quality are produced with either spheres or thermal motion probability ellipsoids on the atomic sites. The program can produce stereoscopic pairs of illustrations which aid in the visualization of complex packing arrangements of atoms and thermal motion patterns. Interatomic distances, bond angles, and principal axes of thermal motion are calculated also as part of the structural study. ORTEP2 includes a hidden line algorithm to eliminate those portions of atoms or bonds behind other atoms or bonds.

  15. Bio-Inspired Approaches to Crystals with Composite Structures

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    Meldrum, Fiona

    2013-03-01

    Advances in technology demand an ever-increasing degree of control over material structure, properties and function. As the properties of monolithic materials are necessary limited, one route to extending them is to create a composite by combining contrasting materials. The potential of this approach is beautifully illustrated by the formation of biominerals where organic macromolecules are combined with brittle minerals such as calcite to create crystals with considerable fracture toughness. This talk will discuss how bio-inspired approaches can be used to generate single crystals with composite crystals through a simple one-pot method. By precipitating calcite crystals in the presence of ``occlusion species'' ranging from latex particles, to organic and inorganic nanoparticles and finally small molecules we demonstrate that high amounts of foreign species can be incorporated through control over the additive surface chemistry, and that this can lead to an enhancement of the mechanical properties of the calcite. Occlusion of 20 nm anionic diblock copolymer micelles was achieved at levels of over 13 wt%, and the properties of the resuktant composite calcite crystals were measured using a range of techniques including IR spectroscopy, high resolution powder XRD and high resolution TEM. Incorporation of these macromolecules leads to crystals with structures and mechanical properties similar to those of biominerals. With sizes in the range of some intracrystalline proteins, the micelles act as ``pseudo-proteins'', thereby providing an excellent model system for investigation of the mechanism of macromolecule insertion within biominerals. Extension of these studies to the incorporation of small molecules (amino acids) again demonstrated high levels of incorporation without any change in the crystal morphology. Further, occlusion of these small molecules within the calcite lattice again resulted in a significant increase in the hardness of the calcite, a result which appears to derive from an increase in lattice strain on molecular occlusion. Finally, the generality of this strategy is demonstrated by its extension to the incorporation of inorganic particles such as magnetite and gold within calcite, leading to the formation of inorganic-inorganic composites. I would like to acknowledge the EPSRC for funding under grants EP/G00868X/1, EP/E037364/1 and EP/K006304/1

  16. Effect of polymer matrix on structure of Se particles formed in aqueous solutions during redox process

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    Suvorova, E. I.; Klechkovskaya, V. V.

    2010-12-01

    Transmission electron microscopy and X-ray energy dispersive microanalysis study of the structure of particles formed during the reduction of Se(IV) to Se(0) in aqueous solutions in the presence of amphiphilic polymers showed the formation of Se/polymer composite particles. The content of carbon inside the particles can be as large as 80 at %. Polymers deeply influence the structure of particles. Depending on polymers, the composite particles may be unstable with time and they spontaneously evolve from Se/polymer composite particles to crystalline particles of monoclinic Se. For the stable ones, addition of bacterial cellulose Acetobacter xylinum gel-film can induce crystallization in the particles which expel the polymeric material. The Se/polymer composite particles and Se crystalline particles exhibit different sensitivity to electron irradiation and stiffness.

  17. Lagrangian coherent structures and inertial particle dynamics

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    Sudharsan, M.; Brunton, Steven L.; Riley, James J.

    2016-03-01

    In this work we investigate the dynamics of inertial particles using finite-time Lyapunov exponents (FTLE). In particular, we characterize the attractor and repeller structures underlying preferential concentration of inertial particles in terms of FTLE fields of the underlying carrier fluid. Inertial particles that are heavier than the ambient fluid (aerosols) attract onto ridges of the negative-time fluid FTLE. This negative-time FTLE ridge becomes a repeller for particles that are lighter than the carrier fluid (bubbles). We also examine the inertial FTLE (iFTLE) determined by the trajectories of inertial particles evolved using the Maxey-Riley equations with nonzero Stokes number and density ratio. Finally, we explore the low-pass filtering effect of Stokes number. These ideas are demonstrated on two-dimensional numerical simulations of the unsteady double-gyre flow.

  18. Crystal structure of natural phaeosphaeride A.

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    Abzianidze, Victoria V; Poluektova, Ekaterina V; Bolshakova, Ksenia P; Panikorovskii, Taras L; Bogachenkov, Alexander S; Berestetskiy, Alexander O

    2015-08-01

    The asymmetric unit of the title compound, C15H23NO5, contains two independent mol-ecules. Phaeosphaeride A contains two primary sections, an alkyl chain consisting of five C atoms and a cyclic system consisting of fused five- and six-membered rings with attached substituents. In the crystal, the mol-ecules form layered structures. Nearly planar sheets, parallel to the (001) plane, form bilayers of two-dimensional hydrogen-bonded networks with the hy-droxy groups located on the inter-ior of the bilayer sheets. The network is constructed primarily of four O-H⋯O hydrogen bonds, which form a zigzag pattern in the (001) plane. The butyl chains inter-digitate with the butyl chains on adjacent sheets. The crystal was twinned by a twofold rotation about the c axis, with refined major-minor occupancy fractions of 0.718 (6):0.282 (6). PMID:26396831

  19. Revealing Structural Transformations during Crystallization of DNA-Nanoparticle Assemblies

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    Zhang, Yugang; Lu, Fang; van der Lelie, Daniel; Gang, Oleg

    2013-03-01

    Nanoparticle assembly via sequence-specific DNA recognition emerges as a powerful strategy for the fabrication of nanoparticle (NP)-based crystalline materials. Generally, a delicate thermal annealing is essential for the crystallization of NPs from kinetically trapped disordered states. Due to the complex coupling between interactions, entropic and chain effects in these systems, the crystallization pathway remains an intricate and open question. Herein, we present an experimental study of the crystallization process for DNA-directed nanoparticle assembly systems using synchrotron-based small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS). We demonstrated the effects of two crystallization-dominant factors, namely, temperature and volume fraction, on the structural transformation and order development. By combining a single component and binary systems we uncovered the evolution of global and local particle arrangements, such as correlation length, compositional disorder and coordination number, during the phase transformation. Research was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, under Contract No. DE-AC02-98CH10886.

  20. Crystal Structure of Cryptosporidium parvum Pyruvate Kinase

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    Cook, William J.; Senkovich, Olga; Aleem, Khadijah; Chattopadhyay, Debasish

    2012-01-01

    Pyruvate kinase plays a critical role in cellular metabolism of glucose by serving as a major regulator of glycolysis. This tetrameric enzyme is allosterically regulated by different effector molecules, mainly phosphosugars. In response to binding of effector molecules and substrates, significant structural changes have been identified in various pyruvate kinase structures. Pyruvate kinase of Cryptosporidium parvum is exceptional among known enzymes of protozoan origin in that it exhibits no allosteric property in the presence of commonly known effector molecules. The crystal structure of pyruvate kinase from C. parvum has been solved by molecular replacement techniques and refined to 2.5 Å resolution. In the active site a glycerol molecule is located near the γ-phosphate site of ATP, and the protein structure displays a partially closed active site. However, unlike other structures where the active site is closed, the α6' helix in C. parvum pyruvate kinase unwinds and assumes an extended conformation. In the crystal structure a sulfate ion is found at a site that is occupied by a phosphate of the effector molecule in many pyruvate kinase structures. A new feature of the C. parvum pyruvate kinase structure is the presence of a disulfide bond cross-linking the two monomers in the asymmetric unit. The disulfide bond is formed between cysteine residue 26 in the short N-helix of one monomer with cysteine residue 312 in a long helix (residues 303–320) of the second monomer at the interface of these monomers. Both cysteine residues are unique to C. parvum, and the disulfide bond remained intact in a reduced environment. However, the significance of this bond, if any, remains unknown at this time. PMID:23056503

  1. The structural instabilities in ferronematic based on liquid crystal with negative diamagnetic susceptibility anisotropy

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    Kopčanský, Peter; Tomašovičová, Natália; Koneracká, Martina; Timko, Milan; Závišová, Vlasta; Éber, Nándor; Fodor-Csorba, Katalin; Tóth-Katona, Tibor; Vajda, Anikó; Jadzyn, Jan; Beaugnon, Eric; Chaud, Xavier

    2010-11-01

    The studied ferronematic is a nematic liquid crystal (ZLI1695) of low negative anisotropy of the diamagnetic susceptibility (χa<0) doped with the magnetic particles Fe 3O 4. Structural instabilities are interpreted within Burylov and Raikher's theory. The high magnetic fields were oriented perpendicular (Freedericksz transition) or parallel to the initial director. Using capacitance measurements the Freedericksz threshold magnetic field of the ferronematic BFN, and the critical magnetic field Bmax, at which the initial parallel orientation between the director and the magnetic moment of magnetic particles breaks down, have been determined. The values of these quantities have been used to estimate the surface density of the anchoring energy W of liquid crystal molecules on the surface of the magnetic particles. The obtained values indicate a soft anchoring of the liquid crystal on the magnetic particles with a preferred parallel orientation of the magnetic moment of magnetic particles and the director.

  2. Crystal structure of MboIIA methyltransferase.

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    Osipiuk, J.; Walsh, M. A.; Joachimiak, A.; Biosciences Division; Univ. of Gdansk; Medical Research Council France

    2003-09-15

    DNA methyltransferases (MTases) are sequence-specific enzymes which transfer a methyl group from S-adenosyl-L-methionine (AdoMet) to the amino group of either cytosine or adenine within a recognized DNA sequence. Methylation of a base in a specific DNA sequence protects DNA from nucleolytic cleavage by restriction enzymes recognizing the same DNA sequence. We have determined at 1.74 {angstrom} resolution the crystal structure of a {beta}-class DNA MTase MboIIA (M {center_dot} MboIIA) from the bacterium Moraxella bovis, the smallest DNA MTase determined to date. M {center_dot} MboIIA methylates the 3' adenine of the pentanucleotide sequence 5'-GAAGA-3'. The protein crystallizes with two molecules in the asymmetric unit which we propose to resemble the dimer when M {center_dot} MboIIA is not bound to DNA. The overall structure of the enzyme closely resembles that of M {center_dot} RsrI. However, the cofactor-binding pocket in M {center_dot} MboIIA forms a closed structure which is in contrast to the open-form structures of other known MTases.

  3. Crystal Structure of the Human Primase*

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    Baranovskiy, Andrey G.; Zhang, Yinbo; Suwa, Yoshiaki; Babayeva, Nigar D.; Gu, Jianyou; Pavlov, Youri I.; Tahirov, Tahir H.

    2015-01-01

    DNA replication in bacteria and eukaryotes requires the activity of DNA primase, a DNA-dependent RNA polymerase that lays short RNA primers for DNA polymerases. Eukaryotic and archaeal primases are heterodimers consisting of small catalytic and large accessory subunits, both of which are necessary for RNA primer synthesis. Understanding of RNA synthesis priming in eukaryotes is currently limited due to the lack of crystal structures of the full-length primase and its complexes with substrates in initiation and elongation states. Here we report the crystal structure of the full-length human primase, revealing the precise overall organization of the enzyme, the relative positions of its functional domains, and the mode of its interaction with modeled DNA and RNA. The structure indicates that the dramatic conformational changes in primase are necessary to accomplish the initiation and then elongation of RNA synthesis. The presence of a long linker between the N- and C-terminal domains of p58 provides the structural basis for the bulk of enzyme's conformational flexibility. Deletion of most of this linker affected the initiation and elongation steps of the primer synthesis. PMID:25550159

  4. Structural studies of large nucleoprotein particles, vaults

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    TANAKA, Hideaki; TSUKIHARA, Tomitake

    2012-01-01

    Vault is the largest nonicosahedral cytosolic nucleoprotein particle ever described. The widespread presence and evolutionary conservation of vaults suggest important biologic roles, although their functions have not been fully elucidated. X-ray structure of vault from rat liver was determined at 3.5 Å resolution. It exhibits an ovoid shape with a size of 40 × 40 × 67 nm3. The cage structure of vault consists of a dimer of half-vaults, with each half-vault comprising 39 identical major vault protein (MVP) chains. Each MVP monomer folds into 12 domains: nine structural repeat domains, a shoulder domain, a cap-helix domain and a cap-ring domain. Interactions between the 42-turn-long cap-helix domains are key to stabilizing the particle. The other components of vaults, telomerase-associated proteins, poly(ADP-ribose) polymerases and small RNAs, are in location in the vault particle by electron microscopy. PMID:23060231

  5. Dynamic self-assembly and control of microfluidic particle crystals

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    Lee, Wonhee; Amini, Hamed; Stone, Howard A.; Di Carlo, Dino

    2010-01-01

    Engineered two-phase microfluidic systems have recently shown promise for computation, encryption, and biological processing. For many of these systems, complex control of dispersed-phase frequency and switching is enabled by nonlinearities associated with interfacial stresses. Introducing nonlinearity associated with fluid inertia has recently been identified as an easy to implement strategy to control two-phase (solid-liquid) microscale flows. By taking advantage of inertial effects we demonstrate controllable self-assembling particle systems, uncover dynamics suggesting a unique mechanism of dynamic self-assembly, and establish a framework for engineering microfluidic structures with the possibility of spatial frequency filtering. Focusing on the dynamics of the particle–particle interactions reveals a mechanism for the dynamic self-assembly process; inertial lift forces and a parabolic flow field act together to stabilize interparticle spacings that otherwise would diverge to infinity due to viscous disturbance flows. The interplay of the repulsive viscous interaction and inertial lift also allow us to design and implement microfluidic structures that irreversibly change interparticle spacing, similar to a low-pass filter. Although often not considered at the microscale, nonlinearity due to inertia can provide a platform for high-throughput passive control of particle positions in all directions, which will be useful for applications in flow cytometry, tissue engineering, and metamaterial synthesis. PMID:21149674

  6. Crystal Structure of the 30S Ribosomal Subunit from Thermus Thermophilus. Purification, Crystallization and Structure Determination

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    Clemons, William M.; Brodersen, Ditlev E.; McCutcheonn, John P.; May, Joanna L.C.; Carter, Andrew P.; Morgan-Warren, Robert J.; Wimberly, Brian T.; Ramakrishnan, Venki

    2009-10-07

    We describe the crystallization and structure determination of the 30 S ribosomal subunit from Thermus thermophilus. Previous reports of crystals that diffracted to 10 {angstrom} resolution were used as a starting point to improve the quality of the diffraction. Eventually, ideas such as the addition of substrates or factors to eliminate conformational heterogeneity proved less important than attention to detail in yielding crystals that diffracted beyond 3 {angstrom} resolution. Despite improvements in technology and methodology in the last decade, the structure determination of the 30 S subunit presented some very challenging technical problems because of the size of the asymmetric unit, crystal variability and sensitivity to radiation damage. Some steps that were useful for determination of the atomic structure were: the use of anomalous scattering from the LIII edges of osmium and lutetium to obtain the necessary phasing signal; the use of tunable, third-generation synchrotron sources to obtain data of reasonable quality at high resolution; collection of derivative data precisely about a mirror plane to preserve small anomalous differences between Bijvoet mates despite extensive radiation damage and multi-crystal scaling; the pre-screening of crystals to ensure quality, isomorphism and the efficient use of scarce third-generation synchrotron time; pre-incubation of crystals in cobalt hexaammine to ensure isomorphism with other derivatives; and finally, the placement of proteins whose structures had been previously solved in isolation, in conjunction with biochemical data on protein-RNA interactions, to map out the architecture of the 30 S subunit prior to the construction of a detailed atomic-resolution model.

  7. Method of using triaxial magnetic fields for making particle structures

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    Martin, James E.; Anderson, Robert A.; Williamson, Rodney L.

    2005-01-18

    A method of producing three-dimensional particle structures with enhanced magnetic susceptibility in three dimensions by applying a triaxial energetic field to a magnetic particle suspension and subsequently stabilizing said particle structure. Combinations of direct current and alternating current fields in three dimensions produce particle gel structures, honeycomb structures, and foam-like structures.

  8. Crystal Structure of Human β-Galactosidase

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    Ohto, Umeharu; Usui, Kimihito; Ochi, Toshinari; Yuki, Kenjiro; Satow, Yoshinori; Shimizu, Toshiyuki

    2012-01-01

    GM1 gangliosidosis and Morquio B are autosomal recessive lysosomal storage diseases associated with a neurodegenerative disorder or dwarfism and skeletal abnormalities, respectively. These diseases are caused by deficiencies in the lysosomal enzyme β-d-galactosidase (β-Gal), which lead to accumulations of the β-Gal substrates, GM1 ganglioside, and keratan sulfate. β-Gal is an exoglycosidase that catalyzes the hydrolysis of terminal β-linked galactose residues. This study shows the crystal structures of human β-Gal in complex with its catalytic product galactose or with its inhibitor 1-deoxygalactonojirimycin. Human β-Gal is composed of a catalytic TIM barrel domain followed by β-domain 1 and β-domain 2. To gain structural insight into the molecular defects of β-Gal in the above diseases, the disease-causing mutations were mapped onto the three-dimensional structure. Finally, the possible causes of the diseases are discussed. PMID:22128166

  9. Crystal structure of plant photosystem I

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    Ben-Shem, Adam; Frolow, Felix; Nelson, Nathan

    2003-12-01

    Oxygenic photosynthesis is the principal producer of both oxygen and organic matter on Earth. The conversion of sunlight into chemical energy is driven by two multisubunit membrane protein complexes named photosystem I and II. We determined the crystal structure of the complete photosystem I (PSI) from a higher plant (Pisum sativum var. alaska) to 4.4Å resolution. Its intricate structure shows 12 core subunits, 4 different light-harvesting membrane proteins (LHCI) assembled in a half-moon shape on one side of the core, 45 transmembrane helices, 167 chlorophylls, 3 Fe-S clusters and 2 phylloquinones. About 20 chlorophylls are positioned in strategic locations in the cleft between LHCI and the core. This structure provides a framework for exploration not only of energy and electron transfer but also of the evolutionary forces that shaped the photosynthetic apparatus of terrestrial plants after the divergence of chloroplasts from marine cyanobacteria one billion years ago.

  10. Crystal structure prediction from first principles: The crystal structures of glycine

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    Lund, Albert M.; Pagola, Gabriel I.; Orendt, Anita M.; Ferraro, Marta B.; Facelli, Julio C.

    2015-04-01

    Here we present the results of our unbiased searches of glycine polymorphs obtained using the genetic algorithms search implemented in MGAC, modified genetic algorithm for crystals, coupled with the local optimization and energy evaluation provided by Quantum Espresso. We demonstrate that it is possible to predict the crystal structures of a biomedical molecule using solely first principles calculations. We were able to find all the ambient pressure stable glycine polymorphs, which are found in the same energetic ordering as observed experimentally and the agreement between the experimental and predicted structures is of such accuracy that the two are visually almost indistinguishable.

  11. Crystal Structure Prediction from First Principles: The Crystal Structures of Glycine

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    Lund, Albert M.; Pagola, Gabriel I.; Orendt, Anita M.; Ferraro, Marta B.; Facelli, Julio C.

    2015-01-01

    Here we present the results of our unbiased searches of glycine polymorphs obtained using the Genetic Algorithms search implemented in Modified Genetic Algorithm for Crystals coupled with the local optimization and energy evaluation provided by Quantum Espresso. We demonstrate that it is possible to predict the crystal structures of a biomedical molecule using solely first principles calculations. We were able to find all the ambient pressure stable glycine polymorphs, which are found in the same energetic ordering as observed experimentally and the agreement between the experimental and predicted structures is of such accuracy that the two are visually almost indistinguishable. PMID:25843964

  12. Crystal structure of a DNA catalyst.

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    Ponce-Salvatierra, Almudena; Wawrzyniak-Turek, Katarzyna; Steuerwald, Ulrich; Höbartner, Claudia; Pena, Vladimir

    2016-01-14

    Catalysis in biology is restricted to RNA (ribozymes) and protein enzymes, but synthetic biomolecular catalysts can also be made of DNA (deoxyribozymes) or synthetic genetic polymers. In vitro selection from synthetic random DNA libraries identified DNA catalysts for various chemical reactions beyond RNA backbone cleavage. DNA-catalysed reactions include RNA and DNA ligation in various topologies, hydrolytic cleavage and photorepair of DNA, as well as reactions of peptides and small molecules. In spite of comprehensive biochemical studies of DNA catalysts for two decades, fundamental mechanistic understanding of their function is lacking in the absence of three-dimensional models at atomic resolution. Early attempts to solve the crystal structure of an RNA-cleaving deoxyribozyme resulted in a catalytically irrelevant nucleic acid fold. Here we report the crystal structure of the RNA-ligating deoxyribozyme 9DB1 (ref. 14) at 2.8 Å resolution. The structure captures the ligation reaction in the post-catalytic state, revealing a compact folding unit stabilized by numerous tertiary interactions, and an unanticipated organization of the catalytic centre. Structure-guided mutagenesis provided insights into the basis for regioselectivity of the ligation reaction and allowed remarkable manipulation of substrate recognition and reaction rate. Moreover, the structure highlights how the specific properties of deoxyribose are reflected in the backbone conformation of the DNA catalyst, in support of its intricate three-dimensional organization. The structural principles underlying the catalytic ability of DNA elucidate differences and similarities in DNA versus RNA catalysts, which is relevant for comprehending the privileged position of folded RNA in the prebiotic world and in current organisms. PMID:26735012

  13. Elasticity of some mantle crystal structures. II.

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    Wang, H.; Simmons, G.

    1973-01-01

    The single-crystal elastic constants are determined as a function of pressure and temperature for rutile structure germanium dioxide (GeO2). The data are qualitatively similar to those of rutile TiO2 measured by Manghnani (1969). The compressibility in the c direction is less than one-half that in the a direction, the pressure derivative of the shear constant is negative, and the pressure derivative of the bulk modulus has a relatively high value of about 6.2. According to an elastic strain energy theory, the negative shear modulus derivative implies that the kinetic barrier to diffusion decreases with increasing pressure.

  14. Temperature dependent spin structures in Hexaferrite crystal

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    Chao, Y. C.; Lin, J. G.; Chun, S. H.; Kim, K. H.

    2016-01-01

    In this work, the Hexaferrite Ba0.5Sr1.5Zn2Fe12O22 (BSZFO) is studied due to its interesting characteristics of long-wavelength spin structure. Ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) is used to probe the magnetic states of BSZFO single crystal and its temperature dependence behavior is analyzed by decomposing the multiple lines of FMR spectra into various phases. Distinguished phase transition is observed at 110 K for one line, which is assigned to the ferro(ferri)-magnetic transition from non-collinear to collinear spin state.

  15. Creation of giant two-dimensional crystal of zinc oxide nanodisk by method of single-particle layer of organo-modified inorganic fine particles.

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    Meng, Qi; Honda, Nanami; Uchida, Saki; Hashimoto, Kazuaki; Shibata, Hirobumi; Fujimori, Atsuhiro

    2015-09-01

    In this study, the formation and structure of a single-particle layer of organo-zinc oxide are investigated using surface-pressure-area (π-A) isotherms, out-of-plane X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Further, techniques for achieving the solubilization of inorganic fine particles in general solvents have been proposed, and a single-particle layer has been formed using such an inorganic solution as a "spreading solution" for an interfacial film. Surface modification of ZnO is performed using a long-chain carboxylic acid. Accordingly, a regular arrangement of ZnO can be easily achieved in order to overcome the relatively weak van der Walls interactions between inorganic materials. A condensed Langmuir monolayer of these particles is also formed. A multiparticle layered structure is constructed by the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique. Out-of-plane XRD measurement results for a single-particle layer of organo-ZnO clearly show a sharp peak at 42 Å. This peak is attributed to the distance between ZnO layers. The AFM image of this single-particle layer of organo-ZnO shows a particle assembly with a uniform height of 60 nm. These aggregated particles form large two-dimensional crystals. In other words, a regular periodic structure along the c-axis and a condensed single-particle layer had been fabricated using Langmuir and LB techniques. PMID:25978556

  16. Channeling and Blocking of Energetic Particles in Crystals

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    Andersen, Jens Ulrik

    The development of channeling and blocking since the foundation of the field was laid by Jens Lindhard in his classical paper in 1965 is discussed, and the question is asked whether this theory has passed the test of time. Have important aspects of the theory been challenged? Where has the theory needed modification or extension? Are there still open questions to be solved? A basic theoretical issue is the applicability of classical mechanics in the description. Lindhard showed that for particles heavy compared with the electron classical orbital pictures may always be applied. However, for electrons and positrons there are strong quantal features, like Bragg interference. The quantal description introduced by Lindhard and co-workers has been used as the basis for a comprehensive treatment of the channeling of MeV electrons and positrons and of channeling radiation. At very high energies, GeV and TeV, the motion becomes classical, due to the relativistic increase of the field seen by the particles in the reference frame following their longitudinal motion. Channeling radiation in this regime is still an active field of research. For channeling and blocking of ions, the concept of statistical equilibrium plays a central part in Lindhard's theory. The application of this concept has met with two important challenges, the first based on computer simulations and the second on experiments with the transmission of heavy ions through thin crystals. In both cases the challenges have been met and new insight has been gained but there are still problems to be solved. Channeling and blocking of ions have found very many interesting applications, and a few problems and opportunities worth pursuing are suggested.

  17. Structural ordering and glass forming of soft spherical particles with harmonic repulsions

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    Sun, Bin; Sun, Zhiwei; Ouyang, Wenze Xu, Shenghua

    2014-04-07

    We carry out dissipative particle dynamics simulations to investigate the dynamic process of phase transformation in the system with harmonic repulsion particles. Just below the melting point, the system undergoes liquid state, face-centered cubic crystallization, body-centered cubic crystallization, and reentrant melting phase transition upon compression, which is in good agreement with the phase diagram constructed previously via thermodynamic integration. However, when the temperature is decreased sufficiently, the system is trapped into an amorphous and frustrated glass state in the region of intermediate density, where the solid phase and crystal structure should be thermodynamically most stable.

  18. Crystal structure of yeast Sco1

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    Abajian, Carnie; Rosenzweig, Amy C.

    2010-03-05

    The Sco family of proteins are involved in the assembly of the dinuclear CuA site in cytochrome c oxidase (COX), the terminal enzyme in aerobic respiration. These proteins, which are found in both eukaryotes and prokaryotes, are characterized by a conserved CXXXC sequence motif that binds copper ions and that has also been proposed to perform a thiol:disulfide oxidoreductase function. The crystal structures of Saccharomyces cerevisiae apo Sco1 (apo-ySco1) and Sco1 in the presence of copper ions (Cu-ySco1) were determined to 1.8- and 2.3-{angstrom} resolutions, respectively. Yeast Sco1 exhibits a thioredoxin-like fold, similar to that observed for human Sco1 and a homolog from Bacillus subtilis. The Cu-ySco1 structure, obtained by soaking apo-ySco1 crystals in copper ions, reveals an unexpected copper-binding site involving Cys181 and Cys216, cysteine residues present in ySco1 but not in other homologs. The conserved CXXXC cysteines, Cys148 and Cys152, can undergo redox chemistry in the crystal. An essential histidine residue, His239, is located on a highly flexible loop, denoted the Sco loop, and can adopt positions proximal to both pairs of cysteines. Interactions between ySco1 and its partner proteins yeast Cox17 and yeast COX2 are likely to occur via complementary electrostatic surfaces. This high-resolution model of a eukaryotic Sco protein provides new insight into Sco copper binding and function.

  19. Continuous synthesis of polymer-coated drug particles by porous hollow fiber membrane-based antisolvent crystallization.

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    Chen, Dengyue; Singh, Dhananjay; Sirkar, Kamalesh K; Pfeffer, Robert

    2015-01-01

    Using porous hollow fiber membranes, this study illustrates a novel technique to continuously synthesize polymer-coated drug crystals by antisolvent crystallization. The synthesized polymer-coated drug crystals involve crystals of the drug Griseofulvin (GF) coated by a thin layer of the polymer Eudragit RL100. The process feed, an acetone solution of the drug GF containing the dissolved polymer, was passed through the shell side of a membrane module containing many porous hollow fibers of Nylon-6. Through the lumen of the hollow fibers, the antisolvent water was passed at a higher pressure to inject water jets through every pore in the fiber wall into the shell-side acetone feed solution, creating an extremely high level of supersaturation and immediate crystallization. It appears that the GF crystals are formed first and serve as nuclei for the precipitation of the polymer Eudragit, which forms a thin coating around the GF crystals. The polymer-coated drug crystals were collected by a filtration device at the shell-side outlet of the membrane module, and the surface morphology, particle size distribution, and the polymer coating thickness were then characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), laser diffraction spectroscopy (LDS), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). To study the properties of the coated drug crystals, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, and dissolution tests were implemented. These results indicate that a polymer-coated, free-flowing product was successfully developed under appropriate conditions in this novel porous hollow fiber antisolvent crystallization (PHFAC) method. The coated drug particles can be potentially used for controlled release. The molecular and the crystal structures of GF were not affected by the PHFAC method, which may be easily scaled up. PMID:25552289

  20. A structural analysis of small vapor-deposited 'multiply twinned' gold particles

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    Yang, C. Y.; Heinemann, K.; Yacaman, M. J.; Poppa, H.

    1979-01-01

    High resolution selected zone dark field, Bragg reflection imaging and weak beam dark field techniques of transmission electron microscopy were used to determine the structure of small gold particles vapor deposited on NaCl substrates. Attention was focused on the analysis of those particles in the 50-150 A range that have pentagonal or hexagonal bright field profiles. These particles have been previously described as multiply twinned crystallites composed of face-centered cubic tetrahedra. The experimental evidence of the present studies can be interpreted on the assumption that the particle structure is a regular icosahedron or decahedron for the hexagonal or the pentagonal particles respectively. The icosahedron is a multiply twinned rhombohedral crystal and the decahedron is a multiply twinned body-centered orthorhombic crystal, each of which constitutes a slight distortion from the face-centered cubic structure.

  1. Crystal structure of human nicotinamide riboside kinase.

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    Khan, Javed A; Xiang, Song; Tong, Liang

    2007-08-01

    Nicotinamide riboside kinase (NRK) has an important role in the biosynthesis of NAD(+) as well as the activation of tiazofurin and other NR analogs for anticancer therapy. NRK belongs to the deoxynucleoside kinase and nucleoside monophosphate (NMP) kinase superfamily, although the degree of sequence conservation is very low. We report here the crystal structures of human NRK1 in a binary complex with the reaction product nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN) at 1.5 A resolution and in a ternary complex with ADP and tiazofurin at 2.7 A resolution. The active site is located in a groove between the central parallel beta sheet core and the LID and NMP-binding domains. The hydroxyl groups on the ribose of NR are recognized by Asp56 and Arg129, and Asp36 is the general base of the enzyme. Mutation of residues in the active site can abolish the catalytic activity of the enzyme, confirming the structural observations. PMID:17698003

  2. Crystal Structure of Human Nicotinamide Riboside Kinase

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    Khan,J.; Xiang, S.; Tong, L.

    2007-01-01

    Nicotinamide riboside kinase (NRK) has an important role in the biosynthesis of NAD{sup +} as well as the activation of tiazofurin and other NR analogs for anticancer therapy. NRK belongs to the deoxynucleoside kinase and nucleoside monophosphate (NMP) kinase superfamily, although the degree of sequence conservation is very low. We report here the crystal structures of human NRK1 in a binary complex with the reaction product nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN) at 1.5 {angstrom} resolution and in a ternary complex with ADP and tiazofurin at 2.7 {angstrom} resolution. The active site is located in a groove between the central parallel {beta} sheet core and the LID and NMP-binding domains. The hydroxyl groups on the ribose of NR are recognized by Asp56 and Arg129, and Asp36 is the general base of the enzyme. Mutation of residues in the active site can abolish the catalytic activity of the enzyme, confirming the structural observations.

  3. Structure, thermodynamics, and crystallization of amorphous hafnia

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    Luo, Xuhui; Demkov, Alexander A.

    2015-09-01

    We investigate theoretically amorphous hafnia using the first principles melt and quench method. We identify two types of amorphous structures of hafnia. Type I and type II are related to tetragonal and monoclinic hafnia, respectively. We find type II structure to show stronger disorder than type I. Using the phonon density of states, we calculate the specific heat capacity for type II amorphous hafnia. Using the nudged elastic band method, we show that the averaged transition barrier between the type II amorphous hafnia and monoclinic phase is approximately 0.09 eV/HfO2. The crystallization temperature is estimated to be 421 K. The calculations suggest an explanation for the low thermal stability of amorphous hafnia.

  4. The Crystal Structure of Human Argonaute2

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    Schirle, Nicole T.; MacRae, Ian J.

    2012-07-18

    Argonaute proteins form the functional core of the RNA-induced silencing complexes that mediate RNA silencing in eukaryotes. The 2.3 angstrom resolution crystal structure of human Argonaute2 (Ago2) reveals a bilobed molecule with a central cleft for binding guide and target RNAs. Nucleotides 2 to 6 of a heterogeneous mixture of guide RNAs are positioned in an A-form conformation for base pairing with target messenger RNAs. Between nucleotides 6 and 7, there is a kink that may function in microRNA target recognition or release of sliced RNA products. Tandem tryptophan-binding pockets in the PIWI domain define a likely interaction surface for recruitment of glycine-tryptophan-182 (GW182) or other tryptophan-rich cofactors. These results will enable structure-based approaches for harnessing the untapped therapeutic potential of RNA silencing in humans.

  5. Prediction of binary hard-sphere crystal structures

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    Filion, Laura; Dijkstra, Marjolein

    2009-04-01

    We present a method based on a combination of a genetic algorithm and Monte Carlo simulations to predict close-packed crystal structures in hard-core systems. We employ this method to predict the binary crystal structures in a mixture of large and small hard spheres with various stoichiometries and diameter ratios between 0.4 and 0.84. In addition to known binary hard-sphere crystal structures similar to NaCl and AlB2 , we predict additional crystal structures with the symmetry of CrB, γCuTi , αIrV , HgBr2 , AuTe2 , Ag2Se , and various structures for which an atomic analog was not found. In order to determine the crystal structures at infinite pressures, we calculate the maximum packing density as a function of size ratio for the crystal structures predicted by our GA using a simulated annealing approach.

  6. Crystal Structure of Staphylococcus aureus Cas9.

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    Nishimasu, Hiroshi; Cong, Le; Yan, Winston X; Ran, F Ann; Zetsche, Bernd; Li, Yinqing; Kurabayashi, Arisa; Ishitani, Ryuichiro; Zhang, Feng; Nureki, Osamu

    2015-08-27

    The RNA-guided DNA endonuclease Cas9 cleaves double-stranded DNA targets with a protospacer adjacent motif (PAM) and complementarity to the guide RNA. Recently, we harnessed Staphylococcus aureus Cas9 (SaCas9), which is significantly smaller than Streptococcus pyogenes Cas9 (SpCas9), to facilitate efficient in vivo genome editing. Here, we report the crystal structures of SaCas9 in complex with a single guide RNA (sgRNA) and its double-stranded DNA targets, containing the 5'-TTGAAT-3' PAM and the 5'-TTGGGT-3' PAM, at 2.6 and 2.7 Å resolutions, respectively. The structures revealed the mechanism of the relaxed recognition of the 5'-NNGRRT-3' PAM by SaCas9. A structural comparison of SaCas9 with SpCas9 highlighted both structural conservation and divergence, explaining their distinct PAM specificities and orthologous sgRNA recognition. Finally, we applied the structural information about this minimal Cas9 to rationally design compact transcriptional activators and inducible nucleases, to further expand the CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing toolbox. PMID:26317473

  7. Crystal structure of bacterioferritin from Rhodobacter sphaeroides

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    Nam, Ki Hyun; Xu, Yongbin; Piao, Shunfu; Priyadarshi, Amit; Lee, Eun Hye; Kim, Hye-Yeon; Jeon, Young Ho; Ha, Nam-Chul; Hwang, Kwang Yeon

    2010-01-01

    Iron is essential for the survival of organisms, but either excess or deficient levels of iron induce oxidative stress, thereby causing cell damage. As a result, iron regulation is essential for proper cell growth and proliferation in most organisms. Bacterioferritin is a ferritin-like family protein that contains a heme molecule and a ferroxidase site at the di-iron center. This protein plays a primary role in intracellular iron storage for iron homeostasis, as well as in the maintenance of iron in a soluble and non-toxic form. Although several bacterioferritin structures have been determined, no structural studies have successfully elucidated the molecular function of the heme molecule and the ferroxidase center. Here, we report the crystal structure of bacterioferritin from Rhodobacter sphaeroides. This protein exists in a roughly spherical configuration via the assembly of 24 subunits. We describe the oligomeric arrangement, ferroxidase center and heme-binding site based on this structure. The protein contains a single iron-binding configuration in the ferroxidase center, which allows for the release of iron by His130 when the protein is in the intermediate state. The heme molecule in RsBfr is stabilized by shifting of the van der Waals interaction center between the porphyrin of the heme and Trp26. We anticipate that further structural analysis will provide a more complete understanding of the molecular mechanisms of members of the ferritin-like family.

  8. Photoresponsive Release from Azobenzene-Modified Single Cubic Crystal NaCl/Silica Particles

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    Jiang, Xingmao; Liu, Nanguo; Assink, Roger A.; Jiang, Yingbing; Brinker, C. Jeffrey

    2011-01-01

    Azobenzene ligands were uniformly anchored to the pore surfaces of nanoporous silica particles with single crystal NaCl using 4-(3-triethoxysilylpropylureido)azobenzene (TSUA). The functionalization delayed the release of NaCl significantly. The modified particles demonstrated a photocontrolled release by trans/cis isomerization of azobenzene moieties. The addition of amphiphilic solvents, propylene glycol (PG), propylene glycol propyl ether (PGPE), and dipropylene glycol propyl ether (DPGPE) delayed the release in water, although the wetting behavior was improved and the delay is the most for the block molecules with the longest carbon chain. The speedup by UV irradiation suggests a strong dependence of diffusion on the switchablemore » pore size. TGA, XRD, FTIR, and NMR techniques were used to characterize the structures.« less

  9. Flash Nanoprecipitation: Particle Structure and Stability

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    Pustulka, Kevin M.; Wohl, Adam R.; Lee, Han Seung; Michel, Andrew R.; Han, Jing; Hoye, Thomas R.; McCormick, Alon V.; Panyam, Jayanth; Macosko, Christopher W.

    2013-01-01

    Flash nanoprecipitation (FNP) is a process that, through rapid mixing, stabilizes an insoluble low molecular weight compound in a nano-sized, polymer-stabilized delivery vehicle. The polymeric components are typically amphiphilic diblock copolymers (BCPs). In order to fully exploit the potential of FNP, factors affecting particle structure, size, and stability must be understood. Here we show that polymer type, hydrophobicity and crystallinity of the small molecule, and small molecule loading levels all affect particle size and stability. Of the four block copolymers (BCP) that we have studied here, poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PEG-b-PLGA) was most suitable for potential drug delivery applications due to its ability to give rise to stable nanoparticles, its biocompatibility, and its degradability. We found little difference in particle size when using PLGA block sizes over the range of 5 to 15kDa. The choice of hydrophobic small molecule was important, as molecules with a calculated water-octanol partition coefficient (clogP) below 6 gave rise to particles that were unstable and underwent rapid Ostwald ripening. Studies probing the internal structure of nanoparticles were also performed. Analysis of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM), and 1H-NMR experiments support a three-layer core-shell-corona nanoparticle structure. PMID:24053447

  10. Flash nanoprecipitation: particle structure and stability.

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    Pustulka, Kevin M; Wohl, Adam R; Lee, Han Seung; Michel, Andrew R; Han, Jing; Hoye, Thomas R; McCormick, Alon V; Panyam, Jayanth; Macosko, Christopher W

    2013-11-01

    Flash nanoprecipitation (FNP) is a process that, through rapid mixing, stabilizes an insoluble low molecular weight compound in a nanosized, polymer-stabilized delivery vehicle. The polymeric components are typically amphiphilic diblock copolymers (BCPs). In order to fully exploit the potential of FNP, factors affecting particle structure, size, and stability must be understood. Here we show that polymer type, hydrophobicity and crystallinity of the small molecule, and small molecule loading levels all affect particle size and stability. Of the four block copolymers (BCP) that we have studied here, poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PEG-b-PLGA) was most suitable for potential drug delivery applications due to its ability to give rise to stable nanoparticles, its biocompatibility, and its degradability. We found little difference in particle size when using PLGA block sizes over the range of 5 to 15 kDa. The choice of hydrophobic small molecule was important, as molecules with a calculated water-octanol partition coefficient (clogP) below 6 gave rise to particles that were unstable and underwent rapid Ostwald ripening. Studies probing the internal structure of nanoparticles were also performed. Analysis of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM), and (1)H NMR experiments support a three-layer core-shell-corona nanoparticle structure. PMID:24053447

  11. Crystal structures of five 6-mercaptopurine derivatives.

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    Gomes, Lígia R; Low, John Nicolson; Magalhães E Silva, Diogo; Cagide, Fernando; Borges, Fernanda

    2016-03-01

    The crystal structures of five 6-mercaptopurine derivatives, viz. 2-[(9-acetyl-9H-purin-6-yl)sulfan-yl]-1-(3-meth-oxy-phen-yl)ethan-1-one (1), C16H14N4O3S, 2-[(9-acetyl-9H-purin-6-yl)sulfan-yl]-1-(4-meth-oxy-phen-yl)ethan-1-one (2), C16H14N4O3S, 2-[(9-acetyl-9H-purin-6-yl)sulfan-yl]-1-(4-chloro-phen-yl)ethan-1-one (3), C15H11ClN4O2S, 2-[(9-acetyl-9H-purin-6-yl)sulfan-yl]-1-(4-bromo-phen-yl)ethan-1-one (4), C15H11BrN4O2S, and 1-(3-meth-oxy-phen-yl)-2-[(9H-purin-6-yl)sulfan-yl]ethan-1-one (5), C14H12N4O2S. Compounds (2), (3) and (4) are isomorphous and accordingly their mol-ecular and supra-molecular structures are similar. An analysis of the dihedral angles between the purine and exocyclic phenyl rings show that the mol-ecules of (1) and (5) are essentially planar but that in the case of the three isomorphous compounds (2), (3) and (4), these rings are twisted by a dihedral angle of approximately 38°. With the exception of (1) all mol-ecules are linked by weak C-H⋯O hydrogen bonds in their crystals. There is π-π stacking in all compounds. A Cambridge Structural Database search revealed the existence of 11 deposited compounds containing the 1-phenyl-2-sulfanyl-ethanone scaffold; of these, only eight have a cyclic ring as substituent, the majority of these being heterocycles. PMID:27006794

  12. Crystal structure of strontium dinickel iron orthophosphate

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    Ouaatta, Said; Assani, Abderrazzak; Saadi, Mohamed; El Ammari, Lahcen

    2015-01-01

    The title compound, SrNi2Fe(PO4)3, synthesized by solid-state reaction, crystallizes in an ordered variant of the α-CrPO4 structure. In the asymmetric unit, two O atoms are in general positions, whereas all others atoms are in special positions of the space group Imma: the Sr cation and one P atom occupy the Wyckoff position 4e (mm2), Fe is on 4b (2/m), Ni and the other P atom are on 8g (2), one O atom is on 8h (m) and the other on 8i (m). The three-dimensional framework of the crystal structure is built up by [PO4] tetra­hedra, [FeO6] octa­hedra and [Ni2O10] dimers of edge-sharing octa­hedra, linked through common corners or edges. This structure comprises two types of layers stacked alternately along the [100] direction. The first layer is formed by edge-sharing octa­hedra ([Ni2O10] dimer) linked to [PO4] tetra­hedra via common edges while the second layer is built up from a strontium row followed by infinite chains of alternating [PO4] tetra­hedra and FeO6 octa­hedra sharing apices. The layers are held together through vertices of [PO4] tetra­hedra and [FeO6] octa­hedra, leading to the appearance of two types of tunnels parallel to the a- and b-axis directions in which the Sr cations are located. Each Sr cation is surrounded by eight O atoms. PMID:26594419

  13. Modeling Polymorphic Molecular Crystals with Electronic Structure Theory.

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    Beran, Gregory J O

    2016-05-11

    Interest in molecular crystals has grown thanks to their relevance to pharmaceuticals, organic semiconductor materials, foods, and many other applications. Electronic structure methods have become an increasingly important tool for modeling molecular crystals and polymorphism. This article reviews electronic structure techniques used to model molecular crystals, including periodic density functional theory, periodic second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory, fragment-based electronic structure methods, and diffusion Monte Carlo. It also discusses the use of these models for predicting a variety of crystal properties that are relevant to the study of polymorphism, including lattice energies, structures, crystal structure prediction, polymorphism, phase diagrams, vibrational spectroscopies, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Finally, tools for analyzing crystal structures and intermolecular interactions are briefly discussed. PMID:27008426

  14. Crystal structures of the human adiponectin receptors.

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    Tanabe, Hiroaki; Fujii, Yoshifumi; Okada-Iwabu, Miki; Iwabu, Masato; Nakamura, Yoshihiro; Hosaka, Toshiaki; Motoyama, Kanna; Ikeda, Mariko; Wakiyama, Motoaki; Terada, Takaho; Ohsawa, Noboru; Hato, Masakatsu; Ogasawara, Satoshi; Hino, Tomoya; Murata, Takeshi; Iwata, So; Hirata, Kunio; Kawano, Yoshiaki; Yamamoto, Masaki; Kimura-Someya, Tomomi; Shirouzu, Mikako; Yamauchi, Toshimasa; Kadowaki, Takashi; Yokoyama, Shigeyuki

    2015-04-16

    Adiponectin stimulation of its receptors, AdipoR1 and AdipoR2, increases the activities of 5'AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR), respectively, thereby contributing to healthy longevity as key anti-diabetic molecules. AdipoR1 and AdipoR2 were predicted to contain seven transmembrane helices with the opposite topology to G-protein-coupled receptors. Here we report the crystal structures of human AdipoR1 and AdipoR2 at 2.9 and 2.4 resolution, respectively, which represent a novel class of receptor structure. The seven-transmembrane helices, conformationally distinct from those of G-protein-coupled receptors, enclose a large cavity where three conserved histidine residues coordinate a zinc ion. The zinc-binding structure may have a role in the adiponectin-stimulated AMPK phosphorylation and UCP2 upregulation. Adiponectin may broadly interact with the extracellular face, rather thanthe carboxy-terminal tail, of the receptors. The present information will facilitate the understanding of novel structure-function relationships and the development and optimization of AdipoR agonists for the treatment of obesity-related diseases, such as type 2 diabetes. PMID:25855295

  15. Crystal structures of respiratory pathogen neuraminidases

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    Hsiao, Yu-Shan; Parker, Dane; Ratner, Adam J.; Prince, Alice; Tong, Liang

    2013-01-01

    Currently there is pressing need to develop novel therapeutic agents for the treatment of infections by the human respiratory pathogens Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Streptococcus pneumoniae. The neuraminidases of these pathogens are important for host colonization in animal models of infection and are attractive targets for drug discovery. To aid in the development of inhibitors against these neuraminidases, we have determined the crystal structures of the P. aeruginosa enzyme NanPs and S. pneumoniae enzyme NanA at 1.6 and 1.7 Å resolution, respectively. In situ proteolysis with trypsin was essential for the crystallization of our recombinant NanA. The active site regions of the two enzymes are strikingly different. NanA contains a deep pocket that is similar to that in canonical neuraminidases, while the NanPs active site is much more open. The comparative studies suggest that NanPs may not be a classical neuraminidase, and may have distinct natural substrates and physiological functions. This work represents an important step in the development of drugs to prevent respiratory tract colonization by these two pathogens. PMID:19284989

  16. Crystal Structures of Respiratory Pathogen Neuraminidases

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    Hsiao, Y.; Parker, D; Ratner, A; Prince, A; Tong, L

    2009-01-01

    Currently there is pressing need to develop novel therapeutic agents for the treatment of infections by the human respiratory pathogens Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Streptococcus pneumoniae. The neuraminidases of these pathogens are important for host colonization in animal models of infection and are attractive targets for drug discovery. To aid in the development of inhibitors against these neuraminidases, we have determined the crystal structures of the P. aeruginosa enzyme NanPs and S. pneumoniae enzyme NanA at 1.6 and 1.7 {angstrom} resolution, respectively. In situ proteolysis with trypsin was essential for the crystallization of our recombinant NanA. The active site regions of the two enzymes are strikingly different. NanA contains a deep pocket that is similar to that in canonical neuraminidases, while the NanPs active site is much more open. The comparative studies suggest that NanPs may not be a classical neuraminidase, and may have distinct natural substrates and physiological functions. This work represents an important step in the development of drugs to prevent respiratory tract colonization by these two pathogens.

  17. Crystal structure of natural phaeosphaeride A

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    Abzianidze, Victoria V.; Poluektova, Ekaterina V.; Bolshakova, Ksenia P.; Panikorovskii, Taras L.; Bogachenkov, Alexander S.; Berestetskiy, Alexander O.

    2015-01-01

    The asymmetric unit of the title compound, C15H23NO5, contains two independent mol­ecules. Phaeosphaeride A contains two primary sections, an alkyl chain consisting of five C atoms and a cyclic system consisting of fused five- and six-membered rings with attached substituents. In the crystal, the mol­ecules form layered structures. Nearly planar sheets, parallel to the (001) plane, form bilayers of two-dimensional hydrogen-bonded networks with the hy­droxy groups located on the inter­ior of the bilayer sheets. The network is constructed primarily of four O—H⋯O hydrogen bonds, which form a zigzag pattern in the (001) plane. The butyl chains inter­digitate with the butyl chains on adjacent sheets. The crystal was twinned by a twofold rotation about the c axis, with refined major–minor occupancy fractions of 0.718 (6):0.282 (6). PMID:26396831

  18. Single-crystal CVD diamond detector for high-resolution particle spectrometry

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    Sato, Y.; Murakami, H.; Shimaoka, T.; Tsubota, M.; Kaneko, J. H.

    2014-11-01

    The performance of a single-crystal diamond detector, grown by chemical vapour deposition, as an energy spectrometer for charged particles was studied. The detector was able to identify four different energies of 241\\text{Am} α -particles (5.389, 5.443, 5.486, and 5.545 MeV) thanks to a superior intrinsic energy resolution of ˜0.4{%} (full width at half maximum). The electrode configuration, specifically the electric field configuration inside the diamond crystal, and the electrode materials, strongly affect the energy resolution for charged particles. The charge collection efficiency inside the diamond crystal was ˜97{%} for both electrons and holes.

  19. Crystal structure of a snake venom cardiotoxin

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    Rees, B.; Samama, J.P.; Thierry, J.C.; Gilibert, M.; Fischer, J.; Schweitz, H.; Lazdunski, M.; Moras, D.

