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Sample records for incorporating electrokinetic effects

  1. Dielectric decrement effects in electrokinetics

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    Figliuzzi, Bruno; Chan, Wai Hong Ronald; Buie, Cullen; Moran, Jeffrey

    2015-11-01

    Understanding the nonlinear phenomena that occur in the electric double layer (EDL) that forms at charged surfaces is a key issue in electrokinetics. In recent studies, Nakayama and Andelman [J. Chem. Physics 2015] Hatlo et al. [EPL 2012], and Zhao and Zhai [JFM 2013] demonstrated that dielectric decrement significantly influences the ionic concentration in the electric double layer (EDL) at high zeta potential, leading to the formation of a condensed layer near the particle's surface. In this presentation, we apply the dielectric decrement model to study two archetypal problems in electrokinetics, namely the electrophoresis of particles with fixed surface charges and the electrophoresis of ideally polarizable particles. Our aim is to rely on numerical simulations to incorporate nonlinear effects including crowding effects due to the finite size of ions, dielectric decrement in the EDL, surface conduction, concentration polarization and advection in the bulk solution. In parallel, we derive a simplified composite layer model that enables us to obtain analytical estimates of the physical quantities involved in the physical description of the problem.

  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. Incorporation of polyamidoamine sweeping and electrokinetic supercharging for in-line DNA fragment preconcentration.

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    Tian, Jing; Qiao, Jinping; Gao, Jingjie; Qin, Weidong

    2013-03-01

    We report an approach for in-line preconcentration of DNA fragments using dendritic polyamidoamine generation 2.0 (PAMAM G 2.0) as sweeping agent. During the experiment, a plug of PAMAM G 2.0 was hydrodynamically injected first, followed by field-amplified sample injection (FASI) of DNA fragments, which were concurrently swept by PAMAMs via DNA-PAMAM complexation. Then, a segment of releasing agent, sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), was hydrodynamically introduced and subsequently electrophoretically driven to interact with the DNA-PAMAM complexes, forming more stable supramolecular SDS-PAMAM complexes and releasing the initially bound DNA fragments. The excess dodecyl sulfate anion also acted as terminating electrolyte in the separation, thereby the DNA fragments were enriched by the joint effects of FASI, sweeping and transient isotachophoresis. We term the approach PAMAM sweeping-electrokinetic supercharging (EKS). Because the mobility of the DNA-PAMAM complex was very low, the proposed method allowed long-time sample injection without notable loss in separation efficiency. Under the optimum conditions, the PAMAM sweeping-EKS strategy improved the detection sensitivity of DNA fragments by more than 30 folds relative to the conventional FASI. Moreover, due to the sweeping process incorporated, the approach can be applied to enrichment of DNA fragments in highly saline matrix. PMID:23374369

  5. An integrated method incorporating sulfur-oxidizing bacteria and electrokinetics to enhance removal of copper from contaminated soil

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    Maini, G.; Sharman, A.K.; Sunderland, G.; Knowles, C.J.; Jackman, S.A.

    2000-03-15

    The combination of bioleaching and electrokinetics for the remediation of metal contaminated land has been investigated. In bioleaching, bacteria convert reduced sulfur compounds to sulfuric acid, acidifying soil and mobilizing metal ions. In electrokinetics, DC current acidifies soil, and mobilized metals are transported to the cathode by electromigration. When bioleaching was applied to silt soil artificially contaminated with seven metals and amended with sulfur, bacterial activity was partially inhibited and limited acidification occurred. Electrokinetic treatment of silt soil contaminated solely with 1000 mg/kg copper nitrate showed 89% removal of copper from the soil within 15 days. To combine bioleaching and electrokinetics sequentially, preliminary partial acidification was performed by amending copper-contaminated soil with sulfur (to 5% w/w) and incubating at constant moisture (30% w/w) and temperature (20 C) for 90 days. Indigenous sulfur oxidizing bacteria partially acidified the soil from pH 8.1 to 5.4. This soil was then treated by electrokinetics yielding 86% copper removal in 16 days. In the combined process, electrokinetics stimulated sulfur oxidation, by removing inhibitory factors, yielding a 5.1-fold increase in soil sulfate concentration. Preacidification by sulfur-oxidizing bacteria increased the cost-effectiveness of the electrokinetic treatment by reducing the power requirement by 66%.

  6. 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

  7. Joule Heating Effects on Electrokinetic Flow Instabilities in Ferrofluids

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    Brumme, Christian; Shaw, Ryan; Zhou, Yilong; Prabhakaran, Rama; Xuan, Xiangchun

    We have demonstrated in our earlier work that the application of a tangential electric field can draw fluid instabilities at the interface of a ferrofluid/water co-flow. These electrokinetic flow instabilities are produced primarily by the mismatch of electric conductivities of the two fluids. We demonstrate in this talk that the Joule heating induced fluid temperature rises and gradients can significantly suppress the electrokinetic flow instabilities. We also develop a two-dimensional depth-averaged numerical model to predict the fluid temperature, flow and concentration fields in the two-fluid system with the goal to understand the Joule heating effects on electric field-driven ferrofluid flow instabilities. This work was supported by the Honors and Creative Inquiry programs at Clemson University.

  8. Viscoelastic effects on electrokinetic particle focusing in a constricted microchannel.

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    Lu, Xinyu; DuBose, John; Joo, Sang Woo; Qian, Shizhi; Xuan, Xiangchun

    2015-01-01

    Focusing suspended particles in a fluid into a single file is often necessary prior to continuous-flow detection, analysis, and separation. Electrokinetic particle focusing has been demonstrated in constricted microchannels by the use of the constriction-induced dielectrophoresis. However, previous studies on this subject have been limited to Newtonian fluids only. We report in this paper an experimental investigation of the viscoelastic effects on electrokinetic particle focusing in non-Newtonian polyethylene oxide solutions through a constricted microchannel. The width of the focused particle stream is found NOT to decrease with the increase in DC electric field, which is different from that in Newtonian fluids. Moreover, particle aggregations are observed at relatively high electric fields to first form inside the constriction. They can then either move forward and exit the constriction in an explosive mode or roll back to the constriction entrance for further accumulations. These unexpected phenomena are distinct from the findings in our earlier paper [Lu et al., Biomicrofluidics 8, 021802 (2014)], where particles are observed to oscillate inside the constriction and not to pass through until a chain of sufficient length is formed. They are speculated to be a consequence of the fluid viscoelasticity effects. PMID:25713690

  9. Viscoelastic effects on electrokinetic particle focusing in a constricted microchannel

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    Lu, Xinyu; DuBose, John; Joo, Sang Woo; Qian, Shizhi

    2015-01-01

    Focusing suspended particles in a fluid into a single file is often necessary prior to continuous-flow detection, analysis, and separation. Electrokinetic particle focusing has been demonstrated in constricted microchannels by the use of the constriction-induced dielectrophoresis. However, previous studies on this subject have been limited to Newtonian fluids only. We report in this paper an experimental investigation of the viscoelastic effects on electrokinetic particle focusing in non-Newtonian polyethylene oxide solutions through a constricted microchannel. The width of the focused particle stream is found NOT to decrease with the increase in DC electric field, which is different from that in Newtonian fluids. Moreover, particle aggregations are observed at relatively high electric fields to first form inside the constriction. They can then either move forward and exit the constriction in an explosive mode or roll back to the constriction entrance for further accumulations. These unexpected phenomena are distinct from the findings in our earlier paper [Lu et al., Biomicrofluidics 8, 021802 (2014)], where particles are observed to oscillate inside the constriction and not to pass through until a chain of sufficient length is formed. They are speculated to be a consequence of the fluid viscoelasticity effects. PMID:25713690

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. Fabrication of Micromixers Utilizing Shedding Effect Induced by Electrokinetic Instability

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    Fu, Lung-Ming; Tai, Chang-Hsien; Tsai, Chine-Hsiung; Lin, Che-Hsin; Lee, Chia-Yen

    2006-04-01

    This paper proposes a T-shaped micromixer featuring 45° parallelogram barriers within the mixing channel. The proposed device obtains a rapid mixing of two sample fluids by means of the electrokinetic instability induced by shedding effect which is produced as an appropriate intensity of DC electric field of is applied. The proposed device uses a single high-voltage power source to simultaneously drive and mix the sample fluids. The effectiveness of the mixer is characterized experimentally as a function of the applied electrical field intensity and the extent to which the parallelogram barriers obstruct the mixing channel. The experimental results indicate that the mixing performance reaches 91.2% at a cross-section located 2.3 mm downstream of the T-junction when the barriers obstruct four-fifths of the channel width and an electrical field of 300V/cm is applied. The micromixing method presented in this study provides a simple low-cost solution to mixing problems in lab-on-a-chip systems.

  14. 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.

  15. Effect of EDTA as washing solution on removing of heavy metals from sewage sludge by electrokinetic.

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    Hanay, Ozge; Hasar, Halil; Kocer, Nilufer Nacar

    2009-09-30

    This paper presents the effect of ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA) as a washing solution on the electrokinetic process for removal of Cr, Pb and Zn from sewage sludge. The sequential chemical extraction scheme according to the guidelines of BCR (Community Bureau of Reference) was applied to the sludge samples to evaluate the effect of EDTA on metal fractionation during electrokinetic processes. The highest removals of the heavy metals were 34% for Cr, 27% for Pb and 20% for Zn with 0.1N EDTA. The removal priority of the metals by electrokinetic process was found to be Cr>Pb>Zn. According to the results of BCR analysis, addition of EDTA did not create the inter-transformation of Cr, Pb and Zn although the metal concentration decreased. PMID:19423219

  16. 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.

  17. Thermally biased AC electrokinetic pumping effect for lab-on-a-chip based delivery of biofluids.

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    Yuan, Quan; Wu, Jie

    2013-02-01

    One major motivation for microfluidic research is to develop point of care diagnostic tools, which often demands a solution for chip-scale pumping that is of low cost, small size and light weight. Electrokinetics has been extensively studied for disposable pumping since only electrodes are needed to induce microflows. However, it encounters difficulties with conductive biofluids because of the associated high salt content. In electrokinetic pumps, electrodes are in direct contact with fluid, so high salt content will compress the electric double layer that is essential to electroosmostic flows. Alternating current electrothermal (ACET) effect is the only electrokinetic method found viable for biofluid actuation. While high frequency (>10 kHz) operation can suppress electrochemical reactions, electrical potential that could be applied over biofluids is still limited within several volts due to risk of electrolysis or impedance mismatch. Since ACET flow velocity has a quartic dependence on the voltage, ACET flows would be rather slow if electric field alone is used for actuation. This work studies the effect of a thermal bias on enhancing AC electrokinetic pumping. With proper imposition of external thermal gradients, significant improvement in flow velocity has been demonstrated by numerical simulation and preliminary experiments. Both showed that with 4 V(rms) at 100 kHz, flow velocity increased from ~10 μm/s when there was no thermal biasing to ~112 μm/s when a heat flux was applied. PMID:22932955

  18. Effect of alternating bioremediation and electrokinetics on the remediation of n-hexadecane-contaminated soil

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    Wang, Sa; Guo, Shuhai; Li, Fengmei; Yang, Xuelian; Teng, Fei; Wang, Jianing

    2016-04-01

    This study demonstrated the highly efficient degradation of n-hexadecane in soil, realized by alternating bioremediation and electrokinetic technologies. Using an alternating technology instead of simultaneous application prevented competition between the processes that would lower their efficiency. For the consumption of the soil dissolved organic matter (DOM) necessary for bioremediation by electrokinetics, bioremediation was performed first. Because of the utilization and loss of the DOM and water-soluble ions by the microbial and electrokinetic processes, respectively, both of them were supplemented to provide a basic carbon resource, maintain a high electrical conductivity and produce a uniform distribution of ions. The moisture and bacteria were also supplemented. The optimal DOM supplement (20.5 mg·kg‑1 glucose; 80–90% of the total natural DOM content in the soil) was calculated to avoid competitive effects (between the DOM and n-hexadecane) and to prevent nutritional deficiency. The replenishment of the water-soluble ions maintained their content equal to their initial concentrations. The degradation rate of n-hexadecane was only 167.0 mg·kg‑1·d‑1 (1.9%, w/w) for the first 9 days in the treatments with bioremediation or electrokinetics alone, but this rate was realized throughout the whole process when the two technologies were alternated, with a degradation of 78.5% ± 2.0% for the n-hexadecane after 45 days of treatment.

  19. Effect of alternating bioremediation and electrokinetics on the remediation of n-hexadecane-contaminated soil.

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    Wang, Sa; Guo, Shuhai; Li, Fengmei; Yang, Xuelian; Teng, Fei; Wang, Jianing

    2016-01-01

    This study demonstrated the highly efficient degradation of n-hexadecane in soil, realized by alternating bioremediation and electrokinetic technologies. Using an alternating technology instead of simultaneous application prevented competition between the processes that would lower their efficiency. For the consumption of the soil dissolved organic matter (DOM) necessary for bioremediation by electrokinetics, bioremediation was performed first. Because of the utilization and loss of the DOM and water-soluble ions by the microbial and electrokinetic processes, respectively, both of them were supplemented to provide a basic carbon resource, maintain a high electrical conductivity and produce a uniform distribution of ions. The moisture and bacteria were also supplemented. The optimal DOM supplement (20.5 mg·kg(-1) glucose; 80-90% of the total natural DOM content in the soil) was calculated to avoid competitive effects (between the DOM and n-hexadecane) and to prevent nutritional deficiency. The replenishment of the water-soluble ions maintained their content equal to their initial concentrations. The degradation rate of n-hexadecane was only 167.0 mg·kg(-1)·d(-1) (1.9%, w/w) for the first 9 days in the treatments with bioremediation or electrokinetics alone, but this rate was realized throughout the whole process when the two technologies were alternated, with a degradation of 78.5% ± 2.0% for the n-hexadecane after 45 days of treatment. PMID:27032838

  20. Effect of alternating bioremediation and electrokinetics on the remediation of n-hexadecane-contaminated soil

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    Wang, Sa; Guo, Shuhai; Li, Fengmei; Yang, Xuelian; Teng, Fei; Wang, Jianing

    2016-01-01

    This study demonstrated the highly efficient degradation of n-hexadecane in soil, realized by alternating bioremediation and electrokinetic technologies. Using an alternating technology instead of simultaneous application prevented competition between the processes that would lower their efficiency. For the consumption of the soil dissolved organic matter (DOM) necessary for bioremediation by electrokinetics, bioremediation was performed first. Because of the utilization and loss of the DOM and water-soluble ions by the microbial and electrokinetic processes, respectively, both of them were supplemented to provide a basic carbon resource, maintain a high electrical conductivity and produce a uniform distribution of ions. The moisture and bacteria were also supplemented. The optimal DOM supplement (20.5 mg·kg−1 glucose; 80–90% of the total natural DOM content in the soil) was calculated to avoid competitive effects (between the DOM and n-hexadecane) and to prevent nutritional deficiency. The replenishment of the water-soluble ions maintained their content equal to their initial concentrations. The degradation rate of n-hexadecane was only 167.0 mg·kg−1·d−1 (1.9%, w/w) for the first 9 days in the treatments with bioremediation or electrokinetics alone, but this rate was realized throughout the whole process when the two technologies were alternated, with a degradation of 78.5% ± 2.0% for the n-hexadecane after 45 days of treatment. PMID:27032838

  1. Electrokinetic decontamination of concrete

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    Lomasney, H.L.; SenGupta, A.K.; Yachmenev, V.

    1996-12-31

    ELECTROSORB Electrokinetic Extraction Technology, developed by ISOTRON Corp., offers a cost-effective approach to treating contaminated concrete. Heavy metals/radionuclides trapped in concrete can be extracted using this process if they are chemically solubilized; solubilizers used are citric acid alone and a mixture of citric and nitric acids. A DC electric field is applied across the contaminated concrete to electrokinetically transport the solubilized contaminants from the concrete pores to a collector on the concrete surface. The collector is an extraction pad laid on the surface. The pad provides confinement for a planar electrode and solubilizer solution; it is operated under a vacuum to hold the pad against the concrete surface. Operation requires little attendance, reducing the workers` health hazards. The process incorporates a mechanism for recycling the solubilizer solution. A field demonstration of the process took place in Building 21 of DOE`s Mound facility in Miamisburg, OH, over 12 days in June 1996. The thorium species present in this building`s concrete floors included ThO{sub 2} and thorium oxalate. The nitric acid was found to facilitate Th extraction.

  2. The effect of multivalent counterions on electrokinetically driven flows

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    Cevheri, Necmettin; Yoda, Minami

    2011-11-01

    Various numerical and experimental studies have shown that even trace amounts of multivalent counterions can greatly affect electroosmosis by changing the wall zeta-potential ζw via both electrostatic and chemical interactions with the diffuse and Stern layer parts of the electric double layer (EDL). We have previously shown that replacing 1% of the monovalent cation by Ca++ can almost halve the electroosmotic mobility, and hence the inferred ζw of a symmetric monovalent electrolyte solution [Datta et al. (2009)]. These counterions can, however, also affect electrophoresis of the tracers by changing the particle zeta-potential ζp. Evanescent-wave particle velocimetry was used to study how trace amounts of divalent cations such as Ca++and Mg++ affect velocities in the electrokinetically driven flow of various aqueous monovalent electrolyte solutions through channels with a minimum dimension H ~ 30 μm . In all cases, the Debye length << H . The ζp of the tracers were characterized by light scattering, and the steady-state distribution of tracers over the first 300 nm next to the wall was determined from these data to investigate the interactions between the negatively charged particle and wall surfaces and the mobile divalent counterions. Supported by ARO.

  3. AC Electrokinetic Flows

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    Beskok, A.

    Alternating current (AC) electrokinetic motion of colloidal particles suspended in an aqueous medium and subjected to a spatially nonuniform AC electric field are examined using a simple theoretical model that considers the relative magnitudes of dielectrophoresis, electrophoresis, AC-electroosmosis, and Brownian motion. Dominant electrokinetic forces are explained as a function of the electric field frequency, amplitude, and conductivity of the suspending medium for given material properties and geometry. Parametric experimental validations of the model are conducted utilizing interdigitated microelectrodes with polystyrene and gold particles. The theoretical model provides quantitative descriptions of AC electro?kinetic transport for the given target species in a wide spectrum of electric field amplitude and frequency, and medium conductivity. The presented model, previously published in Ref. [1], can be used as an effective frame-work for design and optimization of AC electrokinetic devices.

  4. Ambient pressure effects on the electrokinetic potential of Zeonor-water interfaces.

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    Tandon, Vishal; Kirby, Brian J

    2011-09-01

    Using phase-sensitive streaming potential experiments in a vacuum chamber, we demonstrate that lowering the ambient pressure of the air surrounding a hydrophobic, Zeonor microfluidic substrate results in a decrease in the time scale required for equilibration of the electrokinetic potential. At ambient air pressures below 0.74 atm, the electrokinetic potential changes from ∼-84 mV to ∼-11 mV in 5 h, while the same decrease occurs in a period of over 200 h when the system is at 1 atm. Returning a sub-atmospheric system (where the electrokinetic potential had equilibrated to -11 mV) to atmospheric pressure did not result in any additional change in the electrokinetic potential. This can be described as a type of hysteresis of the electrokinetic potential with dissolved gas concentration. No time or pressure dependence was observed for the electrokinetic potential of hydrophilic (silica) substrates. PMID:21696752

  5. An assessment of the effectiveness and impact of electrokinetic remediation for pyrene-contaminated soil.

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    Xu, Sujuan; Guo, Shuhai; Wu, Bo; Li, Fengmei; Li, Tingting

    2014-11-01

    The effectiveness of electrokinetic remediation for pyrene-contaminated soil was investigated by an anode-cathode separated system using a salt bridge. The applied constant voltage was 24 V and the electrode gap was 24 cm. Two types of soil (sandy soil and loam soil) were selected because of their different conductive capabilities. The initial concentrations of pyrene in these soil samples were 261.3mg/kg sandy soil and 259.8 mg/kg loam soil. After treatment of the sandy soil and loam soil for seven days, 56.8% and 20.1% of the pyrene had been removed respectively. Under the same power supply voltage, the removal of the pollutant from the sandy soil was greater than that from the loam soil, due to the higher current and lower pH. Further analysis revealed that the effectiveness of electrokinetic remediation was affected by the energy expenditure, and was associated with changes in soil properties. PMID:25458684

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Electrokinetic pump

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    Patel, Kamlesh D.

    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.

  10. Electrokinetic remediation: Technology status

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    Acar, Y.B.; Alshawabkeh, A.; Gale, R.J.

    1995-10-01

    The demand to develop innovative and cost-effective in-situ remediation technologies in waste management stimulated the effort to employ conduction phenomena in soils using an electric field to remove chemical species from soils. This technique variably named as electrokinetic remediation, electro-reclamation, electrokinetic soil processing, electrochemical decontamination, electrorestoration or electrochemical soil processing uses low-level DC in the order of mA/cm{sub 2} of cross sectional area between the electrodes or an electric potential difference in the order of a few volts per cm across electrodes placed in the ground in an open flow arrangement. The low-level DC results in physico-chemical and hydrological changes in the soil mass leading to species transport by coupled and uncoupled conduction phenomena in the porous media. Electrolysis reactions prevail at the electrodes. The species input into the system at the electrodes (either by the electrolysis reactions, or through the cycling processing fluid) and the species in the pore fluid will be transported across the porous media by conduction phenomena in soils under electric fields. This transport coupled with sorption, precipitation and dissolution reactions comprise the fundamental mechanisms affecting the electrokinetic remediation process. Electrokinetics Inc. of Baton Rouge has completed large-scale pilot studies using spiked and naturally contaminated soil deposits under the USEPA SITE program. In collaboration with the US Army Waterways Experiment Station, Electrokinetics Inc. is currently carrying out a field study of extracting lead from soils at a Firing Range that belongs to the US Army. This demonstration study will be independently evaluated by the USEPA under the SITE program. The purpose of this paper is to present some of the recent developments in this technique and to outline the ongoing activities.

  11. 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%.

  12. 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.

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

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    Vereda, Fernando; Martín-Molina, Alberto; Hidalgo-Alvarez, Roque; Quesada-Pérez, 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

  14. 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

  15. Electrokinetics of non-Newtonian fluids: a review.

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    Zhao, Cunlu; Yang, Chun

    2013-12-01

    This work presents a comprehensive review of electrokinetics pertaining to non-Newtonian fluids. The topic covers a broad range of non-Newtonian effects in electrokinetics, including electroosmosis of non-Newtonian fluids, electrophoresis of particles in non-Newtonian fluids, streaming potential effect of non-Newtonian fluids and other related non-Newtonian effects in electrokinetics. Generally, the coupling between non-Newtonian hydrodynamics and electrostatics not only complicates the electrokinetics but also causes the fluid/particle velocity to be nonlinearly dependent on the strength of external electric field and/or the zeta potential. Shear-thinning nature of liquids tends to enhance electrokinetic phenomena, while shear-thickening nature of liquids leads to the reduction of electrokinetic effects. In addition, directions for the future studies are suggested and several theoretical issues in non-Newtonian electrokinetics are highlighted. PMID:24148843

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. Electrokinetic remediation: Basics and technology status

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    Acar, Y.B.

    1995-12-31

    Electrokinetic remediation, variably named as electrokinetic soil processing, electromigration, electrochemical decontamination or electroreclamation, uses electric currents to extract heavy metals, radionuclides, certain organic compounds, or mixed inorganic species and organic wastes from soils and slurries (1-10). The application of electric current has several effects: (1) it produces an acid in the anode compartment that is transported across the soil and desorbs contaminants from the surface of soil particles (1-3, 6,7), (2) it initiates electromigration of species available in the pore fluid and those introduced at the electrodes (2), and (3) it establishes an electric potential difference which may lead to electroosmosis generated flushing of different species (2). An overview of electrokinetic remediation process in soils is presented.

  20. 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.

  1. Electrokinetic remediation of contaminated soils

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

    1991-01-01

    Electrokinetic remediation of contaminated soil has been demonstrated for saturated and unsaturated sand in preliminary experiments using a novel transport visualization technique. Large anionic organic dyes were mixed with a portion of soil and the rate of electromigration of the dye in an imposed electric field was monitored photographically. One of the fastest current-normalized electromigration rates was measured in the driest sand, which contained 7% water by weight. This moisture content is typical of the moisture content in the unsaturated zone of subsurface native soils found in New Mexico. The characteristics of the electromigration were similar in both the saturated and unsaturated sand. The leading edge of the dye migration front was diffuse while the trailing edge was sharp and concentrated. This and other observed behavior may indicate a concentration effect, where the electromigration rate of dilute dye is greater than that of concentrated dye. The soil left after the trailing edge passed seemed to contain no residual dye in both the saturated and unsaturated cases. The success of demonstrating electromigration of large molecules in unsaturated soil is encouraging and indicates that it may be feasible to remediate in situ anionic heavy metals such as chromate from unsaturated soil with electrokinetic techniques. 23 refs., 7 figs.

  2. 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; Lukman, Salihu; Bukhari, Alaadin

    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 R (2) 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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.

    2016-03-01

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Electrokinetic extraction of chromate from unsaturated soils

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

    1993-11-01

    Heavy-metal contamination of soil and groundwater is a widespread problem in industrial nations. Remediation by excavation of such sites may not be cost effective or politically acceptable. Electrokinetic remediation is one possible remediation technique for in situ removal of such contaminants from unsaturated soils. Previous papers discussing the work performed by researchers at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and Sat-Unsat, Inc. (SUI) (Lindgren et al., 1991, 1992, 1993) focused on the transport of contaminants and dyes by electrokinetics in unsaturated soils. These experiments were conducted with graphite electrodes with no extraction system. As the contaminants migrated through the soil, they increased in concentration at the electrode creating a diffusion flux in the opposite direction. This paper discusses a technique to remove the contaminants from unsaturated soils once they have reached an electrode.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. On the capabilities of nano electrokinetic thrusters for space propulsion

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    Diez, F. J.; Hernaiz, G.; Miranda, J. J.; Sureda, M.

    2013-02-01

    A theoretical analysis considering the capabilities of nano electrokinetic thrusters for space propulsion is presented. The work describes an electro-hydro-dynamic model of the electrokinetic flow in nano-channels and represents the first attempt to exploit the advantages of the electrokinetic effect as the basis for a new class of nano-scale thrusters suitable for space propulsion. Among such advantages are their small volume, fundamental simplicity, overall low mass, and actuation efficiency. Their electrokinetic efficiency is affected by the slip length, surface charge, pH and molarity. These design variables are analyzed and optimized for the highest electrokinetic performance inside nano-channels. The optimization is done for power consumption, thrust and specific impulse resulting in high theoretical efficiency ˜99% with corresponding high thrust-to-power ratios. Performance curves are obtained for the electrokinetic design variables showing that high molarity electrolytes lead to high thrust and specific impulse values, whereas low molarities provide highest thrust-to-power ratios and efficiencies. A theoretically designed 100 nm wide by 1 μm long emitter optimized using the ideal performance charts developed would deliver thrusts from 5 to 43 μN, specific impulse from 60 to 210 s, and would have power consumption between 1-15 mW. It should be noted that although this is a detail analytical analysis no prototypes exist and any future experimental work will face challenges that could affect the final performance. By designing an array composed of thousands of these single electrokinetic emitters, it would result in a flexible and scalable propulsion system capable of providing a wide range of thrust control for different mission scenarios and maintaining very high efficiencies and thrust-to-power ratio by varying the number of emitters in use at any one time.

