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Sample records for hydroliquefaction solvent-induced scission

  1. Viral Membrane Scission

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    Rossman, Jeremy S.; Lamb, Robert A.

    2014-01-01

    Virus budding is a complex, multistep process in which viral proteins make specific alterations in membrane curvature. Many different viral proteins can deform the membrane and form a budding virion, but very few can mediate membrane scission to complete the budding process. As a result, enveloped viruses have developed numerous ways of facilitating membrane scission, including hijacking host cellular scission machinery and expressing their own scission proteins. These proteins mediate scission in very different ways, though the biophysical mechanics underlying their actions may be similar. In this review, we explore the mechanisms of membrane scission and the ways in which enveloped viruses use these systems to mediate the release of budding virions. PMID:24099087

  2. Catalytic hydroliquefaction of low-rank coals

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    Guruz, K.; Kranich, W.L.; La Violette, L.J.; Mendes, C.

    1983-01-01

    Hydroliquefaction behavior of ..cap alpha..-cellulose, leonardite, four lignites, and two subbituminous coals suspended in an anthracene oil carrier has been investigated in the presence of Co-Mo/Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/ catalyst at 425/sup 0/C and at an average pressure of 1,300 psig in a batch reactor for 30-min reaction time. Both total conversion of moisture-ash free solids and total yield of liquid products were greater for all but one of the lignites than for the subbituminous coals. Partial demineralization by HCl washing decreased both the total conversion of and pentane-soluble oil yield from lignites. It had relatively little effect on subbituminous coals. Although cellulose was almost completely converted to liquids and gases, no pentane-soluble oils were produced.

  3. Catalytic hydroliquefaction of low-rank coals

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    Gueruez, K.; Kranich, W.L.; La Violette, L.J.; Mendes, C.

    1983-01-01

    Hydroliquefaction behaviour of a-cellulose, leonardite, four lignites, and two subbituminous coals suspended in an anthracene oil carrier has been investigated in the presence of Co-Mo/Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/ catalyst at 425/sup 0/C and at an average pressure of 1,300 psig in a batch reactor for 30-min reaction time. Both total conversion of moisture-ash free solids and total yield of liquid products were greater for all but one of the lignites than for the subbituminous coals. Partial demineralization by HCl washing decreased both the total conversion of and pentane-soluble oil yield from lignites. It had relatively little effect on subbituminous coals. Although cellulose was almost completely converted to liquids and gases, no pentane-soluble oils were produced.

  4. Nuclear scission and quantum localization.

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    Younes, W; Gogny, D

    2011-09-23

    We examine nuclear scission within a fully quantum-mechanical microscopic framework, focusing on the nonlocal aspects of the theory. Using (240)Pu hot fission as an example, we discuss the identification of the fragments and the calculation of their kinetic, excitation, and interaction energies, through the localization of the orbital wave functions. We show that the disentanglement of the fragment wave functions is essential to the quantum-mechanical definition of scission and the calculation of physical observables. Finally, we discuss the fragments' prescission excitation mechanisms and give a nonadiabatic description of their evolution beyond scission. PMID:22026846

  5. Investigation of the heating up period of hydroliquefaction

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    Konig, M.; Fehl, C. ); Engelke, F. ); Mittelmeijer-Hazeleger, M. )

    1990-01-01

    Earthy soft brown coals from deposits of GDR (Leipzig area) were found to be a highly reactive feedstock for slurry phase hydroliquefaction (1). The question arose as to whether short-contact-time hydrogenation may be an efficient process for hydroconversion of reactive coals (2). Rapid heating up of the slurry to the final reaction temperature may have a beneficial effect on product yields. Moreover, a more detailed study of the heating up period in hydrogenation is of importance for the explanation of the phenomenon of coke formation in the preheater sections of hydrogenation units.

  6. Flow-induced scission of macromolecules

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    Sim, H.

    2005-11-01

    Mechanical scission of long chain synthetic and bio- polymers in strong flows is pertinent to applications ranging from genomics to polymer-induced turbulent drag reduction. Experiments generally differentiate between two types of fracture mechanisms in extensional flows depending on whether the polymer experiences a steady (e.g. cross slot flow) or transient (e.g. contraction flow) field. Theories based on ``mid-point scission hypothesis'' as well as computer simulations using bead-spring models that use ad hoc energy-based criteria have been used to explain experimental observations. We present the results of a study that for the first time couples Brownian Dynamics Simulation (BDS) using bead-rod (Kramers) chains with a novel algorithm for the determination of scission events which themselves are stochastic processes. Flexible lambda-phage DNA is selected as a model molecule. We will discuss effect of molecular weight (MW), flow type and hydrodynamic interactions on chain scission and the MW distribution.

  7. Evaluation of humic fractions potential to produce bio-oil through catalytic hydroliquefaction.

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    Lemée, L; Pinard, L; Beauchet, R; Kpogbemabou, D

    2013-12-01

    Humic substances were extracted from biodegraded lignocellulosic biomass (LCBb) and submitted to catalytic hydroliquefaction. The resulting bio-oils were compared with those of the initial biomass. Compared to fulvic and humic acids, humin presented a high conversion rate (74 wt.%) and the highest amount of liquid fraction (66 wt.%). Moreover it represented 78% of LCBb. Humin produced 43 wt.% of crude oil and 33 wt.% of hexane soluble fraction containing hydrocarbons which is a higher yield than those from other humic substances as well as from the initial biomass. Hydrocarbons were mainly aromatics, but humin produces the highest amount of aliphatics. Considering the quantity, the quality and the molecular composition of the humic fractions, a classification of the potential of the latter to produce fuel using hydroliquefaction process can be assess: Hu>AF>AH. The higher heating value (HHV) and oxygen content of HSF from humin were fully compatible with biofuel characteristics. PMID:24140851

  8. Kinetics and mechanisms of catalytic hydroliquefaction and hydrogasification of lignite. Quarterly report, April-June 1981

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    Kranich, W.L.; Gueruez, K.; Weiss, A.H.

    1981-08-10

    The work reported in the Final Report for DOE Contract DE-AC22-77ET10618 has been continued under the current contract to expand the range of conditions previously studied. This has permitted a more detailed analysis of the variables involved in the hydroliquefaction and hydrogasification of lignite than was possible in the previous report. The principal progress has been a study of the catalytic batch hydroliquefaction of a range of low rank coals including two sub-bituminous coals, four lignites, and leonardite, as well as cellulose. These were studied both as received and after partial demineralization by washing with hydrochloric acid. The study is fully reported in the attached article which has been submitted for publication in a technical journal.

  9. Curvature Sensing by a Viral Scission Protein.

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    Martyna, Agnieszka; Gómez-Llobregat, Jordi; Lindén, Martin; Rossman, Jeremy S

    2016-06-28

    Membrane scission is the final step in all budding processes wherein a membrane neck is sufficiently constricted so as to allow for fission and the release of the budded particle. For influenza viruses, membrane scission is mediated by an amphipathic helix (AH) domain in the viral M2 protein. While it is known that the M2AH alters membrane curvature, it is not known how the protein is localized to the center neck of budding virions where it would be able to cause membrane scission. Here, we use molecular dynamics simulations on buckled lipid bilayers to show that the M2AH senses membrane curvature and preferentially localizes to regions of high membrane curvature, comparable to that seen at the center neck of budding influenza viruses. These results were then validated using in vitro binding assays to show that the M2AH senses membrane curvature by detecting lipid packing defects in the membrane. Our results show that the M2AH senses membrane curvature and suggest that the AH domain may localize the protein at the viral neck where it can then mediate membrane scission and the release of budding viruses. PMID:27299375

  10. The scission point configuration of fissioning nuclei

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    Ivanyuk, Fedir

    2016-06-01

    We define the optimal shape which fissioning nuclei attain just before the scission and calculate the deformation energy as function of the mass asymmetry at the scission point. The calculated deformation energy is used in quasi-static approximation for the estimation of mass distribution, total kinetic and excitation energy of fission fragments, and the total number of prompt neutrons. The calculated results reproduce rather well the experimental data on the position of the peaks in the mass distribution of fission fragments, the total kinetic and excitation energy of fission fragments. The calculated value of neutron multiplicity is somewhat larger than experimental results. The saw-tooth structure of neutron multiplicity is qualitatively reproduced.

  11. Solvent-induced crystallization of poly(ether ether ketone)

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    McPeak, Jennifer Lynne

    The purpose of this study was learn how the diffusion, swelling, and crystallization processes are coupled during solvent-induced crystallization of poly(ether ether ketone) (PEEK). Unoriented amorphous PEEK films were immersed in aprotic organic liquids at ambient temperature and bulk properties or characteristics were monitored as a function of immersion time. The sorption behavior, T g and Tm° suppression, crystallinity, and dynamic mechanical response were correlated as a function of solvent chemistry and immersion time. The saturation time of methylene chloride, 1,3-dichloropropane, tetrahydrofuran, cyclopentanone, chlorobenzene, toluene, diethyl ketone, and ethylbenzene in amorphous PEEK films were found to range from hours to days depending on the level of polymer-solvent interactions. In-situ isochronal DMA spectra show that the Tg of PEEK was suppressed from 150°C to below ambient temperature such that crystallization was kinetically feasible during ambient immersion. In addition, an increase in viscoelastic dispersion was attributed to the presence of crystallinity. From dynamic mass uptake and wide-angle x-ray diffraction (WAXD) results, it was found that the bulk sorption rate was equal to the bulk crystallization rate for all solvent systems that promoted SINC and PEEK exhibited diffusion-limited crystallization, irrespective of the nature of the transport mechanism. In addition, the solvent-induced crystals exhibit preferred orientation as supported by photographic WAXD. A distinct sorption front, observed with scanning electron microscopy, further supports the scenario of diffusion-controlled crystallization and one-dimensional diffusion. Isothermal DMA spectra for THF, cyclopentanone, and chlorobenzene, indicate that, as the solvent diffuses into the films, the stiffness of the polymer decreases at short times, begins to increase, and then reaches a relatively time-independent value. It was determined that the initial decrease in the storage

  12. Effects of lignite properties on the hydroliquefaction behavior of representative Turkish lignites

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    Oener, M.; Bolat, E.; Dincer, S. )

    1992-01-01

    This paper reports on the conversion and yield data obtained for hydroliquefaction of 11 different Turkish lignites in tetralin, anthracene, and creosote oils with or without catalyst at 440{degrees}C and 80 bar that were correlated with the lignite properties obtained from proximate, ultimate, and petrographic analyses. The intercorrelation of experimental results and analytical data was evaluated by both simple linear regression and stepwise multiple linear regression analyses. Simple linear correlations between conversion and yield data with individual lignite parameters are unsatisfactory. An approach utilizing a stepwise multiple linear regression analysis lead to a number of linear equations relating oil yields to ash, sulfur, volatile matter, elemental carbon, maceral, and xylene extract contents of the lignites.

  13. Hydro-liquefaction of microcrystalline cellulose, xylan and industrial lignin in different supercritical solvents.

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    Li, Qingyin; Liu, Dong; Hou, Xulian; Wu, Pingping; Song, Linhua; Yan, Zifeng

    2016-11-01

    The influences of solvent on hydro-liquefaction of cellulose, xylan, and lignin were investigated using micro-autoclave. The maximum conversion and bio-oil yield obtained from cellulose and xylan liquefaction were achieved in methanol, whereas similar liquefaction characteristics of lignin were observed in methanol and ethanol. The molecular simulation of interactions between solvents and subcomponents indicated that methanol and ethanol were highly miscible with raw materials. GC-MS and FT-ICR MS characterization revealed that the chemical compositions of liquid products highly depended on the utilized feedstocks. Esters, ketones, and aldehydes were mainly produced from cellulose and xylan conversion, whereas aromatic compounds were primarily derived from lignin conversion. EA results showed that methanol favored the hydrogenation and deoxygenation, resulting in the heating value increased. It could be concluded that the oil quality was highly improved in supercritical methanol. PMID:27497089

  14. A search for the radical hydrogen transfer pathway in coal hydroliquefaction

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    Autrey, T.; Franz, J.

    1990-04-01

    It is generally accepted that the formation of petroleum liquids produced in the thermal liquefaction of coal can not be completely explained by simple homolytic cleavage of strong linkages in coal structures. Model compound studies have been employed to elucidate the mechanisms of scission of strong bonds in coal structures and have provided useful information for increasing the efficiency of the coal liquefaction processes. Radical Hydrogen Transfer (RHT), the transfer of a hydrogen atom from a solvent-derived cyclohexadienyl substituted radical to the ipso position of an aryl-alkyl linkage, has been proposed as an important pathway for the cleavage of strong bonds in coal structures during coal liquefaction. Elegant numerical modeling studies of the scission of diarylmethane model compounds in the presence of a variety of solvent molecules demonstrated that an alternative mechanism for the scission of the strong bonds in these model compounds may be operative that involves cyclohexadienyl-derived solvent molecules rather than free hydrogen atoms.

  15. Solvent-induced desorption of alkanethiol ligands from Au nanoparticles.

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    Huang, Yuanyuan; Liu, Wei; Cheng, Hao; Yao, Tao; Yang, Lina; Bao, Jie; Huang, Ting; Sun, Zhihu; Jiang, Yong; Wei, Shiqiang

    2016-06-21

    Removing surfactants from a colloidal metal nanoparticle surface is necessary for their realistic applications, and how they could be stripped is a subject of active investigation. Here, we report a solvent-induced desorption of dodecanethiol ligands from the gold nanoparticle surface, and traced this desorption process using a combination of in situ X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) and Raman spectroscopic techniques. In situ analysis results reveal that the solvent exchange of ethanol with tetrahydrofuran (THF) can effectively remove dodecanethiol ligands while keeping the particle morphology unchanged. Upon increasing the THF/ethanol ratio from 0 : 1 to 5 : 1, the surface coverage of thiol on the Au surface is reduced from 0.47 to 0.07, suggesting the depletion of ligands first from the nanoparticle facet sites, then from the edge sites, while the ligands at the corner sites are intact. This work enriches our knowledge on surfactant removal and may pave the way towards preparing surface-clean nanoparticles for practical applications. PMID:27241025

  16. Solvent-Induced Crystallization in Poly(Ethylene Terephthalate)

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    Ouyang, Hao

    2000-03-01

    The solvent transport in poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) and related phase transformation were investigated. Based on Harmon's model for Case I (Fickian), Case II (swelling) and anomalous transport, the data of mass uptake were analyzed. Pure Case I or Case II behavior did not appear in the PET-acetone system. The mass transport in PET is accompanied by a large-scale structural rearrangement, which leads to the induced crystallization of the original amorphous state. Solvent-induced crystallization was studied by wide angle X-ray scattering (WAXS), small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS), Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC), and Fourier Transform Infra-Red (FTIR), which is different from the thermal crystallization. During this process, the matrix is under compressive stress which causes different kinetic path of crystallization in comparison with that by thermal annealing. The crystallization process was proposed in terms of the long period L, the crystal thickness lc and the thickness of amorphous layer la, calculated from the linear correlation function and interface distribution function. The variation of trans conformation is used to monitor this process.

  17. Silk fibroin gelation via non-solvent induced phase separation.

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    Kasoju, Naresh; Hawkins, Nicholas; Pop-Georgievski, Ognen; Kubies, Dana; Vollrath, Fritz

    2016-03-01

    Tissue engineering benefits from novel materials with precisely tunable physical, chemical and mechanical properties over a broad range. Here we report a practical approach to prepare Bombyx mori silk fibroin hydrogels using the principle of non-solvent induced phase separation (NIPS). A combination of reconstituted silk fibroin (RSF) and methanol (non-solvent), with a final concentration of 2.5% w/v and 12.5% v/v respectively, maintained at 22 °C temperature turned into a hydrogel within 10 hours. Freeze-drying of this gel gave a foam with a porosity of 88%, a water uptake capacity of 89% and a swelling index of 8.6. The gelation kinetics and the loss tangent of the gels were investigated by rheometry. The changes in the morphology of the porous foams were visualized by SEM. The changes in RSF chemical composition and the relative fraction of its secondary structural elements were analyzed by ATR-FTIR along with Fourier self-deconvolution. And, the changes in the glass transition temperature, specific heat capacity and the relative fraction of crystallinity of RSF were determined by TM-DSC. Data suggested that RSF-water-methanol behaved as a polymer-solvent-non-solvent ternary phase system, wherein the demixing of the water-methanol phases altered the thermodynamic equilibrium of RSF-water phases and resulted in the desolvation and eventual separation of the RSF phase. Systematic analysis revealed that both gelation time and the properties of hydrogels and porous foams could be controlled by the ratios of RSF and non-solvent concentration as well as by the type of non-solvent and incubation temperature. Due to the unique properties we envisage that the herein prepared NIPS induced RSF hydrogels and porous foams can possibly be used for the encapsulation of cells and/or for the controlled release of both hydrophilic and hydrophobic drugs. PMID:26730413

  18. Evaluation of the Rockwell International flash-hydroliquefaction process. Final summary report

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    Sirohi, V.P.

    1980-09-01

    At the request of the Department of Energy, UOP/SDC has evaluated the Rockwell Hydroliquefaction Process to determine the adequacy of the existing PDU data base and to assess the practicability and operability of the process. UOP/SDC conducted nine studies. Their findings follow: (1) A complete designed set of experiments must be run on the present PDU to make possible satisfactory analysis of the effects of variables especially the effect of diluents in the H/sub 2/ feed and the possibility of carbon deposition problems. (2) Basic improvements in the equipment and operation of the PDU should first be made (Ten specific recommendations are made). (3) A reactor design concept must be developed that looks feasible for design, fabrication, and operation. (4) A conceptual commercial design and economics should be prepared based on a realistic set of design bases and criteria. (5) If the above are accomplished successfully with attractive results, then and only then: (a) A study should be made of the refining requirements of the product, which are expected to be expensive based on the H/C ratio. (b) The PDU should be modified for continuous runs of up to one month to: Confirm the data correlations, estimate the reliability of the reactor and process, adhere to the requirements stated above, test cryogenic gas separation, study fouling and erosion, study lockhopper feeding, establish initial reliability of the coal injector and precombustion assembly head, collect scale-up and design data, and conduct a materials study and confirm materials choices. (c) Determine particle size of the char and of the solids in the oil product, the degree to which they may be separated, and how the ash should be removed from the product oil.

  19. Combination of pyrolysis and hydroliquefaction of CCB-treated wood for energy recovery: optimization and products characterization.

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    Kinata, Silao Espérance; Loubar, Khaled; Paraschiv, Maria; Belloncle, Christophe; Tazerout, Mohand

    2012-08-01

    In this paper, pyrolysis and hydroliquefaction processes were successively used to convert CCB-treated wood into bio-oil with respect to environment. Pyrolysis temperature has been optimized to produce maximum yield of charcoal with a high metal content (Cu, Cr, and B). The results obtained indicate that the pyrolysis at 300 °C and 30 min are the optimal conditions giving high yield of charcoal about 45% which contains up to 94% of Cu, 100% of Cr and 88% of B. After pyrolysis process, the charcoal has been converted into bio-oil using hydroliquefaction process. The optimization approach for the yield of bio-oil using a complete factorial design with three parameters: charcoal/solvent, temperature and hydrogen pressure was discussed. It is observed that the temperature is the most significant parameter and the optimum yield of bio-oil is around 82%. The metal analysis shows that the metals present in the bio-oil is very negligible. PMID:22705538

  20. Characterization of the scission point from fission-fragment velocities

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    Caamaño, M.; Farget, F.; Delaune, O.; Schmidt, K.-H.; Schmitt, C.; Audouin, L.; Bacri, C.-O.; Benlliure, J.; Casarejos, E.; Derkx, X.; Fernández-Domínguez, B.; Gaudefroy, L.; Golabek, C.; Jurado, B.; Lemasson, A.; Ramos, D.; Rodríguez-Tajes, C.; Roger, T.; Shrivastava, A.

    2015-09-01

    The isotopic yield distributions and kinematic properties of fragments produced in the transfer-induced fission of 240Pu and fusion-induced fission of 250Cf, with 9 MeV and 45 MeV excitation energy, respectively, were measured in inverse kinematics with the spectrometer VAMOS. The kinematics of identified fission fragments allow to derive properties of the scission configuration such as the distance between fragments, the total kinetic energy, the neutron multiplicity, the total excitation energy, and, for the first time, the proton- and neutron-number sharing during the emergence of the fragments. These properties of the scission point are studied as functions of the fragment atomic number. The correlation between these observables, gathered in one single experiment and for two different fissioning systems at different excitation energies, give valuable information for the understanding and modeling of the fission process.

  1. Controlling the bond scission sequence of oxygenates for energy applications

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    Stottlemyer, Alan L.

    The so called "Holy Grail" of heterogeneous catalysis is a fundamental understanding of catalyzed chemical transformations which span multidimensional scales of both length and time, enabling rational catalyst design. Such an undertaking is realizable only with an atomic level understanding of bond formation and destruction with respect to intrinsic properties of the metal catalyst. In this study, we investigate the bond scission sequence of small oxygenates (methanol, ethanol, ethylene glycol) on bimetallic transition metal catalysts and transition metal carbide catalysts. Oxygenates are of interest both as hydrogen carriers for reforming to H2 and CO and as fuels in direct alcohol fuel cells (DAFC). To address the so-called "materials gap" and "pressure gap" this work adopted three parallel research approaches: (1) ultra high vacuum (UHV) studies including temperature programmed desorption (TPD) and high-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS) on polycrystalline surfaces; (2) DFT studies including thermodynamic and kinetic calculations; (3) electrochemical studies including cyclic voltammetry (CV) and chronoamperometry (CA). Recent studies have suggested that tungsten monocarbide (WC) may behave similarly to Pt for the electrooxidation of oxygenates. TPD was used to quantify the activity and selectivity of oxygenate decomposition for WC and Pt-modifiedWC (Pt/WC) as compared to Pt. While decomposition activity was generally higher on WC than on Pt, scission of the C-O bond resulted in alkane/alkene formation on WC, an undesired product for DAFC. When Pt was added to WC by physical vapor deposition C-O bond scission was limited, suggesting that Pt synergistically modifies WC to improve the selectivity toward C-H bond scission to produce H2 and CO. Additionally, TPD confirmed WC and Pt/WC to be more CO tolerant than Pt. HREELS results verified that surface intermediates were different on Pt/WC as compared to Pt or WC and evidence of aldehyde

  2. Endocytic vesicle scission by lipid phase boundary forces

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    Liu, Jian; Kaksonen, Marko; Drubin, David G.; Oster, George

    2006-01-01

    Endocytosis in budding yeast is thought to occur in several phases. First, the membrane invaginates and then elongates into a tube. A vesicle forms at the end of the tube, eventually pinching off to form a “free” vesicle. Experiments show that actin polymerization is an active participant in the endocytic process, along with a number of membrane-associated proteins. Here we investigate the possible roles of these components in driving vesiculation by constructing a quantitative model of the process beginning at the stage where the membrane invagination has elongated into a tube encased in a sheath of membrane-associated protein. This protein sheath brings about the scission step where the vesicle separates from the tube. When the protein sheath is dynamin, it is commonly assumed that scission is brought about by the constriction of the sheath. Here, we show that an alternative scenario can work as well: The protein sheath acts as a “filter” to effect a phase separation of lipid species. The resulting line tension tends to minimize the interface between the tube region and the vesicle region. Interestingly, large vesicle size can further facilitate the reduction of the interfacial diameter down to a few nanometers, small enough so that thermal fluctuations can fuse the membrane and pinch off the vesicle. To deform the membrane into the tubular vesicle shape, the membrane elastic resistance forces must be balanced by some additional forces that we show can be generated by actin polymerization and/or myosin I. These active forces are shown to be important in successful scission processes as well. PMID:16801551

  3. Constitutive models for rubber networks undergoing simultaneous crosslinking and scission.

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    Thompson, Aidan Patrick; Curro, John G.; Rottach, Dana R.; Grest, Gary Stephen; Budzien, Joanne L.; Lo, David Chi S.

    2006-01-01

    Constitutive models for chemically reacting networks are formulated based on a generalization of the independent network hypothesis. These models account for the coupling between chemical reaction and strain histories, and have been tested by comparison with microscopic molecular dynamics simulations. An essential feature of these models is the introduction of stress transfer functions that describe the interdependence between crosslinks formed and broken at various strains. Efforts are underway to implement these constitutive models into the finite element code Adagio. Preliminary results are shown that illustrate the effects of changing crosslinking and scission rates and history.

  4. Oxidative scission of plant cell wall polysaccharides by ascorbate-induced hydroxyl radicals.

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    Fry, S C

    1998-06-01

    Scission of plant cell wall polysaccharides in vivo has generally been assumed to be enzymic. However, in the presence of l-ascorbate, such polysaccharides are shown to undergo non-enzymic scission under physiologically relevant conditions. Scission of xyloglucan by 1 mM ascorbate had a pH optimum of 4.5, and the maximum scission rate was reached after a 10-25-min delay. Catalase prevented the scission, whereas added H2O2 (0.1-10 mM) increased the scission rate and shortened the delay. Ascorbate caused detectable xyloglucan scission above approx. 5 microM. Dehydroascorbate was much less effective. Added Cu2+ (>0.3 microM) also increased the rate of ascorbate-induced scission; EDTA was inhibitory. The rate of scission in the absence of added metals appeared to be attributable to the traces of Cu (2.8 mg.kg-1) present in the xyloglucan. Ascorbate-induced scission of xyloglucan was inhibited by radical scavengers; their effectiveness was proportional to their rate constants for reaction with hydroxyl radicals (.OH). It is proposed that ascorbate non-enzymically reduces O2 to H2O2, and Cu2+ to Cu+, and that H2O2 and Cu+ react to form .OH, which causes oxidative scission of polysaccharide chains. Evidence is reviewed to suggest that, in the wall of a living plant cell, Cu+ and H2O2 are formed by reactions involving ascorbate and its products, dehydroascorbate and oxalate. Systems may thus be in place to produce apoplastic .OH radicals in vivo. Although .OH radicals are often regarded as detrimental, they are so short-lived that they could act as site-specific oxidants targeted to play a useful role in loosening the cell wall, e.g. during cell expansion, fruit ripening and organ abscission. PMID:9601081

  5. Probing postsaddle nuclear dissipation with excitation energy at scission

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    Ye, W.; Tian, J.

    2016-04-01

    Using the stochastic Langevin model coupled with a statistical decay model, we study postsaddle dissipation properties in fission by analyzing the excitation energy at scission (Esc*) measured in fissioning nuclei 179Re and Fm,256254. The postsaddle dissipation strength (β ) required to fit Esc* data is found to be larger for Fm,256254 than light 179Re which has a smaller postsaddle deformation compared to heavy Fm,256254, showing a rise of nuclear dissipation strength at a greater deformation. Furthermore, we explore the influence of initial excitation energy of a fissioning system 246Cf on the sensitivity of its Esc* to β , and find that the sensitivity is significantly enhanced with increasing the initial excitation energy. Our finding suggests that, on the experimental side, to more accurately probe the postsaddle dissipation strength through the measurement of Esc*, it is best to yield those fissioning systems with high energy.

  6. Non-linear scission/recombination kinetics of living polymerization

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    Nyrkova, I. A.; Semenov, A. N.

    2007-10-01

    Living polymers are formed by reversible association of primary units (unimers). Generally the chain statistical weight involves a factor σ < 1 suppressing short chains in comparison with free unimers. Living polymerization is a sharp thermodynamic transition for σ ≪ 1 which is typically the case. We show that this sharpness has an important effect on the kinetics of living polymerization (one-dimensional association). The kinetic model involves i) the unimer activation step (a transition to an assembly-competent state); ii) the scission/recombination processes providing growth of polymer chains and relaxation of their length distribution. Analyzing the polymerization with no chains but unimers at t = 0 , with initial concentration of unimers M ≳ M* (M* is the critical polymerization concentration), we determine the time evolution of the chain length distribution and find that: 1) for M* ≪ M ≪ M*/σ the kinetics is characterized by 5 distinct time stages demarcated by 4 characteristic times t1, t2, t3 and t*; 2) there are transient regimes (t1 ≲ t ≲ t3) when the molecular-weight distribution is strongly non-exponential; 3) the chain scissions are negligible at times shorter than t2. The chain growth is auto-accelerated for t1 ≲ t ≲ t2 : the cut-off chain length (= polymerization degree w N1 ∝ t2 in this regime. 4) For t2 < t < t3 the length distribution is characterized by essentially 2 non-linear modes; the shorter cut-off length N1 is decreasing with time in this regime, while the length scale N2 of the second mode is increasing. (5) The terminal relaxation time of the polymer length distribution, t*, shows a sharp maximum in the vicinity of M*; the effective exponent {frac{{partialln1/t*}}{{partialln M}}} is as high as ˜ σ-1/3 just above M*.

  7. Can solvent induced surface modifications applied to screen-printed platforms enhance their electroanalytical performance?

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    Blanco, Elias; Foster, Christopher W; Cumba, Loanda R; do Carmo, Devaney R; Banks, Craig E

    2016-04-25

    In this paper the effect of solvent induced chemical surface enhancements upon graphitic screen-printed electrodes (SPEs) is explored. Previous literature has indicated that treating the working electrode of a SPE with the solvent N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF) offers improvements within the electroanalytical response, resulting in a 57-fold increment in the electrode surface area compared to their unmodified counterparts. The protocol involves two steps: (i) the SPE is placed into DMF for a selected time, and (ii) it is cured in an oven at a selected time and temperature. Beneficial electroanalytical outputs are reported to be due to the increased surface area attributed to the binder within the bulk surface of the SPEs dissolving out during the immersion step (step i). We revisit this exciting concept and explore these solvent induced chemical surface enhancements using edge- and basal-plane like SPEs and a new bespoke SPE, utilising the solvent DMF and explore, in detail, the parameters utilised in steps (i) and (ii). The electrochemical performance following steps (i) and (ii) is evaluated using the outer-sphere redox probe hexaammineruthenium(iii) chloride/0.1 M KCl, where it is found that the largest improvement is obtained using DMF with an immersion time of 10 minutes and a curing time of 30 minutes at 100 °C. Solvent induced chemical surface enhancement upon the electrochemical performance of SPEs is also benchmarked in terms of their electroanalytical sensing of NADH (dihydronicotinamide adenine dinucleotide reduced form) and capsaicin both of which are compared to their unmodified SPE counterparts. In both cases, it is apparent that a marginal improvement in the electroanalytical sensitivity (i.e. gradient of calibration plots) of 1.08-fold and 1.38-fold are found respectively. Returning to the original exciting concept, interestingly it was found that when a poor experimental technique was employed, only then significant increases within the working

  8. Adsorption-induced scission of carbon carbon bonds

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    Sheiko, Sergei S.; Sun, Frank C.; Randall, Adrian; Shirvanyants, David; Rubinstein, Michael; Lee, Hyung-Il; Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof

    2006-03-01

    Covalent carbon-carbon bonds are hard to break. Their strength is evident in the hardness of diamonds and tensile strength of polymeric fibres; on the single-molecule level, it manifests itself in the need for forces of several nanonewtons to extend and mechanically rupture one bond. Such forces have been generated using extensional flow, ultrasonic irradiation, receding meniscus and by directly stretching a single molecule with nanoprobes. Here we show that simple adsorption of brush-like macromolecules with long side chains on a substrate can induce not only conformational deformations, but also spontaneous rupture of covalent bonds in the macromolecular backbone. We attribute this behaviour to the fact that the attractive interaction between the side chains and the substrate is maximized by the spreading of the side chains, which in turn induces tension along the polymer backbone. Provided the side-chain densities and substrate interaction are sufficiently high, the tension generated will be strong enough to rupture covalent carbon-carbon bonds. We expect similar adsorption-induced backbone scission to occur for all macromolecules with highly branched architectures, such as brushes and dendrimers. This behaviour needs to be considered when designing surface-targeted macromolecules of this type-either to avoid undesired degradation, or to ensure rupture at predetermined macromolecular sites.

  9. Interchangeable adaptors regulate mitochondrial dynamin assembly for membrane scission

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    Koirala, Sajjan; Guo, Qian; Kalia, Raghav; Bui, Huyen T.; Eckert, Debra M.; Frost, Adam; Shaw, Janet M.

    2013-01-01

    Mitochondrial fission is mediated by the dynamin-related GTPases Dnm1/Drp1 (yeast/mammals), which form spirals around constricted sites on mitochondria. Additional membrane-associated adaptor proteins (Fis1, Mdv1, Mff, and MiDs) are required to recruit these GTPases from the cytoplasm to the mitochondrial surface. Whether these adaptors participate in both GTPase recruitment and membrane scission is not known. Here we use a yeast strain lacking all fission proteins to identify the minimal combinations of GTPases and adaptors sufficient for mitochondrial fission. Although Fis1 is dispensable for fission, membrane-anchored Mdv1, Mff, or MiDs paired individually with their respective GTPases are sufficient to divide mitochondria. In addition to their role in Drp1 membrane recruitment, MiDs coassemble with Drp1 in vitro. The resulting heteropolymer adopts a dramatically different structure with a narrower diameter than Drp1 homopolymers assembled in isolation. This result demonstrates that an adaptor protein alters the architecture of a mitochondrial dynamin GTPase polymer in a manner that could facilitate membrane constriction and severing activity. PMID:23530241

  10. Solvent-induced chirality control in the enantioseparation of 1-phenylethylamine via diastereomeric salt formation.

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    Kodama, Koichi; Kimura, Yuria; Shitara, Hiroaki; Yasutake, Mikio; Sakurai, Rumiko; Hirose, Takuji

    2011-04-01

    Solvent-induced chirality control in the enantioseparation of 1-phenylethylamine 1 by N-(p-toluenesulfonyl)-(S)-phenylalanine 2 via diastereomeric salt formation was studied. (S)-1·(S)-2 was preferentially crystallized as a less-soluble salt from aqueous alcohol, while (R)-1·(S)-2 salt was mainly obtained by addition of solvents with a six-membered ring such as dioxane, cyclohexane, tetrahydropyran, and cyclohexene to 2-propanol. Further investigations were carried out from the viewpoints of molecular structures, optical rotation measurement, and X-ray crystallographic analyses. Crystallographic analyses have revealed that incorporation of the six-membered ring solvent molecule in (R)-1·(S)-2 without hydrogen bonds changed the molecular conformation of (S)-2 to stabilize the salt, which changed the selectivity of 1 in the enantioseparation. PMID:21384437

  11. Desalination membranes from functional block copolymer via non-solvent induced phase inversion

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    Sung, Hyemin; Poelma, Justin; Leibfarth, Frank; Hawker, Craig; Bang, Joona

    2012-02-01

    Commercially available reverse osmosis (RO) and forward osmosis (FO) membranes are most commonly derived from materials such as polysulfone, polyimide, and cellulose acetate. While these membranes have improved the efficiency of the desalination process, they suffer from mechanical and chemical stability, fouling issues, and low fluxes. In this study, we combine a well-established membrane formation method, non-solvent-induced phase separation, with the self-assembly of a functional amphiphilic block copolymersAn amine and acid functional polystyrene-block-poly(ethylene oxide-co-allyl glycidyl ether) were chosen for the membranes. Membranes were formed by casting a concentrated polymer solution (12 to 25 wt% polymer) on PET fabric followed by immersion in a non-solvent bath. Scanning electron microscopy revealed an asymmetric porous structure consisting of a dense skin layer on top of a highly porous layer. Membrane performance was investigating using an FO test cell under the seawater condition.

  12. Solvent induced modifications to fiber nanostructure and morphology for 12HSA molecular gels

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    Gao, Jie

    Molecular organogels are thermo reversible quasi-solid materials, which are formed by low molecular weight organogelators (LMOGs) undergoing supramolecular aggregation via non-covalent interactions, forming a three-dimensional fibrillar network. Numerous applications of molecular organogels are been investigated as edible oils, drug release matrices and personal care products. The chemistry of the organic phase (i.e., solvent) influences every level of structure in organogels. Different solvents induce LMOG to assemble into "crystal like" fibers, which have more than one crystal form, lamellar arrangement and domain size. Differences in these solid states are known to affect the macroscopic properties of the gel, including critical gelator concentration (CGC), melting point, melting enthalpy and opacity.12-hydroxystearic acid (12HSA) was examined in several classes of organic solvents with different function groups. These gels, sols or precipitates were analyzed using a series of techniques including: powder x-ray diffraction (XRD), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), pulsed nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (pNMR) and microscopy. Specifically, certain solvents caused 12HSA to self-assemble into a triclinic parallel polymorphic form with subcell spacing of ~4.6, 3.9, and 3.8 A and an interdigitated unit cell with a lamellar arrangement (38~44 A). This polymorphic form corresponded to a less effective sphereultic supramolecular crystalline network, which immobilizes solvents at CGC greater than 1.5 wt %. The other group of solvents induce a hexagonal subcell spacing (i.e., unit sub cell spacing ~4.1 A) and are arranged in a multi lamellar fashion with a unit cell greater than the bimolecular length of 12HSA (~54 A).This polymorphic form corresponds to fibrillar aggregates with a CGC less than 1 wt %.

  13. Microscopic Calculation of 240Pu Scission with a Finite-Range Effective Force

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    Younes, W; Gogny, D

    2009-05-04

    Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov calculations of hot fission in {sup 240}Pu have been performed with a newly-implemented code that uses the D1S finite-range effective interaction. The hot-scission line is identified in the quadrupole-octupole-moment coordinate space. Fission-fragment shapes are extracted from the calculations. A benchmark calculation for {sup 226}Th is obtained and compared to results in the literature. In addition, technical aspects of the use of HFB calculations for fission studies are examined in detail. In particular, the identification of scission configurations, the sensitivity of near-scission calculations to the choice of collective coordinates in the HFB iterations, and the formalism for the adjustment of collective-variable constraints are discussed. The power of the constraint-adjustment algorithm is illustrated with calculations near the critical scission configurations with up to seven simultaneous constraints.

  14. Enhanced hydrophobicity of polyurethane via non-solvent induced surface aggregation of silica nanoparticles.

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    Seyfi, Javad; Hejazi, Iman; Jafari, Seyed Hassan; Khonakdar, Hossein Ali; Simon, Frank

    2016-09-15

    Fabrication of superhydrophobic surfaces from hydrophilic polymers has always been regarded as a challenge. In this study, to achieve superhydrophobic polyurethane (PU) surfaces, silica nanoparticles and ethanol as non-solvent were simultaneously utilized during a solution casting-based process. Such modified version of phase separation process was found to be highly efficient, and also it required much lower concentration of nanoparticles to achieve superhydrophobicity as compared to the previously reported methods in the literature. According to the proposed mechanism, non-solvent induces a more profound aggregation of silica nanoparticles at the surface's top layer causing the surface energy to be highly diminished, and thus, the water repellency is improved. Morphology and topography results showed that a unique "triple-sized" structure was formed on the surface of superhydrophobic samples. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results proved that both PU macromolecules and silica nanoparticles were concurrently present at the surface layer of the superhydrophobic sample. It was concluded that surface composition and roughness could be regarded as competing factors in achieving superhydrophobicity. Based on the obtained results, the proposed method exhibits a promising potential in large-scale fabrication of surface layers with superhydrophobic property. Moreover, a mechanism was also presented to further explicate the physics behind the suggested method. PMID:27288577

  15. Solvent-Induced Crystallization in Poly(Ethylene Terephthalate) during Mass Transport

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    Ouyang, Hao

    2001-03-01

    The solvent transport in poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) and related phase transformation were investigated. The data of mass sorption were analyzed according to Harmon¡¦s model for Case I (Fickian), Case II (swelling) and anomalous transport. This transport process in PET is accompanied by the induced crystallization of the original amorphous state. The transformation was studied by wide angle x-ray scattering (WAXS), small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS), Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC), density gradient column, and Fourier Transform Infra-Red (FTIR). During this process, the matrix is under a compressive strain that causes different kinetic path of crystallization as compared to that by thermal annealing. This state of strain will assist the development of the solvent-induced crystallization. It also can be explained in terms of the principle of Le Chatelier if the local equilibrium is assumed. The model regarding the crystallization was proposed in terms of the study of long period L, the crystal thickness lc and the thickness of amorphous layer la, obtained from the linear correlation function and interface distribution function.

  16. Control of charge transport in a semiconducting copolymer by solvent-induced long-range order

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    Luzio, Alessandro; Criante, Luigino; D'Innocenzo, Valerio; Caironi, Mario

    2013-01-01

    Recent reports on high-mobility organic field-effect transistors (FETs) based on donor-acceptor semiconducting co-polymers have indicated an apparently strong deviation from the paradigm, valid for a series of semi-crystalline polymers, which has been strictly correlating charges mobility to crystalline order. This poses a severe limit on the control of mobility and a fundamental question on the critical length scale which is dominating charge transport. Here we focus on a well-known model material for electron transport, a naphthalene-diimide based copolymer, and we demonstrate that mobility can be controlled over two orders of magnitude, with maximum saturation mobility exceeding 1 cm2/Vs at high gate voltages, by controlling the extent of orientational domains through a deposition process as simple as spin-coating. High mobility values can be achieved by adopting solvents inducing a higher amount of pre-aggregates in the solution, which through the interaction with the substrate, provide the polymer with liquid-crystalline like ordering properties. PMID:24305756

  17. Membrane deformation and scission by the HSV-1 nuclear egress complex

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    Bigalke, Janna M.; Heuser, Thomas; Nicastro, Daniela; Heldwein, Ekaterina E.

    2014-01-01

    The nuclear egress complex (NEC) of herpesviruses such as HSV-1 is essential for the exit of nascent capsids from the cell nucleus. The NEC drives nuclear envelope vesiculation in cells, but the precise budding mechanism and the potential involvement of cellular proteins are unclear. Here we report that HSV-1 NEC alone is sufficient for membrane budding in vitro and thus represents a complete membrane deformation and scission machinery. It forms ordered coats on the inner surface of budded vesicles, suggesting that it mediates scission by scaffolding the membrane bud and constricting the neck to the point of scission. The inward topology of NEC-mediated budding in vitro resembles capsid budding into the inner nuclear membrane during HSV-1 infection and nuclear envelope vesiculation in NEC-transfected cells. We propose that the NEC functions as minimal virus-encoded membrane-budding machinery during nuclear egress and does not require additional cellular factors. PMID:24916797

  18. New statistical scission-point model to predict fission fragment observables

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    Lemaître, Jean-François; Panebianco, Stefano; Sida, Jean-Luc; Hilaire, Stéphane; Heinrich, Sophie

    2015-09-01

    The development of high performance computing facilities makes possible a massive production of nuclear data in a full microscopic framework. Taking advantage of the individual potential calculations of more than 7000 nuclei, a new statistical scission-point model, called SPY, has been developed. It gives access to the absolute available energy at the scission point, which allows the use of a parameter-free microcanonical statistical description to calculate the distributions and the mean values of all fission observables. SPY uses the richness of microscopy in a rather simple theoretical framework, without any parameter except the scission-point definition, to draw clear answers based on perfect knowledge of the ingredients involved in the model, with very limited computing cost.

  19. SPY: A new scission point model based on microscopic ingredients to predict fission fragments properties

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    Lemaître, J.-F.; Dubray, N.; Hilaire, S.; Panebianco, S.; Sida, J.-L.

    2013-12-01

    Our purpose is to determine fission fragments characteristics in a framework of a scission point model named SPY for Scission Point Yields. This approach can be considered as a theoretical laboratory to study fission mechanism since it gives access to the correlation between the fragments properties and their nuclear structure, such as shell correction, pairing, collective degrees of freedom, odd-even effects. Which ones are dominant in final state? What is the impact of compound nucleus structure? The SPY model consists in a statistical description of the fission process at the scission point where fragments are completely formed and well separated with fixed properties. The most important property of the model relies on the nuclear structure of the fragments which is derived from full quantum microscopic calculations. This approach allows computing the fission final state of extremely exotic nuclei which are inaccessible by most of the fission model available on the market.

  20. Rapid RNA Strand Scission Following C2′-Hydrogen Atom Abstraction

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    Paul, Rakesh; Greenberg, Marc M.

    2015-01-01

    C2′-Nucleotide radicals have been proposed as key intermediates in direct strand break formation in RNA exposed to ionizing radiation. Uridin-2′-yl radical (1) was independently generated in single- and double-stranded RNA via photolysis of a ketone precursor. Direct stand breaks result from heterolytic cleavage of the adjacent C3′-carbon–oxygen bond. Trapping of 1 by O2 or β-mercaptoethanol (1 M) does not compete with strand scission, indicating that phosphate elimination is >106 s−1. Uracil loss also does not compete with strand scission. When considered in conjunction with reports that nucleobase radicals produce 1, this chemistry explains why RNA is significantly more susceptible to strand scission by ionizing radiation (hydroxyl radical) than is DNA. PMID:25580810

  1. Prediction of enhanced solvent-induced enantioselectivity for a ring opening with a bifurcating reaction path

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    Carpenter, Barry K.; Harvey, Jeremy N.; Glowacki, David R.

    2014-12-11

    Classical molecular dynamics simulations are reported for the deazetisation and ring opening of meso-2,3-difluoro-2,3-dimethyldiazocyclopropane in three solvents: CHCl3, CHFClBr and CH3CH(OH)CF3 (TFIPA). In this study, the achiral reactant leads to enantiomeric allene products, and the question addressed in the study is whether either of the chiral, enantiomerically pure solvents can induce significant enantiomeric excess in the products. The direct dynamics calculations use an empirical valence bond potential for the solute, with empirical parameters optimised against M06-2X/cc-pVTZ density functional results. The results reveal that the exothermic N2 loss and ring opening promote transient strong solvent–solute interactions within the first ~100 fsmore » of the reaction. Because of the bifurcating reaction path, these interactions occur at time when the “decision” about which enantiomer of the product to form has yet to be made (at least for many of the trajectories). Hence, it is possible in principle that the solvent could exert a larger-than-normal influence on the course of the reaction. In fact, the results reveal no such effect for CHFClBr but do predict that TFIPA should induce 15.2 ± 2.1% enantiomeric excess. This is roughly an order of magnitude larger than solvent-induced enantiomeric excesses found experimentally in reactions where the conversion of reactant(s) to enantiomeric products occur over separate transition states.« less

  2. Prediction of enhanced solvent-induced enantioselectivity for a ring opening with a bifurcating reaction path

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    Carpenter, Barry K.; Harvey, Jeremy N.; Glowacki, David R.

    2014-12-11

    Classical molecular dynamics simulations are reported for the deazetisation and ring opening of meso-2,3-difluoro-2,3-dimethyldiazocyclopropane in three solvents: CHCl3, CHFClBr and CH3CH(OH)CF3 (TFIPA). In this study, the achiral reactant leads to enantiomeric allene products, and the question addressed in the study is whether either of the chiral, enantiomerically pure solvents can induce significant enantiomeric excess in the products. The direct dynamics calculations use an empirical valence bond potential for the solute, with empirical parameters optimised against M06-2X/cc-pVTZ density functional results. The results reveal that the exothermic N2 loss and ring opening promote transient strong solvent–solute interactions within the first ~100 fs of the reaction. Because of the bifurcating reaction path, these interactions occur at time when the “decision” about which enantiomer of the product to form has yet to be made (at least for many of the trajectories). Hence, it is possible in principle that the solvent could exert a larger-than-normal influence on the course of the reaction. In fact, the results reveal no such effect for CHFClBr but do predict that TFIPA should induce 15.2 ± 2.1% enantiomeric excess. This is roughly an order of magnitude larger than solvent-induced enantiomeric excesses found experimentally in reactions where the conversion of reactant(s) to enantiomeric products occur over separate transition states.

  3. Solvent-induced helical assembly and reversible chiroptical switching of chiral cyclic-dipeptide-functionalized naphthalenediimides.

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    Manchineella, Shivaprasad; Prathyusha, V; Priyakumar, U Deva; Govindaraju, T

    2013-12-01

    Understanding the roles of various parameters in orchestrating the preferential chiral molecular organization in supramolecular self-assembly processes is of great significance in designing novel molecular functional systems. Cyclic dipeptide (CDP) chiral auxiliary-functionalized naphthalenediimides (NCDPs 1-6) have been prepared and their chiral self-assembly properties have been investigated. Detailed photophysical and circular dichroism (CD) studies have unveiled the crucial role of the solvent in the chiral aggregation of these NCDPs. NCDPs 1-3 form supramolecular helical assemblies and exhibit remarkable chiroptical switching behaviour (M- to P-type) depending on the solvent composition of HFIP and DMSO. The strong influence of solvent composition on the supramolecular chirality of NCDPs has been further corroborated by concentration and solid-state thin-film CD studies. The chiroptical switching between supramolecular aggregates of opposite helicity (M and P) has been found to be reversible, and can be achieved through cycles of solvent removal and redissolution in solvent mixtures of specific composition. The control molecular systems (NCDPs 4-6), with an achiral or D-isomer second amino acid in the CDP auxiliary, did not show chiral aggregation properties. The substantial roles of hydrogen bonding and π-π interactions in the assembly of the NCDPs have been validated through nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), photophysical, and computational studies. Quantum chemical calculations at the ab initio, semiempirical, and density functional theory levels have been performed on model systems to understand the stabilities of the right (P-) and left (M-) handed helical supramolecular assemblies and the nature of the intermolecular interactions. This study emphasizes the role of CDP chiral auxiliaries on the solvent-induced helical assembly and reversible chiroptical switching of naphthalenediimides. PMID:24281809

  4. Controlling Palladium Nanocrystals by Solvent-Induced Strategy for Efficient Multiple Liquid Fuels Electrooxidation.

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    Zhang, Ying; Zhu, Xing; Guo, Jun; Huang, Xiaoqing

    2016-08-17

    Pd has been considered as the possible economical substitute of rare Pt for catalyzing the liquid fuels electrooxidation reaction. However, the biggest problem of Pd nanocatalysts for alcohol oxidations is that they show the limited stability and activity, greatly impacting the development of liquid fuels-based fuel cell technology. We report herein a new solvent-induced procedure for making distinct Pd NCs with geometry tuning from Pd nanosheets, Pd tetrapods, to Pd concave tetrahedra by switching the solvent from 1-methyl-2-pyrrolidone, formamide, to acetylacetonate. The key features for the preparation of dimension-controlled Pd NCs herein are that the use of molybdenum carbonyl (Mo(CO)6) determines the exposed {111} facet in the final Pd NCs, while different solvents control the reduction kinetics to induce the growth of Pd NCs with distinct morphologies. The as-prepared distinct Pd NCs show the interesting shape-dependent electrocatalytic activities toward multiple liquid fuels electrooxidation reactions including ethylene glycol oxidation reaction, glycerol oxidation reaction, ethanol oxidation reaction, and also methanol oxidation reaction with Pd nanosheets exhibiting higher activity than all the other Pd catalysts and higher activity than the commercial Pd/C and also Pd black due to the thin character of Pd nanosheets. Most importantly, the Pd nanosheets exhibit much higher stability for multiple liquid fuels electrooxidation than all the other Pd catalysts tested. The present work gives the first example in exploring the effect of solvent in tuning the dimensions of Pd NCs, and thus optimizing the electrocatalytic performance for liquid fuels electrooxidation. PMID:27442912

  5. Catalytic coal hydroliquefaction process

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    Garg, Diwakar

    1984-01-01

    A process is described for the liquefaction of coal in a hydrogen donor solvent in the presence of hydrogen and a co-catalyst combination of iron and a Group VI or Group VIII non-ferrous metal or compounds of the catalysts.

  6. Hydroliquefaction of coal

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    Sze, Morgan C.; Schindler, Harvey D.

    1982-01-01

    Coal is catalytically hydroliquefied by passing coal dispersed in a liquefaction solvent and hydrogen upwardly through a plurality of parallel expanded catalyst beds, in a single reactor, in separate streams, each having a cross-sectional flow area of no greater than 255 inches square, with each of the streams through each of the catalyst beds having a length and a liquid and gas superficial velocity to maintain an expanded catalyst bed and provide a Peclet Number of at least 3. If recycle is employed, the ratio of recycle to total feed (coal and liquefaction solvent) is no greater than 2:1, based on volume. Such conditions provide for improved selectivity to liquid product to thereby reduce hydrogen consumption. The plurality of beds are formed by partitions in the reactor.

  7. Comparison of Bond Scission Sequence of Methanol on Tungsten Monocarbide and Pt-Modified Tungsten Monocarbide

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    Liu, P.; Stottlemyer, A.L.; Chen, J.G.

    2010-09-14

    The ability to control the bond scission sequence of O-H, C-H, and C-O bonds is of critical importance in the effective utilization of oxygenate molecules, such as in reforming reactions and in alcohol fuel cells. In the current study, we use methanol as a probe molecule to demonstrate the possibility to control the decomposition pathways by supporting monolayer coverage of Pt on a tungsten monocarbide (WC) surface. Density functional theory (DFT) results reveal that on the WC and Pt/WC surfaces CH{sub 3}OH decomposes via O-H bond scission to form the methoxy (*CH{sub 3} O) intermediate. The subsequent decomposition of methoxy on the WC surface occurs through the C-O bond scission to form *CH{sub 3}, which reacts with surface *H to produce CH{sub 4}. In contrast, the decomposition of methoxy on the Pt/WC surface favors the C-H bond scission to produce *CH{sub 2} O, which prevents the formation of the *CH{sub 3} species and leads to the formation of a *CO intermediate through subsequent deprotonation steps. The DFT predictions are validated using temperature programmed desorption to quantify the gas-phase product yields and high resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy to determine the surface intermediates from methanol decomposition on Pt, WC, and Pt/WC surfaces.

  8. Comparison of bond scission sequence of methanol on tungsten monocarbide and Pt-modified tungsten monocarbide

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    Stottlemyer, Alan Lee; Liu, Ping; Chen, Jingguang G.

    2010-09-01

    The ability to control the bond scission sequence of OH, CH, and CO bonds is of critical importance in the effective utilization of oxygenate molecules, such as in reforming reactions and in alcohol fuel cells. In the current study, we use methanol as a probe molecule to demonstrate the possibility to control the decomposition pathways by supporting monolayer coverage of Pt on a tungsten monocarbide (WC) surface. Density functional theory (DFT) results reveal that on the WC and Pt/WC surfaces CH3OH decomposes via OH bond scission to form the methoxy (C∗H3 O) intermediate. The subsequent decomposition of methoxy on the WC surface occurs through the CO bond scission to form C∗H3, which reacts with surface H∗ to produce CH4. In contrast, the decomposition of methoxy on the Pt/WC surface favors the CH bond scission to produce C∗H2 O, which prevents the formation of the C∗H3 species and leads to the formation of a C∗O intermediate through subsequent deprotonation steps. The DFT predictions are validated using temperature programmed desorption to quantify the gas-phase product yields and high resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy to determine the surface intermediates from methanol decomposition on Pt, WC, and Pt/WC surfaces.

  9. The rotation of scissioning nucleus considered trajectory calculations for ternary fission induced by cold polarized neutrons

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    Guseva, I.; Gusev, Yu.

    2009-10-01

    On the base of modified trajectory calculations the shift of angular distribution of α-particles accompanied the reaction 235U(n,f) induced by cold polarized neutrons is evaluated. It was supposed that angular distribution shift is caused by the rotation of nuclear system before scission. The orientation of a rotation motion is determined by the neutron spin polarization along and opposite to the beam direction. For the first time the estimation was done in the frame of trajectory calculations assuming the rotation motion of scissioning nucleus [1]. The result of the calculation is in a good agreement with experimental data of paper [2], where this new phenomenon was named as ROT-effect.

  10. A Dynamin-Actin Interaction Is Required for Vesicle Scission during Endocytosis in Yeast

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    Palmer, Sarah E.; Smaczynska-de Rooij, Iwona I.; Marklew, Christopher J.; Allwood, Ellen G.; Mishra, Ritu; Johnson, Simeon; Goldberg, Martin W.; Ayscough, Kathryn R.

    2015-01-01

    Summary Actin is critical for endocytosis in yeast cells, and also in mammalian cells under tension. However, questions remain as to how force generated through actin polymerization is transmitted to the plasma membrane to drive invagination and scission. Here, we reveal that the yeast dynamin Vps1 binds and bundles filamentous actin. Mutational analysis of Vps1 in a helix of the stalk domain identifies a mutant RR457-458EE that binds actin more weakly. In vivo analysis of Vps1 function demonstrates that the mutation disrupts endocytosis but not other functions of Vps1 such as vacuolar trafficking or peroxisome fission. The mutant Vps1 is stably expressed in cells and co-localizes with the endocytic reporters Abp1 and the amphiphysin Rvs167. Detailed analysis of individual endocytic patch behavior indicates that the mutation causes aberrant movements in later stages of endocytosis, consistent with a scission defect. Ultrastructural analysis of yeast cells using electron microscopy reveals a significant increase in invagination depth, further supporting a role for the Vps1-actin interaction during scission. In vitro analysis of the mutant protein demonstrates that—like wild-type Vps1—it is able to form oligomeric rings, but, critically, it has lost its ability to bundle actin filaments into higher-order structures. A model is proposed in which actin filaments bind Vps1 during invagination, and this interaction is important to transduce the force of actin polymerization to the membrane to drive successful scission. PMID:25772449

  11. The comparison of binary- and ternary-fission configurations close to the instant of scission

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    Guseva, I. S.; Gagarski, A. M.; Gusev, Yu. I.; Petrov, G. A.; Valski, G. V.

    2013-07-01

    A new way to bring into comparison the binary- and ternary-fission configurations is proposed. The method is founded on recently discovered ROT effect. The angle of fission axis deflection from its initial orientation at the moment of scission comes into existence as a result of dividing system rotation and carries information about fissioning nucleus deformation. The comparison of proper angles for binary and ternary fission can be used to estimate the difference in the rupture configurations.

  12. Durable, superoleophobic polymer–nanoparticle composite surfaces with re-entrant geometry via solvent-induced phase transformation

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    Brown, Philip S.; Bhushan, Bharat

    2016-01-01

    Superoleophobic plastic surfaces are useful in a wide variety of applications including anti-fouling, self-cleaning, anti-smudge, and low-drag. Existing examples of superoleophobic surfaces typically rely on poorly adhered coatings or delicate surface structures, resulting in poor mechanical durability. Here, we report a facile method for creating re-entrant geometries desirable for superoleophobicity via entrapment of nanoparticles in polycarbonate surfaces. Nanoparticle incorporation occurs during solvent-induced swelling and subsequent crystallization of the polymer surface. The resulting surface was found to comprise of re-entrant structures, a result of the nanoparticle agglomerates acting as nucleation points for polymer crystallization. Examples of such surfaces were further functionalized with fluorosilane to result in a durable, super-repellent surface. This method of impregnating nanoparticles into polymer surfaces could prove useful in improving the anti-bacterial, mechanical, and liquid-repellent properties of plastic devices. PMID:26876479

  13. Durable, superoleophobic polymer-nanoparticle composite surfaces with re-entrant geometry via solvent-induced phase transformation.

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    Brown, Philip S; Bhushan, Bharat

    2016-01-01

    Superoleophobic plastic surfaces are useful in a wide variety of applications including anti-fouling, self-cleaning, anti-smudge, and low-drag. Existing examples of superoleophobic surfaces typically rely on poorly adhered coatings or delicate surface structures, resulting in poor mechanical durability. Here, we report a facile method for creating re-entrant geometries desirable for superoleophobicity via entrapment of nanoparticles in polycarbonate surfaces. Nanoparticle incorporation occurs during solvent-induced swelling and subsequent crystallization of the polymer surface. The resulting surface was found to comprise of re-entrant structures, a result of the nanoparticle agglomerates acting as nucleation points for polymer crystallization. Examples of such surfaces were further functionalized with fluorosilane to result in a durable, super-repellent surface. This method of impregnating nanoparticles into polymer surfaces could prove useful in improving the anti-bacterial, mechanical, and liquid-repellent properties of plastic devices. PMID:26876479

  14. A QSPR study on the solvent-induced frequency shifts of acetone and dimethyl sulfoxide in organic solvents

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    Ou, Yu Heng; Chang, Chia Ming; Chen, Ying Shao

    2016-06-01

    In this study, solvent-induced frequency shifts (SIFS) in the infrared spectrum of acetone and dimethyl sulfoxide in organic solvents were investigated by using four types of quantum-chemical reactivity descriptors. The results showed that the SIFS of acetone is mainly affected by the electron-acceptance chemical potential and the maximum nucleophilic condensed local softness of organic solvents, which represent the electron flow and the polarization between acetone and solvent molecules. On the other hand, the SIFS of dimethyl sulfoxide changes with the maximum positive charge of hydrogen atom and the inverse of apolar surface area of solvent molecules, showing that the electrostatic and hydrophilic interactions are main mechanisms between dimethyl sulfoxide and solvent molecules. The introduction of the four-element theory model-based quantitative structure-property relationship approach improved the assessing quality and provided a basis for interpreting the solute-solvent interactions.

  15. Durable, superoleophobic polymer-nanoparticle composite surfaces with re-entrant geometry via solvent-induced phase transformation

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    Brown, Philip S.; Bhushan, Bharat

    2016-02-01

    Superoleophobic plastic surfaces are useful in a wide variety of applications including anti-fouling, self-cleaning, anti-smudge, and low-drag. Existing examples of superoleophobic surfaces typically rely on poorly adhered coatings or delicate surface structures, resulting in poor mechanical durability. Here, we report a facile method for creating re-entrant geometries desirable for superoleophobicity via entrapment of nanoparticles in polycarbonate surfaces. Nanoparticle incorporation occurs during solvent-induced swelling and subsequent crystallization of the polymer surface. The resulting surface was found to comprise of re-entrant structures, a result of the nanoparticle agglomerates acting as nucleation points for polymer crystallization. Examples of such surfaces were further functionalized with fluorosilane to result in a durable, super-repellent surface. This method of impregnating nanoparticles into polymer surfaces could prove useful in improving the anti-bacterial, mechanical, and liquid-repellent properties of plastic devices.

  16. A QSPR study on the solvent-induced frequency shifts of acetone and dimethyl sulfoxide in organic solvents.

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    Ou, Yu Heng; Chang, Chia Ming; Chen, Ying Shao

    2016-06-01

    In this study, solvent-induced frequency shifts (SIFS) in the infrared spectrum of acetone and dimethyl sulfoxide in organic solvents were investigated by using four types of quantum-chemical reactivity descriptors. The results showed that the SIFS of acetone is mainly affected by the electron-acceptance chemical potential and the maximum nucleophilic condensed local softness of organic solvents, which represent the electron flow and the polarization between acetone and solvent molecules. On the other hand, the SIFS of dimethyl sulfoxide changes with the maximum positive charge of hydrogen atom and the inverse of apolar surface area of solvent molecules, showing that the electrostatic and hydrophilic interactions are main mechanisms between dimethyl sulfoxide and solvent molecules. The introduction of the four-element theory model-based quantitative structure-property relationship approach improved the assessing quality and provided a basis for interpreting the solute-solvent interactions. PMID:26994584

  17. SPY: a new scission-point model based on microscopic inputs to predict fission fragment properties

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    Panebianco, Stefano; Dubray, Nöel; Goriely, Stéphane; Hilaire, Stéphane; Lemaître, Jean-François; Sida, Jean-Luc

    2014-04-01

    Despite the difficulty in describing the whole fission dynamics, the main fragment characteristics can be determined in a static approach based on a so-called scission-point model. Within this framework, a new Scission-Point model for the calculations of fission fragment Yields (SPY) has been developed. This model, initially based on the approach developed by Wilkins in the late seventies, consists in performing a static energy balance at scission, where the two fragments are supposed to be completely separated so that their macroscopic properties (mass and charge) can be considered as fixed. Given the knowledge of the system state density, averaged quantities such as mass and charge yields, mean kinetic and excitation energy can then be extracted in the framework of a microcanonical statistical description. The main advantage of the SPY model is the introduction of one of the most up-to-date microscopic descriptions of the nucleus for the individual energy of each fragment and, in the future, for their state density. These quantities are obtained in the framework of HFB calculations using the Gogny nucleon-nucleon interaction, ensuring an overall coherence of the model. Starting from a description of the SPY model and its main features, a comparison between the SPY predictions and experimental data will be discussed for some specific cases, from light nuclei around mercury to major actinides. Moreover, extensive predictions over the whole chart of nuclides will be discussed, with particular attention to their implication in stellar nucleosynthesis. Finally, future developments, mainly concerning the introduction of microscopic state densities, will be briefly discussed.

  18. Stereospecific Metabolism of Itraconazole by CYP3A4: Dioxolane Ring Scission of Azole Antifungals

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    Peng, Chi-Chi; Shi, Wei; Lutz, Justin D.; Kunze, Kent L.; Liu, Jun O.; Nelson, Wendel L.

    2012-01-01

    Itraconazole (ITZ) is a mixture of four cis-stereoisomers that inhibit CYP3A4 potently and coordinate CYP3A4 heme via the triazole nitrogen. However, (2R,4S,2′R)-ITZ and (2R,4S,2′S)-ITZ also undergo stereoselective sequential metabolism by CYP3A4 at a site distant from the triazole ring to 3′-OH-ITZ, keto-ITZ, and N-desalkyl-ITZ. This stereoselective metabolism demonstrates specific interactions of ITZ within the CYP3A4 active site. To further investigate this process, the binding and metabolism of the four trans-ITZ stereoisomers by CYP3A4 were characterized. All four trans-ITZ stereoisomers were tight binding inhibitors of CYP3A4-mediated midazolam hydroxylation (IC50 16–26 nM), and each gave a type II spectrum upon binding to CYP3A4. However, instead of formation of 3′-OH-ITZ, they were oxidized at the dioxolane ring, leading to ring scission and formation of two new metabolites of ITZ. These two metabolites were also formed from the four cis-ITZ stereoisomers, although not as efficiently. The catalytic rates of dioxolane ring scission were similar to the dissociation rates of ITZ stereoisomers from CYP3A4, suggesting that the heme iron is reduced while the triazole moiety coordinates to it and no dissociation of ITZ is necessary before catalysis. The triazole containing metabolite [1-(2,4-dichlorophenyl)-2-(1H-1,2,4-triazol-1-yl)ethanone] also inhibited CYP3A4 (IC50 >15 μM) and showed type II binding with CYP3A4. The dioxolane ring scission appears to be clinically relevant because this metabolite was detected in urine samples from subjects that had been administered the mixture of cis-ITZ isomers. These data suggest that the dioxolane ring scission is a metabolic pathway for drugs that contain this moiety. PMID:22106171

  19. Radiolytic crosslinking and chain scission in aliphatic and alkyl-aromatic polyamides—II

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    Lyons, Bernard J.; Glover, Leon C.

    Regression analysis of the radiation parameters of nine aliphatic polyamides exposed to ionizing radiation leads to the conclusion that the decline in the ratio of chain scission to crosslinking in higher aliphatic polyamides is best related to the linear increase in the methylene content of, or the number of methylene groups in, the polyamide repeat unit. G(crosslink) [ G(X)] and G(chain scission) [ G(CS)] values, however, do not correlate well with either of these parameters. Rather it is found that the major determinant of yields [about 80-85% of the variation for G(X), 70% for G(CS)] is the number of hydrogen atoms or methylene groups in the amine residue. A minor determinant [15% of the variation for G(X) and 30% for G(CS)] is the number of hydrogen atoms or methylene groups in the acid residue of the repeat unit. Significantly, although there was little sign of a decrease in G(CS) in the higher aliphatic homologues (up to 11 methylene residues per amide group), G(CS) is found to be positively related to the number of methylene groups in the amine residue but negatively related to the number of methylene groups in the acid residue. Thus although the amine residue dominates the radiolytic response, the acid residue plays a critical if lesser role in determining chain scission yields in polyamides. Thus a polyamide with the repeat unit —(CH 2) 3 nCONH(CH 2) nNHCO— would be predicted to have a very low or zero G(CS) and, if n is 10 or more, a G(X) comparable to that of polyethylene. Although, logically, the yields of crosslinks and chain scissions in polyamides would be expected to tend to that of polyethylene as the number of methylene groups in the repeat unit increases, use of two models assuming an exponential trend to the G(X) value characteristic of polyethylene in the analysis did not provide better fits to the data than the simple linear model referred to above. Indeed, the assumption of a significant exponential trend factor led to a marked drop in

  20. Analysis of pre- and post-scission neutrons emitted in the reaction sup 169 Tm( sup 36 Ar, f ) at E sub lab =205 MeV

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    Rossner, H.; Hilscher, D.; Hinde, D.J.; Gebauer, B.; Lehmann, M.; Wilpert, M. ); Mordhorst, E. )

    1989-12-01

    Pre- and post-scission neutron multiplicities for the reaction {sup 169}Tm({sup 36}Ar,{ital f}) at {ital E}{sub lab}=205 MeV were measured in coincidence with fission fragments of different masses and total kinetic energies. The mass and total kinetic energy dependence of the total neutron multiplicity as well as the width of the out-of-plane fission fragment correlation angle are well described by evaporation calculations. An average time before scission of several 10{sup {minus}20} s is deduced from the average pre-scission neutron multiplicity. The mass dependence of the post-scission neutron multiplicity is consistent with an energy division at scission proportional to the mass of the fragments. For the first time clear evidence for an increase in pre-scission neutrons with increasing total kinetic energy values has been observed. Possible interpretations of this unexpected behavior are discussed.

  1. Comparing different energy partitions at scission used in prompt emission model codes GEF and Point-by-Point

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    Tudora, A.; Hambsch, F.-J.; Visan, I.; Giubega, G.

