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  1. Module: Material Structure Focus: Crystal Structures

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    Rowley, Clarence W.

    Module: Material Structure Focus: Crystal Structures Duration: 43 minute period Contact: Daniel with the class crystalline structure. 2. Students will perform a lab on crystal structure. Assignment: 1. dsteinbe@princeton.edu #12;Module: Material Structure Focus: Crystal Structures Duration: 43 minute period

  2. Module: Material Structure Focus: Hydrogen Bonding & Crystallization.

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    Rowley, Clarence W.

    and demonstrate the process of growing crystals. Materials: Water Copper Sulfate Cup Petri Dish Petri Dish Water sulfate in each Petri dish to act as a "seed" crystal. I came across another crystal growing exerciseModule: Material Structure Focus: Hydrogen Bonding & Crystallization. Duration: 43 minute period

  3. Module: Material Structure Focus: Crystal Structures

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    Rowley, Clarence W.

    to observe and diagram various crystal defects. Materials: Copper Sulfate Crystals Microscope Procedures: 1 in the copper sulfate crystals they made in a previous lab. Assignment: 1. Complete lab write up. Assessment: 1 of yesterday's lab, students are to place a few of their copper sulfate crystals on a microscope slide

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

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    1975-01-01

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

  5. Solar cell structure incorporating a novel single crystal silicon material

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    Pankove, Jacques I. (Princeton, NJ); Wu, Chung P. (Trenton, NJ)

    1983-01-01

    A novel hydrogen rich single crystal silicon material having a band gap energy greater than 1.1 eV can be fabricated by forming an amorphous region of graded crystallinity in a body of single crystalline silicon and thereafter contacting the region with atomic hydrogen followed by pulsed laser annealing at a sufficient power and for a sufficient duration to recrystallize the region into single crystal silicon without out-gassing the hydrogen. The new material can be used to fabricate semiconductor devices such as single crystal silicon solar cells with surface window regions having a greater band gap energy than that of single crystal silicon without hydrogen.

  6. A CRYSTAL STRUCTURE-BASED EIGENTRANSFORMATION AND ITS WORK-CONJUGATE MATERIAL STRESS

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    Wu, Chien H.

    A CRYSTAL STRUCTURE-BASED EIGENTRANSFORMATION AND ITS WORK-CONJUGATE MATERIAL STRESS CHIEN H. WU examine the configurational changes brought about by atomic diffusion in a nonuniform alloy crystal. The transformation from a reference, single-parameter simple cubic cell to a six-parameter alloy crystal cell, called

  7. Optical properties of gyroid structured materials: from photonic crystals to metamaterials

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    Dolan, James A.; Wilts, Bodo D.; Vignolini, Silvia; Baumberg, Jeremy J.; Steiner, Ullrich; Wilkinson, Timothy D.

    2014-01-01

    below according to the nature of the structure under study: biological gyroids, biotemplated gyroids, block copolymer gyroids, and gyroids assembled by top-down methods. Optical properties of gyroid structured materials 18 2.2.1. Biological gyroid... multiple domain orientations) of the gyroid photonic crystals in the wing scale and the absorption due to a wavelength- selective pigment in the wing scales. 2.2.2. Biotemplated gyroids Although nature can provide various gyroid photonic crystals...

  8. Optical properties of gyroid structured materials: from photonic crystals to metamaterials

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    Dolan, James A.; Wilts, Bodo D.; Vignolini, Silvia; Baumberg, Jeremy J.; Steiner, Ullrich; Wilkinson, Timothy D.

    2014-11-29

    below according to the nature of the structure under study: biological gyroids, biotemplated gyroids, block copolymer gyroids, and gyroids assembled by top-down methods. Optical properties of gyroid structured materials 18 2.2.1. Biological gyroid... multiple domain orientations) of the gyroid photonic crystals in the wing scale and the absorption due to a wavelength- selective pigment in the wing scales. 2.2.2. Biotemplated gyroids Although nature can provide various gyroid photonic crystals...

  9. Single crystal silicon as a macro-world structural material : application to compact, lightweight high pressure vessels

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    Garza, Tanya Cruz

    2011-01-01

    Single crystal silicon has promising inherent structural properties which are attractive for weight sensitive applications. Single crystal silicon, however, is a brittle material which makes the usable strength that can ...

  10. Molecular simulation of liquid crystals: progress towards a better understanding of bulk structure and the prediction of material properties

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    Wilson, Mark R.

    Molecular simulation of liquid crystals: progress towards a better understanding of bulk structure on understanding of molecular structure in liquid crystal phases and the prediction of bulk material properties such as polymer simulation, lyotropic liquid crystals and model membranes. 1. Introduction In recent years rapid

  11. Active materials in photonic crystals

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    Bermel, Peter (Peter A.)

    2007-01-01

    I analyze new phenomena arising from embedding active materials inside of photonic crystal structures. These structures strongly modify the photonic local density of states (LDOS), leading to quantitative and qualitative ...

  12. Theoretical Studies on the Electronic Structures and Properties of Complex Ceramic Crystals and Novel Materials

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    Ching, Wai-Yim

    2012-01-14

    This project is a continuation of a long program supported by the Office of Basic Energy Science in the Office of Science of DOE for many years. The final three-year continuation started on November 1, 2005 with additional 1 year extension to October 30, 2009. The project was then granted a two-year No Cost Extension which officially ended on October 30, 2011. This report covers the activities within this six year period with emphasis on the work completed within the last 3 years. A total of 44 papers with acknowledgement to this grant were published or submitted. The overall objectives of this project are as follows. These objectives have been evolved over the six year period: (1) To use the state-of-the-art computational methods to investigate the electronic structures of complex ceramics and other novel crystals. (2) To further investigate the defects, surfaces/interfaces and microstructures in complex materials using large scale modeling. (3) To extend the study on ceramic materials to more complex bioceramic crystals. (4) To initiate the study on soft condensed matters including water and biomolecules. (5) To focus on the spectroscopic studies of different materials especially on the ELNES and XANES spectral calculations and their applications related to experimental techniques. (6) To develop and refine computational methods to be effectively executed on DOE supercomputers. (7) To evaluate mechanical properties of different crystals and those containing defects and relate them to the fundamental electronic structures. (8) To promote and publicize the first-principles OLCAO method developed by the PI (under DOE support for many years) for applications to large complex material systems. (9) To train a new generation of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in modern computational materials science and condensed matter physics. (10) To establish effective international and domestic collaborations with both experimentalists and theorists in materials research. Because of the large amount of work accomplished, a diverse class of materials covered and the desire for an easier reporting process, this report will list six categories (A to F) of major accomplishments and findings under the following headings with references to the published papers under DOE support. These six categories obviously have heavy overlaps. A complete list of published papers follows the brief description on each category. Each paper also indicates to which of the six categories the main accomplishment it belongs to. A. Electronic structure of complex and novel crystals B. Impurities, surfaces, interfaces and microstructures in ceramics C. Structures and properties of complex bioceramics D. Soft condensed matters E. Spectroscopic characterizations, XANES and ELNES spectroscopy F. Large-scale simulations

  13. Advanced thermoelectric materials with enhanced crystal lattice structure and methods of preparation

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    Fleurial, Jean-Pierre (Inventor); Caillat, Thierry F. (Inventor); Borshchevsky, Alexander (Inventor)

    1998-01-01

    New skutterudite phases including Ru.sub.0.5 Pd.sub.0.5 Sb.sub.3, RuSb.sub.2 Te, and FeSb.sub.2 Te, have been prepared having desirable thermoelectric properties. In addition, a novel thermoelectric device has been prepared using skutterudite phase Fe.sub.0.5 Ni.sub.0.5 Sb.sub.3. The skutterudite-type crystal lattice structure of these semiconductor compounds and their enhanced thermoelectric properties results in semiconductor materials which may be used in the fabrication of thermoelectric elements to substantially improve the efficiency of the resulting thermoelectric device. Semiconductor materials having the desired skutterudite-type crystal lattice structure may be prepared in accordance with the present invention by using powder metallurgy techniques. Measurements of electrical and thermal transport properties of selected semiconductor materials prepared in accordance with the present invention, demonstrated high Hall mobilities and good Seebeck coefficients. These materials have low thermal conductivity and relatively low electrical resistivity, and are good candidates for low temperature thermoelectric applications.

  14. Correlation between hierarchical structure of crystal networks and macroscopic performance of mesoscopic soft materials and engineering principles.

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    Lin, Naibo; Liu, Xiang Yang

    2015-10-19

    This review examines how the concepts and ideas of crystallization can be extended further and applied to the field of mesoscopic soft materials. It concerns the structural characteristics vs. the macroscopic performance, and the formation mechanism of crystal networks. Although this subject can be discussed in a broad sense across the area of mesoscopic soft materials, our main focus is on supramolecular materials, spider and silkworm silks, and biominerals. First, the occurrence of a hierarchical structure, i.e. crystal network and domain network structures, will facilitate the formation kinetics of mesoscopic phases and boost up the macroscopic performance of materials in some cases (i.e. spider silk fibres). Second, the structure and performance of materials can be correlated in some way by the four factors: topology, correlation length, symmetry/ordering, and strength of association of crystal networks. Moreover, four different kinetic paths of crystal network formation are identified, namely, one-step process of assembly, two-step process of assembly, mixed mode of assembly and foreign molecule mediated assembly. Based on the basic mechanisms of crystal nucleation and growth, the formation of crystal networks, such as crystallographic mismatch (or noncrystallographic) branching (tip branching and fibre side branching) and fibre/polymeric side merging, are reviewed. This facilitates the rational design and construction of crystal networks in supramolecular materials. In this context, the (re-)construction of a hierarchical crystal network structure can be implemented by thermal, precipitate, chemical, and sonication stimuli. As another important class of soft materials, the unusual mechanical performance of spider and silkworm silk fibres are reviewed in comparison with the regenerated silk protein derivatives. It follows that the considerably larger breaking stress and unusual breaking strain of spider silk fibres vs. silkworm silk fibres can be interpreted according to the synergistically correlated hierarchical structures of the domain and crystal networks, which can be quantified by the hierarchical structural correlation and the four structural parameters. Based on the concept of crystal networks, the new understanding acquired will transfer the research and engineering of mesoscopic materials, particularly, soft functional materials, to a new phase. PMID:26214062

  15. Elastico-mechanoluminescence and crystal-structure relationships in persistent luminescent materials and II-VI semiconductor phosphors

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    Chandra, B. P.; Chandra, V. K.; Jha, Piyush

    2015-04-01

    Elastico-mechanoluminescence (EML) has recently attracted the attention of a large number of researchers because of its potential in different types of mechano-optical devices. For understanding the mechanism of EML the relationships between elastico-mechanoluminescence (EML) and crystal-structure of a large number of persistent luminescent materials and II-VI semiconductor phosphors known to date are investigated. It is found that, although most of the non-centrosymmetric crystals exhibit EML, certain non-centrosymmetric crystals do not show EML. Whereas, many centrosymmetric crystals do not exhibit EML, certain centrosymmetric crystals exhibit EML. Piezoelectric ZnS:Cu,Cl single crystals do not show EML, but piezoelectric ZnS:Cu,Cl microcrystalline phosphors show very intense EML. Piezoelectric single crystals of undoped ZnS do not show EML. It seems that EML is related to local piezoelectrification near the impurities in crystals where piezoelectric constant is high. Suitable piezoelectric field near the local piezoelectric region and stable charge carriers in traps are required for appearance of EML. The EML of persistent luminescent materials and II-VI semiconductor phosphors can be understood on the basis of piezoelectrically-induced trap-depth reduction model of EML. Using suitable dopants both in non-centrosymmetric and centrosymmetric crystals intense elastico-mechanoluminescent materials emitting desired colours can be tailored, which may find applications in several mechano-optical devices.

  16. Crystal structure and prediction.

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    Thakur, Tejender S; Dubey, Ritesh; Desiraju, Gautam R

    2015-04-01

    The notion of structure is central to the subject of chemistry. This review traces the development of the idea of crystal structure since the time when a crystal structure could be determined from a three-dimensional diffraction pattern and assesses the feasibility of computationally predicting an unknown crystal structure of a given molecule. Crystal structure prediction is of considerable fundamental and applied importance, and its successful execution is by no means a solved problem. The ease of crystal structure determination today has resulted in the availability of large numbers of crystal structures of higher-energy polymorphs and pseudopolymorphs. These structural libraries lead to the concept of a crystal structure landscape. A crystal structure of a compound may accordingly be taken as a data point in such a landscape. PMID:25422850

  17. Crystal Structure Prediction and its Application in Earth and Materials Sciences

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    Zhu, Qiang

    First of all, we describe how to predict crystal structure by evolutionary approach, and extend this method to study the packing of organic molecules, by our specially designed constrained evolutionary algorithm. The main feature of this new approach is that each unit or molecule is treated as a whole body, which drastically reduces the search space and improves the efficiency. The improved method is possibly to be applied in the fields of (1) high pressure phase of simple molecules (H2O, NH3, CH4, etc); (2) pharmaceutical molecules (glycine, aspirin, etc); (3) complex inorganic crystals containing cluster or molecular unit, (Mg(BH4)2, Ca(BH4)2, etc). One application of the constrained evolutionary algorithm is given by the study of (Mg(BH4)2, which is a promising materials for hydrogen storage. Our prediction does not only reproduce the previous work on Mg(BH4)2 at ambient condition, but also yields two new tetragonal structures at high pressure, with space groups P4 and I41/acd are predicted to be lower in enthalpy, by 15.4 kJ/mol and 21.2 kJ/mol, respectively, than the earlier proposed P42nm phase. We have simulated X-ray diffraction spectra, lattice dynamics, and equations of state of these phases. The density, volume contraction, bulk modulus, and the simulated XRD patterns of P4 and I41/acd structures are in excellent agreement with the experimental results. Two kinds of oxides (Xe-O and Mg-O) have been studied under megabar pressures. For XeO, we predict the existence of thermodynamically stable Xe-O compounds at high pressures (XeO, XeO2 and XeO3 become stable at pressures of 83, 102 and 114 GPa, respectively). For Mg-O, our calculations find that two extraordinary compounds MgO2 and Mg3O 2 become thermodynamically stable at 116 GPa and 500 GPa, respectively. Our calculations indicate large charge transfer in these oxides for both systems, suggesting that large electronegativity difference and pressure are the key factors favouring their formations. We also discuss if these oxides might exist at earth and planetary conditions. If the target properties are set as the global fitness functions while structure relaxations are energy/enthalpy minimization, such hybrid optimization technique could effectively explore the landscape of properties for the given systems. Here we illustrate this function by the case of searching for superdense carbon allotropes. We find three structures (hP3, tI12, and tP12) that have significantly greater density. Furthermore, we find a collection of other superdense structures based on different ways of packing carbon tetrahedral. Superdense carbon allotropes are predicted to have remarkably high refractive indices and strong dispersion of light. Apart from evolutionary approach, there also exist some other methods for structural prediction. One can also combine the features from different methods. We develop a novel method for crystal structure prediction, based on metadynamics and evolutionary algorithms. This technique can be used to produce efficiently both the ground state and metastable states easily reachable from a reasonable initial structure. We use the cell shape as collective variable and evolutionary variation operators developed in the context of the USPEX method to equilibrate the system as a function of the collective variables. We illustrate how this approach helps one to find stable and metastable states for Al2SiO5, SiO2, MgSiO3. Apart from predicting crystal structures, the new method can also provide insight into mechanisms of phase transitions. This method is especially powerful in sampling the metastable structures from a given configuration. Experiments on cold compression indicated the existence of a new superhard carbon allotrope. Numerous metastable candidate structures featuring different topologies have been proposed for this allotrope. We use evolutionary metadynamics to systematically search for possible candidates which could be accessible from graphite. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

  18. Structural, thermal and optical characterization of an organic NLO material--benzaldehyde thiosemicarbazone monohydrate single crystals.

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    Santhakumari, R; Ramamurthi, K

    2011-02-01

    Single crystals of the organic NLO material, benzaldehyde thiosemicarbazone (BTSC) monohydrate, were grown by slow evaporation method. Solubility of BTSC monohydrate was determined in ethanol at different temperatures. The grown crystals were characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis to determine the cell parameters and by FT-IR technique to study the presence of the functional groups. Thermogravimetric and differential thermal analyses reveal the thermal stability of the crystal. UV-vis-NIR spectrum shows excellent transmission in the region of 200-1100 nm. Theoretical calculations were carried out to determine the linear optical constants such as extinction coefficient and refractive index. Further the optical nonlinearities of BTSC have been investigated by Z-scan technique with He-Ne laser radiation of wavelength 632.8 nm. Mechanical properties of the grown crystal were studied using Vickers microhardness tester. Second harmonic generation efficiency of the powdered BTSC monohydrate was tested using Nd:YAG laser and it is found to be ?5.3 times that of potassium dihydrogen orthophosphate. PMID:21186136

  19. Structural, thermal and optical characterization of an organic NLO material—Benzaldehyde thiosemicarbazone monohydrate single crystals

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    Santhakumari, R.; Ramamurthi, K.

    2011-02-01

    Single crystals of the organic NLO material, benzaldehyde thiosemicarbazone (BTSC) monohydrate, were grown by slow evaporation method. Solubility of BTSC monohydrate was determined in ethanol at different temperatures. The grown crystals were characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis to determine the cell parameters and by FT-IR technique to study the presence of the functional groups. Thermogravimetric and differential thermal analyses reveal the thermal stability of the crystal. UV-vis-NIR spectrum shows excellent transmission in the region of 200-1100 nm. Theoretical calculations were carried out to determine the linear optical constants such as extinction coefficient and refractive index. Further the optical nonlinearities of BTSC have been investigated by Z-scan technique with He-Ne laser radiation of wavelength 632.8 nm. Mechanical properties of the grown crystal were studied using Vickers microhardness tester. Second harmonic generation efficiency of the powdered BTSC monohydrate was tested using Nd:YAG laser and it is found to be ˜5.3 times that of potassium dihydrogen orthophosphate.

  20. Nondestructive optical testing of the materials surface structure based on liquid crystals

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    Tomilin, M. G.; Stafeev, S. K.

    2011-08-01

    Thin layers of nematic liquid crystals (NLCs) may be used as recording media for visualizing structural and microrelief defects, distribution of low power physical fields and modifications of the surface. NLCs are more sensitive in comparison with cholesteric and smectic LCs having super molecular structures. The detecting properties of NLCs are based on local layers deformation, induced by surface fields and observed in polarizing microscope. The structural surface defects or physical field's distribution are dramatically change the distribution of surface tension. Surface defects recording becomes possible if NLC deformed structure is illuminated in transparent or reflective modes and observed in optical polarizing microscope and appearing image is compared with background structure. In this case one observes not the real defect but the local deformation in NLCs. The theory was developed to find out the real size of defects. The resolution of NLC layer is more than 2000 lines/mm. The fields of NLC application are solid crystals symmetry, minerals, metals, semiconductors, polymers and glasses structure inhomogeneities and optical coatings defects detecting. The efficiency of NLC method in biophotonics is illustrated by objective detecting cancer tissues character and visualizing the interaction traces of grippe viruses with antibodies. NLCs may detect solvent components structure in tea, wine and perfume giving unique information of their structure. It presents diagnostic information alternative to dyes and fluorescence methods. For the first time the structures of some juices and beverages are visualized to illustrate the unique possibilities of NLCs.

  1. Thermoelectric material including a multiple transition metal-doped type I clathrate crystal structure

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    Yang, Jihui (Lakeshore, CA); Shi, Xun (Troy, MI); Bai, Shengqiang (Shanghai, CN); Zhang, Wenqing (Shanghai, CN); Chen, Lidong (Shanghai, CN); Yang, Jiong (Shanghai, CN)

    2012-01-17

    A thermoelectric material includes a multiple transition metal-doped type I clathrate crystal structure having the formula A.sub.8TM.sub.y.sub.1.sup.1TM.sub.y.sub.2.sup.2 . . . TM.sub.y.sub.n.sup.nM.sub.zX.sub.46-y.sub.1.sub.-y.sub.2.sub.- . . . -y.sub.n.sub.-z. In the formula, A is selected from the group consisting of barium, strontium, and europium; X is selected from the group consisting of silicon, germanium, and tin; M is selected from the group consisting of aluminum, gallium, and indium; TM.sup.1, TM.sup.2, and TM.sup.n are independently selected from the group consisting of 3d, 4d, and 5d transition metals; and y.sub.1, y.sub.2, y.sub.n and Z are actual compositions of TM.sup.1, TM.sup.2, TM.sup.n, and M, respectively. The actual compositions are based upon nominal compositions derived from the following equation: z=8q.sub.A-|.DELTA.q.sub.1|y.sub.1-|.DELTA.q.sub.2|y.sub.2- . . . -|.DELTA.q.sub.n|y.sub.n, wherein q.sub.A is a charge state of A, and wherein .DELTA.q.sub.1, .DELTA.q.sub.2, .DELTA.q.sub.n are, respectively, the nominal charge state of the first, second, and n-th TM.

  2. A novel dispersion flattened and single-mode terahertz photonic crystal fiber with material-filled structure

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    Li, Jianhua; Wang, Jingyuan; Xu, Zhiyong; Wu, Chuanxin; Wang, Huali; Zhang, Baofu

    2015-10-01

    A novel kind of terahertz (THz) photonic crystal fibers (PCFs) based on the material-filled structure is proposed in this paper. Different materials can be selectively filled into parts of air-holes in the designed THz PCFs, and then perfect features such as single-mode transmission and ultra-flattened dispersion are obtained easily in large frequency ranges near 1THz. Employing full-vectorial finite element method (FEM) and plane wave expansion method (PWE), confinement losses and modal dispersion with different structural parameters and diverse refractive indices of the filled materials are investigated respectively. Numerical results show that the proposed PCFs have acceptable confinement losses, low and flattened dispersions whose absolute values are lower than 1ps/nm*km. Moreover, its structure is simple and its feature is insensitive to variations of parameters. It is helpful for PCFs design and real fabrication in the potential THz applications.

  3. Crystal structure and mechanical properties of spark plasma sintered Cu2Se: An efficient photovoltaic and thermoelectric material

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    Tyagi, Kriti; Gahtori, Bhasker; Bathula, Sivaiah; Jayasimhadri, M.; Sharma, Sakshi; Singh, Niraj Kumar; Haranath, D.; Srivastava, A. K.; Dhar, Ajay

    2015-04-01

    Copper selenide (Cu2Se) based materials are currently being investigated globally for efficient photovoltaic and thermoelectric (TE) device applications. Despite having enormous device potential its crystal structure and mechanical properties are still not fully explored owing to its complex behavior. Stereographic projection is one of such useful tools to estimate the crystallography of the material conclusively. In the current study, the crystal structure of ? and ?-phases of Cu2Se was determined by its stereographic projections in reciprocal space. Further, mechanical properties of Cu2Se are highly important to avoid catastrophic failure and ensure longevity of the TE devices made out of these materials. Cu2Se exhibited the compressive strength of ~45 MPa with ~3% of plastic strain and a fracture toughness value of ~2±0.02 MPa?m, the latter being significantly higher than that of the other known TE materials. Finally, thermal shock resistance, which is one of the crucial parameters for the stability and longevity of the device applications, was calculated to be ~281±12 W m-1. Superior mechanical properties coupled with highly reported thermoelectric behavior makes Cu2Se as a potential candidate for green energy generation.

  4. Syntheses, characterizations and crystal structures of two lead(II) phosphonate-sulfonate hybrid materials

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    Song, Jun-Ling; Lei, Chong; Sun, Yan-Qiong; Mao, Jiang-Gao

    2004-07-01

    Hydrothermal reactions of lead(II) acetate with 5-sulfoisophthalic acid monosodium salt (NaH 2BTS) and N-(phosphonomethyl)- N-methylglycine, MeN(CH 2CO 2H)(CH 2PO 3H 2) (H 3L 1), or a new aminodiphosphonic acid, 3-Pyridyl-CH 2N(CH 2PO 3H 2) 2 (H 4L 2), afforded two novel lead(II) phosphonate-sulfonate hybrids, namely, Pb 3[L 1][BTS][H 2O]·H 2O 1 and Pb 2[HL 3][BTS]·H 2O 2 (H 2L 3=3-Pyridyl-CH 2(Me)N(CH 2PO 3H 2)). H 2L 3 was formed as a result of the decomposition of one phosphonate group in H 4L 2 during the reaction. Compound 1 crystallizes in the triclinic space group P 1¯ with a=9.9148(4) Å, b=10.4382(4) Å, c=10.6926(2) Å, ?=96.495(2)°, ?=110.599(2)°, ?=98.433(2)°, V=1008.31(6) Å 3, and Z=2. The structure of compound 1 features a 3D network built from the interconnection of hexanuclear Pb 6(L 1) 2 units and 1D double chains of lead(II) carboxylate-sulfonate. Compound 2 crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P2 1/ c with a=9.5403(7) Å, b=11.6170(8) Å, c=19.7351(15) Å, ?=97.918(2)°, V=2166.4(3) Å 3, and Z=4. Compound 2 has a 3D network structure built by the cross-linkage of 1D double chains of lead(II) phosphonates and 2D layers of lead(II) carboxylate-sulfonate.

  5. Two inorganic-organic hybrid materials based on polyoxometalate anions and methylene blue: Preparations, crystal structures and properties

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    Nie Shanshan; Zhang Yaobin; Liu Bin; Li Zuoxi; Hu Huaiming; Xue Ganglin; Fu Feng; Wang Jiwu

    2010-12-15

    Two novel inorganic-organic hybrid materials based on an organic dye cation methylene blue (MB) and Lindqvist-type POM polyanions, [C{sub 22}H{sub 18}N{sub 3}S]{sub 2}Mo{sub 6}O{sub 19} 2DMF (1) and [C{sub 22}H{sub 18}N{sub 3}S]{sub 2}W{sub 6}O{sub 19} 2DMF (2) were synthesized under ambient conditions and characterized by CV, IR spectroscopy, solid diffuse reflectance spectrum, UV-vis spectra in DMF solution, luminescent spectrum and single crystal X-ray diffraction. Crystallographic data reveal that compounds 1 and 2 are isostructural and both crystallize in the triclinic space group P1-bar . Their crystal structures present that the layers of organic molecules and inorganic anions array alternatively, and there exist strong {pi}...{pi} stacking interactions between dimeric MB cations and near distance interactions among organic dye cations, Lindqvist-type POM polyanions and DMF molecules. The solid diffuse reflectance spectra and UV-vis spectra in DMF solution appear new absorption bands ascribed to the charge-transfer transition between the cationic MB donor and the POM acceptors. Studies of the photoluminescent properties show that the formation of 1 and 2 lead to the fluorescence quenching of starting materials. -- Graphical abstract: Their crystal structures present that the layers of organic molecules and inorganic anions array alternatively, and there exist strong {pi}...{pi} stacking interactions between dimeric MB cations. Display Omitted

  6. Crystal growth, structure and characterizations of a new semiorganic nonlinear optical material-{beta}-Alanine zinc chloride

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    Anbuchezhiyan, M.; Ponnusamy, S.; Muthamizhchelvan, C.; Sivakumar, K.

    2010-08-15

    The title compound, {beta}-alanine zinc chloride-a new semiorganic nonlinear optical crystal was grown by slow evaporation technique. Single crystals of {beta}-alanine zinc chloride have been subjected to X-ray diffraction analysis to determine the crystal structure. The powder X-ray diffractogram of the crystal has also been recorded. The amount of carbon, nitrogen and hydrogen in the crystals was also estimated. Fourier Transform Infrared and Raman spectral measurements have been carried out on the grown crystals in order to identify the functional groups. The presence of hydrogen and carbon in the {beta}-alanine zinc chloride was confirmed by using proton and carbon nuclear magnetic resonance spectral analyses. The percentage of zinc in the crystal was determined by atomic absorption spectroscopy. Optical behavior such as ultraviolet-vis-near infrared transmittance spectrum and second harmonic generation has been investigated. The mechanical strength and thermal behavior of the grown crystal have been analyzed.

  7. Multiscale Modeling of Structurally-Graded Materials Using Discrete Dislocation Plasticity Models and Continuum Crystal Plasticity Models

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    Saether, Erik; Hochhalter, Jacob D.; Glaessgen, Edward H.

    2012-01-01

    A multiscale modeling methodology that combines the predictive capability of discrete dislocation plasticity and the computational efficiency of continuum crystal plasticity is developed. Single crystal configurations of different grain sizes modeled with periodic boundary conditions are analyzed using discrete dislocation plasticity (DD) to obtain grain size-dependent stress-strain predictions. These relationships are mapped into crystal plasticity parameters to develop a multiscale DD/CP model for continuum level simulations. A polycrystal model of a structurally-graded microstructure is developed, analyzed and used as a benchmark for comparison between the multiscale DD/CP model and the DD predictions. The multiscale DD/CP model follows the DD predictions closely up to an initial peak stress and then follows a strain hardening path that is parallel but somewhat offset from the DD predictions. The difference is believed to be from a combination of the strain rate in the DD simulation and the inability of the DD/CP model to represent non-monotonic material response.

  8. Simulations of Photonic Crystal and Dielectric Structures

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    Werner, G. R.

    2010-11-04

    Dielectric materials and photonic crystal structures have electromagnetic properties that could potentially offer great benefits for accelerators. Computer simulation plays a critical role in designing, understanding, and optimizing these structures, especially the non-intuitive photonic crystal structures for which there is no relevant zeroth-order analytic model.

  9. Structure, crystal growth, optical and mechanical studies of poly bis (thiourea) silver (I) nitrate single crystal: a new semi organic NLO material.

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    Sivakumar, N; Kanagathara, N; Varghese, B; Bhagavannarayana, G; Gunasekaran, S; Anbalagan, G

    2014-01-24

    A new semi organic non linear optical polymeric crystal, bis (thiourea) silver (I) nitrate (TuAgN) with dimension 8×7×1.5 mm(3) has been successfully grown from aqueous solution by slow evaporation solution technique. Single crystal X-ray diffraction study reveals that the crystal belongs to orthorhombic system with non centrosymmetric space group C2221. The crystalline perfection of the crystal was analyzed by high resolution X-ray diffraction (HRXRD) rocking curve measurements. Functional groups present in the crystal were analyzed qualitatively by infrared and Confocal Raman spectral analysis. Effects due to coordination of thiourea with metal ions were also discussed. Optical absorption study on TuAgN crystal shows the minimum absorption in the entire UV-Vis region and the lower cut off wavelength of TuAgN is found to be 318 nm. Thermal analysis shows that the material is thermally stable up to 180°C. The mechanical strength and its parameters of the grown crystal were estimated by Vicker's microhardness test. The second harmonic generation (SHG) efficiency of the crystal was measured by Kurtz's powder technique infers that the crystal has nonlinear optical (NLO) efficiency 0.85 times that of KDP. PMID:24091346

  10. Crystal structure of the high-energy-density material guanylurea dipicryl­amide

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    Deblitz, Raik; Hrib, Cristian G.; Hilfert, Liane; Edelmann, Frank T.

    2014-01-01

    The title compound, 1-carbamoylguanidinium bis­(2,4,6-tri­nitro­phen­yl)amide [H2NC(=O)NHC(NH2)2]+[N{C6H2(NO2)3-2,4,6}2]? (= guanylurea dipicryl­amide), was prepared as dark-red block-like crystals in 70% yield by salt-metathesis reaction between guanylurea sulfate and sodium dipicryl­amide. In the solid state, the new compound builds up an array of mutually linked guanylurea cations and dipicryl­amide anions. The crystal packing is dominated by an extensive network of N—H?O hydrogen bonds, resulting in a high density of 1.795 Mg?m?3, which makes the title compound a potential secondary explosive. PMID:25249869

  11. Breaking symmetries in ordered materials : spin polarized light transport in magnetized noncentrosymmetric 1D photonic crystals, and photonic gaps and fabrication of quasiperiodic structured materials from interference lithography

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    Bita, Ion

    2006-01-01

    Effects of breaking various symmetries on optical properties in ordered materials have been studied. Photonic crystals lacking space-inversion and time-reversal symmetries were shown to display nonreciprocal dispersion ...

  12. Interface structure between titania and perovskite materials observed by quartz crystal microbalance system

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    Nakayashiki, Soya; Daisuke, Hirotani; Ogomi, Yuhei; Hayase, Shuzi

    2015-01-01

    Adsorption of PbI2 onto a titania layer was monitored by a quartz crystal microbalance system in solution. The amount of PbI2 adsorbed on the titania layer increased with an increase in the PbI2 concentration in dimethylformamide (DMF). However, PbI2 remained after being rinsed with DMF, suggesting that PbI2 is rigidly bonded to the surface of the titania. The x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurement of PbI2 adsorbed on the titania substrate showed that the Pb compound has a composition of PbI0.33, not PbI2, suggesting that part of the Pb-I reacts with the HO-Ti moieties of titania to form Pb-O-Ti linkages. Trap density as measured by the thermally stimulated current method decreased after PbI2 passivation. Perovskite solar cells consisting of porous titania passivated with PbI2 had a higher efficiency than those without the passivation. It was concluded that PbI2 passivation of porous titania surfaces is one of the crucial approaches for enhancing the efficiency of perovskite solar cells with a scaffold layer of porous titania.

  13. A 3.90 V iron-based fluorosulphate material for lithium-ion batteries crystallizing in the triplite structure.

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    Barpanda, P; Ati, M; Melot, B C; Rousse, G; Chotard, J-N; Doublet, M-L; Sougrati, M T; Corr, S A; Jumas, J-C; Tarascon, J-M

    2011-10-01

    Li-ion batteries have empowered consumer electronics and are now seen as the best choice to propel forward the development of eco-friendly (hybrid) electric vehicles. To enhance the energy density, an intensive search has been made for new polyanionic compounds that have a higher potential for the Fe²?/Fe³? redox couple. Herein we push this potential to 3.90 V in a new polyanionic material that crystallizes in the triplite structure by substituting as little as 5 atomic per cent of Mn for Fe in Li(Fe(1-?)Mn(?))SO?F. Not only is this the highest voltage reported so far for the Fe²?/Fe³? redox couple, exceeding that of LiFePO? by 450 mV, but this new triplite phase is capable of reversibly releasing and reinserting 0.7-0.8 Li ions with a volume change of 0.6% (compared with 7 and 10% for LiFePO? and LiFeSO?F respectively), to give a capacity of ~125 mA h g?¹. PMID:21857675

  14. A 3.90 V iron-based fluorosulphate material for lithium-ion batteries crystallizing in the triplite structure

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    Barpanda, P.; Ati, M.; Melot, B.C.; Rousse, G.; Chotard, J-N.; Doublet, M-L.; Sougrati, M.T.; Corr, S.A.; Jumas, J-C.; Tarascon, J-M.

    2011-11-17

    Li-ion batteries have empowered consumer electronics and are now seen as the best choice to propel forward the development of eco-friendly (hybrid) electric vehicles. To enhance the energy density, an intensive search has been made for new polyanionic compounds that have a higher potential for the Fe{sup 2+}/Fe{sup 3+} redox couple. Herein we push this potential to 3.90 V in a new polyanionic material that crystallizes in the triplite structure by substituting as little as 5 atomic per cent of Mn for Fe in Li(Fe{sub 1-{delta}}Mn{delta})SO{sub 4}F. Not only is this the highest voltage reported so far for the Fe{sup 2+}/Fe{sup 3+} redox couple, exceeding that of LiFePO{sub 4} by 450 mV, but this new triplite phase is capable of reversibly releasing and reinserting 0.7-0.8 Li ions with a volume change of 0.6% (compared with 7 and 10% for LiFePO{sub 4} and LiFeSO{sub 4}F respectively), to give a capacity of {approx}125 mA h g{sup -1}.

  15. Station for X-ray structural analysis of materials and single crystals (including nanocrystals) on a synchrotron radiation beam from the wiggler at the Siberia-2 storage ring

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    Kheiker, D. M. Kovalchuk, M. V.; Korchuganov, V. N.; Shilin, Yu. N.; Shishkov, V. A.; Sulyanov, S. N.; Dorovatovskii, P. V.; Rubinsky, S. V.; Rusakov, A. A.

    2007-11-15

    The design of the station for structural analysis of polycrystalline materials and single crystals (including nanoobjects and macromolecular crystals) on a synchrotron radiation beam from the superconducting wiggler of the Siberia-2 storage ring is described. The wiggler is constructed at the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Siberian Division of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The X-ray optical scheme of the station involves a (1, -1) double-crystal monochromator with a fixed position of the monochromatic beam and a sagittal bending of the second crystal, segmented mirrors bent by piezoelectric motors, and a (2{theta}, {omega}, {phi}) three-circle goniometer with a fixed tilt angle. Almost all devices of the station are designed and fabricated at the Shubnikov Institute of Crystallography of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The Bruker APEX11 two-dimensional CCD detector will serve as a detector in the station.

  16. Crystal and electronic structures of nitridophosphate compounds as cathode materials for Na-ion batteries

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    Debbichi, M.; Lebègue, S.

    2015-08-01

    Using density-functional theory, we have studied the electronic and magnetic properties of two promising compounds that can be used as cathode materials, namely, Na2Fe2P3O9N and Na3TiP3O9N . When Na is extracted, we found the volume change to be quite small, with values of ˜-0.6 % for Na3TiP3O9N and -5 % for Na2Fe2P3O9N . Our calculated voltages with the Hubbard-type correction (GGA+U) approximation are 2.93 V for Na3TiP3O9N /Na2TiP3O9N and 2.68 V for Na2Fe2P3O9N /NaFe2P3O9N , in good agreement with the experimental data. Our results confirm that these compounds are very promising for rechargeable Na-ion batteries.

  17. Crystal Structures Academic Resource Center

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    Heller, Barbara

    structure: the manner in which atoms, ions, or molecules are spatially arranged. #12;Unit cell: small repeating entity of the atomic structure. The basic building block of the crystal structure. It defines the entire crystal structure with the atom positions within. #12;Lattice: 3D array of points coinciding

  18. Crystal growth of drug materials by spherical crystallization

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    Szabó-Révész, P.; Hasznos-Nezdei, M.; Farkas, B.; Göcz?, H.; Pintye-Hódi, K.; Er?s, I.

    2002-04-01

    One of the crystal growth processes is the production of crystal agglomerates by spherical crystallization. Agglomerates of drug materials were developed by means of non-typical (magnesium aspartate) and typical (acetylsalicylic acid) spherical crystallization techniques. The growth of particle size and the spherical form of the agglomerates resulted in formation of products with good bulk density, flow, compactibility and cohesivity properties. The crystal agglomerates were developed for direct capsule-filling and tablet-making.

  19. Inorganic Crystal Structure Database (ICSD)

    National Institute of Standards and Technology Data Gateway

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

  20. Automating the application of smart materials for protein crystallization

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    Khurshid, Sahir; Govada, Lata; EL-Sharif, Hazim F.; Reddy, Subrayal M.; Chayen, Naomi E.

    2015-01-01

    The fabrication and validation of the first semi-liquid nonprotein nucleating agent to be administered automatically to crystallization trials is reported. This research builds upon prior demonstration of the suitability of molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs; known as ‘smart materials’) for inducing protein crystal growth. Modified MIPs of altered texture suitable for high-throughput trials are demonstrated to improve crystal quality and to increase the probability of success when screening for suitable crystallization conditions. The application of these materials is simple, time-efficient and will provide a potent tool for structural biologists embarking on crystallization trials. PMID:25760603

  1. Crystal structure of dimethomorph

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

    2015-01-01

    In the title compound, C21H22ClNO4 [systematic name: (E)-3-(4-chloro­phen­yl)-3-(3,4-di­meth­oxy­phen­yl)-1-(morpholin-4-yl)prop-2-en-1-one], which is the morpholine fungicide dimethomorph, the dihedral angles between the mean planes of the central chloro­phenyl and the terminal benzene and morpholine (r.m.s. deviation = 0.2233?Å) rings are 71.74?(6) and 63.65?(7)°, respectively. In the crystal, molecules are linked via C—H?O hydrogen bonds and weak Cl?? interactions [3.8539?(11)?Å], forming a three-dimensional structure. PMID:26396887

  2. Automating the application of smart materials for protein crystallization

    SciTech Connect

    Khurshid, Sahir; Govada, Lata; EL-Sharif, Hazim F.; Reddy, Subrayal M.; Chayen, Naomi E.

    2015-03-01

    The first semi-liquid, non-protein nucleating agent for automated protein crystallization trials is described. This ‘smart material’ is demonstrated to induce crystal growth and will provide a simple, cost-effective tool for scientists in academia and industry. The fabrication and validation of the first semi-liquid nonprotein nucleating agent to be administered automatically to crystallization trials is reported. This research builds upon prior demonstration of the suitability of molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs; known as ‘smart materials’) for inducing protein crystal growth. Modified MIPs of altered texture suitable for high-throughput trials are demonstrated to improve crystal quality and to increase the probability of success when screening for suitable crystallization conditions. The application of these materials is simple, time-efficient and will provide a potent tool for structural biologists embarking on crystallization trials.

  3. Semiorganic nonlinear optical material: Crystal growth, structure and optical properties of NaB(L-C{sub 4}H{sub 4}O{sub 5}){sub 2}

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    Huang, Hongwei; Yao, Wenjiao; He, Ying; Tian, Na; Chen, Chuangtian; Zhang, Yihe

    2013-09-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Semiorganic NLO material NaB(L-C{sub 4}H{sub 4}O{sub 5}){sub 2} has been grown with sizes up to 8 × 5 × 2 mm{sup 3}. • It crystallizes in the noncentrosymmetric Monoclinic space group P2. • Thermal analysis demonstrated NaB(L-C{sub 4}H{sub 4}O{sub 5}){sub 2} are thermally stable up to 280. • NaB(L-C{sub 4}H{sub 4}O{sub 5}){sub 2} has an absorption edge about 220 nm in the UV region. • It exhibits a NLO efficiency of about two times that of KDP (KH{sub 2}PO{sub 4}) standard. - Abstract: Single crystal of the semiorganic NLO material NaB(L-C{sub 4}H{sub 4}O{sub 5}){sub 2} has been grown with sizes up to 8 × 5 × 2 mm{sup 3} by the slow evaporation method. The crystal structure of this compound was determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction. It crystallizes in the Monoclinic space group P2 with lattice parameters a = 5.4045(11) ?, b = 11.692(2) ?, c = 9.4773(19) ? and Z = 2. Thermal analysis demonstrated NaB(L-C{sub 4}H{sub 4}O{sub 5}){sub 2} are thermally stable up to 280 °C. NaB(L-C{sub 4}H{sub 4}O{sub 5}){sub 2} exhibits an absorption edge about 220 nm in the UV region. The powder second-harmonic generation (SHG) measurement performed on the ground crystal indicates that it has a NLO efficiency of about 2 times that of KDP (KH{sub 2}PO{sub 4}) standard. In addition, the origin of stronger SHG effect was discussed.

  4. Making Crystals from Crystals: A Solid-State Route to the Engineering of Crystalline Materials, Polymorphs, Solvates and Co-Crystals; Considerations on the Future of Crystal Engineering

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    Braga, Dario; Curzi, Marco; Dichiarante, Elena; Giaffreda, Stefano Luca; Grepioni, Fabrizia; Maini, Lucia; Palladino, Giuseppe; Pettersen, Anna; Polito, Marco

    Making crystals by design is the paradigm of crystal engineering. The main goal is that of obtaining and controlling the collective properties of a crystalline material from the convolution of the physical and chemical properties of the individual building blocks (whether molecules, ions, or metal atoms and ligands) with crystal periodicity and symmetry. Crystal engineering encompasses nowadays all traditional sectors of chemistry from organic to inorganic, organometallic, biological and pharmaceutical chemistry and nanotechnology. The investigation and characterization of the products of a crystal engineering experiment require the utilization of solid state techniques, including theoretical and advanced crystallography methods. Moreover, reactions between crystalline solids and/or between a crystalline solid and a vapour can be used to obtain crystalline materials, including new crystal forms, solvates and co-crystals. Indeed, crystal polymorphism, resulting from different packing arrangements of the same molecular or supramolecular entity in the crystal structure, represents a challenge to crystal makers.

  5. Demonstration of Crystal Structure.

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    Neville, Joseph P.

    1985-01-01

    Describes an experiment where equal parts of copper and aluminum are heated then cooled to show extremely large crystals. Suggestions are given for changing the orientation of crystals by varying cooling rates. Students are more receptive to concepts of microstructure after seeing this experiment. (DH)

  6. Crystal structure and chemistry of a complex indium phosphate framework material, (ethylenediammonium)In3P3O12(OH)2

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    Broach, Robert W.; Bedard, Robert L.; King, Lisa M.; Pluth, Joseph J.; Smith, Joseph V.; Kirchner, Richard M.

    2012-12-01

    The chemistry and structure of a novel indium phosphate material (RIPS-4), (H3NCH2CH2NH3)In3-P3O12(OH)2, are described. RIPS-4 was synthesized using ethylene diamine as a structure-directing organic agent. The X-ray crystal structure was determined from a 12×12×42 ?m3 crystal in space group C2/m with a=18.662(4) Å, b=6.600(2) Å, c=12.573(3) Å and ?=120.92(1)°. The structure consists of a complex edge- and vertex-shared open framework of InO6 octahedra and PO4 tetrahedra enclosing cavities occupied by ethylenediamonium ions. One set of octahedra share opposing edges to form chains along the b-axis matching the structural unit in rutile (TiO2). This rutile edge-shared chain has its projecting oxygen atoms shared with the vertexes of either a PO4 tetrahedron or a second type of InO6 octahedron. The O atoms are 2-connected, each to one In and one P, except for two protonated O atoms (hydroxyl groups) that connect to two and three In atoms, giving three- and four-coordinate O atoms, respectively.

  7. Structural materials and components

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Gagliani, John (Inventor); Lee, Raymond (Inventor)

    1982-01-01

    High density structural (blocking) materials composed of a polyimide filled with glass microballoons and methods for making such materials. Structural components such as panels which have integral edgings and/or other parts made of the high density materials.

  8. Crystallization and functionality of inorganic materials

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    Xue, Dongfeng; School of Chemical Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 ; Li, Keyan; Liu, Jun; Sun, Congting; Chen, Kunfeng; School of Chemical Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024

    2012-10-15

    In this article, we briefly summarized our recent work on the studies of crystallization and functionality of inorganic materials. On the basis of the chemical bonding theory of single crystal growth, we can quantitatively simulate Cu{sub 2}O crystallization processes in solution system. We also kinetically controlled Cu{sub 2}O crystallization process in the reduction solution route. Lithium ion battery and supercapacitor performances of some oxides such as Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} and MnO{sub 2} were shown to elucidate the important effect of crystallization on functionality of inorganic materials. This work encourages us to create novel functionalities through the study of crystallization of inorganic materials, which warrants more chances in the field of functional materials.

  9. Materials and structures

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Venneri, Samuel L.

    1988-01-01

    Information on materials and structures for use in space is given in viewgraph form. Information is given on the Materials and Structures Division of NASA's Office of Aeronautics and Space Technology. The Division's space research and development budget is given. Further information is given on space materials and structures, space environmental effects, radiation effects, high temperature materials research, metal matrix composites, SiC fiber reinforced titanium alloys, structural dynamics, and control of flexible structures.

  10. CuLi2Sn and Cu2LiSn: Characterization by single crystal XRD and structural discussion towards new anode materials for Li-ion batteries.

    PubMed

    Fürtauer, Siegfried; Effenberger, Herta S; Flandorfer, Hans

    2014-12-01

    The stannides CuLi2Sn (CSD-427095) and Cu2LiSn (CSD-427096) were synthesized by induction melting of the pure elements and annealing at 400 °C. The phases were reinvestigated by X-ray powder and single-crystal X-ray diffractometry. Within both crystal structures the ordered CuSn and Cu2Sn lattices form channels which host Cu and Li atoms at partly mixed occupied positions exhibiting extensive vacancies. For CuLi2Sn, the space group F-43m. was verified (structure type CuHg2Ti; a=6.295(2) Å; wR 2(F²)=0.0355 for 78 unique reflections). The 4(c) and 4(d) positions are occupied by Cu atoms and Cu+Li atoms, respectively. For Cu2LiSn, the space group P63/mmc was confirmed (structure type InPt2Gd; a=4.3022(15) Å, c=7.618(3) Å; wR 2(F²)=0.060 for 199 unique reflections). The Cu and Li atoms exhibit extensive disorder; they are distributed over the partly occupied positions 2(a), 2(b) and 4(e). Both phases seem to be interesting in terms of application of Cu-Sn alloys as anode materials for Li-ion batteries. PMID:25473128

  11. CuLi2Sn and Cu2LiSn: Characterization by single crystal XRD and structural discussion towards new anode materials for Li-ion batteries

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    Fürtauer, Siegfried; Effenberger, Herta S.; Flandorfer, Hans

    2014-12-01

    The stannides CuLi2Sn (CSD-427095) and Cu2LiSn (CSD-427096) were synthesized by induction melting of the pure elements and annealing at 400 °C. The phases were reinvestigated by X-ray powder and single-crystal X-ray diffractometry. Within both crystal structures the ordered CuSn and Cu2Sn lattices form channels which host Cu and Li atoms at partly mixed occupied positions exhibiting extensive vacancies. For CuLi2Sn, the space group F-43m. was verified (structure type CuHg2Ti; a=6.295(2) Å; wR2(F²)=0.0355 for 78 unique reflections). The 4(c) and 4(d) positions are occupied by Cu atoms and Cu+Li atoms, respectively. For Cu2LiSn, the space group P63/mmc was confirmed (structure type InPt2Gd; a=4.3022(15) Å, c=7.618(3) Å; wR2(F²)=0.060 for 199 unique reflections). The Cu and Li atoms exhibit extensive disorder; they are distributed over the partly occupied positions 2(a), 2(b) and 4(e). Both phases seem to be interesting in terms of application of Cu-Sn alloys as anode materials for Li-ion batteries.