  13. 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.

  14. Microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography.

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    Buchberger, Wolfgang W

    2008-01-01

    Microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (MEEKC) is an attractive capillary electrophoretic technique in which a microemulsion is used as carrier electrolyte. Analytes may partition between the aqueous phase of the microemulsion and its oil droplets, which act as a pseudostationary phase. It is well suited for the separation of neutral analytes, but can also be employed for charged analytes. A single set of separation parameters may be sufficient for separation of a wide range of analytes. Fine-tuning of the separation may be achieved by addition of organic solvents to the microemulsion or by changes in the nature of the surfactant used for stabilization of the microemulsion. In this chapter, MEEKC conditions are summarized that have proven their reliability for routine purposes. Furthermore, microemulsions can be used for on-capillary preconcentration of analytes so that the problem of poor concentration sensitivity of ultraviolet detection in capillary electrophoresis is circumvented. PMID:18392591

  15. 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...

  16. [Recent applications of microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography].

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    Peng, Zhenlei; Lin, Jin-Ming

    2009-09-01

    The separation principle of microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (MEEKC) is similar to micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC). Within the last eight years, a number of papers have appeared in the literature. An overview about the applications of MEEKC is given. PMID:20073197

  17. 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 ...

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

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    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

  19. 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

  20. 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…

  1. Electrokinetics of isolated electrified drops.

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    Pillai, Rohit; Berry, Joseph D; Harvie, Dalton J E; Davidson, Malcolm R

    2016-04-14

    Using a recently developed multiphase electrokinetic model, we simulate the transient electrohydrodynamic response of a liquid drop containing ions, to both small and large values of electric field. The temporal evolution is found to be governed primarily by two dimensionless groups: (i) Ohnesorge number (Oh), a ratio of viscous to inertio-capillary effects, and (ii) inverse dimensionless Debye length (κ), a measure of the diffuse regions of charge that develop in the drop. The effects of dielectric polarization dominate at low Oh, while effects of separated charge gain importance with increase in Oh. For small values of electric field, the deformation behaviour of a drop is shown to be accurately described by a simple analytical expression. At large electric fields, the drops are unstable and eject progeny drops. Depending on Oh and κ this occurs via dripping or jetting; the regime transitions are shown by a Oh-κ phase map. In contrast to previous studies, we find universal scaling relations to predict size and charge of progeny drops. Our simulations suggest charge transport plays a significant role in drop dynamics for 0.1 ≤ Oh ≤ 10, a parameter range of interest in microscale flows. PMID:26954299

  2. Ultrastrong optomechanics incorporating the dynamical Casimir effect

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    Nation, P. D.; Suh, J.; Blencowe, M. P.

    2016-02-01

    We propose a superconducting circuit comprising a dc superconducting quantum interference device with a mechanically compliant arm embedded in a coplanar microwave cavity that realizes an optomechanical system with a degenerate or nondegenerate parametric interaction generated via the dynamical Casimir effect. For experimentally feasible parameters, this setup is capable of reaching the single-photon ultrastrong-coupling regime while simultaneously possessing a parametric coupling strength approaching the renormalized cavity frequency. This opens up the possibility of observing the interplay between these two fundamental nonlinearities at the single-photon level.

  3. Effect of molecular structure of tartrates on chiral recognition of tartrate-boric acid complex chiral selectors in chiral microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography.

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    Hu, Shao-Qiang; Chen, Yong-Lei; Zhu, Hua-Dong; Shi, Hai-Jun; Yan, Na; Chen, Xing-Guo

    2010-08-20

    Eight l-tartrates and a d-tartrate with different alcohol moieties were used as chiral oils to prepare chiral microemulsions, which were utilized in conjunction with borate buffer to separate the enantiomers of beta-blockers or structurally related compounds by the chiral microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (MEEKC) method. Among them, six were found to have a relatively good chiral separation performance and their chiral recognition effect in terms of both enantioselectivity and resolution increases linearly with the number of carbon atoms in the alkyl group of alcohol moiety. The tartrates containing alkyl groups of different structures but the same number of carbon atoms, i.e. one of straight chain and one of branched chain, provide similar enantioseparations. The trend was elucidated according to the changes in the difference of the steric matching between the molecules of two enantiomers and chiral selector. Furthermore, it was demonstrated for the first time that a water insoluble solid compound, di-i-butyl l-tartrate (mp. 73.5 degrees C), can be used as an oil to prepare a stable microemulsion to be used in the chiral MEEKC successfully. And a critical effect of the microemulsion for chiral separation, which has never been reported before, was found in this experiment, namely providing a hydrophobic environment to strengthen the interactions between the chiral selector and enantiomers. PMID:20638068

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

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    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

  5. Acoustically and Electrokinetically Driven Transport in Microfluidic Devices

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    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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Electrokinetic decontamination of concrete

    SciTech Connect

    Lomasney, H.

    1995-12-31

    The US Department of Energy has assigned a priority to the advancement of technology for decontaminating concrete surfaces which have become contaminated with radionuclides, heavy metals, and toxic organics. This agency is responsible for decontamination and decommissioning of thousands of buildings. Electrokinetic extraction is one of the several innovative technologies which emerged in response to this initiative. This technique utilizes an electropotential gradient and the subsequent electrical transport mechanism to cause the controlled movement of ionics species, whereby the contaminants exit the recesses deep within the concrete. The primary objective was to demonstrate the feasibility of this approach as a means to achieve ``release levels`` which could be consistent with unrestricted use of a decontaminated building. The secondary objectives were: To establish process parameters; to quantify the economics; to ascertain the ALARA considerations; and to evaluate wasteform and waste volume. The work carried out to this point has achieved promising results to the extent that ISOTRON{reg_sign} has been authorized to expand the planned activity to include the fabrication of a prototype version of a commercial device.

  9. 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.

  10. Gradient elution for micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatography

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    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.

  11. Catalytically induced electrokinetics for motors and micropumps.

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    Paxton, Walter F; Baker, Paul T; Kline, Timothy R; Wang, Yang; Mallouk, Thomas E; Sen, Ayusman

    2006-11-22

    We have explored the role of electrokinetics in the spontaneous motion of platinum-gold nanorods suspended in hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) solutions that may arise from the bimetallic electrochemical decomposition of H2O2. The electrochemical decomposition pathway was confirmed by measuring the steady-state short-circuit current between platinum and gold interdigitated microelectrodes (IMEs) in the presence of H2O2. The resulting ion flux from platinum to gold implies an electric field in the surrounding solution that can be estimated from Ohm's Law. This catalytically generated electric field could in principle bring about electrokinetic effects that scale with the Helmholtz-Smoluchowski equation. Accordingly, we observed a linear relationship between bimetallic rod speed and the resistivity of the bulk solution. Previous observations relating a decrease in speed to an increase in ethanol concentration can be explained in terms of a decrease in current density caused by the presence of ethanol. Furthermore, we found that the catalytically generated electric field in the solution near a Pt/Au IME in the presence of H2O2 is capable of inducing electroosmotic fluid flow that can be switched on and off externally. We demonstrate that the velocity of the fluid flow in the plane of the IME is a function of the electric field, whether catalytically generated or applied from an external current source. Our findings indicate that the motion of PtAu nanorods in H2O2 is primarily due to a catalytically induced electrokinetic phenomenon and that other mechanisms, such as those related to interfacial tension gradients, play at best a minor role. PMID:17105298

  12. Electrokinetically pumped high pressure sprays

    DOEpatents

    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.

  13. Electrokinetically pumped high pressure sprays

    DOEpatents

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

    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.

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

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    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

  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 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.

  17. Experiments on Nonlinear Electrokinetic Pumps in Microfluidics

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    Urbanski, John Paul; Thorsen, Todd; Levitan, Jeremy A.; Bazant, Martin Z.

    2006-03-01

    Nonlinear electrokinetic pumps are attractive in the development of portable and flexible microfluidic analysis systems, since they operate without moving parts using low (battery powered) alternating potentials. Since the discovery of AC electro-osmosis (ACEO) in the late 1990s, there has been much work in designing and building two-dimensional, periodic micro-electrode geometries, which exploit broken symmetry to rectify AC forcing and produce steaming flow over a surface. Building on this work, we exploit more general principles of induced-charge electro-osmosis (ICEO) in three-dimensional electrode geometries to enhance pumping in microfluidic devices. Our fabrication efforts are guided by theoretical analysis and simulations using the standard low-voltage theory, which, in some cases, predict flow rates faster than existing planar ACEO pumps by an order of magnitude (for the same voltage and feature size). We test various microfabricated pump geometries in a microfluidic loop following the methodology of Studer et al (2004). We are also measuring the strong effect of solution chemistry (e.g. ion valence and concentration) on ICEO flow to guide further developments in the theory of nonlinear electrokinetics.

  18. Effect of active packaging incorporated with triclosan on bacteria adhesion.

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    Camilloto, Geany P; Pires, Ana Clarissa S; Soares, Nilda de Fátima F; Araújo, Emiliane A; Andrade, Nélio J; Ferreira, Sukarno O

    2010-10-01

    Antimicrobial polyethylene and cellulose based films incorporated with triclosan were studied. The antimicrobial efficacy, the hydrophobicity, microscopic and the mechanical characteristics of the films, as well free energy of adhesion between bacteria and antimicrobial films were evaluated. It was observed that both polyethylene and cellulose based films incorporated with the antimicrobial were homogeneous. Furthermore, the addition of triclosan did not affect mechanical characteristics of the films (P > 0.05). However, triclosan incorporated into polyethylene films reduced its hydrophobicity while antimicrobial cellulose based films became more hydrophobic. The adhesion was thermodynamically favorable between tested bacteria and polyethylene films. On the other hand, the adhesion to triclosan cellulose based film was thermodynamically unfavorable to Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli and favorable to Listeria innocua and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Polyethylene and cellulose based films showed inhibitory effect against S. aureus and E. coli, being the inhibition halo higher for polyethylene films. This study improves the knowledge about antimicrobial films. PMID:21535496

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Microscale electrokinetic transport and stability

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Chen, Chuan-Hua

    Electrokinetics is a leading mechanism for transport and separation of biochemical samples in microdevices due to its favorable scaling at small scales. However, electrokinetic systems can become highly unstable, and this instability adversely affects key processes such as sample stacking and electrophoretic separation. This dissertation deals with two major topics: a novel planar micropump exploiting the favorable scaling of electroosmosis at the microscale, and a fundamental study of electrokinetic flow instabilities induced by electrical conductivity gradients. Electroosmotic micropumps use field-induced ion drag to drive liquids and achieve high pressures in a compact design with no moving parts. An analytical model applicable to planar, etched-structure micropumps was developed to guide the geometrical design and working fluid selection. Standard microlithography and wet etching techniques were used to fabricate a pump 1 mm long along the flow direction and 0.9 mum by 38 mm in cross section. The pump produced a maximum pressure of 0.33 atm and a maximum flow rate of 15 mul/min at 1 kV applied potential with deionized water as working fluid. The pump performance agreed well with the theoretical model. Electrokinetic flow instabilities occur under high electric field in the presence of electrical conductivity gradients. In a microfluidic T-junction 11 mum by 155 mum in cross section, aqueous electrolytes of 10:1 conductivity ratio were electrokinetically driven into a common mixing channel. Convectively unstable waves were observed at 0.5 kV/cm, and upstream propagating waves at 1.5 kV/cm. A physical model for this instability has been developed. A linear stability analysis of the governing equations in the thin-layer limit predicts both qualitative trends and quantitative features that agree well with experimental data. Briggs-Bers criteria were applied to select physically unstable modes and determine the nature of instability. Conductivity gradients and bulk charge accumulation are a crucial factor in the instability. The role of electroosmotic flow is mainly as a convecting medium. The instability is governed by two key controlling parameters: the ratio of dynamic to dissipative forces which determines the onset of instability, and the ratio of electroviscous to electroosmotic velocities which governs the convective versus absolute nature of instability.

  2. 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 ...

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

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    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.

  4. 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.

  5. A novel combination of anaerobic bioleaching and electrokinetics for arsenic removal from mine tailing soil.

    PubMed

    Lee, Keun-Young; Yoon, In-Ho; Lee, Byung-Tae; Kim, Soon-Oh; Kim, Kyoung-Woong

    2009-12-15

    This study provides evidence that a hybrid method integrating anaerobic bioleaching and electrokinetics is superior to individual methods for arsenic (As) removal from mine tailing soil. Bioleaching was performed using static reactors in batch tests and flow conditions in column test, and each test was sequentially combined with electrokinetics. In the bioleaching, indigenous bacteria were stimulated by the injection of carbon sources into soil, leading to the mobilization of As with the concurrent release of Fe and Mn. Compared with the batch-type bioleaching process, the combined process showed enhanced removal efficiency in the equivalent time. Although the transport fluid bioleaching conditions were inadequate for As removal, despite long treatment duration, when followed by electrokinetics the combined process achieved 66.5% removal of As from the soil. The improvement of As removal after the combined process was not remarkable, compared with single electrokinetics, whereas a cost reduction of 26.4% was achieved by the reduced duration of electrokinetics. The As removal performance of electrokinetics was significantly dependent on the chemical species of As converted via microbial metal reduction in the anaerobic bioleaching. The synergistic effect of the combined process holds the promise of significant time and cost savings in As remediation. PMID:20000529

  6. 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

  7. Incorporation of Interstitial Gas Effects on Granular Flows

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    Hrenya, Christine; Garzo, Vicente; Tenneti, Sudheer; Subramaniam, Shankar

    2013-11-01

    Numerous examples of granular flows exist in which the role of the interstitial gas cannot be ignored. A range of approaches have been taken to incorporate these effects into continuum descriptions. Early efforts simply added a mean drag law to the momentum balance. This ad hoc approach was followed by more rigorous treatments in which an instantaneous drag was incorporated directly into the kinetic equation. Analytical expressions for the resulting continuum description were obtained in the Stokes limit, but not possible higher Reynolds numbers. In the current effort, DNS-based simulations are used to develop a model for the instantaneous drag force that is applicable to a wide range of Reynolds number. This model, based on the Langevin equation, is incorporated into the Enskog equation in order to derive a continuum description for the gas-solid flow. In the limit of Stokes flow, the additional terms arising in the conservation equation are found to match those of previous analytical treatments. Furthermore, the impact of gas on the solid-phase constitutive relations, which was ignored in analytical treatments, is determined. The parameter space examined is consistent with that found in circulating fluidized beds. For such systems, the results indicate a non-negligible impact of the gas phase on the shear viscosity and the Dufour coefficient.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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...

  13. Enhancing the Efficiency of Electrokinetic Remediation through Technology Integration

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    Zhang, M.; Komai, T.

    2009-12-01

    Remediation or cleanup of soils and groundwater polluted by heavy metals remains a challenge in the field of geo-environmental engineering. Many sites, like ore dressing plants, electroplating plants and battery factories may be polluted by heavy metals. In addition, some natural factors like metal deposits or abundant metal mines, hot springs and volcanic eruptions may also cause heavy metal pollutions. Unlike organic pollutants, heavy metals do not decay naturally, and active approaches to remediation are generally necessary. Although electrokinetic method is considered to be the only technique that is highly-perspective for in situ remediation of heavy metals, and numerous bench-scale studies as well as a few pilot scale experiments illustrated its applicability, this technique has not yet been widely used in practice due to the low efficiencies and/or unacceptable long remediation periods. To enhance the total efficiency of electrokinetic remediation, a systematic approach by integrating different technologies is proposed. This systematic approach includes 1) on-site quick mapping for screening out localized pollution areas, characterizing chemical composition of polluted soils, and for examining the progress of in situ remediation; 2) electrical resistivity tomography(ERT) or electrical resistivity imaging(ERI) for predicting geological structure and hydrogeological boundaries conditions of a polluted site, and for optimizing parameters like voltage and current density for an effective remediation; 3) the use of solar energy to increase flexibility in and applicability of electrokinetic technique; 4) combination with large scale modeling tests for a pertinent evaluation of the feasibility related to electrokinetic remediation for a given soil type taken from a specific polluted site; 5) combination with risk-assessment method to determine feasible cleanup levels; and 6) recovery of heavy metals deposited on electrode plates for possible use as resources. Feasibilities of the proposed systematic approach are illustrated through practical examinations.

  14. 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.

  15. Coupling bioleaching and electrokinetics to remediate heavy metal contaminated soils.

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    Huang, Qingyun; Yu, Zhen; Pang, Ya; Wang, Yueqiang; Cai, Zhihong

    2015-04-01

    In this study, bioleaching was coupled with electrokinetics (BE) to remove heavy metals (Cu, Zn, Cr and Pb) from contaminated soil. For comparison, bioleaching (BL), electrokinetics (EK), and the chemical extraction method were also applied alone to remove the metals. The results showed that the BE method removed more heavy metals from the contaminated soil than the BL method or the EK method alone. The BE method was able to achieve metal solubilization rates of more than 70 % for Cu, Zn and Cr and of more than 40 % for Pb. Within the range of low current densities (<1 mA cm(-2)), higher current density led to more metal removal. However, the metal solubilization rates did not increase with increasing current density when the current density was higher than 1 mA cm(-2). Therefore, it is suggested that bioleaching coupled with electrokinetics can effectively remediate heavy metal-contaminated soils and that preliminary tests should be conducted before field operation to detect the lowest current density for the greatest metal removal. PMID:25680933

  16. [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

  17. 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 Kármán geometric nonlinearity. In order to satisfy the balance conditions between the nanobeam bulk and its surfaces, the component of the bulk stress, σzz, 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 Young’s 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Selectivity in microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography.

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    Pedersen-Bjergaard, S; Gabel-Jensen, C; Honoré Hansen, S

    2000-11-01

    Microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (MEEKC) is a most promising separation technique providing good selectivity and high separation efficiency of anionic, cationic as well as neutral solutes. In MEEKC lipophilic organic solvents dispersed as tiny droplets in an aqueous buffer by the use of surfactants provide a pseudo-stationary phase to which the solutes may have an affinity either to the surface or they may even partition into the droplets. When the droplets are charged, typically negatively, they will migrate opposite to the electroosmotic flow and hence separation of neutral solutes may take place. In the present paper focus has been set on how to change selectivity in MEEKC. Changes in the nature of surfactant as well as in pH have been shown to be powerful tools in changing the selectivity. The type of lipophilic organic phase is of less importance for the separation of fairly lipophilic solutes. Also changes in the temperature surrounding the capillary may alter the selectivity. PMID:11128221

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Electrokinetic remediation. 2: Theoretical model

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    Alshawabkeh, A.N.; Acar, Y.B.

    1996-03-01

    A mathematical model is presented for multicomponent species transport under coupled hydraulic, electric, and chemical potential differences. Mass balance of species and pore fluid together with charge balance across the medium result in a set of differential equations. Sorption, aqueous phase, and precipitation reactions are accounted by a set of algebraic equations. Instantaneous chemical equilibrium conditions are assumed. Transport of H{sup +}, OH{sup {minus}}, Pb{sup 2+}, NO{sub 3}{sup {minus}}, the associated chemical reactions, electric potential, and pore pressure distribution across the electrodes in electrokinetic remediation are modeled. Model predictions of acid transport, lead transport, and pore pressure distribution display very good agreement with the pilot-scale test results validating the formalisms offered for multicomponent transport of reactive species under an electric field. The model also bridges the gap between the electrochemistry and mechanics in electroosmotic consolidation of soils.

  3. 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.

  4. Incorporation of Source Material: The Effect of Instruction

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    Storch, Neomy

    2012-01-01

    An important aspect of advanced academic writing is the ability to incorporate source material. Yet this ability often poses considerable challenges for international ESL students. Although a number of scholars have called for the explicit teaching of how to acknowledge and incorporate source materials, research evidence on whether explicit…

  5. 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.

  6. Electrokinetic focusing and separation of mammalian cells in conductive biological fluids.

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    Gao, Jian; Riahi, Reza; Sin, Mandy L Y; Zhang, Shufeng; Wong, Pak Kin

    2012-11-21

    Active manipulation of cells, such as trapping, focusing, and isolation, is essential for various bioanalytical applications. Herein, we report a hybrid electrokinetic technique for manipulating mammalian cells in physiological fluids. This technique applies a combination of negative dielectrophoretic force and hydrodynamic drag force induced by electrohydrodynamics, which is effective in conductive biological fluids. With a three-electrode configuration, the stable equilibrium positions of cells can be adjusted for separation and focusing applications. Cancer cells and white blood cells can be positioned and isolated into specific locations in the microchannel under both static and dynamic flow conditions. To investigate the sensitivity of the hybrid electrokinetic process, AC voltage, frequency, and bias dependences of the cell velocity were studied systematically. The applicability of the hybrid electrokinetic technique for manipulating cells in physiological samples is demonstrated by continuous focusing of human breast adenocarcinoma spiked in urine, buffy coats, and processed blood samples with 98% capture efficiency. PMID:22937529

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. Electrokinetic investigations of uniformly dissociated polymer films

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    Barbati, Alexander; Kirby, Brian

    2012-11-01

    We execute electrokinetic investigations of a Nafion polymer film attached to a rigid glass substrate. These measurements reveal a film charging mechanism that follows Donnan potential scalings over several decades of hydronium and salt concentration, showing invariance of the film dissociation with respect to both pH and solution ionic strength. Electrokinetic measurements are additionally supplemented by observations characterizing the physical (ellipsometry) and chemical (XPS) film state. Our experimental results are analyzed using analytical and numerical modeling of the volumetrically-charged soft interface to interpret measured fluxes with more familiar quantities such as conductivities, surface potentials, and apparent slip lengths.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Electrokinetic remediation of anionic contaminants from unsaturated soils

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

    1992-11-01

    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. In previous studies at Sandia National Laboratories, the electromigration of chromate ions and anionic dye ions have been demonstrated. This paper reports on a series of experiments that were conducted to study the effect of moisture content on the electromigration rate of anionic contaminants in unsaturated soil and determine the limiting moisture content for which electromigration occurs.

  13. Electrokinetic remediation of anionic contaminants from unsaturated soils

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    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. In previous studies at Sandia National Laboratories, the electromigration of chromate ions and anionic dye ions have been demonstrated. This paper reports on a series of experiments that were conducted to study the effect of moisture content on the electromigration rate of anionic contaminants in unsaturated soil and determine the limiting moisture content for which electromigration occurs.

  14. Electrokinetic framework of dielectrophoretic deposition devices

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    Burg, Brian R.; Bianco, Vincenzo; Schneider, Julian; Poulikakos, Dimos

    2010-06-01

    Numerical modeling and experiments are performed investigating the properties of a dielectrophoresis-based deposition device, in order to establish the electrokinetic framework required to understand the effects of applied inhomogeneous electric fields while moving particles to desired locations. By capacitively coupling electrodes to a conductive substrate, the controlled large-scale parallel dielectrophoretic assembly of nanostructures in individually accessible devices at a high integration density is accomplished. Thermal gradients in the solution, which give rise to local permittivity and conductivity changes, and velocity fields are solved by coupling electric, thermal, and fluid-mechanical equations. The induced electrothermal flow (ETF) causes vortices above the electrode gap, attracting particles, such as single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs), before they are trapped by the dielectrophoretic force and deposit across the electrodes. Long-range carbon nanotube transport is governed by hydrodynamic effects, while local trapping is dominated by dielectrophoretic forces in low concentration SWNT dispersions. Results show that by decreasing the ac frequency ac electroosmosis on the metallic electrodes occurs due to the emergence of an electric double layer, disturbing the initial flow pattern of the system. By superimposing a dc potential offset, a generated tangential electroosmotic fluid flow in the dielectric electrode gap also disrupts the ETF. Capacitive coupling is most efficient in the high frequency regime where it is the dominating impedance contribution. Understanding the occurrence and interaction of these different effects, including a self-limiting integration mechanism for individual nanostructures, allows an increased deposition yield at overall lower electric field strengths through a prudent choice of electric field parameters. The findings provide important avenues toward gentler particle handling, without direct current throughput, a relevant aspect for limiting process effects during device fabrication, all while increasing dielectrophoretic deposition efficiency in nanostructured networks.

  15. AC electrokinetic platform for iontophoretic transdermal drug delivery.

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    Lvovich, Vadim F; Matthews, Ellen; Riga, Alan T; Kaza, Lakshmi

    2010-07-14

    Iontophoretic and electroporation transdermal delivery modes of ionic drugs have been utilized in a number of clinical and biomedical devices. However, applications of these methods have been found challenging for the delivery of many non polar and high molecular weight clinically important drugs. The main goal of the present study is to investigate whether transdermal transport of non polar macromolecular drugs such as insulin and terbinafine can be safely enhanced as a result of their polarization and activation by AC electrokinetic forces. An in vitro delivery system was developed to simulate a clinical application, where transdermal non invasive delivery of medication through a biological membrane is motivated by a combination of AC electrokinetic and AC iontophoresis protocols generated on a device located external to the membrane. The developed method resulted in an average transdermal delivery of 57% of insulin and 39% of terbinafine during several minutes long delivery cycle, which is at least an order of magnitude improvement over the results reported for these drugs in the literature for various passive and active transdermal delivery protocols. For the proposed drug delivery model quantification of the amounts of transported drugs and their relationship to experimental parameters, such as AC voltage amplitude and frequency, treatment time, and membrane thickness were investigated. Experimental results validated a computational model simulating the effects of major electrokinetic forces on drug particle in non uniform AC electric field. The presented transdermal approach overcomes many limitations of existing drug delivery technologies, providing efficient, regulated, localized, non invasive and safe delivery method for high molecular weight non polar macromolecules such as insulin. PMID:20420867

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. The transport behavior of As, Cu, Pb, and Zn during electrokinetic remediation of a contaminated soil using electrolyte conditioning.

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    Yang, Jung-Seok; Kwon, Man Jae; Choi, Jaeyoung; Baek, Kitae; O'Loughlin, Edward J

    2014-12-01

    Electrokinetic remediation (also known as electrokinetics) is a promising technology for removing metals from fine-grained soils. However, few studies have been conducted regarding the transport behavior of multi-metals during electrokinetics. We investigated the transport of As, Cu, Pb, and Zn from soils during electrokinetics, the metal fractionation before and after electrokinetics, the relationships between metal transport and fractionation, and the effects of electrolyte conditioning. The main transport mechanisms of the metals were electroosmosis and electromigration during the first two weeks and electromigration during the following weeks. The direction of electroosmotic flow was from the anode to the cathode, and the metals in the dissolved and reducible-oxides fractions were transported to the anode or cathode by electromigration according to the chemical speciation of the metal ions in the pore water. Moreover, a portion of the metals that were initially in the residual fraction transitioned to the reducible and soluble fractions during electrokinetic treatment. However, this alteration was slow and resulted in decreasing metal removal rates as the electrokinetic treatment progressed. In addition, the use of NaOH, H3PO4, and Na2SO4 as electrolytes resulted in conditions that favored the precipitation of metal hydroxides, phosphates, and sulfates in the soil. These results demonstrated that metal removal was affected by the initial metal fractionation, metal speciation in the pore solution, and the physical-chemical parameters of the electrolytes, such as pH and electrolyte composition. Therefore, the treatment time, use of chemicals, and energy consumption could be reduced by optimizing pretreatment and by choosing appropriate electrolytes for the target metals. PMID:24972074

  2. 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.