    1987-05-01

    Cardiotoxin V/sup II/4 from Naja mossambica crystallizes in space group P6/sub 1/ (a = b = 73.9 A; c = 59.0 A) with two molecules of toxin (molecular mass = 6715 Da) in the asymmetric unit. The structure was solved by using a combination of multiple isomorphous replacement and density modification methods. Model building and least-squares refinement led to an agreement factor of 27% for a data set to 3-A resolution prior to any inclusion of solvent molecules. The topology of the molecule is similar to that found in short and long snake neurotoxins, which block the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor. Major differences occur in the conformation of the central loop, resulting in a change in the concavity of the molecule. Hydrophobic residues are clustered in two distinct areas. The existence of stable dimeric entities in the crystalline state, with the formation of a six-stranded antiparallel ..beta.. sheet, may be functionally relevant.

  20. Exploring structural phase transitions of ion crystals

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    Yan, L. L.; Wan, W.; Chen, L.; Zhou, F.; Gong, S. J.; Tong, X.; Feng, M.

    2016-02-01

    Phase transitions have been a research focus in many-body physics over past decades. Cold ions, under strong Coulomb repulsion, provide a repealing paradigm of exploring phase transitions in stable confinement by electromagnetic field. We demonstrate various conformations of up to sixteen laser-cooled 40Ca+ ion crystals in a home-built surface-electrode trap, where besides the usually mentioned structural phase transition from the linear to the zigzag, two additional phase transitions to more complicated two-dimensional configurations are identified. The experimental observation agrees well with the numerical simulation. Heating due to micromotion of the ions is analysed by comparison of the numerical simulation with the experimental observation. Our investigation implies very rich and complicated many-body behaviour in the trapped-ion systems and provides effective mechanism for further exploring quantum phase transitions and quantum information processing with ultracold trapped ions.

  1. Exploring structural phase transitions of ion crystals

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    Yan, L. L.; Wan, W.; Chen, L.; Zhou, F.; Gong, S. J.; Tong, X.; Feng, M.

    2016-01-01

    Phase transitions have been a research focus in many-body physics over past decades. Cold ions, under strong Coulomb repulsion, provide a repealing paradigm of exploring phase transitions in stable confinement by electromagnetic field. We demonstrate various conformations of up to sixteen laser-cooled 40Ca+ ion crystals in a home-built surface-electrode trap, where besides the usually mentioned structural phase transition from the linear to the zigzag, two additional phase transitions to more complicated two-dimensional configurations are identified. The experimental observation agrees well with the numerical simulation. Heating due to micromotion of the ions is analysed by comparison of the numerical simulation with the experimental observation. Our investigation implies very rich and complicated many-body behaviour in the trapped-ion systems and provides effective mechanism for further exploring quantum phase transitions and quantum information processing with ultracold trapped ions. PMID:26865229

  2. Exploring structural phase transitions of ion crystals.

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    Yan, L L; Wan, W; Chen, L; Zhou, F; Gong, S J; Tong, X; Feng, M

    2016-01-01

    Phase transitions have been a research focus in many-body physics over past decades. Cold ions, under strong Coulomb repulsion, provide a repealing paradigm of exploring phase transitions in stable confinement by electromagnetic field. We demonstrate various conformations of up to sixteen laser-cooled (40)Ca(+) ion crystals in a home-built surface-electrode trap, where besides the usually mentioned structural phase transition from the linear to the zigzag, two additional phase transitions to more complicated two-dimensional configurations are identified. The experimental observation agrees well with the numerical simulation. Heating due to micromotion of the ions is analysed by comparison of the numerical simulation with the experimental observation. Our investigation implies very rich and complicated many-body behaviour in the trapped-ion systems and provides effective mechanism for further exploring quantum phase transitions and quantum information processing with ultracold trapped ions. PMID:26865229

  3. Crystal structure of oligoacenes under high pressure

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    Oehzelt, M.; Aichholzer, A.; Resel, R.; Heimel, G.; Venuti, E.; Della Valle, R. G.

    2006-09-01

    We report crystal structures of anthracene, tetracene, and pentacene under pressure. Energy dispersive x-ray diffraction experiments up to 9 GPa were performed. Quasiharmonic lattice dynamics calculations are compared to the experimental results and show excellent agreement. The results are discussed with particular emphasis on the pressure dependence of the unit cell dimensions and the rearrangement of the molecules. The high pressure data also allow an analysis of the equation of state of these substances as a function of molecular length. We report the bulk modulus of tetracene and pentacene (B{sub 0}=9.0 and 9.6 GPa, respectively) and its pressure derivative (B{sub 0}{sup '}=7.9 and 6.4, respectively). We find that the unit-cell volume and bulk modulus at ambient pressure follow a linear relationship with the molecular length.

  4. Crystal structure of betulinic acid methanol monosolvate.

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    Tang, Wei; Chen, Neng-Hua; Li, Guo-Qiang; Wang, Guo-Cai; Li, Yao-Lan

    2014-12-01

    The title compound [systematic name: 3β-hy-droxy-lup-20(29)-en-28-oic acid methanol monosolvate], C30H48O3·CH3OH, is a solvent pseudopolymorph of a naturally occurring plant-derived lupane-type penta-cyclic triterpenoid, which was isolated from the traditional Chinese medicinal plant Syzygium jambos (L.) Alston. The dihedral angle between the planes of the carb-oxy-lic acid group and the olefinic group is 12.17 (18)°. The A/B, B/C, C/D and D/E ring junctions are all trans-fused. In the crystal, O-H⋯O hydrogen bonds involving the hy-droxy and carb-oxy-lic acid groups and the methanol solvent mol-ecule give rise to a two-dimensional network structure lying parallel to (001). PMID:25553022

  5. Crystal Structure of the VS ribozyme

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    Suslov, Nikolai B.; DasGupta, Saurja; Huang, Hao; Fuller, James R.; Lilley, David M.J.; Rice, Phoebe A.; Piccirilli, Joseph A.

    2015-01-01

    Varkud Satellite (VS) ribozyme mediates rolling circle replication of a plasmid found in the Neurospora mitochondria. We report crystal structures of this ribozyme at 3.1Å resolution, revealing an intertwined dimer formed by an exchange of substrate helices. Within each protomer, an arrangement of three-way helical junctions organizes seven helices into a global fold that creates a docking site for the substrate helix of the other protomer, resulting in the formation of two active sites in trans. This mode of RNA-RNA association resembles the process of domain swapping in proteins and has implications for RNA regulation and evolution. Within each active site, adenine and guanine nucleobases abut the scissile phosphate, poised to serve direct roles in catalysis. Similarities to the active sites of the hairpin and hammerhead ribozymes highlight the functional significance of active site features, underscore the ability of RNA to access functional architectures from distant regions of sequence space, and suggest convergent evolution. PMID:26414446

  6. Some Lower Valence Vanadium Fluorides: Their Crystal Distortions, Domain Structures, Modulated Structures, Ferrimagnetism, and Composition Dependence.

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    Hong, Y. S.; And Others

    1980-01-01

    Describes some contemporary concepts unique to the structure of advanced solids, i.e., their crystal distortions, domain structures, modulated structures, ferrimagnetism, and composition dependence. (Author/CS)

  7. The crystal structure of a nonstoichiometric nasicon

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    Rudolf, F.; Clearfield, A.; Jorgensen, J.D.; Subramanian, M.A.

    1985-06-01

    The crystal structure of a nonstoichiometric NASICON prepared from a hydrothermally synthesized precursor phase was solved by means of Xray powder and neutron powder diffraction methods. The NASICON phase is monoclinic with unit cell parameters, from Rietveld refinement of the neutron data, of a = 15.6209(8), b = 9.0326(5), c = 9.2172(5)A, ..beta.. = 123.67(1)A, V = 1082.5A/sup 3/. The space group is C2/c with Z = 4. The structure is essentially that proposed earlier by Hong, but the nonstoichiometry results from replacement of part of the Zr/sup 4 +/ by Na/sup +/. Refinement of site occupancies coupled with the requirement of overall charge balance yields the formula Na /sub 2.88/ (Na /sub 0.32/ Zr /sub 1.68/ )Si /sub 1.84/ P /sub 1.16/ O /sub 11.54/ which also agrees well with analytical data. Only 20% of the Na1 sites are occupied, but 80% of the Na3 sites are filled. This structure provides a framework from which to rationalize the many reports in the literature that NASICON can only be prepared with difficulty by high temperature solid state reactions.

  8. Crystal structure of human GDF11.

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    Padyana, Anil K; Vaidialingam, Bhamini; Hayes, David B; Gupta, Priyanka; Franti, Michael; Farrow, Neil A

    2016-03-01

    Members of the TGF-β family of proteins are believed to play critical roles in cellular signaling processes such as those involved in muscle differentiation. The extent to which individual family members have been characterized and linked to biological function varies greatly. The role of myostatin, also known as growth differentiation factor 8 (GDF8), as an inhibitor of muscle differentiation is well understood through genetic linkages. In contrast, the role of growth differentiation factor 11 (GDF11) is much less well understood. In humans, the mature forms of GDF11 and myostatin are over 94% identical. In order to understand the role that the small differences in sequence may play in the differential signaling of these molecules, the crystal structure of GDF11 was determined to a resolution of 1.50 Å. A comparison of the GDF11 structure with those of other family members reveals that the canonical TGF-β domain fold is conserved. A detailed structural comparison of GDF11 and myostatin shows that several of the differences between these proteins are likely to be localized at interfaces that are critical for the interaction with downstream receptors and inhibitors. PMID:26919518

  9. Crystal Structure of Human Spermine Synthase

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    Wu, Hong; Min, Jinrong; Zeng, Hong; McCloskey, Diane E.; Ikeguchi, Yoshihiko; Loppnau, Peter; Michael, Anthony J.; Pegg, Anthony E.; Plotnikov, Alexander N.

    2008-01-01

    The crystal structures of two ternary complexes of human spermine synthase (EC 2.5.1.22), one with 5′-methylthioadenosine and spermidine and the other with 5′-methylthioadenosine and spermine, have been solved. They show that the enzyme is a dimer of two identical subunits. Each monomer has three domains: a C-terminal domain, which contains the active site and is similar in structure to spermidine synthase; a central domain made up of four β-strands; and an N-terminal domain with remarkable structural similarity to S-adenosylmethionine decarboxylase, the enzyme that forms the aminopropyl donor substrate. Dimerization occurs mainly through interactions between the N-terminal domains. Deletion of the N-terminal domain led to a complete loss of spermine synthase activity, suggesting that dimerization may be required for activity. The structures provide an outline of the active site and a plausible model for catalysis. The active site is similar to those of spermidine synthases but has a larger substrate-binding pocket able to accommodate longer substrates. Two residues (Asp201 and Asp276) that are conserved in aminopropyltransferases appear to play a key part in the catalytic mechanism, and this role was supported by the results of site-directed mutagenesis. The spermine synthase·5′-methylthioadenosine structure provides a plausible explanation for the potent inhibition of the reaction by this product and the stronger inhibition of spermine synthase compared with spermidine synthase. An analysis to trace possible evolutionary origins of spermine synthase is also described. PMID:18367445

  10. Crystal structure of human nicotinic acid phosphoribosyltransferase

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    Marletta, Ada Serena; Massarotti, Alberto; Orsomando, Giuseppe; Magni, Giulio; Rizzi, Menico; Garavaglia, Silvia

    2015-01-01

    Nicotinic acid phosphoribosyltransferase (EC 2.4.2.11) (NaPRTase) is the rate-limiting enzyme in the three-step Preiss–Handler pathway for the biosynthesis of NAD. The enzyme catalyzes the conversion of nicotinic acid (Na) and 5-phosphoribosyl-1-pyrophosphate (PRPP) to nicotinic acid mononucleotide (NaMN) and pyrophosphate (PPi). Several studies have underlined the importance of NaPRTase for NAD homeostasis in mammals, but no crystallographic data are available for this enzyme from higher eukaryotes. Here, we report the crystal structure of human NaPRTase that was solved by molecular replacement at a resolution of 2.9 Å in its ligand-free form. Our structural data allow the assignment of human NaPRTase to the type II phosphoribosyltransferase subfamily and reveal that the enzyme consists of two domains and functions as a dimer with the active site located at the interface of the monomers. The substrate-binding mode was analyzed by molecular docking simulation and provides hints into the catalytic mechanism. Moreover, structural comparison of human NaPRTase with the other two human type II phosphoribosyltransferases involved in NAD biosynthesis, quinolinate phosphoribosyltransferase and nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase, reveals that while the three enzymes share a conserved overall structure, a few distinctive structural traits can be identified. In particular, we show that NaPRTase lacks a tunnel that, in nicotinamide phosphoribosiltransferase, represents the binding site of its potent and selective inhibitor FK866, currently used in clinical trials as an antitumoral agent. PMID:26042198

  11. Crystal structure of human nicotinic acid phosphoribosyltransferase.

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    Marletta, Ada Serena; Massarotti, Alberto; Orsomando, Giuseppe; Magni, Giulio; Rizzi, Menico; Garavaglia, Silvia

    2015-01-01

    Nicotinic acid phosphoribosyltransferase (EC 2.4.2.11) (NaPRTase) is the rate-limiting enzyme in the three-step Preiss-Handler pathway for the biosynthesis of NAD. The enzyme catalyzes the conversion of nicotinic acid (Na) and 5-phosphoribosyl-1-pyrophosphate (PRPP) to nicotinic acid mononucleotide (NaMN) and pyrophosphate (PPi). Several studies have underlined the importance of NaPRTase for NAD homeostasis in mammals, but no crystallographic data are available for this enzyme from higher eukaryotes. Here, we report the crystal structure of human NaPRTase that was solved by molecular replacement at a resolution of 2.9 Å in its ligand-free form. Our structural data allow the assignment of human NaPRTase to the type II phosphoribosyltransferase subfamily and reveal that the enzyme consists of two domains and functions as a dimer with the active site located at the interface of the monomers. The substrate-binding mode was analyzed by molecular docking simulation and provides hints into the catalytic mechanism. Moreover, structural comparison of human NaPRTase with the other two human type II phosphoribosyltransferases involved in NAD biosynthesis, quinolinate phosphoribosyltransferase and nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase, reveals that while the three enzymes share a conserved overall structure, a few distinctive structural traits can be identified. In particular, we show that NaPRTase lacks a tunnel that, in nicotinamide phosphoribosiltransferase, represents the binding site of its potent and selective inhibitor FK866, currently used in clinical trials as an antitumoral agent. PMID:26042198

  12. Diffraction phenomena in spontaneous and stimulated radiation by relativistic particles in crystals (Review)

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    Baryshevsky, V.G.; Dubovskaya, I.Ya.

    1991-12-01

    This report discusses: the dispersion characteristics of parametric x-ray radiation (PXR) and diffraction radiation of oscillator; cooperative effects in x-radiation by charged particles in crystals; and diffraction x-radiation by relativistic oscillator.

  13. Crystal and electronic structure of copper sulfides

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    Lukashev, Pavel

    Copper sulfides with different copper concentration exist in mineral form ranging from CuS to Cu2S. Among these, chalcosite Cu 2S, and digenite Cu1.8S were the subject of extensive research for decades mainly because of their use as the absorber in photovoltaic cells. Yet; their electronic structure is poorly understood because their crystal structure is complex. Most of the results published so far report the semiconducting nature of these compounds with the energy band gap being in the range of 0.84 to 1.9 eV. The crystal structure consists of a close-packed lattice of S with mobile Cu occupying various types of interstitial sites with a statistical distribution depending on temperature. In this thesis we present the first computational study of their electronic band structure. Initially, we investigated the simpler antifluorite structure. Both local density approximation (LDA) and self-consistent quasiparticle GW calculations with the full-potential linearized muffin-tin orbital method give a semimetallic band structure. Inspection of the nature of the bands shows that the lowest conduction band is mainly Cu-s-like except right near the center of the Brillouin zone where a Cu-s-like state lies about 1 eV below the valence band maximum. Significantly, in GW calculations, this state shifts up by several 0.1 eV but not sufficiently to open a gap. A random distortion of the Cu atoms from the perfect antifluorite positions is found to break the degeneracy of the d state at the Gamma-point and thus opens up a small gap of about 0.1 eV in LDA. As our next step we constructed supercell models for the cubic and hexagonal phases with the Cu positions determined by a weighted random number generator. The low temperature monoclinic phase was also studied. The computed total energies of these structures follow the same order as the reported phases with increasing temperatures. All these models gave similar small band gaps of order 0.1-0.2 eV. However, their conduction band is now mainly s-like and addition of an expected Cu-s level shift opens the gap to about 0.5 eV. Some simpler hexagonal model structures gave slightly larger band gap but were found to be unrealistic. The optical absorption data all show a strong intraband absorption with a minimum in absorption at about 1 eV. Our calculations suggest a significantly lower gap of order 0.5 eV with low absorption cross section, the true nature of which is masked by the free carrier absorption. As part of our study of the related Cu-compounds, we analyzed the quasiparticle effects beyond LDA obtained from a GW calculation on the effective masses and Kohn-Luttinger hamiltonian parameters for CuBr.

  14. Synthesis and textural evolution of alumina particles with mesoporous structures

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    Liu Xun; Peng Tianyou; Yao Jinchun; Lv Hongjin; Huang Cheng

    2010-06-15

    Alumina particles with mesostructures were synthesized through a chemical precipitation method by using different inorganic aluminum salts followed by a heterogeneous azeotropic distillation and calcination process. The obtained mesoporous {gamma}-alumina particles were systematically characterized by the X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and nitrogen adsorption-desorption measurement. Effects of the aluminum salt counter anion, pH value and the azeotropic distillation process on the structural or textural evolution of alumina particles were investigated. It is found that Cl{sup -} in the reaction solution can restrain the textural evolution of the resultant precipitates into two-dimensional crystallized pseudoboehmite lamellae during the heterogeneous azeotropic distillation, and then transformed into {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles with mesostructures after further calcination at 1173 K, whereas coexisting SO{sub 4}{sup 2-} can promote above morphology evolution and then transformed into {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanofibers after calcination at 1173 K. Moreover nearly all materials retain relatively high specific surface areas larger than 100 m{sup 2} g{sup -1} even after calcinations at 1173 K. - Graphical abstract: Co-existing Cl{sup -} is beneficial for the formation of {gamma}-alumina nanoparticles with mesostructures during the precipitation process. Interparticle and intraparticle mesopores can be derived from acidic solution and near neutral solution, respectively.

  15. Band electronic structures and crystal packing forces

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    Whangbo, M. H.

    1988-02-01

    Progress has been made in several aspects of our research on organic conducting salts, high temperature inorganic superconductors, and other low-dimensional materials. Band electronic structure study on the new ambient-pressure superconductor (BEDT-TTF)2Cu(NCS)2 (T(sub c) = 10.4 K) revealed that this salt is a two-dimensional metal. The (BPDT-TTF)3(INI4)2 salt consists of BPDT-TTF molecules in two different oxidation states. Band electronic structure calculations on (2,5-DM-DCNQI)2Cu revealed that its metallic character must arise from the presence of copper atom mixed-valence (i.e., Cu(+) and Cu(2+). Band electronic structure calculations were performed to examine the difference between the orthorhombic and tetragonal phases of YBa2Cu3O(7-y). We developed empirical atom-atom potentials that reproduce the crystal structure of binary oxides BaO, CuO, La2O3, and Y2O3. On the basis of our band electronic and empirical atom-atom potential studies, we proposed that linear electron-hole-electron pairing in Cu(2+)-O-Cu(3+)-O-Cu(2+) units via concerted breathing-mode vibration is essential for the high-temperature superconductivity in La(2-x)M(x)CuO4 and YBa2Cu3O(7-y). We also found that our empirical atom-atom potentials provide a reasonable set of IR and Raman frequencies for La(2-x)M(x)CuO4.

  16. Crystal structures of five 6-mercaptopurine derivatives

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    Gomes, Lígia R.; Low, John Nicolson; Magalhães e Silva, Diogo; Cagide, Fernando; Borges, Fernanda

    2016-01-01

    The crystal structures of five 6-mercaptopurine derivatives, viz. 2-[(9-acetyl-9H-purin-6-yl)sulfan­yl]-1-(3-meth­oxy­phen­yl)ethan-1-one (1), C16H14N4O3S, 2-[(9-acetyl-9H-purin-6-yl)sulfan­yl]-1-(4-meth­oxy­phen­yl)ethan-1-one (2), C16H14N4O3S, 2-[(9-acetyl-9H-purin-6-yl)sulfan­yl]-1-(4-chloro­phen­yl)ethan-1-one (3), C15H11ClN4O2S, 2-[(9-acetyl-9H-purin-6-yl)sulfan­yl]-1-(4-bromo­phen­yl)ethan-1-one (4), C15H11BrN4O2S, and 1-(3-meth­oxy­phen­yl)-2-[(9H-purin-6-yl)sulfan­yl]ethan-1-one (5), C14H12N4O2S. Compounds (2), (3) and (4) are isomorphous and accordingly their mol­ecular and supra­molecular structures are similar. An analysis of the dihedral angles between the purine and exocyclic phenyl rings show that the mol­ecules of (1) and (5) are essentially planar but that in the case of the three isomorphous compounds (2), (3) and (4), these rings are twisted by a dihedral angle of approximately 38°. With the exception of (1) all mol­ecules are linked by weak C—H⋯O hydrogen bonds in their crystals. There is π–π stacking in all compounds. A Cambridge Structural Database search revealed the existence of 11 deposited compounds containing the 1-phenyl-2-sulfanyl­ethanone scaffold; of these, only eight have a cyclic ring as substituent, the majority of these being heterocycles. PMID:27006794

  17. Crystal Structure of Human Kynurenine Aminotransferase ll*

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    Han,Q.; Robinson, H.; Li, J.

    2008-01-01

    Human kynurenine aminotransferase II (hKAT-II) efficiently catalyzes the transamination of knunrenine to kynurenic acid (KYNA). KYNA is the only known endogenous antagonist of N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptors and is also an antagonist of 7-nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. Abnormal concentrations of brain KYNA have been implicated in the pathogenesis and development of several neurological and psychiatric diseases in humans. Consequently, enzymes involved in the production of brain KYNA have been considered potential regulatory targets. In this article, we report a 2.16 Angstroms crystal structure of hKAT-II and a 1.95 Angstroms structure of its complex with kynurenine. The protein architecture of hKAT-II reveals that it belongs to the fold-type I pyridoxal 5-phosphate (PLP)-dependent enzymes. In comparison with all subclasses of fold-type I-PLP-dependent enzymes, we propose that hKAT-II represents a novel subclass in the fold-type I enzymes because of the unique folding of its first 65 N-terminal residues. This study provides a molecular basis for future effort in maintaining physiological concentrations of KYNA through molecular and biochemical regulation of hKAT-II.

  18. Crystal structure of a Trypanosoma brucei metacaspase

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    McLuskey, Karen; Rudolf, Jana; Proto, William R.; Isaacs, Neil W.; Coombs, Graham H.; Moss, Catherine X.; Mottram, Jeremy C.

    2012-01-01

    Metacaspases are distantly related caspase-family cysteine peptidases implicated in programmed cell death in plants and lower eukaryotes. They differ significantly from caspases because they are calcium-activated, arginine-specific peptidases that do not require processing or dimerization for activity. To elucidate the basis of these differences and to determine the impact they might have on the control of cell death pathways in lower eukaryotes, the previously undescribed crystal structure of a metacaspase, an inactive mutant of metacaspase 2 (MCA2) from Trypanosoma brucei, has been determined to a resolution of 1.4 Å. The structure comprises a core caspase fold, but with an unusual eight-stranded β-sheet that stabilizes the protein as a monomer. Essential aspartic acid residues, in the predicted S1 binding pocket, delineate the arginine-specific substrate specificity. In addition, MCA2 possesses an unusual N terminus, which encircles the protein and traverses the catalytic dyad, with Y31 acting as a gatekeeper residue. The calcium-binding site is defined by samarium coordinated by four aspartic acid residues, whereas calcium binding itself induces an allosteric conformational change that could stabilize the active site in a fashion analogous to subunit processing in caspases. Collectively, these data give insights into the mechanistic basis of substrate specificity and mode of activation of MCA2 and provide a detailed framework for understanding the role of metacaspases in cell death pathways of lower eukaryotes. PMID:22529389

  19. Controlling the electronic structure of nanocrystal assemblies by variation of the particle - particle interaction

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    Bostedt, C; van Buuren, T; Willey, T M; Terminello, L J

    2004-09-27

    The change in the electronic structure of germanium nanocrystals is investigated as their concentration is increased from non-interacting, individual particles to assembled arrays of particles. The electronic structure of the individual nanoclusters shows clear effects due to quantum confinement which are lost in the concentrated assemblies of bare particles. When the surface of the individual particles is passivated, they retain their quantum confinement properties also upon assembly. These effects are interpreted in terms of a particle - particle interaction model.

  20. Polypropylene/Layered Double Hydroxide (LDH) Nanocomposites: Influence of LDH Particle Size on the Crystallization Behavior of Polypropylene.

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    Nagendra, Baku; Mohan, Kiran; Gowd, E Bhoje

    2015-06-17

    Highly dispersed isotactic polypropylene (iPP) nanocomposites were prepared by incorporating two different sized Mg-Al LDH nanoparticles with different loadings from 1 to 10 wt % using a modified solvent mixing method. Larger sized LDH nanoparticles (?3-4 ?m) were prepared from the gel form of Mg-Al LDH, and the smaller sized nanoparticles (?50-200 nm) were prepared by sonication of as-synthesized LDH particles. Such obtained LDH nanoparticles were carefully characterized using wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD), transmission electron microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. WAXD and atomic force microscopy results indicate that the LDH nanoparticles were highly dispersed in the iPP matrix. The influence of LDH nanoparticles size and concentration on the thermal stability, spherulitic morphology, melting behavior, isothermal crystallization kinetics, and lamellar structure of iPP were investigated. Incorporation of low loadings of sonicated LDH particles (e.g., 1-2.5 wt %) show substantial effect on thermal stability, spherulite size, crystallinity, and crystallization half-time and lamellar morphology of iPP compared to the pure iPP and that of nanocomposites with larger LDH particles with same loadings. The better nucleation ability of iPP in the presence of sonicated LDH can be attributed to the high surface area of LDH nanoparticles along with its better dispersibility within the polymer matrix. The incorporation of LDH nanoparticles does not change the crystallization growth mechanism and crystal structure of iPP. PMID:25741910

  1. Synthesis, characterization, crystal structure determination, computational study, and thermal decomposition into NiO nano-particles of a new NiIIL2 Schiff base complex (L = 2-{(E)-[2-chloroethyl)imino]methylphenolate)

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    Grivani, Gholamhossein; Vakili, Mohammad; Khalaji, Aliakbar Dehno; Bruno, Giuseppe; Rudbari, Hadi Amiri; Taghavi, Maedeh; Tahmasebi, Vida

    2014-08-01

    The Nickel (II) Schiff base complex of NiL2, (L = 2-{(E)-[2-chloroethyl) imino]methylphenolate) have been synthesized and characterized by elemental (CHN) analysis, UV-vis and FT-IR spectroscopy. The molecular structure of [NiL2] was determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction technique. The Schiff base ligand HL acts as a chelating ligand and coordinates via one nitrogen atom and one oxygen atom to the metal center. The nickel (II) center is coordinated by two nitrogen and two oxygen atoms from two Schiff base ligands in an approximately square planar trans-[MN2O2] coordination geometry. Thermogravimetric analysis of NiL2 showed that it decomposed in three stages. In addition, complex NiL2 thermally decomposed in air at 660 °C and the XRD pattern of the obtained solid showed the formation of NiO nanoparticles with an average size of 43 nm. In addition, the conformational analysis and molecular structures of NiL2 were investigated by means of density functional theory (DFT) calculations at B3LYP/6-311G* level and the calculated geometrical parameters were compared with the experimental results.

  2. Electric field generation of Skyrmion-like structures in a nematic liquid crystal.

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    Cattaneo, Laura; Kos, Žiga; Savoini, Matteo; Kouwer, Paul; Rowan, Alan; Ravnik, Miha; Muševič, Igor; Rasing, Theo

    2016-01-21

    Skyrmions are particle-like topological objects that are increasingly drawing attention in condensed matter physics, where they are connected to inversion symmetry breaking and chirality. Here we report the generation of stable Skyrmion-like structures in a thin nematic liquid crystal film on chemically patterned patchy surfaces. Using the interplay of material elasticity and surface boundary conditions, we use a strong electric field to quench the nematic liquid crystal from a fully aligned phase to vortex-like nematic liquid crystal structures, centered on patterned patches, which carry two different sorts of topological defects. Numerical calculations reveal that these are Skyrmion-like structures, seeded from the surface boojum topological defects and swirling towards the second confining surface. These observations, supported by numerical methods, demonstrate the possibility to generate, manipulate and study Skyrmion-like objects in nematic liquid crystals on patterned surfaces. PMID:26549212

  3. Crystallization and Characterization of Galdieria sulphuraria RUBISCO in Two Crystal Forms: Structural Phase Transition Observed in P21 Crystal Form

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    Baranowski, Michael; Stec, Boguslaw

    2007-01-01

    We have isolated ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate-carboxylase/oxygenase (RUBISCO) from the red algae Galdieria Sulphuraria. The protein crystallized in two different crystal forms, the I422 crystal form being obtained from high salt and the P21 crystal form being obtained from lower concentration of salt and PEG. We report here the crystallization, preliminary stages of structure determination and the detection of the structural phase transition in the P21 crystal form of G. sulphuraria RUBISCO. This red algae enzyme belongs to the hexadecameric class (L8S8) with an approximate molecular weight 0.6MDa. The phase transition in G. sulphuraria RUBISCO leads from two hexadecamers to a single hexadecamer per asymmetric unit. The preservation of diffraction power in a phase transition for such a large macromolecule is rare.

  4. Dynamics of ordered colloidal particle monolayers at nematic liquid crystal interfaces.

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    Wei, Wei-Shao; Gharbi, Mohamed Amine; Lohr, Matthew A; Still, Tim; Gratale, Matthew D; Lubensky, T C; Stebe, Kathleen J; Yodh, A G

    2016-05-25

    We prepare two-dimensional crystalline packings of colloidal particles on surfaces of the nematic liquid crystal (NLC) 5CB, and we investigate the diffusion and vibrational phonon modes of these particles using video microscopy. Short-time particle diffusion at the air-NLC interface is well described by a Stokes-Einstein model with viscosity similar to that of 5CB. Crystal phonon modes, measured by particle displacement covariance techniques, are demonstrated to depend on the elastic constants of 5CB through interparticle forces produced by LC defects that extend from the interface into the underlying bulk material. The displacement correlations permit characterization of transverse and longitudinal sound velocities of the crystal packings, as well as the particle interactions produced by the LC defects. All behaviors are studied in the nematic phase as a function of increasing temperature up to the nematic-isotropic transition. PMID:27109759

  5. Undergraduates Improve upon Published Crystal Structure in Class Assignment

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    Horowitz, Scott; Koldewey, Philipp; Bardwell, James C.

    2014-01-01

    Recently, 57 undergraduate students at the University of Michigan were assigned the task of solving a crystal structure, given only the electron density map of a 1.3 Å crystal structure from the electron density server, and the position of the N-terminal amino acid. To test their knowledge of amino acid chemistry, the students were not given the…

  6. Undergraduates Improve upon Published Crystal Structure in Class Assignment

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    Horowitz, Scott; Koldewey, Philipp; Bardwell, James C.

    2014-01-01

    Recently, 57 undergraduate students at the University of Michigan were assigned the task of solving a crystal structure, given only the electron density map of a 1.3 crystal structure from the electron density server, and the position of the N-terminal amino acid. To test their knowledge of amino acid chemistry, the students were not given the

  7. A facile method for the structure control of TiO2 particles at low temperature

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    Li, Zhaoqing; Zhu, Yun; Wang, Lianwen; Wang, Jiatai; Guo, Qian; Li, Jiangong

    2015-11-01

    Crystalline and amorphous TiO2 particles have important potential applications in photocatalysis, structural ceramics, solar batteries and nanoglasses. Hence controlling the structure of TiO2 particles is of practical importance. Crystalline TiO2 particles are usually prepared by calcination of their amorphous precursor. Here a facile method was developed to control the structure of TiO2 particles at a low temperature. TiO2 particles were prepared by sol-gel method; and it was found that during the washing process, the TiO2 particles washed with water are crystalline whereas the TiO2 particles washed with ethanol are amorphous. Further analyses indicate that ethanol washing may introduce an organic cover layer on the TiO2 particles which hinders the crystallization of amorphous TiO2 particles. Therefore, the structure of TiO2 particles, amorphous or crystalline (anatase), can be controlled just by changing the washing medium, water or ethanol. This method seems a common method for controlling the (amorphous or crystalline) structure of metal oxides and hydroxides and was verified in the preparation of ZrO2, FeO(OH), and Al(OH)3 particles.

  8. Monodispersepoly[BMA-co-(COPS-I)] Particles by Soap-Free Emulsion Copolymerization and Its Optical Properties as Photonic Crystals.

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    Lee, Ki Chang; Choo, Hun Seung

    2015-10-01

    In order to study the surfactant-free emulsion copolymerization of benzyl methacrylate (BMA) with sodium 1-allyloxy-2-hydroxypropane sulfonate (COPS-I) and the resulting optical properties, a series of experiments was carried out at various reaction conditions such as the changes of BMA concentration, COPS-I concentration, BMA concentration under a fixed COPS-I amount, initiator and divinyl benzene (DVB) concentration. All the latices showed highly monodispersed spherical particles in the size range of 144~435 nm and the respective shiny structural colors from their colloidal photonic crystals. It is found that the changes in such polymerization factors greatly affect the number of particles and particle diameter, polymerization rate, molecular weight, zeta-potential, and refractive indices. The increase of number of particles led to the increased rate of polymerization and zeta-potential of the latices, on the other hand, to the decreased molecular weight. Refractive indices and the reflectivity increased with COPS-I concentration, on the other hand, and decreased with DVB concentration. Especially, refractive indices of the resulting poly[BMA-co-(COPS-I)] colloidal photonic crystals showed much higher values of 1.65~2.21 than that of polystyrene, due to the formation of core-shell shaped morphology. Monodisperse and high refractive index of poly[BMA-co-(COPS-I)] particles prepared in this work could be used for the study in photonic crystals and electrophoretic display. PMID:26726393

  9. Orientational defects near colloidal particles in a nematic liquid crystal.

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    Feng, James J; Zhou, Chixing

    2004-01-01

    We study the interaction between a surface-anchoring colloidal particle and a liquid-crystalline host, and in particular the formation of orientational defects near the particle. A mean-field theory based on the nonlocal Marrucci-Greco nematic potential is used to represent molecular interactions in an inhomogeneous orientational field. An evolution equation for the molecular configuration tensor is solved numerically whose steady state minimizes the total free energy of the system. With strong homeotropic anchoring on the particle surface, three types of solutions may appear depending on initial conditions and particle size: Saturn rings, satellite point defects, and polar rings. The Saturn ring remains stable on micrometer-sized particles, contrary to previous calculations but consistent with experiments. A phase diagram is constructed for the three regimes. Based on the free energy, the most stable state is the Saturn ring for smaller particles and the satellite defect for larger ones. PMID:14651897

  10. Simulation studies of crystal-photodetector assemblies for the Turkish accelerator center particle factory electromagnetic calorimeter

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    Kocak, F.

    2015-07-01

    The Turkish Accelerator Center Particle Factory detector will be constructed for the detection of the produced particles from the collision of a 1 GeV electron beam against a 3.6 GeV positron beam. PbWO4 and CsI(Tl) crystals are considered for the construction of the electromagnetic calorimeter part of the detector. The generated optical photons in these crystals are detected by avalanche or PIN photodiodes. Geant4 simulation code has been used to estimate the energy resolution of the calorimeter for these crystal-photodiode assemblies.

  11. Fabricating large two-dimensional single colloidal crystals by doping with active particles.

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    van der Meer, B; Filion, L; Dijkstra, M

    2016-04-14

    Using simulations we explore the behaviour of two-dimensional colloidal (poly)crystals doped with active particles. We show that these active dopants can provide an elegant new route to removing grain boundaries in polycrystals. Specifically, we show that active dopants both generate and are attracted to defects, such as vacancies and interstitials, which leads to clustering of dopants at grain boundaries. The active particles both broaden and enhance the mobility of the grain boundaries, causing rapid coarsening of the crystal domains. The remaining defects recrystallize upon turning off the activity of the dopants, resulting in a large-scale single-domain crystal. PMID:26936131

  12. Microstructure and Crystal Structure in TAGS Compositions

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    Thompson, A. J.; Sharp, J; Rawn, Claudia J

    2009-01-01

    GeTe, a small bandgap semiconductor that has native p-type defects due to Ge vacancies, is an important constituent in the thermoelectric material known as TAGS. TAGS is an acronym for alloys of GeTe with AgSbTe{sub 2}, and compositions are normally designated as TAGS-x, where x is the fraction of GeTe. TAGS-85 is the most important with regard to applications, and there is also commercial interest in TAGS-80. The crystal structure of GeTe{sub 1+{delta}} has a composition-dependent phase transformation at a temperature ranging from 430 C ({delta} = 0) to {approx}400 C ({delta} = 0.02). The high-temperature form is cubic. The low-temperature form is rhombohedral for {delta} < 0.01, as is the case for good thermoelectric performance. Addition of AgSbTe{sub 2} shifts the phase transformation to lower temperatures, and one of the goals of this work is a systematic study of the dependence of transformation temperature on the parameter x. We present results on phase transformations and associated instabilities in TAGS compositions in the range of 70 at.% to 85 at.% GeTe.

  13. Crystal structure of morpholin-4-ium cinnamate

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    Smith, Graham

    2015-01-01

    In the anhydrous salt formed from the reaction of morpholine with cinnamic acid, C4H10NO+·C9H7O2 −, the acid side chain in the trans-cinnamate anion is significantly rotated out of the benzene plane [C—C—C— C torsion angle = 158.54 (17)°]. In the crystal, one of the the aminium H atoms is involved in an asymmetric three-centre cation–anion N—H⋯(O,O′) R 1 2(4) hydrogen-bonding inter­action with the two carboxyl­ate O-atom acceptors of the anion. The second aminium-H atom forms an inter-species N—H⋯Ocarboxyl­ate hydrogen bond. The result of the hydrogen bonding is the formation of a chain structure extending along [100]. Chains are linked by C—H⋯O inter­actions, forming a supra­molecular layer parallel to (01-1). PMID:26594560

  14. Crystal structure of the Varkud satellite ribozyme.

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    Suslov, Nikolai B; DasGupta, Saurja; Huang, Hao; Fuller, James R; Lilley, David M J; Rice, Phoebe A; Piccirilli, Joseph A

    2015-11-01

    The Varkud satellite (VS) ribozyme mediates rolling-circle replication of a plasmid found in the Neurospora mitochondrion. We report crystal structures of this ribozyme from Neurospora intermedia at 3.1 Å resolution, which revealed an intertwined dimer formed by an exchange of substrate helices. In each protomer, an arrangement of three-way helical junctions organizes seven helices into a global fold that creates a docking site for the substrate helix of the other protomer, resulting in the formation of two active sites in trans. This mode of RNA-RNA association resembles the process of domain swapping in proteins and has implications for RNA regulation and evolution. Within each active site, adenine and guanine nucleobases abut the scissile phosphate, poised to serve direct roles in catalysis. Similarities to the active sites of the hairpin and hammerhead ribozymes highlight the functional importance of active-site features, underscore the ability of RNA to access functional architectures from distant regions of sequence space, and suggest convergent evolution. PMID:26414446

  15. Wear particles of single-crystal silicon carbide in vacuum

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    Miyoshi, K.; Buckley, D. H.

    1980-01-01

    Sliding friction experiments, conducted in vacuum with silicon carbide /000/ surface in contact with iron based binary alloys are described. Multiangular and spherical wear particles of silicon carbide are observed as a result of multipass sliding. The multiangular particles are produced by primary and secondary cracking of cleavage planes /000/, /10(-1)0/, and /11(-2)0/ under the Hertzian stress field or local inelastic deformation zone. The spherical particles may be produced by two mechanisms: (1) a penny shaped fracture along the circular stress trajectories under the local inelastic deformation zone, and (2) attrition of wear particles.

  16. Fabrication of large binary colloidal crystals with a NaCl structure

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    Vermolen, E. C. M.; Kuijk, A.; Filion, L. C.; Hermes, M.; Thijssen, J. H. J.; Dijkstra, M.; van Blaaderen, A.

    2009-01-01

    Binary colloidal crystals offer great potential for tuning material properties for applications in, for example, photonics, semiconductors and spintronics, because they allow the positioning of particles with quite different characteristics on one lattice. For micrometer-sized colloids, it is believed that gravity and slow crystallization rates hinder the formation of high-quality binary crystals. Here, we present methods for growing binary colloidal crystals with a NaCl structure from relatively heavy, hard-sphere-like, micrometer-sized silica particles by exploring the following external fields: electric, gravitational, and dielectrophoretic fields and a structured surface (colloidal epitaxy). Our simulations show that the free-energy difference between the NaCl and NiAs structures, which differ in their stacking of the hexagonal planes of the larger spheres, is very small (≈0.002 kBT). However, we demonstrate that the fcc stacking of the large spheres, which is crucial for obtaining the pure NaCl structure, can be favored by using a combination of the above-mentioned external fields. In this way, we have successfully fabricated large, 3D, oriented single crystals having a NaCl structure without stacking disorder. PMID:19805259

  17. Spontaneous formation and spin of particle pairs in a single-layer complex plasma crystal

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    Nosenko, V.; Zhdanov, S. K.; Thomas, H. M.; Carmona-Reyes, J.; Hyde, T. W.

    2015-11-01

    In an experiment with a single-layer plasma crystal, spontaneous pairing of particles was observed upon a sudden reduction of the discharge power. The pairs were oriented vertically with the upper particle above the crystal layer and the lower particle beneath it, the pair size was about 0.2 mm. The pairs were spinning around their vertical axis with the upper particle leading and the lower one following it; the rotation speed was 10-13 Hz. Spinning particle pairs disturbed the plasma crystal through interaction with their neighbors. Upon further reduction of the discharge power, the spinning pairs proliferated in the plasma crystal and eventually it melted. The experiment was performed with micron-size polymer particles suspended in the radio-frequency (rf) argon plasma at a pressure of 157 mtorr. We propose a theoretical model of a spinning particle pair based on the plasma wake effect. Spinning particle pairs can be used as a diagnostic tool for plasma wakes or as a generic model of a 2D system of vortices.

  18. Spectroscopic, thermal and structural studies on manganous malate crystals

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    Thomas, J. Lincy, A. Mahalakshmi, V.; Saban, K. V.

    2013-01-15

    Prismatic crystals of manganous malate have been prepared by controlled ionic diffusion in hydrosilica gel. The structure was elucidated using single crystal X-ray diffraction. The crystals are orthorhombic with space group Pbca. Vibrations of the functional groups were identified by the FTIR spectrum. Thermogravimetric and differential thermal analyses (TG-DTA) were carried out to explore the thermal decomposition pattern of the material. Structural information derived from FTIR and TG-DTA studies is in conformity with the single crystal XRD data.

  19. Preparation of iridescent colloidal crystal coatings with variable structural colors.

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    Cong, Hailin; Yu, Bing; Wang, Shaopeng; Qi, Limin; Wang, Jilei; Ma, Yurong

    2013-07-29

    Iridescent colloidal crystal coatings with variable structural colors were fabricated by incorporating carbon black nanoparticles (CB-NPs) into the voids of polystyrene (PS) colloidal crystals. The structural color of the colloid crystal coatings was not only greatly enhanced after the composition but also varied with observation angles. By changing the diameter of monodisperse PS colloids in the composites, colloidal crystal coatings with three primary colors for additive or subtractive combination were obtained. After incorporation of the PS/CB-NPs hybrid coatings into polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) matrix, manmade opal jewelry with variable iridescent colors was made facilely. PMID:23938656

  20. Infrared response from metallic particles embedded in a single-crystal Si matrix - The layered internal photoemission sensor

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    Fathauer, R. W.; Iannelli, J. M.; Nieh, C. W.; Hashimoto, Shin

    1990-01-01

    Infrared radiation at wavelengths of 1-2 microns has been detected in a new device labeled the layered internal photoemission sensor. The device structure, which is grown by molecular beam epitaxy, incorporates epitaxial CoSi2 particles with dimensions of 10-50 nm. Radiation absorbed by these particles photoexcites carriers into a surrounding single-crystal silicon matrix. A peak quantum efficiency of 1.3 percent is measured, which is approximately six times higher than in planar CoSi2 Schottky diodes with 5-nm silicide thickness.

  1. Enhanced high-temperature ice nucleation ability of crystallized aerosol particles after preactivation at low temperature

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    Wagner, Robert; Möhler, Ottmar; Saathoff, Harald; Schnaiter, Martin

    2014-07-01

    In cloud chamber experiments with crystallized aqueous ammonium sulfate, oxalic acid, and succinic acid solution droplets, we have studied a preactivation mechanism that markedly enhances the particles' heterogeneous ice nucleation ability. First cloud expansion experiments were performed at a high temperature (267-244 K) where the crystallized particles did not promote any heterogeneous ice nucleation. Ice nucleation at this temperature, however, could be triggered by temporarily cooling the crystallized particles to a lower temperature. This is because upon crystallization, residuals of the aqueous solution are trapped within the crystals. These captured liquids can freeze when cooled below their respective homogeneous or heterogeneous freezing temperature, leading to the formation of ice pockets in the crystalline particles. When warmed again to the higher temperature, ice formation by the preactivated particles occurred via depositional and deliquescence-induced ice growth, with ice active fractions ranging from 1 to 4% and from 4 to 20%, respectively. Preactivation disappeared above the eutectic temperature, which for the organic acids are close to the melting point of ice. This mechanism could therefore contribute to the very small fraction of atmospheric aerosol particles that are still ice active well above 263 K.

  2. Programmably structured plasma waveguide for development of table-top photon and particle sources

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    Hung, T.-S.; Ho, Y.-C.; Wong, S.-J.; Chen, S.-Y.; Chang, Y.-L.; Chu, H.-H.; Lin, J.-Y.; Wang, J.

    2012-06-15

    Programmable fabrication of longitudinal spatial structures in an optically preformed plasma waveguide in a gas jet was achieved, by using laser machining with a liquid-crystal spatial light modulator as the pattern mask. Fabrication of periodic structures with a minimal period of 200 {mu}m and density-ramp structures with a minimal slope length of 100 {mu}m was attained. The technique is useful for the optimization of various laser-plasma-based photon and particle sources.

  3. Novel photonic crystal cavities and related structures.

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    Luk, Ting Shan

    2007-11-01

    The key accomplishment of this project is to achieve a much more in-depth understanding of the thermal emission physics of metallic photonic crystal through theoretical modeling and experimental measurements. An improved transfer matrix technique was developed to enable incorporation of complex dielectric function. Together with microscopic theory describing emitter radiative and non-radiative relaxation dynamics, a non-equilibrium thermal emission model is developed. Finally, experimental methodology was developed to measure absolute emissivity of photonic crystal at high temperatures with accuracy of +/-2%. Accurate emissivity measurements allow us to validate the procedure to treat the effect of the photonic crystal substrate.

  4. Photonic Crystal Structures with Tunable Structure Color as Colorimetric Sensors

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    Wang, Hui; Zhang, Ke-Qin

    2013-01-01

    Colorimetric sensing, which transduces environmental changes into visible color changes, provides a simple yet powerful detection mechanism that is well-suited to the development of low-cost and low-power sensors. A new approach in colorimetric sensing exploits the structural color of photonic crystals (PCs) to create environmentally-influenced color-changeable materials. PCs are composed of periodic dielectrics or metallo-dielectric nanostructures that affect the propagation of electromagnetic waves (EM) by defining the allowed and forbidden photonic bands. Simultaneously, an amazing variety of naturally occurring biological systems exhibit iridescent color due to the presence of PC structures throughout multi-dimensional space. In particular, some kinds of the structural colors in living organisms can be reversibly changed in reaction to external stimuli. Based on the lessons learned from natural photonic structures, some specific examples of PCs-based colorimetric sensors are presented in detail to demonstrate their unprecedented potential in practical applications, such as the detections of temperature, pH, ionic species, solvents, vapor, humidity, pressure and biomolecules. The combination of the nanofabrication technique, useful design methodologies inspired by biological systems and colorimetric sensing will lead to substantial developments in low-cost, miniaturized and widely deployable optical sensors. PMID:23539027

  5. A Dominant Factor for Structural Classification of Protein Crystals.

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    Qi, Fei; Fudo, Satoshi; Neya, Saburo; Hoshino, Tyuji

    2015-08-24

    With the increasing number of solved protein crystal structures, much information on protein shape and atom geometry has become available. It is of great interest to know the structural diversity for a single kind of protein. Our preliminary study suggested that multiple crystal structures of a single kind of protein can be classified into several groups from the viewpoint of structural similarity. In order to broadly examine this finding, cluster analysis was applied to the crystal structures of hemoglobin (Hb), myoglobin (Mb), human serum albumin (HSA), hen egg-white lysozyme (HEWL), and human immunodeficiency virus type 1 protease (HIV-1 PR), downloaded from the Protein Data Bank (PDB). As a result of classification by cluster analysis, 146 crystal structures of Hb were separated into five groups. The crystal structures of Mb (n = 284), HEWL (n = 336), HSA (n = 63), and HIV-1 PR (n = 488) were separated into six, five, three, and six groups, respectively. It was found that a major factor causing these structural separations is the space group of crystals and that crystallizing agents have an influence on the crystal structures. Amino acid mutation is a minor factor for the separation because no obvious point mutation making a specific cluster group was observed for the five kinds of proteins. In the classification of Hb and Mb, the species of protein source such as humans, rabbits, and mice is another significant factor. When the difference in amino sequence is large among species, the species of protein source is the primary factor causing cluster separation in the classification of crystal structures. PMID:26230289

  6. Topological defects and self-assembly of cuboidal colloidal particles with sharp edges in a nematic liquid crystal

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    de Pablo, Juan J.; Sadati, Monirosadat; Armas-Perez, Julio C.; Soni, Vishal; Irvine, William T. M.

    The geometry of colloidal particles defines the topology and self-assembly of colloidal superstructures in nematic liquid crystals. Past research has largely focused on the defects that arise around spherical colloids, and the defect-induced aggregation between them. In this work, we examine experimentally and theoretically, the effect of edge curvature of colloidal particles on their defect configurations and self-assembly in a nematic liquid crystal (5CB). The polarized images of the particles with homeotropic surface anchoring in 5CB show that the presence of sharp edges can reshape completely the defect ring. The defect makes sharp turns and follows the edge of the cube particles, which significantly affects the interaction between particles and their eventual self-assembly. In agreement with our experimental results, our computational studies indicate that the gradual increase of the edges sharpness that occurs as we transition from spheres to cubes, changes the defect structure from a Saturn ring to a twisted ring, which is pinned to the edges of the cube particle. The wide variety of topological defects achievable by changing the curvature could provide new tools to tune colloidal self-assembly.

