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Sample records for incorporating electrokinetic effects

  1. Incorporating electrokinetic effects in the porochemoelastic inclined wellbore formulation and solution.

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    Nguyen, Vinh X; Abousleiman, Youname N

    2010-03-01

    The porochemoelectroelastic analytical models and solutions have been used to describe the response of chemically active and electrically charged saturated porous media such as clays, shales, and biological tissues. However, these attempts have been restricted to one-dimensional consolidation problems, which are very limited in practice and not general enough to serve as benchmark solutions for numerical validation. This work summarizes the general linear porochemoelectroelastic formulation and presents the solution of an inclined wellbore drilled in a fluid-saturated chemically active and ionized formation, such as shale, and subjected to a three-dimensional in-situ state of stress. The analytical solution to this geometry incorporates the coupled solid deformation and simultaneous fluid/ion flows induced by the combined influences of pore pressure, chemical potential, and electrical potential gradients under isothermal conditions. The formation pore fluid is modeled as an electrolyte solution comprised of a solvent and one type of dissolved cation and anion. The analytical approach also integrates into the solution the quantitative use of the cation exchange capacity (CEC) commonly obtained from laboratory measurements on shale samples. The results for stresses and pore pressure distributions due to the coupled electrochemical effects are illustrated and plotted in the vicinity of the inclined wellbore and compared with the classical porochemoelastic and poroelastic solutions. PMID:20209252

  2. Study of electrokinetic effects to quantify groundwater flow

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    Brown, S.R.; Haupt, R.W.

    1997-04-01

    An experimental study of electrokinetic effects (streaming potential) in earth materials was undertaken. The objective was to evaluate the measurement of electrokinetic effects as a method of monitoring and predicting the movement of groundwater, contaminant plumes, and other fluids in the subsurface. The laboratory experiments verified that the electrokinetic effects in earth materials are prominent, repeatable, and can be described well to first order by a pair of coupled differential equations.

  3. Unsteady electrokinetic microfluidics with hydrodynamic slippage effect

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    Chun, Myung-Suk; Yang, Yoona; Complex Fluids Team

    2014-03-01

    The nature of low Reynolds number flows and confined spaces inherent in microscale or extended nanoscale channels imply the significant influence of solid wall boundaries. We investigate the unsteady pulsatile electrokinetic flows by extending our previous simulations concerning electrokinetic microfluidics. The body force originated from between the nonlinear Poisson-Boltzmann field and the flow-induced electric field is employed in Navier-Stokes equation, and Nernst-Planck equation in connection with the net current conservation is further coupled. Our explicit model allows one to quantify the effects of time delay, oscillating frequency, and conductance of the Stern layer, considering the fluid slippage at hydrophobic surfaces and the electric double layer interaction. This presentation reports new results regarding the implication of pressure pulsations toward realizing mechanical to electrical energy transfer with high conversion efficiency. A combined role of the fluid slippage and conductance of channel wall is examined to obtain possible enhancements of streamwise velocity and streaming potential, with taking advantage of pulsating pressure field. Note that our framework can serve as a useful basis for micro/nanofluidics design.

  4. Electrokinetic effects on detection time of nanowire biosensor

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    Liu, Yaling; Guo, Qingjiang; Wang, Shunqiang; Hu, Walter

    2012-04-01

    We develop a multiphysics model to study the contribution of electrokinetics on the biomolecular detection process and provide a physical explanation of the two to three orders of magnitude difference in detection time between experimental results and theoretical predications at ultralow concentration. The electrokinetic effects, including electrophoretic force and electroosmotic flow, have been systematically studied under various sensor design and test conditions. In a typical single nanowire-based sensor, it is found that electrokinetic effects could result in a reduction of detection time over 90 times, compared with that induced by pure biomolecular diffusion. The detection time difference is further enhanced by increasing the applied gate voltage or the number of nanowires. It is proposed that accelerated biomolecular detection at ultralow concentration could be achieved by appropriate combinations of electrokinetic effects and nanowire sensor design.

  5. Electrokinetic remediation of concrete: effect of chelating agents.

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    Popov, K; Glazkova, I; Yachmenev, V; Nikolayev, A

    2008-05-01

    Contamination of concrete at various nuclear power plants and spent nuclear fuel reprocessing facilities by radionuclides represents a significant problem for the world's nuclear power industries and nuclear waste management. The present publication summarizes the most recently published data on Electrokinetic Remediation (EK) of various concrete installations and advantageous effects of the combination of EK with different chelating agents. The specific aspects of decontamination of concrete and mortar surfaces are analyzed, such as: (a) effect of chelating agents (EDTA, citric acid), (b) effect of the zeta-potential (zeta) of concrete surface, (c) effects of sorption and complex formation equilibrium, and (d) specific advantages and problems of the electrokinetic decontamination process. The results of laboratory and in situ tests of chelating agent assisted EK removal of radionuclides are reported. It is demonstrated that the correct combination of EK with specific chelating agents can be effectively employed for decontamination of concrete surfaces. PMID:18313182

  6. Effects of Stern layer conductance on electrokinetic energy conversion in nanofluidic channels.

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    Davidson, Christian; Xuan, Xiangchun

    2008-03-01

    A thermo-electro-hydro-dynamic model is developed to analytically account for the effects of Stern layer conductance on electrokinetic energy conversion in nanofluidic channels. The optimum electrokinetic devices performance is dependent on a figure of merit, in which the Stern layer conductance appears as a nondimensional Dukhin number. Such surface conductance is found to significantly reduce the figure of merit and thus the efficiency and power output. This finding may explain why the recently measured electrokinetic devices performances are far below the theoretical predictions where the effects of Stern layer conductance have been ignored. PMID:18246575

  7. Electrokinetic mixing at high zeta potentials: ionic size effects on cross stream diffusion.

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    Ahmadian Yazdi, Alireza; Sadeghi, Arman; Saidi, Mohammad Hassan

    2015-03-15

    The electrokinetic phenomena at high zeta potentials may show several unique features which are not normally observed. One of these features is the ionic size (steric) effect associated with the solutions of high ionic concentration. In the present work, attention is given to the influences of finite ionic size on the cross stream diffusion process in an electrokinetically actuated Y-shaped micromixer. The method consists of a finite difference based numerical approach for non-uniform grid which is applied to the dimensionless form of the governing equations, including the modified Poisson-Boltzmann equation. The results reveal that, neglecting the ionic size at high zeta potentials gives rise to the overestimation of the mixing length, because the steric effects retard liquid flow, thereby enhancing the mixing efficiency. The importance of steric effects is found to be more intense for channels of smaller width to height ratio. It is also observed that, in sharp contrast to the conditions that the ions are treated as point charges, increasing the zeta potential improves the cross stream diffusion when incorporating the ionic size. Moreover, increasing the EDL thickness decreases the mixing length, whereas the opposite is true for the channel aspect ratio. PMID:25514643

  8. Joule heating effects on electrokinetic focusing and trapping of particles in constriction microchannels

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    Zhu, Junjie; Sridharan, Sriram; Hu, Guoqing; Xuan, Xiangchun

    2012-07-01

    Joule heating (JH) is a ubiquitous phenomenon in electrokinetic microfluidic devices. Its effects on fluid and ionic species transport in capillary and microchip electrophoresis have been well studied. However, JH effects on the electrokinetic motion of microparticles in microchannels have been nearly unexplored in the literature. This paper presents an experimental investigation of JH effects on electrokinetic particle transport and manipulation in constriction microchannels under both pure dc and dc-biased ac electric fields. It is found that the JH effects reduce the dielectrophoretic focusing and trapping of particles, especially significant when dc-biased ac electric fields are used. These results are expected to provide a useful guidance for future designs of electrokinetic particle handling microdevices that will avoid JH effects or take advantage of them.

  9. Effect of solubility on enhanced electrokinetic extraction of metals

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    Alshawabkeh, A.N.; Puppala, S.K.; Acar, Y.B.; Gale, R.J.; Bricka, M.

    1997-12-31

    This paper presents the results of a study investigating the effect of solubility on enhanced electrokinetic extraction of a mixture of metals from contaminated soils. Clayey soil samples retrieved from a contaminated Army Ammunition site were used. Chemical analysis of the soil showed the following concentrations: calcium 19,670 mg/kg, iron 11,840 mg/kg, copper 10,940 mg/kg, chromium 9,930 mg/kg, zinc 6,330 mg/kg, and lead 1,990 mg/kg. Two unenhanced and two enhanced bench-scale tests were conducted. The enhancement approach comprised introduction of a weak acid at the catholyte to neutralize the water reduction electrolysis reaction. This procedure is expected to prevent formation of an alkaline catholyte and consequently prevent formation of metal hydroxide precipitates in the soil. Current density applied in these tests was 0.5 A/m{sup 2}. The tests were processed for 1,876 hours and 3,774 hours. The results showed that metal solubility greatly affect transport and extraction efficiency. Different removal rates were achieved in these tests for different metals. Metals with higher initial concentration, less sorption affinities, higher solubilities, higher ionic mobilities are transported and extracted faster than other metals.

  10. Sub-Grid Modeling of Electrokinetic Effects in Micro Flows

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    Chen, C. P.

    2005-01-01

    Advances in micro-fabrication processes have generated tremendous interests in miniaturizing chemical and biomedical analyses into integrated microsystems (Lab-on-Chip devices). To successfully design and operate the micro fluidics system, it is essential to understand the fundamental fluid flow phenomena when channel sizes are shrink to micron or even nano dimensions. One important phenomenon is the electro kinetic effect in micro/nano channels due to the existence of the electrical double layer (EDL) near a solid-liquid interface. Not only EDL is responsible for electro-osmosis pumping when an electric field parallel to the surface is imposed, EDL also causes extra flow resistance (the electro-viscous effect) and flow anomaly (such as early transition from laminar to turbulent flow) observed in pressure-driven microchannel flows. Modeling and simulation of electro-kinetic effects on micro flows poses significant numerical challenge due to the fact that the sizes of the double layer (10 nm up to microns) are very thin compared to channel width (can be up to 100 s of m). Since the typical thickness of the double layer is extremely small compared to the channel width, it would be computationally very costly to capture the velocity profile inside the double layer by placing sufficient number of grid cells in the layer to resolve the velocity changes, especially in complex, 3-d geometries. Existing approaches using "slip" wall velocity and augmented double layer are difficult to use when the flow geometry is complicated, e.g. flow in a T-junction, X-junction, etc. In order to overcome the difficulties arising from those two approaches, we have developed a sub-grid integration method to properly account for the physics of the double layer. The integration approach can be used on simple or complicated flow geometries. Resolution of the double layer is not needed in this approach, and the effects of the double layer can be accounted for at the same time. With this approach, the numeric grid size can be much larger than the thickness of double layer. Presented in this report are a description of the approach, methodology for implementation and several validation simulations for micro flows.

  11. Chemoelectronic mobilization of chemical species in low-conductivity fluids: new electrokinetic effect.

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    Haber, N

    1982-01-01

    An electrokinetic phenomenon is reported here which differs from its classical counterparts most distinctively by nonlinear conductivity and mobility. Neither purely electrolytic nor electrostatic in nature, this phenomenon is presumed to involve subtle charge transfer effects and association reactions permitting a controlled "chemoelectric" mobilization. In its electrokinetic manifestation, this phenomenon can be used to mobilize chemical species commonly with migration rates orders of magnitude greater than can be achieved electrophoretically and is shown to induce the movement of nonpolar molecules, such as aromatic hydrocarbons, at rates exceeding several centimeters per minute in easily achievable voltage gradients. The operational technique, developed as a separations method used for demonstrating the effect, is called "electromolecular propulsion". Images PMID:6952183

  12. Effects of surface roughness and electrokinetic heterogeneity on electroosmotic flow in microchannel

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    Masilamani, Kannan; Ganguly, Suvankar; Feichtinger, Christian; Bartuschat, Dominik; Rde, Ulrich

    2015-06-01

    In this paper, a hybrid lattice-Boltzmann and finite-difference (LB-FD) model is applied to simulate the effects of three-dimensional surface roughness and electrokinetic heterogeneity on electroosmotic flow (EOF) in a microchannel. The lattice-Boltzmann (LB) method has been employed to obtain the flow field and a finite-difference (FD) method is used to solve the Poisson-Boltzmann (PB) equation for the electrostatic potential distribution. Numerical simulation of flow through a square cross-section microchannel with designed roughness is conducted and the results are critically analysed. The effects of surface heterogeneity on the electroosmotic transport are investigated for different roughness height, width, roughness interval spacing, and roughness surface potential. Numerical simulations reveal that the presence of surface roughness changes the nature of electroosmotic transport through the microchannel. It is found that the electroosmotic velocity decreases with the increase in roughness height and the velocity profile becomes asymmetric. For the same height of the roughness elements, the EOF velocity rises with the increase in roughness width. For the heterogeneously charged rough channel, the velocity profile shows a distinct deviation from the conventional plug-like flow pattern. The simulation results also indicate locally induced flow vortices which can be utilized to enhance the flow and mixing within the microchannel. The present study has important implications towards electrokinetic flow control in the microchannel, and can provide an efficient way to design a microfluidic system of practical interest.

  13. Electrokinetic pump

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    Hencken, Kenneth R.; Sartor, George B.

    2004-08-03

    An electrokinetic pump in which the porous dielectric medium of conventional electrokinetic pumps is replaced by a patterned microstructure. The patterned microstructure is fabricated by lithographic patterning and etching of a substrate and is formed by features arranged so as to create an array of microchannels. The microchannels have dimensions on the order of the pore spacing in a conventional porous dielectric medium. Embedded unitary electrodes are vapor deposited on either end of the channel structure to provide the electric field necessary for electroosmotic flow.

  14. Electrokinetic effects in catalytic platinum-insulator Janus swimmers

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    Ebbens, S.; Gregory, D. A.; Dunderdale, G.; Howse, J. R.; Ibrahim, Y.; Liverpool, T. B.; Golestanian, R.

    2014-06-01

    The effect of added salt on the propulsion of Janus platinum-polystyrene colloids in hydrogen peroxide solution is studied experimentally. It is found that micromolar quantities of potassium and silver nitrate salts reduce the swimming velocity by similar amounts, while leading to significantly different effects on the overall rate of catalytic breakdown of hydrogen peroxide. It is argued that the seemingly paradoxical experimental observations could be theoretically explained by using a generalised reaction scheme that involves charged intermediates and has the topology of two nested loops.

  15. Electrokinetic effect combined with surface-charge assumption: a possible generation mechanism of coseismic EM signals

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    Ren, Hengxin; Wen, Jian; Huang, Qinghua; Chen, Xiaofei

    2015-02-01

    According to field observations, electromagnetic (EM) signals accompanying seismic waves can be recorded. The orders of magnitude of observed coseismic electric and magnetic signals associated with earthquakes are usually around 1 to 101 mV km-1 and 10-2 to 1 nT, respectively. In this paper, we carry out numerical simulation of coseismic EM signals associated with seismic waves due to electrokinetic effect and compare with field observations. The seismic source is represented by a finite fault measuring 15 9 km2 with a max slip displacement 1.5 m, corresponding to a Mw 5.9 earthquake. While using the EM surface boundary condition of continuous horizontal EM components, the magnetic signals only accompany the late-arriving S waves at receiver near the ground surface. This is obviously different from field observations. Thus, we adopt another EM surface boundary condition which assumes the ground surface carries surface charge. For the used half-space model, a surface-charge density magnitude |Qsc| in excess of 10-4 C m-2 is sufficient to make horizontal magnetic components clearly show up at the whole time duration of seismic waves. When |Qsc| increases, the contribution of surface-charge density to coseismic EM signals becomes more and more dominant comparing with that of the seismically induced streaming-current. We estimate the Qsc expected at the Earth's surface might be a value between -5 10-4 and -0.1 C m-2 by the comparison between numerical results and field observations. The vertical magnetic signals only accompany the late-arriving seismic waves, because they are theoretically only induced by SH wave. The field observation results of vertical magnetic signals may be resulted from the scattering effect or the seismic dynamo effect. We conclude that electrokinetic effect combined with surface-charge assumption is one possible generation mechanism of the observed coseismic EM signals.

  16. Preliminary results from the investigation of thermal effects in electrokinetics soil remediation

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    Krause, T.R.; Tarman, B.

    1993-10-01

    Electrokinetics is an emerging soil remediation technology. Contaminants are extracted from the soil as a result of a complex set of phenomena that occur when an electric gradient is imposed across a soil-water system. The primary phenomena include electroosmosis, electromigration, and electrophoresis. Secondary phenomena, such as changes in solubility or speciation of various chemical components, may occur as a result of electrically induced changes in the chemical environment of the system. Numerous factors, such as temperature, may affect each of these phenomena and, consequently, the overall process efficiency. We have begun an investigation of thermal effects in the extraction of potassium dichromate from kaolinite soils under conditions of constant saturation and dewatering. Preliminary results suggest that increasing the soil temperature from 21 to 55{degrees}C may decrease the processing time under saturated conditions. However, increasing the soil temperature under dewatering, conditions causes soil cracking, which reduces the overall process efficiency.

  17. Lattice Boltzmann simulations of electrokinetic coupling : effects of rugosity and local conductivity

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    Fiorentino, Eve-Agns; Toussaint, Renaud; Jouniaux, Laurence

    2015-04-01

    Streaming-potentials are produced by electrokinetic effects in relation to fluid flow, and are used for geophysical prospecting. The electrokinetic coupling is induced by the coupling between the fluid flow and the electrical flow, which results from the presence of an electrical double layer at the rock/pore water interface. When fluid flows through a porous medium, it gives rise to an electric streaming current, counterbalanced by a conduction current, leading to a resulting measurable electrical voltage. Streaming current generation is well understood in water-saturated porous media, but the streaming potential coefficient at very-low and very-high salinities can show a non-linear behaviour. The aim of this study is to model the streaming potential coefficient using Lattice Boltzmann simulations and to quantify the effect of parameters such as fluid conductivity and rugosity. The lattice Boltzmann method is computational fluid dynamics technique that allows to solve advection and diffusion phenomena. We implement a coupled lattice Boltzmann algorithm that solves both the flow in a rock channel and the electrical diffusion to calculate the streaming potential coefficient (ratio between the created potential difference and the applied pressure gradient) in various situations. In this study, we aim at quantifying the change that is brought by taking into account the dependence of the local fluid conductivity on the local concentration. We also observe the influence of a rough surface on the behaviour of this coefficient with the fluid salinity. We try to generate non-linearities regarding the theoretical prediction of the streaming potential coefficient with a view to explaining existing experimental measurements.

  18. Effects of system variables on surfactant enhanced electrokinetic removal of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons from clayey soils.

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    Saichek, R E; Reddy, K R

    2003-04-01

    Numerous polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)-contaminated sites threaten public health and the environment because PAHs are commonly toxins, mutagens, and/or carcinogens. PAHs are hydrophobic and resistant to degradation; therefore, conventional remediation methods are often costly or inefficient, especially when the PAHs are present in low permeability clayey soils. Electrokinetically enhanced in-situ oil flushing is an innovative technology that has the potential to greatly increase soil-solution-contaminant interaction and remedial efficiency, even under low permeability soil conditions. Although this technique is promising, many system variables may affect remedial efficiency, such as the surfactant concentration, pH control and voltage gradient. The objective of this investigation was to evaluate the effects of these system variables. Bench-scale electrokinetic experiments were conducted using various operating conditions, which included deionized water or a 3% or a 5% surfactant concentration flushing solution. Additional tests were also conducted using the 5% surfactant concentration along with a higher pH solution or a larger voltage gradient. The experiments employing the surfactant flushing solution had a lower electroosmotic flow but exhibited greater contaminant desorption, solubilization and migration. The benefits of using a higher pH solution or a larger voltage gradient were difficult to discern because changing these process variables did not significantly improve remedial efficiency. Overall, the results indicated that the surfactant flushing solution was advantageous for treating the soil near the anode region, but contaminant migration was limited by changes in the soil and/or solution chemistry that occurred with time and/or distance from the anode. PMID:12755451

  19. Electrokinetic pump

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    Patel, Kamlesh D. (Dublin, CA)

    2007-11-20

    A method for altering the surface properties of a particle bed. In application, the method pertains particularly to an electrokinetic pump configuration where nanoparticles are bonded to the surface of the stationary phase to alter the surface properties of the stationary phase including the surface area and/or the zeta potential and thus improve the efficiency and operating range of these pumps. By functionalizing the nanoparticles to change the zeta potential the electrokinetic pump is rendered capable of operating with working fluids having pH values that can range from 2-10 generally and acidic working fluids in particular. For applications in which the pump is intended to handle highly acidic solutions latex nanoparticles that are quaternary amine functionalized can be used.

  20. Electrokinetic Power Generation from Liquid Water Microjets

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    Duffin, Andrew M.; Saykally, Richard J.

    2008-02-15

    Although electrokinetic effects are not new, only recently have they been investigated for possible use in energy conversion devices. We have recently reported the electrokinetic generation of molecular hydrogen from rapidly flowing liquid water microjets [Duffin et al. JPCC 2007, 111, 12031]. Here, we describe the use of liquid water microjets for direct conversion of electrokinetic energy to electrical power. Previous studies of electrokinetic power production have reported low efficiencies ({approx}3%), limited by back conduction of ions at the surface and in the bulk liquid. Liquid microjets eliminate energy dissipation due to back conduction and, measuring only at the jet target, yield conversion efficiencies exceeding 10%.

  1. Electric Potential Variations on a Poplar: Beyond Electrokinetic Effects Associated With Sap Flow

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    Gibert, D.; Le Mouël, J.; Lambs, L.; Nicollin, F.; Conil, F.; Perrier, F.

    2004-12-01

    Electric potential has been monitored since December 2003 in the roots and at two circumferences and one vertical profile in a standing poplar (Populus incognitus). Electric potential is sampled using 5 mm diameter stainless steel rods, inserted 5 mm deep in the cambium, and is referenced to an unpolarizable Petiau electrode installed 80 cm deep in the soil. Various types of signals are observed. Transient signals with long relaxation times affecting some electrodes simultaneously, may be contact potentials triggered by condensation and evaporation. Diurnal variations are observed which present a seasonal variation. During winter, diurnal variations depend on the measurement point, with variable amplitudes and sometimes anticorrelations between electrodes. By contrast, a stable and coherent organization is established in the spring, with larger amplitudes, and lasts during summer. Such signals have been reported previously (Koppan et al., 2000; Morat et al., 1994; Fensom, 1963), have been interpreted as electrokinetic effects associated with sap flow. However, a comparison of the electrical signals with a measurement of the sap flow by a heat flow method, shows that the electrical variation, although clearly correlated to sap flow, is not simply proportional to it. In a living system, electrokinetic effects, in addition to thermoelectrical effects, are probably modified significantly by additional electrochemical effects, such as membrane diffusion potentials, ion active transport by proteins, and action potentials. Such effects have been evidenced in laboratory experiments with plants (e.g., Fromm and Hei, 1998). Electric potential variations in trees may thus reveal mechanisms not accessible by other methods, and maybe reveal new aspects of the physics of living systems. A better understanding of the electrical response of trees to meteorological, chemical or biological forcing may improve the knowledge of transfer processes between the soil and the atmosphere. This is important for the modeling of water and carbon balance in relation to climate change, as well as of the contribution of trees to the migration, retention and dispersion of contaminants. Fensom, D. S., The bioelectric potentials of plants and their functional significance : V. Some daily and seasonal changes in the electrical potential and resistance of living trees, Canadian J. Botany, 41, 831-851, 1963. Fromm, J., and H. Fei, Electrical signaling and gas exchange in maize plants of drying soil, Plant Science, 132, 203-213, 1998. Koppan, A., L. Szarka, and V. Wesztergom, Annual fluctuation in amplitudes of daily variations of electrical signals measured in the trunk of a standing tree, C. R. Acad. Sci. Paris, 323, 559-563, 2000. Morat, P., J.-L. Le Mouël, and A. Granier, Electrical potential on a tree. A measurement of the sap flow ?, C. R. Acad. Sci. Paris, 317, 98-101, 1994.

  2. Novel Electrokinetic Microfluidic Detector for Evaluating Effectiveness of Microalgae Disinfection in Ship Ballast Water

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    Maw, Myint Myint; Wang, Junsheng; Li, Fabo; Jiang, Jinhu; Song, Younan; Pan, Xinxiang

    2015-01-01

    Ship ballast water treatment methods face many technical challenges. The effectiveness of every treatment method usually is evaluated by using large scale equipment and a large volume of samples, which involves time-consuming, laborious, and complex operations. This paper reports the development of a novel, simple and fast platform of methodology in evaluating the efficiency and the best parameters for ballast water treatment systems, particularly in chemical disinfection. In this study, a microfluidic chip with six sample wells and a waste well was designed, where sample transportation was controlled by electrokinetic flow. The performance of this microfluidic platform was evaluated by detecting the disinfection of Dunaliella salina (D. salina) algae in ballast water treated by sodium hypochlorite (NaClO) solution. Light-induced chlorophyll fluorescence (LICF) intensity was used to determine the viability of microalgae cells in the system, which can be operated automatically with the dimension of the detector as small as 50 mm × 24 mm × 5 mm. The 40 µL volume of sample solution was used for each treatment condition test and the validity of detection can be accomplished within about five min. The results show that the viability of microalgae cells under different treatment conditions can be determined accurately and further optimal treatment conditions including concentrations of NaClO and treatment time can also be obtained. These results can provide accurate evaluation and optimal parameters for ballast water treatment methods. PMID:26516836

  3. Novel Electrokinetic Microfluidic Detector for Evaluating Effectiveness of Microalgae Disinfection in Ship Ballast Water.

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    Maw, Myint Myint; Wang, Junsheng; Li, Fabo; Jiang, Jinhu; Song, Younan; Pan, Xinxiang

    2015-01-01

    Ship ballast water treatment methods face many technical challenges. The effectiveness of every treatment method usually is evaluated by using large scale equipment and a large volume of samples, which involves time-consuming, laborious, and complex operations. This paper reports the development of a novel, simple and fast platform of methodology in evaluating the efficiency and the best parameters for ballast water treatment systems, particularly in chemical disinfection. In this study, a microfluidic chip with six sample wells and a waste well was designed, where sample transportation was controlled by electrokinetic flow. The performance of this microfluidic platform was evaluated by detecting the disinfection of Dunaliella salina (D. salina) algae in ballast water treated by sodium hypochlorite (NaClO) solution. Light-induced chlorophyll fluorescence (LICF) intensity was used to determine the viability of microalgae cells in the system, which can be operated automatically with the dimension of the detector as small as 50 mm 24 mm 5 mm. The 40 L volume of sample solution was used for each treatment condition test and the validity of detection can be accomplished within about five min. The results show that the viability of microalgae cells under different treatment conditions can be determined accurately and further optimal treatment conditions including concentrations of NaClO and treatment time can also be obtained. These results can provide accurate evaluation and optimal parameters for ballast water treatment methods. PMID:26516836

  4. Specific ion effects on the electrokinetic properties of iron oxide nanoparticles: experiments and simulations.

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    Vereda, Fernando; Martn-Molina, Alberto; Hidalgo-Alvarez, Roque; Quesada-Prez, Manuel

    2015-07-14

    We report experimental and simulation studies on ion specificity in aqueous colloidal suspensions of positively charged, bare magnetite nanoparticles. Magnetite has the largest saturation magnetization among iron oxides and relatively low toxicity, which explain why it has been used in multiple biomedical applications. Bare magnetite is hydrophilic and the sign of the surface charge can be changed by adjusting the pH, its isoelectric point being in the vicinity of pH = 7. Electrophoretic mobility of our nanoparticles in the presence of increasing concentrations of different anions showed that anions regarded as kosmotropic are more efficient in decreasing, and even reversing, the mobility of the particles. If the anions were ordered according to the extent to which they reduced the particle mobility, a classical Hofmeister series was obtained with the exception of thiocyanate, whose position was altered. Monte Carlo simulations were used to predict the diffuse potential of magnetite in the presence of the same anions. The simulations took into account the ion volume, and the electrostatic and dispersion forces among the ions and between the ions and the solid surface. Even though no fitting parameters were introduced and all input data were estimated using Lifshitz theory of van der Waals forces or obtained from the literature, the predicted diffusion potentials of different anions followed the same order as the mobility curves. The results suggest that ionic polarizabilities and ion sizes are to a great extent responsible for the specific ion effects on the electrokinetic potential of iron oxide particles. PMID:26067087

  5. Electrokinetic delivery of persulfate to remediate PCBs polluted soils: effect of injection spot.

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    Fan, Guangping; Cang, Long; Fang, Guodong; Qin, Wenxiu; Ge, Liqiang; Zhou, Dongmei

    2014-12-01

    Persulfate-based in situ chemical oxidation (ISCO) is a promising technique for the remediation of organic compounds contaminated soils. Electrokinetics (EK) provides an alternative method to deliver oxidants into the target zones especially in low permeable-soil. In this study, the flexibility of delivering persulfate by EK to remediate polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) polluted soil was investigated. 20% (w/w) of persulfate was injected at the anode, cathode and both electrodes to examine its transport behaviors under electrical field, and the effect of field inversion process was also evaluated. The results showed that high dosage of persulfate could be delivered into S4 section (near cathode) by electroosmosis when persulfate was injected from anode, 30.8% of PCBs was removed from the soil, and the formed hydroxyl precipitation near the cathode during EK process impeded the transportation of persulfate. In contrast, only 18.9% of PCBs was removed with the injection of persulfate from cathode, although the breakthrough of persulfate into the anode reservoir was observed. These results indicated that the electroosmotic flow is more effective for the transportation of persulfate into soil. The addition of persulfate from both electrodes did not significantly facilitate the PCBs oxidation as well as the treatment of electrical field reversion, the reinforced negative depolarization function occurring in the cathode at high current consumed most of the oxidant. Furthermore, it was found that strong acid condition near the anode favored the oxidation of PCBs by persulfate and the degradation of PCBs was in consistent with the oxidation of Soil TOC in EK/persulfate system. PMID:25193794

  6. Cationic gemini surfactants as pseudostationary phases in micellar electrokinetic chromatography. Part I: effect of head group.

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    Akbay, Cevdet; Hoyos, Yatzka; Hooper, Edward; Arslan, Hakan; Rizvi, Syed A A

    2010-08-01

    Two cationic gemini surfactants with pyrrolidinium or alkyl ammonium head groups with but-2-yne spacers, but with the same length hydrocarbon chain have been characterized with respect to their aggregation behaviors and separation power as pseudostationary phases (PSPs) for micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC). They were compared with a commonly used PSP, sodium dodecylsulfate (SDS). The results suggest that the head groups of the surfactants have some effect on physicochemical properties such as critical micelle concentration (CMC), C(20), gamma(CMC), partial specific volume, methylene selectivity and mobilities of the surfactants. CMC values of G1, G2 and SDS in pure water were found to be 0.82, 0.71, and 8.08 mM, respectively; they were reduced to 0.21, 0.11, and 3.0 mM when measured in 10 mM phosphate buffer at pH 7.0. G1 (alphaCH2 = 2.74) and G2 (alphaCH2 = 2.48) provided the most and the least hydrophobic environment, respectively. According to their partial specific volumes, geminis were found to have more flexible structures as compared with sodium dodecylsulfate. The effects of the head group structure were also characterized with the linear solvation energy relationship (LSER) model, which was able to evaluate the role of solute size, polarity/polarizability, and hydrogen bonding on retention and selectivity. The cohesiveness, hydrogen bond acidic and basic character of the surfactant systems were found to have the most significant influence on selectivity and MEKC retention of the gemini surfactants. It should be noted that with their large positive coefficient a values, G1 and G2 were found to be stronger HB acceptors than anionic and most of the cationic surfactants studied in the literature. PMID:20598697

  7. Nanopore density effect of polyacrylamide gel plug on electrokinetic ion enrichment in a micro-nanofluidic chip

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    Wang, Jun-yao; Xu, Zheng; Li, Yong-kui; Liu, Chong; Liu, Jun-shan; Chen, Li; Du, Li-qun; Wang, Li-ding

    2013-07-01

    In this paper, the nanopore density effect on ion enrichment is quantitatively described with the ratio between electrophoresis flux and electroosmotic flow flux based on the Poisson-Nernst-Planck equations. A polyacrylamide gel plug is integrated into a microchannel to form a micro-nanofluidic chip. With the chip, electrokinetic ion enrichment is relatively stable and enrichment ratio of fluorescein isothiocyanate can increase to 600-fold within 120 s at the electric voltage of 300 V. Both theoretical research and experiments show that enrichment ratio can be improved through increasing nanopore density. The result will be beneficial to the design of micro-nanofluidic chips.

  8. Electrokinetic delivery of persulfate to remediate PCBs polluted soils: Effect of different activation methods.

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    Fan, Guangping; Cang, Long; Gomes, Helena I; Zhou, Dongmei

    2016-02-01

    Persulfate-based in-situ chemical oxidation (ISCO) for the remediation of organic polluted soils has gained much interest in last decade. However, the transportation of persulfate in low-permeability soil is very low, which limits its efficiency in degrading soil pollutants. Additionally, the oxidation-reduction process of persulfate with organic contaminants takes place slowly, while, the reaction will be greatly accelerated by the production of more powerful radicals once it is activated. Electrokinetic remediation (EK) is a good way for transporting persulfate in low-permeability soil. In this study, different activation methods, using zero-valent iron, citric acid chelated Fe(2+), iron electrode, alkaline pH and peroxide, were evaluated to enhance the activity of persulfate delivered by EK. All the activators and the persulfate were added in the anolyte. The results indicated that zero-valent iron, alkaline, and peroxide enhanced the transportation of persulfate at the first stage of EK test, and the longest delivery distance reached sections S4 or S5 (near the cathode) on the 6th day. The addition of activators accelerated decomposition of persulfate, which resulted in the decreasing soil pH. The mass of persulfate delivered into the soil declined with the continuous decomposition of persulfate by activation. The removal efficiency of PCBs in soil followed the order of alkaline activation>peroxide activation>citric acid chelated Fe(2+) activation>zero-valent iron activation>without activation>iron electrode activation, and the values were 40.5%, 35.6%, 34.1%, 32.4%, 30.8% and 30.5%, respectively. The activation effect was highly dependent on the ratio of activator and persulfate. PMID:26347936

  9. Joule heating in electrokinetic flow.

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    Xuan, Xiangchun

    2008-01-01

    Electrokinetic flow is an efficient means to manipulate liquids and samples in lab-on-a-chip devices. It has a number of significant advantages over conventional pressure-driven flow. However, there exists inevitable Joule heating in electrokinetic flow, which is known to cause temperature variations in liquids and draw disturbances to electric, flow and concentration fields via temperature-dependent material properties. Therefore, both the throughput and the resolution of analytic studies performed in microfluidic devices are affected. This article reviews the recent progress on the topic of Joule heating and its effect in electrokinetic flow, particularly the theoretical and experimental accomplishments from the aspects of fluid mechanics and heat/mass transfer. The primary focus is placed on the temperature-induced flow variations and the accompanying phenomena at the whole channel or chip level. PMID:18058768

  10. The Surface Charge Density Influence on the Electrokinetic Properties of Model Colloids: Solvent Composition Effect.

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    El-Gholabzouri; Cabrerizo; Hidalgo-lvarez

    1999-06-15

    This paper deals with two problems found in electrokinetics, the anomalous behavior exhibited by most polymer colloids and the discrepancy between the zeta potentials obtained from different electrokinetic phenomena. Electrophoretic mobility for dilute dispersions and streaming current for concentrated dispersions are used to determine the zeta-potential. Two systems with different features (particle radius and surface charge density) have been studied. The influence of varsigma0 on the above-mentioned problems seems to be very important. In order to test this hypothesis, different nonaqueous media were used, which were significantly different in several liquid media properties (such as bulk conductivity, dielectric constant, and viscosity) and particle properties (such as surface charge density). Copyright 1999 Academic Press. PMID:10339365

  11. Electrokinetic pumps and actuators

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    Phillip M. Paul

    2000-03-01

    Flow and ionic transport in porous media are central to electrokinetic pumping as well as to a host of other microfluidic devices. Electrokinetic pumping provides the ability to create high pressures (to over 10,000 psi) and high flow rates (over 1 mL/min) with a device having no moving parts and all liquid seals. The electrokinetic pump (EKP) is ideally suited for applications ranging from a high pressure integrated pump for chip-scale HPLC to a high flow rate integrated pump for forced liquid convection cooling of high-power electronics. Relations for flow rate and current fluxes in porous media are derived that provide a basis for analysis of complex microfluidic systems as well as for optimization of electrokinetic pumps.

  12. Electrokinetic recovery of Cd, Cr, As, Ni, Zn and Mn from waste printed circuit boards: effect of assisting agents.

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    Xiu, Fu-Rong; Zhang, Fu-Shen

    2009-10-15

    The printed circuit boards (PCBs) contains large number of heavy metal such as Cd, Cr, As, Ni, Zn and Mn. In this study, the use of electrokinetic (EK) treatment with different assisting agents has been investigated to recover the heavy metals from waste PCBs, and the effectiveness of different assisting agents (HNO(3), HCl, citric acid) was evaluated. The PCBs were first pre-treated by supercritical water oxidation (SCWO) process, then subjected to EK process. The heavy metal speciation, migration and recovery efficiency in the presence of different assisting agents during EK process were discussed. The mass loss of Cd, Cr, As and Zn during the SCWO process was negligible, but approximately 52% of Ni and 56% of Mn were lost in such a process. Experimental results showed that different assisting agents have significant effect on the behavior and recovery efficiency of different heavy metals. HCl was highly efficient for the recovery of Cd in waste PCBs due to the low pH and the stable complexation of Cl(-). Citric acid was highly efficient for the recovery of Cr, Zn and Mn. HNO(3) was low efficient for recovery of most heavy metals except for Ni. PMID:19481346

  13. Microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography for the analysis of green tea catechins: effect of the cosurfactant on the separation selectivity.

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    Pomponio, Romeo; Gotti, Roberto; Luppi, Barbara; Cavrini, Vanni

    2003-05-01

    Microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (MEEKC) was applied to the separation of six catechins and caffeine, the major constituents of the green tea. The developed methods involved the use of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) as surfactant, n-heptane as organic solvent and an alcohol as cosurfactant. The separations were performed under acidic conditions (pH 2.5 phosphate buffer, 50 mM) to ensure good stability of the catechins, with reversed polarity (anodic outlet). The effect of the alcohol nature on the MEEKC selectivity was evaluated; nine alcohols were used as cosurfactant: 1-butanol, tert-butanol, 1-pentanol, 2-pentanol, 3-pentanol, cyclopentanol, 1-hexanol, 2-hexanol, and cyclohexanol. The migration order of (+)-catechin (C), (-)-epicatechin (EC), (-)-epigallocatechin (EGC), (-)-gallocatechin (GC), (-)-epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), (-)-epicatechin gallate (ECG), caffeine and theophylline was significantly affected by the alcohol used as cosurfactant. Using nine microemulsions, four different selectivities were achieved: A (cyclohexanol); B (2-pentanol, 3-pentanol, 1-hexanol, 2-hexanol); C (1-butanol, 1-pentanol, cyclopentanol); D (tert-butanol). MEEKC methods, based on 2-hexanol and cyclohexanol as cosurfactant were validated and successfully applied to the analysis of catechins and caffeine in commercial green tea products. PMID:12761797

  14. Electrokinetic sample injection for high-sensitivity capillary zone electrophoresis (part 1): Effects of electrode configuration and setting.

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    Hirokawa, Takeshi; Koshimidzu, Eiji; Xu, Zhongqi

    2008-09-01

    Electrokinetic injection (EKI) is usually considered as one of the useful approaches to improve sensitivity of CZE analysis. In the present study, we explored the relationship between electrode position and sample amount injected during EKI process by using 2D computer simulation (CFD-ACE+) and real experiments, aiming to obtain higher detection sensitivity. Two different models of electrode configuration, a capillary inserted in a hollow electrode and a capillary surrounded by a cylindrical electrode on the reservoir wall, were simulated to evaluate the efficiency of EKI. It was found that analytes, occurring only in an effective potential field, could be introduced into the capillary while the other analytes remain outside of the field because of slow diffusion. Consequently, the longer distance between the electrode and the end of capillary, the higher efficiency of EKI was found by the simulation. This finding was verified by the real CZE analysis of dilute rare-earth metal ions in a chloride solution (pH almost neutral). In fact, when the distance of Pt electrode and the capillary end in a CE apparatus (an Otsuka CAPI-3100) was default (ca. 1 mm), LOD of Er was 0.27 microg/L. When the distance was increased to 19.5 mm, the LOD was improved over ten times down to 0.02 microg/L. The LOD achieved is 50-fold better than that of inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (1-2 microg/L for Er). PMID:18850648

  15. Herbicidal effects of soil-incorporated wheat.

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    Mathiassen, Solvejg K; Kudsk, Per; Mogensen, Betty B

    2006-02-22

    The hydroxamic acid 2,4-dihydroxy-7-methoxy-1,4-benzoxazin-3-one (DIMBOA) and the benzoxazolinones benzoxazolin-2-one (BOA) and 6-methoxybenzoxazolin-2-one (MBOA) have been identified as important allelochemicals in wheat. This study examines the possibility of exploiting the allelopathic properties of wheat as a weed control strategy by cultivating wheat as a precrop and incorporating plant residues into the soil before the next crop is sown. Different wheat varieties were cultivated in field plots during two seasons in both conventional and organic farming systems. Plants were sampled at various growth stages, and their contents of DIMBOA, MBOA, and BOA were determined by chemical analyses. The wheat samples were incorporated into soil, and the effect on germination and growth of 12 different weed species was examined in pot experiments under controlled conditions. In some cases significant effects were obtained, but the results were inconsistent and the effects were not correlated to the content of DIMBOA, MBOA, and BOA in the incorporated wheat plants. ED50 doses of the pure compounds were estimated in dose-response experiments in Petri dishes, and these turned out to be much higher than the predicted maximum concentrations of DIMBOA, MBOA, and BOA in the soil water following incorporation. The study shows that a prerequisite for exploiting the incorporation of wheat residues as a weed control strategy is the development of wheat varieties with an increased content of allelochemicals. PMID:16478217

  16. Effects of electrokinetic operation mode on removal of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and the indigenous fungal community in PAH-contaminated soil.

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    Wang, Jian; Li, Fengmei; Li, Xu; Wang, Xiujuan; Li, Xinyu; Su, Zhencheng; Zhang, Huiwen; Guo, Shuhai

    2013-01-01

    Electrokinetic remediation is an emerging physical remediation technology for the removal of heavy metals and organic chemicals from contaminated soil. We set up a soil chamber (24 12 8cm) with two stainless steel electrodes (12 0.5cm), and a constant voltage gradient of 1.0 v cm(-1) or 2.0 v cm(-1) was applied to study the effects of unidirectional and altered directional electric field operation modes on the moisture content and pH, the removal rate of PAHs, and the abundance and diversity of indigenous fungi in a PAH-contaminated soil at the Benxi Iron and Steel Group Corporation (N4117'24.4?, E12343'05.8?), Liaoning Province, Northeast China. Electrokinetic remediation increased the PAH removal rate, but had less effect on soil moisture content and pH, in comparison with the control. In the 1 v cm(-1) altered directional operation, in particular, the PAH removal rate by the end of the experiment (on day 23) had increased from 5.2% of the control to 13.84% and 13.69% at distances of 4 and 20cm from the anode, respectively, and to 18.97% in the middle region of the soil chamber. On day 23, the indigenous fungal 18S rRNA gene copy numbers and community diversity were significantly higher in a voltage gradient of 1 v cm(-1) than in a voltage gradient 2 v cm(-1). An altered directional operation was more conducive to the fungal community's uniform distribution than was a unidirectional operation of the electric field. We found the major PAH-degrading fungi Fusarium oxysporum and Rhizophlyctis rosea to be present under EK remediation. We suggest that a 1 v cm(-1) altered directional operation could be an appropriate electrokinetic operation mode for PAH removal, and the maintenance of abundance and diversity of the indigenous fungal community. PMID:23947706

  17. Electrokinetic Microstrirring to Enhance Immunoassays

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    Feldman, Hope; Sigurdson, Marin; Meinhart, Carl

    2006-11-01

    Electrokinetic microstirring is used to improve the sensitivity of microfluidic heterogeneous immuno-sensors by enhancing the transport in diffusion-limited reactions. The AC electrokinetic force, Electrothermal Flow, is exploited to create a circular stirring fluid motion, thereby providing more binding opportunities between suspended and wall-immobilized molecules. This process can significantly reduce test times, important for both field-portable biosensors and for lab-based assays. A 2-D numerical simulation model is used to predict the effect of electrothermal flow on a heterogeneous immunoassay resulting from an AC potential applied to two parallel electrodes. The binding is increased by a factor of 7 for an applied voltage of 10 Vrms. The effect was investigated experimentally using a high affinity biotin-streptavidin reaction. Microstirred reaction rates were compared with passive reactions. The measurements show on average an order of magnitude increase in binding between immobilized biotin and fluorescently-labeled streptavidin after 5 minutes. Therefore, this technique shows significant promise for reducing incubation time and enhancing the sensitivity of immunoassays.

  18. Integrated Electrokinetics-Adsorption Remediation of Saline-Sodic Soils: Effects of Voltage Gradient and Contaminant Concentration on Soil Electrical Conductivity

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    Essa, Mohammed Hussain; Mu'azu, Nuhu Dalhat

    2013-01-01

    In this study, an integrated in situ remediation technique which couples electrokinetics with adsorption, using locally produced granular activated carbon from date palm pits in the treatment zones that are installed directly to bracket the contaminated soils at bench-scale, is investigated. Natural saline-sodic clay soil, spiked with contaminant mixture (kerosene, phenol, Cr, Cd, Cu, Zn, Pb, and Hg), was used in this study to investigate the effects of voltage gradient, initial contaminant concentration, and polarity reversal rate on the soil electrical conductivity. Box-Behnken Design (BBD) was used for the experimental design and response surface methodology (RSM) was employed to model, optimize, and interpret the results obtained using Design-Expert version 8 platform. The total number of experiments conducted was 15 with voltage gradient, polarity reversal rate, and initial contaminant concentration as variables. The main target response discussed in this paper is the soil electrical conductivity due to its importance in electrokinetic remediation process. Responses obtained were fitted to quadratic models whose R2 ranges from 84.66% to 99.19% with insignificant lack of fit in each case. Among the investigated factors, voltage gradient and initial contaminant concentration were found to be the most significant influential factors. PMID:24459439

  19. Investigations of Induced Charge Electrokinetic Phenomena

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    Pascall, Andrew James

    Recent developments in microfluidics have highlighted the importance of efficiently transporting fluids at the micron scale. This has lead to a resurgence of interest in utilizing electrokinetic phenomena, which scale favorably with the small channel dimensions encountered in microfluidics, to drive fluid flows. This dissertation focuses on induced charge electro-osmosis (ICEO), a nonlinear electrokinetic effect in which an applied electric field both induces and drives a layer of charged fluid near an electrically conductive surface. ICEO has been shown to produce time-averaged flows with AC electric fields and may provide an on-chip means of generating high pressure flows with low applied voltages. Experimental studies of ICEO have shown that standard theories generally overpredict the observed slip velocity, frequently by orders of magnitude. This discrepancy could be explained by the presence of a thin coating of an adventitious dielectric over the conductive surface. In this work, I develop a modified theory of ICEO that incorporates the effects of a dielectric coating and its surface chemistry, both of which act to decrease the slip velocity relative to a clean metal. This theory shows that a layer of dielectric contaminant of only nanometer thickness can lead to significantly suppressed ICEO flows. In order to test this theory, I developed a novel experimental apparatus, the details of which are presented herein, that allows for the observation of ICEO flows over planar surfaces coated with dielectrics of controlled physical properties. Data for over 8000 combinations of parameters over both an oxide dielectric and alkanethiol self-assembled monolayer show unprecedented quantitative agreement with this modified theory. The goal for engineering practical microfluidic devices is to generate the fastest flows possible for a given set of conditions. I end the dissertation with a discussion of how to generate flows that are orders of magnitude faster than those over a solid surface by using thin liquid films. This result follows from the fact that the electrical stress in the electrolyte drives the electrolyte/thin film interface itself into motion.

  20. Temperature effects on the electrohydrodynamic and electrokinetic behaviour of ion-selective nanochannels.

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    Wood, Jeffery A; Benneker, Anne M; Lammertink, Rob G H

    2016-03-23

    A non-isothermal formulation of the Poisson-Nernst-Planck with Navier-Stokes equations is used to study the influence of heating effects in the form of Joule heating and viscous dissipation and imposed temperature gradients on a microchannel/nanochannel system. The system is solved numerically under various cases in order to determine the influence of temperature-related effects on ion-selectivity, flux and fluid flow profiles, as well as coupling between these phenomena. It is demonstrated that for a larger reservoir system, the effects of Joule heating and viscous dissipation only become relevant for higher salt concentrations and electric field strengths than are compatible with ion-selectivity due to Debye layer overlap. More interestingly, it is shown that using different temperature reservoirs can have a strong influence on ion-selectivity, as well as the induced electrohydrodynamic flows. PMID:26902841

  1. Electrode kinetic and electro-kinetic effects in electroosmotic dewatering of clay suspensions

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    Vijh, A.K.

    1997-05-01

    Lockhart`s remarks on the author`s previous interpretation of the electrochemical aspects of the electroosmotic dewatering (EOD) of clay suspensions are analyzed to provide some further clarification. Based on Lockhart`s excellent work, the authors put forward here novel electrochemical interpretations of some features of the following experimental observations: (1) Galvani dewatering; (2) the dewatering efficiency; and (3) high voltage needed for dewatering Al-kaolinite and aluminum electrode effect.

  2. Electrokinetic migration studies on removal of chromium and uranyl ions from 904-A trench soil

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    Bibler, J.P.; Meaker, T.F.; O`Steen, A.B.

    1992-09-30

    This report describes a laboratory-scale study, in which electrokinetic migration technology was used to remove chromium and uranium, as well as other ions, from soil taken from a bore hole adjacent to the 904-A trench at the Savannah River Technology Center. Imposition of an electric current on humid (not saturated) soil successfully caused cations to migrate through the pore water of the soil to the cathode, where they were captured in an ISOLOCKTm polymer matrix and in a cation exchange resin incorporated in the polymer. Chemicals circulated through the anode/polymer and cathode/polymer were able to control pH excursions in the electrokinetic-cells by reacting with the H{sup +} and OH{sup {minus}} generated at the anode and cathode, respectively. The study indicates that ions adsorbed on the surface of the soil as well as those in the pores of soil particles can be caused to migrate through the soil to an appropriate electrode. After 10 days of operation at 20--25 V and 2 mA, approximately 65% of the chromium was removed from two 3.5 kg soil samples. A 57% removal of uranium was achieved. The study shows that electrokinetic migration, using the ISOLOCK{trademark} polymer will be effective as an in situ treatment method for the removal of metal ion contaminants in soil adjacent to the 904-A trench.

  3. Effect of microemulsion component purity on the chromatographic figures of merit in chiral microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography.

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    Kojtari, Adeline B; Foley, Joe P

    2009-04-17

    Numerous combinations of one-, two-, and three-chiral-component microemulsions have been previously prepared in our group, using N-dodecoxycarbonylvaline (DDCV), 2-hexanol, and ethyl acetate, dibutyl tartrate, or diethyl tartrate. A few results of the various formulations investigated suggested the possible presence of minor impurities in one or more components of the microemulsion. In this study, the purity of the current lots of R- and S-surfactant were measured, as was the subsequent effect of minor impurities on the relevant chromatographic figures of merit (CFOMs) that describe a chiral separation, i.e., efficiency, enantioselectivity, retention, migration window (elution range), and resolution. Two related methods are proposed for correcting enantioselectivities measured in the presence of chiral impurities in the chiral microemulsion. PMID:18962653

  4. Long-time self-diffusion of charged colloidal particles: Electrokinetic and hydrodynamic interaction effects

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    McPhie, Mathieu G.; Ngele, Gerhard

    2007-07-01

    The authors analyze the long-time self-diffusion of charge-stabilized colloidal macroions in nondilute suspensions using a mode-coupling scheme developed for multicomponent suspensions of interacting Brownian spheres. In this scheme, all ionic species, including counterions and electrolyte ions, are treated on an equal footing as charged hard spheres undergoing overdamped Brownian motion. Hydrodynamic interactions between all ions are accounted for on the far-field level. We show that the influence on the colloidal long-time self-diffusion coefficient arising from the relaxation of the microionic atmosphere surrounding the colloids, the so-called electrolyte friction effect, is usually insignificant in comparison with the friction contributions arising from direct and hydrodynamic interactions between the colloidal particles. This finding is true even for small colloid concentrations unless the mobility difference between colloidal particles and microions is not large. Furthermore, we observe an interesting nonmonotonic density dependence of the colloidal long-time self-diffusion coefficient in suspensions with low amount of added salt. We show that this unusual density dependence is due to colloid-colloid hydrodynamic interactions.

  5. Band-broadening suppressed effect in long turned geometry channel and high-sensitive analysis of DNA sample by using floating electrokinetic supercharging on a microchip.

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    Xu, Zhongqi; Murata, Kenji; Arai, Akihiro; Hirokawa, Takeshi

    2010-01-01

    A featured microchip owning three big reservoirs and long turned geometry channel was designed to improve the detection limit of DNA fragments by using floating electrokinetic supercharging (FEKS) method. The novel design matches the FEKS preconcentration needs of a large sample volume introduction with electrokinetic injection (EKI), as well as long duration of isotachophoresis (ITP) process to enrich low concentration sample. In the curved channel [ approximately 45.6 mm long between port 1 (P1) and the intersection point of two channels], EKI and ITP were performed while the side port 3 (P3) was electrically floated. The turn-induced band broadening with or without ITP process was investigated by a computer simulation (using CFD-ACE+ software) when the analytes traveling through the U-shaped geometry. It was found that the channel curvature determined the extent of band broadening, however, which could be effectively eliminated by the way of ITP. After the ITP-stacked zones passed the intersection point from P1, they were rapidly destacked for separation and detection from ITP to zone electrophoresis by using leading ions from P3. The FEKS carried on the novel chip successfully contributed to higher sensitivities of DNA fragments in comparison with our previous results realized on either a single channel or a cross microchip. The analysis of low concentration 50 bp DNA step ladders (0.23 mugml after 1500-fold diluted) was achieved with normal UV detection at 260 nm. The obtained limit of detections (LODs) were on average 100 times better than using conventional pinched injection, down to several ngml for individual DNA fragment. PMID:20644677

  6. Effect of pH control at the anode for the electrokinetic removal of phenanthrene from kaolin soil.

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    Saichek, Richard E; Reddy, Krishna R

    2003-04-01

    Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)-contaminated soils exist at numerous sites, and these sites may threaten public health and the environment because many PAH compounds are toxic, mutagenic, and/or carcinogenic. PAHs are also hydrophobic and persistent, so conventional remediation methods are often costly or inefficient, especially when the contaminants are present in low permeability and/or organic soils. An innovative technique, electrokinetically enhanced in situ flushing, has the potential to increase soil-solution-contaminant interaction and PAH removal efficiency for low permeability soils; however, the electrolysis reaction at the anode may adversely affect the remediation of low acid buffering capacity soils, such as kaolin. Therefore, the objective of this study was to improve the remediation of low acid buffering soils by controlling the pH at the anode to counteract the electrolysis reaction. Six bench-scale electrokinetic experiments were conducted, where each test employed one of three different flushing solutions, deionized water, a surfactant, or a cosolvent. For each of these solutions, tests were performed with and without a 0.01 M NaOH solution at the anode to control the pH. The test using deionized water with pH control generated a higher electroosmotic flow than the equivalent test performed without pH control, but the electroosmotic flow difference between the surfactant and cosolvent tests with and without pH control was minor compared to that observed with the deionized water tests. Controlling the pH was beneficial for increasing contaminant solubilization and migration from the soil region adjacent to the anode, but the high contaminant concentrations that resulted in the middle or cathode soil regions indicates that subsequent changes in the soil and/or solution chemistry caused contaminant deposition and low overall contaminant removal efficiency. PMID:12604079

  7. Electrokinetic potential of flotation pulps

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    Mis'nik, V.A.

    1988-03-01

    Studies have been done on the possibility of intensifying flotation processes by electrical treatment of flotation pulps. The electrokinetic potential is a parameter which may characterize the flotation properties of pulps. In this paper, the authors obtain calculation relationships for determining the electrokinetic potential from the results of measuring sedimentation potential. The equations obtained are used to study both sedimentationally stable pulps and sedimentationally unstable coarsely dispersed suspensions.

  8. Electrokinetic remediation prefield test methods

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    Hodko, Dalibor (Inventor)

    2000-01-01

    Methods for determining the parameters critical in designing an electrokinetic soil remediation process including electrode well spacing, operating current/voltage, electroosmotic flow rate, electrode well wall design, and amount of buffering or neutralizing solution needed in the electrode wells at operating conditions are disclosed These methods are preferably performed prior to initiating a full scale electrokinetic remediation process in order to obtain efficient remediation of the contaminants.

  9. Electrokinetic transport in microchannels with random roughness

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    Wang, Moran; Kang, Qinjun

    2008-01-01

    We present a numerical framework to model the electrokinetic transport in microchannels with random roughness. The three-dimensional microstructure of the rough channel is generated by a random generation-growth method with three statistical parameters to control the number density, the total volume fraction, and the anisotropy characteristics of roughness elements. The governing equations for the electrokinetic transport are solved by a high-efficiency lattice Poisson?Boltzmann method in complex geometries. The effects from the geometric characteristics of roughness on the electrokinetic transport in microchannels are therefore modeled and analyzed. For a given total roughness volume fraction, a higher number density leads to a lower fluctuation because of the random factors. The electroosmotic flow rate increases with the roughness number density nearly logarithmically for a given volume fraction of roughness but decreases with the volume fraction for a given roughness number density. When both the volume fraction and the number density of roughness are given, the electroosmotic flow rate is enhanced by the increase of the characteristic length along the external electric field direction but is reduced by that in the direction across the channel. For a given microstructure of the rough microchannel, the electroosmotic flow rate decreases with the Debye length. It is found that the shape resistance of roughness is responsible for the flow rate reduction in the rough channel compared to the smooth channel even for very thin double layers, and hence plays an important role in microchannel electroosmotic flows.

  10. Electrokinetic induced solute dispersion in porous media; pore network modeling

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    Li, Shuai; Schotting, Ruud; Raoof, Amir

    2013-04-01

    Electrokinetic flow plays an important role in remediation process, separation technique, and chromatography. The solute dispersion is a key parameter to determine transport efficiency. In this study, we present the electrokinetic effects on solute dispersion in porous media at the pore scale, using a pore network model. The analytical solution of the electrokinetic coupling coefficient was obtained to quantity the fluid flow velocity in a cylinder capillary. The effect of electrical double layer on the electrokinetic coupling coefficient was investigated by applying different ionic concentration. By averaging the velocity over cross section within a single pore, the average flux was obtained. Applying such single pore relationships, in the thin electrical double layer limit, to each and every pore within the pore network, potential distribution and the induced fluid flow was calculated for the whole domain. The resulting pore velocities were used to simulate solute transport within the pore network. By averaging the results, we obtained the breakthrough curve (BTC) of the average concentration at the outlet of the pore network. Optimizing the solution of continuum scale advection-dispersion equation to such a BTC, solute dispersion coefficient was estimated. We have compared the dispersion caused by electrokinetic flow and pure pressure driven flow under different Peclet number values. In addition, the effect of microstructure and topological properties of porous media on fluid flow and solute dispersion is presented, mainly based on different pore coordination numbers.

  11. ELECTROKINETIC REMEDIATION: BASICS AND TECHNOLOGY STATUS

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    Electrokinetic remediation, variably named as electrochemical soil processing, electromigration, electrokinetic decontamination or electroreclamation uses electric currents to extract radionuclides, heavy metals, certain organic compounds, or mixed inorganic species and some orga...

  12. EMERGING TECHNOLOGY BULLETIN: ELECTROKINETIC SOIL PROCESSING

    EPA Science Inventory

    Electrokinetic Soil Processing (or Electrokinetic Remediation) uses two series of electrodes (anodes and cathodes) positioned inside compartments that allow egress and ingress of pore fluids to the porous media. The compartments are filled with water or other process fluids and ...

  13. Staphylococcus aureus Sortase A-Mediated Incorporation of Peptides: Effect of Peptide Modification on Incorporation.

    PubMed

    Hansenov Ma?skov, Silvie; Nazmi, Kamran; van 't Hof, Wim; van Belkum, Alex; Martin, Nathaniel I; Bikker, Floris J; van Wamel, Willem J B; Veerman, Enno C I

    2016-01-01

    The endogenous Staphylococcus aureus sortase A (SrtA) transpeptidase covalently anchors cell wall-anchored (CWA) proteins equipped with a specific recognition motif (LPXTG) into the peptidoglycan layer of the staphylococcal cell wall. Previous in situ experiments have shown that SrtA is also able to incorporate exogenous, fluorescently labelled, synthetic substrates equipped with the LPXTG motif (K(FITC)LPETG-amide) into the bacterial cell wall, albeit at high concentrations of 500 ?M to 1 mM. In the present study, we have evaluated the effect of substrate modification on the incorporation efficiency. This revealed that (i) by elongation of LPETG-amide with a sequence of positively charged amino acids, derived from the C-terminal domain of physiological SrtA substrates, the incorporation efficiency was increased by 20-fold at 10 ?M, 100 ?M and 250 ?M; (ii) Substituting aspartic acid (E) for methionine increased the incorporation of the resulting K(FITC)LPMTG-amide approximately three times at all concentrations tested; (iii) conjugation of the lipid II binding antibiotic vancomycin to K(FITC)LPMTG-amide resulted in the same incorporation levels as K(FITC)LPETG-amide, but much more efficient at an impressive 500-fold lower substrate concentration. These newly developed synthetic substrates can potentially find broad applications in for example the in situ imaging of bacteria; the incorporation of antibody recruiting moieties; the targeted delivery and covalent incorporation of antimicrobial compounds into the bacterial cell wall. PMID:26799839

  14. The electrokinetic properties of colloidal magnetic iron oxides.

    PubMed

    Metcalfe, I M; Healy, T W

    2012-05-22

    A novel electrokinetic streaming potential technique has been used to determine the ? potential behavior of three magnetic iron oxides, (Fe(3)O(4), ?-Fe(2)O(3), and CoFe(2)O(4)) as a function of pH and salt concentration. These colloidal materials, (nanosize in one dimension), are held in the form of a plug by means of external magnets. The streaming potential (E) is measured as a function of fluid flow induced by a pressure drop (?P) across the plug. The magnetically held plug is found to obey the requirements of the streaming potential technique; in each case an iso-electric point, (iep) independent of salt concentration is observed. However, if one uses the appropriate quantities in the standard formula, the calculated ? potentials are very much lower than for oxides such as silica, alumina or goethite and other colloidal oxide, latex, etc. particulates in aqueous salt solutions. Furthermore, at a given pH, the measured ? potentials anomalously increase in magnitude rather than decrease as observed conventionally as the salt concentration is increased. This apparent anomalous behavior could not be eliminated by incorporating surface conductance effects. However by including a conductance pathway, independent of pH or salt concentration, through the magnetic particle network itself, the anomaly was removed. Confirmation of the role of a conductance pathway through the magnetic particle network was obtained by using silica coated magnetic particles which displayed normal electrokinetic behavior. Finally, we have redesigned the plug-electrode assembly to allow measurement of streaming current, a technique know to eliminate contributions from plug network conductances of any kind. The resulting ? potentials, derived from this streaming current technique are normal. PMID:22577736

  15. Removal of fluorine from contaminated soil by electrokinetic treatment driven by solar energy.

    PubMed

    Zhou, Ming; Zhu, Shufa; Liu, Yana; Wang, Xuejian

    2013-08-01

    Instead of direct current power supply, a series of electrokinetic remediation experiments driven by solar energy on fluorine-contaminated soil were conducted in a self-made electrolyzer, in order to reduce energy expenditure of electrokinetic remediation. After the 12-day electrokinetic remediation driven by solar energy, the removal efficiency of fluorine was 22.3%, and electrokinetic treatment had an impact on changes in partitioning of fluorine in soil. It proved that the combination of electrokinetics and solar energy was feasible and effective to some extent for the remediation of fluorine-contaminated soil. Meanwhile, the experimental results also indicated that the electromigration was a more dominant transport mechanism for the removal of fluorine from contaminated soil than electroosmosis, and the weather condition was the important factor in affecting the removal efficiency. PMID:23475445

  16. Laboratory Experiment on Electrokinetic Remediation of Soil

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    Elsayed-Ali, Alya H.; Abdel-Fattah, Tarek; Elsayed-Ali, Hani E.

    2011-01-01

    Electrokinetic remediation is a method of decontaminating soil containing heavy metals and polar organic contaminants by passing a direct current through the soil. An undergraduate chemistry laboratory is described to demonstrate electrokinetic remediation of soil contaminated with copper. A 30 cm electrokinetic cell with an applied voltage of 30…

  17. Laboratory Experiment on Electrokinetic Remediation of Soil

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Elsayed-Ali, Alya H.; Abdel-Fattah, Tarek; Elsayed-Ali, Hani E.

    2011-01-01

    Electrokinetic remediation is a method of decontaminating soil containing heavy metals and polar organic contaminants by passing a direct current through the soil. An undergraduate chemistry laboratory is described to demonstrate electrokinetic remediation of soil contaminated with copper. A 30 cm electrokinetic cell with an applied voltage of 30

  18. Estimation of electrokinetic and hydrodynamic global properties of relevant amyloid-beta peptides through the modeling of their effective electrophoretic mobilities and analysis of their propensities to aggregation.

    PubMed

    Deiber, Julio A; Piaggio, Maria V; Peirotti, Marta B

    2014-09-01

    Neuronal activity loss may be due to toxicity caused by amyloid-beta peptides forming soluble oligomers. Here amyloid-beta peptides (1-42, 1-40, 1-39, 1-38, and 1-37) are characterized through the modeling of their experimental effective electrophoretic mobilities determined by a capillary zone electrophoresis method as reported in the literature. The resulting electrokinetic and hydrodynamic global properties are used to evaluate amyloid-beta peptide propensities to aggregation through pair particles interaction potentials and Brownian aggregation kinetic theories. Two background electrolytes are considered at 25C, one for pH 9 and ionic strength I = 40 mM (aggregation is inhibited through NH4OH) the other for pH 10 and I = 100 mM (without NH4OH). Physical explanations of peptide oligomerization mechanisms are provided. The effect of hydration, electrostatic, and dispersion forces in the amyloidogenic process of amyloid-beta peptides (1-40 and 1-42) are quantitatively presented. The interplay among effective charge number, hydration, and conformation of chains is described. It is shown that amyloid-beta peptides (1-40 and 1-42) at pH 10, I = 100 mM and 25C, may form soluble oligomers, mainly of order 2 and 4, after an incubation of 48 h, which at higher times evolve and end up in complex structures (protofibrils and fibrils) found in plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease. PMID:24975363

  19. Electrokinetic transport through rough microchannels.

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    Hu, Yandong; Werner, Carsten; Li, Dongqing

    2003-11-01

    Surface roughness is present in most microfluidic devices as a result of the microfabrication techniques or particle adhesion. It is highly desirable to understand the roughness effect on microscale transport processes. In this study, we developed a 3-D, finite-volume-based numerical model to simulate electroosmotic transport in microchannels with rectangular prism rough elements on the surfaces. Various configurations of roughness were investigated, and the results show different degrees of an even-out effect on liquid transport due to the roughness-induced local pressure field and the variation of the electroosmotic slip boundary velocities. 3D-sample transport through rough microchannels was analyzed. The results demonstrate that the sample's transport under the electrical field is much faster in the pathway between the rough elements; the concentration field in the height and width direction is not uniform. The influence of the electrokinetic properties on liquid flow and sample transport was studied. It was found that the increase of the electroosmotic mobility or the decrease of the electrophoretic mobility can dramatically enhance the uniformity of the concentration field. PMID:14588014

  20. Near-anode focusing phenomenon caused by the coupling effect of early precipitation and backward electromigration in electrokinetic remediation of MSWI fly ashes.

    PubMed

    Li, Dongwei; Huang, Tao; Liu, Kexiang

    2016-01-01

    As electrokinetic remediation (EKR) is used to remediate contaminated soil, the focusing phenomenon is always the inevitable problems needing to be solved during the process. In this paper, EKR was chosen to extract the heavy metals in the municipal solid waste incineration fly ashes (FAs). The focusing phenomenon of FA in the sample region of the rectangular electrolyser was comprehensively studied. The formation of the focusing band was monitored and the redistribution of concentration for Zn, Pb, Cu, and Cd were displayed. The major and minor phases of FA particles have greatly changed before and after the experiment. A variety of carbonate hydroxides and phosphate were found at the end of the test. There are two focusing bands at S2 and S5, separately for all the four elements and the focusing bands in the S2 zone forming at the early stage existed nearly throughout the entire process. The pH gradient between S1 and S2 was detected at the onset of the experiment, and until the 12 day, the gradient barrier was obviously dropped down. The coupling effect of precipitation hindering and backward electromigration of anions is considered as the dominant force for the formation of the focusing band, which is different from the pure ion-induced potential gradient well trapping effect near the anode. The FA matrix enhancing and nitric acid enhancing can alleviate the focusing phenomenon and increase the concentration ratios to some extent. PMID:26119872

  1. Acoustically and Electrokinetically Driven Transport in Microfluidic Devices

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sayar, Ersin

    Electrokinetically driven flows are widely employed as a primary method for liquid pumping in micro-electromechanical systems. Mixing of analytes and reagents is limited in microfluidic devices due to the low Reynolds number of the flows. Acoustic excitations have recently been suggested to promote mixing in the microscale flow systems. Electrokinetic flows through straight microchannels were investigated using the Poisson-Boltzmann and Nernst-Planck models. The acoustic wave/fluid flow interactions in a microchannel were investigated via the development of two and three-dimensional dynamic predictive models for flows with field couplings of the electrical, mechanical and fluid flow quantities. The effectiveness and applicability of electrokinetic augmentation in flexural plate wave micropumps for enhanced capabilities were explored. The proposed concept can be exploited to integrate micropumps into complex microfluidic chips improving the portability of micro-total-analysis systems along with the capabilities of actively controlling acoustics and electrokinetics for micro-mixer applications. Acoustically excited flows in microchannels consisting of flexural plate wave devices and thin film resonators were considered. Compressible flow fields were considered to accommodate the acoustic excitations produced by a vibrating wall. The velocity and pressure profiles for different parameters including frequency, channel height, wave amplitude and length were investigated. Coupled electrokinetics and acoustics cases were investigated while the electric field intensity of the electrokinetic body forces and actuation frequency of acoustic excitations were varied. Multifield analysis of a piezoelectrically actuated valveless micropump was also presented. The effect of voltage and frequency on membrane deflection and flow rate were investigated. Detailed fluid/solid deformation coupled simulations of piezoelectric valveless micropump have been conducted to predict the generated time averaged flow rates. Developed coupled solid and fluid mechanics models can be utilized to integrate flow-through sensors with microfluidic chips.

  2. Electrokinetic remediation of unsaturated soils

    SciTech Connect

    Lindgren, E.R.; Kozak, M.W.; Mattson, E.D.

    1992-10-01

    Heavy-metal contamination of soil and groundwater is a widespread problem in the DOE weapons complex, and for the nation as a whole electrokinetic remediation is one possible technique for in situ removal of such contaminants from unsaturated soils. Large spills and leaks can contaminate both the soil above the water table as well as the aquifer itself. Electrodes are implanted in the soil, and a direct current is imposed between the electrodes. The application of direct current leads to a number of effects: ionic species and charged particles in the soil water will migrate to the oppositely charged electrode (electromigration and electrophoresis), and concomitant with this migration, a bulk flow of water is induced, usually toward the cathode (electroosmosis). The combination of these phenomena leads to a movement of contaminants toward the electrodes. The direction of contaminant movement will be determined by a number of factors, among which are type and concentration of contaminant, soil type and structure, interfacial chemistry of the soil-water system, and the current density in the soil pore water. Contaminants arriving at the electrodes may potentially be removed from the soil by one of several methods, such as electroplating or adsorption onto the electrode, precipitation or co-precipitation at the electrode, pumping of water near the electrode, or complexing with ion-exchange resins. Experimental results are described on the removal of sodium dichromate and food dye from soil.

  3. Electrokinetic remediation of unsaturated soils

    SciTech Connect

    Lindgren, E.R.; Kozak, M.W. ); Mattson, E.D. )

    1992-01-01

    Heavy-metal contamination of soil and groundwater is a widespread problem in the DOE weapons complex, and for the nation as a whole electrokinetic remediation is one possible technique for in situ removal of such contaminants from unsaturated soils. Large spills and leaks can contaminate both the soil above the water table as well as the aquifer itself. Electrodes are implanted in the soil, and a direct current is imposed between the electrodes. The application of direct current leads to a number of effects: ionic species and charged particles in the soil water will migrate to the oppositely charged electrode (electromigration and electrophoresis), and concomitant with this migration, a bulk flow of water is induced, usually toward the cathode (electroosmosis). The combination of these phenomena leads to a movement of contaminants toward the electrodes. The direction of contaminant movement will be determined by a number of factors, among which are type and concentration of contaminant, soil type and structure, interfacial chemistry of the soil-water system, and the current density in the soil pore water. Contaminants arriving at the electrodes may potentially be removed from the soil by one of several methods, such as electroplating or adsorption onto the electrode, precipitation or co-precipitation at the electrode, pumping of water near the electrode, or complexing with ion-exchange resins. Experimental results are described on the removal of sodium dichromate and food dye from soil.

  4. Staphylococcus aureus Sortase A-Mediated Incorporation of Peptides: Effect of Peptide Modification on Incorporation

    PubMed Central

    Hansenová Maňásková, Silvie; Nazmi, Kamran; van ‘t Hof, Wim; van Belkum, Alex; Martin, Nathaniel I.; Bikker, Floris J.; van Wamel, Willem J. B.; Veerman, Enno C. I.

    2016-01-01

    The endogenous Staphylococcus aureus sortase A (SrtA) transpeptidase covalently anchors cell wall-anchored (CWA) proteins equipped with a specific recognition motif (LPXTG) into the peptidoglycan layer of the staphylococcal cell wall. Previous in situ experiments have shown that SrtA is also able to incorporate exogenous, fluorescently labelled, synthetic substrates equipped with the LPXTG motif (K(FITC)LPETG-amide) into the bacterial cell wall, albeit at high concentrations of 500 μM to 1 mM. In the present study, we have evaluated the effect of substrate modification on the incorporation efficiency. This revealed that (i) by elongation of LPETG-amide with a sequence of positively charged amino acids, derived from the C-terminal domain of physiological SrtA substrates, the incorporation efficiency was increased by 20-fold at 10 μM, 100 μM and 250 μM; (ii) Substituting aspartic acid (E) for methionine increased the incorporation of the resulting K(FITC)LPMTG-amide approximately three times at all concentrations tested; (iii) conjugation of the lipid II binding antibiotic vancomycin to K(FITC)LPMTG-amide resulted in the same incorporation levels as K(FITC)LPETG-amide, but much more efficient at an impressive 500-fold lower substrate concentration. These newly developed synthetic substrates can potentially find broad applications in for example the in situ imaging of bacteria; the incorporation of antibody recruiting moieties; the targeted delivery and covalent incorporation of antimicrobial compounds into the bacterial cell wall. PMID:26799839

  5. Electrokinetic high pressure hydraulic system

    DOEpatents

    Paul, Phillip H.; Rakestraw, David J.

    2000-01-01

    A compact high pressure hydraulic pump having no moving mechanical parts for converting electric potential to hydraulic force. The electrokinetic pump, which can generate hydraulic pressures greater than 2500 psi, can be employed to compress a fluid, either liquid or gas, and manipulate fluid flow. The pump is particularly useful for capillary-base systems. By combining the electrokinetic pump with a housing having chambers separated by a flexible member, fluid flow, including high pressure fluids, is controlled by the application of an electric potential, that can vary with time.