  3. Incorporating Teacher Effectiveness into Teacher Preparation Program Evaluation

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    Henry, Gary T.; Kershaw, David C.; Zulli, Rebecca A.; Smith, Adrienne A.

    2012-01-01

    New federal and state policies require that teacher preparation programs (TPP) be held accountable for the effectiveness of their graduates as measured by test score gains of the students they teach. In this article, the authors review the approaches taken in several states that have already estimated TPP effects and analyze the proposals for…

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. In situ soil remediation using electrokinetics

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    Buehler, M.F.; Surma, J.E.; Virden, J.W.

    1994-11-01

    Electrokinetics is emerging as a promising technology for in situ soil remediation. This technique is especially attractive for Superfund sites and government operations which contain large volumes of contaminated soil. The approach uses an applied electric field to induce transport of both radioactive and hazardous waste ions in soil. The transport mechanisms include electroosmosis, electromigration, and electrophoresis. The feasibility of using electrokinetics to move radioactive {sup 137}Cs and {sup 60}Co at the Hanford Site in Richland, Washington, is discussed. A closed cell is used to provide in situ measurements of {sup 137}Cs and {sup 60}Co movement in Hanford soil. Preliminary results of ionic movement, along with the corresponding current response, are presented.

  9. Electrokinetic properties of the mammalian tectorial membrane

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    Ghaffari, Roozbeh; Page, Scott L.; Farrahi, Shirin; Sellon, Jonathan B.; Freeman, Dennis M.

    2013-01-01

    The tectorial membrane (TM) clearly plays a mechanical role in stimulating cochlear sensory receptors, but the presence of fixed charge in TM constituents suggests that electromechanical properties also may be important. Here, we measure the fixed charge density of the TM and show that this density of fixed charge is sufficient to affect mechanical properties and to generate electrokinetic motions. In particular, alternating currents applied to the middle and marginal zones of isolated TM segments evoke motions at audio frequencies (1–1,000 Hz). Electrically evoked motions are nanometer scaled (∼5–900 nm), decrease with increasing stimulus frequency, and scale linearly over a broad range of electric field amplitudes (0.05–20 kV/m). These findings show that the mammalian TM is highly charged and suggest the importance of a unique TM electrokinetic mechanism. PMID:23440188

  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 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

  12. Electrokinetic soil remediation--critical overview.

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    Virkutyt, Jurate; Sillanpää, Mika; Latostenmaa, Petri

    2002-04-22

    In recent years, there has been increasing interest in finding new and innovative solutions for the efficient removal of contaminants from soils to solve groundwater, as well as soil, pollution. The objective of this review is to examine several alternative soil-remediating technologies, with respect to heavy metal remediation, pointing out their strengths and drawbacks and placing an emphasis on electrokinetic soil remediation technology. In addition, the review presents detailed theoretical aspects, design and operational considerations of electrokinetic soil-remediation variables, which are most important in efficient process application, as well as the advantages over other technologies and obstacles to overcome. The review discusses possibilities of removing selected heavy metal contaminants from clay and sandy soils, both saturated and unsaturated. It also gives selected efficiency rates for heavy metal removal, the dependence of these rates on soil variables, and operational conditions, as well as a cost-benefit analysis. Finally, several emerging in situ electrokinetic soil remediation technologies, such as Lasagna, Elektro-Klean, electrobioremediation, etc., are reviewed, and their advantages, disadvantages and possibilities in full-scale commercial applications are examined. PMID:12049409

  13. Effectively incorporating selected multimedia content into medical publications

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    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

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. Incorporating plant functional diversity effects in ecosystem service assessments

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    Díaz, Sandra; Lavorel, Sandra; de Bello, Francesco; Quétier, Fabien; Grigulis, Karl; Robson, T. Matthew

    2007-01-01

    Global environmental change affects the sustained provision of a wide set of ecosystem services. Although the delivery of ecosystem services is strongly affected by abiotic drivers and direct land use effects, it is also modulated by the functional diversity of biological communities (the value, range, and relative abundance of functional traits in a given ecosystem). The focus of this article is on integrating the different possible mechanisms by which functional diversity affects ecosystem properties that are directly relevant to ecosystem services. We propose a systematic way for progressing in understanding how land cover change affects these ecosystem properties through functional diversity modifications. Models on links between ecosystem properties and the local mean, range, and distribution of plant trait values are numerous, but they have been scattered in the literature, with varying degrees of empirical support and varying functional diversity components analyzed. Here we articulate these different components in a single conceptual and methodological framework that allows testing them in combination. We illustrate our approach with examples from the literature and apply the proposed framework to a grassland system in the central French Alps in which functional diversity, by responding to land use change, alters the provision of ecosystem services important to local stakeholders. We claim that our framework contributes to opening a new area of research at the interface of land change science and fundamental ecology. PMID:18093933

  17. Electrokinetic transport in unsteady flow through peristaltic microchannel

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    Tripathi, Dharmendra; Mulchandani, Janak; Jhalani, Shubham

    2016-04-01

    We analyze the electrokinetic transport of aqueous electrolyte fluids with Newtonian model in presence of peristalsis through microchannel. Debye-Hückel linearization is employed to simplify the problem. Low Reynolds number and large wavelength approximations are taken into account subjected to microfluidics applications. Electrical double layer (EDL) is considered very thin and electroosmotic slip velocity (i.e. Helmholtz-Smoluchowski velocity) at the wall is subjected to study the effect of applied electrical field. The solutions for axial velocity and pressure difference along the channel length are obtained analytically and the effects of adding and opposing the flow by applied electric field have been discussed. It is revealed that the axial velocity and pressure gradient enhances with adding electric field and an opposite behavior is found in the flow direction on opposing the electric field. These results may also help towards designing organ-on-a-chip like devices for better drug design.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Dielectrophoretic trapping of nanoparticles with an electrokinetic nanoprobe.

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    Wood, Nicholas R; Wolsiefer, Amanda I; Cohn, Robert W; Williams, Stuart J

    2013-07-01

    A high aspect ratio 3D electrokinetic nanoprobe is used to trap polystyrene particles (200 nm), gold nanoshells (120 nm), and gold nanoparticles (mean diameter 35 nm) at low voltages (<1 V(rms)). The nanoprobe is fabricated using room temperature self-assembly methods, without the need for nanoresolution lithography. The nanoprobe (150-500 nm in diameter, 2-150 μm in length) is mounted on the end of a glass micropipette, enabling user-specified positioning. The nanoprobe is one electrode within a point-and-plate configuration, with an indium-tin oxide cover slip serving as the planar electrode. The 3D structure of the nanoprobe enhances dielectrophoretic capture; further, electro-hydrodynamic flow enhances trapping, increasing the effective trapping region. Numerical simulations show low heating (1 K), even in biological media of moderate conductivity (1 S/m). PMID:23592407

  1. Transient Temperature Measurements of Electrokinetically-driven Microflows

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    Jin, Zheyan; Someya, Satoshi; Okamoto, Koji; Hu, Hui

    2007-11-01

    While electrokinetically driven techniques (electroosmosis and electrophoresis) can greatly simplify fluid transport in microfluidics compared to conventional pressure-driven methods, a significant drawback is the internal heat generation (commonly referred to as Joule heating) caused by current flow through working fluid. This internal heat source can significantly increase fluid temperature and generate temperature non-uniformity in microfluidics. The performance of the microfluidics is therefore strongly affected by the temperature-dependent electrical conductivity, permittivity, and viscosity of the working fluid. In this study, we present the research progress made in our recent effort to develop and implement a novel molecular tagging thermometry (MTT) technique for the transient temperature measurements of working fluid inside microchannels to further our understanding about Joule heating and micro-scale heat transfer processes in microfluidics in order to minimize the detrimental effects of Joule heating for improved performances and extended capacities of microfluidic systems.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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

    2014-01-01

    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 nontraditional 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

  11. Convective Electrokinetic Instability With Conductivity Gradients

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    Chen, Chuan-Hua; Lin, Hao; Lele, Sanjiva; Santiago, Juan

    2003-11-01

    Electrokinetic flow instability has been experimentally identified and quantified in a glass T-junction microchannel system with a cross section of 11 um x 155 um. In this system, buffers of different conductivities were electrokinetically driven into a common mixing channel by a DC electric field. A convective instability was observed with a threshold electric field of 0.45 kV/cm for a 10:1 conductivity ratio. A physical model has been developed which consists of a modified Ohmic model formulation for electrolyte solutions and the Navier-Stokes equations with an electric body force term. The model and experiments show that bulk charge accumulation in regions of conductivity gradients is the key mechanism of such instabilities. A linear stability analysis was performed in a convective framework, and Briggs-Bers criteria were applied to determine the nature of instability. The analysis shows the instability is governed by two key parameters: the ratio of molecular diffusion to electroviscous time scale which governs the onset of instability, and the ratio of electroviscous to electroosmotic velocity which governs whether the instability is convective or absolute. The model predicted critical electric field, growth rate, wavelength, and phase speed which were comparable to experimental data.

  12. 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

  13. 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 < 1 kDa and a hydrodynamic radius of 6.7 Å 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

  14. Multiple-species model for electrokinetic instability

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    Oddy, Michael H.; Santiago, Juan G.

    2005-06-01

    In this paper we present a multiple-species electrokinetic instability (MSEKI) model. We consider a high aspect ratio flow geometry, a base state where the conductivity gradient is orthogonal to the applied electric field (i.e., a spanwise gradient configuration), and a four-species chemistry model. A linear stability analysis (LSA) of the depth-averaged governing equations is shown to have unstable eigenmodes for conductivity ratios as close to unity as 1.01. We present the experimental image data and full nonlinear simulations of the governing equations for a conductivity ratio of 1.05. Images of the disturbance dye field from the nonlinear simulations show good qualitative agreement with the experiment. Both the trend and absolute value of the temporal evolution of the critical wave number are captured by the MSEKI model. Growth rates extracted from the experimental data also compare favorably with those predicted by LSA. Species electromigration is shown to have a significant influence on the development of the conductivity field and instability dynamics in multi-ion configurations. We anticipate this model to be of practical interest to researchers developing electrokinetically driven, chip-based bioanalytical devices.

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. Water-quality effects of incorporating poultry litter into perennial grassland soils.

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    Pote, D H; Kingery, W L; Aiken, G E; Han, F X; Moore, P A; Buddington, K

    2003-01-01

    Poultry litter provides a rich source of nutrients for perennial forages, but the usual practice of surface-applying litter to pastures can degrade water quality by allowing nutrients to be transported from fields in surface runoff, while much of the NH4-N volatilizes. Incorporating litter into the soil can minimize such problems in tilled systems, but has not been used for perennial forage systems. In this study, we minimized disturbance of the crop, thatch, and soil structure by using a knifing technique to move litter into the root zone. Our objective was to determine effects of poultry litter incorporation on quantity and quality of runoff water. Field plots were constructed on a silt loam soil with well-established bermudagrass [Cynodon dactylon (L.) Pers.] and mixed grass forage. Each plot had 8 to 10% slopes, borders to isolate runoff, and a downslope trough with sampling pit. Poultry litter was applied (5.6 Mg ha(-1)) by one of three methods: surface-applied, incorporated, or surface-applied on soil-aeration cuts. There were six treatment replications and three controls (no litter). Nutrient concentrations and mass losses in runoff from incorporated litter were significantly lower (generally 80-95% less) than in runoff from surface-applied litter. By the second year of treatment, litter-incorporated soils had greater rain infiltration rates, water-holding capacities, and sediment retention than soils receiving surface-applied litter. Litter incorporation also showed a strong tendency to increase forage yield. PMID:14674565

  18. 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...

  19. Automated electric valve for electrokinetic separation in a networked microfluidic chip.

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    Cui, Huanchun; Huang, Zheng; Dutta, Prashanta; Ivory, Cornelius F

    2007-02-15

    This paper describes an automated electric valve system designed to reduce dispersion and sample loss into a side channel when an electrokinetically mobilized concentration zone passes a T-junction in a networked microfluidic chip. One way to reduce dispersion is to control current streamlines since charged species are driven along them in the absence of electroosmotic flow. Computer simulations demonstrate that dispersion and sample loss can be reduced by applying a constant additional electric field in the side channel to straighten current streamlines in linear electrokinetic flow (zone electrophoresis). This additional electric field was provided by a pair of platinum microelectrodes integrated into the chip in the vicinity of the T-junction. Both simulations and experiments of this electric valve with constant valve voltages were shown to provide unsatisfactory valve performance during nonlinear electrophoresis (isotachophoresis). On the basis of these results, however, an automated electric valve system was developed with improved valve performance. Experiments conducted with this system showed decreased dispersion and increased reproducibility as protein zones isotachophoretically passed the T-junction. Simulations of the automated electric valve offer further support that the desired shape of current streamlines was maintained at the T-junction during isotachophoresis. Valve performance was evaluated at different valve currents based on statistical variance due to dispersion. With the automated control system, two integrated microelectrodes provide an effective way to manipulate current streamlines, thus acting as an electric valve for charged species in electrokinetic separations. PMID:17297944

  20. 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

  1. Electrokinetic remediation of manganese and ammonia nitrogen from electrolytic manganese residue.

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    Shu, Jiancheng; Liu, Renlong; Liu, Zuohua; Du, Jun; Tao, Changyuan

    2015-10-01

    Electrolytic manganese residue (EMR) is a solid waste found in filters after sulphuric acid leaching of manganese carbonate ore, which mainly contains manganese and ammonia nitrogen and seriously damages the ecological environment. This work demonstrated the use of electrokinetic (EK) remediation to remove ammonia nitrogen and manganese from EMR. The transport behavior of manganese and ammonia nitrogen from EMR during electrokinetics, Mn fractionation before and after EK treatment, the relationship between Mn fractionation and transport behavior, as well as the effects of electrolyte and pretreatment solutions on removal efficiency and energy consumption were investigated. The results indicated that the use of H2SO4 and Na2SO4 as electrolytes and pretreatment of EMR with citric acid and KCl can reduce energy consumption, and the removal efficiencies of manganese and ammonia nitrogen were 27.5 and 94.1 %, respectively. In these systems, electromigration and electroosmosis were the main mechanisms of manganese and ammonia nitrogen transport. Moreover, ammonia nitrogen in EMR reached the regulated level, and the concentration of manganese in EMR could be reduced from 455 to 37 mg/L. In general, the electrokinetic remediation of EMR is a promising technology in the future. PMID:26062467

  2. The Effect of Incorporating Cooperative Learning Principles in Pair Programming for Student Teachers

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    Mentz, E.; van der Walt, J. L.; Goosen, L.

    2008-01-01

    Based on their quantitative and qualitative investigations, the authors conclude that pair programming as a strategy for teaching student teachers could be made more effective through the incorporation of principles associated with cooperative learning. They substantiate this claim by referring to a literature study about the advantages and…

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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...

  6. 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

  7. 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...

  8. 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…

  9. Electrokinetic concentration of charged molecules

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    Singh, Anup K.; Neyer, David W.; Schoeniger, Joseph S.; Garguilo, Michael G.

    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.

  10. 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.

  11. Implementation of Electrokinetic-ISCO Remediation

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

    2011-12-01

    Significant 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. At the laboratory-scale several studies (e.g. Reynolds et al. 2008) have highlighted the potential for utilising electrokinetic transport, as induced by 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. Process-based numerical modelling of the coupled flow, transport and reaction processes can provide important insights into the prevailing controls and feedback mechanisms and therefore guide the optimisation of EK-ISCO remediation efficacy. In this study, a numerical model was developed that simulates groundwater flow and multi-species reactive transport under both hydraulic and electric gradients (Wu et al. 2010). Coupled into the existing, previously verified reactive transport model PHT3D (Prommer et al. 2003), the model was verified against analytical solutions and data from experimental studies. Using the newly developed model, the sensitivity of electrokinetic, hydraulic and engineering parameters as well as alternative configurations of the EK-ISCO treatment process were investigated. The duration and energy required for remediation was most dependent upon the applied voltage gradient and the natural oxidant demand and all investigated parameters affected the remediation process to some extent. Investigated variants of treatment configurations included several alternative locations for oxidant injection and a series of one-dimensional and two-dimensional electrode configurations.

  12. Novel electrokinetic approach reduces membrane fouling.

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    Ibeid, Sharif; Elektorowicz, Maria; Oleszkiewicz, Jan A

    2013-10-15

    An innovative submerged membrane electro-bioreactor (SMEBR) was built to reduce membrane fouling through a combination of various electrokinetic processes. The objective of this research was to assess the capability of SMEBR to reduce fouling under different process conditions. At the bench scale level, using synthetic wastewater, membrane fouling of the SMEBR was compared to the fouling of a membrane bioreactor (MBR) in five runs. Different protein concentrations in the influent synthetic wastewater were selected to develop different membrane fouling potentials: high (240 mg/l), low (80 mg/l) and zero protein addition. The MBR and SMEBR were operated at a flux equal to the membrane critical flux in order to create high fouling rate conditions. Membrane fouling rate, expressed as the change in the trans-membrane pressure per day (kPa/d), decreased in the SMEBR 5.8 times (standard deviation (SD) = 2.4) for high protein wastewater, 5.1 times (SD = 2.4) for low protein content, and 1.3 times (SD = 0.7) for zero protein, when compared to the MBR. The supernatant concentrations of the soluble microbial products (SMP) were 195-210, 65-135 and less than 65 mg/l in respective experimental series. Following the bench scale study, membrane fouling was assessed in a pilot scale SMEBR, fed with raw un-clarified municipal wastewater, and operated under real-sewage variable quality conditions. The pilot SMEBR exhibited three times smaller membrane fouling rate than the MBR. It was concluded that electrokinetic processes generated by SMEBR led to a reduction of membrane fouling through: i) removal of soluble microbial products (mainly protein and polysaccharides) and colloidal organic materials; ii) change of the structure and morphology of the suspended solids due their conditioning by DC field. PMID:24011406

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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, N 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 (15)N-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 (15)N-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. PMID:22565268

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. Modulation of virion incorporation of Ebolavirus glycoprotein: effects on attachment, cellular entry and neutralization.

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    Marzi, Andrea; Wegele, Anja; Pöhlmann, Stefan

    2006-09-01

    The filoviruses Ebolavirus (EBOV) and Marburgvirus (MARV) cause severe hemorrhagic fever in humans and are potential agents of biological warfare. The envelope glycoprotein (GP) of filoviruses mediates viral entry into cells and is an attractive target for therapeutic intervention and vaccine design. Here, we asked if the efficiency of virion incorporation of EBOV-GP impacts attachment and entry into target cells and modulates susceptibility to neutralizing antibodies. In order to control the level of EBOV-GP expression, we generated cell lines expressing the GPs of the four known EBOV subspecies in an inducible fashion. Regulated expression of GP on the cell surface allowed production of reporter viruses harboring different amounts of GP. A pronounced reduction of virion incorporation of EBOV-GP had relatively little effect on virion infectivity, suggesting that only a few copies of GP might be sufficient for efficient engagement of cellular receptors. In contrast, optimal interactions with cellular attachment factors like the DC-SIGN protein required incorporation of high amounts of GP. Antibody-mediated neutralization of virions bearing high amounts of GP was slightly more efficient than neutralization of virions harboring low amounts of GP, suggesting that the efficiency of GP incorporation into virions might modulate susceptibility to neutralizing antibodies. Finally, regulated expression of GP in permissive 293 cells did not reduce EBOV-GP-driven infection but diminished vesicular stomatitis virus GP (VSV-G) and amphotropic murine leukemia virus (A-MLV) GP mediated entry in a dose-dependent manner. Therefore, intracellular GP does not seem to downmodulate expression of its receptor(s) but might alter expression and/or function of molecules involved in VSV-G and A-MLV-GP-dependent entry. Our results suggest that the efficiency of virion incorporation of GP could impact EBOV attachment to target cells and might modulate control of viral spread by the humoral immune response. PMID:16777170

  7. 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

  8. Characterization of particle capture in a sawtooth patterned insulating electrokinetic microfluidic device.

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    Staton, Sarah J R; Chen, Kang Ping; Taylor, Thomas J; Pacheco, Jose Rafael; Hayes, Mark A

    2010-11-01

    Here we present a scheme to separate particles according to their characteristic physical properties, including size, charge, polarizability, deformability, surface charge mobility, dielectric features, and local capacitance. Separation is accomplished using a microdevice based on direct current insulator gradient dielectrophoresis that can isolate and concentrate multiple analytes simultaneously at different positions. The device is dependent upon dielectrophoretic and electrokinetic forces incorporating a global longitudinal direct current field as well as using shaped insulating features within the channel to induce local gradients. This design allows for the production of strong local field gradients along a global field causing particles to enter, initially transported through the channel by electrophoresis and electroosmosis (electrokinetics), and to be isolated via repulsive dielectrophoretic forces that are proportional to an exponent of the field gradient. Sulfate-capped polystyrene nano and microparticles (20, 200 nm, and 1 μm) were used as probes to demonstrate the influence of channel geometry and applied longitudinal field on separation behavior. These results are consistent with models using similar channel geometry and indicate that specific particulate species can be isolated within a distinct portion of the device, whereas concentrating particles by factors from 10(3) to 10(6). PMID:21077235

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. Method for eliminating gas blocking in electrokinetic pumping systems

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    Arnold, Don W.; Paul, Phillip H.; Schoeniger, Joseph S.

    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.

  12. Transport of radioactive ions in soil by electrokinetics

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    Buehler, M.F.; Surma, J.E.; Virden, J.W.

    1994-10-01

    An electrokinetic approach is being evaluated for in situ soil remediation at the Hanford Site in Richland, Washington. This approach uses an applied electric field to induce transport of both radioactive and hazardous waste ions in soil. The work discussed in this paper involves the development of a new method to monitor the movement of the radioactive ions within the soil during the electrokinetic process. A closed cell and a gamma counter were used to provide iii situ measurements of {sup 137}Cs and {sup 60}Co movement in Hanford soil. Preliminary results show that for an applied potential of 200 V over approximately 200 hr, {sup 137}Cs and {sup 60}60 were transported a distance of 4 to 5 in. The monitoring technique demonstrated the feasibility of using electrokinetics for soil separation applications.

  13. Microchip separations of neutral species via micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatography

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    Moore, A.W. Jr.; Jacobson, S.C.; Ramsey, J.M.

    1995-11-15

    Micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatography (MECC) of three neutral coumarin dyes was performed on glass microchips. Manifolds of channels for analyte injection and separation were machined into one surface of the glass substrates using standard photolithographic, etching, and deposition techniques. Cover plates were then directly bonded over these channels to form capillary networks, with fluid flow in these networks controlled by varying the applied high-voltage potentials at the outlets. The separation capillary was 16.5 cm long for a serpentine channel chip and 1.3 cm long for a straight channel chip. Detection of analyte zones was accomplished by laser-induced fluorescence using the UV lines (nearly 350 nm) of an argon ion laser. At low applied electric field strengths, MECC analyses with on-chip injections gave high reproducibilities in peak areas and migration times (<1% for two of the three coumarins) and near constant separation efficiencies throughout the analysis. At high fields (>400 V/cm), analysis times were shorter, but separation efficiency decreased at later migration times. These peaks showed significant broadening, consistent with mass transfer effects. 14 refs., 6 figs., 2 tabs.

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Effects of tumour necrosis factor-α on BrdU incorporation in cultured human enterocytes

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    McDevitt, J.; Feighery, C.; O'Farrelly, C.; Martin, G.; Weir, D. G.

    1995-01-01

    Bromodeoxyuridine incorporation is a useful method for studying the pattern of DNA synthesis in proliferating cells. The distribution pattern of incorporated BrdU in villus enterocytes of duodenal explants was analysed after exposure to TNFα in organ culture. TNFα caused a consistent, low level uptake of BrdU in the portion of the nucleus close to the nuclear membrane, this pattern was absent from the control cultures. As these epithelial cells are terminally arrested in G0, the BrdU incorporation was thought not to be due to S phase DNA synthesis, but rather a response to the cytotoxic influence of TNFα. Microtitre plate proliferation assays of cell density and DNA synthesis were devised to study the effects of TNFα on confluent monolayers of the human foetal jejunal cell line I407 and the mouse fibrosarcoma cell line L929. Both cell lines showed a similar response to TNFα. Exposure to TNFα alone did not reduce cell numbers but did cause a significant increase in DNA synthesis (p < 0.05). When cycloheximtde was added in tandem with TNFα there was a significant reduction in cell number (p < 0.001) and level of DNA synthesis (p < 0.01) indicative of cell death. The DNA of cells exposed to TNFα and cycloheximide was fragmented when viewed on an electrophoresis gel. The results show that BrdU incorporation might be a good indicator of damage to the DNA of cells after cytotoxic insult. TNFα may be responsible for villus enterocyte damage in enteropathies such as coeliac disease and GVHR of the small bowel. PMID:18475613

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Effects of oxygen incorporation in solar cells with a-SiOx:H absorber layer

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    Wang, Shuo; Smirnov, Vladimir; Chen, Tao; Holländer, Bernhard; Zhang, Xiaodan; Xiong, Shaozhen; Zhao, Ying; Finger, Friedhelm

    2015-01-01

    The effects of oxygen incorporation on layer properties and cell performance were investigated in thin film solar cells with a-SiOx:H absorber layers. Besides the widened optical band gap and increased defect densities, a doping effect is observed upon oxygen incorporation even for the layers with wide band gap. From comparison of solar cells illuminated from either p- or n-side, we conclude that overall hole carrier collection is strongly deteriorated by increasing the oxygen concentration. The donor-like states induced by oxygen reform the electric field in the absorber. The intensified electric field near the p/i interface improves the quantum efficiency (QE) around 400 nm, which is attributed to the better carrier collection in the p-layer. The maximum of QE shows a blue shift with both p- and n-side illumination. It is consistent with the enhanced optical band gap of the absorber layer and shows the potential of usage in multi-junction solar cells.

  13. 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, Rogério 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

  14. 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

  15. 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.

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

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    Li, Yupeng; Zhang, Xiaodong; Lii, Mingfwu; 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. PMID:18199905

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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 (μ) 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, 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 NC (μ).

  20. Characterization of a silver-incorporated calcium phosphate film by RBS and its antimicrobial effects

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    Han, I.-H.; Lee, I.-S.; Song, J.-H.; Lee, M.-H.; Park, J.-C.; Lee, G.-H.; Sun, X.-D.; Chung, S.-M.

    2007-09-01

    A thin calcium phosphate film was synthesized on both commercially pure Ti and Si wafers by electron beam evaporation of hydroxyapatite as an evaporant with simultaneous Ar ion beam bombardments. Silver was introduced into an ion-beam-assisted deposition of a calcium phosphate thin film for antimicrobial effect. The amount of incorporated silver ions was controlled by immersing calcium-phosphate-coated samples in different AgNO3 concentrations, and Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) was employed to measure the amounts of substituted silver. The higher concentration of silver in the calcium phosphate film was more effective in reducing the bacteria of Escherichia coli ATCC 8739 and Streptococcus mutans OMZ 65 on contact with respect to controls.

  1. 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.