  7. Structural and Thermoelectric Properties of Tungsten Diselenide Crystals

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    Patel, K. K.; Patel, K. D.; Patel, Mayur; Patel, C. A.; Pathak, V. M.; Srivastava, R.

    2011-12-01

    Crystals of Tungsten diselenide (WSe2) have been grown by direct vapour transport (DVT) technique using micro processor controlled dual zone horizontal furnace. The chemical composition and structure of grown crystals were confirmed using energy dispersive analysis of X-ray (EDAX) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). In the present investigation thermoelectric power measurements (TEP) have been carried out on the grown crystals. Different electrical transport parameters of semiconductors have been determined and discussed in the paper.

  8. Ice nucleation: elemental identification of particles in snow crystals.

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    Parungo, F P; Pueschel, R F

    1973-06-01

    A scanning field-emission electron microscope combined with an x-ray analyzer is used to locate the ice nucleus within a three-dimensional image of a snow crystal and determine the chemical composition of the nucleus. This makes it possible to better understand the effect of nuclei in cloud seeding. PMID:17806581

  9. Monodisperse spherical mesoporous silica particles: fast synthesis procedure and fabrication of photonic-crystal films

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    Trofimova, E. Yu; Kurdyukov, D. A.; Yakovlev, S. A.; Kirilenko, D. A.; Kukushkina, Yu A.; Nashchekin, A. V.; Sitnikova, A. A.; Yagovkina, M. A.; Golubev, V. G.

    2013-04-01

    A procedure for the synthesis of monodisperse spherical mesoporous silica particles (MSMSPs) via the controlled coagulation of silica/surfactant clusters into spherical aggregates with mean diameters of 250-1500 nm has been developed. The synthesis is fast (taking less than 1 h) because identical clusters are simultaneously formed in the reaction mixture. The results of microscopic, x-ray diffraction, adsorption and optical measurements allowed us to conclude that the clusters are ˜15 nm in size and have hexagonally packed cylindrical pore channels. The channel diameters in MSMSPs obtained with cethyltrimethylammonium bromide and decyltrimethylammonium bromide as structure-directing agents were 3.1 ± 0.15 and 2.3 ± 0.12 nm, respectively. The specific surface area and the pore volume of MSMSP were, depending on synthesis conditions, 480-1095 m2 g-1 and 0.50-0.65 cm3 g-1. The MSMSP were used to grow opal-like photonic-crystal films possessing a hierarchical macro-mesoporous structure, with pores within and between the particles. A selective filling of mesopore channels with glycerol, based on the difference between the capillary pressures in macro- and mesopores, was demonstrated. It is shown that this approach makes it possible to control the photonic bandgap position in mesoporous opal films by varying the degree of mesopore filling with glycerol.

  10. Two-particle problem in comblike structures

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    Agliari, Elena; Cassi, Davide; Cattivelli, Luca; Sartori, Fabio

    2016-05-01

    Encounters between walkers performing a random motion on an appropriate structure can describe a wide variety of natural phenomena ranging from pharmacokinetics to foraging. On homogeneous structures the asymptotic encounter probability between two walkers is (qualitatively) independent of whether both walkers are moving or one is kept fixed. On infinite comblike structures this is no longer the case and here we deepen the mechanisms underlying the emergence of a finite probability that two random walkers will never meet, while one single random walker is certain to visit any site. In particular, we introduce an analytical approach to address this problem and even more general problems such as the case of two walkers with different diffusivity, particles walking on a finite comb and on arbitrary bundled structures, possibly in the presence of loops. Our investigations are both analytical and numerical and highlight that, in general, the outcome of a reaction involving two reactants on a comblike architecture can strongly differ according to whether both reactants are moving (no matter their relative diffusivities) or only one is moving and according to the density of shortcuts among the branches.

  11. Dependence of the Apex Angle of an Inverted Pyramidal-Shaped Container on Crystallization of Brownian Particles

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    Kanatsu, Youhei; Sato, Masahide

    2015-11-01

    Large grains of a close-packed colloidal crystal have been experimentally shown to form in an inverted pyramidal pit by sedimentation [S. Matsuo et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 4285 (2003)]. Keeping this experiment in mind, we study the crystallization of Brownian particles. We carry out Brownian dynamics simulations in an inverted pyramidal-shaped container. The Brownian particles settle out toward the apex of the container by a uniform external force. If the apex angle is suitable, large grains with the face-centered cubic (fcc) structure are formed [Y. Kanatsu and M. Sato, J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 84, 044601 (2015)]. When the apex angle deviates from a suitable value, the number of hexagonal close-packed (hcp) structured particles, Nhcp, increases with increasing angle deviation. The formation of the hcp structure is induced by disordered particles remaining in the center region of the container.

  12. Magnetic-Directed Assembly from Janus Building Blocks to Multiplex Molecular-Analogue Photonic Crystal Structures.

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    Yin, Su-Na; Yang, Shengyang; Wang, Cai-Feng; Chen, Su

    2016-01-20

    The predictable assembly of colloidal particles into a programmable superstructure is a challenging and vital task in chemistry and materials science. In this work, we develop an available magnetic-directed assembly strategy to construct a series of molecular-analogue photonic crystal cluster particles involving dot, line, triangle, tetrahedron, and triangular bipyramid configurations from solid-liquid Janus building blocks. These versatile multiplex molecular-analogue structural clusters containing photonic band gap, fluorescent, and magnetic information can open a new promising access to a variety of robust hierarchical microstructural particle materials. PMID:26708560

  13. Synthesis, crystal structure and thermal analysis of a new stilbazolium salt crystal

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    Teng, Bing; Kong, Weijin; Feng, Ke; You, Fei; Cao, Lifeng; Zhong, Degao; Hao, Lun; Sun, Qing; van Smaalen, Sander; Gong, Wenhui

    2015-04-01

    A new organic crystal of 4-N, N-dimethylamino-4'-N'-methyl-stilbazolium benzene sulfonate (DASBS) was synthesized and characterized for the first time. It is a derivative of 4-N, N-dimethylamino-4'-N'-methyl-stilbazolium tosylate (DAST) with the benzene sulfonate replacing p-toluenesulfonate. Single crystal XRD demonstrated that the crystal structure of DASBSH2O was triclinic. The thermal analysis of this new crystal was also conducted, and the melting point was obtained to be 232C.

  14. Photostimulated structural changes of liquid crystal physical gels

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    Moriyama, Masaya; Mizoshita, Norihiro; Kato, Takashi

    2004-10-01

    Photoresponsive liquid crystal physical gels are formed from a hydrogen-bonded gelator containing photochromic azobenzene moieties and nematic or discotic liquid crystals. The bistable gel structures based on the trans-azobenzene gelator could be achieved by combining the trans-cis photoisomerization of the azobenzene moieties and thermal treat-ment. Upon UV irradiation, the trans-cis photoisomerization causes the transition from the initial gel states to the liquid crystal sol states. The cis-trans back-isomerization causes reaggregation of the trans-gelator in the liquid crystals. This leads to the formation of the second gel states which have the structures reflecting the liquid crystal order. The initial gel states can be reversibly changed to the reformed gel states by photoirradiation and thermal treatments. The photo-induced reversible structural changes of the anisotropic physical gels are applied to rewritable information recordings.

  15. Transport of particles by a thermally induced gradient of the order parameter in nematic liquid crystals

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    Škarabot, M.; Lokar, Ž.; Muševič, I.

    2013-06-01

    We demonstrate manipulation and transport of microparticles and even fluorescent molecules by the thermally induced gradient of the order parameter in the nematic liquid crystal. We use IR light absorption of the tightly focused beam of laser tweezers to heat locally a thin layer of the nematic liquid crystal by several degrees. This creates a spatial gradient of temperature of the nematic liquid crystal over separations of several tens of micrometers. We show that a dipolar colloidal particle is attracted into the hot spot of the laser tweezers. The depth of the trapping potential scales linearly with particle radius, indicating that the trapping mechanism is due to elastic self-energy of the distorted nematic liquid crystal around the particle and softening of the elasticity with increased temperature of the liquid crystal. We also demonstrate that this thermal trapping mechanism is efficient down to the nanoscale, as fluorescent molecules are also transported into hotter regions of the liquid crystal. This effect is absent in the isotropic phase, which calls into question particle transport due to the Soret effect.

  16. Transport of particles by a thermally induced gradient of the order parameter in nematic liquid crystals.

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    Škarabot, M; Lokar, Ž; Muševič, I

    2013-06-01

    We demonstrate manipulation and transport of microparticles and even fluorescent molecules by the thermally induced gradient of the order parameter in the nematic liquid crystal. We use IR light absorption of the tightly focused beam of laser tweezers to heat locally a thin layer of the nematic liquid crystal by several degrees. This creates a spatial gradient of temperature of the nematic liquid crystal over separations of several tens of micrometers. We show that a dipolar colloidal particle is attracted into the hot spot of the laser tweezers. The depth of the trapping potential scales linearly with particle radius, indicating that the trapping mechanism is due to elastic self-energy of the distorted nematic liquid crystal around the particle and softening of the elasticity with increased temperature of the liquid crystal. We also demonstrate that this thermal trapping mechanism is efficient down to the nanoscale, as fluorescent molecules are also transported into hotter regions of the liquid crystal. This effect is absent in the isotropic phase, which calls into question particle transport due to the Soret effect. PMID:23848699

  17. Structurally Coloured Secondary Particles Composed of Black and White Colloidal Particles

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    Takeoka, Yukikazu; Yoshioka, Shinya; Teshima, Midori; Takano, Atsushi; Harun-Ur-Rashid, Mohammad; Seki, Takahiro

    2013-01-01

    This study investigated the colourful secondary particles formed by controlling the aggregation states of colloidal silica particles and the enhancement of the structural colouration of the secondary particles caused by adding black particles. We obtained glossy, partially structurally coloured secondary particles in the absence of NaCl, but matte, whitish secondary particles were obtained in the presence of NaCl. When a small amount of carbon black was incorporated into both types of secondary particles, the incoherent multiple scattering of light from the amorphous region was considerably reduced. However, the peak intensities in the reflection spectra, caused by Bragg reflection and by coherent single wavelength scattering, were only slightly decreased. Consequently, a brighter structural colour of these secondary particles was observed with the naked eye. Furthermore, when magnetite was added as a black particle, the coloured secondary particles could be moved and collected by applying an external magnetic field. PMID:23917891

  18. [Validation of the crystal structure of medicinal realgar in China].

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    Zhang, Zhi-Jie; Zhou, Qun; Wei, Jing-Zhi; Zhang, Yan-Ling; Sun, Su-Qin; Huang, Lu-Qi; Yuan, Si-Tong

    2011-02-01

    The crystal structure of medicated realgar in China was validated as alpha-As4 S4 by X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy in the present paper. Ten batches of medicinal realgar were analyzed including realgar ore, medicinal realgar powder, and prepared Chinese medicine. Identification of two As4 S4 polymorphs confirmed that the crystal structure of medicated realgar in China is alpha-As4 S4. Studies on 18 batches of preparative realgar powder showed that processing of realgar can not change the crystal structure of realgar. PMID:21510367

  19. Crystal Structure of Human Plasma Platelet-Activating Factor Acetylhydrolase

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    Samanta, U.; Bahnson, B

    2008-01-01

    Human plasma platelet-activating factor (PAF) acetylhydrolase functions by reducing PAF levels as a general anti-inflammatory scavenger and is linked to anaphylactic shock, asthma, and allergic reactions. The enzyme has also been implicated in hydrolytic activities of other pro-inflammatory agents, such as sn-2 oxidatively fragmented phospholipids. This plasma enzyme is tightly bound to low and high density lipoprotein particles and is also referred to as lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A{sub 2}. The crystal structure of this enzyme has been solved from x-ray diffraction data collected to a resolution of 1.5{angstrom}. It has a classic lipase {alpha}/{beta}-hydrolase fold, and it contains a catalytic triad of Ser{sup 273}, His{sup 351}, and Asp{sup 296}. Two clusters of hydrophobic residues define the probable interface-binding region, and a prediction is given of how the enzyme is bound to lipoproteins. Additionally, an acidic patch of 10 carboxylate residues and a neighboring basic patch of three residues are suggested to play a role in high density lipoprotein/low density lipoprotein partitioning. A crystal structure is also presented of PAF acetylhydrolase reacted with the organophosphate compound paraoxon via its active site Ser{sup 273}. The resulting diethyl phosphoryl complex was used to model the tetrahedral intermediate of the substrate PAF to the active site. The model of interface binding begins to explain the known specificity of lipoprotein-bound substrates and how the active site can be both close to the hydrophobic-hydrophilic interface and at the same time be accessible to the aqueous phase.

  20. 'Crystal Collimator' Measurement of CESR particle-beam Source Size

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    Finkelstein, K.D.; Bazarov, Ivan; White, Jeffrey; Revesz, Peter

    2004-05-12

    We have measured electron and positron beam source size at CHESS when the Cornell Electron Storage Ring (CESR) is run dedicated for the production of synchrotron radiation. Horizontal source size at several beamlines is expected to shrink by a factor of two but synchrotron (visible) light measurements only provide the vertical size. Therefore a 'crystal collimator' using two Bragg reflection in dispersive (+,+) orientation has been built to image the horizontal (vertical) source by passing x-rays parallel to within 5 microradians to an imaging screen and camera. With the 'crystal collimator' we observe rms sizes of 1.2 mm horizontal by 0.28 mm vertical, in good agreement with the 1.27 mm size calculated from lattice functions, and 0.26 mm observed using a synchrotron light interferometer.

  1. Liquid Crystal Phase Behaviour of Attractive Disc-Like Particles

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    Wu, Liang; Jackson, George; Müller, Erich A.

    2013-01-01

    We employ a generalized van der Waals-Onsager perturbation theory to construct a free energy functional capable of describing the thermodynamic properties and orientational order of the isotropic and nematic phases of attractive disc particles. The model mesogen is a hard (purely repulsive) cylindrical disc particle decorated with an anisotropic square-well attractive potential placed at the centre of mass. Even for isotropic attractive interactions, the resulting overall inter-particle potential is anisotropic, due to the orientation-dependent excluded volume of the underlying hard core. An algebraic equation of state for attractive disc particles is developed by adopting the Onsager trial function to characterize the orientational order in the nematic phase. The theory is then used to represent the fluid-phase behaviour (vapour-liquid, isotropic-nematic, and nematic-nematic) of the oblate attractive particles for varying values of the molecular aspect ratio and parameters of the attractive potential. When compared to the phase diagram of their athermal analogues, it is seen that the addition of an attractive interaction facilitates the formation of orientationally-ordered phases. Most interestingly, for certain aspect ratios, a coexistence between two anisotropic nematic phases is exhibited by the attractive disc-like fluids. PMID:23965962

  2. Structure of hard-sphere fluid and precursor structures to crystallization.

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    O'Malley, Brendan; Snook, Ian

    2005-08-01

    The structural origin of the commonly observed split second peak of the radial distribution function of a supercooled or glassy liquid is examined in this work using the hard-sphere fluid as an example. A novel approach to the analysis of the microscopic structure of a fluid is described, which permits the decomposition of both the radial distribution function and bond-angle distribution function of a system of particles into contributions from a small number of ring structures. The method uses a modified shortest-path definition of rings appropriate to the analysis of the medium-range structure of dense systems. It is shown that the split peak is an indicator of the emergence of precursor structures to crystal formation. The origin of the split peak provides a structural link between fluid and crystalline phases and our results suggest that it is neither a structural feature peculiar to glassy phases nor a smooth structural continuation of the stable-fluid phase. This structural feature of simple glassy systems is more appropriately described as a signifier of the frustration of emerging crystalline order in a fluid. PMID:16108673

  3. Hydroflux synthesis and crystal structure of new lanthanide tungstate oxyhydroxides

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    Latshaw, Allison M.; Smith, Mark D.; Chance, W. Michael; zur Loye, Hans-Conrad

    2015-04-01

    Single crystals of Na5Ln(OH)6WO4 where Ln = Er, Tm, and Yb were grown out of a NaOH hydroflux. The crystals were characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction and were found to crystallize in the monoclinic space group I2/a. The lattice parameter ranges for the three structures are a = 11.2024(7) Å-11.2412(6) Å, b = 16.1850(10) Å-16.2220(10) Å, and c = 11.9913(7) Å-12.0323(7) Å while the β angle range is 101.999(2)°-102.025(2)°.

  4. Rotational analysis of birefringent crystal particles based on modified theory in optical tweezers

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    Wei, Yong; Zhu, Yanying; Yao, Wenying; Pei, Huan

    2015-04-01

    In order to achieve high-precision, controllable rotation of uniaxial birefringent crystal particles, we study the principle of optical rotation due to the transfer of spin angular momentum from light to birefringent crystal particles. The interaction process between the beam and particles is affected by various factors existed actually, for instance: the reflection of beam on the crystal surface, laser power, the set of angle between the crystal optical axis and surface, radius, phase difference between the ordinary ray and extraordinary ray. According to the analysis of these factors, the theoretical model of optical rotation is reconstructed. The theoretical curves of calcium carbonate and silicon particles chosen as experimental material between the rotational frequency and the radius are simulated and calculated. The result shows that the rotation frequency is inversely proportional to the cube of radius, and compared the performance of modified model with traditional model. The birefringent particles are rotated by optical tweezers in the experiment, and rotation frequency is measured with the same laser power. According to the experimental results of optical rotation, the modified Friese theoretical model is proved to be the reasonably and excellence, in addition, the result shows the maximum frequency of calcium carbonate is 19.1Hz, and the maximum frequency of silicon particles is 11.5Hz. The rationality of our experiment is testified by compared with theoretical analysis. Our study has great directive significance to the design of optical driven micro-mechanical motor and the material selection of rotor.

  5. Size dependences of crystal structure and magnetic properties of DyMnO3 nanoparticles

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    Tajiri, T.; Terashita, N.; Hamamoto, K.; Deguchi, H.; Mito, M.; Morimoto, Y.; Konishi, K.; Kohno, A.

    2013-11-01

    We synthesized DyMnO3 nanoparticles with particle sizes of about 7.5-15.3 nm in the pores of mesoporous silica and investigated their crystal structure and magnetic properties. As the particle size decreased, the lattice constants of the DyMnO3 nanoparticles deviated from those of the bulk crystal, and the Jahn-Teller distortion in the nanoparticle systems decreased. In addition, the estimated lattice strain increased with decreasing particle size. The DyMnO3 nanoparticles showed superparamagnetic behavior. The blocking temperature and the coercive field increased with decreasing particle size, and this behavior was contrary to the usual magnetic size effects. It is deduced that these unique size dependences of the magnetic properties for the DyMnO3 nanoparticles were derived from the changes in lattice constants and lattice strain. The anisotropic lattice deformation in the crystal structure of the nanoparticles induces an enhancement of the magnetic anisotropy, which results in the increase in blocking temperature and coercive field with decreasing particle size.

  6. Effect of detergent alkyl chain length on crystallization of a detergent-solubilized membrane protein:. correlation of protein-detergent particle size and particle-particle interaction with crystallization of the photosynthetic reaction center from Rhodobacter sphaeroides

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    Marone, Palma Ann; Thiyagarajan, P.; Wagner, Arlene M.; Tiede, David M.

    1999-12-01

    The effect of detergent alkyl chain length on the crystallization of detergent-solubilized membrane proteins was characterized using the reaction center (RC) from Rhodobacter sphaeroides as a model. Crystallization was performed in the presence of both n-alkyl-β-D-glucopyranosides, C nG, where the alkyl chain length, n, was varied from 8 to 10, and dodecyl-dimethylamine-N-oxide (C 12DAO). A pronounced effect of detergent chain length was found on the ability to crystallize the reaction center. Small-angle neutron scattering measurements (SANS) demonstrated that the variation in the ability to crystallize the reaction center is correlated with changes in the apparent radius of gyration, Rg, of the reaction center-detergent particle, reflecting changes in the size of the reaction center and strength of the inter-particle interactions. Specifically, reaction center crystallization in the absence of additional amphiphiles was found to occur only with octylglucoside, C 8G. Crystallization in the presence of longer chain detergents, C 9G, C 10G, C 12DAO, required the use of an additional small amphiphile, heptanetriol (HT). SANS measurements showed that the apparent Rg of the reaction center-detergent particle increased with increasing detergent chain length, and that the addition of HT reduces this parameter. The addition of HT was found to impede crystallization in the presence of C 8G. This inhibition could be reversed by increasing C 8G concentration with respect to HT, resulting in the formation of alternate crystal forms. Taken together, these results suggest that detergents and small molecule amphiphiles used in membrane protein crystallization must be chosen to optimize both the size and solubility of the protein-detergent particle. Data for the reaction center suggest that crystallization occurs within a restricted range of size of the protein-detergent complex.

  7. Crystal structure engineering for improved performance of emerging nanoscale devices

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    Chimalgi, Vinay Uday

    Recent advances in growth techniques and increasing number of experimental studies have made nanostructures grown along different crystallographic directions a reality. These new structures could not only benefit the electronic devices used in mainstream information technology but also show great promise for applications in lasers, solid-state lighting, near-field photolithography, free-space quantum cryptography, consumer displays, quantum computation, as well as diagnostic medicine and imaging. However, only few theoretical investigations have been performed on these structures due to the complex nature of the interplay of atomicity, structural fields, polarization, and quantum size-quantization, all strong function of the crystallographic direction. The objective of this work is mainly four-fold: (1) Integrate a computational framework employing a combination of fully atomistic valence force-field molecular mechanics and 20-band sp3s*d5-SO tight-binding based electronic band­structure models, and numerically investigate the effects of internal fields on the electronic and optical properties of zincblende InAs/GaAs quantum dots grown on (100), (110), and (111) orientated substrates. (2) Augment/extend the open source NEMO 3-D bandstructure simulator by incorporating a recently proposed first principles based model to gauge the importance of nonlinear piezoelectricity on the single-particle electronic states and interband optical transitions in emerging In(Ga)N/GaN disk-in-wire LED structures having c-plane and m-plane wurtzite crystal symmetry. (3) Coupling the NEMO 3-D software toolkit with a commercial TCAD simulator to determine the terminal electrical and optical characteristics of InGaN/GaN disk-in-wire LEDs; and (4) Finding an optimum crystallographic device for InGaN/GaN disk-in-wire LEDs to achieve improved internal quantum efficiency (IQE).

  8. Crystallization, structural diversity and anisotropy effects in 2D arrays of icosahedral viruses†

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    Nguyen, Quyen L.; Vasilyev, Oleg; Mank, Nick; Washington-Hughes, Clorissa L.; Kuzmenko, Ivan; Checco, Antonio; Mao, Yimin; Wang, Qian; Yang, Lin

    2016-01-01

    We investigate two-dimensional (2D) assembly of the icosahedral turnip yellow mosaic virus (TYMV) under cationic lipid monolayers at the aqueous solution–vapor interface. The 2D crystallization of TYMV has been achieved by enhancing electrostatically induced interfacial adsorption, an approach recently demonstrated for another virus. In situ X-ray scattering reveals two close-packed 2D crystalline phases of TYMV that are distinct from the previously reported hexagonal and centered square ( 2×2) arrays of TYMV. One of the newly observed phases arises from either a dimeric double-square (2 × 1) or tetrameric square (2 × 2) unit cell. The other is a rhombic crystal with a lattice angle of 80°. The two observed crystal phases are substantially less dense (by over10%) than a 2D lattice of TYMV could be according to its known size and shape, indicating that local anisotropic interparticle interactions play a key role in stabilizing these crystals. TYMV’s anisotropy attributes and numerical analysis of 2D arrays of virus-shaped particles are used to derive a model for the rhombic crystal in which the particle orientation is consistent with the electrostatic lipid–TYMV attraction and the interparticle contacts exhibit steric complementarity. The interplay between particle anisotropy and packing is contrasted between the rhombic crystal model and the square ( 2×2) crystal. This study highlights how the high symmetry and subtle asphericity of icosahedral particles enrich the variety and complexity of ordered 2D structures that can be generated through self-assembly. PMID:26029772

  9. Errors in Crystal structure of HINT from Helicobacter pylori

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    Maize, Kimberly M.

    2016-01-01

    Inaccuracies in the article, Crystal structure of HINT from Helicobacter pylori by Tarique et al. [(2016) Acta Cryst. F72, 42–48] are presented, and a brief history of HINT nomenclature is discussed. PMID:27050269

  10. Errors in Crystal structure of HINT from Helicobacter pylori.

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    Maize, Kimberly M

    2016-04-01

    Inaccuracies in the article, Crystal structure of HINT from Helicobacter pylori by Tarique et al. [(2016) Acta Cryst. F72, 42-48] are presented, and a brief history of HINT nomenclature is discussed. PMID:27050269

  11. Determination of channeling perspectives for complex crystal structures

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    Allen, W.R.

    1993-03-01

    Specification of the atomic arrangement for axes and planes of high symmetry is essential for crystal alignment using Rutherford backscattering and for studies of the lattice location of impurities in single crystals. By rotation of an inscribed orthogonal coordinate system, a visual image for a given perspective of a crystal structure can be specified. Knowledge of the atomic arrangement permits qualitative channeling perspectives to be visualized and calculation of continuum potentials for channeling. Channeling angular-yield profiles can then be analytically modeled and, subsequently, shadowing by host atoms of positions within the unit cell predicted. Software to calculate transformed atom positions for a channeling perspective in a single crystal are described and illustrated for the spinel crystal structure.

  12. Magnetization Reversal Process of Single Crystal α-Fe Containing a Nonmagnetic Particle

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    Li, Yi; Xu, Ben; Hu, Shenyang Y.; Li, Yulan; Li, Qiu-Lin; Liu, Wei

    2015-09-25

    The magnetization reversal process and hysteresis loops in a single crystal α-iron with nonmagnetic particles are simulated in this work based on the Landau-Lifshitz–Gilbert equation. The evolutions of the magnetic domain morphology are studied, and our analyses show that the magnetization reversal process is affected by the interaction between the moving domain wall and the existing nonmagnetic particles. This interaction strongly depends on the size of the particles, and it is found that particles with a particular size contribute the most to magnetic hardening.

  13. Synchronization of particle motion induced by mode coupling in a two-dimensional plasma crystal

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    Couëdel, L.; Zhdanov, S.; Nosenko, V.; Ivlev, A. V.; Thomas, H. M.; Morfill, G. E.

    2014-05-01

    The kinematics of dust particles during the early stage of mode-coupling induced melting of a two-dimensional plasma crystal is explored. It is found that the formation of the hybrid mode causes the particle vibrations to partially synchronize at the hybrid frequency. Phase- and frequency-locked hybrid particle motion in both vertical and horizontal directions (hybrid mode) is observed. The system self-organizes in a rhythmic pattern of alternating in-phase and antiphase oscillating chains of particles. The spatial orientation of the synchronization pattern correlates well with the directions of the maximal increment of the shear-free hybrid mode.

  14. Crystal structure of a methimazole-based ionic liquid.

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    Gaitor, Jamie C; Zayas, Manuel Sanchez; Myrthil, Darrel J; White, Frankie; Hendrich, Jeffrey M; Sykora, Richard E; O'Brien, Richard A; Reilly, John T; Mirjafari, Arsalan

    2015-12-01

    The structure of 1-methyl-2-(prop-2-en-1-ylsulfan-yl)-1H-imidazol-3-ium bromide, C7H11N2S(+)·Br(-), has monoclinic (P21/c) symmetry. In the crystal, the components are linked by N-H⋯Br and C-H⋯Br hydrogen bonds. The crystal structure of the title compound undeniably proves that methimazole reacts through the thione tautomer, rather than the thiol tautomer in this system. PMID:26870468

  15. Crystal structure of a methimazole-based ionic liquid

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    Gaitor, Jamie C.; Zayas, Manuel Sanchez; Myrthil, Darrel J.; White, Frankie; Hendrich, Jeffrey M.; Sykora, Richard E.; O’Brien, Richard A.; Reilly, John T.; Mirjafari, Arsalan

    2015-01-01

    The structure of 1-methyl-2-(prop-2-en-1-ylsulfan­yl)-1H-imidazol-3-ium bromide, C7H11N2S+·Br−, has monoclinic (P21/c) symmetry. In the crystal, the components are linked by N—H⋯Br and C—H⋯Br hydrogen bonds. The crystal structure of the title compound undeniably proves that methimazole reacts through the thione tautomer, rather than the thiol tautomer in this system. PMID:26870468

  16. The Crystal and Molecular Structure of Dianhydrogossypol

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    Dianhydrogossypol (4,4'-dihydroxy-5,5'-diisopropyl-7,7'-dimethyl-bis(3H-naphtho[1,8-bc]furan-3-one)) was made by refluxing gossypol in m-xylene. Proton NMR confirmed that complete conversion was achieved over several hours. Single crystals were obtained by slow evaporation of the product from dichl...

  17. Allophycocyanin and phycocyanin crystal structures reveal facets of phycobilisome assembly.

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    Marx, Ailie; Adir, Noam

    2013-03-01

    X-ray crystal structures of the isolated phycobiliprotein components of the phycobilisome have provided high resolution details to the description of this light harvesting complex at different levels of complexity and detail. The linker-independent assembly of trimers into hexamers in crystal lattices of previously determined structures has been observed in almost all of the phycocyanin (PC) and allophycocyanin (APC) structures available in the Protein Data Bank. In this paper we describe the X-ray crystal structures of PC and APC from Synechococcus elongatus sp. PCC 7942, PC from Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 and PC from Thermosynechococcus vulcanus crystallized in the presence of urea. All five structures are highly similar to other PC and APC structures on the levels of subunits, monomers and trimers. The Synechococcus APC forms a unique loose hexamer that may show the structural requirements for core assembly and rod attachment. While the Synechococcus PC assembles into the canonical hexamer, it does not further assemble into rods. Unlike most PC structures, the Synechocystis PC fails to form hexamers. Addition of low concentrations of urea to T. vulcanus PC inhibits this proteins propensity to form hexamers, resulting in a crystal lattice composed of trimers. The molecular source of these differences in assembly and their relevance to the phycobilisome structure is discussed. PMID:23201474

  18. Millimeter-wave Bragg diffraction of microfabricated crystal structures

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    Yuan, C. P.; Lin, S. Y.; Chang, T. H.; Shew, B. Y.

    2011-06-01

    A compact diffraction apparatus is developed with millimeter-wave propagation between two parallel plates. Two types of microfabricated model crystals are individually mounted on a rotatable structure. In contrast to previous work, the experimental results agree well with Bragg's predictions because multiple scattering is minimized in this configuration. Factors that affect the resolution and signal strength, such as the number of scatterers, cylinder radius, and the distance between the detector and the model crystal, are analyzed. The apparatus offers a visually accessible way to teach students about crystal structure as well as scattering and diffraction.

  19. Crystal structure of a actinide metals at high compression

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    Fast, L.; Soederlind, P.

    1996-05-01

    The crystal structures of some light actinide metals are studied theoretically as a function of applied pressure. The first principles electronic structure theory is formulated in the framework of density functional theory, with the gradient corrected local density approximation of the exchange-correlation functional. The light actinide metals are shown to be well described as itinerant (metallic) f-electron metals and generally, they display a crystal structure which have, in agreement with previous theoretical suggestions, increasing degree of symmetry and closed-packing upon compression. The theoretical calculations agree well with available experimental data. At very high compression, the theory predicts closed-packed structures such as the fcc or the hcp structures or the nearly closed-packed bcc structure for the light actinide metals. A simple canonical band picture is presented to explain in which particular closed-packed form these metals will crystallize at ultra-high pressure. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

  20. Structure of orthorhombic crystals of beef liver catalase.

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    Ko, T P; Day, J; Malkin, A J; McPherson, A

    1999-08-01

    The growth mechanisms and physical properties of the orthorhombic crystal form of beef liver catalase were investigated using in situ atomic force microscopy (AFM). It was observed that the crystals grow in the <001> direction by an unusual progression of sequential two-dimensional nuclei of half unit-cell layers corresponding to the 'bottoms' and 'tops' of unit cells. These were easily discriminated by their alternating asymmetric shapes and their strong growth-rate anisotropy. This pattern has not previously been observed with other macromolecular crystals. Orthorhombic beef liver catalase crystals exhibit an extremely high defect density and incorporate great numbers of misoriented microcrystals, revealed intact by etching experiments, which may explain their marginal diffraction properties. To facilitate interpretation of AFM results in terms of intermolecular interactions, the structure of the orthorhombic crystals, having an entire tetramer of the enzyme as the asymmetric unit, was solved by molecular replacement using a model derived from a trigonal crystal form. It was subsequently refined by conventional techniques. Although the packing of molecules in the two unit cells was substantially different, with very few exceptions no significant differences in the molecular structures were observed. In addition, no statistically significant deviation from ideal 222 molecular symmetry appeared within the tetramer. The packing of molecules in the crystal revealed by X-ray analysis explained in a satisfying way the process of crystal growth revealed by AFM. PMID:10417406

  1. Homodiselenacalix[4]arenes: Molecules with Unique Channelled Crystal Structures.

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    Thomas, Joice; Dobrza?ska, Liliana; Van Meervelt, Luc; Quevedo, Mario Alfredo; Wo?niak, Krzysztof; Stachowicz, Marcin; Smet, Mario; Maes, Wouter; Dehaen, Wim

    2016-01-01

    A synthetic route towards homodiselenacalix[4]arene macrocycles is presented, based on the dynamic covalent chemistry of diselenides. The calixarene inner rim is decorated with either alkoxy or tert-butyl ester groups. Single-crystal X-ray analysis of two THF solvates with methoxy and ethoxy substituents reveals the high similarity of their molecular structures and alterations on the supramolecular level. In both crystal structures, solvent channels are present and differ in both shape and capacity. Furthermore, the methoxy-substituted macrocycle undergoes a single-crystal-to-single-crystal transformation during which the molecular structure changes its conformation from 1,3-alternate (loaded with THF/water) to 1,2-alternate (apohost form). Molecular modelling techniques were applied to explore the conformational and energetic behaviour of the macrocycles. PMID:26639087

  2. Model solution for volume reflection of relativistic particles in a bent crystal

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    Bondarenco, M. V.

    2010-10-15

    For volume reflection process in a bent crystal, exact analytic expressions for positively- and negatively-charged particle trajectories are obtained within a model of parabolic continuous potential in each interplanar interval, with the neglect of incoherent multiple scattering. In the limit of the crystal bending radius greatly exceeding the critical value, asymptotic formulas are obtained for the particle mean deflection angle in units of Lindhard's critical angle, and for the final beam profile. Volume reflection of negatively charged particles is shown to contain effects of rainbow scattering and orbiting, whereas with positively charged particles none of these effects arise within the given model. The model predictions are compared with experimental results and numerical simulations. Estimates of the volume reflection mean angle and the final beam profile robustness under multiple scattering are performed.

  3. DYNECHARM++: a toolkit to simulate coherent interactions of high-energy charged particles in complex structures

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    Bagli, Enrico; Guidi, Vincenzo

    2013-08-01

    A toolkit for the simulation of coherent interactions between high-energy charged particles and complex crystal structures, called DYNECHARM++ has been developed. The code has been written in C++ language taking advantage of this object-oriented programing method. The code is capable to evaluating the electrical characteristics of complex atomic structures and to simulate and track the particle trajectory within them. Calculation method of electrical characteristics based on their expansion in Fourier series has been adopted. Two different approaches to simulate the interaction have been adopted, relying on the full integration of particle trajectories under the continuum potential approximation and on the definition of cross-sections of coherent processes. Finally, the code has proved to reproduce experimental results and to simulate interaction of charged particles with complex structures.

  4. Modes of surface premelting in colloidal crystals composed of attractive particles.

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    Li, Bo; Wang, Feng; Zhou, Di; Peng, Yi; Ni, Ran; Han, Yilong

    2016-03-24

    Crystal surfaces typically melt into a thin liquid layer at temperatures slightly below the melting point of the crystal. Such surface premelting is prevalent in all classes of solids and is important in a variety of metallurgical, geological and meteorological phenomena. Premelting has been studied using X-ray diffraction and differential scanning calorimetry, but the lack of single-particle resolution makes it hard to elucidate the underlying mechanisms. Colloids are good model systems for studying phase transitions because the thermal motions of individual micrometre-sized particles can be tracked directly using optical microscopy. Here we use colloidal spheres with tunable attractions to form equilibrium crystal-vapour interfaces, and study their surface premelting behaviour at the single-particle level. We find that monolayer colloidal crystals exhibit incomplete premelting at their perimeter, with a constant liquid-layer thickness. In contrast, two- and three-layer crystals exhibit conventional complete melting, with the thickness of the surface liquid diverging as the melting point is approached. The microstructures of the surface liquids differ in certain aspects from what would be predicted by conventional premelting theories. Incomplete premelting in the monolayer crystals is triggered by a bulk isostructural solid-solid transition and truncated by a mechanical instability that separately induces homogeneous melting within the bulk. This finding is in contrast to the conventional assumption that two-dimensional crystals melt heterogeneously from their free surfaces (that is, at the solid-vapour interface). The unexpected bulk melting that we observe for the monolayer crystals is accompanied by the formation of grain boundaries, which supports a previously proposed grain-boundary-mediated two-dimensional melting theory. The observed interplay between surface premelting, bulk melting and solid-solid transitions challenges existing theories of surface premelting and two-dimensional melting. PMID:26976448

  5. Spontaneous pairing and cooperative movements of micro-particles in a two dimensional plasma crystal

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    Zhdanov, S. K.; Couëdel, L.; Nosenko, V.; Thomas, H. M.; Morfill, G. E.

    2015-05-01

    In an argon plasma of 20 W rf discharge at a pressure of 1.38 Pa, a stable highly ordered monolayer of microparticles is suspended. We observe spontaneous particle pairing when suddenly reducing the gas pressure. Special types of dynamical activity, in particular, entanglement and cooperative movements of coupled particles have been registered. In the course of the experiment first appeared single vertical pairs of particles, in further they gradually accumulated causing melting of the entire crystal. To record pairing events, the particle suspension is side-view imaged using a vertically extended laser sheet. The long-lasting pre-melting phase assured the credible recording and identification of isolated particle pairs. The high monolayer charge density is crucial to explain the spontaneous pairing events observed in our experiments as the mutual repulsion between the particles comprising the monolayer make its vertical extend thicker.

  6. Spontaneous pairing and cooperative movements of micro-particles in a two dimensional plasma crystal

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    Zhdanov, S. K.; Couëdel, L.; Nosenko, V.; Thomas, H. M.; Morfill, G. E.

    2015-05-15

    In an argon plasma of 20 W rf discharge at a pressure of 1.38 Pa, a stable highly ordered monolayer of microparticles is suspended. We observe spontaneous particle pairing when suddenly reducing the gas pressure. Special types of dynamical activity, in particular, entanglement and cooperative movements of coupled particles have been registered. In the course of the experiment first appeared single vertical pairs of particles, in further they gradually accumulated causing melting of the entire crystal. To record pairing events, the particle suspension is side-view imaged using a vertically extended laser sheet. The long-lasting pre-melting phase assured the credible recording and identification of isolated particle pairs. The high monolayer charge density is crucial to explain the spontaneous pairing events observed in our experiments as the mutual repulsion between the particles comprising the monolayer make its vertical extend thicker.

  7. Crystal structure of the co-crystal butyl­paraben–isonicotinamide (1/1)

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    Bhardwaj, Rajni M.; Yang, Huaiyu; Florence, Alastair J.

    2016-01-01

    The title 1:1 co-crystal, C11H14O3·C6H6N2O [systematic name: butyl 4-hy­droxy­benzoate–isonicotinamide (1/1)], crystallizes with one mol­ecule of butyl­paraben (BPN) and one mol­ecule of isonicotinamide (ISN) in the asymmetric unit. In the crystal, BPN and ISN mol­ecules form hydrogen-bonded (O—H⋯N and N—H⋯O) dimers of paired BPN and ISN mol­ecules. These dimers are further connected to each other via N—H⋯O=C hydrogen bonds, creating ribbons in [011] which further stack along the a axis to form a layered structure with short C⋯C contacts of 3.285 (3) Å. Packing inter­actions within the crystal structure were assessed using PIXEL calculations. PMID:26870584

  8. Growth, characterization, and crystal structure of a new chalcone derivative single crystal

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    Shettigar, Venkataraya; Dharmaprakash, S. M.

    2006-09-01

    A new organic nonlinear optical (NLO) chalcone derivative viz.1- ( 4- methoxyphenyl )-3- (3,4 - dimethoxy phenyl ) - 2 - propene-1-one, has been synthesized by Claisen-Schmidt condensation method. The synthesized compound was purified by repeated recrystallization process. To confirm the identity of the synthesized compound, FTIR spectra was recorded and various functional groups present were identified. NMR spectra were recorded for structural identity and purity confirmation of the synthesized compound. Good quality single crystals were grown by solvent evaporation and slow cooling technique using acetone as solvent. The grown crystals were characterized by UV-Visible , differential thermal analysis and linear refractive index measurement. The hardness of the crystal was determined using Vicker's indentation method. The single crystal structure analysis of the crystal was performed and it is found that the crystal belongs to monoclinic system with space group P2 I. The powder second harmonic generation(SHG)frequency conversion efficiency of the crystal was determined using Nd: YAG laser(λ = 1064nm)and it is 15 times that of Urea.

  9. Evolution of molecular crystal optical phonons near structural phase transitions

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    Michki, Nigel; Niessen, Katherine; Xu, Mengyang; Markelz, Andrea

    Molecular crystals are increasingly important photonic and electronic materials. For example organic semiconductors are lightweight compared to inorganic semiconductors and have inexpensive scale up processing with roll to roll printing. However their implementation is limited by their environmental sensitivity, in part arising from the weak intermolecular interactions of the crystal. These weak interactions result in optical phonons in the terahertz frequency range. We examine the evolution of intermolecular interactions near structural phase transitions by measuring the optical phonons as a function of temperature and crystal orientation using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy. The measured orientation dependence of the resonances provides an additional constraint for comparison of the observed spectra with the density functional calculations, enabling us to follow specific phonon modes. We observe crystal reorganization near 350 K for oxalic acid as it transforms from dihydrate to anhydrous form. We also report the first THz spectra for the molecular crystal fructose through its melting point.

  10. Effects of dust particle internal structure on light scattering

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    Kemppinen, O.; Nousiainen, T.; Jeong, G. Y.

    2015-07-01

    There is a large variety of internal structures inside atmospheric dust particles, making them inherently inhomogeneous. Such structures may have a large effect on ground-level and atmospheric radiation. So far, dust particle internal structures and their effect on the light scattering properties have proved to be hard to quantify, in part due to challenges in obtaining information about these structures. Recently, internal structures of individual dust particles were revealed through focused ion beam milling and analyzed. Here, we perform a sensitivity study to evaluate the optical impacts of some of the typical internal structures revealed. To obtain suitable model particles, the first step is to generate inhomogeneous particles with varying internal structures by using an algorithm that is based on three-dimensional Voronoi tessellation. The parameters for the particle generation are obtained from studies of real-world Asian dust particles. The second step is to generate homogeneous versions of the generated particles by using an effective-medium approximation, for comparison. Third, light scattering by both versions of these particles is simulated with discrete-dipole approximation code. This allows us to see how different internal structures affect light scattering, and how important it is to account for these structures explicitly. Further, this allows us to estimate the potential inaccuracies caused by using only homogeneous model particles for atmospheric studies and remote sensing measurements. The results show that the effects vary greatly between different kinds of internal structures and single-scattering quantity considered, but for most structure types the effects are overall notable. Most significantly, hematite inclusions in particles impact light scattering heavily. Furthermore, internal pores and hematite-rich coating both affect some form of light scattering noticeably. Based on this work, it seems that it is exceedingly important that the effects of dust particle internal structures on light scattering are accounted for in a wide variety of applications.

  11. Effects of dust particle internal structure on light scattering

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    Kemppinen, O.; Nousiainen, T.; Jeong, G. Y.

    2015-10-01

    There is a large variety of internal structures inside atmospheric dust particles, making them inherently inhomogeneous. Such structures may have a large effect on ground-level and atmospheric radiation. So far, dust particle internal structures and their effect on the light scattering properties have proved to be hard to quantify, in part due to challenges in obtaining information about these structures. Recently, internal structures of individual dust particles were revealed through focused ion beam milling and analyzed. Here, we perform a sensitivity study to evaluate the optical impacts of some of the typical internal structures revealed. To obtain suitable model particles, the first step is to generate inhomogeneous particles with varying internal structures by using an algorithm that is based on three-dimensional Voronoi tessellation. The parameters for the particle generation are obtained from studies of real-world Asian dust particles. The second step is to generate homogeneous versions of the generated particles by using an effective-medium approximation, for comparison. Third, light scattering by both versions of these particles is simulated with discrete dipole approximation code. This allows us to see how different internal structures affect light scattering, and how important it is to account for these structures explicitly. Further, this allows us to estimate the potential inaccuracies caused by using only homogeneous model particles for atmospheric studies and remote-sensing measurements. The results show that the effects vary greatly between different kinds of internal structures and single-scattering quantity considered, but for most structure types the effects are overall notable. Most significantly, hematite inclusions in particles impact light scattering heavily. Furthermore, internal pores and hematite-rich coating both affect some form of light scattering noticeably. Based on this work, it seems that it is exceedingly important that the effects of dust particle internal structures on light scattering are accounted for in a wide variety of applications.

  12. The influence of PVP incorporation on moisture-induced surface crystallization of amorphous spray-dried lactose particles.

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    Mahlin, Denny; Berggren, Jonas; Gelius, Ulrik; Engström, Sven; Alderborn, Göran

    2006-09-14

    We have recently shown that atomic force microscopy (AFM) may be an appropriate method for characterisation of the re-crystallization of amorphous particles. In this study, spray-dried composite particles consisting of lactose and polyvinyl pyrrolidon (PVP) were characterised by AFM and electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis (ESCA), and their response on increasing the relative humidity (RH) was investigated. The PVP content in the particles used was 0, 5 or 25 wt.% of either PVP K17 or PVP K90. All composite particles were found to be enriched with PVP at the surface. The incorporation of PVP in the particles influenced the way the particles responded to an increase in RH. The specific RH interval in which the surface of the particles smoothened and the RH where crystallization could be detected, increased with an increase in the amount and molecular weight of the PVP in the particles. The crystallization kinetics of single particles was analysed with AFM and by utilising the JMAK equation. The rate constant for this transformation increased in an exponential manner with increasing RH. Furthermore, above the RH needed for the crystallization to occur, the exponential increase in the crystallization rate was larger for particles with higher polymer content which indicates that the stabilising effect decreases as the water content in the particles becomes higher. In this study we report a method for determination of crystallization kinetics on single composite particles, which is valuable when evaluating the effect of stabilisers in amorphous powders. PMID:16822629

  13. Effect of flow structure at the onset of instability on barium sulfate precipitation in Taylor-Couette crystallizers

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    Aljishi, Mohammad Fuad; Ruo, An-Cheng; Park, Jay Hoon; Nasser, Bader; Kim, Woo-Sik; Joo, Yong Lak

    2013-06-01

    The effect of the vortex flow by primary instability on the precipitation of barium sulfate crystals was examined in Taylor-Couette crystallizers. Experiments involving precipitation of barium sulfate under laminar flow (before the onset of instability) and vortex flow (after the onset of primary instability) at three different axial flow rates revealed that the vortex motion plays a critical role in fine-tuning crystal properties such as internal crystal structure, particle microstructure and morphology. While no clear trends in crystalline size were observed for laminar flow, all flowrates at the onset of instability resulted in smaller crystalline sizes that ranged between 40 nm and 50 nm. A decrease in the unit cell dimensions of the orthorhombic lattice structure was also observed after the onset of instability. For both laminar and vortex flow, shortening the residence time by increasing axial flow rate led to a substantial decrease in crystal size. It is also observed that the crystal size distribution (CSD) became much narrower after the emergence of vortices. Under vortex flow, an increase in axial flow resulted in even narrower crystal size distributions. Finally, the observed phenomena of smaller crystal size and narrow crystal size distribution under vortex flow are qualitatively explained by the analysis of particle trajetory.

  14. Toxicity of TiO2 Nanoparticles to Escherichia coli: Effects of Particle Size, Crystal Phase and Water Chemistry

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    Lin, Xiuchun; Li, Jingyi; Ma, Si; Liu, Gesheng; Yang, Kun; Tong, Meiping; Lin, Daohui

    2014-01-01

    Controversial and inconsistent results on the eco-toxicity of TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) are commonly found in recorded studies and more experimental works are therefore warranted to elucidate the nanotoxicity and its underlying precise mechanisms. Toxicities of five types of TiO2 NPs with different particle sizes (10∼50 nm) and crystal phases were investigated using Escherichia coli as a test organism. The effect of water chemistry on the nanotoxicity was also examined. The antibacterial effects of TiO2 NPs as revealed by dose-effect experiments decreased with increasing particle size and rutile content of the TiO2 NPs. More bacteria could survive at higher solution pH (5.0–10.0) and ionic strength (50–200 mg L−1 NaCl) as affected by the anatase TiO2 NPs. The TiO2 NPs with anatase crystal structure and smaller particle size produced higher content of intracellular reactive oxygen species and malondialdehyde, in line with their greater antibacterial effect. Transmission electron microscopic observations showed the concentration buildup of the anatase TiO2 NPs especially those with smaller particle sizes on the cell surfaces, leading to membrane damage and internalization. These research results will shed new light on the understanding of ecological effects of TiO2 NPs. PMID:25310452

  15. Crystal structure of benzobi­cyclon

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    Kang, Gihaeng; Kim, Jineun; Lim, Hansu; Kim, Tae Ho

    2015-01-01

    In the title compound, C22H19ClO4S2 [systematic name: 3-(2-chloro-4-mesylbenzo­yl)-4-(phenyl­sulfan­yl)bi­cyclo­[3.2.1]oct-3-en-2-one], which is an unclassified herbicide, the dihedral angle between the plane of the phenyl and chloro­benzene rings is 19.9 (2)°. In the crystal, C—H⋯O hydrogen bonds link adjacent mol­ecules, generating two-dimensional networks extending parellel to (011). PMID:26870484

  16. Influence of particles on the functional properties of single crystals of high-strength ferromagnetic alloys

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    Kretinina, I. V.; Kuts, O. A.; Kuksgauzen, D. A.; Poklonov, V. V.; Pobedennaya, Z. V.; Platonova, Yu N.