    2015-08-01

    Different methods to partition the total excitation energy (TXE) of fully accelerated fragments, presently used in prompt emission calculations include different assumptions about what is happening at scission. In fact the energy partition takes place at scission or even before scission, depending on the physical assumptions supporting the models used in different methods of TXE partition. The paper discusses two TXE partition methods in which the amount of energy to be shared (at scission and before scission, respectively) is very different. These methods (based on different principles and physical considerations) are: A. The method used in the Point-by-Point (PbP) treatment of prompt emission in which the available excitation energy at scission is shared between complementary nascent fragments. The amount of energy to be shared is sufficiently high to consider the nascent fragments in the Fermi-gas regime of the level density. B. The method used in the GEF code, in which the intrinsic energy before scission is shared between pre-nascent fragments according to the "energy sorting mechanism". This sorting mechanism is based on the assumption of level densities in the constant temperature regime, only. This is supported by the low amount of the shared intrinsic energy in the case of thermal and low energy neutron induced fission. Taking into account that the principles and physical considerations of any TXE partition method are independent on the way to treat the prompt emission (i.e. deterministically as in the PbP model or probabilistically by Monte-Carlo as in the code GEF) the methods A and B are applied to the same fission fragment range (built as in the PbP treatment). Extreme hypotheses are made for the fragment level densities on which the partitions are based (only in the Fermi-gas regime or only in the constant temperature regime). The results are compared with the energy partition obtained with fragment level densities described by the composite Gilbert

  2. Scission neutrons for U, Pu, Cm, and Cf isotopes: Relative multiplicities calculated in the sudden limit

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    Capote, R.; Carjan, N.; Chiba, S.

    2016-02-01

    The multiplicities of scission neutrons νs c are calculated for series of U, Pu, Cm, and Cf isotopes assuming a sudden transition between two different nuclear configurations (αi→αf ): one just before the neck rupture and one immediately after the disappearance of the neck. This calculation requires only the knowledge of the corresponding two sets of neutron eigenstates. The nuclear shapes around the scission point are described in terms of Cassinian ovals with only two parameters: α (that positions the shape with respect to the zero-neck shape) and α1 (that defines the mass asymmetry). Based on these shapes, a neutron mean field of the Woods-Saxon type is constructed using two prescriptions to calculate the distance to the nuclear surface. The accent in the present work is put on the dependence of νs c on the neutron number Nf of the fissioning nucleus and on the mass asymmetry AL/AH of the primary fission fragments. The relative dependence of these multiplicities, averaged over the mass yields, <νs c> , are finally compared with existing experimental data on prompt fission neutrons <νp> .

  3. Compound nucleus decay: Comparison between saddle point and scission point barriers

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    Santos, T. J.; Carlson, B. V.

    2014-11-11

    One of the principal characteristics of nuclear multifragmentation is the emission of complex fragments of intermediate mass. An extension of the statistical multifragmentation model has been developed, in which the process can be interpreted as the near simultaneous limit of a series of sequential binary decays. In this extension, intermediate mass fragment emissions are described by expressions almost identical to those of light particle emission. At lower temperatures, similar expressions have been shown to furnish a good description of very light intermediate mass fragment emission but not of the emission of heavier fragments, which seems to be determined by the transition density at the saddle-point rather than at the scission point. Here, we wish to compare these different formulations of intermediate fragmment emission and analyze the extent to which they remain distinguishable at high excitation energy.

  4. Signatures of bond formation and bond scission dynamics in dissociative electron attachment to methane.

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    Douguet, N; Slaughter, D S; Adaniya, H; Belkacem, A; Orel, A E; Rescigno, T N

    2015-10-14

    We present a combined experimental and theoretical investigation of the dynamics and angular dependence of dissociative electron attachment to methane. We show that a triply degenerate (T2) Feshbach resonance is responsible for the broad 10 eV dissociation peak in methane. This resonance alone is shown to correlate asymptotically to the various dissociation channels observed experimentally. The molecular-frame entrance amplitude for electron attachment is calculated for each component of the threefold degenerate resonance. By investigating the topology of the anion potential energy surfaces, we deduce the main pathways to two- and three-body breakup channels involving both bond scission and bond formation. The computed fragment angular distributions reproduce the main trends of the experimental measurements. PMID:26371546

  5. Clathrin modulates vesicle scission, but not invagination shape, in yeast endocytosis

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    Kukulski, Wanda; Picco, Andrea; Specht, Tanja

    2016-01-01

    In a previous paper (Picco et al., 2015), the dynamic architecture of the protein machinery during clathrin-mediated endocytosis was visualized using a new live imaging and particle tracking method. Here, by combining this approach with correlative light and electron microscopy, we address the role of clathrin in this process. During endocytosis, clathrin forms a cage-like coat around the membrane and associated protein components. There is growing evidence that clathrin does not determine the membrane morphology of the invagination but rather modulates the progression of endocytosis. We investigate how the deletion of clathrin heavy chain impairs the dynamics and the morphology of the endocytic membrane in budding yeast. Our results show that clathrin is not required for elongating or shaping the endocytic membrane invagination. Instead, we find that clathrin contributes to the regularity of vesicle scission and thereby to controlling vesicle size. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.16036.001 PMID:27341079

  6. Fission fragment mass yield deduced from density distribution in the pre-scission configuration

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    Warda, M.; Zdeb, A.

    2015-11-01

    Static self-consistent methods usually allow one to determine the most probable fission fragments mass asymmetry. We have applied random neck rupture mechanism to the nuclei in the configuration at the end of fission paths. Fission fragment mass distributions have been deduced from the pre-scission nuclear density distribution obtained from the self-consistent calculations. Potential energy surfaces as well as nuclear shapes have been calculated in the fully microscopic theory, namely the constrained Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov model with the effective Gogny D1S density-dependent interaction. The method has been applied for analysis of fission of {}{256,258}Fm, 252Cf and 180Hg and compared with the experimental data.

  7. Robust self-replication of combinatorial information via crystal growth and scission

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    Schulman, Rebecca; Yurke, Bernard; Winfree, Erik

    2012-01-01

    Understanding how a simple chemical system can accurately replicate combinatorial information, such as a sequence, is an important question for both the study of life in the universe and for the development of evolutionary molecular design techniques. During biological sequence replication, a nucleic acid polymer serves as a template for the enzyme-catalyzed assembly of a complementary sequence. Enzymes then separate the template and complement before the next round of replication. Attempts to understand how replication could occur more simply, such as without enzymes, have largely focused on developing minimal versions of this replication process. Here we describe how a different mechanism, crystal growth and scission, can accurately replicate chemical sequences without enzymes. Crystal growth propagates a sequence of bits while mechanically-induced scission creates new growth fronts. Together, these processes exponentially increase the number of crystal sequences. In the system we describe, sequences are arrangements of DNA tile monomers within ribbon-shaped crystals. 99.98% of bits are copied correctly and 78% of 4-bit sequences are correct after two generations; roughly 40 sequence copies are made per growth front per generation. In principle, this process is accurate enough for 1,000-fold replication of 4-bit sequences with 50% yield, replication of longer sequences, and Darwinian evolution. We thus demonstrate that neither enzymes nor covalent bond formation are required for robust chemical sequence replication. The form of the replicated information is also compatible with the replication and evolution of a wide class of materials with precise nanoscale geometry such as plasmonic nanostructures or heterogeneous protein assemblies. PMID:22493232

  8. Niche nanoparticle-based FRET assay for bleomycin detection via DNA scission.

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    Pei, Haimeng; Zheng, Yiqun; Kong, Rongmei; Xia, Lian; Qu, Fengli

    2016-11-15

    We describe a highly sensitive nanoparticle-based fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) probe developed without using molecular fluorophores as donors and acceptors. The success of this work relies on the strategy that DNA scission was designed to occur to the probe when target presented, which enabled the fluorescence signal "turn-on" of graphene quantum dots (GQDs) and thus quantitative analysis. In particular, amino-modified SiO2 NPs were initially coated by GQDs to form highly emitting SiO2/GQDs, followed by conjunction with DNA functionalized gold nanoparticles (Au NPs-DNA) to form SiO2/GQDs-DNA-Au NPs composite. Owing to the FRET interactions between the GQDs and Au NPs, the fluorescence of GQDs was effectively quenched by Au NPs. When bleomycin (BLM), a model analyte, was mixed with the probe, the fluorescence signal of GQDs would be restored due to the removal of Au NPs from the SiO2/GQDs surface by DNA scission treatment with BLM in the presence of Fe (II). The current FRET probe shows a good linear relationship between the fluorescence intensity and the concentration of BLM in the range from 0.5nM to 1μM with a detection limit of 0.2nM. The probe also shows satisfactory results for the analysis of clinical serum samples. This method provides versatility to the application of GQDs in FRET biosensing and could be potentially extended to other similar systems by replacing the linker between the GQDs and Au NPs. PMID:27155119

  9. Vibrational spectra from atomic fluctuations in dynamics simulations. II. Solvent-induced frequency fluctuations at femtosecond time resolution

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    Schmitz, Matthias; Tavan, Paul

    2004-12-01

    The midinfrared (MIR) spectra of molecules in polar solvents exhibit inhomogeneously broadened bands whose spectral positions are shifted as compared to the gas phase. The shifts are caused by interactions with structured solvation shells and the broadenings by fluctuations of these interactions. The MIR spectra can be calculated from hybrid molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, which treat the solute molecule by density functional theory and the solvent by molecular mechanics by the so-called instantaneous normal mode analysis (INMA) or by Fourier transforming the time correlation function (FTTCF) of the molecular dipole moment. In Paper I of this work [M. Schmitz and P. Tavan, J. Chem. Phys. 121, 12233 (2004)] we explored an alternative method based on generalized virial (GV) frequencies noting, however, that GV systematically underestimates frequencies. As shown by us these artifacts are caused by solvent-induced fluctuations of the (i) equilibrium geometry, (ii) force constants, and (iii) normal mode directions as well as by (iv) diagonal and (v) off-diagonal anharmonicities. Here we now show, by analyzing the time scales of fluctuations and sample MD trajectories of formaldehyde in the gas phase and in water, that all these sources of computational artifacts can be made visible by a Fourier analysis of the normal coordinates. Correspondingly, the error sources (i) and (iii)-(v) can be removed by bandpass filtering, as long as the spectral signatures of the respective effects are well separated from the fundamental band. Furthermore, the artifacts arising from effect (ii) can be strongly diminished by a time-resolved version of the GV approach (TF-GV). The TF-GV method then yields for each mode j a trajectory of the vibrational frequency ωj(t|τ) at a time resolution τ>τj, which is only limited by the corresponding oscillation time τj=2π/ωj and, thus, is in the femtosecond range. A correlation analysis of these trajectories clearly separates the

  10. Amide Link Scission in the Polyamide Active Layers of Thin-Film Composite Membranes upon Exposure to Free Chlorine: Kinetics and Mechanisms.

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    Powell, Joshua; Luh, Jeanne; Coronell, Orlando

    2015-10-20

    The volume-averaged amide link scission in the aromatic polyamide active layer of a reverse osmosis membrane upon exposure to free chlorine was quantified at a variety of free chlorine exposure times, concentrations, and pH and rinsing conditions. The results showed that (i) hydroxyl ions are needed for scission to occur, (ii) hydroxide-induced amide link scission is a strong function of exposure to hypochlorous acid, (iii) the ratio between amide links broken and chlorine atoms taken up increased with the chlorination pH and reached a maximum of ∼25%, (iv) polyamide disintegration occurs when high free chlorine concentrations, alkaline conditions, and high exposure times are combined, (v) amide link scission promotes further chlorine uptake, and (vi) scission at the membrane surface is unrepresentative of volume-averaged scission in the active layer. Our observations are consistent with previously proposed mechanisms describing amide link scission as a result of the hydrolysis of the N-chlorinated amidic N-C bond due to nucleophilic attack by hydroxyl ions. This study increases the understanding of the physicochemical changes that could occur for membranes in treatment plants using chlorine as an upstream disinfectant and the extent and rate at which those changes would occur. PMID:26394532

  11. Cell Division by Longitudinal Scission in the Insect Endosymbiont Spiroplasma poulsonii

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    Maclachlan, Catherine; Clerc-Rosset, Stéphanie; Knott, Graham W.

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT Spiroplasma bacteria are highly motile bacteria with no cell wall and a helical morphology. This clade includes many vertically transmitted insect endosymbionts, including Spiroplasma poulsonii, a natural endosymbiont of Drosophila melanogaster. S. poulsonii bacteria are mainly found in the hemolymph of infected female flies and exhibit efficient vertical transmission from mother to offspring. As is the case for many facultative endosymbionts, S. poulsonii can manipulate the reproduction of its host; in particular, S. poulsonii induces male killing in Drosophila melanogaster. Here, we analyze the morphology of S. poulsonii obtained from the hemolymph of infected Drosophila. This endosymbiont was not only found as long helical filaments, as previously described, but was also found in a Y-shaped form. The use of electron microscopy, immunogold staining of the FtsZ protein, and antibiotic treatment unambiguously linked the Y shape of S. poulsonii to cell division. Observation of the Y shape in another Spiroplasma, S. citri, and anecdotic observations from the literature suggest that cell division by longitudinal scission might be prevalent in the Spiroplasma clade. Our study is the first to report the Y-shape mode of cell division in an endosymbiotic bacterium and adds Spiroplasma to the so far limited group of bacteria known to utilize this cell division mode. PMID:27460796

  12. Catalytic strategy for carbon-carbon bond scission by the cytochrome P450 OleT.

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    Grant, Job L; Mitchell, Megan E; Makris, Thomas Michael

    2016-09-01

    OleT is a cytochrome P450 that catalyzes the hydrogen peroxide-dependent metabolism of Cn chain-length fatty acids to synthesize Cn-1 1-alkenes. The decarboxylation reaction provides a route for the production of drop-in hydrocarbon fuels from a renewable and abundant natural resource. This transformation is highly unusual for a P450, which typically uses an Fe(4+)-oxo intermediate known as compound I for the insertion of oxygen into organic substrates. OleT, previously shown to form compound I, catalyzes a different reaction. A large substrate kinetic isotope effect (≥8) for OleT compound I decay confirms that, like monooxygenation, alkene formation is initiated by substrate C-H bond abstraction. Rather than finalizing the reaction through rapid oxygen rebound, alkene synthesis proceeds through the formation of a reaction cycle intermediate with kinetics, optical properties, and reactivity indicative of an Fe(4+)-OH species, compound II. The direct observation of this intermediate, normally fleeting in hydroxylases, provides a rationale for the carbon-carbon scission reaction catalyzed by OleT. PMID:27555591

  13. Chain scission and anti fungal effect of electron beam on cellulose membrane

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    Wanichapichart, Pikul; Taweepreeda, Wirach; Nawae, Safitree; Choomgan, Pastraporn; Yasenchak, Dan

    2012-08-01

    Two types of bacterial cellulose (BC) membranes were produced under a modified H&S medium using sucrose as a carbon source, with (CCB) and without (SHB) coconut juice supplement. Both membranes showed similar crystallinity of 69.24 and 71.55%. After being irradiated with E-beams under oxygen limited and ambient condition, the results from water contact angle showed that only the irradiated membrane CCB was increased from 30 to 40 degrees, and irradiation under oxygen ambient condition provided the greatest value. Comparing with the control membranes, smaller water flux was the cases after electron beam irradiation which indicated a reduction of membrane pore area. However, the results from molecular weight cut off (MWCO) revealed that chain scission was greater for membrane SHB and its cut off was increased from 28,000 Da to more than 35,000 Da. FTIR analysis revealed some changes in membrane functional groups, corresponding with the above results. These changes initiated new property of cellulose membranes, an anti-fungal food wrap.

  14. Detecting onset of chain scission and crosslinking of γ-ray irradiated elastomer surfaces using frictional force microscopy

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    Banerjee, S.; Sinha, N. K.; Gayathri, N.; Ponraju, D.; Dash, S.; Tyagi, A. K.; Raj, Baldev

    2007-02-01

    We report here that atomic force microscopy (AFM) in frictional force mode can be used to detect the onset of chain scission and crosslinking in polymeric and macromolecular samples upon irradiation. A systematic investigation to detect chain scission and crosslinking of two elastomers, (1) ethylene-propylene-diene monomer rubber and (2) fluorocarbon rubber, upon γ-ray irradiation has been carried out using frictional force microscopy (FFM). From the AFM results we observed that both the elastomers show a systematic smoothening of its surfaces, as the γ-ray dose rate increases. However, the frictional property studied using FFM of the sample surfaces show an initial increase and then a decrease as a function of dose rate. This behaviour of increase in its frictional property has been attributed to the onset of chain scission, and the subsequent decrease in friction has been attributed to the onset of crosslinking of the polymer chains. The evaluated qualitative and semi-quantitative changes observed in the overall frictional property as a function of the γ-ray dose rate for the two elastomers are presented in this paper.

  15. Molecular dynamics simulation of C-C bond scission in polyethylene and linear alkanes: effects of the condensed phase.

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    Popov, Konstantin V; Knyazev, Vadim D

    2014-03-27

    The reaction of C-C bond scission in polyethylene chains of various lengths was studied using molecular dynamics under the conditions of vacuum and condensed phase (polymer melt). A method of assigning meaningful rate constant values to condensed-phase bond scission reactions based on a kinetic mechanism accounting for dissociation, reverse recombination, and diffusional separation of fragments was developed. The developed method accounts for such condensed-phase phenomena as cage effects and diffusion of the decay products away from the reaction site. The results of C-C scission simulations indicate that per-bond rate constants decrease by an order of magnitude as the density of the system increases from vacuum to the normal density of a polyethylene melt. Additional calculations were performed to study the dependence of the rate constant on the length of the polymer chain under the conditions of the condensed phase. The calculations demonstrate that the rate constant is independent of the degree of polymerization if polyethylene samples of different lengths are kept at the same pressure. However, if instead molecular systems of different polyethylene chain lengths decompose under the conditions of the same density, shorter chains result in higher pressures and lower rate constants. The observed effect is attributed to a higher degree of molecular crowding (lower fraction of free intermolecular space available for molecular motion) in the case of shorter molecules. PMID:24571517

  16. Decomposition Pathways of Glycerol via C–H, O–H, and C–C Bond Scission on Pt(111): A Density Functional Theory Study

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    Liu, Bin; Greeley, Jeffrey P.

    2011-10-13

    Glycerol decomposition on Pt(111) via dehydrogenation or C–C bond scission is examined with periodic density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The thermochemistry of dehydrogenation intermediates is first estimated using an empirical correlation scheme with parameters fit to selected DFT calculations; the resulting estimates for the more stable intermediates are refined with full DFT calculations. Brønsted–Evans–Polanyi (BEP) relationships for dehydrogenation and C–C bond scission reactions are developed and used to estimate the kinetics of elementary dehydrogenation and C–C bond scission steps in the reaction network. The combined thermochemical and kinetic analysis implies that glycerol dehydrogenation products at intermediate levels of dehydrogenation are the most thermochemically stable. Additionally, although C–C bond scission transition state energies are high for glycerol and for intermediates at early stages of dehydrogenation, these energies decrease as the intermediates are successively dehydrogenated, reaching a minimum after the removal of several hydrogen atoms from glycerol. At these levels of dehydrogenation, the C–C scission transition state energies become comparable to those of O–H or C–H scission. These results suggest that C–C bonds are only broken after glycerol has been significantly dehydrogenated and demonstrate that DFT-based analyses, combined with simple correlation schemes, can be effective for elucidating general features of complex biomassic reaction networks.

  17. Decomposition Pathways of Glycerol via C–H, O–H, and C–C Bond Scission on Pt(111): A Density Functional Theory Study

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    Liu, Bin; Greeley, Jeffrey

    2011-09-01

    Glycerol decomposition on Pt(111) via dehydrogenation or C–C bond scission is examined with periodic density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The thermochemistry of dehydrogenation intermediates is first estimated using an empirical correlation scheme with parameters fit to selected DFT calculations; the resulting estimates for the more stable intermediates are refined with full DFT calculations. Brønsted–Evans–Polanyi (BEP) relationships for dehydrogenation and C–C bond scission reactions are developed and used to estimate the kinetics of elementary dehydrogenation and C–C bond scission steps in the reaction network. The combined thermochemical and kinetic analysis implies that glycerol dehydrogenation products at intermediate levels of dehydrogenation are the most thermochemically stable. Additionally, although C–C bond scission transition state energies are high for glycerol and for intermediates at early stages of dehydrogenation, these energies decrease as the intermediates are successively dehydrogenated, reaching a minimum after the removal of several hydrogen atoms from glycerol. At these levels of dehydrogenation, the C–C scission transition state energies become comparable to those of O–H or C–H scission. These results suggest that C–C bonds are only broken after glycerol has been significantly dehydrogenated and demonstrate that DFT-based analyses, combined with simple correlation schemes, can be effective for elucidating general features of complex biomassic reaction networks.

  18. Electron Beam Lithographic Evaluation And Chain Scissioning Yields Of Itaconate Resists

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    Namaste, Y. M.; Obendorf, S. K.; Anderson, C. C.; Rodriguez, F.

    1984-05-01

    Previous work has demonstrated that copolymers of itaconic acid with methyl methacrylate, P(ItA-MMA), are promising positive working electron beam resists.1'2 However, synthesis of itaconic acid copolymers with molecular weights greater than 250,000 or itaconic acid contents higher than 50% is difficult, and these copolymers are quite sensitive to process conditions such as prebake temperature and aging times. To overcome these limitations and to develop resist materials with improved sensitivity, alkyl ester derivatives of itaconic acid have been synthesized, both as homopolymers and as copolymers with methyl methacrylate. In the present work, the electron-beam chain scissioning yields, G(s), of these derivatives have been determined, and the most promising of these copolymers and homopolymers have been evaluated as electron beam resists in terms of sensitivity, contrast, resolution, and thermal stability. The G(s) values of the alkyl itaconates depend greatly on the structure of the alkyl group. It was found that mono-alkyl itaconates yield polymers with G(s) values several times greater than the corresponding di-alkyl itaconates. The mono-methyl itaconate (MeI) copolymers with methyl methacrylate are very promising resist materials with high sensitivities. Methyl itaconate was polymerized with methyl methacrylate with compositions ranging from 20 to 85% MeI content and molecular weights well above one million. These copolymers are more sensitive than the itaconic acid copolymers and less dependent on prebake conditions and aging times. Sensitivities are presented for a series of MMA-MeI copolymers as well as for the we.er-soluble MeI homopolymer. Patterns exposed with P(MMA-73 mole % MeI) at 4 pC/cm4 (20 KV) were developed with less than 10% thinning of the unexposed resist and with a contrast (v) of 2. Vertical walls were observed for 1 pm wide lines using P(MMA - 73% MeI) at a dose of about 6 μC/cm2.

  19. Density Functional Theory Study of Selectivity Considerations for C–C Versus C–O Bond Scission in Glycerol Decomposition on Pt(111)

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    Liu, Bin; Greeley, Jeffrey

    2012-05-01

    Glycerol decomposition via a combination of dehydrogenation, C–C bond scission, and C–O bond scission reactions is examined on Pt(111) with periodic Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations. Building upon a previous study focused on C–C bond scission in glycerol, the current work presents a first analysis of the competition between C–O and C–C bond cleavage in this reaction network. The thermochemistry of various species produced from C–O bond breaking in glycerol dehydrogenation intermediates is estimated using an extension of a previously introduced empirical correlation scheme, with parameters fit to DFT calculations. Brønsted–Evans–Polanyi (BEP) relationships are then used to estimate the kinetics of C–O bond breaking. When combined with the previous results, the thermochemical and kinetic analyses imply that, while C–O bond scission may be competitive with C–C bond scission during the early stages of glycerol dehydrogenation, the overall rates are likely to be very low. Later in the dehydrogenation process, where rates will be much higher, transition states for C–C bond scission involving decarbonylation are much lower in energy than are the corresponding transition states for C–O bond breaking, implying that the selectivity for C–C scission will be high for glycerol decomposition on smooth platinum surfaces. Finally, it is anticipated that the correlation schemes described in this work will provide an efficient strategy for estimating thermochemical and kinetic energetics for a variety of elementary bond breaking processes on Pt(111) and may ultimately facilitate computational catalyst design for these and related catalytic processes.

  20. Electron cryotomography of ESCRT assemblies and dividing Sulfolobus cells suggests that spiraling filaments are involved in membrane scission

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    Dobro, Megan J.; Samson, Rachel Y.; Yu, Zhiheng; McCullough, John; Ding, H. Jane; Chong, Parkson Lee-Gau; Bell, Stephen D.; Jensen, Grant J.

    2013-01-01

    The endosomal-sorting complex required for transport (ESCRT) is evolutionarily conserved from Archaea to eukaryotes. The complex drives membrane scission events in a range of processes, including cytokinesis in Metazoa and some Archaea. CdvA is the protein in Archaea that recruits ESCRT-III to the membrane. Using electron cryotomography (ECT), we find that CdvA polymerizes into helical filaments wrapped around liposomes. ESCRT-III proteins are responsible for the cinching of membranes and have been shown to assemble into helical tubes in vitro, but here we show that they also can form nested tubes and nested cones, which reveal surprisingly numerous and versatile contacts. To observe the ESCRT–CdvA complex in a physiological context, we used ECT to image the archaeon Sulfolobus acidocaldarius and observed a distinct protein belt at the leading edge of constriction furrows in dividing cells. The known dimensions of ESCRT-III proteins constrain their possible orientations within each of these structures and point to the involvement of spiraling filaments in membrane scission. PMID:23761076

  1. Cooperative Recruitment of Dynamin and BIN/Amphiphysin/Rvs (BAR) Domain-containing Proteins Leads to GTP-dependent Membrane Scission*♦

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    Meinecke, Michael; Boucrot, Emmanuel; Camdere, Gamze; Hon, Wai-Ching; Mittal, Rohit; McMahon, Harvey T.

    2013-01-01

    Dynamin mediates various membrane fission events, including the scission of clathrin-coated vesicles. Here, we provide direct evidence for cooperative membrane recruitment of dynamin with the BIN/amphiphysin/Rvs (BAR) proteins, endophilin and amphiphysin. Surprisingly, endophilin and amphiphysin recruitment to membranes was also dependent on binding to dynamin due to auto-inhibition of BAR-membrane interactions. Consistent with reciprocal recruitment in vitro, dynamin recruitment to the plasma membrane in cells was strongly reduced by concomitant depletion of endophilin and amphiphysin, and conversely, depletion of dynamin dramatically reduced the recruitment of endophilin. In addition, amphiphysin depletion was observed to severely inhibit clathrin-mediated endocytosis. Furthermore, GTP-dependent membrane scission by dynamin was dramatically elevated by BAR domain proteins. Thus, BAR domain proteins and dynamin act in synergy in membrane recruitment and GTP-dependent vesicle scission. PMID:23297414

  2. Fabrication of DNA/RNA Hybrids Through Sequence-Specific Scission of Both Strands by pcPNA-S1 Nuclease Combination.

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    Futai, Kazuki; Sumaoka, Jun; Komiyama, Makoto

    2016-05-01

    By combining two strands of pseudo-complementary peptide nucleic acid (pcPNA) with S1 nuclease, a tool for site-selective and dual-strand scission of DNA/RNA hybrids has been developed. Both of the DNA and the RNA strands in the hybrids are hydrolyzed at desired sites to provide unique sticky ends. The scission fragments are directly ligated with other DNA/RNA hybrids by using T4 DNA ligase, resulting in the formation of desired recombinant DNA/RNA hybrids. PMID:27057646

  3. Elementary steps in Fischer-Tropsch synthesis: CO bond scission, CO oxidation and surface carbiding on Co(0001)

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    Weststrate, C. J.; van Helden, P.; van de Loosdrecht, J.; Niemantsverdriet, J. W.

    2016-06-01

    Dissociation of CO on a Co(0001) surface is explored in the context of Fischer-Tropsch synthesis on cobalt catalysts. Experiments show that CO dissociation can occur on defect sites around 330 K, with an estimated barrier between 90 and 104 kJ mol- 1. Despite the ease of CO dissociation on defect sites, extensive carbon deposition onto the cobalt surface up to 0.33 ML requires a combination of high surface temperature and a relatively high CO pressure. Experimental data on the CO oxidation reaction indicate a high reaction barrier for the CO + O reaction, and it is argued that, due to the rather strong Co-O bond, (i) oxygen removal is the rate-limiting step during surface carbidization and (ii) in the context of Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, removal of surface oxygen rather than CO bond scission might be limiting the overall reaction rate.

  4. Anisotropic pyrochemical microetching of poly(tetrafluoroethylene) initiated by synchrotron radiation-induced scission of molecule bonds

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    Yamaguchi, Akinobu; Kido, Hideki; Ukita, Yoshiaki; Kishihara, Mitsuyoshi; Utsumi, Yuichi

    2016-02-01

    We developed a process for micromachining polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE): anisotropic pyrochemical microetching induced by synchrotron X-ray irradiation. X-ray irradiation was performed at room temperature. Upon heating, the irradiated PTFE substrates exhibited high-precision features. Both the X-ray diffraction peak and Raman signal from the irradiated areas of the substrate decreased with increasing irradiation dose. The etching mechanism is speculated as follows: X-ray irradiation caused chain scission, which decreased the number-average degree of polymerization. The melting temperature of irradiated PTFE decreased as the polymer chain length decreased, enabling the treated regions to melt at a lower temperature. The anisotropic pyrochemical etching process enabled the fabrication of PTFE microstructures with higher precision than simultaneously heating and irradiating the sample.

  5. Pre-scission configuration of the tri-nuclear system at spontaneous ternary fission of 252Cf

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    Nasirov, A. K.; Tashkhodjaev, R. B.; von Oertzen, W.

    2016-05-01

    The potential energy surface for the pre-scission configurations of tri-nuclear systems formed in the spontaneous ternary fission of 252Cf is calculated. The fission channel 70Ni + 50Ca + 132Sn is chosen as one of the more probable channels of true ternary fission of 252Cf . A study of the collinear arrangement of the reaction products for true ternary fission is the aim of this work. The results are presented as a function of the relative distance R12 between the centres of mass of 70Ni and 132Sn and the distance from the centre of mass of 50Ca , which is perpendicular to R12. The results show that only for a particular range of the R12 values the collinear tripartion of the fissioning nucleus occurs.

  6. Controlling Solution Self-assembly and Non-Solvent Induced Microphase Separation of Triblock Terpolymers to Generate Nanofiltration Membranes with Chemically-Tailored Pore Walls

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    Boudouris, Bryan; Mulvenna, Ryan; Weidman, Jacob; Phillip, William

    2014-03-01

    Block polymer-based templates have been utilized in a number of membrane applications; however, there has yet to be a demonstration of a nanoporous block polymer thin film that can achieve high flux and high selectivity simultaneously while also allowing for the facile tuning of the pore wall chemistry. Here, we demonstrate that by synthesizing and controlling the solution self-assembly of a triblock terpolymer, polyisoprene- b-polystyrene- b-poly(N, N-dimethylacrylamide) (PI-PS-PDMA), and precisely inducing non-solvent induced phase separation during the self-assembly process allows for the creation of an asymmetric nanoporous membrane with PDMA-lined pore walls. This PDMA functionality is then converted to any number of side chain functionalities through simple chemistry in the solid state. In this way, we are able to show a highly selectivity membrane that can separate analytes of interest based both on size and chemical composition at a high solution flux. In fact, this high fidelity structure has a very narrow distribution of pore sizes (<10% variation in diameter) over large areas (>500 cm2) . This has allowed for the separation of particles with hydrodynamic radii as low as 0.8 nm, which is the smallest separation achieved using a block polymer-based membrane to date.

  7. Solvent-induced conformational modifications of iturin A: an infrared and circular dichroic study of a L,D-lipopeptide of Bacillus subtilis

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    Besson, F.; Raimbault, C.; Hourdou, M. L.; Buchet, R.

    1996-07-01

    The structure of iturin A, an L,D-lipopeptide of Bacillus subtilis, has been investigated by measuring its infrared spectrum in different solvents. Because the amino acid side chain absorbances could overlap the component bands of the amide I region, the net contribution of peptide bonds are determined by curve fitting analysis of the IR spectra. Our results confirm the presence of β-turns, previously identified by NMR study of iturin in pyridine. The β-turns are identified in different states of iturin (dry or hydrated states) and in organic solvents (trifluoroethanol or chloroform-methanol). However, the number of β-turns cannot be estimated on the basis of FTIR spectra. The solvent-induced spectral changes are interpreted as interactions of carbonyl groups of peptide backbone and of side chains of Asn and Gln with the solvent molecules. These interactions indirectly modify the conformation of iturin, indicating that mobile side chains might have an important role in its conformational stability. The circular dichroism data on far- and near-UV spectra confirm the alteration of iturin conformation induced by trifluoroethanol and water.

  8. A solvent induced crystallisation method to imbue bioactive ingredients of neem oil into the compact structure of poly (ethylene terephthalate) polyester.

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    Ali, Wazed; Sultana, Parveen; Joshi, Mangala; Rajendran, Subbiyan

    2016-07-01

    Neem oil, a natural antibacterial agent from neem tree (Azadarichtaindica) has been used to impart antibacterial activity to polyester fabrics. Solvent induced polymer modification method was used and that facilitated the easy entry of neem molecules into the compact structure of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) polyester. The polyester fabric was treated with trichloroacetic acid-methylene chloride (TCAMC) solvent system at room temperature prior to treatment with neem oil. The concentration of TCAMC and the treatment time were optimised. XRD and SEM results showed that the TCAMC treatment causes polymer modification and morphological changes in the PET polyester. Antibacterial activity of TCAMC pre-treated and neem-oil-treated polyester fabric was tested using AATCC qualitative and quantitative methods. Both Gram-positive and Gram-negative organisms were used to determine the antimicrobial activity. It was observed that the treated fabric registers substantial antimicrobial activity against both the Staphylococcus aureus (Gram-positive) and the Escherichia coli (Gram-negative) and the effect increases with the increase in concentration of TCAMC treatment. The antibacterial effect remains substantial even after 25 launderings. A kinetic growth study involving the effect of antibacterial activity at various incubation times was carried out. PMID:27127070

  9. Organic solvent-induced changes in membrane geometry in human SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cells - a common narcotic effect?

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    Meulenberg, Cécil J W; de Groot, Aart; Westerink, Remco H S; Vijverberg, Henk P M

    2016-07-01

    Exposure to organic solvents may cause narcotic effects. At the cellular level, these narcotic effects have been associated with a reduction in neuronal excitability caused by changes in membrane structure and function. In order to critically test whether changes in membrane geometry contribute to these narcotic effects, cultured human SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cells have been exposed to selected organic solvents. The solvent-induced changes in cell membrane capacitance were investigated using the whole-cell patch clamp technique for real-time capacitance measurements. Exposure of SH-SY5Y cells to the cyclic hydrocarbons m-xylene, toluene, and cyclohexane caused a rapid and reversible increase of membrane capacitance. The aliphatic, nonpolar n-hexane did not cause a detectable change of whole-cell membrane capacitance, whereas the amphiphiles n-hexanol and n-hexylamine caused an increase of membrane capacitance and a concomitant reduction in membrane resistance. Despite a large difference in dielectric properties, the chlorinated hydrocarbons 1,1,2,2-tetrachoroethane and tetrachloroethylene caused a similar magnitude increase in membrane capacitance. The theory on membrane capacitance has been applied to deduce changes in membrane geometry caused by solvent partitioning. Although classical observations have shown that solvents increase the membrane capacitance per unit area of membrane, i.e., increase membrane thickness, the present results demonstrate that solvent partitioning predominantly leads to an increase in membrane surface area and to a lesser degree to an increase in membrane thickness. Moreover, the present results indicate that the physicochemical properties of each solvent are important determinants for its specific effects on membrane geometry. This implies that the hypothesis that solvent partitioning is associated with a common perturbation of membrane structure needs to be revisited and cannot account for the commonly observed narcotic effects of

  10. Self-assembly polymorphism of 2,7-bis-nonyloxy-9-fluorenone: solvent induced the diversity of intermolecular dipole-dipole interactions.

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    Cui, Lihua; Miao, Xinrui; Xu, Li; Hu, Yi; Deng, Wenli

    2015-02-01

    dipole-dipole and van der Waals (vdWs) forces at l/s interface. It is believed that the results are of significance to the fields of solvent induced polymorphism assembly and surface science. PMID:25554245

  11. Synthesis, Characterization, and Stoichiometric U-O Bond Scission in Uranyl Species Supported by Pyridine(diimine) Ligand Radicals.

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    Kiernicki, John J; Cladis, Dennis P; Fanwick, Phillip E; Zeller, Matthias; Bart, Suzanne C

    2015-09-01

    Two uranium(VI) uranyl compounds, Cp*UO2((Mes)PDI(Me)) (3) and Cp*UO2((t)Bu-(Mes)PDI(Me)) (3-(t)Bu) (Cp* = 1,2,3,4,5-pentamethylcyclopentadienide; (Mes)PDI(Me) = 2,6-((Mes)N=CMe)2C5H3N; (t)Bu-(Mes)PDI(Me) = 2,6-((Mes)N=CMe)2-p-C(CH3)3C5H2N; Mes = 2,4,6-trimethylphenyl), have been synthesized by addition of N-methylmorpholine N-oxide to trianionic pyridine(diimine) uranium(IV) precursors, Cp*U((Mes)PDI(Me))(THF) (1), Cp*U((Mes)PDI(Me))(HMPA) (1-HMPA), and Cp*U((t)Bu-(Mes)PDI(Me))(THF) (1-(t)Bu). These uranyl complexes contain singly reduced pyridine(diimine) ligands suggesting formation occurs via cooperative ligand/metal oxidation. Treating 3 or 3-(t)Bu with stoichiometric equivalents of Me3SiI results in stepwise oxo silylation to form (Me3SiO)2UI2((Mes)PDI(Me)) (5) or (Me3SiO)UI2((t)Bu-(Mes)PDI(Me)) (5-(t)Bu), respectively. Additional equivalents result in full uranium-oxo bond scission and formation of UI4(1,4-dioxane)2 with extrusion of hexamethyldisiloxane. The uranium complexes have been characterized via multinuclear NMR, vibrational, and electronic absorption spectroscopies and, in some cases, X-ray crystallography. PMID:26299269

  12. Coal liquefaction model studies: free radical chain decomposition of diphenylpropane, dibenzyl ether, and phenyl ether via. beta. -scission reactions

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    Gilbert, K.E.; Gajewski, J.J.

    1982-01-01

    The thermal decompositions of 1,3-diphenylpropane (1), dibenzyl ether (2), and phenethyl phenyl ether (3) have been found to proceed by free radical chain processes. 1 gave toluene and styrene with a reaction order of 1.55, E/sub A/ = 51.4 kcal/mol, and log A = 12.5. The reaction could be initiated by benzyl phenyl ether but not by 1,2-diphenylethane. 2 gave toluene and benzaldehyde with a reaction order of 1.43, E/sub A/ = 48 kcal/mol, and log A = 12.6. The reaction could be initiated with benzyl phenyl ether. 3 gave phenol and styrene with a reaction order of 1.21, E/sub A/ = 50.3 kcal/mol, and log A = 12.3. The reaction could be initiated by benzyl phenyl ether. All of the data are consistent with free radical chain processes with the reaction order determined by the termination reaction. No evidence for concerted reactions has been found. The thermal chemistry of three-atom links is best described by free radical chain processes. The products are consistent with a free radical chain process involving a ..beta..-scission reaction, and the reaction orders range between first and three-halves order depending upon the nature of the chain termination reaction. Activation parameters are readily estimated from thermochemical kinetic data on the individual reactions with log A approx. = 12 and E/sub A/approx. = 50 kcal/mol. Unlike the one- and two-atom linkages, reactions of the three-atom linkages are promoted by free radical initiators. The potential for inhibition of free radical chains also exists and is currently being studied. 4 tables.

  13. A toxicological study of inhalable particulates in an industrial region of Lanzhou City, northwestern China: Results from plasmid scission assay

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    Xiao, Zhenghui; Shao, Longyi; Zhang, Ning; Wang, Jing; Chuang, Hsiao-Chi; Deng, Zhenzhen; Wang, Zhen; BéruBé, Kelly

    2014-09-01

    The city of Lanzhou in northwestern China experiences serious air pollution episodes in the form of PM10 that is characterized by having high levels of heavy metals. The Xigu District represents the industrial core area of Lanzhou City and is denoted by having the largest petrochemical bases in western China. This study investigates heavy metal compositions and oxidative potential of airborne PM10 (particulate matter with aerodynamic diameter of 10 μm or less) collected in Xigu District in the summer and winter of 2010. An in vitro plasmid scission assay (PSA) was employed to study the oxidative potential of airborne PM10 and inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) was used to examine heavy metal compositions. Transmission electron microscopy coupled with energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry (TEM/EDX) was used to investigate elemental compositions and mixing states of PM10. The average mass concentrations of PM10 collected in Xigu District were generally higher than the national standard for daily PM10 (150 μg/m3). Cr, Zn, Pb and Mn were the most abundant metals in the intact whole particles of PM10. Zn, Mn and As was the most abundant metal in the water-soluble fraction, while Cr, Pb, and V existed primarily in insoluble forms. TD20 values (i.e. toxic dosage of PM10 causing 20% of plasmid DNA damage) varied considerably in both winter and summer (from 19 μg/mL to >1000 μg/mL) but were typically higher in summer, suggesting that the winter PM10 exhibited greater bioreactivity. In addition, the PM10 collected during a dust storm episode had a highest TD20 value and thus the least oxidative damage to supercoiled plasmid DNA, while the particles collected on a hazy day had a lowest TD20 value and thus the highest oxidative damage to supercoiled plasmid DNA. The particles collected on the first day after snow fall and on a day of cold air intrusion exhibited minor oxidative potential (i.e. caused limited DNA damage). The water-soluble Zn, Mn, As, and

  14. Partition between the fission fragments of the excitation energy and of the neutron multiplicity at scission in low-energy fission

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    Carjan, N.; Hambsch, F.-J.; Rizea, M.; Serot, O.

    2012-04-01

    The partition between the light (L) and the heavy (H) fission fragments of the excitation energy available at scission is studied in the framework of the sudden approximation, i.e., under the assumption that the neck rupture and the absorption of the neck pieces by the fragments happen infinitely fast. We are dealing with a sudden transition between two different nuclear configurations (αi→αf) and we only need to know the two sets of neutron eigenstates involved. The accent in the present work is put on the dependence of this share of energy on the mass asymmetry AL/AH of the primary fission fragments during the low-energy fission of 236U. In particular, for every fragment mass A we estimate the scission neutron multiplicity νsc, the average energy cost for their release , the primary fragments' excitation energy Esc*, and the corresponding temperature Tsc. The results are analyzed separately for each value of Ω (the projection of the angular momentum on the symmetry axis). As general trends, a decrease of Esc* (Tsc) and an increase of νsc () with increasing A were observed.

  15. Domino Fragmentations in Traceless Directing Groups of Radical Cascades: Evidence for the Formation of Alkoxy Radicals via C-O Scission.

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    Harris, Trevor; Gomes, Gabriel Dos Passos; Clark, Ronald J; Alabugin, Igor V

    2016-07-15

    Direct evidence for the formation of alkoxy radicals is reported in radical cascades using traceless directing groups. Despite the possibility of hydrogen abstraction in the fragmenting step, followed by loss of R-OH, β-scission is preferred for the formation of alkoxy radicals. For the first time, the C-O radical was intermolecularly trapped using a silyl enol ether. Various C-X fragmenting groups were explored as possible traceless directing groups for the preparation of extended polyaromatics. Computational evidence shows that a combination of aromatization, steric and stereoelectronic effects assists the fragmentation to alkoxy radicals. Additionally, a new through-space interaction was discovered between O and Sn in the fragmentation as a specific transition state stabilizing effect. PMID:27304982

  16. Effect of the energy spectrum and angular momentum of pre-scission neutrons on the prediction of fission fragment angular anisotropy by the models

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    Soheyli, Saeed; Khanlari, Marzieh Varasteh

    2016-04-01

    Effects of the various neutron emission energy spectra, as well as the influence of the angular momentum of pre-scission neutrons on theoretical predictions of fission fragment angular anisotropies for several heavy-ion induced fission systems are considered. Although theoretical calculations of angular anisotropy are very sensitive to neutron emission correction, the effects of the different values of kinetic energy of emitted neutrons derived from the various neutron emission energy spectra before reaching to the saddle point on the prediction of fission fragment angular distribution by the model are not significant and can be neglected, since these effects on angular anisotropies of fission fragments for a wide range of fissility parameters and excitation energies of compound nuclei are not more than 10%. Furthermore, the theoretical prediction of fission fragment angular anisotropy is not sensitive to the angular momentum of emitted neutrons.

  17. Solvent-induced syntheses, crystal structures, magnetic properties, and single-crystal-to-single-crystal transformation of azido-Cu(II) coordination polymers with 2-naphthoic acid as co-ligand.

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    Liu, Xiangyu; Cen, Peipei; Li, Hui; Ke, Hongshan; Zhang, Sheng; Wei, Qing; Xie, Gang; Chen, Sanping; Gao, Shengli

    2014-08-01

    Based on the solvent-induced effect, three new azido-copper coordination polymers--[Cu(2-na)(N3)] (1), [Cu(2-na)(N3)] (2), and [Cu(2-na)(N3)(C2H5OH)] (3) (where 2-na = 2-naphthoic acid)--have been successfully prepared. Structure analysis shows that the Cu(II) cations in compounds 1-3 present tetra-, penta-, and hexa-coordination geometries, respectively. Compound 1 is a well-isolated one-dimensional (1D) chain with the EO-azido group, while 2 is an isomer of 1 and exhibits a two-dimensional (2D) layer involving the EE-azido group. Thermodynamically, density functional theory (DFT) calculation reveals that 2 occupies the stable state and 1 locates in the metastable state. Compound 3 consists of a 1D chain with triple bridging mode, which is derived from 1, and undergoes a single-crystal-to-single-crystal transformation by soaking in ethanol solvent; the powdery product of 1, namely 1b, could be yielded after the dealcoholization of compound 3. Magnetic measurements indicate that compounds 1-3 perform strong intrachain ferromagnetic interactions, experiencing long-range magnetic ordering and slow magnetic relaxation. Compound 1 features the metamagnetic behavior with a transition temperature of 15 K, while 2 and 3 display spin glass behavior with the phase transition temperatures of 15 and 12 K, respectively. Magneto-structure relationships are investigated as well. PMID:25014208

  18. Differentiation of O-H and C-H Bond Scission Mechanisms of Ethylene Glycol on Pt and Ni/Pt Using Theory and Isotopic Labeling Experiments

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    Salciccioli, Michael; Yu, Weiting; Barteau, Mark A.; Chen, Jingguang G.; Vlachos, Dionisios G.

    2011-05-25

    Understanding and controlling bond-breaking sequences of oxygenates on transition metal catalysts can greatly impact the utilization of biomass feedstocks for fuels and chemicals. The decomposition of ethylene glycol, as the simplest representative of biomass-derived polyols, was studied via density functional theory (DFT) calculations to identify the differences in reaction pathways between Pt and the more active Ni/Pt bimetallic catalyst. Comparison of the computed transition states indicated three potentially feasible paths from ethylene glycol to C1 oxygenated adsorbates on Pt. While not important on Pt, the pathway to 1,2-dioxyethylene (OCH₂CH₂O) is favored energetically on the Ni/Pt catalyst. Temperature-programmed desorption (TPD) experiments were conducted with deuterated ethylene glycols for comparison with DFT results. These experiments confirmed that decomposition of ethylene glycol on Pt proceeds via initial O–H bond cleavage, followed by C–H and the second O–H bond cleavages, whereas on the Ni/Pt surface, both O–H bonds are cleaved initially. The results are consistent with vibrational spectra and indicate that tuning of the catalyst surface can selectively control bond breaking. Finally, the significant mechanistic differences in decomposition of polyols compared to that of monoalcohols and hydrocarbons serve to identify general trends in bond scission sequences.

  19. Solvent-induced autolysis of cells

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    Hopkins, T.R.

    1989-01-03

    A process is described for the recovery of alcohol oxidase from whole cells of Pichia pastoris grown on methanol which comprises (a) forming an aqueous mixture of the whole cells, wherein the cells are present in an amount of from 85 to 150 grams per liter of aqueous mixture and from 0.8 to 6 volume percent of a treating agent selected from the group consisting of chloroform, 1,1,1-trichloroethane and methylene chloride or mixtures thereof, and wherein, the aqueous mixture has a pH of about 6.5 to about 8.5; (b) incubating the aqueous mixture at a temperature of about 20/sup 0/ to 35/sup 0/C for a time of about 16 to 90 hours whereby at least a portion of the alcohol oxidase is released from the cells thereby forming a alcohol oxidase-containing aqueous liquor; and (c) separating alcohol oxidase-containing liquor liquid from solid cell material.

  20. Solvent induced conformer specific photochemistry of guaiacol.

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    Greenough, Simon E; Horbury, Michael D; Thompson, James O F; Roberts, Gareth M; Karsili, Tolga N V; Marchetti, Barbara; Townsend, Dave; Stavros, Vasilios G

    2014-08-14

    Using a combination of ultrafast solution- and gas-phase spectroscopies, together with high-level theory calculations, we demonstrate that we are able to track conformer-specific photodissociation dynamics in solution through solvent choice. We reveal this phenomenon in guaiacol (2-methoxyphenol), a key subunit of the natural biopolymer lignin. In cyclohexane, the first electronically excited (1)ππ* (S1) state in guaiacol relaxes with a time-constant of τ = 4.5 ± 0.2 ns, mediated through intersystem crossing to lower lying triplet (Tn) states and internal conversion and fluorescence back to the ground state (S0). In contrast, in methanol, a further relaxation channel is also present; the S1 state relaxes with a time-constant of τ = 2.9 ± 0.1 ns, which is now additionally mediated through coupling onto a dissociative (1)πσ* (S2) state and subsequent O-H bond fission, evidenced through the appearance of a spectral signature for the guaiacoxyl radical after ∼250 ps. With the aid of complementary calculations, we attribute this to the now absent intramolecular H-bond between OH and OMe moieties, which now favours intermolecular H-bonding to methanol, lowering the barrier to O-H dissociation and facilitating H-atom loss via tunnelling. PMID:24967653

  1. Solvent induced track sensitization. Extraction of oligomers

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    Apel, P.; Angert, N.; Brüchle, W.; Hermann, H.; Kampschulte, U.; Klein, P.; Kravets, L. I.; Oganessian, Yu. Ts.; Remmert, G.; Spohr, R.; Steckenreiter, T.; Trautmann, C.; Vetter, J.

    1994-04-01

    Oligomer extraction from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) irradiated by xenon ions of 11.4 MeV/u is investigated using UV spectrophotometry and gel permeation chromatography (GPC). The cyclic trimer is identified as the predominant diffusing species removed during extraction by dimethyl formamide (DMF). Extraction dynamics is modeled by a rapid (time constant ≈ 2 min) and a slow (time constant ≈ 100 min) diffusion process attributed to the latent ion tracks and to the virgin material, respectively. Thereby latent tracks act simultaneously as irrigation and drainage pipes for the transfer of the solvent into and the extraction of oligomers from the polymer matrix. Thus tracks help to release osmotic pressure differences and to avoid blistering of the unirradiated polymer during solvent exchange. The total extracted mass per track shows a characteristic decrease with increasing ion fluence interpreted as oxygen effect, due to the decreasing supply of oxygen in the sample during irradiation. The extractable mass corresponds to an equivalent track diameter of initially around 10 nm contracting with increasing ion fluence to an asymptotic value around 3 nm.

  2. A Green Solvent Induced DNA Package

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    Satpathi, Sagar; Sengupta, Abhigyan; Hridya, V. M.; Gavvala, Krishna; Koninti, Raj Kumar; Roy, Bibhisan; Hazra, Partha

    2015-03-01

    Mechanistic details of DNA compaction is essential blue print for gene regulation in living organisms. Many in vitro studies have been implemented using several compaction agents. However, these compacting agents may have some kinds of cytotoxic effects to the cells. To minimize this aspect, several research works had been performed, but people have never focused green solvent, i.e. room temperature ionic liquid as DNA compaction agent. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first ever report where we have shown that guanidinium tris(pentafluoroethyl)trifluorophosphate (Gua-IL) acts as a DNA compacting agent. The compaction ability of Gua-IL has been verified by different spectroscopic techniques, like steady state emission, circular dichroism, dynamic light scattering and UV melting. Notably, we have extensively probed this compaction by Gua-IL through field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and fluorescence microscopy images. We also have discussed the plausible compaction mechanism process of DNA by Gua-IL. Our results suggest that Gua-IL forms a micellar kind of self aggregation above a certain concentration (>=1 mM), which instigates this compaction process. This study divulges the specific details of DNA compaction mechanism by a new class of compaction agent, which is highly biodegradable and eco friendly in nature.

  3. Nonuniform character of the population of spin projections K for a fissile nucleus at the scission point and anisotropies in the angular distributions of fragments originating from the induced fission of nuclei

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    Kadmensky, S. G.; Bunakov, V. E.; Kadmensky, S. S.

    2012-11-15

    It is shown that the emergence of anisotropies in the angular distributions of fragments originating from the spontaneous and induced fission of oriented actinide nuclei is possible only if nonuniformities in the population of the projectionsM (K) of the fissile-nucleus spin onto the z axis of the laboratory frame (fissile-nucleus symmetry axis) appear simultaneously in the vicinity of the scission point but not in the vicinity of the outer saddle point of the deformation potential. The possibilities for creating the orientation of fissile nuclei for spontaneous and induced fission and the effect of these orientations on the anisotropies under analysis are considered. The role of Coriolis interaction as a unique source of the mixing of different-K fissile-nucleus states at all stages of the fission process is studied with allowance for the dynamical enhancement of this interaction for excited thermalized states of the nucleus involved that is characterized by a high energy density. It is shown that the absence of thermalization of excited states of the fissile nucleus that appear because of the effect of nonadiabaticity of its collective deformation motion in the vicinity of the scission point is a condition of conservation of the influence that transition fission states formed at the inner and outer fission barriers exerts on the distribution of the spin projections K for lowenergy spontaneous nuclear fission. It is confirmed that anisotropies observed in the angular distributions of fragments originating from the fission of nuclei that is induced by fast light particles (multiply charged ions) are due to the appearance of strongly excited equilibrium(nonequilibrium) states of the fissile nucleus in the vicinity of its scission point that have a Gibbs (non-Gibbs) distribution of projections K.

  4. Simultaneous quantification of ten constituents of Xanthoceras sorbifolia Bunge using UHPLC-MS methods and evaluation of their radical scavenging, DNA scission protective, and α-glucosidase inhibitory activities.

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    Zhang, Yu; Ma, Jian-Nan; Ma, Chun-Li; Qi, Zhi; Ma, Chao-Mei

    2015-11-01

    The present study was designed to investigate the bioactive constituents of Xanthoceras sorbifolia in terms of amounts and their antioxidant, DNA scission protection, and α-glucosidase inhibitory activities. Simultaneous quantification of 10 X. sorbifolia constituents was carried out by a newly established ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-quadrupole mass spectrometry method (UHPLC-MS). The antioxidant activities were evaluated by measuring DPPH radical scavenging and DNA scission protective activities. The α-glucosidase inhibitory activities were investigated by using an assay with α-glucosidase from Bacillus Stearothermophilus and disaccharidases from mouse intestine. We found that the wood of X. sorbifolia was rich in phenolic compounds with the contents of catechin, epicatechin, myricetin, and dihydromyricetin being 0.12-0.19, 1.94-2.16, 0.77-0.91, and 6.76-7.89 mg·g(-1), respectively. The four constituents strongly scavenged DPPH radicals (with EC50 being 4.2, 3.8 and 5.7 μg·mL(-1), respectively) and remarkably protected peroxyl radical-induced DNA strand scission (92.10%, 94.66%, 75.44% and 89.95% of protection, respectively, at a concentration of 10 μmol·L(-1)). A dimeric flavan 3-ol, epigallocatechin-(4β→8, 2β→O-7)-epicatechin potently inhibited α-glucosidase with an IC50 value being as low as 1.2 μg·mL(-1). The established UHPLC-MS method could serve as a quality control tool for X. sorbifolia. In conclusion, the high contents of antioxidant and α-glucosidase inhibitory constituents in X. sorbifolia support its use as complementation of other therapeutic agents for metabolic disorders, such as diabetes and hypertension. PMID:26614463

  5. Hydroliquefaction of coal with supported catalysts: 1980 status review

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    Polinski, Leon M.; Stiegel, Gary J.; Tischer, Richard E.

    1981-06-01

    The objectives of the program have been to determine catalyst deactivation kinetic models and catalyst deactivation modes for supported Co-Mo and Ni-Mo catalysts used primarily in coal liquefaction via the H-COAL process. Emphasis has been on developing methods to increase catalyst usage by determining how to decrease catalyst replacement rates in the process and how to decrease catalyst poisoning. An important conclusion reached via model analysis and verified by experiment is that larger diameter (1/16 in.) catalysts resist poisoning deactivation much more than smaller (1/32 in.) catalysts over extended periods (60 to 110 hours) of time. If this trend can be verified, it gives a powerful tool for reducing catalyst replacement rate in the H-COAL ebullated bed system by factors of 2 or more. A second conclusion is that poisoning of catalysts occurs by several possible mechanisms or modes. Indirect or direct evidence of all these modes can be presented, though the relative importance of each mechanism has not been established. The modes include (a) poisoning by coking - with gradual increase in C/H ratio (more refractory coke) with time, (b) poisoning by metallization (selective/non-selective adsorption of inorganics such as Ti and Fe on the catalyst), (c) sintering - increase in larger pores/decrease in surface area, and (d) parallel poisoning by irreversible nitrogen compound adsorption.

  6. CONVERSION OF SEWAGE SLUDGE TO OIL BY HYDROLIQUEFACTION

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    A study was undertaken to determine the feasibility of converting municipal wastewater sludges into oil under hydrogen pressure. In a laboratory autoclave, raw and digested sludges were subjected to 14 MPa total pressure for 20 to 90 minutes. Aqueous suspensions were treated at a...

  7. Background Noise Contributes to Organic Solvent Induced Brain Dysfunction.

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    Guthrie, O'neil W; Wong, Brian A; McInturf, Shawn M; Reboulet, James E; Ortiz, Pedro A; Mattie, David R

    2016-01-01

    Occupational exposure to complex blends of organic solvents is believed to alter brain functions among workers. However, work environments that contain organic solvents are also polluted with background noise which raises the issue of whether or not the noise contributed to brain alterations. The purpose of the current study was to determine whether or not repeated exposure to low intensity noise with and without exposure to a complex blend of organic solvents would alter brain activity. Female Fischer344 rats served as subjects in these experiments. Asynchronous volume conductance between the midbrain and cortex was evaluated with a slow vertex recording technique. Subtoxic solvent exposure, by itself, had no statistically significant effects. However, background noise significantly suppressed brain activity and this suppression was exacerbated with solvent exposure. Furthermore, combined exposure produced significantly slow neurotransmission. These abnormal neurophysiologic findings occurred in the absence of hearing loss and detectable damage to sensory cells. The observations from the current experiment raise concern for all occupations where workers are repeatedly exposed to background noise or noise combined with organic solvents. Noise levels and solvent concentrations that are currently considered safe may not actually be safe and existing safety regulations have failed to recognize the neurotoxic potential of combined exposures. PMID:26885406

  8. Background Noise Contributes to Organic Solvent Induced Brain Dysfunction

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    Guthrie, O'neil W.; Wong, Brian A.; McInturf, Shawn M.; Reboulet, James E.; Ortiz, Pedro A.; Mattie, David R.

    2016-01-01

    Occupational exposure to complex blends of organic solvents is believed to alter brain functions among workers. However, work environments that contain organic solvents are also polluted with background noise which raises the issue of whether or not the noise contributed to brain alterations. The purpose of the current study was to determine whether or not repeated exposure to low intensity noise with and without exposure to a complex blend of organic solvents would alter brain activity. Female Fischer344 rats served as subjects in these experiments. Asynchronous volume conductance between the midbrain and cortex was evaluated with a slow vertex recording technique. Subtoxic solvent exposure, by itself, had no statistically significant effects. However, background noise significantly suppressed brain activity and this suppression was exacerbated with solvent exposure. Furthermore, combined exposure produced significantly slow neurotransmission. These abnormal neurophysiologic findings occurred in the absence of hearing loss and detectable damage to sensory cells. The observations from the current experiment raise concern for all occupations where workers are repeatedly exposed to background noise or noise combined with organic solvents. Noise levels and solvent concentrations that are currently considered safe may not actually be safe and existing safety regulations have failed to recognize the neurotoxic potential of combined exposures. PMID:26885406

  9. Effect of catalysts and solvents on the direct hydroliquefaction of Turkish lignites

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    Oner, M.; Bolat, E.; Dincer, S. )

    1990-01-01

    This paper reports the effectiveness of solvents on the liquefaction of 11 different Turkish lignites investigated by using tetralin, creosote, and anthracene oils. The highest total conversions were obtained with tetralin. The catalytic effects of CoMo and red mud were compared by using creosote oil as the solvent. It was found that red mud catalyzed mainly the asphaltene formation reaction for the given experimental conditions. The additional of CoMo significantly catalyzed the liquefaction reaction, thus increasing the lignite conversion and oil formation.

  10. Direct hydro-liquefaction of sawdust in petroleum ether and comprehensive bio-oil products analysis.

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    Liu, Dong; Song, Linhua; Wu, Pingping; Liu, Yan; Li, Qingyin; Yan, Zifeng

    2014-03-01

    The effect of temperature, time, hydrogen pressure and amount of catalyst on production distribution and the bio-oil yield obtained from the direct liquefaction of sawdust in the petroleum ether (60-90°C) are investigated. The highest sawdust conversion obtained was 72.32% with a bio-oil yield of 47.69% were obtained at 370°C, 40min and 5wt.% catalyst content with the initial H2 pressure of 3.0MPa. Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FTICR-MS) approach was utilized to analyze the non-volatile fraction. In this study, the composition of bio-oil could be analyzed in an unprecedented detail through a combination of GC-MS and FT-ICR MS techniques. PMID:24445192

  11. Effects of the components of coal hydro-liquefaction residue on its rheological characteristics

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    Ren, Y.; Jin, S.; Xu, Y.; Wei, A.; Zhang, D.; Gao, J.

    2009-07-01

    Four kinds of typical coal liquefaction residue samples, coming from Shenhua coal liquefaction pilot plant, were used to investigate the effects of components of residue, separation time, and temperature on its rheological characteristics. Coal liquefaction residue is a non-Newtonian pseudoplastic fluid whose apparent viscosity decreases with increasing shear rate. Moreover, the residue has high viscosity at the initial softening temperature, and its viscosity drops greatly with increasing temperature. The oil content in residue has a great effect on the decline of the apparent viscosity of residue. The asphaltene can increase the apparent viscosity at lower temperatures but decrease it at higher temperatures. However, the solid only increases the apparent viscosity as it can be neither softened nor dissolved to become fluid. After simulating the separation condition, it is found that prolonging the separation time and enhancing the separation temperature will increase the apparent viscosity of residue, which is bad for preventing pipes from being blocked. So choosing the right separation time and separation temperature is necessary to actual industrial production.

  12. DNA strand scission by the novel antitumor antibiotic leinamycin

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    Hara, Mitsunobu; Saitoh, Yutaka; Nakano, Hirofumi )

    1990-06-19

    Leinamycin is a recently discovered antitumor antibiotic with an unusual 1,3-dioxo-1,2-dithiolane structure. It preferentially inhibits the incorporation of ({sup 3}H)thymidine into the acid-insoluble fraction of Bacillus subtilis. In vitro, leinamycin causes single-strand cleavage of supercoiled double-helical pBR322 DNA in the presence of thiol cofactors. Scavengers of oxygen radical did not suppress the DNA-cleaving activity. Thiol-activated leinamycin binds calf thymus DNA at 4{degree}C and thermal treatment of the leinamycin-DNA adduct released a chemically modified leinamycin from the complex. The lack of cytotoxicity and DNA-cleaving activity for S-deoxyleinamycin indicates that the 1,3-dioxo-1,2-dithiolane moiety is essential for the activity of leinamycin. Thus, the primary cellular target of leinamycin appears to be DNA. It binds DNA and causes single-strand break at low concentrations, which may account for the potent antitumor activity.

  13. Mechanochemical Reactions Reporting and Repairing Bond Scission in Polymers.

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    Clough, Jess M; Balan, Abidin; Sijbesma, Rint P

    2015-01-01

    The past 10 years have seen a resurgence of interest in the field of polymer mechanochemistry. Whilst the destructive effects of mechanical force on polymer chains have been known for decades, it was only recently that researchers tapped into these forces to realize more useful chemical transformations. The current review discusses the strategic incorporation of weak covalent bonds in polymers to create materials with stress-sensing and damage-repairing properties. Firstly, the development of mechanochromism and mechanoluminescence as stress reporters is considered. The second half focuses on the net formation of covalent bonds as a response to mechanical force, via mechanocatalysis and mechanically unmasked chemical reactivity, and concludes with perspectives for the field. PMID:26104999

  14. Entropy-Driven Selectivity for Chain Scission: Where Macromolecules Cleave.

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    Pahnke, Kai; Brandt, Josef; Gryn'ova, Ganna; Lin, Ching Y; Altintas, Ozcan; Schmidt, Friedrich G; Lederer, Albena; Coote, Michelle L; Barner-Kowollik, Christopher

    2016-01-22

    We show that, all other conditions being equal, bond cleavage in the middle of molecules is entropically much more favored than bond cleavage at the end. Multiple experimental and theoretical approaches have been used to study the selectivity for bond cleavage or dissociation in the middle versus the end of both covalent and supramolecular adducts and the extensive implications for other fields of chemistry including, e.g., chain transfer, polymer degradation, and control agent addition are discussed. The observed effects, which are a consequence of the underlying entropic factors, were predicted on the basis of simple theoretical models and demonstrated via high-temperature (HT) NMR spectroscopy of self-assembled supramolecular diblock systems as well as temperature-dependent size-exclusion chromatography (TD SEC) of covalently bonded Diels-Alder step-growth polymers. PMID:26663567

  15. New resist materials based on polyacetal main chain scission

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    Manouras, Theodoros; Olziersky, Antonis; Argitis, Panagiotis

    2016-03-01

    The main target of the current work was to develop new polymeric materials for lithographic applications, the main chain of which is cleaved under the influence of photogenerated acid. Acetals have been chosen as functional groups in the main polymer chain since they can be cleaved in the presence of an acid while they remain untouched in alkaline ambient. The synthesized polymers were designed to bear in addition suitable functional groups for the achievement of desirable lithographic characteristics (thermal stability, acceptable glass transition temperature, etch resistance, proper dissolution behaviour). The synthesis was carried out via polyaddition of a vinyloxyl compound and a diol compound to produce novel polymers with acetal repeating units in their backbone. We chose polyaromatic hydrocarbons as diol units to achieve increased etch resistance. In addition, the polyaromatic units allow exposure at 193 nm as well, where the absorption of simple aromatics is prohibitively high. Good solubility and increased surface adhesion were achieved by choosing cycloaliphatic vinyloxyl ethers as the second component for the polyaddition. In addition, the same route can be followed to incorporate chromophores that can tune the resist absorbance in different spectral regions. Furthermore, single component systems can be designed following this approach by the incorporation of suitable PAGs in the main chain.

  16. Computing solvent-induced forces in the solvation approach called Semi Explicit Assembly

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    Brini, Emiliano; Hummel, Michelle H.; Coutsias, Evangelos A.; Fennell, Christopher J.; Dill, Ken A.

    2014-03-01

    Many biologically relevant processes (e.g. protein folding) are often too big and slow to be simulated by computer methods that model atomically detailed water. Faster physical models of water are needed. We have developed an approach called Semi Explicit Assembly (SEA) [C.J. Fennell, C.W. Kehoe, K.A. Dill, PNAS, 108, 3234 (2011)]. It is physical because it uses pre-simulations of explicit-solvent models, and it is fast because at runtime, we just combine the pre-simulated results in rapid computations. SEA has also now been proven physically accurate in two blind tests called SAMPL. Here, we describe the computation of solvation forces in SEA, so that this solvation procedure can be incorporated into standard molecular dynamics codes. We describe experimental tests.

  17. Solvent-induced size reduction of self-assembled siRNA/copolymer nanoparticles

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    Qu, Wei; Wu, Juan; Mao, Hai-Quan; Luijten, Erik

    2013-03-01

    Small interfering RNA (siRNA) therapeutics has a demonstrated potential for treating numerous liver diseases. However, traditional polycation vectors used for siRNA delivery typically produce siRNA-containing particles of large size (> 100 nm), along with high cytotoxicity and low colloidal stability. Inspired by earlier work on nanoparticles for plasmid DNA delivery, we graft hydrophilic and biocompatible polyethylene glycol (PEG) blocks to the polycation vector to overcome these limitations. We find that the PEG-grafted polycations result in slightly larger particle size, even though the hydrophilic PEG blocks are expected to hinder the formation of larger aggregates. To explain this observation, we investigate siRNA/copolymer self-assembly via computer simulations of coarse-grained polymer and siRNA models. Our calculations suggest that hydrogen bonding between PEG and the polycation leads to the increased particle size, and that smaller particles can be obtained by inhibiting hydrogen bonding in such system. Subsequent experiments employing solvents of lower polarity indeed lead to particles with smaller size.