  12. CuLi2Sn and Cu2LiSn: Characterization by single crystal XRD and structural discussion towards new anode materials for Li-ion batteries

    PubMed Central

    Fürtauer, Siegfried; Effenberger, Herta S.; Flandorfer, Hans

    2014-01-01

    The stannides CuLi2Sn (CSD-427095) and Cu2LiSn (CSD-427096) were synthesized by induction melting of the pure elements and annealing at 400 °C. The phases were reinvestigated by X-ray powder and single-crystal X-ray diffractometry. Within both crystal structures the ordered CuSn and Cu2Sn lattices form channels which host Cu and Li atoms at partly mixed occupied positions exhibiting extensive vacancies. For CuLi2Sn, the space group F-43m. was verified (structure type CuHg2Ti; a=6.295(2) Å; wR2(F²)=0.0355 for 78 unique reflections). The 4(c) and 4(d) positions are occupied by Cu atoms and Cu+Li atoms, respectively. For Cu2LiSn, the space group P63/mmc was confirmed (structure type InPt2Gd; a=4.3022(15) Å, c=7.618(3) Å; wR2(F²)=0.060 for 199 unique reflections). The Cu and Li atoms exhibit extensive disorder; they are distributed over the partly occupied positions 2(a), 2(b) and 4(e). Both phases seem to be interesting in terms of application of Cu–Sn alloys as anode materials for Li-ion batteries. PMID:25473128

  13. Design and realization of one-dimensional double hetero-structure photonic crystals for infrared-radar stealth-compatible materials applications

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    Wang, Zhixun; Cheng, Yongzhi Nie, Yan; Wang, Xian; Gong, Rongzhou

    2014-08-07

    In this paper, a new type one-dimensional (1D) double hetero-structure composite photonic crystal (CPC) for infrared-radar stealth-compatible materials applications was proposed and studied numerically and experimentally. First, based on transfer matrix method of thin-film optical theory, the propagation characteristics of the proposed structure comprising a stack of different alternating micrometer-thick layers of germanium and zinc sulfide were investigated numerically. Calculation results exhibit that this 1D single hetero-structure PC could achieve a flat high reflectivity gradually with increasing the number of the alternating media layers in a single broadband range. Then, based on principles of distributed Bragg reflector micro-cavity, a 1D double hetero-structure CPC comprising four PCs with thickness of 0.797??m, 0.592??m, 1.480??m, and 2.114??m, respectively, was proposed. Calculation results exhibit that this CPC could achieve a high reflectance of greater than 0.99 in the wavelength ranges of 3–5??m and 8–14??m and agreed well with experiment. Further experiments exhibit that the infrared emissivity of the proposed CPC is as low as 0.073 and 0.042 in the wavelength ranges of 3–5??m and 8–12??m, respectively. In addition, the proposed CPC can be used to construct infrared-radar stealth-compatible materials due to its high transmittance in radar wave band.

  14. Structural materials and components

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Gagliani, John (Inventor); Lee, Raymond (Inventor)

    1983-01-01

    High density structural (blocking) materials composed of a polyimide filled with glass microballoons. Structural components such as panels which have integral edgings and/or other parts made of the high density materials.

  15. Structural materials and components

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Gagliani, John (Inventor); Lee, Raymond (Inventor)

    1982-01-01

    High density structural (blocking) materials composed of a polyimide filled with glass microballoons. Structural components such as panels which have integral edgings and/or other parts made of the high density materials.

  16. Fundamental Studies of Crystal Growth of Microporous Materials

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    Dutta, P.; George, M.; Ramachandran, N.; Schoeman, B.; Curreri, Peter A. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Microporous materials are framework structures with well-defined porosity, often of molecular dimensions. Zeolites contain aluminum and silicon atoms in their framework and are the most extensively studied amongst all microporous materials. Framework structures with P, Ga, Fe, Co, Zn, B, Ti and a host of other elements have also been made. Typical synthesis of microporous materials involve mixing the framework elements (or compounds, thereof) in a basic solution, followed by aging in some cases and then heating at elevated temperatures. This process is termed hydrothermal synthesis, and involves complex chemical and physical changes. Because of a limited understanding of this process, most synthesis advancements happen by a trial and error approach. There is considerable interest in understanding the synthesis process at a molecular level with the expectation that eventually new framework structures will be built by design. The basic issues in the microporous materials crystallization process include: (1) Nature of the molecular units responsible for the crystal nuclei formation; (2) Nature of the nuclei and nucleation process; (3) Growth process of the nuclei into crystal; (4) Morphological control and size of the resulting crystal; (5) Surface structure of the resulting crystals; (6) Transformation of frameworks into other frameworks or condensed structures. The NASA-funded research described in this report focuses to varying degrees on all of the above issues and has been described in several publications. Following is the presentation of the highlights of our current research program. The report is divided into five sections: (1) Fundamental aspects of the crystal growth process; (2) Morphological and Surface properties of crystals; (3) Crystal dissolution and transformations; (4) Modeling of Crystal Growth; (5) Relevant Microgravity Experiments.

  17. Crystal structure of pseudoguainolide.

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    Beghidja, Noureddine; Benayache, Samir; Benayache, Fadila; Knight, David W; Kariuki, Benson M

    2015-03-01

    The lactone ring in the title mol-ecule, C15H22O3 (systematic name: 3,4a,8-tri-methyl-dodeca-hydro-azuleno[6,5-b]furan-2,5-dione), assumes an envelope conformation with the methine C atom adjacent to the the methine C atom carrying the methyl substituent being the flap atom. The other five-membered ring adopts a twisted conformation with the twist being about the methine-methyl-ene C-C bond. The seven-membered ring is based on a twisted boat conformation. No specific inter-actions are noted in the the crystal packing. PMID:25844227

  18. Crystal structure refinement with SHELXL

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    Sheldrick, George M.

    2015-01-01

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

  19. Crystal structure refinement with SHELXL.

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    Sheldrick, George M

    2015-01-01

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

  20. An insight into crystal, electronic, and local structures of lithium iron silicate (Li2FeSiO4) materials upon lithium extraction

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    Kamon-in, O.; Klysubun, W.; Limphirat, W.; Srilomsak, S.; Meethong, N.

    2013-05-01

    Recently, orthosilicate, Li2MSiO4 (where M=transition metal) materials have been attracting considerable attention for potential use as a new generation cathode for Li-ion batteries due to their safety, low toxicity, and low cost characteristics. In addition, the presence of two Li+ ions in the molecule offers a multiple electron-charge transfer (M2+/M3+ and M3+/M4+ redox couples), thus allowing a high achievable capacity of more than 320 mA h/g per M unit. Good electrochemical properties of Li2FeSiO4 have been reported through several approaches such as downsizing of the particles, carbon-coating, etc. However, in addition to electrochemical performance, fundamental understanding regarding crystal, electronic and local structure changes during charge/discharge processes is also important and needs more rigorous investigation. In this work, lithium iron silicates (Li2FeSiO4/C) in space group of Pnma: a=10.6671(3) Å, b=6.2689(2) Å, and c=5.0042(2) Å have been prepared by solid-state reaction. The synthesized as well as chemical delithiated samples have been characterized by XRD, HRTEM, AAS and XAS techniques. We will show the results focusing on Fe K-edge XANES, EXAFS, HRTEM and XRD of the Li2-xFeSiO4 samples and discuss how the crystal, electronic, and local structure changes upon Li+ de-intercalation.

  1. Synthetic thermoelectric materials comprising phononic crystals

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    El-Kady, Ihab F; Olsson, Roy H; Hopkins, Patrick; Reinke, Charles; Kim, Bongsang

    2013-08-13

    Synthetic thermoelectric materials comprising phononic crystals can simultaneously have a large Seebeck coefficient, high electrical conductivity, and low thermal conductivity. Such synthetic thermoelectric materials can enable improved thermoelectric devices, such as thermoelectric generators and coolers, with improved performance. Such synthetic thermoelectric materials and devices can be fabricated using techniques that are compatible with standard microelectronics.

  2. Crystal structure of mandipropamid.

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    Park, Hyunjin; Kim, Jineun; Kang, Gihaeng; Kim, Tae Ho

    2015-10-01

    In the title compound, C23H22ClNO4 (systematic name: (RS)-2-(4-chloro-phen-yl)-N-{2-[3-meth-oxy-4-(prop-2-yn-1-yl-oxy)phen-yl]eth-yl}-2-(prop-2-yn-yloxy)acetamide), an amide fungicide, the dihedral angle between the chloro-benzene and benzene rings is 65.36?(6)°. In the crystal, N-H?O hydrogen bonds lead to zigzag supra-molecular chains along the c axis (glide symmetry). These are connected into layers by C-H?O and C-H?? inter-actions; the layers stack along the a axis with no specific inter-molecular inter-actions between them. PMID:26594445

  3. Materials with structural hierarchy

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    Lakes, Roderic

    1993-01-01

    The role of structural hierarchy in determining bulk material properties is examined. Dense hierarchical materials are discussed, including composites and polycrystals, polymers, and biological materials. Hierarchical cellular materials are considered, including cellular solids and the prediction of strength and stiffness in hierarchical cellular materials.

  4. Photonic Crystal Laser-Driven Accelerator Structures

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    Cowan, Benjamin M.

    2007-08-22

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

  5. Fundamental Studies of Crystal Growth of Microporous Materials

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    Singh, Ramsharan; Doolittle, John, Jr.; Payra, Pramatha; Dutta, Prabir K.; George, Michael A.; Ramachandran, Narayanan; Schoeman, Brian J.

    2003-01-01

    Microporous materials are framework structures with well-defined porosity, often of molecular dimensions. Zeolites contain aluminum and silicon atoms in their framework and are the most extensively studied amongst all microporous materials. Framework structures with P, Ga, Fe, Co, Zn, B, Ti and a host of other elements have also been made. Typical synthesis of microporous materials involve mixing the framework elements (or compounds, thereof) in a basic solution, followed by aging in some cases and then heating at elevated temperatures. This process is termed hydrothermal synthesis, and involves complex chemical and physical changes. Because of a limited understanding of this process, most synthesis advancements happen by a trial and error approach. There is considerable interest in understanding the synthesis process at a molecular level with the expectation that eventually new framework structures will be built by design. The basic issues in the microporous materials crystallization process include: (a) Nature of the molecular units responsible for the crystal nuclei formation; (b) Nature of the nuclei and nucleation process; (c) Growth process of the nuclei into crystal; (d) Morphological control and size of the resulting crystal; (e) Surface structure of the resulting crystals; and (f) Transformation of frameworks into other frameworks or condensed structures.

  6. Crystal structure of fenbuconazole

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    Kang, Gihaeng; Kim, Jineun; Park, Hyunjin; Kim, Tae Ho

    2015-01-01

    In the title compound, C19H17ClN4 [systematic name: (RS)-4-(4-chloro­phen­yl)-2-phenyl-2-(1H-1,2,4-triazol-1-ylmeth­yl)butyro­nitrile], which is the conazole fungicide fenbuconazole, the dihedral angles between the planes of the central benzene and the terminal chloro­phenyl and triazole rings are 32.77?(5) and 32.97?(5)°, respectively. The C—C—C—C linkage between the tertiary C atom and the benzene ring has an anti orientation [torsion angle = 174.47?(12)°]. In the crystal, C—H?N hydrogen bonds and very weak C—Cl?? inter­actions [Cl?? = 3.7892?(9)?Å] link adjacent mol­ecules, forming two-dimensional networks lying parellel to the (101) plane. The planes are linked by weak ?–? inter­actions [centroid–centroid separation = 3.8597?(9)?Å], resulting in a three-dimensional architecture. PMID:26396902

  7. Crystal structure of difenoconazole

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    Cho, Seonghwa; Kang, Gihaeng; Lee, Sangjin; Kim, Tae Ho

    2014-01-01

    In the title compound difenoconazole [systematic name: 1-({2-[2-chloro-4-(4-chloro­phen­oxy)phen­yl]-4-methyl-1,3-dioxolan-2-yl}meth­yl)-1H-1,2,4-triazole], C19H17Cl2N3O3, the dihedral angle between the planes of the 4-chloro­phenyl and 2-chloro­phenyl rings is 79.34?(9)°, while the dihedral angle between the planes of the triazole ring and the dioxolanyl group is 59.45?(19)°. In the crystal, pairs of C—H?N hydrogen bonds link adjacent mol­ecules, forming dimers with R 2 2(6) loops. In addition, the dimers are linked by C—H?O hydrogen bonds, resulting in a three-dimensional architecture. Disorder was modeled for one C atom of the dioxolanyl group over two sets of sites with an occupancy ratio of 0.566?(17):0.434?(17). PMID:25484812

  8. Crystal structure of chlorfluazuron

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    Cho, Seonghwa; Kim, Jineun; Lee, Sangjin; Kim, Tae Ho

    2015-01-01

    The title compound (systematic name: 1-{3,5-di­chloro-4-[3-chloro-5-(tri­fluoro­meth­yl)pyridin-2-yl­oxy]phen­yl}-3-(2,6-difluoro­benzo­yl)urea), C20H9Cl3F5N3O3, is a benzoyl­phenyl­urea insecticide. The dihedral angles between the planes of the central di­chloro­phenyl and the terminal di­fluoro­phenyl and chloro­pyridyl rings are 79.51?(6) and 78.84 6)°, respectively. In the crystal, pairs of N—H?O hydrogen bonds link adjacent mol­ecules, forming R 2 2(8) inversion dimers. In addition, the dimers are linked by short F?Cl [3.1060?(16)?Å] and Cl?Cl [3.2837?(7)?Å] contacts, as well as weak inter­molecular ?–? inter­actions [ring centroid separation = 3.6100?(11) and 3.7764?(13)?Å], resulting in a two-dimensional architecture parallel to (111). PMID:25705506

  9. Crystal structure of difenoconazole.

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    Cho, Seonghwa; Kang, Gihaeng; Lee, Sangjin; Kim, Tae Ho

    2014-11-01

    In the title compound difenoconazole [systematic name: 1-({2-[2-chloro-4-(4-chloro-phen-oxy)phen-yl]-4-methyl-1,3-dioxolan-2-yl}meth-yl)-1H-1,2,4-triazole], C19H17Cl2N3O3, the dihedral angle between the planes of the 4-chloro-phenyl and 2-chloro-phenyl rings is 79.34?(9)°, while the dihedral angle between the planes of the triazole ring and the dioxolanyl group is 59.45?(19)°. In the crystal, pairs of C-H?N hydrogen bonds link adjacent mol-ecules, forming dimers with R 2 (2)(6) loops. In addition, the dimers are linked by C-H?O hydrogen bonds, resulting in a three-dimensional architecture. Disorder was modeled for one C atom of the dioxolanyl group over two sets of sites with an occupancy ratio of 0.566?(17):0.434?(17). PMID:25484812

  10. The crystal structure and crystal chemistry of fernandinite and corvusite

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    Evans, H.T., Jr.; Post, J.E.; Ross, D.R.; Nelen, J.A.

    1994-01-01

    Using type material of fernandinite from Minasragra, Peru, and corvusite from the Jack Claim, La Sal Mountains, Utah, the properties and crystal chemistry of these minerals have been determined by Rietveld analysis of the powder X-ray-diffraction patterns. The crystal structure of both species is isotypic with the V2O5 -type layer first found for ??-Ag0.68V2O5; it consists of chains of VO6 octahedra linked by opposite corners (parallel to b) condensed by edge-sharing to form the layer. The vanadium has average valence 4.8, and the resulting layer-charge is balanced by varying amounts of Ca, Na, and K in the interlayer region accompanied by labile water. This study has confirmed the validity of fernandinite as a unique mineral species. It is closely related to corvusite, from which it is distinguished on the basis of the dominant interlayer cation: Ca for fernandinite, Na for curvusite. -Authors

  11. The Surface Structure of Ground Metal Crystals

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    Boas, W.; Schmid, E.

    1944-01-01

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

  12. Crystal structure of guggulsterone Z

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

    2006-03-15

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

  13. An Example of Body-Centered Cubic Crystal Structure: The Atomium in Brussels as an Educative Tool for Introductory Materials Chemistry

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    Pinto, Gabriel

    2012-01-01

    When students are introduced to the ways in which atoms are arranged in crystal structures, transposing the textbook illustrations into three-dimensional structures is difficult for some of them. To facilitate this transition, this article describes an approach to the study of the structure of solids through a well-known monument, the Atomium in…

  14. Diamond-structured photonic crystals.

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    Maldovan, Martin; Thomas, Edwin L

    2004-09-01

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

  15. Materials for freeform fabrication of GHz tunable dielectric photonic crystals.

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    Niehaus, Michael Keith; Lewis, Jennifer A. (University of Illinois, Urbana, IL); Smay, James Earl; Clem, Paul Gilbert; Lin, Shawn-Yu; Cesarano, Joseph, III; Carroll, James F.

    2003-01-01

    Photonic crystals are of interest for GHz transmission applications, including rapid switching, GHz filters, and phased-array technology. 3D fabrication by Robocasting enables moldless printing of high solid loading slurries into structures such as the ''woodpile'' structures used to fabricate dielectric photonic band gap crystals. In this work, tunable dielectric materials were developed and printed into woodpile structures via solid freeform fabrication (SFF) toward demonstration of tunable photonic crystals. Barium strontium titanate ceramics possess interesting electrical properties including high permittivity, low loss, and high tunability. This paper discusses the processing route and dielectric characterization of (BaxSr1-XTiO3):MgO ceramic composites, toward fabrication of tunable dielectric photonic band gap crystals.

  16. Crystal structure and chemistry of a complex indium phosphate framework material, (ethylenediammonium)In{sub 3}P{sub 3}O{sub 12}(OH){sub 2}

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    Broach, Robert W.; Bedard, Robert L.; King, Lisa M.; Pluth, Joseph J.; Smith, Joseph V.; Kirchner, Richard M.

    2012-12-15

    The chemistry and structure of a novel indium phosphate material (RIPS-4), (H{sub 3}NCH{sub 2}CH{sub 2}NH{sub 3})In{sub 3}-P{sub 3}O{sub 12}(OH){sub 2}, are described. RIPS-4 was synthesized using ethylene diamine as a structure-directing organic agent. The X-ray crystal structure was determined from a 12 Multiplication-Sign 12 Multiplication-Sign 42 {mu}m{sup 3} crystal in space group C2/m with a=18.662(4) A, b=6.600(2) A, c=12.573(3) A and {beta}=120.92(1) Degree-Sign . The structure consists of a complex edge- and vertex-shared open framework of InO{sub 6} octahedra and PO{sub 4} tetrahedra enclosing cavities occupied by ethylenediamonium ions. One set of octahedra share opposing edges to form chains along the b-axis matching the structural unit in rutile (TiO{sub 2}). This rutile edge-shared chain has its projecting oxygen atoms shared with the vertexes of either a PO{sub 4} tetrahedron or a second type of InO{sub 6} octahedron. The O atoms are 2-connected, each to one In and one P, except for two protonated O atoms (hydroxyl groups) that connect to two and three In atoms, giving three- and four-coordinate O atoms, respectively. - Graphical abstract: The unique topology contains an unusual 4-connected oxygen atom (O{sub 1}) in a complex edge- and vertex-shared open framework of InO{sub 6} octahedra (blue) and PO{sub 4} tetrahedra (yellow) that encloses cavities occupied by ethylenediammonium ions. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The structure has a unique open-framework topology. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The framework contains an unusual 4-connected oxygen atom. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Hydrogen bonds hold the ethylenediammonium ions in the cavities.

  17. A machine learning approach to crystal structure prediction

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    Fischer, Christopher Carl

    2007-01-01

    This thesis develops a machine learning framework for predicting crystal structure and applies it to binary metallic alloys. As computational materials science turns a promising eye towards design, routine encounters with ...

  18. Development and industrialization of liquid crystal materials

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    Takatsu, Haruyoshi

    2005-08-01

    The development and industrialization of some liquid crystal materials: the ester with strong positive dielectric anisotropy for TN LCD, the tolan with large birefringence, the alkenyl with large k33/k11 elastic ratio and the azine with large birefringence and high N-I transition temperature for STN LCD, and the fluorinated liquid crystals of fused ring systems for TFT LCD, are reviewed. The work on new fluorinated naphthalene with negative dielectric anisotropy for VA LCD is introduced.

  19. 1. Understanding crystal structures: How are more complex crystal structures built up from simpler ones.

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    Bigelow, Stephen

    1. Understanding crystal structures: How are more complex crystal structures built up from simpler http://www.mrl.ucsb.edu/~seshadri +++ seshadri@mrl.ucsb.edu #12;1. Understanding crystal structures: How are more complex crystal structures built up from simpler ones. http

  20. Structural colours through photonic crystals

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    McPhedran, R. C.; Nicorovici, N. A.; McKenzie, D. R.; Rouse, G. W.; Botten, L. C.; Welch, V.; Parker, A. R.; Wohlgennant, M.; Vardeny, V.

    2003-10-01

    We discuss two examples of living creatures using photonic crystals to achieve iridescent colouration. The first is the sea mouse (Aphroditidae, Polychaeta), which has a hexagonal close packed structure of holes in its spines and lower-body felt, while the second is the jelly fish Bolinopsis infundibulum, which has an oblique array of high index inclusions in its antennae. We show by measurements and optical calculations that both creatures can achieve strong colours despite having access only to weak refractive index contrast.

  1. Composite structural materials

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    Loewy, R. G.; Wiberley, S. E.

    1985-01-01

    Various topics relating to composite structural materials for use in aircraft structures are discussed. The mechanical properties of high performance carbon fibers, carbon fiber-epoxy interface bonds, composite fractures, residual stress in high modulus and high strength carbon fibers, fatigue in composite materials, and the mechanical properties of polymeric matrix composite laminates are among the topics discussed.

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

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

    2013-01-15

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

  3. Composite structural materials. [aircraft structures

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    Ansell, G. S.; Loewy, R. G.; Wiberley, S. E.

    1980-01-01

    The use of filamentary composite materials in the design and construction of primary aircraft structures is considered with emphasis on efforts to develop advanced technology in the areas of physical properties, structural concepts and analysis, manufacturing, and reliability and life prediction. The redesign of a main spar/rib region on the Boeing 727 elevator near its actuator attachment point is discussed. A composite fabrication and test facility is described as well as the use of minicomputers for computer aided design. Other topics covered include (1) advanced structural analysis methids for composites; (2) ultrasonic nondestructive testing of composite structures; (3) optimum combination of hardeners in the cure of epoxy; (4) fatigue in composite materials; (5) resin matrix characterization and properties; (6) postbuckling analysis of curved laminate composite panels; and (7) acoustic emission testing of composite tensile specimens.

  4. Compound structure one-dimensional photonic crystal

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    Wu, Xiang-Yao; Liu, Xiao-Jing; Liang, Yu; Wang, Zhi-Guo; Fang, Yun-Tuan

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, we have proposed a new compound structure one-dimensional photonic crystal, which include series connection, parallel connection and positive and negative feedback compound structure photonic crystal. We have studied their transmission characteristics and obtained some new results, which should be help to design new type optical devices, such as optical amplifier, photonic crystal laser and so on.

  5. Crystallization of Oxides as Functional Materials

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    Sun, Congting; Song, Shuyan; Xue, Dongfeng; Zhang, Hongjie

    2012-06-01

    Crystallization is essential to the manufacture of functional materials as varies as electronic devices, energy storage and conversion devices, and highly reactive catalysts. As an important part of functional materials, metal oxides possess wide applications and the crystallization of oxide materials has thus received considerable attention from both fundamental and technological perspectives. With particular emphasis on our recent laboratory results, this feature article gives a brief review in the field of crystallization of oxides. On the basis of chemical bonding theory of single crystal growth, we have simulated thermodynamic growth behaviors of various functional oxides such as ZnO, MgO, Cu2O, Nb2O5, V2O5, MnO2, SnO2, NiO, KDP/ADP, LiNbO3, and NaNbO3. Quantitatively analyzing bonding conditions of controllable crystallographic faces enables us to design proper synthesis strategies and optimize growth parameters, consequently obtaining functional oxides with desirable crystallization behaviors.

  6. The American Mineralogist Crystal Structure Database is a compilation of every crystal structure potentially of

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    Downs, Robert T.

    ABSTRACT The American Mineralogist Crystal Structure Database is a compilation of every crystal for instructors, allowing direct access to crystal structures of almost any mineral, and many at various, instructors, and researchers to easily access various crystal structures. Suggestions for using the database

  7. Selective Crystal Growth and Structural, Optical, and Electronic Studies of Mn3Ta2O8

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    Medvedeva, Julia E.

    Selective Crystal Growth and Structural, Optical, and Electronic Studies of Mn3Ta2O8 Karl Rickert-long single crystal via the optical floating-zone technique. Single-crystal absorbance studies determine these materials, however, the structure solution of a CCTN is difficult without a single crystal. Furthermore

  8. STRUCTURE NOTE Crystal Structure of Stilbene Synthase From Arachis

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    Suh, Dae-Yeon

    STRUCTURE NOTE Crystal Structure of Stilbene Synthase From Arachis hypogaea Yasuhito Shomura,1, respectively. The crystal structure and molecu- lar mechanism of CHS from Medicago sativa (alfalfa) have was not clear. More recently, the crystal structure of STS from Pinus silvestris (pine) was reported

  9. Composite structural materials

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    Loewy, R.; Wiberley, S. E.

    1986-01-01

    Overall emphasis is on basic long-term research in the following categories: constituent materials, composite materials, generic structural elements, processing science technology; and maintaining long-term structural integrity. Research in basic composition, characteristics, and processing science of composite materials and their constituents is balanced against the mechanics, conceptual design, fabrication, and testing of generic structural elements typical of aerospace vehicles so as to encourage the discovery of unusual solutions to present and future problems. Detailed descriptions of the progress achieved in the various component parts of this comprehensive program are presented.

  10. Real Time Crystal Axis Measurements Of Semiconductor Materials

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    Weiser, Sidney

    1989-12-01

    Since 1912 X-ray diffraction has been the principal method for determining the crystal axis orientation of materials. This test is generally time consuming and must be done in a shielded location. A new real time method has been developed using a rapidly scanned laser beam to analyze the surface morphology of the crystal. By relating the minute facets in the surface to the underlying lattice structure, the crystal axis orientation can be quantitatively determined. The laser beam rapidly rotates about the axis of the instrument projecting a narrow beam at a small point on the surface of the crystal. This scan illuminates the crystal from all azimuth angles while the angle of incidence is varied in successive incre-ments. The laser light reflected from the facets is detected by a centrally located sensor and correlated with a precise clock signal to determine its angular position. The accumulated data is then processed by appropriate algorithms to determine the crystal axis orientation. Then with the aid of individual solid geometry algo-rithms, the deviation of the crystal axis is calculated. This is accomplished in one second and the results are displayed on the monitor in degrees and tenths of a degree. The laser scanner is fully controlled by a computer which is also used to reduce the raw data. The data display is presented on the monitor screen in sufficient detail to determine subtle differences in crystal structure and orientation. Measurements have been made on face centered cubic single crystals of semiconductor materials such as gallium arsenide, cadmium telluride and silicon in 1,0,0; 1,1,0; and 1,1,1 orientations.

  11. Crystal structure of lignin peroxidase.

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    Edwards, S L; Raag, R; Wariishi, H; Gold, M H; Poulos, T L

    1993-01-01

    The crystal structure of lignin peroxidase (LiP) from the basidiomycete Phanerochaete chrysosporium has been determined to 2.6 A resolution by usine multiple isomorphous replacement methods and simulated annealing refinement. Of the 343 residues, residues 3-335 have been accounted for in the electron density map, including four disulfide bonds. The overall three-dimensional structure is very similar to the only other peroxidase in this group for which a high-resolution crystal structure is available, cytochrome c peroxidase, despite the fact that the sequence identity is only approximately 20%, LiP has four disulfide bonds, while cytochrome c peroxidase has none, and LiP is larger (343 vs. 294 residues). The basic helical fold and connectivity defined by 11 helical segments with the heme sandwiched between the distal and proximal helices found in cytochrome c peroxidase is maintained in LiP. Both enzymes have a histidine as a proximal heme ligand, which is hydrogen bonded to a buried aspartic acid side chain. The distal or peroxide binding pocket also is similar, including the distal arginine and histidine. The most striking difference is that, whereas cytochrome c peroxidase has tryptophans contacting the distal and proximal heme surfaces, LiP has phenylalanines. This in part explains why, in the reaction with peroxides, cytochrome c peroxidase forms an amino acid-centered free radical, whereas LiP forms a porphyrin pi cation radical. Images PMID:11607355

  12. Predicting polymeric crystal structures by evolutionary algorithms

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

    2014-10-01

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

  13. Composite structural materials

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    Ansell, G. S.; Wiberley, S. E.

    1978-01-01

    The purpose of the RPI composites program is to develop advanced technology in the areas of physical properties, structural concepts and analysis, manufacturing, reliability and life prediction. Concommitant goals are to educate engineers to design and use composite materials as normal or conventional materials. A multifaceted program was instituted to achieve these objectives.

  14. Bone as a Structural Material.

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    Zimmermann, Elizabeth A; Ritchie, Robert O

    2015-06-24

    As one of the most important natural materials, cortical bone is a composite material comprising assemblies of tropocollagen molecules and nanoscale hydroxyapatite mineral crystals, forming an extremely tough, yet lightweight, adaptive and multi-functional material. Bone has evolved to provide structural support to organisms, and therefore its mechanical properties are vital physiologically. Like many mineralized tissues, bone can resist deformation and fracture from the nature of its hierarchical structure, which spans molecular to macroscopic length-scales. In fact, bone derives its fracture resistance with a multitude of deformation and toughening mechanisms that are active at most of these dimensions. It is shown that bone's strength and ductility originate primarily at the scale of the nano to submicrometer structure of its mineralized collagen fibrils and fibers, whereas bone toughness is additionally generated at much larger, micro- to near-millimeter, scales from crack-tip shielding associated with interactions between the crack path and the microstructure. It is further shown how the effectiveness with which bone's structural features can resist fracture at small to large length-scales can become degraded by biological factors such as aging and disease, which affect such features as the collagen cross-linking environment, the homogeneity of mineralization, and the density of the osteonal structures. PMID:25865873

  15. Structural Materials: 95. Concrete

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    Naus, Dan J

    2012-01-01

    Nuclear power plant concrete structures and their materials of construction are described, and their operating experience noted. Aging and environmental factors that can affect the durability of the concrete structures are identified. Basic components of a program to manage aging of these structures are identified and described. Application of structural reliability theory to devise uniform risk-based criteria by which existing facilities can be evaluated to achieve a desired performance level when subjected to uncertain demands and to quantify the effects of degradation is outlined. Finally, several areas are identified where additional research is desired.

  16. Composite structural materials

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    Ansell, G. S.; Loewy, R. G.; Wiberley, S. E.

    1982-01-01

    The promise of filamentary composite materials, whose development may be considered as entering its second generation, continues to generate intense interest and applications activity. Fiber reinforced composite materials offer substantially improved performance and potentially lower costs for aerospace hardware. Much progress has been achieved since the initial developments in the mid 1960's. Rather limited applications to primary aircraft structure have been made, however, mainly in a material-substitution mode on military aircraft, except for a few experiments currently underway on large passenger airplanes in commercial operation. To fulfill the promise of composite materials completely requires a strong technology base. NASA and AFOSR recognize the present state of the art to be such that to fully exploit composites in sophisticated aerospace structures, the technology base must be improved. This, in turn, calls for expanding fundamental knowledge and the means by which it can be successfully applied in design and manufacture.

  17. Inorganic chiral 3-D photonic crystals with bicontinuous gyroid structure replicated from butterfly wing scales.

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    Mille, Christian; Tyrode, Eric C; Corkery, Robert W

    2011-09-21

    Three dimensional silica photonic crystals with the gyroid minimal surface structure have been synthesized. The butterfly Callophrys rubi was used as a biotemplate. This material represents a significant addition to the small family of synthetic bicontinuous photonic crystals. PMID:21818463

  18. Composite structural materials

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    Ansell, G. S.; Loewy, R. G.; Wiberley, S. E.

    1979-01-01

    A multifaceted program is described in which aeronautical, mechanical, and materials engineers interact to develop composite aircraft structures. Topics covered include: (1) the design of an advanced composite elevator and a proposed spar and rib assembly; (2) optimizing fiber orientation in the vicinity of heavily loaded joints; (3) failure mechanisms and delamination; (4) the construction of an ultralight sailplane; (5) computer-aided design; finite element analysis programs, preprocessor development, and array preprocessor for SPAR; (6) advanced analysis methods for composite structures; (7) ultrasonic nondestructive testing; (8) physical properties of epoxy resins and composites; (9) fatigue in composite materials, and (10) transverse thermal expansion of carbon/epoxy composites.

  19. Composite Structural Materials

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    Ansell, G. S.; Loewy, R. G.; Wiberly, S. E.

    1984-01-01

    The development and application of filamentary composite materials, is considered. Such interest is based on the possibility of using relatively brittle materials with high modulus, high strength, but low density in composites with good durability and high tolerance to damage. Fiber reinforced composite materials of this kind offer substantially improved performance and potentially lower costs for aerospace hardware. Much progress has been made since the initial developments in the mid 1960's. There were only limited applied to the primary structure of operational vehicles, mainly as aircrafts.

  20. Crystal structure transfer in core/shell nanowires.

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    Algra, Rienk E; Hocevar, Moïra; Verheijen, Marcel A; Zardo, Ilaria; Immink, George G W; van Enckevort, Willem J P; Abstreiter, Gerhard; Kouwenhoven, Leo P; Vlieg, Elias; Bakkers, Erik P A M

    2011-04-13

    Structure engineering is an emerging tool to control opto-electronic properties of semiconductors. Recently, control of crystal structure and the formation of a twinning superlattice have been shown for III-V nanowires. This level of control has not been obtained for Si nanowires, the most relevant material for the semiconductor industry. Here, we present an approach, in which a designed twinning superlattice with the zinc blende crystal structure or the wurtzite crystal structure is transferred from a gallium phosphide core wire to an epitaxially grown silicon shell. These materials have a difference in lattice constants of only 0.4%, which allows for structure transfer without introducing extra defects. The twinning superlattices, periodicity, and shell thickness can be tuned with great precision. Arrays of free-standing Si nanotubes are obtained by a selective wet-chemical etch of the core wire. PMID:21417242

  1. Crystal structure analysis of intermetallic compounds

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

    1968-01-01

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

  2. Composite structural materials

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    Ansell, G. S.; Loewy, R. G.; Wiberley, S. E.

    1982-01-01

    Research in the basic composition, characteristics, and processng science of composite materials and their constituents is balanced against the mechanics, conceptual design, fabrication, and testing of generic structural elements typical of aerospace vehicles so as to encourage the discovery of unusual solutions to problems. Detailed descriptions of the progress achieved in the various component parts of his program are presented.

  3. Optical tuning of silicon photonic structures with nematic liquid crystal claddings

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    Fainman, Yeshaiahu

    of silicon strip waveguides with methyl red doped nematic liquid crystal claddings is presented. Under lowOptical tuning of silicon photonic structures with nematic liquid crystal claddings Joanna materials; (160.3710) Liquid crystals; (160.5320) Photorefractive materials; (220.0220) Optical design

  4. Theoretical prediction of crystal structures of rubrene

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    Obata, Shigeaki; Miura, Toshiaki; Shimoi, Yukihiro

    2014-01-01

    We theoretically predict crystal structures and molecular arrangements for rubrene molecule using CONFLEX program and compare them with the experimental ones. The most, second-most, and fourth-most stable predicted crystal structures show good agreement with the triclinic, orthorhombic, and monoclinic polymorphs of rubrene, respectively. The change in molecular conformation is also predicted between crystalline and gas phases: the tetracene backbone takes flat conformation in crystalline phase as in the observed structure. Meanwhile, it is twisted in gas phase. The theoretical prediction method used in this work provides the successful results on the determination of the three kinds of crystal structures and molecular arrangements for rubrene molecule.

  5. Synthesis, crystal structure, physico-chemical characterization and dielectric properties of a new hybrid material, 1-Ethylpiperazine-1,4-diium tetrachlorocadmate

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    Dhieb, A. C.; Valkonen, A.; Rzaigui, M.; Smirani, W.

    2015-12-01

    A new organic-inorganic hybrid metal complex, 1-Ethylpiperazine-1,4-diium tetrachlorocadmate was synthesized and the structure is determined by single crystal X-Ray diffraction analyses. The title compound crystallizes in the orthorhombic system with space group Pbca. The unit cell parameters are a = 11.5129 (2) Å, b = 9.7801 (2) Å, c = 23.8599 (4) Å with Z = 8 and V = 2686.56 (8) Å3. The examination of the structure shows that Cd(II) is coordinated by 4 chlorine atoms and adopt a tetrahedral geometry. Three-dimensional frameworks of the title compound are produced by N-H⋯Cl and C-H⋯Cl hydrogen bonding. IR, Raman and UV-Visible spectroscopies were also used to characterize this complex. Moreover, the ?uorescent properties of the compound have been investigated in the solid state at room temperature. Solid state 13C MAS NMR spectroscopy results are in agreement with the X-ray structure. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) has revealed a structural phase transition of the order-disorder type around 373 K, and dielectric measurements were performed to discuss the mechanism of this phase transition. The evolution of dielectric constant as a function of temperature of the sample has been investigated in order to determine some related parameters.

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

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    Sankari, R. Siva; Perumal, Rajesh Narayana

    2014-04-24

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

  7. Beyond crystals: the dialectic of materials and information

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    Cartwright, Julyan H. E.; Mackay, Alan L.

    2012-01-01

    We argue for a convergence of crystallography, materials science and biology, that will come about through asking materials questions about biology and biological questions about materials, illuminated by considerations of information. The complex structures now being studied in biology and produced in nanotechnology have outstripped the framework of classical crystallography, and a variety of organizing concepts are now taking shape into a more modern and dynamic science of structure, form and function. Absolute stability and equilibrium are replaced by metastable structures existing in a flux of energy-carrying information and moving within an energy landscape of complex topology. Structures give place to processes and processes to systems. The fundamental level is that of atoms. As smaller and smaller groups of atoms are used for their physical properties, quantum effects become important; already we see quantum computation taking shape. Concepts move towards those in life with the emergence of specifically informational structures. We now see the possibility of the artificial construction of a synthetic living system, different from biological life, but having many or all of the same properties. Interactions are essentially nonlinear and collective. Structures begin to have an evolutionary history with episodes of symbiosis. Underlying all the structures are constraints of time and space. Through hierarchization, a more general principle than the periodicity of crystals, structures may be found within structures on different scales. We must integrate unifying concepts from dynamical systems and information theory to form a coherent language and science of shape and structure beyond crystals. To this end, we discuss the idea of categorizing structures based on information according to the algorithmic complexity of their assembly. PMID:22615461

  8. Materials/structures testing

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    Matthews, R. K.

    An overview of the materials/structures test methodology used in the development of hypersonic vehicle components is presented. Focus is on aerothermal methodology and weather/erosion testing. For the latter, testing techniques which evaluate particle impact effects on vehicles operating at supersonic through hypersonic speeds in particle laden environments are described. Such facilities for increasing velocities are: wind tunnels/sleds; arc facilities; aeroballistic ranges. It is noted that it is of particular importance to demonstrate that flight components such as leading edges, cowl lips, and structural panels will survive the aerothermal flight environment. Specific components can experience very high heating rates and surface temperatures from 1100 to 1950 C.

  9. Crystal structure of benzimidazolium salicylate

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

    2015-01-01

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

  10. Phase-Field Crystal Modeling of Polycrystalline Materials

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    Adland, Ari Joel

    In this thesis, we use and further develop the phase-field crystal (PFC) method derived from classical density functional theory to investigate polycyrstalline materials. The PFC method resolves atomistic scale processes by tracking the evolution of the local time averaged crystal density field, thereby naturally describing dislocations and grian boundaries (GBs), but with a phenomenological incorporation of vacancy diffusion that accesses long diffusive time scales beyond the reach of MD simulations. We use the PFC method to investigate two technologically important classes of polycrystalline materials whose properties are strongly influenced by GB equilibrium and non-equilibrium properties. The first are structural polycyrstalline materials such as nickel based superalloys used for turbine blades. Those alloys can develop large defects known as "hot tears'' due to the lack of complete crystal cohesion and strain localization during the late stages of solidification. We investigate the equilibrium structure of symmetric tilt GBs at high homologous temperatures and identify a wide range of misorientation that leads to the formation of nanometer-thick intergranular films with liquid like properties. The phase transition character of this "GB premelting'' phenomenon is investigated through the quantitative computation of a disjoining thermodynamic potential in both pure materials and alloys, using body-centered-cubic Fe as a model system. The analysis of this potential sheds light on the physical origin of attractive and repulsive forces that promote and suppress crystal cohesion, respectively, and are found to be strongly affected by solute addition. Our equilibrium studies also reveal the existence of novel structural transitions of low angle GBs driven by the pairing of dislocations with both screw and edge character. Non-equilibrium PFC simulations in turn characterize the response of GBs to an applied shear stress, showing that intergranular liquid-like films promote GB sliding and strain localization underlying hot tearing. The second class of polycrystalline materials investigated are nanocrystalline materials with a grain size less than a few hundred nanometers. Those materials exhibit desirable properties that include high strength and corrosion resistance. In order to understand basic mechanisms that control the thermal and mechanical stability of nanocrystalline materials, we investigate the stress-driven motion of GBs over a complete range of GB bicrystallography, which includes asymmetrical tilt boundaries with non-vanishing misorientation and inclination angles. We show that asymmetrical GBs exhibit coupled motion to a shear stress parallel to the GB plane and identify a wealth of different dislocation mechanisms mediated by glide, climb, and dislocation reactions, which underlie this coupled motion. We also show that asymmetrical GBs exhibit sliding due to the existence of discontinuous transitions between different coupling modes. Importantly, unlike sliding of symmetrical GBs promoted by GB premelting, sliding of asymmetrical GBs can exist at low temperature, thereby providing an important mechanism for the stress-driven evolution of nanocrystalline structures. In addition to the above studies of polycrystalline materials, we also use the PFC method as a theoretical framework for investigating the grain coarsening dynamics of polycrystalline structures in a broad class of systems that form crystal lattices through self-organization or self-assembly, including driven non-equilibrium systems, modulated phases of macromolecular systems such as diblock copolymers, and colloidal crystals. Our studies reveal that grain growth in those systems is governed by an entirely different dissipation mechanism than in polycrystalline materials. While the rate of curvature-driven grain growth in polycrystalline materials is well-known to be limited by interface dissipation, we find that bulk dissipation associated with lattice translation dramatically slows down grain coarsening in self- organized or assembled la

  11. Measurement method for high-temperature infrared optical constants of ZnS crystal materials in a multi-layer structure

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    Fu, Tairan; Liu, Jiangfan

    2015-03-01

    An inverse method was used to calculate the optical constants of high-temperature semi-transparent materials in the infrared spectra based on the angle dependent transmittances of multi-layer structure. The radiative transfer model for the multi-layer semi-transparent structure was established. A three-layer structure composed by zinc sulfide (ZnS) infrared optical materials was investigated with a numerical analysis of the radiation characteristics to analyze the effects of the two side layers (defined as optical windows) on the radiation properties of the three-layer structure. The inverse calculations of the optical constants of ZnS materials were carried out based on the total transmittances of the three-layer structure at different incidence angles using the Levenberg-Marquardt algorithm. The inverse accuracy for the optical constants was numerically verified. This research works provides a reference for measurements of high-temperature radiation properties of semi-transparent materials in multi-layer structure.

  12. Crystal structure and morphology of syndiotactic polypropylene single crystals

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    Bu, J.Z.; Cheng, S.Z.D.

    1996-12-31

    In the past several years there have been an increased interest in the crystal structure and morphology of s-PP due to the new development of homogeneous metallocene catalysts which can produce s-PP having a high stereoregularity. In this research, the crystal structure and morphology of s-PP single crystals grown from the melt were investigated. A series of ten fractions of s-PP was studied with different molecular weights ranging from 10,300 to 234,000 (g/mol). These fractions all possess narrow molecular weight distributions (around 1.1-1.2) and high syndiotacticities ([r]{approximately}95%). The main techniques employed including transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD), and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS).

  13. crystal: growth, crystal structure perfection, piezoelectric, and acoustic properties

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    Roshchupkin, Dmitry; Ortega, Luc; Plotitcyna, Olga; Irzhak, Dmitry; Emelin, Evgenii; Fahrtdinov, Rashid; Alenkov, Vladimir; Buzanov, Oleg

    2014-09-01

    A five-component crystal of lanthanum-gallium silicate group La3Ga5.3Ta0.5Al0.2O14 (LGTA) was grown by the Czochralski method. The LGTA crystal possesses unique thermal properties and substitution of Al for Ga in the unit cell leads to a substantial increase of electrical resistance at high temperatures. The unit cell parameters of LGTA were determined by powder diffraction. X-ray topography was used to study the crystal structure perfection: the growth banding normal to the growth axis were visualized. The independent piezoelectric constants d 11 and d 14 were measured by X-ray diffraction in the Bragg and Laue geometries. Excitation and propagation of surface acoustic waves were studied by the double-crystal X-ray diffraction at the BESSY II synchrotron radiation source. The analysis of the diffraction spectra of acoustically modulated crystals permitted the determination of the velocity of acoustic wave propagation and the power flow angles in different acoustic cuts of the LGTA crystal.

  14. Composite structural materials

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    Loewy, Robert G.; Wiberley, Stephen E.

    1987-01-01

    The development and application of composite materials to aerospace vehicle structures which began in the mid 1960's has now progressed to the point where what can be considered entire airframes are being designed and built using composites. Issues related to the fabrication of non-resin matrix composites and the micro, mezzo and macromechanics of thermoplastic and metal matrix composites are emphasized. Several research efforts are presented. They are entitled: (1) The effects of chemical vapor deposition and thermal treatments on the properties of pitch-based carbon fiber; (2) Inelastic deformation of metal matrix laminates; (3) Analysis of fatigue damage in fibrous MMC laminates; (4) Delamination fracture toughness in thermoplastic matrix composites; (5) Numerical investigation of the microhardness of composite fracture; and (6) General beam theory for composite structures.

  15. Synthesis, crystal structure and characterization of a new organic-inorganic hybrid material: [C6H16N2O]SbCl5

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    Aloui, Z.; Ferretti, V.; Abid, S.; Rzaigui, M.; Lefebvre, F.; Ben Nasr, C.

    2015-05-01

    The present paper undertakes the study of [C6H16N2O]SbCl5 which is a new hybrid compound. It is synthesized and characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, thermal analysis, IR and solid state NMR spectroscopies. The centrosymmetric compound crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P21/n, with the following unit cell parameters: a = 9.8519(2), b = 8.8345(2), c = 17.3087(4) Å, ? = 102.3(1)° and Z = 4. The atomic arrangement shows an alternation of organic and inorganic entities. The cohesion between these entities is performed via N-H⋯Cl and O-H⋯Cl hydrogen bonding to form a three-dimensional network. The 13C CP-MAS NMR spectrum is in agreement with the X-ray structure. Infrared and Raman spectra at room temperature are recorded in the 4000-400 and 500-100 cm-1 frequency regions respectively. This study confirms the presence of the organic cation [C6H16N2]2+ and of the [SbCl5]2- anion. DFT calculations allow the attribution of the carbon peaks to the different atoms.

  16. Structures of cyano-biphenyl liquid crystals

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

    1989-01-01

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

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

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

    2011-05-15

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

  18. Microscopic characterization of defect structure in RDX crystals.

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

    2013-12-01

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

  19. Method of making macrocrystalline or single crystal semiconductor material

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    Shlichta, P. J. (inventor); Holliday, R. J. (inventor)

    1986-01-01

    A macrocrystalline or single crystal semiconductive material is formed from a primary substrate including a single crystal or several very large crystals of a relatively low melting material. This primary substrate is deposited on a base such as steel or ceramic, and it may be formed from such metals as zinc, cadmium, germanium, aluminum, tin, lead, copper, brass, magnesium silicide, or magnesium stannide. These materials generally have a melting point below about 1000 C and form on the base crystals the size of fingernails or greater. The primary substrate has an epitaxial relationship with a subsequently applied layer of material, and because of this epitaxial relationship, the material deposited on the primary substrate will have essentially the same crystal size as the crystals in the primary substrate. If required, successive layers are formed, each of a material which has an epitaxial relationship with the previously deposited layer, until a layer is formed which has an epitaxial relationship with the semiconductive material. This layer is referred to as the epitaxial substrate, and its crystals serve as sites for the growth of large crystals of semiconductive material. The primary substrate is passivated to remove or otherwise convert it into a stable or nonreactive state prior to deposition of the seconductive material.

  20. Anisotropy of bond projections in simple crystal structures

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    Šim?nek, Antonín

    2011-10-01

    The nearest-neighbor bond distances represented by the stick-and-ball model of a crystal are projected into planes in order to find the directions from where the projections have maximum or minimum values. The projection directions and their corresponding values of the maxima and minima are presented for simple cubic, body-centered-cubic, face-centered-cubic, sodium chloride, zinc sulfide, diamond, fluorite, cesium chloride, hexagonal close-packed, tungsten carbide, wurtzite, graphite, graphene, and aluminum boride structures. The purely geometrical considerations quantitatively reflect an anisotropy of the bond projections and provide data for a large amount of materials crystallizing in these structures. The presented results can be applied to the description, analysis, and understanding of anisotropic effects related to bond projection in 14 crystal structures. The application of hardness anisotropy for BN, SiC, and TiC is shown.

  1. [Raw material synthesis and characterization of YVO4 birefringent crystal].

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    Lin, Shu-kun; Li, Li-ting; Chen, Jian-zhong

    2003-06-01

    In this paper, synthesis of YOV4 birefringence crystal raw material in liquid phase was studied. Mostly, the effects of solution's pH values and some other synthesis conditions on purity and whiteness were discussed. Infra-red spectrometry, X-ray powder diffraction and UV spectrometry were used in the characterization of the raw material and single crystal, and in this way the best method of synthesis was defined. The result of the study indicates that the purity of the raw material had decisive effect on the crystal growth. Flawless crystal with the dimensions of phi 40 x 40 x 50 mm3 was grown by Czochralski (CZ) technique. PMID:12953517

  2. TE-polarized graphene modes sustained by photonic crystal structures.

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    Degli-Eredi, I; Sipe, J E; Vermeulen, N

    2015-05-01

    We present the design of a supporting photonic crystal structure that would allow for the excitation of the predicted transverse electric (TE) polarized excitation in a single layer of graphene. We show that it is possible to measure this excitation at room temperature, and that adding an extra layer of dielectric material on top of the structure would further facilitate the experimental observation of the graphene mode. PMID:25927788

  3. Methods of using structures including catalytic materials disposed within porous zeolite materials to synthesize hydrocarbons

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    Rollins, Harry W. (Idaho Falls, ID); Petkovic, Lucia M. (Idaho Falls, ID); Ginosar, Daniel M. (Idaho Falls, ID)

    2011-02-01

    Catalytic structures include a catalytic material disposed within a zeolite material. The catalytic material may be capable of catalyzing a formation of methanol from carbon monoxide and/or carbon dioxide, and the zeolite material may be capable of catalyzing a formation of hydrocarbon molecules from methanol. The catalytic material may include copper and zinc oxide. The zeolite material may include a first plurality of pores substantially defined by a crystal structure of the zeolite material and a second plurality of pores dispersed throughout the zeolite material. Systems for synthesizing hydrocarbon molecules also include catalytic structures. Methods for synthesizing hydrocarbon molecules include contacting hydrogen and at least one of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide with such catalytic structures. Catalytic structures are fabricated by forming a zeolite material at least partially around a template structure, removing the template structure, and introducing a catalytic material into the zeolite material.