    2015-01-01

    Single crystals of the ordered ferromagnetic Co49Ni21Ga30 (at.%) alloy with B2-L10 martensitic transformation and of the disordered iron-based Fe41Ni28Co17Al11.5X2.5 (X=Ta, Ti) (at.%) alloys, which undergo thermoelastic γ-a' martensitic transformations, were studied in terms of the influence of chemical composition, size and volume fraction of the dispersed γ'- phase particles on functional properties - shape memory effect and superelasticity. Single crystals of Co49Ni21Ga30 alloy showed that the precipitation of nanometric γ'-phase particles changes the martensitic transformation characteristic temperature, reduces the value of the shape memory effect and superelasticity, increases thermal and stress hysteresis, and leads to hardening of the high temperature phase, which promotes superelasticity at a wide temperature range and at high temperatures at T>373K compared with the crystals without particles. Single crystals of FeNiCoAlX (X=Ta, Ti) alloys have experimentally demonstrated that the precipitation of ordered γ'-phase particles at a size of d=5-10 nm during aging at T=973 K, 3 h, leads to the occurrence of the shape memory effect and superelasticity.

  17. Mechanisms of crystal formation in gout-a structural approach.

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    Pascual, Eliseo; Addadi, Lia; Andrés, Mariano; Sivera, Francisca

    2015-12-01

    The mechanisms and sites of monosodium urate monohydrate (MSU) crystal deposition in gout have received little attention from the scientific community to date. Formalin fixation of tissues leads to the dissolution of MSU crystals, resulting in their absence from routinely processed pathological samples and hence neglect. However, modern imaging techniques-especially ultrasonography but also conventional CT and dual-energy CT-reveal that MSU crystals form at the cartilage surface as well as inside tendons and ligaments, often at insertion sites. Tophi comprise round white formations of different sizes surrounded by inflammatory tissue. Studies of fibres recovered from gouty synovial fluid indicate that these fibres are likely to be a primary site of crystal formation by templated nucleation, with crystals deposited parallel to the fibres forming transverse bands. In tophi, two areas can be distinguished: one where crystals are formed on cellular tissues and another consisting predominantly of crystals, where secondary nucleation seems to take place; this organization could explain how tophi can grow rapidly. From these observations based on a crystallographic approach, it seems that initial templated nucleation on structural fibres-probably collagen-followed at some sites by secondary nucleation could explain MSU crystal deposition in gout. PMID:26369610

  18. Optical and structural properties of chalcone NLO single crystals

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    Rajesh Kumar, P. C.; Ravindrachary, V.; Janardhana, K.; Manjunath, H. R.; Karegouda, Prakash; Crasta, Vincent; Sridhar, M. A.

    2011-11-01

    Organic compound (E)-1-(4-methoxyphenyl)-3-(2,3,5-trichlorophenyl)prop-2-en-1-one [MPTCPP] with molecular formula C 16H 11Cl 3O 2 was synthesized using Claisen-Schmidt condensation reaction method. 1H NMR spectra was recorded to identify the various functional groups present in the compound and confirm the chemical structure. The single crystals were grown using slow evaporation solution growth technique. The UV-Visible spectrum study reveals that the crystal is transparent in the entire visible region and the absorption is observed at 364 nm. The Kurtz powder second harmonic generation (SHG) test shows that the MPTCPP is NLO active and its SHG efficiency is three times that of urea. Single crystal XRD study shows that the compound crystallizes in the monoclinic system with a space group Cc. The corresponding lattice parameters of the crystal are a = 28.215(5) Å, b = 3.9740(4) Å, c = 16.178(3) Å and V = 1503.0(4) Å 3. The micro hardness test was carried out and the work hardening coefficient value ( n) of the crystal was found to be 1.48. This indicates that the crystal is hard and is suitable for device application. The thermal study reveals that the thermal stability of the crystal is good.

  19. Lactose particle engineering: Influence of ultrasound and anti-solvent on crystal habit and particle size

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    Kougoulos, E.; Marziano, I.; Miller, P. R.

    2010-11-01

    This study focuses on ultrasound-assisted anti-solvent crystallization of lactose, expanding on previous studies and presenting, for the first time, the results of large scale implementation of sonocrystallization for lactose. The results further clarify the interplay between solution chemistry - namely the role of β-lactose - and crystallization, representing a step forward in the fine tuning of lactose properties for pharmaceutical manufacturing applications. Batches manufactured at laboratory and pilot scales were extensively characterised, including an approach for the quantification of β-lactose in α-lactose based on powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), which is described here.

  20. Crystal Perfection of Particle Monolayer at the Air-Water Interface.

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    Shinotsuka, Kei; Kajita, Yasuhito; Hongo, Koki; Hatta, Yoshihisa

    2015-10-27

    Crystal growth in colloidal particle monolayers fabricated by Langmuir-Blodgett method on 4 in. sapphire wafers was investigated under the condition of two techniques, that is, ultrasonic annealing at 1.2 to 1.5 MHz and barrier-sway process at 0.2 to 0.5 Hz. Significant increases of the ordered area were obtained by the both techniques and more than 60 times growth was confirmed. The remaining crystal defects after the growth were categorized as grain boundary, vacancy, and line defect. Both techniques exhibited different features regarding the component ratio of the defects, and different mechanisms for the reorientation of particles are discussed. The driving force of these re-orientations is thought to be associated with the 2D Ostwald ripening of colloidal crystals. PMID:26434777

  1. The different conformations and crystal structures of dihydroergocristine

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    Mönch, B.; Kraus, W.; Köppen, R.; Emmerling, F.

    2016-02-01

    The identification of different forms of dihydroergocristine (DHEC) was carried out by crystallization from different organic solvents. DHEC was identified as potential template for molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) for the epimeric specific analysis of ergot alkaloids (EAs) in food. DHEC was crystallized from different solvents in order to mimic the typical MIP synthesis conditions. Four new solvatomorphs of DHEC were obtained. All solvatomorphs contain a water molecule in the crystal structure, whereas three compounds contain an additional solvent molecule. Based on the conformation of DHEC a comparison with typical EA molecules was possible. The analysis showed that DHEC is a suitable template for MIPs for EAs.

  2. Crystallization and X-ray analysis of the T = 4 particle of hepatitis B capsid protein with an N-terminal extension

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    Tan, Wen Siang; McNae, Iain W.; Ho, Kok Lian; Walkinshaw, Malcolm D.

    2007-08-01

    Hepatitis B virus capsids have significant potential as carriers for immunogenic peptides. The crystal structure of the T = 4 particle of hepatitis B core protein containing an N-terminal extension reveals that the fusion peptide is exposed on the exterior of the particle. Hepatitis B core (HBc) particles have been extensively exploited as carriers for foreign immunological epitopes in the development of multicomponent vaccines and diagnostic reagents. Crystals of the T = 4 HBc particle were grown in PEG 20 000, ammonium sulfate and various types of alcohols. A temperature jump from 277 or 283 to 290 K was found to enhance crystal growth. A crystal grown using MPD as a cryoprotectant diffracted X-rays to 7.7 Å resolution and data were collected to 99.6% completeness at 8.9 Å. The crystal belongs to space group P2{sub 1}2{sub 1}2{sub 1}, with unit-cell parameters a = 352.3, b = 465.5, c = 645.0 Å. The electron-density map reveals a protrusion that is consistent with the N-terminus extending out from the surface of the capsid. The structure presented here supports the idea that N-terminal insertions can be exploited in the development of diagnostic reagents, multicomponent vaccines and delivery vehicles into mammalian cells.

  3. Crystal structure of a theta-class glutathione transferase.

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    Wilce, M C; Board, P G; Feil, S C; Parker, M W

    1995-01-01

    Glutathione S-transferases (GSTs) are a family of enzymes involved in the cellular detoxification of xenotoxins. Cytosolic GSTs have been grouped into four evolutionary classes for which there are representative crystal structures of three of them. Here we report the first crystal structure of a theta-class GST. So far, all available GST crystal structures suggest that a strictly conserved tyrosine near the N-terminus plays a critical role in the reaction mechanism and such a role has been convincingly demonstrated by site-directed mutagenesis. Surprisingly, the equivalent residue in the theta-class structure is not in the active site, but its role appears to have been replaced by either a nearby serine or by another tyrosine residue located in the C-terminal domain of the enzyme. Images PMID:7774571

  4. Predicting Crystal Structures with Data Mining of Quantum Calculations

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    Curtarolo, Stefano; Morgan, Dane; Persson, Kristin; Rodgers, John; Ceder, Gerbrand

    2003-09-01

    Predicting and characterizing the crystal structure of materials is a key problem in materials research and development. It is typically addressed with highly accurate quantum mechanical computations on a small set of candidate structures, or with empirical rules that have been extracted from a large amount of experimental information, but have limited predictive power. In this Letter, we transfer the concept of heuristic rule extraction to a large library of abinitio calculated information, and we demonstrate that this can be developed into a tool for crystal structure prediction.

  5. Structure of ice crystallized from supercooled water

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    Malkin, Tamsin L.; Murray, Benjamin J.; Brukhno, Andrey V.; Anwar, Jamshed; Salzmann, Christoph G.

    2012-01-01

    The freezing of water to ice is fundamentally important to fields as diverse as cloud formation to cryopreservation. At ambient conditions, ice is considered to exist in two crystalline forms: stable hexagonal ice and metastable cubic ice. Using X-ray diffraction data and Monte Carlo simulations, we show that ice that crystallizes homogeneously from supercooled water is neither of these phases. The resulting ice is disordered in one dimension and therefore possesses neither cubic nor hexagonal symmetry and is instead composed of randomly stacked layers of cubic and hexagonal sequences. We refer to this ice as stacking-disordered ice I. Stacking disorder and stacking faults have been reported earlier for metastable ice I, but only for ice crystallizing in mesopores and in samples recrystallized from high-pressure ice phases rather than in water droplets. Review of the literature reveals that almost all ice that has been identified as cubic ice in previous diffraction studies and generated in a variety of ways was most likely stacking-disordered ice I with varying degrees of stacking disorder. These findings highlight the need to reevaluate the physical and thermodynamic properties of this metastable ice as a function of the nature and extent of stacking disorder using well-characterized samples. PMID:22232652

  6. Boron-oxygen polyanion in the crystal structure of tunellite

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    Clark, J.R.

    1963-01-01

    The crystal structure of tunellite, SrO??3B2O 3??4H2O, with infinite sheets of composition n[B6O9(OH)2]2-, has cations and water molecules in the spaces within the sheets. Adjacent sheets are held together by hydrogen bonding through the water molecules. The boron-oxygen polyanions provide the first example in hydrated borate crystals of one oxygen linked to three borons.

  7. Raman Studies of Particle Structure and Graphitization in Carbon Blacks.

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    Gruber, Tyler Charles

    Raman spectroscopy is used to probe the in-plane layer dimensions (L_{rm a} ) of graphitic nanocrystalline regions within several carbon blacks. The empirical relationship of Tuinstra and Koenig is used to relate integrated peak intensities to L_{rm a}. These data are compared to those derived from Raman spectra calculated using a theoretical phonon-confinement model developed by Richter and coworkers in their studies on silicon and not previously applied to measurements of L_ {rm a} in graphitic materials. These Raman measurements yield L_{rm a} values which correlate very well with measurements performed using an accepted x-ray diffraction-based method. Graphitization was investigated in terms of the dependence of L_{rm a} on furnace, continuous wave laser, and pulsed laser heat -treatment. Nanocrystal environment and heat transfer in carbon black particles were identified as strong influences on the final state of graphitization. Graphitic crystal planes grow substantially on the microsecond time scale, and graphitization is completed within seconds. In addition, surface activity decreased dramatically in graphitized carbon blacks, indicating surface homogenization and removal of active surface sites through increases in L _{rm a} at the particle boundary. These results give new insight to the energetic processes which govern graphitic nanolayer realignment. Three-dimensional transmission electron microscope investigations of structure in graphitized carbon blacks demonstrate that aggregates are more or less flat entities, which may be contrasted with the expected isotropic structure. Anisotropy is quantified and discussed in terms of its potential effects on the reinforcement of elastomers by carbon black. These discoveries should contribute to the development of improved carbon blacks through new production technologies.

  8. Modes of surface premelting in colloidal crystals composed of attractive particles

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    Li, Bo; Wang, Feng; Zhou, Di; Peng, Yi; Ni, Ran; Han, Yilong

    2016-03-01

    Crystal surfaces typically melt into a thin liquid layer at temperatures slightly below the melting point of the crystal. Such surface premelting is prevalent in all classes of solids and is important in a variety of metallurgical, geological and meteorological phenomena. Premelting has been studied using X-ray diffraction and differential scanning calorimetry, but the lack of single-particle resolution makes it hard to elucidate the underlying mechanisms. Colloids are good model systems for studying phase transitions because the thermal motions of individual micrometre-sized particles can be tracked directly using optical microscopy. Here we use colloidal spheres with tunable attractions to form equilibrium crystal–vapour interfaces, and study their surface premelting behaviour at the single-particle level. We find that monolayer colloidal crystals exhibit incomplete premelting at their perimeter, with a constant liquid-layer thickness. In contrast, two- and three-layer crystals exhibit conventional complete melting, with the thickness of the surface liquid diverging as the melting point is approached. The microstructures of the surface liquids differ in certain aspects from what would be predicted by conventional premelting theories. Incomplete premelting in the monolayer crystals is triggered by a bulk isostructural solid–solid transition and truncated by a mechanical instability that separately induces homogeneous melting within the bulk. This finding is in contrast to the conventional assumption that two-dimensional crystals melt heterogeneously from their free surfaces (that is, at the solid–vapour interface). The unexpected bulk melting that we observe for the monolayer crystals is accompanied by the formation of grain boundaries, which supports a previously proposed grain-boundary-mediated two-dimensional melting theory. The observed interplay between surface premelting, bulk melting and solid–solid transitions challenges existing theories of surface premelting and two-dimensional melting.

  9. Magnetically responsive gourd-shaped colloidal particles in cholesteric liquid crystals.

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    Senyuk, Bohdan; Varney, Michael C M; Lopez, Javier A; Wang, Sijia; Wu, Ning; Smalyukh, Ivan I

    2014-08-28

    Particle shape and medium chirality are two key features recently used to control anisotropic colloidal self-assembly and dynamics in liquid crystals. Here, we study magnetically responsive gourd-shaped colloidal particles dispersed in cholesteric liquid crystals with periodicity comparable or smaller than the particle's dimensions. Using magnetic manipulation and optical tweezers, which allow one to position colloids near the confining walls, we measured the elastic repulsive interactions of these particles with confining surfaces and found that separation-dependent particle-wall interaction force is a non-monotonic function of separation and shows oscillatory behavior. We show that gourd-shaped particles in cholesterics reside not on a single sedimentation level, but on multiple long-lived metastable levels separated by a distance comparable to cholesteric periodicity. Finally, we demonstrate three-dimensional laser tweezers assisted assembly of gourd-shaped particles taking advantage of both orientational order and twist periodicity of cholesterics, potentially allowing new forms of orientationally and positionally ordered colloidal organization in these media. PMID:24994521

  10. Crystallization and immersion freezing ability of oxalic and succinic acid in multicomponent aqueous organic aerosol particles

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    Wagner, Robert; Höhler, Kristina; Möhler, Ottmar; Saathoff, Harald; Schnaiter, Martin

    2015-04-01

    This study reports on heterogeneous ice nucleation efficiency of immersed oxalic and succinic acid crystals in the temperature range from 245 to 215 K, as investigated with expansion cooling experiments using suspended particles. In contrast to previous laboratory work with emulsified solution droplets where the precipitation of solid inclusions required a preceding freezing/evaporation cycle, we show that immersed solids readily form by homogeneous crystallization within aqueous solution droplets of multicomponent organic mixtures, which have noneutonic compositions with an excess of oxalic or succinic acid. Whereas succinic acid crystals did not act as heterogeneous ice nuclei, immersion freezing by oxalic acid dihydrate crystals led to a reduction of the ice saturation ratio at freezing onset by 0.066-0.072 compared to homogeneous freezing, which is by a factor of 2 higher than previously reported laboratory data. These observations emphasize the importance of oxalic acid in heterogeneous ice nucleation.

  11. Isolation, crystallization and crystal structure determination of bovine kidney Na(+),K(+)-ATPase.

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    Gregersen, Jonas Lindholt; Mattle, Daniel; Fedosova, Natalya U; Nissen, Poul; Reinhard, Linda

    2016-04-01

    Na(+),K(+)-ATPase is responsible for the transport of Na(+) and K(+) across the plasma membrane in animal cells, thereby sustaining vital electrochemical gradients that energize channels and secondary transporters. The crystal structure of Na(+),K(+)-ATPase has previously been elucidated using the enzyme from native sources such as porcine kidney and shark rectal gland. Here, the isolation, crystallization and first structure determination of bovine kidney Na(+),K(+)-ATPase in a high-affinity E2-BeF3(-)-ouabain complex with bound magnesium are described. Crystals belonging to the orthorhombic space group C2221 with one molecule in the asymmetric unit exhibited anisotropic diffraction to a resolution of 3.7 Å with full completeness to a resolution of 4.2 Å. The structure was determined by molecular replacement, revealing unbiased electron-density features for bound BeF3(-), ouabain and Mg(2+) ions. PMID:27050261

  12. Crystal structure of ammonia dihydrate II

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    Griffiths, Gareth I. G.; Fortes, A. Dominic; Pickard, Chris J.; Needs, R. J.

    2012-05-01

    We have used density-functional-theory (DFT) methods together with a structure searching algorithm to make an experimentally constrained prediction of the structure of ammonia dihydrate II (ADH-II). The DFT structure is in good agreement with neutron diffraction data and verifies the prediction. The structure consists of the same basic structural elements as ADH-I, with a modest alteration to the packing, but a considerable reduction in volume. The phase diagram of the known ADH and ammonia monohydrate + water-ice structures is calculated with the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof density functional, and the effects of a semi-empirical dispersion corrected functional are investigated. The results of our DFT calculations of the finite-pressure elastic constants of ADH-II are compared with the available experimental data for the elastic strain coefficients.

  13. Crystal structure and characterization of a novel organic optical crystal: 2-Aminopyridinium trichloroacetate

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    Dhanaraj, P.V.; Rajesh, N.P.; Vinitha, G.; Bhagavannarayana, G.

    2011-05-15

    Research highlights: {yields} Good quality crystals of 2-aminopyridinium trichloroacetate were grown for first time. {yields} 2-Aminopyridinium trichloroacetate crystal belongs to monoclinic crystal system with space group P21/c. {yields} 2-Aminopyridinium trichloroacetate crystal exhibits third order nonlinear optical properties. {yields} 2-Aminopyridinium trichloroacetate is a low dielectric constant material. -- Abstract: 2-Aminopyridinium trichloroacetate, a novel organic optical material has been synthesized and crystals were grown from aqueous solution employing the technique of controlled evaporation. 2-Aminopyridinium trichloroacetate crystallizes in monoclinic system with space group P2{sub 1}/c and the lattice parameters are a = 8.598(5) A, b = 11.336(2) A, c = 11.023(2) A, {beta} = 102.83(1){sup o} and volume = 1047.5(3) A{sup 3}. High-resolution X-ray diffraction measurements were performed to analyze the structural perfection of the grown crystals. Thermal analysis shows a sharp endothermic peak at 124 {sup o}C due to melting reaction of 2-aminopyridinium trichloroacetate. UV-vis-NIR studies reveal that 2-aminopyridinium trichloroacetate has UV cutoff wavelength at 354 nm. Dielectric studies show that dielectric constant and dielectric loss decreases with increasing frequency and finally it becomes almost a constant at higher frequencies for all temperatures. The negative nonlinear optical parameters of 2-aminopyridinium trichloroacetate were derived by the Z-scan technique.

  14. Ice crystallization in ultrafine water-salt aerosols: nucleation, ice-solution equilibrium, and internal structure.

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    Hudait, Arpa; Molinero, Valeria

    2014-06-01

    Atmospheric aerosols have a strong influence on Earth's climate. Elucidating the physical state and internal structure of atmospheric aqueous aerosols is essential to predict their gas and water uptake, and the locus and rate of atmospherically important heterogeneous reactions. Ultrafine aerosols with sizes between 3 and 15 nm have been detected in large numbers in the troposphere and tropopause. Nanoscopic aerosols arising from bubble bursting of natural and artificial seawater have been identified in laboratory and field experiments. The internal structure and phase state of these aerosols, however, cannot yet be determined in experiments. Here we use molecular simulations to investigate the phase behavior and internal structure of liquid, vitrified, and crystallized water-salt ultrafine aerosols with radii from 2.5 to 9.5 nm and with up to 10% moles of ions. We find that both ice crystallization and vitrification of the nanodroplets lead to demixing of pure water from the solutions. Vitrification of aqueous nanodroplets yields nanodomains of pure low-density amorphous ice in coexistence with vitrified solute rich aqueous glass. The melting temperature of ice in the aerosols decreases monotonically with an increase of solute fraction and decrease of radius. The simulations reveal that nucleation of ice occurs homogeneously at the subsurface of the water-salt nanoparticles. Subsequent ice growth yields phase-segregated, internally mixed, aerosols with two phases in equilibrium: a concentrated water-salt amorphous mixture and a spherical cap-like ice nanophase. The surface of the crystallized aerosols is heterogeneous, with ice and solution exposed to the vapor. Free energy calculations indicate that as the concentration of salt in the particles, the advance of the crystallization, or the size of the particles increase, the stability of the spherical cap structure increases with respect to the alternative structure in which a core of ice is fully surrounded by solution. We predict that micrometer-sized particles and nanoparticles have the same equilibrium internal structure. The variation of liquid-vapor surface tension with solute concentration is a key factor in determining whether a solution-embedded ice core or vapor-exposed ice cap is the equilibrium structure of the aerosols. In agreement with experiments, we predict that the structure of mixed-phase HNO3-water particles, representative of polar stratospheric clouds, consists of an ice core surrounded by freeze-concentrated solution. The results of this work are important to determine the phase state and internal structure of sea spray ultrafine aerosols and other mixed-phase particles under atmospherically relevant conditions. PMID:24820354

  15. Fractal Particles: Titan's Thermal Structure and IR Opacity

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    McKay, C. P.; Rannou, P.; Guez, L.; Young, E. F.; DeVincenzi, Donald (Technical Monitor)

    1998-01-01

    Titan's haze particles are the principle opacity at solar wavelengths. Most past work in modeling these particles has assumed spherical particles. However, observational evidence strongly favors fractal shapes for the haze particles. We consider the implications of fractal particles for the thermal structure and near infrared opacity of Titan's atmosphere. We find that assuming fractal particles with the optical properties based on laboratory tholin material and with a production rate that allows for a match to the geometric albedo results in warmer troposphere and surface temperatures compared to spherical particles. In the near infrared (1-3 microns) the predicted opacity of the fractal particles is up to a factor of two less than for spherical particles. This has implications for the ability of Cassini to image Titan's surface at 1 micron.

  16. Nanoscale structural features determined by AFM for single virus particles

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    Chen, Shu-Wen W.; Odorico, Michael; Meillan, Matthieu; Vellutini, Luc; Teulon, Jean-Marie; Parot, Pierre; Bennetau, Bernard; Pellequer, Jean-Luc

    2013-10-01

    In this work, we propose ``single-image analysis'', as opposed to multi-image averaging, for extracting valuable information from AFM images of single bio-particles. This approach allows us to study molecular systems imaged by AFM under general circumstances without restrictions on their structural forms. As feature exhibition is a resolution correlation, we have performed AFM imaging on surfaces of tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) to demonstrate variations of structural patterns with probing resolution. Two AFM images were acquired with the same tip at different probing resolutions in terms of pixel width, i.e., 1.95 and 0.49 nm per pixel. For assessment, we have constructed an in silico topograph based on the three-dimensional crystal structure of TMV as a reference. The prominent artifacts observed in the AFM-determined shape of TMV were attributed to tip convolutions. The width of TMV rod was systematically overestimated by ~10 nm at both probing resolutions of AFM. Nevertheless, the effects of tip convolution were less severe in vertical orientation so that the estimated height of TMV by AFM imaging was in close agreement with the in silico X-ray topograph. Using dedicated image processing algorithms, we found that at low resolution (i.e., 1.95 nm per pixel), the extracted surface features of TMV can be interpreted as a partial or full helical repeat (three complete turns with ~7.0 nm in length), while individual protein subunits (~2.5 nm) were perceivable only at high resolution. The present study shows that the scales of revealed structural features in AFM images are subject to both probing resolution and processing algorithms for image analysis.

  17. Combined crystal structure prediction and high-pressure crystallization in rational pharmaceutical polymorph screening

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    Neumann, M. A.; van de Streek, J.; Fabbiani, F. P. A.; Hidber, P.; Grassmann, O.

    2015-07-01

    Organic molecules, such as pharmaceuticals, agro-chemicals and pigments, frequently form several crystal polymorphs with different physicochemical properties. Finding polymorphs has long been a purely experimental game of trial-and-error. Here we utilize in silico polymorph screening in combination with rationally planned crystallization experiments to study the polymorphism of the pharmaceutical compound Dalcetrapib, with 10 torsional degrees of freedom one of the most flexible molecules ever studied computationally. The experimental crystal polymorphs are found at the bottom of the calculated lattice energy landscape, and two predicted structures are identified as candidates for a missing, thermodynamically more stable polymorph. Pressure-dependent stability calculations suggested high pressure as a means to bring these polymorphs into existence. Subsequently, one of them could indeed be crystallized in the 0.02 to 0.50 GPa pressure range and was found to be metastable at ambient pressure, effectively derisking the appearance of a more stable polymorph during late-stage development of Dalcetrapib.

  18. Ytterbium- and neodymium-doped vanadate laser hose crystals having the apatite crystal structure

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    Payne, S.A.; Kway, W.L.; DeLoach, L.D.; Krupke, W.F.; Chai, B.H.T.

    1994-08-23

    Yb[sup 3+] and Nd[sup 3+] doped Sr[sub 5](VO[sub 4])[sub 3]F crystals serve as useful infrared laser media that exhibit low thresholds of oscillation and high slope efficiencies, and can be grown with high optical quality. These laser media possess unusually high absorption and emission cross sections, which provide the crystals with the ability to generate greater gain for a given amount of pump power. Many related crystals such as Sr[sub 5](VO[sub 4])[sub 3]F crystals doped with other rare earths, transition metals, or actinides, as well as the many structural analogs of Sr[sub 5](VO[sub 4])[sub 3]F, where the Sr[sup 2+] and F[sup [minus

  19. Ytterbium- and neodymium-doped vanadate laser hose crystals having the apatite crystal structure

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    Payne, Stephen A.; Kway, Wayne L.; DeLoach, Laura D.; Krupke, William F.; Chai, Bruce H. T.

    1994-01-01

    Yb.sup.3+ and Nd.sup.3+ doped Sr.sub.5 (VO.sub.4).sub.3 F crystals serve as useful infrared laser media that exhibit low thresholds of oscillation and high slope efficiencies, and can be grown with high optical quality. These laser media possess unusually high absorption and emission cross sections, which provide the crystals with the ability to generate greater gain for a given amount of pump power. Many related crystals such as Sr.sub.5 (VO.sub.4).sub.3 F crystals doped with other rare earths, transition metals, or actinides, as well as the many structural analogs of Sr.sub.5 (VO.sub.4).sub.3 F, where the Sr.sup.2+ and F.sup.- ions are replaced by related chemical species, have similar properties.

  20. Dynamical phases of attractive particles sliding on a structured surface

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    Hasnain, J.; Jungblut, S.; Dellago, C.

    2015-05-01

    Inspired by experiments on quartz crystal microbalance setups, we study the mobility of a monolayer of Lennard-Jones particles driven over a hexagonal external potential. We pay special attention to the changes in the dynamical phases that arise when the lattice constant of the external substrate potential and the Lennard-Jones interaction are mismatched. We find that if the average particle separation is such that the particles repel each other, or interact harmonically, the qualitative behavior of the system is akin to that of a monolayer of purely repulsive Yukawa particles. On the other hand, if the particles typically attract each other, the ensuing dynamical states are determined entirely by the relative strength of the Lennard-Jones interaction with respect to that of the external potential.

  1. Free-Standing Photonic Crystal Films with Gradient Structural Colors.

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    Ding, Haibo; Liu, Cihui; Ye, Baofen; Fu, Fanfan; Wang, Huan; Zhao, Yuanjin; Gu, Zhongze

    2016-03-23

    Hydrogel colloidal crystal composite materials have a demonstrated value in responsive photonic crystals (PhCs) via controllable stimuli. Although they have been successfully exploited to generate a gradient of color distribution, the soft hydrogels have limitations in terms of stability and storage caused by dependence on environment. Here, we present a practical strategy to fabricate free-standing PhC films with a stable gradient of structural colors using binary polymer networks. A colloidal crystal hydrogel film was prepared for this purpose, with continuously varying photonic band gaps corresponding to the gradient of the press. Then, a second polymer network was used to lock the inside non-close-packed PhC structures and color distribution of the hydrogel film. It was demonstrated that our strategy could bring about a solution to the angle-dependent structural colors of the PhC films by coating the surface with special microstructures. PMID:26962967

  2. Crystal structures of gold, silver, and sodium chalcogenides: Sphenoidal interpretation

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    Bakakin, V. V.

    2011-11-15

    The crystal structures of 13 chalcogenides of Na, Au(I), and Ag(I) in the Na{sub 2-n}(Au,Ag){sub n}(S,Se,Te) series, where 0 {<=} n {<=} 2, are interpreted from unified positions based on the sphenoidal representation. Its essence is in the consideration of the entire crystal space (with packing X atoms in the framework of close-packing, body-centered, or hybrid schemes) as a set of elementary space units (sphenoids). Unified one-dimensional associates of sphenoids, the so-called basic rods, with sets of possible atomic positions in them are selected for all structures. The mutual effect of the dimensional and stoichiometric ratios of all components on the features of filling rod positions is analyzed. New possibilities in the crystallochemical and crystal-geometry analysis of inorganic compounds whose structures are characterized by a relatively uniform distribution of atoms are demonstrated by the example of chalcogenides.

  3. Covalently attached sandwich structure from colloidal particles and diazoresin.

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    Cong, Hailin; Chen, Jinyu; Cao, Weixiao

    2003-07-15

    A covalently attached sandwich structure between layers and particles has been fabricated from z.sbnd;COOH-containing copolymer latex particles and z.sbnd;N(2)(+)-containing polymers by self-assembly combined with a UV irradiation technique. The ionic bonds involving the layers and particles change to covalent bonds under UV irradiation and the sandwich structure become very stable toward polar organic solvents and electrolyte aqueous solutions. PMID:12909060

  4. Spontaneous Formation of Eutectic Crystal Structures in Binary and Ternary Charged Colloids due to Depletion Attraction.

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    Toyotama, Akiko; Okuzono, Tohru; Yamanaka, Junpei

    2016-01-01

    Crystallization of colloids has extensively been studied for past few decades as models to study phase transition in general. Recently, complex crystal structures in multi-component colloids, including alloy and eutectic structures, have attracted considerable attention. However, the fabrication of 2D area-filling colloidal eutectics has not been reported till date. Here, we report formation of eutectic structures in binary and ternary aqueous colloids due to depletion attraction. We used charged particles + linear polyelectrolyte systems, in which the interparticle interaction could be represented as a sum of the electrostatic, depletion, and van der Waals forces. The interaction was tunable at a lengthscale accessible to direct observation by optical microscopy. The eutectic structures were formed because of interplay of crystallization of constituent components and accompanying fractionation. An observed binary phase diagram, defined by a mixing ratio and inverse area fraction of the particles, was analogous to that for atomic and molecular eutectic systems. This new method also allows the adjustment of both the number and wavelengths of Bragg diffraction peaks. Furthermore, these eutectic structures could be immobilized in polymer gel to produce self-standing materials. The present findings will be useful in the design of the optical properties of colloidal crystals. PMID:26984298

  5. Spontaneous Formation of Eutectic Crystal Structures in Binary and Ternary Charged Colloids due to Depletion Attraction

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    Toyotama, Akiko; Okuzono, Tohru; Yamanaka, Junpei

    2016-03-01

    Crystallization of colloids has extensively been studied for past few decades as models to study phase transition in general. Recently, complex crystal structures in multi-component colloids, including alloy and eutectic structures, have attracted considerable attention. However, the fabrication of 2D area-filling colloidal eutectics has not been reported till date. Here, we report formation of eutectic structures in binary and ternary aqueous colloids due to depletion attraction. We used charged particles + linear polyelectrolyte systems, in which the interparticle interaction could be represented as a sum of the electrostatic, depletion, and van der Waals forces. The interaction was tunable at a lengthscale accessible to direct observation by optical microscopy. The eutectic structures were formed because of interplay of crystallization of constituent components and accompanying fractionation. An observed binary phase diagram, defined by a mixing ratio and inverse area fraction of the particles, was analogous to that for atomic and molecular eutectic systems. This new method also allows the adjustment of both the number and wavelengths of Bragg diffraction peaks. Furthermore, these eutectic structures could be immobilized in polymer gel to produce self-standing materials. The present findings will be useful in the design of the optical properties of colloidal crystals.

  6. Spontaneous Formation of Eutectic Crystal Structures in Binary and Ternary Charged Colloids due to Depletion Attraction

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    Toyotama, Akiko; Okuzono, Tohru; Yamanaka, Junpei

    2016-01-01

    Crystallization of colloids has extensively been studied for past few decades as models to study phase transition in general. Recently, complex crystal structures in multi-component colloids, including alloy and eutectic structures, have attracted considerable attention. However, the fabrication of 2D area-filling colloidal eutectics has not been reported till date. Here, we report formation of eutectic structures in binary and ternary aqueous colloids due to depletion attraction. We used charged particles + linear polyelectrolyte systems, in which the interparticle interaction could be represented as a sum of the electrostatic, depletion, and van der Waals forces. The interaction was tunable at a lengthscale accessible to direct observation by optical microscopy. The eutectic structures were formed because of interplay of crystallization of constituent components and accompanying fractionation. An observed binary phase diagram, defined by a mixing ratio and inverse area fraction of the particles, was analogous to that for atomic and molecular eutectic systems. This new method also allows the adjustment of both the number and wavelengths of Bragg diffraction peaks. Furthermore, these eutectic structures could be immobilized in polymer gel to produce self-standing materials. The present findings will be useful in the design of the optical properties of colloidal crystals. PMID:26984298

  7. Crystal structure of simple metals at high pressures

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    Degtyareva, Olga

    2010-10-22

    The effects of pressure on the crystal structure of simple (or sp-) elements are analysed in terms of changes in coordination number, packing density, and interatomic distances, and general rules are established. In the polyvalent elements from groups 14-17, the covalently bonded structures tend to transform to metallic phases with a gradual increase in coordination number and packing density, a behaviour normally expected under pressure. Group 1 and 2 metallic elements, however, show a reverse trend towards structures with low packing density due to intricate changes in their electronic structure. Complex crystal structures such as host-guest and incommensurately modulated structures found in these elements are given special attention in this review in an attempt to determine their role in the observed phase-transition sequences.

  8. Crystal/defect structures and phase stability in Ba hexaaluminates

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    Park, J.G.; Cormack, A.N.

    1996-02-01

    Computer atomistic simulation techniques have been used to investigate the crystal chemistry, defect structures, and phase relationships in Ba hexaaluminates. Equilibrated lattice energies for several structural models, proposed to explain the nonstoichiometries of Ba hexaaluminates, have been calculated and suggest that Ba hexaaluminate in the magnetoplumbite structure is unstable compared to nonstoichiometric {beta}-alumina type structures. The lack of superstructure in phase is explained by the very small difference in lattice energies between the structures in which the defect complex of this phase is differently arranged. The author`s calculations also suggest that the most appropriate structural model for phase II is one which includes both triple Reidinger defects and barium interstitials inside the spinel blocks from the viewpoints of both energy and crystal symmetry.

  9. Crystal/Defect Structures and Phase Stability in Ba Hexaaluminates

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    Park, Jae-Gwan; Cormack, A. N.

    1996-02-01

    Computer atomistic simulation techniques have been used to investigate the crystal chemistry, defect structures, and phase relationships in Ba hexaaluminates. Equilibrated lattice energies for several structural models, proposed to explain the nonstoichiometries of Ba hexaaluminates, have been calculated and suggest that Ba hexaaluminate in the magnetoplumbite structure is unstable compared to nonstoichiometric β-alumina type structures. The lack of superstructure in phase I is explained by the very small difference in lattice energies between the structures in which the defect complex of this phase is differently arranged. Our calculations also suggest that the most appropriate structural model for phase II is one which includes both triple Reidinger defects and barium interstitials inside the spinel blocks from the viewpoint of both energy and crystal symmetry.

  10. Prediction of incommensurate crystal structure in Ca at high pressure.

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    Arapan, Sergiu; Mao, Ho-Kwang; Ahuja, Rajeev

    2008-12-30

    Ca shows an interesting high-pressure phase transformation sequence, but, despite similar physical properties at high pressure and affinity in the electronic structure with its neighbors in the periodic table, no complex phase has been identified for Ca so far. We predict an incommensurate high-pressure phase of Ca from first principle calculations and describe a procedure of estimating incommensurate structure parameters by means of electronic structure calculations for periodic crystals. Thus, by using the ab initio technique for periodic structures, one can get not only reliable information about the electronic structure and structural parameters of an incommensurate phase, but also identify and predict such phases in new elements. PMID:19104037

  11. Microscopic characterization of defect structure in RDX crystals.

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    Bouma, R H B; Duvalois, W; Van der Heijden, A E D M

    2013-12-01

    Three batches of the commercial energetic material RDX, as received from various production locations and differing in sensitivity towards shock initiation, have been characterized with different microscopic techniques in order to visualize the defect content in these crystals. The RDX crystals are embedded in an epoxy matrix and cross-sectioned. By a treatment of grinding and polishing of the crystals, the internal defect structure of a multitude of energetic crystals can be visualized using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and confocal scanning laser microscopy. Earlier optical micrographs of the same crystals immersed in a refractive index matched liquid could visualize internal defects, only not in the required detail. The combination of different microscopic techniques allows for a better characterization of the internal defects, down to inclusions of approximately 0.5 μm in size. The defect structure can be correlated to the sensitivity towards a high-amplitude shock wave of the RDX crystals embedded in a polymer bonded explosive. The obtained experimental results comprise details on the size, type and quantity of the defects. These details should provide modellers with relevant and realistic information for modelling defects in energetic materials and their effect on the initiation and propagation of shock waves in PBX formulations. PMID:24117989

  12. The crystal structure of GXGD membrane protease FlaK

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    Hu, Jian; Xue, Yi; Lee, Sangwon; Ha, Ya

    2011-09-20

    The GXGD proteases are polytopic membrane proteins with catalytic activities against membrane-spanning substrates that require a pair of aspartyl residues. Representative members of the family include preflagellin peptidase, type 4 prepilin peptidase, presenilin and signal peptide peptidase. Many GXGD proteases are important in medicine. For example, type 4 prepilin peptidase may contribute to bacterial pathogenesis, and mutations in presenilin are associated with Alzheimer's disease. As yet, there is no atomic-resolution structure in this protease family. Here we report the crystal structure of FlaK, a preflagellin peptidase from Methanococcus maripaludis, solved at 3.6 {angstrom} resolution. The structure contains six transmembrane helices. The GXGD motif and a short transmembrane helix, helix 4, are positioned at the centre, surrounded by other transmembrane helices. The crystal structure indicates that the protease must undergo conformational changes to bring the GXGD motif and a second essential aspartyl residue from transmembrane helix 1 into close proximity for catalysis. A comparison of the crystal structure with models of presenilin derived from biochemical analysis reveals three common transmembrane segments that are similarly arranged around the active site. This observation reinforces the idea that the prokaryotic and human proteases are evolutionarily related. The crystal structure presented here provides a framework for understanding the mechanism of the GXGD proteases, and may facilitate the rational design of inhibitors that target specific members of the family.

  13. The Crystal Structure of GXGD Membrane Protease FlaK

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    J Hu; Y Xue; S Lee; Y Ha

    2011-12-31

    The GXGD proteases are polytopic membrane proteins with catalytic activities against membrane-spanning substrates that require a pair of aspartyl residues. Representative members of the family include preflagellin peptidase, type 4 prepilin peptidase, presenilin and signal peptide peptidase. Many GXGD proteases are important in medicine. For example, type 4 prepilin peptidase may contribute to bacterial pathogenesis, and mutations in presenilin are associated with Alzheimer's disease. As yet, there is no atomic-resolution structure in this protease family. Here we report the crystal structure of FlaK, a preflagellin peptidase from Methanococcus maripaludis, solved at 3.6 {angstrom} resolution. The structure contains six transmembrane helices. The GXGD motif and a short transmembrane helix, helix 4, are positioned at the centre, surrounded by other transmembrane helices. The crystal structure indicates that the protease must undergo conformational changes to bring the GXGD motif and a second essential aspartyl residue from transmembrane helix 1 into close proximity for catalysis. A comparison of the crystal structure with models of presenilin derived from biochemical analysis reveals three common transmembrane segments that are similarly arranged around the active site. This observation reinforces the idea that the prokaryotic and human proteases are evolutionarily related. The crystal structure presented here provides a framework for understanding the mechanism of the GXGD proteases, and may facilitate the rational design of inhibitors that target specific members of the family.

  14. Utilization of Protein Crystal Structures in Industry

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    Ishikawa, Kohki

    In industry, protein crystallography is used in mainly two technologies. One is structure-based drug design, and the other is structure-based enzyme engineering. Some successful cases together with recent advances are presented in this article. The cases include the development of an anti-influenza drug, and the introduction of engineered acid phosphatase to the manufacturing process of nucleotides used as umami seasoning.

  15. Crystal chemistry and structure refinement of five hydrated calcium borates

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    Clark, J.R.; Appleman, D.E.; Christ, C.L.

    1964-01-01

    The crystal structures of the five known members of the series Ca2B6O11??xH2O (x = 1, 5, 5, 7, 9, and 13) have been refined by full-matrix least-squares techniques, yielding bond distances and angles with standard errors of less than 0??01 A?? and 0??5??, respectively. The results illustrate the crystal chemical principles that govern the structures of hydrated borate compounds. The importance of hydrogen bonding in the ferroelectric transition of colemanite is confirmed by more accurate proton assignments. ?? 1964.

  16. Structural and magnetic characterization of electro-crystallized magnetite nanoparticles under constant current

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    Mosivand, Saba; Kazeminezhad, Iraj

    2015-10-15

    Graphical abstract: Structural and magnetic properties of electro-crystallized magnetite nanoparticles under constant current were studied. All samples were characterized using XRD, SEM, VSM, and Mössbauer spectrometry. - Highlights: • The effect of applied current on morphology and properties of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} is studied. • The particle size and morphology are controllable by adjusting the current. • The magnetization depends on particle size, type of surfactant and applied current. • The clear correlation between magnetization and the mean particle size is observed. - Abstract: The effect of applied current on the morphology, particle size, structure, and magnetic properties of magnetite nanoparticles prepared by electro-crystallization method was studied. The synthesis was performed in an electrochemical cell containing two iron electrodes and an aqueous solution of sodium sulfate, and either thiourea, sodium butanoate, or β-cyclodextrine as organic stabilizer. All the samples were characterized by XRD, SEM, VSM, and Mössbauer spectroscopy. X-ray diffraction patterns, clearly confirmed that all products have the cubic spinel Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} crystal structure. Electron microscope images of the samples showed that their mean particle size is in the range 20–80 nm, and depends critically on the applied current and type of the organic additives. Specific magnetization of the samples at room temperature ranges from 60 to 90 A m{sup 2} kg{sup −1}, depending on the growth conditions. Room temperature Mössbauer spectra are typical of nonstoichiometric Fe{sub 3−δ}O{sub 4}, with a small excess of Fe{sup 3+}, 0.06 ≤ δ ≤ 0.17.

  17. Crystal growth of lead carbonates: Influence of the medium and relationship between structure and habit

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    Sánchez-Navas, Antonio; López-Cruz, Olimpia; Velilla, Nicolás; Vidal, Isaac

    2013-08-01

    The crystal-growth features of cerussite and hydrocerussite formed by two different chemical reactions are studied. With respect to the former, acid-vapour oxidation and latter carbonation of metallic lead produced a nanocrystalline precipitate for the lead carbonates. In the latter, cerussite and hydrocerusite are precipitated after mixing two mother solutions in liquid and solid porous media, forming diverse polyhedral morphologies. Crystal growth in gel medium gives rise to pseudo-cubic morphologies by the aggregation of one-micron-sized particles of cerussite. Skeletal morphologies composed of cyclically twinned crystals of cerussite also occur in gel-growth experiments. These morphologies were determined by kinetic factors, in particular by high supersaturation conditions that led to high growth rates. Kinetics also favoured the predominance of weak over strong interactions during crystal growth. The habit observed for cerussite crystals has been explained based on crystal-structure considerations and quantum-mechanical calculations. In particular, the crystal growth along the a direction in cyclically twinned crystals is explained by the binding forces between the CO32- molecular group and Pb2+, defining an uninterrupted chain of strong bonds along that direction. However, the preferred growth along the c direction observed for the cerussite crystal formed in gel media is here attributed to an intermolecular interaction through C-C bonds. The occurrence of a chemical bonding between the C atoms of the CO32- molecular groups aligned along the c direction is clearly shown by the theoretical analysis of the electron density with the quantum theory of atoms in molecules (QTAIM).

  18. Crystal Structures of Monomeric Actin Bound to Cytochalasin D

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    Nair, Usha B.; Joel, Peteranne B.; Wan, Qun; Lowey, Susan; Rould, Mark A.; Trybus, Kathleen M.

    2008-01-01

    The fungal toxin cytochalasin D (CD) interferes with the normal dynamics of the actin cytoskeleton by binding to the barbed end of actin filaments. Despite its widespread use as a tool for studying actin-mediated processes, the exact location and nature of its binding to actin has not been previously determined. Here we describe two crystal structures of an expressed monomeric actin in complex with CD, one obtained by soaking preformed actin crystals with CD, and the other by co-crystallization. The binding site for CD, in the hydrophobic cleft between actin subdomains 1 and 3, is the same in the two structures. Polar and hydrophobic contacts play an equally important role in CD binding, and six hydrogen bonds stabilize the actin-CD complex. Many unrelated actin-binding proteins and marine toxins target this cleft, and the hydrophobic pocket at the front end of the cleft (viewing actin with subdomain 2 in the upper right corner). CD differs in that it binds to the back half of the cleft. The ability of CD to induce actin dimer formation and actin-catalyzed ATP hydrolysis may be related to its unique binding site, and the necessity to fit its bulky macrocycle into this cleft. Contacts with residues lining this cleft appear to be crucial to capping and/or severing. The co-crystallized actin-CD structure also revealed changes in actin conformation. A rotation of ~6° of the smaller actin domain (subdomains 1 and 2) with respect to the larger domain (subdomains 3 and 4) results in small changes in crystal packing that allow the D-loop to adopt an extended loop structure, instead of being disordered as it is in most crystal structures of actin. We speculate that these changes represent a potential conformation that the actin monomer can adopt on the pathway to polymerization or in the filament. PMID:18938176

  19. Crystal structure of rat liver dihydropteridine reductase.

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    Varughese, K I; Skinner, M M; Whiteley, J M; Matthews, D A; Xuong, N H

    1992-01-01

    The structure of a binary complex of dihydropteridine reductase [DHPR; NAD(P)H:6,7-dihydropteridine oxidoreductase, EC 1.6.99.7] with its cofactor, NADH, has been solved and refined to a final R factor of 15.4% by using 2.3 A diffraction data. DHPR is an alpha/beta protein with a Rossmann-type dinucleotide fold for NADH binding. Insertion of an extra threonine residue in the human enzyme is associated with severe symptoms of a variant form of phenylketonuria and maps to a tightly linked sequence of secondary-structural elements near the dimer interface. Dimerization is mediated by a four-helix bundle motif (two helices from each protomer) having an unusual right-handed twist. DHPR is structurally and mechanistically distinct from dihydrofolate reductase, appearing to more closely resemble certain nicotinamide dinucleotide-requiring flavin-dependent enzymes, such as glutathione reductase. Images PMID:1631094

  20. Crystal structure of a human GABAA receptor

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    Miller, Paul S.; Aricescu, A. Radu

    2014-01-01

    Summary Type-A γ-aminobutyric acid receptors (GABAARs) are the principal mediators of rapid inhibitory synaptic transmission in the human brain. A decline in GABAAR signalling triggers hyperactive neurological disorders such as insomnia, anxiety and epilepsy. Here we present the first three-dimensional structure of a GABAAR, the human β3 homopentamer, at 3 Å resolution. This structure reveals architectural elements unique to eukaryotic Cys-loop receptors, explains the mechanistic consequences of multiple human disease mutations and shows a surprising structural role for a conserved N-linked glycan. The receptor was crystallised bound to a previously unknown agonist, benzamidine, opening a new avenue for the rational design of GABAAR modulators. The channel region forms a closed gate at the base of the pore, representative of a desensitised state. These results offer new insights into the signalling mechanisms of pentameric ligand-gated ion channels and enhance current understanding of GABAergic neurotransmission. PMID:24909990

  1. [Band electronic structures and crystal packing forces

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    Not Available

    1993-01-01

    We investigated the electronic and structural properties of low-dimensional materials and explored the structure-property correlations governing their physical properties. Progress was made on how to interpret the scanning tunneling microscopy and atomic force microscopy images of layered materials and on how to account for charge density wave instabilities in 2-D metals. Materials studied included transition metal chalcogenides, transition metal halides, organic conducting salts, Mo bronzes, A[sub 2]PdH[sub 2], fullerenes, squarate tetrahydrate polymers Fe, Cu(C[sub 4]O[sub 4])4[center dot]H[sub 2]O, BEDT salts, etc.

  2. Models for the aggregate structure of soot particles

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    Patterson, Robert I.A.; Kraft, Markus

    2007-10-15

    New bivariate models for soot particle structure are introduced to qualitatively replicate observed particle shapes and are found to offer quantitative improvements over older single-variable models. Models for the development of particle shape during surface growth and for particle collision diameters are described and implemented along with two models taken from other published work. Using a stochastic approach, bivariate soot particle distributions are calculated for the first time. Distributions calculated for the new models are found to be insensitive to the collision diameter model used for coagulation. The total mass of soot produced in a laminar premixed flame is found to vary by no more than 20% as the model for the geometric effects of chemical reactions on the surface of particles is changed. Histories of individual particles are analyzed and show the limitations of collector particle techniques for predicting the evolution of aggregate shape descriptors. (author)

  3. In situ observations of aerosol particles remaining from evaporated cirrus crystals: Comparing clean and polluted air masses

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    Seifert, M.; Ström, J.; Krejci, R.; Minikin, A.; Petzold, A.; Gayet, J.-F.; Schumann, U.; Ovarlez, J.