  18. SOLVENT-INDUCED OTOTOXICITY IN RATS: AN ATYPICAL SELECTIVE MID-FREQUENCY HEARING DEFICIT

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    Most previous reports of ototoxicity following exposure to a variety of volatile organic solvents have restricted testing to the low- and mid-frequencies of the hearing range in the rat (2-20 kHz). e report here that inhalation exposure to styrene, xylene, toluene and 1,1,2-trich...

  19. Solvent-induced structural transition of self-assembled dipeptide: from organogels to microcrystals.

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    Zhu, Pengli; Yan, Xuehai; Su, Ying; Yang, Yang; Li, Junbai

    2010-03-01

    Organogels that are self-assembled from simple peptide molecules are an interesting class of nano- and mesoscale soft matter with simplicity and functionality. Investigating the precise roles of the organic solvents and their effects on stabilization of the formed organogel is an important topic for the development of low-molecular-weight gelators. We report the structural transition of an organogel self-assembled from a single dipeptide building block, diphenylalanine (L-Phe-L-Phe, FF), in toluene into a flower-like microcrystal merely by introducing ethanol as a co-solvent; this provides deeper insights into the phase transition between mesostable gels and thermodynamically stable microcrystals. Multiple characterization techniques were used to reveal the transitions. The results indicate that there are different molecular-packing modes formed in the gels and in the microcrystals. Further studies show that the co-solvent, ethanol, which has a higher polarity than toluene, might be involved in the formation of hydrogen bonds during molecular self-assembly of the dipeptide in mixed solvents, thus leading to the transition of organogels into microcrystals. The structural transformation modulated by the co-solvent might have a potential implication in controllable molecular self-assembly. PMID:20119986

  20. Solvent-Induced Reversal of Activities between Two Closely Related Heterogeneous Catalysts in the Aldol Reaction

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    Kandel, Kapil; Althaus, Stacey M; Peeraphatdit, Chorthip; Kobayashi, Takeshi; Trewyn, Brian G; Pruski, Marek; Slowing, Igor I

    2013-01-11

    The relative rates of the aldol reaction catalyzed by supported primary and secondary amines can be inverted by 2 orders of magnitude, depending on the use of hexane or water as a solvent. Our analyses suggest that this dramatic shift in the catalytic behavior of the supported amines does not involve differences in reaction mechanism, but is caused by activation of imine to enamine equilibria and stabilization of iminium species. The effects of solvent polarity and acidity were found to be important to the performance of the catalytic reaction. This study highlights the critical role of solvent in multicomponent heterogeneous catalytic processes.

  1. A Sixth-order Image Approximation to the Ionic Solvent Induced Reaction Field.

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    Xiang, Ming; Deng, Shaozhong; Cai, Wei

    2009-12-01

    A recent article by Deng and Cai introduced fourth-order image approximations to the reaction field for a charge inside a dielectric sphere immersed in a solvent of low ionic strength. To represent such a reaction field, the image approximations employ a point charge at the classical Kelvin image point and two line charges that extend from the Kelvin image point along the radial direction to infinity. In this paper, a sixth-order image approximation is developed, using the same point charge with three different line charges. Procedures on how to discretize the line charges by point image charges and how to implement the resulting point image approximation in O(N) complexity for potential and force field calculations are included. Numerical results demonstrate the sixth-order convergence rate of the image approximation and the O(N) complexity of the fast implementation of the point image approximation. PMID:21152236

  2. Solvent-induced conformational changes in cyclic peptides: a vibrational circular dichroism study.

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    Merten, Christian; Li, Fee; Bravo-Rodriguez, Kenny; Sanchez-Garcia, Elsa; Xu, Yunjie; Sander, Wolfram

    2014-03-28

    The three-dimensional structure of a peptide is strongly influenced by its solvent environment. In the present study, we study three cyclic tetrapeptides which serve as model peptides for β-turns. They are of the general structure cyclo(Boc-Cys-Pro-X-Cys-OMe) with the amino acid X being either glycine (1), or L- or D-leucine (L- or D-2). Using vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectroscopy, we confirm previous NMR results which showed that D-2 adopts predominantly a βII turn structure in apolar and polar solvents. Our results for L-2 indicate a preference for a βI structure over βII. With increasing solvent polarity, the preference for 1 is shifted from βII towards βI. This conformational change goes along with the breaking of an intramolecular hydrogen bond which stabilizes the βII conformation. Instead, a hydrogen bond with a solvent molecule can stabilize the βI turn conformation. PMID:24513908

  3. Solvent induced helical aggregation in the self-assembly of cholesterol tailed platinum complexes.

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    Mao, Yueyuan; Liu, Keyin; Meng, Luyan; Chen, Liang; Chen, Liming; Yi, Tao

    2014-10-14

    Three alkynylplatinum(ii) bipyridyl complexes in which two cholesterol groups are combined with a bipyridyl group via alkyl chains and amido bonds were designed and synthesized. The complexes have different lengths of ethylene glycol chains at the para-position of 1-phenylethyne. All three complexes can self-assemble to gel networks in DMSO, while only the morphology of 1a without an ether chain shows a well-defined right-handed helical structure in layer packing mode. However, 1c with long ethylene glycol chains forms perfect regular left-handed helical structures in aqueous ethanol solution while the volume percentage of water is less than 5% (v/v). As the ratio of water increases, the chirality changes from a left-handed helix to a right-handed helix and the packing mode alters from a monolayer structure to a hexagonal structure. As the ratio of water further increases to greater than 50% (v/v), the structure of the assembly finally transforms into bilayer vesicles. The process of the morphology transition is traced by circular dichroism spectra, powder X-ray diffraction, SEM and TEM images. The result indicates that a polar solvent (water) acts as a trigger to change the self-assembly of the chiral structures of the complex due to the strong hydrophobic interaction between cholesterol groups and the balance of the hydrophobicity and hydrophilicity of the solvent environment. PMID:25131259

  4. Solvent-Induced Proton Hopping at a Water–Oxide Interface

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    2014-01-01

    Despite widespread interest, a detailed understanding of the dynamics of proton transfer at interfaces is lacking. Here, we use ab initio molecular dynamics to unravel the connection between interfacial water structure and proton transfer for the widely studied and experimentally well-characterized water–ZnO(101̅0) interface. We find that upon going from a single layer of adsorbed water to a liquid multilayer, changes in the structure are accompanied by a dramatic increase in the proton-transfer rate at the surface. We show how hydrogen bonding and rather specific hydrogen-bond fluctuations at the interface are responsible for the change in the structure and proton-transfer dynamics. The implications of this for the chemical reactivity and for the modeling of complex wet oxide interfaces in general are also discussed. PMID:24920998

  5. Retinoic acid reduces solvent-induced neuropathy and promotes neural regeneration in mice.

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    Palencia, Guadalupe; Hernández-Pedro, Norma; Saavedra-Perez, David; Peña-Curiel, Omar; Ortiz-Plata, Alma; Ordoñez, Graciela; Flores-Estrada, Diana; Sotelo, Julio; Arrieta, Oscar

    2014-08-01

    In humans, exposure to organic solvents (OS) is frequent in work activities or as a recreational inhalant, inducing severe neuropathy (secondary to demyelization of peripheral nerves). We have previously shown that all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) increases local content of neural growth factor (NGF), improving peripheral neuropathy of diverse origins. In this study, we evaluated the effect of ATRA on OS-induced peripheral neuropathy in experimental mice. Two simultaneous experiments were performed. The first one aimed to evaluate ATRA for the prevention of damage induced by OS, the second to test ATRA as an OS-induced neuropathy treatment. Nociceptive threshold latency and NGF concentration in serum and in peripheral nerves were determined. Morphological changes and evidence of sciatic nerve regeneration were evaluated. Mice exposed to OS developed neuropathy and axonal degeneration. ATRA diminished the effects of OS inhalation on sensorial changes and nerve morphology. Treatment with ATRA reversed sensorial and nerve morphological changes of OS-induced neuropathy, and this was associated with increased contents of NGF. Similar to previous experiences on diabetic and toxic neuropathy, ATRA reduced and partially reversed the peripheral neuropathy caused by OS exposure. These favorable effects apparently are due to local production of NGF induced by neural regeneration in response to the administration of retinoic acid. PMID:24647975

  6. Solvent-induced changes in PEDOT:PSS films for organic electrochemical transistors

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    Zhang, Shiming; Kumar, Prajwal; Nouas, Amel Sarah; Fontaine, Laurie; Tang, Hao; Cicoira, Fabio

    2015-01-01

    Organic electrochemical transistors based on the conducting polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) doped with poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) are of interest for several bioelectronic applications. In this letter, we investigate the changes induced by immersion of PEDOT:PSS films, processed by spin coating from different mixtures, in water and other solvents of different polarities. We found that the film thickness decreases upon immersion in polar solvents, while the electrical conductivity remains unchanged. The decrease in film thickness is minimized via the addition of a cross-linking agent to the mixture used for the spin coating of the films.

  7. Organic solvents induce the formation of oil-in-ionic liquid microemulsion aggregations.

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    Gao, Yanan; Li, Na; Zhang, Shaohua; Zheng, Liqiang; Li, Xinwei; Dong, Bin; Yu, Li

    2009-02-01

    The role of four organic solvents in the formation process of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (bmimBF4) based ionic liquid (IL) microemulsions is investigated. The results showed that the addition of Triton X-100 remarkably decreased the conductivity of bmimBF4. The added organic solvents provided a strong apolar environment for the hydrophobic tails of Triton X-100 and caused the surfactant molecules to aggregate into the interfacial film of oil-in-bmimBF4 (O/IL) microemulsions. As a result, the conductivities of the solutions were initially increased because the insulative Triton X-100 molecules were assembled, which corresponded to increasing the concentration of continuous bmimBF4 solutions. The hydrophobic interaction between the dispersed organic solvents and the hydrophobic tails of Triton X-100 may be the driving force for the formation of O/IL microemulsions. The droplets of O/IL microemulsions were successively swollen by organic solvents, and a bicontinuous IL-containing microemulsion was observed by freeze-fracture transmission electron microscopy for the first time. The current study can help in further understanding the ILs-containing microemulsions and thereby improve microemulsion theory. PMID:19138136

  8. Solvent-induced reversible solid-state colour change of an intramolecular charge-transfer complex.

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    Li, Ping; Maier, Josef M; Hwang, Jungwun; Smith, Mark D; Krause, Jeanette A; Mullis, Brian T; Strickland, Sharon M S; Shimizu, Ken D

    2015-10-11

    A dynamic intramolecular charge-transfer (CT) complex was designed that displayed reversible colour changes in the solid-state when treated with different organic solvents. The origins of the dichromatism were shown to be due to solvent-inclusion, which induced changes in the relative orientations of the donor pyrene and acceptor naphthalenediimide units. PMID:26299357

  9. Prediction of solvent-induced morphological changes of polyelectrolyte diblock copolymer micelles.

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    Li, Nan K; Fuss, William H; Tang, Lei; Gu, Renpeng; Chilkoti, Ashutosh; Zauscher, Stefan; Yingling, Yaroslava G

    2015-11-14

    Self-assembly processes of polyelectrolyte block copolymers are ubiquitous in industrial and biological processes; understanding their physical properties can also provide insights into the design of polyelectrolyte materials with novel and tailored properties. Here, we report systematic analysis on how the ionic strength of the solvent and the length of the polyelectrolyte block affect the self-assembly and morphology of the polyelectrolyte block copolymer materials by constructing a salt-dependent morphological phase diagram using an implicit solvent ionic strength (ISIS) method for dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) simulations. This diagram permits the determination of the conditions for the morphological transition into a specific shape, namely vesicles or lamellar aggregates, wormlike/cylindrical micelles, and spherical micelles. The scaling behavior for the size of spherical micelles is predicted, in terms of radius of gyration (R(g,m)) and thickness of corona (Hcorona), as a function of solvent ionic strength (c(s)) and polyelectrolyte length (NA), which are R(g,m) ∼ c(s)(-0.06)N(A)(0.54) and Hcorona ∼ c(s)(-0.11)N(A)(0.75). The simulation results were corroborated through AFM and static light scattering measurements on the example of the self-assembly of monodisperse, single-stranded DNA block-copolynucleotides (polyT50-b-F-dUTP). Overall, we were able to predict the salt-responsive morphology of polyelectrolyte materials in aqueous solution and show that a spherical-cylindrical-lamellar change in morphology can be obtained through an increase in solvent ionic strength or a decrease of polyelectrolyte length. PMID:26315065

  10. Metallogrid Single-Molecule Magnet: Solvent-Induced Nuclearity Transformation and Magnetic Hysteresis at 16 K.

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    Huang, Wei; Shen, Fu-Xing; Wu, Shu-Qi; Liu, Li; Wu, Dayu; Zheng, Zhe; Xu, Jun; Zhang, Ming; Huang, Xing-Cai; Jiang, Jun; Pan, Feifei; Li, Yao; Zhu, Kun; Sato, Osamu

    2016-06-01

    Structural assembly and reversible transformation between a metallogrid Dy4 SMM (2) and its fragment Dy2 (1) were established in the different solvent media. The zero-field magnetization relaxation was slowed for dysprosium metallogrid (2) with relaxation barrier of Ueff = 61.3 K when compared to Dy2 (1). Both magnetic dilution and application of a moderate magnetic field suppress ground-state quantum tunneling of magnetization and result in an enhanced Ueff of 119.9 and 96.7 K for 2, respectively. Interestingly, the lanthanide metallogrid complex (2) exhibits magnetic hysteresis loop even up to 16 K at a given field sweep rate of 500 Oe/s. PMID:27164298

  11. Hydroxylic solvent-induced ring opening of the dehydropyrrolizidine alkaloids riddelliine and seneciphylline: implications for toxicity and analytical studies

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    etabolites that can also cause various cancers in animal models. Riddelliine and seneciphylline are closely-related, macrocyclic diester dehydropyrrolizidine alkaloids produced by various species in the Asteraceae. Despite the evidence of carcinogenicity in animal models, and the increasing concerns...

  12. Solvent-induced multicolour fluorescence of amino-substituted 2,3-naphthalimides studied by fluorescence and transient absorption measurements.

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    Fujii, Mayu; Namba, Misa; Yamaji, Minoru; Okamoto, Hideki

    2016-07-01

    A series of amino-2,3-naphthalimide derivatives having the amino functionality at 1-, 5- and 6-positions (, and , respectively) were prepared, and their photophysical properties were systematically investigated based on the measurements of steady-state absorption and fluorescence spectra, fluorescence lifetimes as well as transient absorption spectra. The s efficiently fluoresced in solution, and the emission spectra appreciably shifted depending on the solvent polarity. displayed only a slight fluorescence red-shift upon increasing the solvent polarity. In contrast, and showed marked positive solvatofluorochromism with large Stokes shifts displaying multicolour fluorescence; the fluorescence colours of and varied from violet-blue in hexane to orange-red in methanol. and , thus, serve as micro-environment responding fluorophores. In methanol, the intensity of the fluorescence emission band of and significantly reduced. Based on the fluorescence quantum yields and lifetimes, and transient absorption measurements, it has been revealed that internal conversion from the S1 state of s to the ground state was accelerated by the protic medium, resulting in a reduction in their fluorescence efficiency, while intersystem crossing from the S1 state to a triplet state was not responsible for the decrease of fluorescence intensity. PMID:27251860

  13. SOP-GPU: influence of solvent-induced hydrodynamic interactions on dynamic structural transitions in protein assemblies.

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    Alekseenko, Andrey; Kononova, Olga; Kholodov, Yaroslav; Marx, Kenneth A; Barsegov, Valeri

    2016-06-30

    Hydrodynamic interactions (HI) are incorporated into Langevin dynamics of the Cα -based protein model using the Truncated Expansion approximation (TEA) to the Rotne-Prager-Yamakawa diffusion tensor. Computational performance of the obtained GPU realization demonstrates the model's capability for describing protein systems of varying complexity (10(2) -10(5) residues), including biological particles (filaments, virus shells). Comparison of numerical accuracy of the TEA versus exact description of HI reveals similar results for the kinetics and thermodynamics of protein unfolding. The HI speed up and couple biomolecular transitions through cross-communication among protein domains, which result in more collective displacements of structure elements governed by more deterministic (less variable) dynamics. The force-extension/deformation spectra from nanomanipulations in silico exhibit sharper force signals that match well the experimental profiles. Hence, biomolecular simulations without HI overestimate the role of tension/stress fluctuations. Our findings establish the importance of incorporating implicit water-mediated many-body effects into theoretical modeling of dynamic processes involving biomolecules. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:27015749

  14. Single-stranded DNA detection by solvent-induced assemblies of a metallo-peptide-based complex

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    Das, Priyadip; Reches, Meital

    2016-05-01

    DNA detection is highly important for the sensitive sensing of different pathogenic bacteria and viruses. The major challenge is to create a sensor that can selectively detect very small concentrations of DNA without the need for amplification or complicated equipment. Different technologies such as optical, electrochemical and microgravimetric approaches can detect DNA fragments. Here we show, for the first time, the use of self-assembled nanostructures generated by a metallo-peptide as an optical sensing platform for DNA detection. The system can selectively detect single stranded DNA fragments by fluorescence measurements as it can discriminate even one base mismatch and can perform in the presence of other interfering proteins. This system may be useful in lab-on-a-chip applications.DNA detection is highly important for the sensitive sensing of different pathogenic bacteria and viruses. The major challenge is to create a sensor that can selectively detect very small concentrations of DNA without the need for amplification or complicated equipment. Different technologies such as optical, electrochemical and microgravimetric approaches can detect DNA fragments. Here we show, for the first time, the use of self-assembled nanostructures generated by a metallo-peptide as an optical sensing platform for DNA detection. The system can selectively detect single stranded DNA fragments by fluorescence measurements as it can discriminate even one base mismatch and can perform in the presence of other interfering proteins. This system may be useful in lab-on-a-chip applications. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Peptide and receptor synthesis, characterization of the final and intermediate products, experimental details and additional figures including SEM, TEM, DLS, XRD, UV analysis and AFM topographic analysis. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr07714a

  15. Solvent induced rapid modulation of micro/nano structures of metal carboxylates coordination polymers: mechanism and morphology dependent magnetism

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    Liu, Kun; Shen, Zhu-Rui; Li, Yue; Han, Song-De; Hu, Tong-Liang; Zhang, Da-Shuai; Bu, Xian-He; Ruan, Wen-Juan

    2014-01-01

    Rational modulation of morphology is very important for functional coordination polymers (CPs) micro/nanostructures, and new strategies are still desired to achieve this challenging target. Herein, organic solvents have been established as the capping agents for rapid modulating the growth of metal-carboxylates CPs in organic solvent/water mixtures at ambient conditions. Co-3,5-pyridinedicarboxylate (pydc) CPs was studied here as the example. During the reaction, the organic solvents exhibited three types of modulation effect: anisotropic growth, anisotropic growth/formation of new crystalline phase and the formation of new crystalline phase solely, which was due to the variation of their binding ability with metal cations. The following study revealed that the binding ability was critically affected by their functional groups and molecular size. Moreover, their modulation effect could be finely tuned by changing volume ratios of solvent mixtures. Furthermore, they could be applied for modulating other metal-carboxylates CPs: Co-1,3,5-benzenetricarboxylic (BTC), Zn-pydc and Eu-pydc etc. Additionally, the as-prepared Co-pydc CPs showed a fascinating morphology-dependent antiferromagnetic behavior. PMID:25113225

  16. Gas/solvent-induced transformation and expansion of a nonporous solid to 1:1 host guest form

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    Thallapally, Praveen K.; McGrail, B. Peter; Dalgarno, Scott J.; Atwood, Jerry L.

    2008-07-01

    Herein we report the gas (CO2, N2O and propane) and solvent (CS2 and acetone) induced transformation and expansion of guest free thermodynamic form of a p-tert-butylcalix [4]arene to 1:1 host guest form.

  17. A generalization of the Boltzmann superposition principle to polymer networks undergoing scission

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    Moacanin, J.; Landel, R. F.; Aklonis, J. J.

    1976-01-01

    Methods reported by Moacanin et al. (1975) and Moacanin and Aklonis (1971) are generalized with the objective to include strains (or stress) applied in an arbitrary manner to linearly viscoelastic materials. An imposition of changes in both the strain and the density of elastically effective chains in discrete increments is considered. In accordance with the Boltzmann superposition principle, each strain increment may be treated as a new independent experiment which adds linearly to the total response of the system.

  18. Influence of Isotope on Shell Effects of Pre-scission Particle Evaporation

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    Ye, Wei; Chen, Na

    2005-08-01

    The shell effects on the particle evaporation prior to fission for three Pb isotopes, 204Pb, 208Pb, and 212Pb, as well as three Sn isotopes, 128Sn, 132Sn, and 136Sn, are explored by a diffusion model. Calculations show that the magnitude of shell effects in the emission of particles changes with the neutron-to-proton ratio N/Z of these fissioning nuclei, and this change is affected significantly by the spin and excitation energy of the system. It is shown that high angular momentum enhances the dependence of shell effects on the N/Z while high excitation energy weakens such a dependence. The project supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grand Nos. 10405007 and 90412014 and the Teaching and Researching Foundation for the Excellent Teachers of Southeast University

  19. Coal structure cleavage mechanisms: scission of methylene and ether linkages to hydroxylated rings

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    McMillen, D.F.; Ogier, W.C.; Ross, D.S.

    1981-07-31

    The kinetics of the thermolysis of the coal-model compounds (hydroxyphenyl)phenylmethanes and p-hydroxyphenyl phenyl ether in tetralin at 400/sup 0/C are described. The observed rates for (hydroxyphenyl)phenylmethanes are shown to be quantitatively consistent with thermochemical data and an enol-keto tautomerization followed by rate-determining homolysis of the cyclohexadienone intermediate. For p-hydroxyphenyl phenyl ether the breakdown of this quantitative agreement and the effects of various additives indicate that the tautomerization is rate determining and most probably involves electrophilic attack on the enolate ion. Implications for coal liquefaction and catalysis are briefly discussed.

  20. Competing mechanisms and scaling laws for carbon nanotube scission by ultrasonication

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    Pagani, Guido; Green, Micah J.; Poulin, Philippe; Pasquali, Matteo

    2012-01-01

    Dispersion of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) into liquids typically requires ultrasonication to exfoliate individuals CNTs from bundles. Experiments show that CNT length drops with sonication time (or energy) as a power law t-m. Yet the breakage mechanism is not well understood, and the experimentally reported power law exponent m ranges from approximately 0.2 to 0.5. Here we simulate the motion of CNTs around cavitating bubbles by coupling Brownian dynamics with the Rayleigh–Plesset equation. We observe that, during bubble growth, CNTs align tangentially to the bubble surface. Surprisingly, we find two dynamical regimes during the collapse: shorter CNTs align radially, longer ones buckle. We compute the phase diagram for CNT collapse dynamics as a function of CNT length, stiffness, and initial distance from the bubble nuclei and determine the transition from aligning to buckling. We conclude that, depending on their length, CNTs can break due to either buckling or stretching. These two mechanisms yield different power laws for the length decay (0.25 and 0.5, respectively), reconciling the apparent discrepancy in the experimental data. PMID:22752305

  1. Facile scission of isonitrile carbon–nitrogen triple bond using a diborane(4) reagent

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    Asakawa, Hiroki; Lee, Ka-Ho; Lin, Zhenyang; Yamashita, Makoto

    2014-01-01

    Transition metal reagents and catalysts are generally effective to cleave all three bonds (one σ and two π) in a triple bond despite its high bonding energy. Recently, chemistry of single-bond cleavage by using main-group element compounds is rapidly being developed in the absence of transition metals. However, the cleavage of a triple bond using non-transition-metal compounds is less explored. Here we report that an unsymmetrical diborane(4) compound could react with carbon monoxide and tert-butyl isonitrile at room temperature. In the latter case, the carbon–nitrogen triple bond was completely cleaved in the absence of transition metal as confirmed by X-ray crystallographic analysis, 13C NMR spectroscopy with 13C labelling and DFT calculations. The DFT calculations also revealed the detailed reaction mechanism and indicated that the key for the carbon–nitrogen triple-bond cleavage could be attributed to the presence of nucleophilic nitrogen atom in one of the intermediates. PMID:24967910

  2. Solvent induced channel interference in the two-photon absorption process--a theoretical study with a generalized few-state-model in three dimensions.

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    Alam, Md Mehboob; Chattopadhyaya, Mausumi; Chakrabarti, Swapan

    2012-01-21

    For the first time, we report the effect of interference between different optical channels on the two-photon absorption (TPA) process in three dimensions. We have employed response theory as well as a sum-over-states (SOS) approach involving few intermediate states to calculate the TPA parameters like transition probabilities (δ(TP)) and TPA tensor elements. In order to use the limited SOS approach, we have derived a new formula for a generalized few-state-model (GFSM) in three dimensions. Due to the presence of additional terms related to the angle between different transition moment vectors, the channel interference associated with the TPA process in 3D is significantly different and much more complicated than that in 1D and 2D cases. The entire study has been carried out on the two simplest Reichardt's dyes, namely 2- and 4-(pyridinium-1-yl)-phenolate (ortho- and para-betain) in gas phase, THF, CH(3)CN and water solvents. We have meticulously inspected the effect of the additional angle related terms on the overall TPA transition probabilities of the two 3D isomeric molecules studied and found that the interfering terms involved in the δ(TP) expression contribute both constructively and destructively as well to the overall δ(TP) value. Moreover, the interfering term has a more conspicuous role in determining the net δ(TP) associated with charge transfer transition in comparison to that of π-π* transition of the studied systems. Interestingly, our model calculations suggest that, for o- and p-betain, the quenching of destructive interference associated with a particular two-photon process can be done with high polarity solvents while the enhancement of constructive interference will be achieved in solvents having relatively small polarity. All the one- and two-photon parameters are evaluated using a range separated CAMB3LYP functional. PMID:22127437

  3. Solvent induced synthesis, structure and properties of coordination polymers based on 5-hydroxyisophthalic acid as linker and 1,10-phenanthroline as auxiliary ligand

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    Kariem, Mukaddus; Yawer, Mohd; Sheikh, Haq Nawaz

    2015-11-01

    Three new coordination polymers [Mn(hip)(phen) (H2O)]n (1), [Co(hip)(phen) (H2O)]n (2), and [Cd(hip) (phen) (H2O)]n (3) (H2hip=5-hydroxyisophthalic acid; phen=1,10-phenanthroline) have been synthesized by solvo-hydrothermal method using diethyl formamide-water (DEF-H2O) as solvent system. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis reveals that all three coordination polymers 1, 2 and 3 crystallize in monoclinic space group P2/n. Metal ions are inter-connected by hydroxyisophthalate anions forming zig-zag 1D chain. 1D chains are further inter-connected by hydrogen bonding and π-π stacking interactions leading to 3D supramolecular architecture. Hydrogen-bonding and π-π stacking provide thermal stability to polymers. Compounds 1 and 2 are paramagnetic at room temperature and variable temperature magnetic moment measurements revealed weak ferromagnetic interactions between metal ions at low temperature. Compound 3 exhibits excellent photoluminescence with large Stokes shift.

  4. Solvent-induced O-H vibration red-shifts of oxygen-acids in hydrogen-bonded O-H···base complexes.

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    Keinan, Sharon; Pines, Dina; Kiefer, Philip M; Hynes, James T; Pines, Ehud

    2015-01-22

    Infrared spectroscopy has been used to characterize the solvent effect on the OH stretching vibrations νOH of phenol, 1-naphthol, 2-naphthol, 1-hydroxypyrene, and ethanol. We distinguish the dielectric (nonspecific) effect of the solvent on ΔνOH, the observed red-shifts in νOH, from the much larger red-shift caused by direct hydrogen (H)-bonding interactions with the solvents. To isolate the solvent dielectric constant ε effect on νOH, the OH oscillator was also studied when it is already H-bonded with an invariant oxygen base, dimethyl sulfoxide. We find that ΔνOH depends importantly on ΔPA, the difference between the proton affinities of the conjugate base of the proton donor and the proton acceptor. For a given H-bonded complex, νOH tends to vary inversely with ε, exhibiting different slopes for polar and nonpolar solvents, i.e., solvents comprising molecules with and without a permanent dipole moment, respectively. We use a two-state valence-bond-based theory to analyze our experimental data. This demonstrates that the OH oscillator acquires a more ionic-like character in the vibrational excited state, i.e., charge transfer; this results in a stronger H-bond in a more anharmonic potential for the OH vibration. The theory distinguishes between nonpolar and polar solvents and successfully accounts for the observed 1/ε and ΔPA variations. PMID:24975617

  5. Evidence of entropy-driven bistability through (15)N NMR analysis of a temperature- and solvent-induced, chiroptical switching polycarbodiimide.

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    Reuther, James F; Novak, Bruce M

    2013-12-26

    The thermo- and solvo-driven chiroptical switching process observed in specific polycarbodiimides occurs in a concerted fashion with large deviations in specific optical rotation (OR) and CD Cotton effect as a consequence of varying populations of two distinct polymer conformations. These two conformations are clearly visible in the (15)N NMR and IR spectra of the (15)N-labeled poly((15)N-(1-naphthyl)-N'-octadecylcarbodiimide) (Poly-3) and poly((15)N-(1-naphthyl)-(15)N'-octadecylcarbodiimide) (Poly-5). Using van't Hoff analysis, the enthalpies and entropies of switching (ΔHswitching; ΔSswitching) were calculated for both Poly-3 and Poly-5 using the relative integrations of both peaks in the (15)N NMR spectra at different temperatures to measure the populations of each state. The chiroptical switching (i.e., transitioning from state A to state B) was found to be an endothermic process (positive ΔHswitching) for both Poly-3 and Poly-5 in all solvents studied, meaning the conformation correlating with the downfield chemical shift (ca. 148 ppm, state B) is the higher enthalpy state. The compensating factor behind this phenomenon has been determined to be the large increase in entropy in CHCl3 as a result of the switching. Herein, we propose that the increased entropy in the system is a direct consequence of increased disorder in the solvent as the switching occurs. Specifically, the chloroform solvent molecules are very ordered around the polymer chains due to favorable solvent-polymer interactions, but as the switching occurs, these interactions become less favorable and disorder results. The same level of solvent disorder is not achieved in toluene, causing the chiroptical switching process to occur at higher temperatures. PMID:24313274

  6. Solvent-induced secondary building unit (SBU) variations in a series of Cu(II) metal-organic frameworks derived from a bifunctional ligand.

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    Chen, Di-Ming; Ma, Jian-Gong; Cheng, Peng

    2015-05-21

    The role of auxiliary solvents in the formation of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) has been studied for a series of copper-based framework systems. Herein we show the formation of three different 3D ordered frameworks with the formulae {[Cu4(cpt)4Cl4]·2DMF·dioxane·3H2O}n (1), {[Cu8(cpt)4(Hcpt)2Cl7(μ3-OH)2(H2O)4]Cl3·4CH3CN}n (2), and {[Cu8(cpt)4Cl4(μ3-OH)2(μ4-O)2]Cl2·4H2O·2CH3CN·3MeOH}n (3) [Hcpt = 4-(4-carboxyphenyl)-1,2,4-triazole], respectively, from the same reaction mixture through varying auxiliary solvents of the medium. These MOFs were fully characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, showing interesting secondary building unit (SBU) variations. The varied SBUs not only bring different framework architectures to these MOFs, but also affect their framework stability. Gas sorption studies of MOF 3 reveal high CO2-N2 selectivity at 298 K and 0.16 bar (a typical partial pressure of CO2 in an industrial flue gas). A high isosteric heat of adsorption (Qst) at zero loading (53 kJ mol(-1)) was also observed in MOF 3. PMID:25873315

  7. The ultrasound-assisted oxidative scission of monoenic fatty acids by ruthenium tetroxide catalysis: influence of the mixture of solvents.

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    Rup, Sandrine; Zimmermann, François; Meux, Eric; Schneider, Michel; Sindt, Michele; Oget, Nicolas

    2009-02-01

    Carboxylic acids and diacids were synthesized from monoenic fatty acids by using RuO4 catalysis, under ultrasonic irradiation, in various mixtures of solvents. Ultrasound associated with Aliquat 336 have promoted in water, the quantitative oxidative cleavage of the CH=CH bond of oleic acid. A design of experiment (DOE) shows that the optimal mixture of solvents (H2O/MeCN, ratio 1/1, 2.2% RuCl3/4.1 eq. NaIO4) gives 81% azelaic acid and 97% pelargonic acid. With the binary heterogeneous mixture H2O/AcOEt, the oxidation of the oleic acid leads to a third product, the alpha-dione 9,10-dioxostearic acid. PMID:18799341

  8. Coal liquefaction model studies: free radical chain decomposition of diphenylpropane, dibenzyl ether, and phenyl ether via. beta. -scission reactions

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    Gillert, K.E.; Gojewski, J.J.

    1982-12-03

    The thermal decompositions to 1,3-diphenylpropane (1), dibenzyl ether (2), and phenethyl phenyl ether (3) have been found to proceed by free radical chain processes. 1 gave toluene and styrene with a reaction order of 1.55, E/sub A/ = 51.4 kcal/mol, and log A = 12.5. The reaction could be initiated by benzyl phenyl ether but not by 1,2-diphenylethane. 2 gave toluene and benzaldehyde with a reaction order of 1.43,E/sub A/ = 48 kcal/mol, and log A = 12.6. The reaction could be initiated with benzyl phenyl ether. 3 gave phenol and styrene with a reaction order of 1.21, E/sub A/ = 50.3 kcal/mol, and log A =12.3. The reaction could be initiated by benzyl phenyl ether. All of the data are consistent with free radical processes with the reaction order determined by the termination reaction. No evidence for concerted reactions has been found.

  9. Bond Formation and Bond Scission Dynamics in Polyatomic Molecules Revealed by Momentum Imaging Experiments and Electron Scattering Calculations

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    Slaughter, Daniel; Trevisan, Cynthia; Weyland, Marvin; Dorn, Alexander; Douguet, Nicolas; Orel, Ann; Adaniya, Hidehito; McCurdy, Bill; Belkacem, Ali; Rescigno, Tom

    2016-05-01

    We present combined experimental and theoretical studies of dissociative electron attachment (DEA) dynamics in methane and ammonia. DEA in each of these systems proceeds through electronic Feshbach resonances, where a valence electron is excited and captured with the incident electron in the lowest unoccupied orbital. In methane, one triply-degenerate resonance undergoes Jahn-Teller splitting through molecular distortions, leading to four observed final states, each having a 2-body and a 3-body dissociation with anionic products H- and CH2-and neutrals CH3, CH2, H2 or H. In ammonia, one resonance leads to H- + NH2 and NH2-+ H, the latter resulting from non-adiabatic charge transfer. A higher energy resonance leads directly to H- + NH2* and indirectly to NH2-+ H. We examine the dynamics of the transient anion in each of these processes. work supported by Chemical Sciences, Geosciences and Biosciences division of BES/DOE.

  10. Coal liquefaction process using pretreatment with a binary solvent mixture

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    Miller, Robert N.

    1986-01-01

    An improved process for thermal solvent refining or hydroliquefaction of non-anthracitic coal at elevated temperatures under hydrogen pressure in a hydrogen donor solvent comprises pretreating the coal with a binary mixture of an aromatic hydrocarbon and an aliphatic alcohol at a temperature below 300.degree. C. before the hydroliquefaction step. This treatment generally increases both conversion of coal and yields of oil.

  11. Density functional theory study of O-H and C-H bond scission of methanol catalyzed by a chemisorbed oxygen layer on Cu(111)

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    Li, Jonathan; Zhou, Guangwen

    2016-04-01

    Using the density-functional theory within the generalized gradient approximation, we have studied the partial oxidation of methanol on a Cu(111) surface covered with a chemisorbed oxygen layer that resembles a Cu2O layer. Adsorption energies and geometries were computed for methanol, methoxy, hydroxymethyl and formaldehyde on both clean Cu(111) and Cu2O/Cu(111) and electronic structures were computed for the reaction intermediates on Cu2O/Cu(111). We also calculated the energy barrier for partial oxidation of methanol to formaldehyde on Cu2O/Cu(111). These results show that the Cu2O monolayer slightly lowers the stability of each of the surface adsorbates and the oxygen strongly promotes hydrogen dissociation by lowering the energy barrier of methanol decomposition and causing the spontaneous dissociation of methanol into methoxy.

  12. Color tunable and near white-light emission of two solvent-induced 2D lead(II) coordination networks based on a rigid ligand 1-tetrazole-4-imidazole-benzene.

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    Chen, Jun; Zhang, Qing; Liu, Zhi-Fa; Wang, Shuai-Hua; Xiao, Yu; Li, Rong; Xu, Jian-Gang; Zhao, Ya-Ping; Zheng, Fa-Kun; Guo, Guo-Cong

    2015-06-01

    Two new lead(II) coordination polymers, [Pb(NO3)(tzib)]n (1) and [Pb(tzib)2]n (2), were successfully synthesized from the reaction of a rigid ligand 1-tetrazole-4-imidazole-benzene (Htzib) and lead(II) nitrate in different solvents. The obtained polymers have been characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analyses, which show that both polymers feature 2D layer structures. The inorganic anion nitrate in 1 shows a μ2-κO3:κO3 bridging mode to connect adjacent lead ions into a zigzag chain, and then the organic ligands tzib(-) join the neighboring chains into a 2D layer by a μ3-κN1:κN2:κN6 connection mode. In 2, there are two different bridging modes of the tzib(-) ligand: μ3-κN1:κN2:κN6 and μ3-κN1:κN6 to coordinate the lead ions into a 2D layer structure. Interestingly, both polymers displayed broadband emissions covering the entire visible spectra, which could be tunable to near white-light emission by varying excitation wavelengths. PMID:25952460

  13. Solvent-induced Mn(II)/Zn(II)/Co(II) organopolymolybdate compounds constructed by bis-pyridyl-bis-amide ligands through the Mo-N bond: synthesis, structures and properties.

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    Xu, Na; Zhang, Ju-Wen; Wang, Xiu-Li; Liu, Guo-Cheng; Li, Tian-Jiao

    2016-01-14

    Three transition metal organopolymolybdate hybrid compounds, namely, H2[Mn(H2O)4L3(γ-Mo8O26)] 8H2O (), H[M2(CH3O)(H2O)6L3(γ-Mo8O26)] [M = Zn () and Co ()] [L = 1,4-bis(3-pyridinecarboxamido)benzene] have been synthesized under solvothermal conditions and characterized by IR spectroscopy, TG analysis, powder XRD and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Compounds were obtained by the one-pot method, and the mixture of methanol and water with different ratios was used as the solvent. In compound , the γ-Mo8 anions were connected with pyridine groups of ligand L by the Mo-N bond, forming an uncommon 1D γ-Mo8-L chain. The adjacent chains were connected by [MnL2(H2O)4](2+) moieties through hydrogen bonding interaction to construct a 2D supramolecular network. Compounds and are isostructural, which show a 3D 2,4,6-connected {4(4)·6(2)}{4(4)·6(6)·8(4)·10}{6} framework. The γ-Mo8 anions were connected by [M(H2O)2(CH3O)](+) [M = Zn () and Co ()] subunits forming 1D M-Mo8 chains, which were connected by [ML2(H2O)4](2+) moieties to construct a 2D layer. In compounds and , there also exist the same 1D γ-Mo8-L chains as in , which extended the 2D networks to 3D frameworks. The Mo-N bond with pyridyl groups was formed under the solvothermal conditions, which is scarcely reported to our knowledge. The effect of the solvent on the assembly of the title compounds and the formation of the Mo-N bond, as well as the role of metal-organic moieties on the construction of diverse organopolymolybdate compounds have been discussed in detail. Furthermore, the electrochemical and photocatalytic properties of have been investigated. PMID:26631431

  14. 1,1,1,3,3,3-Hexafluoro-2-propanol and 2,2,2-trifluoroethanol solvents induce self-assembly with different surface morphology in an aromatic dipeptide.

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    Reddy, Samala Murali Mohan; Shanmugam, Ganesh; Mandal, Asit Baran

    2014-08-28

    Peptide based self-assembled structures, especially those from smaller peptides, have attracted much research interest due to their potential applications as biomaterials. These structures have been produced using different solvents (one of the methods), including alcohols, except fluorinated alcohols, which are believed to support non-aggregated structures. Herein, we have studied the ability of 2,2,2-trifluoroethanol (TFE) and 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoro-2-propanol (HFIP) solvents to induce self-assembly of an aromatic dipeptide, namely Tyr-Phe (YF). SEM images showed that HFIP and TFE can induce self-assembly with completely different morphologies, namely microribbons and microspheres, respectively, when YF is dried on a glass surface. Optical microscopic images showed that the microribbons possess birefringence under polarized light, whereas the microspheres do not, indicating that the self-assembled structures derived from HFIP solution are more highly ordered and crystalline in nature than those derived from TFE. Spectroscopic results indicated that the YF peptide adopts completely different conformations in these solvents. Time-dependent experiments suggested that the conformation of YF in HFIP is kinetically unstable and undergoes conformational change, whereas it is more stable in TFE, demonstrating that the modes of interaction of the TFE and HFIP solvents with the peptide are dissimilar. Different self-assembled structures were observed at different time intervals when YF was incubated in neat HFIP and 10% HFIP-90% TFE, establishing that the monomeric conformation plays a dominant role in deciding the final self-assembled structure (morphology) of YF. The current results demonstrate that TFE and HFIP solvents can produce self-assembled structures with different morphologies during solvent evaporation, despite their similar properties, such as secondary structural (α-helix) induction and preserving the peptide in its monomeric conformation in solution. PMID:24999600

  15. Detection of Ligand- and Solvent-Induced Shape Alterations of Cell-Growth-Regulatory Human Lectin Galectin-1 in Solution by Small Angle Neutron and X-Ray Scattering

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    He, Lizhong; André, Sabine; Siebert, Hans-Christian; Helmholz, Heike; Niemeyer, Bernd; Gabius, Hans-Joachim

    2003-01-01

    The bioactivity of galectin-1 in cell growth regulation and adhesion prompted us to answer the questions whether ligand presence and a shift to an aprotic solvent typical for bioaffinity chromatography might alter the shape of the homodimeric human lectin in solution. We used small angle neutron and synchrotron x-ray scattering studies for this purpose. Upon ligand accommodation, the radius of gyration of human galectin-1 decreased from 19.1 ± 0.1 Å in the absence of ligand to 18.2 ± 0.1 Å. In the aprotic solvent dimethyl sulfoxide, which did not impair binding capacity, galectin-1 formed dimers of a dimer, yielding tetramers with a cylindrical shape. Intriguingly, no dissociation into subunits occurred. In parallel, NMR monitoring was performed. The spectral resolution was in accord with these data. In contrast to the properties of the human protein, a nonhomologous agglutinin from mistletoe sharing galactose specificity was subject to a reduction in the radius of gyration from ∼62 Å in water to 48.7 Å in dimethyl sulfoxide. Evidently, the solvent caused opposite responses in the two tested galactoside-binding lectins with different folding patterns. We have hereby proven that ligand presence and an aprotic solvent significantly affect the shape of galectin-1 in solution. PMID:12829506

  16. Time phased alternate blending of feed coals for liquefaction

    DOEpatents

    Schweigharett, Frank; Hoover, David S.; Garg, Diwaker

    1985-01-01

    The present invention is directed to a method for reducing process performance excursions during feed coal or process solvent changeover in a coal hydroliquefaction process by blending of feedstocks or solvents over time. ,

  17. Coal liquefaction process using pretreatment with a binary solvent mixture

    DOEpatents

    Miller, R.N.

    1986-10-14

    An improved process for thermal solvent refining or hydroliquefaction of non-anthracitic coal at elevated temperatures under hydrogen pressure in a hydrogen donor solvent comprises pretreating the coal with a binary mixture of an aromatic hydrocarbon and an aliphatic alcohol at a temperature below 300 C before the hydroliquefaction step. This treatment generally increases both conversion of coal and yields of oil. 1 fig.

  18. Ambient pressure XPS and IRRAS investigation of ethanol steam reforming on Ni-CeO2(111) catalysts: an in situ study of C-C and O-H bond scission.

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    Liu, Zongyuan; Duchoň, Tomáš; Wang, Huanru; Grinter, David C; Waluyo, Iradwikanari; Zhou, Jing; Liu, Qiang; Jeong, Beomgyun; Crumlin, Ethan J; Matolín, Vladimír; Stacchiola, Dario J; Rodriguez, José A; Senanayake, Sanjaya D

    2016-06-22

    Ambient-Pressure X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (AP-XPS) and Infrared Reflection Absorption Spectroscopy (AP-IRRAS) have been used to elucidate the active sites and mechanistic steps associated with the ethanol steam reforming reaction (ESR) over Ni-CeO2(111) model catalysts. Our results reveal that surface layers of the ceria substrate are both highly reduced and hydroxylated under reaction conditions while the small supported Ni nanoparticles are present as Ni(0)/NixC. A multifunctional, synergistic role is highlighted in which Ni, CeOx and the interface provide an ensemble effect in the active chemistry that leads to H2. Ni(0) is the active phase leading to both C-C and C-H bond cleavage in ethanol and it is also responsible for carbon accumulation. On the other hand, CeOx is important for the deprotonation of ethanol/water to ethoxy and OH intermediates. The active state of CeOx is a Ce(3+)(OH)x compound that results from extensive reduction by ethanol and the efficient dissociation of water. Additionally, we gain an important insight into the stability and selectivity of the catalyst by its effective water dissociation, where the accumulation of surface carbon can be mitigated by the increased presence of surface OH groups. The co-existence and cooperative interplay of Ni(0) and Ce(3+)(OH)x through a metal-support interaction facilitate oxygen transfer, activation of ethanol/water as well as the removal of coke. PMID:27095305

  19. The mechanism of stimulation of NADPH oxidation during the mechanism-based inactivation of cytochrome P450 2B1 by N-methylcarbazole: redox cycling and DNA scission.

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    Shen, T; Hollenberg, P F

    1994-01-01

    The oxidation rate of NADPH is markedly stimulated during the mechanism-based inactivation of cytochrome P450 2B1 by N-methylcarbazole (NMC) in a reconstituted system consisting of NADPH-cytochrome P450 reductase, cytochrome P450 and phospholipid. The stimulation of NADPH oxidation in this system is due to 1-hydroxy-N-methylcarbazole (1-OH-NMC), one of the major metabolites of NMC. The 1-OH-NMC is further metabolized in an NADPH-dependent manner by the reconstituted system or by purified NADPH-cytochrome P450 reductase to give a more polar metabolite which has been isolated by HPLC. The conversion of 1-OH-NMC to this product was inhibited by superoxide dismutase (SOD), and incubation of the 1-OH-NMC with hypoxanthine-xanthine oxidase resulted in the formation of the same product, suggesting that the superoxide anion was involved in the metabolism of 1-OH-NMC by the reductase. Redox cycling activity during the metabolism of 1-OH-NMC by reductase has been demonstrated. The oxidation of NADPH by the reductase in the presence of 35 microM 1-OH-NMC was enhanced approximately 23-fold [240 nmol of NADPH oxidized/(min.nmol of reductase)] relative to control levels in the presence of 500 microM NMC [10.5 nmol/(min.nmol of reductase)]. 1-OH-NMC (35 microM) caused a 40-fold increase in the rate of formation of superoxide during its metabolism by reductase. The rapid rates of NADPH oxidation and superoxide formation were inhibited by the addition of reduced glutathione (GSH) to the reaction mixture. Neither SOD nor GSH inhibited the reductase activity directly.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:8199313

  20. Solvent-induced and polyether-ligand-induced redox isomerization within an asymmetrically coordinated mixed-valence ion: trans-(py)(NH[sub 3])[sub 4]Ru(4-NCpy)Ru(2,2[prime]-bpy)[sub 2]Cl[sup 4+

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    Curtis, J.C.; Massum, M. ); Roberts, J.A.; Blackbourn, R.L.; Dong, Yuhua; Johnson, C.S.; Hupp, J.T. )

    1991-10-02

    Advantage is taken of oxidation-state-dependent ligand (ammine)/solvent interactions to shift redox potentials and effect redox isomerization in the title complex. In poorly basic solvents, the stable isomeric form is trans-(py)(NH[sub 3])[sub 4]Ru[sup II](NCpy)Ru[sup III](bpy)[sub 2]Cl[sup 4+] (py is pyridine; NCpy is 4-cyanopyridine; bpy is 2,2[prime]-bipyridine). In contrast, in stronger Lewis bases or in a mixture of strong and weak bases (dimethyl sulfoxide + nitromethane), the preferred isomer is trans-(py)(NH[sub 3])[sub 4]Ru[sup III](NCpy)Ru[sup II](bpy)Cl[sup 4+]. Evidence for redox isomerization was obtained, in part, from plots of formal potentials versus solvent Lewis basicity. Confirmatory evidence was obtained from a combination of electrochemical reaction entropy and resonance Raman spectroscopic experiments. UV-vis-near-IR absorption experiments, however, were not found to be useful in demonstrating isomerization. In a released series of experiments, redox isomerization was also demonstrated based on ammine binding by either a low molecular weight poly(ethylene glycol) species or by a macrocyclic ligand, dibenzo-36-crown-12. Much smaller molar amounts of either the polymer (substoichiometric) or crown (approximately stoichiometic) are required, in comparison to basic solvent (several-fold excess), in order to induce isomerization in nitromethane as the initial solvent. The possible general utility of the redox isomerization concept in time-resolved intramolecular charge-transfer studies and in optical studies of competitive hole- and electron hole- and electron-transfer pathways is mentioned.

  1. Catalysts for coal liquefaction processes

    DOEpatents

    Garg, Diwakar

    1986-01-01

    Improved catalysts for catalytic solvent refining or hydroliquefaction of non-anthracitic coal at elevated temperatures under hydrogen pressure in a hydrogen donor solvent comprise a combination of zinc or copper, or a compound thereof, and a Group VI or non-ferrous Group VIII metal, or a compound thereof.

  2. Catalytic coal liquefaction process

    DOEpatents

    Garg, D.; Sunder, S.

    1986-12-02

    An improved process for catalytic solvent refining or hydroliquefaction of non-anthracitic coal at elevated temperatures under hydrogen pressure in a solvent comprises using as catalyst a mixture of a 1,2- or 1,4-quinone and an alkaline compound, selected from ammonium, alkali metal, and alkaline earth metal oxides, hydroxides or salts of weak acids. 1 fig.

  3. Catalysts for coal liquefaction processes

    DOEpatents

    Garg, D.

    1986-10-14

    Improved catalysts for catalytic solvent refining or hydroliquefaction of non-anthracitic coal at elevated temperatures under hydrogen pressure in a hydrogen donor solvent comprise a combination of zinc or copper, or a compound thereof, and a Group VI or non-ferrous Group VIII metal, or a compound thereof.

  4. Catalytic coal liquefaction process

    DOEpatents

    Garg, Diwakar; Sunder, Swaminathan

    1986-01-01

    An improved process for catalytic solvent refining or hydroliquefaction of non-anthracitic coal at elevated temperatures under hydrogen pressure in a solvent comprises using as catalyst a mixture of a 1,2- or 1,4-quinone and an alkaline compound, selected from ammonium, alkali metal, and alkaline earth metal oxides, hydroxides or salts of weak acids.

  5. Angular correlations in emission of prescission neutrons from {sup 235}U fission induced by slow polarized neutrons

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    Danilyan, G. V.; Wilpert, T.; Granz, P.; Krakhotin, V. A.; Mezei, F.; Novitsky, V. V.; Pavlov, V. S.; Russina, M. V.; Shatalov, P. B.

    2008-12-15

    A new approach to searching for and studying scission neutrons, which is based on the analysis of specific angular correlations in nuclear fission induced by polarized neutrons, is described and used to evaluate the fraction of scission neutrons in the total number of prompt neutrons of {sup 235}U fission emitted perpendicularly to the fission axis.

  6. A Feedback Loop between Dynamin and Actin Recruitment during Clathrin-Mediated Endocytosis

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    Taylor, Marcus J.; Lampe, Marko; Merrifield, Christien J.

    2012-01-01

    Clathrin-mediated endocytosis proceeds by a sequential series of reactions catalyzed by discrete sets of protein machinery. The final reaction in clathrin-mediated endocytosis is membrane scission, which is mediated by the large guanosine triophosphate hydrolase (GTPase) dynamin and which may involve the actin-dependent recruitment of N-terminal containing BIN/Amphiphysin/RVS domain containing (N-BAR) proteins. Optical microscopy has revealed a detailed picture of when and where particular protein types are recruited in the ∼20–30 s preceding scission. Nevertheless, the regulatory mechanisms and functions that underpin protein recruitment are not well understood. Here we used an optical assay to investigate the coordination and interdependencies between the recruitment of dynamin, the actin cytoskeleton, and N-BAR proteins to individual clathrin-mediated endocytic scission events. These measurements revealed that a feedback loop exists between dynamin and actin at sites of membrane scission. The kinetics of dynamin, actin, and N-BAR protein recruitment were modulated by dynamin GTPase activity. Conversely, acute ablation of actin dynamics using latrunculin-B led to a ∼50% decrease in the incidence of scission, an ∼50% decrease in the amplitude of dynamin recruitment, and abolished actin and N-BAR recruitment to scission events. Collectively these data suggest that dynamin, actin, and N-BAR proteins work cooperatively to efficiently catalyze membrane scission. Dynamin controls its own recruitment to scission events by modulating the kinetics of actin and N-BAR recruitment to sites of scission. Conversely actin serves as a dynamic scaffold that concentrates dynamin and N-BAR proteins at sites of scission. PMID:22505844

  7. Novel bimetallic dispersed catalysts for temperature-programmed coal liquefaction. Technical progress report, April--June 1993

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    Song, Chunshan; Parfitt, D.P.; Schobert, H.H.

    1993-08-01

    The ultimate goal of the present research is to develop novel catalytic hydroliquefaction process using highly active dispersed catalysts. The primary objective of this research is to develop novel bimetallic dispersed catalysts from organometallic molecular precursors, that can be used in low concentrations (hydroliquefaction of coals under temperature-programmed conditions. Several heterometallic complexes consisting of two transition metals, Mo and Co, and sulfur in a single molecule were synthesized and tested as precursors of bimetallic dispersed catalysts for liquefaction of a Montana subbituminous coal (DECS-9) at the loading level of 0.5 wt% Mo on dmmf coal. It was found that the structure of the precursors, in particular the ligands to the metal species, affect the activity of the resulting catalyst significantly. Among the M-M` type precursors tested, Mo-Co thiocubane, Mo{sub 2}Co{sub 2}S{sub 4}(Cp){sub 2}(CO){sub 2} [Cp = cyclopentadiene], designated as MoCo-TC2, produced in-situ the best catalyst The performance of the Mo-Co bimetallic catalyst was further enhanced by using temperature programmed (TPL) conditions consisting of a low temperature soaking at 200{degrees}C, programmed heat-up to 400 or 425{degrees}C followed by a 30 minutes hold. The pro ed heat-up serves as an in-situ activation of catalyst and coal pretreatment, which contributes to more effective hydrogenation of reactive fragments at high temperature.

  8. Experimental laboratory measurement of thermophysical properties of selected coal types

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    Lloyd, W. G.

    1979-01-01

    A number of bituminous coals of moderate to high plasticity were examined, along with portions of their extrudates from the JPL 1.5-inch 850 F screw extruder. Portions of the condensed pyrolysis liquids released during extrusion, and of the gaseous products formed during extrusion were also analyzed. In addition to the traditional determinations, the coals and extrudates were examined in terms of microstructure (especially extractable fractions), thermal analysis (especially that associated with the plastic state), and reactivity towards thermal and catalyzed hydroliquefaction. The process of extrusion increases the fixed carbon content of coals by about 5% and tends to increase the surface area. Coals contaning 25% or more DMF-extractable material show an increase in extractables as a result of extrusion; those initially containing less than 20% extractables show a decrease as a result of extrusion. Both the raw and extruded samples of Kentucky #9 coal are highly reactive towards hydroliquefaction, undergoing conversions of 75 to 80% in 15 min and 85-94% in 60 min in a stirred clave.

  9. Viscoelastic behavior of polymers undergoing crosslinking reactions.

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    Moacanin, J.; Aklonis, J. J.

    1971-01-01

    Previously a method was developed for predicting the viscoelastic response of polymers undergoing scission reactions. These results are now extended to include crosslinking reactions. As for scission, at any given time the character of the network chains is determined by the instantaneous crosslink density. For scission all chains were assumed to carry the same stress; for crosslinking, however, the stress is distributed between the 'new' and 'old' chains. Equations for calculating the creep response of a system which experiences a step increase in crosslink density are derived.

  10. Dynamical simulation of energy dissipation in asymmetric heavy-ion induced fission of {sup 200}Pb, {sup 213}Fr, and {sup 251}Es

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    Mirfathi, S. M.; Pahlavani, M. R.

    2008-12-15

    The dynamical model based on the asymmetric mass division has been applied to calculate pre-scission neutron multiplicity from heavy-ion induced fusion-fission reactions. Links between the pre-scission neutron multiplicity, excitation energy, and asymmetric mass distribution are clarified based on the Monte Carlo simulation and Langevin dynamics. The pre-scission neutron multiplicity is calculated and compared with the respective experimental data over a wide range of excitation energy and nonconstant viscosity. The analysis indicates a different effect for the application of asymmetric mass division in different energy regions of such processes.

  11. Microscopic Calculations of 240Pu Fission

    SciTech Connect

    Younes, W; Gogny, D

    2007-09-11

    Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov calculations have been performed with the Gogny finite-range effective interaction for {sup 240}Pu out to scission, using a new code developed at LLNL. A first set of calculations was performed with constrained quadrupole moment along the path of most probable fission, assuming axial symmetry but allowing for the spontaneous breaking of reflection symmetry of the nucleus. At a quadrupole moment of 345 b, the nucleus was found to spontaneously scission into two fragments. A second set of calculations, with all nuclear moments up to hexadecapole constrained, was performed to approach the scission configuration in a controlled manner. Calculated energies, moments, and representative plots of the total nuclear density are shown. The present calculations serve as a proof-of-principle, a blueprint, and starting-point solutions for a planned series of more comprehensive calculations to map out a large set of scission configurations, and the associated fission-fragment properties.

  12. Catalytic conversion of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons: Mechanistic investigations of hydrogen transfer from an iron-based catalyst to alkylarenes

    SciTech Connect

    Autrey, T.; Linehan, J.C.; Camaioni, D.M.; Powers, T.R.; McMillan, E.F.; Franz, J.A.

    1995-08-01

    Results of our model compound studies suggest that free radical hydrogen transfer pathways from the catalyst to the alkylarene are responsible for the scission of strong carbon-carbon bonds. There are two requisites for the observed selective bond scission. First is the stability of the ipso adduct precursor leading to displacement, the more stable the adduct the more probable bond scission. This explains why benzyl radical displacement > phenoxy radical displacement in benzyldiphenyl ether and explains why PhCH{sub 2}CH{sub 2}PhCH{sub 2} radical > naphthylmethyl radical from NMBB. Second, given equal ipso adduct precursor stabilities, e.g. methyldiphenylmethane, the stability of the departing radical determines the selectivity. this explains benzyl radical > methyl radical in the methylated diphenylmethanes and explains why {alpha}-hydroxyphenethyl radical > methyl radical in 1,2-ditolylethanol. We have assumed little physical interaction between the molecules and the catalytic surface and have been able to satisfactorily explain most of the observed selectivity. However, for NMBB we expect a higher selectivity for -A- bond scission relative to -B- bond scission, given the ca. 6 kcal/mol difference between the radical adduct formed by the hydrogen atom addition to 1-methylnaphthalene and p-xylene. It is possible that physical properties play a role in lowering the selectivity in -B- bond scission. Also, catalysts prepared by other methods may contain different activity sites and operate by different mechanisms.

  13. The chemistry and technology of synthetic fuels

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    Schriesheim, A.; Kirshenbaum, I.

    1981-10-01

    The variety of methods by which crude oil residua, coal and oil shale may be converted to synthetic fuels are considered, with attention to the chemical conversion processes that must be implemented on a large industrial scale. Among the technologies highlighted are (1) Flexicoking, in which residuum, preheated to 300 C, is sprayed into a reactor containing a fluidized solids bed of hot coke; the resulting thermal cracking of the residuum at 525 C forming gaseous and liquid products for conventional processing; (2) coal pyrolysis, a carbon rejection process that produces liquids, tars and coke; (3) hydroliquefaction, in which coal is liquefied directly by treatment with hydrogen at 450 C and pressures in the 70-200 atmospheres range; and (4) oil shale retorting, which is seen as requiring considerable further development before commercial feasibility is reached.

  14. Activity and selectivity of Fe catalysts from organometallic and inorganic precursors for hydrocracking of 4-(1-naphthylmethyl) bibenzyl

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    Song, C.; Schmidt, E.; Schobert, H.H.

    1995-12-31

    Various iron containing catalysts have been investigated for their use in hydroliquefaction of coal ever since Bergius demonstrated the feasibility of the process. Conventional iron catalysts have been widely used either unsupported or as catalysts dispersed directly onto coal. Iron catalysts have generally a lower cost and lower environmental detriment than Mo, Ni and Co catalyst precursors. The search for active high surface area iron particles has become recently an important pan in the development of a cost effective direct coal liquefaction process. To examine what determines the activity and selectivity of Fe catalysts for hydrogenation and hydrocracking, various molecular precursors with Fe in different chemical environments have been tested in this work to help understand the influence of precursor structure and the effect of sulfur addition on the activity and selectivity of resulting Fe catalysts in model reactions of 4-(naphthylmethyl)bibenzyl (NMBB).

  15. New apparatus for simultaneous determination of phase equilibria and rheological properties of fluids at high pressures: Its application to coal pastes studies up to 773 K and 30 MPa

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    Cohen, Albert; Richon, Dominique

    1986-06-01

    In this article, we present a new apparatus based on a static method to simultaneously measure rheological properties of a dense (liquid or liquid+solid) medium and sample phases (dense and gaseous) for analysis purposes. It was especially designed to study coal pastes in the working conditions of hydroliquefaction processes. It can also be used to study other mediums such as asphalts and polymers. The rheometer part of the apparatus was already tested and results published in a previous paper. The ability of the new apparatus to get reliable vapor-liquid equilibrium data in the range of thermal stability of chemical materials is shown as a result of measurements on the nitrogen-n-heptane system at 497.1 K and the methane-n-hexadecane system at 623.1 K and comparison to literature's data. Reproducibility tests have displayed very small data dispersion.

  16. Ruthenium ion-catalyzed oxidation of Shenfu coal and its residues

    SciTech Connect

    Yao-Guo Huang; Zhi-Min Zong; Zi-Shuo Yao; Yu-Xuan Zheng; Jie Mou; Guang-Feng Liu; Jin-Pei Cao; Ming-Jie Ding; Ke-Ying Cai; Feng Wang; Wei Zhao; Zhi-Lin Xia; Lin Wu; Xian-Yong Wei

    2008-05-15

    Shenfu coal (SFC), its liquefaction residue (RL), and carbon disulfide (CS{sub 2})/tetrahydrofuran (THF)-inextractable matter (RE) were subject to ruthenium ion-catalyzed oxidation to understand the differences in structural features among the above three samples. The results suggest that SFC is rich in long-chain arylalkanes and {alpha}. {omega}-diarylalkanes (DAAs) with carbon number of methylene linkage from 2 to 4 and that long-chain arylalkanes and DAAs are reactive toward hydroliquefaction and soluble in a CS{sub 2}/THF mixed solvent, whereas highly condensed aromatic species in SFC show poor solubility in the CS{sub 2}/THF mixed solvent. 29 refs., 6 figs., 4 tabs.

  17. Process and analytical studies of enhanced low severity co-processing using selective coal pretreatment

    SciTech Connect

    Baldwin, R.M.; Miller, R.L.

    1991-12-01

    The findings in the first phase were as follows: 1. Both reductive (non-selective) alkylation and selective oxygen alkylation brought about an increase in liquefaction reactivity for both coals. 2. Selective oxygen alkylation is more effective in enhancing the reactivity of low rank coals. In the second phase of studies, the major findings were as follows: 1. Liquefaction reactivity increases with increasing level of alkylation for both hydroliquefaction and co-processing reaction conditions. 2. the increase in reactivity found for O-alkylated Wyodak subbituminous coal is caused by chemical changes at phenolic and carboxylic functional sites. 3. O-methylation of Wyodak subbituminous coal reduced the apparent activation energy for liquefaction of this coal.

  18. Process and analytical studies of enhanced low severity co-processing using selective coal pretreatment. Final technical report

    SciTech Connect

    Baldwin, R.M.; Miller, R.L.

    1991-12-01

    The findings in the first phase were as follows: 1. Both reductive (non-selective) alkylation and selective oxygen alkylation brought about an increase in liquefaction reactivity for both coals. 2. Selective oxygen alkylation is more effective in enhancing the reactivity of low rank coals. In the second phase of studies, the major findings were as follows: 1. Liquefaction reactivity increases with increasing level of alkylation for both hydroliquefaction and co-processing reaction conditions. 2. the increase in reactivity found for O-alkylated Wyodak subbituminous coal is caused by chemical changes at phenolic and carboxylic functional sites. 3. O-methylation of Wyodak subbituminous coal reduced the apparent activation energy for liquefaction of this coal.

  19. Fabrication of nanochannels on polystyrene surface

    PubMed Central

    Li, Dongqing

    2015-01-01

    Solvent-induced nanocrack formation on polystyrene surface is investigated experimentally. Solubility parameter and diffusion coefficient of alcohols are employed to elucidate the swelling and cracking processes as well as the crack size. Experimental results show that the crack size increases with the heating temperature, heating time, and the concentration and volume of the alcohols. A guideline on fabricating single smaller nanocracks on polymers by solvent-induced method is provided. Nanocracks of approximately 64 nm in width and 17.4 nm in depth were created and replicated onto PDMS (polydimethylsiloxane) slabs to form nanochannels. PMID:25945143

  20. Novel bimetallic dispersed catalysts for temperature-programmed coal liquefaction. Technical progress report, October--December 1992

    SciTech Connect

    Song, Chunshan; Schobert, H.H.

    1993-02-01

    Development of new catalysts is a promising approach to more efficient coal liquefaction. It has been recognized that catalysts are superior to supported catalysts for primary liquefaction of coals, because the control of initial coal dissolution or depolymerization requires intimate contact between the catalyst and coal. This research is a fundamental and exploratory study on catalytic coal liquefaction, with the emphasis on the development of novel bimetallic dispersed catalysts for temperature-programmed liquefaction. The ultimate goal of the present research is to develop novel catalytic hydroliquefaction process using highly active dispersed catalysts. The primary objective of this research is to develop novel bimetallic dispersed catalysts from organometallic molecular that can be used in low precursors concentrations (< 1 %) but exhibit high activity for efficient hydroliquefaction of coals under temperature-programmed conditions. The major technical approaches are, first, to prepare the desired heteronuclear organometallic molecules as catalyst precursors that contain covalently bound, two different metal atoms and sulfur in a single molecule. Such precursors will generate finely dispersed bimetallic catalysts such as Fe-Mo, Co-Mo and Ni-Mo binary sulfides upon thermal decomposition. The second major technical approach is to perform the liquefaction of coals unpregnated with the organometallic precursors under temperature-programmed conditions, where the programmed heat-up serves as a step for both catalyst activation and coal pretreatment or preconversion. Two to three different complexes for each of the Fe-Mo, Co-Mo, and Ni-Mo combinations will be prepared. Initial catalyst screening tests will be conducted using a subbituminous coal and a bituminous coal. Effects of coal rank and solvents will be examined with the selected bimetallic catalysts which showed much higher activity than the dispersed catalysts from conventional precursors.

  1. Novel bimetallic dispersed catalysts for temperature-programmed coal liquefaction

    SciTech Connect

    Song, Chunshan; Schobert, H.H.

    1993-02-01

    Development of new catalysts is a promising approach to more efficient coal liquefaction. It has been recognized that catalysts are superior to supported catalysts for primary liquefaction of coals, because the control of initial coal dissolution or depolymerization requires intimate contact between the catalyst and coal. This research is a fundamental and exploratory study on catalytic coal liquefaction, with the emphasis on the development of novel bimetallic dispersed catalysts for temperature-programmed liquefaction. The ultimate goal of the present research is to develop novel catalytic hydroliquefaction process using highly active dispersed catalysts. The primary objective of this research is to develop novel bimetallic dispersed catalysts from organometallic molecular that can be used in low precursors concentrations (< 1 %) but exhibit high activity for efficient hydroliquefaction of coals under temperature-programmed conditions. The major technical approaches are, first, to prepare the desired heteronuclear organometallic molecules as catalyst precursors that contain covalently bound, two different metal atoms and sulfur in a single molecule. Such precursors will generate finely dispersed bimetallic catalysts such as Fe-Mo, Co-Mo and Ni-Mo binary sulfides upon thermal decomposition. The second major technical approach is to perform the liquefaction of coals unpregnated with the organometallic precursors under temperature-programmed conditions, where the programmed heat-up serves as a step for both catalyst activation and coal pretreatment or preconversion. Two to three different complexes for each of the Fe-Mo, Co-Mo, and Ni-Mo combinations will be prepared. Initial catalyst screening tests will be conducted using a subbituminous coal and a bituminous coal. Effects of coal rank and solvents will be examined with the selected bimetallic catalysts which showed much higher activity than the dispersed catalysts from conventional precursors.

  2. STYRENE IMPAIRS SERIAL SPATIAL REVERSAL LEARNING IN RATS

    EPA Science Inventory

    Occupational exposure to styrene monomer has been implicated in the etiology of solvent-induced cognitive dysfunction. o evaluate the effects of styrene exposure on learning, rats were trained on a series of reversals of a spatial discrimination, permitting repeated evaluation of...