  2. Hybrid continuum-atomistic approach to model electrokinetics in nanofluidics.

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    Amani, Ehsan; Movahed, Saeid

    2016-06-01

    In this study, for the first time, a hybrid continuum-atomistic based model is proposed for electrokinetics, electroosmosis and electrophoresis, through nanochannels. Although continuum based methods are accurate enough to model fluid flow and electric potential in nanofluidics (in dimensions larger than 4 nm), ionic concentration is too low in nanochannels for the continuum assumption to be valid. On the other hand, the non-continuum based approaches are too time-consuming and therefore is limited to simple geometries, in practice. Here, to propose an efficient hybrid continuum-atomistic method of modelling the electrokinetics in nanochannels; the fluid flow and electric potential are computed based on continuum hypothesis coupled with an atomistic Lagrangian approach for the ionic transport. The results of the model are compared to and validated by the results of the molecular dynamics technique for a couple of case studies. Then, the influences of bulk ionic concentration, external electric field, size of nanochannel, and surface electric charge on the electrokinetic flow and ionic mass transfer are investigated, carefully. The hybrid continuum-atomistic method is a promising approach to model more complicated geometries and investigate more details of the electrokinetics in nanofluidics. PMID:27155300

  3. MICELLAR ELECTROKINETIC CHROMATOGRAPHY-MASS SPECTROMETRY (R823292)

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    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...

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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-Paczyński test for the determination of cosmological parameters.

  7. 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-Paczyński test for the determination of cosmological parameters.

  8. 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

  9. Effect of incorporation of fermented bamboo shoot on physicochemical and microbial quality of pork pickle.

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    Chavhan, D M; Hazarika, M; Brahma, M L; Hazarika, R A; Rahman, Z

    2015-02-01

    Replacement of commercial chemical preservative (Vinegar) by incorporating fermented bamboo shoot (FBS) products partially or completely and their effect on physicochemical, microbial and shelf life qualities on pork pickle products was studied. Different FBS products such as FBS extract, paste and powder were incorporated in the pork pickle products at the level of 50 to 100 % with or without vinegar and stored at room temperature for 90 days. Highest pH values and lowest titrable acidity was recorded in products with 50 and 100 % FBS powder. No significant differences were observed with respect to proximate composition i.e. percent moisture, protein, fat and ash contents among the products except the product with 100 % FBS powder which had significantly (p < 0.01) lower moisture content. Microbial load (Log total plate counts) and thiobarbituric acid (TBA) values were found to be increasing as the storage periods were advancing. Except the product with 100 % FBS powder which could be stored for 30 days only, other products could be stored upto 90 days without any physicochemical and microbial problems. It can be concluded from this study that natural and organic FBS extract and paste can be used successfully replacing the conventional chemical preservative (Vinegar) for preparation of pork pickle products and preserved more than 90 days at room temperature. However, FBS powder can be used for preservation of the pickle products for a short period (30 days). PMID:25694744

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. A new Bernoulli-Euler beam model incorporating microstructure and surface energy effects

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    Gao, X.-L.; Mahmoud, F. F.

    2014-04-01

    A new Bernoulli-Euler beam model is developed using a modified couple stress theory and a surface elasticity theory. A variational formulation based on the principle of minimum total potential energy is employed, which leads to the simultaneous determination of the equilibrium equation and complete boundary conditions for a Bernoulli-Euler beam. The new model contains a material length scale parameter accounting for the microstructure effect in the bulk of the beam and three surface elasticity constants describing the mechanical behavior of the beam surface layer. The inclusion of these additional material constants enables the new model to capture the microstructure- and surface energy-dependent size effect. In addition, Poisson's effect is incorporated in the current model, unlike existing beam models. The new beam model includes the models considering only the microstructure dependence or the surface energy effect as special cases. The current model reduces to the classical Bernoulli-Euler beam model when the microstructure dependence, surface energy, and Poisson's effect are all suppressed. To demonstrate the new model, a cantilever beam problem is solved by directly applying the general formulas derived. Numerical results reveal that the beam deflection predicted by the new model is smaller than that by the classical beam model. Also, it is found that the difference between the deflections predicted by the two models is very significant when the beam thickness is small but is diminishing with the increase of the beam thickness.

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. Incorporation of 3D Shortwave Radiative Effects within the Weather Research and Forecasting Model

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    O'Hirok, W.; Ricchiazzi, P.; Gautier, C.

    2005-03-18

    A principal goal of the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program is to understand the 3D cloud-radiation problem from scales ranging from the local to the size of global climate model (GCM) grid squares. For climate models using typical cloud overlap schemes, 3D radiative effects are minimal for all but the most complicated cloud fields. However, with the introduction of ''superparameterization'' methods, where sub-grid cloud processes are accounted for by embedding high resolution 2D cloud system resolving models within a GCM grid cell, the impact of 3D radiative effects on the local scale becomes increasingly relevant (Randall et al. 2003). In a recent study, we examined this issue by comparing the heating rates produced from a 3D and 1D shortwave radiative transfer model for a variety of radar derived cloud fields (O'Hirok and Gautier 2005). As demonstrated in Figure 1, the heating rate differences for a large convective field can be significant where 3D effects produce areas o f intense local heating. This finding, however, does not address the more important question of whether 3D radiative effects can alter the dynamics and structure of a cloud field. To investigate that issue we have incorporated a 3D radiative transfer algorithm into the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model. Here, we present very preliminary findings of a comparison between cloud fields generated from a high resolution non-hydrostatic mesoscale numerical weather model using 1D and 3D radiative transfer codes.

  17. 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.

  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. Moisture content-affected electrokinetic remediation of Cr(VI)-contaminated clay by a hydrocalumite barrier.

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    Xu, Yunfeng; Xu, Xiangjian; Hou, Hetian; Zhang, Jia; Zhang, Dayi; Qian, Guangren

    2016-04-01

    An electrokinetic-permeable reaction barrier (EK-PRB) system was introduced in this study with hydrocalumite as the barrier material. The combined system effectively remediated the Cr(VI)-contaminated clay after a 72-h treatment, and the Cr(VI) removal efficiency increased with the initial soil moisture content. Further evidence was found that the changing soil pH value and current density were highly associated with the initial moisture content, showing its important roles in the Cr(VI) removal process. Additionally, the total Cr removal efficiency was much lower than that of Cr(VI) owing to the partial conversion of Cr(VI) to Cr(III) in the electrokinetic remediation process. Under high soil moisture conditions (40 %), the removal efficiency of Cr(VI) and total Cr was 96.6 and 67.3 %, respectively. Further analysis also revealed the new mineral phase, chromate hydrocalumite, for Cr fixation in the hydrocalumite barrier, which was significantly affected by the initial soil moisture content. Our results showed that the EK-PRB system with a hydrocalumite barrier is highly promising with great potential for the effective remediation of Cr(VI)-contaminated clay and engineering implementation. PMID:26635219

  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. 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 ω of the applied voltage appears as a governing parameter. In the high-frequency limit ω≫1 the flow is dominated by electro-osmotic slip at the particle surface, the contribution of electrode electro-osmosis being O(ω-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.

  2. Polymeric micelle as the pseudostationary phase in electrokinetic chromatography.

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    Wang, Boni; Ni, Xinjiong; Yu, Meijuan; Cao, Yuhua

    2012-07-01

    A simple, green, and novel approach to prepare polymeric micelle with amphiphilic random copolymer P (MMA-co-MAA) via neutralization in aqueous medium has been developed, and the polymeric micelle was firstly applied as a pseudostationary phase (PSP) in electrokinetic chromatography (EKC) in the present work. Three structurally similar corticosteroids namely hydrocortisone, prednisolone, and prednisone were separated with EKC using polymeric micelle as PSP to assess the separation performance. The effects of polymeric concentration and pH on micellar microstructure including size, morphology, surface charge density and EKC performances have been investigated. TEM showed that amphiphilic random copolymers were self-assembled via neutralization to form micelles with well-defined size and shape. The size and shape of the micelle depended on the P (MMA-co-MAA) concentration and pH. At the concentration of 0.048 mM and pH 9.2, the polymeric micelles were of monodispersity and perfect spheres. DLS showed the size of micelle was almost equal as polymer concentration in the range of 0.0096-0.048 mM, and then enlarged sharply at the concentration larger than 0.048 mM. However, the zeta potentials of micelle were nearly unchanged. The polymer concentration is also the key parameter for EKC separation. Under the optimum conditions, three analytes could be baseline separated within 7.4 min. Compared with typical MEKC, MEEKC, and MEKC modified with IL ([Bmim]BF₄), the developed method was more rapid, efficient, and higher selective. The separation mechanism using polymeric micelle as PSP was reverse-phase interaction. The actual cosmetic samples were analyzed with recoveries between 97.3% and 113%. PMID:22633065

  3. Electrokinetic remediation of six emerging organic contaminants from soil.

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    Guedes, Paula; Mateus, Eduardo P; Couto, Nazaré; Rodríguez, Yadira; Ribeiro, Alexandra B

    2014-12-01

    Some organic contaminants can accumulate in organisms and cause irreversible damages in biological systems through direct or indirect toxic effects. In this study the feasibility of the electrokinetic (EK) process for the remediation of 17β-oestradiol (E2), 17α-ethinyloestradiol (EE2), bisphenol A (BPA), nonylphenol (NP), octylphenol (OP) and triclosan (TCS) in soils was studied in a stationary laboratory cell. The experiments were conducted using a silty loam soil (S2) at 0, 10 and 20mA and a sandy soil (S3) at 0 and 10 mA. A pH control in the anolyte reservoir (pH>13) at 10 mA was carried out using S2, too. Photo and electrodegradation experiments were also fulfilled. Results showed that EK is a viable method for the remediation of these contaminants, both through mobilization by electroosmotic flow (EOF) and electrodegradation. As EOF is very sensible to soil pH, the control in the anolyte increased EOF rate, consequently enhancing contaminants mobilization towards the cathode end. The extent of the mobilization towards the electrode end was mainly dependent on compounds solubility and octanol-water partition coefficient. In the last 24h of experiments, BPA presented the highest mobilization rate (ca. 4 μg min(-1)) with NP not being detected in the catholyte. At the end of all experiments the percentage of contaminants that remained in the soil ranged between 17 and 50 for S2, and between 27 and 48 for S3, with no statistical differences between treatments. The mass balance performed showed that the amount of contaminant not detected in the cell is similar to the quantity that potentially may suffer photo and electrodegradation. PMID:24997283

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  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 the effect of orientation hardening in an effective temperature nonequilibrium theory for glassy polymers

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    Guo, Jingkai; Xiao, Rui; Nguyen, Thao

    Amorphous polymers exhibit a wide range of time and temperature dependent behavior. Recently, Xiao and Nguyen developed an effective temperature theory that can capture a wide variety of nonequilibrium behaviors at moderate strains. At large strains, the stress response of glassy polymers is dominated by strain hardening as a result of chain alignment. The goal of this study was to extend the effective temperature theory to large deformation and make it capable of modeling strain hardening from deformation-induced molecular alignment. We compared two approaches. In the spirit of internal state variable thermodynamics theory, we introduced a series of stretch-like internal state variables to characterize the molecular resistance to plastic flow associated with each inelastic mechanism. The dependence of free energy on the internal state variables naturally gives rise to a deformation dependent back stress. The flow rule and the evolution of effective temperatures were derived in a thermodynamically consistent manner. In the second approach, we introduced a steady-state limit in the evolution of the effective temperature characterizing the nonequilibrium structure of the material. Both approaches can well capture the experimentally measured phenomena of orientation hardening, including the development of deformation-induced anisotropy in the yield strength and hardening modulus, the Bauschinger effect, and differences in the hardening moduli in tension and compression of pre-oriented specimens.

  8. Development and validation of a microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography method for patulin quantification in commercial apple juice.

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    Murillo-Arbizu, M; González-Peñas, E; Hansen, S H; Amézqueta, S; Ostergaard, J

    2008-06-01

    A microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (MEECK) method for patulin (PAT) quantification in apple juice samples has been developed. The effects of several important factors such as co-surfactant type, concentration of surfactant, acetonitrile percentage in the microemulsion, and running voltage and temperature were investigated to determine the optimum conditions. They resulted to be: a background electrolyte (BGE) composed of 25mM of sodium tetraborate, SDS (2.16%w/w), ethanol (6.49%w/w), n-octanol (0.82%w/w) and 2%v/v acetonitrile; applied voltage of +15kV; and a capillary temperature of 35 degrees C. PAT was detected at 276nm. Quantification and detection limits (LOQ and LOD) in apple juice samples were 8.0microgL(-1) and 3.2microgL(-1), respectively. Patulin was extracted from apple juice using ethyl acetate with a mean recovery value of 75.3% (RSD=4.5). This method was applied to the measurement of patulin in twenty commercial apple juice samples obtained from different Danish supermarkets. The PAT apple juice mean and median levels obtained were 35.9 and 10.9microgL(-1), respectively. The comparison with a previously validated micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC) method for PAT analysis showed the suitability of using MEEKC for this mycotoxin analysis. However, the expectations of obtaining a higher efficiency and thus lower limits of detection and quantitation when using MEEKC were not met. PMID:18430505

  9. Electrokinetically enhanced removal and degradation of nitrate in the subsurface using nanosized Pd/Fe slurry.

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    Yang, Gordon C C; Hung, Chih-Hsiung; Tu, Hsiu-Chuan

    2008-07-01

    The aim of this work was to evaluate the effectiveness of transporting the slurry of Pd/Fe bimetallic nanoparticles under an electric field in the subsurface for in situ removal and degradation of nitrate. To mimic the subsurface environment, a bench-scale horizontal column packed with nitrate-contaminated soil was treated by electrokinetic (EK) remediation coupled with the injection of nanosized Pd/Fe slurry. The estimated transport distance of Pd/Fe nanoparticles in soil based on the calculated sticking coefficient was about 9 meters by the enhancement of electrokinetics, primarily by electroosmotic (EO) flow. By injecting the nanosized Pd/Fe slurry into the anode reservoir coupled with the application of an electric field (i.e., Test 2) would result in the greatest overall removal efficiency of nitrate in soil and reservoir fluids as compared with other injection positions, the cathode reservoir being the worst injection spot. In Test 2, over 99% of nitrate in the whole system was removed and degraded even only 0.05 wt% of nanoscale Pd/Fe bimetal was injected. PMID:18569307

  10. Contactless conductivity detection of synthetic polymers in non-aqueous size-exclusion electrokinetic chromatography.

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    Oudhoff, Kathalijne A; Macka, Miroslav; Haddad, Paul R; Schoenmakers, Peter J; Kok, Wim Th

    2005-03-11

    A capacitively coupled contactless conductivity detection (CCD) system has been applied for the detection of neutral synthetic polymers in capillary size-exclusion electrokinetic chromatography (SEEC). Polystyrene standards, that were used as a model compounds, were separated on a capillary column packed with porous 10 microm silica particles with an electrokinetically driven mobile phase, and detected by CCD and UV detection simultaneously. Mass-calibration curves for polystyrene were constructed. Satisfactory results were obtained for the linearity, the run-to-run repeatability (<0.2% for the relative retention and <4% for the peak area) and the robustness of the detector. One of the major issues in this preliminary study was to investigate the origin of the peaks observed for the polystyrene standards. The effect of the molar mass of the polystyrenes on the sensitivity was small. Therefore, the signals obtained could not be explained as the result of an increased viscosity and a decreased solution conductivity of the solute zone. An alternative hypothesis is suggested, and recommendations for further research are given. PMID:15844557

  11. Single cell antimicrobial susceptibility testing by confined microchannels and electrokinetic loading

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    Lu, Yi; Gao, Jian; Zhang, Donna D.; Gau, Vincent; Liao, Joseph C.; Wong, Pak Kin

    2014-01-01

    Multidrug-resistant pathogens are an emerging global health problem. In addition to the need of developing new antibiotics in the pipeline, the ability to rapidly determine the antibiotic resistance profiles of bacteria represents one of the most crucial steps toward the management of infectious diseases and the prevention of multidrug-resistant pathogens. Here, we report a single cell antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) approach for rapid determination of the antibiotic resistance of bacterial pathogens. By confining individual bacteria in gas permeable microchannels with dimensions comparable to a single bacterium, the antibiotic resistance of the bacteria can be monitored in real-time at the single cell level. To facilitate the dynamic loading of the bacteria into the confined microchannels for observation, AC electrokinetics is demonstrated for capturing bacteria to defined locations in high-conductivity AST buffer. The electrokinetic technique achieves a loading efficiency of about 75% with a negligible effect on the bacterial growth rate. To optimize the protocol for single cell AST, the bacterial growth rate of individual bacteria under different antibiotic conditions has been determined systematically. The applicability of single cell AST is demonstrated by the rapid determination of the antimicrobial resistant profiles of uropathogenic clinical isolates in Mueller-Hinton media and in urine. The antibiotic resistance profiles of bacteria can be determined in less than one hour compared to days in standard culture-based AST techniques. PMID:23445209

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

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    Chaïrat, 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.

  13. Application of electrokinetics for stimulating microbial clean-up of contaminated soils

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    Thompson, I.; Lear, G.

    2006-05-01

    Given sufficient time there are few synthetic compounds that can resist microbial degradation, a fact exploited in environmental clean-up. Despite this the performance of micro-organisms in remedial technologies is often sub-optimal. There are many reasons for the failure of indigenous microbial communities to reduce contaminant concentrations, including issues of bioavailability and the inability of the contaminants to switch on genes (catabolic) responsible for contaminant degradation. Even if the presence of the required catabolic genes is confirmed, there continues to be a significant need to develop procedures to stimulate their activity. We have investigated the potential of soil electrokinetics (3-4 A m-2) to stimulate microbial degradation of organic pollutants and move the soil contaminants relative to the degradative microorganisms, so increasing contact between the two components. Using soils contaminated with pentachlorophenol as our model laboratory system, we have demonstrated that the technique is effective at causing gross and controlled movement of PCP through soils at the laboratory-scale. It can also stimulate rates (up to 25% over that of the control) by which introduced bacteria degrade the contaminant. The additional potential benefits of electrokinetics in regard to stimulating microbial activity and soil clean-up will be discussed.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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 nation’s 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

  17. Effect of prehydrogenation on hydroconversion of Maya residuum: Part 2, Hydrogen incorporation

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    Beret, S.; Reynolds, J.G.

    1988-01-19

    Maya 650/sup 0/F residuum (Maya AR) was prehydrogenated over a standard hydroprocessing catalyst. The 650/sup 0/F residuum of this product (HMaya AR) and Maya AR were then separately hydroprocessed further at selected conditions. The products were examined by elemental, /sup 1/H, and /sup 13/C NMR analyses. For all processing steps, hydrogen was incorporated in capping fragments formed during cracking reactions, as well as in hydrogenation reactions, heteroatom removal, and hydrocarbon gas formation, but the distribution of the hydrogen was dependent upon the type and severity of the process. For the direct hydroconversion of Maya AR, 25 to 30% of the total hydrogen was incorporated for heteroatom removal and hydrocarbon gas formation. The remaining hydrogen was incorporated in hydrogenation and cracking reactions. For the two-step hydroconversion process, 30 to 40% of the total hydrogen was incorporated for heteroatom removal and hydrocarbon gas formation. The remaining was primarily incorporated in hydrogenation reactions. Some was incorporated into cracking reactions in the moderate severity case, but none was seen in the low severity case. The hydrogen incorporation during each specific processing step is discussed, along with an evaluation of the prehydrogenation step as a residuum conversion process option. These results will be also compared to previously reported hydrogen incorporation measurements on other feeds and processing methods. 8 figs., 8 tabs.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Incorporating haptic effects into three-dimensional virtual environments to train the hemiparetic upper extremity

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    Adamovich, Sergei; Fluet, Gerard G.; Merians, Alma S.; Mathai, Abraham; Qiu, Qinyin

    2010-01-01

    Current neuroscience has identified several constructs to increase the effectiveness of upper extremity rehabilitation. One is the use of progressive, skill acquisition-oriented training. Another approach emphasizes the use of bilateral activities. Building on these principles, this paper describes the design and feasibility testing of a robotic / virtual environment system designed to train the arm of persons who have had strokes. The system provides a variety of assistance modes, scalable workspaces and hand-robot interfaces allowing persons with strokes to train multiple joints in three dimensions. The simulations utilize assistance algorithms that adjust task difficulty both online and offline in relation to subject performance. Several distinctive haptic effects have been incorporated into the simulations. An adaptive master-slave relationship between the unimpaired and impaired arm encourages active movement of the subject's hemiparetic arm during a bimanual task. Adaptive anti-gravity support and damping stabilize the arm during virtual reaching and placement tasks. An adaptive virtual spring provides assistance to complete the movement if the subject is unable to complete the task in time. Finally, haptically rendered virtual objects help to shape the movement trajectory during a virtual placement task. A proof of concept study demonstrated this system to be safe, feasible and worthy of further study. PMID:19666345

  1. 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)

  2. Incorporation of mantle effects in lithospheric stress modeling: the Eurasian plate

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    Ruckstuhl, K.; Wortel, M. J. R.; Govers, R.; Meijer, P.

    2009-04-01

    The intraplate stress field is the result of forces acting on the lithosphere and as such contains valuable information on the dynamics of plate tectonics. Studies modeling the intraplate stress field have followed two different approaches, with the emphasis either on the lithosphere itself or the underlying convecting mantle. For most tectonic plates on earth one or both methods have been quiet successful in reproducing the large scale stress field. The Eurasian plate however has remained a challenge. A probable cause is that due to the complexity of the plate successful models require both an active mantle and well defined boundary forces. We therefore construct a model for the Eurasian plate in which we combine both modeling approaches by incorporating the effects of an active mantle in a model based on a lithospheric approach, where boundary forces are modeled explicitly. The assumption that the whole plate is in dynamical equilibrium allows for imposing a torque balance on the plate, which provides extra constraints on the forces that cannot be calculated a priori. Mantle interaction is modeled as a shear at the base of the plate obtained from global mantle flow models from literature. A first order approximation of the increased excess pressure of the anomalous ridge near the Iceland hotspot is incorporated. Results are evaluated by comparison with World Stress Map data. Direct incorporation of the sublithospheric stresses from mantle flow modeling in our force model is not possible, due to a discrepancy in the magnitude of the integrated mantle shear and lithospheric forces of around one order of magnitude, prohibiting balance of the torques. This magnitude discrepancy is a well known fundamental problem in geodynamics and we choose to close the gap between the two different approaches by scaling down the absolute magnitude of the sublithospheric stresses. Becker and O'Connell (G3,2,2001) showed that various mantle flow models show a considerable spread in integrated shear torque orientations. They found that mantle flow models obtained from subduction derived density fields produce best fit to global plate velocities.Torque balance applied on the Eurasian plate links mantle shear torque orientations to the magnitudes of the different boundary forces. We find that force models including mantle shear based on subduction history density fields only attain equilibrium if the overriding plate effect of the subduction zones in the Sunda arc is pulling, as in a back arc basin setting. This creates great tension in South-East Asia, in disagreement with observations. Mantle shear models produced by P-wave tomographic models have an integrated effect that form a torque balance solution that produces a more realistic force set (and accompanied stress field) in south-east Asia and therefore have our preference.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. Inhomogeneous nitrogen incorporation effects on the transport properties of GaAsN grown by CBE

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    Wang, Li; Elleuch, Omar; Shirahata, Yasuhiro; Kojima, Nobuaki; Ohshita, Yoshio; Yamaguchi, Masafumi

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, the Chemical Beam Epitaxy approach to GaAsN material growth has been investigated. Photoluminescence and Hall effect measurements were performed to clarify the influence of defects on the transport properties, those of holes in particular. The PL intensity of near-band emission (1.35 eV-peak) for GaAs0.996N0.004 at low temperature (<100 K) can be well fitted by considering the effects of N-related localized states, whilst the PL intensity was followed an Arrhenius dependence in the temperature region higher than 150 K. It was concluded that the formation of N-related localized states, arising from the alloy disorder (N clusters), still cannot be avoided in GaAsN deposited by CBE. To further study its effects on the transport properties, we have also studied the contribution of various alloy scattering mechanisms to the temperature dependence of Hall mobility. The alloy scattering coefficient KAlloy-1 was calculated from the fitting of an alloy scattering mechanism. In addition, a pseudo-alloy scattering coefficient KAlloy-2 was theoretical deduced by assuming the nitrogen atoms were homogeneously incorporated along the growth direction. The ratio of those two values was studied: the departure from 1 (KAlloy-2-1/KAlloy-1-1>1) indicated that the N atoms were alloyed in a disordered arrangement. As a result, the corresponding alloy scattering mechanism was enhanced, contributing to the hole mobility decrease. However, compared to p-type GaAsN grown by MBE or MOCVD, our CBE-grown GaAsN showed a higher value of hole mobility.

  11. 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.

  12. Effects of nisin-incorporated films on the microbiological and physicochemical quality of minimally processed mangoes.

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    Barbosa, Ana Andréa Teixeira; Silva de Araújo, Hyrla Grazielle; Matos, Patrícia Nogueira; Carnelossi, Marcelo Augusto Guitierrez; Almeida de Castro, Alessandra

    2013-06-17

    The aim of this study is to examine the effects of nisin-incorporated cellulose films on the physicochemical and microbiological qualities of minimally processed mangoes. The use of antimicrobial films did not affect the physicochemical characteristics of mangoes and showed antimicrobial activity against Staphylococcus aureus, Listeria monocytogenes, Alicyclobacillus acidoterrestris and Bacillus cereus. The mango slices were inoculated with S. aureus and L. monocytogenes (10(7)CFU/g), and the viable cell numbers remained at 10(5) and 10(6)CFU/g, respectively, after 12days. In samples packed with antimicrobial films, the viable number of L. monocytogenes cells was reduced below the detection level after 4days. After 6days, a reduction of six log units was observed for S. aureus. In conclusion, nisin showed antimicrobial activity in mangoes without interfering with the organoleptic characteristics of the fruit. This result suggests that nisin could potentially be used in active packing to improve the safety of minimally processed mangoes. PMID:23673058

  13. 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 (TiO₂-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 TiO₂-NTs which retain the nanotubular morphology are capable of sterilizing oral pathogens as opposed to pure Ti plates and pristine TiO₂-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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. AC Electrokinetic Cell Separation on a Microfluidic Device

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    Gagnon, Zachary; Chang, Hsueh-Chia

    2009-03-01

    Rapid cell separation and collection is demonstrated through the integration of electrokinetic pumps, dielectrophoretic (DEP) traps and field driven valves into a well designed microfluidic channel loop. We present the ground-up design and analysis of this fully functional microfluidic device for the rapid separation and collection of live and dead yeast cells and malaria red blood cells (RBCs) at low concentrations. DEP cell sorting and concentration schemes are based on the exploitation of cell specific DEP crossover frequencies (cof's). A rigorous DEP study of yeast and RBCs is presented and used to determine optimal conditions for cell separation. By utilizing a glutaraldehyde crosslinking cell fixation reaction that is sensitive to cell membrane protein concentration, we demonstrate the ability to further amplify these differences between healthy and unhealthy cells as well as stabilize their DEP cof's. Pumping is achieved with a new type of electrokinetic flow, AC electrothermal electro-osmosis (ETEO) and is shown to scale inversely with the field induced debye length and drive fluid velocities in excess of 6 mm/sec. The well characterized electrokinetic phenomena are integrated into a microchannel loop with a specifically designed electrode field penetration length for low concentration cell separation and concentration.