  6. Enhancing Clinical Trials by Incorporating Side Effects

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Schrag, Francis

    2009-01-01

    Evidence-based medicine is often seen as a model for evidence-based education, and deservedly so, but evaluators in education have been slow to adopt one of its salient features, attention to side effects. Many education evaluations focus almost exclusively on efficacy, that is on achievement test scores. Regardless of domain, all interventions

  7. Chiral microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography: Effect of cosurfactant identity on enantioselectivity, methylene selectivity, resolution, and other chromatographic figures of merit.

    PubMed

    Kahle, Kimberly A; Foley, Joe P

    2006-11-01

    The effect of cosurfactant identity on microemulsion size, elution range, retention factor, enantioselectivity, methylene selectivity, efficiency, and resolution in chiral microemulsion formulations was examined. The chiral surfactant dodecoxycarbonylvaline was used in conjunction with the cosurfactants 1-butanol, 1-pentanol, 2-pentanol, 1-hexanol, 2-hexanol, cyclopentanol, and cyclohexanol. The millimolar concentration of cosurfactant was held constant regardless of identity. Ethyl acetate was incorporated as the microemulsion oil core and the buffer utilized was 50 mM phosphate at a pH of 7.0. In general, secondary alcohols improved enantioselectivities and primary alcohols had the opposite effect, with the exception of the 1-butanol. The trends observed varied slightly depending on analyte. Of the six chiral analytes tested, cyclopentanol provided the best enantioselectivity for three, 1-butanol for two compounds, and 2-pentanol for one analyte. The lowest enantioselectivities were achieved with 1-pentanol or 1-hexanol for all compounds. Methylene selectivity was found to decrease with reductions in alcohol chain length. Among equal carbon number alcohols, methylene selectivity was lower for secondary alcohols. Efficiency and resolution values varied with different cosurfactants and depended on analyte identity. PMID:17075937

  8. Gradient elution for micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatography

    SciTech Connect

    Balchunas, A.T.; Sepaniak, M.J.

    1988-04-01

    A method for performing gradient elution in micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatography is developed. The influence of temperature and mobile phase organic solvent concentration on capacity factors is presented and attributed to changes in phase ratio and solute distribution coefficient. Solvent programming is more effective than temperature programming at adjusting retention due to its greater influence on distribution coefficient. As anticipated, phase ratio changes could not be exploited due to concomitant losses in column efficiency. A stepwise solvent gradient involving increasing concentrations of 2-propanol and Triton-X-100 is used for the separation of a test mixture of derivatized amines.

  9. Electrokinetically pumped high pressure sprays

    DOEpatents

    Schoeniger, Joseph S. (Oakland, CA); Paul, Phillip H. (Livermore, CA); Schoeniger, Luke (Pittsford, NY)

    2005-11-01

    An electrokinetic pump capable of producing high pressure is combined with a nozzle having a submicron orifice to provide a high pressure spray device. Because of its small size, the device can be contained within medical devices such as an endoscope for delivering biological materials such as DNA, chemo therapeutic agents, or vaccines to tissues and cells.

  10. Electrokinetically pumped high pressure sprays

    SciTech Connect

    Schoeniger, Joseph S.; Paul, Phillip H.; Schoeniger, Luke

    2002-01-01

    An electrokinetic pump capable of producing high pressure is combined with a nozzle having a submicron orifice to provide a high pressure spray device. Because of its small size, the device can be contained within medical devices such as an endoscope for delivering biological materials such as DNA, chemo therapeutic agents, or vaccines to tissues and cells.

  11. Electrokinetic transport phenomena: Mobility measurement and electrokinetic instability

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Oddy, Michael Huson

    Miniaturization and integration of traditional bioassay procedures into microfabricated on-chip assay systems, commonly referred to as "Micro Total Analysis" (muTAS) systems, may have a significant impact on the fields of genomics, proteomics, and clinical analysis. These bioanalytical microsystems leverage electroosmosis and electrophoresis for sample transport, mixing, manipulation, and separation. This dissertation addresses the following three topics relevant to such systems: a new diagnostic for measuring the electrophoretic mobility of sub-micron, fluorescently-labeled particles and the electroosmotic mobility of a microchannel; a novel method and device for rapidly stirring micro- and nanoliter volume solutions for microfluidic bioanalytical applications; and a multiple-species electrokinetic instability model. Accurate measurement of the electrophoretic particle mobility and the electroosmotic mobility of microchannel surfaces is crucial to understanding the stability of colloidal suspensions, obtaining particle tracking-based velocimetry measurements of electroosmotic flow fields, and the quantification of electrokinetic bioanalytical device performance. A method for determining these mobilities from alternating and direct current electrokinetic particle tracking measurements is presented. The ability to rapidly mix fluids at low Reynolds numbers is important to the functionality of many bioanalytical, microfluidic devices. We present an electrokinetic process for rapidly stirring microflow streams by initiating an electrokinetic flow instability. The design, fabrication and performance analysis of two micromixing devices capable of rapidly stirring two low Reynolds number fluid streams are presented. Electroosmotic and electrophoretic transport in the presence of conductivity mismatches between reagent streams and the background electrolytes, can lead to an unstable flow field generating significant sample dispersion. In the multiple-species electrokinetic instability model, we consider a high aspect ratio microchannel geometry, a conductivity gradient orthogonal to the applied electric field, and a four-species chemistry model. A linear stability analysis of the depth-averaged governing equations shows unstable eigenmodes for conductivity ratios as close to unity as 1.01. Experiments and full nonlinear simulations of the governing equations were conducted for a conductivity ratio of 1.05. Images of the disturbance dye field from the nonlinear simulations show good qualitative and quantitative agreement with experiment. Species electromigration is shown to a have significant influence on the development of the conductivity field and instability dynamics in multi-ion configurations.

  12. Electrokinetic confinement of axonal growth for dynamically configurable neural networks

    PubMed Central

    Honegger, Thibault; Scott, Mark A.; Yanik, Mehmet F.; Voldman, Joel

    2013-01-01

    Axons in the developing nervous system are directed via guidance cues, whose expression varies both spatially and temporally, to create functional neural circuits. Existing methods to create patterns of neural connectivity in vitro use only static geometries, and are unable to dynamically alter the guidance cues imparted on the cells. We introduce the use of AC electrokinetics to dynamically control axonal growth in cultured rat hippocampal neurons. We find that the application of modest voltages at frequencies on the order of 105 Hz can cause developing axons to be stopped adjacent to the electrodes while axons away from the electric fields exhibit uninhibited growth. By switching electrodes on or off, we can reversibly inhibit or permit axon passage across the electrodes. Our models suggest that dielectrophoresis is the causative AC electrokinetic effect. We make use of our dynamic control over axon elongation to create an axon-diode via an axon-lock system that consists of a pair of electrode `gates' that either permit or prevent axons from passing through. Finally, we developed a neural circuit consisting of three populations of neurons, separated by three axon-locks to demonstrate the assembly of a functional, engineered neural network. Action potential recordings demonstrate that the AC electrokinetic effect does not harm axons, and Ca2+ imaging demonstrated the unidirectional nature of the synaptic connections. AC electrokinetic confinement of axonal growth has potential for creating configurable, directional neural networks. PMID:23314575

  13. AC Electrokinetics Facilitated Biosensor Cassette for Rapid Pathogen Identification

    PubMed Central

    Ouyang, Mengxing; Mohan, Ruchika; Lu, Yi; Liu, Tingting; Mach, Kathleen E.; Sin, Mandy L. Y.; McComb, Mason; Joshi, Janhvi; Gau, Vincent

    2013-01-01

    To develop a portable point-of-care system based on biosensors for common infectious diseases such as urinary tract infection, the sensing process needs to be implemented within an enclosed fluidic system. On chip sample preparation of clinical samples remains a significant obstacle to achieve robust sensor performance. Herein AC electrokinetics is applied in an electrochemical biosensor cassette to enhance molecular convection and hybridization efficiency though electrokinetic induced fluid motion and Joule heating induced temperature elevation. Using E. coli as an exemplary pathogen, we determined the optimal electrokinetic parameters for detecting bacterial 16S rRNA in the biosensor cassette based on the current output, signal-to-noise ratio, and limit of detection. In addition, a panel of six probe sets targeting common uropathogenic bacteria was demonstrated. The optimized parameters were also validated using patient-derived clinical urine samples. The effectiveness of electrokinetic for on chip sample preparation will facilitate the implementation of point-of-care diagnosis of urinary tract infection in the future. PMID:23626988

  14. Electrokinetic treatment of contaminated soils, sludges, and lagoons. Final report

    SciTech Connect

    Wittle, J.K.; Pamukcu, S.

    1993-04-01

    The electrokinetic process is an emerging technology for in-situ soil decontamination, in which chemical species, both ionic and nonionic are transported to an electrode site in soil. These products are subsequently removed from the ground via collection systems engineered for each specific application. Electrokinetics refer to movement of water, ions and charged particles relative to one another under the action of an applied direct current electric field. In a porous compact matrix of surface charged particles such as soil, the ion containing pore fluid may be made to flow to collection sites under the applied field. This report describes the effort undertaken to investigate electrokinetically enhanced transport of soil contaminants in synthetic systems. These systems consisted of clay or clay-sand mixtures containing known concentration of a selected heavy metal salt solution or an organic compound. Metals, surrogate radio nuclides and organic compounds evaluated in the program were representatives of those found at a majority of DOE sites. Degree of removal of these metals from soil by the electrokinetic treatment process was assessed through the metal concentration profiles generated across the soil between the electrodes. The best removals, from about 85 to 95% were achieved at the anode side of the soil specimens. Transient pH change had an effect on the metal movement via transient creation of different metal species with different ionic mobilities, as well as changing of the surface characteristics of the soil medium.

  15. Electrokinetic Properties of Lubricin Antiadhesive Coatings in Microfluidic Systems.

    PubMed

    Greene, George W; Duffy, Emer; Shallan, Aliaa; Wuethrich, Alain; Paull, Brett

    2016-02-23

    Lubricin is a glycoprotein found in articular joints which has long been recognized as being an important biological boundary lubricant molecule and, more recently, an impressive antiadhesive that readily self-assembles into a well ordered, polymer brush layer on virtually any substrate. The lubricin molecule possesses an overabundance of anionic charge, a property that is atypical among antiadhesive molecules, that enables its use as a coating for applications involving electrokinetic processes such as electrophoresis and electroosmosis. Coating the surfaces of silica and polymeric microfluidic devices with self-assembled lubricin coatings affords a unique combination of excellent fouling resistance and high charge density that enables notoriously "sticky" biomolecules such as proteins to be used and controlled electrokinetically in the device without complications arising from nonspecific adsorption. Using capillary electrophoresis, we characterized the stability, uniformity, and electrokinetic properties of lubricin coatings applied to silica and PTFE capillaries over a range of run buffer pHs and when exposed to concentrated solutions of protein. In addition, we demonstrate the effectiveness of lubricin as a coating to minimize nonspecific protein adsorption in an electrokinetically controlled polydimethylsiloxane/silica microfluidic device. PMID:26814794

  16. Electrokinetic high pressure hydraulic system

    DOEpatents

    Paul, Phillip H.; Rakestraw, David J.; Arnold, Don W.; Hencken, Kenneth R.; Schoeniger, Joseph S.; Neyer, David W.

    2001-01-01

    An electrokinetic high pressure hydraulic pump for manipulating fluids in capillary-based systems. The pump uses electro-osmotic flow to provide a high pressure hydraulic system, having no moving mechanical parts, for pumping and/or compressing fluids, for providing valve means and means for opening and closing valves, for controlling fluid flow rate, and manipulating fluid flow generally and in capillary-based systems (Microsystems), in particular. The compact nature of the inventive high pressure hydraulic pump provides the ability to construct a micro-scale or capillary-based HPLC system that fulfills the desire for small sample quantity, low solvent consumption, improved efficiency, the ability to run samples in parallel, and field portability. Control of pressure and solvent flow rate is achieved by controlling the voltage applied to an electrokinetic pump.

  17. Electrokinetic high pressure hydraulic system

    DOEpatents

    Paul, Phillip H.; Rakestraw, David J.; Arnold, Don W.; Hencken, Kenneth R.; Schoeniger, Joseph S.; Neyer, David W.

    2003-06-03

    An electrokinetic high pressure hydraulic pump for manipulating fluids in capillary-based system. The pump uses electro-osmotic flow to provide a high pressure hydraulic system, having no moving mechanical parts, for pumping and/or compressing fluids, for providing valve means and means for opening and closing valves, for controlling fluid flow rate, and manipulating fluid flow generally and in capillary-based systems (microsystems), in particular. The compact nature of the inventive high pressure hydraulic pump provides the ability to construct a micro-scale or capillary-based HPLC system that fulfills the desire for small sample quantity, low solvent consumption, improved efficiency, the ability to run samples in parallel, and field portability. Control of pressure and solvent flow rate is achieved by controlling the voltage applied to an electrokinetic pump.

  18. REMOVAL OF RADIONUCLIDES BY ELECTROKINETIC SOIL PROCESSING

    EPA Science Inventory

    Electrokinetics promises to be an innovative treatment process for in-situ treatment of soils and groundwater contaminated with heavy metals and radionuclides. Electrokinetics refers to the movement of ionic liquids and charged particles relative to one another under the action ...

  19. The Multi-Porosity Multi-Permeability and Electrokinetic Natures of Shales and Their Effects in Hydraulic Fracturing of Unconventional Shale Reservoirs

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Liu, C.; Hoang, S. K.; Tran, M. H.; Abousleiman, Y. N.

    2013-12-01

    Imaging studies of unconventional shale reservoir rocks have recently revealed the multi-porosity multi-permeability nature of these intricate formations. In particular, the porosity spectrum of shale reservoir rocks often comprises of the nano-porosity in the organic matters, the inter-particle micro-porosity, and the macroscopic porosity of the natural fracture network. Shale is also well-known for its chemically active behaviors, especially shrinking and swelling when exposed to aqueous solutions, as the results of pore fluid exchange with external environment due to the difference in electro-chemical potentials. In this work, the effects of natural fractures and electrokinetic nature of shale on the formation responses during hydraulic fracturing are examined using the dual-poro-chemo-electro-elasticity approach which is a generalization of the classical Biot's poroelastic formulation. The analyses show that the presence of natural fractures can substantially increase the leak-off rate of fracturing fluid into the formation and create a larger region of high pore pressure near the fracture face as shown in Fig.1a. Due to the additional fluid invasion, the naturally fractured shale swells up more and the fracture aperture closes faster compared to an intrinsically low permeability non-fractured shale formation as shown in Fig.1b. Since naturally fractured zones are commonly targeted as pay zones, it is important to account for the faster fracture closing rate in fractured shales in hydraulic fracturing design. Our results also show that the presence of negative fixed charges on the surface of clay minerals creates an osmotic pressure at the interface of the shale and the external fluid as shown in Fig.1c. This additional Donnan-induced pore pressure can result in significant tensile effective stresses and tensile damage in the shale as shown in Fig.1d. The induced tensile damage can exacerbate the problem of proppant embedment resulting in more fracture closure and reduction of fracture length and productivity. The results also suggest that a fracturing fluid with appropriately designed salinity can minimize the chemically induced tensile damage and, thus, maximize the productivity from the created hydraulic fractures.

  20. Electrokinetic decontamination of concrete. Final report, August 3, 1993--September 15, 1996

    SciTech Connect

    1998-12-31

    The ELECTROSORB{reg_sign} {open_quotes}C{close_quotes} process is an electrokinetic process for decontaminating concrete. ELECTROSORB{reg_sign} {open_quotes}C{close_quotes} uses a carpet-like extraction pad which is placed on the contaminated concrete surface. An electrolyte solution is circulated from a supporting module. This module keeps the electrolyte solution clean. The work is advancing through the engineering development stage with steady progress toward a full scale demonstration unit which will be ready for incorporation in the DOE Large Scale Demonstration Program by Summer 1997. A demonstration was carried out at the Mound Facility in Miamisburg, Ohio, in June 1996. Third party verification by EG&G verified the effectiveness of the process. Results of this work and the development work that proceeded are described herein.

  1. Electrokinetic remediation of fluorine-contaminated soil and its impact on soil fertility.

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    Zhou, Ming; Wang, Hui; Zhu, Shufa; Liu, Yana; Xu, Jingming

    2015-11-01

    Compared to soil pollution by heavy metals and organic pollutants, soil pollution by fluorides is usually ignored in China. Actually, fluorine-contaminated soil has an unfavorable influence on human, animals, plants, and surrounding environment. This study reports on electrokinetic remediation of fluorine-contaminated soil and the effects of this remediation technology on soil fertility. Experimental results showed that electrokinetic remediation using NaOH as the anolyte was a considerable choice to eliminate fluorine in contaminated soils. Under the experimental conditions, the removal efficiency of fluorine by the electrokinetic remediation method was 70.35%. However, the electrokinetic remediation had a significant impact on the distribution and concentrations of soil native compounds. After the electrokinetic experiment, in the treated soil, the average value of available nitrogen was raised from 69.53 to 74.23 mg/kg, the average value of available phosphorus and potassium were reduced from 20.05 to 10.39 mg/kg and from 61.31 to 51.58 mg/kg, respectively. Meanwhile, the contents of soil available nitrogen and phosphorus in the anode regions were higher than those in the cathode regions, but the distribution of soil available potassium was just the opposite. In soil organic matter, there was no significant change. These experiment results suggested that some steps should be taken to offset the impacts, after electrokinetic treatment. PMID:26109225

  2. Electrokinetic effect of the endothelial glycocalyx layer on two-phase blood flow in small blood vessels.

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    Liu, Mei; Yang, Jun

    2009-06-01

    Blood flow behaves differently at the microvascular level than they do at upper levels of circulating systems. The endothelial glycocalyx layer on the luminal surface of blood vessels plays a significant role in regulating blood flow and blood cell movement in microvascular networks. For instance, previous experimental studies showed that the endothelial glycocalyx layer causes additional resistance to blood flow in small blood vessels. One of the important facts of the endothelial glycocalyx layer is that this layer is highly negatively charged. The question remains: do these electrostatic charges retard blood flow in small blood vessels according to the electroviscous effect? Here, a theoretical model is proposed to investigate the electrochemical effects of the endothelial glycocalyx layer on two-phase non-Newtonian blood flow in small blood vessels. Results show that electrostatic charges on the endothelial glycocalyx layer induce negligible effect to blood flow. Therefore, we can attribute the cause of additional resistance by the endothelial glycocalyx layer mainly to other mechanisms, such as, the glycocalyx constituted proteins acting as a flow barrier. PMID:19362568

  3. Dielectrophoretic concentration of particles under electrokinetic flow

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    Miles, Robin R.; Bettencourt, Kerry A.; Fuller, Christopher K.

    2004-09-07

    The use of dielectrophoresis to collect particles under the conditions of electrokinetically-driven flow. Dielectrophortic concentration of particles under electrokinetic flow is accomplished by interdigitated electrodes patterned on an inner surface of a microfluid channel, a DC voltage is applied across the ends to the channel, and an AC voltage is applied across the electrodes, and particles swept down the channel electrokinetically are trapped within the field established by the electrodes. The particles can be released when the voltage to the electrodes is released.

  4. Effects of flyash incorporation in cement and concrete

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    Diamond, S.

    1981-01-01

    This symposium dealt with the properties of flyash; flyash reactions with cements and cement components including reaction kinetics and microstructure formation; the effects of flyash incorporation on the properties and performance of concretes (e.g., curing time, water requirements, temperature effects, strength properties, shrinkage, air entrainment, and wear resistance); global aspects, standardization, and practical experience in the utilization of flyash in concretes; and properties of other mineral wastes related to flyash. Separate abstracts were prepared for most of the 33 papers presented. 279 references. (CKK)

  5. Electrokinetic transport through the nanopores in cell membrane during electroporation.

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    Movahed, Saeid; Li, Dongqing

    2012-03-01

    In electroporation, applied electric field creates hydrophilic nanopores in a cell membrane that can serve as a pathway for inserting biological samples to the cell. It is highly desirable to understand the ionic transfer and fluid flow through the nanopores in order to control and improve the cell transfection. Because of submicron dimensions, conventional theories of electrokinetics may lose their applicability in such nanopores. In the current study, the Poisson-Nernst-Planck equations along with modified Navier-Stokes equations and the continuity equation are solved in order to find electric potential, fluid flow, and ionic concentration through the nanopores. The results show that the electric potential, velocity field, and ionic concentration vary with the size of the nanopores and are different through the nanopores located at the front and backside of the cell membrane. However, on a given side of the cell membrane, angular position of nanopores has fewer influences on liquid flow and ionic transfer. By increasing the radius of the nanopores, the averaged velocity and ionic concentration through the nanopores are increased. It is also shown that, in the presence of electric pulse, electrokinetic effects (electroosmosis and electrophoresis) have significant influences on ionic mass transfer through the nanopores, while the effect of diffusion on ionic mass flux is negligible in comparison with electrokinetics. Increasing the radius of the nanopores intensifies the effect of convection (electroosmosis) in comparison with electrophoresis on ionic flux. PMID:22226500

  6. Electrokinetic instability of isotachophoresis shocks

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    Garcia, Giancarlo; Santiago, Juan; Mani, Ali

    2013-11-01

    Isotachophoresis (ITP) is an electrokinetic focusing technique used in a variety of life science and analytical chemistry applications. In ITP, an electrokinetic shock wave forms at the interface between leading and trailing electrolytes with relatively high and low conductivities. The ITP interface is self-sharpening, as restoring electromigration fluxes counteract molecular diffusion. However, the large electric field gradient at the shock interface also gives rise to free charge and strong electrostatic body forces. At large applied currents, electrostatic forces cause recirculating flows which destabilize the ITP interface. We performed stability analysis and direct simulation of ITP shocks through numerical solutions to the coupled Nernst-Planck and Navier-Stokes equations using a quasi-electroneutral approximation. In both experiments and numerical simulations, we observe two modes of instability: 1) a distorted ITP interface which is steady in time, and 2) an oscillating perturbation which persists. In addition, at the highest simulated electric fields, we observe transition towards more chaotic oscillatory modes. We use our stability analysis and numerical simulations to characterize instability of ITP shocks using two dimensionless parameters.

  7. The optimisation of electrokinetic remediation for heavy metals and radioactivity contamination on Holyrood-Lunas soil (acrisol species) in Sri Gading Industrial Area, Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia.

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    Mohamed Johar, S; Embong, Z

    2015-11-01

    The optimisation of electrokinetic remediation of an alluvial soil, locally named as Holyrood-Lunas from Sri Gading Industrial Area, Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia, had been conducted in this research. This particular soil was chosen due to its relatively high level of background radiation in a range between 139.2 and 539.4 nGy h(-1). As the background radiation is correlated to the amount of parent nuclides, (238)U and (232)Th, hence, a remediation technique, such as electrokinetic, is very useful in reducing these particular concentrations of heavy metal and radionuclides in soils. Several series of electrokinetics experiments were performed in laboratory scale in order to study the influence of certain electrokinetic parameters in soil. The concentration before (pre-electrokinetic) and after the experiment (post-electrokinetic) was determined via X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysis technique. The best electrokinetic parameter that contributed to the highest achievable concentration removal of heavy metals and radionuclides on each experimental series was incorporated into a final electrokinetic experiment. Here, High Pure Germanium (HPGe) was used for radioactivity elemental analysis. The XRF results suggested that the most optimised electrokinetic parameters for Cr, Ni, Zn, As, Pb, Th and U were 3.0 h, 90 volts, 22.0 cm, plate-shaped electrode by 8 8 cm and in 1-D configuration order whereas the selected optimised electrokinetic parameters gave very low reduction of (238)U and (232)Th at 0.23 2.64 and 2.74 23.78 ppm, respectively. PMID:25920778

  8. ELECTROKINETIC REMEDIATION: BASICS AND TECHNOLOGY STATUS

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    Electrokinetic soil processing is a controlled application of electrical migration and electroosmosis together with the electrolysis reactions. lectroosmosis is one of the different transport processes generated in soils under an electric current. lectroosmosis and electrophoresi...

  9. Electrokinetics as a Propellantless Propulsion Source

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    Valone, Thomas

    This is a review of the worthwhile, innovative theories and concepts in electrogravitics and electrokinetics that could yield tremendous technological and economic dividends in both investment dollars and potential applications for future generations. Electrogravitics is most commonly associated with the 1918 work by Professor Nipher followed by the 1928 British patent #300,311 of T. Townsend Brown, the 1952 Special Inquiry File #24-185 of the Office of Naval Research into the "Electro-Gravity Device of Townsend Brown" and two widely circulated 1956 Aviation Studies Ltd. Reports on "Electrogravitics Systems" and "The Gravitics Situation." By definition, electrogravitics historically has had a purported relationship to gravity or the object's mass, as well as the applied voltage. An analysis of the 90-year old science of electrogravitics (or electrogravity) necessarily includes an analysis of electrokinetics. Electrokinetics, on the other hand, is more commonly associated with many patents of T. Townsend Brown as well as Agnew Bahnson, starting with the 1960 US patent #2,949,550 entitled, "Electrokinetic Apparatus." Electrokinetics, which often involves a capacitor and dielectric, has virtually no relationship that can be connected with mass or gravity. The Army Research Lab has recently issued a report on electrokinetics, analyzing the force on an asymmetric capacitor, while NASA has received three patents on the same design topic. To successfully describe and predict the purported motion in the direction of the positive terminal of the capacitor, it is desirable to use the classical electrokinetic field and force equations for the specific geometry involved. This initial review also suggests directions for further confirming measurements. This paper also reviews the published electrokinetic experiments by the Army Research Lab by Bahder and Fazi, California State University at Fullerton work by Woodward and Mahood, Erwin Saxl, and others.

  10. [Optimization of electrode configuration in soil electrokinetic remediation].

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    Liu, Fang; Fu, Rong-Bing; Xu, Zhen

    2015-02-01

    Electric field distributions of several different electrode configurations in non-uniform electric field were simulated using MATLAB software, and the electrokinetic remediation device was constructed according to the best electrode configuration. The changes of soil pH and heavy metal residues in different parts of the device during the electrokinetic remediation were also studied. The results showed that, in terms of the effectiveness of the electric field strength, the square (1-D-1) and hexagonal (2-D-3) were the optimal electrode configurations for one-dimensional and two-dimensional respectively and the changes of soil pH, the removal of heavy metals and the distribution of electric field were closely related to one another. An acidic migration band, which could prevent premature precipitation of heavy metals to a certain extent and promote electrokinetic removal of heavy metals, was formed gradually along with the remediation in the whole hexagon device when the cathodic pH was controlled during the remediation of the four cationic metallic ions, Cd2+, Ni2+, Pb2+ and Cu2+. After 480-hour remediation, the total removals of Cd, Ni, Pb and Cu were 86.6%, 86.2%, 67.7% and 73.0%, respectively. Remediation duration and replacement frequency of the electrodes could be adjusted according to the repair target. PMID:26031098

  11. Capillary Separation: Micellar Electrokinetic Chromatography

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    Terabe, Shigeru

    2009-07-01

    Micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC), a separation mode of capillary electrophoresis (CE), has enabled the separation of electrically neutral analytes. MEKC can be performed by adding an ionic micelle to the running solution of CE without modifying the instrument. Its separation principle is based on the differential migration of the ionic micelles and the bulk running buffer under electrophoresis conditions and on the interaction between the analyte and the micelle. Hence, MEKC's separation principle is similar to that of chromatography. MEKC is a useful technique particularly for the separation of small molecules, both neutral and charged, and yields high-efficiency separation in a short time with minimum amounts of sample and reagents. To improve the concentration sensitivity of detection, several on-line sample preconcentration techniques such as sweeping have been developed.

  12. Electrokinetic properties of polymer colloids

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    Micale, F. J.; Fuenmayor, D. Y.

    1986-01-01

    The surface of polymer colloids, especially polystyrene latexes, were modified for the purpose of controlling the electrokinetic properties of the resulting colloids. Achievement required a knowledge of electrical double layer charging mechanism, as a function of the electrolyte conditions, at the polymer/water interface. The experimental approach is to control the recipe formulation in the emulsion polymerization process so as to systematically vary the strong acid group concentration on the surface of the polymer particles. The electrophoretic mobility of these model particles will then be measured as a function of surface group concentration and as a function of electrolyte concentration and type. An effort was also made to evaluate the electrophoretic mobility of polystyrene latexes made in space and to compare the results with latexes made on the ground.

  13. Electrokinetics of scalable, electric-field-assisted fabrication of vertically aligned carbon-nanotube/polymer composites

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    Castellano, Richard J.; Akin, Cevat; Giraldo, Gabriel; Kim, Sangil; Fornasiero, Francesco; Shan, Jerry W.

    2015-06-01

    Composite thin films incorporating vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (VACNTs) offer promise for a variety of applications where the vertical alignment of the CNTs is critical to meet performance requirements, e.g., highly permeable membranes, thermal interfaces, dry adhesives, and films with anisotropic electrical conductivity. However, current VACNT fabrication techniques are complex and difficult to scale up. Here, we describe a solution-based, electric-field-assisted approach as a cost-effective and scalable method to produce large-area VACNT composites. Multiwall-carbon nanotubes are dispersed in a polymeric matrix, aligned with an alternating-current (AC) electric field, and electrophoretically concentrated to one side of the thin film with a direct-current (DC) component to the electric field. This approach enables the fabrication of highly concentrated, individually aligned nanotube composites from suspensions of very dilute ( ϕ = 4 × 10 - 4 ) volume fraction. We experimentally investigate the basic electrokinetics of nanotube alignment under AC electric fields, and show that simple models can adequately predict the rate and degree of nanotube alignment using classical expressions for the induced dipole moment, hydrodynamic drag, and the effects of Brownian motion. The composite AC + DC field also introduces complex fluid motion associated with AC electro-osmosis and the electrochemistry of the fluid/electrode interface. We experimentally probe the electric-field parameters behind these electrokinetic phenomena, and demonstrate, with suitable choices of processing parameters, the ability to scalably produce large-area composites containing VACNTs at number densities up to 1010 nanotubes/cm2. This VACNT number density exceeds that of previous electric-field-fabricated composites by an order of magnitude, and the surface-area coverage of the 40 nm VACNTs is comparable to that of chemical-vapor-deposition-grown arrays of smaller-diameter nanotubes.

  14. Effective Incorporation of Biomarkers into Phase II Trials

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    McShane, Lisa M.; Hunsberger, Sally; Adjei, Alex A.

    2009-01-01

    The incorporation of biomarkers into the drug development process will improve understanding of how new therapeutics work and allow for more accurate identification of patients who will benefit from those therapies. Strategically planned biomarker evaluations in phase II studies may allow for the design of more efficient phase III trials and better screening of therapeutics for entry into phase III development, hopefully leading to increased chances of positive phase III trial results. Some examples of roles that a biomarker can play in a phase II trial include predictor of response or resistance to specific therapies, patient enrichment, correlative endpoint, or surrogate endpoint. Considerations for using biomarkers most effectively in these roles are discussed in the context of several examples. The substantial technical, logistic, and ethical challenges that can be faced when trying to incorporate biomarkers into phase II trials are also addressed. A rational and coordinated approach to the inclusion of biomarker studies throughout the drug development process will be the key to attaining the goal of personalized medicine. PMID:19276274

  15. Demonstrating Chemical and Analytical Concepts in the Undergraduate Laboratory Using Capillary Electrophoresis and Micellar Electrokinetic Chromatography

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    Palmer, Christopher P.

    1999-11-01

    This paper describes instrumental analysis laboratory exercises that utilize capillary electrophoresis and micellar electrokinetic chromatography to demonstrate several analytical and chemical principles. Alkyl parabens (4-hydroxy alkyl benzoates), which are common ingredients in cosmetic formulations, are separated by capillary electrophoresis. The electrophoretic mobilities of the parabens can be explained on the basis of their relative size. 3-Hydroxy ethylbenzoate is also separated to demonstrate the effect of substituent position on the acid dissociation constant and the effect this has on electrophoretic mobility. Homologous series of alkyl benzoates and alkyl phthalates (common plasticizers) are separated by micellar electrokinetic chromatography at four surfactant concentrations. This exercise demonstrates the separation mechanism of micellar electrokinetic chromatography, the concept of chromatographic phase ratio, and the concepts of micelle formation. A photodiode array detector is used in both exercises to demonstrate the advantages and limitations of the detector and to demonstrate the effect of pH and substituent position on the spectra of the analytes.

  16. Nonlinear free vibration of piezoelectric nanobeams incorporating surface effects

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    Hosseini-Hashemi, Shahrokh; Nahas, Iman; Fakher, Mahmood; Nazemnezhad, Reza

    2014-03-01

    In this study, the nonlinear free vibration of piezoelectric nanobeams incorporating surface effects (surface elasticity, surface tension, and surface density) is studied. The governing equation of the piezoelectric nanobeam is derived within the framework of Euler-Bernoulli beam theory with the von Krmn geometric nonlinearity. In order to satisfy the balance conditions between the nanobeam bulk and its surfaces, the component of the bulk stress, ?zz, is assumed to vary linearly through the nanobeam thickness. An exact solution is obtained for the natural frequencies of a simply supported piezoelectric nanobeam in terms of the Jacobi elliptic functions using the free vibration mode shape of the corresponding linear problem. Then, the influences of the surface effects and the piezoelectric field on the nonlinear free vibration of nanobeams made of aluminum and silicon with positive and negative surface elasticity, respectively, have been studied for various properties of the piezoelectric field, various nanobeam sizes and amplitude ratios. It is observed that if the Youngs modulus of a nanobeam is lower, the effect of the piezoelectric field on the frequency ratios (FRs) of the nanobeam will be greater. In addition, it is seen that by increasing the nanobeam length so that the nanobeam cross section is set to be constant, the surface effects and the piezoelectric field with negative voltage values increases the FRs, whereas it is the other way around when the nanobeam cross section is assumed to be dependent on the length of the nanobeam.

  17. Impact of electrokinetic remediation on microbial communities within PCP contaminated soil.

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    Lear, G; Harbottle, M J; Sills, G; Knowles, C J; Semple, K T; Thompson, I P

    2007-03-01

    Electrokinetic techniques have been used to stimulate the removal of organic pollutants within soil, by directing contaminant migration to where remediation may be more easily achieved. The effect of this and other physical remediation techniques on the health of soil microbial communities has been poorly studied and indeed, largely ignored. This study reports the impact on soil microbial communities during the application of an electric field within ex situ laboratory soil microcosms contaminated with pentachlorophenol (PCP; 100mg kg(-1) oven dry soil). Electrokinetics reduced counts of culturable bacteria and fungi, soil microbial respiration and carbon substrate utilisation, especially close to the acidic anode where PCP accumulated (36d), perhaps exacerbated by the greater toxicity of PCP at lower soil pH. There is little doubt that a better awareness of the interactions between soil electrokinetic processes and microbial communities is key to improving the efficacy and sustainability of this remediation strategy. PMID:17045711

  18. Electrokinetic particle motions in non-Newtonian fluids through a microchannel contraction

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    Lu, Xinyu; Joo, Sang-Woo; Qian, Shizhi; Xuan, Xiangchun

    2013-11-01

    Electrokinetic flow is a powerful means to transport and control fluids and particles in microfluidic devices. To date, however, nearly all previous studies have used aqueous buffer solutions that are Newtonian fluids. We present our recent experimental results of the electrokinetic particle motions in a phosphate buffer with (which is a non-Newtonian fluid) and without (which is a Newtonian fluid) the addition of polyethylene oxide (PEO) through a planar contraction-expansion microchannel. We find that the viscoelasticity of the PEO solution can cause a particle bouncing phenomenon in the contraction, which has never been observed in Newtonian fluids. The effects of electric field, particle size, PEO concentration, and buffer concentration on this electrokinetic particle instability are experimentally examined.

  19. Electrokinetic Remediation: I. Modeling of simple systems

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    Wilson, D.J.; Rodriguez-Maroto, J.M.; Gomez-Lahoz, C.

    1995-09-01

    A one-dimensional model is developed for simulating the electrokinetic treatment of saturated porous media contaminated with an ionic salt. Simulations of simple, unenhanced electrokinetic treatment for the removal of a nonamphoteric salt such as cadmium sulfate exhibit a severe drop-off in electric current and in remediation rate after about 50-60% of the cation has been removed. Simulation of electrokinetic treatment in which the OH{sup -} generated in the cathode compartment is partially neutralized by the addition of acid show rapid and complete removal of the cation. Partial neutralization of H{sup +} in the anode compartment by addition of base results in immobilization of the toxic metal as the solid hydroxide, although this should be a useful technique for the removal of arsenate and selenate.

  20. Effect of pendant chain lengths and backbone functionalities on the chemical selectivity of sulfonated amphiphilic copolymers as pseudo-stationary phases in electrokinetic chromatography.

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    Shi, W; Peterson, D S; Palmer, C P

    2001-07-27

    Amphiphilic copolymers of AMPS (2-acrylamido-2-methyl-1-propanesulfonic acid) and hydrophobic monomers with various chemical structures were synthesized, characterized and used as novel electrokinetic chromatography polymeric pseudo-stationary phases, showing significant chemical selectivity differences from that of the conventional monomeric pseudo-stationary phase, sodium lauryl sulphate. Copolymers of AMPS and methacrylates with different pendant chain lengths (C8, C12 and C18) were investigated and no significant difference in chemical selectivity was observed among them. However, the spacer bonding chemistry was shown to contribute to significant chemical selectivity difference, e.g. poly(AMPS-lauryl methacrylate) showed different chemical selectivity from poly(AMPS-lauryl methacrylamide). Linear solvation energy relationship analysis of 20 solutes by eight different polymeric pseudo-stationary phases was employed to investigate the solute molecule structural contributions to the retention. Hydrogen-bonding properties (described by system constants b and a) of poly(AMPS-alkyl methacrylamide) were found stronger than those of poly(AMPS-alkyl methacrylate). PMID:11521859

  1. Investigation of the surfactant type and concentration effect on the retention factors of glutathione and its analogues by micellar electrokinetic chromatography.

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    Kazarjan, Jana; Mahlapuu, Riina; Hansen, Mats; Soomets, Ursel; Kaljurand, Mihkel; Vaher, Merike

    2015-10-01

    In the present study, a micellar electrokinetic chromatographic method was used to determine the retention factors of hydrophilic monomeric and homodimeric forms of glutathione analogues. Ionic-liquid-based surfactant, 1-tetradecyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride, as well as cetyltrimethylammonium bromide and phosphate buffer (pH 7.4) were employed in the experiments. Since the studied peptides possess a negative charge under physiological conditions, it is expected that the peptides interact with the oppositely charged 1-tetradecyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide micelles via hydrophobically assisted electrostatic forces. The dependence of the retention factor on the micellar concentration of 1-tetradecyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide is nonlinear and the obtained curves converge to a limiting value. The retention factor values of GSH analogues were in the range of 0.36-2.22 for glutathione analogues and -1.21 to 0.37 for glutathione when 1-tetradecyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride was used. When cetyltrimethylammonium bromide was employed, the retention factor values were in the range of 0.27-2.17 for glutathione analogues and -1.22 to 0.06 for glutathione. If sodium dodecyl sulfate was used, the retention factor values of glutathione analogues with carnosine moiety were in the range of -1.54 to 0.38. PMID:26200325

  2. Investigation of electrokinetic decontamination of concrete

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    DePaoli, D.W.; Harris, M.T.; Morgan, I.L.; Ally, M.R.

    1995-12-31

    Experiments have been conducted to investigate the capabilities of electrokinetic decontamination of concrete. Batch equilibration studies have determined that the loading of cesium and strontium on concrete may be decreased using electrolyte solutions containing competing cations, while solubilization of uranium and cobalt, that precipitate at high pH, will require lixiviants containing complexing agents. Dynamic electrokinetic experiments showed greater mobility of cesium than strontium, while some positive results were obtained for the transport of cobalt through concrete using EDTA and for uranium using carbonate.

  3. Extension of elution range in micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatography

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    Balchunas, A.T.; Sepaniak, M.J.

    1987-05-15

    The authors have successfully demonstrated one approach to extend elution range in micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatography (MECC). By silanating the surfaces of fused-silica capillaries with trimethylchlorosilane (TMCS) the authors lowered electroosmotic flow velocity and, more importantly, the net flow velocity of the micelle phase, thereby increasing elution range. This is accomplished at the expense of a loss in column efficiency which primarily results from solute-wall interactions. Addition of 2-propanol to the mobile phase serves to minimize this effect, thereby restoring much of the efficiency lost in the process.

  4. Transient behavior of heavy metals in soils during electrokinetic remediation.

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    Al-Hamdan, Ashraf Z; Reddy, Krishna R

    2008-03-01

    This paper presents a systematic bench-scale laboratory study performed to assess the transient behavior of chromium, nickel, and cadmium in different soils during electrokinetic remediation. A series of laboratory electrokinetic experiments was conducted using two different clayey soils, kaolin and glacial till. For each type of soil, four electrokinetic experiments with 1, 2, 4, and 10 d of treatment time were performed. In all tests, the contaminants were Cr(VI), Ni(II), and Cd(II) combined in the soil. A geochemical assessment was performed using the geochemical model MINEQL(+) to determine the partitioning of the heavy metals in soils as precipitated, adsorbed, and aqueous forms. Results showed that in kaolin, the extent of Ni(II) and Cd(II) migration towards the cathode increased as the treatment time increased. Unlike kaolin, in glacial till treatment time had no effect on nickel and cadmium migration because of its high buffering capacity. In both kaolin and glacial till, the extent of Cr(VI) migration towards the anode increased as the treatment time increased. However, Cr(VI) migration was higher in glacial till as compared to kaolin because of the high pH conditions that existed in glacial till. In all tests, some Cr(VI) was reduced to Cr(III), and the Cr(VI) reduction rate to Cr(III) as well as the Cr(III) migration were significantly affected by the treatment time. Overall, this study showed that the electroosmotic flow as well as the direction and extent of contaminant migration and removal depend on the polarity of the contaminant, the type of soil, and the treatment duration. PMID:18155269

  5. Opto-electrokinetic manipulation technique for highperformance

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    Kwon, Jae-Sung; Ravindranath, Sandeep; Kumar, Aloke; Irudayaraj, Joseph; Wereley, Steven T.

    2012-01-01

    This communication first demonstrates bio-compatibility of a recently developed opto-electrokinetic manipulation technique, using microorganisms. Aggregation, patterning, translation, trapping and size-based separation of microorganisms performed with the technique firmly establishes its usefulness for development of a high-performance on-chip bioassay system.

  6. Modeling the electrokinetic decontamination of concrete

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    Harris, M.T.; DePaoli, D.W.; Ally, M.R.

    1997-01-01

    The decontamination of concrete is a major concern in many Department of (DOE) facilities. Numerous techniques (abrasive methods, manual methods, ultrasonics, concrete surface layer removal, chemical extraction methods, etc.) have been used to remove radioactive contamination from the surface of concrete. Recently, processes that are based on electrokinetic phenomena have been developed to decontaminate concrete. Electrokinetic decontamination has been shown to remove from 70 to over 90% of the surface radioactivity. To evaluate and improve the electrokinetic processes, a model has been developed to simulate the transport of ionic radionuclei constituents through the pores of concrete and into the anolyte and catholyte. The model takes into account the adsorption and desorption kinetics of the radionuclei from the pore walls, and ion transport by electro-osmosis, electromigration, and diffusion. A numerical technique, orthogonal collocation, is used to simultaneously solve the governing convective diffusion equations for a porous concrete slab and the current density equation. This paper presents the theoretical framework of the model and the results from the computation of the dynamics of ion transport during electrokinetic treatment of concrete. The simulation results are in good agreement with experimental data.

  7. Nonlinear electrokinetic flow about a polarized conducting drop

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    Schnitzer, Ory; Yariv, Ehud

    2013-04-01

    In the thin-double-layer limit ?a?1, electrokinetic flows about free surfaces are driven by a combination of an electro-osmotic slip and effective shear-stress jump. An intriguing case is that of a highly conducting liquid drop of radius a, where the inability to balance the viscous shear by Maxwell stresses results in an O(?a) velocity amplification relative to the familiar electro-osmotic scale. To illuminate the inherent nonlinearity we consider uncharged drops, where the induced surface-charge distribution results in a fore-aft symmetric electrokinetic flow profile with no attendant drop translation. This problem is analyzed using a macroscale model, where the double layer is represented by effective boundary conditions. Because of the intense flow, ionic convection within the O(1/?)-wide diffuse-charge layer is manifested by a moderate-zeta-potential surface-conduction effect. The drop deforms to a prolate shape in response to the combination of hydrodynamic forces and the effective electrocapillary reduction of the surface-tension coefficient, both mechanisms being asymptotically comparable. The flow field and the concomitant drop deformation are calculated using both a weak-field approximation and numerical simulations of the nonlinear macroscale model.

  8. Nonlinear electrokinetic flow about a polarized conducting drop.

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    Schnitzer, Ory; Yariv, Ehud

    2013-04-01

    In the thin-double-layer limit ?a>1, electrokinetic flows about free surfaces are driven by a combination of an electro-osmotic slip and effective shear-stress jump. An intriguing case is that of a highly conducting liquid drop of radius a, where the inability to balance the viscous shear by Maxwell stresses results in an O(?a) velocity amplification relative to the familiar electro-osmotic scale. To illuminate the inherent nonlinearity we consider uncharged drops, where the induced surface-charge distribution results in a fore-aft symmetric electrokinetic flow profile with no attendant drop translation. This problem is analyzed using a macroscale model, where the double layer is represented by effective boundary conditions. Because of the intense flow, ionic convection within the O(1/?)-wide diffuse-charge layer is manifested by a moderate-zeta-potential surface-conduction effect. The drop deforms to a prolate shape in response to the combination of hydrodynamic forces and the effective electrocapillary reduction of the surface-tension coefficient, both mechanisms being asymptotically comparable. The flow field and the concomitant drop deformation are calculated using both a weak-field approximation and numerical simulations of the nonlinear macroscale model. PMID:23679365

  9. Enhanced electrokinetic treatment of marine sediments contaminated by heavy metals and PAHs.

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    Colacicco, Antonio; De Gioannis, Giorgia; Muntoni, Aldo; Pettinao, Emmanuela; Polettini, Alessandra; Pomi, Raffaella

    2010-09-01

    Dredged sediments contaminated by heavy metals and PAHs were subjected to both unenhanced and enhanced electrokinetic remediation under different operating conditions, obtained by varying the applied voltage and the type of conditioning agent used at the electrode compartments in individual experiments. While metals were not appreciably mobilized as a result of the unenhanced process, metal removal was found to be significantly improved when both the anodic and cathodic reservoirs were conditioned with the chelating agent EDTA, with removal yields ranging from 28% to 84% depending on the contaminant concerned. As for the effect on organic contaminants, under the conditions tested the electrokinetic treatment displayed a poor removal capacity towards PAHs, even when a surfactant (Tween 80) was used to promote contaminant mobilization, indicating the need for further investigation on this issue. Further research on organics removal from this type of materials through electrokinetic remediation is thus required. Furthermore, a number of technical and environmental issues will also require a careful evaluation with a view to full-scale implementation of electrokinetic sediment remediation. These include controlling side effects during the treatment (such as anodic precipitation, oxidation of the conditioning agent, and evolution of toxic gases), as well as evaluating the potential ecotoxicological effects of the chemical agents used. PMID:20691460

  10. AC Electrokinetics of Physiological Fluids for Biomedical Applications.

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    Lu, Yi; Liu, Tingting; Lamanda, Ariana C; Sin, Mandy L Y; Gau, Vincent; Liao, Joseph C; Wong, Pak Kin

    2015-12-01

    Alternating current (AC) electrokinetics is a collection of processes for manipulating bulk fluid mass and embedded objects with AC electric fields. The ability of AC electrokinetics to implement the major microfluidic operations, such as pumping, mixing, concentration, and separation, makes it possible to develop integrated systems for clinical diagnostics in nontraditional health care settings. The high conductivity of physiological fluids presents new challenges and opportunities for AC electrokinetics-based diagnostic systems. In this review, AC electrokinetic phenomena in conductive physiological fluids are described followed by a review of the basic microfluidic operations and the recent biomedical applications of AC electrokinetics. The future prospects of AC electrokinetics for clinical diagnostics are presented. PMID:25487557

  11. Electrokinetic migration studies on removal of chromium and uranyl ions from 904-A trench soil

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    Bibler, J.P.; Meaker, T.F.; O'Steen, A.B.

    1992-09-30

    This report describes a laboratory-scale study, in which electrokinetic migration technology was used to remove chromium and uranium, as well as other ions, from soil taken from a bore hole adjacent to the 904-A trench at the Savannah River Technology Center. Imposition of an electric current on humid (not saturated) soil successfully caused cations to migrate through the pore water of the soil to the cathode, where they were captured in an ISOLOCKTm polymer matrix and in a cation exchange resin incorporated in the polymer. Chemicals circulated through the anode/polymer and cathode/polymer were able to control pH excursions in the electrokinetic-cells by reacting with the H[sup +] and OH[sup [minus

  12. Pore network model of electrokinetic transport through charged porous media.

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    Obliger, Amal; Jardat, Marie; Coelho, Daniel; Bekri, Samir; Rotenberg, Benjamin

    2014-04-01

    We introduce a method for the numerical determination of the steady-state response of complex charged porous media to pressure, salt concentration, and electric potential gradients. The macroscopic fluxes of solvent, salt, and charge are computed within the framework of the Pore Network Model (PNM), which describes the pore structure of the samples as networks of pores connected to each other by channels. The PNM approach is used to capture the couplings between solvent and ionic flows which arise from the charge of the solid surfaces. For the microscopic transport coefficients on the channel scale, we take a simple analytical form obtained previously by solving the Poisson-Nernst-Planck and Stokes equations in a cylindrical channel. These transport coefficients are upscaled for a given network by imposing conservation laws for each pores, in the presence of macroscopic gradients across the sample. The complex pore structure of the material is captured by the distribution of channel diameters. We investigate the combined effects of this complex geometry, the surface charge, and the salt concentration on the macroscopic transport coefficients. The upscaled numerical model preserves the Onsager relations between the latter, as expected. The calculated macroscopic coefficients behave qualitatively as their microscopic counterparts, except for the permeability and the electro-osmotic coupling coefficient when the electrokinetic effects are strong. Quantitatively, the electrokinetic couplings increase the difference between the macroscopic coefficients and the corresponding ones for a single channel of average diameter. PMID:24827338

  13. Electrokinetic phenomena and dielectrophoresis in charged colloidal suspensions

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    Huang, J. P.; Karttunen, Mikko; Yu, K. W.; Dong, L.

    2003-03-01

    AC electrokinetic phenomena, i.e., electrorotation, dielectrophoresis and traveling wave dielectrophoresis, have gained an increasing amount of attention. This is due to their wide range of applications from cancer research to identifying and separating parasites, cell populations and viruses, and even to design of nanomotors. Despite the number of applications, there is need for a theory that treats the different aspects of electrokinetic phenomena on an equal footing starting from the general underlying physical principles. Here, we present a theoretical study of dielectrophoretic (DEP) crossover spectrum of two polarizable particles under the action of a nonuniform AC electric field. For two approaching particles, the mutual polarization interaction yields a change in their respective dipole moments, and hence, in the DEP crossover spectrum. We use the multiple image method to study the induced polarization effects and using spectral representation theory, an analytic expression for the DEP force is derived. Our results shows that the mutual polarization effects can change the crossover frequency at which the DEP force changes sign. The results are in agreement with recent experimental observations. Importantly, this approach goes beyond the standard theory and helps to clarify the important question of the underlying polarization mechanisms. The extension to dense systems and relation to electrorotation is discussed.

  14. Bound soda incorporation during hydrate precipitation -- Effects of caustic, temperature and organics

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    Armstrong, L.; Hunter, J.; McCormick, K.; Warren, H.

    1996-10-01

    Soda is incorporated into aluminum tri-hydroxide (hydrate) during the precipitation stage of the Bayer Process. A review of literature shows the predominant effect is alumina supersaturation. This research extends the literature by quantifying the secondary effects of temperature, caustic and organics on soda incorporation beyond the primary effect through alumina supersaturation. This work advances industry knowledge towards better control of soda incorporation in the refinery in the pursuit of higher and more consistent product quality for smelter grade alumina.

  15. Nonlinear Electroosmosis and Biomolecule Electrokinetic Trapping Induced by Ion Selective Nanofluidic Channels

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    Wang, Ying-Chih; Han, Jongyoon

    2006-03-01

    This paper describes a nanofluidic device that can concentrate dilute biomolecule by electrokinetic trapping mechanism. This device has nanofluidic channels with a depth down to 40 nm, therefore, having significant Debye layer overlap. Depending on the strength of the applied potential across the nanochannel, one can observe phenomena such as concentration polarization; charge depletion and nonlinear electrokinetic flow in the adjacent microfluidic channel using fluorescent microscopy. By manipulating the electric field, the device can generate an extended space charge region, maintained for several hours, within a microchannel as a mean to collect and trap biomolecules. Our studies demonstrate such device can achieve up to 10 million fold sample preconcentration within 30 minutes. Besides, if applied a higher potential, a much faster chaotic flow can be seen in the microchannel adjacent to nanochannels. This kind of nonlinear electrokinetic flow is often called the electroosmosis of the second kind or induced-charge electroosmosis in electrode and ion exchange membrane studies. The presented device can be used as either a preconcentrator or an injector to other separation and detection systems preferred its performance and integrabilty. Also, it is an ideal experimental platform for studying such nonlinear electrokinetic effects, by directly tracking molecules in situ.

  16. Improving electrokinetic microdevice stability by controlling electrolysis bubbles.

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    Lee, Hwi Yong; Barber, Cedrick; Minerick, Adrienne R

    2014-07-01

    The voltage-operating window for many electrokinetic microdevices is limited by electrolysis gas bubbles that destabilize microfluidic system causing noise and irreproducible responses above ?3 V DC and less than ?1 kHz AC at 3 Vpp. Surfactant additives, SDS and Triton X-100, and an integrated semipermeable SnakeSkin membrane were employed to control and assess electrolysis bubbles from platinum electrodes in a 180 by 70 ?m, 10 mm long microchannel. Stabilized current responses at 100 V DC were observed with surfactant additives or SnakeSkin barriers. Electrolysis bubble behaviors, visualized via video microscopy at the electrode surface and in the microchannels, were found to be influenced by surfactant function and SnakeSkin barriers. Both SDS and Triton X-100 surfactants promoted smaller bubble diameters and faster bubble detachment from electrode surfaces via increasing gas solubility. In contrast, SnakeSkin membranes enhanced natural convection and blocked bubbles from entering the microchannels and thus reduced current disturbances in the electric field. This data illustrated that electrode surface behaviors had substantially greater impacts on current stability than microbubbles within microchannels. Thus, physically blocking bubbles from microchannels is less effective than electrode functionalization approaches to stabilize electrokinetic microfluidic systems. PMID:24648277

  17. Laboratory scale electrokinetic remediation and geophysical monitoring of metal-contaminated marine sediments

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    Masi, Matteo; Pazzi, Veronica; Losito, Gabriella

    2013-04-01

    Electrokinetic remediation is an emerging technology that can be used to remove contaminants from soils and sediments. This technique relies on the application of a low-intensity electric field to extract heavy metals, radionuclides and some organic compounds. When the electric field is applied three main transport processes occur in the porous medium: electromigration, electroosmosis and electrophoresis. Monitoring of electrokinetic processes in laboratory and field is usually conducted by means of point measurements and by collecting samples from discrete locations. Geophysical methods can be very effective in obtaining high spatial and temporal resolution mapping for an adequate control of the electrokinetic processes. This study investigates the suitability of electrokinetic remediation for extracting heavy metals from dredged marine sediments and the possibility of using geophysical methods to monitor the remediation process. Among the geophysical methods, the spectral induced polarization technique was selected because of its capability to provide valuable information about the physico-chemical characteristics of the porous medium. Electrokinetic remediation experiments in laboratory scale were made under different operating conditions, obtained by varying the strength of the applied electric field and the type of conditioning agent used at the electrode compartments in each experiment. Tap water, 0.1M citric acid and 0.1M ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA) solutions were used respectively as processing fluids. Metal removal was relevant when EDTA was used as conditioning agent and the electric potential was increased, as these two factors promoted the electroosmotic flow which is considered to be the key transport mechanism. The removal efficiencies ranged from 9.5% to 27% depending on the contaminant concerned. These percentages are likely to be raised by a further increase of the applied electric field. Furthermore, spectral induced polarization measurements were performed on the sediments before and after the treatment in order to correlate the measured electrical parameters with the geochemical processes occurring during electrokinetic remediation. A linear relationship was found between chargeability and pH. This result opens the door to the use of spectral induced polarization method to monitor electrokinetic processes in the field.

  18. Immersed molecular electrokinetic finite element method

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    Kopacz, Adrian M.; Liu, Wing K.

    2013-07-01

    A unique simulation technique has been developed capable of modeling electric field induced detection of biomolecules such as viruses, at room temperatures where thermal fluctuations must be considered. The proposed immersed molecular electrokinetic finite element method couples electrokinetics with fluctuating hydrodynamics to study the motion and deformation of flexible objects immersed in a suspending medium under an applied electric field. The force induced on an arbitrary object due to an electric field is calculated based on the continuum electromechanics and the Maxwell stress tensor. The thermal fluctuations are included in the Navier-Stokes fluid equations via the stochastic stress tensor. Dielectrophoretic and fluctuating forces acting on the particle are coupled through the fluid-structure interaction force calculated within the surrounding environment. This method was used to perform concentration and retention efficacy analysis of nanoscale biosensors using gold particles of various sizes. The analysis was also applied to a human papillomavirus.

  19. Quartz channel fabrication for electrokinetically driven separations

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    Matzke, Carolyn M.; Arnold, D. W.; Ashby, Carol I. H.; Kravitz, Stanley H.; Warren, Mial E.; Bailey, Christopher A.

    1998-09-01

    For well resolved electrokinetic separation, we utilize crystalline quartz to micromachine a uniformly packed separation channel. Packing features are posts 5 micrometers on a side with 3 micrometers spacing and etched 42 micrometers deep. In addition to anisotropic wet etch characteristics for micromachining, quartz properties are compatible with chemical solutions, electrokinetic high voltage operation, and stationary phase film deposition. To seal these channels, we employ a room temperature silicon-oxynitride deposition to form a membrane, that is subsequently coated for mechanical stability. Using this technique, particulate issues and global warp, that make large area wafer bonding methods difficult, are avoided, and a room temperature process, in contrast to high temperature bonding techniques, accommodate preprocessing of metal films for electrical interconnect. After sealing channels, a number of macro- assembly steps are required to attach a micro-optical detection system and fluid interconnects.

  20. Quartz Channel Fabrication for Electrokinetically Driven Separations

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    Arnold, D.W.; Ashby, C.I.H.; Bailey, C.G.; Kravitz, S.H., Warren, M.E.; Matzke, C.M.

    1998-12-01

    For well resolved electrokinetic separation, we L tilize crystalline quartz to micromachine a uniformly packe Q&iKLmnel. Packing features are posts 5 Vm on a side with:} pm spacing and etched 42 Vm deep. In addition to anisotropic wet etch characteristics for micromachining, quartz propmties are compatible with chemical soiutioits, ekctrokinetic high voltage operation, and stationary phase film depositions. To seal these channels, we employ a room temperature silicon-oxynhride deposition to forma membrane, that is subsequently coated for mechanical stability. Using this technique, particulate issues and global warp, that make large area wafer bon ding methods difficult, are avoided, and a room temperature process, in contrast to high temperature bonding techniques, accommodate preprocessing of metal films for electrical interconnect. After sealing channels, a number of macro-assembly steps are required to attach a micro-optical detection system and fluid interconnects. Keywords: microcharmel, integrated channel, micromachined channel, packed channel, electrokinetic channel, eleetrophoretic channel

  1. Electrokinetic Stringency Control in Self-Assembled Monolayer-based Biosensors for Multiplex Urinary Tract Infection Diagnosis

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    Liu, Tingting; Sin, Mandy L. Y.; Pyne, Jeff D.; Gau, Vincent; Liao, Joseph C.; Wong, Pak Kin

    2013-01-01

    Rapid detection of bacterial pathogens is critical toward judicious management of infectious diseases. Herein, we demonstrate an in situ electrokinetic stringency control approach for a self-assembled monolayer-based electrochemical biosensor toward urinary tract infection diagnosis. The in situ electrokinetic stringency control technique generates Joule heating induced temperature rise and electrothermal fluid motion directly on the sensor to improve its performance for detecting bacterial 16S rRNA, a phylogenetic biomarker. The dependence of the hybridization efficiency reveals that in situ electrokinetic stringency control is capable of discriminating single-base mismatches. With electrokinetic stringency control, the background noise due to the matrix effects of clinical urine samples can be reduced by 60%. The applicability of the system is demonstrated by multiplex detection of three uropathogenic clinical isolates with similar 16S rRNA sequences. The results demonstrate that electrokinetic stringency control can significantly improve the signal-to-noise ratio of the biosensor for multiplex urinary tract infection diagnosis. PMID:23891989

  2. Electrokinetic experimental study on saturated rock samples: zeta potential and surface conductance

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    Wang, Jun; Hu, Hengshan; Guan, Wei; Li, Hui

    2015-05-01

    It is important to know the electrokinetic properties of crustal rocks for interpreting the conductivity mechanisms and seismoelectric phenomena during earthquakes and seismoelectric well logging. In this study, electrokinetic experiments are conducted using a special core-holder by employing an AC lock-in technique. A series of experiments are conducted on 10 sandstone samples to measure the streaming potentials and streaming currents, and the experiments on each sample are done at six different salinities. The streaming potential coefficient and streaming current coefficient are calculated from the measured streaming potentials and streaming currents. The experimental results show that streaming potential coefficient and streaming current coefficient decrease as the salinity increases. The dependence of these two coefficients on permeability and pore radius are analysed and compared with previous works. At low salinities, the streaming potential coefficient and streaming current coefficient increase with the increasing permeability and pore radius. At high salinities, the streaming potential coefficient (streaming current coefficient) almost share a same value for 10 different samples. This conclusion indicates that the differences of rock parameters can only be well recognized at lower salinities, and the electrokinetic signals are invalid at high salinities, which offers a restrictive condition for using the amplitude of electrokinetic signals to estimate rock parameters. The zeta-potential have also been estimated through combined measurements of streaming potential and streaming current. The surface conductivity and its contribution to electrokinetic effects are determined from a comparison of zeta-potentials by two different methods, and then the validation of the Helmholz-Smoluchowski equation for a capillary tube is tested in rocks. We also compare our date with theoretical and experimental works, and set up an expression about the relationship between zeta potential and salinity, which fits the experimental data well.

  3. A novel microfluidic driver via AC electrokinetics.

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    Kuo, Ching-Te; Liu, Cheng-Hsien

    2008-05-01

    A novel ac electrokinetic microfluidic driver based on alternating current electro-osmosis flow induced by asymmetrically capacitance/chemistry-modulated microelectrode arrays has been successfully developed and demonstrated. Asymmetric capacitance modulation (ACM) is made of comb electrode arrays and parts of individual electrode surfaces are modulated/deposited with a SiO(2) dielectric layer. This proposed design can be utilized to shift the optimal operation frequency of maximum velocity to a higher frequency to minimize electrolytic bubble generation and enhance micropumping performance. The pumping velocity, described in this paper, is measured via the tracing of microbeads and is a function of applied potential, signal frequency, buffer concentration, and dielectric layer thickness. A maximum pumping velocity up to 290 microm s(-1) in 5 mM buffer solution with the applied potential of 10 Vpp is observed in our prototype device, and the estimated maximum flow rate is up to 26.1 microl h(-1). This is the first successful demonstration regarding bubble-free ac electrokinetic micropumping via such asymmetrically capacitance-modulated electrode arrays. Design, simulation, microfabrication, experimental result, and theoretical model are described in this paper to characterize and exhibit the performance of the proposed novel bubble-free ac electrokinetic microfluidic driver. PMID:18432342

  4. Field Implementation of Electrokinetic-ISCO Remediation

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    Wu, M. Z.; Reynolds, D. A.; Fourie, A.; Thomas, D.; Prommer, H.

    2010-12-01

    Challenges remain in the remediation of low-permeability porous media (e.g. clays, silts) contaminated with dissolved and sorbed organic contaminants. Current remediation technologies, such as in-situ chemical oxidation (ISCO), are often ineffective and the treatment region is limited by very slow rates of groundwater flow (advection) or molecular diffusion. Several studies (e.g. Reynolds et al. 2008) have highlighted the potential at a laboratory scale for utilising electrokinetic transport, through the application of an electric field, to deliver a remediation compound (e.g. permanganate, persulfate) within heterogeneous and low-permeability sediments for ISCO (termed EK-ISCO) or other treatments. A numerical modelling approach is highly beneficial to optimise the efficacy of EK-ISCO remediation. A numerical model was developed that simulates groundwater flow and multi-species reactive transport under hydraulic and electric gradients (Wu et al. 2010). Coupled into the existing, previously verified reactive transport model PHT3D (Prommer, Barry and Zheng 2003), the model was verified against analytical and experimental studies. This study, through numerical modelling, investigated the feasibility of various factors, such as electrode configurations, applied voltage and oxidant loading, for EK-ISCO treatment at several field sites. Successful in situ oxidation is dependent upon the electrokinetic transport and dispersal of oxidant through the contaminated region, however this is limited by modelled conditions such as natural oxidant demand and contaminant phase. Electrode configurations investigated included one-dimensional or two-dimensional configurations, unidirectional, bidirectional or rotational operations, and position of oxidant injection. References Prommer, H, Barry, DA and Zheng, C 2003, 'MODFLOW/MT3DMS-Based Reactive Multicomponent Transport Modeling', Ground Water, vol. 41, no. 2, pp. 247-257. Reynolds, DA, Jones, EH, Gillen, M, Yusoff, I and Thomas, DG 2008, 'Electrokinetic migration of permanganate through low permeability porous media', Ground Water, vol. 46, no. 4, pp. 629-637. Wu, MZ, Reynolds, D, Prommer, H, Fourie, A, Thomas, D, Robertson, TJ and Hodges, D 2010, 'A Coupled Electrokinetic Transport and Geochemical Reaction Model', in Proceedings of The 9th Symposium on Electrokinetic Remediation (EREM 2010), ed. GCC Yang, National Sun-Yet Sen University, Kaohsiung, pp. 67-68.

  5. Electrokinetic profiles of nonowoven cotton for absorbent incontinence material

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    This paper discusses recent work on cotton/synthetic nonwovens, their electrokinetic analysis, and their potential use in incontinence materials. Electrokinetic analysis is useful in exploring fiber surface polarity properties, and it is a useful tool to render a snap shot of the role of fiber char...

  6. FEASIBILITY OF ELECTROKINETIC SOIL REMEDIATION IN HORIZONTAL LASAGNA CELLS

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    An integrated soil remediation technology called Lasagna has been developed that combines electrokinetics with treatment zones for use in low permeability soils where the rates of hydraulic and electrokinetic transport are too low to be useful for remediation of contaminants. The...

  7. Incorporating conservation zone effectiveness for protecting biodiversity in marine planning.

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    Makino, Azusa; Klein, Carissa J; Beger, Maria; Jupiter, Stacy D; Possingham, Hugh P

    2013-01-01

    Establishing different types of conservation zones is becoming commonplace. However, spatial prioritization methods that can accommodate multiple zones are poorly understood in theory and application. It is typically assumed that management regulations across zones have differential levels of effectiveness ("zone effectiveness") for biodiversity protection, but the influence of zone effectiveness on achieving conservation targets has not yet been explored. Here, we consider the zone effectiveness of three zones: permanent closure, partial protection, and open, for planning for the protection of five different marine habitats in the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape, Fiji. We explore the impact of differential zone effectiveness on the location and costs of conservation priorities. We assume that permanent closure zones are fully effective at protecting all habitats, open zones do not contribute towards the conservation targets and partial protection zones lie between these two extremes. We use four different estimates for zone effectiveness and three different estimates for zone cost of the partial protection zone. To enhance the practical utility of the approach, we also explore how much of each traditional fishing ground can remain open for fishing while still achieving conservation targets. Our results show that all of the high priority areas for permanent closure zones would not be a high priority when the zone effectiveness of the partial protection zone is equal to that of permanent closure zones. When differential zone effectiveness and costs are considered, the resulting marine protected area network consequently increases in size, with more area allocated to permanent closure zones to meet conservation targets. By distributing the loss of fishing opportunity equitably among local communities, we find that 84-88% of each traditional fishing ground can be left open while still meeting conservation targets. Finally, we summarize the steps for developing marine zoning that accounts for zone effectiveness. PMID:24223870

  8. Incorporating Conservation Zone Effectiveness for Protecting Biodiversity in Marine Planning

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    Makino, Azusa; Klein, Carissa J.; Beger, Maria; Jupiter, Stacy D.; Possingham, Hugh P.

    2013-01-01

    Establishing different types of conservation zones is becoming commonplace. However, spatial prioritization methods that can accommodate multiple zones are poorly understood in theory and application. It is typically assumed that management regulations across zones have differential levels of effectiveness (zone effectiveness) for biodiversity protection, but the influence of zone effectiveness on achieving conservation targets has not yet been explored. Here, we consider the zone effectiveness of three zones: permanent closure, partial protection, and open, for planning for the protection of five different marine habitats in the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape, Fiji. We explore the impact of differential zone effectiveness on the location and costs of conservation priorities. We assume that permanent closure zones are fully effective at protecting all habitats, open zones do not contribute towards the conservation targets and partial protection zones lie between these two extremes. We use four different estimates for zone effectiveness and three different estimates for zone cost of the partial protection zone. To enhance the practical utility of the approach, we also explore how much of each traditional fishing ground can remain open for fishing while still achieving conservation targets. Our results show that all of the high priority areas for permanent closure zones would not be a high priority when the zone effectiveness of the partial protection zone is equal to that of permanent closure zones. When differential zone effectiveness and costs are considered, the resulting marine protected area network consequently increases in size, with more area allocated to permanent closure zones to meet conservation targets. By distributing the loss of fishing opportunity equitably among local communities, we find that 8488% of each traditional fishing ground can be left open while still meeting conservation targets. Finally, we summarize the steps for developing marine zoning that accounts for zone effectiveness. PMID:24223870

  9. Effect of Incorporating Adaptive Functioning Scores on the Prevalence of Intellectual Disability

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    Obi, Obianuju; Braun, Kim Van Naarden; Baio, Jon; Drews-Botsch, Carolyn; Devine, Owen; Yeargin-Allsopp, Marshalyn

    2011-01-01

    Surveillance and epidemiologic research on intellectual disability often do not incorporate adaptive functioning (AF) data. Exclusion of AF data leads to overestimation of the prevalence of intellectual disability, the extent of which is not known. In this study, the authors evaluated the effect of incorporating AF data on overall intellectual

  10. Effect of Incorporating Adaptive Functioning Scores on the Prevalence of Intellectual Disability

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    Obi, Obianuju; Braun, Kim Van Naarden; Baio, Jon; Drews-Botsch, Carolyn; Devine, Owen; Yeargin-Allsopp, Marshalyn

    2011-01-01

    Surveillance and epidemiologic research on intellectual disability often do not incorporate adaptive functioning (AF) data. Exclusion of AF data leads to overestimation of the prevalence of intellectual disability, the extent of which is not known. In this study, the authors evaluated the effect of incorporating AF data on overall intellectual…

  11. ELECTROKINETIC DENSIFICATION OF COAL FINES IN WASTE PONDS

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    E. James Davis

    1998-05-01

    The objective of this research is to demonstrate that electrokinetics can be used to remove colloidal coal and mineral particles from coal-washing ponds and lakes without the addition of chemical additives such as salts and polymeric flocculants. In this experimental and analytical study the authors elucidate the transport processes that control the rate of concentrated colloidal particle removal, demonstrate the process on a laboratory scale, and develop the scale-up laws needed to design commercial-scale processes. The authors are also addressing the fundamental problems associated with particle-particle interactions (electrical and hydrodynamic), the effects of particle concentration on the applied electric field, the electrochemical reactions that occur at the electrodes, and the prediction of power requirements.

  12. Electrokinetic Hydrogen Generation from Liquid WaterMicrojets

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    Duffin, Andrew M.; Saykally, Richard J.

    2007-05-31

    We describe a method for generating molecular hydrogen directly from the charge separation effected via rapid flow of liquid water through a metal orifice, wherein the input energy is the hydrostatic pressure times the volume flow rate. Both electrokinetic currents and hydrogen production rates are shown to follow simple equations derived from the overlap of the fluid velocity gradient and the anisotropic charge distribution resulting from selective adsorption of hydroxide ions to the nozzle surface. Pressure-driven fluid flow shears away the charge balancing hydronium ions from the diffuse double layer and carries them out of the aperture. Downstream neutralization of the excess protons at a grounded target electrode produces gaseous hydrogen molecules. The hydrogen production efficiency is currently very low (ca. 10-6) for a single cylindrical jet, but can be improved with design changes.

  13. ELECTROKINETIC DENSIFICATION OF COAL FINES IN WASTE PONDS

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    E. James Davis

    1997-04-30

    The objective of this research is to demonstrate that electrokinetics can be used to remove colloidal coal and mineral particles from coal-washing ponds and lakes without the addition of chemical additives such as salts and polymeric flocculants. In this experimental and analytical study the authors elucidate the transport processes that control the rate of concentrated colloidal particle removal, demonstrate the process on a laboratory scale, and develop the scale-up laws needed to design commercial-scale processes. They then address the fundamental problems associated with particle-particle interactions (electrical and hydrodynamic), the effects of particle concentration on the applied electric field, the electrochemical reactions that occur at the electrodes, and the prediction of power requirements.

  14. Effectively incorporating selected multimedia content into medical publications.

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    Ziegler, Alexander; Mietchen, Daniel; Faber, Cornelius; von Hausen, Wolfram; Schbel, Christoph; Sellerer, Markus; Ziegler, Andreas

    2011-01-01

    Until fairly recently, medical publications have been handicapped by being restricted to non-electronic formats, effectively preventing the dissemination of complex audiovisual and three-dimensional data. However, authors and readers could significantly profit from advances in electronic publishing that permit the inclusion of multimedia content directly into an article. For the first time, the de facto gold standard for scientific publishing, the portable document format (PDF), is used here as a platform to embed a video and an audio sequence of patient data into a publication. Fully interactive three-dimensional models of a face and a schematic representation of a human brain are also part of this publication. We discuss the potential of this approach and its impact on the communication of scientific medical data, particularly with regard to electronic and open access publications. Finally, we emphasise how medical teaching can benefit from this new tool and comment on the future of medical publishing. PMID:21329532

  15. High Order WENO Simulation of Electrokinetic Instability in a Cross-Shaped Microchannel

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    Li, Qian; Delorme, Yann; Frankel, Steven

    2013-11-01

    Electroosmotic flow with electrokinetic effects is the primary method of fluid handling in micro-total analysis systems. Knowledge of electrokinetic instabilities (EKI) is required to trigger instabilities in applications like low Reynolds number micromixing or to suppress them in applications such as sample injection, separation and controlled diffusion-limited reaction processes where the minimum sample dispersion is needed. A novel multiblock high order in-house solver based on WENO scheme is applied to simulate the EKI for multiple electrolyte solutions with different electric conductivities in a cross-shaped microchannel. 3D simulations are performed to explore the effects of variations of applied electric field, electric field ratio, and conductivity ratios on the EKI phenomena, and to determine the critical value of electric field required for instabilities. The validity of the numerical study is assessed by comparing the numerical results with the experimental data.