  3. Electron beam irradiation of maltodextrin and cinnamyl alcohol mixtures: influence of glycerol on cross-linking.

    PubMed

    Khandal, Dhriti; Aggarwal, Manjeet; Suri, Gunjan; Coqueret, Xavier

    2015-03-01

    The influence of glycerol on the electron beam-induced changes in maltodextrins-cinnamyl alcohol (CA) blends is examined with respect to its influence on the degree of chain scission, grafting, and cross-linking. The study is relevant to radiation-induced polysaccharide modification, specifically in the perspective of using blended starch as a thermoplastic material, where glycerol is commonly used as a plasticizer. In the absence of CA, glycerol protects maltodextrin from chromophore formation onto the main chain, but also induces more chain scission. The presence of CA provides efficient radiation-protection against scission. Glycerol is shown to affect the interaction between maltodextrin and CA, most likely in the form of an inclusion complex when glycerol is absent. The global behavior under radiation is therefore governed by the physical interactions between the blend constituents rather than on the role of glycerol role as a plasticizer, or as an OH˙ radical scavenger. PMID:25498620

  4. A DFT study on the initial stage of thermal degradation of Poly(methyl methacrylate)/carbon nanotube system.

    PubMed

    Minisini, Benoit; Vathonne, Emerson; Chivas-Joly, Carine; Lopez-Cuesta, José-Marie

    2013-02-01

    DFT calculations, with VWN exchange correlation functional and double numeric basis set, were used to evaluate the energies required for the scission reactions taking place in the initial stage of the thermal degradation of Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) in the presence of a carbon nanotube (CNT). Side group and main chain scissions were investigated. The results averaged from five configurations of pure PMMA (DP=5) were used as references and compared to the results obtained for the five same configurations of PMMA grafted on three carbon nanotubes of similar diameter (1.49 nm). The bond dissociation energies (BDE) of main chain scission evaluated for grafted PMMA was 4 % less endothermic than for pure PMMA. These results seemed independent of the tested chirality (11,11); (12,10) and (16,5) of the carbon nanotubes. Comparisons with the BDE of the weakest bonds due to intrinsic defaults (head to head and unsaturated end chain) were performed. PMID:22983652

  5. The Effects of Electron Radiation on the Glass Transition Temperature of a Polyetherimide.

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    Kern, Kristen Tulloch

    The effects of electron radiation on a polyetherimide (PEI), Ultem^{cdot}, were investigated. In particular, the changes in the glass transition temperature (T_{g} ) with absorbed radiation dose were studied. The polymer was exposed to mono-energetic beams of 100-keV electrons and 1.0-MeV electrons for doses up to 100 megagray (MGy). Dosimetry for the exposures was based on Monte -Carlo simulations of the transfer of energy from an energetic electron to the polymer and on comparison to Nylon standards. Dynamic mechanical analysis was used to determine the T _{g} for non-exposed PEI and the changes in T_{g} resulting from irradiation. The T_{g} did not change significantly for doses up to and including 75 MGy, while a significant increase in T_ {g} occurred for a dose of 100 MGy. The cross-link and chain scission densities in the irradiated PEI were determined using infrared spectroscopy. The cross -link density increased with dose for all doses investigated. The chain scission density increased with dose for doses up to 75 MGy, but was lower for a dose of 100 MGy than for a dose of 75 MGy. Radical population kinetics, based in part on data from an electron paramagnetic resonance study, were correlated with the cross-link density and chain scission density to investigate the mechanism for the observed density variations with dose. The radical population simulations suggest that chain scissioning occurs less readily when the average radical separation during the exposure is less than three molecular radii. Finally, a model for the combined effects of cross-linking and chain scissioning is proposed which combines a statistical-mechanical model for the change in T_{g} with cross-link density and a free-volume model for the change in T _{g} with chain scission density.

  6. Thermochemistry of C-O, (CO)-O, and (CO)-C bond breaking in fatty acid methyl esters

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    Osmont, Antoine; Yahyaoui, Mohammed; Catoire, Laurent; Goekalp, Iskender; Swihart, Mark T.

    2008-10-15

    Density functional theory quantum chemical calculations corrected with empirical atomic increments have been used to examine C-O, (CO)-O, and (CO)-C bond scission enthalpies in gas-phase fatty acid methyl esters (FAMEs) present in biodiesel derived from rapeseed oil methyl ester and soybean oil methyl ester. Mechanistic information, currently not available elsewhere for these large species, is obtained based on thermochemical considerations and compared to thermochemical considerations reported for methyl butanoate, a small methyl ester sometimes used as a model for FAMEs. These results are compared to previously reported C-C and C-H bond scissions in these FAMEs, derived using this same protocol. (author)

  7. Irradiation of linear polyethylene - Partitioning between sol and gel.

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    Rijke, A. M.; Mandelkern, L.

    1971-01-01

    Investigation of the importance of chain-scission processes and of the applicability of the general theory of network formation to polyethylene with respect to critical conditions for gelation, using molecular weight fractions of linear polyethylene irradiated at 133 C. The partitioning between sol and gel was found to adhere to the theory just beyond the gel point. Deviations from theory occurred as the irradiation dosage was increased. It was concluded that main-chain scission at the temperatures concerned is not a significant process.

  8. Radiolytic stabilization of poly(hydroxybutyrate)

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    Santos, Renata F. S.; Araujo, Elmo S.; Ferreira, Carlas R. C.; Ribeiro, Abene S.

    2009-02-01

    Stabilization against gamma irradiation effects on Brazilian poly(hydroxybutyrate) (PHB) films was investigated by using commercial additives. With the most effective additive the G value of main chain scissions decreased from 8.6 to 1.5 scissions/100 eV in the absorbed dose range up to 35 kGy. Irradiation increased the biodegradability of the samples, whereas the additives-induced reduction in biodegradability. Irradiation treatment did not influence the degree of crystallinity. Protonic nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR- 1H) analysis revealed formation of hydroxyl-terminal groups upon irradiation.

  9. THE EFFECT OF MOLECULAR SIZE ON HUMIC ACID ASSOCIATIONS (R822832)

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    Abstract

    Aqueous solutions of two humic acids were subjected to UV photolysis, resulting in chain scission of the solute. The molecular fragments were found to have diminished detergent properties, indicated by a reduced tendency to associate with small hydrophobic spe...

  10. ENDONUCLEASE II OF E. coli, I. ISOLATION AND PURIFICATION*

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    Friedberg, Errol C.; Goldthwait, David A.

    1969-01-01

    The isolation and purification of a new endonuclease of E. coli is described. This enzyme degrades alkylated DNA as assayed by a technique that requires double-strand scission. The enzyme also makes a limited number of single-strand breaks in native nonalkylated DNA. PMID:4895219

  11. Molecular weight distributions of irradiated siloxane-based elastomers: A complementary study by statistical modeling and multiple quantum nuclear magnetic resonance

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    Dinh, L. N.; Mayer, B. P.; Maiti, A.; Chinn, S. C.; Maxwell, R. S.

    2011-05-01

    The statistical methodology of population balance (PB) has been applied in order to predict the effects of cross-linking and chain-scissioning induced by ionizing radiation on the distribution of molecular weight between cross-links (MWBC) of a siloxane-based elastomer. Effective molecular weight distributions were extracted from the quantification of residual dipolar couplings via multiple quantum nuclear magnetic resonance (MQ-NMR) measurements and are taken to reflect actual MWBC distributions. The PB methodology is then applied to the unirradiated MWBC distribution and considers both chain-scissioning and the possibility of the formation of three types of cross-links: random recombination of scissioned-chain ends (end-linking), random covalent bonds of free radicals on scissioned-chain ends (Y-cross-linking), and the formation of random cross-links from free radicals on side groups (H-cross-linking). The qualitative agreement between the statistical modeling approach and the NMR data confirms that it is possible to predict trends for the evolution of the distribution of MWBC of polymers under irradiation. The approach described herein can also discern heterogeneities in radiation effects in different structural motifs in the polymer network.

  12. Stress-induced colouration and crosslinking of polymeric materials by mechanochemical formation of triphenylimidazolyl radicals.

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    Verstraeten, F; Göstl, R; Sijbesma, R P

    2016-06-30

    Under mechanical stress, the hexaarylbiimidazole (HABI) motif can cleave to triphenylimidazolyl radicals when incorporated into a polymer matrix. The mechanically produced coloured radicals can initiate secondary radical reactions yielding polymer networks. Thus, the HABI mechanophore combines optical reporting of bond scission and reinforcement of polymers in a single molecular moiety. PMID:27326922

  13. Searching for New Long-Lived Shape Isomers

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    Kamanin, D. V.; Alexandrov, A. A.; Alexandrova, I. A.; Kondtatyev, N. A.; Kuznetsova, E. A.; Shvetsov, V. N.; Strekalovsky, A. O.; Strekalovsky, O. V.; Zhuchko, V. E.; Pyatkov, Yu. V.; Jacobs, N.; Malaza, V.

    2015-06-01

    According to theoretical predictions there is a possibility of an existence of shapeisomeric states in heavy nuclei based on ternary pre-scission configurations. Expected life time ranges up to some milliseconds. Preliminary result of the experiment dedicated to searching for such ling-lived shape-isomeric states in the compound system from the 235U(nth, f) reaction is presented.

  14. Methanol Oxidation on Pt3Sn(111) for Direct Methanol Fuel Cells: Methanol Decomposition.

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    Lu, Xiaoqing; Deng, Zhigang; Guo, Chen; Wang, Weili; Wei, Shuxian; Ng, Siu-Pang; Chen, Xiangfeng; Ding, Ning; Guo, Wenyue; Wu, Chi-Man Lawrence

    2016-05-18

    PtSn alloy, which is a potential material for use in direct methanol fuel cells, can efficiently promote methanol oxidation and alleviate the CO poisoning problem. Herein, methanol decomposition on Pt3Sn(111) was systematically investigated using periodic density functional theory and microkinetic modeling. The geometries and energies of all of the involved species were analyzed, and the decomposition network was mapped out to elaborate the reaction mechanisms. Our results indicated that methanol and formaldehyde were weakly adsorbed, and the other derivatives (CHxOHy, x = 1-3, y = 0-1) were strongly adsorbed and preferred decomposition rather than desorption on Pt3Sn(111). The competitive methanol decomposition started with the initial O-H bond scission followed by successive C-H bond scissions, (i.e., CH3OH → CH3O → CH2O → CHO → CO). The Brønsted-Evans-Polanyi relations and energy barrier decomposition analyses identified the C-H and O-H bond scissions as being more competitive than the C-O bond scission. Microkinetic modeling confirmed that the vast majority of the intermediates and products from methanol decomposition would escape from the Pt3Sn(111) surface at a relatively low temperature, and the coverage of the CO residue decreased with an increase in the temperature and decrease in partial methanol pressure. PMID:27119198

  15. Repeatable mechanochemical activation of dynamic covalent bonds in thermoplastic elastomers.

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    Imato, Keiichi; Kanehara, Takeshi; Nojima, Shiki; Ohishi, Tomoyuki; Higaki, Yuji; Takahara, Atsushi; Otsuka, Hideyuki

    2016-08-18

    Repeated mechanical scission and recombination of dynamic covalent bonds incorporated in segmented polyurethane elastomers are demonstrated by utilizing a diarylbibenzofuranone-based mechanophore and by the design of the segmented polymer structures. The repeated mechanochemical reactions can accompany clear colouration and simultaneous fading. PMID:27424868

  16. On the degelation of networks - Case of the radiochemical degradation of methyl methacrylate - ethylene glycol dimethacrylate copolymers

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    Richaud, Emmanuel; Gilormini, Pierre; Verdu, Jacques

    2016-05-01

    Methyl methacrylate networks were synthetized and submitted to radiochemical degradation. Ageing was monitored by means of sol-gel analysis and glass transition temperature measurements. Networks were shown to undergo exclusively chain scission process leading to the degelation of network. The critical conversion degree corresponding to degelation (loss of all elastically active chains) is discussed regarding a statistical theory.

  17. Site specific cleavage of thetaX-174 replicative form DNA after modification by N-acetoxy-N-2-acetylaminofluorene

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    Bases, R.; Mendez, F.; Mendez, L.

    1983-01-01

    Three kinds of structural disturbances were found in an 88 base pair (bp) fragment of thetaX-174 DNA after exposure to N-acetoxy-N-2-acetylaminofluorene (N-Aco-AAF). Frequent strand scissions at two specific guanine sites on the 5' /sup 32/P-end-labeled fragment were identified by base sequence analysis. Scissions at these two sites were induced at neutral pH and they were not increased by treatment with apurinic endonuclease. They are an immediate consequence of N-Aco-AAF action and are not primarily apurinic sites. Alkali treatment with 1 M piperidine at 90/sup 0/C induced strand scissions at every guanine, demonstrating adduct slices, depurination and strand scissions. Adducted DNA was sensitive to single-strand specific nuclease digestion, suggesting unwound DNA. These studies indicate the prediliction of N-Aco-AAF for certain DNA sites and they suggest three kinds of DNA modifications which can be expected after adduction by this carcinogen. Some of the sites may be premutational carcinogen-induced DNA structural modifications.

  18. Thermal stability and degradation of chitosan modified by benzophenone

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    Diab, M. A.; El-Sonbati, A. Z.; Bader, D. M. D.

    2011-09-01

    N-(biphenylmethylidenyl) chitosan polymer was prepared, characterized and thermal stability was compared with chitosan. Thermal degradation products of the modified polymer were identified by GC-MS technique. It seems that the mechanism of degradation of the prepared polymer is characterized by formation of low molecular weight radicals, followed by random scission mechanism along the backbond chain.

  19. Multi angle laser light scattering evaluation of field exposed thermoplastic photovoltaic encapsulant materials

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    Kempe, Michael D.; Miller, David C.; Wohlgemuth, John H.; Kurtz, Sarah R.; Moseley, John M.; Nobles, Dylan L.; Stika, Katherine M.; Brun, Yefim; Samuels, Sam L.; Shah, Qurat Annie; et al

    2016-01-08

    As creep of polymeric materials is potentially a safety concern for photovoltaic modules, the potential for module creep has become a significant topic of discussion in the development of IEC 61730 and IEC 61215. To investigate the possibility of creep, modules were constructed, using several thermoplastic encapsulant materials, into thin-film mock modules and deployed in Mesa, Arizona. The materials examined included poly(ethylene)-co-vinyl acetate (EVA, including formulations both cross-linked and with no curing agent), polyethylene/polyoctene copolymer (PO), poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS), polyvinyl butyral (PVB), and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). The absence of creep in this experiment is attributable to several factors of which themore » most notable one was the unexpected cross-linking of an EVA formulation without a cross-linking agent. It was also found that some materials experienced both chain scission and cross-linking reactions, sometimes with a significant dependence on location within a module. The TPU and EVA samples were found to degrade with cross-linking reactions dominating over chain scission. In contrast, the PO materials degraded with chain scission dominating over cross-linking reactions. Furthermore, we found no significant indications that viscous creep is likely to occur in fielded modules capable of passing the qualification tests, we note that one should consider how a polymer degrades, chain scission or cross-linking, in assessing the suitability of a thermoplastic polymer in terrestrial photovoltaic applications.« less

  20. Investigation of the reaction {sup 208}Pb({sup 18}O, f): Fragment spins and phenomenological analysis of the angular anisotropy of fission fragments

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    Rusanov, A. Ya. Adeev, G. D.; Itkis, M. G.; Karpov, A. V.; Nadtochy, P. N.; Pashkevich, V. V.; Pokrovsky, I. V.; Salamatin, V. S.; Chubarian, G. G.

    2007-10-15

    The average multiplicity of gamma rays emitted by fragments originating from the fission of {sup 226}Th nuclei formed via a complete fusion of {sup 18}O and {sup 208}Pb nuclei at laboratory energies of {sup 18}O projectile ions in the range E{sub lab} = 78-198.5 MeV is measured and analyzed. The total spins of fission fragments are found and used in an empirical analysis of the energy dependence of the anisotropy of these fragments under the assumption that their angular distributions are formed in the vicinity of the scission point. The average temperature of compound nuclei at the scission point and their average angular momenta in the entrance channel are found for this analysis. Also, the moments of inertia are calculated for this purpose for the chain of fissile thorium nuclei at the scission point. All of these parameters are determined at the scission point by means of three-dimensional dynamical calculations based on Langevin equations. A strong alignment of fragment spins is assumed in analyzing the anisotropy in question. In that case, the energy dependence of the anisotropy of fission fragments is faithfully reproduced at energies in excess of the Coulomb barrier (E{sub c.m.} - E{sub B} {>=} 30 MeV). It is assumed that, as the excitation energy and the angular momentum of a fissile nucleus are increased, the region where the angular distributions of fragments are formed is gradually shifted from the region of nuclear deformations in the vicinity of the saddle point to the region of nuclear deformations in the vicinity of the scission point, the total angular momentum of the nucleus undergoing fission being split into the orbital component, which is responsible for the anisotropy of fragments, and the spin component. This conclusion can be qualitatively explained on the basis of linear-response theory.

  1. A comparative theoretical study for the methanol dehydrogenation to CO over Pt3 and PtAu2 clusters.

    PubMed

    Zhong, Wenhui; Liu, Yuxia; Zhang, Dongju

    2012-07-01

    The density functional theory (DFT) calculations are carried out to study the mechanism details and the ensemble effect of methanol dehydrogenation over Pt(3) and PtAu(2) clusters, which present the smallest models of pure Pt clusters and bimetallic PtAu clusters. The energy diagrams are drawn out along both the initial O-H and C-H bond scission pathways via the four sequential dehydrogenation processes, respectively, i.e., CH(3)OH → CH(2)OH → CH(2)O → CHO → CO and CH(3)OH → CH(3)O → CH(2)O → CHO → CO, respectively. It is revealed that the reaction kinetics over PtAu(2) is significantly different from that over Pt(3). For the Pt(3)-mediated reaction, the C-H bond scission pathway, where an ensemble composed of two Pt atoms is required to complete methanol dehydrogenation, is energetically more favorable than the O-H bond scission pathway, and the maximum barrier along this pathway is calculated to be 12.99 kcal mol(-1). In contrast, PtAu(2) cluster facilitates the reaction starting from the O-H bond scission, where the Pt atom acts as the active center throughout each elementary step of methanol dehydrogenation, and the initial O-H bond scission with a barrier of 21.42 kcal mol(-1) is the bottom-neck step of methanol decomposition. Importantly, it is shown that the complete dehydrogenation product of methanol, CO, can more easily dissociate from PtAu(2) cluster than from Pt(3) cluster. The calculated results over the model clusters provide assistance to some extent for understanding the improved catalytic activity of bimetal PtAu catalysts toward methanol oxidation in comparison with pure Pt catalysts. PMID:22160734

  2. Ethanol decomposition on a Pd(110) surface: a density functional theory investigation.

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    Guo, Wenyue; Li, Ming; Lu, Xiaoqing; Zhu, Houyu; Li, Yang; Li, Shaoren; Zhao, Lianming

    2013-02-14

    Ethanol decomposition on Pd(110) is comprehensively investigated using self-consistent periodic density functional theory. Geometries and energies for all the intermediates involved are analyzed, and the decomposition network is mapped out to illustrate the reaction mechanism. On Pd(110), the most stable adsorption of the involved species tends to follow the gas-phase bond order rules, wherein C is tetravalent and O is divalent with the missing H atoms replaced by metal atoms. The most likely decomposition pathway of ethanol on Pd(110) is CH(3)CH(2)OH → CH(3)CH(2)O → CH(3)CHO → CH(3)CO → CH(3) + CO → CO + H + CH(4) + C, in which the initial dehydrogenation is the rate-limited step. No C-O scission pathway is identified. Comparing with ethanol decomposition on Pd(111) [Langmuir, 2010, 26, 1879-1888], Pd(110) characterizes relatively high activity and different selectivity. Two crucial factors controlling the variations of reactivity and selectivity from Pd(111) to Pd(110), i.e., the local electronic effect of the metals and the geometrical effect of the relevant transition states, are identified. Four distinct Brønsted-Evans-Polanyi (BEP) relations are identified for the three types of bond scission (C-H, C-O, and C-C) if we consider Pd(111) and Pd(110) as a whole, one for C-H bond scission, one for C-O bond scission, and two for C-C bond scission. PMID:23169574

  3. Mechanical Stiffening of Porphyrin Nanorings through Supramolecular Columnar Stacking

    PubMed Central

    2013-01-01

    Solvent-induced aggregates of nanoring cyclic polymers may be transferred by electrospray deposition to a surface where they adsorb as three-dimensional columnar stacks. The observed stack height varies from single rings to four stacked rings with a layer spacing of 0.32 ± 0.04 nm as measured using scanning tunneling microscopy. The flexibility of the nanorings results in distortions from a circular shape, and we show, through a comparison with Monte Carlo simulations, that the bending stiffness increases linearly with the stack height. Our results show that noncovalent interactions may be used to control the shape and mechanical properties of artificial macromolecular aggregates offering a new route to solvent-induced control of two-dimensional supramolecular organization. PMID:23789845

  4. Effects of angiotensin, vasopressin and atrial natriuretic peptide on intraocular pressure in anesthetized rats

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    Palm, D. E.; Shue, S. G.; Keil, L. C.; Balaban, C. D.; Severs, W. B.

    1995-01-01

    The effects of atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP), vasopressin (AVP) and angiotensin (ANG) on blood and intraocular pressures of pentobarbital anesthetized rats were evaluated following intravenous, intracerebroventricular or anterior chamber routes of administration. Central injections did not affect intraocular pressure. Equipressor intravenous infusions of ANG raised, whereas AVP decreased, intraocular pressure. Direct infusions of a balanced salt solution (0.175 microliter/min) raised intraocular pressure between 30 and 60 min. Adding ANG or ANP slightly reduced this solvent effect but AVP was markedly inhibitory. An AVP-V1 receptor antagonist reversed the blunting of the solvent-induced rise by the peptide, indicating receptor specificity. Acetazolamide pretreatment lowered intraocular pressure, but the solvent-induced rise in intraocular pressure and inhibition by AVP still occurred without altering the temporal pattern. Thus, these effects appear unrelated to aqueous humor synthesis rate. The data support the possibility of intraocular pressure regulation by peptides acting from the blood and aqueous humor.

  5. Simple, benign, aqueous-based amination of polycarbonate surfaces

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    VanDelinder, Virginia; Wheeler, David R.; Small, Leo J.; Brumbach, Michael T.; Spoerke, Erik D.; Henderson, Ian; Bachand, George D.

    2015-03-18

    Here we report a simple, safe, environmentally-friendly aqueous method that uses diamines to functionalize a polycarbonate surface with amino groups. We demonstrate the ability of this facile method to serve as a foundation upon which other functionalities may be attached, including anti-fouling coatings and oriented membrane proteins. The use of water as the solvent for the functionalization ensures that solvent induced swelling does not affect the optical or mechanical properties of the polycarbonate.

  6. Three-dimensional molecular theory of solvation coupled with molecular dynamics in Amber

    PubMed Central

    Luchko, Tyler; Gusarov, Sergey; Roe, Daniel R.; Simmerling, Carlos; Case, David A.; Tuszynski, Jack; Kovalenko, Andriy

    2010-01-01

    We present the three-dimensional molecular theory of solvation (also known as 3D-RISM) coupled with molecular dynamics (MD) simulation by contracting solvent degrees of freedom, accelerated by extrapolating solvent-induced forces and applying them in large multi-time steps (up to 20 fs) to enable simulation of large biomolecules. The method has been implemented in the Amber molecular modeling package, and is illustrated here on alanine dipeptide and protein G. PMID:20440377

  7. Comparative Investigation of Benzene Steam Reforming over Spinel Supported Rh and Ir Catalysts

    SciTech Connect

    Mei, Donghai; Lebarbier, Vanessa M.; Rousseau, Roger; Glezakou, Vassiliki-Alexandra; Albrecht, Karl O.; Kovarik, Libor; Flake, Matt; Dagle, Robert A.

    2013-06-07

    In a combined experimental and first-principles density functional theory (DFT) study, benzene steam reforming (BSR) over MgAl2O4 supported Rh and Ir catalysts was investigated. Experimentally, it has been found that both highly dispersed Rh and Ir clusters (1-2 nm) on the MgAl2O4 spinel support are stable during the BSR in the temperature range of 700-850°C. Compared to the Ir/MgAl2O4 catalyst, the Rh/MgAl2O4 catalyst is more active with higher benzene turnover frequency and conversion. At typical steam conditions with the steam-to-carbon ratio > 12, the benzene conversion is only a weak function of the H2O concentration in the feed. This suggests that the initial benzene decomposition step rather than the benzene adsorption is most likely the rate-determined step in BSR over supported Rh and Ir catalysts. In order to understand the differences between the two catalysts, we followed with a comparative DFT study of initial benzene decomposition pathways over two representative model systems for each supported metal (Rh and Ir) catalysts. A periodic terrace (111) surface and an amorphous 50-atom metal cluster with a diameter of 1.0 nm were used to represent the two supported model catalysts under low and high dispersion conditions. Our DFT results show that the decreasing catalyst particle size enhances the benzene decomposition on supported Rh catalysts by lowering both C-C and C-H bond scission. The activation barriers of the C-C and the C-H bond scission decrease from 1.60 and 1.61 eV on the Rh(111) surface to 1.34 and 1.26 eV on the Rh50 cluster. For supported Ir catalysts, the decreasing particle size only affects the C-C scission. The activation barrier of the C-C scission of benzene decreases from 1.60 eV on the Ir(111) surface to 1.35 eV on the Ir50 cluster while the barriers of the C-H scission are practically the same. The experimentally measured higher BSR

  8. Novel bimetallic dispersed catalysts for temperature-programmed coal liquefaction. Final report

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    Chunshan Song; Schobert, H.H.; Parfitt, D.P.

    1997-11-01

    Development of new catalysts is a promising approach to more efficient coal liquefaction. It has been recognized that dispersed catalysts are superior to supported catalysts for primary liquefaction of coals, because the control of initial coal dissolution or depolymerization requires intimate contact between the catalyst and coal. This research is a fundamental and exploratory study on catalytic coal liquefaction, with the emphasis on exploring novel bimetallic dispersed catalysts for coal liquefaction and the effectiveness of temperature-programmed liquefaction using dispersed catalysts. The primary objective of this research was to explore novel bimetallic dispersed catalysts from organometallic molecular precursors, that could be used in low concentrations but exhibit relatively high activity for efficient hydroliquefaction of coals under temperature-programmed conditions. We have synthesized and tested various catalyst precursors in liquefaction of subbituminous and bituminous coals and in model compound studies to examine how do the composition and structure of the catalytic precursors affect their effectiveness for coal liquefaction under different reaction conditions, and how do these factors affect their catalytic functions for hydrogenation of polyaromatic hydrocarbons, for cleavage of C-C bonds in polycyclic systems such as 4-(1-naphthylmethyl)bibenzyl, for hydrogenolysis of C-O bond such as that in dinaphthylether, for hydrodeoxygenation of phenolic compounds and other oxygen-containing compounds such as xanthene, and for hydrodesulfurization of polycyclic sulfur compounds such as dibenzothiophene. The novel bimetallic and monometallic precursors synthesized and tested in this project include various Mo- and Fe-based compounds.

  9. Effect of pretreating of host oil on coprocessing

    SciTech Connect

    Hajdu, P.E.; Tierney, J.W.; Wender, I.

    1995-12-31

    The principal objective of this research was to determine if coprocessing performance (i.e., coal conversion and oil yield) could be significantly improved by pretreating the heavy resid prior to reacting it with coal. For this purpose, two petroleum vacuum resids (1000{degrees}F+), one from the Amoco Co. and another from the Citgo Co., were used as such and after they had been pretreated by catalytic hydrogenation and hydrocracking reactions. The pretreatments were aimed at improving the host oil by; (1) converting any aromatic structures in the petroleum to hydroaromatic compounds capable of donating hydrogen, (2) cracking the heavy oil to lower molecular weight material that might serve as a better solvent, (3) reducing the coking propensity of the heavy oil through the hydrogenation of polynuclear aromatic compounds, and (4) removing metals and heteroatoms that might poison a coprocessing catalyst. Highly dispersed catalysts, including fine particle Fe- and Mo-based, and dicobalt octacarbonyl, Co{sub 2}(CO){sub 8}, were used in this study. The untreated and pretreated resids were extensively characterized in order to determine chemical changes brought about by the pretreatments. The modified heavy oils were then coprocessed with an Illinois No. 6 coal as well as with a Wyodak coal, and compared to coprocessing with untreated resids under the same hydroliquefaction conditions. The amount of oil derived from coal was estimated by measuring the level of phenolic oxygen (derived mainly from coal) present in the oil products. Results are presented and discussed.

  10. Progress of fossil fuel science

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    Demirbas, M.F.

    2007-07-01

    Coal is the most abundant and widely distributed fossil fuel. More than 45% of the world's electricity is generated from coal, and it is the major fuel for generating electricity worldwide. The known coal reserves in the world are enough for more than 215 years of consumption, while the known oil reserves are only about 39 times of the world's consumption and the known natural gas reserves are about 63 times of the world's consumption level in 1998. In recent years, there have been effective scientific investigations on Turkish fossil fuels, which are considerable focused on coal resources. Coal is a major fossil fuel source for Turkey. Turkish coal consumption has been stable over the past decade and currently accounts for about 24% of the country's total energy consumption. Lignite coal has had the biggest share in total fossil fuel production, at 43%, in Turkey. Turkish researchers may investigate ten broad pathways of coal species upgrading, such as desulfurization and oxydesulfurization, pyrolysis and hydropyrolysis, liquefaction and hydroliquefaction, extraction and supercritical fluid extraction, gasification, oxidation, briquetting, flotation, and structure identification.

  11. New experimental approaches to investigate the fission dynamics

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    Benlliure, J.; Rodríguez-Sánchez, J. L.; Alvarez-Pol, H.; Audouin, L.; Ayyad, Y.; Bélier, G.; Boutoux, G.; Casarejos, E.; Chatillon, A.; Cortina-Gil, D.; Gorbinet, T.; Heinz, A.; Kelić-Heil, A.; Laurent, B.; Martin, J.-F.; Paradela, C.; Pellereau, E.; Pietras, B.; Ramos, D.; Rodríguez-Tajes, C.; Rossi, D. M.; Simon, H.; Taïeb, J.; Vargas, J.; Voss, B.

    2016-07-01

    The first ever achieved full identification of both fission fragments, in atomic and mass number, made it possible to define new observables sensitive to the fission dynamics along the fission path up to the scission point. Moreover, proton-induced fission of 208Pb at high energies offers optimal conditions for the investigation of dissipative, and transient effects, because of the high-excitation energy of the fissioning nuclei, its low angular momentum, and limited shape distortion by the reaction. In this work we show that the charge distribution of the final fission fragments can constrain the ground-to-saddle dynamics while the mass distribution is sensitive to the dynamics until the scission point.

  12. Effects of nuclear deformation in dinuclear systems: Application to the fission process

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    Andreev, A. V.; Adamian, G. G.; Antonenko, N. V.; Ivanova, S. P. Scheid, W.

    2006-02-15

    The relative yields of fission fragments, the mean values of their total kinetic energy, and the variances of their distributions with respect to the total kinetic energy are described within the improved scission-point model. It is shown that, for fixed charge and mass numbers of fragments, the potential energy of the precision configuration as a function of the deformation parameters of the fragments has several minima. The scission at these minima leads to a relative enhancement of the yields of the fragments that have the corresponding values of the total kinetic energy and to the appearance of a fine structure in the mass-energy distribution, this structure being different from that induced by the even-odd effect.

  13. Evaporation residue cross sections for the {sup 64}Ni + {sup 144,154}Sm reaction -- Energy dissipation in hot nuclei

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    Back, B.B.; Blumenthal, D.J.; Davids, C.N.

    1995-08-01

    The fission hindrance of hot nuclei was deduced recently from an enhanced emission of GDR {gamma} rays, neutrons and charged particles prior to scission of heavy nuclei. In the most recent experiments addressing this topic, namely new measurements of the pre-scission {gamma} rays and evaporation residues from the {sup 32}S + {sup 184}W reaction, a rather sharp transition from negligible to full one-body dissipation occurs over the excitation energy region E{sub exc} = 60-100 MeV. However, the cross section does not appear to level out or start to decline again at the upper end of the energy range as expected in this interpretation. It is therefore clearly desirable to extend the excitation energy range to look for such an effect in order to either corroborate or refute this interpretation.

  14. Tryptophan Lyase (NosL): Mechanistic Insights from Substrate Analogues and Mutagenesis.

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    Bhandari, Dhananjay M; Xu, Hui; Nicolet, Yvain; Fontecilla-Camps, Juan C; Begley, Tadhg P

    2015-08-11

    NosL is a member of a family of radical S-adenosylmethionine enzymes that catalyze the cleavage of the Cα-Cβ bond of aromatic amino acids. In this paper, we describe a set of experiments with substrate analogues and mutants for probing the early steps of the NosL mechanism. We provide biochemical evidence in support of the structural studies showing that the 5'-deoxyadenosyl radical abstracts a hydrogen atom from the amino group of tryptophan. We demonstrate that d-tryptophan is a substrate for NosL but shows relaxed regio control of the first β-scission reaction. Mutagenesis studies confirm that Arg323 is important for controlling the regiochemistry of the β-scission reaction and that Ser340 binds the substrate by hydrogen bonding to the indolic N1 atom. PMID:26204056

  15. Stability of a salicylate-based poly(anhydride-ester) to electron beam and gamma radiation

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    Rosario-Meléndez, Roselin; Lavelle, Linda; Bodnar, Stanko; Halperin, Frederick; Harper, Ike; Griffin, Jeremy; Uhrich, Kathryn E.

    2011-01-01

    The effect of electron beam and gamma radiation on the physicochemical properties of a salicylate-based poly(anhydride-ester) was studied by exposing polymers to 0 (control), 25 and 50 kGy. After radiation exposure, salicylic acid release in vitro was monitored to assess any changes in drug release profiles. Molecular weight, glass transition temperature and decomposition temperature were evaluated for polymer chain scission and/or crosslinking as well as changes in thermal properties. Proton nuclear magnetic resonance and infrared spectroscopies were also used to determine polymer degradation and/or chain scission. In vitro cell studies were performed to identify cytocompatibility following radiation exposure. These studies demonstrate that the physicochemical properties of the polymer are not substantially affected by exposure to electron beam and gamma radiation. PMID:21909173

  16. A Density Functional Theory Analysis of Trends in Glycerol Decomposition on Close-Packed Transition Metal Surfaces

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    Liu, Bin; Greeley, Jeffrey P.

    2013-05-07

    We describe an accelerated density functional theory (DFT)-based computational strategy to determine trends in the decomposition of glycerol via elementary dehydrogenation, C–C, and C–O bond scission reactions on close-packed transition metal surfaces. Beginning with periodic DFT calculations on Pt(111), the thermochemistry of glycerol dehydrogenation on Pd(111), Rh(111), Cu(111) and Ni(111) is determined using a parameter-free, bond order-based scaling relationship. By combining the results with Brønsted–Evans–Polanyi (BEP) relationships to estimate elementary reaction barriers, free energy diagrams are developed on the respective metal surfaces, and trends concerning the relative selectivity and activity for C–C and C–O bond scission in glycerol on the various metals are obtained. The results are consistent with available theoretical and experimental literature and demonstrate that scaling relationships are capable of providing powerful insights into the catalytic chemistry of complex biomolecules.

  17. Irradiation of linear polyethylene - Partitioning between sol and gel.

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    Rijke, A. M.; Mandelkern, L.

    1971-01-01

    Molecular weight fractions of linear polyethylene were irradiated at 133 C, in the completely molten and highly crystalline states, for the purpose of assessing the importance of chain-scission processes and establishing the critical conditions for gelation. The partitioning between sol and gel in either state was found to adhere to the theory for the intermolecular cross-linking of monodisperse species for dosages just beyond the gel point. Deviations from theory occurred as the dosage was increased further. It was concluded that main-chain scission, at these temperatures, is not a significant process. High molecular weight samples in the completely molten state obeyed the Flory-Stockmayer condition for critical gelation.

  18. Modeling Initial Stage of Ablation Material Pyrolysis: Graphitic Precursor Formation and Interfacial Effects

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    Desai, Tapan G.; Lawson, John W.; Keblinski, Pawel

    2010-01-01

    Reactive molecular dynamics simulations are used to study initial stage of pyrolysis of ablation materials and their composites with carbon nanotubes and carbon fibers. The products formed during pyrolysis are characterized and water is found as the primary product in all cases. The water formation mechanisms are analyzed and the value of the activation energy for water formation is estimated. A detailed study on graphitic precursor formation reveals the presence of two temperature zones. In the lower temperature zone (less than 2000 K) polymerization occurs resulting in formation of large, stable graphitic precursors, and in the high temperature zone (greater than 2000 K) polymer scission results in formation of short polymer chains/molecules. Simulations performed in the high temperature zone on the phenolic resin composites (with carbon nanotubes and carbon fibers) shows that the presence of interfaces had no substantial effect on the chain scission rate or the activation energy value for water formation.

  19. On-line and post irradiation analysis of swift heavy ion induced modification of PMMA (polymethyl-methacrylate)

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    Hossain, U. H.; Lima, V.; Baake, O.; Severin, D.; Bender, M.; Ensinger, W.

    2014-05-01

    The present work is part of a research program studying the swift heavy ion induced modification of aliphatic polymers with some comparable side groups, here polymethyl-methacrylate (PMMA). This paper presents a study on Fourier-transform-infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), residual gas analysis (RGA), and Ultraviolet-Visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy of the transformations of a PMMA film under gold (Au) and uranium (U) ion irradiation in the MeV/u range in vacuum to fluences up to 3 × 1011 ions per cm2. The results show a general ion induced degradation of the polymer, with release of volatile fragments, scission of side chains and polymeric backbone, formation of conjugated double bonds, and the resulting increased absorption of the UV part in the UV-Vis spectral region. A molecular scission mechanism which explains the main degradation products is proposed.

  20. Membrane Fission Is Promoted by Insertion of Amphipathic Helices and Is Restricted by Crescent BAR Domains

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    Boucrot, Emmanuel; Pick, Adi; Çamdere, Gamze; Liska, Nicole; Evergren, Emma; McMahon, Harvey T.; Kozlov, Michael M.

    2012-01-01

    Summary Shallow hydrophobic insertions and crescent-shaped BAR scaffolds promote membrane curvature. Here, we investigate membrane fission by shallow hydrophobic insertions quantitatively and mechanistically. We provide evidence that membrane insertion of the ENTH domain of epsin leads to liposome vesiculation, and that epsin is required for clathrin-coated vesicle budding in cells. We also show that BAR-domain scaffolds from endophilin, amphiphysin, GRAF, and β2-centaurin limit membrane fission driven by hydrophobic insertions. A quantitative assay for vesiculation reveals an antagonistic relationship between amphipathic helices and scaffolds of N-BAR domains in fission. The extent of vesiculation by these proteins and vesicle size depend on the number and length of amphipathic helices per BAR domain, in accord with theoretical considerations. This fission mechanism gives a new framework for understanding membrane scission in the absence of mechanoenzymes such as dynamin and suggests how Arf and Sar proteins work in vesicle scission. PMID:22464325

  1. Protection in radiolysis of n-hexadecane—I. Radiolysis of pure liquid n-hexadecane

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    Soebianto, Yanti S.; Yamaguchi, Tetsuro; Katsumura, Yosuke; Ishigure, Kenkichi; Kubo, Junichi; Koizumi, Takeo

    Radiolysis of pure liquid n-hexadecane under vacuum has been studied to obtain greater understanding about the effect of radiation on open chain polymers such as polyethylene. Gas chromatography, gel permeation chromatography and mass spectrometry have been used to analyze the radiolysis products and their yields have been determined. The gas products mainly contain H 2, the condensed products contain saturated and unsaturated scission products, hexadecene and crosslink products. Mass analysis of the condensed products shows unsaturations in the crosslink products.

  2. Economic efficiency and effectiveness of ways of separating materials electro diamond processing

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    Khafizov, I. I.

    2016-06-01

    Purveying operations on the division of all types of materials include a hand and machine scission on the equipment of the different setting. In an engineer there is reliable information about the mastered methods, their maximum possibilities and defects. With the increase of stake of expenses there was a problem of research of new types of division of materials on materials, especially it touched scarce and expensive alloys.

  3. Conjugation-Driven "Reverse Mars-van Krevelen"-Type Radical Mechanism for Low-Temperature C-O Bond Activation.

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    Mironenko, Alexander V; Vlachos, Dionisios G

    2016-07-01

    C-O bond activation on monofunctional catalysts (metals, carbides, and oxides) is challenging due to activity constraints imposed by energy scaling relationships. Yet, contrary to predictions, recently discovered multifunctional metal/metal oxide catalysts (e.g., Rh/ReOx, Rh/MoOx, Ir/VOx) demonstrate unusually high C-O scission activity at moderate temperatures. Herein, we use extensive density functional theory calculations, first-principles microkinetic modeling, and electronic structure analysis to elucidate the metal/metal oxide synergy in the Ru/RuO2 catalyst, which enables up to 76% yield of the C-O scission product (2-methyl furan) in catalytic transfer hydrogenolysis of furfural at low temperatures. Our key mechanistic finding is a facile radical-mediated C-O bond activation on RuO2 oxygen vacancies, which directly leads to a weakly bound final product. This is the first time the radical reduction mechanism is reported in heterogeneous catalysis at temperatures <200 °C. We attribute the unique catalytic properties to the formation of a conjugation-stabilized furfuryl radical upon C-O bond scission, the strong hydroxyl affinity of oxygen vacancies due to the metallic character of RuO2, and the acid-base heterogeneity of the oxide surface. The conjugation-driven radical-assisted C-O bond scission applies to any catalytic surface that preserves the π-electron system of the reactant and leads to C-O selectivity enhancement, with notable examples including Cu, H-covered Pd, self-assembled monolayers on Pd, and oxygen-covered Mo2C. Furthermore, we reveal the cooperativity of active sites in multifunctional catalysts. The mechanism is fully consistent with kinetic studies and isotopic labeling experiments, and the insights gained might prove useful more broadly in overcoming activity constraints induced by energy scaling relationships. PMID:27281043

  4. Solubilisation of tomato fruit pectins by ascorbate: a possible non-enzymic mechanism of fruit softening.

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    Dumville, Jo C; Fry, Stephen C

    2003-10-01

    The aim of this work was to test the hypothesis that endogenous ascorbate, released into the apoplast by membrane permeabilisation early in fruit ripening, could promote the solubilisation and depolymerisation of polysaccharides, and thus contribute to fruit softening. In vitro, ascorbate (1 mM), especially in the presence of traces of either Cu2+ or H2O2, solubilised up to 40% of the total pectin from the alcohol-insoluble residue of mature-green tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.) fruit. Solubilisation was due to the action of ascorbate-generated hydroxyl radicals (*OH), which can cause non-enzymic scission of polysaccharides. The pectins solubilised by ascorbate in vitro were polydisperse (4-1,000 kDa), partially esterified and galactose-rich. Excised pieces of living tomato fruit released ascorbate into the medium (apoplast); the ability of different tissues to do this increased in the order pericarp < placenta < locule. In all three tissues, but especially in the locule, the ability to release ascorbate increased during ripening. The Cu content of each tissue also increased during ripening, whereas neither Fe nor Mn showed a similar trend. We suggest that progressively increasing levels of Cu and ascorbate in the fruit apoplast would lead to elevated *OH production there and thus to non-enzymic scission of pectins during ripening. Such scission could contribute to the natural softening of the fruit. De-esterified citrus pectin was more susceptible to ascorbate-induced scission in vitro than methylesterified pectin, suggesting a possible new significance for pectin methylesterase activity in fruit ripening. In conclusion, non-enzymic mechanisms of fruit softening should be considered alongside the probable roles of hydrolases, xyloglucan endotransglucosylases and expansins. PMID:12838420

  5. The role of the cytoskeleton and molecular motors in endosomal dynamics.

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    Granger, Elizabeth; McNee, Gavin; Allan, Victoria; Woodman, Philip

    2014-07-01

    The endocytic pathway is essential for processes that define how cells interact with their environment, including receptor signalling, cell adhesion and migration, pathogen entry, membrane protein turnover and nutrient uptake. The spatial organisation of endocytic trafficking requires motor proteins that tether membranes or transport them along the actin and microtubule cytoskeletons. Microtubules, actin filaments and motor proteins also provide force to deform and assist in the scission of membranes, thereby facilitating endosomal sorting and the generation of transport intermediates. PMID:24727350

  6. The study of ionizing radiation effects on polypropylene and rice husk ash composite

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    Alfaro, E. F.; Dias, D. B.; Silva, L. G. A.

    2013-03-01

    The aim of this work was to study the ionizing radiation effects on polypropylene/20% of rice husk ash composites. The composites were irradiated by electron beam at different doses and the mechanical and thermal properties were evaluated using tensile strength, Izod impact, hardness, softening temperature, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetry (TG). The results showed that the properties decreased by increasing irradiation dose due to chain scission.

  7. N-Methylmorpholine-N-oxide ring cleavage registration by ESR under heating conditions of the Lyocell process.

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    Konkin, A; Wendler, F; Meister, F; Roth, H-K; Aganov, A; Ambacher, O

    2008-03-01

    Thermal cleavage processes of N-methylmorpholine-N-oxide monohydrate (NMMO) were observed in pure NMMO as well as in cellulose/NMMO solutions by ESR at temperatures of the industrial Lyocell process ( approximately 370K). Generated radicals were attributed to the alkylnitroxyl type radicals -CH(2)-NO-CH(3) in NMMO and additional (and dominated) -CH(2)-NO-CH(2)- in cellulose/NMMO solutions. Formation of both radical types formed due to NMMO ring scission is suggested. PMID:17686653

  8. O2 Plasma Etch Rate Reduction on Synchrotron Radiation Exposed PMMA Film

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    Saito, Kunio; Yoshikawa, Akira

    1987-09-01

    The etch rate of PMMA film in O2 plasma is found to be reduced by synchrotron radiation (SR) exposure. This phenomenon is accompanied by a reduction in film thickness. IR and XPS analyses reveal that this thickness reduction is caused by scission and removal of the ester side chain. Etch rate of the SR-exposed film decreases to about 1/3 of the unexposed film. This characteristic makes dry-development possible.

  9. Lithographic Evaluation Of Copolymers With Enhanced Dry Etch Resistance

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    Namaste, Y. M.; Obendorf, S. K.; Rosenblum, J. M.; Gifford, G. G.; Dems, B. C.; Rodriguez, F.

    1987-08-01

    Alternating copolymers of alphamethylstyrene (AMS) with maleic anhydride (MA) and methyl maleate (MeM) are evaluated as positive electron resists. The chain scission efficiency (Gs) of P(AMS-MA), determined by exposure to 50 keV electrons, is 0.90 scissions/100 eV. When the maleic anhydride in the copolymer is reacted with sodium methoxide to form its methyl ester, P(AMS-MeM), the Gs increases to 2.9 for electrons and to 3.5 for gamma radiation. Based on these G-scission values, this copolymer is expected to exhibit enhanced sensitivity, while having good dry etch resistance due to the aromatic nature of alphamethylstyrene. Lithographically, P(AMS-MeM) is more sensitive than P(AMS-MA), as expected from G-scission data. Film properties such as adhesion are also superior for P(AMS-MeM). Using a one hour prebake at 140°C, 10% thinning of unexposed P(AMS-MeM) occurs upon development of pads exposed to an incident electron dose of 8 jC/cm2 (accelerating voltage = 20 kV). The contrast (1) is 2.0 for development of 12 iiC/cm exposur2es. In comparison, P(AMS-MA) exhibited 10% thinning for an incident dose of 40 pC/cm, which is similar to observations with PMMA. The copolymers are developed with mixtures of ethyl 3-ethoxypropionate and 1-methoxy-2-propanol acetate. The dry etch rate of P(AMS-MA) in CFI.' plasma with 8% 02 varies from 45 to 53% of the etch rate of a PMMA standard. The etch rate of P(AMS-MeM) after a 140°C prebake is about 65% that of PMMA. Thus, much of the etch resistance of alphamethylstyrene is maintained in copolymers with maleic anhydride or methyl maleate, while the copolymer with methyl maleate also exhibits significantly enhanced sensitivity.

  10. 1,2,5-Oxadiazole analogues of leflunomide and related compounds.

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    Giorgis, Marta; Lolli, Marco Lucio; Rolando, Barbara; Rao, Angela; Tosco, Paolo; Chaurasia, Shilpi; Marabello, Domenica; Fruttero, Roberta; Gasco, Alberto

    2011-01-01

    A new series of compounds, structurally related to leflunomide, based on the 1,2,5-oxadiazole ring system (furazan) has been synthesised, and their ability to undergo ring scission at physiological pH to afford the corresponding cyano-oximes has been analyzed. The latter, together with the respective nitro derivatives obtained by oxidation, have been characterised as weak inhibitors of rat dihydroorotate dehydrogenase (DHODH). PMID:21109332

  11. Unexpected Photo-instability of 2,6-Sulfonamide-Substituted BODIPYs and Its Application to Caged GABA.

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    Takeda, Aoi; Komatsu, Toru; Nomura, Hiroshi; Naka, Masamitsu; Matsuki, Norio; Ikegaya, Yuji; Terai, Takuya; Ueno, Tasuku; Hanaoka, Kenjiro; Nagano, Tetsuo; Urano, Yasuteru

    2016-07-01

    Investigation of the unexpected photo-instability of 2,6-sulfonamide-substituted derivatives of the boron dipyrromethene (BODIPY) fluorophore led to the discovery of a photoreaction accompanied by multiple bond scissions. We characterized the photoproducts and utilized the photoreaction to design a caged γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) derivative that can release GABA upon irradiation in the visible range (>450 nm). This allowed us to stimulate neural cells in mouse brain slices. PMID:27038199

  12. The role of the cytoskeleton and molecular motors in endosomal dynamics

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    Granger, Elizabeth; McNee, Gavin; Allan, Victoria; Woodman, Philip

    2014-01-01

    The endocytic pathway is essential for processes that define how cells interact with their environment, including receptor signalling, cell adhesion and migration, pathogen entry, membrane protein turnover and nutrient uptake. The spatial organisation of endocytic trafficking requires motor proteins that tether membranes or transport them along the actin and microtubule cytoskeletons. Microtubules, actin filaments and motor proteins also provide force to deform and assist in the scission of membranes, thereby facilitating endosomal sorting and the generation of transport intermediates. PMID:24727350

  13. Energy dependence of fission observables

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    Paşca, Horia

    2016-01-01

    The mass, charge and isotopic distributions of fission fragments are studied within an improved scission-point statistical model in the reaction 235U+n at different energies of the incident neutron. The available experimental data are well reproduced and the energy-dependencies of the observable characteristics of fission are predicted for future experiments. The calculated mass distribution of 238U+n is also compared with experimental data.

  14. Superfluid fission dynamics with microscopic approaches

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    Simenel, C.; Scamps, G.; Lacroix, D.; Umar, A. S.

    2016-01-01

    Recent progresses in the description of the latter stage of nuclear fission are reported. Dynamical effects during the descent of the potential towards scission and in the formation of the fission fragments are studied with the time-dependent Hartree-Fock approach with dynamical pairing correlations at the BCS level. In particular, this approach is used to compute the final kinetic energy of the fission fragments. Comparison with experimental data on the fission of 258Fm are made.

  15. Irradiation effects on polymer-model compounds

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    Seguchi, Tadao; Katsumura, Yosuke; Hayashi, Nariyuki; Hayakawa, Naohiro; Tamura, Naoyuki; Tabata, Yoneho

    Irradiation effects on n-paraffins and squalane, used as models of polymers, were investigated by product analysis. Four n-paraffins, C 20H 42, C 21H 44, C 23H 48 and C 24H 50, and squalane (C 30H 62) were γ-irradiated under vacuum in liquid, crystalline and glassy states. The evolved gases were analyzed by gas chromatography and changes in molecular weight were analyzed by liquid chromatography and mass spectroscopy. G-values for crosslinking of n-paraffins were 1.2 for crystalline states (at 25°C) and 1.7 for liquid states (at 55°C), and showed no difference between odd and even carbon numbers. The G-value of liquid squalane was 1.7; it was 1.3 for the glassy state at low temperature (-77°C). Double bonds were common in the crosslinked products, especially after liquid-phase irradiation. The probability of chain scission was estimated as being negligible, though a small number of chain-scission products (which were products of scission at chain-ends or side chains) were observed by gas analysis.

  16. Phosphorylation Regulates the Endocytic Function of the Yeast Dynamin-Related Protein Vps1.

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    Smaczynska-de Rooij, Iwona I; Marklew, Christopher J; Allwood, Ellen G; Palmer, Sarah E; Booth, Wesley I; Mishra, Ritu; Goldberg, Martin W; Ayscough, Kathryn R

    2016-03-01

    The family of dynamin proteins is known to function in many eukaryotic membrane fusion and fission events. The yeast dynamin-related protein Vps1 functions at several stages of membrane trafficking, including Golgi apparatus to endosome and vacuole, peroxisomal fission, and endocytic scission. We have previously shown that in its endocytic role, Vps1 functions with the amphiphysin heterodimer Rvs161/Rvs167 to facilitate scission and release of vesicles. Phosphoproteome studies of Saccharomyces cerevisiae have identified a phosphorylation site in Vps1 at serine 599. In this study, we confirmed this phosphorylation event, and we reveal that, like Rvs167, Vps1 can be phosphorylated by the yeast cyclin-associated kinase Pho85 in vivo and in vitro. The importance of this posttranslational modification was revealed when mutagenesis of S599 to a phosphomimetic or nonphosphorylatable form caused defects in endocytosis but not in other functions associated with Vps1. Mutation to nonphosphorylatable valine inhibited the Rvs167 interaction, while both S599V and S599D caused defects in vesicle scission, as shown by both live-cell imaging and electron microscopy of endocytic invaginations. Our data support a model in which phosphorylation and dephosphorylation of Vps1 promote distinct interactions and highlight the importance of such regulatory events in facilitating sequential progression of the endocytic process. PMID:26711254

  17. Interactions between lac repressor protein and site-specific bromodeoxyuridine-substituted operator DNA. Ultraviolet footprinting and protein-DNA cross-link formation

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    Wick, K.L.; Matthews, K.S. )

    1991-04-05

    Specific contacts between the lac repressor and operator have been explored using 5-bromodeoxyuridine-substituted DNA. Substitution of BrdU for single thymidine positions in a synthetic 40-base pair operator provides substrate for ultraviolet irradiation; upon irradiation, strand scission occurs at the BrdU residues. When bound, lac repressor protein provides protection against UV-induced breakage depending on the nature of the sites and type of interaction. We have confirmed 13 unique sites of inducer-sensitive protection along the operator sequence using this method compared to complete substitution with BrdU; differences were observed at two positions for singly substituted versus completely substituted DNAs. The ability of these photosensitive DNAs to form short range cross-links to bound protein has been used to determine the efficiency with which cross-linked protein-DNA complexes are generated at each individual site of BrdU substitution. Five sites of high efficiency cross-linking to the repressor protein have been identified. At one site, cross-linking without protection from strand scission was observed; this result suggests an unusual mechanism of strand scission and/or cross-linking at this site. Comparison of the UV protection results and the cross-linking data show that these processes provide complementary tools for identifying and analyzing individual protein-DNA contacts.

  18. A theoretical and experimental study of unimolecular and biomolecular radical hydrogen transfer reactions

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    Franz, J.A.; Autrey, T.; Gleicher, G.J.; Camaioni, D.M; Ferris, K.F.

    1991-04-01

    We have examined the intramolecular radical hydrogen transfer (RHT) reaction of the 2-(2-phenylethyl)cyclohexadienyl radical. Intramolecular hydrogen shift from the cyclohexadienyl ring to the ipso position of the phenyl ring, followed by {beta}-scission would have given benzene and ethylbenzene as products. Competing with this reaction is {beta}-scission to give benzyl radical and isotoluene, or hydrogen loss to give bibenzyl. Studies to date suggest a barrier for thermoneutral hydrogen transfer in the RHT reaction between aromatic systems of ca. 18 kcal/mole. None of the studies of RHT or equivalent mechanisms have attempted to directly observe H{sub 2}, and direct determination of Arrhenius parameters and a detailed examination of the pathway of the hydrogen transfer process remains to be carried out. To better understand the structural and energetic aspects of RHT, we have carried out a semiempirical molecular orbital study of bimolecular and intramolecular RHT reactions for a variety of aromatic systems. We also examined in detail the energetics of hydrogen transfer between ethyl radical and ethylene via RHT, an addition/metathesis/scission pathway, and a hybrid concerted'' pathway. 11 refs., 1 fig., 4 tabs.

  19. Surface chemistry of palladium

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    Gentle, T.M.

    1984-05-01

    Several classes of catalytically important molecules on Pd single crystals were studied. Influence of surface structure and composition on reactions involving formation and scission of carbon-carbon and carbon-hydrogen bonds was investigated under uhv conditions on single crystals and higher pressures on polycrystalline films. Reactions of acetylene on Pd(111), Pd(100), and Pd(110) were studied using thermal desorption spectroscopy, chemical displacement reactions, and isotopic labeling techniques. Pd single crystals catalyzes trimerization to benzene, hydrogenation to ethylene, and hydrosilation with trimethylsilane. Several atoms such as Si, P, S, and Cl have a profound influence on the catalysis. Single-crystal Pd surfaces catalyzes the dehydrogenation of organosilanes; silacyclohexane chemisorbed on Pd(110) underwent dehydrogenation upon thermal desorption to form silabenzene. Desulfurization products were observed in the thermal desorption spectra chemisorbed thiophene, 3-methylthiophene, and 2,5-dimethylthiophene. Mechanisms of carbon-hydrogen bond scission were investigated for a variety of methyl-substituted benzenes, revealing some degree of regiospecificity in C-H bond scission. Several reactions of unsaturated hydrocarbons were also investigated at higher pressures (10/sup -2/ torr) on polycrystalline Pd films.

  20. The influence of gamma radiation on the molecular weight and glass transition of PLLA and HAp/PLLA nanocomposite

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    Milicevic, D.; Trifunovic, S.; Dojcilovic, J.; Ignjatovic, N.; Suljovrujic, E.

    2010-09-01

    The influence of gamma radiation on the molecular weight and glass transition behaviour of poly- L-lactide (PLLA) and hydroxyapatite/poly- L-lactide (HAp/PLLA) nanocomposite has been studied. Since PLLA exposed to high-energy radiation in the presence of air is prone to chain scission reactions and large degradation, changes in molecular weight were obtained by gel permeation chromatography (GPC). Alterations in the glass transition behaviour were investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The apparent activation energy (Δ H∗) for glass transition was determined on the basis of the heating rate dependence of the glass transition temperature ( T g). Our findings support the fact that chain scission is the main reason for the decrease of T g and Δ H∗ with the absorbed dose. Furthermore, more intensive chain scission degradation of PLLA was observed in HAp/PLLA and can only be ascribed to the presence of HAp nanoparticles. Consequently, initial differences in the glass transition temperature and/or apparent activation energy of PLLA and HAp/PLLA became more pronounced with absorbed dose. This study reveals that radiation-induced changes in molecular weight and glass transition temperature occur in a predictable and fairly accurate manner. Therefore, gamma radiation can be used not only for sterilization but also for tailoring desirable end-use properties of these biomaterials.

  1. Solid state photochemistry of polycarbonates

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    Gupta, A.; Rembaum, A.; Moacanin, J.

    1978-01-01

    The quantum yield of photoFries rearrangement in a polycarbonate film has been analyzed as a function of temperature and humidity on the basis of previously reported (Koyler and Mann, 1977) experimental data. Results indicate that in the homogeneous amorphous phase, photoFries rearrangement is a concerted process proceeding either from the pi star reversed arrow n singlet, in which case it must be subject to considerable self quenching, or from a triplet, presumably the first triplet since the lifetime of higher triplets is expected to be very short in the solid phase. If the parent excited state is the first triplet, chain scission is possibly an independent process, probably occurring from the pi star reversed arrow n singlet. Evidence of chain scission on photodegradation in the solid state includes loss of C-O and C-C bond intensities revealed in the Fourier transform infrared spectra, gel permeation chromotography elution profiles of degraded film samples dissolved in CHCl3, and a decrease in tensile strength and T sub g as photodegradation proceeds. Chain scission is apparently inhibited as photoFries products accumulate.

  2. Role of carbon-carbon phenyl migration in the pyrolysis mechanism of β-O-4 lignin model compounds: phenethyl phenyl ether and α-hydroxy phenethyl phenyl ether.

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    Beste, Ariana; Buchanan, A C

    2012-12-20

    We investigate phenyl shift and subsequent β-scission reactions for PhCHXCH·OPh [X = H, OH], which are part of the pyrolysis mechanism of phenethyl phenyl ether (PPE) and α-hydroxy PPE. PPE and its derivatives are model compounds for the most common linkage in lignin, the β-O-4 linkage. We use density functional theory to locate transition states and equilibrium structures and kinetic Monte Carlo in combination with transition-state theory for kinetic simulations. Oxygen-carbon and carbon-carbon phenyl shift reactions proceed through cyclic intermediates with similar barriers. However, while subsequent β-scission of the oxygen-carbon shift products proceeds with virtually no barrier, the activation energy for β-scission of the carbon-carbon shift products exceeds 15 kcal/mol. We found that about 15% of β-radical conversion can be attributed to carbon-carbon shift for PPE and α-hydroxy PPE at 618 K. Whereas the oxygen-carbon shift reaction has been established as an integral part of the pyrolysis mechanism of PPE and its derivatives, participation of the carbon-carbon shift reaction has not been shown previously. PMID:23194314

  3. The role of carbon-carbon phenyl migration in the pyrolysis mechanism of beta-O-4 lignin model compounds: phenethyl phenyl ether and alpha-hydroxy phenethyl phenyl ether

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    Beste, Ariana; Buchanan III, A C

    2012-01-01

    We investigate phenyl shift and subsequent beta-scission reactions for PhCHXCHOPh [X = H, OH], which are part of the pyrolysis mechanism of phenethyl phenyl ether (PPE) and alpha-hydroxy PPE. PPE and its derivatives are model compounds for the most common linkage in lignin, the beta-O-4 linkage. We use density functional theory to locate transition states and equilibrium structures, and kinetic Monte Carlo in combination with transition state theory for kinetic simulations. Oxygen-carbon and carbon-carbon phenyl shift reactions proceed through cyclic intermediates with similar barriers. But, while subsequent beta-scission of the oxygen-carbon shift products proceeds with virtually no barrier, the activation energy for beta-scission of the carbon-carbon shift products exceeds 15 kcal/mol. We found that about 15 % of beta-radical conversion can be attributed to carbon-carbon shift for PPE and alpha-hydroxy PPE at 618 K. Whereas the oxygen-carbon shift reaction has been established as an integral part of the pyrolysis mechanism of PPE and its derivatives, participation of the carbon-carbon shift reaction has not been shown previously.

  4. Aging studies of Kevlar 49 fibers

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    Morgan, R.J.; Pruneda, C.O.; Kong, F.M.

    1983-11-01

    The aging mechanisms in service environment of Kevlar 49 fibers, E.I. duPont, (poly(p-phenylene)terephthalamide) are reviewed. The principal aging mechanisms considered are (i) u.v.-, (ii) hydrolytic- and (iii) stress-induced macromolecular chain scission and microvoid growth. U.V.-induced strength degradation can be significant as a result of photo-oxidative and photodegradative radical formation but in Kevlar 49-epoxy composites only the exterior yarn layer is deteriorated. Hydrolytic chain scission of the amide linkage and corresponding fiber strength deterioration is considered in terms of R.H., time, temperature and stress level. The rates of hydrolytic degradation at 100% R.H. in the 100 to 200/sup 0/C range are reported. The estimated rates of fiber degradation in various service environment conditions are also reported and shown not to be serious. The stress-induced aging of Kevlar 49 fibers is considered in terms of the growth and coalescence of inherent microvoids along the fiber axis together with the generation of new microvoids. (These growth processes involve no detectable macromolecular chain scission or deterioration in fiber strength.) At a critical microvoid volume fraction catastrophic failure occurs by interconnection of such voids.

  5. Phosphorylation Regulates the Endocytic Function of the Yeast Dynamin-Related Protein Vps1

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    Smaczynska-de Rooij, Iwona I.; Marklew, Christopher J.; Allwood, Ellen G.; Palmer, Sarah E.; Booth, Wesley I.; Mishra, Ritu; Goldberg, Martin W.

    2015-01-01

    The family of dynamin proteins is known to function in many eukaryotic membrane fusion and fission events. The yeast dynamin-related protein Vps1 functions at several stages of membrane trafficking, including Golgi apparatus to endosome and vacuole, peroxisomal fission, and endocytic scission. We have previously shown that in its endocytic role, Vps1 functions with the amphiphysin heterodimer Rvs161/Rvs167 to facilitate scission and release of vesicles. Phosphoproteome studies of Saccharomyces cerevisiae have identified a phosphorylation site in Vps1 at serine 599. In this study, we confirmed this phosphorylation event, and we reveal that, like Rvs167, Vps1 can be phosphorylated by the yeast cyclin-associated kinase Pho85 in vivo and in vitro. The importance of this posttranslational modification was revealed when mutagenesis of S599 to a phosphomimetic or nonphosphorylatable form caused defects in endocytosis but not in other functions associated with Vps1. Mutation to nonphosphorylatable valine inhibited the Rvs167 interaction, while both S599V and S599D caused defects in vesicle scission, as shown by both live-cell imaging and electron microscopy of endocytic invaginations. Our data support a model in which phosphorylation and dephosphorylation of Vps1 promote distinct interactions and highlight the importance of such regulatory events in facilitating sequential progression of the endocytic process. PMID:26711254

  6. Dynamin-Actin Cross Talk Contributes to Phagosome Formation and Closure.

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    Marie-Anaïs, Florence; Mazzolini, Julie; Herit, Floriane; Niedergang, Florence

    2016-05-01

    Phagocytosis is a mechanism used by macrophages to internalize and eliminate microorganisms or cellular debris. It relies on profound rearrangements of the actin cytoskeleton that is the driving force allowing plasma membrane extension around the particle. The closure step of phagocytosis, however, remains poorly defined. We used a dedicated experimental setup with Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence Microscopy (TIRFM) to monitor phagosome formation and closure in three dimensions in living cells. We show that dynamin-2, which mediates the scission of endocytic vesicles, was recruited early and concomitantly with actin during phagosome formation. Dynamin-2 accumulated at the site of phagosome closure in living macrophages. Inhibition of its activity with dominant negative mutants or drugs demonstrated that dynamin-2 is implicated in actin dynamics and pseudopod extension. Depolymerization of actin led to impaired dynamin-2 recruitment or activity. Finally, we show that dynamin-2 plays a critical role in the effective scission of the phagosome from the plasma membrane. Thus, we establish that a cross talk between actin and dynamin takes place for phagosome formation and closure before dynamin functions for scission. PMID:26847957

  7. Inertial solvent dynamics and the analysis of spectral line shapes: Temperature-dependent absorption spectrum of beta-carotene in nonpolar solvent.

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    Burt, Jim A; Zhao, Xihua; McHale, Jeanne L

    2004-03-01

    The influence of solvent dynamics on optical spectra is often described by a stochastic model which assumes exponential relaxation of the time-correlation function for solvent-induced frequency fluctuations. In contrast, theory and experiment suggest that the initial (subpicosecond) phase of solvent relaxation, resulting from inertial motion of the solvent, is a Gaussian function of time. In this work, we employ numerical and analytical calculations to compare the predicted absorption line shapes and the derived solvent reorganization energies obtained from exponential (Brownian oscillator) versus Gaussian (inertial) solvent dynamics. Both models predict motional narrowing as the ratio kappa = Lambda/Delta is increased, where Lambda and Delta are the frequency and variance, respectively, of the solvent-induced frequency fluctuations. However, the motional narrowing limit is achieved at lower values of kappa for the Brownian oscillator model compared to the inertial model. For a given line shape, the derived value of the solvent reorganization energy lambdasolv is only weakly dependent on the solvent relaxation model employed, though different solvent parameters Lambda and Delta are obtained. The two models are applied to the analysis of the temperature-dependent absorption spectrum of beta-carotene in isopentane and CS2. The derived values of lambdasolv using the Gaussian model are found to be in better agreement with the high temperature limit of Delta2/2kBT than are the values obtained using the Brownian oscillator model. In either approach, the solvent reorganization energy is found to increase slightly with temperature as a result of an increase in the variance Delta of the solvent-induced frequency fluctuations. PMID:15268604

  8. Inertial solvent dynamics and the analysis of spectral line shapes: Temperature-dependent absorption spectrum of β-carotene in nonpolar solvent

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    Burt, Jim A.; Zhao, Xihua; McHale, Jeanne L.