    2002-10-01

    In situ observations of aerosol particles contained in cirrus crystals are presented and compared to interstitial aerosol size distributions (non-activated particles in between the cirrus crystals). The observations were conducted in cirrus clouds in the Southern and Northern Hemisphere mid-latitudes during the INCA project. The first campaign in March and April 2000 was performed from Punta Arenas, Chile (54° S) in pristine air. The second campaign in September and October 2000 was performed from Prestwick, Scotland (53° N) in the vicinity of the North Atlantic flight corridor. Size distribution measurements of crystal residuals (particles remaining after evaporation of the crystals) show that small aerosol particles (Dp < 0.1µm) dominate the number density of residuals. The crystal residual size distributions were significantly different in the two campaigns. On average the residual size distributions were shifted towards larger sizes in the Southern Hemisphere. For a given integral residual number density, the calculated particle volume was on average three times larger in the Southern Hemisphere. This may be of significance to the vertical redistribution of aerosol mass by clouds in the tropopause region. In both campaigns the mean residual size increased with increasing crystal number density. The observations of ambient aerosol particles were consistent with the expected higher pollution level in the Northern Hemisphere. The fraction of residual particles only contributes to approximately a percent or less of the total number of particles, which is the sum of the residual and interstitial particles.

  4. CRYSTAL STRUCTURE ANALYSIS OF A PUTATIVE OXIDOREDUCTASE FROM KLEBSIELLA PNEUMONIAE

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    Baig, M.; Brown, A.; Eswaramoorthy, S.; Swaminathan, S.

    2009-01-01

    Klebsiella pneumoniae, a gram-negative enteric bacterium, is found in nosocomial infections which are acquired during hospital stays for about 10% of hospital patients in the United States. The crystal structure of a putative oxidoreductase from K. pneumoniae has been determined. The structural information of this K. pneumoniae protein was used to understand its function. Crystals of the putative oxidoreductase enzyme were obtained by the sitting drop vapor diffusion method using Polyethylene glycol (PEG) 3350, Bis-Tris buffer, pH 5.5 as precipitant. These crystals were used to collect X-ray data at beam line X12C of the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). The crystal structure was determined using the SHELX program and refi ned with CNS 1.1. This protein, which is involved in the catalysis of an oxidation-reduction (redox) reaction, has an alpha/beta structure. It utilizes nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADP) or nicotine adenine dinucleotide (NAD) to perform its function. This structure could be used to determine the active and co-factor binding sites of the protein, information that could help pharmaceutical companies in drug design and in determining the protein’s relationship to disease treatment such as that for pneumonia and other related pathologies.

  5. The crystal structure of aluminum doped β-rhombohedral boron

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    Bykova, Elena; Parakhonskiy, Gleb; Dubrovinskaia, Natalia; Chernyshov, Dmitry; Dubrovinsky, Leonid

    2012-10-01

    A crystal structure of aluminum doped β-rhombohedral boron was studied by single-crystal X-ray diffraction at 80 K. The crystals were synthesized using high-pressure high temperature technique at 3 GPa and 2100 K. The structure is based on three-dimensional framework made of B12 icosahedra with voids occupied by the B28-B-B28 units, it has the R-3m space group with a=10.9014(3), c=23.7225(7) Å lattice dimensions in hexagonal setting. Aluminum atoms are located in A1 and D special positions of the β-B structure with occupancies of 82.7(6)% and 11.3(4)%, respectively. Additional boron atoms are located near the D-site. Their possible distribution is discussed. Finally we have found two appropriate structural models whose refinement suggests two possible chemical compositions, AlB44.8(5) and AlB37.8(5), which are in a good agreement with the chemical analysis data obtained from EDX. The crystal structure of AlB44.8(5) is described in detail.

  6. Collective aspects of charged particle track structure

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    Basbas, G. ); Howie, A. . Cavendish Lab.); Ritchie, R.H. Tennessee Univ., Knoxville, TN . Dept. of Physics)

    1989-01-01

    A plasmon generated by a swift charged particle constitutes a coherent excitation about the particle track. We discuss the representation of collective modes in impact parameter space when created by a swift ion or a fast electron, and the decay of these modes into localized excitations. Several alternative spatial representations are considered. We show that the high spatial resolution found in secondary electron emission measurements with scanning electron microscopy is consistent with the existence of the plasmon as an intermediary between the fast incident electron and the measured secondary electrons. 24 refs., 6 figs.

  7. Crystal structure of hexagonal MnAl4

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    Pauling, Linus

    1987-01-01

    A structure is proposed for the hexagonal form of MnAl4, with aH = 28.4 Å and cH = 12.43 Å, on the basis of a high-resolution electron micrograph and comparison with crystals of known structures. The proposed structure involves seven 104-atom complexes of 20 Friauf polyhedra, sharing some atoms with one another. It is closely related to the 23.36-Å cubic structure of MnAl4 and to the 14.19-Å cubic structure of Mg32(Al,Zn)49. Images PMID:16593837

  8. Directed self-assembly of colloidal particles onto the chemically anchoring patterned surface in a nematic liquid crystal

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    Li, Xiao; Armas-Pérez, Julio; Hernandez-Ortiz, Juan; de Pablo, Juan; Nealey, Paul

    The defects assisted assembly of colloidal particles works are more focused on the defects created in the bulk or the interface of nematic liquid crystal, which usually observe a group of particles spontaneously forming a chain or aggregating over the defects. The confining surface with specific 3D sculptured structures, such as pyramid or zig-zag grooves, offers the opportunity to isolate the trapped particles into certain position. Here, we explore a new method to direct self-assemble the colloidal particles through manipulating defects on the 2D geometry confined anchoring surface. Since the director of the preferred planar orientation of LCs could be manipulated by the pattern geometry and dimension, the topological defects could be engineered based on multi-stable orientation by designed 2D geometry pattern of different controllable direction at sub-micrometer dimension. We demonstrate that the designed one single middle straight stripe with disjoint two groups of straight stripe array on both side of the middle stripe as 45 angle of different orientation director could control the distortion of the disjoint gap space thus acting as defects template to trap the colloidal particles directed self-assembly at the designed positions. Through anchoring distribution on the pattern areas, geometry design of pattern, and also the external electric field applied on the system, those defects areas could be generate, erase, resume or even correct.

  9. Crystal structure of N'-(furan-2-ylmethylene)-4-hydroxybenzohydrazide

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    Dilek, N.; Güneş, B.; Gokce, C.; Gup, R.

    2014-12-01

    We report the molecular and crystal structures of the title compound. The structure of title compound in crystal was determined by the X-ray diffraction method. The molecule exists in a trans-configuration with respect to the C=N bond. The dihedral angle between two rings is 47.7(1)°. This compound crystallizes in the orthorhombic, Pna21 space group with unit cell parameter a = 9.6014(6) Å, b = 11.1849(8) Å, c = 10.3574(7) Å. The N-H⋯O and O-H⋯N interactions stabilize the molecules in the lattice. A weak C-H⋯π interactions are also present.

  10. Preparation, structural, and calorimetric characterization of bicomponent metallic photonic crystals

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    Kozlov, M. E.; Murthy, N. S.; Udod, I.; Khayrullin, I. I.; Baughman, R. H.; Zakhidov, A. A.

    2007-03-01

    We report preparation and characterization of novel bicomponent metal-based photonic crystals having submicron three-dimensional (3D) periodicity. Fabricated photonic crystals include SiO2 sphere lattices infiltrated interstitially with metals, carbon inverse lattices filled with metal or metal alloy spheres, Sb inverse lattices, and Sb inverse lattices filled with Bi spheres. Starting from a face centered SiO2 lattice template, these materials were obtained by sequences of either templating and template extraction or templating, template extraction, and retemplating. Surprising high fidelity was obtained for all templating and template extraction steps. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) were used to characterize the structure and the effects of the structure on calorimetric properties. To the best of our knowledge, SAXS data on metallic photonic crystals were collected for first time.

  11. Dynamic Theory for Polydomain Structures in Liquid-Crystal Elastomers

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    Duzgun, Ayhan; Selinger, Jonathan

    2015-03-01

    Liquid-crystal elastomers are remarkable materials that combine the elastic properties of cross-linked polymer networks with the anisotropy of liquid crystals. Any distortion of the polymer network affects the nematic order of the liquid crystal, and, likewise, any change in the magnitude or direction of the nematic order influences the shape of the elastomer. When elastomers are prepared without any alignment, they develop disordered polydomain structures as they are cooled into the nematic phase. To model these polydomain structures, we develop a dynamic theory for the isotropic-nematic transition in elastomers. In this theory, the local nematic order is coupled to the strain tensor, which satisfies the constraint of elastic compatibility. If the system is rapidly cooled into the nematic phase, a polydomain state with a characteristic length scale can emerge. This polydomain state may eventually become uniform, or it may be locked in by quenched impurities. This work was supported by NSF Grant DMR-1409658.

  12. Can antimonide-based nanowires form wurtzite crystal structure?

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    Gorji Ghalamestani, Sepideh; Lehmann, Sebastian; Dick, Kimberly A.

    2016-01-01

    The epitaxial growth of antimonide-based nanowires has become an attractive subject due to their interesting properties required for various applications such as long-wavelength IR detectors. The studies conducted on antimonide-based nanowires indicate that they preferentially crystallize in the zinc blende (ZB) crystal structure rather than wurtzite (WZ), which is common in other III-V nanowire materials. Also, with the addition of small amounts of antimony to arsenide- and phosphide-based nanowires grown under conditions otherwise leading to WZ structure, the crystal structure of the resulting ternary nanowires favors the ZB phase. Therefore, the formation of antimonide-based nanowires with the WZ phase presents fundamental challenges and is yet to be explored, but is particularly interesting for understanding the nanowire crystal phase in general. In this study, we examine the formation of Au-seeded InSb and GaSb nanowires under various growth conditions using metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy. We address the possibility of forming other phases than ZB such as WZ and 4H in binary nanowires and demonstrate the controlled formation of WZ InSb nanowires. We further discuss the fundamental aspects of WZ growth in Au-seeded antimonide-based nanowires.The epitaxial growth of antimonide-based nanowires has become an attractive subject due to their interesting properties required for various applications such as long-wavelength IR detectors. The studies conducted on antimonide-based nanowires indicate that they preferentially crystallize in the zinc blende (ZB) crystal structure rather than wurtzite (WZ), which is common in other III-V nanowire materials. Also, with the addition of small amounts of antimony to arsenide- and phosphide-based nanowires grown under conditions otherwise leading to WZ structure, the crystal structure of the resulting ternary nanowires favors the ZB phase. Therefore, the formation of antimonide-based nanowires with the WZ phase presents fundamental challenges and is yet to be explored, but is particularly interesting for understanding the nanowire crystal phase in general. In this study, we examine the formation of Au-seeded InSb and GaSb nanowires under various growth conditions using metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy. We address the possibility of forming other phases than ZB such as WZ and 4H in binary nanowires and demonstrate the controlled formation of WZ InSb nanowires. We further discuss the fundamental aspects of WZ growth in Au-seeded antimonide-based nanowires. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr07362f

  13. Optofluidic immobility of particles trapped in liquid-filled hollow-core photonic crystal fiber.

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    Garbos, M K; Euser, T G; Russell, P St J

    2011-09-26

    We study the conditions under which a particle, laser-guided in a vertically-oriented hollow-core photonic crystal fiber filled with liquid, can be kept stationary against a microfluidic counter-flow. An immobility parameter-the fluid flow rate required to immobilize a particle against the radiation force produced by unit guided optical power-is introduced to quantify the conditions under which this occurs, including radiation, viscous and gravity forces. Measurements show that this parameter depends strongly on the ratio of particle radius a to core radius R, peaking at an intermediate value of a/R. The results follow fairly well the theoretical estimates of the optical (calculated approximately using a ray optics approach) and numerically simulated drag forces. We suggest that the system has potential applications in, e.g., measurement of the diameter, refractive index and density of particles, synthesis and biomedical research. PMID:21996905

  14. Metrology of laser-guided particles in air-filled hollow-core photonic crystal fiber.

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    Schmidt, O A; Garbos, M K; Euser, T G; Russell, P St J

    2012-01-01

    Micrometer-sized particles are trapped in front of an air-filled hollow-core photonic crystal fiber using a novel dual-beam trap. A backward guided mode produces a divergent beam that diffracts out of the core, and simultaneously a focused laser beam launches a forward-propagating mode into the core. By changing the backward/forward power balance, a trapped particle can be selectively launched into the hollow core. Once inside, particles can be optically propelled along several meters of fiber with mobilities as high as 19 cm·s(-1) W(-1) (precisely measured using in-fiber Doppler velocimetry). The results are in excellent agreement with theory. The system allows determination of fiber loss as well as the mass density and refractive index of single particles. PMID:22212801

  15. Crystal structures of carbonates up to Mbar pressures determined by single crystal synchrotron radiation diffraction

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    Merlini, M.

    2013-12-01

    The recent improvements at synchrotron beamlines, currently allow single crystal diffraction experiments at extreme pressures and temperatures [1,2] on very small single crystal domains. We successfully applied such technique to determine the crystal structure adopted by carbonates at mantle pressures. The knowledge of carbon-bearing phases is in fact fundamental for any quantitative modelling of global carbon cycle. The major technical difficulty arises after first order transitions or decomposition reactions, since original crystal (apx. 10x10x5 μm3) is transformed in much smaller crystalline domains often with random orientation. The use of 3D reciprocal space visualization software and the improved resolution of new generation flat panel detectors, however, allow both identification and integration of each single crystal domain, with suitable accuracy for ab-initio structure solution, performed with direct and charge-flipping methods and successive structure refinements. The results obtained on carbonates, indicate two major crystal-chemistry trends established at high pressures. The CO32- units, planar and parallel in ambient pressure calcite and dolomite structures, becomes non parallel in calcite- and dolomite-II and III phases, allowing more flexibility in the structures with possibility to accommodate strain arising from different cation sizes (Ca and Mg in particular). Dolomite-III is therefore also observed to be thermodynamically stable at lower mantle pressures and temperatures, differently from dolomite, which undergoes decomposition into pure end-members in upper mantle. At higher pressure, towards Mbar (lowermost mantle and D'' region) in agreement with theoretical calculations [3,4] and other experimental results [5], carbon coordination transform into 4-fold CO4 units, with different polymerisation in the structure depending on carbonate composition. The second important crystal chemistry feature detected is related to Fe2+ in Fe-bearing magnesite, which spontaneously oxidises at HP/HT, forming Fe3+ carbonates, Fe3+ oxides and reduced carbon (diamonds). Single crystal diffraction approach allowed full structure determination of these phases, yielding to the discovery of few unpredicted structures, such as Mg2Fe2C4O13 and Fe13O19, which can be well reproduced in different experiments. Mg2Fe2C4O13 carbonate present truncated chain C4O13 groups, and Fe13O19 oxide, whose stoichiometry is intermediate between magnetite and hematite, is a one-layer structure, with features encountered in superconducting materials. The results fully support the ideas of unexpected complexities in the mineralogy of the lowermost mantle, and single crystal technique, once properly optimized in ad-hoc synchrotron beamlines, is fundamental for extracting accurate structural information, otherwise rarely accessible with other experimental techniques. References: [1] Merlini M., Hanfland M. (2013). Single crystal diffraction at Mbar conditions by synchrotron radiation. High Pressure Research, in press. [2] Dubrovinsky et al., (2010). High Pressure Research, 30, 620-633. [3] Arapan et al. (1997). Phys. Rev. Lett., 98, 268501. [4] Oganov et al. (2008) EPSL, 273, 38-47. [5] Boulard et al. (2011) PNAS, 108, 5184-5187.

  16. Particles as Fundaments of Discourse Structuring.

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    Fernandez-Vest, M. M. Jocelyne

    A serious study of discourse particles (DIPs) must be founded on the analysis of orality in its two main dimensions: oral communication in its ordinary functioning (i.e., discourse, conversation, enunciation), but also in expression ritualized by the oral tradition of cultures that do not have a writing system. The association of the two…

  17. The Fractal Structure of Basic Particles

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    Li, Shuming; Li, Lihua; Li, Shuyun; Li, Shuwei

    2000-03-01

    A single photon with very high energy can form a tiny black hole bound by its gravitational force, whose state is referred as Space-Time Quantum of Action (STQA). The Schwarzschild radius, energy and duration of STQA can be calculated. It is very intriguing to find out that the product of space interval, energy and time interval of STQA is a constant (STQAC). In addition, STQAC is proven to be the minimum of all particles, which means that the product of space interval, energy and time interval for other particles is integer times as much as STQAC. Thus it is reasonable to hypothesize that the STQA is the basic unit of all kinds of particles. We deduced that STQAs construct all the particles in various fractal dimensions. The dimension of the universe is calculated to be three. Since the product of energy and time interval of the basic unit STQA is the Plank constant, the real quantum of action can be found, which leads to a new explanation to the in-determinant principle of Quantum theory. We can foresee many practical applications of this finding. One example is the novel design of fractal antennas that might lead to revolution in wireless communications.

  18. Contact efflorescence as a pathway for crystallization of atmospherically relevant particles.

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    Davis, Ryan D; Lance, Sara; Gordon, Joshua A; Ushijima, Shuichi B; Tolbert, Margaret A

    2015-12-29

    Inadequate knowledge of the phase state of atmospheric particles represents a source of uncertainty in global climate and air quality models. Hygroscopic aqueous inorganic particles are often assumed to remain liquid throughout their atmospheric lifetime or only (re)crystallize at low relative humidity (RH) due to the kinetic limitations of efflorescence (salt crystal nucleation and growth from an aqueous solution). Here we present experimental observations of a previously unexplored heterogeneous nucleation pathway that we have termed "contact efflorescence," which describes efflorescence initiated by an externally located solid particle coming into contact with the surface of a metastable aqueous microdroplet. This study demonstrates that upon a single collision, contact efflorescence is a pathway for crystallization of atmospherically relevant aqueous particles at high ambient RH (≤80%). Soluble inorganic crystalline particles were used as contact nuclei to induce efflorescence of aqueous ammonium sulfate [(NH4)2SO4], sodium chloride (NaCl), and ammonium nitrate (NH4NO3), with efflorescence being observed in several cases close to their deliquescence RH values (80%, 75%, and 62%, respectively). To our knowledge, these observations represent the highest reported efflorescence RH values for microdroplets of these salts. These results are particularly important for considering the phase state of NH4NO3, where the contact efflorescence RH (∼20-60%) is in stark contrast to the observation that NH4NO3 microdroplets do not homogeneously effloresce, even when exposed to extremely arid conditions (<1% RH). Considering the occurrence of particle collisions in the atmosphere (i.e., coagulation), these observations of contact efflorescence challenge many assumptions made about the phase state of inorganic aerosol. PMID:26668396

  19. Dengue Virus Non-structural Protein 1 Modulates Infectious Particle Production via Interaction with the Structural Proteins

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    Scaturro, Pietro; Cortese, Mirko; Chatel-Chaix, Laurent; Fischl, Wolfgang; Bartenschlager, Ralf

    2015-01-01

    Non-structural protein 1 (NS1) is one of the most enigmatic proteins of the Dengue virus (DENV), playing distinct functions in immune evasion, pathogenesis and viral replication. The recently reported crystal structure of DENV NS1 revealed its peculiar three-dimensional fold; however, detailed information on NS1 function at different steps of the viral replication cycle is still missing. By using the recently reported crystal structure, as well as amino acid sequence conservation, as a guide for a comprehensive site-directed mutagenesis study, we discovered that in addition to being essential for RNA replication, DENV NS1 is also critically required for the production of infectious virus particles. Taking advantage of a trans-complementation approach based on fully functional epitope-tagged NS1 variants, we identified previously unreported interactions between NS1 and the structural proteins Envelope (E) and precursor Membrane (prM). Interestingly, coimmunoprecipitation revealed an additional association with capsid, arguing that NS1 interacts via the structural glycoproteins with DENV particles. Results obtained with mutations residing either in the NS1 Wing domain or in the β-ladder domain suggest that NS1 might have two distinct functions in the assembly of DENV particles. By using a trans-complementation approach with a C-terminally KDEL-tagged ER-resident NS1, we demonstrate that the secretion of NS1 is dispensable for both RNA replication and infectious particle production. In conclusion, our results provide an extensive genetic map of NS1 determinants essential for viral RNA replication and identify a novel role of NS1 in virion production that is mediated via interaction with the structural proteins. These studies extend the list of NS1 functions and argue for a central role in coordinating replication and assembly/release of infectious DENV particles. PMID:26562291

  20. Crystal structure of fully oxidized human thioredoxin.

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    Hwang, Jungwon; Nguyen, Loi T; Jeon, Young Ho; Lee, Chan Yong; Kim, Myung Hee

    2015-11-13

    In addition to the active cysteines located at positions 32 and 35 in humans, mammalian cytosolic thioredoxin (TRX) possesses additional conserved cysteine residues at positions 62, 69, and 73. These non-canonical cysteine residues, that are distinct from prokaryotic TRX and also not found in mammalian mitochondrial TRX, have been implicated in biological functions regulating signal transduction pathways via their post-translational modifications. Here, we describe for the first time the structure of a fully oxidized TRX. The structure shows a non-active Cys62-Cys69 disulfide bond in addition to the active Cys32-Cys35 disulfide. The non-active disulfide switches the ?3-helix of TRX, composed of residues Cys62 to Glu70, to a bulging loop and dramatically changes the environment of the TRX residues involved in the interaction with its reductase and other cellular substrates. This structural modification may have implications for a number of potential functions of TRX including the regulation of redox-dependent signaling pathways. PMID:26453009

  1. The effect of pressure on the crystal structure of bianthrone.

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    Johnstone, Russell D L; Allan, David; Lennie, Alistair; Pidcock, Elna; Valiente, Rafael; Rodríguez, Fernando; Gonzalez, Jesús; Warren, John; Parsons, Simon

    2011-06-01

    Bianthrone [10(10-oxoanthracen-9-ylidene)anthracen-9-one] consists of two tricyclic anthraceneone units connected by a carbon-carbon double bond. Crystals of the form obtained under ambient conditions are yellow and contain folded centrosymmetric conformers in which the central ring of the anthraceneone unit is non-planar. When hydrostatic pressure is applied the crystals assume a red colouration which gradually deepens as pressures increases. The colour change is limited in extent to the surface of the crystals, the bulk remaining yellow. Comparison of high-pressure, single-crystal UV-vis spectra and powder diffraction data demonstrate that the colour change is associated with the formation of a polymorph containing a conformer in which the tricyclic fragments are planar and the molecule is twisted about the central C-C bond. Single-crystal diffraction data collected as a function of pressure up to 6.5 GPa reveal the effect of compression on the yellow form, which consists of layers of molecules which stack along the [010] direction. The structure remains in a compressed form of the ambient-pressure phase when subjected to hydrostatic pressure up to 6.5 GPa, and the most prominent effect of pressure is to push the layers closer together. PIXEL calculations show that considerable strain builds up in the crystal as pressure is increased with a number of intermolecular contacts being pushed into destabilizing regions of their potentials. PMID:21586830

  2. Tailoring structure formation and mechanical properties of particle brush solids via homopolymer addition.

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    Schmitt, Michael; Hui, Chin Ming; Urbach, Zachary; Yan, Jiajun; Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof; Bockstaller, Michael R

    2016-04-12

    Recent progress in the area of surface-initiated controlled radical polymerization (SI-CRP) has enabled the synthesis of polymer-grafted colloids with precise control over the architecture of grafted chains. The resulting 'particle brush materials' are of interest both from a fundamental as well as applied perspective because structural frustrations (associated with the tethering of chains to a curved surface) imply a sensitive dependence of the interactions between brush particles on the architecture of surface-tethered chains that offers new opportunities to design hybrid materials with novel functionalities. An important prerequisite for establishing structure-property relations in particle brush materials is to understand the role of homopolymer impurities that form, for example, by thermal self-initiation. This contribution presents a detailed discussion of the role of homopolymer additives on the structure and mechanical properties of particle brush materials. The results suggest that the dissolution of homopolymer fillers follows a two-step mechanism comprised of the initial segregation of homopolymer to the interstitial regions within the array and the subsequent swelling of the particle brush (depending on the respective degree of polymerization of brush and linear chains). Addition of even small amounts of homopolymer is found to significantly increase the fracture toughness of particle brush assembly structures. The increased resistance to failure could enable the synthesis of robust colloidal crystal type materials that can be processed into complex shapes using 'classical' polymer forming techniques such as molding or extrusion. PMID:26764893

  3. Layered periodic disperse structures of spherical alumina particles: Coherent transmittance and reflectance spectra

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    Miskevich, Alexander A.; Loiko, Valery A.

    2014-03-01

    Coherent transmittance and reflectance spectra of multilayers consisting of plane-parallel monolayers of spherical monodisperse alumina particles are investigated. In the quasicrystalline approximation (QCA) of the statistical theory of multiple scattering of waves the coherent transmission and reflection coefficients of constituent monolayers are computed. Using the coefficients obtained, the transmittance and reflectance of the multilayers are calculated using the transfer matrix method (TMM) within the wavelength range of 0.3-2.0 μm. Multilayers consisting of close-to-regularly-packed monolayers (planar photonic crystals with nonideal lattice) and partially-ordered monolayers of particles are investigated. Three types of coherent transmittance minima caused by the wave interference are singled out. The spectral positions and values of these minima are determined by optical constants, size, concentration, and the arrangement of particles in a monolayer, as well as by the spacing between the monolayer and their thicknesses. The results are in good agreement with the known theoretical and experimental data. They can be used to solve the problem of a lattice quality control in photonic crystals. Coherent transmittance and reflectance spectra of a system consisting of a glass plate coated with monolayers of spherical alumina particles are analyzed. Monolayer parameters for creating antireflection coatings, diffuse light scattering structures, and filters of transmitted and reflected light are considered. The approach developed can be applied to disperse structures of isotropic particles of other materials.

  4. Hydrothermal synthesis of nanostructured SnO particles through crystal growth in the presence of gelatin

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    Uchiyama, Hiroaki Nakanishi, Shunsuke; Kozuka, Hiromitsu

    2014-09-15

    Crystalline SnO particles were obtained from Sn{sub 6}O{sub 4}(OH){sub 4} by the hydrothermal treatment in aqueous solutions containing gelatin at 150 °C for 24 h, where the morphologies of the SnO products changed from blocks to layered disks, stacked plates and unshaped aggregates with increasing amount of gelatin in the solutions. Such morphological changes of SnO particles were thought to be attributed to the suppression of the growth of SnO crystals by the adsorbed gelatin. - Graphical abstract: Nanostructured SnO particles were obtained from Sn{sub 6}O{sub 4}(OH){sub 4} by the hydrothermal treatment in gelatin solutions. - Highlights: • SnO particles were prepared from Sn{sub 6}O{sub 4}(OH){sub 4} by the hydrothermal treatment. • The adsorption of gelatin suppressed the growth of SnO crystals. • The shape of SnO particles depends on the amount of gelatin. • Blocks, disks, stacked plates and unshaped aggregates were obtained.

  5. The diammoniate of diborane: Crystal structure and hydrogen release

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    Bowden, Mark E.; Heldebrant, David J.; Karkamkar, Abhijeet J.; Proffen, Thomas E.; Schenter, Gregory K.; Autrey, Thomas

    2010-10-12

    [(NH3)2BH2]+[BH4]- is formed from the room temperature decomposition of NH4+BH4-, via a NH3BH3 intermediate. Its crystal structure has been determined and contains disordered BH4- ions in 2 distinct sites. Hydrogen release is similar to that from NH3BH3 but with faster kinetics.

  6. Unusual Features of Crystal Structures of Some Simple Copper Compounds

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    Douglas, Bodie

    2009-01-01

    Some simple copper compounds have unusual crystal structures. Cu[subscript 3]N is cubic with N atoms at centers of octahedra formed by 6 Cu atoms. Cu[subscript 2]O (cuprite) is also cubic; O atoms are in tetrahedra formed by 4 Cu atoms. These tetrahedra are linked by sharing vertices forming two independent networks without linkages between them.…

  7. Materials research at Stanford University. [composite materials, crystal structure, acoustics

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    1975-01-01

    Research activity related to the science of materials is described. The following areas are included: elastic and thermal properties of composite materials, acoustic waves and devices, amorphous materials, crystal structure, synthesis of metal-metal bonds, interactions of solids with solutions, electrochemistry, fatigue damage, superconductivity and molecular physics and phase transition kinetics.

  8. Unusual Features of Crystal Structures of Some Simple Copper Compounds

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    Douglas, Bodie

    2009-01-01

    Some simple copper compounds have unusual crystal structures. Cu[subscript 3]N is cubic with N atoms at centers of octahedra formed by 6 Cu atoms. Cu[subscript 2]O (cuprite) is also cubic; O atoms are in tetrahedra formed by 4 Cu atoms. These tetrahedra are linked by sharing vertices forming two independent networks without linkages between them.

  9. Crystal structures of fusion proteins with large-affinity tags.

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    Smyth, Douglas R; Mrozkiewicz, Marek K; McGrath, William J; Listwan, Pawel; Kobe, Bostjan

    2003-07-01

    The fusion of a protein of interest to a large-affinity tag, such as the maltose-binding protein (MBP), thioredoxin (TRX), or glutathione-S-transferase (GST), can be advantageous in terms of increased expression, enhanced solubility, protection from proteolysis, improved folding, and protein purification via affinity chromatography. Unfortunately, crystal growth is hindered by the conformational heterogeneity induced by the fusion tag, requiring that the tag is removed by a potentially problematic cleavage step. The first three crystal structures of fusion proteins with large-affinity tags have been reported recently. All three structures used a novel strategy to rigidly fuse the protein of interest to MBP via a short three- to five-amino acid spacer. This strategy has the potential to aid structure determination of proteins that present particular experimental challenges and are not conducive to more conventional crystallization strategies (e.g., membrane proteins). Structural genomics initiatives may also benefit from this approach as a way to crystallize problematic proteins of significant interest. PMID:12824478

  10. Discrete structures in continuum descriptions of defective crystals.

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    Parry, G P

    2016-04-28

    I discuss various mathematical constructions that combine together to provide a natural setting for discrete and continuum geometric models of defective crystals. In particular, I provide a quite general list of 'plastic strain variables', which quantifies inelastic behaviour, and exhibit rigorous connections between discrete and continuous mathematical structures associated with crystalline materials that have a correspondingly general constitutive specification. PMID:27002070

  11. Structural and optical properties of a new chalcone single crystal

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    Rajesh Kumar, P. C.; Ravindrachary, V.; Janardhana, K.; Poojary, Boja

    2012-09-01

    A new nonlinear optical material 1-(4-methylthiophenyl)-3-(4-methoxyphenyl)prop-2-en-1-one with molecular formula C17H16O2S was synthesized by using the Claisen-Schmidt condensation reaction method. The Various functional groups present in the compound were identified using recorded FT-IR spectrum. The crystal growth parameters have been studied using solubility test and acetone is found to be a very good solvent for the crystal growth at an ambient temperature. The transparent high quality single crystals up to a size of 26×2×2 mm3 were grown using the slow evaporation solution growth technique. UV-visible study was carried out and the spectrum reveals that the crystal is transparent in the entire visible region and absorptive in the UV region. The refractive index is determined using Brewster's angle method. The optical energy band gap of the material is measured using Tauc's plot and the direct method. The single crystal XRD of MMPP crystal shows the following cell parameters: a=5.9626(2) Å, b=15.3022(6) Å, c=16.0385(7) Å, α=β=γ=90°, volume=1463.37(10) Å3 with a space group of Pna21. The compound MMPP exhibits optical nonlinearity (NLO) and its second order NLO efficiency is 3.15 times to that of urea. The effect of functional groups OCH3 and SCH3 on the non-linearity as well as the structural property of the compound has been discussed. The crystal is thermally stable. High NLO efficiency, good thermal stability, good transparency and ability to grow as a high quality single crystal make this material very attractive for opto-electronic applications.

  12. Hierarchical self-assembly of telechelic star polymers: from soft patchy particles to gels and diamond crystals

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    Capone, Barbara; Coluzza, Ivan; Blaak, Ronald; Lo Verso, Federica; Likos, Christos N.

    2013-09-01

    The design of self-assembling materials in the nanometer scale focuses on the fabrication of a class of organic and inorganic subcomponents that can be reliably produced on a large scale and tailored according to their vast applications for, e.g. electronics, therapeutic vectors and diagnostic imaging agent carriers, or photonics. In a recent publication (Capone et al 2012 Phys. Rev. Lett. 109 238301), diblock copolymer stars have been shown to be a novel system, which is able to hierarchically self-assemble first into soft patchy particles and thereafter into more complex structures, such as the diamond and cubic crystal. The self-aggregating single star patchy behavior is preserved from extremely low up to high densities. Its main control parameters are related to the architecture of the building blocks, which are the number of arms (functionality) and the fraction of attractive end-monomers. By employing a variety of computational and theoretical tools, ranging from the microscopic to the mesoscopic, coarse-grained level in a systematic fashion, we investigate the crossover between the formation of microstructure versus macroscopic phase separation, as well as the formation of gels and networks in these systems. We finally show that telechelic star polymers can be used as building blocks for the fabrication of open crystal structures, such as the diamond or the simple-cubic lattice, taking advantage of the strong correlation between single-particle patchiness and lattice coordination at finite densities.

  13. Co-crystal formation based on structural matching.

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    Zhou, Liping; Dodd, Stephanie; Capacci-Daniel, Christina; Garad, Sudhakar; Panicucci, Riccardo; Sethuraman, Vijay

    2016-06-10

    A co-crystal is defined as a single crystalline structure composed of two or more components with no proton transfer which are solid at room temperature. Our group has come up with the following rationale selection of co-formers for initial co-crystal screening: 1) selection of co-formers with the highest potential for hydrogen bonding with the API and 2) selection of co-formers with diversity of secondary structural characteristics. We demonstrate the feasibility of this technique with a Novartis drug candidate A. In the first tier, 20 co-formers were screened and two hits were identified. By examining the two co-formers, which worked from the first round, a second round of screening was undertaken with more focused chemical matter. Nineteen co-crystal formers closely related to the two hits in the first screen were screened in the second tier. From this screen five hits were identified. All the hits were compared for their physical and chemical stability and dissolution profile. Based on the comparison 4-aminobenzoic co-crystal was chosen for in-vivo comparison with the free form. The co-crystal had 12 times higher exposure than the free form thus overcoming the solubility limited exposure. PMID:26948852

  14. Effect of local structures on structural evolution during crystallization in undercooled metallic glass-forming liquids

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    Wu, Z. W.; Li, M. Z.; Wang, W. H.; Song, W. J.; Liu, K. X.

    2013-02-01

    The effect of local structures on structural evolution during the crystallization of undercooled ZrCu metallic glass-forming liquid was studied via molecular dynamics simulations. It is found that body-centered-cubic (bcc)-like clusters play a key role in structural evolution during crystallization. In contrast to previous speculations, the number of bcc-like crystal nuclei does not change much before the onset of crystallization. Instead, the development of a bcc-like critical nucleus during annealing leads to a strong spatial correlation with other nuclei in its surroundings, forming a crystalline structure template. It is also found that the size distribution of bcc-like nuclei follows a power-law form with an exponential cutoff in the early stage of annealing, but changes to a pure power-law behavior just before the onset of crystallization. This implies that the crystalline structure template has fractal feature and the undercooled liquids evolve to a self-organized critical state before the onset of crystallization, which might trigger the subsequent rapid crystallization. According to the graph theory analysis, it is also found that the observed large scatter of the onset time of crystallization in different liquid samples results from the connectivity of the bcc-like clusters.

  15. Crystal structures at high pressures and temperatures

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    Caldwell, Wendel Alexander

    2000-10-01

    The diamond anvil cell (DAC) is a unique instrument that can generate pressures equivalent to those inside planetary interiors (pressures on the order of 1 million atmospheres) under sustained conditions. When combined with a bright source of collimated x-rays, the DAC can be used to probe the structure of materials in-situ at ultra-high pressures. An understanding of the high-pressure structure of materials is important in determining what types of processes may take place in the Earth at great depths. Motivated by previous studies showing that xenon becomes metallic at pressures above ˜1 megabar (100 GPa), we examined the stable structures and reactivity of xenon at pressures approaching that of the core-mantle boundary in the Earth. Our findings indicate the transformation of xenon from face-centered cubic (fcc) to hexagonal close-packed (hcp) structures is kinetically hindered at room temperature, with the equilibrium fcc--hcp phase boundary at 21 (+/-3) gigapascals, a pressure lower than was previously thought. Additionally, we find no tendency on the part of xenon to form a metal alloy with iron or platinum to at least 100 to 150 gigapascals, making it unlikely that the Earth's core serves as a reservoir for primordial xenon. Measurements of the compressibility of natural (Mg.75,Fe .25)2SiO4 gamma-spinel at pressures of the Earth's transition zone yield a pressure derivative of the bulk modulus K0 ' = 6.3 (+/-0.3). As gamma-spinel is considered to be a dominant mineral phase of the transition-zone of the Earth's mantle (400--670 km depth), the relatively high value of K0' for gamma-spinel may help explain the rapid increase with depth of seismic velocities through the transition zone. The thermodynamics, mechanisms and kinetics of pressure-induced amorphization are not well understood. We report here new studies indicating little or no entropy difference between the crystalline and glassy states of Ca(OH) 2 (portlandite). Additional work on the pressure-induced amorphization of AlPO4 (berlinite) shows that this material, which is a close analog to quartz, shows a rich behavior that is dependent upon the pressure, temperature, stress-state and time-scales of the experimental conditions.

  16. Crystal Structure of the Bacillus subtilis Superoxide Dismutase

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    Liu, Ping; Ewis, H.E.; Huang, Y.-J; Lu, C.-D.; Tai, P.C.; Weber, Irene T.

    2008-06-01

    The sodA gene of Bacillus subtilis was expressed in Escherichia coli, purified and crystallized. The crystal structure of MnSOD was solved by molecular replacement with four dimers per asymmetric unit and refined to an R factor of 21.1% at 1.8 {angstrom} resolution. The dimer structure is very similar to that of the related enzyme from B. anthracis. Larger structural differences were observed with the human MnSOD, which has one less helix in the helical domain and a longer loop between two -strands and also showed differences in three amino acids at the intersubunit interface in the dimer compared with the two bacterial MnSODs. These structural differences can be exploited in the design of drugs that selectively target the Bacillus enzymes.

  17. Domain Structures in Nematic Liquid Crystals on a Polycarbonate Surface

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    Parshin, Alexander M.; Gunyakov, Vladimir A.; Zyryanov, Victor Y.; Shabanov, Vasily F.

    2013-01-01

    Alignment of nematic liquid crystals on polycarbonate films obtained with the use of solvents with different solvations is studied. Domain structures occurring during the growth on the polymer surface against the background of the initial thread-like or schlieren texture are demonstrated. It is established by optical methods that the domains are stable formations visualizing the polymer surface structures. In nematic droplets, the temperature-induced transition from the domain structure with two extinction bands to the structure with four bands is observed. This transition is shown to be caused by reorientation of the nematic director in the liquid crystal volume from the planar alignment to the homeotropic state with the pronounced radial configuration of nematic molecules on the surface. The observed textures are compared with different combinations of the volume LC orientations and the radial distribution of the director field and the disclination lines at the polycarbonate surface. PMID:23965955

  18. Viral capsomere structure, surface processes and growth kinetics in the crystallization of macromolecular crystals visualized by in situ atomic force microscopy

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    Malkin, A. J.; Kuznetsov, Yu. G.; McPherson, A.

    2001-11-01

    In situ atomic force microscopy (AFM) was used to investigate surface evolution during the growth of single crystals of turnip yellow mosaic virus (TYMV), cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) and glucose isomerase. Growth of these crystals proceeded by two-dimensional (2D) nucleation. For glucose isomerase, from supersaturation dependencies of tangential step rates and critical step length, the kinetic coefficients of the steps and the surface free energy of the step edge were calculated for different crystallographic directions. The molecular structure of the step edges, the adsorption of individual virus particles and their aggregates, and the initial stages of formation of 2D nuclei on the surfaces of TYMV and CMV crystals were recorded. The surfaces of individual TYMV virions within crystals were visualized, and hexameric and pentameric capsomers of the T=3 capsids were clearly resolved. This, so far as we are aware, is the first direct visualization of the capsomere structure of a virus by AFM. In the course of recording the in situ development of the TYMV crystals, a profound restructuring of the surface arrangement was observed. This transformation was highly cooperative in nature, but the transitions were unambiguous and readily explicable in terms of an organized loss of classes of virus particles from specific lattice positions.

  19. VO{sub 2} (A): Reinvestigation of crystal structure, phase transition and crystal growth mechanisms

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    Rao Popuri, Srinivasa; Artemenko, Alla; Labrugere, Christine; Miclau, Marinela; Villesuzanne, Antoine; Pollet, Michaël

    2014-05-01

    Well crystallized VO{sub 2} (A) microrods were grown via a single step hydrothermal reaction in the presence of V{sub 2}O{sub 5} and oxalic acid. With the advantage of high crystalline samples, we propose P4/ncc as an appropriate space group at room temperature. From morphological studies, we found that the oriented attachment and layer by layer growth mechanisms are responsible for the formation of VO{sub 2} (A) micro rods. The structural and electronic transitions in VO{sub 2} (A) are strongly first order in nature, and a marked difference between the structural transition temperatures and electronic transitions temperature was evidenced. The reversible intra- (LTP-A to HTP-A) and irreversible inter- (HTP-A to VO{sub 2} (M1)) structural phase transformations were studied by in-situ powder X-ray diffraction. Attempts to increase the size of the VO{sub 2} (A) microrods are presented and the possible formation steps for the flower-like morphologies of VO{sub 2} (M1) are described. - Graphical abstract: Using a single step and template free hydrothermal synthesis, well crystallized VO{sub 2} (A) microrods were prepared and the P4/ncc space group was assigned to the room temperature crystal structure. Reversible and irreversible phase transitions among different VO{sub 2} polymorphs were identified and their progressive nature was highlighted. Attempts to increase the microrods size, involving layer by layer formation mechanisms, are presented. - Highlights: • Highly crystallized VO{sub 2} (A) microrods were grown via a single step hydrothermal process. • The P4/ncc space group was determined for VO{sub 2} (A) at room temperature. • The electronic structure and progressive nature of the structural phase transition were investigated. • A weak coupling between structural and electronic phase transitions was identified. • Different crystallite morphologies were discussed in relation with growth mechanisms.

  20. Crystal growth, structure analysis and characterisation of 2 - (1, 3 - dioxoisoindolin - 2 - yl) acetic acid single crystal

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    Sankari, R. Siva; Perumal, Rajesh Narayana

    2014-04-24

    Single crystal of dielectric material 2 - (1, 3 - dioxoisoindolin - 2 - yl) acetic acid has been grown by slow evaporation solution growth method. The grown crystal was harvested in 25 days. The crystal structure was analyzed by Single crystal X - ray diffraction. UV-vis-NIR analysis was performed to examine the optical property of the grown crystal. The thermal property of the grown crystal was studied by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential thermal analysis (DTA). The dielectric measurements were carried out and the dielectric constant was calculated and plotted at all frequencies.

  1. Effect of Gravity Level on the Particle Shape and Size During Zeolite Crystal Growth

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    Song, Hong-Wei; Ilebusi, Olusegun J.; Sacco, Albert, Jr.

    2003-01-01

    A microscopic diffusion model is developed to represent solute transport in the boundary layer of a growing zeolite crystal. This model is used to describe the effect of gravity on particle shape and solute distribution. Particle dynamics and crystal growth kinetics serve as the boundary conditions of flow and convection-diffusion equations. A statistical rate theory is used to obtain the rate of solute transport across the growing interface, which is expressed in terms of concentration and velocity of solute species. Microgravity can significantly decrease the solute velocity across the growing interface compared to its earth-based counterpart. The extent of this reduction highly depends on solute diffusion constant in solution. Under gravity, the flow towards the crystal enhances solute transport rate across the growing interface while the flow away from crystals reduces this rate, suggesting a non-uniform growth rate and thus an elliptic final shape. However, microgravity can significantly reduce the influence of flow and obtain a final product with perfect spherical shape. The model predictions compare favorably with the data of space experiment of zeolites grown in space.

  2. Single Crystal Structure Determination of Alumina to 1 Mbar

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    Dong, H.; Zhang, L.; Prakapenka, V.; Mao, H.

    2014-12-01

    Aluminum oxide (Al2O3) is an important ceramic material and a major oxide in the earth. Additionally, alumina is a widely used pressure standard in static high-pressure experiments (Cr3+-bearing corundum, ruby). The changes of its crystal structure with pressure (P) and temperature (T) are important for its applications and understanding its physical properties in the deep Earth. There have been numerous reports on the high P-T polymorphs of alumina. Previous theoretical calculations and experiments suggest that the crystal structure of Al2O3 evolves greatly at high P-T. In this study, we used the newly developed multigrain crystallography method combined with single-crystal x-ray diffraction analysis technique for the structure determination of alumina at high P-T to provide single-crystal structure refinement for high-pressure phases of Al2O3. Alumina powder was mixed with ~10% Pt and Ne was used as both pressure transmitting media and thermal insulating layers during laser-heating. Coarse-grained aggregates of Al2O3 were synthesized in a laser-heated diamond anvil cell. The structure change of Al2O3 was monitored by in situ x-ray diffraction at ~1 Mbar and 2700 K. The results allow us to distinguish the structural differences between the Rh2O3 (II) structure (space group Pbcn) and perovskite structure (space group Pbnm) for the first high-pressure phase of Al2O3. More detailed results will be discussed in the later work.

  3. Crystal structure of new AsS2 compound

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    Bolotina, N. B.; Brazhkin, V. V.; Dyuzheva, T. I.; Lityagina, L. M.; Kulikova, L. F.; Nikolaev, N. A.; Verin, I. A.

    2013-01-01

    AsS2 single crystals have been obtained for the first time from an As2S3 melt at pressures above 6 GPa and temperatures above 800 K in the As2S3 → AsS + AsS2 reaction. The monoclinic structure of the new high-pressure phase is solved by X-ray diffraction analysis and compared to the structure of high-pressure AsS phase, which was studied previously.

  4. Crystal Structure of Sphingosine Kinase 1 with PF-543

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    2014-01-01

    The most potent inhibitor of Sphingosine Kinase 1 (SPHK1) so far identified is PF-543. The crystal structure of SPHK1 in complex with inhibitor PF-543 to 1.8 Å resolution reveals the inhibitor bound in a bent conformation analogous to that expected of a bound sphingosine substrate but with a rotated head group. The structural data presented will aid in the design of SPHK1 and SPHK2 inhibitors with improved properties. PMID:25516793

  5. Structural characterization of particle systems using spherical harmonics

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    Feinauer, Julian; Spettl, Aaron; Manke, Ingo; Strege, Stefan; Kwade, Arno; Pott, Andres; Schmidt, Volker

    2015-08-15

    Many important properties of particulate materials are heavily influenced by the size and shape of the constituent particles. Thus, in order to control and improve product quality, it is important to develop a good understanding of the shape and size of the particles that make up a given particulate material. In this paper, we show how the spherical harmonics expansion can be used to approximate particles obtained from tomographic 3D images. This yields an analytic representation of the particles which can be used to calculate structural characteristics. We present an estimation method for the optimal length of expansion depending on individual particle shapes, based on statistical hypothesis testing. A suitable choice of this parameter leads to a smooth approximation that preserves the main shape features of the original particle. To show the wide applicability of this procedure, we use it to approximate particles obtained from two different tomographic 3D datasets of particulate materials. The first one describes an anode material from lithium-ion cells that consists of sphere-like particles with different sizes. The second dataset describes a powder of highly non-spherical titanium dioxide particles. - Highlights: • Complex particle shapes are described analytically by spherical harmonics expansion. • The optimal length of the expansion is estimated for each particle individually. • Characteristics like, e.g., particle surface areas can be calculated efficiently. • The method is applied to two tomographic datasets of particulate materials.

  6. Structural evolution in the crystallization of rapid cooling silver melt

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    Tian, Z.A.; Dong, K.J.; Yu, A.B.

    2015-03-15

    The structural evolution in a rapid cooling process of silver melt has been investigated at different scales by adopting several analysis methods. The results testify Ostwald’s rule of stages and Frank conjecture upon icosahedron with many specific details. In particular, the cluster-scale analysis by a recent developed method called LSCA (the Largest Standard Cluster Analysis) clarified the complex structural evolution occurred in crystallization: different kinds of local clusters (such as ico-like (ico is the abbreviation of icosahedron), ico-bcc like (bcc, body-centred cubic), bcc, bcc-like structures) in turn have their maximal numbers as temperature decreases. And in a rather wide temperature range the icosahedral short-range order (ISRO) demonstrates a saturated stage (where the amount of ico-like structures keeps stable) that breeds metastable bcc clusters. As the precursor of crystallization, after reaching the maximal number bcc clusters finally decrease, resulting in the final solid being a mixture mainly composed of fcc/hcp (face-centred cubic and hexagonal-closed packed) clusters and to a less degree, bcc clusters. This detailed geometric picture for crystallization of liquid metal is believed to be useful to improve the fundamental understanding of liquid–solid phase transition. - Highlights: • A comprehensive structural analysis is conducted focusing on crystallization. • The involved atoms in our analysis are more than 90% for all samples concerned. • A series of distinct intermediate states are found in crystallization of silver melt. • A novelty icosahedron-saturated state breeds the metastable bcc state.

  7. Solvent-controlled assembly of crystal structures: From centrosymmetric structure to noncentrosymmetric structure

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    Zhang, Le; Dang, Lilong; Luo, Feng; Feng, Xuefeng

    2016-02-01

    Reported here are two isomeric organic crystals and two HgI2-based coordination compounds by solvo(hydro)thermal method: [(TPTA)·H2O]n (1, Cc), [(TPTA)·H2O]n (2, Pbca), [Hg1.5I3(TPTA)0.5(CH3CN)·(H2O)0.5]n (3, P21) and [HgI2(TPTA)·H2O]n (4, P21/c) (TPTA = N,N‧,N″-tris(3-pyridyl)trimesic amide). Single crystal X-ray diffraction show that they afford noncentrosymmetric and centrosymmetric structures, respectively. Note that this kind of formations can be precisely controlled by changing the reaction solvent, thus indicating a facile method towards generating noncentrosymmetric structure.

  8. Crystal structures of Ziegler-Natta catalyst supports.

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    Malizia, Federica; Fait, Anna; Cruciani, Giuseppe

    2011-12-01

    The crystal structures of three MgCl(2)·nEtOH complexes with n=1.5, 2.8, and 3.3 have been fully determined. Such complexes are the fundamental precursors for Ziegler-Natta polymerization catalysts used to produce polyolefins on a multimillion-ton scale worldwide. The ab initio structure solution showed that the structure of MgCl(2)·nEtOH complexes with n=1.5 and 2.8 are based on ribbons of metal-centered octahedra, whereas for n=3.3 this chainlike arrangement breaks into a threadlike structure of isolated octahedra linked by hydrogen bonds. A clear correlation between catalyst performance and the crystal structure of precursors has been found, and reveals the fundamental role of the latter in determining catalyst properties. The direct knowledge of building blocks in the precursor structures will help to develop more accurate models for activated catalysts. These models will not require the arbitrary and oversimplified assumption of locating the catalyst active sites on selected cut surfaces of the α-MgCl(2) crystal lattice. PMID:22052708

  9. Crystal structure prediction: a novel approach based on minima hopping

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    Amsler, Maximilian; Goedecker, Stefan

    2012-02-01

    With increasing computational resources the prediction of crystal structures from first principle calculations has become feasible, but still remains a demanding task. A reliable method to perform an efficient, systematic search for the ground state structure based solely on the system's composition is essential. Motivated by the promising results of the minima hopping method obtained on isolated systems, we have generalized the algorithm for crystal structure prediction. Optimized moves in the configurational space spanned by both atomic coordinates and simulation cell variables are performed to escape from local enthalpy minima, and revisiting known minima is avoided, thus allowing a fast exploration of the enthalpy surface. The predictive power of the novel method has been shown in several applications, of which the following will be presented. Superconducting phases in hydrogen rich materials were investigated, leading to the discovery of novel ground state structures. For the longstanding question of the crystal structure of cold compressed graphite a new candidate phase could be identified to perfectly match experimental results. And at last, new low energy structures for materials with possible applications in hydrogen storage are presented.