  4. A terminally protected dipeptide: from crystal structure and self-assembly, through co-assembly with carbon-based materials, to a ternary catalyst for reduction chemistry in water.

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    Mazzier, Daniela; Carraro, Francesco; Crisma, Marco; Rancan, Marzio; Toniolo, Claudio; Moretto, Alessandro

    2015-12-16

    A terminally protected, hydrophobic dipeptide Boc-l-Cys(Me)-l-Leu-OMe () was synthesized and its 3D-structure was determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. This peptide is able to hierarchically self-assemble in a variety of superstructures, including hollow rods, ranging from the nano- to the macroscale, and organogels. In addition, is able to drive fullerene (C60) or multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) in an organogel by co-assembling with them. A hybrid -C60-MWCNT organogel was prepared and converted (through a high vacuum-drying process) into a robust, high-volume, water insoluble, solid material where C60 is well dispersed over the entire superstructure. This ternary material was successfully tested as a catalyst for: (i) the reduction reaction of water-soluble azo compounds mediated by NaBH4 and UV-light with an overall performance remarkably better than that provided by C60 alone, and (ii) the NaBH4-mediated reduction of benzoic acid to benzyl alcohol. Our results suggest that the self-assembly properties of might be related to the occurrence in its single crystal structure of a sixfold screw axis, a feature shared by most of the linear peptides known so far to give rise to nanotubes. PMID:26463728

  5. Crystal structure and density of helium to 232 kbar

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    Mao, H. K.; Wu, Y.; Jephcoat, A. P.; Hemley, R. J.; Bell, P. M.; Bassett, W. A.

    1988-01-01

    The properties of helium and hydrogen at high pressure are topics of great interest to the understanding of planetary interiors. These materials constitute 95 percent of the entire solar system. A technique was presented for the measurement of X-ray diffraction from single-crystals of low-Z condenses gases in a diamond-anvil cell at high pressure. The first such single-crystal X-ray diffraction measurements on solid hydrogen to 26.5 GPa were presented. The application of this technique to the problem of the crystal structure, equation of state, and phase diagram of solid helium is reported. Crucial for X-ray diffraction studies of these materials is the use of a synchrotron radiation source which provides high brillance, narrow collimation of the incident and diffracted X-ray beams to reduce the background noise, and energy-dispersive diffraction techniques with polychromatic (white) radiation, which provides high detection efficiency.

  6. Photonic crystal structures with tunable structure color as colorimetric sensors.

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    Wang, Hui; Zhang, Ke-Qin

    2013-01-01

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

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

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    Wang, Hui; Zhang, Ke-Qin

    2013-01-01

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

  8. Design considerations for a Space Shuttle Main Engine turbine blade made of single crystal material

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    Abdul-Aziz, A.; August, R.; Nagpal, V.

    1993-01-01

    Nonlinear finite-element structural analyses were performed on the first stage high-pressure fuel turbopump blade of the Space Shuttle Main Engine. The analyses examined the structural response and the dynamic characteristics at typical operating conditions. Single crystal material PWA-1480 was considered for the analyses. Structural response and the blade natural frequencies with respect to the crystal orientation were investigated. The analyses were conducted based on typical test stand engine cycle. Influence of combined thermal, aerodynamic, and centrifugal loadings was considered. Results obtained showed that the single crystal secondary orientation effects on the maximum principal stresses are not highly significant.

  9. Smart materials and structures

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    Rogowski, Robert S.; Heyman, Joseph S.

    1993-01-01

    Embedded optical fibers allow not only the cure-monitoring and in-service lifetime measurements of composite materials, but the NDE of material damage and degradation with aging. The capabilities of such damage-detection systems have been extended to allow the quantitative determination of 2D strain in materials by several different methods, including the interferometric and the numerical. It remains to be seen, what effect the embedded fibers have on the strength of the 'smart' materials created through their incorporation.

  10. Crystal structure of potassium sodium tartrate trihydrate

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

    2011-11-15

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

  11. Crystal Structure Representations for Machine Learning Models of Formation Energies

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    Faber, Felix; von Lilienfeld, O Anatole; Armiento, Rickard

    2015-01-01

    We introduce and evaluate a set of feature vector representations of crystal structures for machine learning (ML) models of formation energies of solids. ML models of atomization energies of organic molecules have been successful using a Coulomb matrix representation of the molecule. We consider three ways to generalize such representations to periodic systems: (i) a matrix where each element is related to the Ewald sum of the electrostatic interaction between two different atoms in the unit cell repeated over the lattice; (ii) an extended Coulomb-like matrix that takes into account a number of neighboring unit cells; and (iii) an Ansatz that mimics the periodicity and the basic features of the elements in the Ewald sum matrix by using a sine function of the crystal coordinates of the atoms. The representations are compared for a Laplacian kernel with Manhattan norm, trained to reproduce formation energies using a data set of 3938 crystal structures obtained from the Materials Project. For training sets consi...

  12. Crystal structure of 9-methacryloylanthracene

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

    2015-01-01

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

  13. Computing stoichiometric molecular composition from crystal structures

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    Gražulis, Saulius; Merkys, Andrius; Vaitkus, Antanas; Okuli?-Kazarinas, Mykolas

    2015-01-01

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

  14. Crystal structure of Arabidopsis thaliana cytokinin dehydrogenase

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    Bae, Euiyoung; Bingman, Craig A.; Bitto, Eduard; Aceti, David J.; Phillips, Jr., George N.

    2008-08-13

    Since first discovered in Zea mays, cytokinin dehydrogenase (CKX) genes have been identified in many plants including rice and Arabidopsis thaliana, which possesses CKX homologues (AtCKX1-AtCKX7). So far, the three-dimensional structure of only Z. mays CKX (ZmCKX1) has been determined. The crystal structures of ZmCKX1 have been solved in the native state and in complex with reaction products and a slowly reacting substrate. The structures revealed four glycosylated asparagine residues and a histidine residue covalently linked to FAD. Combined with the structural information, recent biochemical analyses of ZmCKX1 concluded that the final products of the reaction, adenine and a side chain aldehyde, are formed by nonenzymatic hydrolytic cleavage of cytokinin imine products resulting directly from CKX catalysis. Here, we report the crystal structure of AtCKX7 (gene locus At5g21482.1, UniProt code Q9FUJ1).

  15. Structure-property evolution during polymer crystallization

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    Arora, Deepak

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

  16. Studies on synthesis, growth, structural, optical properties of organic 8-hydroxyquinolinium succinate single crystals

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    Thirumurugan, R. Anitha, K.

    2014-04-24

    8-hydroxyquinolinium succinate (8HQSU), an organic material has been synthesized and single crystals were grown by employing the technique of slow evaporation. The structure of the grown crystal was elucidated by using single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. 8HQSU crystal belongs to the monoclinic crystallographic system with non-centro symmetric space group of P2{sub 1}. FT-IR spectral investigation has been carried out to identify the various functional groups present in the grown crystal. UV–vis spectral studies reveal that 8HQSU crystals are transparent in the entire visible region and the cut-off wavelength has been found to be 220nm.

  17. Shear induced structures in crystallizing cocoa butter

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

    2004-03-01

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

  18. Nematic liquid crystals in inverted microstrip structures

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    Piotrowski, Jerzy; Parka, Janusz; Nowinowski-Kruszelnicki, Edward

    2013-07-01

    Nematic liquid crystals are promising dielectrics for tunable microwave devices due to their significant birefringence and moderately low loss. Dielectric anisotropy or refractive index anisotropy of liquid crystal is one of the important parameter for the design of variety of reconfigurable devices. In this work, transmission line method is used for the broadband investigation of nematic liquid crystals in the frequency range of 1-10 GHz. For this purpose, a measurement device is proposed with a tunable liquid crystal transduces based on an inverted microstrip structure section placed between two segments of layered microstrip lines terminated by microstrip-coaxial line transitions. Measurements of the scattering parameters of the device with standard liquid crystal 6CHBT as well as with a novel highly anisotropic mixture W1825 have been conducted. Based on these measurements, a high effective refractive index anisotropy of 0.31 for the W1825 mixture compared to 0.12 for 6CHBT have been determined. These values are lower of 26% and 18% than anisotropy of the refractive indices appointed by a resonator method for W1825 and 6CHBT, respectively. Progress in highly anisotropic mixtures opens new low-cost liquid crystal applications in microwave devices.

  19. Issues in the growth of bulk crystals of infrared materials

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    Bachmann, K. J.; Golowsky, H.

    1987-01-01

    Attention is given to the relevant criteria governing materials choice in the growth of IR optoelectronic bulk single crystals of III-V and II-VI alloy and I-III-VI2 compound types. The most important considerations concern the control of crystal purity, microstructural perfection, stoichiometry, and uniformity during crystal growth, as well as the control of surface properties in wafer fabrication. Specific examples are given to illustrate the problems encountered and their preferred solutions.

  20. Crystal structure of a plectonemic RNA supercoil

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

    2012-12-14

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

  1. Nanoscale Imaging of Mineral Crystals inside Biological Composite Materials Using X-Ray Diffraction Microscopy

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    Jiang, Huaidong; Ramunno-Johnson, Damien; Song, Changyong; Amirbekian, Bagrat; Kohmura, Yoshiki; Nishino, Yoshinori; Takahashi, Yukio; Ishikawa, Tetsuya; Miao, Jianwei

    2008-01-01

    We for the first time applied x-ray diffraction microscopy to the imaging of mineral crystals inside biological composite materials—intramuscular fish bone—at the nanometer scale resolution. We identified mineral crystals in collagen fibrils at different stages of mineralization. Based on the experimental results and biomineralization analyses, we suggested a dynamic model to account for the nucleation and growth of mineral crystals in the collagen matrix. The results obtained from this study not only further our understanding of the complex structure of bone, but also demonstrate that x-ray diffraction microscopy will become an important tool to study biological materials.

  2. Crystal structure of zwitterionic bisimidazolium sulfonates

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

    2012-05-01

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

  3. Crystal Structure of Human Enterovirus 71

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

    2013-04-08

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

  4. Synthesis, X-ray crystal structures, and gas sorption properties of pillared square grid nets based on paddle-wheel motifs: implications for hydrogen storage in porous materials.

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    Chun, Hyungphil; Dybtsev, Danil N; Kim, Hyunuk; Kim, Kimoon

    2005-06-01

    A systematic modulation of organic ligands connecting dinuclear paddle-wheel motifs leads to a series of isomorphous metal-organic porous materials that have a three-dimensional connectivity and interconnected pores. Aromatic dicarboxylates such as 1,4-benzenedicarboxylate (1,4-bdc), tetramethylterephthalate (tmbdc), 1,4-naphthalenedicarboxylate (1,4-ndc), tetrafluoroterephthalate (tfbdc), or 2,6-naphthalenedicarboxylate (2,6-ndc) are linear linkers that form two-dimensional layers, and diamine ligands, 4-diazabicyclo[2.2.2]octane (dabco) or 4,4'-dipyridyl (bpy), coordinate at both sides of Zn(2) paddle-wheel units to bridge the layers vertically. The resulting open frameworks [Zn(2)(1,4-bdc)(2)(dabco)] (1), [Zn(2)(1,4-bdc)(tmbdc)(dabco)] (2), [Zn(2)(tmbdc)(2)(dabco)] (3), [Zn(2)(1,4-ndc)(2)(dabco)] (4), [Zn(2)(tfbdc)(2)(dabco)] (5), and [Zn(2)(tmbdc)(2)(bpy)] (8) possess varying size of pores and free apertures originating from the side groups of the 1,4-bdc derivatives. [Zn(2)(1,4-bdc)(2)(bpy)] (6) and [Zn(2)(2,6-ndc)(2)(bpy)] (7) have two- and threefold interpenetrating structures, respectively. The non-interpenetrating frameworks (1-5 and 8) possess surface areas in the range of 1450-2090 m(2)g(-1) and hydrogen sorption capacities of 1.7-2.1 wt % at 78 K and 1 atm. A detailed analysis of the sorption data in conjunction with structural similarities and differences concludes that porous materials with straight channels and large openings do not perform better than those with wavy channels and small openings in terms of hydrogen storage through physisorption. PMID:15761853

  5. Mechanics of Materials and Structures

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    Fleck, Norman A.

    a local shear failure criterion are used to model the rupture of the material. Appropriately calibrated FE of these metallic structures under dynamic loading is a major design constraint: typically, failure occursJournal of Mechanics of Materials and Structures DYNAMIC FAILURE OF CLAMPED CIRCULAR PLATES

  6. Composite structural materials

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    Ansell, G. S.; Loewy, R. G.; Wiberley, S. E.

    1979-01-01

    Technology utilization of fiber reinforced composite materials is discussed in the areas of physical properties, and life prediction. Programs related to the Composite Aircraft Program are described in detail.

  7. Integrable structure of modified melting crystal model

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    Kanehisa Takasaki

    2012-08-22

    Our previous work on a hidden integrable structure of the melting crystal model (the U(1) Nekrasov function) is extended to a modified crystal model. As in the previous case, "shift symmetries" of a quantum torus algebra plays a central role. With the aid of these algebraic relations, the partition function of the modified model is shown to be a tau function of the 2D Toda hierarchy. We conjecture that this tau function belongs to a class of solutions (the so called Toeplitz reduction) related to the Ablowitz-Ladik hierarchy.

  8. Method and apparatus for nucleating the crystallization of undercooled materials

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    Benson, David K. (Golden, CO); Barret, Peter F. (Peterbourgh, CA)

    1989-01-01

    A method of storing and controlling a release of latent heat of transition of a phase-change material is disclosed. The method comprises trapping a crystallite of the material between two solid objects and retaining it there under high pressure by applying a force to press the two solid objects tightly together. A crystallite of the material is exposed to a quantity of the material that is in a supercooled condition to nucleate the crystallization of the supercooled material.

  9. Confined Crystals of the Smallest Phase-Change Material

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    2013-01-01

    The demand for high-density memory in tandem with limitations imposed by the minimum feature size of current storage devices has created a need for new materials that can store information in smaller volumes than currently possible. Successfully employed in commercial optical data storage products, phase-change materials, that can reversibly and rapidly change from an amorphous phase to a crystalline phase when subject to heating or cooling have been identified for the development of the next generation electronic memories. There are limitations to the miniaturization of these devices due to current synthesis and theoretical considerations that place a lower limit of 2 nm on the minimum bit size, below which the material does not transform in the structural phase. We show here that by using carbon nanotubes of less than 2 nm diameter as templates phase-change nanowires confined to their smallest conceivable scale are obtained. Contrary to previous experimental evidence and theoretical expectations, the nanowires are found to crystallize at this scale and display amorphous-to-crystalline phase changes, fulfilling an important prerequisite of a memory element. We show evidence for the smallest phase-change material, extending thus the size limit to explore phase-change memory devices at extreme scales. PMID:23984706

  10. CARS polarized microscopy of three-dimensional director structures in liquid crystals

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    A. V. Kachynski; A. N. Kuzmin; P. N. Prasad; I. I. Smalyukh

    2007-10-18

    We demonstrate three-dimensional vibrational imaging of director structures in liquid crystals using coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) polarized microscopy. Spatial mapping of the structures is based on sensitivity of a polarized CARS signal to orientation of anisotropic molecules in liquid crystals. As an example, we study structures in a smectic material and demonstrate that single-scan CARS and two-photon fluorescence images of molecular orientation patterns are consistent with each other and with the structure model.

  11. Composite structural materials

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    Ansell, G. S.; Loewy, R. G.; Wiberley, S. E.

    1983-01-01

    Transverse properties of fiber constituents in composites, fatigue in composite materials, matrix dominated properties of high performance composites, numerical investigation of moisture effects, numerical investigation of the micromechanics of composite fracture, advanced analysis methods, compact lug design, and the RP-1 and RP-2 sailplanes projects are discussed.

  12. Growth and characterization of organic material 4-dimethylaminobenzaldehyde single crystal.

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    Jebin, R P; Suthan, T; Rajesh, N P; Vinitha, G; Madhusoodhanan, U

    2015-01-25

    The organic material 4-dimethylaminobenzaldehyde single crystals were grown by slow evaporation technique. The grown crystal was confirmed by the single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction analyses. The functional groups of the crystal have been identified from the Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) and FT-Raman studies. The optical property of the grown crystal was analyzed by UV-Vis-NIR and photoluminescence (PL) spectral measurements. The thermal behavior of the grown crystal was analyzed by thermogravimetric (TG) and differential thermal analyses (DTA). Dielectric measurements were carried out with different frequencies by using parallel plate capacitor method. The third order nonlinear optical properties of 4-dimethylaminobenzaldehyde was measured by the Z-scan technique using 532 nm diode pumped continuous wave (CW) Nd:YAG laser. PMID:25168233

  13. Structural studies on ferroelectric and ferrodistortive materials

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    Zou, Mingqin

    The structure of the piezoelectric material 0.68PbMg1/3Nb 2/3O3-0.32PbTiO3 have been studied by single crystal, powder x-ray diffraction techniques over the temperature range from 25°C to 200°C. The existence of twinned structures or coexistence of rhombohedral and tetragonal phases has been shown by the peak distortion of Bragg reflections. Superlattice structure was observed for all experimental PMN-PT crystals. Refinement results showed that the 2 x 2 x 2 superlattice resulted from anti-parallel displacement of oxygen in the adjacent conventional perovskite unit cells. No cation displacement in the paraelectric phase and little in the ferroelectric phase were shown by the refinement results. This unique feature associated with the ferroelectric mechanism of the material was explained by comparison with PbMg1/3Nb2/3O3. The crystals were extensively characterized by using powder x-ray diffraction, Laue back-reflection and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) techniques. The detailed orientation information such as misorientation of grains, location of grain boundaries and the orientation distribution was obtained from the automatic orientation mapping with the EBSD technique. The uniform orientation was confirmed for crystals with a "cellular-like" structure. A crystal growth model, the two-dimensional layer mechanism, was proposed by orientation analysis. Based on the model, some important comments were made on orientation problems under general growth conditions. The ferrodistortive phase transitions of tertramethylphosphonium tetrabromozincate [P(CH3)4]2ZnBr4 and tertramethylphosphonium tetraiodonzincate [P(CH3)4]2ZnI4 were thoroughly studied by a single crystal x-ray diffraction technique. An order parameter analysis by application of Landau theory showed that the two compounds undergo first-order phase transitions near a tricritical Lifshitz point. Transitions for both compounds appear to be first order, but with the iodo salt the transition is nearly second order. The driving force for the transitions was found to be the uniaxial anion displacement with respect to the mirror plane in Pmcn phase, coupled with the rotation of the cation and anions. The abnormal thermal behaviors, such as thermal contraction of a-axis, non-linear behavior of thermal parameters versus temperature in both compounds and superheating of [P(CH3)4]2ZnBr4 , were explained by observing the Lifshitz point. The results from theoretical analysis of the free energy are consistent with all features of the phase transitions.

  14. Fourier Analysis and Structure Determination--Part III: X-ray Crystal Structure Analysis.

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    Chesick, John P.

    1989-01-01

    Discussed is single crystal X-ray crystal structure analysis. A common link between the NMR imaging and the traditional X-ray crystal structure analysis is reported. Claims that comparisons aid in the understanding of both techniques. (MVL)

  15. Manganese oxide minerals: Crystal structures and economic and environmental significance

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    Post, Jeffrey E.

    1999-01-01

    Manganese oxide minerals have been used for thousands of years—by the ancients for pigments and to clarify glass, and today as ores of Mn metal, catalysts, and battery material. More than 30 Mn oxide minerals occur in a wide variety of geological settings. They are major components of Mn nodules that pave huge areas of the ocean floor and bottoms of many fresh-water lakes. Mn oxide minerals are ubiquitous in soils and sediments and participate in a variety of chemical reactions that affect groundwater and bulk soil composition. Their typical occurrence as fine-grained mixtures makes it difficult to study their atomic structures and crystal chemistries. In recent years, however, investigations using transmission electron microscopy and powder x-ray and neutron diffraction methods have provided important new insights into the structures and properties of these materials. The crystal structures for todorokite and birnessite, two of the more common Mn oxide minerals in terrestrial deposits and ocean nodules, were determined by using powder x-ray diffraction data and the Rietveld refinement method. Because of the large tunnels in todorokite and related structures there is considerable interest in the use of these materials and synthetic analogues as catalysts and cation exchange agents. Birnessite-group minerals have layer structures and readily undergo oxidation reduction and cation-exchange reactions and play a major role in controlling groundwater chemistry. PMID:10097056

  16. Composite structural materials

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    Ansell, G. S.; Loewy, R. G.; Wiberley, S. E.

    1981-01-01

    The composite aircraft program component (CAPCOMP) is a graduate level project conducted in parallel with a composite structures program. The composite aircraft program glider (CAPGLIDE) is an undergraduate demonstration project which has as its objectives the design, fabrication, and testing of a foot launched ultralight glider using composite structures. The objective of the computer aided design (COMPAD) portion of the composites project is to provide computer tools for the analysis and design of composite structures. The major thrust of COMPAD is in the finite element area with effort directed at implementing finite element analysis capabilities and developing interactive graphics preprocessing and postprocessing capabilities. The criteria for selecting research projects to be conducted under the innovative and supporting research (INSURE) program are described.

  17. Amine free crystal structure: The crystal structure of d(CGCGCG){sub 2} and methylamine complex crystal

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    Ohishi, Hirofumi . E-mail: ohishi@gly.oups.ac.jp; Tsukamoto, Koji; Hiyama, Yoichi; Maezaki, Naoyoshi; Tanaka, Tetsuaki; Ishida, Toshimasa

    2006-09-29

    We succeeded in the crystallization of d(CGCGCG){sub 2} and methylamine Complex. The crystal was clear and of sufficient size to collect the X-ray crystallographic data up to 1.0 A resolution using synchrotron radiation. As a result of X-ray crystallographic analysis of 2F {sub o} - F {sub c} map was much clear and easily traced. It is First time monoamine co-crystallizes with d(CGCGCG){sub 2}. However, methylamine was not found from the complex crystal of d(CGCGCG){sub 2} and methylamine. Five Mg ions were found around d(CGCGCG){sub 2} molecules. These Mg ions neutralized the anion of 10 values of the phosphate group of DNA with five Mg{sup 2+}. DNA stabilized only by a metallic ion and there is no example of analyzing the X-ray crystal structure like this. Mg ion stabilizes the conformation of Z-DNA. To use monoamine for crystallization of DNA, we found that we can get only d(CGCGCG){sub 2} and Mg cation crystal. Only Mg cation can stabilize the conformation of Z-DNA. The method of using the monoamine for the crystallization of DNA can be applied to the crystallization of DNA of long chain of length in the future like this.

  18. Synthesis, crystal growth and characterization of an organic material: 2-Aminopyridinium succinate succinic acid single crystal.

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    Magesh, M; Bhagavannarayana, G; Ramasamy, P

    2015-11-01

    The 2-aminopyridinium succinate succinic acid (2APS) single crystal was synthesized and grown by slow evaporation method. The crystal structure has been confirmed by powder X-ray diffraction as well as single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. The crystal perfection has been evaluated by high resolution X-ray diffraction (HRXRD). The grown crystal is transparent in the visible and near infrared region. The optical absorption edge was found to be 348 nm. The fluorescence study was carried out by spectrofluorophotometer. The thermal stability of grown crystal was analyzed by thermal gravimetric and differential thermal gravimetric (TG-DTA) analysis. Vicker's hardness study carried out at room temperature shows increased hardness while increasing the load. Laser damage threshold value was determined by Nd:YAG laser operating at 1064 nm. The grown 2APS crystal was characterized by etching studies using water as etchant. PMID:26099828

  19. Crystal structure of riboflavin synthase

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

    2010-03-05

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

  20. Single Crystal Structure Determination of Alumina to 1 Mbar

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    Dong, H.; Zhang, L.; Prakapenka, V.; Mao, H.

    2014-12-01

    Aluminum oxide (Al2O3) is an important ceramic material and a major oxide in the earth. Additionally, alumina is a widely used pressure standard in static high-pressure experiments (Cr3+-bearing corundum, ruby). The changes of its crystal structure with pressure (P) and temperature (T) are important for its applications and understanding its physical properties in the deep Earth. There have been numerous reports on the high P-T polymorphs of alumina. Previous theoretical calculations and experiments suggest that the crystal structure of Al2O3 evolves greatly at high P-T. In this study, we used the newly developed multigrain crystallography method combined with single-crystal x-ray diffraction analysis technique for the structure determination of alumina at high P-T to provide single-crystal structure refinement for high-pressure phases of Al2O3. Alumina powder was mixed with ~10% Pt and Ne was used as both pressure transmitting media and thermal insulating layers during laser-heating. Coarse-grained aggregates of Al2O3 were synthesized in a laser-heated diamond anvil cell. The structure change of Al2O3 was monitored by in situ x-ray diffraction at ~1 Mbar and 2700 K. The results allow us to distinguish the structural differences between the Rh2O3 (II) structure (space group Pbcn) and perovskite structure (space group Pbnm) for the first high-pressure phase of Al2O3. More detailed results will be discussed in the later work.

  1. Crystallization-modulated nanoporous polymeric materials with hierarchical patterned surfaces and 3D interpenetrated internal channels.

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    Ye, Lijun; Shi, Xianchun; Ye, Cuicui; Chen, Zhouli; Zeng, Mengmeng; You, Jichun; Li, Yongjin

    2015-04-01

    Poly(oxymethylene)/poly(L-lactic acid) (POM/PLLA) blends are typical melt-miscible binary systems. During isothermal crystallization at various temperatures, in the presence of amorphous PLLA chains, POM crystallizes into banded spherulites with different band spaces, which forms a continuous crystalline phase and serves as a sturdy frame in the final porous materials. On the other hand, the amorphous PLLA chains are simultaneously expelled out from POM crystal lamellae to generate the other continuous phase during the crystallization of POM. Consequently, the interpenetration of the POM lamellae and the amorphous PLLA phase construct a cocontinuous phase structure. All the PLLA constituents are fully included in the interlamellar or interfibrillar of POM crystals. Thus, nanoporous POM materials with hierarchical patterned surface and 3D interpenetrated internal channels have been successfully obtained by extracting the amorphous PLLA phase. It is further found that the POM crystal morphologies in the blends are much dependent on the crystallization conditions. Therefore, the hierarchical patterned structure and the size of internal channels (pore size) can be modulated by adjusting the crystallization conditions. PMID:25774433

  2. Crystal structure of sodium cyclodinitridoimidodisulfophosphate dihydrate

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    Sokol, V.I.; Porai-Koshits, M.A.; Kop'eva, M.A.; Rozanov, I.A.; Beresnev, E.N.

    1987-04-01

    An x-ray structural investigation of the sodium salt with a heterocyclic anion containing P, N, and S atoms Na3HN3S2PO6 x 2H2O has been carried out (lambdaMo, 2485 reflections, anisotropic least-squares method to R = 0.043). The crystals are monoclinic: a = 7.832(2), b = 9.954(3), c = 13.281(4) A, US = 91.06, Z = 4, space group P21/n. The structure is built up from cyclic (H3S2PO4)T anions, Na cations, and molecules of water of crystallization. The heterocycle has a chair conformation and exists in the dinitridoimido tautomeric form, and the proton is located at a nitrogen atom positioned between a sulfur atom and the phosphorus atom.

  3. Microscopic Mechanism of Doping-Induced Kinetically Constrained Crystallization in Phase-Change Materials.

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    Lee, Tae Hoon; Loke, Desmond; Elliott, Stephen R

    2015-10-01

    A comprehensive microscopic mechanism of doping-induced kinetically constrained crystallization in phase-change materials is provided by investigating structural and dynamical dopant characteristics via ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. The information gained from this study may provide a basis for a fast screening of dopant species for electronic memory devices, or for understanding the general physics involved in the crystallization of doped glasses. PMID:26426723

  4. Synthesis, crystal structure, vibrational spectroscopy, optical properties and theoretical studies of a new organic-inorganic hybrid material: [((CH3)2NH2)+]6·[(BiBr6)3-]2

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    Ben Ahmed, A.; Feki, H.; Abid, Y.

    2014-12-01

    A new organic-inorganic hybrid material, [((CH3)2NH2)+]6·[(BiBr6)3-]2, has been synthesized and characterized by X-ray diffraction, FT-IR, Raman spectroscopy and UV-Visible absorption. The studied compound crystallizes in the triclinic system, space group P1bar with the following parameters: a=8.4749(6)(Å), b=17.1392(12)(Å), c=17.1392(12)(Å), ? = 117.339(0)°, ? = 99.487(0)°, ? = 99.487(0)° and Z = 2. The crystal lattice is composed of a two discrete (BiBr6)3- anions surrounded by six ((CH3)2NH2)+ cations. Complex hydrogen bonding interactions between (BiBr6)3- and organic cations from a three-dimensional network. Theoretical calculations were performed using density functional theory (DFT) for studying the molecular structure, vibrational spectra and optical properties of the investigated molecule in the ground state. The full geometry optimization of designed system is performed using DFT method at B3LYP/LanL2DZ level of theory using the Gaussian03. The optimized geometrical parameters obtained by DFT calculations are in good agreement with single crystal XRD data. The vibrational spectral data obtained from FT-IR and Raman spectra are assigned based on the results of the theoretical calculations. The energy and oscillator strength calculated by Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory (TD-DFT) results complements with the experimental findings. The simulated spectra satisfactorily coincide with the experimental UV-Visible spectrum. The results show good consistent with the experiment and confirm the contribution of metal orbital to the HOMO-LUMO boundary.

  5. Composite structural materials

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    Ansell, G. S.; Loewy, R. G.; Wiberley, S. E.

    1983-01-01

    Progress and plans are reported for investigations of: (1) the mechanical properties of high performance carbon fibers; (2) fatigue in composite materials; (3) moisture and temperature effects on the mechanical properties of graphite-epoxy laminates; (4) the theory of inhomogeneous swelling in epoxy resin; (5) numerical studies of the micromechanics of composite fracture; (6) free edge failures of composite laminates; (7) analysis of unbalanced laminates; (8) compact lug design; (9) quantification of Saint-Venant's principles for a general prismatic member; (10) variation of resin properties through the thickness of cured samples; and (11) the wing fuselage ensemble of the RP-1 and RP-2 sailplanes.

  6. COMMUNICATION The Crystal Structure of 3

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    van Aalten, Daan

    of Biochemistry University of Dundee, Dundee DD1 5EH, UK The active-site geometry of the ®rst crystal structure carbon atom of the sub- strate, Á3 -enoyl-CoA, to the C4 atom of the product, Á2 -enoyl-CoA. Site- directed mutagenesis has been performed to con®rm that this glutamate residue is essential for catalysis

  7. Observations on the crystal structures of lueshite

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

    2014-06-01

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

  8. Crystal Structures of New Ammonium 5-Aminotetrazolates

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

    2015-01-01

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

  9. Composite structural materials

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    Loewy, Robert G.; Wiberley, Stephen E.

    1988-01-01

    A decade long program to develop critical advanced composite technology in the areas of physical properties, structural concept and analysis, manufacturing, reliability, and life predictions is reviewed. Specific goals are discussed. The status of the chemical vapor deposition effects on carbon fiber properties; inelastic deformation of metal matrix laminates; fatigue damage in fibrous MMC laminates; delamination fracture toughness in thermoplastic matrix composites; and numerical analysis of composite micromechanical behavior are presented.

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

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    Merlini, M.

    2013-12-01

    The recent improvements at synchrotron beamlines, currently allow single crystal diffraction experiments at extreme pressures and temperatures [1,2] on very small single crystal domains. We successfully applied such technique to determine the crystal structure adopted by carbonates at mantle pressures. The knowledge of carbon-bearing phases is in fact fundamental for any quantitative modelling of global carbon cycle. The major technical difficulty arises after first order transitions or decomposition reactions, since original crystal (apx. 10x10x5 ?m3) is transformed in much smaller crystalline domains often with random orientation. The use of 3D reciprocal space visualization software and the improved resolution of new generation flat panel detectors, however, allow both identification and integration of each single crystal domain, with suitable accuracy for ab-initio structure solution, performed with direct and charge-flipping methods and successive structure refinements. The results obtained on carbonates, indicate two major crystal-chemistry trends established at high pressures. The CO32- units, planar and parallel in ambient pressure calcite and dolomite structures, becomes non parallel in calcite- and dolomite-II and III phases, allowing more flexibility in the structures with possibility to accommodate strain arising from different cation sizes (Ca and Mg in particular). Dolomite-III is therefore also observed to be thermodynamically stable at lower mantle pressures and temperatures, differently from dolomite, which undergoes decomposition into pure end-members in upper mantle. At higher pressure, towards Mbar (lowermost mantle and D'' region) in agreement with theoretical calculations [3,4] and other experimental results [5], carbon coordination transform into 4-fold CO4 units, with different polymerisation in the structure depending on carbonate composition. The second important crystal chemistry feature detected is related to Fe2+ in Fe-bearing magnesite, which spontaneously oxidises at HP/HT, forming Fe3+ carbonates, Fe3+ oxides and reduced carbon (diamonds). Single crystal diffraction approach allowed full structure determination of these phases, yielding to the discovery of few unpredicted structures, such as Mg2Fe2C4O13 and Fe13O19, which can be well reproduced in different experiments. Mg2Fe2C4O13 carbonate present truncated chain C4O13 groups, and Fe13O19 oxide, whose stoichiometry is intermediate between magnetite and hematite, is a one-layer structure, with features encountered in superconducting materials. The results fully support the ideas of unexpected complexities in the mineralogy of the lowermost mantle, and single crystal technique, once properly optimized in ad-hoc synchrotron beamlines, is fundamental for extracting accurate structural information, otherwise rarely accessible with other experimental techniques. References: [1] Merlini M., Hanfland M. (2013). Single crystal diffraction at Mbar conditions by synchrotron radiation. High Pressure Research, in press. [2] Dubrovinsky et al., (2010). High Pressure Research, 30, 620-633. [3] Arapan et al. (1997). Phys. Rev. Lett., 98, 268501. [4] Oganov et al. (2008) EPSL, 273, 38-47. [5] Boulard et al. (2011) PNAS, 108, 5184-5187.

  11. The crystal structure of ice under mesospheric conditions

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    Murray, Benjamin J.; Malkin, Tamsin L.; Salzmann, Christoph G.

    2015-05-01

    Ice clouds form in the summer high latitude mesopause region, which is the coldest part of the Earth's atmosphere. At these very low temperatures (<150 K) ice can exist in metastable forms, but the nature of these ices remains poorly understood. In this paper we show that ice which is grown at mesospherically relevant temperatures does not have a structure corresponding to the well-known hexagonal form or the metastable cubic form. Instead, the ice which forms under mesospheric conditions is a material in which cubic and hexagonal sequences of ice are randomly arranged to produce stacking disordered ice (ice Isd). The structure of this ice is in the trigonal crystal system, rather than the cubic or hexagonal systems, and is expected to produce crystals with aspect ratios consistent with lidar observations.

  12. Crystal structure and DFT calculations of andrographiside

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

    2010-02-01

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

  13. Monoolein lipid phases as incorporation and enrichment materials for membrane protein crystallization.

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    Wallace, Ellen; Dranow, David; Laible, Philip D; Christensen, Jeff; Nollert, Peter

    2011-01-01

    The crystallization of membrane proteins in amphiphile-rich materials such as lipidic cubic phases is an established methodology in many structural biology laboratories. The standard procedure employed with this methodology requires the generation of a highly viscous lipidic material by mixing lipid, for instance monoolein, with a solution of the detergent solubilized membrane protein. This preparation is often carried out with specialized mixing tools that allow handling of the highly viscous materials while minimizing dead volume to save precious membrane protein sample. The processes that occur during the initial mixing of the lipid with the membrane protein are not well understood. Here we show that the formation of the lipidic phases and the incorporation of the membrane protein into such materials can be separated experimentally. Specifically, we have investigated the effect of different initial monoolein-based lipid phase states on the crystallization behavior of the colored photosynthetic reaction center from Rhodobacter sphaeroides. We find that the detergent solubilized photosynthetic reaction center spontaneously inserts into and concentrates in the lipid matrix without any mixing, and that the initial lipid material phase state is irrelevant for productive crystallization. A substantial in-situ enrichment of the membrane protein to concentration levels that are otherwise unobtainable occurs in a thin layer on the surface of the lipidic material. These results have important practical applications and hence we suggest a simplified protocol for membrane protein crystallization within amphiphile rich materials, eliminating any specialized mixing tools to prepare crystallization experiments within lipidic cubic phases. Furthermore, by virtue of sampling a membrane protein concentration gradient within a single crystallization experiment, this crystallization technique is more robust and increases the efficiency of identifying productive crystallization parameters. Finally, we provide a model that explains the incorporation of the membrane protein from solution into the lipid phase via a portal lamellar phase. PMID:21909395

  14. Monoolein lipid phases as incorporation and enrichment materials for membrane protein crystallization.

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    Wallace, E.; Dranow, D.; Laible, P. D.; Christensen, J.; Nollert, P.

    2011-01-01

    The crystallization of membrane proteins in amphiphile-rich materials such as lipidic cubic phases is an established methodology in many structural biology laboratories. The standard procedure employed with this methodology requires the generation of a highly viscous lipidic material by mixing lipid, for instance monoolein, with a solution of the detergent solubilized membrane protein. This preparation is often carried out with specialized mixing tools that allow handling of the highly viscous materials while minimizing dead volume to save precious membrane protein sample. The processes that occur during the initial mixing of the lipid with the membrane protein are not well understood. Here we show that the formation of the lipidic phases and the incorporation of the membrane protein into such materials can be separated experimentally. Specifically, we have investigated the effect of different initial monoolein-based lipid phase states on the crystallization behavior of the colored photosynthetic reaction center from Rhodobacter sphaeroides. We find that the detergent solubilized photosynthetic reaction center spontaneously inserts into and concentrates in the lipid matrix without any mixing, and that the initial lipid material phase state is irrelevant for productive crystallization. A substantial in-situ enrichment of the membrane protein to concentration levels that are otherwise unobtainable occurs in a thin layer on the surface of the lipidic material. These results have important practical applications and hence we suggest a simplified protocol for membrane protein crystallization within amphiphile rich materials, eliminating any specialized mixing tools to prepare crystallization experiments within lipidic cubic phases. Furthermore, by virtue of sampling a membrane protein concentration gradient within a single crystallization experiment, this crystallization technique is more robust and increases the efficiency of identifying productive crystallization parameters. Finally, we provide a model that explains the incorporation of the membrane protein from solution into the lipid phase via a portal lamellar phase.

  15. Growth of bulk single crystals of organic materials for nonlinear optical devices - An overview

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    Penn, Benjamin G.; Cardelino, Beatriz H.; Moore, Craig E.; Shields, Angela W.; Frazier, D. O.

    1991-01-01

    Highly perfect single crystals of nonlinear optical organic materials are required for use in optical devices. An overview of the bulk crystal growth of these materials by melt, vapor, and solution processes is presented. Additionally, methods that may be used to purify starting materials, detect impurities at low levels, screen materials for crystal growth, and process grown crystals are discussed.

  16. Oxide Thermoelectrics: The Role of Crystal Structure on Thermopower in Strongly Correlated Spinels

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    Sparks, Taylor D.

    Oxide Thermoelectrics: The Role of Crystal Structure on Thermopower in Strongly Correlated Spinels #12;iii Professor: Author: David R. Clarke Taylor Sparks Oxide Thermoelectrics: The Role of Crystal findings are reported in the context of improving existing oxide thermoelectric materials, screening

  17. PROTEIN STRUCTURE REPORT Crystal structure of the Yersinia type III

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    , 2005; FINAL REVISION July 15, 2005; ACCEPTED July 27, 2005) Abstract The plague-causing bacterium of oligomerization is discussed. Keywords: Yersinia pestis; plague; type III secretion; YscE; crystal structure Yersinia pestis, the causative agent of plague, utilizes a type III secretion system (T3SS) to inject

  18. Crystal structure and interaction dependence of the crystal-melt interfacial free energy

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    Davidchack, Ruslan L.; Laird, Brian Bostian

    2005-03-01

    We examine via molecular simulation the dependence of the crystal-melt interfacial free energy gamma on molecular interaction and crystal structure (fcc vs bcc) for systems interacting with inverse-power repulsive potentials, u...

  19. Crystal Structure of a Cyclotetraicosaphenylene by Peter Mllera

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    Müller, Peter

    Crystal Structure of a Cyclotetraicosaphenylene by Peter Müllera ), Isabel UsoÂna ), Volker Henselb-rigid macrocycle is the cyclotetraicosaphenylene 1. Determining the X-ray crystal structure was a challenge which . In the crystal these channels are filled with liquid solvent which is amorphously frozen during data collection

  20. [Band electronic structures and crystal packing forces

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    Not Available

    1993-01-01

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

  1. Crystal structures and freezing of dipolar fluids

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    B. Groh; S. Dietrich

    2000-10-21

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

  2. Crystal structure of natural phaeosphaeride A.

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

    2015-08-01

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

  3. Crystal structure of natural phaeosphaeride A

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

    2015-01-01

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

  4. Liquid crystal photoalignment material based on chloromethylated polyimide

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    Zhong Zhenxin; Li Xiangdan; Lee, Seung Hee; Lee, Myong-Hoon

    2004-09-27

    We report a liquid crystal photoalignment material with high photosensitivity and excellent thermal stability. The chloromethylated aromatic polyimide exhibited defect-free homogeneous alignment of liquid crystals upon irradiation of polarized deep ultraviolet (UV) for 50 s. The aligning ability of the film was retained up to 210 deg. C, and the cell containing liquid crystals could be stored at 85 deg. C for more than 14 days without any deterioration. FT-IR and UV-vis spectra confirmed that the alignment was induced by photodecomposition of polyimide, drastically accelerated by the introduction of chloromethyl side group.

  5. The First Mammalian Aldehyde Oxidase Crystal Structure

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    Coelho, Catarina; Mahro, Martin; Trincão, José; Carvalho, Alexandra T. P.; Ramos, Maria João; Terao, Mineko; Garattini, Enrico; Leimkühler, Silke; Romão, Maria João

    2012-01-01

    Aldehyde oxidases (AOXs) are homodimeric proteins belonging to the xanthine oxidase family of molybdenum-containing enzymes. Each 150-kDa monomer contains a FAD redox cofactor, two spectroscopically distinct [2Fe-2S] clusters, and a molybdenum cofactor located within the protein active site. AOXs are characterized by broad range substrate specificity, oxidizing different aldehydes and aromatic N-heterocycles. Despite increasing recognition of its role in the metabolism of drugs and xenobiotics, the physiological function of the protein is still largely unknown. We have crystallized and solved the crystal structure of mouse liver aldehyde oxidase 3 to 2.9 ?. This is the first mammalian AOX whose structure has been solved. The structure provides important insights into the protein active center and further evidence on the catalytic differences characterizing AOX and xanthine oxidoreductase. The mouse liver aldehyde oxidase 3 three-dimensional structure combined with kinetic, mutagenesis data, molecular docking, and molecular dynamics studies make a decisive contribution to understand the molecular basis of its rather broad substrate specificity. PMID:23019336

  6. Crystal structure of MboIIA methyltransferase.

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

    2003-09-15

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

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

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

    2009-10-07

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

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

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

    2015-04-01

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

  9. The crystal structure of calcite III Joseph R. Smyth

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    Smyth, Joseph R.

    The crystal structure of calcite III Joseph R. Smyth Department of Geological Sciences, University of Technology, Pasadena, CA. Abstract. The crystal structure of calcite III has been deduced from existing high of the calcite I structure. The structure is monoclinic with space group C2 and a Z of 6. There are two Ca

  10. Crystal structure of the dynein motor domain.

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    Carter, Andrew P; Cho, Carol; Jin, Lan; Vale, Ronald D

    2011-03-01

    Dyneins are microtubule-based motor proteins that power ciliary beating, transport intracellular cargos, and help to construct the mitotic spindle. Evolved from ring-shaped hexameric AAA-family adenosine triphosphatases (ATPases), dynein's large size and complexity have posed challenges for understanding its structure and mechanism. Here, we present a 6 angstrom crystal structure of a functional dimer of two ~300-kilodalton motor domains of yeast cytoplasmic dynein. The structure reveals an unusual asymmetric arrangement of ATPase domains in the ring-shaped motor domain, the manner in which the mechanical element interacts with the ATPase ring, and an unexpected interaction between two coiled coils that create a base for the microtubule binding domain. The arrangement of these elements provides clues as to how adenosine triphosphate-driven conformational changes might be transmitted across the motor domain. PMID:21330489

  11. Crystal structure of the Golgi casein kinase.

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    Xiao, Junyu; Tagliabracci, Vincent S; Wen, Jianzhong; Kim, Soo-A; Dixon, Jack E

    2013-06-25

    The family with sequence similarity 20 (Fam20) kinases phosphorylate extracellular substrates and play important roles in biomineralization. Fam20C is the Golgi casein kinase that phosphorylates secretory pathway proteins within Ser-x-Glu/pSer motifs. Mutations in Fam20C cause Raine syndrome, an osteosclerotic bone dysplasia. Here we report the crystal structure of the Fam20C ortholog from Caenorhabditis elegans. The nucleotide-free and Mn/ADP-bound structures unveil an atypical protein kinase-like fold and highlight residues critical for activity. The position of the regulatory ?C helix and the lack of an activation loop indicate an architecture primed for efficient catalysis. Furthermore, several distinct elements, including the presence of disulfide bonds, suggest that the Fam20 family diverged early in the evolution of the protein kinase superfamily. Our results reinforce the structural diversity of protein kinases and have important implications for patients with disorders of biomineralization. PMID:23754375

  12. The Crystal Structures of Potentially Tautomeric Compounds

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    Furmanova, Nina G.

    1981-08-01

    Data on the structures of potentially proto-, metallo-, and carbono-tropic compounds, obtained mainly by X-ray diffraction, are surveyed. The results of neutron and electron diffraction studies have also been partly used. It is shown that a characteristic feature of all the systems considered is the formation of hydrogen or secondary bonds ensuring the contribution of both possible tautomeric forms to the structure. Systematic consideration of the experimental data leads to the conclusion that there is a close relation between the crystal structure and the dynamic behaviour of the molecules in solution and that secondary and hydrogen bonds play a significant role in the tautomeric transition. The bibliography includes 152 references.

  13. Synthesis, growth, crystal structure and characterization of a new organic NLO crystal: L-lysine 4-nitrophenolate monohydrate (LLPNP).

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    Mahadevan, M; Magesh, M; Ramachandran, K; Anandan, P; Arivanandhan, M; Hayakawa, Y

    2014-09-15

    L-lysine 4-nitrophenolate monohydrate (LLPNP) has been synthesized and grown by solution growth method at room temperature using deionised water as a solvent. The crystal structure of the materials was solved by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis and it was found that the material has orthorhombic system. The crystallinity of the grown crystals was studied by the powder X-ray diffraction analysis. Molecular structure of the grown crystal was investigated by 1H NMR spectroscopy. The various functional groups of the sample were identified by Fourier transform infrared and Fourier transform-Raman spectroscopic analyses. Thermal stability of the grown crystal has been studied by Thermogravimetric and Differential thermal (TG&DTA) analysis. The optical absorption of the grown crystals has been ascertained by UV-Vis-NIR absorption studies. Second harmonic generation (SHG) efficiency of the material has been determined by Kurtz and Perry technique and the efficiency was found to be 4.45 and 1.4 times greater than that of standard KDP and urea samples, respectively. PMID:24810028

  14. Synthesis, growth, crystal structure and characterization of a new organic NLO crystal: L-Lysine 4-nitrophenolate monohydrate (LLPNP)

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    Mahadevan, M.; Magesh, M.; Ramachandran, K.; Anandan, P.; Arivanandhan, M.; Hayakawa, Y.

    2014-09-01

    L-Lysine 4-nitrophenolate monohydrate (LLPNP) has been synthesized and grown by solution growth method at room temperature using deionised water as a solvent. The crystal structure of the materials was solved by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis and it was found that the material has orthorhombic system. The crystallinity of the grown crystals was studied by the powder X-ray diffraction analysis. Molecular structure of the grown crystal was investigated by 1H NMR spectroscopy. The various functional groups of the sample were identified by Fourier transform infrared and Fourier transform-Raman spectroscopic analyses. Thermal stability of the grown crystal has been studied by Thermogravimetric and Differential thermal (TG&DTA) analysis. The optical absorption of the grown crystals has been ascertained by UV-Vis-NIR absorption studies. Second harmonic generation (SHG) efficiency of the material has been determined by Kurtz and Perry technique and the efficiency was found to be 4.45 and 1.4 times greater than that of standard KDP and urea samples, respectively.

  15. Elasticity of some mantle crystal structures. II.

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    Wang, H.; Simmons, G.

    1973-01-01

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

  16. Temperature dependent spin structures in Hexaferrite crystal

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

    2016-01-01

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

  17. Structural contribution to the roughness of supersmooth crystal surface

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    Butashin, A. V.; Muslimov, A. E. Kanevsky, V. M.; Deryabin, A. N.; Pavlov, V. A.; Asadchikov, V. E.

    2013-05-15

    Technological advances in processing crystals (Si, sapphire {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, SiC, GaN, LiNbO{sub 3}, SrTiO{sub 3}, etc.) of substrate materials and X-ray optics elements make it possible to obtain supersmooth surfaces with a periodicity characteristic of the crystal structure. These periodic structures are formed by atomically smooth terraces and steps of nano- and subnanometer sizes, respectively. A model surface with such nanostructures is proposed, and the relations between its roughness parameters and the height of atomic steps are determined. The roughness parameters calculated from these relations almost coincide with the experimental atomic force microscopy (AFM) data obtained from 1 Multiplication-Sign 1 and 10 Multiplication-Sign 10 {mu}m areas on the surface of sapphire plates with steps. The minimum roughness parameters for vicinal crystal surfaces, which are due to the structural contribution, are calculated based on the approach proposed. A comparative analysis of the relief and roughness parameters of sapphire plate surfaces with different degrees of polishing is performed. A size effect is established: the relief height distribution changes from stochastic to regular with a decrease in the surface roughness.