  16. Role of the electrokinetic properties on the stability of mebendazole suspensions for veterinary applications.

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    Czar-Bernal, Ma Jos; Gallardo, Visitacin; Sez-Fernndez, Eva; Holgado, Ma Angeles; Alvarez-Fuentes, Josefa; Fernndez-Arvalo, Mercedes; Arias, Jos L

    2010-06-30

    This work is focused on the analysis of the effect of basic physicochemical aspects (surface thermodynamic and electrokinetic characteristics) on the stability and redispersibility properties of mebendazole aqueous suspensions. To our knowledge, previous investigations on the formulation of mebendazole suspensions have been not devoted to the elucidation of the colloidal behavior of this benzimidazole carbamate. A deep thermodynamic and electrokinetic characterization, considering the effect of both pH and ionic strength, was carried out with that purpose. It was found that the hydrophobicity and, the surface charge and electrical double layer thickness of the drug play a significant role in the stability of the colloid. Mebendazole aqueous suspensions display a controllable "delayed" or "hindered" sedimentation and a very easy redispersion which may contribute to the formulation of veterinary liquid dosage forms. PMID:20435113

  17. Nonlinear Amplification in Electrokinetic Pumping in Nanochannels in the Presence of Hydrophobic Interactions

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    Chakraborty, Suman; Chatterjee, Dipankar; Bakli, Chirodeep

    2013-05-01

    We discover a nonlinear coupling between the hydrophobicity of a charged substrate and electrokinetic pumping in narrow fluidic confinements. Our analyses demonstrate that the effective electrokinetic transport in nanochannels may get massively amplified over a regime of bare surface potentials and may subsequently get attenuated beyond a threshold surface charging condition because of a complex interplay between reduced hydrodynamic resistance on account of the spontaneous inception of a less dense interfacial phase and ionic transport within the electrical double layer. We also show that the essential physics delineated by our mesoscopic model, when expressed in terms of a simple mathematical formula, agrees remarkably with that portrayed by molecular dynamics simulations. The nontrivial characteristics of the initial increment followed by a decrement of the effective zeta potential with a bare surface potential may open up the realm of hitherto-unexplored operating regimes of electrohydrodynamically actuated nanofluidic devices.

  18. Understanding electrokinetics at the nanoscale: A perspective

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    Chang, Hsueh-Chia; Yossifon, Gilad

    2009-01-01

    Electrokinetics promises to be the microfluidic technique of choice for portable diagnostic chips and for nanofluidic molecular detectors. However, despite two centuries of research, our understanding of ion transport and electro-osmotic flow in and near nanoporous membranes, whose pores are natural nanochannels, remains woefully inadequate. This short exposition reviews the various ion-flux and hydrodynamic anomalies and speculates on their potential applications, particularly in the area of molecular sensing. In the process, we revisit several old disciplines, with some unsolved open questions, and we hope to create a new one. PMID:19693382

  19. Pharmaceutical analysis using micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatography.

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    Swaile, D F; Burton, D E; Balchunas, A T; Sepaniak, M J

    1988-08-01

    The potential utility in pharmaceutical analysis of a capillary electrokinetic separation technique that employs a micellar "pseudo-stationary phase" is discussed and illustrated. Chromatograms of separations of vitamin metabolites and derivatized amino acids are presented to illustrate the high efficiency of the technique and the ability to simultaneously separate the charged and neutral components of pharmaceutical samples. The analytical characteristics of the technique and the importance of optimizing experimental parameters, such as surfactant concentration and capillary column diameter, are discussed and demonstrated with the aid of chromatograms. PMID:3215989

  20. Ultrafast micropumping by biased alternating current electrokinetics

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    Lian, Meng; Wu, Jie

    2009-02-01

    This paper reports dramatic improvements in flow rate over conventional alternating current (ac) electrokinetic micropumps by exploiting asymmetry in electric potentials over the electrodes. A micropump consisting of a planar asymmetric electrode array was tested using ac signals with and without a direct current (dc) bias. All experiments were done at 100 kHz Vac. The pumping velocity is much faster with a dc voltage, in some cases by an order of magnitude, reaching a linear velocity of up to 2.5 mm/s with only 5.4 Vrms. The discovery presents an exciting opportunity for microfluidics. Future improvement can be anticipated with additional optimization.

  1. Enhancement of In Vivo Anticancer Effect of Cisplatin by Incorporation Inside Carbon Nanohorns

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    Yudasaka, Masako; Ajima, Kumiko; Murakami, Tatsuya; Mizoguchi, Yoshikazu; Tsuchida, Kunihiro; Ichihashi, Toshinari; Iijima, Sumio

    2009-03-01

    We have been studying potential applications of single-wall carbon nanohorns (SWNHs) to drug delivery systems. SWNHs are multiply functionalized with proteins, magnetites, tumor targeting molecules, and others. Various drugs are easily incorporated, and the incorporated drugs are slowly released. Almost no acute toxicity of SWNHs was found through various animal tests. We show in this report that anticancer effect of cisplatin was enhanced by incorporation inside SWNHs (CDDP@SWNH) as evidenced by in vivo tests: CDDP@SWNH was locally injected to tumors subcutaneously transplanted on mice. CDDP@SWNH inhibited the tumor growth more effectively than CDDP. This anticancer enhancement was achieved by large CDDP-quantity incorporated inside SWNH, slow release of CDDP from SWNH, long-term stay of SWNHs at the tumor sites, and an anticancer effect of SWNH itself [1].[3pt] [1] K. Ajima et al. ACSNano, 10(2008)2057-2064.

  2. A method of producing electrokinetic power through forward osmosis

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    Cherng Hon, Kar; Zhao, Cunlu; Yang, Chun; Chay Low, Seow

    2012-10-01

    A power generation method for harvesting renewable energy from salinity gradient is proposed. The principle of the proposed method encompasses forward osmosis (FO) and electrokinetic phenomena. With the salinity difference between draw and feed solutions, FO allows spontaneous water flow across a semi-permeable membrane. The flow of water is then directed through a porous medium where the electric power is generated from the electrokinetic streaming potential. With a glass porous medium and a commercial flat sheet FO membrane in a batch mode configuration, our lab scale experimental system has demonstrated the produced electrokinetic voltages of about several hundreds of milli-volts.

  3. Selective Label-free Electrokinetic Cell Tracker (SELECT): a novel liquid platform for cell characterization

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    Taruvai Kalyana Kumar, Rajeshwari; de Mello Gindri, Izabelle; Kinnamon, David; Kanchustambham, Pradyotha; Rodrigues, Danieli; Prasad, Shalini; BiomaterialsOsseointegration; Novel Engineering Lab Collaboration

    2015-03-01

    Characterization and analysis of rare cells provide critical cues for early diagnosis of diseases. Electrokinetic cell separation has been previously established to have greater efficiency when compared to traditional flow cytometry methods. It has been shown by many researchers that buffer solutions in which cells are suspended in, have enormous effects on producing required dielectrophoretic (DEP) forces to characterize cells. Most commonly used suspension buffers used are deionized water and cell media. However, these solutions exhibit high level of intrinsic noise, which greatly masks the electrokinetic signals from cells under study. Ionic liquids (ILs) show promise towards the creation of conductive fluids with required electrical properties. The goal of this project is to design and test ILs for enhancing DEP forces on cells while creating an environment for preserving their integrity. We analyzed two methylimidazolium based ILs as suspension medium for cell separation. These dicationic ILs possess slight electrical and structural differences with high thermal stability. The two ILs were tested for cytotoxicity using HeLa and bone cells. The effects of electrical neutrality, free charge screening due to ILs towards enhanced electrokinetic signals from cells were studied with improved system resolution and no harmful effects.

  4. Numerical study of dc-biased ac-electrokinetic flow over symmetrical electrodes

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    Yang Ng, Wee; Ramos, Antonio; Cheong Lam, Yee; Rodriguez, Isabel

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents a numerical study of DC-biased AC-electrokinetic (DC-biased ACEK) flow over a pair of symmetrical electrodes. The flow mechanism is based on a transverse conductivity gradient created through incipient Faradaic reactions occurring at the electrodes when a DC-bias is applied. The DC biased AC electric field acting on this gradient generates a fluid flow in the form of vortexes. To understand more in depth the DC-biased ACEK flow mechanism, a phenomenological model is developed to study the effects of voltage, conductivity ratio, channel width, depth, and aspect ratio on the induced flow characteristics. It was found that flow velocity on the order of mm/s can be produced at higher voltage and conductivity ratio. Such rapid flow velocity is one of the highest reported in microsystems technology using electrokinetics. PMID:22662084

  5. Label-free attomolar detection of proteins using integrated nanoelectronic and electrokinetic devices.

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    Gong, Jian-Ru

    2010-04-23

    High-sensitivity screening of biomarkers is critical to areas ranging from early disease detection and diagnosis to bioterrorism surveillance. Here the development of integrated nanoelectronic and electrokinetic devices for label-free attomolar detection of proteins is reported. Electrically addressable silicon nanowire field-effect transistors and electrodes for electrokinetic transport are integrated onto a common sensor chip platform, and the nanowire devices are subsequently functionalized with receptors for selective biomarker detection. Nanowire devices modified with monoclonal antibody for prostate specific antigen exhibit close to a 10(4) increase in sensitivity due to streaming dielectrophoresis and corresponding electrostatic contribution to the binding affinity after application of an AC electric field. The devices are also modified with receptors for cholera toxin subunit B and achieve a similar enhancement. These results show general applicability of this method, and could open up opportunities in early stage disease detection and the analysis of proteins from single cells. PMID:20209654

  6. Electrokinetic soil remediation: Impact of aqueous phase properties on soil surface charge and electroosmotic efficiency

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    Vane, L.M.; Zang, G.M.

    1995-10-01

    The electrokinetic remediation of soils is described. The effect of pore fluid properties on the surface charge of clays was examined. Zeta potential results indicate that the electro-osmotic efficiency (flow/voltage ratio) in bentonite should be relatively insensitive to pH and ionic strength variations. The zeta potential of kaolinite, however, was found to be quite sensitive to pH. The electro-osmotic efficiency for kaolinite was found to be equally sensitive to pH. Zeta potential results further indicate that the electro-osmotic efficiency as well as the direction of electroosmosis in kaolinite will be impacted dramatically by the presence of metal cations. These results suggest that zeta potential measurements could be used to study the impact on electro osmotic efficiency of initial site conditions as well as conditions expected during an electrokinetic remediation process.

  7. Electrokinetic trapping at the one nanometer limit

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    Fields, Alexander P.; Cohen, Adam E.

    2011-01-01

    Anti-Brownian electrokinetic traps have been used to trap and study the free-solution dynamics of large protein complexes and long chains of DNA. Small molecules in solution have thus far proved too mobile to trap by any means. Here we explore the ultimate limits on trapping single molecules. We developed a feedback-based anti-Brownian electrokinetic trap in which classical thermal noise is compensated to the maximal extent allowed by quantum measurement noise. We trapped single fluorophores with a molecular weight of <1kDa and a hydrodynamic radius of 6.7? for longer than one second, in aqueous buffer at room temperature. This achievement represents an 800-fold decrease in the mass of objects trapped in solution, and opens the possibility to trap and manipulate any soluble molecule that can be fluorescently labeled. To illustrate the use of this trap, we studied the binding of unlabeled RecA to fluorescently labeled single-stranded DNA. Binding of RecA induced changes in the DNA diffusion coefficient, electrophoretic mobility, and brightness, all of which were measured simultaneously and on a molecule-by-molecule basis. This device greatly extends the size range of molecules that can be studied by room temperature feedback trapping, and opens the door to further studies of the binding of unmodified proteins to DNA in free solution. PMID:21562206

  8. Treatment of sewage sludge using electrokinetic geosynthetics.

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    Glendinning, Stephanie; Lamont-Black, John; Jones, Colin J F P

    2007-01-31

    The treatment and disposal of sewage sludge is one of the most problematical issues affecting wastewater treatment in the developed world. The traditional outlets for sewage sludge are to spread it on agricultural land, or to form a cake for deposit to landfill or incineration. In order to create a sludge cake, water must be removed. Existing dewatering technology based on pressure can only remove a very limited amount of this water because of the way in which water is bound to the sludge particles or flocs. Several researchers have shown that electrokinetic dewatering of sludge is more efficient than conventional hydraulically driven methods. This involves the application of a dc voltage across the sludge, driving water under an electrical gradient from positive (anode) electrode to negative (cathode) electrode. However, there have been several reasons why this technique has not been adopted in practice, not least because the, normally metallic, anode rapidly dissolves due to the acidic environment created by the electrolysis of water. This paper will describe experimentation using electrokinetic geosynthetics (EKG): polymer-based materials containing conducting elements. These have been used to minimise the problem of electrode corrosion and create a sludge treatment system that can produce dry solids contents in excess of 30%. It will suggest different options for the treatment of sludges both in situ in sludge lagoons and windrows, and ex situ as a treatment process. PMID:16635546

  9. The effect of dopant incorporation on the elastic properties of Ti metal

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    Wilson, N. C.; McGregor, K.; Gibson, M. A.; Russo, S. P.

    2015-01-01

    The effect of dopant atoms on the structural and elastic properties of ? titanium is examined through the use of density functional theory. The effect of 66 dopant atoms, from H through the third row transition metal elements, were considered in this study. In all cases the dopant concentration was approximately 3 at%, with substitutional incorporation investigated for all atoms considered and interstitial incorporation investigated for a smaller subset of elements. Interstitial incorporation was calculated to be more energetically favourable for the elements H, B to F, S and Cl with these dopants coordinating octahedrally with the surrounding Ti atoms, while substitutional incorporation was found to be more stable for the other elements. The five independent single crystal elastic constants are calculated, along with the bulk and shear moduli. The energetics and mechanically stability associated with the alloying of various dopants is also discussed.

  10. DEMONSTRATION BULLETIN: IN SITU ELECTROKINETIC EXTRACTION SYSTEM - SANDIA NATIONAL LABORATORIES

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    Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) has developed an in situ soil remediation system that uses electrokinetic principles to remediate hexavalent chromium-contaminated unsaturated or partially saturated soils. The technology involves the in situ application of direct current to the...

  11. Robust and high-resolution simulations of nonlinear electrokinetic processes in variable cross-section channels.

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    Bahga, Supreet S; Bercovici, Moran; Santiago, Juan G

    2012-10-01

    We present a model and an associated numerical scheme to simulate complex electrokinetic processes in channels with nonuniform cross-sectional area. We develop a quasi-1D model based on local cross-sectional area averaging of the equations describing unsteady, multispecies, electromigration-diffusion transport. Our approach uses techniques of lubrication theory to approximate electrokinetic flows in channels with arbitrary variations in cross-section; and we include chemical equilibrium calculations for weak electrolytes, Taylor-Aris type dispersion due of nonuniform bulk flow, and the effects of ionic strength on species mobility and on acid-base equilibrium constants. To solve the quasi-1D governing equations, we provide a dissipative finite volume scheme that adds numerical dissipation at selective locations to ensure both unconditional stability and high accuracy. We couple the numerical scheme with a novel adaptive grid refinement algorithm that further improves the accuracy of simulations by minimizing numerical dissipation. We benchmark our numerical scheme with existing numerical schemes by simulating nonlinear electrokinetic problems, including ITP and electromigration dispersion in CZE. Simulation results show that our approach yields fast, stable, and high-resolution solutions using an order of magnitude less grid points compared to the existing dissipative schemes. To highlight our model's capabilities, we demonstrate simulations that predict increase in detection sensitivity of ITP in converging cross-sectional area channels. We also show that our simulations of ITP in variable cross-sectional area channels have very good quantitative agreement with published experimental data. PMID:22996734

  12. Electrokinetics dependence on water-content in sand

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    Allgre, V.; Lehmann, F.; Jouniaux, L.; Sailhac, P.; Matthey, P.

    2009-12-01

    The electrokinetic potential results from the coupling between the water flow and the electrical current because of the presence of ions within water. This coupling is well described in fluid-saturated media, however its behavior under unsaturated flow conditions is still discussed. We propose here an experimental approach which can clearly describe streaming potential variations in unsaturated conditions. Several drainage experiments have been performed within a column filled with a clean sand. Streaming potential measurements are combined to capillary pressure and to water content measurements each 10 centimeter along the column. In order to model hydrodymanics during each experiment, we solve Richards equation in an inverse way which allows us to establish the relation between hydraulic conductivity and water content, and retention relation. The electrokinetic coefficient C shows a more complex behavior than it was previously reported and can not be fitted by the existing models. We show that the normalized electrokinetic coefficient increases first when water saturation decreases from 100% to about 80% - 95%, and then decreases as the water saturation decreases, whereas all previous works described a unifrom decrease of the normalized electrokinetic coefficient as water saturation decreases. We delimited two water saturation domains, and deduced two different empirical laws describing the evolution of the electrokinetic coefficient in unsaturated conditions. Finally, electrical potentials data from four different drainage experiments and hydrodynamics were jointly inversed, including electrical conductivity measurements in order to find a robust description of the electrokinetic coefficient behavior in unsaturated conditions.

  13. Effects of La Incorporation in Hf Based Dielectric on Leakage Conduction and Carrier Scattering Mechanisms.

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    You, Seung-Won; Lee, Dong Hwi; Nguyen, Manh Cuong; Jeon, Yoon Seok; Tong, Duc-Tai; Bang, Hyun Joon; Jeong, Jae Kyoung; Choi, Rino

    2015-10-01

    Metal-oxide-semiconductor field effect transistors (MOSFETs) with various doses of La-incorporated in Hafnium-based dielectrics were characterized to evaluate the effect of La on dielectric and device properties. It is found that the Poole-Frenkel emission model could explain our experimental leakage current conduction mechanism reasonably and barrier heights of localized Poole-Frenkel trap sites increase gradually with increasing La incorporation. Cryogenic measurement (from 100 K to 300 K) of MOSFETs reveals that, as the content of La incorporation in the dielectric increases, the more increase of maximum effective mobility has been found at low temperature. It is mainly attributed to the more reduction of phonon scattering due to higher content of La atoms at the interface of dielectric and channel. Though it is relatively small, the existence of La in dielectric reduces coulomb scattering rate as well. PMID:26726378

  14. Electrokinetic concentration of charged molecules

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    Singh, Anup K. (Berkeley, CA); Neyer, David W. (Castro Valley, CA); Schoeniger, Joseph S. (Oakland, CA); Garguilo, Michael G. (Livermore, CA)

    2002-01-01

    A method for separating and concentrating charged species from uncharged or neutral species regardless of size differential. The method uses reversible electric field induced retention of charged species, that can include molecules and molecular aggregates such as dimers, polymers, multimers, colloids, micelles, and liposomes, in volumes and on surfaces of porous materials. The retained charged species are subsequently quantitatively removed from the porous material by a pressure driven flow that passes through the retention volume and is independent of direction thus, a multi-directional flow field is not required. Uncharged species pass through the system unimpeded thus effecting a complete separation of charged and uncharged species and making possible concentration factors greater than 1000-fold.

  15. Saos-2 cell-mediated mineralization on collagen gels: Effect of densification and bioglass incorporation.

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    Liu, Gengbo; Pastakia, Meet; Fenn, Michael B; Kishore, Vipuil

    2016-05-01

    Plastic compression is a collagen densification process that has been widely used for the development of mechanically robust collagen-based materials. Incorporation of bioglass within plastically compressed collagen gels has been shown to mimic the microstructural properties of native bone and enhance in vitro cell-mediated mineralization. The current study seeks to decouple the effects of collagen densification and bioglass incorporation to understand the interplay between collagen packing density and presence of bioglass on cell-mediated mineralization. Saos-2 cell-mediated mineralization was assessed as a measure of the osteoconductivity of four different collagen gels: (1) uncompressed collagen gel (UC), (2) bioglass incorporated uncompressed collagen gel (UC + BG), (3) plastically compressed collagen gel (PC), and (4) bioglass incorporated plastically compressed collagen gel (PC + BG). The results indicated that collagen densification enhanced mineralization as shown by SEM, increased alkaline phosphatase activity and produced significantly higher amounts of mineralized nodules on PC gels compared to UC gels. Further, the amount of nodule formation on PC gels was significantly higher compared to UC + BG gels indicating that increase in matrix stiffness due to collagen densification had a greater effect on cell-mediated mineralization compared to bioglass incorporation into loosely packed UC gels. Incorporation of bioglass into PC gels further enhanced mineralization as evidenced by significantly larger nodule size and higher amount of mineralization on PC + BG gels compared to PC gels. In conclusion, collagen densification via plastic compression improves the osteoconductivity of collagen gels. Further, incorporation of bioglass within PC gels has an additive effect and further enhances the osteoconductivity of collagen gels. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part A: 104A: 1121-1134, 2016. PMID:26750473

  16. Method and apparatus for electrokinetic transport

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    James, Patrick Ismail (Inventor); Stejic, George (Inventor)

    2012-01-01

    Controlled electrokinetic transport of constituents of liquid media can be achieved by connecting at least two volumes containing liquid media with at least one dielectric medium with opposing dielectric surfaces in direct contact with said liquid media, and establishing at least one conduit across said dielectric medium, with a conduit inner surface surrounding a conduit volume and at least a first opening and a second opening opposite to the first opening. The conduit is arranged to connect two volumes containing liquid media and includes a set of at least three electrodes positioned in proximity of the inner conduit surface. A power supply is arranged to deliver energy to the electrodes such that time-varying potentials inside the conduit volume are established, where the superposition of said potentials represents at least one controllable traveling potential well that can travel between the opposing conduit openings.

  17. Improvement of reproducibility and sensitivity by reducing matrix effect in micellar electrokinetic chromatography for determination of amino acids in turtle jelly.

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    Li, Lin-Qiu; Cai, Yue; Yang, Mei; Shen, Qing; Yu, Ka-Ming; Cheung, Hon-Yeung

    2015-05-01

    Matrix effect (ME) is commonly seen in electrophoretic separation, but this phenomenon lacks any systematic study. Our work aimed to find out the relationship between separation efficiency and current, and then figure out an effective, simple, and economic solution to overcome the negative impact of ME. This present study showed that small amount of NaCl (?0.005 mg/mL) in the sample had no impact on the separation but enhanced the sensitivity. However, when concentration of NaCl increased above 0.005 mg/mL, it alleviated the separation efficiency, sensitivity, and migration time. Besides, increasing NaCl concentration resulted in increasing turning point. The study of relationship of current and NaCl concentration indicated that when the TP of a sample is higher than 62.36 ?A, desalination is necessary. Since the reported desalination methods are either expensive or complicated, we developed a simple and economic method by simply adding 12 times (volume) of chloroform/methanol (2:1, v/v) into the sample. When applied this method to turtle jelly, the number of theoretical plate (N) of 20 amino acids got up to threefold enhancement. PMID:25781419

  18. Hydrodynamics and electrokinetics in colloidal and microfluidic systems

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    Squires, Todd Michael

    The bulk of this thesis investigates the role of hydrodynamic interactions and electrokinetic effects in colloidal and microfluidic systems. We study the influence of a solid wall upon the correlated diffusive motion of two Brownian spheres, and make predictions which agree with experiments performed at the University of Chicago. We examine experiments which had seemed to measure an attractive interaction between similarly-charged colloidal spheres near charged glass walls, and argue that some may have misinterpreted hydrodynamic coupling effects as an attractive equilibrium interaction. Our predictions agree quantitatively with measurements, have withstood further experimental tests, and have re-directed a nearly decade-long debate to whether or not any novel attraction exists, rather than the responsible mechanism responsible. Furthermore, we present a general method for making this non-equilibrium, kinetic interaction (which has no effect on equilibrium systems) effective in steady-state systems, so that layered crystals of like-charged colloids may be grown near walls. We present a new electrokinetic technique ('induced-charge electro-osmosis') for driving a steady microfluidic flow around conducting surfaces using an AC electric field. We present basic theory along with applications, including experiments to measure the surface chemistry and conduction of colloidal particles, and propose microfluidic pumps and mixers which operate without moving parts in AC electric fields. We present an experimental measurement of the electrophoretic mobility of carbon black particles in (non-aqueous) dodecane using heterodyne dynamic light scattering techniques. We find that the surface charge densities are quite small (˜5e/particle), and account for the measured spread in mobilities by assuming Poisson-distributed surface charges. A substantial effort is underway to create cold anti-Hydrogen atoms in order to perform the most stringent tests ever of CPT invariance. Electromagnetic field traps which simultaneously confine both charged and neutral particles are needed for this project. We present an analysis of the motion of a single charged particle in one such trap, identify stable and unstable regions, calculate frequencies and locate resonances. Lastly, we provide an analysis of Slocum and White's proposed MEMS valve whose gap can be controllably reduced down to the nanometer scale.

  19. Electrokinetic flow and electric current in a fibrous porous medium.

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    Wu, Yi Y; Keh, Huan J

    2012-03-22

    An analytical study is presented for the steady electrokinetic flow of electrolyte solutions in the fibrous medium constructed by an ordered array of identical, parallel, charged, circular cylinders. The electric field and/or pressure gradient are applied uniformly in the direction along the axes of the cylinders. The dielectric cylinders may have either a constant surface potential or a constant surface charge density of an arbitrary value. The electric double layer surrounding each cylinder may have an arbitrary thickness relative to the radius of the cylinder. A unit cell model, which allows for the overlap of the double layers of adjacent cylinders, is employed to account for the effect of fiber interactions. The electrostatic potential distribution in the fluid phase is determined by solving the Poisson-Boltzmann equation, and the fluid velocity profile is obtained as the analytical solution of a modified Navier-Stokes equation. Explicit formulas for the flow rate, electroosmotic velocity, electric current, effective electric conductivity, and streaming potential are derived as functions of the porosity of the fiber matrix and other characteristics of the system. The effect of interactions among the cylinders on the fluid velocity and effective conductivity is interesting and can be significant under appropriate conditions. PMID:22369485

  20. Effect of direct incorporation of poultry litter on phosphorus leaching from coastal plain soils

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    Management of poultry litter on the Delmarva Peninsula is critical to reducing phosphorus loads to the Chesapeake Bay. New poultry litter incorporation technologies have shown promise at reducing phosphorus losses, but their effectiveness has not been tested in this environmentally-sensitive region...

  1. The effectiveness of incorporating a real-time oculometer system in a commercial flight training program

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    Jones, D. H.; Coates, G. D.; Kirby, R. H.

    1982-01-01

    The effectiveness on pilot and trainee performance and scanning behavior of incorporating a real time oculometer system in a commerical flight training program was assessed. Trainees received simulator training in pairs requiring the trainees to alternate the order of training within a session. The 'third day phenomenon' of performance decrement was investigated, including the role of order of training on performance.

  2. Alcohol Treatment and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: Enhancing Effectiveness by Incorporating Spirituality and Religion

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    Hodge, David R.

    2011-01-01

    Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is an effective modality for the treatment of alcoholism. Given widespread interest in incorporating spirituality into professional treatment, this article orients practitioners to spiritually modified CBT, an approach that may enhance outcomes with some spiritually motivated clients. More specifically, by

  3. Alcohol Treatment and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: Enhancing Effectiveness by Incorporating Spirituality and Religion

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    Hodge, David R.

    2011-01-01

    Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is an effective modality for the treatment of alcoholism. Given widespread interest in incorporating spirituality into professional treatment, this article orients practitioners to spiritually modified CBT, an approach that may enhance outcomes with some spiritually motivated clients. More specifically, by…

  4. Effects of mechanical removal and incorporation of post-harvest residue on ratoon sugarcane yields

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    Two studies were conducted to determine the effects of post-harvest residue management in conjunction with incorporation on sugarcane grown on heavy-textured soils in the high rainfall climate of Louisiana. For the first experiment, whole-plots consisted of full retention, complete removal by burnin...

  5. Incorporation of chitosan nanospheres into thin mineralized collagen coatings for improving the antibacterial effect.

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    Kong, Ziqiang; Yu, Mengfei; Cheng, Kui; Weng, Wenjian; Wang, Huiming; Lin, Jun; Du, Piyi; Han, Gaorong

    2013-11-01

    It is desired that the coatings on metallic implants have both excellent biological responses and good loading-release capacities of biological factors or drugs. So far, the challenge still remains, because the morphology and composition of the bioactive coatings are usually not favorable for accommodating drug molecules. In this study, we adopted an approach of incorporating chitosan nanospheres into a thin mineralized collagen coating; this approach is based on the good loading-release behavior of the nanospheres and the good cytocompatibility of the thin coating. The incorporation of chitosan nanospheres into the mineralized collagen coatings was realized by electrolytic co-deposition. The morphologies and microstructures of the resulting coatings were characterized by SEM, and the phase and chemical compositions of the coatings were measured by XRD and FTIR. The loading-release capacity for vancomycin hydrochloride (VH) was determined by ultraviolet spectrophotometry. MTS assay was used to evaluate cytocompatibility, and in vitro bacterial adhesion was tested for assessing the antibacterial effects of the VH-loaded coatings. The chitosan nanospheres adhered tightly to collagen fibrils. The incorporated coatings facilitated the sustained release of VH, and had a clear antibacterial effect. The incorporation of chitosan nanospheres into mineralized collagen coatings demonstrates an effective way to improve the drug loading-release capacity for the thin coatings. This formulation had a highly effective biological response. PMID:23893027

  6. 46 CFR 162.017-1 - Preemptive effect; incorporation by reference.

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    2012-10-01

    ... Register under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. To enforce any edition other than that specified in this..., Pressure-Vacuum Relief, for Tank Vessels 162.017-1 Preemptive effect; incorporation by reference. (a) The.../Vacuum Valves for Cargo Tanks, First Edition (Sep. 1, 2000), (ISO 15364), IBR approved for 162.017-3....

  7. Incorporating external evidence in trial-based cost-effectiveness analyses: the use of resampling methods

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    2014-01-01

    Background Cost-effectiveness analyses (CEAs) that use patient-specific data from a randomized controlled trial (RCT) are popular, yet such CEAs are criticized because they neglect to incorporate evidence external to the trial. A popular method for quantifying uncertainty in a RCT-based CEA is the bootstrap. The objective of the present study was to further expand the bootstrap method of RCT-based CEA for the incorporation of external evidence. Methods We utilize the Bayesian interpretation of the bootstrap and derive the distribution for the cost and effectiveness outcomes after observing the current RCT data and the external evidence. We propose simple modifications of the bootstrap for sampling from such posterior distributions. Results In a proof-of-concept case study, we use data from a clinical trial and incorporate external evidence on the effect size of treatments to illustrate the method in action. Compared to the parametric models of evidence synthesis, the proposed approach requires fewer distributional assumptions, does not require explicit modeling of the relation between external evidence and outcomes of interest, and is generally easier to implement. A drawback of this approach is potential computational inefficiency compared to the parametric Bayesian methods. Conclusions The bootstrap method of RCT-based CEA can be extended to incorporate external evidence, while preserving its appealing features such as no requirement for parametric modeling of cost and effectiveness outcomes. PMID:24888356

  8. Geochemical assessment of metal transport in glacial till during electrokinetic remediation.

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    Al-Hamdan, Ashraf Z; Reddy, Krishna R

    2008-04-01

    This paper presents the chemical speciation and retention behavior of chromium (Cr), nickel (Ni), and cadmium (Cd) prior to and after the electrokinetic remediation in glacial till soil. The speciation of the metals was predicted using the chemical speciation program MINEQL(+). The simulations were performed for single-contaminant with only Cr(VI) or Ni, and multi-contaminants consisting of: (1) Cr(VI), Ni, and Cd; (2) Cr(III), Ni and Cd; (3) Cr(VI), Cr(III), Ni and Cd; (4) Cr(VI), Ni, and Cd with reducing agents; and (5) Cr(III), Ni, and Cd with oxidizing agent (Mn). The results showed that the speciation and distribution of cationic metals [Ni, Cd, and Cr(III)] in glacial till soil remain unaffected or slightly affected during electrokinetics. This is attributed to the high pH buffering capacity of the glacial till, leading the metals to precipitate in the soil prior to and after electrokinetics. This study showed that during electrokinetics, Cr(VI) existed as anionic complex and migrated towards the anode and the migration is maximum in case of a single-contaminant system. The study also showed that near the anode in the absence of any reducing and oxidizing agent, Cr(VI) mostly adsorbed, and some of Cr(VI) reduced to Cr(III) and migrated towards the cathode and finally precipitated due to high pH conditions. Ni and Cd remain adsorbed or precipitated due to the high pH conditions throughout the soil. Among the reducing agents, the sulfide had significant effect on the migration of metals compared to ferrous ions. While in the presence of oxidizing agent (Mn), no noticeable Cr(VI) was found in the soil sample indicating the reduction of Cr(VI) to Cr(III) and the predominance of reducing conditions due to the presence of naturally occurring iron in the glacial till soil. Overall, this study provides a reasonable explanation of the speciation and distribution of chromium, nickel and cadmium during the electrokinetic remediation of glacial till soil. PMID:17682832

  9. Electrokinetic demonstration at the unlined chromic acid pit

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    Lindgren, E.R.; Hankins, M.G.; Mattson, E.D.; Duda, P.M.

    1998-01-01

    Heavy-metal contaminated soils are a common problem at Department of Energy (DOE)-operated sites and privately owned facilities throughout the nation. One emerging technology which can remove heavy metals from soil in situ is electrokinetics. To conduct electrokinetic (EK) remediation, electrodes are implanted into the ground, and a direct current is imposed between the electrodes. Metal ions dissolved in the soil pore water migrate towards an electrode where they can be removed. The electrokinetic program at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) has been focusing on electrokinetic remediation for unsaturated soils. A patent was awarded for an electrokinetic electrode system designed at SNL for applications to unsaturated soils. Current research described in this report details an electrokinetic remediation field demonstration of a chromium plume that resides in unsaturated soil beneath the SNL Chemical Waste Landfill (CWL). This report describes the processes, site investigation, operation and monitoring equipment, testing procedures, and extraction results of the electrokinetic demonstration. This demonstration successfully removed chromium contamination in the form of chromium(VI) from unsaturated soil at the field scale. After 2700 hours of operation, 600 grams of Cr(VI) was extracted from the soil beneath the SNL CWL in a series of thirteen tests. The contaminant was removed from soil which has moisture contents ranging from 2 to 12 weight percent. This demonstration was the first EK field trial to successfully remove contaminant ions from and soil at the field scale. Although the new patented electrode system was successful in removing an anionic contaminant (i.e., chromate) from unsaturated sandy soil, the electrode system was a prototype and has not been specifically engineered for commercialization. A redesign of the electrode system as indicated by the results of this research is suggested for future EK field trials.

  10. Charged colloids and polyelectrolytes: from statics to electrokinetics

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    Löwen, H.; Esztermann, A.; Wysocki, A.; Allahyarov, E.; Messina, R.; Jusufi, A.; Hoffmann, N.; Gottwald, D.; Kahl, G.; Konieczny, M.; Likos, C. N.

    2005-01-01

    A review is given on recent studies of charged colloidal suspensions and polyelectrolytes both in static and non-equilibrium situations. As far as static equilibrium situations are concerned, we discuss three different problems: 1) Sedimentation density profiles in charged suspensions are shown to exhibit a stretched non-bariometric wing at large heights and binary suspensions under gravity can exhibit an analog of the brazil-nut effect known from granular matter, i.e. the heavier particles settle on top of the lighter ones. 2) Soft polyelectrolyte systems like polyelectrolyte stars and microgels show an ultra-soft effective interaction and this results into an unusual equilibrium phase diagram including reentrant melting transitions and stable open crystalline lattices. 3) The freezing transition in bilayers of confined charged suspensions is discussed and a reentrant behaviour is obtained. As far as nonequilibrium problems are concerned, we discuss an interface instability in oppositely driven colloidal mixtures and discuss possible approaches to simulate electrokinetic effects in charged suspensions.

  11. Effects of incorporating differently-treated rice straw on phytoavailability of methylmercury in soil.

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    Shu, Rui; Dang, Fei; Zhong, Huan

    2016-02-01

    Differently-treated crops straw is being widely used to fertilize soil, while the potential impacts of straw amendment on the biogeochemistry and phytoavailability of mercury in contaminated soils are largely unknown. In the present study, differently-treated rice straw (dry straw, composted straw, straw biochar, and straw ash) was incorporated into mercury-contaminated soil at an environment relevant level (1/100, w/w), and mercury speciation, methylmercury (MeHg) phytoavailability (using ammonium thiosulfate extraction method, validated elsewhere) and bioaccumulation (in Indian mustard Brassica junceas) were quantified. Our results indicated that incorporating straw biochar or composted straw into soil would decrease phytoavailable MeHg levels, possibly due to the strong binding of MeHg with particulate organic matter in amended straw ('MeHg immobilization effect'). Consequently, MeHg accumulation in aboveground tissue of Indian mustard harvested from straw biochar-amended soil decreased by 20% compared to the control. Differently, incorporation of dry straw resulted in elevated MeHg levels in soil ('Mercury methylation effect'). Decomposition of amended dry straw in soil would evidently increase DOC levels (averagely 40%-195% higher than the control), which may subsequently mobilize MeHg in the soil ('MeHg mobilization effect'). Accordingly, incorporation of dry straw led to increased phytoavailable MeHg levels in the soil and doubled MeHg accumulation in Indian mustard. Our results provided the first evidence that incorporating differently-treated rice straw into soil could have diverse effects on mercury biogeochemistry and phytoavailability, which should be taken into account in risk assessment or soil remediation. PMID:26694796

  12. Electrokinetically modulated peristaltic transport of power-law fluids.

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    Goswami, Prakash; Chakraborty, Jeevanjyoti; Bandopadhyay, Aditya; Chakraborty, Suman

    2016-01-01

    The electrokinetically modulated peristaltic transport of power-law fluids through a narrow confinement in the form of a deformable tube is investigated. The fluid is considered to be divided into two regions - a non-Newtonian core region (described by the power-law behavior) which is surrounded by a thin wall-adhering layer of Newtonian fluid. This division mimics the occurrence of a wall-adjacent cell-free skimming layer in blood samples typically handled in microfluidic transport. The pumping characteristics and the trapping of the fluid bolus are studied by considering the effect of fluid viscosities, power-law index and electroosmosis. It is found that the zero-flow pressure rise is strongly dependent on the relative viscosity ratio of the near-wall depleted fluid and the core fluid as well as on the power-law index. The effect of electroosmosis on the pressure rise is strongly manifested at lower occlusion values, thereby indicating its importance in transport modulation for weakly peristaltic flow. It is also established that the phenomenon of trapping may be controlled on-the-fly by tuning the magnitude of the electric field: the trapping vanishes as the magnitude of the electric field is increased. Similarly, the phenomenon of reflux is shown to disappear due to the action of the applied electric field. These findings may be applied for the modulation of pumping in bio-physical environments by means of external electric fields. PMID:26524260

  13. Electrospun Polycaprolactone Membrane Incorporated with Biosynthesized Silver Nanoparticles as Effective Wound Dressing Material.

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    Thomas, Roshmi; Soumya, K R; Mathew, Jyothis; Radhakrishnan, E K

    2015-08-01

    Biosynthesized silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) incorporated polycaprolactone (PCL) nanomembrane was prepared by electrospinning as a cost-effective nanocomposite for application as an antimicrobial agent against wound infection. The nanocomposite membrane was characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis and Scanning Electron microscopy (SEM). The hydrophilicity analysis of electrospun membranes as evaluated by water contact angle measurement showed the change of hydrophobicity of PCL to hydrophilic upon incorporation of silver nanoparticles. Better mechanical properties were also observed for PCL membrane due to the incorporation of silver nanoparticles and are highly supportive to explore its biomedical applications. Further antibacterial analysis of silver nanoparticle-incorporated PCL membrane against common wound pathogens coagulase-negative Staphylococcus epidermidis and Staphylococcus haemolyticus showed remarkable activity. As biosynthesized AgNPs are least explored for clinical applications, the current study is a promising cost-effective method to explore the development of silver nanoparticle-based electrospun nanocomposite to resist wound-associated infection. PMID:26113218

  14. The effect of bismuth surfactants on the group V incorporation in InAsSb

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    Anderson, Evan; Sarney, Wendy; Svensson, Stefan; Lundquist, Adam; Millunchick, Joanna; Pearson, Chris

    2014-03-01

    Bismuth is a well known surfactant for strained heteroepitaxial growth in compound semiconductors, however, its effect on the incorporation of different species in alloy systems is not well understood. In this work, we investigate the role of a Bi surfactant on the composition and morphology of lattice-matched InAsSb/GaSb as a function of Bi flux and growth temperature. Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry confirmed that no Bi was incorporated for Bi fluxes up to 4.94e-7 torr. High resolution x-ray diffraction (XRD), on the other hand, showed that the Sb composition decreased with increasing Bi flux or increasing substrate temperature. XRD also indicates that, for a constant Bi flux, Bi has a diminishing effect on film composition as the substrate temperature is increased. Atomic Force Microscopy shows that the surface RMS roughness tended to increase with increasing Bi flux, though this may be due to the fact that these films are further from the lattice matching condition due to reduced Sb incorporation. We speculate that the decrease in Sb incorporation may be a result of a stronger As-Bi interaction energy. We acknowledge Chakrapani Varanasi and the Department of Defense, Army Research Office via the grant number W911NF-12-1-0338.

  15. Removal of Cr(VI) from contaminated soil by electrokinetic remediation.

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    Sawada, Akira; Mori, Ko-ichi; Tanaka, Shunitz; Fukushima, Masami; Tatsumi, Kenji

    2004-01-01

    A new process for the removal of hexavalent chromium [Cr(VI)] contaminated soil is described. The process provides for an efficient removal of anionic chemicals from contaminated soils. Chromate anions were removed from the soil to the anodic reservoir by the moving force of electromigration. In this process, the chromate anions that accumulate in the anodic reservoir are simultaneously eliminated by using a column packed adsorbent. The adsorbent (immobilized tannin) used was chemically incorporated into cellulose. Cr(VI) was found to be adsorbed to this adsorbent efficiently. In the electrokinetic process, the pH of the aqueous solution in the anodic reservoir was decreased by the electrolysis of water. In the present study, the pH of the solution in the anodic reservoir is maintained at pH 6 by the addition of an aqueous alkaline solution during the electrokinetic process. The advantage of pH control is that it promotes the release of Cr(VI) from the soil by electromigration, thus permitting the maximum adsorption of Cr(VI) on the immobilized tannin. Simultaneous collection of Cr(VI) from the anodic reservoir leads to the protection from secondary contamination with Cr(VI). PMID:15120432

  16. Ultraviolet irradiation effects incorporation of nitrate and nitrite nitrogen into aquatic natural organic matter

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    Thorn, Kevin A.; Cox, Larry G.

    2012-01-01

    One of the concerns regarding the safety and efficacy of ultraviolet radiation for treatment of drinking water and wastewater is the fate of nitrate, particularly its photolysis to nitrite. In this study, 15N NMR was used to establish for the first time that UV irradiation effects the incorporation of nitrate and nitrite nitrogen into aquatic natural organic matter (NOM). Irradiation of 15N-labeled nitrate in aqueous solution with an unfiltered medium pressure mercury lamp resulted in the incorporation of nitrogen into Suwannee River NOM (SRNOM) via nitrosation and other reactions over a range of pH from approximately 3.2 to 8.0, both in the presence and absence of bicarbonate, confirming photonitrosation of the NOM. The major forms of the incorporated label include nitrosophenol, oxime/nitro, pyridine, nitrile, and amide nitrogens. Natural organic matter also catalyzed the reduction of nitrate to ammonia on irradiation. The nitrosophenol and oxime/nitro nitrogens were found to be susceptible to photodegradation on further irradiation when nitrate was removed from the system. At pH 7.5, unfiltered irradiation resulted in the incorporation of 15N-labeled nitrite into SRNOM in the form of amide, nitrile, and pyridine nitrogen. In the presence of bicarbonate at pH 7.4, Pyrex filtered (cutoff below 290–300 nm) irradiation also effected incorporation of nitrite into SRNOM as amide nitrogen. We speculate that nitrosation of NOM from the UV irradiation of nitrate also leads to production of nitrogen gas and nitrous oxide, a process that may be termed photo-chemodenitrification. Irradiation of SRNOM alone resulted in transformation or loss of naturally abundant heterocyclic nitrogens.

  17. Method for eliminating gas blocking in electrokinetic pumping systems

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    Arnold, Don W. (Livermore, CA); Paul, Phillip H. (Livermore, CA); Schoeniger, Joseph S. (Oakland, CA)

    2001-09-11

    A method for eliminating gas bubble blockage of current flow during operation of an electrokinetic pump. By making use of the ability to modify the surface charge on the porous dielectric medium used in electrokinetic pumps, it becomes possible to place electrodes away from the pressurized region of the electrokinetic pump. While gas is still generated at the electrodes they are situated such that the generated gas can escape into a larger buffer reservoir and not into the high pressure region of the pump where the gas bubbles can interrupt current flow. Various combinations of porous dielectric materials and ionic conductors can be used to create pumps that have desirable electrical, material handling, and flow attributes.

  18. Self-consistent problem of induced polarization of electrokinetic origin

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    Svetov, B. S.; Ageev, V. V.; Karinskii, S. D.; Ageeva, O. A.

    2013-11-01

    In the first part of the paper, with some constraints, we find the analytical solution of the self-consistent problem of induced polarization (IP) for an electrokinetically polarized sphere. The stationary (on long time intervals) solution of the self-consistent problem is a set of the potential fields that are interconnected with each other: the exciting electric field, the extraneous hydrodynamical field (electroosmotic flow of a viscous incompressible fluid), and the resulting electromagnetic IP field. The extraneous field is the field of the osmotic flow of a charged liquid and the field of the charges that emerge due to the membrane effect in the narrowed segments of the pore channels. The calculations show that the IP fields derived by solving the self-consistent problem and by the Seigel-Komarov phenomenological approach are different. In the second part of the paper, by generalization of the obtained analytical solution, we formulate the self-consistent IP problem for isotropic ?-? media of arbitrary shape, which are bounded by a smooth surface. The problem can be solved by the numerical methods.

  19. Analyses of phenolic compounds by microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography.

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    Huang, Hsi-Ya; Lien, Wei-Chih

    2005-08-01

    In this study, a microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (MEEKC) method was developed to analyze and detect 13 phenolic compounds (syringic acid, p-cumaric acid, vanillic acid, caffeic acid, gallic acid, 3,4-dihydroxybenzoic acid, 4-hydroxybenzoic acid, (+)-catechin, (-)-epigallocatechin, (-)-epicatechin gallate, (-)-epigallocatechin gallate, (-)-epicatechin, and (-)-gallocatechin), which are present in many plant-derived foods. The effects of cosurfactant, organic modifier, and oil were examined in order to optimize the separation of these phenolic compounds. The amounts of cosurfactant (cyclohexanol) and organic modifier (acetonitrile) were determined as the major influence on the separation selectivity, while the type of oil partially affected the separation resolution of the phenolic compounds. A highly efficient MEEKC separation method was achieved within 14 min by using a microemulsion solution of pH 2.0 containing 2.89% w/v SDS, 1.36% w/v heptane, 7.66% w/v cyclohexanol, and 2% w/v ACN. Furthermore, the present work could demonstrate that the nature of the oil phase has a significant influence on the separation selectivity of phenolic compounds. PMID:16041702

  20. Determination of food colorants by microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography.

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    Huang, Hsi-Ya; Chuang, Chia-Ling; Chiu, Chen-Wen; Chung, Ming-Che

    2005-02-01

    A microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (MEEKC) method was developed to analyze and detect eight food colorants (tartrazine, fast green FCF, brilliant blue FCF, allura red AC, indigo carmine, sunset yellow FCF, new coccine, and carminic acid), which are commonly used as food additives in various food products. The effects of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) surfactant, organic modifier, cosurfactant, and oil were examined in order to optimize the separation. The amount of organic modifier (acetonitrile) and SDS surfactant were determined as apparent influences on the separation resolution while the type of oil and cosurfactant rarely affected the separation selectivity of the eight colorants. A highly efficient MEEKC separation method, where the eight colorants were separated with baseline resolution within 14 min, was achieved by using a microemulsion solution of pH 2.0 containing 3.31% SDS, 0.81% octane, 6.61% 1-butanol, and 10% acetonitrile. This optimal MEEKC method has a higher separation efficiency and similar detection limit when compared to conventional capillary electrophoresis (CE) method. Furthermore, a sample pretreatment is rarely needed when this MEEKC technique is used to analyze colorants in food products, whereas a suitable sample pretreatment (for example solid-phase extraction) has to be employed prior to CE separation in order to eliminate matrix interferences resulting from the constituents of the food sample. PMID:15669007

  1. Micellar electrokinetic chromatography of organic and peroxide-based explosives.

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    Johns, Cameron; Hutchinson, Joseph P; Guijt, Rosanne M; Hilder, Emily F; Haddad, Paul R; Macka, Mirek; Nesterenko, Pavel N; Gaudry, Adam J; Dicinoski, Greg W; Breadmore, Michael C

    2015-05-30

    CE methods have been developed for the analysis of organic and peroxide-based explosives. These methods have been developed for deployment on portable, in-field instrumentation for rapid screening. Both classes of compounds are neutral and were separated using micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC). The effects of sample composition, separation temperature, and background electrolyte composition were investigated. The optimised separation conditions (25 mM sodium tetraborate, 75 mM sodium dodecyl sulfate at 25C, detection at 200 nm) were applied to the separation of 25 organic explosives in 17 min, with very high efficiency (typically greater than 300,000 plates m(-1)) and high sensitivity (LOD typically less than 0.5 mg L(-1); around 1-1.5 ?M). A MEKC method was also developed for peroxide-based explosives (10 mM sodium tetraborate, 100 mM sodium dodecyl sulfate at 25C, detection at 200 nm). UV detection provided LODs between 5.5 and 45.0 mg L(-1) (or 31.2-304 ?M), which is comparable to results achieved using liquid chromatography. Importantly, no sample pre-treatment or post-column reaction was necessary and the peroxide-based explosives were not decomposed to hydrogen peroxide. Both MEKC methods have been applied to pre-blast analysis and for the detection of post-blast residues recovered from controlled, small scale detonations of organic and peroxide-based explosive devices. PMID:25998463

  2. Separation of urinary estrogens by micellar electrokinetic chromatography.

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    Ji, A J; Nunez, M F; Machacek, D; Ferguson, J E; Iossi, M F; Kao, P C; Landers, J P

    1995-07-01

    Urinary estrogen levels are important for monitoring the normal pregnancy process as well as for the diagnosis of reproductive diseases. 17 beta-Estradiol and estrone are maintained at very low concentrations in urine and, therefore, are difficult to determine using standard chromatography with UV detection. In the present study, we describe a potential method for the determination of urinary estrogens (estrone, estradiol and estriol) using a solid-phase extraction and rapid capillary electrophoretic (CE) separations. Micellar electrokinetic chromatographic (MEKC) analysis was optimized by evaluating the number of surfactants in a 5 mM borate-5 mM phosphate separation buffer, of which sodium cholate (75-90 mM) was found to be optimal. Changing the hydrophobic character of the separation buffer with organic additives had a significant effect on the resolution of the three estrogens and an internal standard (d-equilenin). The addition of an organic additive (20% acetonitrile) was found to be necessary for the resolution of all components of the mixture. Substitution with 20% methanol provided a similar separation with better resolution but at the cost of increased analysis time. Analysis of two extracted urine samples from 18-weeks and 21-weeks pregnant women showed that, with the present technology, CE can provide adequate resolution and superior speed, but the sensitivity limits attainable with the existing technology may limit its utility to the measurement of estriol and estrone. PMID:7581880

  3. Electrokinetic particle-electrode interactions at high frequencies

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    Yariv, Ehud; Schnitzer, Ory

    2013-01-01

    We provide a macroscale description of electrokinetic particle-electrode interactions at high frequencies, where chemical reactions at the electrodes are negligible. Using a thin-double-layer approximation, our starting point is the set of macroscale equations governing the bounded configuration comprising of a particle suspended between two electrodes, wherein the electrodes are governed by a capacitive charging condition and the imposed voltage is expressed as an integral constraint. In the large-cell limit the bounded model is transformed into an effectively equivalent unbounded model describing the interaction between the particle and a single electrode, where the imposed-voltage condition is manifested in a uniform field at infinity together with a Robin-type condition applying at the electrode. This condition, together with the standard no-flux condition applying at the particle surface, leads to a linear problem governing the electric potential in the fluid domain in which the dimensionless frequency ? of the applied voltage appears as a governing parameter. In the high-frequency limit ??1 the flow is dominated by electro-osmotic slip at the particle surface, the contribution of electrode electro-osmosis being O(?-2) small. That simplification allows for a convenient analytical investigation of the prevailing case where the clearance between the particle and the adjacent electrode is small. Use of tangent-sphere coordinates allows to calculate the electric and flows fields as integral Hankel transforms. At large distances from the particle, along the electrode, both fields decay with the fourth power of distance.

  4. Effects of carbon incorporation on doping state of YBa 2Cu 3O y

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    Yamamoto, A.; Hirose, K.; Itoh, Y.; Kakeshita, T.; Tajima, S.

    2005-05-01

    Effects of carbon incorporation on the doping state of YBa 2Cu 3O y (Y-123) were investigated. Quantitative carbon analysis revealed that carbon could be introduced into Y-123 from both the precursor and the sintering gas. Nearly carbon-free (<200 ppm) samples were prepared from a vacuum-treated precursor by sintered at 900 °C and cooling with 20 °C/min in flowing oxygen gas. The lower Tc (=88 K) and higher oxygen content ( y = 6.98) strongly suggested the overdoping state, which was supported by the temperature dependence of resisitivity and thermoelectric power. The nuclear quadrapole resonance spectra and the Raman scattering spectra indicated that there was almost no oxygen defect in the Cu-O chain in these samples. On the other hand, in the same cooling condition, the samples sintered in air stayed at optimal doping level with Tc = 93 K, and the intentionally carbon-doped sample was in the underdoping state. It is revealed that about 60% of incorporated carbon was substituted for Cu at the chain site in the form of CO32+, and the rest remains at the grain boundary as carbonate impurities. Such incorporation affected the oxygen absorption process in Y-123. It turned out that the oxygen content in Y-123 cannot be controlled only by the annealing temperature and the oxygen partial pressure but also by the incorporated carbon concentration.

  5. Effect of silver nanoparticles incorporation on viscoelastic properties of acrylic resin denture base material

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    Mahross, Hamada Zaki; Baroudi, Kusai

    2015-01-01

    Objective: The objective was to investigate the effect of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) incorporation on viscoelastic properties of acrylic resin denture base material. Materials and Methods: A total of 20 specimens (60 × 10 × 2 mm) of heat cured acrylic resin were constructed and divided into four groups (five for each), according to the concentration of AgNPs (1%, 2%, and 5% vol.) which incorporated into the liquid of acrylic resin material and one group without additives (control group). The dynamic viscoelastic test for the test specimens was performed using the computerized material testing system. The resulting deflection curves were analyzed by material testing software NEXYGEN MT. Results: The 5% nanoparticles of silver (NAg) had significantly highest mean storage modulus E’ and loss tangent Tan δ values followed by 2% NAg (P < 0.05). For 1% nanosilver incorporation (group B), there were no statistically significant differences in storage modulus E’, lost modulus E” or loss tangent Tan δ with other groups (P > 0.05). Conclusion: The AgNPs incorporation within the acrylic denture base material can improve its viscoelastic properties. PMID:26038651

  6. Electrokinetic control of bacterial deposition and transport.

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    Qin, Jinyi; Sun, Xiaohui; Liu, Yang; Berthold, Tom; Harms, Hauke; Wick, Lukas Y

    2015-05-01

    Microbial biofilms can cause severe problems in technical installations where they may give rise to microbially influenced corrosion and clogging of filters and membranes or even threaten human health, e.g. when they infest water treatment processes. There is, hence, high interest in methods to prevent microbial adhesion as the initial step of biofilm formation. In environmental technology it might be desired to enhance bacterial transport through porous matrices. This motivated us to test the hypothesis that the attractive interaction energy allowing cells to adhere can be counteracted and overcome by the shear force induced by electroosmotic flow (EOF, i.e. the water flow over surfaces exposed to a weak direct current (DC) electric field). Applying EOF of varying strengths we quantified the deposition of Pseudomonas fluorescens Lp6a in columns containing glass collectors and on a quartz crystal microbalance. We found that the presence of DC reduced the efficiency of initial adhesion and bacterial surface coverage by >85%. A model is presented which quantitatively explains the reduction of bacterial adhesion based on the extended Derjaguin, Landau, Verwey, and Overbeek (XDLVO) theory of colloid stability and the EOF-induced shear forces acting on a bacterium. We propose that DC fields may be used to electrokinetically regulate the interaction of bacteria with surfaces in order to delay initial adhesion and biofilm formation in technical installations or to enhance bacterial transport in environmental matrices. PMID:25844535

  7. Effect of oligosaccharides derived from Laminaria japonica-incorporated pullulan coatings on preservation of cherry tomatoes.

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    Wu, Shengjun; Lu, Mingsheng; Wang, Shujun

    2016-05-15

    Laminaria japonica-derived oligosaccharides (LJOs) exhibit antibacterial and antioxidant activities, and pullulan is a food thickener that can form impermeable films. The ability of pullulan coatings with various LJO concentrations (1% pullulan+0.1%, 0.2% or 0.3% LJOs) to preserve cherry tomatoes during storage at room temperature was investigated. The LJO-incorporated pullulan coatings were found to effectively reduce respiratory intensity, vitamin C loss, weight loss and softening, as well as to increase the amount of titratable acid and the overall likeness of fruit compared with the control. These effects were observed to be dose-dependent. Therefore, using LJO-incorporated pullulan coatings can extend the shelf life of cherry tomatoes. PMID:26775974

  8. The effect of osteoimmunomodulation on the osteogenic effects ofcobalt incorporated ?-tricalcium phosphate.

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    Chen, Zetao; Yuen, Jones; Crawford, Ross; Chang, Jiang; Wu, Chengtie; Xiao, Yin

    2015-08-01

    Osteoblast lineage cells are direct effectors of osteogenesis and are, therefore, commonly used to evaluate the invitro osteogenic capacity of bone substitute materials. This method has served its purposes when testing novel bone biomaterials; however, inconsistent results between invitro and invivo studies suggest the mechanisms that govern a material's capacity to mediate osteogenesis are not well understood. The emerging field of osteoimmunology and immunomodulation has informed a paradigm shift in our view of bone biomaterials-from one of an inert to an osteoimmunomodulatory material-highlighting the importance of immune cells in materials-mediated osteogenesis. Neglecting the importance of the immune response during this process is a major shortcoming of the current evaluation protocol. In this study we evaluated a potential angiogenic bone substitute material cobalt incorporated with ?-tricalcium phosphate (CCP), comparing the traditional "one cell type" approach with a "multiple cell types" approach to assess osteogenesis, the latter including the use of immune cells. We found that CCP extract by itself was sufficient to enhance osteogenic differentiation of bone marrow stem cells (BMSCs), whereas this effect was cancelled out when macrophages were involved. In response to CCP, the macrophage phenotype switched to the M1 extreme, releasing pro-inflammatory cytokines and bone catabolic factors. When the CCP materials were implanted into a rat femur condyle defect model, there was a significant increase of inflammatory markers and bone destruction, coupled with fibrous encapsulation rather than new bone formation. These findings demonstrated that the inclusion of immune cells (macrophages) in the invitro assessment matched the invivo tissue response, and that this method provides a more accurate indication of the essential role of immune cells when assessing materials-stimulated osteogenesis invitro. PMID:26001077

  9. General electrokinetic model for concentrated suspensions in aqueous electrolyte solutions: Electrophoretic mobility and electrical conductivity in static electric fields.

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    Carrique, Félix; Ruiz-Reina, Emilio; Roa, Rafael; Arroyo, Francisco J; Delgado, Ángel V

    2015-10-01

    In recent years different electrokinetic cell models for concentrated colloidal suspensions in aqueous electrolyte solutions have been developed. They share some of its premises with the standard electrokinetic model for dilute colloidal suspensions, in particular, neglecting both the specific role of the so-called added counterions (i.e., those released by the particles to the solution as they get charged), and the realistic chemistry of the aqueous solution on such electrokinetic phenomena as electrophoresis and electrical conductivity. These assumptions, while having been accepted for dilute conditions (volume fractions of solids well below 1%, say), are now questioned when dealing with concentrated suspensions. In this work, we present a general electrokinetic cell model for such kind of systems, including the mentioned effects, and we also carry out a comparative study with the standard treatment (the standard solution only contains the ions that one purposely adds, without ionic contributions from particle charging or water chemistry). We also consider an intermediate model that neglects the realistic aqueous chemistry of the solution but accounts for the correct contribution of the added counterions. The results show the limits of applicability of the classical assumptions and allow one to better understand the relative role of the added counterions and ions stemming from the electrolyte in a realistic aqueous solution, on electrokinetic properties. For example, at low salt concentrations the realistic effects of the aqueous solution are the dominant ones, while as salt concentration is increased, it is this that progressively takes the control of the electrokinetic response for low to moderate volume fractions. As expected, if the solids concentration is high enough the added counterions will play the dominant role (more important the higher the particle surface charge), no matter the salt concentration if it is not too high. We hope this work can help in setting up the real limits of applicability of the standard cell model for concentrated suspensions by a quantitative analysis of the different effects that have been classically disregarded, showing that in many cases they can be determinant to get rigorous predictions. PMID:26051031

  10. Evaluation of electrode configuration and mode of DC power for improvement of electrokinetic soil remediation

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    Kim, Soon-Oh; Lee, Woo Chun; Lee, Sang Woo; Lee, Byung-Tae

    2014-05-01

    Electrokinetic soil remediation is also called electrokinetic soil processing, electroreclamation, and electrochemical decontamination. The electrokinetic technique needs a low-level direct current of the order of mA/cm2 between electrodes to remove contaminants. The electrokinetic technique is one of the most promising remediation processes, and offers high efficiency and time effectiveness in the decontamination of low-permeability soils contaminated with heavy metals, radionuclides, or organic compounds. The significance of this technique is attributed to its low operational cost and potential applicability to a wide range of contaminant types, and these benefits have resulted in the initiation of numerous studies into its use for waste remediation. Electrode configuration is crucial for cost-effectiveness and overall efficacy of the elelectrokinetic processing, particularly in its field implementation. We investigated the effectiveness of various electrode arrays which can be grouped into one-dimensional (1-D) and two-dimensional (2-D) ones. Normally, the DC electricity of full wave has been used to remove contaminants from soils using elelectrokinetic processing. However, application of half-wave DC power can be also taken into account to improve efficacy of the processing, because it generates pulse power and accelerates the migration of contaminants within soils. We empirically evaluated the effect of type of DC electricity on the overall performance of the electrokinetic soil processing. The 1-D configuration with 5 electrode pairs showed the least total electric power, but that consumed in only the soil cell was less in the 2-D arrays than in 1-D ones. Particularly, most of the electric power is likely to be consumed in the electrode compartments, and the electric resistance in the electrode parts should be reduced to save the electric energy cost in the whole processing. In terms of removal efficiencies of 5 heavy metal contaminants, overall efficiency was higher in the 2-D arrays than in the 1-D ones, and it is caused by the fact that the migration of heavy metals is enhanced towards cathode in the 2-D configuration because the current density increases in that direction due to nonlinear electric fields. Comparing removal efficiencies between Cu and Pb, the half-wave DC seems to be more effective in removing Pb, whereas Cu was more efficiently removed by the full-wave DC than by the half-wave DC power. This difference is likely to be caused by the two coupled reasons: difference in chemical fractionations of two heavy metals and difference in features between two kinds of DC electricity. The results suggest that the types of DC electric power as well as combination between them should be evaluated to improve overall efficacy and economy of whole electrokinetic processing for soil remediation.

  11. Optically modulated rapid electrokinetic patterning for micro and nano particles

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    Kumar, Aloke; Williams, Stuart J.; Wereley, Steven T.

    2009-07-01

    We show an optically induced AC electrokinetic technique that rapidly and continuously accumulates colloids on an electrode surface resulting in a crystalline-like monolayer aggregation. We demonstrate colloidal aggregation for particles ranging from 100 nm to 3 μm. Electrothermal hydrodynamics produce a microfluidic vortex that carries particles in suspension towards its center where they are trapped by low-frequency AC electrokinetic forces. We characterize the rate of particle aggregation as a function of the applied AC voltage and hence characterize trapping kinetics of this technique. We show that inter-particle distance varies with frequency and we explain this in the light of available theory.

  12. Fast Myoglobin Detection Using Nanofluidic Electrokinetic Trapping Technique

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    Chun, DongWon; Kim, Sang Hui; Song, Hyungwan; Kwak, Seungmin; Kim, YooChan; Seok, HyunGwang; Lee, Sang-Myung; Lee, Jeong Hoon

    2013-01-01

    We report on the preconcentration-enhanced fast collection of myoglobin protein for the rapid detection of myocardial infarction. We use a one-dimensional micro/nanofluidic chip for electrokinetic preconcentration and demonstrate that the preconcentration factor of 1 ng/ml Alexa Fluor 488-labeled myoglobin is ˜1000 within 200 s, where the protein had a weak negative charge, thereby making it hard to perform electrokinetic trapping for neutral-like proteins. The potential feasibility with new assay strategies for use in a rapid immunoassay screening test for myocardial infarction is discussed.

  13. ELECTROKINETIC DENSIFICATION OF COAL FINES IN WASTE PONDS

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    E. James Davis

    1996-04-01

    The objective of this research is to apply electrokinetics to remove colloidal coal and mineral particles from coal washing ponds without the addition of chemical additives. Colloidal particles do not settle gravitationally, but because their surfaces are charged one can produce settling by applying an external electric field. Of specific interest is a lake near Centralia, Washington used to wash coal prior to combustion in an electrical power generation facility. Laboratory experiments have demonstrated that electrokinetic treatment is feasible, so this project is examining how to scale up laboratory results to an industrial level. Electrode configurations, power requirements, and system properties are being studied.

  14. Separations of compounds of biological and environmental interest by micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatography

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    Balchunas, A.T.; Swaile, D.F.; Powell, A.C.; Sepaniak, M.J.

    1988-10-01

    Important criteria for the effective separation of compounds of biological or environmental interest by micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatography are discussed. Efficiencies of approximately 100,000 plates/meter are achieved in the separations of samples of derivatized amines, aflatoxins, and hydroxy aromatic compounds. Laser fluorometric detection is shown to be capable of detecting subpicogram injected quantities. Organic solvents such as 2-propanol and acetonitrile are added to the aqueous mobile phases normally used to improve the separation of hydrophobic compounds, impart different selectivities, and provide a means for gradient programming. Column diameter is found to influence efficiency, analysis time, and detection.

  15. Bile salt surfactants in micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatography: Application to hydrophobic molecule separations

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    Cole, R.O.; Sepaniak, M.J. . Dept. of Chemistry); Hinze, W.L. . Dept. of Chemistry); Gorse, J.; Oldiges, K. . Dept. of Chemistry)

    1990-01-01

    Bile Salt surfactants are used in the micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatography (MECC) separation of various hydrophobic compounds. The use of methanol in the mobile phase allows the separation of previously intractable compounds including polyaromatic hydrocarbons. The effects of methanol on critical micelle concentration is investigated for sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and the bile salt sodium cholate. It is determined that the unique structure of the bile salt micelle is much more tolerant to the addition of organic solvents than SDS, thereby increasing the scope of applications of MECC to include hydrophobic compounds. 30 refs., 9 figs.

  16. Incorporation of sterol into chloroplast thylakoid membranes and its effect on fluidity and function.

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    Ford, R C; Barber, J

    1983-06-01

    The sterol, cholesteryl hemisuccinate, has been incorporated into isolated thylakoid membranes of pea and lettuce chloroplasts in order to modify the fluidity of the lipid matrix. Changes in fluidity have been monitored using fluorescence polarization of the hydrophobic probe, 1,6-diphenyl-1,3,5-hexatriene and the electron-spin-resonance, spin-label probe, 5-doxyl stearate. Both methods indicate that incorporation of increasing levels of sterol reduces the fluidity of the thylakoid lipid matrix. At room temperature the thylakoid lipid matrix is relatively fluid and the effect of increasing the viscosity is to inhibit partially the maximum rate of steady-state electron flow and reduce the dark rate of reduction of flash-oxidised cytochrome f. The results are discussed in terms of lipid fluidity influencing the rate of lateral diffusion of reduced plastoquinone from photosystem II to photosystem I. PMID:24264445

  17. Effect of chlorphentermine on incorporation of (/sup 14/C)choline in the rat lung phospholipids

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    Gonmori, K.; Morita, T.; Mehendale, H.M.

    1986-03-01

    The effect of chlorphentermine (CP) treatment (50 mg/kg/day, per os (po)) on the incorporation of (/sup 14/C)choline into rat lung phospholipid was studied. Total phospholipid content was increased 2.0-fold and 1.7-fold after seven and /sup 14/ days, respectively, compared with the pair-fed rats. The incorporation of (14C)choline into phosphatidylcholine (PC) was significantly inhibited by either seven or 14 days of CP treatment. Nevertheless, the PC content was significantly increased by day 7 and stayed elevated at day 14 of CP treatment. Choline and phosphorylcholine contents were significantly decreased by the CP treatment. These results suggest that the higher accumulation of PC is due to inhibition of enzymes involved in the hydrolysis of phospholipids rather than to a stimulation of the phospholipid synthesis.

  18. Electrokinetic flow in a nanochannel with an overlapped electrical double layer

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    Song, Zhuorui

    Electrokinetic flows within an overlapped Electrical Double Layer (EDL), which are not well-understood, were theoretically investigated in this study with the particular attention on the consideration of hydronium ions in the EDL. Theoretical models for fully-developed steady pressure-driven flow for salt-free water or a binary salt solution in a slit-like nanochannel connecting to two reservoirs were developed. The transient flow in such a domain was also simulated from static state to the final steady state. In these models, the Poisson equation and the Nernst-Planck equation were solved either by analytic methods or by the finite element method. Surface adsorption-desorption equilibrium and water equilibrium were considered to account for the proton exchange at the surface and in the fluid. These models were the first to include those comprehensive processes that are uniquely important for overlapped EDL scenarios. This study improves the understanding of electrokinetic flows within an overlapped EDL by demonstrating the profound impact of hydronium ions on the EDL structure. In the steady flow of potassium chloride solutions, hydronium ions are more enriched than potassium ions by up to 2~3 orders of magnitude, making the electrokinetic effects greatly depressed. The unequal enrichment effects of counterions were omitted in the traditional theory partially because the transient is extremely slow. The simulation results show that a concentration hump of hydronium ions initially forming at the channel entrance gradually expands over the whole channel in a way similar to the concentration plug flow moving downstream. The time required for the flow to reach the steady state could be as long as thousands of times the hydraulic retention time, dependent on the degree of the EDL overlap. This study improves the fundamental understanding for nanofluidic flows.

  19. Effect of silver incorporation in phase formation and band gap tuning of tungsten oxide thin films

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    Jolly Bose, R.; Kumar, R. Vinod; Sudheer, S. K.; Mahadevan Pillai, V. P.; Reddy, V. R.; Ganesan, V.

    2012-12-01

    Silver incorporated tungsten oxide thin films are prepared by RF magnetron sputtering technique. The effect of silver incorporation in micro structure evolution, phase enhancement, band gap tuning and other optical properties are investigated using techniques such as x-ray diffraction, micro-Raman spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, and UV-Visible spectroscopy. Effect of silver addition in phase formation and band gap tuning of tungsten oxide thin films are investigated. It is found that the texturing and phase formation improves with enhancement in silver content. It is also found that as the silver incorporation enhances the thickness of the films increases at the same time the strain in the film decreases. Even without annealing the desired phase can be achieved by doping with silver. A broad band centered at the wavelength 437 nm is observed in the absorption spectra of tungsten oxide films of higher silver incorporation and this can be attributed to surface plasmon resonance of silver atoms present in the tungsten oxide matrix. The transmittance of the films is decreased with increase in silver content which can be due to increase in film thickness, enhancement of scattering, and absorption of light caused by the increase of grain size, surface roughness and porosity of films and enhanced absorption due to surface plasmon resonance of silver. It is found that silver can act as the seed for the growth of tungsten oxide grains and found that the grain size increases with silver content which in turn decreases the band gap of tungsten oxide from 3.14 eV to 2.70 eV.

  20. Effect of Incorporating Nanoporous Metal Phosphate Materials on the Compressive Strength of Portland Cement

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    Wellman, Dawn M.; Parker, Kent E.; Mattigod, Shas V.; Fryxell, Glen E.

    2008-05-05

    Nanoporous metal phosphate (NP-MPO) materials are being developed for removal of contaminant oxyanions (As(OH)O32-, CrO42-, and TcO4-), and cations (mercury, cadmium, and lead) from water and waste streams. Following sequestration, incorporation of metal laden NP-MPOs as a portion of cement formulation would provide an efficient and low-cost way to immobilize metal laden NP-MPOs in an easily handled waste form suitable for permanent disposal. There are no known investigations regarding the incorporation of NP-MPOs in concrete and the effects imparted on the physical and mechanical properties of concrete. Results of this investigation demonstrate: i) incorporation of NP-MPO materials requires additional water in the concrete formulation, which decreases the compressive strength, ii) the high reactive surface area afforded by the fine NP-MPO particles increases the compressive strength, and iii) overall, the compressive strength of concrete waste forms is equal to or greater than standard concrete as a function of the water/cement ratio.

  1. Effect of lead fluoride incorporation on the structure and luminescence properties of tungsten sodium phosphate glasses

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    Nardi, Rachel Prado Russo Delorenzo; Braz, Celso Eduardo; de Camargo, Andrea S. S.; Ribeiro, Sidney J. L.; Rocha, Lucas A.; Cassanjes, Fábia Castro; Poirier, Gael

    2015-11-01

    Tungsten phosphate glasses are known to be promising materials for several applications in optics such as non linear optical properties, lower phonon energy or photochromic effects related with tungsten oxide incorporation inside the phosphate network. In this study, lead fluoride has been incorporated in a 60NaPO3-40WO3 glass composition according to the ternary molar compositions (100 - x)[0.6NaPO3-0.4WO3]-xPbF2 with x varying from 0 to 60 mol%. The structural changes as a function of composition were investigated by thermal analysis, UV-visible absorption, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction of the crystallized samples, and Eu3+ emission in the visible. While DSC analyzes points out a strong decrease in the glass network connectivity and higher crystallization tendency with increasing PbF2 contents, Raman spectra clearly identify a progressive incorporation of PbF2 in the phosphate network with the formation of terminal Psbnd F and Wsbnd F bonds. These results are also in agreement with the crystallization of β-PbF2 observed for the most lead fluoride concentrated samples. Investigation of Eu3+ emission data in the visible showed longer 5D0 excited state lifetime values and higher quantum efficiencies. These results are discussed in terms of the assumption of higher local symmetry around Eu3+ with increasing PbF2 contents.

  2. Compositional and Surface Effects of Bismuth Incorporation in GaSb Films

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    Tait, C. Ryan; Duzik, Adam; Millunchick, Joanna

    2014-03-01

    III-V-Bi semiconductor films represent a new class of highly mismatched alloys that exhibit interesting properties including large reduction in band gap, giant spin orbit bowing, and preserved electron mobility at the expense of hole mobility. These compounds have proven difficult to grow with most results coming from experimentation with GaAsBi with little known regarding GaSbBi. Various growth conditions were tested for GaSbBi and characterized with scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, and Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy. The films demonstrate Bi concentrations of up to 12% with as low as 3% droplet coverage. Surface Bi and Ga droplet morphology was shown to be dependent on relative flux ratios of Ga, Sb, and Bi and independent of film growth rate. Additionally it is found that As incorporates into the films with no intentional source and the incorporation being dependent on Bi incorporation. This effect is identified as an auto-compensation mechanism for the strain induced from the introduction of Bi.

  3. Remediation of Pb/Cr co-contaminated soil using electrokinetic process and approaching electrode technique.

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    Ng, Yee-Sern; Sen Gupta, Bhaskar; Hashim, Mohd Ali

    2016-01-01

    Electrokinetic process has emerged as an important tool for remediating heavy metal-contaminated soil. The process can concentrate heavy metals into smaller soil volume even in the absence of hydraulic flow. This makes it an attractive soil pre-treatment method before other remediation techniques are applied such that the chemical consumption in the latter stage can be reduced. The present study evaluates the feasibility of electrokinetic process in concentrating lead (Pb) and chromium (Cr) in a co-contaminated soil using different types of wetting agents, namely 0.01 M NaNO3, 0.1 M citric acid and 0.1 M EDTA. The data obtained showed that NaNO3 and citric acid resulted in poor Pb electromigration in this study. As for Cr migration, these agents were also found to give lower electromigration rate especially at low pH region as a result of Cr(VI) adsorption and possible reduction into Cr(III). In contrast, EDTA emerged as the best wetting agent in this study as it formed water-soluble anionic complexes with both Pb and Cr. This provided effective one-way electromigration towards the anode for both ions, and they were accumulated into smaller soil volume with an enrichment ratio of 1.55-1.82. A further study on the application of approaching cathode in EDTA test showed that soil alkalisation was achieved, but this did not provide significant enhancement on electromigration for Pb and Cr. Nevertheless, the power consumption for electrokinetic process was decreased by 22.5 %. PMID:26330317

  4. Transient electrokinetic response of finely layered, fluid-filled porous media

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    Dietrich, M.; Delprat-Jannaud, F.; Garambois, S.