    2004-03-01

    The influence of solvent dynamics on optical spectra is often described by a stochastic model which assumes exponential relaxation of the time-correlation function for solvent-induced frequency fluctuations. In contrast, theory and experiment suggest that the initial (subpicosecond) phase of solvent relaxation, resulting from inertial motion of the solvent, is a Gaussian function of time. In this work, we employ numerical and analytical calculations to compare the predicted absorption line shapes and the derived solvent reorganization energies obtained from exponential (Brownian oscillator) versus Gaussian (inertial) solvent dynamics. Both models predict motional narrowing as the ratio κ=Λ/Δ is increased, where Λ and Δ are the frequency and variance, respectively, of the solvent-induced frequency fluctuations. However, the motional narrowing limit is achieved at lower values of κ for the Brownian oscillator model compared to the inertial model. For a given line shape, the derived value of the solvent reorganization energy λsolv is only weakly dependent on the solvent relaxation model employed, though different solvent parameters Λ and Δ are obtained. The two models are applied to the analysis of the temperature-dependent absorption spectrum of β-carotene in isopentane and CS2. The derived values of λsolv using the Gaussian model are found to be in better agreement with the high temperature limit of Δ2/2kBT than are the values obtained using the Brownian oscillator model. In either approach, the solvent reorganization energy is found to increase slightly with temperature as a result of an increase in the variance Δ of the solvent-induced frequency fluctuations.

  9. Regio- and stereochemically controlled formation of hydroxamic acids from indium triflate-mediated nucleophilic ring-opening reactions with acylnitroso-Diels–Alder adducts

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    Yang, Baiyuan; Miller, Marvin J.

    2010-01-01

    Treatment of acylnitroso-Diels–Alder [2.2.1] bicyclic adducts 2a–b with indium triflate in an alcohol solvent induces ring opening reactions to afford monocyclic anti-1,2-, anti-1,4- and syn-1,4-hydroxamic acids with good to excellent regio- and stereoselectivity (up to 7:86:7). Treatment of [2.2.2] bicyclic nitroso adducts 2c–d under similar reaction conditions generates only anti-1,2- and anti-1,4-hydroxamic acids with anti-1,4-product predominant (up to 17:83). PMID:20209116

  10. CH 2 Cl 2 + OH - Reaction in Aqueous Solution: A Combined Quantum Mechanical and Molecular Mechanics Study

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    Wang, Dunyou; Valiev, Marat; Garrett, Bruce C.

    2011-03-03

    The CH2Cl2 + OH- reaction in aqueous solution was investigated using combined quantum mechanical and molecular mechanics approach. We present analysis of the reactant, transition, and product state structures, and calculate the free energy reaction profile through the CCSD(T) level of the theory for the reactive region. Our results show that the aqueous environment has a significant impact on the reaction process raising the reaction barrier by ~17 kcal/mol and the reaction energy by ~20 kcal/mol. While solvation effects play a predominant role, we also find sizable contributions from solvent-induced polarization effects.

  11. Effect of the ortho alkylation of perylene bisimides on the alignment and self-assembly properties.

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    Dasgupta, Debarshi; Kendhale, Amol M; Debije, Michael G; Ter Schiphorst, Jeroen; Shishmanova, Ivelina K; Portale, Giuseppe; Schenning, Albertus P H J

    2014-08-01

    The effect of the ortho alkylation of perylene bisimides on the alignment and self-assembly properties has been studied. It was found that the dichroic properties of perylene bisimides in a liquid crystal host can be reversed with a single synthetic step by ortho alkylation. Furthermore, a solvent-induced growth of ultralong organic n-type semiconducting fibrils from non-ortho-alkylated perylene bisimide was observed. Ortho substitution of the perylene bisimide core alters the mode of fibrillar growth, leading to isotropic crystallization. PMID:25478308

  12. Excited state dipole moments of chloroanilines and chlorophenols from solvatochromic shifts in electronic absorption spectra: Support for the concept of excited state group moments

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    Prabhumirashi, L. S.; Satpute, R. S.

    The dipole moments of isomeric o-, m- and p-chloroanilines and chlorophenols in electronically excited L a and L b states are estimated from solvent induced polarization shifts in electronic absorption spectra. It is observed that μ e( L a) > μ e( L b) > μ g, which is consistent with the general theory of polarization red shift. The μ es are found to be approximately co-linear with the corresponding μ gs. The concept of group moments is extended to aromatic molecules in excited states. This approach is found to be useful in understanding correlations among the excited states of mono- and disubstituted benzenes.

  13. Lummus clean fuels from coal

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    Gantt, J.E.; Hefferan, J.K.; Chorba, W.F.; Schachtschneider, A.B.; Schulze, J.R.

    1980-12-01

    This report compares two direct, catalytic, hydroliquefaction processes - H-Coal and Lummus Clean Fuels From Coal (LCFFC). These processes are compared for two sets of operating conditions. In the first, the reactors are operated to produce a product suitable for use as fuel oil (fuel oil mode). In the second, the operating conditions are more severe, so the resulting product slates more closely resemble crude oil (syncrude mode). The comparisons are performed using conceptual designs based on single point run data, with a design basis of 25,000 tpd (moisture-free basis) of Illinois No. 6 coal. Although all cost comparisons are well within the estimated 25% accuracy of the estimates, LCFFC shows generally lower costs. Three types of economic evaluation are performed: computation of internal rate of return (IRR) with product values set to estimated market value, computation of overall average product cost ($/MM Btu) with the discount rate set at 20%, and calculation of average product cost with naphtha credited at estimated market value and the discount rate set at 20%. H-Coal has a lower cost only in the fuel oil mode analysis with naphtha valued at market price. The processes are also compared with respect to the potential for commercialization and anticipated operability differences. It is concluded that the lower hydrogen content of LCFFC product may offset its advantage of lower cost if it is used as refinery feed, and that the design of the LCFFC reactor may make it harder to control. Suggestions for future research are presented.

  14. Superacid Catalyzed Depolymerization and Conversion of Coals. Final Technical Report. [HF:BF{sub 2}/H{sub 2}

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    Olah, G.

    1980-01-01

    We were interested in applying superacid catalyzed cleavage-depolymerization and ionic hydrogenation low temperature conversion of coal to liquid hydrocarbon, as well as obtaining information about the reactions involved and the structure of intermediates of the coal liquefaction process. In order to show the feasibility of our proposed research we have carried out preliminary investigation in these areas. Preceding our work there was no practical application of a superacid system to coal liquefaction. We carried out an extensive study of the potential of the HF:BF{sub 3}/H{sub 2} system for coal hydroliquefaction. Under varying conditions of reactant ratio, reaction time and temperature, we were able to obtain over 95% pyridine extractible product by treating coal in HF:BF{sub 3}:H{sub 2} system at approx. 100 degrees C for 4 hours. The coal to acid ratio was 1:5 and FB{sub 3} at 900 psi and H{sub 2} at 500 psi were used. These are extremely encouraging results in that the conditions used are drastically milder than those used in any known process, such as Exxon donor solvent and related processes. The cyclohexane extractibility of the treated coal was as high as 27% and the yield of liquid distillate at 400 degrees C/5 x 10{sup -3}/sup torr/ was approx. 30%. The infrared spectrum of product coal, extracts and distillates were distinctly different from the starting coal and show a significant increase in the amount of saturates. The {sup 1}H NMR spectrum of cyclohexane extract of the treated coal shows essentially all aliphatic photons. The spectra of other treated coal extracts show increased amounts and types of aliphatic protons as well as significant amounts of protons bound to unsaturated sites. This again indicates that the HF-BF{sub 3} system is depolymerizing the coal to small fragments which are soluble in non-polar solvents.

  15. Superacid catalyzed depolymerization and conversion of coals. Final technical report. [HF:BF/sub 2//H/sub 2/

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    Olah, G.

    1980-01-01

    We were interested in applying superacid catalyzed cleavage-depolymerization and ionic hydrogenation low temperature conversion of coal to liquid hydrocarbon, as well as obtaining information about the reactions involved and the structure of intermediates of the coal liquefaction process. In order to show the feasibility of our proposed research we have carried out preliminary investigation in these areas. Preceding our work there was no practical application of a superacid system to coal liquefaction. We carried out an extensive study of the potential of the HF:BF/sub 3//H/sub 2/ system for coal hydroliquefaction. Under varying conditions of reactant ratio, reaction time and temperature, we were able to obtain over 95% pyridine extractible product by treating coal in HF:BF/sub 3/:H/sub 2/ system at approx. 100/sup 0/C for 4 hours. The coal to acid ratio was 1:5 and FB/sub 3/ at 900 psi and H/sub 2/ at 500 psi were used. These are extremely encouraging results in that the conditions used are drastically milder than those used in any known process, such as Exxon donor solvent and related processes. The cyclohexane extractibility of the treated coal was as high as 27% and the yield of liquid distillate at 400/sup 0/C/5 x 10/sup -3//sup torr/ was approx. 30%. The infrared spectrum of product coal, extracts and distillates were distinctly different from the starting coal and show a significant increase in the amount of saturates. The /sup 1/H NMR spectrum of cyclohexane extract of the treated coal shows essentially all aliphatic photons. The spectra of other treated coal extracts show increased amounts and types of aliphatic protons as well as significant amounts of protons bound to unsaturated sites. This again indicattes that the HF-BF/sub 3/ system is depolymerizing the coal to small fragments which are soluble in non-polar solvents.

  16. Integral Equation Theory for the Conformation of Polyelectrolytes

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    Shew, C.-Y.; Yethiraj, A.

    1996-03-01

    The equilibrium conformation properties of polyelectrolyes are explored using the integral equation theory. The polymer molecules are modeled as freely-jointed beads that interact via a hard sphere plus screened Coulomb potential. To obtain the intramolecuar correlation function ( and hence the chain conformations) the many chain system is replaced by a single chain whose beads interact via the bare interaction plus a solvent-induced potential, which approximately accounts for the presence of the other molecules. Since this solvent induced potential is a functional of the intramolecular correlations it is obtained iteratively in a self-consistent fashion. The intramolecular correlation functions for a given solvation potential are obtained via Monte Carlo simulation of a single chain. A thread model of the polymer molecules is also investigated, in which case the single chain conformations are obtained using a variational method. The predictions of the theory for these two models are similar. For single chains ~ N^2 ( is the mean square end-to-end distance and N is the degree of polymerization) in salt free solutions, and ~ N^1.2 in high salt solutions. At high polymer concentration ~ N. The theory provides a means of interpolating between these limiting cases. An interesting feature is that there is a very sharp drop in polymer size at very low concentrations which happens because the overlap threshold concentration in polyelectrolytes solutions is very small.

  17. The radiation-induced degradation of hyaluronic acid

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    Deeble, D. J.; Phillips, G. O.; Bothe, E.; Schuchmann, H.-P.; von Sonntag, C.

    Free-radical-induced chain scission in hyaluronic acid in aqueous solution has been studied using pulse radiolysis. In the absence of oxygen (nitrous oxide-saturated solutions) the process of chain breakage was monitored by measuring changes in conductivity resulting from the release of condensed counter-ions (K +), originally located in the vicinity of the break. The rate of formation of breaks was found to be first order and was catalysed by acid and base (overall half-lives at pH values of 4.8, 7 and 10.2 were 0.6, 1 and 0.1 ms). It would seem that more than two independent reaction pathways are involved in the cleavage processes. In the presence of oxygen (N 2O/O 2), chain scission has been measured by pulse radiolysis monitoring changes in scattered light intensity as well as following conductivity changes. In oxygenated solutions, the kinetics of OH-radical-induced chain scission were found to contain a second-order component; the rate of breakage was base catalysed. Yield-dose plots for chain breaks (N 2O/O 2, pulse-irradiated), showed a marked dependence on pH, with G-values (molecules/100 eV) of 0.7, 2.5 and 4.7 at pH values of 7, 9.7 and 10.4, respectively. Steady-state radiolysis (N 2O/O 2) was used to determine G-values for oxygen consumption [ G(-O 2) ≈ 6], carbon dioxide formation [ G(CO 2) = 0.8 in the absence of O 2 and 1.3 in its presence] and peroxide formation [ G(H 2O 2) ≈ 2; G(organic hydroperoxide) < 0.15].

  18. Transfer Protein TraY of Plasmid R1 Stimulates TraI-Catalyzed oriT Cleavage In Vivo

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    Karl, Wolfgang; Bamberger, Martina; Zechner, Ellen L.

    2001-01-01

    The effect of TraY protein on TraI-catalyzed strand scission at the R1 transfer origin (oriT) in vivo was investigated. As expected, the cleavage reaction was not detected in Escherichia coli cells expressing tral and the integration host factor (IHF) in the absence of other transfer proteins. The TraM dependence of strand scission was found to be inversely correlated with the presence of TraY. Thus, the TraY and TraM proteins could each enhance cleaving activity at oriT in the absence of the other. In contrast, no detectable intracellular cleaving activity was exhibited by TraI in an IHF mutant strain despite the additional presence of both TraM and TraY. An essential role for IHF in this reaction in vivo is, therefore, implied. Mobilization experiments employing recombinant R1 oriT constructions and a heterologous conjugative helper plasmid were used to investigate the independent contributions of TraY and TraM to the R1 relaxosome during bacterial conjugation. In accordance with earlier observations, traY was dispensable for mobilization in the presence of traM, but mobilization did not occur in the absence of both traM and traY. Interestingly, although the cleavage assays demonstrate that TraM and TraY independently promote strand scission in vivo, TraM remained essential for mobilization of the R1 origin even in the presence of TraY. These findings suggest that, whereas TraY and TraM function may overlap to a certain extent in the R1 relaxosome, TraM additionally performs a second function that is essential for successful conjugative transmission of plasmid DNA. PMID:11208788

  19. A comparison of the characteristics of excimer and femtosecond laser ablation of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS)

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    See, Tian Long; Liu, Zhu; Li, Lin; Zhong, Xiang Li

    2016-02-01

    This paper presents an investigation on the ablation characteristics of excimer laser (λ = 248 nm, τ = 15 ns) and femtosecond laser (λ = 800 nm, τ = 100 fs) on ABS polymer sheets. The laser-material interaction parameters (ablation threshold, optical penetration depth and incubation factor) and the changes in material chemical properties were evaluated and compared between the two lasers. The work shows that the ablation threshold and effective optical penetration depth values are dependent on the wavelength of laser beam (photon energy) and the pulse width. The ablation threshold value is lower for the excimer laser ablation of ABS (Fth = 0.087 J/cm2) than that for the femtosecond laser ablation of ABS (Fth = 1.576 J/cm2), demonstrating a more dominating role of laser wavelength than the pulse width in influencing the ablation threshold. The ablation depth versus the logarithmic scale of laser fluence shows two linear regions for the fs laser ablation, not previously known for polymers. The effective optical penetration depth value is lower for excimer laser ablation (α-1 = 223 nm) than that for femtosecond laser ablation (α-1 = 2917 nm). The ablation threshold decreases with increasing number of pulses (NOP) due to the chain scission process that shortens the polymeric chains, resulting in a weaker polymeric configuration and the dependency is governed by the incubation factor. Excimer laser treatment of ABS eliminates the Cdbnd C bond completely through the chain scission process whereas Cdbnd C bond is partially eliminated through the femtosecond laser treatment due to the difference in photon energy of the two laser beams. A reduction in the Cdbnd C bond through the chain scission process creates free radical carbons which then form crosslinks with each other or react with oxygen, nitrogen and water in air producing oxygen-rich (Csbnd O and Cdbnd O bond) and nitrogen-rich (Csbnd N) functional groups.

  20. Local even-odd effect based on the number of configurations of pre-formed and formed fragmentations in a fissioning nucleus

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    Tudora, A.; Hambsch, F.-J.; Giubega, G.

    2016-09-01

    The present paper proposes a modeling of the local even-odd effect based on the number of configurations in a nucleus undergoing fission at two stages along its fission path. One is the fissioning nucleus stage just after passing through the outer saddle point when the fragments are considered as pre-formed and the intrinsic energy is not yet shared. The other stage is at the end of the fission path when the scission is imminent. Then the intrinsic energy is already partitioned and the fragments are completely formed. The probability that a pre-formed fragmentation arrives at the end of the fission path (i.e. at scission) when the fragmentation is completely formed is expressed by the ratio of the number of configurations of the formed fragmentation to the one of pre-formed fragmentation. The local even-odd effect is defined as half of the difference between these normalized ratios corresponding to even-Z and odd-Z fragmentations. Both numbers of configurations in the fissioning nucleus, in which the fragments are pre-formed and completely formed, are calculated using level densities described by the constant temperature function (justified by the small values of the intrinsic energy before scission). The obtained local even-odd effect results describe well the experimental data, including the increase at asymmetry values corresponding to fragmentations in which one of the fragments is magic or double magic (i.e. fragmentations in which ZH = 50 and/or NH = 82 and very asymmetric fragmentations in which ZL = 28).

  1. Actin-cytoskeleton rearrangement modulates proton-induced uptake

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    Ben-Dov, Nadav; Korenstein, Rafi

    2013-04-15

    Recently it has been shown that elevating proton concentration at the cell surface stimulates the formation of membrane invaginations and vesicles accompanied by an enhanced uptake of macromolecules. While the initial induction of inward membrane curvature was rationalized in terms of proton-based increase of charge asymmetry across the membrane, the mechanisms underlying vesicle formation and its scission are still unknown. In light of the critical role of actin in vesicle formation during endocytosis, the present study addresses the involvement of cytoskeletal actin in proton-induced uptake (PIU). The uptake of dextran-FITC is used as a measure for the factual fraction of inward invaginations that undergo scission from the cell's plasma membrane. Our findings show that the rate of PIU in suspended cells is constant, whereas the rate of PIU in adherent cells is gradually increased in time, saturating at the level possessed by suspended cells. This is consistent with pH induced gradual degradation of stress-fibers in adherent cells. Wortmannin and calyculin-A are able to elevate PIU by 25% in adherent cells but not in suspended cells, while cytochalasin-D, rapamycin and latrunculin-A elevate PIU both in adherent and suspended cells. However, extensive actin depolymerization by high concentrations of latrunculin-A is able to inhibit PIU. We conclude that proton-induced membrane vesiculation is restricted by the actin structural resistance to the plasma membrane bending. Nevertheless, a certain degree of cortical actin restructuring is required for the completion of the scission process. - Highlights: ► Acidification of cells' exterior enhances uptake of macromolecules by the cells. ► Disruption of actin stress fibers leads to enhancement of proton induced uptake. ► Extensive depolymerization of cellular actin attenuates proton-induced uptake.

  2. Mechanistic Analysis and Thermochemical Kinetic Simulation of the Pathways for Volatile Product Formation from Pyrolysis of Polystyrene, Especially of the Dimer

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    Poutsma, Marvin L

    2006-01-01

    Simulations of the initial distribution of volatiles from pyrolysis of polystyrene were based on propagation rate constants estimated by thermochemical kinetic procedures. The voluminous database exhibits a disturbing lack of consistency with respect to effects of conversion level, temperature, and reactor type. It therefore remains difficult to assign the true primary distribution of the major products, styrene, 2,4-diphenyl-1-butene (''dimer''), 2,4,6-triphenyl-1-hexene (''trimer''), 1,3-diphenylpropane, and toluene, and its dependence on conditions. Probable perturbations by secondary reactions and selective evaporation are considered. The rate constant for 1,3-hydrogen shift appears much too small to accommodate the commonly proposed ''back-biting'' mechanism for dimer formation. Dimer more likely arises by addition of benzyl radical to olefinic chain-ends, followed by {beta}-scission, although ambiguities remain in assigning rate constants for the addition and {beta}-scission steps. With this modification, the major products can be successfully associated with decay of the sec-benzylic chain-end radical. In contrast, the minimal formation of allylbenzene, 2,4-diphenyl-1-pentene, and 2,4,6-triphenyl-1-heptene suggests a minimal chain-propagating role for the prim chain-end radical. Compared with polyethylene, the much enhanced ''unzipping'' to form monomer from polystyrene and the more limited depth of ''back-biting'' into the chain arise from an enthalpy-driven acceleration of {beta}-scission coupled with a kinetically driven deceleration of intramolecular hydrogen transfer. In contrast, the greater ''unzipping'' of poly(isobutylene) compared with polyethylene is proposed to result from relief of steric strain.

  3. Thermochemistry and Kinetic Analysis of the Unimolecular Oxiranyl Radical Dissociation Reaction: A Theoretical Study.

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    Wang, Heng; Bozzelli, Joseph W

    2016-07-01

    Oxirane structures are important in organic synthesis, and they are important initial products in the oxidation reactions of alkyl radicals. The thermochemical properties (enthalpy of formation, entropy, and heat capacity) for the reaction steps of the unimolecular oxiranyl radical dissociation reaction are determined and compared with the available literature. The overall ring opening and subsequent steps involve four types of reactions: β-scission ring opening, intramolecular hydrogen transfer, β-scission hydrogen elimination, and β-scission methyl radical elimination. The enthalpies of formation of the transition states are determined and evaluated using six popular Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculation methods (B3LYP, B2PLYP, M06, M06-2X, ωB97X, ωB97XD), each combined with three different basis sets. The DFT enthalpy values are compared with five composite calculation methods (G3, G4, CBS-QB3, CBS-APNO, W1U), and by CCSD(T)/aug-cc-pVTZ. Kinetic parameters are determined versus pressure and temperature for the unimolecular dissociation pathways of an oxiranyl radical, which include the chemical activation reactions of the ring-opened oxiranyl radical relative to the ring-opening barrier. Multifrequency quantum Rice Ramsperger Kassel (QRRK) analysis is used to determine k(E) with master equation analysis for falloff. The major overall reaction pathway at lower combustion temperatures is oxiranyl radical dissociation to a methyl radical and carbon monoxide. Oxiranyl radical dissociation to a ketene and hydrogen atom is the key reaction path above 700 K. PMID:26990491

  4. Probing fusion-fission dynamics in Bi203

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    Mukul, Ish; Nath, S.; Golda, K. S.; Jhingan, A.; Gehlot, J.; Prasad, E.; Kalkal, Sunil; Naik, M. B.; Banerjee, Tathagata; Varughese, T.; Sugathan, P.; Madhavan, N.; Pal, Santanu

    2015-11-01

    Background: Complete fusion between two massive nuclei after capture inside the potential barrier is inhibited by competing fission-like processes. The target-projectile composite system may reseparate after capture without proceeding towards formation of the compound nucleus (CN), which is equilibrated in all degrees of freedom. The nature of these non-CN fission (NCNF) processes and factors that affect them are not completely known yet. Purpose: The nuclear mass regions from where NCNF processes begin to manifest themselves are not clearly demarcated. This work aims to study the onset of NCNF, if any, in the mass region ˜200 . Methods: Fission fragment (FF) mass and angular distribution (MAD) and pre-scission and post-scission neutron multiplicities were measured for the reaction +W184F19 at a laboratory energy (Elab) range of 84-125 MeV. The measurements were carried out using two multiwire proportional counters (MWPC) to detect the FFs in coincidence and four neutron detectors to measure neutron time of flight (TOF). Statistical model (SM) calculation was performed. Results: No significant mass-angle correlation was observed in the MAD plots. Extracted mass ratio distributions were single-peaked and of Gaussian shape. Measured pre-scission neutron multiplicity values indicated dissipative nature of CN decay for this reaction. Conclusions: No clear signatures of NCNF were observed in the studied reaction, indicating that the target-projectile composite system predominantly proceeds towards formation of the CN after capture.

  5. Desorption of Hydrogen from Si(111) by Resonant Excitation of the Si-H Vibrational Stretch Mode

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    Liu, Zhiheng; Feldman, Leonard C.; Tolk, Norman; Zhang, Zhenyu; Cohen, Philip I

    2006-01-01

    Past efforts to achieve selective bond scission by vibrational excitation have been thwarted by energy thermalization. Here we report resonant photodesorption of hydrogen from a Si(111) surface using tunable infrared radiation. The wavelength dependence of the desorption yield peaks at 0.26 electron volt: the energy of the Si-H vibrational stretch mode. The desorption yield is quadratic in the infrared intensity. A strong H/D isotope effect rules out thermal desorption mechanisms, and electronic effects are not applicable in this low-energy regime. A molecular mechanism accounting for the desorption event remains elusive.

  6. Microscopic modeling of mass and charge distributions in the spontaneous fission of 240Pu

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    Sadhukhan, Jhilam; Nazarewicz, Witold; Schunck, Nicolas

    2016-01-01

    We propose a methodology to calculate microscopically the mass and charge distributions of spontaneous fission yields. We combine the multidimensional minimization of collective action for fission with stochastic Langevin dynamics to track the relevant fission paths from the ground-state configuration up to scission. The nuclear potential energy and collective inertia governing the tunneling motion are obtained with nuclear density functional theory in the collective space of shape deformations and pairing. We obtain a quantitative agreement with experimental data and find that both the charge and mass distributions in the spontaneous fission of 240Pu are sensitive both to the dissipation in collective motion and to adiabatic fission characteristics.

  7. Initial Stages of Pyrolysis of Polyethylene

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    Popov, Konstantin V.

    Combustion and flammability of plastics are important topics of practical interest directly related to fire safety and recycling of polymeric materials; pyrolysis of the solid is the initial step of its combustion. One of the main ways to study such complicated processes is through detailed mechanistic modeling, in which the process is represented by a set of many elementary reactions. Mechanistic modeling of combustion of plastics is considerably hindered by the lack of necessary kinetic data. In virtually all existing models of polymer pyrolysis the majority of kinetic data used are derived from the corresponding gas phase values of smaller species. The use of gas phase rate constants is, generally, not justified without an experimental justification. In the first part of the work the influence of condensed phase on the rate of scission of a carbon-carbon bond (the reaction that initiates pyrolysis and combustion) in polyethylene (PE) was studied using the method of Reactive Molecular Dynamics (RMD). A method based on a two-step kinetic mechanism was developed to decouple the cage effect from the kinetics of the reaction under study. It was observed that under the conditions of condensed phase the rate constant of C-C bond scission in PE decreased by an order of magnitude compared to that obtained in vacuum. It was also shown that under the conditions of polymer melt the rate constant does not depend on the length of the polymer chain. In the second part of the work the kinetics of liquid phase and gas phase products of PE pyrolysis were studied experimentally using Gas Chromatography and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. Based on the assumption of applicability of gas phase kinetic data for C-C scission reaction and beta-scission reaction under the conditions of polymer melt, rate constants of hydrogen transfer, radical addition to double bonds, and radical recombination were determined via kinetic modeling of the experimental results. The obtained values of the rate

  8. Application of the dinuclear system model to fission process

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    Andreev, A. V.; Shneidman, T. M.; Ventura, A.

    2016-01-01

    A theoretical evaluation of the collective excitation spectra of nucleus at large deformations is possible within the framework of the dinuclear system model, which treats the wave function of the fissioning nucleus as a superposition of a mononucleus configuration and two-cluster configurations in a dynamical way, permitting exchange of nucleons between clusters. In this work the method of calculation of the potential energy and the collective spectrum of fissioning nucleus at scission point is presented. Combining the DNS model calculations and the statistical model of fission we calculate the mass, total kinetic energy, and angular distribution of fission fragments for the neutron-induced fission of 239Pu.

  9. Catalytic Carbocation Generation Enabled by the Mesolytic Cleavage of Alkoxyamine Radical Cations.

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    Zhu, Qilei; Gentry, Emily C; Knowles, Robert R

    2016-08-16

    A new catalytic method is described to access carbocation intermediates via the mesolytic cleavage of alkoxyamine radical cations. In this process, electron transfer between an excited state oxidant and a TEMPO-derived alkoxyamine substrate gives rise to a radical cation with a remarkably weak C-O bond. Spontaneous scission results in the formation of the stable nitroxyl radical TEMPO(.) as well as a reactive carbocation intermediate that can be intercepted by a wide range of nucleophiles. Notably, this process occurs under neutral conditions and at comparatively mild potentials, enabling catalytic cation generation in the presence of both acid sensitive and easily oxidized nucleophilic partners. PMID:27403637

  10. Studies of Radiation Effects in Three High Polymers

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    Ries, Heidi Rene-Mitchell

    Three high polymers, Mylar^circler , Ultem^circler, and Kapton^circler, were irradiated to total doses of 1, 5, and 9.5 gigarad using 1-MeV electrons. The glass transition temperatures ({rm T }_{rm g}) of the materials before and after irradiation were measured using an AC electrical dissipation factor technique. From the {rm T}_{rm g} data, it was found that the electron radiation at these total doses results in net chain scissioning in Mylar and net crosslinking in Ultem, while self-mending is predominant in Kapton. The dielectric constant was measured before and after irradiation, but no significant changes due to irradiation were observed. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) was used to determine the total organic radical densities in the materials 0.5 hr after irradiation. Total organic radical densities of approximately 10^{18 } spins/g were recorded in all three materials. Additional postirradiation EPR radical density measurements were made at later times to determine the radical decay rates. The radical decay rates were highly varied and did not conform to first-order or second-order decay kinetics, due to the simultaneous presence of several different radical species. Utilizing the EPR spectra, postirradiation radical identifications were made for all three materials. The predominant radicals in Mylar were a phenyl radical and a carbonyl radical, both resulting from a main chain C-C bond scission. In Ultem, an ethylene radical due to a C-C bond scission in the crosslinked material is observed. In Kapton, phenyl and phenoxyl radicals are present resulting from the scission of an ether linkage. Ketone radicals due to the opening of imide rings are also present in Kapton. At long postirradiation times, peroxy radicals are present in all three materials. DC conductivity was measured before and 0.5 hr after irradiation, as well as at longer postirradiation times. Kapton exhibited a 5-order of magnitude increase in conductivity following irradiation, whereas

  11. The ubiquitous hammerhead ribozyme

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    Hammann, Christian; Luptak, Andrej; Perreault, Jonathan; de la Peña, Marcos

    2012-01-01

    The hammerhead ribozyme is a small catalytic RNA motif capable of endonucleolytic (self-) cleavage. It is composed of a catalytic core of conserved nucleotides flanked by three helices, two of which form essential tertiary interactions for fast self-scission under physiological conditions. Originally discovered in subviral plant pathogens, its presence in several eukaryotic genomes has been reported since. More recently, this catalytic RNA motif has been shown to reside in a large number of genomes. We review the different approaches in discovering these new hammerhead ribozyme sequences and discuss possible biological functions of the genomic motifs. PMID:22454536

  12. Constitutive modeling of Radiation effects on the Permanent Set in a silicone elastomer

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    Maiti, A; Gee, R; Weisgraber, T; Chinn, S; Maxwell, R

    2008-03-10

    When a networked polymeric composite under high stress is subjected to irradiation, the resulting chemical changes like chain scissioning and cross-link formation can lead to permanent set and altered elastic modulus. Using a commercial silicone elastomer as a specific example we show that a simple 2-stage Tobolsky model in conjunction with Fricker's stress-transfer function can quantitatively reproduce all experimental data as a function of radiation dosage and the static strain at which radiation is turned on, including permanent set, stress-strain response, and net cross-linking density.

  13. Surface layer effect on nuclear deformation energy

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    Kolomietz, V. M.; Sanzhur, A. I.; Reznychenko, B. V.

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, we apply the direct variational method to derive the nuclear deformation energy. The extended Thomas-Fermi approximation (ETFA) for the energy functional with Skyrme forces is used. We study the influence of the finite surface layer of the nuclear density profile function on the formation of the fission barrier and the scission configuration. Comparison of the variational approach with the traditional liquid drop model (LDM) is presented. We show the sensitivity of the numerical results to the surface diffuseness parameter.

  14. Resynchronization in neuronal network divided by femtosecond laser processing.

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    Hosokawa, Chie; Kudoh, Suguru N; Kiyohara, Ai; Taguchi, Takahisa

    2008-05-01

    We demonstrated scission of a living neuronal network on multielectrode arrays (MEAs) using a focused femtosecond laser and evaluated the resynchronization of spontaneous electrical activity within the network. By an irradiation of femtosecond laser into hippocampal neurons cultured on a multielectrode array dish, neurites were cut at the focal point. After the irradiation, synchronization of neuronal activity within the network drastically decreased over the divided area, indicating diminished functional connections between neurons. Cross-correlation analysis revealed that spontaneous activity between the divided areas gradually resynchronized within 10 days. These findings indicate that hippocampal neurons have the potential to regenerate functional connections and to reconstruct a network by self-assembly. PMID:18418255

  15. Identifying the mechanisms of polymer friction through molecular dynamics simulation.

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    Dai, Ling; Minn, M; Satyanarayana, N; Sinha, Sujeet K; Tan, V B C

    2011-12-20

    Mechanisms governing the tribological behavior of polymer-on-polymer sliding were investigated by molecular dynamics simulations. Three main mechanisms governing frictional behavior were identified. Interfacial "brushing" of molecular chain ends over one another was observed as the key contribution to frictional forces. With an increase of the sliding speed, fluctuations in frictional forces reduced in both magnitude and periodicity, leading to dynamic frictional behavior. While "brushing" remained prevalent, two additional irreversible mechanisms, "combing" and "chain scission", of molecular chains were observed when the interfaces were significantly diffused. PMID:22044344

  16. Interplay between compound and fragments aspects of nuclear fission and heavy-ion reaction

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    Moller, Peter; Iwamoto, A; Ichikawa, I

    2010-09-10

    The scission point in nuclear fission plays a special role where one-body system changes to two-body system. Inverse of this situation is realized in heavy-ion fusion reaction where two-body system changes to one body system. Among several peculiar phenomena expected to occur during this change, we focus our attention to the behavior of compound and fragments shell effects. Some aspects of the interplay between compound and fragments shell effect are discussed related to the topics of the fission valleys in the potential energy surface of actinide nuclei and the fusion-like trajectory found in the cold fusion reaction leading to superheavy nuclei.

  17. The effects of metals and inhibitors on thermal oxidative degradation reactions of unbranched perfluoroalkyl ethers

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    Jones, W. R., Jr.; Paciorek, K. J. L.; Harris, D. H.; Smythe, M. E.; Nakahara, J. H.; Kratzer, R. H.

    1985-01-01

    Thermal oxidative degradation studies were performed on unbranched perfluoroalkylethers at 288 C in oxygen. Metals and alloys studied included Ti, Al, and Ti (4 Al, 4 Mn). The mechanism of degradation was by chain scission. Ti and Al promoted less degradation than Ti (4 Al, 4 Mn). The two inhibitors investigated (a perfluorophenyl phosphine and a phosphatriazine) reduced degradation rates by several orders of magnitude. Both inhibitors were effective for the same duration (75 to 100 hours). The phosphatriazine appeared to provide more surface protection.

  18. Radiation-induced physical changes in UHMWPE implant components.

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    Naidu, S H; Bixler, B L; Moulton, M J

    1997-02-01

    Post-irradiation aging of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) is not well understood. Retrieval studies and in vitro aged specimens have shown oxidative changes along with increases in crystallinity. Critical analysis and review of the polymer science and polymer physics literature shows that while oxidation may be important during the first year post-irradiation, subsequent aging occurs because of initial gamma radiation-induced chain scission leading to eventual isothermal crystallization of polymer chains in the amorphous regions of the UHMWPE bulk. Mechanical properties of aged UHMWPE are not as yet clear and, until such data become available, gamma irradiation sterilization must be used with caution. PMID:9048391

  19. Possible origin of transition from symmetric to asymmetric fission

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    Paşca, H.; Andreev, A. V.; Adamian, G. G.; Antonenko, N. V.

    2016-09-01

    The charged distributions of fragments produced in the electromagnetic-induced fission of the even-even isotopes of Rn, Ra, Th, and U are described within an improved scission-point model and compared with the available experimental data. The three-equal-peaked charge distributions are predicted for several fissioning nuclei with neutron number N = 136. The possible explanation of the transition from a symmetric fission mode to an asymmetric one around N ∼ 136 is presented. The excitation energy dependencies of the asymmetric and symmetric fission modes are anticipated.

  20. The effects of metals and inhibitors on thermal oxidative degradation reactions of unbranched perfluoroalkylethers

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    Jones, W. R., Jr.; Paciorek, K. J. L.; Harris, D. H. L.; Smythe, M. E.; Kratzer, R. H.

    1983-01-01

    Thermal oxidative degradation studies were performed on unbranched perfluoroalkylethers at 288 C in oxygen. Metals and alloys studied included Ti, Al, and Ti (4 Al, 4 Mn). The mechanism of degradation was by chain scission. Ti and Al promoted less degradation than Ti (4 Al, 4 Mn). The two inhibitors investigated (a perfluorophenyl phosphine and a phosphatriazine) reduced degradation rates by several orders of magnitude. Both inhibitors were effective for the same duration (75 to 100 hours). The phosphatriazine appeared to provide more surface protection.

  1. Constitutive equations of ageing polymeric materials

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    Peng, S. T. J.

    1985-01-01

    The constitutive equation for the relaxation behavior of time-dependent, chemically unstable materials developed by Valanis and Peng (1983), which used the irreversible thermodynamics of internal variables in Eyring's absolute reaction theory and yielded a theoretical expression for the effect of chemical crosslink density on the relaxation rate, is presently applied to the creep behavior of a network polymer which is undergoing a scission process. In particular, two equations are derived which may for the first time show the relations between mechanical models and internal variables in the creep expressions, using a three-element model with a Maxwell element.

  2. Effect of G/M ratio on the radiation-induced degradation of sodium alginate

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    Şen, Murat; Rendevski, Stojan; Kavaklı, Pınar Akkaş; Sepehrianazar, Amir

    2010-03-01

    Radiation-induced degradation of sodium alginate (NaAlg) having different G/M ratios was investigated. NaAlg samples were irradiated with gamma rays in air at ambient temperature in the solid state at low dose rate. Change in their molecular weights was followed by size exclusion chromatography (SEC). Changes in their rheological properties and viscosity values as a function of temperature, shear rate and irradiation dose were also determined. Chain scission yields, G( S), and degradation rates were calculated. It was observed that G/M ratio was an important factor controlling the G( S) and degradation rate of sodium alginate.

  3. Neuronal Functions of ESCRTs

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    Gao, Fen-Biao

    2012-01-01

    The endosomal sorting complexes required for transport (ESCRTs) regulate protein trafficking from endosomes to lysosomes. Recent studies have shown that ESCRTs are involved in various cellular processes, including membrane scission, microRNA function, viral budding, and the autophagy pathway in many tissues, including the nervous system. Indeed, dysfunctional ESCRTs are associated with neurodegeneration. However, it remains largely elusive how ESCRTs act in post-mitotic neurons, a highly specialized cell type that requires dynamic changes in neuronal structures and signaling for proper function. This review focuses on our current understandings of the functions of ESCRTs in neuronal morphology, synaptic plasticity, and neurodegenerative diseases. PMID:22438674

  4. Between complexity of modelling and modelling of complexity: An essay on econophysics

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    Schinckus, C.

    2013-09-01

    Econophysics is an emerging field dealing with complex systems and emergent properties. A deeper analysis of themes studied by econophysicists shows that research conducted in this field can be decomposed into two different computational approaches: “statistical econophysics” and “agent-based econophysics”. This methodological scission complicates the definition of the complexity used in econophysics. Therefore, this article aims to clarify what kind of emergences and complexities we can find in econophysics in order to better understand, on one hand, the current scientific modes of reasoning this new field provides; and on the other hand, the future methodological evolution of the field.

  5. Crosslinking of metallocenic α-olefin propylene copolymers by vacuum gamma irradiation

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    Satti, A. J.; Andreucetti, N. A.; Quijada, R.; Vallés, E. M.

    2012-12-01

    Metallocenic polypropylene and copolymers with 3.7, and 9.2 mol% of hexene and 3.0 mol% of octadecene comonomer content were synthesized without the presence of additives and irradiated with 60Co gamma radiation under vacuum at room temperature. Size Exclusion Cromatography and gel extraction data showed that scission reactions predominate over crosslinking in the homopolymer and that there is a dose from where crosslinking started to increase considerably, in the irradiated copolymers. Rheology also showed evidence of chain-enlargements on the copolymers by means of an increase in the viscoelastic properties of the irradiated material.

  6. Energy dependence of mass, charge, isotopic, and energy distributions in neutron-induced fission of 235U and 239Pu

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    Pasca, H.; Andreev, A. V.; Adamian, G. G.; Antonenko, N. V.; Kim, Y.

    2016-05-01

    The mass, charge, isotopic, and kinetic-energy distributions of fission fragments are studied within an improved scission-point statistical model in the reactions 235U+n and 239Pu+n at different energies of the incident neutron. The charge and mass distributions of the electromagnetic- and neutron-induced fission of 214,218Ra, 230,232,238U are also shown. The available experimental data are well reproduced and the energy-dependencies of the observable characteristics of fission are predicted for future experiments.

  7. Morphological changes of poly(ethylene terephthalate) on multiple steam sterilization.

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    Nair, P D

    1990-01-01

    Poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) was steam sterilized by autoclaving for 15, 30 and 60 min. The thermal properties, T m, delta-H and percent crystallinity were determined using differential scanning calorimetry. Molecular weight distribution was determined using gel permeation liquid chromatography. Crystallinity of PET was also monitored by infrared spectrophotometry. The analyses indicate that that chain scission and cyclization reactions take place in PET, forming cyclic oligomers, that can migrate to the polymer surface and which may affect long term performance of PET. PMID:10150080

  8. Fission fragment mass distribution studies in 30Si +180Hf reaction

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    Shamlath, A.; Shareef, M.; Prasad, E.; Sugathan, P.; Thomas, R. G.; Jhingan, A.; Appannababu, S.; Nasirov, A. K.; Vinodkumar, A. M.; Varier, K. M.; Yadav, C.; Babu, B. R. S.; Nath, S.; Mohanto, G.; Mukul, Ish; Singh, D.; Kailas, S.

    2016-01-01

    Fission fragment mass-angle and mass ratio distributions have been measured for the 30Si + 180Hf reaction in the beam energy range 128-148 MeV. Quasifission signature is observed in this reaction, forming the compound system 210Rn. The results are compared with a very asymmetric reaction 16O + 194Pt, forming the same compound nucleus. Calculations assuming saddle point, scission point and DNS models have been performed to interpret the experimental results. The results strongly suggest the entrance channel dependence of quasifission in heavy ion collisions.

  9. Radiochemical ageing of epoxy coating for nuclear plants

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    Queiroz, D. P. R.; Fraïsse, F.; Fayolle, B.; Kuntz, M.; Verdu, J.

    2010-03-01

    The degradation of an epoxy-amine network exposed to gamma irradiation in oxygen atmosphere has been studied by using a variety of analytical methods, including infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and sol-gel analysis. Results show that the oxidation of epoxy systems grows with the irradiation dose. Hydroperoxides, which are species resulting from oxidation, were identified and quantified by DSC. As indicated by the sol-gel analysis, the mechanism of degradation of chain scission seems to be predominant over crosslinking. The modifications induced by irradiation reflect in a greater capacity of water absorption.

  10. Report on ASC project degradation of organic materials.

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    Thompson, Aidan Patrick; Curro, John G.; Rottach, Dana R.; Grest, Gary Stephen; Lo, Chi S; Budzien, Joanne L.

    2006-09-01

    Using molecular dynamics simulations, a constitutive model for the chemical aging of polymer networks was developed. This model incorporates the effects on the stress from the chemical crosslinks and the physical entanglements. The independent network hypothesis has been modified to account for the stress transfer between networks due to crosslinking and scission in strained states. This model was implemented in the finite element code Adagio and validated through comparison with experiment. Stress relaxation data was used to deduce crosslinking history and the resulting history was used to predict permanent set. The permanent set predictions agree quantitatively with experiment.

  11. Thermal decomposition pathway and desorption study of isopropanol and tert-butanol on Si(100)

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    Kim, Jaehyun; Kim, Kwansoo; Yong, Kijung

    2002-09-01

    Thermal decomposition pathway and desorption of isopropanol (IPA) and tert-butanol on Si(100) were studied using temperature programed desorption. Adsorbed alcohols studied were decomposed into atomic hydrogen and alkoxy on the surface. During heating the sample up to 1000 K, acetone, propylene, and hydrogen were desorbed as decomposition products of IPA on Si(100). Desorption pathways of IPA on Si(100) were largely consistent with those on metal surfaces: beta-hydride elimination reaction to acetone and C-O scission to propylene. For tert-butanol, which has no beta-hydrogen, isobutene and hydrogen were observed as main desorption products. copyright 2002 American Vacuum Society.

  12. Atomistic mechanisms of moisture-induced fracture at copper-silica interfaces

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    Vijayashankar, Dandapani; Zhu, Hong; Garg, Saurabh; Teki, Ranganath; Ramprasad, R.; Lane, Michael W.; Ramanath, Ganpati

    2011-09-01

    Tailoring the chemo-mechanical properties of metal-dielectric interfaces is crucial for many applications including nanodevice wiring, packaging, composites, and catalysis. Here, we combine moisture-induced fracture tests, electron spectroscopy, and density functional theory calculations to reveal fracture toughness partitioning and atomistic delamination mechanisms at copper-silica interfaces. Copper plasticity is supported above a threshold work of adhesion and delamination occurs by moisture-induced Cu-O bond scission in Cu-O-Si bridges. These results provide insights into the effects of the nature of metal-oxygen bonding on moisture-induced delamination of metal-dielectric interfaces.

  13. Reactivity of aminophosphonic acids. Oxidative dephosphonylation of 1-aminoalkylphosphonic acids by aqueous halogens.

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    Drabowicz, Józef; Jordan, Frank; Kudzin, Marcin H; Kudzin, Zbigniew H; Stevens, Christian V; Urbaniak, Paweł

    2016-02-01

    The reactions of 1-aminoalkylphosphonic acids with bromine-water, chlorine-water and iodine-water were investigated. The formation of phosphoric(v) acid, as a result of a halogen-promoted cleavage of the Cα-P bond, accompanied by nitrogen release, was observed. The dephosphonylation of 1-aminoalkylphosphonic acids was found to occur quantitatively. In the reactions of 1-aminoalkylphosphonic acids with other halogen-water reagents investigated by (31)P NMR, scission of the Cα-P bond was also observed, the reaction rates being comparable for bromine and chlorine, but much slower for iodine. PMID:26631424

  14. Free Volume Related Fluorescence Properties of Electron Irradiated Chalcone Doped PMMA Films

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    Ravindrachary, Ismayil V.; Bhajantri, R. F.; Harisha, A.; Praveena, S. D.

    2011-07-15

    Effect of electron irradiation on free volume related fluorescence properties of chalcone doped Poly(methyl methacrylate)(PMMA) composite films have been studied using Positron Annihilation and Fluorescence spectroscopic techniques. In this polymer composite, enhancement of fluorescence at lower doses and reduction at higher doses has been observed under electron irradiation. From Positron annihilation studies suggests that at lower doses of irradiation induced crosslinking which affect the free volume properties and inturn hinders the chalcone molecular rotation. At higher doses chain scission process affect matrix relaxation. Under the restricted condition the chromophore molecules likely to emit enhanced fluorescence and its mobility is directly related to the free volume around it.

  15. Regioselective addition of Grignard reagents to tosylazafulleroid and derivatization to 1,2-disubstituted [60]fullerene.

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    Ikuma, Naohiko; Nakagawa, Koji; Kokubo, Ken; Oshima, Takumi

    2016-08-01

    Grignard reagents (RMgBr: R = Et, p-tolyl) selectively attacked the β-position of the bridgehead double bond of tosylazafulleroid through interaction of Mg with the S[double bond, length as m-dash]O group. The following [5,6] ring closure and C-N bond scission led to aryl/alkyl aminylfullerenes with 1,2-configuration. Tolyl-substituted aminylfullerene was further converted into 1,4-di(p-tolyl)fullerene on treatment in acidic toluene. PMID:27381482

  16. Electron Induced Fracture of Polymeric Materials

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    Klakken, Michael Lee

    The application of high energy electrons onto a polymeric sample is known to induce electronic excitations which cause many reactions including dissociation, bond scissions and chemical reactions. Dissociation and bond scission tend to "weaken" the material while the chemical reactions tend to "strengthen" the material. It is hypothesized that the introduction of energetic electrons onto a stressed sample causes a decrease in the effective bond energy of the polymers main chains. The effect of electron bombardment was studied on the following materials: polyisoprene, polybutadiene, polyethylene, BAMO/THF (an energetic elastomer), butyl rubber, Kapton-H and Teflon. The techniques used in the study are: (1) measurement of the mechanical response of a sample mounted in a tension mode due to the electron application, (2) measurement of the change in the tear energy of an elastic material due to the electron beam and (3) generating the observed responses using a molecular dynamics computer simulation method. It was found that the force required to cause crack propagation in a sample mounted in tension decreased when the applied electron current was increased. Periodic patterns were also observed on the fracture surfaces of many of the materials which indicates that both crosslinking and chain scissions occurred in the induced fracture process. The tear energy was also observed to change with the application of the electron beam. The tear energy of polybutadiene was found to first increase (i.e. predominantly crosslinking) and then decrease (i.e. predominantly chain scissions) with increasing current while the tear energy of butyl rubber was found to steadily decrease as the current was increased. The decrease of the butyl rubber was modeled using a kinetic rate process theory that gave results that agreed well with the data. A molecular dynamics computer program was also used to model the electron induced fracture event and the failure event itself. The results obtained

  17. Chemo-physical properties of renal capsules under ultraviolet-c exposure

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    Baghapour, Sh.; Parvin, P. Mokhtari, S.; Reyhani, A.; Mortazavi, S. Z.; Amjadi, A.

    2014-08-07

    The renal capsule tissue of lamb was irradiated with ultraviolet-C light and the treated samples were analyzed by uniaxial tensile test, dynamic mechanical analysis, attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and contact angle measurements. It was shown that the skin cross-linking is dominant in low doses in accordance with the contact angle assessment. Conversely, the strong bulk degradation takes place at high doses. Similarly, the bulk cross-linking affects the mechanical tests as to enhance the stiffness at low doses, whereas strong degradation occurs at high doses that mainly arises from the strong bulk chain scission.

  18. Study of asymmetric fission yield behavior from neutron-deficient Hg isotope

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    Perkasa, Y. S.; Waris, A. Kurniadi, R. Su'ud, Z.

    2014-09-30

    A study of asymmetric fission yield behavior from a neutron-deficient Hg isotope has been conducted. The fission yield calculation of the neutron-deficient Hg isotope using Brownian Metropolis shape had showed unusual result at decreasing energy. In this paper, this interesting feature will be validated by using nine degree of scission shapes parameterization from Brosa model that had been implemented in TALYS nuclear reaction code. This validation is intended to show agreement between both model and the experiment result. The expected result from these models considered to be different due to dynamical properties that implemented in both models.

  19. Mass distributions for induced fission of different Hg isotopes

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    Andreev, A. V.; Adamian, G. G.; Antonenko, N. V.

    2012-10-01

    With the improved scission-point model mass distributions are calculated for induced fission of different Hg isotopes with even mass numbers A=180, 184, 188, 192, 196, and 198. The calculated mass distribution and mean total kinetic energy of fission fragments are in good agreement with the existing experimental data. The asymmetric mass distribution of fission fragments of 180Hg observed in the recent experiment is explained. The change in the shape of the mass distribution from asymmetric to more symmetric is revealed with increasing A of the fissioning AHg nucleus, and reactions are proposed to verify this prediction experimentally.

  20. Cluster aspects of binary fission

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    Andreev, A. V.; Adamian, G. G.; Antonenko, N. V.

    2013-04-01

    With the improved scission-point model the mass distributions are calculated for induced fission of different Hg isotopes with even mass numbers A =180, 184, 188, 192, 196, 198. The calculated mass distribution and mean total kinetic energy of fission fragments are in a good agreement with the existing experimental data. The change in the shape of the mass distribution from asymmetric to more symmetric is revealed with increasing A of the fissioning AHg nucleus, and the reactions are proposed to verify this prediction experimentally.

  1. Isospin dependence of mass-distribution shape of fission fragments of Hg isotopes

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    Andreev, A. V.; Adamian, G. G.; Antonenko, N. V.; Andreyev, A. N.

    2013-10-01

    Using an improved scission-point model, the mass distributions are calculated for induced fission of even Hg isotopes with mass numbers A=174to196. With increasing A of a fissioning AHg nucleus the mass distribution evolves from symmetric for 174Hg, to asymmetric for isotopes close to 180Hg, and back to more symmetric for 192,194,196Hg. In the fissioning Hg isotopes their excitation energy weakly influences the shape of the mass distribution. In 180,184Hg, the mass distributions of fission fragments remain asymmetric even at high excitation energies.

  2. Asymmetry of fission fragment mass distribution for Po and Ir isotopes

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    Andreev, A. V.; Adamian, G. G.; Antonenko, N. V.

    2016-03-01

    Using the improved scission-point model, the mass distributions are calculated for induced fission of several Po and Ir isotopes. The calculated mass distributions and mean total kinetic energies of fission fragments are compared with the existing experimental data. The revealed coexistence of both symmetric and asymmetric modes in the β -delayed fission of At,196194 is in agreement with the experimental observations. The change of the shape of mass distribution with increasing A of fissioning AIr nucleus from asymmetric for 185Ir to symmetric for 193Ir is found.

  3. Influence of shell effects on mass asymmetry in fission of different Hg isotopes

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    Andreev, A. V.; Adamian, G. G.; Antonenko, N. V.

    2013-12-01

    With the improved scission-point model mass distributions are calculated for induced fission of Hg isotopes with even mass numbers A = 174 - 198. The calculated mass distributions and mean total kinetic energy of fission fragments are in good agreement with the existing experimental data. The asymmetric mass distribution of fission fragments of 180Hg observed in the recent experiment is explained. The change in the shape of the mass distribution with increasing A of the fissioning AHg nucleus from symmetric for 174Hg to asymmetric around 180Hg, and to more symmetric for 192-198Hg is revealed.

  4. Studies on density function theory for the F -+CF 3SO 3CF 2CF 3S N2 reaction

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    Gao, Hongwei; Zhou, Zhengyu; Yu, Zhongheng

    2002-09-01

    The reaction mechanism of the sulfur oxygen and/or carbon oxygen bond breaking in sulfonates during nucleophilic substitution has been studied using DFT (B3LYP) method at 6-31G level. Through the analysis of the kinetics and thermodynamics, we conclude that halide ion (F -) easily attacks the sulfur atom of perfluoroalkanesulfonic ester, causing the S-O bond cleavage to give CF 3SO 2F and -OCF2CF3. In contrast to the S-O bond cleavage it has been found that the C-O bond scission in perfluoroalkanesulfonic ester is difficult to take place. This conclusion is in good agreement with experiment.

  5. Colloid Coalescence with Focused X Rays

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    Weon, B. M.; Kim, J. T.; Je, J. H.; Yi, J. M.; Wang, S.; Lee, W.-K.

    2011-07-01

    We show direct evidence that focused x rays enable us to merge polymer colloidal particles at room temperature. This phenomenon is ascribed to the photochemical scission of colloids with x rays, reducing the molecular weight, glass transition temperature, surface tension, and viscosity of colloids. The observation of the neck bridge growth with time shows that the x-ray-induced colloid coalescence is analogous to viscoelastic coalescence. This finding suggests a feasible protocol of photonic nanofabrication by sintering or welding of polymers, without thermal damage, using x-ray photonics.

  6. Silver ion beam irradiation effects on poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA)/clay nanocomposites

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    Kaur, Manpreet; Singh, Surinder; Mehta, Rajeev

    2014-12-01

    Swift heavy ions induced modification of thin films of blends of poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) (50:50) with organically modified nanoclay (Cloisite® 30B) has been studied, using optical, structural and surface morphological analysis. Presence of nanoclay is found to enhance the properties of this degradable copolymer by reducing the rate of degradation even at high irradiation fluence. Optical and structural analysis of the polymer nanocomposites suggests that both the cross-linking and chain scission phenomenon are caused by swift heavy ion irradiation. XRD measurements show intercalation of PLGA in the clay galleries. Surface morphology of a nanocomposite indicates significant changes after irradiation at various fluences.

  7. Adsorption and thermal decomposition of phenol on Ni(110)

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    Russell, J. N.; Sarvis, S. S.; Morris, R. E.

    1995-09-01

    The thermal decomposition of phenol on Ni(110) between 150 and 800 K was investigated with temperature programmed desorption (TPD), low energy electron diffraction (LEED), and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES). After adsorption at 150 K, the phenol monolayer completely decomposed into H 2, CO, and adsorbed carbon upon heating to 800 K. Molecular phenol desorbed from an unreactive state at 225 K and from the multilayer at 200 K. The saturated reactive monolayer resulted in four H 2 desorption states, β1- β4. The β1-H 2 state observed between 250 and 350 K, resulted from OH bond scission and demonstrated the formation of a phenoxy species. A deuterium kinetic isotope effect (DKIE) for β1-hydrogen desorption indicated that OH bond scission occurs between 250 and 350 K. However, the absence of a DKIE in the reactive adsorption at 290 K of OH/OD and CH/CD labeled phenol showed that phenol chemisorbed on Ni(110) via the π bonds of the ring. The β2- β4-H 2 desorption states occurred in a continuum between 370 and 650 K and resulted from decomposition of the phenyl ring. The observation of a deuterium kinetic isotope effect for β2-H 2 desorption from 2,4,6- d3-phenol, compared to h6-phenol, and 3,5- d2-phenol indicated that scission of the CH bond in either the (2,6) or the 4 position on the ring was the rate limiting step. CO desorption began near 400 K, and continued to about 650 K, exhibiting the same general thermal desorption distribution as the β2- β4-H 2 desorption spectrum. In CO desorption, a DKIE indicated CH bond scission influenced the decomposition of the CC bonds in the ring which resulted in CO production. 13C labeling revealed that 60% of the CO bond units remained intact. At 650 K, the carbon residue had a graphitic Auger lineshape, and exhibited a LEED pattern that is consistent with graphite microcrystallites. The surface C dissolved into the bulk above 700 K.

  8. Effect of transverse vibrations of fissile nuclei on the angular and spin distributions of low-energy fission fragments

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    Bunakov, V. E.; Kadmensky, S. G.; Lyubashevsky, D. E.

    2016-05-01

    It is shown that A. Bohr's classic theory of angular distributions of fragments originating from low-energy fission should be supplemented with quantum corrections based on the involvement of a superposition of a very large number of angular momenta L m in the description of the relative motion of fragments flying apart along the straight line coincidentwith the symmetry axis. It is revealed that quantum zero-point wriggling-type vibrations of the fissile system in the vicinity of its scission point are a source of these angular momenta and of high fragment spins observed experimentally.

  9. Direct observations of transition dynamics from macro- to micro-phase separation in asymmetric lipid bilayers induced by externally added glycolipids

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    Shimobayashi, Shunsuke F.; Ichikawa, Masatoshi; Taniguchi, Takashi

    2016-03-01

    We present the first direct observations of morphological transitions from macro- to micro-phase separation using micrometer-sized asymmetric lipid vesicles exposed to externally added glycolipids (GM1:monosialotetrahexosylganglioside). The transition occurs via an intermediate stripe morphology state. During the transition, monodisperse micro-domains emerge through repeated scission events of the stripe domains. Moreover, we numerically confirmed such transitions using a time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau model, which describes both the intramembrane phase separation and the bending elastic membrane. The experimental and simulation results are in quantitative agreement.

  10. Initial Stages of the Pyrolysis of Polyethylene.

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    Popov, Konstantin V; Knyazev, Vadim D

    2015-12-10

    An experimental study of the kinetics of the initial stages of the pyrolysis of high-density polyethylene (PE) was performed. Quantitative yields of gas-phase products (C1-C8 alkanes and alkenes) and functional groups within the remaining polyethylene melt (methyl, vinyl, vinylene, vinylidene, and branching sites) were obtained as a function of time (0-20 min) at five temperatures in the 400-440 °C range. Gas chromatography and NMR ((1)H and (13)C) were used to detect the gas- and condensed-phase products, respectively. Modeling of polyethylene pyrolysis was performed, with the primary purpose of determining the rate constants of several critical reaction types important at the initial pyrolysis stages. Detailed chemical mechanisms were created (short and extended mechanisms) and used with both the steady-state approximation and numerical integration of the differential kinetic equations. Rate constants of critical elementary reactions (C-C backbone scission, two kinds of H-atom transfer, radical addition to the double bond, and beta-scission of tertiary alkyl radicals) were adjusted, resulting in an agreement between the model and the experiment. The values of adjusted rate constants are in general agreement with those of cognate reactions of small molecules in the gas phase, with the exception of the rate constants of the backbone C-C scission, which is found to be approximately 1-2 orders of magnitude lower. This observation provides tentative support to the hypothesis that congested PE melt molecular environment impedes the tumbling motions of separating fragments in C-C bond scission, thus resulting in less "loose" transition state and lower rate constant values. Sensitivity of the calculations to selected uncertainties in model properties was studied. Values and estimated uncertainties of four combinations of rate constants are reported as derived from the experimental results via modeling. The dependence of the diffusion-limited rate constant for radical

  11. Neutron emission prior to fission

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    Gavron, A.; Gayer, A.; Boissevain, J.; Britt, H.C.; Nix, J.R.; Sierk, A.J.; Grange, P.; Hassani, S.; Weidenmueller, H.A.; Beene, J.R.

    1986-01-01

    Neutron emission in the /sup 158/Er composite system is studied in order to investigate particle emission with energy spectrum and angular distribution in excess of statistical model predictions. Data are analyzed using a modified statistical model which incorporates effects due to nuclear dissipation, and also calculates neutron emission during the descent from the saddle to the scission point. Calculations consider the Kramers effect and the Transient effect. It is concluded that a detailed interpretation of enhanced neutron emission preceding fission in compound nucleus reactions is possible, and that an upper limit may be set on the reduced nuclear dissipation coefficient. 5 refs., 2 figs. (LEW)

  12. Nuclear-deformation energies according to a liquid-drop model with a sharp surface

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    Blocki, J.; Swiatecki, W.J.

    1982-05-01

    We present an atlas of 665 deformation-energy maps and 150 maps of other properties of interest, relevant for nuclear systems idealized as uniformly charged drops endowed with a surface tension. The nuclear shapes are parametrized in terms of two spheres modified by a smoothly fitted quadratic surface of revolution and are specified by three variables: asymmetry, sphere separation, and a neck variable (that goes over into a fragment-deformation variable after scission). The maps and related tables should be useful for the study of macroscopic aspects of nuclear fission and of collisions between any two nuclei in the periodic table.

  13. Collective aspects of microscopic mean-field evolution along the fission path

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    Tanimura, Yusuke; Lacroix, Denis; Scamps, Guillaume

    2016-01-01

    We propose a new method to extract the collective masses and momenta associated with a given set of collective coordinates, along a dynamical microscopic mean-field evolution. We apply our method to the symmetric fission of 258Fm nucleus, and analyze the dynamical evolution of the system in the collective space. We compare, between the dynamical and the adiabatic paths, the force acting on the quadrupole degree of freedom, which is closely related to the relative distance between fragments. It is shown that dynamical effects beyond the adiabatic limit are important for formation and scission of the neck between emitted fragments.

  14. Radiation resistance of electro-optic polymer-based modulators

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    Taylor, Edward W.; Nichter, James E.; Nash, Fazio D.; Haas, Franz; Szep, Attila A.; Michalak, Richard J.; Flusche, Brian M.; Cook, Paul R.; McEwen, Tom A.; McKeon, Brian F.; Payson, Paul M.; Brost, George A.; Pirich, Andrew R.; Castaneda, Carlos; Tsap, Boris; Fetterman, Harold R.

    2005-05-16

    Mach-Zehnder interferometric electro-optic polymer modulators composed of highly nonlinear phenyltetraene bridge-type chromophores within an amorphous polycarbonate host matrix were investigated for their resistance to gamma rays and 25.6 MeV protons. No device failures were observed and the majority of irradiated modulators exhibited decreases in half-wave voltage and optical insertion losses compared to nonirradiated control samples undergoing aging processes. Irradiated device responses were attributed to scission, cross-linking, and free volume processes. The data suggests that strongly poled devices are less likely to de-pole under the influence of ionizing radiation.

  15. Comparison of the kinetics and thermodynamics for methyl radical addition to C=C, C=O, and C=S double bonds.

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    Henry, David J; Coote, Michelle L; Gómez-Balderas, Rodolfo; Radom, Leo

    2004-02-18

    The barriers, enthalpies, and rate constants for the addition of methyl radical to the double bonds of a selection of alkene, carbonyl, and thiocarbonyl species (CH(2)=Z, CH(3)CH=Z, and (CH(3))(2)C=Z, where Z = CH(2), O, or S) and for the reverse beta-scission reactions have been investigated using high-level ab inito calculations. The results are rationalized with the aid of the curve-crossing model. The addition reactions proceed via early transition structures in all cases. The barriers for addition of methyl radical to C=C bonds are largely determined by the reaction exothermicities. Addition to the unsubstituted carbon center of C=C double bonds is favored over addition to the substituted carbon center, both kinetically (lower barriers) and thermodynamically (greater exothermicities). The barriers for addition to C=O bonds are influenced by both the reaction exothermicity and the singlet-triplet gap of the substrate. Addition to the carbon center is favored over addition to the oxygen, also both thermodynamically and kinetically. For the thiocarbonyl systems, addition to the carbon center is thermodynamically favored over addition to sulfur. However, in this case, the reaction is contrathermodynamic, addition to the sulfur center having a lower barrier due to spin density considerations. Entropic differences among corresponding addition and beta-scission reactions are relatively minor, and the differences in reaction rates are thus dominated by differences in the respective reaction barriers. PMID:14871104

  16. Development of unique catalysts for hydrodenitrogenation of coal-derived liquids. Annual report, September 15, 1979-September 15, 1980

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    Katzer, J.R.; Stiles, A.B.; Kwart, H.

    1980-12-15

    Hydrodenitrogenation of quinoline and decahydroquinoline has been studied employing several catalysts: Bronsted and Lewis acid catalysts without metal, and silica-alumina, ..gamma..-alumina and magnesia impregnated with molybdenum, tungsten, nickel or cobalt. Our results show that nitrogen removal rate was highest for molybdenum on alumina and tungsten on silica-alumina or alumina catalysts. Nitrogen abstraction using ..gamma..-alumina support is considerably faster than with magnesia support. Several catalysts have been prepared and tested, with the emphasis on understanding the role of acidity in the carbon-nitrogen bond scission reaction. Hydrodenitrogenation of quinoline has been studied by using Ni,Mo/chlorided or fluorided alumina catalysts, with various halide concentrations. Preliminary results from this study indicate that halogenation of ..gamma..-alumina catalysts slightly enhanced the hydrogenolysis activity but showed little effect on the hydrogenation activity. Initial results from phenothiazine hydroprocessing show that carbon-sulfur bonds in the reactant are broken much faster than the carbon-nitrogen bonds. Data relevant to this reaction are being evaluated, utilizing kinetic analysis to give quantitative rates of C-N and C-S bond scission and the extents and rates of hydrogenation. Note: this report contains 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th quarterly reports.

  17. A comparative study of the reaction dynamics of a model system using different criteria in parameterizing the potential enegy function

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    Rice, Betsy M.; Chabalowski, Cary F.; Adams, George F.; Mowrey, Richard C.; Page, Michael

    1991-09-01

    A comparative study of the reaction dynamics of a model system using a potential energy function that has been parameterized according to two different criteria is presented. The molecule studied is methylene nitramine, CH 2NNO 2, and the reaction studied is the N 7z.sbnd;N bond scission reaction. A mathematical description of the potential energy surface for the system was developed, and paramenters for the individual terms in the model were fitted to data obtained from ab initio computations. The first model was fitted to the Cartesian second derivatives of the energy of the equilibrium methylene nitramine, while the second model was fitted using the computed harmonic frequencies for the molecule. Unimolecular decay curves for the NN bond scission reaction were computed at six energies between 2.9384 and 4.1884 eV. Not only do the two models disagree in the computed reaction rates, but the rates predicted by model I are first order and time independent while those obtained with model II indicate erratic and non-statistical behavior. This study shows the sensitivity of dynamics calculations to quantitative differences in potential energy surfaces fitted to different aspects of electronic structure calculations.

  18. Growth, microstructure, and failure of crazes in glassy polymers

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    Rottler, Jörg; Robbins, Mark O.

    2003-07-01

    We report on an extensive study of craze formation in glassy polymers. Molecular dynamics simulations of a coarse-grained bead-spring model were employed to investigate the molecular level processes during craze nucleation, widening, and breakdown for a wide range of temperature, polymer chain length N, entanglement length Ne, and strength of adhesive interactions between polymer chains. Craze widening proceeds via a fibril-drawing process at constant drawing stress. The extension ratio is determined by the entanglement length, and the characteristic length of stretched chain segments in the polymer craze is Ne/3. In the craze, tension is mostly carried by the covalent backbone bonds, and the force distribution develops an exponential tail at large tensile forces. The failure mode of crazes changes from disentanglement to scission for N/Ne˜10, and breakdown through scission is governed by large stress fluctuations. The simulations also reveal inconsistencies with previous theoretical models of craze widening, which were based on continuum level hydrodynamics.

  19. Alternatives to chemical amplification for 193nm lithography

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    Baylav, Burak; Zhao, Meng; Yin, Ran; Xie, Peng; Scholz, Chris; Smith, Bruce; Smith, Thomas; Zimmerman, Paul

    2010-04-01

    Research has been conducted to develop alternatives to chemically amplified 193 nm photoresist materials that will be able to achieve the requirements associated with sub-32 nm device technology. New as well as older photoresist design concepts for non-chemically amplified 193 nm photoresists that have the potential to enable improvements in line edge roughness while maintaining adequate sensitivity, base solubility, and dry etch resistance for high volume manufacturing are being explored. The particular platforms that have been explored in this work include dissolution inhibitor photoresist systems, chain scissioning polymers, and photoresist systems based on polymers incorporating formyloxyphenyl functional groups. In studies of two-component acidic polymer/dissolution inhibitor systems, it was found that compositions using ortho-nitrobenzyl cholate (NBC) as the dissolution inhibitor and poly norbornene hexafluoro alcohol (PNBHFA) as the base resin are capable of printing 90 nm dense line/space patterns upon exposure to a 193 nm laser. Studies of chain scission enhancement in methylmethacrylate copolymers showed that incorporating small amounts of absorptive a-cleavage monomers significantly enhanced sensitivity with an acceptable increase in absorbance at 193 nm. Specifically, it was found that adding 3 mol% of α-methyl styrene (α-MS) reduced the dose to clear of PMMA-based resist from 1400 mJ/cm2 to 420 mJ/cm2. Preliminary data are also presented on a direct photoreactive design concept based on the photo-Fries reaction of formyloxyphenyl functional groups in acrylic copolymers.