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

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    Hancu, Gabriel; Simon, Brigitta; Rusu, Aura; Mircia, Eleonora; Gyéresi, Árpád

    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

  19. Effects of vestibular nerve transection on the calcium incorporation of fish otoliths

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    Anken, Ralf H.; Edelmann, Elke; Rahmann, Hinrich

    2001-08-01

    Previous investigations revealed that the growth of fish inner ear otoliths (otolith size and calcium-incorporation) depends on the amplitude and the direction of gravity, suggesting the existence of a (negative) feedback mechanism. In search for the regulating unit, the vestibular nerve was transected unilaterally in neonate swordtail fish ( Xiphophorus helleri) which were subsequently incubated in the calcium-tracer alizarin-complexone. Calcium incorporation ceased on the transected head sides, indicating that calcium uptake is neurally regulated.

  20. Effect of prehydrogenation on hydroconversion of Maya residuum; Part II: Hydrogen incorporation

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    Beret, S. )

    1990-04-01

    Maya 650{sup 0}F residuum (Maya AR) was prehydrogenated over a standard hydroprocessing catalyst. The 650{sup 0}F residuum of this product (HMaya AR) and Maya AR were then separately hydroprocessed further at selected conditions. The products were examined by elemental, {sup 1}H and {sup 13}C NMR analyses to determine the how hydrogen was incorporated during processing. For all processing steps, hydrogen was incorporated in capping fragments formed during cracking reactions, as well as in hydrogenation reactions, heteroatom removal, and hydrocarbon gas formation, but the distribution of the hydrogen was dependent upon the type and severity of the process. For the direct hydroconversion of Maya AR, 25 to 30% of the total hydrogen was incorporated for heteroatom removal and hydrocarbon gas formation. The remaining hydrogen was incorporated in hydrogenation and cracking reactions. The hydrogen incorporation during each specific processing step is discussed, along with an evaluation of the prehydrogenation step as a residuum conversion process option. These results are compared to previously reported hydrogen incorporation measurements on other feeds and processing methods.

  1. 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.

  2. Effect of fO2 on the incorporation and diffusivity of Li in olivine

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    Dohmen, R.; Coogan, L. A.

    2012-12-01

    Over the last decade the geochemical behaviour of Li has become of special interest since it was speculated that Li stable isotopes could be a promising tracer for subduction zone processes. However, there have been many studies of natural samples but our experimental and theoretical basis for interpreting these data is still lacking. Two diffusion mechanisms were identified for Li in olivine [1]. Their contribution to the net flux of Li in olivine depends on the vacancy concentration on the metal sites, which is sensitive to the fO2. Therefore we have studied the effect of fO2 on Li solubility and diffusion in olivine. Experimental approach: thin plates of crushed, natural olivine single crystals were embedded into two different kind of powders, ground plagioclase with about 2.5 ppm Li or a pre-annealed powder mixture of San Carlos olivine and isotopically enriched Li. All runs were performed in a gas-mixing furnace with fO2 controlled by flowing CO/CO2 mixture. In each run we simultaneously annealed about 100 micrometer-sized samples of Pakistan olivine and San Carlos olivine. In addition we have added to each run a mm sized crystallographically oriented parallelepiped of San Carlos olivine. For each powder reservoir we have performed a set of three anneals at 1200 C and different fO2. Cross sections of the run products were polished and analyzed with LA-ICP-MS. Results: In all cases the Li isotopes and concentrations were homogeneous in the 100 micrometer sized grains with one exception, the experiment at 1.e-10 bar with the highly enriched Li reservoir. The final Li concentration was slightly lower in the Pakistan than San Carlos olivine and was much lower in general if buffered by the plagioclase powder. Most importantly, the Li concentration increased systematically with increasing oxygen fugacity, indicating that the incorporation of Li in olivine is fO2 dependent. The mm-sized, oriented crystal was in most cases zoned and the extent of zoning depends on the diffusion direction. In addition the profiles became systematically longer with decreasing fugacity and at the most reducing conditions the crystal was almost homogenous. However, the isotopes were in all cases completely homogenized and equilibrated with the isotopically enriched reservoir. Thermodynamic model: We extended the quantitative point defect model for olivine [2] and reproduced the effect of fO2 on the solubility of Li when we assume it is mainly on the metal site and charge balanced by the formation of Fe3+ on the metal site. Conclusions: Our results strongly indicate that incorporation of Li is dependent on the fO2, less dependent on the trace element content. Diffusion of Li in olivine is anisotropic and dependent on fO2. Our quantitative point defect model for olivine underpins the experimental results. This will allow us to develop a multi-component diffusion model considering relevant point defects, e.g. Fe3+ and metal vacancies. Such a model will hopefully help us to simulate diffusion of Li at various natural circumstances including fO2 as a critical parameter. References: [1] Dohmen et al. (2010) Geochim Cosmochim Acta 74, 274-292; [2] Dohmen and Chakraborty (2007), Phys Chem Minerals 34, 597- 598.

  3. Effects of Bi Incorporation on Cu(In1-x,Gax)Se2 Thin Films and Solar Cells

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    Nakakoba, Hiroya; Yatsushiro, Yuta; Mise, Takahiro; Kobayashi, Taizo; Nakada, Tokio

    2012-10-01

    The effects of bismuth (Bi) incorporation into Cu(In1-x,Gax)Se2 (CIGS) thin films and solar cells have been investigated. 10-50-nm-thick Bi thin layers were deposited onto Mo-coated soda-lime glass (SLG) and SiOx-coated SLG substrates by vacuum evaporation. CIGS thin films were then deposited by a three-stage process at substrate temperatures of 450-550 °C. The grain growth of CIGS thin films was enhanced, and the open-circuit voltage and hence the conversion efficiency was improved by the Bi incorporation when the SLG substrates were used. However, little effect was observed when the alkali barrier SiOx layer was deposited on SLG substrates. As a result, we found that the Bi incorporation is beneficial for improving the cell performance when sodium exists simultaneously in CIGS layers.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. Electrokinetic Ion Transport through Unsaturated Soil: 1) Theory, Model Development, and Testing 2) Application to a Heterogeneous Field Site

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    Mattson, Earl Douglas; Bowman, R. S.; Lindgren, E. R.

    2002-01-01

    An electromigration transport model for non-reactive ion transport in unsaturated soil was developed and tested against laboratory experiments. This model assumed the electric potential field was constant with respect to time, an assumption valid for highly buffered soil, or when the electrode electrolysis reactions are neutralized. The model also assumed constant moisture contents and temperature with respect to time, and that electroosmotic and hydraulic transport of water through the soil was negligible. A functional relationship between ionic mobility and the electrolyte concentration was estimated using the chemical activity coefficient. Tortuosity was calculated from a mathematical relationship fitted to the electrical conductivity of the bulk pore water and soil moisture data. The functional relationship between ionic mobility, pore-water concentration, and tortuosity as a function of moisture content allowed the model to predict ion transport in heterogeneous unsaturated soils. The model was tested against laboratory measurements assessing anionic electromigration as a function of moisture content. In the test cell, a strip of soil was spiked with red dye No 40 and monitored for a 24-h period while a 10-mA current was maintained between the electrodes. Electromigration velocities predicted by the electromigration transport model were in agreement with laboratory experimental results. Both laboratory-measured and model-predicted dye migration results indicated a maximum transport velocity at moisture contents less than saturation due to competing effects between current density and tortuosity as moisture content decreases. Results of a field demonstration of electrokinetic transport of acetate through an unsaturated heterogeneous soil are compared to numerical modeling predictions. The numerical model was based on the groundwater flow and transport codes MODFLOW and MT3D modified to account for electrically induced ion transport. The 6-month field demonstration was conducted in an unsaturated layered soil profile where the soil moisture content ranged from 4% to 28% (m3 m-3). Specially designed ceramic-cased electrodes maintained a steady-state moisture content and electric potential field between the electrodes during the field demonstration. Acetate, a byproduct of acetic acid neutralization of the cathode electrolysis reaction, was transported from the cathode to the anode by electromigration. Field demonstration results indicated preferential transport of acetate through soil layers exhibiting higher moisture content/electrical conductivity. These field transport results agree with theoretical predictions that electromigration velocity is proportional to a power function of the effective moisture content. A numerical model using a homogeneous moisture content/electrical conductivity domain did not adequately predict the acetate field results. Numerical model predictions using a three-layer electrical conductivity/moisture content profile agreed qualitatively with the observed acetate distribution. These results suggest that field heterogeneities must be incorporated into electrokinetic models to predict ion transport at the field-scale.

  7. 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

  8. Effects of vestibular nerve transection on the calcium incorporation of fish otoliths.

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    Anken, R H; Edelmann, E; Rahmann, H

    2001-01-01

    Previous investigations revealed that the growth of fish inner ear otoliths (otolith size and calcium-incorporation) depends on the amplitude and the direction of gravity, suggesting the existence of a (negative) feedback mechanism. In search for the regulating unit, the vestibular nerve was transacted unilaterally in neonate swordtail fish (Xiphophorus helleri) which were subsequently incubated in the calcium-tracer alizarin-complexone. Calcium incorporation ceased on the transacted head sides, indicating that calcium uptake is neurally regulated. Grant numbers: 50 WB 9533, 50 WB 9997. PMID:11669124

  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. 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

  11. The Effect of an Instructional Unit Incorporating Live Animals on Knowledge of Nutrition for Different Age Levels.

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    Roth, Anne I.; Wunderlich, Kenneth W.

    A nutrition education unit, Rat Pak, developed by Dairy Council, Inc., is an attempt to influence students to make wise food choices. It consists of eleven lessons in an instructional sequence which incorporates the use of white rats as a means of illustrating the effect of improper diet while teaching proper diet. The purpose of this…

  12. 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.

  13. 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,…

  14. 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.…

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. WATER-QUALITY EFFECTS OF INCORPORATING POULTRY LITTER INTO PERENNIAL GRASSLAND SOILS

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    Poultry litter provides a rich source of nutrients for perennial forages, but the usual practice of surface-applying litter to pastures can degrade water quality by allowing nutrients to be transported from fields in surface runoff, while much of the NH4-N volatilizes. Incorporating litter into the...

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. Metabolic changes in deafferented central neurons of an insect, Acheta domesticus. I. Effects upon amino acid uptake and incorporation

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    Meyer, M.R.; Edwards, J.S.

    1982-11-01

    Chronic cercal deafferentation of the terminal ganglion in developing crickets (Acheta domesticus), which is known to suppress normal development of giant interneuron dendritic arborizations is shown here to reduce (/sup 3/H)leucine uptake and incorporation into ganglion proteins. Short term deafferentation of adult crickets, in contrast, does not depress amino acid uptake and incorporation significantly. Following unilateral long term deafferentation of the terminal ganglion, a comparison was made of the (/sup 3/H)leucine incorporation into primary dendritic processes and somata of deafferented and normally innervated medial giant interneurons (MGIs) within the same ganglion by means of quantitative autoradiography. Grain densities within dendrites of deafferented MGIs were significantly lower than in paired control MGIs' grain densities within somata of deafferented MGIs also were reduced, although the effects of deafferentation were less pronounced in somata than in target dendrites. These results imply a specific influence of afferent innervation on protein metabolism during growth and development of target postsynaptic elements.

  2. Removal of Pb from a calcareous soil during EDTA-enhanced electrokinetic extraction.

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    Amrate, S; Akretche, D E; Innocent, C; Seta, P

    2005-10-15

    Electrokinetic extraction has been tested to remove lead from an Algerian contaminated soil ([Pb] = 4.432 +/- 0.275 mg g(-1)) sited near a battery plant. The effect of EDTA at various concentrations (0.05-0.20 M) on the enhancement of lead transport has been studied by applying a constant voltage corresponding to a nominal electric field strength of 1 V cm(-1) (duration: 240 h). Results of contaminant distribution across the experimental cell have shown efficient transport of lead toward the anode despite the presence of calcite (25%) and the high acid/base buffer capacity of the soil. To avoid ligand loss, which would be anodically oxidized, the cell was modified by adding extra compartments and inserting cation exchange membranes (Neosepta CMX). Thus, simultaneous recovery of EDTA and lead from their chelated solutions has been made possible using the same set-up and by controlling fluids chemistry. PMID:16198669

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Convective and absolute electrokinetic instability with conductivity gradients

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    Chen, Chuan-Hua; Lin, Hao; Lele, Sanjiva K.; Santiago, Juan G.

    2005-02-01

    Electrokinetic flow instabilities occur under high electric fields in the presence of electrical conductivity gradients. Such instabilities are a key factor limiting the robust performance of complex electrokinetic bio-analytical systems, but can also be exploited for rapid mixing and flow control for microscale devices. This paper reports a representative flow instability phenomenon studied using a microfluidic T-junction with a cross-section of 11 mum by 155 mum. In this system, aqueous electrolytes of 10:1 conductivity ratio were electrokinetically driven into a common mixing channel by a steady electric field. Convectively unstable waves were observed with a nominal threshold field of 0.5 kV cm-1, and upstream propagating waves were observed at 1.5 kV cm-1. A physical model has been developed for this instability which captures the coupling between electric and flow fields. A linear stability analysis was performed on the governing equations in the thin-layer limit, and Briggs-Bers criteria were applied to select physically unstable modes and determine the nature of instability. The model predicts both qualitative trends and quantitative features that agree very well with experimental data, and shows that conductivity gradients and their associated bulk charge accumulation are crucial for such instabilities. Comparison between theory and experiments suggests the convective role of electro-osmotic flow. Scaling analysis and numerical results show that the instability is governed by two key controlling parameters: the ratio of dynamic to dissipative forces which governs the onset of instability, and the ratio of electroviscous to electro-osmotic velocities which governs the convective versus absolute nature of instability.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Incorporating into a Cα Go model the effects of geometrical restriction on Cα atoms caused by side chain orientations.

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    Sugita, Masatake; Kikuchi, Takeshi

    2013-08-01

    Coarse-grained Go models have been widely used for studying protein-folding mechanisms. Despite the simplicity of the model, these can reproduce the essential features of the folding process of a protein. However, it is also known that side chains significantly contribute to the folding mechanism. Hence, it is desirable to incorporate the side chain effects into a coarse-grained Go model. In this study, to distinguish the effects of side chain orientation and to understand how these effects contribute to folding mechanisms, we incorporate into a Cα Go model not only heterogeneous contact energies but also geometrical restraints around two Cα atoms in contact with each other. We confirm that the heterogeneity of contact energies governs the folding pathway of a protein and that the geometric constraints attributed to side chains reproduce cooperative transitions in folding. PMID:23553921

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Fundamentals of extracting species from soils by electrokinetics

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    Acar, Y.B.; Alshawbkeh, A.N. . Dept. of Civil Engineering); Gale, R.J. . Dept. of Chemistry)

    1993-01-01

    Bench-scale and pilot-scale studies demonstrate that ionic contaminant species, some organic contaminants, and certain radionuclides can be removed efficiently from fine-grained deposits by application of electrical currents across a soil mass, through electrodes that allow egress and ingress of a pore fluid. This technique (electrokinetic remediation or electrochemical soil processing) results in soil acidification, contaminant desorption, transport, accumulation, and removal. A review of the fundamentals of the process and the theoretical development, together with a review of considerations and limitations for full-scale application of the technique for site remediation, are presented.

  5. 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.

  6. Enhanced electrokinetic removal of phenanthrene from clay soil by periodic electric potential application.

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    Reddy, Krishna R; Saichek, Richard E

    2004-01-01

    Electrokinetically enhanced in-situ flushing using surfactants has the potential to remove polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from low permeability clay soils; however, previous research has shown that the applied electric potential produces complex physical, chemical, and electrochemical changes within clay soils that affect mass transfer and overall efficiency. This article presents the results of a laboratory investigation conducted to determine the contaminant mass removal by using a periodic voltage application. The periodic voltage effects were evaluated by performing four different bench-scale electrokinetic tests with the voltage gradient applied continuously or periodically, under relatively low voltage (1.0 VDC/cm) and high anode buffering (0.1 M NaOH) as well as high voltage (2.0 VDC/cm) and low anode buffering (0.01 M NaOH) conditions. For all the tests, kaolin soil was used as a representative clay soil and it was spiked with phenanthrene, a representative PAH, with a target concentration of 500 mg/kg. A nonionic polyoxyethylene surfactant, Igepal CA 720, was used as the flushing solution in all the tests. The voltage was applied according to a cycle of five days of continuous application followed by two days of "down time," when the voltage was not applied. The results of these experiments show that considerable contaminant removal can be achieved by employing a high, 2.0 VDC/cm, voltage gradient along with a periodic mode of voltage application. The increased removal was attributed to increased phenanthrene solubilization and mass transfer due to the reduced flow of the bulk solution during the down time as well as to the pulsed electroosmotic flow that improved flushing action. PMID:15137692

  7. Electrokinetic-Fenton technology for the remediation of hydrocarbons historically polluted sites.

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    Sandu, Ciprian; Popescu, Marius; Rosales, Emilio; Bocos, Elvira; Pazos, Marta; Lazar, Gabriel; Sanromán, M Angeles

    2016-08-01

    The feasibility of the electrokinetic-Fenton technology coupled with surfactants in the treatment of real historically hydrocarbons polluted soils has been studied. The characterisation of these soils from Spain and Romania was performed and identified as diesel and diesel-motor oil spillages, respectively. Moreover, the ageing of the spillages produced by the soil contamination was estimated showing the historical pollution of the sites (around 11 and 20 years for Romanian and Spanish soils, respectively). An ex-situ electrochemical treatment was performed to evaluate the adequacy of surfactants for the degradation of the hydrocarbons present in the soils. It was found an enhancement in the solubilisation and removal of TPHs with percentages increasing from 25.7 to 81.8% by the presence of Tween 80 for Spanish soil and from 15.1% to 71.6% for Triton X100 in Romanian soil. Therefore, the viability of coupling enhanced electrokinetic and Fenton remediation was evaluated through a simulated in-situ treatment at laboratory scale. The results demonstrated that the addition of the selected surfactants improved the solubilisation of the hydrocarbons and influenced the electroosmotic flow with a slight decrease. The efficiency of the treatment increased for both considered soil samples and a significant degradation level of the hydrocarbons compounds was observed. Buffering of pH coupled with the addition of a complexing agent showed to be important in the treatment process, facilitating the conditions for the degradation reactions that take place into the soil matrix. The results demonstrated the effectiveness of the selected techniques for remediation of the investigated soils. PMID:27183337

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. Mitigation of methane emissions from rice fields: Possible adverse effects of incorporated rice straw

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    Sass, R. L.; Fisher, F. M.; Harcombe, P. A.; Turner, F. T.

    1991-09-01

    Increased world demand for rice production may lead to an increase in methane emission to the atmosphere and future global warming. One suggested way to reduce methane emission is to discourage the practice of incorporating previous crop residue prior to planting rice, since the residue may enhance methane emission from flooded rice fields. This concept is supported by data from a 2-year study of flooded rice fields on two different soil types in Texas. In 1990, rice stubble from 1989 was incorporated into both soils. Seasonal methane emission from a Lake Charles clay field increased from 15.9 g m-2 in 1989 to 31.0 g m-2 in 1990. In the Beaumont clay field, seasonal methane emission increased from 4.5 to 11.4 g m-2. While methane emission increased between 1989 and 1990, grain yield dropped by 2100 and 840 kg ha-1 in the Lake Charles and Beaumont fields, respectively. Visual inspection at harvest indicated that the 1990 rice yield decrease resulted from grain abortion, presumably caused by the rice cultivar's sensitivity to soil anaerobiosis. The calculated amount of organic carbon not translocated to grain was comparable to the estimated amount of organic carbon required for the increased methane emission. We hypothesize that labile carbon in straighthead susceptible rice cultivars can "leak" from roots damaged by excessively anaerobic soil and be metabolized to its equivalent in methane. These data suggest that minimizing incorporation of crop residue prior to planting can decrease methane emission from flooded rice and reduce the potential for yield loss, particularly with some cultivars and in soils with low rates of seepage and percolation.

  12. Rapid and label-free separation of Burkitt's lymphoma cells from red blood cells by optically-induced electrokinetics.

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    Liang, Wenfeng; Zhao, Yuliang; Liu, Lianqing; Wang, Yuechao; Dong, Zaili; Li, Wen Jung; Lee, Gwo-Bin; Xiao, Xiubin; Zhang, Weijing

    2014-01-01

    Early stage detection of lymphoma cells is invaluable for providing reliable prognosis to patients. However, the purity of lymphoma cells in extracted samples from human patients' marrow is typically low. To address this issue, we report here our work on using optically-induced dielectrophoresis (ODEP) force to rapidly purify Raji cells' (a type of Burkitt's lymphoma cell) sample from red blood cells (RBCs) with a label-free process. This method utilizes dynamically moving virtual electrodes to induce negative ODEP force of varying magnitudes on the Raji cells and RBCs in an optically-induced electrokinetics (OEK) chip. Polarization models for the two types of cells that reflect their discriminate electrical properties were established. Then, the cells' differential velocities caused by a specific ODEP force field were obtained by a finite element simulation model, thereby established the theoretical basis that the two types of cells could be separated using an ODEP force field. To ensure that the ODEP force dominated the separation process, a comparison of the ODEP force with other significant electrokinetics forces was conducted using numerical results. Furthermore, the performance of the ODEP-based approach for separating Raji cells from RBCs was experimentally investigated. The results showed that these two types of cells, with different concentration ratios, could be separated rapidly using externally-applied electrical field at a driven frequency of 50 kHz at 20 Vpp. In addition, we have found that in order to facilitate ODEP-based cell separation, Raji cells' adhesion to the OEK chip's substrate should be minimized. This paper also presents our experimental results of finding the appropriate bovine serum albumin concentration in an isotonic solution to reduce cell adhesion, while maintaining suitable medium conductivity for electrokinetics-based cell separation. In short, we have demonstrated that OEK technology could be a promising tool for efficient and effective purification of Raji cells from RBCs. PMID:24608811

  13. 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

  14. Rapid and Label-Free Separation of Burkitt's Lymphoma Cells from Red Blood Cells by Optically-Induced Electrokinetics

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    Liang, Wenfeng; Zhao, Yuliang; Liu, Lianqing; Wang, Yuechao; Dong, Zaili; Li, Wen Jung; Lee, Gwo-Bin; Xiao, Xiubin; Zhang, Weijing

    2014-01-01

    Early stage detection of lymphoma cells is invaluable for providing reliable prognosis to patients. However, the purity of lymphoma cells in extracted samples from human patients' marrow is typically low. To address this issue, we report here our work on using optically-induced dielectrophoresis (ODEP) force to rapidly purify Raji cells' (a type of Burkitt's lymphoma cell) sample from red blood cells (RBCs) with a label-free process. This method utilizes dynamically moving virtual electrodes to induce negative ODEP force of varying magnitudes on the Raji cells and RBCs in an optically-induced electrokinetics (OEK) chip. Polarization models for the two types of cells that reflect their discriminate electrical properties were established. Then, the cells' differential velocities caused by a specific ODEP force field were obtained by a finite element simulation model, thereby established the theoretical basis that the two types of cells could be separated using an ODEP force field. To ensure that the ODEP force dominated the separation process, a comparison of the ODEP force with other significant electrokinetics forces was conducted using numerical results. Furthermore, the performance of the ODEP-based approach for separating Raji cells from RBCs was experimentally investigated. The results showed that these two types of cells, with different concentration ratios, could be separated rapidly using externally-applied electrical field at a driven frequency of 50 kHz at 20 Vpp. In addition, we have found that in order to facilitate ODEP-based cell separation, Raji cells' adhesion to the OEK chip's substrate should be minimized. This paper also presents our experimental results of finding the appropriate bovine serum albumin concentration in an isotonic solution to reduce cell adhesion, while maintaining suitable medium conductivity for electrokinetics-based cell separation. In short, we have demonstrated that OEK technology could be a promising tool for efficient and effective purification of Raji cells from RBCs. PMID:24608811

  15. Effect of the incorporation of antimicrobial/antioxidant proteins on the properties of potato starch films.

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    Moreno, Olga; Atarés, 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 250°C, 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

  16. 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

  17. Effects of titanium surface anodization with CaP incorporation on human osteoblastic response.

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    Oliveira, Natássia Cristina Martins; Moura, Camilla Christian Gomes; Zanetta-Barbosa, Darceny; Mendonça, Daniela Baccelli Silveira; Cooper, Lyndon; Mendonça, 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 β1 (TGF-β1) 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

  18. Effects of titanium surface anodization with CaP incorporation on human osteoblastic response

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    OLIVEIRA, Natássia Cristina Martins; MOURA, Camilla Christian Gomes; ZANETTA-BARBOSA, Darceny; MENDONÇA, Daniela Baccelli Silveira; MENDONÇA, Gustavo; DECHICHI, Paula

    2015-01-01

    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 7 days. 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 β1 (TGF-β1) 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

  19. Nitrate removal using electrokinetic/iron wall processes

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    Chew, C.F.; Zhang, T.C.

    1997-12-31

    The feasibility of using electrokinetics coupled with a zero-valent iron (Fe{sup 0}) treatment wall to abiotically remediate nitrate-contaminated soils was investigated. Upon completion of each test run, the contaminated soil specimen was sliced into five parts and analyzed for nitrate-nitrogen, ammonia-nitrogen, and nitrite-nitrogen. Nitrogen mass balance was used to determine the major transformation products. In control experiments where only electrokinetics was used at various constant voltages, 25 to 37% of the nitrate-nitrogen was transformed. The amount of nitrate-nitrogen transformed improved when a Fe{sup 0} wall (20 g or about 8--10% by weight) was placed near the anode. For test runs at various constant voltages, the amount of nitrate-nitrogen transformed ranged from 54 to 87%. By switching to constant currents, the amount of nitrate-nitrogen transformed was about 84--88%. The major transformation products were ammonia-nitrogen and nitrogen gases. Nitrite-nitrogen was around 1% or less in all experimental runs.