    2012-04-01

    Transient electrokinetic coupling phenomena created at the microscopic scale by the passage of seismic waves through fluid-saturated porous media generate conversions between seismic and electromagnetic (EM) energy which can be observed at the macroscopic scale. Far from being a mere scientific curiosity, transient seismoelectric or electroseismic phenomena are especially appealing to oil and gas exploration and hydrogeology as they open up the (fairly unique) possibility to characterize fluid-bearing geological formations with the resolution of seismic methods. Indeed, electrokinetic effects are likely to reconcile the sensitivity of electromagnetic exploration methods to fluids with the high resolving power of seismic prospecting techniques for structural imaging, thus naturally bridging the gap between these two important geophysical investigation means. Accounting for the electromagnetic dimension of the seismic wave propagation, or conversely, accounting for the seismic dimension of electromagnetic wave propagation gives new insights into the microstructure and physico-chemistry of fluid-filled porous or fractured media. We present full-waveform simulations of the coupled seismoelectromagnetic wave propagation in fluid-saturated, finely stratified porous media of interest to oil and gas exploration. Our simulation code uses the macroscopic governing equations derived by Pride [1994], which couple Biot's theory and Maxwell equations via flux/force transport equations. The synthetic seismoelectrograms and seismomagnetrograms are computed by extending the generalized reflection and transmission matrix method and by using a discrete wave number integration of the global reflectivity obtained in the frequency wave number domain. The theoretical signals clearly display the coseismic electric and magnetic fields travelling with the seismic disturbances as well as the seismic-to-electromagnetic conversions taking place at contrasts in solid and fluid properties. Our computer code also allows us to compute partial solutions to the full response, notably plane-wave solutions, and solutions in which particular wave conversions or multiple reflections are cancelled. Gradients of properties are simulated by considering stacks of thin layers. We first investigate the sensitivity of the electrokinetic response to the mechanical and electrical properties of thin layers whose thickness is on the order of 1/20th of the incident seismic wavelength. Unlike seismic measurements, seismo-electromagnetic signals are shown to be sensitive to very thin heterogeneities, therefore yielding a "super-resolution" of the probed structures. Next, we consider stacks of thin strata representing a sandstone hydrocarbon reservoir in order to study its response to various water, oil and gas saturations including the capillary effects. These simulations underline the potential of electrokinetic conversions to improve the characterization of fluid-filled porous rock formations.

  5. Effects of Incorporating Carboxymethyl Chitosan into PMMA Bone Cement Containing Methotrexate

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    Liu, Bo-Ming; Li, Ming; Yin, Bao-Sheng; Zou, Ji-Yang; Zhang, Wei-Guo; Wang, Shou-Yu

    2015-01-01

    Treatment of bone metastases usually includes surgical resection with local filling of methotrexate (MTX) in polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) cement. We investigated whether incorporating carboxymethyl chitosan (CMCS) in MTX-PMMA cement might overcome disadvantages associated with MTX. To determine the optimal CMCS+MTX concentration to suppress the viability of cancer cells, an integrated microfluidic chip culturing highly metastatic lung cancer cells (H460) was employed. The mechanical properties, microstructure, and MTX release of (CMCS+MTX)-PMMA cement were evaluated respectively by universal mechanical testing machine, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and incubation in simulated body fluid with subsequent HPLC-MS. Implants of MTX-PMMA and (CMCS+MTX)-PMMA cement were evaluated in vivo in guinea pig femurs over time using spiral computed tomography with three-dimensional image reconstruction, and SEM at 6 months. Viability of H460 cells was significantly lowest after treatment with 57 μg/mL CMCS + 21 μg/mL MTX, which was thus used in subsequent experiments. Incorporation of 1.6% (w/w) CMCS to MTX-PMMA significantly increased the bending modulus, bending strength, and compressive strength by 5, 2.8, and 5.2%, respectively, confirmed by improved microstructural homogeneity. Incorporation of CMCS delayed the time-to-plateau of MTX release by 2 days, but increased the fraction released at the plateau from 3.24% (MTX-PMMA) to 5.34%. Relative to the controls, the (CMCS+MTX)-PMMA implants integrated better with the host bone. SEM revealed pores in the cement of the (CMCS+MTX)-PMMA implants that were not obvious in the controls. In conclusion, incorporation of CMCS in MTX-PMMA appears a feasible and effective modification for improving the anti-tumor properties of MTX-PMMA cement. PMID:26657526

  6. Effects of Incorporating Carboxymethyl Chitosan into PMMA Bone Cement Containing Methotrexate.

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    Liu, Bo-Ming; Li, Ming; Yin, Bao-Sheng; Zou, Ji-Yang; Zhang, Wei-Guo; Wang, Shou-Yu

    2015-01-01

    Treatment of bone metastases usually includes surgical resection with local filling of methotrexate (MTX) in polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) cement. We investigated whether incorporating carboxymethyl chitosan (CMCS) in MTX-PMMA cement might overcome disadvantages associated with MTX. To determine the optimal CMCS+MTX concentration to suppress the viability of cancer cells, an integrated microfluidic chip culturing highly metastatic lung cancer cells (H460) was employed. The mechanical properties, microstructure, and MTX release of (CMCS+MTX)-PMMA cement were evaluated respectively by universal mechanical testing machine, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and incubation in simulated body fluid with subsequent HPLC-MS. Implants of MTX-PMMA and (CMCS+MTX)-PMMA cement were evaluated in vivo in guinea pig femurs over time using spiral computed tomography with three-dimensional image reconstruction, and SEM at 6 months. Viability of H460 cells was significantly lowest after treatment with 57 ?g/mL CMCS + 21 ?g/mL MTX, which was thus used in subsequent experiments. Incorporation of 1.6% (w/w) CMCS to MTX-PMMA significantly increased the bending modulus, bending strength, and compressive strength by 5, 2.8, and 5.2%, respectively, confirmed by improved microstructural homogeneity. Incorporation of CMCS delayed the time-to-plateau of MTX release by 2 days, but increased the fraction released at the plateau from 3.24% (MTX-PMMA) to 5.34%. Relative to the controls, the (CMCS+MTX)-PMMA implants integrated better with the host bone. SEM revealed pores in the cement of the (CMCS+MTX)-PMMA implants that were not obvious in the controls. In conclusion, incorporation of CMCS in MTX-PMMA appears a feasible and effective modification for improving the anti-tumor properties of MTX-PMMA cement. PMID:26657526

  7. MICELLAR ELECTROKINETIC CHROMATOGRAPHY-MASS SPECTROMETRY (R823292)

    EPA Science Inventory

    The combination of micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC) with mass spectrometry (MS) is very attractive for the direct identification of analyte molecules, for the possibility of selectivity enhancement, and for the structure confirmation and analysis in a MS-MS mode. The...

  8. Capillary electrokinetic separations: Influence of mobile phase composition on performance

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    Sepaniak, M.J.; Swaile, D.F.; Powell, A.C.; Cole, R.O.

    1990-01-01

    The composition of the mobile phase employed in capillary zone electrophoresis and the related technique, micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatography, is an important factor in determining separation performance. The influences of ionic salt, surfactant, and organic solvent mobile phase additives on separation efficiency, retention, and elution range are discussed and demonstrated. 23 refs., 2 figs., 2 tabs.

  9. Incorporating cost-effectiveness data in a fair process for priority setting efforts

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    Youngkong, Sitaporn

    2015-01-01

    Cost-effectiveness data is useful for use in priority setting decisions in order to improve the efficiency of resources used. This paper thereby responds to Eckard et al. which addressed the use of cost-effectiveness data in the actual prioritization decisions in the Swedish national clinical guidelines for heart diseases. Based on a set of experiences on the use of economic evaluation in priority setting processes, this paper emphasizes the potential approach to incorporating cost-effectiveness data in the prioritization process to enhance transparency of the decisions, and highlights the importance of designing a fair decision-making process that can enforce the sustained implementation of cost-effectiveness data. PMID:26188814

  10. Choline incorporation into phospholipids in brain areas from spontaneously hypertensive rats: effect of oxiracetam treatment.

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    Nardella, C; Terracina, L; Brunetti, M; Avellini, L; De Medio, G E; Gaiti, A; Belfiore, P; Mariani, O

    1991-09-01

    It has been demonstrated that spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) develop severe hypertension and cerebrovascular lesions on drinking 1% NaCl from weaning. These animals present a learning and memory impairment as well as impairment of both energy metabolism and membrane phospholipid turnover. We tested both choline uptake into the cells and incorporation into choline phosphoglyceride (CPG) by incubating slices from hippocampus and cortex. After 5 min of incubation, a noticeable decrease in free labelled choline content inside the cells as well as its incorporation into phospho-choline (PC) and CPG were found in the brain of SHR, as compared to Wistar-Kyoto (WK) rats. This may indicate that in the SHRs with cerebrovascular lesions there is a reduction in choline uptake which in turn causes a decline in CPG biosynthesis through de novo pathway. Oxiracetam treatment is able to restore the labeled choline content in the cells from SH rats, as well as the incorporation of choline into its derivatives PC and CPG, to the levels found in the WK or more. Tests performed in the presence of such a high affinity choline uptake as hemicholinium (HC) confirmed the capacity of oxiracetam to stimulate choline uptake into the cells even if the results obtained up to now are not sufficient to hypothesize a direct effect of oxiracetam on acetylcholine metabolism. In conclusion, from the results obtained it would seem reasonable to hypothesize that the effects of the drug above mentioned on the cholinergic system may be secondary to its effect on choline phosphoglycerides biosynthesis. PMID:1807290

  11. Incorporation of solvation effects into the fragment molecular orbital calculations with the Poisson-Boltzmann equation

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    Watanabe, Hirofumi; Okiyama, Yoshio; Nakano, Tatsuya; Tanaka, Shigenori

    2010-11-01

    We developed FMO-PB method, which incorporates solvation effects into the Fragment Molecular Orbital calculation with the Poisson-Boltzmann equation. This method retains good accuracy in energy calculations with reduced computational time. We calculated the solvation free energies for polyalanines, Alpha-1 peptide, tryptophan cage, and complex of estrogen receptor and 17 β-estradiol to show the applicability of this method for practical systems. From the calculated results, it has been confirmed that the FMO-PB method is useful for large biomolecules in solution. We also discussed the electric charges which are used in solving the Poisson-Boltzmann equation.

  12. Generalization of electromagnetic scattering by charged grains through incorporation of interband and intraband effects.

    PubMed

    Kla?ka, Jozef; Kocifaj, Miroslav; Kundracik, Frantiek; Videen, Gorden; Koht, Igor

    2015-11-01

    Scattering of electromagnetic radiation by electrically charged spherical particles is treated theoretically. A generalization of the approach is performed by incorporating both intraband and interband effects, while a new oscillatory term corresponding to the classical dispersion theory and the semi-quantum approach is considered. It is shown through a set of numerical experiments that interband effects may reduce the amplitude of resonant peaks for scattering, Qsca, and absorption, Qabs, and cause a shift of peak positions to longer wavelengths. In general, the resonant features due to interband and intraband effects can occur at different frequencies; thus, both together may result in qualitatively and quantitatively new optical signatures of electrically charged particles. This is a motivating factor for experimentalists who can use the particles as targeted probes, for example, in mapping the electric fields in different media based on scattering and/or absorption properties of electrified particulate systems. PMID:26512521

  13. Effects of ozone inhalation on polyamine metabolism and tritiated thymidine incorporation into DNA of rat lungs

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    Elsayed, N.M.; Ellingson, A.S.; Tierney, D.F.; Mustafa, M.G. )

    1990-01-01

    We examined the effects of low-level ozone (O3) inhalation on polyamine metabolism and tritiated thymidine (3H-TdR) incorporation into DNA in rat lungs. We have also compared the activities of ornithine decarboxylase (ODC), the rate-limiting enzyme of polyamine biosynthesis, and glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD), the key enzyme of the pentose phosphate cycle and a typical marker of oxidant injury, to assess whether ODC can serve as a sensitive marker of O3 effects on the lung. We exposed 90-day-old male specific-pathogen-free Sprague-Dawley rats to either 0.45 +/- 0.05 ppm (882 +/- 98 micrograms/m3) O3 or filtered room air continuously for 3 days. After exposure, the rats were terminated and the lungs examined for enzyme activities, polyamine contents, DNA content, and 3H-TdR incorporation. We found that in exposed rats, the enzyme activities were significantly increased (p less than 0.05) relative to air controls. G6PD, 25%, ODC, 147%, and S-adenosylmethionine decarboxylase (AdoMet DC), 86%. Polyamine contents were also affected by O3; putrescine increased 80%, p less than 0.05, spermidine did not change, and spermine decreased 23%, p less than 0.05. 3H-TdR incorporation into DNA was significantly elevated, 155%, p less than 0.001, after O3 exposure while total lung DNA content remained unchanged. The concomitant and large increase in ODC activity (reflecting polyamine metabolism) and DNA labeling (reflecting DNA synthesis and/or repair), indicates a strong correlation between the two and suggests that polyamine metabolism may play an important role in the accelerated cell proliferation associated with O3 injury. Moreover, the greater increase in lung ODC activity compared to other enzymes offers a sensitive marker of the lung response to inhaled O3.

  14. Behavior and anti-glioma effect of lapatinib-incorporated lipoprotein-like nanoparticles

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    Gao, Huile; Yang, Zhi; Cao, Shijie; Xi, Zhangjie; Zhang, Shuang; Pang, Zhiqing; Jiang, Xinguo

    2012-11-01

    The purpose of the investigation was to prepare a new type of nanoparticle, namely lapatinib-incorporated lipoprotein-like nanoparticles (LTNPs), and to evaluate the behavior and anti-glioma effect of LTNPs. LTNPs were prepared and characterized using the Cyro-transmission electron microscope (Cryo-TEM) and Raman scan methods. Cellular uptake and subcellular localization studies were performed to evaluate the in vitro behavior of LTNPs. An in vivo imaging technique was used for the evaluation of the targeting of LTNPs. To study the anti-glioma effect, glioma xenografts were used. The particle size of LTNPs was 92.6 nm, and the zeta potential was 28.40 mV. LTNPs contained a surface layer that was obviously different from the core, according to the Cryo-TEM analysis. A Raman scan analysis demonstrated the incorporation of lapatinib in LTNPs, and it also revealed a structure different from free lapatinib. The uptake of LTNP by U87 cells occurred in a concentration- and time-dependent manner. According to the subcellular study, the uptake of LTNPs was endosome mediated. LTNPs could distribute and accumulate in the tumor site by an enhanced permeation and retention effect. Both LTNPs (10 mg kg-1) and LTNPs (30 mg kg-1) could significantly inhibit the growth of U87 xenografts. For a similar antitumor effect, the required cumulative dose of LTNPs was only 5% compared to that of Tykerb (the commercial formulation of lapatinib). This study demonstrated the effective uptake of LTNPs by U87 cells, the passive targeting of LTNPs at tumors and the better antitumor effect of LTNPs.

  15. Elementary framework for cold field emission: Incorporation of quantum-confinement effects

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    Patterson, A. A. Akinwande, A. I.

    2013-12-21

    Although the Fowler-Nordheim (FN) equation serves as the foundation of cold field emission theory, it may not be suitable for predicting the emitted current density (ECD) from emitters with a quantum-confined electron supply. This work presents an analytical framework for treating cold field emission from metals that includes the effects of a quantum-confined electron supply. Within the framework, quantum confinement in emitters is classified into transverse and normal quantum confinement based on the orientation of the confinement relative to the emission direction. The framework is used to generate equations predicting the ECD from rectangular and cylindrical emitter geometries comprised of electron supplies of reduced dimensionality. Transverse quantum confinement of the electron supply leads to a reduction in the total ECD as transverse emitter dimensions decrease and normal quantum confinement results in an oscillatory ECD as a function of the normal quantum well width. Incorporating a geometry-dependent field enhancement factor into the model reveals an optimal transverse well width for which quantum confinement of the electron supply and field enhancement equally affect the ECD and a maximum total ECD for the emitter geometry at a given applied field is obtained. As a result, the FN equation over-predicts the ECD from emitters with transverse dimensions under approximately 5 nm, and in those cases, geometry-specific ECD equations incorporating quantum-confinement effects should be employed instead.

  16. Effect of Low-Level Laser Therapy on Incorporation of Block Allografts

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    Valiati, Renato; Paes, Jefferson Viapiana; de Moraes, Aury Nunes; Gava, Aldo; Agostini, Michelle; Masiero, Anelise Viapiana; de Oliveira, Marilia Gerhardt; Pagnoncelli, Rogrio Miranda

    2012-01-01

    Objective To assess the effect of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) on the incorporation of deep-frozen block allografts in a rabbit model. Background Data Studies have shown that LLLT has beneficial effects on tissue repair and new bone formation. Methods Bone tissue was harvested from two rabbits, processed by deep-freezing and grafted into the calvaria of 12 animals, which were then randomly allocated into two groups: experimental (L) and control (C). Rabbits in group L were irradiated with an aluminum gallium arsenide diode laser (AlGaAs; wavelength 830 nm, 4 J/cm2), applied to four sites on the calvaria, for a total dose of 16 J/cm2 per session. The total treatment dose after eight sessions was 128 J/cm2. Animals were euthanized at 35 (n = 6) or 70 days (n = 6) postoperatively. Results Deep-freeze-processed block allografts followed by LLLT showed incorporation at the graft-host interface, moderate bone remodeling, partial filling of osteocyte lacunae, less inflammatory infiltrate in the early postoperative period, and higher collagen deposition than the control group. Conclusion Optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy showed that allograft bone processed by deep-freezing plus LLLT is suitable as an alternative for the treatment of bone defects. Use of the deep-freezing method for processing of bone grafts preserves the structural and osteoconductive characteristics of bone tissue. PMID:23155359

  17. Incorporation of quercetin in lipid microparticles: effect on photo- and chemical-stability.

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    Scalia, Santo; Mezzena, Matteo

    2009-01-15

    Lipid microparticles loaded with the flavonoid, quercetin were developed in order to enhance its stability in topical formulations. The microparticles were produced using tristearin as the lipid material and phosphatidylcholine as the emulsifier. The obtained lipoparticles were characterized by release studies, scanning electron microscopy and powder X-ray diffractometry. The quercetin loading was 12.1% (w/w). Free or microencapsulated quercetin was introduced in a model cream formulation (oil-in-water emulsion) and irradiated with a solar simulator. The extent of photodegradation was measured by high-performance liquid chromatography. The light-induced decomposition of quercetin in the cream vehicle was markedly decreased by incorporation into the lipid microparticles (the extent of degradation was 23.1+/-3.6% for non-encapsulated quercetin compared to 11.9+/-2.5% for the quercetin-loaded microparticles) and this photostabilization effect was maintained over time. Moreover, the chemical instability of quercetin, during 3-month storage of the formulations at room temperature and in the dark, was almost completely suppressed by the lipid microparticle system. Therefore incorporation of quercetin in lipoparticles represents an effective strategy to enhance its stability in dermatological products. PMID:19042102

  18. Electrokinetic-enhanced bioaugmentation for remediation of chlorinated solvents contaminated clay

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    Mao, Xuhui; Wang, James; Ciblak, Ali; Cox, Evan E.; Riis, Charlotte; Terkelsen, Mads; Gent, David B.; Alshawabkeh, Akram N.

    2012-01-01

    Successful bioremediation of contaminated soils is controlled by the ability to deliver bioremediation additives, such as bacteria and/or nutrients, to the contaminated zone. Because hydraulic advection is not practical for delivery in clays, electrokinetic (EK) injection is an alternative for efficient and uniform delivery of bioremediation additive into low-permeability soil and heterogeneous deposits. EK–enhanced bioaugmentation for remediation of clays contaminated with chlorinated solvents is evaluated. Dehalococcoides (Dhc) bacterial strain and lactate ions are uniformly injected in contaminated clay and complete dechlorination of chlorinated ethene is observed in laboratory experiments. The injected bacteria can survive, grow, and promote effective dechlorination under EK conditions and after EK application. The distribution of Dhc within the clay suggests that electrokinetic transport of Dhc is primarily driven by electroosmosis. In addition to biodegradation due to bioaugmentation of Dhc, an EK-driven transport of chlorinated ethenes is observed in the clay, which accelerates cleanup of chlorinated ethenes from the anode side. Compared with conventional advection-based delivery, EK injection is significantly more effective forestablis hingmicrobial reductive dechlorination capacity in low-permeability soils. PMID:22365139

  19. Enhanced electrokinetic extraction of heavy metals from soils assisted by ion exchange membranes.

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    Kim, Won-Seok; Kim, Soon-Oh; Kim, Kyoung-Woong

    2005-02-14

    The potential of electrokinetic remediation technology has been successfully demonstrated for the remediation of heavy metal contaminated fine-grained soils through laboratory scale and field application studies. Various enhancement techniques have been proposed and used in order to further improve the remediation process. However, it has been reported that such enhancement schemes can create other obstacles, such as the introduction of non-target ions into the system and thereby decrease the efficiency of the remediation process. Electrokinetic soil remediation technology enhanced by an ion exchange membrane (IEM), IEM-enhanced EK processing, was experimentally evaluated for the purpose of overcoming these obstacles. In particular, this study focused on observations of a fouling problem and its settlement using an auxiliary solution cell (ASC). In addition, the efficacies of two different types of electrode configurations, rectangular and cylindrical, were investigated. The experimental results indicate that the effectiveness of the technology was increased by an enhancement scheme using an IEM. This may be explained by the prevention of metal precipitation in the region near the cathode originating from hydroxide ions generated by the electrolysis of water in the cathode. The experimental results also imply that placement of the ASC can nullify the fouling problem within the cation exchange membranes used in IEM-enhanced EK processing, and thus improve the overall effectiveness of the process. The experimental results indicate that the cylindrical electrode configuration can be implemented in practical situations to improve the treatability of cathode effluent containing a high level of contaminants after processing. PMID:15721533

  20. Sludge reduction in a small wastewater treatment plant by electro-kinetic disintegration.

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    Chiavola, Agostina; Ridolfi, Alessandra; D'Amato, Emilio; Bongirolami, Simona; Cima, Ennio; Sirini, Piero; Gavasci, Renato

    2015-01-01

    Sludge reduction in a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) has recently become a key issue for the managing companies, due to the increasing constraints on the disposal alternatives. Therefore, all the solutions proposed with the aim of minimizing sludge production are receiving increasing attention and are tested either at laboratory or full-scale to evaluate their real effectiveness. In the present paper, electro-kinetic disintegration has been applied at full-scale in the recycle loop of the sludge drawn from the secondary settlement tank of a small WWTP for domestic sewage. After the disintegration stage, the treated sludge was returned to the biological reactor. Three different percentages (50, 75 and 100%) of the return sludge flow rate were subjected to disintegration and the effects on the sludge production and the WWTP operation efficiency evaluated. The long-term observations showed that the electro-kinetic disintegration was able to drastically reduce the amount of biological sludge produced by the plant, without affecting its treatment efficiency. The highest reduction was achieved when 100% return sludge flow rate was subjected to the disintegration process. The reduced sludge production gave rise to a considerable net cost saving for the company which manages the plant. PMID:26204067

  1. Effect of placebo acupuncture over no-treatment: A simple model incorporating the placebo and nocebo effects.

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    Koog, Yun Hyung

    2016-02-01

    Conventionally in controlled trials of drugs or modalities, the placebo and nocebo effects have been determined separately and understood to be the difference between the placebo and no-treatment groups. Recently, the effect of placebo acupuncture over no-treatment was found to be associated with the placebo and nocebo effects together. If these two effects are inseparable in acupuncture treatment, the conventional method of determining placebo and nocebo effects at the trial level will not reflect pure placebo or nocebo effects. Furthermore, if these effects are inseparable, observations about the efficacy of acupuncture will be biased when considering only the placebo effect. A simple mathematical model incorporating both the placebo and nocebo effects will be provided to see how the efficacy of acupuncture is affected. PMID:26860804

  2. Electrokinetic particle-electrode interactions at high frequencies.

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    Yariv, Ehud; Schnitzer, Ory

    2013-01-01

    We provide a macroscale description of electrokinetic particle-electrode interactions at high frequencies, where chemical reactions at the electrodes are negligible. Using a thin-double-layer approximation, our starting point is the set of macroscale equations governing the "bounded" configuration comprising of a particle suspended between two electrodes, wherein the electrodes are governed by a capacitive charging condition and the imposed voltage is expressed as an integral constraint. In the large-cell limit the bounded model is transformed into an effectively equivalent "unbounded" model describing the interaction between the particle and a single electrode, where the imposed-voltage condition is manifested in a uniform field at infinity together with a Robin-type condition applying at the electrode. This condition, together with the standard no-flux condition applying at the particle surface, leads to a linear problem governing the electric potential in the fluid domain in which the dimensionless frequency ? of the applied voltage appears as a governing parameter. In the high-frequency limit ?>1 the flow is dominated by electro-osmotic slip at the particle surface, the contribution of electrode electro-osmosis being O(?(-2)) small. That simplification allows for a convenient analytical investigation of the prevailing case where the clearance between the particle and the adjacent electrode is small. Use of tangent-sphere coordinates allows to calculate the electric and flows fields as integral Hankel transforms. At large distances from the particle, along the electrode, both fields decay with the fourth power of distance. PMID:23410334

  3. Rapid estimation of octanol-water partition coefficients of pesticides by micellar electrokinetic chromatography.

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    Wu, Y S; Lee, H K; Li, S F

    1998-07-01

    Micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC) was evaluated as a new technique for the rapid estimation of octanol-water partition coefficient (logKow). Retention measurements for more than 40 reference pesticides with varied structural characteristics and hydrophobicity were carried out in two MEKC systems, based on sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and sodium cholate (SC), respectively. To enable an accurate determination of capacity factors in the SC-MEKC system, cypermethrin (a synthetic pyrethroid insecticide) was utilized instead of Sudan III as the SC micelle tracer, since a few highly hydrophobic pesticides were found to elute after Sudan III. The linear correlation between logarithmic capacity factor (logk') and logKow in the two systems was examined. It was found that, under the typical buffer condition (10 mM sodium phosphate with 60 mM surfactant, pH 7.0), the SDS-MEKC system provided a somewhat wider dynamic range for hydrophobicity (logKow from -1.0 to 4.5). However, the correlation of logk' with logKow was not very high when all the reference pesticides were included in one single calibration set. For the SC-MEKC system, the dynamic range for logKow was in the range of 1.0-5.5, and a good linear correlation existed between logk' and logKow, even when all reference pesticides were incorporated into a single calibration group. By comparing the regression line of the reference pesticides with that of a group of simple aromatic derivatives, it was discovered that molecular size and functionality posed a less significant effect on the measurement of logKow in the SC-MEKC system than in the SDS-MEKC system. Thus, SC-MEKC shall be the system of choice for the estimation of logKow. The typical error on logKow determination using the current MEKC technique was within 0.5 units, suggesting that MEKC can be a valuable complement to reversed phase high performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) for the indirect determination of logKow. Besides maintaining all the advantages of the HPLC approach, the MEKC technique showed some unique benefits, such as better inter-column reproducibility, higher throughput, and less handling of toxic pesticides and solvents. PMID:9719551

  4. Incorporating partial shining effects in proton pencil-beam dose calculation

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    Li, Yupeng; Zhang, Xiaodong; Fwu Lii, Ming; Sahoo, Narayan; Zhu, Ron X.; Gillin, Michael; Mohan, Radhe

    2008-02-01

    A range modulator wheel (RMW) is an essential component in passively scattered proton therapy. We have observed that a proton beam spot may shine on multiple steps of the RMW. Proton dose calculation algorithms normally do not consider the partial shining effect, and thus overestimate the dose at the proximal shoulder of spread-out Bragg peak (SOBP) compared with the measurement. If the SOBP is adjusted to better fit the plateau region, the entrance dose is likely to be underestimated. In this work, we developed an algorithm that can be used to model this effect and to allow for dose calculations that better fit the measured SOBP. First, a set of apparent modulator weights was calculated without considering partial shining. Next, protons spilled from the accelerator reaching the modulator wheel were simplified as a circular spot of uniform intensity. A weight-splitting process was then performed to generate a set of effective modulator weights with the partial shining effect incorporated. The SOBPs of eight options, which are used to label different combinations of proton-beam energy and scattering devices, were calculated with the generated effective weights. Our algorithm fitted the measured SOBP at the proximal and entrance regions much better than the ones without considering partial shining effect for all SOBPs of the eight options. In a prostate patient, we found that dose calculation without considering partial shining effect underestimated the femoral head and skin dose.

  5. Determining the Effectiveness of Incorporating Geographic Information Into Vehicle Performance Algorithms

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    Sera White

    2012-04-01

    This thesis presents a research study using one year of driving data obtained from plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) located in Sacramento and San Francisco, California to determine the effectiveness of incorporating geographic information into vehicle performance algorithms. Sacramento and San Francisco were chosen because of the availability of high resolution (1/9 arc second) digital elevation data. First, I present a method for obtaining instantaneous road slope, given a latitude and longitude, and introduce its use into common driving intensity algorithms. I show that for trips characterized by >40m of net elevation change (from key on to key off), the use of instantaneous road slope significantly changes the results of driving intensity calculations. For trips exhibiting elevation loss, algorithms ignoring road slope overestimated driving intensity by as much as 211 Wh/mile, while for trips exhibiting elevation gain these algorithms underestimated driving intensity by as much as 333 Wh/mile. Second, I describe and test an algorithm that incorporates vehicle route type into computations of city and highway fuel economy. Route type was determined by intersecting trip GPS points with ESRI StreetMap road types and assigning each trip as either city or highway route type according to whichever road type comprised the largest distance traveled. The fuel economy results produced by the geographic classification were compared to the fuel economy results produced by algorithms that assign route type based on average speed or driving style. Most results were within 1 mile per gallon ({approx}3%) of one another; the largest difference was 1.4 miles per gallon for charge depleting highway trips. The methods for acquiring and using geographic data introduced in this thesis will enable other vehicle technology researchers to incorporate geographic data into their research problems.

  6. Hair analysis for drugs of abuse. XIII. Effect of structural factors on incorporation of drugs into hair: the incorporation rates of amphetamine analogs.

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    Nakahara, Y; Kikura, R

    1996-01-01

    In order to clarify the incorporation mechanism of drugs from blood into hair, seven effects of structural factors on the incorporation rate (ICR) were studied using 32 amphetamine analogs: (1) effect of a straight chained N-alkyl group; (2) effect of benzene and furan ring at N-position; (3) effect of aliphatic and aromatic hydroxy groups; (4) effect of triple bond group at N-position; (5) effect of N-acyl group and ketone group; (6) effect of methylenedioxy and methoxy groups on benzene ring; and (7) comparison between phenyltertiarybutylamines and phenylisopropylamines. After shaving the back hair and i.p. administration of drugs to Dark-Agouti rats (5 mg/kg, 10 days, n = 3), the areas under the concentration versus time curve (AUCs) of drugs in the plasma and the concentrations in hair newly grown for 4 weeks were determined by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. The ICRs represented by the ratios of hair concentrations to AUCs were compared with those of amphetamine (AP) and methamphetamine (MA). The ICRs of N-alkyl AP increased depending on the length of carbon branches from proton to propyl (C3 > C2 > C1 > H) at N-position. The compounds containing a benzene or furan ring at the N-position (benzphetamine, clobenzorex, norbenzphetamine, prenylamine, furfenorex, and norfurfenorex) had much higher ICRs than those of AP or MA, suggesting that a benzene or furan ring increases their ICRs. The ICRs of deprenyl, nordeprenyl, and fenproporex were significantly low, implying that triple bonds such as of a propargyl or cyano group serve as a negative factor for the ICRs. An ephedrine group (ephedrine, methylephedrine, phenylpropanolamine) showed slightly lower ICRs than the corresponding amphetamine group. However, a hydroxy group on benzene ring apparently decreased the ICRs. Methoxy and methylenedioxy groups on benzene ring distinctly increased their ICRs. The lack of basicity such as N-formyl MA, N-acetyl AP, and N-acetyl MA dramatically lowered their ICRs to zero or nearly zero. Moreover, the compounds containing a ketone group adjacent to benzene ring, e.g., cathinone and amfepramone, showed very low ICRs. Chlorine on propyl group (mefenorex) or benzene ring (clobenzorex) seemed to act positively for the ICR. These results showed that structural factors related to the lipophilicity and basicity clearly affect the drug incorporation into hair from blood. PMID:8911643

  7. Electrokinetic remediation. II. Amphoteric metals and enhancement with a weak acid

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    Wilson, D.J.; Rodriguez-Maroto, J.M.; Gomez-Lahoz, C.

    1995-09-01

    A one-dimensional model is developed for the electrokinetic treatment of aquifers contaminated with an ionic salt. Electrokinetic removal of amphoteric metals such as zinc and lead is simulated. The use of a weak acid (acetic acid) to neutralize a portion of the OH{sup {minus}} generated electrolytically in the cathode compartment is explored in connection with the electrokinetic removal of nonamphoteric metals such as copper and cadmium.

  8. Model for incorporating fuel swelling and clad shrinkage effects in diffusion theory calculations (LWBR Development Program)

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    Schick, W.C. Jr.; Milani, S.; Duncombe, E.

    1980-03-01

    A model has been devised for incorporating into the thermal feedback procedure of the PDQ few-group diffusion theory computer program the explicit calculation of depletion and temperature dependent fuel-rod shrinkage and swelling at each mesh point. The model determines the effect on reactivity of the change in hydrogen concentration caused by the variation in coolant channel area as the rods contract and expand. The calculation of fuel temperature, and hence of Doppler-broadened cross sections, is improved by correcting the heat transfer coefficient of the fuel-clad gap for the effects of clad creep, fuel densification and swelling, and release of fission-product gases into the gap. An approximate calculation of clad stress is also included in the model.

  9. Effect of incorporation of ethylene glycol into PEDOT:PSS on electron phonon coupling and conductivity

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    Lin, Yow-Jon; Ni, Wei-Shih; Lee, Jhe-You

    2015-06-01

    The effect of incorporation of ethylene glycol (EG) into poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) on electron phonon coupling and conductivity is investigated. It is shown that the carrier density (NC) increases significantly and the carrier mobility (?) increases slightly at 300 K. The increased intensity of the Raman spectrum between 1400 and 1450 cm-1, following EG treatment (that is, the quinoid-dominated structures of the PEDOT chain), leads to an increase in the number of polarons (bipolarons), which leads to an increase in NC. In addition, ? in PEDOT:PSS samples with or without EG addition exhibits a strong temperature dependence, which demonstrates the dominance of tunneling (hopping) at low (high) temperatures. The high conductivity of PEDOT:PSS samples with the addition of EG is attributed to the combined effect of the modification of the electron-phonon coupling and the increase in NC (?).

  10. Is the societal approach wide enough to include relatives? Incorporating relatives' costs and effects in a cost-effectiveness analysis.

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    Davidson, Thomas; Levin, Lars-Ake

    2010-01-01

    It is important for economic evaluations in healthcare to cover all relevant information. However, many existing evaluations fall short of this goal, as they fail to include all the costs and effects for the relatives of a disabled or sick individual. The objective of this study was to analyse how relatives' costs and effects could be measured, valued and incorporated into a cost-effectiveness analysis. In this article, we discuss the theories underlying cost-effectiveness analyses in the healthcare arena; the general conclusion is that it is hard to find theoretical arguments for excluding relatives' costs and effects if a societal perspective is used. We argue that the cost of informal care should be calculated according to the opportunity cost method. To capture relatives' effects, we construct a new term, the R-QALY weight, which is defined as the effect on relatives' QALY weight of being related to a disabled or sick individual. We examine methods for measuring, valuing and incorporating the R-QALY weights. One suggested method is to estimate R-QALYs and incorporate them together with the patient's QALY in the analysis. However, there is no well established method as yet that can create R-QALY weights. One difficulty with measuring R-QALY weights using existing instruments is that these instruments are rarely focused on relative-related aspects. Even if generic quality-of-life instruments do cover some aspects relevant to relatives and caregivers, they may miss important aspects and potential altruistic preferences. A further development and validation of the existing caregiving instruments used for eliciting utility weights would therefore be beneficial for this area, as would further studies on the use of time trade-off or Standard Gamble methods for valuing R-QALY weights. Another potential method is to use the contingent valuation method to find a monetary value for all the relatives' costs and effects. Because cost-effectiveness analyses are used for decision making, and this is often achieved by comparing different cost-effectiveness ratios, we argue that it is important to find ways of incorporating all relatives' costs and effects into the analysis. This may not be necessary for every analysis of every intervention, but for treatments where relatives' costs and effects are substantial there may be some associated influence on the cost-effectiveness ratio. PMID:20038191

  11. Probabilistic seismic hazard estimates incorporating site effects - An example from Indiana, U.S.A

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    Hasse, J.S.; Park, C.H.; Nowack, R.L.; Hill, J.R.

    2010-01-01

    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has published probabilistic earthquake hazard maps for the United States based on current knowledge of past earthquake activity and geological constraints on earthquake potential. These maps for the central and eastern United States assume standard site conditions with Swave velocities of 760 m/s in the top 30 m. For urban and infrastructure planning and long-term budgeting, the public is interested in similar probabilistic seismic hazard maps that take into account near-surface geological materials. We have implemented a probabilistic method for incorporating site effects into the USGS seismic hazard analysis that takes into account the first-order effects of the surface geologic conditions. The thicknesses of sediments, which play a large role in amplification, were derived from a P-wave refraction database with over 13, 000 profiles, and a preliminary geology-based velocity model was constructed from available information on S-wave velocities. An interesting feature of the preliminary hazard maps incorporating site effects is the approximate factor of two increases in the 1-Hz spectral acceleration with 2 percent probability of exceedance in 50 years for parts of the greater Indianapolis metropolitan region and surrounding parts of central Indiana. This effect is primarily due to the relatively thick sequence of sediments infilling ancient bedrock topography that has been deposited since the Pleistocene Epoch. As expected, the Late Pleistocene and Holocene depositional systems of the Wabash and Ohio Rivers produce additional amplification in the southwestern part of Indiana. Ground motions decrease, as would be expected, toward the bedrock units in south-central Indiana, where motions are significantly lower than the values on the USGS maps.

  12. Reionization on Large Scales. IV. Predictions for the 21 cm Signal Incorporating the Light Cone Effect

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    La Plante, P.; Battaglia, N.; Natarajan, A.; Peterson, J. B.; Trac, H.; Cen, R.; Loeb, A.

    2014-07-01

    We present predictions for the 21 cm brightness temperature power spectrum during the Epoch of Reionization (EoR). We discuss the implications of the "light cone" effect, which incorporates evolution of the neutral hydrogen fraction and 21 cm brightness temperature along the line of sight. Using a novel method calibrated against radiation-hydrodynamic simulations, we model the neutral hydrogen density field and 21 cm signal in large volumes (L = 2 Gpc h -1). The inclusion of the light cone effect leads to a relative decrease of about 50% in the 21 cm power spectrum on all scales. We also find that the effect is more prominent at the midpoint of reionization and later. The light cone effect can also introduce an anisotropy along the line of sight. By decomposing the 3D power spectrum into components perpendicular to and along the line of sight, we find that in our fiducial reionization model, there is no significant anisotropy. However, parallel modes can contribute up to 40% more power for shorter reionization scenarios. The scales on which the light cone effect is relevant are comparable to scales where one measures the baryon acoustic oscillation. We argue that due to its large comoving scale and introduction of anisotropy, the light cone effect is important when considering redshift space distortions and future application to the Alcock-Paczy?ski test for the determination of cosmological parameters.

  13. Reionization on large scales. IV. Predictions for the 21 cm signal incorporating the light cone effect

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    La Plante, P.; Battaglia, N.; Natarajan, A.; Peterson, J. B.; Trac, H.; Cen, R.; Loeb, A.

    2014-07-01

    We present predictions for the 21 cm brightness temperature power spectrum during the Epoch of Reionization (EoR). We discuss the implications of the 'light cone' effect, which incorporates evolution of the neutral hydrogen fraction and 21 cm brightness temperature along the line of sight. Using a novel method calibrated against radiation-hydrodynamic simulations, we model the neutral hydrogen density field and 21 cm signal in large volumes (L = 2 Gpc h {sup 1}). The inclusion of the light cone effect leads to a relative decrease of about 50% in the 21 cm power spectrum on all scales. We also find that the effect is more prominent at the midpoint of reionization and later. The light cone effect can also introduce an anisotropy along the line of sight. By decomposing the 3D power spectrum into components perpendicular to and along the line of sight, we find that in our fiducial reionization model, there is no significant anisotropy. However, parallel modes can contribute up to 40% more power for shorter reionization scenarios. The scales on which the light cone effect is relevant are comparable to scales where one measures the baryon acoustic oscillation. We argue that due to its large comoving scale and introduction of anisotropy, the light cone effect is important when considering redshift space distortions and future application to the Alcock-Paczy?ski test for the determination of cosmological parameters.

  14. Electrokinetic injection in capillary electrophoresis and its application to the analysis of inorganic compounds.

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    Krivcsy, Z; Gelencsr, A; Hlavay, J; Kiss, G; Srvri, Z

    1999-02-26

    In capillary electrophoresis, electrokinetic injection is a highly controversial sampling technique. It is a simple mode of sample introduction which is suitable for on-line preconcentration of the analytes, but its precision and accuracy are more strongly affected by experimental conditions compared to hydrodynamic injection. In the first part of this paper the features of electrokinetic and hydrodynamic injections are compared, followed by a detailed discussion on the different biases of electrokinetic injection and on how to reduce them. Finally, applications of the electrokinetic injection are reviewed with special emphasis on the analysis of inorganic compounds. PMID:10189689

  15. Hemolytic effect of the secondary vane incorporated into the back side of the impeller.

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    Ohara, Y; Murase, M; Nos, Y

    1997-07-01

    The hemolytic effect of the secondary vane system, the antithrombogenic structure incorporated into the back side of the impeller of the C1E3 Gyro pump, was investigated. Impellers with 0, 2, 3, and 4 secondary vanes and an additional impeller with 2 secondary channels were fabricated and incorporated into the C1E3 pump casings. Hemolysis tests were performed under cardiopulmonary bypass conditions (flow rate 4.5 L/min, total pressure head 350 mm Hg) using flesh bovine blood. The normalized indices of hemolysis (NIH) of the pumps with 0, 2, 3, and 4 secondary vanes and the pump with 2 secondary channels were 0.0797, 0.0866, 0.104, 0.157, and 0.0591, respectively. These results indicated that design of the impeller with 2 secondary channels, which was the original design of C1E3 Gyro pump, was less hemolytic than the design with secondary vanes. Additionally, the possibility of the secondary channel system for the impeller bottom was demonstrated favorably. PMID:9212941

  16. Effective removal of humic acid using xanthan gum incorporated polyethersulfone membranes.

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    Sathish Kumar, R; Arthanareeswaran, G; Paul, Diby; Kweon, Ji Hyang

    2015-11-01

    In this study, xanthan gum (XA) was used as a hydrophilic biopolymer additive for the modification of polyethersulfone (PES) membrane to removal of humic acid (HA). The membranes are prepared using phase inversion technique and the concentration of XA was varied from 0.5 to 1.5wt%. The prepared membranes are characterized as a function of hydrophilicity, equilibrium water content (EWC), porosity studies and functional group analysis. Membrane surface and cross-sectional morphology was studied using scanning electron microscope. The lower contact angle value 64.2 was exhibited, when 1.5wt% of XA incorporated in PES membrane and this ensures that increase of hydrophilicity in pristine PES membrane. Further, higher water permeability (PWP) of 68.9(-9)m/skPa was observed for 1.5wt% of XA/PES membrane. The effect of pH on HA removal was studied for neat PES and XA/PES membranes. The rejection performance of XA incorporated in PES membranes were compared with commercial available PES membrane. PMID:25857244

  17. Geochemical reconnaissance of heavy metals in kaolin after electrokinetic remediation.

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    Al-Hamdan, Ashraf Z; Reddy, Krishna R

    2006-01-01

    The development or implementation of electrokinetic soil remediation technique requires a good knowledge of how the contaminants are retained within the soil-water system. This paper investigates the speciation and extent of migration of the heavy metals, Cr(VI), Cr(III), Ni(II), and Cd(II), during electrokinetic soil remediation. A geochemical assessment of how the contaminants are held within the kaolin soil under induced electric potential is made by using the equilibrium model MINEQL+. The study is performed for three different contaminant cases: the Cr(VI) existing alone in the soil, the Cr(VI) combined with Ni(II) and Cd(II) in the soil, and the Cr(VI) combined with Ni(II) and Cd(II) in the soil in the presence of a reducing agent (sulfide). The adsorption of the studied metals by kaolin was implemented as an electrostatic behavior. FITEQL 4.0 model was used to determine the equilibrium constants of the electrostatic adsorption model of kaolin for the studied metals by optimizing the experimental titration and adsorption data of kaolin. This study showed that the initial speciation of the contaminants in the soil prior to the electrokinetic treatment depends on the type and amounts of contaminants present as well as on the presence of the co-contaminants or any reducing agent. Moreover, the extent of migration of the contaminants is strongly dependent on their initial speciation prior electrokinetic treatment. This study also showed that adsorption and precipitation are the significant hindering mechanisms for the removal of heavy metals from kaolin soil during electrokinetic treatment. The adsorption and precipitation forms of Cr(III), Ni(II), and Cd(II) increased near the cathode and decreased near the anode, whereas the adsorption form of Cr(VI) increased near the anode as well as in the middle region. However, the precipitation form of Cr(III), Ni(II), and Cd(II) as Cr2O3 or Cr(OH)3, Ni(OH)2, and Cd(OH)2, respectively, dominates over their adsorption form as they get closer to the cathode. Overall this study demonstrates that the electrolysis reactions control contaminant speciation and distribution in the soil during electrokinetic remediation because of the generated variations in pH and redox potential in the soil as a result of these reactions. PMID:16401568

  18. Major ion and electrical potential distribution in soil under electrokinetic remediation.

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    Wada, S; Umegaki, Y

    2001-06-01

    To assess the effect of pore water chemistry on the contaminant removal rate, we monitored major ion concentrations in the pore water and the electrical potential distribution of a soil during electrokinetic remediation treatment. On application of the voltage, the soil near the anode became acidic due to the electrolytic generation of H+, and the acid region gradually spread toward the cathode. The major cation in the acid region was, however, not H+ but Al3+ that arose from the acid-induced dissolution of soil minerals, and it migrated very slowly toward the cathode. The measured pH and accompanying ion concentrations indicated that the anomalously slow migration of Al3+ was due to its precipitation-dissolution reaction at the acid front. The stagnancy of Al3+ increased the ionic concentration, flattened the electrical potential profile, and in turn, diminished electromigration in the acid region. This seems to be one of the causes of the relatively low removal rate of cationic and anionic contaminants in electrokinetic treatments. PMID:11414012

  19. On-chip Micro- and Nanofluidic Electrokinetic Injection and Separation for PEGylation Analysis

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    Shelton, Elijah; Baum, Mary; Morse, Dan; Pennathur, Sumita; Pennathur Nanofluidics Laboratory Collaboration; Morse Laboratory Collaboration

    2012-11-01

    We present an experimental study of micro- and nanofluidic electrokinetic injection and separation in borosilcate channels as a method for characterizing size and zeta potential of biomolecules-specifically polyethlylene glycol (PEG), keyhole limpet hemocyanine (KLH), and pegylated KLH. While pegylation (the conjugation of proteins with PEG) is an established technique for enhancing a protein's therapeutic properties, reliable characterization of these conjugations by traditional analysis techniques (i.e. gel-electrophoresis, zetasizer) remains a challenge. Using a three-step electrokinetic sequence (load, gate, and inject), FITC labeled species and a fluorescein tracer dye are injected into a channel where they separate according to differences in electrophoretic mobility. We find the average absolute mobility of pegylated subunit KLH in 1 micron channels to be 56% that of unpegylated subunit KLH. In a 250 nm channel, we measure a 33% shift in the average absolute mobility of PEG dendrimers as compared to measurements in a 1 micron channel. These results begin to demonstrate how a micro- and nanofluidic-based approach might address the demand for effective and accessible nanoparticle characterization platforms. Supported by the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies.

  20. Cationic and anionic poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) based submicron gel particles: electrokinetic properties and colloidal stability.

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    Lpez-Len, Teresa; Ortega-Vinuesa, Juan L; Bastos-Gonzalez, Delfi; Elassari, Abdelhamid

    2006-03-16

    A cationic and an anionic poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (poly(NIPAM)) microgel latex were synthesized via batch radical polymerization under emulsifier-free conditions. The hydrodynamic properties, colloidal stability, and electrokinetic characteristics of these two samples were studied. The hydrodynamic particle size variation was discussed by considering the effect of salinity and temperature on the shrinkage of the thermally sensitive polymer domains. The colloidal stability also depended on temperature and electrolyte concentration. A stability diagram with two well-defined domains (stable and unstable) was obtained. The flow from one domain to the other was fully reversible due to the peculiar (de)hydration properties of the polymer. The electrokinetic behavior, which depends on electrical and frictional properties of the particles, was analyzed via electrophoretic mobility measurements. Results were discussed by considering both the particle structure dependence on temperature and salinity, and the electric double layer compression. In addition, the electrophoretic mobility data were analyzed using Ohshima's equations for particles covered by an ion-penetrable surface charged layer, as well as using another simpler equation for charges located on a hydrodynamic equivalent hard sphere. Differences between the properties of both latexes were justified by the presence of a hydrophilic comonomer, aminoethyl methacrylate hydrochloride (AEMH), in the cationic microgel. PMID:16526694

  1. Capillary electrokinetic separations with optical detection. Technical progress report, February 1, 1993--January 31, 1994

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    Sepaniak, M.J.

    1993-10-01

    This program seeks the development of capillary electrokinetic separation techniques and associated optical methods of detection. Fundamental studies of pertinent separation and band broadening mechanisms are being conducted, with the emphasis on understanding systems that include highly-ordered assemblies as running buffer additives. The additives include cyclodextrins, affinity reagents, and soluble (entangled) polymers and are employed with capillary electrophoresis, CE and/or micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatography, MECC modes of separation. The utility of molecular modeling techniques for predicting the effects of highly ordered assemblies on the retention behavior of isomeric compounds is under investigation. The feasibility of performing separations using a non-aqueous solvent/fullerene electrochromatographic system is being explored. The analytical methodologies associated with these capillary separation techniques are being advanced through the development of retention programming instumentation/techniques and new strategies for performing optical detection. The advantages of laser fluorimetry are extended through the inclusion of fluorogenic, reagents in the running buffer. These reagents include oligonucleotide intercalation reagents for detecting DNA fragments. Chemiluminescence detection using post-capillary reactors/flow cells is also in progress. Successful development of these separation and detection systems will fill current voids in the capabilities of capillary separation techniques.

  2. Fluorapatite surface composition in aqueous solution deduced from potentiometric, electrokinetic, and solubility measurements, and spectroscopic observations

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    Charat, Claire; Oelkers, Eric H.; Schott, Jacques; Lartigue, Jean-Eric

    2007-12-01

    The surface chemistry of fluorapatite in aqueous solution was investigated using electrokinetic techniques, potentiometric titrations, solubility measurements, and attenuated total reflection infrared spectroscopy. All methods indicate the formation of Ca/F depleted, P enriched altered layer via exchange reactions between H + and Ca 2+, and OH - and F - at the fluorapatite (FAP) surface. Observations suggest that this leached layer has a di-calcium phosphate (CaHPO 4) composition and that it controls the apparent solubility of FAP. Electrokinetic measurements yield an iso-electric point value of 1 0.5 consistent with a negatively charged FAP surface at pH > 1. In contrast, surface titrations give an apparent pH of point of zero charge of 7.7, consistent with a positively charged surface at pH < 7.7. These differences are shown to stem from proton consumption by both proton exchange and dissolution reactions at the FAP surface. After taking account for these effects, FAP surface charge is shown to be negative to at least pH 4 by surface titration analysis.

  3. Analysis of catechins in extracts of Cistus species by microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography.

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    Pomponio, Romeo; Gotti, Roberto; Santagati, N Alfredo; Cavrini, Vanni

    2003-03-21

    A microemulsion electrokinetic chromatographic (MEEKC) method was developed for the separation of six catechins, specific marker phytochemicals of Cistus species. The MEEKC method involved the use of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) as surfactant, heptane as organic solvent and butan-1-ol as co-solvent. In order to have a better stability of the studied catechins, the separation was performed under acidic conditions (pH 2.5 phosphate buffer). The effects of SDS concentration and of the amount of organic solvent and co-solvent on the analyte resolution were evaluated. The optimized conditions (heptane 1.36% (w/v), SDS 2.31% (w/v), butan-1-ol 9.72% (w/v) and 50 mM sodium phosphate buffer (pH 2.5) 86.61% (w/v)) allowed a useful and reproducible separation of the studied analytes to be achieved. These conditions provided a different separation profile compared to that obtained under conventional micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MECK) using SDS. The method was validated and applied to the determination of catechin and gallocatechin in lyophilized extracts of Cistus incanus and Cistus monspeliensis. PMID:12685600

  4. On the behavior of electrokinetic streaming potential during protein filtration with fully and partially retentive nanopores.

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    Sung, Jun Hee; Chun, Myung-Suk; Choi, Hyoung Jin

    2003-08-01

    An experimental investigation of the electrokinetic streaming potentials of both fully and partially retentive nanopores as compared with the filtration progress of dilute globular protein solution under different surface charge conditions was performed using hollow fibers. The streaming potential is generated by the electrokinetic flow effect within the electric double layer of the charged surface. Depending on the solution pH, both the protein and the pore wall can be either repulsive or attractive due to the long-range electrostatic interaction. The repulsive electrostatic interaction allows the protein particles to stay in a suspended state above the outer surface of hollow fibers instead of being deposited. The apparent streaming potential value at partially retentive pores is larger than that at fully retentive pores for the oppositely charged case; however, the opposite behavior is shown for the same-charged case. The axial-position-dependent streaming potential was also observed in order to explore the development of a concentration polarization layer during the cross-flow filtration. The time evolution of the streaming potential during the filtration of protein particles is related to the filtrate flux, from which it can be found to provide useful real-time information on particle deposition onto the outer surfaces of hollow fibers. PMID:12885535

  5. Rapid antimicrobial susceptibility testing with electrokinetics enhanced biosensors for diagnosis of acute bacterial infections.

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    Liu, Tingting; Lu, Yi; Gau, Vincent; Liao, Joseph C; Wong, Pak Kin

    2014-11-01

    Rapid pathogen detection and antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) are required in diagnosis of acute bacterial infections to determine the appropriate antibiotic treatment. Molecular approaches for AST are often based on the detection of known antibiotic resistance genes. Phenotypic culture analysis requires several days from sample collection to result reporting. Toward rapid diagnosis of bacterial infection in non-traditional healthcare settings, we have developed a rapid AST approach that combines phenotypic culture of bacterial pathogens in physiological samples and electrochemical sensing of bacterial 16S rRNA. The assay determines the susceptibility of pathogens by detecting bacterial growth under various antibiotic conditions. AC electrokinetic fluid motion and Joule heating induced temperature elevation are optimized to enhance the sensor signal and minimize the matrix effect, which improve the overall sensitivity of the assay. The electrokinetics enhanced biosensor directly detects the bacterial pathogens in blood culture without prior purification. Rapid determination of the antibiotic resistance profile of Escherichia coli clinical isolates is demonstrated. PMID:24889716

  6. Incorporation of memory effects in coarse-grained modeling via the Mori-Zwanzig formalism.

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    Li, Zhen; Bian, Xin; Li, Xiantao; Karniadakis, George Em

    2015-12-28

    The Mori-Zwanzig formalism for coarse-graining a complex dynamical system typically introduces memory effects. The Markovian assumption of delta-correlated fluctuating forces is often employed to simplify the formulation of coarse-grained (CG) models and numerical implementations. However, when the time scales of a system are not clearly separated, the memory effects become strong and the Markovian assumption becomes inaccurate. To this end, we incorporate memory effects into CG modeling by preserving non-Markovian interactions between CG variables, and the memory kernel is evaluated directly from microscopic dynamics. For a specific example, molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of star polymer melts are performed while the corresponding CG system is defined by grouping many bonded atoms into single clusters. Then, the effective interactions between CG clusters as well as the memory kernel are obtained from the MD simulations. The constructed CG force field with a memory kernel leads to a non-Markovian dissipative particle dynamics (NM-DPD). Quantitative comparisons between the CG models with Markovian and non-Markovian approximations indicate that including the memory effects using NM-DPD yields similar results as the Markovian-based DPD if the system has clear time scale separation. However, for systems with small separation of time scales, NM-DPD can reproduce correct short-time properties that are related to how the system responds to high-frequency disturbances, which cannot be captured by the Markovian-based DPD model. PMID:26723613

  7. Incorporation of memory effects in coarse-grained modeling via the Mori-Zwanzig formalism

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    Li, Zhen; Bian, Xin; Li, Xiantao; Karniadakis, George Em

    2015-12-01

    The Mori-Zwanzig formalism for coarse-graining a complex dynamical system typically introduces memory effects. The Markovian assumption of delta-correlated fluctuating forces is often employed to simplify the formulation of coarse-grained (CG) models and numerical implementations. However, when the time scales of a system are not clearly separated, the memory effects become strong and the Markovian assumption becomes inaccurate. To this end, we incorporate memory effects into CG modeling by preserving non-Markovian interactions between CG variables, and the memory kernel is evaluated directly from microscopic dynamics. For a specific example, molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of star polymer melts are performed while the corresponding CG system is defined by grouping many bonded atoms into single clusters. Then, the effective interactions between CG clusters as well as the memory kernel are obtained from the MD simulations. The constructed CG force field with a memory kernel leads to a non-Markovian dissipative particle dynamics (NM-DPD). Quantitative comparisons between the CG models with Markovian and non-Markovian approximations indicate that including the memory effects using NM-DPD yields similar results as the Markovian-based DPD if the system has clear time scale separation. However, for systems with small separation of time scales, NM-DPD can reproduce correct short-time properties that are related to how the system responds to high-frequency disturbances, which cannot be captured by the Markovian-based DPD model.

  8. Effect of hafnium-incorporation on the microstructure and dielectric properties of cobalt ferrite ceramics

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    Wells, Stephen Josiah

    The effect of hafnium ion (Hf4+) incorporation in cobalt ferrite (CFO) was studied. Samples of Hf substituted CFO ceramic (CoFe 2-xHfxO4), were synthesized in the laboratory with hafnium concentrations ranging from x=0.000 to x=0.200. X-ray diffraction scans show that the Hafnium CFO crystalizes in the inverse spinel phase. Inclusion of hafnium causes lattice expansion, increasing the lattice parameter from 8.374 A for pure CoFe2O4 to 8.391 A for the highest concentration of hafnium tested (x=0.020). The dielectric properties of CFO are greatly enhanced by inclusion of hafnium. The enhancement is due to the distortion on the lattice from the larger Hf-ions substituting the smaller Fe-ions. Frequency variation of the dielectric properties is well modeled by the modified Debye function, which takes into account multiple ions contributing to relaxation.

  9. The effect of fluorophore incorporation on fluorescence enhancement in colloidal photonic crystals.

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    Eftekhari, Ehsan; Cole, Ivan S; Li, Qin

    2016-01-21

    The significant effect of photonic crystals (PhCs) on fluorophore emission has recently received intense interest. However, so far little attention has been paid on the influence of the fluorophore incorporation method on the performance of PhCs, particularly in practical applications. In this study, rhodamine B is immobilised on polystyrene spheres using a diffusion-swelling method, which are self-assembled into three-dimensional colloidal photonic crystal films. This immobilization method has resulted in 230-fold fluorescence enhancement compared to control films, the greatest fluorescence enhancement of RhB immobilised on monolithic colloidal photonic crystals compared to other immobilization methods such as infiltration and electrostatic charge-facilitated dye attachment on the particle surface. We further demonstrate the stability of dye attachment and the relationship between fluorescence intensity enhancement and the pseudo bandgap position relative to a fluorophore fluorescence peak. PMID:26674603

  10. Effects of n-3 PUFAs on breast cancer cells through their incorporation in plasma membrane

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    2011-01-01

    Background PUFAs are important molecules for membrane order and function; they can modify inflammation-inducible cytokines production, eicosanoid production, plasma triacylglycerol synthesis and gene expression. Recent studies suggest that n-3 PUFAs can be cancer chemopreventive, chemosuppressive and auxiliary agents for cancer therapy. N-3 PUFAs could alter cancer growth influencing cell replication, cell cycle, and cell death. The question that remains to be answered is how n-3 PUFAs can affect so many physiological processes. We hypothesize that n-3 PUFAs alter membrane stability, modifying cellular signalling in breast cancer cells. Methods Two lines of human breast cancer cells characterized by different expression of ER and EGFR receptors were treated with AA, EPA or DHA. We have used the MTT viability test and expression of apoptotic markers to evaluate the effect of PUFAs on cancer growth. Phospholipids were analysed by HPLC/GC, to assess n-3 incorporation into the cell membrane. Results We have observed that EPA and DHA induce cell apoptosis, a reduction of cell viability and the expression of Bcl2 and procaspase-8. Moreover, DHA slightly reduces the concentration of EGFR but EPA has no effect. Both EPA and DHA reduce the activation of EGFR. N-3 fatty acids are partially metabolized in both cell lines; AA is integrated without being further metabolized. We have analysed the fatty acid pattern in membrane phospholipids where they are incorporated with different degrees of specificity. N-3 PUFAs influence the n-6 content and vice versa. Conclusions Our results indicate that n-3 PUFA feeding might induce modifications of breast cancer membrane structure that increases the degree of fatty acid unsaturation. This paper underlines the importance of nutritional factors on health maintenance and on disease prevention. PMID:21569413

  11. Release property and antioxidant effectiveness of tocopherol-incorporated LDPE/PP blend films.

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    Zhu, X; Lee, D S; Yam, K L

    2012-01-01

    Low-density polyethylene (LDPE)/polypropylene (PP) blend films in various blending ratios containing 3000?mg??kg? of tocopherol were manufactured by an extrusion process. Tocopherol release properties were characterised and correlated with antioxidant effectiveness in retarding the oxidation of linoleic acid contacting the films at 40C. The conditions without tocopherol (control) and with instant tocopherol addition corresponding to the amount included in the films were also prepared and compared with the film-contacting solutions. The effect of tocopherol inclusion and the blending ratio on their physical properties was also examined. A wide range of tocopherol diffusivity in 6.6??10??-4.6??10??m?s? were obtained by blend films. As PP content increases, the diffusivity decreased sharply at the beginning and levelled off later. The slower release of tocopherol in LDPE/PP blend films corresponding to lower tocopherol diffusivity retained the higher tocopherol concentration in the linoleic acid system providing better antioxidant effectiveness of the extended induction period in oxidation. The tocopherol inclusion reduced tensile strength and transparency significantly in an affordable range with higher tensile strength given by a higher PP ratio. LDPE/PP blending can be a useful tool to modulate the release profile of tocopherol and thus the antioxidant effectiveness of the tocopherol-incorporated antioxidant packaging film. PMID:22257167

  12. A transient electrochemical model incorporating the Donnan effect for all-vanadium redox flow batteries

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    Lei, Y.; Zhang, B. W.; Bai, B. F.; Zhao, T. S.

    2015-12-01

    In a typical all-vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB), the ion exchange membrane is directly exposed in the bulk electrolyte. Consequently, the Donnan effect occurs at the membrane/electrolyte (M/E) interfaces, which is critical for modeling of ion transport through the membrane and the prediction of cell performance. However, unrealistic assumptions in previous VRFB models, such as electroneutrality and discontinuities of ionic potential and ion concentrations at the M/E interfaces, lead to simulated results inconsistent with the theoretical analysis of ion adsorption in the membrane. To address this issue, this work proposes a continuous-Donnan effect-model using the Poisson equation coupled with the Nernst-Planck equation to describe variable distributions at the M/E interfaces. A one-dimensional transient VRFB model incorporating the Donnan effect is developed. It is demonstrated that the present model enables (i) a more realistic simulation of continuous distributions of ion concentrations and ionic potential throughout the membrane and (ii) a more comprehensive estimation for the effect of the fixed charge concentration on species crossover across the membrane and cell performance.

  13. Preparation,-Characterization and Anti-Glioma Effects of Docetaxel-Incorporated Albumin-Lipid Nanoparticles.

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    Gao, Huile; Cao, Shijie; Yang, Zhi; Zhang, Shuang; Zhang, Qizhi; Jiang, Xinguo

    2015-12-01

    Poor aqueous solubility is a serious problem for most chemotherapeutics. Docetaxel (DTX), an inhibitor of microtubule depolymerization, is frequently used to treat many malignancies. However, the surfactant used in its commercial preparation (Taxotere) has proven problematic in clinical use because it has been associated with several side effects. By utilizing the high DTX-loading property of albumin, a new formulation, DTX-incorporated albumin-lipid nanoparticles (DNPs), was prepared and evaluated. DTX was bound to albumin in vitro and dispersed by egg yolk lecithin. The DNP particle size was 110.1 nm, while the average DNP zeta potential was -2.95 mV. The median lethal dose of DNPs was 180.6 mg/kg, which was 75.3% higher than that of Taxotere. DNPs could effectively inhibit the proliferation of several cell lines and induce cell apoptosis. In vivo imaging suggested that DNPs localize to and accumulate at the glioma site, which is likely due to the enhanced permeation and retention effects of DNPs. These pharmacological experiments further confirmed that DNPs can inhibit tumor growth, prolong the median survival time of mice with gliomas and induce higher levels of apoptosis. In conclusion, this novel formulation of DTX (DNPs) displayed lower toxicity and a superior anti-glioma effect relative to standard DTX preparations. PMID:26510308

  14. Modeling Electrokinetic Flows by the Smoothed Profile Method

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    Luo, Xian; Beskok, Ali; Karniadakis, George Em

    2010-01-01

    We propose an efficient modeling method for electrokinetic flows based on the Smoothed Profile Method (SPM) [14] and spectral element discretizations. The new method allows for arbitrary differences in the electrical conductivities between the charged surfaces and the the surrounding electrolyte solution. The electrokinetic forces are included into the flow equations so that the Poisson-Boltzmann and electric charge continuity equations are cast into forms suitable for SPM. The method is validated by benchmark problems of electroosmotic flow in straight channels and electrophoresis of charged cylinders. We also present simulation results of electrophoresis of charged microtubules, and show that the simulated electrophoretic mobility and anisotropy agree with the experimental values. PMID:20352076

  15. Numerical simulation of electrokinetic potentials associated with subsurface fluid flow

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    Ishido, Tsuneo; Pritchett, John W.

    1996-01-24

    A postprocessor has been developed to calculate space/time distributions of electrokinetic potentials resulting from histories of underground conditions (pressure, temperature, flowrate, etc.) computed by multi-phase multicomponent unsteady multidimensional geothermal reservoir simulations. Electrokinetic coupling coefficients are computed by the postprocessor using formulations based on experimental work reported by Ishido and Mzutani (1981). The purpose of the present study is to examine whether or not self-potential anomalies actually observed in real geothermal fields are consistent with quantitative mathematical reservoir models constructed using conventional reservoir engineering data. The most practical application of the postprocessor appears to be modeling self-potential changes induced by field-wide geothermal fluid production. Repeat self-potential surveying appears to be promising as a geophysical monitoring technique to provide constraints on mathematical reservoir models, in a similar fashion to the use of repeat microgravity surveys.

  16. Feasibility of electrokinetic soil remediation in horizontal Lasagna cells.

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    Roulier, M; Kemper, M; Al-Abed, S; Murdoch, L; Cluxton, P; Chen, J; Davis-Hoover, W

    2000-10-01

    An integrated soil remediation technology called Lasagna has been developed that combines electrokinetics with treatment zones for use in low permeability soils where the rates of hydraulic and electrokinetic transport are too low to be useful for remediation of contaminants. The technology was developed by two groups, one involving industrial partners and the DOE and another involving US EPA and the University of Cincinnati, who pursued different electrode geometries. The Industry/DOE group has demonstrated the technology using electrodes and treatment zones installed vertically from the soil surface. We have demonstrated the feasibility of installing horizontal electrodes and treatment zones in subsurface soils by hydraulic fracturing, a process that we adapted from petroleum industry practices. When horizontal electrodes were connected to a dc power supply, uniform electrical potential gradients of 10-40 V/m were created in soil between the electrodes, inducing electroosmotic flow that facilitated movement of water and contaminants into treatment zones between the electrodes. PMID:10946126

  17. Testing and evaluation of electrokinetic decontamination of concrete

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    DePaoli, D.W.; Harris, M.T.; Ally, M.R.

    1996-10-01

    The goals and objectives of the technical task plan (TTP) are to (1) describe the nature and extent of concrete contamination within the Department of Energy (DOE) complex and emerging and commercial technologies applicable to these problems; (2) to match technologies to the concrete problems and recommend up to four demonstrations; (3) to initiate recommended demonstrations; and (4) to continue investigation and evaluation of the application of electrokinetic decontamination processes to concrete. This document presents findings of experimental and theoretical studies of the electrokinetic decontamination (EK) process and their implications for field demonstrations. This effort is an extension of the work performed under TTP 142005, ``Electroosmotic Concrete Decontamination. The goals of this task were to determine the applicability of EK for treating contaminated concrete and, if warranted, to evaluate EK as a potential technology for demonstration. 62 refs.

  18. Bubble-free electrokinetic flow with propylene carbonate.

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    Sritharan, Deepa; Chen, Abraham Simpson; Aluthgama, Prabhath; Naved, Bilal; Smela, Elisabeth

    2015-10-01

    For electroosmotic pumping, a large direct-current (DC) electric field (10+ V/cm) is applied across a liquid, typically an aqueous electrolyte. At these high voltages, water undergoes electrolysis to form hydrogen and oxygen, generating bubbles that can block the electrodes, cause pressure fluctuations, and lead to pump failure. The requirement to manage these gases constrains system designs. This article presents an alternative polar liquid for DC electrokinetic pumping, propylene carbonate (PC), which remains free of bubbles up to at least 10 kV/cm. This offers the opportunity to create electrokinetic devices in closed configurations, which we demonstrate with a fully sealed microfluidic hydraulic actuator. Furthermore, the electroosmotic velocity of PC is similar to that of water in PDMS microchannels. Thus, water could be substituted by PC in existing electroosmotic pumps. PMID:26178406

  19. Electrokinetic removal of Cu and Zn in anaerobic digestate: interrelation between metal speciation and electrokinetic treatments.

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    Zhu, Neng-min; Chen, Mengjun; Guo, Xu-jing; Hu, Guo-quan; Yu-Deng

    2015-04-01

    In recent years, a potential controversy has arisen that whether the metal speciation in solid matrix determined its electrokinetic (EK) removal efficiency or by contrast. In present study, Cu and Zn in anaerobic digestate were selected as candidates to investigate the relation between the species of metal and EK treatment. The obtained results show that the removal efficiency for each fraction decreased in the order as follows: exchangeable ≥ bound to carbonates > bound to Fe-Mn oxides>bound to organic matters > residual. For both Cu and Zn, their total removal performance was dependent on their dominant fraction in the digestate. A constant pH maintenance around the digestate via circulation of acid electrolyte is an optional operation because a strong acid atmosphere (pH < 2) around the digestate can be formed automatically as EK time elapses. Despite that many reactions occurred during EK process, the species distribution of Cu and Zn in the digestate determined their total EK removal efficiency essentially. PMID:25562809

  20. Effects of Toxic Substances on Natural Bacterial Assemblages Determined by Means of [3H]Thymidine Incorporation

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    Riemann, Bo; Lindgaard-Jrgensen, Palle

    1990-01-01

    The effects of 3,5-dichlorophenol, 2,4-dinitrophenol, and potassium dichromate on natural bacterial assemblages were examined by means of [3H]thymidine incorporation into trichloroacetic acid-insoluble material. Results from a large number of coastal marine and freshwater samples suggest the following. (i) The effects of the three toxicants included reductions in the bacterial cell number as well as changes in rates of [3H]thymidine incorporation and in [3H]thymidine incorporation per cell. The concentrations that inhibited [3H]thymidine incorporation by 50% ranged from 3 to 11 mg liter?1 for 3,5-dichlorophenol, 6 to 10 mg liter?1 for 2,4-dinitrophenol, and 21 to 123 mg liter?1 for potassium dichromate, with a tendency to higher values in bacterial assemblages from more eutrophic environments. (ii) The effects of 3,5-dichlorophenol and potassium dichromate determined by [3H]leucine incorporation into bacterial protein were similar or larger than those obtained from [3H]thymidine incorporation. (iii) Two to four hours of exposure to the toxicants was necessary before stable maximum effects were found in [3H]thymidine incorporation. (iv) Storage of natural environmental samples should be avoided, since tests with water stored for 1 to 3 days sometimes produced results different from results obtained from in situ tests. (v) The effects of 3,5-dichlorophenol, 2,4-dinitrophenol, and potassium dichromate on natural bacterial assemblages were relatively constant during periods with different growth rates in the assemblages, during various periods of the year, and between samples from freshwater and marine localities. With some precautions, [3H]thymidine incorporation can be used as a quick and sensitive method for determining the effects of toxicants on aquatic bacterial assemblages from natural environmental samples. PMID:16348108

  1. Hydrodynamics and electrokinetics of spherical liposomes with coatings of terminally anchored poly(ethylene glycol): numerically exact electrokinetics with self-consistent mean-field polymer.

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    Hill, Reghan J

    2004-11-01

    A detailed theoretical model is presented to interpret electrokinetic experiments performed on colloids with uncharged polymer layers. The methodology removes many of the degrees of freedom that otherwise have to be accounted for by adopting multiple empirical fitting parameters. Furthermore, the level of detail provides a firm basis for future studies examining liposome surface chemistry and charge, surface-charge mobility, and the dynamics of adsorbed polymer on fluidlike membranes. The model predictions are compared with experimental measurements of the electrophoretic mobility of stealth liposomes with molecular weights of terminally anchored poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) in the range 0.35-10 kg mol(-1) [J.A. Cohen and V.A. Khorosheva, Colloids Surf. A 195, 113 (2001)]. The experimental data are interpreted by drawing upon self-consistent mean-field calculations of the polymer segment density distributions and numerically exact solutions of the governing transport equations [R.J. Hill, D.A. Saville, and W.B. Russel, J. Colloid Interface Sci. 258, 56 (2003)]. The approach leads to excellent agreement between theory and experiment with one adjustable parameter--the hydrodynamic size (Stokes radius) a(s) approximately equal to 0.175 A of the statistical PEG segments with (Kuhn) length l=7.1 A . The remarkably small Stokes radius is demonstrated to be consistent with other applications of the well-known Debye-Brinkman model and, consequently, this work reveals important limitations of the mean-field hydrodynamic model. Despite such limitations, the "full" electrokinetic model is robust in its predictive capacity. The molecular weights of the terminally anchored PEG span the range where the coatings undergo a transition from mushroomlike to brushlike conformations, and the hydrodynamic size and electrophoretic mobility of the liposomes are demonstrated to be sensitive to the PEG chain length and the effects of double-layer polarization. PMID:15600617

  2. Methods for incorporating effects of LWR coolant environment into ASME code fatigue evaluations.

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    Chopra, O. K.