  20. Correlating electronic structure and chemical durability of sulfonated poly(arylene ether sulfone)s

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    Lawrence, Jimmy; Yamashita, Koichi; Yamaguchi, Takeo

    2015-04-01

    Many different proton-conducting polymeric materials have been developed for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). The development of perfluorosulfonic acid-based, polymer electrolyte membranes (PFSA-PEMs) was followed by aromatic hydrocarbon-based PEMs (HC-PEMs), which allow for tailored design and optimization of their molecular structures. Although many new PFSA-PEMs and HC-PEMs have shown promising proton conductivity and thermal stability, chemical degradation of these materials in an oxidizing environment remains a significant technical barrier in PEMFC development. Here, we used accelerated degradation tests and electronic structure analysis to examine the chemical stability of sulfonated poly(arylene ether sulfone) (SPES) copolymers, a highly thermally stable HC-PEM. HOMO levels, the presence of main chain-protecting steric groups, and HOMO-LUMO location along the main chain have significant effects on the chain scission modes and degradation rate of SPES copolymers. Rational design of HC-PEMs to suppress midpoint scission can open many opportunities in the development of highly robust polymer electrolytes for fuel cell and other energy storage applications.

  1. Quantification of radiation induced crosslinking in a commercial, toughened silicone rubber, TR-55, by 1H MQ-NMR

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    Maxwell, R; Chinn, S; Alviso, C; Harvey, C A; Giuliani, J; Wilson, T; Cohenour, R

    2008-11-10

    Radiation induced degradation in a commercial, filled silicone composite has been studied by SPME/GC-MS, DMA, DSC, swelling, and Multiple Quantum NMR. Analysis of volatile and semivolatile species indicates degradation via decomposition of the peroxide curing catalyst and radiation induced backbiting reactions. DMA, swelling, and spin-echo NMR analysis indicate a increase in crosslink density of near 100% upon exposure to a cumulative dose of 250 kGray. Analysis of the sol-fraction via Charlseby-Pinner analysis indicates a ratio of chain scission to crosslinking yields of 0.38, consistent with the dominance of the crosslinking observed by DMA, swelling and spin-echo NMR and the chain scissioning reactions observed by MS analysis. Multiple Quantum NMR has revealed a bimodal distribution of residual dipolar couplings near 1 krad/sec and 5 krad/sec in an approximately 90:10 ratio, consistent with bulk network chains and chains associated with the filler surface. Upon exposure to radiation, the mean {Omega}{sub d} for both domains and the width of both domains both increased. The MQ NMR analysis provided increase insight into the effects of ionizing radiation on the network structure of silicone polymers.

  2. Influence of γ-irradiation and temperature on the mechanical properties of EPDM cable insulation

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    Šarac, T.; Quiévy, N.; Gusarov, A.; Konstantinović, M. J.

    2016-08-01

    The mechanical properties of EPDM polymers, degraded as a result of extensive thermal and radiochemical aging treatment, are studied. The focus is given to dose rate effects in polymer insulation materials extracted from industrial cables in use in Belgian nuclear power plants. All studied mechanical characteristics such as the ultimate tensile stress, the Young's modulus, and the total elongation (or elongation at break) are found to be strongly affected by the irradiation dose. The ultimate tensile stress and Young's modulus are clearly exhibiting the dose rate effect, which originated from oxidation mediated interplay of polymer cross-linking and chain scission processes. The change of crossover between these two processes is found to be gradual, without critical dose rate or temperature values. On the contrary, the total elongation is observed not to be sensitive neither to irradiation temperature nor to the dose rate. Both cross-linking and chain scission seem to affect the total elongation in a similar way by reducing the average polymers chain length. This idea is confirmed by the model which shows that all total elongation data as a function of irradiation time can be reproduced by varying a single parameter, the pre-exponential factor of the irradiation rate constant.

  3. Degradation of segmented poly(etherurethane) Tecoflex ® induced by electron beam irradiation: Characterization and evaluation

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    Guignot, C.; Betz, N.; Legendre, B.; Le Moel, A.; Yagoubi, N.

    2001-12-01

    We have studied the influence of electron beam irradiation on a polyurethane Tecoflex ® (TFX) used in medical applications; this study has been performed in order to evaluate the capability of such materials to be sterilized by electrons in industrial conditions. With this aim, thin films have been prepared and have been irradiated under a dose-rate of 5 MGy h -1, with absorbed doses varying from 25 to 1000 kGy under O 2. Analytical techniques used were size exclusion chromatography (SEC) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). Evolved gas analysis has been performed using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) coupled with FTIR spectroscopy (TG-FTIR). TFX films analyzed by SEC showed simultaneous scission and cross-linking that were both increasing with the irradiation dose. Various modifications of FTIR spectra were induced, with appearance of oxidation groups, identified as mainly formates, esters and carboxylic acids. Scission of chains were localized in soft (SS) and hard (HS) segments by decrease of both urethane and aliphatic ether absorbance. Finally, TG-FTIR analysis confirmed previous results: TG analysis of non-irradiated films showed a two-steps profile that was globally shifted to lower temperatures after irradiation. The coupling with FTIR allowed identification of degradation molecules: (i) oxidized SS fragments, (ii) long SS slightly oxidized and (iii) HS accompanied by SS.

  4. Fundamental Kinetics of Supercritical Coal Liquefaction: Effect of Catalysts and Hydrogen-Donor Solvents.

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    McCoy, B.J.; Smith, J.M.

    1997-07-21

    Most research on polymer degradation is for single polymers, even though the thermal decomposition of polymer mixtures is of interest both practically and theoretically. Polymer degradation rates depend on the mixture type, and adding a polymer can increase, decrease, or leave unchanged the degradation rate of the first polymer. We show how distribution-kinetics theory, based on molecular-weight distributions (MWDs), provides expressions for degradation rates of binary polymer mixtures. The approach accounts for initiation, termination, hydrogen abstraction, and radical chain scission in the governing equations for MWDS. Molecular-weight moments yield expressions for molar and mass concentrations and rate coefficients for combinations of random and chain-end scission. Experimental data show the concentration effect of poly((x-methyl styrene)) (PAMS) on the degradation of polystyrene dissolved in mineral oil at 275 {degrees}C in a batch reactor. Samples analyzed by gel permeation chromatography yielded the time evolution of the MD. The results indicated that, owing to the interaction of mixed radicals with polymer by hydrogen abstraction, polystyrene degradation rate decreases with increasing PAMS concentration.

  5. The mechanisms for desensitization effect of synthetic polymers on BCHMX: Physical models and decomposition pathways.

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    Yan, Qi-Long; Zeman, Svatopluk; Zhang, Xiao-Hong; Málek, Jiří; Xie, Wu-Xi

    2015-08-30

    The project involves determination of the activation energies and physical models for thermolysis of BCHMX and its PBXs. The initial decomposition pathways were also proposed on the basis of molecular dynamic simulation. The goal is to find the mutual relationships among the physical models, decomposition pathways, and the impact sensitivities for BCHMX and its PBXs. It has been shown that the physical model of the first step of BCHMX thermolysis is close to first order and the second step is governed by a first order autocatalytic model, which turns to "2D or 3D Nucleation and Growth" models under the effect of polymeric binders probably due to their hindrances on topochemical reaction of BCHMX. Simulation results show that the scission of N-NO2 is the initial step for BCHMX pyrolysis, followed by HONO and HNO eliminations, where the latter is due to nitro-nitrite rearrangement. Under the effect of hydrocarbon polymers, the HONO/HON elimination and collapse of ring structure of BCHMX occur earlier without changing the time for N-NO2 scission, which might be the reason why those polymers have little effect on the thermal stability of BCHMX, while they could make it decompose almost in a single complex step. PMID:25867587

  6. The potential of diffuse reflectance FTIR spectroscopy in the examination of small chemical changes in polyethylene and dry foods

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    Hrebičik, M.; Suchánek, M.; Volka, K.; Novák, P.; Scotter, C. N. G.

    1995-03-01

    Irradiation of some materials by low doses of gamma radiation, as a mean of disinfection or sterilization, has been increasingly used in the last few years. Food is usually irradiated with an absorbed dose up to 10 kGy; higher absorbed doses (25 kGy) are required for sterilization (the quantity of the absorbed dose is defined as the mean energy imparted by ionizing radiation to the matter in a volume element divided by the mass of the matter in that volume element. The unit gray (Gy) is defined as: 1 Gy = 1 J/kg = 100 rd = 6.24 × 10 18eV/kg). This paper addresses what chemical changes are caused by these doses and which method is most suitable for their monitoring. These questions are not only of interest to chemists but also to state organizations allowing or prohibiting this means of disinfection. The major chemical changes that are caused in polymers by ionizing radiation are [1]: simultaneous scission and cross-linking of the polymeric chains, formation of gases and low molecular weight radiolysis products and formation of unsaturated bonds. In the presence of oxygen, there is additional oxidative chain scission, and oxidation of the polymer, leading to the formation of peroxide, alcohol, and carbonyl functions, and of CO, CO 2, and various oxygen-containing low molecular weight compounds. Free radicals created by irradiation may remain trapped in the polymer and cause post-irradiation "aging".

  7. Fragment mass and kinetic energy distributions for /sup 242/Pu(sf), /sup 241/Pu(n/sub th/,f), and /sup 242/Pu(. gamma. ,f)

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    Thierens, H.; Jacobs, E.; D'hondt, P.; De Clercq, A.; Piessens, M.; De Frenne, D.

    1984-02-01

    Energy correlation measurements were performed for the spontaneous fission of /sup 242/Pu, the thermal-neutron-induced fission of /sup 241/Pu, and the photofission of /sup 242/Pu with 12-, 15-, 20-, and 30-MeV bremsstrahlung. The photofission cross section for /sup 242/Pu was determined up to 30 MeV. For /sup 242/Pu(sf) the overall kinetic energy distribution is strongly asymmetric and the overall mass distribution has a very high peak yield (9%). Important deviations of the average total kinetic energy release and the average light and heavy fragment masses and from the systematics of Unik et al. are also observed for this fissioning system. These effects can be explained in the framework of the static scission point model by the strong preferential formation of a shell-stabilized scission configuration with the neutron number of the heavy and light fragments in the vicinity of the spherical N = 82 neutron shell and the deformed N = 66 neutron shell, respectively. A decrease of with the average excitation energy , d/d = -0.30 +- 0.04, is observed in the photofission of /sup 242/Pu.

  8. pi-meson at TRIUMF using mouse L5178Y cells. [Pions, /sup 137/Cs, x-rays

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    Nakamura, N.; Lam, G.K.Y.; Sakamoto, K.; Okada, S.

    1980-09-01

    Radiobiological parameters, cell killing, induction of mutations resistant to 6-thioguanine and to methotrexate, and DNA scissions were investigated at the plateau region and peak region of the pion beams of TRIUMF under a preclinical beam condition. The relative biological effectiveness (RBE) of four parameters at the plateau region were nearly 1 using gamma-rays or X rays as the standard radiations. RBE values at the peak regions were varied from one biological parameter to the other. The RBE of cell killing was dependent upon radiation dose; an RBE of 1.9 decreased gradually to 1.2 with an increased radiation dose. The RBE of mutations resistant to 6-thioguanine was dose-dependent and decreased from 1.7 to 1.3 when the dose was increased, while the RBE of mutations resistant to methotrexate was a constant, 1.0. The RBE of DNA scission was a constant 0.7. The radiobiological significance of cell killing and of mutagenesis in pion radiotherapy will be discussed.

  9. Epileptic encephalopathy-causing mutations in DNM1 impair synaptic vesicle endocytosis

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    Dhindsa, Ryan S.; Bradrick, Shelton S.; Yao, Xiaodi; Heinzen, Erin L.; Petrovski, Slave; Krueger, Brian J.; Johnson, Michael R.; Frankel, Wayne N.; Petrou, Steven; Boumil, Rebecca M.

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To elucidate the functional consequences of epileptic encephalopathy–causing de novo mutations in DNM1 (A177P, K206N, G359A), which encodes a large mechanochemical GTPase essential for neuronal synaptic vesicle endocytosis. Methods: HeLa and COS-7 cells transfected with wild-type and mutant DNM1 constructs were used for transferrin assays, high-content imaging, colocalization studies, Western blotting, and electron microscopy (EM). EM was also conducted on the brain sections of mice harboring a middle-domain Dnm1 mutation (Dnm1Ftfl). Results: We demonstrate that the expression of each mutant protein decreased endocytosis activity in a dominant-negative manner. One of the G-domain mutations, K206N, decreased protein levels. The G359A mutation, which occurs in the middle domain, disrupted higher-order DNM1 oligomerization. EM of mutant DNM1-transfected HeLa cells and of the Dnm1Ftfl mouse brain revealed vesicle defects, indicating that the mutations likely interfere with DNM1's vesicle scission activity. Conclusion: Together, these data suggest that the dysfunction of vesicle scission during synaptic vesicle endocytosis can lead to serious early-onset epilepsies. PMID:27066543

  10. Decomposition of methanol on partially alumina-encapsulated Pt nanoclusters supported on thin film Al2O3/NiAl(1 0 0)

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    Chao, C. S.; Li, Y. D.; Liao, T. W.; Hung, T. C.; Luo, M. F.

    2014-08-01

    Various surface probe techniques were applied to investigate the decomposition of methanol on partially alumina-encapsulated Pt nanoclusters on an ordered thin film of Al2O3/NiAl(1 0 0). The alumina-encapsulated Pt clusters were prepared on annealing Pt clusters (grown by vapor deposition onto the Al2O3/NiAl(1 0 0) at 300 K) to 650 K under UHV conditions. The annealed cluster became a Pt1+-Pt2+ state and partially encapsulated with inert alumina. Methanol on the partially encapsulated Pt clusters decomposed only on the uncovered Pt sites, and through both dehydrogenation to CO and scission of the C-O bond. In comparison to the reactions on Pt clusters, the C-O bond scission was altered little on the partially encapsulated clusters whereas the dehydrogenation was hindered to a certain extent. The quantities of CO and hydrogen produced from the dehydrogenation per surface Pt on the partially encapsulated clusters amounted to only half those on Pt clusters. The altered methanol decomposition was correlated to both electronic and ensemble effects.

  11. Investigations into crazing in glassy amorphous polymers through molecular dynamics simulations

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    Venkatesan, Sudarkodi; Basu, Sumit

    2015-04-01

    In many glassy amorphous polymers, localisation of deformation during loading leads to crazes. Crazes are crack like features whose faces are bridged either by fibrils or a cellular network of voids and fibrils. While formation of crazes is aided by the presence of surface imperfections and embedded dust particles, in this work, we focus on intrinsic crazes that form spontaneously in the volume of the material. We perform carefully designed molecular dynamics simulations on well equilibrated samples of a model polymer with a view to gaining insights into certain incompletely understood aspects of the crazing process. These include genesis of the early nanovoids leading to craze nucleation, mechanisms of stabilising the cellular or fibrillar structure and the competition between chain scission and chain disentanglement in causing the final breakdown of the craze. Additionally, we identify and enumerate clusters of entanglement points with high functionality as effective topological constraints on macromolecular chains. We show that regions with low density of entanglement clusters serve as sites for nanovoid nucleation under high mean stress. Growth occurs by the repeated triggering of cavitation instabilities above a growing void. The growth of the void is aided by disentanglement in and flow of entanglements away from the cavitating region. Finally, for the chain lengths chosen, scission serves to supply short chains to the growing craze but breakdown occurs by complete disentanglement of the chains. In fact, most of the energy supplied to the material seems to be used in causing disentanglements and very little energy is required to create a stable fibril.

  12. Observation of fast collinear partitioning of the {sup 197}Au + {sup 197}Au system into three and four fragments of comparable size

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    Wilczynski, J.; Swiderski, L.; Pagano, A.; Cardella, G.; De Filippo, E.; Guidara, E. La; Papa, M.; Pirrone, S.; Amorini, F.; Anzalone, A.; Cavallaro, S.; Colonna, M.; Toro, M. Di; Maiolino, C.; Porto, F.; Rizzo, F.; Russotto, P.; Auditore, L.

    2010-02-15

    Collisions of a very heavy nonfusing nuclear system {sup 197}Au+{sup 197}Au were studied at an energy of 15 MeV/nucleon. An interesting process of violent reseparation of this heavy system into three or four fragments of comparable size was observed. In the case of ternary partitioning, either the projectile-like fragment (PLF) or target-like fragment (TLF) breaks up almost collinearly with the PLF-TLF separation axis. In the case of quaternary reactions, both PLF and TLF were observed breaking up along this direction. By comparison with a dynamical model of deep inelastic collisions it was concluded that the ternary and quaternary reactions occur in semiperipheral collisions, in a range of angular momenta corresponding to about 0.5-0.7 of the maximum L value for grazing collisions. The time elapsing from the scission of the binary PLF + TLF system to the secondary scission of PLF or TLF was estimated to be of about 70-80 fm/c for the ternary reactions and 80-100 fm/c for the quaternary reactions.

  13. gamma-Irradiation of PEGd,lPLA and PEG-PLGA multiblock copolymers. I. Effect of irradiation doses.

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    Dorati, R; Colonna, C; Serra, M; Genta, I; Modena, T; Pavanetto, F; Perugini, P; Conti, B

    2008-01-01

    To evaluate the effects of different gamma irradiation doses on PEGd,lPLA and PEG-PLGA multiblock copolymers. The behaviour of the multiblock copolymers to irradiation was compared to that of PLA, PLGA polymers. PEGd,lPLA, PEG-PLGA, PLA and PLGA polymers were irradiated by using a (60)Co irradiation source at 5, 15, 25 and 50 kGy total dose. Characterization was performed on all samples before and after irradiation, by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), infrared absorption spectrophotometry (FTIR) and gel permeation chromatography (GPC). The effect of gamma irradiation on polymer stability was also evaluated. Results of NMR and FTIR suggest an increase in -OH and -COOH groups, attributed to scission reactions induced by irradiation treatment. Data of GPC analysis showed that the weight average molecular weight (Mw) of polymer samples decreased with increasing irradiation dose. The extent of Mw degradation expressed as percentage of Mw reduction was more prominent for polymers with high molecular weight as PEGd,lPLA and PLA. The dominant effect of gamma-irradiation on both polymer samples was chain scission. The multiblock copolymer PEGd,lPLA presented higher sensitivity to irradiation treatment with respect to PLA, likely due to the presence of PEG in the matrix. The effect of gamma irradiation continues over a much longer period of time after gamma irradiation has been performed. It is suggested that the material reacts with oxygen to form peroxyl free radicals, which may further undergo degradation reactions during storage after irradiation. PMID:18528761

  14. Temperature dependence of gas evolution from polyolefins on irradiation under vacuum

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    Seguchi, Tadao; Haruyama, Yasuyuki; Sugimoto, Masaki

    2013-04-01

    The yields of gases evolved from three types of polyethylene and ethylene-propylene copolymer during radiation were precisely measured after gamma ray irradiation under vacuum over a wide range of temperatures (-196 to 200 °C). For all polymers the major gas evolved was H2 and the minor products were C1, C2, C3 hydrocarbons and the oxidation compounds CO2 and CO. The total gas yield increased with an increase in the irradiation temperature, but the ratio of the yields among the gas components was not greatly changed. The H2 would originate from H-bond scission and the concomitant formation of crosslinks and double bonds in the polymer chains. The minor products of C1, C2, C3 hydrocarbons were products of chain scission at the chain ends, including branched chains, and the oxidation compounds of CO and CO2 were the products formed by reactions of oxygen remaining trapped in the polymer matrix. The yield of H2 increased with increasing irradiation temperature, which is closely related to the molecular motions of the polymer chains during irradiation.

  15. To Slip or Snap: Finite Length Chains and Yield Mechanisms in Polyethylene Fibers

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    O'Connor, Thomas; Robbins, Mark

    2015-03-01

    Understanding the microscopic mechanisms of yield in oriented polymer fibers is a long -standing problem. Advances in polymer processing have produced highly ordered polyethylene (PE) fibers with tensile strengths between 4-7 GPa, but these values are far less than the theoretical limiting strength of 25 Gpa due to C-C bond scission. This reduction in strength is caused by the presence of defects within the fiber. The simplest type of defect is chain ends which reflect the finite length of polymer chains. The presence of chain ends allows a polymer fiber to yield by chain slip without scission of covalent bonds. Here we present extensive united atom (UA) and all atom (AA) molecular dynamics simulations of crystalline PE fibers subjected to uniaxial tension. The fibers are fully aligned crystals constructed from chains of finite length N, with N spanning 3 orders of magnitude (101 -104 monomers). We explore the yield behavior of these systems and relate it to the dynamics of the underlying chain end defects. UA tensile strengths are systematically smaller than AA by a factor of about 3. Both show a saturation in tensile strength as N rises above 500 monomers. This reflects a saturation in the stress for chain ends to slip and implies a maximum tensile strength of 6 Gpa. Financial Support from: NSF IGERT-0801471; US Army Research Laboratory W911NF-12-2-0022.

  16. Germination and microwave processing of barley (Hordeum vulgare L) changes the structural and physicochemical properties of β-d-glucan & enhances its antioxidant potential.

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    Ahmad, Mudasir; Gani, Adil; Shah, Asima; Gani, Asir; Masoodi, F A

    2016-11-20

    The nutraceutical potential of β-d-glucan is largely dependent on its structure, size and viscosity. The present study analyzed the effect of germination and microwave processing of barley on the structural, size, antioxidant and thermal characteristics of β-d-glucan. The molecular weight and viscosity of β-d-glucan obtained from germinated barley (GGB) were the lowest (144kDa and 37.33cp) as compared to β-d-glucan from microwave processed barley (GMB) and unprocessed barley (GUB). The GGB exhibited higher antioxidant potential than GMB and GUB. The Structural elucidation by ATR-FTIR revealed scission in polymeric chain and β glycosydic linkage of β-d-glucan obtained from processed barley. The highest peak intensity at glycosydic linkage in GGB confirms more scission in the molecule. The DSC curve of GGB showed the highest transition temperature. It was concluded that germination of barley can be a good approach for enhancing the antioxidant potential of β-d-glucan. PMID:27561541

  17. Comparative study on catalytic hydrodehalogenation of halogenated aromatic compounds over Pd/C and Raney Ni catalysts

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    Ma, Xuanxuan; Liu, Sujing; Liu, Ying; Gu, Guodong; Xia, Chuanhai

    2016-04-01

    Catalytic hydrodehalogenation (HDH) has proved to be an efficient approach to dispose halogenated aromatic compounds (HACs). Liquid-phase HDH of single and mixed halobenzenes/4-halophenols with H2 over 5% Pd/C and Raney Ni catalyst are investigated and compared. For liquid-phase HDH of single HACs, hydrogenolytic scission reactivity of C-X bonds decreases in order of C-Br > C-Cl > C-I > C-F over Pd/C catalyst, and in order of C-I > C-Br > C-Cl > C-F over Raney Ni catalyst. To clarify the reason why hydrogenolytic scission reactivity of C-X bonds over Pd/C and Raney Ni catalysts exhibits different trends, liquid-phase HDH of mixed HACs over Pd/C and Raney Ni catalysts were studied, and catalysts are characterized by SEM, EDX, and XRD techniques. It was found that the high adsorption of iodoarenes on Pd/C catalyst caused the HDH reactivity of iodoarenes to be lower than that of chloroarenes and bromoarenes in the HDH of single HACs. Moreover, the adsorption of in situ produced iodine ion (I‑) to catalyst surface would result in the decline of catalytic activity, which might be the main reason why the HDH reactivity of HACs in the presence of NaI is rather low.

  18. Thermal decomposition of a honeycomb-network sheet: A molecular dynamics simulation study

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    Paturej, J.; Popova, H.; Milchev, A.; Vilgis, T. A.

    2012-08-01

    The thermal degradation of a graphene-like two-dimensional honeycomb membrane with bonds undergoing temperature-induced scission is studied by means of Molecular Dynamics simulation using Langevin thermostat. We demonstrate that at lower temperature the probability distribution of breaking bonds is highly peaked at the rim of the membrane sheet whereas at higher temperature bonds break at random everywhere in the hexagonal flake. The mean breakage time τ is found to decrease with the total number of network nodes N by a power law τ ∝ N-0.5 and reveals an Arrhenian dependence on temperature T. Scission times are themselves exponentially distributed. The fragmentation kinetics of the average number of clusters can be described by first-order chemical reactions between network nodes ni of different coordination. The distribution of fragments sizes evolves with time elapsed from initially a δ-function through a bimodal one into a single-peaked again at late times. Our simulation results are complemented by a set of 1st-order kinetic differential equations for ni which can be solved exactly and compared to data derived from the computer experiment, providing deeper insight into the thermolysis mechanism.

  19. Kinetics of virus entry by endocytosis

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    Zhdanov, Vladimir P.

    2015-04-01

    Entry of virions into the host cells is either endocytotic or fusogenic. In both cases, it occurs via reversible formation of numerous relatively weak bonds resulting in wrapping of a virion by the host membrane with subsequent membrane rupture or scission. The corresponding kinetic models are customarily focused on the formation of bonds and do not pay attention to the energetics of the whole process, which is crucially dependent, especially in the case of endocytosis, on deformation of actin filaments forming the cytoskeleton of the host cell. The kinetic model of endocytosis, proposed by the author, takes this factor into account and shows that the whole process can be divided into a rapid initial transient stage and a long steady-state stage. The entry occurs during the latter stage and can be described as a first-order reaction. Depending on the details of the dependence of the grand canonical potential on the number of bonds, the entry can be limited either by the interplay of bond formation and membrane rupture (or scission) or by reaching a maximum of this potential.

  20. Transfer-induced fission in inverse kinematics: Impact on experimental and evaluated nuclear data bases

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    Farget, F.; Caamaño, M.; Ramos, D.; Rodrıguez-Tajes, C.; Schmidt, K.-H.; Audouin, L.; Benlliure, J.; Casarejos, E.; Clément, E.; Cortina, D.; Delaune, O.; Derkx, X.; Dijon, A.; Doré, D.; Fernández-Domınguez, B.; Gaudefroy, L.; Golabek, C.; Heinz, A.; Jurado, B.; Lemasson, A.; Paradela, C.; Roger, T.; Salsac, M. D.; Schmitt, C.

    2015-12-01

    Inverse kinematics is a new tool to study nuclear fission. Its main advantage is the possibility to measure with an unmatched resolution the atomic number of fission fragments, leading to new observables in the properties of fission-fragment distributions. In addition to the resolution improvement, the study of fission based on nuclear collisions in inverse kinematics beneficiates from a larger view with respect to the neutron-induced fission, as in a single experiment the number of fissioning systems and the excitation energy range are widden. With the use of spectrometers, mass and kinetic-energy distributions may now be investigated as a function of the proton and neutron number sharing. The production of fissioning nuclei in transfer reactions allows studying the isotopic yields of fission fragments as a function of the excitation energy. The higher excitation energy resulting in the fusion reaction leading to the compound nucleus 250Cf at an excitation energy of 45MeV is also presented. With the use of inverse kinematics, the charge polarisation of fragments at scission is now revealed with high precision, and it is shown that it cannot be neglected, even at higher excitation energies. In addition, the kinematical properties of the fragments inform on the deformation configuration at scission.

  1. Coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations of the tensile behavior of a thermosetting polymer

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    Yang, Shaorui; Qu, Jianmin

    2014-07-01

    Using a previously developed coarse-grained model, we conducted large-scale (˜85×85×85nm3) molecular dynamics simulations of uniaxial-strain deformation to study the tensile behavior of an epoxy molding compound, epoxy phenol novolacs (EPN) bisphenol A (BPA). Under the uniaxial-strain deformation, the material is found to exhibit cavity nucleation and growth, followed by stretching of the ligaments separated by the cavities, until the ultimate failure through ligament scissions. The nucleation sites of cavities are rather random and the subsequent cavity growth accounts for much (87%) of the volumetric change during the uniaxial-strain deformation. Ultimate failure of the materials occurs when the cavity volume fraction reaches ˜60%. During the entire deformation process, polymer strands in the network are continuously extended to their linear states and broken in the postyielding strain hardening stage. When most of the strands are stretched to their taut configurations, rapid scission of a large number of strands occurs within a small strain increment, which eventually leads to fracture. Finally, through extensive numerical simulations of various loading conditions in addition to uniaxial strain, we find that yielding of the EPN-BPA can be described by the pressure-modified von Mises yield criterion.

  2. Thermal stability of poly(ethylene-co-vinyl acetate) based materials

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    Patel, Mogon; Pitts, Simon; Beavis, Peter; Robinson, Mathew; Morrell, Paul; Khan, Niaz; Khan, Imran; Pockett, Nicola; Letant, Sonia; Von White, Gregory; et al

    2013-03-26

    The thermal stability properties of poly (ethylene-co-vinyl acetate) composites have been studied in support of our core programmes in materials qualification and life assessment. The material is used as a binder phase for boron particles in highly filled (70 wt %) composites. Our studies show that the uncured resin readily accumulates acetic acid through hydrolysis of the pendent acetate groups which alters the acidity (pH) of the material. Thermal desorption studies in combination with gas-chromatography-mass spectrometry show that the resin readily evolves acetic acid when thermally aged to temperatures up to 75°C. Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC) suggests that thermal ageingmore » induces a gradual reduction in resin molecular weight and confirms the susceptibility of the material to chain scission. Heating at elevated temperatures in excess of 300oC is required to induce significant changes in the carbon skeleton through deacetylation and dehydration processes and the production of unsaturated main chain double bonds. Overall, the mechanical response of these filled composites are found to be relatively complex with the extent of polymer-filler interactions possibly playing an important role in determining key engineering properties. Mechanical property studies confirm a small but significant decrease in modulus presumably linked to thermally induced chain scission of the EVA binder.« less

  3. Aging effects of epoxy shape memory polymers

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    Dasharathi, Kannan; Shaw, John A.

    2013-04-01

    In this paper, experimental results are reported to study the influence of high-temperature aging on the thermo-mechanical behavior of a commercially-available, thermo-responsive shape memory polymer (SMP), Veri ex-E™ (glass transition temperature, Tg = 90-105 °C). To achieve a shape memory effect in high Tg SMPs such as this, high temperature cycles are required that can result in macromolecular scission and/or crosslinking, which we term thermo-mechanical aging (or chemo-rheological degradation). This process results in mechanical property changes and possible permanent set of the material that can limit the useful life of SMPs in practice. We compare experimental results of shape memory recovery with and without aging. Similar to the approach originated by Tobolsky in the 1950's, a combination of uniaxial constant stress and intermittent stretch experiments are also used in high temperature creep-recovery experiments to deduce the kinetics of scission of the original macromolecular network and the generation of newly formed networks having different reference configurations. The macroscopic effects of thermo-mechanical aging, in terms of the evolution of residual strains and change in elastic response, are quantified.

  4. Structural analysis and modeling reveals new mechanisms governing ESCRT-III spiral filament assembly

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    Shen, Qing-Tao; Schuh, Amber L.; Zheng, Yuqing; Quinney, Kyle; Wang, Lei; Hanna, Michael; Mitchell, Julie C.; Otegui, Marisa S.; Ahlquist, Paul; Cui, Qiang

    2014-01-01

    The scission of biological membranes is facilitated by a variety of protein complexes that bind and manipulate lipid bilayers. ESCRT-III (endosomal sorting complex required for transport III) filaments mediate membrane scission during the ostensibly disparate processes of multivesicular endosome biogenesis, cytokinesis, and retroviral budding. However, mechanisms by which ESCRT-III subunits assemble into a polymer remain unknown. Using cryogenic electron microscopy (cryo-EM), we found that the full-length ESCRT-III subunit Vps32/CHMP4B spontaneously forms single-stranded spiral filaments. The resolution afforded by two-dimensional cryo-EM combined with molecular dynamics simulations revealed that individual Vps32/CHMP4B monomers within a filament are flexible and able to accommodate a range of bending angles. In contrast, the interface between monomers is stable and refractory to changes in conformation. We additionally found that the carboxyl terminus of Vps32/CHMP4B plays a key role in restricting the lateral association of filaments. Our findings highlight new mechanisms by which ESCRT-III filaments assemble to generate a unique polymer capable of membrane remodeling in multiple cellular contexts. PMID:25202029

  5. Degradation of sulfide linkages between isoprenes by lipid peroxidation catalyzed by manganese peroxidase.

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    Sato, Shin; Ohashi, Yasunori; Kojima, Masaaki; Watanabe, Takahito; Honda, Yoichi; Watanabe, Takashi

    2009-10-01

    Scission of sulfide linkages in vulcanized rubber has been a major concern since the early 20th century, because devulcanization is a key process for recycling waste rubber products as polymer materials that pose low environmental risks. We herein demonstrate that lipid peroxidation (LPO) of linoleic acid by manganese peroxidase (MnP), a proposed lignin-degradation system in the early stage of selective white rot fungi, cleaves sulfide bond in a model rubber compound, di(2-methylpent-2-enyl) sulfide, to 2,4-dimethylthiophene and 2-methyl-2-pentenal. The major intermediate of the LPO process, 2,4-decadienal was directly oxidized by MnP to cleave the sulfur-carbon bond. We propose that electrophilic radicals from 2,4-decadienal abstract one electron from a sulfur atom of the model compound to produce the sulfur radical cation intermediate, which in turn reacts with molecular oxygen to cleave the sulfur-carbon bond. The discovery of free radical-mediated scission of sulfide bond coupled with Mn oxidation provides a novel strategy for recycling vulcanized rubber wastes. PMID:19740510

  6. Thermal stability of poly(ethylene-co-vinyl acetate) based materials

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    Patel, Mogon; Pitts, Simon; Beavis, Peter; Robinson, Mathew; Morrell, Paul; Khan, Niaz; Khan, Imran; Pockett, Nicola; Letant, Sonia; Von White, Gregory; Labouriau, Andrea

    2013-03-26

    The thermal stability properties of poly (ethylene-co-vinyl acetate) composites have been studied in support of our core programmes in materials qualification and life assessment. The material is used as a binder phase for boron particles in highly filled (70 wt %) composites. Our studies show that the uncured resin readily accumulates acetic acid through hydrolysis of the pendent acetate groups which alters the acidity (pH) of the material. Thermal desorption studies in combination with gas-chromatography-mass spectrometry show that the resin readily evolves acetic acid when thermally aged to temperatures up to 75°C. Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC) suggests that thermal ageing induces a gradual reduction in resin molecular weight and confirms the susceptibility of the material to chain scission. Heating at elevated temperatures in excess of 300oC is required to induce significant changes in the carbon skeleton through deacetylation and dehydration processes and the production of unsaturated main chain double bonds. Overall, the mechanical response of these filled composites are found to be relatively complex with the extent of polymer-filler interactions possibly playing an important role in determining key engineering properties. Mechanical property studies confirm a small but significant decrease in modulus presumably linked to thermally induced chain scission of the EVA binder.

  7. Characterization of degradation fragments released by arc-induced ablation of polymers in air

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    Aminlashgari, Nina; Becerra, Marley; Hakkarainen, Minna

    2016-02-01

    Polymers exposed to high intensity arc plasmas release material in a process called arc-induced ablation. In order to investigate the degradation fragments released due to this process, two different polymeric materials, poly(oxymethylene) copolymer (POM-C) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), were exposed to a transient, high-power arc plasma in air. A small fraction of the ablated material drifting away from the arcing volume was deposited on a fixed glass substrate during the total duration of a 2 kA ac current semicycle. In addition, another fraction of the released material was deposited on a second moving substrate to obtain a time-resolved streak ‘image’ of the arc-induced ablation process. For the first time, mass spectra of degradation fragments produced by arc-induced ablation were obtained from the material deposited on the substrates by using laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (LDI-ToF-MS). It was found that oligomers with mean molecular weight ranging between 400 and 600 Da were released from the surface of the studied polymers. The obtained spectra suggest that the detected degradation fragments of POM could be released by random chain scission of the polymer backbone. In turn, random chain scission and splitting-off the side groups are suggested as the main chemical mechanism leading to the release of PMMA fragments under arc-induced ablation.

  8. Fundamental study on dissolution behavior of poly(methyl methacrylate) by quartz crystal microbalance

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    Konda, Akihiro; Yamamoto, Hiroki; Yoshitake, Shusuke; Kozawa, Takahiro

    2016-03-01

    Ionizing radiations such as extreme ultraviolet (EUV) and electron beam (EB) are the most promising exposure source for next-generation lithographic technology. In the realization of high resolution lithography, it is necessary for resist materials to improve the trade-off relationship among sensitivity, resolution, and line width roughness (LWR). In order to overcome them, it is essential to understand basic chemistry of resist matrices in resist processes. In particular, the dissolution process of resist materials is a key process. Therefore, it is essential for next-generation resist design for ionizing radiation to clarify the dissolution behavior of the resist film into developer. However, the details in dissolution process of EUV and EB resist films have not been investigated thus far. In this study, main chain scission and dissolution behavior of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) as main chain scission type resist was investigated using quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) method and gel permeation chromatography (GPC) in order to understand the relationship between the degree of PMMA degradation and dissolution behavior. The relationship between the molecular weight after irradiation and the swelling behavior was clarified.

  9. Initial Reaction Steps in the Condensed-Phase Decomposition of Propellants

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    Melius, C F; Piqueras, M C

    2001-12-11

    Understanding the reaction mechanisms for the decomposition of energetic materials in the condensed phase is critical to our development of detailed kinetic models of propellant combustion. To date, the reaction mechanisms in the condensed phase have been represented by global, reactions. The detailed elementary reactions subsequent to the initial NO{sub 2} bond scissioning are not known. Using quantum chemical calculations, we have investigated the possible early steps in the decomposition of energetic materials that can occur in the condensed phase. We have used methylnitrate, methylnitramine, and nitroethane as prototypes for O-NO{sub 2}, N-NO{sub 2} and C-NO{sub 2} nitro compounds. We find the energetic radicals formed from the initial NO{sub 2} bond scissioning can be converted to unsaturated non-radical intermediates as an alternative to the unzipping of the energetic radical. We propose a new, prompt oxidation mechanism in which the trapped HONO can add back onto the energetic molecule. This produces oxidation products in the condensed phase that normally would not be produced until much later in the flame. We have shown that this prompt oxidation mechanism is a general feature of both nitramines and nitrate esters. The resulting HONO formed by the H-atom abstraction will be strongly influenced by the cage effect of the condensed phase. The applicability of this mechanism is demonstrated for decomposition of ethylnitrate, illustrating the importance of the cage effect in enabling this mechanism to occur at low temperatures.

  10. Silane cross-linkable ethylene-propylene elastomer compositions prepared by reactive processing

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    Kozawa, Eiji; Nakajima, Yasuo; Kim, Jae Kyung

    2015-05-01

    Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPEs) have received attention as the alternative materials of EPDM due to an advantage for mass production. In recent years, by the progress of polymerization technology, Ethylene-propylene Elastomer (EP), one of the TPEs, is beginning to be applied to many products because of its good properties as rubber. However, as much as a complete replacement for EPDM, it is not provided with sufficient properties. In such circumstance, we found that EP's performance properties can be further enhanced via chemical modification such as cross-linking. The advent of a newer technique, involving the grafting of organo-functional silane onto the polymer chain in the reaction extrusion process is more attractive due to various industrial advantages. Although the functionalization of the EP by silane grafting through reactive processing is very useful, the silane grafting process of EP has a difficulty. It is most likely a consequence of the nature of the PP chain scission (β-scission), which is the dominant reaction in PP when subjected to free radicals at elevated temperature during processing. Therefore, the objective of our current work is to investigate a reactive extrusion process for the silane cross-linkable EP while minimizing the degradation, as well as evaluate the properties of the modified polymer.

  11. Study of the fission process of 200Pb and 197Tl produced in fusion reactions with the modified statistical model and multidimensional dynamical model

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    Eslamizadeh, H.

    2015-09-01

    The fission probability, pre-scission neutron, proton and alpha multiplicities, anisotropy of fission fragment angular distribution and the fission time have been calculated for the compound nuclei 200Pb and 197Tl based on the modified statistical model and four-dimensional dynamical model. In dynamical calculations, dissipation was generated through the chaos weighted wall and window friction formula. The projection of the total spin of the compound nucleus to the symmetry axis, K, was considered as the fourth-dimension in Langevin dynamical calculations. In our dynamical calculations, we have used a constant dissipation coefficient of K, {γ }K=0.077{({{MeV}} {{zs}})}-{1/2}, and a non-constant dissipation coefficient to reproduce the above-mentioned experimental data. Comparison of the theoretical results of the fission probability and pre-scission particle multiplicities with the experimental data showed that the difference between the results of both dynamical models is small whereas, for the anisotropy of fission fragment angular distribution, it is slightly large. Furthermore, comparison of the results of the modified statistical model with the above-mentioned experimental data showed that with choosing appropriate values of the temperature coefficient of the effective potential, λ , and the scaling factor of the fission-barrier height, {r}s, the experimental data were satisfactorily reproduced.

  12. New approaches to DNA damage and repair: the ultraviolet light example

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    Haseltine, W.A.; Gordon, L.K.; Lindan, C.; Lippke, J.; Brash, D.; Lo, K.M.; Royer-Pokora, B.

    1982-01-01

    DNA fragments of defined sequence are used as probes to study DNA damage and repair. The case of ultraviolet light is presented and includes the following: (a) Description of the distribution of cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers within defined DNA sequences. Considerations of the effect of neighboring base composition, dose rate, and double- or single-stranded property of the DNA are discussed. (b) Dissection of the anatomy of the incision event and subsequent repair steps. A three-step incision model for repair of cyclobutane dimers by the Micrococcus luteus repair enzymes will be presented. The steps are (1) recognition of the lesion and N-glycosylase scission, (2) cleavage of the phosphodiester bond 3' to the newly created apyrimidinic site, and (3) scission of the apyrimidinic sugar on the 5' side. (c) Use of human alphoid sequences as indicators of DNA damage in intact human cells. (d) Biological significance of a novel ultraviolet light-induced photoproduct. This photoproduct occurs at pyrimidine-cytosine sequences and may have a significant biological role.

  13. {sup 35}Cl+{sup 12}C asymmetrical fission excitation functions

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    Beck, C.; Mahboub, D.; Nouicer, R.; Matsuse, T.; Djerroud, B.; Freeman, R.M.; Haas, F.; Hachem, A.; Morsad, A.; Youlal, M.; Dayras, R.; Wieleczko, J.P.; Berthoumieux, E.; Legrain, R.; Pollacco, E.

    1996-07-01

    The fully energy-damped yields from the {sup 35}Cl+{sup 12}C reaction have been systematically investigated using particle-particle coincidence techniques at a {sup 35}Cl bombarding energy of {approximately}8 MeV/nucleon. The fragment-fragment correlation data show that the majority of events arises from a binary-decay process with rather large numbers of secondary light-charged particles emitted from the two excited exit fragments. No evidence is observed for ternary break-up events. The binary-process results of the present measurement, along with those of earlier, inclusive experimental data obtained at several lower bombarding energies are compared with predictions of two different kinds of statistical model calculations. These calculations are performed using the transition-state formalism and the extended Hauser-Feshbach method and are based on the available phase space at the saddle point and scission point of the compound nucleus, respectively. The methods give comparable predictions and are both in good agreement with the experimental results thus confirming the fusion-fission origin of the fully damped yields. The similarity of the predictions for the two models supports the claim that the scission point configuration is very close to that of the saddle point for the light {sup 47}V compound system. The results also give further support for the specific mass-asymmetry-dependent fission barriers needed in the transition-state calculation. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  14. Yeast dynamin Vps1 and amphiphysin Rvs167 function together during endocytosis.

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    Smaczynska-de Rooij, Iwona I; Allwood, Ellen G; Mishra, Ritu; Booth, Wesley I; Aghamohammadzadeh, Soheil; Goldberg, Martin W; Ayscough, Kathryn R

    2012-02-01

    Dynamins are a conserved family of proteins involved in many membrane fusion and fission events. Previously, the dynamin-related protein Vps1 was shown to localize to endocytic sites, and yeast carrying deletions for genes encoding both the BAR domain protein Rvs167 and Vps1 had a more severe endocytic scission defect than either deletion alone. Vps1 and Rvs167 localize to endocytic sites at the onset of invagination and disassemble concomitant with inward vesicle movement. Rvs167-GFP localization is reduced in cells lacking vps1 suggesting that Vps1 influences Rvs167 association with the endocytic complex. Unlike classical dynamins, Vps1 does not have a proline-arginine domain that could interact with SH3 domain-containing proteins. Thus, while Rvs167 has an SH3 domain, it is not clear how an interaction would be mediated. Here, we demonstrate an interaction between Rvs167 SH3 domain and the single type I SH3-binding motif in Vps1. Mutant Vps1 that cannot bind Rvs167 rescues all membrane fusion/fission functions associated with Vps1 except for endocytic function, demonstrating the specificity and mechanistic importance of the interaction. In vitro, an Rvs161/Rvs167 heterodimer can disassemble Vps1 oligomers. Overall, the data support the idea that Vps1 and the amphiphysins function together to mediate scission during endocytosis in yeast. PMID:22082017

  15. Effects of tethered chains on adhesion

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    Sides, Scott; Grest, Gary; Stevens, Mark

    2001-03-01

    We study adhesion between a polymer melt and substrate due to chemically attached polymer chains on the substrate surface. We have performed extensive molecular dynamics simulations to study the effect of temperature, crosslink density, tethered chain density (Σ), tethered chain length (N_t), tensile pull velocity (v) and chain stiffness on the adhesive failure mechanisms of pullout and/or scission of the tethered chains. We observe a crossover from pure chain pullout to chain scission as Nt and v are increased. The value of Nt at which this crossover occurs is comparable to the chain entanglement length for the coarse-grained model used. Experiments and simulations have shown that the energy required to separate a polymer melt from a substrate increases considerably if the formation of large voids, or crazing can be initiated in the melt. The onset of crazing depends on the temperature and the interaction strength of the substrate with the melt. We also present data illustrating the additional effects of tethered chains on crazing mechanisms.

  16. Active sites and mechanisms for H2O2 decomposition over Pd catalysts.

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    Plauck, Anthony; Stangland, Eric E; Dumesic, James A; Mavrikakis, Manos

    2016-04-01

    A combination of periodic, self-consistent density functional theory (DFT-GGA-PW91) calculations, reaction kinetics experiments on a SiO2-supported Pd catalyst, and mean-field microkinetic modeling are used to probe key aspects of H2O2 decomposition on Pd in the absence of cofeeding H2 We conclude that both Pd(111) and OH-partially covered Pd(100) surfaces represent the nature of the active site for H2O2 decomposition on the supported Pd catalyst reasonably well. Furthermore, all reaction flux in the closed catalytic cycle is predicted to flow through an O-O bond scission step in either H2O2 or OOH, followed by rapid H-transfer steps to produce the H2O and O2 products. The barrier for O-O bond scission is sensitive to Pd surface structure and is concluded to be the central parameter governing H2O2 decomposition activity. PMID:27006504

  17. A study of the alkaline hydrolysis of fractionated reticulocyte ribosomal ribonucleic acid and its relevance to secondary structure

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    Cox, R. A.; Gould, Hannah J.; Kanagalingam, K.

    1968-01-01

    1. RNA isolated from the sub-units of rabbit reticulocyte ribosomes was hydrolysed by 0·4n-potassium hydroxide at 20°. The probability of main-chain scission was calculated from the number-average chain length, which was obtained from S25,w in 0·01m-phosphate buffer. 2. The fraction, f, of the original secondary structure that the fragments re-formed at neutral pH in 4m-guanidinium chloride, as well as in 0·01m- and 0·1m-phosphate buffer, was derived from changes in extinction over the range 220–310mμ on thermal denaturation. 3. The secondary structure of RNA is regarded as an assembly of hairpin loops each of 2N+b residues on average, where N is the number of base-paired residues and b is the number of unpaired residues. 4. If chain scission takes place at random then 2N+b=logf/log(1–p). 5. For RNA from the smaller sub-unit 2N+b was estimated as 25±5 residues, compared with 30±5 residues for the less stable species and 35±5 residues for the more stable species of hairpin loop of RNA from the larger sub-unit. PMID:5639928

  18. Ion and neutral particle emission from polytetrafluoroethyene under 157-nm irradiation

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    Langford, Stephen; John, Sharon; Dickinson, Thomas

    2006-03-01

    Polytetrafluoroethylene (PFTE) is an important electronic material. Interactions with 157-nm laser radiation are of interest in the deposition and patterning of thin films of PTFE and similar materials. We have characterized the desorption of neutral and charged species from PTFE surfaces during 157-nm irradiation by time-resolved quadrupole mass spectroscopy. The principal neutral species are (CF2)x units. The neutral time-of-flight signals have a fast component with kinetic energies on the order of an eV, consistent with direct photochemical emission. These energetic neutrals are presumably created by scission of the C-C backbone by UV excitation. Slower neutral emissions are consistent with thermal emission from the surface at temperatures of several hundred kelvin above ambient. Much of the slower emission is attributed to thermally activated unzipping of the polymer backbone after photoelectronic scission. The principal positive and negative ions are C^+ and F^-. A large number of positive and negative charges are electrostatically coupled and travel together until separated by the electric fields of the mass filter.

  19. Methylamine adsorption and decomposition on B12N12 nanocage: A density functional theory study

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    Esrafili, Mehdi D.; Nurazar, Roghaye

    2014-08-01

    Density functional theory calculations are performed to investigate the adsorption and decomposition of methylamine (CH3NH2) on the surface of a B12N12 fullerene-like nanocage. Two adsorption types and two reaction channels are identified. It is found that the electrical conductivity of the nanocage can be modified upon the adsorption of CH3NH2. The pathways of CH3NH2 decomposition via bond scission of the Csbnd N and Nsbnd H bonds are examined. The results indicate that Nsbnd H bond scission is the most favorable pathway on the B12N12 surface. The side reaction that generates CH3 and NH2 fragments is endothermic by 15.6 kcal/mol with an energy-barrier height of 81.5 kcal/mol. For the CH3NH2 decomposition on the B12N12 surface, the rate-determining step appears to be as the following reaction: CH3NH → CH3N + H.

  20. Heme-thiolate ferryl of aromatic peroxygenase is basic and reactive

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    Wang, Xiaoshi; Ullrich, René; Hofrichter, Martin; Groves, John T.

    2015-01-01

    A kinetic and spectroscopic characterization of the ferryl intermediate (APO-II) from APO, the heme-thiolate peroxygenase from Agrocybe aegerita, is described. APO-II was generated by reaction of the ferric enzyme with metachloroperoxybenzoic acid in the presence of nitroxyl radicals and detected with the use of rapid-mixing stopped-flow UV-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy. The nitroxyl radicals served as selective reductants of APO-I, reacting only slowly with APO-II. APO-II displayed a split Soret UV-vis spectrum (370 nm and 428 nm) characteristic of thiolate ligation. Rapid-mixing, pH-jump spectrophotometry revealed a basic pKa of 10.0 for the FeIV−O−H of APO-II, indicating that APO-II is protonated under typical turnover conditions. Kinetic characterization showed that APO-II is unusually reactive toward a panel of benzylic C−H and phenolic substrates, with second-order rate constants for C−H and O−H bond scission in the range of 10–107 M−1⋅s−1. Our results demonstrate the important role of the axial cysteine ligand in increasing the proton affinity of the ferryl oxygen of APO intermediates, thus providing additional driving force for C−H and O−H bond scission. PMID:25759437

  1. Characterization of Kevlar 49 fibers by electron paramagnetic resonance. Final report, 20 May 1981-20 June 1982. [Radicals induced by ultraviolet or fracture

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    Brown, I.M.; Sandreczki, T.C.

    1982-06-20

    EPR was used to investigate the free radicals created in Kevlar 49 fibers by stress-induced and photo-induced macromolecular chain scissions. Mn/sup +2/ ions were identified from the EPR spectrum of frozen solutions of concentrated sulfuric acid containing Kevlar 49. Other ions present are Cu/sup +2/, and possibly Fe/sup +3/, Cr/sup +3/, and Ti/sup +3/. EPR lineshape anisotropy indicates that some of the metal ions and first coordinate spheres are oriented. The concentration of stress-induced radicals (2 x 10/sup 10/ per filament) suggest that chain scission occurs in more weak planes than are estimated to exist in the fracture surfaces of the fiber core. These radicals are unstable in air and have some aromatic character. Several different types of radicals were obtained following uv irradiations of the Kevlar 49 fibers in vacuum (photodegradative radicals) and in air (photo-oxidative radicals). The photodegradative radicals are identified with primary radicals involved in the photo-Fries rearrangement reaction, secondary radicals formed as a result of a hydrogen atom abstraction by the primary radical, and/or ketyl radicals produced as a result of uv irradiation of the photo-Fries rearrangement product. The photo-oxidative radicals are identified with the uv irradiation products of a peroxide intermediate. Lineshape anisotropy indicates that both radical types are oriented. 31 figures.

  2. Stability of Organically Modified Montmorillonites and Their Polystyrene Nanocomposites After Prolonged Thermal Treatment

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    Frankowski,D.; Capracotta, M.; Martin, J.; Khan, S.; Spontak, R.

    2007-01-01

    Melt intercalation of montmorillonite (MMT) into polymeric matrices to improve the mechanical properties of polymers has evolved into a subject of tremendous fundamental and technological interest. The thermal treatment experienced during processing or end use can substantially affect the clay and diminish the target properties of polymer/clay nanocomposites (NCs) because of deintercalation or degradation of surface modifiers. In this work, changes in morphology, chemistry, and thermal stability of organically modified (OM) MMT after annealing in O{sub 2}-rich and N{sub 2} environments are investigated. Degradation of the alkyl ammonium cation occurs at temperatures as low as 105 {sup o}C upon prolonged exposure in an O{sub 2}-rich environment. X-ray diffractometry (XRD) performed in situ establishes the response of two OM-MMTs to elevated temperatures at short times, whereas ex situ XRD provides insight into high-temperature exposure at long times. Active sites on the silicate surfaces are found to induce scission of, as well as chemical interaction with, the chains comprising a polystyrene (PS) matrix. Size-exclusion chromatography indicates that PS chain scission occurs primarily after relatively short annealing times, whereas branching and cross-linking are more prevalent after long exposure times in an O{sub 2}-rich environment.

  3. Thermal breakage and self-healing of a polymer chain under tensile stress

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    Ghosh, A.; Dimitrov, D. I.; Rostiashvili, V. G.; Milchev, A.; Vilgis, T. A.

    2010-05-01

    We consider the thermal breakage of a tethered polymer chain of discrete segments coupled by Morse potentials under constant tensile stress. The chain dynamics at the onset of fracture is studied analytically by Kramers-Langer multidimensional theory and by extensive molecular dynamics simulations in one dimension (1D) and three dimension (3D) space. Comparison with simulation data in one and three dimensions demonstrates that the Kramers-Langer theory provides good qualitative description of the process of bond scission as caused by a collective unstable mode. We derive distributions of the probability for scission over the successive bonds along the chain which reveal the influence of chain ends on rupture in good agreement with theory. The breakage time distribution of an individual bond is found to follow an exponential law as predicted by theory. Special attention is focused on the recombination (self-healing) of broken bonds. Theoretically derived expressions for the recombination time and distance distributions comply with MD observations and indicate that the energy barrier position crossing is not a good criterion for true rupture. It is shown that the fraction of self-healing bonds increases with rising temperature and friction.

  4. A constitutive law for degrading bioresorbable polymers.

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    Samami, Hassan; Pan, Jingzhe

    2016-06-01

    This paper presents a constitutive law that predicts the changes in elastic moduli, Poisson's ratio and ultimate tensile strength of bioresorbable polymers due to biodegradation. During biodegradation, long polymer chains are cleaved by hydrolysis reaction. For semi-crystalline polymers, the chain scissions also lead to crystallisation. Treating each scission as a cavity and each new crystal as a solid inclusion, a degrading semi-crystalline polymer can be modelled as a continuum solid containing randomly distributed cavities and crystal inclusions. The effective elastic properties of a degrading polymer are calculated using existing theories for such solid and the tensile strength of the degrading polymer is predicted using scaling relations that were developed for porous materials. The theoretical model for elastic properties and the scaling law for strength form a complete constitutive relation for the degrading polymers. It is shown that the constitutive law can capture the trend of the experimental data in the literature for a range of biodegradable polymers fairly well. PMID:26971070

  5. Fission following complete fusion for {sup 16}O + {sup 232}Th at 140 MeV

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    Frawley, A.D.

    1995-09-01

    Previously published results of coincidence measurements between incomplete fusion products and fission fragments from the reaction of 140 MeV {sup 16}O with {sup 232}Th have been used to determine the incomplete fusion contributions to the inclusive fission fragment angular distribution. The incomplete fusion contributions have been subtracted from the inclusive angular distribution, leaving the part due to complete fusion. Because the incomplete fusion processes account for 42% of the fission cross section, the maximum angular momentum contributing to complete fusion is reduced to approximately 55{h_bar}. The angular distribution for fission following complete fusion has been compared with calculations made with the saddle point transition state model and with Bond`s scission point model. When proper account is taken of the large reduction in nuclear temperature at the saddle point due to pre-fission neutron evaporation, the saddle point transition state model reproduces the data very well. Proper handling of the incomplete fusion contributions is found to greatly improve the agreement of Bond`s scission point model with the data for this reaction.

  6. Fragmentation of molecular adsorbates by electron and ion bombardment: methoxy chemistry on Al(111)

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    Basu, P.; Chen, J.G.; Ng, L.; Colaianni, M.L.; Yates, J.T.

    1988-08-15

    High-resolution electron-energy-loss spectroscopy (HR)EELS has been used successfully to provide direct spectroscopic evidence regarding details of the molecular fragmentation of methoxy (CH3O) on Al(lll) caused by energetic electron and ion beams. Chemisorbed methoxy on Al(lll) is produced by heating of absorbed CH3OH. Irradiation of CH3O(a) by either energetic (approx 300 eV) electrons or Ar+ ions results in C-O and C-H bond scission with simultaneous formation of Al-O and Al-C bonds. During electron stimulated desorption the CH3O(a) species undergo sequential fragmentation first to CHx groups that are captured by the surface and in the final decay process to adsorbed carbon. C-O bonds in CH3O9a) are depleted preferentially compared to C-H bonds in CHx(a) species. The electron-induced sequential fragmentation of the patent CH3 group (from methoxy) to resultant CHx(a) occurs with an efficiency approx. 3 orders of magnitude greater than the subsequent process of CHx(a)=C(a). Cross sections for various bond scission processes in electron and ion bombardment have been estimated.

  7. INTERACTION OF BENZO(A)PYRENE DIOL EPOXIDE WITH SVAO MINICHROMOSOMES

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    Gamper, Howard B.; Yokota, Hisao A.; Bartholomew, James C.

    1980-03-01

    SV40 minichromosomes were reacted with (+)7{beta},8{alpha}-dihydroxy-9{alpha},10{alpha}-epoxy- 7,8,9,10-tetrahydrobenzo[a]pyrene (BaP diol epoxide). Low levels of modification (< 5 DNA adducts/minichromosome) did not detectably alter the structure of the minichromosomes but high levels (> 200 DNA adducts/minichromosome) led to extensive fragmentation. Relative to naked SV40 DNA BaP diol epoxide induced alkylation and strand scission of minichromosomal DNA was reduced or enhanced by factors of 1.5 and 2.0, respectively. The reduction in covalent binding was attributed to the presence of histones, which competed with DNA for the hydrocarbon and reduced the probability of BaP diol epoxide intercalation by tightening the helix. The enhancement of strand scission was probably due to the catalytic effect of histones on the rate of S-elimination at apurinic sites, although an altered adduct profile or the presence of a repair endonuclease were not excluded. Staphylococcal nuclease digestion indicated that BaP dial epoxide randomly alkylated the minichromosomal DNA. This is in contrast to studies with cellular chromatin where internucleosomal DNA was preferentially modified. Differences in the minichromosomal protein complement were responsible for this altered susceptibility.

  8. Mechanism of dissipation in heavy-ion reactions

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    Nix, J.R.; Sierk, A.J.

    1987-01-01

    We discuss a new surface-plus-window mechanism for the conversion of nuclear collective energy into internal degrees of freedom at intermediate excitation energies. This novel dissipation mechanism, which results from the long mean free path of nucleons inside a nucleus, involves interactions of either one or two nucleons with the moving nuclear surface and also, for dumbbell-like shapes encountered in heavy-ion reactions and fission, the transfer of nucleons through the window separating the two portions of the system. To illustrate the effect of surface-plus-window dissipation on heavy-ion-fusion reactions we present dynamical calculations for values of the dissipation strength corresponding to 27% and 100% of the Swiatecki wall-formula value, as well as for no dissipation. In addition to dynamical thresholds for compound-nucleus formation in heavy-ion reactions, our new picture describes such other phenomena as experimental mean fission-fragment kinetic energies for the fission of nuclei throughout the periodic system, enhancement in neutron emission prior to fission, short scission-to-scission times in sequential ternary fission, widths of mass and charge distributions in deep-inelastic heavy-ion reactions, and widths of isoscalar giant quadrupole and giant octupole resonances. 32 refs., 2 figs.

  9. Surface Modification of Polymer Substrates by Oxygen Ion Irradiation

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    Takaoka, G. H.; Ryuto, H.; Araki, R.; Yakushiji, T.

    2008-11-03

    Oxygen cluster ions and/or monomer ions were used for the sputtering and the surface modification of polymers such as polycarbonate (PC) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET). For the case of oxygen cluster ion irradiation, the sputtered depth increased with increase of the acceleration voltage, and the sputtering yield was much larger than that by the monomer ion irradiation. The sputtered particles represented the polymer structure, which indicated that the bond scission by the cluster ion irradiation resulted in an ejection of monomer molecule through the intermolecular collision. On the other hand, for the oxygen monomer ion irradiation, the implanted depth increased with increase of the acceleration voltage, and the bond scission occurred at the deep region through the binary collision with the high energetic ions. Therefore, the sputtering yield for the polymer surfaces decreased, and the sputtering effect became very small. Furthermore, the simultaneous use of oxygen cluster and monomer ions was more effective for oxidation of the PET surfaces rather than the monomer ion irradiation or the cluster ion irradiation. As a result, the contact angle measurement showed that the wettability of the PET surfaces irradiated by the simultaneous use of oxygen cluster and monomer ions was much enhanced.

  10. Elastic yielding after γ-irradiation of cold-drawn polymer glasses

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    Lin, Panpan; Xu, Quan; Joy, Abraham; Wang, Shi-Qing

    Elastic yielding shows up when a considerable retractive stress rises from a piece of cold-drawn polymer glass during annealing at temperatures above storage temperature .............. This phenomenon indicates significant chain tension built up during cold drawing. To explore the role of chain networking, we applied γ-irradiation to produce chain scission and cause partial breakdown of the chain network in the pre-necked polymer glasses. To demonstrate universality, four different glasses, i.e., polycarbonate (PC), polystyrene (PS), poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), and poly(2,6-dimethyl-1,4-phenylene oxide) (PPE) were first subjected to uniaxial extension at room temperature before the irradiation. Our data shows that the retractive stress significantly decreases in magnitude with increasing dosage of the γ-irradiation. The diminishing elastic yielding effect may be due to the loss of chain tension by chain scission brought about by the irradiation. This work is support, in part, by ACS-PRF (54047-ND7).

  11. Oxidation of amylose and amylopectin by hydroxyl radicals assessed by electrospray ionisation mass spectrometry.

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    Simões, Joana; Moreira, Ana S P; da Costa, Elisabete; Evtyugin, Dmitry; Domingues, Pedro; Nunes, Fernando M; Coimbra, Manuel A; Domingues, M Rosário M

    2016-09-01

    The hydroxyl radicals (HO) are one of the most reactive oxygen species (ROS) involved in the oxidative damage of biological molecules, including carbohydrates. During the industrial processing of food, ROS can be formed. In order to identify the structural changes induced in starch by oxidation, amylose, amylopectin, and maltotriose, an oligosaccharide structurally related to these polysaccharides, were subjected to oxidation with HO generated under Fenton reaction conditions (Fe(2+)/H2O2). The oxidised polysaccharides were hydrolysed by α-amylase and the obtained oligosaccharides were fractionated by ligand-exchange/size-exclusion chromatography. Both acidic and neutral α-amylase resistant oligosaccharides were characterized by mass spectrometry. In oxidised neutral products, new keto, hydroxyl, and hydroperoxy moieties, and oxidative ring scission were observed at the reducing end of the oligosaccharides. The acid sugar residues occurred at the reducing end and included gluconic and glucuronic acid derivatives, and acids formed by oxidative ring scission, namely, arabinonic, erythronic, glyceric and glycolic acids. PMID:27185142

  12. A theoretical study on the complete dehydrogenation of methanol on Pd (100) surface

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    Jiang, Zhao; Wang, Bin; Fang, Tao

    2016-02-01

    Density functional theory (DFT) method was employed to investigate the adsorption and decomposition mechanisms of CH3OH on Pd (100) surface. Different kinds of possible adsorption modes of relevant intermediates on the surface were identified. It was found that CH3OH and CH2OH prefers to adsorb on the top site, CH3O, CHOH and CO occupy preferentially on the bridge site, while CH2O, CHO, COH and H species adsorb on the hollow site. The adsorption energies of all species exhibit the following trend: CH3OH < CH2O < CH3O < CO < CH2OH < H < CHO < CHOH < COH. Subsequently, four possible dissociation pathways of CH3OH via initial Osbnd H and Csbnd H bond scissions were proposed and studied systematically. The transition states, energy barriers and reaction energies were calculated to explore the dehydrogenation mechanisms of CH3OH on Pd (100) surface. It was indicated that the scission of Csbnd H bond is more favorable for CH3OH and CH2OH and the Hsbnd O bond cleavage is easier for CHOH. The path 2 (CH3OHsbnd CH2OHsbnd CHOHsbnd CHOsbnd CO) is the most possible dehydrogenation pathway, where the highest energy barrier of CH3OH dissociation makes it to be the rate-determining step of the whole dehydrogenation reaction.

  13. Characterization, biodegradability and blood compatibility of poly[(R)-3-hydroxybutyrate] based poly(ester-urethane)s.

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    Liu, Qiaoyan; Cheng, Shaoting; Li, Zibiao; Xu, Kaitian; Chen, Guo-Qiang

    2009-09-15

    Poly(ester-urethane)s (PUs) were synthesized using hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI) or toluene diisocyanate (TDI) to join short chains (M(n) = 2000) of poly(R-3-hydroxybutyrate) (PHB) diols and poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL) diols with different feed ratios under different reaction conditions. The multiblock copolymers were characterized by nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer (NMR), gel permeation chromatography (GPC), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analyses (TGA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and scanning electron microscope (SEM). XRD spectra and second DSC heat thermograms of the multiblock copolymers revealed that the crystallization of both PHB and PCL segments was mutually restricted, and, especially, the PCL segment limited the cold crystallization of the PHB segment. The SEM of platelet adhesion experiments showed that the hemocompatibility was affected to some extent by the chain flexibility of the polymers. Hydrolysis studies demonstrated that the hydrolytic degradation of PUs was generated from the scission of their ester bonds or/and urethane bonds. Simultaneously, the rate of ester bond scission was determined to some extent by the crystallization degree, which was further affected by the configuration of polymer chains. These highly elastic multiblock copolymers combining hemocompatibility and biodegradability may be developed into blood contact implant materials for biomedical applications. PMID:18671259

  14. Effect of gamma radiation on chlorobutyl rubber vulcanized by three different crosslinking systems

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    Scagliusi, Sandra R.; Cardoso, Elisabeth L. C.; Lugao, Ademar B.

    2012-09-01

    The development of halogenated butyl rubber (chlorobutyl) in the 1950s and 1960s greatly extended the usefulness of butyl. Their properties allowed the development of more durable tubeless tires with the air retaining innerliner, chemically bonded to the body of the tire. Tire innerliners are by far the largest application for halobutyl. When polymers are subjected to high energy radiation, a number of chemical reactions may occur following the initial ionization and excitation events. These reactions lead to changes in the molecular weight of the polymer through scission (S) and crosslinking (X) of the molecules and affect the physical and mechanical properties. In the halobutyl rubbers the chain scission may predominate. This work aims to show effects of gamma radiation in properties of chlorobutyl rubbers vulcanized with sulfur, sulfur donor and phenolic resin. The butyl rubber has been already studied by us previously. The samples were characterized before and after irradiation. Gamma radiation doses used were: 25 kGy, 50 kGy, 100 kGy, 150 kGy and 200 kGy, in order to identify which cure system is the most stable under irradiation. In this study we observed that the properties of all samples were affected irrespective of the vulcanization system.

  15. The radiation chemistry of ultem at 77 K as revealed by ESR spectroscopy

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    Devasahayam, Sheila; Hill, David J. T.; Pomery, Peter J.; Whittaker, Andrew K.