  10. Crystal Structure of Triosephosphate Isomerase from Trypanosoma cruzi in Hexane

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    Gao, Xiu-Gong; Maldonado, Ernesto; Perez-Montfort, Ruy; Garza-Ramos, Georgina; Tuena de Gomez-Puyou, Marietta; Gomez-Puyou, Armando; Rodriguez-Romero, Adela

    1999-08-01

    To gain insight into the mechanisms of enzyme catalysis in organic solvents, the x-ray structure of some monomeric enzymes in organic solvents was determined. However, it remained to be explored whether the structure of oligomeric proteins is also amenable to such analysis. The field acquired new perspectives when it was proposed that the x-ray structure of enzymes in nonaqueous media could reveal binding sites for organic solvents that in principle could represent the starting point for drug design. Here, a crystal of the dimeric enzyme triosephosphate isomerase from the pathogenic parasite Trypanosoma cruzi was soaked and diffracted in hexane and its structure solved at 2- angstrom resolution. Its overall structure and the dimer interface were not altered by hexane. However, there were differences in the orientation of the side chains of several amino acids, including that of the catalytic Glu-168 in one of the monomers. No hexane molecules were detected in the active site or in the dimer interface. However, three hexane molecules were identified on the surface of the protein at sites, which in the native crystal did not have water molecules. The number of water molecules in the hexane structure was higher than in the native crystal. Two hexanes localized at <4 angstrom from residues that form the dimer interface; they were in close proximity to a site that has been considered a potential target for drug design.

  11. Self-powdering and nonlinear optical domain structures in ferroelastic beta'-Gd{sub 2}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3} crystals formed in glass

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    Tsukada, Y.; Honma, T.; Komatsu, T.

    2009-08-15

    Ferroelastic beta'-Gd{sub 2}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3}, (GMO), crystals are formed through the crystallization of 21.25Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}-63.75MoO{sub 3}-15B{sub 2}O{sub 3} glass (mol%), and two scientific curious phenomena are observed. (1) GMO crystals formed in the crystallization break into small pieces with a triangular prism or pyramid shape having a length of 50-500 {mu}m spontaneously during the crystallizations in the inside of an electric furnace, not during the cooling in air after the crystallization. This phenomenon is called 'self-powdering phenomenon during crystallization' in this paper. (2) Each self-powdered GMO crystal grain shows a periodic domain structure with different refractive indices, and a spatially periodic second harmonic generation (SHG) depending on the domain structure is observed. It is proposed from polarized micro-Raman scattering spectra and the azimuthal dependence of second harmonic intensities that GMO crystals are oriented in each crystal grain and the orientation of (MoO{sub 4}){sup 2-} tetrahedra in GMO crystals changes periodically due to spontaneous strains in ferroelastic GMO crystals. - Graphical abstract: This figure shows the polarized optical photograph at room temperature for a particle (piece) obtained by a heat treatment of the glass at 590 deg. C for 2 h in an electric furnace in air. This particle was obtained through the self-powdering behavior in the crystallization of glass. The periodic domain structure is observed. Ferroelastic beta'-Gd{sub 2}(MoO{sub 4}){sub 3} crystals are formed in the particle, and second harmonic generations are detected, depending on the domain structure.

  12. 3D Structural Fluctuation of IgG1 Antibody Revealed by Individual Particle Electron Tomography

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    Zhang, Xing; Zhang, Lei; Tong, Huimin; Peng, Bo; Rames, Matthew J.; Zhang, Shengli; Ren, Gang

    2015-01-01

    Commonly used methods for determining protein structure, including X-ray crystallography and single-particle reconstruction, often provide a single and unique three-dimensional (3D) structure. However, in these methods, the protein dynamics and flexibility/fluctuation remain mostly unknown. Here, we utilized advances in electron tomography (ET) to study the antibody flexibility and fluctuation through structural determination of individual antibody particles rather than averaging multiple antibody particles together. Through individual-particle electron tomography (IPET) 3D reconstruction from negatively-stained ET images, we obtained 120 ab-initio 3D density maps at an intermediate resolution (~1–3 nm) from 120 individual IgG1 antibody particles. Using these maps as a constraint, we derived 120 conformations of the antibody via structural flexible docking of the crystal structure to these maps by targeted molecular dynamics simulations. Statistical analysis of the various conformations disclosed the antibody 3D conformational flexibility through the distribution of its domain distances and orientations. This blueprint approach, if extended to other flexible proteins, may serve as a useful methodology towards understanding protein dynamics and functions. PMID:25940394

  13. 3D structural fluctuation of IgG1 antibody revealed by individual particle electron tomography

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    Zhang, Xing; Zhang, Lei; Tong, Huimin; Peng, Bo; Rames, Matthew J.; Zhang, Shengli; Ren, Gang

    2015-05-05

    Commonly used methods for determining protein structure, including X-ray crystallography and single-particle reconstruction, often provide a single and unique three-dimensional (3D) structure. However, in these methods, the protein dynamics and flexibility/fluctuation remain mostly unknown. Here, we utilized advances in electron tomography (ET) to study the antibody flexibility and fluctuation through structural determination of individual antibody particles rather than averaging multiple antibody particles together. Through individual-particle electron tomography (IPET) 3D reconstruction from negatively-stained ET images, we obtained 120 ab-initio 3D density maps at an intermediate resolution (~1–3 nm) from 120 individual IgG1 antibody particles. Using these maps as a constraint, wemore » derived 120 conformations of the antibody via structural flexible docking of the crystal structure to these maps by targeted molecular dynamics simulations. Statistical analysis of the various conformations disclosed the antibody 3D conformational flexibility through the distribution of its domain distances and orientations. This blueprint approach, if extended to other flexible proteins, may serve as a useful methodology towards understanding protein dynamics and functions.« less

  14. 3D structural fluctuation of IgG1 antibody revealed by individual particle electron tomography

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    Zhang, Xing; Zhang, Lei; Tong, Huimin; Peng, Bo; Rames, Matthew J.; Zhang, Shengli; Ren, Gang

    2015-05-05

    Commonly used methods for determining protein structure, including X-ray crystallography and single-particle reconstruction, often provide a single and unique three-dimensional (3D) structure. However, in these methods, the protein dynamics and flexibility/fluctuation remain mostly unknown. Here, we utilized advances in electron tomography (ET) to study the antibody flexibility and fluctuation through structural determination of individual antibody particles rather than averaging multiple antibody particles together. Through individual-particle electron tomography (IPET) 3D reconstruction from negatively-stained ET images, we obtained 120 ab-initio 3D density maps at an intermediate resolution (~1–3 nm) from 120 individual IgG1 antibody particles. Using these maps as a constraint, we derived 120 conformations of the antibody via structural flexible docking of the crystal structure to these maps by targeted molecular dynamics simulations. Statistical analysis of the various conformations disclosed the antibody 3D conformational flexibility through the distribution of its domain distances and orientations. This blueprint approach, if extended to other flexible proteins, may serve as a useful methodology towards understanding protein dynamics and functions.

  15. Crystal structure and optical properties of polymorphic octasilacubane

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    Tachibana, Hiroaki; Goto, Midori; Matsumoto, Mutsuyoshi; Kishida, Hideo; Tokura, Yoshinori

    1994-05-01

    Single crystal x-ray crystallographic analysis of tert-butyloctasilacubane showed that a new polymorphic form (β form) exists with a slightly modified shape of the Si cage as compared with the previously reported form (α form) [K. Furukawa, M. Fujino, and N. Matsumoto, Appl. Phys. Lett. 60, 2744 (1991)]. Spectroscopic investigations of the single crystal indicate that the electronic band gap and luminescence band position differ by ˜0.4 eV between the polymorphs, signaling the sensitivity of the electronic structure to the distortion of the octasilacubane framework.

  16. Structural, magnetic and optical properties of two concomitant molecular crystals

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    Silva, Manuela Ramos; Milne, Bruce; Coutinho, Joana T.; Pereira, Laura C. J.; Martín-Ramos, Pablo; Pereira da Silva, Pedro S.; Martín-Gil, Jesús

    2016-03-01

    A new 1D complex has been prepared and characterized. X-ray single crystal structure confirms that the Cu(II) ions assemble in alternating chains with Cu … Cu distances of 2.5685(4) and 3.1760(4) Å. The temperature dependence of the magnetic susceptibility reveals an antiferromagnetic interaction between the paddle-wheel copper centers with an exchange of -300 cm-1. The exchange integral was also determined by quantum chemical ab-initio calculations, using polarised and unpolarised basis sets reproducing well the experimental value. The second harmonic generation efficiency of a concomitantly crystallized material was evaluated and was found to be comparable to urea.

  17. Crystal structure of alpha poly-p-xylylene.

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    Kubo, S.; Wunderlich, B.

    1971-01-01

    A crystal structure of alpha poly-p-xylylene is proposed with the help of data of oriented crystals grown during polymerization. The unit cell is monoclinic with the parameters a = 8.57 A, b = 10.62 A, c = 6.54 A (chain axis), and beta = 101.3 deg. Four repeating units per cell lead to a calculated density of 1.185 g/cu cm and a packing density of 0.71. The probable space group is P2 sub 1/m.

  18. Structure of RCC1 chromatin factor bound to the nucleosome core particle

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    Makde, Ravindra D.; England, Joseph R.; Yennawar, Hemant P.; Tan, Song

    2010-11-11

    The small GTPase Ran enzyme regulates critical eukaryotic cellular functions including nuclear transport and mitosis through the creation of a RanGTP gradient around the chromosomes. This concentration gradient is created by the chromatin-bound RCC1 (regulator of chromosome condensation) protein, which recruits Ran to nucleosomes and activates Ran's nucleotide exchange activity. Although RCC1 has been shown to bind directly with the nucleosome, the molecular details of this interaction were not known. Here we determine the crystal structure of a complex of Drosophila RCC1 and the nucleosome core particle at 2.9 {angstrom} resolution, providing an atomic view of how a chromatin protein interacts with the histone and DNA components of the nucleosome. Our structure also suggests that the Widom 601 DNA positioning sequence present in the nucleosomes forms a 145-base-pair nucleosome core particle, not the expected canonical 147-base-pair particle.

  19. Structural analysis of three-dimenstionl photonic crystals in nature

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    Yoon, Beom-Jin; Park, Jung Ok; Srinivasarao, Mohan

    2012-02-01

    We studied the structural origin of the color and photonic band structure in exoskeletons of Eupholus weevils and dorsal wings of lycaenids butterflies. The internal structures of the insects were systematically investigated using focused ion beam (FIB) milling, and the optical response of the insects was observed by optical microscopy and a microspectrophotometer. A series of sequential SEM images were obtained during the FIB milling process and 3D structures were reconstructed by image processing. The correlation of the structures and the optical responses were studied by theoretical modeling. Diamond-based 3D photonic crystal lattice existed in Eupholus weevils, while gyroid structure was in lycaenids butterflies. The calculated photonic band structures matched the measured optical response. Aluminum oxide and titanium oxide were deposited on the weevils and the butterflies in order to study the effect of refractive index contrast to the photonic band structure and the optical response.

  20. Structural transitions in vertically and horizontally coupled parabolic channels of Wigner crystals

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    Galvn-Moya, J. E.; Nelissen, K.; Peeters, F. M.

    2012-11-01

    Structural phase transitions in two vertically or horizontally coupled channels of strongly interacting particles are investigated. The particles are free to move in the x direction but are confined by a parabolic potential in the y direction. They interact with each other through a screened power-law potential (r-ne-r/?). In vertically coupled systems, the channels are stacked above each other in the direction perpendicular to the (x,y) plane, while in horizontally coupled systems both channels are aligned in the confinement direction. Using Monte Carlo (MC) simulations we obtain the ground-state configurations and the structural transitions as a function of the linear particle density and the separation between the channels. At zero temperature, the vertically coupled system exhibits a rich phase diagram with continuous and discontinuous transitions. On the other hand, the horizontally coupled system exhibits only a very limited number of phase transitions due to its symmetry. Further, we calculated the normal modes for the Wigner crystals in both cases. From MC simulations, we found that in the case of vertically coupled systems, the zigzag transition is only possible for low densities. A Ginzburg-Landau theory for the zigzag transition is presented, which predicts correctly the behavior of this transition from which we interpret the structural phase transition of the Wigner crystal through the reduction of the Brillouin zone.

  1. Influence of particle aspect ratio on the midinfrared extinction spectra of wavelength-sized ice crystals.

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    Wagner, Robert; Benz, Stefan; Möhler, Ottmar; Saathoff, Harald; Schnaiter, Martin; Leisner, Thomas

    2007-12-20

    We have used the T-matrix method and the discrete dipole approximation to compute the midinfrared extinction cross-sections (4500-800 cm(-1)) of randomly oriented circular ice cylinders for aspect ratios extending up to 10 for oblate and down to 1/6 for prolate particle shapes. Equal-volume sphere diameters ranged from 0.1 to 10 microm for both particle classes. A high degree of particle asphericity provokes a strong distortion of the spectral habitus compared to the extinction spectrum of compactly shaped ice crystals with an aspect ratio around 1. The magnitude and the sign (increase or diminution) of the shape-related changes in both the absorption and the scattering cross-sections crucially depend on the particle size and the values for the real and imaginary part of the complex refractive index. When increasing the particle asphericity for a given equal-volume sphere diameter, the values for the overall extinction cross-sections may change in opposite directions for different parts of the spectrum. We have applied our calculations to the analysis of recent expansion cooling experiments on the formation of cirrus clouds, performed in the large coolable aerosol and cloud chamber AIDA of Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe at a temperature of 210 K. Depending on the nature of the seed particles and the temperature and relative humidity characteristics during the expansion, ice crystals of various shapes and aspect ratios could be produced. For a particular expansion experiment, using Illite mineral dust particles coated with a layer of secondary organic matter as seed aerosol, we have clearly detected the spectral signatures characteristic of strongly aspherical ice crystal habits in the recorded infrared extinction spectra. We demonstrate that the number size distributions and total number concentrations of the ice particles that were generated in this expansion run can only be accurately derived from the recorded infrared spectra when employing aspect ratios as high as 10 in the retrieval approach. Remarkably, the measured spectra could also be accurately fitted when employing an aspect ratio of 1 in the retrieval. The so-deduced ice particle number concentrations, however, exceeded the true values, determined with an optical particle counter, by more than 1 order of magnitude. Thus, the shape-induced spectral changes between the extinction spectra of platelike ice crystals of aspect ratio 10 and compactly shaped particles of aspect ratio 1 can be efficiently balanced by deforming the true number size distribution of the ice cloud. As a result of this severe size/shape ambiguity in the spectral analysis, we consider it indispensable to cross-check the infrared retrieval results of wavelength-sized ice particles with independent reference measurements of either the number size distribution or the particle morphology. PMID:18004822

  2. Anisole at 100 K: the first crystal structure determination.

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    Seidel, Rüdiger W; Goddard, Richard

    2015-08-01

    The simplest alkyl aryl ether, anisole (methoxybenzene), C7H8O, is a feedstock chemical and is widely used in the pharmaceutical industry. The structure of anisole at 100 K, as determined by single-crystal X-ray analysis, is reported. A crystal (m.p. 236 K) suitable for X-ray diffraction was obtained from the melt. The title compound crystallizes in the centrosymmetric space group P2(1)/c with two molecules in the asymmetric unit (Z' = 2). Both crystallographically distinct molecules adopt a virtually flat (Cs-symmetric) conformation. The arrangement of the molecules in the solid state appears to be governed by close packing. No face-to-face π-π stacking of the molecules is observed, but rather edge-to-face interactions result in a herringbone packing motif. PMID:26243411

  3. Crystal structure and mechanistic investigation of the twister ribozyme.

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    Liu, Yijin; Wilson, Timothy J; McPhee, Scott A; Lilley, David M J

    2014-09-01

    We present a crystal structure at 2.3- resolution of the recently described nucleolytic ribozyme twister. The RNA adopts a previously uncharacterized compact fold based on a double-pseudoknot structure, with the active site at its center. Eight highly conserved nucleobases stabilize the core of the ribozyme through the formation of one Watson-Crick and three noncanonical base pairs, and the highly conserved adenine 3' of the scissile phosphate is bound in the major groove of an adjacent pseudoknot. A strongly conserved guanine nucleobase directs its Watson-Crick edge toward the scissile phosphate in the crystal structure, and mechanistic evidence supports a role for this guanine as either a general base or acid in a concerted, general acid-base-catalyzed cleavage reaction. PMID:25038788

  4. GPCR crystal structures: Medicinal chemistry in the pocket.

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    Shonberg, Jeremy; Kling, Ralf C; Gmeiner, Peter; Löber, Stefan

    2015-07-15

    Recent breakthroughs in GPCR structural biology have significantly increased our understanding of drug action at these therapeutically relevant receptors, and this will undoubtedly lead to the design of better therapeutics. In recent years, crystal structures of GPCRs from classes A, B, C and F have been solved, unveiling a precise snapshot of ligand-receptor interactions. Furthermore, some receptors have been crystallized in different functional states in complex with antagonists, partial agonists, full agonists, biased agonists and allosteric modulators, providing further insight into the mechanisms of ligand-induced GPCR activation. It is now obvious that there is enormous diversity in the size, shape and position of the ligand binding pockets in GPCRs. In this review, we summarise the current state of solved GPCR structures, with a particular focus on ligand-receptor interactions in the binding pocket, and how this can contribute to the design of GPCR ligands with better affinity, subtype selectivity or efficacy. PMID:25638496

  5. Self-Assembly of Colloidal Particles on Template Structures

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    Yodh, Arjun G.

    2002-01-01

    I will discuss recent experiments from my lab, which use surface templates to induce ordered colloidal structures. Particle assembly driven by entropic depletion, fluid convection, and sedimentation will be described. Confocal microscopy was used to visualize most of these samples.

  6. Crystallization and preliminary structural results of catalase from human erythrocytes.

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    Maté, M J; Ortiz-Lombardía, M; Marina, A; Fita, I

    1999-05-01

    Catalase (hydrogen peroxide:hydrogen peroxide oxidoreductase, E.C. 1. 11.1.6) is present in most aerobic prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. Despite a large number of studies on catalases, the only mammalian catalase structure available is that from beef liver, in which about 50% of the haem groups are degraded to bile pigments. Three different crystal forms of human erythrocyte catalase were obtained by the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion technique using PEG as precipitant. Monoclinic crystals, with space group P21 and unit-cell parameters a = 102.9, b = 140.0, c = 173.6 A and beta = 103.2 degrees, require NADP(H) in the crystallization solution. Two types of hexagonal packing, with unit-cell parameters of either a = b = 86. 9, c = 255.5 A or a = b = 90.0, c = 521.2 A, were obtained under identical crystallization conditions in the absence of NADP(H). Only one diffraction data set could be collected: this was obtained from the hexagonal crystals with the smaller c axis using synchrotron radiation, with resolution to 2.65 A. A molecular-replacement solution, determined using a modified beef-liver catalase model as a search structure, corresponds to space group P6422 and contains a single subunit in the asymmetric unit, with an estimated solvent volume of about 50%. The packing determined suggests how minor rearrangements might allow the transition between both hexagonal crystal forms and provides an explanation for the anisotropic character of the corresponding diffractions. PMID:10216308

  7. Crystal and molecular structure of N-methylpiperidine betaine hydrochloride

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    Dega-Szafran, Z.; Szafran, M.; Dulewicz, E.; Addlagatta, A.; Jaskólski, M.

    2003-06-01

    A 1:1 complex between N-methylpiperidine betaine and hydrochloric acid, MPBH·Cl, has been characterized by single crystal X-ray analysis, FTIR spectroscopy, and DFT calculations. The crystals are monoclinic, space group P2 1/ n, with a=6.0644(3), b=13.0220(6), c=12.7653(7) Å, β=101.925(5)°. The piperidine ring adopts a chair conformation with the -CH 2COOH group in an axial and the-CH 3 group in an equatorial position. In the crystal, the Cl -anion is engaged in a medium-strong hydrogen bond with the COOH group (O-H⋯Cl -=2.9503(7) Å), in several C-H⋯Cl - contacts and, additionally, in three N +⋯Cl -intermolecular interactions. Four conformations (axial and equatorial, both protonated and unprotonated) of MPBHCl were examined by the B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) method. The calculated structure of MPBH·Cl(ax) is very similar to that in the crystal, except the N(1)-C(8)-C(9)-O(1) and N(1)-C(8)-C(9)-O(2) units, which are planar in the crystal but nonplanar in the isolated molecule. Powder FTIR spectra of MPBH·Cl and its deuterated analogue (MPBD·Cl) were measured and assignments of the observed bands to vibrations of the hydrogen bond and to internal vibrations are proposed.

  8. Azimuthal structures of produced particles in heavy-ion interactions

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    Vokal, S. Orlova, G. I.; Lehocka, S.

    2009-02-15

    The angular structures of particles produced in {sup 208}Pb at 158 A GeV/c and {sup 197}Au at 11.6 A GeV/c induced interactions with Ag(Br) nuclei in emulsion detector have been investigated. Nonstatistical well-ordered ring-like structures of produced particles in azimuthal plane of a collision have been found, and their parameters have been determined.

  9. Structure of Two-Dimensional Plasma Crystals in Anharmonic Penning Traps

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    Dubin, D. H. E.

    2013-10-01

    In several recent experiments charged particles have been trapped and cooled in two-dimensional (2D) crystalline configurations using a Penning trap. Usually in such traps the applied trap potential is harmonic (i.e. depending quadratically on position), and consequently the 2D crystal structure is nonuniform and riddled with defects. This poster derives a closed-form analytic expression for the density per unit area of the 2D crystal when an arbitrary anharmonic trap potential is employed, expressed as a multipole expansion. This expression is used to find the optimum potential, with a given number of multipoles, for trapping a plasma crystal with the most uniform possible density per unit area. Image charge effects are included to lowest order in (plasma size)/(electrode radius). Minimum energy states in such an optimized trap potential (including only quadrupole and octopole terms) are evaluated numerically and the resulting crystals are shown to be defect-free over the central region where the density is most nearly uniform. The poster also explores using an l = 3 rotating wall trap potential in order to produce near-perfect crystals with triangular boundaries and no defects. Supported by PHY-0903877 and DE-SC0002541.

  10. Association of Suprathermal Particles with Coherent Structures and Shocks

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    Tessein, J.; Matthaeus, W. H.; Wan, M.; Osman, K.; Ruffolo, D. J.; Giacalone, J.

    2013-12-01

    Various mechanisms have been proposed to explain observed suprathermal particle populations in the solar wind, including direct acceleration at flares, stochastic acceleration, shock acceleration and acceleration by random compression or reconnection sites. Using magnetic field and suprathermal ion data from ACE, we identify coherent structures and interplanetary shocks, and analyze the temporal association of energetic particle fluxes with these coherent structures. Coherent structures having a range of intensities are identified using the magnetic PVI statistic, essentially a normalized vector increment. A stronger association of particle flux in the 0.047-4.75 MeV range is found with intense magnetic discontinuities than is found with shocks. The main results presented are on ions, but similar results have been found for electrons. The average profile of suprathermal particles near shocks is consistent with the expectations of diffusive shock acceleration. Significant fluxes of energetic particles as well as high occurrence rates of strong discontinuities are found within four hours after the passage a shock. Beyond that there appears to be a sharper drop-off in energetic particle intensity. This evidence supports the view that multiple mechanisms contribute to the acceleration and transport of interplanetary suprathermal particles. To make a statement about any specific mechanism we also study observed pitch angle distributions as well as comparisons with test particle simulations.

  11. The effects of flow structure and particle mass loading on particle dispersion in particle-laden swirling jets

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    Gui, Nan; Fan, JianRen; Chen, Song

    2011-01-01

    A direct numerical simulation of particle dispersion in particle-laden swirling jets issued into a rectangular container through a round nozzle is carried out. The swirl number is S=1.42 when the bubble vortex breakdown takes place. Two cases are simulated for comparison, i.e. five types of particles with Stokes numbers St=0.01, 0.1, 1, 10 and 100 respectively under the same flow rate, and four types of particles with St=0.5, 1, 5 and 10 respectively under the same mass loading. After simulation, it is found that the rectangular flow domain induces an important modification to the flow structure. It influences the dispersion characteristics in the peripheral cross area, forming a centrosymmetric dispersion of particles in the cross-sectional area. A quantitative analysis of the non-uniform particle dispersion is carried out. Moreover, the effect of mass loading on particle dispersion is explored and explained. It indicates the correlation between the inter-phase moment coupling and particle mass loading via the change of probability density function of the inter-phase velocity difference. Heavy mass loading causes an insufficient inter-phase momentum transport and the worse dispersion of large particles than that of small mass loading.

  12. Crystal structure of inactive form of Rab3B

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    Zhang, Wei; Shen, Yang; Jiao, Ronghong; Liu, Yanli; Deng, Lingfu; Qi, Chao

    2012-06-28

    Rab proteins are the largest family of ras-related GTPases in eukaryotic cells. They act as directional molecular switches at membrane trafficking, including vesicle budding, cargo sorting, transport, tethering, and fusion. Here, we generated and crystallized the Rab3B:GDP complex. The structure of the complex was solved to 1.9 {angstrom} resolution and the structural base comparison with other Rab3 members provides a structural basis for the GDP/GTP switch in controlling the activity of small GTPase. The comparison of charge distribution among the members of Rab3 also indicates their different roles in vesicular trafficking.

  13. The Rapid Crystallization Strategy for Structure-Based Inhibitor Design

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    Bergfors, Terese

    RAPID (Rapid Approaches to Pathogen Inhibitor Discovery) is an integrated center for structural biology, computational chemistry, and medicinal chemistry at Uppsala University, Sweden. The main target of the structural biology section is Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Key concepts in the crystallization strategy include minimal screening and buffer optimization. Examples are presented showing how these concepts have been successful in RAPID projects. Three screening methods are used: vapor-diffusion, micro-batch, and microfluidics. Our experiences may be relevant for other small, academic laboratories involved in structure-based inhibitor design.

  14. Crystal structure of four-stranded Oxytricha telomeric DNA

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    Kang, C.; Zhang, X.; Ratliff, R.; Moyzis, R.; Rich, A.

    1992-01-01

    The sequence d(GGGGTTTTGGGG) from the 3' overhang of the Oxytricha telomere has been crystallized and its three-dimensional structure solved to 2.5 A resolution. The oligonucleotide forms hairpins, two of which join to make a four-stranded helical structure with the loops containing four thymine residues at either end. The guanine residues are held together by cyclic hydrogen bonding and an ion is located in the centre. The four guanine residues in each segment have a glycosyl conformation that alternates between anti and syn. There are two four-stranded molecules in the asymmetric unit showing that the structure has some intrinsic flexibility.

  15. Structural engineering of three-dimensional phononic crystals

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    Delpero, Tommaso; Schoenwald, Stefan; Zemp, Armin; Bergamini, Andrea

    2016-02-01

    Artificially-structured materials are attracting the research interest of a growing community of scientists for the possibility to develop novel materials with advantageous properties that arise from the ability to tailor the propagation of elastic waves, and thus energy, through them. In this work, we propose a three-dimensional phononic crystal whose unit cell has been engineered to obtain a strong wave-attenuation band in the middle of the acoustic frequency range. The combination of its acoustic properties with the dimensions of the unit cell and its static mechanical properties makes it an interesting material for possibly several applications in civil and mechanical engineering, for instance as the core of an acoustically insulating sandwich panel. A sample of this crystal has been manufactured and experimentally tested with respect to its acoustic transmissibility. The performance of the phononic crystal core is remarkable both in terms of amplitude reduction in the transmissibility and width of the attenuation band. A parametric study has been finally conducted on selected geometrical parameters of the unit cell and on their effect on the macroscopic properties of the crystal. This work represents an application-oriented example of how the macroscopic properties of an artificially-structured material can be designed, according to specific needs, by a conventional engineering of its unit cell.

  16. Magnetopause structure and the question of particle accessibility

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    Whipple, E. C.; Hill, J. R.; Nichols, J. D.

    1984-01-01

    A simple plane model of the magnetopause is used to address the question of particle accessibility. Particle motion in the current sheet region is analyzed, showing that the concept of gyromotion is useful even when the electric and magnetic fields vary significantly over the gyroradius, as long as the variation is perpendicular to the drift direction. The first adiabatic invariant for particle motion is defined in such a way that it is preserved in regions of large field gradients, provided that the gradients are in a direction primarily perpendicular to the particle drifts. This generalized invariant provides an adiabatically conserved quantity that can be used to characterize particles as they move from a source region through the drift region and into the magnetopause itself, helping to resolve the accessibility question. Some preliminary results are given for the magnetopause structure based on the location of particle guiding points.

  17. Structural evolution in the crystallization of rapid cooling silver melt

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    Tian, Z. A.; Dong, K. J.; Yu, A. B.

    2015-03-01

    The structural evolution in a rapid cooling process of silver melt has been investigated at different scales by adopting several analysis methods. The results testify Ostwald's rule of stages and Frank conjecture upon icosahedron with many specific details. In particular, the cluster-scale analysis by a recent developed method called LSCA (the Largest Standard Cluster Analysis) clarified the complex structural evolution occurred in crystallization: different kinds of local clusters (such as ico-like (ico is the abbreviation of icosahedron), ico-bcc like (bcc, body-centred cubic), bcc, bcc-like structures) in turn have their maximal numbers as temperature decreases. And in a rather wide temperature range the icosahedral short-range order (ISRO) demonstrates a saturated stage (where the amount of ico-like structures keeps stable) that breeds metastable bcc clusters. As the precursor of crystallization, after reaching the maximal number bcc clusters finally decrease, resulting in the final solid being a mixture mainly composed of fcc/hcp (face-centred cubic and hexagonal-closed packed) clusters and to a less degree, bcc clusters. This detailed geometric picture for crystallization of liquid metal is believed to be useful to improve the fundamental understanding of liquid-solid phase transition.

  18. Crystal structure optimisation using an auxiliary equation of state.

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    Jackson, Adam J; Skelton, Jonathan M; Hendon, Christopher H; Butler, Keith T; Walsh, Aron

    2015-11-14

    Standard procedures for local crystal-structure optimisation involve numerous energy and force calculations. It is common to calculate an energy-volume curve, fitting an equation of state around the equilibrium cell volume. This is a computationally intensive process, in particular, for low-symmetry crystal structures where each isochoric optimisation involves energy minimisation over many degrees of freedom. Such procedures can be prohibitive for non-local exchange-correlation functionals or other "beyond" density functional theory electronic structure techniques, particularly where analytical gradients are not available. We present a simple approach for efficient optimisation of crystal structures based on a known equation of state. The equilibrium volume can be predicted from one single-point calculation and refined with successive calculations if required. The approach is validated for PbS, PbTe, ZnS, and ZnTe using nine density functionals and applied to the quaternary semiconductor Cu2ZnSnS4 and the magnetic metal-organic framework HKUST-1. PMID:26567640

  19. Material-binding peptide application--ZnO crystal structure control by means of a ZnO-binding peptide.

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    Togashi, Takanari; Yokoo, Nozomi; Umetsu, Mitsuo; Ohara, Satoshi; Naka, Takashi; Takami, Seiichi; Abe, Hiroya; Kumagai, Izumi; Adschiri, Tadafumi

    2011-02-01

    Recently, a zinc oxide (ZnO)-binding peptide (ZnOBP) has been identified and has been used to assist the synthesis of unique crystalline ZnO particles. We analyzed the influence of ZnOBP on the crystal growth of ZnO structures formed from zinc hydroxide. The addition of ZnOBP in the hydrothermal synthesis of ZnO suppressed [0001] crystal growth in the ZnO particles, indicating that the specificity of the material-binding peptide for specific inorganic crystal faces controlled the crystal growth. Furthermore, the dipeptides with a partial sequence of ZnO-binding "hot spot" in ZnOBP were used to synthesize ZnO particles, and we found that the presence of these dipeptides more strictly suppressed (0001) growth in ZnO crystals than did the complete ZnOBP sequence. These results demonstrate the applicability of dipeptides selected from material-binding peptides to control inorganic crystal growth. PMID:20947422

  20. EVO—Evolutionary algorithm for crystal structure prediction

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    Bahmann, Silvia; Kortus, Jens

    2013-06-01

    We present EVO—an evolution strategy designed for crystal structure search and prediction. The concept and main features of biological evolution such as creation of diversity and survival of the fittest have been transferred to crystal structure prediction. EVO successfully demonstrates its applicability to find crystal structures of the elements of the 3rd main group with their different spacegroups. For this we used the number of atoms in the conventional cell and multiples of it. Running EVO with different numbers of carbon atoms per unit cell yields graphite as the lowest energy structure as well as a diamond-like structure, both in one run. Our implementation also supports the search for 2D structures and was able to find a boron sheet with structural features so far not considered in literature. Program summaryProgram title: EVO Catalogue identifier: AEOZ_v1_0 Program summary URL:http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/summaries/AEOZ_v1_0.html Program obtainable from: CPC Program Library, Queen's University, Belfast, N. Ireland Licensing provisions: GNU General Public License version 3 No. of lines in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 23488 No. of bytes in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 1830122 Distribution format: tar.gz Programming language: Python. Computer: No limitations known. Operating system: Linux. RAM: Negligible compared to the requirements of the electronic structure programs used Classification: 7.8. External routines: Quantum ESPRESSO (http://www.quantum-espresso.org/), GULP (https://projects.ivec.org/gulp/) Nature of problem: Crystal structure search is a global optimisation problem in 3N+3 dimensions where N is the number of atoms in the unit cell. The high dimensional search space is accompanied by an unknown energy landscape. Solution method: Evolutionary algorithms transfer the main features of biological evolution to use them in global searches. The combination of the "survival of the fittest" (deterministic) and the randomised choice of the parents and normally distributed mutation steps (non-deterministic) provides a thorough search. Restrictions: The algorithm is in principle only restricted by a huge search space and simultaneously increasing calculation time (memory, etc.), which is not a problem for our piece of code but for the used electronic structure programs. Running time: The simplest provided case runs serially and takes 30 minutes to one hour. All other calculations run for significantly longer time depending on the parameters like the number and sort of atoms and the electronic structure program in use as well as the level of parallelism included.

  1. Variational quantum Monte Carlo calculation of electronic and structural properties of crystals

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    Louie, S.G.

    1989-09-01

    Calculation of the electronic and structural properties of solids using a variational quantum Monte Carlo nonlocal pseudopotential approach is described. Ionization potentials and electron affinities for atoms, and binding energies and structural properties for crystals are found to be in very good agreement with experiment. The approach employs a correlated many-electron wavefunction of the Jastrow-Slater form and the exact Coulomb interaction between valence electrons. One- and two-body terms in the Jastrow factor are used and found necessary for an accurate description of the electron-electron energy for the systems considered. The method has further been applied to compute various single-particle properties for solids including the single-particle orbital occupancy, electron pair correlation functions, and quasiparticle excitation energies. 23 refs., 3 figs., 3 tabs.

  2. Electronic and crystal structure of NiTi martensite

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    Sanati, M.; Albers, R.C.; Pinski, F.J.

    1998-11-01

    All of the first-principles electronic-structure calculations for the martensitic structure of NiTi have used the experimental atomic parameters reported by Michal and Sinclair [Acta Crystallogr., Sect. B: Struct. Crystallogr. Cryst. Chem. {bold B37}, 1803 (1981)]. We have used first-principles, full-potential, linear muffin-tin orbital calculations to examine the total energy of all the experimental martensitic structures reported in the literature. We find that another crystal structure, that of Kudoh {ital et al.} [Acta Metall. Mater. {bold 33}, 2049 (1985)], has the lowest total energy at zero temperature. Ground-state and formation energies were calculated for all of the experimental structures. Total and local densities of states were calculated and compared with each other for the structures of both Kudoh {ital et al.} and Michal and Sinclair thinsp {copyright} {ital 1998} {ital The American Physical Society}

  3. Exceptional groups and elementary-particle structures

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    Biedenharn, L.C.; Truini, P.

    1981-09-01

    A new finite-dimensional quantum mechanical space is constructed over the complex octonionic plane using the recently developed algebraic techniques of Jordan pairs and inner ideals. The automorphism group of this structure is E/sub 6/ x U(1), realized on precisely two E/sub 6/ irreps which is abstracted as a (topless) model for grand unification.

  4. Exceptional groups and elementary particle structures

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    Biedenharn, L. C.; Truini, P.

    1982-08-01

    We construct a new finite-dimensional quantum-mechanical space over the complex octonionic plane using the recently-developed algebraic techniques of Jordan pairs and inner ideals. The automorphism group of this structure is E6 × U(1), realized on precisely two irreducible representations (27) and (27 ∗) of E6 which we abstract as a (topless) model for grand unification.

  5. How evolutionary crystal structure prediction works--and why.

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    Oganov, Artem R; Lyakhov, Andriy O; Valle, Mario

    2011-03-15

    Once the crystal structure of a chemical substance is known, many properties can be predicted reliably and routinely. Therefore if researchers could predict the crystal structure of a material before it is synthesized, they could significantly accelerate the discovery of new materials. In addition, the ability to predict crystal structures at arbitrary conditions of pressure and temperature is invaluable for the study of matter at extreme conditions, where experiments are difficult. Crystal structure prediction (CSP), the problem of finding the most stable arrangement of atoms given only the chemical composition, has long remained a major unsolved scientific problem. Two problems are entangled here: search, the efficient exploration of the multidimensional energy landscape, and ranking, the correct calculation of relative energies. For organic crystals, which contain a few molecules in the unit cell, search can be quite simple as long as a researcher does not need to include many possible isomers or conformations of the molecules; therefore ranking becomes the main challenge. For inorganic crystals, quantum mechanical methods often provide correct relative energies, making search the most critical problem. Recent developments provide useful practical methods for solving the search problem to a considerable extent. One can use simulated annealing, metadynamics, random sampling, basin hopping, minima hopping, and data mining. Genetic algorithms have been applied to crystals since 1995, but with limited success, which necessitated the development of a very different evolutionary algorithm. This Account reviews CSP using one of the major techniques, the hybrid evolutionary algorithm USPEX (Universal Structure Predictor: Evolutionary Xtallography). Using recent developments in the theory of energy landscapes, we unravel the reasons evolutionary techniques work for CSP and point out their limitations. We demonstrate that the energy landscapes of chemical systems have an overall shape and explore their intrinsic dimensionalities. Because of the inverse relationships between order and energy and between the dimensionality and diversity of an ensemble of crystal structures, the chances that a random search will find the ground state decrease exponentially with increasing system size. A well-designed evolutionary algorithm allows for much greater computational efficiency. We illustrate the power of evolutionary CSP through applications that examine matter at high pressure, where new, unexpected phenomena take place. Evolutionary CSP has allowed researchers to make unexpected discoveries such as a transparent phase of sodium, a partially ionic form of boron, complex superconducting forms of calcium, a novel superhard allotrope of carbon, polymeric modifications of nitrogen, and a new class of compounds, perhydrides. These methods have also led to the discovery of novel hydride superconductors including the "impossible" LiH(n) (n=2, 6, 8) compounds, and CaLi(2). We discuss extensions of the method to molecular crystals, systems of variable composition, and the targeted optimization of specific physical properties. PMID:21361336

  6. Structural investigation of cooperite (PtS) crystals

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    Rozhdestvina, V. I.; Udovenko, A. A.; Rubanov, S. V.; Mudrovskaya, N. V.

    2016-03-01

    The single-crystal structure of cooperite, a natural platinum sulfide PtS, is studied by X-ray diffraction supported by high-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy and X-ray spectrum microanalysis. It is found that, in addition to the main reflections corresponding to the known tetragonal cell ( a = 3.47 and c = 6.11 Å; space group P42/ mmc), many weak reflections with intensities I ≤ 60 σ( I) are clearly observed. These reflections fit the tetragonal cell (space group I4/ mmm) with doubled parameters. In structures with small ( P42/ mmc) and large ( I4/ mmm) cells, the S atoms occupy statistically two special positions. It is shown that the chemical composition of the cooperite crystals deviates from the stoichiometric composition: sulfur-deficient specimens predominate.

  7. Crystal structures and properties of nylon polymers from theory

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    Dasgupta, S.; Goddard, W.A. III; Hammond, W.B.

    1996-12-11

    A complete force field (MSXX) for simulation of all nylon polymers is derived from ab initio quantum calculations. Special emphasis is given to the accuracy of the hydrogen bond potential for the amide unit and the torsional potential between the peptide and alkane fragments. The MSXX force field was used to predict the structures, moduli, and detailed geometries of all nine nylons for which there are experimental crystal data plus one other. For nylon-(2n) with 2n = 6, the {alpha} crystal structure (with all-trans CH{sub 2} chains nearly coplanar with the hydrogen bonding plane) is more stable, while for 2n > 6, {gamma} (with the alkane plane twisted by 70{degree}) is more stable. This change results from the increased importance of methylene packing interactions over H bonds for larger 2n. We find the highest Young`s modulus for nylon-7. 51 refs., 6 figs., 7 tabs.

  8. Crystal structure of tris-(hydroxyl-ammonium) orthophosphate.

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    Leinemann, Malte; Jess, Inke; Boeckmann, Jan; Näther, Christian

    2015-11-01

    The crystal structure of the title salt, ([H3NOH](+))3·[PO4](3-), consists of discrete hydroxyl-ammonium cations and ortho-phos-phate anions. The atoms of the cation occupy general positions, whereas the anion is located on a threefold rotation axis that runs through the phospho-rus atom and one of the phosphate O atoms. In the crystal structure, cations and anions are linked by inter-molecular O-H⋯O and N-H⋯O hydrogen bonds into a three-dimensional network. Altogether, one very strong O-H⋯O, two N-H⋯O hydrogen bonds of medium strength and two weaker bifurcated N-H⋯O inter-actions are observed. PMID:26594525

  9. Crystal structure of tris­(hydroxyl­ammonium) orthophosphate

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    Leinemann, Malte; Jess, Inke; Boeckmann, Jan; Näther, Christian

    2015-01-01

    The crystal structure of the title salt, ([H3NOH]+)3·[PO4]3−, consists of discrete hydroxyl­ammonium cations and ortho­phos­phate anions. The atoms of the cation occupy general positions, whereas the anion is located on a threefold rotation axis that runs through the phospho­rus atom and one of the phosphate O atoms. In the crystal structure, cations and anions are linked by inter­molecular O—H⋯O and N—H⋯O hydrogen bonds into a three-dimensional network. Altogether, one very strong O—H⋯O, two N—H⋯O hydrogen bonds of medium strength and two weaker bifurcated N—H⋯O inter­actions are observed. PMID:26594525

  10. Crystal structure of the human mitochondrial chaperonin symmetrical football complex

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    Nisemblat, Shahar; Yaniv, Oren; Parnas, Avital; Frolow, Felix; Azem, Abdussalam

    2015-01-01

    Human mitochondria harbor a single type I chaperonin system that is generally thought to function via a unique single-ring intermediate. To date, no crystal structure has been published for any mammalian type I chaperonin complex. In this study, we describe the crystal structure of a football-shaped, double-ring human mitochondrial chaperonin complex at 3.15 Å, which is a novel intermediate, likely representing the complex in an early stage of dissociation. Interestingly, the mitochondrial chaperonin was captured in a state that exhibits subunit asymmetry within the rings and nucleotide symmetry between the rings. Moreover, the chaperonin tetradecamers show a different interring subunit arrangement when compared to GroEL. Our findings suggest that the mitochondrial chaperonins use a mechanism that is distinct from the mechanism of the well-studied Escherichia coli system. PMID:25918392

  11. The crystal structure of ice under mesospheric conditions

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    Murray, Benjamin J.; Malkin, Tamsin L.; Salzmann, Christoph G.

    2015-05-01

    Ice clouds form in the summer high latitude mesopause region, which is the coldest part of the Earth's atmosphere. At these very low temperatures (<150 K) ice can exist in metastable forms, but the nature of these ices remains poorly understood. In this paper we show that ice which is grown at mesospherically relevant temperatures does not have a structure corresponding to the well-known hexagonal form or the metastable cubic form. Instead, the ice which forms under mesospheric conditions is a material in which cubic and hexagonal sequences of ice are randomly arranged to produce stacking disordered ice (ice Isd). The structure of this ice is in the trigonal crystal system, rather than the cubic or hexagonal systems, and is expected to produce crystals with aspect ratios consistent with lidar observations.

  12. Crystal structure of naturally occurring mercury(II) amidonitrate

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    Randall, Charles J.; Peacor, Donald R.; Rouse, Roland C.; Dunn, Pete J.

    1982-05-01

    A naturally-occurring mercuroammonium compound from Pitkin County, Colorado, is shown to be the natural analog of synthetic HgNH 2NO 3. The crystals are isometric, P4 132 or P4 332, with a = 10.254(1) and twelve formula weights per cell. Using 437 symmetry-independent reflections, the crystal structure was partially determined and refined to a residual of 0.090. The positions of the Hg atoms and the N and O atoms of the nitrate group were determined, but the amide ion could not be located, probably due to positional disorder. The structure contains mercury atoms arranged in equilateral triangles 3.421(1) on a side. These triangles are linked through shared vertices into helical chains wound around the fourfold screw axes. Similar triangular units occur in other inorganic Hg(II) compounds. The distortion of the nitrate ion from trigonal planar symmetry is also discussed.

  13. Surface modes and reconstruction of diamond structure crystals

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    Goldammer, W.; Ludwig, W.; Zierau, W.

    1986-08-01

    Applying our recently proposed Green function method we calculate the surface phonon spectra for the (111) surfaces of the diamond structure crystals C, Si, Ge and α-Sn on the basis of a phenomenological force constant model. Allowing for changes in the surface force constants we investigate the possibility of a surface phonon softening. Relating these soft modes to surface reconstructions we find evidence for a Si (7 × 7), Ge (8 × 8) and α-Sn (3 × 3) reconstruction, while diamond does not exhibit a soft mode behavior at all. We can thus explain the occurrence of different surface structures in these geometrically identical crystals as being determined to a great extent already by bulk properties. Finally, we derive models of the reconstructed surfaces and discuss our model for the Si (7 × 7) surface with respect to experimental TED patterns.

  14. Crystal Structure of the Product of Mg 2+Insertion into V 2O 5Single Crystals

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    Shklover, V.; Haibach, T.; Ried, F.; Nesper, R.; Novák, P.

    1996-05-01

    Chemical (by interaction with a dibutylmagnesium solution) and electrochemical (in acetonitrile solution of magnesium perchlorate) insertion of Mg 2+into the single crystals of V 2O 5was performed. The morphology change of V 2O 5crystals as a result of the Mg 2+insertion was studied by scanning electron microscopy. The wavelength dispersive electron probe microanalysis clearly showed the presence of Mg (at least) at the surface of intercalated V 2O 5. Based on the single crystal X-ray diffraction study of intercalated V 2O 5(orthorhombic, Pmn2 1, a= 11.544(6), b= 4.383(3), c= 3.574(2) Å, Z= 4) the location of a small amount of Mg (˜1%) in the bulk V 2O 5may be suggested, with [6 + 4] oxygen atoms surrounding Mg. The resulting Mg-O separations essentially exceed the accepted values for the Mg-O distances in crystals with hexacoordinated Mg atoms, which may be correlated with the structural and electrochemical properties of Mg 2+-inserted V 2O 5.

  15. Combined crystal structure prediction and high-pressure crystallization in rational pharmaceutical polymorph screening

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    Neumann, M. A.; van de Streek, J.; Fabbiani, F. P. A.; Hidber, P.; Grassmann, O.

    2015-01-01

    Organic molecules, such as pharmaceuticals, agro-chemicals and pigments, frequently form several crystal polymorphs with different physicochemical properties. Finding polymorphs has long been a purely experimental game of trial-and-error. Here we utilize in silico polymorph screening in combination with rationally planned crystallization experiments to study the polymorphism of the pharmaceutical compound Dalcetrapib, with 10 torsional degrees of freedom one of the most flexible molecules ever studied computationally. The experimental crystal polymorphs are found at the bottom of the calculated lattice energy landscape, and two predicted structures are identified as candidates for a missing, thermodynamically more stable polymorph. Pressure-dependent stability calculations suggested high pressure as a means to bring these polymorphs into existence. Subsequently, one of them could indeed be crystallized in the 0.02 to 0.50 GPa pressure range and was found to be metastable at ambient pressure, effectively derisking the appearance of a more stable polymorph during late-stage development of Dalcetrapib. PMID:26198974

  16. Fine structure of auroral particle acceleration

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    Lynch, K.A.

    1992-01-01

    A mass-analyzing capped hemispherical electrostatic analyzer was developed for the purpose of resolving the mass, energy, and pitch angle distributions of auroral ions. The instrument, the B-field Hemispherical Electrostatic Energy and Pitch Angle Spectrometer (BEEPS), is an extension of the HEEPS instrument, which uses a hemispherical analyzer and microchannel plates to measure the angular and energy distribution of ions. BEEPS uses a toroidal magnetic field constructed from rare-earth permanent magnets to separate ion measurements into two groups, protons and heavier ions. BEEPS was flown in February, 1991, from Poker Flat, Alaska, on the TOPAZ3 sounding rocket. This sounding rocket mission carried a full array of particle and field instrumentation to an altitude of over 1000 km. Electron data from the flight are presented and discussed in detail, and are shown in light of both ion and wave data taken during the same flight. Correspondences between the various data sets are presented. Particular note is made of the observation that ion heating seems to correspond with a field-aligned plateau in the electron distribution function below the peak electron energy. The growth rate of the n = -1 anomalous Doppler resonance of medium energy electrons with lower hybrid waves is discussed, and proposed as a mechanism for converting energy from the auroral electrons, the driver of the auroral activity, to the ion heating events.

  17. Crystal Structures of Aedes Aegypt Alanine Glyoxylate Aminotransferase

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    Han,Q.; Robinson, H.; Gao, Y.; Vogelaar, N.; Wilson, S.; Rizzi, M.; Li, J.