    1999-04-15

    The ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code provides rules for the construction of nuclear power plant components. Appendix I to Section HI of the Code specifies design fatigue curves for structural materials. However, the effects of light water reactor (LWR) coolant environments are not explicitly addressed by the Code design curves. Recent test data illustrate potentially significant effects of LWR environments on the fatigue resistance of carbon and low-alloy steels and austenitic stainless steels (SSs). Under certain loading and environmental conditions, fatigue lives of carbon and low-alloy steels can be a factor of {approx}70 lower in an LWR environment than in air. These results raise the issue of whether the design fatigue curves in Section III are appropriate for the intended purpose. This paper presents the two methods that have been proposed for incorporating the effects of LWR coolant environments into the ASME Code fatigue evaluations. The mechanisms of fatigue crack initiation in carbon and low-alloy steels and austenitic SSs in LWR environments are discussed.

  3. Optimization of an electrokinetic mixer for microfluidic applications

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    Bockelmann, Hendryk; Heuveline, Vincent; Barz, Dominik P. J.

    2012-01-01

    This work is concerned with the investigation of the concentration fields in an electrokinetic micromixer and its optimization in order to achieve high mixing rates. The mixing concept is based on the combination of an alternating electrical excitation applied to a pressure-driven base flow in a meandering microchannel geometry. The electrical excitation induces a secondary electrokinetic velocity component, which results in a complex flow field within the meander bends. A mathematical model describing the physicochemical phenomena present within the micromixer is implemented in an in-house finite-element-method code. We first perform simulations comparable to experiments concerned with the investigation of the flow field in the bends. The comparison of the complex flow topology found in simulation and experiment reveals excellent agreement. Hence, the validated model and numerical schemes are employed for a numerical optimization of the micromixer performance. In detail, we optimize the secondary electrokinetic flow by finding the best electrical excitation parameters, i.e., frequency and amplitude, for a given waveform. Two optimized electrical excitations featuring a discrete and a continuous waveform are discussed with respect to characteristic time scales of our mixing problem. The results demonstrate that the micromixer is able to achieve high mixing degrees very rapidly. PMID:22712034

  4. Analysis of flavonoids by capillary zone electrophoresis with electrokinetic supercharging.

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    Zhong, Hao; Yao, Qingqiang; Breadmore, Michael C; Li, Yumei; Lu, Yuanqi

    2011-11-01

    On-line concentration via Electrokinetic Supercharging (EKS) was used to enhance the sensitivity of the capillary electrophoretic separation of the four flavonoids naringenin, hesperetin, naringin and hesperidin. Separation conditions, including the background electrolyte pH and concentration, the length and choice of terminator and the electrokinetic injection time were optimized. The optimum conditions were: a background electrolyte of 30 mM sodium tetraborate (pH 9.5) containing 5% (v/v) of methanol, electrokinetic injection of the sample (130 s, -10 kV) followed by hydrodynamic injecting of 100 mM 2-(cyclohexylamino)ethanesulfonic acid (CHES) (17 s, 0.5 psi) as terminator, and separation with -20 kV. Under these conditions the four flavonoids could be separated with a sample-to-sample time of 15 min and detection limits from 2.0 to 6.8 ng mL(-1). When compared to a conventional hydrodynamic injection the sensitivity was enhanced between 824 and 1515 times which is 7.6-16 times higher than other CE methods for the on-line concentration of flavonoids. The applicability of the developed method was demonstrated by the detection of the four flavonoids in an aqueous extract of Clematis hexapetala pall. PMID:21949941

  5. Principles of Micellar Electrokinetic Capillary Chromatography Applied in Pharmaceutical Analysis

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    Hancu, Gabriel; Simon, Brigitta; Rusu, Aura; Mircia, Eleonora; Gyresi, rpd

    2013-01-01

    Since its introduction capillary electrophoresis has shown great potential in areas where electrophoretic techniques have rarely been used before, including here the analysis of pharmaceutical substances. The large majority of pharmaceutical substances are neutral from electrophoretic point of view, consequently separations by the classic capillary zone electrophoresis; where separation is based on the differences between the own electrophoretic mobilities of the analytes; are hard to achieve. Micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatography, a hybrid method that combines chromatographic and electrophoretic separation principles, extends the applicability of capillary electrophoretic methods to neutral analytes. In micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatography, surfactants are added to the buffer solution in concentration above their critical micellar concentrations, consequently micelles are formed; micelles that undergo electrophoretic migration like any other charged particle. The separation is based on the differential partitioning of an analyte between the two-phase system: the mobile aqueous phase and micellar pseudostationary phase. The present paper aims to summarize the basic aspects regarding separation principles and practical applications of micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatography, with particular attention to those relevant in pharmaceutical analysis. PMID:24312804

  6. Cost-effective bioregeneration of nitrate-laden ion exchange brine through deliberate bicarbonate incorporation.

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    Li, Qi; Huang, Bin; Chen, Xin; Shi, Yi

    2015-05-15

    Bioregeneration of nitrate-laden ion exchange brine is desired to minimize its environmental impacts, but faces common challenges, i.e., enriching sufficient salt-tolerant denitrifying bacteria and stabilizing brine salinity and alkalinity for stable brine biotreatment and economically removing undesired organics derived in biotreatment. Incorporation of 0.25 M bicarbonate in 0.5 M chloride brine little affected resin regeneration but created a benign alkaline condition to favor bio-based brine regeneration. The first-quarter sulfate-mainly enriched spent brine (SB) was acidified with carbon source acetic acid for using CaCl2 at an efficiency >80% to remove sulfate. Residual Ca(2+) was limited below 2 mM by re-mixing the first-quarter and remained SB to favor denitrification. Under [Formula: see text] system buffered pH condition (8.3-8.8), nitrate was removed at 0.90 gN/L/d by hematite-enriched well-settled activated sludge (SVI 8.5 ml/g) and the biogenic alkalinity was retained as bicarbonate. The biogenic alkalinity met the need of alkalinity in removing residual Ca(2+) after sulfate removal and in CaCl2-induced CaCO3 flocculation to remove 63% of soluble organic carbon (SOC) in biotreated brine. Carbon-limited denitrification was also operated after activated sludge acclimation with sulfide to cut SOC formation during denitrification. Overall, this bicarbonate-incorporation approach, stabilizing the brine salinity and alkalinity for stable denitrification and economical removal of undesired SOC, suits long-term cost-effective brine bioregeneration. PMID:25746960

  7. Incorporating translational research with clinical research to increase effectiveness in healthcare for better health

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    2014-01-01

    Background The transfer of new scientific discoveries into healthcare interventions requires that basic and clinical researchers work together with health care providers to generate team science. These innovative models require translational teams, and need to extend beyond the academic environment. The future of translational science requires partnerships with the healthcare community as well as the broader, general community. This new integrated model of effective translational teams holds promise for addressing thorny and persistent health disparities, is consistent with the nations strategic priority of eliminating health disparities, and bodes well for increasing healthcare effectiveness aimed at better health for all. Discussion As part of the 13th Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) International Symposium on Health Disparities, several senior academic leaders joined efforts to hold a workshop to discuss a model that considers the incorporation of two translational research strategies in research career development programs: Comparative effectiveness research (CER) and community-based participatory research (CBPR) for increasing healthcare effectiveness and eliminating healthcare disparities. Discussion included what issues may be most germane to the concept of a unified model for research workforce development through formal training and career development leading to increased effectiveness in healthcare for better health. Summary We believe that there is a gap in knowledge and skills in formal research career development programs that will enable physicians, other clinicians, and basic scientists to actively participate in these two translational research strategies. The purpose of this paper is to share the outcomes of these discussions, and encourage further discussion and possible innovation in the formulation of a new model for translational research workforce development. PMID:25024819

  8. Effect of incorporation of ethylene glycol into PEDOT:PSS on electron phonon coupling and conductivity

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    Lin, Yow-Jon Ni, Wei-Shih; Lee, Jhe-You

    2015-06-07

    The effect of incorporation of ethylene glycol (EG) into poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) on electron phonon coupling and conductivity is investigated. It is shown that the carrier density (N{sub C}) increases significantly and the carrier mobility (μ) increases slightly at 300 K. The increased intensity of the Raman spectrum between 1400 and 1450 cm{sup −1}, following EG treatment (that is, the quinoid-dominated structures of the PEDOT chain), leads to an increase in the number of polarons (bipolarons), which leads to an increase in N{sub C}. In addition, μ in PEDOT:PSS samples with or without EG addition exhibits a strong temperature dependence, which demonstrates the dominance of tunneling (hopping) at low (high) temperatures. The high conductivity of PEDOT:PSS samples with the addition of EG is attributed to the combined effect of the modification of the electron-phonon coupling and the increase in N{sub C} (μ)

  9. Design of reactive crystallization systems incorporating kinetics and mass-transfer effects

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    Kelkar, V.V.; Ng, K.M.

    1999-01-01

    A coherent approach for the design of reactive crystallization systems is presented by incorporating reaction and crystallization kinetics, and mass transfer, into an existing equilibrium-based conceptual design method. A generic model for a well-mixed crystallizer is developed; it is applicable to reacting systems with any number of components. The reaction, mass-transfer and dissolution Damhoehler numbers, and the nucleation and growth numbers which result from the generic model, represent the relative rates of the individual steps, and their effect on the resulting crystal-size distribution and the crystallizer productivity is discussed. Estimates are provided for the typical values of the dimensionless numbers. To describe the solubility behavior of solid-liquid systems, a generalized equation for the isothermal solubility of a solute in the presence of an arbitrary number of other components is presented. The effects of the dimensionless numbers on the process paths are shown on the phase diagrams for systems involving up to four components. The utility of this integrated approach in the design of reactive crystallization systems is discussed using examples involving single and coprecipitation systems, and a salting out crystallization system.

  10. Local reduced-density-matrix-functional theory: Incorporating static correlation effects in Kohn-Sham equations

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    Lathiotakis, Nektarios N.; Helbig, Nicole; Rubio, Angel; Gidopoulos, Nikitas I.

    2014-09-01

    We propose a scheme to bring reduced-density-matrix-functional theory into the realm of density functional theory (DFT) that preserves the accurate density functional description at equilibrium, while incorporating accurately static and left-right correlation effects in molecules and keeping the good computational performance of DFT-based schemes. The key ingredient is to relax the requirement that the local potential is the functional derivative of the energy with respect to the density. Instead, we propose to restrict the search for the approximate natural orbitals within a domain where these orbitals are eigenfunctions of a single-particle Hamiltonian with a local effective potential. In this way, fractional natural occupation numbers are accommodated into Kohn-Sham equations allowing for the description of molecular dissociation without breaking spin symmetry. Additionally, our scheme provides a natural way to connect an energy eigenvalue spectrum to the approximate natural orbitals and this spectrum is found to represent accurately the ionization potentials of atoms and small molecules.

  11. The effectiveness of incorporating a real-time oculometer system in a commercial flight training program

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    Jones, D. H.; Coates, G. D.; Kirby, R. H.

    1983-01-01

    The effectiveness of incroporating a real-time oculometer system into a Boeing 737 commercial flight training program was studied. The study combined a specialized oculometer system with sophisticated video equipment that would allow instructor pilots (IPs) to monitor pilot and copilot trainees' instrument scan behavior in real-time, and provide each trainee with video tapes of his/her instrument scanning behavior for each training session. The IPs' performance ratings and trainees' self-ratings were compared to the performance ratings by IPs and trainees in a control group. The results indicate no difference in IP ratings or trainees' self-ratings for the control and experimental groups. The results indicated that the major beneficial role of a real-time oculometer system for pilots and copilots having a significant amount of flight experience would be for problem solving or refinement of instrument scanning behavior rather than a general instructional scheme. It is suggested that this line of research be continued with the incorporation of objective data (e.g., state of the aircraft data), measures of cost effectiveness and with trainees having less flight experience.

  12. Economic impacts of noxious facilities: Incorporating the effects of risk aversion

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    Nieves, L.A.

    1993-09-01

    Developing new sites for noxious facilities has become a complex process with many potential pitfalls. In addition to the need to negotiate conditions acceptable to the host community, siting success may depend on the facility proposer`s ability to identify a candidate site that not only meets technical requirements, but that is located in a community or region whose population is not highly averse to the risks associated with the type of facility being proposed. Success may also depend on the proposer accurately assessing potential impacts of the facility and offering an equitable compensation package to the people affected by it. Facility impact assessments, as typically performed, include only the effects of changes in population, employment and economic activity associated with facility construction and operation. Because of their scope, such assessments usually show a short-run, net economic benefit for the host region, making the intensely negative public reaction to some types and locations of facilities seem unreasonable. The impact component excluded from these assessments is the long-run economic effect of public perceptions of facility risk and nuisance characteristics. Recent developments in psychological and economic measurement techniques have opened the possibility of correcting this flaw by incorporating public perceptions in projections of economic impacts from noxious facilities.

  13. Stability and electrokinetic potential of silicon carbide suspensions in aqueous organic media

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    Yeremenko, B. V.; Lyubchenko, I. N.; Skobets, I. Y.

    1984-01-01

    The method of electroosmosis was used to study the dependence of the electrokinetic potential of silicon carbide suspensions in mixtures of water -n. alcohol. The reasons for the dependence of the electrokinetic potential on the composition of the intermicellar liquid are discussed.

  14. A non-classical Kirchhoff plate model incorporating microstructure, surface energy and foundation effects

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    Gao, X.-L.; Zhang, G. Y.

    2016-03-01

    A new non-classical Kirchhoff plate model is developed using a modified couple stress theory, a surface elasticity theory and a two-parameter elastic foundation model. A variational formulation based on Hamilton's principle is employed, which leads to the simultaneous determination of the equations of motion and the complete boundary conditions and provides a unified treatment of the microstructure, surface energy and foundation effects. The new plate model contains a material length scale parameter to account for the microstructure effect, three surface elastic constants to describe the surface energy effect, and two foundation moduli to represent the foundation effect. The current non-classical plate model reduces to its classical elasticity-based counterpart when the microstructure, surface energy and foundation effects are all suppressed. In addition, the newly developed plate model includes the models considering the microstructure dependence or the surface energy effect or the foundation influence alone as special cases and recovers the Bernoulli-Euler beam model incorporating the microstructure, surface energy and foundation effects. To illustrate the new model, the static bending and free vibration problems of a simply supported rectangular plate are analytically solved by directly applying the general formulas derived. For the static bending problem, the numerical results reveal that the deflection of the simply supported plate with or without the elastic foundation predicted by the current model is smaller than that predicted by the classical model. Also, it is observed that the difference in the deflection predicted by the new and classical plate models is very large when the plate thickness is sufficiently small, but it is diminishing with the increase of the plate thickness. For the free vibration problem, it is found that the natural frequency predicted by the new plate model with or without the elastic foundation is higher than that predicted by the classical plate model, and the difference is significant for very thin plates. These predicted trends of the size effect at the micron scale agree with those observed experimentally. In addition, it is shown both analytically and numerically that the presence of the elastic foundation reduces the plate deflection and increases the plate natural frequency, as expected.

  15. A non-classical Kirchhoff plate model incorporating microstructure, surface energy and foundation effects

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    Gao, X.-L.; Zhang, G. Y.

    2015-02-01

    A new non-classical Kirchhoff plate model is developed using a modified couple stress theory, a surface elasticity theory and a two-parameter elastic foundation model. A variational formulation based on Hamilton's principle is employed, which leads to the simultaneous determination of the equations of motion and the complete boundary conditions and provides a unified treatment of the microstructure, surface energy and foundation effects. The new plate model contains a material length scale parameter to account for the microstructure effect, three surface elastic constants to describe the surface energy effect, and two foundation moduli to represent the foundation effect. The current non-classical plate model reduces to its classical elasticity-based counterpart when the microstructure, surface energy and foundation effects are all suppressed. In addition, the newly developed plate model includes the models considering the microstructure dependence or the surface energy effect or the foundation influence alone as special cases and recovers the Bernoulli-Euler beam model incorporating the microstructure, surface energy and foundation effects. To illustrate the new model, the static bending and free vibration problems of a simply supported rectangular plate are analytically solved by directly applying the general formulas derived. For the static bending problem, the numerical results reveal that the deflection of the simply supported plate with or without the elastic foundation predicted by the current model is smaller than that predicted by the classical model. Also, it is observed that the difference in the deflection predicted by the new and classical plate models is very large when the plate thickness is sufficiently small, but it is diminishing with the increase of the plate thickness. For the free vibration problem, it is found that the natural frequency predicted by the new plate model with or without the elastic foundation is higher than that predicted by the classical plate model, and the difference is significant for very thin plates. These predicted trends of the size effect at the micron scale agree with those observed experimentally. In addition, it is shown both analytically and numerically that the presence of the elastic foundation reduces the plate deflection and increases the plate natural frequency, as expected.

  16. Effects of toxic substances on natural bacterial assemblages determined by means of ( sup 3 H)thymidine incorporation

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    Riemann, B., Lindgaard-Jorgensen, P. )

    1990-01-01

    The effects of 3,5-dichlorophenol, 2,4-dinitrophenol, and potassium dichromate on natural bacterial assemblages were examined by means of ({sup 3}H)thymidine incorporation into trichloroacetic acid-insoluble material. Results from a large number of coastal marine and freshwater samples suggest the following. (i) The effects of the three toxicants included reductions in the bacterial cell number as well as changes in rates of ({sup 3}H)thymidine incorporation and in ({sup 3}H)thymidine incorporation per cell. The concentrations that inhibited ({sup 3}H)thymidine incorporation by 50% ranged from 3 to 11 mg liter{sup {minus}1} for 3,5-dichlorophenol, 5 to 10 mg liter{sup {minus}1} for 2,4-dinitrophenol, and 21 to 123 mg liter{sup {minus}1} for potassium dichromate, with a tendency to higher values in bacterial assemblages from more eutrophic environments. (ii) The effects of 3,5-dichlorophenol and potassium dichromate determined by ({sup 3}H) leucine incorporation into bacterial protein were similar or larger than those obtained from ({sup 3}H) thymidine incorporation. (III) Two to four hours of exposure to the toxicants was necessary before stable maximum effects were found in ({sup 3}H)thymidine incorporation. (IV) Storage of natural environmental samples should be avoided, since tests with water stored for 1 to 3 days sometimes produced results different from results obtained from in situ tests. (V) The effects of 3,5-dichlorophenol, 2,4-dinitrophenol, and potassium dichromate on natural bacterial assemblages were relatively constant during periods with different growth rates in the assemblages, during various periods of the year, and between samples from freshwater and marine localities.

  17. High electrokinetic energy conversion efficiency in charged nanoporous nitrocellulose/sulfonated polystyrene membranes.

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    Haldrup, Sofie; Catalano, Jacopo; Hansen, Michael Ryan; Wagner, Manfred; Jensen, Grethe Vestergaard; Pedersen, Jan Skov; Bentien, Anders

    2015-02-11

    The synthesis, characterization, and electrokinetic energy conversion performance have been investigated experimentally in a charged polymeric membrane based on a blend of nitrocellulose and sulfonated polystyrene. The membrane is characterized by a moderate ion exchange capacity and a relatively porous structure with average pore diameter of 11 nm. With electrokinetic energy conversion, pressure can be converted directly into electric energy and vice versa. From the electrokinetic transport properties, a remarkably large intrinsic maximum efficiency of 46% is found. It is anticipated that the results are an experimental verification of theoretical models that predict high electrokinetic energy conversion efficiency in pores with high permselectivity and hydrodynamic slip flow. Furthermore, the result is a promising step for obtaining efficient low-cost electrokinetic generators and pumps for small or microscale applications. PMID:25555128

  18. Effects of gas flow rate on deposition rate and number of Si clusters incorporated into a-Si:H films

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    Toko, Susumu; Torigoe, Yoshihiro; Keya, Kimitaka; Seo, Hyunwoong; Itagaki, Naho; Koga, Kazunori; Shiratani, Masaharu

    2016-01-01

    The suppression of cluster incorporation into a-Si:H films is the key to better film stability, because incorporated clusters contribute to the formation of SiH2 bonds and hence lead to light-induced degradation of the films. To deposit stable a-Si:H solar cells at a high deposition rate (DR), we studied the effects of the gas flow rate on DR and the number of Si clusters incorporated into a-Si:H films with discharge power as a parameter, using a multihollow discharge-plasma chemical vapor deposition method. We succeeded in depositing high-quality a-Si:H films with the incorporation of few clusters at DR of 0.1 nm/s. We also found that, under a low gas flow rate and a high discharge power, high-density clusters exist in plasma and hence DR is reduced as a result of radical loss to the clusters.

  19. Electrokinetic control of sample splitting at a channel bifurcation using isotachophoresis

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    Persat, Alexandre; G Santiago, Juan

    2009-07-01

    We present a novel method for accurately splitting ionic samples at microchannel bifurcations. We leverage isotachophoresis (ITP) to focus and transport sample through a one-inlet, two-outlet microchannel bifurcation. We actively control the proportion of splitting by controlling potentials at end-channel reservoirs (and thereby controlling the current ratio). We explore the effect of buffer chemistry and local electric field on splitting dynamics and propose and validate a simple Kirchoff-type rule controlling the split ratio. We explore the effects of large applied electric fields on sample splitting and attribute a loss of splitting accuracy to electrohydrodynamic instabilities. We propose a scaling analysis to characterize the onset of this instability. This scaling is potentially useful for other electrokinetic flow problems with self-sharpening interfaces.

  20. Doping effects on proton incorporation and conduction in SrZrO3.

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    Shi, Chunsheng; Morinaga, Masahiko

    2006-04-30

    The doping effects on the proton incorporation and protonic conductivity of perovskite-type SrZrO3 were investigated using the density functional theory (DFT) with the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The optimized geometries, formation energies of hydrogen defect and activation energies for hydrogen diffusion in SrZrO3 doped with Al, Sc, Ga, Y, Rh, In, and Yb were calculated. It was shown that the doping leads to large local distortions around hydrogen and dopant ion, affecting the protonic conduction in these oxides. The alignment of hydrogen levels varies with the dopant introduced into the SrZrO3. In In-, Y-, Sc-, Ga-, and Al-doped SrZrO3, the H+ is the lowest energy state in all the bandgap. But for Yb- and Rh-doped SrZrO3, the H+ is the lowest energy state only when the Fermi energy below 2.37 and 2.66 eV, respectively. The estimates of the activation energy show good agreement between the measured and calculated activation energies. Also, the hydrogen diffusion seems to become more difficult as the distance between hydrogen and dopant ion decreases. PMID:16514593

  1. Antibacterial effects and biocompatibility of titanium surfaces with graded silver incorporation in titania nanotubes.

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    Mei, Shenglin; Wang, Huaiyu; Wang, Wei; Tong, Liping; Pan, Haobo; Ruan, Changshun; Ma, Qianli; Liu, Mengyuan; Yang, Huiling; Zhang, Liang; Cheng, Yicheng; Zhang, Yumei; Zhao, Lingzhou; Chu, Paul K

    2014-05-01

    Most commercial dental implants are made of titanium (Ti) because Ti possesses excellent properties such as osseointegration. However, many types of Ti products still suffer from insufficient antibacterial capability and bacterial infection after surgery remains one of the most common and intractable complications. In this study, a dual process encompassing anodization and silver plasma immersion ion implantation (Ag PIII) is utilized to produce titania nanotubes (TiO?-NTs) containing Ag at different sites and depths. The concentration and depth of the incorporated Ag can be tailored readily by changing the PIII parameters. The Ag-embedded TiO?-NTs which retain the nanotubular morphology are capable of sterilizing oral pathogens as opposed to pure Ti plates and pristine TiO?-NTs. Biological assays indicate that the in vitro and in vivo biocompatibility of the sample plasma-implanted at a lower voltage of 0.5 kV (NT-Ag-0.5) is significantly compromised due to the large amount of surface Ag. On the other hand, the sample implanted at 1 kV (NT-Ag-1.0) exhibits unimpaired effects due to the smaller surface Ag accumulation. Sample NT-Ag-1.0 is further demonstrated to possess sustained antibacterial properties due to the large embedded depth of Ag and the technique and resulting materials have large potential in dental implants. PMID:24565524

  2. Effect of 5-fluorouracil incorporation into pre-mRNA on RNA splicing in vitro

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    Doong, S.L.

    1988-01-01

    5-Fluorouracil(FUra) has been proven useful in the chemotherapy of a number of cancers. The mechanism underlying its cytotoxicity is controversial. We are interested in studying the FUra effect on the fidelity of the pre-mRNA splicing process. ({sup 32}P)-labeled human {beta}-globin pre-mRNA containing the first two exons and the first intervening sequence was synthesized in the presence of UTP, FUTP, or both. The appearance of a new minor spliced product was dependent on both the pH of the splicing reaction and the extent of FUra incorporation into pre-mRNA. At least 84% substitution of U by FUra was required to observe the presence of the abnormal splicing pathway. The new spliced product was sequenced and found to contain an additional 20 bases derived from the 3{prime} end of the intervening sequence. Nearest neighbor analysis, RNase T{sub 1} fingerprinting, and short primer extension experiments were carried out to assess the extent of transcription infidelity induced by FUra. Site directed mutagenesis was performed to determine the sequence(s) of FUra substitution which contribute to missplicing in vitro.

  3. Effect of polymer microsphere incorporation on impact performance of STF cotton fabric composite

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    Suhaimi, M. S.; Mohamed, R.; Faiza, M. A.

    2010-05-01

    Liquid body armor system is recently being used compared to conventional body armor due to its lightweight, highly flexibility and reduced layered fabric. Shear thickening fluid (STF) system comprising of Polymer Microsphere (PMS) and solvent media are exploited in this study. Polymer Microsphere (eg: PMS) in solvent media varies with viscosity upon different PMS composition with and without surfactant. Fabrication of STF fabric system using Cotton laminate were performed using hand lay up with fixed areal density of 40% PMS content. Impact performance was evaluated using knife pendulum impact tester. Impact strength was found to increase with incorporation of STF system. STF addition significantly improves stab resistance of fabric. There were improvements of impact energy absorption for cotton fabric at different volume of STF used with 3 layers. For the three layer systems, impact performance showed improvement of 27.62% using 4ml of STF compared to use of 8ml of STF (12.44% impact improvement). For Cotton STF fabric composite, the effectiveness of the penetration was raised upon higher fabric layers. Overall, the STF-Cotton fabric composite are totally failure during testing, because of the cotton fabric is a fabric, which has very low strength. The addition of STF onto the cotton fabric system will not make the fabric becomes highly impact resistance.

  4. Effect of flaxseed flour incorporation on the physical properties and consumer acceptability of cereal bars.

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    Khouryieh, H; Aramouni, F

    2013-12-01

    Extensive research has revealed numerous nutritional and health benefits of flaxseed due primarily to its nutrients content. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of flaxseed flour addition on the physical and sensory characteristics of cereal bars. Four formulations of the flaxseed cereal bars were prepared by partially replacing oats with flaxseed flour added at levels of 0 (control), 6%, 12% and 18%. There were no significant differences (p > 0.05) in water activity, moisture and firmness values between the flaxseed bars and control. Flaxseed addition significantly (p < 0.05) decreased lightness and increased redness of the bars. There were no significant differences (p > 0.05) between the 12% flax cereal bars and the control with respect to sensory attributes and overall acceptability. The overall acceptability for both 12% flax bars and the control was in between 'like moderately' and 'like slightly' on the 9-point hedonic scale. The overall acceptability was most highly correlated with flavor acceptability for both control (r = 0.80) and 12% flax (r = 0.82) cereal bars. Flaxseed bars provided 12% dietary fiber of the daily recommended value. These results indicated that flaxseed flour incorporation up to 12% substantially enhanced the nutritional qualities of the cereal bars without affecting their sensory and quality properties. PMID:23733813

  5. The effectiveness of triclosan-incorporated plastic against bacteria on beef surfaces.

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    Cutter, C N

    1999-05-01

    Triclosan is a nonionic, broad-spectrum, antimicrobial agent that has been incorporated into a variety of personal hygiene products, including hand soaps, deodorants, shower gels, mouthwashes, and toothpastes. In this study, plastic containing 1,500 ppm of triclosan was evaluated in plate overlay assays and meat experiments as a means of reducing populations of bacteria. Plate overlay assays indicated that the triclosan-incorporated plastic (TIP) inhibited the following organisms: Brochothrix thermosphacta ATCC 11509, Salmonella Typhimurium ATCC 14028, Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 12598, Bacillus subtilis ATCC 6051, Shigella flexneri ATCC 12022, Escherichia coli ATCC 25922, and several strains of E. coli O157:H7. In meat experiment 1, irradiated, lean beef surfaces inoculated with B. thermosphacta, Salmonella Typhimurium, E. coli O157:H7, or B. subtilis were covered with TIP, vacuum packaged, and stored for 24 h at 4 degrees C. Of the organisms tested, only populations of B. thermosphacta were slightly reduced. In meat experiment 2, prerigor beef surfaces were inoculated with E. coli O157: H7, Salmonella Typhimurium, or B. thermosphacta incubated at 4 degrees C for 24 h, wrapped in TIP or control plastic, vacuum packaged, and stored at 4 degrees C for up to 14 days. There was a slight reduction in the population of the organisms after initial application with TIP. However, bacterial populations following long-term, refrigerated (4 degrees C), vacuum-packaged storage up to 14 days were not statistically (P< or =0.05) or numerically different than controls. In meat experiment 3, even TIP-wrapped, vacuum-packaged beef samples that were temperature abused at 12 degrees C did not exhibit significant (P< or =0.05) or sustainable reductions after 14 days of 4 degrees C storage. Another study indicated that populations of E. coli O157:H7 or B. thermosphacta added directly to TIP were not affected after 2 h of refrigerated storage or that the antimicrobial activity could be extracted from the plastic. Additional experiments suggest that presence of fatty acids or adipose may diminish the antimicrobial activity of TIP on meat surfaces. This study demonstrates that while antimicrobial activity is detected against bacterial cultures in antimicrobial plate assays, plastic containing 1,500 ppm of triclosan does not effectively reduce bacterial populations on refrigerated, vacuum-packaged meat surfaces. PMID:10340667

  6. Effect of incorporating sugar beet pulp in the finisher diet on performance of geese.

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    Arroyo, J; Brachet, M; Dubois, J P; Lavigne, F; Molette, C; Bannelier, C; Fortun-Lamothe, L

    2015-04-01

    The aim of this work was to study the effects of incorporating sugar beet pulp (SBP) into the diet on the development of the crop and performance of geese. A total of 480 1-day-old ganders were divided into three groups differing in the composition and mode of distribution of the diet offered from day 56 to 89. The following two diets were used: a standard diet (nitrogen-corrected apparent metabolizable energy, AMEn 11.44 MJ/kg; 160 g/kg CP) or a diet containing 10% of SBP (SBP diet; AMEn 11.47 MJ/kg; 160 g/kg CP). The swelling capacity (SC) hydration was higher for SBP than for the standard diet (3.62 v. 2.72 ml of H2O/g of dry matter at 60 min; P<0.05). In the Control group, birds were fed with a controlled time of access to a standard diet. Other birds were fed the SBP diet with a controlled time of access (SBPt group) or a controlled quantity offered (SBPq). From day 90 to 104, 88 birds/group were overfed with a mixture containing mainly corn. Body traits including volume of the crop were measured at day 89. Fatty liver weight and commercial grading were measured at d 104. Feed intake from day 56 to 89 was higher in the Control group than in the SBPt group (8097 v. 7545 g; P<0.05), feed intake in the SBPq group being intermediate (7801 g); however, live weights (LW) of the birds were similar in the three groups measured at day 89 (5746 g; P>0.05). At day 89, the volume of the crop tended to be higher in the SBPt compared with the Control group (52.8 v. 48.8 ml/kg of LW; P=0.101). After overfeeding, feed intake (12 922 g), weight gain (2412 g), LW (8170 g), fatty liver weight (875 g) and commercial grading of the fatty liver were similar (P>0.1) for all the three groups. Therefore, SBP could help adapt the digestive tract of waterfowl to high feed intake through an increase in the crop volume, but its method of use - that is, level of incorporation and mode of distribution - should continue to be investigated. PMID:25434525

  7. Heteroatom incorporation effect in ?- and ?-electron systems: the sEDA(II) and pEDA(II) descriptors.

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    Mazurek, Andrzej; Dobrowolski, Jan Cz

    2012-03-16

    The effect of heteroatom or heteroatomic group incorporation into unsaturated five- and six-membered cyclic systems was studied by means of DFT/B3LYP/aug-cc-pVDZ calculations. Two descriptors of the incorporation effect, sEDA(II) and pEDA(II), reflecting the influence of the incorporated atom or group on the population of the ? and ? valence electrons, were constructed on the basis of natural bond orbital analysis. The sEDA(II) and pEDA(II) descriptors were shown to be linearly independent; the former correlated very well with electronegativity scales, whereas the latter correlated with NICS(1)(ZZ) and HOMA(CC) aromaticity indices. The two descriptors seem to be universal tools for analyzing different chemical and physicochemical effects occurring in unsaturated heterocyclic systems. PMID:22329449

  8. Electrokinetic filtration and separation of particles by size in single-spiral microchannels.

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    Dubose, John; Tupper, Nathaniel; Stonaker, John; Patel, Saurin; Xuan, Xiangchun

    2013-11-01

    In this talk we demonstrate the utility of single-spiral microchannels for the continuous filtration and separation of particles by size. The negative dielectrophoretic force used in manipulating particle trajectories arises from the continual non-uniformity of the imposed electric field within the curved channel. When subjected to an externally imposed direct current power supply to electrokinetically drive the flow, 5, 10, and 15 micrometer polystyrene beads in 1 mM phosphate buffer solutions are independently focused. The various experimentally determined voltages needed for complete particle focusing differ depending upon the diameter of the separate particle species, which allows for the possibility of the continuous filtration and separation of binary particle mixtures at the outlet of the single-spiral microchannel. We also demonstrate an effective separation of a ternary particle mixture by size in a single-spiral microchannel with multiple outlet reservoirs.

  9. On-line micellar electrokinetic chromatography-electrospray ionization mass spectrometry using anodically migrating micelles

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    Yang, L.; Harrata, A.K.; Lee, C.S.

    1997-05-15

    On-line micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC)-electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESIMS) is demonstrated for the analysis of chlorotriazine herbicides and barbiturates. In this study, the micellar velocity is directly manipulated by the adjustment of electroosmosis rather than the electrophoretic velocity of the micelle. The electroosmotic flow is adjusted against the electrophoretic velocity of the micelle by changing the solution pH in MEKC. The elimination of MEKC surfactant introduction into ESIMS is achieved with an anodically migrating micelle, moving away from the electrospray interface. The effects of moving surfactant boundary in the MEKC capillary on separation efficiency and resolution of triazine herbicides and barbiturates are investigated. The mass detection of herbicides and barbiturates sequentially eluted from the MEKC capillary is acquired using the positive and negative electrospray modes, respectively. 30 refs., 8 figs., 3 tabs.

  10. Self-consistent description of electrokinetic phenomena in particle-based simulations

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    Hernndez-Ortiz, Juan P.; de Pablo, Juan J.

    2015-07-01

    A new computational method is presented for study suspensions of charged particles undergoing fluctuating hydrodynamic and electrostatic interactions. The proposed model is appropriate for polymers, proteins, and porous particles embedded in a continuum electrolyte. A self-consistent Langevin description of the particles is adopted in which hydrodynamic and electrostatic interactions are included through a Green's function formalism. An Ewald-like split is adopted in order to satisfy arbitrary boundary conditions for the Stokeslet and Poisson Green functions, thereby providing a formalism that is applicable to any geometry and that can be extended to deformable objects. The convection-diffusion equation for the continuum ions is solved simultaneously considering Nernst-Planck diffusion. The method can be applied to systems at equilibrium and far from equilibrium. Its applicability is demonstrated in the context of electrokinetic motion, where it is shown that the ionic clouds associated with individual particles can be severely altered by the flow and concentration, leading to intriguing cooperative effects.

  11. Numerical homogenization of electrokinetic equations in porous media using lattice-Boltzmann simulations

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    Obliger, Amal; Duvail, Magali; Jardat, Marie; Coelho, Daniel; Bkri, Samir; Rotenberg, Benjamin

    2013-07-01

    We report the calculation of all the transfer coefficients which couple the solvent and ionic fluxes through a charged pore under the effect of pressure, electrostatic potential, and concentration gradients. We use a combination of analytical calculations at the Poisson-Nernst-Planck and Navier-Stokes levels of description and mesoscopic lattice simulations based on kinetic theory. In the absence of added salt, i.e., when the only ions present in the fluid are the counterions compensating the charge of the surface, exact analytical expressions for the fluxes in cylindrical pores allow us to validate a new lattice-Boltzmann electrokinetics (LBE) scheme which accounts for the osmotic contribution to the transport of all species. The influence of simulation parameters on the numerical accuracy is thoroughly investigated. In the presence of an added salt, we assess the range of validity of approximate expressions of the fluxes computed from the linearized Poisson-Boltzmann equation by a systematic comparison with LBE simulations.

  12. Interactions of structurally modified surfactants with reservoir minerals: Calorimetric, spectroscopic and electrokinetic study

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    Somasundaran, P.; Sivakumar, A.; Xu, Q.

    1991-03-01

    The objective of this project is to elucidate mechanisms of adsorption of structurally modified surfactants on reservoir minerals and to develop a full understanding of the effect of the surfactant structure on the nature of the adsorbed layers at the molecular level. An additional aim is to study the adsorption of surfactant mixtures on simple well-characterized minerals and on complex minerals representing real conditions. The practical goal of these studies is the identification of the optimum surfactant structures and their combinations for micellar flooding. In this work, the experiments on adsorption were focussed on the position of sulfonate and methyl groups on the aromatic ring of alkyl xylene sulfonates. A multi-pronged approach consisting of calorimetry, electrokinetics, wettability and spectroscopy is planned to elucidate the adsorption mechanism of surfactants and their mixtures on minerals such as alumina and kaolinite. 32 refs., 15 figs., 7 tabs.

  13. Electrokinetic electrode system for extraction of soil contaminants from unsaturated soils

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    Lindgren, Eric R.; Mattson, Earl D.

    1995-01-01

    There is presented an electrokinetic electrode assembly for use in extraction of soil contaminants from unsaturated soil in situ. The assembly includes a housing for retaining a liquid comprising an electrolyte solution, pure water, and soil water, the housing being in part of porous material capable of holding a vacuum. An electrode is mounted in the housing. The housing is provided with a vacuum orifice for effecting a vacuum within the housing selectively to control flow of soil water through the housing into the chamber and to control outflow of the liquid from the chamber. The assembly further includes conduit means for removing the liquid from the housing and returning the electrolyte solution to the housing, and a conduit for admitting pure water to the housing. There is further presented an electrode system and method for extraction of soil contaminants, the system and method utilizing at least two electrode assemblies as described above.

  14. Electrokinetic electrode system for extraction of soil contaminants from unsaturated soils

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    Lindgren, E.R.; Mattson, E.D.

    1995-07-25

    An electrokinetic electrode assembly is described for use in extraction of soil contaminants from unsaturated soil in situ. The assembly includes a housing for retaining a liquid comprising an electrolyte solution, pure water, and soil water, the housing being in part of porous material capable of holding a vacuum. An electrode is mounted in the housing. The housing is provided with a vacuum orifice for effecting a vacuum within the housing selectively to control flow of soil water through the housing into the chamber and to control outflow of the liquid from the chamber. The assembly further includes conduit means for removing the liquid from the housing and returning the electrolyte solution to the housing, and a conduit for admitting pure water to the housing. An electrode system and method are also revealed for extraction of soil contaminants. The system and method utilize at least two electrode assemblies as described above. 5 figs.

  15. AFM characterization of nanobubble formation and slip condition in oxygenated and electrokinetically altered fluids.

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    Bhushan, Bharat; Pan, Yunlu; Daniels, Stephanie

    2013-02-15

    Nanobubbles are gas-filled features that spontaneously form at the interface of hydrophobic surfaces and aqueous solutions. In this study, an atomic force microscope (AFM) was used to characterize the morphology of nanobubbles formed on hydrophobic polystyrene (PS) and octadecyltrichlorosilane (OTS) films immersed in DI water, saline, saline with oxygen and an electrokinetically altered saline solution produced with Taylor-Couette-Poiseuille flow under elevated oxygen pressure. AFM force spectroscopy was used to evaluate hydrodynamic and electrostatic forces and boundary slip condition in various fluids. The effect of solution, electric field and surface charge on shape, size and density of nanobubbles as well as slip length was quantified and the results and underlying mechanisms are presented in this paper. PMID:23123096

  16. Analyses of tobacco alkaloids by cation-selective exhaustive injection sweeping microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography.

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    Huang, Hsi-Ya; Hsieh, Shih-Huan

    2007-09-14

    In this study, an on-line concentration method which coupled cation-selective exhaustive injection (CSEI) sweeping technology with microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (MEEKC) was used to detect and analyze several tobacco alkaloids (nornicotine, anabasine, anatabine, nicotine, myosmine and cotinine) that are commonly found in various tobacco products. First, the effects of microemulsion compositions (oil, cosurfactant and solution pH) were examined in order to optimize the alkaloid separations in conventional MEEKC. The pH value and the injection length of basic plug were found to be the predominant influences on the alkaloid stacking. This optimal CSEI sweeping MEEKC method provided approximately 180- to 540-fold increase in detection sensitivity in terms of peak height without any loss in separation efficiency when compared to normal MEEKC separation. Furthermore, this proposed CSEI sweeping MEEKC method was applied successfully for the detection of the minor alkaloids nornicotine, anabasine and anatabine in tobacco products. PMID:17644105

  17. Electrokinetic and surface chemical characterizations of an irradiated microfiltration polysulfone membrane: comparison of two irradiation doses.

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    de Lara, R; Benavente, J

    2007-06-15

    The effect of ionizing radiation on the surface and electrokinetic characteristic parameters for a porous membrane of pore size 0.2 mum is determined and correlated with the irradiation dose (10 and 80 J/kg). Changes in NaCl permeability and membrane system electrical resistance determined from diffusion and impedance spectroscopy measurements are consistent with the increase of membrane pore radii/porosity, in agreement with SEM micrographs and reported results. Low irradiation dose seems to clean the membrane surface of impurities, according to XPS results, but the increase of irradiation doses could affect surface roughness. Due to the relatively high pore radius, ion transport numbers are practically independent of radiation and dose, but irradiation slightly modifies the membrane solution interface by increasing its weakly electronegative character, which could be of interest in the ultrafiltration of proteins or macromolecules. PMID:17349653

  18. Chiral separation of raltitrexed by cyclodextrin-modified micellar electrokinetic chromatography.

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    Liu, Yi; Fu, Xiaofang; Ma, Chao; Zhong, Jiasheng; Liao, Yiping; Liu, Huwei

    2009-01-01

    A rapid and effective method was developed for the chiral separation of raltitrexed (RD) enantiomers by carboxymethyl-beta-cyclodextrin (CM-beta-CD)-modified micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC). Optimization of conditions including the type and concentration of the chiral selector, concentration of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), pH and concentration of the background electrolyte (BGE), capillary temperature, and applied voltage was investigated. The enantiomers of raltitrexed could be separated with satisfactory resolution and linear response by using 75 mM Tris-phosphate at pH 8.0 containing 30 mM SDS and 8 mM CM-beta-CD as buffer system. Furthermore, the usefulness of this method was demonstrated in a purity test of a real synthetic drug sample. PMID:18931995

  19. Manure composition and incorporation effects on phosphorus in runoff following corn biomass removal.

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    Yage, Mara R; Andraski, Todd W; Laboski, Carrie A M

    2011-01-01

    Greater demand for corn ( L.) stover for bioenergy use may lead to increased corn production acreage with minimal surface residue cover, resulting in greater risk for soil erosion and phosphorus (P) losses in runoff. A rainfall simulation study was conducted to determine the effects of spring-applied dairy cow () manure (none, in-barn composted, and exterior walled-enclosure pit) with >200 g kg organic solids content following fall corn biomass removal with and without incorporation (chisel plow [CP] and no-till [NT]) on sediment and P in runoff. Runoff was collected from a 0.83-m area for 60 min following the onset of rainfall simulation (76 mm h), once in spring and once in fall. Runoff dissolved reactive P (DRP) and dissolved organic P (DOP) concentrations were positively correlated with manure P rate and were higher in NT compared with CP. Conversely, sediment and particulate P (PP) concentrations in runoff were inversely correlated with manure P rate (and manure solids) and were higher in CP compared with NT. Runoff volume where no manure was applied was higher in NT than in CP in spring but similar in fall. The addition of manure reduced runoff volumes by an average of 82% in NT and 42% in CP over spring and fall. Results from this study indicate that surface application of dairy manure with relatively high solids content may reduce sediment and PP losses in runoff without increasing the risk of increased DRP and DOP losses in the year of application where corn biomass is harvested. PMID:22031580

  20. Effect of silicate modulus and metakaolin incorporation on the carbonation of alkali silicate-activated slags

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    Bernal, Susan A.; Mejia de Gutierrez, Ruby; Provis, John L.; Rose, Volker

    2010-06-15

    Accelerated carbonation is induced in pastes and mortars produced from alkali silicate-activated granulated blast furnace slag (GBFS)-metakaolin (MK) blends, by exposure to CO{sub 2}-rich gas atmospheres. Uncarbonated specimens show compressive strengths of up to 63 MPa after 28 days of curing when GBFS is used as the sole binder, and this decreases by 40-50% upon complete carbonation. The final strength of carbonated samples is largely independent of the extent of metakaolin incorporation up to 20%. Increasing the metakaolin content of the binder leads to a reduction in mechanical strength, more rapid carbonation, and an increase in capillary sorptivity. A higher susceptibility to carbonation is identified when activation is carried out with a lower solution modulus (SiO{sub 2}/Na{sub 2}O ratio) in metakaolin-free samples, but this trend is reversed when metakaolin is added due to the formation of secondary aluminosilicate phases. High-energy synchrotron X-ray diffractometry of uncarbonated paste samples shows that the main reaction products in alkali-activated GBFS/MK blends are C-S-H gels, and aluminosilicates with a zeolitic (gismondine) structure. The main crystalline carbonation products are calcite in all samples and trona only in samples containing no metakaolin, with carbonation taking place in the C-S-H gels of all samples, and involving the free Na{sup +} present in the pore solution of the metakaolin-free samples. Samples containing metakaolin do not appear to have the same availability of Na{sup +} for carbonation, indicating that this is more effectively bound in the presence of a secondary aluminosilicate gel phase. It is clear that claims of exceptional carbonation resistance in alkali-activated binders are not universally true, but by developing a fuller mechanistic understanding of this process, it will certainly be possible to improve performance in this area.

  1. A glass capillary ultramicroelectrode with an electrokinetic sampling ability.

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    Hirano, A; Kanai, M; Nara, T; Sugawara, M

    2001-01-01

    A glass capillary ultramicroelectrode (tip diameter approximately 1.2 microm) having an electrokinetic sampling ability is described. It is composed of a pulled glass capillary filled with an inner solution and three internal electrodes (Pt working and counter electrodes and an Ag/AgCl reference electrode). The voltammetric response of the capillary electrode is based on electrokinetic transport of analyte ions from the sample solution into the inner solution across the conical tip. It was found that the electrophoretic migration of analytes at the conical tip is faster than electroosmotic flow, enabling electrokinetic transport of analyte ions into the inner solution of the electrode. By using [Fe(CN)6]4- and (ferrocenylmethyl)trimethylammonium (FcTMA+) ions as model analytes, differential pulse voltammetric responses of the capillary electrode were investigated in terms of tip diameter of the capillary, sampling voltage, sampling time, detection limit and selectivity. The magnitude of the response depends on the size and charge of analyte ions. With a capillary electrode having a approximately 1.2-microm tip diameter, which minimizes non-selective diffusional entry of analytes, the response after 1 h sampling at +1.7 V is linearly related to [Fe(CN)6]4- concentration in the range of 0.50-5.0 mM with the detection limit of 30 microM. Application of a potential of the same sign as that of the analyte ion forces the analyte to move out from the electrode to the solution, enabling reuse of the same capillary electrode. The charge-selective detection of analytes with the capillary electrode is demonstrated for [Fe(CN)6]4- in the presence of FcTMA+. PMID:11993675

  2. Spectral induced polarization for monitoring electrokinetic remediation processes

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    Masi, Matteo; Losito, Gabriella

    2015-12-01

    Electrokinetic remediation is an emerging technology for extracting heavy metals from contaminated soils and sediments. This method uses a direct or alternating electric field to induce the transport of contaminants toward the electrodes. The electric field also produces pH variations, sorption/desorption and precipitation/dissolution of species in the porous medium during remediation. Since heavy metal mobility is pH-dependent, the accurate control of pH inside the material is required in order to enhance the removal efficiency. The common approach for monitoring the remediation process both in laboratory and in the field is the chemical analysis of samples collected from discrete locations. The purpose of this study is the evaluation of Spectral Induced Polarization as an alternative method for monitoring geochemical changes in the contaminated mass during remediation. The advantage of this technique applied to field-scale is to offer higher resolution mapping of the remediation site and lower cost compared to the conventional sampling procedure. We carried out laboratory-scale electrokinetic remediation experiments on fine-grained marine sediments contaminated by heavy metal and we made Spectral Induced Polarization measurements before and after each treatment. Measurements were done in the frequency range 10- 3-103 Hz. By the deconvolution of the spectra using the Debye Decomposition method we obtained the mean relaxation time and total chargeability. The main finding of this work is that a linear relationship exists between the local total chargeability and pH, with good agreement. The observed behaviour of chargeability is interpreted as a direct consequence of the alteration of the zeta potential of the sediment particles due to pH changes. Such relationship has a significant value for the interpretation of induced polarization data, allowing the use of this technique for monitoring electrokinetic remediation at field-scale.

  3. Effect of Light on Mevalonic Acid Incorporation into the Phytosterols of Nicotiana tabacum L. Seedlings.

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    Bush, P B; Grunwald, C

    1973-01-01

    Mevalonic acid-2-(14)C was readily incorporated into the free, esterified, and glycosidic sterol fractions of tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L. var. Burley 21) seedlings. The time course of mevalonic acid-2-(14)C incorporation was different for the various individual sterols. Campesterol and sitosterol (group I) became radioactive as the free sterol and subsequently as the steryl ester. The reverse order was observed for cholesterol and stigmasterol (group II). Light stimulated the incorporation of mevalonic acid-2-(14)C into the group I free sterols and during the first 6 to 9 hours into the steryl esters of group II. The increase in specific radioactivity of the group II steryl esters was followed by a decline. Based on time course studies it is suggested that the group II steryl esters turn over rapidly and that light influences the rate of turnover. PMID:16658270

  4. Energetically stable discretizations for charge transport and electrokinetic models

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    Metti, Maximilian S.; Xu, Jinchao; Liu, Chun

    2016-02-01

    A finite element discretization using a method of lines approached is proposed for approximately solving the Poisson-Nernst-Planck (PNP) equations. This discretization scheme enforces positivity of the computed solutions, corresponding to particle density functions, and a discrete energy estimate is established that takes the same form as the energy law for the continuous PNP system. This energy estimate is extended to finite element solutions to an electrokinetic model, which couples the PNP system with the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations. Numerical experiments are conducted to validate convergence of the computed solution and verify the discrete energy estimate.

  5. Electrokinetic instability near charge-selective hydrophobic surfaces

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    Shelistov, V. S.; Demekhin, E. A.; Ganchenko, G. S.

    2014-07-01

    The influence of the texture of a hydrophobic surface on the electro-osmotic slip of the second kind and the electrokinetic instability near charge selective surfaces (permselective membranes, electrodes, or systems of microchannels and nanochannels) is investigated theoretically using a simple model based on the Rubinstein-Zaltzman approach. A simple formula is derived to evaluate the decrease in the instability threshold due to hydrophobicity. The study is complemented by numerical investigations both of linear and nonlinear instabilities near a hydrophobic membrane surface. Theory predicts a significant enhancement of the ion flux to the surface and shows a good qualitative agreement with the available experimental data.

  6. ELECTROKINETIC DENSIFICATION OF COAL FINES IN WASTE PONDS

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    E. James Davis

    1999-12-18

    The objective of this research was to demonstrate that electrokinetics can be used to remove colloidal coal and mineral particles from coal-washing ponds and lakes without the addition of chemical additives such as salts and polymeric flocculants. The specific objectives were: Design and develop a scaleable electrophoresis apparatus to clarify suspensions of colloidal coal and clay particles; Demonstrate the separation process using polluted waste water from the coal-washing facilities at the coal-fired power plants in Centralia, WA; Develop a mathematical model of the process to predict the rate of clarification and the suspension electrical properties needed for scale up.

  7. Separation of xylidine isomers by micellar electrokinetic chromatography.

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    Jeevan, R J; Chandrasekar, R; Bhaskar, M; Radhakrishana, G

    2001-08-01

    Xylidines are important precursors for the production of dyes, drugs, and various other products. Because of the high carcinogenic nature of some xylidine isomers it becomes very essential and relevant to develop suitable analytical procedures to separate isomers as well as enhance detection at very low concentrations. Micellar electrokinetic chromatography has been standardized at various influencing parameters such as pH, ionic strength, and micelle modifiers, and the optimum conditions have been ascertained for the best separation and sensitivity of standard mixtures. The applicability of the procedure in environmental samples is studied. PMID:11513275

  8. Sensitivity studies for incorporating the direct effect of sulfate aerosols into climate models

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    Miller, Mary Rawlings Lamberton

    2000-09-01

    Aerosols have been identified as a major element of the climate system known to scatter and absorb solar and infrared radiation, but the development of procedures for representing them is still rudimentary. This study addresses the need to improve the treatment of sulfate aerosols in climate models by investigating how sensitive radiative particles are to varying specific sulfate aerosol properties. The degree to which sulfate particles absorb or scatter radiation, termed the direct effect, varies with the size distribution of particles, the aerosol mass density, the aerosol refractive indices, the relative humidity and the concentration of the aerosol. This study develops 504 case studies of altering sulfate aerosol chemistry, size distributions, refractive indices and densities at various ambient relative humidity conditions. Ammonium sulfate and sulfuric acid aerosols are studied with seven distinct size distributions at a given mode radius with three corresponding standard deviations implemented from field measurements. These test cases are evaluated for increasing relative humidity. As the relative humidity increases, the complex index of refraction and the mode radius for each distribution correspondingly change. Mie theory is employed to obtain the radiative properties for each case study. The case studies are then incorporated into a box model, the National Center of Atmospheric Research's (NCAR) column radiation model (CRM), and NCAR's community climate model version 3 (CCM3) to determine how sensitive the radiative properties and potential climatic effects are to altering sulfate properties. This study found the spatial variability of the sulfate aerosol leads to regional areas of intense aerosol forcing (W/m2). These areas are particularly sensitive to altering sulfate properties. Changes in the sulfate lognormal distribution standard deviation can lead to substantial regional differences in the annual aerosol forcing greater than 2 W/m 2. Changes in the aerosol chemical composition can lead to regional changes in the aerosol forcing greater than 0.5 W/m2. The relative humidity is shown to greatly influence the aerosol optical properties. Given the differences in aerosol forcing found due to varying sulfate properties, this study does not encourage the use of a single aerosol distribution to represent sulfate particles of all air masses.

  9. Effects of Wheat Straw Incorporation on the Availability of Soil Nutrients and Enzyme Activities in Semiarid Areas

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    Wei, Ting; Zhang, Peng; Wang, Ke; Ding, Ruixia; Yang, Baoping; Nie, Junfeng; Jia, Zhikuan; Han, Qingfang

    2015-01-01

    Soil infertility is the main barrier to dryland agricultural production in China. To provide a basis for the establishment of a soil amelioration technical system for rainfed fields in the semiarid area of northwest China, we conducted a four—year (2007–2011) field experiment to determine the effects of wheat straw incorporation on the arid soil nutrient levels of cropland cultivated with winter wheat after different straw incorporation levels. Three wheat straw incorporation levels were tested (H: 9000 kg hm-2, M: 6000 kg hm-2, and L: 3000 kg hm-2) and no straw incorporation was used as the control (CK). The levels of soil nutrients, soil organic carbon (SOC), soil labile organic carbon (LOC), and enzyme activities were analyzed each year after the wheat harvest. After straw incorporation for four years, the results showed that variable straw amounts had different effects on the soil fertility indices, where treatment H had the greatest effect. Compared with CK, the average soil available N, available P, available K, SOC, and LOC levels were higher in the 0–40 cm soil layers after straw incorporation treatments, i.e., 9.1–30.5%, 9.8–69.5%, 10.3–27.3%, 0.7–23.4%, and 44.4–49.4% higher, respectively. On average, the urease, phosphatase, and invertase levels in the 0–40 cm soil layers were 24.4–31.3%, 9.9–36.4%, and 42.9–65.3% higher, respectively. Higher yields coupled with higher nutrient contents were achieved with H, M and L compared with CK, where these treatments increased the crop yields by 26.75%, 21.51%, and 7.15%, respectively. PMID:25880452

  10. The Effect of Incorporation of HNO(sub 3) Into Liquid Sulfuric Acid on Heterogeneous Reaction Probabilities

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    Zhang, R.; Leu, M-T.; Keyser, L.

    1994-01-01

    Using a fast-flow reactor coupled to a quadrupole mass spectrometer, the heterogeneous reactions of C1ONO2 + HCl and HOCl + HCl as well as hydrolysis of N2O5 and C1ONO2 were investigated on liquid sulfuric acid, with particular emphasis on the effect of incorporation of HNO3 on the reaction probabilities.

  11. EFFECTS OF ROCK FRAGMENTS INCORPORATED IN THE SOIL MATRIX ON CONCENTRATED FLOW HYDRAULICS AND EROSION 1836

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    Rock fragments can act as a controlling factor for erosional rates and patterns in the landscape. Thus, the objective of this study is to better understand the role that rock fragments incorporated into the soil matrix have on concentrated flow hydraulics and erosion . Laboratory flume experiments...

  12. Effects of oxygen incorporation in GeSbTe films on electrical properties and thermal stability

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    Jang, Moon Hyung; Park, Seung Jong; Lim, Dong Hyeok; Park, Sung Jin; Cho, Mann-Ho; Cho, Seong Jin; Cho, Yoon Ho; Lee, Jong-Heun

    2010-03-01

    Oxygen incorporated Ge{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 5} (GST) films were prepared by an ion beam sputtering deposition method. I-V curves of the oxygen incorporated GST active layer showed that the threshold voltage (V{sub th}) varied, depending on the level of incorporated oxygen. In the case of a GST film with an elevated oxygen content of 30.8%, the GST layer melted at 9.02 V due to the instability conferred by the high oxygen content. The formation of Ge-deficient hexagonal phases such as GeSb{sub 2}Te{sub 4} and Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} appear to be responsible for the V{sub th} variation. Impedance analyses indicated that the resistance in GST films with oxygen contents of 16.7% and 21.7% had different origins. Thermal desorption spectroscopy data indicate that moisture and hydrocarbons were more readily desorbed at higher oxygen content because the oxygen incorporated GST films are more hydrophilic than undoped GST films.

  13. Effect of incorporation of distillers' dried grain with solubles (DDGS) on quality of cornbread

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    Recent increase in biofuel production creates a sizable stockpile of its co-product in the form of Distiller’s Dried Grain with Solubles (DDGS) that needs to be utilized beyond animal feeds. We evaluated cornbreads, which were formulated incorporating 0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30% corn DDGS into co...

  14. Effect of surface incorporation of broiler litter applied to no-till cotton on runoff quality

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    A 2-yr field study was conducted on an Atwood silt loam (fine-silty, mixed, thermic Typic Paleudalfs) marginal upland soil to evaluate if incorporation of broiler litter into the soil surface in a no-till cotton affect runoff nutrient concentrations. The treatments consisted of 7.8 Mg ha-1 broiler l...

  15. Effect of fish oil encapsulates incorporation on the physico-chemical and sensory properties of cookies.

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    Jeyakumari, A; Janarthanan, G; Chouksey, M K; Venkateshwarlu, G

    2016-01-01

    A great deal of attention has been focused on the various health benefits apparently associated with consumption of fish oil. The incorporation of fish oils in food products is becoming increasingly widespread and a large variety of products is being marketed. However, the use of fish oil as functional nutritional ingredients in foods has been limited by its oxidative susceptibility. In the present study, attempts were made to develop fish oil fortified cookies as healthy snack foods by incorporating fish oil microencapsulate. Microencapsulation of fish oil was done by spray drying. Commercially available milk was used to form micro sized complexes with fish oil. Fish gelatin/maltodextrin were used as a wall material for encapsulation. Fish oil was added in three forms (fish oil as such, fish oil-in-water emulsion and fish oil microencapsulate) for the preparation of cookies. Cookies prepared without incorporating fish oil was served as control. The physical, chemical and sensory attributes of cookies were evaluated. Encapsulation significantly (P < 0.05) decreased lipid oxidation in the cookies. The sensory evaluation of cookies showed significant (P < 0.05) difference in the overall acceptability. Results from this study, demonstrated the possibility of fish oil incorporation into cookies through emulsification and microencapsulation which may increase the intake of omega-3 fatty acids for nutritional benefits. PMID:26788008

  16. The Perceived Effect of the Sociocultural Context on HIV/AIDS Identity Incorporation

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    Baumgartner, Lisa M.

    2012-01-01

    Contexts influence the experience of disease. In this study, I examined how the sociocultural context (e.g., race, class, gender, and sexual orientation) affected the experience of living with HIV/AIDS and the incorporation of the HIV/AIDS identity into the self. I interviewed 36 individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Findings indicate that race,…

  17. The Perceived Effect of Time on HIV/AIDS Identity Incorporation

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    Baumgartner, Lisa M.

    2012-01-01

    Individuals experience disease in a variety of contexts. In this study, I examined how the temporal context (e.g., historical time, social time, chronological age and the passage of time) affected the incorporation of the HIV/AIDS identity into the self. I used semi structured interviews to collect data from 36 individuals living with HIV/AIDS.…

  18. Sensitive CE-MS analysis of potentially genotoxic alkylation compounds using derivatization and electrokinetic injection.

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    van Wijk, A M; Niederländer, H A G; van Ogten, M D; de Jong, G J

    2015-05-18

    A CE-MS method has been developed to detect trace levels of potentially genotoxic alkyl halides. After derivatization of the target components with 4-dimethylaminopyridine (DMAP) or butyl 1-(pyridinyl-4yl) piperidine 4-carboxylate (BPPC), the natively positively charged derivatives are pre-concentrated by applying electrokinetic injection and separated by a highly efficient CZE method using a background electrolyte (BGE) consisting of 100mM of TRIS adjusted to pH 2.5 with phosphoric acid. Using a sheath liquid interface, subsequent MS detection allows highly specific and sensitive analysis of alkyl halides. Conditions for electrokinetic injection were optimized to allow selective and effective injection. Injection of samples with low water content at 10 kV for 150 s using a high concentration of buffer in the BGE resulted in optimum sample stacking during injection and a highly efficient CE separation. At the sample pH applied, neutral and negatively charged components are shown to be selectively discarded, resulting in injection of positively charged ions only. The sample matrix influences the efficiency of the injection, but when using an internal standard, reproducibilities better than 10% RSD are obtained. Relative recoveries of the derivatives spiked to different types of model API between 85 and 115% demonstrate that the method can be applied for quantitative analysis. Detection limits of lower than 1 mg kg(-1) for the tested alkyl halides obtained in CE-MS at least equal the sensitivity obtained in LC-MS. The CE-MS method is a valuable alternative for the LC-MS method used for analysis of alkylation compounds. PMID:25910449

  19. Field Testing of High Current Electrokinetic Nanoparticle Treatment for Corrosion Mitigation in Reinforced Concrete

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    Cardenas, Henry; Alexander, Joshua; Kupwade-Patil, Kunal; Calle, Luz marina

    2010-01-01

    Electrokinetic Nanoparticle (EN) treatment was used as a rapid repair measure to mitigate chloride induced corrosion of reinforced concrete in the field. EN treatment uses an electric field to transport positively charged nanoparticles to the reinforcement through the concrete capillary pores. Cylindrical reinforced concrete specimens were batched with 4.5 wt % salt content (based on cement mass). Three distinct electrokinetic treatments were conducted using high current density (up to 5 A/m2) to form a chloride penetration barrier that was established in 5 days, as opposed to the traditional 6-8 weeks, generally required for electrochemical chloride extraction (ECE). These treatments included basic EN treatment, EN with additional calcium treatment, and basic ECE treatment. Field exposures were conducted at the NASA Beachside Corrosion Test Site, Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA. The specimens were subjected to sea water immersion at the test site as a posttreatment exposure. Following a 30-day post-treatment exposure period, the specimens were subjected to indirect tensile testing to evaluate treatment impact. The EN treated specimens exhibited 60% and 30% increases in tensile strength as compared to the untreated controls and ECE treated specimens respectively. The surfaces of the reinforcement bars of the control specimens were 67% covered by corrosion products. In contrast, the EN treated specimens exhibited corrosion coverage of only 4%. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) revealed a dense concrete microstructure adjacent to the bars of the treated specimens as compared to the control and ECE specimens. Energy dispersive spectroscopic (EDS) analysis of the polished EN treated specimens showed a reduction in chloride content by a factor of 20 adjacent to the bars. This study demonstrated that EN treatment was successful in forming a chloride penetration barrier rapidly. This work also showed that the chloride barrier was effective when samples were exposed to field conditions at one of the most severely corrosive environments in North America.

  20. Trauma management incorporating focused assessment with computed tomography in trauma (FACTT) - potential effect on survival

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    2010-01-01

    Background Immediate recognition of life-threatening conditions and injuries is the key to trauma management. To date, the impact of focused assessment with computed tomography in trauma (FACTT) has not been formally assessed. We aimed to find out whether the concept of using FACTT during primary trauma survey has a negative or positive effect on survival. Methods In a retrospective, multicentre study, we compared our time management and probability of survival (Ps) in major trauma patients who received FACTT during trauma resuscitation with the trauma registry of the German Trauma Society (DGU). FACTT is defined as whole-body computed tomography (WBCT) during primary trauma survey. We determined the probability of survival according to the Trauma and Injury Severity Score (TRISS), the Revised Injury Severity Classification score (RISC) and the standardized mortality ratio (SMR). Results We analysed 4.817 patients from the DGU database from 2002 until 2004, 160 (3.3%) were from our trauma centre at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) and 4.657 (96.7%) from the DGU group. 73.2% were male with a mean age of 42.5 years, a mean ISS of 29.8. 96.2% had suffered from blunt trauma. Time from admission to FAST (focused assessment with sonography for trauma)(4.3 vs. 8.7 min), chest x-ray (8.1 vs. 16.0 min) and whole-body CT (20.7 vs. 36.6 min) was shorter at the LMU compared to the other trauma centres (p < 0.001). SMR calculated by TRISS was 0.74 (CI95% 0.40-1.08) for the LMU (p = 0.24) and 0.92 (CI95% 0.84-1.01) for the DGU group (p = 0.10). RISC methodology revealed a SMR of 0.69 (95%CI 0.47-0.92) for the LMU (p = 0.043) and 1.00 (95%CI 0.94-1.06) for the DGU group (p = 0.88). Conclusion Trauma management incorporating FACTT enhances a rapid response to life-threatening problems and enables a comprehensive assessment of the severity of each relevant injury. Due to its speed and accuracy, FACTT during primary trauma survey supports rapid decision-making and may increase survival. PMID:20459713

  1. Bacterial Surface Appendages Strongly Impact Nanomechanical and Electrokinetic Properties of Escherichia coli Cells Subjected to Osmotic Stress

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    Francius, Grgory; Polyakov, Pavel; Merlin, Jenny; Abe, Yumiko; Ghigo, Jean-Marc; Merlin, Christophe; Beloin, Christophe; Duval, Jrme F. L.

    2011-01-01

    The physicochemical properties and dynamics of bacterial envelope, play a major role in bacterial activity. In this study, the morphological, nanomechanical and electrohydrodynamic properties of Escherichia coli K-12 mutant cells were thoroughly investigated as a function of bulk medium ionic strength using atomic force microscopy (AFM) and electrokinetics (electrophoresis). Bacteria were differing according to genetic alterations controlling the production of different surface appendages (short and rigid Ag43 adhesins, longer and more flexible type 1 fimbriae and F pilus). From the analysis of the spatially resolved force curves, it is shown that cells elasticity and turgor pressure are not only depending on bulk salt concentration but also on the presence/absence and nature of surface appendage. In 1 mM KNO3, cells without appendages or cells surrounded by Ag43 exhibit large Young moduli and turgor pressures (?700900 kPa and ?100300 kPa respectively). Under similar ionic strength condition, a dramatic ?50% to ?70% decrease of these nanomechanical parameters was evidenced for cells with appendages. Qualitatively, such dependence of nanomechanical behavior on surface organization remains when increasing medium salt content to 100 mM, even though, quantitatively, differences are marked to a much smaller extent. Additionally, for a given surface appendage, the magnitude of the nanomechanical parameters decreases significantly when increasing bulk salt concentration. This effect is ascribed to a bacterial exoosmotic water loss resulting in a combined contraction of bacterial cytoplasm together with an electrostatically-driven shrinkage of the surface appendages. The former process is demonstrated upon AFM analysis, while the latter, inaccessible upon AFM imaging, is inferred from electrophoretic data interpreted according to advanced soft particle electrokinetic theory. Altogether, AFM and electrokinetic results clearly demonstrate the intimate relationship between structure/flexibility and charge of bacterial envelope and propensity of bacterium and surface appendages to contract under hypertonic conditions. PMID:21655293

  2. Electro-kinetic remediation coupled with phytoremediation to remove lead, arsenic and cesium from contaminated paddy soil.

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    Mao, Xinyu; Han, Fengxiang X; Shao, Xiaohou; Guo, Kai; McComb, Jacqueline; Arslan, Zikri; Zhang, Zhanyu

    2016-03-01

    The objectives of this study were to investigate distribution and solubility of Pb, Cs and As in soils under electrokinetic field and examine the processes of coupled electrokinetic phytoremediation of polluted soils. The elevated bioavailability and bioaccumulation of Pb, As and Cs in paddy soil under an electro-kinetic field (EKF) were studied. The results show that the EKF treatment is effective on lowering soil pH to around 1.5 near the anode which is beneficial for the dissolution of metal(loid)s, thus increasing their overall solubility. The acidification in the anode soil efficiently increased the water soluble (SOL) and exchangeable (EXC) Pb, As and Cs, implying enhanced solubility and elevated overall potential bioavailability in the anode region while lower solubility in the cathode areas. Bioaccumulations of Pb, As and Cs were largely determined by the nature of elements, loading levels and EKF treatment. The native Pb in soil usually is not bioavailable. However, EKF treatment tends to transfer Pb to the SOL and EXC fractions improving the phytoextraction efficiency. Similarly, EKF transferred more EXC As and Cs to the SOL fraction significantly increasing their bioaccumulation in plant roots and shoots. Pb and As were accumulated more in plant roots than in shoots while Cs was accumulated more in shoots due to its similarity of chemical properties to potassium. Indian mustard, spinach and cabbage are good accumulators for Cs. Translocation of Pb, As and Cs from plant roots to shoots were enhanced by EKF. However, this study indicated the overall low phytoextraction efficiency of these plants. PMID:26650421

  3. Feasibility of electrokinetic oxygen supply for soil bioremediation purposes.

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    Mena Ramrez, E; Villaseor Camacho, J; Rodrigo Rodrigo, M A; Caizares Caizares, P

    2014-12-01

    This paper studies the possibility of providing oxygen to a soil by an electrokinetic technique, so that the method could be used in future aerobic polluted soil bioremediation treatments. The oxygen was generated from the anodic reaction of water electrolysis and transported to the soil in a laboratory-scale electrokinetic cell. Two variables were tested: the soil texture and the voltage gradient. The technique was tested in two artificial soils (clay and sand) and later in a real silty soil, and three voltage gradients were used: 0.0 (control), 0.5, and 1.0 V cm(-1). It was observed that these two variables strongly influenced the results. Oxygen transport into the soil was only available in the silty and sandy soils by oxygen diffusion, obtaining high dissolved oxygen concentrations, between 4 and 9 mg L(-1), useful for possible aerobic biodegradation processes, while transport was not possible in fine-grained soils such as clay. Electro-osmotic flow did not contribute to the transport of oxygen, and an increase in voltage gradients produced higher oxygen transfer rates. However, only a minimum fraction of the electrolytically generated oxygen was efficiently used, and the maximum oxygen transport rate observed, approximately 1.4 mgO2 L(-1)d(-1), was rather low, so this technique could be only tested in slow in-situ biostimulation processes for organics removal from polluted soils. PMID:25173714

  4. Electrokinetics Enhanced Delivery of Nano-scale Zero Valent Iron

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    Chowdhury, A. I.; O'Carroll, D. M.; Xu, Y.; Sleep, B. E.

    2010-12-01

    Nano-scale zero valent iron (NZVI) has shown promising results for remediation of a wide range of chlorinated hydrocarbons in the subsurface. Although rapid aggregation and subsequent sedimentation limit bare NZVI migration in subsurface systems, surface modifications have improved the colloidal stability of NZVI, enhancing NZVI migration through porous media in lab-scale experiments. However, delivery of NZVI through low permeability soil is still an unresolved challenge. Electrokinetics (EK) has been used extensively in low permeability porous media for the remediation of a variety of hazardous wastes and in particular heavy metals. Since NZVI has a net negative surface charge electrokinetics has been proposed to enhance NZVI transport in the subsurface. However, increased dissolved oxygen and lower pH, due to electrolysis of water at the anode, oxidizes Fe0 particles to Fe2+/Fe3+ and thus affects the remediation potential. This study focuses on minimization of NZVI oxidation and quantification of NZVI migration enhancement due to the EK application. Application of 50 and 100 mA currents delivered 6.0 and 4.8 times more NZVI through coarse sand, respectively, when compared to no EK application. This ratio increased to 21 and 31 at 50 and 100 mA currents when finer sand was used. In addition, a numerical model based on traditional colloidal filtration theory (CFT) fit the experimental results well.

  5. Electrokinetic remediation using surfactant-coated ceramic casings

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    Mattson, E.D.; Bowman, R.S.; Lindgren, E.R.

    2000-06-01

    Electrokinetic remediation is an emerging technique that can be used to remove metals from saturated or unsaturated soils. In unsaturated soils, control of the medium's water content is essential. Previously used electrode designs have caused detrimental soil wetting due to excess electroosmotic flow out of ceramic-encased anodes. The authors tested a method to reverse the electroosmotic flow at the anode by treating the ceramic casing with the cationic surfactant hexadecyltrimethylammonium (HDTMA). Laboratory tests showed the untreated ceramic had an electroosmotic permeability of 2.4 x 10{sup {minus}5} cm{sup 2} V{sup {minus}1} s{sup {minus}1}. Ceramic treated with HDTMA had an electroosmotic permeability of {minus}1.3 x 10{sup {minus}5} cm{sup 2} V{sup {minus}1} s{sup {minus}1}. Under an applied electric potential, electroosmotic flow was reversed in the HDTMA-treated ceramic, indicating a reversed zeta potential due to formation of an HDTMA bilayer on the ceramic surface. Field tests conducted over a 6-month period showed negligible water loss from HDTMA-treated ceramic compared to untreated ceramics. The results indicated that a surfactant treatment to the anode ceramic casing can greatly improve the application of electrokinetics in unsaturated environments.

  6. Electrokinetic removal of uranium from contaminated, unsaturated soils

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    Booher, W.F.; Lindgren, E.R.; Brady, P.V.

    1997-01-01

    Electrokinetic remediation of uranium-contaminated soil was studied in a series of laboratory-scale experiments in test cells with identical geometry using quartz sand at approximately 10 percent moisture content. Uranium, when present in the soil system as an anionic complex, could be migrated through unsaturated soil using electrokinetics. The distance that the uranium migrated in the test cell was dependent upon the initial molar ratio of citrate to uranium used. Over 50 percent of the uranium was recovered from the test cells using the citrate and carbonate complexing agents over of period of 15 days. Soil analyses showed that the uranium remaining in the test cells had been mobilized and ultimately would have been extracted. Uranium extraction exceeded 90 percent in an experiment that was operated for 37 days. Over 70 percent of the uranium was removed from a Hanford waste sample over a 55 day operating period. Citrate and carbonate ligand utilization ratios required for removing 50 percent of the uranium from the uranium-contaminated sand systems were approximately 230 moles ligand per mole uranium and 1320 moles ligand per mole uranium for the waste. Modifying the operating conditions to increasing the residence time of the complexants is expected to improved the utilization efficiency of the complexing agent.