  20. Microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography for analysis of phthalates in soft drinks.

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    Hsieh, Sung-Yu; Wang, Chun-Chi; Wu, Shou-Mei

    2013-12-15

    Microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (MEEKC) is proposed for analysis of di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP) and di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) in soft drinks. However, the instability of microemulsion is a critical issue. In this research, a novel material, Pluronic® F-127, which has the properties of polymer and surfactant, was added for stabilizing the microemulsion in the MEEKC system. Our data demonstrate that the presence of Pluronic® F-127 (0.05-0.30%) also helps enhance resolution of highly hydrophobic compounds, DBP and DEHP. The electrokinetic injection of sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS) including sample (-10 kV, 20 s) was introduced in this MEEKC system and this yielded about 25-fold sensitivity enhancement compared with hydrodynamic injection (1 psi, 10 s). During method validation, calibration curves were linear (r≥0.99), within a range of 75-500 ng/mL for DBP and 150-1000 ng/mL for DEHP. As the precision and accuracy assays, absolute values of relative standard deviation (RSD) and relative error (RE) in intraday (n=3) and interday (n=5) observations were less than 4.93%. This method was further applied for analyzing six commercial soft drinks and one was found containing 453.67 ng/mL of DEHP. This method is considered feasible for serving as a tool for analysis of highly hydrophobic molecules. PMID:23993511

  1. Quantitative structure-retention (property) relationships in micellar electrokinetic chromatography.

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    Poole, Salwa K; Poole, Colin F

    2008-02-22

    Quantitative structure-retention relationships (QSRRs) attempt to quantitatively understand the relationship between structure and retention and quantitative structure-property relationships (QSPRs) to explore the prediction of molecular properties from retention in chromatography. The application of these techniques to micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC) and microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (MEEKC) using surfactants, vesicles and liposomes is reviewed. A database of system constants for the solvation parameter model is assembled and critically discussed with respect to the interpretation of solvation properties of micellar pseudophases and their use to identify correlation models for the estimation of physicochemical and environmental properties from retention in MEKC and MEEKC. The use of structure-generated descriptors to model retention in MEKC is discussed and compared with experimental-based techniques. It is shown that the possibilities of exploiting the collection of tools that underpin QSRRs and QSPRs studies are only just starting to be realized in MEKC and more work is needed to convert from these possibilities to the realization of reliable and robust models for compounds of diverse structure. PMID:18207156

  2. Capillary electrokinetic chromatography of insulin and related synthetic analogues.

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    Ortner, K; Buchberger, W; Himmelsbach, M

    2009-04-01

    With the implementation of recombinant DNA technology in the pharmaceutical industry, some synthetic insulins have been developed in order to improve the therapy of diabetes. These analogues differ only slightly in the amino acid sequence, therefore displaying a great challenge for analytical chemistry. Within the work presented in this paper, capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE), micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC) with sodium dodecylsulphate (SDS) as micelle-forming agent, and microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (MEEKC) with microemulsions consisting of SDS, n-octane and 1-butanol were investigated for the separation of human insulin and five synthetic analogues. Best results were achieved with a solvent-modified MEKC system consisting of 100mM sodium dodecyl sulphate and 15% acetonitrile in 10mM borate buffer (pH 9.2). A similar system based on perfluorooctanoic acid as micelle-forming agent in ammonium acetate (pH 9.2) was successfully employed for the hyphenation with a quadrupole/time-of-flight mass spectrometer via a sheath-flow interface. In this case, detection limits at 10mg/L could be achieved. PMID:19027906

  3. 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.

  4. Application of electrokinetic soil flushing to four herbicides: A comparison.

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    Vieira Dos Santos, E; Souza, F; Saez, C; Cañizares, P; Lanza, M R V; Martinez-Huitle, C A; Rodrigo, M A

    2016-06-01

    In this work, four bench-scale plants containing soil spiked with four herbicides (2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D), oxyfluorfen, chlorsulfuron and atrazine) undergo treatment consisting of an electrokinetic soil flushing (EKSF). Results clearly demonstrate that efficiency of EKSF depends on the chemical characteristic of the pesticide used. The amount of pesticide collected in the anode well is more significant than that collected in the cathode wells, indicating that the electromigration is much more important than drainage by electro-osmotic flux for this application. After 15 d of treatment, the 2,4-D is the pesticide most efficiently removed (95% of removal), while chlorsulfuron is the pesticide more resilient to the treatment. Additionally, volatilization was found to be a process of the major significance in the application of electrokinetic techniques to soil polluted with herbicides and because of that it should always be taken into account in the future design of full-scale processes. PMID:27016816

  5. Electrokinetic turbulence in a microchannel at low Reynolds number

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    Zhao, Wei; Yang, Fang; Wang, Guiren

    2015-11-01

    Turbulence is commonly viewed as a type of macroflow phenomenon under a sufficiently high Reynolds number (Re). On the other hand, it has been widely perceived in science, engineering and medicine that there is never any turbulence in low Re flow for Newtonian fluids. There is even difficulty to characterize turbulence in microchannels with current available velocimeters, due to the requirement of simultaneously high spatial and temporal resolution. Recently, we generated micro-electrokinetic (EK) turbulence in a microchannel when a pressure driven flow at low Re on the order of unity is electrokinetically forced. We also developed a novel velocimeter, i.e. laser induced fluorescence photobleaching anemometer (LIFPA) that enables us to measure the velocity fluctuations with simultaneously high spatial and temporal resolution. Here we surprisingly observed with LIFPA that the corresponding micro EK turbulence can also have some features of high Re flows, such as Kolmogorov -5/3 spectrum and the exponential tail of probability density function of velocity fluctuation, and the scaling behavior of velocity structure function. This work could provide a new perspective on turbulence. The work was supported by NSF under grant no. CAREER CBET-0954977, MRI CBET-1040227.

  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. Electrokinetic preconcentration of particles and cells in microfluidic reservoirs.

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    Harrison, Herbert; Lu, Xinyu; Patel, Saurin; Thomas, Cory; Todd, Andrew; Johnson, Mark; Raval, Yash; Tzeng, Tzuen-Rong; Song, Yongxin; Wang, Junsheng; Li, Dongqing; Xuan, Xiangchun

    2015-04-21

    Preconcentrating samples of dilute particles or cells to a detectable level is required in many chemical, environmental and biomedical applications. A variety of force fields have thus far been demonstrated to capture and accumulate particles and cells in microfluidic devices, which, however, all take place within the region of microchannels and may potentially cause channel clogging. This work presents a new method for the electrokinetic preconcentration of 1 μm-diameter polystyrene particles and E. coli cells in a very-low-conductivity medium inside a microfluidic reservoir. The entire microchannel can hence be saved for a post-concentration analysis. This method exploits the strong recirculating flows of induced-charge electroosmosis to concentrate particles and cells near the corners of the reservoir-microchannel interface. Positive dielectrophoresis is found to also play a role when small microchannels are used at high electric fields. Such an in-reservoir electrokinetic preconcentration method can be easily implemented in a parallel mode to increase the flow throughput, which may potentially be used to preconcentrate bacterial pathogens in water. PMID:25742630

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Polyphenolic extracts of edible flowers incorporated onto atelocollagen matrices and their effect on cell viability.

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    López-García, Jorge; Kuceková, Zdenka; Humpolíček, Petr; Mlček, Jiři; Sáha, 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

  12. 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.

  13. Effect of Length of Time before Incorporation on Survival of Pathogenic Bacteria Present in Livestock Wastes Applied to Agricultural Soil

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    Hutchison, M. L.; Walters, L. D.; Moore, A.; Crookes, K. M.; Avery, S. M.

    2004-01-01

    In response to reports that the contamination of food can occur during the on-farm primary phase of food production, we report data that describes a possible cost-effective intervention measure. The effect of time before soil incorporation of livestock wastes spread to land on the rate of decline of zoonotic agents present in the waste was investigated. Fresh livestock wastes were inoculated with laboratory-cultured Salmonella, Listeria, and Campylobacter spp. and Escherichia coli O157 before they were spead onto soil. Incorporation of the spread wastes was either immediate, delayed for 1 week, or did not occur at all. Bacterial decline was monitored over time and found to be significantly more rapid for all waste types when they were left on the soil surface. There were no significant differences in initial bacterial decline rates when wastes were spread in summer or winter. Our results indicate that not incorporating contaminated livestock wastes into soil is a potential intervention measure that may help to limit the spread of zoonotic agents further up the food chain. The implications of these findings are discussed in relation to current advice for livestock waste disposal. PMID:15345389

  14. 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 ...

  15. Development and applications of micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatography. [Pyridoxic acid in urine

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    Burton, D.E.

    1986-03-01

    The experimental parameters affecting efficiency and selectivity in micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatography (MECC) were investigated. Its use to separate the metabolites of vitamin B/sub 6/ and to determine pyridoxic acid in urine is also presented.

  16. Sensitive enantioanalysis of β-blockers via field-amplified sample injection combined with water removal in microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography.

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    Ma, Yanhua; Zhang, Huige; Rahman, Zia Ur; Wang, Weifeng; Li, Xi; Chen, Hongli; Chen, Xingguo

    2014-10-01

    In this study, an on-line sample preconcentration technique, field-amplified sample injection combined with water removal by electroosmotic flow (EOF) pump, was applied to realize a highly sensitive chiral analysis of β-blocker enantiomers by MEEKC. The introduction of a water plug in capillary before the electrokinetic injection provided the effective preconcentration of chiral compounds. And then the water was moving out of the column from the injection end under the effect of the EOF, which avoided dilution of the stacked β-blocker enantiomers concentration suffering from the presence of water in separation buffer. Moreover, the addition of H3 PO4 and methanol in the sample solution greatly improved the enhancement efficiency further. Under optimized conditions, more than 2700-fold enhancement in sensitivity was obtained for each enantiomer of bupranolol (BU), alprenolol (AL), and propranolol (PRO) via electrokinetic injection. LODs were 0.10, 0.10, 0.12, 0.11, 0.02, and 0.02 ng/mL for S-BU, R-BU, S-AL, R-AL, S-PRO, and R-PRO, respectively. Eventually, the proposed method was successfully applied to the determination of BU, AL, and PRO in serum samples with good recoveries ranging from 93.4 to 98.2%. PMID:24798241

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. Effect of sulfur incorporation on solution-processed ZTO thin-film transistors

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    Oh, Sang-A.; Yu, Kyeong Min; Jeong, So-Hyun; Bae, Byung Seong; Yun, Eui-Jung

    2015-04-01

    In this research, we investigated the electrical properties of solution-processed sulfur (S)-incorporated zinc-tin-oxide (S-ZTO) thin-film transistors (TFTs). The best device characteristics, which include a threshold voltage of -0.74 V, a sub-threshold swing of 0.67 V/dec, an on/off current ratio of 8.31 × 105, and a mobility of 0.70 cm2/Vs, were observed for 0.06-M S-ZTO TFTs. The device properties of the 0.06-M S-ZTO TFTs were similar to those of ZTO TFTs whereas the illumination stress stabilities and the hysteresis characteristics of the transfer curve for 0.06-M S-ZTO TFTs were better than those for ZTO TFTs. The X-ray diffraction analysis for the S-ZTO thin films also showed that tin (Sn) atoms bonded chemically with S atoms, suggesting that S atoms occupied oxygen sites, which, in turn, the reduced the number of oxygen vacancies. Therefore, the improved stabilities observed in S-ZTO TFTs are attributed to the reduction in the number of oxygen vacancies due to replacement of O by S.

  20. 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.

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Different effects of BrdU and 3H-Thymidine incorporation into DNA on cell proliferation, position and fate

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    Duque, Alvaro; Rakic, Pasko

    2011-01-01

    As markers of DNA synthesis, 3H-Thymidine (3H-dT), and the later developed analog, Bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU) have revolutionized our ability to identify dividing cells and follow their fate in various tissues, including the nervous system. However, the effect of the incorporation of these molecules into DNA on cell proliferation, migration, differentiation and function is not fully understood. Here, we compare the number and distribution of labeled cells in the cerebral cortex of postnatal macaque monkeys exposed to either 3H-dT or BrdU as embryos. The large size and prolonged brain development in this species allows higher resolution of cellular events and more accurate discrimination between the two methods. Our analysis revealed substantial differences in the number and distribution of labeled cells. The data indicate that random incorporation of the thymidine analogue BrdU into the genes of dividing cells makes the fate of postmitotic neurons more prone to unpredictable errors than the incorporation of the more natural DNA constituent nucleotide 3H-dT. These findings have implications for the interpretation of results obtained by BrdU as an index of the number of neurons produced, their migration, placement, subsequent connectivity, function and survival. PMID:22016554

  5. 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.

  6. [Effects of ex situ rice straw incorporation on organic matter content and main physical properties of hilly red soil].

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    Zhu, Han-hua; Huang, Dao-you; Liu, Shou-long; Zhu, Qi-hong

    2007-11-01

    Two typical land-use types, i.e., newly cultivated slope land and mellow upland, were selected to investigate the effects of ex situ rice straw incorporation on the organic matter content, field water-holding capacity, bulk density, and porosity of hilly red soil, and to approach the correlations between these parameters. The results showed that ex situ incorporation of rice straw increased soil organic matter content, ameliorated soil physical properties, and improved soil water storage. Comparing with non-fertilization and applying chemical fertilizers, ex situ incorporation of rice straw increased the contents of organic matter (5.8%-28.9%) and > 0.25 mm water-stable aggregates in 0-20 cm soil layer, and increased the field water-holding capacity (6.8%-16.2%) and porosity (4.8%-7.7%) significantly (P < 0.05) while decreased the bulk density (4.5%-7.5%) in 10-15 cm soil layer. The organic matter content in 0-20 cm soil layer was significantly correlated to the bulk density, porosity, and field water-holding capacity in 10-15 cm soil layer (P < 0.01), and the field water-holding capacity in 0-20 cm and 10-15 cm soil layers was significantly correlated to the bulk density and porosity in these two layers (P < 0.05). PMID:18260454

  7. Combined Effects of Soil Biotic and Abiotic Factors, Influenced by Sewage Sludge Incorporation, on the Incidence of Corn Stalk Rot.

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    Ghini, Raquel; Fortes, Nara Lúcia Perondi; Navas-Cortés, Juan A; Silva, Carlos Alberto; Bettiol, Wagner

    2016-01-01

    The objectives of this study were to evaluate the combined effects of soil biotic and abiotic factors on the incidence of Fusarium corn stalk rot, during four annual incorporations of two types of sewage sludge into soil in a 5-years field assay under tropical conditions and to predict the effects of these variables on the disease. For each type of sewage sludge, the following treatments were included: control with mineral fertilization recommended for corn; control without fertilization; sewage sludge based on the nitrogen concentration that provided the same amount of nitrogen as in the mineral fertilizer treatment; and sewage sludge that provided two, four and eight times the nitrogen concentration recommended for corn. Increasing dosages of both types of sewage sludge incorporated into soil resulted in increased corn stalk rot incidence, being negatively correlated with corn yield. A global analysis highlighted the effect of the year of the experiment, followed by the sewage sludge dosages. The type of sewage sludge did not affect the disease incidence. A multiple logistic model using a stepwise procedure was fitted based on the selection of a model that included the three explanatory parameters for disease incidence: electrical conductivity, magnesium and Fusarium population. In the selected model, the probability of higher disease incidence increased with an increase of these three explanatory parameters. When the explanatory parameters were compared, electrical conductivity presented a dominant effect and was the main variable to predict the probability distribution curves of Fusarium corn stalk rot, after sewage sludge application into the soil. PMID:27176597

  8. Combined Effects of Soil Biotic and Abiotic Factors, Influenced by Sewage Sludge Incorporation, on the Incidence of Corn Stalk Rot

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    Fortes, Nara Lúcia Perondi; Navas-Cortés, Juan A; Silva, Carlos Alberto; Bettiol, Wagner

    2016-01-01

    The objectives of this study were to evaluate the combined effects of soil biotic and abiotic factors on the incidence of Fusarium corn stalk rot, during four annual incorporations of two types of sewage sludge into soil in a 5-years field assay under tropical conditions and to predict the effects of these variables on the disease. For each type of sewage sludge, the following treatments were included: control with mineral fertilization recommended for corn; control without fertilization; sewage sludge based on the nitrogen concentration that provided the same amount of nitrogen as in the mineral fertilizer treatment; and sewage sludge that provided two, four and eight times the nitrogen concentration recommended for corn. Increasing dosages of both types of sewage sludge incorporated into soil resulted in increased corn stalk rot incidence, being negatively correlated with corn yield. A global analysis highlighted the effect of the year of the experiment, followed by the sewage sludge dosages. The type of sewage sludge did not affect the disease incidence. A multiple logistic model using a stepwise procedure was fitted based on the selection of a model that included the three explanatory parameters for disease incidence: electrical conductivity, magnesium and Fusarium population. In the selected model, the probability of higher disease incidence increased with an increase of these three explanatory parameters. When the explanatory parameters were compared, electrical conductivity presented a dominant effect and was the main variable to predict the probability distribution curves of Fusarium corn stalk rot, after sewage sludge application into the soil. PMID:27176597

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. The effect of minor elements on H incorporation in MgSiO3 perovskite

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    Watson, H. C.; Fei, Y.; Hauri, E.; Reid, F.; Jacobsen, S. D.

    2006-12-01

    It has been predicted that silicate perovskite in the lower mantle may be a significant reservoir for hydrogen in the Earth's interior, although quantitative analysis of the hydrogen storage capacity has remained elusive. This is primarily due to difficulties in interpreting FTIR spectra of perovskite samples at room pressure [eg. Murakami et al. 2002, Science 295, 1885-1887, Bolfan-Casanova et al. 2003, Geophys. Res. Lett. 30, 1905, Litasov et al. 2003, EPSL 211, 189-203]. The mechanism by which H is thought to be incorporated into perovskite is through substitution of minor trivalent elements such as Al and Fe. This may open oxygen vacancies that are in turn, filled with OH groups for charge balance , although coupled substitution (e.g. 2Al3+ ----> Si^{4+}+Mg2+) is also a possibility [Navrotsky 1999, Science 284 5421, 1788 - 1789]. We have synthesized Al-bearing, and Al-Fe bearing perovskite samples under hydrous conditions in a multi-anvil apparatus at pressures ranging from 23-26 GPa and 1800°C and 1200°C. The starting materials consisted of either oxide powders with brucite as the source of H2O, or pre-synthesized Al, Fe bearing hydrous enstatite. The resulting perovskite crystals range in size from <20 microns to >100 microns in size. Their major element chemistry has been characterized by electron microprobe, and the H content of samples has been measured by secondary ion mass spectrometry using a 6f Cameca ion microprobe and is substantial (>1000ppm in some samples). Preliminary FTIR measurements support the idea that the H measured is structurally bound in the perovskite crystal. We find a linear correlation between Al and H content in the perovskite, and discussion follows on the substitution mechanisms for minor elements and H into perovskite at conditions relevant to the uppermost lower mantle.

  13. 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 σ. By defining a chemical potential μ 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 σ 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 ζ 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.

  14. 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.

  15. THE LOCAL EFFECT TIME (LET) AND HOW IT INCORPORATES ECOLOGY INTO RESIDENCE TIME

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    A clear and direct connection between constituent/water residence times and ecological effects is necessary to quantitatively relate these time scales to ecology. The concept of "local effect time" (LET) is proposed here as a time scale with adequate spatial resolution to relate ...

  16. Ultra-fast two-dimensional microchip electrophoresis using SDS micro-CGE and microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography for protein separations.

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    Osiri, John K; Shadpour, Hamed; Soper, Steven A

    2010-09-01

    A poly(methyl methacrylate) microfluidic chip was used to perform a two-dimensional (2-D) separation of a complex protein mixture in short development times. The separation was performed by combining sodium dodecyl sulfate micro-capillary gel electrophoresis (SDS micro-CGE) with microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (micro-MEEKC), which were used for the first and second dimensions, respectively. Fluorescently labeled Escherichia coli cytosolic proteins were profiled by this 2-D approach with the results compared to a similar 2-D separation using SDS micro-CGE x micro-MEKC (micelle electrokinetic chromatography). The relatively short column lengths (effective length = 10 mm) for both dimensions were used to achieve separations requiring only 220 s of development time. High spot production rates (131 +/- 11 spots min(-1)) and reasonable peak capacities (481 +/- 18) were generated despite the fact that short columns were used. In addition, the use of mu-MEEKC in the second dimension was found to produce higher peak capacities compared to micro-MEKC (481 +/- 18 for micro-MEEKC and 332 +/- 17 for micro-MEKC) due to the higher plate numbers associated with micro-MEEKC. PMID:20614109

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. Electrokinetic treatment of firing ranges containing tungsten-contaminated soils.

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    Braida, Washington; Christodoulatos, Christos; Ogundipe, Adebayo; Dermatas, Dimitris; O'Connor, Gregory

    2007-11-19

    Tungsten-based alloys and composites are being used and new formulations are being considered for use in the manufacturing of different types of ammunition. The use of tungsten heavy alloys (WHA) in new munitions systems and tungsten composites in small caliber ammunition could potentially release substantial amounts of this element into the environment. Although tungsten is widely used in industrial and military applications, tungsten's potential environmental and health impacts have not been thoroughly addressed. This necessitates the research and development of remedial technologies to contain and/or remove tungsten from soils that may serve as a source for water contamination. The current work investigates the feasibility of using electrokinetics for the remediation of tungsten-contaminated soils in the presence of other heavy metals of concern such as Cu and Pb with aim to removing W from the soil while stabilizing in situ, Pb and Cu. PMID:17686582

  20. Electrokinetic ion transport in confined micro-nanochannel.

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    Wang, Junyao; Liu, Chong; Xu, Zheng

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, a confined micronanochannel is presented to concentrate ions in a restricted zone. A general model exploiting the Poisson-Nernst-Plank equations coupled with the Navier-Stokes equation is employed to simulate the electrokinetic ion transport. The influences of the micronanochannel dimension and the surface charge density on the potential distribution, the ion concentration, and the fluid flow are investigated. The numerical results show that the potential drop depends mainly on the nanochannel, instead of the confined channel. Both decreasing the width and increasing the length enhance the ion enrichment performance. For a given nanochannel, ultimate value of ion concentration may be determined by the potential at the center point of the nanochannel. The study also shows that the enrichment stability can be improved by increasing the micronanochannel width, decreasing the micronanochannel length and reducing the surface charge density. PMID:26995194

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. Acupuncture Sample Injection for Microchip Capillary Electrophoresis and Electrokinetic Chromatography.

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    Ha, Ji Won; Hahn, Jong Hoon

    2016-05-01

    A simple nanoliter-scale injection technique was developed for polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) microfluidic devices to form the well-defined sample plugs in microfluidic channels. Sample injection was achieved by performing acupuncture on a channel with a needle and applying external pressure to a syringe. This technique allowed us to achieve reproducible injection of a 3-nL segment into a microchannel for PDMS microchip-based capillary electrophoresis (CE). Capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) and capillary electrochromatography (CEC) with bead packing were successfully performed by applying a single potential in the most simplified straight channel. The advantages of this acupuncture injection over the electrokinetic injection in microchip CE include capability of minimizing sample loss and voltage control hardware, capability of serial injections of different sample solutions into a same microchannel, capability of injecting sample plugs into any position of a microchannel, independence on sample solutions during the loading step, and ease in making microchips due to the straight channel, etc. PMID:27056036

  4. 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.

  5. Nanoscale actuation of electrokinetic flows on thermoreversible surfaces.

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    Paumier, Guillaume; Sudor, Jan; Gue, Anne-Marie; Vinet, Françoise; Li, Meng; Chabal, Yves J; Estève, Alain; Djafari-Rouhani, Mehdi

    2008-03-01

    We report on a novel approach for controlling nanohydrodynamic properties at the solid-liquid interfaces through the use of stimuli-responding polymer coatings. The end-tethered polymers undergo a phase separation upon external activation. The reversible change in the thickness and polarity of the grafted polymers yields in a dynamic control of the surface-generated, electrokinetic phenomena. Nonactivated, swollen polymers are thicker than the electrical double layer (EDL) and prohibit the development of an EOF even on charged surfaces. On the other hand, activated polymer chains shrink and become thinner than the EDL and allow for the EOF to build up unimpeded. We show here that, for given experimental conditions, the EOF velocity on the shrunken surface is 35 times greater than the one on the nonactivated surface. Furthermore, we reveal that coupling of such surfaces with dense arrays of thermal actuators developed in our laboratory can lead to novel micro- and nanofluidic devices. PMID:18348218

  6. 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.

  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

    2013-11-04

    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.

  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. 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

  10. 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

    2007-04-01

    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 1-56 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 v(MCPM) in the resin: [Ca]= 42.9 v(MCPM) (2.7), and [PO4] = 48.7 v(MCPM) (1.4). 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 Ca-PO4 fillers in developing composites with high stress-bearing and caries-preventing capabilities, a combination not yet available in any dental materials. PMID:16924611

  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 1–56 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 Ca–PO4 fillers in developing composites with high stress-bearing and caries-preventing capabilities, a combination not yet available in any dental materials. PMID:16924611

  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. Incorporating a hybrid urease-carbon nanotubes sensitive nanofilm on capacitive field-effect sensors for urea detection.

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    Siqueira, José R; Molinnus, Denise; Beging, Stefan; Schöning, Michael J

    2014-06-01

    The ideal combination among biomolecules and nanomaterials is the key for reaching biosensing units with high sensitivity. The challenge, however, is to find out a stable and sensitive film architecture that can be incorporated on the sensor's surface. In this paper, we report on the benefits of incorporating a layer-by-layer (LbL) nanofilm of polyamidoamine (PAMAM) dendrimer and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) on capacitive electrolyte-insulator-semiconductor (EIS) field-effect sensors for detecting urea. Three sensor arrangements were studied in order to investigate the adequate film architecture, involving the LbL film with the enzyme urease: (i) urease immobilized directly onto a bare EIS [EIS-urease] sensor; (ii) urease atop the LbL film over the EIS [EIS-(PAMAM/CNT)-urease] sensor; and (iii) urease sandwiched between the LbL film and another CNT layer [EIS-(PAMAM/CNT)-urease-CNT]. The surface morphology of all three urea-based EIS biosensors was investigated by atomic force microscopy (AFM), while the biosensing abilities were studied by means of capacitance-voltage (C/V) and dynamic constant-capacitance (ConCap) measureaments at urea concentrations ranging from 0.1 mM to 100 mM. The EIS-urease and EIS-(PAMAM/CNT)-urease sensors showed similar sensitivity (~18 mV/decade) and a nonregular signal behavior as the urea concentration increased. On the other hand, the EIS-(PAMAM/CNT)-urease-CNT sensor exhibited a superior output signal performance and higher sensitivity of about 33 mV/decade. The presence of the additional CNT layer was decisive to achieve a urea based EIS sensor with enhanced properties. Such sensitive architecture demonstrates that the incorporation of an adequate hybrid enzyme-nanofilm as sensing unit opens new prospects for biosensing applications using the field-effect sensor platform. PMID:24814256

  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. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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...

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

    2015-12-01

    [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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. A unified approach to incorporating demographic or other effects into demand systems.

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    Lewbel, A

    1985-01-01

    "A general method of introducing demographic effects into any demand system, using modifying functions, is described which permits complicated interactions of demographic variables with prices and expeditures. Theorems give properties the modifying functions must have to ensure integrability of the resulting system. Demand equations of the new system are given explicitly as functions of the original demand equations and the modifying functions. The procedure is interpreted as altering a household's technology, and is shown to encompass adult equivalent scales and related methods. Examples of modifying functions are derived and applications of the technique to uses other than demographic variation are considered." PMID:12146350

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. A new class of actuator surface models incorporating wind turbine blade and nacelle geometry effects

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    Yang, Xiaolei; Sotiropoulos, Fotis

    2015-11-01

    It was shown by Kang, Yang and Sotiropoulos that the nacelle has significant effects on the turbine wake even in the far wake region, which the standard actuator line model is not able to predict. We develop a new class of actuator surface models for the blades and nacelle, which is able to resolve the effects of both tip vortices and nacelle vortex. The new nacelle model, which is based on distributing forces from the actual nacelle geometry as in the diffused interface immersed boundary methods, is first tested by carrying out LES of the flow past a sphere and demonstrating good agreement with available in the literature DNS results. The proposed model is subsequently validated by simulating the flow past the hydrokinetic turbine used in the simulations of Kang et al. and good agreement with the measurements is demonstrated. Finally, the proposed model is applied to utility scale wind turbines to elucidate the role of nacelle vortex dynamics on turbine wake meandering. This work was supported by Department of Energy DOE (DE-EE0002980, DE-EE0005482 and DE-AC04-94AL85000), and Sandia National Laboratories. Computational resources were provided by SNL and MSI.

  10. Effect of nitrogen incorporation on electrical properties of Ti/Au/GaAsN Schottky diodes

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    Bachir Bouiadjra, Wadi; Saidane, Abdelkader; Mostefa, Abdelkader; Henini, Mohamed; Shafi, M.