  18. Near Surface Structure of Organic Semiconductor Tetracene Single Crystal

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    Wakabayashi, Yusuke; Morisaki, Hazuki; Kimura, Tsuyoshi; Miwa, Kazumoto; Koretsune, Takashi; Takeya, Jun

    2014-03-01

    Electric conduction in organic crystals is highly anisotropic because of the anisotropic molecular orbitals. Crystal structure governs the transfer through the overlap integral among the highest occupied (or lowest unoccupied) molecular orbitals. In case of organic devices, the place where electrons conduct is the interface. Therefore, the surface structure of organic single crystals is relevant. Surface relaxation of the structure of rubrene single crystal was firstly observed by means of surface x-ray diffraction a few years ago. This time we performed similar measurement on tetracene single crystal, whose molecular shape has large similarity with rubrene while the crystal structure is very different. Tetracene single crystal was grown by the physical vapor transport method, and the surface x-ray diffraction experiments were performed at BL-3A and 4C of the Photon Factory, KEK, Japan. Obtained electron density profile shows a large structural deformation at the surface layer of tetracene.

  19. Crystallization of Stretched Polyimides: A Structure-Property Study

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    Hinkley, Jeffrey A.; Dezern, James F.

    2002-01-01

    A simple rotational isomeric state model was used to detect the degree to which polyimide repeat units might align to give an extended crystal. It was found experimentally that the hallmarks of stretch-crystallization were more likely to occur in materials whose molecules could readily give extended, aligned conformations. A proposed screening criterion was 84% accurate in selecting crystallizing molecules.

  20. Design and functionality of colloidal-crystal-templated materials--chemical applications of inverse opals.

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    Stein, Andreas; Wilson, Benjamin E; Rudisill, Stephen G

    2013-04-01

    Templating with colloidal crystals composed of monodisperse spheres is a convenient chemical method to obtain porous materials with well-ordered periodicity and interconnected pore systems. The three-dimensionally ordered macroporous (3DOM) products or inverse opals are of interest for numerous applications, both for the optical properties related to structural color of these photonic crystal materials and because of their bicontinuous nanostructure, i.e., a continuous nanostructured skeleton with large interfacial area and a three-dimensionally interconnected pore system with low tortuosity. This review outlines various synthetic methods used to control the morphology of 3DOM materials with different compositions. It highlights aspects of the choice of colloidal particles, assembly of the colloidal crystal template, infiltration and processing, template removal, and other necessary modifications to enhance the functionality of the materials. It also considers syntheses within the confinement of 3DOM materials and summarizes characterization methods that are particularly useful in the analysis of 3DOM materials. The review then discusses chemical applications of 3DOM materials, namely sorption and controlled release, optical and electrochemical sensors, solar cells, lithium ion batteries, supercapacitors, fuel cells, and environmental and chemical fuel catalysis. A focus is on structural features and materials properties that enable these applications. PMID:23079696

  1. Crystal structure of yeast Sco1

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    Abajian, Carnie; Rosenzweig, Amy C.

    2010-03-05

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

  2. XANES study of 3d oxides: Dependence on crystal structure

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    Knapp, G. S.; Veal, B. W.; Pan, H. K.; Klippert, T.

    1982-12-01

    XANES measurements are reported for a number of transition metal oxides. Oxide phases, in which the transition element could be widely varied (within the 3d series) while preserving the crystal structure, were systematically examined. The materials examined include monoxides, perovskites, zircons and spinels. For those samples of a given oxide phase, the near edge spectra are nearly identical but spectra for different phases are dissimilar. These observations are consistent with the simplest view of the x-ray absorption process, namely that dipole selection rules are obeyed and spectral features predominately result from transitions between the K shell and empty states with p-character.

  3. Crystal structure of human nicotinamide riboside kinase.

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

    2007-08-01

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

  4. The Crystal Structure of Human Argonaute2

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    Schirle, Nicole T.; MacRae, Ian J.

    2012-07-18

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

  5. Composite structural materials. [aircraft applications

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    Ansell, G. S.; Loewy, R. G.; Wiberley, S. E.

    1981-01-01

    The development of composite materials for aircraft applications is addressed with specific consideration of physical properties, structural concepts and analysis, manufacturing, reliability, and life prediction. The design and flight testing of composite ultralight gliders is documented. Advances in computer aided design and methods for nondestructive testing are also discussed.

  6. Structural Modifications in Liquid Crystals and Liquid Crystal Polymers.

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    Legge, Coulton Heath

    Available from UMI in association with The British Library. The effect of doping liquid crystals and liquid crystal polymers with either photoactive molecules or cross links was investigated. Selective irradiation of low molar mass and polymer liquid crystals doped with a photoactive unit results in either a Eto Z or Zto E isomerisation of the photoactive unit. (4-butyl -4^'methoxyazobenzene and methyl beta-(1-naphthyl)propenoate were the photoactive molecules investigated.) The effect of the isomerisation is such as to cause a depression of the LC to I phase transition temperature of the system, which may be monitored optically. Both the overall depression and response is found to be dependent upon the concentration of chromophore present (a maximum depression of 50^circC in T_{rm Nl} was observed in one system). Orientational changes of the molecular units in some liquid crystal polymer samples were also observed as a result of the isomerisation. The changes were found to differ if the isomerisation took place in the glass phase of the polymer, where only the chromophore units rotated, or in the liquid crystal phase, where both chromophore and liquid crystal units rotated. In some low molar mass mixtures the incorporation of the photoactive molecule resulted in a biphasic liquid crystal + isotropic region whose breadth was dependant upon the chromophore concentration. Incorporation of cross-links into liquid crystal polymers to yield free-standing monodomain samples are shown to have a complete memory of the orientational configuration at the time of crosslinking. This memory is demonstrated through samples in which the parent polymer system is first aligned in a magnetic field prior to crosslinking. The resulting films exhibit a remarkable memory effect, in that the sample may be held in the isotropic phase for >2 weeks, but on cooling into the liquid crystal phase region, both the original director and the degree of preferred orientation are recovered.

  7. Memory and topological frustration in nematic liquid crystals confined in porous materials.

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    Araki, Takeaki; Buscaglia, Marco; Bellini, Tommaso; Tanaka, Hajime

    2011-04-01

    Orientational ordering is key to functional materials with switching capability, such as nematic liquid crystals and ferromagnetic and ferroelectric materials. We explored the confinement of nematic liquid crystals in bicontinuous porous structures with smooth surfaces that locally impose normal orientational order on the liquid crystal. We find that frustration leads to a high density of topological defect lines permeating the porous structures, and that most defect lines are made stable by looping around solid portions of the confining material. Because many defect trajectories are possible, these systems are highly metastable and efficient in memorizing the alignment forced by external fields. Such memory effects have their origin in the topology of the confining surface and are maximized in a simple periodic bicontinuous cubic structure. We also show that nematic liquid crystals in random porous networks exhibit a disorder-induced slowing-down typical of glasses that originates from activated collisions and rearrangements of defect lines. Our findings offer the possibility to functionalize orientationally ordered materials through topological confinement. PMID:21423186

  8. Memory and topological frustration in nematic liquid crystals confined in porous materials

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    Araki, Takeaki; Buscaglia, Marco; Bellini, Tommaso; Tanaka, Hajime

    2011-04-01

    Orientational ordering is key to functional materials with switching capability, such as nematic liquid crystals and ferromagnetic and ferroelectric materials. We explored the confinement of nematic liquid crystals in bicontinuous porous structures with smooth surfaces that locally impose normal orientational order on the liquid crystal. We find that frustration leads to a high density of topological defect lines permeating the porous structures, and that most defect lines are made stable by looping around solid portions of the confining material. Because many defect trajectories are possible, these systems are highly metastable and efficient in memorizing the alignment forced by external fields. Such memory effects have their origin in the topology of the confining surface and are maximized in a simple periodic bicontinuous cubic structure. We also show that nematic liquid crystals in random porous networks exhibit a disorder-induced slowing-down typical of glasses that originates from activated collisions and rearrangements of defect lines. Our findings offer the possibility to functionalize orientationally ordered materials through topological confinement.

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

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    Hong, Y. S.; And Others

    1980-01-01

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

  10. Crystal Structure of Staphylococcus aureus Cas9.

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

    2015-08-27

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

  11. Crystal Structure of Bacillus subtilis Signal Peptide Peptidase A

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    Paetzel, Mark

    Crystal Structure of Bacillus subtilis Signal Peptide Peptidase A Sung-Eun Nam, Apollos C. Kim Bacillus subtilis SppA (SppABS). *Corresponding author. E-mail address: mpaetzel@sfu.ca. Abbreviations used the first crystal structure of a Gram-positive bacterial SppA. The 2.4-Å- resolution structure of Bacillus

  12. Broadband super-collimation in a hybrid photonic crystal structure

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    Soljaèiæ, Marin

    Broadband super-collimation in a hybrid photonic crystal structure Rafif E. Hamam, Mihai Ibanescu, USA rafif@mit.edu Abstract: We propose a two dimensional (2D) photonic crystal (PhC) structure of holes). We theoretically and numerically investigate the collimation mechanism in our 2D structure

  13. High temperature structural insulating material

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    Chen, W.Y.

    1984-07-27

    A high temperature structural insulating material useful as a liner for cylinders of high temperature engines through the favorable combination of high service temperature (above about 800/sup 0/C), low thermal conductivity (below about 0.2 W/m/sup 0/C), and high compressive strength (above about 250 psi). The insulating material is produced by selecting hollow ceramic beads with a softening temperature above about 800/sup 0/C, a diameter within the range of 20-200 ..mu..m, and a wall thickness in the range of about 2 to 4 ..mu..m; compacting the beads and a compatible silicate binder composition under pressure and sintering conditions to provide the desired structural form with the structure having a closed-cell, compact array of bonded beads.

  14. Crystal Structure, Rotational Symmetry and Quasicrystals Frank Rioux

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    Rioux, Frank

    Crystal Structure, Rotational Symmetry and Quasicrystals Frank Rioux Department of Chemistry College of St. Benedict St. John's University Prior to 1991 crystals were defined to be solids having only with the crystal lattice, followed as required by the uncertainty principle, a delocalization of the momentum

  15. Structure Determination of Nanocrystalline Materials

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    Michel, F. M.

    2007-12-01

    Nanocrystalline materials play an important role in pristine and contaminated geochemical systems. In particular, the reactive surfaces of nanosized ferric and aluminum hydroxides are effective scavengers and transporters of metals and metalloids under aqueous conditions. Establishing the atomic arrangements of these nanocrystalline phases is an essential step towards understanding their structure-property relationships and their roles in geochemical environments. Solving the structures of nanosized materials, often forming with finite particle sizes less than 10 nm, is extremely challenging and often not feasible using conventional structure determination methods. Nanocrystalline ferrihydrite is one example of a material often referred to as being X-ray amorphous because it exhibits poorly defined diffraction maxima in conventional powder patterns. Such features primarily result from the effects caused by disorder and extremely small particle sizes and inhibits quantitative structure determination. This can be avoided by evaluating the atomic arrangement in real-space using total scattering methods combined with pair distribution function (PDF) analysis. PDF analysis is proving to be an essential tool in the study of nanocrystalline materials because it enables the incorporation of both the Bragg and diffuse scattering components and therefore information regarding the short-, intermediate-, and long-range ordering is attainable. We recently used this method to investigate the atomic structures of a number of important nanosized transition metal phases, including ferrihydrite. The initial study of synthetically-derived ferrihydrite resulted in the development of a new structure model for this phase. We are now expanding this investigation by evaluating samples of ferrihydrite occurring in natural settings which are inherently more complex formation environments due to the presence of organics and other metal and metalloid species. The total X-ray scattering method and PDF analysis will be introduced and experimental high-energy scattering data collected at a synchrotron facility will be presented.

  16. STRUCTURE NOTE Crystal Structure of a Truncated Version of the Phage

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    STRUCTURE NOTE Crystal Structure of a Truncated Version of the Phage Protein gpD Changsoo Chang,1 utilized in this technique are of considerable interest. The high-resolution crystal structure of gp crystallized in a larger cell with two trimers in the asymmetric unit, the structure of this truncated version

  17. Low Temperature Crystal Structure and Magnetic Properties of RAl2

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    Pathak, Arjun K.; Paudyal, Durga; Gschneidner, Karl A.; Pecharsky, Vitalij K.

    2014-01-08

    Low temperature crystal structure and magnetic properties of RAl2 (R?=?Pr and Nd) have been studied using temperature dependent powder x-ray diffraction, magnetization, and heat capacity measurements. Unlike PrAl2, NdAl2 retains cubic MgCu2-type structure from room temperature down to 5?K, which is also confirmed from first principles electronic structure calculations. The magnetization measurements show both PrAl2 and NdAl2 order ferromagnetically at TC?=?32?K and 77?K, respectively. However, the magnetization measurements show the former is a hard ferromagnet compared to the latter which is a soft ferromagnetic material. The magnetic entropy change obtained from heat capacity measurements at ?H?=?30 kOe for PrAl2 and NdAl2 are 3.15?J?mol?1 K?1 and 1.18?J?mol?1 K?1, respectively.

  18. Crystal structure of strontium dinickel iron orthophosphate

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

    2015-01-01

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

  19. Synthesis, structure, crystal growth and characterization of a novel semiorganic nonlinear optical L-proline lithium bromide monohydrate single crystal

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    Sathiskumar, S.; Balakrishnan, T.; Ramamurthi, K.; Thamotharan, S.

    2015-03-01

    L-Proline lithium bromide monohydrate (LPLBM), a promising semiorganic nonlinear optical material, was synthesized and single crystals of LPLBM were grown from solution by slow evaporation technique. Single crystal X-ray structure solution reveals that the grown crystal belongs to monoclinic system with space group P21. Presence of various functional groups was identified by FT-IR and FT-Raman spectral analyses. UV-Vis-NIR spectroscopic study shows that the LPLBM crystal possesses 90% of transmittance in the range of 250-1100 nm. Vickers microhardness values, the dielectric constant and dielectric loss of the LPLBM crystal were reported. Elemental analysis by energy dispersive X-ray analysis shows the presence of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and bromine. The surface morphology of the crystal was investigated using scanning electron microscopic study. The thermal stability of the LPLBM crystal was studied from TGA and DSC analysis. Second harmonic generation efficiency of the LPLBM crystal measured by Kurtz and Perry powder technique using Nd:YAG laser is about 0.3 times that of urea.

  20. Synthesis, structure, crystal growth and characterization of a novel semiorganic nonlinear optical l-proline lithium bromide monohydrate single crystal.

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    Sathiskumar, S; Balakrishnan, T; Ramamurthi, K; Thamotharan, S

    2015-03-01

    l-Proline lithium bromide monohydrate (LPLBM), a promising semiorganic nonlinear optical material, was synthesized and single crystals of LPLBM were grown from solution by slow evaporation technique. Single crystal X-ray structure solution reveals that the grown crystal belongs to monoclinic system with space group P21. Presence of various functional groups was identified by FT-IR and FT-Raman spectral analyses. UV-Vis-NIR spectroscopic study shows that the LPLBM crystal possesses 90% of transmittance in the range of 250-1100nm. Vickers microhardness values, the dielectric constant and dielectric loss of the LPLBM crystal were reported. Elemental analysis by energy dispersive X-ray analysis shows the presence of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and bromine. The surface morphology of the crystal was investigated using scanning electron microscopic study. The thermal stability of the LPLBM crystal was studied from TGA and DSC analysis. Second harmonic generation efficiency of the LPLBM crystal measured by Kurtz and Perry powder technique using Nd:YAG laser is about 0.3 times that of urea. PMID:25498813

  1. Biomolecular crystals for material applications and a mechanistic study of an iron oxide nanoparticle synthesis

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    Falkner, Joshua Charles

    The three projects within this work address the difficulties of controlling biomolecular crystal formats (i.e. size and shape), producing 3-D ordered composite materials from biomolecular crystal templates, and understanding the mechanism of a practical iron oxide synthesis. The unifying thread consistent throughout these three topics is the development of methods to manipulate nanomaterials using a bottom-up approach. Biomolecular crystals are nanometer to millimeter sized crystals that have well ordered mesoporous solvent channels. The overall physical dimensions of these crystals are highly dependent on crystallization conditions. The controlled growth of micro- and nanoprotein crystals was studied to provide new pathways for creating smaller crystalline protein materials. This method produced tetragonal hen egg-white lysozyme crystals (250--100,000 nm) with near monodisperse size distributions (<15%). With this degree of control, existing protein crystal applications such as drug delivery and analytical sensors can reach their full potential. Applications for larger crystals with inherently ubiquitous pore structures could extend to materials used for membranes or templates. In this work, the porous structure of larger cowpea mosaic virus crystals was used to template metal nanoparticle growth within the body centered cubic crystalline network. The final composite material was found to have long range ordering of palladium and platinum nonocrystal aggregates (10nm) with symmetry consistent to the virus template. Nanoparticle synthesis itself is an immense field of study with an array of diverse applications. The final piece of this work investigates the mechanism behind a previously developed iron oxide synthesis to gain more understanding and direction to future synthesis strategies. The particle growth mechanism was found to proceed by the formation of a solvated iron(III)oleate complex followed by a reduction of iron (III) to iron (II). This unstable iron(II) nucleates to form a wustite (FeO) core which serves as an epitaxial surface for the magnetite (Fe3O4) shell growth. This method produces spherical particles (6-60nm) with relative size distributions of less than 15%.

  2. Selective crystallization with preferred lithium-ion storage capability of inorganic materials

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    2012-01-01

    Lithium-ion batteries are supposed to be a key method to make a more efficient use of energy. In the past decade, nanostructured electrode materials have been extensively studied and have presented the opportunity to achieve superior performance for the next-generation batteries which require higher energy and power densities and longer cycle life. In this article, we reviewed recent research activities on selective crystallization of inorganic materials into nanostructured electrodes for lithium-ion batteries and discuss how selective crystallization can improve the electrode performance of materials; for example, selective exposure of surfaces normal to the ionic diffusion paths can greatly enhance the ion conductivity of insertion-type materials; crystallization of alloying-type materials into nanowire arrays has proven to be a good solution to the electrode pulverization problem; and constructing conversion-type materials into hollow structures is an effective approach to buffer the volume variation during cycling. The major goal of this review is to demonstrate the importance of crystallization in energy storage applications. PMID:22353373

  3. Crystal structures of the human adiponectin receptors

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

    2015-01-01

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

  4. Crystal structures of the human adiponectin receptors.

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

    2015-04-16

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

  5. Ultrasmall-angle X-ray scattering analysis of photonic crystal structure

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    Abramova, V. V.; Sinitskii, A. S.; Grigor'eva, N. A.; Grigor'ev, S. V.; Belov, D. V.; Petukhov, A. V.; Mistonov, A. A.; Vasil'eva, A. V.; Tret'yakov, Yu. D.

    2009-07-15

    The results of an ultrasmall-angle X-ray scattering study of iron(III) oxide inverse opal thin films are presented. The photonic crystals examined are shown to have fcc structure with amount of stacking faults varying among the samples. The method used in this study makes it possible to easily distinguish between samples with predominantly twinned fcc structure and nearly perfect fcc stacking. The difference observed between samples fabricated under identical conditions is attributed to random layer stacking in the self-assembled colloidal crystals used as templates for fabricating the inverse opals. The present method provides a versatile tool for analyzing photonic crystal structure in studies of inverse opals made of various materials, colloidal crystals, and three-dimensional photonic crystals of other types.

  6. Crystal Structures of Respiratory Pathogen Neuraminidases

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

    2009-01-01

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

  7. Research News Structured Porous Materials via Colloidal

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    Velev, Orlin D.

    that the crystal either be fixed in place or replicated by another more ro- bust material. Indeed, Nature's opals to natural opals have been synthesized recently. One approach for creating novel ma- terials, highlighted

  8. Fog and gypsum crystals on building materials

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    del Monte, Marco; Rossi, Paola

    Samples of fog water collected near Modena (Po Valley) are found to deposit numerous minerals after evaporation in the laboratory. The main minerals are nitrammite, mascagnite, koktaite, salammoniac, nitratine, niter, hannebachite, while many others are present, either sporadically and/or in trace form. Conversely, when fog water evaporation occurs in the field, such minerals, which are all hygroscopic and deliquescent, either do not form at all or have a very brief life span. The only one to survive for a few hours (alongside traces of nitrammite and mascagnite) is koktaite, which tends to transform rapidly into gypsum. Gypsum (CaS0 4 · 2H 20) is therefore the only mineral remaining on the surfaces interacting with fog: it is possible that through this mechanism, considerable quantities of S0 42- (formed by the oxidation/ hydration of atmospheric SO 2) and Ca 2+ are removed from the atmosphere-hydrosphere cycle to form a relatively stable mineral. In particular, concerning the gypsum encountered today on all materials in polluted towns, this mechanism assumes a crucial role in the case of artefacts located in areas sheltered from rainwater wetting but prone to fogs, especially those containing little or no calcium.

  9. Crystal structure of morpholin-4-ium cinnamate

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    Smith, Graham

    2015-01-01

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

  10. Structure dependent hydrogen induced etching features of graphene crystals

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    Thangaraja, Amutha; Shinde, Sachin M.; Kalita, Golap; Papon, Remi; Sharma, Subash; Vishwakarma, Riteshkumar; Sharma, Kamal P.; Tanemura, Masaki

    2015-06-01

    H2 induced etching of graphene is of significant interest to understand graphene growth process as well as to fabricate nanoribbons and various other structures. Here, we demonstrate the structure dependent H2 induced etching behavior of graphene crystals. We synthesized graphene crystals on electro-polished Cu foil by an atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition process, where some of the crystals showed hexagonal shaped snowflake-dendritic morphology. Significant differences in H2 induced etching behavior were observed for the snowflake-dendritic and regular graphene crystals by annealing in a gas mixture of H2 and Ar. The regular graphene crystals were etched anisotropically creating hexagonal holes with pronounced edges, while etching of all the dendritic crystals occurred from the branches of lobs creating symmetrical fractal structures. The etching behavior provides important clue of graphene nucleation and growth as well as their selective etching to fabricate well-defined structures for nanoelectronics.

  11. Crystal structure and characterization of a novel organic crystal: 4-Dimethylaminobenzophenone

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    Anandha babu, G.; Ramasamy, P.; Ravikumar, K.; Sridhar, B.

    2009-06-03

    Single crystals of a novel organic material, dimethylaminobenzophenone were grown from aqueous solution employing the technique of controlled evaporation. Dimethylaminobenzophenone belongs to the monoclinic system, with a = 12.5755(7) A, b = 7.9749(4) A, c = 13.0946(7) A, {alpha} = 90{sup o}, {beta} = 111.6380(10){sup o} and {gamma} = 90{sup o}. Fourier transform infrared study has been performed to identify the functional groups. The transmittance of dimethylaminobenzophenone has been used to calculate the refractive index n; the extinction coefficient K and both the real {epsilon}{sub r} and imaginary {epsilon}{sub i} components of the dielectric constant as functions of photon energy. The optical band gap of dimethylaminobenzophenone is 2.9 eV. The structural prefection of the grown crystals has been analyzed by high-resolution X-ray diffraction rocking curve measurements. Thermo gravimetric analysis and differential thermal analysis have also been carried out, and the thermal behavior of dimethylaminobenzophenone crystal has been studied. The dielectric properties and mechanical properties have been investigated.

  12. Crystal Structure of Homo Sapiens Kynureninase†

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    Lima, Santiago; Kristoforov, Roman; Momany, Cory; Phillips, Robert S.

    2008-01-01

    Kynureninase is a member of a large family of catalytically diverse but structurally homologous pyridoxal-5?-phosphate dependent enzymes known as the aspartate aminotransferase superfamily or ?-family. The Homo sapiens and other eukaryotic constitutive kynureninases preferentially catalyze the hydrolytic cleavage of 3-hydroxy-L-kynurenine to produce 3-hydroxyanthranilate and L-alanine, while L-kynurenine is the substrate of many prokaryotic inducible kynureninases. The human enzyme was cloned with an N-terminal hexahistidine tag, expressed, and purified from a bacterial expression system using Ni-metal ion affinity chromatography. Kinetic characterization of the recombinant enzyme reveals classic Michaelis-Menten behavior, with a Km= 28.3 ± 1.9 ?M, and a specific activity of 1.75 ?mol min-1 mg-1 for 3-hydroxy-DL-kynurenine. Crystals of recombinant kynureninase were obtained that diffracted to 2.0 Å, and the atomic structure of the PLP-bound holoenzyme was solved by molecular replacement using the Pseudomonas fluorescens kynureninase structure (PDB accession 1qz9) as the phasing model. A structural superposition with the P. fluorescens kynureninase revealed that these two structures resemble the “open” and “closed” conformations of aspartate aminotransferase. The comparison illustrates the dynamic nature of these proteins’ small domains and reveals a role for Arg-434 similar to that in other AAT ?-family members. Docking of 3-hydroxy-L-kynurenine into the human kynureninase active site suggests that Asn-333 and His-102 are involved in substrate binding and molecular discrimination between inducible and constitutive kynureninase substrates. PMID:17300176

  13. Crystal structure of human nicotinic acid phosphoribosyltransferase.

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

    2015-01-01

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

  14. Crystal structure of human nicotinic acid phosphoribosyltransferase

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

    2015-01-01

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

  15. Crystallization and Structure Determination of Superantigens and Immune Receptor Complexes.

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    Rödström, Karin E J; Lindkvist-Petersson, Karin

    2016-01-01

    Structure determination of superantigens and the complexes they form with immune receptors have over the years provided insight in their modes of action. This technique requires growing large and highly ordered crystals of the superantigen or receptor-superantigen complex, followed by exposure to X-ray radiation and data collection. Here, we describe methods for crystallizing superantigens and superantigen-receptor complexes using the vapor diffusion technique, how the crystals may be optimized, and lastly data collection and structure determination. PMID:26676036

  16. Nylon 6 Crystal Structures, Folds, and Lamellae from Theory Youyong Li and William A. Goddard III*

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    Goddard III, William A.

    Nylon 6 Crystal Structures, Folds, and Lamellae from Theory Youyong Li and William A. Goddard III Received July 24, 2002 ABSTRACT: Although polyamide "nylon 6" polymer is an important industrial material structures, folds, and lamellae of nylon 6, leading to the following results. (a) Assuming infinite chains

  17. Crystal Structure of the Ribosome at 5.5 Resolution

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    Economou, Tassos

    Crystal Structure of the Ribosome at 5.5 Å Resolution Marat M. Yusupov,1 * Gulnara Zh. Yusupova,1 the crystal structure of the complete Thermus thermophilus 70S ribosome containing bound messenger RNA and transfer RNAs (tRNAs) at 5.5 angstrom resolution. All of the 16S, 23S, and 5S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) chains

  18. Symmetrybroken crystal structure of elemental boron at low temperature

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    Widom, Michael

    Symmetry­broken crystal structure of elemental boron at low temperature M. Widom Department Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia (Dated: November 6, 2007) The crystal structure of boron­ lations found its energy to be greater than the energy of the #­rhombohedral (red) form, implying # cannot

  19. Hybrid Single-Nanowire Photonic Crystal and Microresonator Structures

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    Loncar, Marko

    Hybrid Single-Nanowire Photonic Crystal and Microresonator Structures Carl J. Barrelet, Jiming Bao that combines chemically synthesized single nanowire emitters with lithographically defined photonic crystal and racetrack microresonator structures. Finite-difference time-domain calculations were used to design nanowire

  20. Undergraduates Improve upon Published Crystal Structure in Class Assignment

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

    2014-01-01

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

  1. Use of Pom Pons to Illustrate Cubic Crystal Structures.

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    Cady, Susan G.

    1997-01-01

    Describes a method that uses olefin pom pons to illustrate cubic crystal structure. Facilitates hands-on examination of different packing arrangements such as hexagonal close-packed and cubic close-packed structures. (JRH)

  2. Crystal structure of the dynamin tetramer.

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    Reubold, Thomas F; Faelber, Katja; Plattner, Nuria; Posor, York; Ketel, Katharina; Curth, Ute; Schlegel, Jeanette; Anand, Roopsee; Manstein, Dietmar J; Noé, Frank; Haucke, Volker; Daumke, Oliver; Eschenburg, Susanne

    2015-09-17

    The mechanochemical protein dynamin is the prototype of the dynamin superfamily of large GTPases, which shape and remodel membranes in diverse cellular processes. Dynamin forms predominantly tetramers in the cytosol, which oligomerize at the neck of clathrin-coated vesicles to mediate constriction and subsequent scission of the membrane. Previous studies have described the architecture of dynamin dimers, but the molecular determinants for dynamin assembly and its regulation have remained unclear. Here we present the crystal structure of the human dynamin tetramer in the nucleotide-free state. Combining structural data with mutational studies, oligomerization measurements and Markov state models of molecular dynamics simulations, we suggest a mechanism by which oligomerization of dynamin is linked to the release of intramolecular autoinhibitory interactions. We elucidate how mutations that interfere with tetramer formation and autoinhibition can lead to the congenital muscle disorders Charcot-Marie-Tooth neuropathy and centronuclear myopathy, respectively. Notably, the bent shape of the tetramer explains how dynamin assembles into a right-handed helical oligomer of defined diameter, which has direct implications for its function in membrane constriction. PMID:26302298

  3. The synergic effects of Na and K co-doping on the crystal structure and electrochemical properties of Li4Ti5O12 as anode material for lithium ion battery

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    Liu, Zhongxiao; Sun, Limei; Yang, Wenyun; Yang, Jinbo; Han, Songbai; Chen, Dongfeng; Liu, Yuntao; Liu, Xiangfeng

    2015-06-01

    The effects of Na and K co-doping on the crystal structure and electrochemical properties of Li4Ti5O12 have been comprehensively investigated by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), neutron diffraction (ND), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and galvanostatic charge-discharge tests. Rietveld refinements of XRD and ND data indicate that the lattice parameters increase with the doping of Na and K, and Na or K prefers to take 8a site (tetrahedral site) in Li3.98K0.01Na0.01Ti5O12. The lattice parameter and unit cell volume of Li3.98Na0.01K0.01Ti5O12 are even larger than that of Li3.98Na0.02Ti5O12 and Li3.98K0.02Ti5O12 indicating a cooperative effect of Na and K co-doping on the enlargement of lattice parameters and unit cell volume. The electrochemical property results demonstrate that Na and K co-doped Li3.98Na0.01K0.01Ti5O12 has a larger reversible capacity and rate capability as anode material for lithium ion battery compared to un-doped Li4Ti5O12, Na-doped Li3.98Na0.02Ti5O12 or K-doped Li3.98Ka0.02Ti5O12, which indicates the significant synergic effect of Na and K co-doping on the improvement of the electrochemical performances of Li4Ti5O12.

  4. Modification of phonon processes in nano-structured rare-earth-ion-doped crystals

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    Thomas Lutz; Lucile Veissier; Charles W. Thiel; Rufus L. Cone; Paul E. Barclay; Wolfgang Tittel

    2015-09-11

    Nano-structuring impurity-doped crystals affects the phonon density of states and thereby modifies the atomic dynamics induced by interaction with phonons. We propose the use of nanostructured materials in the form of powders or phononic bandgap crystals to enable or improve persistent spectral hole-burning and coherence for inhomogeneously broadened absorption lines in rare-earth-ion-doped crystals. This is crucial for applications such as ultra-precise radio-frequency spectrum analyzers and optical quantum memories. As an example, we discuss how phonon engineering can enable spectral hole burning in erbium-doped materials operating in the convenient telecommunication band, and present simulations for density of states of nano-sized powders and phononic crystals for the case of Y2SiO5, a widely-used material in current quantum memory research.

  5. Method of binding structural material

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    Wagh, Arun S. (Orland Park, IL); Antink, Allison L. (Bolingbrook, IL)

    2007-12-25

    A structural material of a polystyrene base and the reaction product of the polystyrene base and a solid phosphate ceramic. The ceramic is applied as a slurry which includes one or more of a metal oxide or a metal hydroxide with a source of phosphate to produce a phosphate ceramic and a poly (acrylic acid or acrylate) or combinations or salts thereof and polystyrene or MgO applied to the polystyrene base and allowed to cure so that the dried aqueous slurry chemically bonds to the polystyrene base. A method is also disclosed of applying the slurry to the polystyrene base.

  6. Explosive scabbling of structural materials

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    Bickes, Jr., Robert W. (Albuquerque, NM); Bonzon, Lloyd L. (Albuquerque, NM)

    2002-01-01

    A new approach to scabbling of surfaces of structural materials is disclosed. A layer of mildly energetic explosive composition is applied to the surface to be scabbled. The explosive composition is then detonated, rubbleizing the surface. Explosive compositions used must sustain a detonation front along the surface to which it is applied and conform closely to the surface being scabbled. Suitable explosive compositions exist which are stable under handling, easy to apply, easy to transport, have limited toxicity, and can be reliably detonated using conventional techniques.

  7. Crystal structure and thermal behaviour of pyridinium styphnate

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    Muthulakshmi, Selvarasu; Kalaivani, Doraisamyraja

    2015-01-01

    In the crystal structure of the title mol­ecular salt, C5H6N+·C6H2N3O8 ? (systematic name: pyridinium 3-hy­droxy-2,4,6-tri­nitro­phenolate), the pyridin­ium cation and the 3-hy­droxy-2,4,6-tri­nitro­phenolate anion are linked through bifurcated N—H?(O,O) hydrogen bonds, forming an R 1 2(6) ring motif. The nitro group para with respect to phenolate ion forms an intra­molecular hydrogen bond with the adjacent phenolic –OH group, which results in an S(6) ring motif. The nitro group flanked by the phenolate ion and the phenolic –OH group deviates noticeably from the benzene ring, subtending a dihedral angle of 89.2?(4)°. The other two nitro groups deviate only slightly from the plane of the benzene ring, making dihedral angles of 2.8?(4) and 3.4?(3)°. In the crystal, the 3-hy­droxy-2,4,6-tri­nitro­phenolate anions are linked through O—H?O hydrogen bonds, forming chains along [100]. These anionic chains, to which the cations are attached, are linked via C—H?O hydrogen bonds, forming a three-dimensional structure. Impact friction sensitivity tests and TGA/DTA studies on the title mol­ecular salt imply that it is an insensitive high-energy-density material. PMID:25878796

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

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

    2015-08-24

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

  9. Crystal structure of the Varkud satellite ribozyme.

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

    2015-11-01

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

  10. The rheology of structured materials

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    Sun, Ning

    2000-10-01

    In this work, the rheological properties of structured materials are studied via both theoretical (continuum mechanics and molecular theory) and experimental approaches. Through continuum mechanics, a structural model, involving shear-induced structural breakdown and buildup, is extended to model biofluids. In particular, we study the cases of steady shear flow, hysteresis, yield stress, small amplitude oscillatory flow as well as non-linear viscoelasticity. Model predictions are successfully compared with experimental data on complex materials such as blood and a penicillin suspension. Next, modifications are introduced into the network model. A new formulation involving non-affine motion is proposed and its applications are presented. The major improvement is that a finite elongational viscosity is predicted for finite elongational rate, contrary to infinite elongational viscosities existing at some elongational rates predicted by most previous network models. Comparisons with experimental data on shear viscosity, primary normal stress coefficient and elongational viscosity are given, in terms of the same set of model parameters. Model predictions for the stress growth are also shown. The model is successfully tested with data on a polyisobutylene solution (S1), on a polystyrene solution and on a poly-alpha-methylstyrene solution. A further extension of the network model is related to the prediction of the stress jump phenomenon which is defined as the instantaneous gain or loss of stress on startup or cessation of a deformation. It is not predicted by most existing models. In this work, the internal viscosity idea used in the dumbbell model is incorporated into the transient network model. Via appropriate approximations, a closed form constitutive equation, which predicts a stress jump, is obtained. Successful comparisons with the available stress jump measurements are given. In addition, the model yields good quantitative predictions of the standard steady, transient and dynamic material functions, for xanthan solutions and for polyacrylamide solutions. The experimental part on the rheology of structured systems involves yield stress measurement of aqueous TiO2 pigment suspensions (40, 50, 60 and 70 wt.%), using (i) extrapolations, (ii) vane creep testing and stress ramp measurements and (iii) a modified plate technique. The data obtained via the techniques mentioned earlier are critically evaluated. It is established that the perforated plate technique removes the wall slip effect at the plate surface and provides a fast and easy way to evaluate yield stress.

  11. Magnonic crystals—Prospective structures for shaping spin waves in nanoscale

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    Rych?y, J.; Gruszecki, P.; Mruczkiewicz, M.; K?os, J. W.; Mamica, S.; Krawczyk, M.

    2015-10-01

    We have investigated theoretically band structure of spin waves in magnonic crystals with periodicity in one- (1D), two- (2D) and three-dimensions (3D). We have solved Landau-Lifshitz equation with the use of plane wave method, finite element method in frequency domain and micromagnetic simulations in time domain to find the dynamics of spin waves and spectrum of their eigenmodes. The spin wave spectra were calculated in linear approximation. In this paper we show usefulness of these methods in calculations of various types of spin waves. We demonstrate the surface character of the Damon-Eshbach spin wave in 1D magnonic crystals and change of its surface localization with the band number and wavenumber in the first Brillouin zone. The surface property of the spin wave excitation is further exploited by covering plate of the magnonic crystal with conductor. The band structure in 2D magnonic crystals is complex due to additional spatial inhomogeneity introduced by the demagnetizing field. This modifies spin wave dispersion, makes the band structure of magnonic crystals strongly dependent on shape of the inclusions and type of the lattice. The inhomogeneity of the internal magnetic field becomes unimportant for magnonic crystals with small lattice constant, where exchange interactions dominate. For 3D magnonic crystals, characterized by small lattice constant, wide magnonic band gap is found. We show that the spatial distribution of different materials in magnonic crystals can be explored for tailored effective damping of spin waves.

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

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

    2016-01-21

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

  13. Synthesis of rare-earth selenate and selenite materials under 'sol-gel' hydrothermal conditions: crystal structures and characterizations of La(HSeO{sub 3})(SeO{sub 4}) and KNd(SeO{sub 4}){sub 2}

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    Liu Wei; Chen Haohong; Yang Xinxin; Li Mangrong; Zhao Jingtai . E-mail: jtzhao@mail.sic.ac.cn

    2004-12-01

    Two rare-earth compounds containing selenium atoms, La(HSeO{sub 3})(SeO{sub 4}) with a new open framework structure and KNd(SeO{sub 4}){sub 2} with a layered structure, have been synthesized under ''sol-gel'' hydrothermal conditions for the first time. Single-crystals of La(HSeO{sub 3})(SeO{sub 4}) crystallize in the monoclinic system (P2{sub 1}, a=8.5905(17)A, b=7.2459(14)A, c=9.5691(19)A, {beta}=104.91(3){sup o}, Z=2, RAll=0.032). The structure contains puckered polyhedral layers made of LaO{sub x} (x=9,10) and SeO{sub 4} groups, which are connected via SeO{sub 3}-uints to the 3D structure. The crytal structure of KNd(SeO{sub 4}){sub 2} (monoclinc, P2{sub 1}/c, a=8.7182(17)A, b=7.3225(15)A, c=11.045(2)A, {beta}=91.38(3){sup o}, Z=4, RAll=0.051) contains honeycomb-like six-ring NdO{sub 9} polyhedra forming layers which are further decorated with SeO{sub 4} tetrahedra. The K{sup +} ions occupy the interspaces of these layers and provide the charge balance.

  14. Graphene liquid crystal retarded percolation for new high-k materials

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    Yuan, Jinkai; Luna, Alan; Neri, Wilfrid; Zakri, Cécile; Schilling, Tanja; Colin, Annie; Poulin, Philippe

    2015-01-01

    Graphene flakes with giant shape anisotropy are extensively used to establish connectedness electrical percolation in various heterogeneous systems. However, the percolation behaviour of graphene flakes has been recently predicted to be far more complicated than generally anticipated on the basis of excluded volume arguments. Here we confirm experimentally that graphene flakes self-assemble into nematic liquid crystals below the onset of percolation. The competition of percolation and liquid crystal transition provides a new route towards high-k materials. Indeed, near-percolated liquid-crystalline graphene-based composites display unprecedented dielectric properties with a dielectric constant improved by 260-fold increase as compared with the polymer matrix, while maintaining the loss tangent as low as 0.4. This performance is shown to depend on the structure of monodomains of graphene liquid-crystalline phases. Insights into how the liquid crystal phase transition interferes with percolation transition and thus alters the dielectric constant are discussed. PMID:26567720

  15. Graphene liquid crystal retarded percolation for new high-k materials.

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    Yuan, Jinkai; Luna, Alan; Neri, Wilfrid; Zakri, Cécile; Schilling, Tanja; Colin, Annie; Poulin, Philippe

    2015-01-01

    Graphene flakes with giant shape anisotropy are extensively used to establish connectedness electrical percolation in various heterogeneous systems. However, the percolation behaviour of graphene flakes has been recently predicted to be far more complicated than generally anticipated on the basis of excluded volume arguments. Here we confirm experimentally that graphene flakes self-assemble into nematic liquid crystals below the onset of percolation. The competition of percolation and liquid crystal transition provides a new route towards high-k materials. Indeed, near-percolated liquid-crystalline graphene-based composites display unprecedented dielectric properties with a dielectric constant improved by 260-fold increase as compared with the polymer matrix, while maintaining the loss tangent as low as 0.4. This performance is shown to depend on the structure of monodomains of graphene liquid-crystalline phases. Insights into how the liquid crystal phase transition interferes with percolation transition and thus alters the dielectric constant are discussed. PMID:26567720

  16. Electronic structure of Cr{sup 3+} in forsterite crystals

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    Avanesov, A.G.; Zhorin, V.V.; Pisarenko, V.F.

    1994-11-01

    Specific properties of silicate crystals that make them promising in applications as active media for IR tunable lasers are discussed. The energy level structure of Cr{sup 3+} ions in a forsterite crystal field is analyzed. 4 refs., 3 tabs.

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

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

    2014-09-01

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

  18. Crystal Structures of Human NUDT5 Reveal Insights into the Structural Basis of the Substrate Specificity

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    Tian, Weidong

    Crystal Structures of Human NUDT5 Reveal Insights into the Structural Basis of the Substrate-ribosylation by hydrolyzing ADPR to AMP and ribose 5-phosphate. We report here the crystal structures of hNUDT5 in apo form- sugars over other sugar nucleotides. Structural comparisons with E. coli ADPRase ORF209 and ADPXase ORF

  19. Novel photonic crystal cavities and related structures.

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    Luk, Ting Shan

    2007-11-01

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

  20. Gallium arsenide single crystal solar cell structure and method of making

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    Stirn, Richard J. (Inventor)

    1983-01-01

    A production method and structure for a thin-film GaAs crystal for a solar cell on a single-crystal silicon substrate (10) comprising the steps of growing a single-crystal interlayer (12) of material having a closer match in lattice and thermal expansion with single-crystal GaAs than the single-crystal silicon of the substrate, and epitaxially growing a single-crystal film (14) on the interlayer. The material of the interlayer may be germanium or graded germanium-silicon alloy, with low germanium content at the silicon substrate interface, and high germanium content at the upper surface. The surface of the interface layer (12) is annealed for recrystallization by a pulsed beam of energy (laser or electron) prior to growing the interlayer. The solar cell structure may be grown as a single-crystal n.sup.+ /p shallow homojunction film or as a p/n or n/p junction film. A Ga(Al)AS heteroface film may be grown over the GaAs film.

  1. Synthesis, growth, structure determination and optical properties of chalcone derivative single crystal

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    Karthi, S. Girija, E. K.

    2014-04-24

    Acquiring large nonlinear optical (NLO) efficient organic material is essential for the development of optoelectronics and photonic devices. Chalcone is the donor - ? - acceptor - ? - donor (D-?-A-?-D) type conjugated molecule with appreciable hyperpolarizability of potential interest in NLO applications. The addition of vinyl and electron donor groups in the chalcone molecule may enhance the second harmonic generation (SHG) efficiency. Here we report the synthesis, crystal growth and characterization of a chalcone derivative 1-(4-methylphenyl)-5-(4-methoxyphenyl)-penta-2,4-dien-1-one (MPMPP). The MPMPP crystal was grown by slow evaporation solution growth technique from acetone. The grown crystal structure was studied by single crystal X-ray diffraction. The SHG efficiency of the grown crystal was determined by Kurtz and Perry method.

  2. Analysis of the structure and morphology of fenoxycarb crystals.

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    Zeglinski, Jacek; Svärd, Michael; Karpinska, Jolanta; Kuhs, Manuel; Rasmuson, Åke C

    2014-09-01

    In this paper, we have explored the relationship between surface structure and crystal growth and morphology of fenoxycarb (FC). Experimental vs. predicted morphologies/face indices of fenoxycarb crystals are presented. Atomic-scale surface structures of the crystalline particles, derived from experimentally indexed single crystals, are also modelled. Single crystals of fenoxycarb exhibit a platelet-like morphology which closely matches predicted morphologies. The solvent choice does not significantly influence either morphology or crystal habit. The crystal morphology is dominated by the {001} faces, featuring weakly interacting aliphatic or aromatic groups at their surfaces. Two distinct modes of interaction of a FC molecule in the crystal can be observed, which appear to be principal factors governing the microscopic shape of the crystal: the relatively strong collateral and the much weaker perpendicular bonding. Both forcefield-based and quantum-chemical calculations predict that the aromatic and aliphatic terminated {001} faces have comparably high stability as a consequence of weak intermolecular bonding. Thus we predict that the most developed {001} surfaces of fenoxycarb crystals should be terminated randomly, favouring neither aliphatic nor aromatic termination. PMID:25089714

  3. Theoretical exploration of various lithium peroxide crystal structures in a Li-air battery

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    Lau, Kah; Qiu, Dantong; Luo, Xiangyi; Greeley, Jeffrey; Curtiss, Larry; Lu, Jun; Amine, Khalil

    2015-01-14

    We describe a series of metastable Li?O? crystal structures involving different orientations and displacements of the O?²? peroxy ions based on the known Li?O? crystal structure. Within the vicinity of the chemical potential ?G ~ 0.20 eV/Li from the thermodynamic ground state of the Li?O? crystal structure (i.e., Föppl structure), all of these newly found metastable Li?O? crystal structures are found to be insulating and high-k materials, and they have a common unique signature of an O?²? O-O vibration mode (? ~ 799–865 cm?¹), which is in the range of that commonly observed in Li-air battery experiments, regardless of the random O?²? orientations and the symmetry in the crystal lattice. From XRD patterns analysis, the commercially available Li?O? powder is confirmed to be the thermodynamic ground state Föppl-like structure. However, for Li?O? compounds that are grown electrochemically under the environment of Li-O? cells, we found that the XRD patterns alone are not sufficient for structural identification of these metastable Li?O? crystalline phases due to the poor crystallinity of the sample. In addition, the commonly known Raman signal of O?²? vibration mode is also found to be insufficient to validate the possible existence of these newly predicted Li?O? crystal structures, as all of them similarly share the similar O?²? vibration mode. However considering that the discharge voltage in most Li-O? cells are typically several tenths of an eV below the thermodynamic equilibrium for the formation of ground state Föppl structure, the formation of these metastable Li?O? crystal structures appears to be thermodynamically feasible.

  4. Theoretical exploration of various lithium peroxide crystal structures in a Li-air battery

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    Lau, Kah; Qiu, Dantong; Luo, Xiangyi; Greeley, Jeffrey; Curtiss, Larry; Lu, Jun; Amine, Khalil

    2015-01-14

    We describe a series of metastable Li?O? crystal structures involving different orientations and displacements of the O?²? peroxy ions based on the known Li?O? crystal structure. Within the vicinity of the chemical potential ?G ~ 0.20 eV/Li from the thermodynamic ground state of the Li?O? crystal structure (i.e., Föppl structure), all of these newly found metastable Li?O? crystal structures are found to be insulating and high-k materials, and they have a common unique signature of an O?²? O-O vibration mode (? ~ 799–865 cm?¹), which is in the range of that commonly observed in Li-air battery experiments, regardless of themore »random O?²? orientations and the symmetry in the crystal lattice. From XRD patterns analysis, the commercially available Li?O? powder is confirmed to be the thermodynamic ground state Föppl-like structure. However, for Li?O? compounds that are grown electrochemically under the environment of Li-O? cells, we found that the XRD patterns alone are not sufficient for structural identification of these metastable Li?O? crystalline phases due to the poor crystallinity of the sample. In addition, the commonly known Raman signal of O?²? vibration mode is also found to be insufficient to validate the possible existence of these newly predicted Li?O? crystal structures, as all of them similarly share the similar O?²? vibration mode. However considering that the discharge voltage in most Li-O? cells are typically several tenths of an eV below the thermodynamic equilibrium for the formation of ground state Föppl structure, the formation of these metastable Li?O? crystal structures appears to be thermodynamically feasible.« less

  5. Crystal Structure of Mycobacterium tuberculosis D-3-Phosphoglycerate Dehydrogenase

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    Grant, Gregory

    Crystal Structure of Mycobacterium tuberculosis D-3-Phosphoglycerate Dehydrogenase EXTREME of D-3-phosphoglyc- erate dehydrogenase from Mycobacterium tuberculosis has been determined at 2.3 Å bacteria such as Mycobacterium, Bacillus subtilis, Corynebacterium, plants such as Arabidopsis, and higher

  6. The Effect of High Pressure on Crystal Structure Topology 

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    Wood, Peter Andrew

    2008-01-01

    This thesis describes the effects of the application of high pressure to single crystals of small organic compounds. A range of different structural analysis techniques have been used with the emphasis on whole molecule ...

  7. Broadband super-collimation in a hybrid photonic crystal structure

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    Hamam, Rafif E.

    We propose a two dimensional (2D) photonic crystal (PhC) structure that supports super-collimation over a large frequency range (over 4 times that of a traditional square lattice of holes). We theoretically and numerically ...

  8. Vibrational spectra and chemical quantum calculations for 2-adamantylamino-5-nitropyridine crystals--a novel material for laser Raman converters.

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    Lorenc, J; Hanuza, Jerzy; Maczka, Miros?aw; Kucharska, Edyta; Kaminskii, Alexander A; Kaino, Toshikuni; Yaima, Tetsuya; Yokoo, Atsushi

    2005-02-01

    Polycrystalline infrared and polarized FT-Raman spectra have been measured for 2-adamantylamino-5-nitropyridine, a novel organic material for laser Raman converters. The assignment of IR and Raman bands is given on the basis of DFT calculations. The spectroscopic studies have not indicated the presence of any significant intermolecular interactions in the crystal structure of this compound. The lines observed in the stimulated Raman spectrum of this crystal are assigned to the respective molecular vibrations. PMID:15649801

  9. Materials processing threshold report. 1: Semiconductor crystals for infrared detectors

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    Sager, E. V.; Thompson, T. R.; Nagler, R. G.