  7. Effect of crop residue incorporation on soil organic carbon (SOC) and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in European agricultural soils

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    Lehtinen, Taru; Schlatter, Norman; Baumgarten, Andreas; Bechini, Luca; Krüger, Janine; Grignani, Carlo; Zavattaro, Laura; Costamagna, Chiara; Spiegel, Heide

    2014-05-01

    Soil organic matter (SOM) improves soil physical (e.g. increased aggregate stability), chemical (e.g. cation exchange capacity) and biological (e.g. biodiversity, earthworms) properties. The sequestration of soil organic carbon (SOC) may mitigate climate change. However, as much as 25-75% of the initial SOC in world agricultural soils may have been lost due to intensive agriculture (Lal, 2013). The European Commission has described the decline of organic matter (OM) as one of the major threats to soils (COM(2006) 231). Incorporation of crop residues may be a sustainable and cost-efficient management practice to maintain the SOC levels and to increase soil fertility in European agricultural soils. Especially Mediterranean soils that have low initial SOC concentrations, and areas where stockless croplands predominate may be suitable for crop residue incorporation. In this study, we aim to quantify the effects of crop residue incorporation on SOC and GHG emissions (CO2 and N2O) in different environmental zones (ENZs, Metzger et al., 2005) in Europe. Response ratios for SOC and GHG emissions were calculated from pairwise comparisons between crop residue incorporation and removal. Specifically, we investigated whether ENZs, clay content and experiment duration influence the response ratios. In addition, we studied how response ratios of SOM and crop yields were correlated. A total of 718 response ratios (RR) were derived from a total of 39 publications, representing 50 experiments (46 field and 4 laboratory) and 15 countries. The SOC concentrations and stocks increased by approximately 10% following crop residue incorporation. In contrast, CO2 emissions were approximately six times and N2O emissions 12 times higher following crop residue incorporation. The effect of ENZ on the response ratios was not significant. For SOC concentration, the >35% clay content had significantly approximately 8% higher response ratios compared to 18-35% clay content. As the duration of the experiment rose, RR for SOC concentration and stock increased. For N2O emissions, RR was significantly higher in <5 years experiment duration compared to 11-15 years experiment duration. For GHG emissions, the RRs were significantly higher when vegetable crop residues were incorporated instead of cereal crop residues. No significant correlations were found between RR for SOC concentration and yields, but differences between sites could be detected. We conclude that crop residue incorporation is an important management practice for maintaining SOC concentrations and stocks. Its influence in increasing GHG emissions should not be overlooked as the data availability from field experiments on GHG emissions is still scarce.

  8. Incorporating Multi-Nucleon Effects in T2K's Neutrino Interaction Simulation Software.

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    Schwehr, Jaclyn

    2013-04-01

    The interaction of neutrinos with heavy nuclei is a field of study that has grown rapidly as more experiments are built with heavier targets. Neutrinos interacting with these targets are thought to interact with not just single nucleons, but also with correlated groups of nucleons. A number of different theories exist that describe these multi-nucleon interactions, but to be able to compare these theories with one another or to data requires a way to work them into the neutrino interaction simulation software. The T2K experiment uses NEUT (the neutrino interaction simulation program at Super-K) in the study of neutrino cross sections. In the interest of simulating neutrino interactions more accurately, new interaction models need to be incorporated into this simulation package. This talk will discuss the discrepancies between measurements done with neutrinos interacting on light verses heavy nuclei, a few of the models describing these discrepancies, and finally how these models are being incorporated into NEUT.?

  9. The Effects of Incorporating Classroom Pets into the Fourth Grade Science Curriculum

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    Admire, Maegan

    The purpose of this study was to identify and promote successful teaching strategies that incorporate classroom pets in order to influence student engagement, achievement, and perceptions of animals. This was a small action research study conducted in a fourth grade science classroom. Both quantitative and qualitative data were obtained including, pre- and post-assessments, student interviews, researcher field notes, researcher journal, and student work. The results of this study revealed an increased academic achievement from the pre- to post-assessment, increased student observations and descriptions when discussing the animals, and increased student empathy toward the animals. The results also revealed that the teacher's incorporation of the animals within the science curriculum grew in ease over time, and that the animals provided the educator with opportunities to teach non-content related lessons and also a concrete experience for the teacher to apply and extend the science content.

  10. Low-disturbance manure incorporation effects on ammonia and nitrate loss.

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    Dell, Curtis J; Kleinman, Peter J A; Schmidt, John P; Beegle, Douglas B

    2012-01-01

    Low-disturbance manure application methods can provide the benefits of manure incorporation, including reducing ammonia (NH3) emissions, in production systems where tillage is not possible. However, incorporation can exacerbate nitrate (NO3⁻) leaching. We sought to assess the trade-offs in NH3 and NO3⁻ losses caused by alternative manure application methods. Dairy slurry (2006-2007) and liquid swine manure (2008-2009) were applied to no-till corn by (i) shallow (<10 cm) disk injection, (ii) surface banding with soil aeration, (iii) broadcasting, and (iv) broadcasting with tillage incorporation. Ammonia emissions were monitored for 72 h after application using ventilated chambers and passive diffusion samplers, and NO3⁻ leaching to 80 cm was monitored with buried column lysimeters. The greatest NH3 emissions occurred with broadcasting (35-63 kg NH3-N ha⁻), and the lowest emissions were from unamended soil (<1 kg NH-N ha⁻¹). Injection decreased NH-N emissions by 91 to 99% compared with broadcasting and resulted in lower emissions than tillage incorporation 1 h after broadcasting. Ammonia-nitrogen emissions from banding manure with aeration were inconsistent between years, averaging 0 to 71% that of broadcasting. Annual NO3⁻ leaching losses were small (<25 kg NO3-N ha⁻¹) and similar between treatments, except for the first winter when NO3⁻ leaching was fivefold greater with injection. Because NO3⁻ leaching with injection was substantially lower over subsequent seasons, we hypothesize that the elevated losses during the first winter were through preferential flow paths inadvertently created during lysimeter installation. Overall, shallow disk injection yielded the lowest NH3 emissions without consistently increasing NO3⁻ leaching, whereas manure banding with soil aeration conserved inconsistent amounts of N. PMID:22565274

  11. Incorporating the effects of habitat edges into landscape models: Effective area models for cross-boundary management.

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    T.D. Sisk; N.M. Haddad

    2002-01-01

    Sisk, T.D., and N.M. Haddad. 2002. Incorporating the effects of habitat edges into landscape models: Effective area models for cross-boundary management. Chapter 8, Pp. 208-240 in J. Liu and W.W. Taylor, Integrating landscape ecology into natural resource management, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. Abstract: Natural resource managers are increasingly charged with meeting multiple, often conflicting goals in landscapes undergoing significant change due to shifts in land use. Conservation from native to anthropogenic habitats typically fragments the landscape, reducing the size and increasing the isolation of the resulting patches, with profound ecological impacts. These impacts occur both within and adjacent to areas under active management, creating extensive edges between habitat types. Boundaries established between management areas, for example, between timber harvest units or between reserves and adjacent agricultural fields, inevitably lead to differences in the quality of habitats on either side of the boundary, and a habitat edge results. Although edges are common components of undisturbed landscapes, the amount of edge proliferates rapidly as landscapes are fragmented. Insightful analysis of the complex issues associated with cross-boundary management necessitates an explicit focus on habitat quality in the boundary regions.

  12. Effective incorporation of insulin in mucus permeating self-nanoemulsifying drug delivery systems.

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    Karamanidou, Theodora; Karidi, Konstantina; Bourganis, Vassilis; Kontonikola, Katerina; Kammona, Olga; Kiparissides, Costas

    2015-11-01

    The development of a novel, mucus permeating SNEDDS formulation for oral insulin delivery containing a hydrophobic ion pair of insulin/dimyristoyl phosphatidylglycerol (INS/DMPG) is presented. Three oil/surfactant/cosurfactant combinations and 27 weight ratios of oil, surfactant and cosurfactant for each combination were evaluated with the aid of ternary phase diagrams, for the incorporation of the protein/phospholipid complex. The developed formulation was characterized by an average droplet diameter of 30-45 nm. Depending on the initial protein concentration, the loading of insulin in SNEDDS varied between 0.27 and 1.13 wt%. The therapeutic protein was found to be efficiently protected from enzymatic degradation by intestinal enzymes (i.e., trypsin, ?-chymotrypsin). The SNEDDS formulation exhibited increased mucus permeability and did not appear to be affected by ionic strength. The incorporation of INS/DMPG in SNEDDS prevented an initial burst release of insulin. INS/DMPG loaded SNEDDS were found to be non-cytotoxic up to a concentration of 2mg/ml. According to the reported results, the incorporation of the hydrophobic ion pair of INS/DMPG in SNEDDS could be regarded as a promising strategy for the oral delivery of insulin. PMID:25933940

  13. Saline or plant-incorporated methylmercury effects on distribution, demethylation, and blood parameters in rats

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    Czuba, M.; Komsta-Szumska, E.; Mortimer, D.C.; Champagne, C.

    1987-03-01

    The influence of diet is recognized as a significant factor in the expression of toxicity. This applies particularly to toxins like methylmercury (MeHg) which are metabolically incorporated into growing food plants and biotransformed within the plant before ingestion. Methylmercury in this form may influence the early physiological and biochemical events which lead to development of toxicity. In a previous study, a single dose of plant-incorporated methylmercury (MeHg) had a different route of distribution and accumulation in rat organs after 48 h than an equivalent dose of saline MeHg with the greatest accumulation being in red blood cells. Creatine, an important storage form of high energy phosphate in muscles is a primary indicator of erythropoietic dynamics under hypoxia, a sensitive indicator of hemolytic disease, red blood cell aging and impaired marrow efficiency. Since changes in creatine levels occur sooner than changes in other blood parameters, itself being neither synthesized nor metabolized by red blood cells, it can be used as a sensitive indicator of toxicity. The present work investigates the difference in a longer term, multiple-dose regime of saline or bean-incorporated MeHg ingestion with special attention being given to various blood parameters.

  14. Effects of four aromatic organic pollutants on microbial glucose metabolism and thymidine incorporation in marine sediments.

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    Bauer, J E; Capone, D G

    1985-01-01

    The metabolism of D-[U-14C]glucose and the incorporation of [methyl-3H]thymidine by aerobic and anaerobic marine sediment microbes exposed to 1 to 1,000 ppm anthracene, naphthalene, p,p'-dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, and pentachlorophenol were examined. Cell-specific rates of [14C]glucose metabolism averaged 1.7 X 10(-21) and 0.5 X 10(-21) mol/min per cell for aerobic and anaerobic sediment slurries, respectively; [3H]thymidine incorporation rates averaged 43 X 10(-24) and 9 X 10(-24) mol/min per cell for aerobic and anaerobic slurries, respectively. Aerobic sediments exposed to three of the organic pollutants for 2 to 7 days showed recovery of both activities. Anaerobic sediments showed little recovery after 2 days of pre-exposure to the pollutants. We conclude that (i) anaerobic sediments are more sensitive than aerobic sediments to pollutant additions; (ii) [3H]thymidine incorporation is more sensitive to pollutant additions than is [14C]glucose metabolism; and (iii) the toxicity of the pollutants increased in the following order: anthracene, p,p'-dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, naphthalene, and pentachlorophenol. PMID:4004215

  15. Insulin effect on (/sup 14/C)-valine incorporation and its relation to hexokinase activity in developing brain

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    Pal, N.; Bessman, S.P.

    1988-07-15

    Using minced brain cortex from fetal and postnatal rats, we studied the incorporation of (/sup 14/C)-valine into protein in the presence of insulin. We also assayed the particle bound and soluble hexokinase in these tissues. Insulin significantly stimulated the incorporation of (/sup 14/C)-valine into brain proteins from fetal stage upto 2 days of life. After this period the insulin effect was minimal, with no effect by day 5. The particle bound (40,000g pellet) brain hexokinase, on the other hand, remained low till about 2 days of life and then increased to almost adult level by 5 days. Our results show that there is an inverse relation between this anabolic effect of insulin and the particle bound hexokinase activity in the cortex of developing rat brain.

  16. Importance of Electrokinetic Phenomena in Contamination Control during Semiconductor Wet Processing.

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    Jan, Der-E.

    The adsorption of metanil yellow (3- {{4-(phenylamino) phenyl }azo} benzene sulfonate) and colloidal silica on a commercially available, positively charge-modified nylon 66 membrane (N66 Posidyne) with an isoelectric point (IEP) of 7.6 was investigated. Challenge testing of N66 Posidyne with a 2.3 ppm colloidal silica dispersion has shown that the membrane adsorbed 0.015 mug of colloidal silica per cm ^2. At a pH of 5.1, the adsorption of metanil yellow was found to increase with its solution concentration and reached a saturation value of 2.2 times 10^{14} ions/cm ^2 at a solution concentration of 1.49 times 10^{ -5}M. A technique to incorporate positively charged groups onto the surface of microporous polypropylene and polyvinylidene fluoride membrane filters for the filtration of liquids used in the semiconductor industry has been developed using gamma-irradiation. The electrical characteristics of prepared membranes were measured by streaming potential and dye challenge tests. The compatibility of these charge-modified membranes with ultrapure water was investigated. Results show that these charge-modified membranes are characterized by a positive zeta potential in the pH range from 4 to 9.3. From the dye challenge tests at a pH of 5.0, the density of positively charged sites on charge-modified membranes was calculated to be approximately five times larger than that of unmodified membranes. The modified membranes released less than 1 ppb of total organic carbon (TOC) into ultrapure water and thus appear to have potential for use in DI water system. The electrokinetic characteristics of silicon, silicon dioxide and silicon nitride wafers subjected to different cleaning procedures were measured using a streaming potential technique. A streaming potential cell for handling 5^{''} wafers was designed and fabricated to make these measurements. The isoelectric point of silicon, silicon dioxide and silicon nitride was dependent on the cleaning method. Polystyrene latex (PSL) and aminopropyl/silica particle deposition from aqueous solutions onto silicon nitride was investigated and correlated with the electrokinetic potential data.

  17. ENANTIOSEPARATION OF MALATHION, CRUFORMATE, AND FENSULFOTHION ORGANOSPHOSPHORUS PESTICIDES BY MIXED-MODE ELECTROKINETIC CAPILLARY CHROMATOGRAPHY

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    Mixed-mode electrokinetic capillary chromatography (mixed-ECC) has been used for the enantioseparation of organophosphorus pesticides. In mixed-ECC, a combination of three pseudostationary phases including surfactants, neutral, and charged cyclodextrins, are used to resolve very ...

  18. MICELLAR ELECTROKINETIC CHROMATOGRAPHY: A NEW TOOL FOR FIELD SCREENING OF SEMIVOLATILES

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    Capillary electrophoresis (CE) and the related techniques of micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC) are relatively new to environmental analysis. E is better known in the biomedical and pharmaceutical fields where it is employed for protein and drug separations, respective...

  19. Antifungal effectiveness of potassium sorbate incorporated in edible coatings against spoilage molds of apples, cucumbers, and tomatoes during refrigerated storage.

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    Mehyar, Ghadeer F; Al-Qadiri, Hamzah M; Abu-Blan, Hifzi A; Swanson, Barry G

    2011-04-01

    Predominant spoilage molds of fresh apples, cucumbers, and tomatoes stored at 4 °C were isolated and examined for resistance to potassium sorbate (PS) incorporated in polysaccharide edible coatings. The isolated molds were Penicillium expansum, Cladosporium herbarum, and Aspergillus niger from apples. P. oxalicum and C. cucumerinum were isolated from cucumbers and P. expansium and C. fulvum from tomatoes. Guar gum edible coating incorporated with PS was the most effective mold inhibitor, significantly (P<0.05) reducing the isolated spoilage molds for 20, 15, and 20 d of storage at 4 °C on apples, cucumbers, and tomatoes, respectively. PS incorporated into pea starch edible coating was less effective and selectively inhibited the isolated mold species, causing significant (P<0.05) reduction in mold on apples, cucumbers, and tomatoes counts for 20, 10 to 15, and 15 to 20 d of storage at 4 °C, respectively. The isolated mold species exhibited different resistances to PS incorporated in the edible coatings. The greatest inhibition (2.9 log CFU/g) was obtained with C. herbarum on apples and the smallest (1.1 log CFU/g) was with P. oxalicum on cucumbers and the other isolated mold species exhibited intermediate resistance. The coatings tested, in general, inhibited molds more effectively on apples than on tomatoes and cucumbers. Addition of PS to pea starch and guar gum, edible coatings improved the antifungal activity of PS against isolated spoilage molds on apples, cucumbers, and tomatoes. PS inhibition was most effective against C. herbarum on apples and least effective against P. oxalicum on cucumbers. PMID:21535846

  20. Towards a more accurate microscopic description of the moving contact line problem - incorporating nonlocal effects through a statistical mechanics framework

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    Nold, Andreas; Goddard, Ben; Sibley, David; Kalliadasis, Serafim

    2014-03-01

    Multiscale effects play a predominant role in wetting phenomena such as the moving contact line. An accurate description is of paramount interest for a wide range of industrial applications, yet it is a matter of ongoing research, due to the difficulty of incorporating different physical effects in one model. Important small-scale phenomena are corrections to the attractive fluid-fluid and wall-fluid forces in inhomogeneous density distributions, which often previously have been accounted for by the disjoining pressure in an ad-hoc manner. We systematically derive a novel model for the description of a single-component liquid-vapor multiphase system which inherently incorporates these nonlocal effects. This derivation, which is inspired by statistical mechanics in the framework of colloidal density functional theory, is critically discussed with respect to its assumptions and restrictions. The model is then employed numerically to study a moving contact line of a liquid fluid displacing its vapor phase. We show how nonlocal physical effects are inherently incorporated by the model and describe how classical macroscopic results for the contact line motion are retrieved. We acknowledge financial support from ERC Advanced Grant No. 247031 and Imperial College through a DTG International Studentship.

  1. Tissue lead distribution and hematologic effects in american kestrels Falco sparverius fed biologically incorporated lead

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    Custer, T.W.; Franson, J.C.; Pattee, O.H.

    1984-01-01

    American kestrels were fed a diet containing 0.5, 120, 212 and 448 ppm (dry wt) biologically incorporated Pb for 60 days. The diet consisted of homogenized 4-wk-old cockerels raised on feed mixed with and without Pb. No kestrels died and weights did not differ among treatment groups. The control group (0.5 ppm Pb) had the lowest mean concentration of Pb and the high dietary group had the highest for the following tissues: kidney, liver, femur, brain and blood. Concentrations of Pb were significantly correlated among tissues. Treatment groups did not differ in packed cell volume, Hb concentration or erythrocyte count.

  2. Tissue lead distribution and hematologic effects in American kestrels (Falco sparverius) fed biologically incorporated lead

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    Custer, T.W.; Franson, J.C.; Pattee, O.H.

    1984-01-01

    American kestrels were fed a diet containing 0.5, 120, 212, and 448 ppm (dry wt) biologically incorporated lead (Pb) for 60 days. The diet consisted of homogenized 4-wk-old cockerels raised on feed mixed with and without lead. No kestrels died and weights did not differ among treatment groups. The control group (0.5 ppm Pb) had the lowest mean concentration of lead and the high dietary group had the highest for the following tissues: Kidney, liver, femur, brain, and blood. Concentrations of lead were significantly correlated among tissues. There were no differences among treatment groups for packed cell volume, hemoglobin concentration, or erythrocyte count.

  3. In situ field application of electrokinetic remediation for an As-, Cu-, and Pb-contaminated rice paddy site using parallel electrode configuration.

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    Jeon, Eun-Ki; Jung, Ji-Min; Ryu, So-Ri; Baek, Kitae

    2015-10-01

    The applicability of an in situ electrokinetic process with a parallel electrode configuration was evaluated to treat an As-, Cu-, and Pb-contaminated paddy rice field in full scale (width, 17 m; length, 12.2 m; depth, 1.6 m). A constant voltage of 100 V was supplied and electrodes were spaced 2 m apart. Most As, Cu, and Pb were bound to Fe oxide and the major clay minerals in the test site were kaolinite and muscovite. The electrokinetic system removed 48.7, 48.9, and 54.5 % of As, Cu, and Pb, respectively, from the soil during 24 weeks. The removal of metals in the first layer (0-0.4 m) was higher than that in the other three layers because it was not influenced by groundwater fluctuation. Fractionation analysis showed that As and Pb bound to amorphous Fe and Al oxides decreased mainly, and energy consumption was 1.2 kWh/m(3). The standard deviation of metal concentration in the soil was much higher compared to the hexagonal electrode configuration because of a smaller electrical active area; however, the electrode configuration removed similar amounts of metals compared to the hexagonal system. From these results, it was concluded that the electrokinetic process could be effective at remediating As-, Cu-, and Pb-contaminated paddy rice field in situ. PMID:26032450

  4. Electrokinetic In Situ Treatment of Metal-Contaminated Soil

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    Quinn, Jacqueline; Clausen, Christian A., III; Geiger, Cherie; Reinhart, Debra

    2004-01-01

    An electrokinetic technique has been developed as a means of in situ remediation of soils, sludges, and sediments that are contaminated with heavy metals. Examples of common metal contaminants that can be removed by this technique include cadmium, chromium, zinc, lead, mercury, and radionuclides. Some organic contaminants can also be removed by this technique. In the electrokinetic technique, a low-intensity direct current is applied between electrodes that have been implanted in the ground on each side of a contaminated soil mass. The electric current causes electro-osmosis and migration of ions, thereby moving aqueous-phase subsurface contaminants from one electrode to the other. The half reaction at the anode yields H+, thereby generating an acid front that travels from the anode toward the cathode. As this acid front passes through a given location, the local increase in acidity increases the solubility of cations that were previously adsorbed on soil particles. Ions are transported towards one electrode or the other which one depending on their respective electric charges. Upon arrival at the electrodes, the ionic contaminants can be allowed to become deposited on the electrodes or can be extracted to a recovery system. Surfactants and other reagents can be introduced at the electrodes to enhance rates of removal of contaminants. Placements of electrodes and concentrations and rates of pumping of reagents can be adjusted to maximize efficiency. The basic concept of electrokinetic treatment of soil is not new. What is new here are some of the details of application and the utilization of this technique as an alternative to other techniques (e.g., flushing or bioremediation) that are not suitable for treating soils of low hydraulic conductivity. Another novel aspect is the use of this technique as a less expensive alternative to excavation: The cost advantage over excavation is especially large in settings in which contaminated soil lies near and/or under industrial buildings and therefore excavation would be made even more expensive by the need to prevent damage to numerous underground pipes and cables.

  5. Effect of Rare-Earth Gd Incorporation on the Characteristics of ZnO Thin Film.

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    Tawil, S N M; Norhidayah, C A; Sarip, N; Kamaruddin, S A; Nurulfadzilah, A R; Miskon, A; Sahdan, M Z

    2015-11-01

    The doping of oxide-based semiconductors with rare-earth ions may serve as an alternative to transition metal doping with the possibility of room-temperature ferromagnetism. Here, highly transparent thin films of ZnO doped with a rare-earth element, Gd, were prepared via a sol-gel-derived precursor. A series of Gd-doped ZnO films with different Gd concentrations (0 to 8 at.%) were deposited onto glass substrates. XRD analysis revealed that the FWHM of the diffraction peaks increased with the increase of Gd composition which may indicate that the Gd incorporation decreased the crystallinity. However no new peaks associated with the formation of secondary phases such as GdO and Gd metal clusters were detected. The MFM images were seen to be more pronounced with the incorporation of Gd ions where we could clearly observe the magnetic signals at room temperature especially for the samples with higher Gd doping of 4 and 8 at.% Gd. Evidently, the magnetic domain size exhibited a significant increase with the increase of Gd composition in contrast to the undoped sample. PMID:26726670

  6. Effects of titanium surface anodization with CaP incorporation on human osteoblastic response.

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    Oliveira, Natssia Cristina Martins; Moura, Camilla Christian Gomes; Zanetta-Barbosa, Darceny; Mendona, Daniela Baccelli Silveira; Cooper, Lyndon; Mendona, Gustavo; Dechichi, Paula

    2013-05-01

    In this study we investigated whether anodization with calcium phosphate (CaP) incorporation (Vulcano) enhances growth factors' secretion, osteoblast-specific gene expression, and cell viability, when compared to acid etched surfaces (Porous) and machined surfaces (Screw) after 3 and 7days. Results showed significant cell viability for Porous and Vulcano at day 7, when compared with Screw (p=0.005). At the same time point, significant differences regarding runt-related transcription factor 2 (Runx2), alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and bone sialoprotein (BSP) expression were found for all surfaces (p<0.05), but with greater fold induction for Porous and Vulcano. The secretion of transforming growth factor ?1 (TGF-?1) and bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP-2) was not significantly affected by surface treatment in any experimental time (p>0.05). Although no significant correlation was found for growth factors' secretion and Runx2 expression, a significant positive correlation between this gene and ALP/BSP expression showed that their strong association is independent on the type of surface. The incorporation of CaP affected the biological parameters evaluated similar to surfaces just acid etched. The results presented here support the observations that roughness also may play an important role in determining cell response. PMID:23498218

  7. Effect of nitrogen incorporation in ferromagnetic (Ga,Mn)As epilayers

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    Oshiyama, I.; Kondo, T.; Munekata, H.

    2005-11-01

    Physical properties of ferromagnetic p-type Ga1-xMnxAs1-yNy epitaxial films (x=0.045 and y=0-0.032) grown by molecular-beam epitaxy are described. It is found that the incorporation of nitrogen gradually suppresses the metallic behavior of p-(Ga,Mn)As, especially at low temperatures. The Curie temperature TC decreases accordingly with increasing y value. The reduction in TC is discussed in terms of the suppression of hole-mediated long-range spin-exchange interaction due to the enhancement of carrier localization. Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy appears at the region around y=0.02, reflecting the reduced lattice constant due to substitutionally incorporated nitrogen. No significant change was found in the magnetic circular dichroism spectra in the photon energy region around the band gap of (Ga,Mn)As. Our experimental results show that the theoretical prediction based on the double exchange interaction [V. A. Dinh et al., Jpn. J. Appl. Phys., Part 2 42, L888 (2003)] is hardly materialized in this system.

  8. Effect of cholesterol on distribution of stable, hydrophobic perchlorotriphenylmethyl triethylester radical incorporated in lecithin liposomal membranes.

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    Takeshita, Keizo; Okazaki, Shoko; Kansui, Hisao

    2011-01-01

    Perchlorotriphenylmethyl triethylester radical (PTM-TE) is a hydrophobic, stable radical giving a narrow singlet ESR signal with a small satellite signal for (13)C in organic solvents. In order to use PTM-TE as a label of liposomal membranes, its manner of incorporation into liposomal membranes was studied. Two components, broad and narrow signals, were observed on the ESR spectrum of PTM-TE incorporated into liposomal membranes composed of egg yolk phosphatidylcholine (egg-PC). The broad signal was increased by the presence of cholesterol in the membranes. The spectral anisotropy of the broad signal was very small as analyzed with oriented planar multilamellar membranes. The narrow signal increased with an increase in temperature in the absence of cholesterol, whereas only a small increase in the signal was observed in the presence of cholesterol. The g-value and line width of the narrow signal were very close to those of PTM-TE in mineral oil, whose viscosity is close to the microviscosity in the hydrophobic region of egg-PC membranes. On the other hand, the g-value and line width of the broad signal were close to those of solid PTM-TE. These observations indicate that the broad signal observed in liposomes originates from PTM-TE clusters in the membranes. The clusters were dissolved in egg-PC membranes at a PTM-TE/egg-PC molar ratio of less than 0.017. However, the clusters were hardly dissolved in the presence of cholesterol. PMID:21532201

  9. Effect of the incorporation of antimicrobial/antioxidant proteins on the properties of potato starch films.

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    Moreno, Olga; Atars, Lorena; Chiralt, Amparo

    2015-11-20

    Glycerol plasticized potato starch films containing bioactive proteins (lactoferrin (LF) and/or lysozyme (LZ), at 0.1 and 0.2 ratio with respect to starch) were obtained by casting method and characterized as to their microstructural, thermal and physical (water content, mechanical, water and oxygen barrier, optical) properties. The bioactive properties, named antioxidant and antimicrobial, of the proteins and the films were also characterized. The incorporation of proteins affected the structural and physical properties of potato starch films, while modifying their thermal behavior and increasing the glass transition temperature. Both proteins showed a certain degree of compatibility with starch chains through the bond formations (increase in Tg), while a part is separated and migrates to the film surface. Their incorporation, especially that of lactoferrin, greatly increased the film's brittleness, regardless of the films water content, although they enhance the water vapor and oxygen barrier properties, whatever the age of the film. Protein also reduced the film's transparency and gloss, while lactoferrin induced color changes. The thermal degradation of blend films and isolated proteins occurred at temperatures of over 250C, which means that blend starch films can be thermoprocessed, according to their thermoplastic properties and following the usual practices of the plastics industries. A synergistic antimicrobial action against Escherichia coli and coliforms was observed when both LZ and LF were simultaneously applied. Both of these exhibited antioxidant capacity. PMID:26344291

  10. Isolation and characterization of heavy polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon-degrading bacteria adapted to electrokinetic conditions.

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    Li, Fengmei; Guo, Shuhai; Hartog, Niels; Yuan, Ye; Yang, Xuelian

    2016-02-01

    Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)-degrading bacteria capable of growing under electrokinetic conditions were isolated using an adjusted acclimation and enrichment procedure based on soil contaminated with heavy PAHs in the presence of an electric field. Their ability to degrade heavy PAHs under an electric field was individually investigated in artificially contaminated soils. The results showed that strains PB4 (Pseudomonas fluorescens) and FB6 (Kocuria sp.) were the most efficient heavy PAH degraders under electrokinetic conditions. They were re-inoculated into a polluted soil from an industrial site with a PAH concentration of 184.95mgkg(-1). Compared to the experiments without an electric field, the degradation capability of Pseudomonas fluorescens and Kocuria sp. was enhanced in the industrially polluted soil under electrokinetic conditions. The degradation extents of total PAHs were increased by 15.4 and 14.0% in the electrokinetic PB4 and FB6 experiments (PB4+EK and FB6+EK) relative to the PB4 and FB6 experiments without electrokinetic conditions (PB4 and FB6), respectively. These results indicated that P. fluorescens and Kocuria sp. could efficiently degrade heavy PAHs under electrokinetic conditions and have the potential to be used for the electro-bioremediation of PAH-contaminated soil, especially if the soil is contaminated with heavy PAHs. PMID:26615425

  11. Electrokinetic demonstration at Sandia National Laboratories: Use of transference numbers for site characterization and process evaluation

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    Lindgren, E.R.; Mattson, E.D.

    1997-03-01

    Electrokinetic remediation is generally an in situ method using direct current electric potentials to move ionic contaminants and/or water to collection electrodes. The method has been extensively studied for application in saturated clayey soils. Over the past few years, an electrokinetic extraction method specific for sandy, unsaturated soils has been developed and patented by Sandia National Laboratories. A RCRA RD&D permitted demonstration of this technology for the in situ removal of chromate contamination from unsaturated soils in a former chromic acid disposal pit was operated during the summer and fall of 1996. This large scale field test represents the first use of electrokinetics for the removal of heavy metal contamination from unsaturated soils in the United States and is part of the US EPA Superfund Innovative Technology Evaluation (SITE) Program. Guidelines for characterizing a site for electrokinetic remediation are lacking, especially for applications in unsaturated soil. The transference number of an ion is the fraction of the current carried by that ion in an electric field and represents the best measure of contaminant removal efficiency in most electrokinetic remediation processes. In this paper we compare the transference number of chromate initially present in the contaminated unsaturated soil, with the transference number in the electrokinetic process effluent to demonstrate the utility of evaluating this parameter.

  12. Enhanced electrokinetic manipulation and impedance sensing using FPGA digital signal processing

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    Higginbotham, Steven N.; Sweatman, Denis R.

    2006-01-01

    Electrokinetic manipulation of microscopic biological particles, such as bacteria and other cells, is useful in the technology of lab-on-a-chip devices and micro-total-analysis systems (?TAS). In electrokinetic manipulation, non-uniform electric fields are used to exploit the dielectric properties of suspended biological microparticles, to induce forces and torques on the particles. The electric fields are produced by planar electrode arrays patterned on electrically-insulating substrates. Biological microparticles are dielectrically-heterogeneous structures. Each different type of biological cell has a distinct dielectric frequency response signature. This dielectric distinction allows specificity when manipulating biological microparticles using electrokinetics. Electrokinetic microbiological particle manipulation has numerous potential applications in biotechnology, such as the separation and study of cancerous cells, determining the viability of cells, as well as enabling more automation and parallelization in microbiological research and pathology. This paper presents microfabricated devices for the manipulation of biological microparticles using electrokinetics. Methods of impedance sensing for determining microparticle concentration and type are also discussed. This paper also presents methods of using digital signal processing systems to enhance the manipulation and sensing of the microbiological particles. A Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) based system is demonstrated which is used to digitally synthesize signals for electrokinetic actuation, and to process signals for impedance sensing.

  13. Effect of titanium oxide nanoparticle incorporation into nm thick coatings deposited using an atmospheric pressure plasma.

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    Denis, Dowling P; Barry, Twomey; Gerry, Byrne

    2010-04-01

    This study reports on the use of an atmospheric plasma technique to incorporate metal oxide nanoparticles into nm thick siloxane coatings. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) particles with diameters of 30-80 nm, were mixed with a number of different siloxanes-polydimethylsiloxane, hexamethyldisiloxane and tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS). The TiO2/TEOS mixture was found to give the most stable suspension, possibly due to the higher surface tension of TEOS compared with the other siloxanes. TiO2/TEOS mixtures with 2 to 10% by weight of the metal oxide were prepared and were then nebulised into a helium/oxygen atmospheric plasma. Polyethylene terepthalate (PET) and silicon wafer substrates were passed through this plasma using a reel-to-reel substrate manipulation system. SEM combined with EDX was used to examine the distribution of the metal oxide particles in the resultant coatings. The TEOS coating thickness without TiO2 addition was 9 nm. The composite coating consisted of a relatively homogeneous distribution of small agglomerates of the TiO2 nanoparticles in TEOS. A linear increase in the titanium surface concentration was observed with increase in the quantity of TiO2 added into the siloxane precursor. The chemical functionality of the siloxane coating was examined using FTIR spectroscopy and no significant spectrum differences was observed with the incorporation of the different concentrations of TiO2 into the polymer. There were also no changes observed in coating surface energy with TiO2 incorporation. Coating morphology was examined using optical profilometry and surface roughness (Ra) values increased from typical values of 0.8 nm for the TEOS coating to 4.1 nm for the TiO2/TEOS coating. The adhesion of the deposited coatings was compared using fragmentation tests. These were carried out through uniaxial tensile loading. The coating cracking pattern after applied strain of 20% was not observed to change significantly with the addition of TiO2 into the siloxane. PMID:20355495

  14. Quantitative Determination of Lattice Fluoride Effects on the Solubility and Crystallinity of Carbonated Apatites with Incorporated Fluoride

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    Yan, Guang; Moribe, Kunikazu; Otsuka, Makoto; Papangkorn, Kongnara; Higuchi, William I.

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate quantitatively the effects of fluoride on the solubility and crystallinity of carbonated apatites (CAPs) after its incorporation into the crystal lattice using the metastable equilibrium solubility (MES) distribution method. Fluoride incorporated CAPs (F-CAPs) of two different carbonate levels (3% and 5%) and fluoride contents from 0 to 20,000 ?g/g were synthesized. X-ray diffraction experiments and Rietveld analysis were conducted to obtain crystallite microstrain and unit cell parameters. Acetate buffer MES solution media were prepared at two solution fluoride concentrations (0.2 mg/L and 2.0 mg/L) and at two pHs (5.0 and 5.7). The unit cell a-axis values of the F-CAPs were found to decrease as the fluoride content increased; consistent with the fluoride being incorporated into the crystal lattice. The fluoride concentrations in the MES solution media were high enough to provide a swamping effect such that the fluoride released from the F-CAPs during dissolution was minimal in changing the solution fluoride concentration. Employing the MES distribution superposition method, it was shown that the surface complex possessing the fluorapatite (FAP) stoichiometry (Ca10(PO4)6F2) accounted for the MES distribution behavior of all experiments. In addition, the mean pIFAP [the value of ?log(aca 10PO46aF2) calculated from ionic activity product based on FAP stoichiometry of the MES dissolution media in which 50% of the F-CAP had dissolved] correlated well with the crystallite microstrain parameters of the F-CAPs. The incorporated fluoride in the F-CAPs showed only modest effects on F-CAP crystallinity and solubility. PMID:23235353

  15. Transport of nanoparticles and reacting biomolecules in micro- and nanofluidic electrokinetic systems

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    Wynne, Thomas Mikio

    Micro and nanofluidic systems are ideal platforms for breakthrough bioanalytical tools. In particular, transport in nanoscale channels has been shown to be different than microscale systems because of unique coupled physics associated with wall interactions, electrokinetic surface phenomena and hydrodynamic confinement. Furthermore, understanding the effects of reaction kinetics during capillary electrophoresis is necessary for reliable bioanalytical tools with reacting species. We present experimental data and numerical simulation to elucidate the dominant physics at these lengths scales toward enabling nanofluidic bioanalytical devices. First, we present an experimental study to measure the effect channel height and ionic strength on the electrophoretic mobility of spherical nanoparticles and short single strand (ss) and double strand (ds) DNA with channel depths ranging from 20 microns to 100 nm. We find increased hydrodynamic drag in confinement, nanoparticle rotation effects for spherical analytes in sheer flows, non-uniform electro-osmotic velocity profiles, and electrostatic repulsion of thick electric double layers to be important effects on transport. Second, we present an experimental study of electrokinetic separations of short, complementary ss and dsDNA in microchannels. We find different phenomena are significant for the three different DNA lengths in the study (10nt, 20nt, and 50nt). Reaction kinetic effects are significant for the shortest length DNA, where the melting temperature is comparable to room temperature. For longer 20 and 50nt DNA, the melting temperatures are sufficiently high and reaction kinetic effects are constant. In addition, the 50 nt ssDNA contour length is greater than the persistence length and we find changes in electrophoretic mobility with ionic strength resulting from changes in conformation. Finally, we present numerical simulations of the previous study on separations of reacting DNA. Reaction kinetics can affect the equilibrium ratio of ss to dsDNA which influences transport by shifting the observed electrophoretic mobility of the dsDNA peak away from the true electrophoretic mobility. We perform parametric simulations of relevant parameters and find the initial plug width, analyte concentration and kinetic rate constants are the important parameters on the observed dsDNA peak. In addition, we use our model to determine reaction kinetic parameters (ie KD) of experimental data.

  16. Self-Consistent Approach to Global Charge Neutrality in Electrokinetics: A Surface Potential Trap Model

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    Wan, Li; Xu, Shixin; Liao, Maijia; Liu, Chun; Sheng, Ping

    2014-01-01

    In this work, we treat the Poisson-Nernst-Planck (PNP) equations as the basis for a consistent framework of the electrokinetic effects. The static limit of the PNP equations is shown to be the charge-conserving Poisson-Boltzmann (CCPB) equation, with guaranteed charge neutrality within the computational domain. We propose a surface potential trap model that attributes an energy cost to the interfacial charge dissociation. In conjunction with the CCPB, the surface potential trap can cause a surface-specific adsorbed charge layer ?. By defining a chemical potential ? that arises from the charge neutrality constraint, a reformulated CCPB can be reduced to the form of the Poisson-Boltzmann equation, whose prediction of the Debye screening layer profile is in excellent agreement with that of the Poisson-Boltzmann equation when the channel width is much larger than the Debye length. However, important differences emerge when the channel width is small, so the Debye screening layers from the opposite sides of the channel overlap with each other. In particular, the theory automatically yields a variation of ? that is generally known as the "charge regulation" behavior, attendant with predictions of force variation as a function of nanoscale separation between two charged surfaces that are in good agreement with the experiments, with no adjustable or additional parameters. We give a generalized definition of the ? potential that reflects the strength of the electrokinetic effect; its variations with the concentration of surface-specific and surface-nonspecific salt ions are shown to be in good agreement with the experiments. To delineate the behavior of the electro-osmotic (EO) effect, the coupled PNP and Navier-Stokes equations are solved numerically under an applied electric field tangential to the fluid-solid interface. The EO effect is shown to exhibit an intrinsic time dependence that is noninertial in its origin. Under a step-function applied electric field, a pulse of fluid flow is followed by relaxation to a new ion distribution, owing to the diffusive counter current. We have numerically evaluated the Onsager coefficients associated with the EO effect, L21, and its reverse streaming potential effect, L12, and show that L12=L21 in accordance with the Onsager relation. We conclude by noting some of the challenges ahead.

  17. The effect of different metal cation incorporation in arachidic acid Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) monolayer films

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    Rajagopal, Aparna; Dhanabalan, A.; Major, S. S.; Kulkarni, S. K.

    1998-02-01

    In the present communication one monolayer Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films of cadmium arachidate (CdA), lead arachidate (PbA), calcium arachidate (CaA), zinc arachidate (ZnA) and barium arachidate (BaA) have been investigated using core level loss spectroscopy, electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) and near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (NEXAFS). The core level loss spectra and electron energy loss spectra of all the films were largely similar. This has been attributed to the similarity of the band structure of these films, which depends on the hydrocarbon chains rather than the cation incorporated. The NEXAFS spectra show a large angular dependence for the PbA film and barely any angular dependence for BaA. A possible explanation for this observation has been offered on the basis of electronegativities of the cations.

  18. Polyphenolic extracts of edible flowers incorporated onto atelocollagen matrices and their effect on cell viability.

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    Lpez-Garca, Jorge; Kucekov, Zdenka; Humpol?ek, Petr; Ml?ek, Ji?i; Sha, Petr

    2013-01-01

    The phenolic extract of chives flowers (Allium schoenoprasum, Liliaceae), introduced Sage (Salvia pratensis, Lamiaceae), European elderberry (Sambucus nigra, Caprifoliaceae) and common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale, Asteraceae) were characterised by High Performance Liquid Chromatography and incorporated in different concentrations onto atelocollagen thin films. In order to assess the biological impact of these phenolic compounds on cell viability, human immortalised non-tumorigenic keratinocyte cell line was seeded on the thin films and cell proliferation was determined by using an MTT assay. In addition, their antimicrobial activity was estimated by using an agar diffusion test. Data indicated the concomitance between cell viability and concentration of polyphenols. These findings suggest that these phenolic-endowed atelocollagen films might be suitable for tissue engineering applications, on account of the combined activity of polyphenols and collagen. PMID:24177700

  19. Prioritizing urban sustainability solutions: coordinated approaches must incorporate scale-dependent built environment induced effects

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    Georgescu, M.; Chow, W. T. L.; Wang, Z. H.; Brazel, A.; Trapido-Lurie, B.; Roth, M.; Benson-Lira, V.

    2015-06-01

    Because of a projected surge of several billion urban inhabitants by mid-century, a rising urgency exists to advance local and strategically deployed measures intended to ameliorate negative consequences on urban climate (e.g., heat stress, poor air quality, energy/water availability). Here we highlight the importance of incorporating scale-dependent built environment induced solutions within the broader umbrella of urban sustainability outcomes, thereby accounting for fundamental physical principles. Contemporary and future design of settlements demands cooperative participation between planners, architects, and relevant stakeholders, with the urban and global climate community, which recognizes the complexity of the physical systems involved and is ideally fit to quantitatively examine the viability of proposed solutions. Such participatory efforts can aid the development of locally sensible approaches by integrating across the socioeconomic and climatic continuum, therefore providing opportunities facilitating comprehensive solutions that maximize benefits and limit unintended consequences.

  20. A combination of electrokinetics and Pd/Fe PRB for the remediation of pentachlorophenol-contaminated soil

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    Li, Zhirong; Yuan, Songhu; Wan, Jinzhong; Long, Huayun; Tong, Man

    2011-06-01

    Electrokinetic (EK) remediation of pentachlorophenol (PCP)-contaminated soil is difficult because PCP dissociates at different pH values along soil column and shows different transport behaviors near anode and cathode. In the present study, a permeable reactive barrier (PRB) filled with reactive Pd/Fe particles was installed between anode and cathode to reach the dechlorination of PCP during its EK movement. When PRB was installed at the position of 0.3 (normalized distance from anode), PCP in the section from anode to PRB could transport through PRB, while PCP in the section from cathode to PRB was accumulated near PRB. PCP was hardly dechlorinated by PRB wherein high pH was reached. When PRB was installed at the position of 0.5 and the pH in the PRB was decreased by periodical injection of HAc, 49% of PCP was removed, and 22.9% was recovered as phenol which was mostly collected in catholyte. The mechanism of PCP removal was proposed as the EK movement of PCP into the PRB compartment, the complete dechlorination of PCP to phenol by Pd/Fe in the PRB compartment, and the subsequent removal of phenol by electroosmosis. This study proved that the combination of electrokinetics and Pd/Fe PRB was effective for the remediation of PCP-contaminated soil.

  1. Micellar electrokinetic chromatographic determination of rosuvastatin in rabbit plasma and evaluation of its pharmacokinetics and interaction with niacin.

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    El-Kommos, Michael E; Mohamed, Niveen A; Ali, Hassan R H; Abdel Hakiem, Ahmed F

    2014-12-01

    A specific, accurate, precise and reproducible micellar electrokinetic chromatographic method was developed for in vitro and in vivo estimation of rosuvastatin, a synthetic and potent HMG-CoA inhibitor, in rabbit plasma. Further, its pharmacokinetics in the presence of niacin, which could be co-administered for monitoring of severe hypercholestremia, was investigated. The assay procedures involved simple liquid-liquid extraction of rosuvastatin and internal standard, atorvastatin, from a small plasma volume directly into acetonitrile. The organic layer was separated and evaporated under a gentle stream of nitrogen. The residue was reconstituted in the mobile phase and injected electrokinetically into electropherosis system. The background electrolyte consisted of borate buffer (25.0?mm, pH?9.5), 10.0% organic modifier (5.0% methanol?+?5.0% acetonitrile) and 25.0?mm sodium dodecyl sulfate at 20.0?kV applied voltage and 215.0?nm detection wavelength for the effective separation of rosuvastatin, niacin and atorvastatin. PMID:24828212

  2. Mechanistic studies of partial-filing micellar electrokinetic chromatography

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    Nelson, W.M.; Lee, C.S.

    1996-09-15

    The need for coupling micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC) with electrospray mass spectrometry initiates the development of partial-filling MEKC. In comparison with conventional MEKC, only a small portion of the capillary is filled with a micellar solution for performing the separation in partial-filling MEKC. Analytes first migrate into the micellar plug, where the separation occurs, and then into the leading electrophoresis buffer, which is free of surfactants. A theoretical model is proposed for predicting the separation behavior of triazine herbicides in partial-filling MEKC. The comparisons between conventional and partial-filling MEKC in terms of separation efficiency and resolution of triazine herbicides are presented and discussed. The optimization techniques, possible applications, and advantages of partial-filling MEKC are similarly addressed. 11 refs., 6 figs., 5 tabs.

  3. Electrokinetic remediation of soil contaminated with oilfied brine

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    Davis, C.; Harris, T.

    1996-10-01

    The contamination of soil with brine (salt water) is a common environmental problem associated with the onshore production of oil. The use of electrokinetic remediation to remove sodium chloride from soil is being investigated. Experiments are being conducted in a test cell that features a {open_quotes}well{close_quotes} containing a stainless steel electrode at either end. During an experiment distilled water is added incrementally to the cell, and that which accumulates in the wells is removed and analyzed. The removal of both chloride ion and sodium ion from the soil is enhanced at the anode well by the application of an applied potential. The addition of calcium sulfate to the soil eliminates the plugging off of soil porosity resulting from pH changes that occur in the vicinity of both electrodes.

  4. Entropic Electrokinetics: Recirculation, Particle Separation, and Negative Mobility

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    Malgaretti, Paolo; Pagonabarraga, Ignacio; Rubi, J. Miguel

    2014-09-01

    We show that when particles are suspended in an electrolyte confined between corrugated charged surfaces, electrokinetic flows lead to a new set of phenomena such as particle separation, mixing for low-Reynolds micro- and nanometric devices, and negative mobility. Our analysis shows that such phenomena arise, for incompressible fluids, due to the interplay between the electrostatic double layer and the corrugated geometrical confinement and that they are magnified when the width of the channel is comparable to the Debye length. Our characterization allows us to understand the physical origin of such phenomena, therefore, shedding light on their possible relevance in a wide variety of situations ranging from nano- and microfluidic devices to biological systems.

  5. High ionic strength electrokinetics of melamine-formaldehyde latex.

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    Kosmulski, Marek; Dahlsten, Per; Prchniak, Piotr; Rosenholm, Jarl B

    2006-09-15

    The electrokinetic potential of melamine-formaldehyde latex at high ionic strengths was measured by means of two different instruments. The present study confirms that the zeta potentials in 1 M 1-1 electrolyte solutions can be as high as +/-20 mV. The IEP of latex at low ionic strengths was at pH 11. The increase in the electrolyte concentration induced a shift in the IEP to low pH for all studied salts, and this indicates specific adsorption of the anions. The magnitude of the shift depends chiefly on the nature of the anion and increases in the series Cl < NO(3) = Br < I, and the nature of the cation (Li, Na, K, Cs) plays a rather insignificant role. PMID:16797575

  6. Entropic electrokinetics: recirculation, particle separation, and negative mobility.

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    Malgaretti, Paolo; Pagonabarraga, Ignacio; Rubi, J Miguel

    2014-09-19

    We show that when particles are suspended in an electrolyte confined between corrugated charged surfaces, electrokinetic flows lead to a new set of phenomena such as particle separation, mixing for low-Reynolds micro- and nanometric devices, and negative mobility. Our analysis shows that such phenomena arise, for incompressible fluids, due to the interplay between the electrostatic double layer and the corrugated geometrical confinement and that they are magnified when the width of the channel is comparable to the Debye length. Our characterization allows us to understand the physical origin of such phenomena, therefore, shedding light on their possible relevance in a wide variety of situations ranging from nano- and microfluidic devices to biological systems. PMID:25279646

  7. Electrokinetic characteristics of HSA dimer and its monolayers at mica.

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    Kujda, Marta; Adamczyk, Zbigniew; Zapotoczny, Szczepan; Kowalska, Ewa

    2015-12-01

    Human serum albumin (HSA) dimer was synthesized in a reaction of the monomer with 1,6-bis(maleimido)hexane (BMH) cross-linker. Thorough physicochemical characteristics of the dimer were performed. They comprised the diffusion coefficient, hydrodynamic diameter, electrophoretic mobility as a function of pH, isoelectric point and electrokinetic charge. The adsorption of the dimer molecules at mica was studied using the atomic force microscopy (AFM) and in situ streaming potential measurements. The kinetics of adsorption was determined by a direct AFM imaging of single molecules over various substrate areas and interpreted in terms of the random sequential adsorption model. These results were consistent with streaming potential measurements carried out for the parallel-plate channel flow. It was also shown by these measurements that the desorption of the monomer under flow conditions was negligible. In this way, the amount of irreversibly bound dimer was quantitatively evaluated to be 0.5mgm(-2) for ionic strength of 0.01 and pH 3.5 that is similar that to previous result obtained for the albumin monomer. This indicates that the dimer adsorption occurs mostly in the side-on orientation. Finally, the electrokinetic characteristics of the dimer monolayers on mica were performed by the streaming potential method. It was observed that for lower pHs the zeta potential of monolayers is much lower than the bulk zeta potential of the dimer molecules. This was attributed to a heterogeneous charge distribution. It was concluded that the well-characterized HSA dimer monolayers can be used for quantitatively determining ligand and drug binding that has an essential practical significance. PMID:26613862

  8. Effects of nucleoside analog incorporation on DNA binding to the DNA binding domain of the GATA-1 erythroid transcription factor.

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    Foti, M; Omichinski, J G; Stahl, S; Maloney, D; West, J; Schweitzer, B I

    1999-02-01

    We investigate here the effects of the incorporation of the nucleoside analogs araC (1-beta-D-arabinofuranosylcytosine) and ganciclovir (9-[(1,3-dihydroxy-2-propoxy)methyl] guanine) into the DNA binding recognition sequence for the GATA-1 erythroid transcription factor. A 10-fold decrease in binding affinity was observed for the ganciclovir-substituted DNA complex in comparison to an unmodified DNA of the same sequence composition. AraC substitution did not result in any changes in binding affinity. 1H-15N HSQC and NOESY NMR experiments revealed a number of chemical shift changes in both DNA and protein in the ganciclovir-modified DNA-protein complex when compared to the unmodified DNA-protein complex. These changes in chemical shift and binding affinity suggest a change in the binding mode of the complex when ganciclovir is incorporated into the GATA DNA binding site. PMID:10037146

  9. Cytotoxic effect of a lipophilic alkylating agent after incorporation into low density lipoprotein or emulsions: studies in human leukemic cells.

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    Masquelier, Michle; Lundberg, Bo; Peterson, Curt; Vitols, Sigurd

    2006-02-01

    The use of low density lipoprotein (LDL) as drug carrier in acute myeloblastic leukemia chemotherapy is attractive due to high LDL uptake by leukemic cells. Lipid-based formulations, such as liposomes or microemulsions are promising alternatives. In the current study, we incorporated N-trifluoroacetyl-adriamycin-14-valerate (AD32), a lipophilic derivative of daunorubicin (DNR), and WB4291, a lipophilic alkylating agent, into LDL or lipid microemulsions and evaluated their cytotoxic activities towards leukemic cell lines using as references DNR and melphalan. The incorporation of AD32 into LDL or emulsion resulted in complexes with poor cytotoxicity. WB4291-LDL and WB4291-emulsion exerted, on the other hand, promising cytotoxic effects towards parental and resistant K562 and HL60 cell lines. PMID:16085310

  10. Development of an integrated, in-situ remediation technology: Task 2--4, electrokinetic modeling. Topical report, September 26--May 25, 1996

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    1997-05-01

    This report summarizes the work conducted in Tasks 2-4, which together make up the Electrokinetic Modeling carried out in this project. The modeling was divided into three main sections: thermal analysis, chemical species transport, and electrode geometry and soil heterogeneity issues. The thermal modeling consisted of development of the governing equations to incorporate Joule heating associated with electro-osmosis, heat conduction and convection, and temperature dependencies of electrical conductivity and electro-osmotic permeability. To model the transport of chemical species in the Lasagna{sup TM} process, a one-dimensional model was developed. This model is based on previous models, but includes additional mechanism to account for charge transfer in the double layer, pH buffering of the soil, and zeta potential dependency on pH and ionic strength. The results of this model and the corroboration by experimental measurement support some key assumptions made in the thermal model. An analysis was also conducted to compare the use of cylindrical electrodes to the plate geometry used in Phase I. In summary, cylindrical electrodes may be appropriate for anodes, because the do not intercept the flow. If used as cathodes, a planar treatment zone in their vicinity would probably be required. The cylindrical electrodes can operate at reasonable current densities without boiling water. Because the hottest region is at the electrode, cooling schemes could be used to operate at higher current densities. If iron anodes are used, they will have to be quite massive, and may not be economical compared to planar models. An example of soil heterogeneity was investigated when it was discovered that a steel pt was buried in the vicinity of the pilot test. There is some distortion of the field near the pit, but its effects on the test zone between the electrodes are minimal.

  11. Electrokinetic properties of hydroxyapatite under flotation conditions.

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    Vucini?, Dusica R; Radulovi?, Dragan S; Deusi?, Slaven D

    2010-03-01

    The effect of calcite supernatant, calcium, and carbonate ions on the hydroxyapatite (HA) zeta potential without and in the presence of sodium oleate (1x10(-4) mol L(-1)) was examined within the pH range from 4 to 12. The interpretation of results was based on the HA surface and oleate solution chemistry, and on some floatability tests. HA, with different positive and negative surface sites formed depending on its solubility and pH, had a negative zeta potential over the whole pH range. This mineral is not naturally floatable (flotation recovery, 5%9.3. The HA surface is less negatively charged in calcite supernatant than in water from pH 6.6 to 9.2 due to the adsorption on HA negative surface active centers ([triple bond]HPO(4)(-) and [triple bond]PO(4)(2-)) of the Ca(2+), and CaOH(+) ions (present in the calcite supernatant), producing more surface sites [triple bond]HPO(4)Ca(+), [triple bond]PO(4)Ca, [triple bond]HPO(4)CaOH, and [triple bond]PO(4)(-) CaOH, and new centers [triple bond]HPO(4)CaHCO(3) and [triple bond]PO(4)(-) CaHCO(3). In the presence of 1x10(-3) mol L(-1) CaCl(2), the HA sample has positive zeta potential, the same as calcite from the same deposit, up to IEP at pH 11.25. Carbonate ions (1x10(-3) mol L(-1) Na(2)CO(3)) do not affect the HA zeta potential. However, a possible process can be the ion-exchange reaction between bicarbonate (or carbonate) and some anion from the surface sites formed on HA. The obtained values of the HA zeta potential with the collector (1x10(-4) mol L(-1) Na-oleate) added into hydroxyapatite/calcite supernatant suspensions corroborate the weak chemisorption of Ol(-) and H(Ol)(2)(-). The likely processes in this system also are the ion-exchange reactions on [triple bond]HPO(4)CaOH and [triple bond]PO(4)(-) CaOH, [triple bond]HPO(4)CaHCO(3) and [triple bond]PO(4)(-) CaHCO(3) between oleate ion and surface hydroxyl and bicarbonate ions, surface and bulk precipitations of calcium oleate, Ca(Ol)(2), and the surface and bulk precipitations of Ca[H(Ol)(2)(-)](2) over the pH range from 7 to 9. Calcite supernatant does not influence natural floatability of the mineral. However, calcite supernatant depresses the hydroxyapatite flotation in the presence of 1x10(-4) mol L(-1) Na-oleate (pH 9, R approximately 50%), a likely result of the weak chemisorption due to the steric effect of heterogeneous HA surface formed in calcite supernatant, Ca(Ol)(2) and Ca[H(Ol)(2)(-)](2) surface and bulk precipitations. PMID:20018290

  12. Removal and degradation of phenol in a saturated flow by in-situ electrokinetic remediation and Fenton-like process.

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    Yang, G C; Long, Y

    1999-11-15

    In this laboratory study, a sandy loam soil saturated with phenol solution was treated by in-situ electrokinetics-Fenton process incorporated with a permeable reactive wall of scrap iron powder (SIP). The soil was contaminated and saturated with aqueous phenol solution of 90-115 mg/kg in concentration. It was then placed in a soil cell. The soil cell was assembled with an anode reservoir and a cathode reservoir at its ends. A bed of SIP (1.05-32.69 g) was inserted in the soil cell at a distance of 5 cm from the anode reservoir compartment. For the test runs, 0.3% H(2)O(2) was used as the anode reservoir fluid, whereas de-ionized water was used as the cathode reservoir fluid. An electric gradient of 1 V/cm was applied to enhance the saturated flow in the soil cell for a period of 10 days. Experimental results have shown that the electroosmotic (EO) flow quantity decreased as the amount of SIP increased. This phenomenon was in good agreement with the results showing the value of EO permeability increased with a decreasing amount of SIP. Results also showed that throughout the test period the cumulative, consumed mass of H(2)O(2) in the anode reservoir increased as the amount of SIP decreased. On the other hand, the cumulative, increased mass of phenol in the cathode reservoir was found to increase with a decreasing amount of SIP. Meanwhile, the residual phenol concentration in the soil cell was found to decrease with a decreasing amount of SIP. When 1.05 g scrap iron powder was used, an overall removal and destruction efficiency of phenol of 99.7% was obtained. Therefore, it is evident that an in-situ combined technology of electrokinetic remediation and Fenton-like process is capable of simultaneously removing and degrading the phenol in a saturated flow. PMID:10536290

  13. Effects of retroviral envelope-protein cleavage upon trafficking, incorporation, and membrane fusion

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    Apte, Swapna; Sanders, David Avram

    2010-09-15

    Retroviral envelope glycoproteins undergo proteolytic processing by cellular subtilisin-like proprotein convertases at a polybasic amino-acid site in order to produce the two functional subunits, SU and TM. Most previous studies have indicated that envelope-protein cleavage is required for rendering the protein competent for promoting membrane fusion and for virus infectivity. We have investigated the role of proteolytic processing of the Moloney murine leukemia virus envelope-protein through site-directed mutagenesis of the residues near the SU-TM cleavage site and have established that uncleaved glycoprotein is unable either to be incorporated into virus particles efficiently or to induce membrane fusion. Additionally, the results suggest that cleavage of the envelope protein plays an important role in intracellular trafficking of protein via the cellular secretory pathway. Based on our results it was concluded that a positively charged residue located at either P2 or P4 along with the arginine at P1 is essential for cleavage.

  14. Carbon incorporation effects and reaction mechanism of FeOCl cathode materials for chloride ion batteries

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    Zhao, Xiangyu; Li, Qiang; Yu, Tingting; Yang, Meng; Fink, Karin; Shen, Xiaodong

    2016-01-01

    Metal oxychlorides are proved to be new cathode materials for chloride ion batteries. However, this kind of cathode materials is still in a very early stage of research and development. The obtained reversible capacity is low and the electrochemical reaction mechanism concerning chloride ion transfer is not clear. Herein, we report FeOCl/carbon composites prepared by mechanical milling of the as-prepared FeOCl with carbon nanotube, carbon black or graphene nanoplatelets as cathode materials for chloride ion batteries. The electrochemical performance of the FeOCl electrode is evidently improved by the incorporation of graphene into the cathode. FeOCl/graphene cathode shows a high reversible capacity of 184 mAh g−1 based on the phase transformation between FeOCl and FeO. Two stages of this phase transformation are observed for the FeOCl cathode. New insight into the reaction mechanism of chloride ion dissociation of FeOCl is investigated by DFT + U + D2 calculations. PMID:26777572

  15. Carbon incorporation effects and reaction mechanism of FeOCl cathode materials for chloride ion batteries

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    Zhao, Xiangyu; Li, Qiang; Yu, Tingting; Yang, Meng; Fink, Karin; Shen, Xiaodong

    2016-01-01

    Metal oxychlorides are proved to be new cathode materials for chloride ion batteries. However, this kind of cathode materials is still in a very early stage of research and development. The obtained reversible capacity is low and the electrochemical reaction mechanism concerning chloride ion transfer is not clear. Herein, we report FeOCl/carbon composites prepared by mechanical milling of the as-prepared FeOCl with carbon nanotube, carbon black or graphene nanoplatelets as cathode materials for chloride ion batteries. The electrochemical performance of the FeOCl electrode is evidently improved by the incorporation of graphene into the cathode. FeOCl/graphene cathode shows a high reversible capacity of 184 mAh g‑1 based on the phase transformation between FeOCl and FeO. Two stages of this phase transformation are observed for the FeOCl cathode. New insight into the reaction mechanism of chloride ion dissociation of FeOCl is investigated by DFT + U + D2 calculations.

  16. A general regression framework for group testing data, which incorporates pool dilution effects.

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    Wang, Dewei; McMahan, Christopher S; Gallagher, Colin M

    2015-11-30

    Group testing, through the use of pooling, has been widely implemented as a more efficient means to screen individuals for infectious diseases. Typically, in these settings, practitioners are tasked with the complimentary goals of both case identification and estimation. For these purposes, many group testing strategies have been proposed, which address issues such as preserving anonymity in estimation studies, quality control, and classification. In general, these strategies require that a significant number of the individuals be retested, either in pools or individually. In order to provide practitioners with a general methodology that can be used to accurately and precisely analyze data of this form, herein, we propose a binary regression framework that can incorporate data arising from any group testing strategy. Further, we relax previously made assumptions regarding testing error rates by relating the diagnostic testing results to the latent biological marker levels of the individuals being tested. We investigate the finite sample performance of our proposed methodology through simulation and by applying our techniques to hepatitis B data collected as part of a study involving Irish prisoners. PMID:26173957

  17. Carbon incorporation effects and reaction mechanism of FeOCl cathode materials for chloride ion batteries.

    PubMed

    Zhao, Xiangyu; Li, Qiang; Yu, Tingting; Yang, Meng; Fink, Karin; Shen, Xiaodong

    2016-01-01

    Metal oxychlorides are proved to be new cathode materials for chloride ion batteries. However, this kind of cathode materials is still in a very early stage of research and development. The obtained reversible capacity is low and the electrochemical reaction mechanism concerning chloride ion transfer is not clear. Herein, we report FeOCl/carbon composites prepared by mechanical milling of the as-prepared FeOCl with carbon nanotube, carbon black or graphene nanoplatelets as cathode materials for chloride ion batteries. The electrochemical performance of the FeOCl electrode is evidently improved by the incorporation of graphene into the cathode. FeOCl/graphene cathode shows a high reversible capacity of 184?mAh g(-1) based on the phase transformation between FeOCl and FeO. Two stages of this phase transformation are observed for the FeOCl cathode. New insight into the reaction mechanism of chloride ion dissociation of FeOCl is investigated by DFT?+?U?+?D2 calculations. PMID:26777572

  18. Effect on days of lactation and methionine hydroxy analog on incorporation of plasma fatty acids into plasma triglycerides

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    Pullen, D.L.; Emergy, R.S. ); Palmquist, D.L. )

    1989-01-01

    Methionine hydroxy analog has been proposed to stimulate hepatic lipoprotein synthesis and incorporation of plasma fatty acids into plasma triglyceride. Seven cows were fed diets containing 0 to 30 g analog/d starting 14 d prepartum. At approximately 30 and 60 d postpartum, cows were continuously infused intravenously with 1-({sup 14}C)palmitic acid for 160 min to achieve steady-state labeling of plasma fatty acid and triglyceride. Turnover of fatty acid and transfer quotients for triglyceride and CO{sub 2} were 3.3 an 2.7 mmol min{sup {minus}1}; 13.0 and 10.0%; and 8.0 and 5.0%, for control and analog, respectively. Proportion of fatty acid turnover incorporated into triglyceride and CO{sub 2} were 14.0 and 15.0%; and 21.0 and 18.0, respectively, for control and analog. Analog increased {sup 14}C recovered in milk fat (52 vs. 36%). Plasma concentration of fatty acids, percent oxidized to CO{sub 2}, and percent of CO{sub 2} from fatty acids decreased with increasing lactation days. Milk fat percent and yield fatty acid turnover, and oxidation were positively correlated with concentration of plasma fatty acids, whereas fatty acid incorporated into plasma triglyceride was negatively correlated with fatty acid concentration. The data suggest that hepatic triglyceride secretion is not increased in early lactation; further, no effects of analog on lipid metabolism were detected.

  19. Effect of Vanadium Incorporation on Electrochemical Performance of LiFePO(4) for Lithium-Ion Batteries

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    L Zhang; G Liang; A Ignatov; M Croft; X Xiong; I Hung; Y Huang; X Hu; W Zhang; Y Peng

    2011-12-31

    A series of LiFe{sub 1-x}V{sub x}PO{sub 4}/C samples have been successfully prepared using a two-step solid-state reaction route. The effect of vanadium incorporation on the performance of LiFePO{sub 4} has systematically been investigated with X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, charge/discharge measurements, and cyclic voltammetry tests. It is found that V incorporation significantly enhances the electrochemical performance of LiFePO{sub 4}. Particularly, the LiFePO{sub 4}/C sample with 5 at. % vanadium doping exhibits the best performance with a specific discharge capacity of 129 mAh g{sup -1} at 5.0 C after 50 cycles; the capacity retention ratio is higher than 97.5% at all C rates from 0.1 to 5.0 C. X-ray absorption spectroscopy results show that the valence of V in LiFe{sub 0.95}V{sub 0.05}PO{sub 4}/C is between +3 and +4. It is confirmed that the samples with x {le} 0.03 are in single phase, whereas the samples with 0.05 {le} x < 1.00 contain two impurity phases: Li{sub 3}V{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} and LiVOPO{sub 4}. A clear feature of vanadium incorporation in LiFePO{sub 4} has been specified.

  20. Effect of dietary stable isotopic ratios of carbon and nitrogen on the extent of their incorporation into tissues of rats

    PubMed Central

    2012-01-01

    This study was conducted to investigate the effect of different dietary ratios of 13?C to 12?C or 15?N to 14?N on their relative incorporation into tissues. Eighty male rats were used in two 21-day feeding trials in which they were fed diets with either high ?13C levels (?13C?=??13.89 and ?15N?=?2.37 in experiment 1 and ?13C?=??19.34 and ?15N?=?4.73 in experiment 2) or low ?13C levels (?13C?=??17.90 and ?15N?=?3.08 in experiment 1 and ?13C?=??21.76 and ?15N?=?0.53 in experiment 2), meanwhile, the dietary ?15N levels were designed to two ranks. Blood, liver, adipose and muscle tissues were collected on day 0, 3, 7, 14, and 21 for determination of 13?C, 12?C, 15?N and 14?N isotopes. Rat growth rate, antioxidant capacity and metabolic parameters were also assessed. The results indicate that adipose tissue tend to deplete 13?C before the stable isotopic ratios achieved final equilibrium. Therefore, feeds with different isotopic signatures had different incorporation rates into tissues. Low dietary 13?C levels decreased tissue ?13C values whereas high dietary 13?C levels did not alter tissue ?13C values during the 21-d experiment. Blood ?15N values were a reliable parameter in assessing the relative contribution of dietary nitrogen to tissues. This study revealed a relationship between dietary isotopic signatures and their incorporation rates into rat tissues. However, more studies are needed to illustrate the mechanism through which dietary isotopic ratios influence the extent of isotopic incorporation into the tissues. PMID:22958501

  1. Effects of natural human antibodies against a nonhuman sialic acid that metabolically incorporates into activated and malignant immune cells.

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    Nguyen, Dzung H; Tangvoranuntakul, Pam; Varki, Ajit

    2005-07-01

    Humans are genetically incapable of producing the mammalian sialic acid N-glycolylneuraminic acid (Neu5Gc), due to an inactivating mutation in the enzyme synthesizing it. Despite this, human cells and tissues appear capable of metabolically incorporating Neu5Gc from exogenous sources, including dietary red meat and dairy products. All normal humans studied are now shown to have circulating Abs against Neu5Gc, with marked differences in isotype levels. The question arises whether such Abs can adversely affect Neu5Gc-expressing human cells or tissues. In this study, we show that although normal human PBMC do not incorporate Neu5Gc during in vitro incubation, activated T cells do. Primary human leukemia cells and human leukemic cell lines are even more efficient at incorporation. Human sera containing naturally high levels of anti-Neu5Gc IgG Abs (hereafter abbreviated GcIg) deposited complement on Neu5Gc-expressing leukemic cells and activated T cells, but not on normal cells. The binding of GcIg resulted in complement-mediated cytotoxicity, which was inhibited by heat inactivation. Low anti-Neu5Gc IgG-containing human sera did not mediate any of these effects. Mixed killing assays confirmed the 15-fold selective killing of leukemic cells over PBMC by GcIg following Neu5Gc feeding. This approach could potentially serve as novel way to target malignant cells for death in vivo using either natural Abs or anti-Neu5Gc Abs prepared for this purpose. Further studies are needed to determine whether deposition of natural GcIg and complement can also target healthy proliferating immune cells for death in vivo following incorporation of dietary Neu5Gc. PMID:15972653

  2. Electrokinetically induced alterations in dynamic response of viscoelastic fluids in narrow confinements

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    Bandopadhyay, Aditya; Chakraborty, Suman

    2012-05-01

    We investigate a dynamical interplay between interfacial electrokinetics and a combined dissipative and elastic behavior of flow through narrow confinements, in analogy with spatiotemporal hydrodynamics of porous media. In particular, we investigate the effects of streaming potential on the pertinent dynamic responses, by choosing a Maxwell fluid model for representing the consequent electro-hydrodynamic characteristics. We transform the pertinent governing equation to the frequency domain, so that a dynamic generalization of Darcy's law in the presence of streaming potential effects can be effectively realized. We show that the frequencies corresponding to local maxima in the dynamic permeability also correspond to local maxima in the induced streaming potential. We also bring out the effects of Stern layer conductivity on the dynamic permeability. Our analytical estimates do reveal that serious overestimations in the commonly portrayed notion of massive amplifications of dynamic permeability at resonating frequencies may be possible, if interactions between spontaneous electrochemical interfacial phenomena and pulsating pressure-gradient-driven viscoelastic transport are trivially ignored.

  3. Electrokinetically induced alterations in dynamic response of viscoelastic fluids in narrow confinements.

    PubMed

    Bandopadhyay, Aditya; Chakraborty, Suman

    2012-05-01

    We investigate a dynamical interplay between interfacial electrokinetics and a combined dissipative and elastic behavior of flow through narrow confinements, in analogy with spatiotemporal hydrodynamics of porous media. In particular, we investigate the effects of streaming potential on the pertinent dynamic responses, by choosing a Maxwell fluid model for representing the consequent electro-hydrodynamic characteristics. We transform the pertinent governing equation to the frequency domain, so that a dynamic generalization of Darcy's law in the presence of streaming potential effects can be effectively realized. We show that the frequencies corresponding to local maxima in the dynamic permeability also correspond to local maxima in the induced streaming potential. We also bring out the effects of Stern layer conductivity on the dynamic permeability. Our analytical estimates do reveal that serious overestimations in the commonly portrayed notion of massive amplifications of dynamic permeability at resonating frequencies may be possible, if interactions between spontaneous electrochemical interfacial phenomena and pulsating pressure-gradient-driven viscoelastic transport are trivially ignored. PMID:23004858

  4. The incorporation effects of methanolic extracts of some plant seeds on the stability of phosphatidylcholine liposomes.

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    Atrooz, Omar M

    2007-05-15

    The antioxidant activity and the polyphenols and flavonoids contents of methanolic extracts of plant seeds of Canna indica, Hordium sativum and Capsicum annuum were investigated. These extracts were found to exhibit strong scavenging effects on 1, 1-Diphenyl-2-picryle-hydrazyl (DPPH) radicals and have significant amounts of flavonoids and polyphenols. The effects of these extracts on Phosphatidylcholine (PC) liposomes also were studied. It was found that the extractable materials have varying inhibitory effects on oxidation of PC liposomes and their aggregation. These effects were significant and illustrated that addition of these extractable materials to liposomes can enhance their stability by preventing liposome oxidation and aggregation. PMID:19086511

  5. Effect of Cr2O3 on the O-18 Tracer Incorporation in SOFC Materials

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    Finsterbusch, Martin; Lussier, Alexandre; Negusse, Ezana; Zhu, Zihua; Smith, Richard J.; Schaefer, Jurgen A.; Idzerda, Yves U.

    2010-05-21

    To gain insight into the Cr poisoning mechanism at the cathode side of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) with stainless steel interconnects, we conducted an investigation of the impact of Cr2O3 overlayers on oxygen diffusion in various SOFC electrolyte and cathode materials. High density Gd0.10Ce0.90O2 (GDC), Y0.15Zr0.85O2 (YSZ) and La0.6Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O2 (LSCF) sintered pellets were covered with 3 to 30 nm Cr - overlayers that were subsequently oxidized, forming Cr2O3. Standard 18O tracer diffusion experiments at 800C were performed and TOFSIMS profiling revealed a Cr2O3 thickness-dependent oxygen uptake process. The oxygen ion diffusion coefficients were found to be unaffected by the Cr2O3 overlayers, which is predictable since they are a bulk property. The extracted surface exchange coefficients however varied with Cr2O3 overlayer thickness. Solid state reaction measurements of Cr2O3 with the three materials of interest, and electronic structure considerations concerning the surface exchange, led to the conclusion that the observed oxygen uptake hindrance for LSCF and the slight increase of the surface exchange coefficient for YSZ can be attributed to the electronic properties of Cr2O3. The rate limitation of the oxygen incorporation into the materials is therefore strongly dependent on the surface electronic properties. A critical thickness of Cr2O3 was determined where the transition from decreased cathode-performance to a Cr2O3-property-governed regime occurs.