    2014-07-01

    Electrical I-V and C-V-F measurements have used to investigate the behaviour of Ti/Au/GaAsN Schottky diodes, deposited by Molecular Beam Epitaxy, with various nitrogen percent contents. Ideality factor and series resistance were found to increase with increasing N% dilution in GaAs. This was accompanied by a decrease in Schottky barrier height (I-V). The discrepancy found between Schottky barrier heights estimated from I-V and C-V measurements is attributed to a difference in measurements methods and inhomogeneities in barrier height. The peak capacitance behaviour and its dependence on frequency for Schottky diodes with 0.8% N and 1.2% N content was attributed to annihilation of trap levels below midgap. These traps levels associated with those above midgap are responsible for the nondependence of peak capacitance on frequency for Schottky diodes with 0.2% N content. A compensation effect between traps below and above midgap is believed to be taking place. The dependency reappears for Schottky diodes without nitrogen content and is attributed to trap levels below midgap. Capacitance and conductance at high frequency were corrected to eliminate series resistance effect. Interface states density significantly increased when we increased dilute nitride concentration and may play an important role in Ti/Au/GaAsN Schottky diodes at low frequency.

  11. A wall-function approach to incorporating Knudsen-layer effects in gas micro flow simulations.

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    Gallis, Michail A.; Lockerby, Duncan A.; Reese, Jason M.

    2004-07-01

    For gas flows in microfluidic configurations, the Knudsen layer close to the wall can comprise a substantial part of the entire flowfield and has a major effect on quantities such as the mass flow rate through micro devices. The Knudsen layer itself is characterized by a highly nonlinear relationship between the viscous stress and the strain rate of the gas, so even if the Navier-Stokes equations can be used to describe the core gas flow they are certainly inappropriate for the Knudsen layer itself. In this paper we propose a 'wall-function' model for the stress/strain rate relations in the Knudsen layer. The constitutive structure of the Knudsen layer has been derived from results from kinetic theory for isothermal shear flow over a planar surface. We investigate the ability of this simplified model to predict Knudsen-layer effects in a variety of configurations. We further propose a semi-empirical Knudsen-number correction to this wall function, based on high-accuracy DSMC results, to extend the predictive capabilities of the model to greater degrees of rarefaction.

  12. Promotion and computation of inhibitory effect on tyrosinase activity of herbal cream by incorporating indigenous medicinal plants.

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    Sahu, Ram Kumar; Roy, Amit; Dwivedi, Jaya; Jha, Arvind Kumar

    2014-01-01

    Herbal cream imparts a chief role in regulating melanin production of skin. The phytoconstituents present in herbal cream impact biological functions of skin and contribute nutrients required for the healthy skin. In the present study, it was envisaged to prepare three batches of herbal cream (HC1, HC2 and HC3) containing ethanol extracts of Emblica officinalis (fruits), Daucus carota (root), Mangifera indica (leaves), Mentha arvensis (leaves), Terminalia arjuna (bark) and Cucumis sativus (fruits) and investigated the prepared cream for inhibitory effect on tyrosinase activity. The herbal cream was formulated by incorporating different ratio of extracts, by using cream base. Each formulation HC1, HC2 and HC3 were segregated into three different formulations (HC1.1, HC1.2, HC1.3, HC2.1, HC2.2, HC2.3, HC3.1, HC3.2 and HC3.3) by incorporating increasing ratio of extract in formulation. The HC3.2 cream produces highest tyrosinase inhibitory effect 65.23 +/- 0.07%, while the HC2.1 exhibited minimum tyrosinase inhibitory effect 26.19 +/- 0.08% compared to other prepared cream. Comparison of the inhibitory activity of the formulations demonstrated that the rank order was HC3.2 > HC3.3 > HC1.2 > HC1.3 > HC3.1 > HC1.1 > HC2.3 > HC2.2 > HC2.1. It has been observed from the result that the formulations of antityrosinase activity were not concentrate dependent. This finding suggests that decrease in antityrosinase activity of HC1 and HC3 might be considering that the incompatibility of the higher extract content with the base of cream. The HC3 produce the maximum inhibitory effects on tyrosinase activity might be due to higher level of polyphenol and flavonoids present in extracts. PMID:24783796

  13. Incorporating stakeholder perspectives in developing a translation table framework for comparative effectiveness research.

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    Gliklich, Richard E; Leavy, Michelle B; Velentgas, Priscilla; Dreyer, Nancy A; Tunis, Sean R; Mohr, Penny; Messner, Donna A; Moloney, Rachael M; Karkare, Swapna U; Dubois, Robert W; Graff, Jennifer S

    2012-05-01

    This project used a stakeholder-driven process to understand the factors that drive the selection of study designs for comparative effectiveness research (CER). The project assembled a diverse stakeholder committee to explore the basis of a translation framework and gathered input through surveys, interviews and an in-person meeting. Stakeholders recommended different study designs for the CER topic areas and identified different outcomes as the most important outcomes to study in each area. During the discussions, stakeholders described a variety of factors that influenced their study design recommendations. The stakeholder activities resulted in the identification of several key themes, including the need to have a highly specific detailed research question before discussing appropriate designs and the need to use multiple studies, potentially of different designs, to address the CER topic areas. The insights and themes from this project may inform efforts to develop a translation table. PMID:24237409

  14. On incorporating damping and gravity effects in models of structural dynamics of the SCOLE configuration

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    Taylor, Larry; Leary, Terry; Stewart, Eric

    1987-01-01

    The damping for structural dynamic models of flexible spacecraft is usually ignored and then added after modal frequencies and mode shapes are calculated. It is common practice to assume the same damping ratio for all modes, although it is known that damping due to bending and that due to torsion are sometimes ignored. Two methods of including damping in the modeling process from its onset are examined. First, the partial derivative equations of motion are analyzed for a pinned-pinned beam with damping. The end conditions are altered to handle bodies with mass and inertia for the Spacecraft Control Laboratory Experiment (SCOLE) configuration. Second, a massless beam approximation is used for the modes with low frequencies, and a clamped-clamped system is used to approximate the modes for arbitrarily high frequency. The model is then modified to include gravity effects and is compared with experimental results.

  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. Effects of the decay of incorporated radioactive phosphorus on the transfer of the bacteriophage SP82G genome.

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    McAllister, W T; Green, D M

    1973-08-01

    The last genetic markers to be transferred during bacteriophage SP82G infection have a higher sensitivity to the decay of incorporated radioactive phosphorous ((32)P) than those which are located on the proximal end of the genome. If (32)P decay is permitted to take place after DNA transfer is complete (in frozen infective centers) and in the absence of DNA replication, no dependence of marker sensitivity on map position is observed. These results indicate that the decay of incorporated (32)P leads to damages that prevent the efficient transfer of portions of the genome distal to the lesion. At 4 C, failure to transfer some portion of the genome occurs in 49% of all lethal events. Even though damages that prevent transfer of the genome are in themselves lethal, they do not prevent rescue of genetic markers on portions of the genome that are transferred. The portion of the genome that is transferred, is transferred at the same rate as an undamaged genome. We interpret these results to mean that double-strand breaks in the DNA are the lesions that prevent distal transfer and that single-strand breaks have little or no effect on the transfer of the bacteriophage SP82G genome. PMID:4583886

  17. Effects of the Decay of Incorporated Radioactive Phosphorus on the Transfer of the Bacteriophage SP82G Genome 1

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    McAllister, William T.; Green, D. MacDonald

    1973-01-01

    The last genetic markers to be transferred during bacteriophage SP82G infection have a higher sensitivity to the decay of incorporated radioactive phosphorous (32P) than those which are located on the proximal end of the genome. If 32P decay is permitted to take place after DNA transfer is complete (in frozen infective centers) and in the absence of DNA replication, no dependence of marker sensitivity on map position is observed. These results indicate that the decay of incorporated 32P leads to damages that prevent the efficient transfer of portions of the genome distal to the lesion. At 4 C, failure to transfer some portion of the genome occurs in 49% of all lethal events. Even though damages that prevent transfer of the genome are in themselves lethal, they do not prevent rescue of genetic markers on portions of the genome that are transferred. The portion of the genome that is transferred, is transferred at the same rate as an undamaged genome. We interpret these results to mean that double-strand breaks in the DNA are the lesions that prevent distal transfer and that single-strand breaks have little or no effect on the transfer of the bacteriophage SP82G genome. PMID:4583886

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. Effect of testosterone incorporation on cell proliferation and differentiation for polymer-bioceramic composites.

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    da Costa, Kelen Jorge Rodrigues; Passos, Joel J; Gomes, Alinne D M; Sinisterra, Rubén D; Lanza, Célia R M; Cortés, Maria Esperanza

    2012-11-01

    In the current study, we characterized the polycaprolactone (PCL), poly(lactic acid-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA), and biphasic calcium phosphate (BCP) composites coated with testosterone propionate (T) using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and powder X-ray diffraction (XRD). Osteoblastic cells were seeded with PCL/BCP, PCL/BCP/T, PLGA/PCL/BCP and PLGA/PCL/BCP/T scaffolds, and cell viability, proliferation, differentiation and adhesion were analyzed. The results of physic-chemical experiments showed no displacements or suppression of bands in the FTIR spectra of scaffolds. The XRD patterns of the scaffolds showed an amorphous profile. The osteoblastic cells viability and proliferation increased in the presence of composites with testosterone over 72 h, and were significantly greater when PLGA/PCL/BCP/T scaffold was tested against PCL/BCP/T. Furthermore alkaline phosphatase production was significantly greater in the same group. In conclusion, the PLGA/PCL/BCP scaffold with testosterone could be a promising option for bone tissue applications due to its biocompatibility and its stimulatory effect on cell proliferation. PMID:22886580

  5. Incorporating Kinetic Effects into Global Models of the Solar Wind (Invited)

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    Cranmer, S. R.

    2010-12-01

    The origins of the hot solar corona and the supersonically expanding solar wind are still the subject of much debate. Far from there being a shortage of ideas, there is in fact a surplus of proposed physical mechanisms, each of which requires testing by comparison with observations. This process is difficult not only because the empirical measurements are limited, but also because many of the proposed mechanisms act on a wide range of spatial scales (from centimeters to solar radii) with feedback effects that are not yet well understood. Many of these mechanisms are related to the dissipation of solar MHD waves, and many involve multiple steps of energy conversion between waves, turbulence, current sheets, and other nonlinear plasma features. This presentation will give a summary of wave/turbulence models that seem to succeed in explaining the time-steady properties of the corona and the existence of fast and slow solar wind streams. A new global model of nonlinear MHD wave transport and dissipation in polar coronal holes, which includes both compressible and incompressible fluctuations, will also be presented. The goal of this model is to predict the kinetic partitioning of heat deposition between electrons, protons, and heavy ions, with as few free parameters as possible.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. Measuring some flounder (Platichthys flesus L.) innate immune responses to be incorporated in effect biomonitoring concepts

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    Skouras, Andreas; Steinhagen, Dieter

    2003-10-01

    For an implementation of innate immune responses of flounder (Platichthys flesus) in an integrated biological effect monitoring concept, leucocytes were isolated from peripheral blood, head kidney and spleen, and analysed for their capacity to mount a respiratory burst response upon phorbol ester stimulation. Responding cells were identified by reduced nitro-blue-tetrazolium salt deposits and by dihydro-rhodamine fluorescence in light microscope and flow cytometric analysis. Responding cells were found in head kidney derived cell suspensions rather than in peripheral blood or spleen. Parallel cytometric and microscopic analysis indicated that responding cells had a granulocyte or monocyte morphology, were alpha-naphtyl-esterase or myeloperoxidase positive and in flow cytometry exhibited a characteristic forward and side scatter (FSC/SSC) pattern. These cells represented 30-40% of head kidney derived cell suspensions and only 4-5 % of peripheral blood and spleen. In order to reduce sampling effort in field studies, leucocyte cell suspensions derived from flounder head kidney could be used in respiratory burst assays without further enrichment protocols. This paper combines, for the first time, conventional and cytometric analysis of phagocytes derived from flounder peripheral blood and head kidney.

  10. Incorporating the effect of fractionation in the evaluation of proton plan robustness to setup errors.

    PubMed

    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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  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. Morphology and oxygen incorporation effect on antimicrobial activity of silver thin films

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    Rebelo, Rita; Manninen, N. K.; Fialho, Luísa; Henriques, Mariana; Carvalho, Sandra

    2016-05-01

    Ag and AgxO thin films were deposited by non-reactive and reactive pulsed DC magnetron sputtering, respectively, with the final propose of functionalizing the SS316L substrate with antibacterial properties. The coatings were characterized chemically, physically and structurally. The coatings nanostructure was assessed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), while the coatings morphology was determined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The XRD and XPS analyses suggested that Ag thin film is composed by metallic Ag, which crystallizes in fcc-Ag phase, while the AgxO thin film showed both metallic Ag and Agsbnd O bonds, which crystalize in fcc-Ag and silver oxide phases. The SEM results revealed that Ag thin film formed a continuous layer, while AgxO layer was composed of islands with hundreds of nanometers surrounded by small nanoparticles with tens of nanometers. The surface wettability and surface tension parameters were determined by contact angle measurements, being found that Ag and AgxO surfaces showed very similar behavior, with all the surfaces showing a hydrophobic character. In order to verify the antibacterial behavior of the coatings, halo inhibition zone tests were realized for Staphylococcus epidermidis and Staphylococcus aureus. Ag coatings did not show antibacterial behavior, contrarily to AgxO coating, which presented antibacterial properties against the studied bacteria. The presence of silver oxide phase along with the development of different morphology was pointed as the main factors in the origin of the antibacterial effect found in AgxO thin film. The present study demonstrated that AgxO coating presented antibacterial behavior and its application in cardiovascular stents is promising.

  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. 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.

  19. Enhanced-electrokinetic extraction of heavy metals from dredged harbor sediment.

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    Yoo, Jong-Chan; Yang, Jung-Seok; Jeon, Eun-Ki; Baek, Kitae

    2015-07-01

    In this study, the feasibility of an ex situ electrokinetic (EK) process combined with pre-oxidation using hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and pre-washing using ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) was investigated in enhancing the extraction of Cu, Pb, and Zn from actual dredged harbor sediment. H2O2 pre-oxidation led to a change in the fractionation of Cu bound to organic matter and the sulfide fraction in the Fe-Mn oxides to the exchangeable fraction, but was not effective at removing metals. In contrast, EDTA pre-washing changed the Fe-Mn oxide-bound fractions of Cu and Pb into easily extractable fractions; 20.1, 27.5, and 32.8% of Cu, Pb, and Zn were removed, respectively. During EK treatment, metals were transported toward the anode by electromigration of negatively charged complexes such as metal-EDTA and metal-citrate. However, EK treatment did not significantly enhance the removal of metals because metals accumulated near the anodic region with an increase in the exchangeable fraction due to the short EK operating duration and low voltage gradient. Therefore, it is necessary to extend the EK operating duration and/or increase the voltage gradient for effective transportation and removal of metals from sediment. PMID:25655751

  20. 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.

  1. Improvement of microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography for measuring octanol-water partition coefficients.

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    Xia, Zhining; Jiang, Xuemei; Mu, Xiaojing; Chen, Hua

    2008-02-01

    Microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (MEEKC) has been used to indirectly measure octanol-water partition coefficients (log P(ow)) of compounds. In order to obtain an accurate log P(ow) value, the electrophoretic mobilities of the microemulsion phase (mu(me)) and the analyte (mu(eff)) in MEEKC must be accurately required. However, in conventional MEEKC, the shortage of obtaining mu(me) with a tracing method was discovered, and the influences of concentration, injection volume of analyte, and high electric field on measuring mu(eff) were also found. In this paper, a novel method called improved MEEKC (I-MEEKC) was developed to avoid the problems mentioned above. In I-MEEKC, a nonlinearity fitting program was used to obtain mu(me) to avoid the error from tracing mu(me); the extrapolating method was used to eliminate the effects of concentrations and injection volumes of analytes on mu(eff) measurement, and an enough stable microemulsion was selected to eliminate the effect of high electric field on mu(eff )measurement. Then the novel method was applied to estimate log P(ow) of uncharged compounds and charged pharmaceuticals compared to the conventional MEEKC. The log P(ow) of all analytes obtained by I-MEEKC agreed with those obtained by classical shake flask or literature values, the errors between them were within 0.1 logarithm units, better than the ones by conventional MEEKC. PMID:18203250

  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. Effectiveness of phototherapy incorporated into an exercise program for osteoarthritis of the knee: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

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    2014-01-01

    Background Osteoarthritis is a chronic disease with a multifactor etiology involving changes in bone alignment, cartilage, and other structures necessary to joint stability. There is a need to investigate therapeutic resources that combine different wavelengths as well as different light sources (low-level laser therapy and light-emitting diode therapy) in the same apparatus for the treatment of osteoarthritis. The aim of the proposed study is to analyze the effect of the incorporation of phototherapy into a therapeutic exercise program for individuals with osteoarthritis of the knee. Methods/Design A double-blind, controlled, randomized clinical trial will be conducted involving patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. Evaluations will be performed using functional questionnaires before and after the treatment protocols, in a reserved room with only the evaluator and participant present, and no time constraints placed on the answers or evaluations. The following functional tests will also be performed: stabilometry (balance assessment), dynamometry (muscle strength of gluteus medius and quadriceps), algometry (pain threshold), fleximeter (range of motion), timed up-and-go test (functional mobility), and the functional reach test. The participants will then be allocated to three groups through a randomization process using opaque envelopes: exercise program, exercise program + phototherapy, or exercise program + placebo phototherapy, all of which will last for eight weeks. Discussion The purpose of this randomized clinical trial is to analyze the effect of the incorporation of phototherapy into a therapeutic exercise program for osteoarthritis of the knee. The study will support the practice based on evidence to the use of phototherapy in individuals with a diagnosis of osteoarthritis of the knee. Data will be published after the study is completed. Trial registration The protocol for this study has been submitted to Clinical Trials, registration number NCT02102347, on 29 March 2014. PMID:24919587

  5. 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.

  6. Inhibitory effect of somatostatin on the basal and TSH-stimulated /sup 3/H-thymidine incorporation into rat thyroid lobes incubated in vitro

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    Zerek-Melen, G.; Lewinski, A.

    1988-07-15

    The effects of somatostatin on the spontaneous and TSH--stimulated incorporation of tritiated thymidine into the rat thyroid lobes incubated in vitro were investigated. The rate of /sup 3/H-thymidine incorporation was used as an index of thyroid follicular cells (TFC) proliferation. It was shown that: 1) somatostatin, at a concentration of 10(-7)M, decreased /sup 3/H-thymidine incorporation into DNA of TFC, 2) the highest somatostatin concentration, as tested in this study (10(-6)M), produced a similar decreasing effect; the decrease, in this case, did not attain significance vs. controls, 3) somatostatin, when employed together with TSH, suppressed the stimulatory effect of the latter hormone on /sup 3/H-thymidine incorporation into DNA of thyroid lobes.

  7. 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

  8. Effect of Broccoli (Brassica oleracea) Tissue, Incorporated at Different Depths in a Soil Column, on Meloidogyne incognita.

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    Roubtsova, Tatiana; López-Péŕez, Jose-Antonio; Edwards, Scott; Ploeg, Antoon

    2007-06-01

    Brassicas have been used frequently for biofumigation, a pest-management strategy based on the release of biocidal volatiles during decomposition of soil-incorporated tissue. However, the role of such volatiles in control of plant-parasitic nematodes is unclear. The goal of this study was to determine the direct localized and indirect volatile effects of amending soil with broccoli tissue on root-knot nematode populations. Meloidogyne incognita-infested soil in 50-cm-long tubes was amended with broccoli tissue, which was mixed throughout the tube or concentrated in a 10-cm layer. After three weeks at 28 degrees C, M. incognita populations in the amended tubes were 57 to 80% smaller than in non-amended tubes. Mixing broccoli throughout the tubes reduced M. incognita more than concentrating broccoli in a 10-cm layer. Amending a 10-cm layer reduced M. incognita in the non-amended layers of those tubes by 31 to 71%, probably due to a nematicidal effect of released volatiles. However, the localized direct effect was much stronger than the indirect effect of volatiles. The strong direct effect may have resulted from the release of non-volatile nematicidal compounds. Therefore, when using biofumigation with broccoli to control M. incognita, the tissue should be thoroughly and evenly mixed through the soil layer(s) where the target nematodes occur. Effects on saprophytic nematodes were the reverse. Amended soil layers had much greater numbers of saprophytic nematodes than non-amended layers, and there was no indirect effect of amendments on saprophytic nematodes in adjacent non-amended layers. PMID:19259479

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Soft particle analysis of electrokinetics of biological cells and their model systems

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    Makino, Kimiko; Ohshima, Hiroyuki

    2011-03-01

    In this article, we review the applications of a novel theory (Ohshima 2009 Sci. Technol. Adv. Mater. 10 063001) to the analysis of electrokinetic data for various soft particles, that is, particles covered with an ion-permeable surface layer of polyelectrolytes. Soft particles discussed in this review include various biological cells and hydrogel-coated particles as a model of biological cells. Cellular transformations increase the concentration of sialic acid of glycoproteins and are associated with blocked biosynthesis of glycolipids and aberrant expression of the developmentally programmed biosynthetic pathway. The change in shape or biological function of cells may affect their surface properties and can be detected by electrokinetic measurements. The experimental results were analyzed with Ohshima's electrokinetic formula for soft particles and soft surfaces. As a model system, hydrogel surfaces that mimic biological surfaces were also prepared and their surface properties were studied.

  14. 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.

  15. Mixing of non-Newtonian fluids in wavy serpentine microchannel using electrokinetically driven flow.

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    Cho, Ching-Chang; Chen, Chieh-Li; Chen, Cha'o-Kuang

    2012-03-01

    A numerical investigation is performed into the mixing performance of electrokinetically driven non-Newtonian fluids in a wavy serpentine microchannel. The flow behavior of the non-Newtonian fluids is described using a power-law model. The simulations examine the effects of the flow behavior index, the wave amplitude, the wavy-wall section length, and the applied electric field strength on the mixing performance. The results show that the volumetric flow rate of shear-thinning fluids is higher than that of shear-thickening fluids, and therefore results in a poorer mixing performance. It is shown that for both types of fluid, the mixing performance can be enhanced by increasing the wave amplitude, extending the length of the wavy-wall section, and reducing the strength of the electric field. Thus, although the mixing efficiency of shear-thinning fluids is lower than that of shear-thickening fluids, the mixing performance can be improved through an appropriate specification of the flow and geometry parameters. For example, given a shear-thinning fluid with a flow behavior index of 0.8, a mixing efficiency of 87% can be obtained by specifying the wave amplitude as 0.7, the wavy-wall section length as five times the characteristic length, the nondimensional Debye-Huckel parameter as 100, and the applied electric field strength as 43.5 V/cm. PMID:22522530

  16. Separation and determination of nitrofuran antibiotics in turbot fish by microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography.

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    Jiang, Ting-Fu; Lv, Zhi-Hua; Wang, Yuan-Hong; Yue, Mei-E; Lian, Shuai

    2009-07-01

    A microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (MEEKC) method has been developed for the determination of four nitrofuran antibiotics (furazolidone (FZD), furaltadone (FTD), nitrofurazone (NFZ) and nitrofurantoin (NFT)) in turbot fish. The effect of buffer the pH, the concentration of SDS and the concentrations of octane and butan-1-ol were studied systematically. With the optimized experimental conditions (octane, 0.82% (w/w); SDS, 3.48% (w/w); butan-1-ol, 6.48% (w/w); and 10 mM sodium tetraborate buffer (pH 9.70), with 30 kV as the applied voltage) all four analytes were baseline-separated within 8 min. Regression equations revealed a good linear relationship between the peak area of each compound and its concentration. The correlation coefficients of the four analytes were from 0.9945 to 0.9999. The relative standard deviations of the migration times and the peak areas were <1.84 and 5.16% (intra-day). The obtained recovery ranged between 97 and 104%. Moreover, the method was successfully validated and applied to the determination of nitrofuran antibiotics in contaminated fish. PMID:19609023

  17. On-line concentration sample stacking coupled with water-in-oil microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography.

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    Huang, Hsi-Ya; Liu, Wan-Ling; Singco, Brenda; Hsieh, Shih-Huan; Shih, Yung-Han

    2011-10-21

    This study describes for the first time, the ability of a normal stacking mode (NSM) on-line concentration step coupled with water-in-oil (W/O) microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (MEEKC), using six common penicillin antibiotics (oxacillin, penicillin V, penicillin G, nafcillin, ampicillin, and amoxicillin) as test analytes. Optimization of penicillin separation in the conventional W/O MEEKC system demonstrated that change in the type and concentration of the oil phase (1-butanol) and column temperature had a pronounced effect on the separation. With the subsequent development of the NSM coupled with W/O MEEKC, improved separation and detection sensitivities were observed when an organic solvent plug (1-propanol; 1.04 cm) was placed between the W/O microemulsion and the sample solutions. This could be attributed to the solution viscosity difference between the aqueous sample zone and the organic solvent plug causing the penicillin to be stacked in this 1-propanol plug. The optimal NSM W/O MEEKC provided about 12-fold increase in detection sensitivity compared with conventional sample injection (50 mbar, 3 s). Finally, this proposed method was successfully applied in the analyses of several food samples (porcine organs) spiked with penicillin. PMID:21689819

  18. Chiral micellar electrokinetic chromatography (CMEKC)-atmospheric pressure photoionization of benzoin derivatives using mixed molecular micelles

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    He, Jun; Shamsi, Shahab A.

    2012-01-01

    In the present work we report, for the first time, the successful on-line coupling of chiral micellar electrokinetic chromatography (CMEKC) to atmospheric pressure photo-ionization mass spectrometry (APPI-MS). Four structurally similar neutral test solutes (e.g., benzoin derivatives) were successfully ionized by APPI-MS. The mass spectra in the positive ion mode showed that the protonated molecular ions of benzoins are not the most abundant fragment ions. Simultaneous enantioseparation by CMEKC and on-line APPI-MS detection of four photoinitiators: hydrobenzoin (HBNZ), benzoin (BNZ), benzoin methyl ether (BME), benzoin ethyl ether (BEE), were achieved using an optimized molar ratio of mixed molecular micelle of two polymeric chiral surfactants (polysodium N-undecenoxy carbonyl-L-leucinate and polysodium N-undecenoyl-L,L-leucylvalinate). The CMEKC conditions, such as voltage, chiral polymeric surfactant concentration, buffer pH, and BGE concentration, were optimized using a multivariate central composite design (CCD). The sheath liquid composition (involving % v/v methanol, dopant concentration, electrolyte additive concentration, and flow rate) and spray chamber parameters (drying gas flow rate, drying gas temperature, and vaporizer temperature) were also optimized with CCD. Models built based on the CCD results and response surface method was used to analyze the interactions between factors and their effects on the responses. The final overall optimum conditions for CMEKC-APPI-MS were also predicted and found in agreement with the experimentally optimized parameters. PMID:21500208

  19. [Analysis of nine narcotics in urine by microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography-field samplified sample injection].