    1980-01-01

    An extensive search was performed of the open literature pertaining to infrared detectors to determine what constitutes a good detector and in what way performance is limited by specific material properties. Interviews were conducted with a number of experts in the field to assess their perceptions of the state of the art and of the utility of zero-gravity processing. Based on this information base and on a review of NASA programs in crystal growth and infrared sensors, NASA program goals were reassessed and suggestions are presented as to possible joint and divergent efforts between NASA and DOD.

  10. Tuning the magnetic anisotropy in single-layer crystal structures

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    Torun, E.; Sahin, H.; Bacaksiz, C.; Senger, R. T.; Peeters, F. M.

    2015-09-01

    The effect of an applied electric field and the effect of charging are investigated on the magnetic anisotropy (MA) of various stable two-dimensional (2D) crystals such as graphene, FeCl2, graphone, fluorographene, and MoTe2 using first-principles calculations. We found that the magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy of Co-on-graphene and Os-doped-MoTe2 systems change linearly with electric field, opening the possibility of electric field tuning MA of these compounds. In addition, charging can rotate the easy-axis direction of Co-on-graphene and Os-doped-MoTe2 systems from the out-of-plane (in-plane) to in-plane (out-of-plane) direction. The tunable MA of the studied materials is crucial for nanoscale electronic technologies such as data storage and spintronics devices. Our results show that controlling the MA of the mentioned 2D crystal structures can be realized in various ways, and this can lead to the emergence of a wide range of potential applications where the tuning and switching of magnetic functionalities are important.

  11. FUNCTIONAL AND SMART MATERIALS -Structural evolution and structure analysis

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    Wang, Zhong L.

    of functioning of a Turning machine. A smart material is a physical structure having (i) a definite purpose, (ii are a new emerging materials system which combines contemporary materials science with information science and repetivity. A smart system/structure is defined to be a non-biological physical structure having

  12. New alkali metal diphosphates how materials to preserve the security of the environment: CsNaCu(P2O7), Rb2Cu(P2O7) and CsNaCo(P2O7) synthesis and crystal structure determination

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    Chernyatieva, Anastasiya; Filatova, Alyona; Spiridonova, Dariya; Krivovichev, Sergey

    2013-04-01

    In this work we describe preliminary results of the synthesis and of a crystal-chemical study of synthetic phosphates with transition metals. Due to the increasing requirements for environmental safety specialists from various industries, we are searching for sustainable forms of immobilization of hazardous waste during storage. We are also developing a component-based waste for new materials. In our continued exploratory synthesis of compounds containing transition-metals, we were able to produce the new diphosphate phases CsNaCu(P2O7), Rb2Cu(P2O7) and CsNaCo(P2O7). A crystal chemical study has allowed us to identify new phosphates. Crystals of CsNaCu(P2O7) (Phase 1) is orthorhombic, crystallizes in space group Pmn21, with a = 5.147(8), b = 15.126(2), c = 9.717(2) Å, V = 756.20 Å3, R1 = 0.066 and Rb2Cu(P2O7) (Phase 2) is orthorhombic as well, crystallizes in space group Pmcn, with a = 5.183(8), b = 10.096(1), c = 15.146(3) Å, V = 793.55 Å3, R1 = 0.063, they have been obtained by high-temperature reaction of RbNO3, CsNO3, Cu(NO3)2, NaOH and (NH4)4P2O7. Synthetic crystals of the phosphate of copper and rubidium were studied in detail by us on the structures of Rb2Cu(P2O7) and Rb2Cu3(P2O7)2 - new alkali metal copper diphosphates (CHERNYATIEVA et al., 2008). Here we report the synthesis, the structure and the properties of the title compounds and we compare these phases with the previously discovered K2CuP2O7 (ELMAADI et al., 1995) and CsNaMnP2O7 (HUANG et al., 1998). These structures crystallize in other space groups, although their structures are also based on 2-D layers, formed by P2O7 groups combined with polyhedra of the transition metals (CHERNYATIEVA et al., 2012). A crystal chemical study has allowed us to identify even new diphosphates CsNaCu(P2O7) (Phase 3). Crystals of CsNaCoP2O7 is monoclinic, space group P 21/n, with a = 7,424(2), b = 7,648(1), c = 12,931(3)Å, ? = 90,71(2)° , V = 734.2(3) Å3 and R1 = 0.060. The structure is based framework of Co tetrahedra and P2O7 groups. The structure of the [Co(P2O7)]2-framework in more detail. The phosphate groups and tetrahedra coordinate cobalt ions form topology. This is a unique 4-coordination topology, where Co and P2O7 groups in the structure are topologically equivalent. References CHERNYATIEVA, A. P., KRIVOVICHEV, S. V., SPIRIDONOVA, D. V. (2008): International conference «Inorganic Materials» Dresden (2008) P3 - 143. CHERNYATIEVA, A. P, SPIRIDONOVA, D. V., KRIVOVICHEV, S. V. The crystal structures of two new synthetic compounds CsNaCu(P2O7) and Rb2Cu(P2O7), Acta Mineralogica-Petrographica (2012) Vol.7, p.25 EL MAADI, A., BOUKHARI, A., HOLT, E.M. (1995) Journal of Alloys Compounds, 223: 13-17. HUANG, Q., HWU, S. J., MO, X. H. (2001): Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 40: 1690-1693.

  13. Simulation of structural phase transition in two dimensional ionic crystal

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    Zhang, Dongsheng; Vernizzi, Graziano; Olvera de La Cruz, Monica

    2010-03-01

    We investigate the structure of a two-dimensional monovalent ionic crystal observed in cationic-anionic molecules adsorbed into surfaces by molecular dynamics simulations. The pair interaction between ions include a short-range Lennard-Jones term and a long-range electrostatic term. When the dielectric constant is small, electrostatic interactions dominate and the crystal form a regular square lattice. At large values of the dielectric constant the Lennard-Jones attraction dominates, and the crystal form a triangular lattice. We study the phase diagram of this model and the properties of the structural transition.

  14. Band structure mapping of photonic crystal intersubband detectors

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    Schartner, S.; Golka, S.; Pflügl, C.; Schrenk, W.; Andrews, A. M.; Roch, T.; Strasser, G.

    2006-10-01

    The authors report on a quantum well infrared detector embedded in a surface-plasmon waveguide and processed into a deeply etched photonic crystal structure. The device was characterized by collecting the polarization dependent response spectra at different angles of incidence. With this method it is possible to map the photonic band structure by directly detecting the modes of the photonic crystal. It therefore represents a new and direct characterization procedure for photonic crystals. The device shows a strong mixing between TE and TM polarized modes, which is caused by the asymmetric vertical waveguide design.

  15. Standard Reference Material (SRM 1990) for Single Crystal Diffractometer Alignment

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    Wong-Ng, W.; Siegrist, T.; DeTitta, G.T.; Finger, L.W.; Evans, H.T., Jr.; Gabe, E.J.; Enright, G.D.; Armstrong, J.T.; Levenson, M.; Cook, L.P.; Hubbard, C.R.

    2001-01-01

    An international project was successfully completed which involved two major undertakings: (1) a round-robin to demonstrate the viability of the selected standard and (2) the certification of the lattice parameters of the SRM 1990, a Standard Reference Material?? for single crystal diffractometer alignment. This SRM is a set of ???3500 units of Cr-doped Al2O3, or ruby spheres [(0 420.011 mole fraction % Cr (expanded uncertainty)]. The round-robin consisted of determination of lattice parameters of a pair of crystals' the ruby sphere as a standard, and a zeolite reference to serve as an unknown. Fifty pairs of crystals were dispatched from Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute to volunteers in x-ray laboratories world-wide. A total of 45 sets of data was received from 32 laboratories. The mean unit cell parameters of the ruby spheres was found to be a=4.7608 A?? ?? 0.0062 A??, and c=12.9979 A?? ?? 0.020 A?? (95 % intervals of the laboratory means). The source of errors of outlier data was identified. The SRM project involved the certification of lattice parameters using four well-aligned single crystal diffractometers at (Bell Laboratories) Lucent Technologies and at NRC of Canada (39 ruby spheres), the quantification of the Cr content using a combined microprobe and SEM/EDS technique, and the evaluation of the mosaicity of the ruby spheres using a double-crystal spectrometry method. A confirmation of the lattice parameters was also conducted using a Guinier-Ha??gg camera. Systematic corrections of thermal expansion and refraction corrections were applied. These rubies_ are rhombohedral, with space group R3c. The certified mean unit cell parameters are a=4.76080 ?? 0.00029 A??, and c=12 99568 A?? ?? 0.00087 A?? (expanded uncertainty). These certified lattice parameters fall well within the results of those obtained from the international round-robin study. The Guinier-Ha??gg transmission measurements on five samples of powdered rubies (a=4.7610 A?? ?? 0.0013 A??, and c=12.9954 A?? ?? 0.0034 A??) agreed well with the values obtained from the single crystal spheres.

  16. Forced diffusion via electrically induced crystallization for fabricating ZnO–Ti–Si structures

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    Chen, Yen-Ting; Hung, Fei-Yi

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • ZnO–Ti–Si system is very important for the structural design. • The electrically induced crystallization method is useful to diffusion process. • Intermetallic compound characteristics have been presented using electrically induced crystallization. • Interface mechanism about diffusion of TZO–TiSi{sub x}–Si structure is presented. - Abstract: Electrically induced crystallization (EIC) is a recently developed process for material modification. This study is applied to EIC to fabricate ZnO–Ti–Si multi-layer structures of various thicknesses to dope Ti into ZnO thin film and to form TiSi{sub x} intermetallic compound (IMC) in a single step. The IMC layer was confirmed using transmission electron microscopy images. The Ti layer thickness was more than 40 nm, which enhanced electron transmission and decreased the total electrical resistance in the structure. Finally, the diffusion mechanisms of EIC and the annealing process were investigated. This study shows that the EIC process has potential for industrial applications.

  17. Crystal structure of a actinide metals at high compression

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    Fast, L.; Soederlind, P.

    1996-05-01

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

  18. The distorted close-packed crystal structure of methane A

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    Maynard-Casely, H. E.; Bull, C. L.; Guthrie, M.; Loa, I.; McMahon, M. I.; Gregoryanz, E.; Nelmes, R. J.; Loveday, J. S.

    2010-08-01

    We have determined the full crystal structure of the high-pressure phase methane A. X-ray single-crystal diffraction data were used to determine the carbon-atom arrangement, and neutron powder diffraction data from a deuterated sample allowed the deuterium atoms to be located. It was then possible to refine all the hydrogen positions from the single-crystal x-ray data. The structure has 21 molecules in a rhombohedral unit cell, and is quite strongly distorted from the cubic close-packed structure of methane I, although some structural similarities remain. Full knowledge of this structure is important for modeling of methane at higher pressures, including in relation to the mineralogy of the outer solar system. We discuss interesting structural parallels with the carbon tetrahalides.

  19. Oxide Thermoelectric Materials: A Structure-Property Relationship

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    Nag, Abanti; Shubha, V.

    2014-04-01

    Recent demand for thermoelectric materials for power harvesting from automobile and industrial waste heat requires oxide materials because of their potential advantages over intermetallic alloys in terms of chemical and thermal stability at high temperatures. Achievement of thermoelectric figure of merit equivalent to unity ( ZT ? 1) for transition-metal oxides necessitates a second look at the fundamental theory on the basis of the structure-property relationship giving rise to electron correlation accompanied by spin fluctuation. Promising transition-metal oxides based on wide-bandgap semiconductors, perovskite and layered oxides have been studied as potential candidate n- and p-type materials. This paper reviews the correlation between the crystal structure and thermoelectric properties of transition-metal oxides. The crystal-site-dependent electronic configuration and spin degeneracy to control the thermopower and electron-phonon interaction leading to polaron hopping to control electrical conductivity is discussed. Crystal structure tailoring leading to phonon scattering at interfaces and nanograin domains to achieve low thermal conductivity is also highlighted.

  20. Recovery of valuable materials from waste liquid crystal display panel.

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    Li, Jinhui; Gao, Song; Duan, Huabo; Liu, Lili

    2009-07-01

    Associated with the rapid development of the information and electronic industry, liquid crystal displays (LCDs) have been increasingly sold as displays. However, during the discarding at their end-of-life stage, significant environmental hazards, impacts on health and a loss of resources may occur, if the scraps are not managed in an appropriate way. In order to improve the efficiency of the recovery of valuable materials from waste LCDs panel in an environmentally sound manner, this study presents a combined recycling technology process on the basis of manual dismantling and chemical treatment of LCDs. Three key processes of this technology have been studied, including the separation of LCD polarizing film by thermal shock method the removal of liquid crystals between the glass substrates by the ultrasonic cleaning, and the recovery of indium metal from glass by dissolution. The results show that valuable materials (e.g. indium) and harmful substances (e.g. liquid crystals) could be efficiently recovered or separated through above-mentioned combined technology. The optimal conditions are: (1) the peak temperature of thermal shock to separate polarizing film, ranges from 230 to 240 degrees C, where pyrolysis could be avoided; (2) the ultrasonic-assisted cleaning was most efficient at a frequency of 40 KHz (P = 40 W) and the exposure of the substrate to industrial detergents for 10 min; and (3) indium separation from glass in a mix of concentrated hydrochloric acid at 38% and nitric acid at 69% (HCl:HNO(3):H(2)O = 45:5:50, volume ratio). The indium separation process was conducted with an exposure time of 30 min at a constant temperature of 60 degrees C. PMID:19157837

  1. Recovery of valuable materials from waste liquid crystal display panel

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    Li Jinhui Gao Song; Duan Huabo; Liu Lili

    2009-07-15

    Associated with the rapid development of the information and electronic industry, liquid crystal displays (LCDs) have been increasingly sold as displays. However, during the discarding at their end-of-life stage, significant environmental hazards, impacts on health and a loss of resources may occur, if the scraps are not managed in an appropriate way. In order to improve the efficiency of the recovery of valuable materials from waste LCDs panel in an environmentally sound manner, this study presents a combined recycling technology process on the basis of manual dismantling and chemical treatment of LCDs. Three key processes of this technology have been studied, including the separation of LCD polarizing film by thermal shock method the removal of liquid crystals between the glass substrates by the ultrasonic cleaning, and the recovery of indium metal from glass by dissolution. The results show that valuable materials (e.g. indium) and harmful substances (e.g. liquid crystals) could be efficiently recovered or separated through above-mentioned combined technology. The optimal conditions are: (1) the peak temperature of thermal shock to separate polarizing film, ranges from 230 to 240 deg. C, where pyrolysis could be avoided; (2) the ultrasonic-assisted cleaning was most efficient at a frequency of 40 KHz (P = 40 W) and the exposure of the substrate to industrial detergents for 10 min; and (3) indium separation from glass in a mix of concentrated hydrochloric acid at 38% and nitric acid at 69% (HCl:HNO{sub 3}:H{sub 2}O = 45:5:50, volume ratio). The indium separation process was conducted with an exposure time of 30 min at a constant temperature of 60 deg. C.

  2. Chapter 9 Crystal Structure Although the symmetry and beauty of crystals have always excited curiosity and wonder, the

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    Lee, Ho Sung

    1-1 Chapter 9 Crystal Structure Although the symmetry and beauty of crystals have always excited by the fact that when he accidently dropped a crystal of calcite (a form of calcium carbonate), it fractured into smaller crystals that had the same interfacial angles between their plane surface as did the original

  3. Spectroscopic and structural studies of L-arginine doped Potassium Dihydrogen Phosphate crystals

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    Govani, Jayesh; Botez, Cristian; Durrer, William; Manciu, Felicia

    2009-03-01

    We report in this study the spectroscopic and structural characterization of standard and L-arginine doped potassium dihydrogen phosphate crystals synthesized by a solution growth technique. The infrared absorption and Raman results demonstrate chemical functionalization between the amino (NH3^+) groups of the organic material and the phosphate units of the inorganic crystals. This affirmation, which also implies the achievement of successful doping, is supported by the existence of extra vibrational lines in the IR and Raman spectra of L-arginine doped potassium dihydrogen phosphate crystals; these vibrational lines exhibit shifting towards lower frequencies as compared with the characteristic bands of L-arginine. Incorporation of the amino acid into the structure of the inorganic material is revealed by X-ray diffraction results also, where the shifting of diffraction lines and the appearance of a new one are observed.

  4. Crystal Structure of Bacillus anthracis Transpeptidase Enzyme CapD*?

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    Wu, Ruiying; Richter, Stefan; Zhang, Rong-guang; Anderson, Valerie J.; Missiakas, Dominique; Joachimiak, Andrzej

    2009-01-01

    Bacillus anthracis elaborates a poly-?-d-glutamic acid capsule that protects bacilli from phagocytic killing during infection. The enzyme CapD generates amide bonds with peptidoglycan cross-bridges to anchor capsular material within the cell wall envelope of B. anthracis. The capsular biosynthetic pathway is essential for virulence during anthrax infections and can be targeted for anti-infective inhibition with small molecules. Here, we present the crystal structures of the ?-glutamyltranspeptidase CapD with and without ?-l-Glu-l-Glu dipeptide, a non-hydrolyzable analog of poly-?-d-glutamic acid, in the active site. Purified CapD displays transpeptidation activity in vitro, and its structure reveals an active site broadly accessible for poly-?-glutamate binding and processing. Using structural and biochemical information, we derive a mechanistic model for CapD catalysis whereby Pro427, Gly428, and Gly429 activate the catalytic residue of the enzyme, Thr352, and stabilize an oxyanion hole via main chain amide hydrogen bonds. PMID:19535342

  5. Crystal structure of Bacillus anthracis transpeptidase enzyme CapD.

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    Wu, R.; Richter, S.; Zhang, R.; Anderson, V. J.; Missiakas, D.; Joachimiak, A.; Biosciences Division; Univ. of Chicago

    2009-09-04

    Bacillus anthracis elaborates a poly-{gamma}-d-glutamic acid capsule that protects bacilli from phagocytic killing during infection. The enzyme CapD generates amide bonds with peptidoglycan cross-bridges to anchor capsular material within the cell wall envelope of B. anthracis. The capsular biosynthetic pathway is essential for virulence during anthrax infections and can be targeted for anti-infective inhibition with small molecules. Here, we present the crystal structures of the {gamma}-glutamyltranspeptidase CapD with and without {alpha}-l-Glu-l-Glu dipeptide, a non-hydrolyzable analog of poly-{gamma}-d-glutamic acid, in the active site. Purified CapD displays transpeptidation activity in vitro, and its structure reveals an active site broadly accessible for poly-{gamma}-glutamate binding and processing. Using structural and biochemical information, we derive a mechanistic model for CapD catalysis whereby Pro{sup 427}, Gly{sup 428}, and Gly{sup 429} activate the catalytic residue of the enzyme, Thr{sup 352}, and stabilize an oxyanion hole via main chain amide hydrogen bonds.

  6. Structural Materials for Innovative Nuclear Systems

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    Yvon, Pascal

    2011-07-01

    This series of slides deal with: the goals for advanced fission reactor systems; the requirements for structural materials; a focus on two important types of materials: ODS and CMC; a focus on materials under irradiation (multiscale modelling, experimental simulation, 'smart' experiments in materials testing reactors); some concluding remarks.

  7. Crystal engineering of energetic materials: co-crystals of Ethylenedinitramine (EDNA) with modified performance and improved chemical stability.

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    Aakeröy, Christer B; Wijethunga, Tharanga K; Desper, John

    2015-07-27

    In the area of energetic materials, co-crystallization is emerging as a new technology for modifying or enhancing the properties of existing energetic substances. Ethylenedinitramine (EDNA) is a known energetic material which requires attention partly due to its chemical instability originating with its two highly acidic protons. In order to stabilize EDNA, a co-crystallization approach targeting the acidic protons using a series of co-crystallizing agents with suitable hydrogen-bond acceptors was employed. Fifteen attempted co-crystallizations resulted in eight successful outcomes and six of these were crystallographically characterized and all showed evidence of hydrogen bonds to the intended protons. Calculated detonation properties and experimental thermal and impact data for the co-crystals were obtained and compared with those of pure EDNA. The co-crystal of EDNA and 1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)ethylene was recognized as a more thermally stable alternative to EDNA while the co-crystal of EDNA and pyrazine N,N'-dioxide showed comparable detonation strengths (and much improved chemical stability) compared with that of EDNA. The co-crystals EDNA:4,4'-bipyridine and EDNA:pyrazine N,N'-dioxide were found to be about 50?% less impact sensitive than EDNA, all of which illustrate how co-crystallizations can be utilized for successfully modifying specific aspects of energetic materials. PMID:26119478

  8. Local liquid crystal alignment on patterned micrograting structures photofabricated by two photon excitation direct laser writing

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    Lee, Chee Heng; Yoshida, Hiroyuki; Miura, Yusuke; Fujii, Akihiko; Ozaki, Masanori

    2008-10-01

    The authors demonstrate local alignment of nematic liquid crystal through the fabrication of local micrograting structures by curing an ultraviolet curable material via a two-photon excitation laser-lithography process. A local twisted-nematic region was prepared using one rubbed and one fabricated micrograting surface and the resulting cell was observed with a polarizing optical microscope. The polarization optical micrographs of the locally fabricated region suggest that liquid crystal molecules align parallel to the grating structure and that local alignment is achieved. We evaluate the anchoring energies of the fabricated microgratings by the torque balance method.

  9. Radiation effects on structural materials

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    Ghoniem, N.M.

    1991-06-28

    This report discusses the following topics on the effect radiation has on thermonuclear reactor materials: Atomic Displacements; Microstructure Evolution; Materials Engineering, Mechanics, and Design; Research on Low-Activation Steels; and Research Motivated by Grant Support.

  10. MULTIFUNCTIONALTOPOLOGY DESIGN OF CELLULAR MATERIAL STRUCTURES1

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    Seepersad, Carolyn Conner

    1 MULTIFUNCTIONALTOPOLOGY DESIGN OF CELLULAR MATERIAL STRUCTURES1 Carolyn Conner Seepersad Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332 *and Georgia Tech Savannah, Savannah, GA 31407 Automation Conference. ABSTRACT Prismatic cellular or honeycomb materials exhibit favorable properties

  11. The Crystal and Molecular Structure of Dianhydrogossypol

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

  12. Structural characteristics and second order nonlinear optical properties of borate crystals

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    Osnabrück, Universität

    Structural characteristics and second order nonlinear optical properties of borate crystals D. Xue optical (NLO) responses of some typical borate crystals with various crystal structures have been the reported inorganic crystal structures there are in total only 15% of noncentrosymmetric structure

  13. THE ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE OF SMOOTHLY DEFORMED CRYSTALS: WANNIER FUNCTIONS AND THE CAUCHY-BORN

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    Lu, Jianfeng

    THE ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE OF SMOOTHLY DEFORMED CRYSTALS: WANNIER FUNCTIONS AND THE CAUCHY-BORN RULE WEINAN E AND JIANFENG LU Abstract. The electronic structure of a smoothly deformed crystal is ana- lyzed structure of perfect crystals, particularly the equilibrium structure. Here by "perfect crystals" we mean

  14. Bulk Crystal Growth of Nonlinear Optical Organic Materials Using Inverted Vertical Gradient Freeze Method

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    Choi, J.; Cruz, Magda; Metzl, R.; Wang, W. S.; Aggarwal, M. D.; Penn, Benjamin G.; Frazier, Donald O.

    1998-01-01

    A new process for producing large bulk single crystals of benzil (C6H5COCOC6H5) is reported in this paper. Good quality crystals have been successfully grown using this approach to crystal growth. This method seems to be very promising for other thermally stable NLO organic materials also. The entire contents vycor crucible 1.5 inch in diameter and 2 inch deep was converted to single crystal. Purity of the starting growth material is also an important factor in the final quality of the grown crystals. The entire crystal can be very easily taken out of the crucible by simple maneuvering. Initial characterization of the grown crystals indicated that the crystals are as good as other crystals grown by conventional Bridgman Stockbarger technique.

  15. Biomineralized structural materials with functional optical properties

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    Li, Ling, Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    2014-01-01

    Many biological structural materials exhibit "mechanical property amplification" through their intricate hierarchical composite designs. In the past several decades, significant progress has been achieved in elucidating ...

  16. Large single domain 123 material produced by seeding with single crystal rare earth barium copper oxide single crystals

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    Todt, Volker (Lemont, IL); Miller, Dean J. (Darien, IL); Shi, Donglu (Oak Park, OH); Sengupta, Suvankar (Columbus, OH)

    1998-01-01

    A method of fabricating bulk YBa.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.x where compressed powder oxides and/or carbonates of Y and Ba and Cu present in mole ratios to form YBa.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.x are heated in the presence of a Nd.sub.1+x Ba.sub.2-x Cu.sub.3 O.sub.y seed crystal to a temperature sufficient to form a liquid phase in the YBa.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.x while maintaining the seed crystal solid. The materials are slowly cooled to provide a YBa.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.x material having a predetermined number of domains between 1 and 5. Crack-free single domain materials can be formed using either plate shaped seed crystals or cube shaped seed crystals with a pedestal of preferential orientation material.

  17. Development of Measurement System for Three-Dimensional Structure of Ice Crystals in Raw Beef Samples

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    Do, Gab-Soo; Sagara, Yasuyuki; Tabata, Mizuho; Kudoh, Ken-Ichi; Higuchi, Toshiro

    Micro-Slicer Image Processing System (MSIPS) has been developed for measuring the three-dimensional(3-D) structure and distribution of ice crystals formed in biological materials. The system has functions to reconstruct the 3-D image based on the image data of exposed cross sections obtained by multi-slicing of a frozen sample with the minimum thickness of 1?m and to display the internal structure as well as an arbitrary cross section of the sample choosing observation angles. The effects of freezing conditions on the morphology and distribl1tion of ice crystals were demonstrated quantitatively from the observations of raw beef stained by fluorescent indicator. The 3-D image of the sample demonstrated that the growth of ice columns was restricted by the intrinsic structure of muscle fibers. The proposed method provided a new tool to investigate the effects of freezing conditions on the size, morphology and distribution of ice crystals.

  18. Single-Crystal Structure of a Covalent Organic Framework

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    Zhang, YB; Su, J; Furukawa, H; Yun, YF; Gandara, F; Duong, A; Zou, XD; Yaghi, OM

    2013-11-06

    The crystal structure of a new covalent organic framework, termed COF-320, is determined by single-crystal 3D electron diffraction using the rotation electron diffraction (RED) method for data collection. The COF crystals are prepared by an imine condensation of tetra-(4-anilyl)methane and 4,4'-biphenyldialdehyde in 1,4-dioxane at 120 degrees C to produce a highly porous 9-fold interwoven diamond net. COF-320 exhibits permanent porosity with a Langmuir surface area of 2400 m(2)/g and a methane total uptake of 15.0 wt % (176 cm(3)/cm(3)) at 25 degrees C and 80 bar. The successful determination of the structure of COF-320 directly from single-crystal samples is an important advance in the development of COF chemistry.

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

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

    2015-12-01

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

  20. Elastic octopoles and colloidal structures in nematic liquid crystals

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

    2013-05-14

    We propose a simple theoretical model which explains a formation of dipolar 2D and 3D colloidal structures in nematic liquid crystal. Colloidal particles are treated as effective hard spheres interacting via their elastic dipole, quadrupole and octopole moments. It is shown that octopole moment plays an important role in the formation of 2D and 3D nematic colloidal crystals. We generalize this assumption on the case of the external electric field and theoretically explain a giant electrostriction effect in 3D crystals observed recently [A. Nych et al., Nature Communications \\textbf{4}, 1489 (2013)].

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

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    Clark, J.R.

    1963-01-01

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

  2. Structure of Blue Phase III of Cholesteric Liquid Crystals

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    Henrich, O.; Stratford, K.; Cates, M. E.; Marenduzzo, D.

    2011-03-01

    We report large scale simulations of the blue phases of cholesteric liquid crystals. Our results suggest a structure for blue phase III, the blue fog, which has been the subject of a long debate in liquid crystal physics. We propose that blue phase III is an amorphous network of disclination lines, which is thermodynamically and kinetically stabilized over crystalline blue phases at intermediate chiralities. This amorphous network becomes ordered under an applied electric field, as seen in experiments.

  3. Structural and electronic properties of Diisopropylammonium bromide molecular ferroelectric crystal

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    Alsaad, A.; Qattan, I. A.; Ahmad, A. A.; Al-Aqtash, N.; Sabirianov, R. F.

    2015-10-01

    We report the results of ab-initio calculations based on Generalized Gradient Approximation (GGA) and hybrid functional (HSE06) of electronic band structure, density of states and partial density of states to get a deep insight into structural and electronic properties of P21 ferroelectric phase of Diisopropylammonium Bromide molecular crystal (DIPAB). We found that the optical band gap of the polar phase of DIPAB is ? 5 eV confirming it as a good dielectric. Examination of the density of states and partial density of states reveal that the valence band maximum is mainly composed of bromine 4p orbitals and the conduction band minimum is dominated by carbon 2p, carbon 2s, and nitrogen 2s orbitals. A unique aspect of P21 ferroelectric phase is the permanent dipole within the material. We found that P21 DIPAB has a spontaneous polarization of 22.64 consistent with recent findings which make it good candidate for the creation of ferroelectric tunneling junctions (FTJs) which have the potential to be used as memory devices.

  4. Formation of lanthanum beryllate real structure under different crystallization conditions

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    Tsvetkov, E.G. . E-mail: tsvetkov@uiggm.nsc.ru; Rylov, G.M.; Matrosov, V.N.

    2006-02-02

    The aim of this paper is to characterize the major structural defects of lanthanum beryllate single crystals grown by the Czochralski method, including those doped with rare-earth elements, and to reveal their relationship to specific properties of the crystal structure of La{sub 2}Be{sub 2}O{sub 5} and with their crystallization conditions. As a basic method for research, we used transmission X-ray topography. It was established that the defect state of La{sub 2}Be{sub 2}O{sub 5} crystals prepared by this method can be caused by different types of dislocations and their ordered assemblies, solid-phase inclusions of crucible metal and eutectically co-crystallizing phases, as well as by face growth sectors with elevated content of dopant. We show a possibility for growing single crystals of doped lanthanum beryllate having a minimum quantity of structural defects that could be suitable for manufacture of high quality laser rods.

  5. Structural material irradiations in FFTF

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    Not Available

    1985-01-01

    Information is presented concerning the Materials Open Test Assembly (MOTA); instrumentation and control system; MOTA neutronic data; pressurized tube specimens; stress-rupture measurements for reactor materials; miniature specimen design; the Interim Examination and Maintenance (IEM) cell at the FFTF; support services; and general information concerning the FFTF.

  6. Effective dislocation lines in continuously dislocated crystals. I. Material anholonomity

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    Andrzej Trzesowski

    2008-07-16

    A continuous geometric description of Bravais monocrystals with many dislocations and secondary point defects created by the distribution of these dislocations is proposed. Namely, it is distinguished, basing oneself on Kondo and Kroners Gedanken Experiments for dislocated bodies, an anholonomic triad of linearly independent vector fields. The triad defines local crystallographic directions of the defective crystal as well as a continuous counterpart of the Burgers vector for single dislocations. Next, the influence of secondary point defects on the distribution of many dislocations is modeled by treating these local crystallographic directions as well as Burgers circuits as those located in such a Riemannian material space that becomes an Euclidean 3-manifold when dislocations are absent. Some consequences of this approach are discussed.

  7. Structure–mechanical property correlations in mechanochromic luminescent crystals of boron difluoride dibenzoylmethane derivatives

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    Krishna, Gamidi Rama; Devarapalli, Ramesh; Prusty, Rajesh; Liu, Tiandong; Fraser, Cassandra L.; Ramamurty, Upadrasta; Reddy, Chilla Malla

    2015-01-01

    The structure and mechanical properties of crystalline materials of three boron difluoride dibenzoylmethane (BF2dbm) derivatives were investigated to examine the correlation, if any, among mechanochromic luminescence (ML) behaviour, solid-state structure, and the mechanical behaviour of single crystals. Qualitative mechanical deformation tests show that the crystals of BF2dbm(tBu)2 can be bent permanently, whereas those of BF2dbm(OMe)2 exhibit an inhomogeneous shearing mode of deformation, and finally BF2dbmOMe crystals are brittle. Quantitative mechanical analysis by nano­indentation on the major facets of the crystals shows that BF2dbm(tBu)2 is soft and compliant with low values of elastic modulus, E, and hardness, H, confirming its superior suceptibility for plastic deformation, which is attributed to the presence of a multitude of slip systems in the crystal structure. In contrast, both BF2dbm(OMe)2 and BF2dbmOMe are considerably stiffer and harder with comparable E and H, which are rationalized through analysis of the structural attributes such as the intermolecular interactions, slip systems and their relative orientation with respect to the indentation direction. As expected from the qualitative mechanical behaviour, prominent ML was observed in BF2dbm(tBu)2, whereas BF2dbm(OMe)2 exhibits only a moderate ML and BF2dbmOMe shows no detectable ML, all examined under identical conditions. These results confirm that the extent of ML in crystalline organic solid-state fluorophore materials can be correlated positively with the extent of plasticity (low recovery). In turn, they offer opportunities to design new and improved efficient ML materials using crystal engineering principles. PMID:26594368

  8. Growth, structure, spectral and optical properties of semiorganic crystal: Pyridine-1-ium-2-carboxylatehydrogenbromide

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    Gowri, S.; Devi, T. Uma; Priya, S.; Dilip, C. Surendra; Selvanayagam, S.; Lawrence, N.

    2015-05-01

    Pyridine-1-ium-2-carboxylatehydrogenbromide (PHBr) crystal was grown from aqueous solution by slow evaporation method. The calculated lattice parameters of single crystal X-ray diffraction have shown the triclinic crystal system with centrosymmetric space group of P?. The interaction of functional groups and their importance in their application was identified by FTIR spectral analysis. The material is optically transparent and the grown crystal is having lower cut off wavelength as 294 nm, thereby confirming the enhancement of non-linear optical (NLO) property and optical band gap of the PHBr have been determined as 2.49 eV by UV-Vis-NIR studies. The 1H NMR spectrum confirms the molecular structure and the presence of different kinds of protons.

  9. Structural Defects and Instabilities in Freely Suspended Liquid Crystal Films.

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    Pang, Jinzhong

    1995-01-01

    Ultrathin freely suspended liquid crystal films (FSLCFs) are layered two-dimensional (2D) systems which are ideal for the study of 2D physics because of their rich phase and symmetry breaking behavior and almost exclusively internal interactions. We have studied structural defects and instabilities in tilted smectic FSLCFs of many different materials over a wide range of layer numbers. Our observations show that the range of possible phases, structural defects and instabilities in these films is considerably broader than previously realized. Here, we report our studies of string defects, twist-bend instabilities and splay instabilities in FSLCFs. Until now, the defects identified in tilted smectic films are point topological defects of unit topological charge, in which the tilt orientation changes by +/-2pi upon traveling once around the defect point. We have discovered a variety of new defects in 2D tilted smectic systems (the "string" defects) in which there is discontinuity in tilt orientation along a line. We also find associated fractionally charged topological point defect structures. Our observations indicate the presence of additional stabilization mechanisms for 2D line defects and open the way for study of line defects in 2D systems. Some of the most interesting structures in liquid crystals arise as a result of internal frustration. These are situations in which the local energetically ideal configuration cannot be extended to fill space, but must be accommodated by the appearance of defects, often in periodic arrays. We have discovered two new frustrated phases in FSLCFs: the twist-bend stripe phase and the splay stripe phase. The twist-bend stripe phase is formed in an achiral compound with one aliphatic and one perfluoroalkyl chain and is a novel example of spontaneous chiral-symmetry breaking. This phase transition is mainly driven by the interior twist field generated by the steric interaction of molecules in non-polar films. The splay stripe phase, on the other hand, arises as a result of a polar ordering phase separation, and the instability of the ensuing domain boundaries.

  10. Silicon dioxide nanoporous structure with liquid crystal for optical sensors

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    Sushynskyi, Orest; Vistak, Maria; Gotra, Zenon; Fechan, Andriy; Mikityuk, Zinoviy

    2013-05-01

    It has been studied the spectral characteristics of the porous silicon dioxide and cholesteric liquid crystal. It has been shown that doping of the EE1 cholesteric liquid crystal with Fe3O4 magnetite nanoparticles doesn't shift significantly the position of the transmittance minimum of the material. It has been found that the deformation of chiral pitch of cholesteric liquid crystal with magnetite is observed in case of doping of porous nanocomposite host with following shifting of minimum of transmittance into short wavelength direction. It has been shown that influence of carbon monoxide on optical characteristics of the cholesteric liquid crystal with magnetite can be explained by the interaction of CARBON MONOXIDE molecules with magnetite nanodopants.

  11. Understanding molecular crystal structures at extreme conditions 

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    Funnell, Nicholas Paul

    2012-06-22

    Understanding the structure of matter in the solid state could be considered as being one of ‘the big questions’ in chemistry. Whereas the structural behaviour of molecules in the gas phase is relatively well-understood, ...

  12. Managing Training Materials with Structured Text Design.

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    Streit, Les D.; And Others

    1986-01-01

    Describes characteristics of structured text design; benefits of its use in training; benefits for developers of training materials and steps in preparing training materials. A case study illustrating how the structured text design process solved the sales training needs of the Mercedes-Benz Truck Company is presented. (MBR)

  13. Dipole Parallel Alignment in the Crystal Structure of a Polar Biphenyl: 4-Acetyl-4-Methoxybiphenyl (AMB)

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    Glaser, Rainer

    Dipole Parallel Alignment in the Crystal Structure of a Polar Biphenyl: 4-Acetyl-4-Methoxybiphenyl) was synthesized via a catalytic Suzuki cross-coupling reaction, and the crystal structure was determined, and the crystals are noncentrosymmetric, space group Pna21. The crystal structure of AMB features parallel

  14. Crystal structure of human muscle creatine kinase

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    Shen, Yue-quan; Tang, Liang; Zhou, Hai-Meng; Lin, Zheng-jiong

    2001-08-01

    (Muhlebach et al., 1994) and they have high amino-acid sequence identity. Since 1996, several creatine kinase crystal struc- tures have been solved, including mitochondrial CK from sarcomas (sMtCK; Fritz- Wolf et al., 1996), MM-type CK from rabbit (RCK; Rao... of rabbit muscle creatine kinase determined at 2.4 A Ê (Rao et al., 1998) with high sequence identity (?96%) was selected as a search model. Residues with discrepant sequences were replaced with alanine. In the early stage of the molecular replacement...

  15. Rhombohedral cubic semiconductor materials on trigonal substrate with single crystal properties and devices based on such materials

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    Park, Yeonjoon (Inventor); Choi, Sang Hyouk (Inventor); King, Glen C. (Inventor); Elliott, James R. (Inventor)

    2012-01-01

    Growth conditions are developed, based on a temperature-dependent alignment model, to enable formation of cubic group IV, group II-V and group II-VI crystals in the [111] orientation on the basal (0001) plane of trigonal crystal substrates, controlled such that the volume percentage of primary twin crystal is reduced from about 40% to about 0.3%, compared to the majority single crystal. The control of stacking faults in this and other embodiments can yield single crystalline semiconductors based on these materials that are substantially without defects, or improved thermoelectric materials with twinned crystals for phonon scattering while maintaining electrical integrity. These methods can selectively yield a cubic-on-trigonal epitaxial semiconductor material in which the cubic layer is substantially either directly aligned, or 60 degrees-rotated from, the underlying trigonal material.

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

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

    1994-08-23

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

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

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    Payne, Stephen A. (Castro Valley, CA); Kway, Wayne L. (Fremont, CA); DeLoach, Laura D. (Manteca, CA); Krupke, William F. (Pleasanton, CA); Chai, Bruce H. T. (Oviedo, FL)

    1994-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-07-01

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

  19. Conical photonic crystals for enhancing light extraction efficiency from high refractive index materials.

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    Kim, Jeong-Gil; Hsieh, Chih-Hung; Choi, Hyungryul J; Gardener, Jules; Singh, Bipin; Knapitsch, Arno; Lecoq, Paul; Barbastathis, George

    2015-08-24

    We propose, analyze and optimize a two-dimensional conical photonic crystal geometry to enhance light extraction from a high refractive index material, such as an inorganic scintillator. The conical geometry suppresses Fresnel reflections at an optical interface due to adiabatic impedance matching from a gradient index effect. The periodic array of cone structures with a pitch larger than the wavelength of light diffracts light into higher-order modes with different propagating angles, enabling certain photons to overcome total internal reflection (TIR). The numerical simulation shows simultaneous light yield gains relative to a flat surface both below and above the critical angle and how key parameters affect the light extraction efficiency. Our optimized design provides a 46% gain in light yield when the conical photonic crystals are coated on an LSO (cerium-doped lutetium oxyorthosilicate) scintillator. PMID:26368241

  20. Dynamic structure of superionic protons in hydrogen fluoride crystal

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    Ohde, Yoshiyuki; Tsumuraya, Kazuo

    2013-03-01

    Hydrogen fluoride crystal forms zig-zag chains of hydrogen fluoride molecules forming covalent bond between them. Goldman et al.(J. Chem. Phys.125,044501(2006).) have found the superionic state of the protons in the hydrogen fluoride crystal at 900 K and beyond the pressures at 33 GPa. The present study elucidates the dynamic structure of the protons in the superionic state of the crystal at the extreme conditions with the first principles molecular dynamics method. The strong covalent bond between the proton and the fluorine in the conductor has shown a different dynamic structure from that in the ?-CuI The protons in the conductor are bonded with the nearest fluorine and the other protons are located at incommensurate sites of the bcc fluorine lattice. This is a different dynamic structure from the formation of the incommensurate dynamic copper dimers in the ?-CuI.(Tsumuraya et al . J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 81,055603(2012).)

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

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

    2012-07-02

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

  2. Yolk spherocrystal: the structure, composition and liquid crystal template.

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    Tong, Hua; Wan, Peng; Ma, Wentao; Zhong, Guirong; Cao, Lianxin; Hu, Jiming

    2008-07-01

    The structure and composition of the yolk spherocrystal, a biomineral developed in the egg yolk sac during the incubation of a chicken embryo, were investigated through various modern analytical methods. Additionally, inside the yolk sac, yolk liquid crystal, a liquid crystalline phase of lipid developed during the incubation of the embryo, was found and investigated. The spherocrystal was found to be a composite composed of calcium carbonate (vaterite and calcite, primarily the former) and the yolk liquid crystal, which is believed to act as an organic template for spherocrystals mineralization, in a concentric multi-layered sphere structure. Moreover, the yolk liquid crystal was found to have a concentric multi-layered spherical structure and a composition consistent with lecithin. We believed that the spherocrystals function as a reservoir for the storage of calcium in the egg yolk sac during the development of the embryo. PMID:18485735

  3. Structures and materials technology for hypersonic aerospacecraft

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    Mccomb, Harvey G., Jr.; Murrow, Harold N.; Card, Michael F.

    1990-01-01

    Major considerations in structural design of a transatmospheric aerospacecraft are discussed. The general direction of progress in structures and materials technology is indicated, and technical areas in structures and materials where further research and development is necessary are indicated. Various structural concepts under study and materials which appear to be most applicable are discussed. Structural design criteria are discussed with particular attention to the factor-of-safety approach and the probabilistic approach. Structural certification requirements for the aerospacecraft are discussed. The kinds of analyses and tests which would be required to certify the structural integrity, safety, and durability of the aerospacecraft are discussed, and the type of test facility needed to perform structural certification tests is identified.

  4. A hybrid computational-experimental approach for automated crystal structure solution.

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    Meredig, Bryce; Wolverton, C

    2013-02-01

    Crystal structure solution from diffraction experiments is one of the most fundamental tasks in materials science, chemistry, physics and geology. Unfortunately, numerous factors render this process labour intensive and error prone. Experimental conditions, such as high pressure or structural metastability, often complicate characterization. Furthermore, many materials of great modern interest, such as batteries and hydrogen storage media, contain light elements such as Li and H that only weakly scatter X-rays. Finally, structural refinements generally require significant human input and intuition, as they rely on good initial guesses for the target structure. To address these many challenges, we demonstrate a new hybrid approach, first-principles-assisted structure solution (FPASS), which combines experimental diffraction data, statistical symmetry information and first-principles-based algorithmic optimization to automatically solve crystal structures. We demonstrate the broad utility of FPASS to clarify four important crystal structure debates: the hydrogen storage candidates MgNH and NH(3)BH(3); Li(2)O(2), relevant to Li-air batteries; and high-pressure silane, SiH(4). PMID:23178265

  5. Structure of ice crystallized from supercooled water

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

    2012-01-01

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

  6. Crystal Structure of Bacillus subtilis ?-Amylase in Complex with Acarbose

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    Kagawa, Masayuki; Fujimoto, Zui; Momma, Mitsuru; Takase, Kenji; Mizuno, Hiroshi

    2003-01-01

    The crystal structure of Bacillus subtilis ?-amylase, in complex with the pseudotetrasaccharide inhibitor acarbose, revealed an hexasaccharide in the active site as a result of transglycosylation. After comparison with the known structure of the catalytic-site mutant complexed with the native substrate maltopentaose, it is suggested that the present structure represents a mimic intermediate in the initial stage of the catalytic process. PMID:14617662

  7. In situ studies of a platform for metastable inorganic crystal growth and materials discovery

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    Shoemaker, Daniel P.; Hu, Yung-Jin; Chung, Duck Young; Halder, Gregory J.; Chupas, Peter J.; Soderholm, L.; Mitchell, J. F.; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G.

    2014-01-01

    Rapid shifts in the energy, technological, and environmental demands of materials science call for focused and efficient expansion of the library of functional inorganic compounds. To achieve the requisite efficiency, we need a materials discovery and optimization paradigm that can rapidly reveal all possible compounds for a given reaction and composition space. Here we provide such a paradigm via in situ X-ray diffraction measurements spanning solid, liquid flux, and recrystallization processes. We identify four new ternary sulfides from reactive salt fluxes in a matter of hours, simultaneously revealing routes for ex situ synthesis and crystal growth. Changing the flux chemistry, here accomplished by increasing sulfur content, permits comparison of the allowable crystalline building blocks in each reaction space. The speed and structural information inherent to this method of in situ synthesis provide an experimental complement to computational efforts to predict new compounds and uncover routes to targeted materials by design. PMID:25024201

  8. In situ studies of a platform for metastable inorganic crystal growth and materials discovery.

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    Shoemaker, Daniel P; Hu, Yung-Jin; Chung, Duck Young; Halder, Gregory J; Chupas, Peter J; Soderholm, L; Mitchell, J F; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G

    2014-07-29

    Rapid shifts in the energy, technological, and environmental demands of materials science call for focused and efficient expansion of the library of functional inorganic compounds. To achieve the requisite efficiency, we need a materials discovery and optimization paradigm that can rapidly reveal all possible compounds for a given reaction and composition space. Here we provide such a paradigm via in situ X-ray diffraction measurements spanning solid, liquid flux, and recrystallization processes. We identify four new ternary sulfides from reactive salt fluxes in a matter of hours, simultaneously revealing routes for ex situ synthesis and crystal growth. Changing the flux chemistry, here accomplished by increasing sulfur content, permits comparison of the allowable crystalline building blocks in each reaction space. The speed and structural information inherent to this method of in situ synthesis provide an experimental complement to computational efforts to predict new compounds and uncover routes to targeted materials by design. PMID:25024201

  9. Structural diversity in hybrid organic-inorganic lead iodide materials.

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    Weber, Oliver J; Marshall, Kayleigh L; Dyson, Lewis M; Weller, Mark T

    2015-12-01

    The structural chemistry of hybrid organic-inorganic lead iodide materials has become of increasing significance for energy applications since the discovery and development of perovskite solar cells based on methylammonium lead iodide. Seven new hybrid lead iodide compounds have been synthesized and structurally characterized using single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The lead iodide units in materials templated with bipyridyl, 1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)ethane, 1,2-di(4-pyridyl)ethylene and imidazole adopt one-dimensional chain structures, while crystallization from solutions containing piperazinium cations generates a salt containing isolated [PbI6](4-) octahedral anions. Templating with 4-chlorobenzylammonium lead iodide adopts the well known two-dimensional layered perovskite structure with vertex shared sheets of composition [PbI4](2-) separated by double layers of organic cations. The relationships between the various structures determined, their compositions, stability and hydrogen bonding between the protonated amine and the iodide ions of the PbI6 octahedra are described. PMID:26634723

  10. Mechanics of Materials and Structures

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    Vaziri, Ashkan

    . Fluid-structure interaction experiments were performed to (i) demonstrate the benefits of sandwich imprinting/punch through/tearing and stretching of the front face sheet for the pyramidal truss core panels and summarized and compared with honeycombs in [Wadley 2006]. Keywords: fluid-structure interaction, sandwich

  11. The crystal structure of methenyltetrahydromethanopterin cyclohydrolase from Methanobrevibacter ruminantium.

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    Carbone, Vincenzo; Schofield, Linley R; Beattie, Amy K; Sutherland-Smith, Andrew J; Ronimus, Ron S

    2013-11-01

    Methenyltetrahydromethanopterin cyclohydrolase (Mch) is involved in the methanogenesis pathway of archaea as a C1 unit carrier where N(5) -formyl-tetrahydromethanopterin is converted to methenyl-tetrahydromethanopterin. Mch from Methanobrevibacter ruminantium was cloned, purified, crystallized and its crystal structure solved at 1.37 Å resolution. A biologically active trimer, the enzyme is composed of two domains including an N-terminal domain of six ?-helices encompassing a series of four ?-sheets and a predominantly anti-parallel ?-sheet at the C-terminus flanked on one side by ?-helices. Sequence and structural alignments have helped identify residues involved in substrate binding and trimer formation. PMID:23873651

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

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

    1964-01-01

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

  13. Recent global trends in structural materials research

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    Murakami, Hideyuki; Ohmura, Takahito; Nishimura, Toshiyuki

    2013-02-01

    Structural materials support the basis of global society, such as infrastructure and transportation facilities, and are therefore essential for everyday life. The optimization of such materials allows people to overcome environmental, energy and resource depletion issues on a global scale. The creation and manufacture of structural materials make a large contribution to economies around the world every year. The use of strong, resistant materials can also have profound social effects, providing a better quality of life at both local and national levels. The Great East Japan Earthquake of 11 March 2011 caused significant structural damage in the Tohoku and Kanto regions of Japan. On a global scale, accidents caused by the ageing and failure of structural materials occur on a daily basis. Therefore, the provision and inspection of structural reliability, safety of nuclear power facilities and construction of a secure and safe society hold primary importance for researchers and engineers across the world. Clearly, structural materials need to evolve further to address both existing problems and prepare for new challenges that may be faced in the future. With this in mind, the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) organized the 'NIMS Conference 2012' to host an extensive discussion on a variety of global issues related to the future development of structural materials. Ranging from reconstruction following natural disasters, verification of structural reliability, energy-saving materials to fundamental problems accompanying the development of materials for high safety standards, the conference covered many key issues in the materials industry today. All the above topics are reflected in this focus issue of STAM, which introduces recent global trends in structural materials research with contributions from world-leading researchers in this field. This issue covers the development of novel alloys, current methodologies in the characterization of structural materials and fundamental research on structure-property relationships. We are grateful to the authors who contributed to cover these issues, and sincerely hope that our readers will expand their knowledge of emerging international research within the field of structural materials.