    2006-01-01

    Mosquitoes are unique in having evolved two alanine glyoxylate aminotransferases (AGTs). One is 3-hydroxykynurenine transaminase (HKT), which is primarily responsible for catalyzing the transamination of 3-hydroxykynurenine (3-HK) to xanthurenic acid (XA). Interestingly, XA is used by malaria parasites as a chemical trigger for their development within the mosquito. This 3-HK to XA conversion is considered the major mechanism mosquitoes use to detoxify the chemically reactive and potentially toxic 3-HK. The other AGT is a typical dipteran insect AGT and is specific for converting glyoxylic acid to glycine. Here we report the 1.75{angstrom} high-resolution three-dimensional crystal structure of AGT from the mosquito Aedes aegypti (AeAGT) and structures of its complexes with reactants glyoxylic acid and alanine at 1.75 and 2.1{angstrom} resolution, respectively. This is the first time that the three-dimensional crystal structures of an AGT with its amino acceptor, glyoxylic acid, and amino donor, alanine, have been determined. The protein is dimeric and adopts the type I-fold of pyridoxal 5-phosphate (PLP)-dependent aminotransferases. The PLP co-factor is covalently bound to the active site in the crystal structure, and its binding site is similar to those of other AGTs. The comparison of the AeAGT-glyoxylic acid structure with other AGT structures revealed that these glyoxylic acid binding residues are conserved in most AGTs. Comparison of the AeAGT-alanine structure with that of the Anopheles HKT-inhibitor complex suggests that a Ser-Asn-Phe motif in the latter may be responsible for the substrate specificity of HKT enzymes for 3-HK.

  18. Crystal Structures of Cisplatin Bound to a Human Copper Chaperone

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    Boal, Amie K.; Rosenzweig, Amy C.

    2010-08-16

    Copper trafficking proteins, including the chaperone Atox1 and the P{sub 1B}-type ATPase ATP7B, have been implicated in cellular resistance to the anticancer drug cisplatin. We have determined two crystal structures of cisplatin-Atox1 adducts that reveal platinum coordination by the conserved CXXC copper-binding motif. Direct interaction of cisplatin with this functionally relevant site has significant implications for understanding the molecular basis for resistance mediated by copper transport pathways.

  19. Single-particle electron microscopy in the study of membrane protein structure.

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    De Zorzi, Rita; Mi, Wei; Liao, Maofu; Walz, Thomas

    2016-02-01

    Single-particle electron microscopy (EM) provides the great advantage that protein structure can be studied without the need to grow crystals. However, due to technical limitations, this approach played only a minor role in the study of membrane protein structure. This situation has recently changed dramatically with the introduction of direct electron detection device cameras, which allow images of unprecedented quality to be recorded, also making software algorithms, such as three-dimensional classification and structure refinement, much more powerful. The enhanced potential of single-particle EM was impressively demonstrated by delivering the first long-sought atomic model of a member of the biomedically important transient receptor potential channel family. Structures of several more membrane proteins followed in short order. This review recounts the history of single-particle EM in the study of membrane proteins, describes the technical advances that now allow this approach to generate atomic models of membrane proteins and provides a brief overview of some of the membrane protein structures that have been studied by single-particle EM to date. PMID:26470917

  20. Structural considerations on acridine/acridinium derivatives: Synthesis, crystal structure, Hirshfeld surface analysis and computational studies

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    Wera, Michał; Storoniak, Piotr; Serdiuk, Illia E.; Zadykowicz, Beata

    2016-02-01

    This article describes a detailed study of the molecular packing and intermolecular interactions in crystals of four derivatives of acridine, i.e. 9-methyl-, 9-ethyl, 9-bromomethyl- and 9-piperidineacridine (1, 2, 3 and 4, respectively) and three 10-methylacridinium salts containing the trifluoromethanesulphonate anion and 9-vinyl-, 9-bromomethyl, and 9-phenyl-10-methylacridinium cations (5, 6 and 7, respectively). The crystal structures of all of the compounds are stabilized by long-range electrostatic interactions, as well as by a network of short-range C-HṡṡṡO (in hydrates and salts 3 and 5-7, respectively), C-Hṡṡṡπ, π-π, C-Fṡṡṡπ and S-Oṡṡṡπ (in salts 5-7) interactions. Hirshfeld surface analysis shows that various intermolecular contacts play an important role in the crystal packing, graphically exhibiting the differences in spatial arrangements of the acridine/acridinium derivatives under scrutiny here. Additionally, computational methods have been used to compare the intermolecular interactions in the crystal structures of the investigated compounds. Computations have confirmed the great contribution of dispersive interactions for crystal lattice stability in the case of 9-substituted acridine and electrostatic interactions for the crystal lattice stability in the case of 9-substituted 10-methylacridinium trifluoromethanesulphonates. The value of crystal lattice energy and the electrostatic contribution in the crystal lattice energy of monohydrated acridine derivatives have confirmed that these compounds have behave as acridinium derivatives.

  1. Structural contribution to the roughness of supersmooth crystal surface

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    Butashin, A. V.; Muslimov, A. E. Kanevsky, V. M.; Deryabin, A. N.; Pavlov, V. A.; Asadchikov, V. E.

    2013-05-15

    Technological advances in processing crystals (Si, sapphire {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, SiC, GaN, LiNbO{sub 3}, SrTiO{sub 3}, etc.) of substrate materials and X-ray optics elements make it possible to obtain supersmooth surfaces with a periodicity characteristic of the crystal structure. These periodic structures are formed by atomically smooth terraces and steps of nano- and subnanometer sizes, respectively. A model surface with such nanostructures is proposed, and the relations between its roughness parameters and the height of atomic steps are determined. The roughness parameters calculated from these relations almost coincide with the experimental atomic force microscopy (AFM) data obtained from 1 Multiplication-Sign 1 and 10 Multiplication-Sign 10 {mu}m areas on the surface of sapphire plates with steps. The minimum roughness parameters for vicinal crystal surfaces, which are due to the structural contribution, are calculated based on the approach proposed. A comparative analysis of the relief and roughness parameters of sapphire plate surfaces with different degrees of polishing is performed. A size effect is established: the relief height distribution changes from stochastic to regular with a decrease in the surface roughness.

  2. Crystal Structures of the β2-Adrenergic Receptor

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    Weis, William I.; Rosenbaum, Daniel M.; Rasmussen, Søren G. F.; Choi, Hee-Jung; Thian, Foon Sun; Kobilka, Tong Sun; Yao, Xiao-Jie; Day, Peter W.; Parnot, Charles; Fung, Juan J.; Ratnala, Venkata R. P.; Kobilka, Brian K.; Cherezov, Vadim; Hanson, Michael A.; Kuhn, Peter; Stevens, Raymond C.; Edwards, Patricia C.; Schertler, Gebhard F. X.; Burghammer, Manfred; Sanishvili, Ruslan; Fischetti, Robert F.; Masood, Asna; Rohrer, Daniel K.

    G protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) constitute the largest family of membrane proteins in the human genome, and are responsible for the majority of signal transduction events involving hormones and neuro-transmitters across the cell membrane. GPCRs that bind to diffusible ligands have low natural abundance, are relatively unstable in detergents, and display basal G protein activation even in the absence of ligands. To overcome these problems two approaches were taken to obtain crystal structures of the β2-adrenergic receptor (β2AR), a well-characterized GPCR that binds cate-cholamine hormones. The receptor was bound to the partial inverse agonist carazolol and co-crystallized with a Fab made to a three-dimensional epitope formed by the third intracellular loop (ICL3), or by replacement of ICL3 with T4 lysozyme. Small crystals were obtained in lipid bicelles (β2AR-Fab) or lipidic cubic phase (β2AR-T4 lysozyme), and diffraction data were obtained using microfocus technology. The structures provide insights into the basal activity of the receptor, the structural features that enable binding of diffusible ligands, and the coupling between ligand binding and G-protein activation.

  3. Nanoconfinement-Induced Structures in Chiral Liquid Crystals

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    Melle, Michael; Theile, Madlona; Hall, Carol K.; Schoen, Martin

    2013-01-01

    We employ Monte Carlo simulations in a specialized isothermal-isobaric and in the grand canonical ensemble to study structure formation in chiral liquid crystals as a function of molecular chirality. Our model potential consists of a simple Lennard-Jones potential, where the attractive contribution has been modified to represent the orientation dependence of the interaction between a pair of chiral liquid-crystal molecules. The liquid crystal is confined between a pair of planar and atomically smooth substrates onto which molecules are anchored in a hybrid fashion. Hybrid anchoring allows for the formation of helical structures in the direction perpendicular to the substrate plane without exposing the helix to spurious strains. At low chirality, we observe a cholesteric phase, which is transformed into a blue phase at higher chirality. More specifically, by studying the unit cell and the spatial arrangement of disclination lines, this blue phase can be established as blue phase II. If the distance between the confining substrates and molecular chirality are chosen properly, we see a third structure, which may be thought of as a hybrid, exhibiting mixed features of a cholesteric and a blue phase. PMID:23989605

  4. Phonon Dispersion and Elastic Properties of Two-Dimensional Soft Particle Colloidal Crystals and Glasses

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    Still, Tim; Chen, Ke; Yunker, Peter J.; Goodrich, Carl P.; Schoenholz, Samuel; Liu, Andrea J.; Yodh, A. G.

    2013-03-01

    We investigate phonon dispersion relations and associated mechanical properties of two-dimensional colloidal glasses and crystals composed of soft, thermoresponsive microgel particles whose temperature-sensitive size facilitates in-situ variation of particle packing fraction. The phonon modes were measured using particle tracking and displacement covariance matrix techniques. Measurements of the hexagonal crystal served to check our methodology and, as expected, the observed phonon dispersion was largely in agreement with theoretical expectations. Measurements of phonon dispersion in the glassy colloids, as a function of packing fraction above the jamming transition, permitted study of the scaling of bulk and shear moduli as a function of packing fraction. We performed numerical simulations and were able to recover the experimental findings. Moreover, the obtained shear moduli are in good agreement with rheological measurements. We gratefully acknowledge financial support from the NSF through DMR12-05463, the PENN MRSEC DMR11-20901, and NASA NNX08AO0G. T. S. acknowledges financial support from DAAD.

  5. The first crystal structure of an archaeal helical repeat protein

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    Yoneda, Kazunari; Sakuraba, Haruhiko; Tsuge, Hideaki; Katunuma, Nobuhiko; Kuramitsu, Seiki; Kawabata, Takeshi; Ohshima, Toshihisa

    2005-07-01

    The crystal structure of ST1625p, a protein encoded by a hypothetical open reading frame ST1625 in the genome of the hyperthermophilic archaeon Sulfolobus tokodaii, was determined at 2.2 Å resolution. The structure of ST1625p consists of a unique superhelix with a low-level structure resemblance to doamins from other proteins with known three-dimensional structures. The crystal structure of ST1625p, a protein encoded by a hypothetical open reading frame ST1625 in the genome of the hyperthermophilic archaeon Sulfolobus tokodaii, was determined at 2.2 Å resolution. The only sequence similarity exhibited by the amino-acid sequence of ST1625p was a 33% identity with the sequence of SSO0983p from S. solfataricus. The 19 kDa monomeric protein was observed to consist of a right-handed superhelix assembled from a tandem repeat of ten α-helices. A structural homology search using the DALI and MATRAS algorithms indicates that this protein can be classified as a helical repeat protein.

  6. Crystal structure of a COG4313 outer membrane channel

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    Berg, Bert van den; Bhamidimarri, Satya Prathyusha; Winterhalter, Mathias

    2015-01-01

    COG4313 proteins form a large and widespread family of outer membrane channels and have been implicated in the uptake of a variety of hydrophobic molecules. Structure-function studies of this protein family have so far been hampered by a lack of structural information. Here we present the X-ray crystal structure of Pput2725 from the biodegrader Pseudomonas putida F1, a COG4313 channel of unknown function, using data to 2.3 Å resolution. The structure shows a 12-stranded barrel with an N-terminal segment preceding the first β-strand occluding the lumen of the barrel. Single channel electrophysiology and liposome swelling experiments suggest that while the narrow channel visible in the crystal structure does allow passage of ions and certain small molecules in vitro, Pput2725 is unlikely to function as a channel for hydrophilic molecules. Instead, the presence of bound detergent molecules inside the barrel suggests that Pput2725 mediates uptake of hydrophobic molecules. Sequence alignments and the locations of highly conserved residues suggest the presence of a dynamic lateral opening through which hydrophobic molecules might gain entry into the cell. Our results provide the basis for structure-function studies of COG4313 family members with known function, such as the SphA sphingosine uptake channel of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. PMID:26149193

  7. Surface and zeta-potentials of silver halide single crystals: pH-dependence in comparison to particle systems.

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    Selmani, Atia; Ltzenkirchen, Johannes; Kallay, Nikola; Preo?anin, Tajana

    2014-06-18

    We have carried out surface and zeta-potential measurements on AgCl and AgBr single crystals. As for particle systems we find that, surprisingly and previously unnoted, the zeta-potential exhibits pH-dependence, while the surface potential does not. A possible interpretation of these observations is the involvement of water ions in the interfacial equilibria and in particular, stronger affinity of the hydroxide ion compared to the proton. The pH-dependence of the zeta-potential can be suppressed at sufficiently high silver concentrations, which agrees with previous measurements in particle systems where no pH-dependence was found at high halide ion concentrations. The results suggest a subtle interplay between the surface potential determining the halide and silver ion concentrations, and the water ions. Whenever the charge due to the halide and silver ions is sufficiently high, the influence of the proton/hydroxide ion on the zeta-potential vanishes. This might be related to the water structuring at the relevant interfaces which should be strongly affected by the surface potential. Another interesting observation is accentuation of the assumed water ion effect on the zeta-potential at the flat single crystal surfaces compared to the corresponding silver halide colloids. Previous generic MD simulations have indeed predicted that hydroxide ion adsorption is accentuated on flat/rigid surfaces. A thermodynamic model for AgI single crystals was developed to describe the combined effects of iodide, silver and water ions, based on two independently previously published models for AgI (that only consider constituent and background electrolyte ions) and inert surfaces (that only consider water and background electrolyte ions). The combined model correctly predicts all the experimentally observed trends. PMID:24863080

  8. Surface-enhanced Raman Scattering from Virus-like Particle Crystals

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    Dufort, Christopher; Dragnea, Bogdan

    2008-03-01

    Recently, a method for the encapsidation of gold nanoparticules by an icosahedral virus protein coat, termed a virus-like particle (VLP), has been developed. Of particular interest is in observing their spectroscopic properties upon arrangement into a three-dimensional crystal lattice. Here we present the surface-enhanced Raman scattering spectrum of such an assembly. This is made possible by the plasmonic coupling of adjacent gold nanoparticules when excited near their plasmon resonant frequency. To determine whether the SERS effect is arising from isolated hot spots or a large number of junctions acting in unison we employed scanning confocal Raman spectroscopy. This seems to indicate the latter, as a uniform Raman intensity is observed across entire crystals.

  9. Optically driven translational and rotational motions of microrod particles in a nematic liquid crystal

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    Eremin, Alexey; Hirankittiwong, Pemika; Chattham, Nattaporn; Nádasi, Hajnalka; Stannarius, Ralf; Limtrakul, Jumras; Haba, Osamu; Yonetake, Koichiro; Takezoe, Hideo

    2015-01-01

    A small amount of azo-dendrimer molecules dissolved in a liquid crystal enables translational and rotational motions of microrods in a liquid crystal matrix under unpolarized UV light irradiation. This motion is initiated by a light-induced trans-to-cis conformational change of the dendrimer adsorbed at the rod surface and the associated director reorientation. The bending direction of the cis conformers is not random but is selectively chosen due to the curved local director field in the vicinity of the dendrimer-coated surface. Different types of director distortions occur around the rods, depending on their orientations with respect to the nematic director field. This leads to different types of motions driven by the torques exerted on the particles by the director reorientations. PMID:25624507

  10. Crystal structure of inactive form of Rab3B

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    Zhang, Wei; Shen, Yang; Jiao, Ronghong; Liu, Yanli; Deng, Lingfu; Qi, Chao

    2012-02-24

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer This is the first structural information of human Rab3B. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer To provides a structural basis for the GDP/GTP switch in controlling the activity of Rab3. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The charge distribution of Rab3B indicates its unique roles in vesicular trafficking. -- Abstract: Rab proteins are the largest family of ras-related GTPases in eukaryotic cells. They act as directional molecular switches at membrane trafficking, including vesicle budding, cargo sorting, transport, tethering, and fusion. Here, we generated and crystallized the Rab3B:GDP complex. The structure of the complex was solved to 1.9 A resolution and the structural base comparison with other Rab3 members provides a structural basis for the GDP/GTP switch in controlling the activity of small GTPase. The comparison of charge distribution among the members of Rab3 also indicates their different roles in vesicular trafficking.

  11. Effect of the polydispersion in the crystallization and micro-structure of the high charged colloids

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    Urrutia-Bañuelos, Efraín; Aranda-Espinosa, Helim; Chasvez-Paez, Martin

    2008-03-01

    In this work we investigate the effect of the polydipersion in the crystallization and micro-structure of the high charged colloids particles with tow and three different types and different concentrations of that types. This results were obtained by computer simulation, the particles interaction was modeled by a screened Coulomb potential. We used 4000 particles in our simulation cell to let them evolution from an initial random configuration, periodic boundary conditions was imposed to simulate the bulk. The temporal evolutions of the configuration show long-ranged self-ordering and a crystalline transition, the crystalline nucleation depend of the concentrations of different kinds as well as of types of particle. The common neighbor analysis (CNA) exhibit the competition of two micro-structures, icosahedral and bcc, in the equilibrium bcc crystalline order is dominant with relative abundance over the other micro-structures. 1.- U. Gasser, Eric R. Weeks et al, Science, 292 (258), 2001. 2.- Stefan Auer, Daan Frenkel, Letter of Nature, 409 (1020), 2001. 3.- J.P. Hoogenboom, et al , Phys. Rev. Leeters, 89 (256104), 2002. 4.- M. Ch'avez-P'aez, E. Urrutia-Bañuelos and M. Medina --Noyola, Phys. Rev. E, 58 (681),1998 5.- Andrew S. Clarke and Hannes J'onsson, Phys. Rev. E, 47 (3975), 1993.

  12. A novel characterization of organic molecular crystal structures for the purpose of crystal engineering.

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    Thomas, Noel W

    2015-08-01

    A novel analytical approach is proposed for the characterization of organic molecular crystal structures where close packing is an important factor. It requires the identification of a unique reference axis within the crystal, along which three-dimensional space is divided into close-packed blocks (CPB) and junction zones (JZ). The degree of close packing along the reference axis is quantified by a two-dimensional packing function, ?2D, of symmetry determined by the space group. Values of ?2D reflect the degree of area-filling in planes perpendicular to this axis. The requirement of close packing within CPB allows the planar structures perpendicular to the reference axis to be analysed as tessellations of area-filling molecular-based cells (MBC), which are generally hexagonal. The form of these cells reflects the molecular shape in the cross-section, since their vertices are given by the centres of the voids between molecules. There are two basic types of MBC, Type 1, of glide or pseudo-glide symmetry, and Type 2, which is formed by lattice translations alone and generally requires a short unit-cell axis. MBC at layers of special symmetry are used to characterize the structures in terms of equivalent ellipses with parameters aell, bell and ?ell. The ratio aell/bell allows the established ?, ?, ? classification to be integrated into the current framework. The values of parameters aell and bell arising from all the structures considered, polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), substituted anthracenes and anthraquinones (SAA) and 2-benzyl-5-benzylidene (BBCP) are mapped onto a universal curve. The division of three-dimensional space into CPB and JZ is fundamentally useful for crystal engineering, since the structural perturbations brought about by substitution at hydrogen positions located within JZ are minimal. A contribution is also made to ongoing debate concerning the adoption of polar space groups, isomorphism and polymorphism. PMID:26208627

  13. Molecular-Level Understanding of Structural Changes of Organic Crystals Induced by Macroscopic Mechanical Stimulation.

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    Seki, Tomohiro; Ito, Hajime

    2016-03-18

    Structural changes to molecular crystals upon mechanical stimulation have attracted attention for sensing, recording, and microactuation. Comprehensive structure information is required to understand relationships between the mechanical force applied, the crystal structure, and the bulk property changes in order to develop general design concepts for mechanoresponsive compounds. Unfortunately, mechanical stimulation of organic crystals typically deteriorates their integrity, preventing detailed structure analyses by single-crystal X-ray diffraction (XRD) methods. However, in the past three years, several interesting studies have been reported in which molecular crystals retain their integrity even after a mechanically induced crystalline structure change. These materials have allowed us to investigate how macroscopic mechanical forces affect the microscopic structures of molecular crystals by single-crystal XRD analyses. This Minireview summarizes current knowledge of mechanically induced structure changes in molecular crystals, which will facilitate research in this field. PMID:26748640

  14. Crystal Structure of Uronate Dehydrogenase from Agrobacterium tumefaciens*

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    Parkkinen, Tarja; Boer, Harry; Jänis, Janne; Andberg, Martina; Penttilä, Merja; Koivula, Anu; Rouvinen, Juha

    2011-01-01

    Uronate dehydrogenase from Agrobacterium tumefaciens (AtUdh) belongs to the short-chain dehydrogenase/reductase superfamily and catalyzes the oxidation of d-galacturonic acid and d-glucuronic acid with NAD+ as a cofactor. We have determined the crystal structures of an apo-form of AtUdh, a ternary form in complex with NADH and product (substrate-soaked structure), and an inactive Y136A mutant in complex with NAD+. The crystal structures suggest AtUdh to be a homohexamer, which has also been observed to be the major form in solution. The monomer contains a Rossmann fold, essential for nucleotide binding and a common feature of the short-chain dehydrogenase/reductase family enzymes. The ternary complex structure reveals a product, d-galactaro-1,5-lactone, which is bound above the nicotinamide ring. This product rearranges in solution to d-galactaro-1,4-lactone as verified by mass spectrometry analysis, which agrees with our previous NMR study. The crystal structure of the mutant with the catalytic residue Tyr-136 substituted with alanine shows changes in the position of Ile-74 and Ser-75. This probably altered the binding of the nicotinamide end of NAD+, which was not visible in the electron density map. The structures presented provide novel insights into cofactor and substrate binding and the reaction mechanism of AtUdh. This information can be applied to the design of efficient microbial conversion of d-galacturonic acid-based waste materials. PMID:21676870

  15. Crystal and molecular structure of N-methylpiperidine betaine hydrofluoride

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    Szafran, M.; Dega-Szafran, Z.; Thaimattam, R.; Jaskólski, M.

    2004-11-01

    A 1:1 complex between N-methylpiperidine betaine and hydrofluoric acid, MPB·HF, has been characterized by single crystal X-ray analysis, FTIR spectroscopy, and DFT calculations. The crystals are orthorhombic, space group Pbca, with a=11.656(2), b=9.395(2), c=16.331(3) Å. The piperidine ring adopts a chair conformation with the CH 3 group in an axial and the CH 2COO·H group in an equatorial position. In the crystal, the HF molecule is engaged in a very short O⋯H⋯F hydrogen bond (O⋯F=2.379(1) Å) with the proton most likely to reside in a single-minimum potential well shifted towards the F atom. The F - anion is engaged in three short N +⋯F - intermolecular electrostatic interactions and in several C-H⋯F contacts. Four conformers of MPB·HF (two axial and two equatorial) have been examined by the B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) method. Unlike in the crystal structure, the isolated molecule is most stable with axial CH 2COO·H group. Powder FTIR spectrum shows a broad and intense absorption in the 2500-600 cm -1 region typical for very strong hydrogen bonds.

  16. Effect of crystal thickness and geometry on the alpha-particle resolution of CsI (Tl)

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    Martinez, P.; Senftle, F.E.

    1960-01-01

    The resolution of CsI(Tl) for Po210 alpha particles has been measured as a function of crystal thickness. The best resolution of a 12;-in. diam cylindrical crystal was obtained for a thickness of 0.38 mm, and the effect of thickness on the resolution is discussed. Based on the proposed model, a conical crystal was designed, which yielded a line width of 1.8% for Po 210 alpha particles with a selected photomultiplier tube. ?? 1960 The American Institute of Physics.

  17. Effect of Hf-Rich Particles on the Creep Life of a High-strength Nial Single Crystal Alloy

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    Garg, A.; Raj, S. V.; Darolia, R.

    1995-01-01

    Additions of small amounts of Hf and Si to NiAl single crystals significantly improve their high-temperature strength and creep properties. However, if large Hf-rich dendritic particles formed during casting of the alloyed single crystals are not dissolved completely during homogenization heat treatment, a large variation in creep rupture life can occur. This behavior, observed in five samples of a Hf containing NiAl single crystal alloy tested at 1144 K under an initial stress of 241.4 MPa, is described in detail highlighting the role of interdendritic Hf-rich particles in limiting creep rupture life.

  18. Preparation of poly(BMA-co-MMA) particles by soap-free emulsion polymerization and its optical properties as photonic crystals.

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    Lee, Ki-Chang; Choo, Hun-Seung

    2014-11-01

    Narrowly dispersed poly(BMA-co-MMA) and PBMA latices with particle diameters ranging within 216-435 nm were synthesized successfully by surfactant-free emulsion polymerization with KPS and AIBA. The average particle diameter and particle size distribution, average molecular weight and its distribution, glass transition temperature, reflectance spectra in visible wavelength, and refractive indices for the respective poly(BMA-co-MMA) latices and their photonic crystals were systematically investigated in terms of BMA/MMA ratio, BMA content, polymerization temperature, and DVB effect. The rate of polymerization increased with increasing MMA concentration in BMA/MMA ratio. The particle diameter increased with BMA concentration in BMA/MMA ratio. The molecular weight increased with BMA concentration in BMA/MMA ratio and monomer concentration. The drying of the latices offered self-assembled shiny colloidal crystal films showing the characteristic structural colors in visible wavelength. All the poly(BMA-co-MMA) latices prepared in the study were fallen within the range of photonic grade microspheres. The reflectance measurement on the colloidal photonic crystals having different particle diameters clearly exhibited narrow stopbands. The reflection maxima (λ(max)) measured in this study were well close to the λ(max) calculated, derived from the Bragg's equation. The refractive indices of poly(BMA-co-MMA) photonic crystals were found to be almost same as the theoretical values and increased proportionally from 1.50 to 1.57 with BMA content in BMA/MMA ratios. It was, thus, found that the optical reflectance properties of the poly(BMA-co-MMA) colloidal photonic crystals can be controlled easily by adjusting the reaction conditions and BMA/MMA ratio in soap-free emulsion copolymerization of BMA and MMA. PMID:25958515

  19. Fusion proteins as alternate crystallization paths to difficult structure problems

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    Carter, Daniel C.; Rueker, Florian; Ho, Joseph X.; Lim, Kap; Keeling, Kim; Gilliland, Gary; Ji, Xinhua

    1994-01-01

    The three-dimensional structure of a peptide fusion product with glutathione transferase from Schistosoma japonicum (SjGST) has been solved by crystallographic methods to 2.5 A resolution. Peptides or proteins can be fused to SjGST and expressed in a plasmid for rapid synthesis in Escherichia coli. Fusion proteins created by this commercial method can be purified rapidly by chromatography on immobilized glutathione. The potential utility of using SjGST fusion proteins as alternate paths to the crystallization and structure determination of proteins is demonstrated.

  20. Crystal structure of new AsS{sub 2} compound

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    Bolotina, N. B.; Brazhkin, V. V.; Dyuzheva, T. I.; Lityagina, L. M.; Kulikova, L. F.; Nikolaev, N. A.; Verin, I. A.

    2013-01-15

    AsS{sub 2} single crystals have been obtained for the first time from an As{sub 2}S{sub 3} melt at pressures above 6 GPa and temperatures above 800 K in the As{sub 2}S{sub 3} {yields} AsS + AsS{sub 2} reaction. The monoclinic structure of the new high-pressure phase is solved by X-ray diffraction analysis and compared to the structure of high-pressure AsS phase, which was studied previously.

  1. Crystal structures explain functional properties of two E. coli porins

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    Cowan, S. W.; Schirmer, T.; Rummel, G.; Steiert, M.; Ghosh, R.; Pauptit, R. A.; Jansonius, J. N.; Rosenbusch, J. P.

    1992-08-01

    Porins form aqueous channels that aid the diffusion of small hydrophilic molecules across the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria. The crystal structures of matrix porin and phosphoporin both reveal trimers of identical subunits, each subunit consisting of a 16-stranded anti-parallel β-barrel containing a pore. A long loop inside the barrel contributes to a constriction of the channel where the charge distribution affects ion selectivity. The structures explain at the molecular level functional characteristics and their alterations by known mutations.

  2. Holographic liquid crystal polarization grating with Fabry-Perot structure.

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    Sakamoto, Moritsugu; Yamaguchi, Haruki; Noda, Kohei; Sasaki, Tomoyuki; Kawatsuki, Nobuhiro; Ono, Hiroshi

    2016-03-15

    A holographic liquid crystal polarization grating with a Fabry-Perot structure was developed. Because of its resonant structure, the device offers high levels of control of the diffraction properties of incident-polarized light beams, depending on the resonance conditions. The diffracted light beams are emitted in both the reflection and transmission directions, and the device thus works as a multibranch polarization grating with double optical paths, unlike a conventional polarization grating. These device features were experimentally demonstrated and were also explained theoretically. PMID:26977643

  3. The structure of particle-laden, underexpanded free jets

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    Sommerfeld, M.

    1994-12-01

    Underexpanded, supersonic gas-particle jets were experimentally studied using the shadowgraph technique in order to examine the influence of the dispersed particles on the shape of the free jet and the structure of the imbedded shock waves. The particle mass loading at the nozzle exit was varied between zero and one, and two sizes of particles (i.e. spherical glass beads) with mean number diameters of 26 and 45 μm were used. It was found that the Mach-disc moves upstream towards the orifice with increasing particle loading. The laser light sheet technique was also used to visualize the particle concentration distribution within the particle jet and the spreading rate of the particle jet. Furthermore, the particle velocity along the jet centerline was measured with a modified laser-Doppler anemometer. These measurements revealed that the particles move considerably slower than the gas flow at the nozzle exit. This is mainly the result of the particle inertia, whereby the particles are not accelerated to sonic speed in the converging part of the nozzle. In order to further explore the particle behavior in the free jet, numerical studies were performed by a combined Eulerian/Lagrangian approach for the gas and particle phases, including full coupling between the two phases. The numerical results showed that the application of different particle velocities at the nozzle exit as the inlet conditions, which were below the sonic speed of the gas phase has a significant influence on the free jet shape and the configuration of the shock waves. These results demonstrate that the assumption of equilibrium flow (i.e. zero slip between the phases) at the nozzle exit which has been applied in most of the previous numerical studies is not justified in most cases. Furthermore, the numerical calculations of the free jet shape and the particle velocity along the jet axis were compared with the measurements. Although correlations for rarefaction and compressibility effects in the drag coefficient were taken into account, the particle velocity along the center line was considerably overpredicted.

  4. Coherent transmission and reflection spectra of ordered structures from spherical alumina particles

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    Loiko, V. A.; Miskevich, A. A.

    2013-08-01

    We have studied the transmission of light through a multilayer system of plane-parallel monolayers of monodisperse nonabsorbing spherical alumina particles under conditions of normal illumination in the wavelength range of 0.3-1.0 μm. In the quasi-crystalline approximation of the theory of multiple scattering of waves, we have calculated the coefficients of coherent transmission and reflection of partially ordered monolayers of particles and monolayers of particles with a nearly regular packing (planar photonic crystals with a nonideal lattice). Based on these calculations, using the transfer matrix method, we have calculated the coefficients of coherent transmission and reflection of the multilayer system. The influence of the spatial distribution of particles in individual monolayers on the coherent transmission and reflection spectra of the system has been analyzed. Characteristic minima in transmission spectra of layers caused by the interference of waves have been described. One of these minima is determined by the concentration and optical properties of particles. It appears in the spectrum of a monolayer at ratios of wavelengths and particle sizes roughly corresponding to one of the main maxima of the extinction. The second minimum is determined by the regularity of distribution of particles in the plane of the monolayer. It occurs in the spectrum of the monolayer at particle sizes comparable with the wavelength. The third minimum is the photonic band gap. It appears in the spectrum of a multilayer structure at spacings between monolayers comparable with the wavelength and is caused by the periodicity of the structure. The results make it possible to solve problems of monitoring of the degree of ideality of packing of particles by analysis of the spectral dependences of the coefficients of coherent transmission and reflection, problems of creating multilayer selective reflectors and bandpass filters, diffusers, and other elements based on alumina, which is used, e.g., in novel display technologies. The results of calculations agree well with the available experimental data for the position of the photonic band gap.

  5. From protein structure to function via single crystal optical spectroscopy

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    Ronda, Luca; Bruno, Stefano; Bettati, Stefano; Storici, Paola; Mozzarelli, Andrea

    2015-01-01

    The more than 100,000 protein structures determined by X-ray crystallography provide a wealth of information for the characterization of biological processes at the molecular level. However, several crystallographic “artifacts,” including conformational selection, crystallization conditions and radiation damages, may affect the quality and the interpretation of the electron density maps, thus limiting the relevance of structure determinations. Moreover, for most of these structures, no functional data have been obtained in the crystalline state, thus posing serious questions on their validity in infereing protein mechanisms. In order to solve these issues, spectroscopic methods have been applied for the determination of equilibrium and kinetic properties of proteins in the crystalline state. These methods are UV-vis spectrophotometry, spectrofluorimetry, IR, EPR, Raman, and resonance Raman spectroscopy. Some of these approaches have been implemented with on-line instruments at X-ray synchrotron beamlines. Here, we provide an overview of investigations predominantly carried out in our laboratory by single crystal polarized absorption UV-vis microspectrophotometry, the most applied technique for the functional characterization of proteins in the crystalline state. Studies on hemoglobins, pyridoxal 5′-phosphate dependent enzymes and green fluorescent protein in the crystalline state have addressed key biological issues, leading to either straightforward structure-function correlations or limitations to structure-based mechanisms. PMID:25988179

  6. Manganese oxide minerals: crystal structures and economic and environmental significance.

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    Post, J E

    1999-03-30

    Manganese oxide minerals have been used for thousands of years-by the ancients for pigments and to clarify glass, and today as ores of Mn metal, catalysts, and battery material. More than 30 Mn oxide minerals occur in a wide variety of geological settings. They are major components of Mn nodules that pave huge areas of the ocean floor and bottoms of many fresh-water lakes. Mn oxide minerals are ubiquitous in soils and sediments and participate in a variety of chemical reactions that affect groundwater and bulk soil composition. Their typical occurrence as fine-grained mixtures makes it difficult to study their atomic structures and crystal chemistries. In recent years, however, investigations using transmission electron microscopy and powder x-ray and neutron diffraction methods have provided important new insights into the structures and properties of these materials. The crystal structures for todorokite and birnessite, two of the more common Mn oxide minerals in terrestrial deposits and ocean nodules, were determined by using powder x-ray diffraction data and the Rietveld refinement method. Because of the large tunnels in todorokite and related structures there is considerable interest in the use of these materials and synthetic analogues as catalysts and cation exchange agents. Birnessite-group minerals have layer structures and readily undergo oxidation reduction and cation-exchange reactions and play a major role in controlling groundwater chemistry. PMID:10097056

  7. Manganese oxide minerals: Crystal structures and economic and environmental significance

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    Post, Jeffrey E.

    1999-01-01

    Manganese oxide minerals have been used for thousands of yearsby the ancients for pigments and to clarify glass, and today as ores of Mn metal, catalysts, and battery material. More than 30 Mn oxide minerals occur in a wide variety of geological settings. They are major components of Mn nodules that pave huge areas of the ocean floor and bottoms of many fresh-water lakes. Mn oxide minerals are ubiquitous in soils and sediments and participate in a variety of chemical reactions that affect groundwater and bulk soil composition. Their typical occurrence as fine-grained mixtures makes it difficult to study their atomic structures and crystal chemistries. In recent years, however, investigations using transmission electron microscopy and powder x-ray and neutron diffraction methods have provided important new insights into the structures and properties of these materials. The crystal structures for todorokite and birnessite, two of the more common Mn oxide minerals in terrestrial deposits and ocean nodules, were determined by using powder x-ray diffraction data and the Rietveld refinement method. Because of the large tunnels in todorokite and related structures there is considerable interest in the use of these materials and synthetic analogues as catalysts and cation exchange agents. Birnessite-group minerals have layer structures and readily undergo oxidation reduction and cation-exchange reactions and play a major role in controlling groundwater chemistry. PMID:10097056

  8. Tuning the self-assembled monolayer formation on nanoparticle surfaces with different curvatures: Investigations on spherical silica particles and plane-crystal-shaped zirconia particles

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    Feichtenschlager, Bernhard; Lomoschitz, Christoph J.; Kickelbick, Guido

    2011-01-01

    The ordering of dodecyl-chain self-assembled monolayers (SAM) on different nanoscopic surfaces was investigated by FT-IR studies. As model systems plane-crystal-shaped ZrO2 nanoparticles and spherical SiO2 nanoparticles were examined. The type of capping agent was chosen dependent on the substrate, therefore dodecylphosphonic acid and octadecylphosphonic acid were used for ZrO2 and dodecyltrimethoxysilane for SiO2 samples. The plane ZrO2 nanocrystals yielded more ordered alkyl-chain structures whereas spherical SiO2 nanoparticles showed significantly lower alkyl-chain ordering. Submicron-sized silica spheres revealed a significantly higher alkyl chain ordering, comparable to an analogously prepared SAM on a non-curved plane oxidized Si-wafer. In the case of ZrO2 nanocrystals an intense alkyl-chain alignment could be disturbed by decreasing the grafting density from the maximum of 2.1 molecules/nm2 through the variation of coupling agent concentration to lower values. Furthermore, the co-adsorption of a different coupling agent, such as phenylphosphonic acid for ZrO2 and phenyltrimethoxysilane for SiO2, resulted in a significantly lower alkyl-chain ordering for ZrO2 plane crystals and for large SiO2 spherical particles at high grafting density. An increasing amount of order-disturbing molecules leads to a gradual decrease in alkyl-chain alignment on the surface of the inorganic nanoparticles. In the case of the ZrO2 nanoparticle system it is shown via dynamic light scattering (DLS) that the mixed monolayer formation on the particle surface impacts the dispersion quality in organic solvents such as n-hexane. PMID:21549385

  9. Influence of colloidal particle transfer on the quality of self-assembling colloidal photonic crystal under confined condition

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    Zhao, Yong-Qiang; Li, Juan; Liu, Qiu-Yan; Dong, Wen-Jun; Chen, Ben-Yong; Li, Chao-Rong

    2015-02-01

    The relationship between colloidal particle transfer and the quality of colloidal photonic crystal (CPC) is investigated by comparing colloidal particle self-assembling under the vertical channel (VC) and horizontal channel (HC) conditions. Both the theoretical analyses and the experimental measurements indicate that crystal quality depends on the stability of mass transfer. For the VC, colloidal particle transfer takes place in a stable laminar flow, which is conducive to forming high-quality crystal. In contrast, it happens in an unstable turbulent flow for the HC. Crystals with cracks and an uneven surface formed under the HC condition can be seen from the images of a field emission scanning electron microscope (SEM) and a three-dimensional (3D) laser scanning microscope (LSM), respectively. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 91122022 and 51172209) and the Program for Changjiang Scholars and Innovative Research Team in University (PCSIRT), China (Grant No. IRT13097).

  10. Fundamental Particle Structure in the Cosmological Dark Matter

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    Khlopov, Maxim

    2013-11-01

    The nonbaryonic dark matter of the universe is assumed to consist of new stable forms of matter. Their stability reflects symmetry of micro-world and mechanisms of its symmetry breaking. Particle candidates for cosmological dark matter are lightest particles that bear new conserved quantum numbers. Dark matter particles may represent ideal gas of noninteracting particles. Self-interacting dark matter weakly or superweakly coupled to ordinary matter is also possible, reflecting nontrivial pattern of particle symmetry in the hidden sector of particle theory. In the early universe the structure of particle symmetry breaking gives rise to cosmological phase transitions, from which macroscopic cosmological defects or primordial nonlinear structures can be originated. Primordial black holes (PBHs) can be not only a candidate for dark matter, but also represent a universal probe for superhigh energy physics in the early universe. Evaporating PBHs turn to be a source of even superweakly interacting particles, while clouds of massive PBHs can serve as nonlinear seeds for galaxy formation. The observed broken symmetry of the three known families may provide a simultaneous solution for the problems of the mass of neutrino and strong CP-violation in the unique framework of models of horizontal unification. Dark matter candidates can also appear in the new families of quarks and leptons and the existence of new stable charged leptons and quarks is possible, hidden in elusive "dark atoms." Such possibility, strongly restricted by the constraints on anomalous isotopes of light elements, is not excluded in scenarios that predict stable double charged particles. The excessive -2 charged particles are bound in these scenarios with primordial helium in O-helium "atoms," maintaining specific nuclear-interacting form of the dark matter, which may provide an interesting solution for the puzzles of the direct dark matter searches. In the context of cosmoparticle physics, studying fundamental relationship of micro- and macro-worlds, the problem of cosmological dark matter implies cross disciplinary theoretical, experimental and observational studies for its solution.

  11. Crystal structure of bile salt hydrolase from Lactobacillus salivarius.

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    Xu, Fuzhou; Guo, Fangfang; Hu, Xiao Jian; Lin, Jun

    2016-05-01

    Bile salt hydrolase (BSH) is a gut-bacterial enzyme that negatively influences host fat digestion and energy harvesting. The BSH enzyme activity functions as a gateway reaction in the small intestine by the deconjugation of glycine-conjugated or taurine-conjugated bile acids. Extensive gut-microbiota studies have suggested that BSH is a key mechanistic microbiome target for the development of novel non-antibiotic food additives to improve animal feed production and for the design of new measures to control obesity in humans. However, research on BSH is still in its infancy, particularly in terms of the structural basis of BSH function, which has hampered the development of BSH-based strategies for improving human and animal health. As an initial step towards the structure-function analysis of BSH, C-terminally His-tagged BSH from Lactobacillus salivarius NRRL B-30514 was crystallized in this study. The 1.90 Å resolution crystal structure of L. salivarius BSH was determined by molecular replacement using the structure of Clostridium perfringens BSH as a starting model. It revealed this BSH to be a member of the N-terminal nucleophile hydrolase superfamily. Crystals of apo BSH belonged to space group P21212, with unit-cell parameters a = 90.79, b = 87.35, c = 86.76 Å (PDB entry 5hke). Two BSH molecules packed perfectly as a dimer in one asymmetric unit. Comparative structural analysis of L. salivarius BSH also identified potential residues that contribute to catalysis and substrate specificity. PMID:27139829

  12. Crystal structure and crystal chemistry of melanovanadite, a natural vanadium bronze.

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    Konnert, J.A.; Evans, H.T., Jr.

    1987-01-01

    The crystal structure of melanovanadite from Minas Ragra, Peru, has been determined in space group P1. The triclinic unit cell (non-standard) has a 6.360(2), b 18.090(9), c 6.276(2) A, alpha 110.18(4)o, beta 101.62(3)o, gamma 82.86(4)o. A subcell with b' = b/2 was found by crystal-structure analysis to contain CaV4O10.5H2O. The subcell has a layer structure in which the vanadate sheet consists of corner-shared tetrahedral VO4 and double square-pyramidal V2O8 groups, similar to that previously found in synthetic CsV2O5. Refinement of the full structure (R = 0.056) showed that the Ca atom, which half-occupies a general position in the subcell, is 90% ordered at one of these sites in the whole unit cell. Bond length-bond strength estimates indicate that the tetrahedra contain V5+, and the square pyramids, V4+.-J.A.Z.

  13. Identifying duplicate crystal structures: XTALCOMP, an open-source solution

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    Lonie, David C.; Zurek, Eva

    2012-03-01

    We describe the implementation of XTALCOMP, an efficient, reliable, and open-source library that tests if two crystal descriptions describe the same underlying structure. The algorithm has been tested and found to correctly identify duplicate structures in spite of the "real-world" difficulties that arise from working with numeric crystal representations: degenerate unit cell lattices, numerical noise, periodic boundaries, and the lack of a canonical coordinate origin. The library is portable, open, and not dependent on any external packages. A web interface to the algorithm is publicly accessible at http://xtalopt.openmolecules.net/xtalcomp/xtalcomp.html. Program summaryProgram title: XtalComp Catalogue identifier: AEKV_v1_0 Program summary URL:http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/summaries/AEKV_v1_0.html Program obtainable from: CPC Program Library, Queen's University, Belfast, N. Ireland Licensing provisions: "New" (3-clause) BSD [1] No. of lines in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 3148 No. of bytes in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 21 860 Distribution format: tar.gz Programming language: C++ Computer: No restrictions Operating system: All operating systems with a compliant C++ compiler. Classification: 7.8 Nature of problem: Computationally identifying duplicate crystal structures taken from the output of modern solid state calculations is a non-trivial exercise for many reasons. The translation vectors in the description are not unique — they may be transformed into linear combinations of themselves and continue to describe the same extended structure. The coordinates and cell parameters contain numerical noise. The periodic boundary conditions at the unit cell faces, edges, and corners can cause very small displacements of atomic coordinates to result in very different representations. The positions of all atoms may be uniformly translated by an arbitrary vector without modifying the underlying structure. Additionally, certain applications may consider enantiomorphic structures to be identical. Solution method: The XtalComp algorithm overcomes these issues to detect duplicate structures regardless of differences in representation. It begins by performing a Niggli reduction on the inputs, standardizing the translation vectors and orientations. A transform search is performed to identify candidate sets of rotations, reflections, and translations that potentially map the description of one crystal onto the other, solving the problems of enantiomorphs and rotationally degenerate lattices. The atomic positions resulting from each candidate transform are then compared, using a cell-expansion technique to remove periodic boundary issues. Computational noise is treated by comparing non-integer quantities using a specified tolerance. Running time: The test run provided takes less than a second to complete.

  14. N-methylcodeinium iodide—Crystal structure and spectroscopic elucidation

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    Seidel, R. W.; Bakalska, B. R.; Kolev, T.; Vassilev, D.; Mayer-Figge, H.; Spiteller, M.; Sheldrick, W. S.; Koleva, B. B.

    2009-07-01

    The correlation between the structure and the spectroscopic properties of N-methylcodeinium iodide ( 1) has been studied, using the methods of single crystal X-ray diffraction, IR-LD spectroscopy of oriented samples as a suspension in nematic liquid crystals, UV-vis spectroscopy and 1H and 13C NMR spectroscopy. HPLC tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC ESI MS/MS) and thermal methods were also employed. Quantum chemical calculations have been performed with a view to obtaining the electronic structure and vibrational properties of the title compound. Compound ( 1) crystallizes in the space group P2 12 12 1 and its cations and anions are joined by moderate intermolecular OH…I - interaction of length 3.442 Å. The codeine molecule exhibits the classical T-shape for opiates. A dihedral angle value of 86.4(5)° between the A/B/C and D/E planes is obtained. Rings A and B are effectively coplanar with an interplanar angle of 3.6(3)°.

  15. Crystal structure of the Fe-member of usovite.

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    Weil, Matthias

    2015-06-01

    Crystals of the title compound, with the idealized composition Ba2CaFeAl2F14, dibarium calcium iron(II) dialuminium tetra-deca-fluoride, were obtained serendipitously by reacting a mixture of the binary fluorides BaF2, CaF2 and AlF3 in a leaky steel reactor. The compound crystallizes in the usovite structure type (Ba2CaMgAl2F14), with Fe(2+) cations replacing the Mg(2+) cations. The principal building units are distorted [CaF8] square-anti-prisms (point group symmetry 2), [FeF6] octa-hedra (point group symmetry -1) and [AlF6] octa-hedra that are condensed into undulating (2) ∞[CaFeAl2F14](4-) layers parallel (100). The Ba(2+) cations separate the layers and exhibit a coordination number of 12. Two crystal structure models with a different treatment of the disordered Fe site [mixed Fe/Ca occupation, model (I), versus underoccupation of Fe, model (II)], are discussed, leading to different refined formulae Ba2Ca1.310 (15)Fe0.690 (15)Al2F14 [model (I)] and Ba2CaFe0.90 (1)Al2F14 [model (II)]. PMID:26090139

  16. Crystal and molecular structure of N-methylpiperidine betaine hydrobromide

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    Dega-Szafran, Zofia; Tykarska, Ewa; Dulewicz, Ewa; Szafran, Mirosław

    2002-03-01

    The molecular and crystal structure of N-methylpiperidine betaine hydrobromide, MPBHBr, has been solved by X-ray diffraction methods at 100 K and refined to the R=0.017 ( I>2 σ( I)). The crystals are monoclinic, space group P2 1/ c, a=6.193(1), b=13.275(3), c=13.056(3) Å, β=103.38(3)°, V=1044.2(4) Å 3, Z=4. Piperidine ring adopts a chair conformation with the CH 2COOH group in an axial and the CH 3 group in an equatorial position. The carboxylic group is engaged in a weak hydrogen bond with the bromide ion, O-H⋯Br - (Br -⋯O 3.130(1) Å). Powder FTIR spectrum was measured and assignments of the observed bands to vibrations of the hydrogen bond are proposed. In the crystal, the hydroxy proton in the COOH group is in syn conformation relative to the CO bond, while in the PM3-optimized structure it is in anti.

  17. Hierarchical structures of ZnO spherical particles synthesized solvothermally

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    Saito, Noriko; Haneda, Hajime

    2011-12-01

    We review the solvothermal synthesis, using a mixture of ethylene glycol (EG) and water as the solvent, of zinc oxide (ZnO) particles having spherical and flower-like shapes and hierarchical nanostructures. The preparation conditions of the ZnO particles and the microscopic characterization of the morphology are summarized. We found the following three effects of the ratio of EG to water on the formation of hierarchical structures: (i) EG restricts the growth of ZnO microcrystals, (ii) EG promotes the self-assembly of small crystallites into spheroidal particles and (iii) the high water content of EG results in hollow spheres.

  18. Confinement effect on the interaction between colloidal particles in a nematic liquid crystal: An analytical study

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    Fukuda, Jun-Ichi; Žumer, Slobodan

    2009-04-01

    Motivated by a recent experimental study on the interaction between colloidal particles in a confined nematic liquid crystal [M. Vilfan, N. Osterman, M. Čopič, M. Ravnik, S. Žumer, J. Kotar, D. Babič, and I. Poberaj, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 237801 (2008)], we discuss in an analytical manner how the interaction potential U between spherical colloidal particles in a confined nematic cell behaves as a function of the interparticle distance r . We show that the short-range potential follows a power law U(r)˜r-5 as expected from the quadrupolar nature of the interaction, while the long-range potential is dominated by an exponential function U(r)˜d/rexp(-2πr/d) , where d is the cell thickness. These two regimes are interchanged at r/d≃0.8 . This behavior of U(r) is in a good semiquantitative agreement with the experimental finding.