    2002-07-01

    Radical formation in ultem following γ-radiolysis has been reassessed, and the G( R*) values at different temperatures have been determined by ESR spectroscopy. The radical assignment and radical reactivity have been re-examined by photobleaching and thermal annealing studies. Photobleachable radical anions were found to comprise ≈40% of the total number of radicals formed on radiolysis at 77 K. Spectral subtraction methods, ESR spectral simulations, measurement of g-values and the hyperfine splitting constants were used to identify the other radical intermediates. The principal chain scission radicals are formed due to scission of the main-chain at (i) the ether linkage, (ii) the isopropylidene group and (iii) the imide ring in the main chain. The side chain methyl groups of the isopropylidine units also lose hydrogen to form methylene radicals. The five-line spectrum observed to decay in the temperature range 370-430 K, which has not been assigned previously, has been identified as being characteristic of a di-substituted benzyl radical.

  16. Dynamic mechanical and molecular weight measurements on polymer bonded explosives from thermally accelerated aging tests. III. Kraton block copolymer binder and plasticizers

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    Caley, L.E.; Hoffman, D.M.

    1981-01-01

    The dynamic mechanical properties and molecular weight distribution of two experimental polymer bonded explosives, X-0287 and X-0298, maintained at 23, 60, and 74/sup 0/C for 3 years were examined. X-0287 is 97% 1,3,5,7-tetranitro-1,3,5,7-tetraazacyclooctane explosive, 1.8% Kraton G-1650, and 1.2% B/sup 2/ was 170. X-0298 is 97.4% explosive, 1.4% Kraton G-1650, and 1.2% Cenco Hi-vac oil. The relaxation associated with the Kraton rubber block glass transition is observed in both X-0287 and X-0298. In the unaged X-0298 it occurs at -59/sup 0/C and in the aged explosive at 50/sup 0/C. This is caused by migration of the oil plasticizer out of the explosive. In X-0287 the Kraton rubber block T/sub g/ is weak and broad due to the presence of the wax plasticizer. X-0287 has a second broad relaxation associated with the melting of the wax from 10 to 65/sup 0/C. The molecular weight of the Kraton binder decreased with increasing accelerated aging temperature. The oil plasticizer had no stabilizing effect, but below its melting point the wax reduced Kraton chain scission considerably. The simple random chain scission model predicted a 20.5 year use-life for X-0298, but X-0287 was stabilized against degradation below the wax melting point.

  17. Measurement of Gamma Energy Distributions and Multiplicities Using STEFF

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    Murray, E.; Smith, A. G.; Pollitt, A. J.; Matarranz, J.; Tsekhanovich, I.; Soldner, T.; Koster, U.; Biswas, D. C.

    2014-05-01

    Prompt gamma-ray energy distributions and multiplicities released during thermally induced fission of 235U have been measured using STEFF (SpecTrometer for Exotic Fission Fragments). Thermal neutrons are provided by the high-flux reactor at the ILL, Grenoble. STEFF is a unique 2E2v device that uses a coincidence timing method to measure the emission of prompt gamma rays as a function of the fragment mass and energy. Following scission, the fission fragments contain excitation energy that is released via prompt neutron and gamma-ray emission as the fragment decays to the ground state. STEFF contains an array of 11 NaI detectors surrounding the uranium target providing a 6.8% photopeak detection efficiency for gamma rays released within 1 ns of the scission time. STEFF also consists of 7 NE213 detectors, which detect the emission of prompt neutrons, the release of which is associated with reduction of fragment energy and, to a lesser extent, fragment spin. This experiment acts as a direct response to the NEA high priority demand which requires more accurate knowledge of heating caused by gamma emission in the next generation of nuclear reactors.

  18. Comparative study on catalytic hydrodehalogenation of halogenated aromatic compounds over Pd/C and Raney Ni catalysts

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    Ma, Xuanxuan; Liu, Sujing; Liu, Ying; Gu, Guodong; Xia, Chuanhai

    2016-01-01

    Catalytic hydrodehalogenation (HDH) has proved to be an efficient approach to dispose halogenated aromatic compounds (HACs). Liquid-phase HDH of single and mixed halobenzenes/4-halophenols with H2 over 5% Pd/C and Raney Ni catalyst are investigated and compared. For liquid-phase HDH of single HACs, hydrogenolytic scission reactivity of C-X bonds decreases in order of C-Br > C-Cl > C-I > C-F over Pd/C catalyst, and in order of C-I > C-Br > C-Cl > C-F over Raney Ni catalyst. To clarify the reason why hydrogenolytic scission reactivity of C-X bonds over Pd/C and Raney Ni catalysts exhibits different trends, liquid-phase HDH of mixed HACs over Pd/C and Raney Ni catalysts were studied, and catalysts are characterized by SEM, EDX, and XRD techniques. It was found that the high adsorption of iodoarenes on Pd/C catalyst caused the HDH reactivity of iodoarenes to be lower than that of chloroarenes and bromoarenes in the HDH of single HACs. Moreover, the adsorption of in situ produced iodine ion (I−) to catalyst surface would result in the decline of catalytic activity, which might be the main reason why the HDH reactivity of HACs in the presence of NaI is rather low. PMID:27113406

  19. Hydrogen pressure dependence of the ring-opening reactions of propylcyclobutane over Pt/SiO[sub 2] catalyst at different temperatures

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    Toeroek, B.; Palinko, I.; Molnar, A.; Bartok, M. )

    1993-09-01

    The hydrogen pressure dependence of the ring-opening reactions of propylcyclobutane was studied at three different temperatures over Pt/SiO[sub 2] catalyst. At 373 and 573 K, only hydrogenative ring opening occurs, while appreciable amounts of aromatics, ring enlargement, and cracking products are formed at 673 K. At 373 K, the ring opens selectively in the sterically more hindered direction over both the clean and the working catalyst, yielding heptane as the major product. The selectivity is lost at 573 K and 673 K: 2,3 C-C bond scission, i.e., formation of 3-methylhexane occurs with initial rates comparable to that of 1,2 C-C bond scission. Over the working catalyst, the selectivity is close to statistical, with a slight excess of 3-methylhexane. An increase of hydrogen pressure has different effects on the ring-opening reactions, depending on the reaction temperature. The initial rate of product formation vs hydrogen pressure curves exhibit three extremes at 373 K, but they increase monotonously at 573 and 683 K. Over the working catalyst, the hydrogen pressure dependence curves display three extremes at 373 K, pass through a maximum at 573 K, and increase monotonously at 673 K. Mechanisms over both the initial and working catalysts are discussed on the basis of regioselectivity data and hydrogen pressure dependence curves. 24 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab.

  20. Catalytic coal liquefaction. Final report

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    Weller, S W

    1981-01-01

    Monolith catalysts of MoO/sub 3/-CoO-Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/ were prepared and tested for coal liquefaction in a stirred autoclave. In general, the monolith catalysts were not as good as particulate catalysts prepared on Corning alumina supports. Measurement of O/sub 2/ chemisorption and BET surface area has been made on a series of Co/Mo/Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/ catalysts obtained from PETC. The catalysts were derived from Cyanamid 1442A and had been tested for coal liquefaction in batch autoclaves and continuous flow units. MoO/sub 3/-Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/ catalysts over the loading range 3.9 to 14.9 wt % MoO/sub 3/ have been studied with respect to BET surface (before and after reduction), O/sub 2/ chemisorption at -78/sup 0/C, redox behavior at 500/sup 0/C, and activity for cyclohexane dehydrogenation at 500/sup 0/C. In connection with the fate of tin catalysts during coal liquefaction, calculations have been made of the relative thermodynamic stability of SnCl/sub 2/, Sn, SnO/sub 2/, and SnS in the presence of H/sub 2/, HCl, H/sub 2/S and H/sub 2/O. Ferrous sulfate dispersed in methylnaphthalene has been shown to be reduced to ferrous sulfide under typical coal hydroliquefaction conditions (1 hour, 450/sup 0/C, 1000 psi initial p/sub H/sub 2//). This suggests that ferrous sulfide may be the common catalytic ingredient when either (a) ferrous sulfate impregnated on powdered coal, or (b) finely divided iron pyrite is used as the catalyst. Old research on impregnated ferrous sulfate, impregnated ferrous halides, and pyrite is consistent with this assumption. Eight Co/Mo/Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/ catalysts from commercial suppliers, along with SnCl/sub 2/, have been studied for the hydrotreating of 1-methylnaphthalene (1-MN) in a stirred autoclave at 450 and 500/sup 0/C.

  1. A Photo-Triggered Traceless Staudinger-Bertozzi Ligation Reaction.

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    Hu, Peng; Feng, Tianshi; Yeung, Chi-Chung; Koo, Chi-Kin; Lau, Kai-Chung; Lam, Michael H W

    2016-08-01

    The use of light to control the course of a chemical/biochemical reaction is an attractive idea because of its ease of administration with high precision and fine spatial resolution. Staudinger ligation is one of the commonly adopted conjugation processes that involve a spontaneous reaction between azides and arylphosphines to form iminophosphoranes, which further hydrolyze to give stable amides. We designed an anthracenylmethyl diphenylphosphinothioester (1) that showed promising Staudinger ligation reactivity upon photo-excitation. Broadband photolysis at 360-400 nm in aqueous organic solvents induced heterolytic cleavage of its anthracenylmethyl-phosphorus bond, releasing a diphenylphosphinothioester (2) as an efficient traceless Staudinger-Bertozzi ligation reagent. The quantum yield of such a photo-induced heterolytic bond-cleavage at the optimal wavelength of photolysis (376 nm) at room temperature is ≥0.07. This work demonstrated the feasibility of photocaging arylphosphines to realize the photo-triggering of the Staudinger ligation reaction. PMID:27123884

  2. Misusing volatile substances for their hallucinatory effects: a qualitative pilot study with Mexican teenagers and a pharmacological discussion of their hallucinations.

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    Cruz, Silvia L; Domínguez, Mario

    2011-01-01

    This work describes the solvent-induced hallucinatory experiences of 10 male and seven female teenagers in Mexico City from 1998 to 2000. The youth were recruited from public schools through a combined snowball and convenience sampling procedure. Inclusion criteria were: 13-18 years of age, school attendance, living with family, and weekly toluene-based solvent misuse. Interested students were interviewed and transcripts were analyzed. Hallucinations and illusions were common, including changes in color perception, visual, somatic, auditory, and tactile hallucinations. Some users described their hallucinatory experience as being able to be shared by a group and modulated by their environment. The pharmacological linkages with hallucinations are discussed. The study's limitations are noted. PMID:21609151

  3. Research on polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) hollow-fiber hemodialyzer.

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    Zhang, Qinglei; Lu, Xiaolong; Zhao, Lihua; Liu, Juanjuan; Wu, Chunfeng

    2016-06-01

    In this study, polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) hollow-fiber hemodialysis membranes were prepared by non-solvent-induced phase separation. The PVDF hollow-fiber hemodialyzers were prepared by centrifugal casting. The results showed that the PVDF membrane had better mechanical and separation properties when the membrane wall thickness was 40 μm and the N,N-dimethylacetamide in the core was 70 Vol%. Compared with commercial polysulfone hemodialysis membrane (Fresenius F60S membrane), the PVDF membrane had better mechanical property and ultrafiltration (UF) flux of pure water. The PVDF dialyzer's removal efficiency for middle molecules was proven to be much higher than that of the F60S dialyzer. The UF coefficient of a high-flux PVDF dialyzer is 62.6 ml/h/mm Hg, whereas F60S is 42.5 ml/h/mm Hg, which can promote clearance for middle molecules. PMID:25781663

  4. Excited-state intramolecular proton transfer of 2-acetylindan-1,3-dione studied by ultrafast absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy

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    Verma, Pramod Kumar; Steinbacher, Andreas; Schmiedel, Alexander; Nuernberger, Patrick; Brixner, Tobias

    2015-01-01

    We employ transient absorption from the deep-UV to the visible region and fluorescence upconversion to investigate the photoinduced excited-state intramolecular proton-transfer dynamics in a biologically relevant drug molecule, 2-acetylindan-1,3-dione. The molecule is a ß-diketone which in the electronic ground state exists as exocyclic enol with an intramolecular H-bond. Upon electronic excitation at 300 nm, the first excited state of the exocyclic enol is initially populated, followed by ultrafast proton transfer (≈160 fs) to form the vibrationally hot endocyclic enol. Subsequently, solvent-induced vibrational relaxation takes place (≈10 ps) followed by decay (≈390 ps) to the corresponding ground state. PMID:26798837

  5. Wetting transparency of graphene in water

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    Driskill, Joshua; Vanzo, Davide; Bratko, Dusan; Luzar, Alenka

    2014-11-01

    Measurements of contact angle on graphene sheets show a notable dependence on the nature of the underlying substrate, a phenomenon termed wetting transparency. Our molecular modeling studies reveal analogous transparency in case of submerged graphene fragments in water. A combined effect of attractive dispersion forces, angle correlations between aqueous dipoles, and repulsion due to the hydrogen-bond-induced orientation bias in polarized hydration layers acting across graphene sheet, enhances apparent adhesion of water to graphene. We show wetting free energy of a fully wetted graphene platelet to be about 8 mNm-1 lower than for graphene wetted only on one side, which gives close to 10° reduction in contact angle. This difference has potential implications for predictions of water absorption vs. desorption, phase behavior of water in aqueous nanoconfinements, solvent-induced interactions among graphitic nanoparticle and concomitant stability in aqueous dispersions, and can influence permeability of porous materials such as carbon nanotubes by water and aqueous solutions.

  6. Selective fluorescence sensors for detection of nitroaniline and metal Ions based on ligand-based luminescent metal-organic frameworks

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    Yu, Zongchao; Wang, Fengqin; Lin, Xiangyi; Wang, Chengmiao; Fu, Yiyuan; Wang, Xiaojun; Zhao, Yongnan; Li, Guodong

    2015-12-01

    Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are porous crystalline materials with high potential for applications in fluorescence sensors. In this work, two solvent-induced Zn(II)-based metal-organic frameworks, Zn3L3(DMF)2 (1) and Zn3L3(DMA)2(H2O)3 (2) (L=4,4‧-stilbenedicarboxylic acid), were investigated as selective sensing materials for detection of nitroaromatic compounds and metal ions. The sensing experiments show that 1 and 2 both exhibit selective fluorescence quenching toward nitroaniline with a low detection limit. In addition, 1 exhibits high selectivity for detection of Fe3+ and Al3+ by significant fluorescence quenching or enhancement effect. While for 2, it only exhibits significant fluorescence quenching effect for Fe3+. The results indicate that 1 and 2 are both promising fluorescence sensors for detecting and recognizing nitroaniline and metal ions with high sensitivity and selectivity.

  7. Liquid crystal Janus emulsion droplets: preparation, tumbling, and swimming.

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    Jeong, Joonwoo; Gross, Adam; Wei, Wei-Shao; Tu, Fuquan; Lee, Daeyeon; Collings, Peter J; Yodh, A G

    2015-09-14

    This study introduces liquid crystal (LC) Janus droplets. We describe a process for the preparation of these droplets, which consist of nematic LC and polymer compartments. The process employs solvent-induced phase separation in emulsion droplets generated by microfluidics. The droplet morphology was systematically investigated and demonstrated to be sensitive to the surfactant concentration in the background phase, the compartment volume ratio, and the possible coalescence of multiple Janus droplets. Interestingly, the combination of a polymer and an anisotropic LC introduces new functionalities into Janus droplets, and these properties lead to unusual dynamical behaviors. The different densities and solubilities of the two compartments produce gravity-induced alignment, tumbling, and directional self-propelled motion of Janus droplets. LC Janus droplets with remarkable optical properties and dynamical behaviors thus offer new avenues for applications of Janus colloids and active soft matter. PMID:26171829

  8. Preparation of Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF) Hollow Fiber Hemodialysis Membranes.

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    Zhang, Qinglei; Lu, Xiaolong; Zhao, Lihua

    2014-01-01

    In this study, the polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) hollow fiber hemodialysis membranes were prepared by non-solvent induced phase separation (NIPS). The influences of PVDF membrane thickness and polyethylene glycol (PEG) content on membrane morphologies, pore size, mechanical and permeable performance were investigated. It was found that membrane thickness and PEG content affected both the structure and performance of hollow fiber membranes. The tensile strength and rejection of bovine serum albumin (BSA) increased with increasing membrane thickness, while the Ultrafiltration flux (UF) flux of pure water was the opposite. The tensile strength, porosity and rejection of BSA increased with increasing PEG content within a certain range. Compared with commercial F60S membrane, the PVDF hollow fiber membrane showed higher mechanical and permeable performance. It was proven that PVDF material had better hydrophilicity and lower BSA adsorption, which was more suitable for hemodialysis. All the results indicate that PVDF hollow fiber membrane is promising as a hemodialysis membrane. PMID:24957122

  9. Clustering mechanism of ethanol-water mixtures investigated with photothermal microfluidic cantilever deflection spectroscopy.

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    Ghoraishi, M S; Hawk, J E; Phani, Arindam; Khan, M F; Thundat, T

    2016-01-01

    The infrared-active (IR) vibrational mode of ethanol (EtOH) associated with the asymmetrical stretching of the C-C-O bond in pico-liter volumes of EtOH-water binary mixtures is calorimetrically measured using photothermal microfluidic cantilever deflection spectroscopy (PMCDS). IR absorption by the confined liquid results in wavelength dependent cantilever deflections, thus providing a complementary response to IR absorption revealing a complex dipole moment dependence on mixture concentration. Solvent-induced blue shifts of the C-C-O asymmetric vibrational stretch for both anti and gauche conformers of EtOH were precisely monitored for EtOH concentrations ranging from 20-100% w/w. Variations in IR absorption peak maxima show an inverse dependence on induced EtOH dipole moment (μ) and is attributed to the complex clustering mechanism of EtOH-water mixtures. PMID:27046089

  10. Theoretical aspects of pressure and solute denaturation of proteins: A Kirkwood-buff-theory approach

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    Ben-Naim, Arieh

    2012-12-01

    A new approach to the problem of pressure-denaturation (PD) and solute-denaturation (SD) of proteins is presented. The problem is formulated in terms of Le Chatelier principle, and a solution is sought in terms of the Kirkwood-Buff theory of solutions. It is found that both problems have one factor in common; the excluded volumes of the folded and the unfolded forms with respect to the solvent molecules. It is shown that solvent-induced effects operating on hydrophilic groups along the protein are probably the main reason for PD. On the other hand, the SD depends on the preferential solvation of the folded and the unfolded forms with respect to solvent and co-solvent molecules.

  11. Clustering mechanism of ethanol-water mixtures investigated with photothermal microfluidic cantilever deflection spectroscopy

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    Ghoraishi, M. S.; Hawk, J. E.; Phani, Arindam; Khan, M. F.; Thundat, T.

    2016-04-01

    The infrared-active (IR) vibrational mode of ethanol (EtOH) associated with the asymmetrical stretching of the C-C-O bond in pico-liter volumes of EtOH-water binary mixtures is calorimetrically measured using photothermal microfluidic cantilever deflection spectroscopy (PMCDS). IR absorption by the confined liquid results in wavelength dependent cantilever deflections, thus providing a complementary response to IR absorption revealing a complex dipole moment dependence on mixture concentration. Solvent-induced blue shifts of the C-C-O asymmetric vibrational stretch for both anti and gauche conformers of EtOH were precisely monitored for EtOH concentrations ranging from 20–100% w/w. Variations in IR absorption peak maxima show an inverse dependence on induced EtOH dipole moment (μ) and is attributed to the complex clustering mechanism of EtOH-water mixtures.

  12. Mechanisms and energetics for acid catalyzed β-D-glucose conversion to 5-hydroxymethylfurfurl.

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    Qian, Xianghong

    2011-10-27

    Car-Parrinello based ab initio molecular dynamics (CPMD) coupled with metadynamics (MTD) simulations were carried out to investigate the mechanism and energetics for acid-catalyzed β-d-glucose conversion to 5-hydroxymethylfurfurl (HMF) in water. HMF is a critical intermediate for biomass conversion to biofuels. It was found that protonation of the C2-OH on glucose, the breakage of the C2-O2 bond, and the formation of the C2-O5 bond is the critical rate-limiting step for the direct glucose conversion to HMF without converting to fructose first, contrary to the wide-spread assumption in literature that fructose is the main intermediate for glucose conversion to HMF. The calculated reaction barrier of 30-35 kcal/mol appears to be solvent-induced and is in excellent agreement with experimental observations. PMID:21916465

  13. The Chemical Shift Baseline for High-Pressure NMR Spectra of Proteins.

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    Frach, Roland; Kibies, Patrick; Böttcher, Saraphina; Pongratz, Tim; Strohfeldt, Steven; Kurrmann, Simon; Koehler, Joerg; Hofmann, Martin; Kremer, Werner; Kalbitzer, Hans Robert; Reiser, Oliver; Horinek, Dominik; Kast, Stefan M

    2016-07-18

    High-pressure (HP) NMR spectroscopy is an important method for detecting rare functional states of proteins by analyzing the pressure response of chemical shifts. However, for the analysis of the shifts it is mandatory to understand the origin of the observed pressure dependence. Here we present experimental HP NMR data on the (15) N-enriched peptide bond model, N-methylacetamide (NMA), in water, combined with quantum-chemical computations of the magnetic parameters using a pressure-sensitive solvation model. Theoretical analysis of NMA and the experimentally used internal reference standard 4,4-dimethyl-4-silapentane-1-sulfonic (DSS) reveal that a substantial part of observed shifts can be attributed to purely solvent-induced electronic polarization of the backbone. DSS is only marginally responsive to pressure changes and is therefore a reliable sensor for variations in the local magnetic field caused by pressure-induced changes of the magnetic susceptibility of the solvent. PMID:27282319

  14. Preparation of Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF) Hollow Fiber Hemodialysis Membranes

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    Zhang, Qinglei; Lu, Xiaolong; Zhao, Lihua

    2014-01-01

    In this study, the polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) hollow fiber hemodialysis membranes were prepared by non-solvent induced phase separation (NIPS). The influences of PVDF membrane thickness and polyethylene glycol (PEG) content on membrane morphologies, pore size, mechanical and permeable performance were investigated. It was found that membrane thickness and PEG content affected both the structure and performance of hollow fiber membranes. The tensile strength and rejection of bovine serum albumin (BSA) increased with increasing membrane thickness, while the Ultrafiltration flux (UF) flux of pure water was the opposite. The tensile strength, porosity and rejection of BSA increased with increasing PEG content within a certain range. Compared with commercial F60S membrane, the PVDF hollow fiber membrane showed higher mechanical and permeable performance. It was proven that PVDF material had better hydrophilicity and lower BSA adsorption, which was more suitable for hemodialysis. All the results indicate that PVDF hollow fiber membrane is promising as a hemodialysis membrane. PMID:24957122

  15. Clustering mechanism of ethanol-water mixtures investigated with photothermal microfluidic cantilever deflection spectroscopy

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    Ghoraishi, M. S.; Hawk, J. E.; Phani, Arindam; Khan, M. F.; Thundat, T.

    2016-01-01

    The infrared-active (IR) vibrational mode of ethanol (EtOH) associated with the asymmetrical stretching of the C-C-O bond in pico-liter volumes of EtOH-water binary mixtures is calorimetrically measured using photothermal microfluidic cantilever deflection spectroscopy (PMCDS). IR absorption by the confined liquid results in wavelength dependent cantilever deflections, thus providing a complementary response to IR absorption revealing a complex dipole moment dependence on mixture concentration. Solvent-induced blue shifts of the C-C-O asymmetric vibrational stretch for both anti and gauche conformers of EtOH were precisely monitored for EtOH concentrations ranging from 20–100% w/w. Variations in IR absorption peak maxima show an inverse dependence on induced EtOH dipole moment (μ) and is attributed to the complex clustering mechanism of EtOH-water mixtures. PMID:27046089

  16. A new model for pressure-induced shifts of electronic absorption bands as applied to neat CS sub 2 and CS sub 2 in n-hexane and dichloromethane solutions

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    Agnew, S.F.; Swanson, B.I. )

    1990-01-25

    The authors propose a model for the pressure dependence of electronic absorption spectra and apply it to the authors data on CS{sub 2} both in neat phase and in hexane and dichloromethane solid solutions. They believe that their data represent a rather severe test of this model and argue that any model for the pressure dependence of electronic absorption spectra must include certain minimal effects - dispersive or dielectric and repulsive or volume effects - in order to adequately represent the data. They discuss previous models at some length in order to delineate the limits of their applicability. They further acknowledge and define the limits of the applicability of their model to solvent-induced shifts in general.

  17. Fluorine-Free Oil Absorbents Made from Cellulose Nanofibril Aerogels.

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    Mulyadi, Arie; Zhang, Zhe; Deng, Yulin

    2016-02-01

    Aerogels based on cellulose nanofibrils (CNFs) have been of great interest as absorbents due to their high absorption capacity, low density, biodegradability, and large surface area. Hydrophobic aerogels have been designed to give excellent oil absorption tendency from water. Herein, we present an in situ method for CNF surface modification and hydrophobic aerogel preparation. Neither solvent exchange nor fluorine chemical is used in aerogel preparations. The as-prepared hydrophobic aerogels exhibit low density (23.2 mg/cm(-3)), high porosity (98.5%), good flexibility, and solvent-induced shape recovery property. Successful surface modification was confirmed through field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and water contact angle measurements. The hydrophobic aerogels show high absorption capacities for various oils, depending on liquid density, up to 47× their original weight but with low water uptake (<0.5 g/g aerogel). PMID:26761377

  18. Solvent effects on the nonlinear optical responses of anil derivatives

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    Plaquet, Aurélie; Bogdan, Elena; Antonov, Liudmil; Rodriguez, Vincent; Ducasse, Laurent; Champagne, Benoıît; Castet, Frédéric

    2015-01-01

    This contribution addresses the solvent effects on the second-order nonlinear optical responses of three representative anil derivatives, and in particular on their variations upon switching between the enol-imine and keto-amine forms. The impact of solute-solvent interactions is investigated by means of ab initio and DFT calculations in which solvent effects are included through the polarizable continuum model. In addition, for one of the compounds, Hyper-Rayleigh Scattering experiments and ab initio calculations are combined to highlight the impact of the solvent-induced equilibrium displacement. These studies show that the global solvent effect on the nonlinear optical responses originates from both the displacement of the tautomeric equilibrium and from the modification of the second-order nonlinear optical response of the individual tautomeric forms.

  19. Effects of solvents interacting favorably with hydrophilic segments of the membrane surface of phosphatidylcholine on their gel-phase membranes in water.

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    Li, S J; Kinoshita, K; Furuike, S; Yamazaki, M

    1999-10-25

    We have investigated the effects of two kinds of solvents forming the lamellar liquid-crystalline (L(alpha)) phase in phosphatidylcholine (PC) membranes in neat condition, such as formamide and 1,3-propanediol, on phase behaviors of multilamellar vesicle (MLV) of DPPC (DPPC-MLV). These solvents induced the interdigitated gel (L(beta)I) phase in DPPC-MLV in excess water above their critical concentrations. Solubility measurement indicates that these solvents interact favorably with the hydrophilic segment of the PC membrane but interact unfavorably with the alkyl chains. Based on these results, we propose the mechanism of the induction of the L(beta)I phase by these solvents. PMID:17030334

  20. Surface micellization of poly(2-oxazoline)s based copolymers containing a crystallizable block.

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    Fustin, Charles-André; Lefèvre, Nathalie; Hoogenboom, Richard; Schubert, Ulrich S; Gohy, Jean-François

    2009-04-01

    The micellization on surfaces of copoly(2-oxazoline) diblock copolymers consisting of a crystallizable poly(2-nonyl-2-oxazoline) (pNonOx) block linked to a poly(2-ethyl-2-oxazoline) (pEtOx) block is investigated. Those micelles are not pre-existing in the initial ethanol solution but are formed during the spin-coating process by the evaporation of the solvent inducing the precipitation of the less soluble pNonOx block. The morphology and size of the surface micelles vary according to the pNonOx molar fraction in the copolymers. Reorganization of the micelles and evolution of the surface energies after a thermal annealing are also studied. PMID:19128808

  1. Nightmare from which you will never awake: Electronic to vibrational spectra!

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    De Silva, Nuwon

    2013-01-01

    The theoretical background of ab initio methods and density functional theory is provided. The anharmonicity associated with weakly bound metal cation dihydrogen complexes is examined using the vibrational self-consistent field (VSCF) method and the interaction between a hydrogen molecule and a metal cation is characterized. A study of molecular hydrogen clustering around the lithium cation and their accompanied vibrational anharmonicity employing VSCF is illustrated. A qualitative interpretation is provided of solvent-induced shifts of amides and simulated electronic absorption spectra using the combined time-dependent density functional theory/effective fragment potential method (TDDFT/EFP). An excited-state solvent assisted quadruple hydrogen atom transfer reaction of a coumarin derivative is elucidated using micro solvated quantum mechanical (QM) water and macro solvated EFP water. A dispersion correction to the QM-EFP1 interaction energy is presented.

  2. Synthesis, characterization and calculated non-linear optical properties of two new chalcones

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    Singh, Ashok Kumar; Saxena, Gunjan; Prasad, Rajendra; Kumar, Abhinav

    2012-06-01

    Two new chalcones viz 3-(4-(benzyloxy)phenyl)-1-(2-hydroxyphenyl)prop-2-en-1-one (1) and 3-(4-chlorophenyl)-1-(2-hydroxyphenyl)prop-2-en-1-one (2) have been prepared and characterized by micro analyses, 1H NMR, IR, UV-Vis spectroscopy and single crystal X-ray. The first static hyperpolarizability (β) for both the compounds has been investigated by density functional theory (DFT). Also, the solvent-induced effects on the non-linear optical properties (NLO) were studied by using self-consistent reaction field (SCRF) method. As the solvent polarity increases, the β value increases monotonically. The electronic absorption bands of both 1 and 2 have been assigned by time dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT). Both the compounds displayed better non-linear optical (NLO) responses than the standard p-nitroaniline (pNA).

  3. A QM/MM-MD study on protein electronic properties: Circular dichroism spectra of oxytocin and insulin

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    Kitagawa, Yuya; Akinaga, Yoshinobu; Kawashima, Yukio; Jung, Jaewoon; Ten-no, Seiichiro

    2012-06-01

    A QM/MM (quantum-mechanical/molecular-mechanical) molecular-dynamics approach based on the generalized hybrid-orbital (GHO) method, in conjunction with the second-order perturbation (MP2) theory and the second-order approximate coupled-cluster (CC2) model, is employed to calculate electronic property accounting for a protein environment. Circular dichroism (CD) spectra originating from chiral disulfide bridges of oxytocin and insulin at room temperature are computed. It is shown that the sampling of thermal fluctuation of molecular geometries facilitated by the GHO-MD method plays an important role in the obtained spectra. It is demonstrated that, while the protein environments in an oxytocin molecule have significant electrostatic influence on its chiral center, it is compensated by solvent induced charges. This gives a reasonable explanation to experimental observations. GHO-MD simulations starting from different experimental structures of insulin indicate that existence of the disulfide bridges with negative dihedral angles is crucial.

  4. Adsorption-Induced Solvent-Based Electrostatic Gating of Charge Transport through Molecular Junctions.

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    Kotiuga, Michele; Darancet, Pierre; Arroyo, Carlos R; Venkataraman, Latha; Neaton, Jeffrey B

    2015-07-01

    Recent experiments have shown that transport properties of molecular-scale devices can be reversibly altered by the surrounding solvent. Here, we use a combination of first-principles calculations and experiment to explain this change in transport properties through a shift in the local electrostatic potential at the junction caused by nearby conducting and solvent molecules chemically bound to the electrodes. This effect is found to alter the conductance of 4,4'-bipyridine-gold junctions by more than 50%. Moreover, we develop a general electrostatic model that quantitatively relates the conductance and dipoles associated with the bound solvent and conducting molecules. Our work shows that solvent-induced effects can be used to control charge and energy transport at molecular-scale interfaces. PMID:26066095

  5. Development of flash nanoprecipitation as a scalable platform for production of hybrid polymer-inorganic Janus particles

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    Lee, Victoria E.; Prud'Homme, Robert K.; Priestley, Rodney D.

    Polymer Janus particles, containing two or more distinct domains, can act as supports for inorganic nanoparticles, stabilizing them against aggregation and templating anisotropic functionalization of the microparticles. This anisotropy can be advantageous for applications such as biofuel upgrading, bionanosensors, and responsive materials. Here, we introduce flash nanoprecipitation (FNP) as a scalable, fast process to create hybrid polymer-inorganic Janus particles with control of particle size and anisotropy. During FNP, polymer Janus particles form by rapid intermixing of a polymer solution with a poor solvent, inducing polymer precipitation and phase separation. Inorganic nanoparticles are then adsorbed selectively onto one domain of the polymer support by exploiting electrostatic interactions between the charged particles. By tuning polymer concentration and ratio in the feed stream, the particle size and anisotropy can be controlled. We further demonstrate that these hybrid particles can simultaneously stabilize emulsions and selectively catalyze the degradation of dye in one phase. With support from the Princeton Imaging Analysis Center.

  6. International SAMPE Symposium and Exhibition, 34th, Reno, NV, May 8-11, 1989, Proceedings. Books 1 2

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    Zakrzewski, G.A.; Peters, S.T.; Dean, C.D.; Mazenko, D.

    1989-01-01

    The present conference on advanced materials discusses the curing of thick laminates with internal heat sources, the use of wide-angle X-ray scattering to determine solvent-induced polymer matrix crystallization, long-term degradation of fibrous silica composites, cyanate ester matrix resins, the 977 family of toughened epoxies, an all-thermoplastic matrix composite fighter forward fuselage, a high-temperature BMI matrix system for composite structures, and the design and analysis of elevated-temperature aerospace structures. Also discussed are on-orbit fabrication of Space Station structures, a novel infiltration process for metal-matrix composites, Boeing 360 helicopter honeycomb sandwich primary structures, recent advancements in honeycomb structures, thermoplastic-toughened epoxy resins, the LARC-CPI semicrystalline polyimide, torsion in filament-wound tubes, monolithic graphite tooling, stitching for laminate damage-tolerance improvement, and advanced composite structures for cryogenic applications.

  7. High mobility organic field-effect transistor based on water-soluble deoxyribonucleic acid via spray coating

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    Shi, Wei; Han, Shijiao; Huang, Wei; Yu, Junsheng

    2015-01-26

    High mobility organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) by inserting water-soluble deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) buffer layer between electrodes and pentacene film through spray coating process were fabricated. Compared with the OFETs incorporated with DNA in the conventional organic solvents of ethanol and methanol: water mixture, the water-soluble DNA based OFET exhibited an over four folds enhancement of field-effect mobility from 0.035 to 0.153 cm{sup 2}/Vs. By characterizing the surface morphology and the crystalline structure of pentacene active layer through atomic force microscope and X-ray diffraction, it was found that the adoption of water solvent in DNA solution, which played a key role in enhancing the field-effect mobility, was ascribed to both the elimination of the irreversible organic solvent-induced bulk-like phase transition of pentacene film and the diminution of a majority of charge trapping at interfaces in OFETs.

  8. Mesoscale aggregation properties of C60 in toluene and chlorobenzene.

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    Guo, Rong-Hao; Hua, Chi-Chung; Lin, Po-Chang; Wang, Ting-Yu; Chen, Show-An

    2016-07-20

    The mesoscale aggregation properties of C60 in two distinct aromatic solvents (toluene and chlorobenzene) and a practical range of concentrations (c = 1-2 and c = 1-5 mg mL(-1), respectively) were systematically explored by static/dynamic light scattering (SLS/DLS), small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), depolarized dynamic light scattering (DDLS), and cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM) analyses. The central observations were as follows: (1) aggregate species of sizes in the range of several hundred nanometers have been independently revealed by SLS, DLS, and DDLS analyses for both solvent systems. (2) DDLS and cryo-TEM measurements further revealed that while C60 clusters are notably anisotropic (rod-like) in chlorobenzene, they are basically isotropic (spherical) in toluene. (3) Detailed analyses of combined SLS and SAXS profiles suggested that varied, yet self-similar, solvent-induced aggregate units were responsible for the distinct (mesoscale) aggregation features noted above. (4) From a dynamic perspective, specially commissioned DLS measurements ubiquitously displayed two relaxation modes (fast and slow mode), with the second (slow) mode being q (wave vector) independent. While the fast mode in both solvent systems was basically diffusive by nature and leads to geometrical features in good agreement with the above static analyses, the slow mode was analyzed and tentatively suggested to reflect the effect of mutual confinement. (5) Micron-scale aggregate morphology of drop-cast thin films displays similar contrasting features for the two solvent media used. Overall, this study suggests that solvent-induced, nanoscale, aggregate units may be a promising factor to control a hierarchy of microscopic aggregation properties of C60 solutions and thin films. PMID:27376417

  9. Entropic screening preserves non-equilibrium nature of nematic phase while enthalpic screening destroys it.

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    Dan, K; Roy, M; Datta, A

    2016-02-14

    The present manuscript describes the role of entropic and enthalpic forces mediated by organic non-polar (hexane) and polar (methanol) solvents on the bulk and microscopic phase transition of a well known nematic liquid crystalline material MBBA (N-(4-methoxybenzylidene)-4-butylaniline) through Differential Scanning calorimetry (DSC), UV-Visible (UV-Vis), and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. DSC study indicates continuous linear decreases in both nematic-isotropic (N-I) phase transition temperature and enthalpy of MBBA in presence of hexane while both these parameters show a saturation after an initial decay in methanol. These distinct transitional behaviours were explained in terms of the "depletion force" model for entropic screening in hexane and "screening-self-screening" model for methanol. Heating rate dependent DSC studies find that non-Arrhenius behaviour, characteristic of pristine MBBA and a manifestation of non-equilibrium nature [Dan et al., J. Chem. Phys. 143, 094501 (2015)], is preserved in presence of entropic screening in the hexane solution, while it changes to Arrhenius behaviour (signifying equilibrium behaviour) in presence of enthalpic screening in methanol solution. FTIR spectra show similar dependence on the solvent induced screening in the intensities of the imine (-C = N) stretch and the out-of-plane distortion vibrations of the benzene rings of MBBA with hexane and methanol as in DSC, further establishing our entropic and enthalpic screening models. UV-Vis spectra of the electronic transitions in MBBA as a function of temperature also exhibit different dependences of intensities on the solvent induced screening, and an exponential decrease is observed in presence of hexane while methanol completely changes the nature of interaction to follow a linear dependence. PMID:26874498

  10. Entropic screening preserves non-equilibrium nature of nematic phase while enthalpic screening destroys it

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    Dan, K.; Roy, M.; Datta, A.

    2016-02-01

    The present manuscript describes the role of entropic and enthalpic forces mediated by organic non-polar (hexane) and polar (methanol) solvents on the bulk and microscopic phase transition of a well known nematic liquid crystalline material MBBA (N-(4-methoxybenzylidene)-4-butylaniline) through Differential Scanning calorimetry (DSC), UV-Visible (UV-Vis), and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. DSC study indicates continuous linear decreases in both nematic-isotropic (N-I) phase transition temperature and enthalpy of MBBA in presence of hexane while both these parameters show a saturation after an initial decay in methanol. These distinct transitional behaviours were explained in terms of the "depletion force" model for entropic screening in hexane and "screening-self-screening" model for methanol. Heating rate dependent DSC studies find that non-Arrhenius behaviour, characteristic of pristine MBBA and a manifestation of non-equilibrium nature [Dan et al., J. Chem. Phys. 143, 094501 (2015)], is preserved in presence of entropic screening in the hexane solution, while it changes to Arrhenius behaviour (signifying equilibrium behaviour) in presence of enthalpic screening in methanol solution. FTIR spectra show similar dependence on the solvent induced screening in the intensities of the imine (—C = N) stretch and the out-of-plane distortion vibrations of the benzene rings of MBBA with hexane and methanol as in DSC, further establishing our entropic and enthalpic screening models. UV-Vis spectra of the electronic transitions in MBBA as a function of temperature also exhibit different dependences of intensities on the solvent induced screening, and an exponential decrease is observed in presence of hexane while methanol completely changes the nature of interaction to follow a linear dependence.

  11. Combining a polarizable force-field and a coarse-grained polarizable solvent model: application to long dynamics simulations of bovine pancreatic trypsin inhibitor.

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    Masella, Michel; Borgis, Daniel; Cuniasse, Philippe

    2008-08-01

    The dynamic coupling between a polarizable protein force field and a particle-based implicit solvent model is described. The polarizable force field, TCPEp, developed recently to simulate protein systems, is characterized by a reduced number of polarizable sites, with a substantial gain in efficiency for an equal chemical accuracy. The Polarizable Pseudo-Particle (PPP) solvent model represents the macroscopic solvent polarization by induced dipoles placed on mobile Lennard-Jones pseudo-particles. The solvent-induced dipoles are sensitive to the solute electric field, but not to each other, so that the computational cost of solvent-solvent interactions is basically negligible. The solute and solvent induced dipoles are determined self-consistently and the equations of motion are solved using an efficient iterative multiple time step procedure. The solvation cost with respect to vacuum simulations is shown to decrease with solute size: the estimated multiplicative factor is 2.5 for a protein containing about 1000 atoms, and as low as 1.15 for 8000 atoms. The model is tested for six 20 ns molecular dynamics trajectories of a traditional benchmark system: the hydrated Bovine Pancreatic Trypsin Inhibitor (BPTI). Even though the TCPEp parameters have not been refined to be used with the solvent PPP model, we observe a good conservation of the BPTI structure along the trajectories. Moreover, our approach is able to provide a description of the protein solvation thermodynamic at the same accuracy as the standard Poisson-Boltzman continuum methods. It provides in addition a good description of the microscopic structural aspects concerning the solute/solvent interaction. PMID:18351600

  12. Recurrent Acute Liver Failure Because of Acute Hepatitis Induced by Organic Solvents: A Case Report.

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    Ito, Daisuke; Tanaka, Tomohiro; Akamatsu, Nobuhisa; Ito, Kyoji; Hasegawa, Kiyoshi; Sakamoto, Yoshihiro; Nakagawa, Hayato; Fujinaga, Hidetaka; Kokudo, Norihiro

    2016-01-01

    The authors present a case of recurrent acute liver failure because of occupational exposure to organic solvents. A 35-year-old man with a 3-week history of worsening jaundice and flu-like symptoms was admitted to our hospital. Viral hepatitis serology and autoimmune factors were negative. The authors considered liver transplantation, but the patient's liver function spontaneously recovered. Liver biopsy revealed massive infiltration of neutrophils, but the cause of the acute hepatitis was not identified. Four months after discharge, the patient's liver function worsened again. The authors considered the possibility of antinuclear antibody-negative autoimmune hepatitis and initiated steroid treatment, which was effective. Four months after discharge, the patient was admitted for repeated liver injury. The authors started him on steroid pulse therapy, but this time it was not effective. Just before the first admission, he had started his own construction company where he was highly exposed to organic solvents, and thus the authors considered organic solvent-induced hepatitis. Although urine test results for organic solvents were negative, a second liver biopsy revealed severe infiltration of neutrophils, compatible with toxic hepatitis. Again, his liver function spontaneously improved. Based on the pathology and detailed clinical course, including the patient's high exposure to organic solvents since just before the first admission, and the spontaneous recovery of his liver damage in the absence of the exposure, he was diagnosed with toxic hepatitis. The authors strongly advised him to avoid organic solvents. Since then, he has been in good health without recurrence. This is the first report of recurrent acute liver failure because of exposure to organic solvents, which was eventually diagnosed through a meticulous medical history and successfully recovered by avoiding the causative agents. In acute liver failure with an undetermined etiology, clinicians should rule

  13. Recurrent Acute Liver Failure Because of Acute Hepatitis Induced by Organic Solvents

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    Ito, Daisuke; Tanaka, Tomohiro; Akamatsu, Nobuhisa; Ito, Kyoji; Hasegawa, Kiyoshi; Sakamoto, Yoshihiro; Nakagawa, Hayato; Fujinaga, Hidetaka; Kokudo, Norihiro

    2016-01-01

    Abstract The authors present a case of recurrent acute liver failure because of occupational exposure to organic solvents. A 35-year-old man with a 3-week history of worsening jaundice and flu-like symptoms was admitted to our hospital. Viral hepatitis serology and autoimmune factors were negative. The authors considered liver transplantation, but the patient's liver function spontaneously recovered. Liver biopsy revealed massive infiltration of neutrophils, but the cause of the acute hepatitis was not identified. Four months after discharge, the patient's liver function worsened again. The authors considered the possibility of antinuclear antibody-negative autoimmune hepatitis and initiated steroid treatment, which was effective. Four months after discharge, the patient was admitted for repeated liver injury. The authors started him on steroid pulse therapy, but this time it was not effective. Just before the first admission, he had started his own construction company where he was highly exposed to organic solvents, and thus the authors considered organic solvent-induced hepatitis. Although urine test results for organic solvents were negative, a second liver biopsy revealed severe infiltration of neutrophils, compatible with toxic hepatitis. Again, his liver function spontaneously improved. Based on the pathology and detailed clinical course, including the patient's high exposure to organic solvents since just before the first admission, and the spontaneous recovery of his liver damage in the absence of the exposure, he was diagnosed with toxic hepatitis. The authors strongly advised him to avoid organic solvents. Since then, he has been in good health without recurrence. This is the first report of recurrent acute liver failure because of exposure to organic solvents, which was eventually diagnosed through a meticulous medical history and successfully recovered by avoiding the causative agents. In acute liver failure with an undetermined etiology, clinicians

  14. Photoconductive and supramolecularly engineered organic field-effect transistors based on fibres from donor-acceptor dyads

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    Treier, Matthias; Liscio, Andrea; Mativetsky, Jeffrey M.; Kastler, Marcel; Müllen, Klaus; Palermo, Vincenzo; Samorì, Paolo

    2012-02-01

    We report on the formation of photoconductive self-assembled fibres by solvent induced precipitation of a HBC-PMI donor-acceptor dyad. Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy revealed that upon illumination with white light the surface potential of the fibres shifted to negative values due to a build-up of negative charge. When integrated in a field-effect transistor (FET) configuration, the devices can be turned `on' much more efficiently using light than conventional bias triggered field-effect, suggesting that these structures could be used for the fabrication of light sensing devices. Such a double gating represents an important step towards bi-functional organic FETs, in which the current through the junction can be modulated both optically (by photoexcitation) and electrically (by gate control).We report on the formation of photoconductive self-assembled fibres by solvent induced precipitation of a HBC-PMI donor-acceptor dyad. Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy revealed that upon illumination with white light the surface potential of the fibres shifted to negative values due to a build-up of negative charge. When integrated in a field-effect transistor (FET) configuration, the devices can be turned `on' much more efficiently using light than conventional bias triggered field-effect, suggesting that these structures could be used for the fabrication of light sensing devices. Such a double gating represents an important step towards bi-functional organic FETs, in which the current through the junction can be modulated both optically (by photoexcitation) and electrically (by gate control). Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental details and photoresponse on spin-coated film (3 pages). See DOI: 10.1039/c2nr11635a

  15. Ab Initio Unimolecular Reaction Kinetics of CH2C(═O)OCH3 and CH3C(═O)OCH2 Radicals.

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    Tan, Ting; Yang, Xueliang; Ju, Yiguang; Carter, Emily A

    2015-10-22

    The unimolecular dissociation and isomerization kinetics of the methyl ester combustion intermediates methoxycarbonylmethyl (CH2C(═O)OCH3) and acetyloxylmethyl (CH3C(═O)OCH2) are theoretically investigated using high-level ab initio methods and the Rice-Ramsperger-Kassel-Marcus (RRKM)/master equation (ME) theory. Potential energy surfaces (PESs) are obtained using coupled cluster singles and doubles with perturbative triples correction (CCSD(T)), multireference singles and doubles configuration interaction (MRSDCI) with the Davidson-Silver (DS) correction, and multireference averaged coupled pair functional (MRACPF2) theory. The transition states exhibit high T1 diagnostics in coupled cluster calculations, suggesting the need for a multireference correlated wave function treatment. MRSDCI+DS and MRACPF2 capture their multiconfigurational character well, yielding lower barrier heights than CCSD(T) for these reactions. The rate coefficients are computed using the RRKM/ME theory over a 500-2500 K temperature range and at a pressure range of 0.01 atm to the high-pressure limit. The temperature- and pressure-dependent rate coefficients are given in modified Arrhenius expressions. The β-scission of CH2C(═O)OCH3 is predicted to have a much higher barrier than the corresponding isomerization reaction and the β-scission of CH3C(═O)OCH2. Consequently, the rate coefficients for β-scission of CH2C(═O)OCH3 are the smallest among the three reactions and the isomerization followed by decomposition to CH3C(═O) and HCHO is the dominant reaction pathway for CH2C(═O)OCH3. Both radicals CH2C(═O)OCH3 and CH3C(═O)OCH2 are predicted to mainly decompose to CH3C(═O) + HCHO rather than to the bimolecular product CH2C(═O) + CH3O. A newly developed MA combustion mechanism, using our theoretical rate coefficients for the MA-related reactions, predicts combustion properties in good agreement with available experimental data. PMID:26436475

  16. Macroscopic phase decomposition in block copolymers driven by thermooxidative reactions

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    Fan, Shaobin

    Macroscopic phase separations have been observed in a commercial styrene- block-butadiene-block-styrene (SBS) triblock copolymer (Kraton 1102), an as-synthesized SBS triblock copolymer, an as-synthesized styrene-block-butadiene (SB) diblock copolymer and a commercial styrene-block-isoprene-block-styrene (SIS) triblock copolymer (Kraton 1107) at elevated temperatures. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on macroscopic phase separations in neat copolymers, including block copolymers. The temporal evolution of the structure, growth dynamics, origin and mechanism of the macroscopic phase separations have been investigated. A theoretical model has been established to describe such phase separation in SB diblock copolymer and numerical simulations have been undertaken to predict the structure evolution and growth dynamics. For styrene-butadiene block copolymers, the phase transition process consists of the first and second phase separations. The origin of such phase separations is attributed to chain scission and crosslinking reactions due to thermooxidative degradation. The formation of phase separated domains is the result of separation of polystyrene-rich domains from polybutadiene-rich domains. A mechanism, termed secondary spinodal decomposition, has been proposed to explain second phase separation. It has also demonstrated that the theoretical model and numerical simulations capture the essential features of the experimental observations. Growth rate was seen to depend on phase separation as well as reaction kinetics. The universal scaling laws have been shown to be invalid in macroscopic phase separations of styrene-butadiene block copolymers. The macroscopic phase separation process is more complex in the SIS triblock copolymer. It consists of a first phase separation, phase dissolution and a second phase separation. The origin of such phase decompositions has been shown to be a progressive chain scission reaction during thermal oxidative

  17. Characteristics of liquid product from the pyrolysis of waste plastic mixture at low and high temperatures: Influence of lapse time of reaction

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    Lee, Kyong-Hwan . E-mail: khwanlee@kier.re.kr; Shin, Dae-Hyun

    2007-07-01

    Pyrolysis of a waste plastic mixture (high-density polyethylene: low-density polyethylene: polypropylene: polystyrene = 3:2:3:1) into a liquid product was carried out in a stirred semi-batch reactor at low (350 deg. C) and high (400 deg. C) temperatures. The effect of lapse time of reaction in the reactor and also degradation temperature on the characteristics of the liquid product from pyrolysis of the mixture was investigated. Liquid products were described by cumulative amount distribution, paraffin, olefin, naphthene and aromatic (PONA) distribution and molecular weight distribution. Their characteristic was quite differed with a lapse time of reaction and also at a low and high degradation temperatures, because of the different physicochemical properties of the plastic types in the mixture. With increase of lapse time of reaction, the order for the main products in PONA components obtained at 350 deg. C was firstly aromatic products and then olefin products, while at 400 deg. C the order was firstly aromatic products, then olefin products and finally paraffin products. The experiments also showed from the molecular weight distribution of liquid PONA components that the paraffin and olefin products had a wide distribution by mainly random scission of polymer, but in the case of olefin products were produced by an end-chain scission mechanism as well as random scission mechanism, as evidenced by much more light olefin products. This phenomenon was evident at a higher degradation temperature. Also, both the light olefin and naphthene products with a molecular weight of around 120, as a main product, showed a similar trend as a function of lapse time, which had a maximum fraction at 343 min (at 350 deg. C) and 83 min (at 400 deg. C). Among PONA components, the highest concentrations of aromatic products were obtained with a molecular weight of around 100 at the fastest lapse time of reaction, regardless of degradation temperature. It was concluded that the

  18. Bond selectivity in the dissociative adsorption of c-CH 2N 2 on single crystals: a comparative DFT-LSD investigation for Pd(110) and Cu(110)

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    Rochefort, Alain; McBreen, Peter H.; Salahub, Dennis R.

    1996-02-01

    A comparison between the reactivity of palladium and copper cluster models toward diazirine ( c-CH 2N 2) was made using the LCGTO-MCP-LSD method. Adsorption with the nitrogen pair directly over surface atoms (the μ-top site) is clearly more stable than when the NN pair is perpendicular to the rows of the (110) surface (the μ-bridge site). The NN bond is strongly affected by adsorption, a significant decrease of its bond order is observed for both palladium and copper. One main difference between palladium and copper with regards to the adsorption of c-CH 2N 2 is the magnitude of the MN bond order; palladium tends to form a stronger chemisorption bond than copper. A second difference is that partial occupation of the LUMO of diazirine only occurs for the copper cluster model systems. The concerted dissociation of CN bonds is energetically demanding but appears to be easier on Pd than on Cu by around 28 kcal mol -1. The study of electronically perturbed diazirine (excited, ionized or isomerized) provides insight on how chemisorption induces variations in bond lengths and vibrational frequencies as a result of charge transfer. The results of the calculations show that the μ-top adsorbed state is more similar to the n_ →π∗ first excited state of the free molecule than to the ionized state. A more striking result is obtained when the first excited states of the chemisorbed complexes are studied. A 0.4 eV electron excitation in the {c- CH2N2}/{Cu4} complex (μ-top) leads to a significant decrease of the bond order of the NN bond but does not induce even a small change for the {c- CH2N2}/{Pd4} complex. The calculations provide some insights on the markedly different bond scission selectivity observed in experimental studies of the thermal decomposition of diazirine on Pd and Cu surfaces. Experiments show that NN bond scission occurs with essentially 100% selectivity on copper, whereas NN bond retention as well as NN bond scission occurs on Pd(110).

  19. /sup 18/O isotope effect in /sup 13/C nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Part 9. Hydrolysis of benzyl phosphate by phosphatase enzymes and in acidic aqueous solutions

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    Parente, J.E.; Risley, J.M.; Van Etten, R.L.

    1984-12-26

    The /sup 18/O isotope-induced shifts in /sup 13/C and /sup 31/P nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy were used to establish the position of bond cleavage in the phosphatase-catalyzed and acid-catalyzed hydrolysis reactions of benzyl phosphate. The application of the /sup 18/O-isotope effect in NMR spectroscopy affords a continuous, nondestructive assay method for following the kinetics and position of bond cleavage in the hydrolytic process. The technique provides advantages over most discontinuous methods in which the reaction components must be isolated and converted to volatile derivatives prior to analysis. In the present study, (..cap alpha..-/sup 13/C,ester-/sup 18/O)benzyl phosphate and (ester-/sup 18/O)benzyl phosphate were synthesized for use in enzymatic and nonenzymatic studies. Hydrolysis reactions catalyzed by the alkaline phosphatase from E. coli and by the acid phosphatases isolated from human prostate and human liver were all accompanied by cleavage of the substrate phosphorus-oxygen bond consistent with previously postulated mechanisms involving covalent phosphoenzyme intermediates. An extensive study of the acid-catalyzed hydrolysis of benzyl phosphate at 75/sup 0/C revealed that the site of bond cleavage is dependent on pH. At pH less than or equal to 1.3, the hydrolysis proceeds with C-O bond cleavage; at 1.3 < pH < 2.0, there is a mixture of C-O and P-O bond scission, the latter progressively predominating as the pH is raised; at pH greater than or equal to 2.0, the hydrolysis proceeds with exclusive P-O bond scission. (S)-(+)-(..cap alpha..-/sup 2/H)Benzyl phosphate was also synthesized. Hydrolysis of this chiral benzyl derivative demonstrated that the acid-catalyzed C-O bond scission of benzyl phosphate proceeds by an A-1 (S/sub N/1) mechanism with 70% racemization and 30% inversion at carbon. 37 references, 4 figures, 2 tables.

  20. Reaction kinetics of cellulose hydrolysis in subcritical and supercritical water

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    Olanrewaju, Kazeem Bode

    The uncertainties in the continuous supply of fossil fuels from the crisis-ridden oil-rich region of the world is fast shifting focus on the need to utilize cellulosic biomass and develop more efficient technologies for its conversion to fuels and chemicals. One such technology is the rapid degradation of cellulose in supercritical water without the need for an enzyme or inorganic catalyst such as acid. This project focused on the study of reaction kinetics of cellulose hydrolysis in subcritical and supercritical water. Cellulose reactions at hydrothermal conditions can proceed via the homogeneous route involving dissolution and hydrolysis or the heterogeneous path of surface hydrolysis. The work is divided into three main parts. First, the detailed kinetic analysis of cellulose reactions in micro- and tubular reactors was conducted. Reaction kinetics models were applied, and kinetics parameters at both subcritical and supercritical conditions were evaluated. The second major task was the evaluation of yields of water soluble hydrolysates obtained from the hydrolysis of cellulose and starch in hydrothermal reactors. Lastly, changes in molecular weight distribution due to hydrothermolytic degradation of cellulose were investigated. These changes were also simulated based on different modes of scission, and the pattern generated from simulation was compared with the distribution pattern from experiments. For a better understanding of the reaction kinetics of cellulose in subcritical and supercritical water, a series of reactions was conducted in the microreactor. Hydrolysis of cellulose was performed at subcritical temperatures ranging from 270 to 340 °C (tau = 0.40--0.88 s). For the dissolution of cellulose, the reaction was conducted at supercritical temperatures ranging from 375 to 395 °C (tau = 0.27--0.44 s). The operating pressure for the reactions at both subcritical and supercritical conditions was 5000 psig. The results show that the rate-limiting step in

  1. Physical and mechanical properties of poly(hydroxybutyrate-co-hydroxyvalerate) and its pineapple fiber-reinforced composites

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    Luo, Shuiyuan

    2000-10-01

    Recently, there has been considerable research on biodegradable polymers because of the complex plastic waste management created by the mostly non-degradable polymers and polymer-based composites. In this dissertation, physical and mechanical properties of poly(hydroxybutyrate-co-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV), a degradable polymer, and its pineapple fiber-reinforced composites are discussed. CHAPTER ONE introduces the PHBV polymer, natural cellulose fibers, and polymeric composites including the fiber/matrix interface. The degradability of PHBV is also briefly discussed. CHAPTER TWO describes the effects of thermal processing time on the properties of PHBV. At processing conditions of 180°C and 140 MPa, PHBV underwent significant, random chain scission. As a result, tensile properties deteriorated. DSC and SAXS results show that thermally degraded PHBVs had different thermal properties and lamellar morphology. CHAPTER THREE reports the effects of 60Co gamma-radiation on the properties of PHBV. Under 60Co gamma-radiation random chain scission but no cross-linking occurred in PHBV. Chain scission occurs probably in the amorphous region. As a result, thermal and tensile properties are significantly affected. CHAPTER FOUR describes properties of pineapple fibers, the interface between pineapple fiber and PHBV, and properties of pineapple fiber-reinforced PHBV "green" composites. Pineapple fiber has enough strength to be used as reinforcement in composites with intermediate strength. Interfacial shear strength was moderate. The mechanical properties of PHBV were significantly improved, and were comparable to some woods. CHAPTER FIVE presents the mechanical and thermal properties of unidirectional, degradable, environment-friendly "green" composites made from pineapple fibers and PHBV resin. Tensile and flexural properties of the "green" composites with different fiber contents were investigated. The presence of pineapple fibers did not affect the non

  2. Hybrid resist systems based on α-substituted acrylate copolymers

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    Ito, Hiroshi; Sundberg, Linda K.; Bozano, Luisa; Lofano, Elizabeth M.; Yamanaka, Kazuhiro; Terui, Yoshiharu; Fujiwara, Masaki

    2009-03-01

    Classical electron-beam resists such as poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and Nippon Zeon's ZEP function as high resolution and low roughness positive resists on the basis of radiation induced main chain scission to reduce the molecular weight while chemical amplification resists utilized in device manufacturing function on the basis of acidcatalyzed deprotection to change the polarity. In an attempt to increase the resolution and reduce the line roughness of chemical amplification resists, we prepared copolymers that undergo radiation induced main chain scission and acidcatalyzed deprotection. In another word, we wanted to increase the sensitivity of the PMMA resist by incorporating the acid-catalyzed deprotection mechanism in polymers that undergo main chain scission, maintaining the high resolution and low roughness of PMMA. To synthesize such hybrid resist polymers, we selected α-substituted acrylates and α- substituted styrenes. The former included methyl methacrylate (MMA), t-butyl methacrylate (TBMA), methyl α- fluoroacrylate (MFA), t-butyl α-fluoroacrylate (TBFA), and t-butyl α-trifluoromethylacrylate (TBTFMA) and the latter α-methylstyrene (αMEST), α-methyleneindane (αMEIN), and α-methylenetetralin (αMETL). The α-substituted tbutyl acrylic esters were copolymerized with the methyl esters and also with α-substituted styrenic monomers using 2, 2'-azobis(isobutyronitrile) (AIBN). Hybrid resists were formulated by adding a photochemical acid generator and a base quencher to the copolymers and developers were selected by studying the dissolution behavior of unexposed and 254 nm exposed resist films using a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM). In addition to the difference in the imaging mechanism, PMMA and ZEP differ from the chemical amplification resists in developers; organic solvent vs. aqueous base. We were interested in looking also into the influence of the developer on the lithographic performance. Contrast curves were generated by exposing

  3. Effects of reprocessing on nanoalumina polymer composites

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    Huang, Chunchia

    The life cycle of reprocessed polymer nanocomposites is a critical factor associated with their growing use, but the limited work on reprocessing of nanocomposites has focused solely on the effects of organoclays. This research investigated of the structure and property changes during reprocessing of polypropylene (PP) and polycarbonate (PC) nanocomposites with 3 wt. % nanoalumina. Neat PP and PC were used as controls. Reprocessing of the neat polymers and nanocomposites produced no indication of oxidation (in FTIR), no changes in the glass transition temperature of PC and the melting temperatures of PP, and no changes in thermal stability (as measured using thermogravimetric analysis). Significant decreases, however, occurred in the melt viscosity of the materials. The introduction of nanoalumina during twin screw extrusion also produced a significant decrease in the viscosity and a 10°C decrease in the glass transition temperature of the PC nanocomposite. Color changes did not correspond to the chain scission in PP and PC; neat PP and PP composite yellowed, neat PC turned brown, and the PC nanocomposite did not change color. Dispersion of the nanoalumina in both PP and PC improved with repeated reprocessing, the crystallinity in the PP/nanoalumina composites remained constant. The Young's moduli of both the PP and PP/A12O3 nanocomposite were similar, whereas the Young's modulus values of the PC/A1 2O3 nanocomposite was slighted lower than that of the neat PC. In contrast, the elongations at break of the PP/A12O3 and PC/A12O3 nanocomposites were, respectively, 50% and 16% of the values measured for the neat resins. All modulus and elongation at break values, however, remained constant over five reprocessing cycles. This behavior suggests that the major degradation mechanism during reprocessing of neat PP and PP nanocomposites was thermal-mechanical polymer chain scission and that the nanoalumina enhanced this degradation in the PC/nanoalumina. This additional

  4. Sequence analysis of heparan sulphate indicates defined location of N-sulphated glucosamine and iduronate 2-sulphate residues proximal to the protein-linkage region.

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    Turnbull, J E; Gallagher, J T

    1991-01-01

    A strategy that we originally used to identify an N-acetylated domain adjacent to the protein-linkage sequence of heparan sulphate proteoglycan (HSPG) [Lyon, Steward, Hampson & Gallagher (1987) Biochem. J. 242, 493-498] has been adapted for analysis of the location of GlcNSO3-HexA and GlcNSO3(+/- 6S)-IdoA(2S) units most proximal to the core protein. [3H]Glucosamine-labelled HSPG from human skin fibroblasts was depolymerized by using HNO2 or heparinase under conditions that allowed cleavage of all susceptible linkages. The degraded PG was coupled to Sepharose beads through the protein component, enabling specific recovery of protein-linked resistant oligosaccharides. These were released by treatment with alkaline borohydride and analysed by gel filtration and gradient PAGE. This strategy allowed investigation of the sequence of sugar residues along the chain relative to a common reference point (i.e. the reducing end of the chain). HNO2 scission confirmed the presence of a well-defined N-acetylated sequence predominantly 9-12 disaccharide units in length proximal to the core protein. Heparinase scission produced two classes of oligosaccharides (Mr approx. 7000 and 15,000) with the general formula: IdoA(2S)-GlcNSO3-[HexA-GlcNR]n-HexA-GlcNSO3-[Hex A-GlcNAc]9 12-GlcA-Gal-Gal-Xyl in which the average value for n is 1-2 for the 7000-Mr species and approx. 22 for the 15,000-Mr species. The latter oligosaccharides extend to about one-third of the total length of the HS chains (Mr approx. 45,000). HNO2 scission of these oligosaccharides enabled hypothetical models for their sequence to be proposed. The general arrangement of N-sulphated and N-acetylated disaccharides between the proximal GlcNSO3 and terminal IdoA(2S) residues of the 15,000-Mr fragment was similar to that in the original polysaccharide, suggesting the possibility of a tandemly repeating pattern in the sequence of HS. Images Fig. 3. PMID:1859357

  5. Photoinduced reactions of 1-(dimethylethyl)-2,2-dimethylpropyl and cyclohexyl radicals in low-temperature solids

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    Koizumi, Hitoshi; Takada, Tomoya; Ichikawa, Tsuneki; Lund, Anders

    2001-06-01

    Photoinduced reactions of 1-(dimethylethyl)-2,2-dimethylpropyl and cyclohexyl radicals in 77 K solids were studied by the ESR method. 1-(Dimethylethyl)-2,2-dimethylpropyl is converted to 2,2,4,4-tetramethylpentyl radical with photoirradiation of 254 nm light. A hydrogen atom of methyl groups can hence directly transfer to the radical site at a carbon atom other than an adjacent one in the photoinduced reactions of alkyl radicals. Cyclohexyl radical is converted to cyclopentylmethyl radical with irradiation of 254 nm light. The photolysis of cyclohexyl radical causes C-C bond scission, and results in the formation of 5-hexenyl radical. It is then converted to cyclopentylmethyl radical through intramolecular rearrangement.

  6. Origin of the narrow, single peak in the fission-fragment mass distribution for 258Fm

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    Moller, Peter; Ickhikawa, Takatoshi; Iwamoto, Akira

    2008-01-01

    We discuss the origin of the narrowness of the single peak at mass-symmetric division in the fragment mass-yield curve for spontaneous fission of {sup 258}Fm. For this purpose, we employ the macroscopic-microscopic model and calculate a potential-energy curve at the mass-symmetric compact scission configuration, as a function of the fragment mass number, which is obtained from the single-particle wave-function densities. In the calculations, we minimize total energies by varying the deformations of the two fragments, with constraints on the mass quadrupole moment, and by keeping the neck radius zero. The energies thus become functions of mass asymmetry. Using the obtained potential, we solve the one-dimensional Schroedinger equation with a microscopic coordinate-dependent inertial mass to calculate the fragment mass-yield curve. The calculated mass yield, expressed in terms of the microscopic mass density, is consistent with the extremely narrow experimental mass distribution.

  7. Biostability and macrophage-mediated foreign body reaction of silicone-modified polyurethanes.

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    Christenson, Elizabeth M; Dadsetan, Mahrokh; Hiltner, Anne

    2005-08-01

    In this study, the effect of soft segment chemistry on the phase morphology and in vivo response of commercial-grade poly(ether urethane) (PEU), silicone-modified PEU (PEU-S), poly(carbonate urethane) (PCU), and silicone-modified PCU (PCU-S) elastomers were examined. Silicone-modified polyurethanes were developed to combine the biostability of silicone with the mechanical properties of PEUs. Results from the infrared spectroscopy confirmed the presence of silicone at the surface of the PEU-S and PCU-S films. Atomic force microscopy phase imaging indicated that the overall two-phase morphology of PEUs, necessary for its thermoplastic elastomeric properties, was not disrupted by the silicone modification. After material characterization, the in vivo foreign body response and biostability of the polyurethanes were studied using a subcutaneous cage implant protocol. The results from the cage implant study indicated that monocytes adhere, differentiate to macrophages which fuse to form foreign body giant cells on all of the polyurethanes. However, the silicone-modified surfaces promoted apoptosis of adherent macrophages at 4 days and high levels of macrophage fusion after 21 days. These results confirm that the surface of a biomaterial may influence the induction of apoptosis of adherent macrophages in vivo and are consistent with previous cell culture studies of these materials. This study validates the use of our standard cell culture protocol to predict in vivo behavior and further supports the hypothesis that interleukin-4 is the primary mediator of macrophage fusion and foreign body giant cell formation in vivo. The impact of these findings on the biostability of polyurethanes is the subject of current investigations. Attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infrared analysis of explanted specimens provided evidence of chain scission and crosslinking at the surface of all of the polyurethanes. The silicone modification did not fully inhibit the oxidative

  8. Surface Modification of Polyimide Film by Dielectric Barrier Discharge at Atmospheric Pressure

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    Peng, Shi; Li, Lingjun; Li, Wei; Wang, Chaoliang; Guo, Ying; Shi, Jianjun; Zhang, Jing

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, polyimide (PI) films are modified using an atmospheric pressure plasma generated by a dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) in argon. Surface performance of PI film and its dependence on exposure time from 0 s to 300 s are investigated by dynamic water contact angle (WCA), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy in attenuated total multiple reflection mode (FTIR-ATR). The study demonstrates that dynamic WCA exhibits a minimum with 40 s plasma treatment, and evenly distributed nano-dots and shadow concaves appeared for 40 s and 12 s Ar plasma treatment individually. A short period of plasma modification can contribute to the scission of the imide ring and the introduction of C–O and C=O (–COOH) by detailed analysis of FTIR-ATR.