  14. HSCT materials and structures: An MDC perspective

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    Sutton, Jay O.

    1992-01-01

    The key High Speed Civil Transport (HSCT) features which control the materials selection are discussed. Materials are selected based on weight and production economics. The top-down and bottoms-up approaches to material selection are compared for the Mach 2.4 study baseline aircraft. The key materials and structures related tasks which remain to be accomplished prior to proceeding with the building of the HSCT aircraft are examined.

  15. Adaptive Materials with Polydomain Structures

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    Yu, Yongsik

    1995-01-01

    The goal of this study is to carry out the thermodynamic analysis of equilibrium domain evolution in adaptive composites containing active polydomain components (ferroelastic or ferroelectric polydomain phases) under external mechanical and electric fields. Multilayer composites are considered. The stress fields and associated elastic energies as well as the polarizations and associated electrostatic energies for possible domain structures are evaluated. The dependence of the equilibrium domain structures, on the active layer thickness and the relative misfit strain between layers, is described. It is shown that there are structural transitions from one domain structure to another one, when the thickness of an active layer exceeds some critical value. If the mobility of the domain boundaries is high, the polydomain structure changes under external mechanical and electric fields, and therefore it adapts to various external conditions. The domain interface movement, under mechanical and electric fields, determines the superelastic reversible deformation of the adaptive composites. Evolution of domain structures, under uniaxial mechanical stress and different direction of electric fields with respect to the plane of an active layer, are calculated. It is demonstrated that the polydomain component can significantly decrease the effective elastic modulus of the composite. A bias electric field can reduce this superelastic effect. The combination of mechanical stress and electric fields control the evolution of domain structures, therefore, it allows one to govern the mechanical and electrical properties of the adaptive composites.

  16. Biomimetic photonic materials with tunable structural colors.

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    Xu, Jun; Guo, Zhiguang

    2013-09-15

    Nature is a huge gallery of art involving nearly perfect structures and forms over the millions of years developing. Inspiration from natural structures exhibiting structural colors is first discussed. We give some examples of natural one-, two-, and three-dimensional photonic structures. This review article presents a brief summary of recent progress on bio-inspired photonic materials with variable structural colors, including the different facile and efficient routes to construct the nano-architectures, and the development of the artificial variable structural color photonic materials. Besides the superior optical properties, the excellent functions such as robust mechanical strength, good wettability are also mentioned, as well as the technical importance in various applications. This review will provide significant insight into the fabrication, design and application of the structural color materials. PMID:23816221

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

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    Bausch, Andreas R.

    2004-03-01

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

  18. Formation of the structure of gold nanoclusters during crystallization

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

    2013-02-15

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

  19. Photonic Crystal Glucose-Sensing Material for Noninvasive Monitoring of Glucose in Tear Fluid

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    Asher, Sanford A.

    Photonic Crystal Glucose-Sensing Material for Noninvasive Monitoring of Glucose in Tear Fluid developed a photonic crystal glucose-sensing material (Alexeev et al., Anal Chem 2003;75:2316­23), which this approach for applica- tion to noninvasive or minimally invasive monitoring of glucose. Methods: We used new

  20. Materials and structures/ACEE

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1981-01-01

    Light weight composites made from graphite fibers, glass, or man made materials held in an epoxy matrix, and their application to airframe design are reviewed. The Aircraft Energy Efficiency program is discussed. Characteristics of composites, acceptable risks, building parts and confidence, and aeroelastic tailoring are considered.

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

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

    2009-01-01

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

  2. Microstructure of Li(Mn{sub 1/3}Ni{sub 1/3}Co{sub 1/3})O{sub 2} cathode material for lithium ion battery: Dependence of crystal structure on calcination and heat-treatment temperature

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    Kabi, S.; Ghosh, A.

    2013-09-01

    Graphical abstract: TEM micrograph of Li(Mn{sub 1/3}Ni{sub 1/3}Co{sub 1/3})O{sub 2} compound calcined at 900 °C. - Highlights: • Synthesis condition of Li(Mn{sub 1/3}Ni{sub 1/3}Co{sub 1/3})O{sub 2} compound was optimized. • Effect of calcination and heat treatment on the structure was investigated. • Controlled heat-treatment reduced cation mixing and improved structural ordering. • Calcination and heat-treatment condition affected distribution of particle size. - Abstract: Cathode compounds of composition Li(Mn{sub 1/3}Ni{sub 1/3}Co{sub 1/3})O{sub 2} have been prepared by calcination of the precursor materials at 700, 800, 900 and 1000 °C for 24 h and by subsequent heat-treatments at 1100 °C for 4–6 h. It has been observed that the structural ordering and particle size increase with increasing calcination temperature. The compounds calcined at 700 °C and 800 °C are not well-crystallized, but the distribution of particles is uniform. However, the compounds calcined at 900 °C and 1000 °C are well-crystallized with a non-uniform distribution of particles. The compounds calcined at 900 °C are well-crystallized with a well-ordered hexagonal structure. The samples calcined at 800 °C and heat treated at 1100 °C for 4 h also show same structure. They have smooth surface morphology with uniform distribution of particles in the sub-micron (0.15–0.40 ?m) range and less amount of cation mixing.

  3. Utilization of Protein Crystal Structures in Industry

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    Ishikawa, Kohki

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

  4. Crystal structure of a eukaryotic phosphate transporter.

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    Pedersen, Bjørn P; Kumar, Hemant; Waight, Andrew B; Risenmay, Aaron J; Roe-Zurz, Zygy; Chau, Bryant H; Schlessinger, Avner; Bonomi, Massimiliano; Harries, William; Sali, Andrej; Johri, Atul K; Stroud, Robert M

    2013-04-25

    Phosphate is crucial for structural and metabolic needs, including nucleotide and lipid synthesis, signalling and chemical energy storage. Proton-coupled transporters of the major facilitator superfamily (MFS) are essential for phosphate uptake in plants and fungi, and also have a function in sensing external phosphate levels as transceptors. Here we report the 2.9?Å structure of a fungal (Piriformospora indica) high-affinity phosphate transporter, PiPT, in an inward-facing occluded state, with bound phosphate visible in the membrane-buried binding site. The structure indicates both proton and phosphate exit pathways and suggests a modified asymmetrical 'rocker-switch' mechanism of phosphate transport. PiPT is related to several human transporter families, most notably the organic cation and anion transporters of the solute carrier family (SLC22), which are implicated in cancer-drug resistance. We modelled representative cation and anion SLC22 transporters based on the PiPT structure to surmise the structural basis for substrate binding and charge selectivity in this important family. The PiPT structure demonstrates and expands on principles of substrate transport by the MFS transporters and illuminates principles of phosphate uptake in particular. PMID:23542591

  5. Influence law of structural characteristics on the surface roughness of a magnetorheological-finished KDP crystal.

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    Chen, Shaoshan; Li, Shengyi; Hu, Hao; Li, Qi; Tie, Guipeng

    2014-11-01

    A new nonaqueous and abrasive-free magnetorheological finishing (MRF) method is adopted for processing potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KDP) crystal due to its low hardness, high brittleness, temperature sensitivity, and water solubility. This paper researches the influence of structural characteristics on the surface roughness of MRF-finished KDP crystal. The material removal by dissolution is uniform layer by layer when the polishing parameters are stable. The angle between the direction of the polishing wheel's linear velocity and the initial turning lines will affect the surface roughness. If the direction is perpendicular to the initial turning lines, the polishing can remove the lines. If the direction is parallel to the initial turning lines, the polishing can achieve better surface roughness. The structural characteristic of KDP crystal is related to its internal chemical bonds due to its anisotropy. During the MRF finishing process, surface roughness will be improved if the structural characteristics of the KDP crystal are the same on both sides of the wheel. The processing results of (001) plane crystal show we can get the best surface roughness (RMS of 0.809 nm) if the directions of cutting and MRF polishing are along the (110) direction. PMID:25402879

  6. Structural Properties and Melting of 2D-Plasma Crystals

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    Knapek, C.; Samsonov, D.; Zhdanov, S.; Konopka, U.; Morfill, G.E.

    2005-10-31

    Melting of a monolayer plasma crystal was induced by an electric pulse. We investigated, how structural parameters like defect fraction and correlation lengths as well as dynamical properties like the particle kinetic energy changed during the recrystallisation. As an indication of the phase transition, the change of the Lindemann parameter and the Coulomb coupling parameter were considered.

  7. CRYSTAL STRUCTURES OF THE AND PHASES PRESSURE(GPa)

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    Rodríguez, Fernando

    CRYSTAL STRUCTURES OF THE AND PHASES . PRESSURE(GPa) TEMPERATURE (K) PHASE DIAGRAM FOR CuMoO4 ab.302 7.977 94.76 103.35 103.26 -phase -phase COLOUR: GREEN BROWNISH RED Coordination geometry around Cu2 (brownish red phase). · The -phase is more compact than the normal -phase. The phase transition is of first

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

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

    2015-03-15

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

  9. Crystal Structure and Formation Energy of -carbide Using First

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    Cambridge, University of

    Crystal Structure and Formation Energy of -carbide Using First Principles CalculationsIntroduction · Martensite (') -carbide -carbide -carbide Cementite () · Silicon promotes the formation of -carbide below-456(2008) 900, 100s 200, 20s 250, 30 s Ms = 302(1.0 wt%Si), 293 (1.7 wt%Si) 1.0wt% Si : No -carbide 1.7wt% Si

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

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    Douglas, Bodie

    2009-01-01

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

  11. ~ Animation of Crystal Structure Variations with Pressure, Temperature and Composition

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    Downs, Robert T.

    ~ Animation of Crystal Structure Variations with Pressure, Temperature and Composition Robert T as a function of temperature, pressure and composition. Examples of these animations are found on the cover another is an effective way to make the computer animations. This paper presents an outline

  12. Crystal Structure of the Bacillus subtilis Superoxide Dismutase

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

    2008-06-01

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

  13. A preliminary review of organic materials single crystal growth by the Czochralski technique

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    Penn, B. G.; Shields, A. W.; Frazier, D. O.

    1988-01-01

    The growth of single crystals of organic compounds by the Czochralski method is reviewed. From the literature it is found that single crystals of benzil, a nonlinear optical material with a d sub 11 value of 11.2 + or - 1.5 x d sub 11 value of alpha quartz, has fewer dislocations than generally contained in Bridgman crystals. More perfect crystals were grown by repeated Czochralski growth. This consists of etching away the defect-containing portion of a Czochralski grown crystal and using it as a seed for further growth. Other compounds used to grow single crystals are benzophenone, 12-tricosanone (laurone), and salol. The physical properties, growth apparatus, and processing conditions presented in the literature are discussed. Moreover, some of the possible advantages of growing single crystals of organic compounds in microgravity to obtain more perfect crystals than on Earth are reviewed.

  14. Revolutionary opportunities for materials and structures study

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    Schweiger, F.A.

    1987-02-01

    The revolutionary opportunities for materials and structures study was performed to provide Government and Industry focus for advanced materials technology. Both subsonic and supersonic engine studies and aircraft fuel burn and DOC evaluation are examined. Year 2010 goal materials were used in the advanced engine studies. These goal materials and improved component aero yielded subsonic fuel burn and DOC improvements of 13.4 percent and 5 percent, respectively and supersonic fuel burn and DOC improvements of 21.5 percent and 18 percent, respectively. Conclusions are that the supersonic study engine yielded fuel burn and DOC improvements well beyond the program goals; therefore, it is appropriate that advanced material programs be considered.

  15. Revolutionary opportunities for materials and structures study

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    Schweiger, F. A.

    1987-01-01

    The revolutionary opportunities for materials and structures study was performed to provide Government and Industry focus for advanced materials technology. Both subsonic and supersonic engine studies and aircraft fuel burn and DOC evaluation are examined. Year 2010 goal materials were used in the advanced engine studies. These goal materials and improved component aero yielded subsonic fuel burn and DOC improvements of 13.4 percent and 5 percent, respectively and supersonic fuel burn and DOC improvements of 21.5 percent and 18 percent, respectively. Conclusions are that the supersonic study engine yielded fuel burn and DOC improvements well beyond the program goals; therefore, it is appropriate that advanced material programs be considered.

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

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

    2014-05-01

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

  17. Intermetallic crystal structures as foams. Beyond Frank-Kasper.

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    Bonneau, Charlotte; O'Keeffe, Michael

    2015-02-01

    In many intermetallic structures, the atoms and bonds divide space into tilings by tetrahedra. The well-known Frank-Kasper phases are examples. The dual tilings divide space into a tiling by polyhedra that is topologically a foam. The number of faces of the dual polyhedron corresponds to the atom coordination number in the direct structure, and face sharing by adjacent polyhedra corresponds to bonds in the direct structure. A number of commonly occurring intermetallic crystal structures are shown as their duals. A major advantage of this alternative mode of depiction is that coordination of all of the atoms can be seen simultaneously. PMID:25247234

  18. Crystal structure of interleukin 8: Symbiosis of NMR and crystallography

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    Baldwin, E.T.; Weber, I.T.; St. Charles, R.; Xuan, Jiancheng; Matsushima, Kouji; Wlodawer, A. ); Appella, E.; Clore, G.M.; Gronenborn, A.M. ); Yamada, Masaki ); Edwards, B.F.P. )

    1991-01-15

    The crystal structure of a host defense system chemotactic factor, interleukin 8, has been solved by molecular replacement using as a model the solution structure derived from nuclear magnetic resonance experiments. The structure was refined with 2 {angstrom} x-ray data to an R factor of 0.817. A comparison indicates some potential differences between the structure in solution and in the crystalline state. The analysis also predicts that residues 4 through 9 on the amino terminus and the {beta}-bend, which includes His-33, may be important for receptor binding.

  19. Crystal structure of GnsA from Escherichia coli.

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    Wei, Yong; Zhan, Lihong; Gao, Zengqiang; Privé, Gilbert G; Dong, Yuhui

    2015-06-19

    Escherichia Coli GnsA is a regulator of phosphatidylethanolamine synthesis and functions as a suppressor of both a secG null mutation and fabA6 mutations. GnsA may also be a toxin with the cognate antitoxin YmcE. Here we report the crystal structure of GnsA to 1.8 Å. GnsA forms a V shaped hairpin structure that is tightly associated into a homodimer. Our comprehensive structural study suggests that GnsA is structurally similar to an outer membrane protein, suggesting a function of protein binding. PMID:25839658

  20. The Influence of Reduced Gravity on the Crystal Growth of Electronic Materials

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    Su, Ching-Hua; Gillies, D. C.; Szofran, F. R.; Watring, D. A.; Lehoczky, S. L.

    1996-01-01

    The imperfections in the grown crystals of electronic materials, such as compositional nonuniformity, dopant segregation and crystalline structural defects, are detrimental to the performance of the opto-electronic devices. Some of these imperfections can be attributed to effects caused by Earth gravity during crystal growth process and four areas have been identified as the uniqueness of material processing in reduced gravity environment. The significant results of early flight experiments, i.e. prior to space shuttle era, are briefly reviewed followed by an elaborated review on the recent flight experiments conducted on shuttle missions. The results are presented for two major growth methods of electronic materials: melt and vapor growth. The use of an applied magnetic field in the melt growth of electrically conductive melts on Earth to simulate the conditions of reduced gravity has been investigated and it is believed that the superimposed effect of moderate magnetic fields and the reduced gravity environment of space can result in reduction of convective intensities to the extent unreachable by the exclusive use of magnet on Earth or space processing. In the Discussions section each of the significant results of the flight experiments is attributed to one of the four effects of reduced gravity and the unresolved problems on the measured mass fluxes in some of the vapor transport flight experiments are discussed.

  1. Crystal Structure of Triosephosphate Isomerase from Trypanosoma cruzi in Hexane

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    Gao, Xiu-Gong; Maldonado, Ernesto; Perez-Montfort, Ruy; Garza-Ramos, Georgina; Tuena de Gomez-Puyou, Marietta; Gomez-Puyou, Armando; Rodriguez-Romero, Adela

    1999-08-01

    To gain insight into the mechanisms of enzyme catalysis in organic solvents, the x-ray structure of some monomeric enzymes in organic solvents was determined. However, it remained to be explored whether the structure of oligomeric proteins is also amenable to such analysis. The field acquired new perspectives when it was proposed that the x-ray structure of enzymes in nonaqueous media could reveal binding sites for organic solvents that in principle could represent the starting point for drug design. Here, a crystal of the dimeric enzyme triosephosphate isomerase from the pathogenic parasite Trypanosoma cruzi was soaked and diffracted in hexane and its structure solved at 2- angstrom resolution. Its overall structure and the dimer interface were not altered by hexane. However, there were differences in the orientation of the side chains of several amino acids, including that of the catalytic Glu-168 in one of the monomers. No hexane molecules were detected in the active site or in the dimer interface. However, three hexane molecules were identified on the surface of the protein at sites, which in the native crystal did not have water molecules. The number of water molecules in the hexane structure was higher than in the native crystal. Two hexanes localized at <4 angstrom from residues that form the dimer interface; they were in close proximity to a site that has been considered a potential target for drug design.

  2. Synthesis of Two-Photon Materials and Two-Photon Liquid Crystals

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    Subramaniam, Girija

    2001-01-01

    The duration of the grant was interrupted by two major accidents that the PI met with-- an auto accident in Pasadena, CA during her second summer at JPL which took almost eight months for recovery and a second accident during Fall 2000 that left her in crutches for the entire semester. Further, the time released agreed by the University was not given in a timely fashion. The candidate has been given post-grant expire time off. In spite of all these problems, the PI synthesized a number of new two-photon materials and studied the structure-activity correlation to arrive at the best-optimized structure. The PI's design proved to be one of the best in the sense that these materials has a hitherto unreported two-photon absorption cross section. Many materials based on PI's design was later made by the NASA colleague. This is Phase 1. Phase II of this grant is to orate liquid crystalline nature into this potentially useful materials and is currently in progress. Recent observations of nano- and pico-second response time of homeotropically aligned liquid crystals suggest their inherent potentials to act as laser hardening materials, i.e., as protective devices against short laser pulses. The objective of the current project is to exploit this potential by the synthesis of liquid crystals with high optical nonlinearity and optimizing their performance. The PI is trying structural variations to bring in liquid crystalline nature without losing the high two-photon cross section. Both Phase I and Phase II led to many invited presentations and publications in reputed journals like 'Science' and 'Molecular Crystals'. The list of presentations and reprints are enclosed. Another important and satisfying outcome of this grant is the opportunity that this grant offered to the budding undergraduate scientists to get involved in a visible research of international importance. All the students had a chance to learn a lot during research, had the opportunity to present their work at the National level conferences. They continue to retain their interest in their research and went on to accomplish further laurels.

  3. Module: Material Structure Focus: Allotropes of Sulfur

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    Rowley, Clarence W.

    Module: Material Structure Focus: Allotropes of Sulfur Duration: 43 minute period Contact: Daniel to define the term "allotrope." 4. Students will be able to compare and contrast the 3 allotropes of sulfur. Materials: Vegetable Oil Safety Goggles Powdered Sulfur Bunsen Burner Filter Paper Test Tube Cold Distilled

  4. Module: Material Structure Focus: Adhesion & Cohesion

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    Rowley, Clarence W.

    Module: Material Structure Focus: Adhesion & Cohesion Duration: 43 minute period Contact: Daniel will develop a working understanding of adhesion and cohesion. Materials: Water Pipette (or Dropper) Plastic and illustrate the terms "adhesion" and "cohesion." 3. Students will complete a lab on adhesion and cohesion

  5. Plastics as structural materials for aircraft

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    Kline, G M

    1937-01-01

    The purpose here is to consider the mechanical characteristics of reinforced phenol-formaldehyde resin as related to its use as structural material for aircraft. Data and graphs that have appeared in the literature are reproduced to illustrate the comparative behavior of plastics and materials commonly used in aircraft construction. Materials are characterized as to density, static strength, modulus of elasticity, resistance to long-time loading, strength under repeated impact, energy absorption, corrosion resistance, and ease of fabrication.

  6. Electrical, structural, and chemical characterization of silicon sheet materials

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    Ast, D. G.; Hyland, S. L.

    1985-01-01

    Progress on the electrical, structural, and chemical characterization of silicon sheet material is reported. In the study on high temperature deformation of dendritic web ribbon, experimental creep tests were performed in four point bending under constant load conditions, and unusual behavior was observed. Also, measurements of oxygen content in web ribbon were made. Two conclusions reached are creep behavior of web which is very different from any seen for single crystal silicon and oxygen level in web silicon which is near the saturation level at the melting point of silicon.

  7. Structural Organization of {pi} Conjugated Highly Luminescent Molecular Material

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    Toudic, B.; Limelette, P.; Le Gac, F.; Moreac, A.; Rabiller, P.; Froyer, G.

    2005-11-18

    We report on striking evidence for a room temperature structural phase instability in p-hexaphenyl, inducing a nonplanar conformation of the molecules. Solid state proton NMR and single crystal x-ray diffraction allow the analysis of the organization, the individual dynamics and the involved symmetry breaking. The analysis of Raman spectra above and below room temperature reveals a singular behavior suggesting a modification of the overlap between the electronic wave function induced by the nonplanarity. These results provide a new basis to answer fundamental issues related to molecular and electronic materials and, in particular, luminescent organic devices.

  8. Structural and thermal properties of MnSi single crystal

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    Tite, T.; Shu, G. J.; Chou, F. C.; Chang, Y.-M.

    2010-07-01

    Polarized Raman spectroscopy of MnSi single crystal was carried out to characterize its phonons, crystal structure, and thermal stability. The Raman spectra show correct Raman selection rules and consistence with those of the other transition metal silicide compounds. The MnSi thermal stability and phase transformation is investigated by monitoring the evolution of Raman spectrum as a function of the laser intensity, in which three compositions, MnSi, MnSiO3, and Mn5Si3, can be identified. The involved oxidation reaction is then proposed and verified by performing the thermogravimetric and x-ray diffraction analysis.

  9. Crystal structure of alpha poly-p-xylylene.

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    Kubo, S.; Wunderlich, B.

    1971-01-01

    A crystal structure of alpha poly-p-xylylene is proposed with the help of data of oriented crystals grown during polymerization. The unit cell is monoclinic with the parameters a = 8.57 A, b = 10.62 A, c = 6.54 A (chain axis), and beta = 101.3 deg. Four repeating units per cell lead to a calculated density of 1.185 g/cu cm and a packing density of 0.71. The probable space group is P2 sub 1/m.

  10. Graphene as a protein crystal mounting material to reduce background scatter

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    Wierman, Jennifer L.; Alden, Jonathan S.; Kim, Chae Un; McEuen, Paul L.; Gruner, Sol M.

    2013-01-01

    The overall signal-to-noise ratio per unit dose for X-ray diffraction data from protein crystals can be improved by reducing the mass and density of all material surrounding the crystals. This article demonstrates a path towards the practical ultimate in background reduction by use of atomically thin graphene sheets as a crystal mounting platform for protein crystals. The results show the potential for graphene in protein crystallography and other cases where X-ray scatter from the mounting material must be reduced and specimen dehydration prevented, such as in coherent X-ray diffraction imaging of microscopic objects. PMID:24068843

  11. Graphene as a protein crystal mounting material to reduce background scatter.

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    Wierman, Jennifer L; Alden, Jonathan S; Kim, Chae Un; McEuen, Paul L; Gruner, Sol M

    2013-10-01

    The overall signal-to-noise ratio per unit dose for X-ray diffraction data from protein crystals can be improved by reducing the mass and density of all material surrounding the crystals. This article demonstrates a path towards the practical ultimate in background reduction by use of atomically thin graphene sheets as a crystal mounting platform for protein crystals. The results show the potential for graphene in protein crystallography and other cases where X-ray scatter from the mounting material must be reduced and specimen dehydration prevented, such as in coherent X-ray diffraction imaging of microscopic objects. PMID:24068843

  12. Crystal structures of dibromodichloromethane and bromotrichloromethane

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    Lee-Dadswell, S. E.

    The neutron powder profiles for CBr2Cl2 and CBrCl3 have been recorded at temperatures ranging from about 260 K to 5 K. The profiles at the highest temperatures are consistent with fcc structures with a = 8.597(2)A and a = 8.526(2)A respectively. CBrCl3 has a second plastic phase observed at 245 K. The remaining profiles, below 250 K for CBr2Cl2, or below 225 K for CBrCl3, can be analysed in terms of the C2/c space group with Z = 32. This is the same as for the ordered phases of CBr4 and CCl4. Orientational disorder of the molecules leads to the structural similarity of all members of the family. Tests for partial ordering were not successful.

  13. Predicting different losses of photonic crystal fibers in material and hetero-core domain

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    Paul, Dimpi; Biswas, Rajib; Bhattacharyya, N. S.

    2015-10-01

    In order to develop the effective transmission in photonic crystal fiber (PCF), the (realizable fiber i.e.,) losses arising from bending as well as splicing are very vital issues. We report here macrobending loss of PCFs in different material composites. Further, we make comprehensive numerical analysis related to splice loss issues arising from joining PCF with PCF and single mode fiber as well. We additionally investigate dependence of all these losses with respect to structural parameters of PCF. Hetero core systems are found to yield lower losses as compared to their identical counterpart. The numerical estimates reported here will provide a base for engineering effective communication guides in the context of material and hybrid core domain.

  14. Computational chemistry modeling and design of photoswitchable alignment materials for optically addressable liquid crystal devices

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    Marshall, K. L.; Sekera, E. R.; Xiao, K.

    2015-09-01

    Photoalignment technology based on optically switchable "command surfaces" has been receiving increasing interest for liquid crystal optics and photonics device applications. Azobenzene compounds in the form of low-molar-mass, watersoluble salts deposited either directly on the substrate surface or after dispersion in a polymer binder have been almost exclusively employed for these applications, and ongoing research in the area follows a largely empirical materials design and development approach. Recent computational chemistry advances now afford unprecedented opportunities to develop predictive capabilities that will lead to new photoswitchable alignment layer materials with low switching energies, enhanced bistability, write/erase fatigue resistance, and high laser-damage thresholds. In the work described here, computational methods based on the density functional theory and time-dependent density functional theory were employed to study the impact of molecular structure on optical switching properties in photoswitchable methacrylate and acrylamide polymers functionalized with azobenzene and spiropyran pendants.

  15. Space structures concepts and materials

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    Nowitzky, A. M.; Supan, E. C.

    1988-01-01

    An extension is preseted of the evaluation of graphite/aluminum metal matrix composites (MMC) for space structures application. A tubular DWG graphite/aluminum truss assembly was fabricated having the structural integrity and thermal stability needed for space application. DWG is a proprietary thin ply continuous graphite reinforced aluminum composite. The truss end fittings were constructed using the discontinuous ceramic particulate reinforced MMC DWAl 20 (trademark). Thermal stability was incorporated in the truss by utilizing high stiffness, negative coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) P100 graphite fibers in a 6061 aluminum matrix, crossplied to provide minimized CTE in the assembled truss. Tube CTE was designed to be slightly negative to offset the effects of the end fitting and sleeve, CTE values of which are approx. 1/2 that of aluminum. In the design of the truss configuration, the CTE contribution of each component was evaluated to establish the component dimension and layup configuration required to provide a net zero CTE in the subassemblies which would then translate to a zero CTE for the entire truss bay produced.

  16. Evolution of aircraft/aerospace structures and materials symposium, Dayton, OH, April 24, 25, 1985, Proceedings

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    1985-01-01

    Various papers on the evolution of aircraft and aerospace structures and materials are presented. The topics addressed include: XB-70 structures and materials advances, structural evolution from B-58 to F-16, advanced composites in construction of the Beech Starship, structural and material considerations for advanced fighters, the evolution of reciprocating engines at Lycoming, aircraft design from the myth of make-do to Mach 3, and the Wright Brothers' experience in the evolution of aircraft design, structures and materials. Also considered are: evolution of the turbofan aircraft engine, X-15 high-temperature advanced structure, X-20 structures overview, ASSET program for technology development, Shuttle Orbiter airframe, airframe design to achieve minimum cost, superplastically formed-diffusion bonded titanium technology transition case study, transition of advanced materials and structures in single crystal blades, and composites technology transfer and transition.

  17. GPCR crystal structures: Medicinal chemistry in the pocket.

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    Shonberg, Jeremy; Kling, Ralf C; Gmeiner, Peter; Löber, Stefan

    2015-07-15

    Recent breakthroughs in GPCR structural biology have significantly increased our understanding of drug action at these therapeutically relevant receptors, and this will undoubtedly lead to the design of better therapeutics. In recent years, crystal structures of GPCRs from classes A, B, C and F have been solved, unveiling a precise snapshot of ligand-receptor interactions. Furthermore, some receptors have been crystallized in different functional states in complex with antagonists, partial agonists, full agonists, biased agonists and allosteric modulators, providing further insight into the mechanisms of ligand-induced GPCR activation. It is now obvious that there is enormous diversity in the size, shape and position of the ligand binding pockets in GPCRs. In this review, we summarise the current state of solved GPCR structures, with a particular focus on ligand-receptor interactions in the binding pocket, and how this can contribute to the design of GPCR ligands with better affinity, subtype selectivity or efficacy. PMID:25638496

  18. Thin polymer-layer decorated, structure adjustable crystals of nanoparticles.

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    Cao, Xue-Zheng; Duan, Zhi-Guang; Wang, Jun-Shu; Cui, Wei; Liu, Yong-Song; Wu, Chen-Xu

    2015-09-21

    Flattened polymer chain decorated crystals of nanoparticles (NPs) are observed for polymer-NP mixtures confined between two parallel substrates. In order to minimize the entropy loss, polymer chains instead of NPs aggregate at the substrate surfaces when the number of NPs is high enough to have the conformation of chains significantly disturbed. Increasing NP concentration to be much higher than that of polymer chains leads to an ordered arrangement of NPs in the central region, which are sandwiched between two thin layers of polymer chains. A scaling model regarding polymer chains consisting of packed correlation blobs is provided to clarify the physics mechanism behind the formation of thin polymer layer and the crystallization of NPs. The order structure of the crystallized NPs is shown to be switchable through an adjustment of the bulk concentrations of polymer chains and NPs. PMID:26268892

  19. Structure and melting behavior of classical bilayer crystals of dipoles

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    Lu Xin; Wu Changqin; Micheli, Andrea; Pupillo, Guido

    2008-07-01

    We study the structure and melting of a classical bilayer system of dipoles in a setup where the dipoles are oriented perpendicular to the planes of the layers and the density of dipoles is the same in each layer. Due to the anisotropic character of the dipole-dipole interactions, we find that the ground-state configuration is given by two hexagonal crystals positioned on top of each other, independent of the interlayer spacing and dipolar density. For large interlayer distances these crystals are independent, while in the opposite limit of small interlayer distances the system behaves as a two-dimensional crystal of paired dipoles. Within the harmonic approximation for the phonon excitations, the melting temperature of these crystalline configurations displays a nonmonotonic dependence on the interlayer distance, which is associated with a re-entrant melting behavior in the form of solid-liquid-solid-liquid transitions at fixed temperature.

  20. New 2-methylimidazole-dicarboxylic acid molecular crystals: crystal structure and proton conductivity

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    ?awniczak, P.; Pogorzelec-Glaser, K.; Pawlaczyk, Cz; Pietraszko, A.; Szcze?niak, L.

    2009-08-01

    Three new proton conducting molecular crystals, 2-methylimidazole glutarate, 2-methylimidazole suberate and 2-methylimidazole azelate, were obtained and their structure was determined by the x-ray diffraction method. The structure of the crystals was found to be of layer-type. A hydrogen bond network between the heterocycle, glutaric acid and water molecules was apparent in a single layer of 2-methylimidazole glutarate, whereas chains consisting of two heterocyclic molecules linked with hydrogen bonds with dicarboxylic acid were distinguished in a single layer of 2-methylimidazole suberate and azelate crystals. Thermal stability of the crystals was characterized by differential scanning calorimetry and the electrical conductivity was studied by the impedance spectroscopy method. The maximum conductivity of 2-methylimidazole glutarate pellets amounts to 3.3 × 10-2 S m-1 at 325 K, in the case of 2-methylimidazole suberate pellets the maximum conductivity is 2.4 × 10-4 S m-1 at 348 K and for 2-methylimidazole azelate pellets the maximum conductivity reaches 6.9 × 10-4 S m-1 at 353 K.

  1. On a phase field approach for martensitic transformations in a crystal plastic material at a loaded surface

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    Schmitt, Regina; Kuhn, Charlotte; Müller, Ralf

    2015-06-01

    A continuum phase field model for martensitic transformations is introduced, including crystal plasticity with different slip systems for the different phases. In a 2D setting, the transformation-induced eigenstrain is taken into account for two martensitic orientation variants. With aid of the model, the phase transition and its dependence on the volume change, crystal plastic material behavior, and the inheritance of plastic deformations from austenite to martensite are studied in detail. The numerical setup is motivated by the process of cryogenic turning. The resulting microstructure qualitatively coincides with an experimentally obtained martensite structure. For the numerical calculations, finite elements together with global and local implicit time integration scheme are employed.

  2. Materials Chemistry Issues in the Development of a Single-Crystal Solar/Thermal Refractive Secondary Concentrator

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    Jacobson, Nathan S.; Biering, Robert C.

    2005-01-01

    A translucent crystal concentrates and transmits energy to a heat exchanger, which in turn heats a propellant gas, working gas of a dynamic power system, or a thermopile. Materials are the limiting issue in such a system. Central is the durability of the crystal, which must maintain the required chemical, physical/optical, and mechanical properties as it is heated and cooled. This report summarizes available data to date on the materials issues with this system. We focus on the current leading candidate materials, which are sapphire (Al2O3) for higher temperatures and silica (SiO2) for lower temperatures. We use data from thermochemical calculations; laboratory coupon tests with silica and sapphire; and system tests with sapphire. The required chemical properties include low-vapor pressure and interfacial stability with supporting structural materials. Optical properties such as transmittance and index of refraction must be maintained. Thermomechanical stability is a major challenge for a large, single-crystal ceramic and has been discussed in another report. In addition to the crystal, other materials in the proposed system include refractory metals (Nb, Ta, Mo, W, and Re), carbon (C), and high-temperature ceramic insulation. The major issue here is low levels of oxygen, which lead to volatile refractory metal oxides and rapid consumption of the refractory metal. Interfacial reactions between the ceramic crystal and refractory metal are also discussed. Finally, high-temperature ceramic insulating materials are also likely to be used in this system. Outgassing is a major issue for these materials. The products of outgassing are typically reactive with the refractory metals and must be minimized.

  3. The Crystal and Molecular Structure of Acetatochlorobis(4-methylpyridine)oxovanadium (IV)

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    Schupp, John D.; Hepp, Aloysius F.; Duraj, Stan A.; Richman, Robert M.; Fanwick, Phillip E.; Hakimzadeh, Roshanak (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    The crystal and molecular structure of the title compound, VOCl(O2CCH3)(4-CH3C5H4N)2, has been determined by single-crystal x-ray diffraction. The material crystallizes in the space group P 1(bar) (#2) with a = 7.822(2), b = 8.023(l), c = 14.841(2) Angstroms, alpha = 99.73(l), beta = 91.41(l), and gamma = 117.13(l). The coordination geometry around the vanadium is a highly distorted octahedron. The molecule is remarkable for being a monomeric oxovanadium (IV) carboxylate. A generalized synthetic strategy is proposed for the preparation of oxovanadium (IV) monomers.

  4. Synthesis, crystal structure and photoluminescence of 2,6-dimethylanthracene and its pseudo-triptycene derivatives

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    Gong, Yun; Zhou, Yuchao; Qin, Jianbo; Li, Jinghua; Cao, Rong

    2010-01-01

    A simple one-step synthesis of 2,6-dimethylanthracene, 1, in high yield is reported utilizing the easily accessible benzyl alcohol as the starting material. Based on 2,6-dimethylanthracene, two pseudo-triptycene compounds, cis-2,6-dimethyl-9,10-dihydroanthracene-9,10-endo-?,?-succinic anhydride, 2, and cis-2,6-dimethyl-9,10-dihydroanthracene-9,10-endo-?,?-succinyl amine, 3, are firstly synthesized in high yield and they are characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction. Compound 2 crystallizes in triclinic P1¯ space group and compound 3 crystallizes in monoclinic P2 1/ c space group. Both compound 2 and 3 exhibit cis-configurations and endo-conformations. Compound 1 exhibits very intense photoluminescence property due to the delocalized electron in the whole molecule, whereas fluorescence quench happens to some extents due to the destruction of the conjugated structure in compound 2.

  5. Enhanced absorption in two-dimensional materials via Fano-resonant photonic crystals

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    Wang, Wenyi; Klots, Andrey; Bolotin, Kirill I.; Yang, Yuanmu; Li, Wei; Valentine, Jason; Kravchenko, Ivan I.; Briggs, Dayrl P.

    2015-05-04

    The use of two-dimensional (2D) materials in optoelectronics has attracted much attention due to their fascinating optical and electrical properties. However, the low optical absorption of 2D materials arising from their atomic thickness limits the maximum attainable external quantum efficiency. For example, in the visible and near-infrared regimes monolayer MoS{sub 2} and graphene absorb only ?10% and 2.3% of incoming light, respectively. Here, we experimentally demonstrate the use of Fano-resonant photonic crystals to significantly boost absorption in atomically thin materials. Using graphene as a test bed, we demonstrate that absorption in the monolayer thick material can be enhanced to 77% within the telecommunications band, the highest value reported to date. We also show that the absorption in the Fano-resonant structure is non-local, with light propagating up to 16??m within the structure. This property is particularly beneficial in harvesting light from large areas in field-effect-transistor based graphene photodetectors in which separation of photo-generated carriers only occurs ?0.2??m adjacent to the graphene/electrode interface.

  6. Internal strain monitoring in composite materials with embedded photonic crystal fiber Bragg gratings

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    Geernaert, Thomas; Sulejmani, Sanne; Sonnenfeld, Camille; Chah, Karima; Luyckx, Geert; Lammens, Nicolas; Voet, Eli; Becker, Martin; Thienpont, Hugo; Berghmans, Francis

    2014-09-01

    The possibility of embedding optical fiber sensors inside carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) for structural health monitoring purposes has already been demonstrated previously. So far however, these sensors only allowed axial strain measurements because of their low sensitivity for strain in the direction perpendicular to the optical fiber's axis. The design flexibility provided by novel photonic crystal fiber (PCF) technology now allows developing dedicated fibers with substantially enhanced sensitivity to such transverse loads. We exploited that flexibility and we developed a PCF that, when equipped with a fiber Bragg grating (FBG), leads to a sensor that allows measuring transverse strains in reinforced composite materials, with an order of magnitude increase of the sensitivity over the state-of-the-art. In addition it allows shear strain sensing in adhesive bonds, which are used in composite repair patches. This is confirmed both with experiments and finite element simulations on such fibers embedded in CFRP coupons and adhesive bonds. Our sensor brings the achievable transverse strain measurement resolution close to a target value of 1 ?strain and could therefore play an important role for multi-dimensional strain sensing, not only in the domain of structural health monitoring, but also in the field of composite material production monitoring. Our results thereby illustrate the added value that PCFs have to offer for internal strain measurements inside composite materials and structures.

  7. The crystal structure of GROEL at 2.8 {angstrom}.

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    Braig, K.; Otwinowski, Z.; Hegde, R.; Boisvert, D.; Joachimiak, A.; Horwich, A. L.; Sigler, P. B.; Center for Mechanistic Biology and Biotechnology; Yale Univ. School of Medicine; Yale Univ. School of Medicine

    1995-01-01

    The crystal structure of Escherichia coli GroEL shows a porous cylinder of 14 subunits made of two nearly 7-fold rotationally symmetrical rings stacked back-to-back with dyad symmetry. The subunits consist of three domains: a large equatorial domain that forms the foundation of the assembly at its waist and holds the rings together; a large loosely structured apical domain that forms the ends of the cylinder; and a small slender intermediate domain that connects the two, creating side windows. The three-dimensional structure places most of the mutationally defined functional sites on the channel walls and its outward invaginations, and at the ends of the cylinder.

  8. The Rapid Crystallization Strategy for Structure-Based Inhibitor Design

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    Bergfors, Terese

    RAPID (Rapid Approaches to Pathogen Inhibitor Discovery) is an integrated center for structural biology, computational chemistry, and medicinal chemistry at Uppsala University, Sweden. The main target of the structural biology section is Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Key concepts in the crystallization strategy include minimal screening and buffer optimization. Examples are presented showing how these concepts have been successful in RAPID projects. Three screening methods are used: vapor-diffusion, micro-batch, and microfluidics. Our experiences may be relevant for other small, academic laboratories involved in structure-based inhibitor design.

  9. Crystal structure of four-stranded Oxytricha telomeric DNA

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    Kang, C.; Zhang, X.; Ratliff, R.; Moyzis, R.; Rich, A.

    1992-01-01

    The sequence d(GGGGTTTTGGGG) from the 3' overhang of the Oxytricha telomere has been crystallized and its three-dimensional structure solved to 2.5 A resolution. The oligonucleotide forms hairpins, two of which join to make a four-stranded helical structure with the loops containing four thymine residues at either end. The guanine residues are held together by cyclic hydrogen bonding and an ion is located in the centre. The four guanine residues in each segment have a glycosyl conformation that alternates between anti and syn. There are two four-stranded molecules in the asymmetric unit showing that the structure has some intrinsic flexibility.

  10. Crystal structure of inactive form of Rab3B

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    Zhang, Wei; Shen, Yang; Jiao, Ronghong; Liu, Yanli; Deng, Lingfu; Qi, Chao

    2012-06-28

    Rab proteins are the largest family of ras-related GTPases in eukaryotic cells. They act as directional molecular switches at membrane trafficking, including vesicle budding, cargo sorting, transport, tethering, and fusion. Here, we generated and crystallized the Rab3B:GDP complex. The structure of the complex was solved to 1.9 {angstrom} resolution and the structural base comparison with other Rab3 members provides a structural basis for the GDP/GTP switch in controlling the activity of small GTPase. The comparison of charge distribution among the members of Rab3 also indicates their different roles in vesicular trafficking.

  11. Optical Spectroscopy of Nano Materials and Structures

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    Guo, Wenhao

    In this thesis, nanostructures and nanomaterials ranging from 3D to OD will be studied compresively, by using optical methods. Firstly, for 3D and 2D nanomaterials, nanoporous zeolite crystals, such as AFI and AEL are introduced as host materials to accommodate diatomic iodine molecules. Polarized Raman spectroscopy is utilized to identify the two configurations of iodine molecules to stay in the channels of AEL: the lying mode (the bond of the two atoms is parallel to the direction of the channels) and the standing mode (the bond is perpendicular to the direction of the channels). The lying mode and standing mode are switchable and can be well controlled by the amount of water molecules inside the crystal, revealed by both molecule dynamics simulation and experiment observation. With more water molecules inside, iodine molecules choose to stay in the standing mode, while with less water molecules, iodine molecules prefer to lie along the channel. Therefore, the configurations of molecules could be precisely controlled, globally by the surrounding pressure and temperature, and locally by the laser light. Ii is believed that this easy and reversible control of single molecule will be valuable in nanostructured devices, such as molecular sieving or molecular detection. Secondly, for 1D case, the PL spectrum of ZnO nanowire under uniaxial strain is studied. When a ZnO nanowire is bent, besides the lattice constant induced bandgap change on the tensile and compressive sides, there is a piezoelectric field generated along the cross section. This piezoelectric potential, together with the bandgap changes induced by the deformation, will redistribute the electrons excited by incident photons from valence band to conduction band. As a result, the electrons occupying the states at the tensile side will largely outnumbered the ones at the compressive side. Therefore, the PL spectrum we collected at the whole cross section will manifest a redshift, other than the peak broadening which is caused by the bandgap change. The experimental results confirm our speculation. When we make the nanowire straight again, the redshift disappears. It is believed that this piezoelectric effect is very important to the application of nanowires, and it would benefit the actual design and fabrication for the electronic devices for the next generation. Lastly, as for the OD case, the charge transfer mechanism occurring at the interface between graphene and ZnO QDs is investigated. We fabricate a hybrid structure by placing ZnO QDs on top of graphene. With UV light illumination on this device, it will generate electron-hole pairs inside QDs. Before they recombine, the holes will be separated and trapped into the surface states, and discharge the oxygen ions adsorbed on the surface of QDs. The unpaired electrons are then transferred to the graphene layer with a relative long lifetime. After the UV light is switched off, the oxygen molecules will re-adsorb to the QDs surface, capture electrons and recover the graphene's transport properties. Therefore, this hybrid device shows an ultrasensitive response to on-off of the UV laser, with a photoconductive gain as high as 10 7, which can be utilized for practical graphene-based UV sensors and detectors with very high responsivity. This gain can be further enhanced by another 2-3 orders by increasing source-drain voltage, shortening the sample's length, etc. It is believed that optical spectroscopy provides a convenient, efficient and useful method to study the nanomaterials and nanostructures. It is easy to set up, has no harm or degradation to the sample, and could go beyond the diffraction limit. With appropriate design and creative ideas, optical spectroscopy can be further explored, and will boost the development of nanoscience and technology. (Abstract shortened by UMI.).

  12. SAW parameters on Y-cut langasite structured materials.

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    Puccio, Derek; Malocha, Donald C; Saldanha, Nancy; da Cunha, Mauricio Pereira

    2007-09-01

    This paper presents results and investigations of several new, man-made piezoelectric single crystal, Czochralski-grown substrate materials for surface acoustic waves (SAW) applications. These materials, langanite (LGN), langatate (LGT), Sr3TaGa3Si2O14 (STGS), Sr3NbGa3Si2O14 (SNGS), Ca3TaGa3Si2O14 (CTGS), and Ca3NbGa3Si2O14 (CNGS), have the same structure as langasite (LGS) and are of the same crystal class as quartz. These compounds are denser than quartz, resulting in lower phase velocities. They also have higher coupling. Unlike quartz and lithium niobate, there is no degradation of material properties below the material melting points resulting in the possibility of extreme high-temperature operation (> 1000 degrees C). This paper gives a summary of extracted SAW material parameters for various propagation angles on Y-cut substrates of the six materials. Parameters included are electromechanical coupling, phase velocity, transducer capacitance, metal strip reflectivity, and temperature coefficient of frequency. Using previously published fundamental material constants, extracted parameters are compared with predictions for LGT and LGN. In addition, power flow angle and fractional frequency curvature data are reported for propagation angles on CTGS and CNGS Y-cut substrates that exhibit temperature compensation near room temperature. Detailed descriptions of the SAW parameter extraction techniques are given. A discussion of the results is provided, including a comparison of extracted parameters and an overview of possible SAW applications. PMID:17941393

  13. Synthetic antibodies for specific recognition and crystallization of structured RNA

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    Ye, Jing-Dong; Tereshko, Valentina; Frederiksen, John K.; Koide, Akiko; Fellouse, Frederic A.; Sidhu, Sachdev S.; Koide, Shohei; Kossiakoff, Anthony A.; Piccirilli, Joseph A.

    2008-01-01

    Antibodies that bind protein antigens are indispensable in biochemical research and modern medicine. However, knowledge of RNA-binding antibodies and their application in the ever-growing RNA field is lacking. Here we have developed a robust approach using a synthetic phage-display library to select specific antigen-binding fragments (Fabs) targeting a large functional RNA. We have solved the crystal structure of the first Fab–RNA complex at 1.95 ?. Capability in phasing and crystal contact formation suggests that the Fab provides a potentially valuable crystal chaperone for RNA. The crystal structure reveals that the Fab achieves specific RNA binding on a shallow surface with complementarity-determining region (CDR) sequence diversity, length variability, and main-chain conformational plasticity. The Fab–RNA interface also differs significantly from Fab–protein interfaces in amino acid composition and light-chain participation. These findings yield valuable insights for engineering of Fabs as RNA-binding modules and facilitate further development of Fabs as possible therapeutic drugs and biochemical tools to explore RNA biology. PMID:18162543

  14. Crystal structure optimisation using an auxiliary equation of state

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    Jackson, Adam J.; Skelton, Jonathan M.; Hendon, Christopher H.; Butler, Keith T.; Walsh, Aron

    2015-11-01

    Standard procedures for local crystal-structure optimisation involve numerous energy and force calculations. It is common to calculate an energy-volume curve, fitting an equation of state around the equilibrium cell volume. This is a computationally intensive process, in particular, for low-symmetry crystal structures where each isochoric optimisation involves energy minimisation over many degrees of freedom. Such procedures can be prohibitive for non-local exchange-correlation functionals or other "beyond" density functional theory electronic structure techniques, particularly where analytical gradients are not available. We present a simple approach for efficient optimisation of crystal structures based on a known equation of state. The equilibrium volume can be predicted from one single-point calculation and refined with successive calculations if required. The approach is validated for PbS, PbTe, ZnS, and ZnTe using nine density functionals and applied to the quaternary semiconductor Cu2ZnSnS4 and the magnetic metal-organic framework HKUST-1.