  19. Crystal structures of three (trichloromethyl)(carbamoyl)disulfanes

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    Goldenberg, Barbara L.; Young Jr, Victor G.; Barany, George

    2015-01-01

    The present paper reports crystallographic studies on three related compounds that were of inter­est as precursors for synthetic and mechanistic work in organosulfur chemistry, as well as to model nitro­gen-protecting groups: (N-methyl­carbamo­yl)(tri­chloro­meth­yl)disulfane, C3H4Cl3NOS2, (1), (N-benzyl­carbamo­yl)(tri­chloro­meth­yl)disulfane, C9H8Cl3NOS2, (2), and (N-methyl-N-phenyl­carbamo­yl)(tri­chloro­meth­yl)disulfane, C9H8Cl3NOS2, (3). Their mol­ecular structures, with similar bond lengths and angles for the CCl3SS(C=O)N moieties, are confirmed. Compounds (1) and (3) both crystallized with two independent mol­ecules in the asymmetric unit. Classical hydrogen bonding, as well as chlorine-dense regions, are evident in the crystal packing for (1) and (2). In the crystal of (1), mol­ecules are linked via N—H⋯O hydrogen bonds forming chains along [110], which are linked by short Cl⋯Cl and S⋯O contacts forming sheets parallel to (001). In the crystal of (2), mol­ecules are linked via N—H⋯O hydrogen bonds forming chains along [001], which in turn are linked by pairs of short O⋯Cl contacts forming ribbons along the c-axis direction. In the crystal of (3), there are no classical hydrogen bonds present and the chlorine-dense regions observed in (1) and (2) are lacking. PMID:26594398

  20. Automated detection and characterization of microstructural features: application to eutectic particles in single crystal Ni-based superalloys

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    Tschopp, M. A.; Groeber, M. A.; Fahringer, R.; Simmons, J. P.; Rosenberger, A. H.; Woodward, C.

    2010-03-01

    Serial sectioning methods continue to produce an abundant amount of image data for quantifying the three-dimensional nature of material microstructures. Here, we discuss a methodology to automate detecting and characterizing eutectic particles taken from serial images of a production turbine blade made of a heat-treated single crystal Ni-based superalloy (PWA 1484). This method includes two important steps for unassisted eutectic particle characterization: automatically identifying a seed point within each particle and segmenting the particle using a region growing algorithm with an automated stop point. Once detected, the segmented eutectic particles are used to calculate microstructural statistics for characterizing and reconstructing statistically representative synthetic microstructures for single crystal Ni-based superalloys. The significance of this work is its ability to automate characterization for analysing the 3D nature of eutectic particles.

  1. Additives Induced Structural Transformation of ABC Triblock Copolymer Particles.

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    Xu, Jiangping; Yang, Yi; Wang, Ke; Li, Jingyi; Zhou, Huamin; Xie, Xiaolin; Zhu, Jintao

    2015-10-13

    Here we report the structural control of polystyrene-b-polyisoprene-b-poly(2-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-PI-b-P2VP) asymmetric ABC triblock copolymer particles under 3D confinement by tuning the interactions among blocks. The additives, including 3-n-pentadecylphenol, homopolystyrene, and solvents, which can modulate the interactions among polymer blocks, play significant roles in the particle morphology. Moreover, the structured particles can be disassembled into isolated micellar aggregates with novel morphologies or mesoporous particles with tunable pore shape. Interestingly, the formed pupa-like PS-b-PI-b-P2VP particles display interesting dynamic stretch-retraction behavior when the solvent property is changed after partial cross-linking of the P2VP block. We further prove that such dynamic behavior is closely related to the density of cross-linking. The strategies presented here are believed to be promising routes to rationally design and fabricate block copolymer particles with desirable shape and internal structure. PMID:26388457

  2. ASSOCIATION OF SUPRATHERMAL PARTICLES WITH COHERENT STRUCTURES AND SHOCKS

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    Tessein, J. A.; Matthaeus, W. H.; Wan, M.; Osman, K. T.; Ruffolo, D.; Giacalone, J.

    2013-10-10

    Various mechanisms have been proposed to explain observed suprathermal particle populations in the solar wind, including direct acceleration at flares, stochastic acceleration, shock acceleration, and acceleration by random compression or reconnection sites. Using magnetic field and suprathermal particle data from the Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE), we identify coherent structures and interplanetary shocks, and analyze the temporal association of energetic particle fluxes with these coherent structures. Coherent structures having a range of intensities are identified using the magnetic Partial Variance of Increments statistic, essentially a normalized vector increment. A stronger association of energetic particle flux in the 0.047-4.75 MeV range is found with intense magnetic discontinuities than is found with shocks. Nevertheless, the average profile of suprathermals near shocks is quite consistent with standard models of diffusive shock acceleration, while a significant amount of the energetic particles measured and strong discontinuities are found by ACE within six hours of a shock. This evidence supports the view that multiple mechanisms contribute to the acceleration and transport of interplanetary suprathermal particles.

  3. Optically induced periodic structures in smectic-C liquid crystals.

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    Jákli, A; Kósa, T; Vajda, A; Benkler, E; Jánossy, I; Palffy-Muhoray, P

    2001-01-01

    We explore periodic structures of smectic-C (SmC) liquid crystals, induced optically by a polarization grating. The studied cells contain a passive surface of rubbed polyimide and an active photosensitive substrate of azo-dye doped polyimide. In a nematic phase the director field can be periodic independent of the angle between the grating vector and the rubbing direction. In the SmA phase periodic structure can be induced only by layer undulations. The SmC behaves similarly to the nematic phase, but the director can rotate only on a cone, which results in a more complex geometry. The periodic pattern is superimposed with four different director and layer structures. In spite of the coexistence of the nonuniform structures the diffraction efficiency is better in the SmC, than in the nematic phase. PMID:11304276

  4. Crystal Structure of a Fructokinase Homolog from Halothermothrix orenii

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    Khiang, C.; Seetharaman, J; Kasprzak, J; Cherlyn, N; Patel, B; Love, C; Bujnicki, J; Sivaraman, J

    2010-01-01

    Fructokinase (FRK; EC 2.7.1.4) catalyzes the phosphorylation of D-fructose to D-fructose 6-phosphate (F6P). This irreversible and near rate-limiting step is a central and regulatory process in plants and bacteria, which channels fructose into a metabolically active state for glycolysis. Towards understanding the mechanism of FRK, here we report the crystal structure of a FRK homolog from a thermohalophilic bacterium Halothermothrix orenii (Hore{_}18220 in sequence databases). The structure of the Hore{_}18220 protein reveals a catalytic domain with a Rossmann-like fold and a b-sheet 'lid' for dimerization. Based on comparison of Hore{_}18220 to structures of related proteins, we propose its mechanism of action, in which the lid serves to regulate access to the substrate binding sites. Close relationship of Hore{_}18220 and plant FRK enzymes allows us to propose a model for the structure and function of FRKs.

  5. Enzyme crystal structure in a neat organic solvent.

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    Fitzpatrick, P A; Steinmetz, A C; Ringe, D; Klibanov, A M

    1993-01-01

    The crystal structure of the serine protease subtilisin Carlsberg in anhydrous acetonitrile was determined at 2.3 A resolution. It was found to be essentially identical to the three-dimensional structure of the enzyme in water; the differences observed were smaller than those between two independently determined structures in aqueous solution. The hydrogen bond system of the catalytic triad is intact in acetonitrile. The majority (99 of 119) of enzyme-bound, structural water molecules have such a great affinity to subtilisin that they are not displaced even in anhydrous acetonitrile. Of the 12 enzyme-bound acetonitrile molecules, 4 displace water molecules and 8 bind where no water had been observed before. One-third of all subtilisin-bound acetonitrile molecules reside in the active center, occupying the same region (P1, P2, and P3 binding sites) as the specific protein inhibitor eglin c. Images Fig. 1 Fig. 2 PMID:8378343

  6. Crystal structure of homoserine O-acetyltransferase from Leptospira interrogans

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    Wang Mingzhu; Liu Lin; Wang Yanli; Wei Zhiyi; Zhang Ping; Li Yikun; Jiang Xiaohua; Xu Hang Gong Weimin

    2007-11-30

    Homoserine O-acetyltransferase (HTA, EC 2.3.1.31) initiates methionine biosynthesis pathway by catalyzing the transfer of acetyl group from acetyl-CoA to homoserine. This study reports the crystal structure of HTA from Leptospira interrogans determined at 2.2 A resolution using selenomethionyl single-wavelength anomalous diffraction method. HTA is modular and consists of two structurally distinct domains-a core {alpha}/{beta} domain containing the catalytic site and a helical bundle called the lid domain. Overall, the structure fold belongs to {alpha}/{beta} hydrolase superfamily with the characteristic 'catalytic triad' residues in the active site. Detailed structure analysis showed that the catalytic histidine and serine are both present in two conformations, which may be involved in the catalytic mechanism for acetyl transfer.

  7. Crystal structure of cesium aquanickelo(II)undecatungstophosphate dihydrate

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    Weakley, T.J. R.

    1987-06-01

    The title compound, Cs/sub 5/(PNi(H/sub 2/O)W/sub 11/O/sub 39/) x 2H/sub 2/O, is tetragonal with space group P4/sub 2//ncm and cell dimensions a = 20.908(5), c = 10.391(6) A. The single-crystal structure determination (diffractometer data, Mo radiation, R = 0.054 for 1484 unique reflexions) shows that two types of disorder are present; the Ni atom substituting for W in the parent ..cap alpha..-PW/sub 12/O/sub 40//sup 3 -/ anion is distributed equally over all twelve W sites and, in addition, the anion lies at a crystal site of symmetry 2/m in two equally weighted orientations related by the two-fold axis. The dimensions of the anion are normal.

  8. Crystal structure of (1Z,2E)-cinnamaldehyde oxime

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    Bugenhagen, Bernhard; Al Soom, Nuha; Al Jasem, Yosef; Thiemann, Thies

    2015-01-01

    The title compound, C9H9NO, crystallized with two independent mol­ecules (A and B) in the asymmetric unit. The conformation of the two mol­ecules differs slightly with the phenyl ring in mol­ecule A, forming a dihedral angle of 15.38 (12)° with the oxime group (O—N=C), compared to the corresponding angle of 26.29 (11)° in mol­ecule B. In the crystal, the A and B mol­ecules are linked head-to-head by O—H⋯N hydrogen bonds, forming –A–B–A–B– zigzag chains along [010]. Within the chains and between neighbouring chains there are C—H⋯π inter­actions present, forming a three-dimensional structure. PMID:26870499

  9. Modification of near-wall coherent structures by inertial particles

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    Richter, David H.; Sullivan, Peter P.

    2014-10-01

    Direct numerical simulations are combined with two-way coupled Lagrangian point particles to study the effect of Reynolds number on particle-turbulence interaction. Turbulent planar Couette flow is simulated at a constant dispersed phase mass loading of ?m = 0.25 for particle Stokes numbers of StK = [O(1), O(10), O(100)] (based on the Stokes time scale of the particle and the Kolmogorov time scale of the flow) and bulk Reynolds numbers of Reb = [8100, 24000, 72000] (based on the plate velocity difference and separation distance). Statistics of swirling strength |?ci| are used to evaluate the impact of particles on near-wall motions which are responsible for turbulent, wall-normal momentum transport. Instantaneously, the number of high-strength swirling motions near the wall decreases significantly in the presence of particles, and this trend is enhanced with increasing Reb. Conditional averages are computed using linear stochastic estimation, providing the average structures responsible for ejection events near the wall. These conditional eddies are weakened substantially by the presence of the dispersed phase, and this effect is again enhanced with increasing Reb. We propose a mechanism where particles, by interfering with the hairpin regeneration process near the wall, can influence turbulent fluxes in a way that increases with Reb despite only having direct interaction with scales on the same order as their small physical size. At the same time, turbulent momentum flux concentrated at higher wavenumbers with increasing Reb allows small particles to be effective agents for altering turbulent transport.

  10. Structural Insights into the Regulatory Particle of the Proteasome from Methanocaldococcus jannaschii

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    Zhang, F.; Hu, M; Tian, G; Zhang, P; Finley, D; Jeffrey, P; Shi, Y

    2009-01-01

    Eukaryotic proteasome consists of a core particle (CP), which degrades unfolded protein, and a regulatory particle (RP), which is responsible for recognition, ATP-dependent unfolding, and translocation of polyubiquitinated substrate protein. In the archaea Methanocaldococcus jannaschii, the RP is a homohexameric complex of proteasome-activating nucleotidase (PAN). Here, we report the crystal structures of essential elements of the archaeal proteasome: the CP, the ATPase domain of PAN, and a distal subcomplex that is likely the first to encounter substrate. The distal subcomplex contains a coiled-coil segment and an OB-fold domain, both of which appear to be conserved in the eukaryotic proteasome. The OB domains of PAN form a hexameric ring with a 13 A pore, which likely constitutes the outermost constriction of the substrate translocation channel. These studies reveal structural codes and architecture of the complete proteasome, identify potential substrate-binding sites, and uncover unexpected asymmetry in the RP of archaea and eukaryotes.

  11. Controlling Chirality of Entropic Crystals

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    Damasceno, Pablo F.; Karas, Andrew S.; Schultz, Benjamin A.; Engel, Michael; Glotzer, Sharon C.

    2015-10-01

    Colloidal crystal structures with complexity and diversity rivaling atomic and molecular crystals have been predicted and obtained for hard particles by entropy maximization. However, thus far homochiral colloidal crystals, which are candidates for photonic metamaterials, are absent. Using Monte Carlo simulations we show that chiral polyhedra exhibiting weak directional entropic forces self-assemble either an achiral crystal or a chiral crystal with limited control over the crystal handedness. Building blocks with stronger faceting exhibit higher selectivity and assemble a chiral crystal with handedness uniquely determined by the particle chirality. Tuning the strength of directional entropic forces by means of particle rounding or the use of depletants allows for reconfiguration between achiral and homochiral crystals. We rationalize our findings by quantifying the chirality strength of each particle, both from particle geometry and potential of mean force and torque diagrams.

  12. Controlling Chirality of Entropic Crystals.

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    Damasceno, Pablo F; Karas, Andrew S; Schultz, Benjamin A; Engel, Michael; Glotzer, Sharon C

    2015-10-01

    Colloidal crystal structures with complexity and diversity rivaling atomic and molecular crystals have been predicted and obtained for hard particles by entropy maximization. However, thus far homochiral colloidal crystals, which are candidates for photonic metamaterials, are absent. Using Monte Carlo simulations we show that chiral polyhedra exhibiting weak directional entropic forces self-assemble either an achiral crystal or a chiral crystal with limited control over the crystal handedness. Building blocks with stronger faceting exhibit higher selectivity and assemble a chiral crystal with handedness uniquely determined by the particle chirality. Tuning the strength of directional entropic forces by means of particle rounding or the use of depletants allows for reconfiguration between achiral and homochiral crystals. We rationalize our findings by quantifying the chirality strength of each particle, both from particle geometry and potential of mean force and torque diagrams. PMID:26550757

  13. Crystal Structure of Rat Carnitine Palmitoyltransferase II (CPT-II)

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    Hsiao,Y.; Jogl, G.; Esser, V.; Tong, L.

    2006-01-01

    Carnitine palmitoyltransferase II (CPT-II) has a crucial role in the {beta}-oxidation of long-chain fatty acids in mitochondria. We report here the crystal structure of rat CPT-II at 1.9 Angstroms resolution. The overall structure shares strong similarity to those of short- and medium-chain carnitine acyltransferases, although detailed structural differences in the active site region have a significant impact on the substrate selectivity of CPT-II. Three aliphatic chains, possibly from a detergent that is used for the crystallization, were found in the structure. Two of them are located in the carnitine and CoA binding sites, respectively. The third aliphatic chain may mimic the long-chain acyl group in the substrate of CPT-II. The binding site for this aliphatic chain does not exist in the short- and medium-chain carnitine acyltransferases, due to conformational differences among the enzymes. A unique insert in CPT-II is positioned on the surface of the enzyme, with a highly hydrophobic surface. It is likely that this surface patch mediates the association of CPT-II with the inner membrane of the mitochondria.

  14. Crystal Structure of a Ube2S-Ubiquitin Conjugate.

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    Lorenz, Sonja; Bhattacharyya, Moitrayee; Feiler, Christian; Rape, Michael; Kuriyan, John

    2016-01-01

    Protein ubiquitination occurs through the sequential formation and reorganization of specific protein-protein interfaces. Ubiquitin-conjugating (E2) enzymes, such as Ube2S, catalyze the formation of an isopeptide linkage between the C-terminus of a "donor" ubiquitin and a primary amino group of an "acceptor" ubiquitin molecule. This reaction involves an intermediate, in which the C-terminus of the donor ubiquitin is thioester-bound to the active site cysteine of the E2 and a functionally important interface is formed between the two proteins. A docked model of a Ube2S-donor ubiquitin complex was generated previously, based on chemical shift mapping by NMR, and predicted contacts were validated in functional studies. We now present the crystal structure of a covalent Ube2S-ubiquitin complex. The structure contains an interface between Ube2S and ubiquitin in trans that resembles the earlier model in general terms, but differs in detail. The crystallographic interface is more hydrophobic than the earlier model and is stable in molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Remarkably, the docked Ube2S-donor complex converges readily to the configuration seen in the crystal structure in 3 out of 8 MD trajectories. Since the crystallographic interface is fully consistent with mutational effects, this indicates that the structure provides an energetically favorable representation of the functionally critical Ube2S-donor interface. PMID:26828794

  15. Crystal Structure of a Ube2S-Ubiquitin Conjugate

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    Lorenz, Sonja; Bhattacharyya, Moitrayee; Feiler, Christian; Rape, Michael; Kuriyan, John

    2016-01-01

    Protein ubiquitination occurs through the sequential formation and reorganization of specific protein-protein interfaces. Ubiquitin-conjugating (E2) enzymes, such as Ube2S, catalyze the formation of an isopeptide linkage between the C-terminus of a “donor” ubiquitin and a primary amino group of an “acceptor” ubiquitin molecule. This reaction involves an intermediate, in which the C-terminus of the donor ubiquitin is thioester-bound to the active site cysteine of the E2 and a functionally important interface is formed between the two proteins. A docked model of a Ube2S-donor ubiquitin complex was generated previously, based on chemical shift mapping by NMR, and predicted contacts were validated in functional studies. We now present the crystal structure of a covalent Ube2S-ubiquitin complex. The structure contains an interface between Ube2S and ubiquitin in trans that resembles the earlier model in general terms, but differs in detail. The crystallographic interface is more hydrophobic than the earlier model and is stable in molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Remarkably, the docked Ube2S-donor complex converges readily to the configuration seen in the crystal structure in 3 out of 8 MD trajectories. Since the crystallographic interface is fully consistent with mutational effects, this indicates that the structure provides an energetically favorable representation of the functionally critical Ube2S-donor interface. PMID:26828794

  16. Crystal Structure of the Japanese Encephalitis Virus Envelope Protein

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    Luca, Vincent C.; AbiMansour, Jad; Nelson, Christopher A.; Fremont, Daved H.

    2012-03-13

    Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) is the leading global cause of viral encephalitis. The JEV envelope protein (E) facilitates cellular attachment and membrane fusion and is the primary target of neutralizing antibodies. We have determined the 2.1-{angstrom} resolution crystal structure of the JEV E ectodomain refolded from bacterial inclusion bodies. The E protein possesses the three domains characteristic of flavivirus envelopes and epitope mapping of neutralizing antibodies onto the structure reveals determinants that correspond to the domain I lateral ridge, fusion loop, domain III lateral ridge, and domain I-II hinge. While monomeric in solution, JEV E assembles as an antiparallel dimer in the crystal lattice organized in a highly similar fashion as seen in cryo-electron microscopy models of mature flavivirus virions. The dimer interface, however, is remarkably small and lacks many of the domain II contacts observed in other flavivirus E homodimers. In addition, uniquely conserved histidines within the JEV serocomplex suggest that pH-mediated structural transitions may be aided by lateral interactions outside the dimer interface in the icosahedral virion. Our results suggest that variation in dimer structure and stability may significantly influence the assembly, receptor interaction, and uncoating of virions.

  17. Statistical model analysis of local structure of quaternary sphalerite crystals

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    Robouch, B. V.; Marcelli, A.; Guidi, M. Cestelli; Kisiel, A.; Sheregii, E. M.; Polit, J.; Cebulski, J.; Piccinini, M.; Mycielski, A.; Ivanov-Omskii, V. I.; Sciesiñska, E.; Sciesiñski, J.; Burattini, E.

    2007-02-01

    At the 2004 Ural International Winter School, we introduced the statistical strained tetrahedron model and discussed ternary tetrahedron structured crystals. The model allows one to interpret x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) data and extract quantitative information on ion site occupation preferences and on the size and shape of each elemental constituent of the configuration tetrahedra. Here we extend the model to cover quaternary sphalerite crystal structures. We discuss the two topologically different quaternary sphalerite systems: the pseudo-balanced A1-xBxYyZ1-y (2:2 cation:anion ratio), and the unbalanced AxBx'C1-x-x'Z or AXyYy'Z1-y-y' (3:1 or 1:3 cation:anion ratios) truly quaternary alloy systems. These structural differences cause preference values to vary with the relative contents in pseudo-quaternaries but to remain constant in truly quaternary compounds. We give equations to determine preference coefficient values from EXAFS or phonon spectra and to extract nearest-neighbor inter-ion distances by EXAFS spectroscopy. The procedure is illustrated and tested on CdMnSeTe, GaInAsSb, and ZnCdHgTe quaternary alloys.

  18. Equilibrium structures of anisometric, quadrupolar particles confined to a monolayer

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    Heinemann, Thomas; Antlanger, Moritz; Mazars, Martial; Klapp, Sabine H. L.; Kahl, Gerhard

    2016-02-01

    We investigate the structural properties of a two-dimensional system of ellipsoidal particles carrying a linear quadrupole moment in their center. These particles represent a simple model for a variety of uncharged, non-polar conjugated organic molecules. Using optimization tools based on ideas of evolutionary algorithms, we first examine the ground state structures as we vary the aspect ratio of the particles and the pressure. Interestingly, we find, besides the intuitively expected T-like configurations, a variety of complex structures, characterized with up to three different particle orientations. In an effort to explore the impact of thermal fluctuations, we perform constant-pressure molecular dynamics simulations within a range of rather low temperatures. We observe that ground state structures formed by particles with a large aspect ratio are in particular suited to withstand fluctuations up to rather high temperatures. Our comprehensive investigations allow for a deeper understanding of molecular or colloidal monolayer arrangements under the influence of a typical electrostatic interaction on a coarse-grained level.

  19. Equilibrium structures of anisometric, quadrupolar particles confined to a monolayer.

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    Heinemann, Thomas; Antlanger, Moritz; Mazars, Martial; Klapp, Sabine H L; Kahl, Gerhard

    2016-02-21

    We investigate the structural properties of a two-dimensional system of ellipsoidal particles carrying a linear quadrupole moment in their center. These particles represent a simple model for a variety of uncharged, non-polar conjugated organic molecules. Using optimization tools based on ideas of evolutionary algorithms, we first examine the ground state structures as we vary the aspect ratio of the particles and the pressure. Interestingly, we find, besides the intuitively expected T-like configurations, a variety of complex structures, characterized with up to three different particle orientations. In an effort to explore the impact of thermal fluctuations, we perform constant-pressure molecular dynamics simulations within a range of rather low temperatures. We observe that ground state structures formed by particles with a large aspect ratio are in particular suited to withstand fluctuations up to rather high temperatures. Our comprehensive investigations allow for a deeper understanding of molecular or colloidal monolayer arrangements under the influence of a typical electrostatic interaction on a coarse-grained level. PMID:26896992

  20. Characterization of scintillator crystals for usage as prompt gamma monitors in particle therapy

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    Roemer, K.; Pausch, G.; Bemmerer, D.; Berthel, M.; Dreyer, A.; Golnik, C.; Hueso-González, F.; Kormoll, T.; Petzoldt, J.; Rohling, H.; Thirolf, P.; Wagner, A.; Wagner, L.; Weinberger, D.; Fiedler, F.

    2015-10-01

    Particle therapy in oncology is advantageous compared to classical radiotherapy due to its well-defined penetration depth. In the so-called Bragg peak, the highest dose is deposited; the tissue behind the cancerous area is not exposed. Different factors influence the range of the particle and thus the target area, e.g. organ motion, mispositioning of the patient or anatomical changes. In order to avoid over-exposure of healthy tissue and under-dosage of cancerous regions, the penetration depth of the particle has to be monitored, preferably already during the ongoing therapy session. The verification of the ion range can be performed using prompt gamma emissions, which are produced by interactions between projectile and tissue, and originate from the same location and time of the nuclear reaction. The prompt gamma emission profile and the clinically relevant penetration depth are correlated. Various imaging concepts based on the detection of prompt gamma rays are currently discussed: collimated systems with counting detectors, Compton cameras with (at least) two detector planes, or the prompt gamma timing method, utilizing the particle time-of-flight within the body. For each concept, the detection system must meet special requirements regarding energy, time, and spatial resolution. Nonetheless, the prerequisites remain the same: the gamma energy region (2 to 10 MeV), high counting rates and the stability in strong background radiation fields. The aim of this work is the comparison of different scintillation crystals regarding energy and time resolution for optimized prompt gamma detection.

  1. Lagrangian chaos and particle diffusion in electroconvection of planar nematic liquid crystals.

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    Hidaka, Yoshiki; Hashiguchi, Megumi; Oikawa, Noriko; Kai, Shoichi

    2015-09-01

    Two types of spatiotemporal chaos in the electroconvection of nematic liquid crystals, such as defect turbulence and spatiotemporal intermittency, have been statistically investigated according to the Lagrangian picture. Here fluctuations are traced using the motion of a single particle driven by chaotic convection. In the defect turbulence (fluctuating normal rolls), a particle is mainly trapped in a roll but sometimes jumps to a neighboring roll. Its activation energy is then obtained from the jumping (hopping) rate. This research clarifies that diffusion in the defect turbulence regime in electroconvection can be regarded as a kind of hopping process. The spatiotemporal intermittency appears as a coexistent state of ordered grid domains and turbulent domains. The motion of a single particle shows weak and strong diffusion, respectively, in the ordered and turbulent domains. The diffusion characteristics intermittently change from one to another with certain durations as the domains change. This research has found that the distribution function of the duration that a particle remains in an ordered area has a power-law decay for which the index is different from that obtained by the Eulerian measurement. PMID:26465542

  2. Lithium-cation conductivity and crystal structure of lithium diphosphate

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    Voronin, V.I.; Sherstobitova, E.A.; Blatov, V.A.; Shekhtman, G.Sh.

    2014-03-15

    The electrical conductivity of lithium diphosphate Li{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} has been measured and jump-like increasing of ionic conductivity at 913 K has been found. The crystal structure of Li{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} has been refined using high temperature neutron diffraction at 300–1050 K. At 913 K low temperature triclinic form of Li{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} transforms into high temperature monoclinic one, space group P2{sub 1}/n, a=8.8261(4) Å, b=5.2028(4) Å, c=13.3119(2) Å, β=104.372(6)°. The migration maps of Li{sup +} cations based on experimental data implemented into program package TOPOS have been explored. It was found that lithium cations in both low- and high temperature forms of Li{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} migrate in three dimensions. Cross sections of the migrations channels extend as the temperature rises, but at the phase transition point have a sharp growth showing a strong “crystal structure – ion conductivity” correlation. -- Graphical abstract: Crystal structure of Li{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} at 950 K. Red balls represent oxygen atoms; black lines show Li{sup +} ion migration channels in the layers perpendicular to [001] direction. Highlights: • Structure of Li{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} has been refined using high temperature neutron diffraction. • At 913 K triclinic form of Li{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} transforms into high temperature monoclinic one. • The migration maps of Li{sup +} implemented into program package TOPOS have been explored. • Cross sections of the migrations channels at the phase transition have a sharp growth.

  3. Synthesis and crystal structure of three silver indium double phosphates

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    Strelkov, M. A.; Zhizhin, M. G.; Komissarova, L. N.

    2006-12-01

    Three new silver indium double phosphates Ag 3In(PO 4) 2 (I), β-(II) and α-Ag 3In 2(PO 4) 3 (III) were synthesized by solid state method (I and II—700 °C, III—900 °C). Compounds I and II crystallize into a monoclinic system (I—sp. gr. C2/ m, Z=2, a=8.7037(1)Å, b=5.4884(1)Å, c=7.3404(1)Å, β=93.897(1)°; II—sp. gr. C2/ c, Z=4, a=12.6305(1)Å, b=12.8549(1)Å, c=6.5989(1)Å, β=113.842(1)°), and compound III crystallize into a hexagonal system (sp. gr. R-3 c, Z=6, a=8.9943(1)Å, c=22.7134(1)Å). Their crystal structures were determined by the Rietveld analysis (I— R=6.47, R=8.54; II— R=5.67, R=6.40; III— R=7.30, R=9.91). Structure of Ag 3In(PO 4) 2 is related to the sodium chromate structure type and is isotypic to α-Na 3In(PO 4) 2. The polymorphous modifications of β- and α-Ag 3In 2(PO 4) 3 are isostructural to sodium analogs ( β- and α-Na 3In 2(PO 4) 3) and are related to alluaudite (II) and NASICON (III) structure types. Compounds I and II are not stable at temperature above 850 °C. Ag 3In(PO 4) 2 is decomposed providing silver orthophosphate Ag 3PO 4 and α-Ag 3In 2(PO 4) 2. β-Ag 3In 2(PO 4) 3 is transformed to α-Ag 3In 2(PO 4) 3.

  4. Structure, Hydrodynamics, and Phase Transition of Freely Suspended Liquid Crystals

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    Clark, Noel A.

    2000-01-01

    Smectic liquid crystals are phases of rod shaped molecules organized into one dimensionally (1D) periodic arrays of layers, each layer being between one and two molecular lengths thick. In the least ordered smectic phases, the smectics A and C, each layer is a two dimensional (2D) liquid. Additionally there are a variety of more ordered smectic phases having hexatic short range translational order or 2D crystalline quasi long range translational order within the layers. The inherent fluid-layer structure and low vapor pressure of smectic liquid crystals enable the long term stabilization of freely suspended, single component, layered fluid films as thin as 30A, a single molecular layer. The layering forces the films to be an integral number of smectic layers thick, quantizing their thickness in layer units and forcing a film of a particular number of layers to be physically homogeneous with respect to its layer structure over its entire area. Optical reflectivity enables the precise determination of the number of layers. These ultrathin freely suspended liquid crystal films are structures of fundamental interest in condensed matter and fluid physics. They are the thinnest known stable condensed phase fluid structures and have the largest surface-to-volume ratio of any stable fluid preparation, making them ideal for the study of the effects of reduced dimensionality on phase behavior and on fluctuation and interface phenomena. Their low vapor pressure and quantized thickness enable the effective use of microgravity to extend the study of basic capillary phenomena to ultrathin fluid films. Freely suspended films have been a wellspring of new liquid crystal physics. They have been used to provide unique experimental conditions for the study of condensed phase transitions in two dimensions. They are the only system in which the hexatic has been unambiguously identified as a phase of matter, and the only physical system in which fluctuations of a 2D XY system and Kosterlitz Thouless phase transition has been observed and 2D XY quasi long range order verified. Smectic films have enabled the precise determination of smectic layer electron density and positional fluctuation profile and have been used to show that the interlayer interactions in anti-ferroelectric tilted smectics do not extend significantly beyond nearest neighbors. The interactions which are operative in liquid crystals are generally weak in comparison to those in crystalline phases, leading to the facile manipulation of the order in liquid crystals by external agents such as applied fields and surfaces. Effects arising from weak ordering are significantly enhanced in ultrathin free films and filaments wherein the intermolecular coupling is effectively reduced by loss of neighbors. Over the past four years this research, which we now detail, has produced a host of exciting new discoveries and unexpected results, maintaining the position of the study of freely suspended liquid crystal structures as one of most exciting and fruitful areas of complex fluid physics. In addition, several potentially interesting microgravity free film experiments have been identified.

  5. Theory of elastic interaction between arbitrary colloidal particles in confined nematic liquid crystals.

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    Tovkach, O M; Chernyshuk, S B; Lev, B I

    2012-12-01

    We develop the method proposed by Chernyshuk and Lev [Phys. Rev. E 81, 041701 (2010)] for theoretical investigation of elastic interactions between colloidal particles of arbitrary shape and chirality (polar as well as azimuthal anchoring) in the confined nematic liquid crystal (NLC). General expressions for six different types of multipole elastic interactions are obtained in the confined NLC: monopole-monopole (Coulomb type), monopole-dipole, monopole-quadrupole, dipole-dipole, dipole-quadrupole, and quadrupole-quadrupole interactions. The obtained formulas remain valid in the presence of the external electric or magnetic fields. The exact equations are found for all multipole coefficients for the weak anchoring case. For the strong anchoring coupling, the connection between the symmetry of the shape or director and multipole coefficients is obtained, which enables us to predict which multipole coefficients vanish and which remain nonzero. The particles with azimuthal helicoid anchoring are considered as an example. Dipole-dipole interactions between helicoid cylinders and cones are found in the confined NLC. In addition, the banana-shaped particles in homeotropic and planar nematic cells are considered. It is found that the dipole-dipole interaction between banana-shaped particles differs greatly from the dipole-dipole interaction between the axially symmetrical particles in the nematic cell. There is a crossover from attraction to repulsion between banana particles along some directions in nematic cells. It is shown that monopoles do not "feel" the type of nematic cell: monopole-monopole interaction turns out to be the same in homeotropic and planar nematic cells and converges to the Coulomb law as thickness increases, L→∞. PMID:23367965

  6. Theory of elastic interaction between arbitrary colloidal particles in confined nematic liquid crystals

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    Tovkach, O. M.; Chernyshuk, S. B.; Lev, B. I.

    2012-12-01

    We develop the method proposed by Chernyshuk and Lev [Phys. Rev. EPLEEE81539-375510.1103/PhysRevE.81.041701 81, 041701 (2010)] for theoretical investigation of elastic interactions between colloidal particles of arbitrary shape and chirality (polar as well as azimuthal anchoring) in the confined nematic liquid crystal (NLC). General expressions for six different types of multipole elastic interactions are obtained in the confined NLC: monopole-monopole (Coulomb type), monopole-dipole, monopole-quadrupole, dipole-dipole, dipole-quadrupole, and quadrupole-quadrupole interactions. The obtained formulas remain valid in the presence of the external electric or magnetic fields. The exact equations are found for all multipole coefficients for the weak anchoring case. For the strong anchoring coupling, the connection between the symmetry of the shape or director and multipole coefficients is obtained, which enables us to predict which multipole coefficients vanish and which remain nonzero. The particles with azimuthal helicoid anchoring are considered as an example. Dipole-dipole interactions between helicoid cylinders and cones are found in the confined NLC. In addition, the banana-shaped particles in homeotropic and planar nematic cells are considered. It is found that the dipole-dipole interaction between banana-shaped particles differs greatly from the dipole-dipole interaction between the axially symmetrical particles in the nematic cell. There is a crossover from attraction to repulsion between banana particles along some directions in nematic cells. It is shown that monopoles do not “feel” the type of nematic cell: monopole-monopole interaction turns out to be the same in homeotropic and planar nematic cells and converges to the Coulomb law as thickness increases, L→∞.

  7. Crystal structure and characterization of a novel organic crystal: 4-Dimethylaminobenzophenone

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    Anandha babu, G.; Ramasamy, P.; Ravikumar, K.; Sridhar, B.

    2009-06-03

    Single crystals of a novel organic material, dimethylaminobenzophenone were grown from aqueous solution employing the technique of controlled evaporation. Dimethylaminobenzophenone belongs to the monoclinic system, with a = 12.5755(7) A, b = 7.9749(4) A, c = 13.0946(7) A, {alpha} = 90{sup o}, {beta} = 111.6380(10){sup o} and {gamma} = 90{sup o}. Fourier transform infrared study has been performed to identify the functional groups. The transmittance of dimethylaminobenzophenone has been used to calculate the refractive index n; the extinction coefficient K and both the real {epsilon}{sub r} and imaginary {epsilon}{sub i} components of the dielectric constant as functions of photon energy. The optical band gap of dimethylaminobenzophenone is 2.9 eV. The structural prefection of the grown crystals has been analyzed by high-resolution X-ray diffraction rocking curve measurements. Thermo gravimetric analysis and differential thermal analysis have also been carried out, and the thermal behavior of dimethylaminobenzophenone crystal has been studied. The dielectric properties and mechanical properties have been investigated.

  8. Three new crystal structures in the Na-Pb system: solving structures without additional experimental input.

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    Ward, Logan; Michel, Kyle; Wolverton, Chris

    2015-09-01

    The structures of three Na-Pb compounds, γ, δ and δ', have remained incompletely solved for nearly 60 years. The space group, lattice parameters and positions of the Pb atoms of these three structures have been determined, but the positions of the Na atoms are still unknown. In this work, the First-Principles Assisted Structure Solution (FPASS) method [Meredig & Wolverton (2013). Nat. Mater. 12, 123-127] has been used to complete the description of these three structures using only experimental information available from the literature as input. The paper also discusses the relative advantages of constrained crystal structure prediction tools, like FPASS, in comparison to conventional crystal structure prediction methods in reference to their abilities to complete the solution of other unsolved structures. PMID:26317197

  9. Crystal Structure of the Human Ephrin-A5 Ectodomain

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    Nikolov,D.; Li, C.; Lackmann, M.; Jeffrey, P.; Himanen, J.

    2007-01-01

    The Eph receptors, the largest subfamily of receptor tyrosine kinases, and their ephrin ligands are important mediators of cell-cell communication regulating cell attachment, pathfinding, and mobility in the nervous and cardiovascular systems. Recent structural studies have revealed unique molecular features that explain many of the biochemical and signaling properties of Ephs and ephrins. Nevertheless, open questions remain, including understanding the precise molecular mechanism underlining their binding-partner preferences and subclass specificity. In this study, we have determined and present the crystal structure of the extracellular domain of ephrin-A5--the first structure of an unbound A-class ephrin. The structure, determined at 2.1 Angstroms resolution, is a variation of the Greek key {beta}-barrel folding topology, containing eight {beta}-strands, and stabilized by two disulphide bonds. Overall, ephrin-A5 is structurally very similar to ephrin-B1 and ephrin-B2 but, unlike ephrin-B2, it does not show dimerization either in solution or in the crystals. Comparing free ephrin-A5 to the previously published structure of EphB2-bound ephrin-A5 reveals that significant conformational changes occur only around the G-H ephrin loop that upon binding bends toward the receptor. Interestingly, the G-H loop undergoes a very similar conformational rearrangement in ephrin-B2 upon receptor binding. The results of this study further emphasize the importance of the G-H loop for receptor recognition and selectivity, and could serve as a starting point for the development of structure-based Eph antagonists.

  10. Orientational Coherent Effects of High-Energy Particles in a LiNbO3 Crystal.

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    Bagli, E; Guidi, V; Mazzolari, A; Bandiera, L; Germogli, G; Sytov, A I; De Salvador, D; Argiolas, A; Bazzan, M; Carnera, A; Berra, A; Bolognini, D; Lietti, D; Prest, M; Vallazza, E

    2015-07-01

    A bent lithium niobate strip was exposed to a 400-GeV/c proton beam at the external lines of CERN Super Proton Synchrotron to probe its capabilities versus coherent interactions of the particles with the crystal such as channeling and volume reflection. Lithium niobate (LiNbO3) exhibits an interplanar electric field comparable to that of Silicon (Si) and remarkable piezoelectric properties, which could be exploited for the realization of piezo-actuated devices for the control of high-energy particle beams. In contrast to Si and germanium (Ge), LiNbO3 shows an intriguing effect; in spite of a low channeling efficiency (3%), the volume reflection maintains a high deflection efficiency (83%). Such discrepancy was ascribed to the high concentration (10(4) per cm2) of dislocations in our sample, which was obtained from a commercial wafer. Indeed, it has been theoretically shown that a channeling efficiency comparable with that of Si or Ge would be attained with a crystal at low defect concentration (less than ten per cm2). To better understand the role of dislocations on volume reflection, we have worked out computer simulation via dynecharm++ Monte Carlo code to study the effect of dislocations on volume reflection. The results of the simulations agree with experimental records, demonstrating that volume reflection is more robust than channeling in the presence of dislocations. PMID:26182106

  11. Self-assembly and electrostriction of arrays and chains of hopfion particles in chiral liquid crystals

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    Ackerman, Paul J.; van de Lagemaat, Jao; Smalyukh, Ivan I.

    2015-01-01

    Some of the most exotic condensed matter phases, such as twist grain boundary and blue phases in liquid crystals and Abrikosov phases in superconductors, contain arrays of topological defects in their ground state. Comprised of a triangular lattice of double-twist tubes of magnetization, the so-called ‘A-phase’ in chiral magnets is an example of a thermodynamically stable phase with topologically nontrivial solitonic field configurations referred to as two-dimensional skyrmions, or baby-skyrmions. Here we report that three-dimensional skyrmions in the form of double-twist tori called ‘hopfions’, or ‘torons’ when accompanied by additional self-compensating defects, self-assemble into periodic arrays and linear chains that exhibit electrostriction. In confined chiral nematic liquid crystals, this self-assembly is similar to that of liquid crystal colloids and originates from long-range elastic interactions between particle-like skyrmionic torus knots of molecular alignment field, which can be tuned from isotropic repulsive to weakly or highly anisotropic attractive by low-voltage electric fields. PMID:25607778

  12. Self-assembly and electrostriction of arrays and chains of hopfion particles in chiral liquid crystals

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    Ackerman, Paul J.; van de Lagemaat, Jao; Smalyukh, Ivan I.

    2015-01-01

    Some of the most exotic condensed matter phases, such as twist grain boundary and blue phases in liquid crystals and Abrikosov phases in superconductors, contain arrays of topological defects in their ground state. Comprised of a triangular lattice of double-twist tubes of magnetization, the so-called ‘A-phase’ in chiral magnets is an example of a thermodynamically stable phase with topologically nontrivial solitonic field configurations referred to as two-dimensional skyrmions, or baby-skyrmions. Here we report that three-dimensional skyrmions in the form of double-twist tori called ‘hopfions’, or ‘torons’ when accompanied by additional self-compensating defects, self-assemble into periodic arrays and linear chains that exhibit electrostriction. In confined chiral nematic liquid crystals, this self-assembly is similar to that of liquid crystal colloids and originates from long-range elastic interactions between particle-like skyrmionic torus knots of molecular alignment field, which can be tuned from isotropic repulsive to weakly or highly anisotropic attractive by low-voltage electric fields.

  13. Self-assembly and electrostriction of arrays and chains of hopfion particles in chiral liquid crystals.

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    Ackerman, Paul J; van de Lagemaat, Jao; Smalyukh, Ivan I

    2015-01-01

    Some of the most exotic condensed matter phases, such as twist grain boundary and blue phases in liquid crystals and Abrikosov phases in superconductors, contain arrays of topological defects in their ground state. Comprised of a triangular lattice of double-twist tubes of magnetization, the so-called 'A-phase' in chiral magnets is an example of a thermodynamically stable phase with topologically nontrivial solitonic field configurations referred to as two-dimensional skyrmions, or baby-skyrmions. Here we report that three-dimensional skyrmions in the form of double-twist tori called 'hopfions', or 'torons' when accompanied by additional self-compensating defects, self-assemble into periodic arrays and linear chains that exhibit electrostriction. In confined chiral nematic liquid crystals, this self-assembly is similar to that of liquid crystal colloids and originates from long-range elastic interactions between particle-like skyrmionic torus knots of molecular alignment field, which can be tuned from isotropic repulsive to weakly or highly anisotropic attractive by low-voltage electric fields. PMID:25607778

  14. Predicting crystal structures ab initio: group 14 nitrides and phosphides.

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    Hart, Judy N; Allan, Neil L; Claeyssens, Frederik

    2010-08-14

    Crystal structures are predicted for a range of group 14 nitrides and phosphides with 1 : 1 stoichiometry, following our method of starting from the known structures for a range of binary compounds and looking for trends in the preferred local bonding environments in the optimised structures. We have previously applied this method to predict the structures of carbon nitride and phosphorus carbide. Here, we use a similar approach to predict the structures of silicon and germanium nitrides and phosphides with 1 : 1 stoichiometry. We find that the local bonding environments in the preferred structures for the nitrides are the same as those for the 3 : 4 stoichiometry. For the phosphides, we have found several possible structures with similar energies. Structures containing hypervalent phosphorus must be considered as these are often low in energy, particularly for GeP; these have not been included in previous work. The greater tendency to form hypervalent phosphorus in GeP than SiP can be rationalised by considering the bond enthalpies for the two compositions. PMID:20603659

  15. Simultaneous occurrence of structure-directed and particle-resonance-induced phononic gaps in colloidal films.

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    Still, T; Cheng, W; Retsch, M; Sainidou, R; Wang, J; Jonas, U; Stefanou, N; Fytas, G

    2008-05-16

    We report on the observation of two hypersonic phononic gaps of different nature in three-dimensional colloidal films of nanospheres using Brillouin light scattering. One is a Bragg gap occurring at the edge of the first Brillouin zone along a high-symmetry crystal direction. The other is a hybridization gap in crystalline and amorphous films, originating from the interaction of the band of quadrupole particle eigenmodes with the acoustic effective-medium band, and its frequency position compares well with the computed lowest eigenfrequency. Structural disorder eliminates the Bragg gap, while the hybridization gap is robust. PMID:18518452

  16. Impact of surfactants on the crystallization of aqueous suspensions of celecoxib amorphous solid dispersion spray dried particles.

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    Chen, Jie; Ormes, James D; Higgins, John D; Taylor, Lynne S

    2015-02-01

    Amorphous solid dispersions are frequently prepared by spray drying. It is important that the resultant spray dried particles do not crystallize during formulation, storage, and upon administration. The goal of the current study was to evaluate the impact of surfactants on the crystallization of celecoxib amorphous solid dispersions (ASD), suspended in aqueous media. Solid dispersions of celecoxib with hydroxypropylmethylcellulose acetate succinate were manufactured by spray drying, and aqueous suspensions were prepared by adding the particles to acidified media containing various surfactants. Nucleation induction times were evaluated for celecoxib in the presence and absence of surfactants. The impact of the surfactants on drug and polymer leaching from the solid dispersion particles was also evaluated. Sodium dodecyl sulfate and Polysorbate 80 were found to promote crystallization from the ASD suspensions, while other surfactants including sodium taurocholate and Triton X100 were found to inhibit crystallization. The promotion or inhibition of crystallization was found to be related to the impact of the surfactant on the nucleation behavior of celecoxib, as well as the tendency to promote leaching of the drug from the ASD particle into the suspending medium. It was concluded that surfactant choice is critical to avoid failure of amorphous solid dispersions through crystallization of the drug. PMID:25569461

  17. Crystal Structure of a Lipid G Protein-Coupled Receptor

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    Hanson, Michael A; Roth, Christopher B; Jo, Euijung; Griffith, Mark T; Scott, Fiona L; Reinhart, Greg; Desale, Hans; Clemons, Bryan; Cahalan, Stuart M; Schuerer, Stephan C; Sanna, M Germana; Han, Gye Won; Kuhn, Peter; Rosen, Hugh; Stevens, Raymond C

    2012-03-01

    The lyso-phospholipid sphingosine 1-phosphate modulates lymphocyte trafficking, endothelial development and integrity, heart rate, and vascular tone and maturation by activating G protein-coupled sphingosine 1-phosphate receptors. Here, we present the crystal structure of the sphingosine 1-phosphate receptor 1 fused to T4-lysozyme (S1P1-T4L) in complex with an antagonist sphingolipid mimic. Extracellular access to the binding pocket is occluded by the amino terminus and extracellular loops of the receptor. Access is gained by ligands entering laterally between helices I and VII within the transmembrane region of the receptor. This structure, along with mutagenesis, agonist structure-activity relationship data, and modeling, provides a detailed view of the molecular recognition and requirement for hydrophobic volume that activates S1P1, resulting in the modulation of immune and stromal cell responses.

  18. Modulated structures of flexoelectric origin in nematic liquid crystals.

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    Barbero, G; Lelidis, I

    2003-06-01

    A structural instability of flexoelectric origin is predicted in a homeotropic cell, of insulating nematic liquid crystal, by the action of an electric field applied in the direction of the initially nonperturbed nematic director. The instability gives rise to a two-dimensional periodic structure. The critical field to observe the predicted modulated structure as well as the wavelength at the threshold are evaluated. Both vary as the inverse square root of the cell thickness. The role of the dielectric anisotropy on the phenomenon is investigated. Our analysis is performed in the limit of weak anchoring energy strength, where the extrapolation length is large with respect to the thickness of the nematic sample. PMID:16241245

  19. Crystal Structure of Antagonist Bound Human Lysophosphatidic Acid Receptor 1.

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    Chrencik, Jill E; Roth, Christopher B; Terakado, Masahiko; Kurata, Haruto; Omi, Rie; Kihara, Yasuyuki; Warshaviak, Dora; Nakade, Shinji; Asmar-Rovira, Guillermo; Mileni, Mauro; Mizuno, Hirotaka; Griffith, Mark T; Rodgers, Caroline; Han, Gye Won; Velasquez, Jeffrey; Chun, Jerold; Stevens, Raymond C; Hanson, Michael A

    2015-06-18

    Lipid biology continues to emerge as an area of significant therapeutic interest, particularly as the result of an enhanced understanding of the wealth of signaling molecules with diverse physiological properties. This growth in knowledge is epitomized by lysophosphatidic acid (LPA), which functions through interactions with at least six cognate G protein-coupled receptors. Herein, we present three crystal structures of LPA1 in complex with antagonist tool compounds selected and designed through structural and stability analyses. Structural analysis combined with molecular dynamics identified a basis for ligand access to the LPA1 binding pocket from the extracellular space contrasting with the proposed access for the sphingosine 1-phosphate receptor. Characteristics of the LPA1 binding pocket raise the possibility of promiscuous ligand recognition of phosphorylated endocannabinoids. Cell-based assays confirmed this hypothesis, linking the distinct receptor systems through metabolically related ligands with potential functional and therapeutic implications for treatment of disease. PMID:26091040

  20. Crystal Structure of a Self-Spliced Group II Intron

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    Toor, Navtej; Keating, Kevin S.; Taylor, Sean D.; Pyle, Anna Marie

    2008-04-10

    Group II introns are self-splicing ribozymes that catalyze their own excision from precursor transcripts and insertion into new genetic locations. Here we report the crystal structure of an intact, self-spliced group II intron from Oceanobacillus iheyensis at 3.1 angstrom resolution. An extensive network of tertiary interactions facilitates the ordered packing of intron subdomains around a ribozyme core that includes catalytic domain V. The bulge of domain V adopts an unusual helical structure that is located adjacent to a major groove triple helix (catalytic triplex). The bulge and catalytic triplex jointly coordinate two divalent metal ions in a configuration that is consistent with a two-metal ion mechanism for catalysis. Structural and functional analogies support the hypothesis that group II introns and the spliceosome share a common ancestor.