  9. Electron irradiation of polyurethane using UV spectroscopy, GPC and swelling analyses

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    Ravat, B.; Oudot, B.; Grivet, M.; Grohens, Y.; Chambaudet, A.

    2002-01-01

    Investigation has been performed on thermoplastic and aromatic polyetherurethane (ETPU) irradiated by an electron beam of 200 keV energy. The changes in chemical structure resulting from the irradiation and particularly the development of polyene sequences were studied using UV spectroscopy. Moreover, structural transformations have been characterized by GPC for soluble samples and by the swelling technique for insoluble samples. An increase in crosslinking rate of the polymer is observed and analyzed. The results of the chemical and structural modifications show that the development of polyene sequences and the crosslinking of the ETPU reached a maximum at about 200 μm, and that these effects increased with the fluence. Moreover, it also appeared that the increase in temperature has induced an increase in crosslinking, but the scission process has prevailed to the crosslinking with the increase in electron flux.

  10. Preparation and characterization of tungsten/epoxy composites for γ-rays radiation shielding

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    Chang, Le; Zhang, Yan; Liu, Yujian; Fang, Jun; Luan, Weilin; Yang, Xiangmin; Zhang, Weidong

    2015-08-01

    Tungsten/epoxy composites were prepared by blending epoxy resin with different weight percent of tungsten powder. The effect of filler loading on shielding and mechanical properties of composites was investigated by using two different activities of Co-60 source. And radiation degradation mechanism was studied according to the changes of free radicals concentrations, mechanical properties and thermal properties of composites. The results show that with the increment of tungsten loading, shielding property of composites increases. However, with the increase of irradiation dose, thermal stability and mechanical properties of composites decrease firstly, then increase slightly, and decline sharply at the end due to competition reaction between chain scission and cross-linking originated from γ-rays radiation.

  11. Shell energy and the level-density parameter of hot nuclei

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    Nerlo-Pomorska, Bozena; Pomorski, Krzysztof; Bartel, Johann

    2006-09-15

    Macroscopic-microscopic calculations have been performed with the Yukawa folded mean field for 134 spherical even-even nuclei and 6 deformed ones at temperatures 0{<=}T{<=}5 MeV and elongations ranging from oblate shapes to the scission configuration of fissioning nuclei. The Strutinsky type free-energy shell corrections for this sample of nuclei and their temperature and deformation dependence are found by a folding procedure in particle-number space. The average dependence of the single-particle level-density parameter on mass number A and isospin I is determined and compared with previous estimates obtained using the relativistic mean-field theory, the Hartree-Fock approximation with the Skyrme effective interaction, and the phenomenological Thomas-Fermi approach adjusted to experimental data. The estimates for the level-density parameter obtained for different deformations are fitted by a liquid-drop type expression.

  12. Use of self-assembled monolayers to control interface bonding in a model study of interfacial fracture

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    KENT,MICHAEL S.; YIM,HYUN; MATHESON,AARON J.; COGDILL,C.; REEDY JR.,EARL DAVID

    2000-03-02

    The relationship between the nature and spatial distribution of fundamental interfacial interactions and fracture stress/fracture toughness of a glassy adhesive-inorganic solid joint is not understood. This relationship is important from the standpoint of designing interfacial chemistry sufficient to provide the level of mechanical strength required for a particular application. In addition, it is also important for understanding the effects of surface contamination. Different types of contamination, or different levels of contamination, likely impact joint strength in different ways. Furthermore, the relationship is also important from the standpoint of aging. If interfacial chemical bonds scission over time due to the presence of a contaminant such as water, or exposure to UV, etc, the relationship between joint strength/fracture toughness and interface strength is important for predicting reliability with time. A fundamental understanding of the relationship between joint strength and fundamental interfacial interactions will give insight into these issues.

  13. Dynamical effects in fission investigated at high excitation energy

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    Benlliure, J.

    2016-05-01

    The experimental techniques used for the investigation of nuclear fission have progressed considerably during the last decade. Most of this progress is based on the use of the inverse kinematics technique allowing for the first time the complete isotopic and kinematic characterization of both fission fragments. These measurements make possible to characterize the fissioning system at saddle and at scission, and can be used to benchmark fission model calculations. One of the important ingredients in transport models describing the dynamics of the process is the dissipation parameter, governing the coupling between intrinsic and collective degrees of freedom. Recent experiments got access to the magnitude of this parameter and could also investigate its dependence in temperature and deformation.

  14. The radiation chemistry of polyetherimides

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    Basheer, Rafil; Dole, Malcolm

    G-values for crosslinking, G(X) and for chain scissions, G(S), have been determined for the electron beam irradiation at room temperature in vacuum of a polyetherimide called ULTEM by General Electric Co.. In addition, ESR studies of the free radicals produced in ULTEM by γ-irradiation in vacuum at 77K have also been carried out. In the electron beam irradiation experiments the very low G(X) and G(S) values, only 0.014 and 0.005 respectively, demonstrate the high radiation stability of this material. The decay at 70° and 160°C of the free radicals in the electron beam irradiated samples accurately followed the Waite equation. Also the solubility-dose data could be accurately interpreted in terms of the Charlesby-Pinner equation.

  15. Development of high performance proton-conducting solid electrolytes

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    Linkous, C.A.; Kopitzke, R.W.

    1998-08-01

    This work seeks to improve the efficiency of fuel cell and electrolyzer operation by developing solid electrolytes that will function at higher temperatures. Two objectives were pursued: (1) determine the mechanism of hydrolytic decomposition of aromatic sulfonic acid ionomers, with the intent of identifying structural weaknesses that can be avoided in future materials; and (2) identify new directions in solid electrolyte development. After evaluating a number of aromatic sulfonates, it became apparent that no common mechanism was going to be found; instead, each polymer had its own sequence of degradation steps, involving some combination of desulfonation and/or chain scission. For electrochemical cell operation at temperatures > 200 C, it will be necessary to develop solid electrolytes that do not require sulfonic acids and do not require water to maintain its conductivity mechanism.

  16. Induced Fission of ^{240}Pu within a Real-Time Microscopic Framework.

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    Bulgac, Aurel; Magierski, Piotr; Roche, Kenneth J; Stetcu, Ionel

    2016-03-25

    We describe the fissioning dynamics of ^{240}Pu from a configuration in the proximity of the outer fission barrier to full scission and the formation of the fragments within an implementation of density functional theory extended to superfluid systems and real-time dynamics. The fission fragments emerge with properties similar to those determined experimentally, while the fission dynamics appears to be quite complex, with many excited shape and pairing modes. The evolution is found to be much slower than previously expected, and the ultimate role of the collective inertia is found to be negligible in this fully nonadiabatic treatment of nuclear dynamics, where all collective degrees of freedom (CDOF) are included (unlike adiabatic treatments with a small number of CDOF). PMID:27058076

  17. In situ coupling of chitosan onto polypropylene foils by an Atmospheric Pressure Air Glow Discharge with a liquid cathode.

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    Nikitin, D; Choukourov, A; Titov, V; Kuzmicheva, L; Lipatova, I; Mezina, E; Aleksandriiskii, V; Shelemin, A; Khalakhan, I; Slavinska, D; Biederman, H

    2016-12-10

    Atmospheric air plasma treatment of chitosan solutions leads to degradation of chitosan molecules by OH radicals and is accompanied by a predominant cleavage of glycosidic linkages and by a decrease of the molecular weight. The degradation proceeds via first order kinetics with the rate constant of (5.73±0.22)×10(-6)s(-1) and the energetic yield of chitosan bond scission of (2.4±0.2)×10(-8)mol/J. Products of degradation together with intact chitosan molecules adsorb and form coatings on polypropylene foils immersed into the solution that is being plasma treated. The plasma treatment results in strong binding of chitosan to polypropylene due to the formation of covalent bonds between the activated polymer surface and chitosan molecules. Plasma-driven crosslinking is responsible for the accumulation of compressive stress which leads to the development of buckling instabilities in the chitosan coatings. PMID:27577893

  18. Photodegradation of bensulfuron-methyl on soil surface.

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    Si, You-Bin; Yue, Yong-De; Chen, Huai-Man; Zhou, Dong-Mei

    2004-03-01

    Photolysis of bensulfuron-methyl on soil surface was studied under sunlight and UV light. Seven photoproducts were isolated and characterised by spectroscopic methods. The major processes in the photolysis of bensulfuron-methyl in soil are cleavage of the sulfonylurea bridge, scission of the SO2NH bond and contraction of the sulfuronylurea bridge. The rates of photodegradation of bensulfuron-methyl on different soils followed first-order rate kinetics with half lives of 21.9, 28.4, 36.9, 59.2 and 47.2 h (UV) and 23.1, 27.5, 29.1, 38.9 and 33.8 days (sunlight) for vertisol, alluvial, alfisol, red and laterite soils, respectively. The differences in rates of photodegradation were dependent upon the soil texture and organic matter content. PMID:15025240

  19. Microscopic modeling of mass and charge distributions in the spontaneous fission of 240Pu

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    Sandhukhan, Jhilam; Nazarewicz, Witold; Schunck, Nicolas

    2016-01-20

    We propose a methodology to calculate microscopically the mass and charge distributions of spontaneous fission yields. We combine the multidimensional minimization of collective action for fission with stochastic Langevin dynamics to track the relevant fission paths from the ground-state configuration up to scission. The nuclear potential energy and collective inertia governing the tunneling motion are obtained with nuclear density functional theory in the collective space of shape deformations and pairing. As a result, we obtain a quantitative agreement with experimental data and find that both the charge and mass distributions in the spontaneous fission of 240Pu are sensitive both tomore » the dissipation in collective motion and to adiabatic fission characteristics.« less

  20. Transition State Features in the Hepatitis Delta Virus (HDV) Ribozyme Reaction Revealed by Atomic Perturbations

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    Koo, Selene C.; Lu, Jun; Li, Nan-Sheng; Leung, Edward; Das, Subha R.; Harris, Michael E.; Piccirilli, Joseph A.

    2016-01-01

    Endonucleolytic ribozymes constitute a class of non-coding RNAs that catalyze single strand RNA scission. With crystal structures available for all of the known ribozymes, a major challenge involves relating functional data to the physically observed RNA architecture. In the case of the HDV ribozyme, there are three high-resolution crystal structures, the product state of the reaction and two precursor variants, with distinct mechanistic implications. Here, we develop new strategies to probe the structure and catalytic mechanism of a ribozyme. First, we use double mutant cycles to distinguish differences in functional group proximity implicated by the crystal structures. Second, we use a corrected form of the Brønsted equation to assess the functional significance of general acid catalysis in the system. Our results delineate the functional relevance of atomic interactions inferred from structure, and suggest that the HDV ribozyme transition state resembles the cleavage product in the degree of proton transfer to the leaving group. PMID:26125657

  1. Theoretical study of geometry relaxation following core excitation: H2O, NH3, and CH4

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    Takahashi, Osamu; Kunitake, Naoto; Takaki, Saya

    2015-10-01

    Single core-hole (SCH) and double core-hole excited state molecular dynamics (MD) calculations for neutral and cationic H2O, NH3, and CH4 have been performed to examine geometry relaxation after core excitation. We observed faster X-H (X = C, N, O) bond elongation for the core-ionized state produced from the valence cationic molecule and the double-core-ionized state produced from the ground and valence cationic molecules than for the first resonant SCH state. Using the results of SCH MD simulations of the ground and valence cationic molecules, Auger decay spectra calculations were performed. We found that fast bond scission leads to peak broadening of the spectra.

  2. Hardness Evolution of Gamma-Irradiated Polyoxymethylene

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    Hung, Chuan-Hao; Harmon, Julie P.; Lee, Sanboh

    2016-04-01

    This study focuses on analyzing hardness evolution in gamma-irradiated polyoxymethylene (POM) exposed to elevated temperatures after irradiation. Hardness increases with increasing annealing temperature and time, but decreases with increasing gamma ray dose. Hardness changes are attributed to defects generated in the microstructure and molecular structure. Gamma irradiation causes a decrease in the glass transition temperature, melting point, and extent of crystallinity. The kinetics of defects resulting in hardness changes follow a first-order structure relaxation. The rate constant adheres to an Arrhenius equation, and the corresponding activation energy decreases with increasing dose due to chain scission during gamma irradiation. The structure relaxation of POM has a lower energy barrier in crystalline regions than in amorphous ones. The hardness evolution in POM is an endothermic process due to the semi-crystalline nature of this polymer.

  3. Association of Influenza Virus Proteins with Membrane Rafts

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    Veit, Michael; Thaa, Bastian

    2011-01-01

    Assembly and budding of influenza virus proceeds in the viral budozone, a domain in the plasma membrane with characteristics of cholesterol/sphingolipid-rich membrane rafts. The viral transmembrane glycoproteins hemagglutinin (HA) and neuraminidase (NA) are intrinsically targeted to these domains, while M2 is seemingly targeted to the edge of the budozone. Virus assembly is orchestrated by the matrix protein M1, binding to all viral components and the membrane. Budding progresses by protein- and lipid-mediated membrane bending and particle scission probably mediated by M2. Here, we summarize the experimental evidence for this model with emphasis on the raft-targeting features of HA, NA, and M2 and review the functional importance of raft domains for viral protein transport, assembly and budding, environmental stability, and membrane fusion. PMID:22312341

  4. Radiation-induced degradation of galactomannan polysaccharides

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    Şen, Murat; Yolaçan, Burcu; Güven, Olgun

    2007-12-01

    In this study, guar gum, tara gum and locust bean gum were irradiated in a gamma cell in the solid state. The change in their molecular weights were determined by size exclusion chromatography analysis and the change in their viscosity values with change of temperature and irradiation dose were determined. Chain scission yield, G( s), and degradation rate values were calculated. The calculated G( s) values is 1.09 ± 0.16, 1.07 ± 0.06, 0.85 ± 0.10 for GG, TG and LBG, respectively. The effect of mannose-galactose ratio and initial molecular weight of these gums on the degradation behavior were discussed.

  5. Reactivity of atomically dispersed Pt(2+) species towards H2: model Pt-CeO2 fuel cell catalyst.

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    Lykhach, Yaroslava; Figueroba, Alberto; Camellone, Matteo Farnesi; Neitzel, Armin; Skála, Tomáš; Negreiros, Fabio R; Vorokhta, Mykhailo; Tsud, Nataliya; Prince, Kevin C; Fabris, Stefano; Neyman, Konstantin M; Matolín, Vladimír; Libuda, Jörg

    2016-03-01

    The reactivity of atomically dispersed Pt(2+) species on the surface of nanostructured CeO2 films and the mechanism of H2 activation on these sites have been investigated by means of synchrotron radiation photoelectron spectroscopy and resonant photoemission spectroscopy in combination with density functional calculations. Isolated Pt(2+) sites are found to be inactive towards H2 dissociation due to high activation energy required for H-H bond scission. Trace amounts of metallic Pt are necessary to initiate H2 dissociation on Pt-CeO2 films. H2 dissociation triggers the reduction of Ce(4+) cations which, in turn, is coupled with the reduction of Pt(2+) species. The mechanism of Pt(2+) reduction involves reverse oxygen spillover and formation of oxygen vacancies on Pt-CeO2 films. Our calculations suggest the existence of a threshold concentration of oxygen vacancies associated with the onset of Pt(2+) reduction. PMID:26908194

  6. Mechanism-Based Tuning of a LOV Domain Photoreceptor

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    Zoltowski, B.; Vaccaro, B; Crane, B

    2009-01-01

    Phototropin-like LOV domains form a cysteinyl-flavin adduct in response to blue light but show considerable variation in output signal and the lifetime of the photo-adduct signaling state. Mechanistic studies of the slow-cycling fungal LOV photoreceptor Vivid (VVD) reveal the importance of reactive cysteine conformation, flavin electronic environment and solvent accessibility for adduct scission and thermal reversion. Proton inventory, pH effects, base catalysis and structural studies implicate flavin N5 deprotonation as rate-determining for recovery. Substitutions of active site residues Ile74, Ile85, Met135 and Met165 alter photoadduct lifetimes by over four orders of magnitude in VVD, and similar changes in other LOV proteins show analogous effects. Adduct state decay rates also correlate with changes in conformational and oligomeric properties of the protein necessary for signaling. These findings link natural sequence variation of LOV domains to function and provide a means to design broadly reactive light-sensitive probes.

  7. Molecular conformation changes of PET films under high-energy Ar ion bombardment

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    Liu, Changlong; Jin, Yunfan; Zhu, Zhiyong; Sun, Youmei; Hou, Mingdong; Wang, Zhiguang; Wang, Yanbin; Zhang, Chonghong; Chen, Xiaoxi; Liu, Jie; Li, Baoquan

    2000-06-01

    Investigation of the surface modification in molecular structure of semicrystalline polyethylene terephthalate (PET) films induced by Ar ion bombardment is presented. The PET samples are analysed by using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffractometer (XRD), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). A significant loss of crystallinity is observed, which is related to the configuration transformation of ethylene glycol residue from the trans into the gauche. Chain scissions are observed at the para position of di-substituted benzene rings, -CO bonds and C-O bonds. The C-O bonds are destroyed more selectively than -CO bonds. The benzene ring structures show only small change under irradiation and do not participate in degradation process. Extra CC bonds and alkyne end groups are created above a critical dose of 4.0 MGy. The results are briefly discussed.

  8. Photostabilizing Efficiency of PVC in the Presence of Schiff Bases as Photostabilizers.

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    Yousif, Emad; Al-Amiery, Ahmed A; Kadihum, Abdulhadi; Kadhum, Abdul Amir H; Mohamad, Abu Bakar

    2015-01-01

    The photostabilization of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) films by Schiff bases was investigated. Polyvinyl chloride films containing 0.5 wt % Schiff bases were produced using the same casting method as that used for additive-free PVC films from tetrahydrofuran (THF) solvent. The photostabilization activities of these compounds were determined by monitoring the carbonyl, polyene and hydroxyl indices with irradiation time. The changes in viscosity average molecular weight of PVC with irradiation time were also monitored using THF as a solvent. The quantum yield of chain scission (Φcs) for the studied complexes in PVC was estimated to range between 4.72 and 8.99 × 10(-8). According to the experimental results, several mechanisms were suggested, depending on the structure of the additive. Ultra violet (UV) absorption, peroxide decomposition and radical scavenging were suggested as the photostabilizing mechanisms. PMID:26556323

  9. Consequences of thermo- and photo-oxidation on end-use properties of pure PE

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    Tireau, Jonathan; Van Schoors, Laetitia; Benzarti, Karim; Colin, Xavier

    2010-06-02

    Thin films of polyethylene have been exposed to thermal and photochemical accelerated agings at different temperatures and different UV intensities. In both cases, mechanical tests performed on aged samples revealed a severe embrittlement of the PE material. However, a multi-scale analysis showed that i) under thermal oxidative conditions, such embrittlement mainly resulted from a reduction of molecular mobility of the amorphous phase due to annealing phenomena, while ii) it was rather associated to a competition between chain scission and cross-linking processes under photo-oxidative conditions. As regards the oxidation mechanisms, it was found that thermo-oxidation is clearly initiated by a bimolecular decomposition of hydroperoxides, while photo-oxidation seems rather initiated by the photolysis of ketones and hydroperoxides. Over a critical threshold of the hydroperoxide concentration, thermolysis of hydroperoxides seems to predominate and even to control the overall photo-oxidation kinetics.

  10. Evaluation of the toxic and genotoxic potential of acid mine drainage using physicochemical parameters and bioassays.

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    Netto, E; Madeira, R A; Silveira, F Z; Fiori, M A; Angioleto, E; Pich, C T; Geremias, R

    2013-05-01

    Carboniferous activity generates acid mine drainage (AMD) which is capable of unleashing toxic effects on the exposed biota. The aim of this study was to evaluate the toxic and genotoxic potential of untreated-AMD and AMD treated with calcinated sediment, using physicochemical parameters and bioassays. Results revealed that untreated-AMD presented low pH values and elevated concentrations of the metals Fe, Al, Mn, Zn and Cu. High acute toxicity was observed in Artemia sp. and Daphnia magna, and sub-chronic toxicity and genotoxicity in Allium cepa L. as well as scission of plasmid DNA exposed to untreated-AMD. Treatment of AMD with calcinated sediment promoted the reduction of acidity and the removal of metals, as well as a reduction in toxic and genotoxic effects. In conclusion, the calcinated sediment can be used as an alternative AMD treatment. PMID:23518284

  11. A DNA enzyme with N-glycosylase activity

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    Sheppard, T. L.; Ordoukhanian, P.; Joyce, G. F.

    2000-01-01

    In vitro evolution was used to develop a DNA enzyme that catalyzes the site-specific depurination of DNA with a catalytic rate enhancement of about 10(6)-fold. The reaction involves hydrolysis of the N-glycosidic bond of a particular deoxyguanosine residue, leading to DNA strand scission at the apurinic site. The DNA enzyme contains 93 nucleotides and is structurally complex. It has an absolute requirement for a divalent metal cation and exhibits optimal activity at about pH 5. The mechanism of the reaction was confirmed by analysis of the cleavage products by using HPLC and mass spectrometry. The isolation and characterization of an N-glycosylase DNA enzyme demonstrates that single-stranded DNA, like RNA and proteins, can form a complex tertiary structure and catalyze a difficult biochemical transformation. This DNA enzyme provides a new approach for the site-specific cleavage of DNA molecules.

  12. Asymmetric Desymmetrization via Metal-Free C-F Bond Activation: Synthesis of 3,5-Diaryl-5-fluoromethyloxazolidin-2-ones with Quaternary Carbon Centers.

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    Tanaka, Junki; Suzuki, Satoru; Tokunaga, Etsuko; Haufe, Günter; Shibata, Norio

    2016-08-01

    We disclose the first asymmetric activation of a non-activated aliphatic C-F bond in which a conceptually new desymmetrization of 1,3-difluorides by silicon-induced selective C-F bond scission is a key step. The combination of a cinchona alkaloid based chiral ammonium bifluoride catalyst and N,O-bis(trimethylsilyl)acetoamide (BSA) as the silicon reagent enabled the efficient catalytic cycle of asymmetric Csp3 -F bond cleavage under mild conditions with high enantioselectivities. The ortho effect of the aryl group at the prostereogenic center is remarkable. This concept was applied for the asymmetric synthesis of promising agrochemical compounds, 3,5-diaryl-5-fluoromethyloxazolidin-2-ones bearing a quaternary carbon center. PMID:27332650

  13. Electron beam induced microstructural changes and electrical conductivity in Bakelite polymer RPC detector material: A positron lifetime study

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    Aneesh Kumar, K. V.; Ningaraju, S.; Munirathnamma, L. M.; Ravikumar, H. B.; Ranganathaiah, C.

    2015-06-01

    In order to explore the structural modification induced electrical conductivity, samples of Bakelite RPC polymer detector materials were exposed to 8 MeV of electron beam with the irradiation dose from 20 kGy to 100 kGy in steps of 20 kGy. The microstructural changes upon electron beam irradiation have been studied using Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy (PALS) and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy. Positron lifetime parameters viz., o-Ps lifetime and its intensity show chain scission at lower doses (20 kGy, 40 kGy) followed by cross-linking beyond 40 kGydue to the radical reactions. The reduction in electrical conductivity of Bakelite material beyond 60 kGy is correlated to the conducting pathways and cross-links in the polymer matrix. The appropriate doses of electron beam irradiation of Bakelite material may reduce the leakage current and hence improves the performance of the detector.

  14. Chapter 8: Pyrolysis Mechanisms of Lignin Model Compounds Using a Heated Micro-Reactor

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    Robichaud, David J.; Nimlos, Mark R.; Ellison, G. Barney

    2015-10-03

    Lignin is an important component of biomass, and the decomposition of its thermal deconstruction products is important in pyrolysis and gasification. In this chapter, we investigate the unimolecular pyrolysis chemistry through the use of singly and doubly substituted benzene molecules that are model compounds representative of lignin and its primary pyrolysis products. These model compounds are decomposed in a heated micro-reactor, and the products, including radicals and unstable intermediates, are measured using photoionization mass spectrometry and matrix isolation infrared spectroscopy. We show that the unimolecular chemistry can yield insight into the initial decomposition of these species. At pyrolysis and gasification severities, singly substituted benzenes typically undergo bond scission and elimination reactions to form radicals. Some require radical-driven chain reactions. For doubly substituted benzenes, proximity effects of the substituents can change the reaction pathways.

  15. Polymer-gas reactions (air pollutants: NO2 and SO2) as function of pressure, UV light, temperature, and morphology: A survey

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    Jellinek, H. H. G.

    1972-01-01

    Reactions of various polymers, such as polystyrene and its stereo-specific isomers, butylrubber, nylon, etc., with nitrogen dioxide and sulfur-dioxide were studied over the past few years. More recently, work has been initiated on the influence of polymer morphology on degradation of polymers in presence of these gases, near UV radiation and oxygen. Unexpected effects have been observed during chain scission near room temperature. Thus, for instance, isotactic polystyrene of various crystallinities, as far as extent and type are concerned, show marked differences in their degradation characteristics. Thus, for instance, crystalline polymers show faster degradation than amorphous ones, which seems to be contrary to expectations. However, this phenomenon can be explained in quite a consistent manner. The importance of all these reactions in connection with air pollution is briefly discussed.

  16. High performance polymers and polymer matrix composites for spacecraft structural applications

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    Bowles, D. E.; Connell, J. W.

    1992-01-01

    A program implemented by NASA Langley Research Center to develop and evaluate new polymers and polymer matrix composites for spacecraft structural applications is examined. Various polymeric films, moldings, and adhesives are evaluated for resistance to atomic oxygen and high energy electron and UV radiation. Thin films from the poly(arylene ether)s containing phenylphosphine oxide groups and the siloxane-epoxies exhibited minor weight loss compared to Kapton polyimide after exposure. Large doses (greater than 10 exp 9 rads) of electron radiation, simulating 30 yr of exposure in GEO, are found to alter the chemical structure of epoxies by both chain scission and cross-linking. The thermal cycling representative of both LEO and GEO environments can cause microcracking in composites which can in turn affect the dimensional stability and produce mechanical property reductions. The processing and fabrication issues associated with precision composite spacecraft components are also addressed.

  17. Synthesis of full-length oligonucleotides: cleavage of apurinic molecules on a novel support.

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    Kwiatkowski, M; Nilsson, M; Landegren, U

    1996-01-01

    The synthesis of oligodeoxynucleotides is marred by several problems that contribute to the formation of defective molecules. This in turn seriously limits the usefulness of such reagents in DNA diagnostics, molecular cloning, DNA structural analysis and in antisense therapy. In particular, depurination reactions during the cyclical steps of synthesis lead to strand scission during cleavage of the completed molecules from the support. Here we present a remedy to this problem: a novel disiloxyl linkage that connects oligonucleotides to the support withstands reaction conditions that allow the removal of the 5' parts of any depurinated molecules. This ensures that all molecules that preserve the 5' protecting group when cleaved from the support will have both correct 3'- and 5'-ends. We demonstrate the application of the support for synthesis of padlock probe molecules. PMID:8972847

  18. A molecular simulation study of chemical degradation and mechanical deformation of hydrated Nafion membranes

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    Xie, Jing; Ban, Shuai; Liu, Bei; Zhou, Hongjun

    2016-01-01

    A combined modeling approach using kinetic Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics simulations is applied to investigate both chemical and mechanical degradation of Nafion membranes on the molecular level. In different hydration conditions, two major degradation reactions are identified to be the main chain unzipping and the side chain scission. The dissolution process of Nafion is evaluated in terms of weight loss, production emission rate and evolution of functional groups. Further, the complicated structural deformation is preliminarily investigated by imposing linear strain on degraded Nafion membrane. Different craze patterns are compared before and after chemical degradation, and the mechanism of crack propagation is proposed. Finally, prospective applications of our modeling approach are addressed for future studies of membrane degradation phenomena under fuel cell operation conditions.

  19. Aldoses on Ni/Pd(1 1 1) surfaces: A TPD study

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    McManus, Jesse R.; Vohs, John M.

    2013-04-01

    The catalytic production of fuels and chemicals from biomass requires a greater understanding of the chemistry of biomass derived sugars on advanced catalyst surfaces. This study examines the reaction of cellulosic derivative D-glucose and functional surrogates glycolaldehyde and glyceraldehyde on the bimetallic Ni/Pd(1 1 1) surface using temperature programmed desorption (TPD) in ultra high vacuum (UHV). It was found that the primary reaction pathway on the Ni/Pd system for all three molecules was dehydrogenation to produce CO and H2. Additionally, it was found that of the surfaces studied, the reforming activity followed the trend Pd(1 1 1) > Pd-Ni-Pd≈Ni-Pd-Pd > thick Ni/Pd. The Ni terminated surfaces were also found to produce ethylene at high temperatures and saw generally higher temperature and broader H2 desorption peaks, suggesting a higher energy barrier for Csbnd H bond scission.

  20. A DFT study on the possibility of using boron nitride nanotubes as a dehydrogenation catalyst for methanol

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    Esrafili, Mehdi D.; Nurazar, Roghaye

    2014-09-01

    The adsorption and subsequent dissociative dehydrogenation reaction of methanol (CH3OH) on (6,0) zigzag boron nitride nanotube (BNNT) are investigated using the density functional theory calculations. Five adsorption types and four reaction channels are identified. The calculated adsorption energies range from -1.4 to -21.9 kcal/mol. The results indicate that O-H bond scission is the most favorable pathway on the tube surface. It is predicted that on the surface of the BNNT, the rate-determining step is the dehydrogenation of adsorbed OCH3. The activation energy barrier for generation of a H2 molecule and its subsequent desorption from the surface is approximately 28 kcal/mol. The side reaction that generates CH3 and OH fragments is exothermic by -1.6 kcal/mol with an energy-barrier height of 58 kcal/mol.

  1. Measurement of DNA damage induced by irradiation with gamma-rays from a TRIGA Mark II research reactor in human cells using Fast Micromethod.

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    Hassanein, Hamdy; Müller, Claudia I; Schlösser, Dietmar; Kratz, Karl-Ludwig; Senyuk, Olga F; Schröder, Heinz C

    2002-06-01

    The Fast Micromethod is a novel quick and convenient microplate assay for determination of DNA single-strand breaks. This method measures the rate of unwinding of cellular DNA upon exposure to alkaline conditions using a fluorescent dye which preferentially binds to double-stranded DNA. Here we applied this method to determine the levels of DNA single-strand breaks in HeLa cells induced by y-irradiation deriving from fission isotopes and activation products at the TRIGA Mark II research reactor in Mainz. An increased strand scission factor (SSF) value, which is indicative for DNA damage, was found at doses of 1 Gy and higher. A similar increase in SSF value, which further increased in a dose-dependent manner, was found in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells after irradiation with 6 MV X-rays from a linear accelerator to give a total exposure of 0.5 to 10 Gy. PMID:12064446

  2. Induced fission of Pu240 within a real-time microscopic framework

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    Bulgac, Aurel; Magierski, Piotr; Roche, Kenneth J.; Stetcu, Ionel

    2016-03-25

    Here, we describe the fissioning dynamics of 240Pu from a configuration in the proximity of the outer fission barrier to full scission and the formation of the fragments within an implementation of density functional theory extended to superfluid systems and real-time dynamics. The fission fragments emerge with properties similar to those determined experimentally, while the fission dynamics appears to be quite complex, with many excited shape and pairing modes. The evolution is found to be much slower than previously expected, and the ultimate role of the collective inertia is found to be negligible in this fully nonadiabatic treatment of nuclearmore » dynamics, where all collective degrees of freedom (CDOF) are included (unlike adiabatic treatments with a small number of CDOF).« less

  3. Cleaving DNA with DNA

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    Carmi, Nir; Balkhi, Shameelah R.; Breaker, Ronald R.

    1998-03-01

    A DNA structure is described that can cleave single-stranded DNA oligonucleotides in the presence of ionic copper. This ``deoxyribozyme'' can self-cleave or can operate as a bimolecular complex that simultaneously makes use of duplex and triplex interactions to bind and cleave separate DNA substrates. Bimolecular deoxyribozyme-mediated strand scission proceeds with a kobs of 0.2 min-1, whereas the corresponding uncatalyzed reaction could not be detected. The duplex and triplex recognition domains can be altered, making possible the targeted cleavage of single-stranded DNAs with different nucleotide sequences. Several small synthetic DNAs were made to function as simple ``restriction enzymes'' for the site-specific cleavage of single-stranded DNA.

  4. Monte Carlo study of living polymers with the bond-fluctuation method

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    Rouault, Yannick; Milchev, Andrey

    1995-06-01

    The highly efficient bond-fluctuation method for Monte Carlo simulations of both static and dynamic properties of polymers is applied to a system of living polymers. Parallel to stochastic movements of monomers, which result in Rouse dynamics of the macromolecules, the polymer chains break, or associate at chain ends with other chains and single monomers, in the process of equilibrium polymerization. We study the changes in equilibrium properties, such as molecular-weight distribution, average chain length, and radius of gyration, and specific heat with varying density and temperature of the system. The results of our numeric experiments indicate a very good agreement with the recently suggested description in terms of the mean-field approximation. The coincidence of the specific heat maximum position at kBT=V/4 in both theory and simulation suggests the use of calorimetric measurements for the determination of the scission-recombination energy V in real experiments.

  5. Virus-mimetic nanovesicles as a versatile antigen-delivery system

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    Zhang, Pengfei; Chen, Yixin; Zeng, Yun; Shen, Chenguang; Li, Rui; Guo, Zhide; Li, Shaowei; Zheng, Qingbing; Chu, Chengchao; Wang, Zhantong; Zheng, Zizheng; Tian, Rui; Ge, Shengxiang; Zhang, Xianzhong; Xia, Ning-Shao; Liu, Gang; Chen, Xiaoyuan

    2015-01-01

    It is a critically important challenge to rapidly design effective vaccines to reduce the morbidity and mortality of unexpected pandemics. Inspired from the way that most enveloped viruses hijack a host cell membrane and subsequently release by a budding process that requires cell membrane scission, we genetically engineered viral antigen to harbor into cell membrane, then form uniform spherical virus-mimetic nanovesicles (VMVs) that resemble natural virus in size, shape, and specific immunogenicity with the help of surfactants. Incubation of major cell membrane vesicles with surfactants generates a large amount of nano-sized uniform VMVs displaying the native conformational epitopes. With the diverse display of epitopes and viral envelope glycoproteins that can be functionally anchored onto VMVs, we demonstrate VMVs to be straightforward, robust and tunable nanobiotechnology platforms for fabricating antigen delivery systems against a wide range of enveloped viruses. PMID:26504197

  6. Thermal oxidative degradation reactions of linear perfluoroalky lethers

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    Jones, W. R., Jr.; Paciorek, K. J. L.; Ito, T. I.; Kratzer, R. H.

    1982-01-01

    Thermal and thermal oxidative stability studies were performed on linear perfluoro alkyl ether fluids. The effect on degradation by metal catalysts and degradation inhibitors are reported. The liner perfluoro alkylethers are inherently unstable at 316 C in an oxidizing atmosphere. The metal catalysts greatly increased the rate of degradation in oxidizing atmospheres. In the presence of these metals in an oxidizing atmosphere, the degradation inhibitors were highly effective in arresting degradation at 288 C. However, the inhibitors had only limited effectiveness at 316 C. The metals promote degradation by chain scission. Based on elemental analysis and oxygen consumption data, the linear perfluoro alkylether fluids have a structural arrangement based on difluoroformyl and tetrafluoroethylene oxide units, with the former predominating.

  7. Improved mechanical properties and ozone resistance of radiation-cured SBR. Final report, Dec 88-Jun 91. [Styrene Butadiene Rubber

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    Basfar, A.A.; Silverman, J.

    1991-08-01

    This report is a continuation and extension of the work of the earlier Army contract, where the superiority of the electron beam cured styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) tank pads to the sulfur cured pads was demonstrated. The focus of the present study is the investigation of the extraordinary ozone resistance of our radiation cured SBR, and also on possible alternatives for SBR, butadiene rubber (BR) in particular, as a tank pad compound. Base formulations of a fully sulfur cured system were established with 5% reproducibility, and results were confirmed by mechanical properties measurements on identical formulations from Belvoir Research Development and Engineering Center (BRDEC). Constant mechanical properties as a function of exposure to ozone indicate either competitive cross-linking and scissioning reactions or a 'protective' effect caused by higher terminal vinyl concentrations in the radiation cured formulations.

  8. Surface characterization and adhesion of oxygen plasma-modified LARC-TPI

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    Chin, J. W.; Wightman, J. P.

    1992-01-01

    LARC-TPI, an aromatic thermoplastic polyimide, was exposed to an oxygen plasma as a surface pretreatment for adhesive bonding. Chemical and physical changes which occurred in the polyimide surface as a result of the plasma treatment were investigated using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), infrared reflection-absorption spectroscopy (IR-RAS), contact-angle analysis, ellipsometry, and high resolution SEM. A 180-deg peel test with an acrylate-based pressure sensitive adhesive as a flexible adherent was utilized to study the interactions of the plasma-treated polyimide surface with other polymeric materials. The surface characterization and adhesion testing results showed that the oxygen plasma treatment, while creating a more hydrophilic, polar surface, also caused chain scission, resulting in the formation of a weak boundary layer which inhibited adhesion.

  9. Fusion, fission, and quasi-fission using TDHF

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    Umar, Sait; Oberacker, Volker

    2014-03-01

    We study fusion, fission, and quasi-fission reactions using the time-dependent Hartee-Fock (TDHF) approach together with the density-constrained TDHF method for fusion. The only input is the Skyrme NN interaction, there are no adjustable parameters. We discuss the identification of quasi-fission in 40Ca+238U, the scission dynamics in symmetric fission of 264Fm, as well as calculating heavy-ion interaction potentials V (R) , mass parameters M (R) , and total fusion cross sections from light to heavy systems. Some of the effects naturally included in these calculations are: neck formation, mass exchange, internal excitations, deformation effects, as well as nuclear alignment for deformed systems. Supported by DOE grant DE-FG02-96ER40975.

  10. Exploring the core level shift origin of sulfur and thiolates on Pd(111) surfaces.

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    Salvarezza, Roberto Carlos; Carro, Pilar

    2015-10-01

    Thiol molecules on planar metal surfaces are widely used for building sensing and electronic devices and also as capping agents to protect and to control the size and shape of nanoparticles. In the case of Pd the thiol molecules exhibit a complex behavior because C-S bond scission is possible, resulting in a significant amount of co-adsorbed S. Therefore identification of these species on Pd is a key point for many applications, a task that is usually achieved by XPS. Here we show, from DFT calculations, that the core level shift (CLS) of the S 2p binding energy (BE) of thiol and sulfur on different thiol-Pd(111) surface models strongly depends on the adsorbed or subsurface state of sulfur atoms. Our results reflect the complexity of S 2p BE behavior and contribute to understanding and reanalyzing the experimental data of thiolated Pd surfaces. PMID:26325179

  11. Induced Fission of 240Pu within a Real-Time Microscopic Framework

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    Bulgac, Aurel; Magierski, Piotr; Roche, Kenneth J.; Stetcu, Ionel

    2016-03-01

    We describe the fissioning dynamics of 240Pu from a configuration in the proximity of the outer fission barrier to full scission and the formation of the fragments within an implementation of density functional theory extended to superfluid systems and real-time dynamics. The fission fragments emerge with properties similar to those determined experimentally, while the fission dynamics appears to be quite complex, with many excited shape and pairing modes. The evolution is found to be much slower than previously expected, and the ultimate role of the collective inertia is found to be negligible in this fully nonadiabatic treatment of nuclear dynamics, where all collective degrees of freedom (CDOF) are included (unlike adiabatic treatments with a small number of CDOF).

  12. Physico-chemical behaviour of β irradiated plastic materials currently used as packagings and medical products

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    Yagoubi, N.; Baillet, A.; Pellerin, F.; Ferrier, D.

    1995-11-01

    The combined chromatographic technics and thermal analysis constitute an informative methodology for studying the modifications which could occur following a radiotreatment of plastic material at different doses (25 to 100 kGy). Several plastic materials used as packagings (PVC, PE, PS) were investigated. SEC method coupled with UV and DDL detections was applied to document any changes in molecular weight distribution. Reticulation and scission were the main observed degradation phenomena. These structural modifications were supported by TGA data, while the DSC provided information on modifications in crystallinity. In addition, RP-HPLC was carried out for the evaluation of the radiochemical behaviour of the additives and monomers. Firstly we demonstrated the degradation of high molecular weight phenolic antioxidants in BHT within the PEVA. Secondly, the modifications of amino 6 caproic acid and ɛ caprolactam, present in polyamid 6, depend on the irradiation doses.

  13. Highest Efficiency Two-Photon Degradable Copolymer for Remote Controlled Release

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    Olejniczak, Jason; Sankaranarayanan, Jagadis; Viger, Mathieu L.; Almutairi, Adah

    2013-01-01

    To address the scarcity of polymers that degrade upon absorption of near infrared (NIR) light, we introduce a new polymer containing moieties in its backbone capable of highly efficient NIR-triggered photocleavage. The polymer rapidly undergoes backbone scission in response to both UV-Vis and near infrared light via two-photon absorption, as revealed by gel permeation chromatography. Cleavage of photosensitive groups from the backbone is confirmed by 1H NMR. These polymers were successfully formulated into particles encapsulating a dye that was released upon irradiation with UV-Vis and NIR light, as indicated by changes in fluorescence characteristic of increased solvent interaction with cargo. Thus, this new polymer is readily photocleaved by UV-Vis and NIR light, giving it a variety of potential applications in photopatterning and on-demand release. PMID:24044102

  14. An atomistic description of the high-field degradation of dielectric polyethylene

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    Bealing, Clive R.; Ramprasad, R.

    2013-11-01

    A microscopic mechanism governing the initiating step in the high-field aging of crystalline polyethylene is proposed, based on density functional calculations and ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. It is assumed that electrons, holes, and excitons are present in the system. While the additional individual electrons or holes are not expected to lead to significant degradation, the presence of triplet excitons are concluded to be rather damaging. The electron and hole states of the exciton localize on a distorted region of polyethylene, significantly weakening nearby C-H bonds and facilitating C-H bond scission. The barrier to cleavage of the weakened C-H bonds is estimated and is comparable to the thermal energy, suggesting that this mechanism may be responsible for the degradation of polyethylene when placed under electrical stress, e.g., in high-voltage cables.

  15. Product analysis for polyethylene degradation by radiation and thermal ageing

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    Sugimoto, Masaki; Shimada, Akihiko; Kudoh, Hisaaki; Tamura, Kiyotoshi; Seguchi, Tadao

    2013-01-01

    The oxidation products in crosslinked polyethylene for cable insulation formed during thermal and radiation ageing were analyzed by FTIR-ATR. The products were composed of carboxylic acid, carboxylic ester, and carboxylic anhydride for all ageing conditions. The relative yields of carboxylic ester and carboxylic anhydride increased with an increase of temperature for radiation and thermal ageing. The carboxylic acid was the primary oxidation product and the ester and anhydride were secondary products formed by the thermally induced reactions of the carboxylic acids. The carboxylic acid could be produced by chain scission at any temperature followed by the oxidation of the free radicals formed in the polyethylene. The results of the analysis led to formulation of a new oxidation mechanism which was different from the chain reactions via peroxy radicals and peroxides.

  16. Spinel Mn-Co oxide in N-doped carbon nanotubes as a bifunctional electrocatalyst synthesized by oxidative cutting.

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    Zhao, Anqi; Masa, Justus; Xia, Wei; Maljusch, Artjom; Willinger, Marc-Georg; Clavel, Guylhaine; Xie, Kunpeng; Schlögl, Robert; Schuhmann, Wolfgang; Muhler, Martin

    2014-05-28

    The notorious instability of non-precious-metal catalysts for oxygen reduction and evolution is by far the single unresolved impediment for their practical applications. We have designed highly stable and active bifunctional catalysts for reversible oxygen electrodes by oxidative thermal scission, where we concurrently rupture nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes and oxidize Co and Mn nanoparticles buried inside them to form spinel Mn-Co oxide nanoparticles partially embedded in the nanotubes. Impressively high dual activity for oxygen reduction and evolution is achieved using these catalysts, surpassing those of Pt/C, RuO2, and IrO2 and thus raising the prospect of functional low-cost, non-precious-metal bifunctional catalysts in metal-air batteries and reversible fuel cells, among others, for a sustainable and green energy future. PMID:24815686

  17. Probing degradation in complex engineering silicones by 1H multiple quantum NMR

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    Maxwell, R S; Chinn, S C; Giuliani, J; Herberg, J L

    2007-09-05

    Static {sup 1}H Multiple Quantum Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (MQ NMR) has recently been shown to provide detailed insight into the network structure of pristine silicon based polymer systems. The MQ NMR method characterizes the residual dipolar couplings of the silicon chains that depend on the average molecular weight between physical or chemical constraints. Recently, we have employed MQ NMR methods to characterize the changes in network structure in a series of complex silicone materials subject to numerous degradation mechanisms, including thermal, radiative, and desiccative. For thermal degradation, MQ NMR shows that a combination of crosslinking due to post-curing reactions as well as random chain scissioning reactions occurs. For radiative degradation, the primary mechanisms are via crosslinking both in the network and at the interface between the polymer and the inorganic filler. For samples stored in highly desiccating environments, MQ NMR shows that the average segmental dynamics are slowed due to increased interactions between the filler and the network polymer chains.

  18. Adsorption-induced fracture of branched macromolecules.

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    Sheiko, Sergei; Sun, Frank; Shirvanyants, David; Rubinstein, Michael; Lee, Hyung-Il; Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof

    2006-03-01

    Recently, we have discovered the remarkable phenomenon that brush-like macromolecules with long side chains undergo scission of the backbone bonds as a result of adsorption onto a substrate. The macromolecule's self-destruction occurs because its side chains stretch the polymer backbone as the macromolecule struggles to reconfigure and maximize the number of contacts with the substrate. We show that the tension imposed by the surface attraction is unevenly distributed over the covalent bonds of the molecular skeleton. Along the brush axis, a major fraction of the tensile force is carried by the backbone, while in the perpendicular direction the tension is distributed over many side chains. Using molecular visualization and computer simulation, we confirmed the first order kinetics and measured the corresponding rate constant, which revealed strong dependence on the attraction to the substrate.

  19. Identification of Triclosan-O-Sulfate and other transformation products of Triclosan formed by activated sludge.

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    Chen, Xijuan; Casas, Mònica Escolà; Nielsen, Jeppe Lund; Wimmer, Reinhard; Bester, Kai

    2015-02-01

    Aerobic degradation experiments of Triclosan were performed in activated sludge to identify possible transformation products for this compound. During 7 days, the formation of biotransformation products such as 2,4-Dichlorophenol, 4-Chlorocatechol, 5-Hydroxy-Triclosan and other Monohydroxy-Triclosan derivatives as well as Dihydroxy-Triclosan-derivatives were observed. The structure of 5-Hydroxy-Triclosan was elucidated by NMR data for the first time in sludge degradation experiments. Additionally the production of a hitherto unknown transformation product in sludge, i.e., Triclosan-O-Sulfate was detected. During the incubations, the concentrations of this transformation product changed from zero to 330 μg L(-1). Based on the analysis of the biodegradation products, three types of reactions were identified: 1) chemical scission of ether bond to form phenols and catechols, 2) addition of OH moieties to the aromatic ring, and 3) adding of methyl or sulfate groups to the original hydroxyl group. PMID:25306094

  20. Megasupramolecules for safer, cleaner fuel by end association of long telechelic polymers

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    Wei, Ming-Hsin; Li, Boyu; David, R. L. Ameri; Jones, Simon C.; Sarohia, Virendra; Schmitigal, Joel A.; Kornfield, Julia A.

    2015-10-01

    We used statistical mechanics to design polymers that defy conventional wisdom by self-assembling into “megasupramolecules” (≥5000 kg/mol) at low concentration (≤0.3 weight percent). Theoretical treatment of the distribution of individual subunits—end-functional polymers—among cyclic and linear supramolecules (ring-chain equilibrium) predicts that megasupramolecules can form at low total polymer concentration if, and only if, the backbones are long (>400 kg/mol) and end-association strength is optimal. Viscometry and scattering measurements of long telechelic polymers having polycyclooctadiene backbones and acid or amine end groups verify the formation of megasupramolecules. They control misting and reduce drag in the same manner as ultralong covalent polymers. With individual building blocks short enough to avoid hydrodynamic chain scission (weight-average molecular weights of 400 to 1000 kg/mol) and reversible linkages that protect covalent bonds, these megasupramolecules overcome the obstacles of shear degradation and engine incompatibility.

  1. Improving enzymatic hydrolysis of industrial hemp ( Cannabis sativa L.) by electron beam irradiation

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    Shin, Soo-Jeong; Sung, Yong Joo

    2008-09-01

    The electron beam irradiation was applied as a pretreatment of the enzymatic hydrolysis of hemp biomass with doses of 150, 300 and 450 kGy. The higher irradiation dose resulted in the more extraction with hot-water extraction or 1% sodium hydroxide solution extraction. The higher solubility of the treated sample was originated from the chains scission during irradiation, which was indirectly demonstrated by the increase of carbonyl groups as shown in diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFTS) spectra. The changes in the micro-structure of hemp resulted in the better response to enzymatic hydrolysis with commercial cellulases (Celluclast 1.5L and Novozym 342). The improvement in enzymatic hydrolysis by the irradiation was more evident in the hydrolysis of the xylan than in that of the cellulose.

  2. Prooxidant action of knipholone anthrone: copper dependent reactive oxygen species generation and DNA damage.

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    Habtemariam, S; Dagne, E

    2009-07-01

    Knipholone (KP) and knipholone anthrone (KA) are natural 4-phenylanthraquinone structural analogues with established differential biological activities including in vitro antioxidant and cytotoxic properties. By using DNA damage as an experimental model, the comparative Cu(II)-dependent prooxidant action of these two compounds were studied. In the presence of Cu(II) ions, the antioxidant KA (3.1-200 microM) but not KP (6-384 microM) caused a concentration-dependent pBR322 plasmid DNA strand scission. The DNA damage induced by KA could be abolished by reactive oxygen species scavengers, glutathione and catalase as well as EDTA and a specific Cu(I) chelator bathocuproine disulfonic acid. In addition to Cu(II) chelating activity, KA readily reduces Cu(II) to Cu(I). Copper-dependent generation of reactive oxygen species and the subsequent macromolecular damage may be involved in the antimicrobial and cytotoxic activity of KA. PMID:19345716

  3. Biochemical analysis of hatchet self-cleaving ribozymes

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    Li, Sanshu; Lünse, Christina E.; Harris, Kimberly A.; Breaker, Ronald R.

    2015-01-01

    Hatchet RNAs are members of a novel self-cleaving ribozyme class that was recently discovered by using a bioinformatics search strategy. The consensus sequence and secondary structure of this class includes 13 highly conserved and numerous other modestly conserved nucleotides interspersed among bulges linking four base-paired substructures. A representative hatchet ribozyme from a metagenomic source requires divalent ions such as Mg2+ to promote RNA strand scission with a maximum rate constant of ∼4 min−1. As with all other small self-cleaving ribozymes discovered to date, hatchet ribozymes employ a general mechanism for catalysis involving the nucleophilic attack of a ribose 2′-oxygen atom on an adjacent phosphorus center. Kinetic characteristics of the reaction demonstrate that members of this ribozyme class have an essential requirement for divalent metal ions and that they might have a complex active site that employs multiple catalytic strategies to accelerate RNA cleavage by internal phosphoester transfer. PMID:26385510

  4. Two in one or one in two? Pushing off from Jung with Wolfgang Giegerich.

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    Saban, Mark

    2015-11-01

    This paper responds to a recent paper by Wolfgang Giegerich entitled 'Two Jungs: apropos a paper by Mark Saban'. Giegerich disputes my assertion that the 'rigorous notion' at the heart of his psychology 'finds no source in Jung's psychology, implicit or explicit'. In order to do this he posits the existence of two Jungs, an exoteric Jung and an esoteric Jung. The implications of Giegerich's binary scission of Jung are explored in this paper, and show that the tendency to exalt one Jung while disparaging the other betrays a comprehensive blindness toward the contradictory complexity of Jung's psychology as a whole. It is suggested that this blindness is the consequence of Giegerich's systematic prioritization of a neo-Hegelian agenda that is in profound conflict with the telos of Jung's psychology. PMID:26499299

  5. Correlated fluorescence and 3D electron microscopy with high sensitivity and spatial precision

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    Kukulski, Wanda; Schorb, Martin; Welsch, Sonja; Picco, Andrea

    2011-01-01

    Correlative electron and fluorescence microscopy has the potential to elucidate the ultrastructural details of dynamic and rare cellular events, but has been limited by low precision and sensitivity. Here we present a method for direct mapping of signals originating from ∼20 fluorescent protein molecules to 3D electron tomograms with a precision of less than 100 nm. We demonstrate that this method can be used to identify individual HIV particles bound to mammalian cell surfaces. We also apply the method to image microtubule end structures bound to mal3p in fission yeast, and demonstrate that growing microtubule plus-ends are flared in vivo. We localize Rvs167 to endocytic sites in budding yeast, and show that scission takes place halfway through a 10-s time period during which amphiphysins are bound to the vesicle neck. This new technique opens the door for direct correlation of fluorescence and electron microscopy to visualize cellular processes at the ultrastructural scale. PMID:21200030

  6. Enhanced nanoscale catalyst precursor powders generated using a flow-through hydrothermal process

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    Darab, J.G.; Linehan, J.C.; Matson, D.W.

    1994-08-01

    A novel flow-through hydrothermal process, termed the Rapid Thermal Decomposition of precursors in Solution (RTDS), has been used to generate large quantities of ultra-fine, nano-crystalline hematite ({alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}), 6-line ferrihydrite (5Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}{center_dot}9H{sub 2}O) and ferric oxyhydroxysulfate powders. The heterogeneous catalytic activity of these powders towards C-C bond scission in the model compound naphthyl bibenzylmethane and in the first-stage liquefaction of Blind Canyon seam coal was investigated. The effects of the crystalline phase and the agglomerate size of these powders on their catalytic activity are reported.

  7. Mechanically triggered heterolytic unzipping of a low-ceiling-temperature polymer

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    Diesendruck, Charles E.; Peterson, Gregory I.; Kulik, Heather J.; Kaitz, Joshua A.; Mar, Brendan D.; May, Preston A.; White, Scott R.; Martínez, Todd J.; Boydston, Andrew J.; Moore, Jeffrey S.

    2014-07-01

    Biological systems rely on recyclable materials resources such as amino acids, carbohydrates and nucleic acids. When biomaterials are damaged as a result of aging or stress, tissues undergo repair by a depolymerization-repolymerization sequence of remodelling. Integration of this concept into synthetic materials systems may lead to devices with extended lifetimes. Here, we show that a metastable polymer, end-capped poly(o-phthalaldehyde), undergoes mechanically initiated depolymerization to revert the material to monomers. Trapping experiments and steered molecular dynamics simulations are consistent with a heterolytic scission mechanism. The obtained monomer was repolymerized by a chemical initiator, effectively completing a depolymerization-repolymerization cycle. By emulating remodelling of biomaterials, this model system suggests the possibility of smart materials where aging or mechanical damage triggers depolymerization, and orthogonal conditions regenerate the polymer when and where necessary.

  8. Coadsorbed species explain the mechanism of methanol temperature-desorption on CeO2(111)

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    Sutton, Jonathan E.; Steven H. Overbury; Beste, Ariana

    2016-03-24

    Here, we have used density functional theory calculations to investigate the temperature-programmed desorption (TPD) of methanol from CeO2(111). For the first time, low-temperature water formation and high-temperature methanol desorption are explained by our calculations. High coverages of methanol, which correspond to experimental conditions, are required to properly describe these features of the TPD spectrum. We identify a mechanism for the low-temperature formation of water involving the dissociation of two methanol molecules on the same surface O atom and filling of the resulting surface vacancy with one of the methoxy products. After water desorption, methoxy groups are stabilized on the surfacemore » and react at higher temperatures to form methanol and formaldehyde by a disproportionation mechanism. Alternatively, the stabilized methoxy groups undergo sequential C–H scission reactions to produce formaldehyde. Calculated energy requirements and methanol/formaldehyde selectivity agree with the experimental data.« less

  9. The dynamin middle domain is critical for tetramerization and higher-order self-assembly

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    Ramachandran, Rajesh; Surka, Mark; Chappie, Joshua S; Fowler, Douglas M; Foss, Ted R; Song, Byeong Doo; Schmid, Sandra L

    2007-01-01

    The large multidomain GTPase dynamin self-assembles around the necks of deeply invaginated coated pits at the plasma membrane and catalyzes vesicle scission by mechanisms that are not yet completely understood. Although a structural role for the ‘middle' domain in dynamin function has been suggested, it has not been experimentally established. Furthermore, it is not clear whether this putative function pertains to dynamin structure in the unassembled state or to its higher-order self-assembly or both. Here, we demonstrate that two mutations in this domain, R361S and R399A, disrupt the tetrameric structure of dynamin in the unassembled state and impair its ability to stably bind to and nucleate higher-order self-assembly on membranes. Consequently, these mutations also impair dynamin's assembly-dependent stimulated GTPase activity. PMID:17170701

  10. The dynamin middle domain is critical for tetramerization and higher-order self-assembly.

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    Ramachandran, Rajesh; Surka, Mark; Chappie, Joshua S; Fowler, Douglas M; Foss, Ted R; Song, Byeong Doo; Schmid, Sandra L

    2007-01-24

    The large multidomain GTPase dynamin self-assembles around the necks of deeply invaginated coated pits at the plasma membrane and catalyzes vesicle scission by mechanisms that are not yet completely understood. Although a structural role for the 'middle' domain in dynamin function has been suggested, it has not been experimentally established. Furthermore, it is not clear whether this putative function pertains to dynamin structure in the unassembled state or to its higher-order self-assembly or both. Here, we demonstrate that two mutations in this domain, R361S and R399A, disrupt the tetrameric structure of dynamin in the unassembled state and impair its ability to stably bind to and nucleate higher-order self-assembly on membranes. Consequently, these mutations also impair dynamin's assembly-dependent stimulated GTPase activity. PMID:17170701

  11. Thermal Decomposition and Desorption of Diethylamido of Tetrakis (Diethylamido)Zirconium (TDEAZr) on Si(100)

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    Jeong, Joonhee; Lim, Sungwon; Yong, Kijung

    The thermal decomposition pathway and desorption of diethylamido of tetrakis (diethylamido)zirconium [TDEAZr, Zr(N(C2H5)2) 4] on Si(100) were studied using temperature-programmed desorption (TPD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). During TPD experiments, ethylethyleneimine (C2H5N=CHCH3), diethylamine [NH(C2H5)2], acetonitrile (CH3CN), ethylene (C2H4) and hydrogen (H2) desorbed as the main decomposition products of diethylamido, which was chemisorbed on Si(100) through the scission of the zirconium-diethylamido bond in TDEAZr. After TPD runs, the formation of silicon carbide and silicon nitride was observed on the surface by XPS, indicating that a complete decomposition of diethylamido proceeded. This could be a reaction pathway of C, N incorporation in the thin film growth using TDEAZr as a Zr precursor.

  12. Post-/γ-irradiation reactions in vitamin E stabilised and unstabilised HDPE

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    Mallégol, J.; Carlsson, D. J.; Deschênes, L.

    2001-12-01

    The oxidation of high density polyethylene (HDPE), both unstabilised and vitamin E stabilised, has been studied by infrared (IR) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopies in the period following γ-irradiation at doses from 1 to 60 kGy (range of food sterilisation). Derivatisation by reaction with sulphur tetrafluoride was used to identify macro-ketone and carboxylic acid components of the overlapped IR carbonyl region. Oxidation continued for several hundred hours after the cessation of irradiation as shown by the increase in hydroxyl, ketone and acid groups. Carboxylic acid groups are particularly important as a direct indication of backbone scission. Vitamin E, although an effective antioxidant during γ-irradiation, was less effective in reducing the post-irradiation changes, which are probably driven by migration of radical sites along the polymer backbone from within the crystalline phase to the amorphous/crystalline inter-phase, where they become oxygen accessible.

  13. Quantum Aspects of Low-Energy Nuclear Fission

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    Furman, W.

    2011-10-01

    A helicity representation for fission product channels with correctly defined parity is used to describe neutron induced fission with arbitrary spin density matrix in ingoing channel. Recently obtained data for ROT effect in binary fission give evidence for high accuracy of the helicity representation just at scission. A general expression for differential cross-section of (n,f)-reaction is obtained. In the framework of multilevel, many channel R-matrix theory the reduced S-matrix for JΠK effective channels rigorously derived. These channels include fission modes in natural way. Theoretical analysis of experimentally observed P-even and P-odd interference effects in low energy nuclear fission allows one to make some essential conclusions on basic mechanism of the process.

  14. Rotation of Nuclei as Observed in Ternary Fission of the Reaction 235U(nth,f) Induced by Polarized Neutron

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    Gönnenwein, F.; Gagarski, A.; Guseva, I.; Petrov, G.; Sokolov, V.; Zavarukhkina, T.; Mutterer, M.; Nesvizhevski, V.; Bunakov, V.; Kadmensky, S.

    2007-05-01

    Ternary fission of the standard reaction 235U(nth,f) induced by cold polarized neutrons has been investigated. Fission fragments and light charged particles were recorded in coincidence. Following cold neutron capture the compound nucleus 236U* has spin 3- or 4-. At the saddle point of the fissioning 236U* nucleus these states are collective. They are expected to retain a sizable collectivity down to the scission point. In fact, a collective rotation has been sensed by the shift in the angular distribution of the light charged particles which depends on the orientation of neutron polarization. Direct observation of the rotation of 236U* excited in a cold neutron reaction is reported here for the first time. It is proposed to call the new phenomenon the "ROT-effect".

  15. Phloroglucinols with prooxidant activity from Garcinia subelliptica.

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    Wu, Chien-Chang; Lu, Yi-Huang; Wei, Bai-Luh; Yang, Shyh-Chyun; Won, Shen-Jen; Lin, Chun-Nan

    2008-02-01

    A new phloroglucinol, garcinielliptone HF ( 1), possessing an unprecedented skeleton, and the tautomeric pair of garcinielliptone FC ( 2/ 2a) were isolated from the heartwood and pericarp of Garcinia subelliptica, respectively. Their structures, including relative configurations, were elucidated by means of spectroscopic methods. The ability of compounds 1 and 2/ 2a to induce DNA-cleavage activity was examined using supercoiled plasmid pBR322 DNA. In the presence of Cu(II), compounds 1 and 2/ 2a caused significant breakage of pBR322 DNA. The involvement of H2O2 and O2 (*-), and H2O2, O2 (*-), and OH (*) in 1- and 2/ 2a-mediated scission, respectively, was established by inhibition or no protection of DNA breakage by various oxygen radical scavengers. Thus, in the presence Cu(II), 1 and 2/ 2a may show a prooxidant effect on DNA and induce cell death. PMID:18166016

  16. Flash vacuum pyrolysis of methoxy-substituted lignin model compounds.

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    Britt, P F; Buchanan, A C; Cooney, M J; Martineau, D R

    2000-03-10

    The flash vacuum pyrolysis (FVP) of methoxy-substituted beta-O-4 lignin model compounds has been studied at 500 degrees C to provide mechanistic insight into the primary reaction pathways that occur under conditions of fast pyrolysis. FVP of PhCH(2)CH(2)OPh (PPE), a model of the dominant beta-O-4 linkage in lignin, proceeds by C-O and C-C cleavage, in a 37:1 ratio, to produce styrene plus phenol as the dominant products and minor amounts of toluene, bibenzyl, and benzaldehyde. From the deuterium isotope effect in the FVP of PhCD(2)CH(2)OPh, it was shown that C-O cleavage occurs by homolysis and by 1,2-elimination in a ratio of 1.4:1, respectively. Methoxy substituents enhance the homolysis of the beta-O-4 linkage, relative to PPE, in o-CH(3)O-C(6)H(4)OCH(2)CH(2)Ph (o-CH(3)O-PPE) and (o-CH(3)O)(2)-C(6)H(3)OCH(2)CH(2)Ph ((o-CH(3)O)(2)-PPE) by a factor of 7.4 and 21, respectively. The methoxy-substituted phenoxy radicals undergo a complex series of reactions, which are dominated by 1,5-, 1,6-, and 1,4-intramolecular hydrogen abstraction, rearrangement, and beta-scission reactions. In the FVP of o-CH(3)O-PPE, the dominant product, salicylaldehyde, forms from the methoxyphenoxy radical by a 1,5-hydrogen shift to form 2-hydroxyphenoxymethyl radical, 1,2-phenyl shift, and beta-scission of a hydrogen atom. The 2-hydroxyphenoxymethyl radical can also cleave to form formaldehyde and phenol in which the ratio of 1, 2-phenyl shift to beta-scission is ca. 4:1. In the FVP of o-CH(3)O-PPE and (o-CH(3)O)(2)-PPE, products (ca. 20 mol %) are also formed by C-O homolysis of the methoxy group. The resulting phenoxy radicals undergo 1,5- and 1,6-hydrogen shifts in a ratio of ca. 2:1 to the aliphatic or benzylic carbon, respectively, of the phenethyl chain. In the FVP of (o-CH(3)O)(2)-PPE, o-cresol was the dominant product. It was formed by decomposition of 2-hydroxy-3-hydroxymethylbenzaldehyde and 2-hydroxybenzyl alcohol, which are formed from a complex series of reactions from the 2

  17. A first principles study of O2 dissociation on Pt modified ZrC(100) surface

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    Zhang, Xilin; Lu, Zhansheng; Yang, Zongxian

    2016-04-01

    The growth process of Pt monolayer on ZrC(100) were investigated using density functional theory calculations. The strong interaction of Pt atoms with ZrC(100) was beneficial to improving the stability and activity of Pt catalyst. The adsorption and dissociation of O2 on the bare and Pt modified ZrC(100) were comparably investigated, and found that the supported Pt on ZrC(100) have a positive impact on promoting the scission of the Osbnd O bond and weakening the adsorption of produced O, which shed meaningful light on the important role of ZrC(100) as support to improve the efficiency of Pt for oxygen reduction.

  18. Immobilization and orientation of Photosystem I reaction centers on solid surfaces. Final report

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    1998-01-20

    The overall objective of this project was to test the potential for immobilization and orientation of Photosystem I reaction center protein on solid surfaces. In order to maximize the resources available for this work, bleomycin complexes were used as a test substrate. The reaction of [(H{sub 2}O)(NH{sub 3}){sub 5}Ru{sup II}]{sup 2+} with bleomycin forms at least two stable products following oxidation to the Ru(III) analog. Spectroscopic and electrochemical measurements indicate monodentate binding of [(NH{sub 3}){sub 5}Ru{sup III}] to the imidazole and pyrimidine moieties, with coordination to the latter involving the exocyclic amine nitrogen. DNA cleavage studies show the complexes to be ineffective in DNA strand scission.

  19. Polymer thermolysis for plastics recycling

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    Madras, G.; Smith, J.M.; McCoy, B.J.

    1996-12-31

    One approach to plastics recycling is the thermolytic degradation of polymer in solution to simpler molecules. We have investigated fundamental aspects of polymer thermolysis in a steady-state flow reactor operated at low temperatures (relative to pyrolysis) and at pressures high enough to maintain a liquid solution. The molecular-weight distributions (MWDs) of the feed and effluent at each condition were examined by gel permeation chromatography (GPC) as a function of residence time. In general the polymers are degraded by either random chain scission, and/or by depolymerization to specific low molecular-weight compounds (e.g., monomers, dimers,...). The experimental data for MWDs were interpreted with rate expressions based on continuous kinetics, and rate coefficients and activation energies were determined for the specific and random degradation processes. Experimental results are described for poly(styrene-allyl alcohol), poly(x-methyl styrene), and poly(methyl methacrylate). 10 refs.

  20. Surface analysis of polymers treated by remote atmospheric pressure plasma.

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    Gonzalez, Eleazar; Hicks, Robert F

    2010-03-01

    The surfaces of high-density polyethylene (HDPE), poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), and polyethersulfone (PES) were treated with a low-temperature, atmospheric pressure oxygen and helium plasma. The polymers were exposed to the downstream afterglow of the plasma, which contained primarily oxygen atoms and metastable oxygen molecules ((1)Delta(g) O(2)), and no ions or electrons. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) of HDPE revealed that 20% of the carbon atoms were converted into oxidized functional groups, with about half of these being carboxylic acids. Attenuated total reflection infrared spectroscopy of all three polymers was obtained in order to determine the types of functional groups formed by atmospheric plasma exposure. It was found that the polymers were rapidly oxidized with addition of alcohols, ketones, and carboxylic acids to the carbon backbone. Chain scission occurred on HDPE and PMMA, while on PES the aromatic groups underwent ring-opening and insertion of carboxylic acid. PMID:19950952