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    Zhang, Yu; Li, Qin; Lu, Minghua; Zhang, Lan; Chen, Guonan; Cai, Zongwei

    2011-08-01

    A simple, sensitive and reproducible method using microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (MEEKC)-field amplified sample injection (FASI) was developed for the analysis of nine narcotics (morphine, codeine, naloxone, heroin, thebaine, cocaine, pethidine, fentanyl and methadone) in urine. In the MEEKC method, sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), 1-butanol and ethyl acetate were used as surfactant, co-surfactant and organic solvent, respectively. The effects of the acidity and concentration of borate buffer, SDS, 1-butanol and ethyl acetate contents were investigated. The optimum concentrations (by mass fraction) of microemulsion system were 0.6% SDS, 1.2% 1-butanol, 0.6% ethyl acetate and 97.6% 10 mmol/L Na2B4O7 buffer (pH 9.5). The applied voltage was 25 kV. FASI was coupled with the MEEKC method to increase the sensitivity. Under the optimum conditions, the nine narcotics were baseline separated within 15 min and the detection limits (S/N = 3) were in the range of 0.3 - 8.0 microg/L. The spiked recoveries in urine samples were between 79.4% and 119.9% with the intraday relative standard deviations (RSDs) less than 5.5%. The developed method has been successfully applied to the analysis of methadone in the samples from in vitro metabolism study. PMID:22128745

  20. Separation of neutral compounds by microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography: fundamental studies on selectivity.

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    Gabel-Jensen, C; Honoré Hansen, S; Pedersen-Bjergaard, S

    2001-04-01

    The selectivity of microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (MEEKC) was studied utilizing some uncharged model compounds like aromatic amides, steroids, and esters of nicotinic acid. The cosurfactant of the microemulsion was found to be the most important factor affecting the selectivity, and alteration between 6.6% of 1-propanol, 1-butanol, tetrahydrofuran, and 2-ethoxyethanol caused several substantial changes in the migration order. In addition, the nature of the surfactant was found to significantly affect the selectivity. In this case, changes in order of migration was observed by replacement of half the content of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) with either sodium dioctyl sulfosuccinate (SDOSS), 3-(N,N-dimethylmyristylammonio) propanesulfonate (MAPS), polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate (Tween 21), and polyoxyethylene 23 lauryl ether (Brij 35). MEEKC was also accomplished with 3.3% of the anionic surfactant sodium cholate and with the cationic surfactant N-cetyl-N,N,N-trimethylammonium bromide (CTMA). Both provided substantial differences in selectivity as compared to the SDS-based systems. With SDS as surfacant, the concentration was varied within 1.0-4.5%. Minor selectivity changes were observed as the concentration of the surfacant was reduced, but the major effect was a reduction in the total migration time. The organic solvent of the microemulsion droplets was found only to have minor impact on the selectivity. PMID:11379955

  1. 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

  2. Nonaqueous electrokinetic chromatography-electrospray ionization mass spectrometry using anionic cyclodextrins.

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    Mol, Roelof; Servais, Anne-Catherine; Fillet, Marianne; Crommen, Jacques; de Jong, Gerhardus J; Somsen, Govert W

    2007-08-01

    The set-up of an on-line method for coupling nonaqueous electrokinetic chromatography (NAEKC) and electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) is presented. It allows the use of the single-isomer derivative anionic cyclodextrins heptakis(2,3-di-O-methyl-6-O-sulfo)-beta-cyclodextrin (HDMS-beta-CD) and heptakis(2,3-di-O-acetyl-6-O-sulfo)-beta-cyclodextrin (HDAS-beta-CD) for chiral and achiral separations of positively charged analytes. The effect of the cyclodextrins (CDs) on the MS signal intensities of model compounds was studied. When a voltage is applied over the CE capillary, the overall mobility of the CDs is towards the inlet vial preventing CDs from entering the ion source. However, the sodium counter ions of the CDs still enter the ion source and appeared to cause ionization suppression. Nevertheless, significant analyte signals could still be detected with detection limits in the sub-microg/ml. System parameters such as sheath liquid composition and flow rate, nebulizing gas pressure, capillary position in the sprayer and the drying gas flow and temperature were studied and optimized. The selection of a relatively low nebulizing gas pressure appeared to be important to achieve optimum sensitivity. The chiral selectivity of the NAEKC-ESI-MS system could be improved by addition of camphorsulfonate to the background electrolyte. Using mixtures of drugs and drug-related compounds, the NAEKC-ESI-MS system is shown to offer potential for (chiral) drug profiling. PMID:17543975

  3. Removal of oxyfluorfen from spiked soils using electrokinetic soil flushing with the surrounding arrangements of electrodes.

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    Risco, C; Rubí-Juárez, H; Rodrigo, S; López-Vizcaíno, R; Saez, C; Cañizares, P; Barrera-Díaz, C; Navarro, V; Rodrigo, M A

    2016-07-15

    This work reports the results of a study in which the remediation of soil that undergoes an accidental discharge of oxyfluorfen is carried out by using electrokinetic soil flushing (EKSF). Two different electrode configurations were tested, consisting of several electrodes surrounding an electrode of different polarity (so-called 1A6C, one anode surrounded by six cathodes, and 1C6A, one cathode surrounded by six cathodes). A pilot plant scale was used (with a soil volume of 175dm(3)) to perform the studies. During the tests, different parameters were measured daily (flowrates, pH, electrical conductivity and herbicide concentration in different sampling positions). Furthermore, at the end of the test, a complete post-mortem analysis was carried out to obtain a 3-D map of the pollution, pH and electrical conductivity in the soil. The results demonstrate that electrode arrangement is a key factor for effective pollutant removal. In fact, the 1A6C configuration improves the removal rate by 41.3% versus the 27.0% obtained by the 1C6A configuration after a period of 35days. Finally, a bench mark comparison of this study of soil remediation polluted with 2,4-D allows for significant conclusions about the scale-up and full-scale application of this technology. PMID:27058128

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. Improvement in electrokinetic remediation of heavy metal spiked kaolin with the polarity exchange technique.

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    Pazos, M; Sanromán, M A; Cameselle, C

    2006-02-01

    In the electrokinetic treatment of heavy metal polluted soil, an alkaline environment is generated at the cathode side. It provokes the precipitation of metal ions as hydroxides into the soil and diminishes the capability of the electroremediation to clean the polluted site. In this work the "polarity exchange" technique is presented as a simple way to avoid the negative effect of OH(-) on metal transportation. This technique lies in the operation during short time intervals at inverted polarity, so that the generation of H+ ions from the oxidation of water neutralize in the alkaline zone where the metal is precipitated, favouring its dissolution. Once the metals are redissolved, the polarity is set to the original position to transport them to the desired direction. Kaolin clay contaminated with Mn was used to test the feasibility of the polarity exchange technique. The application of the "conventional technique" dealt with a removal of 14% of the initial Mn in 7.6d. For a similar treatment time the polarity exchange technique resulted in 72% of removed Mn. Successive polarity exchanges will yield with a complete decontamination of the soil with a moderate increment in the electric power consumption. PMID:15970309

  8. 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 μg 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

  9. Micellar electrokinetic chromatographic method for the dabrafenib determination in biological samples.

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    Rodríguez, Juana; Castañeda, Gregorio; Muñoz, Lorena; Lizcano, Isabel; Berciano, Miguel A

    2016-05-01

    Two different micellar electrokinetic chromatographic methods to determine dabrafenib in urine and serum, both using borate buffer (pH 9.2, 20 mM) and SDS as separation electrolyte, are developed and validated. The analyses were carried out in a fused-silica capillary of 75 μm of internal diameter and total length of 47 and 37 cm for urine and serum determination, respectively. The detection of the target compound was performed at 227 nm in urine samples and at 251 nm in serum samples. The linearity range was from 1 to 21 mg/L of dabrafenib in urine and from 2 to 40 mg/L in serum. In all cases, inter- and intraday RSDs were <4%. Sample preparation of serum samples consists of an only step of 1:1 dilution with water before its injection in the electrophoretic system. These simple, sensitive, accurate, and cost-effective methods can be used in routine clinical practice to monitor dabrafenib concentrations in urine and serum of metastatic melanoma skin cancer patients. PMID:26879119

  10. 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

  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. 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

  13. 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

  14. Incorporation of advanced aerosol activation treatments into CESM/CAM5: model evaluation and impacts on aerosol indirect effects

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    Gantt, B.; He, J.; Zhang, X.; Zhang, Y.; Nenes, A.

    2014-07-01

    One of the greatest sources of uncertainty in the science of anthropogenic climate change is from aerosol-cloud interactions. The activation of aerosols into cloud droplets is a direct microphysical linkage between aerosols and clouds; parameterizations of this process link aerosol with cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) and the resulting indirect effects. Small differences between parameterizations can have a large impact on the spatiotemporal distributions of activated aerosols and the resulting cloud properties. In this work, we incorporate a series of aerosol activation schemes into the Community Atmosphere Model version 5.1.1 within the Community Earth System Model version 1.0.5 (CESM/CAM5) which include factors such as insoluble aerosol adsorption and giant cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) activation kinetics to understand their individual impacts on global-scale cloud droplet number concentration (CDNC). Compared to the existing activation scheme in CESM/CAM5, this series of activation schemes increase the computation time by ~10% but leads to predicted CDNC in better agreement with satellite-derived/in situ values in many regions with high CDNC but in worse agreement for some regions with low CDNC. Large percentage changes in predicted CDNC occur over desert and oceanic regions, owing to the enhanced activation of dust from insoluble aerosol adsorption and reduced activation of sea spray aerosol after accounting for giant CCN activation kinetics. Comparison of CESM/CAM5 predictions against satellite-derived cloud optical thickness and liquid water path shows that the updated activation schemes generally improve the low biases. Globally, the incorporation of all updated schemes leads to an average increase in column CDNC of 150% and an increase (more negative) in shortwave cloud forcing of 12%. With the improvement of model-predicted CDNCs and better agreement with most satellite-derived cloud properties in many regions, the inclusion of these aerosol activation processes should result in better predictions of radiative forcing from aerosol-cloud interactions.

  15. Effect of methane concentration in hydrogen plasma on hydrogen impurity incorporation in thick large-grained polycrystalline diamond films

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    Tang, C. J.; Fernandes, A. J. S.; Jiang, X. F.; Pinto, J. L.; Ye, H.

    2015-09-01

    We investigate the impact of methane concentration in hydrogen plasma on the growth of large-grained polycrystalline diamond (PCD) films and its hydrogen impurity incorporation. The diamond samples were produced using high CH4 concentration in H2 plasma and high power up to 4350 W and high pressure (either 105 or 110 Torr) in a microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition (MPCVD) system. The thickness of the free-standing diamond films varies from 165 μm to 430 μm. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), micro-Raman spectroscopy and Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy were used to characterize the morphology, crystalline and optical quality of the diamond samples, and bonded hydrogen impurity in the diamond films, respectively. Under the conditions employed here, when methane concentration in the gas phase increases from 3.75% to 7.5%, the growth rate of the PCD films rises from around 3.0 μm/h up to 8.5 μm/h, and the optical active bonded hydrogen impurity content also increases more than one times, especially the two CVD diamond specific H related infrared absorption peaks at 2818 and 2828 cm-1 rise strongly; while the crystalline and optical quality of the MCD films decreases significantly, namely structural defects and non-diamond carbon phase content also increases a lot with increasing of methane concentration. Based on the results, the relationship between methane concentration and diamond growth rate and hydrogen impurity incorporation including the form of bonded infrared active hydrogen impurity in CVD diamonds was analyzed and discussed. The effect of substrate temperature on diamond growth was also briefly discussed. The experimental findings indicate that bonded hydrogen impurity in CVD diamond films mainly comes from methane rather than hydrogen in the gas source, and thus can provide experimental evidence for the theoretical study of the standard methyl species dominated growth mechanism of CVD diamonds grown with methane/hydrogen mixtures.

  16. Removal of MTBE from a clay soil using electrokinetic technique.

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    Estabragh, A R; Bordbar, A T; Ghaziani, F; Javadi, A A

    2016-07-01

    Remediation of a soil contaminated with methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) was studied by using the electrokinetic technique. A series of experimental tests were carried out on contaminated soil in an electro-osmotic apparatus at different applied gradients of voltage and time. The tests were conducted with distilled water and ethylenediaminetetra acetic acid (EDTA) solution as electrolyte. During each test the values of pH at anode and cathode reservoirs and also the discharge from cathode were measured. At the end of each test a number of soil samples were extracted from the middle of the soil at different distances from the anode and the removal of contaminant was measured by a gas chromatography apparatus. The results indicate that with EDTA as electrolyte the highest efficiency for removal of MTBE is achieved with 2.0 V/cm gradient and in the duration of 14 days. In addition, EDTA causes the values of pH to increase and decrease in the cathode and anode reservoirs, respectively. It also decreases the effluent and electro-osmotic permeability in comparison with distilled water. Experimental data were analysed by ANOVA and t-test methods. These statistical analyses showed significant difference (at 5% level) between the reference and other tests. PMID:26787321

  17. The influence of soft layer electrokinetics on bacterial electroporation

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    Moran, Jeffrey; Dingari, Naga Neehar; Buie, Cullen

    2015-11-01

    Electroporation of mammalian cells has received a significant amount of theoretical attention over the last decade because of its ability to deliver biologically active molecules into cells using short and strong electric field pulses. However, application of the same theory to bacterial electroporation presents significant challenges because of the presence of charged soft layers around bacteria. The soft layer charge distribution has been found to significantly influence bacterial electrophoretic mobility and polarizability because it alters the electric potential spatial distribution around the cell envelope. In addition, the RC charging time scale of both the soft layer and electric double layer is of the order of microseconds, which is also of similar order of magnitude as the pore creation time scale. Therefore in this study, we investigate the influence of soft layer electrokinetics on the spatial pore distribution and the temporal pore radius evolution during bacteria electroporation, which are quantitative measures of a bacterium's amenability to electroporation. The study will have significant impact on designing and optimizing bacteria electroporation platforms for gene and drug delivery applications.

  18. Microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography hyphenated to atmospheric pressure photoionization mass spectrometry.

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    Schappler, Julie; Guillarme, Davy; Rudaz, Serge; Veuthey, Jean-Luc

    2008-01-01

    CZE is an appropriate technique for separating charged species, but lacks selectivity for neutral compounds. Alternative approaches such as microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (MEEKC) have been developed to broaden its range of applications. Hyphenation of MEEKC with MS is an attractive perspective since it can enhance sensitivity and selectivity. The on-line coupling of MEEKC with MS, however, is not straightforward due to the low compatibility of non-volatile surfactant additives (e.g. SDS) and the commonly used API source, namely ESI. In order to hyphenate MEEKC with MS detection, the atmospheric pressure photoionization (APPI) source was investigated. Possibilities offered by the coupling of MEEKC with APPI-MS were highlighted for the complex separation of ionized and neutral compounds in both the positive and negative modes. MEEKC-APPI-MS performance, in terms of selectivity, efficiency and sensitivity was compared to CZE-ESI-MS and MEEKC-ESI-MS for the screening of doping substances (beta-blockers, central stimulants, diuretics, etc). Relevant selectivity and detectability, particularly for neutral, structurally related and isobaric compounds was demonstrated with the MEEKC-APPI-MS approach opening new avenues for CE-MS, in addition to the well-established CZE-ESI-MS technique. PMID:18161697

  19. Analysis of rhubarb anthraquinones and bianthrones by microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography.

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    Sun, Shao-Wen; Yeh, Pei-Chen

    2005-01-01

    In this work a method of microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (MEEKC) has been developed for the analysis of nine anthraquinones and bianthrones in rhubarb. This study employed di-n-butyl tartrate as oil substance to make up the microemulsion. The composition of the microemulsion was 0.5% (w/w) di-n-butyl tartrate, 0.6% (w/w) SDS, 1.2% (w/w) 1-butanol and 97.7% (w/w) 10 mM sodium borate buffer, pH of the buffer being 9.2. Acetonitrile was added to the emulsion to improve the separation. The volume ratio between the emulsion solution and acetonitrile of an optimized separation was 70:30. With the optimized conditions all of the nine analytes were baseline-separated in peaks of good shapes within 20 min. After validation the method was used to analyze the components in a rhubarb sample. A solid-phase extraction procedure was employed. Five anthraquinones and two bianthrones had been detected in the sample and their amounts were determined. The method should be able to be used for the quantitative analysis of the main active components of rhubarb crude drugs. PMID:15620525

  20. Impurity profiling of atropine sulfate by microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography.

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    Bitar, Yaser; Holzgrabe, Ulrike

    2007-07-27

    An oil-in-water microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (MEEKC) method has been developed and validated for the determination of atropine, its major degradation products (tropic acid, apoatropine and atropic acid) and related substances from plants material (noratropine, 6-hydroxyhyoscyamine, 7-hydroxyhyoscyamine, hyoscine and littorine). Separation of atropine and all impurities was optimized by varying the voltage, the nature of the oil droplet and the buffer, as well as the organic modifier (methanol, 2-propanol or acetonitrile) and the surfactant type and concentration. The optimum O/W microemulsion background electrolyte (BGE) solution consists of 0.8% (w/w) octane, 6.62% (w/w) 1-butanol, 2.0% (w/w) 2-propanol, 4.44% (w/w) SDS and 86.14% (w/w) 10 mM sodium tetraborate buffer pH 9.2. In order to shorten the analysis time a voltage gradient was applied. The validation was performed with respect to specificity, linearity, range, limit of quantification and detection, precision, accuracy and robustness. The established method allowed the detection and determination of atropine sulfate related substances at impurity levels given in the European Pharmacopoeia. Good agreement was obtained between the established MEEKC method and the traditional RP-HPLC method. PMID:16971086

  1. 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 µm were achieved, in contrast to ~10 µm 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

  2. On-line coupling of electrokinetic chromatography and mass spectrometry.

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    Somsen, Govert W; Mol, Roelof; de Jong, Gerhardus J

    2010-06-18

    The use of pseudostationary phases (PSPs) in capillary electrophoresis provides powerful separation systems of high efficiency, selectivity and flexibility. Such electrokinetic chromatographic (EKC) systems are particularly useful for chiral analysis or for the analysis of samples containing a broad range of compounds. As the availability of mass and/or structural data on (unknown) sample constituents is increasingly important, the on-line coupling of EKC and mass spectrometry (MS) has gained attention. However, commonly used PSPs, such as micelles and cyclodextrines, may strongly interfere with electrospray ionization (ESI), making on-line EKC-MS quite a challenging task. This review covers the various approaches that have been proposed and developed to combine EKC and MS. A distinction is made between methodologies that prevent the PSP from entering the MS system, and methodologies that allow introduction of PSPs into the ion source. Various approaches such as partial filling of the separation capillary with PSP, use of reverse-migrating PSPs, employment of volatile PSPs, and alternative ionization modes, are outlined. Specific applications are described and overview tables are provided. It is concluded that there is no general solution for EKC-MS available yet, but new ionization techniques like atmospheric pressure photoionization may offer attractive perspectives for achieving full compatibility. PMID:20181344

  3. Modeling of mesoscopic electrokinetic phenomena using charged dissipative particle dynamics

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    Deng, Mingge; Li, Zhen; Karniadakis, George

    2015-11-01

    In this work, we propose a charged dissipative particle dynamics (cDPD) model for investigation of mesoscopic electrokinetic phenomena. In particular, this particle-based method was designed to simulate micro- or nano- flows which governing by Poisson-Nernst-Planck (PNP) equation coupled with Navier-Stokes (NS) equation. For cDPD simulations of wall-bounded fluid systems, a methodology for imposing correct Dirichlet and Neumann boundary conditions for both PNP and NS equations is developed. To validate the present cDPD model and the corresponding boundary method, we perform cDPD simulations of electrostatic double layer (EDL) in the vicinity of a charged wall, and the results show good agreement with the mean-field theoretical solutions. The capacity density of a parallel plate capacitor in salt solution is also investigated with different salt concentration. Moreover, we utilize the proposed methodology to study the electroosmotic and electroosmotic/pressure-driven flow in a micro-channel. In the last, we simulate the dilute polyelectrolyte solution both in bulk and micro-channel, which show the flexibility and capability of this method in studying complex fluids. This work was sponsored by the Collaboratory on Mathematics for Mesoscopic Modeling of Materials (CM4) supported by DOE.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural content in foodstuffs determined by micellar electrokinetic chromatography.

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    Teixidó, Erika; Núñez, Oscar; Santos, F Javier; Galceran, M Teresa

    2011-06-15

    Micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC) has been applied for the determination of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural in several foodstuffs. A 75mM phosphate buffer solution at pH 8.0 containing 100mM sodium dodecylsulphate was used as background electrolyte (BGE), and the separation was performed by applying +25kV in a 50μm I.D. uncoated fused-silica capillary. Good linearity over the range 2.5-250mgkg(-1) (r(2)⩾0.999) and run-to-run and day-to-day precisions at low and medium concentration levels were obtained. Sample limit of detection (0.7mgkg(-1)) and limit of quantification (2.5mgkg(-1)) were established by preparing the standards in blank matrix. The procedure was validated by comparing the results with those obtained with liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). Levels of HMF in 45 different foodstuffs such as breakfast cereals, toasts, honey, orange juice, apple juice, jam, coffee, chocolate and biscuits were determined. PMID:25213975

  7. 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 Hz–1 kHz range and V {sub p−p}> 8, AC osmotic fluid flow repulses the particles from electrode edges. However, in 10 kHz–10 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Propagation of electro-kinetic waves in magnetized GaN semiconductor with nano-sized ion colloids

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    Saxena, Ajay; Sharma, Giriraj; Jat, K. L.; Rishi, M. P.

    2015-07-31

    Based on hydrodynamic model of multi-component plasma, an analytical study on propagation of longitudinal electro-kinetic (LEK) waves in wurtzite and zincblende structures of GaN is carried out. Nano-sized ion colloids (NICs) are embedded in the sample by the technique of ion-implantation. The implanted NICs are considered massive by an order as compared to the host lattice points and do not participate in Based LEK perturbations. Though, the NICs are continuously bombarded by the electrons as well as the holes yet, the former acquires a net negative charge owing to relatively higher mobility of electrons and consequently results into depletion of electron density in the medium. It i s found that the presence of charged NICs significantly modifies the dispersion and amplification characteristics of LEK waves in magnetized GaN semiconductor plasma and their role becomes increasingly effective as the fraction of charge on them increases.

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. Incorporation of the silicon germanium carbon compound in the realization of a bipolar inversion channel field-effect transistor (BICFET)

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    Sharer, Deborah Louise

    The feasibility of fabrication of an inversion base transistor in the BICFET (Bipolar Inversion Channel Field Effect Transistor) configuration is investigated in this project. The requisite heterostructure will be realized through the extensive use of the silicon germanium carbon compound Si1-x-yGexCy. It is anticipated that band offsets comparable to Si1-xGex(x ˜ 0.5) will be achieved without the inherent difficulties associated with induced strains and epilayer thickness limitations present in this system. Initial explorations will be carried out through utilization of software acquired from Technology Modeling Associates, Sunnyvale, California. Simulations will be accomplished through the use of the Medici software, which is capable of modeling semiconductor devices comprised of conventional and/or user defined materials, impurities, structures and operating conditions. The Medici package, in conjunction with the Heterojunction Device Advanced Application Module (AAM), the Lattice Temperature AAK the Trapped Charge AAK and the Anisotropic Material AAK will also allow prediction of the electrical properties and characteristics of semiconductor devices composed of anisotropic media that possess a discontinuous band structure and inevitable defect constraints under variable thermal conditions. Through the capability of user defined compounds, the effect of incorporating carbon into Si1--xGex will be explored and internal device operation, as well as any breakdown or failure mechanisms allowed for in the software, will be determined.

  15. 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

  16. 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; Díaz-Granados, José Sánchez; 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

  17. 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

  18. EFFECT OF ZINC AVAILABILITY ON GROWTH, MORPHOLOGY, AND NUTRIENT INCORPORATION IN A COASTAL AND AN OCEANIC DIATOM(1).

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    Varela, Diana E; Willers, Valeria; Crawford, David W

    2011-04-01

    We investigated the effect of Zn availability on growth rate (μ), cell morphology, and elemental stoichiometry and incorporation rate in two marine diatoms. For the coastal diatom Skeletonema costatum (Grev.) Cleve, the half-saturation constant (KS ) for growth was 4.1 pM Zn(2+) , and growth ceased at ≤ 2.6 pM Zn(2+) , whereas for the oceanic diatom Thalassiosira oceanica Hasle, KS was 0.5 pM Zn(2+) , and μ remained at ∼40%μmax even at 0.3 pM Zn(2+) . Under Zn-limiting (Zn-L) conditions, S. costatum decreased cell size significantly, leading to an 80% increase in surface area to volume ratio (SA/V) at Zn(2+) of 3.5 pM compared to Zn-replete (Zn-R) conditions (at Zn(2+) of 13.2 pM), whereas T. oceanica's morphology did not change appreciably. Cell quotas of C, N, P, Si, and chl a significantly decreased under Zn limitation in S. costatum (at Zn(2+) of 3.5 pM), whereas Zn limitation in T. oceanica (at Zn(2+) of 0.3 pM) had little effect on quotas. Elemental stoichiometry was ∼85C:10N:9Si:1P and 81C:9N:5Si:1P for S. costatum, and 66C:5N:2Si:1P and 52C:6N:2Si:1P for T. oceanica, under Zn-R and Zn-L conditions, respectively. Incorporation rates of all elements were significantly reduced under Zn limitation for both diatoms, but particularly for Si in S. costatum, and for C in T. oceanica, despite its apparent tolerance of low Zn conditions. With [Zn(2+) ] in some parts of the ocean being of the same order (∼0.2 to 2 pM) as our low Zn conditions for T. oceanica, our results support the hypothesis that in situ growth and C acquisition may be limited by Zn in some oceanic species. PMID:27021862

  19. 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.

  20. Effect of incorporation of nanoscale bioactive glass and hydroxyapatite in PCL/chitosan nanofibers for bone and periodontal tissue engineering.

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    Shalumon, K T; Sowmya, S; Sathish, D; Chennazhi, K P; Nair, Shantikumar V; Jayakumar, R

    2013-03-01

    A biomimetic scaffold which can very closely mimic the extracellular matrix of the bone was fabricated by incorporating nano-bioceramic particles such as nano bioglass (nBG) and nano hydroxyapatite (nHAp) within electrospun nanofibrous scaffold. A comparative study between nHAp incorporated poly(caprolactone) (PCL)-chitosan (CS) and nBG incorporated PCL-CS nanofibrous scaffolds was carried out and their feasibility in tissue engineering was investigated. All the samples were optimized to obtain fibers of similar diameter from 100-200 nm for the ease of comparison between the samples. Protein adsorption studies showed that PCL-CS incorporated with 3 wt% nHAp and 3 wt% nBG adsorbed more proteins on their surface than other samples. Cell attachment and proliferation studies using human periodontal ligament fibroblast cells (hPLFs) and osteoblast like cells (MG-63 cell lines) showed that nBG incorporated samples are slightly superior to nHAp incorporated counterparts. Cell viability test using alamar blue assay and live/dead staining confirms that the scaffolds are cytocompatible. ALP activity confirmed the osteoblastic behavior of hPDLFs. Also the presence of nHAp and nBG enhanced the ALP activity of hPDLF on the PCH3 and PCB3 scaffolds. These studies indicate that nBG incorporated electrospun scaffolds are comparatively better candidates for orthopedic and periodontal tissue engineering applications. PMID:23620999