  6. Effect of silver nanoparticles incorporated with samarium-doped magnesium tellurite glasses

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    Yusoff, N. M.; Sahar, M. R.

    2015-01-01

    Silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) are incorporated in samarium doped tellurite glass of a composition (89-x)TeO2-10MgO-1Sm2O3-xAgCl, where 0.0?x?0.6 mol%, by a melt quenching technique. It is found that all the glasses are amorphous in nature, and the existence of Ag NPs with an average size of 16.94 nm is confirmed by Transmission Electron Microscopy. Meanwhile, their physical properties such as glass density, molar volume and ionic packing density are computed utilizing the normal method. The density and ionic packing density are observed to decrease with increasing Ag NPs, but increase when the Ag NPs are beyond 0.2 mol%. On the other hand, the molar volume behaves exactly opposite to the increase in Ag NPs content. It decreases when the Ag NPs content value is more than 0.2 mol%. The optical energy band gap and Urbach energy are evaluated from the absorption spectra in the range of 200-900 nm at room temperature. It is also observed that the direct and indirect optical energy band gaps reduce with Ag NPs content, but enhance when the Ag NPs are beyond 0.2 mol%. Meanwhile, the Urbach energy is found to increase as the Ag NPs content is increased but decreases when Ag NPs is 0.2 mol%. The refractive index is deduced from indirect optical energy band gap. Meanwhile, molar refraction and electronic polarizability have been calculated from the Lorentz-Lorentz relation. Refractive index and electronic polarizability are also observed to raise with Ag NPs content, but drop off when Ag NPs content is more than 0.2 mol%. In this paper, all properties are discussed with respect to the Ag NPs concentration.

  7. Large sensitivity enhancement in semiconducting organic field effect transistor sensors through incorporation of ultra-fine platinum nanoparticles

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    Zheng, Haisheng; Ramalingam, Balavinayagam; Korampally, Venumadhav; Gangopadhyay, Shubhra

    2013-11-01

    We report remarkable improvement in sensitivity of pentacene-based field effect transistor devices towards trace nitro-aromatic explosive vapors through the incorporation of high density, sub-2 nm platinum nanoparticles (NPs) within these structures. Exploiting the unique electronic properties of these NPs, we have demonstrated a detection limit of 56.6 parts per billion of 2,4-dinitrotoluene (DNT) vapor while control samples without any embedded NPs showed no observable sensitivity to DNT vapor. We attribute this remarkable enhancement in sensitivity to the ability of these NPs to function as discrete nodes, participating in the charge transfer with adsorbed nitro-aromatic molecules.

  8. Effect of different hydroxyapatite incorporation methods on the structural and biological properties of porous collagen scaffolds for bone repair.

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    Ryan, Alan J; Gleeson, John P; Matsiko, Amos; Thompson, Emmet M; O'Brien, Fergal J

    2015-12-01

    Scaffolds which aim to provide an optimised environment to regenerate bone tissue require a balance between mechanical properties and architecture known to be conducive to enable tissue regeneration, such as a high porosity and a suitable pore size. Using freeze-dried collagen-based scaffolds as an analogue of native ECM, we sought to improve the mechanical properties by incorporating hydroxyapatite (HA) in different ways while maintaining a pore architecture sufficient to allow cell infiltration, vascularisation and effective bone regeneration. Specifically we sought to elucidate the effect of different hydroxyapatite incorporation methods on the mechanical, morphological, and cellular response of the resultant collagen-HA scaffolds. The results demonstrated that incorporating either micron-sized (CHA scaffolds) or nano-sized HA particles (CnHA scaffolds) prior to freeze-drying resulted in moderate increases in stiffness (2.2-fold and 6.2-fold, respectively, vs. collagen-glycosaminoglycan scaffolds, P < 0.05, a scaffold known to support osteogenesis), while enabling good cell attachment, and moderate mesenchymal stem cell (MSC)-mediated calcium production after 28 days' culture (2.1-fold, P < 0.05, and 1.3-fold, respectively, vs. CG scaffolds). However, coating of collagen scaffolds with a hydroxyapatite precipitate after freeze-drying (CpHA scaffolds) has been shown to be a highly effective method to increase the compressive modulus (26-fold vs. CG controls, P < 0.001) of scaffolds while maintaining a high porosity (~ 98%). The coating of the ligand-dense collagen structure results in a lower cell attachment level (P < 0.05), although it supported greater cell-mediated calcium production (P < 0.0001) compared with other scaffold variants after 28 days' culture. The comparatively good mechanical properties of these high porosity scaffolds is obtained partially through highly crosslinking the scaffolds with both a physical (DHT) and chemical (EDAC) crosslinking treatment. Control of scaffold microstructure was examined via alterations in freezing temperature. It was found that the addition of HA prior to freeze-drying generally reduced the pore size and so the CpHA scaffold fabrication method offered increased control over the resulting scaffolds microstructure. These findings will help guide future design considerations for composite biomaterials and demonstrate that the method of HA incorporation can have profound effects on the resulting scaffold structural and biological response. PMID:25409684

  9. Large sensitivity enhancement in semiconducting organic field effect transistor sensors through incorporation of ultra-fine platinum nanoparticles

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    Zheng, Haisheng; Ramalingam, Balavinayagam; Korampally, Venumadhav; Gangopadhyay, Shubhra

    2013-11-04

    We report remarkable improvement in sensitivity of pentacene-based field effect transistor devices towards trace nitro-aromatic explosive vapors through the incorporation of high density, sub-2 nm platinum nanoparticles (NPs) within these structures. Exploiting the unique electronic properties of these NPs, we have demonstrated a detection limit of 56.6 parts per billion of 2,4-dinitrotoluene (DNT) vapor while control samples without any embedded NPs showed no observable sensitivity to DNT vapor. We attribute this remarkable enhancement in sensitivity to the ability of these NPs to function as discrete nodes, participating in the charge transfer with adsorbed nitro-aromatic molecules.

  10. Proliferation kinetics of perturbed cell populations determined by the bromodeoxyuridine-33258 technique: radiotoxic effects of incorporated (3H)thymidine

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    Beck, H.P.

    1981-11-01

    A simple analytical method is described for the evaluation of flow cytometric data of perturbed cell populations obtained by applying the BrdUrd-33258 Hoechst technique. This procedure allows for determining the growth curve, the efflux from and the influx into G2 + M as well as the transit characteristics of cell cohorts through the G2 + M phase. As an example of the application of the method, the radiotoxic effects of incorporated 3H-thymidine on the proliferation of L-929 cells in vitro are described.

  11. Effects of Incorporating Nanosized Calcium Phosphate Particles on Properties of Whisker-Reinforced Dental Composites

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    Xu, Hockin H. K.; Sun, Limin; Weir, Mike D.; Takagi, Shozo; Chow, Laurence C.; Hockey, Bernard

    2009-01-01

    Clinical data indicate that secondary caries and restoration fracture are the most common problems facing tooth restorations. Our ultimate goal was to develop mechanically-strong and caries-inhibiting dental composites. The specific goal of this pilot study was to understand the relationships between composite properties and the ratio of reinforcement filler/releasing filler. Nanoparticles of monocalcium phosphate monohydrate (MCPM) were synthesized and incorporated into a dental resin for the first time. Silicon carbide whiskers were fused with silica nanoparticles and mixed with the MCPM particles at MCPM/whisker mass ratios of 1:0, 2:1, 1:1, 1:2, and 0:1. The composites were immersed for 156 days to measure Ca and PO4 release. When the MCPM/whisker ratio was changed from 0:1 to 1:2, the composite flexural strength (mean SD; n = 5) decreased from 174 26 MPa to 138 9 MPa (p < 0.05). A commercial nonreleasing composite had a strength of 112 14 MPa. When the MCPM/whisker ratio was changed from 1:2 to 1:1, the Ca concentration at 56 days increased from 0.77 0.04 mmol/L to 1.74 0.06 mmol/L (p < 0.05). The corresponding PO4 concentration increased from 3.88 0.21 mmol/L to 9.95 0.69 mmol/L (p < 0.05). Relationships were established between the amount of release and the MCPM volume fraction vMCPM in the resin: [Ca]= 42.9 vMCPM2.7, and [PO4] = 48.7 vMCPM1.4. In summary, the method of combining nanosized releasing fillers with reinforcing fillers yielded Ca- and PO4-releasing composites with mechanical properties matching or exceeding a commercial stress-bearing, nonreleasing composite. This method may be applicable to the use of other CaPO4 fillers in developing composites with high stress-bearing and caries-preventing capabilities, a combination not yet available in any dental materials. PMID:16924611

  12. A METHOD TO INCORPORATE ECOLOGY INTO RESIDENCE TIME OF CHEMICALS IN EMBAYMENTS: LOCAL EFFECT TIME

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    Residence times are classically defined by the physical and chemical aspects of water bodies rather than by their ecological implications. Therefore, a more clear and direct connection between the residence times and ecological effects is necessary to quantitatively relate these ...

  13. The effects of hyaluronic acid incorporated as a wetting agent on lysozyme denaturation in model contact lens materials.

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    Weeks, Andrea; Boone, Adrienne; Luensmann, Doerte; Jones, Lyndon; Sheardown, Heather

    2013-09-01

    Conventional and silicone hydrogels as models for contact lenses were prepared to determine the effect of the presence of hyaluronic acid on lysozyme sorption and denaturation. Hyaluronic acid was loaded into poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) and poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate)/TRIS--methacryloxypropyltris (trimethylsiloxy silane) hydrogels, which served as models for conventional and silicone hydrogel contact lens materials. The hyaluronic acid was cross-linked using 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)-carbodiimide in the presence of dendrimers. Active lysozyme was quantified using a Micrococcus lysodeikticus assay while total lysozyme was determined using 125-I radiolabeled protein. To examine the location of hyaluronic acid in the gels, 6-aminofluorescein labeled hyaluronic acid was incorporated into the gels using 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)-carbodiimide chemistry and the gels were examined using confocal laser scanning microscopy. Hyaluronic acid incorporation significantly reduced lysozyme sorption in poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (p?incorporated as a wetting agent has the potential to reduce lysozyme sorption and denaturation in contact lens applications. The distribution of hyaluronic acid within hydrogels appears to affect denaturation, with more surface mobile, lower molecular weight hyaluronic acid being more effective in preventing denaturation. PMID:22561981

  14. Effects of straw incorporation along with microbial inoculant on methane and nitrous oxide emissions from rice fields.

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    Liu, Gang; Yu, Haiyang; Ma, Jing; Xu, Hua; Wu, Qinyan; Yang, Jinghui; Zhuang, Yiqing

    2015-06-15

    Incorporation of straw together with microbial inoculant (a microorganism agent, accelerating straw decomposition) is being increasingly adopted in rice cultivation, thus its effect on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions merits serious attention. A 3-year field experiment was conducted from 2010 to 2012 to investigate combined effect of straw and microbial inoculant on methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions, global warming potential (GWP) and greenhouse gas intensity (GHGI) in a rice field in Jurong, Jiangsu Province, China. The experiment was designed to have treatment NPK (N, P and K fertilizers only), treatment NPKS (NPK plus wheat straw), treatment NPKSR (NPKS plus Ruilaite microbial inoculant) and treatment NPKSJ (NPKS plus Jinkuizi microbial inoculant). Results show that compared to NPK, NPKS increased seasonal CH4 emission by 280-1370%, while decreasing N2O emission by 7-13%. When compared with NPKS, NPKSR and NPKSJ increased seasonal CH4 emission by 7-13% and 6-12%, respectively, whereas reduced N2O emission by 10-27% and 9-24%, respectively. The higher CH4 emission could be attributed to the higher soil CH4 production potential triggered by the combined application of straw and microbial inoculant, and the lower N2O emission to the decreased inorganic N content. As a whole, the benefit of lower N2O emission was completely offset by increased CH4 emission, resulting in a higher GWP for NPKSR (5-12%) and NPKSJ (5-11%) relative to NPKS. Due to NPKSR and NPKSJ increased rice grain yield by 3-6% and 2-4% compared to NPKS, the GHGI values for NPKS, NPKSR and NPKSJ were comparable. These findings suggest that incorporating straw together with microbial inoculant would not influence the radiative forcing of rice production in the terms of per unit of rice grain yield relative to the incorporation of straw alone. PMID:25756676

  15. Micro and nanoscale electrochemical systems for reagent generation, coupled electrokinetic transport and enhanced detection

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    Contento, Nicholas M.

    Chemical analysis is being performed in devices operated at ever decreasing length scales in order to harness the fundamental benefits of micro and nanoscale phenomena while minimizing operating footprint and sample size. The advantages of moving traditional sample or chemical processing steps (e.g. separation, detection, and reaction) into micro- and nanofluidic devices have been demonstrated, and they arise from the relatively rapid rates of heat and mass transport at small length scales. The use of electrochemical methods in micro/nanoscale systems to control and improve these processes holds great promise. Unfortunately, much is still not understood about the coupling of multiple electrode driven processes in a confined environment nor about the fundamental changes in device performance that occur as geometries approach the nanoscale regime. At the nanoscale a significant fraction of the sample volume is in close contact with the device surface, i.e. most of the sample is contained within electronic or diffusion layers associated with surface charge or surface reactions, respectively. The work presented in this thesis aims to understand some fundamental different behaviors observed in micro/nanofluidic structures, particularly those containing one or more embedded, metallic electrode structures. First, a quantitative method is devised to describe the impact of electric fields on electrochemistry in multi-electrode micro/nanofluidic systems. Next the chemical manipulation of small volumes (≤ 10-13 L) in micro/nanofluidic structures is explored by creating regions of high pH and high dissolved gas (H 2) concentration through the electrolysis of H2O. Massively parallel arrays of nanochannel electrodes, or embedded annular nanoband electrodes (EANEs), are then studied with a focus on achieving enhanced signals due to coupled electrokinetic and electrochemical effects. In EANE devices, electroosmotic flow results from the electric field generated between the closely spaced working and counter electrode, causing beneficial convective transport to the electrode surface. Finally, redox cycling of electroactive species at recessed ring-disk nanoelectrode arrays is described with a focus on the use of finite element calculations to predict electrode performance as a function of electrode geometry. The improved understanding of electrochemistry, electrokinetics and mass transport in micrometer and nanometer scale structures presented in this thesis should guide the development of next-generation devices for combinatorial processing involving electrochemical analysis, reagent generation and heterogeneous reaction.

  16. A Measure of the Effectiveness of Incorporating 3D Human Anatomy into an Online Undergraduate Laboratory

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    Hilbelink, Amy J.

    2009-01-01

    Results of a study designed to determine the effectiveness of implementing three-dimensional (3D) stereo images of a human skull in an undergraduate human anatomy online laboratory were gathered and analysed. Mental model theory and its applications to 3D relationships are discussed along with the research results. Quantitative results on 62 pairs

  17. Creating a Ripple Effect: Incorporating Multimedia-Assisted Project-Based Learning in Teacher Education

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    Seo, Kay Kyeongju; Templeton, Rosalyn; Pellegrino, Debra

    2008-01-01

    This article explores the effects of multimedia-assisted, project-based learning in teacher education. We conducted pre- and post-surveys to investigate how the experience of developing multimedia projects influenced preservice teachers' knowledge and self-efficacy in (a) technology, (b) subject matter, and (c) teaching. Forty-two preservice

  18. Considerations for Incorporating Bioavailability in Effect-Directed Analysis and Toxicity Identification Evaluation.

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    In order to avoid a bias toward highly toxic but poorly bioavailable compounds in the effect-directed analysis (EDA) of soils and sediments, approaches are discussed to consider bioavailability in EDA procedures. In parallel, complimentary approaches for making toxicity identific...

  19. A Measure of the Effectiveness of Incorporating 3D Human Anatomy into an Online Undergraduate Laboratory

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    Hilbelink, Amy J.

    2009-01-01

    Results of a study designed to determine the effectiveness of implementing three-dimensional (3D) stereo images of a human skull in an undergraduate human anatomy online laboratory were gathered and analysed. Mental model theory and its applications to 3D relationships are discussed along with the research results. Quantitative results on 62 pairs…

  20. Estimation of a Semiparametric Natural Direct Effect Model Incorporating Baseline Covariates

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    TCHETGEN TCHETGEN, E. J.; SHPITSER, I.

    2015-01-01

    SUMMARY Establishing cause-effect relationships is a standard goal of empirical science. Once the presence of a causal relationship is established, the precise causal mechanism involved becomes a topic of interest. A particularly popular type of mechanism analysis concerns questions of mediation, that is to what extent an effect is direct, and to what extent it is mediated by a third variable. A semiparametric theory has recently been proposed which allows multiply robust estimation of direct and mediated marginal effect functionals in observational studies (Tchetgen Tchetgen & Shpitser, 2012). In this paper we extend the new theory to handle parametric models of natural direct and indirect effects within levels of pre-exposure variables with an identity or log link function, where the model for the observed data likelihood is otherwise unrestricted. We show that estimation is generally not feasible in this model because of the curse of dimensionality associated with the required estimation of auxiliary conditional densities or expectations, given high-dimensional covariates. Thus, we consider multiply robust estimation and propose a more general model which assumes that a subset but not all of several working models holds. PMID:25892739

  1. Development of electrokinetic remediation for caesium: A feasibility study of 2D electrode configuration system

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    Syah Putra, Rudy

    2016-02-01

    Agar matrix was artificially contaminated with caesium and subjected to rapid assessment of electrokinetic treatment on the basis of the 2D electrode configuration. The effect of caesium concentration on the process was investigated using different electrode configuration (i.e. rectangular, hexagonal and triangular). During treatment the in situ pH distribution, the current flow, and the potential distribution were monitored. At the end of the treatment, the caesium concentration distribution was measured. The results of these experiments showed that for caesium contamination, pH control is essential in order to create a suitable environment throughout the agar matrix to enable contaminant removal. It was found that the type of electrode configuration used to control the pH affected the rate of caesium accumulation. All of the electrode configurations tested was effective, but the highest caesium extraction was achieved when the hexagonal pattern was used to control the pH. After 72 h of treatment at 50 mA, the concentration of caesium decreased gradually from the second and first layer of agar matrix throughout the cell, suggesting that most of the caesium was concentrated on the cathode part.

  2. Bench- and field-scale evaluation of chromium and cadmium extraction by electrokinetics.

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    Gent, David B; Bricka, R Mark; Alshawabkeh, Akram N; Larson, Steven L; Fabian, Gene; Granade, Steve

    2004-07-01

    The results of bench-scale laboratory tests and in situ, pilot-scale demonstration of electrokinetic extraction of chromium and cadmium from contaminated soil are presented. The laboratory tests were conducted using 10 cm long samples under current density of 5A/m(2) for 1200 h. Tests were conducted with and without citric acid amendment at the cathode. The results showed that citric acid improved extraction, especially in the sections near the cathode. However, processing was not enough to result in complete cleanup. The field demo was conducted at the Naval Air Weapon Station (NAWS), Point Mugu, California. Three cathodes were centered between six anodes. The anode-cathode spacing was 4.45 m (15 ft). Constant voltage of 60 V ( approximately 13 V/m) was applied for 20 days and then was reduced to 45 V (10 V/m) for 6 months. Citric acid was used to maintain the cathode pH at 4. After 6 months of treatment, 78% of the soil volume has been cleared of chromium or treated to below natural background levels. The results also indicated that 70% of the soil between the electrodes had been cleared of cadmium contamination. A comparison between the bench-scale and field demo showed that the field process was more effective than the lab tests. This indicated that small sample size will induce a negative effect on the efficiency of the process due to an increased impact of the boundaries on the overall process. PMID:15177726

  3. Electrokinetic desalination using honeycomb carbon nanotubes (HC-CNTs): a conceptual study by molecular simulation.

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    Chen, Qile; Kong, Xian; Li, Jipeng; Lu, Diannan; Liu, Zheng

    2014-09-21

    A new concept of electrokinetic desalination using a CNT honeycomb is presented through molecular dynamics simulation. The preferential translocation of ions towards the outlets near two electrodes was realized by applying an electric field perpendicular to bulk fluid flow in a CNT network, which, in the meantime, generated deionized water flux discharged from the central outlets. The effects of the major factors such as electric field strength, numbers of separation units, diameter of CNT, and ion concentration on the desalination were examined. It was shown that over 95% salt rejection and around 50% fresh water recovery were achieved by the presented module by applying an electric field of 0.8 V nm(-1). CNT diameter, which is critical to ion rejection without the electric field, had a marginal effect on the desalination of this new module when a strong electric field was applied. The desalination was also not sensitive to ion concentration, indicating its excellent workability for a wide range of water salinity, e.g. from brackish water to seawater. A potential of mean force profile revealed a free energy barrier as large as 2.0-6.0 kcal mol(-1) for ions to move opposite to the implemented electrical force. The simulation confirmed the high potential of the CNT honeycomb in water desalination. PMID:25092215

  4. Transient electrokinetic transport in micro/nanofluidic systems with sudden expansion and contraction cross sections

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    Chein, Reiyu; Liao, Yuchung

    2013-03-01

    This study numerically investigates electrokinetic transport in a micro/nanofluidic system by solving the transient Poisson, Nernst-Planck, and Navier-Stokes equations simultaneously. The considered system is a nanochannel connected to two micro channels at its ends. Under various applied electric potential biases, the concentration polarization effect on the fluid flow, induced pressure, and electric current is examined. By comparing with the Donnan equilibrium condition and electroosmotic flow in the microscale dimension, electric body force due to non-zero charge density is the mechanism for producing vortex flow and inducing a positive pressure gradient on the anodic side of the system. The diffusive boundary layer thickness is reduced due to stirring by the generated vortex flow, resulting in over-limiting current when the applied electric potential bias is high. The steady-state current voltage curve indicates that in the Ohmic regime, higher current can be obtained when the surface charge density is large due to higher fluid velocity. In the limiting and over-limiting current regimes, higher electric current can be obtained when the nanochannel is larger with smaller surface density because more ions are available for carrying the current. The nanochannel size effect on the limiting and over-limiting current magnitudes is insignificant when the surface charge density is large.

  5. Effect of sodium incorporation into CuInSe2 from first principles

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    Oikkonen, L. E.; Ganchenkova, M. G.; Seitsonen, A. P.; Nieminen, R. M.

    2013-08-01

    The presence of small amounts of sodium has been shown to improve the electronic performance of Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) solar cells, but the origins of this effect have not yet been fully resolved. In this work, we have addressed the questions involving the role of sodium in CuInSe2 (CIS) using density-functional-theory-based calculations. We find no direct way how the creation of Na-related point defects in bulk CIS would enhance p-type conductivity. Instead, we demonstrate that Na reduces copper mass transport due to the capture of copper vacancies by NaCu defects. This finding provides an explanation for experimental measurements where the presence of Na has been observed to decrease copper diffusion. The suggested mechanism can also impede VCu-related cluster formation and lead to measurable effects on defect distribution within the material.

  6. Development of a set of equations for incorporating disk flexibility effects in rotordynamical analyses

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    Flowers, George T.; Ryan, Stephen G.

    1991-01-01

    Rotordynamical equations that account for disk flexibility are developed. These equations employ free-free rotor modes to model the rotor system. Only transverse vibrations of the disks are considered, with the shaft/disk system considered to be torsionally rigid. Second order elastic foreshortening effects that couple with the rotor speed to produce first order terms in the equations of motion are included. The approach developed in this study is readily adaptable for usage in many of the codes that are current used in rotordynamical simulations. The equations are similar to those used in standard rigid disk analyses but with additional terms that include the effects of disk flexibility. An example case is presented to demonstrate the use of the equations and to show the influence of disk flexibility on the rotordynamical behavior of a sample system.

  7. Incorporating anthropogenic effects into trophic ecology: predator-prey interactions in a human-dominated landscape.

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    Dorresteijn, Ine; Schultner, Jannik; Nimmo, Dale G; Fischer, Joern; Hanspach, Jan; Kuemmerle, Tobias; Kehoe, Laura; Ritchie, Euan G

    2015-09-01

    Apex predators perform important functions that regulate ecosystems worldwide. However, little is known about how ecosystem regulation by predators is influenced by human activities. In particular, how important are top-down effects of predators relative to direct and indirect human-mediated bottom-up and top-down processes? Combining data on species' occurrence from camera traps and hunting records, we aimed to quantify the relative effects of top-down and bottom-up processes in shaping predator and prey distributions in a human-dominated landscape in Transylvania, Romania. By global standards this system is diverse, including apex predators (brown bear and wolf), mesopredators (red fox) and large herbivores (roe and red deer). Humans and free-ranging dogs represent additional predators in the system. Using structural equation modelling, we found that apex predators suppress lower trophic levels, especially herbivores. However, direct and indirect top-down effects of humans affected the ecosystem more strongly, influencing species at all trophic levels. Our study highlights the need to explicitly embed humans and their influences within trophic cascade theory. This will greatly expand our understanding of species interactions in human-modified landscapes, which compose the majority of the Earth's terrestrial surface. PMID:26336169

  8. The dilemma of hyperbolic heat conduction and its settlement by incorporating spatially nonlocal effect at nanoscale

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    Yu, Y. Jun; Li, Chen-Lin; Xue, Zhang-Na; Tian, Xiao-Geng

    2016-01-01

    To model transiently thermal responses of numerous thermal shock issues at nano-scale, Fourier heat conduction law is commonly extended by introducing time rate of heat flux, and comes to hyperbolic heat conduction (HHC). However, solution to HHC under Dirichlet boundary condition depicts abnormal phenomena, e.g. heat conducts from the cold to the hot, and there are two temperatures at one location. In this paper, HHC model is further perfected with the aids of spatially nonlocal effect, and the exceeding temperature as well as the discontinuity at the wave front are avoided. The effect of nonlocal parameter on temperature response is discussed. From the analysis, the importance of size effect for nano-scale heat conduction is emphasized, indicating that spatial and temporal extensions should be simultaneously made to nano-scale heat conduction. Beyond that, it is found that heat flux boundary conditions should be directly given, instead of Neumann boundary condition, which does not make sense any longer for non-classical heat conductive models. And finally, it is observed that accurate solution to such problems may be obtained using Laplace transform method, especially for the time-dependent boundary conditions, e.g. heat flux boundary condition.

  9. Hyperthermic effects of hand bathing: benefits of incorporating finger flexion-extension exercise

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    Ohshige, Tadasu; Ohwatashi, Akihiko; Kiyama, Ryoji; Nishi, Hiroaki; Takamori, Akihisa

    2015-01-01

    [Purpose] The purpose of our study was to compare the effects of hand bathing using plain water and water supplemented with inorganic salt and carbonated gas and to assess the hyperthermic effects of performing finger flexion-extension exercise while bathing in water with carbonated gas and inorganic salt and without water. [Subjects and Methods] Sixteen healthy, young males were subjected to plain water bathing, CO2 bathing, kineto-CO2 bathing, or no bathing. CO2 bathing involved bathing in a solution of artificial bath additives including inorganic salts and carbon dioxide. Partial bathing of the hand was implemented for 20 minutes at 41?C. The concentration of carbonic gas was set at 33?ppm. In the kineto-CO2 bathing condition, finger flexion-extension exercise was performed at 60 laps per minute in the same solution used in CO2 bathing. The control group engaged in the same exercise as those in the kineto-CO2 bathing group, but without bathing. [Results] A significant increase in deep-body temperature was observed in the CO2 bathing and kineto-CO2 bathing conditions compared with both the plain water bathing and control condition. [Conclusion] Significantly heightened hyperthermic effects were observed when finger flexion-extension exercise was performed during CO2 bathing. PMID:26834351

  10. Incorporating effectiveness of community-based management in a national marine gap analysis for Fiji.

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    Mills, Morena; Jupiter, Stacy D; Pressey, Robert L; Ban, Natalie C; Comley, James

    2011-12-01

    Every action in a conservation plan has a different level of effect and consequently contributes differentially to conservation. We examined how several community-based, marine, management actions differed in their contribution to national-level conservation goals in Fiji. We held a workshop with experts on local fauna and flora and local marine management actions to translate conservation goals developed by the national government into ecosystem-specific quantitative objectives and to estimate the relative effectiveness of Fiji's community-based management actions in achieving these objectives. The national conservation objectives were to effectively manage 30% of the nation's fringing reefs, nonfringing reefs, mangroves, and intertidal ecosystems (30% objective) and 10% of other benthic ecosystems (10% objective). The experts evaluated the contribution of the various management actions toward national objectives. Scores ranged from 0 (ineffective) to 1 (maximum effectiveness) and included the following management actions: permanent closures (i.e., all extractive use of resources prohibited indefinitely) (score of 1); conditional closures harvested once per year or less as dictated by a management plan (0.50-0.95); conditional closures harvested without predetermined frequency or duration (0.10-0.85); other management actions, such as regulations on gear and species harvested (0.15-0.50). Through 3 gap analyses, we assessed whether the conservation objectives in Fiji had been achieved. Each analysis was based on a different assumption: (1) all parts of locally managed marine areas (including closures and other management) conserve species and ecosystems effectively; (2) closures conserve species and ecosystems, whereas areas outside closures, open to varying levels of resource extraction, do not; and (3) actions that allow different levels of resource extraction vary in their ability to conserve species and ecosystems. Under assumption 1, Fiji's national conservation objectives were exceeded in all marine ecosystems; under assumption 2, none of Fiji's conservation objectives were met; and under assumption 3, on the basis of the scores assigned by experts, Fiji achieved the 10% but not the 30% objectives for ecosystems. Understanding the relative contribution of management actions to achieving conservation objectives is critical in the assessment of conservation achievements at the national level, where multiple management actions will be needed to achieve national conservation objectives. PMID:21978136

  11. Effect of incorporation of antioxidants on the chemical, rheological, and sensory properties of probiotic petit suisse cheese.

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    Pereira, E P R; Cavalcanti, R N; Esmerino, E A; Silva, R; Guerreiro, L R M; Cunha, R L; Bolini, H M A; Meireles, M A; Faria, J A F; Cruz, A G

    2016-03-01

    This work investigated the effect of the addition of different antioxidants (ascorbic acid, glucose oxidase, cysteine, and jabuticaba extract) on the rheological and sensorial properties of the probiotic petit suisse cheese. Absence of influence of the antioxidants at the physico-chemical characteristics of the petit suisse cheese was observed. Overall, the petit suisse cheeses presented weak gel characteristics and behaved as pseudoplastic material, except for control. All treatments exhibited a thixotropic non-Newtonian behavior; however, higher hysteresis area was obtained for control sample, which indicates that antioxidants incorporated to petit suisse had a protective effect on the typical thixotropic behavior of the Quark gel. The commercial sample presented higher scores for all aspects by consumers, whereas the probiotic petit suisse samples presented opposite behavior. Projective mapping was able to generate a vocabulary where the sample containing jabuticaba skin extract obtained by supercritical extraction was characterized by the panelists as presenting grape flavor and purple color. PMID:26805976

  12. Effects of high frequency ultrasound irradiation on incorporation of SiO2 particles within polypyrrole films.

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    Grari, O; Dhouibi, L; Lallemand, F; Buron, C C; Et Taouil, A; Hihn, J Y

    2015-01-01

    This paper deals with the effect of ultrasound on polypyrrole/SiO2 composite film elaboration through various steps (particle dispersion, electrosynthesis). Experiments were carried out on stainless steel in phosphoric acid solution. An efficient method for dispersion of SiO2 particles prior to electropolymerization, based on low frequency irradiation (20kHz), was proposed. It was shown that mechanical effects of high frequency ultrasound (i.e. mass transfer improvement) led to enhancement of electropolymerization kinetics. Scanning electron microscopy imaging and glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy revealed localization of SiO2 particles in the outer region of the films as well as better incorporation of particles under high frequency ultrasound irradiation. Finally, anticorrosion behavior of formed films was investigated in sodium chloride solution by Open Circuit Potential and anodic polarization methods. The results showed that polypyrrole/SiO2 films elaborated under ultrasound irradiation exhibit the best protective performances. PMID:24835022

  13. Ultrasonically assisted drilling: A finite-element model incorporating acoustic softening effects

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    Phadnis, V. A.; Roy, A.; Silberschmidt, V. V.

    2013-07-01

    Ultrasonically assisted drilling (UAD) is a novel machining technique suitable for drilling in hard-to-machine quasi-brittle materials such as carbon fibre reinforced polymer composites (CFRP). UAD has been shown to possess several advantages compared to conventional drilling (CD), including reduced thrust forces, diminished burr formation at drill exit and an overall improvement in roundness and surface finish of the drilled hole. Recently, our in-house experiments of UAD in CFRP composites demonstrated remarkable reductions in thrust-force and torque measurements (average force reductions in excess of 80%) when compared to CD with the same machining parameters. In this study, a 3D finite-element model of drilling in CFRP is developed. In order to model acoustic (ultrasonic) softening effects, a phenomenological model, which accounts for ultrasonically induced plastic strain, was implemented in ABAQUS/Explicit. The model also accounts for dynamic frictional effects, which also contribute to the overall improved machining characteristics in UAD. The model is validated with experimental findings, where an excellent correlation between the reduced thrust force and torque magnitude was achieved.

  14. Incorporating cache management behavior into seed dispersal: the effect of pericarp removal on acorn germination.

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    Yi, Xianfeng; Zhang, Mingming; Bartlow, Andrew W; Dong, Zhong

    2014-01-01

    Selecting seeds for long-term storage is a key factor for food hoarding animals. Siberian chipmunks (Tamias sibiricus) remove the pericarp and scatter hoard sound acorns of Quercus mongolica over those that are insect-infested to maximize returns from caches. We have no knowledge of whether these chipmunks remove the pericarp from acorns of other species of oaks and if this behavior benefits seedling establishment. In this study, we tested whether Siberian chipmunks engage in this behavior with acorns of three other Chinese oak species, Q. variabilis, Q. aliena and Q. serrata var. brevipetiolata, and how the dispersal and germination of these acorns are affected. Our results show that when chipmunks were provided with sound and infested acorns of Quercus variabilis, Q. aliena and Q. serrata var. brevipetiolata, the two types were equally harvested and dispersed. This preference suggests that Siberian chipmunks are incapable of distinguishing between sound and insect-infested acorns. However, Siberian chipmunks removed the pericarp from acorns of these three oak species prior to dispersing and caching them. Consequently, significantly more sound acorns were scatter hoarded and more infested acorns were immediately consumed. Additionally, indoor germination experiments showed that pericarp removal by chipmunks promoted acorn germination while artificial removal showed no significant effect. Our results show that pericarp removal allows Siberian chipmunks to effectively discriminate against insect-infested acorns and may represent an adaptive behavior for cache management. Because of the germination patterns of pericarp-removed acorns, we argue that the foraging behavior of Siberian chipmunks could have potential impacts on the dispersal and germination of acorns from various oak species. PMID:24647670

  15. Incorporating Cache Management Behavior into Seed Dispersal: The Effect of Pericarp Removal on Acorn Germination

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    Yi, Xianfeng; Zhang, Mingming; Bartlow, Andrew W.; Dong, Zhong

    2014-01-01

    Selecting seeds for long-term storage is a key factor for food hoarding animals. Siberian chipmunks (Tamias sibiricus) remove the pericarp and scatter hoard sound acorns of Quercus mongolica over those that are insect-infested to maximize returns from caches. We have no knowledge of whether these chipmunks remove the pericarp from acorns of other species of oaks and if this behavior benefits seedling establishment. In this study, we tested whether Siberian chipmunks engage in this behavior with acorns of three other Chinese oak species, Q. variabilis, Q. aliena and Q. serrata var. brevipetiolata, and how the dispersal and germination of these acorns are affected. Our results show that when chipmunks were provided with sound and infested acorns of Quercus variabilis, Q. aliena and Q. serrata var. brevipetiolata, the two types were equally harvested and dispersed. This preference suggests that Siberian chipmunks are incapable of distinguishing between sound and insect-infested acorns. However, Siberian chipmunks removed the pericarp from acorns of these three oak species prior to dispersing and caching them. Consequently, significantly more sound acorns were scatter hoarded and more infested acorns were immediately consumed. Additionally, indoor germination experiments showed that pericarp removal by chipmunks promoted acorn germination while artificial removal showed no significant effect. Our results show that pericarp removal allows Siberian chipmunks to effectively discriminate against insect-infested acorns and may represent an adaptive behavior for cache management. Because of the germination patterns of pericarp-removed acorns, we argue that the foraging behavior of Siberian chipmunks could have potential impacts on the dispersal and germination of acorns from various oak species. PMID:24647670

  16. Using electrokinetic phenomena and electrical resistance tomography to characterize the movement of subsurface fluids

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    Ramirez, Abelardo L.; Cooper, John F.; Daily, William D.

    1996-01-01

    This invention relates generally to the remote detections of subsurface liquid contaminants using in combination a geophysical technique known as ERT and an EKS. Electrokinetic transport is used to enhance the ability of electrical resistance tomography (ERT) to detect position and movement of subsurface contaminant liquids, particles or ions. ERT images alone are difficult to interpret because of natural inhomogeneities in soil composition and electrical properties. By subtracting two or more ERT images obtained before and after field induced movement, a high contrast image of a plume of distinct electrokinetic properties can be seen. The invention is applicable to important subsurface characterization problems including, as examples, (1) detection of liquid-saturated plumes of contaminants such as those associated with leaks from underground storage tanks containing hazardous concentrated electrolytes, (2) detection and characterization of soils contaminated with organic pollutants such as droplets of gasoline; and (3) monitoring the progress of electrokinetic containment or clean up of underground contamination.

  17. Enhanced electrokinetic treatment of different marine sediments contaminated by heavy metals.

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    De Gioannis, Giorgia; Muntoni, Aldo; Polettini, Alessandra; Pomi, Raffaella

    2008-07-01

    In the present work, the application of an assisted electrokinetic process for the removal of heavy metals from real contaminated sediments was investigated. The process made use of both chemical and physical methods, including addition of chelating and acid agents, as well as application of a hydraulic gradient. Lab-scale electrokinetic runs were applied on two different dredged sediments varying the applied voltage gradient and the treatment duration. The use of EDTA significantly improved the overall performance of the electrokinetic treatment for sediment V (more than 60% mobilized for each metal), while only aggressive acid conditioning with nitric acid was able to remove significant amounts of heavy metals (up to 40.5% for Pb) from sediment S due to the strong buffering capacity of this material. This clearly assesses that the specific characteristics of the materials under concern and the reactions occurring at the electrodes must be carefully evaluated when applying an electroremediation process. PMID:18569295

  18. Using electrokinetic phenomena and electrical resistance tomography to characterize the movement of subsurface fluids

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    Ramirez, A.L.; Cooper, J.F.; Daily, W.D.

    1996-02-27

    This invention relates generally to the remote detections of subsurface liquid contaminants using in combination a geophysical technique known as ERT and an EKS. Electrokinetic transport is used to enhance the ability of electrical resistance tomography (ERT) to detect position and movement of subsurface contaminant liquids, particles or ions. ERT images alone are difficult to interpret because of natural inhomogeneities in soil composition and electrical properties. By subtracting two or more ERT images obtained before and after field induced movement, a high contrast image of a plume of distinct electrokinetic properties can be seen. The invention is applicable to important subsurface characterization problems including, as examples, (1) detection of liquid-saturated plumes of contaminants such as those associated with leaks from underground storage tanks containing hazardous concentrated electrolytes, (2) detection and characterization of soils contaminated with organic pollutants such as droplets of gasoline; and (3) monitoring the progress of electrokinetic containment or clean up of underground contamination. 1 fig.

  19. Incorporating Transmission Into Causal Models of Infectious Diseases for Improved Understanding of the Effect and Impact of Risk Factors.

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    Paynter, Stuart

    2016-03-15

    Conventional measures of causality (which compare risks between exposed and unexposed individuals) do not factor in the population-scale dynamics of infectious disease transmission. We used mathematical models of 2 childhood infections (respiratory syncytial virus and rotavirus) to illustrate this problem. These models incorporated 3 causal pathways whereby malnutrition could act to increase the incidence of severe infection: increasing the proportion of infected children who develop severe infection, increasing the children's susceptibility to infection, and increasing infectiousness. For risk factors that increased the proportion of infected children who developed severe infection, the population attributable fraction (PAF) calculated conventionally was the same as the PAF calculated directly from the models. However, for risk factors that increased transmission (by either increasing susceptibility to infection or increasing infectiousness), the PAF calculated directly from the models was much larger than that predicted by the conventional PAF calculation. The models also showed that even when conventional studies find no association between a risk factor and an outcome, risk factors that increase transmission can still have a large impact on disease burden. For a complete picture of infectious disease causality, transmission effects must be incorporated into causal models. PMID:26940116

  20. Incorporating Resource Protection Constraints in an Analysis of Landscape Fuel-Treatment Effectiveness in the Northern Sierra Nevada, CA, USA

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    Dow, Christopher B.; Collins, Brandon M.; Stephens, Scott L.

    2016-03-01

    Finding novel ways to plan and implement landscape-level forest treatments that protect sensitive wildlife and other key ecosystem components, while also reducing the risk of large-scale, high-severity fires, can prove to be difficult. We examined alternative approaches to landscape-scale fuel-treatment design for the same landscape. These approaches included two different treatment scenarios generated from an optimization algorithm that reduces modeled fire spread across the landscape, one with resource-protection constrains and one without the same. We also included a treatment scenario that was the actual fuel-treatment network implemented, as well as a no-treatment scenario. For all the four scenarios, we modeled hazardous fire potential based on conditional burn probabilities, and projected fire emissions. Results demonstrate that in all the three active treatment scenarios, hazardous fire potential, fire area, and emissions were reduced by approximately 50 % relative to the untreated condition. Results depict that incorporation of constraints is more effective at reducing modeled fire outputs, possibly due to the greater aggregation of treatments, creating greater continuity of fuel-treatment blocks across the landscape. The implementation of fuel-treatment networks using different planning techniques that incorporate real-world constraints can reduce the risk of large problematic fires, allow for landscape-level heterogeneity that can provide necessary ecosystem services, create mixed forest stand structures on a landscape, and promote resilience in the uncertain future of climate change.

  1. Incorporating Resource Protection Constraints in an Analysis of Landscape Fuel-Treatment Effectiveness in the Northern Sierra Nevada, CA, USA.

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    Dow, Christopher B; Collins, Brandon M; Stephens, Scott L

    2016-03-01

    Finding novel ways to plan and implement landscape-level forest treatments that protect sensitive wildlife and other key ecosystem components, while also reducing the risk of large-scale, high-severity fires, can prove to be difficult. We examined alternative approaches to landscape-scale fuel-treatment design for the same landscape. These approaches included two different treatment scenarios generated from an optimization algorithm that reduces modeled fire spread across the landscape, one with resource-protection constrains and one without the same. We also included a treatment scenario that was the actual fuel-treatment network implemented, as well as a no-treatment scenario. For all the four scenarios, we modeled hazardous fire potential based on conditional burn probabilities, and projected fire emissions. Results demonstrate that in all the three active treatment scenarios, hazardous fire potential, fire area, and emissions were reduced by approximately 50 % relative to the untreated condition. Results depict that incorporation of constraints is more effective at reducing modeled fire outputs, possibly due to the greater aggregation of treatments, creating greater continuity of fuel-treatment blocks across the landscape. The implementation of fuel-treatment networks using different planning techniques that incorporate real-world constraints can reduce the risk of large problematic fires, allow for landscape-level heterogeneity that can provide necessary ecosystem services, create mixed forest stand structures on a landscape, and promote resilience in the uncertain future of climate change. PMID:26614351

  2. Comparison of monolithic capillary electrochromatography and micellar electrokinetic chromatography for the separation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

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    Salwi?ski, Aleksander; Delpe, Raphal

    2014-05-01

    Atmospheric pollution of anthropic origin is recognized as a major risk factor for health, in particular for respiratory and cardio-vascular systems. Among these pollutants, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are placed on the list of US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as 'priority' pollutants and four of them are assigned as potential carcinogens by The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). In the present work two capillary techniques-micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC) and monolithic capillary electrochromatography (CEC)-were compared for the separation of eleven PAHs. Both techniques compared in the present work are fully compatible with every standard apparatus of capillary electrophoresis. For MEKC, enhancement of selectivity and decrease of the separation window of eleven PAHs were obtained with methanol:borate 25 mM (20/80, v/v) running buffer containing 10 mM of hydroxypropylated ?-cyclodextrins with low SDS content (25 mM). In case of CEC, two acrylate-based monolithic stationary phases (MSPs) were evaluated for their application in the separation of eleven PAHs. The best MSP based on butyl acrylate was compared with MEKC in terms of sample capacity, PAHs elution order, LOQ, efficiency and effect of pH. Influence of the hydrophobicity of mobile phase on the PAHs elution order was also studied. PMID:24720981

  3. Numerical homogenization of electrokinetic equations in porous media using lattice-Boltzmann simulations.

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    Obliger, Amal; Duvail, Magali; Jardat, Marie; Coelho, Daniel; Bkri, Samir; Rotenberg, Benjamin

    2013-07-01

    We report the calculation of all the transfer coefficients which couple the solvent and ionic fluxes through a charged pore under the effect of pressure, electrostatic potential, and concentration gradients. We use a combination of analytical calculations at the Poisson-Nernst-Planck and Navier-Stokes levels of description and mesoscopic lattice simulations based on kinetic theory. In the absence of added salt, i.e., when the only ions present in the fluid are the counterions compensating the charge of the surface, exact analytical expressions for the fluxes in cylindrical pores allow us to validate a new lattice-Boltzmann electrokinetics (LBE) scheme which accounts for the osmotic contribution to the transport of all species. The influence of simulation parameters on the numerical accuracy is thoroughly investigated. In the presence of an added salt, we assess the range of validity of approximate expressions of the fluxes computed from the linearized Poisson-Boltzmann equation by a systematic comparison with LBE simulations. PMID:23944561

  4. Self-consistent description of electrokinetic phenomena in particle-based simulations.

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    Hernndez-Ortiz, Juan P; de Pablo, Juan J

    2015-07-01

    A new computational method is presented for study suspensions of charged particles undergoing fluctuating hydrodynamic and electrostatic interactions. The proposed model is appropriate for polymers, proteins, and porous particles embedded in a continuum electrolyte. A self-consistent Langevin description of the particles is adopted in which hydrodynamic and electrostatic interactions are included through a Green's function formalism. An Ewald-like split is adopted in order to satisfy arbitrary boundary conditions for the Stokeslet and Poisson Green functions, thereby providing a formalism that is applicable to any geometry and that can be extended to deformable objects. The convection-diffusion equation for the continuum ions is solved simultaneously considering Nernst-Planck diffusion. The method can be applied to systems at equilibrium and far from equilibrium. Its applicability is demonstrated in the context of electrokinetic motion, where it is shown that the ionic clouds associated with individual particles can be severely altered by the flow and concentration, leading to intriguing cooperative effects. PMID:26156466

  5. Electrokinetic remediation of wood preservative contaminated soil containing copper, chromium, and arsenic.

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    Buchireddy, Prashanth R; Bricka, R Mark; Gent, David B

    2009-02-15

    As a result of wood treatment, and the recent banning of the copper, chromium, and arsenic (CCA) treated wood for residential use many CCA treatment facilities have been abandoned or being closed. Soil contamination resulting from CCA is common at these sites. In this study, the feasibility of electrokinetic technique to remove CCA from contaminated soil was investigated. To better understand the ionic mobility within the soil and to detect the generation and advancement of acid front, sampling ports were provided along the longitudinal axis of a test cell. To determine the effect of varying current, three tests were performed at different current densities of 5.9, 2.9, and 1.5mA/cm(2) for a period of 15 days. The initial concentrations of copper, chromium, and arsenic in the soil were 4800, 3100, and 5200mg/kg, respectively. Dilute nitric acid was used as an amendment to neutralize the hydroxyl ions produced at the cathode. Experiments resulted in removal efficiencies as high as 65% for copper, 72% for chromium, and 77% for arsenic. The results also indicated that the advancement of acid front favored desorption of metals from the soil and the metals were mobilized either as free cations or metal complexes. Chromium that was in its +6 valence state was transported as anion prior to its reduction. However, once the chromium was reduced to chromium(III) its transport direction reversed with transport being favored towards the cathode. PMID:18599200

  6. Microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography in suppressed electroosmotic flow environment. Separation of fat-soluble vitamins.

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    Pedersen-Bjergaard, S; Naess, O; Moestue, S; Rasmussen, K E

    2000-04-21

    Microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (MEEKC) was carried out in a pH 2.5 phosphate buffer to effectively suppress the electroosmotic flow (EOF). With 66.6% (w/w) 25 mM phosphate buffer pH 2.5, 20.0% (w/w) 2-propanol, 6.6% (w/w) 1-butanol, 6.0% (w/w) sodium lauryl sulphate (SDS), and 0.8% (w/w) n-octane as the separation medium, the fat-soluble vitamins A palmitate, E acetate, and D3 were baseline separated within 11 min. With strongly suppressed EOF, the polarity of the separation voltage was reversed (positive electrode at the outlet); the n-octane micro droplets surrounded by negatively charged SDS molecules migrated towards the detector. The aqueous part of the microemulsion was modified with 20% (w/w) 2-propanol to improve partition between the n-octane phase and the surrounding aqueous medium. The fat-soluble vitamins were separated in order of decreasing hydrophobicity with a high migration time stability (repeatable within 0.1% RSD). Excellent accuracy and precision were obtained when the system was applied for the determination of vitamin E acetate in commercial vitamin tablets; quantitative data corresponded to 97.0% of label claim, intra-day results varied within 1.72% RSD (n=6), and inter-day results varied within 3.22% RSD (n=5). PMID:10823515

  7. Simultaneous determination of lovastatin and citrinin in red yeast rice supplements by micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatography.

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    Nigović, Biljana; Sertić, Miranda; Mornar, Ana

    2013-05-01

    Lovastatin is a main component of Monascus purpureus fermented red rice contributing to the lipid-lowering effect. Citrinin is a toxic fermentation by-product which can be found as a contaminant. An accurate, simple and rapid micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatographic method was developed for the first time for simultaneous determination of lovastatin present in lactone and hydroxy acid forms and citrinin in red rice products provided by different manufacturers and formulated in various dosage forms. Separation was achieved within only 2 min using 20 mM of phosphate buffer at pH 7.0 and 30 mM of sodium dodecyl sulphate at an applied voltage of 25 kV. Sensitivity crucial for detecting citrinin was enhanced by using an extended light path capillary. The results showed that the content of lovastatin and its acid form in dietary supplements were considerably different indicating the need for improved standardization in order to ensure efficiency and safety of these products. PMID:23265521

  8. A Novel Micellar Electrokinetic Chromatographic Method for Separation of Metal-DDTC Complexes

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    Mallah, Arfana; Memon, Saima Q.; Solangi, Amber R.; Memon, Najma; Abbassi, Kulsoom; Khuhawar, Muhammad Yar

    2012-01-01

    Micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC) was examined for the separation and determination of Mo(VI), Cr(VI), Ni(II), Pd(II), and Co(III) as diethyl dithiocarbamate (DDTC) chelates. The separation was achieved from fused silica capillary (52?cm??75??m?id) with effective length 40?cm, background electrolyte (BGE) borate buffer pH?9.1 (25?mM), CTAB 30% (100?mM), and 1% butanol in methanol (70?:?30?:?5?v/v/v) with applied voltage of ?10?kV using reverse polarity. The photodiode array detection was achieved at 225?nm. The linear calibration for each of the element was obtained within 0.1610??g/mL with a limit of detection (LOD) 0.0050.0167??g/mL. The separation and determination was repeatable with relative standard deviation (RSD) within 2.43.3% (n = 4) in terms of migration time and peak height/peak area. The method was applied for the determination of Mo(VI) from potatoes and almond, Ni(II) from hydrogenated vegetable oil, and Co(III) from pharmaceutical preparations with RSD within 3.9%. The results obtained were checked by standard addition and rechecked by atomic absorption spectrometry. PMID:22649320

  9. Holistic analysis of seven active ingredients by micellar electrokinetic chromatography from three medicinal herbs composing Shuanghuanglian.

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    Zhou, Xian-Jing; Chen, Juan; Li, Ying-Dong; Jin, Ling; Shi, Yan-Ping

    2015-01-01

    A simple and reliable method has been developed with a new strategy named holistic analysis of multiple constituents to evaluate the quality of the well-known traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) Shuanghuanglian (SHL) oral liquid and soft capsule. Seven main constituents of the medicine, i.e., baicalein, baicalin, chlorogenic acid, wogonin, scutellarin, forsythin and hyperin, were selected as the evaluation markers and analyzed by micellar electrokinetic chromatography. The effects of buffer pH, concentration of electrolyte, organic modifier and applied voltage on migration behavior were studied systematically. The optimum conditions for the separation were achieved in a 12.5 mM borate-10 mM sodium dihydrogen phosphate-10 mM sodium dodecyl sulfate buffer at pH 9.1 containing 10% (v/v) acetonitrile under 15 kV. The analytes were identified by their relative time with regard to para-hydroxybenzoic acid migration time used as an internal standard. The method was validated in terms of linearity, limit of detection and quantification, precision, accuracy and recoveries. The correlation coefficient ranged from 0.9962 to 0.9992. The limits of detection (S/N = 3) were from 0.15 to 3.95 ?g mL(-1). Recoveries of seven analytes in the SHL samples ranged from 89.00 to 103.04%. The proposed method was successfully applied for the quality control of complicated TCM SHL. PMID:26060213

  10. On-line monitoring system for chemical warfare agents using automated capillary micellar electrokinetic chromatography.

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    Vandernoot, Victoria; Ferko, Scott; Van De Vreugde, James; Patel, Kamlesh; Volponi, Joanne; Morrissey, Kevin; Forrest, Lucille; Horton, James; Haroldsen, Brent

    2012-08-01

    We present an automated analysis system for the detection of the chemical warfare blister agents, sulfur mustard (HD) and lewisite (L), in aqueous samples without any chemical derivatization. The system is compact in size and designed to operate in the field in a safe, autonomous manner for near real-time monitoring applications. It uses anionic surfactant-based capillary micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC) to separate the sample followed by UV detection. The analysis time is sufficiently fast to allow direct detection of HD which enabled the estimation of effective hydrolysis rates in the aqueous sample matrix. The estimated hydrolysis half-life of HD in our system was 4.85 ± 0.05 min. The detection limit of HD was determined to be 10 ppm with a signal to noise ratio of 5. By contrast, L hydrolyzed too rapidly in aqueous samples to enable direct detection. Instead the first hydrolysis product 2-chlorovinyl arsonous acid (CVAA), also considered a blister agent, was detected with a detection limit of 0.7 ppm with a signal to noise ratio of 5. PMID:22749453

  11. Thrombin Production and Human Neutrophil Elastase Sequestration by Modified Cellulosic Dressings and Their Electrokinetic Analysis

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    Edwards, Judson Vincent; Prevost, Nicolette

    2011-01-01

    Wound healing is a complex series of biochemical and cellular events. Optimally, functional material design addresses the overlapping acute and inflammatory stages of wound healing based on molecular, cellular, and bio-compatibility issues. In this paper the issues addressed are uncontrolled hemostasis and inflammation which can interfere with the orderly flow of wound healing. In this regard, we review the serine proteases thrombin and elastase relative to dressing functionality that improves wound healing and examine the effects of charge in cotton/cellulosic dressing design on thrombin production and elastase sequestration (uptake by the wound dressing). Thrombin is central to the initiation and propagation of coagulation, and elastase is released from neutrophils that can function detrimentally in a stalled inflammatory phase characteristic of chronic wounds. Electrokinetic fiber surface properties of the biomaterials of this study were determined to correlate material charge and polarity with function relative to thrombin production and elastase sequestration. Human neutrophil elastase sequestration was assessed with an assay representative of chronic wound concentration with cotton gauze cross-linked with three types of polycarboxylic acids and one phosphorylation finish; thrombin production, which was assessed in a plasma-based assay via a fluorogenic peptide substrate, was determined for cotton, cotton-grafted chitosan, chitosan, rayon/polyester, and two kaolin-treated materials including a commercial hemorrhage control dressing (QuickClot Combat Gauze). A correlation in thrombin production to zeta potential was found. Two polycarboxylic acid cross linked and a phosphorylated cotton dressing gave high elastase sequestration. PMID:24956451

  12. Enantioselectivity of alcohol-modified polymeric surfactants in micellar electrokinetic chromatography.

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    Tarus, Jepkoech; Agbaria, Rezik A; Morris, Kevin; Billiot, Fereshteh H; Williams, Alicia A; Chatman, Trenderlyn; Warner, Isiah M

    2003-08-01

    A novel method of modifying sodium undecanoyl-L-leucinate (SUL) micelles employed in chiral separation of analytes in micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC) to enhance selectivity toward specific analytes is discussed. The current study aimed at modifying the SUL micelles by introducing different alcohols into the mono-SUL micelles. The micellar solutions were then polymerized in the presence of alcohols followed by postpolymerization extraction of the alcohols to yield alcohol-free polymeric surfactants (poly-L-SUL). The effects of hexanol (C(6)OH) and undecylenyl alcohol (C(11)OH) on micellar properties of this surfactant were investigated by use of surface tensiometry, fluorescence spectroscopy, pulsed field gradient-nuclear magnetic resonance (PFG-NMR), and MEKC. The surface tension and PFG-NMR studies indicated an increase in the critical micelle concentration (cmc) and micellar size upon increasing the alcohol concentration. Fluorescence measurements suggested that alcohols induce closely packed micellar structures. Coumarinic and benzoin derivatives, as well as (+/-)-1, 1'-binaphthyl-2,2'-dihydrogen phosphate (BNP) were used as test analytes for MEKC experiments. Examination of MEKC data showed remarkable resolutions and capacity factors of coumarinic derivatives obtained with modified poly-L-SUL as compared to the unmodified poly-L-SUL. Evaluation of fluorescence, PFG-NMR, and MEKC data suggest a strong correlation between the polarity and hydrodynamic radii of alcohol-modified micelles and the resolution of the test analytes. PMID:12900861

  13. Simultaneous determination of eleven preservatives in cosmetics by micellar electrokinetic chromatography.

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    Wang, Ping; Ding, Xiaojing; Li, Yun; Yang, Yuanyuan

    2012-01-01

    A new method for the simultaneous quantitation of 11 preservatives-imidazolidinyl urea, benzyl alcohol, dehydroacetic acid, sorbic acid, phenoxyethanol, benzoic acid, salicylic acid, and four parabens (methyl, ethyl, propyl, and butyl)-in cosmetics by micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatography was established and validated. The separation was performed using an uncoated fused-silica capillary (50 pm id x 60.2 cm, effective length 50 cm) with a running buffer consisting of 15 mmol/L sodium tetraborate, 60 mmol/L boric acid, and 100 mmol/L sodium dodecyl sulfate. A 1:10 dilution of the running buffer was used as the sample buffer to extract the cosmetic samples. The key factors, such as the concentration and pH of the running and sample buffers, which influence quantitative analysis of the above 11 preservatives in cosmetic samples, were investigated in detail. The linear ranges of the calibration curves for imidazolidinyl urea and the other 10 preservatives were 50-1000 and 10-200 mg/L, respectively. The correlation coefficients of the standard curves were all higher than 0.999. The recoveries at the concentrations studied ranged from 93.0 to 102.7%. RSDs were all less than 5%. The new method with simple sample pretreatment met the needs for routine analysis of the 11 preservatives in cosmetics. PMID:22970574

  14. Recovery of Drug Delivery Nanoparticles from Human Plasma Using an Electrokinetic Platform Technology.

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    Ibsen, Stuart; Sonnenberg, Avery; Schutt, Carolyn; Mukthavaram, Rajesh; Yeh, Yasan; Ortac, Inanc; Manouchehri, Sareh; Kesari, Santosh; Esener, Sadik; Heller, Michael J

    2015-10-01

    The effect of complex biological fluids on the surface and structure of nanoparticles is a rapidly expanding field of study. One of the challenges holding back this research is the difficulty of recovering therapeutic nanoparticles from biological samples due to their small size, low density, and stealth surface coatings. Here, the first demonstration of the recovery and analysis of drug delivery nanoparticles from undiluted human plasma samples through the use of a new electrokinetic platform technology is presented. The particles are recovered from plasma through a dielectrophoresis separation force that is created by innate differences in the dielectric properties between the unaltered nanoparticles and the surrounding plasma. It is shown that this can be applied to a wide range of drug delivery nanoparticles of different morphologies and materials, including low-density nanoliposomes. These recovered particles can then be analyzed using different methods including scanning electron microscopy to monitor surface and structural changes that result from plasma exposure. This new recovery technique can be broadly applied to the recovery of nanoparticles from high conductance fluids in a wide range of applications. PMID:26274918

  15. Electrokinetically driven reversible self-assembly of colloidal particle bands near the wall

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    Cevheri, Necmettin; Yoda, Minami

    2013-11-01

    Recent studies in microchannels have shown that the near-wall dynamics of neutrally buoyant dielectric colloidal (radii a < 1 μm) suspended particles are affected by an electric field of magnitude E applied parallel to the wall. Evanescent-wave particle velocimetry was used to study a = 245 nm fluorescent polystyrene particles suspended at volume fractions of O (10-4) in combined electroosmotic (EO) and Poiseuille flow of an aqueous electrolyte solution, which is effectively the superposition of simple shear and uniform flows within 0.5 μm of the wall. In ``counterflow,'' where the EO opposes the shear flow through fused-silica microchannels, at a large enough value of E so that flow reversal occurs in the near-wall region, the particles self-assemble into concentrated bright ``stripes'' along the streamwise direction alternating with dark stripes containing almost no particles with a consistent cross-stream spatial frequency. These stripes are only observed within ~ 1 μm of the wall, and disappear in the absence of an electric field. These observations suggest the existence of a novel electrokinetic instability, and could lead to new methods for controlled self-assembly of particles into anisotropic colloidal crystals. Supported by NSF and ARO.

  16. A novel micellar electrokinetic chromatographic method for separation of metal-DDTC complexes.

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    Mallah, Arfana; Memon, Saima Q; Solangi, Amber R; Memon, Najma; Abbassi, Kulsoom; Khuhawar, Muhammad Yar

    2012-01-01

    Micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC) was examined for the separation and determination of Mo(VI), Cr(VI), Ni(II), Pd(II), and Co(III) as diethyl dithiocarbamate (DDTC) chelates. The separation was achieved from fused silica capillary (52 cm 75 ?m id) with effective length 40 cm, background electrolyte (BGE) borate buffer pH 9.1 (25 mM), CTAB 30% (100 mM), and 1% butanol in methanol (70 : 30 : 5 v/v/v) with applied voltage of -10 kV using reverse polarity. The photodiode array detection was achieved at 225 nm. The linear calibration for each of the element was obtained within 0.16-10 ?g/mL with a limit of detection (LOD) 0.005-0.0167 ?g/mL. The separation and determination was repeatable with relative standard deviation (RSD) within 2.4-3.3% (n = 4) in terms of migration time and peak height/peak area. The method was applied for the determination of Mo(VI) from potatoes and almond, Ni(II) from hydrogenated vegetable oil, and Co(III) from pharmaceutical preparations with RSD within 3.9%. The results obtained were checked by standard addition and rechecked by atomic absorption spectrometry. PMID:22649320

  17. Simultaneous determination of five phytohormones in mungbean sprouts of China by micellar electrokinetic chromatography.

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    Sun, Yue-Na; Qin, Xin-Ying; Lv, Yun-Kai; Li, Shan-Ze; Wei, Chen

    2014-08-01

    A simple and rapid micellar electrokinetic chromatography method was developed for simultaneous determination of indole-3-acetic acid, indole-3-butyric acid, gibberellic acid, abscisic acid and naphthylacetic acid in mungbean sprouts for monitoring plant growth and development. The effects of several parameters related to the separation and determination were investigated in detail. The analysis was carried out using 10 mM borax, 10 mM sodium dihydrogen phosphate, 90 mM sodium dodecyl sulfate and 5% acetonitrile as running buffer (pH 9.0). Under optimum conditions, the method demonstrated good performance concerning linearity (r, 0.9954-0.9991), precision (0.77-4.97%), the method limit of detection (LOD) and the method limit of quantitation (LOQ) (LOD, 0.011-0.177 mg/kg; LOQ, 0.035-0.590 mg/kg) and accuracy (83.62-102.56%). The results confirmed that the method is rapid, convenient and of low cost for the determination of the phytohormones. PMID:23845886

  18. Micellar electrokinetic chromatographic determination of triazine herbicides in water samples.

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    Li, Zhi; Zhang, Shuaihua; Yin, Xiaofang; Wang, Chun; Wang, Zhi

    2014-09-01

    Dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction combined with online sweeping preconcentration in micellar electrokinetic chromatography was developed for the simultaneous determination of five triazine herbicides (atrazine, simazine, propazine, prometon and simetryn) in water samples. Several experimental parameters affecting the extraction efficiencies such as the type and volume of both the extraction and dispersive solvents, the addition of salt to sample solution, the extraction time and the pH of the sample solution were investigated. Under optimum conditions, the linearity of the method was good in the range from 0.33 to 20 ng mL(-1) for simazine, propazine, atrazine and simetryn, and from 0.17 to 20 ng mL(-1) for prometon, respectively. The sensitivity enrichment factors were in the range from 1750 to 2100, depending on the compound. The limit of detection (S/N = 3) ranged from 0.05 to 0.10 ng mL(-1). The developed method was successfully applied to the analysis of the five triazines in river, ground and well waters. PMID:23978771

  19. Recent developments in electrokinetically driven analysis on microfabricated devices.

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    Bruin, G J

    2000-12-01

    This review is devoted to the rapid developments in the field of microfluidic separation devices in which the flow is electrokinetically driven, and where the separation element forms the heart of the system, in order to give an overview of the trends of the last three years. Examples of microchip layouts that were designed for various application areas are given. Optimization of mixing and injection strategies, designs for the handling of multiple samples, and capillary array systems show the enormous progress made since the first proof-of-concept papers about lab-on-a-chip devices. Examples of functional elements for on-chip preconcentration, filtering, DNA amplification and on-chip detection indicate that the real integration of various analytical tasks on a single microchip is coming into reach. The use of materials other than glass, such as poly(dimethylsiloxane) and polymethylmethacrylate, for chip fabrication and detection methods other than laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) detection, such as mass spectrometry and electrochemical detection, are described. Furthermore, it can be observed that the separation modes known from capillary electrophoresis (CE) in fused-silica capillaries can be easily transferred to the microchip platform. The review concludes with an overview of applications of microchip CE and with a brief outlook. PMID:11192117

  20. Enhanced transport of materials into enamel nanopores via electrokinetic flow.

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    Gan, H Y; Sousa, F B; Carlo, H L; Maciel, P P; Macena, M S; Han, J

    2015-04-01

    The ability to infiltrate various molecules and resins into dental enamel is highly desirable in dentistry, yet transporting materials into dental enamel is limited by the nanometric scale of their pores. Materials that cannot be infiltrated into enamel by diffusion/capillarity are often considered molecules with sizes above a critical threshold, which are often considered to be larger than the pores of enamel. We challenge this notion by reporting the use of electrokinetic flow to transport solutions with molecules with sizes above a critical threshold-namely, an aqueous solution with a high refractive index (Thoulet's solution) and a curable fluid resin infiltrant (without acid etching)-deep into the normal enamel layer. Volume infiltration by Thoulet's solution is increased by 5- to 6-fold, and resin infiltration depths as large as 600 to 2,000 m were achieved, in contrast to ~10 m resulting from diffusion/capillarity. Incubation with demineralization solution for 192 h resulted in significant demineralization at noninfiltrated histologic points but not at resin infiltrated. These results open new avenues for the transport of materials in dental enamel. PMID:25691072

  1. Physicochemical and electrokinetic properties of silica/lignin biocomposites.

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    Klapiszewski, ?ukasz; Nowacka, Magdalena; Milczarek, Grzegorz; Jesionowski, Teofil

    2013-04-15

    A new method of synthesis of novel composites obtained from silica and Kraft lignin has been proposed. Silica used in the study was obtained by three methods (hydrolysis and condensation of tetraethoxysilane, precipitation in a nonpolar and polar medium with the use of sodium silicate). To extend the possible range of applications, the silica was preliminary modified with N-2-(aminoethyl)-3-aminopropyltrimethoxsysilane, and finally it was modified with Kraft lignin earlier oxidised with sodium periodate (lignin bonded to SiO2 by covalent interactions). The products physicochemical and electrokinetic properties were thoroughly analysed. The dispersive properties and surface morphology were evaluated on the basis of particle size distributions and SEM images. The stability of dispersion in inorganic-organic systems were characterised on the basis of the zeta potential, whose value also permitted concluding on the interactions between colloidal molecules dispersed in water solutions. The products were subjected to elemental analysis to get percentage contents of N, C, H, S elements and were also characterised by XPS and FT-IR spectroscopy. Results of the study are of practical importance in prospective applications of SiO2/lignin biocomposites. PMID:23544548

  2. The efficiency of electrokinetic pumping at a condition of maximum.

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    Griffiths, Stewart K.; Nilson, Robert H.

    2004-08-01

    Numerical methods are employed to examine the work, electric power input, and efficiency of electrokinetic pumps at a condition corresponding to maximum pump work. These analyses employ the full Poisson-Boltzmann equations and account for both convective and conductive electric currents, including surface conductance. We find that efficiencies at this condition of maximum work depend on three dimensionless parameters, the normalized zeta potential, normalized Debye layer thickness, and a fluid property termed the Levine number indicating the nominal ratio of convective to conductive electric currents. Efficiencies at maximum work exhibit a maximum for an optimum Debye layer thickness when the zeta potential and Levine number are fixed. This maximum efficiency increases with the square of the zeta potential when the zeta potential is small, but reaches a plateau as the zeta potential becomes large. The maximum efficiency in this latter regime is thus independent of the zeta potential and depends only on the Levine number. Simple analytical expressions describing this maximum efficiency in terms of the Levine number are provided. Geometries of a circular tube and planar channel are examined.

  3. AC electrokinetic manipulation of selenium nanoparticles for potential nanosensor applications

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    Mahmoodi, Seyed Reza; Bayati, Marzieh; Hosseinirad, Somayeh; Foroumadi, Alireza; Gilani, Kambiz; Rezayat, Seyed Mahdi

    2013-03-15

    Highlights: ? Se nanoparticles were synthesized using a reverse-microemulsion process. ? AC osmotic fluid flow repulses the particles from electrode edges. ? Dielectrophoretic force attracts the particles to electrode edges. ? Dielectrophoresis electrode showed non-ohmic behavior. ? The device can potentially be used as a nanosensor. - Abstract: We report the AC electrokinetic behavior of selenium (Se) nanoparticles for electrical characterization and possible application as micro/nano devices. selenium Se nanoparticles were successfully synthesized using a reverse-microemulsion process and investigated structurally using X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscope. Interdigitated castellated ITO and non-castellated platinum electrodes were employed for manipulation of suspended materials in the fluid. Using ITO electrodes at low frequency limits resulted in deposition of Se particles on electrode surface. When Se particles exposed to platinum electrodes in the 10 Hz1 kHz range and V {sub p?p}> 8, AC osmotic fluid flow repulses the particles from electrode edges. However, in 10 kHz10 MHz range and V {sub p?p}> 5, dielectrophoretic force attracts the particles to electrode edges. As the Se particle concentration increased, the trapped Se particles were aligned along the electric field line and bridged the electrode gap. The device was characterized and can potentially be useful in making micro/nano electronic devices.

  4. Incorporating cumulative effects into environmental assessments of mariculture: Limitations and failures of current siting methods

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    King, Sarah C. Pushchak, Ronald

    2008-11-15

    Assessing and evaluating the cumulative impacts of multiple marine aquaculture facilities has proved difficult in environmental assessment. A retrospective review of 23 existing mariculture farms in southwestern New Brunswick was conducted to determine whether cumulative interactions would have justified site approvals. Based on current scientific evidence of cumulative effects, six new criteria were added to a set of far-field impacts and other existing criteria were expanded to include regional and cumulative environmental impacts in Hargrave's [Hargrave BT. A traffic light decision system for marine finfish aquaculture siting. Ocean Coast Manag 2002; 45:215-35.] Traffic Light Decision Support System (DSS) presently used in Canadian aquaculture environmental assessments. Before mitigation, 19 of the 23 sites failed the amended set of criteria and after considering mitigation, 8 sites failed. Site and ecosystem indices yielded varying site acceptability scores; however, many sites would not have been approved if siting decisions had been made within a regional management framework and cumulative impact criteria were considered in the site evaluation process.

  5. Effect of transglutaminase on properties of tilapia scale gelatin films incorporated with soy protein isolate.

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    Weng, Wuyin; Zheng, Huibin

    2015-02-15

    The effect of transglutaminase (TGase) on the properties of tilapia scale gelatin films in the presence of soy protein isolate (SPI) was investigated. When 3% TGase was added into gelatin films, the total soluble matter and protein solubility of films were decreased from 89.36% and 92.78% to 35.83% and 40.05%, respectively, and the decline was promoted by adding 5% SPI. The strength of the films was increased by adding 1% TGase irrespective of SPI addition, but decreased when the TGase concentration was further raised. No obvious colour change was observed in the films with or without TGase and SPI. Based on the results of SDS-PAGE, DSC and SEM, it was revealed that the movement of low molecular weight hydrophilic protein was depressed by the cross-linking network structure induced by TGase and SPI during film drying, indicating that adding SPI is essential to improve the thermal stability and water resistance properties of TGase-induced gelatin films. PMID:25236224

  6. Incorporating the effect of fractionation in the evaluation of proton plan robustness to setup errors

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    Lowe, Matthew; Albertini, Francesca; Aitkenhead, Adam; Lomax, Antony J.; MacKay, Ranald I.

    2016-01-01

    To ensure the safe delivery of proton therapy treatments it is important to evaluate the effect of potential uncertainties, such as patient mispositioning, on the intended dose distribution. However, it can be expected that the uncertainty resulting from patient positioning is reduced in a fractionated treatment due to the convergence of random variables with the delivery of repeated treatments. This is neglected by current approaches to robustness analysis resulting in an overly conservative assessment of the robustness which can lead to sub-optimal plans. Here, a fast method of accounting for this reduced uncertainty is presented. An estimated bound to the error in the dose distribution resulting from setup uncertainty over a specified number of fractions is calculated by considering the distribution of values for each voxel across 14 initial error scenarios. The bound on the error in a given voxel is estimated using a 99.9% confidence limit assuming a convergence towards a normal distribution in line with the central limit theorem, and a correction of 1/\\sqrt{n} accounting for the reduction in the standard deviation over n fractions. The proposed method was validated in 5 patients by comparison to Monte Carlo simulations of 300 treatment courses. A voxelwise and volumetric analysis of the estimated and simulated bounds to the uncertainty in the dose distribution demonstrate that the proposed technique can be used to assess proton plan robustness more accurately allowing for less conservative treatment plans.

  7. Incorporating the effect of subgrid circulations upon dust emission in an AGCM

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    Cakmur, R.; Miller, R.

    2003-04-01

    The representation of dust emission in the NASA GISS AGCM is handicapped by the model's low resolution (4x5) compared to the scale of circulations that emit dust (including dust devils and haboobs). The current AGCM emission is tuned by altering the threshold velocity to match emission calculated by relatively high resolution offline tracer models. This approach has the disadvantage of being limited to the current climate, where high resolution reanalyses of surface wind speed are available to drive an offline model. We reintroduce a geographically uniform threshold, and use AGCM physics to identify regions where small scale circulations raise dust. We assume a distribution of wind speed within each grid box, and parameterize the standard deviation using wind velocity scales derived from the AGCM's parameterizations of the planetary boundary layer, along with dry and moist convection. This distribution allows dust to be raised even if the resolved wind speed is below the threshold, so long as there is ample subgrid variability. We find that dry convective thermals have the largest effect upon emission. This allows emission to increase over the Sahara and Taklimakan deserts, two regions where emission is underestimated when the threshold is tuned. This brings the model into better agreement with TOMS and AERONET observations of dust optical thickness, although there is excessive summertime emission over Australia and the southwestern US.