  15. Crystal structure optimisation using an auxiliary equation of state.

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    Jackson, Adam J; Skelton, Jonathan M; Hendon, Christopher H; Butler, Keith T; Walsh, Aron

    2015-11-14

    Standard procedures for local crystal-structure optimisation involve numerous energy and force calculations. It is common to calculate an energy-volume curve, fitting an equation of state around the equilibrium cell volume. This is a computationally intensive process, in particular, for low-symmetry crystal structures where each isochoric optimisation involves energy minimisation over many degrees of freedom. Such procedures can be prohibitive for non-local exchange-correlation functionals or other "beyond" density functional theory electronic structure techniques, particularly where analytical gradients are not available. We present a simple approach for efficient optimisation of crystal structures based on a known equation of state. The equilibrium volume can be predicted from one single-point calculation and refined with successive calculations if required. The approach is validated for PbS, PbTe, ZnS, and ZnTe using nine density functionals and applied to the quaternary semiconductor Cu2ZnSnS4 and the magnetic metal-organic framework HKUST-1. PMID:26567640

  16. Effects of crystal structure on the uptake of metals by lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush)

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    Effects of crystal structure on the uptake of metals by lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) otoliths radii), the crystalline structure, and the development state of the fish. Chemistry and crystal hexagonal crystal structure, whereas larger cations such as Sr (1.32 Å) and Ba (1.49 Å) were preferentially

  17. Crystal structure of rabbit muscle creatine kinase J.K. Mohana RaoY

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    Crystal structure of rabbit muscle creatine kinase J.K. Mohana RaoY *, Grzegorz BujaczY , Alexander Abstract The crystal structure of rabbit muscle creatine kinase, solved at 2.35 Aî resolution by X; Rabbit muscle; Enzyme; Crystal structure 1. Introduction Creatine kinase [1^3] (CK; adenosine 5P

  18. Binary hard-sphere crystals with the cesium chloride structure A. B. Schofield

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    Schofield, Andrew B.

    Binary hard-sphere crystals with the cesium chloride structure A. B. Schofield Department The possibility of binary hard-sphere colloids crystallizing with the cesium chloride CsCl structure was examined to have the CsCl structure. Over a period of time some of the CsCl crystals disappeared indicating

  19. Crystallization and Structure Determination of a Hepatitis Delta Virus Ribozyme: Use of the

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    Doudna, Jennifer A.

    Crystallization and Structure Determination of a Hepatitis Delta Virus Ribozyme: Use of the RNA complex crystallized readily, and its structure was solved using standard techniques for heavy crystallization method should be useful for the structure determination of other bio- chemically important RNAs

  20. Computation of the band structure of two-dimensional Photonic Crystals with hp Finite Elements

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    Grohs, Philipp

    Computation of the band structure of two-dimensional Photonic Crystals with hp Finite Elements K structure of 2D photonic crystals and their eigenmodes can be efficiently computed with the finite element and phrases: hp-FEM, exponential convergence, corner singularities, photonic crystals, photonic band structure

  1. THE ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE OF SMOOTHLY DEFORMED CRYSTALS: CAUCHY-BORN RULE FOR THE NONLINEAR

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    Lu, Jianfeng

    THE ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE OF SMOOTHLY DEFORMED CRYSTALS: CAUCHY-BORN RULE FOR THE NONLINEAR TIGHT-BINDING MODEL WEINAN E AND JIANFENG LU Abstract. The electronic structure of a smoothly deformed crystal is ana to the study of the elec- tronic structure of smoothly or elastically deformed crystals, by analyzing various

  2. Crystal Structures of Nucleosome Core Particles in Complex with Minor Groove DNA-binding Ligands

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    Gates, Kent. S.

    Crystal Structures of Nucleosome Core Particles in Complex with Minor Groove DNA-binding Ligands Research Institute, La Jolla, CA 92037 USA We determined the crystal structures of three nucleosome core.65 superhelical turns. Crystal structures of NCPs reconstituted with histones from different species,1 ­4

  3. Structures of Two Novel Crystal Forms of Naja naja naja Phospholipase A2 Lacking Ca2

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    Dennis, Edward A.

    Structures of Two Novel Crystal Forms of Naja naja naja Phospholipase A2 Lacking Ca2 Reveal characterized crystal belong to the tetragonal space group P43212 (a b 88.6 AÊ , c 107.4 AÊ ). The structure naja naja enzyme. # 1998 Academic Press Limited Keywords: lipase; crystal; structure; trimer

  4. Fabrication of polymer photonic crystal superprism structures using polydimethylsiloxane soft molds

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    Jiang, Wei

    Fabrication of polymer photonic crystal superprism structures using polydimethylsiloxane soft molds photonic crystal superprism structures using elastomeric polydimethylsiloxane templates. Dense two-dimensional photonic crystal superprism structures with feature sizes of 150­500 nm and aspect ratios of up to 1

  5. Crystal structures and compressibilities of synthetic 2M1 and 3T phengite micas

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    Smyth, Joseph R.

    Crystal structures and compressibilities of synthetic 2M1 and 3T phengite micas JOSEPH R. SMYTH,1 University, Tempe, AZ 84532, USA *e-mail: joseph.smyth@colorado.edu Abstract: The crystal structures of co, crystal structure, compression Introduction Relatively few hydrous silicate phases are stable

  6. Tuning oxide activity through modification of the crystal and electronic structure: from strain to potential polymorphs.

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    Xu, Zhongnan; Kitchin, John R

    2015-10-28

    Discovering new materials with tailored chemical properties is vital for advancing key technologies in catalysis and energy conversion. One strategy is the modification of a material's crystal structure, and new methods allow for the synthesis and stabilization of potential materials in a range of crystal polymorph structures. We assess the potential reactivity of four metastable oxide polymorphs of MO2 (M = Ru, Rh, Pt, Ir) transition metal oxides. In spite of the similar local geometry and coordination between atoms in the metastable polymorphic and stable rutile structure, we find that polymorph reactivities cannot be explained by strain alone and offer tunable reactivity and increased stability. Atom-projected density of states reveals that the unique reactivity of polymorphs are caused by a redistribution of energy levels of the t2g-states. This structure-activity relationship is induced by slight distortions to the M-O bonds in polymorphic structures and is unattainable by strain. We predict columbite IrO2 to be more active than rutile IrO2 for oxygen evolution. PMID:26455918

  7. The influence of recycled material on the crystallization kinetics of semi-crystalline thermoplastic polymers

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    Janoschek, J.; Kaisersbergen, E.; Knappe, S.; Opfermann, J.

    1993-12-31

    The injection moulding of semi-crystalline thermoplastic polymers requires an exact knowledge of the thermodynamic data and of the crystallization kinetics. The behavior of the polymer melt during rapid cooling in the mould determines, to a great extent, the quality and usability of a final product. Technical raw materials are often equipped with nucleating agents in order to obtained crystallization within the desired temperature range at the required rate. The use of recycled material (regranulate) shows an analogous effect such as the addition of nucleating agents, i.e. crystallization begins at a higher temperature and a higher crystallization rate is detected compared to materials without added regranulate. Heat flux DSC was used to study the crystallization of polyamides, polyolefins and polyoxymethylene during cooling at various cooling rates. Although the temperature gradient and pressures which occur in the processing machine cannot be realized in DSC tests, the DSC results reproduce the direction of influence of the regranulate additive very clearly.

  8. EVO—Evolutionary algorithm for crystal structure prediction

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    Bahmann, Silvia; Kortus, Jens

    2013-06-01

    We present EVO—an evolution strategy designed for crystal structure search and prediction. The concept and main features of biological evolution such as creation of diversity and survival of the fittest have been transferred to crystal structure prediction. EVO successfully demonstrates its applicability to find crystal structures of the elements of the 3rd main group with their different spacegroups. For this we used the number of atoms in the conventional cell and multiples of it. Running EVO with different numbers of carbon atoms per unit cell yields graphite as the lowest energy structure as well as a diamond-like structure, both in one run. Our implementation also supports the search for 2D structures and was able to find a boron sheet with structural features so far not considered in literature. Program summaryProgram title: EVO Catalogue identifier: AEOZ_v1_0 Program summary URL:http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/summaries/AEOZ_v1_0.html Program obtainable from: CPC Program Library, Queen's University, Belfast, N. Ireland Licensing provisions: GNU General Public License version 3 No. of lines in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 23488 No. of bytes in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 1830122 Distribution format: tar.gz Programming language: Python. Computer: No limitations known. Operating system: Linux. RAM: Negligible compared to the requirements of the electronic structure programs used Classification: 7.8. External routines: Quantum ESPRESSO (http://www.quantum-espresso.org/), GULP (https://projects.ivec.org/gulp/) Nature of problem: Crystal structure search is a global optimisation problem in 3N+3 dimensions where N is the number of atoms in the unit cell. The high dimensional search space is accompanied by an unknown energy landscape. Solution method: Evolutionary algorithms transfer the main features of biological evolution to use them in global searches. The combination of the "survival of the fittest" (deterministic) and the randomised choice of the parents and normally distributed mutation steps (non-deterministic) provides a thorough search. Restrictions: The algorithm is in principle only restricted by a huge search space and simultaneously increasing calculation time (memory, etc.), which is not a problem for our piece of code but for the used electronic structure programs. Running time: The simplest provided case runs serially and takes 30 minutes to one hour. All other calculations run for significantly longer time depending on the parameters like the number and sort of atoms and the electronic structure program in use as well as the level of parallelism included.

  9. Structural features of ?2 adrenergic receptor: crystal structures and beyond.

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    Bang, Injin; Choi, Hee-Jung

    2015-01-01

    The beta2-adrenergic receptor (?2AR) family, which is the largest family of cell surface receptors in humans. Extra attention has been focused on the human GPCRs because they have been studied as important protein targets for pharmaceutical drug development. In fact, approximately 40% of marketed drugs directly work on GPCRs. GPCRs respond to various extracellular stimuli, such as sensory signals, neurotransmitters, chemokines, and hormones, to induce structural changes at the cytoplasmic surface, activating downstream signaling pathways, primarily through interactions with heterotrimeric G proteins or through G-protein independent pathways, such as arrestin. Most GPCRs, except for rhodhopsin, which contains covalently linked 11 cis-retinal, bind to diffusible ligands, having various conformational states between inactive and active structures. The first human GPCR structure was determined using an inverse agonist bound ?2AR in 2007 and since then, more than 20 distinct GPCR structures have been solved. However, most GPCR structures were solved as inactive forms, and an agonist bound fully active structure is still hard to obtain. In a structural point of view, ?2AR is relatively well studied since its fully active structure as a complex with G protein as well as several inactive structures are available. The structural comparison of inactive and active states gives an important clue in understanding the activation mechanism of ?2AR. In this review, structural features of inactive and active states of ?2AR, the interaction of ?2AR with heterotrimeric G protein, and the comparison with ?1AR will be discussed. PMID:25537861

  10. Incorporation of iodine into apatite structure: a crystal chemistry approach using Artificial Neural Network

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    Wang, Jianwei

    2015-06-01

    Materials with apatite crystal structure provide a great potential for incorporating the long-lived radioactive iodine isotope (129I) in the form of iodide (I-) from nuclear waste streams. Because of its durability and potentially high iodine content, the apatite waste form can reduce iodine release rate and minimize the waste volume. Crystal structure and composition of apatite was investigated for iodide incorporation into the channel of the structure using Artificial Neural Network. A total of 86 experimentally determined apatite crystal structures of different compositions were compiled from literature, and 46 of them were used to train the networks and 42 were used to test the performance of the trained networks. The results show that the performances of the networks are satisfactory for predictions of unit cell parameters a and c and channel size of the structure. The trained and tested networks were then used to predict unknown compositions of apatite that incorporates iodide. With a crystal chemistry consideration, chemical compositions that lead to matching the size of the structural channel to the size of iodide were then predicted to be able to incorporate iodide in the structural channel. The calculations suggest that combinations of A site cations of Ag+, K+, Sr2+, Pb2+, Ba2+, and Cs+, and X site cations, mostly formed tetrahedron, of Mn5+, As5+, Cr5+, V5+, Mo5+, Si4+, Ge4+, and Re7+ are possible apatite compositions that are able to incorporate iodide. The charge balance of different apatite compositions can be achieved by multiple substitutions at a single site or coupled substitutions at both A and X sites. The results give important clues for designing experiments to synthesize new apatite compositions and also provide a fundamental understanding how iodide is incorporated in the apatite structure. This understanding can provide important insights for apatite waste forms design by optimizing the chemical composition and synthesis procedure.

  11. The Structures/Materials Program encompasses a multitude of areas such as structural analysis and design, steel and concrete structures,

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    , structural dynamics, composite materials, stress analysis, cement based materials, experimental methods etcThe Structures/Materials Program encompasses a multitude of areas such as structural analysis analysis and design, stability of structures, nonlinear structural analysis, structural failure

  12. Micro-spectroscopic mapping: revealing internal structures of zircon crystals

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    Nasdala, L.; Reiners, P. W.; Hanchar, J. M.

    2003-04-01

    Natural zircon crystals typically deviate from perfect crystallinity and ideal chemical composition. If non-ideality features are not homogeneously distributed within a crystal but show a heterogeneity pattern, this is referred to as its "internal structure". Internal structures of zircon are mostly first caused by the heterogeneous incorporation of trace elements during crystal growth. Over time, these primary patterns may become more complex after being overprinted by radioactive self-irradiation and heterogeneous alteration or recrystallization. Internal structures may provide valuable information about the origin and post-growth history of zircon crystals. Further, they need to be recognized for sound microprobe dating, for instance to avoid biased results when straddling zones of different age. Revealing internal structures has thus become an important tool in zircon research. It is mostly done by means of backscattered electrons or cathodoluminescence imaging. These two techniques are advantageous over optical microscopy in the cross-polarized mode as the volume resolution is better and simple polished mounts instead of doubly-sided sections are needed. A disadvantage, however, is that the impact of electron beam during analysis causes local structural changes. Quantitative studies of the real structure of zircon samples, such as determination of the degree of the radiation damage, is therefore tainted with potential uncertainty when being done after electron probe analysis. As an alternative, we present images of internal zircon structures generated through visible laser excitation and mapping of the Raman and photoluminescence light. Due to the time-consuming mapping procedure, such images will perhaps not be routinely used. For detailed studies, however, they may provide most valuable information. Photoluminescence maps provide, for instance, information on both the distribution of rare earth elements (band integrals) and the short-range order (band broadening) whereas Raman-based images are most sensitive for revealing patterns of heterogeneous radiation damage. Application of micro-spectroscopic mappings to the study of zircon crystals from the Gold Butte block, Nevada, and the Adirondack Mountains, New York State, are presented.

  13. Large single domain 123 material produced by seeding with single crystal rare earth barium copper oxide single crystals

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    Todt, V.; Miller, D.J.; Shi, D.; Sengupta, S.

    1998-07-07

    A method of fabricating bulk YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} where compressed powder oxides and/or carbonates of Y and Ba and Cu present in mole ratios to form YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} are heated in the presence of a Nd{sub 1+x}Ba{sub 2{minus}x}Cu{sub 3}O{sub y} seed crystal to a temperature sufficient to form a liquid phase in the YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} while maintaining the seed crystal solid. The materials are slowly cooled to provide a YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} material having a predetermined number of domains between 1 and 5. Crack-free single domain materials can be formed using either plate shaped seed crystals or cube shaped seed crystals with a pedestal of preferential orientation material. 7 figs.

  14. Structural evolvement and thermoelectric properties of Cu(3-x)Sn(x)Se? compounds with diamond-like crystal structures.

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    Fan, Jing; Schnelle, Walter; Antonyshyn, Iryna; Veremchuk, Igor; Carrillo-Cabrera, Wilder; Shi, Xun; Grin, Yuri; Chen, Lidong

    2014-11-28

    Polycrystalline samples of Cu(3-x)Sn(x)Se3 were synthesized in the composition range x = 0.87-1.05. A compositionally induced evolvement from tetragonal via cubic to monoclinic crystal structures is observed, when the composition changes from a Cu-rich to a Sn-rich one. The Cu(3-x)Sn(x)Se3 materials show a metal-to-semiconductor transition with increasing x. Electronic transport properties are governed by the charge-carrier concentration which is well described by a linear dispersion-band model. The lattice component of the thermal conductivity is practically independent of x which is attributed to the opposite influence of the atomic ordering and the inhomogeneous distribution of the Cu-Se or Sn-Se bonds with different polarities in the crystal structure. The highest thermoelectric figure of merit ZT of 0.34 is achieved for x = 1.025 at 700 K. PMID:25286143

  15. Avoiding problems with hydrogen misplacement in reporting crystal structures.

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    Bernal, Ivan; Watkins, Steven F

    2013-08-01

    Intermolecular hydrogen bonding is an integral part of many crystal structures. Hydrogen bonding sometimes results in one-, two- or three-dimensional supramolecular assemblies, a common feature of which is positional disorder of H atoms related to space-group symmetry. Yet some reported structures fail to include all possible donor–acceptor close contacts, or to seek H-atom electron densities associated with apparent D-H???A trios, while some H-atom positions violate principles of chemistry or crystal physics. Modern diffraction equipment and sophisticated computing systems provide high-quality data; thus, failure to characterize and report fully an accurate, complete and physically correct hydrogen-bonding model should not be acceptable. We illustrate the relevant issues with three published examples in the hope of slowing the proliferation of these problems, with the scientifically desirable goal of improving the accuracy of crystallographic models while also providing improved search keys for information retrieval. PMID:23907863

  16. Crystal structures and properties of nylon polymers from theory

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    Dasgupta, S.; Goddard, W.A. III; Hammond, W.B.

    1996-12-11

    A complete force field (MSXX) for simulation of all nylon polymers is derived from ab initio quantum calculations. Special emphasis is given to the accuracy of the hydrogen bond potential for the amide unit and the torsional potential between the peptide and alkane fragments. The MSXX force field was used to predict the structures, moduli, and detailed geometries of all nine nylons for which there are experimental crystal data plus one other. For nylon-(2n) with 2n = 6, the {alpha} crystal structure (with all-trans CH{sub 2} chains nearly coplanar with the hydrogen bonding plane) is more stable, while for 2n > 6, {gamma} (with the alkane plane twisted by 70{degree}) is more stable. This change results from the increased importance of methylene packing interactions over H bonds for larger 2n. We find the highest Young`s modulus for nylon-7. 51 refs., 6 figs., 7 tabs.

  17. Structure development in silicon sheet by shaped crystallization

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    Leipold, M. H.; De Angelis, R. J.

    1978-01-01

    Models are presented for the development of a parallel twinned structure of the 110 plane type and the 112 line type in silicon ribbons. The models are believed to be mutually compatible and operable. The first model relates the requirements for super-cooling during crystallization. The existence of reentrant angles associated with the twin structure is proposed to provide a rough interface to reduce super-cooling. The spacing of the twins is proposed to be limited by the geometrical relationship between the thermal gradient in the liquid and the dimensions of the twinned crystallization front. The second model relates the thermal stress configuration to detail dislocation reactions which would be expected to develop twins. While a specific dislocation mechanism cannot yet be defined, a number of alternatives are presented. All of these various dislocation mechanisms would result in the observed crystalline configuration and the choice among them is not critical.

  18. Crystal structure of tris­(hydroxyl­ammonium) orthophosphate

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    Leinemann, Malte; Jess, Inke; Boeckmann, Jan; Näther, Christian

    2015-01-01

    The crystal structure of the title salt, ([H3NOH]+)3·[PO4]3?, consists of discrete hydroxyl­ammonium cations and ortho­phos­phate anions. The atoms of the cation occupy general positions, whereas the anion is located on a threefold rotation axis that runs through the phospho­rus atom and one of the phosphate O atoms. In the crystal structure, cations and anions are linked by inter­molecular O—H?O and N—H?O hydrogen bonds into a three-dimensional network. Altogether, one very strong O—H?O, two N—H?O hydrogen bonds of medium strength and two weaker bifurcated N—H?O inter­actions are observed. PMID:26594525

  19. Crystal Structures of Aedes Aegypt Alanine Glyoxylate Aminotransferase

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    Han,Q.; Robinson, H.; Gao, Y.; Vogelaar, N.; Wilson, S.; Rizzi, M.; Li, J.

    2006-01-01

    Mosquitoes are unique in having evolved two alanine glyoxylate aminotransferases (AGTs). One is 3-hydroxykynurenine transaminase (HKT), which is primarily responsible for catalyzing the transamination of 3-hydroxykynurenine (3-HK) to xanthurenic acid (XA). Interestingly, XA is used by malaria parasites as a chemical trigger for their development within the mosquito. This 3-HK to XA conversion is considered the major mechanism mosquitoes use to detoxify the chemically reactive and potentially toxic 3-HK. The other AGT is a typical dipteran insect AGT and is specific for converting glyoxylic acid to glycine. Here we report the 1.75{angstrom} high-resolution three-dimensional crystal structure of AGT from the mosquito Aedes aegypti (AeAGT) and structures of its complexes with reactants glyoxylic acid and alanine at 1.75 and 2.1{angstrom} resolution, respectively. This is the first time that the three-dimensional crystal structures of an AGT with its amino acceptor, glyoxylic acid, and amino donor, alanine, have been determined. The protein is dimeric and adopts the type I-fold of pyridoxal 5-phosphate (PLP)-dependent aminotransferases. The PLP co-factor is covalently bound to the active site in the crystal structure, and its binding site is similar to those of other AGTs. The comparison of the AeAGT-glyoxylic acid structure with other AGT structures revealed that these glyoxylic acid binding residues are conserved in most AGTs. Comparison of the AeAGT-alanine structure with that of the Anopheles HKT-inhibitor complex suggests that a Ser-Asn-Phe motif in the latter may be responsible for the substrate specificity of HKT enzymes for 3-HK.

  20. Dynamic and structural control utilizing smart materials and structures

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    Rogers, C. A.; Robertshaw, H. H.

    1989-01-01

    An account is given of several novel 'smart material' structural control concepts that are currently under development. The thrust of these investigations is the evolution of intelligent materials and structures superceding the recently defined variable-geometry trusses and shape memory alloy-reinforced composites; the substances envisioned will be able to autonomously evaluate emergent environmental conditions and adapt to them, and even change their operational objectives. While until now the primary objective of the developmental efforts presently discussed has been materials that mimic biological functions, entirely novel concepts may be formulated in due course.

  1. Incommensurate composite crystal structure of scandium-II

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    Fujihisa, Hiroshi; Gotoh, Yoshito; Yamawaki, Hiroshi; Sakashita, Mami; Takeya, Satoshi; Honda, Kazumasa; Akahama, Yuichi; Kawamura, Haruki

    2005-10-01

    The long-unknown crystal structure of the high pressure phase scandium-II was solved by powder x-ray diffraction and was found to have tetragonal host channels along the c axis and guest chains that are incommensurate with the host, as well as the high pressure phases of Ba, Sr, Bi, and Sb. The pressure dependences of the lattice constants, the incommensurability, the atomic distances, and the atomic volume were investigated.

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

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

    2015-01-01

    Organic molecules, such as pharmaceuticals, agro-chemicals and pigments, frequently form several crystal polymorphs with different physicochemical properties. Finding polymorphs has long been a purely experimental game of trial-and-error. Here we utilize in silico polymorph screening in combination with rationally planned crystallization experiments to study the polymorphism of the pharmaceutical compound Dalcetrapib, with 10 torsional degrees of freedom one of the most flexible molecules ever studied computationally. The experimental crystal polymorphs are found at the bottom of the calculated lattice energy landscape, and two predicted structures are identified as candidates for a missing, thermodynamically more stable polymorph. Pressure-dependent stability calculations suggested high pressure as a means to bring these polymorphs into existence. Subsequently, one of them could indeed be crystallized in the 0.02 to 0.50?GPa pressure range and was found to be metastable at ambient pressure, effectively derisking the appearance of a more stable polymorph during late-stage development of Dalcetrapib. PMID:26198974

  3. National Launch System: Structures and materials

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    Bunting, Jack O.

    1993-01-01

    The National Launch System provides an opportunity to realize the potential of Al-Li. Advanced structures can reduce weights by 5-40 percent as well as relax propulsion system performance specifications and reduce requirements for labor and materials. The effect on costs will be substantial. Advanced assembly and process control technologies also offer the potential for greatly reduced labor during the manufacturing and inspection processes. Current practices are very labor-intensive and, as a result, labor costs far outweigh material costs for operational space transportation systems. The technological readiness of new structural materials depends on their commercial availability, producibility and materials properties. Martin Marietta is vigorously pursuing the development of its Weldalite 049 Al-Li alloys in each of these areas. Martin Marietta is also preparing to test an automated work cell concept that it has developed using discrete event simulation.

  4. 1MSE 2090: Introduction to Materials Science Chapter 3, Structure of solids How do atoms arrange themselves to form solids?

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    Zhigilei, Leonid V.

    1MSE 2090: Introduction to Materials Science Chapter 3, Structure of solids How do atoms arrange Why do atoms assemble into ordered structures (crystals)? Energyofinteratomicbond 0 Interatomic structure To discuss crystalline structures it is useful to consider atoms as being hard spheres with well

  5. Nanoconfinement-Induced Structures in Chiral Liquid Crystals

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    Melle, Michael; Theile, Madlona; Hall, Carol K.; Schoen, Martin

    2013-01-01

    We employ Monte Carlo simulations in a specialized isothermal-isobaric and in the grand canonical ensemble to study structure formation in chiral liquid crystals as a function of molecular chirality. Our model potential consists of a simple Lennard-Jones potential, where the attractive contribution has been modified to represent the orientation dependence of the interaction between a pair of chiral liquid-crystal molecules. The liquid crystal is confined between a pair of planar and atomically smooth substrates onto which molecules are anchored in a hybrid fashion. Hybrid anchoring allows for the formation of helical structures in the direction perpendicular to the substrate plane without exposing the helix to spurious strains. At low chirality, we observe a cholesteric phase, which is transformed into a blue phase at higher chirality. More specifically, by studying the unit cell and the spatial arrangement of disclination lines, this blue phase can be established as blue phase II. If the distance between the confining substrates and molecular chirality are chosen properly, we see a third structure, which may be thought of as a hybrid, exhibiting mixed features of a cholesteric and a blue phase. PMID:23989605

  6. Growth and structural, optical, and electrical properties of zincite crystals

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    Kaurova, I. A.; Kuz'micheva, G. M.; Rybakov, V. B.

    2013-03-15

    An X-ray diffraction study of ZnO crystals grown by the hydrothermal method has revealed reflections that give grounds to assign them to the sp. gr. P3 rather than to P6{sub 3}mc. The distribution of Zn1, Zn2, O1, and O2 over structural positions, along with vacancies and incorporated zinc atoms, explains the dissymmetrization observed in terms of the kinetic (growth) phase transition of the order-disorder type, which is caused by ordering Zn and O atoms over structural positions. The color of crystals of refined compositions (Zn{sub 0.975}{open_square}{sub 0.025})Zn{sub i(0.015)}(O{sub 0.990}{open_square}{sub 0.010}) (green) and (Zn{sub 0.965}{open_square}{sub 0.035})Zn{sub i(0.035)}O (bright green) is related to different oxygen contents, which is confirmed by the results of electron probe X-ray microanalysis and absorption spectroscopy. The degree of the structural quality of crystals, their resistivity, and activation energy are also related to oxygen vacancies.

  7. Crystal structure of a COG4313 outer membrane channel

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    Berg, Bert van den; Bhamidimarri, Satya Prathyusha; Winterhalter, Mathias

    2015-01-01

    COG4313 proteins form a large and widespread family of outer membrane channels and have been implicated in the uptake of a variety of hydrophobic molecules. Structure-function studies of this protein family have so far been hampered by a lack of structural information. Here we present the X-ray crystal structure of Pput2725 from the biodegrader Pseudomonas putida F1, a COG4313 channel of unknown function, using data to 2.3?Å resolution. The structure shows a 12-stranded barrel with an N-terminal segment preceding the first ?-strand occluding the lumen of the barrel. Single channel electrophysiology and liposome swelling experiments suggest that while the narrow channel visible in the crystal structure does allow passage of ions and certain small molecules in vitro, Pput2725 is unlikely to function as a channel for hydrophilic molecules. Instead, the presence of bound detergent molecules inside the barrel suggests that Pput2725 mediates uptake of hydrophobic molecules. Sequence alignments and the locations of highly conserved residues suggest the presence of a dynamic lateral opening through which hydrophobic molecules might gain entry into the cell. Our results provide the basis for structure-function studies of COG4313 family members with known function, such as the SphA sphingosine uptake channel of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. PMID:26149193

  8. SHELXT – Integrated space-group and crystal-structure determination

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    Sheldrick, George M.

    2015-01-01

    SHELXT automates routine small-molecule structure determination starting from single-crystal reflection data, the Laue group and a reasonable guess as to which elements might be present. The new computer program SHELXT employs a novel dual-space algorithm to solve the phase problem for single-crystal reflection data expanded to the space group P1. Missing data are taken into account and the resolution extended if necessary. All space groups in the specified Laue group are tested to find which are consistent with the P1 phases. After applying the resulting origin shifts and space-group symmetry, the solutions are subject to further dual-space recycling followed by a peak search and summation of the electron density around each peak. Elements are assigned to give the best fit to the integrated peak densities and if necessary additional elements are considered. An isotropic refinement is followed for non-centrosymmetric space groups by the calculation of a Flack parameter and, if appropriate, inversion of the structure. The structure is assembled to maximize its connectivity and centred optimally in the unit cell. SHELXT has already solved many thousand structures with a high success rate, and is optimized for multiprocessor computers. It is, however, unsuitable for severely disordered and twinned structures because it is based on the assumption that the structure consists of atoms.

  9. Structure of the toxic core of ?-synuclein from invisible crystals.

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    Rodriguez, Jose A; Ivanova, Magdalena I; Sawaya, Michael R; Cascio, Duilio; Reyes, Francis E; Shi, Dan; Sangwan, Smriti; Guenther, Elizabeth L; Johnson, Lisa M; Zhang, Meng; Jiang, Lin; Arbing, Mark A; Nannenga, Brent L; Hattne, Johan; Whitelegge, Julian; Brewster, Aaron S; Messerschmidt, Marc; Boutet, Sébastien; Sauter, Nicholas K; Gonen, Tamir; Eisenberg, David S

    2015-09-24

    The protein ?-synuclein is the main component of Lewy bodies, the neuron-associated aggregates seen in Parkinson disease and other neurodegenerative pathologies. An 11-residue segment, which we term NACore, appears to be responsible for amyloid formation and cytotoxicity of human ?-synuclein. Here we describe crystals of NACore that have dimensions smaller than the wavelength of visible light and thus are invisible by optical microscopy. As the crystals are thousands of times too small for structure determination by synchrotron X-ray diffraction, we use micro-electron diffraction to determine the structure at atomic resolution. The 1.4 Å resolution structure demonstrates that this method can determine previously unknown protein structures and here yields, to our knowledge, the highest resolution achieved by any cryo-electron microscopy method to date. The structure exhibits protofibrils built of pairs of face-to-face ?-sheets. X-ray fibre diffraction patterns show the similarity of NACore to toxic fibrils of full-length ?-synuclein. The NACore structure, together with that of a second segment, inspires a model for most of the ordered portion of the toxic, full-length ?-synuclein fibril, presenting opportunities for the design of inhibitors of ?-synuclein fibrils. PMID:26352473

  10. The crystal structure of aluminum doped {beta}-rhombohedral boron

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    Bykova, Elena; Materialphysik und Technologie, Lehrstuhl fuer Kristallographie, Physikalisches Institut, Universitaet Bayreuth, Universitaetsstrasse 30, D-95440 Bayreuth ; Parakhonskiy, Gleb; Materialphysik und Technologie, Lehrstuhl fuer Kristallographie, Physikalisches Institut, Universitaet Bayreuth, Universitaetsstrasse 30, D-95440 Bayreuth ; Dubrovinskaia, Natalia; Chernyshov, Dmitry; Dubrovinsky, Leonid

    2012-10-15

    A crystal structure of aluminum doped {beta}-rhombohedral boron was studied by single-crystal X-ray diffraction at 80 K. The crystals were synthesized using high-pressure high temperature technique at 3 GPa and 2100 K. The structure is based on three-dimensional framework made of B{sub 12} icosahedra with voids occupied by the B{sub 28}-B-B{sub 28} units, it has the R-3m space group with a=10.9014(3), c=23.7225(7) A lattice dimensions in hexagonal setting. Aluminum atoms are located in A1 and D special positions of the {beta}-B structure with occupancies of 82.7(6)% and 11.3(4)%, respectively. Additional boron atoms are located near the D-site. Their possible distribution is discussed. Finally we have found two appropriate structural models whose refinement suggests two possible chemical compositions, AlB{sub 44.8(5)} and AlB{sub 37.8(5)}, which are in a good agreement with the chemical analysis data obtained from EDX. The crystal structure of AlB{sub 44.8(5)} is described in detail. - Graphical abstract: The atomic distribution near the B(15) atom (non-labeled atom in the center of the picture) shown along the c axis. Anisotropic displacement ellipses for Al(2) (D-site) and B(15) are shown with 50 % probability level. The mirror plane with Miller indices (1 1 0) and related to it (-1 2 0) and (-2 1 0) generated by the 3-fold rotation-inversion axis parallel to the c axis splits the position of B(16) over two sites. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The crystal structure of the AlB{sub 44.8(5)} has been refined. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Aluminum atoms partially fill certain types of voids (the A1- and D-sites). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We have got two possible models of atomic distribution near the D-site.

  11. Sodium sulfate heptahydrate: direct observation of crystallization in a porous material 

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    Hamilton, Andrea; Hall, Christopher; Pel, Leo

    2008-10-15

    It is well known that sodium sulfate causes salt crystallization damage in building materials and rocks. However since the early 1900s the existence of the metastable heptahydrate has been largely forgotten and almost ...

  12. Method for monitoring the crystallization of an organic material from a liquid

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    Asay, Blaine W.; Henson, Bryan F.; Sander, Robert K.; Robinson, Jeanne M.; Son, Steven F.; Dickson, Peter M.

    2004-10-05

    Method for monitoring the crystallization of at least one organic material from a liquid. According to the method, a liquid having at least one organic material capable of existing in at least one non-centrosymmetric phase is prepared. The liquid is interrogated with a laser beam at a chosen wavelength. As at least a portion of the at least one organic material crystallizes from the liquid, the intensity of any light scattered by the crystallized material at a wavelength equal to one-half the chosen wavelength of the interrogating laser beam is monitored. If the intensity of this scattered light, increases, then the crystals that form include at least one non-cetrosymmetric phase.

  13. Crystal structure of inactive form of Rab3B

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    Zhang, Wei; Shen, Yang; Jiao, Ronghong; Liu, Yanli; Deng, Lingfu; Qi, Chao

    2012-02-24

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer This is the first structural information of human Rab3B. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer To provides a structural basis for the GDP/GTP switch in controlling the activity of Rab3. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The charge distribution of Rab3B indicates its unique roles in vesicular trafficking. -- Abstract: Rab proteins are the largest family of ras-related GTPases in eukaryotic cells. They act as directional molecular switches at membrane trafficking, including vesicle budding, cargo sorting, transport, tethering, and fusion. Here, we generated and crystallized the Rab3B:GDP complex. The structure of the complex was solved to 1.9 A resolution and the structural base comparison with other Rab3 members provides a structural basis for the GDP/GTP switch in controlling the activity of small GTPase. The comparison of charge distribution among the members of Rab3 also indicates their different roles in vesicular trafficking.

  14. Gyroid cuticular structures in butterfly wing scales: biological photonic crystals.

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    Michielsen, K; Stavenga, D G

    2008-01-01

    We present a systematic study of the cuticular structure in the butterfly wing scales of some papilionids (Parides sesostris and Teinopalpus imperialis) and lycaenids (Callophrys rubi, Cyanophrys remus, Mitoura gryneus and Callophrys dumetorum). Using published scanning and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images, analytical modelling and computer-generated TEM micrographs, we find that the three-dimensional cuticular structures can be modelled by gyroid structures with various filling fractions and lattice parameters. We give a brief discussion of the formation of cubic gyroid membranes from the smooth endoplasmic reticulum in the scale's cell, which dry and harden to leave the cuticular structure behind when the cell dies. The scales of C. rubi are a potentially attractive biotemplate for producing three-dimensional optical photonic crystals since for these scales the cuticle-filling fraction is nearly optimal for obtaining the largest photonic band gap in a gyroid structure. PMID:17567555

  15. BE.442 Molecular Structure of Biological Materials, Fall 2002

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    Zhang, Shuguang, Dr.

    Basic molecular structural principles of biological materials. Molecular structures of various materials of biological origin, including collagen, silk, bone, protein adhesives, GFP, self-assembling peptides. Molecular ...

  16. BE.442 Molecular Structure of Biological Materials, Fall 2005

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    Zhang, Shuguang, Dr.

    Basic molecular structural principles of biological materials. Molecular structures of various materials of biological origin, including collagen, silk, bone, protein adhesives, GFP, self-assembling peptides. Molecular ...

  17. Ion-beam induced domain structure in piezoelectric PMN-PT single crystal

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    Kim, Kyou-Hyun; Payne, David A.; Zuo Jianmin

    2010-12-27

    We report an investigation of the domain structure in Pb(Mg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}-30%PbTiO{sub 3} single crystals after ion milling. We show that ion milling induces microdomains, typically 0.1-1 {mu}m in size. The induced microdomains disappear after temperature annealing or electric poling, leaving behind nanodomains of a few nanometers in size. We attribute the microdomains to surface stress induced by ion milling. The results demonstrate the general importance of separating sample preparation artifacts from the true domain structure in the study of ferroic materials.

  18. Indirect estimation of structural nanoheterogeneity of crystal-forming media (melts)

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    Askhabov, Askhab

    2015-04-01

    Many experimental data testifying of ultramicroheterogeneous structure (nanoheterogeneity) of crystal-forming media has been accumulated by this time [1]. Numerous attempts of theoretical substantiation of existence in supersaturated (overcooled) medium of differently structured atomic-molecular formations named differently-associates, clusters etc. are also widely known. In particular, formation in crystal-forming media of specific nanoclusters of "hidden phase" (quatarons) is the key idea of the concept of cluster self-organization of matter at nanolevel in nonequilibrium conditions, developed by us [2]. However the question on whether there is any connection between structured of medium and such a fundamental its characteristic as surface tension (specific surface energy) was not discussed yet. In this work we propose a simple way of determination of the first correction to surface energy (tension) on curvature of interphase boundary, on this basis an attempt on the solution of the problem of connection of the crystal - forming media structure with values of their surface energy is undertaken. The question theory is given in our earlier published work [3]. As a result we obtained the data that evidence of nanoheterogeneity of crystal-forming media even near to equilibrium. According to the calculations made under the obtained formulas with use of known values of surface tension of melts, the quataron structures characterizing structural nanoheterogeneity of crystal-forming media, close to melting temperature represent cluster formation consisting of small number of atoms. In geometrical interpretation, despite the non - rigid structure and oscillating character of bonds between atoms, the quatarons in most cases can be characterized in terms of simple polyhedrons - from an octahedron with number of surface atoms n=6 to truncated icosahedrons (n=60). It is also obvious that these areas of structural nanoheterogeneity in melt can be considered as an area of short-range order. The work is supported by grants of SC-4795.2014.5 and RFBR 14-05-90403. 1. D. Gebauer, H. Coffen. Nano Today, 2011. 6. P. 564-584. 2. A.M. Askhabov. Cluster (quataron) self-organization of matter at nanolevel and formation of crystalline and non-crystalline materials // Zapiski Russian Mineralogical Society, 2004. 4. P. 108-123 (in Russian). 3. A.M. Askhabov. Surface Energy and Structural Heterogeneity of Crystal-Forming Media // Doklady Earth Sciences, 2011. 436.1. P. 73-75.

  19. Structured materials for catalytic and sensing applications

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    Hokenek, Selma

    The optical and chemical properties of the materials used in catalytic and sensing applications directly determine the characteristics of the resultant catalyst or sensor. It is well known that a catalyst needs to have high activity, selectivity, and stability to be viable in an industrial setting. The hydrogenation activity of palladium catalysts is known to be excellent, but the industrial applications are limited by the cost of obtaining catalyst in amounts large enough to make their use economical. As a result, alloying palladium with a cheaper, more widely available metal while maintaining the high catalytic activity seen in monometallic catalysts is, therefore, an attractive option. Similarly, the optical properties of nanoscale materials used for sensing must be attuned to their application. By adjusting the shape and composition of nanoparticles used in such applications, very fine changes can be made to the frequency of light that they absorb most efficiently. The design, synthesis, and characterization of (i) size controlled monometallic palladium nanoparticles for catalytic applications, (ii) nickel-palladium bimetallic nanoparticles and (iii) silver-palladium nanoparticles with applications in drug detection and biosensing through surface plasmon resonance, respectively, will be discussed. The composition, size, and shape of the nanoparticles formed were controlled through the use of wet chemistry techniques. After synthesis, the nanoparticles were analyzed using physical and chemical characterization techniques such as X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), and Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy- Energy-Dispersive Spectrometry (STEM-EDX). The Pd and Ni-Pd nanoparticles were then supported on silica for catalytic testing using mass spectrometry. The optical properties of the Ag-Pd nanoparticles in suspension were further investigated using ultraviolet-visible spectrometry (UV-Vis). Monometallic palladium particles have been synthesized and characterized to establish the effects of nanoparticle size on catalytic activity in methanol decomposition. The physicochemical properties of the synthesized palladium-nickel nanoparticles will be discussed, as a function of the synthesis parameters. The optical characteristics of the Ag and Pd nanoparticles will be determined, with a view toward tuning the response of the nanoparticles for incorporation in sensors. Analysis of the monometallic palladium particles revealed a dependence of syngas production on nanoparticle size. The peak and steady state TOFs increased roughly linearly with the average nanoparticle diameter. The amount of coke deposited on the particle surfaces was found to be independent on the size of the nanoparticles. Shape control of the nickel-palladium nanoparticles with a high selectivity for (100) and (110) facets (? 80%) has been demonstrated. The resulting alloy nanoparticles were found to have homogeneous composition throughout their volume and maintain FCC crystal structure. Substitution of Ni atoms in the Pd lattice at a 1:3 molar ratio was found to induce lattice strains of ~1%. The Ag nanocubes synthesized exhibited behavior very similar to literature values, when taken on their own, exhibiting a pair of distinct absorbance peaks at 350 nm and 455 nm. In physical mixtures with the Pd nanoparticles synthesized, their behavior showed that the peak position of the Ag nanocubes' absorbance in UV-Vis could be tuned based on the relative proportions of the Ag and Pd nanoparticles present in the suspension analysed. The Ag polyhedra synthesized for comparison showed a broad doublet peak throughout the majority of the visible range before testing as a component in a physical mixture with the Pd nanoparticles. The addition of Pd nanoparticles to form a physical mixture resulted in some damping of the doublet peak observed as well as a corresponding shift in the baseline absorbance proportional to the amount of Pd added to the mixture.

  20. Microgravity polymer and crystal growth at the Advanced Materials Center for the Commercial Development of Space

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    Mccauley, Lisa A.

    1990-01-01

    The microgravity research programs currently conducted by the Advanced Materials Center for the Commercial Development of Space (CCDS) are briefly reviewed. Polymer processing in space, which constitutes the most active microgravity program at the Advanced Materials CCDS, is conducted in three areas: membrane processing, multiphase composite behavior, and plasma polymerization. Current work in microgravity crystal growth is discussed with particular reference to the development of the Zeolite Crystal Growth facility.

  1. Crystal structures of two (±)-exo-N-isobornyl-acetamides.

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    Stepanovs, Dmitrijs; Posevins, Daniels; Turks, Maris

    2015-10-01

    The title compounds consist of a bornane skeleton with attached acetamide, C12H21NO (±)-(1) {systematic name: (±)-N-[(1RS,2RS,4RS)-1,7,7-tri-methylbi-cyclo-[2.2.1]heptan-2-yl]acetamide}, and chloro-acetamide, C12H20ClNO (±)-(2) {systematic name: (±)-2-chloro-N-[(1RS,2RS,4RS)-1,7,7-tri-methylbi-cyclo-[2.2.1]heptan-2-yl]-acetamide}, functionalities to the 2-exo-position. The crystal structure of the first monoclinic polymorph of (±)-(1) has been reported previously [Ung et al. (2014 ?). Monatsh. Chem. 145, 983-992]. Compound (±)-(1) crystallizes in the space group P21/n with two independent mol-ecules in the asymmetric unit, in contrast to the above-mentioned polymorph which crystallized in the space group C2/c with one mol-ecule in the asymmetric unit. In the title compounds, the bicyclic bornane moieties have normal geometries. In the crystals of both compounds, mol-ecules are linked by N-H?O hydrogen bonds, reinforced by C-H?O contacts, forming trans-amide chains propagating along the a-axis direction. In the case of compound (±)-(1), neighbouring chains are linked by further C-H?O contacts, forming double-chain ribbons along [100]. PMID:26594386

  2. Crystal structures of two (±)-exo-N-isobornyl­acetamides

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    Stepanovs, Dmitrijs; Posevins, Daniels; Turks, Maris

    2015-01-01

    The title compounds consist of a bornane skeleton with attached acetamide, C12H21NO (±)-(1) {systematic name: (±)-N-[(1RS,2RS,4RS)-1,7,7-tri­methylbi­cyclo­[2.2.1]heptan-2-yl]acetamide}, and chloro­acetamide, C12H20ClNO (±)-(2) {systematic name: (±)-2-chloro-N-[(1RS,2RS,4RS)-1,7,7-tri­methylbi­cyclo­[2.2.1]heptan-2-yl]­acetamide}, functionalities to the 2-exo-position. The crystal structure of the first monoclinic polymorph of (±)-(1) has been reported previously [Ung et al. (2014 ?). Monatsh. Chem. 145, 983–992]. Compound (±)-(1) crystallizes in the space group P21/n with two independent mol­ecules in the asymmetric unit, in contrast to the above-mentioned polymorph which crystallized in the space group C2/c with one mol­ecule in the asymmetric unit. In the title compounds, the bicyclic bornane moieties have normal geometries. In the crystals of both compounds, mol­ecules are linked by N—H?O hydrogen bonds, reinforced by C—H?O contacts, forming trans-amide chains propagating along the a-axis direction. In the case of compound (±)-(1), neighbouring chains are linked by further C—H?O contacts, forming double-chain ribbons along [100]. PMID:26594386

  3. Influence of structural parameters on tunable photonic band gaps modulated by liquid crystals

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    Huang, Aiqin; Zheng, Jihong; Jiang, Yanmeng; Zhou, Zengjun; Tang, Pingyu; Zhuang, Songlin

    2011-10-01

    Tunable photonic crystals (PCs), which are infiltrated with nematic liquid crystals (LCs), tune photonic band gap (PBG) by rotating directors of LCs when applied with the external electrical field. Using the plane wave expansion method, we simulated the PBG structure of two-dimensional tunable PCs with a triangular lattice of circular column, square column and hexagon column, respectively. When PCs are composed of LCs and different substrate materials such as germanium (Ge) and silicon (Si), the influence of structural parameters including column shape and packing ration on PBG is discussed separately. Numerical simulations show that absolute PBG can't be found at any conditions, however large tuning range of polarized wave can be achieved by rotating directors of LCs. The simulation results provide theoretical guidance for the fabrication of field-sensitive polarizer with big tunable band range.

  4. Crystal structure of the PB1 domain of NBR1.

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    Müller, Simone; Kursula, Inari; Zou, Peijian; Wilmanns, Matthias

    2006-01-01

    The scaffold protein NBR1 is involved in signal transmission downstream of the serine/protein kinase from the giant muscle protein titin. Its N-terminal Phox and Bem1p (PB1) domain plays a critical role in mediating protein-protein interactions with both titin kinase and with another scaffold protein, p62. We have determined the crystal structure of the PB1 domain of NBR1 at 1.55A resolution. It reveals a type-A PB1 domain with two negatively charged residue clusters. We provide a structural perspective on the involvement of NBR1 in the titin kinase signalling pathway. PMID:16376336

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

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

    2014-08-01

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

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

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

    2003-12-01

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

  7. Fusion proteins as alternate crystallization paths to difficult structure problems

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    Carter, Daniel C.; Rueker, Florian; Ho, Joseph X.; Lim, Kap; Keeling, Kim; Gilliland, Gary; Ji, Xinhua

    1994-01-01

    The three-dimensional structure of a peptide fusion product with glutathione transferase from Schistosoma japonicum (SjGST) has been solved by crystallographic methods to 2.5 A resolution. Peptides or proteins can be fused to SjGST and expressed in a plasmid for rapid synthesis in Escherichia coli. Fusion proteins created by this commercial method can be purified rapidly by chromatography on immobilized glutathione. The potential utility of using SjGST fusion proteins as alternate paths to the crystallization and structure determination of proteins is demonstrated.

  8. Simulation of crystallization in Ge2Sb2Te5: A memory effect in the canonical phase-change material

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    Kalikka, J.; Akola, J.; Jones, R. O.

    2014-11-01

    Crystallization of amorphous Ge2Sb2Te5 (GST) has been studied using four extensive (460 atoms, up to 4 ns) density functional/molecular dynamics simulations at 600 K. This phase change material is a rare system where crystallization can be simulated without adjustable parameters over the physical time scale, and the results could provide insight into order-disorder processes in general. Crystallization is accompanied by an increase in the number of A B A B squares (A :Ge,Sb;B :Te), percolation, and the occurrence of low-frequency localized vibration modes. A sample with a history of order crystallizes completely in 1.2 ns, but ordering in others was less complete, even after 4 ns. The amorphous starting structures without memory display phases (>1 ns) with subcritical nuclei (10-50 atoms) ranging from nearly cubical blocks to stringlike configurations of A B A B squares and A B bonds extending across the cell. Percolation initiates the rapid phase of crystallization and is coupled to the directional p -type bonding in metastable GST. Cavities play a crucial role, and the final ordered structure is distorted rock salt with a face-centered cubic sublattice containing predominantly Te atoms. We comment on earlier models based on smaller and much shorter simulations.

  9. Synthesis and growth of materials for solid state lasers: Nd:YLF and Nd:LLW single crystal fibers

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    Baldochi, S. L.; Silva, F. R.; de Moraes, J. R.; Jakutis, J.; Wetter, N. U.; Santo, A. M. E.

    2011-02-01

    Despite new developments for compact laser devices, the neodymium ion (Nd 3+), continues to be the most widely used active laser ion. In this article, the growth of Nd:LiYF 4 (Nd:YLF) and Nd:LiLa(WO 4) 2 (Nd:LLW) single crystal fibers growth is reported considering their use as laser media. Homogeneous and good optical quality single crystals fibers of both materials were obtained. Additionally, structural and optical characterizations were performed on Nd:LLW single fibers. The dependence of the atmosphere on Nd:YLF fibers growth were also studied. Dopant distribution was measured along the fibers. Loss and gain tests were performed on the fluoride single crystal fiber to prove that laser action is achievable.