  8. Incorporating the effect of fractionation in the evaluation of proton plan robustness to setup errors.

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    Lowe, Matthew; Albertini, Francesca; Aitkenhead, Adam; Lomax, Antony J; MacKay, Ranald I

    2016-01-01

    To ensure the safe delivery of proton therapy treatments it is important to evaluate the effect of potential uncertainties, such as patient mispositioning, on the intended dose distribution. However, it can be expected that the uncertainty resulting from patient positioning is reduced in a fractionated treatment due to the convergence of random variables with the delivery of repeated treatments. This is neglected by current approaches to robustness analysis resulting in an overly conservative assessment of the robustness which can lead to sub-optimal plans. Here, a fast method of accounting for this reduced uncertainty is presented. An estimated bound to the error in the dose distribution resulting from setup uncertainty over a specified number of fractions is calculated by considering the distribution of values for each voxel across 14 initial error scenarios. The bound on the error in a given voxel is estimated using a 99.9% confidence limit assuming a convergence towards a normal distribution in line with the central limit theorem, and a correction of [Formula: see text] accounting for the reduction in the standard deviation over n fractions. The proposed method was validated in 5 patients by comparison to Monte Carlo simulations of 300 treatment courses. A voxelwise and volumetric analysis of the estimated and simulated bounds to the uncertainty in the dose distribution demonstrate that the proposed technique can be used to assess proton plan robustness more accurately allowing for less conservative treatment plans. PMID:26675133

  9. Inhibitory effects on selected oral bacteria of antibacterial agents incorporated in a glass ionomer cement.

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    Botelho, Michael G

    2003-01-01

    The objectives of the study were to investigate the antimicrobial efficacy, over time, of combining antibacterial agents with a glass ionomer cement (GIC). This was assessed using an agar diffusion test. Chlorhexidine hydrochloride, cetylpyridinium chloride, cetrimide and benzalkonium chloride were added to Fuji IX GIC at 0, 1, 2 and 4% w/w. Antibacterial-GIC specimens were placed onto agar plates inoculated with one of six bacterial species (Streptococcis, Lactobacillus, and Actinomyces, two each) and the area of inhibition calculated after 24 h incubation. The experiment was repeated weekly and at week 11 the surface of the specimen was abraded prior to replacing on inoculated agar plates. Control specimens of the GIC produced no bacterial inhibition. The antibacterial-GIC combination specimens showed significant inhibition which decreased at different rates over the test period. Resurfacing of the specimens showed a dramatic increase of antibacterial action similar to levels produced on week 1. CT-GIC showed the greatest (p < 0.005) inhibitory effect throughout the experimental period for 4 out of 6 test bacteria. The addition of antibacterial agents to Fuji IX creates a GIC material with significant antimicrobial action in vitro which is dependent on concentration and type of antibacterial agent, and appears to be associated primarily with a release of the antibacterial from the surface layer of the specimen. PMID:12652048

  10. A Novel Nanoprobe for Multimodal Imaging Is Effectively Incorporated into Human Melanoma Metastatic Cell Lines

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    Aasen, Synnøve Nymark; Pospisilova, Aneta; Eichler, Tilo Wolf; Panek, Jiri; Hruby, Martin; Stepanek, Petr; Spriet, Endy; Jirak, Daniel; Skaftnesmo, Kai Ove; Thorsen, Frits

    2015-01-01

    To facilitate efficient drug delivery to tumor tissue, several nanomaterials have been designed, with combined diagnostic and therapeutic properties. In this work, we carried out fundamental in vitro and in vivo experiments to assess the labeling efficacy of our novel theranostic nanoprobe, consisting of glycogen conjugated with a red fluorescent probe and gadolinium. Microscopy and resazurin viability assays were used to study cell labeling and cell viability in human metastatic melanoma cell lines. Fluorescence lifetime correlation spectroscopy (FLCS) was done to investigate nanoprobe stability. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was performed to study T1 relaxivity in vitro, and contrast enhancement in a subcutaneous in vivo tumor model. Efficient cell labeling was demonstrated, while cell viability, cell migration, and cell growth was not affected. FLCS showed that the nanoprobe did not degrade in blood plasma. MRI demonstrated that down to 750 cells/μL of labeled cells in agar phantoms could be detected. In vivo MRI showed that contrast enhancement in tumors was comparable between Omniscan contrast agent and the nanoprobe. In conclusion, we demonstrate for the first time that a non-toxic glycogen-based nanoprobe may effectively visualize tumor cells and tissue, and, in future experiments, we will investigate its therapeutic potential by conjugating therapeutic compounds to the nanoprobe. PMID:26370983

  11. Optical spacing effect in organic photovoltaic cells incorporating a dilute acceptor layer

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    Menke, S. Matthew; Lindsay, Christopher D.; Holmes, Russell J.

    2014-06-16

    The addition of spacing layers in organic photovoltaic cells (OPVs) can enhance light absorption by optimizing the spatial distribution of the incident optical field in the multilayer structure. We explore the optical spacing effect in OPVs achieved using a diluted electron acceptor layer of C{sub 60}. While optical spacing is often realized by optimizing buffer layer thickness, we find that optical spacing via dilution leads to cells with similar or enhanced photocurrent. This is observed despite a smaller quantity of absorbing molecules, suggesting a more efficient use of absorbed photons. In fact, dilution is found to concentrate optical absorption near the electron donor-acceptor interface, resulting in a marked increase in the exciton diffusion efficiency. Contrasting the use of changes in thickness to engineer optical absorption, the use of dilution does not significantly alter the overall thickness of the OPV. Optical spacing via dilution is shown to be a viable alternative to more traditional optical spacing techniques and may be especially useful in the continued optimization of next-generation, tandem OPVs where it is important to minimize competition for optical absorption between individual sub-cells.

  12. Effect of incorporation of Moringa oleifera leaves extract on quality of ground pork patties.

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    Muthukumar, M; Naveena, B M; Vaithiyanathan, S; Sen, A R; Sureshkumar, K

    2014-11-01

    Present study was conducted to evaluate the effect of addition of different levels of Moringa oleifera leaves extract (MLE) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) in raw and cooked pork patties during refrigerated storage. Five treatments evaluated include: Control (without MLE/BHT), MLE 300 (300 ppm equivalent M. oleifera leaves phenolics), MLE 450 (450 ppm equivalent M. oleifera leaves phenolics), MLE 600 (600 ppm equivalent M. oleifera leaves phenolics) and BHT 200 (200 ppm BHT). Total phenolic content ranged from 60.78 to 70.27 mg per gram. A concentration dependent increase in reducing power and 1,1-diphenyl 2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical scavenging activity of both MLE and BHT was noticed. Higher (P < 0.001) a* and lower thiobarbituric acid reactive substances values were observed in MLE 600 and BHT 200 compared to control. Addition of MLE did not affect the sensory attributes or microbial quality. These results showed that M. oleifera leaves can be used as a potential source of natural antioxidants to inhibit lipid oxidation in ground pork patties. PMID:26396309

  13. Effects of radiation and fission product incorporation in a yttria-stabilized zirconia based inert matrix fuel

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    Zhu, Sha

    This work has investigated the irradiation and incorporation effects of fission products in a yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) based inert matrix fuel (IMF). The concept of inert matrix fuel is based on a new strategy for disposition of plutonium generated from the reprocessing of commercial nuclear fuel and the dismantling of nuclear weapons, i.e. using uranium-free oxides to "burn" plutonium and other actinides (Np, Cm, and Am) in reactors. This approach allows direct disposal, without reprocessing, after once-through burn-up. YSZ and MgAl2O4-YSZ composites are among the potential ceramics for IMF due to their high chemical durability and radiation resistance. The research involved investigating the production, nature, and accumulation of irradiation-induced defects, the behavior of the fission products in the ceramics, the structural stability and amorphization resistance of the YSZ during implantation. Ion implantations were conducted with 200--400 keV Cs+, Sr+, I+, Xe+ and Ti+ up to fluences of 1 x 1017/cm 2 at both room temperature and temperatures of 600--700C. Thermal annealing was subsequently completed after room temperature ion implantations. In situ and ex situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM), optical absorption spectroscopy, photo-luminescence spectroscopy, and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy were employed to characterize the irradiation induced defect evolution and analyze the defect structures. Various irradiation effects were observed and determined in the experiments, such as point defects (F type and V type color centers), defect clusters (dislocation loops), cavities (voids and bubbles), the crystalline-to-amorphous transition, and the phase transformation from fluorite to pyrochlore structure. The ion irradiation-induced amorphization mechanism, the retention ability of the fission products, and structural stability of YSZ are discussed in terms of ion incorporation effects, implanted ion radii, and the solubility limits of the ions in the matrix.

  14. Effect of phosphorus incorporation on morphology and optical properties of ZnO nanorods

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    Fan, Donghua; Zhang, Rong; Wang, Xianghu

    2011-04-15

    Graphical abstract: XPS spectra of the P-doped ZnO nanorods: (a) Zn 2p, (b) O 1s, and (c) P 2p spectra. The red curve in c is the Gauss-fitting curve. (d) Raman spectra of P-doped (curve 1) and pure (curve 2) ZnO nanorods. Research highlights: {yields} P-doped ZnO nanorods have been prepared on Si substrates without any catalyst. {yields} The introduction of phosphorus leads to the growth of tapered tip in the nanorods. {yields} The formation of tapered tip is attributed to the relaxation of the lattice strain along the radial direction. {yields} The strong ultraviolet peak is connected with the phosphorus acceptor-related emissions. -- Abstract: Phosphorus-doped ZnO nanorods have been prepared on Si substrates by thermal evaporation process without any catalyst. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Raman spectra indicate that phosphorus entering into ZnO nanorods mainly occupies Zn site rather than O one. The introduction of phosphorus leads to the morphological changes of nanorods from hexagonal tip to tapered one, which should be attributed to the relaxation of the lattice strain caused by phosphorus occupying Zn site along the radial direction. Transmission electron microscopy shows that phosphorus-doped ZnO nanorods still are single crystal and grow along [0 0 0 1] direction. The effect of phosphorous dopant on optical properties of ZnO nanorods also is studied by the temperature-dependent photoluminescence spectra, which indicates that the strong ultraviolet emission is connected with the phosphorus acceptor-related emissions.

  15. Incorporating the effect of DEM resolution and accuracy for improved flood inundation mapping

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    Saksena, Siddharth; Merwade, Venkatesh

    2015-11-01

    Topography plays a major role in determining the accuracy of flood inundation areas. However, many areas in the United States and around the world do not have access to high quality topographic data in the form of Digital Elevation Models (DEM). For such areas, an improved understanding of the effects of DEM properties such as horizontal resolution and vertical accuracy on flood inundation maps may eventually lead to improved flood inundation modeling and mapping. This study attempts to relate the errors arising from DEM properties such as spatial resolution and vertical accuracy to flood inundation maps, and then use this relationship to create improved flood inundation maps from coarser resolution DEMs with low accuracy. The results from the five stream reaches used in this study show that water surface elevations (WSE) along the stream and the flood inundation area have a linear relationship with both DEM resolution and accuracy. This linear relationship is then used to extrapolate the water surface elevations from coarser resolution DEMs to get water surface elevations corresponding to a finer resolution DEM. Application of this approach show that improved results can be obtained from flood modeling by using coarser and less accurate DEMs, including public domain datasets such as the National Elevation Dataset and Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) DEMs. The improvement in the WSE and its application to obtain better flood inundation maps is dependent on the study reach characteristics such as land use, valley shape, reach length and width. Application of the approach presented in this study on more reaches may lead to development of guidelines for flood inundation mapping using coarser resolution and less accurate topographic datasets.

  16. Effect of Cr2O3 on the 18O Tracer Incorporation in SOFC Materials

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    Finsterbusch, M.; Lussier, A; Negusse, E; Zhu, Z; Smith, R; Schaefer, J; Idzerda, Y

    2010-01-01

    Investigations of the impact of Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} overlayers on the oxygen self diffusion in two SOFC materials were conducted to gain insight into the Cr poisoning mechanism at the cathode side of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) with stainless steel interconnects. High density Y{sub 0.15}Zr{sub 0.85}O{sub 2} (YSZ) and La{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}Co{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 0.8}O{sub 3} (LSCF) sintered pellets were covered with 3 to 30 nm Cr overlayers that were subsequently oxidized, forming Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Standard {sup 18}O tracer diffusion experiments at 800 C were performed and ToF-SIMS profiling revealed that the oxygen ion diffusion coefficients were unaffected by the thin Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} overlayers, which is predictable since they are a bulk property, but the extracted effective surface exchange coefficients varied with Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} overlayer thickness. Solid-state reaction measurements and electronic structure considerations concerning the surface exchange, led to the conclusion that the observed oxygen uptake hindrance for Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} capped LSCF and the slight increase of the surface exchange coefficient for Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} capped YSZ can be attributed to the electronic properties of Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}. A critical thickness for Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} was determined to be 12 nm where the transition from decreasing cathode-performance to a Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}-property-governed regime occurs.

  17. Effect of Glass Fiber Incorporation on Flexural Properties of Experimental Composites

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    Fonseca, Rodrigo Borges; Marques, Aline Silva; Bernades, Karina de Oliveira; Carlo, Hugo Lemes; Naves, Lucas Zago

    2014-01-01

    This study evaluated the effect of fiber addiction in flexural properties of 30 wt% silica filled BisGMA resin (FR) or unfilled Bis-GMA (UR). Ten groups were created (N = 10) varying the resin (FR or UR) and quantity of glass fibers (wt%: 0, 10, 15, 20, and 30). Samples (10 × 2 × 1 mm) were submitted to flexural strength test following SEM examination. Data were analyzed by two-way ANOVA, Tukey, and Student t-test (α = 0.05). Results for flexural strength (MPa) were FR-groups: 0% (442.7 ± 140.6)C, 10% (772.8 ± 446.3)ABC, 15% (854.7 ± 297.3)AB, 20% (863.4 ± 418.0)A, 30% (459.5 ± 140.5)BC; UR-groups: 0% (187.7 ± 120.3)B, 10% (795.4 ± 688.1)B, 15% (1999.9 ± 1258.6)A, 20% (1911.5 ± 596.8)A, and 30% (2090.6 ± 656.7)A, and for flexural modulus (GPa) FR-groups: 0% (2065.63 ± 882.15)B, 10% (4479.06 ± 3019.82)AB, 15% (5694.89 ± 2790.3)A, 20% (6042.11 ± 3392.13)A, and 30% (2495.67 ± 1345.86)B; UR-groups: 0% (1090.08 ± 708.81)C, 10% (7032.13 ± 7864.53)BC, 15% (19331.57 ± 16759.12)AB, 20% (15726.03 ± 8035.09)AB, and 30% (29364.37 ± 13928.96)A. Fiber addiction in BisGMA resin increases flexural properties, and the interaction between resin and fibers seems better in the absence of inorganic fillers increasing flexural properties. PMID:25136595

  18. Effect of glass fiber incorporation on flexural properties of experimental composites.

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    Fonseca, Rodrigo Borges; Marques, Aline Silva; Bernades, Karina de Oliveira; Carlo, Hugo Lemes; Naves, Lucas Zago

    2014-01-01

    This study evaluated the effect of fiber addiction in flexural properties of 30?wt% silica filled BisGMA resin (FR) or unfilled Bis-GMA (UR). Ten groups were created (N = 10) varying the resin (FR or UR) and quantity of glass fibers (wt%: 0, 10, 15, 20, and 30). Samples (10??2??1?mm) were submitted to flexural strength test following SEM examination. Data were analyzed by two-way ANOVA, Tukey, and Student t-test (? = 0.05). Results for flexural strength (MPa) were FR-groups: 0% (442.7 140.6)(C), 10% (772.8 446.3)(ABC), 15% (854.7 297.3)(AB), 20% (863.4 418.0)(A), 30% (459.5 140.5)(BC); UR-groups: 0% (187.7 120.3)(B), 10% (795.4 688.1)(B), 15% (1999.9 1258.6)(A), 20% (1911.5 596.8)(A), and 30% (2090.6 656.7)(A), and for flexural modulus (GPa) FR-groups: 0% (2065.63 882.15)(B), 10% (4479.06 3019.82)(AB), 15% (5694.89 2790.3)(A), 20% (6042.11 3392.13)(A), and 30% (2495.67 1345.86)(B); UR-groups: 0% (1090.08 708.81)(C), 10% (7032.13 7864.53)(BC), 15% (19331.57 16759.12)(AB), 20% (15726.03 8035.09)(AB), and 30% (29364.37 13928.96)(A). Fiber addiction in BisGMA resin increases flexural properties, and the interaction between resin and fibers seems better in the absence of inorganic fillers increasing flexural properties. PMID:25136595

  19. On benchmark problems, challenges, and competitions in electrokinetics-A review.

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    Hurák, Zdeněk; Foret, František

    2015-07-01

    In this critical review, we comment on the absence of widely shared benchmark problems and relevant challenges or even attractive competitions in the field of electrokinetics. We argue that in some other scientific domains that are, similarly as electrokinetics, strongly multidisciplinary, the existence of these tools is very beneficial because it stimulates the discussion about what constitutes the bottleneck of further progress, allows easier exploitation of results provided by other scientific and engineering disciplines, and, last but not least, makes the research domain attractive and visible to a broader public, including students. The goal of this review is to provoke some discussion that might perhaps lead to compensating for these shortcomings. PMID:25820420

  20. Optimization and validation of a micellar electrokinetic chromatographic method for the analysis of several angiotensin-II-receptor antagonists.

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    Hillaert, S; De Beer, T R M; De Beer, J O; Van den Bossche, W

    2003-01-10

    We have optimized a micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatographic method for the separation of six angiotensin-II-receptor antagonists (ARA-IIs): candesartan, eprosartan mesylate, irbesartan, losartan potassium, telmisartan, and valsartan. A face-centred central composite design was applied to study the effect of the pH, the molarity of the running buffer, and the concentration of the micelle-forming agent on the separation properties. A combination of the studied parameters permitted the separation of the six ARA-IIs, which was best carried out using a 55-mM sodium phosphate buffer solution (pH 6.5) containing 15 mM of sodium dodecyl sulfate. The same system can also be applied for the quantitative determination of these compounds, but only for the more stable ARA-IIs (candesartan, eprosartan mesylate, losartan potassium, and valsartan). Some system parameters (linearity, precision, and accuracy) were validated. PMID:12564683

  1. Successful parallel development and integration of a plasmid-based biologic, container/closure system and electrokinetic delivery device.

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    Hebel, Henry; Attra, Heather; Khan, Amir; Draghia-Akli, Ruxandra

    2006-05-22

    We have developed three major technologies that allow plasmid-based products to be used for large-scale vaccination or therapeutic protein applications. Our team has integrated these components into one complete, cost-effective, easy-to-use system capable of rapid implementation under field conditions. The proprietary manufacturing process uses a lysis method and membrane-based chromatography to rapidly produce large-scale batches of plasmid. Plasmid doses are filled into the Becton-Dickinson Uniject container/closure system. The Uniject adapts to the electrode array of our constant current electrokinetic device, such that the plasmid is delivered in the area of tissue defined by the electrodes. Thus, plasmid uptake and expression levels are dramatically improved. This is the first completely integrated delivery system for plasmid-based products. PMID:16150516

  2. Effect of boron incorporation on light emission characteristics of UV BAlGaN/AlN quantum well structures

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    Park, Seoung-Hwan; Ahn, Doyeol

    2016-02-01

    The effect of boron incorporation on the light emission characteristics of UV BxAlyGa1‑x‑yN/AlN quantum well (QW) structures was investigated. The internal field rapidly decreases with increasing boron composition and becomes zero at critical boron compositions. As a result, the light intensity of the BAlGaN/AlN QW structure is increased by roughly four times at the critical boron composition of x = 0.03 and y = 0.2. Therefore, in the range of Al composition below 0.7, we expect that UV BAlGaN/AlN QW structures can be used as a high-efficiency light source with a strain reduction of 20–30%, relative to conventional AlGaN/AlN QW structures.

  3. A stoichiometric producer-grazer model incorporating the effects of excess food-nutrient content on consumer dynamics.

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    Peace, Angela; Zhao, Yuqin; Loladze, Irakli; Elser, James J; Kuang, Yang

    2013-08-01

    There has been important progress in understanding ecological dynamics through the development of the theory of ecological stoichiometry. For example, modeling under this framework allows food quality to affect consumer dynamics. While the effects of nutrient deficiency on consumer growth are well understood, recent discoveries in ecological stoichiometry suggest that consumer dynamics are not only affected by insufficient food nutrient content (low phosphorus (P): carbon (C) ratio) but also by excess food nutrient content (high P:C). This phenomenon is known as the stoichiometric knife edge, in which animal growth is reduced not only by food with low P content but also by food with high P content, and needs to be incorporated into mathematical models. Here we present a Lotka-Volterra type model to investigate the growth response of Daphnia to algae of varying P:C ratios capturing the mechanism of the stoichiometric knife edge. PMID:23684950

  4. Incorporation of Mean Stress Effects into the Micromechanical Analysis of the High Strain Rate Response of Polymer Matrix Composites

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    Goldberg, Robert K.; Roberts, Gary D.; Gilat, Amos

    2002-01-01

    The results presented here are part of an ongoing research program, to develop strain rate dependent deformation and failure models for the analysis of polymer matrix composites subject to high strain rate impact loads. A micromechanics approach is employed in this work, in which state variable constitutive equations originally developed for metals have been modified to model the deformation of the polymer matrix, and a strength of materials based micromechanics method is used to predict the effective response of the composite. In the analysis of the inelastic deformation of the polymer matrix, the definitions of the effective stress and effective inelastic strain have been modified in order to account for the effect of hydrostatic stresses, which are significant in polymers. Two representative polymers, a toughened epoxy and a brittle epoxy, are characterized through the use of data from tensile and shear tests across a variety of strain rates. Results computed by using the developed constitutive equations correlate well with data generated via experiments. The procedure used to incorporate the constitutive equations within a micromechanics method is presented, and sample calculations of the deformation response of a composite for various fiber orientations and strain rates are discussed.

  5. Effects of Straw Incorporation on Soil Organic Matter and Soil Water-Stable Aggregates Content in Semiarid Regions of Northwest China

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    Jia, Zhikuan; Han, Qingfang; Ren, Xiaolong; Li, Yongping

    2014-01-01

    The soil degradation caused by conventional tillage in rain-fed areas of northwest China is known to reduce the water–use efficiency and crop yield because of reduced soil porosity and the decreased availability of soil water and nutrients. Thus, we investigated the effects of straw incorporation on soil aggregates with different straw incorporation rates in semiarid areas of southern Ningxia for a three-year period (2008–2010). Four treatments were tested: (i) no straw incorporation (CK); (ii) incorporation of maize straw at a low rate of 4 500 kg ha−1 (L); (iii) incorporation of maize straw at a medium rate of 9000 kg ha−1 (M); (iv) incorporation of maize straw at a high rate of 13 500 kg ha−1 (H). The results in the final year of treatments (2010) showed that the mean soil organic carbon storage of the 0–60 cm soil layers were significantly (P<0.05) increased with H, M, and L, by 21.40%, 20.38% and 8.21% compared with CK, respectively. Straw incorporation increased >0.25 mm water-stable macroaggregates level, geometric mean diameter, mean weight diameter and the aggregate stability, which were ranked in order of increasing straw incorporation rates: H/M > L > CK. Straw incorporation significantly (P<0.05) reduced the fractal dimension in the 0–40 cm soil layers compared with CK. Our results suggest that straw incorporation is an effective practice for improving the soil aggregate structure and stability. PMID:24663096

  6. G5-PEG PAMAM dendrimer incorporating nanostructured lipid carriers enhance oral bioavailability and plasma lipid-lowering effect of probucol.

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    Qi, Rong; Li, Yan-Zhi; Chen, Cong; Cao, Yi-Ni; Yu, Mao-Mao; Xu, Lu; He, Bing; Jie, Xu; Shen, Wen-Wen; Wang, Yu-Nan; van Dongen, Mallory A; Liu, Guo-Qing; Banaszak Holl, Mark M; Zhang, Qiang; Ke, Xue

    2015-07-28

    This work aimed to improve the oral bioavailability and plasma lipid-lowering effect of probucol (PB) by constructing a combined drug delivery system (CDDS) composed of nanostructured lipid carrier (NLC) and PEGylated poly(amidoamine) dendrimer (PEG-PAMAM). PEG-PAMAM with dendrimer generations of 5 (G5-PEG) or 7 (G7-PEG) were incorporated in PB-NLCs to form PB-CDDSs, PB-NLCs/G5-PEG and PB-NLCs/G7-PEG. The resultant two kinds of PB-CDDSs were characterized by particle size, zeta potential, drug encapsulation efficacy, PB release rates, and physical stability. Formulation effects of NLC and CDDS on the cellular uptake of hydrophobic drug were explored in Caco-2 cells by fluorescent Cy5 dye as a hydrophobic drug model. Furthermore, in vivo pharmacokinetics of the PB-CDDS composed of G5-PEG and PB-NLCs were investigated in a low density lipoprotein receptor knockout (LDLr-/-) mouse model, including plateau plasma PB concentrations after oral administration of multiple doses, and bioavailability after oral administration of a single dose of different PB formulations. In addition, lipid-lowering effect of PB-NLCs/G5-PEG was studied. The results indicate that both G5-PEG and G7-PEG significantly improved aqueous solubility of PB. The two PB-CDDSs exhibited similar particle size (around 150nm) as PB-NLCs, but slower PB burst release rate, higher total PB release amount, and better particle morphology and storage stability than PB-NLCs. In comparison with traditional NLC, CDDS dramatically enhanced cellular uptake of Cy5 into Caco-2 cells. In vivo results demonstrate that PB-NLCs/G5-PEG had the highest plateau plasma PB concentration and oral bioavailability, and the greatest cholesterol-lowering effect in comparison with PB suspensions and PB-NLCs. Therefore, G5-PEG incorporating NLC can be exploited as a promising drug delivery system to improve oral bioavailability and lipid-lowering effect of PB. PMID:26003044

  7. Effects of Non-Natural Amino Acid Incorporation into the Enzyme Core Region on Enzyme Structure and Function

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    Wong, H. Edward; Kwon, Inchan

    2015-01-01

    Techniques to incorporate non-natural amino acids (NNAAs) have enabled biosynthesis of proteins containing new building blocks with unique structures, chemistry, and reactivity that are not found in natural amino acids. It is crucial to understand how incorporation of NNAAs affects protein function because NNAA incorporation may perturb critical function of a target protein. This study investigates how the site-specific incorporation of NNAAs affects catalytic properties of an enzyme. A NNAA with a hydrophobic and bulky sidechain, 3-(2-naphthyl)-alanine (2Nal), was site-specifically incorporated at six different positions in the hydrophobic core of a model enzyme, murine dihydrofolate reductase (mDHFR). The mDHFR variants with a greater change in van der Waals volume upon 2Nal incorporation exhibited a greater reduction in the catalytic efficiency. Similarly, the steric incompatibility calculated using RosettaDesign, a protein stability calculation program, correlated with the changes in the catalytic efficiency. PMID:26402667

  8. Effects of elemental composition on the incorporation of dietary nitrogen and carbon isotopic signatures in an omnivorous songbird

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    Pearson, Scott, F.; Levey, Douglas, J.; Greenberg, Catheryn, H.; Martinez del Rio, Carlos

    2003-02-28

    Pearson, S.F., D.J. Levey, C.H. Greenberg, and C.M. del Rio. 2003. Effects of elemental composition on the incorporation of dietary nitrogen and carbon isotopic signatures in an omnivorous songbird. Oecologia. 135:516-523. The use of stable isotopes to infer diet requires quantifying the relationship between diet and tissues and, in particular, knowing of how quickly isotopes turnover in different tissues and how isotopic concentrations of different food components change (discriminate) when incorporated into consumer tissues. We used feeding trials with wild-caught yellow-rumped warblers (Dendroica coronata) to determine d15N and d13C turnover rates for blood, d15N and d13C diet-tissue discrimination factors, and diet-tissue relationships for blood and feathers. After 3 weeks on a common diet, 36 warblers were assigned to one of four diets differing in the relative proportion of fruit and insects. Plasma half-life estimates ranged from 0.4 to 0.7 days for d13C and from 0.5 to 1.7 days for d15N. Half-life did not differ among diets. Whole blood half-life for d13C ranged from 3.9 to 6.1 days. Yellow-rumped warbler tissues were enriched relative to diet by 1.7.3.6% for nitrogen isotopes and by 1.2 to 4.3% for carbon isotopes, depending on tissue and diet. Consistent with previous studies, feathers were the most enriched and whole blood and plasma were the least enriched or, in the case of carbon, slightly depleted relative to diet. In general, tissues were more enriched relative to diet for birds with high percentages of insects. For all tissues, carbon and nitrogen isotope discrimination factors increased with carbon and nitrogen concentrations of diets. The isotopic signature of plasma increased linearly with the sum of the isotopic signature of the diet and the discrimination factor. Because the isotopic signature of tissues depends on both elemental concentration and isotopic signature of the diet, attempts to reconstruct diet from stable isotope signatures require mixing models that incorporate elemental concentration.

  9. Effect of the incorporation of sulfonated chitosan/sulfonated graphene oxide on the proton conductivity of chitosan membranes

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    Shirdast, Abbas; Sharif, Alireza; Abdollahi, Mahdi

    2016-02-01

    Chitosan biopolymer (CS) has been attracting considerable interest as polymer electrolyte in fuel cells. However, proton conductivity of chitosan is low and it is necessary to enhance its conductivity. In this work, 10 wt% sulfonated chitosan (SCS) and different amounts of sulfonated graphene oxide (SGO) nanosheets are incorporated into a chitosan membrane to investigate their effects on the electrochemical properties of the membrane. The proton conductivity and methanol permeability tests conducted on the CS/SCS/SGO membranes show that the conductivity is increased by 454%, the permeability is reduced by 23% and hence the selectivity is increased by 650%, relative to the neat chitosan, at SGO content of 5 wt%. Furthermore, combined addition of SCS and SGO to chitosan causes much more proton conductivity enhancement than the individual additives due to the synergistic effect of SCS and SGO. The observed synergistic effect reveals the importance of the chemical functionality of chitosan and nanofillers in the formation of ionic cluster domains with enhanced size within the membranes for proton transport. Finally, a Nernst-Planck based model is applied to the experimental proton conductivity data in order to shed more light on the role of GOs in the proton conductivity mechanism of chitosan.

  10. Experimental and numerical evidences of the observation of the Biot slow wave thanks to its electrokinetic conversion

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    Bordes, C.; Garambois, S.; Brito, D.; Dietrich, M.; Holzhauer, J.

    2013-12-01

    As originally described by Biot in 1956, seismic propagation in fluid-filled porous media should include two longitudinal contributions: the fast and slow P waves, the latest being commonly referred to as the ';Biot slow wave'. This seismic wave has been seldom observed in natural rocks at laboratory frequencies due to its low amplitude properties and has never been recognized at seismic frequencies due to its diffusive properties. In porous media, a part of seismic energy may also be converted into electromagnetic fields by a coupling phenomenon of electrokinetic nature: the so-called seismoelectric effect. Most seismoelectric studies focus on the observation of co-seismic or depth-converted electric fields generated by the propagation of fast P-waves, mainly to detect or to image new physico-chemical contrasts. Based on Pride's theory (1994), numerical modeling of seismo-electromagnetic wave propagation suggests that the observation of the Biot slow wave could be boosted by its electrokinetic conversion, i.e. that it would be easier to record the electric fields accompanying Biot slow waves generated by a mechanical source rather than the seismic fields. In order to confirm these numerical predictions, we designed a specific laboratory experiment involving a silica sand tank excited by using a homemade pneumatic seismic source. The investigated frequency range [0.5-5kHz] contains the Biot (transition) frequency separating the diffusive from the propagation regimes of the slow wave. Numerical seismoelectromagnetic experiments were also performed at this scale to compute the seismoelectric response in homogeneous and partially saturated sand with this acquisition configuration. The comparison of these experimental data to numerical results provides new perspectives for the detection, study and potential use of the Biot slow wave.

  11. Removal of contaminants from fine grained soils using electrokinetic (EK) flushing. Final report, September 30, 1987--June 30, 1993

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    Reed, B.E.; Berg, M.T.

    1993-10-01

    Recently, attention has focused on developing cost effective techniques to remove inorganic contaminants from soils in-situ. For most in-situ techniques hydraulic pressure is used to disperse the chemical additives and collect the contaminated groundwater. In-situ treatment technologies have had success at sites containing sandy soils but have not shown much promise for soils with large amounts of clay and silt. This is due primarily to difficulty in transporting groundwater, contaminants, and chemical additives through the subsurface. Unfortunately, soils high in clay and silt are known to sequester large quantities of inorganic and organic contaminants. Thus, soils having low hydraulic conductivity`s are generally efficient in sequestering pollutants but are resistant to standard in-situ remediation techniques because of the difficulty in transporting groundwater and contaminants. A candidate technology for the in-situ remediation of low permeability soils is electrokinetic (EK) soil flushing. In EK soil flushing, groundwater and contaminants are transported under an a plied voltage. The transport of groundwater electroosmotically does not depend directly on the soil`s hydraulic conductivity. Thus, soils that would otherwise require excavation and treatment can be remediated in-situ if electrokinetics is used as the driving force for liquid and contaminant transport. This report details the results from work conducted on the use of EK soil flushing to remediate a fine grained soil contaminated with lead. The first portion of the experimental work entailed soil collection and characterization, soil adsorption and desorption of lead, and EK reactor construction and testing. The second phase of the research consisted of investigating the efficacy of using EK soil flushing on an actual soil using bench-scale EK reactors. For the second phase of the research the affect of initial conditions on the efficiency of EK soil flushing was studied.

  12. Binary electrokinetic separation of target DNA from background DNA primers.

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    James, Conrad D.; Derzon, Mark Steven

    2005-10-01

    This report contains the summary of LDRD project 91312, titled ''Binary Electrokinetic Separation of Target DNA from Background DNA Primers''. This work is the first product of a collaboration with Columbia University and the Northeast BioDefense Center of Excellence. In conjunction with Ian Lipkin's lab, we are developing a technique to reduce false positive events, due to the detection of unhybridized reporter molecules, in a sensitive and multiplexed detection scheme for nucleic acids developed by the Lipkin lab. This is the most significant problem in the operation of their capability. As they are developing the tools for rapidly detecting the entire panel of hemorrhagic fevers this technology will immediately serve an important national need. The goal of this work was to attempt to separate nucleic acid from a preprocessed sample. We demonstrated the preconcentration of kilobase-pair length double-stranded DNA targets, and observed little preconcentration of 60 base-pair length single-stranded DNA probes. These objectives were accomplished in microdevice formats that are compatible with larger detection systems for sample pre-processing. Combined with Columbia's expertise, this technology would enable a unique, fast, and potentially compact method for detecting/identifying genetically-modified organisms and multiplexed rapid nucleic acid identification. Another competing approach is the DARPA funded IRIS Pharmaceutical TIGER platform which requires many hours for operation, and an 800k$ piece of equipment that fills a room. The Columbia/SNL system could provide a result in 30 minutes, at the cost of a few thousand dollars for the platform, and would be the size of a shoebox or smaller.

  13. Incorporation of lapatinib into human serum albumin nanoparticles with enhanced anti-tumor effects in HER2-positive breast cancer.

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    Wan, Xu; Zheng, Xiaoyao; Pang, Xiaoying; Zhang, Zheming; Zhang, Qizhi

    2015-12-01

    Lapatinib, a selective small-molecule dual-tyrosine kinase inhibitor of HER2 and EGFR, is effective in HER2-positive patients with advanced metastatic breast cancer. However, its low and variable oral absorption, large required daily dose and serious gastrointestinal side effects all limit its clinical use. Intravenous administration offers a good option to overcome these disadvantages. However, the poor solubility of lapatinib in water and organic solvents causes lapatinib to fail in a common injectable preparation. Considering lapatinib's high albumin binding ability (>99%), in this study, we developed human serum albumin nanoparticles loaded with lapatinib (LHNPs) by Nab technology for intravenous administration and investigated its efficacy against HER2-positive breast cancer. Raman shift, X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy studies demonstrated that lapatinib was successfully incorporated into nanoparticles, and LHNPs exhibited good stability and sustained-release effect in vitro. LHNPs could be effectively taken up by SKBr3 cells in a concentration- and time-dependent manner, and the uptake was mediated by energy-dependent endocytosis, which involved clathrin-dependent pinocytosis. Furthermore, in vitro and in vivo data indicated that LHNPs presented the strong ability to induce apoptosis and superior anti-tumor efficacy in tumor-bearing mice to the commercial tablet Tykerb through the inhibition of HER2 phosphorylation. Subchronic toxicity assays indicated that LHNPs had no hepatic or kidney toxicity. With mature technology for industrial production and enhanced therapeutic effects, LHNPs are likely to have great potential as a safe therapeutic candidate against HER2-positive breast cancer in the clinic. PMID:26539808

  14. Effects of the incorporation of drinking water sludge on the anaerobic digestion of domestic wastewater sludge for methane production.

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    Torres-Lozada, Patricia; Daz-Granados, Jos Snchez; Parra-Orobio, Brayan Alexis

    2015-01-01

    Water purification and wastewater treatment generate sludge, which must be adequately handled to prevent detrimental effects to the environment and public health. In this study, we examined the influence of the application of settled sludge from a drinking water treatment plant (S(DWTP)) on the anaerobic digestion (AD) of the thickened primary sludge from a municipal wastewater treatment plant (S(WWTP)) which uses chemically assisted primary treatment (CAPT). On both plants the primary coagulant is ferric chloride. The study was performed at laboratory scale using specific methanogenic activity (SMA) tests, in which mixtures of S(WWTP)-S(DWTP) with the ratios 100:00, 80:20, 75:25, 70:30 and 00:100 were evaluated. Methane detection was also performed by gas chromatography for a period of 30 days. Our results show that all evaluated ratios that incorporate S(DWTP), produce an inhibitory effect on the production of methane. The reduction in methane production ranged from 26% for the smallest concentration of S(DWTP) (20%) to more than 70% for concentrations higher than 25%. The results indicated that the hydrolytic stage was significantly affected, with the hydrolysis constant Kh also reduced by approximately 70% (0.24-0.26 day(-1) for the different ratios compared with 0.34 day(-1) for the S(WWTP) alone). This finding demonstrates that the best mixtures to be considered for anaerobic co-digestion must contain a fraction of S(DWTP) below 20%. PMID:26360763

  15. Single transverse-spin asymmetries in forward pion production at high energy: Incorporating small-x effects in the target

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    Boer, Danieel; Dumitru, Adrian; Hayashigaki, Arata

    2006-10-01

    We consider single-inclusive forward pion production in high-energy proton-proton collisions at RHIC energies. A good baseline description of the transverse momentum distributions at high rapidity is obtained within Mueller's dipole formalism with an anomalous dimension incorporating an 'extended geometric scaling' window between the saturation and DGLAP regimes. We then formulate pion production for transversely polarized projectiles within the same approach. We assume that an azimuthal, spin-dependent asymmetry arises from the so-called Sivers effect and investigate the single transverse-spin asymmetry A{sub N} at 200 GeV and 500 GeV center-of-mass energy. A simple parametrization of the Sivers functions from the literature compares reasonably well with the high-energy STAR data if the overall normalization is scaled up by at least a factor of 2. The STAR data might therefore indicate that the Sivers effect is significantly stronger than thought so far. We also analyze higher-twist contributions to A{sub N} and find that they largely cancel.

  16. A new method for incorporating momentum resolution effects and defining the momentum scale in electron momentum spectroscopy

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    Bawagan, A. O.; Brion, C. E.

    1990-07-01

    Two existing methods for incorporating the effects of finite momentum resolution in comparing the results of electron momentum spectroscopy (EMS) experiments with quantum mechanical calculations of the electron momentum distributions are described. Neither of these existing methods is considered to be particularly satisfactory. However, a new procedure, the momentum averaged Gaussian weighted (MAGW) method, is found to be more satisfactory in the sense that it attempts to account for the acceptance angles and transmission characteristics of the ejected and scattered electrons in the EMS spectrometer in a physically more realistic manner than previous methods. A systematic error in the usual definition of the momentum scale in EMS experiments is also noted, and the MAGW method is used to correct for this error, which is appreciable at momenta below 0.4 au. Use of the new MAGW procedure, both for momentum resolution folding and defining the momentum scale, results in excellent agreement between Hartree-Fock limit theory and the measured momentum distribution for argon 3p electrons. In addition, an existing discrepancy between even the CI overlap treatment and experiment for the 1b 1 orbital of H 2O is effectively eliminated when the same MAGW method is used to fold the calculations and establish the momentum scale.

  17. Dynamic mechanical properties of a maxillofacial silicone elastomer incorporating a ZnO additive: the effect of artificial aging.

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    Mouzakis, Dionysios E; Papadopoulos, Triantafillos D; Polyzois, Gregory L; Griniari, Panagiota G

    2010-11-01

    The main objective of the current study was to investigate the dynamic mechanical properties of a room-temperature vulcanizing silicone incorporating different fractions of zinc oxide (ZnO) after indoor and outdoor photoaging. Forty-eight samples were produced by adding different amounts of ZnO into a commercial maxillofacial silicone (EPISIL-E). The samples were divided into 4 groups containing 0.0, 0.2, 0.5, and 1 wt% ZnO additive, respectively. Samples were exposed to sunlight (subgroup 2), ultraviolet (subgroup 3), and fluorescence (subgroup 4) aging, whereas nonaged samples comprised the control subgroup (subgroup 1). Dynamic mechanical analysis was used to determine the storage modulus (E'), loss modulus (E″), and damping capacity (tanδ). General linear statistic model was conducted to evaluate the effects of aging, testing frequency, and composition on the dynamic mechanical properties of the silicone with the ZnO additive. Post hoc analysis was performed using Tukey test. Statistical analysis revealed a significant impact of composition on tanδ (P < 0.05). Aging influenced E' and E″ (P < 0.01). The combination of aging and composition had a significant effect on all dynamic properties (P < 0.01). PMID:21119441

  18. Synthesis and carbonic anhydrase isoenzymes I, II, IX, and XII inhibitory effects of dimethoxybromophenol derivatives incorporating cyclopropane moieties.

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    Bozta?, Murat; etinkaya, Yasin; Topal, Meryem; Glin, ?lhami; Menzek, Abdullah; ?ahin, Ertan; Tanc, Muhammet; Supuran, Claudiu T

    2015-01-22

    Cyclopropylcarboxylic acids and esters and cyclopropylmethanols incorporating bromophenol moieties were investigated as inhibitors of the carbonic anhydrase enzyme (CA; EC 4.2.1.1). The cis- and trans-esters 5 and 6 were obtained from the reaction of 4-allyl-1,2-dimethoxybenzene (4) with ethyl diazoacetate, which after bromination with Br2 gave two isomeric monobromides (11 and 15), four isomeric dibromides (12, 13, 16, and 17), and two isomeric tribromides (14 and 18). The carboxylic acids 7, 8, and 19-26 were thereafter obtained by hydrolysis of the synthesized esters. All these bromophenol derivatives were tested against human (h) CA isoenzymes I and II (cytosolic, ubiquitous isoforms) and hCA IX and XII (transmembrane, tumor-associated enzymes). All tested bromophenols exhibited excellent inhibitory effects, in the low nanomolar range, with Ki values in the range of 0.54-59 nM against hCA I and in the range of 0.97-12.14 nM against hCA II, whereas they were low micromolar inhibitors against hCA IX and XII. The best hCA I inhibition was observed in new bromophenol derivative 20 (Ki = 0.54 nM). On the other hand, new bromophenol derivative 12 showed a powerful inhibition effect against hCA II (Ki = 0.97 nM). PMID:25432060

  19. A mechanistic study of arsenate removal from artificially contaminated clay soils by electrokinetic remediation.

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    Suzuki, Tasuma; Moribe, Mai; Okabe, Yohhei; Niinae, Masakazu

    2013-06-15

    Batch desorption experiments and bench-scale electrokinetic experiments were performed to elucidate the electrokinetic remediation mechanisms of arsenate from artificially contaminated kaolinite. The electrokinetic experiments in which a constant voltage was applied demonstrated that high soil pH favored arsenate remediation with respect to both the remediation time and electricity consumption. It was also demonstrated that applying a pulse voltage (1 h ON, 1 h OFF) significantly improved the electricity consumption efficiency when the soil pH was maintained at the initial value during the experiments; this trend was not observed when the soil pH was gradually increased from the cathode side. These electrokinetic experimental results, with the support of arsenate desorption data obtained from batch experiments, indicate that the remediation rate-limiting step varied with soil pH. When the soil pH was maintained at the initial value of 7.2 during the experiments, arsenate desorption was the remediation rate-limiting step rather than the migration of dissolved arsenate toward the anode. Conversely, when the cathode pH was not controlled and the soil pH was correspondingly increased gradually from the cathode side, the migration of hydroxyl and desorbed arsenate ions toward the anode played a more important role in the control of the overall remediation efficiency. PMID:23643955

  20. A risk prediction algorithm for ovarian cancer incorporating BRCA1, BRCA2, common alleles and other familial effects

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    Jervis, Sarah; Song, Honglin; Lee, Andrew; Dicks, Ed; Harrington, Patricia; Baynes, Caroline; Manchanda, Ranjit; Easton, Douglas F; Jacobs, Ian; Pharoah, Paul P D; Antoniou, Antonis C

    2015-01-01

    Background Although BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations account for only ?27% of the familial aggregation of ovarian cancer (OvC), no OvC risk prediction model currently exists that considers the effects of BRCA1, BRCA2 and other familial factors. Therefore, a currently unresolved problem in clinical genetics is how to counsel women with family history of OvC but no identifiable BRCA1/2 mutations. Methods We used data from 1548 patients with OvC and their relatives from a population-based study, with known BRCA1/2 mutation status, to investigate OvC genetic susceptibility models, using segregation analysis methods. Results The most parsimonious model included the effects of BRCA1/2 mutations, and the residual familial aggregation was accounted for by a polygenic component (SD 1.43, 95% CI 1.10 to 1.86), reflecting the multiplicative effects of a large number of genes with small contributions to the familial risk. We estimated that 1 in 630 individuals carries a BRCA1 mutation and 1 in 195 carries a BRCA2 mutation. We extended this model to incorporate the explicit effects of 17 common alleles that are associated with OvC risk. Based on our models, assuming all of the susceptibility genes could be identified we estimate that the half of the female population at highest genetic risk will account for 92% of all OvCs. Conclusions The resulting model can be used to obtain the risk of developing OvC on the basis of BRCA1/2, explicit family history and common alleles. This is the first model that accounts for all OvC familial aggregation and would be useful in the OvC genetic counselling process. PMID:26025000

  1. Multiculturalism Incorporated: Student Perceptions

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    Bruch, Patrick L.; Higbee, Jeanne L.; Siaka, Kwabena

    2007-01-01

    Multicultural education has transformed higher education both in terms of research and in terms of student experiences. Given the complexity of our institutions, the overall effects of these transformations are mixed. Building on the successes and strengths of multicultural education as it is currently incorporated in institutions and programs

  2. Fluid flow monitoring in oilfields using downhole measurements of electrokinetic potential

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    Jackson, M. D.; Saunders, J. H.; Pain, C. C.

    2006-12-01

    Permanently installed downhole sensors are increasingly being deployed to provide `real-time' reservoir data during hydrocarbon production, which helps to reduce uncertainty in the reservoir description and contributes to reservoir management decisions. Where wells are equipped with inflow control valves (so called `intelligent' wells), it is possible to develop a feedback loop between measurement and control to optimize production. We suggest that measurements of electrokinetic potential during production, using permanently installed downhole electrodes, could be used to detect water encroachment towards an intelligent oil well. Downhole electrodes mounted at the production well on the outside of insulated casing, have been successfully applied in subsurface resistivity surveys during oil production. Similar technology could be used to measure electrokinetic potential. Moreover, recent and ongoing work has changed our understanding of electrokinetic coupling under two-phase conditions. We present the results of numerical simulations of fluid movement during hydrocarbon production, using a new formulation which captures both the changing fluid distributions and the resulting electrical potentials. We suggest that encroaching water causes changes in electrokinetic potential at the production well which could be resolved above background electrical noise; indeed, changes in water saturation could be detected several 10's to 100's of metres away from the well. This contrasts with most other downhole monitoring techniques, which sample only the region immediately adjacent to the wellbore. Signal resolution is improved if the water has a relatively low salinity, and the pressure gradient into the well is large. However, significant uncertainties remain concerning the nature of electrokinetic coupling during the flow of oil and water, particularly in mixed and oil-wet reservoirs.

  3. Advances in Modeling Streambank Stability by Incorporating the Mechanical and Hydrologic Effects of Woody and Herbaceous Riparian Vegetation

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    Simon, A.; Collison, A. J.

    2001-12-01

    Sediment is one of the principle pollutants of surface waters of the United States. Sediment derived from streambanks by mass failure is a significant contributor to water-quality and land management problems. Accurately modeling streambank stability and potential mitigation strategies using riparian vegetation involves quantifying the hydrologic and mechanical factors that control the driving and resisting forces imposed by bank material, ground and surface water and the vegetation. Stabilization of streambanks using riparian vegetation offers numerous potential benefits and some potential problems that are related to mechanical and hydrological effects that are rarely quantified. In this study mechanical reinforcement of various woody and herbaceous riparian species is quantified with in situ, field measurements of root tensile strength, root sizes and root distribution that are used to calculate increases in soil cohesion. Hydrological effects of vegetation are monitored at the Goodwin Creek Experimental Watershed, Mississippi using interception plots and tensiometers under three vegetative covers: cropped grass `control' cover, clumps of eastern gamma grass, and a deciduous woody-vegetation stand. The ARS Bank-Stability Model which accounts for complex bank geometries, up to five soil layers, positive and negative pore-water pressures and confining pressure due to streamflow is used to evaluate the effectiveness of various vegetative treatments based on the field data. The model is used to evaluate the individual and combined effects of vegetation on streambank stability. On April 4 th 2000 prolonged rainfall at the field site caused bank failure at the control cover plot, providing useful validation data for the analysis. The resulting factor of safety (Fs) values (incorporating both hydrological and mechanical effects) were 1.04, 1.64 and 2.18, respectively. Results show that the main contribution of the woody-vegetation to bank stability during the study period was hydrological rather than mechanical, and that the build up of matric suction at depth during the summer months persisted throughout the winter and spring. This effect was due to transpiration rather than canopy interception losses, which were only 2% of rainfall during the study period. The beneficial hydrologic effect of woody vegetation may not be the case during wetter winters; more rapid loss of matric suction beneath woody-vegetation suggests that this bank may become less stable than the control or clump grass treatments due to enhanced infiltration of rainfall.

  4. Electrokinetically enhanced flow and dewatering characteristics of concentrated black coal-water suspensions in pipes

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    Rozakeas, P.K.; Snow, R.J.

    1997-07-01

    The transportability and dewatering of coal-water mixtures flowing in a pipe may be enhanced by the application of electrokinetic techniques. Previous experimental work by other workers shows a significant reduction in the wall shear stress, and consequently a decrease in pumping energy requirements for the flow of coal-water mixtures in pipes combined with electrodewatering. In this process the pipe wall acts as the cathode and a centrally aligned tube as the anode. The effects of {open_quote}In-pipe electrodewatering{close_quote} on the flow properties and stability of concentrated coal-water mixtures flowing in various alternative anode-cathode arrangements are presented in this paper. The application of an electrical energy flux at the electrode surface (< 6.1 kW/m{sup 2}) in a dewatering section of pipe (L{sub e}=1m) effectively reduces the pumping energy requirements by as much as one order of magnitude. The stability of flow conditions is investigated in a concentric anode-cathode pipe arrangement consisting of a dewatering and a non-dewatering section (L{sub o}). In this system (L{sub o}/L{sub e}) < 4.0. A microscopic study of dilute coal-water suspensions in the presence of a DC electric field revealed the migration of coal particles towards the anode and the structural formation of coal particle chains. The electrorheological behaviour of concentrated coal-water suspensions is examined with the use of a modified coaxial rheometer. The coal fines (d{sub 50}=17.7{mu}m) used in all experiments were produced by milling a low rank bituminous black coal which was followed by a sieving process that eliminated coal particles that were greater than 75{mu}m in size.

  5. Chemical selectivity in micellar electrokinetic chromatography. II. Rationalization of elution patterns in different surfactant systems.

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    Yang, S; Bumgarner, J G; Khaledi, M G

    1996-07-12

    Retention behavior in micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC) is investigated using linear solvation energy relationships (LSERs) for two pseudo-stationary phases, one consisting of cationic micelles of tetradecyltrimethylammonium bromide (C14TAB) and the other of an anionic triblock copolymer, poly(methyl methacrylate-ethyl acrylate-methacrylic acid) (Elvacite 2669). It was found that solutes' migration behaviors in these two MEKC systems are mainly influenced by their size (V/100) and hydrogen bonding acceptor (HBA) strength (beta). However, solutes' hydrogen bonding donor (HBD) strength (alpha) has minor effects on their migration in MEKC. The characteristics of these two systems were compared to three other previously reported anionic micellar systems of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) (anionic hydrocarbon), sodium cholate (SC) (anionic bile salt) and lithium perfluorooctane sulfonate (LiPFOS) (anionic fluorocarbon). It was concluded that hydrogen bonding interactions play a major role in providing different chemical selectivity among these five MEKC systems. Both C14TAB micelles and the ionic polymer of Elvacite 2669 provide hydrogen bonding acceptor (HBA) sites for solutes, which is similar to SC micelles. In fact, C14TAB is the strongest HBA, while Elvacite 2669 has HBA strength similar to that of SC micelles. On the other hand, the fluorocarbon micelles of LiPFOS are the strongest hydrogen bond donor (HBD) micelles, followed by the weak HBD SDS micelles. In general, cavity formation has little or no effect on chemical selectivity among hydrocarbon surfactant MEKC systems (i.e., SDS, SC and C14TAB). Information obtained from the LSER analysis is used to rationalize the elution patterns in MEKC with different types of pseudo-stationary phases. PMID:8696506

  6. Polymer adsorption and electrokinetic potential of dispersed particles in weak and strong electric fields.

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    Barany, Sandor

    2015-08-01

    A review on the effects of adsorbed non-ionic polymers and polyelectrolytes on the electrophoresis of dispersed particles is given. The variety of changes in the electrical double layer (EDL) structure and, in particular, electrokinetic potential in weak electric fields as a result of polymer adsorption is discussed. Examples on the dependence of zeta potential of particles on the adsorbed amount of polymers are described. An analysis of the influence of various complicating factors, namely polarization of the EDL, curvature of the surface and the presence of electrolytes, on the calculation of polymer layer thickness from electrophoretic data has been performed. Results of electrophoretic measurements in suspensions of non-conventional particles (TiC, SiC and Si3N4) having adsorbed polyethylene oxide are presented. Regularities of the effect of anionic and cationic polyelectrolytes (PEs) and their binary mixtures on the electrokinetic potential of dispersed particles (polystyrene, silica, bentonite and kaolin) as a function of the polymer dose, pH, charge density (CD) of the polyelectrolyte, as well as the mixture composition and the sequence of component addition are described. It has been shown that addition of increasing amount of anionic PEs increases the absolute value of the negative zeta potential of particles, while adsorption of cationic PEs results in a significant decrease in the negative ζ-potential and overcharging the particle surface; changes in the ζ-potential are more pronounced for samples with higher CD. In mixtures of cationic and anionic PEs, in a wide range of their composition, the ζ-potential of negatively charged particles is determined by the adsorbed amount of the anionic polymer independently of the CD of polyelectrolyte and the sequence of the mixture component addition. The role of coulombic and non-coulombic forces in the mechanism of polyelectrolyte adsorption and structure of adsorbed layers formed is discussed. The results of comparative investigations on the effect of adsorbed polymers on the electrophoresis of dispersed particles in weak and strong electric fields are presented. It is shown that adsorption of non-ionic polymers only slightly (by about 20-50%) decreases the electrophoretic velocity (V(ef)) of polystyrene, graphite and aluminium-oxide particles in strong fields (100-400 V/cm). This is in contrast to the electrophoresis in weak fields (5-20 V/cm) in which adsorption of these polymers gives a drop in V(ef) by an order of magnitude or even more. In line with our theoretical predictions, it means that the non-linear ("cubic") electrophoresis, that arises in strong electric fields, is independent of the position of the shear plane, i.e. the zeta potential value. It is determined mainly by the surface conductivity of particles, i.e. by the Dukhin number that characterizes the polarization of the electric double layer. PMID:25456453

  7. The effect of nitrogen incorporation in Ge-In-Ga-O semiconductor and the associated thin film transistors

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    Ahn, Byung Du; Lee, Kwang Ho; Park, Jozeph; Park, Jin-Seong

    2015-11-01

    The effect of nitrogen doping in Ge-In-Ga-O (GIGO) semiconductors was investigated via thin film characterization and the evaluation of the associated thin film transistor (TFT) properties. As the nitrogen content [N2/(Ar + O2 + N2)] increases from 0% to 40% during the sputter deposition, the threshold voltage (Vth) of the corresponding TFT devices shifts toward positive values (from -1.88 to 3.08 V) and the subthreshold swing decreases (from 0.40 to 0.18 V/decade) accordingly, while the amount of Vth shift (?Vth) by hysteresis is suppressed (from 1.33 to 0.22 V). In particular, the device stability under negative gate bias (-20 V) stress for 3 h improves considerably with total threshold voltage shift (?Vth) values of -6.25 V and -0.69 V. As the amount of nitrogen incorporated in the semiconductor increase, the device ?FE decreases significantly (from 19.3 to 5.76 cm2/V s). Temperature dependent analyses suggest that Coulombic scattering of the carriers near the nitrogen species is the major mechanism of such mobility degradation.

  8. The effect of incorporating RGD adhesive peptide in polyethylene glycol diacrylate hydrogel on osteogenesis of bone marrow stromal cells.

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    Yang, Fan; Williams, Christopher G; Wang, Dong-An; Lee, Hyukjin; Manson, Paul N; Elisseeff, Jennifer

    2005-10-01

    Advances in tissue engineering require biofunctional scaffolds that can not only provide cells with structural support, but also interact with cells in a biological manner. To achieve this goal, a frequently used cell adhesion peptide Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD) was covalently incorporated into poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate (PEODA) hydrogel and its dosage effect (0.025, 1.25 and 2.5 mm) on osteogenesis of marrow stromal cells in a three-dimensional environment was examined. Expression of bone-related markers, osteocalcin (OCN) and Alkaline phosphatase (ALP), increased significantly as the RGD concentration increased. Compared with no RGD, 2.5 mm RGD group showed a 1344% increase in ALP production and a 277% increase in OCN accumulation in the medium. RGD helped MSCs maintain cbfa-1 expression when shifted from a two-dimensional environment to a three-dimensional environment. Soluble RGD was found to completely block the mineralization of marrow stromal cells, as manifested by quantitative calcium assay, phosphorus elemental analysis and Von Kossa staining. In conclusion, we have demonstrated that RGD-conjugated PEODA hydrogel promotes the osteogenesis of MSCs in a dosage-dependent manner, with 2.5 mm being optimal concentration. PMID:15878198

  9. Effects of germanium incorporation on optical performances of silicon germanium passive devices for group-IV photonic integrated circuits

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    Cho, Seongjae; Park, Joonsuk; Kim, Hyungjin; Sinclair, Robert; Park, Byung-Gook; Harris, James S.

    2014-02-01

    Optical interconnect in integrated optoelectronic circuits is one of the promising next-generation technologies for replacing metalized interconnect. Efforts have been made to use silicon (Si)-compatible materials such as germanium (Ge) and Ge-buffered III-V compound semiconductors, along with Si, as optical sources for Si and group-IV integrated optoelectronic systems. This opens the possibility that higher fraction of Ge with its high refractive index (n) can be incorporated in Si waveguide for optical interconnect and the graftability between Si and group-IV or III-V materials would be improved in silicon photonics. In this work, advantageous features of nano-structured silicon germanium (Si1-xGex) optical waveguide with different Ge fraction (x) were evaluated by both optical simulations and theoretical calculations, which are mainly found in the enhanced optical confinement and better interfacing capability. Along with the SiGe waveguide, performance of Si1-xGex microring resonator under material loss in the effect of extinction coefficient (k) has been investigated to suggest the necessity of optimizing the Ge content in Si1-xGex passive devices. While carrying out the establish design criteria, n and k have been modelled in closed-form functions of Ge fraction at 1550 nm. Furthermore, by examining high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) images, process compatibility of Ge with either group-IV alloys or III-V compound semiconductors is confirmed for the monolithically integrated photonic circuits.

  10. Incorporation of Potassium Water Glass on Photoelectrodes and Its Effects on the Performance of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Oh, Ju Hee; Lee, Sang-Ju; Kim, Dae-Hwan; Sung, Shi-Joon; Kang, Cheon Su; Han, Yoon Soo

    2015-11-01

    We applied potassium water glass (PWG) for a modification of photoelectrodes and investigated the effects of this modification on the photovoltaic properties of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The PWG-modified TiO2 electrodes were prepared by soaking the TiO2 films in an aqueous PWG solution, and the resulting electrodes were applied to the photoanodes of DSSCs. Compared with a reference device with pristine TiO2 electrode, the power conversion efficiency of a DSSC with a PWG-modified TiO2 electrode was improved by about 26% because of the enhanced short-circuit photocurrent (J(sc)) and open-circuit voltage (V(oc)). Open-circuit voltage decay, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and dark current measurements revealed that the incorporation of PWG on the TiO2 surface led to a longer electron lifetime because of the suppression of charge recombination between injected electrons and I3(-) ions, which, compared with a reference device without surface modification, resulted in an increase in both J(sc) and V(oc). PMID:26726606

  11. The effect of ethanol and/or acetaldehyde on the incorporation of U/sup 14/C-glucose into human umbilical artery lipids

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    Dupont, J.; Nelson, A.W.; Clow, D.J.

    1982-01-01

    The effect of ethanol, acetaldehyde and a combination of ethanol and acetaldehyde added in vitro was determined on their abilities to alter conversion of glucose to lipid. When human umbilical arteries were perfused with acetaldehyde at a 0.5% concentration, a significant reduction (p less than 0.05) of /sup 14/C incorporation into lipid was observed. This reduction was found to be the result of depressed incorporation of glucose into phospholipid (PL) and triacylglycerides (TG). Acetaldehyde at a concentration of 0.25% appeared to depress incorporation; however, this was not significant. Acetaldehyde plus ethanol at final equal concentrations of 0.25%, 0.5% and 1.0% had no effect on incorporation of U/sup 14/ C-glucose into lipid. Ethanol at concentrations of 0.5%, 0.25% and 0.125% had no effect on the incorporation of U/sup 14/ C-glucose into lipid. The study suggests that acetaldehyde can depress the conversion of glucose into umbilical artery lipids. However, acetaldehyde in the presence of equal concentrations of ethanol does not exhibit this ability to depress conversion of glucose to lipids suggesting some cellular counter effect of these two agents.

  12. TRACE ANALYSIS OF FLUORESCEIN-DERIVATIZED PHENOXY ACID HERBICIDES BY MICELLAR ELECTROKINETIC CHROMATOGRAPHY WITH LASER-INDUCTED FLUORESCENCE DETECTION

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    Micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC) with laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) detection was used for the trace analysis of phenoxy acid herbicides. Capillary electrophoresis (CE) with LIF detection, which has not previously been used for pesticide analysis, overcomes the po...

  13. The susceptibility of the femoral neck to fracture: an assessment incorporating the effects of age-remodeling and stress reduction.

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    Lee, Taeyong; Rammohan, Abhishek V; Chan, Ally; Tan, Vincent Beng Chye; Das De, Shamal; Link, Thomas M; Eckstein, Felix; Schafer, Benjamin W

    2012-04-01

    Age-related bone remodeling may cause fragility of the femoral neck, thereby increasing fracture risk in elderly populations. We investigated the effects of age-remodeling and stress-reduction on the femoral neck region using the Finite Strip Method (FSM). We verified the possibility that the femoral neck is likely to undergo fracture through two mechanisms: yielding and local buckling. We hypothesized that the femoral necks of young subjects are more prone to fracture by yielding, whereas those of elderly subjects are more susceptible to fracture initiated by local buckling. The slices from the CT-scans of 15 subjects corresponding to the lowest area moment of inertia were segregated into cortex and trabeculae. Geometric and material properties for each strip were obtained from the CT-scans. The FSM, proposed here as an approximation to the better-known Finite Element Method (FEM), was implemented on a model comprising both cortex and trabeculae. Finite strip (FS) analyses were performed on models that incorporated the effects of age-related bone remodeling, as well as a reduction in physiological stress on the bone (as a result of weight loss). Comparisons were made with similar FS analyses performed on only the cortical shell, in order to ascertain the contributions of the trabeculae to femoral neck strength. We observed that the femoral necks of simulated young subjects manifested a marked predisposition to undergo yielding, whereas the femoral neck models of simulated elderly subjects were more prone to buckling before yielding. The trabecular degradation and cortical thinning involved in aging render the femoral neck more susceptible to failure by buckling. PMID:22326126

  14. Simulation-based design of a strained graphene field effect transistor incorporating the pseudo magnetic field effect

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    Souma, Satofumi Ueyama, Masayuki; Ogawa, Matsuto

    2014-05-26

    We present a numerical study on the performance of strained graphene-based field-effect transistors. A local strain less than 10% is applied over a central channel region of the graphene to induce the shift of the Dirac point in the channel region along the transverse momentum direction. The left and the right unstrained graphene regions are doped to be either n-type or p-type. By using the atomistic tight-binding model and a Green's function method, we predict that the gate voltage applied to the central strained graphene region can switch the drain current on and off with an on/off ratio of more than six orders of magnitude at room temperature. This is in spite of the absence of a bandgap in the strained channel region. Steeper subthreshold slopes below 60?mV/decade are also predicted at room temperature because of a mechanism similar to the band-to-band tunneling field-effect transistors.

  15. Separation of enantiomers in microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography using chiral alcohols as cosurfactants.

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    Zheng, Zhi-Xia; Lin, Jin-Ming; Chan, Wing-Hong; Lee, Albert W M; Huie, Carmen W

    2004-10-01

    A novel chiral microemulsion, which involved the use of chiral alcohols as cosurfactants, was demonstrated for the enantiomeric separation of a number of pharmaceutical drugs in microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (MEEKC). The chiral alcohols investigated were optically active 2-alkanols, with the alkyl chain length having carbon number ranging from 4 to 7. The data indicated that, except for R-(-)-2-butanol, the use of R-(-)-2-pentanol, R-(-)-2-hexanol or R-(-)-2-heptanol as the chiral cosurfactant resulted in the baseline or partial resolution of most of the test solutes, i.e., (+/-)-norephedrine, (+/-)-ephedrine, DL-nadolol, and DL-propranolol. In addition to the chain length of the chiral 2-alkanols, the effects of other experimental conditions, such as the concentration and chirality of the 2-alkanols, as well as the pH of the run buffer and the oil phase of the microemulsion, on the enantiomeric separation of the test solutes were also investigated. An interesting finding was that the water-immiscible organic solvent (oil core) within the microemulsion droplets appeared to play an important role in the chiral separation mechanism. Also, the importance of hydrogen bonding between the test solutes ((+/-)-ephedrine and related compounds) and the chiral microemulsion was demonstrated, as it was not possible to resolve a pair of enantiomers which lacked a beta-amino proton (i.e., (+/-)-N-methyl ephedrine) under optimized run buffer conditions (e.g., 5.0% R-(-)-2-hexanol, 0.8% n-octane, and 3.5% SDS in 90.7% borate buffer at pH 9.2). PMID:15472957

  16. Bench-scale electrokinetic remediation for cesium-contaminated sediment at the Hanford Site, USA

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    Jung, Hun Bok; Yang, Jungseok; Um, Wooyong

    2015-05-01

    Electrokinetic (EK) remediation has been applied to extract various contaminants such as radionuclides, heavy metals, and organic compounds from contaminated sediment and soil using electric currents. We conducted a laboratory experiment to investigate the efficiency of EK remediation method for Hanford sediment (76% sand and 24% silt-clay) after artificial contamination with nonradioactive 133Cs (0.01 M CsNO3) as a surrogate for radioactive 137Cs. The initial 133Cs concentration in the bulk sediment was 668 mg kg-1, with a higher 133Cs concentration for the silt-clay fraction (867 mg kg-1) than for the sand fraction (83 mg kg-1). A significant removal of cationic 133Cs from the sediment occurred from the cathode side (-), whereas the removal was negligible from the anode side (+) during the EK remediation process for 68 days. Based on microwave-assisted total digestion, 312 mg kg-1 of 133Cs was removed from the bulk sediment, which corresponds to the removal efficiency of 47%. The EK method was significantly more efficient for the silt-clay fraction than for the sand fraction. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy-electron dispersive spectroscopy (SEM-EDS) analyses indicate that change in major crystalline mineral phases was insignificant during the EK remediation and the removal of 133Cs from the Hanford sediment by the EK method is attributed mainly to cation exchange with K in clay minerals. The experimental results suggest that the EK method can effectively remove radioactive Cs from the surface or subsurface sediment contaminated by radioactive materials in the Hanford Site, Washington, USA.

  17. Stability-indicating micellar electrokinetic chromatography method for the analysis of sumatriptan succinate in pharmaceutical formulations.

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    Al Azzam, Khaldun M; Saad, Bahruddin; Tat, Chai Yuan; Mat, Ishak; Aboul-Enein, Hassan Y

    2011-12-15

    A micellar electrokinetic chromatography method for the determination of sumatriptan succinate in pharmaceutical formulations was developed. The effects of several factors such as pH, surfactant and buffer concentration, applied voltage, capillary temperature, and injection time were investigated. Separation took about 5 min using phenobarbital as internal standard. The separation was carried out in reversed polarity mode at 20 C, 26 kV and using hydrodynamic injection for 10s. Separation was achieved using a bare fused-silica capillary 50 ?m40 cm and background electrolyte of 25 mM sodium dihydrogen phosphate-adjusted with concentrated phosphoric acid to pH 2.2, containing 125 mM sodium dodecyl sulfate and detection was at 226 nm. The method was validated with respect to linearity, limits of detection and quantification, accuracy, precision and selectivity. The calibration curve was linear over the range of 100-2000 ?g mL(-1). The relative standard deviations of intra-day and inter-day precision for migration time, peak area, corrected peak area, ratio of corrected peak area and ratio of peak area were less than 0.68, 3.48, 3.28, 2.97 and 2.83% and 2.01, 5.50, 4.46, 4.92 and 4.07%, respectively. The proposed method was successfully applied to the determinations of the analyte in tablet. Forced degradation studies were conducted by introducing a sample of sumatriptan succinate standard solution to different forced degradation conditions using neutral (water), basic (0.1 M NaOH), acidic (0.1 M HCl), oxidative (10% H(2)O(2)) and photolytic (exposure to UV light at 254 nm for 2 h). It is concluded that the stability-indicating method for sumatriptan succinate can be used for the analysis of the drug in various samples. PMID:21873014

  18. AC electrokinetics-enhanced capacitive immunosensor for point-of-care serodiagnosis of infectious diseases.

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    Li, Shanshan; Cui, Haochen; Yuan, Quan; Wu, Jie; Wadhwa, Ashutosh; Eda, Shigetoshi; Jiang, Hongyuan

    2014-01-15

    The current serological diagnostic method can be time consuming and labor intensive, which is not practical for on-site diagnosis and screening of infectious diseases. Capacitive bioaffinity detection using microelectrodes is considered as a promising label-free method for point-of-care diagnosis, though with challenges in sensitivity and the time "from sample to result." With recent development in AC electrokinetics (ACEK), especially in dielectrophoresis (DEP), we are able to develop an ACEK enhanced capacitive bioaffinity sensing method to realize simple, fast and sensitive diagnosis from serum samples. The capacitive immunosensor presented here employs elevated AC potentials at a fixed frequency for impedimetric interrogation of the microelectrodes. According to prior work, such an AC signal is capable of inducing dielectrophoresis and other ACEK effects, so as to realize in-situ enrichment of macromolecules at microelectrodes and hence accelerated detection. Experimental study of the ACEK-enhanced capacitive sensing method was conducted, and the results corroborate our hypothesis. The capacitive sensing responses showed clear frequency dependence and voltage-level dependency, which supports the hypothesis that ACEK aids the antigen-antibody binding, and these dependencies were used to optimize our detection protocol. Our capacitive sensing method was shown to work with bovine sera to differentiate disease-positive samples from negative samples within 2 min, while conventional immunoassay would require multiple processing steps and take hours to complete. The results showed high accuracy and sensitivity. The detection limit is found to reach 10 ng/ml in 2 min. The ACEK-enhanced capacitive immunosensor is a platform technology, and can be employed to detect any combination of probe (e.g. antigen) and analyte (e.g. serum antibody) in a small volume of bodily fluids. PMID:24007749

  19. A simple micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatographic method for the quantitative analysis of organic expectorants.

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    Lin, Yu-Ting; Kou, Hwang-Shang; Wu, Hsin-Lung

    2008-09-01

    A simple and rapid micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatographic method is described for the separation and quantification of five expectorant drugs, including ambroxol (AMB), bromhexine (BRM), carbocysteine, guaiacol and guaifenesin. The drugs were separated in a mixed solution of phosphate buffer (35 mM; pH 3.90) and acetonitrile (75:25, v/v) with sodium dodecylsulfate (120 mM) as the micellar source, and the separated drugs were directly monitored with UV detector (200 nm). Several key parameters affecting the separation and analysis of the drugs were studied and optimized. Based on the corrected peak-area ratios of the drugs to an internal standard (7-hydroxy-4-methyl-coumarin) versus the concentration of the drugs, the established method is applicable to quantify AMB and BRM each over 20-150 microM, carbocysteine over 100-1500 microM, guaiacol and guaifenesin each over 10-150 microM. The detection limits (S/N=3; 0.5 psi, 5 s injection) of the method for the analytes are in the range of 3.0-5.0 microM (except that of carbocysteine at 30 microM). The precision (relative standard deviation) and accuracy (relative error) of the method for the intra-day (n=3) and inter-day (n=5) analyses of the analytes at three levels are all below 4%. The method is speedy with a run time of about 6 min for the analysis of the five analytes. Application of this method to the analysis of AMB and BRM in pharmaceutical preparations or AMB in the urine of a dosed subject proved simple and effective. PMID:18803215

  20. Evaluation of newly synthesized and commercially available charged cyclomaltooligosaccharides (cyclodextrins) for capillary electrokinetic chromatography.

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    Culha, Mustafa; Schell, Fred M; Fox, Shannon; Green, Thomas; Betts, Thomas; Sepaniak, Michael J

    2004-01-22

    A highly new charged cyclodextrin (CD) derivatives, (6-O-carboxymethyl-2,3-di-O-methyl)cyclomaltoheptaoses (CDM-beta-CDs), was synthesized and characterized as anionic reagents for capillary electrophoresis (CE) in an electrokinetic chromatography mode of separation. Substitution with dimethyl groups at the secondary hydroxyl sites of the CD is aimed at influencing the magnitude and selectivity of analyte-CD interactions, while substitution by carboxymethyl groups at the primary hydroxyl sites provides for high charge and electrophoretic mobility. Full regioselective methylation at the secondary hydroxyl sites was achieved in this work, while substitution at the primary hydroxyl sites generated a mixture of multiply charged products. The separation performance of CDM-beta-CD was evaluated using a variety of analyte mixtures. The results obtained from commercially available negatively charged cyclodextrins, heptakis(2,3-di-O-methyl-6-O-sulfo)cyclomaltoheptaose (HDMS-beta-CD) and O-(carboxymethyl)cyclomaltoheptaose (CM-beta-CD) with an average degree of substitution one (DS 1), were compared to CDM-beta-CD using a sample composed of eight positional isomers of dihydroxynaphthalene. Four hydroxylated polychlorobiphenyl derivatives, a group of chiral and isomeric catchecins, and chiral binaphthyl compounds were also separated with CDM-beta-CD. The effect of adding neutral beta-cyclodextrin (beta-CD) into the running buffer containing charged cyclodextrins was investigated and provided evidence of significant inter-CD interactions. Under certain running buffer conditions, the charged cyclodextrins also appear to adsorb to the capillary walls to various degrees. PMID:14698882