  10. From protein structure to function via single crystal optical spectroscopy

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    Ronda, Luca; Bruno, Stefano; Bettati, Stefano; Storici, Paola; Mozzarelli, Andrea

    2015-01-01

    The more than 100,000 protein structures determined by X-ray crystallography provide a wealth of information for the characterization of biological processes at the molecular level. However, several crystallographic “artifacts,” including conformational selection, crystallization conditions and radiation damages, may affect the quality and the interpretation of the electron density maps, thus limiting the relevance of structure determinations. Moreover, for most of these structures, no functional data have been obtained in the crystalline state, thus posing serious questions on their validity in infereing protein mechanisms. In order to solve these issues, spectroscopic methods have been applied for the determination of equilibrium and kinetic properties of proteins in the crystalline state. These methods are UV-vis spectrophotometry, spectrofluorimetry, IR, EPR, Raman, and resonance Raman spectroscopy. Some of these approaches have been implemented with on-line instruments at X-ray synchrotron beamlines. Here, we provide an overview of investigations predominantly carried out in our laboratory by single crystal polarized absorption UV-vis microspectrophotometry, the most applied technique for the functional characterization of proteins in the crystalline state. Studies on hemoglobins, pyridoxal 5?-phosphate dependent enzymes and green fluorescent protein in the crystalline state have addressed key biological issues, leading to either straightforward structure-function correlations or limitations to structure-based mechanisms. PMID:25988179

  11. Damage Mechanisms of Porous Materials due to In-Pore Salt Crystallization

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    Schiro, Mara; Ruiz-Agudo, Encarnacion; Rodriguez-Navarro, Carlos

    2012-12-01

    Pressure exerted by crystallization of salts within porous materials contributes to damage in historic and modern construction. By unequivocally identifying the precipitating phase(s) while simultaneously determining solution supersaturation and associated crystallization pressure in subsurface pores, we show that the formation of a thermodynamically metastable salt phase (heptahydrate; Na2SO4·7H2O) and the resulting transition to a less soluble stable phase (mirabilite; Na2SO4·10H2O) is largely responsible for the high supersaturation and crystallization pressure developed during evaporative crystallization of sodium sulfate, the most damaging salt known. These results help to explain why salts with various (stable and metastable) hydrated phases are the most damaging. We also show that damage associated with metastable-stable phase transitions can be suppressed by the use of crystallization promoters. These results open new ways for the prevention of salt damage to building materials.

  12. Damage mechanisms of porous materials due to in-pore salt crystallization.

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    Schiro, Mara; Ruiz-Agudo, Encarnacion; Rodriguez-Navarro, Carlos

    2012-12-28

    Pressure exerted by crystallization of salts within porous materials contributes to damage in historic and modern construction. By unequivocally identifying the precipitating phase(s) while simultaneously determining solution supersaturation and associated crystallization pressure in subsurface pores, we show that the formation of a thermodynamically metastable salt phase (heptahydrate; Na2SO4·7H2O) and the resulting transition to a less soluble stable phase (mirabilite; Na2SO4·10H2O) is largely responsible for the high supersaturation and crystallization pressure developed during evaporative crystallization of sodium sulfate, the most damaging salt known. These results help to explain why salts with various (stable and metastable) hydrated phases are the most damaging. We also show that damage associated with metastable-stable phase transitions can be suppressed by the use of crystallization promoters. These results open new ways for the prevention of salt damage to building materials. PMID:23368580

  13. Epitaxial growth, structure, and magnetism of epitaxial Ni80Fe20 single-crystal, bicrystal, and quad-crystal films

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    Huang, Jung-Chun

    Epitaxial growth, structure, and magnetism of epitaxial Ni80Fe20 single-crystal, bicrystal, and quad-crystal films J. C. A. Huang,1,2, * C. C. Yu,2 C. M. Fu,3 and C. H. Lee4 1 Physics Department planes and MgO 110 substrate have been studied. Single-crystal Ni80Fe20 110 films were prepared on Mg

  14. A 4-D dataset for validation of crystal growth in a complex three-phase material, ice cream

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    Rockett, P.; Karagadde, S.; Guo, E.; Bent, J.; Hazekamp, J.; Kingsley, M.; Vila-Comamala, J.; Lee, P. D.

    2015-06-01

    Four dimensional (4D, or 3D plus time) X-ray tomographic imaging of phase changes in materials is quickly becoming an accepted tool for quantifying the development of microstructures to both inform and validate models. However, most of the systems studied have been relatively simple binary compositions with only two phases. In this study we present a quantitative dataset of the phase evolution in a complex three-phase material, ice cream. The microstructure of ice cream is an important parameter in terms of sensorial perception, and therefore quantification and modelling of the evolution of the microstructure with time and temperature is key to understanding its fabrication and storage. The microstructure consists of three phases, air cells, ice crystals, and unfrozen matrix. We perform in situ synchrotron X-ray imaging of ice cream samples using in-line phase contrast tomography, housed within a purpose built cold-stage (-40 to +20oC) with finely controlled variation in specimen temperature. The size and distribution of ice crystals and air cells during programmed temperature cycling are determined using 3D quantification. The microstructural evolution of three-phase materials has many other important applications ranging from biological to structural and functional material, hence this dataset can act as a validation case for numerical investigations on faceted and non-faceted crystal growth in a range of materials.

  15. Identifying duplicate crystal structures: XTALCOMP, an open-source solution

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    Lonie, David C.; Zurek, Eva

    2012-03-01

    We describe the implementation of XTALCOMP, an efficient, reliable, and open-source library that tests if two crystal descriptions describe the same underlying structure. The algorithm has been tested and found to correctly identify duplicate structures in spite of the "real-world" difficulties that arise from working with numeric crystal representations: degenerate unit cell lattices, numerical noise, periodic boundaries, and the lack of a canonical coordinate origin. The library is portable, open, and not dependent on any external packages. A web interface to the algorithm is publicly accessible at http://xtalopt.openmolecules.net/xtalcomp/xtalcomp.html. Program summaryProgram title: XtalComp Catalogue identifier: AEKV_v1_0 Program summary URL:http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/summaries/AEKV_v1_0.html Program obtainable from: CPC Program Library, Queen's University, Belfast, N. Ireland Licensing provisions: "New" (3-clause) BSD [1] No. of lines in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 3148 No. of bytes in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 21 860 Distribution format: tar.gz Programming language: C++ Computer: No restrictions Operating system: All operating systems with a compliant C++ compiler. Classification: 7.8 Nature of problem: Computationally identifying duplicate crystal structures taken from the output of modern solid state calculations is a non-trivial exercise for many reasons. The translation vectors in the description are not unique — they may be transformed into linear combinations of themselves and continue to describe the same extended structure. The coordinates and cell parameters contain numerical noise. The periodic boundary conditions at the unit cell faces, edges, and corners can cause very small displacements of atomic coordinates to result in very different representations. The positions of all atoms may be uniformly translated by an arbitrary vector without modifying the underlying structure. Additionally, certain applications may consider enantiomorphic structures to be identical. Solution method: The XtalComp algorithm overcomes these issues to detect duplicate structures regardless of differences in representation. It begins by performing a Niggli reduction on the inputs, standardizing the translation vectors and orientations. A transform search is performed to identify candidate sets of rotations, reflections, and translations that potentially map the description of one crystal onto the other, solving the problems of enantiomorphs and rotationally degenerate lattices. The atomic positions resulting from each candidate transform are then compared, using a cell-expansion technique to remove periodic boundary issues. Computational noise is treated by comparing non-integer quantities using a specified tolerance. Running time: The test run provided takes less than a second to complete.

  16. Crystal structure and crystal chemistry of melanovanadite, a natural vanadium bronze.

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    Konnert, J.A.; Evans, H.T., Jr.

    1987-01-01

    The crystal structure of melanovanadite from Minas Ragra, Peru, has been determined in space group P1. The triclinic unit cell (non-standard) has a 6.360(2), b 18.090(9), c 6.276(2) A, alpha 110.18(4)o, beta 101.62(3)o, gamma 82.86(4)o. A subcell with b' = b/2 was found by crystal-structure analysis to contain CaV4O10.5H2O. The subcell has a layer structure in which the vanadate sheet consists of corner-shared tetrahedral VO4 and double square-pyramidal V2O8 groups, similar to that previously found in synthetic CsV2O5. Refinement of the full structure (R = 0.056) showed that the Ca atom, which half-occupies a general position in the subcell, is 90% ordered at one of these sites in the whole unit cell. Bond length-bond strength estimates indicate that the tetrahedra contain V5+, and the square pyramids, V4+.-J.A.Z.

  17. Structural chemistry and number theory amalgamized: crystal structure of Na11Hg52.

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    Hornfeck, Wolfgang; Hoch, Constantin

    2015-12-01

    The recently elucidated crystal structure of the technologically important amalgam Na11Hg52 is described by means of a method employing some fundamental concept of number theory, namely modular arithmetical (congruence) relations observed between a slightly idealized set of atomic coordinates. In combination with well known ideas from group theory, regarding lattice-sublattice transformations, these allow for a deeper mutual understanding of both and provide the structural chemist with a slightly different kind of spectacles, thus enabling a distinct viw on complex crystal structures in general. PMID:26634733

  18. Organic Crystals with Near-Infrared Amplified Spontaneous Emissions Based on 2'-Hydroxychalcone Derivatives: Subtle Structure Modification but Great Property Change.

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    Cheng, Xiao; Wang, Kai; Huang, Shuo; Zhang, Houyu; Zhang, Hongyu; Wang, Yue

    2015-07-13

    A series of highly efficient deep red to near-infrared (NIR) emissive organic crystals 1-3 based on the structurally simple 2'-hydroxychalcone derivatives were synthesized through a simple one-step condensation reaction. Crystal 1 displays the highest quantum yield (?f) of 0.32 among the reported organic single crystals with an emission maximum (?em) over 710?nm. Comparison between the bright emissive crystals 1-3 and the nearly nonluminous compounds 4-7 clearly gives evidence that a subtle structure modification can arouse great property changes, which is instructive in designing new high-efficiency organic luminescent materials. Notably, crystals 1-3 exhibit amplified spontaneous emissions (ASE) with extremely low thresholds. Thus, organic deep red to NIR emissive crystals with very high ?f have been obtained and are found to display the first example of NIR fluorescent crystal ASE. PMID:26036645

  19. Crystal structure of the Fe-member of usovite.

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    Weil, Matthias

    2015-06-01

    Crystals of the title compound, with the idealized composition Ba2CaFeAl2F14, dibarium calcium iron(II) dialuminium tetra-deca-fluoride, were obtained serendipitously by reacting a mixture of the binary fluorides BaF2, CaF2 and AlF3 in a leaky steel reactor. The compound crystallizes in the usovite structure type (Ba2CaMgAl2F14), with Fe(2+) cations replacing the Mg(2+) cations. The principal building units are distorted [CaF8] square-anti-prisms (point group symmetry 2), [FeF6] octa-hedra (point group symmetry -1) and [AlF6] octa-hedra that are condensed into undulating (2) ?[CaFeAl2F14](4-) layers parallel (100). The Ba(2+) cations separate the layers and exhibit a coordination number of 12. Two crystal structure models with a different treatment of the disordered Fe site [mixed Fe/Ca occupation, model (I), versus underoccupation of Fe, model (II)], are discussed, leading to different refined formulae Ba2Ca1.310?(15)Fe0.690?(15)Al2F14 [model (I)] and Ba2CaFe0.90?(1)Al2F14 [model (II)]. PMID:26090139

  20. Crystal structure of the Fe-member of usovite

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    Weil, Matthias

    2015-01-01

    Crystals of the title compound, with the idealized composition Ba2CaFeAl2F14, dibarium calcium iron(II) dialuminium tetra­deca­fluoride, were obtained serendipitously by reacting a mixture of the binary fluorides BaF2, CaF2 and AlF3 in a leaky steel reactor. The compound crystallizes in the usovite structure type (Ba2CaMgAl2F14), with Fe2+ cations replacing the Mg2+ cations. The principal building units are distorted [CaF8] square-anti­prisms (point group symmetry 2), [FeF6] octa­hedra (point group symmetry -1) and [AlF6] octa­hedra that are condensed into undulating 2 ?[CaFeAl2F14]4? layers parallel (100). The Ba2+ cations separate the layers and exhibit a coordination number of 12. Two crystal structure models with a different treatment of the disordered Fe site [mixed Fe/Ca occupation, model (I), versus underoccupation of Fe, model (II)], are discussed, leading to different refined formulae Ba2Ca1.310?(15)Fe0.690?(15)Al2F14 [model (I)] and Ba2CaFe0.90?(1)Al2F14 [model (II)]. PMID:26090139

  1. Modeling of composite materials and multilayered structures

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    Touratier, M.

    1993-12-31

    The aim of this paper is to present efficient tools for predicting mechanical properties of most of the usual composite materials, and the response to the loading for multilayered structures. The essence of these tools is such that they are especially appropriate to the design of composite constructions. Three types of composite materials have been considered: composite materials with a matrix reinforced by long parallel fibers; composite materials with a matrix reinforced by randomly distributed short fibers; and last, two-dimensional woven fabric composites. For all these composite materials homogenized elastic properties are given and some indications are provided for hygrothermal properties. Experimental techniques in statics and in dynamics by ultrasonic wave propagation have allowed us to validate the above homogenization models. In order to provide a complete set of tools for the composite designer, a multilayered, doubly curved shallow shell model has been designed. This model is based on a new type of kinematics which has a three-dimensional essence and allows us to take into account a proper transverse shear deformation distribution and avoid transverse shear correction factors. Finally, contact conditions at interfaces between layers of the laminate have been taken into account both for displacements and for transverse shear stresses, the latter satisfying the free boundary conditions upon the top and bottom surfaces of the multilayered structures. Thus this model allows for instance, analyzing interface stresses useful to the design of composite structures in order to prevent delamination. The analysis may use analytical and/or finite element computations.

  2. Balance of optical, structural, and electrical properties of textured liquid phase crystallized Si solar cells

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    Preidel, V. Amkreutz, D.; Haschke, J.; Wollgarten, M.; Rech, B.; Becker, C.

    2015-06-14

    Liquid phase crystallized Si thin-film solar cells on nanoimprint textured glass substrates exhibiting two characteristic, but distinct different surface structures are presented. The impact of the substrate texture on light absorption, the structural Si material properties, and the resulting solar cell performance is analyzed. A pronounced periodic substrate texture with a vertical feature size of about 1??m enables excellent light scattering and light trapping. However, it also gives rise to an enhanced Si crystal defect formation deteriorating the solar cell performance. In contrast, a random pattern with a low surface roughness of 45?nm allows for the growth of Si thin films being comparable to Si layers on planar reference substrates. Amorphous Si/crystalline Si heterojunction solar cells fabricated on the low-roughness texture exhibit a maximum open circuit voltage of 616?mV and internal quantum efficiency peak values exceeding 90%, resulting in an efficiency potential of 13.2%. This demonstrates that high quality crystalline Si thin films can be realized on nanoimprint patterned glass substrates by liquid phase crystallization inspiring the implementation of tailor-made nanophotonic light harvesting concepts into future liquid phase crystallized Si thin film solar cells on glass.

  3. Crystal Structure of a Fructokinase Homolog from Halothermothrix orenii

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    Khiang, C.; Seetharaman, J; Kasprzak, J; Cherlyn, N; Patel, B; Love, C; Bujnicki, J; Sivaraman, J

    2010-01-01

    Fructokinase (FRK; EC 2.7.1.4) catalyzes the phosphorylation of D-fructose to D-fructose 6-phosphate (F6P). This irreversible and near rate-limiting step is a central and regulatory process in plants and bacteria, which channels fructose into a metabolically active state for glycolysis. Towards understanding the mechanism of FRK, here we report the crystal structure of a FRK homolog from a thermohalophilic bacterium Halothermothrix orenii (Hore{_}18220 in sequence databases). The structure of the Hore{_}18220 protein reveals a catalytic domain with a Rossmann-like fold and a b-sheet 'lid' for dimerization. Based on comparison of Hore{_}18220 to structures of related proteins, we propose its mechanism of action, in which the lid serves to regulate access to the substrate binding sites. Close relationship of Hore{_}18220 and plant FRK enzymes allows us to propose a model for the structure and function of FRKs.

  4. STRUCTURE NOTE Crystal Structure of YdcE Protein From Bacillus subtilis

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    Shapiro, Lawrence

    STRUCTURE NOTE Crystal Structure of YdcE Protein From Bacillus subtilis Arhonda Gogos,1 Haiyan Mu,2 from Bacillus subtilis, Mycobacte- rium tuberculosis, Chlamydia pneumoniae, Xylella fastidiosa. subtilis, the first from COG2337. Methods. We amplified the ydcE gene by polymerase chain reaction (PCR

  5. Hierarchically structured materials for lithium batteries.

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    Xiao, Jie; Zheng, Jianming; Li, Xiaolin; Shao, Yuyan; Zhang, Ji-Guang

    2013-10-25

    The lithium-ion battery (LIB) is one of the most promising power sources to be deployed in electric vehicles, including solely battery powered vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and hybrid electric vehicles. With the increasing demand for devices of high-energy densities (>500 Wh kg(-1)), new energy storage systems, such as lithium-oxygen (Li-O2) batteries and other emerging systems beyond the conventional LIB, have attracted worldwide interest for both transportation and grid energy storage applications in recent years. It is well known that the electrochemical performance of these energy storage systems depends not only on the composition of the materials, but also on the structure of the electrode materials used in the batteries. Although the desired performance characteristics of batteries often have conflicting requirements with the micro/nano-structure of electrodes, hierarchically designed electrodes can be tailored to satisfy these conflicting requirements. This work will review hierarchically structured materials that have been successfully used in LIB and Li-O2 batteries. Our goal is to elucidate (1) how to realize the full potential of energy materials through the manipulation of morphologies, and (2) how the hierarchical structure benefits the charge transport, promotes the interfacial properties and prolongs the electrode stability and battery lifetime. PMID:24067410

  6. Hierarchically Structured Materials for Lithium Batteries

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    Xiao, Jie; Zheng, Jianming; Li, Xiaolin; Shao, Yuyan; Zhang, Jiguang

    2013-09-25

    Lithium-ion battery (LIB) is one of the most promising power sources to be deployed in electric vehicles (EV), including solely battery powered vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and hybrid electrical vehicles. With the increasing demand on devices of high energy densities (>500 Wh/kg) , new energy storage systems, such as lithium-oxygen (Li-O2) batteries and other emerging systems beyond the conventional LIB also attracted worldwide interest for both transportation and grid energy storage applications in recent years. It is well known that the electrochemical performances of these energy storage systems depend not only on the composition of the materials, but also on the structure of electrode materials used in the batteries. Although the desired performances characteristics of batteries often have conflict requirements on the micro/nano-structure of electrodes, hierarchically designed electrodes can be tailored to satisfy these conflict requirements. This work will review hierarchically structured materials that have been successfully used in LIB and Li-O2 batteries. Our goal is to elucidate 1) how to realize the full potential of energy materials through the manipulation of morphologies, and 2) how the hierarchical structure benefits the charge transport, promotes the interfacial properties, prolongs the electrode stability and battery lifetime.

  7. Hierarchically structured materials for lithium batteries

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    Xiao, Jie; Zheng, Jianming; Li, Xiaolin; Shao, Yuyan; Zhang, Ji-Guang

    2013-10-01

    The lithium-ion battery (LIB) is one of the most promising power sources to be deployed in electric vehicles, including solely battery powered vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and hybrid electric vehicles. With the increasing demand for devices of high-energy densities (>500 Wh kg-1), new energy storage systems, such as lithium-oxygen (Li-O2) batteries and other emerging systems beyond the conventional LIB, have attracted worldwide interest for both transportation and grid energy storage applications in recent years. It is well known that the electrochemical performance of these energy storage systems depends not only on the composition of the materials, but also on the structure of the electrode materials used in the batteries. Although the desired performance characteristics of batteries often have conflicting requirements with the micro/nano-structure of electrodes, hierarchically designed electrodes can be tailored to satisfy these conflicting requirements. This work will review hierarchically structured materials that have been successfully used in LIB and Li-O2 batteries. Our goal is to elucidate (1) how to realize the full potential of energy materials through the manipulation of morphologies, and (2) how the hierarchical structure benefits the charge transport, promotes the interfacial properties and prolongs the electrode stability and battery lifetime.

  8. Crystal growth, structures, magnetic and photoluminescent properties of NaLnGeO4 (Ln = Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb)

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    Yeon, Jeongho; Hardaway, John B.; Sefat, Athena S.; Latshaw, Allison M.; zur Loye, Hans-Conrad

    2014-08-01

    Single crystals of NaLnGeO4 (Ln = Sm, Eu, Gd) were grown out of a molten sodium hydroxide flux, and their crystal structures were determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction. The lanthanide containing germanates crystallize in the orthorhombic space group of Pnma, and exhibit a complex three-dimensional structure consisting of corner- or edge-shared LnO6, GeO4, and NaO6 polyhedra. UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra indicated that the reported oxides are insulating materials with wide band gaps. The magnetic susceptibility data shows paramagnetic behavior. For the NaEuGeO4 and NaTbGeO4 compositions intense room temperature photoluminescence was observed.

  9. Crystal structures of three (trichloromethyl)(carbamoyl)disulfanes

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    Goldenberg, Barbara L.; Young Jr, Victor G.; Barany, George

    2015-01-01

    The present paper reports crystallographic studies on three related compounds that were of inter­est as precursors for synthetic and mechanistic work in organosulfur chemistry, as well as to model nitro­gen-protecting groups: (N-methyl­carbamo­yl)(tri­chloro­meth­yl)disulfane, C3H4Cl3NOS2, (1), (N-benzyl­carbamo­yl)(tri­chloro­meth­yl)disulfane, C9H8Cl3NOS2, (2), and (N-methyl-N-phenyl­carbamo­yl)(tri­chloro­meth­yl)disulfane, C9H8Cl3NOS2, (3). Their mol­ecular structures, with similar bond lengths and angles for the CCl3SS(C=O)N moieties, are confirmed. Compounds (1) and (3) both crystallized with two independent mol­ecules in the asymmetric unit. Classical hydrogen bonding, as well as chlorine-dense regions, are evident in the crystal packing for (1) and (2). In the crystal of (1), mol­ecules are linked via N—H?O hydrogen bonds forming chains along [110], which are linked by short Cl?Cl and S?O contacts forming sheets parallel to (001). In the crystal of (2), mol­ecules are linked via N—H?O hydrogen bonds forming chains along [001], which in turn are linked by pairs of short O?Cl contacts forming ribbons along the c-axis direction. In the crystal of (3), there are no classical hydrogen bonds present and the chlorine-dense regions observed in (1) and (2) are lacking. PMID:26594398

  10. Crystal structures of three (trichloromethyl)(carbamoyl)disulfanes.

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    Goldenberg, Barbara L; Young, Victor G; Barany, George

    2015-10-01

    The present paper reports crystallographic studies on three related compounds that were of inter-est as precursors for synthetic and mechanistic work in organosulfur chemistry, as well as to model nitro-gen-protecting groups: (N-methyl-carbamo-yl)(tri-chloro-meth-yl)disulfane, C3H4Cl3NOS2, (1), (N-benzyl-carbamo-yl)(tri-chloro-meth-yl)disulfane, C9H8Cl3NOS2, (2), and (N-methyl-N-phenyl-carbamo-yl)(tri-chloro-meth-yl)disulfane, C9H8Cl3NOS2, (3). Their mol-ecular structures, with similar bond lengths and angles for the CCl3SS(C=O)N moieties, are confirmed. Compounds (1) and (3) both crystallized with two independent mol-ecules in the asymmetric unit. Classical hydrogen bonding, as well as chlorine-dense regions, are evident in the crystal packing for (1) and (2). In the crystal of (1), mol-ecules are linked via N-H?O hydrogen bonds forming chains along [110], which are linked by short Cl?Cl and S?O contacts forming sheets parallel to (001). In the crystal of (2), mol-ecules are linked via N-H?O hydrogen bonds forming chains along [001], which in turn are linked by pairs of short O?Cl contacts forming ribbons along the c-axis direction. In the crystal of (3), there are no classical hydrogen bonds present and the chlorine-dense regions observed in (1) and (2) are lacking. PMID:26594398

  11. Crystal structure, electronic structure and thermoelectric properties of n-type BiSbSTe2

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    Aminorroaya-Yamini, Sima; Zhang, Chao; Wang, Xiaolin; Nevirkovets, Ivan

    2012-03-01

    N-type bismuth telluride sulfide has received attention as a potential thermoelectric material due to its large thermopower and ability to form solid solutions with bismuth antimony sulfide. Here, we fabricated an n-type tetradymite BiSbSTe2 by solid-state reaction. The crystal structure was found to be rhombohedral, and the thermoelectric properties were measured for the temperature range 50-390 K. A high Seebeck coefficient of -190 µV K-1 was achieved at 385 K. The electronic structure of BiSbSTe2 was investigated using first-principles calculations and compared with its parent counterpart (Bi2STe2). The results have shown that BiSbSTe2 is a narrow band-gap semiconductor. For the first time, we have demonstrated that the vacancies in substitutional atomic sites, which can be altered through different fabrication techniques, can determine the charge carrier nature of tetradymite thermoelectrics. As a proof of concept, we have shown that the vacancies in antimony sites result in a p-type compound while a sulfur deficiency produces an n-type phase with lower electrical conductivity.

  12. Band gap structures in two-dimensional super porous phononic crystals.

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    Liu, Ying; Sun, Xiu-zhan; Chen, Shao-ting

    2013-02-01

    As one kind of new linear cellular alloys (LCAs), Kagome honeycombs, which are constituted by triangular and hexagonal cells, attract great attention due to the excellent performance compared to the ordinary ones. Instead of mechanical investigation, the in-plane elastic wave dispersion in Kagome structures are analyzed in this paper aiming to the multi-functional application of the materials. Firstly, the band structures in the common two-dimensional (2D) porous phononic structures (triangular or hexagonal honeycombs) are discussed. Then, based on these results, the wave dispersion in Kagome honeycombs is given. Through the component cell porosity controlling, the effects of component cells on the whole responses of the structures are investigated. The intrinsic relation between the component cell porosity and the critical porosity of Kagome honeycombs is established. These results will provide an important guidance in the band structure design of super porous phononic crystals. PMID:23089223

  13. Photonic crystals and plasmonic structures recorded by multi-exposure of holographic patterns

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    Menezes, Jacson W.; Braga, Edmundo S.; Cescato, Lucila

    2009-05-01

    Different technologies can be used for fabrication of photonic crystals such as: self-assembly of colloidal particles, ebeam lithography (EB), interference lithography (IL) and focused ion beam (FIB). Among them, the holographic lithography (HL) is the only technique that is able to fabricate both two-dimensional and three-dimensional photonic crystals, as well as plasmonic structures, in large areas. In this paper we demonstrate the use of the multi-exposure of two-beam interference patterns, with rotation of the sample around different axis, for fabrication of large areas 2D and 3 D photonic crystals and plasmonic structures. Using this technique, we achieved aspect ratios of about 4 in 2D photoresist templates recorded in 1 cm2 glass substrates. In order to generate the 2D photonic band gap layers and plasmonic structures, we combine the use the high aspect ratio photoresist templates with shadow evaporation of appropriated materials, with a further lift-off of the photoresist. The optical properties of the recorded structures, both photonic and plasmonic, were measured to demonstrate the applicability of the technique.

  14. The Crystal Structure of a Parallel-stranded Guanine Tetraplex at 0.95 A Resolution

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    to stabilize the crystal lattice. We present evidence that the sugar conformation is strained and proposeThe Crystal Structure of a Parallel-stranded Guanine Tetraplex at 0.95 AÊ Resolution Kathryn, and recombination sites. We report the crystal structure at 0.95 AÊ resolution of a parallel- stranded tetraplex

  15. Crystal structure of human muscle aldolase complexed with fructose 1,6-bisphosphate

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    Crystal structure of human muscle aldolase complexed with fructose 1,6-bisphosphate: Mechanistic. Crystals were also soaked with the natural substrate ~fructose 1,6-bisphosphate!, and the crystal structure's base intermediate between the sugar and the enzyme. The type II enzymes are metal-containing enzymes

  16. Weak Protein-Protein Interactions in Lectins: The Crystal Structure of a Vegetative Lectin from the

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    Hamelryck, Thomas

    - sent, the crystal structures of 21 native or sugar- E-mail address of the corresponding author: lievenWeak Protein-Protein Interactions in Lectins: The Crystal Structure of a Vegetative Lectin from a role in the regulation of receptor crosslinking and subsequent signal transduction. The crystal

  17. he shapes of crystals found in bio-mineral structures such as the

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    Dove, Patricia M.

    T he shapes of crystals found in bio- mineral structures such as the skeletons of marine organisms dif- fer dramatically from those of crystals grown in pure solution. The formation of these complex, often hierarchical structures is difficult to reconcile with the simple mechanistic model of crystal

  18. Crystal Structure of ChrR--A Quinone Reductase with the Capacity to Reduce Chromate

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    Matin, A.C.

    Crystal Structure of ChrR--A Quinone Reductase with the Capacity to Reduce Chromate Subramaniam, such as in chromate bioremediation. Its crystal structure, solved at 2.2 A° resolution, shows that it belongsR crystallized as a tetramer, and size exclusion chromatography showed that this is the oligomeric form

  19. Exploring Solid-State Structure and Physical Properties: A Molecular and Crystal Model Exercise

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    Bindel, Thomas H.

    2008-01-01

    A crystal model laboratory exercise is presented that allows students to examine relations among the microscopic-macroscopic-symbolic levels, using crystalline mineral samples and corresponding crystal models. Students explore the relationship between solid-state structure and crystal form. Other structure-property relationships are explored. The…

  20. Anomalous modal structure in a waveguide with a photonic crystal core

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    Fan, Shanhui

    Anomalous modal structure in a waveguide with a photonic crystal core Xiaofang Yu Department properties of photonic crystals, the modal structures of such waveguides are unusual. In particular a dielectric waveguide with a photonic crystal core. Using constant frequency contour analysis, we show

  1. `clumpy' fluid crystallizes, the resulting solid retains the clumpy structure to form a regular

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    Sciortino, Francesco

    `clumpy' fluid crystallizes, the resulting solid retains the clumpy structure to form a regular about whether soft matter can adopt an unconventional crystal structure at high densities -- it can is typical of standard crystals), but also locally disordered because of the random number of particles

  2. Crystal Structure of the Oxygen-dependant Coproporphyrinogen Oxidase (Hem13p) of Saccharomyces cerevisiae*

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    Hill, Chris

    Crystal Structure of the Oxygen-dependant Coproporphyrinogen Oxidase (Hem13p) of Saccharomyces employing members of the highly con- served oxygen-dependent CPO family. Here, we report the crystal, as shown by the crystal structure of Escherichia coli oxygen-independent CPO (5), are radical S

  3. Faceting and Commensurability in Crystal Structures of Colloidal Thin Films

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

    2006-07-01

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

  4. Integrable structure of melting crystal model with external potentials

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    Toshio Nakatsu; Kanehisa Takasaki

    2010-02-23

    This is a review of the authors' recent results on an integrable structure of the melting crystal model with external potentials. The partition function of this model is a sum over all plane partitions (3D Young diagrams). By the method of transfer matrices, this sum turns into a sum over ordinary partitions (Young diagrams), which may be thought of as a model of q -deformed random partitions. This model can be further translated to the language of a complex fermion system. A fermionic realization of the quantum torus Lie algebra is shown to underlie therein. With the aid of hidden symmetry of this Lie algebra, the partition function of the melting crystal model turns out to coincide, up to a simple factor, with a tau function of the 1D Toda hierarchy. Some related issues on 4D and 5D supersymmetric Yang-Mills theories, topological strings and the 2D Toda hierarchy are briefly discussed.

  5. Crystallization Times of Ge-Te Phase Change Materials as a Function of Composition

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    S Raoux; H Cheng; M Caldwell; H Wong

    2011-12-31

    The crystallization times of Ge-Te phase change materials with variable Ge concentrations (29.5-72.4 at. %) were studied. A very strong dependence of the crystallization time on the composition for as-deposited, amorphous films was confirmed, with a minimum for the stoichiometric composition GeTe. The dependence is weaker for melt-quenched, amorphous material and crystallization times are between one to almost four orders of magnitude shorter than for as-deposited materials. This is promising for applications because recrystallization from the melt-quenched phase is the relevant process for optical and solid state memory, and fast crystallization and weak dependence on compositional variations are desirable.

  6. Structured liquid crystal/polymer composites as photonic crystal switches and LCD innovations

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    Escuti, Michael James

    Mesoscale two- and three-dimensional lattices are formed in polymer-dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) materials using one-step holographic fabrication. Discrete nematic liquid crystal (LC) domains are patterned within a rigid polymer binder (a multifunctional urethane acrylate) through an irradiance-driven diffusion and phase separation process, and are essentially low index-contrast photonic crystals whose index-modulation closely mimics the irradiance profile applied during formation. Electromagnetic fields are used to align the nematic configurations within the LC domains, allowing electrical control of the coherent scattering from these lattices. Planar films of square, face-centered-cubic (FCC), hexagonal-close-packed (HCP), and simple-hexagonal lattices formed by four- and six-beam holography are characterized through scanning electron microscopy and various electro/thermo-optic techniques. Observed electro-optic effects relevant to photonic switching and liquid crystal display (LCD) applications include a strongly polarized Bragg reflection, an in-plane optical anisotropy, a wavelength-tunable stopband, and low-threshold switching. These holographic techniques enable the regular confinement of LC in spherical, ellipsoidal, and cylindrical cavities at lattice nodes with dimensions previously unattainable (50˜200 nm), allowing the physics of alignment and ordering at this scale to be fully understood. In addition, a significant improvement in the dynamic response time of the In-Plane-Switching mode LCD is achieved through the introduction of a low-density, stabilizing polymer network that causes the nematic director to favor the zero-field orientation. The effect of polymer concentration on the electro-optical performance of the polymer-stabilized IPS mode cells is characterized through experiment, and a simple elastic-continuum model that treats the polymer network as an effective field is presented.

  7. Growth, crystalline perfection, spectral and optical characterization of a novel optical material: l-tryptophan p-nitrophenol trisolvate single crystal.

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    Sivakumar, N; Srividya, J; Mohana, J; Anbalagan, G

    2015-03-15

    l-tryptophan p-nitrophenol trisolvate (LTPN), an organic nonlinear optical material was synthesized using ethanol-water mixed solvent and the crystals were grown by a slow solvent evaporation method. The crystal structure and morphology were studied by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. The crystalline perfection of the LTPN crystal was analyzed by high-resolution X-ray diffraction study. The molecular structure of the crystal was confirmed by observing the various characteristic functional groups of the material using vibrational spectroscopy. The cut-off wavelength, optical transmission, refractive index and band gap energy were determined using UV-visible data. The variation of refractive index with wavelength shows the normal behavior. The second harmonic generation of the crystal was confirmed and the efficiency was measured using Kurtz Perry powder method. Single and multiple shot methods were employed to measure surface laser damage of the crystal. The photoluminescence spectral study revealed that the emission may be associated with the radiative recombination of trapped electrons and holes. Microhardness measurements revealed that LTPN belongs to a soft material category. PMID:25556340

  8. Growth, crystalline perfection, spectral and optical characterization of a novel optical material: l-tryptophan p-nitrophenol trisolvate single crystal

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    Sivakumar, N.; Srividya, J.; Mohana, J.; Anbalagan, G.

    2015-03-01

    l-tryptophan p-nitrophenol trisolvate (LTPN), an organic nonlinear optical material was synthesized using ethanol-water mixed solvent and the crystals were grown by a slow solvent evaporation method. The crystal structure and morphology were studied by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. The crystalline perfection of the LTPN crystal was analyzed by high-resolution X-ray diffraction study. The molecular structure of the crystal was confirmed by observing the various characteristic functional groups of the material using vibrational spectroscopy. The cut-off wavelength, optical transmission, refractive index and band gap energy were determined using UV-visible data. The variation of refractive index with wavelength shows the normal behavior. The second harmonic generation of the crystal was confirmed and the efficiency was measured using Kurtz Perry powder method. Single and multiple shot methods were employed to measure surface laser damage of the crystal. The photoluminescence spectral study revealed that the emission may be associated with the radiative recombination of trapped electrons and holes. Microhardness measurements revealed that LTPN belongs to a soft material category.

  9. Crystal Structure of Baculovirus RNA Triphosphatase Complexed with Phosphate

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    Changela, Anita; Martin, Alexandra; Shuman, Stewart; Mondragon, Alfonso

    2010-03-05

    Baculovirus RNA 5'-triphosphatase (BVP) exemplifies a family of RNA-specific cysteine phosphatases that includes the RNA triphosphatase domains of metazoan and plant mRNA capping enzymes. Here we report the crystal structure of BVP in a phosphate-bound state at 1.5 {angstrom} resolution. BVP adopts the characteristic cysteine-phosphatase {alpha}/{beta} fold and binds two phosphate ions in the active site region, one of which is proposed to mimic the phosphate of the product complex after hydrolysis of the covalent phosphoenzyme intermediate. The crystal structure highlights the role of backbone amides and side chains of the P-loop motif {sup 118}HCTHGXNRT{sup 126} in binding the cleavable phosphate and stabilizing the transition state. Comparison of the BVP structure to the apoenzyme of mammalian RNA triphosphatase reveals a concerted movement of the Arg-125 side chain (to engage the phosphate directly) and closure of an associated surface loop over the phosphate in the active site. The structure highlights a direct catalytic role of Asn-124, which is the signature P-loop residue of the RNA triphosphatase family and a likely determinant of the specificity of BVP for hydrolysis of phosphoanhydride linkages.

  10. Diterbium hepta­nickel: a crystal structure redetermination

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    Levytskyy, Volodymyr; Babizhetskyy, Volodymyr; Kotur, Bohdan; Smetana, Volodymyr

    2014-01-01

    The crystal structure of the title compound, Tb2Ni7, was redetermined from single-crystal X-ray diffraction data. In comparison with previous studies based on powder X-ray diffraction data [Lemaire et al. (1967). C. R. Acad. Sci. Ser. B, 265, 1280–1282; Lemaire & Paccard (1969). Bull. Soc. Fr. Mineral. Cristallogr. 92, 9–16; Buschow & van der Goot (1970). J. Less-Common Met. 22, 419–428], the present redetermination affords refined coordinates and anisotropic displacement parameters for all atoms. A partial occupation for one Tb atom results in the non-stoichiometric composition Tb1.962?(4)Ni7. The title compound adopts the Ce2Ni7 structure type and can also be derived from the CaCu5 structure type as an inter­growth structure. The asymmetric unit contains two Tb sites (both site symmetries 3m.) and five Ni sites (.m., mm2, 3m., 3m., -3m.). The two different coordination polyhedra of Tb are a Frank–Kasper polyhedron formed by four Tb and 12 Ni atoms and a pseudo Frank–Kasper polyhedron formed by two Tb and 18 Ni atoms. The four different coordination polyhedra of Ni are Frank–Kasper icosa­hedra formed by five Tb and seven Ni atoms, four Tb and eight Ni atoms, three Tb and nine Ni atoms, and six Tb and six Ni atoms, respectively. PMID:25249871

  11. Crystal Structure of the Japanese Encephalitis Virus Envelope Protein

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    Luca, Vincent C.; AbiMansour, Jad; Nelson, Christopher A.; Fremont, Daved H.

    2012-03-13

    Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) is the leading global cause of viral encephalitis. The JEV envelope protein (E) facilitates cellular attachment and membrane fusion and is the primary target of neutralizing antibodies. We have determined the 2.1-{angstrom} resolution crystal structure of the JEV E ectodomain refolded from bacterial inclusion bodies. The E protein possesses the three domains characteristic of flavivirus envelopes and epitope mapping of neutralizing antibodies onto the structure reveals determinants that correspond to the domain I lateral ridge, fusion loop, domain III lateral ridge, and domain I-II hinge. While monomeric in solution, JEV E assembles as an antiparallel dimer in the crystal lattice organized in a highly similar fashion as seen in cryo-electron microscopy models of mature flavivirus virions. The dimer interface, however, is remarkably small and lacks many of the domain II contacts observed in other flavivirus E homodimers. In addition, uniquely conserved histidines within the JEV serocomplex suggest that pH-mediated structural transitions may be aided by lateral interactions outside the dimer interface in the icosahedral virion. Our results suggest that variation in dimer structure and stability may significantly influence the assembly, receptor interaction, and uncoating of virions.

  12. Crystal Structure of Rat Carnitine Palmitoyltransferase II (CPT-II)

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    Hsiao,Y.; Jogl, G.; Esser, V.; Tong, L.

    2006-01-01

    Carnitine palmitoyltransferase II (CPT-II) has a crucial role in the {beta}-oxidation of long-chain fatty acids in mitochondria. We report here the crystal structure of rat CPT-II at 1.9 Angstroms resolution. The overall structure shares strong similarity to those of short- and medium-chain carnitine acyltransferases, although detailed structural differences in the active site region have a significant impact on the substrate selectivity of CPT-II. Three aliphatic chains, possibly from a detergent that is used for the crystallization, were found in the structure. Two of them are located in the carnitine and CoA binding sites, respectively. The third aliphatic chain may mimic the long-chain acyl group in the substrate of CPT-II. The binding site for this aliphatic chain does not exist in the short- and medium-chain carnitine acyltransferases, due to conformational differences among the enzymes. A unique insert in CPT-II is positioned on the surface of the enzyme, with a highly hydrophobic surface. It is likely that this surface patch mediates the association of CPT-II with the inner membrane of the mitochondria.

  13. Lithium-cation conductivity and crystal structure of lithium diphosphate

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    Voronin, V.I.; Sherstobitova, E.A.; Blatov, V.A.; Shekhtman, G.Sh.

    2014-03-15

    The electrical conductivity of lithium diphosphate Li{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} has been measured and jump-like increasing of ionic conductivity at 913 K has been found. The crystal structure of Li{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} has been refined using high temperature neutron diffraction at 300–1050 K. At 913 K low temperature triclinic form of Li{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} transforms into high temperature monoclinic one, space group P2{sub 1}/n, a=8.8261(4) Å, b=5.2028(4) Å, c=13.3119(2) Å, ?=104.372(6)°. The migration maps of Li{sup +} cations based on experimental data implemented into program package TOPOS have been explored. It was found that lithium cations in both low- and high temperature forms of Li{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} migrate in three dimensions. Cross sections of the migrations channels extend as the temperature rises, but at the phase transition point have a sharp growth showing a strong “crystal structure – ion conductivity” correlation. -- Graphical abstract: Crystal structure of Li{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} at 950 K. Red balls represent oxygen atoms; black lines show Li{sup +} ion migration channels in the layers perpendicular to [001] direction. Highlights: • Structure of Li{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} has been refined using high temperature neutron diffraction. • At 913 K triclinic form of Li{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} transforms into high temperature monoclinic one. • The migration maps of Li{sup +} implemented into program package TOPOS have been explored. • Cross sections of the migrations channels at the phase transition have a sharp growth.

  14. Optical and structural properties of single-crystal lithium niobate thin film

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    Han, Huangpu; Cai, Lutong; Hu, Hui

    2015-04-01

    High-refractive-index contrast, single-crystal lithium niobate thin films are emerging as a new platform for integrated optics. Such lithium niobate thin films are prepared using ion implantation and direct-wafer bonding to a SiO2 layer deposited on a LN substrate. However, the ion-implantation process can cause changes in the refractive index and result in lattice damage, and there are few studies on the optical and structural properties of lithium niobate thin film to compensate for this. In this paper, we reported that the refractive index of lithium niobate thin film can reach that of the bulk material by annealing in an oxygen atmosphere at 500 °C for 5 h. The experimental results of high-resolution X-ray diffraction (HRXRD) and Rutherford back-scattering spectrum (RBS) showed a good crystal lattice arrangement in the LN thin film. These experimental results confirmed that the refractive index and crystal-lattice structural properties of the lithium niobate thin film were similar to that of the bulk material. To demonstrate the application on integrated optics, a 1 ?m wide photonic wire was fabricated and the near-field intensity profile at 1.55 ?m wavelength was obtained and compared with the simulation result.

  15. Fullerenic structures and such structures tethered to carbon materials

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    Goel, Anish; Howard, Jack B.; Vander Sande, John B.

    2010-01-05

    The fullerenic structures include fullerenes having molecular weights less than that of C.sub.60 with the exception of C.sub.36 and fullerenes having molecular weights greater than C.sub.60. Examples include fullerenes C.sub.50, C.sub.58, C.sub.130, and C.sub.176. Fullerenic structure chemically bonded to a carbon surface is also disclosed along with a method for tethering fullerenes to a carbon material. The method includes adding functionalized fullerene to a liquid suspension containing carbon material, drying the suspension to produce a powder, and heat treating the powder.

  16. Fullerenic structures and such structures tethered to carbon materials

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    Goel, Anish; Howard, Jack B.; Vander Sande, John B.

    2012-10-09

    The fullerenic structures include fullerenes having molecular weights less than that of C.sub.60 with the exception of C.sub.36 and fullerenes having molecular weights greater than C.sub.60. Examples include fullerenes C.sub.50, C.sub.58, C.sub.130, and C.sub.176. Fullerenic structure chemically bonded to a carbon surface is also disclosed along with a method for tethering fullerenes to a carbon material. The method includes adding functionalized fullerene to a liquid suspension containing carbon material, drying the suspension to produce a powder, and heat treating the powder.

  17. Structure, Hydrodynamics, and Phase Transition of Freely Suspended Liquid Crystals

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    Clark, Noel A.

    2000-01-01

    Smectic liquid crystals are phases of rod shaped molecules organized into one dimensionally (1D) periodic arrays of layers, each layer being between one and two molecular lengths thick. In the least ordered smectic phases, the smectics A and C, each layer is a two dimensional (2D) liquid. Additionally there are a variety of more ordered smectic phases having hexatic short range translational order or 2D crystalline quasi long range translational order within the layers. The inherent fluid-layer structure and low vapor pressure of smectic liquid crystals enable the long term stabilization of freely suspended, single component, layered fluid films as thin as 30A, a single molecular layer. The layering forces the films to be an integral number of smectic layers thick, quantizing their thickness in layer units and forcing a film of a particular number of layers to be physically homogeneous with respect to its layer structure over its entire area. Optical reflectivity enables the precise determination of the number of layers. These ultrathin freely suspended liquid crystal films are structures of fundamental interest in condensed matter and fluid physics. They are the thinnest known stable condensed phase fluid structures and have the largest surface-to-volume ratio of any stable fluid preparation, making them ideal for the study of the effects of reduced dimensionality on phase behavior and on fluctuation and interface phenomena. Their low vapor pressure and quantized thickness enable the effective use of microgravity to extend the study of basic capillary phenomena to ultrathin fluid films. Freely suspended films have been a wellspring of new liquid crystal physics. They have been used to provide unique experimental conditions for the study of condensed phase transitions in two dimensions. They are the only system in which the hexatic has been unambiguously identified as a phase of matter, and the only physical system in which fluctuations of a 2D XY system and Kosterlitz Thouless phase transition has been observed and 2D XY quasi long range order verified. Smectic films have enabled the precise determination of smectic layer electron density and positional fluctuation profile and have been used to show that the interlayer interactions in anti-ferroelectric tilted smectics do not extend significantly beyond nearest neighbors. The interactions which are operative in liquid crystals are generally weak in comparison to those in crystalline phases, leading to the facile manipulation of the order in liquid crystals by external agents such as applied fields and surfaces. Effects arising from weak ordering are significantly enhanced in ultrathin free films and filaments wherein the intermolecular coupling is effectively reduced by loss of neighbors. Over the past four years this research, which we now detail, has produced a host of exciting new discoveries and unexpected results, maintaining the position of the study of freely suspended liquid crystal structures as one of most exciting and fruitful areas of complex fluid physics. In addition, several potentially interesting microgravity free film experiments have been identified.

  18. Fluorescence enhancement by a photonic crystal with a nanorod-structured high index layer

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    Cunningham, Brian

    -dimensional photonic crystal slab incorporating a nanorod-structured TiO2 high index layer. The photonic crystal emission and the highly porous TiO2 film, not only increases the surface area of the device but more

  19. Effect of dopants on crystal structure and thermal properties of pentaglycerine

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    Chandra, D.; Ding, W.

    1989-03-01

    The overall objective of this research program is to develop practical solid-state thermal energy storage materials. Research is focused on polyalcohol {open_quotes}Plastic Crystals{close_quotes} which undergo crystallographic changes at constant transition temperature absorbing or releasing amounts of latent heat. The known pure polyalcohols have high transition temperatures; therefore, adjustment of transformation temperature is important to develop practical materials. The approach taken is to introduce substitutional and interstitial dopants so as to strain the lattice of the host crystal which results in lowering the transition temperature. Current research is on temperature adjustment of pentaglycerine [PG] (C{sub 5}H{sub 12}O{sub 3}) initiated approximately four months ago. Results, so far, show that the substitutional dopants are more effective in reducing the transition temperature than interstitial dopants. The results in the first phase of this program show that the transition temperature of PG reduced significantly by using trimethylol propane [TMP] (C{sub 6}H{sub 14}O{sub 3}), 2-amino 2-methyl 1,3 propanediol [AMPL] (C{sub 4}H{sub 11}NO{sub 2}) as dopants. It appears that some of these doped samples have near room temperature transitions; however, these results are not conclusive at this time. Recently, it was discovered that TMP has an additional solid-solid phase transformation, slightly below room temperature. Crystal structure analyses showed some surprising results with regards to thermal expansion behavior of PG. Several sets of low as well as high temperature data were obtained from the pure and doped PG to characterize the structural changes, if any, and the thermal expansions. Research is in progress on crystal structure and thermal analyses.

  20. Theoretical studies of the crystal structure of rare earths and actinides at zero temperature

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    Wills, J.M.; Eriksson, O.

    1993-07-01

    Accurate total energy electronic structure calculations have recently been carried out over a range of volumes for selected rare-earth and actinide elements in crystal structures, experimentally observed in these elements. Correct zero temperature crystal structures are obtained, and calculated equilibrium properties are in reasonable agreement with experiment. Results of these calculations indicate that the interactions underlying crystal structure stability are similar in itinerant f-electron metals and transition metals. The stable crystal structure at a particular volume is determined by a balance between one-electron bandwidths and band fillings and the electrostatic energy of the crystal lattice. Broad bands favor high-symmetry, close-packed structures while narrow bands favor low-symmetry, open structures; allowing for expansion as well as contraction, both transition and actinide elements can be stabilized in both low- and high-symmetry crystal structures.